Thursday 19 February 2015

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Hello my lovelies!

Today I have some very exciting news -I will now be stocking Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in my makeup kit!!! 

After six months of testing out this foundation myself (and falling in love) it has quickly made its way up to one of my all time favourite foundations –which is a definite compliment for Mr Giorgio Armani as I am a HUGE foundation junkie ;)

One of the reasons why I love this liquid foundation so much is that it melts into the skin, is lightweight and looks incredibly natural-creating a flawless base. This foundation has medium buildable coverage and dries mostly matte with an ever so slightly glow (no sparkles or glitter I promise!). This foundation is beautiful in flash photography as it does not contain SPF, hence it is perfect for wedding makeup, video makeup, formals, television and photo shoots. This foundation is oil free and suitable for all skin types, making it the ultimate foundation for my kit.

Luminous Silk comes in 21 colours ranging from light to dark and being a makeup artist, this is incredibly important to ensure my clients are matched with the perfect colour. Below are three swatches of the most popular shades that I will be stocking in my kit:

                                                       (Left - 5, 5.5, 6 - Right)

(Melissa Coleman is a Brisbane based, mobile, freelance hair and makeup artist experienced in weddings, bridal, formals, special occasions, tv, photoshoots, theatre.)

Friday 13 February 2015

All About Fishtails (Hair and makeup for Bridal / Weddings / Photoshoots)

Fishtails definitely have to be one of my favourite type of hairstyles. I absolutely love this hairstyle because the messier it is the better! So you don’t have to worry about being too precise with the sections. If you have straight hair, I recommend lightly curling it before trying out this hairstyle, as it will add more volume and texture to the look.

This style can be used for wedding hair, bridal hair, photoshoots and with soft romantic makeup it can really bring the whole look together!

Here are some easy steps to get you started with your fishtail:
1.     Most people find the hardest part about doing a fishtail is getting started – I recommend using a clear elastic to secure your hair into a loose ponytail
2.     Part your ponytail into two even sections
3.     Take a small strand of hair from underneath one section and bring it across to the opposite side (make sure the sections are small otherwise it can end up looking like a regular plat!)
4.     Repeat this step to the other section and so on until your fishtail is complete!
5.     Secure with a clear elastic or one similar to your natural hair colour
6.     Carefully cut out the clear elastic from the top of your fishtail
7.     To finish off the fishtail, I like to take a few pieces out and curl them to frame the face. To give the braid a more full effect lightly pull the edges to widen it.

Happy fishtailing!

Here are some hair and makeup images from my photoshoot in Brisbane with beautiful Sammy from a few weeks ago wearing a messy fishtail braid and a beautiful soft romantic makeup - by me :).  Pictures created by the fabulous Carly Webber - photographer .

(Hair and makeup styled by Brisbane mobile hair and makeup artist experienced in weddings, bridal, formals, tv, photoshoots, theatre -  Melissa Coleman)

Hair and makeup for the theatre

Working on Swan Lake for The American Ballet Theatre at QPAC last year was super exciting!!!! :)
Bewitched and eventually betrayed, the Swan Princess Odette is at the heart of this story of sorcery and enchantment, mystery and magic. Set around a fabled lake and in rich court surroundings, and brought to life by some exquisite traditional choreography.