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{September 10, 2013}   Help! Im At The Makeup Counter!!

The glass cases, the ladies in black, the bustling shoppers — department store counters can be daunting. Not anymore. Follow our handy guide before you hit the stores and you can keep the experience fun and easy.

If you’re a seasoned pro and know what you need, a quick trip to Sephora or an online visit to a site (like our Online Boutique!) are quick, easy solutions. But if you want a little more hand-holding and guidance, your local department store is a great option. Some of the most talented artists and friendliest salespersons work at department stores, and if you’re looking for a new foundation (or anything else), they can be invaluable.

Communication IS Key

Establish what you’re going in for: to explore new stuff from your favorite brand? To get matched for your perfect foundation shade? To learn about the latest skincare? Or maybe you just want to replenish your mascara. Know this before you walk in so you can effectively communicate your objective. Good phrases to use:

“Thanks, but I’m just playing around for now. I’ll let you know if I have any questions.”

“I just need to grab a couple of my staples real quick. Here’s what I need: […]”

“Can you tell me about [product I saw in a magazine/on TV/etc.]?”

Consider the other side of the counter

Obviously you’re never obligated to purchase something you don’t want or need, but be careful not to waste a salesperson’s time if you don’t intend to buy. If you just want to look at shades before you buy them online, you need to communicate this to them so they will leave you to your own devices rather than waste their time trying to sell you something. You wouldn’t go into a restaurant and take up a table ordering water for hours, would you?

If they spend a lot of time with you and you absolutely don’t find what you need, thank them for their time, ask for their name or get their business card, and (if they’ve been helpful and you like them, of course) tell them that you’ll come back to them when you need help next time. Don’t feel bad about not spending money if you both tried to find something and couldn’t. It happens.

Sample etiquette

Don’t just go to a counter because you want free stuff. If that’s your aim, sign up for Birchbox or Beauty Bar’s Sample Society. For $10-15 a month, they’ll send you deluxe samples in the mail. It’s not exactly free, but it’s cheap and fun and a great way to try things you might not otherwise have picked out.

However, it’s perfectly legitimate to want to try things before you buy them. This way you can make sure a product works for you and that you don’t have an allergic reaction. If you have a specific product in mind, you can express this to the salesperson by saying something like, “I’m looking to get matched for a foundation and take home a couple of samples so I can figure out which one I like best.” That way everyone’s expectations are on the same page, and the salesperson can show you a few different foundations without doing a long, involved application/demonstration process. They will give you their name or their card, and you should go back to that salesperson if you end up wanting to purchase one of those products.

How to get a makeover

The idea behind this service is that you can try new products and learn tips and tricks from a makeup artist. You can use the services for a big night out, but remember that it is expected that you will buy the products that you love. You should expect to buy 2-3 items minimum.

Think of it like this: not purchasing after a makeover is like going to a fancy restaurant and not tipping. Nobody is going to chase after you screaming about the check, but it’s worse than impolite. If you’re not willing to drop money, ask a skilled friend to do your makeup instead.

All this may sound daunting, but in the end, it’s simple: just be a good person. Respect other people’s time. Communicate your objectives clearly and politely, and don’t let anyone push you around. If you just follow those guidelines, you’ll have a ball at the makeup counter, walk away with some great stuff, and nobody will groan when they see you walking up to the counter next time!


{September 10, 2013}   Makeup Artists Perks

The makeup artistry industry is one that experience constant growth, evolution and change. If you do a quick Google search for a makeup artist within your area, there are without a doubt at least a handful of results – and millions worldwide.

With so many people pursuing a career in makeup, you’ve got to wonder – why? In this post, we overview the perks of being a makeup artist including benefits such as travel, pay, and glamor. Read on to find out what all the hype is about, and if a career in makeup artistry is reallyall its cracked up to be.

Before we go on, we’d like to point out that makeup artistry is hard work. While it may seem easy enough, not just anyone can pick up a brush and expertly craft a well-shaded, eye shape-appropriate evening look. Not just anyone can line and fill a classic red lip in under a minute with no errors, smudging or color transfer. Not just anyone can bring out a bride’s natural beauty and magnify it so she looks absolutely stunning in every single wedding photo – from 8am to midnight without a single touch up. While, yes, makeup artistry comes with a lot of perks – you should also have a strong appreciation for the talented men and women who do the job on a daily basis. It takes time, commitment, and constant skill improvement.

