Archive for the ‘Beauty Tips’ Category

Workday chic

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Lined eyes, natural cheeks and nude lips will carry you through the working day and out to play.

To look effortlessly chic at the office, draw a liquid line along the top lashes (keeping the “flicks” subtle), add a touch of pink to the cheekbones, and paint your pout pinkish-nude.

No makeup

No makeup.


Everyday makeup

Everyday makeup.

Makeup artist chat: What do I need to succeed?

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Dear LMM,

I am just starting out in makeup artistry and have got a basic kit together, but wondered if I should invest in a special chair, makeup station and my own lights. What are your thoughts?

Thanks, Sarah. 

Dear Sarah,

I think it depends on what type of makeup work you will be doing, and where. Personally, on the jobs I do, I never take a chair, table or lights with me.

Most of my work is studio based, and all those things are supplied.

Makeup set up in a studio

Inside an uptown studio.

Similarly, when a shoot is outdoors on location, a “location van” is usually provided. These vehicles are equipped with everything you need (apart from the makeup), and the model sits inside to have her face made up.

On trips abroad, I make the best of what is available. Generally, on overseas jobs there is a production team that helps out with any equipment requests, which is a bonus. It is their job to make the creative team’s job easier, and they usually do.

Occasionally I work on a client in a hotel room, and this can sometimes require a little bit of improvisation.

Makeup in hotel

In this downtown hotel room, an armchair dressed in a towel doubled as my makeup station.

I think most makeup artist’s would agree that it is difficult to apply good makeup in the dark. Admittedly, there have been times when I have found myself confronted with poor lighting (at location houses, for example) and have borrowed spare lights from the photographer. In my experience, they are always more than happy to help out. (more…)

How I became a makeup artist

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Become a makeup artist

Dear LMM,

I’m interested in becoming a makeup artist. How did you start your career? What was involved? If you could give me one piece of advice, what would it be?

Thanks very much,

Dear Kara,

For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of being a makeup artist. As a young girl I used to pour over magazines like Dolly for hours and, much to my Mum’s despair, never threw a single copy out. Things haven’t changed much; I still have a penchant for magazines and, due to space issues, now hire a storage unit to keep them in.

I studied design in my late teens and, by chance, was introduced to an established makeup artist through a friend of a friend, and basically that’s where my career began. With hunger in my heart and pockets full of passion, I began assisting him and other makeup artists at his agency and, later, makeup artists at other agencies. That was 14 years ago now. Gasp!

Assisting is all about working on shoots for free, and watching, listening and learning. As an assistant you are there to help the makeup artist. It is your job to save them time and ensure things run smoothly. You hold eyeshadows while they’re applying them. If they want something, you run out to the shops for it. You might apply nail polish to the fingers of the model, while they are perfecting the face. You may stay on set and do touch-ups, while they start work on the next model. When they say “jump”, you obligingly say “how high”. As an assistant you master the art of unpacking and packing a makeup kit. You also become better at washing brushes than your own hair. (more…)

I’m heels over head for orange-red!

Monday, January 21st, 2013

“To pull off an orange-red lip, start by creating a flawless complexion. The key is to neutralize any red/pink undertones in the skin by enlisting the help of a good foundation and concealer. If you don’t remove the ruddiness, the overall look will be more blah than bombshell! Pay particular attention to areas around the chin, nose and mouth because these parts of the face are commonly prone to redness. To give your pout extra pop, keep the rest of your makeup minimal.” LMM, 2013.

Orange-red lipstick

Love this loud lip? The model is wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Incandescente 97. Buy it online at: and, or visit Chanel Australia for stockist information.

Coral-red lipstick

The lip brush: useful or useless?

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Dear LMM,

Why do you use a lip brush in your tutorials instead of applying lipstick straight from the tube? I’ve also noticed that you don’t often use lipliner. Why not?

Thank you, Tara.

Dear Tara,

I generally use a lip brush to apply lipstick because it allows you to achieve a more precise and even finish than that applied straight off the bullet. It does take longer to apply lipstick this way, but the application tends to look more professional and also wears longer.

The application method I choose is ultimately determined by the effect I want to create and the time I have available. For instance, to create an unstructured-looking lip in next to no time, I forego lipliner, flag a lip brush, apply the lipstick straight from the bullet, and ask the model to pat her lips together to blend. Dabbing lipstick on with your fingertip is another way to achieve a softer, more muted finish.

In my work I rarely use lipliners, as I think the lips look more modern without them, and the array of lipstick textures available today means it’s not always necessary. I will reach for a lipliner sometimes, like when I want to create a lip with a defined contour or if I am using a formula I fear might wander.

Tools of the trade!

As you’ve probably noticed in my video tutorials, I typically apply lipstick to the lips with a small, synthetic concealer brush. These are wider than a regular lip brush and result in a quick and easy application of color. Lately I’ve been loving the Artiste Professional by Manicare Concealer Brush, available at

Best lip brush

I use a standard lip brush on small lips and when I need more control on detailed jobs. These are also a must for extracting the last remnants of color from the base of the lipstick barrel when the bullet has been used up. I’m not a fan of waste, and it’s surprising just how much lipstick hides there out of reach of the average-sized finger. The Artiste Professional by Manicare Retractable Lip Brush’s groovy and compact design and hideaway head make it great for touch-ups on the go. This brush is also available at

Lip brush

Hope this helps!

Love lots and pink polka dots, LMM.