Kylie Eustace prepares a model’s makeup before the opening of Sway On Sunset in Coolangatta on Saturday evening.
Kylie Eustace prepares a model’s makeup before the opening of Sway On Sunset in Coolangatta on Saturday evening. John Gass twe180212makeup

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BIKINI-beauties stepped onto Komune Resort Coolangatta's pool-straddling catwalk Saturday night.

The first up retro-styles were quite literally a blast from the past.

Who didn't wish the 1960s or 1970s had returned, as psychedelic swimsuits blurred visions to the sound of The Kinks' You Really Got Me?

Before those present poolside enjoyed the Heidi Bartholomew-curated Sway On Sunset event while sipping Coronas there was work to be done, however.

Spare a thought for makeup sponsor Kylie Eustace - and this reporter if you will - slaving away in the penthouse suite's stifling heat with brushes on her living canvases.

"It hasn't been a challenge," Ms Eustace of Kylie's Professional Makeup said.

"Though I would have liked to have brought more girls (artists) along.

"Making sure everything is done on time, having enough girls and enough space to work in can be difficult.

"But you get to be a lot more creative in this environment."

Her Burleigh Heads-based business is used to the strains of an event atmosphere, having featured at others such as the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival.

"This is a smaller-scale than what I've done before, but it's fun.

"It's water resistant make-up so it's ok if someone falls in the pool.

"This is a great opportunity for the girls, who've just recently finished their courses.

"Fashion parades are also good for people to see what's out there - especially in the world of makeup."

Her healthy, sustainable mineral makeup certainly did the event justice, as you will attest if you stay-tuned for the online photo gallery coming tomorrow.

My Daily News' own Glen "Rocky" Rawlings was there looking like a proud new dad.

Which he was, sort of, because his daughter Madeline, 17, was one of the young models.

"I'm super proud," Rocky said. "And amazed how she gets out there and struts what she does.

"I caught her the other day in front of the mirror practising her walk.

"Now I've seen her do it on the catwalk too - looking as confident as ever which makes me think 'Where does she get that from?'," he winked.

Madeline had modelled with brands such as Billabong from a young age and brought that experience to Komune's catwalk, Rocky said.

"There's a lot of people here who grew up on the Gold Coast, such as my family, and when she came out the crowd erupted because they know her."

The general manager of Connecting Southern Gold Coast, one of the key bodies behind Bleach, Jim Wilson offered an insight.

In the spirit of the art, surf, fashion and music festival he suggested "getting rid of" undesirable persons from the Coast.

"And bring back the creatives - then we'll have a city that rocks," Mr Wilson said.

This reporter almost earned a playful slap from Bleach artistic director Louise Bezzina at the end of the night, after asking if there had been any "hiccups".

"When it comes to the way I envisioned it, it's totally exceeded my expectations," she said of Sway, which she also referred to as a "highlight".

"Fashion is a real strong point of our culture here on the Gold Coast, and it's really exciting.

"There were no hiccups, tonight was at capacity - they were turning people away - it's just fantastic.

"Everyone's been telling me how amazing, how great it is."

Upon catching up with Ms Eustace mid-show she said she had come-to-terms with the heat.

"It's a good test for the makeup - under extreme conditions."



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