We've seen some amazing skin strutting down the catwalk at the international shows in New York and London so we asked Rae Morris, L'Oréal Paris' makeup director, to share her secrets for model skin. She's broken it down into five, easy-to-follow steps that include an affordable weekly skin treat, shade selection and application tips. You'll be acing your base in no time.
It's been a long time coming (almost three years in fact!) but finally L’Oréal Paris Makeup Director and best-selling author Rae Morris' brush collab with Crown Brush is about to hit the Australian market. Before embarking on her whirlwind trip to New York Fashion Week, we were lucky enough to catch up with Rae, who gave us the lowdown on what we can expect from her range of brushes and a few hints and tips for applying makeup correctly.
BellaSugar: How did you come to be involved in collaborating with Crown Brush for the Rae Morris Brush Range?
Rae Morris: Crown Brush approached me to do brushes with them and to be really honest, I wasn’t a makeup artist that wanted to start making products or create a brand, so they asked me what would it take, so I said "the brushes I use are like $400 a brush, and if they aren't as good as they are, if not better, then I'm not interested." So I thought they wouldn’t come back — and then they did. I tried to put it off because I was so busy. And they still came back and asked what it would take. And I said (off the top of my head) "I want them to be $35, the handles have to be recycled bamboo and they've gotta be animal-cruelty free," and they agreed to all of that. With my own brushes I had shaved them into a particular shape to make them the perfect point, so I thought there's nothing like them on the market, I won't compete with anybody, they’ll be the best brushes and if they sell, great, if not, I'll use them myself. And that's how it was all born.
Foundation forms the base of your makeup so choosing the right shade, texture and formula is one of the most important (and often toughest) decisions you have to make. We were lucky enough to catch up with makeup guru Tony Baumann, Head of Artistry at Mecca Cosmetica, who gave us the lowdown on what to aim for when selecting your perfect match.
TIP #1: Think skin — your skin type will determine what formulation you should use. Oilier skin will benefit from mattifying and oil-absorbing formulas and your foundation also needs to have lasting power. Try NARS Sheer Matte Foundation ($99). Drier skin on the other hand will love hydrating and illuminating formulations like Stila Illuminating Foundation ($90). For normal skin types, the choice is yours, but Tony's top pick is NARS Sheer Glow Foundation ($99) for that radiant, perfect finish.
Selecting the best base for you can be a difficult thing to master so Max Factor has come up with the hassle-free Foundation Matchmaker. You basically twist the wheel around to line up your preferred finish (eg. matte or dewy), your preferred type of foundation (eg. liquid or mousse) and your preferred level of coverage (eg. low or high). It then tells you the foundation most suited to you and Bob's your uncle, you've had a mini consultation on the spot (minus a pushy sales assistant trying to up-sell you). I've tried it and it really is very easy to use.