The Kardashian’s Makeup Secrets Revealed!

hopeislandmakeupHave you ever wondered how the Kardashian sisters always look so perfect? They all seem to have perfectly shaped faces! Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s genetics….their secret brings us back to makeup school basics; contouring and highlighting.

You can use everyday makeup to change your face shape and give your face the always desired oval like appearance. Continue reading to find out exactly how you can get the ‘Kardashian look’.

To achieve the look, you’re going to need two products;

1. Contouring powder /cream- two tones darker than your skin tone (preferably matte). I prefer using a bronzing powder over a cream as I find it easier to blend.

2. Highlighting powder/cream- This is a powder or cream that is lighter than your skin tone. It can be matte or have a shimmer, I like using one with a shimmer as it gives a radiant and youthful glow.

Apply foundation and powder to your face as a base, this will make your face a blank canvas – ready to add definition.

As a general rule, the use of highlighting brings foreword and contouring pushes back.

Highlighting goes on the high planes of the face;

– On top of cheekbones
– Down bridge of nose
– Above cupids bow (this will also make your lips appear fuller)
– Brow bone

Contouring goes in areas that shadows would fall on if you were in the sun or standing under a light;

– Cheekbones
– Crease of eyelid
– Temple

Contouring can also push back areas that you want to hide. Eg. If you have a large forehead you can apply your contouring powder around the hairline, this will give the appearance of a smaller forehead.

Here are a few of my favourite contouring and highlighting products!


1. M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish natural
2. Nars Laguna bronzer


1. M.A.C Silver dusk
2. Nars ‘Orgasm’ cream highlighter

Simone ‘We will highly recommend you to anyone who will listen’

‘A massive thank you for your professionalism and service that you gave my bridesmaids and I on my wedding day- Saturday 13th April 2013.

Everyone commented our make up-which looks stunning in the photos and lasted ALL day through the tears, laughter and dancing!

We will highly recommend you to anyone who will listen.

Thankyou again’ -Simone, Bride.

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Bianca ‘I had so many lovely comments on my make up ‘

biancabyronbaybride‘Thank you so much for traveling down to do my makeup and my mothers for my wedding day. As I was unable to have a trial before the big day due to living so far away you exceeded my expectations and did such a beautiful job. I had so many lovely comments on my make up and cannot thank you enough.’- Bianca, Bride.

Shannon ‘ It was perfect, you did an amazing job!’

‘Thank you so very much for doing all the makeup on my wedding day! It was perfect, you did an amazing job! I felt comfortable choosing you from our first conversations. I wasn’t in the area so that made a trial hard but I had no worries that what you would decide on the day would be just right and exactly what I was after. IT WAS! I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone needing amazing makeup (and a tan). If I’m ever on the coast for a special event I will definitely be contacting you again.’ –Shannon, Bride 

Makeup Artist Gold Coast|Finding the perfect foundation to suit your skin type!

The best way to find the right foundation for your skin is to consult an expert! What foundation you wear can really make or break your look so it’s important to be matched accurately.

The first step is determining what your skin type is. Is it dry, oily, dehydrated or mature? All of these factors need to be considered when determining what foundation to buy. For example, someone with dry skin would be suited to a dewier finish foundation. The texture will ensure it sits and looks more natural on the skin. Oily skin would best suited to an ‘oil free’ foundation. If this is you, look for one that contains ‘silica’, it’s an ingredient that absorbs excess oil on the skin.

The makeup artist will now determine what colour undertone you have in your skin. Do you have a beige (pink) or a golden (yellow) undertone?

Ask the expert to apply the foundation all over your face. This is the best way to determine if the colour you are trying is right for you. It is best to check the foundation in natural light; it should blend into your skin and look discreet when applied. You should also let the foundation colour settle for a few minutes, especially if you have oily skin. The oil in your skin may oxidise the foundation and cause it to change a shade.

If you are not 100% sure about the colour the makeup artist has chosen for you, ask for a sample to take home. Then wear it for a day or two before you make the purchase.

