Voluminous, bouncy blow dry

Posted on Saturday 2 December 2006

Fine / limp hair

[Part II of the big, bouncy blow-wave blog]

When your hair is baby fine and limp, a full bouncy blowdry often seems unattainable – you’ve even been known to lust after your best friends thick wavy hair (just for a day…, even though she constantly reminds you that yours only takes 5 mins to dry…). Don’t despair, wild and crazy curls may not be yours, but have some empathy for your frizzy headed friends who spend hours working to attain a cascade of smooth, glistening locks. Bumble and bumble come to the resuce of the fine-haired damsel.

Shampoo + condition with thickening shampoo and thickening conditioner to kick-start the volume + shine process.

Fine, flyaway hair needs Prep as the next step. This is especially good as it helps to lubricate your damp locks, when hair is at its most fragile, so you want to encourage less breakage. After spritzing with Prep, gently comb with a wide tooth comb, to detangle, ready for your blowdry.

Styling lotion is a gentle, light-weight formula that continues the next level of body and shine for fine and fragile hair.

Use those blowdry muscles, and a little heavy handed-ness, to work volume and smoothness into your tresses.  Section by section, using a good quality paddle brush or large round brush, and a strong / high tension blow-dry, with volume and lift at the roots, is your key to constructing a dazzling mane. Avoid a floppy mop by fixing velcro rollers into dried hair. Finish your final do with a little teasing at the roots, as this works wonders when you are creating a voluminous do.

Boost your blowout with a blast of hair powder at the roots. This is a multi-tasking product that will give you texture and staying power, help to absorb oilyness, and is great for between colors too!

Models Makeup @ 3:30 pm
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Big, Bouncy Blowout – pro tips + tricks

Posted on Wednesday 1 November 2006

If you are an avid reader of fashion mags (aren’t we all :) ), then you can’t help but notice the models gorgeous hair: the big, bouncy blow-dry! If you love this look and would like to recreate it on your own locks, then checkout the recipe below with tools of the trade + some pro tips to help you achieve a big, bouncy blow, featuring the divine Bumble and bumble range!

Part I is for frizzy / curly hair, and Part II is for thin / fine hair

Frizzy / curly hair

For those with naturally curly hair, don’t cringe when the fashionistas say that curls are making a comeback… Make the most of your already kinky hair, and work it into that look a cascade of flowingly tresses that wave and bounce. Let your locks glisten and gleam as smooth as silk, instead of your normally untamed crazy curls… Play your products, try our suggestions of Bumble and bumble and let them gently take you by the hand and with a few easy steps!

Shampoo + condition with Creme de coco shampoo to moisturize and defrizz all-in-one, and Creme de coco conditioner.

Staying power, is essential for the big + bouncy do. Gently comb through towel dried hair with a wide tooth comb, and to help detangle and smooth, spritz with detangling and lubricating prep to lengthen and strengthen the longevity of your blowout.

Work a little Straight through damp hair with your fingers. Arm yourself with a good paddle brush or large round brush, and some blowdry muscles – to smooth your tresses into a curtain of luscious, glowing locks, a strong / high tension blow-dry is how the pros “tame the beast” (so to speak…)

Shimmer, glisten and gleam, polish and shine, glint and glimmer – adds that silky textured finish of sheen to your hair. Spray lightly onto your freshly blow-dried locks and let it do its thing.

For a finish with some natural movement and a little control, spritz a light hold spray, and voila, big bouncy blowdry!

Models Makeup @ 3:13 pm
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European Models

Posted on Tuesday 8 August 2006

Links to European – International advice site/s for models

It certainly has been a challenge to find good beauty related modelling sites specifically for European women. Here are a couple of modelling and fashion related links to help you on your modelling quest.

European Beauty links:
Eastern European Modelling Agencies – includes Agencies representing models from Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Moscow to Yugoslavia + Croatia – lots of links to Eastern Europe.

Hint always has a comprehensive list of the worlds most gorgeous upcoming models in Model Mania.

Models Makeup @ 9:00 pm
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Straightening hair that always kinks out at the ends

Posted on Tuesday 4 July 2006

I want to make my frizzy hair look longer so it looks straight like all the models hair, is there some way I can do it at home?

Pro beauty tip:
Blow-drying your hair straight is the easiest trick to creating the illusion of a longer, smoother mane.

