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Let’s be honest, we have all been guilty of putting a filter on an Instagram picture we just uploaded and hash-tagging #nofilter when we all know there is a filter on that picture!

I will be the first to put my hand up in using filters and different apps to make my pictures look great, because we all want to look flawless, right? And I follow a lot of makeup artists on Instagram, as this is my passion and I love doing what I do.

I’ve always found a lot of inspiration and motivation off other Instagram pages, but my one pet-hate is that when you can clearly tell an image of a client or themselves is filtered or touched up by ‘Facetune’ or some other app and they’re seemingly claiming it.

To me this is false advertising – you’re selling someone something that isn’t reality. Don’t get me wrong, it’s frustrating as a makeup artist when you take a picture and it doesn’t do the makeup any justice or doesn’t show those colours through the image, but a filter isn’t the answer.

As I said, I’m all for a good filter on all kinds of pictures, but on my personal page, not my business page of my work, because it can be misleading to potential customers. I’m not saying I have never used a filter on my business page back in the day – #mybad – because I would be lying.

However, the only thing I do to an image now is adjust the exposure depending on the lighting, because this way everyone can see how your work appears in real life. The majority of the time we will either take a photo ourselves or receive one afterwards, but rarely are they from a professional photographer so it can be hard to show the look we’ve created.

I was once taking a picture of a bridesmaid’s makeup I just did and the wedding photographer came up to me and showed me that by just changing the exposure on your iPhone camera, you can get a great picture. That is all I ever do now – by adjusting that while taking a photo, it works like a gem.

Just don’t be fooled by what is real and what isn’t!

Korryn xx

A few years back I headed to New York and Los Angeles. America is one place I would highly recommend going to, especially if you’re a makeup lover!

New York is known as the city that never sleeps, which mind you I have never seen anything like it. It really lives up to its word. Have you ever been stuck behind someone in a shopping centre walking so slow and waiting for the right time to pass them? This is New York all day, everyday. By the end of the trip I guarantee you have nailed the skill of dodging anything in your way.

Times Square Sephora was my first stop, after a few hours and my week’s spending money – not even joking! I was one happy girl. This place is the definition of ‘makeup heaven’ and the Australian one doesn’t even compare. After many attempts during the week of trying to go into the MAC shop at Times Square, it wasn’t possible – I have never seen so many people in a MAC shop before! I swear they were all Australian… when a lipstick is cheap you get as many as you can.

Next stop Los Angeles, after being in New York for a week, LA feels so peaceful and a place where you can breath. No dodging required. I didn’t do much shopping in LA, but I did find a MAC store at The Grove. When I went to pay at the counter for all my products, the lady did say ‘you must be from Australia’. Who doesn’t buy bulk makeup when it’s that cheap?

Besides the shopping, America is an amazing place and an eye-opener. I would go back in a heartbeat!

Korryn xx

Being a makeup artist means long days and early morning starts! Anyone that knows me knows that I am not a morning person… I set three alarms before I actually have to get up!

Some may think it’s silly, but an extra 10 minutes is everything to me. I even ask my boyfriend to set his alarm as well and make sure I’m awake because I do have a talent of sleeping through alarms, so better be safe than sorry, right?

I always get asked when I show up to a makeup job, ‘how do you look like that this early in the morning?’. Over the years I have taught myself how to get ready within 20 minutes, which means full face of makeup, hair, dressed and out of the door.

I can’t just chuck my hair up in a messy bun and put a coat of mascara on. Well, I can, but I feel you have to be well presented no matter what time of day. Especially when I’m about to go do a client’s makeup for her wedding day. Do you really want your makeup artist to rock up looking like she just rolled out of bed? Even though most of the time I probably have!

Don’t get me wrong, when I’m up I love it, there is nothing like an early morning sunrise, everything seems so peaceful with hardly any traffic on the road. You can enjoy your morning coffee on the drive. This is also a must for me; as long a I have my coffee I’m good! At the end of the day I love my job and would not trade it for the world, even if this means early morning starts!

Above is a picture of the sunrise on Camden bridge, that my best friend Erin took on her daily morning run. She is a massive inspiration! If this doesn’t make you want to get out of bed every morning, I don’t know what does.

Korryn xx

Being a mobile makeup artist means I get to travel, experiencing many places and locations. Over the ANZAC long weekend I was fortunate enough to travel up to the Hunter Valley for a makeup job for a client of mine Amy’s wedding, so I decided to bring my boyfriend Alex along and make a weekend of it.

I first met Amy on her sisters Ally’s wedding day after she had chosen me to be her makeup artist for her wedding day a few years back, as did their other sister Caroline in the meantime. Being three sisters, I was lucky enough to be the makeup artist of all three beautiful weddings.

Up at the Hunter Valley we stayed at the Pokolbin Village in one of the cabins, which was really cute and looks over the pool. They have their own cafe and restaurant on site with a few little shops so you don’t have to travel to far for your morning coffee!

We decided to head to dinner at Lillino’s Bar & Trattoria, which is located in Lovedale and about 15 minutes from where we were staying. We were welcomed by two huge friendly dogs that just laid there on the welcome mat! The food and wine was amazing – if you love Italian food I highly recommend this place!

