Today I'd like to introduce you to Andrea Claire, a Singapore-based makeup artist (she also does hair!) whose down-to-earth manner belies her impressive CV and INSANE talent.
I first met Andrea in her former hometown of Toronto, where I interviewed her for a magazine story years ago. I can't remember much about the topic, but I DO remember that she very generously invited me over to her home for a marathon makeup session!
I brought my haul of products, which she went through one by one, telling me which to keep and which didn't suit me. At the end, she did my makeup—and to this day, it remains one of my favourite looks EVER.
All the while, she dispensed an unreal amount of advice—in fact, Andrea was the first one to show me how great coloured liner could look, and I've loved it ever since.
I asked Andrea to share with us her all-time favourite products, tips and more.
What are some of your career highlights we should know about?
I am a licensed hairstylist and makeup artist with print, runway and on-air makeover experience in Toronto, Singapore, New York and parts in between.
My television and on-air makeover credits include Canada’s Stylin' Gypsies, So Chic, Canadian Idol, and various TV guest appearances.
My work has been seen in campaigns for L'Oréal Paris, Revlon, Lancôme, Unilever and P&G, and I've led teams for fashion weeks in New York and Toronto.
My celebrity clients have included Lady Antebellum, Great Big Sea, Kelly Rowan, Miranda Richardson, Sarah Slean, Alanis Morissette, Bill Nighy, The Veronicas, Natalie Imbruglia, Dayle Haddon, Hot Hot Heat and others.
Who are your beauty icons?
Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn and Veronica Lake. I love Adam's Rib and Roman Holiday.
What are the beauty products you can't live without?
L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Volume Building Mascara never bleeds, and you see the lashes. With mascara, wear it—don't let it wear you—and don't be too subtle about it.
I have used Jemma Kidd Make Up School Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Creme for years now. It's the best highlighter for on top of blush, on your brow bone—wherever you want a great glow.
FACE atelier Ultra Foundation is a silicone-based foundation that gives great coverage, but it looks like skin—weightless and breathable. I wear it and this tends to be my number one go-to in my kit for shoots, too.
If you haven't tried Cargo EyeLighter then go get one! It is a brightener—if you see the little dazzle in the tear ducts that celebs have on the red carpet, this will get you that! It's a perfect compliment to any eye makeup, or on its own to brighten up tired eyes. I actually gave my new one to a celeb I worked on recently so I need to get another.
NARS Blush in Orgasm is a gorgeous blush for most skin tones and certainly brightens up any face.
MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Grey Utility is more subtle than using black, and I am not a fan of brown eyeliner—I don't even own one, not in my makeup kit nor for personal use. Grey is a great day shade. Or, if you want to attempt a smoky eye but are fearful, try it on with grey to ease into the drama of black.
These favourites all combined make great day makeup for everyone.
Which beauty products do you think you can save on?
Scrimp on mascara for sure! For trendy looks that you won't use for a long period of time, I would scrimp, but for your basic everyday go-to beauty bag, invest in it.
What was your first fragrance?
Dior Poison. I practically bathed in it.
Which fragrance do you wear now?
I do not wear fragrance now. One year, for my 32nd birthday, all my friends bought me perfume. I think I got eight bottles that day. I wondered if I should shower more often than once a day... I thought it was a hint!
What was your biggest beauty fail?
I was a teen in the '80s, so I did all the beauty fails! The big hair, asymmetrical Sassoon cuts, perms, highlights, Flirt gel hair colour, a rat-tail (okay, THAT was a fail!). The only thing I regret was that rat-tail!
What's your biggest beauty pet peeve?
Eyebrows. A constant repeat of bad. There are enough articles written on how-tos, I think. Ladies, come on! It rives me crazy. It's hard not to bother a perfect stranger and say, "here's my card, please, it's on me, let me fix them." It should almost be a sponsored public service announcement.
What's your number one best beauty tip?
Take vitamins and drinks lots of water. Cliché, I know but it makes a WORLD of difference. And don't stop moisturizer at your face. Cream your entire body.
And be happy—happiness does radiate to your outward glow. It truly is what's inside that counts.... well, plus good eyebrows!