Blog Archives

Makeup Artists Don’t Need to Wear Makeup

I believe makeup should be used as a tool to enhance natural beauty, not as a mask to hide behind. I would like to reset the standard—makeup artists should be skincare professionals and have some background knowledge of what skincare products can do to improve the canvas upon which they work. But they don’t need to wear makeup themselves when they work.

In the world of esthetics, it is our job to help uplift and encourage the confidence and inner radiance of our client. We wear black as an industry standard and, in my opinion, it is so we blend into the shadows and make our clients shine. When our clients leave our chair, we want them to feel like they are as beautiful as they can be.

Wearing makeup is often done to show that we have the answers to help our clients find what makes them feel beautiful. But I don’t we need to wear makeup ourselves. Instead, we need to exude the passion and confidence in our skills. Hopefully our skin is clear. Our kind, helpful personalities are all we need to help our clients in finding the right colors for their personal color palette to achieve the look they want.

In the film and television industry, makeup artists work hours that are very long. Their days can start as early as it takes to get everyone done and camera ready for the time the day’s first scene is scheduled to shoot. In my life, that has been as early as 3:30 am or sometimes even an all-nighter. Our job is to care for the talent and their look, not for ourselves. If a makeup artist was on set and dolled-up over the top, it could be considered a distraction to the crew members—it tends to be a male dominated field — or the actors who don’t want a member of the crew stealing the spotlight.

Makeup artists should be able to talk about their products with confidence and ease. Most importantly, they should be able to use their true skills to use the makeup on the client. Since we are in the beauty world, some makeup artists want to show that they are up with the latest trends and always have a full face on. I’m not trying to take anything away from anyone. But I’d like to suggest that a bare, fresh face is something to be valued and acceptable in the workplace for makeup artists and skincare professionals.A makeup artist applies makeup on a woman.


YESto LogoYESto carrots, cucumber, tomato, blueberries, grapefruit and coconut! All of these fruits and veggies sound yummy to eat but our skin finds them just as delicious. YESto has found a way to harness these ingredients, and more, to give your skin the best nutrients and care.

YESto is a San Francisco based company offering affordable skin care with high quality ingredients. As a company, YESto products “are always at least 95% natural, free of parabens, petroleum, phthalates and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), and made with recyclable materials.”

I feel in love with this line when I found YESto Carrots. I have the driest of skin, but yet I still have oil production. It’s very frustrating to find the right balance for it all. YESto Carrots uses carrots, pumpkin, shea butter, sweet almond oil, and avocado to help nourish my skin. Then the YESto Tomatoes line has helped clear my now minimal acne. YESto Carrots is not heavy and never leaves me feeling greasy. They use vegetables backed with antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E to help feed my skin and hydrate it.

I use their YESto Tomatoes Acne Roller ball for my spot treatment. That has tomatoes, ginger root, bisabolol, salicylic acid, and tea tree oil. It gives my skin a natural way to balance out its oil production using fruit acids and then salicylic acid/tea tree oil to help with exfoliation and to minimize bad bacteria growth in the pores. It then finishes by using a ginger bisabolol combination to help calm irritation and inflammation.

YESto is a great line to experiment with that won’t break the bank. It might even be your last stop.

You are Probably More than One Color

Foundation Color Splats

The biggest question asked when looking into your next makeup purchase is “What color should I get for my foundation?”

I love this question since there are so many mixed blood beauties out there these days. It is a valid question, making the makeup companies work harder to cover and include all the various combinations that are skin today.

My immediate response is you are probably more than one color! No one is one solid color anymore. Some of the higher end lines might find something that is very close to being a one-stop shop for matching your skin tone, but if you are having a hard time finding your skin tone, you might need to mix. This is not a problem! It is a beautiful solution to show off your stunning skin and makes you a complex eye-appealing visionary.

First step in deciding your skin tone is to look into the mirror with a fresh clean face. Make sure you are in natural light if you can, if not, just take into account what tone your lamp’s bulb is and maybe even the color of the walls bouncing its own color onto you and your skin. Back to your face, what do you see? Under the surface do you see more red or pinky tones, or do you see more yellow or green tones? This is hard for some. You might see both.

