Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween in Reverse



Cool video courtesy of  http://www.gobeyondthecover.com of Canadian Rick Genest, aka Zombie Boy, promoting Dermablend covering make-up products. http://www.dermablend.com .

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Year's Worth of Make-up


Lernert & Sander: Natural Beauty on Nowness.com.

From Dutch artists Lernert and Sander, one half pound of make-up, 365 layers, all applied in the same day (a 9 hour shoot) on model Hannelore Knuts. I really wish they would have applied mascara though. I'd love to see what that many layers of mascara would look like. Full details at: http://www.nowness.com/day/2011/6/29/1521
Yummy!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

My New Hobby

What? Is it too much? Wearing all of them I feel rather Renaissance.

So I started making jewelry. Specifically, silk knotting with semi-precious stones. I'm trying to recycle some old jewelry I never wear anymore. I've always preferred necklaces, so old earrings and the like are getting a new lease on life and I've got fun new things to wear.


This was the first piece I made. It's Jasper, Carnelian, Pyrite, sterling beads, and some pearls from a choker I got for my high school graduation that I dis-assembled (I never wore it, but it had sentimental value, and voila! Now I wear it ... or, er ... part of it) on gray silk.


For this necklace I took a sterling silver designer earring from the 90's (Lee Brevard. I bought it at Theodore. Remember them?) and strung it as the center piece with Pyrite, freshwater pearls, African Jade, Yellow Fluorite, and some gray faceted glass beads. I know, glass is not semi-precious, but they were pretty and they worked. This one's also on gray silk.


This is my very ethnic piece. The large center piece is an inexpensive costume jewelry earring made of plated brass. The two pieces flanking it are also earrings, but they're rather prized. I got them in the early 80's from a couple who was importing jewelry handmade by Afghani nomads. I bought several pieces. I think they're just glass, but I love them. The problem was that I don't wear earrings anymore. This piece is knotted with orange silk and features Peach Adventurine, Pyrite, Mother of Pearl, and Jasper.


This is a piece I made last night. The cameo is from a pair of my mother's earrings. My grandparents may have given them to her. I think they were from the late 30's to early 40's. The little gold chains to either side came from my graduation choker (see first necklace above). This one has little brass beads, Mother of Pearl, and Peach Adventurine knotted with  purple silk. I feel like all my pieces work well together and look really nice layered. Sort of gypsy chic.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Workin' (Yay!)






A few weeks ago I started working full time on a "show" for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) called My Own Time ... get it? I put the word *show* in quotes because it's only 4 minutes long and will appear as segments during the commercial breaks of another show, but it still takes about a 12 hour day to shoot two of them, so lots of hours per week.

I'm privileged to be working with Kristen Eykel again who is hosting the show and who I worked with for a couple of years in a similar set-up on Court TV called The Saturday Night Solution. So my job, if you can call it that, is to do her hair and make-up and keep her looking fab during a long shoot day, but considering she's gorgeous and modeled professionally for years, I can't say it's particularly challenging, and that's really ok with me (but getting up at 4:30 a.m. five days a week ... whoa boy!)

Anyway, because of my new gig I might not be posting as much here. We're scheduled to shoot until mid July. Here's the link to the promo video on the OWN page: http://www.oprah.com/home/My-OWN-Time-Wants-You

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Watch This


MB999 Menswear: Arthropoda Collection - Spring/Summer 2011 from MB999 Menswear on Vimeo.

I did hair and make-up on this fashion video for the really beautifully made and designed menswear collection MB999. It was a vision from the creative mind of designer Maya Reynolds, produced by Glenn Campbell, directed by Jason Matzner and shot by both Jason and Glenn.

Here's what designer Maya had to say;"The spring/summer collection, Arthropoda, was inspired by the exoskeletons of insects. I translated the shapes as well as the concept of armor into the seaming and construction of the clothing. This video depicts the evolutionary journey of an arthropod and parallel journey of man in his navigation of life, both through creation and destruction".

