Ask a Make-Up Artist: Your Summer Beauty Questions Answered

Q: I love wearing it in summer when I’m at the pool or beach but, is waterproof mascara bad for my eyelashes? I feel like I’m yanking them out whenever I remove it. — Mary Jane

A: Waterproof mascara isn’t bad for your eyelashes. Make sure to be gentle when you are removing it. Use an oil based eye make-up remover and use a cotton pad to gently soak your lashes and then glide the remover down to the tips of the lashes. I always like to rinse with water after.

A great eye makeup remover is Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Dual Action Eye Make-up Remover Oil-Free ($22.00). It works quickly to remove all make-up even waterproof, fragrance-free, and gentle on the eyes.

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Depending on the look you are trying to achieve there are a few options for waterproof mascara to try. These are my favorites:

Beauty on a Budget: Maybelline-Define-A-Lash-Volume-Waterproof-Mascara ($7.49) Great for more length and separation with a soft definition. The wand is rubber bristled and can be applied easily.  This mascara will not clump. I use this mascara a lot for photo shoots and private clients.

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Serious Drama: Lancome Definicils Waterproof Mascara ($27.00) Length, volume, separation, definition. This mascara does it all and won’t smudge. A rare trait is that the texture of your lashes when dry, will be soft.

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The Mascara For Everyone: American Beauty Perfectly Waterproof Mascara ($14.00) You need just a few swipes of this formula for added length and volume that lasts all day and withstands water. If you haven’t heard of this brand it is sold exclusively at Kohl’s. This mascara adds drama without looking very dramatic like the Lancome mascara.

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Send your questions to Christine@ChristineRossMakeUpArtist.com

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The Most Scientifically Precise Foundation?

Finding your perfect foundation match can be a huge pain. I have matched thousands of people with the right shade of foundation and it can be tricky. For those who don’t know how to correctly match foundation and are searching tirelessly up and down the make up isle or spending half the day at the mall there seems to be an answer to your prayers.

Sephora and Pantone Color have designed an app that will choose the best possible foundation for you. With the use of a Spectrocolorimeter that takes 27 photos of your skin and spits out number between 1 and 110 based on your skin tone and the warm or cool undertones. When you get this number the app searches through thousands of shades sold at Sephora to find your perfect match.

Is the beginning of the end of beauty advisors at your local mall? I can already go to an app that will give me my own personalized skin care regimen. I just answer a few question at any clinique counter on their Ipad app. They ask questions about where I live, how much sleep I get, my main skin concerns, if I’m sensitive, a few other questions about my lifestyle and I have everything printed out or email to me. They recommend everything from Cleanser to the best treatments based on my answers.

As a makeup artist I can see the flaws in the Sephora app. There are so many clients that need a corrective color for their skin. Primers aren’t always enough. If this app can offer a yellow based foundation to someone with a redness concern and not go overboard, I will be impressed. There are so many factors that go into a perfect foundation match. What about Skin type or concerns? Twenty year old skin doesn’t need the same formula as someone that is over 50. I am interested where Sephora plans to take this technology.

“Outdoor Gallery Premiere” featuring Bradford Stewart

 

Culver city based Contemporary Painter Bradford Stewart, and Landscape Architect, Greg Davis created a beautiful outdoor garden art gallery using natural materials with exotic accessories.

It was a fun evening under the stars experiencing the first L.A. Outdoor Art Gallery.