Thursday, June 26, 2008

DiorShow Mascara

Christian Dior Diorshow mascara gives your lashes fullness, length, & volume as it thickens, prolongs, & curves lashes in a rather striking effect. This amazingly exclusive formula is not only dermatologist tested, it is designed to protect & strengthen lashes with a professional brush & a silvery metal case. Diorshow mascara is truly a must-have item to help you create a gorgeous makeup result.

As someone who has tried an array of mascaras, I have to be honest. This is definitely in the top 10 for best mascaras I have ever tried.

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Christian Dior Diorshow Mascara - # 090 Black

Friday, June 13, 2008

Make-Up Look: Classic 1950s Inspired Make-Up Look

You want to first, apply your foundation. Before applying your foundation, it is radically important to apply a primer, as this will prevent flaking, creasing, smearing, and fading. There are an array of primer make-up products in the world today, however; a great one is definitely Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer. After you have applied your primer, you want to apply your foundation. Although people like to use their hands, it is best to use a sponge or a brush. If you have problematic areas, to which you want to cover more so than the other areas, apply a concealer using a sponge or concealer brush. After you have applied your foundation and concealer, use a translucent powder to matte your foundation down.

Once you have applied your foundation, you want to apply your blush. Although the Classic 1950s inspired make-up look is rather simple, when it comes to creating a this amazingly fluid look, the key is creating something moderately subtle, yet exotic, making the look appear visibly different then any other look. If you look at any beauty icon from the 1950s era such as Marilyn Monroe or Sophia Loren, you will notice how their skin tends to glow, without looking pasty or tanorexic. You want to apply the blush using a standard blush brush, followed by a regular Kabuki blush to blend. The blush should be something that is rather shimmery and on a natural or rosy wavelength. You want to start by simply applying the blush to the apples of your cheeks and start to blend the blush towards the hair line, as this will allow it to appear natural. A great blush that possesses the color and shade that I am looking for is definitely "Innocence" by Nixie Cosmetics. Make sure that you blend the blush, so that it is not too visible.

As you continue, you want to start the eye make-up. The make-up should be rather visible, yet neutral and natural. You are going to need one eyeliner, an eyeshadow base, one eyeshadow, a highlighter, and of course a mascara. Using a primer for the eyeshadow and lashes individually is entirely up to you, but not required. You want to start out by applying the base all over the lid. If you don't want color, you can use an eyeshadow primer. A great eyeshadow primer is Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion. For this look, the base I am going to use is MAC paint pot in "Bare Canvas". Once you have applied the base, it is also important to use loose powder under the eyes before applying the shadows, as there tends to be a lot of fall-out and this prevents it from coming down on your foundation.

Once you have applied the powder under the eyes, you can start by lining your eye with a liquid eyeliner. For the classic 1950s inspired make-up look, dark shades tend to be the most common ways to line the eye. With this look, we are going to use a dark brown or brown/black liner, however; black is optional. The key is creating a standard smokey eye using only the dark brown or black/brown colored liner. Whatever works best for you, however; the best way is starting in the inner part of the eye towards the t-drop area and working your way out. Once you have worked your way out, create kind of an arch. It is important to line the bottom part of the eye (not waterline) to half way only with the dark brown or brown/black liner. Remember, once you have applied the liner, you can always touch up after you have finished applying your shadow.


The eyeshadow color should reflect on the brown shade of the liner. Whether you want to use something that is shimmery or just matte, it is important to balance your colors, so your make-up doesn't look choppy or cheap. You want to start by applying the darkest eyeshadow you are going to use. I truly recommend using something shimmery, however; using a matte would be good too. The perfect shade would be which is a brown color that possess a warm tone quality, rather than something pink or rosey. A perfect eyeshadow for this look would be NYX's single eyeshadow in Iced Mocha.You don't want to use anything darker than your liner, as the classic look possesses a natural kind of look, rather than dramatic, the liner tends to be more visible than the shadow.
Take a crease brush and apply the eyeshadow (in this case, we are going to use NYX's Iced Mocha) generously into the crease, extending outward towards the end shape of the eye. Make sure the actual lid remains natural and there is no eyeshadow applied directly over the light base. As you continue, you want to blend it out until it is visible, but not dramatic. This look is natural, so you want to maintain that level of awareness, when creating it.

A highlighter is totally optional, however; if you want the look to be rather broad and possess depth, I truly recommend using one. It is best to highlight using a light shade, that is on a cream or beige colored wavelength. I recommend something that is light, that will go great with the other colors and balance them. MAC's eyeshadow in Vapour would be the perfect highlighter for this look, however; MAC's eyeshadow in Mylar works just as good. You want to apply this product towards the brow bone and also towards the t-drop. Once you have finished, you want to take a blending brush and blending the crease where the darker product is blended with the neutral shade towards the brow area, where the highlighter is applied. You don't want to blend the highlighter.

Brush out any fall-out you may have with a regular face brush. If you have a Kabuki brush, that is even better. It is time to go back to the dark brown liner and touch up any lining that has been covered. As you continue, you want to apply your mascara. If you want to use a lash primer before applying your mascara, that is entirely up to you. An amazing lash primer is Smashbox's Layer Lash Primer. The key to applying mascara for the classic 1950s inspired make-up look is using a mascara that is darker than the actual liner you have used. For this look, we will be using black mascara. The black mascara should possess something that has a modest curling effect or a big wand, that allows your lashes to be fully coated by the product.

Apply the mascara in black. Let it dry for about a minute and apply the shimmery mascara. I have never wore false eyelashes, so I can't really instruct on how to apply them, however; if you know how and you want to use them, more power to you. That is entirely up to you. If you do decide to use false eyelashes, I recommend coating the lashes with the mascara product.

The brows should always look natural and never dramatic. This look is classic, yet natural, not pin-up (which is an entirely different inspired make-up look). Although the beautiful women from the 50s era were heavily notorious for applying make-up dramatically, they always allow their brows to look natural despite that being so. The key is using a color that is the same shade or a shade lighter than your natural eyebrow shade. If you are brunette, try a taupe color rather than brown. The key is allowing the brows to look natural, but also polished. This not only allows you to look natural, it will heavily make a statement, as a result.

In the 1950s, matte lipsticks were more popular than any other type of lip product, as they allowed your lips to look natural, yet visible. If you have naturally glowing skin, it is best to find a shade that is rather neutral on a more mauve or pink wavelength, as opposed to something striking or too dramatic or visible. For the lips, we are going to use a lip liner and a lipstick. The lipstick is going to be something a matte rosey pink. The liner is going to be a shade darker than your lipstick. You want to start out by lining your lips. You can blend the actual shade if it seems a bit too dramatic.

Apply the matte lipstick. It is important to blot and apply the lipstick again. Before applying the lipstick you can use a lip primer, however; it isn't recommended. A great lip primer product is Philosophy's Big Mouth Lip Primer. Once you have applied the lipstick again, do not blot. Allow the product to naturally sink into your lips.

The great news is, you are done. You have created the ultimate Classic 1950s Inspired Make-Up Look.

Lakish Campbell: Style & Beauty Steward of Helium.com

I had the perfect opportunity to talk to Lakish Campbell, the Style & Beauty Steward on Helium.com and here is what she had to tell me.

Sarah: Everyone knows you as the Style & Beauty Steward on Helium.com, however; what do others not know? Tell me a little about yourself...

Lakish: Well, just in case no one has read my bio on Helium, I’m 20 and I’m currently in my second semester of college at Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC). I’m majoring in both pre-nursing and pre-respiratory therapy. I recently have become fascinated with MAC cosmetics, even though I have yet to try them, especially the Lipglass and the Chromeglass products. Yes, I read your articles, Sarah! J In addition, I heard that the eyeshadows are great to work with and since I’m trying to master eyeshadow techniques anyway, I think to try MAC or at least an inexpensive brand, like NYX, would be a nice experience. In addition, cosmetic dermatology and cosmetic chemistry have also been two other areas that I would love to explore.

Sarah: I am curious to know, how did you become a huge beauty fanatic? When did you first realize you were one?

Lakish: I became a huge beauty fanatic back in high school. I focused on building my wardrobe and individual style at first but then after browsing through the internet, I figured I’d experiment with makeup and find looks that would flatter my skin tone and complement my style. Therefore, I say towards my junior-senior years I started to focus on beauty and everything that comes with the territory.

Sarah: Tell me about some of the beauty-affiliated websites you belong to...

Lakish: Well, let’s see …there’s Temptalia (
www.temptalia.com ), Specktra ( www.specktra.net ), Total Beauty ( www.totalbeauty.com ), Chick Advisor ( www.chickadvisor.com ), Stylehive ( www.stylehive.com ), Makeup Talk ( www.makeuptalk.com ), Style Feeder ( www.stylefeeder.com ), Team Sugar ( www.teamsugar.com ), Fashion Salad ( www.fashionsalad.com ) …those are off the top of my head!!

Sarah: Have you ever participated in beauty swaps? Are they legit? What are they like?

