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Urban Decay Naked Palette – vs – Chi Chi Nude Palette

The Urban Decay Naked Palette is a staple eyeshadow among many makeup artists for many reasons.  Consisting of 12 neutral colours, they suit any skin tone and can create so many different looks, from a bronze eye to a smokey grey – this palette is a must have for everyone!


The palette comes in a luxurious chocolate and gold velvet box with a beautiful eyeshadow brush.  You also get a travel-size primer potion which aids in maintaining a crease-free look all day. 


Naked Palette2

You can purchase the Urban Decay Naked Palette from Beauty Bay for $58.80 including delivery.  The 12 colours are listed on their website at


The colours are:

– Virgin eye shadow (Nude satin)

– Sin eye shadow (Champagne shimmer)

– Naked eye shadow (Buff Matte)

– Sidecar (Beige with glitter)

– Buck (Brown matte)

– Half baked (bronze shimmer)

– Smog (golden brown shimmer)

– Darkhorse (dark bronze shimmer)

– Toasted (Taupe shimmer)

– Hustle (Mocha shimmer)

– Creep (black with sparkle)

– Gunmetal (dark grey with sparkle)


Word on the street is that Chi Chi is selling a dupe of this palette for around one third of the price.  Curiosity got the better of me so I decided to purchase the palette from Myer for a bargain price of $19.95!!!  At first glance you can see why people are saying this is a dupe of the Naked palette – the colours look almost identical.  The main difference at first glance is the packaging – the Chi Chi palette is in a cheaper looking plastic palette with two double-sided sponge applicators rather than a brush.


naked palette

When I first used the Chi Chi palette I must admit I was surprisingly impressed – the eyeshadows went on really nicely and the pigment was pretty good!  It was definitely a little messier than the Naked Palette and I had a fair bit of fallout, but nothing that can't be whisked away with a brush.  The colours blended well together.  A tick of approval from me!!!


I took some colour swatches of the colours from each of the palettes to compare – you can see that there are a lot of similarities, but a few of the colours are a tad different, for example the "darkhorse" colour is a lot darker and pigmented in the Naked Palette, and "half baked" is more bronzy in the Naked Palette.



naked chi chi 2

And under LED light:


naked chi chi

Overall, the Chi Chi is a great palette to have in ones personal makeup collection – I really like this palette and will continue to use it for personal use.  However, the Naked Palette is a bestseller for a reason – the quality is definitely more superior when comparing to the Chi Chi palette.  The shadows are a lot more pigmented and a little bit goes a long way.  So it's staying in my professional kit (no offence to Chi Chi!!!)


Rebekah Foxe
Makeup Artistry by Rebekah

Joel Madden’s Sydney Housewarming Party – special guests Simmone and Sam

You may remember back in January I published a blog post about two lovely girls from Townsville, QLD who travelled to Sydney to attend the Australia Day Cricket Test with Joel and Benji Madden!  I was lucky enough to do the girls' makeup for their dinner-date with the Madden Brothers!

You can read that post here: Simmone, Australia Day and the Madden Brothers


You can imagine my surprise when I received an email from Simmone a few months ago telling me that she had won yet ANOTHER competition, this time one sponsored by Vodafone, to attend Joel Madden's Sydney Housewarming Party!!!  I felt honoured to be asked to do the makeup for her again, as well as for her sister, Sam.

I attended the girls hotel room overlooking Sydney Harbour to do their makeup – the theme at this event was "Rock" so we went with a bold winged shadow smokey eye for Simmone, and an orange rock lip for Sam, with long lashes. 

The girls each wear Atelier Paris Waterfproof foundation, Atelier Paris concealer, Cinema Secrets cream foundation, Atelier Paris eyeshadows in various colours, MAC Magnetic Fields eyeshadow (Simmone only), Makeup and Glow gel liner, Elementwo Airbrush Blush, Sleek blush in Rose gold, and Red Cherry lashes (Simmone wears #217 and Sam wears #12).  Simmone wears lipstick Makeup and Glow Ash Rose and Tea Rose (mixed) and Sam's orange lips are Lime Crime Velvetine in "Suedeberry".

