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Artists & Muses
September 21, 2022
Renowned makeup artist Shirley Simpson talks to us about what it means to be a makeup artist.
What made you want to make beauty your life? How did you get into this industry?
Got onto makeup when I worked at Pavement mag in 98. Wanted to move on and needed a new career. Figured I was good at painting my own face, so how hard could it be? Self taught. Had an actor friend who helped get me a job onset... worked as one of the original counter girls (with Emma) when Mac was launched in Auckland in 1999.
What inspires you about beauty?
I get inspired by musos/creatives ...make up wise i love what Lochie Stonehouse does, so creative... I could never!
Shirley recommends feeding the skin with a nourishing oil and massage at night and before makeup.
Favourite beauty tips?
Eat good foods, cut the processed crap, sugar and seed oils. Sauna. Exercise. Hydration. Nourishing oils for the skin.
What are your predicted trends for 2023?
I try not to take notice of trends... I love the make up that my daughters and their friends do, so creative and interesting... But just do what makes you feel good, even if it's 1985 blue eyeliner. Always on trend though is good natural fresh skin... Do what you can to achieve this and of course use Aleph foundation!
Where do you see beauty going in the future?
Natural and sustainable HAS to be the way of the future.
Best beauty hack?
Fresh skin from within. Curl your lashes. Light buffed foundation. Feed the skin with a nourishing oil and massage at night and before make up if possible.
Favourite Aleph product?
The Concealer/Foundation. Actual fave. Consistency, colour, spreadable, buildable, nourishing. The only foundation I've ever truly loved.
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A specialist at natural-looking makeup with a wealth of experience in film and fashion, Shirley Simpson likes to make models look fresh and amazing, rather than covering faces with every product available.
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Made from the seed of the camellia japonica plant (also called Tsubaki ) and a long-time essential ingredient in both Japanese and Chinese medicine traditions, camellia japonica seed oil has a great ability to boost collagen synthesis, thus improving the skin’s elasticity.
Known as a natural anti-inflammatory and a great protector of the skin barrier, camellia japonica seed oil reduces the transepidermal water loss, resulting in a decrease in wrinkle formation and fine line appearance.
Skin soothing, moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties.
Helps promote collagen synthesis, retain skin elasticity, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
A fine and light oil, carthamus tinctorius (or commonly known as safflower) seed oil, is a natural skin conditioner and lubricant. Rich in linoleic acid and highly moisturising, it is easily absorbed and supports your skin’s natural barrier function. The result is a soft, smooth skin texture.
A natural emollient made of 100% sustainably-sourced coconut oil fatty acids, coconut alkanes help to lock in moisture into your skin while nourishing it. An effective alternative to silicon, this also aids with pigment dispersion without forming a sticky, greasy film on the surface of the skin.
Fast absorbing and light
Offers a soft silky skin feel
This light and non-oily skin conditioning ingredient is a natural emollient alternative to mineral oil and silicone. A natural blend of sustainably-sourced, non-drying coconut alcohol, naturally-derived capric acid and caprylic acid, it is quickly absorbed into the skin, leaving a velvet-smooth, non-tacky skin texture ready for immediate make-up application.
Used as a non-greasy, non-tacky, biodegradable alternative to silicone, ethyl macadamiate is an ester made by blending fatty acids of macadamia oil with ethyl alcohol. It is naturally nourishing yet because it offers better spreadability than its synthetic counterparts, it doesn’t feel sticky on your skin. This natural emollient offers greater protection and increases hydration and skin radiance. It also offers better pigment dispersion so make-up application is more efficient.
A plant cell complex derived from the Blue Bird Hibiscus plant, this anti-oxidant stimulates the skin metabolism, slows down the natural oxidation process and reduces the production of free radicals. The result is a visible decrease in wrinkle size and depth, as well as an improved skin tone.
High in antioxidants to repair skin damage and help even skin tone.
Slows down general cell oxidation.
Reduces excessive production of free radicals.
Sunflower seed oil and made of triglycerides of linoleic acid and oleic acid, it helps to restore the skin’s natural barrier’s protection, resulting in greater hydration and a visibly improved skin texture. Also rich in Vitamin E, this powerful anti-oxidant with known anti-inflammatory properties, repairs, strengthens and soothe the skin
A natural ester derived from moisturising jojoba oil, this non-greasy emollient improves the staying power and stability of pigments on your skin while nourishing and protecting your skin with antioxidants and Vitamin E and B. The natural high oxidative stability of jojoba oil allows a longer efficacy of the formula.
Improve barrier function
Enhance oxidative stability of the product
A compound of the mineral magnesium and stearic acid for enhanced slip and adhesion.
