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I AM CAMERA READY: Camera Ready Hair
An essential part of any makeup artist's kit includes the hair products to help their clients feel completely put together! Whether it's a quick mist of hair spray or pomade to keep fine baby hairs in place, we know the right product can finish the look. That's why we're dedicating an entire section of our I Am Camera Ready Event to the beautiful hair care and styling products we proudly offer to professionals and beauty lovers! Did you know you can save monthly on the great hair care (and beauty staples) we offer? Enjoy monthly savings on the best hair care & beauty products with our Subscribe & Save program! SUBSCRIBE & SAVE Our Camera Ready Hair Schedule of Events Introducing IGK Friday, September 2 When it comes to styling products, IGK has some of the most sought after stylers in the industry! Explore the newest brand to join our Camera Ready Family! Explore IGK Introducing OLAPLEX Wednesday, September 7 There’s a healthy OLAPLEX solution for just about any concern you have for your hair. Damage, reducing build up, heat protection, fighting frizz, toning, adding shine, and more. Learn why we're so excited to add OLAPLEX to our Camera Ready Family! Explore OLAPLEX Your Top OLAPLEX Questions Wednesday, September 7 We asked our Instagram Community to ask us ANYTHING they wanted to know about OLAPLEX, and we worked with the OLAPLEX team to get answers for you! Read The Blog Our Camera Ready Hair Staff Top Pics, Hair Quiz Friday, September 9 Ever wonder what hair products we consider to be must-haves? Learn more and take our Hair Quiz to find YOUR Top Picks! Read the Blog Best Styling Products to Style Your Hair Like A PRO Monday, September 12 Discover our top picks to achieve any style and learn a few PRO Tips straight from makeup artists and styists themselves! Read The Blog How to Create a Slicked Back Bun Wednesday, September 14 Celebrity Makeup Artist Jillian Dempsey has a beauty line with beautiful lid and cheek tints, eye kohls, and even a skincare tool, but did you know she offers a hair pomade that's perfect to create long-lasting hair styles? Watch the Tutorial Best Natural Shampoo Ingredients for Color-Treated Hair Wednesday, September 14 When you're hoping to preserve your perfect color as long as possible, there are certain ingredients that will work better than others! Let's dive in! Learn More Curly & Coily Hair Care & Styling Wednesday, September 14 We all know curls and coils need a bit of extra TLC, and we're here to provide the best tips and tricks to keep your curls as healthy as possible! Read the Blog Are You Ready to Get Camera Ready? We're here to help YOU get Camera Ready in whatever way makes YOU feel confident and ready to take on the day! Whether that's through makeup, skincare, hair care, or just lip balm - we've got you covered! We even have a hair quiz to help you pick the perfect products like a PRO! Go ahead and explore the products our Camera Ready Pros use to get Camera Ready, or view our I Am Camera Reach Schedule of Events learn more & to view our full schedule of events, giveaways, & more!
I Am Camera Ready - Fall Trends + OLAPLEX Is Coming to CRC!
We're diving face first into the top fall 2022 makeup trends and are sharing our favorite pro-approved products to achieve the look, but first, we have some big news to share! You asked, we delivered! In a recent poll, we asked our pros which hair care brand they'd love to see us add, and the #1 answer was OLAPLEX! We're proud to announce we're adding OLAPLEX to our Camera Ready Family very soon! To sign up to be notified when it's available, click here! Now, back to the top makeup trends we're seeing for Fall 2022: The Top 5 Makeup Trends for Fall 2022 Include: Imprecise eyeliner All cream everything Bold pops of color on the inner corner of the eye "I Barely Care" Makeup Elongated Cat Eye + The Updated Graphic Eyeliner Trend Top 5 Fall 2022 Makeup Trends Fall 2022 Makeup Trend #1: Imprecise Eyeliner Previously known as "lived in eyeliner", this trend amps up the look with thicker, sultrier liner. If you're looking to rock the imprecise eyeliner look, reach for a long-wearing formula like best selling Make Up For Ever Aqua Resist Smoky Shadow Color Sticks or Smashbox Always On Gel Liner so you can wear this look without worrying about it smudging or smearing. Simply apply to the lashline and use a smudger brush to diffuse the makeup to achieve your desired look. If you prefer a kohl eyeliner, Jillian Dempsey's formula delivers intense color and a built-in smudger to add a dramatic look to your eyes. Fall 2022 Makeup Trend #2: All Cream Everything Cream formulas have always been on our radar, but they're enjoying extra time in the spotlight this season. Cream-based products melt into your skin to look Camera Ready without getting cakey and are ultra-flattering on complexions with fine lines and wrinkles. If you're looking for a face brightening shade that will give you a healthy glow, the new Melt Cosmetics Cream Blushlights in shade Pinched will give you a watermelon pink flush while also delivering a pearlescent glow. Multi-use Cream Blushlights can also be applied to the lips (and some can be used on the eye!), and who doesnt love a multi-purpose product! Other multi-tasking cream-based options with organic ingredients are Jillian Dempsey's Lid Tints and Cheek Tints. Infused with shea butter, they'll provide a dewy hydrating glow that can be worn anywhere on the face and body. Other Best Selling Cream Makeup includes: Jouer Blush & Bloom Cheek + Lip Duo Make Up For Ever HD Skin All In One Palette Danessa Myricks Beauty Dewy Cheek & Lip Palette RCMA 5 Part Cream Blush Series Fall 2022 Makeup Trend #3: Bold Pops of Color Give the inner eye a lift with an unexpected burst of eye-catching color. This trend replaces the usual lighter shade of shadow on the inner corner with a bold jewel tone, pastel, or even a pearlescent or multichrome shade. From new arrivals like the BFF4EVR Kimchi X Trixie MVPalette and Petites Mattes Editorial Brights to Jason Wu Beauty Flora 4 Eyeshadow Palette, you have endless possibilities to take your eye look from subtle to sultry with the pat of your makeup brush. PRO Tip: To stay on trend, try using a shade of blue because it's been spotted on the runways for numerous fashion houses. Fall 2022 Makeup Trend #4: "I Barely Care" Makeup "I Barely Care Makeup" is the amped up version of the Clean Girl Makeup Trend that features a natural, fresh-faced look that looks easy and effortless. This new trend takes it to the next level with multipurpose products that allow you to achieve the look in 10 minutes or less - the fewer products the better, so multipurpose products that work on eyes, lips, and cheeks work best. Pat on the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Blush to eyes, lips, and cheeks with your fingers to deliver a monochromatic, buildable glow. The ultra-moisturizing formula is where skincare and makeup meet, with Raspberry seed to help condition your skin while offering 12 hours of weightless wear. Other multi-tasking products that are eye, lip, and cheek safe (and easy to throw in your bag) include Jason Wu's best selling Hot Fluff, Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencils, and the new HD Skin All-in-One Palette. Fall 2022 Makeup Trend #5: Elongated Cat Eye This fall, graphic liner meets cat eye with the Elongated Cat Eye: a look that features a wing with crisp lines instead of being smoked out with softer edges. To perfect this look, use a primer to prime the lid and extend it beyond the outer corner of your eye. Next, blend your favorite shadow outward in the typical cat eye shape. Finally, dip a micro-fine cotton bud into a makeup remover and clean up the outer edges to create crisp lines. Now your Elongated Cat Eye is Camera Ready. PRO Tip: The most popular colors we've seen for this look are bronze or green. Are You Ready to Get Camera Ready? We're here to help YOU get Camera Ready in whatever way makes YOU feel confident and ready to take on the day! Go ahead and explore the products our I Am Camera Ready Pros use to get Camera Ready, or view our I Am Camera Reach Schedule of Events to learn more & to view our full schedule of events, giveaways, & more! About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
Introducing R+Co & R+Co Bleu: Our Top 5 Reasons to Try Them and Our Top Picks for Pros
When it comes to hair care and styling products, we love innovative formulas that offer a range of benefits like heat protection, added shine, and hold. That's just one of the reasons we're thrilled to announce we've added R+Co to our Camera Ready Family! This innovative brand offers professional-grade and luxurious hair care and styling products in their two hair care lines: R+Co and Bleu. In this blog, we'll break down our must-haves for pros from each line, discuss the difference between them, and will share more about why they're one of the hottest hair care lines worldwide! Our Top 5 Reasons to Try R+Co Hair Care Products: Their formulas are thoughtfully created by a team of industry-veterans, so you can trust they're designed to target the hair needs for both pros and beauty enthusiasts alike The R+Co team focuses on creating products that include innovative ingredients and avoid harmful ones Many of their best sellers are available in travel and kit-friendly sizes Hair stylists around the globe trust them for photoshoots, big events, and on the runway Their products deliver immediate results About the Brand: R+Co R+Co is a collective of some of the most forward-thinking, rule-bending hairstylists in the business. Their team of editorial and salon stylists and educators have a combined century of hairdressing knowledge and experience. They know that when it comes to hair care, it's about the entire experience. The packaging and fragrances were designed to enhance that experience and evoke a feeling, place, style or attitude. You’ll know just by looking at a bottle or tube what a product is meant to do, and the subtle yet sophisticated fragrances—meant for both men and women. About R+Co Bleu R+Co Bleu is the couture-caliber capsule collection from R+Co. Combining modernity and style with breakthrough innovations in formulation, sustainability and iconic packaging design, this new range brings glamour, sophistication, and unparalleled quality to daily hair care. Editorial edge and salon styling merge in this groundbreaking range of consciously created, sustainably developed luxury hair care. R+Co Bleu is a best-in-class couture collection of essential products created for all hair types and textures. Informed by the R+Co collective’s decades of knowledge and know-how—an expert craft they continue to hone backstage, on set, and in the salon—it is dedicated to visionary beauty and timeless style. Designed for salon professionals and their clients, R+Co Bleu harnesses leading-edge scientific innovation and proprietary technology to deliver transformative results. The line was created to empower clients and to foster community and shared knowledge among industry stylists. The professional-caliber line simplifies the process of selecting and using products, giving women and men the tools to confidently express their own individuality and style. What Makes R+Co Bleu Unique from Other Hair Care Each product contains the proprietary Blue Molecule Complex designed to build strength and shine, the qualities that are most important for healthy, luxurious hair. Micro-encapsulated sugar molecules gradually deliver active ingredients, treating the surface of the follicle and restoring the cuticle to its virgin state. As a result of best-in-class ingredient innovation, R+Co Bleu’s cleansing, treatment, and styling products leave hair in better condition better than it was before. It is an uncompromising, results-driven range, created for consumers who care for their hair with the same thought and dedication they devote to their skin. About All R+Co Products Their award-winning line of haircare products feature unique ingredients and benefits designed to deliver immediate, high-performing results while keeping hair and scalp health at top-of-mind. R+Co's award-winnning shampoo, conditioner, styling, and treatment products are: color-safe heat and UV protective vegan cruelty free gluten-free paraben free sulfate (SLS or SLES) free mineral oil-free petrolatum free Our Top 5 R+Co Picks for Pros From superior ingredients to formulas created by award-winning Fekkai himself, it's easy to see why we're excited to offer his products to you! However, we wanted to give you a quick and easy way to see