The Boss of Gloss

As Tyra might say the competition was fierce but there could only be one winner and thanks to Primped and Estee Lauder Cathy Mason has been crowned 2010’s The Boss of Gloss.

“It feels a bit strange, I really didn’t expect it. Jana from PRIMPED called me up to give me the news. I was very surprised. I was jumping up and down screaming and my 2 year old after looking at me strangely for a few seconds joined in shouting “go mummy! Yay mummy!”  Cathy says of finding out she had won.

Cathy breezed into the final with fellow makeup artist Amelia Axton , after the two videos were submitted Cathy’s victory was sealed with 2491 votes.


I have a certificate from TAFE. But I would say I’m mainly self-taught. From a very young age I would search through magazines to find makeup to copy and I’d watch the news just to see how the anchor women had their makeup done. I taught myself eye shadow contouring when I was 11 just by looking at an eye shadow palette and noticing there was several shades of the same colour. I’ve also learnt from observing other makeup artists. But all that said, I don’t think I have, nor do I want to ever stop learning.

I find inspiration everywhere. Books, magazines, internet, television, film, nature, people I meet, places I go or even music I hear. I couldn’t pick out one thing as most inspiring, I’m always looking for inspiration in everyday.

Bad makeup day??

First always look after your skin, cleanse and moisturise twice a day and never ever sleep in your makeup, great makeup starts with what’s beneath it all. Secondly if you’ve tried and tried and your makeup just isn’t working for you then just keep it simple. You can’t go wrong with “natural” looking makeup.

Favourite Estee Lauder product?

I love the Double Wear Foundation.

Eyeshadow or Lipstick?

Eye shadow, only because it’s a little more fun and you can really go wild with it.

Red or Nude Lips?

I love nude lips so you can go wild with the eyes. That said, I think it’s important to note that every woman can wear either, it just comes down to tone.

Liquid, Cream or Pencil liner?

Liquid for upper lashes and pencil for lower lashes. Pencil liner is easiest to manoeuvre, so if you’re new to eyeliner pick pencil.

“Cathy, a full-time mum, will get a terrific kick-start in her makeup career with her Boss of Gloss title. She will now work with Foster and PRIMPED beauty editor Yasemin Turker on a professional film shoot to create a set of four PRIMPED How to videos, leaving her with a slick video CV and a legion of fans. She’ll also receive a $2000 Estée Lauder makeup kit to ensure she’s thoroughly equipped for her new career.”

Primped and Primpers alike are eagerly awaiting next years Boss of Gloss!

“We believed Boss of Gloss had legs. We knew that our readers had a strong understanding of makeup and a keen interest in sharing their skills, so yep, we knew it would be a winner.” says Yasemin of the competitions success.

You can see Cathy’s winning entry over at Primped , Also her own website and why don’t you go and join her facebook group page

Madame B


Interview – Chantelle of Conrad Mace

Chantelle McCormick

Recently I got to interview Chantelle who is a Senior Colourist and Stylist at Conrad Mace.

Both professional and easy going Chantelle has been hair dressing for 6 years now and absolutely loves her clients and the creativeness of her job.

What’s your  advise to young hairdressers?

  • Start an  Apprenticeship with a well recognised salon.
  • Attend  training nights and days to improve your skills and keep up to date with  future trends and techniques.
  • Be willing to  put in a lot of hard work and effort.
  • Get as much  exposure as possible.
  • Love your clients and they will love you back!

What is your  greatest strength as a hairdresser?

  • I am  definitely a people person. Being able to communicate with your clients, and  getting to know them is really important.
  • Being reliable  is also really important.
  • I love what I do , and I believe it shows.
  • I have  exceptional attention to detail.
  • What is the  most enjoyable part of your  job?
  • Completely changing a persons look, and making them feel amazing about  themselves.

What has been  your career highlight to date?

  • Spring Racing  is always a highlight for me. So many amazing people to meet, and hairstyles  to create.

What trends do  you think will be easiest to try in the upcoming seasons, cuts, styles and  colours?

  • Fringes are  STILL happening this season, although softer side-swept fringes are more the  trend.
  • Hair around  the face creates softness and warmth, in the chillier months to  come.

What ‘on  trend’ styles have the most flexibility (wearable and low maintenance) for  those of us that haven’t got the cash to see a stylist monthly?

  • Natural  blondes are definitely a  winner this season. Easy to wear, and a  little less maintenance too.  
  • Medium to long hair is also great, as shorter styles often need more  attention.  
  • No matter what  the colour or length, your hair must SHINE!

Tools and  products you think are essential to have at home?

  • definitely  invest in some good brushes, a good quality hair dryer and a heat protect  spay.
  • burnt hair  doesn’t shine! you will be amazed at how much easier it is to create polished  looks with the right equipment!
  • Keep up  regular treatments too.

I’ve been  hearing a lot lately about Moroccan Oil Treatments, can you  explain….

  • Moroccan oil  is, in one word, amazing. I’ve never used anything like it.
  • Its a weightless oil that nourishes and protects the hair, whether it is applied  to damp hair before blow waving, used as a scalp treatment or added to colour  before applying.
  • Protection and  amazing shine.

Any tips for  Brides or for formal occasions?

  • Have your colour done by a professional at least 1 week before the day.
  • Start  treatments and glossing a few weeks before.
  • Have a trial,  so there is no stress on the day.


Conrad Mace is located in Victoria, Australia and specialises in both hairdressing and beauty. So if your ever in the area call ahead for an appointment!

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(Isn’t the salon lovely!)

Madame B