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Bridal Fashion Week: Cool Girl Makeup at Adam Zohar

Adam Zohar Bridal Fashion Week makeup by Metro Look

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image6 (2)I was fortunate enough to have been chosen as Key Makeup Artist for the Adam Zohar S/S 2019 show during Bridal Fashion Week. Our team was sponsored by ECRU New York and FarmHouse Fresh to create non-bridal makeup looks for the runway show at popular West Village venue, Industria. To compliment his audacious approach to bridal, Zohar’s venue featured a warehouse atmosphere with an open garage door leading onto the street, where onlookers passing by were able to watch the show along with guests seated inside on rustic steel benches. Adam  is  an  innovative  international designer  and  leader  in  bridal  and  evening  wear  that  exudes  femininity  and  elegance.  The  use  of  unexpected  materials,  remarkable  creativity,  plentiful  designs  and  unconventional  cuts,  along  with  a  close  attention  to  every  detail.

 

 

image10 cropThe makeup was designed to convey a no fuss bride, so I appropriately named the look “I Woke Up Like This”. After meeting with Adam and seeing the collection (which included dresses with nipple bearing bodices), I could tell that this wouldn’t be a traditional bridal show. The models at the fitting were styled with white Dr. Martens boots, and some were given nose septums – now that’s edgy AF! We decided that even though the models would be wearing these incredible gowns, we just wanted them to look like cool girls getting married. Adam was insistent that the skin had a slightly wet appearance, I agreed, it complimented his aesthetic.

 

 

 

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A little nipple never hurt anyone :-)

Because great makeup starts with great skincare, the makeup artists prepped the models’ faces with Crow Catcher Serum around the eyes, and Spotted Leaving Lightening Serum all over the rest of the face. We let the serums absorb for 10 minutes, then applied a layer of Three Milk Moisturizer for maximum hydration. The combination of the serums and the moisturizer gave the models a fresh, healthy glow. Whoopie Cream! Hydrating Lip Balm was also used to soften the lips. The artists then used light foundation and concealer to even out complexion and cover blemishes. Next, ECRU New York lipsticks were used as both lip color and blush; their lipsticks come in an array of shades, and are a multi-use product. Two coats of Runway Lash mascara were added to the top lash line only, and the look was finished by adding FarmHouse Fresh Honey-Magnolia Body Oil to the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin for sheen.

 

 

 

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These white Dr. Martens are lit!

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Photo: Seth London

3 Products for Your Best Brows Yet

Natural EyebrowsLet’s talk about brows. While, I like to keep my brows on the more natural side, a lot of my clients like to serve up Cara Delevingne on 1,000. There’s nothing wrong with taking it there with a strong brow, you just need to know what to use so that you don’t look crazy. We’ve all seen great brows, and we’ve all seen “good Lord what is on her face” brows – don’t let the latter be you. In my opinion, it’s always best to lightly fill in a brow unless you don’t have much hair there (due to over-waxing or genetics). I’m going to share some of my top picks to achieve your best brows yet.

 

Damone Roberts, $20

Damone Roberts brow powder, $20

If you’re brows are already full, you don’t need to fill them in too much, or else you will easily achieve a Burt from Sesame Street look. One of my favorite products to lightly fill in (and if necessary shape) a brow is Damone Roberts brow powder. Powder is a great option fill in sparse areas or slightly shape an eyebrow without looking too intense. It’s buildable, and because it’s only powder it’s also very easy to remove some if you think you’ve used a little too much. My favorite tool to apply brow powder is a thin angle brush

Brow Stylist, $8.99

Brow Stylist Definer, $8.99

 

For brows that need a little more love, I would recommend a thin brow pencil. The reason why a thin pencil is ideal, is beacause it gives you the most control; you can easily make natural looking, hair-like strokes. My pick is the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer, it’s super affordable and gives lasting results.

 

ABH DIPBROW, $18

ABH DIPBROW, $18

In the case that you have little to no brows, or your brows are a shape that you hate, it’s now time to break out the big guns! You’re going to need a product that will allow you to create whatever shape you want, and stay put. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow is the best product in the business for bulletproof brows. I’m not kidding, I’ve never seen a brow product last this long in my life, use it sparingly!

