Tag Archives: laura mercier

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.

i'mnotmakingthisup_nataliazurawska

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/

PBSHORIZONTAL-1

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

 

 

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.

For all things beauty including work, You Tube Channel, blogs and E-books please go to www.colourchameleon.com

All the best,

Natalia Zurawska
Makeup/Hair SPFX

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

You can also connect with Natalia on your favorite social networks:

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MsColourchameleon/videos
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Colourchameleon
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Colourchameleon/338696082913680
Linked In: Natalia Zurawska http://www.linkedin.com/pub/natalia-zurawska/22/b09/410
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/colourchameleon/

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+NataliaZurawskaColourchameleon/posts/pub

 

 

Thanks so much to One Model Place, www.onemodelplace.com

Conceal and Cover – Make up fixes for Your wedding

Concealer is not only great for the face. If you are having a destination wedding and showing off a lot of skin, you want to look and feel your best all over the body as well. An old tattoo, minor imperfections, a bruise, scar can easily be covered.

Here are my top picks for a quick fix. Enjoy!

Cover Fx Cream Concealer

cover fx cream concealerconcealer brush

Cover Fx Cream Concealer is exceptional. The coverage is so smooth, even and very high in pigment. The concealer comes in a vast array of colours to match every skin tone. It covers tattoos and any other imperfections with ease. Powder in between layers and set to finish. I also love the Cover FX concealer brush. It can easily blend out edges as well as be used to stipple concealer for perfect coverage.

If you have an uneven scar, adding a little of the Cover FX primer before concealer application will help even the skin. Bonus – SPF 30 is added perfect for any hot climate.
www.coverfx.com

Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage
laura mercier
This amazing concealer really covers and stays put with no creasing, smudging or smearing. It comes in fantastic shades. I love that it has 2 different pots so you can formulate the perfect tone. Even if you get a little bit more tanned! Laura Mercier really is an expert at concealing. Just perfection!  

www.lauramercier.com

Dermablend Leg and Body Cover

 Dermablend

Dermablend is fantastic. This light formula contains very high pigment that really does last 16 hours. Go ahead, sweat, run in the rain – it does not budge. Perfect for larger areas on the body such as stretch marks, tattoos and more. It comes in 14 colours to match every skin tone. The setting powder which. may be purchased separately is fantastic for a finish.

www.dermablend.com
Best Tip* To make coverage look as natural as possible, adding a mole, freckles or whatever is surrounding your natural skin tone helps it blend in flawlessly.

I hope you have enjoyed these tips!

Natalia Zurawska
Beauty Editor for Caribbean Bride Media/Magazine
www.colourchameleon.com

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MsColourchameleon/videos
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Colourchameleon
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Colourchameleon/338696082913680
Linked In: Natalia Zurawska http://www.linkedin.com/pub/natalia-zurawska/22/b09/410
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/colourchameleon/

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+NataliaZurawskaColourchameleon/posts/pub

 

 

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.

elizabeth arden
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)

eye-shadow-pad-by-clinique
Eye shadow by Clinique
Eyeshadow clinique
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.

laura-mercier
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!

To see Natalia’s work as well as to get her e-book “I’m Not Making This Up”, visit her website here!

You can like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube.

Other posts you may like:
Beauty secrets for models revealed by make-up artist Natalia Zurawska!

Learn more about make up with Natalia Zurawska: Make Up for Day

How can YOU become a model?

 

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MsColourchameleon/videos
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Colourchameleon
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Colourchameleon/338696082913680
Linked In: Natalia Zurawska http://www.linkedin.com/pub/natalia-zurawska/22/b09/410
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/colourchameleon/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+NataliaZurawskaColourchameleon/posts/pub