Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Truth about Cold Sores

I've noticed that quite a few people on my set have cold sores right now. I wanted to be able to help them and give them some sound advise about treatment options. So I did some research on line. Cold sores are very common and I thought you guys might like to know too.
Here is the info I gathered and organized into a q and a format to make it easy to read.*

Cold sores are blisters on the lips and the edge of the mouth that are caused by an infection with the herpes simplex virus (HSV).
You may not develop cold sores when you are first infected with HSV. If cold sores do develop when you are first infected, they may be more severe than in later outbreaks. During the first outbreak of cold sores, the blisters may spread to any part of the mouth.

After you become infected, HSV remains in your body and may cause cold sores to return throughout your lifetime (recurrent cold sores). Most people have fewer outbreaks as they get older.

About 6 to 48 hours before a cold sore is visible, you may feel tingling, burning, itching, numbness, tenderness, or pain in the affected area. This is called the prodromal stage.

Some common triggers that cause cold sores to return include:
Sunlight exposure
Stress or fatigue
Other infections, such as a cold or influenza.
Food allergies
Dental treatment or injury to the lips or gums
A lowered immunity system

Yes. The blisters of HSV-1 contain the virus that causes cold sores. Without proper hygiene, this virus can be very contagious. This is why it is important if you have cold sores to wash your hands often, especially after you may have touched your face. Do not share cups, utensils or makeup products with another person during an outbreak.
Replace your toothbrush after the cold sores have crusted over and again when they are gone completely to help prevent a reoccurrence.
DO NOT touch a cold sore with your fingers. The virus can be transferred to other parts of your face or body quite easily. They are also highly susceptible to secondary bacteria infections. Use a clean q tip or tissue to apply medications and do not double dip.

Cold sore blisters usually break open, weep clear fluid, and then crust over and disappear after a few days.

Treatment with medicines depends on whether you are having a first outbreak or a recurrent outbreak or are trying to prevent future outbreaks.
When treating a first outbreak of cold sores, oral antiviral medicines may reduce pain and slightly improve healing time.
For treatment of recurrent cold sores, the following medicines may reduce the severity and duration of the outbreak:
Topical creams or ointments, which are available with or without a prescription, can reduce pain, itching, and healing time.
In some severe cases, a doctor may prescribe a drug like acyclovir (Zovirax), which may help shorten the length of the outbreak but should be used when the first symptoms (such as burning or itching) begin. These medicines have little effect after the sore develops.
Oral antivirals may also be taken daily to prevent recurring cold sores, especially in people who have frequent and painful outbreaks.

Complementary medicine
No complementary medicines have been proved to be effective in the treatment or prevention of cold sores. But several complementary treatments are available if you wish to try an alternative way to ease your symptoms.
Vitamin C, lysine supplements, and lemon balm are examples of complementary treatments that may provide some relief during a cold sore outbreak.
Zinc oxide topical cream may reduce the duration of an outbreak.

There is no cure for cold sores, nor is there a cure for the herpes simplex virus (HSV) that causes them. Most cold sores will go away on their own. But medicines may slightly reduce the duration of cold sores and sometimes prevent a future outbreak.

*WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

News flash! Men aren't perfect! But at least they can look it.

This post is inspired by two questions I got from Meredith Jessica and Anonymous. (That may not be his or her real name. I'm just guessing.)
Meredith asked about tips for doing natural makeup on men and Anonymous asked about filling in eyebrows with an alcohol based makeup like Skin Illustrator.
First of all, do male actors need makeup? News flash!  Men aren't perfect.
And people want their movie stars to look good, not real.
On the other hand they don't want to know their actors are wearing makeup. 
So how do you make a man look flawless but appear to have no makeup on?
I always start by making sure they have clean, toned and moisturized skin and that their facial hair is groomed. Often this includes creating a facial hair design that is appropriate for the character. 

