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My New YouTube Channel Has Landed!

Big news! By request of so many friends and clients, I have started a YouTube channel, where I will be doing tons of videos on everything beauty! Product reviews, proper tools for the job, makeup tutorials, contests, and even descriptions of the products in my new makeup line. If you know me, you know that almost nothing is off-limits, and I don’t embarrass easily, so I will share it all with you guys, from artistry to zits! Also, feel free to email me with video topic requests. Be sure to subscribe below, and share with your friends! The first video is already up, a quick review of the new Makeup Light, from Hollywood makeup artist Vivian Baker! Subscriber here, and don’t miss a thing! www.youtube.com/RachelLisaMUA

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Rachel

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Behind Rachel Lisa:The Makeup

Party people!! It’s finally here! My very own makeup line!

Wait, what? Go back, when did THAT happen?

This is a question I have been hearing a lot…I have a tendency to keep things on the DL until I have them exactly the way I want them, which is why so many of my friends and colleagues had no idea it was coming.

So why my own makeup line? Several reasons- first of all, if you have ever worked with me, you know that my makeup kit is filled with several different  brands, from NARS, to MAC, to Laura Mercier. Each line had their products that I adored, but when it came time to do a makeup lesson, clients were getting confused about to which brand and product to use for what. So I decided there had to be a way to streamline all of my favorite products into one Pro MUA and ‘civilian’-friendly line….the high pigment level of  Nars, the customizeable palettes of MAC, the flawless skin of Laura Mercier, the HD-capabilities of Make Up For Ever.   Also, long term I seek world domination as a professional makeup artist. Or, just the ability to travel and educate people- that’s what really makes me happy.  Since my first job as an artist was for Prescriptives where I would custom-blend women’s foundation and powder every day, I knew it was possible.

I will be posting subsequent blogs about each product to help familiarize you with them, as well as possible discounts and gift-with-purchase deals. Make sure you subscribe to my blog and don’t miss anything awesome!  So here it is…and I hope you love it like I do- Rachel Lisa: The Makeup!

This month’s focus product is: *drumroll, please*

 

Secret Weapon Seamless Powder Foundation: 

No Filter Needed! Baked Hydrating Powder Foundation delivers an undetectable, soft sateen finish with buildable coverage that helps to diffuse the appearance of skin imperfections, while moisturizing technology improves skin hydration levels. Used alone or over a liquid foundation, this advanced weightless formula disappears into the skin, improving the overall texture and color of your complexion. The result is a naturally flawless finish that lasts for hours. Hypoallergenic, fragrance and paraben-free. Not tested on animals. Can also be used as a touch-up powder to keep your face looking fresh all day. Perfect for all skin types. Pro Tip: For fuller coverage, apply with a sponge.  Available in Fair, Light, Light-Medium, Medium, Medium-Deep, and Deep.

December Special: Buy one Seamless Powder Foundation, and get a complimentary sample of my Reteturizing Primer and 3 shades of my new Secret Weapon HD Balm foundation. 

FREE FULL-SIZE Lock and Load Mascara with every purchase of $175 or more, while supplies last. 

BakedPowder

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Behind the Scenes Video for Gun L’Homme Plus Magazine

Working on beautiful women is pretty standard in my day to day life. But on this shoot for men’s magazine Gun L’omme Plus, I finally get my hands on some gorgeous men! (Now if I had only known they were shooting video that day, I might have dressed a little nicer 😉 )  The photographer is the amazing Jesse Fox, with hair by Macy Fox. Styled by Ashley Bowman.  See the behind the scenes video below!

 

 

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WTF is a Primer? v1.0

As a professional makeup artist, you can imagine my shock, awe, and slight disgust when I was asked this question by my sweet, possibly Amish cousin, Sarah. Clearly one of us is adopted. How can ANYONE related to me not know what a primer is, much less not even own 1 or 5? So it became painfully obvious that this post needed to be written before she or anyone else I loved spent another day with large pores of creased eyelids. ( Somewhere, a unicorn just cried a little…)

First of all, what you need to know is that there are two major groups of primers, facial primers and eyelid primers and every woman that wears makeup needs to own one of each type. Would DaVinci ever paint a masterpiece without priming his canvas? Heck no, he wouldn’t! So why would you?  Pay attention, I’m about to break it down like RUN DMC- Today I will cover face primer.

Face Primer- As you might have guessed, face primer is to be used all over your face! A face primer is going to do several things for you, depending on which brand and type you choose. Every basic primer is going to: Fill in fine lines and wrinkles, smooth the texture of your skin, minimize the appearance of large pores, and best of all, keep your makeup on much longer throughout the day- I’m talking hours longer here, people.  Primers have now become so advanced, some of them can even correct your skin tone, keep your skin from becoming oily, and even deliver anti-aging properties and sun protection to your face. Pretty impressive.

