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1940s Glamour

In Field Manual, Get The Look on December 29, 2008 at 9:45 pm



Lifetime TV may have been searching for America’s Next Great Makeup Artist, but we’re searching for America’s Next Great Beauty Tip.

And we think Blush Makeup Artist Mentor Charlie Green has one of them – “know your references”

So, starting with one of Hollywood’s favorites – the 1940s, In The Makeup will be adding the best of beauty’s “references” to our Field Manual.

For a classic 1940s face, follow the steps below. For a modern twist, try a cat-eye (like you see in this photo).

Complexion: For 1940s skin, use a good face powder that matches your skin, and gives it a nice rosy glow.

Cheeks: A true 1940s cheek uses rouge, applied at the high point of the cheekbone. Popular rouge colors were reds, bright pinks, and bright roses.

Lips: Use a pencil to slightly exaggerate your top lip, and then paint in your favorite shade of red. Bright reds, cherry reds, pinkish reds, and orange reds were popular. Regardless of the shade, your lips should look full and soft.

Eyes: Apply a skin-toned eyeshadow from lash line to brow bone, and a muted gray or brown in the crease. Next, use a thin eyeliner pencil in black or dark brown to darken the lash line. Finish with dark brown or black mascara.

: Keep your brows natural in thickness, and use a pencil or brow powder to define your arch. Keep brows groomed with an eyebrow gel or wax.

In The Makeup Says: Don’t forget to wear some silk, some diamonds, and a head full of Veronica Lake curls. You’ll walk out of your swanky dressing room looking like a Hollywood Goddess. If you want to smell like a goddess too, wear In White by J. Dell Pozo.



A Fresh Batch of Skin Care

In Beauty Spy, Saving Face on December 29, 2008 at 9:17 pm


You can have fresh fruits and veggies delivered to your door. Why not fresh skin care too?

“It has been scientifically shown that over time the optimum efficacy of the active ingredients in any skin care product drops significantly. Therefore, it is highly recommended to apply skin care products as soon as they are manufactured to guarantee maximum efficacy,” says Dr. Chung CEO of Dermaheal USA Corp. “That is why Dermaheal has come up with the revolutionary concept to deliver its product to customers by mail immediately after it is manufactured.”

If products are manufactured on a Monday, Dermaheal can ship them to customers by Wednesday or Thursday for receipt by the end of the same week.

In addition to peptides and nano-capsulation technology, Dermaheal contains about 70 percent plant extracts (such as ginkgo biloba leaf, camellia sinesis leaf and liquorice root extract), fermented organic ingredients, to address skin problems like wrinkles, sagging, dryness, spots and signs of fatigue. It also helps balance the skin’s pH level, elasticity and radiance.

Using the pharmaceutical-grade delivery system of nanotechnology, the active peptides are embedded within tiny capsules called nanosomes. Nanosomes have the incredible ability to pass through the dead layers of the skin and actually reach the deep layers where living skin cells reside.

Dermaheal 2 Weeks Miracle is available in two product lines – Redesign (anti-aging and anti-wrinkle) and Rise N Shine (skin brightening and anti-pigmentation). Each product comes in a set of four items: a moisturizing solution or toner, a correcting serum, a moisturizing cream and an eye cream. Each package lasts for two weeks,

Dermaheal has been used throughout Southeast Asia, Europe, and Middle East since 2002 and is available directly from Dermaheal’s Web site,

In The Makeup Says: In the quest for the freshest skin care, we’ve whipped up our fair share of honey masks, yogurt cleansers, and sugar scrubs. Could we really have skin care as fresh as our food without putting the groceries on our faces? We’re intrigued, but we’re holding out for reviews. Dear Readers, please post comments if you’ve tried the two weeks miracle….

2008 Best Of The Best Awards

In Product Reviews, Product Tête-è-Tête on December 24, 2008 at 6:30 am


Skin Inc. magazine has concluded voting for its Third Annual Best Of  The Best Awards. In case you didn’t know, Skin Inc. is one of the top publications for day spas and medical spas, providing the latest news on skin science and spa treatment trends.

