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Age Defying


Fine lines, dark circles, age spots, dry skin and thinning hair are just a few of the unavoidable aspects of getting older that keep us up at night. There are some clever tricks of the trade that make it possible to bring back that youthful glow.

 

 

 

Vitamin C
Beauty bloggers and dermatologists are raving about Vitamin C for anti-aging. It can improve the appearance and texture of your skin by decreasing the sun’s harmful effect on the skin and preventing future damage. It also encourages collagen production to promote skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. What’s more, this miracle antioxidant targets stubborn skin discoloration and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation, redness and under-eye circles. Serums are one of the best ways to add Vitamin C to your skincare routine.


Dermal Fillers
These anti-aging injectables fill in wrinkles and depressions, replenishing lost volume to smooth your skin and promote an even complexion. Dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvéderm® use hyaluronic acid, a sugar naturally found in the body, to soften facial wrinkles and restore volume. When injected into the skin, it causes a smoothing, filling effect where lost volume needs to be restored. The effects of hyaluronic acid last between six and 12 months. An experienced injector who understands facial anatomy can give you the natural results you want.


Microneedling
As the name suggests, microneedling involves pricking the skin with tiny needles, creating microscopic channels for anti-aging products, like hyaluronic acid or Vitamin C, to penetrate the deep layers of the skin. The tiny injuries caused by the needles promote collagen production and build new elastin. The anti-aging results of microneedling are most apparent after four to five treatments. The treatment is especially effective at treating large pores, acne scars, neck lines and wrinkles around the mouth.


Microblading
Just as your hair thins with age, your eyebrows may start to look sparse as you get older. Microblading is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that can give you the appearance of thick, lush brows to lift your face and make you look younger. The technique involves using a hand-controlled device with ultrafine needles to make microscopic strokes which are filled in with semi-permanent pigment that resembles your natural eyebrow hair, creating a defined shape and fuller look. Results last between one and three years, depending on skin type.


Vitamin A (Retinol)
The wrinkles and freckles we associate with aging appear most prominently on skin that has been exposed to the sun. Vitamin A, which you might also see labelled as retinol, helps fade these dark spots and stimulates the production of new skin cells. And these are just the creams and serums you can get over the counter. Prescription-strength retinoid can actually renew the skin by treating acne, reducing the appearance of fine lines and evening out skin tone. Not only can retinol boost collagen production and treat the signs of aging that are already there but also it can potentially prevent future sun damage.


BOTOX®/Dysport®/Xeomin®
Among the millions of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed each year, BOTOX® is one of the most popular. It is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the face by paralysing the underlying muscles, which stops the overlying skin from creasing. The anti-aging effects last between three and six months. It is important to note that BOTOX® will not treat wrinkles caused by sun damage, but, when paired with another treatment like microneedling, BOTOX® can produce fantastic anti-aging results.


Radiofrequency Skin Tightening
A radiofrequency (RF) treatment involves heating the deepest layers of the skin to encourage new collagen production and cell turnover to help the skin become firmer, thicker and younger-looking. While lasers work to improve the skin’s surface, radiofrequency treatments use a lower frequency to safely penetrate to a deeper level. This helps improve skin tone and structure, and it can even lift tissue. Radiofrequency treatments can be performed in tandem with injectables, microneedling and other minimally invasive treatments to achieve complete facial rejuvenation.


Makeup
Makeup can transform your appearance and minimise the physical signs of aging. Primer helps minimise fine lines and large pores by filling them in. For fuller lips, lightly draw over the border on your lips with a lip liner that matches your natural lip tone and top with a sheer gloss. Bold and defined eyebrows can also make you look younger. A brow pencil that is a cross between a pencil and a powder will create the illusion of fuller brows. For your eyes, use a cream eye shadow in a neutral shade and apply powder illuminator to the inner corner of your eyes. Cream and silicone-based cosmetics work best for aging complexions because they ‘melt’ into the skin and offer a flawless, natural-looking finish, while powder settles into fine lines and can make the signs of aging more apparent.


Laser Resurfacing
Laser resurfacing uses short, concentrated beams of light to remove layers of the skin for improved texture. Facial flaws like age spots, acne scars, wrinkles and sun damage respond well to laser resurfacing as it smooths out your skin for a complexion that not only looks younger, but actually is younger. A series of treatments are best for long-lasting results.

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Winter Warmers: Beauty Sense


On point winter looks from Youngblood Mineral Makeup.

