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How did you get started in the industry?

I’ve always been artistically inclined and I’d always paint and draw. I was always that friend who was good at makeup. It was just something that I always did and I never really thought of it as a career. I was working at a pub and a photographer came in to do a shoot. I was a bar maid and all the guys I worked with knew I did makeup so they spoke to the photographer and asked if I could do makeup on the girl and basically that was the first shoot I ever did. Two or three years later I decided to go and study. I couldn't afford to study but I had one of those moments where I thought I just want to do something that I loved. The course I was going to do was part-time and it was $1000. I had no idea where I was going to get the money but I took a leap of faith and put a deposit down. I got so passionate and involved in what I was doing that I realised that makeup was a job I could make money from, as well as indulge my creative side.

What’s your favorite part of the job?

The process and looking at the pictures at the end. I love looking at the colours and I guess because I paint and draw, I do makeup in a similar way with my highlighting and shading. Other than the whole creative thing it’s a really good vibe to do someone’s makeup and a bit of a transformation. I really love when someone feels good after I’ve done their makeup. You kind of feel like you’re helping someone in an almost superficial way. But with women, if we feel we look good it makes a big difference to the way we behave and how we feel about ourselves. It’s really powerful.

Most women don’t have a clue about highlighting and shading with makeup. Do you think it’s something every woman should be able to do?

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In the brushes that I’ve chosen through Crown there are brushes for contouring. You’ve got to feel the contours of your face and put your fingers in there and feel around to know where it should be contoured. Anywhere you want to go in should be darker, anywhere you want to pop out should be lighter. Be soft and gentle. Practice makes perfect, and so do good tools.

How important are good quality brushes?

I think it’s really important to have a good practical set. You often buy brush rolls full of brushes that you’ll never use. For the makeup artist there is the 23 piece set. The brushes are really good because there is not a brush in there that I don’t use. I did test them and I've been using them at work. I can do makeups with just that set. The shadow brushes are really soft so they are easy for blending. There’s also a 10 piece set for people at home. It’s important that the hairs don't fall out and they are durable and are soft, but they have to be practical. I don't like gimmicks when it comes to tools.

What are the current trends in makeup?

Definitely a peachy or orange lip, and going into summer a bit of red as well. Just really fresh. And it’s really good to have eyebrows again. Nice thick eyebrows.

With the weather getting warmer, how can our readers make their makeup last longer?
There’s a really nice primer that I love from Stilla [Stilla One Step Correct]. I’ve never really been one for primers, but this one I can tell the difference. I use a really light powder. Blot powder from MAC is fantastic. Ellis Fass eyeshadows are in a pen and they will last.

Rachel’s brush collection can be purchased at Crown Brush
Ellis Faas products can be found at Mecca Cosmetica

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