The awards began in May with Skin Inc. readers nominating lines for best spa cosmetics, best spa body products, best spa facial products, and best spa tools/accessories.

Voting closed on July 13, 2008 and after tabulating the many, many votes…..

The 2008 winners are:

Best Spa Cosmetics Line
Winner: Iredale Mineral Cosmetics,

Best Spa Facial Line
Winner: Bioelements,

Best Spa Body Line
Winner: Aviva Labs, Inc.,

Best Spa Tools & Accessories Line
Winner: Scandle,

Sleeping Beauty

In Beauty Spy, Saving Face on December 23, 2008 at 4:17 pm


Next month, Dr. Murad will introduce Sleep Reform Serum and Supplements. The products will use a Repair Enhancing Matrix developed to increase the depth and duration of restorative sleep which, according to Dr. Murad, is the best anti-aging cure out there.

“By increasing the body and skin’s ability to sleep better, we can improve collagen proliferation and synthesis and reverse the course of aging,” Dr. Murad says.


Sleep Reform Serum ($97 for 1 oz.) is intended to smooth and plump for more youthful skin while Sleep Reform Supplements ($49.50 for 60 tablets) are intended to help reduce nighttime disturbances, hydrate, and protect skin from free radical damage incurred during the day.

In The Makeup Says: Beauty sleep is just as important as lipgloss and mascara. But your face  isn’t the only part of you that needs beauty sleep. Your figure does too. According to WebMD, when you don’t get enough sleep, ghrelin levels rise; and ghrelin stimulates appetite, so you’ll be hungrier. Plus, being sleepy makes physical activity less likely. Studies recommend 7-9 hours a night; In The Makeup says there is no shame in 10-12.

Sephora Interviews In The Makeup

In Interview With The Artist on December 22, 2008 at 9:58 pm


Behind The Scene At The Pageant: Secrets Of A Beauty Queen:

Ever wonder where beauty pageant girls learn their tricks?

From Sara (a licensed esthetician) and Rebecca (a makeup artist), the mother & daughter team behind In The Makeup. The pair teach Makeup and Beauty Bootcamp for Miss USA and Miss Teen USA (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, & Oklahoma), travel the midwest as freelance makeup artists, and trade better secrets than your average mother and daughter pair.
What goes into creating the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA looks?Well-done makeup is such an important part of a winning image. Pageant makeup has to create the right effect on stage, photograph beautifully, and look flawless on high definition television. So we have to create glamour, but without heavy makeup.
The inspiration at our 2009 Beauty Boot-Camp will be red-carpet glamour – where eyes and lips are both key features. We’ll be emphasizing a simple but strong eye and an intensified lip. The look should be timeless and polished, and judges should see the contestant, not the makeup.How do you keep a contestant’s makeup looking fresh all through competition?
Its all about the right products. Long-wearing everything and, of course, prepping the skin with primer for face and a separate primer for eyelids. A good makeup sealant can also be key for oily skins.

What’s your fave beauty tip?
Sara: Make sure you’ve got the right tools – good makeup brushes can take your look from pretty to beautiful.

Rebecca: Have a two-minute face. If you master a two-minute routine, then you can look polished even when you’re short on time. Conceal any darkness under your eyes, curl your lashes, swirl on some blush, gloss up your lips, and you’re done!

What’s one tip you’ve each picked up from the other?
I’ve learned from my mom to be meticulous. Once I’m done with a makeup application, I use a magnifying lens to check my work. That way, there are no surprises from an HD camera.

I’ve learned from my daughter to be open-minded to all sorts of looks and techniques. Sometimes a photo shoot demands a look that isn’t a personal favorite but, as professionals, we need to be able to create more than just our own visions.

For the holiday, what’s a great tip for sprucing up your look?

