I Got My Eyebrows Microbladed and Here’s What Happened

I Got My Eyebrows Microbladed and Here’s What Happened

I Got My Eyebrows Microbladed and Here’s What Happened

 

I’ve always had pretty scarce and bare nothing like brows. Plus, I remember wearing a pair of Ray-Ban sunnies one summer where the beginning of my brows always got caught in the sunglasses and would literately rip out. I’m not sure if that is that even normal? I’m sure that’s contributed to my arch’s disappearing act.

What’s more, I pencil in my brows every day and I do this even on a lazy Sunday morning. Cue the cruel cycle of wanting to be able to swim or workout with Cara Delevingne-like brows but slowly and surely losing the effort involved in creating these every day. 

I longed to wake up with Brooke Shields brows — so I instantaneously called up not just my local brow expert but one that’s highly suggested and recommended in any forum online, you type in ‘micro-bladed brows in the Surf Coast’ and wah-lah cosmetic tattoo specialist, Chrissy, shows up (aka the eyebrow queen from Peep Studio and I shortly booked myself in for an appointment.)

I’m not going to lie, I was kind of shitting myself about the whole semi-permanent part of this procedure but at the beginning of my appointment, Chrissy reassured me that’d she’d draw in my brows first to make sure I was into them. Plus, Chrissy’s looked amazing, so I knew I was in good hands.

 

 

These are my sparse eyebrows (below)

I had an initial appointment with Chrissy from Peep Studio (https://peepstudio.com.au/) and a follow up list of what to do ‘pre treatment’. The list of instructions were as follows:

Client pre- care to appointment: 
• No alcohol 24hrs prior to apt as this effects normal blood clotting.
• Limit caffeine intake as it causes you to bleed more and we need your pigment to stay within the skin.
• Minimum 4weeks prior to apt, you can not have Botox, injectables, chemical peels or any other skin treatment. If so, please check with your therapist.
• Avoid blood thinning medications 72hrs prior to apt. This includes Vit E, Asprin, Niacin, Ibuprofen & fish oil.
• Avoiding sun exposure 4 weeks prior as can impact on pigment absorption.
• Wash your hair the night before or morning of apt as you can not get your brows wet for 7 days.

To start, Chrissy began to outline my brows and create the shape that she would eventually work within when she began microblading my arches. It was like I had Da Vinicis Vitruvian Man of the golden ratio drawn on my face. The brows are drawn up with a waxed pencil as as she explains,  “this gives her a frame to work within”. Once the drawing is complete, she begins to blade.

 

Gloved up, with a disposable pigment ring on her finger that she dips the blade into to scoop up the pigment. Then she blades the pigment into the skin. Starting at the beginning of the brow, she begins her first lot of hair strokes and follows through to the arch and finishing at the tail of the brow. After the first pass, the brows are soaked with the pigment to get into the small incisions. She then begins the same on the other brow. She will then do a ‘second pass’ on the brows. This is filling in any gaps. Once finished, the brows are soaked again for 10-15min. The pigment is removed and the liquid bandaid is applied. I realise this all sounds super-painful, but I promise it’s not; if you’ve ever gotten your eyebrows threaded, microblading feels unusually similar.

The whole procedure took about two hours, she would show me a mirror to make sure I liked my results, and if I wanted another hair or two here and there, she made it happen for me. Straight after the MB treatment, Chrissy applied a liquid bandaid immediately after the treatment. Chrissy explains that its ‘an antibacterial sealer and prevents any bacteria from penetrating, & reduces crust & scab formation. It also allows the colour to adhere to the skin better. Chrissy explained that “in the next coming days, the brows will tighten and a slight scab will form over the wound” and that “the colour will still look dark. Little flakes start to form and this is caused by the natural cell renewal of the skin.” She continued to say that when the flakes, flake off, the brows will then look patchy & the result will be 40% lighter (see photos below I was very concerned during this stage). I was also told that during this stage, do not use any cosmetic products, soaps or oils to the area. Do not rub, scratch the treated area.

She then supplies me with take home aftercare which includes 2 sterile water wipes & aftercare balm. 2-3hrs after my appointment, I gentle remove the liquid bandaid with the water wipes provided. 1 for each brow. Then I leave them till day 3. Day 3 I start to apply the balm on my brows morning and night, for 7 days. Not too much, as it can inhibit the healing process that needs to take place. After the 7 days, a shiny layer of healed skin has covered the area, I can now wet my brows.

