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Brigitte Reiss-Andersen - A True Beauty

One warm evening in Tribeca, way back in May (a mere 48 hours after Paintbox opened- hence my delay on writing this!) the 4 of us had the opportunity to sit down to dinner and wine with legendary makeup artist, Brigitte Reiss-Andersen. 
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I’ve known Brigitte’s work for years and have had the pleasure to have worked alongside her recently for multiple beauty stories, including supermodel Anne V, songstress Ellie Goulding, and May’s Cosmo superstar, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting. I was always pleased by her work ethic, attention to detail, and soft voice. 
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Kaley Cuoco Sweeting
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Ellie Goulding

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Anne V

Brigitte is all about hard work and positivity, and her attitude has obviously paid off. During her rise to the coveted position of a high-ranking celebrity makeup artist, Brigitte knew the key to success was to never stop learning.  She studied and learned how to use computers and watched classic movies like “Belle du Jour” to study the makeup of different time periods. Brigitte stresses the importance of a good attitude on set. “Never speak bad, no matter what,”. 
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Catherine Deneuve, Belle du Jour

While the world-renowned artist believes in hard work, she also stresses that you need time off to work on yourself.  She once took four months off from work. “It is important to do new things,” she said.  ”It makes you exciting!”  Being happy and in love makes you glow, and she believes that this draws people in and makes them want to be around you.  It is also important to have a partner who truly understands your career and is there to support you.
Brigitte hasn’t always worked as a makeup artist; she also worked as a model agent at one point. This helped her to see the other side of the business and not to take things too personally.  
What is the biggest mistake Brigitte thinks an artist can make?  To be stuck in one style. Keep current, and be versatile. 
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Kate Moss for Yves Saint Laurent Opium, Photo: Helmut Newton / www.fashionfortheface.com
To learn more about Brigitte Reiss-Andersen and her work, visit her site http://www.fashionfortheface.com/

Product Spotlight : Skindinavia

Product Spotlight : Skindinavia

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I recently had the pleasure of attending The Powder Group's launch party for Skindinavia makeup primers and sealers.

I’ve always been a fan of products that make makeup last the entire night as most of my clients are on their way to big , nighttime events. I just need to share with everyone that I’m obsessed with Skindinavia’s finishing spray!  The company focuses primarily only on primers and finishing sprays; they retain moisture by drawing your natural heat away from the skin for up to 16 hours.

What does this mean ?

Your makeup will not move for 16 hours. Your face stays cool so it won’t become shiny or oily.  Do you ever get nervous about how your makeup is going to hold up out in the summer sun? Their primer and finishing spray will control the excess oil production (no sweat, ladies) and in turn, prevent your skin from turning shiny.

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I will admit that I am prone to overdoing it when applying it to my face in a “T” and “X” shape. It feels so good on my skin I can’t help it!  Either way, my face was picture perfect all day. I reapplied once midday to refresh my makeup.

Two thumbs up for my new favorite kit must-haves: Skindinavia primer and finishing sprays.

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How to use:

Start with a clean face. I like to prep with a Sea Breeze Toner and a good moisturizer. Next: spray Skindinavia primer in a “T” shape onto the face. I like to use a foundation brush to pat it into the skin.

Apply makeup as you like

Set the T-zone with powder and any other areas you want to set. Using your Skindinavia finishing spray, spray it into the air and walk into it with your head held up high. You can also spray directly onto your face but it feels good when the spray just falls onto the skin sealing everything in. I like to use a little fan for 30 seconds to dry and that’s it!

Tell me what you think :)

Written by Stephanie Flor Edited by Karen Mowls. Pictures http://skindinavia.com

Vanessa Hudgens for Bongo. Unretouched

My very first Times Square billboard is on display right now and is showcasing Bongo’s Fall 2014 campaign.  The beautiful Vanessa Hudgens is representing the clothing brand for the second season in a row.  This time around, she is showing off her new hairstyle consisting of beachy blond waves and flawless skin. The makeup look we went for is fresh, glowy skin and an accentuation of the eyes. For some of the looks, Vanessa rocked red lips. And all of it unretouched and completely natural! Bongo and Vanessa want to inspire girls being comfortable in their own, true skin and be proud of their natural beauty.

