SALLY TOWNSEND. BEAUTY BLOG

My name is Sally, and I’m an addict. My substance of choice? Cosmetics. I’m a freelance makeup artist, and writer. So go on, enable me in my addiction – read my blog and spend some time with my portfolio. Get acquainted.

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Sneak peek: Woods and Bloom shoot

This little sneaky peek is from a shoot I recently worked on, for which originally I was only supposed to be a model. A MODEL you guys! Let’s be clear, this is not something I am known for. I am not exactly your typical model type. In fact when I was first asked, I honestly thought Hayley from Wholehearted Studio, who styled and coordinated the shoot, had accidentally asked the wrong ‘Sally’! I was very flattered to be thought of, however, and decided what fun it would be!

As it turned out, they ended up requiring my makeup artistry skills, so I had the pleasure of also prettying everybody up for the shoot as well!

Above is the very sexy Roxy, who wears a pair of fresh flower earrings! I’ve never seen anything so cool in all my time. Catherine from Woods & Bloom created these, along with all of the other floral arrangements on the shoot.

Each of us three models were given a very different look. Roxy here above was our vintage lass. Her rad red hair was swept into a relaxed vintage-inspired style with curls pinned at the back by Mia from Evalyn Parsons Hair. For her makeup, I went with a dramatic smokey eye in deep warm browns to complement her red tresses. I gave her a very vintage matte pink cheek colour, and finished off her look by once again tying in the warmth with a hot copper lipstick.

The lipstick I used on all of us girls comes from a palette I ordered from overseas, which is super high in pigment and I did not need to top up anybody’s lipstick the entire time. It stays nice and moisturised and holds its colour perfectly. Magic!

I adore these photos by Carla from Willow + Sage Photography. I can’t wait to share more with you, but these few little morsels will have to do for now.

This was a very different experience for me being in front of the camera as a MODEL.

Since I have lots o’ hair, I was appointed the “bohemian” look. As such, my look was all about the lashes, with only a little soft pink definition, flushed cheeks and a pastel pink lip. My brows are naturally very dark, so it’s a dramatic look against my blonde locks, which were given the tousled look by Mia at Evalyn Parsons Hair, with some braids and Catherine and Hayley gave me a sprinkling of daisies. I loved my daisies!

How freakin’ AHMAYZING is this floral headpiece! I was blown away by the creativity by Catherine from Woods & Bloom. This seriously impressive creation rests atop the crown of the lovely Lisa.

Lisa wore her own wedding gown from her recent wedding, and for her makeup I went for a simple and lovely bridal look using natural browns and soft pinks as she was our “classic” bride. I used natural-looking lashes to enhance those pretty peepers, too.

The location for the shoot was the absolutely gorgeous Bridle Guest House Maleny, which I am now desperately in love with. You can take your own horse there to stay, how cool is that! Makes me wish I had a horse…

Straight to the Heart

This little babe has shot an arrow straight through the heart of oh so many people. None more than his beautiful Mum, Hayley, of Wholehearted Studio fame, who aptly named her little heart-stealer, Archer.

Emma Nayler and I got to welcome Archer to the world in a beautiful way – with me hussying up the new mum, and Emma taking some location shots here on the Sunshine Coast.

For the knowing mothers, and those of you about to embark on motherhood, I am sure you are wondering how a mum of a newborn managed to look so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and I can let you in on a wee secret. Hayley had a little catnap while I was doing her makeup right before the shoot, that’s how!

Pretty with pinks and a focus on the eyes was the makeup brief for this pretty lady, and her perfectly cut bob was easy to style

Archer's lovely and talented Grandma handmade his outfit for the shoot. Isn't it just darling!

It's clear to see these two are made for one another

As a stylist, Hayley effortlessly concepted the look for the shoot. Loving the fresh flower hair piece like you wouldn't believe

There is nothing quite like the love shared between a mother and son. I'm so very excited for you to start on this amazing journey of motherhood, my beautiful friend

 

 

 

 

 

Get Mineraled

So… recently I was asked to be an eyebrow model. I kid you not, it was a real thing! There’s a film and everything, which will be played in all the Get Threaded franchises throughout Australia. Yes, this does make me nervous, if you were wondering!

I do love and adore Get Threaded with all my little heart, though, and I was more than a little bit chuffed to be asked to model and do the makeup for the film and photo shoot. The fabulous founder, Liz See,  is based here on the Sunshine Coast, which is simply grand for me and my forehead caterpillars. Liz is not only a threading genius, but she has created some fantastic mineral products, just for making boring old brows into browsers!

The products I am demonstrating application of in this film are Get Mineraled 00 Brow Dust, Brow Gel and Brow Illuminator, all of which reside in my professional makeup kit, but are usually the first products out when I arrive at a job, because it’s a given they will come into play! The brow dust is the perfect colour and works with both dark brows like mine and for lighter brows as well.

I don’t stop at illuminating the brows with the Brow Illuminator, oh no, I sweep that baby across the tops of cheekbones, around the inner corner of the eyes and even apply just a touch on the bow of lips to create a more plump look.

There was a great team, who worked on this shoot. The before and after photos are by Emma Nayler Photographer, and the film is by Ben from Innovate Media.

Before threading and Get Mineraled application, and after. I did my own makeup for the shoot, and that of the other models. We went for a very natural look to allow the brows to take centre stage. I can't believe what a difference a bit of brow attention really makes!