*** Pro tip: Always use a spoolie when applying a brow product. After you apply your desired brow product, use the spoolie to brush brows upward to blend the product in.

 

 

 

Pacifica’s Tasty New Line of Flavored Lip Balms

As a working makeup artist, I ALWAYS begin every makeup application with two things: moisturizer and lip balm. Great makeup begins with great skincare. This is why I couldn’t have been happier to learn that Pacifica came out with a new line of 100% vegan lip balms. As far as lip balms are concerned, there usually isn’t much variety, but these new flavored balms change the game. Their new line-up is exclusive to Ulta, and includes seven lip balms: Persian Cherry, Hawaiian Banana, Bali Coconut, Cuban Mango, Rainbow Watermelon, Indian Chi, and Summer Kale, as well as a Candied Lemon & Sugar lip scrub. The fact that the collection includes a scrub made my heart smile! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a client that really needed a good scrubbing.

Pacifica was awesome enough to send me over the collection to test out, and I have to say that I’m in love! You already know that the first one I had to try was Summer Kale – you can’t put some kale lip balm in front of me and not expect me pounce. It has a very earthy, natural scent to it that I really like, it totally brought out my inner hipster. Surprisingly though, my favorite one is the Bali Coconut; I’m usually not a huge fan of coconut fragrance, but this one is so yummy. A lot of the others have a refreshing fruity aroma, so there’s truly something for everyone. A far departure from many of the cherry cough syrup scented balms that we have become accustomed to.

Almond and jojoba oils ensure that these balms are super hydrating, and absorb right into your lips for all-day moisture. Since I use lip balm before lipstick, having a colorless formula that leaves the lips supple, while also remaining completely matte is a win for me!

Bronzed and Beach-Ready at BENCH/BODY

At BENCH/BODY’s SS18 show for New York Fashion Week: Men’s, male and female models showed off young, fun swimwear, undergarments, and summer basics. The makeup look followed suit, with a glowing bronze look that was perfect for the beach, created by makeup artist Dana Arcidy of Metro Look.

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“Good skin has to start with great skincare, and that goes for men too,” Arcidy says. They prepped all models’ skin with moisturizer from cult makeup artist favorite Embryolisse. For most of the models, Lait-Crème Concentrè was used to hydrate the skin and add dewiness, even without the addition of a cosmetic highlighter. For those with oily skin, Hydra-Mat Emulsion was used to absorb excess sebum.

For foundation, the artists used Gerda Spillmann’s Biofond Foundation, which they couldn’t stop raving about. “Someone should count how many times we’ve said ‘buttery’ today,” Arcidy laughs. “But this foundation really does have the most beautiful finish.” The coverage of the product was buildable, so that models who didn’t need much coverage were able to let their natural skin shine through. Models whose skin was a bit more stressed were able to get flawless looking skin with just slightly more product.

The team also used the foundation palette to create dimension on the face. They added deeper colors to the cheekbones to create a contour, and blended warmer colors outward on the perimeter of the face to create a bronze glow. They lightly applied Perfect Matte Loose Powder on the undereyes to avoid creasing, as well as around the nose to avoid unwanted shine. By not overpowdering, the team preserved the gorgeous glow on the rest of the face created by the moisturizer/foundation power combo. To finish the look for the female models, the team added a sweep of bronze across their lids, smudgeproof liner to define their eyes, and waterproof mascara. Voila–a carefree look that could realistically be worn to the beach.

About Gerda Spillmann

Founded in Switzerland in 1944, Gerda Spillmann is a favorite brand of many celebrity makeup artists. Their famous Biofond foundation is a cream to powder formula with 100% pharmaceutical ingredients that are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and cruelty-free.

About Embryolisse

Embryolisse Laboratories has over 60 years of experience in dermo-cosmetics. Their products are dermatologist recommended and found in the kits of successful makeup artists all over the world.

The Only Thing You’ll Ever Need to Clean Your Brushes

Simple SkincareWhen it comes to deep brush cleaning, we all try to find an option that will be gentle on the brush hairs. After all, no one wants their brushes to end up feeling like sandpaper against their face because of crappy maintenance. Initially, I used to use plain soap and water, then I upgraded to baby shampoo, followed by conditioner in the rinse water to keep the hairs as good as new – but it didn’t. I always say that if I become a mom, I hope to love my kids as much as I love my brushes…totally serious by the way!

