Friday, March 28, 2014

Essentials for Every Aspiring Make-Up Artist

I've received quite a few emails and comments on how you too can become a makeup artist. Though im a big believer that practice makes perfect I realize that some of you may live in a state where a license or certificate is required in order to work and charge your clients. Though NYS isn't one of those states I dont want to be a "stateist" (yep it's a word...well now it is, lol) and assume everyone's state laws are like mine :)

That being said, there are some tools that I personally believe are essential in order to be able to present yourselves as professionals in the eyes of your clients. This is limited to actual products that can help you along in your career, I won't touch much on classes or education which is kind of a no-brainer. Im assuming none of you would have the audacity to see a cover girl commercial and suddenly think you too are an artist, lol. Trust me I've come across quite a few of those.

Anyhow, I'd like to start with my personal picks as far as books are concerned. Yes, im well aware that there are many to choose from but these in particular will benefit you ALL. The first, written by the amazing Crystal Wright.






This little bible will touch on so many different topics that will help you start/further your career. It can also serve as a reminder/refresher when you are brainstorming on ways to stand out amongst the ocean of other artists out there. It is a bible, trust me!

The second is also from Crystal Wright in the form of an ebook. It has got to be the most convenient way to tote her wisdom along with you!!


Both of these fountains of essential information will include not only tips and tricks but also interviews from professional working artists, stylists, and the like giving you first hand insight on what they've gone through, how they've paid their dues (cuz you KNOW you gotta pay them dues before you become ANYONE) and suggestions they have for you to make it in this glamour world we live in.

In reading both of these books I can tell you that, as with anything else, you have to really want it. You have to have the fire and the passion that it takes to make it doing what you love. Let me also tell you that these little gems also are filled with motivation so Crystal has really just gift wrapped success for you and it's up for grabs.

With samples of resume's, comp card suggestions, website, books and more. Honest to goodness, how can you even sit there knowing that your career is just WAITING for you to get into action???

I realize we may all work a "regular day job" because our MUA Careers don't yet hold sufficient monetary compensation for us to live off of just yet (lord why can't we can't all be Monifa Mortis or Joanna Schlip?? whyyyy?!). Ahem, sorry, just venting there, lol.. BUT we can do what we can to move forward and climb our way to the top :) There's plenty of room up there but you're not going to get there by procrastinating.


Visit her blog and learn more about how you can also be the best Hairstylist, Makeup Artist, Manicurist, Stylist....YOU. ;)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Those Little Dark Circles Don't Seem So Small When They're on your FACE!!

Ok we are not a football player! Well, I would think that most of us aren't anyway. And because of this, we would rather not have those pesky little circles under our eyes, am I right? Sure I am!
With that said, let me first start by saying that sleeping with your makeup on not only hurts me (it reallydoes kill me to learn that people do this), it hurts your cause!! Did you know that if you don't get all of that mascara and eyeliner off of those lids, over time they will actually STAIN your lids? UPPER AND LOWER PEOPLE!! Yeah, not pretty! (think that Seinfeld episode where they looked different in different light...from wow to ew)


So, in order to avoid this awkward situation, how bout we go ahead and get some eye makeup remover, a cotton ball and a Q-tip (yes, I'm that serious). Make sure you remove all of your makeup before you turn in for the night. Get in there with your Q-tip so that you can get every bit there is and not wake up with racoon eyes (not attractive) and avoid staining this thin sensitive skin around your pretty peepers!!

Next, you're going to want to moisturize on a regular basis. Yes REGULAR basis, as in morning and night. Find an eye cream that attends to the problem areas or problems you're tryin to avoid (ie..puffy, dark, lines etc) and dab dab dab! Your eyes will thank you for it!



Moving right along, did you know that certain colors are used to correct different problems? Yep, that dang color theory wheel you had to learn in high school art sure comes in handy for us MUA's!! Doncha wish you paid attention?? Well lucky for you, I'm here to give you some tips on how to use color (and not gobs of it for the love) to cover up your little imperfections until you've treated them away :)

If the problem you're having is bluish or purplish veins under your eyes and you've got light to medium skin tone you're really going to want to use a peach/salmon concealer dabbed every so lightly. With medium to dark skin you're going to want to reach out and pick up a yellow/salmon or orange concealer. These are to be used sparingly as you don't want to have that chalky built up look under those eyes.

For dark brown or deep red circles, with light or medium skin you would use yellow or a very light peachy color and for medium or dark skin, use a yellow (more golden than yellow) or salmon color.

One thing that i find not only brightens up the under eye and top of cheekbone area is a product called "Banana Powder". It is magic in a bottle! This yellow powder applied sparingly just under the eyes can bring a warm glow and brightness to the face giving the appearance of rest and energy. Ben Nye banana powder can be found at various stores and websites, just google or bing it!!


Now repeat after me..."I will not use a shade too light for my skin to cover up my dark circles, or dark spots." LOL...

Now off you go my fellow makeup junkies!! Remove, moisturize and dab your little hearts out!!




