Beauty school: Shu Uemura at David Jones

One time at band camp- ok no but seriously- when I got married, I ended up getting my wedding make-up done at a Shu Uemura beauty counter and loved the look that the girls put together for me. As it was part of the deal, I purchased some of the products and have been using them almost daily since.

This got me thinking about the number of times we update our look, specifically with respect to make-up. I hope that this does not come across as harsh but I often come across women who wear the same make up that an artist used on them waaay back in the day. The colours and formulas might become dated and the technique, less – well polished. So what’s a busichic to do?

Enrol in beauty school to learn and update one’s skills, of course! Yes there are a gazillion wonderful YouTube videos out there but I like IRL experiences and being able to ask questions on-the-spot. Shu Uemura and many other beauty counters (just ask your favourite!) offer either one-on-one or small group classes to demonstrate technique and the latest products.

During my trip to Japan I became quite fascinated (some might say obsessed) with the faces of Japanese women around me – their make-up was flawless. I had the products already but now I wanted to learn and make sure that I was using them to their full effect.

Here are some pictures to walk you through the two-hour beauty class I took part in one Sunday morning – paying my own $50 which was redeemable upon purchase of product.

Mel and Jenni ready to take class at the Shu Uemura counter at David Jones, Bourke Street.

Mel and Jenni ready to take class at the Shu Uemura counter at David Jones, Bourke Street.

Melissa opened the session covering the history of Shu Uemura - what an inspiring man and artist he was! He was responsible for many iconic Hollywood faces, including Frank Sinatra who called him "Shu Shu Baby".

Melissa opened the session covering the history of Shu Uemura – what an inspiring man and artist he was! He was responsible for many iconic Hollywood faces, including Frank Sinatra who called him “Shu Shu Baby”.

Shu Uemura counter David Jones beauty class 3

Jenni demonstrating how to prepare skin for a day-look on a fellow beauty-school participant.

Shu Uemura beauty school as Jenni demonstrates an "evening" make up look.

Shu Uemura beauty school as Jenni demonstrates an “evening” make up look.

 

 

I left beauty school with more detailed knowledge about how to highlight and contour the face as well as some techniques for applying product to create different finishes, i.e. apply foundation with a sponge for a lighter day-look and a brush if it’s more coverage that you want. It was different seeing the results come to life on a model so the information resonated differently.

In terms of must-have purchases, I already had them (check out the Beauty Products I Use here on Pinterest) but in case you’re wondering they are:

shu uemura hero products

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil - one of my favourite cleansers of all time. It was nice to be gifted a travel-size sample on the day which came in handy for our trip over the long weekend!

Shu Uemura eyelash curler - Shu Uemura is famous for this curler.

Primer – on this visit, I bought the Backstage Cream - just a teensy bit of product is enough to give the skin a matte but nice glow and I’ve actually noticed that my make up stays on all day. Perfect for the office!

How do you update your beauty skills? 

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    1. Great post!

      I absolutely adore make up and skincare, and have always wanted to do some sort of class to get a better understanding of brushes and application!
      This has inspired me to give it a go.

      xo Luciana
      http://www.lilt-blog.com

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