TPG Summer School with D’Angelo Thompson

Second week and D’Angelo Thompson kept the momentum of TPG Summer School going. If you don’t know who this makeup maven is – here’s a little introduction from the TPG website:

D’Angelo Thompson is known for his mastery of beauty and quality aesthetic. He is also one of the Entertainment Industry’s most sought after artisans. Originally from Chicago, D’angelo always dreamed of one day taking the beauty industry by the reigns both nationally and internationally, and in the past two decades has done so in a phenomenal way. It is his personal vision to elevate his profession by creating a global brand/community and empowering all to see and celebrate their beauty.

His training, command of color and natural eye for beauty has developed him into a consummate professional with an extensive career. He is also a mentor and instructor who is extremely grateful to be living his purpose while executing his passion. 

As a Professional, D’angelo’s expertise extends to beauty, bridal, editorial, commercial, film, TV and private clients. As hair/makeup artist for guests and celebrities on The Wendy Williams Show from 2008 – 2011, D’angelo earned three Daytime Emmy nominations with a win for “Guest Hair” in 2010. Most importantly, in over two decades, D’angelo has developed a body of work that classifies him in the A-list of beauty professionals.


D’Angelo showed us keys to a beautiful clean look – the kind of looks that will get us paid.

His top tips? Great skincare, a foundation you can rely on and beautiful lashes to compliment the look.

Some of his all time favorite products are:

1. RCMA Foundations
2. Dermablend
3. Black Opal foundations
4. Makeup Forever HD
5. Ben Nye Powders – Sienna, Topaz & Banana (especially because it’s matte)

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The Powder Group Summer School with Mari Shten

Summer is here and I couldn’t be any happier. Especially now that TPG has launched their Summer School Program! I had the opportunity to sit in their first class of the season with Mari Shten. You have probably seen Mari on my blog before when we chatted about Makeup School, this time, Mari focused on Creative Beauty.

Mari has spent 6 years in the business. She went to MUD Makeup School and because of her fascination, she moved to LA. Shortly after she realized she wasn’t about that life and fashion and editorial was where she wanted to be. New York was the next stop.

Mari worked her ass off, doing bartending at night and as much testing as she could during the day.
Someone once told her, you can’t make it in New York unless you’ve been here for at least 5 years. Clearly Mari is defying the odds having her work grace the pages of magazines, celebrities and her many trips to Paris, Milan for Fashion Week.
With Beauty being one of her most favorite types of makeup to do, Mari shared a couple secrets to how she comes to the amazing looks she produces.
1. You HAVE to understand the camera and the light. It’s an integral part of being a makeup artist.
2. Communication is key! Especially with the photographer, always be polite but most of all be well informed.
3. She almost never uses powder when doing Beauty Makeup.
4. She finds her inspiration by going to museums and art galleries, especially when she travels. You can build a story around one thing.
5. Always build a creative look from a clean look.
6. Go to Sephora & TRY products!
7. Use non makeup materials like the one used in this makeup look. These leaves were bought at the flower district and burnt for texture.
8. Most of all: Challenge yourself!

Find more of TPG Summer School every Wednesday:

Summer’s here and with it comes long weekends on the beach, barbeque and lot’s of free education at The Powder Group! That’s right, the Summer of 2015 is the season of TPG Summer School - and TPG Pro Members attend for free! Non-members attend for only $45 or $200 for all six sessions! Register below.

Beginning on Wednesday, July 15 and running through Wednesday, August 19, The Powder Group will bring you a different artist session to inform, educate and inspire. every Wednesday evening. Space is limited for each event, but there is no limit to how many programs you can participate in, so register today!


All TPG Summer School events will be held at Mattese NYC/Crown Brush Studio: 134 9th Avenue from 7:00 – 8:30 PM.









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Clean Beauty with Caitlin

I love clean beauty, its an obsession actually. I was thinking about this today and wondered where this love for skin started. When I started at MAC Cosmetics back in 2011, I was so intrigued with how to this type of look is achieved. Seeing that I had really just started doing makeup at that point, I asked everyone I could about the trick to getting that dewy skin.

This is very much a subdued version of the type of dewy skin I’m talking about but I now find myself loving the very same products that was recommended. Working for store events, I had the opportunity to ask a MAC Senior Artists and just generally more seasoned artists than myself.

