Category Archives: Best Makeup Artist Tools

Win a FREE beauty package from Mèreadesso!

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As a loyal subscriber to Colourchameleon, you will be entered to win a beauty package from Mèreadesso. Winner will be notified by message. Toronto Residents only.

Includes:

– I full size face and neck cleanser

– 5 Travel Size Face and Neck Cleanser (lasts about 2 weeks)

The globally sourced ingredient blend includes botanical extracts and vitamins. Effective as a deep cleanser but gentle enough for use around the eye area. After rinsing, your face will be free of residue and perfectly prepped for our All-In-One Moisturizer. Comes with a specially designed cleansing cloth (to be used with cleanser every time) in a reusable plastic pouch that’s great for holding everything from the cleanser to makeup brushes.

– 1 pack of lipbalm (2 lipbalms in a pack – 1 clear, 1 pink)

Lip Treats is a lush new series of tinted lip balms that perk up any pout. Made with evening primrose, grape seed, coconut and sunflower oils – then enhanced with Vitamins C and E – they’re a luscious moisturizer with a hint of colour to dress up everything you say.

– 5 Travel Size All-in-One Moisturizers (lasts about 2 weeks)

This lightweight gel-lotion’s globally sourced ingredients include 16 botanical extracts, 8 minerals and enzymes and over 20 antioxidants. Easy to apply, quick to absorb and impossible to give up because the longer you use it, the less you’ll need it.

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Good luck and stay beautiful!

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Subscribe to Colour Chameleon’s YouTube Channel for makeup tips and more! My channel features a lot of how-to videos as well as portfolio pieces. I will also hold contests from time to time to give away some of my favourite products from Mèreadesso.

Here’s a new makeup video for you to check out. This one shows how to go from a ‘day look’ to a ‘night look’ in just a few minutes.

I have also been fortunate enough to work with TrendHunter – www.trendhunter.com.
Trend Hunter is an amazing company that researches the latest trends. I madeover their employees and shared the videos on my youtube channel. Make sure to check them out!

I hope you enjoy it! Subscribe for more to come soon!

Long Lasting Curls For Your Wedding

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Happy Wedding! Every bride deserves to look and feel her best on this special day without fuss or worry. Here are some very simple tips for lasting curls you can do by yourself while at the destination.

Washing hair the night before your wedding is ideal because it allows hair to dry naturally. It also allows you more time for the next morning to relax or finish any final errands. Apply mousse to hair while it is damp by flipping head over and applying it evenly from root to tip with a scrunching motion. Mousse really helps hold the curls, adds protection against heat damage and tames frizz.

I love the Thermal Creations Mouuse by Tresemme. This amazing formula adds volume, shine and may be brushed through to create any long lasting hairstyle desired. The price is exceptional for the results it provides.

When styling your hair, I always like to section the hair into four parts. Two at the front and a section of the crown and lastly, the back bottom half. If you have hard to curl hair, spraying some hairspray on the section you are going to curl first and brushing it through will make curls last. I start with the back and move my way up regardless of whether it is using hot rollers, or a curling iron. The front pieces around the face should be curled outwards to frame the face. If you are a volume lover, tease the crown first and spray with hairspray. Repeat as needed until you are satisfied with the height.

Try the Climate Control hairspray by Tresemme. It is perfect for long lasting style, yet may be brushed through and really works well against the humidity in the Caribbean and Mexico.

The Curl Secret Infiniti Pro by Conair is one of my favourite. Read full article here…

Give as a Gift – How to Work With A Makeup Artist

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Christmas is coming – it’s the time for giving. And for only $9.99 you can give an aspiring photographer great tips regarding production so that every shoot is fun and seamless! Communication is key regarding any type of relationship, and one with a photographer and a makeup artist is no different.

Section one: Scheduling your first shoot

A perfect start to get the look you want, how to prepare for it and what to discuss to make the shoot day flow easily

Section two: Terms for Makeup and Hair

Helps you understand makeup and hairstyling terms to get the look you want quickly and easily. This is also great when working with clients.

Section three: Lighting and Makeup/Hair

How to discuss lighting with your team so the makeup, hair and wardrobe all look flawless in the photos. How to set up and all work smoothly together.

Section four: Best Products to have when no makeup artist is present and how to use them.

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This is a great time to discuss whether the photographer (YOU) will be giving the makeup artist a CD, or prints, or both. You really do need to discuss this beforehand so there is no miscommunication or false assumptions. You should also discuss if you are both wanting to submit this to a particular magazine to get an editorial published. Makeup artist and model portfolios are a standard 9×12 and photographer portfolios are 11×14.

Thank you to all my supporters!

