ISSADA STARS: Capricorn

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THE GEMSTONE: Garnet

THE LIFE: Capricorns are driven, motivated and ambitious! They love structure and avoid anything too risky. Capricorns have to finish what they start and are highly self-sufficient.

THE LOOK: Capricorn Gems love a classic, versatile look that can go from day to night. Beauty staples like neutral taupe eye shadows, gel eyeliner and nude lips are must-haves in the Capricorn makeup collection. Consider adding a pop of neon on nails for a vibrant splash of excitement!


MEET THE TEAM: Sarah Fischer, Issada Retail Manager

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Q: Take us through your job – what does a day in the life of Sarah Fischer look like?

SF: No two days are ever the same, there’s a lot of variety in my role, which I love! I split my time between our Issada Concept Stores in Bulimba and Brisbane City, and our Head Office and Training Facility, also in Bulimba. I do everything from staff training and development, visual merchandising, budgets and targets, stock forecasting and ordering, conduct team meetings, internal brand communication, devising and implementing in-store promotions, workshops and events, and then also makeup application for weddings, formals, special occasions, backstage makeup for runway shows and fashion events.

Q: What attracted you to the Issada brand initially?

SF: Initially I was intrigued, because at the time it was a brand new luxury makeup store that popped up in my hometown of Brisbane – I had to know more! And the more I learned, the more there was to love!

Q: What is it that’s kept you here for all these years?

SF: First of all, my amazing loyal clients. Some I have known for 7 years and they’re now dear friends of mine. I have been with our CEO/Founder Fiona since the very beginning. Having been involved so early on and having watched the brand evolve from humble beginnings into the mineral makeup powerhouse it is today, I’m very invested – Issada is like my family.

Q: If you could only take 3 Issada products to a desert island, what would they be and why?

SF: I don’t know if I could ever narrow it down to three! But if I have to…

  • Mineral Baked Foundation in Cassata to give me a semi-matte light refractive coverage, even out my skintone and provide me with mineral sun protection
  • Brow Blender in Dark Taupe to give me some face-framing arches
  • Protein Mascara in Onyx to condition and treat my lashes and define them at the same time

Q: What is your favourite thing about your job?

SF: Helping people feel special and beautiful – its so rewarding. When you do makeup, especially on regular clients, you become a part of some of their biggest and most special occasions and milestones; formals, 21sts, weddings and that’s really special.

Q: What does it take to be a great Retail Manager?

SF: To be a great retail manager you need great communication skills and strong leadership skills, and you need to be super organised. You need to be incredibly passionate and believe wholeheartedly in the brand you’re representing – how can you motivate your team otherwise?! You have to genuinely find joy in providing people with an exceptional customer service experience. And finally, you need to set a great example for team members to follow, and create a positive, motivating, encouraging and nurturing culture in your store.

Q: What advice would you give to any aspiring makeup artists who want to work for Issada?

SF: Aside from the obvious ones like complete a makeup qualification and get some retail experience – I would say research and be passionate about the Issada brand and have an interest in skin health, skin care, ingredients and formulas.

Q: What is your go-to, never fail, favourite makeup look?

SF: My go-to is a bronzed goddess look! I love a strong contour and highlight, a defined brow, a bronze smokey eye and a nude lip.

Q: As a retail manager you spend a lot of time in the Bulimba community – name your second favourite store on Oxford Street (after Issada of course) and your favourite restaurant?

SF: My favourite store on Oxford Street is Frankie and the Fox, and my favourite restaurant is The Jetty.

Q: Take us through your skincare regime?

SF: My essentials are:

Elemis White Flowers Eye and Lip Remover

Elemis Pro Cleansing Balm

Elemis Lavender Toner

Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel

Elemis Pro Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment

Q: What’s the number one most requested makeup look you get asked for in store?

SF: A brown/bronzey smokey eye with perfect winged eyeliner – and a flawless complexion of course, with contouring!

Q: Who is your number one celebrity beauty icon and why?

SF: I typically gravitate towards dark features and tanned skin so my number one beauty icon would have to be Kim Kardashian. Her makeup is always perfection, especially her brows and contour.


ISSADA STARS: SAGITTARIUS

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THE GEMSTONE: Turquoise

THE LIFE: A Sagittarius is optimistic and positive; they are great at finding the silver lining every situation. Sagittarius Gems are loyal and make for great besties!

THE LOOK: Sagittarius Gems rock pastel hues to perfection, and look amazing with a fresh, glowy complexion. Consider experimenting with lip and nail colours in soft lilac and orchid tones.