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Tested in the Tropics.

Tested in the Tropics.


Sometimes my job is glamorous, like last week when I was shooting with Bride & Groom magazine at the luxurious Havannah Resort in Vanuatu. Doing hair & makeup on a beautiful tropical beach sure beats working in a cold Auckland studio in winter, so you can be sure I made the most of every day!
Anyone who reads my blog knows I like to try products before I recommend them & working with makeup (particularly foundation) in heat & humidity is the best way to know if it really works.

My gorgeous model Esther Cronin has the most beautiful face to work on & her skin is pale & quite translucent, so I protected her from the sun with ‘Clinique SPF 30′. This worked well as its not too rich & leaves the skin reasonably matte – there is nothing worse than greasy sunscreen!I like to apply sunscreen & moisturizer at least ten minutes or so before makeup so it penetrates the skin.

I can also highly recommend Bobbi Browns ‘SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer’. I used this product myself everyday while I was in Vanuatu & its become my favorite due to its light texture & matte finish.

I knew that apart from using the right foundation, primer was also going to be key as I needed the makeup to literally last all day. Estee Lauder gave me their fab new ‘Matte Perfecting Primer’ & I found this worked brilliantly as a base to build foundation on as it creates a smooth velvety finish.

For foundation I could not look past my new favorite, Clinique ‘Repairwear Laser Focus’ all-smooth makeup. This year I have been using this product for all my work & it is brilliant for all skin types. I love how it is so light in texture, yet can provide a really full coverage if you need it. This shoot gave it the big test ie, will it last for eight hours in dense humidity? The answer is a definite yes & I am pleased to say that Esther liked it so much that she kept her makeup on every evening & looked just as fresh while sipping a cocktail as she had when I first applied her makeup at dawn.

Here we are prepping makeup on the beach at lelepa Island, a short boat ride from the Havannah…. the ultimate makeup room! Check out my Facebook Page for more location snaps.

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