why we know you'll love his clean, sustainable, and scientifically-based lineup. OUR TOP 5 R+CO Product Picks for Professionals Death Valley Dry Shampoo- Instantly refresh and add body to your tresses with Death Valley Dry Shampoo. It easily absorbs extra oil and adds texture for an untamed look. Moon Landing Anti-Humidity Spray- Nothing is more frustrating than having to touch-up a client's hair style in between shots than pesky flyaways and frizz. That's why we love Moon Landing Anti-Humidity Spray. This lightweight, aerosol spray controls frizz and absorbs instantly leaving a controlled satin finish and flexible hold. Tames flyaways and is designed to work in the toughest humidity. It repels moisturize to keep the style in place, so it's a perfect option for all forms of artistry and especially for brides. Waterfall Moisture + Shine Lotion- If your client's perfect look calls for healthy, lustrous, and shiny hair, look no further than Waterfall Moisture + Shine Lotion. This creamy formula will leave hair glossy, soft and manageable without weighing it down. Perfect for fine to medium and extra-long hair. Outer Space Flexible Hairspray- If you need a little extra hold with the ability to change up looks between shots, Outer Space Flexible Hairspray is for you. This hairspray is a must-have for stylists on set to easily change looks, layer and evolve styles. Formulated for all hair types. Vicious Hairspray- For ultimate hold that can keep your style in place for 24 hours+, Viscious Hairspray is the perfect choice. It provides seriously strong hold that you can brush through without cracking or flaking - and style and re-style all night-long. To create a new style after spraying, simply rake your finger tips or brush through, style, and lightly spray again. If you're seeking extra luxurious products to add to your kit, we've curated our top R+Co Bleu products for you! OUR TOP 3 R+CO BLEU Product Picks for Professionals Smooth & Seal Blow Dry Mist- This fine blowdry mist strengthens, repairs, nourishes, and protects. Prevents thermal damage from hot tools up to 450 degrees F, helps provide lasting frizz defiance and seals the cuticle for silky, sleek, humidity-resistant hair. Reflective Shine Hairspray- Unlike some hairsprays that provide a matte or satin finish, this styler provides mirror-like shine and lightweight hold adds instant glamour to any style. Brazilian Tucuma butter keeps hair soft and sleek for a flake-free hold. Lifestyler Volume & Texture Spray- The ultimate style booster: Weightlessly add texture, pliability, lustrous body and movement. Use as a finishing touch or a refresher to restyle and revitalize hair without stiffness or residue, but with light, flexible hold. Top 5 R+Co Best Sellers Of course, R+Co isn't only for professional hair stylists and makeup artists! Their products are perfect for everyday use, too. TOP 5 R+CO Best SELLERS Television Perfect Hair Shampoo- Television Perfect Hair Shampoo gives you everything you need for the small screen: body, shine, strengthening, softening, and smoothing. This is why we call it perfect! Television Perfect Hair Conditioner- It's no surprise, but Television Perfect Hair Conditioner falls right under Television Perfect Hair Shampoo on the top 5 list! It provides body, shine, strengthening, softening, and smoothing, and it's perfect for all hair types. Dallas Biotin Thickening Shampoo- For those that crave big, beautiful, bouncy hair, Dallas delivers. This thickening shampoo adds vitality to fine, flat hair while nourishing and strengthening from root to tip. Dallas Biotin Thickening Conditioner- Dallas Biotin Thickening Conditioner revitalizes hair with lightweight hydration. Infused with Biotin for prolonged strength and enhanced shine. It's ideal for those with thin hair or those that love added volume. High Dive Moisture + Shine Creme- Formulated to smooth and seal the hair, this nourishing cream moisturizes, softens and drowns out frizz. It doubles as a leave-in conditioner and is the perfect product to tame pesky flyaways. Feeling Inspired? We hope you've enjoyed learning more about R+Co products and that you feel inspired to experience their innovative formulas for yourself! If you need more help selecting the perfect product or want to craft a custom hair care routine, we are here to help. Click here to contact a Beauty Advisor! About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
5 Ways to Upgrade Your Summer Beauty Routine
Longer days, summer vacation, and time spent outdoors with loved ones. While the perks of summer can be great for the soul, they can take a toll on our skin and hair, but don't worry. We have the perfect products to keep you Camera Ready all season long! In this blog, we’ll be going over our top 5 Ways to Adjust Your Summer Beauty Routine: Make sure you have sun protection for your skin Incorporate sun protection and repair for your hair Consider using a self-tanning product instead of a true summer tan Incorporate exfoliators like scalp scrubs, body scrubs, and more Enhance your best assets with body glow products Tip #1: Always Use Sun Protection for Your Skin While sunscreen and sun protection should be a part of your routine all year long, it's important to remember that even if you're outside for a short time, the sun's UV rays will be more intense during the summer season. If your summer activities call for a day by the lake, pool, or ocean, you're getting both direct sun rays and the reflected rays bouncing off the water. If you use Vitamin C or AHAs in your skincare regimen, your skin will be even more sensitive to UV radiation and may burn faster. Lucky for you, we offer sun protection products that are formulated for different skin types and to work well under makeup, so you can shop with confidence knowing you'll be Camera Ready no matter which one you select! How to Select the Right Sunscreen Select a sun protection product with at least SPF30 Read the label and see if it's broad spectrum to give you the most protection Don't rely solely on makeup with SPF. Tinted moisturizers with SPF are a great option, especially if your outdoor activities are limited to 20 minutes or less, but the amount of sun protection you need for full protection will often exceed how much makeup most users will apply, and if you do not apply even coats of makeup to your face, you will not be protected properly Choose a separate sun protection product for your face and your body. Facial sun protection products are formulated with skincare benefits and sensitive skin types in mind, so they'll often be more expensive than body SPF products. Facial sun protection products can work for your body, but having two separate sun protection products can help you have the best value and maximize benefits Make sure you follow the reapplication instructions on the packaging. If you're actively sweating or swimming, consider reapplying even before the packaging suggests, as you will actively be wiping away product doing these activities Don't forget to protect your lips with a balm with SPF How to Select the Right Sunscreen Based on Your Skin Type If you have dry skin, opt for SPF that has hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid If you have oily or acne-prone skin, look for SPF that is oil-free or formulated specifically to prevent pores from being clogged If you have sensitive skin, opt for mineral sunscreen, as it is less likely to irritate your skin than chemical sunscreen; we also offer a range of sunscreen specifically for those with sensitive skin. Tip #2: Incorporate Sun Protection and Restorative Treatments for Your Hair Most folks already incorporate SPF into their skincare routine, but if you've ever experienced a scalp sunburn or experienced extra hair frizz and damaged tresses, you'll know how it can be to soothe and repair! Wearing a hat can go a long way to protect the more sensitive skin on your scalp, but you should take extra steps to protect your hair that isn't covered by the brim or cap of the hat. Many Oribe products include sun protection to help keep your hair looking its best. The newest products we've added from SACHAJUAN are designed to not only protect your hair from the sun's damaging rays but to also replenish and restore after a long day of exposure. Hair In The Sun with Ocean Silk Technology protects your hair and hair color from the sun with a UV filter that stays in the hair even after a bath or a shower. It also works as a styling cream, providing a light styling effect to keep your hair in place while enjoying the sun. Hair After The Sun with Ocean Silk Technology is the perfect treatment to use after a long day at the beach. It re-moisturizes, highly conditions, and restores shine in your hair after exposure to sunlight. Both products are cruelty free, vegan, and paraben free. Tip #3: Consider Opting for a Sunless Tan with Self-Tanning Products We know a sunkissed glow can complete your summer look, but a sunless option is always a healthier option for your skin. We offer pro-approved sunless tanning products from St. Tropez and Loving Tan to give you. If you're not sure which formula suits you best, we offer minis and kits to find your perfect tan! To achieve your best self-tanning results at home, follow these simple steps: Cleanse and exfoliate either with a body scrub or an exfoliating tool Follow the instructions on the self-tanning product, and apply with a self-tanning mitt for best results (and to avoid self-tanned palms!) Wear loosely fitting clothes to avoid rubbing the product off Turn down the temperature in your shower to prevent the tan from fading too quickly Add in a gradual tanning product to extend the life of your tan Tip #4: Find a Good Exfoliator for Your Skin and Scalp Exfoliation is a key part of any skincare routine, and it's a process our bodies go through naturally. However, as we age, our cell turnover slows down, and our bodies can use a helping hand to slough off dead skin cells and debris. While there are various types of exfoliators including skincare with acids, a physical scrub or tool like a body brush or exfoliating body plane will help whisk away impurities without having to worry if your skin will react well to any skincare ingredients. How to Use An Exfoliating Body Brush Best used on dry skin before a bath or shower. Begin at your feet, gently brushing upwards (toward your heart) in long, circular, sweeping motions. Be sure to brush your entire body, but take care as your brush over sensitive areas. PRO Tips: Dry brush at least once a day for the best results. Alternate between the hottest water temperature you can tolerate and the coldest. This technique stimulates blood circulation by bringing more blood to the top layers of the skin. Clean your brush with soap and water once a week and store in a clean, dry place to avoid mildew accumulation. How to Use An Exfoliating Body Plane Immediately after cleansing in the bath or shower, apply a body oil from head to toe. Using medium to strong pressure, glide the Body Plane over damp, oiled skin towards the torso. Focusing on arms and legs, scrape away dead skin and dirt with long, steady, upward strokes maintaining a moderate pressure. Wipe the Body Plane clean as needed with a clean, cotton cloth, or tissue. Use softer pressure and shorter strokes on chest, torso, and neck. PRO Tip: In order for the Body Plane to work properly, make sure your skin is damp and softened. If skin is fully dry it will be difficult to remove the surface skin and dirt even with oil. When incorporating scrubs into your summer routine, don't forget your scalp! Hot days in the sun, at the pool, or increased humidity can cause build-up, so use a scalp scrub once a week to keep your scalp in Camera Ready condition! Tip #5: Use a Body Glow Product to Enhance Your Best Assets Since warmer weather often means shorts and sleeveless shirts, you can always enhance your freshly exfoliated and sun-protected skin with a body glow product for that added healthy sheen! From temporary body tanning products to those that have luminosity, we have you covered. Pro favorite brands like Melanie Mills Hollywood have been used on television sets including Dancing With The Stars to provide light blurring of imperfections and wrinkles, and the Melanie Mills Hollywood Super Lite Setting Spray was created to lock the glow in place. It's infused with botanicals to condition the skin and is even safe for use on the face. If you prefer a powder instead of a lotion, Scott Barnes Body Bling offers three inclusive shades that were created to mimic the effect of crushed diamonds on the skin for a truly show-stopping sparkle from head to toe. Feeling Inspired? We bet you're even more excited to get out there and start living your best life this summer! Explore our best selling skincare products, and if you need more help or a personalized recommendation, we are here to help. Click here to contact a Beauty Advisor! About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
