Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Makeup Show - NYC


As you may all know (and if you didn't know, now you do), May 17th & 18th was The Makeup Show presented by the Powder Group in NYC. It was held at the Metropolitan Pavilion and of course, I was soooo there.

Now, I bet you think you can imagine the grandeur of such an event but I assure you... you can't. Unless you've actually been there, you just can't possibly grasp the magnitude.

From the moment I walked in, greeted by the Makeup Show staff, it was a whirlwind of makeup madness. Michael DeVellis really outdid himself this time.

First stop, TPG Pro!! That of course stands for "The Powder Group Pro". Yup, signed up for 2 years. Let me tell you about this here membership because after I do, you're going to be signing up too.

With this membership, check out what I get:
  • Annual State of the Industry Report
  • Members pricing on all education from the powder group
  • Complimentary regional listing
  • Members only free events
  • Members only quarterly newsletter
  • Industry partner benefits
  • Discounts on the powder group merchandise
  • Member rates for one on one and career development sessions
  • Exclusive members only facebook community
Yeah man!!! All this for $125.00.. Seriously, you just can't beat it!!

Anyway, moving right along..

There were soooo many vendors, if you didn't keep yourself organized and on track, you could get spun around, caught up and end up leaving without purchasing, seeing and learning from the people & places you meant to. Wow holy run on sentence batman!! LOL...

I was fortunate to have been able to bend the ear of some amazing, iconic and successful people. From executive directors, founders/CEO's, makeup artists, agents and more. I went from station to station picking up things I needed for my kit and for myself. I listened intently and learned an astonishing amount of information. I felt I connected with so many other artists. It was fantastic. Dany Sanz, Davis Factor, Nathan Johnson, Kett Cosmetics, OCC, Mario Ink to name a few.
Maxi was both entertaining and educational. Yeikov told it like it was for Yaby. Joe Pearl (for Eve Pearl) took the time to explain the cosmetics to me with a smile. Showed me the very kit Eve travels with and even let me in on some products that are coming soon.
(Yes I am holding her Emmy..lol..Joe's idea..Thank you JOE!!)

It really did feel like I was surrounded by my makeup artist family. Let me tell you, with the amount of people that were there, it could have easily been soo different. Somehow, the vibe was inexplicable. Everyone truly wanted to help you, get to know you and converse with you.

Here are a few photos to show you the fun we had that should be had by all:) Doncha just wish you were there too?!?

Makeup Artist Magazine


Makeup artistry is a trade. It's hard to believe that there are still people out there who either don't know this or just don't realize just how true it is. (you bettah recognize!!....LOL).

It's fairly obvious to me, however, who has a passion for what they do and who is just passing the time just getting by on minimal effort.

Those of us with passion also have a sense of urgency about us. We are always trying to learn new things, perfect our techniques and expend our knowledge base. We ALL know that if we don't keep up with the newest, latest tricks and trends, we will become obsolete.

As hard as it is in this economy to find well paying jobs, we just can't afford to be lazy. So we read Vogue, Allure, Marie Claire, W, Glamour, Harpars and Cosmo. We refer back to them for inspiration and ideas. We try to keep up with the latest trends, tricks and makeup.

We love our jobs , we love makeup, we're ready to do what we need to do to make it.. and make it BIG... but... have we? I know I have and continue to. Here's a tip....

The single most important magazine that seems to escape many makeup artists, strangely enough, is Makeup Artist Magazine. WHAT?!?! SERIOUSLY?!?

Iiiiiiiiiiiii know!

It just doesn't make sense to me AT ALL. So, I figured I'd let all of you makeup artists and aspiring makeup artists know that this magazine is NOT a suggestion. This magazine is a MUST HAVE. Don't you want to be up to date on all of the most important trade shows, product reviews and articles relevant to our trade?? Sure you do!! I can feel it in my bones.. you aaaaaalllllll do!!

What's more.. you should also check out their online store: www.store.makeupmag.com. You'll find books, magazines, DVD's, Tshirts, aprons etc..And who couldn't use more snazzy li'l do-dads that can help us look more professional?

