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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…

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Blooming Beauty Buzz: Hottest Spring Makeup Trends

After our incredibly long winter, spring is just around the corner. The trends for spring 2014 are much bolder than in the previous years sporting the bright shades of green, blue and violet.

  • Orange is the new “it” shade for lips.
  • Skin is dewy and fresh.
  • Low ponytails, wisps and braids are your go-to hair trends this season.

Here are my favourite beauty tips. Enjoy!

How to get the “dewy skin” look:

Dermalogica makes an amazing Cover Tint. Natural light-diffusing agents combined with Iron Oxides blur lines, brighten and moisturize skin, providing an even skin tone, while SPF 20 helps protect skin from sun damage. Comes in three shades that truly compliment almost any complexion. I always like to add a little dab to collar bones and where skin is exposed for a uniform look.

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Tip:
Apply cover tint first and add a little concealer to blemishes and under eyes. This prevents from rubbing away the concealer when applying a foundation. Use fingers for both applications, as the warmth promotes easy blending. When applying concealer, gently cover the imperfection and blend away the edges.

I love the concealer by Cover FX. The colours are vast for every ethnicity. The coverage is exceptional, as well as moisturizing, and lasts for hours.

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The application of a bright eye shadow or eye liner is key to having beautiful, eyes that dazzle.

A great way to get the look is to use a bright blue, green or violet shade as an accent. Apply just a thin trace of eyeliner along the eyelid or in the inner corners of the eyes. Mature women should avoid anything with sparkle. For an evening look, apply the shadow to the entire eyelid – looks gorgeous. To get the perfect look, blend upwards, making sure that eye shadow application is symmetrical and does not go above your eyelid. Darker variations of green, blue and violet look best.

Tip:
Wet an eyeliner brush and use eye shadow as eyeliner if you have none on hand.

Remember: you never want to have extremely dramatic eyes and lips together. Choose to focus on either eyes or lips, while keeping the other muted.

I love eye shadow quads by Clinique. With fun names like Galaxy for blues, On Safari for greens and Going Steady for purples, your eyes have never looked so gorgeous!

I also love that the palette comes with instructions for application.

If you prefer a more natural look, the Teddybear quad is simply stunning and looks great with a more orange or even natural toned lip.

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Tip:
Apply a little concealer to eyelids to keep eye shadow on for hours.

For lips, orange is here to stay for spring! I love the new moisturizing jumbo lipsticks by Elizabeth Arden that come in two shades – coral reef and sunrise. Both are beautiful shades. The lipstick is a jumbo pencil that is incredibly moisturizing and comes with a sharpener.

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For your mane, wisps and no fuss hair is in. I personally love the messy wavy, tousled look. For optimum results, spray dry hair with a protecting spray such as the Thermal Creations Heat Protecting Spray. It not only protects the hair from heat, but also reduces frizz, keeps the style and smells great. I love the little lock on the bottle as well to prevent skills.

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Begin by parting hair to your liking. For large no-fuss waves, I love the Revlon Ceramic Jumbo Waver. It takes only a few minutes as you can take big strands of hair. Simply hold down and release. Finger tousle. You can either wear hair down or in a low ponytail. Secure with a clear elastic. For added pizzaz, hide the elastic with a thin strand of your hair by wrapping it around and securing with a matching bobby pin underneath. Finish with a spray. I love the Climate Control Hairspray by Tresemme. It provides great hold regardless of the weather, yet you can still brush through it.

All the best and Happy Spring!

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Put a Lil’ Spring In Your Step – Beauty tips

Attention ladies, it’s spring already! Spring doesn’t only mean a lovely aroma, flowers and sunny days; it also means that there are new beauty trends coming up!

Natalia Zurawska has some beauty tips for you (from head to toe) which will help you through the spring time!
Enjoy!

Tip 1: Lips
Orange lips are really big for spring and look especially amazing on South Asian Skin tones.

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Kate Bosworth

Elizabeth Arden has come out with a Beautiful Jumbo Colour Gloss Stick, only available for a limited time. This has got to be one of my favorite makeup goodies yet and I hope it does end up staying in their line. The gloss stick is extra moisturizing providing vibrant colour and shine. It comes with a sharpener as well. Just perfection for the perfect pout!

