Behind the scenes with Chantelle Baker

Published on 06 July 2018 by Canberra Centre

As the artist behind some of the most talked-about makeup looks seen on the red carpet and the pages of Vogue Australia, Chantelle Baker knows all there is to know about cult-worthy cosmetics and flawless application techniques. We caught up with her fresh from working The Logies to chat about common makeup mistakes, celebrity skincare secrets and what to expect from her masterclass at Canberra Centre next weekend.

How did you get started in makeup?
I was the youngest makeup artist to work for MAC Cosmetics when it launched in Australia and that job took me around the world to different fashion shows and photo shoots. Having spent my childhood colouring-in the women pictured in my mum’s magazines, I was like a kid in a candy store playing with makeup on professional models.

What’s the biggest beauty trend of the year so far? 
The 90s-style brown matte lip for sure, but with a much fuller brow instead of the thin Drew Barrymore brow that was popular back then. Today it’s all about strong brows; you’ve got to have your gel and your pencil and your liquid tint. In light of the cyclical nature of trends, I think we’re moving to the metallics and blue eyeshadows of the early noughties next.

Which makeup mistake do you see perpetrated most often?
I’m not a fan of the baked look that you get when you don’t colour-match your foundation correctly, and it blows my mind to see beautiful young YouTubers applying layer upon layer of makeup that ultimately obscures their best features. My motto is to keep it simple. Makeup is art and it can be therapeutic, but it doesn’t have to be a mask.

What do celebrities like Rebecca Judd and Jesinta Franklin ask for when you do their makeup?
Every woman I work with asks the same question: what’s in my kit. The makeup industry is exploding at the moment so the amount to choose from on the shelf can be overwhelming. I can tell instantly if a new cosmetic product is any good and whether it requires a certain level of skill to apply effectively, and I love helping women build a kit that’s right for them. I’ll be sharing some of my must-haves during the masterclass.

You’re known for your powerful eye makeup, what else makes a winning red-carpet look?
I always start by massaging moisturiser into a client’s face – skin preparation is key. My red-carpet clients will often do a sheet mask right before I start to get that trademark Aussie glow. Quality brushes are vital too, I’ve had some of mine for 20 years and put them in my hand luggage to travel because I’d be devastated if they got lost.

How about your own makeup routine?
With two kids to look after I’m not the best canvas for myself. On a good day I’m looking at 10 minutes to fill my brows, curl my lashes, apply an illuminating moisturiser and perhaps a cheek tint. For a night out, I might spend 40 minutes and create a gorgeous smoky eye because the natural shape of my eyes suits this look.

What are looking forward to most about your visit to Canberra Centre?
Being able to talk about my passion and help more women recognise and highlight their natural beauty is a dream. There’s so much going on in makeup right now, there’s a lot to talk about!

Chantelle’s masterclass will take place in The Beauty Arcade at midday on Saturday 14 July.
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