#MakeupMonday – Makeup Short Notes March 2016

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blurry me on Sunset Blvd. wearing Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo lip color in “Histoire”


Howdy folks. And once again, we’re back!

There’s a lot going on in the background of Makeup to Go these days, more on that to be announced at later dates. In the meantime, la vida makeup continua and I’ve had the opportunity to try lots o’ new product. Here, then, are my Makeup Short Notes March 2016

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1 ) Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Lipshine

I recently attended the “I Love Coco” event taking place in Los Angeles. The point of the event was to introduce new products in the Chanel color line via a style lounge with drinks, mingling and little mini-makeovers. There was – unsurprisingly – a wait to get a mani as Chanel nailpolishes are INCREDIBLE, but surprisingly there wasn’t much of a wait in the makeup room. I decided to try the new Rouge Stylo lipsticks. If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw the above blurriness when I first posted it right after the event. (…my skin looks good tho. I’m not wearing any face makeup in that pic. (take care of your skin, folks!).

Rouge Stylo comes in 8 shades and anyone who knows me knows that IF I am going to bother wearing lipstick, it’s going to be red, so we selected “Histoire” for my mini-makeover. In the tube this looked like it was going to be too orange-y but it was actually a nice true red which would be wearable for a variety of skintones (even tho I’m Black, I’m COOL not warm, and too warm colors look ashy/funky on me). The formula was very creamy and comfortable to wear yet lasted the entire rest of my day (I had a client later that evening and she remarked on my super-fly lip color). At $37 this is a bit of an investment, but like most Chanel it is an investment worth making. I purchased “Histore” for my personal use and I plan to buy the full set of colors for my celeb kit.

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2 ) Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer

I am extremely picky about concealers, particularly for use under the eye. When it comes to concealing you can color correct a problem or you can mask a problem by covering over it. Generally speaking, I like products that can do both hence I need less product and there’s less chance of slippage, cracking, cakiness, etc. This new iteration of the HD concealer by Make Up For Ever comes in the liqui-cream texture that I like for concealers. It is highly pigmented to give adequate coverage, but it is a more flexible formula that is less likely to crease and go crazy when used under the eyes (which means it would be totally fine on other parts of the face). By Makeup For Ever’s description, the “R”s are color correcting and the “Y”s are concealing so that would be the only drawback as – again – I prefer one product to do both. But upon initial usage I was impressed with the texture and the wear so I will continue to give this product a shot.

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3 ) Micro Mini Correct Four Set

On the topic of correcting and concealing, Beauty Blender has introduced a micro.mini.correct.four set designed to make the task of concealing and correcting a little bit easier. The micro mini beauty blenders came on the scene a couple of years or so ago as a companion piece for the regular Beauty Blender. The micros are designed to fit into all of the nooks and crannies (corners of the eyes, around the nose, etc.) where a regular sized Blender might be more awkward to use.

I’m including this set for all the non-pro Makeup to Go readers in the house. Correctors (yellow, orange, green, lavender, and sometimes pink) have been in use by pros for eons, but they have been making their way slowly but surely into the consumer market. In fact both Smashbox and Urban Decay have recently introduced easy-to-use corrector products. What I like about the mini correct four set is you can coordinate your sponge with your corrector. That sounds silly, but its really REALLY important to use correctors correctly or they just look wrong. Manys the time I’ve seen a woman walking around with visible green on her face and that’s just Le Sad.

PRO TIP: If you’re confused about concealing/correcting, fear not! A visual tutorial is coming soon!

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4 ) Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

Every time I get out, something pulls me back in… Like many “makeup artists of a certain age”, I have a love/notasmuchinlove relationship with MAC Cosmetics these days. They are certainly a very different company than they were back in the pre-Estee Lauder days, that’s for sure. That said, while it may be shocking to some folks that I’m talking about a MAC product, they’ve never fully left my kit in fact MAC makes a couple of absolute Holy Grail products that never leave my kit. One of the notasmuchinlove areas for me with MAC has always been their foundations, largely because there is a very particular finish I am looking to achieve with foundation and I do not – even though I know its the trend nowadays – care for full coverage foundation. A few years ago MAC reformulated the Face and Body foundation and it is just absolutely gorg, so I was open to the possibility of trying a MAC foundation, particularly a liquid. Enter the Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation. It is a silicone based foundation, which we all know I love, so I loved the finish and the wear of the product. MAC claims that this product is waterproof, transfer-proof, and can last for as long as 24 hours. Well folks, based on my initial usage I’m inclined to believe it. I used this on a very high-energy performer. The first time I did his grooming I was panicked about product breakdown but fortunately I’d used a good setting spray. This time around I knew the drill. The waterproof formula didn’t breakdown, didn’t get chalky or cakey, and my client didn’t look rode hard and brought home wet after his performance. A quick touch up with powder and he was able to take his seat and look good for the remainder of the show taping. If it can last after dancing around under TV studio lighting, it can make it through anyone’s day.