Smooth Straight Hair: There is no question – whether you have straight, kinky or curly hair, to get the super sleek, catwalk straight look, that you see in magazines and on the runway, that you have to blowdry your hair straight. For a temporary blow out of straight hair, you have to deal with the frizz factor. There are some fabulous straightening products, giving a sleek, professional finish, is KMS Flat OutFlat Out straightening balm, GHD straightening spray, Bumble and bumble straight – these products are designed to keep hair sleek and smooth all day.
Use a large round or paddle brush, and blow dry hair section by section, making sure each section is completely dry before starting on the next section. The most effective way for a perfect finish is to apply straightening balm to each section as you go. A large paddle brush will give you poker straight hair, and a round brush will give you a softer curved finish.
The model secret to poker straight hair is that once you have blow dried your hair, you run the straighteners through, this will give you the ultimate in straight hair. Go for ceramic straighteners (you can’t go past GHD), and after running these babies through, you will have catwalk straight hair!

Chemical straightening is a far more serious venture to consider, as it is like a perm – it actually physically changes the structure of your hair, so extra care is necessary looking after chemically straightened hair. It is advised that you have chemical straightening done professionally, as there are some serious chemicals used in the process, and if not correctly applied you may burn your scalp or your skin, and cause damage and breakage to your hair.
The following products are generally used in chemical hair relaxing procedures: chemical hair relaxer formula; neutralizer; petroleum cream; shampoos designed specifically for hair relaxers; hair relaxing conditioners.
Chemical straighteners work by breaking the bonds of your hair (the same as a perm / permanent wave does); talk to your hairdresser about what to expect, and how the newer straighteners on the market can improve the texture of your hair (in the right hands…).

For a temporary transformation, use a wig, hairpiece or clip in extensions. Wig specialty stores have heaps of funky styles, shapes and shades with a fab range of accessories to funkify any style. Wigs offer the opportunity to experiment with color and style without the commitment of cutting or dying.
If you are wanting a more permanent result like this, then hair extensions are the solution pop into a specialist salon and chat to them about the variety of options available.

Models Makeup @ 8:43 pm
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Techniques & tips how to apply makeup for B+W photo shoots

Posted on Thursday 22 June 2006

Learning how to apply makeup for photos, especially black and white, and how to work with lighting.

When you are doing makeup for black and white photography, think in terms of shades of white, grey and black – it takes a little time to get used to working in a medium that doesn’t require “color co-ordination”! I find that if I squint my eyes almost shut, that it allows you to perceive tonal values better and colors are not as distracting, so you will get a better idea of the intensity of your “colors” (rather than their specific hue) and see if your contouring is appropriate for the look you are going for.
Use your darker colors for contouring – shadowing effects are created by strategic placement of lights, so your shading and highlighting will be applied accordingly.
B + W photography does not tolerate obvious effects, so blending is your best asset here :)
* You will still have to do your usual corrective work (under eye bags, blemishes, etc) – corrective work is about creating a harmonious balance between the models skin (or your own if you are modelling and doing makeup on yourself) and subtle contouring – so blend, blend, blend!!!
* If stronger effects are required for a more dramatic look, then it is really important that no hard lines or harsh edges are visible. Your aim is to alter or improve the appearance of you / your model.
* You may have to add intensity to eye makeup to balance the contouring and highlighting.
* Remember, that reds will photograph as dark, so works effectively as a contour, but if you / your model is used to wearing red lippie, you may have to lighten the shade for a softer lip color.
* Try to keep in mind that streaky or blotchy patches in foundation application will be very noticible, so make sure you apply foundation smoothly and evenly. Unless you / your model are blessed with perfect skin, then a heavier base (more like a two-way cake or pancake) is suitable.
As with all makeup, it is about creating illusions, working with each face as a new canvas and utilising the medium of black and white to its fullest by making the most of its variety of values!
I always like to see a polaroid once the shot is set up, that way you can gauge how the lighting is working with your makeup, and see if you need to make any alterations to get the best shot. Lighting varies so much, depending on the photographers vision of the end result, and black and white is a great way to experiment with lighting and makeup techniques – just remember that the harsher the lighting, the less forgiving the medium is on any flaws / mistakes – uneven lines, streaky foundation, careless blending, and inappropriate product selection.