Details of MB
MB is the art of drawing fine like hair strokes into the skin to create a natural brow. It’s done by using a small hand-tool which consists of micro needles positioned next to each other to blade fine hair strokes into the skin. It’s a very precise and quite difficult procedure. The pigment needs to be placed into the basal germinal layer. To shallow, in the epidermis, the pigment will fall out. She listens for a scratching sound on the skin, and the blade should glide through like butter. It should not be painful and unbearable. It feels much like scratching on the skin.

My eyebrows au natural. 

Immediately after my first session. 

What the actual fuck has happened to my eyebrows?

oh dear lord… Chrissy did warn me they’d go dark at first!

A week after my eyebrows calmed down and started to flake away!

After my second session where Chrissy filled in the missed sections and I was that happy!

I am told I need to not wash my face for a week and apply an ointment on them morning and night for a week. She did warn me that the pigment gets SUPER dark the next day and to not freak out as it’ll fade and scab within the next week. I must say I woke up the next day and I was freaking out, they were dark. I knew she pre warned me but they were so dark. I fought every urge to send a panicked txt message to her. It felt like my boyfriend couldn’t even look at me or that I was the laughing stock of Coles. I felt like I was meant to come out looking like Cara or Brooke. What happened? After a few days, it was like the heavens opened. Everything faded and my brows looked maybe 5 shades later. I was so pleased. I then had to go back after a few weeks for another session to fill in any missed spots. I must say I LOVE them and I am ready for Bali and a 5 minute makeup routine!

The most important product you can use after a microblading treatment is sunscreen. As Chrissy from Peep Studio explains “the pigment will last anywhere between 12-24 months, depending on the clients skin type and lifestyle factors. The more care you take of your brows the longer the colour will last in your skin. This can be done by using a SPF on your brows, as the sun will fade the pigment if exposed for long periods”. Like with other tattoos, sunscreens helps extend the longevity of your brows and prevent against fading from the sun. As Chrissy stated in the intial consultation “Tattoo balm, such as ‘Hustle butter’, can be applied everyday (evening), to keep the brightness of the pigment. Treat your tattoo brows the same way you take care of the skin on your face, moisturise daily!”

 

All in all I am VERY happy with my brows and bring on Bali! 

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Everything You Need to Know About Fraxel Lasers

Everything You Need to Know About Fraxel Lasers

Everything You Need to Know About Fraxel Lasers

Imagine you could take all your skin concerns—hyperpigmentation, acne scars, dullness, fine lines—and peel them all away to reveal a new layer of glowy, healthy skin.

The photo above is a photo taken at Vic Dermal examining my skin close up. I have a few freckles, a few small broken capillaries and most obvious pigmentation concerns.

What it’s for: Sun spots, fine lines, and sagging skin, especially for brides over 30.

What to expect: Fraxel uses thousands of tiny lasers smaller than a hair follicle to stimulate collagen and replace damaged skin. It’s more powerful than some other types of lasers, so each session is a little more invasive. Expect to sit tight with numbing cream on your face before each session, and don’t start looking for results until a few weeks after your appointment. Most Fraxel lasers can take up to 3 months to take full effect.

What it costs: $1000 and up per session.

Imagine you could take all your skin concerns—hyperpigmentation, acne scars, dullness, fine lines—and peel them all away to reveal a new layer of glowy, healthy skin. Vic Dermal has got my skin to a neutral tone instead of being speckled (it almost looks like I have tinted moisturiser on 24/7 now). I wanted to get Fraxel at Vic Dermal to assist with my hyperpigmentation, sun damage, wrinkles, and acne scarring.

It can be intimidating to undergo a procedure like this so I am going to break down everything you need to know before trying Fraxel. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I got my first Fraxel treatment 1 week ago at Vic Dermal and have been getting a ton of questions about what it does, where I went, whether it hurts, what the recovery is like, and whether I’m happy with the results. I’m so excited to answer all those questions and share my before and after with you today!

Why is it different to using topical treatments? Because being able to go that deep allows you to really break up that scar tissue that’s clouding the textural difference, whereas a cream wouldn’t be able to.  Fraxel doesn’t stop ageing, but it slows it down by helping combat some of your earlier sun damage and encouraging cellular renewal at the deeper layers of your skin – layers that products just can’t get to. 