PRO TIP: My client is a deeper-complexioned African American. The color range for people of color in this product is excellent.

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5 ) Bare Minerals MATTE Powder Foundation
“Hey T…Haven’t you talked about this product a number of times already?” Yes, I have. This is the powder foundation that I wear on myself on a day to day basis for natural, light coverage. It’s great. It evens up my skintone, wears well with my oiliness, and unlike the original Bare Minerals powder it does not give a grey cast (which traditional mineral foundations can do on deeper skintones). So why am I writing about it again? Welp, I wore it on the day that I got my new driver’s license photo taken last November. When I took a selfie in the parking lot in natural light it looked fine, in fact I looked great. But WHOOO BOY what it did when that already not particularly flattering DMV flash lighting hit it. You talk about flashback/TD reaction. I look old and a completely different color. YIKES! No, I will not be posting that photo.

PRO TIP: Do Not Wear For Photographic Use.

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#MakeupMonday – The Makeup Show SF Pop-Up Show

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Frequent readers of Makeup to Go may be aware that I am based in Los Angeles but I work regularly in the San Francisco Bay area…

Imagine my surprise, then, when it was announced at the Los Angeles Makeup Show this past March that there would be a show in San Francisco for the first time and that it would be happening at a time when I would be up in the Bay!

I remember when The Makeup Show first came to L.A., bringing with it a mixture of expectation, anxiety and excitement. Some – myself included – were hyper critcal and expected our version of perfection. Others were just happy to have another show at which to shop. As is usually the case, the truth lay somewhere in the middle and 6 years later (in L.A. – the show itself started in NYC 10 years ago) The Makeup Show has more than proved its mettle, honoring its commitment to education and community building amongst Makeup Artists of all backgrounds.

This past weekend, The Makeup Show brought its unique magic to San Francisco and presented The Makeup Show SF Pop Up Show.

The Pop Up Show was a miniature “Try Before you Buy” version of the Makeup Show to test the waters of the SF artist community. If the turn-out is any indication, I’d say SF is on its way to having a full show in the near future.

THE EDUCATION
As always, my primary interest is in the education being offered at any given show. Even being the old saw that I am I can still find lectures/demos of interest and its always fun (for me anyway) to see how another artist goes about their craft. Alas I read the schedule incorrectly so I missed Eugenia Weston’s demo on Brows. Long before some of the other brands noted for their brow makeup came along, Eugenia Weston was there with Senna Cosmetics. She is a brow wizard, her brow products are fantastic (for real tho; the dark blonde and the medium taupe pencils are perfection), and the line has expanded into a full range including skin and color products (the Senna cream blush palette is amazing, I broke down and ordered one after the LA Makeup Show). I’m sure her demo was fab and I’m sorry to have missed that.

On Saturday, I was able to check out Ivan Betancourt for MUSE Pro doing an editorial makeup demo, entitled “Detailing Beauty”. As I am currently in SF teaching Runway and Photography makeup I was keen to see his take on Editorial. He did just the kind of edgy but clean makeup that I would also consider editorial. None of this over the top, spooky colors, heavy handed makeup that is seen online. This was clean, precise, and perfectly executed utilizing hits of color and texture to define the look. Well done! I enjoyed his demo thoroughly.

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Ivan Betancourt for MUSE Beauty Pro


On Sunday I arrived in time to take in a demo and a lecture. First up was Sian Richards doing a demo on “Makeup for All Ages”. LawedT this demo should have been required for every artist attending the show. Newsflash – if you plan to be a working artist, all of your clients will not be 19-23 year olds with youthful skin. In fact, who do you think has the money to pay for a makeup artist; one of your broke early 20-something friends or a 35+ y/o professional who is established in their career? Exactly.

Sian Richards is an award winning vet of both beauty and film makeup of over 25 years experience, and she is also the founder of London Brush Company (amazing makeup brushes and brush cleaner). Her demos are the truth. She does not mince words or pull punches. As she was going on about the online makeup world – using such words as “horrid” and “wretched” – I could tell many of the young artists in the audience were taken aback if not outright offended. One young man even challenged her when Sian (pronounced “Sean”, BTW) stated that she did not need to use contour on her model because her model already had well defined cheekbones and she did not want to make her model look gaunt. Not going into a full highlight and contour session was more than some young artists could take! LOL! In the end, however, using very few products and a skilled hand, Sian Richards delivered a beautiful and age appropriate makeup for her lovely model. And as you can see, NO, the model did not “need” contouring. Artists would do themselves a favor to put down the defensiveness and pick up some of her technique.

