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Julianna Margulies and Keith Lieberthal Sarah Hyland Amy Poehler
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The #1 Show Pony!!! THIS.
While Lena's hair was way too casual for me this makeup was superb! I'm not usually a fan of the matchy-matchy but this was clearly inspired by a runway look created by Pat McGrath and out of the norm of dropping the colour onto the lid. Loving it.
I saw many tweets trashing this 'do but I'm a fan. No way those haters were hairstylists. The hair was perfection - yes, sure a little stiff but did you see the wind these coiffs had to endure? Sofia Vergara's hair was whipping all over the place - not so chic when you are in a gown.
Soccer Mom hair. Sorry. It is... If your son is winning a soccer trophy do this to your 'mom bob'
Harry Josh's Instagram shows this hair on Rose looking a little more fab - but this anti-soccer mom bob is how to style a mid-length hairdo. The contour on her eye makeup however needs a blending hand.
I loved all the ponytails we saw at the Emmy's but... Amy's needed a little more attention over her extensions which was apparent live from the left side. You can still lightly brush and smooth at the roots... Just saying... but she made up for the sloppy hair with this:
Images sourced from my portfolio. All both my hair and makeup except for top left corner and the bottom two corners where I just did hair. Click the image to see it larger.
I don't want to brag but I can do this hair in my sleep so when I saw a call-out for tips on how to do this hair I was all over that.
Put away your seasalt sprays and your diffusers cuz this ain't no beach hair.
Lovely Reese. I didn't do her glorious hair but lord knows that I can tell you how to.
*The key is to use products that smooth the cuticle adding a finished glamour and shine avoiding a casual beachy texture.
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Veronica Lake waves makes for perfect polo hair. My HB and I were invited to the Japan Polo Cup in Singapore. We never got to replace the divots.
Nip+Fab is giving its fans the chance to win a 3 day, 2 night stay at Montigo Resorts Batam when they purchase Nip+Fab products. Customers can upload pictures of their Nip+Fab booty on the contest app on the brand’s Facebook page to join. The more entries they submit, the more chances they have of winning. Ten points are awarded for each successful entry and the top scorer with the most points will win a 3D2N stay at Montigo Resorts. Plus: each week ONE participant wins a $50 Nip+Fab e-store voucher to spend at www.nipandfab.com.sg.
Dasha Vikhreva, our lovely Celtic Princess hails from Russia. I have had the pleasure with working with her on a few shoots. Fun, professional and a joy to work with. I wish her boatloads of success.
Anais from Mannequin model management was French speaking which was GREAT since I think I'm bilingual -not really - however, I was able stand in front of her, pose and say comme ça (like this - when my French failed to explain put your hand on your hip like this).
A year ago I did use my French to stick up for myself dealing with a cabbie with an attitude in Paris who called me an 'imbécile Américain'. I corrected him. I am an 'imbécile Canadienne'. :)
**See more of my bridal blog posts here
Oh hey - let me rant for a moment. I had these two editorials and some others pop on the stands this week - which always gets me revved up. both good and...
*It is a well known fact within our beauty industry that hair & makeup artists are often supported with products from companies to use on models in their editorials and projects with celebrities etc. It is a way for them to get the word out on how fab their products are as well as feedback for what works and what doesn't. Companies like FACEatelier, Original & Mineral, MAC Cosmetics, Dermalogica, YABY, Marc Anthony, Gummi Nails, Luxola and on occasion, NARS, have been supportive with me here in Singapore and for that I am grateful. (apologies if I've missed anyone and please let me know if you feel your company should be on this list and let me also point out that a few of these I deal with via their HQs overseas or they just don't have an office here in Singapore)
What I am not grateful for are the companies with offices in SG whom I've tried time and again to build a relationship with and get support from - I've done the 'catching more bees with honey' routine because that's who I am. I get along with everyone - of course not the odd person who just doesn't understand my deadpan sarcasm - your loss... I'm funny. Oh - and THAT person who decided to treat set like we were grade schoolers - where you then made your assistant come and apologize to me after it was clear you made a mistake... you know who you are and what pot you were stirring - you should have been a big girl and apologized yourself.
I have been trying to build relationships with lines whom I've had dealings with in North America. I have emailed my complaints back to HQs and I've had HQs in New York courier apology packages - that's some carbon footprint on a lipstick launch.
I've been brazen by emailing tear sheets with credits to many offices here in Singapore including queries on how to get editorial support.