Here are the girls before and after photos (thanks for allowing me to post them, ladies!). 


SIMMONE before and after2



SAM before and after

And the girls dressed and ready to leave:

simone and sam

Last (but definitely not least) here they are with the main man himself, Mr Joel Madden (Vodafone official photograph):


I have spoken to Simmone since the event who said it was an "excellent night!"

She said that "the boys (i.e Joel and Benji) are intoxicating, she wanted them around forever, and is just so grateful". 

"The party was amazing", she says.

I am so pleased that she got to hang out with the boys again, both ladies are beautiful people (inside and out) and deserve the happiness this experience has brought them.

I look forward to doing their makeup again for the next Madden Event!!!


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Rebekah Foxe
Makeup Artistry by Rebekah




Hygiene is the most important thing when it comes to makeup, and is definitely one thing everyone should look for in a makeup artist.


I can't begin to tell you the amount of horror stories I hear from client's and colleagues relating to "makeup artists" who don't use disposables and who double dip things like mascara and gel eyeliner!  Not to mention applying lip glosses straight from the tube! YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Disposables are SO important, especially when it comes to mascara.  Mascara is a haven for bacteria, which is why you should NEVER double dip mascara or share your mascara with anyone. I only use disposable mascara wands – one dip and once the product is used the wand is thrown into the bin.  The last thing I want is to potentially spread an eye infection from one client to another.


All brushes and beauty blender sponges should be cleaned and sterilised between clients as well.  I always factor in 5 or 10 minutes of time between my clients so that I can clean all my brushes with an alcohol-based cleaner which kills any bacteria and makes the brush sterile for the next person.


Makeup artists should also use a medium like a tile or palette for decanting products before application.  If the back of the hand is used, the hand must be cleaned and sterilised with a product like Aqium.  I personally use a tile, so some product is decanted onto the tile using a spatula, and then the product is applied to the face using the necessary brushes and sponges.  Once that client's makeup is finished, the tile is washed and sterilised using medical-grade steri-strips ready for the next client.


Fingers should never be placed into a makeup product, like a cream foundation or blush.  Your fingers contain bacteria that will then contaminate the product.  Always use a spatula to decant, even when you are just "testing colours".  I use beautician sticks which look like paddle-pop sticks, as it's easy to just throw them in the bin once the product is decanted.


As far as personal makeup goes, of course you can be less stringent, but brushes should still be cleaned and sterilised often to prevent the growth of bacteria.



Rebekah Foxe
Makeup Artistry by Rebekah


I decided to give the Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix foundation a go after seeing one of my favourite you-tube makeup artists, Zoe Karlis, recommend it in one of her recent videos.  The Video can be found here:


 Zoe is referring to my daughter "Sarah" at the start of this video – who is one of Zoe's biggest fans (and was totally stoked when she saw her mention her name!!!).


So last week I went into Priceline to pick up a bottle of the Bourjois Healthy Mix (at just $32), and to my surprise they had a free gift with each purchase – this cute little box containing a blush (golden rose), brush and mirror!!!! I love a FREEBIE!



So the verdict? I love this medium coverage foundation, and now wear it every day.  It is SUPER silky and feels very light.  I love the way my skin looks in this foundation (and word on the street is that it's identical to the Chanel Vitalumiere, which has been discontinued!!!).


So a thumbs up from me!


Rebekah Foxe
Makeup Artistry by Rebekah

Red orange lips!

One of my favourite makeup trends at the moment is the BOLD LIP, in particular, in red and orange.  Or a mixture of both!


One STAND OUT LOOK at the Golden Globes this year was Jessica Alba's makeup – absolutely STUNNING!  Her makeup with bold orange lips, together with her old glamour waves was a simple but striking combination.

Jessica Alba

Word on the street is that the exact lipstick used was HOURGLASS OPAQUE ROUGE LIQUID LIPSTICK IN RIVIERA.

Pictured here is my client, Christine, wearing MAC MORANGE lipstick.  The colour was bolder in person.


An inexpensive option for orange lips is Kate Moss' Rimmel brand "Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick" in Rosetto (No 12).