Beautiful Color Gloss Stick by Elizabeth Arden
Beautiful Color Gloss Stick by Elizabeth Arden

Best Tips:

  • To keep lipstick on extra long, line your entire lip with the same colour of lip liner.
  • To prevent lipstick from bleeding, apply powder around the lip line to set.
  • Make sure to keep eye makeup more muted if lips are going to be vibrant.

Tip 2: Eyes
Blue, green and purple eye shadows and eyeliner are back! Do not be afraid, a lot has changed since the 80’s. For an added pop of colour, simply line your eyes, or apply only to the inner corners with a more neutral colour along the lid. Really bright eye shadow colours should be used as an accent for a day look. Darker shades of blue, green and purple may be applied to the entire lid like a smokey eye for a night on the town.

I love the eye shadow quad sets by Clinique. The colours are gorgeous, already matched and stay on for hours. I especially love the On Safari (green tones), Galaxy (blue tones) and Going Steady (purple tones)

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Eye shadow by Clinique
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Eye shadow by Clinique

Best Tips:

  • Make sure not to extend eye shadow into the brow bone.
  • Keep lips neutral if you are going for a dramatic eye look.
  • Apply concealer to eyelids before eye shadow application for lasting results.

The Tightline cake Eye Liner by Laura Mercier is a truly spectacular. You can activate it with water or with the Tightline Activator to keep it waterproof. Create a paste using the Laura Mercier flat brush and apply by wiggling in between lashes and inner eye line. With gorgeous shades such as Bleu Marine, Plum Riche and Forest Green, there is a colour for everyone. It also comes in more classic tones such as Charcoal Grey, Mahogany Brown, GunMetal Smoke and Black Ebony.

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Make-up by Laura Mercier

Tip 3: Body
I love the new cream by Soap and Glory. With major moisturizing ingredients such as shea, coconut bar, lime and almond oils, it nourishes post-winter skin leaving it smelling oh so fresh and rejuvenating. Kiwi juice water is also added. Yum!

Sugar Crush Body Butter
Sugar Crush Body Butter

Tip 4: Hair
Dry shampoo is always great to keep on hand or in your purse. I love the travel size one by TRESemmé. TRESemmé volumizing dry shampoo has such a great citrus scent to pep you up all while freshening up your hair, adding volume and eliminating oil. It also helps keep hair colour with less washing. Simply spray on and brush through before styling hair.

Dry Shampoo by TRESemmé
Dry Shampoo by TRESemmé

I hope you have enjoyed these beauty tips!

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Other posts you may like:
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Top 6 Tips for Models

Top 6 Tips for Models

Hi,

My name is Natalia Zurawska. I have been a professional makeup/hair/spfx artist for the last 10 years. You can see my work at www.colourchameleon.com

Here are some of the best tips for models – Enjoy!

1. Take care of your skin! We all know that photoshop is used so much, however there is nothing like having great skin. Drinking lots of water, getting proper sleep as well as washing your face in the morning and before bed as well as moisturizing is key. Do not drink alcohol before a shoot – it makes the makeup slide right off.

Shu Uemura makes an amazing cleansing oil called Ultime 8 Sublime. It features 8 botanical ingredients and gently takes off even the most difficult to remove makeup so easily. I love that the pump locks – so no more spills and it moisturizes as well. Perfect for even the most sensitive skin.

shu uemura Skin Purifier Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil

www.shuuemura.ca

2. Take great care of your teeth – brush and floss. See your dentist regularly and if needed Crest White strips really do www.3dwhite.com/en-ca work wonders.

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3. Do not wear nail polish or only a very nude tone – it takes forever to take off and is always required to be taken off unless there is a special shoot. Get manicures on a regular basis.

When doing a quick selfie manicure, apply a base coat first. I love the Mutlicare Base and Topcoat by Revlon. Apply in 3 strokes – one in the middle and 2 (1 on each side) for a streak free application. This makes nail polish stay on longer as well as protect the nail.

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www.revlon.com

Next comes polish. I love the one by O.P.I in Bubblebath. It is the perfect colour for any skin tone. NEVER shake the bottle up and down (it gets the poish up in the lid and that’s why it is so hard to open sometimes), intstead, shuffle it in your hands back and forth. The warmth of your hands will make the polish easier to apply as well. Follow the same steps – 1 stroke in the middle and 2 (1 on each side). It is also much better to add 2 thin coats than a thick one.