Picking YOUR Face Primer- Now, since there are so many options out there, I’m gonna give you some quick tips before you end up wandering around your makeup counter like a lost puppy.

First, you might have a texture preference. Some primers are silicone based, and have a slippery, yet buttery soft feel. Do not mistake this for oil- it’s not. It will dry smoothly and to an almost powder-like finish.  Examples of silicone based primers are the old-school Smashbox PhotoFinish primer ($36, http://www.smashbox.com) , and my all time new fave, the Whip Hand Cosmetics “Set The Stage” primer. ($39, http://www.whiphandcosmetics.com) They are good for all skin types, and really give your skin that ultra-smooth look, like you’re walking around in real-time photoshop.  I adore the Whip Hand Primer because it feels like whipped silk, on your hands and your face, and a little bit goes a LONG way. It;s getting rave reviews from makeup artists everywhere, not just me.

Other primers, like the classic Laura Mercier Foundation primer ($32, sephora.com), have a light gel base, and are reminiscent of smoothing aloe onto your face.  It’s lighter texture is often preferred by people with very oily skin, or who want a very natural feel to their makeup. These also seem to perform better in really humid climates for some people. Also in this category is the amazing Make Up Forever HD Microperfecting Primer ($34, sephora.com). I love this particular brand when I need a color-correcting primer for clients with discoloration issues, like rosacia. The green version will subdue the red, giving you a more even skin tone. Feeling extra pale and sallow? Pick up the purple version! I know- it seems weird to be putting these colors all over your face, but it’s basic 5th grade color theory. Complimentary colors, when put on top of one another, cancel each other out.

So, now that you know the difference between the two kind of primers out there, you just need to go let your fingers do the walking, touch, feel, and play in the different formulas and find one that you like.

How to Use- Think of your primer as the last step of your skin care- using your fingers, put it on a clean, moisturized face, immediately before any concealer or foundation go onto that pretty mug of yours. If you want a super flawless and even coverage, you can also buff it in lightly with a sponge, but once you get the hang of it, your fingers should work just fine. Just remember- less is more, and it’s easier to add than take away. Using too much primer can result in your makeup sliding right off of your face…it just won’t be able to get a good grip on your skin. Now you are ready to apply your foundation and concealer like a pro! You go,girl!

Still have questions? Probably. If you’d like my advice on picking the right primer for you, leave me a message in the comments below, telling me about your skin and the foundation that you currently use. I’ll do my best to set you up right. And stay tuned, because coming soon…

WTF is a Primer v2.0- Eyeshadow Primers- The Revenge of the Greasy Crease! A Plethora of Primers

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Update: I have been using these the past week or so in my kit, and all of my clients have been dying over their skin and begging to know what it was- even the more oily skinned clients! The finish is just gorgeous!

Lipgloss and Lithium

A long, long time ago, in a place called QVC, a company called Bare Minerals came along and had everyone OBSESSED with the idea of Mineral Makeup. Minerals!!! They’re all natural! That sounds so good for my skin, right? The craze was born. Well, I hate to break it to anyone, but ALL makeup is made of minerals. But the demand was there, so all of the big boys in the cosmetics industry tagged along, vying for that client that wanted to have the word ‘Mineral’ in their foundation.

MAC fell in line too, with the introduction of their Mineralized Powders and  liquid Foundations. And they did well. But suddenly to the surprise of many loyal customers, MAC pulled their liquid mineral foundation…. I did some undercover investigation to find out why, and was happily surprised with what I found. Although many people loved that foundation, MAC decided they could do better…

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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer- The Holy Grail of Concealers!

So it used to be that concealer was one of those things you just had to use to hide flaws. It was never anything you really LOVED or looked forward to using…a lot of times it would crease or wear off, leaving you looking older than you are, making an acne spot look even more textured, or like you got punched in the eye by noon. It also used to be that NARS was known for their crazy-fabulous color collection, and not their flawless skin products. Until now…

I am just going to come out and say it- I truly am in LOVE with the new NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. ( $28, http://www.narscosmetics.com )  I would so have it’s babies. If you don’t yet own it, just stop reading this blog post and go buy it. Here’s the lowdown-

-It doesn’t crease or wear off. I swear on my makeup kit, this stuff doesn’t move. For HOURS. I can put it on at 8 am, and still look fabulous and fresh 12 hours later. People have been commenting lately that I look so well rested, and my skin is amazing. Those of you that know me personally know I am plagued by seasonal allergies, insomnia, and a slightly clueless significant other, all which cause me to have dark circles under my eyes as well as the occasional frustration zit.

-It has a very thin texture, so it never looks cakey or heavy.  So no more using a specific creamy concealer for the eye area and adding a dryer concealer to cover redness on your face. Also, the coverage is buildable, so if you have extra ares that need more coverage, you can add second coat to really blot out any imperfections.

