I have two styles when it comes to makeup, on and off. My skills are limited to say the least and I have been looking for help by way of YouTube and books but achieved nothing. I needed a more hands on approach. Someone to grab me and shake the blue eye-shadow out of my hand.
Luckily when I discovered The Makeup Cartel they were a little less violent and whole lot helpful.
When I mentioned my makeup dilemmas to a few girlfriends I discovered that they too struggled with their pencils and powders and were super keen to join in. There were a few stipulations:
- They were all wanting a makeup artist who was down to earth and would understand who we were – casual women who sometimes like to get dressed up and play with makeup.
- We definitely didn’t want a sales driven person. We wanted someone who was passionate about makeup and not be served up a hard sell.
- They also didn’t want to be shown just one brand of cosmetics. Prices of the products had to be realistic.
The Makeup Cartel is the first workshop I have seen where we could meet all these requests and I was pretty excited about asking Gillian (The Makeup Cartel super maven) over.
Gillian was just like adding another girlfriend into the mix. One half of the Champagne Cartel, Gillian is a trained makeup artist and truly
obsessed passionate about makeup and skin care. What she didn’t know about makeup didn’t need to be known.
The three-hour workshop can cover anything specific you would like but we covered a basic day face, worked it up to night with a smokey eye and Gillian even had us contouring (my request) and using liquid eyeliner. Never would I ever have used it if it had not been for Gillian showing us how much easier it is than a pencil.
What I loved about the workshop is that it is about learning how to use what you have already. We all brought our own make up kits (which varied greatly) and with a hands on approach Gillian stepped us through what should be used when and how. She even brought a few of her favourite products for us to have a play with plus she made suggestions for additions to our own kits that were all realistic prices and easy to get.
The Makeup Cartel can come to you (like what I did) or you can have a workshop at their venue in the inner Western suburbs of Brisbane. Private sessions are also available. You can find out more on their website.
We all had such a brilliant afternoon sipping bubbles and eating the yummiest Brie I have ever tasted (bubbles and snacks included) and walked away with more makeup knowledge than I thought was even possible. I totally get concealer now and my contouring is improving. As for liquid eyeliner, I’m all over it!
This isn’t a sponsored post, I just had a brilliant afternoon and wanted to tell you about it. I read about The Makeup Cartel and cried out for help. If you are in Brisbane and are keen to do the same you can contact Gillian here. Tell her I sent you. 😉
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