PRO Tips: Make Every Day A Good Hair Day with Fekkai
We all strive to take the best care of our hair daily, but can always benefit from a little extra something to keep our locks luscious. That's where Fekkai comes in. His naturally derived, vegan, cruelty free, and packed with great ingredients hair care products will improve these qualities for your tresses: texture, shine, and movement. Stylists for Fekkai know that the secret to perfecting this trio is how well the hair is taken care of, starting in your shower. Follow these three techniques to help you achieve Camera Ready, off-duty model hair every day! 1. Use a Scalp Scrub to Remove Impurities and Build-up We all have some scalp build-up, especially if you are a fan of adding hair styling products. Scalp build-up can also occur if you like to stretch the time between hair washes or live in a larger city. Build-up doesn't only dull hair but it can also irritate your scalp and prevent you from achieving your hair goals. If you have ever had a dry, flaky scalp it can be more than embarrassing, it can cause lasting damage to your hair. Fekkai Apple Cider Detox Scrub's formula is full of eco-certified ingredients like ginger extract and edelweiss flower extract. Ginger Extract stimulates the scalp to promote strong, healthy hair growth while delivering essential nutrients to the scalp. In a salon test, 78% of Fekkai Apple Cider Detox Scrub users report that their scalp felt excellent after using the scalp scrub. When your hair starts to feel weighed down, it's the ideal time to reach for an exfoliating scrub or pre-shampoo to treat your scalp and extract impurities. Fekkai Apple Cider Detox Scrub is perfect for all hair types, especially those with sensitive scalps because it uses mild Rice Exfoliant Extract to pull residue from products, like dry shampoo and pollution out. It's as simple as working a dollop of the scrub into your scalp and letting it sit for 1-2 minutes before shampooing. Consider adding Fekkai Apple Cider Detox Scrub to your shower routine once a week, or biweekly if you have a sensitive scalp. 2. Use a Mask to Smooth Hair If you have thicker or color-treated hair, we recommend Fekkai Technician Color Treatment Powerful Flash Mask. This powerful, color-protecting treatment mask serves up added vibrancy and hydration, and delivers enviable slip and shine with no lingering residue. It will keep your color-treated hair fresh and prevent fading thanks to Mirabelle Plum Seed Oil and Plant-derived extracts and solar protection polymers, and like all Fekkai products, the packaging is 100% recyclable. To make the most of this mask, apply evenly from roots to ends after shampooing, leave in for 1-2 minutes, and then rinse! If you’ve got curls, try the Shea Butter Intense Mask. This creamy, intensely moisturizing, sulfate-free mask conditions and softens for healthier, softer curls. A blend of natural Shea Butter (Karite) and Monoi Oil delivers potent nourishment and moisture, smoothes strands, eliminates frizz and tangles, and helps reduce split ends and frizz while amplifying your hair’s natural radiance. How to use the Shea Butter Intense Mask like a PRO:1. After shampooing, apply a generous amount from roots to ends.2. Leave on for 3 - 5 minutes, then rinse with water. 3. For those with tighter curls, use after conditioning. 4. Use as a leave-in treatment before sun/ swimming pool exposure. 5. Use as a leave-in treatment before gym/ exercise. 6. Use as an overnight mask, deeply nourishing the hair over time. 3. Add a Hair Oil to Nourish Dry Ends Oils are a must-have if you want smooth and sleek hair. Hair oils can almost do it all, in addition to adding shine, they nourish your scalp and hydrate your hair. They incorporate fatty acids to help to restore essential lipids that are often lost with frequent heat usage, chemical treatments, and pollution. Frédéric Fekkai and Fekkai’s in-house chemist worked closely to formulate an innovative Shea Butter Intense Oil for your hair, face, and body. It incorporates natural Shea and Monoi Oil smooth hair and fights frizz in a lightweight and nongreasy formula while Jojoba Esters locks in moisture to leave hair shiny. Apply Shea Butter Intense Oil on your skin for a slight sheen from head to toe. Feeling Inspired? In summary, the three steps to achieving your best hair day include: 1. Incorporating a Scalp Scrub to Remove Impurities, 2. Use a Flash Mask to Repair Stressed Hair, 3. Achieve Smoother, Shinier, and Healthier Hair with a Hair Oil. Incorporate these tricks into your hair care routine as needed to feel like a supermodel whenever you step out of the house. Don't forget to share your looks with us at Camera Ready Cosmetics on Instagram. Are you ready to revamp your hair care journey? Explore all Fekkai’s clean hair care products that are formulated to restore, repair, and to protect your hair. Need help creating the perfect hair routine for your hair type? Our team of Beauty Advisors is here to help. Click here to send them a message! EXPLORE TREATMENTS EXPLORE STYLING EXPLORE FEKKAI About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
Introducing Fekkai: Top 5 Reasons to Try Fekkai & Top 5 Picks for PROs
It's no secret all of us here at Camera Ready Cosmetics are thrilled to offer you clean, sustainable, and salon-performance hair care products from Fekkai, but we wanted to take it one step further to educate you as to why we love the products and share more about the brand! We sat down with Frederic Fekkai himself to explain more about the brand, the carefully chosen ingredients that provide high-performance for pros and beauty lovers alike, and to share his top five picks for professionals to add to their routine. About the Brand CRC: Tell us more about your journey - from being a professional hairstylist to deciding to create your own brand! FREDERIC FEKKAI: As a professional hairstylist, I know first-hand the importance of having the right products that consistently deliver high performance. I formulated my first product, Technician Color Care Shampoo, after being behind the bowl and watching hair color being washed down the drain. I thought, this is crazy that there is nothing that can remove the dye without stripping the color. This is how I entered the laboratory as a formulator. Other collections then followed, Brilliant Gloss and Full Blown Volume, to provide solutions to hair concerns and enhance the natural beauty of each woman’s hair. The FEKKAI brand created the luxury hair category and was sold to P&G in 2008. In 2018, I purchased my brand back and started over, now as a clean haircare entrepreneur. Today, each product has been formulated to make the stylists life easier and showcase their craft while incorporating clean ingredients and cutting edge science. Technician Color Care today, provides even more color fade protection and vibrancy boost while creating a rich, foaming lather with a sulfate free formula powered by Keraguard™ and Mirabelle Plum Seed oil. Clean Stylers Straight Balm is a revolutionary blowout balm that also bonds, seals split ends and reduces dry time by 30% with Phytenso™, a botanical relaxer. Plus, it has 450 degree heat protection and 24-hr frizz control. I formulate with the concerns of all hair types and styling needs in mind. All of the new products in development are what I call a triple threat- they deliver superior performance in 3 different categories. About the Ingredients CRC: Now, more than ever, clients are paying attention to the ingredients in their products. Tell us more about the ingredients you choose to formulate with and their benefits. FREDERIC FEKKAI: All of our formulas exceed the clean beauty standards today and as far as 2024. Many of the key ingredients in our plant powered formulas have long histories in ayurvedic and natural science for their extraordinary reparative and/or nourishing benefits. We also use Eco certified and sustainably harvested natural ingredients whenever possible. Our French cold pressed Olive Oil is rich in squalene, Vitamin E, and antioxidants. Shea Butter and Apple Cider Vinegar are ingredients that I experienced growing up in France and integrated into my formulations due to their high levels of efficacy, nourishment, and visible benefits. Camargue Rice Proteins and Edelweiss Extracts are infused into all our formulas to defend against damage, pollution and oxidative stress. Once we identify the key botanical extracts, we then look to cutting edge clean science to take the formulations to the next level of performance. Instead of sulfates, we use a plant based coconut surfactant called Iselux that produces a rich thick lather without any stripping. Instead of heavy silicones (cyclic) that dull and build up on hair, we elect to use vegan silicone alternatives such as olive oil esters and jojoba or PEG-12 dimethicone. Phytenso™, is an excellent natural alternative to chemical relaxers, Keraguard™ is powered by Sunflower Extract and is a potent shield to keep color vibrant and prevent fading. Zeolite TM comes from volcanic ash and not only absorbs excess sebum but also neutralizes odor. Defenscalp TM is a plant based active that regulates the ecosystem of the scalp and controls sebum production. Phytessence™ is a plant based complex that defends hair follicles from oxidative stress, premature aging and slowdown in growth. These are just a few examples in our existing lineup- much more to come! Top 5 Fekkai Products for Pros From superior ingredients to formulas created by award-winning Fekkai himself, it's easy to see why we're excited to offer his products to you! However, we wanted to give you a quick and easy way to see why we know you'll love his clean, sustainable, and scientifically-based lineup. Fekkai's Top 5 Product Picks for Professionals Full Blown Volume Texturizer Spray- Instantly refreshes the hair with oil and odor absorbing Zeolite, while building volume and adding texture. Spray through the layers of the hair, from roots to end, to build invisible cushions of texture. Great as final touch to bouncy blowout, as a curl helper as the copolymers in it help fine hair retain styling or as an up-do helper to add more texture and grip to the hair. Root Lift- contrary to what many people believe, hair actually grows flat, laying down. Root Lift is a must have to boost the hair at the roots. What makes Root Lift so different from other root lifting products is that it is non-sticky, invisible, humidity resistant and doubles the volume at the root while also being non-irritating and having an active in it called Defenscalp™ that controls sebum production and preserves the ecosystem of the scalp. As more and more women and men are experiencing thinning hair, Root Lift will visibly change their look in 1 use while also repairing thin/ fine strands with vegan bonding proteins. Heat protection up to 450 degrees. Straight Balm- The cleanest and most versatile blowout balm on the market. Cuts down dry time by 30% and easily creates Liquid Hair look with high shine and 24-hour Frizz-Control. 450 degree heat protection, bonds with vegan proteins, straightens with Phytenso™ ( a natural relaxer) and seals split ends with Glycerin. Panthenol (Vit B5) & Biotin strengthen and moisturize the hair. Apply to damp hair pre-blowout, pressing hair through the palms to ensure even application. Stylists can use a small dab to instantly smooth and eliminate fly aways/static. In a pinch, can be scrunched into curls to banish frizz and add healthy shine. Shea Butter Oil- quench dry hair, revive color and soften unruly hair. Instantly eliminates static and adds shine. Also can be used to hydrate dry skin. Ultra clean formula plays well with others and can be used as a moisture booster. 10% pure Shea Butter, sustainably sourced from Africa, blended with Monoi Flower Oil for rich hydration and nourishment. Brilliant Gloss Multi-tasker- weightless finishing crème adds 4x shine and gloss. Can be used to define curls, banish frizz, as a blowout or finishing balm. Perfect for piecing and defining bangs. Add a pea size amount, starting at the ends and work upwards. Perfect addition to high ponytails or braids for weightless control and smoothing. Top 5 Reasons to Try Fekkai From superior scientifically-based ingredients to formulas created by award-winning Fekkai himself, it's easy to see why we're excited to offer his products to you! However, we wanted to give you a quick and easy way to see why we know you'll love his clean, sustainable, and scientifically-based lineup. Our Top 5 Reasons You Will Love Fekkai Hair Care Products High Performance Salon Grade- Made by a Professional Stylist for Stylists Clean, Vegan, and Sustainable Formulas Hybrid Products with multiple benefits Stress Tested by Professionals Cutting Edge, real science-based solutions for hair concerns Feeling Inspired? We hope you've enjoyed learning more about Fekkai products straight from the master hairstylist himself, and if you need more help or a personalized recommendation, we are here to help. Click here to contact a Beauty Advisor! About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