Red lips can also look sultry and beautiful. One of my favourite "RED LIPPED LOOKS" is that of Angelina Jolie, pictured below.

Angelina Jolie

Teamed with a well defined eye and sultry lashes, red screams sex appeal and glamour.

Picture below is my client, Katrina, wearing a mixture of Makeup and Glow "Crimson" and "Candy Apple"


What's your favourite bold lipstick?


Rebekah Foxe
Makeup Artistry by Rebekah

Nicole’s makeover

I had the pleasure of doing my friend Nicole's hair and makeup on Saturday so that she could attend a work function awards evening at the Hilton in Sydney.

For hair, we went for a soft bohemian up-style.


For makeup, we went with soft pinks and browns, to compliment her champagne dress and shoes!


Before and after!


Rebekah Foxe
Makeup Artistry by Rebekah

My top three favourite products! (Feb 2013)

I'm often asked by clients what my TOP THREE MUST HAVE'S are in my kit.  It is VERY hard to choose just THREE, but I shall choose my top three for this month??

EMBRYOLISSE Lait-Creme Concentre
This rich moisturiser is an amazing cleanser, moisturiser and primer and I use it on most of my client's prior to makeup application.

I only discovered it recently on recommendation and it is truly DELICIOUS!  Your skin just feels and LOOKS alive after it has been applied.

You can purchase it online at my favourite online makeup store, Makeup and Glow (Brisbane) –

SLEEK rose-gold blush

Another purchase from Makeup and Glow – 

This blush is DIVINE! My favourite colour is Rose Gold, which is apparently a dupe for Nars Orgasm.  It is so silky and smooth, with a light shimmer.  A little goes a long way!  And soooo cheap at only $10.95 you can afford to buy every colour!


No, I am not sponsored by Makeup and Glow this month (although it appears that way). But this product is my new must-have!

I use it alone as a foundation, placed over a liquid foundation, or used as a concealer.  It leaves a dewy finish, and feels light!!

I apply it with a damp beauty pod/blender after i've warmed it on the back of my hand, and the coverage is buildable so can be light, or heavier to cover blemishes and scars.  There is even a you-tube video available, showing how amazing the coverage is when concealing tattoo's!

Skin looks flawless in Cinema Secrets! And the awesome thing is, it comes in a little palette of 5 different colours, which makes it easier when mixing colours (I generally use 3 or 4 different colours of foundations on each of my clients).  A little also goes a long way and at $33 for a palette – it's quite a bargain for such a professional quality product.  Palette numbers 3 and 5 are the most popular shades.

You can buy it online at (surprise surprise) Makeup and Glow – 

All three products were used on Christine (picture below) last weekend.

Rebekah Foxe
Makeup Artistry by Rebekah

Makeup for the mature woman…

I often come across more mature women (brides and mothers-of-the-bride) who are reluctant to have their makeup done due to past “bad experiences” and they are worried that I will cake them in makeup and make them look older.

I am forever reassuring them that I adopt the motto “Less is Best” – and that they will feel comfortable with the soft, natural look I aim to give them.

Mature skin usually has wrinkles, smile lines, and discolouration. It can also be quite dry. These features can be emphasised with heavy makeup. So……….”Less is Best”.

Here are a few tips for mature women who are wearing makeup:

• Use light concealer under the eyes, on the eyelid, and around the nose area. Sometimes a green neutraliser is required for areas that are quite red;
• Apply a good, light foundation – being sure to match the skin tone perfectly (as darker foundation can age the skin);
• Use only a light dusting of powder, particularly around the eyes;
• Remember that it is easier to ADD than to take away makeup, so start with a little, and gradually build it up;
• Keep away from shimmers and sparkly eyeshadows. Be careful using browns, pinks and burgundies as they can make the eyes look fatigued. Colours like grey, sage green, navy blue, look lovely on mature skin;
• Steer away from dark, smokey eyes. A softer smokey eye with some definition under the bottom lashes will look glamorous;
• Don’t go overboard with mascara;
• Blushes give a lovely colour to the skin – so apply soft colours to give your skin that extra ‘life’;
• Matte lipsticks are best. Do not use glossy colours or anything with a shimmer. Do not use darker lip-liners than the lipstick. Colours like peach, coral, plums and rose look great on mature skin.

