Interview with make-up artist extraordinaire Holly Rose

Holly putting the finishing touches to Teer on the Fashion Journal shoot.

Holly Rose is a talented Melbourne based hair and make-up artist who has worked in film, fashion and music, creating make-up looks for the likes of Beth Ditto and The Cassette kids.
Holly's work in the Cassette Kids "Spin" music video.

Holly and Beth Ditto.

Why did you want to get involved in the plus size Fashion Journal editorial?

It was a pleasure to get on board to do the Makeup and Hair for this photoshoot.
Hayley is a pioneer and an inspiration to all women who feel insecure about the way they look. The fashion industry is slowly embracing plus sized models, and recognising them as the beautiful women they are. Fashion should be enjoyed by all shapes and sizes.

Any tips for our readers?

A new hair cut can make you feel like a million dollars. It should reflect your individuality, and most importantly-suit your face shape. Do you have a larger, rounder face? Keep hair slightly longer than your jawline, and try some long frontal layers that frame your face. Wearing it with a natural wave can be more flattering, and you don't have to worry about you newly straightened do getting ruined by the rain! A Bob cut is a perfect change for melbourne this winter, blunt, edgy styles will flatter most women, just be careful not to have it too short. A fringe is always a great option if you don't want to have a dramatic change.

Holly Rose's beauty editorial work.

Makeup is always fun to experiment with but the key is less is more! There are a few options for "slimming" down a face with makeup by using contour, and a highlighter.
A darker contour can be a cream, liquid or powder, and is usually 2-3 shades darker than you natural skin tone. Bronzer can be used as a contour, just make sure it is matte, and doesn't contain too much shimmer. Conturing gives the illusion of shape and draws back features you don't want to stand out. Apply it under the chin, the jaw, sides of the nose and the under the cheeks.

Then use a Highlighter (2 shades lighter than natural skin tone), to under the eyebrows, upper cheekbones and bridge of the nose. The highlighter can contain shimmer, and give the illusion of glowing, more vibrant skin. Just remember to always blend well, and look in a mirror with natural lighting before leaving the house!

Makeup shouldn't be a chore, 10 minutes for some mascara, blush and lipstick can transform your day. But most importantly, self confidence is key. Hold you head high and know that you can achieve anything, not matter what your body shape is.

Thanks so much for your expert tips Holly, It was fantastic to work with you.

You can also follow Holly's fabulous blog, My final checks.


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