Makeup Advice

Too Faced Cosmetics Foundation Is A Thumbs Up!

Having consistency when doing makeup for models to use for outdoor photography must be on the money. Or you will see discoloration around the jaw line and chest area.  On this model Bryanna Quintero she prefers Too Faced foundation, “Born This Way”.  The product is a liquid and is easy to apply to the face and drys quickly. I like to use a feathered brush to get all the creases and fissures sealed with the foundation.  I feel if you are using a sponge it will soak up too much of the makeup, so I prefer a brush. The product is not smeary or cakey to work with during the application. Lovely product to use.

When I was done with the application, I sealed with Mac Pro-Sealer.  The product did not move the whole time during the photo-shoot. Nor did it dissipate. This oil-free foundation masterfully diffuses the line between makeup and skin for the perfect naturally flawless finish and coverage so undetectable, they’ll think you were Born This Way!

Highly recommend this product.

  • Medium-to-full undetectable coverage
  • Oil-free
  • Hydrating
  • Long-wearing for 12 hours
  • Photo friendly/No flashback
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Coconut water to aid in delicately replenishing skin’s moisture levels
  • Alpine Rose to help empower skin’s health and resilience
  • Hyaluronic filling spheres for a smoother, more youthful appearance

 

 

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MAC Strobe Creme Is A Must For Skin During A Photo-Shoot!

This product is a must for my models when I am shooting in the sunshine. The product has a very nice glimmer to it. And when applied to the legs, arms, and chest it will give you a lovely glow. This is a must for my preparations of my Black and Brazilian models, the product will show up on darker skin and give it a beautiful sheen and highlight. But on fair skin I seen to get shadows with color and that is not what I want in my photography. I always apply this product to all my models for lovely highlights to the skin. And if you are going out at night it works perfectly for you.  I highly recommend this. Work the product in your hand about a dime size if possible and apply to the skin where you want the highlights.

If the product is to strong for you dilute with a little hand creme and then reapply. Work the product in well or it will become streaky.  If you are applying the product to the face I would recommend using a small feathered makeup brush. And only use small amounts at a time until you get the desired look you want. Blend, Blend, Blend.

I recommend the Goldlite and the Peachlite.  For dark to medium skin.

The ultimate quick fix for skin now in shades of pink (original), peach, silver, red and gold. Super-powered with potent botanicals.  It boosts the look of dull, flat or tired-looking skin with nutritious vitamins and a mega-dose of green tea. Brightens and clarifies with iridescent particles and antioxidants. Adds the softest glow to skin in sunlight to spotlight.  Give it a try.

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Holy Grail Of Makeup Setting Spray!

This product is the bomb. It sets the makeup and will not move for me the whole time I am doing a photo-Shoot.  This is a given for the title of the best setting spray out there in the makeup industry. Crease Resistant, Long-wearing, Moisturizing, Natural Looking, Smells great!  Makes your make up look natural and leaves a dewy look on your face. Excellent product to use for weddings, photo-shoots, special engagements.

A lightweight mist of water packed with vitamins and minerals, infused with a blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and refresh the skin. Gives an instant boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup. This holy grail of hydrating mists can be used with other products in near-endless ways – to improve the wear of makeup, or moisturize and soothe tired skin. A delicious twist in a permanent romantic rose scent, calming lavender scent, or creamy coconut scent.

 

  • Hold bottle 12 inches away from face and spray evenly.
  • Use alone or to finish makeup.
  • For face products, apply your favorite powder foundation and lightly mist all over face to set and hydrate.
  • For color products, apply your favorite eye shadow or pigment to your preferred brush, lightly mist bristles and sweep across lids for an intensified shadow look

 

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MAC Lip Scrubtious

We all take care of our skin, feet, hair. But being a makeup artist if the lips are chapped it will be hard to apply the lipstick. Also in the editing process the chapped pieces of skin will come out darker on the photograph.  So take care of your lips. Especially if you are a model.

Pucker up! Get totally smooth lips with M∙A∙C Lip Scrubtious. This sugar-based exfoliator gently buffs away dry and flaky skin, with a formula enhanced by hydrating and nourishing conditioners leaving lips soft and oh-so-smoochable. Available in five flavours including Candied Nectar, Fruit of Passion, Summer Berry, Sweet Brown Sugar and Sweet Vanilla.

Key Claims and Benefits
  • Exfoliates lips
  • Smooths and softens lips
  • Conditions lips
  • Hydrating
  • Dermatologist tested
Usage
  • Using a fingertip, massage a generous amount onto lips in a circular motion.
  • Wipe away with tissue or rinse off if desired.
  • Use two to three times weekly.
Ingredients

Ingredients: Sucrose , Petrolatum , Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter , Water/Aqua/Eau , Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil , Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil , Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract , Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract , Tocopherol , Tocopheryl Acetate , Ethylene/Propylene/ Styrene Copolymer , Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer , Flavor (Aroma) , Phenoxyethanol , Red 33 (Ci 17200) , Yellow 6 (Ci 15985)

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Makeup for Outdoor Photo-shoots

Wearing the right makeup in front of the camera is essential. The wrong foundation can make your skin tone look washed out or uneven, and failing to properly highlight features like your eyes, can make photos turn out flat. The key to looking good in front of the camera, especially outdoors, is to wear a look which is natural, and not too heavy or dramatic. Spread a thin layer of moisturizer all over your face. This will help to create a base for the foundation, which will allow it to go on more smoothly.

