Friday, 17 October 2014

Why I love Inglot Lipsticks in Quad Palettes

Inglot lip colour refills with a quad palette

I've bought Inglot lipsticks before,  but got the tubes instead of the refills for the palettes.  I must say I prefer these smaller quad palettes for carting around colours,  because they are not as bulky as the larger ones.  Which, of course,  makes them the ideal choice for packing into a standby bag.
I do like the quad palettes, in preference to bigger and bulkier palettes. The quad palettes can fit easily into a set bag pocket, or even a makeup belt pocket, which make it easier to carry around on set, and run in for touch-ups. I also like the fact that I can customise these palettes according to each shoot...or even for each actor or model. This helps me to build convenient palettes for each actor's bag. I could keep eyeshadow, lipstick or eyeliner gel in these quad palettes, and mix and match as is needed.
With so much variety to choose from,  I can see myself collecting quite a few more of these quad palettes.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Custom Made Make-up Bag

For most of us the schlep of ordering items from abroad is just too exhausting an ordeal. We either hunt around for a viable alternative... or have it custom made. Makeup bags and cases have been a sad and sorry affair for far too long. I just had this quad bag custom made according to my measurement requirements, and will more than likely have a few more done soon enough.
Great for storing just about anything, this bag is already being well used in my kit. I'd like to switch from my rather bulky kit to a far more compact and convenient version of my kit. This means following my custom designs for a bag that is suited to my needs.
The film industry in Cape Town know exactly where to go for these custom designs and manufacture; and it's not cheap. But it is worth every penny in terms of the durability and quality of the items.
I have already left some designs with them for my kit bag and a standby bag, as well. It seems difficult to justify the spend all at once, but with season well and truly already here, I'd better get a move on finalizing my measurements and alterations.

Because I'm All About That Base

 Sensai's  Smoothing Water Make-up Base hydrates without clogging pores 
Anyone who has ever worked with me will know that I am a Kanebo fan through and through.  Sensai by Kanebo was developed for the European market,  and because I work on so many international commercials with a multitude of European looking models from all over the world,  I find that Sensai works brilliantly for this range of skin tones. But that is not the reason I prefer Sensai.  I have experienced superior skincare elements of not only their skincare range,  but also their makeup range. While other brands may cause certain breakouts,  Sensai is my trusted brand, especially because  I often work with celebrities who need to look their best quite nearly 24/7.
But regardless of which brand I choose to use on my talent,  I like to prep their skin with a light moisturiser or hydrating primer. One of my most frequently used primer is more of a light hydrating fluid that 'holds' the makeup application. It Sensai's  Smoothing Water Make-up Base. On its own, it gives skin a vibrant luminosity without shimmer or shine; creating an ideal base for healthy looking make-up. It also extends the time between touch-ups considerably.  This is very important when you really don't  want to,  or can't, interrupt your cast members and models for makeup touch-ups.
When I work on some stills shoots,  I require the makeup to hold for extended periods and often in outdoor conditions. So a reliable base can make all the difference. My Sensai products have never let me down. 

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.

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