Entries from November 24th, 2010

Inside the Loft With Celebrity Makeup Artist Riku Campo


Riku Campo is known for his belief that beautiful makeup stems from healthy skin, and helps his clients develop a proper skincare regimen. Riku’s celebrity clientele include Anne Hathaway, Cindy Crawford, Felicity Huffman, Meg Ryan, Shannen Doherty, Rebecca De Mornay and Pablo De Cote. Riku recently released his first beauty book, Best in Beauty: An Ultimate Guide to Makeup and Skincare Techniques, Tools and Products. Get behind the scenes with this beauty and makeup expert to ask him for his insights on high-tech beauty gadgets, getting the right foundation shade, long-lasting makeup, and more.

You recently released a book called
Best in Beauty: An Ultimate Guide to Makeup and Skincare Techniques, Tools, and Products. What sets this book apart from other beauty books?

I wanted to create a beauty book that would give answers quickly for any questions that women ask themselves on an everyday basis. As a makeup artist in the beauty business for the last 22 years, I have had the fortune to work with many of the top hairstylists and manicurists and met some of the best dermatologists, so I decided to make a book Best in Beauty based on the interviews with some of the best “Behind the scenes” professionals. My book gives answers for skincare, hair, nails (manicures and pedicures), nutrition, makeup, and waxing. Because I am a makeup artist, there are lots of everyday and practical tips for women to ‘ease their everyday makeup-crimes’. I want to believe my book ‘best in beauty’ is a very modern version of an other beauty book out there.

A new trend in beauty is the use of high-tech gadgets such as oscillating face cleansers, at-home LED light systems, and airbrush makeup. What are your favorite high-tech gadgets?

I like the oscillating cleansers, especially the Clarisonic brush that comes with 2-3 different brush heads. I use it when my skin is wet with my everyday cleanser. I dry brush my own skin in the wintertime when the surface of my skin is dry. It really polishes it. I have never liked airbrush makeup. They always look quite thick, but they work very well on film and TV. But for everyday wear, it is quite complicated to use. As a makeup artist I really love to feel the tinted moisturizers or liquid foundations and use my fingers when I work with my client or a model.

What do you do for clients who are difficult to match with most foundation colors?

I use Makeup For Ever’s Face & Body Liquid foundation. It comes out with so many different shades that it is impossible not to match your skin tone. I absolutely love the foundations because they are so light and sheer.
I also blend a lot of different colors/tones together, especially medium skin-tones (Mediterrian skin tones are the most challenging because they tend to look ashy very easily ) and darker ones. They barely come out from one bottle. The secret for these difficult-to-match skin tones is to mix more golden-yellow colors with those foundations to prevent them from look ashy or red.

What steps should you take to make sure that your makeup look lasts all day?

There are many ways to keep your makeup to last almost the whole day:

• Exfoliate your skin in the morning and add your skintype mask. For oilier skintypes this is a must because it (clay masks) absorbs the oil from your skin. For drier skin use a cream-base hydrating mask.
• Add your skintype moisturizer. Let it absorb 5 minutes.
• On top of that, use a primer…it is many times a silicon –based makeup product (not a skincare product ). Primer, as we know works like a barrier between the skin and the makeup. So, the foundation stays much better and longer on your skin.
• Use a liquid foundation that works with your skintype.
• If needed, use a concealer and/or a light-reflecting pencil on top of the foundation.
• Loose powder is the secret to make sure the base won’t run off. Don’t over=powder your face; you can just tap the transparent loose powder with the help of a big powder brush.
• For eye makeup: just use 1 color on the eyelids if you want it to look fresh the whole day.
• Liquid, waterproof liner stays well.
• Keep the lips simple: lips stains are great because they stay long time but they will look quite dry. If your lips are dry already (especially in the winter) skip the stains. How about a tinted lip balm? They look really good and natural. But as any lip makeup you must re-apply it during the day to make sure the lips look fresh.

These tricks make sure the base will stay well. But you will need blotting papers and a pressed powder with you to correct the foundation during the day.

What products are you never caught without when you are working on a client?