PRO Tips: Hair Care for the Bride
With many so hair styles ranging from romantic, edgy, classic, bohemian, and retro to choose from, it's no wonder selecting the perfect hairstyle for a wedding can be one of the most dizzying decisions for a bride. However, one thing remains true no matter which style you choose; proper hair care can make achieving the bridal hairstyle of your dreams easier for both you and your stylist. That's why we worked with our in-house licensed cosmetologist Jessica Dickison to provide a few tips for brides to ensure their hair is Camera Ready for their big day. Tips for Hair Care 6-12 Months Before the Wedding We know the time between engagement and the actual wedding day can vary greatly from one wedding to another, but if a bride has at least six months before the big day, they can get a jump start on caring for their hair for extra lustrous locks. JESSICA: If possible, try to book your bridal hair appointment at least nine months in advance. This will allow you to schedule your trial with plenty of time to make adjustments to your hair like extra conditioning, coloring, and trimming before the big day. We suggest doing the trial 1-3 months before the wedding so your stylist can let you know what kind of products and treatments you should be using for your exact hair type. It can also be helpful to schedule your dress fitting after your hair and makeup which will allow you the opportunity to see the whole bridal look Where to go for bridal hair inspiration On one hand, looking for inspiration has never been easier thanks to social media sites like Pinterest, Instagram, and now even TikTok showcasing beautiful styles, but use a little bit of caution when saving out images to show your stylist. JESSICA: I know these days everyone runs to Pinterest to plan their big day, but what Pinterest doesn’t tell you is that those models generally have hair extensions, hairpieces, or wigs to achieve the desired look. It's possible that your stylist may be comfortable using extensions on you, too, but double-check with them to see if they think your dream 'do is doable with or without extensions or additional pieces so you may purchase them in advance, if necessary. Color matching them can be a little tricky. What treatments should a bride enjoy or avoid 6-12 months before the wedding? JESSICA: While it may be tempting to change your look up entirely to achieve a certain vision for your wedding, avoid services that can be overly taxing on your tresses. These services can include perms, intense highlighting sessions where you're lifting the color more than three to four shades, or chemical straightening. Your stylist will be able to determine what condition your hair is in and what treatments they feel comfortable performing on you during this time, so definitely work with them to select the proper services for your hair. Tips for Hair Care 2-3 Months Before the Wedding Products to Consider Adding to Your Routine As the wedding date draws closer, the focus shifts from searching for the perfect style to achieving healthy hair that will be in optimal condition. There are a few ingredients you can avoid and consider using to help! JESSICA: Now is the time to treat yourself and your hair to a little extra TLC! The wedding process is in full swing, and a bride can treat themselves with a deep conditioning mask for a few moments of much-needed pampering time. To get your hair as glossy as possible, consider adding a mask to your routine 2-3 months out from the big day. A weekly deep conditioning treatment like Living Proof PhD Night Cap Overnight Perfector is a great option because it is sulfate-free and is formulated to be extra gentle on chemically-treated and colored hair. It also helps the hair to be more manageable which will help your stylist! PRO Tip: Avoid products with sulfates during the months leading up to the wedding. They can strip the hair of moisture, and this can cause colored hair to fade faster and all hair types to look dull. Tips for Hair Care 1-2 Months Before the Wedding At this stage, the hair routine should consist of very few major changes. A light color refresh service like toning or glossing should be okay, as long as you keep the changes subtle. Ideally, your makeup trial should take place after your last hair coloring session so your bridal makeup artist can select products that compliment your hair color, too! JESSICA: If you do choose to color your hair during this time frame, it's best to communicate these changes with your bridal makeup and hair team (if the stylist is different than the one you're working with for the big day). Even subtle changes to your hair tone can change which makeup products will complement your overall look. This is also the time to get one last trim to get rid of split and dry ends, to avoid heat styling when possible, and to avoid products that can cause build-up. Since many brides will choose to have their bridal hair trial during the two months out time frame, this is the perfect chance to make those fine-tuning tweaks to ensure everything is perfect for the wedding day. Be sure to ask your stylist for the products they would recommend for your hair type, as they will be able to identify your hair's needs. Hair Care Advice for the Bride for the Big Day Just like that, the week leading up to the wedding day is here! Now is the time to avoid heat styling or using products that cause build-up. JESSICA: Of course, check with your stylist first, but as a general rule of thumb, do not wash your hair on the wedding day! Do that the day before. I actually recommend double-washing and then conditioning to ensure you're removing any extra build-up of oils, product residue, or impurities. Leave the conditioner on a little longer than normal, up to five minutes, and rinse well. Avoid using any post-shower products (a leave-in conditioner is okay) to avoid adding any extra products that will impact how it holds a style on your wedding day. Lightly blow-drying is fine. Washing the day before the wedding will also allow enough natural oil to form to help lock your bridal style in place. My final piece of advice? Take a deep breath, and enjoy every moment! It's the most exciting day of your life, and no matter what, you'll look beautiful! A Summary of the Do's and Don'ts for Bridal Hair Care We covered a lot in this blog, so to make it as easy as possible, we've created a list of the basic things to do and the things to avoid before the big day. The DO’s for Bridal Hair Care: -DO Make sure your haircut aligns with your day-of style -DO book your consultation a minimum of 2 months before your wedding day -DO treatments/hair masks weekly the 2-3 months leading up to the big day -DO make sure to get a trim and color touch up 2 weeks prior to the event -DO use sulfate-free shampoo & conditioner -If you are frequently in the sun, we DO suggest using a leave in with UV protection The DON'TS for Bridal Hair Care: -Don't overly process your hair within one year of your wedding (excessive highlighting, chemical straightening, perms, etc.) -Don't book your consultation too close to your wedding date. Leave wiggle room to try something new or tweak it to perfection -Don't overheat your hair. Use a thermal protection spray when blowing out/flat ironing/curling to minimize damage -Don’t use too much product in your hair during your wedding week to avoid product buildup -Don't wash your hair the morning of your wedding (unless your stylist advises you otherwise) -Don't make any drastic changes. Feeling Inspired? We hope you're feeling confident about your hair's needs after reading our blog. If you need more help or a personalized recommendation, click here to contact a Beauty Advisor, otherwise, enjoy perusing our beautiful selection of hair care products! About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
PRO Tips: Tips for the Bridal Hair Stylist
All images in this blog are styles created by Melissa Dunn, @bridalbabesbymelissa Brides invest countless hours of their time into researching vendors and a glam team for their wedding day and therefore making a great first impression on a bridal client as a vendor will make you stand out from the crowd, every single time. For most brides, finding the perfect hair stylist for their big day can be an intimidating task. However, as beauty professionals, we can make it easier for them to find what they’re looking for! We spoke with Melissa Dunn, an award-winning hair stylist based in Charleston, South Carolina, to gain insight into the everyday life of a bridal hair stylist. Melissa was kind enough to share a bit of her story with us and provide her insider advice for other hair stylists looking to work in the bridal industry. Be sure to read all the way until the very end to enjoy a special step-by-step tutorial for one of her most requested styles! How to Attract Bridal Clients For stylists hoping to attract new clients, you can help brides find you and ultimately gain more bookings! It takes a bit of branding and marketing, but the extra effort will be worth it. You can attract the type of clientele that you want by showcasing your work across different platforms. In today’s world, connecting with others and networking is the quickest and most efficient form of word-of-mouth marketing. CRC: Where did you go for inspiration when you first started your career? MELISSA: Instagram! I began by following every bridal hair account I could find because it helped me gather ideas and draw inspiration for the kind of bridal hairstyling that I wanted to create and become my signature style. PRO Tip: Social media has opened the doors for so many creatives, including hair stylists who showcase their portfolio of work on their social media feeds and build their brand one post and one follower at a time. Consider finding social media groups or pages of like-minded professionals to grow your network and share your ongoing work and services. Research the hashtags other artists use to promote the styles you specialize in and use those in your posts, too. There is no such thing as too much education or networking so take advantage of all of the wonderful resources at your fingertips! CRC: Do you prefer if a bride sends you inspiration pics, a character from a movie/show, etc.? MELISSA: I love inspo pics! I send my brides a direct link to my Instagram gallery so that they can personally review all of my work. In doing so, my bride can see three very important components: my aesthetic, the vibe of my work, and the type of upstyles that are my specialty. Additionally, I ask my brides to send me photos showcasing a similar hair color to their own because oftentimes, the same updo can look completely different on different colors and tones of hair. CRC: How do you structure your trials? MELISSA: I structure my trials as a one-on-one appointment. I allow them to bring one person; however, I prefer to meet with the bride individually so that we can focus together on the exact desired look. Oftentimes, too many on-lookers can provide too many opinions and it ends up confusing the bride. I also provide my brides with a Trial Hair Prep list to follow prior to our appointment. This includes instructing my brides to wash and dry their hair the night before and asking them to wear something white and off-the-shoulder so that when I photograph their hair, they can see it against a white top. I find it helpful for them to see it that way. CRC: How long do your trials typically last? MELISSA: My trials can take 3-4 hours because my bride and I spend that time getting to know each other. We cover everything about the special day, from hair and makeup, to how many services they will need on the wedding day. We also discuss the timeline, what the dress and veil look like, floral, and décor! As I’m working during this time, we discuss all details of the hairstyle. I like for the client to approve of each detail