When a major event is happening on Australian shores, the red carpet may as well begin at Jade Kisnorbo’s chair. The celebrity hair and makeup stylist’s brushes have graced the faces of Sofia Richie, Kelly Gale and Jessica Kahawaty to name a few, as well as the nation’s A-listers of racing fashion. With a trademark glow and signature flair, Jade is the go-to girl for glamour and Fashion At The Races found out her favourite products and preparations to try for your next race day.
The Melbourne-based beauty buff fell in love with red lipstick when she was just five years old at her very first ballet concert. From there, Jade’s passion saw her chair filled with a collection of the world’s most famous faces. “There is no magic way,” Jade said. “I just kept my head down, woke up early, said yes to every given chance and honestly poured my heart and soul into my business,” she said.
“I always ensured that anyone who sat in my chair didn’t just leave with a made-up face, but felt amazing inside and out and above all, had the best time,” Jade said. “Through doing this, I was lucky enough to have doors open and amazing talent come my way, which I am and always will be grateful for.”
Jade’s aesthetic stems from a client-focused approach. “I tell my clients that I set out to make them look like them, just in HD,” the beauty icon said. “I love natural glowing skin and skin to still look like skin, however we do have fun along the way whether it’s a smoky eye or a bright lip.”
The E! Australia & New Zealand Beauty Contributor’s schedule is especially full come Spring Carnival, where her skills are tagged in Insta-glam posts by stars from Rachel Finch to Megan Gale. “I get inspiration from colours that are on trend both in beauty and in fashion/runway,” Jade said of her creative process. “It is also speaking with stylists and the talent about the overall feel of the look and then further enhancing that with the final beauty look.”
Jade has no rules for racing beauty looks, but she insists racegoers focus on the complexion, naming SPRAY AUS and Elle Effect as her go-to fake tans. “Have fun with your makeup and don’t be scared to use lipstick as blush or blush as a lip stain,” she said. “However, always take time to prep your skin and be careful when getting spray tans, as daytime events are very different and not as forgiving!”
To prepare her clients’ skin for a long day at the track, Jade focuses first on hydration. “Skin prep is imperative,” the Westfield Doncaster Beauty Ambassador said. “I always give my clients a really firm facial massage with a good moisturiser,” she said. “My favorite is Dr. Spiller Collagen Cream, which also works as a primer.”
“Being a daytime event, skin needs to look flawless and this always stems from how the skin is prepped,” Jade said. “I would say that setting powder also is a key item to invest in, or fixing sprays,” she said. “The reason for this is to ensure the makeup has longevity and doesn’t appear too shiny in pictures, dependent on the weather.”
Once her clients have left the chair, Jade recommends they keep an arsenal of quick fixes in their clutches. “Hourglass compact powder is a fave and Mecca Cosmetica Original lip balm - no one likes dry lips when trackside!”
When styling hair to match millinery, Jade prefers to keep it simple. “Don’t over-style, and if you get totally stuck, sleek always looks chic,” she said. The mane expert trusts ELEVEN Hairspray for a hold like no other, as well as and Hair by Sam McKnight Dry Shampoo.
To keep the complexion in top condition, the hair and makeup stylist believes routine is everything. “Always remove your makeup before bed and commit to a night time routine, as this is when your skin repairs most,” Jade said. “Even if you are time poor, the best product you can use is SK-II Overnight Miracle Masks or GO-TO SHEET MASKS,” she said. “Both amazing products are made for us time poor people!”
Jade’s number one industry icon is Makeup Artist, author and founder of her eponymous beauty line Lisa Eldridge. “She is the reason I became a makeup artist,” Jade said. “She is so clever with how she uses makeup and the research she does on products shows in her work,” she said. “She is an icon because she has moved with the times but also kept her own style, which I think today is a very difficult thing to do.”
Jade’s 2019 beauty vibe is an amplification of her own signature style. “I’m a makeup artist that doesn’t really plan any beauty look and it is often something we collaborate and create on the day,” the beauty guru said. “But I will say, I always love a bronzed flawless skin look with a healthy glow as a base,” she said. “I'm sure it will be an extension of that and a bit of fun with maybe some colour on the eye.”
With just two qualifying race days left on the FATR calendar this season, we have impact on our minds. Keep up with Jade’s latest beauty projections and product recommendations on Instagram @jade_kmakeup for your racing inspiration.