This is a great behind the scenes interview with Fashion Makeup Artist James Vincent – Fantastic Product and Technique tips and tricks … great article James
James is responsible for the beautiful looks showcased at the International Makeup show, runways around the world and celebs like Lady Gaga and Jane Fonda just to name a few
Q:Can you tell us more about the trends that inspired you for the Ashton Michael Runway?
A: The theme of the collection was “Black Art” so I wanted depth and intensity while keeping it minimal. One of the easiest way to get this was using OCC lip tars because they are so intense in color.
Q: Did you do any highlighting and contouring on the models? If so what products did you use?
A: Yes, I focused on contouring with no highlighting for a more natural look. I used Kevin Aucoin Sculpting powder to achieve this look.
Q: What are your top go-to beauty products?
(1) Kevin Aucoin skin enhancer foundation, which is versatile. You can get sheer coverage from it or build for a full coverage look.
(2) Lip tars are super versatile. You can use them on the eyes, lips and cheeks.
(3) Nars Multiples blush which gives you the right kiss of color to your cheeks.
Photo Credit: Kraseybeauty.com, NARS multiples at Sephora $39
Q: When watching some of your tutorials you speak a lot about how to achieve a great eyebrow. What do you think about the new eyebrow epidemic that’s taking over these beautiful faces?
A: The brows now are more full and fluffier but I do see that people are placing more attention on the eyebrows. You must know your product that you’re using and stay away from the ‘makeup counter’ eyebrow. We don’t see those on the runways so you must try to keep your brows looking modern in a sense.
Q: What is your favorite eyebrow product to use?
A: Anastasia’s brow point, which is great for sketching in your brow and individual hairs.
Photo Credit: Ms. WhipAppeal
James keyed the show “Boy Meets Girl” by Stacey Igel as well. We got to see a new fun look from James that he created with fun colors.
Q: What was your goal with executing the makeup for “Boy Meets Girl”?
A: I wanted it to be fun and flirty with a pop of color, which reflects Stacey Igel.
Q: What is your favorite red lipstick?
A: Well, I love ‘Lady Danger’ and ‘Ruby Woo’ by MAC. I also love Stalker by OCC but I grew up on red colored lipsticks from Revlon, which can do the job as well.
Photo credit: drugstore.com, Revlon Really Red lipstick can be found for under $8 uyour local drug store.
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I can “high five” his red lippie choices as MAC Ruby Woo and Lady Danger are a staple kit “must have” for me too. Great lippies which I would definately recommend for long lasting vibrant colour middle of the road price lipsticks
What’s your favourite Red lipstick? Have you found one or are you on the contstant look out to find THE red? Tell us below on Facebook!
I saw this article today and thought of you guys Or maybe it’s because I’ve had such a busy week that it caught my attention more than it normally would!? Among the great ironies of female life is that the days when you have the time and energy to apply expert makeup are the days you need it least! You went to bed at a reasonable hour the night before and you wake up well-rested and calm. You performed all three steps of your skin regimen and have no blemishes …
So the days when you wake up late, exhausted, and panicked, are the days when you most desperately need makeup – right! On those days, women face a second irony: foundation, powder, and concealer — the most urgent makeup, the kind you need most after a late night at a place where you don’t have a toothbrush – are hugely inconvenient. They are messy (check out my article with tips on how to apply your makeup on the move) and they require a variety of applicators, and are rarely packaged together for on-the-go use!
Which brings me onto the reason for today’s post …” Enter “Laura Mercier’s Flawless Face Book Portable Complexion Palette, which is the size of one and a half iPhones. The magnet closure snaps open to reveal a large mirror, five types of makeup, and two applicators. Two dense, yellow-toned “secret camouflage” concealers work well for dark circles, while a goopier “secret concealer” hides blemishes. The tinted moisturizer is solid (in the upper left of the palette, above) and is portioned generously enough to use some extra as a sheer foundation. It’s silky to the touch and is applied easily with a finger. Finally, a pressed powder in the upper right comes packed with a sponge applicator to dust and blend the look” NYMag.com
… so are you interested? Sounds ideal – right!? I can say that it is a lovely compaq too and it meets a whole load of on the go requirements
On my way into work or touch ups for a night out after a long day of filming, this paltte is exacly what I need for a quick fix. It’s compact, spill-proof and has a mirror!!!!! Your makeup bus rides will never be so simple
Get ready for some Oscar Winning Makeup Tips coming your way before the ceremony on Sunday
Mascara and / or false lashes
To start this makeup you need to apply a lighter base than you would normally choose but make sure that you blend it into your neck !