 

 

From the perfect pout to the radiance of a dewy complexion, there’s something for everyone in the Youngblood Mineral Makeup collection. We’ve checked out some of our favourites.

  1. HOTSHOT + POPPY
    Get up close and personal with comfortable matte perfection. Intimatte Mineral Lipsticks glide on with full-coverage matte pigments and natural emollients so lips feel hydrated and look sophisticated. These velvety, precious oil-infused lipsticks deliver luxurious, high-pigment mineral colour while moisturising the lips with light notes of creamy vanilla. In 23 trend-worthy shades including luscious nudes, bold pinks, sensual plums and daring reds.
  2. MINERAL RADIANCE MOISTURE TINT
    The effortless answer to looking ‘off duty flawless’, this lightweight, oil-free tinted moisturiser leaves skin comfortably hydrated while providing sheer coverage and protecting the skin from environmental damage. The nourishing formula delivers a surge of marine nutrients with a youthful, dewy finish and fresh California orange fragrance. Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint is available in six skin-perfecting shades, including a universal, golden-toned bronzer in the shade Golden Sun.

 


 

Kristen Stewart School of Makeup

Makeup Magic: Kristen Stewart School of Makeup


While it’s known as Makeup Artistry, the creative process of applying colour to face and body can also be big business and Kristen Stewart School of Makeup (KSSM) here in Christchurch is the go-to school to bring your talent to the market.

 

Kristen Stewart School of Makeup

 

With 23 years in makeup artistry behind her and 10 years as Director of KSSM, Kristen Stewart is thrilled with the diverse places her training has taken school alumni. Lochie Stonehouse is currently National Makeup Artist for Yves Saint Laurent and Giorgio Armani, and was Events Artist for M.A.C. cosmetics. Hawaii-based Natalie Bruce went freelance with Nike, Adidas and Roxy as clients, plus Disney movies and Jurassic World, Discovery Channel and Hawaii Five-0 to her credit.

Capped at 10 students, KSSM Diploma Courses provide work experience that you will not find at any other school. KSSM is constantly approached to bring students to work on real shoots and shows – the Ronald McDonald House annual fashion show event is a regular, plus this is the only school in New Zealand that brings students along with the core team of qualified artists to work at New Zealand Fashion Week!
The sole New Zealand school with fashion photography as their specialty, KSSM has a gorgeous new studio on Peterborough Street, where parking is easy.

Kristen loves seeing students flourish and become supremely skilled. “By the end of the course when they have access to the full makeup cupboard, I get to see who they have become as artists. Then they go into the world and find success – they’re like my babies.”

 



 

Bridal Makeup Magic

Bridal Makeup Magic


Cameras, kisses, champagne, sunshine and tears of happiness – bridal makeup must last through it all.

 

Bridal Makeup Magic

 

A bride’s beautiful face is by far the most unforgettable image of the big day. Weddings might have become a more casual affair for many, but makeup really needs to be perfectly faultless. With a pre-wedding ritual all of its own, it requires the calm creative touch of a professional, who will ensure stress lines don’t feature!

There is much to ponder before picking out colours and products. The weather, the venue, skin type, the dress and, most vital of all, your unique personality. Thankfully, it’s a fanciful era of everything goes for wedding beauty. Nude shimmery lips or matte rose-red pouts, cat’s eyes or doe eyes, sun-kissed skin or a pale porcelain complexion.

 

Choosing a makeup artist is like finding a bridesmaid, you’ll be on a personal journey together. A good consultant will ask you everything – as absolutely loving your look is number one. Browse Instagram, Pinterest and magazines until you spot that certain image you adore and aspire to.

This guarantees you’re both on the same page. An invaluable trial makeup session is now the thing to do. This ensures you’re feeling comfortable, have made the right choices, your skin won’t react, and you can test out how the products last on your skin. You can buy the lippy for touch ups on the day, or the consultant often has sample sizes.

Don’t do anything drastic or dramatic to your eyebrows near the time that you haven’t tried before. The makeup artist can create them with gels, pencils, or powder on the day. However, microblading is a refined process in stages, with a flattering outcome such as beautifully arched brows akin to Audrey Hepburn. The timelessly feminine winged flick on the eyelids is a photogenic look this lady also rocked so well.

Specialist makeup brands, such as hypo-allergenic Lauren & Louise Cosmetica, ensures luminous photo-worthy effects. Primers for complexion and eyelids are so important for a long-lasting coverage that won’t melt away. Mineral powder and cream blushes appear softer and it’s a bridal trend to highlight the cheekbones. Careful makeup to the décolletage will limit any high-colour flushing and ensure this skin area matches your complexion.

