Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Quick makeup continuity

This is how I remind myself of the products I used to create a look.  Instead of spending time I don't have on writing notes I may lose, I take a quick snap of the products that I used. This helps jog my memory and I can enter the information into the continuity book(if we're using one) while I'm standing by on set.  This quick photographic log certainly helps and saves time when I just have to pack up and dash to set.  There are other little tricks for stricter continuity... but that's another post. 
Right now I need to prepare for a (semi) night shoot.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Stick On Lips

I am not fond of fake tattoos, you know, the stick on ones.  But in a pinch I can very easily bring them out and matt them down for a slightly more realistic look.  What I wanted to know was: can I do the same with those interesting stick on lips that I've spotted in Chinatown...  ?
They're cheap enough to run a test, which is what I've spent the past five minutes doing.  And even managed to pour myself a glass of vino.... hey, it's the weekend...and I'm sorting my kit! 
Now I remember why I don't buy the cheap alternatives...
I must admit that wasn't expecting brilliant results... but rather hoping for workable results.  The cheapies offered me neither.  Don't waste  your R8 on them... unless you have a magnificently taut pout that looks like it had very recently been implanted with collagen... !?!  These not only felt uncomfortable, but they looked hideous and we not the easiest to adjust shape and size. Just not a good fit at all. 
They clung well enough, even though my sizing didn't allow for good coverage.  But they clung so well that they magnified every crease.  Not a pretty sight. 
The one good thing that came from it was the meticulous lip scrub I had given myself during the removal process.  It goes on easily with water, just like any other cheap tattoo ; and comes off well enough with water and a bit of a rough rub. 
No, I won't be buying these again.  I have a pair of Violent Lips somewhere.... best I go and give them a try.
There is absolutely no art in this! ...and no grace either...

City Slicker with a pinch of gypsy

Eyes that see the soul, boots that'll kick your butt, bangles for hippie love and a dress to die for... perfect.
When I spotted this beautiful woman at a recent Bobbi Brown launch event, I immediately fell inlove with her easygoing elegance. Now I adore a little bit of everything. Gypsy bracelets, chic NYC worthy style, Parisian pinafore with a cheeky pleat, and rocker boots... Yes! This kind of style is almost impossible to emulate, unless you have a natural flare for effortless style. I sometimes spend hours trying to create an "image", and yet self-expression is the epitome of image: it's looking inside to see outside. I find that I have the confidence to do this more and more often...but perhaps not as stylishly as the beautiful Sue.
Thanks Sue, for allowing me to intrude...I never resist... ;-)

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Eina! Eyes

I write this post with tears in my eyes... partly because I'm in pain... but mostly because I had such high hopes for these stick on eyeliner jobbies.  Just think of the time saving value of merely pasting on your eyeliner!!  And winged, nogal,  with cute designs...
But no.  I certainly couldn't risk pain and sensitivity with any talent that sits in my makeup chair.  And really, who would suffer such discomfort in the name of beauty!?!  Okay,  silly question... but no. 
These cheapies from Chinatown are going nowhere near my kit... ever.  I felt skin sensitivity to the adhesive almost immediately. It was excruciatingly painful to pull them of... made worse by the reaction I was having to the adhesive.  Now I'm fairly sensitive,  but I have never reacted to adhesive before...  so please beware. 
I usually test all my products and techniques on myself, and will always find a safer and more comfortable alternative for my kit.
I think these cost about R15 at Chinatown, and they are most definitely not worth buying again... ever.  Be cautious with every product you use.  If any discomfort or irritation occurs then remove the product immediately.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Wedding Wonder

The gorgeous Mrs and Mr Z
Unless you're related to me in some way ( or pay me a bundle of dollars!!?!), there's very little chance of me doing your wedding makeup. As much as I love the romance of weddings, the schedule of weddings just doesn't gel with my work on commercials. I tried once... I did one wedding, and lost a four day international job because the date of the wedding clashed. So that was the end of my foray into wedding makeup. But then my cousin got married, and it was one wedding I simply had to do! I love these two beautiful people. There union was a joyous celebration and I was thrilled to see the beautiful pics that Madre Kohn took.
The beautiful bride wanted striking red lips; and I had to make sure they didn't budge, and certainly not come off when all that smooching occurred! Can you guess what I used?? It was L'Oreal's Infallible Duo with the stayfast lip colour in a wand applicator and the hydrating balm for comfort. It is an absolute winner for magnificent lips and no fuss staying power.
Romance can be captured so beautifully by removing the distraction of bright colour and focusing only on the form and shape of an embrace. My makeup was ready for it: contouring should never be seen! I can't wait to see the rest of the album!
The joy, the peace and the calm happiness of this picture sums up the whole day.

