Complexion: Multi-tasking complexion products that contain skincare + coverage save time. Look for BB or CC creams that include a serum/SPF and use your fingers to melt and blend the product into the skin to even out skin tone.

Spendy: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream
Savey: MODELS PREFER Luxurious Youth Boost BB Cream

Eyes: Cream shadow products can be swiped onto the eyelid in a flash and can make the eyes look larger and defined.  Also tap some concealer one shade lighter than your complexion product under the eyes to hide any darkness using your ring finger (it’s the weakest, so it won’t pull or tug skin around the delicate eye area).  One or two coats of mascara is all you need and add a little pop of highlighter on the inside eye near the inner lid to make eyes look wide awake.

Spendy: Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerize Cream Shadow, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara
Savey: Revlon ColorStay Creme Eyeshadow, REVOLUTION Conceal & Define Concealer, Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

Bronze/Blush/Highlight: Using a large, fluffy brush swirl matte bronzer in a 3 shape starting above the temples, down to cheekbone and under the jawline for definition and shading.  Dab a creme blush on the cheeks for a subtle hint of colour (better still, a duo cheek/lip creme can save on time) or a powder blush is easy to apply.  Using a beauty sponge when applying creme products ensures that the product underneath doesn’t shift. Optional: adding a highlighter to the high points of the face also brings a luminous glow.

Spendy: Benefit Hoola Bronzer, RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek (cream), Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (powder), Benefit Watt’s Up! Highlighter
Savey: Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer, Innoxa Lip and Cheek Stick, Milani Baked Blush, Maybelline Master Strobing Stick

Lips: Tinted lip balms that add colour and moisturize lips at the same time are great for everyday use or for something that stays put, products that are designed to be long lasting will keep lips tinted.

Spendy: MECCA COSMETICA Lip De-luscious Glide with SPF 15, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Savey:  Revlon Kiss Balm, Sephora Lip Cream (long-lasting), Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick (long-lasting)

Hair: Spray and brush through dry shampoo into the roots of the hair to add body back into bed hair.

Spendy:  Kristin Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo
Savey:  Batiste Blush Dry Shampoo


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Susan Napper is a leading Makeup consultant on Sydney’s North Shore.

Her principles rest on helping her clients grow in confidence through choosing, wearing and applying makeup, and in enjoying the transformative power that this brings to their lives. Susan specialises in makeup for school formals and special events, as well as providing a broad range of beauty concierge and Makeup services to Sydney’s North Shore women. She is friendly, approachable, sensitive to all budgets and skin types, and is not affiliated with anyone cosmetic brand. Susan has a Post Graduate Certificate in Management from UWS and holds a Certificate III in Makeup from Sydney Institute of TAFE.

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