Top 30 Makeup Career Questions

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Pro Artist answers the digging questions on how to get a dream job

Thousands have emailed me over the years asking how to be me–how do you have the time of your life putting makeup on people, and get someone to pay you on the way out the door? I’m sharing with you the top questions they’ve been asking and my answers to help kick-start the dream of being a pro makeup artist.
  1. What is it that a makeup artist actually does?
  2. What kind of education do I need to be a professional makeup artist?
  3. What kind of skills do I need to do makeup on someone?
  4. What kind of daily routine is there for makeup artist?
  5. Where is makeup usually done? Is it in a regular business environment?
  6. Do you work alone or with others?
  7. Is makeup a self-employment job or will someone hire you to work for them?
  8. As a makeup artist, do you have a boss or do you work mostly on your own?
  9. What kind of starting salary will a makeup artist get?
  10. Is income affected by seasons, amount of work, layoffs?
  11. Is salary set or is it negotiated and how hard is it to get what you think you are worth?
  12. Is a makeup career a growth market or is it a job that is declining on opportunities.
  13. How do I search for work as an artist?
  14. How is a makeup career affected by where you live?
  15. What is the most challenging experience you’ve had as a makeup artist?
  16. Do you use one big kit of makeup or do you have several, and what products in general do we need in a makeup artist’s kit?
  17. Is it hard to get started as a fashion makeup artist?
  18. What kind of pace do you need to work at as an artist?
  19. Is it easy to get into film, TV and theater work or do you need connections?
  20. What’s your best advice for a student looking at going out into the makeup world?
  21. What do you find most rewarding about a makeup career?
  22. What is expected in a makeup artist’s portfolio?
  23. Do you have any favorite websites that inspire your makeup styles?
  24. Do you think there is a lot of competition with other artists? And how do you make sure you stand out from them and the competition doesn’t kill you?
  25. Is a makeup career one that suits family life?
  26. What’s your advice in starting out as a makeup artist; how do I promote myself?
  27. What are the drawbacks of a makeup career?
  28. What are the rewards of a makeup career?
  29. Why should I go to makeup school?
  30. Can I make it if I don’t go to makeup school?

 

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Permanent Makeup Procedures

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Permanent cosmetic makeup procedures, also referred to as cosmetic tattooing or medical tattooing, can make a whale of a difference to the way recovered cancer patients feel about themselves. Coronation Street actress Sally Whitaker recently disclosed to Hello! Magazine how shocked she was at the way chemotherapy changed her looks. She said: “It really undermined my self-confidence. So having the eyebrow procedure really made a big difference to how I was feeling – it gave my psychological well being a real boost.” Sally approached Karen Bett, a medical tattooing expert, to get her eyebrows permanently done. She admits that she is now “addicted” to cosmetic makeup procedures and wants to have permanent eyeliner too.

However, not all women seeking cosmetic tattooing are recovering cancer patients; their goals vary from getting fuller lips to wanting to get rid of unsightly scars. Springfield-based Kim Housley, proprietor of ColorDerm cosmetic clinic, says that permanent cosmetic makeup can be as dramatic or soft as temporary makeup. Housley, who possesses an Illinois Department of Public Health license and a Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professional certificate, says that each cosmetic makeup procedure is preceded by a consultation, during which the cosmetic surgeon tries to pinpoint the client’s goals. She says that this is essential not only to help the client achieve her goals, but also because permanent cosmetic makeup should look good on its own, without requiring the assistance of temporary makeup. For instance, if the temporary makeup comes off for some reasons, the permanent makeup should continue to look great.

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Cosmetic makeup procedures are immensely popular among women of all age groupsa€”from 20 to 85. According to Housely, 60 percent of her clients want eyebrow procedures. The others want to correct or hide flaws, get a feature they do not have, or want to remove scars.

According to Housely, 60 percent of her clients want eyebrow procedures. The others want to correct or hide flaws, get a feature they do not have, or want to remove scars.

