L’Oreal Paris Makeup Director Rae Morris is one of the most influential makeup artists in the world. She has not only worked with a number of the most well-known fashion houses but also some of the biggest stars including Cate Blanchett, Jessica Biel, Pink and Miranda Kerr.
Last weekend the makeup extraordinaire launched the Rae Morris Collection, the ultimate makeup brush set, 26 tailor-designed and made brushes that provide professional makeup artists and the everyday woman with the tools needed to create a professional look.
I was invited by the Sweaty Betty team to an intimate session at Rae’s studio last Friday where she would personally introduce her collection and share some how-to beauty tips.
This was going to be my first event as a beauty blogger and I was excited because Rae’s books, Makeup: The Ultimate Guide and Express Makeup are permanent fixtures on my makeup table and are continuously used in an effort to look glamorous!
Wearing my new bright (and I mean bright) pink blazer and a champagne in hand I sat down and listened to the passionate (and very beautiful) Rae introduce her brushes.
When I’m asked what you need to do amazing makeup, the answer is simple – amazing brushes! The right brushes make everything easier and a lot more fun!
Over the last 2 years, I have personally designed and tested each brush to ensure that they are the best in the world. These brushes, are the brushes I use everyday as a professional makeup artist. I honestly could not do makeup without them.
When Rae was approached by Crown Brush to create a collection of brushes she was initially hesitant and gave them a list of standards she thought were impossibly high; the average brush price was to be $35, the handles were to be made out of recycled bamboo and the hair had to be animal-cruelty free. Crown agreed to all of Rae’s ‘demands’ and they worked together to create the ultimate brush collection.
I was so impressed by Rae’s dedication to creating animal and environmentally friendly brushes, using un-dyed recycled bamboo and USA PETA approved Blue Squirrel hair – the squirrels are sheared like sheep whilst sleeping and are apparently treated better than humans. Rae then takes her environmental passion a step further and for every brush sold a tree is planted.
As Rae went through the session we were handed the brushes to touch and play with. Now I have owned a few makeup brushes in my time and without a doubt these are the softest brushes I have ever felt, even the synthetic ones. (I could have kept brushing my face with one of these delights if it wasn’t going to weird-out my fellow bloggers). The softness of the bristles means that the skin doesn’t move, so the makeup goes where it’s meant to and blends with each stroke.
Each and every brush is carefully designed by Rae and made by only two people in the world. Each brush is distinct in what it does and will help makeup artists and the everyday woman create a professional look.
After two years in production the Rae Morris Collection was launched at IMATS in Sydney on 24th and 25th September. The initial 500 sets had sold out before the weekend even ended, but don’t worry you can secure your set by pre-ordering or putting down a $100 deposit on Rae’s website:
The limited release Rae Morris Brush Range sets are $899 – I know you might gasp at the price but it is definitely worth it for those who are serious about makeup, and remember your average makeup brush from professional makeup brands range from $40 – 700 so 26 custom designed and made brushes for $899 is definitely good value for money. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these sets!
A HUGE thank you to Rae Morris for inviting us into her studio to share her exciting news and a MASSIVE thanks to the gorgeous Sweaty Betty PR girls for organising such a fantastic event and for extending an invitation to little old me!
The highlight of the night was having Rae demo ‘widening the eye’ on me. I think I have smallish eyes and jumped at the chance to sit in the makeup chair. Although I’m a few years past the ‘Snooki/Taylor Momsen’ days (for a photo check out my post You too can have an AMAZING FACE) I still have an addiction to black eyeliner and I just can’t seem to kick it. Anyway, black eyeliner when not applied correctly can make your eyes look smaller but Rae was able to show us a way to widen the eye using shadowing and liquid eyeliner. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to see her putting it on me but I got photos of the end result and it made a HUGE difference to my face. Rae is a genius and over the next few months i’m going to share some of Rae’s beauty looks, tips and tricks but if you’re more eager to learn them now then you can always go and buy her books – www.raemorris.com.au