A FEW QUESTIONS WITH MOISES RAMIREZ


Moises Ramirez’s vast array of work speaks for itself from his one-of-a-kind art to his makeup masterpieces. Check out our A Few Question with Moises below to get an insight on where he grasps his inspiration from to who has been the biggest influences in his life. Also you don’t want to miss his insight, if you’re just starting out in the beauty industry.

Moises will be among the presenters at The Powder Group’s new not to be missed Artistry Series kicking off on June 25th, 2018 in New York City. We are looking forward to Moises seminar and full-day workshop. Register and get more details at www.theartistryseries.com

What inspires you right now? (and Why?)
It’s always hard to answer this question. As an artist I see inspiration all over but I guess my garden is inspiring me right now. My hands in the soil, seeing something transform from a seed to a plant to food. All the colors blooming, learning to balance the placements of all these different plants is inspiring.

Who are three of the biggest influences in your career? (and how have they effected your career)
All the artists that have been nice enough to share their knowledge, experiences, their tips and tricks especially when I started and didn’t know much about the beauty industry.

My Parents for teaching me to be respectful, kind and have a strong work ethic no matter the job.

My Partner for always supporting, listening to all the good and bad that comes with this career and his honest feed back.

Can you tell us about a defining moment in your career? One that made you realize this was what you were going to do with the rest of your life.
The first time I had a solo art show and sold a few paintings, I realized I could make a living from doing what I love to do.

What advice would you give to a makeup artist or hair stylist starting out in the industry?
Be a sponge and absorb as much information as possible from other artist (not just makeup artist). Look at photography, performers arts, go to museums, learn about art new and old. Be award of what inspires you. Start to understand the difference between inspiration and imitation. Work hard, be nice, be honest and always be open to learn from artist that inspire you and those who are inspired by you.

What is more important to you the work (a makeup artist or hair stylists artistic skill) or the artist (the person themselves – personality, professionalism)
It’s hard for me to separate the work from the artist. But if I had to pick one or the other within the beauty industry I would have to say the artist is more important. Hard work, professionalism, kindness and connecting with people will get you further.

ARCHIVE: ARTISTRY BY MOISES RAMIREZ

From our Spring 2017 issue, Artistry by Moises Ramirez. His works is instantly recognizable and unforgettable, from his one-of-a-kind art to his gorgeous, artful makeup masterpieces.

Moises will be among the presenters at The Powder Group’s new not to be missed Artistry Series kicking off on June 25th, 2018 in New York City. We are looking forward to Moises seminar and full-day workshop. Register and get more details at www.theartistryseries.com

Painting Moises Ramirez @moisesartnyc
Collage Moises Ramirez
Digital Moises Ramirez
Photo Elements William Lords

NEW PRODUCT: MAC X AALIYAH COLLECTION

MAC Cosmetics latest collaboration honors R&B singer Aaliyah, with a collection that’s true to the late singer. With the help of Aaliyah brother Rashad Haughton, MAC was able to create a collection featuring hues of color that were inspired by Aaliyah’s very own makeup and beauty looks. The eyshadow palette for example is inspired by the color theme she wore in the video for her hit song “Age Ain’t Nothing.” Haughton wanted to make sure that every aspect of the collection, and every color was something Aaliyah’s fans would appreciate.

The highly anticipate 12-piece collection, a tribute to the R&B Star, includes an array of products such as lipsticks, lip pencils, lip glosses an eyeshadow palette and a bronzer. All the shades and names are inspired by Aaliyah’s beauty looks and song names or titles like “Try Again,” “Baby Girl,” and “1 in a Million.”  This collection lets fans celebrate their devotion to the music and style trailblazer that is Aaliyah!

The MAC x Aaliyah Collection will be available online on June 20 and select stores June 21, 2018. www.maccosmetics.com #AALIYAHFORMAC @aaliyah_haughton_official

ON SET: JOANNA MCCARTHY + LOUISE MCCARTHY + OCEAN’S 8

What led you both to a career in makeup?
Louise McCarthy: Growing up, our Mum’s love of the classic movies we watched together was contagious. I remember Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder and To Catch a Thief. I would be mesmerized by the glamour and suspense of it all! I was truly inspired by the design process of film making — the wardrobe, hair and especially makeup.

Joanna McCarthy: I channeled that same inspiration by earning a degree in fashion at Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. After graduation, I worked in the fashion
industry and lived in London. Louise was working as a makeup artist in the film and television industry and loving it! After much soul-searching and many discussions with Louise about her career, I decided to go to makeup school — Delamar Academy in London — where Louise trained. I learned from the best in the industry and never looked back.

What brought you to the US?
Joanna: Our father is American and when he was in the Air Force he met my Mum’s brother who introduced them — they will celebrate their 50th Anniversary this October. They lived in Brooklyn for the first two years of marriage before they moved to Dublin where Louise and I grew up.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: CRYSTAL HEARTS COSMETICS WITH A CAUSE

Crystal Hearts Cosmetics a cruelty-free brand founded in the USA, with love and giving at their core. Headed by a team with over 30 years of experience in the beauty industry, they believe in giving back to the community and partner with various non-profit organizations throughout the greater Los Angeles area where they are based. The pigment rich brand offers up a variety of products, among them, an array of Liquid Matte Lipsticks, the Déjà Vu Eye and Cheek Palette, and the Glacial Water Cleansing Sherbet, also available in deluxe.

The Liquid Matte Lipsticks are available in 16 shades, five of which are launching soon, and all portray female names like Dahlia, a classic bright red, or Chloe, a gorgeous berry or Elizabeth, a nude pink. These super saturated liquid lipsticks glides on smoothly and dries to a matte finish, while offering up the same consistency as a traditional lipstick. We had a chance to try out some of the new colors like Chrissa, a bright lovely pink and as promised it offered up a rich color payoff that stayed put and lasted, without having to reapply.  You are sure to find one of these colors to meet your clients needs.

We also had a chance to try out the Glacial Water Cleansing Sherbet, and loved its jelly, balm-like consistency. It cleanses ever so gently, but is fantastic at breaking down makeup like the budge-proof liquid lipstick. Lastly the Eye and Cheek Palette, contains everything you need to create your client’s complete look. The palette contains ten eyeshadows, 5 matte and 5 shimmer, along with three shades that can be use for contour/highlight and one blush, all housed in a light weight mirrored palette.

Crystal Hearts also offer an affiliate program, where affiliates receive a 20% percent discount off the retail price when making a purchase on their site. Crystal Hearts Cosmetics, $14.00 – $28.00 are available online at www.crystalheartscosmetics.com

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