MAKING UP IS NOT HARD TO DO
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 email@example.com or phone 9228 4111.
Makeup artist Liz Kelsh.