Makeup News: IMATS IS COMING

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The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology school in San Jose is excited for the month of January, it is time for IMATS! Our very own Director of Operations, Mrs. Magdalena and Director of Education, Mrs. V are headed to L.A for IMATS. They are going to be meeting the top makeup artist in the industry, and one of the creme de la creme is Academy Award winning makeup artist Ve Neill. Check out the article below by  by VICTORIA STANELL.

 

 

What would you ask one of the world’s top movie makeup artists? Attendees at this year’s IMATS in Los Angeles had the opportunity to voice their questions to three-time Academy Award-winning makeup artist Ve Neill, who served as department head for this year’s Hunger Games and The Amazing Spiderman.

Neill, whose legendary hands helped transform films such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Mrs. Doubtfire, and the Pirates of the Caribbean, is currently a judge on SyFy’s special effects makeup competition Face Off, and is re-launching her brush line “Ve’s Favourite Brushes” after a two-and-a-half year development phase. Hearing her tips, tricks, and stories up close is one of the biggest beauty fan girl moments we’ve ever experienced. And no territory went uncharted—Ve imparted her no-nonsense advice to fledgling artists on everything from attitude on set, the one foundation she can’t stop using, and the number one mistake young makeup artists make. These are the bits of wisdom we captured.

On drawing the line between pretty and ugly [for “The Hunger Games”]…

“It’s a movie. The directors and producers say ‘no, we don’t want it to be ugly, we want her to be pretty.’ You do the best you can, you make them look the way you believe—if they say it’s too much, then it’s too much. You are the tool of the director, and if the director doesn’t want you to make them look ugly, then by gosh you better not. Yes, she can be cut up but we want her to be pretty. After all, they are selling tickets. With Hunger Games, it’s a fantasy. You have to fight your battles.”

On her current favorite foundation…

“I love Make Up For Ever HD Foundation. I use it on almost everything now. I like it because there’s a lot of pigment, it can thin out, it holds up well, and is easy to repair. I used it exclusively on Hunger Games and The Amazing Spiderman.”

On hiring a makeup PA…

“There’s a lot of gofering on set, stuff that has nothing to do with makeup application. Instead of hiring an actual artist, I will hire a PA. Most shows have a budget that allows me to hire PAs with very minimal pay. The very first intern/PA I ever had in 1998 is now a member of 706 [a local makeup union]. This is another way for you to get in and meet people. I’m not the only one who does it. Every department head in 706 will always hire a makeup PA.”

On the biggest lesson she’s ever learned in her career…

“Never leave town without your makeup assistant. I have gone on location without my people and it’s been horrible. They know how you work.”

On taking jobs…

“This is for you working artists: NEVER TURN DOWN A JOB. I don’t care if they tell you they’ll pay you in gas money. Take the money, put it in your car, and get over there. Because you never know who you’re going to meet. You can go to a job, work for free, kill yourself, and wow—you just met the person that’s going to give you your next job. Or you can sit at home and drink a beer. What would you rather be doing? You need the experience, you need to get out there and practice. You need to get out on a set and see what it’s like to work as a team member. It’s very important to have all that in your basket. Everyone works differently—all productions, producers, and production managers are different. You have to learn how to deal with these people.”

On school vs. real-world experience…

“It’s definitely important to get an education now. Makeup has advanced by leaps and bounds, and there are so many products out there and so many different ways to do things. Plus, there are a lot of good schools now. I’m self taught—when I started there were no schools for me! There was one beauty school called Elegance, and they had a mini course on effects but I went and did it myself. Schools are pricey, but you have to consider what it’s going to give you. Your competition is going to school. Your competition will have all that knowledge; do you want to be without it? I don’t think so. You’ll be introduced to products, how to use them properly, and how to take care of your equipment.”

On what’s currently in her kit…

“I use a lot of La Mer because it’s a big name and actors love it. My favorite skin care is made by Natura Bissé, which is dreadfully expensive but amazing. Embryolisse also makes great stuff. I use a lot of MAC skin care for guys that don’t want to mess around, and wipes from L’Oréal because they take off my eye makeup lickety split. For prosthetics, I’ll always clean the face with Kiehl’s Blue Astringent, then I’ll do applications with adhesives.