I hope these tips have helped!

Sarah6.jpg mehan

Rebekah Foxe
Makeup Artistry by Rebekah

What to look for in a wedding makeup artist…

Your wedding day is the most important day of your life. Every bride wants to look and feel like a princess, and your makeup plays a very important role.

Makeup is important to your overall look on your wedding day. It is important when considering your photos – which you will have as a memory for the rest of your life.

Here is a TOP TEN list of what I believe are the most important things to consider when choosing your Makeup Artist (MUA):

1. Is he/she available exclusively on your wedding day? There’s no use getting involved if the MUA is already booked on your wedding day. I would also ask if he/she takes multiple bookings – you want someone who will be available for your wedding ONLY, and not have to rush to make another job afterwards. If the makeup artist does have other bookings, make sure those times are flexible.  You want someone who is reliable and isn’t going to substitute herself with a colleague at the last minute, or leave without doing touch-ups, etc because she has to rush to another client.

2. Is he/she friendly, approachable and flexible? Personality is important. Your MUA will be with you for the majority of the morning that you are preparing for your wedding. You don’t want someone you can’t get along with. You want to have someone who is fun to be around, warm and friendly. Someone who is willing to go that extra step to make things run smoothly. Above all, you want someone who is not only passionate about makeup, but about weddings!

3. Does he/she use professional makeup? It is important that the MUA uses high quality products to ensure the makeup will stay on all day. You don’t want makeup that will fade and rub off in only a few hours. Your makeup has to last all day and night, often without touching up. Things like lipstick are expected to wear off (unless you’re not going to eat or kiss for 18 hours!!!) but other than touching up lipstick and a brief dab of powder to ward off shine, you shouldn’t have to re-apply anything. Waterproof makeup is so important, and is why I only use professional makeup like Atelier Paris, MAC and Cinema Secrets. This is why it’s a good idea to have your makeup trial in the morning or early afternoon before you go out for the evening – it’s the best test for staying power! If your makeup is still intact at 2am after a big night out, then it will definitely last on your wedding day!

4. Is he/she trained specifically in bridal and photographic makeup? You want a MUA whose main clientele are brides. Having a MUA who is trained in photographic makeup is a bonus as they know exactly how to highlight certain features so that they stand out in photographs (which will be with you forever). Wedding makeup is not just about how you look on the day, it is just as imperative that you look gorgeous in your photos.

5. Hygiene, hygiene, hygiene!!! This is probably one of the most important but most overlooked aspect of makeup artistry. At your makeup trial, take note of how your MUA applies your makeup. It is so important that disposable mascara wands are used. Mascara wands are a haven for bacteria, and you don’t want to be given conjunctivitis or any other nasty illness because your MUA hasn’t bothered to use a disposable wand.
Check that he/she isn’t “double-dipping” without first sterilising the brush. You don’t want your liquid eyeliner to be applied after the brush has been used on someone elses eyes. This is why I use a strong brush cleaner between clients – so strong that the brush dries within about 5 seconds. It takes a little more time, but at least I know my clients are being treated with sterile equipment.
Check that the makeup doesn’t go straight from palette to face. I use an intermediary – a ceramic tile – whereby the foundation or concealer is placed onto the tile, then from the tile to the face. The tile is sterilised between clients.
Also check that foundation sponges are clean, and that lipstick is NEVER applied directly from the stick but from stick to tile, then tile to face using a lip brush (which is sterilised between clients). The last thing you want is a cold sore on your wedding day!

6. Is your makeup artist listening to you? Even though MUA’s are trained professionals, the client comes first. It is important that your MUA takes on board your needs and wants, as well as offering their opinion. A pushy know-it-all MUA is not recommended. However, it is also important that the client is flexible enough to take on board the advice of the MUA. After all, he/she is the professional!
This is why a trial is so important – it’s an opportunity to openly discuss your needs and wants. A good makeup artist will not leave the trial with an unsatisfied client. I always make sure the client is happy with the result, even if it means staying a few hours, and trying a few different styles and colours. You want to know exactly what you will look like on your wedding day.