Firstlly, numbing cream was put on my face an hour before treatment. As it scans the skin it lays down little dots. It heats up these little dots of skin and leaves little bits in between.

It felt like someone rolling something on my face. It felt like a prickly heat and this part took 20 minutes. I was then given an icepack and could blow the hose with cold hair.

Directly after the treatment my skin felt hot and over the course of the next couple of days the pigmentation started to come through.

I don’t look like raw meat but I am going to be red, peeling, and scaley. I would suggest to get this done 6-12 months before your wedding. To avoid having to hide your super-sensitive, bright-red face (how could we ever forget Samantha at Carrie’s book party in Sex and the City?)

Day 2: The pigmentation has come through to the surface. My skin did feel like linen and you could see hash marks. I am making sure I use ample amounts of sun protection. I am also avoiding harsh products on my skin and ensuring I use a gentle cleanser and moisturiser twice a day.

Day 3-5: My skin was quite hard and flaking off. It was pretty hard to cover with makeup so I tried to let it breathe. As the skin goes dark which is also called ‘bronzing’ it flakes off to reveal new glowing skin. I am also avoiding picking at my skin which is extremely hard as it’ll only make me red and take longer to heal. I am reminding myself that It’ll peel when it’s ready.

 

 

Day 5-6: Skin looks completely different and the flaky/ dry cracked skin is nearly off.

Day 7 (1 week): My skin is so much more even and the pigmentation is nearly gone. It looks like I am wearing tinted moisturiser.

To book in with Vic dermal to get your Fraxel treatment visit their website www.vicdermal.com.au or call 03 9853 9264.

I’ve noticed an improvement in lines and wrinkles.

My skin is renewing itself and that collagen remodelling has taken place in the DEEPER layers of the skin, the results will become clearer over time…because even though I see the Fraxel treatment on the outer skin layer, it actually increases the cellular renewal below the skin’s visible surface (which then eventually shows up as the skin renews itself).

 

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Jen Atkin Celebrity Hair Stylists

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NEGIN MIRSALEHI’S WEDDING DAY ROUTINE WITH MARY PHILLIPS & JEN ATKIN

NEGIN  MIRSALEHI

“My mum is the only person I allow to cut and color my hair and I use my signature Honey Infused Hair Oil every day to keep it looking healthy, shiny and smooth. It’s the one product I take everywhere.”

The Amsterdam-based beauty guru and founder of Gisou haircare reveals her wedding day beauty prep. 

The pair behind Negin Mirsalehi‘s stunning red carpet beauty looks are celebrities in their own right. Jen Atkin, the model’s trusted hairstylist, is best known for being founder of hair care brand Ouai and the go-to of Chrissy Teigen and Jessica Alba. Meanwhile, her makeup artist Mary Phillips is a Global Makeup and Skincare Artist for La Mer, who glams up the likes of Kim KardashianBella Hadid, and more. No wonder Kendall’s hair and makeup always look flawless!

The pair behind Negin Mirsalehi’s stunning red carpet beauty looks are celebrities in their own right. Jen Atkin, the model’s trusted hairstylist, is best known for being founder of hair care brand Ouai and the go-to of Chrissy Teigen and Jessica Alba. Meanwhile, her makeup artist Mary Phillips is a Global Makeup and Skincare Artist for La Mer, who glams up the likes of Kim KardashianBella Hadid, and more. No wonder Kendall’s hair and makeup always look flawless!

That said, you might be wondering what it’s really like to sit in such a coveted hair and makeup chair—luckily, Jen granted us a sneak peek via her YouTube channel. She and Mary partnered up with another hair maven, Negin Mirsalehi, to give her the ultimate wedding day glam on camera. The pair shared tons of beauty tips as well, including how the Ouai founder achieves perfect waves!

Watch the full video below!

 

“…and struggle to fight dehydration, so I start my morning with a tall glass of water before my skincare routine. After using a cleansing oil, I choose my moisturizer depending on where I am in the world – in hot places I go for a light-textured cream, and in colder temperatures I’ll use something thicker, but they’ll always have a high SPF, no matter which country I’m in. I love SK-II and Avene products.”