before moving on to the next stage so I constantly show all angles of the hairstyle as I’m creating/working so that they can see the volume, texture, curls, etc. Trials are charged separately from a bridal day-of-the-wedding styling session; they are a separate service as they are time-consuming and costly. Handling Negative Feedback and Sticky Situations During a Bridal Hair Trial Although it's not a fun topic, and your many practice sessions can leave you feeling fully confident that you'll deliver exactly what the bride wants, it's important to remember that you may someday encounter negative feedback from your clients. Remember, this isn't personal, and it is an opportunity for yout o learn and to get better at reading your clients, communicating with them, and feeling more confident in the long run. CRC: How did you handle clients that seemed like they loved their trial only to tell you later they either wanted to make major changes or cancel altogether? MELISSA: The first thing I tell my bride when they sit in my chair is: “This is not about me, this is about you. Don’t be afraid to tell me the truth about how you feel about your hair or afraid to ask for adjustments or make changes to your upstyle. My goal is for you to be happy and excited about your bridal hair.” Communicating this from the very beginning opens up an honest line of communication between us and makes my bride feel comfortable about asking for adjustments. I have learned that doing this also helps keep cancellations at bay. I have had a couple of brides change things on me on the wedding day, and it can be stressful, but I just do my best to prepare myself for anything. If a bride cancels and moves forward with someone else, I have learned that it is totally okay also! I do not beat myself up about it. My work may not have been exactly what she was looking for and I do not take it personally. I just keep it moving! CRC: What are some of the tricky situations that have learned to navigate through during your career? MELISSA: There are so many tricky situations! One tricky situation that I often encounter involves timelines and expectations. Because most weddings typically include a handful or more of clients that I have to style, I begin hours in advance to ensure that everyone is ready on time, and oftentimes, this means beginning early in the morning, even if the wedding is not until the second half of the day. I have to be stern and sweet at the same time to explain that every minute counts on the day of the wedding. Another common situation I experience is when the bride received a haircut prior to the wedding and now the hair is too short. Working with countless brides over the years, I have discovered hair extensions can be a lifesaver. I have learned that when I remain calm and reassuring, it really helps the bride. PRO Tip: Be sure to showcase a variety of hair styles on your website and social media to allow prospective clients to see your range of skills! How to Navigate Last Minute Styling Request During the Bridal Service CRC: How do you handle clients that try to add additional clients to your styling duties the day of that were not part of the original contract? MELISSA: If my timeline permits, I will add additional clients in this type of situation; however, I stress the “if I have time” factor so as to not over-promise or disappoint anybody, especially the bride. And in this case, I do charge an extra add-on fee on top of the service fee. Extra Advice for Bridal Hair Stylists CRC: What do you do to elevate the bridal service and experience? MELISSA: I set myself apart by how I communicate with my brides and how I go above and beyond achieving a desired look for them. I also care for my brides like I do for my family and they know it, too! CRC: If you could go back in time and give yourself some advice as you were starting your career, what would you say? MELISSA: I wish I had known in the beginning that in addition to being the bridal hair expert, you are also your own marketing team, photographer, and social media manager. You respond to all inquiries, manage restocking your kit, and most importantly - furthering your education. It is important to practice your craft as often as possible because things get chaotic and we play so many roles. Other stylists often say to me, “gosh Melissa, I just don’t have time to post on social media, I don’t know how you do it,” and I always respond with, “I don’t have the time either, but I MAKE the time because I want to run a successful bridal hair business!” Ironically enough, I’m in the gym on a bike while answering the questions for this interview! One final and major thing I want other stylists to know: Do not let fear hold you back like I did! I waited way too long to start my business because I thought I would fail or not be good enough. I had to let go and take this risk and it’s been the most amazing journey! A Hair Tutorial by Melissa Dunn How to create a romantic braided bridal bun First, curl the hair with a 1-inch curling iron with all of the curls going in the same direction. Next, take two sections near the partial ridge and twist towards the face. Pinch and pull each section. Take the twisted section and place it just above the nape and pin it into place. Repeat the same step above but on the opposite side. Create three twists and fluff out the sections. Next, take the three sections you twisted and braid them together. Take the fluffy braid and wrap it into a circle to create a fluffy messy bun. Pin the bun in place. Finally, fine-tune the upstyle. Take a step back and look at the updo, Pinch, pull, tug, and pin into place once you reach the desired look! Be sure to visit Melissa on Instagram to view more of her pictorials and video tutorials! About Our Featured Pro, Melissa Dunn Melissa services brides in Charleston, South Carolina, and the surrounding areas and offers a range of makeup and hair styles from military balls, maternity shoots, boudoir, and of course, bridal! Melissa Dunn Hair and Makeup has been awarded Best of Weddings from The Knot for the last three years in a row and describes her work and style as “light and airy.” She has been in the industry for over a decade and studied at Paul Mitchell The School before launching her own business. In addition to being inspired by all things beauty, she loves staying active and spending time with her daughter. In addition to helping her clients feel and look their best, she also offers virtual classes to other stylists that want to learn how to create her signature hair styles. Visit her website, or visit her on social media for more inspiration! Feeling Inspired? We hope reading about Melissa's journey and seeing her work has inspired you and taught you a few things to keep in mind for your next bridal session! For more bridal inspo, check out our Bridal Look Book. If you need more help or a personalized recommendation, click here to contact a Beauty Advisor. About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
Self Care Week: Best Selling Skincare, Hair Care, & Body Products
We spent the week focusing on our Staff Top Picks for Self Care, best selling skincare tools, and makeup recommendations to express whatever mood you're in, but the most important part of creating a good self care routine is finding products that suit your preferences and beauty style. We know it can be hard to figure out which product is best for you, so our in-house licensed esthetician Chelsie joined us for this blog to break down the benefits of our best selling products to tell you the benefits and perks of each! The Benefits of Skincare from Professional Makeup Brands It’s a well-known fact that the most important factor in achieving a beautiful makeup look is the prep that takes place before makeup application. Brands like Senna Cosmetics and Graftobian have led the makeup industry for television, film, stage, and other performances, so it’s no surprise they have also created some of our best-performing skincare products. The pros that formulated them knew their products had to perform under any conditions and on any skin type, no matter what the actors, models, or clients used on a regular basis for their skincare routine. Additionally, professional brands focus on creating skincare products that play well with makeup. From mixing them with makeup to create different finishes and textures to the prep products like toners, moisturizers, and primers, they are created to maximize the beauty of the makeup placed on top. To help explain this even further, Eugenia Weston of Senna Cosmetics joined Chelsie for an episode of Camera Ready LIVE on Instagram to explain the benefits of professional makeup brand skincare products. Top Three Skincare Products Best Selling Skincare Look in any makeup artist's kit, and you’re bound to find at least one of our top three best selling skincare items inside. Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre Bioderma Sensibio H2O FITISH Don’t Sweat It Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate is a medium-weight cream and a multitasker! It acts as a great base for makeup application and leaves the skin soft and supple. It can also be used as a moisturizer or a hydrating mask. For makeup artists, it can be used as a quick five-minute mask to alleviate dry and flaky skin. Simply apply a generous layer to the skin, leave on for approximately five minutes, and massage in excess. Make a makeup mistake? Lait Creme Concentre can help with that, too! Apply a small amount to a cotton swab and lightly swipe where you want to correct the makeup. From sharpening a winged liner or gently wiping away a hint of mascara from the lower lash line, Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre has you covered. Even if you’re not a pro, you can use this ultra-rich product to help balance the hydration levels in your skin to reduce excess oiliness or dryness. You can also use it to replace your favorite hand and body cream for those days you’re in need of extra moisture! Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre PRO Tip: Use this emollient product as a mixing medium to create your own custom products. Depending on the amount, you’re able to make wax or cream-based foundations more emollient and can sheer them down to a coverage similar to a tinted moisturizer. You can even scrape off some of the pigment from your favorite highlighter to create a radiant creamy highlighter that looks extra healthy and glowy. Bioderma Sensibio H2O Bioderma Sensibio H2O has been a favorite for makeup artists and enthusiasts alike because it is available in varying sizes and contains non-irritating ingredients. Sensibio H2O is gentle to be used around the eyes but effective enough to prep and cleanse the skin. This comes in handy for makeup artists wanting to quickly switch looks or clean up imperfections. You can even remove the most pigmented lipstick without leaving the skin feeling raw or irritated. For makeup lovers that are curious about this popular product, consider its many uses. In addition to serving as an effective makeup remover, it can also be used to cleanse and refresh the skin post-workout or doing a hot summer day. Unlike many drugstore micellar waters, Bioderma Sensibio H2O is created without irritants or chemicals that can leave the skin sensitive. Additionally, Sensibio H2O contains Cucumber Extract which hydrates and soothes, so it’s the perfect product to cleanse, tone, and calm the skin all-in-one! This great ingredient can also alleviate redness and itchiness. FITISH Don’t Sweat It If you haven’t heard about FITISH Beauty, it’s a skincare and lifestyle brand that focuses on wellness through calming ingredients and self care. The key ingredient used in FITISH products is CBD, and the benefits for the skin include reducing inflammation and redness. Don’t Sweat It is a CBD-infused setting spray that has been known to even keep on a full face of makeup even after an intense workout. Additional ingredients including aloe, green tea, and allantoin help add extra hydration, soothing moisture, and protect your skin with each wear. Top Three Hair Care Products Best Selling Hair Care We proudly serve both the professional makeup artist world as well as makeup and beauty lovers, so it's no surprise our best selling hair care products are styling products that help refresh a style and lock it in place all day (or night) long! Oribe Gold Lust Dry Texturizing Spray Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo Oribe has created several iconic product lines including the best selling Gold Lust and Beautiful Color collections, and we're proud to offer kit and travel-friendly sizes of