Lakish: To tell you the truth, I personally never participated in beauty swaps but I’d really like to! What’s stopping me is that much of my cosmetics is drugstore brands…I don’t have the finances to go high class…well, not yet anyway! Then there are the clothes/fashion swapping websites…man, there are a lot of nice stuff up for grabs!! However, I have read some tips about beauty swaps and for best results, you should only accept and swap BNIB (brand new, in box). So hopefully soon, I’ll have the guts to join a community or website and swap stuff!!

Sarah: Speaking of beauty in relation to cosmetics and make-up, I am curious to know...what are some of your favorite make-up looks?

Lakish: Well, I love smoky eyes as well as the fresh look – minimal makeup. My schedule has been hectic lately so I really don’t have time to practice and try different looks. I would love to have the time to apply a complete/full face of makeup.


Sarah: Tell me a little more about some of the beauty products you use on a daily basis...

Lakish: I use Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush lip gloss, Pond’s Deep Cleanser & Make-up Remover, Ambi Skincare Even & Clear Exfoliating Wash (Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment), Ambi Skincare Even & Clear Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30, Mary Kay TimeWise (3-in-1 Cleanser, Age Fighting Moisturizer, Day Solution SPF 25, & the Night Solution). I use other stuff too but not as much as I use these products.

Sarah: What are some of your favorite make-up brands? What attracts you to a certain make-up brand or beauty product?

Lakish: In all honesty, I’m a “beauty on a budget” girl. I would love to go to Sephora or MAC on a regular basis, but I really can’t afford it! I love Revlon, CoverGirl, L’Oreal, Maybelline, OPI, Fashion Fair, Mary Kay, Wet ‘N’ Wild, N.Y.C. Color, Victoria’s Secret, Rimmel…you see? (laughs) Before I really started to research certain products, I depended on how the product was packaged, the price, what I wanted instead of needed (smiles), and the color. I love color, particularly nudes, pinks, reds and neutral colors. However, after reading Paula Begoun’s “Don’t Go the Cosmetics Counter Without Me (7th Edition), I started to pay more attention to what I bought. I made a list of all the products that made her Pick List! J It was fun to read because she gave detailed reasons why one product was better for your health and so on. In addition, it was eye opening to read reviews about some products that I used in the past or were currently using.

Sarah: What is the one beauty product in your stash that you just cannot live without?

Lakish: Some type of sunscreen! I grew up with the myth that black people don’t need sunscreen because of the melanin in our skin and it’s just not true! After researching and reading various sources, I learned that as special and as celebrated as black skin is, it needs the same type of protection as other skintones. I like to buy products that have at least a SPF of 30. I have to use sunscreen even more so because I use fade products for my acne scars and my birthmark. After moisturizing, I put on sunscreen, even if I’m not going out.

Sarah: As you know, Summer is very much alive. I am curious to know, what are some popular individual make-up looks, as well as, products heavily influenced by the season(s)?

Lakish: Well, from what I’ve seen there’s the bright nails (OPI has their “Mod About Brights” collection), rosy cheeks (various beauty forums/blogs), bold eye makeup with the nude lips (
Fauryn78 on YouTube!), natural eyebrows, the blue/purple look (really gorge), shimmery complexion, smoky cat eyes, or just plain cat eyes. Those are just some of the makeup looks that I’ve seen this Summer.

Sarah: What products are must-haves for Summer?

Lakish: I’m not going to be specific as brand names because I realize now that some products don’t work for people but some products that are must-haves for Summer are: A good sunscreen with a SPF of 30-45 for both the body and hair, just to be on the safe side, body scrubs, toners, moisturizers and primers for the skin. There’s defrizzing serums, conditioners, sealants, and moisturizing masks for the hair. I say stuff for protection, hydration, for achieving a nice, healthy glow. In addition, a great pair of sunglasses, a great bag, a nice hat, cute maxi dress and sandals should be staples in anyone’s wardrobe this Summer!

Sarah: I find myself inspired by so many things, however; what inspires most are words. I am curious to know, what quote, motto, or inspirational source do you use as beauty guide, to get by?

Lakish: I really don’t have a motto that I follow but I do remind myself that all the beautiful people that I see in magazines and the media all had to start somewhere. I just have to learn how to be disciplined when it comes to beauty because it’s not easy. Beauty requires a regimen, especially if there’s something you’re trying to change or improve.

Sarah: What makes someone beautiful?

Lakish: Well, I think someone is beautiful according to his or her spirit. Someone told me once that I had a beautiful spirit and that’s been with me ever since. I’m not saying that I ignore their physical beauty but from my experience, when you really get to know someone, their inner beauty shines more than their outer beauty. I think that’s more dependable.

Sarah: I believe that beauty is more than what it is defined to be. I believe it's an emotion that goes beyond what we see. How do you define beauty?

Lakish: I try to define beauty by a person’s inner attributes. Beauty is beyond sexual attraction, aesthetics, popularity, marketing...before all of those were researched and given merit and before we as a society was taught what was beautiful, inner beauty was more dependable than outer beauty. Someone’s physical beauty can fade but their inner beauty could become more beautiful with age. I think the vast majority can agree that if a person is selfless, trustworthy, humble, etc., they are beautiful regardless of their phenotype.

Sarah: For every person reading this interview, what would you like them to know?

Lakish: I have a sort of cautionary tale to share: I’ve been a devout user of fade creams for about ten years now. Many fade creams on the market have 2% hydroquinone, which has been referred to gold when combating scars and hyperpigmentation. One day, I bought a new fade cream by the name of Symba. I had never tried Symba before but I wanted to try something new. A few weeks into using the product, I decided to do a product review so I researched it. One of the search results that came up was a list of banned fading creams in Kenya and Tanzania. I was both shocked and curious so I clicked on those websites, which led to me finding out that hydroquinone was harmful and banned in several countries. Therefore, I would like everyone to make it habit to research the ingredients in their cosmetics. There’s an informative site ( http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ ) which lists all the dangerous ingredients in different products. From there, a number is given to the cosmetic company as a whole, based on all the dangerous ingredients in their products. It’s an eye opening experience. More sites include
www.cosmeticsinfo.org , and www.scconline.org (Society of Cosmetic Chemists).

Sarah: Thanks girl! *hugs*


For more information about Lakish Campbell, visit her blogs:

http://www.houseofafh.net/

http://blaqvixen.blogspot.com/

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Make-Up Look: Bollywood Inspired Make-Up Look

Bollywood is the primary center of India's entertainment industry. Although Bollywood is internationally known for being a non-existant physical, yet subsist place, this filmmaking and actor breeding niche is centered around the caliber of innocence and sophistication. With a hint of subtle electicism, Bollywood proves to be ultimately polished with an elegance of refinement and a comely standard of beauty that is rather exotic and socially accepted to the vast majority of Eurasia's status quo society.

The Bollywood inspired make-up look is radically inspired by the dramatic rarities of India's mainstream beauties such as Aishwarya Rai, Bipasha Basu, Celine Jaitley, Priyanka Chopra, Riya Sen, Mandira Bedi, Diya Mirza, Lara Dutta, Waheeda Rehman, Shilpa Shetty, Deepika Padukone, Koena Mitra, and the rest of the beautiful women that make up Bollywood.

You want to first, apply your foundation. Before applying your foundation, it is radically important to apply a primer, as this will prevent flaking, creasing, smearing, and fading. There are an array of primer make-up products in the world today, however; one of the best is MAC's Prep + Prime. After you have applied your primer, you want to apply your foundation. Although people like to use their hands, it is best to use a sponge or a brush. If you have problematic areas, to which you want to cover more so than the other areas, apply a concealer using a sponge or concealer brush. After you have applied your foundation and concealer, use a translucent powder to matte your foundation down.

Once you have applied your foundation, you want to apply your blush, as well as, your luminizer and bronzer. When it comes to creating a Bollywood inspired make-up look, the key is creating something moderately subtle, yet exotic. If you look at any Bollywood icon, you will notice how their skin tends to glow. You want to apply the blush using a standard blush brush. The blush should be something that is rather shimmery and on a peach or pink wavelength. Apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks and start to blend the blush towards the hair line, as this will allow it to appear natural.

When you have finished accomplishing this, you want to apply a bronzer on the top. This will give you a matte color with some shimmery effects. Make sure that you blend the bronzer towards the hair line. Once you have applied the bronzer, you want to apply a luminizer. The luminizer should be gold, rather than sun kissed or bronze. A great luminizer is Girlactik Face Glimmer in 14K. It is strictly important to apply the luminizer all over the face including on the eye lid.

As you continue, you want to start the eye make-up. You are going to need two liners, an eyeshadow base, three eyeshadows, a highlighter, and two mascaras. Using a primer for the eyeshadow and lashes individually is entirely up to you, but not required. You want to start out by applying the base all over the lid. If you don't want color, you can use an eyeshadow primer. A great eyeshadow primer is Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Once you have applied the base, it is also important to use loose powder under the eyes before applying the shadows, as there tends to be a lot of fall-out and this prevents it from coming down on your foundation.

Once you have applied the powder under the eyes, you can start by lining your eye with a liquid eyeliner. In Bollywood, black and other dark shades tend to be the most common ways to line the eye, however; some actresses take risks and tend to use shades that go great with their skin tones such as silver, gold, and peach based liners. With this look, we are going to use a black liner, followed by a a shimmery peach liner. The key is creating a standard smokey eye using the black liner. Whatever works best for you, however; the best way is starting in the inner part of the eye towards the t-drop area and working your way out. Once you have worked your way out, create kind of an arch. This arch will allow you to connect the bottom part. It is important to line the bottom part of the eye (not waterline) to half way only with the black liner.

