Makeup for musicians

Makeup and hair for beautiful music

I recently was hired to do makeup and hair for a talented singer/songwriter named Lena Belle.  She would be photographed by Darin Fong  for her new CD cover titled “My Own Way”.  When she arrived for her session I was delighted by her warm personality and down to earth attitude; yet she was somehow worldly for such a young person. Unfamiliar with her music at the time I asked her when the CD would be available.  I offered to pay her in advance if she would mail me a CD when they became available.  Much to my surprise, in the hustle-bustle busy world we live in where much is forgotten and promises are left unfulfilled, she followed through by mailing me her CD accompanied with a super sweet handwritten thank you note  …I’m a huge fan! (both of her and her music)

You can check out her work here

You can purchase her latest EP here

makeup for musiciansMakeup for musicians combined with hairstyling and wardrobe design play an integral role in achieving the image and persona the artist wishes to portray to the public much as an actor would do to get into character for a major role.  So whether the artists’ style is Lady Gage-dramatic or Taylor Swift-soft, makeup and hair play a big part in achieving that image.

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Easy fixes to revitalize your Mane Attraction

Easy fixes to revitalize your mane attraction with inexpensive products you probably have on hand.

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Let’s face it, our tresses are what define us.   Spiky pink-tipped or long, beachy waves say a lot about who we are.   Without ever speaking a word you can make a major image statement and give huge insight to the viewer about your personality.  That’s not to say we should be judged by our exterior but it is something that everyone notices within seconds of laying eyes on us.

So we should all strive for healthy looking hair whether you wear yours in a short layered bob or with long luscious locks.  Dry, brittle, over-processed hair ages us and over styling, sun damage and poor quality products can all reek havoc on even the healthiest locks.  Here’s some tips on how to regain bouncy, beautiful hair and bring back the shine and lustre of youth with products you probably already have at home.

If you haven’t heard this by now it’s time you try it.  Coconut oil is amazing!  This stuff is wonderful, inexpensive (at least compared to some pricey hair products) and it’s all you need to revitalize dull hair.  Depending on the texture of your hair is how you’ll use it.  Coconut oil is heavy so I’ve created several recipes you can use depending on your hair type.   If you have an oily scalp you may fear that this will only exacerbate the problem. Quite the opposite is true.  It will actually help control the sebum production by removing excess product build-up and dead skin cells balancing the skin’s natural oil production.

Recipe for happy scalp if you have thin, fine hair with an oily scalp

2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil available here
4-5 drops of essential grapefruit or lemon oil available here and here

Melt the coconut oil.  This can be done bit by bit with small amounts warmed in your hands then adding a couple of drops of essential oil of your choice.  Rub this mixture on your scalp paying attention to distribute evenly and then pull through to ends of hair.  Now massage your scalp for a few minutes.  Not only does this feel remarkable it also increases circulation promoting hair growth and removal of excess sebum.  If time allows let it saturate for a minimum of 15 minutes but longer is more beneficial.  This recipe is best used during the day as the grapefruit and lemon are invigorating and do not promote sleep.

Recipe for healthy scalp free of dryness and flaking and luxurious shiny strands for course, thick hair

2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon baking soda
3 drops tea tree oil (optional) available here

Melt the coconut oil and mix in the baking soda and tea tree oil, if using, creating a paste which you’ll then apply to your scalp.   It’s okay if some of it gets in your hair but you want to focus the solution on the scalp.   This recipe works because the coconut oil sooths the scalp by creating a moisture barrier and the baking soda exfoliates the scalp of product build up and eases dandruff by killing the yeast and fungi that cause the itch.  For added effectiveness add a few drops of tea tree oil which is a natural anti-fungal.

 Why dry shampoo may not be your best friend after all.

If you reach for dry shampoo more than once a week you may want to reconsider.   Many of us have come to rely on dry shampoo as a stand-in to daily shampooing thinking it’s perfectly healthy and convenient.  The latter being true, the sad fact is that it’s not so good for your scalp.  How healthy your scalp is sets the tone for how healthy your hair is since that’s where it originates.  Diet and genetics play a role too but that’s a topic for another blog.  By using a dry shampoo regularly you are suffocating the hair follicle which over time can completely clog the follicle leading to thinning and slowing of hair growth.  If you shampoo less, every other day is optimal for most people, your hair will eventually quit overproducing oil in an attempt to compensate for your daily stripping with shampoo and harsh chemicals.  There will be an adjustment period but it may just be a matter of getting used to yourself with your own“natural” hair product rather than squeaky clean hair.

These days most of us have limited time for beauty regimens.  I think you’ll find these hair tips beneficial and easy to do just in minutes by keeping the products on hand and easily accessible.

Enjoy!

Paula Mayer is a makeup artist and hairstylist and founder of AirPro Makeup.  She’s shares a studio with photographer, husband and business partner Seth Mayer in San Diego, CA.

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Choosing the right brush for expert makeup application

Choosing the right brush for the job is the key to an expert makeup application. 