most of their products. Similarly, Living Proof has their cult-favorite Perfect Hair Day line that works well on a wide range of hair types making it a perfect choice for pros to work on a variety of clients. Top Three Body Care Products Our best selling body care products will come as no surprise because they feature brands included in our top three skincare products list! Embryolisse Lait Creme Fluide Hydratant Bioderma Atoderm Cream FITISH Tone Down Body Cream Embryolisse Lait Creme Fluide Hydratant If you feel like the name of our best selling body care product sounds familiar, you're correct! Lait Creme Fluide Hydratant is the full body version of best selling Lait Creme Concentre. Embryolisse Lait Creme Fluide Hydratant contains all the same hydrating ingredients found in the best selling version for your face but is intended for your full body to seal in moisture. This light, velvety smooth lotion replenishes the moisture your skin craves, leaving it soft and supple. Bioderma Atoderm Cream As service providers, professional makeup artists are constantly disinfecting and taking extra steps to keep things as clean and sanitary as possible. That not only includes disinfecting their kit, tools, and products but also their hands. With increased hand washing and sanitizing, a professional-grade moisturizer is a must-have. Just like with many other professionals, a makeup artist's hands are the most essential tool to their work, so Bioderma Atoderm Cream deeply hydrates without being heavy, so they're still able to work while being freshly moisturized. It's also great to apply to talent if they will be shooting images showing with their hands, legs, or chest in the frame. FITISH Tone Down Body Cream This CBD-infused body cream is the richer and denser version of their Tone Down spray. It's the ultimate self care treat for those with congested or sensitive skin because it provides an instant cooling effect and contains ingredients that help reduce inflammation, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It's great for brides and clients that tend to have redness or sensitive skin, and it's the perfect post-workout treatment or post-summer sun body care product. Feeling Inspired? Are you feeling inspired? Explore our best selling pro-approved skincare, hair care, and body care. If you have any additional questions, our Beauty Advisors are here to help, so click here to send them an email! About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
January Staff Top Picks
At Camera Ready, we take pride in offering the best products in the industry and have incredibly high standards for the makeup, tools, skincare, and hair care we have within our own collections. That's why we are sharing our top picks to get Camera Ready! Enjoy learning more about our January Top Picks! Stacy's Top Picks I recently picked up one of Danessa Myricks' Inifinte Gemstone Kits from her holiday collection, and I am loving the new Infinite Chrome Pencils! In particular, I've been loving the shades Opal and Jade. The formula is great and doesn't tug at your skin, and it's easy and fun fun to put in the waterline to open up my eye with a subtle multichrome iridescence. They have such a precise tip, and the formula is waterproof. If you've been wanting to dip your toe into the multichrome trend, this is hands down the way to go. My other top pick for the month will probably make you laugh. I bought the L.A. Girl PRO Color Foundation Mixing Pigment in the shade white because I wanted an easy-to-use product to turn my husband's eyebrows and beard white for a quick change Santa Claus during the holidays. It worked out perfectly. I then started using a small amount with my foundation since it is a tad bit dark this time of year, and it worked liek a charm. The formula is incredibly pigmented but easy to blend. It works perfectly with both my liquid and cream foundations to create a perfect match. This product is great to have in your personal makeup collection or in your artist kit. Plus, it's super affordable. If you've struggled like many others to find your perfect winter shade, add a tiny bit of this to your favorite summer foundations for a custom match! Danessa Myricks Infinite Chrome Pencils LEARN MORE L.A. Girl Color Mixing Pigment LEARN MORE Chelsie's Top Picks When it comes to complexion products, I always strive to achieve a natural, skin-like finish, and Danessa Myricks Beauty Balm Contour makes it so easy! It is formulated with some of my favorite skincare ingredients like hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E, so the formula is ultra-creamy and blendable. It essentially does my job for me! I have a history of acne-prone and extremely dry skin, so in the past, it had been very difficult to find a contour product that doesn't look muddy or emphasize my dryness. That's why Beauty Balm Contour is a game-changer. It performs well on different skin types. This looks undetectable on the skin while still providing a gorgeous warmth and dimension to your look! In terms of my kit, there is such a wide variety of shades and undertones, so I know I can rely on this product and will never run into a moment where I can't find a shade for someone. As a licensed esthetician and makeup professional, I look for double-duty products and am ALL about hydration! Senna's Moisture Mist is the perfect toner because it balances the skin's pH, provides soothing hydration, and contains plenty of antioxidants to enrich your skin and protect it against environmental stressors. It also helps your serums and moisturizers to penetrate deeper into your skin and is great over makeup as a refresher or to blend out any powders. With Aloe, Hyaluronic Acid, and Lavender Oil, it really is the perfect combination of ingredients packed into a mist! Danessa Myricks Beauty Balm Contour LEARN MORE Senna Moisture Mist LEARN MORE Calvin's Top Picks Have you ever heard the saying, " it's not your makeup it's your tools"? It's a phrase that I live by. I recently added the MYKITCO My Flawless Face Brush 0.22 to apply foundation to my clients, and it makes me wonder what took me so long to try it! It glides across the skin and allows you to buff product faster for a smoother finish regardless of the coverage. You can kiss patches and streaks goodbye, and your blending time will be cut in half! PRO Tip: Dot your liquid foundation onto the main points of your face like the cheeks, forehead, and chin. Grab the Flawless Face Brush and your favorite setting spray. Give the brush a light spritz and blend out your foundation. You've now given your complexion a long-wear, flawless finish. For my other top pick this month, I have to give a shout out to a powder that may seem like a splurge but is well worth it. The By Terry Colorless Hydra-Care Powder is a makeup artist's dream because it works with pretty much any foundation formula and is so finely milled that it's essentially weightless. It won't look nor feel like you're wearing powder, but it sets the makeup beautifully and increases the wear time for everyday use or for the biggest events. You won't have flashback, and it's one of those products that look better as the day goes on. For a convenient on-the-go option, they also offer a pressed powder compact. MYKITCO My Flawless Face Brush 0.22 LEARN MORE By Terry Colorless Hydra-Care Powder LEARN MORE Liz's Top Picks This past summer, I experienced an insane allergic reaction. I spent months working to heal the damage done to my face and upper body. During my reaction, nothing would calm my skin or create the soothing effects I was looking for. Right before this happened, I had started trying out Saint Jane Beauty. After trying countless recommendations from my General Practitioner, Allergist, and Dermatologist, I decided to put my Saint Jane products to the test, and I wasn't disappointed. My skin started to calm down and heal. It was a relief, and as I have healed, I continue to use Saint Jane's Luxury Beauty Serum and Body Serum daily. It gives my skin the most beautiful, healthy glow, and it even helps my skin look flawless when I put on makeup. Some days, I go makeup-free and get compliments on my skin. I can't think of any other products that have made such a positive impact on my skin. For hair care, I've been really enjoying Sachajuan's Leave In Conditioner. I have fine color-treated hair that needs a lot of moisturizing products to feel soft and look bouncy. It's incredibly lightweight, and that's important for my fine but thick color-treated hair. It also helps control frizz and flyaways, adds shine, and refreshes my style if I give my hair a quick mist throughout the day. Saint Jane Luxury Beauty Serum LEARN MORE Sachajuan Leave In Conditioner LEARN MORE Lauren's Top Picks As a makeup artist, I have tried a lot of different blush formulas, and pigmentation and long-wear are essential. The Lethal Cosmetics MAGNETIC Face Powder Blushes have been an amazing addition to my kit because they check all the boxes for what I need in a blush and offer unique colors that work on a variety of skin tones! From rich wine shades to face brightening coral, orange, and even a yellow-toned blush, you'll be able to create a unique flush that will brighten up any look. A kit staple and personal favorite for my own routine during the winter season is Embryolisse Creme Exfoliante. It's no secret that Embryolisse makes a lot of makeup artist staples! This creamy cleanser is ideal for all skin types because it has microspheres that provide gentle physical exfoliation along with hyaluronic acid, vitamins A, E, and F, and other nourishing ingredients. It's the perfect way to revitalize your skin and give you a healthy glow no matter how dull, dreary, or cold the weather may be outside! Lethal Cosmetics MAGNETIC Face Powder Blush LEARN MORE Embryolisse Creme Exfoliante LEARN MORE Morgan's Top Picks The True + Luscious Lucky Glow Palette is extremely pigmented, and when I say the highlighters glow, I mean they GLOW. The texture is smooth and lightweight, and it doesn't emphasize my skin's natural texture. When it comes to mascara, I'm always trying new formulas. On me, mascaras usually smudge, flake, or are messy to apply. However, when I tried the Smashbox Super Fan Mascara, I was impressed both from the very first time I tried it and have made it my go-to mascara for several months now! I've been using this mascara for a few months now, and my lashes still look like the first application. It's one of those great formulas that isn't too wet or too dry, helps keep my lashes separated, doesn't flake nor smudge, and gives me everything I want when it comes to my lashes! I know I'll be repurchasing this again and again! True + Luscious Lucky Glow Palette LEARN MORE Smashbox Super Fan Mascara LEARN MORE Jessica's Top Picks As a licensed cosmetologist who did hair for over a decade, it's safe to say I am picky when it comes to my hair care products! I have a sensitive scalp that can get very dry yet also oily from the South Florida humidity, and I think I've tested just about every brand for hair care there is! When my scalp is feeling a bit on the more oily side, I must say I LOVE using the Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo. It truly gives you that "squeaky clean" feeling and really helps with any product build-up! As I don't wash my hair daily, I rely on Oribe's Gold Lust Dry Shampoo. It smells amazing, and it doesn't leave that white residue most dry shampoos leave. I have dark brown hair, and it's hard to find a dry shampoo that is undetectable! With this product, I am able to go longer between washes without looking like I really need a wash... don't judge me, if you know you KNOW. Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo LEARN MORE Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo LEARN MORE Maria's Top Picks When it comes to complexion products, I tend to stick to my tried and true. I am in my late 30s and have normal skin that's slightly dry leaning in the winter, and I prefer foundations that are perfecting and that give me natural-looking coverage without feeling heavy. If the formula has added skincare benefits, that's the icing on the cake, and Jouer's Essential High Coverage Creme Foundation checks all of those boxes! I don't know how they did it, but this liquid foundation is more pigmented than any other foundation I've ever tried while still feeling like you're not wearing makeup. A half pump can cover my entire face, and once it sets, it's there all day. It's one of those formulas that actually gets more natural-looking and beautiful as the day goes on, and I have found that I don't even have to set it! For reference, my other favorites include Joe Blasco Ultrabase, RCMA Liquid Foundation, and Chanel Ultra Le Teint. The other product I haven't been able to stop using this month goes hand in hand with my other pick! When it comes to foundation, I'm that person that prefers to blend it out with fingertips or the Dose of Colors Penpoint Beauty Sponge. However, I have added the PRO Multiblender to my complexion routine because it gives my creamier foundations like Joe Blasco Ultrabase & RCMA Liquid Foundation the prettiest natural finish and blends them out better than any other tool I've ever used. Additionally, it gives me extra play-time for foundations that set faster than others (like the Jouer Essential High Coverage Creme Foundation). The texture of this sponge is unlike anything I've ever used! It's so bouncy and almost squishy feeling, so it's incredibly comfortable and fun to use. I have also found that I prefer to use it dry because it gives me a smooth finish that you'd expect from other beauty sponges that have been wet, so it's the ultimate tool in any situation (in my gym bag, for quick application, travel, etc.)! Jouer Essential High Coverage Creme Foundation LEARN MORE Camera Ready PRO Multiblender LEARN MORE Feeling Inspired? Ready to experience the products we can't get enough of? Click here to start exploring or top picks or click below to discover more great products. To learn more about our top picks from 2021, click here. Want to create your perfect makeup, hair care, of skincare routine? Or team of Beauty Advisors are here to help! Click here to send them a message! EXPLORE HAIR CARE EXPLORE SKINCARE EXPLORE SKINCARE TOOLS About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
