Monday, March 29, 2010

Makeup Organizers

In the world of a makeup artist, everything has to be de-potted and condensed or else we'll go crazy.  Especially and most specifically...eyeshadows!  Different artists de-pot and organize in different ways, whether it be sticking them on cardboard and making a book out of eyeshadows or putting them into empty magnetic palettes.

I recently bumped into the UNII Cosmetics makeup organizer.  Not only are they super cute and colorful but the site itself ROCKS!  They give you tips and tricks on how to de-pot your eyeshadows, how to repair broken eyeshadows and even show you pictures of how others have their makeup stored in the UNII.  

Here is a list of other awesome empty makeup palettes:

Friday, March 26, 2010

Face Chart

I don't know about any of you but I HATE that MAC Face Chart.  It's so boring and (dare I say) UGLY!  So here is to a new and prettier face chart.  Click on picture for full printable size.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Newest Lip Tars

Today I went over to the OCC Studio to pick up the NEW Lip Tars and I have to say they are nothing short of AMAZING (but we already knew that).  I love the new colors especially Complex.  I was mixing to create that nude color but now I don't have to anymore (which is great when you're pressed for time).

Here's what the NEW colors look like:

If you're a Lip Tar lover I highly recommend picking up the new colors.  Available at

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Makeup Cooldown

Spring and Summer are on their way and with that comes humidity and disgusting heat.  What does that mean for your makeup kit?  Lipsticks and cream products get all sweaty and gross looking.  It can also mess with the consistency of your products such as your lipsticks and cream foundations.  Keeping your makeup in a cool dry place is key.  Avoid storing it in the bathroom because of all the constant changes in temperature every time someone takes a bath or shower can, over time, affect your products.

A nice place to keep your makeup from getting moldy or attracting bacteria and dirt is to store them in a cosmetic cooler (shown above), keeping them at the ideal temperature of 45 - 55 degrees Fahrenheit.  The downside?  A cosmetic cooler can run you anywhere from $80 to $200 depending on the brand and where you shop for it. (YIKES!)

A really awesome inexpensive alternative is to store your products in the refrigerator.  This prolongs the shelf-life, makes your makeup last longer and the cool products feel so nice on the skin especially in the summer.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Make Up For Ever HD Blush

For those of you who haven't tried the Make Up For Ever HD creme blushes I have one word...A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  I'm not a huge fan of creme blushes because to me they always seem to go on weird.  Either too spotty, blotchy or just kinda dry.  But not the MUFE HD blush.  I bought one just to try it out and the application is seriously amazing!
Here's how I apply it:
Squeeze a pea size amount onto the back of your hand, dip your finger into the product and put about 2 or 3 dots on the cheekbones and use the stipple brush to blend, blend, blend...and viola!  It looks like you've airbrushed the blush on.  It takes a little time to get used to so don't get frustrated if you don't get it the first couple of times.  Just keep practicing.

Another way to apply it is to just spread and blend with your fingers.  If you're using your fingers and no brush to blend, remember that all of the product is on there and there is no brush to pick up any of the product therefore you'd have to use less because a little goes a LONG way (think half pea size amount).

Next time you're near a MUFE spot, pick yourself up one of these babies.  I guarantee you'll love it!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Julianne Moore: The NEW face of BVGALRI

What happened to our beautiful Jessica Stam as the face of BVLGARI?  Not that Julianne Moore isn't beautiful but I've gotten so used to Jess Stam that I was taken aback when I saw Julie Moore's face (and BODY!!) plastered on the ad campaigns.

I think its a wonderful change.  Julianne Moore is gorgeous and who can resist that fire red hair, amazing body (who knew?) and legs that go on forever.  Whomever the mastermind was behind this change...I hereby thank you!  You're a genius!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Makeup Artist Agencies

Many of us don't know how many Makeup Artist Agencies there are out there.  In fact, I seem to discover one every week!  I figured I'd list all of the agencies (that I can think of and know of so far) so that all you beautiful and wonderful aspiring artists (and the already pros) can take a look at them.  See what type of agency they are, what type of work they have and who are the artists.  Since I am in the New York market most of the one's I have are NY based so please excuse me for the lack of knowledge for other places.  I will update this any time I can if I find new ones.

