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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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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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Virgin Coconut Oil

A lot of times during the summer we all shower all the time being in Florida. And soap products can leave a film on your skin especially your feet, elbows and back. Soap cleaners are very strong and also leave films in the shower. So if it is leaving a film in the shower then it is leaving a film all over your body. That is why it is good to just use water to cleanse your body and leave shampoo’s to just your hair. Just taking a shower in water will alleviate any film let in the shower or your body.

When you are complete, finish with some real good Coconut oil for your hands, feet and all over. This is a lovely moisturizer for the skin and also in the hair. If you have chemically treated hair then the natural oils from the coconut will smooth out any and all fly aways you have when you are blow drying the hair. Just apply a little with your styling lotion make sure to mix the two ingredients well and not separately. Comb through and begin your blow dry.  Or if you go to the beach add some to wet hair and comb through and you will protect your color treated hair. Plus it will add moisture to it from the warmth of the sunshine.

I recommend Shea Moisture Daily Glow for all over the skin. A lot of models have known of using the coconut oils for their skin to keep it looking smooth and not a dry look. That is important for camera, especially for summer time photo-shoots.

I like to use this product for photo-shoots especially for the summer beach shoots. It give the skin a soft highlight. Smooth a small amount in circular motions over face and neck after cleansing. Skin feels softer with a healthy-looking glow. Wear alone or under makeup.  And you can see the glow from within upon application, no highlighter needed! I love the smell and texture, and it worked great for keeping foundation on all day. This product will dry smooth and not leave a oily feeling to your skin.

 

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Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Why You Need To Clean Your Makeup Brushes NOW!

Makeup is designed to bind with your skin and if you’re not washing your brushes every day, you’re only allowing layer after  layer of makeup to glue to your bristles. Keep them clean. If not and you’re slathering it all over your face and not getting the true color you want to apply that day. And also if you do not clean then you will clog your pores.

Ever wondered why your skin always looks dry and dull and never dewy? Dirty makeup tools only mean dirty, splotchy, spotty, muddy makeup applications.

Ever wake up and wonder why your skin looks puffy and bloated? Again, another reason why you should grab your makeup brushes STAT and clean them. I like using baby shampoo and warm water. Apply some shampoo to your warm water and work the makeup out using downward strokes when cleaning blush, contour and foundation brushes. Towel dry and spray some alcohol on the brushes to sanitize them.

This will give you a truly clean makeup application and a lovely scent to your brushes. Also you brushes will be very soft also.  Most women are spending a significant amount on cosmetic brushes in order to achieve desired makeup looks, but they’re not protecting their investment or their skin by properly caring for these tools. Allowing dirt and oils to build up on your brushes only shortens their lifespan. And cause you to have infections especially lip brushes.

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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.

 

 

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Tips For Your Skin Color

What is your skin type like? Are you oily, combination skin or normal? Depending on what your skin type is and what kinds of needs you are looking for depends on the formula to look for. Usually when shopping online for foundations, you can click the description of the product and it can tell you who the foundation is best for. When you go shopping and a sales person will say something like “Who it’s for: Normal to oily skin.”  which is super helpful when seeing if a formula works for you. You can also look for shade ranges that offer added skincare benefits or mention how it is formulated to wear on the skin. When shopping for foundations look for a range that offers not only a wide color range but also undertones – like warm, neutral or cool.

An undertone and skin tone are two different things to remember when shopping for a foundation. Under the skin is your undertone, an easy way to remember. During the seasons, especially summer or winter when you may be more tan or fair, your skin tone can change. But, your undertone never does. Cool undertones contain more blue. Neutral undertones are versatile and can wear neutral, warm or cool foundations and are between yellow and blue. Warm undertones are a little more on the yellow side.

How do you know if you have cool, neutral or warm undertones? Check your veins. If you have purple or blue veins, you’re cool. Blue or green, then you’re neutral. And green or olive veins, when you have a warm undertone. Now that you’ve got your undertone figured out, lets tackle the skin tone.

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Photo-shoot Products Yes or No

Instant Bronzing Shimmer Powder by Victoria’s Secret

When I do photo-shoot Victoria’s Secret has a lovely crème the models can use all over to smooth out the skin and make it glossy and add shimmer to the skin which will show up on camera. But my last trip to the store I could see a new product made by Victoria’s Secret called “Instant Bronzing Shimmer Powder”. So I took a look and decided to try out the product for my upcoming photo-shoot. The product stated, “Dust yourself in a head-to-toe glow. Beach Sexy Instant Bronzing Shimmer Powder with radiant mica leaves skin kissed with sexy bronze shimmer in one quick sweep. Perfect for décolleté, shoulders, arms and legs. Combines powder and brush for easy application”.

Well the product fell apart on me, the sables from the brush would fall out upon using it for a “Dusting” to the skin. Not enough product would come out and the shimmer product itself was not strong enough for a photo-shoot nor did hardly any product come out at all. . I am pretty heavy handed when it comes to body makeup but this product did not show up as abundantly as I would need for it to show up on camera. This product made be good for home use, but I don’t recommend it for professional use at all. Sorry not in my makeup kit! Joseph Kellner