Monday, November 25, 2013

Get the Look: Celebrity Makeup Artist Mario Dedivanovic NYC Workshop

This month, I was fortunate to attend celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic's NYC Workshop. He is most well-known for creating Kim Kardashian's signature look, as well as working on other celebrities such as JLO, and many models. My main reason for attending this workshop was to learn how he creates that perfectly highlighted undereye area that many have tried to obtain.

Here is a step-by-step guide to recreating the glamorous red carpet look that he did on his model during the workshop. Please note that this look is intended for special events where you are being photographed or videoed. I will create another post where I will break down the steps in order to achieve a similar look, but more for everyday wear.

1. Apply an emollient moisturizer to clean face. Mario's favorite is by Kiehl's. He does not use primer as he feels like the foundation cannot blend with the skin as well.

2. Apply a cream foundation that is one to two shades darker than your natural skintone allover the face, excluding the undereye area. He leaves the undereye area bare until after the eyes are finished. See photograph #2 for a guide. He used a foundation that was a bit darker than her skintone because he wanted that glowy, tan look, and also because flash photography can tend to wash you out. His foundation of choice was Mehron Celebre Cream Foundation. He also went over the eyelids with the foundation rather than applying a primer.

3. Apply a cream concealer that is two shades lighter than your skin to the planes of the face that should be highlighted (forhead, bridge of the nose, and chin). See picture #2 for a guide. He used a small concealer brush for this.

4. Blend the foundation and concealer into the skin using a damp Beauty Blender sponge (see picture #4). Use only stippling/patting motions, do not swipe as this will only move the foundation and not blend.

5. Apply a yellow-tinted translucent powder over the foundation using a velour powder puff (he likes the ones by MAC). He leaves a distinct line of powder underneath the cheekbones before moving onto the eyes. He comes back and brushes the powder away with a powder brush before moving on to contouring.  He does this for two reasons: (1) The powder will have time to really absorb into the skin, leaving it lighter than the rest of the skin in order to enhance the contour. (2) It acts as a clear guide to see where to place your cheekbone contour. *Be sure to powder the foundation on your eyelids in order to ensure that your eyeshadows will blend smoothly and have staying power.

6. Before moving onto the eyes, Mario likes to fill in the brows. He used Lingering eyebrow pencil by MAC, and filled in the middle to end of her brow. He slightly extends the end of the brow by drawing a point. He also fills in the front of the brow very lightly, or you can even leave the front bare. Focusing only on the middle to end of the brow creates the most natural look. He then brushes the eyebrows into place.

7. For the eyes, Mario created a smokey look using a brown cream eyeshadow (such as Mac Paintpots or Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo) to create texture. He then blended NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Surabaya all over the lid and blended it out and up to create a cat-eyed effect. Any shimmery brown and bronze can be used to recreate this look if you do not have the duo.

8. He connects the eyeshadow from the front of the eye to the bridge of the nose as he feels it gives a prettier effect. He used a matte brown shade (MAC Cork) to do this.

9. For eyeliner, he applied MAC Smolder blended out, then liquid liner over it (MAC Boot Black). He then blended out the liquid liner as well, and then went over it again with the pencil.

10. Moving onto the infamous under-eye concealer, Mario first wipes the entire area with a wipe in order to remove all fall-out from the eyeshadows. He then applies the same concealer that he highlighted with earlier in a traingular shape, then applies liquid concealer on top of that (Makeup Forever High Lift Concealer). He then uses the beauty blender to blend them both into the skin simultaneously. He quickly sets the concealer with a pink-tinted translucent powder in order to prevent creasing.

11. He then returns to the eyes, and lines the lower lashline with MAC Smolder again, and blends it out as he did on the top of the lid.

12. He applies mascara, then two sets of false lashes.

13. He returns to the face, and contours the cheekbones, forhead, under jawline, and down the bridge of the nose with a matte bronzer. (See Picture 2 for a guide)

14. He then uses a shimmery highlighter (you can also use a light shimmery eyeshadow for this) on the tops of the cheekbones. He does not bring the highlight past the end of the browbone.

15. He then buffs the skin with a pressed powder the color of the model's skintone. This warms up all the translucent powder that you used so it won't look so white in photos.

