Healthy Summer Skin Care Practices – Part 2

There is a huge proliferation of advice in skin care and makeup products in the marketplace today, and fiercely competing for consumer attention and their beauty dollars. Our media is bloated with print advertisements along with endless infomercials and TV home shopping programs devoted to hawking the latest and greatest in cutting edge cures for […]

Healthy Summer Skin Care Practices – Part 1

Anyone who knows me, from family and friends to my professional makeup industry relationships, hears my constant mantra about maintaining a good skin care regimen with zealous sun protection. And for good reason. Without a well-cared for skin “canvas” makeup doesn’t have the best support to do its optimal duty of beauty enhancement and elevating […]

The Definitive Primer on False Eyelashes – Part Two

There is no doubt that false eyelashes go the distance to enhance eye beauty and give that eye opening finishing touch. They are truly functional in improving any natural lash length and fullness, especially in replacing lashes lost due to illness or to adding extra glamour for that Red Carpet look. Whether you want a […]

The Definitive Primer on False Eyelashes – Part One

Eyelashes are the “lights’ that turn on the eyes. It’s that fringe of flutter that every woman loves to define as the finishing touch to any makeup application. False eyelashes give movie star looks on the cheap because they are so affordable in any makeup budget, and if removed carefully they are reusable.

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The Natural and Organic Cosmetic Ingredient Controversy – Part 2

There is no doubt that public misconceptions on the natural/organic cosmetic issue exists, and to the advantage of cosmetic companies who use this uncertainty to promote their products as the “safe choice” solution. As such, pro artists and consumers alike owe it to themselves to get a grasp on very simple cosmetic chemistry knowledge if […]

The Natural and Organic Cosmetic Ingredient Controversy – Part 1

I have been getting a number of inquiries lately about cosmetics that have “natural” or “organic” based ingredients, so I am sharing my opinions on this subject based upon my own research, observations, and professional experience. Over the past decade I have watched the rise in popularity of cosmetics advertised as natural/organic, especially with mineral […]

All About Makeup Sealers and Setting Sprays, Part Two

In part 1 of this blog on makeup sealers I mentioned that water/acrylic formulations are the best to use for sensitive skin types, and help minimize any obvious texture or sheen-like finish. This is also true of skins that are dry, as some alcohol based sealers have a slight luster finish. You don’t want any […]

All About Makeup Sealers and Setting Sprays: Part One

Makeup artists know the value of having a makeup setting or sealing product as a staple item in their kit. These are film forming sprays that help provide more durability in a makeup application that needs to be stable and long wearing. They also provide greater makeup protection under moisture conditions. Sealers also allow you […]