NEW PRODUCT: VISEART COY PALETTE

We are loving the bright hues and formula of this brand new palette from Viseart! The Coy palette features twelve brand new brightly colored prismatic shades, all housed in the new SlimPro magnetic palette. These luxurious crystalline, satin formulated shadows offer up sheer to full coverage with a watercolor finish, and includes hues from corals, golds, and purple to blue, green, lavender and silver. The formula of these twelve shadows are very similar to those found in the first column of the Grande Pro Volume 2 palette.

These shadows pairs perfectly well with the classic viseart matte shadows to help you create your client’s signature look. For a flawless sheer application use the ESUM G29 brush and for fuller coverage the ESUM W23 brush works best. Check out Muse Beauty.Pro for tips on creating the above signature look by Alphonse Wiebelt, founder of Muse Beauty.Pro. Viseart Coy Palette, $80, launched this first of the year is now available exclusively at Muse Beauty.Pro.

INDUSTRY NEWS: 2019 NOMINATIONS FOR THE MAKE-UP ARTIST AND HAIR STYLISTS GUILD AWARDS

It’s officially that time of year again! The nominations for 2019’s 6th annual  Local 706 Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS) have been announced, with awards honoring outstanding achievements in make-up and hair styling in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater. Winners will be honored at the black-tie gala on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live. This year we see nominations from the talented makeup and hair styling teams of films such as Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, Boy Erased  and from TV shows such as American Horror Story: ApocalypseSaturday Night Live,  and The Handmaid’s Tale. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Additionally, Academy Award®-nominated comedian Melissa McCarthy will be honored with the 2019 Distinguished Artisan Award, while outgoing Local 706 President and Emmy®- nominated make-up artist, Susan Cabral-Ebert and Robert Louis Stevenson, legendary Emmy-winning hair stylist, will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards.

NOMINEES FOR THE 6th ANNUAL MAKE-UP ARTISTS AND HAIR STYLISTS GUILD 2019 AWARDS ARE: Continue reading

PROFILE: AGA RHODES

When was the first time you realized you wanted to be a makeup artist?
I have always been creative and attended art school in Poland, my home country. However, makeup back then was not one of my stronger attributes. But, after some life changing events and being in need of a job, I started dabbling in makeup. I figured it was pretty close to art – same colors, brushes, color theory, just like oil paints (which is my favorite medium). Figured it couldn’t be so different. I had no idea what I was doing, but here I am 20 years later still doing makeup. I guess it worked out.

What is your main area of work/artistry?
My main area of work is beauty, everything from red carpet, luxury bridal, editorial, fashion, commercial and advertising. I have done a few movies, and it’s amazing to see your name in the credits on big screen, but I much rather the beauty side of the industry.

What is the best part of living in Chicago as a makeup artist?
My family first moved to Chicago in the 1980s from Poland, because it has the largest Polish community outside of Warsaw. I love that Chicago is such a melting pot of everything, that whatever area of the artistry you choose, there is a market for it. The Midwest in general, has a big bridal industry, that there isn’t a wedding season, but rather it’s year-round.

What was your first memorable work as an artist?
That’s a tough one. For me I operate on a very emotional level when I think back on my work. There are so many, like when I got to do makeup for Joan Jett, one of my idols since I was a teenager and I couldn’t believe I was doing her makeup. Another moment was when I saw my work blown up on a stage for NAHA (North American Hairstylist Awards) and knowing that the printed images that came out of that shoot would be seen worldwide. It’s so humbling.

How did you know that the makeup artist industry was where you wanted to be? 
I know exactly when it happened and again, it’s all about an emotional feeling for me. It was 2013 and I won a trip to The Makeup Show in NYC. Back then I was a comfortable makeup artist with books full of clients at various prestigious salons but, felt like Continue reading

VISIONARY: DANY SANZ

I could see the shock of red hair across the crowded trade show floor. It was her. I had heard so much about this woman, but so much remained a mystery to me. It seemed like just yesterday when I first caught a glimpse of her in person at the MAKE UP FOR EVER boutique on West Broadway in New York City. But it had, in fact, been nearly a decade.

She was huge — maybe not in size, but certainly in presence — wearing all black, with gentle, yet focused, black-rimmed eyes and, otherwise, seemingly very little makeup. Dany Sanz, by just walking into the room, made an understated and powerful statement with certainty — I am an artist.