I've had conversations with some of these companies whereas their response has been shocking, admitting that they aren't going to support me - no reason. Now - I know I sound extremely cranky about it - and I don't want to sound like Little Miss Crankypants but, I've even had Singaporean friends and peers question me as to why they don't see me at beauty events here... I have called many MarCom people introducing myself, sending business cards etc etc...
I've had someone tell me that they have chosen not to use me for the higher paid work because I am an 'Ang Moh Tai Tai'. Ang Moh is a slur for white people and Tai Tai implies that you are a wealthy married woman who doesn't need to work.
If you chose to work with another artist because they are the better one for the job - fine - but to choose to work with someone else because they aren't white...um... Come again??!! AND by the way, - I am not a Tai Tai. It's one of those guffaw moments.
Frankly, if I was on the other end and someone chose me over someone else because of my genetic makeup I'd be livid. I thought art was blind to skin colour? Damn, I'm naive.
On a separate occasion I had a local makeup artist tell me that she feels I am being discriminated against.
So is that it? Am I being overlooked on media lists because of my skin colour?
This isn't about people calling me out as a white girl just like my piece on xoJane wasn't about a kid calling me fat. I can't make you read my rants as they are intended.
It's a funny place to be: an expat. I don't think I really knew the term when I was living in Canada; it just wasn't part of my daily grind. I lived and worked in multi-cultural Toronto. But now, through daily conversations, I am reminded that I am a Caucasian expat.
I do have to say - in Canada years ago I remember getting pulled off of a photoshoot booking because I wasn't a gay man. The client wanted a gay male makeup artist. *shrugs* Can't help you there. I'm not - but I would have rather lost the booking because the guy's portfolio was better suited for the job and not because I'm a straight woman.
When all is said and done - just like my peers, I would like my editorials acknowledged and reciprocated by being on their media lists for events or launching of their new lines. And although I may not be a Tai Tai - I can afford to stock my kit- this isn't about free products. It's about P's & Q's.
I don't have fingers to point in any direction. It's Jack Handey's moments that make you go.... hmmmm.
Two years ago I was asked to do a beauty talk at an expat gathering. I replied with my availability and my rates. The response was oh - no; I would be privileged to speak to their hundreds of attendees for the price of entry that was in the thousands! I declined such privilege. Maybe the expats organizing this thought I was an Ang Moh Tai Tai too?
Hate being a big tease? This Texture Master is amazing for getting big hair without the backcombing. I LOVE it. It's a miracle in a bottle. Best sprayed into dry hair - whether curled or just blown out - but don't use this on wet hair and then blow out - it's like running in molasses - ain't gonna happen. Not in the land of Oz? Me neither - find Kevin Murphy near you with their handy-dandy salon locator (Thanks to Langton PR for my goodie bag of amazing products!)
CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Flame - I was stalking my waitress at a restaurant in Minneapolis this summer; her lips had me in awe. Had to have it. So as I ordered my meal I added "And if you can tell me that name of that fabulous lipstick you're wearing!" BeautyGeeks saw my Instagram about it and shared a few other brilliant hues that I nabbed as well. The silky texture is thanks to a silk moisturizing complex giving your smooth moist lips in seven days.
*And BTW - can I just say the recent outburst of the proper way to slide in a bobby pin (slow day in the beauty dept?)- 'bumpy side down'... I have been doing hair for 23 years (I'm freaking old) - I've assisted many GREAT hairstylists 20 years ago and worked alongside many peers - I have never seen one of them use the 'bumpy side down' - so I thought WTH - let me try the 'right way'. I find it bumps the hair up, the grip isn't as tight and if I were to to it this way I would need to use more pins - moral of this beauty story - do what works for you. I've always said 'If you are a clean artist (hygienically speaking) and you and your clients are happy with your work then who really cares how you get there.'
Tweezerman Rose Gold Toned ProCurl $20.00 USD at Neiman Marcus
This jury of one is in! In my 23 year career as a pro I have tried umpteen gazillion eyelash curlers. The Tweezerman ProCurl is by far the new #1! Move over Shu! The cushion and what appears to be a smooth spring when curling sets this tool leaps and bounds ahead of the curve.
Check out my previous Beauty Lust Have posts to see what you've been missing.
The 55th floor of Ion will be buzzing on 1st October with the much-anticipated Autumn Fashion Lunch hosted by some of Singapore's top independent boutiques. Luke Mangan's SALT restaurant is the glamorous venue for the upcoming event to which tickets sold out on the first day.
