I was so excited to be able to go to another Canberra Centre masterclass as part of the opening of the new Beauty and Wellness Precinct, and I was so happy it was with Bonnie Gillies aka Oz Beauty Expert. Bonnie always looks flawless and her makeup skills are amazing! It was great to get some makeup tips from a makeup artist and to watch her create a gorgeous look on the model.
She made it look so easy but I took lots of notes with all the things Bonnie shared so I thought I’d gather up some of my favourite tips and tricks I picked up on the day!
So why refresh your makeup and your look? It can make your makeup look more modern and more on trend, plus it just feels good to try something new and mix things up a bit!
It is so important to match your foundation firstly to your skin colour and secondly to your skin type. If you get the right shade and formula for your skin then you can wear a lot of makeup and it will still look like your skin, just flawless. If you have the wrong shade or wrong formula it will always look like you’re wearing too much makeup and your foundation will highlight more flaws in your skin.
Using colour, light and shade will give you the perfect look. Blush is a total non-negotiable for Bonnie as it will give the face warmth and a healthy glow.
Use bronzer on the outer areas of the face and then your colour and highlight on the high points (as you probably know by now, dark (i.e. bronzer) will make areas recede whereas colour and light (blush and highlighter) will make areas stand out).
On mineral makeup…
Bonnie mentioned that she thinks that mineral makeup is the most underrated type of makeup. You need to buff it on, not apply it like a traditional powder, which is where a lot of people go wrong with it. But it’s never drying, won’t cause any blockages or breakouts, it’s virtually waterproof and it absorbs oil evenly so you won’t get shine like you do with traditional powder.
If you exercise in makeup, you need to look into mineral makeup as it will allow your skin to still breathe.
Make sure you check the label, proper mineral powder will have 3 ingredients and no additives: zinc oxide, mica and traces of titanium dioxide. Good mineral makeup brands according to Bonnie are Inika Organics, Bare Minerals, and Youngblood.
On applying your makeup…
Use a beauty blender or your fingers for applying foundation.
Use your fingers to apply your concealer under the eye, in the corners of the eye and across the eyelid as a good base for your eyeshadow. If you have redness around the nose apply a small amount of concealer there too. You can use a beauty blender to finish it off and make it look flawless.
Apply your bronzer in a large ‘C’ shape (along your hairline down to your jawline), under your jawline and under your cheekbone.
Apply highlighter to the high points of your face but go easy if you’re going out in natural daylight because it will show up a lot under natural light!
On your brows use small, hair-like strokes and subtly give the brow a nice shape. Don’t go too heavy and stick with your natural colours. Brow pencils with a super fine tip are best.
Apply your mascara on top and underneath your eyelashes, particularly if you’ve applied eyeshadow as the top of your eyelashes will be covered in eyeshadow otherwise!
Use a makeup setting spray to make your makeup last longer.
On eye makeup…
Modern eye makeup is all about less hard lines and more soft shadows. Use eyeshadow (rather than eyeliner) to create a heavy, darker look while still looking soft.
Only use matte colours on and above the eye crease/socket line. You can use shimmer on the lower half of the lid and on the brow bone.
Light colours make things look fuller so it can make your eyelids look heavier, instead keep your light colours below the socket line.
Contouring the eye with a darker matte colour will give your eyes more definition.
To create this look Bonnie used the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Collection. First, Bonnie used a peachy colour all over then used a darker colour in the socket line and on the lower lash line (and blended a lot!). Then she added definition with a very dark colour to the outer corner of the eye into the lash line.
Use eyeliner in one area only, don’t go too over the top with eyeliner everywhere. For this look Bonnie only used eyeliner on the waterline.
Apply shimmer as the last step of all of your makeup so that it’s nice and radiant. Remember, only apply the shimmer on the lower half of your eyelids and not over the top of your eyeshadow contour in the outer corners.
To apply false eyelashes…
Measure the lash strip first to make sure it fits your eye correctly and trim the ends if needed. Put the glue on the back of your hand and run the base of the lash strip over the glue on your hand. Wait a minute for the glue to become tacky, and while you’re waiting gently bend the lash strip so it fits better against the natural curve of your lash line. Sit the false lashes on top of your eyelashes and then push it down into your lash line.
I loved meeting Bonnie and watching her create this gorgeous look on the model. She’s such a warm and delightful person and I could listen to her talk about makeup all day long!!
I hope these tips help you figure out a few ways to refresh your makeup too! Thanks to the Canberra Centre for inviting me along to this awesome event.