Rather than encouraging us to buy a host of new pricey products, this workshop was about using what we already have to create a casual look. Each participant brought a makeup bag from home to learn good techniques with products we already own.
The workshop is taught by makeup artist Dana Leviston, who is delightfully down to earth and practical in her teaching manner. There was no judgement from Dana when I admitted that I prefer fingers to brushes as an application tool. Dana was also generous in using her own products on us participants, to show us different looks that we were unable to create with our own supplies.
The schedule for the workshop was outlined on a chalkboard, but it did not feel rigidly scheduled as Dana casually lead us through each component. Dana has a conversational, informal teaching style, but by the end of the workshop, I realised that I had picked up a lot of new knowledge.
The schedule for the Makeup Basics Workshop by Put Your Heart Into It.
The afternoon began with the Put Your Heart Into It founder, Laura, introducing us to Dana, who has worked with countless brides, musicians, and models in her capacity as a makeup artist, as well as teaching beauty tips in the Get Fancy tutorials published on the Frankie Magazine blog. Dana told us a little more about herself, before asking each workshop participant to introduce ourselves and talk about our relationship with makeup. We then introduced our makeup bags, showing each other the products we use for everyday makeup.
Dana demonstrated her own daily makeup routine, using a refreshingly small collection of products. She did half her face to contrast the difference. Her makeup look was quick and easy, and she still looked very much like herself. It was then up to us to create an everyday look using our own products, with plenty of guidance from Dana.
Dana Leviston's own products which she used to demonstrate a daily makeup look.
The workshop was supposed to be just the basics, but once we had covered the application of simple everyday makeup, the workshop turned a little more experimental. Dana suggested colours that would work well on my face, demonstrating with her own products. This was my favourite part of the workshop, as I would have never thought to experiment with the colours she was expertly able to pick out. When Dana suggested that blue or purple eyeshadow would go well, I had visions of looking like I stepped out of the 1980s. Once she applied the eyeshadow, I had to admit that her suggestion was spot on, and I have now added denim blue eyeshadow to my beauty arsenal.
We enjoyed an artfully put together grazing table of local produce, which we snacked on throughout the workshop, and several wine choices. There was a short break towards the end of the workshop, when we munched on the fruit and cheese while chatting.
The gorgeous grazing table at the Put Your Heart Into It Makeup Basics Workshop.
The Makeup Basics Workshop runs regularly at the beautifully and sustainably designed Put Your Heart Into It studios beside picturesque Merri Creek. Located in Northcote, the surroundings are a serene oasis despite being so proximate to the city. The workshop costs $95 per person, or $75 if you book with a friend.
Because Dana tailored the workshop to what participants wanted to do, I would expect that each session would be quite different to the last. I would recommend this workshop to those who are not confident with their make-up application or would like to get an expert opinion on their makeup bag and application techniques.
Put Your Heart Into It runs a variety of other creative workshops, including natural dyeing, visual merchandising, and wild floristry, among many others. Keep updated on upcoming workshops by following the Put Your Heart Into It Facebook page.