Perk One: You get to Play
While the career of a makeup artist is definitely one filled with hard work, it’s also one filled with play and experimentation. What happens when we mix this color with that color? What happens if I move my contour line up just a pinch? Does this setting powder work best with that foundation or this foundation? Part of perfecting your craft includes experimenting with the products you have, products you don’t have, and all the different skin types and tones your clients may have. The classic winged eyeliner and red lip didn’t happen by accident, after all. It took a lot of time, testing, and they eventually gained huge popularity and took their places as classic makeup looks. Who knows – you could discover the next one.

Perk Two: Meeting New People
No matter if you work with brides, theater actors, celebrities, or politicians – you’re bound to meet some amazing people. Sure, you’ll have those typical grumpy clients with whom you’d rather not work again, but you could also make long-lasting friendships and build up a list of loyal, repeat clients. Many of the strongest friendships makeup artists have were formed while in the industry – whether it was at a trade show, conference, or job. Never underestimate the power of meeting new people!

Perk Three: Travel
Many makeup artists are asked to travel for work at least once in their career, and often their travel costs are reimbursed. This means you might get to travel to places and cities you’ve always wanted to go, without spending a dime to get there. Many makeup artists travel for photo shoots, different advertising campaigns, beauty shows, fashion shows, and many other reasons. You’ll get to experience plenty on your time off, and maybe even pick up a few souvenirs along the way. Plus, it will look fantastic on your resume that you’ve traveled for a job – it means you’re that much more in demand!

Perk Four: Make Your own Schedule
As a makeup artist, you’ll be able to make your own schedule and decide when you want and can take on jobs. If you’re a busy mother or have an existing full time job, you’ll be able to work around it. Most makeup gigs are booked for weekends, which would allow you to work another job during the week – at least when you’re getting started. Makeup artistry is a fairly easy career to make a smooth transition over to from another career, so you wouldn’t be left high and dry and without enough income while you begin.

Perk Five: Makeup Discounts
Who doesn’t love to save money? As a makeup artist, you can apply to countless makeup pro discount programs – including 40% off at MAC. So, you’ll be able to build both your professional kit and your personal makeup collection with high quality products at a serious discount. Score!

Perk Six: Recognition
As a makeup artist, you’ll likely have the opportunity to work on editorial makeup projects. This means you’ll be able to get your name into magazine credits! If a bride submits her photographs to a wedding photo website like Style Me Pretty or The Knot, you can also request that your name be credited there. This will do wonders for your exposure, reach, and portfolio. Plus, who doesn’t like to feel a little famous every once in a while? Well-known makeup artists are often asked to write columns for major magazines, work with companies like Sephora, and even get their own TV shows or television segments. The possibilities are endless, so get your name out there!

Perk Seven: Glamor
Obviously the glamor of being a makeup artist and working in the backstage hustle and bustle is attractive. You might get to work backstage at New York Fashion Week for a major designer, or maybe you’re working on a well-known television show with some of the world’s hottest up and coming actors. Perhaps you’re working for a major advertising company or well-known luxury brand. No matter what you’re doing, you’re sure to feel the excitement and energy all around the room. This type of glamor isn’t easily accessible in many other careers, but goes hand-in-hand with those within the fashion and beauty industries.

Perk Eight: Make People Feel Beautiful
For many, this is the best part of working as a makeup artist and the #1 perk. You’ll get to leave your clients with a smile on their face and will get to make people feel beautiful. You’ll be able to take what you know and apply it to any skin tone, maturity, face shape, or skin type and make your client both look and feel incredibly beautiful. Making others feel good will, in turn, make you feel even better. It’s a beautiful cycle – literally and figuratively.

Perk Nine: You’ll Take it the Bank!
Makeup artistry is an industry that actually pays quite well. You can make a large amount per hour, which will add up to a substantial annual income – especially if you widen your skill set and offer editorial, evening, and other year-round makeup services. Bridal makeup is one of the most well-paying services you’ll offer, but it can sometimes be limited to specific times of year and certain seasons. Many makeup artists have made plenty of money, and some have even become very well known and celebrities in their own rights! If you get to work on the makeup team for a fashion show, television show, or for celebrity clients you’ll be able to charge more, and will also have the opportunity to join an agency that will regularly book you work.

Perk Ten: Career Versatility
As you now know, there is much more to makeup artistry than simply doing one kind of makeup application. The career of a makeup artist is one of great versatility. If you get tired of doing bridal makeup, change it up and pitch your editorial makeup services. There’s always the chance to evolve, change, and switch gears. It’s a thrilling ride that you’re sure to love.




