Wedding Makeup at a Waterfront Apartment


Wedding makeup at a waterfront apartment in Kirribilli.

Many of my clients choose a Friday for a trial of their bridal hair and makeup. This way they can make use their lovely makeup & hair look on a night out! Of course, the trial can be scheduled for any day to coincide with an event that the Bride-to-be is attending. Ainsley had arranged her makeup and hair trial to coincide with her father’s birthday party. When Ainsley walked into my studio, I realised how fortunate I am to meet so many lovely ladies who are beautiful inside and out! Another beautiful day.

Pearl Carroll – Professional Makeup Artist & Team Leader


Photography Makeup Studio


Photography Makeup

I enjoy creating ‘photography’ natural makeup or glamorous makeup and hair styling for the models at our studio. Some days I may stand on my feet for 8 hours but I never feel tired… When you love what you do, time goes quickly!!!

Pearl Carroll – Professional Makeup Artist & Team Leader


Hens Party Hair and Makeup at the Meriton


Hens Party Hair and Makeup at the Meriton Hotel

Creating lovely hair and makeup for girls’ on their Hen’s night is always fun!! When Kristen called me enquiring about hair and makeup for 4 girls she said they only had 3 hours after checking into their hotel as they wanted to hit the town early!

I booked her in without hesitation.  My lovely team helped me with the hair styling to ensure everyone looked great for their fun night out and did not waste any valuable party time.

Pearl Carroll – Professional Makeup Artist & Team Leader


Roses Oil Painting from Christchurch Botanic Gardens


Roses Oil Painting from Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Whenever I have the opportunity to travel overseas, I make a point of visiting the Botanic Gardens of that particular country. I love to walk quietly among the plants, listening to the songbirds, touching the trees and above all, smelling the flowers; breathing in the beautiful assorted aromas and wondering from which flower each scent comes from.

During my holiday in Christchurch, New Zealand I visited the Botanic Gardens. I immediately fell in love with the rose garden; intoxicated by the many, beautiful scents that were carried on the breeze as I walked among the roses. I noticed the gardener who was tending the roses and his face looked so peaceful and content; which is no surprise as he is surrounded every day by such beauty.

My friend took many photographs of the roses that day and I selected one in particular to paint. Roses for me symbolise life, love and happiness.

Pearl Carroll – Professional Makeup Artist & Team Leader

Hens Night Hair and Makeup


Hens Night Hair and Makeup Star Hotel in Pyrmont, Sydney Polly is a great organiser arranging hair and makeup for her best friend’s Hens parties.  I love the fun atmosphere and feeling the loving energy that they share between close friends.  Everyone looked amazing, unfortunately there was not enough light for me to capture the beautiful photos to show you.

Pearl Carroll – Professional Makeup Artist & Team Leader


School Formal Hair and Makeup

School Formal Hair and Makeup

Providing hair and makeup for weddings, events, and photography is amazing.
However, I find hair and makeup for school formals very interesting. The girls are young and vibrant. I love chatting to them, hearing about their educational goals, where they are going and their dreams for the future. They are beautiful young women with great attitudes and a zest for life. It was such a lovely experience to meet these girls while doing their hair and makeup.

Pearl Carroll – Professional Makeup Artist & Team Leader


Wedding Hair and Makeup at the Sebel Pier One


Wedding Hair and Makeup at the Sebel Pier One

I loved going to the Sebel Pier One Hotel where I had stayed the night before my own wedding.
I remembered stepping nervously onto the hotel pier and walking to the cruise boat with my single status about to be changed forever to that as a married woman. How could I ever forget that beautiful moment?

The day I met for a hair and makeup trial with Dorothy, I was really excited! Dorothy said that she wanted me to provide the wedding hair and makeup for her and her friends at the Sebel Pier One Hotel. The hotel room was great, looking over the harbor and the Harbour Bridge. The team and myself had such an enjoyable time creating a really beautiful look for all the wedding party. They are some of the nicest people I have worked with and thank them for a very lovely day.

Pearl Carroll – Professional Makeup Artist & Team Leader


How do you know what type of skin you have


A good makeup artist has to be able to work with all skin types and tones.

Your skin type is ultimately determined by how much or how little oil your skin produces. genes, diet, stress levels, hormones, medication and even your skincare regimen all determine how much oil your skin produces.

It’s important to remember that everyone regardless of race has at least two different types of facial skin at any given time.

 A basic skin test may help you determine your skin type. Simply wash your face, pat it dry and then press a few pieces of rice paper or tissue paper on different parts of your face. Oily skin causes the paper to become translucent and it usually sticks to the skin.