Ooooooo and the message board!!! You guys NEED to visit and request to be a part of this message board!! It's like a 911 call for any and all makeup issues, topics and stories:) Funnily enough, Makeup Artist Magazine also has a site called Makeup411.. How funny is THAT?? To have makeup info at the tips of your fingers, all in one spot for you to take in and reap the benefits of. I like THAAAATTT!! Go to www.Makeup411.com and taadaaaaahh, there you go, instant glamour on the go:)

Michael Key, editor-in-chief/publisher of Makeup Artist Magazine, (shown here with me @ the Makeup Artist Mixer) has put together a great team of people who don't just do their jobs, they love their jobs too. When you love what you do... it shows:)











**You can thank Makeup Artist Magazine for the IMATS**thank you! thank you! thank you!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

adesign Brushes

When constructing a building, there are certain building materials needed in order to erect a strong, resilient masterpiece that stands up to the elements as well as gravity. Steel, Iron, Wood, Copper. These things are used with drills, cranes, saw's etc. There are many other things needed as we all know but you get the idea. Without these tools, the building wouldn't be what it was supposed to be.

Lets talk about makeup tools. We as artists take pride in our work. We strive for excellence and perfection in everything we do. We are eclectic and artsy-fartsy (<-that's soo what we are...lol). We find inspiration all around us from different people, places and things. When creating a masterpiece the proper tools are needed. In the case of a makeup artist we need brushes. Can I say it again?? WE...NEED...BRUSHES!! Not just any brushes however. What determines a professional quality brush? Knowing this will make it so much easier for you to find just the right brushes for your kit and personal use.
  1. Your brushes SHOULD NOT SHED! Period! No if and's or but's. A quality brush is made so carefully that the brushes are firmly affixed to their barrel to avoid the random stray hair that can get in your eye or your clients eye.
  2. It should keep it's original form. When you have your brush in your hand, if you push on the bristles one way, it shouldn't stay the way they were pushed. They should spring back to their original position. One would think this is obvious but just in case someone out there reading this wasn't sure, now you can be:)
  3. PBT= the hightest grade hair available. I know you all have the sense of touch. When shopping for your brushes don't judge the softness against your finger pads. They are already tough because you touch everything with them. Try the brushes on the back of your hands. The hair should feel baby soft against your skin not firm and hard. The intensity of the weight of the brush should be controlled by your hand not the lack of quality brush you might be holding.
  4. No streaks with application. This will be obvious when you're using your brushes with your makeup. If you're applying foundation with a cheap brush, chances are, no matter how hard you try to avoid them or cover them up, there is a bit of streaking. This will of course be amplified in HD television when your clients face is magnified on the big screan. Everything shows when you're in THAT line of work.
  5. Vegan. No animals should be harmed for the making of makeup brushes. It just doesn't make sense. The brushes have HAIR. Hair can be shaved off of an animal and let it continue living it's life.
Now, having this information, you might be thinking "Where oh where can I find such an amazing product? Who cares so much about makeup artists that they took the time to perfect the tools we use to get the best results from our work?"

The answer is : adesign.
With adesign, not only is all of the above true but all of their products are hand cut. Every single brush is bound, assembled and cut by hand. They are then put into a piece where they are dipped into the paint to coat the handles.

Knowing what I've told you, doesn't it make you WANT these brushes in a MAJOR WAY?!? I mean, even though the brushes are made in mass quantities, they are made by hand! That's like comparing a McDonalds apple pie to Grandma's home made apple pie.

When something is done by hand, with care, using the finest materials, the outcome is just satisfying goodness. I don't know about you, but thats the same kind of passion and care I have for makeup artistry.

Lets put a name to a face shall we?

(Me w/Shana King)

So, now that I've enlightened you a little bit about the brushes that beat all the other brushes butt in the playground, I'm going to tell you where you can finds uch perfect tools.

