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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Airbrush. It's not just for celebs anymore!!

I look through magazines and admire the skin tone and sheer perfection of so many models and actresses. The beauty that comes in my mailbox through Elle, Cosmo, Glamour, Latina, Marie Claire...(Yes I have A LOT of subscriptions...LOL). I mean how can you NOT? Look at Eva Mendez, Eva Longoria, Helena Christiansen, Madonna!! Now, granted these women are already beautiful, fit and confident, but..... you can't tell me that these women don't have bad hair days, puffy eyes, an occasional break out etc.. Of course they do!

It doesn't help that a lot of designers, cosmetic companies and magazines use girls in their late teens to early 20's to advertise their eye cream, or anti-wrinkle serums. Nothing like making us all feel as though we NEED what they've got to make us look like that...LOL..

Just looking at the tabloids should tell you that these celebs don't ALWAYS look fabulous. You can Google "before and afters" and you will get a plethora of images from Brittany Spears, Christina Aguilera, Cher, Jennifer Garner and even Halle Berry. Though I'm not a fan of calling out these ladies in their "less than perfect" state, I am an advocate of helping other women realize that they're not so different from those who have access to a professional make up artist at any given time.

Remember sitting around with your friends admiring the women in your favorite magazine and inevitably one of you blurt out "That's airbrushed". For so long we mistakenly gave credit to airbrush when in fact it was photo shop. Personally, I heart photo shop..LOL... BUT... lets not take away from the new airbrush craze that is the airbrush compressor!!!

There are SOOO many companies that sell their own version of "THE BEST" compressor. From OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics), Temptu, Luminess & Dinair they've all got something for everyone. I guess it just depends on how much you can spend and how much you will use your new compressor and airbrush.

Lets assume you've already purchased your compressor and airbrush. You've even got a bunch of foundation, contours, highlighters, shadows etc... Now, what will you do with it? Lets face it, you don't want to WASTE your product attempting to teach yourself how to use your machine. At least not without having SOME idea of what to do in the first place.

I would suggest you take a class. This way you have professional makeup artists who are well versed in using the machines and have techniques on how to simplify the process for you. This is of course assuming you have the MONEY to take a class. If you don't.. don't worry!! There is another option.

Remember, you can find just about ANYTHING on the Internet. You don't HAVE to go pay for a class if you absolutely can't afford it. Granted, being in a classroom has it's advantages, since you can ask questions that YOU are in need of having answered and that's not necessarily the case with online learning but still.. lets not turn our noses up at online learning.

There are many companies who now offer a detailed tutorial on how to use their machines & their makeup. Now you can tune in and get ready to take notes, or get ready to work right along side with them.

Here are just a few of the websites that I've found that can help you with whatever compressor you may have. Some of them tell you the pressure to use some of them don't. So there will be some things you have to figure out on your own if you're doing this online.

www.luminessworkshop.com
www.temptupro.com
www.youtube.com
www.laurelcosmetics.com

Now these are just a few that I found for you but use your Google search engine and type different key words. Give yourself a fighting chance to catch up to others who have already mastered the art of airbrush.

I would suggest having someone you can practice on with you. Turn on your computer and press play. As they show you what to do, do it at the same time. You can pause the feed until you catch up, rewind if you didn't quite catch what they said and re-play if you would like to see it all over again. You can then compare your technique with theirs, your outcome to theirs and make note of what you need to practice.

I'm sure you already know that you don't have to reserve your airbrush compressor for clients. Give yourself the luxury of airbrush to enhance or conceal your features by finding the shade that's just right for you. Master the application and make it the easiest way to give yourself a "feel good" pick me up on a daily basis.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

"To Be A Star"


"To Be A Star"

I'd like to introduce you all to the new upcoming event called "To Be a Star".
This is a web based reality show to kick all other reality shows butts!! LOL.. And I'm not just saying that because I'm going to be a part of it..LOL.. well, maybe just a little..:)

But seriously, this new reality show is a documentary web reality series. It follows 10 young ladies as they do all they can to become stars. This show will have mentors and celebrity guests to help guide the girls in the right direction. They will go through what they're calling "Star Boot camp" to whip them into shape for Star Status!!!

There will be 10 episodes for your viewing pleasure that include challenges that lead to "money can't buy" prizes and of course experiences that will never be forgotten.



Where will Iiiiiiii be in all of this you ask? Well I'm glad you did..LOL.. I will be featured makeup artist on the show. I will be working on the photo shoots that the girls will be taking part in on the show. Along side Chris Lanston who is the Make Up Artist Mentor on the show, we will create flawless beauties to be photographed. Seriously, I can't wait!!!

The following information was taken directly from the "To Be a Star" Facebook page as it best describes the series:

To achieve success in modeling, acting or entertainment, it takes more than pretty head shots, an expensive portfolio, or weeks or months of training from some less-than-reputable ‘modeling school.’ Putting 200 pictures of yourself on a bunch of modeling portfolio websites will not turn you into a star either.

There is only ONE way to become a star – surround yourself with people who have already become stars, train with them, learn from them, tap into all of their connections throughout the entertainment industry, and pursue stardom with passion, dedication, and a willingness to go above and beyond to achieve your dreams.

‘To Be a Star’ Academy is a journey like none other – through our program, you will:

* Develop the skills necessary to break into the industry & have success;
* Develop your own personal brand to create your own marketable niche;
* Network with an array of mentors, and their networks, to meet the power brokers of the industry;
* Develop a marketing plan and a business plan to promote yourself;
* Implement both and reach for the Stars
Our objective is to help you maximize your potential. Perhaps you have what it takes to become a Supermodel. Or maybe you have the natural talent to become the next big movie star. Perhaps you can be the next Miley Cyrus, or Britney Spears, or Hayden Panettiere, or Blake Lively.

We don’t want to help you land a magazine spread or a small TV commercial. We want to turn you into a STAR – a truly marketable star, who is versatile enough to become a multi-dimensional talent – appear in magazines, star in television shows and movies, become a top brand endorser in ad campaigns and TV commercials, get your own perfume, your own clothing line or cosmetics contract. Become a STAR.


The first episode premiers on September 7th, 2009. So mark your calendars!! You'll be able to view it on the following websites:



To be taken to their You Tube site, simply click on the title of this blog.
See you there!