When Brisbane’s Crystal Dawson, 33, had her first baby, she gained new insight into how and why motherhood and a busy lifestyle can cause many women to neglect their own self-care.
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Having studied make-up and personal styling at the Australian Institute of Creative Design, Crystal (pictured below) achieved a long-held dream when she launched her professional make-up parties, workshops and tutorials business/etailer Glam Affair soon after in 2009.
As Creative Director of Glam Affair, via www.glamaffair.com.au, Crystal takes great pleasure in showing women how to skilfully apply and choose make-up correctly.
“At Glam Affair, we believe that by highlighting her best features, every woman can look and feel amazing,” she says. “Now, Glam Affair is a leader in pop-up make-up workshops for all ages across Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney.”
Crystal relishes the freedom of running her own business, which allows her to care for her two children at home during the week. “I love teaching – it’s what I’m good at,” she says, “Glam Affair doesn’t feel like a job to me.
“You meet lots of interesting people, the classes are fun and we always have a giggle, and you even get a few men coming through.”
The workshops are aimed at busy people in need of a total makeover, beauty boost, or just a new style. “Glam Affair is on a mission to ensure all women (and men) feel glamorous and special by imparting professional knowledge of make-up application, colour analysis and image,” Crystal says.
Even better, the creative director believes you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve a hot, new on-trend look. Her three-hour workshops, which attract women from varied backgrounds and ages, offer expert advice on topics such as make-up brushes and how to care for them; basic skin care and then step-by-step make-up application.
Participants come out with a full face of make-up, having learnt how to apply: primer, concealer, foundation, highlighter and contour, three-step eye technique, eyebrows, eyeliner, mascara and lips.
“There’s nothing like a little make-up wizardry to boost your confidence and lift your spirits,” she says.
Crystal’s own professional mineral make-up range, which is suitable for any skin type – especially those with ultra-sensitive skin – is for sale at events and via her website.
In addition, given she believes “every woman loves a party”, Cystal offers people the chance to host their own make-up parties to experience her products in a fun, informal and relaxed setting.
For more information, visit www.glamaffair.com.au or phone 1300 033 635.