#BizTalk – Late Pass – IMATS LA 2017

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line around the building for opening day of IMATS LA 2017…


I’m late…

This was originally going to be a #MakeupMonday – Makeup Short Notes post, but as I was writing it became clear that my notes were no longer short. So IMATS LA 2017 will be its own post, and we’ll hit the Makeup Short Notes on Monday.

IMATS LA 2017 took place this past January, and while it was not as amazing for me as last year was, it was a highly enjoyable, well produced show. The caliber of the vendors was overall very good, and the caliber of the education was excellent. Even in the “Influencers” hall – which I found quite spookadelic last year – there was education that was accessible to the consumer audience, but still relevant to the pros.

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Sir John Keynote and demo

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Sir John’s second model


Sir John – of Beyonce’s Makeup Artist fame – was more awesome than I even hoped he would be. I’ve been a fan of his makeup for a while as his aesthetic is similar to mine – he even said a lot of things I’ve heard myself say in my classes – and I was pleased to see that he has a wonderful personality to match. No matter how simple the question, Sir John was energetic, engaging, encouraging and NEVER condescending. He truly wanted to teach and share information. All while doing not one, but TWO great makeup demos. Impressive! (follow him on Instagram @sirjohnofficial)

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Senior MAC artist Fatima Thomas “Contemporary Beauty for Women of Color”


On the flipside, I was completely UNfamiliar with MAC Senior Artist Fatima Thomas before her demo, and I walked away a fan. In addition to being an excellent artist and doing a beautiful demo, she gave a lot of technical knowledge in her talk. She is an EXCELLENT teacher. Lighting, temperature, hues, tone, color theory all played heavily in her demo. Those who kept their ears open walked away from the demo enlightened.

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Ashley Rudder of MAC Cosmetics “Eras Reinterpreted” demo

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finishing touches on Eras Reinterpreted demo


MAC Senior Artist Ashley Rudder’s demo met at the cross section of art and fashion as she worked through a highly modernized Elizabethan makeup design. I’d forgotten that MAC has some interesting, non-traditional products available in the MAC PRO line. I walked away with some new thoughts on product usage.

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Jordan Liberty “Beauty of Restraint” demo

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Artist Jordan Liberty is known for his modern “Glam” style and in his demo he walked through achieving a Glam look without going overboard. The end result was definitely still Glam complete with his signature glossy eyelids, but still fresh and pretty.

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Sam Fine Keynote and demo

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I’ve seen Sam Fine in demo about 12-trillion times and this last time it really dawned on me how unique and “his own” his style is. Everything from the way he uses product to the tools he uses (including an all-important Tupperware™ lid) is just nothing like what I’ve ever seen any other artist do. Maybe that’s why I keep sitting in on his demos whenever I have the opportunity. In an industry where folks are described as one of a kind pretty regularly, Sam Fine is truly One Of A Kind. And his work and career speak for themselves.

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a whole lotta film makeup fire power on one stage – Lost Boys 30 year reunion


On a very different note from what I’m usually into and what I usually discuss here on el blog, IMATS celebrated the 30-year reunion of the film “The Lost Boys” by having a Keynote panel featuring some of the actors from the film and the makeup artists who created the looks for the film. For those of us “of a certain age” The Lost Boys was That Movie; everyone saw it, everyone talked about it… even scare-dee-cat me who NEVER watches any kind of even slightly scary movie went and saw it in the theatre (eyes covered a lot of the time but still, I was there!). What I didn’t think about until this panel was how that movie completely changed the aesthetic of the Vampire genre, period. With one movie it went from the old Nosferatu “I vant to drink your blood”, Transylvania scary guy Vampire, to the young, sexy Vampire aesthetic we have now (if you’re wondering, yes, Lost Boys pre-dates the film adaptation of Interview with a Vampire by 11 years). So if you’re a fan of True Bood, Twilight, etc. you owe a lot of that to Lost Boys. Thank you to make-up artists Ve Neill, Greg Cannom (who was my Spirit Brother on the panel), and Steve LaPorte for sharing stories and insights.

Other Sights and Sounds

Aside from the education, the other (probably main for most folks) draw at IMATS is of course the shopping. I didn’t do too much damage this year, but for me as a Pro it is important for me to visit my vendors and peers, and as a FAN of makeup I always like to see what fun stuff is being created. Also, hanging out with my makeup homies is always the best part of any trade show. Shout Out to Eizabeth Fox (Instagram @lizzyfoxmakeup) for hanging with me. It was fab! πŸ˜€

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The actor underneath this makeup is in his mid-30s

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someone forgot to put their face on before the show!

