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Taking Care of Your Brushes

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by Francoise Saint-Pierre

Cleaning makeup supplies is perhaps the task we all dread after creating a look- especially if you have to create multiple looks in one sitting. From cleaning, to never having to deal with sparkly brushes again, check out some tricks and products that will make your life so much easier when it comes time to clean your brushes or apply unique types of makeup!

Cleaning your brushes

Use a gentle soap (bar soap can do) to clean your brushes. Some people like to use olive oil as well. There are a lot of gadgets available to help you clean your brushes, one of which is the Sigma Brush. 

The Sigma Brush is great since it offers different textures for a fast cleaning. Be careful not to totally submerge the handle, and let your brush dry upside down since the moisture might affect the glue (loosening the hair and wow…you get a big, black hair on your bride’s lips) or even turn your wooden handle into a mold playground.

Cleaning between colors

So let’s say you do a very colorful makeup or you are working on a series of looks. I bet at the end of the day you have over 30 brushes to clean. You were in a rush and had no time to clean your brushes in between, so you end up with all your brushes dirty and a good hour of cleaning to do. This time is over.

Color Switch by Vera Mona removes the color from eye shadow brushes, helping the makeup artist switch to another color quickly and efficiently. Basically, you now can do a makeup look with your favorite eight brushes without needing to double up on the eye shadow brushes.

Sanitizing your hands

Using the traditional hand sanitizer can become quite repetitive. Mix it up with a French Lavender hand sanitizer. Still killing 99.99 percent of harmful bacteria, the sanitizer smell marvelous and helps you relax.

Other issues

Is glitter getting stuck in your brush? Try a Silicon Glitter Brush to stop ruining your brushes.

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Get the Look: Lizzy Caplan at the 2014 Critics’ Choice Television Awards!

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Mark Celebrity Makeup Artist Jamie Greenberg worked with Lizzy Caplan for the 2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards. and here’s how to get her stunning look:

Eyes:
Apply mark Touch & Glow Shimmering Cubes in the pink gold shade on the eye lid. Draw a very thin line from the inner corner to the middle of the eye and extend into a small cat eye using mark On The Edge Hook Up Liquid Eye Liner in Medusa. Apply Ardell Individual Lashes in Medium Black to the outer corner of the eye and brush one coat of mark Lash Act Build & Define Mascara in Blackest Black followed by one coat in Violet. Rim the bottom lash line with mark On The Dot Bold Color Compact using the pale pink shade.

Face:
Apply Suqquu Foundation all over the face, then layer over with mark Glowdacious Illuminating Powder. Apply Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush in 400 to the apples of the cheeks.

Lips:
Apply Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush in 400 as a base and finish with mark’s Gloss Gorgeous Lip Stain in Showy.

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Get the Look: Katy Perry June 2014 V Magazine Cover

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Makeup artist, Sammy Mourabit, got inspiration for Katy Perry’s V Magazine cover from the iconic Betty Page, "I wanted to pay homage to her bombshell beauty look, giving Katy that va va voom factor!" Read below to reveal the beauty tips Sammy used to create the look!

Face:
"I started with the face using my finger tip to spot touch COVERGIRL’s Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation in Buff Beige #205 all over Katy’s t-zone area. The velour composition effect of the new COVERGIRL RSG Foundation allowed me to create a creamy texture on her gorgeous skin. I then used a tiny bit of the Ready, Set, Gorgeous Concealer on my finger tip and gently dabbed under Katy’s eyes, and on the outer corners, as well as little around the nose.

I then finished the face, by sculpting Katy’s cheek bones with the truMAGIC Sunkisser and Luminizer as well as a hint of Bombshell ShineShadow in Gold Goddess, creating a gentle dewy effect."

Eyes:
"For Katy’s eyes I first focused on the brows. I used COVERGIRL’s Brow and Eyemaker Pencil in Midnight Black and Brown to shape her eyebrows, creating a dramatic effect that was very important to this specific look.

I then mixed Bombshell ShineShadows in Ooh La Lilac and Copper Fling. Their rich pigment and creamy, slightly metallic texture are amazing to create an eye liner fading effect, resulting in a sexy eye look that reflects light perfectly.

I then applied the Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Crystal Flame to brighten up the inside corner of the eyes for Mademoiselle Perry.

I finished the eye look by applying Bombshell Mascara in Very Black - no false lashes needed with this mascara! Using step 1, I applied a light coat of mascara, separating the lashes. I then used step 2 in the outer upper corners for a more dramatic and intense effect."

Lips:
"Finally it was time for the lips. I mixed two COVERGIRL Lip Liners together, Sublime #200 and Passion #215, creating a beautiful red and prune pigment, allowing me to contour her sexy lip look. I then used a little bit of LipPerfection in Hot #305 to create a deep red finish."

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Almay intense i-color collection

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This month I was asked to collaborate with Refinery29 and Almay to promote the Almay Intense I-Color Collection, which was kismit, because I have been eyeing these shades for quite some time.