The eyeshadow colors should reflect on the black and peach colors you plan to use. Whether you want to use something that is shimmery or just matte, it is important to balance your colors, so your make-up doesn't look choppy or cheap. You want to start by applying the dark eyeshadow first. I truly recommend using something shimmery, however; using a matte would be good too. The perfect shade would be Jelly Pong Pong Single and Lovin' It in Cookie Crumbs which is a chocolate gold color. You don't want to use anything darker than your liner, as in Bollywood, the liner tends to be more visible than the shadow.

Take a crease brush and apply the neutral shade. This will balance both shades of color, without your make-up appearing dull. A great neutral color would be Sugar Baby Eye Candy in Sienna Storm. Blend until the color looks minimized, then take your dark shade of color and apply it generously with a crease brush into the crease. Blend it out until it is visible, but not dramatic. Once you have accomplished this, apply the neutral shade towards the lid.

Highlight using the lightest shade. I recommend something that is light, that will go great with the other colors and balance them. Girlactik Star Shadow in Satin would be the perfect highlighter for this look, however; if it's too dark use MAC eyeshadow in Rite of Spring, as it possesses a beautiful, yet natural color that would work rather fluently to balance the other colors. You want to apply this product towards the brow bone and also towards the t-drop. Once you have finished, you want to take a blending brush and blending the crease where the darker product is blended with the neutral shade towards the brow area, where the highlighter is applied. You don't want to blend the highlighter.

Brush out any fall-out you may have with a regular face brush. If you have a Kabuki brush, that is even better. It is time to go back to the black liner. You want to line the eye once again, including to half way on the bottom part of the eye. Now it is time to pick up the peach eyeliner. If you don't have peach eyeliner, relax, as you can use a standard liner brush and apply a shimmery peach eyeshadow instead. Apply the peach liner on the top of the black liner on the top. Once you have accomplished this, you want to apply it as a highlighter in the middle near the t-drop area and blend in towards the bottom part of the eye (not the waterline). Where you left off, on the bottom part of the eye apply the peach liner.

As you continue, you want to apply your mascara. If you want to use a lash primer before applying your mascara, that is entirely up to you. An amazing lash primer is Smashbox's Layer Lash Primer. The key to applying mascara is using a mascara that is dark, followed by a shimmery highlighting mascara. The black mascara should possess something that has a modest curling effect or a big wand, that allows your lashes to be fully coated by the product.

The highlighting product can be anything, as long as it possess a shimmery metallic color such as silver or gold. Apply the mascara in black. Let it dry for about a minute and apply the shimmery mascara. I have never wore false eyelashes, so I can't really instruct on how to apply them, however; if you know how and you want to use them, more power to you. That is entirely up to you. If you do decide to use false eyelashes, I recommend coating the lashes with a mascara product that is dark, followed by a shimmery shade.

The brows should always look natural and never dramatic. The beautiful women of Bollywood are notorious for applying make-up dramatically, but they always allow their brows to look natural despite that being so. The key is using a color that is the same shade or a shade lighter than your natural eyebrow shade. If you are brunette, try a taupe color rather than brown. The key is allowing the brows to look natural, but also polished. This not only allows you to look natural, it will heavily make a statement, as a result.

In Bollywood, shimmery lipsticks tend to be the most popular, as they tend to stand out naturally. If you have naturally glowing skin, shimmery light shades tend to eccentuate your color. For the lips, we are going to use a lip liner, a lipstick, followed by a lipgloss. The lipstick is going to be something a matte rosey pink. The lipgloss is going to be a rather frosty pink. The liner is going to be a shade darker than your lipstick. You want to start out by lining your lips. You can blend the actual shade if it seems a bit too dramatic.

Apply the matte lipstick. It is important to blot and apply the lipstick again. Before applying the lipstick you can use a lip primer, however; it isn't recommended. A great lip primer product is Philosophy's Big Mouth Lip Primer. Once you have applied the lipstick again, do not blot. Allow the product to naturally sink into your lips. As you continue, simply follow up with your gloss. The gloss is going to be rather frosty than shimmery. This will allow your lips to look enhanced, but give you the illusion of sultry lips.

Interviewing Tonie From NYX Cosmetics

I had the perfect opportunity to talk to Tonie from one of the hottest make-up brands on the planet, NYX Cosmetics and here is what she had to say...

Sarah - Hello Tonie. How are you doing? Tell me a little about NYX cosmetics...

Tonie (NYX) - NYX was founded in 1999 by entrepreneur Toni Ko. She started with the desire to provide quality cosmetics at affordable prices. Starting from a 600 sq. foot storefront in Los Angeles’ California Mart, the company grew within 6 yrs and now occupies a 76,000 sq foot building.

Sarah - What was the major source of inspiration that inspired you to create NYX cosmetics? Who or what is behind such an influence?

Tonie (NYX) - answer above

Sarah - It is very interesting that you are located in Los Angeles. Most people when they think of "NYX" they assume you live in New York because of the "NY" acronym. What does "NYX" stand for?

Tonie (NYX) - NYX stands for the "Goddess of the Night" in greek mythology. It is pronounce niks and, by way of metaphor, symbolizes the people who wear NYX cosmetics - goddesses in today’s night (or day) scene.

Sarah - You have products for the face, for the eyes, the lips, the body, the nails, etc. along with an array of necessities, it is just so incredible. Tell me, what are the most popular NYX products? What are some of the hottest sellers of NYX?

Tonie (NYX) - Our single eye shadows never lose their winning spot. With 160 highly pigmented bold and vibrant shades at $5.00 each, people still rave about what they get at the price they pay. Furthermore, we never discontinue a color so what you like will always be available to you. This is also one of the reasons NYX is a professional line. The second most popular is our lip and eye pencils. Again, fantastic quality, doesn’t smear, and it’s at an unbeatable price.

Sarah - What are your favorite NYX products? What individual products do you recommend?

Tonie (NYX) - The Megashine Lipgloss in Natural, The Black Label Compact Powder (the coverage is great without the heavy, caked-on feel and I love the360 degree swivel mirror. I still get compliments every time I use it in public), the pencil sharpener, and the eyelash curler. They really do the job!

Sarah - If you look at individual demographics for NYX cosmetics, what type of people are intended to be attracted to your products?

Tonie (NYX) - Adventurists, makeup professionals, girls in their teens and early twenties, actually, anyone who loves and wears makeup.

Sarah - Besides the official website (http://www.nyxcosmetics.com), where can I purchase NYX cosmetics? Do you have any stand-alone stores?

Tonie (NYX) - No, we do not, but we have thousands and thousands of distributors with storefronts throughout the United States and Internationally. Within Southern California you can find us in Longs Drugs and Ulta. For more information for stores in your area, please call: 1.866.699.1004.

Sarah - I am curious to know, do you have any plans to expand, NYX cosmetics?

Tonie (NYX) - Yes, we are always on the search for distributors to carry and expand the reach of our products, we continuously add new items to our line, and do our best to improve our ingredients and formulas.

Sarah - That is fantastic, Tonie. I think I read on the official website that you actually offer a catalog service and allow individuals to sell NYX cosmetics directly. Kind of like a direct marketing opportunity. That sounds like a lot of fun. Tell me a little more about this...

Tonie (NYX) - Yes, people who desire to make money can join us to become a NYX sales representative. All it takes is an application, a nominal fee, and the time to spread the word. Once makeup enthusiasts touch and feel NYX products, they are hooked. It’s an added bonus to be creative, but regardless, your business will take off because the products sell themselves.

Sarah - I have used your cosmetics and must say that they are incredible, as they possess the quality of quite a few elite, upscale brands for a very affordable price. It's truly an amazing thing, I would say. I have to admit, I don't have a favorite item, but I do know that I absolutely love the pearl and glitter pigments. Truly exceptional. I am curious to know, what do customers say about NYX products? What are some individual testimonials?

Tonie (NYX) - We have numerous testimonials listed on our website. If you have the time, please read some at
NYX Cosmetics. In succinct, the most frequent statement I hear is, "I can’t believe how awesome your products are and at such a GREAT price. Thank you.”

Sarah - For those make-up users from around the globe reading this interview for the very first time, what would you like those people to know?

Tonie (NYX) - Give us a shot, you won’t be disappointed.

Tonie (NYX) - Our nail polishes are amazing. It dries quickly, the colors are intense, and the wear is long-lasting. There are 144 bright, sparkly, and bold shades. It’s a heavenly rainbow of delicious colors.

For more information, please visit:
NYX Cosmetics today!

Elizabeth Beyl: Latina Make-Up Artist

I had the perfect opportunity to talk a Latina novice make-up artist Elizabeth Beyl. What makes this woman extraordinary is her ambitious mind and dedication. She wants to make many waves in the business, but she wants to use the income she makes to put herself through beauty and business school. Here is what Elizabeth had to tell me.