The video was a real collaboration and I'm glad I was asked to be a part of it. It was a totally fun day deep in a no man's land on the outskirts of downtown.

Check out the full collection here:  http://mb999collections.com

Btw, the MB99 line is cut very lean and many of the pieces could be unisex if you ask me. The fabrications are rich and fabulous and I could totally see myself wearing many of them.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Aria Alpert

Photo by Kelly Kagen

Aria Alpert is a talented stage actress and lovely woman (in all senses of the word) whose make-up I've done several times over the years. I always thought that she naturally had the most amazing "retro" or "period" vibe with her ivory skin, big eyes, soft natural curls and perfect bowed lips, so one day we decided to play around a bit and really go for that look. She and her friend Kelly Kagen, who took these photos, both brought along some great vintage clothing and I think the shots came out pretty cool. I did tweak them a little after the fact to even further drive home the feeling of an old photo.

Aria also writes a gluten-free, dairy-free, mostly vegan, foodie cooking blog (whew!) called Organic Snob. Do check out her healthy yet deliciously yummy recipes. http://organicsnob.blogspot.com/


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I'm a f***ing Moviestar!

photo by Lori Dorn


A few days ago I did hair and make-up on a shoot for up-and-coming actress Susannah Hart Jones ... you can see another photo of her with a very natural make-up look here. I wanted to post this shot as well because I think it's gorgeous, plus I thought it might be interesting to see 2 very different make-up looks from the same day.


Anyway, as we were getting ready to go out and shoot this, Susannah asked, "So what look is this exactly?", and my reply was, "This is your 'I'm a f***ing moviestar' look". I do think she was sucessful in conveying that, no? Btw, it was FREEZING cold (I was dressed in a sweater and jacket and shivering) and she was wearing nothing but this little slip of a dress, her hands were blue, yet she focused, relaxed, and nailed it. That's the kind of thing that separates the "just another pretty girl" from those that have a chance of actually making it.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Joely Fisher on Craig Ferguson

I did Joely Fisher's make-up for the Craig Ferguson show this past Wednesday. She was funny, sexy and a bit bawdy ... as always. That's why we love her! Oh, and Guy Romeo did her Rupunzelesque hair. Enjoy!




Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tips for Choosing Foundation

The photo below is of beautiful ingenue actress Susannah Hart Jones and I did her hair and make-up. While you may be thinking "What make-up?", in reality the no make-up look is actually a full face of make-up and that lovely complexion was arrived at with tinted moisturizer, foundation, highlighter, concealer and powder. The secret here is getting a perfect color match, using a light hand and blending, blending, blending.


Photo by Lori Dorn

I was recently asked by a writer to provide some tips regarding foundations and that got me to thinking about what an important part it plays in the whole finished "look" of your make-up as it truly is the foundation to whatever other cosmetics you plan on using. It's probably one of the things my clients ask me about most often and it's also one of the things that I frequently notice women get wrong, and I swear as a general rule I don't go around checking out people's faces looking for make-up blunders, it's just that a really bad foundation job is hard to miss. So, as a service to all, herewith are some general helpful hints:

*Never choose a foundation color without first seeing it in the sunlight. Ask for a small sample or try it on at the store and walk outside with a mirror. Good sales people won't mind. They'd rather you get a color you're happy with than have to deal with a return. Finding the right color is probably the single most important thing. Don't rush it. Take your time. If you're wearing the wrong color, all the make-up tips in the world won't make it look good.

*Even if you've tried a color you think matches, don't purchase it immediately. Foundation colors can change slightly as they settle onto your skin, warm, and combine with your personal chemistry. Wait about 30 min. and then check to see if it looks darker or more orange.

*Blend the color on the side of your cheek, over your jawline and slightly down onto your neck. You should not see a streak of color. It should disappear.

