Theatrical Makeup

Makeup storytelling can go way beyond the palettes and contours of our favorite beauty bloggers and vloggers – sometimes it defines the characters we know and love. Stories cannot be fully told without makeup – and I’m here to explain why.

The makeup concepts for a show actually come directly from what the actors and directors have to work with – the costumes, inflections and resources of the world that’s being portrayed on stage. I went through all of the costume changes, sketches, palettes. I looked through every costume basket for every character – on stage, it’s really a collaborative process.

And while it’s collaborative, a lot of changes are constantly being made depending on what theatre and actor you are working with. You may have picked out the perfect shade of red lipstick, everybody loves it in the dressing room – and then you put that actor under the stage lights, and you can’t see it. It doesn’t read – the red all of a sudden is looking pink or orange – and well, you have to go back and start all over again.

Carefully selecting products is the next step in makeup design process – and it’s all based on what type of character or monster I’m creating.

I have to reveal that everything having to do with makeup is timed and choreographed during changes backstage. “How long would it take you to take your lipstick off, your face makeup off, and your eye makeup off? OK, let’s time it. These are the products you need to take off; these are the products you need to put on – it really is down to a science!

And it’s all of these moving parts combined that tell the story in its entirety – with each makeup look embodying a persona of its own.

The latest celebrity-approved trends in semi-permanent makeup

The latest celebrity-approved trends in semi-permanent makeup

Semi-permanent makeup – a variant on the tattoo – is creating buzz among those seeking fuller eyebrows, lusher lashes, even more youthful-looking lips. They’re not the makeup tattoos of yesteryear: digital technology, more precise needles and blades, plus advancements in ink shades, yield more-natural looking results that last about two years, meaning you won’t be permanently inked if trends change dramatically!

Microblading eyebrows

The most popular form of semi-permanent makeup, for many it is the answer to natural-looking brows, whether your genes left you with sparse hairs or you were overzealous with the tweezers.

To the naked eye, you see hairs, not a powdered look or a dark line like you used to get with a traditional tattoo.” I use a small phibrows  round blade, rather than a needle, to cut the skin in tiny strokes that mimic individual hairs. Ink is then deposited into each stroke.

It is use a manual tool, not a machine, and I don’t go as deep as a traditional tattoo and I don’t deposit as much ink, so I am able to create very fine lines that resemble hairs. I aim for very thin hair strokes that blend with a client’s real hair.”

A full appointment, including consultation, numbing and drawing, takes two hours , with a touch-up appointment four to six weeks later. As for the level of pain on a scale of one to 10, my clients rate it at a three. “It feels like a scratch for most. Clients have said it’s much less painful than a regular tattoo.”

 Powdered or ombre lips

It used to be that injectables were the only way to achieve a plump, pillowy pout, but thanks to advances in tattoo technology, repigmentation means youthful-looking lips are only a digital pen stroke away. “As we age, our lips crack and fade predominantly from wind, sun damage and use,” says Emilia Berry, semi-permanent makeup artist to the stars and founder of New York City-based PermaLine Cosmetics. “It’s common for lips to become patchy.”

Emilia offers an “ombré lips” service, using a digital pen to exert control over both the speed and depth of the needle to precisely implant a hint of colour that punches up a client’s natural shade by a hue or two. As a result, “the lips will have the illusion of fullness along with being rejuvenated and smooth, in a very natural way,” says Emilia.

She achieves this effect by matching the pigment colour to the inner lip. “This is usually the best indication of the natural lip colour. I then discuss the client’s desired result with them and adjust accordingly.” To create the illusion of fuller lips, Emilia enhances the lip line ever so slightly.

It’s worth noting that your lips will appear bolder immediately after a treatment, fading to the desired shade within three days and continuing to do so as they heal. That’s why Emilia recommends starting with a lighter shade. “We can always go darker at the touch-up. We cannot go lighter.” Like microblading, the process is quite brief – between an hour and 90 minutes – with a touch-up eight weeks later. Emilia says most clients rate the pain at a two to a four on a 10-point scale.

Lip Service

It used to be that injectables were the only way to achieve a plump, pillowy pout, but thanks to advances in tattoo technology, repigmentation means youthful-looking lips are only a digital pen stroke away. “As we age, our lips crack and fade predominantly from wind, sun damage and use. “It’s common for lips to become patchy.”

I offer an “ombré lips” service, using a digital pen to exert control over both the speed and depth of the needle to precisely implant a hint of colour that punches up a client’s natural shade by a hue or two. As a result, “the lips will have the illusion of fullness along with being rejuvenated and smooth, in a very natural way.