After being frustrated with my brushes becoming increasingly course despite my efforts, I tried something new. I tested the same cleanser that I use on my face (especially when it resembles alligator skin) on my brushes, and it worked like a MF. The miracle product I’m referring to is Hydrating Cleansing Oil by Simple Skincare. It’s infused with vitamin E and grape seed oil, so your brush hairs get a lot of extra love. Cleansing Oil gets all of the makeup out of your tools, while leaving them super soft. This drug store item comes in at only $9.99 , making it the most affordable option ever.

To get your brushes in tip top shape, squeeze a dime sized amount of Hydrating Cleansing Oil in the palm of you hand, and rub your fluffy friend in the cleanser in a circular motion. You will notice that suds will begin to form, and all the yucky build-up on your brush will disappear. Once your tool is cleaned to your satisfaction, rinse it off with lukewarm water, and repeat for the rest of your brushes. For the smaller ones (like lip and liner brushes), I like to clean several at a time to speed up the process.

Once your brushes are dry, they’ll be immaculately clean and softer than ever!

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You Glow Girl! 8 Highlighters Perfect for Spring

It’s spring again – although your skin may need some reminding. The drying cold, coupled with the lack of sunshine in the winter, are a perfect recipe for hot mess skin. Luckily, even the dullest skin can be brightened up with the magic of highlighter.  Just a few swipes can take your skin from scary to lit AF. Here are some of the best highlighters – in all price points – to help you get your glow on this spring.

Glossier Haloscope – This highlighter adds the benefits of skincare into your makeup. The dual-delivery formula infuses genuine crystal extracts on the outer halo, while inner core is enhanced with vitamin-rich moisturizers to keep the skin hydrated.

NYX Iluminator – The radiant shimmer of this illuminator diffuses light so your skin looks vibrant and refreshed while adding a soft, healthy glow.

Too Faced Love Light Highlighter – Using their Prisma Shine® patented technology, Too Faced has created a buildable highlighter that can go from day to night.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter – This baked highlighter applies smoothly while the its light texture blends easily for a beautiful, dewy finish.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter – This lightweight, coconut-infused gel highlighter that can be applied directly to skin or added into your foundation for an OMG glow.

e.l.f. Baked Highlighter – This baked formula is enriched with apricot and jojoba to give skin a glowing and healthy appearance.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish – This megawatt liquid-powder highlighter gives the skin a luminous, sculpted finish.

PLISSÉ LUMIÈRE DE CHANEL ILLUMINATING POWDER – This limited-edition gold powder highlighter will add warmth to any skin tone.

 

 

 

Pretty Holiday Lipsticks That Won’t Break the Bank

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As the holidays approach, so do fabulous events and parties that we want to look amazing for. If buying gifts alone puts most of us in serious debt, why bother spending money on a new party dress? A gorgeous holiday lipstick is an affordable way to totally revamp your look, while still allowing you to keep a few extra coins in your purse.  Whether it be a family get together, or an office party, there’s no better way to stand out from the crowd, than with a festive lip color. Here are some great drug store lip products, ideal for the holidays:

 

Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Crème in Pretty Problematic

This creamy liquid lipstick feels awesome on your lips, and goes on really smoothly. The gorgeous metallic cranberry hue is the perfect compliment to your holiday dress.

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Pretty Problematic, $8.99

 

Revlon Love Is On™ Lipstick

Revlon has created the perfect universal red;  this stunning shade was specifically designed to attract more love into your life. If a lipstick can help you get noticed by the guy you’ve been crushing on, I say bring it on!

 

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Love is On, $8.49

 

L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Bombshell

Think pink this holiday season! Bombshell is a bright, glossy bubble gum pink shade for the girl who wants to slay.  Glazed lip paints are so pigmented, that you only need a few drops to completely cover both lips.

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Bombshell, $5

 

NYX Plush Gel Lipstick in Karma Kiss

NYX has outdone themselves with this high voltage berry color. The gel formula will last all evening, so you can eat, drink, and be merry without having to worry about your lipstick budging.

