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Interview with Celebrity Makeup Artist and Cosmetics Line Creator: SONIA KASHUK!

27.4.12

 

We had the incredible honor of interviewing Sonia Kashuk! She is a renowned makeup artist, creator of the Sonia Kashuk Cosmetics line carried exclusively at Target, mother, and savvy business woman. Sonia let us in on some of her beauty secrets, told us about her motivations, favorite products, and many tricks of the trade!

 

A Beauty Loft: In your opinion, what is the most important quality of great makeup?

Sonia Kashuk: That it makes the woman look better. It has to be enhancing and doing something to help the woman feel and look better.

 

ABL: What are some budding trends for Spring/Summer 2012?

  • SK: Orange is the new black. Orange is a year round color that is a staple, but the emphasis is strong for this season. Orange has a new ‘seasonless’ quality and is being seen everywhere.

 

ABL:  How long have you been practicing makeup and what has been the hardest part of building your career?

  • SK: 30 years. The hardest part, in a weird way, is the more I know, the more I realize I don’t know. I am always learning.

 

ABL: What does your daily makeup routine consist of?

  • SK: It varies. I have different levels. It can be next to nothing in my office when I’m trying products. I’m a huge believer in foundation- a little goes a long way.  I also love blush for just a pop of color. I always do my brows and add mascara.

 

ABL: What is one beauty secret you have or use?

  • SK: Doing something to bring the eyes up. Seeing how you can play with makeup to turn your negatives into positives.

 

ABL: Can you tell us about what inspires you when creating new products for your Sonia Kashuk Cosmetics line?

  • SK: Women. How and what I can do so that my makeup is easy for them to use. I am my consumer. I use my knowledge of women and think about what we need.

 

ABL: Who is one person that is a great inspiration to you?

  • SK: Two people: My mother. She’s had 5 kids and is a wonderful person. She does so much. Also, my dear friend Cindy Crawford. She has worked very hard and I learn a lot through seeing her success.

 

ABL: When did you or when will you know you have found success in the beauty industry?

  • SK: Getting the CEW award was really an amazing experience for me. [In the fall of 2003, Sonia was presented with the prestigious Cosmetic Executive Woman Achiever Award in honor of her many accomplishments and unrelenting dedication. Source: SoniaKashuk.com] Success, I find, is when people talk to me about enjoying my products; the feedback from a woman who is happy.

 

ABL: What is your favorite makeup brush and what do you use it for?

  • SK: My Sonia Kashuk Small Multipurpose Powder Brush (Available at Target.com. Suggested Retail: $10.79). Touchups, powder, shadow, I use it for everything.

 

ABL: Can you offer one tip to women with problematic or acne prone skin?

  • SK: Try your best to use very little product on your skin. Leave it as clean as possible. Skincare is essential and only use color products on your face when you need it.

 

ABL: What is your secret for achieving the perfect red lip?

  • SK: Understanding that it shouldn’t be overly defined. The red lip is easier to wear today then it has been in the past. Use a finger and blur the edges of the lip line, that makes is softer and more easily attainable.

 

ABL: Finding the right shade of red can be very tricky, can you offer any tips on finding the right shade when considering blue-red vs. orange-red?

  • SK: This is what caused me to develop my cosmetics line! If you are shopping for a red lipstick, look for a brand that has one or two. Smaller brands will have one red that looks good on everybody. We have one red lip crayon and we have yet to find a woman it doesn’t look good on.

 

ABL: What challenges have you had to overcome by being a mother and a successful woman in the beauty industry?

  • SK: I’m a perfectionist and a control freak, but something has to give. It’s impossible to be good at everything. Some days I’m great as a mom, some days I’m great at work. I do the best I can do. It is hard because of my need to be on top of my game.

 

ABL: What is your favorite product from your line and why?

  • SK: I’m so passionate about what I do and my brand, but one product I am really proud of is my foundation. The skin looking flawless is so important and one of the hardest things to get a woman to love is foundation. Foundation makes a difference, but it is the hardest consumer attraction.

 

ABL: Do you ever have a hard time figuring out you own look or makeup routine?

  • SK: There are times I have been photographed and I see things that worked and times I see things that didn’t.  I recommend taking pictures of yourself to see how you look. Its a truer sense of how you actually look then looking in the mirror.