Visit www.adesignbrushes.com. You can do so by clicking on the title of this post and be connected right to their site.

While you're there, be sure to do yourself a favor and pick up the pointed foundation brush. Yes people, I did say POINTED...FOUNDATION BRUSH.

Here's why:

The point can get into hard to reach areas like around the nose and inner corners of the eyes. When you gently push down it becomes a regular flat foundation brush. Using just the tip and tapping gently makes it a concealer brush. Thats THREE brushes in ONE! WHAATT?!? Iiiiiiiiiiiii Know!!! It's crazy but it's true.



Now...go....shop... invest in your craft.. paint....create.. It's what we were born to do.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics


OCC in the Hooouuusseeeeee!!!
by: Cristina Rivera (Glowing Faces MUA)

Let's get right into it. Airbrush is taking the world by storm. As is the vegan way of life, or as vegan as we can be without making ourselves sick..LOL.. Sorry I'm just soo not a vegan.

However, when it comes to small changes that equal BIG changes, I'm all ears. Enter OCC. If you haven't heard of OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) then you've been living under a rock somewhere and you probably don't need airbrush makeup anyway. For the REST of us, we have at least heard of it. So, let me school you right quick on just how much you all love this product (whether you've tried it or not).

The following quote/information was taken directly from the OCCMakeup.com website:

What's with the 'Vegan' thing?
"In a time when many cosmetic companies make the claim that their products are "Cruelty Free" simply because Animal Testing has become less cost-effective, OCC felt it was necessary to raise the bar on this issue. We pledge not to use Animal-Derived Ingredients (including Lanolin, Beeswax, Carmine, etc.) in our products, ever. We simply believe that it's unnecessary, since there are alternatives that are just as readily available, and equally effective in the formulation of our products."

Now, it's not ONLY airbrush makeup that OCC carries, they carry airbrushing compressors and accessories, pigments, and lip tars. Yep, I definitely did just say lip tar. Don't know what that is? Lemme bless you with some knowledge really quick:)

OCC Lip Tars are a combination of a lipstick and lipgloss. They are geniously infused with hemp oil, vitamine E and long wearing color pigments. The result? A creamy (not gooey..I repeat.. NOT..GOOEY) soft glossy lip.

You're lips get a spa day every time you glide this accross your mouth. Why not wear something that makes you look amazing and get something out of it too???

Even James Vincent and Charlie Green (seen here) have their hands on them as you can see.

So if you didn't know about OCC, now you do. There is no pleading ignorance anymore. Hop, skip or jump your way to your computer and get down with OCC..."yeah you know me". LOL.. (I couldn't resist).

(**Click on the title of this blog to be taken directly to the OCC website**)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

You can never have enough VOGUE


If you're anything like me (and something tells me you're at least a little bit like me..lol) you're counting down the days before your next Vogue shows up in your mail box.

I skim, glance through, read & re-read my Vogue issues. It's like I get something different out of them EVERY TIME I pick it up. Sometimes I'm inspired by the jewelry and turn it into a unique eyeshadow look, or maybe a shoe will make me want to re-vamp my wardrobe. Even the gawwwgeous ladies make me want to stay on the elliptical machine just a little longer.

So with all this Vogue around, who would think one could always want more? I WOULD!! LOL..
And now, we have it. it's Vogue TV!! Yep.. That's right.. I said Vogue....TV!! Learn it, Live it, Love it people!!

On this website you can check out the latest trends, shop and get tips and tricks in the beauty department!! Iiiiiiiiiiiii know! It's almost too good to be true. Almost! Cuz it sooo is true.

So click on my topic for this article and it will link you right to Vogue TV!!!
Enjoy yourselves everyone.. it's just good times and high fives waiting to happen:)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Third Annual White Party at the Playboy Mansion



What a Memorial day weekend!!!

Nothing to do on Memorial day weekend? Hmm.. what to do, what to do... I know.. LETS GO TO THE PLAYBOY MANSION!! LOL..

