Makeup Forever Artist 30-30 Palette Preview & Event Review

“In celebration of its 30th anniversary, MAKE UP FOR EVER partnered with 30 elite makeup artists, including Founder and Creative Director, Dany Sanz to curate a limited edition eye shadow palette. MAKE UP FOR EVER’s unique story is shared through the eyes of the artists that helped shape the brand into a cult favorite for both the professional community and the everyday woman. Through their personal stories, these 30 artists bring to life MAKE UP FOR EVER’s unique heritage as a brand that continues to inspire, educate and elevate.”

You would have been led to believe that Makeup Forever could not outdo themselves, but guess what? you’ve been tricked. It just got better as they’ve created a palette personally developed by the best artists in the industry. Now could it get any better? Hmm I’m thinking a strong “no” (atleast for now)

What is outstanding about this palette, besides its quality and beauty – is its harmony. Although Makeup Forever is known for their wide range of vibrant color, the nude shades still are representative of Makeup Forever’s versatility and also, to me, is symbolic of the unity between these artists. Separately, they do all different types of work in completely different sections of the industry – but together, represent artists united by passion, purpose and a love for their craft- makeup. While one shadow in the palette would be beautiful on its own, its beauty is heightened when place with its counterparts.

After chatting with a Makeup Forever insider at the launch event at the NY boutique, only about 700 of these were made worldwide. If you’re thinking about snagging this one up, don’t think too long. The palette retails for $250 (already discounted for Backstage Card holders – equaling $10.50 per shadow ) which is a steal, especially if you’re in need of shadows. Like me however, I’m taking of advantage of their new palette system and pick up a few of my favorites.

The event brought several of your favorite artists in to celebrate the brand including those who helped create the palette like Viktorija Bowers, Merrell Hollis and James Vincent. I was tempted to watch an old episode of Scandal while having lunch the other day but I took to the Makeup Forever website and watched the interviews of each of these artists giving us a look into the stories of their careers, which was outright motivating and entertaining!

A few of my favorite quotes:

“Your makeup is going to look better, if you use quality makeup. That’s kind of why the professionals use it.” – Kabuki

“It’s really important to have good tools, because that’s what makes it easy to be a makeup artist” Ve Neill

“The makeup counter gives you can amazing platform to practice on different ethnicities and ages” – Viktorija Bowers

Available at: Sephora stores, Makeup Forever boutiques

My gift bag included: Travel size Sens’eyes. Aqua Smoky Lash & Mist & Fix.






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Rihanna for W Magazine Fall Fashion Issue

I had the honor of assisting legend makeup artist, Kabuki for W Magazine’s September Issue with Rihanna. It was an amazing experience and long hours that were well worth it. It was truly amazing to see a creative genius at work. It was also a reminder to always challenge yourself and use products in your kit in different ways.

W magazine did an amazing article showing the face charts Kabuki created and inspiration behind the looks.




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The Powder Group’s Summer School with Roque Cozzette

Synergy of Airbrush & Traditional Makeup through the Eyes of Fashion!
I headed to the first week of TPG’s Summer School with Roque Cozzette last Wednesday at Kenig & Alcone. It was an honor to hear Roque speak, as he has been a true testament in the beauty industry. His brand, Cozette is used by many makeup artists in the business, he works alongside the worlds best artists and designers, has contributed to the creation of well known products and educational material.. and well, he always says hello. For those who were unable to attend, I’m happy to share this post with you. Look forward to The Powder Group Summer School every Wednesday for the rest of the summer.

A little about Roque Cozzette:

Roque Cozzette thinks creatively and creates strategically. His talent comes from the orchestrated sensibilities of hands, head, and heart. A seasoned beauty-industry pro experienced in print, fashion, celebrity image, and cosmetic product development; an extraordinary depth and scope to his multi-faceted career. Working withcelebrities like Christina Milian, Isabella Rossellini, Melody Gardot, and Roxanna; Roque has synergized traditional and airbrushing techniques. On the fashion front, he lent his creative vision to the runway for fashion houses like Christian Dior, Valentino, Y3, Louis Vuitton, John Galliano, Yohji Yamamoto, Victoria’s Secret, Prada and Givenchy. An innovator and educator with a vision to embrace the highest creative values that when allowed lifts the vibration of all whom he touches. Roque is the founder of the Cozzette line of brushes and accessories. 

What he said:

- Has been in the business 30 years and is proud of everyone who decided to take this career journey because its not easy.

- Set an intention- from this night – a present tense statement. What you intend on, you get!

-  Every time you see a mirror, say I love you to yourself.

- We don’t take enough time to validate ourselves.

- He moved to New York at 30. Never give up! 

- Embrace your heart, who you really are, and set yourself to the next level of where you want to be.

-  How are you going to get where you want to be. It doesn’t matter where you are and where you come from. Your life will never be the same if you just believe!

- Half of the business is presentation of self and the way you speak, and then how you execute your makeup.

- Co creator of Kett ( departed 4 years ago) airbrush is not the end all be all, neither is traditional makeup.

