Meeting Jan Thomas for his beauty tips this week was an absolute delight not only because he is a gorgeous looking man with charm and charisma but because he happily gave me his beauty tips and a couple of celebrity secrets.
He works with the likes of Sharon Stone, Cameron Diaz, and Christina Applegate. He also has his own fashion and make-up show in his home country of Norway.
Jan is in Australia traveling around Myer stores as chief make-up artist for Max Factor. (You may have seen him in store and know what I’m already talking about).
WHAT IS YOUR BEST BEAUTY TIP?
Perfectly groomed eyebrows. Eyebrows are so important as they frame the eye. They’re often underestimated. When they are perfect they save so much time. Women can be lazy when it comes to their brows. They should never use a black or brown with red tones. It should be ash brown or ash blonde. And the eyebrow pencil should be an oil-based product.
WHAT IS THE TREND IN EYEBROWS?
For next year they are fuller and thicker like Linda Evanglista. Madonna is an eyebrow freak. She has Raymond look after her brows. He is known as the eyebrow king. And Sharon Stone is obsessed with hers.
WHAT SHOULD WOMEN SPEND TIME ON WHEN DOING THEIR MAKE-UP?
Women need to pay attention to detail. To their eyebrows, lashes and lips to frame their face. I find that Australian women are lazy when it comes to their eyebrows. They should be shaped, bleached and coloured.
DO YOU RECOMMEND BLEACHING THE BROWS?
Yes, and then they should be coloured to suit the face. Celebrities in L.A bleach their body hair too.
WHERE AND WHY?
They bleach everywhere because they wear tight see-through dresses.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF BROWN EYESHADOW?
I love brown eye shadow. It’s going to be very big next season with all the nudes and soft blues and soft grays. I use a lot of browns in my work. Next season sees the super nudes. Beautiful flawless looking skin that is dewy with semi-matt shine. The shine, sparkle, greasy look is gone.
WHAT IS THE MUST HAVE PRODUCT FOR THIS NEW SEASON?
Bronzing powder. This season is the bronze goddess look. Hot and sun-kissed it was a huge hit in Europe with Sharon Stone, Versace with Kate Moss and Giselle. Everyone looks good regardless of age. The lips are really glossy and see-through. Max Factor has two colours in their bronzers that are perfect. Not too orange.
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