Sarah: Tell me a little more about Elizabeth Beyl...

Elizabeth: Hi :). I'm young, I am 19, with a very motivated and artistic mind. Some of my biggest interests are Mexico (my culture), travel, mi familia, and becoming a very successful latina women in the beauty industry. As many others, I've had my troubles in life and highly believe that it's given me more motivation and strength to get up and move up.

Sarah: I am curious to know what or who influenced you. Did you wake up one morning and decide "I am going to become a make-up artist"? What inspired you to become a make-up artist?

Elizabeth: I come from a very creative family, so it comes natural to have a passion for the art of life. What I mean by that is, I have a way of putting everything into an artistic perspective, and it just so happen that applying make-up makes me feel like God, haha. So during the last years of high school, you start thinking "hey! the next chapter is rolling around soon, the party is over! what makes me happy?" And in the myths of it all I developed a passion for the art of make-up. The inspiration came from surrounding myself by artistic and positive people.

Sarah: I believe "beauty" is more than just aesethetics. I believe it's an emotion that goes beyond what we see. I am curious to know, how do you define beauty?

Elizabeth: Definitely emotion. Confidence is one main key too. I believe beauty is feeling comfortable and beautiful in your own skin. The cool thing about beauty is there's sooooooo many types. I mean really, blue eyes, brown eyes, fair skin, dark skin, bushy brows, gap teeth, narrow cheek bones, big jaw line, etc. So many options to work with, and as a make-up artist it's an awesome oppurtunity to be able to play with the various beauties. Beauty is everyone and everywhere.

Sarah: Make-up is truly amazing and there is just something so incredible about a product that is scientifically safe that can truly enhance your beauty. I am curious to know more about some of the individual make-up products that you use. Tell me a little about some of the products that you use...

Elizabeth: I love applying make-up, but for myself I'm such a beach type of girl that if you weren't to see me during work, Im usually with just sun protection (tinted sun protection from Shiseido is great too!) and moisturized lips (sometimes i'll lightly dab a colored lipstick).

Sarah: Within your individual business and entity, I am curious to know, what make-up brands do you currently use? What are some of your favorite make-up brands?

Elizabeth: I love these brands: Shiseido (thats more of a skin line), Nars (not to mention, but is owned 100% by Shiseido), make-up for ever, Too faced, Bare-minerals, Lorac, Cargo, Chanel, Dior, Revlons Liquid liner, Jean Guy, D.H.C, Smashbox, Stilla, Shu Uemura, korres, this list can go on and on. There is something unique about all brands, but those are just some of the brands that i adore.

Sarah: When creating an amazing enhancement for a client, do you get requested to do a certain look for them? I am curious to know more about the individual make-up looks you do on a daily basis. Tell me a little more about the make-up looks...

Elizabeth: It all depends, if i'm working a photoshoot and they alreay have the look down they want, then I use my guidelines, but if there coming in for a make-over I ask a few questions and then my creative mind takes over. Yet again, as a make-up artist I know my duties on how to make everything look at best. Some of the make-up looks that i've done vary from flapper, pin up girl, old fashion, funky, rock and roll, classic, artistic, simple, sexy, natural, sophisticated, high fashion,etc.

Sarah: What is one of your biggest beauty secrets?

Elizabeth: Staying postive has your skin glowing.

Sarah: What is the biggest change of make-up between each season? Spring is here and Summer is near. What products and looks are "in" rather than "out"?

Elizabeth: colors. You don't want to pull out that cool lime green or purple lipstick in the winter.hah! well actually..... it all depends again, if you feel confident and feel you can work it then go for it!

Sarah: What product do you like better - lipstick or lipgloss and why?

Elizabeth: lip stick. gloss is okay, but i personally I don't like that stickiness feeling. Lip stick is just awesome, all the diffrent colors, it's just great! haha

Sarah: What is the biggest beauty dont'? What makes it terrible?

Elizabeth: Too much of everything. Or also a lot of make-up at the beach, thats a big no. It's a day in the sun, look natural and and feel beautiful in your very own skin.

Sarah: Demographically speaking, I am sure you attract an array of individuals within just about any age group. I am curious to know, what do your clients say about you? Tell me a little more about some individual testimonials.

Elizabeth: I'm a very easy going person and I believe my clients feel that from the start. I've had a lot of clients tell me how respectful and outgoing I am. I feel good about that. It's nice to know because your attitude is contagious, and if your happy and postive then hopefully you've made there day so they can go on and spread the love.

Sarah: What motivates you? Is there a particular motto or quote you live by?

Elizabeth: My family, the people who i care most about in my life. Knowing the stuggles we've shared and how I want a better life for my family one day. The people who have a good honest story to tell, are the people who motivate me.

Sarah: For those people reading this interview, what would like them to know?

Elizabeth: Please contact me if your interested in make-up appliance for anything such as weddings, proms, photoshoots, etc,etc. My e-mail is: sebeyl@yahoo.com I really do hope to hear from you all. Also to whom ever may care at least a bit, the money I earn doing your make-up goes to me saving up to move to London to obtain my Cosmetologist lisence and get my business degree to own my very own salon, somewhere in Mexico and hopefully have a few more worldwide.

Elizabeth: COME SEE ME! hahaha :)

Catherine Crump: Freelance Make-Up Artist

I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with freelance make-up artist Catherine Crump about the make-up world. Here is a little of what she had to say...

Sarah: Tell me a little about Catherine Crump...

Catherine: I'm a makeup and product junkie who has had the absolute pleasure of spending the last almost five years as a freelance makeup and hair stylist working primarily in print. I've got a fantastic and supportive family (including two pugs and a cat who rule my house), and I get to wake up in the morning and look forward to work.

Sarah: Behind every great make-up artist, lies a source of inspiration, as a result. Tell me what inspired you to become a part of the make-up industry?

Catherine: I completely fell into it. After a series of not-so-fun "real jobs," I found myself working as a freelance regional artist for several different cosmetic companies. That gave me my first taste of freedom - I loved setting my own hours and not punching a clock. Other artists talked about working photo shoots and film, but no one would really give me an idea how to break in. From there, I found myself a wanted ad on a classified site for a pinup makeup and hairstylist. I didn't have a single picture to send, so I probably sent the longest hire me email in existence, and for some reason, the photographer did. On a lunch break at that shoot, the photographer said to me, "Oh, I loved your online portfolio. Your work is so beautiful." To which I replied, "Uh, I don't have an online portfolio." She had thought she was getting a different makeup artist! Thankfully, she and the model were very happy with my actual work, and from that first little freebie job, I met gifted models, photographers, and designers, participated in fashion shows and gallery openings, and really got comfortable in the medium and built up a good reputation. I still work with a number of people who were connected to that first shoot, and the designer whose clothes the model wore that day is now one of my best friends. It's amazing to think that it all unraveled as an accident, but thank heavens it did!

Sarah: What individual make-up brands do you use on a daily basis?

Catherine: I could go on for DAYS about products. That might be the real reason that I've ended up doing this for a living! On a daily basis, I love the Bare Escentuals foundations. It gives a polished, smooth finish without feeling heavy or getting cakey. I never leave the house without a little bit of liquid liner (Urban Decay in Perversion) and Max Factor Lash Couture mascara, which a model turned me onto about a year ago. I also have a bit of a lipgloss problem - I've probably got about twenty five in my purse as we speak. My latest favorites are the new MAC Dazzleglasses and Urban Decay Ultraglide gloss. I love deep lip shades, too, like MAC Diva lipstick in Russian Red, which is my standby classic red, both for me and for pin-up models.

Sarah: Tell me a little more about some of the products you use...

Catherine: The foundations I use for work are specifically formulated for photography, and you just can't be beat them. I'm currently using pallettes of Graftobian Hi Def Glamour Creme, which covers just about everything that could be thrown at me, and can be sheered out with a little moisturizer for a dewy finish (I often do that for brides). I'm also into their dual finish powders, a light dusting is perfect for a little light male grooming. La Femme is another professional brand, with inexpensive blushes and eyeshadows with tons of pigment that can be used wet or dry, and fit into big palettes - I've got tons of those. I love MAC for lipsticks, and I have several of these little plastic fishing tackle boxes that I've mushed and melted all my different lipstick colors into, so I've got everything conveniently at my fingertips.

Sarah: What are some of your favorites? What products and brands do you recommend?

Catherine: I never start a face without using Smashbox Photo Finish primer - that little product is the best! It keeps makeup looking fresh all day, without getting cakey and settling into fine lines. It also leaves skin feeling so silky! I love MAC and Urban Decay eyeliners for smooth application and long wear and Face Secrets blotting sheets (from Sally Beauty supply) to absorb shine without layering on more powder. MAC Spice lip liner is another mainstay shade for me, especially when I do a lot of lip reshaping. I'm obsessive about eyebrows, and love Tweezerman tweezers and Anastasia of Beverly Hills brow powders, stencils, and pencils.

Sarah: Tell me a little more about the make-up looks that you do...

Catherine: I tend to do a lot of glamour and commercial work, but bridal season is here now, so I'm getting a chance to do a lot more fresh, natural bridal looks right now. Pin-up and retro styling is probably my favorite and my specialty. I've loved the classic beauty of liquid eyeliner and a red lip since I was a little kid, and that never goes out of style for me - plus, I have yet to meet a girl who doesn't look gorgeous sporting that look with big soft curls in her hair and a flower behind her ear.