Facial hair examples on actors I did on various films.
Standard types of razors in my kit
Recently I have been using tinted moisturizer or airbrushing makeup on men. 
Tinted moisturizers: La Mer, Laura Mercier, Smashbox
For either technique I first spot treat any pimples, discolorations or redness with a concealer like Amazing Concealer, Joe Blasco's special corrective colors, Judith August products or Ben Nye Mellow yellow.
Joe Blasco corrective colors, Amazing concealer,  Ben Nye corrective sticks, Judith August Killer cover
Tip: I leave a bit of natural under eye discoloration because I think it looks masculine and also helps to create a no makeup look. 
Tip: When using a tinted moisturizer stipple over the concealing products instead of pulling back and forth otherwise you can pull them off. 
TIP: To make your own tinted moisturizer simply mix your favorite foundation with a facial moisturizer.

I also really like airbrushing men for a natural look. The trick is to not use too much product. I also personally prefer water based airbrush foundation. If they sweat or it gets wiped off it's easy to reapply without worrying about a line of demarkation. 
A couple of my favorite brands for airbrushing are Graftobian and Dinair.
Examples of Dinair and Graftobian kits. Both companies have a full range of products sold separately as well. 
I use a no color powder to set both the tinted moisturizer or the airbrush makeup. 
Hair grows in weird places as men grow older. Have a tweezer and blunt nose scissors at the ready for wayward hair on ears, in noses, and growing up the neck or back.
TIP: For thick chest, back or leg hair that needs to be thinned use a thinning shear for a natural look.
Thinning shears
Eyebrows should be groomed as well. Trim any long hairs and pluck individual hairs if he has a unibrow. Don't over trim or pluck. It will look too feminine. Leave some hairs between the eyes. 
Older men tend to lose eye brow hair or the hair turns grey. To create a darker or stronger brow try an alcohol based makeup like Reel Color, WM Creations or Skin Illustrator. All of these products are activated with alcohol and last a long time on the face even through sweating. To create individual hairs use an eyeliner brush and for coloring the hairs that are already there apply the product with a disposable mascara wand or spoolie.
Alcohol based/activated makeup. All brands come in a full range of colors for a variety of needs.
Additional Tips:
-Make sure and apply the makeup on ears, back of neck and down front of neck. 
-Don't forget to put makeup on his hands to match his face if needed.

Again, thanks Meredith and Anonymous for your questions. I hope I shared some good tips and advice you can use on any man in your life. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Senna's Form a Brow Kit

Senna has a lot of really fantastic products but my absolute favorite is the Form a brow kit.
Why? Colors, colors and more colors. For instance not every blond has the same color of blond hair. There's platinum, honey, strawberry blond to name a few. Senna has a number of kits for different hair colors and within those kits are three choices. You can blend colors to get the perfect color for you. I own all the kits so no matter who sits in my makeup chair, I'm ready! There are 5 Kit choices: Ash Blonde, Blonde/Redhead, Neutral, Salt N Pepper and Dark.
Senna Form a Brow kits
The Kit also comes with 2 mini brushes. One to apply color and the other to brush it through the hairs for blending. 
It also has 4 different stencils: Fine, Natural, Full and Xtra Full so you can create the perfect brow shape for you. 
I always use a setting gel to lock in the color and shape. Senna has a unique brow fix that actually adds fullness to your brows as well. It comes in clear, golden brown and taupe.
Senna Brow Fix
If you prefer a longer brush handle Senna has a great dual sided brow brush that has an angle brush on one side and a spoolie brush on the other. 
Double Brow Brush

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Drew Barrymore in Ever After. Getting made up for the ball.