Next, apply your lighter shade eyeshadow over your entire lids upto your socket line
If you feel confident, apply a little socket line shading to add definition which you will see I have done very lightly in the photos
Next, taking your liquid eyeliner, pull your eyelid upwards and outwards to stretch out the skin on your eyelid. This will give you greater control when drawing your eyeline. Then starting from the middle of your eye, draw a line upwards and outwards to the shape that you want
Complete your the other eye to match
TIP! Keep some cotton buds handy and wet the end with water if you make a misteake. Avoid using an oily makeup remover as this will affect your ability to re-apply the liner
Next, apply your mascara or false lashes
Define your brows. If you are dark haired, you will be able to go darker than I have with your brows to match your hair colour but beware all you blonde haired beauties as you will start to look like you have comedy brows if you go too dark!
Next, apply your lip liner and then your chosen red lippie
Lastly, apply your blusher and contour shading. Apply your blusher last because the amount that you put on will be affected by your red lipstick!
Don’t forget your beauty spot if you fancy wearing one!
Try this beautiful and sexy makeup for your sweet Valentines Days
Are you all looking forward to Valentines Day? Are you all planning something special either with your loved one or with your friends? Do you have your Valentines Day Makeup decided yet?
As I’ve been promising, I have been putting together some makeup ideas for you all
If you keep reading, today you will find out how to do a Cheerleader Makeup … Sound good?
CHECK IT OUT!!
For the Sexy Cheerleader, it’s all about your EYES and CHEEKS! So you’ll need some key “ingredients”
Mascaraand / or False Lashes
GET YOUR POUT READY!
Start by applying your full coverage foundation. I use Yves Saint Laurent Teint Radiance
Using your chosen “light” eyeshadow apply all over your lid – use an iridescent one / glitter one – I used MAC Forgery and White Frost
Using your chosen “dark” eyeshadow apply socket line shading – I used a mixture of black, brown, burgendy and orange to the depth of colour whilst keeping some vibrance in it! MAC Folie, Sushi Flower with Carbon and Black Tied
Blend your chosen dark eyeshadows upwards and outwards towards your brow bone creating your smokey eye
Define your brows – I used a MAC brow shaper powder but you can use what you like – pencil, powder, whatever you feel comfortable with
Add highlighter to your brow bone
Apply contouring powder under your cheek bones for definition – I use MAC Powder in Taupe
Smile and apply your blusher to the apples of your cheeks – I used Lime Lily Cream Blusher in Princess
If you need to, apply some Bronzer to your forehead, cheeks and bridge of your nose – I use Saint Tropez Bronzer Powder
Have you all seen photos of Beyonce at The Super Bowl performing with Destinys Child yesterday?
Her appearance was a SHOW-STOPPING success! OMG that girl has got it all … style, moves, the lot!
Did you all see her Hair and Makeup …
Stunning foundation and use of highlighters on her forehead and under her eyes (as normal, to give her that famous Dewy highlighted look) a natural gloss stain on her lips, brows to DIE for and a gold smokey eye to match her nails. Oh and don’t foget contouring!
Simply follow my steps for a 30 second Smokey Eye then Try MAC Old Gold Pigment or MAC Gold Lemon Pigment … and simply mix with MAC mixing medium to create a line of solid gold and apply generously across your top lash line
She sported nailes that were FIT for her Super Bowl Superstardom! Together with those fierce leather gloves … BOOM! Think the Glam-Sporty look really worked. You might not have nailed her dance moves down yet but you sure as hell can replicate those nails! Minx Nail design … go on ladies … you know you wanna! She went for the straight-up Gold and Matte Gold Chevron Minx on her own digits
… Oh yeah … And those backing dancers nails!
Celebrity nail stylist Lisa Logan tells US weekly how touched town and says “As soon as I arrived at he hotel, I began working on creating super long nail tips covered with the Gold and Matte Gold Chevron Minx that would be worn by the backup dancers. The process was very time consuming because the nails were going to be used in the holographic segment where it looks like Beyonce has multiple arms, so all the dancers had to be wearing the same design. And, because the nails were so long, I needed to use two Minx templates to cover each tip.” Thanks for your tips Lisa!