One of Houseley’s clients Kolleen Mendenhall says that she was never satisfied with her light eyebrows, which became lighter and lighter as she aged. She decided to try permanent cosmetic makeup and was amazed with the results. Mendenhall, who has renewed the treatment twice, says: “It didn’t hurt or I wouldn’t go back no matter how good it looked. It’s just made such a difference in the way I look and fee.”

Clients also turn to permanent cosmetic makeup to hide their scars with natural skin colours. Cancer-recovered patients also seek cosmetic tattooing to recreate lost nipples or get permanent eyeliners to make up for lost eyelashes. Cosmetic tattooing transforms women in a big way.

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Cosmetic makeup procedures are painless and do not take long. For instance, medical tattooing experts can do lower-lid eyeliner in 45 minutes and full face makeup procedures, which include lip colour, lip liner, eyeliner and eyebrows, in two hours. The prices depend on what the patient wants and can be anywhere between 0 and 0. The longevity of the treatment depends on a wide range of factors and many clients will have to return to get their cosmetic makeup procedure renewed.

QUESTION: fuller lips naturally- what to do or wear? So I have slightly full lips but I want them a bit bigger…  How can I do that WITHOUT surgery?  Any really good lip glosses out there that are at least semi-permanent?  I don’t want to be wearing gobs of gloss all the time as that just isn’t my style, haha.

ANSWER:Make Your Lips Look Bigger You can have the full, kissable lips you’ve always wanted. It’s as easy as putting on your makeup. In fact it’s all about makeup. A few tricks of gloss and pencil, and walla !!! that plump, pouty look is all yours.

Gather together some light reflecting concealer, a lip pencil, clear lip gloss and sparkle lip gloss.

Begin by applying the light reflecting concealor around the outside of your lip line. Blend it in with your finger. Reflecting the light will create shading, making your lips look bigger.

Next use your lip pencil to line your lips. Since you have already applied the concealer you can go just outside your lip line with the pencil. Use the pencil to fill in your lips, creating a solid base.

Use a lip brush to apply clear lip gloss. If you prefer colored gloss or even lipstick that’s fine too.

Finally dab some of the sparkle gloss on the center of your bottom lip. This focuses the light giving the appearance of fullness. You can dab a bit of the sparkle just above the center of your top lip in the “cupids bow” too.

TIP – Plump your lips naturally with cinnamon leaf oil. Commercial plumpers are expensive and unnecessary. Most topical plumpers are mild irritants that work by causing the lips to swell slightly. You can get the same effect from cinnamon leaf oil. Apply a small amount to the corner of your lip first as it may sting. Once you’re sure the sting isn’t too much for you go ahead and apply the oil lightly to both lips.

About Brazilian Waxing

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Brazilian Waxing – What to Expect 

Does it hurt?

This hair removal type is A little painful, but the results are well worth it. You’ll eventually get used to the discomfort. Routine waxing helps to reduce the pain, and will minimize irritation. We recommend taking 2 ibuprofen an hour before your appointment. Better safe than sorry.

Do consult Mother Nature before booking your waxing appointment. Don’t attempt waxing the three days prior to, and the first three days of your menstrual cycle. Your skin is much more sensitive at that time and waxing will be much more painful.

How long should my hair be before I remove it with wax?

Hair growth should be at least 1/4″ but not longer than 1/2″ (about 2 week’s growth) for the most effective waxing.

How long should I wait to get waxed after I’ve shaved?

You need some growth for the wax to adhere to the hair. Hair should be at least 1/4″ (about 3-4 week’s growth) for the most effective waxing. Do not shave between appointments. This makes the hair more resistant to future waxing.

How long will waxing last?

The results will last anywhere from ten days to three weeks. We recommend booking appointments every 4 to 6 weeks. The hair eventually gets softer and thinner every time it grows back.

What can I expect afterwards?

