Val Garland School Of Makeup!

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I am consistently asked about makeup schools that I would recommend to new artists, but I also want to add that ANY makeup artist needs to continue her education and also learn the ins and outs of the makeup industry and how to run your own business.  ENTER The Val Garland school of make-up. I am beyond thrilled to recommend this online course, and encourage new and veteran artists across the world to look into this amazing course.  You can participate from your home, and get a world class education that teaches you not only about artistry, but gives you the business skills you need to thrive.

Val Garland has created looks for every major fashion magazine and fashion brand in the world, from Vogue to i-D, MAC to Lanvin. Now, alongside some of her peers in the industry, she's giving you the skills and opportunities to do the same.

Guest experts include: i-D, Vivienne Westwood, Nick Knight, journalist Sali Hughes, NARS and many more. This is an unrivalled opportunity to get insider insight into how make-up artists can navigate the fashion industry from the world’s most respected artists and brands.

Plus, you'll learn alongside the most exciting make-up artists from across the world. Together, develop your creative skills to the level demanded from lead artists, and create an industry-relevant portfolio seen by the people you need to impress.

This isn’t the standard ‘how-to’. It’s a course for ambitious MUAs who want to work at the top of the fashion industry. Think of it as a three-month apprenticeship with Val, her team and her network of fashion legends. The only way you’d get more personal experience would be to be her assistant!

  • The chance to be profiled by i-D
  • Editors from the world’s most exciting fashion magazine will be scouting for talent in the online classroom. They will choose a handful of their favourite MUAs to profile on
  • Access to a line-up of fashion legends
  • Everyone from iconic photographer Nick Knight to fashion legend Vivienne Westwood will be giving live Q&As throughout the course. Wherever you are in the world, you’ll have the opportunity to ask them questions and have your work seen by the people who matter.
  • Lifetime access to a structured syllabus

Each week will consist of the release of new videos, live Q&As and projects that help you build your knowledge and experience of make-up in the fashion industry. You’ll keep all materials for life, for career-long support, and automatically join the Mastered alumni programme.

How you’ll learn

Recorded video

Each week we’ll deliver fresh and engaging video, taking you backstage and into the ateliers and lives of our industry leaders.

Live interaction

Every course includes weekly online class discussions, forums, and projects for you to complete and get feedback on.

Anytime, anywhere, forever

Access course materials around the clock from anywhere in the world, and for as long as you need after the course has ended to refresh your skills.

In this three-month online course, starting May 15, priced at US$1350 (£995), iconic make-up artist Val Garland shares lessons from years at the top of the fashion industry to help you get ahead in your own career. Applications will close May 10th. Payment plans available. Don’t miss out.

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Hairstyle Tutorials: Best Styles for Spring and Summer

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Spring: The time of flings, fun, and a lot of time running around in the sun. You obviously want to look your best at this playful time of year -- but with as little time and effort as possible!

We asked some of our favorite celebrity stylists for their top hairstyle tutorials for great, simple -- and hot! -- looks for the steamy season.  

Textured Tail
“Beachy waves can instantly glam up any style when you opt for a textured tail,” says Fernando Salas, renowned master stylist and founder of the White Sands corporation. To create this look, forget typical roller sets and opt for adjustable, no-pull Velcro strips to fashion loosely sculpted curls.

1. To get lift with a slight texture on the ends, start with wet hair and take 2-inch sections of hair. Spritz each section with styling spray, then lay a Velcro strip underneath. Roll the Velcro strip toward your head into a roller. Repeat until all your hair is rolled, using clips to hold in place.

2. Let hair air dry or apply a dryer for roughly 4-5 minutes, allowing the new
desired texture to cool before removing the clips.

3. Take out the clips and Velcro strips, combing the style out if needed
to loosen the waves.

4. Use your hands to gently sweep your tresses up into a ponytail, bringing down layers to frame your face if desired.

5. Spray with a flexible hold hairspray for a shiny, touchable style that lasts.

The High Bun

Variations of the classic bun have been popular with everyone from ballerinas to CEOs. Recently, women have combined the elements of the “messy bun” with the coiffed look of the chignon to create what is known as a high bun. 

“High buns require little time, and they are easy to achieve with your natural hair, braids and extensions, which makes it the perfect style for those hot summer days,” says Mary Malave, owner of Brooklyn-based Salon Malave. Try these tips to create this look:

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Cosmetics to Conceal a Dark Circle

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Today we're gonna be talking about cosmetics to conceal a dark circle. Now dark circles can really be a frustration for those of us that suffer from them. I know, I'm one of them. They can instantly make you look really tired and just kind of take down the look vibrancy of your face. It's one of my biggest frustrations. But, the good thing is there are a lot of amazing concealers and correctors out there that can make you look wide awake and absolutely banish those dark circles. These are a few of my favorites. I absolutely love It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye. I mean the name just says it all. It's very dense, it has a great amount of coverage, and the colors are all a peach base, which is the key to banishing those blue undertones of your dark circles. Another one that I love is new NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. It has a light reflecting quality to it, once again a beautiful peach base, really really wonderful for those days when you don't need as heavy as a coverage, but still want to make sure that you have that brightness under the eye. And last but not least, I absolutely love SmashBox Cosmetics Photo Op Under Eye Brightener for midday touch ups. It has a really nice kind of shimmer to it that's not too overwhelming and helps to really brighten up the look of the eyes during the day when you might be getting a little bit tired and those circles tend to pop back up. So I hope that helps, and I hope that you try out these cosmetics to help your dark circles.

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Lisa Hanson Global Beauty Serum

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My newest skincare obsession has been oils.  Anything oils.  Contrary to popular belief, they do not clog up your pores, or enhance your oily skin.  Instead, they sink into the skin, add suppleness, and smooth out the skin in ways that no moisturizer can.

