Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Emily Ryan - Saturday 24th September 2011

Emily Ryan got married on the 24th September last month and it was such an enjoyable wedding to be part of. A Lovely family with lots of love to give. Here are some pics - Rebecca from http://www.lovemadevisible.co.za/ did a superb job me thinks. BTW I just did makeup on this one NO hair as  was already 5 makeups to do...
Wedding season here I come!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

To prime, or NOT to prime...THAT is the question..

With summer on it's way, it may be a good idea to invest in a primer. Why? A primer will help your foundation stay on in the warmer weather. It also acts as a screen to prevent foundation sinking into the pores and cracks and lines ( ok ok and wrinkles) It also rids one of the "orange peel " effect if you have large pores as you can easily layer foundation over the smooth surface the primer creates.
Top primer - SMASHBOX. ( available from Smashbox counter inside Woolies at V&A)


31 July 2011 - Amy Koch ...

Dear Dear Donna..

WOW WOW WOW - I have never felt like more of a princess in my life, and everyone kept going on about how amazing we all looked and we really owe it all to you
You have been nothing but great from start to finish, and I really appreciate your service from the bottom of my heart..
Will send you some pics !!!!!!!!!
Thanks again xxx

Cover Shoot for African Decisions magazine- photographer Sarah Woods

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Testimonial from Zenaida - July 11th Beautiful Indian Bride

 I’ve been meaning to email you a while now, but been so tied down with work, packing etc...
I got the pictures last week... They are amazing! THANK YOU so much for making me look so stunning. My friends and family are in awe of how beautiful I looked. I reply saying, it’s amazing what a make-up artist and photographer can do to make a drab person look stunning!!! J lol…. My eyelashes were unbelievably stunning… Thank you so much Donna. My mom looked beautiful too…(no signs of pigmentation) lol… Attached are perhaps pics you could use on your website for the amazing work you do… Otherwise I hope you’re well and making lots of money!
 I’ll be sure to keep in touch…
Luv Zen x

Friday, July 22, 2011

Makeup No- No's

                                                FAUX PAS TO AVOID…

Here are 5 common beauty mistakes that even our celebrity friends sometimes commit! Heinous crimes of make-up no-no’s……lets take a look…

                   1. Getting overly enthusiastic with the tweezers.

  •  Over- plucked eye-brows give one a ‘surprised’ look, and are definitely not sexy! They are waaaaaaaay old school! According to celebrity make-up artist, Fiona Stiles, you need to grow back your brows before trying to rectify them. She says: “You need to let your eye-brows grow back – all of them!" This is one of the most difficult beauty dilemmas, because it is so tempting to clean up all of the new hairs growing in, but you have to let them all grow back in to really see which brow shape will best compliment your face.

  •  Fill in brows in the meantime with an angle brush from M.A.C, brush number # 263 will do, and an eye-shadow that best suits your hair colour. When your brows have grown back sufficiently, go to a professional to have them plucked correctly. That way your brows will be the correct shape and you can always maintain them yourself from then on.

P.S. Be careful of plucking them yourself! I used to do this and an ex-boyfriend once pointed  how out how skew my eye-brows where and this was because I frowned from the pain when plucking my brows, and therefore had two different shaped brows! It’s not always easy to see for yourself how they should look!

                                     2. Visible foundation lines

  • Your foundation should match your skin so that you only need to take it as far as your jaw-line and not all the way down your neck. That would just get all over your collar and make a big mess.

  • Bear in mind that while most of us wear sun-block on our faces everyday( and if you don’t you should!) we don’t always wear sun-block on the rest of our bodies everyday, so if your face is paler than your neck or arms, then your foundation should be slightly darker than your face to help tie your face in with the rest of your slightly darker body. Make sense?

  •  You could also use a bronzer on your face and neck to combat this problem. This will warm up your face.

  •  One thing to also remember is that your skin changes from winter to summer, so you should always have at least two different foundation colours that you can mix to alleviate this.

                                          3. Too much make-up!


  •  Nothing is more aging than make-up overload!
    If you are doing a dark, sultry smoky eye then focus on that. Choose one feature that you want to highlight i.e., eyes or lips or even skin, and focus on that

  • Therefore, if you doing a sexy red Marilyn Monroe pout, take it easy on the eye make-up. Opt for neutral creamy shadows or a bit of natural brown shadow to frame slightly, but keep it light. Black liquid liner, however, looks good with red lips for an evening out. In that case, do a smooth clean black line on the upper lid and keep the bottom free from colour

  •  For sooty dark eyes, keep the focus on your peepers and do a neutral, pale lip……You can still frame the lip with a natural liner but keep it soft and gorgeous so that when some-one looks at you they are not confused as to where to look. Paintings even have a focal point so that the viewer is drawn to the main idea of the picture. The same applies to your face when applying make-up!Accentuate one feature at a time. This is the key.