On letting actors leave makeup on…

“It’s really important that your actors do not leave the set with their makeup on. They go out to eat, get lazy, then go to sleep with the makeup on. Skin care is a really important part of a makeup artist’s job, because how they come back to you the next day is your fault if they’re covered in pimples or dry patches. I always put a skin care kit together for my makeup artists for every actor to take home. On the set of Hunger Games, I would use a galvanic wand treatment on the kids; in many cases a lot of the young skin really improved from doing those treatments.”

On what you can’t teach in makeup school…

“What most kids are lacking is obviously experience, something you only really get by trial and error. Experience is what teaches us our craft. I think those are the things you can’t really teach people in school. Also, set etiquette is really difficult to learn. I didn’t know what I was doing the first time I showed up on set. Who are these people? What do they do? Learn the roles.”

On burning bridges…

“Always take the high road, guys. Never burn a bridge—you don’t know when you will see that person next. Always be pleasant to everybody, because you might work with that same person someplace else. I make it a habit never to be unpleasant to anybody—you never know whose daughter they are, whose boyfriend they are, or who they’re married to.”

On knowing it all…

“As far as I’m concerned, if you are a makeup artist you damn better know how to do it all, because if you’re going to work on movies there are no ‘categories’ for artists. If you’re in movies you have to do it all. If you’re going to work for me you have to do it all. There are a lot of people who only specialize in special effects or glamour makeup, and that’s all they’ll ever be hired for. But a good, rounded makeup artist should never put themselves in a box.”

On staying honest…

“Don’t lie. Don’t start putting your name on shit you didn’t do—really, you don’t need to. Get your test makeups on your resume or your blog, but don’t take credit for other people’s work because someone will bitch-slap you good. Be honest about your resume, try to keep it to what you’ve actually done. If you were background on something, just write “BG”—there’s nothing wrong in saying you were in the bullpen doing background on a movie. Nobody likes a liar.”

On the one technique that’s hard to master…

“Good ‘dirty’ is hard to do. You’ve got to make it look like its ground in, like it’s been there. Everyone in Hunger Games was dirty, even if didn’t look like they were—but the beauty is in the subtle things. If they weren’t dirtied up they’d look spanking clean and weird. Practice good dirt.”

Makeup News: The World Has Gone Baddie!

 

Here at The Salon Professional Academy in San Jose, a cosmetology and skincare school. We love Urban Decay and the Instagram sensation Baddie Winkle, and now the two have combine! Baddie is now this months beauty muse for the brand. Just out the awesome article below, and take a sneak peek at whats to come from the collaboration!

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You might know 88-year-old Baddie Winkle best from Instagram. There, you can see the badass grandma hanging out with Khloé Kardashian, staring in a Fergie music video, donning a pink feathered robe to the Grammys red carpet, or rocking a bedazzled nude bodysuit to the MTV Video Music Awards. Basically, she is living her best life. And who am I kidding? She’s living my best life, too.

Well, Winkle just got even cooler: Urban Decay named her its latest Monthly Muse. It’s a pairing that makes total sense; Urban Decay is all about having fun with your look, making your own rules, and living colorfully. And you can find few who do that better than this social media star who currently has 2.6 million Instagram followers and a bio that says “Stealing your man since 1928.”

For the Muse shoot, Urban Decay flew the Tennessee-native to Los Angeles and dressed her up various cool-girl ensembles, including a see-through fishnet top, sequin silver dress, pink bomber, and a star-stitched jean skirt. It looked like what I imagine would happen if Rizzo from Grease decided to become a street style blogger.

But the sartorial choices are all par for the course for Winkle, she tells Urban Decay in an accompanying Q&A video. “I’ve always been stylish, and I love color,” she says. “Color for clothes inspires me.” For her makeup, Winkle says she uses eyeshadow, lipstick, and Urban Decay’s Setting Sprays.

