INDUSTRY NEWS: SEED PHYTONUTRIENTS LAUNCHES

The beauty industry took an innovative step forward within the natural beauty space this past Earth Day with the launch of Seed Phytonutrients. The new natural, skin, hair and body care company is based in Doylestown, PA and is committed to much more than selling great products – they are starting a movement.

Founded by Shane Wolf, a beauty industry veteran with deep roots in farming, and supported by L’Oreal, the brand is setting out to change the perspective of the beauty industry to one where a company looks at taking care of our bodies, our planet and each other is as important as the products themselves.

The launch collection consists of 16 products across three categories — Hair, Face and Body. This initial product selection is considered the brand’s essentials collection and covers all skin and hair types, has a unisex appeal and has been designed to make your daily skin and hair care routine simple and highly effective. All of the products are paraben, sulfate and gluten free, use only natural aromas, and all but two products are Continue reading

MILESTONE: TEN YEARS OF ON MAKEUP MAGAZINE

When I started pulling together images for this feature, I honestly became a little bit overwhelmed. Not by the work it took to go through hundreds upon hundreds of images, not by the difficulty in deciding which images to showcase among so many favorites. I was overwhelmed by the sheer mass of what we had done together as a community with this little magazine of ours.

Over the past ten years, we have celebrated artists from every area of the industry and every corner of the globe. We have brought together brands and schools and agencies and production companies that love makeup artistry as much as we do.

We have put makeup artists in the spotlight usually reserved for their clients — forcing them to center stage. I am beyond grateful to have been able to celebrate so many incredible pros and so many inspirational and artistic journeys with you over the years.

We have celebrated our industry like no other, and best of all, we have had a good time as a community doing it. Now, mind you, given the small size of our team and the amount of work that goes into each issue, I’m not sure everyone would always agree on the “good time” part. But each time we crack that first box open and see a peek of the cover coming through — just a sliver of green or yellow, orange or blue — it is all worthwhile.

As they say though, it takes a village — in this case a global one made up of Continue reading

NEW PRODUCT: VISEART SLIMPRO PALETTE

20 Years ago Viseart launched their iconic Neutral Matte Palette, and it fast became a staple among makeup pros in fashion, TV and film. In honor of their 20th Anniversary, Viseart introduces the new SlimPro Magnetic Palette, launching exclusively at MUSE BEAUTY.PRO. Featuring their core collection of matte shades Neutral, Warm, along with the new Cool Mattes 2, these 12-pan SlimPro palettes has an interchangeable magnetic base, allowing the ability to fully customize each palette to meet your clients needs. The palette can also hold shades from both the Theory Collection and the Grand Pro.

The SlimPro Palettes were launched to accommodate the flexibility and customization needs of makeup pros. Therefore, Viseart plans to gradually transition all of their palettes to the new SlimPro palette within the year.  In celebration of this new launch exclusively at MUSE BEAUTY.PRO, they are offering an introductory Duo. This will allow any you to choose any two of the new SlimPro Palettes at a special pro member pricing. The SimPro paletts, $80, available now online at musebeauty.pro

GIVING MATIN MAULAWIZADA + AFGHAN HANDS

What is Afghan Hands?
First thing to know is that Afghan Hands is a nonprofit organization that teaches women to earn a living. It is not a charity as one might think. Every member of our  Afghan Hands family earns their money by studying and/or working for the Afghan Hands project. The goal is to give a hand up, not a hand down to participants. We are primarily a literacy project for adult women that could not get an education due to war and the closure of girls school during the Taliban, and later due to post-war societal issues. We started in 2004 with five widows and quickly grew to 40. We also fine-tuned their embroidery skills in order for them to earn a living so they are not burdens to their family any longer and quickly become financial assets.

What are the biggest challenges for women today in Afghanistan?
Gender discrimination is a class issue in Afghanistan for the most part. Educated women can hold jobs as high as they wish. This reflects sexism as a class and financial construct in Afghanistan. Education is the only way out of that loop.

What makes the work that Afghan Hands does unique to other organizations that are there to help?
We are a grassroots organization that prides itself on being sustainable without the help of government, military or other types of sponsors. On one hand we pride ourselves on Continue reading

PROFILE: NICK BAROSE

Do you have a signature style?
People always say I do very natural looking skin. Then I add fun eyes and lips to keep it interesting and a bit more dramatic. Skin is important to me especially on red carpet. I don’t want my clients to ever look phony or too made up.

What’s coming next in makeup artistry?
I hope it goes back to real talent and things that matter. Less self promotion. More art and more fun as opposed to the same one-note beauty all the time.

What should someone who is looking to develop a career in makeup know before getting into the business?
Be really good at your craft. Assist good people that do more than just celebrities and put selfies on Instagram. Be versatile and when you’re new, try to learn as much as you can and don’t worry about getting a lot of exposure yet. In my humble opinion, a lot of new artists today worry too much about becoming visible when their skills are not ready yet.