Finish with a topcoat for added durability. I also like to paint the underside of the nail to prevent chipping. Allow to dry. If you are in a rush, rinse hands in cool water (it sets the polish quicker and apply a little vegetable oil).

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www.opi.com

4. I love bronzer! The best tip is to apply with a large powder brush to the areas of the face where the sun would naturally hit you – forehead, nose and chin. Then I like to apply just above the cheekbones with the remainder. Just remember to apply to the body as well, such as collar bones, cleavage and a light dusting on shoulders for a uniform look. Remember to blend well and not use more than 2 shades darker of your skin tone for a natural, beautiful dose of colour.

I love the bronzer by Elizabeth Arden. It comes in a great container where you can use the “dial” to dispense as much as you want. It is also so hygienic (my favorite). I love that you can layer the bronzer as well. The first coat is lightly sun kissed, to a much more deeper look for darker skin tones.

Pure Finish Mineral Bronzer Open Compact

www.elizabetharden.ca

I would have to say that mascara is my one makeup product I could not live without. I love the LashBlast 24 by Cover Girl. It goes on so smoothly for added length as well as volume with no clumps.  It also stays put all day – no smudges!

When applying mascara, I like to use a zigzag motion and apply the regular way. I then like to saturate each lash by doing the top of the lashes and finish off application by zigzagging again by the “regular application”. Eyes really do pop. A great tip – if you are out of eye-liner – simply take an eyeliner brush and sweep it across your mascara wand – tada! (mascara now becomes eyeliner too). Apply as usual. You can also gently smudge it with a q-tip or finger for a smoky look.

covergirl LashBlast 24

www.covergirl.com

6. For amazing curls – I love hot rollers by Conair.

Hot-Rollers

www.conair.com

They add the perfect amount of volume and wave. Let them heat up. Add mousse or heat protector to dry hair. This not only protects the hair, it gets rid of frizzies as well as keeps curl for much longer. I love ones by Tresemme. The 24 hour Body Foaming Mousse is amazing as is the Heat Tamer Protective Spray.

tresemme

www.tresemme.ca

Brush dry hair after you have applied the mousse or heat tamer spray. Begin applying rollers from the top of your head, rolling inwards, making sure the ends are tucked in, yet not crimped. A “brick pattern” works best. The pieces of hair should easily fit the width of the roller. Secure with a clamp (included in the roller set).

Let the curlers cool – this is also a great time to start your makeup application).

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Simply unroll gently, Finger tousle and spray with Tresemme Tres Two Ultra Fine Mist Hairspray. I love Tresemme products as they work so well, and the price is fantastic.  Flip head over and spray gently again. Finger tousle some more for the perfect look and leave for about 10 minutes. I always say – “Hair is like cookies” – it needs a few minutes to settle for the perfect style!

Enjoy!

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Fall/winter makeup and beauty tips

I’ve been a professional makeup, hair and special effects artist for 10 years and recently published a makeup e-book featuring the best tips, tricks and techniques I have learned over the years, as well as some of my favourite products. I believe every woman should look and feel her most confident. However, the cold temperatures outside and the forced indoor heating can take a toll on your skin and hair. Here are some of my favorite tips to keep you looking and feeling your best this season.

1. When fall and winter weather set in, it’s time for a foundation and concealer change. At this point in the year, tans fade and a lighter shade of makeup is needed to match your skin tone. To find the best match, apply with fingers along your jaw line. Your foundation should blend seamlessly into your neck. Make sure to test it in outside light as well, since commercial lighting can distort colors.

I love Hello Flawless by Benefit because it comes in a variety of shades. You can apply it as a powder or wet for a heavier coverage. Use your finger to layer it as a concealer for areas that need extra coverage. It even contains an SPF of 15.

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2. Stay moisturized! Johnson and Johnson Baby Oil Gel is extraordinary. I love the smell as well as the thick consistency — unlike baby oil there are no spills. Apply it in the shower and rinse off for baby soft skin. It comes in aloe vera and vitamin E, shea and cocoa butter and lavender formulations.

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3. Blush does wonders! A little bit of color on the cheeks can wake you up when you’re feeling tired and brighten up a pale fall or winter complexion. I love the color selection and texture of Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Crème blush. You can also apply it to lips! For special offers from Elizabeth Arden check out http://verified.codes/Elizabeth-Arden

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4. Wind and cold temperatures can dry tresses out. Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask is the perfect solution for dry hair. Apply the moisturizing mask to your head and relax. Rinse it out after 10 minutes for amazing results. The smell is heavenly.

