and a rant or two.
In the Makeup Brush Buying Guide, we discussed materials, construction and brush shapes. Properly cleaning your makeup brushes is the most critical step to maintaining and protecting your investment. Let's look at the how pros keep their tools in tip-top condition....read more
Honey tastes great, but did you realize the amazing restorative and healing properties it possesses? AND, it's a fantastic beauty solution! Let's look at why it's so awesome, then pamper yourself with one of these DIY beauty treatments when you have no time (or $$$)...read more
I learned a lot about proper brush construction while developing the [R]evolution™ Professional Makeup Brush Collection with Royal & Langnickel. Owning well crafted, quality tools are essential for a professional make-up artist to succeed. I've compiled this "Makeup...read more
Does shopping in the cosmetic department intimidate you? Confuse you? Frustrate You? The salespeople really want to help you...but you have to help them help you. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Beauty BFF Anna De Souza from the Today Show. In this video, we...read more
How often do I hear makeup myths based on misinformation? DAILY. The internet offers an abundance of makeup information. It also offers lots of MIS-information, which perpetuates makeup myths. In the first installment of the #MakeupMyths series, we look at the right...read more
Professional (Pro) Discount Programs are a marketing tool. They are often perceived as a "perk" or a thank you to beauty professionals. They are not. They are a strategic approach to subliminal advertising - and they appear to be heading toward extinction. A Pro...read more
SPF in foundfation has always been one of my hot-button topics. When I discuss the products that should provide your UV protection, foundation is NOT one of them. The addition of SPF to foundation is a bonus level of protection, not a replacement for dedicated UV...read more
Getting your money’s worth when shopping for makeup education has become a major topic of conversation (and controversy).read more
There's a constant debate among beauty professionals over the correct concentration/percentage of alcohol required to sanitize work surfaces and tools. Some were taught (incorrectly) in Cosmetology/Esthetics programs and perpetuate the misinformation. I'd like to...read more
Cosmetic grade silicone is safe, that's a FACT. And if people spent more time researching FACTS, and less time getting hysterical over manipulated data, half-truths, and flat-out lies from fear-mongering activist groups, they'd understand silicone's incredible...read more
QUESTION: What caused the paranoia surrounding parabens? ANSWER: Almost 14 years ago, a group of fear-mongering environmental activist groups intentionally misinterpreted a flawed study and the media sensationalized the inaccurate information. FIRST THE...read more
Makeup is FUN, but a six-color, double cut crease, with glitter, winged eyeliner, and false lashes is not for everyone. Let's hit the pause button on the YouTube and Instagram drag-inspired looks. I'm taking us back to three basic eyeshadow applications that enhance...read more
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