Makeup is NOT photoshop!

Don’t be fooled into thinking that everyone on social media has amazing flawless skin!

Unfortunately, it’s becoming ‘the norm’ to edit photos. From removing wrinkles, smoothing skin texture, changing eye colour, the list is endless.

Have you ever seen a before and after photo where the clients scars, raised acne, wrinkles and fine lines have miraculously disappeared in the after shot?  Believe me, this is not the work of a makeup brush or the artists mad skills, but more like “ALAKAZAM’ some great iPhone app skills.   

The constant editing of images is building unrealistic expectations from our clients (of all ages) and it saddens me that there are so many artists heavily editing their work and misleading potential clients into what is achievable.

Dark under eyes, pigmentation, non- raised skin marks and discolouration can be corrected and disguised, but any texture on the skin will not just disappear into thin air. Skin texture cannot be removed. 

Whilst makeup can still create amazing before and after results, I tell all of my clients that your makeup will only be as good as the skin its sitting on top of.  If you struggle to even wash your face, remove your makeup at night, and use supermarket grade skin care, then please don’t expect that the makeup artists brush will have some crazy Harry Potter wizardry.

If you want to see real unedited work, then follow makeup artists who don’t use these filtering tools on their photos.  Once you’ve seen the editing you won’t be able to unsee it! Signs of edited work are ultra-smooth skin with zero pores, no lines, insanely good before & after photos, fuzziness or shadowing, areas of the face blending into others, blurriness in the eyeshadow and brows, and every single person’s face looking exactly like the last one posted!

If you want your makeup to look amazing then please do yourself a favour, invest in quality professional skincare with active ingredients. Have regular skin treatments, use SPF daily and stay out of the sun.  AND always take your selfies in great light, it really does work!  

Please don’t put crazy high expectations upon your makeup artist.  We go into every job with the very best of intentions, and that’s to make our clients look and feel beautiful.

Have you ever heard anyone say “I really regret looking after my skin”?…

Calvin Klein Delicious Luxury Crème Lipstick Review

710pwr8QK0L__SL1500_I recently picked up seven of these lipsticks through Australian online discounter Ozsale. Each one was at a bargain basement price of $3 and I’m already kicking myself I didn’t buy more. Where can you seriously buy a decent lipstick for that price?

Picutre 1 left to right Mulberry 31145, First Kiss 31104, Flutter 31110, Orange Too 31112

Picture 2 left to right Venus 31114, Victorious 31136, Rose Rush 31137 and all colour swatches

CK LS 1CK LS 2

These are beautifully pigmented and super creamy, with a fruity fragrance and apply to a smooth matte finish, with an ever so slight hint of sheen.  They wear well, with great staying power, and fade off evenly without looking patchy on the lips.CK LS Swatches

I believe when originally marketed they came out in the high end range, but are now available at various online discount cosmetics stores from Fragrances and Cosmetics to StrawberryNet and even eBay.

The lipsticks are 3.5g of product each and come packaged in a gloss black plastic casing, similar to other brands like Inglot and Gorgeous. A nice simple packaging.

These lipsticks are not as luxurious as the title may have you believe and are certainly no Dior or Chanel, however they are very nice and a great every day lipstick – something you can throw in your handbag. They look lovely, come in a great colour range and at the end of the day if your lippy goes missing between work, a night out with girls or the cab ride home, you’re not going to be kicking yourself the next morning.

If you can pick these up cheap and the postage isn’t too much of a pinch, then I’d definitely give them a go.

Comment below on your favourite shade, if you’ve tried these lipsticks or if you’ll be thinking about adding one of these to your collection.

Until next time…

Jane xo