Oldie but a goodie


Judi Dench looking stunning

We all want to look our best right?

Well some couldn’t care less but they aren’t reading this blog are they?

Most of us learn how to put on makeup as a teenager. We adapt a little as we get older and then get a bit stumped by it all as time goes by.  As we get a little older there’s a little more to cover up and in an attempt to cover up we layer on the makeup and add about 5 or 10 years.  Not exactly what we are trying to achieve.

We’ve all heard the saying less is more.  This is really the perfect time to experiment with this theory.  It’s important to decide what is more important flawless skin or a creaseless complexion?

Generally the older the skin I’m working on the less foundation I use.

I will use a sheer coverage all over the face to create a nice dewy, healthy base to work with. Then I only use full coverage where required. As a result you’re effectively only concealing 20% of the skin and highlighting rather than ageing.

These are my top picks

  • Motives liquid mineral (the best liquid mineral I’ve used)
  • Motives dual mineral powder (for the quick dry powder finish)
  • Mac face and body (dewy, healthy, sheer coverage)

The light reflecting qualities of motives actually reduces the appearance of fine lines and it doesn’t move into any creases. Trust me, give it a go. Its one of the most affordable quality products on the market and with the likes of JLo and the Kardashians using it, it must be OK.

To see Mario Dedivanovic (Kim Kardashians’ makeup artist) using Motives cosmetics click here


African beauty


I was so ecstatic to be invited to a big Somalian wedding a couple of years ago.

No such thing as a small Somalian wedding. Apparently everyone just comes along even if they’re not invited. The uninvited just come after the main event and join in the celebrations.

From this day forward it became a personal mission for me to work out what was going on with their makeup when half of the girls looked green.  I’m serious, it was crazy.

So I did a little research and correct me if I’m wrong please girls.

Essentially there are two main undertones for dark skin, yellow and blue. I figured what must have happened is they were putting too much yellow tone on blue tone skin which gives you green. I have no other explanation without actually seeing their makeup.  Sounds reasonable don’t you think?

It‘s even more critical to identify the undertone in darker skin because you can’t cover it up. Fair skin on the other hand can be concealed.

I’ve found options for darker skin are quite limited in Australia with leading brands like Mac Cosmetics and Bobbi Brown leading the way.  A great new product to check out is the  Motives for lala range.  Their range will accommodate even the darkest skin down to the golden Jennifer Lopez shades.