Posts tagged ‘makeup artist’

“MILK” editorial in SugarKiss Magazine

Not long ago I did a shoot with photographer Kim Akrigg , who I have worked with a few times before. She recently relocated to Toronto, and it was great getting to do one final shoot before she moved.

Here are the end results of our collaboration, the model is Darian from Key Model Management, and it was published in SugarKiss Magazine.

 

LIP TAR SALE!

If you are interested in trying some lip tars now is the time! OCC has created their coveted gift packs once again, you can get 6 liptars for only 50 bucks, which is a total steal! Buy them HERE

The first 6 pack is the Primary Mix Masters which has:

STALKER, TRAFFIC, RX, TARRED, DANGEROUS, FEATHERED

The second 6 pack is the  Beyond Pastel which has:

TONE, PLUM, PAGEANT, VAPID, LO-FI, CHA CHA

The last 6 pack is Not-Of-This-Earth-Tones which has:

CONQUEST, PETTY BEIGE, ANALOG, RED IO, MELANGE, UBER

Which pack is your favorite?  I can’t decide, and think I will get all of them! Luckily I only have 1 color out of all 18 colors offered. Let me know if any of you get the packs and how you like your new lip tars!

Another OCC/Lip tar swatch post, and review can be expected shortly this time I will focus on the customer service, shipping etc from OCC as I have never ordered directly from the site before!

Ciao

Lime Crime and Naimies Pro Discounts

If you haven’t allready seen my extensive list of Pro Discounts, please go the sidebar and click the discounts category.  I have two more Pro Discounts to add to the list!

I have yet to put either into use but I thought I would share them with you considering they are pretty easy to get and I know they will come in handy in the next few weeks!

The first one which I am sure many of you all ready have is

 

Disclaimer** Lime crime has cancelled the pro discount read more about it here : https://misvie.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/lime-crime-cancels-pro-discount/

LIME CRIME :

 I have linked you directly to their pro page.  Lime Crimes discount is one of the easier ones to get, all you need is your name, email, and website/online portfolio.  You must also include a message, I just talked about the kind of work I did, where I had been published etc.

The Lime Crime discount gives you 35% off discount to any/all working makeup artists, for all their products that you order off their website.  Pretty darn good considering their products are pretty nicely priced anyway!  I can’t wait to get my hands on some of their creamy opaque lipsticks, and magic dusts.

The other discount which I am even more excited about is

NAIMIE’S BEAUTY CENTER

Naimie’s Beauty Center is a store located in California, which carries various top quality brands of makeup such as MUFE, Nars, Ben Nye, Cover FX, Temptu etc.  Luckily for me and well everyone else who lives outside of Cali, they have an online store and you can call their store and place orders which they will then ship to you. The discounts are pretty amazing, as you can get pretty much anything you need.  For some of the products like the MUFE, and Nars you have to call the store to place your orders!

For this discount you must Provide a copy of your picture ID and at least three of the following: business card, tear sheet or editorial page with name credit, agency information, call sheet with your name listed as the hairstylist or makeup artist, a website that promotes your work, state license, and portfolio.

Which once again isn’t terribly hard, I did business card, tear sheet, and website.

Here is the discount breakdown!

Discount on most brands         20%
Hairdo  30%
HairUWear -POP  30%
Temptu (sets & kits 20%)        30%
Bobbi Brown     40%
Cover FX        40%
Croc    40%
DEX New York    40%
DuWop   40%
Ego Hair Tools  40%
Eve Pearl       40%
GHD     40%
Izunami Irons   40%
Jane Iredale    40%
Je Veux Hair Care       40%
Joe Blasco      40%
Jonathan        40%
Kim Vo  40%
Lise Watier     40%
Lorac   40%
Macademia Oil   40%
Make Up For Ever 40%
Marco Pelusi    40%
OPI Lacquer     40%
Osmo    40%
Smashbox        40%
Stila   40%

If you have any questions about Pro Discounts let me know, and I will do my best to search them out for you!

Throw out your sponges Merle Norman!

Though I am a makeup artist, I often neglect my eyebrows.  I don’t like to pluck them myself, and I just am so busy sometimes I don’t get them done for a couple months.  Luckily I have been blessed with some pretty nice brows, good arches all that jazz.

When I do get them done, I like to get them waxed.  I used to get them threaded, which in my opinion actually delivers the very best results, however I totally can not handle the pain. SO, I like to get them waxed, and when I get them waxed I don’t mind spending a little extra money to hopefully get the very best.

I mean I know I can get my eyebrows done for 4 dollars, but on Friday I opted instead to pay 17$ at Merle Norman for what I hoped would be a quick, but satisfying experience.

It all started out fine, the girl who helped me was nice enough, told me about her school experience, we small talked, she worked away, trimming, plucking, waxing. She was a bit of a perfectionist and studied my brows intently after she finished making sure they were perfect, and to her credit they look pretty damn good.

Unfortunately, she had to offer to cover my red forehead up with a little foundation. Unfortunately, I had to agree thinking all the while “how nice, how nice, how nice.”  Unfortunately, the sponge she started to apply the foundation with looked like it had been dipped in a vat of foundation, and it was obvious by the foundation almost dripping of it, that it had been used on at least 20 faces other then mine.