Cosmetic brushes

One of the questions that I’m asked most often by my clients is what type of brushes I use so as I’ll explain here it’s more about the quality and variety than the brand when considering your purchase. As you probably know, the airbrush tool is my favorite for a super-smooth application on the face, neck and chest.  And while it’s the key to a well-blended contour -which is enjoying the spot light right now- sometimes a fine detail brush is just the ticket for eyeliner, lipstick or concealer.  Here’s my recommendation for the best brushes and how to care for them.  While many options are available and there’s more than one correct tool this will give you a good starting point.  Click here to read the article

 

I hope you find this no-fluff guide helpful!

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Homemade Toner Recipes

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Support the inherent vitality of your skin with these simple and inexpensive two-ingredient recipes.

Sometimes the simplest things can be the best things for us.  As is the case with skin toners.  There’s an array of prepackaged products on the market to choose from.  Some with long ingredient lists containing things that may actually cause more harm than good.  That is not always the case but why spend a lot of money on something when you can quickly whip up a batch in your own kitchen using inexpensive, natural and organic ingredients that you probably already have on hand.  Here are three of my favorites and you can experiment by adding a few drops of essential oils if you prefer a scent.  I use mine morning and night so I prefer to keep it unscented.  Read the article and get recipes here.

 

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One of my favorite models

Working with one of my favorite models

At a recent catalog shoot at our studio in central San Diego, partnering with my husband and photographer Seth Mayer, we had a productive shoot with our client and tons of fun to boot.  One of the models hired for the shoot, Veronica, is not only a beautiful and talented model but she is full of vibrant and interesting conversation making what can otherwise be a long day, flow by quickly.  She recently made her movie debut in a comedy called Now What which premiered on March 10 and is set to release on April 3rd.

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Here she is in a collage image shot and composed by Seth.Seth Mayer Photography - Model VeronicaVeronica is also a AirPro Makeup owner, which I developed and am still owner of.  She uses it for many of her jobs to get that “picture perfect” skin!

Can’t wait to work with her again!

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Scripps Seaside Forum wedding

Airbrush makeup and hairstyling for Scripps Seaside Forum wedding party

Alex and her bridesmaids chose a polished yet relaxed beauty style for the seaside event.  Everyone gathered early at the brides parent’s lovely home in LaJolla for a relaxing morning of pampering while enjoying overnight oats and coffee prepared by the bride’s brother’s girlfriend (soon be to sister-in-law  -wink, wink).  Their day started with lots of laughs and reminiscencing of pre-engagement days and then led into fun pre-ceremony photos by the wonderful team at True Photography.

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Alex chose a lovely brooch passed down to her by her grandmother to finish off her hairstyle so I made sure the treasure was well secured to withstand a night of dancing and living it up.  Alex has perfect hair for the style she chose -no extensions necessary- to create this bouncy mass of golden curls which tied in beautifully to their seaside wedding at the Scripps Forum.  The event was put together by long time family friend and professional coordinator Anseth Richards of Creative Occasions.

 

Her gown was simple and understated, a perfect tie in to a seaside event.

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Beauty tips for glowing skin

Beauty tips for healthy glowing skin

Perhaps you have a momentous event just around the corner,  are having a professional photo taken, or want your skin to look it’s best for a new job.  Here are some tips that will get you glowing and pay back your skin for all the wonderful things it does for you; like act as a barrier against dirt, germs and harmful toxins.  It absorbs energy from the sun converting it to Vitamin D, which is actually a hormone.  Then it sweats when you’re over heated removing toxins from within.  That’s a lot to ask of your largest organ so why not treat it with the respect it deserves!

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Here’s how you can show your skin some love.

Use oil as cleanser

As strange as it may sound oil dissolves oil and is a great pre-cleanser to your regular wash and can even be the only product you need on those no makeup days when it’s mostly dirt and pollution that needs to be removed.  There are many ready made versions on the market such as Dermalogica precleanse, Origins clean energy, & Shu Uemura cleansing oils to name a few.

Not all oils are created equal.  There’s the good ones that are nourishing and because they’re derived from seeds, kernels, nuts and plants they possess numerous skin benefits that help to restore barrier lipids that can be depleted in harsh environments or from over washing.  They’re loaded with antioxidants that protect your skin from the environment.  Good ones to look for are grapeseed, olive, sweet almond, jojoba and apricot kernel.

Try this homemade recipe for precleansing – Use 1 Tbsp per application

1/4 cup sweet almond oil
1/4 cup jojoba oil
1/8 cup olive oil
5-6 drops essential oil (optional)

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate

Exfoliating is key to keeping the dead skin cells from piling up and clogging pores.  It should be added to your routine at least once a week and for those over 40 2-3times would be optimal.  Nothing perks up tired skin better than a lactid acid exfoliant or powder version ground from seeds, kernels, or oats.  Remember, the finer the grit the more gentle and it needn’t be harsh to work.  Find one that works best for you and use it!  The body benefits from a salt scrub enhanced with a few drops of essential oil.  Skip the oily versions if you don’t have time to wash the tub after as it can create a slippery mess.  Good for the body, bad for the tub.