Sarah: What make-up looks tend to be the most popular?

Catherine: Glamorous makeup is always in demand. Smoky eyes and a nude lip is very popular right now, usually topped with big sexy hair. Many women find it hard to master that look, and I think it's fun to have the opportunity to play dress up when you've got a willing accomplice.

Sarah: So...we know Catherine is talented and very real, but also a huge lover of make-up, but what do her clients think of her? Tell me a little more about what your clients think of you...

Catherine: The majority of my work is either repeat business of word of mouth, so I've got a pretty good reputation - they must like something about me! I think that I make them laugh and feel comfortable, which is important when you're going to be up in someone's face for 20-60 minutes. I genuinely love what I do, and I think that comes across. Also, I'm chronically punctual, and show up where I'm supposed to when I'm supposed to, and I know that is appreciated!

Sarah: For those individuals reading this interview, what would you like those people to know?

Catherine: Running you own business is amazing - and providing a service for people can be extremely fulfilling. It can also be unpredictable and occasionally frustrating (especially when you're starting out and don't quite know what you're doing). You'll find yourself wearing a handful of other hats you never thought (or wanted), like light psychology (for stressed out brides), collections (chasing after deadbeat clients), and management (when herding multiple models). But no day is ever the same, and your tippy toes will get a workout, 'cause you'll sure be on them - but it is so worth it.

For more information, check out
http://www.makeupbycatherine.com, http://www.myspace.com/makeupbycatherine and do NOT hesitate to call (949) 842-4106 right now, "Goddess of Makeup and Hair."

Amy Conklin: Make-Up Artist & Military Wife

I had the perfect opportunity to talk to make-up artist Amy Conklin about life, lipgloss, military, and make-up and here is what she had to say...

Sarah: Tell me a little more about Amy Conklin...

Amy: I am a military wife who tries to keep herself separated from military politics as much as possible (LOL). I enjoy having the title of every job I have... Wife, mother, cleaner, cook, mechanic (when my husband is gone), friend and Makeup Artist! I live my life by the golden rule and have yet to find that getting me into trouble.

Sarah: Behind every great artist (in this case, make-up) lies an amazing source of influence and inspiration. I am curious to know, who or what inspired you to become a make-up artist?

Amy: I had two major influences in makeup; one being the late Kevin Aucoin and later Ms. Donna Mee (owner of Empire Academy of Makeup). I had seen Kevin on Oprah one time and I don't think you could have torn me away from the television. I was so amazed and in love with his passion for makeup. Before seeing Kevin I had no idea how necessary makeup artists were for everything from brides to special events, to musicians, to actresses. I later met Donna when I was attending makeup school at her academy. Her passion for makeup much like Kevin's help excite me about my future in this industry. I would come home from class late at night and practice on anyone who was awake even my husband. I still think of both Kevin and Donna when I want to tap into my "creative juices" and just fly with my imagination to produce some of my best works.

Sarah: Tell me a little more about your goals...

Amy: Well when I was in school my two goals were to work on Prince and David Bowie. I still have those goals, but right now my immediate goals are to just work with other creative talents and continue to live and thrive in the industry I love. I do have one more specific goal I would like to see happen in the next year or so. I would like to do my own shoot from props to wardrobe, to makeup, to hair... I even want to go ahead and try my luck behind the camera. I did a shoot three years ago where I designed and made everything down to the last leaf covered breast cover. I didn’t shoot this one though. This time I want to try it all.

Sarah: I believe that beauty is more than just looks; I believe it's an emotion that goes beyond what we see, something on a chemical wavelength, per say. I am curious to know, how do you define beauty?

Amy: I define true beauty as a happiness and confidence that radiates from those who possesses it. I believe that woman who feel good about themselves in side and out have a beautiful persona and other pick up on this.

Sarah: Tell me a little more about some of the individual make-up brands you use...

Amy: I use makeup from multiple companies. I use high quality products that give me the best results for what I want to achieve. With cosmetic companies coming out with different lines, colors and names for things, I can’t give any specifics.

Sarah: Tell me a little more about some of the individual make-up products you use...

Amy: I use airbrush a lot more the past two years than ever before. A lot of clients want that pristine flawless look and that can be achieved easily by airbrush cosmetics. I use a silicone based makeup with my airbrush because I like the way it sits on the skin and allows for a dewy finish which looks more natural than a matte finish.

Sarah: What are your favorite products? Which products do you tend to use more than the others?

Amy: I use mascara more than anything. When I wake up in the morning to take my daughter to school, little mascara is all I need to open my eyes and make me look presentable.

Sarah: Tell me a little more about the individual make-up looks that you perform on a daily basis...

Amy: On a daily basis I do more basic beauty looks for print or advertisements than anything else. I also do a lot of sultry looks with the Smokey eye and barely there glossed lip for models and for special events.

Sarah: What is the most request celebrity inspired make-up look? Why do you believe it's so popular?

Amy: I used to get Britney Spears a lot. Everyone wanted those Smokey metallic eyes she had in her later videos. I also get a lot of woman wanting lips like Angelina Jolie. This is an obvious request since they just want her lips they want that full seductive pout.

Sarah: What is the biggest make-up fallacy you have ever encountered? What is the biggest beauty don’t'?

Amy: I bought new brushes once from a company I hadn't used before. They looked nice when they arrived in the mail; I cleaned them put them in my case and set off. Later I realized the brushes were horrible. Hairs were coming out all over the models face and I had to pick them off of her. It was horrible. My biggest beauty ‘don't’ would be: ‘don't’ over-do it! Woman try to look like celebrities and models on magazines, it is the way society works, if you look like me, you'll be successful like me...WRONG! Those people can wear looks that the rest of us weren't meant to. Don’t try to cover your unique beauty by hiding your face behind too much makeup.

Sarah: It is spring and although summer is near, within the season Prom is very popular. Do you have any make-up tips for the special night?

Amy: Remember to wax a week before prom and not the day of. A lot of makeup wont stick to freshly waxed skin so you may end up with bare patches around your eyebrows and upper lip if you do it last minute.

Sarah: Lipstick vs. Lip-gloss. Which reigns supreme? Which is your favorite? Why?

Amy: For spring and summer, Lip Gloss Reigns supreme. However I am a fan of color and do end up mixing my lipsticks with glosses to give color and depth even in the hot months her in Ca. In the winter Lipsticks for sure are my favorite. All in all I would have to say they both deserve awards of their own :)

Sarah: You seem like an amazing talented gal. I have to ask, what do your clients say about you? What are some testimonials?

Amy: I am always being told how amazingly punctual I am; I have yet to be late to a job in ten years! People enjoy my easy going yet professional attitude and are so pleased when they realize I actually listen to what they want and then deliver.

Sarah: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Amy: I would like to have my own beauty boutique, somewhere. I will have my one of kind fashions there, as well as, an upscale day spa and makeup agency to help other talented artists get the jobs they deserve.

Sarah: For those people reading this interview, what would you like those people to know about you?

Amy: I hold my career to the best motto ever..."You’re only as good as your last makeup" Therefore I always strive to give my best and learn more when ever possible.

Amy: For Portfolio, rates, or general information about my services, please send an email to:
conklinbeauty@yahoo.com . Make sure to leave your name, location, and contact number so I can get back to you!

Samantha Heal: Make-Up Artist & Hairstylist From New York City

I had the perfect opportunity to talk to professional make-up artist and hairstylist Samantha Heal from New York about hair, make-up, and life and here is what she had to tell me...

Sarah: When did you decide to become a hairstylist and make-up artist? How did you know these professions were right for you?

Samantha: I have been a professional makeup and hairstylist for about 10 years. Ever since I was little I've always loved styling hair and playing with makeup but the thing that made me really adore it was when I realized how it made people feel. When someone is having a hard time in their life it makes me want to give them a mini makeover. It just gives them a little boost and it helps them hold thier head up higher. Feeling beautiful makes you more confident and though some people might see it as superficial, how many things that take 20 minutes can change your outlook on your day? I love being a part of that. There's nothing that makes me feel better than making someone else feel pretty.

Sarah: What individual products, as well as, product brands do you use often on hair?

Samantha: I love the Frederick Fekkai products. They're easy to find (Sephora, C.O. Bigelow, Bath and Body Works) and they actually do what they say. The thickening spray is amazing. it actually doubles the thickness of your hair and gives it a Victoria Secret sexy look that actually holds all day and into the next if you want it to. It's a little dry so I always use the glossing cream with it to give the hair more shine. For shampoo and conditioner, you can't beat kerestase. It is the best, hands down. Every hairstylist will tell you that. It's a bit pricey though. If you want something less expensive, I love Vive Pro. You can find it in Drugstores.

Sarah: Tell me a little more about the individual make-up products, as well as, individual make-up brands you use...