Let your skin heal. After you get your Brazilian wax, it is likely that your skin may be slightly irritated and possibly red. If this happens it will usually clear in a few days. Do not exfoliate or spray tan and avoid sun and heat for the first 24hrs, these will inflame the skin.

Makeup Mistakes That Are Aging You

Let’s face it: Makeup makes us look and feel good. But if you’re applying it incorrectly or using the wrong products, makeup may just be aging you — rather than making you look fresh and youthful. From neglected brows to over-made-up eyes, we found 10 easy ways to nix the mistakes you just might be making.

Here are dos and don’ts to improve your makeup game and easy ways to get out of a beauty rut. Celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, creator of LORAC Cosmetics, offers her advice and expertise on common culprits. Are you guilty of some of these beauty blunders?

DO skip face powder

Here’s why: Most of us reach for powder to set makeup, but it also tends to magnify lines in the skin, aging us. If you can’t give up powder, try switching to a sheer translucent powder or a mineral-based one, which illuminates and brightens the skin. Expert Advice: Carol Shaw says: “As we get older skin can get very dry. Powder absorbs oil and moisture, which can be drying for women with dry skin.”Try this instead: Skip the powder or opt for a more moisturizing mineral version.

DO opt for brown eyeliner over black
Here’s why: Eyeliner is an excellent tool to open up the eyes and make them appear wider, but the color black can be too harsh. Switch to a softer shade of brown and avoid lining the lower lash line which can look overdone. Avoid a heavy hand with eyeliner – a thick liner can make upper lids look heavy.
Expert Advice: “Brown eyeliner is soft and natural-looking. Dark makeup can sometimes make you look older,” says Carol.
Try this instead: Opt for a light color liner or a neutral brown shade that’s universally flattering. We like CARGO Swimmables Eye Pencil in Pebble Beach, $18, available at Ulta.com.

DO make blush your friend
Here’s why: The right color blush can add a youthful look to a tired face, but the key is finding a shade that is just right. Women with fair and medium skin tones should look for rosy pinks and peaches, and darker skin tones look best with coral and berry shades.
Expert Advice: “A pop of healthy, rosy color on your cheeks is very youthful-looking —like a young child’s flush or like you have been working in the garden,” notes Carol. “But bright blush can look a bit harsh and unnatural, if not applied properly.”
Try this instead: Avoid bright colors and looks for a shade that is neutral, soft and sheer. We like Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Blush & Bronzer Duo, $12.49, available at drugstore.com.

DO wear the right foundationHere’s why: No one can claim to have “perfect” skin, and foundation can work wonders on uneven skin tones. The key is the right product and the right amount of it. Using too much foundation, especially one that’s too thick, can cause the product to settle into fine lines. Avoid anything matte and be sure to prep the skin with a moisturizer and primer before applying. Expert Advice: “Choose a foundation that is right for your skin type (moisturizing, oil-free, good for sensitive skin, etc.) with the coverage you desire,” says Carol. “If you want a very natural look with sheer/medium coverage, try a CC Cream or a Tinted Moisturizer. If you want to cover imperfections look for a medium/full coverage foundation.” Try this instead:For a product that provides natural coverage and offers sun protection, we like Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation, $55, available at PerriconeMD.com.

DO fill in sparse brows
Here’s why: Eyebrow color fades as we age, so filling in over-plucked spots or fairer hair is a must in any makeup routine. Keep brows shaped and defined, and choose a pencil or gel shade that is one or two notches lighter than your natural brow color.
Expert Advice: “Brows are the frame to your face and complete your look. A fuller brow is modern and youthful,” says Carol.
Try this instead: Pencils are great for precision, but gels have longer lasting staying power. We like Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (offered in 5 shades), $18, available at Sephora.com.

