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The HerCanberra team get a Fashfest makeover

Laura Peppas

Is there anything more fun than getting your makeup done?

Given my usual makeup routine consists of a rushed dab of concealer and accidentally poking myself in the eye with a mascara wand, sitting back while others work their magic on me is my idea of heaven.

So when the HerCanberra team were asked if we wanted to be made up for Fashfest’s opening night by the talented makeup artists behind the event, we jumped at the chance.

The fun started backstage at the National Convention Centre, where we met Fashfest’s Director of Makeup Diana Cheetham and her team.

Once we were able to contain our excitement about being backstage amongst all the action, the makeup team were able to get started on our base, using After Glow foundation by Harlotte Cosmetics, Fashfest’s official makeup sponsor.


Our founder and director Amanda getting the Fashfest treatment by makeup artist Ali Price.


The foundation sunk right into my dry skin (Autumn in Canberra will do that to a gal) and didn’t budge all night; I was reluctant to take it off even when it was time for bed.

Founder and Creative Director of Harlotte Michelle Crofts (who did our own Belinda Neame’s makeup) is a successful Sydney make-up artist whose work has been featured in many Australian magazines, including Vogue.

She told us she set out to make a product that gave a dewy, fresh look.

“Many foundations dry your skin out,” says Michelle.

“With mature skin, especially, you really need something moisturising. Never use matte. It makes you look older and the products sits in wrinkles and creases. I wanted to create a range for women who know great make-up and demand nothing less.”

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The glorious array of Harlotte cosmetics.


Once our foundation was set, the makeup artists applied Harlotte eye makeup, concealer, lipstick and blush. Then to really add to the glamour, the HerCanberra team each got to wear a set of ModelRock lashes. (We were pretty excited when we heard they are used on reality shows X Factor Australia and Australia’s Got Talent.)

Once they were on, they felt a lot lighter than most false lashes, and we were told this is because they are not synthetic. This was my first time wearing the lashes, and from a girl who is not usually a fan of “falsies”, I am now hooked. They added a subtle glamour to my look without overpowering my face.

Creator Raelene Mara says she started ModelRock because she could never find the right lash.

“I bought from various places, but they never looked right or sat well on the eye,” she says.

The HerCanberra girls made up and ready to go!

The HerCanberra girls made up and ready to go! Can you tell we’re excited?

Raelene says she also wanted to offer clients something beyond the “basis lash” and focus equally well on how lashes are truly a fashion statement.

“Our product line can go from one end of the scale to the other,” she says. “We have even created our own styles, based on what our customers want and now also have a signature range and triple lashes for women who love ‘full-on glamour’.”

Once we were all prepped, we emerged feeling pretty damn good and ready for a night of fashion, music and glamour. Check out the photos here and tell us what you think!


What did you wear to opening night Fashfest?


Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author

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