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my former student Priscilla (@prisgutierrez) now works with the Eve Pearl line…

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my former student Mindy werkin’ it out for Frends Beauty

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the pro-sumer brands were doing swift business…

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new Senna Cosmetics brow powder pencils. Senna’s Taupe and Blonde pencils are some of the most truthiest #Truth products in all of makeup


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Cozzette powder palettes


My “Haul”

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Thank you to Make Up For Ever, Lemonhead LA, Embryolisse, Royal Langenickel and Poise Professional for your generosity! Be sure to follow these brands on social media, and buy and #supportthebrandsthatsupportproartists

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Mehron Mixing Medium, Parian Spirit brush cleaner, and a few brushes from Crown Brush


The 2nd to last photo are items I was gifted, the last photo is of the items I purchased. As always, I don’t do “first impression” reviews so keep your eyes out on full product reviews as I’ve had the chance to actually use things (except for Parian Spirit which we all already know I consider to be #TheTruth).

Thanks much to Michael Key and the IMATS staff for always listing to the community and putting on a high quality event! πŸ˜€
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Skinwerks Make Up For Ever Ultra HD

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Please Note: I was given these items as Gratis for a job I was doing in my work as a makeup artist. This is not a sponsored review post, in fact Make Up For Ever does not know this post is happening (until I tell them about it). πŸ™‚


For a beauty makeup artist, skin is everything…

so I’m starting a new series here on the blog called “Skinwerks”. A play on both “skin work” – which is all the foundational elements of doing a makeup – and “Makeupwerks” which is my portfolio website for my work as a makeup artist. Clever, no? No? Well anyway…

I get asked a lot why I have so many different foundations. Well, for a beauty makeup artist I cannot imagine that there is anything more important than the skin work (which is why I also have a lot of different skincare). All the colorful eyes, sculpted cheeks and fierce lips won’t pop against a bad complexion. And by bad complexion I do not mean skin that is broken out, etc. Those things can be fixed with proper skin work. By bad complexion I mean wrong foundation match, wrong product use for the skin that is being worked on, heavy-handed cakiness, etc. etc. This is PARTICULARLY true if any kind of photography is part of the equation! I previously did a post on Foundations and it was a popular post, so I want to go a bit more in-depth and talk about my old loves and new discoveries.

What Am I Looking For In A Foundation?

When I’m looking at a foundation, I’m evaluating;

– Color range: Does it have a wide range of colors and undertones for all skin tones?
– Coverage: Sheer, Medium (my favorite), or Full and is the coverage buildable?
– Finish: I’ll explain more in-depth in a future post but basically the Finish refers to how the foundation looks once it’s set.
– Wear: How long does it last?

To start this column, we’re looking at Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation and the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer (and as a bonus, the MUFE Pro Sculpting Palette for contour and highlight), which I’ve recently re-discovered.

Skinwerks Make Up For Ever Ultra HD

PROS
– Foundation: Medium coverage, easily buildable to Full coverage
– Foundation: Excellent color range
– Foundation: Lotion-weight liquid formula
– Concealer: Covers and corrects in one
– Concealer: lightweight texture
– Concealer: good coverage
– All Three: Readily available at Sephora

CONS
– Foundation: finishes a little matte, but is adjustable
– Concealer: Could offer a few more shades on the very fair and very deep end
– Sculpting Palette: Seems to run a bit warm

Both the MUFE HD liquid foundation and concealer were reformulated in 2015 due to the advancements in HD camera technology. The Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation was reformulated into a lighter “lotion” weight liquid that still maintains the level of pigmentation necessary for HD photography. However, it is also an excellent – and popular – option for personal use as the HD formulation is water based, and has illuminating properties so it doesn’t look “flat”.

As much as I like the new formula foundation, the new formula Ultra HD concealer is phenomenal. Phenomenal. It’s super lightweight and at first glance it looks like it would do absolutely nothing. YET when applied it both covers and corrects while still leaving the area looking like SKIN.

Lastly, my preference is to also do any contouring that I plan to do during my initial skin work so that it looks like skin and less heavy than some of the contouring you might see online. Therefore, as I’ve had the Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Face Palette for a little while, I decided to throw it into this demo as well.

