During the steamy Australian summer this year I had the pleasure of working with the extremely talented

photographer Sylve Colless, with Carly Cripps as my exquisite model/canvas.

It was a hot and sticky day in January, as we shot this beautiful story at Sylve’s

beach side home in Bronte Beach.

Carly Cripps is a an incredible model. Beautiful and delicate both in how she looks

and also her energy.

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And with delicate-beauty comes has very, very  fine features  that

can be very easily to overpowered.

I feel this is something a lot of women struggle with; creating impact, without overpowering

your features and defeating the purpose of make-up in the first place, to enhance!

The key is what I like to call ‘soft-touch’ application and also LOTS of blending.

My other trick is to to keep things ‘dewy’ by using creams.

The ‘soft-touch’ application, blending, and hydrating the eye with ‘dewy’ products

are they keys to this soft, and eye-enhancing look.


Chanel Vitalumiere
Chanel Vitalumiere

Chanel Vitalumiere.

My personal favorite for a air-brush and dewy finish. This product has a medium

coverage, so you will need go in with a good concealer for spots after you have applied foundation.

EYES: My favorite trick for keeping eyes dewy, yet long-lasting is using

eye pencils, both as a liner, and then smudged in the areas where you

would normally use eyeshadow.

1) I first prepped the eye area with Urban Decay Eyeshadow potion.

This is a fantastic long-wear is a  must for both cream and powder

eye shadows.

Urban Decay Cult product - Eyeshadow Potion
Urban Decay Cult product – Eyeshadow Potion

2) In the place of traditional eyeshadow I used MAC eye pencil in

slate all over the eyelid, creating a shape that would extend and

elongate Carly’s eye. With eyeshadow placement, where and how

you create the base shape is key to enhancing!

MAC TECHNOKOHL in 'Earthline'
MAC TECHNOKOHL in ‘Earthline’

3) For thick, false-lash-like eyelashes my favorite pharmacy

brand is Max Factor False lash effect.

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4) In order to blend, you must have a great blending

brush. Make-up artists are very particular about their

brushes and my personal favorite is the MAC #217

and #224! You won’t regret investing in one of

these babies!

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