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5. For any hair type, dry, cold weather and winter hats add frizz and make hair brittle. There is nothing better than TRESemme´Platinum Strength Heat Protecting Spray. This spray smells delightful while protecting and strengthening hair. Simply spray generously all over hair to tame frizz and give long-lasting results.

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6. Lips are one of the first things to dry out during cool weather. For a perfect pout, slough off dry skin with a toothbrush (I have an extra one just for this). Apply Vaseline or your favorite lip balm — I love Burt’s Bees — and leave on overnight.

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7. Darker lip colors are trendy in cold months (I love the shades by MAC). For lasting results, use a lip liner of the same shade as your lipstick or gloss, or one shade lighter, and fill in your whole lip. Next, apply your color. To prevent bleeding, use a cotton swab dipped in translucent powder and trace around your lip line.

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8. For perfect feet, slough off any dead skin. In or right after the shower is best since softened skin is easier to remove than dry. The Ped Egg is perfect as it collects dead skin for easy disposal and includes a pumice stone at the bottom (just don’t be overzealous!). After scrubbing, apply a foot lotion such as Peppermint Foot Lotion from the Body Shop. For an even more luxurious feeling, put a small amount of the lotion into a glass bowl and heat it in the microwave until warm, testing it first before applying all over feet.

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I hope you enjoy these tips and find them useful through the fall and winter season!

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Best 9 Tips for Makeup Lovers

Hi,

My name is Natalia Zurawska and I have been a professional makeup/hair/spfx artist for the last 10 years. I recently came out with a makeup e-book, which features the best tips, tricks and techniques I have learned over the years as well as some of my favorite products. I believe every woman should look and feel her most confident in just a few minutes without breaking the bank.

It is currently available on Amazon – http://astore.amazon.com/wwwcolourcham-20

Here are the best 9 Tips I would love to share with you:

  1. Always start makeup application with a clean and moisturized face. Moisturize lips well and tweeze any stray brows so the redness will subside by the time you are done. If your lips are really dry, slough with a toothbrush with Vaseline or balm for a perfect pout. Apply visine if needed.This cleanser is amazing and gentle. It also comes with its own reusable cleansing cloth. Mèreadesso also carries a great all-in-one moisturizer. The packaging for thecleanser also doubles as a little makeup case to fit standard size makeup brushes. Mèreadesso is great for all types of skin including acne prone.mereadesso-face-next-cleanser_large_large
    www.mereadesso.com
    Shu Uemura also has an amazing skin purifying cleansing oil, which contains 8 botanical ingredients. Jojoba oil activates collagen to renew skin, olive squalene (derived from olive oil) provides anti-oxidant effects, ginger root reduces inflammation and helps fight wrinkles, shea butter brightens the complexion, camellia oil nourishes skin, safflower oil strengthens the skin’s natural barrier, soy supports blood circulation to vitalize skin and corn oil hydrates deep down with omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids. I also love how the bottle has a lock function – no more spills. 3 or 4 pumps is all you need. Apply to face without water and massage in an upward circular motion.  Gently add water. Makeup, as well as even the most waterproof mascara seem to glide right off. I love the smell as well.shu-uemura-cleansing-oil-sublime-164247_L
    www.shuuemura.caApply face cream, in the same upward circular strokes. Allow cream to sink in. Cream application also helps in the prevention of wrinkles and sets the base for the makeup.

    • You do not need to spend a fortune on creams, just compare ingredients in the most expensive creams and find a less expensive cream with the same ingredients.
    • The difference between day cream and night cream is the use of Sunscreen. Sunscreen is essential year round to prevent wrinkles as well as skin damage SPF 15 or higher is recommended.