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"I love that the final ad images are unretouched," Hudgens said in a statement. "It’s so important for girls to remember that real beauty shines from within, and I’m so proud that Bongo is choosing to send such a positive message with this campaign."

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How to get Vaness’s perfect natural look:
1. Prep the skin with tonic water and moisturizer.  I love Bioderma Crealine H2O and Charlotte’s Magic Cream.
2. To give the skin a bright, dewy glow, apply Radiance Primer by Laura Mercier to the entire face. Then follow with Light Wonder Foundation by Charlotte Tilbury.
3. Camouflage Concealer by Laura Mercier is the next step.  It’s perfect for covering any dark spots on the face and to lighten the area under your eyes.
4. To contour your face and add a little extra glow, use Filmstar Bronze & Gold by Charlotte Tilbury.
5. Apply Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Cognac Sable to accentuate the eyes.
6. Vanessa loves full lashes. To get that same lash look that will open up the eyes, glue a few single lashes to the outer corners of the eyes at the lashline. Then apply two layers of mascara for extra long lashes. I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Full Fat Lashes Mascara. Don’t forget to curl the lashes before using it!
7. For the finishing touch, use a light lipgloss for a natural look or a red lipstick to get a bright, fun style. I love Chanel lip products. I used their Rouge Allure in 114 Precieuse  98 Coromandel.
 
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Written by Mari Shten

Edited by Karen Mowls

The Power of Red Lipstick

The Power of Red Lipstick by Stephanie Flor Edited by Karen Mowlsimage
Author of “Read My Lips,” Meg Cohan, believes that lipstick is a turn-on, an icon, and an international symbol of the feminine mystique.

"Red is a color that causes changes in the body. It stimulates the appetite and increases blood pressure. It’s the color with the longest wavelength to the human eye" -Pallingston, 1999   
My Top 4 Favorite Red Lipsticks:
Bite Beauty - This natural lip care company makes custom colors at their Bite Beauty Lab and sell their product exclusively at Sephora. MY favorite red is their VIB Rouge Creme Lipstick in Bright Red.  It’s a cream formula which keep your lips hydrated all day. Its also the one used in their head turning beauty campaigns. That lip was everything. 
Chanel’s “Pirate” - Maybe it’s their symbol of feminine class that makes me feel ultra chic when using my Chanel, but this lipstick looks beautiful on warm skin tones as it has a blue undertone. It makes the lips pop and has the just the perfect amount of shine. I’m also a junkie for the packaging. 
"Ruby Woo" Extra Matte by Mac - This famous red is a must for every beauty lovers makeup bag. Made to last, this super matte lipstick screams RED FIRE!   
Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in ‘Love”- I love the history behind this lipstick and its iconic look. It’s perfect for any skin tone. This lipstick has lasted since its inception in 1951 so it is truly a classic.
Lipstick has re-invented itself more times than Madonna. It allows the wearer to express a statement or represent freedom.- Stephanie Flor
"Lipstick is sometimes the first thing noticed and the last thing remembered” -Ragas Cohan, 1998

Multitasking Must-Haves

Eight Hour Cream by Elizabeth Arden
You will find this product in makeup artist’s kits all over the world. It’s great for dry skin, chapped lips and burns. Plus, you can create very cool glowing makeup look using just a little bit of the product on your eyes, lips and cheeks.

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Kevin Aucoin Beauty “The Creamy Glow”
When packing for vacation, don’t forget your cream blush!  This is a very versatile product as it can be used as blush, lipstick and even eyeshadow.

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Le Jour De Chanel Reactivate Moisturizer
Gel water-based moisturizer is perfect for summer. It also provides a great makeup base.

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Shiseido Suncare Sun Protection Liquid Foundation SPF 42 - SP 10
This product is an absolute must-have for summer! One of the strongest SPFs available in foundation form. While the product is busy protecting your skin, it also makes your face stunningly beautiful by providing a nice, warm glow.

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Protect your skin from the harsh sun this summer and look fabulous while doing it! Follow my tips to prevent sun damage while looking fierce at the same time!

Written by Mari Shten

Edited by Karen Mowls