My friend Erin was so kind as to be my model for this trial so let’s take a look…

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clean face…as you can see Erin has fab skin already…as you can also see, she is a nut. We were laughing about something…


So here’s our before. Erin is about my age and we’ve been friends for about 572 years. She’s a former private chef, now starting a counseling practice, wife and mom, and all around badass chick. As you can see Erin has pretty, clear skin without a lot of skin issues. Just the standard redness between the brows, over the cheeks, around the nose and on the chin. As I started working on her I also remembered that her skin tends to run a bit on the dry side. ALSO as I started working on her I realized that she has almost NO discoloration under her eyes?!?! So instead of going for a lot of correction, I went for a more brightening effect to make her eyes pop.

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Foundation Only


COLOR(S) USED: Y245 (with a drop of R250 added)

Honestly, I did not care for the original HD foundation formulation at all. It was too opaque and too matte, in my opinion. I certainly would not have used it on anyone with drier skin or who has any texture in their skin as – in my experiences with it – the original formula settled and created more texture.

Erin doesn’t have discoloration, breakouts, etc. to deal with but like I mentioned her skin runs a tad dry and she does have a few fine lines. Therefore it’s important that any foundation she might use doesn’t settle and increase skin texture. As you can see, this new formula MUFE Ultra HD does not do that. When initially applied, it gives a Medium coverage that evens out skin without looking cakey, which is what we want. I’d call this kind of finish “skin realistic”. It just looks like you/your model/your talent has really great skin but without looking overly matte or overly sheeny. This type of finish is perfect for film and TV and it’s also what (I find) most women want to look like in their everyday lives.

PRO TIP / TECH TALK: I’ve used this foundation on a few jobs now and it is also quite malleable. For my commercial/lifestyle/fashion I tend to actually want a more sheeny finish, and I have been able to easily make that happen with the right skin prep. And in the event I want it to go more Full coverage, I just let the initial layer set and go back over it with another layer.

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No foundation or concealer

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Foundation-d and Concealer-d


COLOR(S) USED: Y21

It was hard to photograph the addition of the concealer since Erin does not have the courtesy of having visible discoloration under the eyes. πŸ˜‰ On her I used a slightly lighter-than-normal color to brighten which is a trick I do a lot both for private clients and for photography. What I really wanted to illustrate was how it does NOT look like concealer AT ALL. Nor did it settle into under-eye lines and create unwanted texture. This is a truly excellent formulation.

PRO TIP: If I were trying to just correct and conceal instead of brighten I probably would have used Y31 or Y33

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Hmmm…that’s quite warm for a contour…


COLOR(S) USED: Contour color only

If I’m going to do any contouring, which for photography I usually do, now is the time. So here I’ve introduced the contour color from the sculpting palette. See how red it looks? That’s n’good. Shadows are not red, and when you are adding contour and highlight you’re basically adjusting shadow and light on the face to accentuate the bone structure.

The whole palette looks really red to me

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not entirely sure what to do with the color on the far right…

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Highlight, Contour, Illuminizer, Color (blush, maybe?)


In fairness, they do make different palettes for different skin tones, so it may just be this Tan Skin (#40) palette that looks super red. I’ll have to go take a look at the others.

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the Fabulous miss Erin


Here is miss Erin once everything is blended and buffed. Super pretty, right? I did not use any powder on her so it’s worth nothing that once totally set the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation goes a bit more matte. This makes sense for HD and it also increases its length of wear for both professional and personal use. And if you’re wondering if this product works for all skin tones, the answer is a resounding YES. Make Up For Ever has always been one of the best in terms of including foundations and concealers for ALL (I used to use their Modeling Fluide foundation on myself back in 1812). The HD foundation comes in a whopping 40 shades broken down by undertone – R is for red based, Y is for yellow based – and depth of shade with 1 being the lighter shades and 5 being the deepest shades. 180/R530, for example, is a red-based brown that’s fabulous on folks in my complexion range. The HD concealers come in 11 shades – including an orange corrector shade. Like I mentioned they could stand to add a very fair shade and a couple of deeper shades.

Since being given these products for a recent job, I’ve used the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation and Concealer pretty often and on a wide variety of jobs from commercial, to fashion (I made the finish more sheeny), to private clientele. They’ve definitely made the rotation! (NOTE: There is also a recently introduced Ultra HD Stick foundation, but I haven’t tried that one yet so I’ll get to it in an upcoming post.)

