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5 Products to eliminate shine and manage oils in skin August 2, 2012

Good Housekeeping's Shine On AwardsOne of the biggest questions or concerns that I get as a makeup artist & esthetician is the concern of oily skin and how to minimize or control the oil.  With summer at it’s best right now, this has become even more prevalent.  As the heat and humidity increase, our skin sweats more and the oil secretion increases….thus ULTRA SHINE!  The last thing you want to hear is how much of a blessing this is for you…but it is!  This oil (or curse as you may see it) is a lubricator of the skin (and hair), protecting from dehydration and aging skin.  So the biggest thing you should know is you should NOT strip the skin of it’s natural oils as this sebum is a protectant from bacteria and maintains the pH.

The issue arises when the excess oils begin to block pores, causing blackheads and acne breakouts.  However, the worse thing you can do is cleanse with alcohol based products, strong soaps, or washing too often.  Doing this strips the skin of the oils and encourages your oil glands to produce what it feels is missing and thus making more oil and making skin worse.

Some products that are great for eliminating shine and managing the oil production (and are great for applying under makeup) are:

  1. DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser – gently removes excess oil without stripping skin of oils and leaving skin tight. *Note: does contain Salicylic Acid – beware if allergic to aspirin.
  2. Milk of Magnesia – can be used either as a mask prior to going to bed or a very thin layer (in the oily areas) under the foundation to absorb oil
  3. Embryolisse Hydra Mat – moisturizes while absorbing excessive sebum, while reducing shine
  4. Purely Cosmetics Oil Absorption Powder – great for use under makeup or as a light finish to diminish shine and oil
  5. Nurturing Force Oil Blotting Papers – 100% natural fiber blotting papers great for maintaining makeup application.

Pat McGrath Downsizes for Dolce & Gabbana June 2, 2011

Vogue cought up with make-up artist Pat McGrath who was in town to show the new season’s colours from Dolce &Gabbana.  Pat is legendary for among other things carrying oodles of make-up kit with her on the road.  She had downsized to a sparkling clean Dolce and Gabbana kit, each item complete with its own stick-on label, applied by one of her three assistants.  Pictured beneath Ms. McGrath is the highly covetable Dolce and Gabbana Animalier compact.

Taken from The Vogue Beauty Blog (May 31, 2011 entry)


Beauty Sales April 20, 2011

It’s BeautyTicket.com’s birthday this week and WE’RE the ones getting the gift! For 72 hours only (this Wednesday through Friday) take 50% off site wide with the code: BIRTHDAY50. (Code can’t be used for items in the VIP room, but check the VIP room for special offers.) There are some great items, so go NOW!

Also, I can’t help NOT to share my small obsession with Hello Kitty.  I have been extremely good with not shopping, but that’s NOT going to happen today with the Hello Kitty sale (and NYX sale on Hautelook.com).  Will be on standby at 10:58AM EST (smile)


Face Off April 1, 2011

I recently tweeted that one way to become famous is to become a makeup artist.  Well, makeup artists who want to try another hand at becoming famous get their chance to in this new reality tv show called “Face Off”.  Auditions are to be held in New York City and Los Angeles next weekend:

“Face Off” on Syfy
Going on its second season, “Face Off” is looking for special effects makeup artists, trained or self-taught. There will be open casting calls where you will bring your application and create special effects makeup on yourself! There are only two open casting calls on Saturday, April 9, in New York or Sunday, April 10, in Los Angeles. Callbacks come the next day in each city. If you can’t make it to either of these cities you can submit an audition tape showing your makeup transformation, due by Tuesday, April 12. Click here to apply!


Virtual Beauty January 4, 2011

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Stila Color of Innovation Collection

Stila Cosmetics

Cosmetics brand Stila Cosmetics has teamed up with a virtual makeover firm merging its facial recognition software and iPhone audience to market its products.

The fully automated makeover tool has been launched on the Apple mobile device as well as through the Stila’s own website.

The tool utilizes a patent-pending facial recognition technology to automatically apply Stila shades and products on user uploaded photos.

The tool also features sharing options for Facebook and Twitter, the ability to save any photo, as well as full e-commerce integration which allows the products tried on to be purchased directly.  Talk about virtual beauty makeover!


The future of flawless skin is here October 26, 2010

I recently did a blog on finding your perfect match of foundation.  Well, I wanted to expound a little more to explain how one might get that flawless finish.  It first starts with skin preparation.  Starting with a bare (and by bare, I mean clean) face, you should ALWAYS apply a moisturizer.  Moisturizers are not all created equal so be sure to pick a moisturizer that is right for your skin type (this will be my next post).  The moisturizer should also be able to keep your skin moist for longer than an hour or two.  You don’t have to spend tons of money on a good moisturizer, but you must do your research.  The biggest moisturizing craze for makeup artists right now is Embryolisse (Side bar – I actually love this line for two reasons – (1) there are levels based on your skin type; (2) they are not made with mineral oil which is typically a clogging agent found in most moisturizers).  You do not need to go with this one, but something of similar quality will suffice.  This is the base of what your foundation will make sure to give an even coverage throughout the face.  You can also mix your moisturizer with your foundation in addition to applying the moisturizer to your face after cleansing.  The amount of moisturizer you mix with your foundation depends on the amount of coverage you desire.  On to the direction of the future – the new trend is the silicone-based foundations.  These products are very popular these days as they give a flawless and more natural look and lasts longer.  Unlike previous oil-based products that absorb into the skin, the silicone foundations float above the skin and bind to the skin, helping to create this longer, flawless finish.  So there it is folks – Silicone foundations, which are also typically your HD foundations.

I was on a forum today where a woman was looking for a mattifying silicone primer.  This is an oxymoron.  **Note: silicone foundation works by its consistency of ingredients which leave a shining and smoothing agent on the skin, as well as a moisture sealant. Essentially, it is used as a base to smooth and even skin lines and tones. This type of foundation is often favored for a long-lasting look, as it tends to produce a smooth canvas to begin your makeup application.

Almost every line these days has created a silicone-based foundation.  Refer back to the finding the perfect match table for foundation breakdowns.