“In which Negin, Mary and I skipped NYFW parties to stay in, do some fun glam on Negin, and eat French fries. Doesn’t she look incred? We talk about makeup, hair, and our thoughts on MARRIAGE. I also had some fun playing with a veil I couldn’t help myself! Let me know in the comments if u guys wanna see red carpet, bridal, or any other tutorials! Ps. For those asking you can actually book Mary and I for weddings via Styled (https://styled.us)

Follow Negin: https://www.instagram.com/negin_mirsa… https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCec6…

Follow Mary: https://www.instagram.com/maryphillips

PRODUCTS I USED: OUAI Hair & Body Shine Mist https://bit.ly/2DUZNrW

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil https://bit.ly/2jhoOTF

OUAI Dry Shampoo Foam https://bit.ly/2v4LsYV

Balmain Paris Session

Spray Strong https://bit.ly/2E0W3VV

Hot Tools 24k Gold Curling Iron https://bit.ly/2zHTZTB

Eideal Curling Irons https://bit.ly/2SNYBRq

Balmain Texturizing Volume Spray https://bit.ly/2T60KXY

Barbers Brush https://bit.ly/2NfwhkL

Mason Pearson Boar Bristle Brush https://bit.ly/2XeA5aP

Sheila Stotts Application Brush https://bit.ly/2IqZP0j

PRODUCTS MARY USED: 1. (prepped with) La Mer Eye Concentrate https://bit.ly/2W2dttn Creme de la Mer https://bit.ly/2HefQkk

2. La Mer Concealer in Shade Medium https://seph.me/2BKIAkA

3. Contoured with Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Intensity 1 https://seph.me/2EkKWZe

4. Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation in Beige & Honey (mixed) https://seph.me/2Ngbj5j

5. Bake with La Mer Translucent Loose Powder https://seph.me/2VbhbQj

6. Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil in Chocolate https://bit.ly/2KPQqiN Anastasia Brow Powder in Chocolate https://seph.me/2glmXzS Anastasia Clear Brow Gel https://seph.me/2SMpdSP

7. Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette https://seph.me/2z0xp4p KKW Classic Palette https://bit.ly/2ObjT4E Tom Ford Eye Quad in Cocoa Mirage https://seph.me/2IkOS02

8. Kevyn Aucoin Pencil in Basic Brown https://bit.ly/2GSIif5

9. Ardell Individual lashes in Medium https://bit.ly/2Ejy7OU

10. Tom Ford blush in Flush https://seph.me/2SJrSN0 Kevyn Aucoin Pure Powder Glow in Ariana and Helena https://bit.ly/2BJddqu

11. Nudestix Nudies bronzer in Sunkissed https://bit.ly/2Iq6x6L Tom Ford Bronzing Powder https://bit.ly/2TXlHl9

12. Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold highlighter palette https://seph.me/2tvZ6R7

13. Kevyn Aucoin Lip Liner in Medium https://seph.me/2V6jYdi Tom Ford lipstick in Smoked Sable https://bit.ly/2SgS38Z”

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Expert Advice For Glowing Skin

Expert Advice For Glowing Skin

Derya Koch, Director of Victorian Dermal Clinic and owner of Dermal Hub ‘Halo’. 

Consider this your pre-wedding check list. Optional, of course – but everything is laid out so you can navigate this whole “pre-wedding beauty routine” situation with some confidence and more importantly know when to start.

Talking to The Bridal Journey, Victorian Dermal dermal clinician Derya Koch has handed over a plethora of skincare tips and tricks and considering she’s the woman the Melbourne Models and Celebrities look to and depend upon for perfect skin – we’re taking notes.

Victorian Dermal also have ‘Wedding Packages’ for The Bridal Journey Readers. These are customised packages to ensure your skin is looking its best on your wedding day. 

Derya is kicking goals also founding Dermal Hub which she created with her sister and launched the ‘Halo’ last year. Did you know 80% of facial ageing is caused by the sun? That’s why Derya designed the ‘halo’ face shield which is a visor available in a variety of coloured lenses which covers the majority of the face, providing a UV 400 protection shield against damage caused by harmful sun rays.

Does “preventative botox” actually work? We also spoke to Dr Master (who also works at Vic Dermal) about Dermal Fillers and Anti-wrinkle injections. 

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When is the best time pre wedding to start seeing a specialist to get that loved up bridal glow?

I would recommend brides to start a minimum of 8 weeks prior to the wedding day, this will enable a thorough skin consultation tailoring the most appropriate skin care regime and treatment program suitable for your skin type and skin condition.  Our specialist assessment will give you the best chance at achieving clear and radiant skin. There are several different treatments available to help give you a beautiful complexion – each tailored to meet your specific skin concerns.

