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5 Debbie Parlakchief $49 SPLURGE
Founder of Doll Face Mineral Makeup
What do you wish you knew before you got started in this line of work?
The financial investment needed to create your own brand of cosmetics from scratch. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. As well as that, the obsession with wanting to make every colour of eye shadow and lipstick under the sun!
Describe one of your most special work moments...
When I finally nail a formula or colour I’ve been working on for a long time. I’m a perfectionist, so I will keep trialling the recipe until it’s perfect. The latest, our Liquid Matte lipstick, has taken more than six months of work.
What industry trends are you most excited about?
Custom-blended makeup. You can now create that perfect shade of lipstick to match an outfit, or a colour you’ve been after for a while but can’t find anywhere. The same goes for foundation – we are able to create your perfect shade, coverage and base with our custom-blend service.
What’s the most common mistake women make with their makeup?
Hands down it would be women using the wrong type of foundation for their skin. It’s as important to assess your skin type as it is your shade, coverage and so on.
What’s key in a makeup regime for women 40+?
Good eyebrows! Brows frame the face. Keep up with the brow trend on a subtle scale. Thin, high arched brows will age the face. Using a good brow product can hide imperfections. Be sure to get a lesson in how to apply it correctly.
What’s your favourite makeup look for the season?
Well-manicured brows, lashings of mascara and an everyday peachy nude lipstick.