Styling and Makeup Event With Carla K

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On August 30th, I had the pleasure to speak at the Carla K style seminar. The event was held at Sauce Bar and Makeup Forever Singapore kindly sponsored the raffle prizes for the lucky winners in attendance (a prize was given to the ladies who volunteered as models during our presentation). At this fdabulous style event Carla led the workshop with essential information about body shape, colors and how to dress according to your personality. While on the discussion of color, we also covered makeup, particularly what products suit Singapore’s humidity, there was huge interest in this topic. This where I took the opportunity to introduce a few of my favorites such as Makeup Forever’s Aqua Waterproof pencils for the eyes, Aqua Rouge lipsticks, the Smokey Eye Palette from MUFE as well as Mist Fix makeup setting spray. After the session wrapped, I stayed longer to answer questions and meet the ladies individually. Needless to say, I enjoyed every minute of it, there los of great questions and everyone loved the products. Stay tuned, as we plan to announce more events in the near future! Thank you to the lovely Carla K for having me.

Bridal Beauty


I adore this look I created for Sofia. It is very natural looking makeup, notice I didn’t conceal her freckles and the hair accessory is one of many I keep in my ‘for bridal’ use coffer. I used a combination of Smashbox primer, Makeup Forever HD foundation 118, MAC mascara and NARS blusher and Chihuahua lipgloss.

Shot by the amazing Jay Nodalo.

NARS To Launch Andy Warhol Collection

Twitter has been buzzing with the news of a new Andy Warhol-inspired NARS collection, the first images were unveiled via WWD. What struck me the most is the vivid colors and the new shades, all set to launch in the USA on Oct 1st.

The collection will be released in two parts, with the first half launching October 1 exclusively at Sephora USA. It will include a Debbie Harry Cheek and Eye Palette ($65), the aforementioned Kiss Mini Larger Than Life Lip Gloss Coffret ($55), a Walk on the Wild Side mini set ($39) and three Flowers eye shadow palettes ($55 each).

NARS is also set to officially launch in our shores at Tangs department store in the later part of 2012. Even though I didn’t get invited to the launch event in Singapore, lucky for me back in June I had the opportunity to meet the NARS pro team and stock up on NARS at the Makeup Show in Chicago (which was the first time NARS participated in a pro-only event. I love their matte lip pencils, lipgloss, blushers and their eyeshadows are a staple in my kit, they pack a powerful pigment and look beautiful.


Part two of the collection is set to be a November 1 release in department and specialty stores, with four multi-product sets: Silver Factory ($200), Edie (named for Edie Sedgwick, $75), Beautiful Darling (for Candy Darling; $49) and a Photo Booth set of nail polish minis ($35).

Images courtesy of the Daily Makeover and WWD.

New Work!

This lovely photo is a collaboration with Polished Presence styling, Jay Nodalo behind the lens, and yours truly on hair and makeup.  I must say the styling job Anna did was impeccable and am so thrilled we were able to work together, I highly recommend her if you are in Singapore! And of course, you know I am going to give a shot out to Jay because he is fun to work with, we share a similar aesthetic in beauty shoots and most of all, he lets me run with the makeup/ hair creative part which is a dream come true for a makeup artist.

On Rhianna our model, I test drove Graftobian HD foundation [love it], her complexion had a pink undertone and the foundation worked quite well under the lights, NARS blush was used on her cheeks. Because Rhianna has divine red hair, I decided to use a subtle cool tone on her eyes. The headpiece and outfit were so awesome, the makeup just worked with the elements.

Favorite Everyday Products


Here is a breakdown of my favorite every day products, the kind you can’t live without (mascara and tinted moisturizer) plus eye makeup remover when I get home.

1) Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 (Sand) – a lightweight, reasonable coverage tinted moisturizer. This is an all day product which for the most part DOES NOT oil up or get creased. I love its texture, this blends smoothly into skin and evens out quite nicely. Perfect for Singapore weather (also great in humid and dry weather).

2) Lancome Hypnose Mascara (Black) – this was a tip from a wonderful client a few weeks back. I was at a job and this super nice client pulls Hypnose out of her makeup bag and tells me to see her lashes after three coats. SOLD. The results were lush, full bodied lashes, after a bit of brushing out excess I so impressed with the length effect, I placed my order the same evening.