Yep, that's right people, Chris Marcovici presents and the Playboy Mansion is hosting the third annual "White Party" on May 23rd. You'll want to show up early and stay late since May 22nd-24th is their ultimate memorial day weekend.

There will of course be a fashion show. Who's show you ask??? Sinful by Affliction featuring models by NikkiZangels

Now where oh where will you get your ticket you ask? Yeah I hear ya.. here's the info:
Go to www.mansionmix.com and purchase away!!

I can't be there, but those of you that can make it, have a drink for me too!!! CLINK!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Henry N. Jackson Boston Launch Fall 2009-2010 Collection










Henry Jackson's Boston launch of his 2009/2010 Fall Collection

Couture for "real" women's bodies
Host: Plus Productions Inc
Date: Saturday, May 30th, 2009
Location: 1 Lafayette Place
City/Town: Boston, MA


Description

Henry N Jackson will do a Boston Launch of his "real" sized fall couture 2009-2010.
It is the First Hometown Boston show in 10 years.
Tickets: $15.00
Press is free with RSVP
Email: Henry@HenryNJackson.com

To learn more about this brilliant man and his genius creations please visit www.HenryNJackson.com.
If you missed his launch in NYC you don't want to make the same mistake again!
make-up by Cristina Rivera of Glowing Faces

Is Legal Advice Really Necessary In Our Pretty World???

by: Cristina Rivera

Lawyers?? REEAALLYYY???? I mean, this is Make-up, Fashion, Photography etc.. for crying out loud!!

You've showered, styled your hair, put on your faces and slipped on those expensive shoes. You're on your way out of the house and you decide to double check the weather channel to make sure you're not caught in a tsunami on your way out into the world. The weather man has called for rain. How much rain is something he can't say, could be from a sprinkle to a heavy shower. They're isolated though so you can't be sure where it will rain and where it won't. Hmm... to grab the umbrella or not to grab the umbrella. I can just hear you now saying "Duh, grab the umbrella it MIGHT RAIN". LOL.. I agree!!!

Most of us would, in fact, grab the umbrella to be sure they're prepared in case of rain. It doesn't hurt to have it on your person. If you're caught in a storm, you're ready, and if not, at least you can rest assured that you were ready for it.

Now, turn this same way of thinking on your business. You've networked you're little heart out. You've contracted people to work for your show or photo shoot, or you ARE the person being contracted. You've read your agreement and signed on the dotted line. You're ready to go. In an unfortunate turn of events you find out that you're services are not going to be paid for right away. They've actually reserved the right to send payment for 30 days. You didn't realize this and now you're stuck.

How will you pay your rent, your car note, or maybe even get home. Who is going to help you? Certainly not the person that drew up the contract. I would say it's fairly obvious that the contract you signed was written in their best interest. They've drawn up an agreement that they felt was fair and you signed it after all.

Another scenario for you. You've NEVER received payment for services rendered. You can't reach the person who owes you. You've sent emails and invoices, you've mailed requests for payment with no response. Nervous yet?

Better yet, you've agreed to jump on a plane and travel to a far place for work. You've made arrangements for travel based on the email you were sent by the person contracting you that they would reimburse your expenses once you've arrived. You arrive at the destination only to find that the event has been canceled. There is no one there to meet you. You're troubles were for naught.

This is what I would call a tsunami. Generally speaking, we should hope for the best but always be prepared for the worst. Where is your umbrella now? Where is the lawyer that could have re-couped all of your costs, retrieved your payments or read the contracts and explained them to you BEFORE you signed??

This, my friends, is why a lawyer is a good idea.

Now I know what you're thinking, "I can't afford a lawyer". Well, there IS such a thing as pre-paid legal . With pre-paid legal, you can pay installments to a lawyer and you'll be able to rest assured that when you need them, they'll be there. You'll have representation in case of litigation (heaven forbid) and even to draw up your own contracts.

So don't overlook such an important part of your business, protecting yourself. No one is going to do it for you. Remember that everyone in business is pretty much looking out for themselves because THEY know that they're the only ones who can and will.

