Confessions of a Make-up Artist

Creative: Make-up artist Amy Murray performing her magic on a bride-to-be.

Former James Hargest student Amy Murray has travelled the country working her magic with a brush.

The 23-year-old studied beauty therapy at The National School of Aesthetics in Christchurch.

She has worked for Bobbi Brown Make-up in Auckland but a career highlight was working as Head Beauty Therapist for Ballantynes in Christchurch.

Amy is back in Invercargill and will be a regular contributor, revealing all her tips of the trade.

Confession #1 – Concealer Vs Foundation


This should always be one shade lighter than your skin tone.

To lighten dark circles; apply the concealer under the eye up to the lash line, apply with a concealer brush and blend in gently.

By applying the concealer in the inner of the eye you will open them up giving them a fresh and revitlised look.


To find the perfect foundation shade, test several colours on the side of your face and blend in.  The colour that disappears and looks the most natural is the correct shade for you.

Most foundations have an SPF of 15 in them.  This is a bonus because you are protecting your skin from the harmful UV Rays which is a great anti-aging property.   Apply foundation with a foundation brush starting from the nose area and working your way out to the sides of the face – by doing this it gives you a more natural look with no obvious lines around the edges of the face (no one likes to see foundation through the hair line or not blended into the neck) – YUCK!

Try adding bronzer to your look after applying foundation this gives a healthy glow – apply to where the sun normally hits the face – around the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin.  Always apply with a bronzer brush and tap off excess before applying so you don’t get an obvious dark area on your face that you can’t blend in.

Amy is available for weddings, balls and events.
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