*Makes a great Christmas gift too..
Waking up to 18° weather isn't my favorite. I bundled up and braced myself for the frosty outdoors but not before applying my natural and organic lotion bar to my hands and face... formulated with certified organic Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, and beeswax with the added benefit of Lavender, Patchouli, and Orange Essential Oils. This lotion bar is a MUST for protecting your skin from this harsh winter weather. .and it smells delish too! No worries about getting lotion all over your touch screen either, my lotion bar comes in a convenient twist up tube (think deodorant)..best part? It's ONLY $10.!
*Makes a great Christmas gift too..
This fluctuating Boston weather may have you feeling otherwise but SPRING has sprung! I am sure you have been reading a lot about the makeup trends that are in for spring: natural looking skin, red lips, power eyebrows, but what else does spring mean for makeup? It means it’s prom and wedding season!
Although I recommend hiring an experienced Professional Makeup Artist when having professional pictures done, there are some things you can do to ensure a flawless photo. If you want to know how to get that ‘perfect for pictures’, lasting makeup look, keep reading.
First, it is important to address your individual skin care needs before attempting to apply color. Good skin care practices are a way to “create the perfect canvas” before applying makeup. Before starting your makeup, make sure that your skin is well exfoliated and moisturized and that your eyebrows are free from any stray hair (the little fuzzy hair under your eyebrow can catch product and make your shadow look messy). Although SPF is something everyone should wear daily, when you are going to be having lots of pictures taken, I recommend avoiding it. SPF is meant to reflect the light from the sun, when having your picture taken with flash photography it can reflect the flash as well. This will create “hot spots” or areas of shine on your face. Instead of an SPF, use a light moisturizer under your makeup to address any dryness you may have.
The next step is using a face and eye primer. Face Primers are products that prepare your skin for makeup, they even out skin tone and texture and help to keep your makeup in place. I like to think of them as that bulky makeup bag that used to take up too much room in your purse. If you use a good primer, you shouldn’t need to reapply makeup. Primers are especially good for an oilier skin type and can be used in place of moisturizer for an oilier skin. An Eye Primer works in the same way, it helps to prevent eyeshadow from creasing on the lid or from slipping off. When you plan to dance the night away and still look good for pictures at the end of the night, primers are something you can’t avoid.
Once you’ve prepped the skin well, you are ready to conceal. Use a concealer that is one shade lighter than your skin color, this will help to cover any blemishes, broken capillaries, or darkness in the skin, particularly around the eye area. I recommend using a small synthetic concealer brush and stippling (think painting with small dots and short strokes as not to pick the product back up off the skin). You can blend further using a makeup brush, do not use your finger as oils on your finger tips can make the product streak. Blend! Blend! Blend! the concealer to smooth out any lines of demarcation.
Next, use a foundation that matches your skin tone exactly! A good area to test your foundation is from the jawline to the neck. There’s nothing worse than being two-toned, you don’t want to look like you’re wearing a mask. You can apply foundation using a foundation brush or makeup sponge. Use an upward, outward motion when applying foundation and again- Blend! Blend! Blend! down to the neck and right into the hairline. *For photography, it’s best NOT to use a foundation that contains SPF. The main ingredient in SPF is titanium dioxide which is meant to reflect light, in photos it can make you look really washed out.
Set your foundation with powder that matches your foundation and skin tone. Powder is an extremely important step for photos as it will reduce any shine you may have on the skin. You should over powder too, using more than you typically would. I recommend using a Kabuki or some other type of big, fluffy brush for powder.
So there you have the basics of makeup application for creating a flawless face for photos. Stay tuned for my next article that will address color cosmetics and which colors may compliment you!
As I am in the process of adding links to sites for people I have worked with (photographers, stylists, etc), I just wanted to give them a shout out here in my blog...Tim Renzi-uber creative Photographer is responsible for quite a few photos on this site, Bryan Trench of Stae Tru is another extremely talented Photographer I have had the pleasure of working with, Tracy King of Unique Photography is a long-time friend, awesome Photographer, and Artist. Stylist for some of my shoots is Amanda Antunes, one of the most creative stylists I've had the pleasure to work with. Please stay tuned and look for their links on my site soon.
As many of you know, I showcased my work at the RAW Junction Show at Guilt Nightclub back in September--SHOUT OUT to those in attendance! Well, after that show I was nominated for a RAW Award for makeup artistry and will be showcasing again on November 17th at the Estate Nightclub in Boston. The winner will be based on a live vote from the audience. I would LOVE your support! Details on the show can be found on my facebook page. For those who attend I will be raffling off a prize
I had such fun this weekend working on the set of 'Measuring Matthew', a dark romantic comedy with such an amazing cast. The crew was pretty awesome too! I will put up pictures on my facebook page: www.facebook.com/makeupbymau and will also add some to the portfolio tab (soon-ish).
Working on the set can be exhausting with the long hours but I wouldn't change a thing. I absolutely LOVE what I do.
I've had the pleasure of working with some amazing Designers and fellow Makeup Artists this fashion week 2011. Starting with a video shoot for the Emerging Trends Show at the Cyclorama. The Emerging Trends Show showcased emerging designers with a fashion show of their new collections. Makeup looks from very natural to very glam could be seen.
Last night, I was one of the Makeup Artists to work on the DH Studios Anomaly Fashion Show. It was such an amazing experience! Using tricks of the trade, we whited out the models eyebrows and gave them an intense, dark smokey eye. I am looking forward to the photos and will post them ASAP.
Boston Fashion Week couldn't have possibly been any more fun!
The RAW Junction showcase was such an amazing experience. I got to showcase my work in a live fashion show, met some totally awesome models, and networked with others in my industry. I saw such awesome talent from visual artists, to singers, to photographers. I am hoping to take part in RAW NYC in February. Stay tuned for all the pictures and videos from the show.
Summer has been quite busy but I'm not complaining! September and October will be quite busy too...from movies to editorial shoots, weddings to fashion shows.
Look for me during Boston Fashion Week 2011.
Please be sure not to miss RAW Junction on September 15th at Guilt Nightclub! You can purchase tickets here: http://www.rawartists.org/view-artists/userprofile/Makeup%20by%20Mau ... there will be artists of all type: visual, singers, dancers, models, and of course ME!
Check back for the trailer of a movie I just did makeup for.