Up close with Gordana Willesee

Australian makeup artist to Hollywood’s A-list including Anne Hathaway, Reese Witherspoon and Cate Blanchett has launched her first Sydney studio specialising in cosmetic tattooing and eyebrow microblading Dr Freckle & Mr Hide.

She shares her beauty secrets and saviours.

The biggest lesson I have learnt in the beauty industry is always trust yourself. I remind myself that it’s just beauty and I don’t get sucked into the falseness of what’s behind each mask.

I could never live without Botox. It’s like ironing out your favourite shirt, you always look better.

When I launched Dr Freckle & Mr Hide the biggest lesson I learnt was that hard work and focus will get you ahead and don’t let anything stop you. Distractions come at a price.

My favourite beauty treat is putting on my Environ mask, listening to hip hop music loudly and finding sun anywhere in the world.

Beauty to me means taking care of ourselves and since we are what we eat it is what what goes on inside the body both physically and spiritually that makes a difference. Goodness glows!

The biggest beauty trend I forecast is that everyone will come back to natural makeup – there will be less contouring and more classic Academy Award style makeup. It will be beauty without the obvious. Dark lips will make a re-appearance too.

I have looked after celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon and Anne Hathaway and my secret to creating great skin is mixing moisturiser and foundation plus a secret oil.

If I was shipwrecked on a deserted island I would want blusher or bronzer in my emergency kit. The beauty with permanent makeup is you never have to go without – except for bronzer, that you will always need.


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