We create our wedding packages by taking into consideration different skin concerns and how much time you have. The wedding packages focus on consistent treatments that work in conjunction with high-quality skincare.

Dr Master who works at the clinic also recommends that having a consult on cosmetic treatment (dermal fillers and anti wrinkle injections) at least a good 6 months before to trial what works well and is appealing. 

What do you recommend as a home care routine?

Your skin journey starts with skincare, we use cosmeceutical grade skincare, which contains active ingredients at the right concentration and technology that aids in the delivery into the skin. Cosmeceutical skincare is corrective, promoting healthy skin function. Prior to using any cosmeceutical skincare, a skin assessment is necessary. Through skin analysis we can determine your skin needs and recommend the most suitable ingredients, a skincare prepping phase for approx. Two weeks in necessary to create a healthy skin environment and accelerate results.

Products that you swear by?

Any successful skincare routine should include the following ingredients as an introductory level;

  • Cleanser- Regular cleansing is essential to keeping your skin looking radiant and healthy. Removing of dirt, oil, and other unwanted debris. Throughout the day the skin on your face is continually covered with bacteria, pollutants, viruses, dirt, and old (dead) skin
  • Cleansing helps anti-aging products and treatments work properly.
  • Cleansing helps maintain proper pore size.
  • Cleansing encourages proper skin hydration and prevents the production of excess oils.

Hyaluronic acid which has the greatest ability to retain moisture out of just about anything: close to 1000 times its weight in water, to be specific. This improves barrier function, improves hydration leaving the skin plump and hydrated.

Vitamin B3, is one of the best forms of the B vitamins for your skin. Also known as Niacin, Vitamin B3 can help to improve the condition of the skin, helping to treat rosacea, acne, eczema, dermatitis, hyper pigmentation, sun-damaged, ageing and dry skin – so it’s a must-have vitamin for healthy, glowing skin!

Vitamin C- when topically applied, vitamin C provides a skin-rejuvenating effect by improving collagen synthesis in the skin that slows down with ageing, as well as limiting skin damage from free radicals.6,10 Collagen is a structural support protein that is essential for firm, youthful skin.

Moisturiser – Moisturising everyday can reduce the chance of developing extreme dryness or oiliness. Both extremes are harmful for skin and cause common skin conditions like acne.

Physical Sunscreen-often called sunblock, is physical: It contains active mineral ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide (which are naturally broad spectrum, meaning they protect against both UVA and UVB rays). Physical Sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients which work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin. They are often referred to as physical blockers.

Pros of Physical Sunscreen:

  • Offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays and is naturally broad spectrum
  • Protects from the sun as soon as it’s applied, no wait needed
  • Lasts longer when in direct UV light (but not when doing physical activities that cause the skin to get wet or sweat)
  • Less likely to cause a stinging irritation on the skin, making it better for sensitive skin
  • Better for those with heat-activated skin conditions such as (Pigmentation- Melasma, Rosacea and redness) since it deflects the heat and energy given off by the sun away from the skin
  • Less likely to be pore-clogging, making it ideal for acne-prone skin
  • Longer shelf life

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@cassiehancock after her treatment at Vic Dermal 

What are your top tips for getting wedding ready?

Do’s

Start a skin rich diet; Your diet is a constant reminder that what you put into your body will impact your skin’s appearance. Skin food includes a diet rich in vitamins and minerals, Omega 3 fatty acids such as those found in herring, salmon and mackerel are necessary for plump and supple skin. Leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach and broccoli promote your iron intake, and sweet potatoes, tomatoes and walnuts also have essential benefits. Green tea also boasts detoxifying properties with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, as well as being known as a metabolic booster.

Minimise your UV exposure that can lead to pigmentation, collagen breakdown, dry and dehydrated skin.

Start your skin treatment journey as soon as possible.

Start an active skincare regime, sure to have your skin analysed to ensure the appropriate ingredients are recommend for your skin type.

– be sure to have your skin analysed prior to trying any products. Do not use any new products or have any treatment a month prior to the wedding day – although there are some specific events treatments that are best to have a week prior to the wedding day to give that ultimate glow such as; ULTRAEVENTS  which we use to tighten, lift and smooth out the skin’s texture, creating a smooth base for makeup application best performed a week prior to.

