Working at MAC has taught me a variety of different things when it comes to makeup such as different application techniques, product, customer service etc. The most important thing learned was makeup hygiene. MAC is very anal when it comes to making sure the product is sanitized along with the brushes used to apply the makeup. I can't tell you how many times I've seen people just put makeup on without first cleaning it or allowing the salesperson to clean the product for them. Sometimes out of the corner of your eye you see someone putting on a lipstick without it being sanitized and before you're able to get to them it's too late, they already have the product on.
This brings me to a story that was circulating around about a woman from New York who allegedly sued MAC Cosmetics because she contracted herpes from sampling a Rihanna Viva Glam lipstick at a pop-up shop at the Barclay Center.
The woman allegedly developed a cold sore on her lip. Two days later was diagnosed with herpes by her doctor. Not sure what the end result was but you can see where this is going. This is why it's so important to sanitize everything when you're trying on makeup. Wait for the salesperson to help you. Don't just put on the product. You have no idea the germs that's lurking. Even more so if you're a makeup artist. You're traveling around from person to person. Clean your product. You don't want anyone suing you over something that was avoidable.
Clean the product right in front of the client so they can see that you cleaned it with makeup cleaner. Sanitze your hands too. Bring travel sanitzer with you. Bring alcohol as well. Never blow on a brush. You transfer your saliva from your mouth onto the brush and then you place it on someone face. Big no no! We can't get so wrapped up in the “glamour” of it all that we forget what’s most important our safety!
If you've ever wondered why your eye makeup may be looking a little weird instead of looking awake and fresh you might be making these mistakes.
These three techniques can all make your eyes look smaller:
What's the difference between a BB cream, tinted moisturizer, CC cream, and DD cream?
By now you're probably familiar with the term BB cream short for beauty balm but still might be unsure of why you should choose one over a tinted moisturizer. A BB cream is your all-in-one product. It has a combination of SPF, primer, and anti-aging ingredients, plus they offer light to medium coverage. Whereas tinted moisturizers biggest job is to provide hydration, minimal coverage, and sometimes sun protection. You can use both and mix it together if you like, I do. You can use either one especially on hot summer days when you don't want to wear a lot of makeup. The built-in primer gives it staying power so it doesn't fade off. BB creams can be found with all types of makeup companies such as Maybelline New York Dream fresh 8 in 1 beauty balm skin Perfector SPF 30, L'Oreal Paris youth code BB Cream illuminator, and Black Radiance BB cream which is a product that I personally use just to name a few.
CC generally stands for “color correcting” and the products are meant to address issues like redness or sallowness (usually with light-diffusing particles), whereas BB creams are like lighter foundation with a few skin care benefits thrown in. CC cream is a color corrector and will be lighter on the skin [than a BB cream] they have more of a whipped, light, fluffy feel and finish.
While BB and CC creams are marketed for separate issues, and are theoretically different, some people who've tried both BBs and CC creams believe they're almost the same. Where it gets most confusing here is that BB/CC benefits and coverage vary greatly among different brands. For example, Clinique's CC cream is definitely more opaque than some BB creams from other brands. You have to be diligent in reading ingredients and most importantly, trying them out to figure out what you want and need. Do some research detailing which BB/CC brands are best for which skin type you have?
Now for the DD creams which is “Daily Defense" creams aren't for your face--rather they are "heavy duty body and foot creams."
I believe all of these products except the DD cream will work best on people who have pretty decent skin and are not suffering with acne scars, hyperpigmentation and extreme cases of discoloration. I would stick to a cream based foundation that is buildable and can give you the full coverage you need. Whatever choice you make in your beauty routine I know you will look absolutely gorgeous. Please comment on this article and let me know what products you like to use when going for a light look.
I wanted to do a blog on why women wear makeup. There's so many different reasons why we do what we do.
There are those who use makeup as a security blanket to cover up what they see and have been told are flaws such as: acne scars, rosacea, hyperpigmention marks, dark under eye circles, wrinkles etc. Then there are those whose main reason for wearing makeup is to improve their appearance.
Most of us wear it to help us look our best. I like the way properly applied makeup looks on the skin. Foundation should always look like skin not caked on to where it looks like you can scrap it off with a butter knife. ( I can't reiterate this enough). Do you like the way your makeup looks? Are you doing this because of you or someone else? Don't waste time applying makeup to impress people. Do it for you. How does wearing it make you feel? Where are you going? What kind of event it is? Is this going to be beauty makeup or avant-garde? I think these are important questions to ask yourself to get to the root of why you wear makeup.
Some people will try to argue that makeup is a means to disguise your true self and tell you that "putting on all that stuff on your face" means you are hiding your natural beauty. Not true. There're a lot of things that aren't natural about people. We naturally don’t smell like the designer or celebrity perfume/cologne we spray on ourselves but we put it on anyway. Someone could argue you're not smelling like your normal self and are disguising your natural body scent. You just want to smell good. It’s the same with makeup; you may want a little pop to the visual.
You might want to totally change your appearance. There's nothing wrong with that but this process is tricky. If you're not experienced with how to accomplish this seek out a professional makeup artist to help you. The finished result may make you feel more beautiful and self assured. You stand a little straighter and walk a little taller. You face the day feeling good about yourself all because of a sweet beat. Do you, and feel good. People talking about " all that stuff on your face" pay them no mind. This look may give you the self confidence to achieve your goals. Sometimes, in order to get things done you just need to feel good about yourself first, and that is okay.
We do all sorts of things to ourselves to look and feel better from whiting our teeth, getting tattoos, changing hair color waxing, shaving etc. People want to take pride in their appearance, there is no shame in that. Put your best foot forward and always remain confident. Remember there's always something exciting about
Improving on whats already beautiful.
