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Few days ago I published a brand new Skillshare class and I’m excited to share it with you.

I’ve been working on this class for the last 2 month and I’m so pleased to see it finally published. I want to show you how you can make artwork with your makeup and draw a beautiful face chart.

Learn to make a Basic Face Chart today!

You can use them to illustrate a makeup look you love or document a look you created successfully and you could even frame them to decorate your walls! The most important is to have fun and be proud of the art that you can create.

Some of the things you will learn are:

  • What is a face chart
  • What products can be used on a face chart
  • How to choose colors
  • How to apply makeup to paper
  • Pro tips for any makeup application

You don’t need special paper to get started, any paper will do, just put some makeup on it!

I will teach you all the tips and tricks I learned from years of makeup artistry and drawing combined!
With this new knowledge I’m hoping you will feel more confident to design and illustrate any makeup looks you want.

Here’s a sample video from the class to get you in the mood for making your own Paper Lady.

You can join the class right here.

Follow my lead to have fun with your makeup and discover new expressive ways to create artwork!

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Want to make your own lipstick palette? You’re in the right place!

Few years ago, when I started makeup as a profession, I realised I have to be smart about building my professional kit, invest in good products and keep it light and tightly edited.
I will tell you another time about my makeup kit and how to build one, but for now I want to share with you how I organised my personal and professional lipstick collection with the same principles in mind.

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I want to share with you how I organised my lipstick collection so I can have easy access to all my colors at once and carry all my lipsticks with me on makeup jobs. My goal is to make the most of my purchase and use every bit of product in the tube.

I will show you how.

Watch the tutorial for video instructions and read below for more advice and my recommendations.

The materials I’m using for this demonstration are fairly easy to get and can be replaced with something similar if you don’t have them: a lipstick, a spoon, a knife, paper towels, disinfectant and a candle.

You also need a container to transfer the lipstick. These containers come in a variety of shapes and sizes so use whatever you have handy and suits your needs better. Here are my suggestions for buying:

Before you start, put the lipstick in the fridge and leave it for about 45 minutes, this will make a big difference with the following steps.

While you wait, consider disinfecting your tools. I recommend using isopropyl alcohol with a concentration of 70-99% to disinfect and prepare your tools for the transfer. Spray or wipe your tin pan, the spoon and the knife. Also, clean your hands with soap and water.

Curious how and why to sanitize your makeup product and tools?

Now start depotting! Click on each of the tabs below to see full instructions.

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For my professional makeup kit, I don’t melt anything just to be extra sure I don’t change the texture of the lipstick. Watch this video in which I demonstrate my method for transferring lipstick without melting it.

If you don’t want to melt your lipsticks either, you can just transfer them into a compartmentalized closed container, either a professional makeup palette or a recycled palette.

I fell in love with this Well Foundation/Lipstick Palette by Make-up Designory and Japonesque have a similar one! I bought one right when I started on my Makeup Artist journey and it’s been a sturdy and reliable tool for years but also a great source of inspiration for my creativity, well worth the investment.

Plus, they make everything look more precious and expensive!


It’s worth mentioning, I don’t recommend using this method to store long wear lipsticks because they will dry out if the container is not sealed. I don’t use long lasting (a.k.a. drying formulas) on my clients or myself so all my lipsticks are sheer to creamy. It’s just a personal preference but I’d rather have to reapply lipstick (or any other makeup product, for that matter!) than having it clog my pores for a good long 12 hours or so!

That said, having all shades at a glance is really helpful when designing makeup looks on my face charts.

Want to see my custom palette in action?

To summarize, I replaced 18 lipsticks with 2 palettes and now I have them together instead of opening them up individually to see the color. Pretty cool, right?

Did I inspire you to make your own custom lipstick palette? Let me know how it goes in the comments below!

This overhead camera mount is the perfect solution for when you need a bird’s eye view of your workspace!

Want to learn something new today?

Filming and taking photos from above can be an expensive habit and a good alternative is to make something yourself. I have seen all kinds of overhead camera mounts on Pinterest and decided to build one to help film tutorials that require a view from above.  It is light, cheap and it doesn’t take space on my desk.

Materials I used to make this:

  • 1 plumbing pipe at least 1.5 m long; I used reinforced fiberglass pipe PPR but PVC works just as well
  • 3 pieces of 90 degree Elbows
  • 2 pieces of Tees (these joints allow a line to be split into two lines with a connection that is at a 90-degree angle)
  • 2 Caps
  • 1 screw with a stopper
  • 1 selfie stick
  • Tools: knife, hammer, screwdriver, hair dryer

This is a sample of the video I made using this camera mount.

Like this sample? Check out the full face chart tutorial!

Here are my notes on this project:

  • The plumbing pipes and other accessories you can get at a hardware store. I bought mine from Hornbach, a German DIY-store chain in Europe. In the US you can buy from Home Depot. You will buy one standard size piece of pipe and cut it yourself at home or in the store.
  • I used fiberglass reinforced PPR pipe. PVC or CPVC pipes work just as well and are even easier to put together. That was not the my case, the types of pipes I used required some tapering and heat to fit the pipe into the elbows and the Tees.
  • I used a hairdryer to heat up the fittings just enough for the pipes to slide and when it cooled it got rigid again and tight in the elbow/cap/Tee. In this case, it is very hard to take apart so it’s not portable (but not impossible, already tried that too!)
  • You have to make a hole in one of your Tees for the phone mount to be attached. Consider this when you are in the shop before getting home with all your supplies. It is a good idea to get the hole done in the hardware store. It is a simple drilling hole in the middle of the Tee but the job is harder with a heated metal if you don’t have a drill at home.
  • I used the phone holder from a selfie stick. You can replace this with a cheap tripod and just remove the grip, but make sure it fits your brand and type of phone. Eventually I managed to fit my small camera in that grip and it’s holding it perfectly!
  • When you calculate the length of the pieces that rest on the table have in mind how much space you need to actually work so it doesn’t get in the way.
    When you decide how tall your tripod should be I suggest you check how wide your phone will film so you don’t get irrelevant things into the frame.
  • See the images in the gallery for my measurements.

Watch the video version of this overhead camera mount tutorial


Hope you found this useful. Let me know how it goes with your project. Good luck!

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