Tips to choosing the right foundation:

– Buy a new foundation for each season. Your skin changes shade and texture from winter to summer.

– If you are getting a spray tan, you will need a darker foundation with a golden tone. Your regular foundation will most probably be too light for you, remember you are being sprayed at least two shades darker than your natural tone.

– Don’t always opt for a full-coverage foundation. If you have good skin, you can go for a lighter coverage and apply concealer to areas that need extra attention.

– Try the colour on your jawline/all over the face, not just your wrist or neck.

I hope these tips help you when you are next shopping for your new foundation!

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Melanie Jane

Make-up artist Gold Coast|The 5 most common bridal mistakes

There are many elements which contribute to achieving the perfect bridal look. It is arguably the hardest look for a makeup artist to do. It should be simple enough to bring out the bride’s natural beauty but also should define key areas to avoid being washed out in photographs.

Here are the most common mistakes to avoid:

goldcoastweddingmakeupartist1. Don’t over-apply foundation.
You can achieve full coverage without going overboard. Often, a semi matte finish is the most ideal – this gives a flawless finish without too much shine in photos.

2. Go easy on the concealer.
Only apply a small amount where necessary. Some Concealers have light reflective pigments in it so if you use too much, white patches may show up in photographs.

3. Keep your eye shadow matte on brow line.
Avoid using illuminating shadows on your brow line; these should be kept for closer to the lid. By using a matte shadow up the top, there won’t be too much flare in photos and you won’t look over done.

4. If you’re wearing a veil, don’t wear lipgloss.
Lipgloss can cause havoc if you’ve opted to wear a veil. The veil will stick against your lips, which isn’t a good look! Go for a lipstick and lip pencil instead.

5. Invest in a good lip liner.
At your trial, find out what lip liner your makeup artist will be using and invest in one. Carry it around in your bag or get your bridesmaid to hold onto it. This will prevent feathering or bleeding of the lipstick.

If you’re doing your own makeup, make sure you don’t repeat these common mistakes! And if you’ve chosen to trust the professionals, you now have a bit of knowledge to ensure you have chosen a qualified artist.

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What colour lipstick should I wear on my Wedding Day?

Whether you choose to rock a red lip on your big day or go for a subtle peach or pink colour – you must feel completely comfortable in it. Lipstick plays a huge part in the bridal look. It ties all of the facial features together nicely, if it’s done properly.


Many brides grapple with the decision of lipstick colour. It can be very tricky to choose, especially if you are new to wearing lipstick. Melanie Jane sits down with each bride-to-be at their makeup trial and assesses skin tone and features in order to choose the perfect colour.

But if you’re doing your makeup yourself or asking a friend to do it, here are some simple tips to keep in mind when choosing a lipstick:

1. Know what colour flowers will be in your bouquet:
It always looks lovely in photographs if the colour palette on the bride’s face matches that of the bouquet and bridesmaids dresses. Bring in some photos to show the makeup artist!

2. Know your skin tone!
A red lip can look bold and beautiful on some brides. But on others, it can wash them out and overpower their other features.

3. When in doubt, go for a pink shade.
If you’re unsure of what will suit your skin, a bride can never go wrong with a light pink lip. It is feminine and can complement most eye shadows. Team it with a lip liner and long lashes – perfection!

4. Make sure it will moisturise your lips.
Ask your makeup artist about the moisturising ingredients in the lipstick. If it doesn’t contain many, definitely take a lip balm in your purse to keep your lips hydrated throughout the evening.

5. Make sure it has longevity.
As the bride, there’ll be lots of talking, kissing and smiling throughout the day. So make sure your lipstick will last. Take it in your purse in order to touch up. Also, use a lip liner to increase its durability.

You’ll find many variations of bridal lip colours at Gold Coast weddings. From nude all the way to red, and every shade in between. At the end of the day, you can wear any lip colour to complement your wedding makeup – as long as you’re confident in it!

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