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    Mature skin tends to need more moisture. I love the cream by Olay. It work well for all skin types, it includes UV protection and the price is as great as the results.
    www.olay.ca

  2. If you break a powder – this works for blush, bronzer, and eye shadow as well. Simply collect back into the container and spray with rubbing alcohol to make a paste. Don’t worry if you add too much, it will just take a little longer to dry. Smooth and clean off edges and leave open to dry. It will be back in its proper form and the alcohol has sanitized it. This is also great if you have remnants of powder and bronzer. I simply collect it and make a paste – you have a powder and bronzer in 1. Try this with eye shadows as well. It can create some really lovely unique shades.
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    www.maccosmetics.com
  3. Put cream in the microwave for a few seconds in the colder months or in the fridge in the summer months. The heat or coolness when applied make you feel oh so luxurious. Make sure to test the heat on your inner wrist to prevent burns.icePacks
  4. Put ice packs in a sandwich bag (to prevent leaks and condensation) and throw into your makeup bag in hot climates.  This prevents any makeup from melting and changing texture.
  5. If your tube of lipstick is almost empty, simply scrape out the rest with a small knife or end of a small makeup brush.  Place the lipstick into a medicine container (clear is best) that you can find in any drug store and melt in the microwave for about 25 seconds until melted. This creates a perfect palette. The clear container allows you to see the colour. You can also label it if you like. No more waste! You can also mix colours.mac-lipstick
    www.maccosmetics.comclinique-lipstickwww.clinique.compillBoxI love the lipsticks by M.A.C as well as Clinique.
  6. If you are in a pinch, you can easily use mascara as a liquid eyeliner as well. Simply use your eyeliner brush and sweep across the mascara wand and apply. Smudge gently with fingers if you like for a smoky look.
    300I love the 24 Hour Lash blast mascara by Covergirl. The brush has the perfect shape to saturate each lash while adding volume and length and it stays put.
    www.covergirl.ca
  7. When looking for a foundation, be sure to test it along your jaw line. Blend in well. Walk around with it for a while as well as in day light out doors as store lights are different. Most women will need 2 shades of foundation. One during summer and fall (more tan) as well as winter and spring.
    MCXFace Atelier Ultra Pro foundation contains silicone as well as a primer that is built right in. The colour selection is perfect.
    www.faceatelier.com
  8. When applying bronzer, apply only where the sun would naturally hit your face – forehead, nose and chin and circle remnants around cheek area. Make sure to dust your décolletage as well as the body needs to match the face.Pure Finish Mineral Bronzer Open CompactI love the bronzer by Elizabeth Arden. The dial lets you get a fresh ground glow every time you use it. The bronzer is also infused with minerals, mica, and a seawater complex as well as A, C and E vitamins.
    www.elizabetharden.ca
  9. When painting your nails, apply a base coat in three light strokes – this prevents streaks, polish (2 thin coats), and a topcoat to prevent chips. Apply the topcoat to the underside of your nails as well and paint your thumbs last to prevent smudges. If you are in a rush, gently rinse hands in cold water. It helps the polish cure faster.
    revlon-multi-care-base-and-top-coat-05-ounce_2325_500
    www.revlon.catrade-dress-attorney-trademark-lawyer-opi-nail-polishwww.opi.comRevlon Multicare Base + Top Coat is perfection. It goes on so evenly and protects nails.I love the nail polish by O.P.I. Besides have a tremendous amount of beautiful colours, the polish lasts and goes on so evenly. The names of the shades are so cute as well.
  10. When applying darker eye shadow make sure to apply to lids and not too far up the eyelid. Use a light eye shadow close to the brow to add contrast. Blend well. Add liner. Wait a few minutes, as some shadow remnants will fall. Clean under eyes and then apply concealer. Line not only the tarsal plate (the bottom inner eye line, but the upper inner eye line as well for added drama.
    Benefit Smokin Eyes Palette
    www.benefitcosmetics.commac-eye-shadow-satin-taupewww.maccosmetics.comMy favorite eye shadows are by Benefit as well as M.A.C. The Benefit kits are great as they come with instructions, tweezers as well as concealer and highlighter and they look great on all skin tones.M.A.C eye shadows are legendary. They blend so well and come in so many different shades and formulations.

    My favorite eyeliner is Exact Eyelights by Cover Girl. It goes on so smoothly which is perfect for such a sensitive areas such as eyes. It is also waterproof yet can still be smudged for a different look.

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    www.covergirl.ca

    Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer. It comes in 3 different shades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, 5 being the darkest. The colour tone is amazing and matches so many Caucasian/Asian/Spanish skin tones.

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    www.benefitcosmetics.com

I hope you have enjoyed these tips.

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9 Best Tips for How To Work with A Makeup Artist

Hi,

My name is Natalia Zurawska and I have been a professional makeup/hair/spfx artist for the last 10 years.  I absolutely love my career. I have worked on hundreds of photo shoots and would love to share some of the best tips I have learned over the years, so that every shoot is fun and seamless (no pun intended) and a great experience every time.

