Monday, 25 April 2016

FLAWLESS MATTER





The meaning flawless for some is synonymous of dream, goal, fantasy..
I've never really seen it as a dream or goal to achieve, for me it has always been a perfect result of my work, I create flawless looks, I make skins looking flawless.
Recently though I've been experiencing a situation of not-exactly-flawless skin on myself...and I totally empathise with people who suffers of skin break outs and other skin conditions.
IT CAN LITERALLY DRIVE YOU CRAZY
I'm still searching for  the cause of this sudden change on my skin on what could be external causes (pollution, environment, allergies or sensitiveness to products) and internal (food allergies or intolerance, stress).
Luckily though thanks to my job and knowledge I can "cheat" and make my skin looking perfect,
and feel better about the way I look.
It may sound silly to some but really, a problematic skin can make you less confident, I forgot about this, since it hasn't happened to me since teenage time.
There are many many products in the market that can help you with this issue and I could make
a huge list but today I want to bring the attention to a brand which is very well known in the makeup artistry industry and less to the public: Kryolan - Professional Make up
I've known of Kryolan since my early days as make-up artist, I've trained in London and one of the first shops that you are linked to is  the Make up Mecca CHARLES FOX official distributor of Kryolan and always kept the brand on my mind. But then you are always invaded by new products, different brands, different needs and you end up forgetting...until last week
While  browsing in Milan I came across the new Kryolan shop in Piazza Fontana and really like it.
It's very reachable, right behind the Duomo, the staff is lovely  and has an excellent selection of products...which links me to the very purpose of this post: how to make the skin looking FLAWLESS!
This palette from Kryolan is the answer: The Dermacolour camouflage cream

It comes on a palette of 6 colours, 12 and even 24. You can also buy a single colour (refill package)
if that's what you need, or even palettes with smaller pans.

We (backstage Make up Artists) use it very often during the Fashion Shows to cover body imperfections as its' highly pigmented and covers very fast (tattoos, bruises, scars etc) plus it's waterproof so it can resist quite well to the multiple changes of clothes without staining.
It's also great for the face, again thanks to its pigments it perfectly cover spots and scars. By covering the individual imperfection it gives you a flawless skin result.
And when the skin doesn't need a stronger coverage you can also use it as a light cover foundation, with the right brush and amount. That's why i like it, it's multitask!
I bought the small palette during my very first make up course and then lost it during a job (as it happens unfortunately...) but thanks to my friend and fellow MUA Claudia Marchetti who told me wonders about it and I got into it again.

Here you can find the link with the technical info.

Kryolan has been going on for many years, here a bit of  HISTORY of the brand, which I really love and respect.

**** for Make up Artists check out their discount card policy




Thursday, 7 April 2016

SPRING-SUMMER 2016 MAKE-UP TRENDS

Natural make-up, flawless skin


MARGARETH HOWELL SS16
KEY ARTIST LUCIA PICA

                                                       

To some of you it may sound disappointing, to find out that once again,the upcoming season most popular make-up trend is the NATURAL LOOK.

It does make sense when you think about it...the same way you want to strip off your winter clothes, you also want to get rid of layers of products from your face,  be easy, fresh and glowy.

To follow, a selection of pictures from the RTW SS16 shows which I took part of.


RALPH LAUREN PRESENTATION SS16
KEY ARTIST TOM PECHEUX

LUISA BECCARIA SS16
KEY ARTIST CYNTHIA RIVAS AT MAC COSMETICS

TRUSSARDI SS16
KEY ARTIST MARC CARASQUILLO

ROBERTO CAVALLI SS16
KEY ARTIST PAT MACGRATH

BALENCIAGA SS16
KEY ARTIST DIANE KENDAL


Which of these looks is your favorites?
There are different techniques to achieve every different one.
Leave a comment nominating your fav and I will write a HOW TO!!













Thursday, 9 April 2015

SPRING-SUMMER 2015 MAKE-UP TRENDS

Pale chic, sophisticated yet easy to achieve






A while ago I was asked to describe the look I created for the Elena Miro' presentation of the new Spring 2015 collection.
The article is published now on Curvitaly.com
This is the link: http://www.curvitaly.com/pale-chic-makeup-sofisticato-facile, but since it's written in italian I'm going to translate it on this page.


PALE CHIC, THE SOPHISTICATED MAKE-UP LOOK EASY TO ACHIEVE
The Focus is on the skin, a soft look but super chic, easy to recreate and  it guarantees 
a great impact.