* If you are a person who tans and your face and neck are a lot lighter than your chest and shoulders (because you wear sunscreen) and your chest and shoulders are going to be exposed ... which would probably be most of the summer months, try a sheer tinted moisturizer that's darker than the skin on your face and neck and closer to the color of your chest. Blend this all over your face and down onto your neck to even everything out so you don't get the dreaded "white face on brown shoulders" look. Then go back and spot cover where needed with a more covering foundation or lightweight concealer in a color that blends with your now more tan complexion. But don't put a darker foundation all over your face and down onto your neck. It's too heavy for this which is why it's best to stick with a tinted moisturizer.

*Other than tinted moisturizer, which can be blended over your whole face, you shouldn't think of most foundations as a mask. Once you've found a color that blends seamlessly with your skin and you're moisturized, dot small amounts in those areas that need a little coverage and evening out, and then blend outwards onto the rest of your skin. If you've chosen your color well, there's no need to coat your entire face. Not only will this look more natural, but then it's less likely to get cakey as the day wears on.

*Generally, the areas to concentrate coverage on are around the sides of the nose, the chin, tops of the cheek bones and between the eyebrows. Move from these areas fading outwards towards the rest of your skin. Step back and if something is still standing out, pat a little extra foundation on in those areas or dab a little matching concealer on them gently with a brush and then set with a dusting of the sheerest translucent powder you can find.

*When blending on your foundation, use light strokes and follow the direction of growth of the little micro hairs on your face. Generally that is horizontally across on your forehead, downward on your nose, upper lip and center of your chin, and then outwards at a diagonal towards your jawline on your cheeks and either side of your chin. Blending around in circles, or back and forth will make your foundation look cakey and not as smooth and will actually work it into your pores more, which can cause clogged pores and blemishes if your cleansing isn't super thorough. Which brings me to another point ...

*never, ever, go to bed with foundation on. That's the subject of a whole other post, but just quickly: your skin repairs and secretes and pushes dead skin cells out while you sleep and as gross as that sounds, what's even grosser is a layer of make-up preventing that from happening by sealing everything in.

Here's the link to the article by Jennifer Craig-Geisman where I'm quoted along with some other great L.A. make-up artists:
http://www.examiner.com/beauty-trends-in-los-angeles/put-your-best-face-forward-2

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Lori Dorn


I know, I know .... where have I been? Well its been a combo of personal life changes coupled with working on things not really writing-worthy. Not that they're bad things, I just didn't want to bore you. And honestly, I just haven't felt all that interested in blogging. I go through phases. Don't we all? But then I had sort of an epiphany; rather than focusing this blog solely on me and my (lately) non-exploits, maybe I'll just do what most others do and write about things around me or things that interest me or people I know.

Originally this was to be a forum for me to show my work, but much of what I do is frequently not photo related, so I also have the problem of not having content to give you. So I've decided to broaden its scope and that brings me to the painting you see above. It was a Christmas gift to me, painted by my friend Lori Dorn.

Lori and I started working together over 19 years ago. She's a photographer and originally she was doing publicity shoots, which is how we met. Later she settled into doing headshots for actors and has been quite prolific and successful. She has been very loyal to me, considering me "her" make-up artist and only wanting to use me and no one else when she works. I won't lie, this has caused some rifts ... her needing to work and me not being available because I've taken other jobs that interested me or came my way. But when all is said and done, we have a great working relationship and are totally on the same page when it comes to being detail oriented, uncompromising, and wholly driven by the desire to create a beautiful image.

Amazingly, Lori just picked up a brush about 9 months ago and started painting acrylics, something she had never done before. I had an inkling she may have had something like this in her, as she started painting her own backdrops a few years ago when she couldn't find the colors and textures she wanted for her photos. I kid her that she's manic ... she just paints, paints, paints non-stop, but the result is that she's made huge strides in a relatively short period of time. Anyway, you should check out her work here: http://gallery.me.com/loridorn#100283 for her paintings and here: http://www.loridorn.com for her photos.

And oh yeah, we have the exact same birthday. Except I'm older. Sigh ...