Hey everyone, hope all is well. I wanted to show a demonstration on how to use my Fancygirlfaces Lip Scrub. For those suffering with dry cracked lips or poeple that like to pick and bite the skin off their lips this product will help alleviate all of that. Fancygirlfaces Lip Scrub will remove all the dry and dead skin from the lips leaving the lips smooth and soft. I like to use this product when I'm doing makeup on a client. It allows the application of lipstick to be smoother and look more beautiful. The picture shows how to use the scrub.
Place the scrub on the lips and rub the scrub around on the lips for about 10 seconds
Wipe the scrub off the lips with a damp cloth or baby wipe to remove all the scrub.
Lips will be relieved of all dead skin. Now you can put on your favorite gloss or lipstick.
Fancygirlfaces Lip Scrub is sold on this site under the category of Services and click on Our Products, or click here.
I wanted to post this piece after I saw it on Instagram. It's a tutorial by @dressyourface showing step by step how to make your lips appear fuller. Although my lips are full I'm going to give this a try and see what happens. This is for anybody who desires a fuller pout. Who knew this was something you could do. Enjoy!
Question: A special event is coming up and I expect to be photographed a lot. Should I do the makeup myself or should I engage a professional artist to do it for me?
Answer: If you're someone who doesn't put on makeup on a consistent basis it is highly recommended that you have a makeup artist do it for you.
In this blog, I'm going to explain the difference between Do It Yourself makeup and one done by a makeup artist. As a makeup artist I'd like my clients to know the differences.
The key advantages a professional makeup artist has over others is products ,skill, and experienced judgment. A makeup artist has the required products and tools to do what is required so that your makeup will last. Most of the time, a client doesn't have the necessary products to create the right effect themselves. As a makeup artist, I'm constantly trying out products to select the ones that work best for the job that can amount to a lot of products that is why you see makeup artists with large cases of products to cater for their clients very specific needs.
It's so common to hear clients say that they can never apply foundation the way a professional does or they can never get their eye shadow to stay on throughout the day. A good makeup artist can create dimension by using the right products. More than one foundation color is often used the strategic placement of colors that create depth and highlight is essential in sculpting the clients face so that it doesn't look flat. The makeup should also look light and natural not cakey.
Something that looks simple may not be so simple to do. The au natural look which is so popular today needs more work than what a client thinks. To create the natural look many steps are performed in fact nude looks take skill and time to achieve. Why? It's built on the principles of less is more but to make sure you have enough you need to start with a light hand and keep building and a makeup artist has the ability to do this where a beginner does not.
A makeup artist applies products more precisely and strategically than a client would. For instance, the eyeliner is one of the most important products to ensure you have more defined eyes. Applying eyeliner very closely to the lash line is the key to creating denser looking lashes and more definition. More often than not, a client and makeup novice find it extremely hard to do this step well.
The colors of a beautifully made up face blend in with one another seamlessly. You shouldn't be able to tell where it begins and where it stops. The technique of blending is one that every artist should have mastered and one that makeup newbies have not grasped yet.
Correct and Sculpt:
Can you make my face look slimmer? That's a question I've been asked. Within reason a makeup artist can minimize perceived flaws usually dark circles, spots, redness, and dullness of skin can easily be hidden or corrected with the right products and right application. A face can be made to appear narrower and a double chin disguised. If flaws can't be hidden, distractions can be created by highlighting another feature. The more natural the correction or sculpting or contouring as it's also known the highest skill level is required.
A good makeup artist can see potential in a client. A lot of people are so concerned about perceived flaws such as small eyes or a wide face that they fail to appreciate and highlight their good features. An experienced makeup artist can bring out the neglected asset of clients and in doing so change the way they think about themselves. A makeup artist can help change the client's misconception. There are three examples below that illustrate that.
1) A client might not like a particular style of makeup for example smokey eyes however through a makeup artists work she may come to realize that it is a good look for her.
2) Many people are a little wary about the use of false eyelashes. They aren't everyone's cup of tea. There is type for everyone. In fact, they are a must if the client is going for a photoshoot. A makeup artist can educate a client on the types of lashes that enhance their own.
3) A client who has very thin lips always believed that darker colors are better for them. Not everyone knows or accepts that dark colors on very thin lips actually accentuate it. The makeup artist can show the client a comparison by creating an eye focused look and lighter colored lips which takes away the attention on the lips. No doubt beauty is in the eye of the beholder but a makeup artist can take on the role as an educator in sharing with clients what products are better for her and what are not.
Hey welcome to Fancygirlfaces. I'm glad you decided to stop by. In my blogs, I want to share as much knowledge with my clients and potential customers as possible. If you don't already know, I'm very big on skincare and I want you guys to all have great results in your skincare journey. First things first, I'm not a dermatologist so I'm not going to give any medical advice.
I'm always going to suggest that you see a dermatologist so you can get proper medication. I also understand that not everyone has insurance so going to a dermatologist may not be possible:( On this blog I will be making skincare suggestions that are natural and cost effective. Sometimes we just may need to change our routine. So please enjoy my blog.
Don't forget to try out my all natural line of Fancygirlfaces lip scrub and Fancygirlfaces moisturizer. You can find my product line in the Services section of the website.
This is an effective Acne remedy: Mix Vinegar and Salt (50-50),use cotton balls to clean the affected area twice a day. Follow up with a moisturizer that compliments your skin type and use sunscreen.
My name is Shelby and I am a free lance make-up artist. I've always been infatuated with make-up. I like what it can do and how it makes a person feel. Make-up can transform a person's appearance and confidence.