To achieve a dazzling makeover for evening, start with your usual polished look. Then add some drama to your lips or eyes. If you haven’t indulged in this season’s bold red lip yet, holiday parties are the perfect time to do so. If you’d rather keep the focus on your eyes, now is the time for eye jewelry. Dab some glitz and glitter around the lash line – top and bottom. Done!

Beauty Secret…Less Is More

In Interview With The Artist on December 20, 2008 at 11:19 pm


Jemma Kidd Shares Her Beauty Secrets

My skincare routine… It is just as important to invest in good skincare as good makeup. If your skin is not well looked after then your make-up is not going to look right, no matter how well you apply it. I cleanse each morning and night with Elave Age Delay Daily Cleanser, which contains glycolic acid to gently exfoliate the skin whilst cleansing. As a moisturizer I use Elave Daily Skin Defence during the day, which contains SPF 30 and at night I use Elave Age Delay Night Treatment or Lancôme Renergie Morpholift Nuit R.A.R.E. If my skin feels dry and dehydrated, particularly after a long flight I use a face mask.

My favorite product… My Jemma Kidd Make Up Eye Perfector Prep & Brighten Duo ( One side is a primer which evens out the skin tone as well as providing a base for eye make-up and the other side is a flesh toned liner to widen and brighten the eyes. It is the perfect pick-me-up for tired eyes.

My fragrance… Serge Lutens Fleur D’Oranger

My haircare regime… As I spend a lot of free time in the outdoors with my horses I tend to just wash my hair and pull it back, but for work I use John Freda serum and blow dry it. I love Bumble & Bumble Shampoo and Conditioner, from and Kerastase hair masks. If I am going to be in the sun I use Kerastase sun protection range, the sun can really dry it out if I don’t protect it.

My spa…
I love the SpaNK on Westbourne Grove. They do an amazing hot stones massage which is perfect to ease stresses muscles, particularly after a long week at work or lots of travel.

My beauty secret… Less is more. I think it is important to remember that makeup should be used to accent your features, not as a mask to hide behind.

In The Makeup Says: Jemma Kidd’s Perfector Prep & Brighten Duo is an anti-aging concealer cream in the form of a pen. Simply sweep it along your lower lashes and lightly under your eyes to brighten a tired eye in seconds. Does the job, looks after the skin and is super easy to apply.

Hi-Def Beauty

In Field Manual on December 18, 2008 at 4:38 pm


In the quest to conceal, groom, contour, bronze, blush, lengthen lashes, perfect skin, and create total goddess-ness, it is necessary to learn the “no-makeup” makeup that is used to make flawless faces for High Definition Photography and Film. If you like what you see in a 6x or 10x magnified mirror, then you can stop reading and perhaps lie down for a nap. If you don’t, then read on to start practicing the rules of HD Beauty.

Enter The Airbrush….
Using the art style of pointillism, custom foundation shot through an airbrush pen, disperses a fine mist to the face, producing the most natural result in both skin tone and texture.The airbrush sprays tiny dots or pixels of makeup at a low psi through a customized compressor. Going on, it feels like a soft whisper of air. It dries to a matte finish on contact with the skin and is water-resistant.

The tiny pixels of foundation give the same effect as what the digital camera sees. A person’s own skin tone comes through, giving a natural appearance.

The technology is neither terribly expensive nor terribly inexpensive. Start-up kits consisting of a compressor, airbrush pen, and hose cost about $400 and up. A bottle of foundation costs about $20, with numerous applications per bottle.

Three top airbrush systems: Dinair, Temptu Body Art and Air Craft.

Whether it’s digital photography, footage shot in hi-def and transferred to film, or live broadcast, airbrush makeup is the way forward.

In The Makeup Says: If you don’t have access to airbrush makeup, check out Sephora’s High Definition picks.



For mascara, we LOVE the new Sumptuous mascara by Estee Lauder. It lifts and plumps lashes into big lushness that is all lightness and flirtatious curl.