DON’T over-conceal under eyes
Here’s why: While concealer seems to be the answer to erasing under eye circles and combating the look of fatigue, if used incorrectly, can actually make you look older. Too much makeup around the eye area can highlight wrinkles and lines in this delicate area. Be sure to prep the skin with a moisturizing eye cream and keep the touch light.
Expert Advice: “I like to use my finger to melt the concealer into the skin. If you pile on the concealer without blending it in, it can settle into fine lines and wrinkles,” Carol advises.
Try this instead: Look for a concealer with a lightweight texture and bonus points if it offers sun protection. We like Physician’s Formula Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth-Boosting Spotless Concealer SPF 15, $12.95, available atPhysiciansFormula.com.

DON’T skip primerHere’s why: Primers are just what they sound like: They create a base by smoothing skin and ensuring that makeup stays put. Mix with foundation or tinted moisturizer or apply a light layer as the first step in your makeup routine. Expert Advice: “Primers help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a silky-smooth finish, plus it helps your makeup last longer,” notes Carol. Try this instead:A thin layer of a silicone-based makeup primer can fill in lines and pores, but so can natural ingredients like oatmeal and cocoa butter. We like Lush Feeling Younger skin tint, $18.95, available at Lush.usa.com.

DON’T overdo lip liner
Here’s why: Not only is the look of heavy lip liner dated (hello, ‘90s!), it can also emphasize the fine lines around the mouth. Soften the look with a liner that closely matches your lipstick or use a creamy lipstick pencil for easy application.
Expert Advice: “Overdoing lip liner can look harsh. Choose a shade that is a little darker than your natural lip color,” Carol says. “Follow your natural lip line, and if you want to make your lips look bigger, just draw slightly outside your lip line.”
Try this instead: Keep your application clean and easy with a chubby stick that has the precision of a pencil, but has the staying power and look of lipstick. We like Flower Kiss Me Twice Lip & Cheek Chubby in Rosie Posie, $9.98, available at Walmart and Walmart.com.

DON’T skip lip color
Here’s why: As we get older, we lose the pigment in our lips making lipstick that much more indispensable. That said, steer clear of anything metallic, glittery, or too dark and avoid a heavy hand when it comes to applying. Less is more.
Expert Advice: “Lip color instantly brightens and changes your whole face! Lip color is the fastest and easiest way to make yourself look pretty,” says Carol. “If you have very small lips, then darker colors might make your lips look smaller. Otherwise, I love dark lipstick for fall and winter.”
Try this instead: When in doubt, opt for a nude lipstick and look for one that offers sun protection, anti-aging, and collagen-boosting properties. We like LORAC Cosmetics Breakthrough Performance Lipstick, $22, available at Amazon.com.

DO go easy on the eye shadowHere’s why: While we’re not opposed to adding color to eyelids, it’s best to avoid bright or dark eye shadow shades, which can draw the wrong attention to the eyes. A more subtle way to play up your peepers is to play up the lashes and a precise wand ensures a non-clumpy, non-spidery lashes. Expert Advice: To be sure, Carol isn’t against shimmer or shadow on the eyes, “I think wearing eye shadow with a little soft, reflective pearl or shimmer is very pretty on the eye, at any age. And matte eye shadows are very wearable without accentuating any fine lines or wrinkles.” Try this instead: Play up your eyes by emphasizing lush lashes, but skip mascara on the lower lashes. We like CoverGirl Last Exact Mascara, $7.29, available at drugstore.com.

Meet the Expert
Having worked on the faces of Naomi Watts, Teri Hatcher, Nicole Kidman, and Debra Messing, Carol Shaw is one of Hollywood’s most called-on makeup artists. As a teenager growing up in the beauty business, Carol knew makeup artistry was her calling, and later developed a makeup and skincare line, LORAC (Carol spelled backwards). LORAC launched with 10 shades of oil and fragrance-free foundations back in 1990, and Carol’s products have built upon a reputation for being both effective and easy-to-use.