Shimmery shadows are so fine and delicate these days – any age can wear them. Pinky golds are a romantic choice, and the new emeralds and violets for shadows and liners emulate jewel-like fantasy. Gold is also staring, for all over goddess-like glamour.
High definition cameras mean an overall softer makeup effect is essential, as deeper tones can be too harshly accentuated. The wedding makeup artist will work their technical magic so you and your bridesmaids look picture perfect both on and off camera.

 



 

Its only natural

Its’s only natural: Minimal makeup

At face value, natural make up should be easy, right? After all, minimal makeup should mean minimal effort. We’ve got some top tips to ensure it really is that easy.

Its only natural
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Firstly, opt for a light base foundation. Try a BB cream, a low coverage foundation or mix in a smudge of facial moisturiser with a heavier foundation to create a natural, dewy look, while a strobe cream across your cheekbones is also a great way to give a natural glow.
Only use concealer on areas you absolutely need to. Concealer will sit heavy on your skin and un-do all this hard work in creating a natural look.

Its only natural
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If adding anything to brows, keep it to eyeshadow or soft eyebrow pencils, preferably with a smudger to enable blending and creating a natural appearance.
Low key lashes are where it’s at when it comes to a natural look. To get this low key look, apply mascara, then brush lashes out with a clean mascara wand to remove the heaviness of excess mascara.
Soften your blush by applying as usual, then going over it with your foundation brush to tone back the look, or just use a bronzing powder lightly under cheekbones to give a natural appearance, it is after all, exactly what everyone used to do before complex contouring became a thing.
Lastly, go for a light matte lippy and/or a clear gloss for a bit of extra shine. After all, it’s only natural.

Its only natural
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Its only natural
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Natural cosmetics

The good stuff: seeking out cosmetics that are good for the body and soul

Natural, preservative-free and organic are the buzz words of the culinary world, as we increasingly seek foods which are equally as good for our bodies as they are for our planet. Yet it’s not just our food which is getting the natural makeover, as we seek safer and simpler products to fill up our bathrooms.

Natural cosmetics

Clean, green and organic are just some of the terms that have crossed the culinary divide and made their way into mainstream makeups with, even more surprisingly, vegan and gluten-free also making an increasing appearance on cosmetic packaging, alongside fragrance-free and paraben-free.
Thankfully, New Zealand and Australia are proud homes to some pretty powerful players in the natural beauty space, including Plantae and Ethique.
And it’s not just the ingredients list that these top talents are taking more responsibility over, with brands such as the Goodness range of skincare products and Christchurch’s own Lauren & Louise makeups choosing to source and supply only cruelty-free products.
Germany was first to this consumer consciousness party, banning animal testing in 1986 and, by 2009, the entire European Union had joined in. Since then, Israel, India, Norway, New Zealand, South Korea, Turkey, Taiwan and parts of Brazil have all banned cosmetic testing on animals. We’ve roped Australia in too, with the country now committed to banning all cosmetic animal testing by July 2018.

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KSSM

The bold and the beautiful: Kristen Stewart’s tale of two crafts

Kristen Stewart’s two businesses couldn’t be more different – there’s the bold and there’s the beautiful. And now they’ve come together under the one roof.

KSSM
Lucy Urquhart, Michelle Raasch, Kristen Stewart, Rebecca Guyton, Claire Randall

First there’s Kristen Stewart School of Makeup (KSSM) – an innovative training school, which provides a professionally focused Diploma of Make-up Artistry for those passionate about make-up art in the fashion and photographic industry.
Then there’s the bold – Kristen Stewart School of Special Effects (KSFX). The only school of its kind in New Zealand, KSFX offers fast-paced courses in techniques such as SFX (cuts and bruises), airbrushing, prosthetics, TV makeup and working with facial hair and wigs.
Previously housed in Victoria Street, KSSM has now moved into KSFX’s space at unit 4, 75 Peterborough Street, close to the library.
“It’s a much bigger premises,” Kristen says.
“And it’s a much more suitable premises. It means we can have the beautiful side of the business upstairs and the industrial side of the business downstairs, bringing two separate identities under the one roof.
“It’s been really hard operating from two different spaces, so we’re excited about the future.”
There’s some more exciting changes in the pipelines for these innovative local makeup schools. Kristen says they will soon be offering more specialist short courses, in areas such as airbrushing and hair styling. “We have a photography studio and hair basins here, so the new facility will enable a much greater range of options.”