Alex and Susan (L to R)

Yes, COVID is still a feature of day-to-day life here in Australia but things are definitely on the improve! So, in this BeautyChat episode, Make-up Artist and Beauty Concierge Susan Napper shares her top tips for how to get out of the house in 5 easy steps – because the future is definitely looking brighter!!

Alex and Susan have 6 kids between them and have always juggled work and family, so they are all about efficiency! This episode is all about getting the maximum effect with the minimum time!

Susan is a big believer in starting our makeup routine with a cleansed and moisturised face. You can include eye cream if you choose.

About Susan

Like many ‘grown-up girls’, Susan had a career change in her mid life. In her early forties, she gave up her successful career in arts administration to follow her passion for colour and design. She enrolled in a makeup artistry course and hasn’t looked back! As a beauty concierge, Susan audits her customer’s current makeup and then provides objective, tailored recommendations based on her extensive knowledge of available products and brands. She also arms her customers with the skills to apply and use these products so women feel empowered to live their best life. Yes please!!!

Susan’s Top Five Tips To Get Out of The House Fast

Susan believes a successful exit strategy is all about using a minimum amount of products for maximum effect.

1. Start with a Good Quality Make-Up Base

Choose either a BB or CC cream. A BB cream is a little lighter while a CC Cream has some colour correcting properties which is great for ageing, reddish coloured skin.

Susan loves the Garnier Skin Active BB cream which is often priced around $10! Susan uses the light shade. There are often only limited colour options in BB range so if the colour doesn’t work for you, why not mix 2 shades?

2. Bronzers and Blushes

When you put foundation on your face, you effectively take your face back to zero so putting back contouring and shading into your face is essential

Susan loves the Charlotte Tilbury palette called Glowing Pretty Skin Palette about $100. Available online. It; a multi-palette which includes bronzers, blushers and highlighters.

Alex loves her Sephora Snow Glow palette which also offers a bronzer, highlighters and a blush. This was a Christmas special bought in December 2019 which is no longer available but keep your eyes peeled closer to Christmas because that’s when all the good stuff is launched!

3. The Eyes

Of course, use mascara and eyeliner but Susan’s quick tip for maximum effect is the Mac paint pots which are effectively a small pot of easy to use cream eyeshadow. These come in a multitude of different shades. Susan loves Indian Wood but there are so many to choose from! And they are around $40 each.

4. The Lips

Susan loves Nude Stix which are multi purposed sticks that can be used as a lipstick, blush or eyeshadow. Use your middle finger to apply as a lipstick. These are the ultimate multi-purposed, time saving product! They give a beautiful natural look but you are also able to ramp up the intensity simply by applying more product. Susan loves the Nudies Matte All Over Face Color Blush & Bronze stick in Sunset Strip. They are just over $50.

5. Don’t Forget About The Hair!

Susan is a big fan of dry shampoo. Dry shampoo is perfect for someone who doesn’t wash their hair everyday. Susan uses it mostly around her crown. She sections off her hair and sprays it at the roots and leaves it for 5 minutes. She then tussles it into her hair which absorbs the oil and also adds volume.

The girls are both big fans of Batiste Dry Shampoo – around $15 – best investment ever!!!!

The Girls Favourite Luxe/Less Products

In each episode, Alex (and her guest) are going to share their favourite luxe and less products.


Luxe – Clarins Lip Oil – she loves the Candy shade – about $35

Less – Revlon Kiss Glow Lip Oil – $12


Luxe – Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate – $72 for 30ml bottle

Less – Palmers Cocoa Butter Enzyme Mask – $8 – it smells incredible!

You can listen to Alex and Susan’s chat below or on your favourite podcast app!

Thanks for the BeautyChat everyone! See you next time.

Alex xx