Archive | June, 2012

IMATS 2012

26 Jun

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This past weekend my girlfriends and I attended the International Makeup Artists Trade Show at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA. It’s an event that is open to the public and with a fee of $45, you get access to 40% off  of your favorite products. This is my 3rd year attending, but I had four first timers with me. When you go to an event like this, expect it to be like going to Disneyland in a number of ways: 1) you’re going to spend the majority of your time in a line 2) it’s exhausting and involves a lot of walking and 3) you’re going to be spending more money than you probably intended. What is great about going with a group of people is that you guys can really double team the brands. We’d all shout requests out to each other while we waited in separate lines.

What I love about this show is that it’s Sephora x 1000. You can find a whole range of products from a lot of brands, anything from a pro line to consumer products, all at discounted prices. They have models that get various looks done live by artists during the show, as well as, some attention grabbing elements…I’m not sure how muscle bound guys with the Stila logo plastered all over their half naked bodies are supposed to sell products, but it guarantees that droves of girls and boys will at least stop at the booth and take a photo.

ImageThe second show room was transformed into a special effects area with sculptures and maquettes from various movies. My person favorite were “Tea Time with Frankenstein,” Regan from the Exorcist and Bicycle Girl from The Walking Dead. They had a real life Nosferatu with a backdrop and studio lighting, I had a great time with him:) They also had a student competition where you could watch artists make their designs come to life.

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So, here comes the answer to question to most of you are asking, what did I get? I tend to stock up for both my personal and professional kits every year, that way I only buy products here and there throughout the year. I got a lot of stuff! I stocked up on Royal and Langnickel Brushes, which are my favorite! Along with this awesome red vinyl brush pouch/belt…so hot!!

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I got some awesome Smashbox products: a lip gloss set, some anti-shine and my favorite new thing: the Limitless Lip Stain and Color Seal Balm in Guava. It’s a coral orange shade, but against my natural lip color, it becomes this beautiful fruit punch/watermelon kind of shade. I LOVE IT! It’s double ended and has a felt tip that applies the stain and the other side is a balm that keeps lips soft and smooth. It has great staying power and doesn’t feather once it sets.

I stocked up on some kit essentials: Stila’s One Step Corrector, Two Faced Shadow Insurance (which is seriously the absolute best eyeshadow primer on the market), a Jane Iredale mixing palette, Beauty So Clean Makeup Sanitizer, MUD Volumizing tube mascara and some lashes and glues.

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Another stand out product this year is the new Set and Correct Baked Trio from Stila. This will seriously save me a lot of time in the studio during touch ups. It’s a baked setting powder in 3 correcting colors: green to minimize redness, peach to brighten and lavender for sallow skin. You rotate the dial and it shaves off even amounts of product. I can run into the studio and touch up a guest with ease with one product! No more carrying four different shades on me or a mixing palette. I just have to make sure that I am happy with the work done in the makeup chair and touching up in the studio with this product will be a breeze!. A product that works just as hard as I do? Awesome!

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Another of my new favorites is the MUD Dual Finish Pressed Mineral Powder. I bought this for my professional kit, but I tried it at home and decided I was going to keep it for myself. I just ran out of my Benefit Hello Flawless Powder Foundation and this product is a lightweight alternative. You can use it dry for medium coverage or wet for full. It feels so good on the skin and has some staying power.

My girls and I had a great time at this year’s IMATS! The best part is that we don’t have to wait a full year to do this again. 2013’s IMATS Los Angeles is in January! You had better believe, I’ll be getting my ticket soon!

