Posts Tagged ‘look’

False Eyelashes-the Pros and Cons

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
False Eyelashes by Shu Uemura

False Eyelashes by Shu Uemura

Jennifer Lopez sporting controversial mink eyelashes

Lately I have had a lot of requests for false eyelash application.  They are great in many respects: They can make your eyes look bigger and if applied tastefully they can really make a difference without being noticeable.  People will ask what you’ve done differently.  The only ones I use are the ones below and I still trim them to help them look less uniform.  Individual false eyelashes take longer to apply but they look the most natural when applied after mascara.  These eyelashes can even last more than a day or two if you are careful in taking off your eye makeup at night and use waterproof adhesive.
Eyelash strips are the easiest to detect and in my opinion are only great for Halloween, fun dress up evenings and costume parties.  On the other hand, they look appropriately avant garde on the fashion runways and really do add an edge to your look.

On the down side, false eyelash application can cause your real ones to fall out, they can randomly fall off during the evening and they can feel heavy and awkward.

Basically, my advice is to use a light hand, start at the outer corners and work in towards the nose, not applying them past the mid point of the upper lash, trim them if necessary, always apply after you mascara and never on the bottom lash line.

Duralash Individual lashes for the most "natural" look

Allure’s addictive interactive face charts allow you to recreate what you see in the magazine

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Allure.com offers interactive face charts that you can use to try out the looks you see on their pages.  Scroll through dozens of options in their extensive archive.  Here’s the best part:  each one is printable and comes with its own shopping list of the products required for that particular look.  Take it with you to the cosmetics department or bring it to your trial run consultation with the makeup professional you hire for the big day.

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Airbrushed Makeup for digital photography and video

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Airbrushed Makeup F.A.Q.

How does airbrushed makeup work?Airbrushed makeup is specially formulated to be sprayed on through an air compressor as a fine mist of color that gently covers the skin. This process allows the makeup to conceal better while allowing your skin to breathe.   Most say that it feels like they don’t have any makeup on their skin at all. The sensation of the makeup actually being applied can be described as a light, cool mist gently blowing onto the face.
How is airbrushed makeup different than traditional makeup?Traditional foundations can look obvious, caked-on or thick and almost always feel like you are wearing makeup.

  • Because airbrushed makeup is misted on, it seamlessly blends during the process creating the illusion of a flawless, smooth face. It leaves a luminous veil of color on the surface of the skin eliminating the mask-like look you sometimes see.
  • Your skin’s natural tones still peek through this special pixilated coverage for the most natural and clean look possible.
  • Spraying microdots of makeup that rest on the surface of the face looks more natural than traditional makeup because it isn’t rubbed into the skin and doesn’t exaggerate the pores.
  • This unique spraying process creates a coverage that looks flawless and is ready for any digital high resolution close up.
What are the benefits of airbrushed makeup?I use 2 different formulas, water resistant (water based) and water proof (depending on your preference.)

  • Simply blotting, (not wiping,) away perspiration, tears or any moisture will leave the makeup in place without a streak.
  • This makeup will not fade or rub off on clothes, lasts well up to 18 hours and yet can be easily washed away with your facial cleanser and water.
  • Once the makeup is sprayed on, it dries instantly to a matte finish that does not require powder or re-applying.
  • Can be used for any skin type including laser resurfaced skin.
  • Concealing small blemishes or other cosmetic challenges can be as easy as spraying small dots of makeup over  them. An initial neutralizing coverage can lighten and neutralize undertones, strong colors and even birth marks.
  • Does not clog sebaceous glands.
  • Silicon free.
  • Contamination free. No brushes or sponges needed for application process; dropper dispensed
  • Matte finish-great for oily skin types.
  • If satin finish is desired, the face can be misted with a specially formulated moisturizer that will not affect the water resistance of the makeup.
Which system do you use?I use the Dinair System. Dinair originated the airbrush makeup system in the early 1980’s and anticipated that everyone would eventually be seen, filmed and photographed in HD. Dinair developed the first high definition, daily wear airbrush makeup and continues to be the gold standard for high definition makeup. They offer a wide variety of mixable foundation shades to enhance any skin tone.
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