Are you going to re-create your own Beyonce look??
I’ve been chatting to a lot of people on various forums this morning about Makeup and Beauty and Hair and anything like that really that I love and am passionate about! And someone asked a really great question about Hollywood actresses of the past – the sort of 1940’s , 40’s, 50’s and 60’s eras. The point to her forum question what that she was suprised that the Hollywood actresses of the day looked so much younger than they actually were and she wanted to know of any tips / tricks / trade secrets that they would have / might have used to create their Hollywood Glamour and maintain their Hollywood youth!
Because it was such an interesting question, I thought that I would share my response that I gave her, with you
I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing about it
Making someone look a certain way on camera is often the result of a number of processes / procedures / steps but very often it makes use of some very basic principles of makeup application and techniqus
The relationship between light and dark for instance will affect the face in a number of ways. Contouring (which is a common makeup technique used on camera to enhance / create definition) uses the basic principle of light – to make something stand out / be highlighted and dark – to make something recede. You can create the notion of youth and the notion of age by using dark and light in the correct areas of the face – eyes, cheeks, jowls, frown lines … think of all the areas that are prominent on an older face and work out what you need to do to either enhance (to age someone) or reduce (to make youthful – which is often harder and a more complicated process)
Socket line shading outwards and upwards for instance created space to open the eye up by creating a silhouette of shape. Creating an arch in your brow will open up your eyes too. Careful application of eye makeup to an “older” skin can really work wonders at seemingly turning the clock back
Can I suggest that you simplify your makeup bag and have a little experiment with a few products when you have a spare hour or so – take a light powder or foundation and a dark powder and try some shading and highlighting on your face. Check out my Makeup Like A Pro Blog article on how to contour like Kim Kardashian http://makeuplikeapro.info/how-to-do-contouring-makeup-like-kim-kardashian/ – this will give you some great beginner tips on where you can create light and where you can create dark
Movie Stars will use a combination of amazing natural good looks and careful makeup application to create a certain image – Did you know that Mariyln Monroe wore 5 varieties of lipsticks and glosses all at the same time to create that iconic pout? darker reds were used on the outer corners, lighter shades were worn in the middle to offer up added dimension, and she highlighted her cupid’s bow and bottom lip. All this was based around the notion and relationship between light and dark
Hope that helps Check out my Hair and Makeup Blog www.makeuplikeapro.info as there is some great info that you might find useful. Subscribe to it too so you don’t miss out on any new product reviews / news and offers www.makeuplikeapro.info www.lucyfriend.com
How to do Contouring Makeup like Kim Kardashian – Step By Step guide by Makeup Like A Pro
Happy Friday everybody! Did you have a good week? I hope that you’ve enjoyed my posts and stuff this week – I’ve loved writing them for you all again! What are your plans for the weekend? You got a busy one planned? I’m out this evening for a very good friends birthday so it’s gonna be quite a glam evening – hair, makeup, the full monte
Contouring is something that ill be paying particular attention to… To my surprise, A LOT of women entirely miss this step out of their makeup routine. It’s surprising really because a lot of women wear a full face of foundation daily which effectly creates a blank canvas. And a blank canvas is by definition, without any shape. So by default, your face becomes almost shapeless – well, angle-less anyway
By adding contouring back in you’re adding back in those areas of definition. Simple right?
These are your key areas of definition you should be keeping in mind
Cast your mind back to school when you used lightand darkto create shapes. That’s the basic premise of contouring. Think of it as a 2 pronged approach, which adds 3 dimensions to your face! Anything light stand out because anything light comes towards you
So you’ll need a dark powder and a highlighter. There are many ways to contour but the one I explain below uses a very dark powder and a light cream foundation for blending and you’re going to be blending the colours out so you can be quite flexible with what you use
For the dark powder I use MAC powder in Taupe for a lot of my on-screen and personal contouring but you can use anything dark that compliments your skin tone. Stila Face Contouring Powder Trio Pallette is nice
For the highlighter any light powder / foundation / illuminator that suits your particular skin tone. A shimmer cream often gives a nice finish but can look a bit odd if too much of your face is illuminated so be careful with how you use it but on the flip side can create more of an evening feel. Luminizers are great too – smash box in prism is pretty cool. Benefit moon beam is good if you want a liquid one – again be careful as its shimmery. Kett cream foundation works really really well as its a cream foundation so gives a very natural finish
So normally I don’t have any trouble falling asleep, but ill tell you what – last night my body did NOT want to shut down! Sum total of 4 hours I managed to get in the end! Blurk. But I was chatting to our beauty buddies on the other side of the pond at 3am on Twitter so it wasn’t all bad
Ill keep you posted today as to how my makeup stays on throughout the day as I often find that it runs all over the place the more tired I am! You find that?
