From our Summer 2008 Issue, these pieces of art were created entirely from makeup!
Artwork: Stephanie Born | Photography: Richard Gary


Stila_Modern_MuseThis Fall, Stila releases a mythic beauty meets modern-day muse collection, consisting of never before seen formulas and groundbreaking textures, where colors play off each other in a bold ways, creating a mixture of chic yet soft and opulent with a touch of whimsy looks.  Meet the Modern Goddess collection, consisting of a range of products that will be sure to help you create the most striking look, while unleashing you inner Goddess.

The Modern Goddess collection consists of a HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara, with a  triple-pigment formula, this mascara drenches the lashes with weightless color with each stroke, building a dramatic volumized look without the clump or crunch. The Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer, works like magic to deliver incredibly full, lush lashes. It contains two different kinds of fibers built into the creamy, easy-to-apply formula. Each fiber work simultaneously to deliver a faux-looking, lash look while a proprietary blend of soft waxes and thickening agents ensure lashes stay flexible and perfectly sculpted. Next is the Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner, a highly pigmented, long-wearing liquid eye liner creates a variety of looks. The first of it’s kind dispenser features a cushion-y sponge saturated in beautiful, vivid color. Consisting of 6 shades from flat to metallic.  A great eyeliner is even better with the perfect brush like the La Quill Precision Eye Liner Brush, designed to be used with the Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner.  This brush dips into the sponge eyeliner like a calligraphy pen and draws across the lid in a slow, smooth, fluid motion, creating the perfect line every time. The Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector, a combination of a pressed powder and cream foundation. It’s bouncy, putty-like texture is perfect for buildable, undetectable coverage, creating flawless skin. Great for all complexions and available in 5 shades.  The final product in the collection is the Wonder Brush for Face and Body, this brush is perfect for sculpting, blending, highlighting, and buffing.  A versatile ergo-dynamic brush can be swiped across the entire face or body and great with the Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector. Prices in the collection range from $23-$58 and products available at #stilamoderngoddess


MUFE_ULTRA_HD_Foundation_StickMAKE UP FOR EVER once again leads the beauty industry into the next era of makeup innovation and technology. As the original pioneer of the HD makeup category, MAKE UP FOR EVER continues to redefine and elevate beauty standards with the launch of its new ULTRA HD FOUNDATION.  Completely invisible under the latest, ultra-magnified resolution, these innovative foundation formulas look completely natural on camera – and to the naked eye.

To keep complexions flawless at any resolution, MAKE UP FOR EVER developed ULTRA HD FOUNDATION’s innovative formula with Amino Acid Coated Pigments that blur flaws, Hyaluronic Spheres to hydrate and plump skin, and Sericite, a fine grained mica that add light reflecting properties for a radiant luminous effect, mimicking the vibrancy of beautiful skin.  It provides a completely silky coverage while staying even, feeling comfortable and looking natural.  Available in both liquid and stick formulas, the ULTRA HD LIQUID FOUNDATION comes in 40 shades and the ULTRA HD STICK FOUNDATION available in 15 shades and blends beautifully for a natural finish. The Liquid version available July 2015 and the stick version Sept. 2015, $43



MAC Cosmetics introduces it’s first ever Makeup Studio, dedicated to the MAC’s trusted makeup services, applications, lessons and professional artistry. Open on July 15, 2015 and located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, this concept sets a global precedent for the brand.

“Consumers are constantly seeking out the most efficient and reliable services to keep up with their demanding schedules and fast-paced lifestyles, particularly in New York City,” said Karen Buglisi Weiler, Global Brand President, MAC Cosmetics. “We noticed an increased need for an application-centric space as makeup appointments are growing rapidly in our existing locations. The MAC Makeup Studio is a response to this void in the market place, putting MAC’s renowned artistry and makeup authority front and center.”

While MAC’s full product range is available for sale, merchandising is discreet and minimally visible upon entry, allowing artistry and services take center-stage. “The MAC Makeup Studio introduces Continue reading


NAHA_SMThe Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is pleased to announce the 2015 North American Hairstyling Award (NAHA) winners. The winners were recognized during a star-studded awards ceremony on July 12,2015 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The ceremony was held during PBA Beauty Week, North America’s largest, beauty event.  NAHA drew more than 3,000 attendees to the event, and thousands tuned in to watch PBA’s live streaming broadcast online at

NAHA Awards Ceremony & Artistic Presentations: Recognized the artistry and skill of the professional salon industry. As the top achievement for professional hairstylists, makeup artists, and for the first time this year the addition of the Nail Professionals.  Both past and present NAHA entrants, finalists and winners pushed the boundaries of trend-setting style. Presenting this year’s awards includes Nicholas French, Nick Stenson and Fabio Sementilli. Past NAHA winner and finalist appearances included Chrystofer Benson, Charlie Price, Allen Ruiz and Dusty Simington.

