Ok let’s be honest, who avoids mineral makeup because of the mess? No exaggeration, the first time I used it more makeup wound up on the walls rather than on my face! I was desperate to use a natural makeup, but like all things worthwhile (maintaining that toned bootie or working those abs) it required effort. There just seemed to be an easier road with makeup and I was happy to take it.
Fast forward four years and I’m faced with the mineral makeup dilemma once again. I sat in the makeup chair whilst being prepped for a photo shoot when the makeup artist appeared. Kylie Eustace of Kylie’s Professional in Burleigh radiated health and brightness—definitely a good sign! Then she told me, ‘I make my own mineral makeup and I’ll use that on you today’. Hmph…
But when Kylie handed me the mirror, I was gob smacked! It was one of the most flawless applications I had ever seen. Kylie had literally changed my life. Suddenly it wasn’t just about looking good anymore; I had to know that what I was putting on my face was actually good for my skin. Now my makeup kit contains a huge amount of Kylie’s Professional Mineral Goodness Makeup. I often favour her foundations to my liquid Giorgio Armani…and that’s a pretty big statement!
Here’s a little bit about Kylie, how she won me over and her tips to easily apply mineral makeup. There’s no wonder Kylie’s a Makeup Artist of the Year finalist in the Australian Beauty Industry Awards! Go girl!
How did the brand Kylie’s Professional come about?
Kylie’s Professional came about from my passion of playing with colours and mixing different products together. An addiction to makeup and colour that got out of hand was what got me started. Having extremely sensitive skin motivated me to create a range of non-irritating and safe products that was suitable for professional use.
Why mineral makeup?
I have always been passionate about being healthy and not using harmful products; this drew me towards minerals and other natural ingredients with all their wonderful healing properties.
What do you love about being a Gold Coast business?
I love the Gold Coast lifestyle. I work quite long hours at times and really appreciate having beautiful beaches, walkways, and rainforests so close and accessible to me when I need to have a break.
Tell us a little bit about your ground breaking underwater makeup work?
This has been an artist’s dream for all involved. Photographer Beth Mitchell is amazing. I had the freedom to interpret her vision into my ideas, devising at times outrageous hairstyles and underwater makeup. The ‘Imaginarium’ shoot has been exhibited in art galleries throughout Australia, Asia and Europe. The attention and media coverage has been fantastic - HUF Magazine, Vogue Italia, Professional Beauty, Fashion Weekly, Beauty Biz, Australian Hair and Beauty, Trend Hunter, Fashionising.com, and The Gold Coast Bulletin- GoldCoastEye (to name a few) are all publishing our work. I used special application techniques to ensure the makeup stayed put for hours of constant underwater work. Water strongly diffuses light and subdues colour. So makeup colours needed to be much more intense to show through and every feature and detail had to be very bold. I also just finished some more underwater makeup for a music clip for an up and coming Brisbane music artist Fieu. It is all very exciting!
What are your beauty tips for Gold Coast girls?
Keep well hydrated, protect your face from the sun, and wear minerals so your skin can breathe. Have fun with makeup (whether you have a natural style or an expressive style) and never leave your makeup in a hot car! Smile, laugh a lot, don’t take yourself too seriously, do what makes you happy and you’ll be beautiful inside and out.
Finally, a lot of girls are afraid to use mineral makeup, as there is a general consensus that the application is much harder and messier than regular makeup. What are your thoughts on this and what advice would you offer?
Here’s my tip, you HAVE to use good brushes. Application can be messy if you tend to be heavy-handed or don’t use quality synthetic brushes. As long as you don’t put too much product on your brush, there really shouldn’t be a problem. Using the right brushes will also minimise product fallout as the product will stay on your brush and make your application easier to blend. You need a high-quality, super-fine and soft synthetic brush for best results. With the bonus that they’re healthier and more gentle on the skin. I recommend anyone having difficulty to send me any questions and to also consider a lesson or workshop. Not all mineral formulas are created equal so results definitely differ from brand to brand.
Kylie’s Mineral Goddess is 100% Australian made and she also makes her own range of quality brushes. All her products can be purchased online here. Just for us Sassy girls, Kylie is offering a great deal: Spend over $100 and receive a free lipstick or gloss worth $36! Email Kylie to claim and discuss the perfect package for you!
Kylie’s Professional, 10 Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, 4220, Australia, (07) 5576 4599 http://www.kylies.com.au/
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