Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lip Products For Men

I thought this post might be helpful for both makeup artist grooming men as well as the everyday guy needing a great lip balm with no shine. Just because the season change fool you as you still need to protect your lips with a SPF, so here's some of my favorites:

So I love Kiehl's Facial Fuel Lip Balm because it's clear, scentless with no shine which I have to have in my kit for clients doing TV & Photoshoots.

Peter Thomas Roth has a flavor free matte lip balm loaded with green tea, ginger & rosemary extracts.

Zirh has a lip balm for men that provides SPF 15 to protect your lips from UVA & UVB rays.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ask Tia Tuesday

This weeks Ask Tia Tuesday question is from Genell. Genell asks:

I was wondering what would your advice be to an aspiring MUA for breaking into the field other than education and practice?

Hi Genell! Here are some suggestions to hopefully point you in the right direction:

• Write down your goals, study and know the area of your expertise so you can have a direct target.

• Make yourself visible via your website, social networking sites, craigslist, model mayhem etc..

• Network with photographers, hairstylist and fashion stylist to let them know you’re available for work.

• Always follow-up after meeting industry people while your name is still fresh in their minds.

• Say YES to as much work as you can...don't forget to look at every situation as an opportunity for growth.

• Stay inspired by looking at magazines, movies, paintings basically anything visual that makes you want to get out a makeup brush and experiment.

Thanks for your question! You can also find more tips in my article for Black Enterprise entitled “Jump Starting A Career As A Makeup Artist”. I Hope that helps!

If you have a makeup question you’d like answered, send it to and it might be chosen for an upcoming post!

10 Sizzlin' Summer Beauty Tips

Summer will be here before we know it! Here are a few tips to keep you looking and feeling your best even in the sizzling summer sun!

1. My favorite technique for toning down the shine is to wrap blotting tissues around a non-latex sponge and dab away!

2. When cleansing, protecting and moisterizing your face...don't forget to show your neck a little attention.

3. Be sure to regularly clean your cell phones with an alcohol pad to wipe away oil, dirt and avoid nasty breakouts on the sides of your face.

4. Johnson & Johnson's Baby Oil Gel is amazing when used straight out of the shower to lock in the showers moisture...your skin will look and feel fab!

5. Look fab while swimming by using water-proof mascara & eyeliner and don't forget your matte lipstick! :)

6. Make sure to wear a eye and face primers to help ensure your makeup stays put in the summer heat

7. Ditch drab dark colored makeup for fab bright summer colors.

8. Using bronzers and highlighters on your skin can give the perfect sun-kissed glow.

9. Use an oil-free tinted moisturizer with SPF instead of your normal heavy foundation for a lightweight flawless finish.

10. We all know that we should drink water to stay hydrated in the heat, but adding a few slices of cucumber will help to keep you cool in the summer sun.

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