Posts tagged ‘makeup’

July 21, 2010

Has Your Makeup Expired?

Here’s a great blog that can help you figure out whether or not your makeup has expired.  Important for models who are doing their own makeup for shoots, but also for anyone who wears makeup.  You don’t want to make yourself sick or give yourself an infection because of expired makeup or dirty brushes!

Here’s an excerpt:

What’s lurking in your makeup bag?

“Like food, makeup has an expiration date, and over time cosmetics can harbor harmful bacteria that can lead to infections,” states Dr. David Schlessinger, a board-certified oculoplastic surgeon and ophthalmologist, and medical director of Schlessinger Eye & Face. “The risks are multiplied when these products are shared among friends.”

Has Your Makeup Expired? Find out here!

June 18, 2010

Get The Look: A Breath of Fresh Air

I haven’t done this set in quite some time… largely because I’ve been busy with other stuff.  Bringin’ it back for kicks.

Look 9:
This shot is actually one of my 365 self-portraits, but I thought it would be a good one to do.  Here’s the shot…

Get The Look:
Pair a simple black A-line dress with T-strap high heels.  Though it is hard to see, I wore simple CZ studs and a multichain necklace.  For makeup, I did creme blush on the apples of my cheeks swept up to my temples, smudgy black liner, black mascara, and just a touch of a neutral shimmer (I didn’t use the dark side of the shadow duo).  It’s a pretty simple look that’s elegant without being over the top.  I had actually worn this outfit to work that day.

Check out the full 365 entry here: http://the365study.com/2010/06/12/day-55-a-breath-of-fresh-air/

April 23, 2010

Study Finds Makeup ‘Testers’ Regularly Tainted By E. Coli, Staph & Herpes

Excerpt:

You know that sharing makeup is a no-no, and for good reason.

“If a woman has a cut on her lip and borrows lipstick from someone who has a cold sore, she’ll get a cold sore. You can pass herpes [the cold sore virus], conjunctivitis [pink eye] and all sorts of things through sharing makeup,” says Dr. Zein Obagi, a dermatologist based in Beverly Hills.

Now imagine sharing your makeup with a few thousand or so of your closest friends when you sample makeup in testers in stores. If you don’t insist on practicing safe hygiene, or insist that the workers behind the counter practice safe hygiene when they’re applying makeup to your skin, it can get ugly fast.

Dr. Elizabeth Brooks, a biological sciences professor at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, conducted a much-quoted two-year study on public makeup testers when she was with Rowan University in New Jersey about five years ago. “We went to department stores, specialty stores, drugstores — everywhere,” she says. Her researchers found staph, strep and even E. coli bacteria on makeup testers. “Wherever you see E. coli, you should just think ‘E. coli equals feces,’ ” Brooks says. “That means someone went to the bathroom, didn’t wash their hands and then stuck their fingers in that moisturizer.” Brooks says that when they tested the makeup on Saturdays — the day with the most traffic at cosmetic counters — the percentage of tainted makeup was 100%.

Read the full article here: LA Times Reports: Handle Those Store Makeup Testers With Care

March 22, 2010

Upcoming Workshop: Makeup for Photoshoots

Date: Sunday, April 25, 2010
Time: 12P to 4P
Location: Studio 401B, 500 West Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60619
Cost: $25 Per Person, Cash Only (Paid Day of Class)
To RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoBurbsMayhe … r/12901937

February 17, 2010

Shoot for Meow Kiki

While I was on vacation in Florida, I had the opportunity to work with Heather of Meow Kiki Street Wear. All in all, it was an amazing shoot and the pics came out incredible!  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves 😉  Here’s the whole story of the shoot, because it was craziness, followed by pics.

The call time was 11A for hair and makeup, at Heather’s place. From there, the plan was for all of us to head to a park where we’d start shooting, followed by a second set at a location not too far from Heather’s.  We were all geared up to meet at Heather’s and take as few cars as possible to the locations.  Heather had found me, the MUA and the photographer on MM, and the photographer recommended she contact this girl who manages a few models, L.  I’m not sure how the hair stylist came into play, but I do believe thru L as well.  So that was the plan for the day 🙂

I arrived a tad early, which was my plan being that I wasn’t familiar with the area and was getting dropped off by mom and grandma.  Shortly after that, the MUA, Alejandro arrived and started working his magic on my face.  He was super sweet and did a phenomenal job on my face–a very different look from anything else I’ve done before!  While I was getting my makeup done, the manager and other models started arriving, followed eventually by the hairstylist.  I was first up for hair as well, so Nicole Y (the hair stylist) started working on me.  She also busted out an incredibly different look for me, thanks largely to a weave!

Alejandro and NY went to work on the other 2 models, Fio and Nicole M, transforming them as well as they did me.  It took awhile, but they worked fast.  Especially Alejandro, who had to be in Miami for a fashion show that evening (which was going to be nuts with the Super Bowl going on there!).

At this point, there was still no photographer! Which was kind of ok being that we were all still getting made up.  But then the manager got a YIM on her phone.  From the photographer.  Apparently, she’d driven all the way from Boca, paid $5 in tolls, spent 2 hours trying to find Heather’s place (which, you’ll note, the Chicagoan found fairly easily), tried to call both Heather and the manager like 5 times, got fed up, and went home.  Yup.  The photographer flaked. And she never bothered to apologize for it, and instead came across as pretty rude about the whole thing.

Now, neither Heather’s phone nor the L’s had rang during this time.  In fact, at one point, Heather and the manager had both tried to call her, and there was no answer, followed by the phone going straight to voicemail.  When she was called out, the photographer claimed her phone died.  Alright.  Fine.  Heather, at this point, said, “screw it, I’ll use my point and shoot and we’ll do fine without her”.  The manager relayed the message via YIM.

