Saturday, May 21, 2011

No more smears. Mascara that stays on your lashes.

I spend a good part of my day doing "touch ups" on actors. After every few takes I run in and make sure lipstick is still on, sweat is mopped off, there's no food in anyone's teeth, etc.  I am always on the lookout for products that will cut down on touch up time. That brings me to mascara that runs. Those black smudges have to be cleaned up, then concealer has to be re-applied, then the whole thing has to be powdered. Not an easy task in the 30 seconds we get to do all of our "touch ups" before the camera rolls, with 50 crew members waiting. 

Lancome has a fantastic product called Cils Booster XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base. It not only helps separate and thicken your lashes when applied before your mascara but it helps keep it on. 
I know, I know, one more step but it will save you from cleaning up the mascara from under your eyes all day!
Lancome Cils Booster XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base
I'm sure it was meant to be used with other Lancome mascara but I use it with other brands and it seems to work just as well. 

So, while we are on the subject I'll tell you about some of my favorite mascaras. 
Lancome Definicils High Definition mascara. It's great for creating long, separated, natural looking lashes. 
Lancome Definicil High Definition mascara

I also really like Cover Girl's Lash Blast. I'm using it now on Sophia Vergara from Modern Family on my film The Three Stooges. It adds a lot of volume and length. And I love the orange tube. 
Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara

Smashbox Full Exposure mascara was inspired by the on set technique of layering a lengthening fiber mascara over a volumiziing formula to create super long thick lashes. It's really great. 
Smashbox Full Exposure

I also discovered Clinique's mascara for bottom lashes. It has a tiny pointed brush that can coat even the smallest lash. It's really fun to use and is smudge resistant. I suggest adding a bit of the Lancome Cils Booster XL Base first, just in case. 
Clinique bottom lash mascara

Just a note: If you use an oily under eye cream or sunscreen it may smudge your mascara even with the above tips and products.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Shopping products for The Three Stooges. Part 1: Basics

I start principle photography on The Three Stooges on monday so I'm getting ready to do my favorite thing. Shop for makeup supplies! The first order of business is disposable items for the show. The basics that we use every day. And we need a lot of them. On this film we have 66 Leads & Day Players. And 1000's of Extras over the course of the film.
Let's start with Sponges.
I have two absolute favorites. Alcone's non-latex sponges. They don't crumble, turn yellow or fall apart. They have great density to them & the makeup goes on smoothly.  You can wash them too. 
The Beauty Blender has really taken off & there's good reason. I primarily use them on the main actors. 
Mainly because they are a bit pricier ($18-$20 a piece). It took me a while to try one because of the price point but I finally did and they're worth every penny. You can use them for a really long time because you can wash them. 
They are designed to contour with your face. Use the pointed side for around your nose and under your eyes & the larger side for the rest of your face. I use the blender dry for a heavier coverage and damp for a lighter one. 
There's something about the texture and density that is fantastic. It really works the makeup into your skin beautifully. The trick is to stipple or bounce it against your skin instead of pulling it across. 
Treat yourself to this great sponge. You'll love it. 
Pick up the cleanser too. It's soy based, moisturizing and gets your Beauty Blender really clean.

In addition I'll need to buy other basics such as Tissues, Q-tips, Eye drops, Cleansing wipes, Spray water, Nail polish remover, Brush cleaner and cosmetic bags. I highly recommend The Kim Greene Line bags. ;) The list is actually much larger but this gives you the picture!

Naimie's Brush Cleaner, Comodyne's, Visine, Evian water, Ulta Basically U cotton rounds,
The Kim Greene Line Premier bag, Kleenex tissue, Q-tips