The well-heeled guests will be the first to see the new collections of jewellery brand Stones that Rock and clothing label White Ginger. Holleigh Mason is also unveiling her first collection for Ms. Illusion, a new addition to the local shopping scene. Ms. Illusion hopes to deliver what the clothing industry in Singapore has been missing - clothing for the stylish, curvy fashionista.
During the fashion show models will showcase handmade special occasion headwear by Kathryn Campbell and hot-off-the-press handbags by Desti Saint.
Representing Singapore's cosmopolitan art scene will be Anna Layard from Art Equity. Guests can learn of their advisory and innovative investment solutions for collectors and investors of art.image of Andrea Claire on Yahoo's Glam Up!
The event has also attracted the participation of top local photographer Kate Griffiths of littleones Photography and celebrity hair & makeup artist Andrea Claire who will be doing makeup on the models. Well known Singaporean hairstylist Jeric See and his team will unleash their hairstyling creativity on the eight models strutting their stuff in the show.
A stylish afternoon of fashion, champagne and lunch.
23 years ago I started out in the beauty biz. Before the miracle of modern technology we had Polaroid cameras, rings and sharpies to help maintain continuity. Tearing up magazines, writing notes on the face or sketching the best replica of a face onto a blank piece of paper and shading, contouring and colouring in with pencil crayons, pastels or even our makeup to create a reference for shoots.
Now in 2013 beauty has gone hi-tech with the beauty app created by Greene Street Beauty.Um... tap to add a photo. Swipe to change nose, eye, lips and even face shapes. Some of the options you will find in the app.
The app also includes corrective makeup tips - I chose the Asian eye since I live in Singapore for a little 'I told you so'[Yes - that's me with Chad. I didn't work with him nor attend a party with him. I was drunk at the EMI Juno party and snagged a photo-op right after I finished dancing with the Barenaked Ladies... 2005 (?) ]
You can select a face chart with the ability to add notes.This is a Revlon ad I did for Revlon Canada - really just a way to plug my work in this blog post cuz I can.
You can pick a face chart with notes or not; save the image to your camera roll or print out.
I love this Greene Street Beauty app and highly recommend it if you are a pro or if you like to play with Barbies but too old to do so.
I would love to see a specs option for if the model/character is wearing frames.
I would also love the GreeneStreetBeauty.com watermark to be removable, even replaceable with our own watermarks. Often clients have asked for a copy of my face charts - I'd like to promote myself when possible (don't we all) The GSB logo sits in the corner so they don't really need to hard-sell their site with the added watermark.
I would also love the option to type notes onto the chart in the app prior to saving or printing.
Greene Street Beauty’s “My Face Chart and Beauty Tips” app Q & A
Andrea Claire: Why did you make this app?
Kim Greene: The main reason was in order to create accurate makeup designs. I wanted Face Charts that actually resembled my real life clients not a perfectly featured generic plastic mannequin.
I’ve been using Face Charts as a makeup artist tool almost every day for 20 years. Face Charts do a number of things. They are an amazing way to design, practice and show your makeup ideas before applying makeup to a person’s face. In my case, as a ﬁlm and TV makeup artist it is helpful to show your director, actors and producers your makeup design ideas before the shoot day. You can make a few designs on your Face Charts and they can decide their favorites. It saves mountains of time on the day. On the shoot day you are totally prepared. You know what you are doing and your products are laid out and ready to go.
Face Charts are also the way I record the work I’ve done. I take photos of the actors but that’s not enough to really show what I did. I create a fresh Face Chart for every actor or actress for every new Look in the script. And by the way it’s not always a beauty makeup. Often a Face Chart shows an effect makeup like a bruise, a cut or a fantasy mask. It’s important to use the actual makeup products you used on the person so you or another artist can match the look accurately.
I started out using the basic charts that are out there. They all look about the same. A 20 year old perfectly featured mannequin face. I always wanted Face Charts that actually looked like my actors with their unique features so my makeups could be more exact. I tried tracing their faces off a photograph to create a Face Chart that looked like them and I even hired an illustrator at one time to draw a speciﬁc actresses face that I worked with a lot.
I’ve drawn on photographs but I discovered that doesn’t work very well either.
Our app solves this problem. I can actually create Face Charts that resemble my clients. It’s amazing and makes me happy just thinking about it. I now can design makeups that work on their speciﬁc features. If my actor is 45 years old and has down-turned eyes, a long nose and a square face and thin lips I can design a makeup that works for them speciﬁcally.
