Friday, December 01, 2006


It is now December and the new year is right around the corner. So this is the time that everyone tries to travel to visit family or to use the rest of their vacation time at work so they won't loose it. So off everyone goes to exotic destinations filled with blooming flowers and warmer weather so they can take a break from the winter cold. In honor of you vacationers I would like to share a beauty spread that I did.

I used makeup and skin care by Borghese to create this soft sexy look that is perfect for those sandy beaches while you are on vacation, but you can still come back home and be in style for all of those holiday parties you will be attending!

Speaking of party looks, I did another tv appearance about winter skin care and the perfect party makeup! I'll save that for next month's issue....just to keep you coming back! I know, I know...I'm mean. Well, to make it up to you I'll answer some of your beauty questions.

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "I have attempted on several occasions to appl false eyelashes,strips and individuals, the problem is that they only stay on for 1 day. I am using MAC duo eyelash glue. How do you get the lashes to last for over a day, ideally I would like to keep them for 1-2 weeks."- from Aida in Michigan.

Answer: If you are trying to reuse eyelashes, the biggest thing you need to do is clean your false eyelashes AND your eyelashes thoroughly so there aren't any traces of eyelash adhesive on them. This will make it easier to reapply the glue the next time you want to use them again.

Even though it is suggested not to use a non-oily makeup remover, I like to use Lancome's Bificil because it is designed to remove waterproof mascara. It will also make it easy to remove the adhesive residue as well.

Pour some of the remover into a small container so you can put the false lashes into the container to lightly soak as much of the adhesive off. Then take the false lashes between your fingers and rub them to see if you feel any aditional adhesive. Once you don't feel any more adhesive wash then with warm water and a bit of shampoo to get any oils off the lashes then rinse them with warm water and let them dry.

For your real lashes, saturate a cotton ball (not acrylic) with the remover and then set the cotton ball on your lashes for a couple of moments before you wipe. This will give the remove more time to break down the adhesive and prevent any of your eyelashes from breaking. Then use a cotton swab to rub between lashes to ensure that they are totally cleaned. Now you shoule be able to reapply the lashes again.

I haven't been in a situation that the person wanted to wear their lashes for several days without taking them off, but if you wanted to do that I would suggest trying Ardell LashTite Adhesive. It is very strong and waterproof.



Beauty question: "I'm getting married in 90 degree weather next year. Have narrowed down the wedding makeup to coral blush and lipstick. I am, however, stuck on what to do with my eyes. I fear a smokey eye may be too much for my skills. My regular look is black eyeliner across the top lashes and mascara. Do you think simply that with the coral blush and liner would look nice, or could you give me some simple tips on easy eye looks that I could practice?" from Becka in Canada

Answer: It sounds like you have a simple yet classy style, but you want to add a touch of sexiness to it for your wedding. If smokey eyes are too hard for you to do, then lets to a variation from the style that you already know how to master.

Before we start talking about your eyes, lets add some sexiness to more areas of your body.

Nothing is sexier than healthy glowing skin so start by using Olay's "Touch of Sun" lotion right after your shower to moisturize and give your skin a soft sunkissed glow.
It will become dry to the touch so it won't leave marks on your clothes, but it's 24 hour moisture lock keeps your skin hydrated all day and sun kissed all night without appearing fake or orange!

Next add that sun kissed glow to your face by applying a powder bronzer to all areas that the sun would naturally give you a touch of color. Brush it on your cheeks, chin, temples and softly arose your nose. Then apply your coral blush on the apples of your cheeks.

Now lets work on those eyes! I like to put a little bronzer on the eye lid from crease to lash and as an soft eyeliner on the lower lashes using the Sable Eye Detailer brush # BP-211 by Japonesque. Now line your upper lash line with a pencil, but instead of using black try using another shade like Lancome Le Crayon Khol Waterproof pencil in Raisin Noir or Prune. It will compliment your skin tone and bring out your eye color. Make sure you line a little bit heavier than you usually do so you can use the Eye Detailer to smudge it and give your eyes the touch of smokiness that you want.

To add more sexiness try a few false eyelashes on the outer corners of your eyelashes. Then curl your lashes and add a few coats of waterproof mascara and finish with your lipcolor. Voila!!! Now you look sexy yet elegant for your wedding!



Beauty question: "This isn't a beauty question but I wanted to know where you got your training from, I'm interested in becoming a makeup artist also but i'm having a lot of trouble finding a school. I would love to attend one of yourworkshops or even be an apprentice to you. Do you know of any internships or any one in need ofan apprentice? P.S. I LOVE Your Work "- from Danielle in Massachusetts.

Answer: I became a makeup artist the hard way, I was self taught. I have been a makeup artist since 1985 and I started my career as a freelance makeup artist for cosmetic companies. Through my skill and creativity I quickly became a national makeup artist for companies like Lancome, Borghese and Ultima II when they were in department stores.

To learn I would absorb any bits of information that I would get. I would read beauty and fashion magazines. I would study the techniques of other makeup artists, and I would read beauty books. The most thing I would do is practice, practice, practice!

When I decided to start the Makeup Artist Workshop, I wanted it to be exciting and creative for the students. So it is all hands on, with lectures, demonstrations and Q&A. I even have opportunities for students to assist me on real jobs to help them build their skill and their resume.

You can go to THE MAKEUP ARTIST WORKSHOP page to see the next class dates, or you can sign up for the newsletter.




I look forward to next month's beauty questions, so keep on writting in!

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