Poster of Ever After and a scene from the film

So, I'm in the South of France prepping for the film Ever After. I was hired as Drew Barrymore's personal makeup artist. 
We all know the story of Cinderella. Poor girl, mistreated by her step mother & step sisters, meets a boy, falls in love, finds out he's the prince, freaks out, goes to Leonardo De Vinci to do her makeup for the ball. WAIT!!!! WHAT?!! Did I read that correctly? 
THE Leonardo de Vinci paints her face in the script??!!
Ok, well, better pack up my stuff and head on back to America. I'm a good artist but I'm suppose to do makeup as if I'm one of the world's most celebrated Masters? The dude who painted The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, carved David?! 
Drawing of Leonardo De Vinci, The Last Supper, Mona Lisa
Ok, after a few deep breaths & a good hearty glass of red wine I pulled myself together. 
Drew loves butterflies and wanted me to paint a butterfly on her face to go with the butterfly wings on her dress made by Leonardo in the script. I remember my first go at the "butterfly makeup" perfectly. We were in the kitchen of the 13th century house that Drew, Barbara Olvera (her hair dresser), Gwen Stroman (her assistant) and I shared. We had so much fun in that house and I have wonderful memories of those days. Here is a shot of that first makeup test along with a swatch of the fabric from her dress that wardrobe gave me for reference. You'll notice that both sides of her face are different. I was trying 2 different color options in this test.
Preliminary "Butterfly wings" makeup test and swatch from ball gown.
Turns out, however, according to the film's research department that the real Leonardo never drew a butterfly. He did draw birds and for accuracy sake the dress would have bird wings.
Leonardo De Vinci drawings of wings and flying machine

Well, that changed things for me. The producers said "No butterfly makeup. You can't do a butterfly makeup with a bird wing dress."
Back to the drawing board.
I had to design a makeup that would make sense with the costume and look like it was made from natural products from the time period (like gold dust, oil paint and fruits) I decided Leonardo was going for a  sheer, golden, shimmery "mask" in the shape of non specific wings for Cinderella that night. With crystals added for some 16th Century bling.
Drew Barrymore final makeup for the Ball
You can't really see it in these photos but I used bronzes, silvers and golds around her eyes starting with deeper tones in the inner corners of her upper and lower lids, graduating up to lighter and lighter tones toward her temples and down over her cheek bones. I matched the shape of her dresses' wings and added Swarovski crystals following the shape of the upper wings. I used a sheer tint on her lips to look like crushed raspberries.
Painting like De Vinci is a ridiculously tall order and shows you some of the crazy stuff that gets thrown at us when we sign up for a film. But you do your best and keep moving forward. Did I pull it off? Well, I'm no Leo but Drew told me she felt like a princess that night, so for me, it was a job well done.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Answer: Plain to Pizzazz. Makeup that pops!

This is part of the Q and A I started last week. I'll be answering your questions in upcoming posts mixed in with stuff I just feel like talking about.
Mathew Brown asked:
What is a way to do a relatively quick basic makeup with a flash of color or a bit of a kick somewhere to make it less boring?
I think unexpected color and contrast is a great way to make things pop and look more interesting.
Here are a few looks that show you what I'm talking about.
I'm gonna name the looks's fun.

"Shock it to me"
It's a no makeup look with light coverage tinted moisturizer, black mascara, nude tone eyeshadow and very light blush. Now add a Fuscia, Orange or Strawberry red lipstick. It's a confident, take no prisoners look.
Annie Ilonzeh -" Makeup and Hair play day" Charlie's Angels pilot

"I Love Lavender"
Instead of the traditional brown and creme eyeshadow combo try putting the color lavender all over the lid. In this shot I added a deeper lavender just above the lash line. I find it brightens the eye, works with almost any skin tone and adds a pop of color to your lid.
Minka Kelly "Makeup and Hair play day" Charlie's Angels pilot 

\"Cheeky Chic"
Apply matte eyeshadow, matte foundation and matte lips. Now, add highlight with shimmer to the cheeks. The contrast of the shimmery cheek on an otherwise matte face looks unexpected and fun. Here are a few of my favorites.

Nars Illuminator (peachy tone), Benefit High Beam (pale pink tone), Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer (Bronze tone)