Adhesion to the skin
RSPO certified Palm oil and minerals derived from the sea.
A natural alpha-hydroxy acid, thus a great skin brightening and smoothing ingredient, malic acid is found in fruits like apple and pear. Milder than its synthetic counterparts, it offers a gentle exfoliation process and boosts ceramide production. The result is tighter pores, a decreased pigmentation and a reduction of visible lines.
A silicate mineral which is coated with various other minerals including iron oxides to create various effects from pearlescent to matte textures. Aleph chooses to only work with suppliers committed to using ethically sourced Mica.
Unique to New Zealand, Totarol is sustainably sourced from the heartwood of recycled Totara trees. With antioxidant properties seven times more effective than Vitamin E, Totarol also has antibacterial properties effective at fighting acne causing bacteria.
Traditionally used in Chinese medicine and the Ayurvedic tradition of India, this natural antimicrobial acts as strong antioxidant and free radical scavenger and helps to protect the elasticity of the skin.
Helps to protect elasticity of the skin
Extracted from the highly fragrant wood of the Santalum Album tree and considered one of the most sacred oils, Sandalwood has been used since ancient times in religious ceremonies, for cosmetic and perfume.
Sandalwood oil helps balance and soothe the skin as well as aiding in toning and firming the skin.
Derived from the fatty acids from the milk thistle plant, silybum marianum ethyl ester is a sustainably-produced dry oil rich in Omega 6 fatty acids. It protects the natural skin barrier function and helps to soften the skin.
Strengthens skin barrier and helps retain optimum moisture levels.
Creates a silky feel and holds pigment to the skin.
Derived from the Australian superfood Kakadu plum, the richest source of Vitamin C known, terminalia ferdinandiana seed oil is a powerful anti-oxidant and collagen synthesis booster. It naturally regenerates your skin and helps your skin to fight free radicals, slowing the appearance of skin ageing, soothes and brightens, resulting in a more even skin tone and a smoother texture.
Coenzyme Q 10 is a potent antioxidant used by the mitochondria of the cell to help produce energy and function optimally.
Neutralises free radicals
Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Evens out skin tone, and helps fade and prevent dark spots by blocking out tyrosinase, a catalyst in the production of melanin.
Sourced through a group of cooperatives of Argan production with the intention of providing employment to women in rural areas. This extract from the Argan Fruit Pulp has been produced to help plump and redensify the skin over the long term.This ingredient is organic, Cosmos and Ecocert approved.
To boost type 1 Collagen production
Fights against "adipocytes ageing"
A combination of Biotin and Tripeptide-1 this string of amino acids helps delay hair follicle senescence, facilitate hair fixation in dermal hair follicles to prevent hair loss helping lashes grow stronger and longer.
Commercially known as Annatto, the Bixa Orellana plant has been used since Mayan times for it's culinary and many healing properties. In this instance, the seeds are cultivated, sundried and ground to release a potent extract that delivers matifying and pore refining properties.
The high quantities of oleic acid found in this oil give it exceptional skin softening properties. Traditionally Sweet almond oil has been known to assist in the healing of skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
Regenerating, soothing, and moisturising properties
New Zealand Native Red Seaweed contains natural biopolymers that are known to form a fishnet like matrix that can help hold water molecules, while also acting as a structural scaffold to tighten the skin. Developed using Clean Chemistry to ensure ultimate bioavailability of its active compounds.
An ancient adaptogenic plant popular in Chinese herbalism for centuries, and valued for its high levels of antioxidants to protect the skin from environmental stressors and free radicals. This berry extract has also been revered for its ability to visibly revitalise skin tone and texture by significantly improving cutaneous firmness, resilience, and elasticity.
Increases the skin cells’ energy level and vitality
Helps the skin to adapt to the impact of pollutants, free radicals and mechanical forces
Significantly increases skin elasticity
Visibly improves fine lines
Improves skin tonicity and smoothness
A biopolymer produced by an aerobic fermentation process.
Fermentation of sugars with strains of Sclerotium rolfsii.
Sodium sulfate a simple inorganic salt and not to be confused with surfactant sulfates such as SLS commonly found in personal care items. Sodium sulfate is used in one of our ingredients to aid with the drying of the resin mix and not a surfactant. This appears at less than 0.001% in the final product.
Is known as the Toothache plant due to its numbing properties when chewed. In skincare it’s known as a source of a Phytotensor Molecule which has Vasorelaxant and antioxidant activities, beneficial for their lifting effect as a fast-acting muscle relaxant while also having a positive effect on the skin’s collagen network.
Stimulates, reorganizes and
Strengthens the collagen network
Muscle Relaxing aiding in the visible reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
A fatty acid found in a variety of foods. In this instance it is derived from Eco certified Olives.