Samantha: I use all kinds of makeup brands from Chanel to Wet n Wild. It just depends on the colors and the way it goes on. The thing is that i have litterally tried everything. Most non-makeup artists don;t have the luxury of that. That's why you hire a professional and they can show you exactly what is right for you. There are some items that work on litterally everyone. My favorite lipsticks are MAC "O". It combines brown with orange and pink with a little bit of shimmer. I also love Clinique black honey. It's a perfect berry color and it's super sheer so it lets your own lipcolor show through. I alsoo love MAC Brit Wit cream blush. I could go on forever.

Sarah: Which hairstyles do you tend to do the most often? Which hairstyles are the most popular?

Samantha: Right now I feel like people are getting away from trends. It's not about what's cool but what is pretty on you and makes you feel good. Straight or curls, it depends on the person really.

Sarah: Make-up looks are insanely popular. I am curious to know, which make-up looks do you tend to do the most often?

Samantha: I am constantly doing either very natural or smokey eyes. basically, people have different moods and these two looks fulfill most of them. Most people either want to look pretty or sexy.

Sarah: Spring is here and Summer is near. What is the biggest beauty advice you have to offer for this time of year?

Samantha: I love a bronzer and highlighter combo. Sephora has the most beautiful one in their own brand. I like to stick to either pinks or bronze colors for the summer months. But people get a little color this time of year so they're bound to wear a little less makeup.

Sarah: What do you your clients think of you? What do they say?

Samantha: I know that all of my clients are really happy with what I do because I won't leave until they are thrilled. I listen to my clients and if they want bright purple lipstick and I don't think it looks right-- they're still getting bright purple lipstick! Sometimes it takes time to bring someone around to another way of thinking, but ultimately, I just want to make people feel good and sometimes that's on their terms and not mine. I can live with that.

Sarah: What is a motto that summarizes your life? Tell me a little more about words of wisdom that get you by in life...

Samantha: Sometimes people take beauty too serioulsy. I think people should have fun with their hair and makeup. it's an easy way to be more daring and change a little bit bout yourself. It all washes off with water. Just do what you want and feel good about yourself.

Samantha: I have a new website going up in about a week:
http://www.bridesinbliss.com and people can email me at: bridalbeautygirl@yahoo.com and maybe you can say that I'm available for every occassion - not just weddings.

Khanh Do: Make-Up Artist From San Diego, CA

I had the perfect opportunity to talk with professional make-up artist, Khanh Do from San Diego, California who specializes in weddings...about life and make-up and here is what she had to tell me...

Sarah: Tell me a little about your background and your role in the make-up business...

Khanh: I've been in love with makeup for as long as I could remember. I've taken the various courses in Hollywood as well as seminars offer by MAC to learn the craft, but I feel the most significant lesson to take out of these classes is the importance of discovering my own individual taste and approach towards making each client feel at her greatest when I work with her.

Sarah: Who inspired you to become a make-up artist? What was the major source of inspiration?

Khanh: My major source of inspiration comes from seeing my own clients after they've looked at themselves in the mirror all made up, and their faces light up in the realization that they don't need to be famous Hollywood superstars to feel just as pampered and look just as beautiful.

Sarah: Tell me a little about the individual make-up brands and products, you tend to use...

Khanh: Personally, I buy my make-up products from various brands because I feel that each brand has its own specialties which allows for me to provide to my clients the best products the industry has to offer. Although, the bigger brands tend to offer better quality.

Sarah: Out of every make-up product you have, what is the most important you have? Why?

Khanh: This is a tough question J I don't know which to choose since I love most products that has to do with make-up. But if I had to pick one, it would be a good foundation because it's very important to have a great canvas for you to work on.

Sarah: What is your favorite brand of cosmetics?

Khanh: Again, I don't really shop for my products depending solely on the brand but rather on the quality and color. However, I do enjoy MAC cosmetic because they cater to make-up artists with their handy pallets that are great space savers.

Sarah: Mascara, Lipgloss, and the list goes on forever. Tell me, if you had to choose your favorite make-up product, which product would you choose and why?

Khanh: I would have to say, eye shadows. There are so many different colors that can reflect each individual's own unique mood and personality, which is exactly why I always like to focus on the eyes. As they say, "The eyes are the windows to a person's soul".

Sarah: Tell me more about the individual make-up looks that you do...

Khanh: I can do period, runway, photo shoot makeup but my main area of focus is bridal make-up. I like to be a part of the joy and happiness the bride feels on her special day.

Sarah: Which make-up looks tend to be the most common or most popular?

Khanh: Natural. Then again, each person's definition of "natural" varies widely depending on their culture, ethnicity, and personal background. Each client has her own individual look and personality so there really isn't a formula to the way that I do make-up for her. I simply cater to what each person envisions.

Sarah: Do you do any inspired make-up looks? If so, which tend to be the most popular?

Khanh: I do love Angelina Jolie's timeless look and have been asked to replicate her style a few time.

Sarah: What do your clients think of you and your work? What are some testimonials?

Khanh: My clients think that I make them look like themselves at their best. I have a couple of testimonial on my website at: http://www.makeupstudios.com/

Sarah: For those people reading this interview, what would like those people to know about you?

Khanh: As a makeup artist working in the wedding industry, I am not only there to make the bride look beautiful. I also set her mood for the day as I am usually the first person to work with her on her special day. I take everything into consideration to make her feel relax, comfortable and most beautiful so she can enjoy her day ahead.

Alden Mustard: Make-Up Artist From West Palm Beach, FL

I had the perfect opportunity to talk to Alden Mustard, a make-up artist from West Palm Beach, Florida about make-up, life, looks, and lipgloss and here is what she had to say...

Sarah: Who is Alden Mustard?

Alden: Alden is a small town girl that never saw herself as anything much. I grew up a typical tomboy. I never wore makeup, my wardrobe consisted of jeans and t-shirts and it took an act of god to get me to wear a dress. Haha. Now I have moved to West Palm Beach, Fl and did something that no one would have expected me to do including myself…go to makeup artist school.

Sarah: What makes you unique? What do you think sets you apart from other make-up artists?

Alden: What makes me unique is that growing up I wasn’t the prettiest thing. I dealt with extreme self-esteem issues regarding my weight and my skin. (I grew up with bad dermatitis and eczema). I can look at things, or people and see a beauty that lies beneath. Which is something I always wished someone could do for me growing up. So, what sets me apart from other artists is that I don’t like to transform, I like to bring out what is already there that they may not be aware of just yet.

Sarah: I truly commend you for being able to recognize you are beautiful and naturally understanding what beauty actually is. I am also glad that you allowed yourself to become stronger, as a result. Now I must ask, behind every great artist (in this case, make-up artist), lies a true source of inspiration, as a result. Tell me, who or what inspired you to become a make-up artist?

Alden: What inspired me to become a makeup artist was looking at all the beautiful pictures in magazines. When I was young, I used to think that these women were so happy because they were so pretty. I have always wanted to do for others, so making others look pretty was my inspiration.

Sarah: I believe beauty is an emotion that goes beyond what we see. If we can feel beautiful, we can look beautiful to those that view us, much more so. I think you can look at a random stranger and be able to tell whether or not they feel beautiful. Alden...tell me, how do you define beauty?

Alden: I define beauty as something that must be felt. I can put makeup on you make you look pretty. But to be beautiful, you must feel it with every ounce of your heart and soul.

Sarah: That is wonderful. It's great to know that you recognize beauty is more than just a physical shell. Alden, tell me a little more about some of the individual make-up products that you use...

Alden: My favorite product right now is, illuminating finishing powder by stila. Every woman wants that sparkle to make their face stand out and glow. A few sweeps over your face gives you just that. My other favorite right now is Cils Booster XL by Lancome. It is a mascara primer, and it is the best I have used so far. It coats the lashes and gives them instant length and volume and helps prevent clumping of mascara.

Sarah: Tell me a little more about some of the individual make-up brands that you use...

Alden: I have to say that Estee Lauder’s double wear face powder is the best I have used. My shade is sometimes hard to match for I have pink and gold undertones. This dual action powder gives me the coverage I need and evens me out perfectly.

Sarah: Tell me a little more about some of the individual make-up looks that you do...

Alden: I love to do clean beauty makeup looks. Think of Liv Tyler or Rachel Weisz. They have that natural beauty that only becomes enhanced with clean beauty techniques. Also, Ali Larter and Milla Jovovich. Two celebrities with distinct features that can really be brought out with the right makeup look.

Sarah: Tell me a little more about some of the individual inspired make-up looks that you do...

Alden: Every girl loves a sultry, sexy, smoky eye look. And I would have to say that Tyra Banks is my inspiration for that kind of look. The amount of makeup may seem too much, but with proper blending and color choice, she looks phenomenal!!

Sarah: I love Tyra Banks! Alden, you know..it seems that the media has a huge influence on individual's looks. Tell me, which icon do you find to be the most inspirational, in terms of aesthetics and looks?

Alden: I would have to say the most inspirational would be Liv Tyler. I love her natural, beautiful next door girl look. You can put her in sexy clothes and dramatic makeup and she looks drop dead gorgeous. However, you can put her in jeans and a shirt, slap some lip gloss on and mascara, just as beautiful.

Sarah: Liv Tyler is stunning and always makes a statement. I think she started out as a model, before she became an actress. Now I must ask...Lipstick vs. Lipgloss. Which one is superior? Which one reigns supreme? Why?