My skincare kit: (Cleansing wipes from Neutrogena, Ole Henriksen toner,
Guerlain face creams for all skin types, 8 Hour cream from Elizabeth Arden, Kiehl’s Body cream , Guerlain’s eye-serum), MakeUp For Ever’s Liquid foundations, Guerlain loose powders, (they work so well with MakeUp For Eve foundations), all my 100 brushes, Shu Uemura lash curler, Tweezerman tweezers, Dior and Chanel eyeshadows, YSL lipsticks, Smashbox Cosmetics glosses, Make Up For Ever blushes, Maybelline mascaras (I love all of them: a good mascara doesn’t need to be expensive, it is all about the brush), Shu Uemura brow pencils, Laura Mercier waterproof cake-liner, and individual lashes.

Ice Water Won’t Dry Your Polish Faster–10 Things To Know About Your Nails


1 Myth: Eating gelatin will strengthen weak nails. While it’s true that nails are made of a protein called keratin and that gelatin too is a protein, there’s never been any scientific proof that gelatin does anything to strengthen nails. By the same token, despite the fact that there are trace amounts of calcium in the nail, downing more milk or other calcium-rich products won’t do anything to strengthen nails either. Overall good nutrition, including adequate protein, is the way to go for strong nails.

2 Myth: Enhancements should be soaked off every so often to “give nails a break”. As long as your nail tech is using high-quality products and correctly applying them, there’s no reason to remove your enhancements. In fact, this should be avoided, as removing artificial nails can be potentially damaging. Ask your tech how to properly maintain your enhancements between visits, so you don’t get any cracks or other signs of service breakdown. If you decide to take a break from polish or enhancements (which can be removed safely if need be), try a month of regular buffing and applying cuticle oil to add moisture and seal the nail.

3 Myth: Avoid nail products that have chemicals in them. This would be literally impossible to do, because virtually everything you see and touch is a chemical (even purified water). There is no such thing as a “chemical-free” nail product (or as an “all-natural” artificial nail product). That said, improperly used chemicals can cause harm, so seek to understand the ingredients in the products your nail tech is using, but don’t avoid them altogether.

4 Myth: Enhancements ruin natural nails. Today’s nail products are dramatically advanced and don’t require your nail tech to damage your natural nails during application or removal. If you experience pain, discomfort, or thinned or damaged nails, it’s most likely due to a nail tech misstep. (Look at your natural nails after your nail tech files them, they should NOT be noticeably thinner.) Also, don’t pick, chew, or mistreat your enhancements, because that could lead to natural nail damage.

5 Myth: Store nail polish in the fridge to make it last longer. If you constantly remove the polish from the fridge, use it, and put it back, it makes no difference to the polish’s shelf life. However, it is true that if you leave polish in the fridge for at least a few weeks at a time it will slow the over-thickening of the polish’s thickening agents, thereby making it last longer. (Just make sure you bring the polish back to room temperature before opening, or water condensation will affect its quality.) The best way to increase the shelf life of polish is to make sure it’s resealed properly after use to prevent the solvents from evaporating — this means closing it tightly as soon as you’re done using it, making sure all polish is removed from the bottle’s neck, and tightly sealing the cap.

6 Myth: That green stuff on some people’s nails is mold. Mold is not a normal nail pathogen. It very rarely can appear on nails, but it will appear brown or black, not green. The vast majority of nail infections are actually caused by bacteria, including pseudomonas, which show up as green discoloration of the nail. It’s illegal for your nail tech to make a diagnosis of what’s causing the discoloration (and she must refuse to service you — at least until you bring her a doctor’s note), but she may be able to recommend a doctor for you to get the greenie checked out.

7 Myth: Plunging wet nails into ice water will make them dry faster. Your nail tech doesn’t do this for you in the salon because it wouldn’t work. To get polish to dry requires the evaporation of solvents. This is why your tech puts you in front of a warm fan.

8 Myth: Never file back and-forth on a natural nail. Filing back and forth won’t harm the natural nail plate if the proper abrasives and the correct downward pressure are used, meaning a 180-grit or higher file and a light touch. Don’t use a file with a grit below 180 on your natural nail because it can cause excessive damage no matter what type of filing motion is used.

9 Myth: Cutting cuticles is good for nail health. What you’re calling “cuticle” is actually the “eponychium” (cuticle is the dead skin that’s on the nail plate, whereas the eponychium is living skin). Cutting eponychium isn’t recommended, and is actually illegal in some states, because too often the living skin that protects the matrix is cut and infections occur. Plus, over time cutting eponychium can lead to thickened scar-like tissue. Instead, soak your nails in warm water for 10 minutes and push back with something soft (like a towel) or just use a liquid cuticle remover to dissolve the dead skin on top of the nail.

