My friend Jo
I met Jo around 7 or so years ago through facebook. She used to make and sell these awesome DIY projects which I used to purchase from her. Jo and I became friends after a while & I'm so glad we did. Jo is such a lovely person that has this warm, beautiful nature, that instantly makes you feel welcome. She can always find the positive side to things & is always making me laugh with her facebook posts.
Jo contacted me recently as she had a breast cancer lunch coming up and she wanted to “get my pretty on” and have her makeup done for the event. I asked Jo if she could send me a few words on her experience so I could add it to this post & she sent me this the very next day.
The next two weeks were a blur of tests and medical appointments which resulted in me undergoing surgery to remove my left breast and then immediately starting 6 months of chemotherapy followed by 6 weeks of daily radiation and then my final surgery in July 2015.
After 12 months of treatment I gave myself another 6 months to build up my strength, get my head together and reclaim my life. It is now 18 months since I was diagnosed and I finally feel like the fog is lifting but my life has certainly changed.
During my treatment I lost all my hair and I gained quite a few kilos due to the medication I was on, plus the fact I spent the vast majority of my time either in bed or on the couch. My hair is growing back and I’m slowing losing those extra kilos but my self confidence in my appearance has taken a bit of a beating.
Enter Di from Makeup by Diane!
Having a Breast Cancer fundraiser to attend I contacted Di to ask her if she could help me “get my pretty on”. I was looking for a little boost and decided after everything I’d been through I deserved a little pampering.
We spent the morning chatting and laughing and I was so happy when I looked in the mirror and saw what Di had created. I attended my fundraiser feeling good about myself and walking with a spring in my step.
I wouldn’t consider myself a vain person, but having your hair done, or your makeup applied correctly can really lift your spirit, which is exactly what Di did for me yesterday. Now I’m looking for assistance from another professional to help with my champagne headache this morning. Any chemists open yet?? grin emoticon
Products used and why
As we get older we like to have youthful, glowy looking skin. Heck, I want that now and I'm only 33!
I wanted to achieve this with Jo's skin while giving her a slight "smokey eye" but not too full on as she was going to a daytime event.
The following products are what I thought would be the best for Jo to make her look and feel better about herself!
The key to a good makeup base is in the skin prep! Jo's skin was pretty good and clear, just a touch dry so I wanted to use more hyrdrating and illuminating products on her. As this was a morning appointment, Jo's skin was freshly washed. So I didn't need to cleanse her skin.
First, I used “Ren Clarifying Toner” to make sure all traces of cleanser and left over makeup was removed. I applied “Hydraluron” to boost hydration, followed by “Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream” (this is what I used every day & am starting to use on all my clients) and I just a touch of “Kiehls line-reducing eye-brightening concentrate” to help plump up the eye area.
I really wanted to keep Jo's skin looking hydrated and illuminous so I primed her skin with “Laura Mercier Hydrating primer” to give her skin a nice glow. Jo didn't need much concealer, just a small amount of colour correction (peach, yellow and green) and I used “Ben Nye colour correction wheel”.
To keep Jo’s skin looking nice & dewy and not like she was wearing foundation, I used Face & Body foundation by Make Up For Ever. I mixed a couple of shades to come up with Jo’s shade.
I lightly contoured with “Senna Contour kit in shade 1” and for highlight I used a lighter shade of foundation so this looks as natural as possible.
For the blush I used Ben Nye's Creme Blush Wheel using the dusty rose shade. I always use cream blush as it lasts longer and blends well.
When I do the base I also conceal and powder the eyelids so eye makeup lasts longer. I used Ben Nye concealer above & Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder to set the concealer.
I filled in Jo’s brows with “Hourglass Brow pencil” and “Senna brow palette”
To finish I powdered Jo’s whole face in “NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder” to set her foundation, added some “Nars in Deep Throat” blush to her cheeks, lined the lips with “Gorgeous Cosmetics lip liner pencil in Barely There” (Jo had her own lipstick to add) and a quick spritz of “Urban Decay setting spray”
We then decided Jo needed some lashes! So I applied “Bella Mia lashes by Lash Republic”
Doesn't Jo look great?! My pictures never does the makeup justice. SHe just looked amazing and had a little bit sparkle put back into her. A lot of people hate before and after photos. Me? I LOVE them and will continue to post them!
I hope you enjoyed my little write up on Jo and a bit of her journey with some product break down.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think. If you or anyone you know is need of a bit of a makeover or a makeup lesson, please don't hesitate to contact me to book in.
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