Nourish your skin and body

It is important to nourish your skin from within by adding plenty of nutrient rich oils to your diet which will feed the fat layer of your skin making it appear firmer and fuller.  Coconut oil is a medium chain fat and is excellent for the heart and a great source of energy so add a dollop to the blender when making your favorite green drink.  Another excellent choice is olive oil loaded with antioxidants and oleic acid.

It is also important to feed your skin from the outside with quality oils and moisturizers derived from natural sources and preferably without parabens which can be disruptive to hormones.  While parabens can serve to keep nasty pathogens out of your facial skin care items, on the largest area of the body you’re better off sticking with shea butter, jojoba oil or even castor oil.  Try adding a few drops of your favorite essential oils such as lavender in the evening to help you drift off to Planet Z or grapefruit in the mornings to awaken your senses.  Your coworkers will appreciate the soft scent over a heavy perfume as well.

Treat yourself to a facial

This can be an at-home version although a spa treatment will be a mental treat as well and will help to circulate the blood and drain the lymphatic system reducing puffiness and bloating in the face.  There are many at-home facial  masks on the market designed to deeply nourish such as Caudalie cream mask which harnesses the polyphenol in grapes to treat dry skin or Dermalogica multivitamin masque concentrated with vitamins A,C, E and F.  These can be used in the convenience of your home and usually in less than 15 minutes a week.

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Try this recipe made with ingredients from your refrigerator – Makes one application

1/2 avocado mashed (eat the other half)
1 tsp honey
1 Tbsp ground oats
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Mix all ingredients, apply generously to face and décolletage,  find a quiet spot, relax and reflect for 20 minutes before rinsing.

Soon you’ll begin to enjoy the rewards of naturally glowing skin with a fresh even tone and texture that requires minimal makeup.

 

 

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Airbrush makeup & hair L’Auberge Del Mar wedding

One beautiful bride + 12 bridesmaids – Airbrush makeup & hair L’Auberge Del Mar wedding

I had a great time getting to know Robin throughout the beauty planning process for her and Adam’s wedding at L’Auberge Del Mar on August 30, 2014!  Robin had a clear vision of what she wanted for her wedding day “look” which was a warm, beachy style, not far from her everyday look …just a bit more polished.  I was able to meet her vision through the use of AirPro airbrush foundation allowing a full coverage finish for photos while looking completely natural in person and durable enough to hold up through the balmy August San Diego climate for more than 12 hours+.  I then used subtle peachy/pink tones overall and created large loose waves throughout her sun-kissed long tresses.  She made my job super easy!

With the help of four of my team members we were able to complete makeup and hair services on the bride, all 12 bridesmaids and mom in just 4 hours leaving plenty of time for pre-ceremony photos.  The bridesmaids chose various hairstyles and wore three different tones of blue dresses.  I thought the final look was picture perfect!  Speaking of …I’ve worked with her outstanding photographer Pam Scott many times over the past 12 – 15 years, or so, and she never fails to amaze with her outstanding work!  These photos are her work that she so generously shared with me!  More images from Robin and Adam’s wedding can be viewed on Pam Scott’s blog.

 

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Red Carpet Makeup & Hair

ComiCon 2014 in San Diego brought with it many red carpet events and I was thrilled to work with cast members Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy and Zach McGowen of Starz TV’s hugely popular series Black Sails.

Black Sails cast members Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy and Zach McGowen make an appearance during ComiCon 2014 at the Outlander premier set to air Aug 8, 2014 on Starz TV.

Jessica Parker Kennedy at Entertainment Weekly’s annual ComiCon event on Saturday night at Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, Calif. She chose a dramatic smokey eye with a soft lip and loose chignon for the event.

Caught in the action myself while the cast makes a back door entrance at the SD ComiCon Panel!

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Beauty begins within

Eating for Beauty is one of my favorite books!

Beauty begins within

Eating for Beauty by Author David Wolfe

Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe is highly recommended if you wish to improve skin clarity, hair texture, and overall health and vitality through the assimilation of nature’s nutrients: fruits, vegetables and herbs.  David Wolfe is a nutrition expert who in this book gives scientific explanations in layman’s terms of how food breaks down in the human body to be better synthesized to promote external beauty and internal health.

He is also an advocate of yoga, meditation and quality sleep patterns and while he is a raw foodist he acknowledges that most people are not keen to such a disciplined diet.   His book offers practical suggestions so that you can incorporate more raw organic produce into your lifestyle to target specific issues rather than making a complete overhaul.  This valuable resource is science-based and will arm you with the know-how to prevent dryness, puffiness, pimples and fine lines.

As a makeup artist and beauty expert I find it to be an invaluable reference tool so that I am better able to make food choices to help me look and feel more vibrant, youthful and energetic without surgery or heavy doses of caffeine which can have counter effects.  I think you’ll find it as fascinating as I did.

His book can be purchased here and it’s also available at the San Diego Public Library

Enjoy!

 

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