Winkle fits right into the Muse series, where the brand featured twin-sisters Corianna and Brianna Dotson, founders of Coco and Breezy eyewear, lifestyle blogger Hieu Cow, and model-photographer-DJ Alie Layus. They’re all cool AF women who are defining beauty on their own terms, while being total bosses.

Makeup News: Prep+Prime Essential Oils

 

The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology and skincare school based in San Jose, is super excited about M.A.C Cosmetics new product launch of their Prep and Prime Oils. Check out the article below to learn more!

Just when you thought M.A.C. was done dropping its holiday offerings, the cult-favorite cosmetics brand goes and reveals a collection so cool it’s worthy of your immediate attention: the M.A.C. Prep and Prime Oils line.

The cosmetics-first brand is digging deeper into the skin-care realm with its latest line, the M.A.C. Prep and Prime Oils collection. How, you might ask? With a set of soothing plant-derived essentials oils formulated specifically for post-cleanse application—as a primer, if you will—before the rest of your skin-care routine. In case you’re just casually reading this post and not picking up what we’re putting down, it’s pretty big news. M.A.C. has managed to create an oil that isn’t slick or makeup repellant. Instead, it quenches the skin as it clings onto whatever you layer on top. That’s big news here in the beauty-sphere. Happily, the claims stack-up. A few drops under makeup result in nothing short of a healthy glow (and makeup that doesn’t budge).

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These botanical-infused oils come in three different scents for every nose-proclivity: There’s the zippy Grapefruit & Chamomile, the calming Sweet Orange & Lavender, and the energizing Yuzu, and each retails for $27. And in case you didn’t notice from the photo above, the M.A.C. Prep and Prime Oils collection also includes a Prep+Prime Essential Oils Stick, which offers the same soothing and hydrating benefits as the oils but in a solid stick form that’s great for under-eye touchups and hitting those hard-to-reach crevices, like around the nose. We should also mention, if you’re always on the go, this tiny tube might just be your new go-to, as after a few swipes of application, you can quickly pop it back into your bag before heading out the door. Can’t wait to get your hands on the line? Us either. Too bad you’ll have to wait until December 26. Post-presents shopping spree, anyone?

 

Article by SARAH KINONEN

When it comes to applying eyeliner, the struggle is so real

When it comes to applying eyeliner, the struggle is so real. Some have shaky hands, while others often tear up from product being applied very close to their eyes. If you fall into the latter category, Kim Kardahian’s makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic has some solutions.

We were #blessed to learn from him at a special, editors-only master makeup class in NYC hosted by Jergens. First of all, he feels your pain.

“There’s really nothing you can do about that, I hate when that happens,” he said. “Like it starts tearing on the corner and then your eyeliner gets messed up. It’s the worst.”

Mario explained three techniques to try when you get weepy putting pencil near your waterline.

The Tissue Tip

He advises to grab a tissue for the process. “My best tip over the years is just to have a tissue wrapped about your finger and before it comes out, you lightly tap it,” he explained.

The Breathing Technique

There is also a breathing technique you can try to keep the tears out all together. “Whenever you feel that tears are going to come out, there is a breathing technique you do,” he noted. “You breathe in through your nose, and what happens is that you suck the tears in as opposed from them being able to come out. It’s tricky, but you can get the hang of it when you start to practice it.” Perhaps this is another reason to take up meditation in 2017.

The Bobby Pin Hack

The most interesting tidbit we learned comes from women overseas. “When I was in the Middle East, the Arab girls taught me a trick,” he said. “You take a bobby pin and you clip it to your ear. And its painful but somehow that doesn’t allow your tears to come out. I haven’t tried that but apparently the girls in the Middle East, they do that.”

Makeup News: Beauty on Demand!

The teachers and students at The Salon Professional Academy in San Jose, love to Netflix and chill on your days away from the salon.Who does not love Netflix! It’s cheap, fun and even comes to you via mail or is currently living in valuable app space on your phone. Well a new beauty company call Beauty Pie is about the launch the new equivalent of Netflix, but it is all about makeup!!! Check out the article by

 

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Marcia Kilgore is well-versed in launching revolutionary companies, but her newest venture may just change the beauty world forever.