Have you tried the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Liquid Foundation or Concealer? Whatd Ya Think? Let me know in comments. And if you have Foundation/Concealer questions, let me know in Comments and I’ll hit it in a future Skinwerks. πŸ™‚

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#MakeupMonday – Anatomy of a Kit Prep

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…One thing about being a freelance makeup artist…

is that two days are rarely ever the same. If you follow my makeup artist feed on Instagram, you’ve seen many posts of my various makeup kits and set-ups. More often than not I am carrying this kit because I’m working with one of my commercial clients and my needs are smaller and I can carry a more curated kit. Every once in a while, however, I need to carry the entire kit and caboodle, so to speak. This requires some kit prep in order to be ready for my gig.

There are certain things I ALWAYS do before a job, and some things that I do that are specific to the job I’m working on.

Kit Prep I Always Do BEFORE A Job
– Wash makeup brushes
Barbicide Hair Brushes/Tools
– Wipe down palette surfaces and lotion/bottle openings with alcohol
– restock liquids and consumables (alcohol, brush cleaner, tissues, sponges, cotton swabs, etc.)

notice how all but one pertains to kit sanitation, which as I mentioned in a past post I take very seriously. I need everything to be clean, dry and ready BEFORE I show up for a job therefore I generally take care of all of these things when I get home from my previous job (i.e. – I did all of this Friday night so that come Sunday morning everything was dry and ready).

On Emmys weekend I was booked to work with the brand Gwynnie Bee on a combo photoshoot/Emmys watch party. Major influencers were there along with two major celebs so it was a high profile event. Nothing I haven’t done before, however, I’d not worked with this client before and I also wasn’t entirely sure how many talent I would ultimately end up working on. Therefore, I also had special kit prep for this specific job. This was one of those jobs where I had to a) have Top Shelf product b ) my presentation had to be on point (which it should be at all times anyway), and C ) I had to be prepared for any and everything.

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LORAC PRO eyeshadow palettes 1 & 2 depotted into Make Up For Ever large empty palette
Something I’ve wanted to do for more than a minute is depot anything that’s currently in a retail palette/package into a Pro empty palette. Why? First of all, space. When you’ve gotta bring the kitchen sink you need as much product to fit into as compact a space as possible. It’s also easier to see what I have in a palette like this as opposed to 50-lebbin little individual palettes. Secondly, on the real, retail packaging was not meant for the abuse of traveling around in a pro kit and they usually end up looking like crap. Look at those LORAC palettes and then look at the Make Up For Ever palette. Which one looks better? Yeah. Presentation matters.

PRO TIP: The LORACs came out easily because the body is cardboard and foam. For products in plastic packaging you will need more finesse so as to not damage your product.

PRO TIP 2: Non-pros; make a palette out of your powders and creams (eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, highlighters, etc) and packing your makeup for trips will be a breeze!

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NARS Blushes in NARS Small Pro Palette
Likewise, as I’ve mentioned in numerous past posts, I needed to get it together with my blush choices for deep complexions. This palette was the Belle of the Ball as many of the influencers fell into the color range and I thoroughly enjoyed showing them how to play with blush colors to get different effects. As mentioned in my SF Haul post, the powder colors are Desire, Taj Mahal, Exhibit A and Seduction. In addition I added two cream blushes; Enchanted – which I love as a subtle highlight on pretty much every skin tone, and the mighty Montenegro which is just Flat. Out. Gorgeous.

DEPRESSING NEWS: Typical NARS-ness, they seem to have discontinued their cream blushes. πŸ™ If you find them on eBay or somewhere, nab them. And add Penny Lane, too.

PRO TIP: I always label my palettes. A ) so I know what’s in it, but also B ) I love everyone but I want it to be clear that this item belongs to me. This is particularly important when you’re working in close quarters with other artists.

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Kit Organized into individual ZUCA Utility Pouches
Once I have everything streamlined and organized, it’s time to pack it up. I know some artists just put things wherever in their kits and I don’t judge (well, maybe a little….OK I do…), but I cannot work that way. It slows me down too much if I have to look for things, so I compartmentalize HARD CORE. Every category has its own bag, that way when I get to location and see where I’m going to be set up I only pull out what I need and I can leave the rest on standby. Pictured here are my foundation/concealer bag, color products bag, and my eyelashes bag which saw a LOT of action on this job! Other main compartment bags in my kit are skincare, powders, cream blushes, and pencils. And actually right after this job I ordered another ZUCA pouch so I can split up the color products (one for eyes, one for cheeks/lips).