 

Final note: “To all the ABeautyLoft readers: Don’t ever discredit the power and quality of cosmetics found in the mass market. Be careful where you go. I have brought the quality of prestige [into the mass market] without the price.” -SONIA KASHUK

 

Sonia spoke with us with such humility and kindness; it was a true pleasure. It isn’t often that a woman who has achieved such success and notoriety is so down to earth and sweet. A giant ‘Thank You’ to Sonia for giving us the time for this interview. We will forever be fans and supporters! Below, you can find some products that are Sonia’s recommended favorites, as well as a few of our favorites! All Sonia Kashuk Products can be found at Target and Target.com.

 

brushes1 Interview with Celebrity Makeup Artist and Cosmetics Line Creator: SONIA KASHUK!

SK Small Multipurpose Powder Brush; SK Perfecting Luminous Foundation; SK Lip Crayon in Rosey Nude; SK Synthetic Crease Brush

 

 

Eight of Our Favorite Makeup Products Switched to Low Cost Alternatives

11.4.12

 

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When we finally find that one product that does exactly what we need it to or want it to, it’s a really big deal! However, when that product comes with a hefty price tag, it makes us slightly less eager to buy more of it. We have found low cost substitutes for some of our favorite high end products and we are sure you will love them just the same as their counterparts!

 

 

OriginalBobbi Brown The Basic Brush Collection ($175 at bloomingdales.com). Bobbi Brown is a powerhouse in the makeup industry, so naturally her makeup brushes are incredibly popular. Her brushes preform well, withstand the test of time and come in many different shapes and sizes.

Substitute: Sigma Beauty Brushes Make Me Classy Travel Kit ($59 at sigmabeauty.com). Sigma Beauty is quickly becoming known for their quality brushes and excellent customer care. They offer synthetic and natural bristle brushes in an array of colors and styles. The Make Me Classy Travel Kit has comparable brushes to the Bobbi Brown Basic Brush Collection, but are over $100 cheaper. I recently stocked my kit with over a dozen of these brushes and found that they stand up through the wear and tare better then some of my pricier brushes.

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Original:  MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolor in Lasting Lust ($22 at maccosmetics.com). These last a really long time and come in seriously saturated colors, but in total honesty, their substitute lasts longer!

Substitute: Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Lipcolor in Keep Up The Flame ($7.99 at CVS.com). This lip color stands by its name! I have actually had to scrub this off my lips before bed because it just holds that well. 24 hours? Yes!

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OriginalMake Up For Ever Pure Pigments ($20 at sephora.com). Pigments are fantastic for stand out looks, color correction or for tweaking our favorite shades. Often, pigments are too expensive for the typical consumer to feel comfortable buying multiple shades to be creative with.

Substitute: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pure Cosmetic Pigments ($12 at occmakeup.com). OCC has created pigments that are just as pigmented as the higher priced lines, but at a more attainable price tag. At $12, you can feel comfortable trying that bright teal liner or hot pink lip!

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OriginalMake Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette ($38 at Sephora.com). These concealers/color correctors are a necessity when you have a red blemish, dark circles or your skin is a little lackluster. Apply them under foundation for any color correction.

SubstituteMehron ProColoRing Neutralizer ($14.95 at Mehron.com). The Mehron color wheel serves the same purpose as the Make Up For Ever Concealers, but at less then half the cost. Mehron is a loved makeup line amongst Makeup Artists and their products stand the test of time.

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OriginalAnastasia Brow Pen- Long Wearing Brow Tint ($21 at Sephora.com). The name Anastasia and brows go hand-in-hand. The brow pen offers the application of a pencil and longevity of a liquid liner. The tip is so fine, it is possible to create the illusion of tiny hairs within your brows.

Substitute: NYX Eyebrow Marker ($9.75 at NYXcosmetics.com). This brow marker comes in two shades and gives the Anastasia Brow Pen a serious run for its money. The tip is equally as fine and the formula last just as long.

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OriginalNARS Eyeshadow in Etrusque Limited Edition ($24 at NARScosmetics.com). When NARS came out with their Limited Edition Etrusque Shadow, I was in love (so were many others, it is very hard to find)! It is the perfect gold for every skin tone.

