Please welcome my second guest post this week, from make up artist Andrea Claire. As most of you know, my actual job for the past 15 years or so has been as a television host. One of the many shows I hosted was a makeover show where we travelled around the province giving women in small towns makeovers. Well. I didn’t actually do any of the making over. I did the talking. We had a clothing stylist and a hair/makeup person. Andrea … was that hair/makeup person.
Please take everything she says with a grain of salt. She’s incredibly jealous of me and once tried to push me down a set of stairs. She *does* know her stuff though. She’s good. Really good. If you need beauty, makeup, hair advice she’s your gal. Lucky you, she has a website.
And a guest post!
Karen and I met in auditions for Stylin’ Gypsies, I had a talent, she didn’t, but nonetheless, we both got the show. Go figure.
I was surprised that we actually still kept in touch, when we weren’t shooting Karen had her Walkman headphones on (yes, Walkman, she’s old and nostalgic which now keeps her in touch with the hipsters which in turn keeps her young.)
A C T U A L L Y….
Let’s be honest here…
Karen is amazing and puts up with my attempt at humour. [or did she edit out the above…]
I learned a lot from stalking working with Karen. The way she makes people feel at ease as she covers their faces with sliced cheese is a gift. Ok; so that happened once. I learned from Karen the proper behaviour to expect when being mic’ed by your sound guy. [You mean he isn’t supposed to pull your shirt out three feet and stare at your cleavage??]
Maybe you are like Stylin’ what?!?!? Stylin’ Gypsies was my second on-camera TV show experience, the first was a guest appearance on Romper Room when I was 4… True story.
Time to get serious about beauty…
I grew up in Canada. As a hair & makeup artist I got to appear on various makeover shows, talk shows, Canadian Idol, bla bla bla ecetera… I then remarried and moved to Singapore.
After an established career in Canada, I met the man of my dreams and dragged my preteens overseas.
As a workaholic I went from shooting in Canada 5-7 days a week to hearing a pin drop with my career in Asia. [This is a cross many trailing spouses must bear.] I landed into a new market: Asia. Singapore is known as Asia-light since it’s very Westernized and everyone speaks English.
Within the first few weeks I discovered that I was preggers with Zoie Jean, #stuffZoiesays on my Twitter. [ Who btw, is now 4.]
Agencies for hair & makeup were nonexistent at the time, so with a bun in the oven, new culture, I went about my usual ways as a freelancer spamming cold calling clients. My first shoot was ground-breaking in Singapore; a nude calender for the Gallery Hotel. Nudes are illegal here. It went through the censorship board who granted permission for printing after many conversations over a nipple [which btw: was in silhouette so not even a nipple but the shape of one.]
Since my first job here 5 years ago, I have gone on to shoot for Singapore editions of Bazaar, ELLE, Seventeen, Designare, L’Official – to name a few.
I’ve shot in Thailand and had to turn down shoots in Mauritius, Paris and the Philippines. sigh.
I have so many interesting stories but I am sure that Karen wasn’t thinking of my guest blog post as a pitch for a feature film on my life story.
I have had the pleasure and luck to do a lot of travelling so I thought I would share with you my faves of:
Beauty from around the world!
Austin, Texas Y’all! Rae Cosmetics You can survive a desert, well at least look fabulous while wandering in one. I lived in Austin for a year where I discovered Rochelle’s amazing brand. SPF-laden, sweat and heat-proof PLUS she will deliver internationally. Her ambassadors are female athletes.
Singapore: Skinfood A Korean brand that I discovered partaking in the Singapore Olympic sport of shopping; to say that there are many malls here in Singapore is an understatement. Korea is known for their beauty innovation. This brand is based on natural food therapies. My faves are their skin sprays/toners that you can apply over makeup throughout the day targeting skin issues at the same time.
Paris: Can you believe my first time in Paris was this year?! I know 22 years in fashion and I finally get there. I got to shoot for ELLE Singapore on location, my friends Sarah Slean and Royal Wood were performing there so I attended their performances; and of course shop!
Although Tom Ford Beauty is not exclusive to Paris the Printemps Beauty Maison is where I discovered it. The eye quads are gorgeous textures and he has gotten me to love lipstick again. Going to Paris? You have to see the Printemps Beauty Maison. Another Paris mention is Paris-based brand black|UP Cosmetics available at Sephora. black|Up, like Iman, was developed with the women of colour in mind which means the pigments are more saturated.
China: China is known for their markets, mass amounts of knock offs and… real hair extensions. I bought some fantastic hair pieces that would have been at least five times more expensive anywhere else. Travelling to China? Learn to say Tài guìle! Which translates to: Too expensive! This will start your bargaining experience.
Canada: Of course I need to bring it back home to my home country. FACE atelier. Absolutely the BEST foundation that I have ever used. This foundation was given to me to try coincidentally when I was shooting Stylin’ Gypsies which quickly found it’s way into my kit. Along with the foundations, I would recommend that you try the Peach Glaze blush and Cameo lip glaze – frankly the whole line is totes amaze!
Not Globetrotting anytime soon? Here are my Universal beauty picks:
Foundation: L’Oreal True Match
Blush: NARS Orgasm
Eyeshadow: Benefit Creaseless Cream shadows, they make great eyeshadow primers too. Birthday Suit is a colour must for all!
Eyeliner: Bobbi Brown Gel Liner or MAC Cosmetics Powerpoint liners
Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous
Lipsticks: Bobbi Brown or MAC Cosmetics
Lipgloss: Lancome Juicy Tubes
FIND ME ON:
A new online beauty segment called Glam Up! on YAHOO!
FACEBOOK: Andrea Claire h&m/ beauty host
Singapore Agent: UglyD
Canadian Agent: Judy Inc
and finally my blog for rants, raves, beauty reviews and random thoughts: AndreaClaire.OnSugar
Note from Karen! Of the products Andrea mentioned I use the L’Oreal Voluminous mascara and the Face Atelier foundation and Peach Glaze blush. I can’t recommend any of them enough! And yes, Andrea is the one who introduced me to these things years ago. As luck would have it, one of my sponsors, Ellënoire carries Face Atelier. You can find the Face Atelier foundation here, and the Peach Glaze blush here. (It isn’t always easy to find.)