 

I LOVE JUICY COUTURE FRAGRANCE

Juicy Couture is one of my favorite fragrance brands, and I own almost all of their fragrances; they’re like Pokémon – you have to catch them all. There’s just something about the Juicy Couture fragrance bottles which makes them so addictive.. they look so pretty within my fragrance collection with their extravagant bottle designs. Whenever Juicy Couture release a new fragrance, I’m always excited to try them and I was especially excited to try the new Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum 100ml as I love the original Juicy Couture I am Juicy Couture. The new Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture comes in 30ml £37, 50ml £50 and 100ml £69 size bottles with the following statement; I don’t love lightly. I don’t love half-heartedly. I don’t love passively. I don’t love timidly. I ♥ JUICY COUTURE.

Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture

The Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture notes are as following;

The fragrance opens with an irresistible combination of taffy apple, lively red currant and sparkling mandarin. The heart is bright with beautiful jasmine petals and pink honeysuckle. It finishes with smooth, addictive notes of patchouli and captive musks.”

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The Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture’s bottle isn’t going to be to everyone’s tastes but I absolutely love it, and I love that it’s a vamped up version of the original I Love Juicy Couture fragrance, with a faceted clear glass bottle which features a black and pink leopard print design to match the pink heart of the fragrance name, and the lid has the same silver crystals as the original. I know leopard print is controversial, but I’m not even afraid to admit I’m a leopard print fan, obviously it can be very gordy but I think the leopard print bottle suits the fragrance and the Juicy Couture brand perfectly.

I have the original I Love Juicy Couture and I think the new Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture fragrance is definitely different enough to warrant purchasing the new release; I hate it when fragrance brands release reincarnations of a fragrance which are only marginally different as it’s seems pointless to buy them both. Even though I really like the original, I have to say I much prefer the newer version and I think it’s a lot more unique in comparison.

Once first spritzed, the strongest note is definitely the sweetness of the taffy apple but within a couple of minutes the initial fruitiness does soften slightly to develop into a fruity floral and I think this might be my favorite Juicy Couture scent so far which is a pretty bold statement seeing as I own eight different Juicy Couture fragrances. I find all of the Juicy Couture fragrances to be quite sweet which I think is why I love them as I always favour sweeter scents, but I think I Love Juicy Couture isn’t overwhelmingly sweet like some of the others. It’s definitely still a sweet fragrance, but I feel that it’s a sweet floral rather than just being fruity sweet.

I am also very impressed with the longevity of the new I Love Juicy Couture as it lasts for around six hours on my skin which is the longest a JC fragrance has lasted on me and it’s currently summer and I always find that fragrances dissipate quicker than they do during the cooler months. I really do recommend giving Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture a spritz next time you’re near a fragrance counter even if you’re not normally a fan of their fragrances, as I think it’s a really gorgeous fragrance and one that’d be difficult not to love if you favour sweet or floral notes.

I’d love to know what your favorite Juicy Couture fragrance is?

Spray-On Nail Polish Just Got Even Cooler

Remember back in November when we reported on Nail Inc.’s new spray-on nail polish and our entire office, along with the rest of the internet, proceeded to lose its freaking mind? Well, we didn’t think it was possible, but Milk makeup is now taking the craze to even wilder extremes with spray-on nail art.

Oh, snap.

The edgy new makeup brand, launched by Milk Studios, is releasing its own version of spray-can polish, along with a collection of nail stencils to help you create intricate designs, cool ombré effects, and even a French manicure (don’t laugh, it’s all with the aim of a nozzle and the press of a button.

The nail design renaissance is showing no signs of slowing down, which is why it makes perfect sense to speed the polishing process up. Milk Makeup is the self-professed friend of the “on-the-go” gal, and nothing says “get out the door” faster than an artsy manicure that you can apply in seconds.

We got our hands on a bottle before it hit the market, and are happy to report that it follows Milk’s ethos. The pigment applies easily without any streaks or bubbles — something that has plagued even the most meticulous polisher. What’s more is that it dries super fast and the excess pigment around your nails washes off easily with soap and water. (Full disclosure: You may need a Q-tip with some nail polish remover to get off some of the color that’s super close to your nails.) Fun to use and basically foolproof? We’re sold.

