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.”

Create A Business And Life You Love! Become A Cosmetologist @ TSPA

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Are you thinking about becoming a licensed cosmetologist with the help of The San professional Academy in San Jose? Once you complete your cosmetology hours at The Salon Professionally Academy, and pass your stare board test, you can choose to be a makeup artist to a socialite. The next Kate Sommerville with a global skincare line, or be backstage at a fashion show creating ad campaign worthy hairstyles. The Salon Professional Academy is the number one cosmetology and skincare school in San Jose and Bay Area, and we want you to create a business and life you love! Check out the article below by Marie Huntington of Chron.com

Makeup Artists

Makeup artists work with colors to apply makeup products to their clients, including lip glosses, eye shadows and facial foundations. Some makeup artists are qualified to provide skin care treatments to their clients using facial cleansers, moisturizers and oils. They also provide consultations regarding the application of makeup and recommend products and makeup colors to clients.

Hair Stylists

The hair stylist occupation may be the most well-known career in cosmetology. Hair stylists help their clients maintain the vitality of their hair. They are skilled at creating hairstyles for clients and ensuring the upkeep of hairstyles for ongoing clientele. Some hair stylists provide consultations in hair colors, hairstyles and hair care. Barbers are also licensed cosmetologists, but their duties consist of offering haircuts and facial trims. However, many barbers are qualified to perform other hair care practices similar to hair stylists, such as shampooing and coloring hair.

Nail Technicians

Nail technicians perform treatments of the hands, nails and feet. These treatments generally include various types of manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy treatments and massages of the hands and feet. In addition to providing care and maintenance to the hands, nails and feet, nail technicians also apply synthetic nails and polishing agents for their clients.

Estheticians

Estheticians perform skin care treatments, massages and hair removal treatment. Estheticians are licensed cosmetologists, and their procedures entail using cleansing agents, lotions, body oils and other skin care products to help beautify and maintain the skin care of their clients. Estheticians also provide consultations and recommend treatments to their clients. However, estheticians are not qualified to diagnose and treat skin disorders and other skin-related ailments.

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Most cosmetology programs take one to two years to complete, and aspiring licensed cosmetologists are typically required to choose a cosmetology specialty as their career focus. Because of the continuous changes in fashion trends, cosmetologists must continue to upgrade their skills to meet the demands of diverse clientele. To become successful in the cosmetology occupation, individuals must possess interpersonal communication skills to attract and retain ongoing clients.

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!

BY ALEXANDRA ENGLER

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.

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.”

Skincare News: Packed With “Processed” Stuff

 

 

The Salon Professional Academy located in San Jose, Ca. A Diamond Redken cosmetology and skincare school, loves keeping updated on the latest skincare and of course ingredients that benefit us, and other’s that do not. Check out the article by 

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Tata Harper’s farm in Vermont, and it blew my mind. It should not have been so shocking. I’ve been a fan of her natural-ingredient, eco-friendly skin care and makeup line for years. It’s ideal for my sensitive skin, and everything smells deliciously botanical with milky, silky textures. But actually seeing the farm-to-vanity process of these products made me realize: they are the real deal.

These are not products that claim to have organic ingredients but are still packed with “processed” stuff. In fact, most Tata Harper formulas have the shelf life of just a few months. She pointed out: why would you want to put something on your face with enough preservatives to make it last for years? Gross. (I immediately went home after the trip and threw away a ton of expired formulas.)

“I started Tata Harper Skincare after my stepfather was diagnosed with cancer,” she told me via email. “Through all of the doctor’s appointments I learned so much about lifestyle and how little decisions affect health and wellbeing. That’s when I started really researching ingredients, and discovered that a lot of the ingredients with the most potential health risks aren’t even there to give results; they’re just fillers like preservatives, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and thickeners designed to keep the formula stable and give the product its texture. I only use natural ingredients because I believe that no woman should have to compromise her health for her beauty, especially if those ingredients aren’t even making her beautiful!”

The more I learned about natural ingredients, the more I only wanted to use them. Every time I wash my face with Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, I envision the apricot seed powder exfoliating my skin and the French pink clay detoxifying it. Or when I nourish my face with the Rejuvenating Serum, I know rosehip seed oil is rejuvenating my under-eye area, while Spanish lavender extract is relaxing fine lines.

If you are eager to get informed about the harmful ingredients in your skin care products, as well as natural ones to look for instead, keep reading. Tata Harper herself breaks down what to ditch, what to use, and why.


Parabens vs. Leuconostoc Radish Root Ferment

The chemical ingredient: Parabens

Explanation: “Most people are familiar with Parabens. All kinds of products from skin care to hand soap to household cleansers list ‘paraben free’ on their labels, but not many people know what they actually do. Parabens are used to preserve formulas and prevent mold, and can keep products stable for anywhere from two to five years.”

The natural option: Leuconostoc radish root ferment

Why it works: “The same bacteria that keeps fermented foods safe to eat makes this an excellent, completely natural preservative. It guarantees a shelf life of at least 12 months, and has none of the potential health risks like endocrine disruption and reproductive toxicity that parabens have.”