Alden: Right now, lipgloss would have to be more superior. Lips have become more of a focus, and we want lips to pop!! However, I think lipstick reigns supreme because it always brings out the best looks.

Sarah: I absolutely love both. I think both work great, depending on the time. As you know and are very much aware, Spring is here and Summer is here, what is the biggest beauty advice you have for this time of year?

Alden: Try to stay away from cream or liquid makeup during this time of year. If you absolutely love it, can’t live without it, need the coverage, than by all means don’t give it up. But there is nothing worse than going to beach party or walking the streets at night after the club with foundation caking on your face from sweating. It will run and be splotchy. Try to stick to dual action powders. Almost every cosmetic line carries them. Paired with the right concealer, you can make the same look as your normal liquid foundation.

Sarah: Wow, that is very informative. Thank you for sharing. I am curious to know, in your opinion, what is the biggest beauty dont'?

Alden: In my opinion, the biggest beauty don’t is using colors that do not match your skin tone. If you want to bring out your beauty and say you have blue eyes and blonde hair; if you are not going to Star Trek convention, please no neon pink or green eyeshadow and purple lips. Start out with something clean to enhance your features first, then jazz it up to make you look your best.

Sarah: hahaha, so true. Now Alden, I am very curious, what do your clients say about you? What are some individual testimonials?

Alden: Most of my clients tell me that I am very nice and attentive. I keep in mind what they are looking to accomplish and still add my own talent to create a perfect look.

Sarah: For those people tuning in and reading this interview, what would you like those people to know about you?

Alden: I would like for people to know that I don’t consider myself the best out there. If I was, I would be a celebrity, million dollar makeup artist. I like to experiment with different looks and people. I wish only to learn and gain more experience each time I pick up a brush. I would also like for everyone to know that I will help you find the true beauty inside yourself. I am not just one to make you look pretty, collect money and kick you out the door. I want to teach you some looks that you can do and be comfortable with. For anyone who wants it, my email address is Aldycc@comcast.net . I would love to hear from anyone whether it be other artists or if you would like my services as a makeup artist. Thank you.

Lauren Padurano: Wedding Inspired Make-Up Artist

I had the perfect opportunity to talk to wedding inspired make-up artist Lauren Padurano about art and make-up and here is what she had to tell me...

Sarah: Lauren, tell me, what makes you unique? What separates you from other make-up artists?

Lauren: I think one of the main things that separates me from other event makeup artists/makeup studios is the fact that I feel that hiring a makeup artist shouldn't be a privilege for those who have the money to spare. I think it's something that every woman should have the opportunity to experience, especially on her wedding day; one of the most special days of her life. This is why I tend to work within my clients budgets and I am not stuck at one ridiculously high price. Makeup is just like any other trade; there are different levels of services and packages because not all brides want to spend money on high end fashion/airbrushing.

Sarah: Did you wake up one morning and think "I am going to be a make-up artist, today". How did you decide to become a make-up artist? Who or what inspired you to be involved in this rather universal profession?

Lauren: I gotta be honest...it wasn't my original dream. I am a fine artist at heart. After highschool I went to college and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in Visual Communications. During that time I worked part-time as a make-up artist selling and applying makeup for special occasions. That's really where I learned all the little tricks of the trade. But also, being in art school at the same time helped me a lot with color, which is a huge part of make-up. Not just in the literal sense of eye shadows, but also in matching skin tones, knowing that green will counteract a red complexion because they are complimentary colors. After college I followed the path of my degree and opened my own graphic design group where we do mostly print work. Although it is still in business, I decided to also open my own make-up line where women would have access to products that are of the very latest formulas and technologies. And that's where I'm at now. It is truly art that inspired me in all of my career choices. If you follow your passion and aren't lead by money, you will always be happy.

Sarah: Tell me a little more about the individual make-up products that you use on a daily basis...

Lauren: Well, it's all different. If I'm doing a bride or those being photographed the products and techniques are different than someone going out for a night on the town. There are contouring tricks, lip plumping tricks, eye shaping tricks, and there are individual products for each technique. Not to say that they all work, but there are a few legit ones. For instance, and heres a little trade secret on the house, =), when wanting to make your lips appear fuller without using those silly lip plumping products, that make your lips tingle as though they're going to fall off, you place a little highlighter shadow just above the top of your lip line, the length of your arch. (the crease between your lips and nose). This will give the illusion of slightly larger lips.

Sarah: Tell me a little more about the individual make-up brands that you use on a daily basis...

Lauren: Usually I will use my own makeup line "Miscellania," because there are so many great products. We're always evolving our seasons and inspired by top trends on the runway. The Spring 2008 line is incredible this year. Inspired by nature, it's vivid colors and organic textures almost channel abstract art. And this season, it's all about the lips. Lipstick is back and I'm so excited about it! But that's not to say that I don't use other products. I love MAC makeup, but I will only use their eye and lip products. Their skin products are not formulated well for those with sensitive skin. For foundations and blushes I like to use Bobbi Brown. And if I'm in need of something funky, I'll go straight for NARS!

Sarah: That is great that you have your own make-up line. Tell me Lauren, what individual products, as well as, individual product brands do you recommend? What are the most popular?

Lauren: Well I recommend my line, of of course, right?!

Sarah: Tell me a little more about the individual make-up looks that you do on a daily basis...

Lauren: Brides, Brides, Brides. That is my niche in the makeup industry. We have a line designed just for brides, because this day is unique in that your makeup has to look on point the whole day, which can winde up being 12 hours. Our shadows contain naturally derived micro minerals and oil absorbing Rice Silk that stay stable in different climates. They are all talc free, oil free and fragrance free. I love to use an eye primer because it will neutralize discoloration from the browbone down the the eye lid and a face primer is important because it diminishes the appearance of fine lines and increases makeup wearability. I can go on and on, but I don't want to give away ALL the secrets.

Sarah: What are the most popular make-up looks that you do?

Lauren: I guess other than brides, I get alot of clients who want the "smokey" look. Maybe because it's hard to achieve on your own without the proper tools.

Sarah: Tell me a little about some of the individual make-up inspired looks that you do on a daily basis...

Lauren: I prefer to do things that are wearable and not runway, although I am inspired by upcoming fashions. It's important to set your own trends while still offering what's hot now.

Sarah: Spring is here and Summer is near. What professional advice do you have for those wearing make-up during the season?

Lauren: Well, number one, wear sunscreen!! Try to find a product that offers a foundation, not powder because it comes off to easily, with an SPF. People think that if they're not laying out and baking in the sun they don't get effected by the suns rays, but it'll getcha every time. If you don't like to wear a foundation, find a tinted moisturizer. This will help even out your skintone while giving you that protection. I recommend La-Mer's Fluid Tint, it has an SPF 18.

Sarah: What is a make-up tip that you have to offer, that is rather original and unique? Something that other professionals probably do not know.

Lauren: Oh man, that's a tough one. Um...don't work too hard? No, no, seriously, I think it's more about the attitude and being approachable. That's the secret. Makeup application is a really intimate thing. You are touching someone's face. You are placing objects extremely close to their eyes. They are trusting you and I think it's important to not only know what you are doing, but to make it an enjoyable experience for both you and your client.

Sarah: What is the biggest beauty dont'?

Lauren: The heavy eyes and lips thing. If you are doing a dark eye, do not, and I repeat do not do a dark lip. It tends to look overdone and well...quite frankly, very 1982. Oh, and...one more thing. Forget the Amy Winehouse liquid eye liner that stretches all the way to your ear. If you're going for that look, which I think is beautiful, a shapely slightly pulled out line is best.

Sarah: Do you have any words of wisdom that you get you by? What motto or quote gets you through your day?

Lauren: I love the fact that I am working for myself and I am my own boss. It is important not to get caught up in your work and enjoy life! Take time off, take vacations, spend time with your friends and family, because that is the stuff that really matters. "I'd rather be poor and happy than a sad millionaire."

Sarah: What do your clients say about you? Tell me a little more about individual testimonies...

Lauren: One of the nicest thing a bride has ever said to me after her wedding was that she felt like I was part of the bridal party and not just a vendor that she hired. Basically I'm there tagging along the whole day. From the initial application, to the touch up before pictures, after pictures, after dinner and before their exit. She said that she felt so comfortable with me being there and that made me feel great. Because that is my goal, to make the bride comfortable and calm and have no worries.

Sarah: For those people reading this interview, what else would you like those people to know about Lauren Padurano?

Lauren: My website is currently under construction, but you can reach me by email at:
studio.miscellania@gmail.com or by telephone at 954-675-5258.

Angelina Large: Make-Up Artist From Orlando, FL

I had the perfect opportunity to talk to Angelina Large, a professional make-up artist from Orlando, Florida and graduate from Joe Blasco's Make-up Center. What makes Angelina exceptional is the fact she is highly trained in everything from beauty to prosthetics. Here is what Angelina had to tell me...

Sarah: Tell me a little about yourself and your role in the make-up industry...

Angelina: I am 23 years old and a graduate of Joe Blasco Makeup Center in Orlando, FL. I have been working in the industry for almost three years on television, theatre, and film productions. I am trained in everything from beauty to prosthetics.

