To mark its Beauty Precinct’s first birthday the Canberra Centre is threw a weekend long celebration. Alongside complimentary cocktails (made using the new earl grey gin from The Canberra Distillery and Her Canberra), cake pops and chocolate we enjoyed a makeup masterclass with Chantelle Baker.
Chantelle is known for her editorial work and for creating looks for the likes of Gigi Hadid, Jessica Gomes and Bec Judd. ‘I love that my job is different every day, that I get to work with amazing people, and that I get to make people feel really good and happy.’
Let Chantelle make you feel good and happy with this step by step guide to a flawless natural look.
Build a Base
‘I don’t get too into skincare but it always helps to have a good base.’
- Chantecaille Vital Essense – it’s full of Vitamin C and is perfect for prepping the skin.
- Smashbox Photo Finish Primer – this product covers pores and controls shine. Apply to the middle of forehead, nose, chin and under the eyes.
- Drunk Elephant C Tango Multivitamin Eyecream – it’s gentle, packed with Vitamin C, and illuminates the skin.
- La Mer or Mecca Hydrating Moisturiser (an affordable option) – to hydrate the skin.
‘It’s so hard to choose one favourite foundation. I recommend buying two to cater to each season. Don’t be afraid to custom mix your own shade.’
- Nars Sheer Glow Foundation – use long strokes to blend the product, and dabbing to help press the product in to areas that require more coverage.
Eyes to Mesmerise
‘I’m known for my eyes. I look to bring out the natural tones of the skin. It’s about creating shape around that whole area.’
- MAC Longwear Paint Pot – use an earthy cream shadow as a base. Work fast and blend it right up to the brow.
- Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette – cover the mobile lid with Sauced. Then add depth to the outer corners of the eye with Cayenne. Using a bullet brush trace sauced under the lower lash line. Come back to the upper lid and blend, taking the eye out wider.
- Nars Kohliner – use the pencil on the upper lashline, smudging and blending. If you are up for it, add some liner under the inner rim of the upper lash line to create further definition.
- Shu Uemura Eyeash Curler – curl lashes before applying mascara.
- Dior Show Iconic Mascara – paint the lashes while holding the brush vertically, use the brush horizontally to create curl.
- Nars Highlighting Powder – add a touch of shine to the inner corners of the eyes.
Conceal and Set
‘I use concealer like foundation; it’s the step where I add coverage. Always go a shade lighter on your concealer.’
- Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer – add coverage to those areas that need it making sure to blend the product into the skin.
- Nars Sheer Glow Foundation – come back and foundation to the neck to ensure its colour matches the face.
- Mecca Max Banana Bake – the colour is neutral but brightening and sets the under-eye perfectly.
- Hourglass Powder Setting Powder – use powder to set your work.
Contouring with Chantelle
‘Powder contour is better than cream for every day use. Make sure it’s seamless’
- Benefit Hoola Bronzer – use an angled brush and sweep product from your ear down towards your mouth, stopping at the eye. Sweep a little around the jawline and nose; start from the brow and work it down the nose.
- Too Faced blush – swipe this across the apples of your cheek for a pop of colour.
- Hourglass Flash Highlighting Stick – a little goes a long way with this product. Add some to the cheek bones, down the centre of nose and the cupid’s bow.
‘I never leave the house without doing my brows’
- Hourglass Fiber Gel – use a brow gel to coat the brows with a bit of colour and put them in place. Add in a pencil to sharpen things up if you want to take your brows to the next level.
‘I like to mix a few lip pencils together and overdraw the lip.’
- MAC Lip Pencil – slightly overdraw the lip and fill in in.
- Mecca Lip Balm – dab on a coat of lipgloss.
- Too Faced Lipstick – sometimes a little liner and a little gloss are all you need. But if you want to amp it up, add a pop of peachy colour.
Dial it up for the Evening
‘We are all busy so it’s handy to be able to take a look from day to night’
- Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette – come back to your eye shadow palette and darken up the outer corners of the eyes, swipe a rust colour through the eye crease and use a bullet brush and darken the under eye.
And that’s it! You are ready to go.
Yes, there are a lot of steps here and yes we don’t all have an hour to put our face on, so if you were to try only one thing make it Chantelle’s signature eye.
All these goodies are available at the Canberra Centre.