Last week, I gave you guys the opportunity to put forward your questions for international celebrity make up artist Caroline Frazer – she was more than happy to provide some expert answers, and here they are! I tried to put forward as many as I could, so please don’t be disappointed if yours wasn’t answered; hopefully, I will get the opportunity to ask some more in the future!
Before we start, here is a photo, tweeted by Simple, of Caroline demonstrating her perfect skincare routine on me!
What’s your favourite type of eyeshadow to use? Asked by Bobbie
For everyday, I love eyeshadow powders as they are easy to use and it’s always fun to mix colours. I also love creamy eyeshadows for a more glamorous look.
Do you ever suit the person’s make up you are working on to their hair or eyes? Asked by Bobbie
Yes. I love brown and gold eyeshadows on blue eyes. It really intensifies the blue in their eyes. Peachy and gold tones work really well on redheads, especially on the eyes and cheeks. For Asian or slightly darker skin tones, gold on the eye area and more orangey tones on the lips and cheeks can really warm the skin and make it glow.
I have very deep-set eyes, and when I do any kind of smoky eye or layering at all, it just turns out to be a hot mess and I look like I got punched in the eye. Is there any way that I can use more than one colour and still look good in my makeup? I already use lighter colours, no blacks, no dark blues or purples, lighter browns and colours. Thanks so much! Asked by Etain
For me the only rule in make-up is light brings out and darker colours set back so I would use dark eye shadow with caution. This is no reason not to have smoky eyes though. Try using an eye base especially for the eyes – you apply it after foundation, but before any of your other eye make-up. It will help everything stay in place and prevent the smudging and the flicking back on the inset of your eye crease. I’d then suggest using a brown smoky eye gel for the eye liner (the gels stay on very well and won’t flick back on your eye). Smudge it as soon as you put it on as it sets very quickly. Good luck with creating your perfect look.
What are your top 5 must-have make up and skincare products? Asked by Ciara
Skincare-wise I couldn’t be without my Simple staples; Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes, Simple Kind To Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover, Kind To Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion, Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Toner and finally Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser.
In my make-up bag I couldn’t be without Simple Kind To Eyes Eye Make-Up Corrector Pen, Elizabeth Arden’s smoky eye pencil in Espresso, a non- shimmer powder as my everyday bronzer, a light- reflecting pen for under eyes and last but not least a sweep of mascara.
I have very straight lashes, even when I use lash lifting mascara and a lash curler, they’re hanging down again after a few seconds. What can I do to get nice curled lashes or do I have to accept my super straight hanging down lashes? Asked by Jenny
The best eyelash curlers I have found are shu uemura. They’ve worked for all of my clients, even those with the straightest lashes so I would recommend giving them a try. Place eyelashes between the rubber, making sure it’s not pinching anywhere……squeeze for 10 seconds and then release. Voila!
I want to know if it is bad to put concealer under your eyes for dark circles? I’ve heard that it dries up the skin and makes the circles worse! Asked by Gloria
As long as it’s the right type of concealer it should help rather than hinder. I’d suggest using an eye cream as a base before putting any make-up on the eyes. Try Simple Radiance Brightening Eye Cream which contains light-reflecting particles to illuminate dark circles. Putting this on directly before a concealer will help to prevent any dryness. Then use a light-reflector concealer with pigment in it. This will help to reduce the appearance of dark shadows and help to achieve a radiant look!
What does she think is an appropriate makeup for a high school freshman? I’m starting high school this year and I want to make the right first impression. Asked by Katie
Good question……I always think when in doubt, go natural. Use make up to enhance your features rather than to make a statement.
This means a touch of concealer to match your skin tone, just where you need it (if at all) – perhaps to cover spots or darkness around the eyes. Then a sweep of mascara, a natural pinky beige cheek colour and fresh natural colour lip gloss. Good luck with high school!
Thank you so much to Caroline for taking the time to answer these questions for you all!
You can follow Caroline on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CarolineFrazer