The Makeup + Beauty Cartel: Personal & Group Makeup Sessions

For more than ten years, our very own Gillian has worked as a makeup artist and photographic makeup director through her business GiGi Creative. Gillian is now available to personally share her knowledge on all matters of makeup and beauty, solve your problems and share expert tip and techniques.

Gillian’s personal and group makeup sessions. Run by a professional makeup artist in a warm and caring environment. 

Do you have a makeup or beauty problem that needs solving?
Want someone to show you how to emphasise your best features?
Need advice on how to use all those products in your makeup bag?
Intimidated by the millions of cosmetics on the market and not sure where to go for advice?
Have a teenage daughter you’d like to learn how to apply age-appropriate makeup in a stylish way?

HURRAH! Champagne Cartel is here to help.


Gillian Moody has always been passionate about makeup and personal style. Most importantly though, shes believe that everyone has the right to feel comfortable and confident in their own skin. You can now have access to her years of experience to help you maximise your own natural gorgeousness. She’ll also give you an exclusive insight into the tricks and tips makeup artists use.

Personal + Group Makeup Sessions

We offer a variety of private sessions and group workshops that will teach you the basics of how to choose and apply makeup in a gentle, caring and warm environment (face-to-face or via skype). Gillian will tailor a session to suit you, your requirements and your level of experience.

But essentially she’ll cover a few key things:

  • make-up-artist tips and techniques on how to apply a range of makeup looks
  • how to apply makeup will take you from sparkly fresh in the morning to sultry glamour for evening
  • what colours and products will suit you
  • and most importantly how to feel confident and fabulous.

Email for more information

OPTION 1: Group makeup + beauty workshops

These courses are for a minimum of four ladies held in your home or at our lovely Brisbane venue.

Course outline:

  • the basics including how to achieve a flawless complexion using the right foundation and concealer
  • a fast 5 minute daytime makeup that will take you on your day feeling absolutely radiant
  • how to choose and apply an eyeshadow that makes the most of your colouring
  • evening eyes, including mastering the smoky eye or liquid eyeliner
  • how to contour and use highlighters and bronzing powder in a subtle way
  • a startup guide to your makeup kit: what you need and what you don’t

You will take away a booklet that includes notes on everything you’ve learnt as well as a beautiful gift for your makeup kit.

They make a great party starter for a birthday or hens night. And you’ll leave the workshop with a gorgeous and elegant full face of makeup so you can head out on the town and feel amazing and keep partying till the wee hours.

Cost: $125 (inc gst) per person for 3 hours (including refreshments)
Venue: In one of our venues or I can come to you!

Email me at to book your private session

Private individual makeup + beauty sessions

These sessions are gentle and non-intimidating. Gillian will bring her highly approachable manner and expertise and will work directly with you. She is flexible, able to hold your session at a time that suits (including in the evening or on a weekend). Your sessions can be held either face-to-face in one of the beautiful venues. Or she can travel to you, or even ‘meet’ you via Skype. Gillian knows that everyone is individual! She will talk to you first then tailor an individual approach based on your very own specific needs.

Cost: $180 per hour (+ gst)

Email me at to book your private session

About Gillian


I’m a forty-something makeup artist, business owner, blogger, wife to a dashing man and mother of two boys.

I also head up our very own Makeup + Beauty Cartel and help women of all ages to be confident with their makeup and skincare.

I’ve been obsessed by makeup and skincare my whole life. My earliest memory of being little is sitting on the bed watching my mum put on her makeup. My beautiful mum is now her 70s and is an incredibly elegant woman. No matter how she feels, she will put together a chic, perfectly ironed outfit, do her hair and apply some lipstick before leaving the house.

There is something about having pride in your appearance that makes you feel confident and positive and ready to take on the world. But you know, even though I love fashion, I believe that what is ultimately most important is to be comfortable in your own skin. My philosophy is all about taking care of yourself, inside and out. I say focus on your wellbeing, nourish your body and soul, and love your life! When you are happy, fit and healthy and living with meaning you will look fabulous and be absolutely glowing and vibrant.

My beauty ideology is based on a down to earth, individual approach to make-up and style. It’s not about smouldering smoky eyes and bold lipstick on someone who prefers to look natural. It’s about finding the right approach for each person. It’s about empathy, kindness and understanding. Talking to clients, understanding who they are and what they like and what they don’t. Learning what their vision or goal is.

Over the years I experimented on myself, friends and family with dodgy eye shadow colours and bizarre hair styling.

In 2005 I qualified with a diploma in make-up artistry from the Napoleon Perdis Academy. Since then I’ve worked on some incredible projects including being makeup artist for photoshoots with gorgeous models and designer clothes. I’ve worked for brands such as Sacha Drake and Dogstar. As well as worked with individual artists, creative photographers and musicians. And most recently I’ve been called on to oversee teams of makeup artists on shoots, providing more high level expertise in a director role.

Today though, my truest joy comes from helping women feel comfortable, fabulous and confident.

I also do special event makeup and coach women in skincare and styling. I am absolutely passionate about personal style and beauty and I really love sharing my knowledge with women to help them look good and feel great.

If you need makeup help, I provide professional makeup advice and workshops for women of all ages and stages.

For more information, email me at


Various makeup looks for Sacha Drake fashion shoots


Director of Makeup & Styling on French Beauty Academy photoshoot for Mettro Digital Agency
Director of Makeup/Styling on French Beauty Academy photoshoot as part of my team at Mettro Digital Agency – the makeup in these images was done by the incredibly talented and expert makeup artist and educator Amelda Webster at The French Beauty Academy


Written By

Carolyn is the editorial director of Champagne Cartel and a freelance writer. In her spare time she is a long-distance runner, peanut butter enthusiast, and single mum to three incredible humans.


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