This month I am featuring the very talented Rachael from MrRalphie’s Madhouse. I first came across Rachael’s blog when I was searching for 1920’s makeup photos on google…I saw this photo of Rachael’s version ’20’s makeup and decided that I had to feature her on my blog…AND she is Australian!!…well, she is living in Canada now, but still!
I’m 21 years old originally from Australia, but currently residing in Vancouver, Canada to further my experience in the makeup industry as well as just travelling and seeing the world! I’m working as a Barista and practicing makeup in my spare time until I feel confident enough to break into the industry.
How did you first get involved with blogging?
I was told by a few of my customers back in Australia that I was talented at makeup and that I should start blogging and posting pictures to get my work out there. I started a tumblr page last Christmas and since then I’ve created a few other blogs that I slowly keep adding my work to. It’s very rewarding hearing all the feedback whether it’s positive or negative. Everything helps!
Inspiration. It’s always frustrating when I’m sitting in front of the mirror and I have no idea what kind of look I should create. Also when I’m extremely busy and don’t always have time to post looks I feel as though I’m not dedicated enough and I’m letting all of my viewers down.
How would you describe your signature makeup look?
If I’m wearing a look out, I tend to go for a smokey eye with an extreme winged liner, because my eyes are set close together, I tend to apply makeup to the outer corners of my eyes to draw them further apart.
If it’s a ‘non wearable’ look, then well anything goes!
I’ve always been a creative kid, I remember I found my mother’s mascara when I was a baby and smeared it all over myself haha. I think I was one of the first in my year level in middle school to discover what makeup was, my mother gave me some of her eye shadows and I used to wear them as eyeliner with a bit of mascara. Makeup wasn’t allowed at school so I was always getting in trouble off teachers, but I was persistent!
I tend to draw inspiration from fellow bloggers, eras, pictures, photographs, and colours, really anything!
What is the most important beauty advice that you can give to your readers?
Don’t be scared to try new things! Just sit down in front of the mirror and practice. If it doesn’t work then try it again! You’ll never know unless you try, and remember, makeup isn’t permanent.
Ok time to share the love, list your top three favourite bloggers whom you look up to and why?
I’ll have to say Rose Shock because her looks are always so crazy and daring and in a way was one of the reasons I started blogging.
Pigments & Palettes because not only are Meredith’s looks so unique, they’re also quite wearable, she makes them achievable.
Grzee because her looks are simply flawless and I just love looking at them!
If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?
Make sure you are clear and concise about what you’re conveying. Photographs should be well lit and clear. Tutorials, product list etc. should be clearly laid out so your viewers can see everything easily. All in all just do it, you really have nothing to lose and you gain so much out of it!
What is something you would like to ask next month’s featured blogger?
What’s one technique you were always too scared to try when first starting out with makeup?
Question from last month’s featured blogger, Sonja off The Beautiful Life of The Girl Next Door:
“If you had to choose one eye shadow palette to use for the rest of your life what would it be?”
I’m currently hooked on Ben Nye’s Essential eye shadow palette; it’s a neutral palette and has the most amazing shades that glide on so well, very pigmented. Neutral colours go really well with my skin colour and face shape so I’d play it safe and stick with that!