Flawless Face! – Humor & Entertainment – Bublish Book Bubble

Foundation or concealer may be applied in either order, just be careful when you are applying foundation after concealer, not to wipe the concealer away. Sponges, brush or fingers may be used. I prefer using a brush as it spreads quite nicely and you have full control over the concealed areas.

If you need to find a good colour of foundation, apply near the jaw and neck as this will blend in perfectly. That line around the chin is called a demarcation line and should be avoided at all costs.

It is also great to have a spring/summer, fall/winter selection of foundations as tans in the summer come and go.

Make sure to apply foundation to eyelids as this will help the eye shadow stay put and prevent creasing. After the foundation is applied, make sure it is fully blended and applied under the chin and slightly on the neck.

Best Tricks

  • If you are out of your foundation but love to wear it, mixing a little concealer with some cream gives great coverage.
  • If you just want a little tint, mix in more cream with your foundation for a more even but natural look.

If you have large pores, a really simple technique is to use a foundation brush (I find the liquid foundation brush by CoverFX works best – apply foundation on the face and use quick stipple movements to fill in pores for a virtually flawless complexion. Read more.

Creating a Makeup Effect – One Model Place

diner_shot_with_hedleyPhoto by Matt Barnes, Westside Studio

Hi Everyone, I love creating different looks, hence I really love my career as a makeup/hair/spfx artist.

Although I have been involved in a number of great projects over the years, one of my recent favorites was a greaser-style shoot with the rock band, Hedley. Besides working with Hedley, one of the things that made this shoot so special was a top notch team including Matt Barnes (photographer), Courtney Boyd (producer), and Dwayne Kennedy (wardrobe stylist).

There is a lot that goes into the production of a large-scale photo shoot. Time is money and the shoot must run smoothly. Communication is very important, so budgets, looks, location and scheduling were all discussed at a pre-production meeting for this shoot took place. At the end of the day, we needed to put together a well-executed shoot and produce something awesome.

At the pre-production meeting, Matt Barnes explained the lighting, how the shots were going to be organized as well as what looks he liked for us to go with. From my end, I relayed to the producer my requirements that all of the models come with clean, dry hair, no makeup and no nail polish

The theme for this photo shoot was very “Greasers” inspired. Once learning about this, I researched a lot of 50’s looks that would compliment the concept. I also needed to go with great looks that could be done in the shortest amount of time with lasting power as there were 3 locations and some of the shots were outdoors. I watched the movie “Grease” for reference. On the shoot day, Dwayne, the models, Hedley, and Courtney all got organized. Since all the shots were group shots and everyone was a “hero” (no background talent), it meant we all had to work well and quickly as a team. Dwayne would take certain models and dress them while I started on hair. Read more…

Enjoy!

Thanks so much to OMP for this opportunity.

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Poor But Sexy Magazine Article

Hi Everyone,

Please feel free to check out the new blog in Poor But Sexy Magazine: http://www.poorbutsexy.ca/the-artists-guide-to-self-publishing-part-i/

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You wouldn’t be wrong to say that Robert Brodey, author of the political thriller, “Josef’s Lair” , and Natalia Zurawska, author of “I’m Not Making This Up”, a book of make-up tips for fashion newbies, come from different ends of the arts spectrum. One is an avid photojournalist and the other a talented hair and makeup artist.

What both of these authors had in common was the goal of writing a book and taking it public with or without an agent or publisher behind them. For the next two days, we will find out how they did it, what companies they chose to work with and what their results were. If you’ve ever wondered about self-publishing, stay tuned. – excerpt from article

A HUGE thanks to Photography and Art Direction duo Thomas Bollman and Ingrid Jones of

Thanks so much!

Photo of cover by Matt Barnes – www.thatsthespot.com

 

 

Hi Everyone,

Spring is finally here and Mother’s Day is coming up!  I am a huge fan of Dermalogica products.  Dermalogica has recently come out with a Face Mapping Campaign.  It is a complimentary service.  Here is more information –

http://www.facemapnation.com/CA 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlfum4fgb-k

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The Best Makeup Artist Tools for OMP Members

Hi Everyone,

My name is Natalia Zurawska. I have been a professional makeup/hair/spfx artist for the last 10 years. There are so many amazing products on the market today. Here are just a few I could not live without. If you are a professional makeup artist, try these out – true time and money savers as well as great quality! I have included some great tips as well.

Enjoy!

Dermalogica’s Pre Cleanse Wipes

These amazing wipes are perfect for removing environmental pollutants, sunscreen, waterproof mascara and more. I like to use them on myself as well as on set. Infused with aloe, apricot oil, rice bran and Vitamin E , they nourish the skin and don’t clog pores. Use alone or add a little water to create a cleansing milk before fully washing your face. No artificial fragrance, colour or parabens. Comes in a package of 20 for $18.

www.dermalogica.ca


The Zuca Artist Backpack

The Zuca Artist Backpack is perfect for the artist on the go. The innovative design features 4 clear vinyl-lined pockets on the door panel to store small items. A very clever strap is perfect for storing alligator clips.