Bun Voyage

 I am a makeup artist who also styles hair ...on pretty much every shoot I do nowadays. And what I notice most is that bad hair can throw off a good shoot: if the hair looks bad, then it pretty much stands out like a sore thumb. I really don't like sore thumbs. But when you're working at full speed, you really don't have time to be too prissy. In that instance I opt for the simplest, yet most elegant of hairstyles: the bun.
By now I have done so many buns, that it often feels like a naughty cheat, because it always looks good and doesn't take any time at all. Well, of course, there's a reason for that: I have methods to ensure that hair stays put and looks effortlessly elegant with just a few basic techniques. 

My favourite is 'the pony-plait'. I simply tie hair in a low pony, then plait and fasten the end with a hair tie. I then reach for some grips and pins and roll hair around the pony hold, and pin in place beautifully. This can be a loose and romantic bun, or a neat and sleek really just depends on your tension in the braid. 
Either way, it will look styled in no time at all. And off you go, because you should do the traveling, not your hair.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Smooth 'n' Shine by Schwarzkopf

Hairfood like no other is what you'll find at Scwhwarzkopf's new line, developed locally, and specifically for the African market. So keep an eye out for Smooth 'n' Shine at your local drugstores and supermarkets. But I have a feeling this wonder range is going to do quite a bit of travelling. 
I have the kind of hair you get when various population groups really love each other *smile, blush, wink*. I'm certainly not in the minority in this beautiful cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. And I've grown up with the incessant desire to smooth my crinkly bits. The bushy frizz that is my hair has never truly found it's match. 
At one stage I set about "straightening" my incredibly bouncy fringe. It didn't exact;y work...I was thirteen. But since then my fringe has never recuperated even remotely from the damage I had done. Thankfully, over the years since, I have embraced my curly mess of a mane, and have very little inclination to chemically straighten my hair in any way. You may feel differently. And should you consider experiencing this process, then please do consult a professional.
Should you be one of many who frequently straighten your hair, then make every effort to use only the very best products designed specifically for your kind of hair. Before I work with any product, I do as much research as possible. And I always get a professional's opinion.
When Schwarzkopf asked me to join them for the launch of this remarkable range, I was a little apprehensive, as I am not very fond of the quality of other brands that target this market. I saw the beautiful shine, the great curl that was achieved even after hair had been relaxed, and most impressive was the quality of the strand. I wasn't very happy with all the hairspray on the models' hair; it masked the true texture...
So when I started using the range in my own hair care routine, I was jumping with glee at how soft and smooth and manageable my hair felt even after the very first use. There's lots more mumbo jumbo to go through about the range...but I just had to share that it is a range that finally speaks with a local accent! ;-)
This range is not the cheapest, and yet well-priced. I'm not a huge fan of the packaging...I prefer a sleeker look...but that is not going onto my hair now is it!?! The product smells brilliant compared to other more pungently perfumed brands. It feels and smells more gentle. My favourites are the GEL (!!!) hair food and the Wonder Spray. But what I had fallen in love with first was the shampoo!! The way my hair felt after using this shampoo was almost unbelievable and certainly unexpected from this price range. I did not need to apply conditioner, and simply spritzed on my Wonder Spray and set my curls with curl definer from another brand.
They also have a pro relaxer and treatment that is available only at salons. So do ask about it on your next visit. And whether you chemically alter your hair or not, this can be a good option for hair with a stubborn wave or curl. I would use this range when I'm planning to wear my hair straight... mostly because my hair seems less coarse and more manageable after using this range.

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