Once you've prepared for the worst, you can continue hoping for the best.
Smile, be courteous, continue to network & get those gigs!!!

Ever wonder how much you should charge as a Make-Up Artist??


by: Cristina Rivera

As a make-up artist, I sometimes wonder how my fellow make-up artist family is doing in terms of surviving on an artists pay.

If you're a freelance artist, it can become increasingly difficult to compete with others who are out there working for a company that is determining their rate. Generally speaking, they start with money so they can spend the money. Unlike most freelance MUA's who do the best they can with what they have and hope to turn it into cash flow. Crossing our fingers and hoping just isn't the smartest thing to do.

There are a few things that should be taken into account when determining just how much you should charge for your services. As a courtesy to other artists it is important that you're not "undercutting". We should all be charging an average of about the same amount for your area. Again, I'm not talking about anyone other than us freelancers.

Some things that should be taken into consideration when determining your fee is your cost & expenses. Cost would be what you purchase in order to become a freelancer. Make-up, brushes, make-up sponges, Q-tips, cotton balls, eyelashes, cases, etc. You should keep a spreadsheet in your computer or some place safe and easily accessible. Whenever you purchase something for your business, make a note of what it was, how much it was, and keep your receipt for it with your spreadsheet. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, a microsoft word excel spreadsheet will due just fine.

I like to keep all of my receipts together in envelopes per quarter. So for example, for January, February & March I'll have receipts for everything I've purchased in that time. On my spreadsheet I note a brief description of what it was and the total cost.

Another thing you'll want to keep track of is Expenses. This can be working breakfasts, lunches or dinners,tolls, parking, any work done without monetary compensation etc.

Income should also be on this list. You want to be sure you document what event you worked and what you were paid (including tips). It might be helpful to note if you were paid in cash or check. You'll want to be able to account for payments if you're ever audited.

Now, personally I keep track of my mileage separately. I like to keep all of my miles (to and from) tabulated so that I can later multiply it by the state regulated rate and determine how much money actually went into that drive. Raggin' & taggin', wearin' & tearin' on my car IS a big deal and if the person who contracts me doesn't pay for it then I should be able to claim it.

Once the quarter has come to an end, I print my spreadsheet and file it in a folder with the envelope of receipts. I label my folder for the quarter. It's probably a good idea to refine your budget every quarter. Weigh your expenses, cost and mileage against your payments. If you're not at least breaking even within the first year of freelancing, you have some serious adjusting to do.

You want to be sure that you're making a profit when you're working. You're not working solely for fun, after all, it's to make money...a profit.

A helpful site you might want to wander over to is www.payscale.com . This site allows you to enter your location, number of years you've been an artist, any schooling you may have received etc and have that information sent directly to you. Every little bit helps right?!?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Nars Summer 2009 Collection

"To Nars Own Self Be True"
by: Cristina Rivera (Glowing Faces MUA)

It's summer time and we all want to keep up with the make-up trends without looking over done. Actually that's probably what we're going for most of the time..LOL

We can all thank Francois Nars for the collection of beautiful colors and textures that can now grace our faces this summer 2009.

Glowing sun kissed skin is always the goal in the summer but adding vibrant colors to the mix is what is going to have this summer be one for the record books.

There will be no shying away from bright electric blues and vibrant oranges. We shall wear them with pride, coordinating our jewelry and shoes with our faces. Sun dresses this year will have a whole new accessory... "To Nars Own Self Be True".

Here are just some of the electrifying colors Nars has blessed us make-up junkies with for it's 15th birthday:








































"The look for the Summer 2009 collection is sophisticated, but colorful,” says François Nars.
Quote taken from- http://www.narscosmetics.com/BehindCollection1.aspx

So when you're feeling like you need a little change this season, something to put a little pep in your step. Hop, skip or jump to your nearest Nars retailer and pick up something snazzy for your mug and make the world your runway.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

International Beauty Show (IBS)- Las Vegas


Who doesn't love a trade show?!?