Makeup Artist Agencies
Aartlondon (London)
Agency Gerard Management (NY - Miami)
Aim Artists (NY - LA)
Airport Agency (Paris)
Art + Commerce (NY - Paris)
Art Department (NY - Paris - Milan)
Art List (NY - Paris)
The Artist Group  (AU)
Artists United (LA - San Fran)
Artistic Cube (NY)
Artistic Licence (London)
Artists by Next (NY - LA)
ARTISTS by Timothy Priano (NY - LA - Miami - Chicago - International)
Atelier Management (NY - LA)
B Agency (NY - Paris)
BA Reps (NY)
Beauty and Photo (NY)
BeautyWing (NY)
Blink (Denmark)
Blue Issue (Dallas)
Bryan Bantry (NY)
Calliste Agency (Paris)
The Campbell Agency (Dallas)
Carol Hayes Management (London)
Celestine Agency (Santa Monica)
Cloutier Remix (CA)
Community NYC (NY)
Company 1  (AU)
Creative Management (NY)
Current Studio  (LA - NY - Paris)
De Facto, Inc. (NY)
D + V Management (NY - London)
Emma Davies (London)
Ennis Inc.  (NY - Boston - CA)
Era Management (London)
Exclusive Artists Management (NY - LA)
Ford Artists (NY - Chicago - Miami - Toronto - San Fran - Milwaukee)
Frank Agency (London)
Frank Reps (California)
IA Agency (Dallas)
Intro Artists (NY - LA - Miami)
Illusions Management (NY)
Jed Root (NY - LA - Paris - London - Tokyo)
Joe Management (NY)
Joy Goodman (London)
Judy Casey (NY)
Judy Inc. (Montreal - Toronto - Vancouver)
Julian Watson (London)
Jump Management (NY)
Karlee Artist Management (LA)
Kasteel + Agent (Barcelona)
Kate Ryan, Inc. (NY)
Ken Barboza (NY)
Kess Agency (NY)
Kramer + Kramer (NY)
L Artists Agency (NY - Milan)
Lizard Management  (AU)
Liz Bell Agency  (Canada)
Lily Artists (NY - Miami - Chicago - San Fran - LA - Las Vegas - Boston)
Look Artists Agency (NY - LA - San Fran - Chicago - Seattle)
Look Production  (AU - India - Singapore - Hong Kong - China)
Loox Agency (Germany)
Luna Llena Management (NY)
Magnet (NY - LA - UK)
The Magnet Agency (NY - LA - UK)
Management + Artists (NY - Paris - Milan)
Mandy Coakley (London)
Marek and Associates (NY)
Mark Edward, Inc. (NY)
MeMeMeReps (Beverly Hills)
Motif Management (Barcelona)
My-Management (London)
Names Agency  (AU)
The Nest Agency  (AU)
Network Agency (AU)
On Set Management (Dallas)
One Makeup (London)
OPUS Beauty (LA - NY)
Page One Management (Toronto)
Plutino Group (Toronto)
Premier Hair and Makeup (London)
Pure Management (NY)
Reload Agency  (AU - New Zealand)
The Rex Agency (LA)
Rouge Artists (CA)
Sarah Laird + Good Company (NY)
Seaminx (Dallas)
See Management (NY)
Soho Management (London)
Spectacular Studios (Sweden)
Stilista Agency (NY)
Streeters (NY - London)
Susan Price, Inc. (NY)
Talents (Madrid)
Team (NY - MA)
T.H.E Artist Agency (DC)
They Rep (Canada)
Tim Howard Management (NY)
Tracey Mattingly (LA)
TRON Management (Tokyo)
Urban Siren (LA)
Vendrame  (AU)
Viviens Creative  (AU)
The Wall Group (NY - LA)
Workgroup Ltd. (NY - LA - San Fran - Paris)
WT Management (NY)
Zenobia (NY - LA - San Fran - Chicago - Miami)
2c Management  (AU)

Jewelry Shoot

I've been in love with the BVLGARI campaigns for so long that I just had to do a jewelry shoot.  We didn't try to mimic the campaign or anything, I just really wanted something in my port other than just regular clean beauty.  So I opted for a slight smokey eye in brown, still keeping the rest of the skin clean and beautiful and of course the jewels.  Here is a little preview of how the recent jewelry shoot went.

Photographer: Norm C.
Makeup Artist: Yisell (Me)
Model: Danielle @ Muse
Hair: Tracy B.
Jewels: TribalCouture

Monday, March 15, 2010

American Heart Association

I was totally excited when I was asked to do a shoot for the American Heart Association sometime last year so when I looked in my mailbox today and found the AHA book I couldn't help but run up to my apartment and scan them in.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Assisting the TLC Shoot

Assisting Deanna on the TLC shoot was the best assisting job I've had so far.  I'm usually not the type of person to be star struck (after all, I have been a makeup artist for so long that after a while the glam of meeting or seeing "stars" just eventually fades away) but I couldn't help but keep staring at Kat Von D occasionally.  I didn't really understand why.  She's just this tall, slim, beautiful woman, dressed in leather and platforms who is also a Tom Boy, is covered in tattoo's, looks and speaks tough, yet she's SUPER nice.

As the other Talent started rolling in I realized that everyone was just so down to earth and actually...kind of silly!  Since this was really my first encounter with such big talent, I was really taken aback as to how totally NORMAL they are.  But I'd have to say that out of all the talent (and there was A LOT of talent), I'd have to say that the Cake Boss family was my favorite.  They were such good sports (especially Buddy), so much fun on set and super funny.

It was quite an experience and I can't wait to do it again.