Later on when it is time to remove mascara or waterproof eye products …

3) Makeup Forever Sens’Eyes (Waterproof eye makeup remover) – the best makeup remover for sensitive eyes and waterproof anything (mascara, eyeshadow, eyeliner, gel liner). This formula will clear those pesky makeup traces and won’t leave you racoon-eyed the next morning. And it comes in a handy small bottle which travels well I might add.

What Is a Bridal Makeup Trial?


This post is all about the bridal makeup trial. Lately there has been an influx of emails and questions regarding this topic and I feel I should address it. A makeup trial is simply a test run of what your dream makeup is for your wedding day. In this instance, the makeup artist and client meet in person to do a run through, go over skincare (in my opinion paramount to beautiful skin on your wedding day), test foundations (I work with mainly with MUFE HD foundation, Illamasqua Skinbase or Face Atelier), AND go over any skin problems/ sensitivities.

Also, think of your makeup trial like a bridal beauty plan, where the chosen makeup artist and the bride work together to get the most radiant and best looking skin for your wedding day. In most cases, if it isn’t already in place, I will make skincare product recommendations and suggestions to all my future brides, send brides reminders weeks in advance for things like facials, eyebrow threading, hair cuts, manicures and conditioning treatments. During a makeup trial potential bridal clients get a feel for the makeup artist’s bridal-style philosophy, her personality and whether this suits or not. After the bridal portfolio, a first impression is just as important.

I should clarify this, a makeup trial is not a makeup lesson or an opportunity to score a free makeup look for the evening. During the trial, we will swatch foundation, try eyeshadow colors, blusher but this does not mean you are going home all dolled up. It is advisable to take pictures during your trial to get an idea of what your makeup might look like! Your makeup artist’s main task is to make you look your best in front of the lenses of the photographer/ videographer AND a variety of lights – natural indoors/ outdoors, day/ night. This may be a very natural subtle look or a bit more dramatic, all depends on the personal style of the bride. I hope this clarifies some questions and offers a bit more insight on what the makeup trial mystery is all about.

Photo credit Wikimedia.com.

Want To Learn From The Pros? (Makeup and Styling)


Want to personally learn from the makeup pro? If you are in Singapore, join me and Carla K stylist on August 30th, 2012 from 6-10pm for a very unique workshop on learning how to dress according to your body type, shape, skin colour AND incorporate your makeup look. You get to work with a stylist and a professional makeup artist for the evening! Do you want to learn how to shop for your body shape, colour tones and personality? Get all the latest trends and how to wear/ mix them? This is your chance.

To get your advanced ticket, go to this link, book your space. This will sell out!

If you have always wanted to book a stylist/ makeup artist, our event is an informative and fun way to experience being styled while learning what suits you best from a fashion and makeup perspective. All important aspects of personal style will be addressed in one evening of fun, friends and good wine. Attendees will receive insider tips on the best online and retail stores in Singapore. There will be door prizes too! Don’t miss out.

Cannot wait to meet everyone!

It is National Lipstick Day

To celebrate National Lipstick Day, I’d like to share my ultimate lipsticks, Makeup Forever and Obssessive Compulsive Cosmetics lip tars. If you are ever going to get a lipstick, get yourself either or both! They are worth it. Color will last, trust me on this one. Lipstick can save the day and makes a gorgeous statement all on its own.

Behind the Scenes Work

I’ve been busy again with some very fun and HOT HOT HOT days here in Singapore. This collage was taken on set during a video commercial promo for a very fancy French winery using my I-phone and Instagram (If you are in Instagram, I am Norahlovesmakeup_mua). We were in Duxton Hill and the feel was a Parisian cafe. It was like 33 degrees outside and as humid as it gets, I spent a lot of time blotting the talents and making sure the shine was at bay. I was also covered with SPF 50 head to toe.

Another Week Another Lovely Face


For this makeup, I used a variety of products. First of all, I prepped the skin with Vichy Normaderm toner, followed by Avene Diroséal Anti-Redness Skincare Lotion, Embryolisse moisturizer and Makeup Forever Al Mat primer in the T-zone. I have to tell you, French skincare is my most trusted weapon for problem skin [this includes my own]. You wouldn’t be able to tell from the unretouched I-phone photo but the model had a reaction to the heat and came to set visibly red and with dry/ oily areas all over her face. Trust in skincare and some makeup to take care of problems!

I used Graftobian HD foundation and Makeup Forever HD blush, MUFE Flash palette and MUFE Aqua pencils to smudge the eyes and eyeliner. The eyebrows were filled in with Illamasqua eyeliner and on the lips I used my OCC liptar mixed with MUFE Flash palette.