Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

DUBLIN-BORN Liz Kelsh is not sure where her love of makeup be­gan, but she sus­pects it is in her DNA.

“Even as a very small child I would col­lect my aunt’s empty per­fume bot­tles and lip­stick bul­lets and keep them like tro­phies,” the Syd­ney­based makeup artist said.

“I re­mem­ber my mum tak­ing shortcuts through the cos­met­ics de­part­ments to keep out of the rain and to me this was like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Fac­tory.

“I still get heady at that first deep in­hale on Sel­fridges’ cos­met­ics floor.”

Kelsh said she first heard the term ‘makeup artist’ as a teenager and be­came hooked once re­al­is­ing it was a real pro­fes­sion.

Since then she has done the makeup of ev­ery­one from Cate Blanchett and Ni­cole Kid­man to Ricky Martin, Hugh Jackman and Kim Cat­trall.

“I love the end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties of makeup,” the pas­sion­ate artist said.

“It’s the most pow­er­ful tool you have in your wardrobe, bring­ing con­fi­dence in a bot­tle. Makeup can be your best friend that hides your faults and shows off your as­sets, but most of all it’s lots of fun.”

Kelsh said her top makeup tip for this Christ­mas party sea­son was to keep skin fresh and let your eyes do all the talk­ing.

“Try a smoky eye with a hint of colour, or a clas­sic state­ment red lip is al­ways on point,” she said.

“I think my num­ber one makeup tip is to make sure you do your makeup in the best light avail­able; re­mem­ber you can’t fix what you can’t see.”

Kelsh will be in Perth on De­cem­ber 4 and 5 for work­shops, Makeup Made Easy and Makeup Mas­ter­class, at There Is, 49 Stu­art Street, North­bridge.

Book­ings via email at or phone 9228 4111.

Makeup artist Liz Kelsh.

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