There really is no better way to truly depict the makeups you create.
Melissa Street: For me the answer is that this app was born from pure frustration. The face charts that I had been using before our app made me feel like I had to over do simple beauty makeups. What I mean by that is because the only charts available to me didn’t resemble my client, they resembled more of a SyFy Character from a movie. I would then feel as if I was trying to put a beauty makeup on this alien creature. My artist’s hand would then attempt to change the eyes with the makeup to make them more human, when in reality, my actor was a human playing the role of a human.
With my old charts the makeup never translated properly from chart to face. My creative mind was irritated and felt stiﬂed. Like Kim, when I do a ﬁlm or television commercial, I have to provide Directors with a makeup look before we start to roll the camera. When a Director can look at a chart that looks like the actor or actress then he/she can get a much better understanding of their vision and can “direct” me properly with changes.
I also work on projects we call “industrials” or corporate videos. Those shoots do not always allow for pre-production with a director and the shoot doesn’t always use trained actors - Often the director will pull the front desk receptionist into the scene because no one else wanted to do it! I can do the makeup needed, take a photo of that look, then make the face chart after the fact in case I need it for a reshoot or for continuity the next day.
On the personal side, I have two daughters and have done their makeup for some of their more important events. Dances, Proms, Senior Portraits, etc. When I would sit with them and plan out a look for their event (much like a bridal makeup artist would with their client) my girls would say...”that looks fun mom, but how is that makeup going to look on me?” The chart did not look like them or even resemble them in anyway, but now that I am using our app my girls where able to understand how my makeup design would look on their face.
AC: The Tips are great for newbies since they are simple makeup 101 but the tips are just the bare bones. Did you see this more as a ﬁll in the blanks for pros.
MS: The Pro Tips in our app are all about shape and structure of the human face. During the process of making the app we had an “Ah Ha!” moment when we actually saw the custom face chart in action. It was obvious to us to add corrective highlight and shading techniques to the app.
KG: Corrective beauty makeup is the basis of all that we do in makeup artistry. Without it it’s like building a house without a foundation. Sadly it’s becoming a lost art. Proper placement of makeup is everything.
For instance, an older woman with a hooded lid shouldn’t wear a traditional smokey eye with dark makeup all over their eye lid. It will actually make their eye look more hooded. The tips we give show how to apply shadow correctly to make her eyes appear more lifted and youthful.
With these basic tips you can learn how to make a round face look thinner or a broken nose look straight.
The tips are basic but hugely important. Yes, they may speak more to the beginning makeup artist and beauty enthusiast but, that said, they are a great refresher for even the most seasoned professional.
*I fully agree on the lost art point.
Apps are often updating - do you guys see potential updates already?
KG: We really love the app just as it is but we are always open to all possibilities.
MS: We do have ideas for future apps but we are keeping them secret for now.
AC: I have seen other makeup chart apps where you can add colors, blend etc...Any reason why you chose not to have those options?
KG: Our app is all about creating a personalized composite with realistic features that you can print out as a Face Chart. No one else has that. In fact, as far as we know there are no other apps in any ﬁeld where you can create facial composites. I know, you are thinking “The FBI has one” but it’s actually a software program, not an app!
MS: With our Face Chart app you then draw on it with the makeup products you actually use on yourself or client. We believe that is the best way to achieve the most accurate makeup designs and continuity. Makeup application from your hand to paper is way more similar to applying makeup on skin than applying makeup on a computer screen. Plus, the colors and textures are different. That said, you can easily share your completed custom Face Chart onto a graphic drawing app of your choice and digitally draw if you please.
AC: Do you have any advice for someone who’s trying to create an app?
MS: It can be a long and costly process so you have to be committed to your idea. It’s important to build a good experienced team of professionals. In other words, do it right from the beginning.
KG: Create an app about something you know and care about.
Thanks Kim & Melissa for your time!!
Buy the app here on the App store. (I did!)
Our model, the lovely Liv Lo did not have long hair. This is a before and after the beautification in my hair & makeup chair.See my how to make your own hair extensions here. Our Johnnie Walker crew shot.
Online retailer Gnossem has expanded to shoes - you may have seen the little teaser previously on my blog? Well here's the full video.
Directed by Samar Sen
hair & makeup: Moi aka Andrea Claire
model: Diana Korneva
PS - if you don't see the video please click on the post title.