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Sian Richards

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Makeup by Sian Richards, Makeup for All Ages


The workshop sessions ended with James Vincent (Dir. of Education and Artist Relations for the Makeup Show) giving a talk on Social Media, “Beauty and the Blog – Social Media and the Internet in the Beauty Business” . In fairness, this was a 45-minute version of a topic he normally does as a full-day workshop, so he had to scratch the surface of the topic. Given the severe time constraint he was under, he did a good job of going through the various Platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Blogging) and how they each uniquely contribute to an overall marketing and branding scheme for an artist. I will not go too far off into specifics – you should take his class – but what I thought was interesting was his observations of the whole “Instagram makeup” phenomenon. He was not as critical as some folks are (see above, lol) but he did make is clear that in order to be a working artist that approach alone will not get it done. If you’ve ever heard James speak at all, you know that one of his main beliefs is that in order to build a successful career, you’ve got to have a distinguishable signature brand. In this Social Media /Internet discussion, he is basically saying that your online presentation should be a tool to hep you articulate your signature brand.

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James Vincent talking Social Media


THE SHOPPING

Frequently when I’m writing about the LA shows, I express how unfortunate it is that so many people focus more on shopping than on the amazing education available at the shows.  After All, these are people at the tops of their fields who do not often have time to teach and if they did goodness knows how much a workshop they might offer would cost. The situation is a bit different in San Francisco as artists in the Bay and surrounding areas do not normally have the same level of access to products and brands that we in Los Angeles (or those in NYC) do. In fact the Makeup Show has started doing shows in different markets such as Dallas and Orlando, and I would have to think that for folks in those areas the shopping really is just as important as the education.

For this inaugural SF show there were only around 50 vendors (its double that in LA and triple that in NYC), but they were quality purveyors such as NARS (who has a great boutique in SF from which I’ve made many a purchase), Anastasia of Beverly Hills, Senna Cosmetics and Bdellium Tools. The LA pro shop Frends Beauty Supply was there, San Francisco’s own MUSE Beauty Pro was there (and thew what I hear was a fabulous party on Saturday night, alas I could not attend), even Ricky’s and Alcone came out all the way from NYC. This being the first year, the show was open to the public as well as to the Trade. So I don’t know who all of those folks were, but that shopping was busy both days. Almost all of the vendors were busy, and the Big Name like Make Up For Ever, MAC and NARS were totally off the chain. The over-crowding was the complaint that most folks had, and I would say it was a fairly minor problem. My hope going forward is that they either make this show for the Trade as it is in LA (and I believe NYC) or that they move to a different Ballroom in that same location, or ideally both. I understand that it needs to be busy in order for vendors to want to return to the show. For me as a Pro, it was a bit frustrating to not be able to get to many booths to really play with the product. Hence I do not have a more comprehensive run-down of what I saw. In time, however, I am sure this will all be worked out. I DO want to implore the organizers to STAY IN THAT LOCATION PLEASE!!! It’s totally central and easily accessible by BART and MUNI. Please do not move the show to some far out corner of the City.

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Kryolan’s new Airbrush foundation

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me hand modeling Kryolan’s new silicone based airbrush foundations

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New book, “Art and Makeup” – available via Kryolan SF


Fun was had, connections were made, many of my students past and present made it out (YAY!), and a good time was had by all. Congrats to the Organizers of the show, and let’s do it again next year shall we? 🙂

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#Happenings: MAC Pro Val Garland Master Class 4/15/13

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the Invitation


This past Monday, Los Angeles area makeup artists were able to forget (or drown if need be) their tax sorrows

and engage with one of the premier makeup artists in the world, Val Garland. The Master Class event was hosted by MAC Pro and held at Milk Studios. If you are not familiar with Ms. Garland’s work, well, you have some homework to do now dontcha? 😉 If you are one of my past students, or a regular reader of MTG or have in any way heard me discuss the Fashion Week cycle, you will have heard me say that there are truly about 8-10 artists who key the vast majority of ALL of the shows. Val Garland is one of those artists. She is also responsible for some of the most iconic fashion editorial images of the current day, and her reach even extends into pop culture as she has been Lady Gaga’s primary artist for several years now. She is an artist on the level that even if you do not know her name, if you are into makeup artistry, you know her work.

The Mac Pro Val Garland presentation on Monday was a retrospective – including live demonstration – on a selection of some of her most well known makeup designs from her work with Lady Gaga to her runway work for designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. A picture is worth a thousand words as they say, so here are my images from the event. I will say that nearly everyone I spoke to walked away thoroughly inspired. Val Garland’s presentation was the type of event that reminds you why you wanted to become a makeup artist.