This amazing backpack also features 2 clear vinyl-lined Utility Pouches – (can accommodate up to 4) used for organizing all tools and products.

It includes a thermal pocket for a flat and curling iron so there is no need to wait for cool down. Built in straps secure the backpack to your Zuca rolling case. Even the straps are ergonomically designed and the back is padded.

The backpack is perfect to set up anywhere and transforms into a sleek workstation. The convenient strap holds the door open for easy access.

$139.00

www.zuca.com

Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage

I love the Secret Camouflage by Laura Mercier. It comes in a variety of tones perfect for every complexion. I also love that you can customize your colour because of the two-hue pans. It is perfect if you or talent get a bit of a tan or lose a little colour without having to get a new product. A little goes a long way and stays put all day with no creasing, drying or discoloration. Infused with chamomile, Vitamins A, C and E, it is perfect for even the most sensitive skin. Apply with a concealer brush and use your clean hand as a palette to mix desired shade. Apply to under eyes and blemishes by blending gently outwards. $38 for .26oz pans. Concealer brush $32

Best Tip*

Apply after foundation so you don’t wipe it away. If you are doing a dark smoky eye, it is best to apply shadow first and let the residual eye shadow fall. Clean off after a few minutes and apply concealer. It prevents the concealer and eye shadow from creating a messy mix.

$38.00

www.lauramercier.com

M.A.C Eye Shadow Palette

Every makeup artist as well as makeup lover should have one! The case size is 4.25’ by 7.5’ and contains 15 little circle containers to pop in the eye shadows which you can customize. I notice that some artists like to take out the “holding circles” and fit in many more eye shadows as the case is magnetic. Whatever floats your boat I personally like to keep them apart as I notice there is much less shattering and mixing of shades. Empty palette available at M.A.C stand alone stores $12.50. Each shadow $13.50 each. You can also get a free shadow for recycling 6 empty containers.

www.maccosmetics.com

Best Tips*

If you happen to get a regular pot eye shadow from M.A.C you can wiggle the little lip where you open it with a knife. Heat up a flat iron and pop the little pan and eye shadow on the heat checking every few seconds. Simply wiggle the eye shadow out if its plastic pan and pop into your palette. Voila!

You can use wax paper to protect your flat iron however I find it works better without, just keep an eye on it. Wipe your flatiron down with a wet wipe afterwards while it is hot by clamping it down and running it through a few times. It will get rid of any previous hair product residue as well as anything melted.

Clean the palette easily by spraying 70% rubbing alcohol. If any of the shadows have shattered a little, make a little paste with the alcohol and leave the lid open to dry. Clean around the edges with a q-tip or folded over paper towel.

Image courtesy of www.makeupgeek.com

A Variety of Mascara Wands

As a professional makeup artist, I have noticed it is not so much the formulation of the mascara unless it is waterproof but the brush that makes the biggest difference.

Some brushes give a very natural effect while others provide a lot of drama and depending on the look hence, it is great to have a lot of brushes on hand. Since it is unhygienic to use the same brush on many eyes, I cut the brush wands out of the new mascaras and wash gently after every use.

For brides and any type of sport/water involving shoots I love to use the Lash blast 24 hour mascara by CoverGirl. It stays put through sweat and tears and creates a beautiful natural look with defined lashes along with noticeably added volume and length. $10

www.covergirl.ca

For a major effect, I love the new “They’re Real” mascara by Benefit. The brush hugs each lash and saturates it so well making eyes pop. The effect is gorgeous and dramatic! $29

www.benefitcosmetics.com

Best Tips*

If you are out of eyeliner, gently swipe your eyeliner brush along the mascara wand and use it as liner in a pinch. Layer on for a defined look or smudge out using a q-tip.

Replace mascara every 3 months to prevent eye infection.

Never pump mascara in the tube – it just dries it out. Instead, swirl it in the tube.

Best Tips*

Keeping an ice pack or heat packet in your kit depending on the season and especially if you are shooting on location.

Makeup is expensive as well as fragile. Weather can effect the formulation. By keeping ice packs covered in a sandwich bag (to prevent condensation) or heat packets, this can greatly reduce the chances of any texture and quality changes. This works well in kits as well as personal makeup bags. Both are available at the dollar store. The interchangeable heat/cool pack works very well too.

I hope you have enjoyed my tips.

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All the best,

Natalia Zurawska
Makeup/Hair SPFX

For more great tips, check out Natalia’s amazing ebooks:

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