When you are starting out, there is much more than good photography that needs consideration. Networking, open communication, building and keeping relationships is essential as well as working as a team.

Here are the best tips:

  1. When you are starting out, creative are essential.  A creative is when a photographer, model, makeup/hair artist and/or wardrobe stylist get together and work for TFP (Time for Prints) – for their portfolio – no pay however this is great for building/keeping relationships as well as practice.
  2. Be open about communication from the get go.  Some photographers charge for prints, just not shooting time. Be clear if you will be charging for prints, or will be giving a disc or link with the makeup artist, model as well as wardrobe stylist. Discuss any additional expenses at this point as well such as parking costs or additional pieces that need to be bought such as wigs as they are non-refundable because of hygiene reasons and if you will pay, split the cost or if the stylist has any on hand. Discuss expenses with the wardrobe stylist as well.
  3. Scheduling a photo shoot requires quite a bit of attention to detail. Decide if only one model will be used or more. If you are using more than one model, stagger the schedule as this way no one is just sitting around. Some makeup artists just do makeup, some stylists only do hair, and some do both. Figure out if you prefer to use one artist or 2 and ask how long it normally takes them depending on looks.
  4. Learn simple beauty terminology. Just like I know what a ring light is and know how to do appropriate makeup for such lighting, it is equally important to know simple makeup and hair terms. The majority of photographers are male and it really helps to know as to get the desired results.An example for makeup would be – matte – no shine.
    For hair – tendrils means curls framing the face.
  5. Plan ahead – meet up or discuss by email with the team about what kind of shoot you would like to work on involving photography, makeup/hair looks as well as wardrobe style. Send a photo of the model as well. The wardrobe stylist should meet with the model in advance for a fitting to make sure the clothing fits. If you plan on shooting in Black and White make sure you let everyone know as well as coloured items show up differently. The term “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” rings so true. Send links by email of images. www.Pinterest.com  as well as the internet are great for this. Make sure to email everyone – cc location, time to make sure everyone is in the loop. Let everyone know how many hours you would like the shoot to run as well as how long it will take to get prints, disc or download link.  Try your best to stick to it.
  6. If you are shooting on location, make sure you ask first so the shoot isn’t cancelled or get a permit. Also, make sure to let everyone know so they are able to dress appropriately. Bringing a heater (if it is cold outside), generator (to plug in hair tools as well as steamer) is important. The more comfortable everyone is and the easier it is to do the job, the better.
  7. When you are starting out getting professional models from agencies may prove difficult. A great way to start is to use social media such as Facebook, as well as great websites such as www.modelmayhem.com, www.onemodelplace.com or www.modelmanagement.com. Ask for sizes and make sure to relay this information to the wardrobe stylist.
  8. Keeping water bottles on hand, a few munchies (ask about dietary allergies and preferences as well as music is also great for creating a fun and pleasant atmosphere. It may cost a little bit, however it is well worth it. It is all about building and keeping relationships. Word of mouth spreads really quickly and the more positive it is, the better it is for gaining great clients.
  9. Having a few key products in the studio can really help save a lot of time as well as money on photo shop. Such products include a translucent pressed powder. It is great for preventing shine especially for grooming men.MAC1570-2
    1ElizabethArdenMineralPowderFoundationI really like the ones by M.A.C as well as Elizabeth Arden.
    www.maccosmetics.com
    www.elizabtharden.ca
  10. Hairspray is great for smoothing away fly aways.f4e43ba2029b672a_022400005225My favorite hairspray is the 24-hour fine mist by Tresemme.  It smooth’s, holds and can be brushed through easily to re-work into a different style. www.tresemme.ca
  11. Clear nail polish is not just great nails but for stopping a run in pantyhose, applying on fake jewelry to prevent an allergic reaction.revlon-multi-care-base-and-top-coat-05-ounce_2325_500I love the Multicare Base + Topcoat by Revlon www.revlon.ca
  12. Having a blow dryer on hand is great for drying out stains as well as using the cool shot button to prevent sweating under hot lights.conair-comfort-touch-hair-dryer-enI really like the one by Conair. www.conair.com

 

I hope you have enjoyed this little introduction and happy shooting!

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