Natural Beauty Interview with Natural Makeup Artist Carla Jones

You may not have seen her face, but you’ve definitely seen her work. Meet Carla Jones, hair and makeup artist to the stars and one of Australia’s first natural makeup artists. Based in Sydney, Carla is a true pioneer in the rebirth of the beauty industry in Australia, all while juggling a new family and her own business. With the help of lük beautifood, Carla has given her makeup kit its  own makeover now beginning to use a range of the top natural and organic products on the market.

Between work and looking after her beautiful daughter Sienna, Carla can be found in the kitchen whipping up some delicious, sugar-free paleo goodies, doing yoga, meditating and researching the latest trends, styles and products the hair and beauty industry have to offer.

We love how Carla truly embodies the lük philosophy whilst maintaining her own unique style, so much so that she will be joining the lük beautifood team as our go-to natural makeup artist to help you effortlessly achieve a simple, beautiful, natural look ! So, let’s get started.

Tell us about why you think the beauty industry is changing the way it is?

People are realising that cosmetics can be harmful. Just because they’re on department store shelves doesn’t really mean they’re good for us. It’s an increased awareness.

People have the Internet now at their fingertips, so are researching in depth about ingredients and the effects. Toxic ingredients such a parabens, mineral oils, artificial colours and fragrances are not only irritating people’s skin but are also harming the environment, this in turn, leads to them detoxing their makeup bag.

You have just begun using natural and organic make-up products (like lip nourish!) Tell us why you have made the change?

The biggest thing for me was when I had my first baby two years ago and I developed this heightened sense of awareness of what was going in and on to my baby’s body.

I remember looking at these natural and organic bath washes and creams etc and I thought well, I want the best for my daughter so why shouldn’t I have that for myself as well?

Tell us about your journey in becoming a top hair and makeup artist?

I left school in year ten and began doing a hairdressing apprenticeship, which I didn’t finish because I ended up falling in love with doing makeup.

Back then makeup artistry wasn’t’ considered a career so my parents were very against it but I stuck to my guns. Since then I have gone from washing Dame Edna’s wigs in London, to being one of MAC’s first makeup artists in Australia, to doing makeup for countless celebrities including Sarah Murdoch, Keith Urban, Megan Gale, Kerri-Anne Kennerly, Joel Maddon, Ricki Lake, Mel C (Sporty Spice) and Lily Tomlin (just to name a few!) I’ve also worked on a number of television shows such as Masterchef and The Biggest Loser.

It’s been nearly 18 years now that I’ve been doing makeup and throughout this whole journey I’ve just followed my nose and did what I love to do. I never really listened to my mum and dad or anyone else; I’ve just done it my way.

Carla working her magic!

Carla working her magic!

 What do you love about doing people’s make up?

As a kid I always loved magic and doing magic tricks and illusions and the word makeup in italian ‘trucco’ actually means tricks or magic and it’s the magic of makeup that I really love.

That lady sitting in my chair can be whoever she wants to be and I can take her there and make her look and feel amazing.  It can be as simple as if you’re feeling sick or flat, just put a little bronzer on and you can trick your mind into looking and feeling a bit better about yourself.

For others out there wanting to start their own business, what is your advice?

I love having my own business and being my own boss. I would say to anyone out there wanting to start their own business to just go for it! There’s no reason to be shy, just put yourself out there.

Tell us your personal makeup kit and your day-to-day skincare/make up routine?

My makeup kit is very minimal and my makeup takes me about two minutes to do, because I’m finding that with age (I’m 35) that less is more plus time is so precious to me these days.

In my 20’s my makeup was very theatrical, almost Lady Gaga like but now I just use a really good foundation, mascara and cream blush [which is my favourite because I find a bit of cheek colour is always a kind of ‘wake up look’ no matter tired you are or if you’re feeling flat]

For my routine, in the morning I’ll wash my face with a simple cleanser, and then put some rosehip oil on and follow with an SPF sunscreen, this is really important to me. And then at night it’s the same but using a more intense hydrating cream.

Also, about once a week I use vegetable based enzyme exfoliator and a coconut oil based hair treatment.

Your little girl Sienna is now two years old, after working in the beauty industry your whole life, what do you hope to teach her about what it means to be beautiful?

From my background I’ve seen the “fakeness† in beauty and I want to teach her what you see in a magazine is not real. I want to show her that in real life you don’t need to look ‘magazine cover’ beautiful to feel beautiful and also just to be an independent young woman that thinks for herself and has her own style.

What is your best-kept beauty secret?

This is one from Sarah Murdoch for the best lashes ever! So, use a traditional lash curler first then put your mascara on as normal, then warm up your two pointer fingers by rubbing them together and put them up to your lashes and almost “blink† into your fingers so its like a little mini curling iron. You’ll get mascara all over your fingers but you’ll have the most amazing lashes and they’ll stay that way all day!