It takes a bit of practice to perfect the black and white makeup, but it is such a beautiful medium to work in because it really emphasises the subtlties of light and shade!!

Models Makeup @ 8:29 pm
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Modelling advice for teenage girl

Posted on Monday 1 May 2006

“do i take pictures and then put them in a portfolio or do i have a professional do it??? right now i’m starting to read different magazines for different looks and i’m also trying to get information on how to start.”

Developing a professional modelling portfolio

A professional folio comes together from your collection of work, so starting a folio depends on the preferences of the agency you are accepted into. It is a good idea to have a few “snaps” to take into the agencies open days – a basic headshot and bodyshot will give the agents a good idea of how you photograph, and they will probably get you to walk to see your catwalk potential. Call each agency to find out when they hold their open days.

Once you have been picked up by an agent, you initially start w/ what seems like a million go sees, but it gets your face known to your potential clientele. It is a lot of leg work, but you can’t let rejections effect you personally, as it is all about if your look is what the industry is demanding at the time, and this can change from season to season.

You are on the right track reading mags to keep your look up to date. Having good skin and bone structure is always a bonus, as is a fit healthy, toned physique, and a good attitude is essential too.
…And you just never know your luck – you may be one of the fortunate few, like Naomi or Kate, who are “spotted” by a talent scout!

Models Makeup @ 6:30 pm
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Photographic Makeup Tips for a model with Fair Skin with Deep Set Eyes and Dark Circles

Posted on Friday 14 April 2006

Photographic Makeup Application Tips

Makeup for photography deals specifically with effect, as the camera picks up details that the eye may miss. A corrective makeup can only correct so much, the rest is up to the photographer to scrutinize any flaws and watch for the right moment to capture a flattering expression. The photographer has the ability to correct and create a look using angle and lighting. Lighting is one of the most important aspects of the shoot, and the makeup artist needs to understand the lighting in order to apply the correct makeup for the conditions (or you need to understand if you are doing your own makeup). Harsh light is very contrasty and dramatic, but will show up flaws more. Direct light tends to be dramatic, but can make skin look uneven, and care must be taken with shadows (which could be contributing to your problem with dark circles). A softer light may help hide flaws, or if the photographer bounces the light off a reflector board, umbrella or diffuser, as will changing the angle of your face.

Blending is one of the most important techniques of a good makeup, as the camera will pick up obvious lines (such as badly blended eyeshadow or contouring). My makeup students know my “blend, blend, blend” chant well :)
Balance is equally important. Train your eye to judge balance, especially when doing more advanced and corrective makeup, look for uneven application i.e.. one cheek higher / larger than the other; eyebrows shaped evenly, and lips are the same size and shape on both sides.

* Where do you apply your photographic makeup? Home, studio, location – consider the lighting. Does the quality of light where you apply your make-up for the shoot give you an accurate idea of the lighting used in the photos. The secret is to know the lighting, and allow for differences between the light you apply your makeup and the photoshoot light. Check the makeup under the studio lights prior to shooting, and make any adjustments necessary. A polaroid will also give you a better idea of the lighting, especially if diffusers or lighting effects are effecting the end result.

Makeup tips for fair skin:
* Really fair skin tends to have very fine, invisible pores, can be translucent, and a tendency to be dry; with a little extra help and some spot conceal (hide dark circles, blemishes and other imperfections), blended with brush, you will have a flawless finish. Building the foundation up in layers will give the appearance of a softer, more natural looking makeup.
A good base is all about the skin – aim to improve the color and texture of your skin rather than applying a thick base for a flat allover effect. Fair skins can be washed out with too much light. Apply a not-too-pink cream blush to the apples of your cheeks, to add color.

If you are working with color film, stay away from hues with too much blue in them, as this will bring out under eye circles.

Makeup tips for deep-set eyes:
* A couple of good tricks to makeup deep-set eyes: use a narrow line of eye shadow in a light shade on the eyelid above the lashes. Apply a mid shadow just below your eyebrow, and utilise your natural contour for more of a sheer makeup look. If you want to build on this, for a more dramatic look, apply darker makeup on the area above the crease and gradiate with the color under the brow. Blending away any stripes of makeup or harsh lines. Apply mascara only to the base of your top + bottom lashes if your eyes are extremely deep-set.