I personally wish I had enough travel miles to be able to attend every single one! Each and every show is such an opportunity to learn, experience and acquire so much. I guess that just goes to show me.. I'm going to need to spend A LOT more on my credit card to get those points...LOL

Ok, seriously though...

On, June 13th-15th 2009, the International Beauty Show will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center located at 3150 Paradise Road Las Vegas, NV 89209.

As if there wasn't enough to do in Vegas... Add THIS to your list.

If you are a salon/spa owner, cosmetologist, stylist, colorist, esthetician, make-up artist, nail technician, distributor, massage therapist get to Vegas in time for this show.

You too can get to where you want to be with dedication, hard work and love of your craft.
Don't pass up this opportunity to learn from top industry professionals.

To learn more about this event, click on the title of this posting to be directed to the IBSLV website.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Fashion Industry Network

You're a make-up artist, hair stylist, photographer, model, designer.....
You want your business to grow. How ever can you make that happen??

Wanna hear it? Here it goes...

Networking is THE NUMBER ONE way to get your name out there.
Knowing how to, where to & when to present yourself is imperative.

I would highly suggest that as a business professional you carry business cards at all times. Everyone you meet should be given a card. Now please understand, simply giving your card to someone does not a memorable occasion make. You must sell yourself. Sell your talent, show your personality. Smiiiiiile for crying out loud, what we do is fun and the world should see it that way!! Make that person remember you.

There should be a part of every greeting that has people remembering you. They should be able to put a name with a face. When the time comes that they or someone they know needs services you offer, chances are, they'll remember you and business comes your way. Word of mouth is a powerful thing:)

So.. let me present to you a networking site that might be helpful to you.

www.FashionIndustryNetwork.com

On this site you'll be able to connect with other professionals, check job listings etc.

Simply sign up, create your profile, add photo's, videos and off you go. It really is that simple.
These might seem like baby steps, but you know what they say "Patience is a virtue".

Meet a real live angel!!


Photo by Getty Images

Angels are everywhere. Watching over us, keeping us safe and well, in this case, making us rush to the nearest Victoria's secret to pick up the latest and greatest undies they have out!!

So, now's your chance to meet a real live angel. Adrianna Lima will be at the Lexington Ave Victoria's Secret this saturday!!

Can you stand it?! LOL..

The following was taken from the NYMAG.com website:

"Model Adriana Lima will stop by the Lexington Avenue Victoria's Secret store on Saturday to greet fans and sign autographs in honor of Sexy Little Things Noir, a new body-care and fragrance line. And if her beauty isn't enough of an allure for you, we're told she'll be "dressed as a modern-day Cleopatra." May 9, 722 Lexington Ave., at 58th St. (212 230-1647), 12:30–1:30."

So for all you guys and gals who are fans of this pretty li'l girlie, I suggest you run, don't walk, to the Lexington Ave Vikki's this Saturday for an autograph, picture, phone number...hahaha KIDDING! She's a married lady now:) But you could load up on all your favorite undies!!!

Fashion Week Daily

This article was taken directly from the Fashion Week Daily website. It was an interesting read so I thought I would share with you all.



Patrick Demarchelier to Art +Commerce

Agency announces representation of the iconic photographer
Thursday, May 07, 2009

(NEW YORK) Art + Commerce, IMG Worldwide's creative agency that represents A-list photographers including Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, and Hedi Slimane, has added another illustrious name to its ranks. The agency announced today that it is now representing Patrick Demarchelier. Demarchelier is a frequent contributor to the likes of American, French and British Vogue, in addition to his work shooting ad campigns for Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Calvin Klein, Gianfranco Ferré, and many more. In addition, the photographer has produced several books: Patrick Demarchelier: Fashion Photography in 1989, Photographs in 1995, Exposing Elegance in 1997, and FORMS in 1998.

Glowing Faces Makeup Artist Interview

For those makeup artists, hairstylists, photographers, models and any others in the industry. There is a website you should definitely know about.

It's called Ferenc.biz
Check out these great Makeup Artist Interview questions and the already finished Artist Interviews!

