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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.

Curl Talk With Michelle of NaturallyCurly.com


It’s been reported that almost 65% of women have some type of curl pattern to their hair. After years of fighting the curls and kinks, working with your natural ringlets is easier then ever.

Fortunately, there are a multitude of sources to help guide frustrated women who dream of de-frizzing and taming their curls. One of the best curl care resources on the net is NaturallyCurly.com. Founded by Michelle Breyer and Gretchen Heber, NaturallyCurly informs, empowers and unites a community of people brought together by a common interest – curly hair. The flagship brand, NaturallyCurly.com, attracts 450,000 monthly engaged, influential consumers creating user-generated content on a daily basis.  The network includes CurlyNikki.com, the leading natural hair blog with a growing community of 120,000 uniques, CurlStylist.com, a professional community especially for stylists servicing their curly clientele, and CurlMart.com, a boutique e-commerce site showcasing more than 50 brands and 500 community-vetted products. The entire network logs 1.2 million monthly visits from an average of more than 200 countries worldwide, all finding the common thread – a curl, kink or wave – that bonds them together.

A Beauty Loft caught up with Michelle to discuss the evolution of curly hair.

What were some of your struggles with your curls growing up?

Everything about my curls was a struggle. I had a straight-haired sister and mother (I get my curls from my father), so nobody what to do with my hair other than to cut it really, really short. I had a pixie until I was in 8th grade because there was nobody who knew how to cut curls (I think my mother cut my hair until I was in 8th grade! ), and there no products designed for curly hair.  It was hard seeing all the cute styles – ponytails, braids, feathered hair – that my sister could have and my hair always looked puffy and frizzy. I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to brush curls. It wasn’t an appealing look. The boys in my 7th grade social studies class called me “Bozo.”

At what point did you change and begin to embrace your curls?

My curl acceptance came very slowly. There were points in high school when perms were that I felt like my hair wasn’t so horrible. But it really wasn’t until my early 30s that I discovered I actually could wear my hair curly. I had a hairdresser who told me it was time to break out of the 80s, and to lose the layered bangs, which I attempted to blow straight every day. It was amazing how much positive response I got when I started wearing it curly. My curl efforts were helped by the curl industry that was emerging, with hair products designed especially for curls and a new generation of salons who knew how to work with, rather than fight curls. At my high school reunion, people were asking why I didn’t wear my hair like that in high school. In addition to great products and salons, I realized a lot about curl love is about confidence. If you embrace your curls, others will too.

Do you think attitudes towards naturally curly hair have changed? Are more women embracing their curls?

It’s been such a dramatic change in the 12 years since we launched NaturallyCurly. At the time, few celebrities were wearing their hair curly, other than Keri Russell in Felicity (and she chopped it off) and our beloved Bernadette Peters. Few companies considered curls to be a profitable market.

Today, every major hair-care company, and many grassroots companies, have products especially for waves, curls and kinks. And a growing number of salons are getting training in working with curls. Beauty schools do not provide curl training, so many of these stylists are actively looking for programs to help them become better at working with this profitable niche. There are even a growing number of curl-specific salons, thanks to companies like Deva and Ouidad who proved it could be a viable market. Examples include Curl Ambassadors in Toronto, Spirals in Tucson, Ariz. and Curltopia in Atlanta.

Last but not least,  pop culture has become all about texture. Whether it’s Shakira, Beyonce or Taylor Swift, waves, curls and kinks are now considered beautiful and sexy. While many people still can’t ditch their flat irons, it is now acceptable and encouraged to let your hair do what it’s done naturally.

How and why did you and Gretchen start naturallycurly.com?

We both grew up during the 70s/80s, and were so frustrated that there were no products for curly hair, no salons who knew how to work with curls and no tips/information/support for people with curls. I remember so many years running out to get the Hair issue of a major beauty magazine only to see straight styles. It was if curly hair didn’t exist at all, even though more than 50% of the U.S. population has wavy, curly or kinky hair.  We would complain about our hair all the time, and someone overheard us at a party and suggested we start a magazine/web site for people like us.

It really started as a hobby – a way to create a place for people like us. We had no intention of it becoming a major business. We thought we might sell a few t-shirts and get a few hair products to play around with. But people flocked to us because were were the independent only place for people for curly hair. Many of the people on CurlTalk – our discussion board – are original community members from 1997.

You just revamped naturallycurly.com, what are some of the changes readers can look forward to?

One of the frustrations of our readers has been that we have almost too much information – 12 years of articles, photos, blogs videos – but it wasn’t easy to find. Our goal was to make it easy for readers to find the info that pertained to their hair. They can look for it by hair type and by care topics (frizz, straightening, etc.). We’ve also dramatically upgraded our product review and salon review sections to make it easier for people to find the reviews that help them make decisions. We have more than 20K product reviews in our database! We also upgraded our Frizz Forecast to a 5-day forecast, with specific recommendations for each hair type based on that day’s forecast.

What advice would you give to a woman that doesn’t like her naturally curly hair?

You have more options than you’ve ever had! If you want to work with your curls, there are salons and products that can help you make them look their best. If you want a looser look, there are permanent and temporary options such as keratin treatments and a new generation of flat irons.

I think it helps to know they are not alone in their frustrations. That there are millions of curlies out there who can relate to their daily battles, and a growing number of them have learned how to embrace their curls.

Any tips for making curls look their best?

First and foremost, find a stylist who knows how to work with curly hair. Check out NaturallyCurly Salon Finder to find reviews of stylists around the world. Then experiment with products. Many curlies on our site have concocted cocktails of products that work for them, depending on the humidity and look they want. We recommend people look at our product review section to find what people with their Hair Type are liking. It’s how many people have found their Holy Grail products.

For more great tips, products review, curl talk, and much more, check out NaturallyCurly.com!

Beauty Products Go Pink! Shop For a Good Cause


Beaunistas everywhere can indulge in shopping this month for beauty products–for a great cause! Hair, makeup, skin, and fragrance companies are releasing limited edition products during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Below are just some of the products that proceeds go to breast cancer research.

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Celebrity Hairstylist, Louis Licari, Talks Fall 2010 Hair


Louis Licari is the hair color guru that celebrities such Sharon Stone and Kim Basinger flock to in search of red-carpet ready tresses.

In a recent Huffington Post blog, he reveals that the biggest trend this fall is doing what looks good for your face and hair texture.

If he had to make a statement about Fall 2010 hair, natural and beautiful is the way to go. ” Loose waves and hair that looks almost retro has become — and will continue to be — a major trend for fall,” says Licari.

Licari goes on to provide some general tips for hair this fall:

  • Hair can be worn any length as long as it is appropriate for its texture.
  • Never pick a style that requires thick hair if your hair is fine, or curly hair if yours is pin straight. Doing so would make you a slave to your hair and it won’t maintain the desired look through any one morning or night.
  • Bangs, whether side swept, blunt, or feathered, will always update any hairstyle.
  • In general, the same tips hold up for hair color and makeup. You should wear hair color and makeup that makes you look your most attractive. It should look like your natural hues would if you had been incredibly lucky in the gene pool.

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