What type of work do you find most satisfying?
I really enjoy working in different genres. I just wrapped a fun editorial with Harpers Bazaar, with fine art photographer Laurie Simmons, where I Continue reading

ARTISTRY BY DANI FONSECA

What inspired you to create this project and what about it was the most interesting for you?
Many people know I started as a fine artist long before I touched a makeup tool. I’ve worked in oil, acrylics, printmaking, watercolor and installation. I sculpt and built my
own fx and props. The art world and the makeup world are very different. When trying to bridge the two I’ve hit many challenges because the markets rarely overlap. I seldom get a chance to just sit and create art for the sake of creating. When I went to The Powder Group’s Creative Exploration Workshops, both in 2014 and 2016, I had this experience of weightlessness in being surrounded in materials and mediums with no pressure but just to play. Doing it twice, in Provincetown no less, I wanted to recreate that experience in a story that had both worlds collide.

There are so many mediums in art, how did you determine which you would use for this project?
Part of what draws me to look at and create art is the ability to convey combinations of texture and color I find interesting and raw. Each medium I chose to portray on the face I wanted to juxtapose the skin texture, but also be true to the payoff the art mediums naturally provide. An homage if you will to the Continue reading

SEEN: Skindinavia Celebrates Pro LA and the MUAHS Guild Awards!

Celebrating the professional makeup artist industry is nothing new for pro-favorite cosmetics brand Skindinavia. The brand has been involved with supporting this community since founder Allen Goldman brought the brand to life in 2005. Since then, Skindinavia’s The Makeup Finishing Spray has become the go-to way to seal-the-deal on the most important makeup applications across every genre of makeup artistry. From bridal to editorial, film and television to red carpet – Skindinavia has helped countless makeup applications stay their course in the most incredible of conditions. The later introduction of the brand’s The Makeup Primer Spray along with last year’s Post-Makeup Recovery Spray, found Skindinavia deepening their connection to pros across the industry and, in particular, Hollywood’s biggest projects and most well stocked makeup kits.

Always one to give back, to the artist community who have supported Skindinavia since day one, Allen enthusiastically joined the most important businesses in the pro-beauty space, once again this year, as a sponsor of the Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS). Also, for the second year running, Skindinavia  Continue reading

INDUSTRY NEWS: WRITE HER FUTURE WITH LANCOME

Knowing how to read and write means having the freedom to express yourself fully and build your own future freely, Lancôme’s belief. This is why they created the Write Her Future initiative, a commitment to combat illiteracy among women in both developed and developing countries. Surprisingly the number of illiterate women has not changed for the past 20 years, 76 million young women around the world are illiterate. With the Write Her project, Lancôme has committed to raising awareness of this cause, and has partnered with CARE to invest nearly 3 million US dollars over the next five years to fund international literacy programs and develop local support communities to help. “Young women lack basic reading and writing skills. Often hidden, this handicap causes young women to face exclusion and dependence, with serious consequences for themselves, their families. This is why Lancôme has committed give a voice to this invisible reality.”  Françoise Lehmann, Lancôme International President

Lancôme believes that to claim each woman’s right to education, they claim the right to become fully herself. They have also partnered with various ambassadors such as Julia Roberts, Lupitia Nyong’o, Lisa Eldridge and others to bring awareness to the cause via social networks.  “Literacy is one of the most defining human skills. We read and write—that’s how we communicate, how we share, how we express our feelings, and how we learn to understand the world. To not have that accessible to everyone everywhere is really a crime. It’s so great for Lancôme to be involved and get serious about supporting young girls in the world through the work of Write Her Future.” – Julia Roberts, Lancôme Ambassadress, Actress. 

Get more information about the Write Her Furture program and write your name here www.lancome-usa.com/write-her-future #writeherfuture

 

NEW PRODUCT: THE MAKEUP LIGHT EYELIGHT

We are excited about the newest The Makeup Light innovation, the Eyelight. Using the same technology as their popular Keylights, the Eyelight was built specifically for artistry near the eyes, such as for lash extension, microblading, or tattooing. The Eyelight features a slim elongated rectangular build that provides soft even light around the entire face. “The Eyelight has so many possibilities,” says Michael Astalos, owner and inventor of The Makeup Light. “It can replace bathroom lighting, it can be used in salons for precision work, it can be used onset – it really has no limits. We build all our products to be versatile and that’s exactly what it is.

The Eyelight is compatible with nearly all TML’s mounting options and can be combined with the the Quick Release system for faster setups. Launching along with the Eyelight, TML also introduced a Floor Stand, an additional accessory for the Eyelight. The Floor Stand, offers an easily adjustable mounting option designed for working over horizontal surfaces, such as a table, bed, or reclined chair.

The Eyelight kits are available now at the TPG Pro Shop, featuring special pricing for our TPG Pro Members. $240.00 – $299.00 tpgproshop.com

NEW PRODUCT: HOURGLASS VEIL RETOUCHING FLUID

The new serum-like Veil Retouching Fluid from Hourglass is a must have for your pro kit. The innovative weightless fluid was designed to be used in a number of ways to refresh, revive and retouch any parts of the face that need a hydration boost. Available in six shades, and packed full of skin nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, plant water extract and grapefruit extract, the sheer formula glides on seamlessly under the eyes without caking or creasing, creating a soft luminous look.

In addition to the Retouching Fluid, check out the new Veil Translucent Setting Powder, an ultra-refined finely milled loose diamond powder with soft-focus reflecting particles that refracts light without the flashback. It blurs and minimizes the appearance of pore, fine lines and wrinkles and works well on all skin tones for an invisible natural finish.  $34.00 – $46.00  hourglasscosmetics.com