In my beauty bag: Makeup artist Lisa Matson
Top New Zealand makeup artist Lisa Matson has worked her magic on everyone from supermodels to the TVNZ news team. She's now sharing her smarts via her new site makeovermasters, where you can watch video tutorials and book style workshops. Here are her current beauty must-haves.
I keep my skin routine fairly simple - I find less is more. I use Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser at night followed by their Midnight Recovery Concentrate. In the morning I cleanse with warm water only and apply Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream or, if my skin is looking particularly tired, L'Oreal Paris Youth Code Illuminating Day Cream. Anytime I think my skin could do with an extra boost I apply, before bed, either Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer or Kiehl's Over-Night Biological Peel.
I use L'Oreal Paris UV Perfect SPF 50 on my face and Invisible Zinc on my body. I'm normally pretty vigilant at applying sunblock when I'm heading outdoors for a period of time – particularly for work. Eighteen years ago I made a conscious decision to stop sunbathing, wear a hat (this I can fail at from time to time) and sunglasses and keep in the shade as much as possible.
I love facials, but these days it's a time luxury I don't have. My last facial was at East Day Spa and I got the Fruit Active Glow facial - it was bliss.
I get asked about cosmetic medicine quite often by clients and it totally depends on the type of "fix" they're looking for. While I may suggest options, like botox or laser for example, I don't do it lightly. I always explain the upkeep, costs, problems that can occur and the importance of finding qualified and reputable medical professionals.
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I'm also quick to discourage people with minor issues or anyone too young to be thinking about cosmetic medicine - it's one thing to do it because you would like to have better skin and stay looking younger for longer if you're 35+, and another if you think it will make you "happier" – never do it for the latter and always do your homework.
My secrets to good skin are to never ever sleep with makeup on (even if get home in the early hours I'll remove my makeup), drink plenty of water every day, get at least eight hours' sleep (your skin heals best when you're sleeping), wear sunscreen and apply moisturiser to damp skin.
I was 10 when I first became interested in makeup. I was always dabbling in artistic endeavours and loved how glamourous models looked in magazines and film stars looked on TV. I got my first makeup "how to" book around 1976 (I still have it), and immediately started practicing my hair, makeup and styling skills on friends and family.
My sister was often my muse. I have fab photos (photography was another passion) from the 7'0s of her posing like a supermodel, after I transformed her from head to toe. Thirty-plus years later I'm still passionate about making people over.
I'm a bit spoilt with the range of products I have at hand, being a professional makeup artist, so I don't have one favourite of anything. Each product and brand I carry have their merits - what I choose comes down to the look I'm trying to create.
My personal makeup bag, when I'm not dipping into my kit, presently has a mix of L'Oreal Paris (BB cream, foundation, concealer, eye shadow, mascara, gloss), Lancome (eyeliner, eye shadow, mascara, gloss) and MAC (blush, eye shadow, shimmer powder).
I'm pretty low maintenance when it comes beauty touch-ups. Once I apply my makeup it tends to stay put so I only carry around tinted lip glosses. At the moment I have two in my bag: L'Oreal Paris Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in Molto Mauve and Lancome Juicy Tube in Peach. I always have hand cream – presently I'm using MOR Argan Oil Hand Cream, and Lucas Pawpaw Ointment.
On weekends, if I'm having a lazy at-home day then I don't wear makeup, but if I'm having visitors (that are not my besties) or going out, then I often apply a natural look, which usually consists of BB cream, concealer, blush, mascara and gloss.
My hair is on the oily side, and fine and colour treated, so I wash it every second day using Kerastase Resistance products. If I use hot tools I always apply a heat protection spray like Redken's Fabricate 03. Otherwise I get a masque treatment after I get my hair coloured, which is usually every six weeks.
I know and respect the talents of quite a few hairdressers …Wayne Richardson at Ktizo, Lauren Gunn at Vada, Mana Dave at Blaze and Danny Pato at D&M, to name a few. Personally I'm a little spoilt, because freelancing at TVNZ allows me to get my hair done by Keryn Parker, who cuts and colours the hair of all the presenters.