And here she was, at my trade show. Yes, Dany Sanz would be presenting her first Continue reading

INSPIRED BY: KABUKI

How did you first develop an interest in make up?
Growing up in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, it would be hard not to develop an interest in make-up. When I was around 11, I found a big picture book on David Bowie at the library and I saw photos of the New Romantics from London at around the same time. The mix of future shock and nostalgia for an imaginary past inhabited by Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo. This became my initial motivation.

You are well known for your extraordinary creative artistry but you have an incredible body of work in beauty as well. Is there one type of work that you find more satisfying?
To quote Judy Garland,“You give the people what they want and then go buy yourself a hamburger.” I’m kidding, but there is some truth to that in the way that you should be flexible and do the make-up that’s appropriate for the project. The satisfaction comes from doing the best version of that work you can and in a relatively short amount of time so the energy at the shoot doesn’t go down.

What is the most challenging thing about being so innovative in your artistry? Do you feel the need to reinvent your work regularly?
It’s good to explore beyond your comfort zone. There’s a lot of making it up as you go along. It’s also important to know when to stop. Working with talented models, hair stylists performers, photographers and fashion stylists provide an atmosphere where Continue reading

ON SET: VE NEILL + MARWEN

How did you come to work on Welcome to Marwen?
Bill Corso called me and said he had this really unique project with Bob Zemeckis he thought I’d be great for.

Had you worked with Robert Zemeckis before?
I had never worked with him. I was really excited about it.

How does the process of creating a makeup design with Vfx work on a film like this?
It was kind of a weird thing because Billy said, “Do you mind if I design the makeup for the dolls and you recreate it on  the humans?” I said, “Absolutely not. Do whatever you want to do.” First, we scanned all the actors at Gentle Giant Studios and got copies of their heads. Billy designed renderings of what the characters would look like as dolls in
Photoshop. Then I applied the design on as human beings. In the end, we wanted to have a meld of the two characters—the dolls and humans.

Tell me about the look of the characters.
They’re all characters in Mark’s (Steve Carell) life. Each one of these dolls had a specific character and look: Anna the Soviet (Gwendoline Christie); Carlala (Eiza Gonzalez) was a señorita-type chick; Suzette (Leslie Zemeckis) was a French
maid-type character; G.I. Julie (Janelle Monáe) was a woman from rehab. We scanned Steve because Continue reading

WELCOME: FALL 2018 EDITOR’S NOTE

We thought it was fitting to start the week with this welcome note by our Editor/Creative Director, Michael DeVellis from the Fall 2018 Issue. The theme focusing on change, transition and moving forward, couldn’t come at a better time as we celebrate the launch of not only our Fall 2018 Issue, but also the 15th anniversary of The Powder Group.  Thank you to our readers for your continued support and we look forward to continuing to bring you the best of the Pro Beauty Industry.

WELCOME

I have to tell you, I’m really excited about the future. I am excited because of what I know about it, and also what I don’t. I am excited for what’s next because that means change.

Change is good. Change can also be really, really hard.

Movement forward is a necessary part of life and business. Forward, by definition, tends to mean leaving something behind. That is where the hard part usually comes in.

Whether it’s about personal, professional or psychological change, moving from one stage, or place, to another, can bring about a lot of emotions. Emotions that, quite possibly, can seem contradictory to each other – liberating, nerve-wracking, exciting, terrifying.

Change is always interesting, sometimes difficult, often awesome.

But, at the end of the day, it’s not always for us to decide. Change is inevitable. Don’t fight it. Take a deep breath. Hold someone’s hand. Get ready for whatever is coming.

As we celebrate the milestone of our 15th year at The Powder Group, I can not help but Continue reading

NEW PRODUCT: VISEART GRANDE PRO VOLUME 2

Viseart has done it again with the Grand Pro Volume 2 Palette! This jeweled toned palette was exclusively curated by Alphonse Wiebelt of  Muse Beauty.Pro and Viseart and contains 30 shimmering shadows, divided into six new formulas that were developed over two years. “The vision was to develop new textured pigments crafted in the traditional hand-pressed format that transcend dimension”  It features new pigment technology and prismatic glitters, these shadows are ideal for accenting, highlighting and creating flawless sultry eyes.

Each shadow is housed systematically in individually magnetized pans within a folding easel making setup effortless to work with every client. Column 1 contains Crystalline Highlighter shades, that are a Continue reading