Now that I’ve played with all different types of skin tones and types, I must say it’s my favorite thing to do.

Some of the key skin products for this look were:

1. Tweezerman tools – It’s a dream when your model was dropped from brow heaven, I basically did a bit of cleaning up on a couple of hairs needed and threaded the upper lip because a woman gets busy sometimes.

2. As I write this, I remind myself I need to purchase my Be Fine skin care sugar scrub. It has been a favorite for models in my kit and cleaning and exfoliating the skin before a beauty shoot is important.

3. MAC Cream Colour Base –  Shell & Luna, I usually mix.

4. Elizabeth Arden 24 hour cream

5. MaqPro Makeup Mixer

6. MAC Strobe Cream

7. Embryolisse Creme

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Editorial Manicuring Seminar with Angel Williams

Editorial Manicuring Seminar: From Behind The Table to Behind The Scenes

The life of a makeup artist encompasses so many things – and manicuring is definitely one of them. If not personally, definitely professionally. The nails are so important to a finished image and what luck do we have to be able to learn from pro Angel Williams

She will be hosting a seminar showing how to get behind the table from behind the scenes. Learning from Angel is surely heaven sent! (you like that huh lol :D  ) Check out all the information below and sign up too!



Sunday, May 17, 2015

11am – 2pm

M Wild’s Studio, 247 w 29th st, 11th fl, New York, NY 11013


Are you are a successful manicurist behind the table and desire to learn a specific

range of skills that a editorial set demands? Your workflow and application choices may

need adjustments as you transition to the editorial environment.

Angel Williams has been a Manicurist for 15 years and her work can be seen anywhere

from the covers of Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour to the New York Fashion

Weekrunways of Zimmermann . Now she is here to help you with the needtoknows


working behind the scenes in the fashion and beauty industry.

You will learn:


ethics, etiquette and terminology speak

the language and communicate

fully with other creatives and decision makers


to develop your editorial eye learn

what visual skills and techniques that are

best for editorial sets


building essentials assemble

a collection of products and tools that ooze

efficiency, while considering the demands of the client

These topics and more can help any manicurist leap to the next level of success when

working behind the scenes with publications, designers and celebrities.


This will not be a technical seminar, it will be an interactive session where Angel will

demonstrate the skill set that is needed during the process of transitioning from behind

the nail table to behind the scenes on editorial photo shoots.

Contact Info:

Angel Williams


Blog/ AngelNailsIt

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Stilazzi Matte & Pearl Eyeshadows – Frends Beauty Supply

I’ve always been a fan of Stilazzi. They blessed me with my first set bag, meticulously compartmentalized to make my life easier.

At the PYP Summit, I had a chat with my friends over at Frends Beauty who introduced me to the extension of the Stilazzi line of products and were generous enough to sponsor each attendee with a couple of their products to test.

I found these shadows to be vibrant in its color payoff and rich in quality. I’m guessing you would equate all of those wonderful adjectives with tons of money but nope -  these eye shadows are only $3.50 each, a steal of a deal if you ask me.

The shadows lift easily, which I appreciate because in the past – you know that line “you have to scratch it a little” – well guess what? I’d rather to pop my brush on there and get exactly what I want. They have synthetic brushes but also will be carrying a deluxe line of brushes to accompany the existing line.

I’ll be using these shadows for upcoming tutorials on my Youtube channel, so stay tuned to really see what Stilazzi is working with. I can’t wait to try their other products – which of course I will be updating you guys with.

I would encourage you to check these out if you’re looking for an affordable way to upgrade your personal makeup stash or your professional kit. Remember you can sign up for a discount with Frends for their Frends with Benefits program (never thought I’d be into FWB lol ;) )

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The Perfect 10: The Makeup Show 10th Anniversary Products

Top 3 things I think about when I hear the Makeup Show? Let’s see.. Education. Networking and ….

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Yup.. you said it right.. S H O P P I N G. Usually a frenzy to stock personal and makeup kits, each and every brand offers spectacular deals and discounts.

How can the Makeup Show make the 10th anniversary more special? Besides the extra education, dinner and gala – Ten brands will create exclusive products, each with an individual nod to one of The Makeup Show’s defining concepts.  Following up ten years’ worth of inspiration, education and opportunity, The Makeup Show is thrilled to work with every one of these enterprises to create something that is so beautifully unique to this celebratory occasion.

