How to achieve front row glam

Skin Prep

Exfoliation: Always use a gentle one! I see too many skin sensitivities from people scrubbing their skin practically bare in order to have good exfoliation and this can actually cause the skin to thicken and become more sensitised.

It is important to exfoliate two to three times a week to gently remove dead skin build up allowing for other serums and moisturisers to penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin instead of sitting on the skin’s surface and these days the skin care products available are so advanced that the ingredients used are as effective as an enzyme exfoliation yet it has no granules.

Hydration: It is important to keep skin hydrated and drinking water is important for both internal and external factors. We need to apply added hydration to the skin and protect the skins natural lipids and overall texture by applying a nourishing moisturiser that’s packed with anti- ageing ingredients like anti-oxidants, fruit oils, hyaluronic acid, and nourishing oils like jojoba.

I always say you can change your handbags quite frequently but you can’t change your skin’s texture!

Active Serums: If you seriously want to see a difference in your skin complexion and would like to fight against ageing, I would invest in active ingredients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and Vitamin C. I prescribe these skin actives all the time to my clients and I am not lying when I say these products are what give you the results! We take vitamins internally so similarly with our skin, we need to apply vitamins externally.

Sunscreen: Important to apply sunscreen to our skin even in the cooler climate as our skin can still be vulnerable to harsh UVA and UVB rays. In the long run you’ll be happy, as sun protection helps to assist in the signs of premature ageing and discoloration of the skin like pigmentation

Photo ready make-up & beauty tricks

Dewy facial complexion
The trick is to apply make-up that highlights your best facial features, and less is always more! For those who invest in good skincare, why not invest in a fabulous foundation that not only matches your complexion, but benefits your skin health too? Mineral foundation is fabulous for achieving a dewy complexion and works as a treatment foundation which has vitamins and minerals that nourishes your skin.

Great brows
Brows really do shape and finish the face. Book in to see a professional brow artist to determine the best brow shape for you.  A great eyebrow tint also does wonders to make the brow appear fuller, so I recommend opting for a slightly darker shade and get your brows tinted. I love powder and pencil to thicken and enhance my brows too.

Hands and Feet
Hands and feet are always on show and I believe they say a lot about someone. Make sure nail polish isn’t chipped and that you are wearing an appropriate nail varnish colour that matches your outfit. Summer is great for vibrant oranges and hot pinks, whereas during winter, I like to go for deeper, darker and rich velvety colours like a deep blue red.

Lush Lashes
Eyelashes, I believe, make the eyes pop. For a special occasion, I’d look into having lash extensions, and the trick is not to have them too much longer than your original length. You can select from an array of lengths and materials such as silk, which the lashes are made from. Another option is glue-on lashes that your make-up artist can apply for you; usually if you purchase lashes from the make-up counters the artists will apply them for you.  Or practice makes perfect, so you can purchase single lashes or a half lash set (not full row) which makes the lashes appear more natural and are easier to apply if you are not a pro.

We are so fortunate that spray tan solutions have come a long way – now there’s no excuse to have an orange glow! I believe the key to the perfect faux is look for one to two shades darker thn your natural complexion. Seek a spray tan professional, or if you DYI it, make sure that if it’s a special occasion, you try the colour and persevere with application technique at least one to two weeks before – just incase you have any mishaps when trialing a new product.

Make-up bag glam essentials:

1. Mineral Make-up- Treatment foundations for your skin that has an SPF and vitamins for skin.

2. YSL- Radiant Touch Concealer

3. Eye lash curler

4. Mascara- Volume, Extra length

5. Deep Red Lipstick- Anything Tom Ford! I love!

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Dior’s lip looks – Autumn 2013


Something much more avant-garde and special, the Diablotine is for the girl who wants to stand out and experiment with colour. It’s all four shades of lipsticks – with Diablotine dapped on the center of the bottom lip. This keeps the lips comfortable while still achieving a high shine.

How to:

Prep lips with a lip balm/conditioner to create a perfectly moist palette. On half of the top lip on your right, apply Diablotine lipstick On the left half apply Delice lipstick. On half of the bottom lip on your right – apply Princess lipstick. On the left half– apply Spring Ball lipstick On bottom lip, apply Diablotine lipgloss.


The Princess is for those wanting to show off dimension and depth. Using the red shade of pencil on the outer end of the lip while keeping a gradation of colors to pink, then a peachy shade at the centre, makes the lips appear fuller and creates a contrasted effect. A rich application of gloss makes them pop even more.

How to:

Prep lips with a lip balm/conditioner to create a perfectly moist palette. Using a red lip pencil, completely line and fill the lips, leaving the centre of both the top and bottom bare. On top, layer Princess lipstick. For a 3D effect, apply Delice lip gloss to the inner center of top/bottom lip, then press lips together to blend.


Use two different semi-monochromatic shades for the top and bottom lip. On the top, I used a brighter shade with a softer, muted neutral on the bottom. A rich gloss application ties the look together for a sexy feel.

How to:

Prep lips with a lip balm/conditioner to create a perfectly moist palette. On the top lip, apply Delice lipstick. On the bottom lip, apply Spring Ball lipstick. On the top lip, apply Delice lip-gloss. Finish by applying Spring Ball lip gloss to the bottom lip.


Treat it similarly to the Princess look, but instead of using red lip pencil, use a pink. The colour in the centre adds both highlight and contrast. Dab a little gloss on the bottom lip only. This makes the gloss very wearable and less textured for added comfort.

How to:

Prep lips with a lip balm/conditioner to create a perfectly moist palette. Using a pink lip pencil, completely line and fill the lips, leaving the centre of both the top and bottom bare. On top, layer Delice lipstick. For a 3D effect, apply Spring Ball lip gloss to the centre of bottom lip.

Dior Addict Gloss RRP $49. For stockists, phone +612 9695 4800

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