1. 6. Grayburn: June 2009 7.


Quick Update

A quick update on what I've been up to lately. Sorry for the lack of posts...maybe it is time for me to get a mobile/cell phone that is from this century. Then I can finally stay connected easily...

The lineup. The makeup I did for a beautiful collection by Tuija M. The clothing was luxuriously adorned with real deer fur.

The makeup we did for And Beyond which I absolutely loved. Shown at the Mode Biennale.

Rahsan Memik, the woman who designed the makeup looks for the designers Peter Hornstein, Monique van Heist, and And Beyond. She led us (the team of makeup artists) at the Mode Biennale in Arnhem.

A shoot I did with Kultivate, a young company who produces statement street wear. It was fun to work that hair!

Tessa W. created a collection inspired by the hecticness of the everyday life. The idea is that the white blinders provided a sort of shield. So I did the makeup and hair accordingly :)

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The challenge with makeup for me sometimes is to take something that the majority dislike and make it work. This Revlon Beyond Natural Cream to powder eye shadow has a pretty skinny rating on MUA. And like many of the reviewers there, I purchased this quad without first reading the reviews. But I was drawn to the cool natural tones and the cream to powder aspect. I mean, products that are not too powdery work gorgeously in hotter months.

I love a good natural quad that has all the colors needed to shape and enhance the shape of the naked eyelid. And this quad without a doubt provides me with that. The dark sooty brown defines the lash line and deepens the crease. The medium mud brown is the happy medium between the dark and the light creamy shade. While the lightest ivory shade highlights the tear ducts and brow bones. All without a speck of shimmer.

I understand that people complain that the creams crease and that the colors looks too natural. But a good base takes care of that and this is supposed to be a natural looking product. Seriously! And I find it so easy to put on and blend when I'm in a rush to get out of the door. Which is most days these days.

Website: Revlon
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Pampering Your Tools

Fortunately I have been kept very busy and have been getting a taste of working as a Makeup artist. At the end of each day though, I unzip my makeup rolling case to find a whole lot of stained sponges and gooey brushes. And when it has been a long day, I want to be able to get my stuff clean fast and ready to use again the next day....with as little effort as possible!

My saviors are the Beauty blendercleanser and the Kryolan brush cleaner.

The blendercleanser is a makeup sponge cleaner originally designed for the beauty blender (or that pink pointy thing sitting on top of the spout of the cleaner as pictured above). Ever since I got my own beauty blender set which included a bottle of their cleanser, I have fallen in love with it. It is easy to use because of the push-down spout mechanism. The cleansing liquid permeates through a damp sponge with ease simply because the company has adapted this design (similar to the nail polish remover holders that you might see in a professional nail salon). The liquid cleanser is gentle and by far the toughest cleanser I've come across for ridding tough stains and smells on makeup sponges. But do remember that sponges do age with use so there will come a point when no amount of cleaning will do and you simply have to toss it!

"lightly lavender-scented cleanser that’s free of dyes and skin irritants. It’s soothing soy-based, low-suds formula breaks down rapidly, making it earth-friendly and fun to use. Soy has the added benefit of being one of nature’s finest moisturizers, so by all means, clean up with class and do it often." ,beauty blender.

The Kryolan Brush Cleaner is an alcohol based cleaner for makeup brushes. It provides quick cleansing for brushes that requires at the most 15 minutes of dry time for brushes (as opposed to the overnight drying if brushes are washed with soap and water). All that is required is paper towel to wipe off the dirt with. The other ingredient in this cleanser is petroleum distillate. So while the alcohol disinfects and cleans the bristles of your brushes, the petroleum conditions them. As frequent washing of brushes can wear out the bristles, cleaning my brushes this way takes care of the bristles and they actually become smoother and much easier to work with.

Do you pamper your makeup tools? If so, how?

Website: Beauty blendercleanser, danceshopper.com
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Model Of The Day

Some pics from a photoshoot I did recently. This was shot in Eric Kuster's house...possibly the most beautiful house I've ever seen in real life. The feel was very Gucci luxury and celebrity-esque. And that is actually a genuine polar bear skin throw that the models were laying on...

Photograph: Petra Beil
Model: Chelsea Domenica & Thomas de Gier
Makeup & Hair: me

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Just In

Wowsers! Galeries Lafayette in Paris (Haussman) is opening the world's largest shoes store! The store will spread across 10,000 square meters and will house a salon for walk-in pedicures. All the possibilities with 150 brands exclusive to Lafayette and shoes sizes from 34-43.

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All At Once

I took one look and knew that this is the collection I've been waiting for from MAC. There are too many delicious and unique colors for the eyes to choose from. Check out what I mean...

  • Grand Entrance Cool apricot beige
  • Dreammaker Frosty golden yellow
  • Smoke & Diamonds Dirty dark grey
  • Glamour Check! Reddish brown
  • Strike A Pose Dirty deep sea blue
  • Ego Light yellow pink
  • Fashion Groupie Light, blue violet
  • Unbasic White Snow white
  • One-Off Medium green with silver pearl
  • Rated R Light, yellow green
  • Style Snob Dirty pink brown with gold pearl
  • Fashion Light gray-green with gold pearl
This might be like what the N Collection was for me from 2008. How is it possible to have so many unique colors to choose from all at once?

Website: maccosmetics.com
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Model Of The Day

A photo to share with you from one of the last shoots I did.
Thanks to a team of wonderful people, everything went smoothly and we had such a good time!

Photographer: Otto van der Toorn
Stylist: Arnouk Ko
Model: Eveline @Tony Jones
Hair & Makeup: me :)

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