Take a peek at my makeup artist interview.
(Click the title of my post)
Would love to know what you all think:)


xo,
Cristina

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Skin and Hair

So, everyone wants to look good. No matter who you are, men and women alike, before you leave your house you check yourself in the mirror. As you walk by your reflection, you make sure that nothings changed since you checked yourself earlier. Occasionally, you'll peek in the rear view mirror for a little more than just looking at traffic behind you.

The fella's are just as vain as the women. And it's not a bad thing. The last think you want is to have a zit loom its ugly head as you're smiling at a hottie, or have your hair so dull and lifeless that you look like you haven't washed it in days when you're on your way to a job interview.

So, wouldn't it make sense to take care of yourself so there's less to have to cover up, adjust or otherwise hide?? Thought you might see it my way:) Lets talk skin and hair health:)

I'm sure you've heard that drinking 8 glasses of water per day is essential for skin and hair health. This isn't a rumor, it's not an old wives tail, it's the truth. Yes, using good products in your hair, keeping it clean and trimmed helps but what you put in your body directly affects how your hair grows and how your skin looks.

Here are just some items you can easily slip into your diet that can help with healthy hair growth:

Salmon, Dark Veggies, Beans, Nuts, Poultry, Eggs, Whole Grains, Oysters, Dairy products & Carrots.

It's just as easy to substitute a piece of chicken breast for a pork chop. How about slipping an egg into your salad for lunch. That salad can actually take care of your dark veggies, beans, eggs and dairy requirement:) Small changes can make all the difference.

As for your skin, we all know that you need to have a proper skin care regimen in order to keep yourself free of blemishes, ruddy complexion, excessive oil or flaky dry skin. Wash, exfoliate, tone and moisturize twice daily. There are also foods that you can add to your diet or replace in your diet in order to improve skin health. Here are a few:

Berries!!! (blackberry, blueberry, strawberries and plums), Salmon, Walnuts, Canola Oil, Whole Wheat, Green tea, and water, water, water.

If you notice, there are a lot of the same foods necessary for the proper health of hair and skin.

So imagine, you've changed or adjusted your diet to include these foods. You've been diligent enough to be sure to keep to a skin regimen twice a day.

The result? Healthy skin that doesn't need much makeup at all, hair that's bouncy, shiny and split end free. You're best you is now out there for the world to see.

I'm not saying this will make anyone out there less vain. I'm simply saying that instead of checking yourself out in search of flaws, you'll be checking yourself out in appreciation of all the things you're doing right.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Big Apple Make-Up Artist Mixer!!

Soooo, I got my invitation today. That's right people, the Big Apple Make-Up Artist Mixer! It's being hosted by Make-Up Artist Magazine and Naimie's Beauty Center.

My girlfriend and I are soooo gonna be there:) How could we not?!

It's the chance of a lifetime to be in the same place with other make-up artists talking about make-up, wearing make-up, near make-up..LOL

"Wonder twin powers ACTIVATE! Form of..an eyeshadow! Shape of, a crease brush!" We're gonna paint the town (or at least the room) fantastic!!

Special guest is none other than Bobbi Brown! She'll be there signing copies of her new book "Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual".

I'm so psyched to have been invited for cocktails (yummers...clink!), canapes (oolala) and chit chat about....MAKE-UP!!!!

We'll have one day to re-coup and then we're off to NYC again on Saturday to get cozy in time for the Make-Up Show on Sunday!!

IMATS Los Angeles

Hey Bloggers and Followers!! Here's another one for ya:) It's the IMATS. Stands for the International Makeup Artist Trade Show. The following information was taken directly from www.makeupmag.com:

IMATS TICKETS - LOS ANGELES
Known simply as “The Show” to the make-up world, the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) is the only show of its kind in the world. Thousands of make-up artists, vendors, manufacturers and enthusiasts convene for the make- up world’s biggest gathering. If you’ve ever wanted to learn the techniques or experiment with the products, or if you just have an interest in the art of make-up, then the Pasadena Convention Center (300 East Green Street) is where you need to be.