If however the paper doesn’t stick or become translucent, then it may be a sign you have dry skin. Finally, if the paper has a tendency to stick predominately in your ‘T-Zone’ (the forehead, nose and chin), then you may have a combination skin.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is usually a temporary condition brought on by environmental factors like dry weather, usually in winter, heating and air conditioning systems, harsh soaps and even chemical based cleansers. Dry skin is the result of under or inactive oil glands that do not produce enough sebum to keep the skin naturally lubricated.

Symptoms of dry skin include:

    • Varying degrees of itchiness
    • Slight to severe flaking, scaling or peeling
    • Fine lines or cracks
    • Redness
    • Deep fissures that may bleed
    • Some skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis are often confused as just dry skin, while thyroid disorders like hypothyroidism can reduce the activity of your sweat and oil glands, leading to skin that has a rough, dry appearance.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is usually shiny and thick with a slippery ‘oily’ texture. Pores are often coarse and clogged, this is caused by sebaceous glands that produce more sebum than the skin needs. Oily skin types are prone to develop acne, a condition resulting from sebum trapped inside the skin and causing pus-filled lesions known as comedones. Blackheads are also very common in people with oily skin.

Oily skin may be caused by:

    • GeneticsUnhealthy diet of junk food
    • Increased hormone levels…especially during adolescence
    • Pregnancy
    • Contraceptive pills
    • Humid weather
    • Despite the occasional breakout of pimples and blackheads, people with oily skin generally have skin that looks younger and more supple over time when compared to people with other skin types.

 Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is more of a skin condition than a skin type. This is because sensitive skin can be dry, oily, or normal. It is usually characterized by delicate sensitive skin which has an adverse reaction to various environmental conditions.

Sensitive skin is often prone to negative reactions when exposed to synthetic ingredients, alcohol-based products, fragrance oils and industrial chemicals.

Normal Skin

Normal skin as you may have guessed is…well, normal. What does this mean? Normal skin usually has an average number of sebaceous glands that produce a moderate amount of sebum. This results in a skin that is balanced in moisture, appearance and touch.

This type of skin has a clear, fine-textured, supple and smooth surface which is neither greasy nor dry and those with normal skin are usually the envy of people with other skin types. Nevertheless, normal skin still requires daily care and attention as neglect can lead to signs of aging and wrinkles.

Women with normal skin may still experience the occasional outbreak of pimples just before menstruation. This is because of the increased level of hormones causing the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum.

Combination Skin

As mentioned earlier, people with combination skin usually have an oily “T-Zone” area, which covers the forehead, nose and chin. This results in a shiny ‘T-shape’ on the face which is characterized even more by dry or normal skin around the cheeks, eyes and mouth. This type of skin is very common, and it should be treated as if it were two different types of skin.

What Skin Care Products To Use For These Different Skin Types?

It’s not only difficult to find the right skin care products for your skin type, it can also be expensive. However, there is the natural skin care range from New Zealand has been developed to cater for all skin types and all climates. The skin creams for both men and women along with the Foaming Facial Cleanser and Womens – Eye Serum.

These skin care products do not contain mineral oils and other substances that would normally cause a problem for some skin types and/or block pores.

Pearl Carroll – Professional Makeup Artist & Team Leader

How to apply smokey eye makeup

How to apply smokey eye makeup

  1. Apply eye shadow primer, this important step will keep eye shadow vibrant and stays on your eyelids longer.
  2. Apply a line to both the top and bottom rims of the eye with an eye pencil going into the lash line.
  3. Smudge the line with a small eye shadow brush to soften the edges of the eye pencil line.
  4.  Apply a dark shadow over the penciled area and blend.
  5. Apply eyeshadow over the tip and blend into the crease, using a dark color at the outside corner then blending to a lighter shade.
  6. Apply a light shade eyeshadow to highlight the brow bone.
  7. Apply mascara and false eye lashes for a more dramatic look.

Pearl Carroll – Professional Makeup Artist & Team Leader


How to apply rainbow eyeshadow

  1. Start by moisturizing then placing a small amount of foundation make up and powder on the eyelids to achieve a good even base. The powder will also stop the eye shadow from fading.
  2. Add a yellow right in the inner spot of the eyelid, and fade it out near the middle of the lid.
  3. Put the gold green on top of where the yellow has begun to fade.
  4. Add the sky blue on top of where the gold green has begun to fade.
  5. Apply the purple on top of where the sky blue has begun to fade and slightly further along the lid.
  6. Add the pink at the end and reduce to almost the outer corner of your lid.
  7. After you have applied the eye shadow, use your brush to blend each color together. Even blending makes for the perfect look.
  8. Use  eyeliner and/or mascara to complete the look.

Pearl Carroll – Professional Makeup Artist & Team Leader