Melanie Burnicle's wish is that every woman has more fun with makeup. She believes it all starts with finding the right products to fit your lifestyle, and as Revlon's makeup director for Australia and New Zealand, this self-confessed beauty junkie, has the best tips and tricks to achieve that. With an impressive celebrity clientele including Jessica Mauboy, Isabel Lucas and Sophie Monk, she is in hot demand at home in Sydney - and as far as her career goes, she is living her dream. After an hour in her company, I felt more confident contouring and highlighting to get that natural-looking glow we all crave.
How can you make your daily makeup routine easy, what’s a great place to start?
Work out what you want out of your makeup, and then you know what to look for when you hit the store. Ask yourself do I need my makeup to get me to work in the morning, and straight out after work, does it need to have true staying powder? Or do you want a fresh, dewy look, and are you happy to touch-up during the day? Do you want a matte finish or a satin finish, do you want full coverage? Knowing all of this means the end result, will guide you to the right purchase.
When it comes to foundation what is the one mistake women make?
Wearing one shade of foundation forever. As we age, skin changes in texture and colour, it has more pigmentation, especially the neck and décolleté, the reason is our awareness of sunscreen. Our moisturisers, makeup and mineral powders all contain SPF, which is great, however, we don’t apply them to the chest and this area of the body is always darker, which is where colour matching is so important. The best tip I can share is to match your foundation to your decollate and not your face. Be aware of your skin tone from your face, down to your chest, even arms, if you match your makeup shade to the rest of your body, your skin will be nicely balanced.
When it comes to the application are you a brush or a fingers girl?
It depends on the time of the year. With liquid foundations, I do like to use a brush in summer, either a circular or flat foundation brush is best. There is so much humidity in the air and too much heat in skin to add extra warmth with your fingers. So, I would apply makeup with a brush. However, in winter, I like to use my fingers, skin is cooler and the warmth of your fingers helps blends the makeup. For adding concealer, I like to use my fingertips all year round, especially when applying extra cover on those tricky areas. I use a press and roll technique, where you press on concealer and roll over it to blend, especially under the eyes and to cover redness around the nose.
How to you keep makeup in place in summer?
I like to use a powder; today powders are so light and translucent, never all the over the face, but definitely on hot spots, such as under the eyes and on top of the eyelids to keep eyeshadows in place.
Contouring is still a big trend, second to luminosity, any tips to share on this?
You can still apply contouring in a very gentle way rather than in a Kim Kardashian way. She is walking around under studio lights; the reality is, we are walking around in daylight, but there is no reason, why you can’t do a little contouring, while getting a glow on the skin at the same time. An easy and effective contour tip when wearing white, is to apply a line of matt bronzer (no shimmer) under the chin and down the neck, to slim fullness under the chin and even out the skin tone.
And to glow?
Use a highlighter in peach to add luminosity. Feel the cheekbone, never apply highlight to the bone, or under it, as this will highlight the wrong area. Apply it to the high side of the cheekbone, so when you walk in the sunlight or under lights, the glow will accentuate your bone structure, which lifts the face.
Is the bold lip here to stay?
Yes. The red lip is up front and centre. And it’s not just one shade of red. Wear it in any shade, and however you feel comfortable. My personal favourite is a slight matte finish, and then keep the rest of your makeup simple and minimal.
How do you wean yourself of a nude gloss into a bold lip colour?
You don’t have to wear a full-on red lip, press colour on with your fingers, to stain the lips, and then, build up colour slowly, as you feel more confident. Another good tip is to use a nude-coloured lip liner all over the lip, and then press on a bold red, to help transition you into wearing a brighter colour. Or, one good tip when applying red gloss, use the doe-foot applicator and apply colour in an X-shape. Apply one swipe each side of the top lip to define the lip line, and then press down on the bottom lip to transfer the colour.
What's your desert island product?
Mascara. And our new Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara, $28 has a pointed brush that catches every lash, even those tiny blonde ones. Without it my blonde lashes are invisible. A couple of tips to make the most out of your lashes include, applying it close to the lash line. Hold the mascara up under the lashes and blink down on the wand. If you struggle and end up getting mascara everywhere, (especially as we age and lids become hooded) place your little finger on the eyelid, and press it back gently, this lifts the lashes, while you apply mascara. If the black mascara transfers it will be on your finger, which is easier to tidy up than trying to get it off the lids where it will destroy your eye makeup.
Best makeup tip?
Have fun with makeup, try something new.
What is your favourite Revlon product?
Lipstick. Our Super Lustrous range and I have to say our new Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor, (which hits counters in April). It glides on like a gloss but has the staying power of a long wearing matte lipstick, but it is not drying. Oh, and it has the most delicious tropical, coconut scent it's gorgeous.