PRO TIPS: How to master your makeup using 100% natural toxin-free products.

Delighted this week to be featured on the exceptional clean beauty retail website beautifulbecause.com.au (BB). Below is an excerpt from the story. You can view the full story clicking this link beautifulbecause.com.au.

PHOTOGRAPHY - John Rintoul; MODEL, Women's health specialist, clinical nutritionist, herbalist and birth doula - Anna-Maria Boelskov ; HAIR - Sue Carroll (using Rahua); NAILS - Charlotte Laight, MAKEUP - Amanda Ramsay.

Time is of the essence these days. We all seem to be rushing here, racing there, delivering kids everywhere and, quite frankly, 5 minutes in front of the mirror feels like a luxury. I get it. I’m a busy working mother with two busy little boys. I’m over 40. I love the skin I’m in, and yes, I still want to feel visible – I want to enter the world at large feeling great about myself. As a professional makeup artist with over 14 years experience, I’ve collected a bucket load of tips. Here are my top 6 for achieving youthful radiance and feeling fabulous into your forties and beyond.

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LUMINOUS FOUNDATION

Here it is ladies, you may not want to hear this but in my experience, women over the age of 40 tend to look best wearing a luminous, dewy tint. Whether it’s a tinted moisturiser, BB cream, or full coverage foundation – whatever floats your boat – it will quickly even your skin tone. Before applying any foundation, prep skin with organic face oil. I’m obsessed with the Vanessa Megan Natures Elixir (NEO) Face Oil, it’s literally a multi-vitamin shot for the skin that instantly brings a healthy glow to your beautiful face.

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Move away from mattifying foundations and embrace luminosity. Once we hit 30 our remarkable bodies stop producing collagen – that gorgeous deliciousness that helps to “plump” skin at a cellular level. Skin begins to lose radiance and fine lines appear. A foundation with a subtle dewy finish does wonders for perking up tired skin. Here are my picks:

Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation $71.50. CLICK HERE to BUY

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INIKA Certified Organic BB Cream $59. CLICK HERE to BUY.

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Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream SPF30 $92. CLICK HERE to BUY.

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WRINKLES & CONCEALER AREN’T FRIENDS

Let’s get a something straight here. A cream concealer won’t hide your wrinkles; in fact it just makes them more pronounced. Avoid using cream concealers around the eye area (particularly where fine lines form). The most amazing product for plumping wrinkles around the eye area is the Vanessa Megan Advanced Organic Skincare Triple Action Eyelift Serum. Game changer. It works instantly and feeds your delicate skin. CLICK HERE to find out more.

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To cover any blemishes or broken capillaries choose a peachy yellow based cream concealer and dab it sparingly over the spot. Blend gently. The yellow base will counteract any redness.

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FLUSHING BLUSH

A pop of colour on your cheeks will freshen your face, fast. If your skin is becoming a little more saggy, getting your blush in the right spot will instantly give skin a pick me-up for youthful radiance. And if you’re struggling with rosacea, or navigating your way through the Big M, just work with the redness. Don’t fight it!

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The trick is… don’t smile! When you dab blush on the fleshy bits aka apples of your cheeks while smiling, guess what happens when you’re no longer smiling? The blush sits too low – and drags your face further south. So without smiling, press and blend a little cream blusher on the apples of your cheeks, and diffuse out higher towards your cheekbones.

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I like cream blush as it blends beautifully to become a part of your skin. It’s quick and easy. No need for a brush, fingers are perfect.

OPEN UP YOUR EYES

Now is the time to enter the world of an eyelash curler. I know they look terrifying but they are the fastest way to really open up your eyes. Place the lash curler over the lashes and gently ‘pump’ the curler several times (don’t clamp hard and hold, as this will create a “kink” in the lash). It does take a little practice, be gentle and once you get the hang of it, let’s just say WOW. Load up your lashes with natural black mascara – slick on 2 – 3 coats concentrating on the outer corners.

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It really is time to put the shimmery eye shadows away and move to matte/satin finish. I know, I found this very challenging too. But here’s why. Shimmery reflective particles sit in the crinkles and actually accentuate wrinkles.

Sweep a soft satin eye shadow all over your eyelid.

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