A different kind of 10 year challenge: Makeup artist, 24, debuts how a decade has honed her skills – and shares her best beauty secrets

A lot can change in 10 years and one woman has revealed how her makeup skills have managed to completely transform.

Tara Florence, a 24-year-old makeup artist who lives between Canberra and Melbourne, uploaded a photo collage comparing her skills from 2009 to 2019.

The photos show a shy and awkward 14 year old who is yet to start experimenting and someone who blossomed into a skilled expert.

Now, she has revealed how others can follow in her footsteps and shared her top makeup tips.

Tara Florence, a 24-year-old makeup artist who lives in between Canberra and Melbourne, uploaded a photo collage comparing her skills from 2009 to 2019

Tara Florence, a 24-year-old makeup artist who lives in between Canberra and Melbourne, uploaded a photo collage comparing her skills from 2009 to 2019

Now she has revealed how others can follow in her footsteps as she has shared her top makeup tips

Now she has revealed how others can follow in her footsteps as she has shared her top makeup tips

Trick one: Try lashes 

Tara said one of her favourite tricks is lashes, which will be one of the first things she’ll apply. She’ll start with the base, then brows and then measure the lashes.

‘People get so confused and ask why. The reason is if you measure them and then whack on a substantial amount of glue, by the time you’re ready to apply them the glue has set a little bit and allows you to place the lashes exactly where you want them without them slipping and sliding around the eye,’ Tara said.

‘I always say applying the glue at the start allows it to get tacky, which makes it a foolproof way of applying.

‘And lord do we all know the struggle of applying lashes in a rush!’.She said one of her favourite tricks is lashes, which will be one of the first things she'll apply. She'll start with the base, then brows and then measure the lashes

Trick two: Less is more for pimples 

For those who have been battling with persistent acne and pimples Tara has revealed how she has managed to expertly cover them up.

‘I find less is more, the more products you apply to a problem area the more prominent you are going to make it,’ she said.

The full time makeup artist said it is important that no one picks their blemishes as makeup won’t stick to fresh skin.

‘Next colour correction is key, this is going to mean you don’t need to apply as much concealer or foundation,’ she said.

‘Dap your foundation onto the spot and let it sit for a minute – you then want to gently blend the edges and ensure you’re not touching the area on the spot itself.’

Although texture will be seen, Tara said there is nothing wrong with that and everyone’s skin should be embraced for what it is.

'I always say applying the glue at the start allows it to get tacky, which makes it a fool proof way of applying,' she said

‘I always say applying the glue at the start allows it to get tacky, which makes it a fool proof way of applying,’ she said

For those who have been battling with persistent acne and pimples Tara has revealed how she has managed to expertly cover them up

For those who have been battling with persistent acne and pimples Tara has revealed how she has managed to expertly cover them up

Trick three: Try setting spray 

When it comes to ensuring your makeup lasts all day and all night, Tara said setting sprays are the obvious solution.

‘Find a good one and stick with it. My favourite is Urban Decay’s All Nighter. I’ve had clients get their makeup done on a Friday for a birthday and then message me the next day and wear the same makeup to a concert,’ she said.

‘Although it’s flattering it also makes me cringe because I just think of the skin! But it just shows the lasting power.

'I find less is more, the more products you apply to a problem area the more prominent you are going to make it,' she said

‘I find less is more, the more products you apply to a problem area the more prominent you are going to make it,’ she said

Trick four: Prioritise moisturiser 

‘The other thing that goes hand in hand with setting spray is the actual application of the makeup – always start with a nice moisturiser to prep the skin.’

Tara revealed that she personally doesn’t like using primers as she finds using a good moisturiser adds to the longevity of the makeup while keeping it looking beautiful.

She also makes use of both a brush and a beauty blender when applying product to her or her client’s face.

The full time makeup artist said it is important that no one picks there blemishes as makeup won't stick to fresh skin

The full time makeup artist said it is important that no one picks there blemishes as makeup won’t stick to fresh skin

When it comes to ensuring your makeup lasts all day and all night Tara said setting sprays are the obvious solution

When it comes to ensuring your makeup lasts all day and all night Tara said setting sprays are the obvious solution

Trick five: Use a brush and a Beauty Blender

‘Applying makeup with a brush is going to build the product up, then pouncing a beauty blender is going to blend the foundation into the skin while making sure it still looks like skin, and then setting with powder,’ the 24-year-old said.

‘It’s such a lengthy process but the end result is desired. You have a base that is going to last you all day and night and still look good.’

Applying makeup with a brush is going to build the product up, then pouncing a beauty blender is going to blend the foundation into the skin.

Tara decided to participate in the 10 year challenge, which is a current social media challenge in which people compare two photos of themselves 10 years apart, because she found it ‘therapeutic’.

She said this was spurred on by the fact that in this day and age the people tend to get caught up in their lives they don’t realise how far they’ve actually come.

Tara revealed that she personally doesn't like using primers as she finds using a good moisturiser adds to the longevity of the makeup while keeping it looking beautiful

Tara revealed that she personally doesn’t like using primers as she finds using a good moisturiser adds to the longevity of the makeup while keeping it looking beautiful

‘We are constantly looking for the better, pushing ourselves harder or convincing ourselves that we haven’t worked hard enough to the point that we don’t enjoy the small little wins or moments of success when they occur,’ she said.

‘In my industry where perfection in your work is necessary you often get stuck in mind set of “nothing is good enough” and that is damaging.

‘I often will put two photos of my work together to show that I have improved and that I am moving forward, using this technique I decided to do it with photos of myself for the same reason.’

Tara said 10 years ago her makeup skills were practically non-existent and started applying makeup on herself when she was 14 as a confidence boost.

She also makes use of both a brush and a beauty blender when applying product to her or her client's face

She also makes use of both a brush and a beauty blender when applying product to her or her client’s face

Applying makeup with a brush is going to build the product up, then pouncing a beauty blender is going to blend the foundation into the skin while making sure it still looks like skin, and then setting with powder,' the 24-year-old said

Applying makeup with a brush is going to build the product up, then pouncing a beauty blender is going to blend the foundation into the skin while making sure it still looks like skin, and then setting with powder,’ the 24-year-old said

At 14 she loved how it made her feel as this is the age she was feeling the most vulnerable.

She thought that if she focused on the art of makeup instead of focusing on nasty comments she was receiving from her peers she’d be a happier person, which Tara said worked.

‘I didn’t take notice of what people said as I just focused on the next trend I could try!’ she said.

‘For a 14 year old I thought I did alright, looking back now I cringe! Let’s just say the blue eyeliner was one of my favourites.’

At 14 she loved how it made her feel as this is the age she was feeling the most vulnerable

At 14 she loved how it made her feel as this is the age she was feeling the most vulnerable

Her makeup skills have changed dramatically over the years and aside from the natural progression of practicing her makeup every day she also learnt new tips and tricks.

This was what led her to studying a diploma in makeup services when she was 19 which was a stepping stone to where she is today.

‘I think it’s important to remember practice makes perfect. No one just woke up one day and could cut the perfect crease, blend colourful eye shadows into each other perfectly or contour like a Kardashian.

‘Everyone is on a different makeup journey so just focus on where you are, keep practicing and fall in love with the fun of it.’

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