My sponges don’t look like that after using it on set touching up a model for 12 hours, let alone my personal sponges which I sometimes use for a whole week straight on myself.

Needless to say I was disgusted! I stopped her half way through, paid, left and went and bought facial wipes at the grocery store across the way and vigorously scrubbed my brows worried about all sorts of skin diseases, remembering all the horror stories I had heard before.

Luckily, my forehead isn’t rotting off. But, Merle Norman did lose a customer. I will never go back there again.  Maybe being a makeup artist has made me a bit of a germaphobe. I do hand sanitize every 5 minutes when working on models, I do religiously spray all my makeup with 70% and 90% alcohol. I do clean my brushes before every shoot, and in between every model. I do make sure to clean out my kit every 6 months and throw out everything that needs to be. Frankly I think that is pretty standard, and if you don’t do those things you are abusing your right to apply makeup.

I don’t think its too much to ask, so I am just going to say it

THROW OUT YOUR SPONGES MERLE NORMAN!

A truly stained lip!

Yesterday I was doing some lip tar swatches on my lips for you guys because I had gotten a few new colors and had never done proper on lip swatches.  My idea for this post quickly changed when I finished the last swatch, sat around for a bit and then spent 15 minutes trying to scrub the hot pink color anime off my lips.

I was extremely unsuccessful to say the least.

This forced me to pose the question, how long is too long for a long lasting lip stick. I know lip tars really are pure pigment, and I know not all of them last this long and they really are an all around fantastic product.

However, I know I have used this color before in photo shoots, and recently reading a  models blog I worked with, noticed she mentioned that the  color I used on her lips, didn’t come off for a WEEK!

I don’t know about regular people, but when you are a signed working model as well as a law school student having hot pink lips for a week can be one heck of a problem.

Needless to say, my lips are still stained hot pink.The color is still pretty bright on my lips.  I have scrubbed my lips until they were raw, with vaseline, makeup remover, and olive oil. I have eaten dinner, eaten a truly fantastic mango melona bar for desert, and had a nice long sleep.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to curtail this stained pink madness?  I use the clear liptar under other liptars which should help but clearly doesn’t, if you use chapstick underneath the liptars just slide around all over the place.  What else can you do?  If I find out, I will let you know…..

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils

Want to know my secret to the perfect smokey eye?

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils is definitely one of them! These fat little pencils are a god send from the makeup geniuses that run NYX cosmetics.

I don’t know if you have tried their products yet, extremely affordable, extremely pigmented and workable, great on camera. I have quite a few NYX cosmetics running rampant through my makeup kit and work. I use everything from their shadows, to their lipsticks, to their lip liners and contour creams.

But today it is all about their Jumbo Eye Pencils!

The first time I heard about this product was actually through a you tube makeup tutorial (I can’t for the life of me remember which one) where the girl used the color milk as a base for her purple eyeshadow. The second time was in makeup school where my friend and fellow artist  Samantha Caporusso was using black bean as the base for her models evening smokey eye.

BAM! Lightbulb! I immediately went out and bought a handful of these pencils.  They are extremely pigmented, and emollient. They will help your eyeshadow out, and really bring on the pigment.  They are also great for face painting, and dramatic complicated makeups. Just draw it on and set with a similar colored eyeshadow! I use them for highlighting the face as well.

Some people have reported creasing with this product.  The pencils as I mentioned above are extremely emollient, so if applied incorrectly this could be a problem.

However for example with a smokey eye, I start at the lash line and apply a swipe of black bean, I then take a mini smudger brush and blend the product upwards in the general shape I want my smokey eye, until there is just a thin smokey layer of product.  Not only does this prevent creasing and increase longevity, it gives me a good guide for applying the shadow, and increases the sultry smokiness.

The only con for this product I can think of, is due to their size I have not found any sharpener except for the one sold by NYX that will work!  Other brands jumbo pencil sharpeners just aren’t big enough, so keep that in mind when you are buying!

However, these pencils are only $4.50 a pop on the NYX website so I can afford to buy one more sharpener.

This product gets a 9/10 for me!

Below I have included two swatches from a couple of my favorite pencils, #601 black bean and #618 purple.  With and without flash.  Maybe I will do a look using one or both in the near future.

Reverie Magazine In Beauty

I haven’t been keeping up with my posts lately.  In fact I haven’t posted in months and months.  I have been so busy finishing school, and really making a fresh firm jump with my career.

I was recently featured in Reverie Magazines: In Beauty Issue.  Ten page editorial, which was shot with the wonderful Jessica Luch as the photographer.  I was also featured with another 10 pages in the same magazine, for a beauty Q&A!

That’s right folks a 20 page spread for yours truly, and my first time being in print.

We shot at whitebox, which is a truly fantastic studio in Richmond, BC.  We worked with a local jewellery designer who creates aroha silhouettes,  the photos are also being featured as the new head banner on aroha silhouettes website.

Photos below!

More exciting news and product reviews to come..

I PROMISE!

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