I achieves this effect by matching the pigment colour to the inner lip. “This is usually the best indication of the natural lip colour. I then discuss the client’s desired result with them and adjust accordingly.” To create the illusion of fuller lips, I enhance the lip line ever so slightly.

It’s worth noting that your lips will appear bolder immediately after a treatment, fading to the desired shade within three days and continuing to do so as they heal. That’s why I recommend starting with a lighter shade. “We can always go darker at the touch-up. We cannot go lighter.” Like microblading, the process is quite brief – between an hour and 90 minutes – with a touch-up eight weeks later. Most clients rate the pain at a two to a four on a 10-point scale.

Lashings of ink

While false lashes and eyelash extensions are standard for celebrities both on- and off-camera, a new procedure might make these standbys a thing of the past. Lashline enhancement involves a semi-permanent application of tiny dots and hair strokes, applied within the line of the lash, to give the illusion of a naturally full set of eyelashes.

Don’t get this confused with semi-permanent eyeliner, which is a decorative line drawn on top of the lash base. Lashline enhancement uses a digital micro-pigmentation pen to fill in any gaps in the lash line – top, bottom or both – for a denser lash base and a more defined eye.

After the two- to three-hour appointment, downtime is almost non-existent, with many patients returning to work immediately afterwards. For patients fearful of anyone wielding a needle so close to their eye, rest reassured that most clients rate the level of pain at a four. And like microblading and ombré lips, the results will only last a few years.

“Our faces change over the years as we age and trends also change,” “It’s important that your semi-permanent makeup can adapt with you.”‘To the naked eye you see hairs not a powdered look or dark line like you used to get with a traditional tattoo’

 

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Hello Spring

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

it’s safe to say that Spring has finally sprung here in Luxembourg. The last few days have been sunshine filled and our snowy days are *hopefully* behind us. i’ve started my spring cleaning, purging my closet and shoe rack, both getting rid of items i no longer wear but to also make space for some newer, seasonally appropriate pieces. i even do a bit of organization of my makeup drawers, putting away some of the darker shades of Fall and Winter and bring out my Spring and Summer pieces. i don’t shy away from color in the slightest when it comes to sunny days, opting for warm shadow tones, colored liners, bright lips and bronze-y skin.

 

Can You botox my lashes?

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Can You botox my lashes?

 Women seem to stop at absolutely nothing to get their lashes to look their absolute best. They put on extensions, apply loads of mascara, layer on growth serums—you name it, they do it. And the latest thing that women are talking about, especially online, is eyelash botox, , which actually sounds much worse than it really is. Of  course you will not need an ijection dear!!! It is just a very easy procedure, that is also popular with the name Lamination,  Yami lashes.

Different from eyelash extensions, which requires individual synthetic lashes to be adhered to your natural lash line with glue, eyelash lamination—gives the end result of thicker, longer, darker lashes that last. Consider it the newest way to get prettier-looking lashes.

It is actually a pretty simple treatment (considering there are only five steps) that promises longer lashes for 8 to 12 weeks depending on the natural cycle of your lashes. Void of any harsh chemicals or glues, this gives more of a lift and curl to the lashes so they don’t just look straight. “The keratin lift lash is done on your natural lashes—they just can’t be too short, non-existent or really damaged—to give the appearance of very long lashes that are also thicker and darker.

 During this treatment , each cilium is covered with a special compound that protects it from damage. Smoothes the hair, it nourishes and moisturizes.
The composition of matter which is covered eyelashes necessarily contain keratin. It is this substance penetrates the hair structure, nourishes and fills the inside. Keratin penetrated, increases the volume of the eyelashes, giving it health and strength. The effect of keratin lamination eyelash lasts much longer – 2 – 2.5 months.

Benefits:

* Makes your lashes soft natural curve without creases (makes lashes more volume, length)
* Fills lashes pigment evens makes them smooth, shiny, dark.
* Restores the structure of the eyelashes, moisturizes and nourishes.
* No need correction and special care.
* Using only natural nutrient means, which a positive impact on the structure of the eyelashes.
* Suitable for any type of eyelashes.
* Don’t bringing discomfort and limitations in your usually life (including bathing or visiting the sauna).

Organic Lash Botox is the most advanced lash repair and nourishing formula worldwide. The treatment repairs the damaged or broken eyelash fibers with a powerful concentrate of active ingredients including Nigella Sativa Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis Oil, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Silk Peptides which guarantee to moisturize, replenish, repair and revive lashes right from the very first use, adding incredible shine, softness and eliminating dryness.