Korryn xx

Over the holidays my niece wanted me to do her makeup, so we decided to do something fun and creative. This look is simple and easy, perfect for any dress up parties or something fun to keep the kids entertained.

All you need is:
– Fishnet stockings
– Stick-on jewels/glitter
– Eyeshadow

This technique can be used to create any animal with scales or anything that you want to create that has scale-like look. I have created this quick tutorial above, of how I created the mermaid look. Enjoy!

Korryn xx

As we welcome the year 2016, Bella Kreations would also like to welcome one-on-one makeup lessons.

With over five years experience, I would like to share with you all the tips and tricks of the trade, and everything else I have picked up and learned along the way in my career.

Learn how to perfect that makeup look you always wanted to in the comfort of your own home and learn what’s best for you. Available to do one-on-one makeup lessons and also group bookings (discounted four or more people).

Contact me using the form on this website to make an enquiry and secure your position!

Korryn xx

Ever wanted to add a little something different to your makeup look but don’t know how, maybe a touch of glitter? Well above I have created a quick glitter eyeliner makeup look. Perfect for Christmas day or new years eve. Enjoy!

Korryn xx

I have said previously how being apart of someone’s wedding day is indescribable, even if you have never met the person before. It’s honestly the most rewarding thing to watch and witness the emotion of everyone getting ready on their wedding day.

As a makeup artist it’s your job in making them feel beautiful, but not only that, it’s a job in making sure the makeup lasts through heat, rain, sweat and tears. So here are a few tips in making your makeup last, not only on your wedding day, but any occasion:

1. Cleansing and toning is a normal part of everyone’s daily routine. I still do recommend this, but at least a few hours prior to makeup application. If you apply makeup straight after, firstly, your cleansing and toning products are still working into the skin and, secondly, you do not want the makeup working in with the products as well.

2. Moisturising is also a part of everyone’s daily routine. If you’re someone that needs a rich moisturiser, you might want to swap this for a light moisturiser – also do this a few hours prior to makeup application as this again is working it’s way into the skin. If you apply makeup straight afterwards, your makeup will want to move and absorb in with the moisturiser.

3. It’s all about the base. Make sure a primer is applied on the skin before any foundation, as this creates a barrier on the skin and prevents the makeup from soaking into the pores.

4. It’s all about setting everything we just applied; you want to set your makeup with a setting powder for everything to stay in place. Unfortunately for those of us with oily skin, most of us are bound to get oily throughout the day no matter what, so I suggested bringing a powder with you to touch up or even some blotting paper. The last thing I do is spray everyone with a setting spray to keep everything in place.

5. Lastly, waterproof is the key word! Waterproof mascara, eyeliner and also there are a few water-resistant foundations on the market which I highly recommend, especially on those hot humid days.

Last Saturday one of my closest friends got married. Not only did I have the pleasure to watch her walk down the aisle and marry her best friend, I also got to be a big part of her day and be her makeup artist. Above is a picture of the beautiful bride Dani and her maid of honour Erin.

Korryn xx

Spring is my all-time favourite season. It’s not too hot or too cold, it’s just perfect in my opinion. Spring makeup is all about fresh-glowing skin, with a hint of colour. Above I have created a quick spring makeup look! Enjoy.

Korryn xx

Getting your makeup done can be a scary thing! Let’s face it, we’re putting our faces in somebody else’s hands. As a makeup artist I see a lot of fear on client’s faces when they hop up onto the chair, giving me the quick look up and down, making sure my own makeup looks okay. We have all done it, which is okay, because if you don’t like a makeup artist’s makeup, then how can you trust them to do yours?

Being a makeup artist, I strongly believe in presenting your makeup in a way that represents you. You need to gain the trust of your clients and when they see your makeup and they like it, they instantly feel a sense of relief. But don’t always judge a book by it’s cover; easier said than done, right? Well everyone sees others in a different way and every makeup artist will do your makeup a different way.

Trusting a makeup artist is like trusting your hairdresser. It’s ideal to build a relationship with them and get to know them before you can fully trust what they are going to do. When the makeup artist asks how would you like your makeup and you say ‘I don’t care, whatever you think or want to do’, don’t be disappointed at the end when it’s not quiet what you imagined – you did just give them the option to do whatever they feel works for you.

If you have been going to your makeup artist for a while and they really know how you like your makeup, then that’s fine, let them do whatever they like. But I do not recommend this if it’s your first time getting your makeup done, as you don’t want to pay that money and go home to wash it off! My advice is to have a bunch of pictures of makeup you like, even a picture of your outfit you’re going to wear, so both you and your makeup artist are on the same page.

As a makeup artist it’s our job to find out what you want and a bit about you. If your makeup artist doesn’t ask you questions – such as what’s your skin type like? Are you allergic to any products or ingredients? And are you wearing contacts? – you don’t want them putting a dewy foundation on you and in the next hour you’re going to be shining like a disco ball because you naturally have oily skin.

I think the biggest thing is communication, don’t be afraid to speak up. If you see them putting purple eyeshadow on you and it’s not quiet what you wanted, tell them, don’t wait till the end of the makeup to say so. At the end of the day you’re paying them for their service, so you’re the one that has to walk away happy. Being in that makeup chair, you should feel beautiful and relaxed – that’s our job so enjoy it!

Korryn xx


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