The polish, priced at $12, is available for pre-sale today on Urban Outfitters. Until you can get your hands on a bottle, we suggest checking out the video below to tide you over.

 

 

Don’t Play Pokemon Go at a Beyoncé Concert

It’s not OK to play Pokemon Go when you’re driving or in a meeting…and it’s especially not OK if you’re at a Beyoncé concert.

One dedicated fan recorded a video of a woman playing Pokemon Go during a Queen Bey concert in Paris last Thursday. Both concert goers were incredibly close to the stage.

He yelled, “This b*tch is finding Pokemon. She’s playing Pokemon when Beyoncé is singing. F*ckin’ Pokemon. Look at where she is! Look at where she is. She’s next to the stage. This is the stage and this bitch is finding Pokemon.”

However, he completely forgets about the ordeal when Beyoncé comes near him and touches his hand.

Don’t mess with the Beyhive! A Beyoncé concertgoer freaked out when he saw a woman playing Pokémon Go at the singer’s concert at Stade de France on Thursday, July 21.

While the “Formation” singer, 34, was on stage, one female attendee, who was right next to the main catwalk, was spotted playing the viral mobile game on her iPhone, angering a male fan seated behind her.

“This bitch is playing Pokémon when Beyoncé’s singing! F–king Pokémon!” the irate Beyhive member shouted in a video posted on his Instagram account. He captioned the post: “She’s lucky Solange never saw her.”

As the fan panned his camera across the Paris-area stadium, which seats more than 81,000 people, he quipped, “Look at where she is. Look at where she is! She’s next to the stage. This is the stage, [and] the bitch is playing Pokémon!”

Seconds later, Beyoncé — who was performing her 2003 single “Me, Myself and I” — walked down the catwalk, turning the upset fan’s frown upside down as she reached out and touched his hand with a big smile on her face.

“Side note I’m never showering again,” he wrote alongside the Instagram video, which has since accumulated more than 33,000 views.

Queen Bey’s French fans aren’t the only ones glued to Pokémon Go. Two days after the “Drunk In Love” songstress’ concert, Rihannagave fans a friendly reminder to put their phones away during herAnti World Tour stop in Lille, France.

“I don’t want to see you texting your boyfriends or your girlfriends,” she warned audience members on Saturday, July 23. “I don’t want to see you catching any Pokémons up in this bitch.”

How To Get Rid Of Blackheads

Blackheads are just pimples that don’t have skin over them. Because there is no skin, they’re open to the air and the top layer of gunk oxidizes and turns them to the darkish black color. There are many ways to get rid of them.[1] This article provides instructions for a number of different methods that you can try.


Trick

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Acquire some simple, non toxic glue. You can use the type you would have used for elementary school art projects, such as P.V.A glue or Elmers glue.

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Steam your face over a sink or a bowl or with a wet face cloth. This is optional, but can be very beneficial. Try to get the steam as hot as possible, but make sure it is comfortable for you!
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Apply glue to troubled areas. Then, leave it alone until it is completely dry.

Peel it off. Peel the glue off and see results on the dry glue.
Squeezing Them

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Warm your skin. Warming your skin makes the pores expand, making it easier to squeeze out the blackhead. You can do this by taking a warm shower or applying a hot compress to the affected areas.

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Grab a pinch of skin with one or a few closely-spaced blackheads in the middle and squeeze. You’re trying to apply the pressure from underneath the blackhead. This method works best if the blackheads are not tightly or deeply embedded, and if your skin isn’t easily bruised or damaged by stretching.

You can also use an extractor tool or bobby pin to force it out. Be careful with these methods, and if you experience serious pain, try something else.

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Cotton ball Cure

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Use a mild exfoliant to remove cells and expose.

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Pat your face dry with a clean, fresh towel.

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Place a slightly warm compress on your face for approximately 10-15 minutes in order to soften the blackhead, making it easier to remove.

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Pat your face again.

