Sunday, October 01, 2006

Being a makeup artist can be a lot of fun projects especially when I get to travel to other countries to do fashion and beauty shoots. One of my favorite project to do is tv appearances because I get to talk about skin care and makeup tips. Recently I did an appearance about makeup for back to school. This was particularly fun because I get to encourage the younger generation to take care of themselves and to express their individual beauty. You can see footage of the appearance by clicking onto the picture.

I also enjoy talking to other makeup artists, especially when I host the Makeup Artist Workshop. This 2 day HANDS-ON workshop teaches the makeup techniques needed to become a professional makeup artist for print ads, editorials, TV and video. The workshop will also provide challenges to help develop good makeup skills and increase creativity within the artist. The Makeup Artist Workshop is having its LAST CLASSES OF THE YEAR on November 18 - 19, 2006. Some of the things that will be discussed are:

The understand the profession of being a professional makeup artist.
Break down what TYPE of artist you want to be, so you know how to move forward to the next level
Learn what style of makeup to focus on while on set
Learn what to have in your kit
Learn proper hygiene while on set
and much more!

There will also be a makeup artist business class called "Mind Your Business" on November 17, 2006. For those wanting to learn airbrush makeup, there will be an Airbrush Workshop on November 20, 2006 (class questions? )

Ok! Lets get to your beauty questions now....

Beauty Questions
Beauty question: "How would you go about being able to apply makeup like a professional for yourself? Where would you go to learn? I Don't have any Classes Nearby where i live that Offers makeup classes or anything of the sort."- from Jillian in Alabama.

Answer: Even though you are in Alabama, there are things that you can do to learn how to apply your makeup better, and even master it. Start by reading beauty magazines like Allure. They will keep you informed about makeup trends that you can apply to your style so your look never becomes "dated".

You can also get books that have a lot of step by step information about applying makeup.

Some good ones to try are Hair & Makeup" (shown to the left) by Jane Campsie, "Makeup Your Mind" (shown to the right) by Francois Nars, "Making Faces" (shown lower left) by Kevyn Aucoin and "The Power of Makeup" (shown lower right) by Trish McEvoy. You can get the books through Amazon or your local book store.

Look at the various styles in the books to find the style that suits you and your lifestyle the most, then practice the look on your face.


If you prefer more of a one on one approach, try stopping at your local department store. Many makeup counters, like Lancome or Bobbi Brown, at the department stores have well educated makeup professionals who can help you. Ask for a makeup application by the person that has a makeup look that you like. As they apply it to one side, ask to duplicate what they do on the other side of your face. This will help you to learn perfect your makeup technique.


Beauty question: "How do you make the lipstick and lipgloss look so good without making clumpy and making it look so sheer? I put on my lip gloss and lipstick and it looks clumpy."- from Ailyn in Georgia

Answer: Make sure you start with great skin. Chapped lips can make lipstick and gloss look clumpy.

Start by putting a warm damp wash cloth on your mouth so skin can absorb the moisture and soften dry skin. Then apply a liberal amount of vaseline to the lips and brush the skin with a clean unused toothbrush. This will exfoliate the skin. Next apply a lip base like Base de Maquillage by Lise Watier to keep lipstick smooth and make it last longer.

Keep lips hydrated and moisturized to maintain healthy skin.

When applying your lipstick try using a lip brush to only apply what you need. Start with the bottom lip, and then press your lips together to put lipstick on your upper lip. Then fill in any missing areas with your lip brush. If your lipstick still looks a little heavy take your index finger and blot some of the color off. The warmth from your finger and your lips will also help melt the color onto your lips so color becomes a thin veil instead of a heavy layer of color.


Beauty question: "How would you go about covering scars or unsightly marks on the body while keeping it looking naturally?"- from Jane in Ohio.

Answer: The trick is to not pile on tons and tons of makeup to cover it. Thin layers of high pigmented product is better to use. For very special occasions you can also get it professional airbrush with waterproof and smudge proof makeup. It lays against the skin like a second layer without a heavy feeling, yet giving you the full coverage that you need.



I look forward to your next set of questions. The more you ask, the more I can answer for you.

MY FAVORITE THINGS

One of my favorite things has been the new Olay Creme Ribbons Body Wash. I love this so much because it suds up with thick velvet bubbles, that leave your skin soft and smooth with it's moisturizing effects. Once you try this you will be as hooked as I am!