Dr Master suggests when talking about injectables is to see exactly what you like. Enhance the lips, test the units of Botulinium toxin in areas that may need some love and use the same formula within about 2 months of your big day!

@olympiavalance looking after her skin with the @dermalhub halo. Protecting her skin from 98% UV & UVB. Get your #dermalhubhalo from our Kew Clinic now

Derya wearing the Halo by Dermal Hub

Non surgical eyebrow lift using #Antiwrinkleinjections. By injecting small amounts into specific muscles around the eyes and forehead, allows the natural pull of the structure increase. Before and after taken 2 weeks after treatment. Results lasting 3-6 months. @drmaster_md

One of the biggest issues we experience once we get into our late 20s is aging around the eye. How do we prevent lines or perhaps even hollowness around that area for the big day?

Eyes are an important feature contributing to a fresh youthful look. The cause of hollow eyes is due to the skin in this area being thinner than elsewhere on the body and becomes looser under the eyes as we age. Hollowness is due to fat loss in the lower eyelids, this is due to hereditary factors, aging and volume loss.

Topical ingredients such as growth factors, kojic acid and vitamin c can improve collagen production leading to an increase in volume and lighten the darkness in this area.

Some of the options for dark hollow eyes include; laser resurfacing – Improving fine lines and increasing volume through new collagen formation. Q-Switch laser which stimulates collagen production and treats the pigmentation resulting in a reduction in the darkness. Ultraformer- (HIFU) Is particularly good for dropping eyelids, loss of elasticity and hollowness in the tear trough.

 

Let’s talk, décolletage and patchy skin from sun damage on the chest area. How does one get rid of this particularly for brides who are wearing something strapless or low cut?

Remembering on your wedding day, it’s not just about your face, there are many treatment options that can improve the skin on your chest, neck, décolletage and backs of your hands. The treatments are focused on removing pigmentation, facial veins and redness and rejuvenate the skin. The type of treatment/laser will depend on the diagnosis and individual skin type and condition.

 

Nothing makes people run the other way faster than seeing someone in real life who went overboard and looks like a statue of themselves: zero facial expression and overly puffy. What about cosmetic enhancements? What do you recommend for brides and the timeline to get these treatments done?

Dr Mobin clarifies that “My mantra is to enhance, refresh and look natural. Movement is not a bad thing! I usually treat patients with deep wrinkles initially with Botulinium toxin, gradually reducing the dose as we top it up on a regular basis. Once the deep wrinkles are under control, then lower doses can be used to achieve the same result.  I believe in cycling medication and less is often more. Any imbalances can be naturally enhanced without being noticed. My patients are often treated and no one noticed, they simply comment you look great or fresh.”

 

What is preventative botox?

Dr Mobin suggests that “Preventative Botulinium Toxin is the use of this “Neuromodulator” (which come in a number of brand names, such as above), is to slow the movement of the muscles that keep traumatising the skin and causing permanent trauma to the epidermis. These wrinkles cannot recover as well when contributed by ageing process –  loss of hydration in the epidermis (superficial), loss of collagen in the dermis (middle layer) and loss of fat (deep layer).  If prevention is used, the the skin has a chance to recover from that trauma and it also changes the habit of “frowning”, “raising” and “squinting”. 

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As a working mum, I rarely get time to myself these days however, I always make sure I start my day off with a little self love- this includes my usual morning beauty routine which sets me on track for the day. I’m all about keeping it natural and effortless most days but love to style my hair using a curling tong or straightening iron every now and then 

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Beauty Talk With Melbourne’s Top Makeup Artist

Beauty Talk With Melbourne’s Top Makeup Artist

‘Could just stare into these eyes all day @tia_mallia shot by @laurenschulzvisuals styled by @styledbybloom_ ‘ – Cassandra Lusi

keeps getting better with Miss Melb Cup @oliviamollyrogerstoday for the Melbourne Cup @flemingtonvrc  Styled @suzeskander headpiece @viktorianovak H&MU by me’ – Cassandra Lusi 

There are dream jobs and then there are dream jobs like Cassandra Lusi’s. 

Cassandra Lusi has been a full-time makeup artist for almost 3 years, and let me tell you, the girl can paint a face. She is a regular makeup artist to Steph Claire Smith, Laura Henshaw and not to mention Olivia Molly Rodgers, Eleanor Pendleton &  Rachel Finch. 