What are the top three tips you’d give to people when doing their own makeup?
  1. Blend your foundation past your neck; the “tide line† is not a good look!
  2.  Lighten up on the shimmer powders, too much makes you look like a Krispy Kreme donut
  3. A big trend right now is the white eyeliner to make your eyes look bigger, a little is great but don’t go overboard, tone it down.

That’s the same with most makeup, you will look your best if you tone it down and give an effortless look like “this is how I woke up!†

How do you nourish your body from the inside to keep yourself looking your best on the outside?

Water is a big one for me; I notice such a difference in my skin when I drink water. I aim to drink about 1.5 litres per day.  The other big one for me was cutting out sugar. Since going  ‘added’ sugar free (I still eat fruit and natural sugars) and adding a lot more good fats to my diet, I look and feel so much better, plus I’m fuller for longer and my brain is a lot less foggy.

I think if you eat as close to nature as possible that’s the way to go. It takes preparation and organisation but wow, the pay off is worth it!

Describe your day on a plate for us?

Ok so I’ll give you a good day:

Breakfast: chia pudding made with chia seeds, coconut milk and maybe some bananas or berries. I always prepare my chia puddings the night before.

Snack: a handful of nuts

Lunch: some protein with a salad, and maybe a paleo cracker that I’ve made

Dinner: meat and vegies or a vegetable lasagne (using zucchini instead of pasta)

And sometimes a sugar free, paleo dessert from one of my favourite cookbooks!

What are your top three ‘cant’ live without’ ingredients when you cook?
  1. Lemon for my morning cup of hot water with lemon and for salad dressings
  2. Coconut oil (coconut oil spray has changed my life!)
  3. Quinoa because I don’t have gluten and it’s a great way to bulk up a meal
Can share with us one of your favourite recipes for a mum on the go? 

My paleo breakfast loaf is great to make in bulk so you can freeze it and then in the morning rush just put it in the toaster and lather it with almond butter!


What you need |

1 cup mixed organic dried fruit, chopped

1 cup mixed seeds (great combination is linseed and pepita/pumpkin)

1 cup almond milk, or any milk preference

1 cup pre-cooked quinoa (any colour), cooled

1 cup of gluten free flour (or coconut flour)

1 grated apple, with skin on

½ cup dried coconut (shredded or flaked)

½ cup nuts (walnuts or almonds), roughly chopped

1 teaspoon cinnamon

a sprinkle of nutmeg

1 egg

2 teaspoons baking powder

How to |

  • To cook quinoa, the ratio is 1 cup quinoa: 2 cups water.  Place them into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Then reduce heat and simmer, covered for about 15mins-20mins, or until you can see the white curly tails become visible.
  • Soak the seeds and fruit in the almond milk, 2 hours or longer
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees, or 150 degrees fan forced oven
  • Line a loaf tin with baking paper
  • Add the cooked quinoa and flour together in a food processor and pulse until combined.
  • Add all the other ingredients and mix.
  • Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and pop into the oven for 55 minutes – 1 hour
Carla's delicious paleo loaf for mums on the go!

Carla’s delicious paleo loaf for mums on the go!

What is happiness to you?

Happiness is really like an inside job; you’re not going to get it by buying that new handbag, that’s just momentary happiness. Mediation has really helped me to realise that and to see happiness for what it really is – it’s not a thing, it’s internal.

 What is the best advice you have ever been given and how do you live it?

This is not really advice as such but I’ve always lived by fact that you should always go with your intuition; it will never let you down. I can’t speak of that enough, because your head is so different to your heart, listen to that little voice!

Again, doing mediation really helps with this as it makes that little voice louder and easier to understand. I find doing 20 minutes of meditation twice a day is also great for bringing out creativity and great ideas.

 What is your personal Monday morning mantra? What gets you out of bed?

This is an everyday mantra, not just for Mondays but it is to think about how can I get the most out of this day? How can I make this day special? If you wake up thinking, “oh crap its Monday again† and you look at your day like that, then it will be like that.

Before we finish up, for all those inspired ladies out there, can you give us some tips on where to start to detox your makeup bag?

Start by making simple swaps of the basics, I would recommend starting with your mascara. Try an all-natural mascara (like the famous 100% Pure black tea mascara) and notice how your eyes won’t get super irritated and your lashes will looks and feel a lot more nourished. It’s quite amazing. Or another goodie to start with is moisturiser. With winter here many ladies look for a more hydrating one. A great moisturiser I use is the Weleda Skin Food. So lovely and it’s also Victoria Beckham’s fav!

Watch this space for more tips on how you can detox your makeup bag, tricks to getting the perfect naked glow, beauty tutorials, demos and updates on the latest natural beauty trends, products and styles!

Follow Carla on instagram to see what looks she’s loving or check out Carla’s Website to book Carla for your next event!

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Carla and her gorgeous daughter Sienna

Carla and her gorgeous daughter Sienna



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