Fair eyebrows are a bonus of fair skin, as you can often work the shape without having to tweeze excessively. Darken blonde brows with an angled brush stroking in a darker ash tone blonde or taupe.
Enlarge deep-set eyes by shaping and raising the space between the eyes and brows. Lift the brows subtly with a highlighter or pencil shading a little above the bone – blend well. Perfectly balanced brows requires precision tweezing, so use concealer or base to help your brow shaping. Draw the brow shape you want in with a powder or brow pencil, then block out (with the concealer) the hairs that need tweezing. Draw in one brow at a time, so you can see the difference, and to make sure you are happy with the shape / result. Tweeze from side to side, taking a few hairs from each side to maintain precision and balance, rather than doing one brow then trying to match the other brow…

Other makeup links that may help with covering your dark circles are:
Covering overly dark circles
Dark Circles
The best shots are a combination of: working your best angle (one trick for minimizing shadows is to stretch your face out from your neck a little and look up at the camera); posing for a shot (to emphasize your bone structure, to tilt your head slightly); projecting your image; and knowing how to tap into projecting your beauty from within!! The right makeup and fashion styling finish the image, creating the total picture! You are then in the hands of the photographer, whose job is to bring out the inner and capture the outer beauty.

Models Makeup @ 6:25 pm
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Fast, simple makeup advice for a model in the entertainment industry.

Posted on Thursday 30 March 2006

5 – 10 minute makeup

If this is a regular makeover for you, then my best advice here is to be organized!!
*Keep your brushes clean, easily accessible and ready to go.
*If you cannot have your makeup laid out, then store the main products you use for your “daily makeup” in a way that you can quickly and easily reach everything you need.
*Keep your skin in tip top condition (that way you will use less base / concealer), and keep your brows well maintained so that daily grooming is quick and easy.
*Another practical time saving tip is to have your lashes tinted regularly – that way if you don’t actually get time to whip on some mascara, your lashes will always look fab!

Keep your work look simple. It is easier to do a “natural finish” daily (5-10) minute makeup. It may take a little practice to get up to speed initially (esp if you are new to wearing a full face of makeup), and once you feel confident with the natural look, or have a little more time up your sleeve you could work on a heavier look – going from barely there to brilliantly polished! (then, work on getting this down to about 10 mins).

Barely-there Natural makeover
The key to this look is combining practicality with a beautiful natural finish that is flawless, svelte, and all the while looking professional and contemporary, (to suit your work in such an image oriented industry). Think streetwise, cosmopolitan, understated.
Daytime business makeup that is subtly sophisticated looks best when you select natural tones, as these will be the most suitable for easy wear and quick application.

* The Basics: light foundation + minimal concealer (translucent powder – optional)
* blush is fresh and youthful looking
* neutral eyeshadow, with the option for subtle shading of contour / outer corner; mascara (1-2 coats on the top, very light dab into the base of bottom lashes)
* [kohl pencil (optional) smudged on the top lid only]
* lipliner and lipstick / lipgloss finish the look, balancing and harmonizing the makeover.

The Details:
1. Base: you will need to have a shade of foundation that suits your skintone for the best (and quickest) application. Only apply base where you need it – to even out skintone, around eyes, to cover pigmentation, and for a clear, youthful complexion. Liquid (to suit your skin type) or cream to powder finish (like Vincent Longo’s water canvas or Chanel’s Creme Poudre) are quick and easy to apply, with a light feel and a natural finish. Applying foundation first may give you enough coverage and save time by minimize the amount of concealer you need to use.
If you need to apply concealer only where needed – i.e.. under eyes, in the inner corner of eyes, any blemishes.

2. Blush next – the major faux pas for this look is unnatural blusher (meaning color and / or application). Choose a natural shade – creams are quick and easy to apply and blend away to nothing; or if you like a little more color, just apply more. Stila convertible color, or Bloom sheer color creamsheer color cream have a gorgeous range of easy to use creamy blushers. For a healthy, radiant look, blend a dab of creamy color onto the apples of your cheeks (with your fingertips), and blend away to nothing toward your ear. With creams it is easy to blend away any harsh lines that make cheek color look unnatural – you just want to add a hint of natural glow to your cheeks.

