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Q&A with the mods? I'm curious =)

Hi mods (and admins)!

 

So most of the time we just see you do CS stuff and forget y'all have beauty backgrounds, but occasionally I hear little tidbits about backstage on fashion shows, or stuff at Sephora University. And I know a lot of you ladies (and gent) have some great tips/knowledge, so, I would love to know a bit more about the beauty advisor/expert side of you. Care to share?

 

1. What is your area of expertise/interest? (hair, skincare, makeup, nails etc)

2. What is your most challenging/exciting/interesting experience regarding makeup? (fashion show? challenging looks? beauty requests? innovative behind the scene look for brands?)

3. What is your skincare must have?

4. What is your beauty must have?

5. What is a fun/useful tip that you think people should know? (not the typical "take off makeup" and "wear sunscreen")

 6. Favorite trend/more avant garde stuff that you think would be nice to see more of off the runway? (ombre lips? colorful eyes? purple blush?)

 

Thanks!

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Excellent!

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I keep putting it in & out of my cart.  Can't wait to hear your thoughts. 

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Ooh, you should pop in the Eyeshadow Inspiration thread and post a few inspirational pics or looks of your own!

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Such an interesting post :3 

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What a fun Q&A Smiley Happy  Thanks for thinking of us Mods!!

 

1. What is your area of expertise/interest? (hair, skincare, makeup, nails etc)

Makeup for sure.  I've done everything from corporate gigs for hospitals, magazines, runway, weddings, friends... you name it, I've done it.  I've got my certification & everything!
2. What is your most challenging/exciting/interesting experience regarding makeup? (fashion show?challenging looks? beauty requests? innovative behind the scene look for brands?)

Most challenging?  Hands down, bridal.  The makeup itself is fairly easy, however if anyone has done weddings, you know how intense brides can be!  Fashion shows are always amazing too... fast paced, wardrobe changes, makeup changes... whew!  I've even done makeup for a fashion show in the DARK using my iphone as a flashlight!

3. What is your skincare must have?

Tarte Maracuja Oil & the Murad Acne Exfoliating Treatment Gel.  The combo saved my face from adult acne Smiley Wink
4. What is your beauty must have?

Blush.  If I have 10 seconds to grab & put something on, its my blush!!  I've tried many, but I always go back to my beloved NARS Orgasm.  I also really, really love my eyeliner.  Its crazy expensive, but the KVD Tattoo Eyeliner is a rockstar.  I've cried in it 3 times one day & went to dinner later that night without having to touchup Smiley Happy
5. What is a fun/useful tip that you think people should know? (not the typical "take off makeup" and "wear sunscreen")

Dont neglect your brows.  It true when "they" say that brows make your face.  Especially being a makeup artist, when brows are over plucked, not filled in or are way too dark, I cringe.
6. Favorite trend/more avant garde stuff that you think would be nice to see more of off the runway? (ombre lips? colorful eyes? purple blush?)

Colorful eye makeup is overdone.  Its fun to play with, but the 7 different bright colors is a little too much for my taste.  I'd LOVE to see more bold lips.  People underestimate their ability to "pull it off", but everyone just needs to find the right shade for them.  Personally, a deep blue a'la Rihanna would be fun to see more of!

 

 

 

xo, Mia

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Wait, makeup for fashion show in the dark using an iPhone?!?!?!? But how do you make sure you got the right color? foundation? Or you just do it and hope the runway was darker? o.O I hope the lights got back before it started so you can touch up?

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Thats the art of being a makeup artist!  I'm pretty good with foundation matching in general and a little bronzer can usually fix up any major flaws.  I'll see if I can find a picture from that night Smiley Wink

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Here you go @beautytester!  This was one of my 5 models... luckily the look was a bit edgy & heavy on the eyes, otherwise it may have been a HUGE disaster!  Me & the other MUAs still laugh til this day about that crazy night!

 

xo, Mia

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Niiiiiiiiiiice. Haha, you do makeup better in the dark than I do in full daylight. Guess that's why you are a MUA. XD

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I think that I need to hire miabt to come do my makeup! That's amazing that you were able to do that in the dark with only an i-phone for lighting! Smiley Surprised

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She's beautiful, wow

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Awesome idea for a thread, can't wait 'til more behind the scenes mods post responses!

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1. What is your area of expertise/interest? (hair, skincare, makeup, nails etc) Make up for sure! I've worked for a TON of brands and I love polished and fun make up and love false lashes. I've worked at several counters where I would need to apply at least a few a day. Natural lashes, big feather lashes, lashes for weddings etc.

I've done make up for weddings, special events, Halloween etc. Halloween was my favorite time of year when I worked in store.

2. What is your most challenging/exciting/interesting experience regarding makeup? (fashion show? challenging looks? beauty requests? innovative behind the scene look for brands?)

The most challenging when I first started was a perfectly even winged liner! I can easily do it on myself however, with so many different eye shapes, you really have to tailor it to your shape and the look that you are going for. Also, doing make up for events! We had a 30 min time limit and you had to work really quickly. That includes the consultation and shade matching.