And obviously I’ve got to pay a little more attention than normal to my under eye area! Eye cream AND primer are going on today!
Exciting as it is, I’m not writing to tell you about my sleep patterns!
I mentioned on my Facebook page that I’d talk about the photo shoot from yesterday and tell you all what makeup I used on myself… I was my own personal makeup artist Youguys should check the magazine out www.port-magazine.com … The Magazine for Men, apparently! The Article will be out in March so I’ll keep you posted
The photographer shot us in black and white so my makeup was all about the SHADING / CONTOURING – not colour. I used my trusted MAC contouring powder in Taupe for cheekbone and nose shading and a dark brown eye shadow for socket line shading. My goal was to open out my eyes as much as I could using makeup so I kept the eyeshadow as high and wide as possible, whilst I made sure to keep the blending as soft as possible to make it look as natural as possible. I defined my brows a little more than usual too, keeping in mind the 3 points of the brow shape ( do you remember Angelina Jolies face from Sundays Best Brows article on my Facebook Page?) My goal was to really open up my eyelid space and creating a high and wide arch did this
I took a quick photo of my makeup before I left the house so you can see what I mean about the socket line shading and brow definition
What have you done with your makeup this morning? Anyone else making themselves up for anything special today? Share your photos with us!
Hey everybody! Happy Friday – hope that you have all had a wonderful week and here’s a round up to the week in the land of Make Up Like A Pro
Firstly thank you all for your ongoing support, not just this week but since I started the Tweeting, Facebooking and Blogging towards the end of last year. It’s all of you that make it worth while
So, I’ve been Tweeting and Facebooking like mad this week trying to keep up with the demand for Winter Wonderland Makeup ideas. I’ve had emails asking my advice on skincare for the cold weather and for makeup ideas on looking good in the cold weather too! It’s all been flooding in – is it the threat of snow I wonder?
As I was getting asked for all sorts, it prompted me to ask YOU all what YOUR makeup PICK ME UPS are. I’ve had some great responses from you all from Chanel Lip Gloss to Bright Nail Varnish Thank you all so much for messaging in and please keep them coming… I’m going to do a list of all your ideas so you can all enjoy each others favourites!
Today I included a photo of my face… you’ll see my goon of a boyfriend mucking around in the back of shot on the first one – thanks Ben but you can still see the pink in my apples
You can see more of the contouring in the second photo to the RHS
I’m often asked what contouring powders I would recommend and which blusher I wear – the answer is MAC’s contouring powder in Taupe and MAC’s powder blusher in Pink Swoon. Two of my staple makeup bag MUST HAVES if I’m totally honest. Pink Swoon is soft enough for a day time lift and looks stunning if applied well to the apples of my cheeks … great colour choice MAC! And Taupe is not too red as contouring powders can often be so they are a pretty good combination!
Don’t forget to head over to my FB and Twitter pages as I’m updating great tips and tricks and articles on there every day… I’ll talk about whatever tickles my fancy
Have a fabulous weekendall of you and look forward to next week with some more makeup and beauty ideas
Welcome back to Part 3 of Make Up Like A Pro’s Week of Colour!
On Monday we explored colour in its broadest sense and I gave you a list of colours and the common emotion often attributed to them. Yesterday I explained the role of the Colour Wheel and Colour Theory and the impact that it has on Makeup. Hopefully you are starting to realise the impact that colour has on making Hair and Makeup decisions and that you are getting to grips with a little bit of the science side of it J
Today I am going to talk about how to describe colour using various properties: Hue, shade, tint, tone, brightness and saturation and how you can take advantage of these to create your own makeup effects
The chart below is an example of Tints, Shades and Tones using a Blue Hue
The Hue is the basic colour group i.e. blue (in this example), green, red etc.