When we think of the colour blue,water usually comes to mind,along with thoughts of tranquility and peace. Water and beauty make perfect companions,as many spa resorts around the world testify. Our bodies are composed of 70 percent water and need constant replenishment to maintain health. Another health-inspiring colour, green signifies renewal, life and the freshness of the great outdoors. It calls to mind veggies and lush green grass, leading us to connect the colour with nutrition.


Fun Facts:

Experts agree that you should have 8 glasses of water everyday

Water is the ultimate facial. Skin needs water for elasticity, and lack of water leaves skin looking dry and feeling delicate.

Sunken eyes and under-eye circles are the tell-tale signs that you need water. Dark circles are due to thin skin being bruised as fluid drains away.

Water helps to prevent the sagging skin that usually follows fat loss. It plumps up the shrinking cells and leaves the skin clear,healthy, and resilient.

Water aids concentration. Your body needs water to help flush out poisons from pollutants, junk food, and additives. If you are dehydrated, toxins hang around in the liver,making you tired and unable to concentrate. Water washes the poisons out and gets the system moving.

Water both prevents and remedies fluid retention. When you’re feeling puffy, as women often do before a period, drinking water isnt your immediate thought, but its your best treatment

Water is a great cure-all. Three quarters of your brain is water,so if you’re dehydrated, the brain is one of the first organs to be affected. Drinking eight glasses of water a day will usually prevent dehydration. If your a migraine-sufferer, there is also evidence that drinking a glass of water every 30 minutes will reduce attacks.

Green veggies contain varying amounts of potent phytochemicals such as lutein and indoles,which are thought to have great antioxidant, health-promoting benefits.

Increasing fruit and veggie consumption may reduce the risk of developing chronic bronchitis


IF YOU LIKE GREEN:Green-lovers are seekers of balance and harmony. Kind and generous, their perception and awareness in relationships are good, so its not surprising that they are great joiners of clubs and organizations. People who like green are said to be meticulous about detail, and certainly you will have an enviable ability to recognize the essentials of any situation. The downside is that green-lovers dislike sudden surprises,so they may be less inclined to risk something new and may tend toward conventionality and routine. They also often have big appetites for food-and for gossip. If you love the colour green,experiment with shadows and liners, combining subtle, soft shades of mint and earthy tones around your eyes.

IF YOU DISLIKE GREEN: Since lovers of green are usually very sociable people, those who dislike green tend to be resistant to the established way of seeing or doing things. They may have an unfulfilled need to be recognized that causes them to pull away from,rather than join, people. 


IF YOU LIKE BLUE: The colour of calm and peace wins out as the favorite colour choice universally. Although apparently cool and confident, blue-lovers can sometimes be vulnerable and sensitive. They have a great need for trust and the tendency to form strong attachments. Betrayal is the worst hurt. In consequence, people who like blue tend to stick to their own close circle of friends and are less likely to speak or act independently. The blue personality sometimes has perfectionist tendencies that can make these individuals unrealistic and demanding in their relationships with others. If you are in the majority and love the colour blue, there are many ways to incorporate it into your beauty regime. Try a sultry midnight blue eyeliner or a dusty blue shadow on the lids.

IF YOU DISLIKE BLUE: A dislike of blue may mean restlessness and a desire for stimulation and excitement. These types often have a longing for the good things in life and wish they didnt have to work so hard to get them. To these people, blue represents sadness, and the colour may induce melancholy.



{August 28, 2013}   Lipstick Done Right


Step 1: Swipe it on straight from the tube, put it on BEFORE applying lip liner for better results. When people use the pencil first, they tend to overdo it. *For the most natural effect, pick a shade that matches the inside of your bottom lip*



Step 2: LIner is absolute key! Liner keeps your lipstick from feathering or bleeding. Pick a shade close to your lipstick to prevent it from looking too harsh. Trace the pencil along the edge of your lips,then use it fill them in a little on the top of the colour, which will help it last longer.



Step 3: Blot your mouth with a tissue,then dab on a second coat of lipstick(DONT SWIPE OR YOULL SMUDGE THE LINER). To finish, pat your lips together several times like you’re saying “ma,ma,ma” to distribute shade evenly.*This is the right way to tissue-blot(NOT BETWEEN YOUR LIPS)*



Gorg Lips!! Look how fresh and elegant your lips look!! Do these steps in the morning your lips will stay gorgeous all the way to lunch. *A peachy shade is ideal for yellowish or olive skin,berry looks great on dark skin, and a rosy pink works on everyone.*

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