**photo credits: visibletime.ararcive.com, stevesgrl.hubpages.com, camera ready cosmetics**



Thursday, January 3, 2013

what would you like to read about?

Since I'd like to keep my readers up to date on the most updated info i also want to be sure I'm giving you information you would like to read more about!

So with that, i invite you to comment or send me messages letting me know what YOU would like.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Will that be cash or charge???

For those of you who havent yet heard, a new movement is here. Gone are the days when you work your fingers to the bone for customers only to have them hand you a check that later bounces.



Though i must give credit where credit is due, most of our clients understand the concept of instant gratification tit for tat. These clients come equip with cash at the ready. To these customers we owe a debt of gratitude to the others they owe us. Lol...



Thank goodness the beauty godesses have heard our plea and we can all breathe a sigh of releif as we all equip ourselves with... wait for it.... The Square!!!







Yup, this little do-dad is money in the bank...literally! Just link your bank account to your square, run their credit card and for 2.5% your money is yours!







For more details on this fantabulous little device simply go to



Now you can simply say "Will that be cash or charge?"

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Makeup Show NYC

So if you haven't been living under a rock, and even if you have, you all know that the most anticipated event in NYC for us Makeup Artists is THE MAKEUP SHOW.

Well this year Michael and James went ahead and outdid themselves....again!! Yep, if you hadn't guessed, these glossified geniuses have now brought you a CAREER FAIR!! No I'm NOT kidding!!

This year, on Monday May 14th from 4pm-6pm you can be recruited, screened and hired!!! This of course probably has you scrambling to be sure that your portfolio is up to par, that your resume is on point and that your outfit, hair and makeup are planned out so you represent yourself as only you know how.

Seriously, you should be scrambling!! SCRAMBLE! SCRAMBLE!! lol...

20 industry brands all looking to hire and train you to be their leading artists. What brands you ask??? How bout Makeup Forever, Cinema Secrets, Auraline Beauty, Crown Brush, OCC, Stila to name a few. WHAAAAAATTT?!?!

Ok stop scrambling for a minute so you can get the information down. How embarassing would it be to get down there and not have all the details??

Admission to the career fair is limited to The Makeup Show ticket holders (so if you don't already have those, you're gonna wanna shake a tail feather). It's $10 additional. If you'd like to pre-register you can (and should...hellooooo!!) you want to email info@themakeupshow.com . Those who are non ticket holders (sillies as I like to call them), your entry will be $50.00. Oh and don't bother showing up without a resume!! You may now resume your scrambling, which I'm sure is already in progress :)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Comopak's Airtight Mascara Pen


Cosmopak’s Airtight Mascara Pen

Ok so I know we’re all on the look out for the next cool and snazzy li’l products that make us feel as though we’re on the cutting edge of the make up industry. It’s kind of like buying shoes for your make-up kit.. LOL.. So you can imagine my giddy excitement to find THIS little do-dad. Granted, it’s not actually owned and distributed by any particular cosmetics company (that I know of) but OMG it’s AWESOME!! I mean AIR TIGHT?! I’m a biiiig fan of cleanliness and hygiene, especially when it comes to my make up, so when I saw this “Airtight Mascara Pen” I dang near slid off my seat.

So for those of you either starting your own cosmetics line or those of you who already have one and are looking to sprinkle a little “snazzy” on your current line, THIS is soooo the piece you were looking for.

Airtight Mascara Pen

First 100% airtight mascara. No Bacteria.
A breakthrough in mascara packaging. 3 years in R&D, 5 years field testing. New formula, new applicator, new wiper equals new effect. Tapered TPE brush and mascara comb allows for precise and even application on lashes. Formula is always separate from the brush so it guarantees freshness.

You can go to www.cosmopak.com to find this an other exciting new containers to house your already fabulous and unique products J Happy shopping ya’ll!! xo




Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cosmoprof North America




It's about that time ya'll!! That's riiiiight!! It's Cosmoprof North America and it's going to be held JUly 18-20th at the Mandalay Convention Center in Las Vegas... Yup, I did say VEGAS BABY!! WOOT WOOT!!!

Who is this show for? Well if you're in Salon/Spa Management,Specialty Store, OTC Beauty Store, Chain Salon, Cosmetology School, Distributors/Wholesalers, Importers/Exporters, Manufacturers, Product Developers or a Buyer then this is a show you REAAALLYY shouldn't be missing. It just doesn't make good business sense.



In Pavillion "A" you'll find Cosmetic & Personal Care where they will showcase the best in skincare, cosmetics, toiletries, frangrances, organic beauty products and accessories.

Pavillion "B" will house Packaging, Contract Manufacturing & Private Label. This is dedicated to suppliers.

Pavillion "C" will show you Wellness and Spa goods. (doesn't it just SOUUNNDD relaxing?? LOL)

Pavillion "D" will boast Hair, Nails and Tools. I'm bursting just thinking about it!!

Ticket Prices:

* 1-day- $60.00 / person
pre-registration ($85 after June 21)
* 3-day- $110.00 / person
pre-registration ($135 after June 21)


So get on it!! Click on the title of this blog and you're halfway there!!