– It has light diffusing ingredients. What does that mean? It means that not only will it cover your not-so-perfect areas, it will actually blur the fine lines and wrinkles your annoying boss caused, and can make your face look smoother overall.

– It comes in 10 shades, for all skin types, for super fair to dark complected skin, so you won’t have an issue finding the right color to match your skin. (See below for swatches of a few of the colors I have already purchased for my pro kit)

– You only need to use a little bit of it. Anyone I have seen that has had issues with it creasing is using too much of the product. If one coat doesn’t give you the coverage you want, use 2 very thin coats, like  you would with a nail polish. It comes in a tube with a doe-foot wand, similar to a lip gloss. Just dab a tiny bit on the area you want to cover and pat it out to blend it.

So, in conclusion, if you want to look all bright-eyed and bushy tailed, even if you’re not exactly feeling that way, you need to add this concealer to your arsenal. Along with a good dose of their Multiple Orgasm, and you’ll have all of your friends asking if you just had a relaxing stay at The Betty Ford Clinic 😉

Copyright, NARS Cosmetics

Copyright, NARS Cosmetics

Colors from top to bottom: Chantilly, Honey, Biscuit, Amande

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Lip Hits by Whip Hand Cosmetics

I’m just gonna start by saying I am jaded- it takes a lot to turn my head or impress me when it comes to new makeup products. Been there, done that, returned it, went back to my original favorites. But I am always willing to give a new product a try, especially when it comes to the quest of the perfect long-wearing but non-drying lip color.

Enter Whip Hand Cosmetics, straight out of Detroit( http://www.whiphandcosmetics.com) – I had heard other makeup artists RAVING about their “Set The Stage” primer ($39), and was curious to try it, but I already had a kit full of primers I was still using. So I tweeted Whip Hand, and full disclosure, they sent me one for free to try. (yeah, I know, makeup artists get all the cool stuff first). But regardless of it being free that first time, I LOVE IT! It has replaced every single primer in my kit…it’s like Botox in a jar…you NEED it in your life….I have since bought several more…but I digress…that’s a whole other blog post.

I was so impressed with their primer, I started looking around their website ( http://www.whiphandcosmetics.com ), and saw their “Lip Hit” product ($20). It promised to be long wearing and creamy, and I’m not gonna lie, I thought the packaging was pretty cool. So I originally ordered 2 shades, and as usual was skeptical. But my oh my, was I pleasantly surprised! You know those other long-wearing lipsticks that have 2 sides and totally make your lips peel? Yeah-these don’t do that. They melt into your lips like buttah, stay put for hours, and have a gorgeous satin finish that seems to almost retexturize even dry,cracked lips. No lip liner needed. And yes, the packaging IS ingenious! It’s a long tube with a twist up mechanism that dispenses just the right amount onto a soft little paddle, almost like a rubber spatula, so it’s not going to dry out on you. NOTE: when I got my first Lip Hit, I assumed I had to cut the tip off for it to dispense. You don’t. Oops.

They initially launched the product with 7 shades. While I loved their original shades, their was a specific color I was looking for that they didn’t have yet..that perfect pinky-nude that looks good on everyone, and can you can throw on every day to run to the store, or add a lip liner to it to add more pop if you want. So I talked to  Riese Lauriat, owner/developer/Chief MUA and HBIC, and sent her some color swatches to see if she thought they could develop one for me, in the same long-lasting formula of their original colors. She said they would work on it. And lo and behold, last weekend, when they launched their 7 NEW shades for Spring, there it was, aptly named “Crave”- the exact color I had requested and needed for my kit (And my purse ).  My other faves that I suggest you check out are Tempt, Score, and covet, but honestly, they’re all gorgeous. (See below for some color swatches)

And this is just one example of what a great little company this is- they have excellent customer service, and truly want to hear feedback from customers on their products, and what they can do to make you as a client keep coming back. You heard it here first…they might be small now, but I predict this brand will eventually end up in Sephoras around the world. You can say you knew them way back when by stopping by their booth at The Makeup Show in Chicago, June 9-10.

From left to right- Yearn, Covet, Hooked, Tempt, Score, Crave

From left to right- Yearn, Covet, Hooked, Tempt, Score, Crave

Whip Hand Cosmetics Lip Hits

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MAC’s Revamped Mineralize Moisture Foundation

A long, long time ago, in a place called QVC, a company called Bare Minerals came along and had everyone OBSESSED with the idea of Mineral Makeup. Minerals!!! They’re all natural! That sounds so good for my skin, right? The craze was born. Well, I hate to break it to anyone, but ALL makeup is made of minerals. But the demand was there, so all of the big boys in the cosmetics industry tagged along, vying for that client that wanted to have the word ‘Mineral’ in their foundation.

