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

Monday, October 12, 2009

I always enjoy working with celebrities because you get a chance to really see them as a person instead of just the character that they play on a show. I recently worked with actor Peter Gallagher for his TV appearance about his singing tour. Did you know he sang?...I didn't! He has even performed on Broadway....Wow!

Even though he has recently been on TV series "The O.C." and "Californication", I remember the first time I saw Peter in 1995. It was on the movie "While You were Sleeping". He co-starred with Sandra Bullock as this guy that was in a coma. She didn't really know him but she was pretending to be his fiance'. With that dark wavy hair, piecing blue eyes and great bone structure, I can understand why. He is a handsome guy, but what I didn't know was how funny he was.

When I got at the TV station, I saw him entering across the lobby with his manager and pianist. I started taking a picture of him with my cell phone...thinking he didn't notice me....but he did. With a big smile on his face, he stopped and made a funny pose. I instantly knew we were going to have a great time working together.

"HI! I'm Peter!" he said as he walked up to me shaking my hand. "I know who you are." I replied, "I'm your groomer Candace!" He began breaking into song, making up lyrics about anything silly he could think of. He had everyone in the room laughing.

Even when I was putting on his makeup and styling his hair he would find the smallest thing to talk about, which would always lead to a funny story. He was such a pleasure to work with! Very talented guy!

Click onto a picture to check out his performance.

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "My eyebrows are not as dark as I would like them to be, can you recommend a good brow powder or pencil? Also a tip on how to do it right? I have trouble lining my brows evenly!"- from Jennifer in California.

Answer: Eyebrows are like frames for a picture. When you have a good frame the picture looks even better. The Brow Express Kit by brow guru Anastasia Soare. The set has 2 colors to work with so you don't make your brows too dark or too light.

If you put a pencil on the side of your nose and let it run straight up to inner corner of your eye, then that is where your brows should start. Keep the pencil in the same area by the nose, but let the other end pivot over to extend to the outer corner of your eye. That is where your brow should end. This is where people make the most mistakes because they have their brows too short. Short brows can make your eyes appear small.

The outer edger of your iris should mark the highest point of your brow's arch. Don't think you can get it right?...don't worry. The kit also has stencils and easy to follow instructions to help you create a perfectly shaped brow for your face.

So do you have a beauty question too?....don't be shy...ask me! I'll be happy to answer it for you.
Now it is time for.....


My favorite thing this month is a lovely Avon fragrance called Vitality by liiv botanicals. I usually prefer to use light fragrances like this in the summer because the scent is to "crisp" but when I first tried on the scent I found myself wearing it all the time.
I even liked wearing it when I worked on shoots. Normally I don't wear fragrances at that time because I am working closely with people and fragrances can be over powering...but not this one.
The citrus and cucumber mix makes it very fresh!

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CANDACE COREY            Makeup Artist - Hair - Bodypaint - Airbrush