7. Is your makeup artist asking questions about your wedding day? It is important for MUA’s to know what the colour and style is of the dress you are wearing, as well as your bridesmaids dresses, flowers, theme of the wedding, venue, etc. This will help to decide on what makeup would suit your theme.

8. Is your Makeup Artist a professional? You don’t want a MUA who does makeup only as a hobby. Things to look for are business cards, an A.B.N, and most importantly a website. Ask to look at his/her portfolio – these days, the photos are usually available on the website and on facebook. Remember also that a lot of makeup salespeople at counters in department stores are just that – sales people. If you are looking for a MUA for your wedding, it’s best to go with a freelance MUA or a professional company.

9. Punctuality. It’s so important that you engage a MUA who is on time. The makeup trial is a good way to test this! You don't want your MUA running late on your wedding day – this will effect the running of everything else on your big day!

10. And last, but not least, is the Makeup Artist taking note of what makeup is being used? It is important for the MUA writes down the makeup and colours used at your trial so that in the event he/she is booked for your wedding, the look is recorded and can be reinvented on the wedding day. I always take photos of the bride once her makeup is completed at her makeup trial, as a record for the big day. The photos are then emailed to the client the next day. It’s also a good way to see how her makeup will look in photographs (even though it’s not a professional photograph). I also use a face chart app on my iPad to record the look on various parts of the face so that it can be referred to on the wedding day.

I hope these tips have helped you!




Rebekah Foxe
Makeup Artistry by Rebekah

How long to keep your makeup before discarding…

I, like many women, find it really hard to part with my makeup. There are some items I just love, and want to continue using it until it’s empty. But the truth of the matter is, all makeup has an expiry date and this expiration date should be adhered to. So even though it might upset you to throw away your favourite Chanel Mascara or YSL Foundation, it’s best to get rid of it if it’s past it’s “used by date” and replace it with a fresh, new product. And anyway – what better excuse to indulge in some new cosmetic purchases $$$???

So the question is often asked, how long should I keep my cosmetics before I throw them out. Well the answer isn’t that simple, as it depends on the product. Some products have a longer life than others.. for instance, foundations outlive mascara.

It is also important to remember that sharing makeup should not be encouraged… this is not only unhygienic, but effects the longevity of your makeup. Contamination can occur at any time as makeup usually comes into contact with areas prone to germs, like your eyes and lips. Sharpen your pencils regularly to get rid of germs, and try not to double-dip into things like cream shadows and foundations. Store makeup in a dry, cool place, preferably away from the bathroom.

So how can you tell it’s time to throw away your makeup?

As a general rule, throw away any makeup that has a bad smell or has changed in consistency. Also, if you can’t remember when you bought it, it’s best to just throw it out!!

Follow this general table as a guideline (NB: this is only a guide):

– Cleanser and Moisturisers – 6 months;
– Liquid Foundation – up to 12 months (but ensure you don’t insert your fingers into the bottle. Use an applicator or sponge instead, and wash them after every use). A tip is to write the date you opened the foundation on the bottom of the bottle in permanent marker… that way you’ll know exactly when to throw it out! Another tip to keep foundation fresh and to increase its longevity is store it in the fridge;
– Creme or compact foundation – up to 18 months;
– Mascara – toss after 3 months. Mascara’s are notorious breeding grounds for bacteria, so it's so important to replace them regularly;
– Stick products like concealer, blush sticks and lipsticks – 6-12 months. For hygiene (and therefore to increase longevity) do not apply directly to lip or skin – use an applicator wand, wash after every use, and don’t double-dip!!;
– Powders, eyeshadows, non-stick concealers, blush, bronzers, lip gloss – up to 2 years;
– Lip liner and eyeliner – 2 years (remember to sharpen regularly);
– Liquid eyeliner – 3-6 months;
– Nail polish – 12 months.

It is also important to remember that if you are using natural and/or organic cosmetics, they should be discarded sooner as they don’t contain the same preservatives as regular cosmetics.

Hope these tips help!!


Rebekah Foxe
Makeup Artistry by Rebekah