MAC fell in line too, with the introduction of their Mineralized Powders and  liquid Foundations. And they did well. But suddenly to the surprise of many loyal customers, MAC pulled their liquid mineral foundation…. I did some undercover investigation to find out why, and was happily surprised with what I found. Although many people loved that foundation, MAC decided they could do better. And boy, did they ever…behold, launching at MAC counters and stores everywhere, Thursday March 7th, the new and drastically improved- Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation!

“So, Rachel, why is it so much better?”, you ask? Well hold your horses, I am a fan of drama and timing. I’m getting there…

My undercover source, whom I shall refer to as “Carbon”, told me that the new formulation was actually developed to be used by professional makeup artists for photography. “But I’m not a makeup artist, I just like to wear it!”, I hear you screaming. Well, here’s the deal- when a foundation is developed for photography, you can bet your sweet cheeks that it’s gonna look even better in person. A lot of  popular ‘consumer’ brands of foundation have an excess of minerals and SPF which can cause something we in the industry as “flashback”- that dreaded ‘why does my face look 10 shades lighter than my neck’ effect. Remember the Nicole Kidman incident where she looked like an extra from “Scarface”?  Now, when you’re out with your girlfriends taking tons of pictures that you might regret later, you will not have what I call the “Floating Head” syndrome, where your face looks like it’s not connected to the correct body.

“Carbon” also informed me that the new version is loaded with shea butter, beet root, yeast, light diffusers and emollients that will have an instant botox-like effect on drier and more mature skin. I had to have it. NOW.

Without betraying my sources, let’s say I stumbled upon a bottle before the launch, and smoothed it over my normal-to-dry skin. I instantly fell in love with this foundation. I kissed the bottle and bought it an engagement ring. I was an instant convert. My skin felt so soft, looked flawless, and had a glorious glowing finish that made my neighbor ask me what I had been up to, and if we had used protection. The coverage is medium, but builds easily without caking, to a full coverage foundation, meaning I had to use less concealer. It has a nice 8 hour wear to it, and I had no issues with it oxidizing or breaking up on my skin throughout the day. Random people were stopping to compliment me on my skin. I broke up with my old (And much more expensive) foundation via text.

Now, if you have oily skin, this might not be the foundation for you. It is very emollient with a dewy finish that oilier girls might not be so fond of. But if you have normal or normal to dry skin, I HIGHLY suggest you give this stuff a try. At $33 a bottle, it’s very affordable, and comes in every shade of the Benneton rainbow. Stop in to your local MAC store or counter and give it a shot, or buy your usual MAC shade online at http://www.maccosmetics.comMac Mineralize Foundation

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Airbrush Makeup- Is It Really All That?

So for years now, bridal magazines and blogs have been touting airbrush makeup as a ‘must have’ for brides on their wedding days. Claims that it is a long-lasting as well as a lightweight, natural looking foundation have all brides clamoring for it, and only hiring makeup artists that can use this technique. But as a professional makeup artist with almost 20 years of experience under my belt, I have seen the pros and cons of airbrush makeup. Here are my thoughts on the whole debate…

Airbrush makeup, while easy for a trained professional to apply, is only made for one skin type. So if my client has very oily or dry skin, it’s not nearly as effective as a foundation that is made for those specific skin types. It won’t control oil, and won’t hydrate dry skin. Also, if you have more mature skin, I find it has a tendency to settle into fine lines and wrinkles, effectively aging the client. Since it’s only sprayed onto the skin and not actually work into the skin like a traditional foundation, it can look great for a bit, but then gravity takes it’s toll, and, BAM, all of those textural tiny flaws in your skin really stand out.

Maybe it’s because I am old-school, but I often prefer to ‘hand paint’ my clients, even though it takes me longer than simply blasting a client’s face with my Iwata compressor and gun. I carry an arsenal of different foundations in my kit, including Armani, Face Atelier, MAC, Urban Decay and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

A little glimpse into my makeup kit

A little glimpse into my makeup kit

, which allows me to custom blend a foundation specifically for their skin type, coloring, and the effect they want, such as matte, natural or radiant finish. It also allows me to use the least amount of product necessary to get the coverage they want.  And with the correct application technique, priming and finishing products, any foundation can be long-wearing, will give an ‘airbrushed’ appearance and should feel light on your skin.

And as for the claim that airbrush makeup lasts all day?  Any experienced artist will have a treasure trove of primers and setting sprays that will make ANY makeup last for at least 12 hours!

 

Don’t get me wrong, airbrush makeup is great on certain clients! But when consulting with your makeup artist about your wedding day makeup, ask them what your options are, and which one would suit your skin the best. Like your wedding style itself, it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ technique.

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