Monday, November 26, 2007

Movies, movies movies! I love watching movies, but this is my first time being a department head for a feature film. I just finished working on a film with Law & Order actress Carolyn McCormick. The days were cold sometimes but it was great working with the cast and crew.

I especially enjoyed working with Carolyn! Being only 5'2", of course the first thing that I would notice was how her 5'10" height towered over me, but what really caught my attention was how slim she was. "Isn't she a mom too...just like me?" I thought, "OMG! She looks great!" and that was no exageration.
What I didn't know is that she wasn't just skin and bones like some people, she was actually very fit and energtic. She would get a million things done all while working on the film. From handling business for her upcoming tv shows, to working on thank you cards and even talking to her family. Everything! I was happy to just bathe in the morning but this woman could do it all including her exercise workouts.

Between scenes she would go to the makeup area, pop in a workout tape and do step exercises! The music for the workout was so addicting and she made it look so easy and fun that I would find myself exercising along side her. I usually don't like the Fall/Winter seasons because I gain weight but this year I think I already lost a pound or two! Carolyn is getting a big thank you basket from me!

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "Hi I am hmong like Brenda Song but I am full hmong. I was wondering how can I get my skin clear like Brenda Song because I love her skin color it is beautiful. I got a lot of pimple and I have tried Neutrogena and clean and clear but it doesn't seem to work on my face. Also I want to know what kind of makeup would match my face because I got light tan color. Thanks!!"- from Tina in Wisconsin.

Like many other celebrities, Brenda used ProActive skin care. Even before we did makeup she applied the lotion to her skin. She also loves makeup, so she likes to try and use different kinds of products. She is especially fond of eyeshadow so I had the opportunity to make her eyes look dramatic instead of plain like she wears it on the Disney series "Suite Life of Zack and Cody".

To ensure that you are using the right foundation shade, stop by a Shisedo makeup counter and have them do a color swatch. Their formulas and tones will be perfect for your complexion.

Beauty question: "I'm 76 yrs. old. What can I use to diminish deep wrinkles that works?" from Joyce in Illinois.
Answer: You can use a Microdermabrasion kit, like the Regenerist Microdermabrasion & Peel System, to smooth skin. It was even awarded the Women's Day Beauty Award. It has 2 steps to it, to polish wrinkles away. Your skin will show signs of improvement upon the first usage but will increase with ongoing use.

Keep in mind that over the counter products can't be too strong because the consumer could hurt themselves if used it incorrectly. So if you need a stronger version, you will have to talk to your dermatologist about getting a professional microdermabrasion. Their chemicals will remove the first layer of skin and encourage collagen renewal. You will have renewed skin, but you will have to heal from the process, so don't do it before a special occassion. Wait until you can have time to rest after the procedure.

Beauty question: "Candace, I have been looking for mascara that doesn't contain any harmful chemicals like parabens. What brands should I look for? Thank you."- from Patricia in Illinois.

Answer: Parabens are a group of chemicals used as preservatives in cosmetics. Jane Iredale Purlash Mascara has a great rating according to the cosmetic database.

Jane Iredale products are mineral based with great pigmentation so all skin tones can find a shade that will suit their skin tones without the problems of a lot of harsh parabens to worry about.

Next month will be more beauty answers so keep sending me those questions!


I have stopped putting relaxers in my hair because I wanted to finally embrace my naturally kinky curly hair....and because I'm lazy when it comes to taking care of myself!...and my sister found a great hair product called Kinky Curly! Can you believe the irony of that name?!

Well I really love both the custard and Knot today products. For someone that works a lot, travels, has 3 kids to take care of (4 when I count my husband) and trying to look good all at the same time, this product was a life saver!

So everyone out there with kinky curly hair REJOICE! You don't have to be frizzy, you can look good too!
See you next month! ....oh! I need more beauty questions so contact me!
These are some of the day to day events that happen to me as a professional makeup artist.

CANDACE COREY            Makeup Artist - Hair - Bodypaint - Airbrush