I have fine straight hair with more greys than I would like, so I get my hair coloured every six weeks; but as I tend to wear my hair up more often than not these days, I have a more relaxed attitude to cuts. In the last couple of years I have only bothered to get a good cut and restyle three times a year (don't judge me).
My hair is pretty healthy so I generally kill two birds with one stone and have a conditioning treatment applied after my hair has been coloured. I'm all about the blow dryer to get maximum volume out of my hair, but now and again I like to do a messy wave and tend to favour my Babyliss conical wand or my Cloud Nine flat irons.
I have to confess I'm not as vigilant as I used to be. They've turned brittle over the years and with a new business plus freelance work, time is rarely on my side, which sadly means more often than not it's a rushed DIY effort.
I have eclectic taste, so the colour I use depends on the look I'm channelling. When I'm dressing casually I alternate between nudes, greys and pastels. When I'm in a rock-chic mood I favour black or deep burgundy. When I'm glamming it up I like antique gold or matte silvers. I also adore corals.
As an artist I adore nail art, I think it's a great way to express your fashion style and personality. Personally I prefer less showy looks but I'm a bit of a magpie when it comes to designs using subtle metallic and glitter finishes.
FRAGRANCE & BODY
I like change, but usually stick to one perfume at a time. When it's time to get another I will either alternate between a few of my favourites or find something completely new. At the moment I'm on to something new and am wearing Chanel Chance.
Over the over the years I've worn Dolce & Gabbana's Light Blue, Versace's Bright Crystal and Jo Malone's Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Cologne.
I'm a big fan of layering the MOR body washes, sugar scrubs and moisturisers and at the moment I'm using the Marshmallow range. I religiously moisturise every day and have since I was 18. The ECO Store body washes are also a favourite of mine plus I really like the Pure Fiji Coconut Sugar Scrub, L'Occitane's Almond Tonic Body Oil and the Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Repair Lotions.
When it comes to relaxing, I do love a bath and I like to use bath salt bag infusions. My favourite one is Linden Leaves Fig Licorice.
I treat myself by finding and investing in great products that allow me to keep my skin in optimal condition. My beauty philosophy is to focus on the things you love about yourself, not the things you don't.
When it comes to travelling, I think about making my makeup regime faster, easier and more condensed. I recommend 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 products such as all-in-one blush, lips and/or eye shadow cream compacts, bronzer for face, blush and eye shadow, or even a travel compact that has eye colours, blush, lipstick and gloss.
If you're on a long-haul plane trip and want to last the distance, then opt for long wear or waterproof products that require only a light touchup before disembarking. Take moisturising facial wipes to cleanse and keep skin hydrated.
With my job and the nature of my new site, I rarely have to "shop" for beauty products, unless it's to restock a particular product. I'm very lucky to regularly receive new products to trial from PR companies, direct to my home. Of course every new product is a new discovery and I certainly enjoy that journey and sharing my conclusions.
There are so many beautiful women to admire. My first ever beauty icon was Audrey Hepburn. To make a shortish modern-day list, I would have to say Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani for their impeccable and creative makeup and hair looks, and Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman for their natural ethereal beauty.
The one product I can't live without? That's a hard one … the older you get the more you seem to need, but I guess it would be moisturiser – face and body. I'm all about healthy glowing skin, so applying an illuminating primer to the highlight areas for your face, before and/or after your foundation, is the best way to give skin an instant boost of youthfulness.
A beauty mistake from my past was when I was 20 and DIY waxing for the first time. I thought I would save time if I applied wax to my underarms, legs, etc, all at once. Unfortunately by the time I finished my legs everything had set hard, so I had trouble putting my arms down and of course the material strips wouldn't stick, so I spent a mortifying and painful four hours pulling it all off by hand. The upside was I didn't have to shave for six weeks.
When it comes to beauty products, I hate how quickly the things you love run out or worse they get discontinued.
My beauty bugbear to fix? I would like to swap the growth properties of eyebrows with that of the bikini line – so if you remove too much hair from your eyebrows you'll know it will grow back and if you do the same on your bikini line you know it won't!
The beauty product I think needs to be invented is a pill that can give you a natural-looking tan instantly - plus it will last at least a week.
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