Upon hearing that, the photographer started trying to get back in the game, and went from being rather rude, to sucking up to Heather.  Who had none of it.  We decided we’d just deal with Heather’s P&S and make the best of it.

Alejandro and NY finished their work on Fio and a NM, and the 3 of us got dressed. Then, we gathered all our stuff and headed to location 2, nixing location 1 because it was getting so late and we didn’t want to lose light.  Location 2 was an empty, overgrown lot next to a Chik-Fil-A, which gave us a place to park, and a short walk to and from the cars, which made it easy to change in them.

So we got there and started shooting. There were a lot of great spots to take places in this lot, which worked out really well 🙂 It also suited the various looks pretty well too, which was great!  Each of us models had 3 looks Heather wanted us to get done, though there were a couple extra outfits in case we had time or something didn’t fit right.  Additionally, things were going really smoothly–Chik-Fil-A wasn’t complaining that we were there, there were no interruptions from passersby, and despite the wind, our hair and makeup was looking amazing!  The location was working out well.

And then this Random Guy (who’s name I don’t remember) walks out of Chik-Fil-A, DSLR in hand.  “Are you guys doing a photo shoot?” he asks.  We confirmed, and he asked if he could join in!  We were more than happy to have him join in, and gave him a short version of the photographer flaking.  Turns out, he was recently transplanted in FL from MI, and typically shot weddings.  He was at Chik-Fil-A with some friends, who were cool with him doing his own thing.  He ended up shooting about half of the outfits with us (Heather still shot with her P&S).

Funny how things work out like that, right? We all had a great time, exchanged cards and info (though I didn’t grab Random Guy’s info, unfortunately, but he has my card), and wrapped up the shoot before the sun went down.  I shot in 3 outfits, and I think that’s about what the other girls shot in, which means we got everything we needed.   Can’t beat that!

And, because I know you’ve been waiting for it, here are some of my favorite pics of me from the shoot… you can see others, including more from the specific outfits in the Meow Kiki shop, which is linked below.  The model with me in the 3rd shot is Fio 🙂

So there you have it. The story of a shoot that could have gone terribly wrong, but worked out amazingly in the end 🙂  Definitely a team that made the best of a crappy situation!  And had fun to boot!

I do also have a video of part of the shoot on my cell, thanks to Nicole Y.  I just gotta figure out how to get it off my cell, being that it’s 7.74MB and too big to message off there 😦  Soon, hopefully!

And the all important credits!

  • Designs by Heather of Meow Kiki, of course 🙂  Shop her collection here: Meow-Kiki Etsy Shop
  • Makeup by Alejandro of A2 Artistry: WebsiteMM
  • Hair by Nicole Y: MM
  • Photography and editing by Heather.  Haven’t gotten anything from Random Guy yet.

December 17, 2008

A Bittersweet Blush Victory For…

If you haven’t seen the Blush finale, stop reading now!

The Blush finale aired.  I watched. Before I get to the winner…

Todd did, in fact, pass away.  There was a (very) brief “In Memory of” screen that came up, with Todd’s name and photo, at the end of the episode.  It was rather unsatisfying, for me, but in light of when he passed, and the fact that (to my knowledge) there’s no real info about why he passed, I think it was sufficient.  And I’m glad they touched on it.  As far as I can tell, there’s nothing “official” on the Lifetime website (though I’m sure there’s stuff in the forums there).

And now, the winner…

Nolan won, despite his mistake in the 3rd fashion show look.  I thought everyone did a great job, but actually agreed with the judges when it came down to it.  Maxi’s work was… eh.  I liked his second look with the white line, but wasn’t keen on the arrows at all, and felt the stenciled stuff was too distracting.  But the judges loved it all, and I didn’t really agree with that.  I did agree that Maxi was just too dramatic, and that caused unnecessary chaos.  However, Todd, unfortunately, lost it for some reason, and it was really disappointing.  Overall, his stuff just fell flat, and that made me sad (sadder still that I knew that he wasn’t with us anymore).  But despite that, he had huge–everyone says potential, but I say fuck that, he had honest-to-goodness talent–and you could tell that he truly loved what he did, and loved life.  He was radiant, and a wonderfully gracious loser.  That alone made you realize what a great person he was.  His passing is a true loss to the industry, and to everyone who knew him in general.  My heart goes out to everyone.

I imagine the airing of tonight’s episode was bittersweet for Nolan.  It’s clear he and Todd became close friends throughout the course of the show, and winning the show, followed by the passing of a close friend, a friendship that was the result of the show… I can’t even imagine.  I send many virtual hugs to Nolan, and to the rest of those who knew and loved Todd.

November 26, 2008

“Blush” on Lifetime

Last night I discovered that Lifetime’s show “Blush” is available on Comcast’s OnDemand. So I watched the first two episodes. And despite it being seemingly low-budget, on a TV station that seems to be missing the proper target audience mark, having models that can’t support the look for some of the competitions, and using crappy photography to “showcase” the final looks… I’m in love with the show.

I know it’s not necessarily the most realistic approach to makeup artistry, but it’s still a fun watch. The drama makes it a guilty pleasure, and the creativity makes it interesting. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about it as I watch more episodes 🙂

My favorites are Nolan and Todd 🙂 I adore them. I also really like Maxi’s work, but am not impressed by his attitude.

I do think the talent on the show will continue to “improve”, as it did in episode two from episode one. I don’t doubt that the folks on the show area already talented, I just feel like the challenges presented (as well as the models and photography) haven’t given them a chance to properly showcase it.

But yea, expect more blogging on the show as the season progresses. For more info on the show, as well as a chance to watch full episodes, you can go here: “Blush” on LifeTime

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