It’s exciting to see brands I know and love celebrate in such a memorable way with The Makeup Show. You will find everything from glosses to brow tints and blushes. Now you guys know me, my hauls are usually the smallest ever but some of these I definitely won’t be able to pass up. Some of the brands you will find are:

1. Mehron (I LOVE these folks and the products are to die.. please try their blush palette. That’s an order)

Cream and Powder Blush Set

The Makeup Show and Mehron celebrate ten years of education and inspiration with their collaboration on a blush palette that fits the needs of any artist. This palette of Mehron’s Celebre Professional Pressed Powder Blush and Cheek Creme contains 8 shades that are certain to add color, contour and warmth to any skin tone. This palette perfectly combines James Vincent’s love of applying both creme and powder blush to sculpt and shape the face without hard lines or aggressive contours. Add light and life to any complexion with this limited edition palette perfect for the professional kit.

2. Inglot

Matte Lipsticks in 5 new shades

INGLOT partnered with The Makeup Show NYC to launch 5 summer shades of Matte Lipstick.  These are the perfect opaque super matte lipsticks for any occasion.  Vitamin E, macadamia oil, and avocado oil moisturize and nourish the lips while long lasting formula provides the ideal matte, smooth, even finish.

3. Temptu

Limited Shade Bronzer

To commemorate The Makeup Show’s 10th Anniversary, TEMPTU is introducing a limited shade of S/B Bronzer in Terra Gold. Taking influence from celebrity looks at red-carpet events to hi-def productions, Terra Gold Bronzer was inspired by TEMPTU’s professional heritage in custom mixing shades backstage to get that perfect camera-ready glow for legs, shoulders, décolleté, arms, and abs.  Get the sublime look of gilded skin, instantly.

4. Pinnacle

Vinyl Lipgloss

Vinyl  Lipgloss…..The A-list look of the moment.  A high wattage lip lacquer.  Total full coverage and insane shine.

5. Crown Brush

The FORM AND FUSE 10 Year Anniversary five brush set allows for shading, contouring and blending away those hard edges. The combination of firm, dense brushes to add shape and soft, full brushes are a perfect pairing. The coveted Studio Pro Contour Brush partners beautifully with the Duo Fibre Blush Brush for buffing, blending and finishing hard lines. The three shadow brushes (Small Sable Shadow for perfect placement and blending, Precision Detail for lining, shaping and defining and Deluxe Pointed Crease for soft shadow application and seamless blending) allow you to add depth and dimension without sacrificing structure for a smooth finish.

6. Auroline

Brow Tints in 5 Shades

Keep your brows in tip-top shape with this multitasking brow gel.  Set, tame, condition and tint brows with a flexible all-day hold that can’t be beat.  Your brows are sure to outlast any late night fun.

7. Makeup Forever

Artist Eye Shadow Palette

Artists from The Makeup Show partnered with MAKE UP FOR EVER to curate a palette of their Artist Shadows in honor of the shows 10th anniversary. The palette is limited edition and only available at The Makeup Show NYC.

8. I Make You Beautiful 

Magic Touch Sponge

The Magic Touch Sponge is an amazing reusable tool that utilizes the magic of air compression to evenly apply complexion products extremely close to the skin promoting even, maximum, flawless coverage with the most natural finish. The close application of product to skin covers visible pores evenly, and prevents settling into fine lines and wrinkles.


9. Glamcor Tec

The Makeup Show Custom Branded Light Kit

Glamcor is the perfect partnership for The Makeup Show as industry giants such as Loreal, Lancome, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Hourglass, INGLOT, Temptu, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Paul Mitchell, Illamasqua, Smashbox, Eve Pearl, Hourglass, and Graftobian use it. The 50,000 hour lamps are LED technology and are color balanced not to distort the color of the skin/hair or color being applied to it.  The world’s top professionals won’t leave home without it.


10. London Brush Company 

Limited Edition 5-Piece Set

London Brush Company is creating a Limited Edition 5 Piece set which consist of four of James Vincent’s favorite LBC Detail Brushes,  and one which the brands founder Sian Richards, has created specially to complete the 10 year anniversary set. All the brushes are hand made from premium grade materials in the USA.