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February Staff Top Picks
Our February Top Picks are in, and they include a beautiful assortment of products for everyday use! To view past years' favorites, you can always view past Staff Top Picks blogs or our curated collections of 2022 and 2021 favs. To learn more about what we've been loving this month (and why) keep reading! If you prefer to view all of our products in one place, visit our collection of 2023 Top Picks! Chelsie's Top Picks I've been highly anticipating the Sonia Roselli launch, and one of the first items I picked out was the Water Elixir Skin Prep! I've been using it for a few weeks now and I'm already SO in love with it! It's so lightweight and soothing, calms inflammation quickly, and absorbs into my skin almost instantly. I love that it doubles as a serum AND moisturizer. It adds some much needed hydration and helps to build up my skin barrier (check out our Sonia Roselli Live, if you haven't already!). My skin feels so soft, plump, and dewy after using it, and I've noticed a considerable improvement in my skin texture. It's the perfect product to use before makeup, as it gives my skin a lovely, glowing base! I can't wait to use it on my clients and models! I absolutely LOVE the Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner - it's quickly become one of my go-to products! When I'm having an especially dry day (pretty much every day lately), I quickly spritz some of this on to get an instant boost of moisture. I love that it contains hyaluronic acid, my favorite ingredient, to provide continuous hydration, but what really makes this toner stand out is that it also protects and primes your skin with antioxidants and refreshing ingredients (thank you CoQ10 and Chamomile). Plus, it's a super-fine mist so it doesn't interfere with my makeup! Overall, this toner is perfect for keeping your skin hydrated, refreshed and protected throughout the day! August's Top Picks I am totally obsessed with Danessa Myricks' Vision Flush! As a no-makeup makeup fanatic, this is the perfect product to add some color onto your face. I'm personally in love with shade Ballet Slippers and use it as blush whenever I can along with a pop on my eyes. It is super soft, creamy, and incredibly pigmented. A few taps covers everything I need. I also love love love the Dose of Colors Velvet Mousse Lipsticks. They have a range of gorgeous deep colors (my fav is Spicy) that are highly pigmented and a super soft non-drying formula. These are my go to for date night and will last through it all while still being super comfortable on your lips! Holly's Top Picks I am slowly transitioning my makeup routine to all cream products and the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Blush has become my newest obsession! Every shade is so beautiful and flattering. It's so easy to blend and dries down very nicely - I don't even need to set it with a powder blush. I love wearing them when I do a very natural makeup look to keep my face looking fresh and radiant! My second pick for the month is one I've been wanting to buy for a while and am so glad I caved! I never felt like I needed to invest in a nice makeup light to do my skincare and makeup until I came across the Glamcor RIKI Skinny LED Vanity Mirror. It truly has changed my morning and night routine! It is so nice to sit down in the morning in front of great lighting to do my skincare/makeup while sipping on my morning coffee! Talk about self care! It is also super easy to travel with considering the size. I am IN LOVE with this light. Calvin's Top Picks I know a great lipstick formula when I see one, and the new Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Nudes are amazing. Longwear, highly pigmented, a beautiful and line smoothing soft matte finish, super lightweight on the lips, AND a nude for all skin tones? This revolutionary formula is the answer to lip color. Swipe, Swipe, Go!!! Since skin prep is an essential step of my job as a makeup artist, I had to name the Rituel de Fille Thorn Milk Hydrating Skin Mist as my second top pick (one of my coworkers selected it last month, but it's just that good that it needs to be name a top pick again)! I have extremely dry skin, so I like to test products on myself to see how they'll perform on clients with similar skin types, and knowing how the product performs all day is also the best way to elevate your artistry. Great makeup artists will know how the products will look all day/night long. This makes my feel hydrated, healthy and relaxed. I use it on clients right before all other skin prep just to give that layer of hydration to the skin so that it's not soaking up all the other products. Liz's Top Picks Even though I've curated the best skincare routine (thanks to having the best brands to choose from at work!), there are times my skin doesn't like to behave. It has texture and some spots that are prone to being oily while others want to be bone dry. When Sonia Roselli told me about her Water Oil Skin Prep, I was intrigued, but I have to say that it's really one of a kind. It's lightweight and locks in hydration. My skin is left with less texture and feels balanced. Plus, it makes my life on the go easier and helps me look flawless when I wear makeup. Hands down a must-have for my every day essentials. Apparently, I am on an oil kick right now, and R+Co's Mirror Smoothing Oil has made a huge difference in my hair. I have long, fine, wavy hair with bleached ends and oily roots. I have been trying to find the perfect thing to make my hair dazzle even though it needs a trip to the salon ASAP. I have found some really amazing products, but I ALWAYS have issues with my ends getting dry and frizzy within a day of a fresh wash. I started using R+Co's Mirror Smoothing Oil about a month ago, and it has changed my game. I use it on my ends when my hair is wet, and I also touch up with it when it's dry. Since I started using it, I haven't felt like my ends are dry. If they start to feel like they need a drink, I grab more oil and give it some love. It's lightweight, so it doesn't weigh down my hair at any point and my hair is glossier than ever. I started using it on my daughter's hair and have seen a huge difference in how healthy her hair looks. I don't know if I can ever live without it now. Morgan's Top Picks I love products that help me get ready and out the door in minimal time, so Sydney Grace's Cream Shadows have been my go to! They come in a variety of gorgeous shades that suit any look from subtle to bold! It is true that they are smudge proof, but they will easily wash off with a cleanser! Theylast the entire day without creasing or moving. Unlike some other cream shadows, you have some time to work with before it dries to ensure you're happy with the look, and a little goes a long way. Warm Glow is my favorite color. It's definiely a must-try for cream shadow lovers. My second favorite this month is Grande Cosmetics Lash Serum. Lash serum is an excellent way to repair lash damage caused by mascara, extensions, and false lashes. Grande Cosmetics has the best serum on the market right now. You have to be consistent in order to see the results of thicker and more lashes, but it is well worth it! Jess's Top Picks If you’re a naturally wavy/curly girl - I HIGHLY suggest this Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray! I like to do the *bare minimum* when it comes to styling my hair. After a shower, I towel dry, add some leave-in and curl product, then braid my hair when damp overnight. When I wake up, I take the braid out, run my fingers through the waves, and spritz on a generous amount of this spray to maintain the curl and de-frizz! It LOOKS like it took hours to style, but really minimal effort! A win/win in my book. If you, like me, are a chapstick babe - you should try RMS Beauty's Tinted Daily Lip Balm! It looks and feels luxurious without that sticky and drying feel of lipstick (iykyk). With a hint of color, it’s subtle yet natural looking while FEELING amazing. Feeling Inspired? Ready to experience the products we can't get enough of? Click here to start exploring or top picks or click below to discover more great products. To learn more about our top picks from 2022, click here. Want to create your perfect makeup, hair care, or skincare routine? Our team of Beauty Advisors are here to help! Click here to send them a message! EXPLORE HAIR CARE EXPLORE SKINCARE EXPLORE SKINCARE TOOLS About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
January Staff Top Picks
We're kicking off our Staff Top Picks with a clean slate with our favorite products that we've used so far in 2023! To view past years' favorites, you can always view past Staff Top Picks blogs or our curated collections of 2022 and 2021 favs. To learn more about what we've been loving this month (and why) keep reading! If you prefer to view all of our products in one place, visit our collection of 2023 Top Picks! Chelsie's Top Picks I've talked about my favorite brow product (the Inglot Playinn Soap Brow!), but this month, I wanted to shine a much-deserved spotlight on my favorite brow tool, the MYKITCO Pro My Brushed Brow 2.3! One end has stiff bristles that look almost like a tiny hair brush to fluff up your brows, and the other has a spoolie to set those tiny hairs in place. It's one of my favorite tools in my kit! The makeup item I have been loving is RMS Re Dimension Hydra Power Blush. It has the prettiest finish that makes your skin look healthier, almost glowy, and it helps my skin look even more radiant. Maria's Top Pick I've always loved hydrating facial mists, and the Rituel de Fille Thorn Milk has become a staple in my collection. Aside from just looking cool (it has a bi-phase liquid that needs to be shaken up to be mixed), it instantly soothes and calms your skin as soon as you spritz it on. Any dry patches or light irrititation I have is instantly smoothed over, and it plays so well under makeup! All of my foundations have layered on top of it beautifully, and it keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day, so any dryness or makeup breakup I'd experience due to my skin getting drier throughout the day is gone. That says a lot, especially because we're in the middle of winter! The other thing I've been using nonstop since I bought it is the Artis Mini Palm Brush. I am really picky when it comes to foundation application tools because the foundations I tend to like are the types that dry down super quickly, so they give you less time to blend and tend to look streaky if not used properly. However, this Artis brush changes all of that! I was able to blend out the foundation on my entire face with less time spent blending and no need to apply more product to the brush - I was shocked that I could cover my entire face with less product than normal! I was even able to lightly tap the brush on areas I wanted fuller coverage (like over the sun spots on my cheeks), and it built