Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Wigs & fake hair resources

Here are a few wig & fake hair resources:

Wig rentals:

Elena Associates

Broadway Wigs

Custom, theatrical:

 Tyler Easter
 DKOYE Concepts, LLC.

Christen Edwards

Backstage Artistry

Cheap, ready made:  
Lacey Costume Wig
318 W 39th St # 10, New York, NY
(212) 695-1996

Helena Collection
120 W 31st St # 1, New York, NY
(212) 967-9945 ‎

Alcone NYC
322 West 49th Street, New York, NY
(212) 757-3734 ‎
Alcone Company
545 49th Avenue, Long Island City, NY
(718) 361-8373

Great and helpful video:
Very good Lace tying demo!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Surviving the Summer- Tips for your skin

A lot of this is common knowledge so bear with me if you already know what I'm talking about. For the rest of you, it's summer & you want to run around in a cute new swimsuit. But are you prepared? Have you moisturized & applied your sun protection? You may have a dark skin tone, but you still need skin protection from the sun. We all do no matter how well we tan or how much we want to have that sun glow. If you are adamant about getting that tan, try fake baking, it's safer & you won't look like a California Raisin in twenty years. Another way to fake it is with a bronzer. I use a liquid bronzer all over, and for a bonus it makes legs appear slimmer!
There are great spf options out on the market. Powder protection is getting all kinds of accolades, even though I have never personally tried it. My new favorite is a continuous spray, no messy slime on my hands and super handy. However be careful spraying around the face.
And did you know that sunscreen is not the same as sunblock? Sunblock blocks the rays, while sunscreen isn't as strong & needs to be reapplied more frequently (about every 2 hours!) There have been advances in sunblock formulas & you can now find block that isn't a solid color.
Beat the heat & the sun by carrying an umbrella or parasol. This may seem silly, but it can really make a walk in the sun more comfortable & it can be fun & stylish too! I'm always happy to accessorize, it gives me an excuse to shop!
Survive the summer by staying hydrated. If you are drinking alcohol out in the heat, it's even more important to maintain you water intake. You don't even need to drink only water, eat fruit like grapes or watermelon, or frozen fruit popcicles, a fun & tasty way to stay hydrated. Drink what your body needs, don't force water on yourself; we come in different sizes & thus need different amounts of water. Over hydrating can be a problem too, so don't overdo it!
Have fun cooling down, swim, dip your feet, or take cold showers. Keep a water spritzer nearby & spray your face.
Summer makeup should be light & durable. Think tinted moisturizer, liquid or cream blushes & water proof makeup. Another trick is to use milk of magnesia under makeup to block sweat. It works, but it's best for people with oily skin, and needs to be applied thinly or it will leave a whitish residue.
Have fun this summer but treat your skin like the treasure it is! This is the best time of the year to flaunt it so make sure it's always healthy!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Why Blue Matters? Interview

Here's an interview with yours truly on Why Blue Matters.

"As with anything we want to do in life (relationships, career, goals, dreams), it all comes down to one thing: CHOICE. We literally have to make up our mind and choose to will ourselves forward. We have to choose to pick ourselves up when we fall. We have to choose to overcome every obstacle that may come our way.

Choice as interesting, exciting, and scary as it may seem is the very thing that will either keep us where we're at currently, push us foward or hold us back. However, for our next WBM feature, Mia Bauman when faced with having to make a life altering decision, she chose to move he steps in the direction of what she is most passionate about.

Here to share a few words and some thoughts about passion and success, Mia Beauman chats with us.

Get to know her a little better.

[As Told To Why Blue Matters]

So tell me a little bit about yourself:
MB: I am from Corpus Christi, Texas!

MB: Mostly Makeup, film, reading (sci fi,) painting and music.

Explain for those who may not know what you do for clients
MB: I am a makeup artist, I am classically trained to make my clients their naturally beautiful selves. I also style hair, and I do some effects makeup.

What's your perspective on beauty?
MB: Beauty to me is about being healthy, clean, and vibrant!

What do you like most about being involved in fashion and beauty?
MB: Besides making people look amazing, and bringing out their best, I love meeting new people & making some magic happen! It's truly an art.

How long have you been involved?
MB: I started about a year ago. I was working before I left makeup school; I had my first jobs in April, 2009.

What did you do before becoming a mua?
MB: I was a portrait artist before, and I realised I should be doing makeup, it just came to me, that there are even better canvases out there! But it's different painting a face as a portrait than as makeup. In art, i painted what I saw, but as a makeup artist, I'm enhancing the subject & making it as beautiful as possible. And it can be challenging! There are different shapes & colors to work with... Not the same as painting what is already before me.

I understand, you also do special effects make up as well, how'd you get involved?
MB: I learned makeup effects in school. All makeup is effects, but what I really learned is how to glue things on, and what it feels like. It can be uncomfortable, and it's very difficult! It's also all about illusions.