The entrepreneur founded a string of household name brands — Bliss, FitFlop, Soap & Glory — before moving on to Beauty Pie, a new subscription service that calls itself “makeup without the markup.”

The concept is simple, but genius: Kilgore works with the chemists and manufacturers behind prestige companies and has them create formulas for Beauty Pie. If you sign up for a $10/monthly (or $120/annually) subscription, you’ll get access to these beauty products at factory price. For example, a Beauty Pie volumizing mascara would cost you $24 if you bought it without subscribing, but if you are a member, you’ll only pay $2(!).

This concept was born out of her own work with beauty suppliers, which she missed after selling her last company. “I would get to leave with a huge bag of products to test, which was thrilling,” Kilgore told POPSUGAR via email. “I would then stumble into a cosmetics shop in the airport or train station on my way home, and think, ‘Whoa, I am glad I don’t have to pay retail for my cosmetics!’ There was this idea to make that thrilling ‘kid in a candy store’ feeling available to every woman.”

Kilgore hopes that Beauty Pie will appeal to the beauty junkie who has a love of the deluxe, but is trying to cut back on how much they spend. She looked at brands like Everlane, Spotify, and Netflix for inspiration, which all offer transparent pricing and convenience.

Beauty Pie’s transparent pricing comes from the lack of markup that goes into each product. Think about your favorite designer makeup brand: the sheer prestige behind the label is mostly to blame for the expensive cost. Meanwhile, the manufacturers behind that pricey item likely also produce drugstore makeup.

“Most brands do not have their own factories, but rather source their products from outside factories,” Kilgore explained. “For example, Tesco sources from the same makeup factory as Charlotte Tilbury.”

Another expensive characteristic of high-end cosmetics is the fancy packaging. “In a lot of cases, the packaging costs more than the product, and it isn’t recyclable and it ends up in landfills,” said Kilgore. Not so with Beauty Pie. The brand is taking luxury formulas from the best factories around the world and then packaging them in minimalist but chic tubes.

“We are trying to minimize the impact of our use and love of cosmetics on landfills,” said Kilgore. Her team hopes to work toward developing cosmetics packaging that is more recyclable as well as aesthetically pleasing (a rare feat in today’s product development landscape).

Beauty Pie just launched in December 2016, but the brand will be rolling out tools in January, then moving on to skin care in April. Kilgore is starting with “incredible Swiss formulations” for this category and has tapped labs in South Korea, Japan, France, and more clear complexion hubs around the world for future launches.

“We are literally launching 365 new makeup products next year alone,” revealed Kilgore, “So there’s going to be a lot for her to choose from . . . a cornucopia of cosmetics.”

Considering “cut back on beauty spending” is a common New Year’s resolution for many makeup junkies, it’s definitely worth seeing what a Beauty Pie membership can do you for your wallet. Learn more when you visit beautypie.com.

Makeup News:Elf On A Shelf Eyeliner!

 

 

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We’ve already tried candy cane and Tiffany & Co bow-inspired eyeliner art ideas, and makeup guru Meghan Rusk is giving us new inspiration on Instagram. Via her handle phunky_town, Meghan is showing off some serious drawing skills. She has used makeup to create unique Winter and holiday motifs on her eyelids, including snowflakes, bells, bows, and — our favorite — an Elf on a Shelf!

“I love creating liner looks, and the holiday season is my favorite time of the year,” Meghan told POPSUGAR via email. “I leave the decorating around the house until last minute to avoid my pets from tearing them down, which bums me out. I decided I would combine my passion for makeup and the love of the holiday season to create fun looks to make up for the lack of holiday decorations around my home.”

Obviously we needed to know more specifics about the Elf on a Shelf look. “My family never took part in the Elf on the Shelf activities,” she said. “I didn’t know what it was until a few years ago when my friends, who have children, posted daily updates on the ‘trouble’ the Elf has caused around their home. I figured it would be a fun way to spice up a liner look for the holiday season.”