10 Myth: I should bring my own implements to a salon to keep myself from contracting an infection. Let’s face it, the environment in your purse (where you’re probably storing your nail implements) is much less sanitary than the environment of a nail salon that complies with your state’s rules and regulations for salon sanitation. Instead of bringing your own implements (which your nail tech would be required to disinfect herself before using, wasting your valuable time), ask the tech questions about her sanitation practices and if she’s compliant with all state board requirements. If you feel uncomfortable about the salon’s cleanliness, then leave without getting a service.

View article: www.nailsmag.com/pdfs/handouts/myths.pdf

4 Award Winning Anti Aging Skin Products That Won’t Hurt Your Wallet


I always read reviews of a product prior to purchasing them. While a beauty editor may give a product rave reviews or the company provides slick advertising promising to take off 20 years in 6 weeks, I want to know what real women have to say about it and if it’s claims of scientific results are real.

Enter the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. Not only do they conduct tests of a product in the lab, they also conduct lab tests. GHRI goes on further to explain how they came up with this year’s best anti aging skin products:


The full list can be seen here, but I’ve highlighted some of the items on the list that were surprising, as pricey doesn’t always equal better:

  • Best Nightcream: It’s a tie- L’Oréal Paris Advanced RevitaLift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair Night Creme ($20, drugstores) and Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Night ($42, CVS)
  • Best Eyecream: Olay Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex ($42, drugstores)
  • Best Body Lotion: Fresh Sugar Açai Age-Delay Body Cream ($65, Sephora)
  • Best At Home Peel: Boots No7 Advanced Renewal Anti-ageing Glycolic Peel Kit ($25, Target)

Cle de Peau Beaute Announces Amanda Seyfried as New Spokesperson and Face of the Brand


Cle de Peau Beaute, a division of Shiseido Co. Ltd, today announced actress Amanda Seyfried as the global spokesperson and “face” of the cosmetic and skincare luxury line. Ms. Seyfried’s first appearance will be in the brand’s Spring 2011 advertising campaign, shot by renowned British photographer, David Sims with makeup by Lucia Pieroni, Cle de Peau Beaute Color Creator.

“Amanda’s radiance and sophisticated style are the perfect embodiment of Cle de Peau Beaute. Her beautiful persona and her commitment to giving back exemplify the Cle de Peau Beaute ideal and we are thrilled to have her representing our brand,” stated Yoshiaki Okabe, General Manager of Cle de Peau Beaute. “The Spring 2011 campaign which features Amanda will bring a vibrant and fresh allure to Cle de Peau Beaute.”

“I have long admired Cle de Peau Beaute. As the new spokesperson for the brand, it was very important to me that the collaboration be an authentic one,” added Seyfried. “I appreciate Cle de Peau Beaute’s philosophy of empowering each woman to define her own unique sense of style. It’s a very sophisticated approach to beauty that I appreciate and I feel closely reflects my own beauty ideals.”

An accomplished actress, Seyfried is best known for her starring roles in the box office hits “Letters to Juliet,” “Dear John,” and “Mamma Mia!” On the TV front, Seyfried received critical praise for her starring role in HBO’s “Big Love.” Seyfried just wrapped Warner Bros’ “Little Red Riding Hood” produced by Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way which is scheduled for release on March 11, 2011. She is currently in production on the Fox film, “Now,” directed by Andrew Niccol in which she is co-starring with Justin Timberlake. A Pennsylvania native, Seyfried started her career by modeling at the age of 11. She soon turned to acting and landed her first contract in 2000 as Lucy Montgomery on “As The World Turns.”

Launched originally as Cle de Peau in Japan in 1982 and relaunched in 1996, Cle de Peau Beaute is a prestige line of skincare and makeup products that is produced exclusively by Shiseido. In the pursuit of ultimate perfection, Shiseido concentrated the most advanced scientific research and aesthetics in the creation of an exclusive line that became synonymous with refinement and luxury in Japan. The brand debuted globally in 1999, and is currently sold in 11 countries through exclusive door distribution. As the brand’s color creator, British makeup artist Lucia Pieroni, offers a lush and discerning color palette to each collection. In synergy, Cle de Peau Beaute skincare and makeup create an unprecedented radiance. Cle de Peau Beaute, French for “key to beautiful skin,” is the key to unlock and discover a radiance that becomes you.

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