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Salon Melbourne Day 1

Salon Melbourne‘s goal is to inspire. For beauty professionals looking to add a dose of excitement to their careers body artist Yolanda Bartram may be the lady to listen to. Her special effects make up and body painting has led her to working and judging competitions in Shanghai and Las Vegas. Body art is quite physical with a session typically taking up to four hours to paint one model (competition work can take six hours). Plus you have to get “intimate and personal with your model, it helps if you like them” suggests Bartram. Each “canvas” presents unique challenges as every body is different. Bartram especially likes to create 3-D effects on the body using prosthetics, shading and highlighting.

If special effects makeup artistry is a little too wild perhaps hair and beauty looks for runway and editorials takes your fancy? Make Up artists Natasha Severino and hair guru Kenneth Stoddart show how to re-create looks from the Prada and Roberto Cavalli Autumn Winter 2010/11 runways held earlier in the year in Milan.

Stoddart notices that “really long hair is back in” and that this “natural hair and make-up is the hardest to get right”. It might be long but hair is also being put up in “sculptural” forms. Severino agrees that the upcoming season is heading towards late 60’s and early 70’s looks plus a return to classicism. Focussing on playing up the female form, the focus is back on waistlines, hips, bust and shoulders. To complement this Severino like that make-up is heading “away from raw looks” and again “celebrating on putting on a lipstick”.

Natasha’s tips for creating an on-trend “deep rich eye” are to use different brushes. “Always blend with a clean brush”, it should be “thick and fluffy” or have a “bit of a tip if you need to pull up”. Her favourite products are Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat (#2 or #3) and Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream. She claims she can create a full face with just those two items; from clumping lashes and adding gloss to cheekbones to giving eyelids a dewy look.

Finally, the ‘Pretty in Prints’ fashion runway showcased a love of artfully clashing prints and colours. Labels included Alexi Freeman, Tight Tigers, i am, Fiebiger shoes and Falke. Love the look-at-me leggings and now feel like swanning around the house in a printed, ho0ded gown.

Pretty pictures by Stephanie Valencia

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