And the final outcome…

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Lean, mean, makeup machine. Not pictured is my suitcase which I was able to put neatly under my worktable in the event I needed something that I didn’t pull out of my kit. Different jobs require different kits but one thing remains the same: A well-prepped kit = a happy makeup artist.

PRO TIP: It is INCREDIBLY important to be clean, organized and efficient on your jobs, but particularly those with high profile clients.

PRO TIP 2: MANY MANY THANKS to Make Up For Ever for providing product for me for this event!

Do you change kits depending on your jobs or does your kit remain the same? How to you prep before your jobs?

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#MakeupMonday – Makeup Short Notes March 2015

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Burberry Lip Glow Balm


Howdy folks. Here’s my Makeup Short Notes March 2015

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1 ) Marc Jacobs Beauty – Remedy Concealer Pen

This past January I had the pleasure of working with fab Seattle/Bay Area makeup artist Alyx Bisler. One of the most fun aspects of working with another artist is seeing what he/she carries in his or her kit. Alyx introduced me to many fab things, but the fabbest by far was this Marc Jacobs Beauty concealer pen. Like YSL’s Touche Eclat and Givenchy’s Mister Light Instant Light Pen, the Remedy Pen brightens as well as conceals. The skincare friendly formula also hydrates for a gorgeous, never cakey, skin-finish. I just wrote in my last post about how much I love Givenchy’s Mister Light pen – and I do – but the Remedy Pen is a definite contender. So far I have #3 Up All Night and #7 Past Curfew, and I plan to add more.

SIDENOTE: In addition to being an amazing makeup artist, Alyx is a ridiculous illustrator specializing in face charts. His face charts have to be seen to be believed, so visit him on Instagram @fiftylashes

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2 ) Tarte Cosmetics – Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel
A litte while ago I mentioned that I had the good fortunte to be able to attend an event hosted by Tarte Cosmetics to introduce some new products. It’s taken me a minute, but I have finally started using the Clay Tinted Brow Gel and I love it. If you are NOT the kind of woman who wants super filled in/manicured brows and would prefer instead a more natural brow that’s just well groomed, this is the product for you. This gives hold and subtle fill/definition, and that’s it. For the pro makeup artist this is great for kids/men’s grooming, lifestyle, or anywhere you want the brow to look groomed but natural. Not everyone wants, nor is it always the time for, “brows on fleek”. (I like this product for myself as well)

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3 ) Camera Ready Cosmetics – Camera Ready Eye Primer
This past IMATS LA I had the pleasure of running into miss Mary Erickson – Founder of Camera Ready Cosmetics – herself. Normally she’s so busy she’s not usually at her booth, but this time she was and she shared with me her new Camera Ready Eye Primer. It’s great. As you know, I’m not a fan of the really aggressive eye primers on the market. They do work, but they dry out the eyelids something fierce which I’d rather avoid. The CRC eye primer holds the product in place and extends the wear WITHOUT causing dry-ness which is important for folks with dry skin, mature skin folks, etc. The Bonus? It’s less expensive than either of the two eye primers I currently use. So if you are looking for a cost effective alternative to the “big name” primers out there, look no further.

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4 ) Burberry Beauty – Lip Glow Balm

Quietly, under the radar while you weren’t looking, Burberry – the longtime British clothing company – has developed a BOMB cosmetics line. I love it. Love. It. I particularly love their lippy products and in a world of seemingly non-stop opaque, matte lip colors, the Lip Glow Balm is a refreshing (literally) change. Unlike their drying matte cousins, these are fabulously hydrating and moisturizing while providing a fresh pop of sheer yet buildable color. Quite frankly, I think these types of formulations are what more women – myself included – want to wear most of the time. All of the colors are Gorg, but you know me and my Coral fixation so I’m partial to Orange-Poppy 1.

#MakeupMonday – Awards Tour Arsenal

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My clients Bethany Gaeber (writer) and Janelle Gaeber (producer) at the Academy Awards. (not sure who the fab gentleman is…)


This past weekend – specifically the Academy Awards – marked the conclusion of what is known as Awards Season.

There will be other shows that come up here and there throughout the year, but the back-to-back nonstop crazy is done for 2015. Over the years – while I am not a celebrity artist per se – I have become increasingly involved with the Awards Show scene. There are lots of women (and men) who have to attend these events besides just the celebrities. Most of my clients are producers, writers, etc. many of whom have been nominees and a few of whom have been winners. So while they may not be household names to the home awards show viewer they are known in their profession, they attend all of the events, and they get their photos taken. Hence they, too, need to look their absolute best!

