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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

Interview With Celebrity Makeup Artist Penny Sadler

05.3.12

We had the opportunity to interview Dallas-based Celebrity Makeup Artist Penny Sadler. She has worked as a makeup artist for over 20 years and has done print, commercials, fashion, brides, as well as worked with some big name celebrities.  Penny’s work can be seen in Forbes, Travel & Leisure and international editions of People, as well as in hundreds of national commercials and news broadcasts. She tells us some of her secrets, some of her favorite products and a bit about her favorite celebrities to work with!

 

A Beauty Loft: Have you always known you want to be a Makeup Artist?

Penny Sadler: Mostly, yes. I was just a teenager when I realized this would be my career path.

 

ABL: What is your evening skincare routine?

PS: I wash my face every night, no matter what. I then use a toning lotion, followed by a moisturizer with copper peptides and anti-aging hyloranic acid.

 

ABL: What has been the most challenging part of working as a pro Makeup Artist?

PS: The most challenging part is moving from place to place. You never know what your enviroment will be. There are hotel ballrooms, bathrooms, studios, etc. There is often terrible lighting and inconvenient weather that will change the job or ruin the makeup.

 

ABL: What is your favorite beauty tool?

PS: Ben Nye #18 Blending Brush (Suggested Retail: $14. Can be purchased at StageMakeupOnline). It can be used to apply foundation (in a pinch), but I mostly use it to blend the whole face. Blending is so important! It has synthetic bristles, which I love because they give a smoother application.

 

ABL: Who is your favorite celebrity client?

PS: Laura Leighton [Melrose Place and Pretty Little Liars] and Brooke Sheilds. Brooke is very sweet and gentle. She is a very kind woman and super easy to work with. Laura is very hands off. She gave me a lot of freedom to work and be creative. She’s very down to earth and not a diva at all.

 

ABL: If you had to run out of the house and only grab one makeup product, what would it be?

PS: Mascara! I love CoverGirl Lash Blast (Suggested Retail: $9.99. Available at CVS) and Dior Show Black Out (suggested Retail: $25. Available at Sephora).

 

ABL: What is your favorite skincare tip for problematic skin?

PS: Stop using soap and water on your skin. So many women look for something that is foaming and sudsy, but they strip the natural oils. Even women with oily skin can use an oil-based cleanser, just look for one made for oily skin. The oil cleanser breaks down the makeup much better then soap and gives a more thorough cleanse. Follow with a toning lotion or try witch hazel if you have oily skin.

 

ABL: Do you feel pressured to wear makeup constantly because you are a Makeup Artist?

PS: No. When I was new to the business, I felt this way. I do like to cover any serious imperfections like a blemish. I do fill in my brows though. My eyebrows are not even, so I must even them out.

 

ABL: Can you offer any advice to others who are looking to be a Makeup Artist or work in the beauty industry?

PS: Be quiet. Observe. Watch whats going on. Try to work with other people if you can and learn as much as possible from others. Then you’ll better know how to respond to different situations.

 

ABL: What are some products that, in your opinion, can be purchased at the drugstore and some you find necessary to spend more on?

PS: You can buy drugstore brand lipstick, translucent powders and shadows. Higher end products are more pigmented, but often drugstore products like shadows and lipsticks are great for the average consumer. Spend more on lip pencils, eye pencils and primers. Better quality pencils have better staying power and go on smoother.

 

ABL: While were on the subject, what is your favorite primer?

PS: Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum (Suggested Retail: $39.50. Available at Sephora). For more specified problem solving like pigmentation issues, I like the Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primers (Suggested Retail: $38. Available at Sephora). The green primer does a fantastic job of balancing out red skin.

 

A huge thank you to Penny Sadler for allowing us to ask her so many questions and for offering great advice! For more information on the fabulous Penny Sadler go to: www.pennysadler.com

 

 

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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

The 4 Essential Makeup Brushes

17.2.12

A professional makeup artist will usually have 40+ makeup brushes, but a woman really only needs about 4! There are certain brushes that can multitask and cover all your bases. If you invest in a handful of good brushes, they will last years and will achieve a nicer product with every application. Some brushes cost $50 and some cost $15, but a high price tag doesn’t always mean a better brush. Be selective and follow these tips when buying brushes.

 

So what brushes do you need?

1. A foundation brush. I really love the Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Blusher Brush. They say it is a blusher brush, but when used with a liquid foundation, this brush will give you an airbrushed look. Apply foundation in a circular motion until blended. I would choose this Sonia Kashuk over my $40 foundation brush! Available at Target. Suggested Retail: $14.99

2. A concealer brush. The #110 Concealing Brush from Cover FX is the perfect concealer brush. When choosing a concealer brush, look for synthetic bristles- concealer doesn’t absorb into them as easily as natural bristles. Your concealer will last longer when used with a synthetic bristle brush, thus saving you money! Available at Sephora. Suggested Retail: $14.

3. An angle liner brush. You can use this brush for liner, shadow, to fill in brows and even as a lipstick brush (in a pinch!). I recommend the MAC 208 Angled Brow Brush. The 208 is thin, so it’s perfect for lining eyes, but the bristles are firm enough to perfectly apply brow powder too. You will get a crisp, clean line every time. Available at MAC Cosmetics Counters. Suggested Retail: $19.50.

4. A shadow brush. The S175 Eye Contour Brush from Cozzette is truly luxurious. In the pro-makeup world, these brushes are top of the line. This brush can be used to apply shadow to the lid, to the crease, blend, highlight, and even set your foundation with powder in areas like under eye and around your nose. Tip: when applying eye makeup with one brush, start with the lightest color and end with the darkest, there will be less color transfer. Available at Cozzette. Suggested Retail: $16.

 

If you have just these 4 brushes, you can easily apply your daily makeup with perfection! These are the essentials- the ‘must-haves’- and once you get the hang of using these four brushes, I guarantee you will want more. Try them, have fun with it! Enjoy!

 

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JenniferK

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