16. He finishes with the lips by applying a nude lip pencil, lipstick, and gloss.

17. Finally, he sprays the face with MAC Fix + in order to hydrate all the powder he used and prevent it from looking cakey and unnatural.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Cute and Easy DIY Bridesmaid Hairstyle

I have found myself doing hair for tons of weddings lately and I’ve noticed that more women are requesting styles that incorporate braids. Braids are being worn a lot by celebrities on red carpets, so it makes sense that my clients are showing me pictures of their favorite stars and asking me to recreate their braided styles. I recently did a cute sideswept style with a Dutch braid and I will explain how to duplicate the look. You need to start out with smooth hair, so if your hair is curly or wavy it needs to be blown out or flat ironed before you can begin.

Set Your Curls:

1. Spray the entire head with light hold hairspray and brush the hair to distribute the product evenly.

2. Using a 1” curling iron wrap a section of hair around the iron going in the direction away from your face. Hold the hair there for 8-15 seconds (depending on the length of the hair) and upon releasing the hair roll it back up and clip it in place so that is looks as if there were a roller in your hair.
2a. Repeat this process throughout your entire head to set your curls and give your set hair another spray.
3. After allowing 10-15 minutes for the hair to cool, take all the clips out of your hair and brush through your curls to loosen them up.

Braid Your Hair:

4. Make a side part and section out the amount of hair that you would like to leave out on the heavier side of your part (the side with the most hair) and pin it out of the way.

5. With the hair left out begin to Dutch braid starting as close to the hairline as you like.
6. Continue to Dutch braid the hair in a downward motion going toward the other side of your head and end the braid at the nape of the neck.
7. Using a clear elastic band, secure the braid at the nape of the neck so that is does not unravel.


8. Release the hair that was pinned up and shape your hair with a comb and/or your fingers until you achieve your desired look.
9. Once you achieve your preferred shape apply a dime sized amount of finishing cream to control frizz and fly aways.
     10. Give your hair one more spray to hold your hair in place and you’re done!

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Butternut Squash: Simple and Delicious!

Here is a simple recipe that is my absolute favorite right now! Butternut Squash is in season, and it is so delicious! I like to bring out the sweetness of it with just two ingredients: coconut oil and cinnamon!

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Cut up butternut squash into cubes.

3. Grease baking sheet with coconut oil (about 1/2 tbsp.)

4. Line squash cubes along the baking sheet.

5. Spread coconut oil over the butternut squash (about another 1/2 tbsp.)

6. Sprinkle cinnamon over all the pieces of squash.

7. Place your tray in the oven. Cook for about 25 minutes. You will know when the squash is done when you are able to easily insert a fork into it.

I also like to keep the seeds, sprinkle them with a little salt, and roast them in the oven while the squash is cooking. The seeds will cook much faster. They only need about 7-10 minutes.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

10 Reasons to Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet

Ch-ch-ch-chia! If the word "chia" brings up a mental image of a clay creature sprouting hair, you are not mistaken. These tiny seeds are the reason Chia Pets get their lush coating. But who knew they were a superfood loaded with antioxidants and omega-3s? Wait!  There's's a list of 10 top benefits and reasons why you should add chia seeds to your diet. No... you won't turn into a Chia Pet.. and yes, that is a legitimate concern.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Chia seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds' lipid profile is composed of 60 percent omega-3s, making them one of the richest plant-based sources of these fatty acids -- specifically, of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. The omega-3s in chia seeds can help reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol.

Fiber is associated with reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol and regulating bowel function. Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, with a whopping 10 grams in only 2 tablespoons. That is one-third of the daily recommended intake of fiber per day.

Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals, aging and cancer. The high antioxidant profile also helps them have a long shelf life. They last almost two years without refrigeration.

Stronger Teeth and Bones A serving of chia seeds has 18 per cent of the recommended daily intake for calcium, which puts your well on your way to maintaining bone and oral health, and preventing osteoporosis.

Satiety is the feeling of being full and satisfied, which helps lower food cravings between meals. The combination of protein, fiber and the gelling action of chia seeds when mixed with liquids all contribute to their satiating effects.

Gluten - Free
Chia seeds contain no gluten or grains. Therefore, all of the nutritional benefits of chia seeds can be obtained on a gluten-free diet.

Egg - Replacer
The outer layer of chia seeds swells when mixed with liquids to form a gel. This can used in place of eggs to lower cholesterol and increase the nutrient content of foods and baked goods. To make the egg replacement, mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let sit for 15 minutes.

Can Be Digested Whole Unlike flaxseeds, which are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and minerals, chia seeds do not need to be ground in order to obtain their nutrient or egg- replacement benefits.