                                     4. Clumpy eye-lashes

  •  Got thick, chunky or ‘gooey’ lashes? Do you want pretty, heart stopping, flutter perfect lashes? Then follow these simple steps!
  1. Layer your mascara. When applying mascara, wipe off excess product onto a tissue   before      putting it directly onto your lashes.
2. Start at the base or root. Go from the root of your lashes, and wiggle brush through to the ends…

 3. Use an eye-lash comb. Comb lashes expertly with a little eye-lash comb or brush. On a budget? Then shampoo an old mascara wand and use that to comb off any excess product.

4.  REPEAT STEPS 1 – 4 !

P.S. Also replace your mascara regularly. Old or dry mascara is not going to deliver a gorgeous sexy eye-lash, AND it can infect your eyes

Oh ja..... Not sure if your mascara is still ok? Do this simple test: sniff your mascara wand. Yes, you heard me, take a whiff! If it in any way doesn’t smell like it did when you first bought it, chuck it!

                                      5. Blend, Blend, Blend!

  •  When make-up isn’t blended properly, be it foundation, blusher, lip liner or even eye-shadows, it’s not going to look soft and beautiful but rather harsh and unprofessional.

  •  In order to blend expertly, you will need the correct tools. If you where an artist do you think you would be able to paint a work of art with your fingers or with an ear bud? NO! Likewise with the art of make-up application! Invest in some decent ‘tools’ as it where…..decent brushes!

  •  Foundation can be applied with a sponge or brush. That’s up to you. Bear in mind that a sponge may absorb quite a bit of your products, whereas a foundation brush won’t! Foundation brushes are mostly synthetic and therefore don’t absorb as much as a sponge would

  •  Eye shadow too! Use soft, round fluffy brushes to soften and blend your eye-shadow. A # 217 brush from M.A.C is an excellent investment, and also the # 239 brush which can be used for blending and application as is a bit firmer. The more you blend your eyeshadow and work it into the skin, the longer it lasts too!

  • Hard, angled blusher is aging and old-fashioned. Create a soft beautiful look with a soft bristled blusher brush, and don’t forget to blend!

        Remember : Blending is the key to a flawless face!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Red Hot!

                                     Hey guys!

Alot of people like something a little different for their weddings! Red lips can look smokin' hot if the correct colour red is used and also if it is carefully applied to ensure it lasts! Here is some Red Hot advice and a little face chart I drew up to help you visualize what it can look like!
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1. As you can see from the face chart – it’s important to keep the rest of your makeup simple. There is nothing worse than having thick foundation, heavy eye makeup AND then bright red lips as well! Too OTT dahling!!

2. A simple black liquid liner looks fabu-liscious with a smoking bright red lip! One can also apply a light bone or cream coloured eye shadow on the upper lid. Highlight with some light coloured shimmery eye shadow just under the brow bone too for some added bling!

3. Keep foundation neat and smooth – bronzer can replace blusher if you want to avoid any heavy coloured cheeks. Remember to apply your bronzer in the shape of a ‘3’ getting some on the forehead, then sweeping it onto your upper cheeks and following through onto your chin line. As if you where drawing the number ‘3’on your face in one easy slow motion.

4. Brunettes can wear black liner and mascara – and blondes can opt for dark brown mascara for a less severe day-look.

5. Always line your lips before applying red lipstick to hold the colour and to prevent bleeding of the lipstick. One can use a neutral lip liner and colour your whole lip in before applying your red lipstick. Alternatively - one can line your lips neatly with a red lip liner if you have one in the same colour and I would suggest still colouring the whole lip in with the liner. It helps the lipstick to stay on.

6. Now - most importantly - Staying Power! Your lipstick should firstly be applied with a lip brush. This way you are working the colour into your lips and it will stay on longer. Be careful to fill in all the corners for a full, red pout! Then take a tissue and divide it into 1ply. Then blot your lips with it. Re - apply lipstick with your brush, then blot again and apply lipstick one more time. This takes out some of the moisture from the lipstick and helps to stain the colour onto your lips.

7. Matte lipsticks will last longer on your lips than your more glossy variety. So if you have trouble with the blotting technique mentioned above, try one of the more matte lipsticks on the market.

8. Very thin lips should steer clear of very dark or bright colours- one can rather emphasize your pretty eyes or great skin. If you must wear a dark lip or a bright red lip, try putting a small amount of shimmery gloss just in the centre of your bottom lip. The shimmer will reflect light and give the illusion of your lips being bigger than they actually are.

9. Pale skins should opt for reds with a more pinky/blue undertone to show off their milky complexions.

10. For our olive skinned counterparts, they can try warmer reds with more orange in them.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Helouise's mum! ( April 2nd Brides mum)

A true lady in red! Just beautiful! ( and a nice person too!)