How important are relationships and credibility in what you do?
MB: In this field it's about your contacts, who you know, so your personality & credibility is important. People want to be comfortable around you & also be able to rely on you!

What inspires and motivates you?
MB: Usually I will cruise other artists' work online, read blogs or watch youtube videos for inspiration or tips. Sometimes a job will challenge my skills, or I will watch a movie & desperately want a new lip color or blood product! Watching other makeup artists is also inspiring, they always have something you can learn. And fashion, art & makeup magazines are the best.

Biggest accomplishment?
MB: My biggest accomplishment was working at the Miss Universe Pageant, but really, every day I try something new, or manage something I couldn't before, or just have a really great shoot, I feel like I'm on the top of the world!

What would you do if you weren't involved with what you're doing currently?
MB: I would probably be doing something else in film, like camera work, or maybe I would have further pursued painting. I want to pick it up again anyways.

Where do you see yourself 5 yrs from now?
MB: I'd like to see myself getting good jobs like on Law & Order, or another show. I want to work in Spain or Italy as well. I really want to travel for work!

Any future projects?
MB: There's always future projects! Well, I am starting a graphic novel in a few weeks. It should be really interesting! http://www.countercomics.com/

What type of impact would you like to leave with your works?
MB: I hope to eventually be that person who inspires other makeup artists to go for it. I love meeting people who are just starting out, and I like to help connect them to their dreams. I also want to help promote great looking, healthy skin!

Any advice for those looking to pursue their business and styling endeavors?
MB: Well, definitely work every day, whether it's looking for new connections, testing, or emailing, or trying new products. Don't flake or be late, don't overwhelm yourself, and always have fun! "

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Testing, 1, 2, 3?

Hi ya'll! As you all know, my life is makeup. i do a lot of work with independent clients, photographers, films, graphic novels, you name it. But one thing i find frustrating is when i need to "test" a look, or i need a quick pic of some makeup, but i don't have the time to find a photog, a model, and a studio to do so. So i'm bringing the tests home, we bought some lights & are experimenting here. This is not to say we expect to be serious photographers any time soon, but it's a nice way to work at home, get my guy involved, and get quick pics when i need them. Another great use for this is when i need to practice my fx makeups before application on set, with my sweet bf as a model. Nothing is better than a great partnership!
So hopefully soon, when i write about a look, i will be able to post original photos featuring makeup, created here, in the studio. Who knows, i will start a video blog someday too?

i never hit the burbs...

...so i never head to Target, consequently i've missed this line of new duo makeup sets at Target. i recently was intriqued by an ad, clicked the link, and viewed what i've been missing. I think when it comes to your own makeup, especially what travels with you, compactness is key, and things with a dual purpose is even better. For instance, this line by NP Set has plenty of duo purpose makeups, like the Duo Pens Eye Line/Cream Blush, and the Mascara/Concealer. What a great idea! My only criticism is that the colors are limited. This is great for the consumer who doesn't have the makeup resources we have in cities, like Sephora, and i think they make some great purse staples for anyone.
Another great product i have heard great things about at the Sonia Kashuk brushes, some of which i have handled, and i say, feels great! These brushes make a great addition to a professional's kit or a makeup consumer's makeup bag.
Another product line i like that sells duo products is Stila, who has great convertable cream blush & lip colors.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Lisa Stock

Lisa Stock is a filmmaker based in New York City. Her Gothic work doesn’t rely on the traditional vampire tales and ghost stories, but rather delves deeper into the dark side of human nature and what we embrace and allow to happen that might not always sit well with our conscience. Her stories take those darker inner tendencies and brings them to life visually through tales incorporating myth and fairy tale – everything from the legend of the Wild Hunt, to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. She is fascinated with the struggles of life and death, right and wrong, instinct and discipline, and shies away from gore in favor of letting the darker nature sneak up on her audience, and catch them in a moment of recognition with the character. Her films include: “The House of Voluntary Bondage” – a prequel to Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde; “The Silent Nick and Nora” – a magic realist film noir where women’s hearts are stolen – literally, yet their bodies feel the effects slowly; TITANIA – a retelling of one of the most brutal fairy tales, The Armless Maiden, through Shakespeare’s timeless queen; and the upcoming web series “The Wild Hunt” which entwines the plight of the angel of death with the myth of Daphne. You can learn more about her work online at: InByTheEye.com

Monday, March 15, 2010

Boudoir, baby

Nothing beats making your average woman breathtaking! Partly because transformations are gorgeous, it's like creating a masterpiece painting, and partly because there is no average woman, and we are out to prove it!
Last weekend i did a stellar shoot with several lovely ladies & a great photographer, Laura Boyd.
Here's one sneak peak to our shoot, with a great example of this spring's trendy pink lip!

i can't wait to add more!