What started as a creative outlet, while working as a full-time accountant, soon turned into more than a hobby. Sure everyone needs an accountant, but we need makeup artists like Cass more. 

We asked Cass some of her advice when it comes to working with a makeup artist for the big day and how to go about doing your makeup yourself! 

‘Keeping it fresh is a trend I don’t see going anywhere

anytime soon.’

‘We had so much fun filming this look today for a @keepitcleaner shoot. 
Natural, fresh and easy! COMING SOON to YouTube! @stephclairesmith ‘- Cassandra Lusi

How do wedding makeup trials work?

A bridal trial should be used for the makeup artist to get to know the bride, the vibe and feel of the wedding, and what the ascetic of the whole day will be. And for the bride to get to know the makeup artist, their style and to discuss the expectations of the bridal makeup.  We get to test how foundations/ primers and moisturisers all sit and wear on the skin so on the day there are no surprises. It’s also a great time we can discuss any pre wedding skin treatments that might be good in the lead up to the big day. 

If a bride chooses to do her own makeup or needs tips for the wedding rehearsal dinner or recovery lunch what are your top tips for.. 

Skin prepping?

To achieve the best base it all starts with good skin, so skin preparation is so important. Never try anything new too close to any big events, and keep it simple. A good cleanse and hydrating serum the night before should tick all the boxes if you are new to a skincare regime. Also an eye masks before a makeup application for puffy tired eyes never goes astray. 

Foundation? What’s the best and how does she go about getting a flawless base?

For longevity and flawless complexion for a dewy base I can’t go past Nars sheer glow foundation. But my biggest tip is use a damp beauty blender! Right now I am obsessed with YSL All in One Glow Foundation– it’s oil free and light weight but coverage is light to medium buildable (personal makeup kit staple).

What are your must have tools/ products?

Number one – damp beauty blender always helps achieve the perfect base. (Not for matte foundations) also a primer that works for your skin – my go to is Charlotte Tilbury wonder glow.

How does she go about contouring? 

Less is more, and make sure you use a matte bronzer and use a small/ medium size bronzing brush to get a defined contour line. I like creams but for longevity and looking more fresh not as cakey I always opt for a powder. 

Glow- how does one get a glow without looking like you’ve walked into a strobe light?

Use a natural glow (try a light cream base highlighter – I love RMS living luminizer because it’s coconut oil based) on the high points of your cheek bones, and a tiny amount on your brow bone and Cupid bow. Set with a soft highlighter  (Tom Ford sculpting highlight is my go-to)

Which makeup mistake do you see perpetrated most often?

Going too hard on the brows and using strip lashes. Last thing you want is looking too dark around the eye area in photos. Less is more!!! 

‘Today was all about flawless skin and soft bronze tones ????????@rachael_finch 
Product breakdown 
@narsissist sheer glow & creamy concealer 
@ctilburymakeup flawless filter #5
@toofaced peaches palette 
@hourglasscosmetics bronzed luminous light 
@tomfordbeauty fiber gel 
@eylureofficial Lashes * lip applied after photo but was @narsissist Dolce Vita with @maccosmeticsaustralia Boldly Bare ‘ – Cassandra Lusi
Reunited with this honey @caris_tiivel H&MU by me for @melbourneracingclub @bondisandslaunch today ???? – Cassandra Lusi
What’s the biggest beauty trend of the year so far?

Keeping it fresh is a trend I don’t see going anywhere anytime soon.

What else makes a winning bridal look?

Simple elegance and keeping the bride looking like herself. There is nothing more beautiful than a glowing bride looking the best version of her.

What’s the one product that you have repurchased the most over the years?

There is a list of about 5 but two I can’t seem to replace with another brand are Tom Ford fibre brow gel and Nars creamy concealer!

‘Twice in one week. Who’s luckier @stephclairesmith ????????‍♀️ Today we kept the look fresh and summery, perfect for daytime. Hero product @ctilburymakeup Beach stick in Moon Beach and supersize me lipliner.’- Cass Lusi
‘Kicking off the year with this mega babe @emmgurr A natural and dewy go-to look H&MU by me for @cottonon with an epic crew @monica_mayor @jcheep @leniflashes‘- Cass Lusi

‘Well arnt you going to make the most perfect bride @laura.henshaw ???? @daltgraham you lucky man. H&MU by me’ – Cass Lusi

Products that Cass swears by