Til next time Beauties and Studs!

xoxo

Amanda

 

 

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High Definition Makeup with a Little Tarte on Top

22 Jun

I have to admit when I found out the Studio was going to be making the switch to HD, I was a little bit freaked out! I knew that it meant a couple things: 1) that my go to MAC Studio Fix Plus Foundation Powder was no longer going to work and 2) every line, wrinkle, smudge, was going to show on camera. One word came to mind: Aaaahhhhh!!!!! This prompted a search for the best in HD makeup, that would have enough coverage for both men and women. I needed products that I could build upon and layer without caking. I needed coverage without looking like a mask. Luckily, I didn’t have to search very far. Here is the best of what I’ve found so far

Makeup For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation
 ImageOMG!!! This foundation is the absolute best I have ever used, both personally and professionally. It’s lightweight and oil free and feels like you don’t have anything on. I, myself, am a powder foundation girl, but my problem is that my nose is very sensitive to any product that goes on it. If the product is too heavy (be it moisturizers, powders or foundation), my pores open up and I get these little beads of oil on my nose…not cute! I end up wiping it away anyway, so I have no coverage on my nose…not ideal. I tried this product and I am hooked! My whole face stays matte for the first time ever! It provides medium to full coverage depending on how much you use. The best part though is that you can still see your skin through the makeup. It’s like being very lightly “photoshopped.” The packaging is great, it’s a little pump that squirts out just a little bit of product at a time. It comes in 25 different shades, so you’ll find the one that’s right for you (I’m #160). If you don’t find your exact shade, you can buy a couple tubes and mix yourself; This is ideal for someone who tends to hyperpigment. It’s pricey at $42 a tube, but I will tell you, it’s worth every penny.

I usually set it with Makeup Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish Powder, which is so amazingly beautiful as well. It’s 100% silica and also gives that slightly “photoshopped” finish. My comment about it is that it is so fine that you might not notice how much you actually have on the surface of your skin until you’re photographed and the flash bounces off the product. Then you look like you got attacked with a powder puff. So use sparingly, a little is all you need:-)

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MAC Mineralize Loose Foundation Powder
My heart broke a little when I found out that I could no longer use MAC’s Studio Fix in the studio. It’s so versatile and it really covers anything you need to. You could even apply it with a wet brush for more coverage. My primary concern with the Studio Fix was my male studio guests. Most guys don’t want a face full of makeup, but if you’re going on TV, you really should have it on. Applying liquid foundation on a man seems to be a little too much, even for some of my most seasoned tv guests. I needed to find a powder, so I turned to MAC once again. I tried their Mineralize Loose Powder Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised. It has medium coverage with a natural finish. You can apply it with a foundation brush and really lay the product into your skin for full coverage. It comes in nine shades, which I mix to get individual shades just right. I’m so glad I was able to find a new go to powder foundation with MAC.

I usually set this product with MAC’s Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder (Pressed). It gives me that little extra matte that I need in the studio and also softens the face. I love that it’s pressed into a compact so that I can run in into the studio for touch ups.

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Tarte Cheek Stain

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This is not an HD product, but I got to see firsthand how it looks on camera and I must admit, I am impressed! It’s a gel cheek stain. It provides a natural dewy flush of color to your skin. I put it on my lips too LOL, I initially had my reservations about this product looking wet or sticky in HD, but I was excited to find that it looks dewy in a kind of doll like innocent way. It’s perfect for summer, when you don’t want to have a whole lot of product on your skin. A little dab on your cheeks, a little blending with your fingers and you have a sexy summer flush of color. The initial stickiness evaporates away, as it’s water based. So you’re left with a beautiful sheer stain that really lasts. This is so helpful in the studio because you don’t have to re-apply! Another way to use it would be to actually lay it in your cheeks before applying your liquid/creme foundation. You get this kind of contoured look and the texture of it helps keep any product you lay on top in place. My blush usually streaks by the end of the day, so reinforcing cheeks with a little of the Tarte Cheek Stain really helps. I do that and also dab a little right on the apples of my cheeks just as I’m finishing. It’s literally a little sweet treat right at the end. Did I mention it’s scented! It has this lovely sweet lemony smell. Doll Face even smells like strawberries and cream! My personal favorite is True Love, it’s this watermelon shade. I am so in love with Tarte! I can’t wait to try more!

Check out the pic below to see the Makeup For Ever Foundation  in #160, HD Microfinish Powder and Tarte Cheek Stain in True Love in action

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And as always, thanks for reading Beauties and Studs!

xoxo

Amanda