3. Eyes: Look for a compact with 2 – 3 shades, colors that suit your complexion / coloring.
1. To start with, do the 1 step application – a neutral shadow all over your mobile lid blended into your contour.
2. As you get faster, do the 2 step application – build onto your neutral shadow with a deeper color into your contour, or onto the outer 1/3 of your mobile lid.
3. Then when you are a pro @ speedy makeup application, you can do the 3 step application – build on the 2 step and add a touch of a highlighter color just under your brow (or to take your makeup from day to play) to accent your eyes.

o If you choose natural colors, you can’t go wrong – choose warm toned browns for golden complexions, and cooler tones for pinker complexions. Once you have your routine up to scratch time-wise, you can venture into more of the “fashion” tones.

Brush brows into position, and fill in any gaps with a brow pencil a shade lighter than your brow color, brush again to soften the pencil (looks more natural than a solid brow line)
One coat of mascara on top lashes (for more definition add a 2nd coat on outer 1/2 of lashes), and if you need mascara on bottom lashes, keep to a minimum – work into the base of lashes for a natural look.

4. If opting for translucent powder, dust on before applying lips, and only in oily areas (i.e. T-zone: nose, forehead, chin). For a dewy, natural finish no powder is required (and esp with the cream to powder finish foundations), unless you have an oily skin, then just do a light powder, and have blotting paper or pressed powder (in a compact) for touch-up’s as needed.

5. Lips: the rule of thumb here for a balanced look is not to overdo both eyes and lips – go for bold eyes OR bold lips, and tone the other down, as going for strong eyes and lips will give you a very made up look (and takes more time!). Fresh shimmery colors are great for summer with a hint of gloss, and richer caramels or plums are great for the perfect pout in winter! For longer wearing lipstick, apply a pencil that is close to your lipstick color first (all over, or else you get the dreaded VLL [Visible Lip Liner] once your lipstick starts wearing off…), then brush on lipstick / gloss. LipArt lipstick action has tips on lip care and other lipstick tricks!

A look like this can take you 5-10 mins (depending on your level of experience / expertise :) This makeup look is timeless, and can be easily transformed from day to evening!

Models Makeup @ 6:19 pm
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Fashion makeup update for model with dark brown hair, brown eyes, and medium olive skin.

Posted on Monday 20 February 2006

What you see in magazines is the seemingly effortless end result – what you don’t see is the flurry of activity: hair, makeup, styling, preening, plucking, endless perfectionism and preparation – the behind-the-scenes team that creates the sophisticated, fabulous high fashion chic of the super model!
Creating “fabulous” on yourself day in day out is one huge effort, and I applaud your dedication :) However, all that effort is worth it if it makes you feel good, and the best way to make what you see happening in fashion makeup work for you is to feel good about the way look and use these ideas as inspiration to bring out different aspects of yourself.

The most important thing is not to become a makeup / fashion victim, but utilise the latest and greatest products to add to your personal style. If you are a slave to fashion, you tend not to have this individual style, as your look is dictated to, rather than complementing the way you look by incorporating new colors and techniques.

Have fun with fashion – take elements that appeal to you and make your own statement with them. Shaping your eyebrows is an easy way to instantly have the look of the moment, play with having coral tinged cheeks and nude lips, go rock star chic with your eyes and keep your look fresh by regularly changing your hair style – like going from bed hair to beach hair – get the surfy chick look happening and work your makeup from there.

You might think that makeup has no rules these days, when you look thru the more “out there” fashion mags, so “translating” the latest looks to suit your style can be challenging… So, find one element that really appeals to you from scrutinizing mags, and work that into your makeup style, evolving it as the season progresses. Use your personal interpretations of fashion makeup to develop your style further, and you will be out there without being a style slave.
Fashion Makeup used in context to your lifestyle is a fun way to express your inner model.

Choose what works best for you, and simply, do not do anything that doesn’t suit you – it is all a learning process :)

A lot of looks that are designed for camera and catwalk, don’t always translate well to a “street” look – fine for going out on the town, but if you are wanting something more “everyday” you need to go for a look that is more flattering – bring out your gorgeous dark eyes, and always go for loads of black mascara for those fab lashes of yours!

There is an endless array of looks that can be worn – fashion is no longer about just one look that everyone has to try and wear, it is more about developing your personal style and bringing out your best features!

Makeup links for Brown eyes:

Party Makeup for Brown Eyes
Makeup Tips for Brown Eyes
Colored Mascara for Brown Eyes

Models Makeup @ 5:42 pm
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