My primary concern when doing makeup for events such as these is not only do they need to look beautiful, but their makeup needs to go the distance. I’ve previously written on event makeup techniques and what products I use but times change and so do I. Here were my MVPs (Most Valuable Products, of course πŸ˜‰ ) in my 2015 Awards Tour arsenal.

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Embryolisse – Lait Creme ConcentrΓ© / Skindinavia – Makeup Finishing Spray / Face Atelier – Ultra Matte

I am grouping these three together because they are such absolute kit essentials and I have mentioned them many times before. Embryolisse (or an equivalent, solid moisturizer) is VITAL for a successful makeup application and – even though this may go against conventional wisdom – VITAL when I want makeup to last a long time. Why? Dry skin eats makeup. Before applying any makeup the skin must be hydrated, and hydrated well.

The Skindinavia Finishing Spray and Face Atelier Ultra Matte sprays are applied at the end of the makeup to add another layer of defense to help the makeup application last for as long as possible. While they each work differently to address different issues (hence I have and use both), both leave the skin with a natural finish (not too matte and not tight/hairspray-ish) and keep the makeup looking even and flawless. I tend to use the Ultra Matte more on men than on women, but it works well on anyone with oiler skin (I use it on myself).


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Hourglass Cosmetics – Veil Mineral Primer

This awards season, I had to replace the fabulous NARS Pro-Prime Smoothing Face Prep primer which I used to love but which NARS discontinued. πŸ™ Most primers on the market are concerned with keeping the skin matte and lengthening the wear of your makeup application. In addition to that a really good primer creates an overall smooth skin surface on which to apply makeup, hence it should also be able to also deal with fine lines and minor discolorations. I am also partial to hydrating primers that mattify without drying the skin, as most of my clients for these affairs are not 19-year old models. Everything you’ve heard about the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is true and then some. It creates a beautiful finish, lengthens the life of any makeup application, has a light SPF (but it’s never caused a TD reaction for me thus far), and it even repels water (no perspiration ruined makeup!). It is pricey, but this is a superlative product.


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Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat

I am pretty sure I’ve mentioned this product before, but I’m mentioning it again. Events such as these – much like Bridal – can be emotional for the attendees. No woman wants the camera to catch them with raccoon eyes from tearing up – much less on a national (and International) broadcast – however, I do not generally care for waterproof mascaras. They tend to be gloopy but then dry weird and flake and just cause me problems I’d rather not deal with, particularly in a circumstance where I am not present to do touch ups. Therefore I LOVE this Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat which I apply over any mascara I like to create a waterproof shield.


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Dedra Beauty Creme Foundation Stick

Dedra Beauty’s Creme Foundation Stick is fast becoming my favorite cream foundation, there I said it. It is so versatile, has a fabulous range of colors (the most recent formula update brought back the colors for deeper complexions – YAY!), gives such good coverage and has such a wonderful finish that I find myself reaching for it time and time again. What’s more is I love having a pro-quality foundation that I can recommend to clients for their own use. Most pro brands are too complicated to explain and too difficult for the non-pro to purchase and use. With Dedra Beauty I can just tell my client what color I used and send them to the website. Perfection!


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Givenchy Mister Light Instant Light Corrector Pen

After I use whatever regular corrective concealer I’m using in the under-eye area, I always like to go over with a bit of an illuminating concealer for a bit of pop. I know many love YSL’s Touche Eclat, but I’ve always been partial to Givenchy’s Mister Light. I find it gives a bit more actual coverage while still providing that perfect touch of luminosity.


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Glam Kitti

This is a brand-new entry into my Award Tour arsenal, and boy did I LOVE having it. One of the chores for both makeup artists and clients alike is figuring out how the client going to touch up her makeup once she’s at the event. Over the years makeup artists have utilized various clumsy methods (little jars, miniature products, etc.) but now at last we can make our clients a little chic compact of exactly what we used. Glam Kitty has space for up to 6 cream products, a little area for powder with powder puff, and blotting tissues. All in a chic little mirrored compact. When your client is done with it, it’s disposable (and actually I think it would be recyclable). This made the lives of myself and my clients so much easier I can’t even say. I plan to order a bunch more for the various private clients I do throughout the year. And needless to say I will stock up for Awards Tour 2016!