The top layer shows Blue Tints – a Tint is the hue plus white which makes the colour lighter and creates pastel shades
The middle layer shows Blue Shades – a Shade is the hue plus black which makes the colour darker
The bottom layer shows Blue Tones – a Tone is the hue plus grey. The tonality refers to the lightness and darkness of a colour, for example in black and white photos tones are visible, rather than colour. For example a light yellow and a light purple would have the same tonality and would therefore look the same in black and white
Brightness, also referred to as “value” describes how light or dark the colour is
Saturation tells us how the colour looks under various lighting. For example when you do your makeup in the bathroom light and then step outside into the natural light, the makeup hasn’t changed but it looks somehow different. The changed saturation gives us a different perception of the colours. The greater the saturation, the more vivid the Hue
These colour descriptions all help to affect how the makeup I put on someone’s face will look on-screen. For a Makeup Artist, there are various things that will impact how a makeup will look, such as the type of lighting used, the colour of the costume that is being worn and how the set (the area that we shoot in) is coloured and the reflective value of it
A little nugget of information that is vital to my job that I want to impart to you is that when you do a makeup in front of a mirror and it looks one way, when you get it on camera it may not be what is seen. This is the same for you guys as I mentioned earlier, that when you do your makeup in front of your bathroom mirror it might look different to when you step outside into the natural light. Just as I might have to make minor tweaks which are part of my job, you might need to make your own tweaks to yourself … such as taking down the amount of blusher that you have just applied to give a more natural feel in the natural light
With this in mind, have you ever thought about why you might notice certain colours more than others? I am going to introduce some more colour terms that you will find useful when you are looking at, and describing your own makeup.
Warm colours and colours that are higher in value often get noticed first. For example colours pertaining to red and yellow are considered to be warm and a bright red (a higher value, brighter red) will stand out and therefore get noticed by the eye much more quickly than a darker red
Cool colours and colours that are low in value are said to recede. Blues and purples are cool colours and meet the eye more slowly than warm colours. A dark blue which is less bright than a light blue would appear to recede from the eye
So now you are more familiar with how to describe colours, can you see how you might use this when it comes to applying your makeup? Very often, the careful application of makeup means that we trick the eye by creating effects. Look at the before and after photo below of Kim Kardashian
The photo is a fantastic example of exactly how this is done … by using the technique of contouring which uses highlighting and shading. You can see that the darker areas under her cheekbones create depth and a darker or cooler colour is used here to create these areas of recession. Alternatively, you can see the areas of highlighting on her cheekbones which create the illusion that the cheekbones are more prominent. You can see in the “after” photo how her cheekbones look more prominent… through the use of careful highlighting techniques
As a rule of thumb which will be useful for you guys, to highlight or draw attention to a feature, use a warm colour or one that is high in value. To create a shadow, or depth, use a cool colour or one that is low in value
Looking at the photo of Kim, you can see the very well-crafted contours and depth that she has created by using the basic colour theory! There is nothing to stop you from doing this yourself. I will be writing a specific article on the Art of Shading and Contouring so make sure that you stay tuned. Sign up to Make Up Like A Pro to receive notification of all my new posts so that you don’t miss out on anything!
The final element of colour theory that I want to mention today is colour reflectiveness and there are six common types of reflectiveness to be aware of. Not all of these will be relevant in the application of Makeup, but you should be aware of the terms
Matte – this means that there is no shine so it can be opaque or translucent
Shiny – things that are shiny will have a gloss look
Metallic – these are highly reflective, bright and not see-through
Opaque – these are not see-through
Translucent – these are lightly fogged and barely see-through
Transparent – these are see-through such as glass
Can you think of some makeup-specific colour reflectiveness examples? A matte lipstick would have a very different finish to a shiny lipstick. Metallic eye shadows look great on some people but not on others, so being aware that there is a difference in those is crucial! A clear matte nail varnish for instance, looks great on a man as it does not have a shiny finish
So, after today’s article, does colour mean even more to you now? Can you look at your face and start to notice the areas that you might want to highlight and those areas that you might want to darken? I hope that you feel like you have more tools to be able to go ahead on your own and start to think about that
I will be giving you examples of some great makeup specifically for highlighting and shading so make sure you stay tuned!
Come back tomorrow as I finish with Part 4 and Part 5 of my week dedicated entirely to colour where I make recommendations as to what colours you should be wearing …