Friday, January 13, 2006

Well it is finally 2006!!!! In the new year, many people try to set goals to better themselves and their lives. I too, try to better myself by sharing my knowledge of beauty tips with others.
This is my first month of doing this, so here are 3 questions from my Blog readers!

Beauty Question: " I am a Latina woman that can not find a foundation that matches naturally, do you have any suggestions???" by Susan F.

Answer: Finding the proper shade of foundation is one of the leading problems women have in their beauty regime. Iman cosmetics makes it easy to find your correct shade for your complexion. Ethnic skin has different needs that some cosmetic companies don't address. Many of the shades are too flat to match correctly.

The foundation shades in the Iman line are rich, and especially designed to match the various tones of ethnic skin instead of Caucasian complexions. You can find it at Target and WalMart. There are several formulas of foundation to choose from. Second to None Cream to Powder foundation is one of my favorites. It saves you time because it is only one step, and the coverage is great so you don't need much. It is non oily with a matte finish that won't make your skin feel greasy or look ashy.

Beauty Question : "I'm currently in my last year of High School and have a passion for makeup. I read somewhere that you have to get your Esthetics License to be a free lance makeup artist, but is there any other liscensing you need? Is it hard to get clients once you are a free lance makeup artist? Thanks." Sincerely.....Lindsey

Answer: There are various laws, depending on where you live. In New York, you don't have to have an esthetics license or a makeup license if you do makeup for magazines, tv and videos. If you work in a salon you need to have an esthetics license. In other states the laws are different. First decide what TYPE of makeup artist you want to be, then ask your state what their laws are for that type of makeup artistry.

Is it hard being a freelance makeup artist? If you are looking for a 9 to 5, then being a makeup artist is not the field you want. Most makeup artists are freelance, even the ones you see for film and television. Eventhough they are hired to do the project, and they work daily on that project, once that film or tv series is completed, the makeup artist has to get another job....that is just how the industry works. For some that seems "hard". As they say...."Anything worth having though IS hard", even as a makeup artist, but the benefits are worth it!

Beauty Question: "I am Asian, and 1/8 of Russian, with Latino Body and face feature. Black har, round brown eye, round face. any suggestion to create a glamour but nature look?" by Tracy in Brooklyn, NY.

Answer: Even though it is a little hard to give you exacts, without seeing you, here are a few suggestions that you can start with.

If you are like many Asian women, having porcelain skin is one of your favorite features. So let's start with a good foundation. I would suggest using Shiesedo foundation only in areas where you need it. When you use your foundation, make sure that you start with the center of the face where most discoloration is located and blend down and out towards the hair line. Depending on your preference, you can either use your fingers, sponge or a foundation brush.

To bring out your Latino bone structure, highlight the tops of your cheek bones with Revlon's Skin Light in Light. This will give your skin a delicate sheen that is sexy and fresh looking. Top the apples of your cheeks with Stila's Convertible color to add a pop of natural yet flirty color to your cheeks. Colors like Peony, Rose or Lillium may be excellent choices for you.

Eyes can look glamorous yet wearable for day time by brushing on a wash of color from your lash line to just above your crease. Try Lancome's Colour Dose Eye in Spiced Islands. The crease resistant formula is waterproof and will last all day. Make sure that you blend the edges with your finger tip so there are no harsh lines. Finish by lining your bottom lashes with Revlon's Timeliner in Teakwood and gently blend it so the line is more subtle. Line the top lash line with a fine line in the Revlon Timeliner in Vixen to add drama. Finish lashes with Maybelline Great lash.

Lips can complete the look in the same shade of Convertible color to help keep the focus on the eyes. Now you have a glamorous look that is still wearable in the day time.

Do you have some beauty questions that you would like to ask me? Just click onto the link and let me know what's on your mind!

See you next month with more beauty Q & A and some behind the scenes of my life as a professional makeup artist!

Candace Corey
These are some of the day to day events that happen to me as a professional makeup artist.