The show is open to the public. No make-up artist credentials are required to get you in the door. Tickets are non-refundable and any billing discrepancies must be presented within 30 days of the transaction.

No advance ticket orders accepted after June 11, 2009. Tickets are not available to be shipped after June 5th.

Visit www.makeupartist show.com for more information.

The Makeup Show in NYC May 17th & 18th

This post is for those of you who have been out of the loop, have so much going on that things slip by you or just don't subscribe to the same sites as I do.
The following information has been taken directly from www.TheMakeupShow.com. Visit their link for purchasing tickets, speaker information, directions, hotels and more....

The Makeup Show New York 2009
Sunday May 17 & Monday May 18

9:00am - 6:00pm Daily

For the fourth time the Makeup Show New York brings the industry together like no other trade event has before. The biggest brands. Top industry exhibitors. Speakers from every area of makeup artistry. New product introductions. Special Pro-only offers. Seminars, forums and hands-on workshops. The best networking opportunity in the business.

It’s a must-attend event for anyone involved in the makeup industry. Two days of inspiration, education and community building in the global epicenter of the beauty and entertainment industries – New York City.

Presented by The Powder Group and Metropolitan Pavilion

Henry N. Jackson Fall 2009/2010 Fall Collection

This April I (Cristina Rivera)had the pleasure and honor of working for Henry N. Jackson at his 2009-2010 Fall Collection in NYC. I worked along side Mark Weiss as makeup artists for this event.
Real sized women, true beauty and exquisite design. "Henry N.Jackson"

Tips for your wedding day

1) Determine your skin type. Here’s how:

Dry Skin: Tends to be clear and sometimes a little stiff and “too small” for your face after washing. Your pores are small and your skin may peel or get red when you’re out in bad weather.
Oily Skin: Usually looks shiny and has visible pores. Your makeup doesn’t usually last all day and you’re prone to breakouts/black heads.
Combination Skin: This is the most common skin type. It usually consists of an oily T-zone (nose, forehead and chin) and the cheeks are dry.
Normal Skin: The lucky ones have this kind of skin type. It’s smooth, soft and perfectly balanced.

2) 6-12 Months prior to your wedding day: Begin a skin care regimen. This should consist of:
  • A proper make up remover
  • Cleanser,
  • Toner
  • Exfoliator
  • Moisturizer


**All should be appropriate for your skin type. Keep in mind that as you age, your skin type will also change. The skin care regimen you had as a teenager, may not be appropriate for you now. Also, make sure your ingesting 8-12 glasses of water per day. It is so good for your skin and will help the overall look on your wedding day.**

3) 4-5 Months Prior: Get ideas on hair styles and make up looks you would consider for your wedding day. If possible, have pictures set aside to show the professionals you hire. This will help them provide you with just the right look.

4) 2-3 Months Prior: Book your make up artist. Keep in mind that artists are booked pretty far in advance so you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to book your artist. Be prepared to put a deposit down so that you can ensure your wedding day is secured. If your artist doesn’t offer a contract, be sure to ask for one. Safe guard your peace of mind by having things in writing and keeping a copy for yourself.

5) 3-4 Weeks Prior: Meet with your MUA (make up artist) to discuss and test the make up for your day. This is an essential process. The last thing you want is to have the MUA do your make up on your wedding day only to decide that you hate what they’ve done and have all of your pictures taken looking that way. If brides maids or mothers of the bride/groom are also having their make up done for the big day, it’s a good idea that they also have a pre-wedding consultation.


(Hint: some brides choose to have this consultation during the day with their brides maids, and they wear the make up out that night for a “night on the town”).

*most MUA’s have a discounted rate for Pre-Wedding Consultations, be sure to ask*

6) 1-2 Weeks Prior: Confirm your appointment. Be sure that time, place and # of women getting their make up done is discussed. Also, be sure that both of you has contact information so that you can reach each other if the need arises.