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#HaveYouSeenThis: Official “Addicted to Love” Tutorial

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Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love (image from houstonpress.com )


In the 80’s the look of this video was everywhere, since that time the look has become iconic. Robert Palmer’s (RIP) “Addicted to Love” may have been a catchy tune, but in my opinion its Massive Hit status was due in large part to the music video. Nothing really even happens in the video. What is legendary about the video is the look and aesthetic, both of which were heavily dependent on the game-changing makeup designed by makeup artist, Martin Pretorius. Watch as Martin Pretorius HIMSELF demos how he created this look. That’s right my friends, this is not an “interpretation”, this is the real deal by the artist who created it. Enjoy and learn… (video starts after the commercial)

and in case I have any readers who are so scary-young they’ve never seen the “Addicted to Love” video…

Many thanks to superfab in her own right makeup artist Stella Kae for producing this tutorial and posting it to YouTube and sharing with all of us!

#MaquillajeParaGo – Maquillaje de cinco minutos

For this month’s installment of Maquillaje Para Go! Delia walks us through her “Maquillaje de cinco minutos” aka the “get out the door” face routine. Every girl should have one, what’s yours? Leave a comment and let us know! (as always, the English version follows below)

Hola a todos! Como Tania ha dicho, mucho ha estado sucediendo aquí en MTG. Uno de ellos es la llegada del nuevo miembro de la familia de MTG, Jaymes! Estoy tan contenta de que él es un bebé feliz y saludable. Por supuesto, con un nuevo bebé, hay que adatpt a los cambios. Ahora que tengo tiempo limitado, uno de los cambios que he tenido que hacer es a mi rutina de maquillaje. Así que aquí está mi rutina rápida de 5 minutos que pueden hacer mas glamoroso si es necesario.

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Primero aplico mi base. He estado usando L’oreal True Match porque desaparece en la piel muy bien sin mirar pesado.

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A continuación aplico un delineador negro a la parte superior e inferior de la líneas de agua del ojo. También me aplique una delgada línea cerca de la línea de las pestañas para que mis pestañas aparecen más llenos. Para este paso me gusta usar delineador de L’oreal Smoldering Eyeliner o Smolder de MAC.

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Siguen las pestañas. Me gusta pasar un poco de tiempo extra en las pestañas, porque me gusta que se vean lo más lleno posible. Me aseguro de llegar lo más cerca de la raíz como sea posible. Mis mascaras preferidas son Diorshow Blackout y Volumious Mascara en negro. Cualquiera de las son increible.

Estos dos pasos siguientes son donde se puede ver hasta el glamour con sólo elegir los colores adecuados.

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Puede omitir rubor o puede utilizar un color neutro como rubor crema de Inglot en color # 87 para darle un poco de color. O puede utilizar un color más fuerte para la mirada del glam como MAC Flirt and Tease.

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¡Siguen los labios! Usted puede ponerse un brillo de labios transparentes, o puede usar un labial brillante para realzar la mirada. Mi color preferido es Inglot #408. Un rojo brillante.

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Por último un poco de polvo suelto o compacto y listo. Yo uso polvos compactos de Clinique en Invisible Matte.

Aunque suene a mucho, el proceso es bastante rápido. Nunca me toma más de 5 minutos y luego todos estamos por la puerta!

Delia Jiménez Owens es una artista de maquillaje y pelo disponible, en los angeles y las vegas. Puede seguidor en Twitter en @ DeliaJOwens

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Hello everyone! As Tania posted, a lot has been going on here at MTG. One being the arrival of the newest member of the MTG family, Jaymes! I’m so glad he is a happy and healthy baby. Of course, with a new baby, one has to adapt to changes. Now that I have limited time, one of the changes I’ve had to make is to my make up routine. So here is my quick 5 minute makeup routine that you can glam up if needed.

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First I apply my foundation. I’ve been using L’oreal True Match because it disappears into the skin nicely without looking heavy.

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Next I apply a black eyeliner to the upper and lower waterlines. I also dab a thin line near the lashline to make my lashes appear fuller. For this step I like to use L’oreal Smoldering Eyeliner or MAC’s Smolder.

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The lashes are next. I like to spend a little extra time on lashes because I like to make them look as full as possible. I make sure to get as close to the root as possible and wiggle my way up the lash. My mascaras of choice are Diorshow in Blackout and Volumious Mascara in Carbon Black. Either works great.

These next two steps are where you can glam your look up by just choosing the right colors.

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You can skip blush or you can use a neutral color like Inglot cream color blush in #87 to give you a little bit of color. You can use a bolder color to glam the look up like MAC’s Flirt and Tease.

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Lips are next! You can throw on a sheer lipgloss and go or use a bright lipcolor to enhance the look. My everyday wear is Inglot’s #408. A bright red.

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Lastly dust on some loose or pressed powder and go. I use Clinique’s pressed powder in Invisible Matte.

Although it sounds like a lot, the process is quite fast. It never takes me more than 5 minutes then we’re all out the door!

Delia Jimenez Owens is a makeup and hair artist available in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas. You can follow her on Twitter @DeliaJOwens.