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Friendie makeup: Lianne Claire gets fresh

Hair and makeup artist Lianne Claire has a remarkable portfolio of work covering a spectrum from leading fashion and beauty advertising and editorial work to music labels, celebrities and the globe’s hottest clubs as well as a stable of loyal corporate brands.

Lianne was the perfect choice for Friendie as her work includes a stellar array of music industry heroes like Ed Sheeran, world leading sports brands like Nike and gorgeous Aussie sporting icons The Matildas.

The Friendie feel is fresh and fun and Lianne nailed it! Friendie skin looks fresh and glowing, with that just-been-to-the-gym-and-feeling-good look. Lianne created that with a combination of great base and foundation.

“I like to mix COVER FX Custom Enhancer drops Moonlight in with a light moisturiser and apply it to the skin as a glowing base before applying any foundation. My favourite all round foundation at the moment (and for a long time) is Makeup Forever’s Ultra HD Foundation. It gives enough coverage yet still looks like skin. I use a duet fibre stipple type foundation brush to really blend it into the skin.”.

Even supermodels love a little contour, and Lianne’s expert brush gave Raluca’s already stunning cheekbones extra zing.

“I prefer using cream products, particularly for a dewy glossy style shoot brief. I used a RCMA cream foundation to create the shadow of the contour. To find the best place to contour your cheek, start up near your ear and then gently blend along the bottom edge of your cheek bone – don’t ever go further than the nose otherwise you will close up your face! I prefer to use a brush for this rather than my fingers as I feel I can blend it out better, keep it soft. No racing stripes here.”.

Blush can look dated but not under Lianne’s expert eye; she gives it a perfect 2020 look.

“Again my preference is always cream products, Bobbi Brown cheek and lip stain in pale pink is just the perfect amount of flush. Use your finger to gently apply a small amount to the apple of your cheek. If you are having trouble finding the apple of your cheek – smile! There it is. Do not blend this all the way up your cheek bone. Keep the flush of the blush to the apple of your cheek only! It is not 1987.”.

The final touch to add to perfect skin is a highlight.

“Across the top of the cheekbone and around the temple slightly (C shape) I used a brush to apply a cream highlight. MAC Cream Color Base in Hush is lush for this. I also ran a tiny bit of it along the bridge of the nose and using a smaller brush, popped a little on the Cupids Bow of the lip to lift it slightly.”.

Great brows make a huge difference to any makeup look, but it’s essential that they look natural.

“I always brush the brows up and into place softly before I do anything – this helps me see where the gaps are and where they may need to be filled. I used Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in soft brunette. This is honestly the best pencil out there – it is angled for ease and perfection.”.

Raluca’s stunning eyes were always going to steal the show, but Lianne’s warm shimmery tones added to the magic.

“I have a gorgeous shimmery palette of eyeshadows that I bought a couple of years ago before heading to Ibiza to work my final summer making up the dancers in the clubs. I bought them because they were cheap and I knew I would churn through them over the summer. Turns out they are actually really great quality, beautiful colours and have lasted a treat! Morphe don’t make the palette I bought anymore, but I often use it for any time I am after golden bronzy shimmers (which is ALL the time!).

“Nars SURABAYA is a gorgeous warm brown shadow that I used on the outer edge of the eye for a bit of definition, always softly blended out of course. I curled the eyelashes with the only eyelash curler that I like, Shu Uemura, and then three coats of Benefits Bad Gal BANG mascara. The bomb.”

Many makeup artists would not be able to resist adding a lip but Lianne let the sensational skin and eyes say it all, keeping a natural lip.

“I added Lucas Paw Paw for a hint of sheen and the natural lip colour coming through is just beautiful.”, she says.

Lianne is also the founder of Shimmer Squad, bringing glitter party looks to all the best festivals and parties in Australia. We’ll be sharing a How-To from a special Shimmer Squad Friendie party look in the spring!