Good news is, Meghan says you can totally try these ideas at home! “One tip I have for people who want to try creative liner at home is to keep practicing and be patient!” she said. “There are days where I have to redo my makeup four times to get it right! You will be frustrated at times and want to give up, but don’t. Once you nail it, you will be so happy that your hard work paid off.” Well, hers certainly did!

Makeup News: Sweet Peach Time!

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Dedicated Too Faced fans know that a mouthwatering makeup launch has been in the works since July, which is when brand cofounder Jerrod Blandino first teased the packaging of the Sweet Peach Glow Highlighting Palette. The original Too Faced Sweet Peach product — a fruity-fragranced eye shadow palette — caused chaos when it debuted back in March, so it was only logical that the brand would want to expand its juicy empire and produce more peach goods. Fans have been clamoring for the full collection’s reveal, and at long last, we’re seeing it all.

Because of Jerrod’s generosity with his Instagram followers, we already knew that the range contained the aforementioned highlighting palette, a blush, the existing eye shadow palette, and lip glosses. We now know there are eight different gloss shades in an all-new formula for Too Faced: Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss. The edited assortment is part of Too Faced’s Spring collection, but don’t let that stop you from wearing them all throughout Winter. They’ll add a burst of color, delectable fragrance, and (thanks to the adorable peach cartoons!) a dose of sweetness to a dreary day.

If you’re already amped to grab it all, know that the collection officially launches on Dec. 15, but it seems that Jerrod has implied that his Instagram followers will get early shopping access. So read on to see and swoon over it all, then stay vigilant!

 

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Makeup News: Unicorns, Makeup and Glitter….. Oh My!

It’s time to celebrate, because the makeup gods have blessed us with another magical beauty trend: unicorn horn eyeliner. It’s no surprise that beauty addicts have found another way to channel their inner one-horned horse with the plethora of unicorn-inspired makeup products hitting the market recently. Any mythical-creature enthusiast has her choice of unicorn horn makeup brushes, ethereal rainbow highlighters, and even glow-in-the-dark rainbow hair. Aspiring unicorns get one step closer to their dreams by drawing on their winged liner to resemble a horn. This beauty trend might not be an everyday look, but is perfect for when you need a little more magic in your life. Read on to see the mystical look and be sure to watch the makeup tutorial so you can try it out for yourself.

Makeup News: A Gold Mask For You and The Angles!

 

BY SARAH KINONEN

Today’s the day: The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show officially tapes tonight (though it doesn’t air until next week). But before the Angels hit the runway in Paris, they’ve got all kinds of prepping to do. Which explains the Victoria’s Secret models’ gold face masks you’ve been seeing all over your social feeds.

In the days leading up to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Angels including Elsa Hosk, Alessandra Ambrosio, Sara Sampaio, and Irina Shayk, to name a few, traveled to skin-care guru Mimi Luzon’s headquarters for some skin R&R in the form of some seriously superluxe 24-karat-gold face masks.

 

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The mask in question, Mimi Luzon 24K Pure Gold Treatment, which is made with gold leaf, is said to “improve skin’s elasticity, texture, and tone,” according to the product’s description on Luzon’s website, and will set you back a whopping $220 for three masks. Pricey? Totally. But considering the benefits of adding gold to your skin-care regimen, the splurge-worthy treatment just might be worth it. (We said “might”!)

The precious metal is known to reduce skin inflammation and may help slow premature aging and wrinkling, Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist in New York City, previously told Allure. And according to Zeichner, gold has also been shown to brighten complexions over time. (Insert glitter emojis here.)

Besides the good-for-you takeaways of using the luxe elixir, along with supermodel-like skin, you’ll also take home a couple of Instagram-worthy selfies. (Need proof? Peek at the photos below.) But before you start slathering on the ultrarich treatment, be warned, especially if you have allergies, advises Zeichner. “I have many patients who cannot even tolerate their gold jewelry,” he says. “In the event of a red rash, either from your jewelry or from a skin cream spiked with gold, wash it off immediately and visit your dermatologist for evaluation.”