Recently, I was introduced to Lina Hanson Global Face Serum and promptly fell in love.  I smother it all over my skin whenever I get the chance! The thing that I adore about the serum is the stunning combination of oils from around the world.  The scents are intoxicating, and the oils instantly absorb into the skin and create an epic glow. 

Lina Hanson, the celebrity artist behind the serum, shares her inspiration by sayin:

“In my travels as a makeup artist, I’ve worked with people of all skin types and skin issues. The one thing that we can all agree on is the importance of flawless skin.  Achieving that perfect complexion is what we all strive for. We spend so much money on luxurious creams and procedures to achieve it, not realizing the products we use are filled with dangerous toxins that harm our skin. I believe using pure and natural ingredients derived from the earth will help your skin get the nutrients it needs to look its best."

Lina Hanson Global Face Serum will benefit your skin in the following ways:

* Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

* Reduces inflammation and skin irritation

* Improves complexion and restores elasticity

* Absorbs quickly into the skin

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Friday Top 5 – Best Concealers

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1) Estee Lauder 'Double Wear' Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer: Looks flawless for 15 hours!! Feels comfortable, never dry and stays seamlessly without creasing. The lightweight, transfer-resistant cream formula is infused with minerals and emollients to condition skin and make blending easy for a luminous finish that lasts. Water-, perspiration- and humidity-resistant. Thank you!

2) Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer Honey: A makeup-artist favorite, Cle de Peau Beaute concealer continues to win major awards year after year. Why? It is the best! Blends sublimely to expertly conceal dark circles, spots and imperfections. Tip: For lighter skin tones, the Honey shade can be used underneath your matching concealer as a color corrector for truly dark areas

3)Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Sc-4: The best one-two punch for discoloration and dark circles. Secret Camouflage contains a unique two-shade system: one to match the skin's depth of color and one to match the skin's undertone. It helps to conceal redness, blemishes and age spots for a more even appearance. 

4) MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Concealer 345 Dark Beige: The perfect peach.This concealer creates a soft-focus effect, brightening the eye area while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a natural, radiant look. Perfect even under the harsh light of HD cameras. 

5) Orlane Highlighter: A highlighting complexion pen that needs to be kept in your purse at all times! Areas of shadow and signs of fatigue are chased away for instant light diffusion. The formula is enriched with smoothing, draining and filtering active ingredients with a soft focus effect.

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Finding the Perfect Fragrance

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Fragrance_finder_b_a3 I am admittedly stuck in a very happy rut when it comes to the fragrance I wear.  I have always worn and will continue to only wear things that smell like vanilla, chocolate, amber or bergamount (I like to smell like yummy food....what?!)  So, I found this article from beautypress very interesting, because it helped to break down the confusion of finding the right fragrance as a gift for someone else (I know not everyone wants to smell like a cookie)  Enjoy!

The Definitive Guide to Finding The Perfect Fragrance:
Here’s a guide that puts personality style together with the fragrance family to ensure the perfect fragrance gift.

First,know your nose! Perfumes are like musical compositions. The overture is the ‘top” note or the first impression when you try the scent on or open the bottle. The impact is immediate and sets up the next chorus of the fragrance which is the “middle note”. This is the very heart of the fragrance that stays with you longest before the final “base note” comes into play signaling the moment when the fragrance has truly developed to its fullest, lingering on the skin for many pleasurable hours.

Now that you get the idea, here are some personality types that you might recognize 

For Her

Sporty           Look for a fragrance that is light and sparkly. Citrus and green. The crystal-clean fresh tang of such fascinating ingredients as lemon, orange and lime. The zest and energy of freshly cut grass and dewy-green leaves.
Classic   Think Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel. Often single florals like rose or gardenia, sometimes balanced by a variety of contrasting, sophisticated notes from the perfumer’s palette.
Fashionista   A cutting edge Italian designer. A little black number from Paris or a style maven from the US? The fashion designer today uses individualist notes that range from sophisticated and mysterious to spicy and oriental. Get their style through a signature scent.
Romantic   Chypre and Floral Orientals work their magic. Often an uninhibited blend of exotic flowers, herbs and spices.


For Him
Athletic   Citrus. Fresh and Brisk. Clean and simple.
Earthy   Fougere forest notes from oak moss, resin and geranium oil.
Dynamic   Smoky, pungent,masculine leather notes.
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Organic Skin Care Benefits

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In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would talk about organic products and their benefits.  Organic skin care has become a huge boom in the industry because of the demand for high quality products that are not harmful to the environment and are gentle on the skin.  This is especially true for clients dealing with skin sensitivities, cancer, or allergies organic skin care is a necessity.  I have found that certain organic skin oils such as Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Argan Oil have been incredibly gentle when my skin becomes reactive to environmental or internal allergies.  For example; Argan Oil has been used by Moroccan women for centuries to maintain youthful looking skin, hair and nails.  The benefits of Argan-Oil are plentiful: Anti-Aging, Anti-Oxidant, Healing, Fortifying, and Restorative. So, why not try some au natural skin care for a change?  

Here are some basic tips of why to try organic, and the things to look for. 

Why Choose To Go Organic…

   1. The products you choose are natural and safe

   2. You choose products that are highly biodegradable

   3. You support organic farming

   4. You will discover how effective natural can be

   5. You avoid petrochemical derivatives

   6. You rediscover the wisdom of traditional beauty routines

   7. You avoid synthetic fragrances

   8. You help to protect bees

   9. You pamper yourself

  10. You use products that are safe, gentle, and particularly suited for delicate areas of the body


Make sure your products   DO NOT CONTAIN any of the below:


• Parabens

• DMDM Hydantoin

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