Substitute: La Femme Eyeshadow in Gold ($2.99 at camerareadycosmetics.com). The La Femme Gold Shadow is the identical twin of the NARS Etrusque. The texture is just as creamy and smooth and the pigmentation is equally as intense.

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OriginalMake Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder ($32 at sephora.com). Finding a quality setting powder is essential for keeping your makeup in place past your lunch break and Make Up For Ever has done just that. This powder is easily the best selling HD Setting Powder on the market and with reason. When brushed over a finished face, the Make Up For Ever HD Powder will keep you without shine for hours and your products just where you place them.

Substitute: Eyes Lips Face Studio High Definition Powder ($6 at eyeslipsface.com). This powder serves the same purpose, has the same texture and applies the same way, but you can buy 5 of them for the price of 1 Make Up For Ever HD Powder.

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OriginalNARS Angelika Blush ($28 at bloomingdales.com). NARS blushes are cult favorites. The pigmentation and longevity make them a well stocked must-have for our makeup bags. A favorite, Angelika, offers a soft bubblegum/innocent pink that is suitable on nearly all skin tones.

Substitute: Eyes Lips Face (ELF)’s Tickled Pink ($3 at eyeslipsface.com). This blush is almost identical to the Angelika and comes with a three dollar price tag! The size is comparable and the price difference is astounding.

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Quality makeup is important and often expensive, but once in a while we can find lower priced items that preform just as well! This season, save a little money on your old favorites and reward yourself with some colorful new products. Happy Spring Beauties!

 

 

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JenniferK

Hot Product : Make Up For Ever Flash Palette

24.2.12

There is always one product that makeup artists will tell you they cannot work without and I have yet to encounter a makeup artist that has not said the Make Up For Ever Flash Palette (aka: 12 Flash Color Case). This palette allows the user to create virtually any shade that can be used almost anywhere!

Let’s set up some examples, shall we?

You’re off to an interview and realize you forgot your eyeliner and mascara (if you’re like me, you don’t feel yourself or your best without these products!), but you realize you have your palette in the bottom of your bag!

  • Dip the very tip of your pinky finger into the brown cream and with light pressure, rub your finger along your lash line smudging the color within your lashes.
  • Stick your middle finger into the black, then press your middle finger and thumb together- transferring some of the color to your thumb.
  • Lightly pinch your lashes between your middle finger and thumb. Then pull the color through the end of the lashes.

The look will be a slight smokey eye with dark lashes! Another example? You are off to drinks with your girlfriends and get stuck in the rain. Your foundation/concealer slides right off that awful blemish you have on your chin. No worries, you can fix this.

  • Mix the peach, the white, a dab of brown and a maybe a dab of yellow (the mix will vary based upon your skin tone) and you have foundation to cover that blemish!

I watched a makeup artist do an entire face for fashion week with this palette. Try the light blue with a bit of silver and white on your lids to make a creamy base for eye shadow or apply the peach to your cheeks for a warm glow. Try the red on your lips or mix some gold with the white and you have a highlighter for your brow bone, cheekbones and inner eye corner. The possibilities are endless and the product will be gone before it goes bad; it lasts a very long time! It’s a multifunctional product that is flying off the shelves at Make Up For Ever! Try it, you will not be sorry.

The Make Up For Ever Flash Palette is sold at all Make Up For Ever locations and sephora.com. Suggested Retail: $95. Safety Information: Do not use following colors near the eyes : 002 – 005 – 017 (pink/red/coral). Do not use following colors on the lips : 003 – 010 – 014 (silver/royal blue/white).

 

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JenniferK

Review: Sephora Collection Pro Blush Brush #49

10.10.11

My blush brushes previously were horrible and consisted of the free ones you get with department store brushes. They would shed when I washed them and applied the color streaky.

Since I purchased the Sephora All Over Shadow Brush #12, I’ve been a big fan of there brushes. The Pro Blush Brush #49 certainly didn’t disappoint!

The #49 brush is an angled brush so it’s great for contouring the cheekbones. It picks up just the right amount of color and applies it beautifully–no streaks and evenly. As an added bonus, the bristles are anti-bacterial, which means they don’t need to be cleaned as often.

Where to buy:

Sephora $32

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