This is NOT a sponsored post… but it should be…
A few weeks ago I was innocently reading the Sunday paper and saw that Jamie Coombes
, Leading Make up artist for Dior and professional to the stars (Kate Moss!
) was in Australia and would be doing a very limited number of appointments for a one hour, one-on-one consultation.
I tried my luck and was put on the wait-list and then by some lucky star I got in on a cancelation. I bought him a pretty pink tulip as a gift and we chatted about my bone structure, colours that would suit me and what I hoped to get out of my session.
Jamie was really lovely, friendly and attentive. I asked if I could take some pictures and the awesome staff happily took them for me whilst I was “educated”. I told him I was after the perfect base because they don’t call it the foundation for nothing, if you get that wrong it all goes wrong no matter how good you are at applying liquid eyeliner. Since my consultation with Jamie I’ve had so many compliments on my make up (I’m not kidding
) that I would highly recommend seeking out a pro and getting lessons.
Jamie showed me a trick that I will be passing down through the generations. I’m serious. Excuse the nostrils but it was important to get as up close as possible to show you what he’s doing. He’s using a short small brush and applying mascara (in a dabbing motion to add volume) to the base of my top lashes, working from the outer corner inwards.
See, it looks like I’m wearing eyeliner but I’m not. It looks like I have mascara all over my lashes but I don’t, it’s just at the base. The best part is it’s so easy to do it yourself and hardly takes anytime at all but makes such a huge difference. Go and try it right now!
… ok so you’re back and thanking me for never needing to wear messy false eyelashes again because your eyes totally pop now! Want more lessons but live too far away from a department store? Well, you can watch more look videos (like I did, twice) for lots of great tips and know-how. Afraid of make up, try Jamie’s Nude Look like I did, oh and his british accent is even cuter in person just so you know.
Jamie also picked out my perfect shade of everyday-wear lip colour… first go! “Feline” – Dior Addict in case you were wondering. None of “try this one…hmm actually no, how about this one…” the kind of service I usually get at the counter. Jamie knew what he was doing instinctively. I really like it because it’s a blend of gloss and lipstick, I’ve since gone back and bought two more different colours”Arty” and “Show”. I’m not a lipstick person usually as I find them quite hard and waxy on my lips but I just love this one.
He applied a shimmery ivory eyeshadow to really brighten up my eyes.
I loved how he applied mascara, he used a tissue to protect my pretty lids and bent the brush within the tube to take on my lashes at and angle for maximum application. He used Iconic
first to add length and definition then let it dry. He advised against
using the zigzag method as it can cause clumping, just long strokes straight up is enough.
Once dry he applied Blackout
in the same way to add volume to my fine lashes.
I was so amazed at the result… I couldn’t stop staring at myself.
A few finishing touches and Jamie was done and I was, as you can see, very happy. We were having so much fun, chatting and laughing that we lost track of time and my appointment went over. He was wonderful, told me not to worry about it and to go and get my nails painted in the luxe Dior shade “Bond Street
” on the house. I was so excited by it I forgot to get the staff to take a happy-snap of us together, so all I got was this quick iPhone photo instead.