Monday, October 15, 2012

Brush Care 101

I hate cleaning make-up brushes.  Hate it!  It’s one of those tedious but necessary tasks, like doing laundry or making the bed, that I wish would just magically happen on its own.  Despite my distaste for the process, I can’t emphasize how important proper brush care is and I am psycho about keeping mine spotless!

Brushes are a huge monetary investment.  We need many different types and multiples of all of them.  It adds up, fast.  The only way to protect your investment is to properly care for them.  And properly caring for them also means properly caring for your client’s health.  Dirty brushes will transfer bacteria from one face to another.  This can lead to eye infections, skin irritations, breakouts and other horrible nasty things that I don’t want to even think about.

Here is exactly how I keep my make-up brushes clean and happy!

Monday, September 10, 2012


As if one film in TIFF wasn't cool enough, how about one more?!

Jonathan William's CANOEJACKED premiere's September 13 at 6:15pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 and screens again on the 14th in the morning at TIFF Bell Lightbox 3.

We spent a week in Georgian Bay shooting this comedy short, starring The Soprano's Al Sapienza, Falling Skies' Mpho Koaho and comedian Pat Thornton, along with a great stunt team!  With a cast of all men, the make-up needs weren't heavy.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

FROST at TIFF 2012

Today marks the beginning of the Toronto International Film Festival and I have TWO films playing in it that you won't want to miss!  I'll devote a post to each and share my make-up process!

FROST, directed by the extremely talented Jeremy Ball, plays in Short Cuts Canada #4 on both Tuesday September 11 @ 6:30 PM and Wednesday September 12 @ 4:45 PM.  Rumour has it that the Tuesday is sold out, so rush line it or snag some tickets for Wednesday!

Frost was a particularly challenging film as we shot it entirely in studio and predominately on a green screen.  I was also dealing with almost zero regular make-up.  By that I mean there was no beauty make-up, it was entirely breakdown make-ups, tattooing and exposure effects. 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Julep: Taking the Nail World by Storm

It's been nearly a decade since I've been able to wear nail polish on the regular, at least not on my fingernails.  Long story short, I wore acrylic nails for about 2 years in my late teens and developed an allergy to nail polish.  It's my eyes that are sensitive, and because it's next to impossible to never touch your eyes, I'd end up with raw red rashes on my eyelids.  It took forever to figure out, but it was nail polish.

We know now more than ever that nail polish contains plenty of toxic ingredients that wreck havoc on ourselves and the environment.  The toxic trio that gets most of the blame is toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).  There's been a huge rise in the number of brands ditching these ingredients, calling themselves 3-free, like Butter London.  There's also plenty of brands that have gone even further to be totally free of all chemical ingredients, not just the top 3 offenders.  Brands like Sula, Honeybee Gardens and Suncoat are super safe, but they all have performance issues.  Most water based natural nail polishes peel off easily when in contact with hot water, which is pretty much immediately for me.  Honeybee Gardens has given me the best results so far, lasts as long as regular nail polish, but is really really difficult to remove. 

And then I discovered JULEP...

Urban Decay Pro Discount Program!

Urban Decay officially launched their discount program for professional make-up artists this week.  Artists can finally enjoy a 40% discount on many of their products (excluding sale items and gift sets).  They're also doing a compensation program for crediting Urban Decay make-up in magazine editorials, and rumor has it pro exclusive products are in the works!  All with no membership fee!

The down side?  It's only available to US residents.  They claim they "would love to expand someday", but "someday" doesn't instill a whole lot of confidence that this will happen sooner than later.

Regardless, US make-up artists get your beautiful butts over to Urban Decay PRO to register for the pro program.  May I recommend the Primer Potion, it's one of my holy grails of make-up!  My Canadian self will be quietly crying in a corner, knowing that I have to continue to pay full price.

And of course, I've updated the Pro Discount List to include UD.