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Place a cotton-ball on the tip of each finger. This will help you to avoid slipping, which could tear the skin and cause further damage.

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Gently apply even pressure to both sides of the blackhead by pushing down, then up around the blemish.

Toothbrush And Toothpaste

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Apply an inch-sized amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush.
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Wet the toothbrush and wet the affected area.
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Gently with your toothbrush, scrub the affected area for a small amount of time.

Make sure you do not apply too close to the eyes, as the vapours from methanol toothpastes can irritate the eyes.

If you have nose blackheads, apply an even smaller amount of toothpaste, and keep well clear from eyes.

This method has also been known to work on spots, but is not guaranteed.

Always sterilize the toothbrush with boiling-hot water after using this method.

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Repeat daily until the affected areas are clear.

AHAs (Extra)

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Purchase a cream containing an AHA (alpha hydroxy acids).

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Apply a small amount of cream to the affected areas. This will clear away any dead skin cells and “expose” the blackhead.

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Repeat about every 4 days. These products can cause skin irritation, dryness, and flaking. Discontinue use if the irritation becomes severe.

AHAs are also known to increase sensitivity to the sun, so be careful if you are going out in bright sunlight after using this treatment.

Lime Juice

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Make a lotion with equal parts of lime juice, almond oil and glycerin.

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Apply your lotion to your face. It will not only cure blackheads but the discoloring spots on the face too.

Honey Trick

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Warm a small amount of honey.

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Apply on the trouble area.

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Wash off after 10-15 minutes.

The Difference Between Yellow and Ivory Shea Butter

 Shea Butter

I am often asked what is the difference between Yellow or White Shea Butter, which is better yata yata… First shea butter comes in those small nuts and the color is an off white or biegey or ivory kind of color. They parboil the shea nuts and then it goes to a milling process. You can actually search for videos of women making the shea butter in a more detailed process (google or U tube). I am not going that far into the details just briefly to explain the yellow coloring.  So the yellow and white come from the same Shea Nuts but are processed differently. For the yellow shea butter, a root from the borututu tree is added in the milling process, and gives it that tumeric yellow color.  Some think palm oil is added to give it that yellow color but no palm oil is required to make yellow shea butter, it goes through the same process as the white shea butter. Therefore they both have same qualities. FYI some african make a tea from the bark of the borututu trea that is said to help with liver functions.

So again, the yellow and white shea butter are from the same Karite Tree but are procesed differently.  The Karite tree is grown in Central and Western Africa. Some people confuse Kpangnan African Butter with Shea Butter because it is also yellow.  You will find some vendors selling this butter under the name Yellow Shea Butter, most don’t know the difference but some do, but will tell you it is the same because of the popularity of Shea Butter.  Kpangyan Butter is grown in Central Togo and is used for skin care.

Now Shea Butter also has different grades, Grade A is usually reffered as the white unrefined 100% Raw Shea Butterit can be consumed and used in the comestic arena. It contains more shea nuts than grade B sheabutter. Now Grade B shea butter comes in white and yellow but has *less shea nuts ( I know kind of hard to explain), it actually seems softer than grade A. Grade B shea butter can not be used for consumption only in cosmetics. * I think the meaining of less nuts is that through the process the Shea Butter Nuts get smaller. So that is what’s meant by it has less shea butter. Remember they parboil the nuts, let them dry, sort them, mill them, boil them, cover and let them sit again, so as the process goes on the butter balls get smaller.( Sorry trying to explain as simple as possible.)

Refined Shea Butter – cleaned, bleached, and deorderized – can not be used in cold process soap but can is usually added to cosmetics such as lotions and creams.
Unrefined Shea Butter – as it is smells nutty and is off whitish, can be used in cosmetics and cold process soap.

There is even Organic Shea Butter, this where some might disagree with me which is fine, I think that’s a bunch of Hooplah. If its is 100% Raw Shea Butter then it is just the same quality as Organic, it is the same Karite tree. I feel its just another reason to charge you extra money.