-  He studied cosmetic chemistry because of the evolution of HD, he needed to understand. He doesn’t really use lots of powder.

- He always does face charts. It’s great practice and to have a  system, so in the way that you work. It helps you remember what you put on – especially in fashion ,everything revolves around the makeup test.

- He has helped written sections of Milady’s Cosmetology Book.


“Product, Practice and Precision” – Roque Cozzette


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Best Foundations for a Makeup Artist Kit (Part 2)

Right off the plane and we’re ready for another Makeup Monday! Just back from Trinidad, I’m excited to share with you the thoughts of Renee Milford, a Trinidad based makeup artist and Airbrush Makeup Educator.

What is your favourite foundation for your kit, & why?

I love using Temptu airbrush foundations, I’ve been airbrushing makeup since 2006 and since then fell in love with Temptu. The silicone based foundations mimic the look of skin and are water resistant, this makes it perfect for bridal clients and the humid climate here in Trinidad.

It is very versatile as it offers a sheer texture with buildable coverage so I can easily achieve perfect looking skin by layering the foundation. I’m fondly called a makeup mixologist, so when I need to customize quickly, I usually grab a couple shades of the foundations and a colour adjuster to create the perfect match.

I’ve been using these foundations for years and will continue to use them because they always deliver the results that I’m looking for.


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Best Foundations for a Makeup Artist Kit (Part 1)

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We’re back!!!

Ahh, another week of Real Opinions by Real Artists. This series excites me greatly, not only because I get to share loads of valuable information that you may not  find elsewhere but because as I interview and research, I’ve been learning so much more.. and learning? I like that because the more I know = the more you know.

So let’s talk about foundations, as a professional makeup artist you are always searching for the right foundation for your kit, your go-to, your holy grail. Foundations can be very personal to an artist, a product that Eric loves, Amanda may not necessarily like it. I understand though, you still need to ask questions from the people who’s work you respect and who does killer foundation. Some you have never heard of before, up until I change that of course.

It’s important to do your research to help you narrow down what might be right for you. To help you with this, today we’re chatting with Michael Chua, a talented makeup artist I met backstage during a fashion show with James Vincent.

Michael has been doing faces for years and judging from the one photo below, we’d take his advice!! (Find more of his artistry on his site linked below)

Here’s Michaels’ take on the best foundation:

What is your favourite foundation for your kit, & why

Liquids – I love Face Atelier for dry to normal skin. It melts into the sin seamlessly, gives wonderful up to medium coverage and a gorgeous dewy finish. Because of its silicone base, it has a built in primer and saves me an extra step. I also love the line for it’s color range which is suitable for global skin tones and also includes the wonderful 0-, 0+, 0++ and heat, which truly allows this line to be versatile and address any skin tone needs a pro artist could encounter. Honorable mentions would go to MUFE Face and Body. It has a wonderful range of shades, has a beautiful, healthy looking finish and is water and mostly transfer resistant.

Creams – I love RCMA for its above average pigment density (50%) and its slightly matter finish as compared to other creams on the market. The high pigment density allows me to use very little product to get the job done and for a sheerer application, i like to cut it with Embroylisse (moisturizer). I tend to use this product a lot in men’s grooming. I also love the Mehron Celebre HD cream foundations. Beautiful demi matte finish, gorgeous shade range and melts into the skin like warm butter on a pancake.


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Creating your own MAC PRO Lipstick Palette

We’ve done it all right? Japonesque, pill boxes, the works. Custom palettes are nothing new but since MAC decided to dramatically decrease the price of their palette and release new inserts, I was inspired to give the kit a little face lift (especially since I get new lipsticks so regularly – you forget what you have!) and hopefully encourage you to give it a try if you haven’t.

Whether you’re a makeup pro or aficionado, it will serve you well to de-clutter and  give yourself a renewed connection to your collection.

You will need:

1. Spoon – Place the lipstick in the spoon for melting and pouring.

2. Makeup Remover – Clean up sides of palette (your lipstick shades may run over to the next side if you’ve used too much)

3. Candle – Use as primary heat sources (don’t forget your matches or lighter)

4. Hand Sanitizer – Keep hands clean throughout.

5. Q tips – Multi-functional. I use these with the makeup remover for precision.

6. Tissue – You’re gonna need this to wipe the spoon and possibly your hands throughout the process.

7. Metal or Plastic Spatula - Used to cut the lipsticks.

8. Alcohol – Necessary to sanitize tools & lipsticks.

9. Labels – Keep track the names of your shades

10. Lipsticks (I had to say it though)

11. Pen

12. MAC Pro Palette Insert & Palette

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Breakups to Makeup 1st Anniversary Event

I headed to support Angelique on her one year anniversary of Breakups to Makeup. When I first started seeing the brand, I was both impressed and amused by the products catchy phrases. Crazy how a year  flies, feels like I just purchased a couple of her items during The Makeup Show Pop Up Shop during the holiday season. I had time to ask Angelique a couple questions:

How have you been feeling about the success of B2M?