The NAHA 2015 winners in their respective categories include:  Continue reading


NARS Audacious Mascara
NARS Cosmetics introduces the new Audacious Mascara for Fall 2015 available August 1, 2015. The Audacious Mascara lets you go to extremes, adding layers for your desired intensity with clean precision. NARS’ Unique lash-catching brush give you control like never before. It was exclusively designed with over 200 molded bristles and lengthening hooks that evenly grips and coats lashes from root to tip. Along with the uniquely designed brush, the satin finish, humectants and conditioner enriched buildable formula offers a balance of suppleness with staying power.  This fluid first-to-market long-wear formula leaves your lashes feeling soft, flexible and plush, and will allow you to reapply throughout the day without your lashes clumping, flaking, or smudging. Shades include Black Moon Black, $26.  Available starting August 1, 2015 at Nordstrom,; and NARS boutiques,


RCheckv300On June 13 and 14 The Makeup Show once again took the south by storm and brought it’s one-of-a-kind program to the Lone Star state for The Makeup Show Dallas! Over 3500 attendees and 75 vendors showing over 100 brands, came together with more than 35 educators to celebrate the art and career of makeup artistry like no other trade show can.

The Powder Group was on hand to welcome our Texas pros to our community  and welcome a slew of new TPG Pro members to the family! While we were there we thought it would be great to know what must-have product they discovered at The Makeup Show.  Here is a selection of our responses! Continue reading


Stilazzi_Pearlshadows Stilazzi Pearl Shadows, a silky, deeply pigmented shadow, infused with a variety of minerals for supreme blendability and a velvety soft finish. These gorgeous shades range from soft pearly hues to elegant jewel tones. Apply alone for a glamorous sheen or use with water for a foiled look. Retails for $3.50 each and available at

INDUSTRY NEWS: MAC + Broadway Bares

  • Bottoms Up! Photo: Jonathan_Tichler

A celebration of proportions that only the best of Broadway could put on took place Sunday, June 21 as the annual benefit production of Broadway Bares celebrated 25 years of entertainment for a great cause. MAC Cosmetics was, once again, the Presenting Sponsor for the event. The event has been produced since 1992 when Tony winning choreographer Jerry Mitchell hosted the first Broadway Bares events, along with seven of his friends, dancing on the bar at Splash in Chelsea and raising $8,000 to help those living with HIV/AIDS.

222 performers in 11 numbers were featured at this year’s event, and also featured a number of surprise celebrity performances. Special guests included Andy Cohen (Watch What Happens Live), Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), Bianca Del Rio (Ru Paul’s Drag Race), four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, two-time Tony winner Judith Light, Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita and two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber.

Three of Broadway Bares favorite women – Jen Cody, Nikka Graff Lanzarone and Rachelle Rak were Continue reading

NEW PRODUCT: Ardency INN MODSTER Easy Ride Waterproof Liquid Liner

ARDENCY_INN_MODSTER_EASY_RIDE_SUPERCHARGED_LIQUID_LINERARDENCY INN MODSTER Easy Ride Supercharged Liquid Liner, launching on July 1st, inspired by the Mod subculture of high fashion and all-night clubs.  A matte black waterproof liner featuring an innovative flocked applicator with a micro “straight edge” tip that makes it virtually impossible not to draw a clean straight line every time.
The perfect liner to try out a modern twist to the bold doe-eye look of the 1960s created by ARDENCY INN Director of Artistry James Vincent on DJ and Producer Audrey Napoleon. Background art by Shantell Martin.
The ultra deep black color is achieved thanks to a blend of specialty waxes, normally found only in cream and gel eyeliners, that gives a rich, opaque coverage and stays on blacker, longer.  MODSTER Lip Liner specially formulated with a copolymer that extends the wear without adding a reflective film, resulting in a matte finish that looks modern and sophisticated.
ARDENCY INN MODSTER Easy Ride Supercharged Liquid Liner in Deep Black will be available on July 1st, $20 at:,,, and Urban Outfitter’s flagship store in Herald Square NYC. Follow #ARDENCY INN on Instagram to find out about their #MODvsROCK contest launching July 1st!