Almay has always been a favorite line of mine, since the products are always sensitive skin friendly, and VERY easy to use.  This is a makeup line that wants to make makeup application easy, and I love them for it. 
The shades that were sent to me were for blue eyes, and I was instantly impressed with the color selection. Normally I tend to stay away from brighter blues, but I instantly fell in love with the build-ability of the eyeshadows. You can take these bright colors and create a multitude of different looks.  The eyeshadows are buildable, so you can go from sheer to intense with just a few strokes. 

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For daytime I loved the nude shades that were easy to blend, and worked well for any event.  If you are trying to use the colors for everyday errands, than simply use a single application for a sheer wash of color.  For a more intense work look, layer one or two applications to build the color to a more sophisticated intensity. 

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For nighttime, I loved that they invite you to try a deep, gorgeous royal blue. This is a color that I normally don't recommend...but I fell in love.  The blue is soft and sheer, so it looks stunning when layered on top of a black eyeliner.  Perfect to up the ante on your normal smokey eye. You can't overdue the intensity, which makes it perfect for a softer version of the bright eyeshadow color trends.  

Samples of Almay Intense I-Color collection were provided by Almay.
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Get The Look: Kim Kardashian Bridal Beauty

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kimkardashianweddingmakeupI may not be the biggest fan of Kim Kardashian, but I can't ignore how stunning her wedding makeup was last week.  As always, she was sculpted and contoured to perfection.  Her makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic stated that Contouring frames the face and chisels the cheeks, so basically it’s putting a little bit of bronzer on the hairline and jawline and on the hollows of the cheeks and the bridge of the nose. It thins out the face and gives warmth to the face.”

Yet, her makeup look is surprisingly attainable via budget friendly products. After contouring, Dedivanovic lined her lids with Urban Decay Ink for Eyes eyeliner in Perversion. Her full fringe came courtesy of her own brand of individual lashes and a healthy dose of Urban Decay’s upcoming Perversion Mascara. He topped off the look with L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipstick in Nude Ballet (one of my all time favorites).

For her hair, Chris McMillan polished Kardashian’s luscious locks by prepping her hair with Living Proof’s Satin Hair Serum to tame flyaways. To add some more volume for the reception, he worked in a touch of the Amp2 Texture Volumizer and sealed the look with a blast of the Flex Shaping Hairspray.

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Get the Look: Taylor Schilling

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Celebrity makeup artist, Tina Turnbow, created Taylor Schilling's gorgeous look for the Orange Is The New Black Season 2 Premiere using Tarte products, "I was inspired by the colors in her dress, and wanted one fresh pop of color, so we went with bold pink lips to compliment the grey," says Tina. Read below to find out how to get Taylor's look! 

Complexion:
​First, Tina prepped her skin with Dr. Lancer's Nourish moisturizer. Next, she applied Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12-hr Full Coverage Foundation. She brightened up the apples of her cheeks with Tarte's Cheek Stain in fearless. She finished by highlighting the tops of her cheekbones with Chantecaille's Liquid Lumiére.

Eyes:
​To create a thicker lash line, Tina sketched Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes™ Precision Longwear Liquid Liner across her upper lashes. She followed with Chanel's Precision Eye Definer in Gris Scintillant, and smudged the color over her lids.

For a dramatic look, she coated her top lashes in Tarte's Gifted™ Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara. Lastly, she enhanced the shape of Taylor's brows with Tarte's Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse in Taupe.


Lips:
​Tina created a created a custom poppy pink hue by applying Tarte's LipSurgence™ Matte Lip Tint in Lively over her lips and layered Tarte's LipSurgence™ Lip Tint in Charmed on top.

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5 Makeup Artist Must Haves

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What’s New in My Kit! by Françoise Saint-Pierre

1. MediaPro Banana CreamEverybody went nuts for the banana powder -now it’s time for the banana cream. Perfect for dry skin, it goes on smoothly. Use it to add a touch of radiance around the eyes and cheekbones.


2. NUDESTIX: Nudestix is a new brand that believes in natural look. The new collection is composed of easy to use crayons that sell for $24. Concealer pencil, eye pencil, eye/cheek pencil, magnetic eye pencil and mascara. The concealer pencils cover skin tones from light to dark and are enriched with skin-saving vitamins, antioxidants and moisturizers.


3. Lise Watier Eden Tropical Collection: This collection is amazing, and the packaging so summery! My favorite is the ultra-pigmented creamy but powdery finish cream blush in coral paradise. Easily to blend, it creates a healthy dose of color from natural to intense. My other favorite product is the 24 hours eyeliner gel, which stays forever and does not transfer.


4. Stila Magnificent Metals foil finish eye shadow: 
These new metal foil type of glitters comes in 8 shades. They are a cream to powder shadow with a multidimensional metallic finish. Can be packed on to achieve a very opaque look.


5. Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender: Face defender makes your makeup last from morning till night, minimizing pore and fine lines. It comes with a Japanese sponge.

Based in Los Angeles, Françoise Saint-Pierre is recognized for her leading role at Lise Watier Cosmétiques. Business Developer, Trainer and Makeup Artist, she promotes the brand trough makeup exposition and at Naimie’s where it is sold in exclusivity in the United States. She also works as a makeup artist and hair stylist for film, print and events 

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