3. What is your skincare must have? I’m thinking of items that I have stocked up on a normal basis! PTR exfoliating wash for face and body (it has a combo of glycolic acid and salicylic acid, fresh soy face cream, Fresh Seaberry Oil, Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm and ExfoliKate

4. What is your beauty must have? Hard to narrow this one down! I’d have to say a brow pencil and some concealer.

5. What is a fun/useful tip that you think people should know? (not the typical "take off makeup" and "wear sunscreen")

I would always tell my clients, when applying your make up start with the eyes first. You can then remove any shadow fall out before applying your foundation. For eye make up start from the top and work your way down, allows for easier blending and it looks more polished this way:

Brow highlight, crease (mid tone shade), add another shade if you would like in the crease, lid and darken the outer crease. Start off with less first so its easier to blend, you can always keep adding to it. Use a flat brush for the brow highlight and tap it to really pack on the shadow, use a fluffy brush for the crease and a flat one for the lid.

6. Favorite trend/more avant garde stuff that you think would be nice to see more of off the runway? (ombre lips? colorful eyes? purple blush?)

I love purple anything! Especially cool lavender toned lips and blushes. You can do just a wash of it to make it look natural.

<3 Melissa

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Smiley Happy Wow! I am totally gonna try your eye makeup technique! I've always been doing it from the bottom up and it's so hard to blend that way! I'm trying it your way ASAP! 

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Marydiva,

 


It really makes it so much easier! Something about it just keeps it tidy and smoother to blend. You can always go back and add a tiny bit more highlight on the brow bone afterwards, I always make sure that it doesn't touch the crease or else it will end up covering the color.

<3 Melissa

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I tried it - it works AMAZINGLY. Smiley Very Happy Never doing eyeshadow the same way again! 

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Yayyy, I'm glad that you tried it!Smiley Happy!

<3 Melissa

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Love the eyeshadow tips, Melissa! You made eye makeup sound much less complicated and intimidating to this makeup newbie! 

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Thanks for answering! The tip about which brush to use for where on the eyes is helpful. 

 

Those false lashes sound fun, altho I'm always a bit too intimidated to try them, maybe it's time I grab a pair from sales section next time I order. =)

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loving this thread!  thx to all the mods who responded - has been very insightful!

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Hi Beautys!

I've been out of town on vacay, so I missed this one, but better late than never!

 

1. What is your area of expertise/interest? 

I'm a licensed Esthetician, so I'm very confident in skincare, however makeup is really my true passion, and that's what I love doing on my free time (mostly weddings).

 

2. What is your most challenging/exciting/interesting experience regarding makeup?

I worked on a horror film and learned how to do all sorts of crazy/ scary looks with blood, bruises, cuts, etc. It was really fun making people look bad instead of good!

 

3. What is your skincare must have?

Moisturizer with SPF. I'm very fair, and burn very easily. Also, my skin has become drier the older I get. <sigh>

 

4. What is your beauty must have?

This is a tough one -- it's a tie between mascara & concealer. I really can't leave the house without either one!

 

5. What is a fun/useful tip that you think people should know?

Tight lining is a simple trick that a lot of people don't know about, or are afraid to try on themselves, but makes a big impact with any eye look! I do it on myself every day, and whenever I'm doing others' makeup as well. I recommend everyone try it and see the difference!

 

6. Favorite trend/more avant garde stuff that you think would be nice to see more of off the runway? 

I'm loving the current bold brows on the runway right now. Being a naturally thin-browed gal myself, I wish I could grow nice full, lush brows. When they're groomed just right... ahh, perfection.

 

Smiley Happy -Laura

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I love bold brows too! So pretty!

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 Laura, I've been wanting to try tightlining, but as you said, I'm a bit scared to put something that close to my eye! Is there a type of product/formula for tightlining that you would recommend to this makeup newbie? Thank you!

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Laura Mercier Tightlining Cake Eyeliner 

http://www.sephora.com/tightline-cake-eye-liner-P285323?skuId=1323229

 

Use a wet/damp flat or angled eyeliner brush to apply.

 

She was just posting about it in another thread and I definitely second the greatness of this product. And to try and help build your confidence, check out a youtube or two!

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Hi MileCC!

Yes, I just posted about tight lining again this morning! You can view it here > http://community.sephora.com/t5/Eyes/Laura-Mercier-eyeliner-amp-brush/m-p/1211907#M12882

 

Don't be scared! Just make sure that you're applying the makeup to the base of your lashes, not your waterline, so it doesn't smudge when you blink, or get in your eyes before it dries.

 

Here's another tip: I use the color Blue Marine in the LM Tightline Cake Eye Liner. It's so dark that it looks black, but the blue tint helps to brighten the whites of your eyes. And definitely use the Tightline Activator instead of water, because it seals the makeup so it won't budge throughout the day.  Good luck, and let me know how it goes!

Smiley Happy -Laura

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