Phenoxyethanol vs. Anise Berry

The chemical ingredient: Phenoxyethanol

Explanation: “Phenoxyethanol is less well-known than parabens, but it has the same preservative qualities. So often products listed as paraben-free will have just replaced it with phenoxyethanol. It’s restricted in the E.U., and potential health concerns include allergies and nervous system effects.”

The natural option: Anise berry

Why it works: “Anise berry preserves the organic compounds in products and maintains the integrity and the efficacy of formulas. It’s best used in oil-based products rather than emulsions.”


Hydroquinone vs. Sea Fern Extract

The chemical ingredient: Hydroquinone

Explanation: “Many brightening products contain this harsh bleaching ingredient, which weakens skin. It can potentially lead to cancer, organ-system toxicity, and respiratory tract irritation. It is banned for use in personal care products in the E.U. and restricted in the U.S. and Canada.”

The natural option: Sea fern extract

Why it works: “Sea fern is naturally detoxifying, and reduces the appearance of dark spots. It stimulates the skin’s natural process of eliminating melanin, rather than just bleaching it.”

Skin Care News: Kylie Jenner’s winter skin-care must-haves

You already know what the star uses on her lips, who she calls up for last-minute color touch-ups, and now you’ve got Kylie Jenner’s winter skin-care must-haves. You know, for those times when the wind gets out of control and the snow starts piling up (just maybe not in Calabasas).

Recently, the 19-year-old spilled some of the ultra-hydrating, can’t-live-without products she loves to slather on once temps start to drop. And because Jenner has yet to lead us astray with her recommendations (two words: Lip Kit), we thought we’d share the wealth because—who knows?—maybe you and the megamillionaire share the same skin-care routine?

“Even though I love winter, I hate what the colder temps do to my face! I can’t stand dry, dull skin, so I’m all about any products that keep my skin feeling hydrated and soft,” Jenner wrote.

So without further ado, here are the moisturizing picks the Kylie Cosmetics founder uses on the daily when baby it’s cold outside.

BY SARAH KINONEN

 

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Scorpion Manicure! With Real Scorpions.

Just when we thought we had seen it all, Mexico’s popular scorpion manicure — the art of applying small scorpions to the nails, painting over them with acrylic, and letting them dry under UV light, creating a fossil of sorts — popped up in our news feed.

The dangerous mani first became popular back in October 2015 after scorpion connoisseur Lupita Garcia, who is based in Durango, Mexico, and her nail salon owner friend, Rocío Vidales, created the unique (and borderline-crazy) trend.

Though the critters are killed before being applied to the nail, anyone daring enough to try this nail trend is still exposing themselves to all the side effects of scorpion venom, including swelling, accelerated heart rate, and even death.

Would you try it? Watch the history behind the madness unfold in the video above, and then see the process in action.

 

Hair News: Drink your way to perfect hair!

 

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The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology and skin care school in San Jose, loves to learn all the newest Kardashion klan beauty tips, and Kourtney has a new one for us. Check out the article below by Deena Campbell of Allure magazine.com

BY DEENA CAMPBELL

Aside from my morning tea, one thing that gets me going in the morning is avocado toast. Who doesn’t love avocados drizzled with olive oil and sesame seeds? Enter the Kourtney Kardashian avocado hair smoothie, a concoction her hairstylist, Andrew Fitzsimons, who has also styled Ashley Graham, Joan Smalls, and Hailey Baldwin, discovered when caring for her hair. The smoothie isn’t your typical sweet, fruit-based blend; it’s a mixture of honey, lemon juice, and avocados that you don’t drink but simply apply to your scalp and hair.

“I was intrigued by the smoothies that she was drinking, and I created a hair smoothie, an avocado hair smoothie,” says Fitzsimons on kourtneykardashian.com. “It’s a natural detangler.”

We all know that avocados are superfoods that keep our skin glowing, but who knew that mixing them with lemon (which is a great remedy for dandruff, by the way), olive oil, and honey would combat dull hair?

Fascinated? It’s easy. Here’s the recipe for the Kourtney Kardashian avocado hair smoothie: Just mix 1 1/2 avocados with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons of manuka honey, and the juice of ½ a lemon. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Finally, comb the mixture through your hair and let it sit for 45 minutes covered.

We can’t promise instant results or that you’ll look exactly like Kourtney Kardashian, but using the concoction over time should add moisture and the shine to your hair that you’ve been dying for. Watch the entire video on Kourtney’s website and then head to your nearest blender.


 

Trends: The New Arm Candy!

 

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The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology, esthetics and makeup school in San Jose, is always on the lookout for the next hot trend, and we found it! Faux tattoo bracelets. There chic, fun and funky. Checkout out the fun looks above.

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Whether you are a proponent of arm candy or prefer a single, delicate accessory, bracelets are a beautiful way to incorporate pizzazz and style into your look. And if you’re fond of tattoos, you can permanently add this piece of jewelry to your wrist. Elegant bracelet tattoos can be customized easily: opt for a simple “chain” with a “charm” of your initial (or that of a loved one), a string of stars, or a cluster of posies.