Karma Kisses, $7.99

Karma Kiss, $7

 

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Lip Color in Deep Plum

Personally, I don’t think that there is a more festive shade than purple; this is why this Neutrogena color stick is one of my favorites. In addition to killer color, this lip color delivers moisture beyond belief – not too shabby in the cold winter months.

Dark Plum, $8.49

Dark Plum, $8.49

 

 

 

 

 

A Smart Mirror That Makes Sure You Always Slay

Image courtesy of www.panasonic.com

Image of smart mirror courtesy of  www.panasonic.com

Panasonic has developed some really cool beauty technology products recently, but their latest is sure to be the biggest hit yet. The Japanese tech company has answered every woman’s prayers, by creating a smart mirror that identifies your flaws…and immediately corrects them!

In true Snow White fashion, this mirror is completely honest with you about your reflection, so proceed with caution. Once you sit in front of it, the mirror scans your face to analyze your flaws (blemishes, wrinkles, etc). When it’s finished lowering your self esteem assessing your skin, it prints out the exact amount of makeup you’ll need to be applied to your face on temporary tattoo patches. Yes, it prints the actual products that it wants you to use, to stick to your face! How fierce is that? Don’t get too excited yet, the mirror is still a prototype, so it currently takes 24 hours to print the makeup patches. But we’re waiting with bated breath until they work out all the kinks, and bring it to market.

Why Beauty Lovers Are Mixing Oil With Foundation


One of the most seemingly strange makeup trends to surface, is mixing oil with foundation. To all the oily gals, I know this may sound gross, but trust me – it’s a thing! Several of my clients have been asking me about this, because they are seeing it everywhere as a part of makeup routines online. Instagram, You Tube, and Facebook have been swarming with countless videos of makeup enthusiasts using this tactic. Video after video show girls (and guys) with their trustee oil filled droppers, lubing up their foundation. Why would anyone do this? There are 2 good reasons why, and here they go:

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Dry Skin

The most obvious reason for implementing this makeup trick is to add some much needed moisture to parched skin. When applying foundation on dry skin, the product can build up in the patchy areas, leaving a very uneven finish. Adding oil to foundation is also a way to temporarily “plump up” fine lines for a more youthful look. The oil moisturizes the skin, and gives it a healthy glow for a smoother appearance.

Easier Blending

While most would say that mixing oil into foundation sounds like it would clog pores and lead to breakouts, what most people don’t know is that a high percentage of foundations already contain oil. Mixing in a little oil to your cream or liquid foundation changes the texture of formula, and actually helps it spread easier.  Adding 1-2 drops of oil to your base, allows you to effortlessly blend it out to achieve a skin-like finish.

 

Clearly this trick isn’t for everybody, but it’s worth giving a shot. Just make sure that you use a carrier oil (such as coconut oil or almond oil). One of my faves is the coconut oil by Measurable Difference.

 

 

Quick Tip: Brow Color

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We weren’t all born with gorgeous brows like my model’s. But with the right tools, we can come close.

When most people try to fill in their brows, they try to match the color of their brows as closely as possible, or follow the oft-recited rule of “two shades darker if you are blonde, two shades lighter if you are brunette.” This isn’t bad. It’s just not what I do.

I take into account my model or client’s skin tone when choosing their brow color. My own skin, for example, is on the fair side, but my eyebrow hair is black. I use a light, ashy brown to fill in my brows, and it gives me a way more natural look than using a dark brown or black. I’ve used the lightest blonde shade I have on some fair skinned brunettes (some of whom have been bridal clients who insist it’s still too dark…gotta love weddings). But on a model or client with a deep skin tone who has the same hair color than me, I will go in with  black. Meanwhile, someone with blonde hair and very tan skin would probably get the same color I use on myself, or perhaps something even darker.

The other big mistake I see people doing is choosing colors that are too warm. Always opt for a cool color. Back in makeup school, most of my classmates would either make my brows too red or too black. Here’s how to avoid that! And for all you pro’s and makeup lovers out there, my absolute favorite brow palette is the Anastasia one.

xx Dana