Blood Sugar Regulation
Chia seeds can play an important role in regulating insulin levels. They can reduce insulin resistance and decrease abnormally high levels of insulin in the blood.

Packed with Protein
Chia seeds also make a great source of protein for vegetarians and don't have any cholesterol. One 28-gram serving of these super seeds has 4.4 grams of protein, nearly 10 per cent of the daily value.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Yoga Hip Openers to Break Up the Monotony

Happy Sweet November! Here are a series of Hip Openers, printable or screenshot-able for later reference, yea!
Many of us spend our daily hours sitting in front of a computer and we get tight in our hip flexors, which cause lower back pain. Lets prevent and/or heal! Take a few minutes to try these 6 hip opening stretches, take 5 breaths in each pose. Do at least one everyday.
1) Warrior 1, 5 breaths each side.
2) Warrior 2, 5 breaths each side.
3) Triangle, 5 breaths each side.
4) Pigeon Pose, 5 breaths each side.
5) Goddess Pose, 5 breaths or more.
6) Happy Baby, 5 breaths or more.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

5 Steps to Flawless Foundation

As a Makeup Artist I’m constantly telling people that foundation is about more than just matching your base color, especially with African American skin. No one’s face is one flat color; we naturally have highlights and contours so our foundation application should reflect that. When doing foundation I like to use 3 colors: a base color, a contour color and a highlight color. The base color is to match the tone of your skin and cover imperfections and blemishes. The contour color is to add dimension and to shape the face. The highlight color is to accentuate to areas where light naturally hits the face. Here is a 5 step guide on how to apply foundation flawlessly using creams or liquids. For this demo I will be using True Color Stick Foundation by Black Opal. The base is the color Truly Topaz, the contour is Suede Mocha, and the highlight is Heavenly Honey.

1. Prep your face by washing it. Then applying moisturizer and primer to the skin.
2. Apply base foundation to the entire face. You can use a brush, a sponge, or even your fingers. I prefer to utilize a Beauty Blender when applying foundation because it gives an airbrush finish.

3. Next apply a contour color along the hairline, the sides of the nose starting at the brow, the tip of the nose, the hollows of the cheeks and along the jawline. For accuracy it's best to apply the contour with a foundation or concealer brush.

4. Use a highlight color where the light naturally hits the face to accentuate those areas. I like to apply the highlight color on the center of the forehead, the bridge of the nose, on top of the cheekbones, underneath the cheekbones, and the chin. The highlight is also best placed with a foundation or concealer brush.

5. Finally you blend the foundation out. You can use a damp sponge, a beauty blender, or a foundation brush. I prefer to use the Sonia Kashuk multipurpose brush. I blend out the areas where the contour color is first and then I blend the highlight color. Make sure you blend well so that there are no harsh lines left on your face.

Once you are done you can either leave the skin the way it is and apply the rest of your makeup or you can powder your face to set the foundation. It's that simple!

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7 Surprising Ways You Can Use Coconut Oil

Many women swear by the many uses of Vaseline, and I myself used Vaseline for years. However, I switched over to Coconut Oil two years ago and have never looked back! There is a lot of debate and scrutiny pertaining to mineral oil and petrolatum in Vaseline, so I prefer to use Coconut Oil as it does not contain either.

Uses For Coconut Oil

1. Makeup Remover - I use coconut oil every single night to remove my eye makeup. It works better than anything I have ever used. I used to use Vaseline, but I felt that it blurred my eyesight afterwards because it stayed on my eyes even after I washed my face. I even read an article about how coconut oil saved Fashion Week. A Makeup Artist could not remove a model's makeup, and the only thing that worked was Coconut Oil! 

2. Eyecream - After I wash my face, I reapply the coconut oil to my delicate eye area. It keeps it moist over night, and even helps my concealer to stay fresh by not creasing into my fine lines as much.

3. Dry Lips - A little coconut oil spread on my lips makes them so soft and hydrated!

4. Dry Areas - Coconut oil can remedy any dry skin on the body!

5. Cradle Cap in Babies - I use it on my newborn daughter's scalp as a safe and effective remedy for cradle cap.

6. Rub some into the palms of your hands and smooth over hair to get rid of frizz.

7. Cuticle Oil - I use this in place of cuticle oil ever since I ran out, and it works just as well!

These are just the uses that I personally use for coconut oil. There are plenty more!

Have you ever used coconut oil? What do you like to use it for?

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