Keep eye shadows in neutral shades.


Stick to soft shades of blush, and keep the application light.


High Def beauty requires perfectly smooth lips.  Chapped, cracked, peeling lips will show; so make sure to exfoliate lips on a regular basis. Brushing  lips with a baby toothbrush coated in Vaseline will do the trick.

Highlighting & Contouring

Who doesn’t love contouring and highlighting? But be careful if you are going to be in any Black & White digital photography – it shows LOTS of contouring and highlighting.

In The Makeup Says: Check your makeup in a 10x magnifying mirror. If it looks flawless, you’re ready for High-Def. If you’re a makeup artist and want to check your work, look at the makeup you’ve applied through a magnifying lens.

Brow How

In Field Manual on December 16, 2008 at 9:15 am


Have pencils, powders, waxes, and gels got your brows in a furrow? Whether you desire the fine and slender, or the laden and lavish, brow-how will smooth your countenance.

The Brow Pencil

Pencils go on the skin, filling in where hair is meant to be. Be careful not to pencil actual hairs. This can overload the brows, just like when you put too much styling product in your hair. Work in light strokes to fill in any gaps, warming the tip a little on the back of the hand if necessary.

Try Chanel Precision Brow Definer $28 chanel-brow-pencil

The Brow Powder

Powder coats hairs and kind of fluffs the brows up. A true brow powder can be the softest, most natural looking brow makeup. A good brow powder should be harder than regular eye shadow powders, ensuring that it can be applied in fine strokes resembling brow hairs. It should also be matte. Shimmery hairs are a dead give-away for made up brows.

Try Elke Von Freudenberg Day Brow Shadow $20 elke-brow-powders

The Brow Gel
Clear gel sets hairs; tinted gel set hairs and adds a touch of color.  Brow gels are ideal if you already have a good brow and just need to keep them “brushed” and in place for the day. Clear gel is also used over brow powder or brow pencil. Use a good quality gel and wipe the wand first to get rid of excess –  Flakes aren’t pretty.

Try Laura Mercier Eyebrow Gel $19 laura-mercier-brow-gel

The Brow Wax

Brow waxes set the brow just like a gel does, but they go one step beyond a gel in that they add thickness and density to existing hairs. Some add shine and some are matte. Some are colorless and others are pigmented. Make-up artists love them!

Try Benefit Brow Zing $30 brow-zing

In The Makeup Says: For beauty makeup, eyebrows are a frame but should never be a statement. For a natural look , take a soft approach and balance natural thickness with a soft arch.

Billy B and The Wedding Girl

In Field Manual, Interview With The Artist on December 15, 2008 at 2:34 am


Jamie Gummere, a.k.a. “The Wedding Girl” Interviews Makeup Artist Billy B

The Wedding Girl: What celebrity weddings have you done makeup for?

Billy: Mariah Carey to Tommy Mottola in New York City and Pink’s destination wedding in Mexico

The Wedding Girl: How would you describe the wedding day for the bride?

Billy: The wedding day is any woman’s biggest red carpet event.  You probably will never have more professional photographs taken of you that are seen over and over in a photo album.  Her goal should be to look the best she has ever looked without taking chances on new makeup ideas.  The most beautiful thing is to be yourself.

The Wedding Girl: What do you mean by “taking chances on new makeup ideas”?

Billy: Now is not the time to experiment on any “new looks”.  For example, if a woman has never worn false lashes or does not typically wear them, avoid wearing them on your wedding day.  Keep your “look” consistent to how your friends and family typically see you and just take it up a notch.  It’s you at your most beautiful.

The Wedding Girl: What advice would you give brides pre-wedding?

Billy: Plan well!  Any skin work (i.e. facials, peels, microderm) should be done at least two weeks before the wedding.  Likewise, eyebrow waxing and shaping should be done a few days before the wedding up to one week in advance.  Pluck stray hairs the day before and let the skin rest the day of the wedding.  I would also advise brides to have a trial makeup and hair consultation.  It’s best for both the makeup artist/stylist as well as the brides.  With a little planning and preparation, there will be no surprises.