Find more info on The Makeup Show’s website 

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Beauty: The Art of Makeup Event Recap

So let me paint the picture, no pun intended of course. I have never seen so many people packed into the Alcone Pro Shop on 49th Street. Needless to say, the event was a success.

The gathering was all in the name of Moises Ramirez, who’s work you’ve seen in my previous blog post. The way Moises marries his love for art and makeup is breathtaking. He is a true painter that transfers his art onto faces.

I first met Moises when he was at MAC Pro cosmetics on one of my visits to the Pro store on a brief trip to NYC from Trinidad. I’ve always admired his face charts (aka fainting) and over time seen him grow into an even better artist. (yeah how is that even possible right?)

The event brought the best of the best out to see his latest work accompanied with great networking and conversations over drinks – what else could you ask for?

Alcone is rolling out a series of events so stay tuned and follow the latest updates on Instagram & the Alcone website. 

His pieces are available for sale and if you are looking for more information – you can find it here


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I’m a mascara junkie. If I could just wear black eyeliner with several coats of mascara everyday – I would. I’ve tried countless brands, brush shapes and sizes. I tested it for about 4 days before writing this review. I experienced no smudging even after my 50th coat. I loved that it was easy to remove because after a long day, I really don’t like spending an extra 5 minutes removing mascasa. I would usually wash my face, use a wipe and finish off with Bioderma makeup remover for the excess.

What YSL says: The most emblematic “false lash effect” volume mascara, now with an all new Lash Care formula. Its secret is the Triple-Intensity Formula: intense volume, intense color and now intense care. The nylon fiber brush coats each lash in deep color and maximum volume from root to tip, while B5 Pro-Vitamin strengthens and protects lashes. 

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Brow Threading in NYC – A Petra Alexandra Inc Review

Uncharted territory. That’s where I was headed when I first stepped into Miss Evelyn’s class.

It went like this: For a long time, I waited to delve deeper into the art of brows but for some reason, I could not find someone who focused on the type of brow I admired in magazines.

Miss Evelyn and I met for the first time at The Makeup Show 2014. We had a short chat at the Crown brush booth and after that conversation, it was solidified in my mind, that I would be taking her class.  I’m a big believer in education, as if forces you to look at your work with a new eye. To me, building a career is like building a house – its better to lay your bricks on a solid foundation. Taking time to become better at what I do is my desire. After all, it takes 6 months to build a Rolls Royce and 13 hours to build a Toyota.

Vanessa Evelyin is very well known for her brow perfection. Don’t believe me? Just watch! Her work has graced both celebrities and the pages of countless magazines. The class was intricately dissected into understandable parts. Miss Evelyn first touched on tools – then followed by an evaluation of own brow arsenal (ouch!) We followed up by learning about bleaching, threading, and brow shape correction. It was a pleasure learning from her as she went in a pace that was just suited for me and encouraged me all the way

Two days later, I decided to take the plunge and get my own brows bleached. It took awhile because my brow hairs are very thick. I got so scared at first because it turned a weird orange color. *straight face* but guess what…


Sitting on the other side of the chair, I felt how it would feel for a client who would get their makeup done or their brows threaded. It was a true boost of confidence. (I was feeling myself lol) and that is why I love my career and truly enjoyed the ALL ABOUT EYES class with Miss Evelyn herself.

Looking forward to sharing my progress with you all!

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The Makeup Show – 7 Days of Beauty

Ahh May – Makeup Show Month. The time where I hoped you saved some cash to restock your kit and invest in a couple makeup classes. One of my favorite times of the year is during The Makeup Show – why? – Let’s face it – as a makeup artist you’re hardly around your peers, unless you happen to work on counter and see them almost everyday – but other than that, its difficult to have coffee with everyone in your free time. The Makeup Show brings artists from everywhere under one roof to learn, to share and to be inspired.

I could not be happier when I saw what  The Makeup Show has in store. 7 Days of Education – such a bonus! I will definitely be in attendance for the Makeup Show Gala hosted on the Friday before The Makeup show.

If you are looking for education on a plethora of different topics – I highly suggest you go to The Makeup Show’s website and purchase tickets ASAP!

See you there!


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