Sarah: Did you just wake up one morning and say "I am going to be a make-up artist". How did you know you were a make-up artist?

Angelina: I have always been artistic; enjoyed painting and things like that. With makeup though, you not only look beautiful, but you get to make people feel great about themselves.

Sarah: Who or what inspired you to become a make-up artist?

Angelina: My family is very big on Halloween. I always found myself preparing everyone to scare all the guests at our party. I initially got into makeup for the special effects and found I enjoyed all the different facets of it.

Sarah: I believe "beauty" is an emotion that goes beyond what we see. Something that is rather chemical and linked to our lives on an array of wavelengths that go beyond physical. Tell me, how do you define beauty?

Angelina: Beauty is the confidence that you exude from within. No one can create it for you, it is something that you have to feel about yourself.

Sarah: Tell me a little more about individual make-up products, that you use on a daily basis...

Angelina: I always use the appropriate colored concealer underneath the foundation, creme blush, and no color powder to set.

Sarah: Tell me a little more about individual make-up brands, that you use on a daily basis...

Angelina: I use bits of all different brands such as: Mac Eye shadows, Joe Blasco Concealers, Lancome for lips.

Sarah: Which individual make-up products, as well as, brands are the most popular? Which do you tend to use the most?

Angelina: Mac eye shadows are by far the most popular. I always use them for glamour looks.

Sarah: Is there an individual make-up product or make-up brand that you just cannot live without?

Angelina: Ultamatte from just about any product line, It is the best for eyeliner!

Sarah: Tell me a little more about individual make-up looks, that you do on a daily basis...

Angelina: I do a lot of clean looks and night time eyes. A lot of clients just want to look fresh as opposed to looking like your wearing makeup. Then I have clients that want to go all out glam for a night out on the town.

Sarah: What make-up looks do you tend to do the most often? Which make-up looks are the most popular?

Angelina: Lately clients ask to have subtle cat eyes and very clean, flawless look.

Sarah: They say the media has a modest amount of influence on individual aesthetics. Tell me, which famous women tend to have a high amount of influence on beauty, in general?

Angelina: Definitely Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, and Jennifer Lopez just to name a few.

Sarah: If you could think of one original make-up tip that you have, that you can guarantee no other make-up artist on the planet has, what is it?

Angelina: Eyeliner templates, use paper or tape to create the exact shape your going for. (For the shaky handed ones)

Sarah: Spring is here and Summer is near, tell me, what are some great make-up tips to those that wear make-up during this time of year?

Angelina: Keep your foundation simple otherwise you'll just sweat it off and clog your pores. Use mineral makeup and powders. And of course the number one must, SPF moisturizer.

Sarah: Have you ever had any bad experiences with individual make-up products or make-brands? Do you have any crazy or out of the ordinary experiences with make-up?

Angelina: I am not a fan of liquid makeup for any reason except when used in an airbrush. It just smears and looks streaky. I worked on a music video where a mock stage was set up. It was so hot that I was powdering the talent every five minutes! It was to the point where my puff would be soaking wet and I had to get a new one....ewww.

Sarah: Which individual make-up products, as well as, make-up brands are you simply just not crazy about?

Angelina: I don't like Mac foundations. I think they're too heavy for the average person.

Sarah: What is the biggest beauty dont'?

Angelina: Don't wear something you don't absolutely love. If you feel good it shows.

Sarah: Lipstick vs. Lipgloss. Which is superior? Which reigns supreme? Why?

Angelina: Lipstick, it lasts longer and stays where it should a lot better; Especially with a little lipgloss on top ; )

Sarah: Eyeliner...there is pencil, there is liquid, there is gel, there is creme. Tell me, which eyeliner do you prefer and why?

Angelina: Again the creme is the best! Ultamatte.

Sarah: What do your clients think of you? Tell me a little more about individual testimonials...

Angelina: My clients know I will always do what looks best on THEM. They trust me completely to do something that will look the best for their eye color, hair, etc. I am always flexible with their time and place needs; and certainly will always accommodate when I can.

Sarah: Everyone knows you are a make-up artist, however; what would others be surprised to know about you?

Angelina: I love Karaoke!

Sarah: For those people reading this interview, what would you like those people to know about you?

Angelina: I am available for all types of projects and occasions. I will travel to you and will try any look you would like. I also sculpt and can make individual prosthetics for any project.

Angelina: You may contact me via email at: lifewillneverbethesame@gmail.com or telephone at: (609) 798-0295. Please visit my website at: http://www.picasaweb.google.com/lifewillneverbethesame

Melissa Erwin: Make-Up Artist From California

I had the perfect opportunity to talk to Melissa Erwin, a licensed Esthetician and make-up artist from California about life and ligloss, and here is what she had to say...

Sarah: Tell me a little about yourself and your individual background...

Melissa: I've been in the beauty industry for about 6 years now dealing with many aspects of the industry such as skin care and of course makeup. I am a licensed Medical Assistant and Esthetician. I am the wife of a military man so needless to say we've moved around quit a bit. Living in California for 4 years I had the privilege of working for two highly sought after physician's in Beverly Hills, one of which is a plastic surgeon and the other a dermatologist. I feel like there is so much to learn still and I strive to keep myself educated.

Sarah: Behind every artist (in this case, make-up artist) lies a major source of inspiration and influence. Tell me, what influenced you to become a make-up artist?

Melissa: I know this may sound crazy but every since I was a little girl I have always been drawn to the elderly. I could sit for hours at a time and listen to the stories that many of them would tell about their younger years. While listening in such awe to their stories, I would be painting their fingernails or brushing their hair..you know, whatever I could do to make them feel happy. That just kind of stuck with me. I love making people feel good about themselves and no matter who you are you should be able to feel good about yourself. I have the magic touch!!

Sarah: We know that make-up is your passion, but what other things in life are you passionate about?

Melissa: my 14 year old son and my husband are very important people in my life and of course I am very passionate about sharing my life and love with the two of them. I am really just the kind of person that has passion for life and everything in it.

Sarah: Moving onto make-up, tell me, out of all of the make-up "wrongs", what is the biggest beauty don't'?

Melissa: I always laugh at this question when ever I come across it. The way I see it is if you do something that makes you feel good or beautiful, who's to say that it is a beauty don't?? I remember seeing a teenager while walking through the mall one day. She had on many different bright colors of makeup (colors that I would probably not use together). The one thing that I remember about her the most is the way she carried herself with such a big smile on her face. And even though some would have called her a makeup crises, I thought that she was absolutely beautiful because I know she felt beautiful.

Sarah: Tell me a little more about some of the individual make-up products, as well as, make-up brands that you use...

Melissa: I LOVE Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup. It is the best mineral makeup out there in my opinion.

Sarah: Out of all of the make-up products in the world, what is one make-up product that you just cannot live without?

Melissa: My lip gloss and eyeliner.

Sarah: Tell me a little more about individual make-up looks that you perform on a daily basis...

Melissa: I like the natural look and being that I use Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup I am able to obtain that look on my clients. Of course I will do whatever the client may ask for but if they ask for my opinion, I do normally go for the more natural look for them.

Sarah: Which make-up looks do you tend to do the most often? What are the most popular?

Melissa: I have a daytime look and a nighttime look. Most of the time I apply everything the same except the colors and styles of eye shadows depending on if it is day or night time.

Sarah: Do you do any inspired make-up looks? If so, which tend to be the most request looks?

Melissa: I am always paying attention to the newest trends and different makeup looks. I haven't really had any requests for any particular styles though.

Sarah: Lipstick vs. Lip gloss. Which one is superior? Which one reigns supreme? Why?

Melissa: Lip gloss!!

Sarah: Eyeliner. Which do you prefer: pencil, liquid, or gel/creme? Why...?

Melissa: I prefer pencil.

Sarah: Do you have any crazy make-up stories or experience you want to share? If so, what are they?

Melissa: None yet but I will for sure let you know when I do.

Sarah: What do your clients think of you? Tell me a little more about individual testimonials...

Melissa: I like t try to build a close relationship with my clients. It helps me to know their likes and dislikes and believe it or not that makes a big difference when you are making a person up. Usually when I'm done with them.

Sarah: The question is, does it stop here? Do you have any present or future goals? If so, what are they?

Melissa: I am in school to obtain my nursing degree but I will for sure stay in the skin care/makeup business. I think that by having a nursing degree I have better knowledge of how the body works both inside and out. I would love to open up my own spa one day. Maybe after my husband retires and we finally settle in one location, that dream I will be able to accomplish!!

Sarah: For those people reading this interview, what would you like those people to know?

Melissa: The process of finding a makeup artist you trust can be daunting, especially if you will be attending a big event where you will be the focus of attention, such as your wedding, prom, beauty pageant, photo shoot, or any other special occasion....maybe a romantic night out on the town with your mate. Well I can help make that process a smooth and easy one for you. I specifically deal with makeup artistry using Jane Iredal Mineral Makeup. I am a freelance artist in Navarre, Fl but will travel to your location. Let me help ease the stress of making the beauty even more beautiful!!

Melissa: If you are in need of a Professional Makeup Artist, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns by email at:
makeupyourbeautybymelissa@yahoo.com