Select a foundation which is very close to your natural skin tone. Avoid foundations which contain SPF, as these foundations, though they protect the skin from UV rays, are reflective and will make your face appear much whiter than the rest of your skin.  Apply the foundation all over your face, including on your eyelids and lips. Use your fingers to apply the foundation, as this will give you a coverage which is not too heavy. Blend the foundation fully, making sure to pay particular attention to the jaw line.

Select a concealer which closely matches your skin tone. Using the applicator, dab the concealer underneath the eyes and on any areas where you have blemishes, dark patches or any other marks. Gently rub the concealer into the skin using your fingers.

With a powder brush, apply a loose powder, which matches your skin tone, to your forehead, nose, mouth area and chin. This will take away any excess shine and prevent your skin from reflecting the flash of the camera. Blend the powder by using the brush in a circular motion.

Lightly color in your eyebrows using a brow pencil that matches the color of your eyebrows. This will help to give the brows definition and frame the eyes. Using an eye-shadow brush, sweep a light neutral-color eye-shadow, such as cream, beige or brown depending on your skin color, all over your eyelid, from your lash line to the bottom of your brow.

Apply an eye-shadow that is a shade darker than the one you used before along the crease of your eyelid and blend it thoroughly. This darker shade will contour the eyes and make them stand out more in the photographs.

Apply a thin line of black liquid eyeliner all along the lash line and use a black mascara on the eyelashes to add volume.

Choose a lipstick one or two shades darker than your natural lip color, and select a lip liner which closely matches this. Line your lips with the lip liner, closely following the natural line of your lips. Lip liner is needed to define the lips. Apply the lipstick carefully straight from the tube.

Set you makeup next with a setting spray.

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When You Change Your Hair For Summer

Some of my clients favorite beauty traditions is getting their hair brightened in preparation for summer months. The physical shift never fails to get them excited for cookouts, picnics, and longer days, but they have experienced a mental shift when it comes to maintaining it. While it’s easy for me to see the hours spent at the hair salon as the start-to-finish of their hair coloring process, it’s really just the first step in maintaining healthy, beautiful hair for summer. Here are some idea’s to keep your hair color in top condition.

Bleach breaks down your hair, making it brittle and dry so stay away from protein hair care lines. Although purple and blue shampoos have recently become a popular method of keeping blonde highlights from turning brassy, they can still strip color from your hair. And it can also make you blonde hair color look ashy. Use a color treated shampoo and conditioner.

And just because one brand works for someone else, does not necessarily mean it’ll work as well for yours. So shop around and have a few different hair care lines in your shower.

In general, I recommend switching up your shampoo every 6 to 12 months. Each shampoo has different minerals and proteins so your hair will get a more well-rounded treatment of both when you rotate the brand you’re using.

When it comes to heat-styling your hair, go easy on the strands near your hairline by using a lower heat setting. When you lighten your hair, your strands actually become finer and more fragile. To avoid breakage, don’t run that flatiron over your lightened hair multiple times  (in fact, I highly recommend not using a flatiron if possible and just using a curling iron or wand). If you really need one, try doing a single pass for those hairs that frame your face.

A fresh cut or color is the perfect opportunity to switch up your makeup—I’ve HAVE clients gravitating towards a bold red lip color, as it makes their face look even brighter with their blonde hair! And switch up your outfits as a white top will always make your hair look brighter, and vice versa.  The biggest change I notice in MY  clients after they get their hair colored is how their mood and demeanor immediately lifts—embrace your new hair color and the confidence it gives you!

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Limescale Is Harmful To Color Treated Hair and Skin.

Limescale is that white, chalky residue left behind by dissolved minerals (mostly calcium and magnesium) in your water. The higher the concentration of minerals in your water, the “harder” your water. So, if you have hard water, you’ve probably seen this white residue in your bathtub, sink or even on your glass dishes.  And trust me it’s in your hair also. Either way Limescale sounds like a nasty gross word. But if you have no water softener all the shampoo’s, conditioners, body scrubs and lotions will do no good. Limescale will leave a white film on your scalp, skin and fade artificial hair color fast!

The abundance of minerals and chemicals in hard water can leave behind buildup, so washing with it can leave behind a film-like residue. On skin, that residue can exacerbate breakouts, dryness and even bring on irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. That’s not all: Hard water can affect the skin on your scalp, too, causing dryness and that tell-tale itch.

As for your hair, it may feel like it does when you haven’t thoroughly rinsed out all of your shampoo. So, you might notice it feeling dull, limp or super-dry (think straw-like) to the touch. On top of that, hard water can also lead to faster fading and altered color in color-treated hair. Minerals in hard water, like calcium and magnesium, bond to hair. This causes hair to look dull or discolored.

Most people can’t even tell if they have hard water. But if you can’t explain your dry skin and suspect your water, there are a few steps you can take. Clarifying shampoos contain chelating agents, which bond to the excess minerals on the hair, allowing them to be removed. Good to do at least once a week.  And for the skin try cleansing with a Micellar Cleanser which removes tiny particles and doesn’t require rinsing with water.

If all else fails get a water softener. Soft water, on the other hand, only has de-ionized sodium in it (sometimes it’s natural, and sometimes it’s the result of water treatment). Like hard water, it’s completely safe for drinking, bathing and cooking. And, unlike hard water, it’s actually kind of moisturizing. Some even say that soft water gives skin and hair a slippery feel.

Whether you have hard water or soft water might not even be a concern to you. And, if you don’t notice any adverse effects, there’s no reason to treat it. But if you have adjusted your beauty routine and don’t notice any improvement, it could be worth checking out.