Lizelle Lotter took this stunning photos of my April 2nd  2011 bride...I put up two separate pics of Helouise's mum just because I think she looked so stunning!Once again- these two where such a pleasure to do hair and makeup on. I'm very lucky because I mostly only have super brides! ( touch wood!) Makes me enjoy my job so much more:)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Vroukeur Cover shoot- May 20th 2011 issue

I recently had the pleasure of doing Nico Panagio and actress Jana Fischer's makeup and hair for Vrouekeur magazine. We shot at Blue Bird Garage in Muizenberg with Rozanne from the prestigious Moi styling Group assisting well know Fashion stylist Rene Reay Reeves with the clothes.

Simone @ Webersburg

I just love Webersburg! Truly stunning venue with ducks everyone- idyllic and peaceful ( ok the ducks do make a bit of noise!) he he he

Simone and Adams pics are up on Ryans blog( I can't steal pics of his blog anymore Dang!)

 Hair was done by my assistant Melita Amos and makeup by myself!

Here is a link to the pics...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lyndsay - 16 April 2011

Lyndsay Goslett was married at The Range in Tokai last month. She was truly a pleasure to work with and actually sent me a very sweet thank you sms the sunday morning after her wedding! I think these stunning images from Gavin Withers speak for themselves! She was positively glowing.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Top Billing wedding- Christian and Genene at Webersburg

aaaah working with Ryan Graham is always a pleasure! We recently did Christian and Genenes wedding which was filmed for Top Billing...


Here is a link to Ryans site with the pictures- which are just AWESOME!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Brionne's wedding pics

Hannie du Plessis from http://www.fisheyeweddings.co.za/ sent me these awesome pics she took of Brionne, there is also a video of the wedding further down on my blog.

I think Brionne made a smasing bride- especially since it was over 30 degrees that day in Riebeck Kasteel!

All the best for the future Brionne:)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Kegans wedding - Behind the scenes...

Kegan flew in from New Zealand to get Married in SA - which is her home town..

Love these colours on her eyes ...I like yr gown too..Can I have it?

all in a days work....:)

See? I'm not just a makeup artist... I think wedding dresses should come with a handy instruction manual..

Final touch up...

and ...Voila! Well worth all the effort! WOW!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Marlize Jacobs -12th March @ at Clouds Estate

It was a beautiful sunny day and Marlize was a truly radiant bride. It was my first time working with these photographers from Melkbos and the pictures are really beautiful! (Hair and makeup by myself)

Peter and Tanya at The Shorehouse in Jakkalsfontein - West Coast

Another intimate wedding superbly executed by Kate at Weddings concepts. Beautiful setting at the Shorehouse and gorgeous pictures by Christine Meintjies.
(Hair and makeup by myself)

Donna Claire Advertorial

Globetrotter and sought after Dutch plus size model Danielle Van Grondelle and South African plus size model Kehilwe Nakedi are a blast to work with! Styling and conceptualization by Zulita Hanssen of Foschini, makeup by myself, hair by Ms. Fiona Gentry and photography by Patrick Ryan. Working with this bunch is always a pleasure xx

Check out behind the scenes action at  http://www.donnaclaire.co.za/BehindTheScene.aspx

Local Band Die Heuwels Fantasties shoots at Tokara in Stellenbosch with the uber talented photographer/producer Sean Metelerkamp.

Its not every day that I get to paint muso's lips..I was hoping for free tickets to their next gig...pretty please? ;)

Natural Medicine Shoot

Thanks to my agency (http://www.birdonawire.co.za/ ) I have been lucky to have a few exciting jobs that are not weddings! Damn - I do love weddings, but it's fun to do some different work!( I have the prospect of climbing Devils Peak before sunrise for a shoot in April-  I will probably wheeze my way up there!)Anyhoo.... Here is my first cover!! Hair and makeup! Woo hoo!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Cindy February 12th at Monkey Valley

Photographer, Melissa Van Zyl did a sterling job of capturing Cindy's warmth and beauty! I really enjoyed doing Cindy's hair and makeup too! Take a look!

Video of Brionne and Andrew - 26 February bride

Brionne and Andrew got married in Riebeck Wes in February! Can you spell HOT?! Their photographers the brilliant "picmephotography" team made up of Hannie and Sean, made a little music video of them....I just love it!
Brionne was a perfect bride to make up and we all had an awesome day making them look all look beautiful!

Take a look!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Robyn Warley ( Inglis) November 2010 Beautiful bride! Testimonial and pics.

Hi Donna

Hope you are well, just wanted to say a huge thanks for the great work done by yourself and Mel.

The outcome of hair and make up was awesome and everyone loved your work.
Wishing you a great and very prosperous new year

Robyn Warley - Inglis

Ps . Just added some pics for you to check your awesome work.... thanks again