The hero of  Spring 2015 make-up trends is a delicate look, extremely chic and sophisticated.
The skin is luminous with a "bonne mine" touch.
Elena Miro' choses a nice and soft look for the shots of the Spring collection, we asked the Make-Up Artist Chiara Guizzetti how to recreate this elegant look.
So here we have a step by step tutorial.
  • Firts step is to apply on the skin, immaculately clean and super moisturised a mattifying primer, before your foundation, to even out the skin tone and make it perfectly smooth. Remember to apply on the neck zone too with the tip of your fingers.
  • With a foundation brush start applying a luminous light coverage foundation and follow with a concealer for little blemishes and a highlighting concealer under the eyes. To give the skin a fresh young look add a cream blusher on the apple of the cheeks, temples, chin and tip of the nose.
  • To define the eyes work between the lash line with a gel based or cake eyeliner, create a very fine line which will give the intensity to the lashes without screaming eyeliner!
  • On the eyelid apply a cream based matt eyeshadow, choose colours like taupe, or light brown or beige. With a soft ponytail brush blend it from the eyelid to the socket. following the eyeshape without leaving harsh lines.
  • Mascara needs to be non-heavy-duty, a simple black defining mascara applied from roots to tips.
  • Fill in the eyebrows if needed and a make lips super soft with lip balm.




Thursday, 2 April 2015

FASHION WEEK AW15-16 MOODBOARD

Resumé of a fabulous season





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Sunday, 21 July 2013

TODAY I LOVE....BLUE....


Sometimes I'm particularly attracted by certain colours..I pick them while working, while deciding what to wear or even on smaller details like choosing a wrapping paper.
These days I'm very much into blue, any shades of it.. and want to share with you some lovely images.


This is  an interesting article  that I found about the meaning and the effects of colours.

Color Blue



Blue is the coolest color - the color of the sky, ocean, sleep, twilight. The ancient Egyptians used lapis lazuli to represent heaven. Blue symbolizes the Virgin Mary. A pure blue is the color of inspiration, sincerity and spirituality. Blue is often the chosen color by conservative people. Blue is the calming color. That makes it a wonderful color to use in the home, especially for babies. Blue is so soothing that is a good choice for pajamas. Dark blue is the color of truth and moderation. A blue iris means your friendship is very important to me. Wednesday's color is blue. Blue gemstones to wear to feel calm are blue sapphire and blue topaz. Lapis lazuli and azurite are said to heighten psychic power.
Turquoise is the symbol of youth, both the color and the gemstone. This color has a soothing affect. Turquoise is the color of communication. It contains the growth quality of green with the blue quality of communication. Turquoise has long been used in amulets to provide protection, health, confidence and strength.
Aqua is the color of high ideals.

Blue Energy

Blue gives a feeling of distance. Artists use it to to show perspective. This is a good way to understand the energy of the color blue - it allows us to look beyond and increase our perspective outward. It contains a cool vibration that is helpful to communication.
The vibration if blue can be used to open energy flow where it is blocked. Using blue to relax will encourage feelings of communication and peace.
Put some blue in your life when you want:
  • calm and relaxation to counteract chaos or agitation
  • to open the flow of communication
  • to broaden your perspective in learning new information
  • solitude and peace




Friday, 5 July 2013

THE GREAT GATSBY





Has everybody seen The Great Gatsby directed by Baz Luhrmann?
I initially didn't pay too much attention to it..but after a friend defined it as "a feast for the eyes" I decided
to go see it. And I'm so glad I did!
Everything from the clothes to the decorations, the places, the flowers, the lights, the fireworks, literally EVERYTHING was beautiful.
Hair and Make up in particular were very inspiring for who like me works in the beauty business.
I highly recommend it to the beauty lovers like me, you'll leave the cinema feeling extatic.

PS I purposely didn't mention the plot and the direction not to undervalue them, simply to cover another aspect of the movie.

Here a selection of amazing pictures:
















SURPRISE SURPRISE

I found this Shu Uemura product in my skin care box on my make up cupboard. It was given to me as a thanks and never really tried it (sometimes u stick to the products that you know better).Well... It's fab! I've used it the other day for an external  shoot, it was pretty warm.It didn't compromise the finish of my foundation and kept the skin fresh and not overshiny.
LOVE it.