The Wedding Girl: Ok, let’s get to the fun stuff- makeup!  What are your thoughts on foundation?
Billy: Foundation is meant to even out skin.  I like skin to look like skin and not covered up by heavy foundation.  The ultimate goal is to create flawless skin with as little foundation as possible.  I like to “spot conceal” with a little foundation and my #7 or #5 brush.  These brushes give you just the right amount of brush to dab on foundation where needed.

The Wedding Girl: What about cheek color?
Billy: It’s so important to have a pretty cheek color.  Shades of pink and peach are best on the apple of the cheek.   Warmer shades tend to be very drab in photos.  You want to look fresh and clean.  Now is not the time to contour the cheek.  Simply blend the color into the apple of the cheek.

The Wedding Girl: What about lips?
Billy: I think women underestimate the power of their own lip color.  I often get emails about the lipcolors celebrities are wearing on the red carpet.  Often times, I line the lip and fill it in with a liner that is close to the natural lip tone of the woman’s lips.  This defines her lip shape and I fill it in with clear gloss.  Light hits the bow of the lip and the raised area and gives lips an instant fullness.  It’s the quickest lip plumper!

The Wedding Girl: Nice tip.  What about the eyes?
Billy: A nice soft shadow on the top and liner to define the eyes and lots of mascara.  I love to curl the lash with an eyelash curler and apply a few coats of black mascara.  My favorite is Loreal Voluminous Mascara in blackest black.  And always in waterproof!

The Wedding Girl: What do you suggest brides carry in their touch-up bag?
Billy: I would definitely carry a lipcolor and/or gloss with lipbrush, blush, blotting papers and maybe a touch of foundation.

The Wedding Girl: Any other thoughts on her wedding look?
Billy: oh, yes.  If the bride is wearing a strapless, sleeveless, or dress with a plunging neckline,  hydrate the skin on the body before the wedding with a moisturizer  with a little shimmer.

Billy: Weddings are a performance where everyone needs to look their best.  This includes the bridal party and mothers of the bride and groom.  Consistency throughout the bridal party is the key.  That doesn’t mean that everyone wears the same color lipstick but rather they keep the same “look”.  The bridal party will be in many of your pictures and I recommend treating your girlfriends to having their makeup done as well.  Brides typically give gifts to their attendants so build this into the budget for gifts.  It’s a relaxing experience and assures that the bridal party will look their best for your pictures.

Source: Marry Me At The Beach (everything for a wedding on the emerald coast)

Interview Date: Wednesday October 15, 2008

Donald Simrock

In Interview With The Artist on December 14, 2008 at 9:43 pm


Makeup by: Donald Simrock

Currently the Beauty Editor of Flaunt Magazine, Makeup Artist Simrock is known for powerful editorial makeup. His work has been featured in French Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Surface, and Nylon. Celebrities he has worked on include Madonna, Paris Hilton, Tyra Banks, Britney Spears, Carmen Electra, Pamela Anderson, Rose McGowan, and Brooke Shields.

What are his favorite M.A.C. products?

For a rose/pink:  Syrup

For a great nude: Fleshpot

Something in the wine family: Cyber

A good red:  Rockcoco.

Face and Body Foundations, Fix+- Particulary an asset when you are on set in an extremely hot & humid location! Makes for a little less work. Mineralize Skin Finish Naturals- Great for finishing touches on a look as well as for general touch up’s. Pigments- a full range… Not just for use on the eyes!!

How does he plan his designs and become inspired?
Being Creative, you find inspiration thru various mediums; Travel, Art, Film, Books, Magazines

His words of Wisdom?

It is important to strive to present yourself with challenges. Embrace
your industry by taking the time to envelope the history of other
cultures, artists, photographers, publications, designers, companies, etc.
Lastly, try to think outside the box.

To see his work, visit