Angelique: Surprised and humbled. I really didn’t expect it to take off, and at the rate it has. People have related so much to the brand and message and I am really grateful for that.

What’s new and what’s next?

The newest summer items include crop tops and metallic lettering on new and existing products. What’s next? we’ll have to see!

Find Breakups to Makeup on Instagram here and order items such as phone cases, t shirts and makeup bags on her website.

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The Best of May – My Personal Favorites

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may favz1. Senna Brow Book

2. MAC Cosmetics 159 Brush

3. MAC Cosmetics Prolongwear Brow Set

4. MAC Cosmetics Patent Lip Polish

5. AJ Crimson Cream Foundation

6. Cleanse By Lauren Napier (Facial Wipes)

7. Measurable Difference Mascara

8. Black Up Cosmetics Lipstick (#1124 Shown In Video)

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Erica Carr Hair Styling Workshop – Review

The question will always remain and each artist will have their own answer. My past year living in New York has presented me numerous times on a platter “Should I do hair?”. It may prove tough to answer this because in actuality, sometimes makeup artists are asked to do hair, for an emergency, for a test, you just never know. I’ve had to pass up jobs because my hair kit and hair skills then was non existent.

While some may shun the title “light hair”, I believe its how far the artist chooses to take another craft and make it their own. What if we were to follow Malcolm Gladwell’s (disputed) 10’000 hour rule – that you need to complete these 10’000 hours in order to become an expert in your field, but how to do you do that while pursuing something other than the original passion. Here’s the answer: You don’t. At some point in time, we didn’t know how to do makeup well but as we continuously flexed that muscle, it became better and better. The focus is not the end result but the journey that gets you there and however you choose to define is OK.

1. Makeup Artist: Hair by Request

2. Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist

3. Makeup Artist, Light Hair

4. Makeup Artist that does hair.

Now all this to say, remember back in my Top 10 Moments of 2013 post? I spoke about attending The Artist Summit #5 (the next one is in 2015), where I met Erica Carr . Erica is a talented Hair & Makeup Artist with over 20 years in the Industry. She is an educator with a passion for her students. At some point, you may have seen her, her work  or her affiliation with Makeup Forever Education as an instructor.

Since then, I’ve been wanting to take her classes – because of time constraints etc, it just couldn’t happen until this week. Just so you know, I was never inclined to do hair but I understand as I grow up in this business,its important to know even if I am not required to do hair all the time – knowledge is power – and having a better understanding with what works with makeup to create images and satisfy clients – I am all in! It would also prove valuable in bridal services and more #Werk

I took the 3 day Beginner Course and I had an amazing time, I shared the room with other talented makeup artists I spent time with at Evolution and other TPG events. Some of us have never touched hair and others have. Erica can take you from knowing nothing to something in a matter of days. I struggled with some of the techniques, I pushed myself but most of all Erica and her team was so very supportive and ensured that we understood everything we were doing before we moved on. I learned parting, which sounds simple but can make or break a look, marcel, updos, fingerwave and so much more.

If you’ve heard of anyone saying she has one of the best hair education classes, they were right. Erica is now touring city to city and could be coming near you. I really wish I could explain HOW MUCH I learnt so I’d let these pictures help me. Follow me on Twitter for more pictures:

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Are You Friends With Your Makeup Kit?

This morning my sister offered me a nude lipstick that she wasn’t too fond of and I said no.

Wait, I said no?

hmm it was nude.

I love nudes.

What happened?

After spending a week with my Evolution family (The Powder Group) I got a whole new sense of my entire kit/makeup collection. Now, I was never the one to use a “blush brush” just for blush or not pick up an eye shadow or two to contour. However, I feel at peace with this new found sense of minimalism. Sure there’s nothing wrong with grabbing new products that you love or products you want to try out, we are in a every changing industry. What I want to say here is : there’s power in your makeup. Transformative power, and I mean before it even touches a face.

OK I just gave you a bright pink lipstick – lets call it Candy Yum Yum and you need a baby pink for your shoot coming up. Which of the below actions will you choose:

A. Use one of your discounts to purchase a baby pink lipstick

B. Mix white with my current lipstick to create a softer baby pink

It’s important as artists to know how to manipulate our products into exactly what we need it to be. It can feel so overwhelming to a working artist to carry around 7 shades of the same nude, that’s why de-potting into palettes is our best friend. It’s happen to all of us, we buy something then to find something similar that we’ve just simply forgotten about. As I type this I’m thinking of the plethora of products in my kit that I am just not friends with, I’m not sure exactly what situation I would use them in or what type of skin I prefer to use it on. Then there are the products I know I already love and will pull time and time again.

But how will you learn? My thoughts exactly.

Alice Lane said in her keynote presentation at The Makeup Show “When you have something you’re accustomed to or you’ve used a few times – give it away, do a kit swap, allow someone else to be inspired, challenge yourself” 

Now that I’ve received several products for review, I’m happy to explore my new kit.

Your thoughts?

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