Pros & Cons of Being a Makeup Artist

I am always receiving emails from aspiring make-up artists and even professional make-up artists on how they can get into this industry – On my tips and more! It’s very hard to get back to everyone and explain about this industry and what direction they can go into. So it got me thinking to do a blog post on some of my tips and pros and cons of being a make-up artist which I hope it can help many of you!

New student makeup artist dream! Is it successful social and professional life? If it is so, then what a makeup artist should do to achieve professional success? The answer is easy: to choose a profession that you are interested in and have a massive passion for. However, among this profession it can be tough and require a lot of efforts. Here are some of my pros and cons of becoming a professional makeup artist from my experience.

A professional makeup artist is highly demanded and is becoming more and more popular career choice, I do think a lot of this is due to how easy the job can look! Well don’t be fooled by this. Makeup artists may work for some organization such as myself for Make-up Academy or take on freelance work. It’s very similar to profession of an artist as it is very creative and interesting and something different and new every day. However, there are a lot of cons and pros that new make-up artists don’t realize until they try to pursue the career.

Advantages

  • It is very easy to take on this career.  It only takes one to two years to study to be able to work or even take short courses; Of course, my top tip is you should never stop learning!! As you need to keep your make-up trends fresh and there are always new skills and techniques to learn
  • You have the most exciting thing as a make-up artist which allows you to express your creativity and to put any crazy idea into practice which I love doing the most!
  • You get to meet new people, visiting new places and what is more exciting, working with celebrities and travelling abroad. I would of never said I would be travelling with my career and the last year I have visited some amazing places whilst doing what I love
  • We get to see the results of our work immediately which in my eyes brings a satisfaction to see happy clients face and the best part from a photo shoot/music video is when you get the makeup images in your email box this is then a chance to show of your skills to the world(which is a real important thing as a makeup artist)

Disadvantages:

  • The competition between makeup artists is so high at the moment, so my tip is to be really assertive and creative and get yourself noticed and be on top of these two areas
  • There is no working schedule, so a makeup artist may be asked to work even at night and very long hours and if you start to moan to clients about this, you maybe not been seen as professional and in some cases never be hired again.
  • There may be problems with regular work so keep on the go and always network. Never have a day of doing nothing! I have nothing going on I will either be blogging, emailing and even playing with new make-up techniques on myself. I have been seen to show this a lot to my followers and I ensure you it pays off.

My final thoughts and tips on how to become a successful makeup artist:

I always tell other aspiring make-up artists to assist local makeup artists & get as much work experience as you can! You see the good, bad and everything that way then.

The beauty of working with Make-up is, it’s constantly changing with trends, products, seasons and having skills like myself within teaching, fashion, photography, media & theater you can choose any career path at any time which will keep your skills and techniques fresh with the on-going changes of makeup. Keep your options open and learn everything aspect of make-up you can. I would say the best advice for you now is working for free, which has given me experience working as a freelance make-up artist.

Meeting some amazing creative people and finally to build a portfolio which I am now happy to show clients. I ensure you this has open up a lot of doors to my makeup world and I have learned so much… your contacts grow and grow. I choose to work for free to build my experience within the make-up industry and to gain a strong portfolio. I do believe that all trainee makeup artists should only work for free if it benefits their portfolio/experiences and they gain something out of it. Unpaid work comes from particular photographers that I feel their work is outstanding and knowing with my skills we could produce some strong images for both our portfolios. So therefore we are returning favors in both parts. So I have now had a handful of collaborations with different photographers, and my work really has grown as a result. I was able to be comfortable with them and try new things, and saw results. Each photographer I worked with on tests moved my work in a different direction and I am grateful to all of them. I would say my confidence, skills and knowledge within this industry is at a very high level now and I would say that is all thanks to working UN paid and meeting some amazing inspirational people along the way who believed in my abilities. After all if I didn’t do this I wouldn’t be where I am today, getting paid jobs.

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