Making up is not hard to do

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Style - Tanya MacNaughton

DUBLIN-BORN Liz Kelsh is not sure where her love of make-up 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 Sydney-based make-up 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 ‘make-up artist’ as a teenager and be­came hooked once re­al­is­ing it was a real pro­fes­sion.

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

“I love the end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties of make-up,” Kelsh 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 make-up tip for this Christ­mas party sea­son was to keep skin fresh and let 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 make-up 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, Make-up Made Easy and Make-up Mas­ter­class, at There Is, 49 Stu­art Street, North­bridge.

“We will cover ev­ery­thing from flaw­less foun­da­tion and how to make make-up last all day to false lashes, smoky eyes and ev­ery­thing in be­tween,” she said. “I'll show how to make the most of that drawer full of make-up that you pur­chased but never use and I'll also touch on sub­jects for bud­ding makeup artists.” Book­ings via email at or

call 9228 4111.

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