If you see red or pinky tones, you are on the cooler side of the spectrum. If you have yellow or green you are on the warmer side of the spectrum.

Okay, now flash-forward: you are at Sephora in front of some makeup line that you have been yearning to try. Find a color that is as close to that “one stop shop” color. Does it not match perfectly? Is it too dull or ashy, then maybe you need a little something to boost it up. Look a few shades over from what you chose. Take a pea-sized bit and mix it with your first choice. Make sure it is in the tone you need: reds or pinky or yellow or green. It’s a game of trial and error. That is why it is so important to play with the makeup before you buy. I would suggest going to Sephora or another store with a wide range of makeup lines that allow you to play with samples.

When you are matching to find your color, you want to take into account what color your décolleté is as well. The worst thing to see is a floating head; your face doesn’t stop at your jaw line. It is very important to blend all the way down past your jaw and onto your neck. If you find that you might need to mix to find your perfect blend, remember the makeup lines try their hardest to get close, so you will only need a little bit of each to find your perfect blend. You can be more of one tone than the other, which has its benefits since it will last longer and make your purchase worthwhile.

Tattoo Cover

Tattoos are a great way to express yourself in a visual way permanently on your body. It is not understood by all and is not always visually acceptable in some situations, so what do you do? You cover it up!

Before and After using makeup to cover a tattoo.You need a high-pigmented foundation. High pigmented/color payoff makeup lines include (but are not limited to): Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo, Make up Forever, Dermablend, and Ben Nye Tattoo Cover.

Other materials you’ll need are: a sponge, a small detail brush, translucent powder, and a powder puff.

The first step is to deposit a quarter size amount, for a medium-scale tattoo. The goal is to build up, not cake on, to the outer rim of the tattoo, slowly making your way to the middle.

With a sponge, you will not pull or push around the color but instead you will stipple, using an up and down motion, so there are spots of depth and small deckles left in the first layer.

Layers are needed for the deep black, but the biggest secret in tattoo cover is to powder in-between layers. Now powder.

Do one more layer; continue to stipple with the sponge but this time starting on the part of the tattoo with the most visibility. The stippling technique will help to soften the edges and give the illusion that the skin does not change. Powder again!

Now that the majority of the tattoo is covered, you might still have some bold outlining that is peaking through. Take your small detail brush and, with the brush on its flat side, stipple directly onto the lines or parts of the tattoo still showing. Then powder again. This detailing might need to be done a few times. Make sure to powder!

Eyebrows: Sisters, Not Twins

Eyebrows can change everything on a person’s face. Everyone strives for the perfect pair of brows. We’re all told that facial symmetry is the most attractive, so the hope is that those perfect brows will help create that symmetry.

But your brows don’t exactly match. Notice your frustrations when doing eyeliner. Most people find it hard to get their eyeliner to match. If you look closely, your eyes just don’t match. So why would you expect that your brows would? Your brows probably look similar, but not identical. Don’t force it.

If you are battling to get the brows you want, there are a few things you can do to help get you there. If you have an esthetician and want a reshape, it can take up to 3-6 months of untouched re-growth to get a brand new shape. If you are looking for a quick fix for a night out, all you need is an angle brush and some powder.

Eyebrow Length Guide

First use a pencil or makeup brush to draw points on your brow at the inner corner—directly above the side of your nostril; at the arch—parallel to the outer side of your iris; and at the tail end—diagonally in line with the side of your nostril and the outer corner of your eye. With the three points marked out, use your angle brush and hair-matching powder to fill in the shape.

Training your brows to grow and lie the way you want also helps in creating the perfect brows. Using an empty mascara wand and Vaseline, or an aloe vera gel, brush your brows nightly to lie how they should. After a few weeks, your brows should start behaving appropriately.

If your brows are sparse, there is an old fashion trick of using castor oil on your brows nightly to help encourage the hair follicles to grow. But now, with technology on our side, there are great topical treatment serums like Revitabrow to help the process go faster.