up beautifully. . Holly's Top Picks Nothing is keeping my summer glow like TheBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer, Shadow, and Contour Powder! I have been getting so many compliments about how glowy I look when wearing this product. It blends like a dream and is the perfect shade for transitioning to the colder months! I cannot recommend this product enough! The second item I can't stop using is Mehron Barrier Spray. This setting spray is getting the job done for me during these colder months! Most setting sprays leave my face feeling stiff and dry, and while I don't normally mind that during the warmer months, I want something more hydrating as the weather starts to cool down. It brings the perfect amount of hydration back into my skin without feeling like my makeup is going to slide off my face. This is a staple during the fall/winter time! Calvin's Top Picks If you're looking for a powder like none other, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Matte Setting Powder is it; up to 24-hour wear (trust me, I've tested it), a matte formula that never creases and never shines, and it looks like the skin of an angel. Not kidding. I am a makeup artist and photographer, so I am very picky with how products look, and this one delivers. Even on photoshoots, I pack this powder under the eyes to lock in concealer, and it just leaves the most flawless, blurred, and smooth finish. The best part? I never have to touch up the model. Now, for my second pick for the month: Glow, Glow, Glow, Glow!!! Do you want a natural glow? Do you want it to look realistic? We got you. Rituel de Fille's Thorn Oil Priming Facial Elixir is super hydrating but leaves the most gorgeous skin-like glow I've ever seen. Even with foundation over it, it gives this rich subtle skin. Feels beautiful, looks incredible. Liz's Top Picks I have to admit that I try everything Saint Jane launches because I have yet to be disappointed, and I am truly blown away by the Hydrabloom Body Silk. This lotion locks in hydration without leaving my skin feeling greasy or heavy. I saw an immediate, calming, and hydrating response in my skin texture to this cream (I have keratosis pilaris), and the smell is so relaxing. It's the perfect touch to add a little relaxation or self care into your day and would make an amazing gift to encourage the same for others. I have been on a path of trying a million hair products as I am always looking for the next best thing, and Philip B's Forever Shine Collection caught me off guard. My hair is fine, wavy, and highlighted so it tends to be oily and flat at the roots and quite dry on the ends plus I am a mom on the go who does not always have time to blow out my hair. My hair has been left with a beautiful shine with zero frizz, defined waves, and perfect volume with or without heat. The scent is perfect for the colder season, and I have to admit I put the hair product sampling on hold for now as I am in awe with the results this collection has given my hair. Morgan's Top Picks This winter, I've been treating my skin to a bit of TLC with the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches. They are excellent if you want something hydrating and refreshing, and they don't slip and slide around like some other eye patches can. I look like I'm more alert and awake after using them, and I've even gotten my husband hooked on them! He appreciates that they smooth and lighten his dark circles. Another must-have for me has been the Insert Name Here Quick Slick Flyaway Hair Essence. This product was one of the many reasons I was thrilled to bring on Insert Name Here. I love this thing! Do you have flyways? Not anymore! Do you have thin hair that doesn't like going in a ponytail? Not anymore! I use this when my hair is up or down. My daughter has fine hair and her baby hairs are unmanageable. However, this works wonders for getting her hair to behave! Jess's Top Picks If your skin errs more on the oily side like mine, do yourself a favor and ADD 👏 TO 👏 CART 👏. I don’t love it when my skin looks too matte, which is why I love Jason Wu's Magic Matte Oil! It takes away the “bad shine” while somehow still keeping the “good shine”, and doesn’t clog up my pores nor break me out! There's a reason we keep selling out of it - it's because it's that good! I have also been really enjoying Jason Wu Beauty The Freckled Boy for the cutest faux freckles. Sometimes, you just need a good freckle day, and on those days, I use this to summon my inner freckle-faced goddess. Subtle but natural, which is exactly how I like it! Feeling Inspired? Ready to experience the products we can't get enough of? Click here to start exploring or top picks or click below to discover more great products. To learn more about our top picks from 2022, click here. Want to create your perfect makeup, hair care, or skincare routine? Our team of Beauty Advisors are here to help! Click here to send them a message! EXPLORE HAIR CARE EXPLORE SKINCARE EXPLORE SKINCARE TOOLS About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
The Top 3 Benefits of CBD Beauty Products
If you've ever asked yourself what the benefits of CBD in skincare, hair care, and even makeup are, you're not alone! January is CBD Awareness Month, and we wanted to share some of the perks you can enjoy when incorporating it into your beauty routine. To celebrate, we are pleased to say we partnered with our best selling CBD Beauty Brand Fitish to gift you a Deluxe Mini Don't Sweat It, a $12 value, with any CBD Beauty Purchase*. You may view the entire collection of qualifying products using the button below! Explore CBD Beauty *Your complimentary Deluxe Mini FITISH Don't Sweat It will automatically appear at checkout when you have a qualifying item in your bag. Available while supplies last, and only complimentary Deluxe Mini FITISH Don't Sweat It per qualifying order. First, let's tackle the top questions about CBD when it comes to beauty: What is CBD, and will it get me high if I use CBD beauty products? CBD is a natural compound derived from the cannabis plant. Heralded for its restorative power for all skin types, including acne-prone and sensitive skin, CBD is proven to help reduce inflammation and support the skin’s natural healing process. That's why we've added award-winning CBD-infused skincare and hair care brands to our Camera Ready family! Now, as far as if CBD Beauty products will get you high. The answer is no. CBD is one of 100+ cannabinoids (chemical compound found in hemp plants) that stabilizes the body and helps maintain health. You’ll find traces of CBD in marijuana, but CBD alone is non-psychoactive and legal to purchase in an isolated form. The cannabinoid compound infamously known to get you high is called THC. This particular plant derivative is responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. *Disclaimer - As with any big change in your skincare or hair care regimen that focuses on ingredients, if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you're reading this article to decide if you'd like to use this product on a child, we highly recommend checking with your doctor first. Before and after photo from Fitish Beauty Benefit #1 of CBD in skincare and hair care: CBD can alleviate acne, redness, and inflammation CBD oil is an effective and natural anti-inflammatory. Those who suffer from inflammatory skin conditions, like rosacea, benefit from the soothing properties found inside CBD. This miracle ingredient also reduces breakouts and calms redness by decreasing excessive levels of oil produced by the skin – a major trigger for acne-prone skin. Our Top Picks: For those suffering from stress-related hair loss, hair care products infused with CBD like FITISH Plumping Hair Serum can help reduce inflammation of the scalp - one of the biggest contributing factors to non-hereditary hair loss! For those wanting to tone down the redness on their face, FITISH Tone Down Spray has become pro favorites thanks to the cooling effect and instant relief. For those with oily skin, we love FITISH Don't Sweat It. For added hydration, seal in moisture with the nourishing CBD-infused Saint Jane Luxury Beauty Serum. Photo and study results by Saint Jane for their Hydrabloom Body Silk Benefit #2 of CBD in skincare and hair care: It provides nourishment to sensitive skin and can alleviate some skin conditions CBD oil inhibits flare-ups in some skin conditions, like psoriasis and eczema, and helps soothe sensitive, easily-irritated skin. Incorporate a CBD-infused beauty product into your daily routine to nourish skin and lock in moisture for healthy, glowing skin. Our Picks: For a lotion that's great to use all over the body, try Saint Jane Hydrabloom Body Silk. Powerful ingredients like their Sea Flower Complex firm and tone while wild chamomile, hyaluronic acid, and jasmine provide deep hydration, soothing moisture, and soften the skin. If you love a body product that provides a soothing cooling sensation, FITISH Tone Down Body Cream has peppermint and caffeine for additional benefits! Key ingredients in KOVO Bakuchiol Serum11 Alternative Retinol Benefit #3 of CBD in skincare and hair care: CBD can slow down some of the effects of aging CBD in skincare combats the visible signs of aging with powerful antioxidant properties. Along with reducing inflammation, it can rejuvenate a dull complexion, even skin tone, and help smooth fine lines and wrinkles. That’s the power of CBD. The CBD-focused brands we offer including KOVO, FITISH, and Saint Jane, have also upped the anti-aging benefits with peptides, other calming botanicals like chamomile, and antioxidants like green tea. Our Top Picks: FITISH Beauty’s Dewing It CBD Moisturizer soothes irritation, calms redness, and gently nourishes with anti-aging ingredients for all skin types. If you're looking for an oil-based serum, we recommend KOVO Bakuchiol Serum11 Alternative Retinol. Feeling Inspired? Are you ready to experience the calming and soothing benefits of CBD in your Beauty Products? Explore our entire collection here!, or click the images below to explore our top CBD-focused beauty brands! EXPLORE FITISH FITISH is the first CBD-infused skincare line designed to set and refresh any makeup look from work, to the gym, and everything in between. EXPLORE SAINT JANE Experience luxurious skincare and makeup products that incorporate calming botanicals and sustainably sourced ingredients. EXPLORE KOVO Made with argan oil, peptides, CBD, & probiotics, this carefully curated line offers effective skincare solutions for all skin types. Cruelty free, vegan, plant-based, and non-toxic. About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
The Best of Camera Ready Cosmetics - Our 2022 Highlights
The calendar may officially say it's 2023, but we can't help but look back with gratitude for all of your support in 2022! From the biggest launch we've ever had (the Theresa is Lethal Collection with Lethal Cosmetics and Theresa is Dead) to providing a few PRO Tips on why some of the viral products and trends you saw actually work (like Ben Nye Pretty Pink Powder, how to use the Aqua Chromes from the Danessa Myricks Lightwork Volume 4 Transcendence Palette, and Hailey Bieber's lip lining hack), our team has been curating the best in beauty and crafting blogs and tutorials to help you not only Shop Like a PRO but to experience the best in beauty like a PRO! As fun and exciting as those memories are for us, our favorite memories and projects have YOU, our Camera Ready Community, at the center of it all! From providing you with a better shopping experience to celebrating what being Camera Ready means to you, making the best in beauty more accessible is our favorite part of 2022! Our top 3 highlights of 2022 are: Launching our updated website in May Offering you more hair care options Our I Am Camera Ready Campaign Learn more about our favorite moments from 2022: 2022 Highlight #1: We updated our website in May 2022 to make exploring easier The last few years have changed how people shop for their beauty products, and it highlighted the fact that our website was in major need of an upgrade to give you the best experience possible! We worked hard to make it easier for you to find what you're looking for from the comfort of your couch because our community deserves an online shopping experience that resembles shopping in-store with our beauty experts and makeup artists. Each guest that comes through our doors at our Dallas, TX, showroom gets personalized recommendations based on what they're shopping for, and this 2022 highlight brought you one step closer to that experience! We added new 'filters' like formula, coverage, and finish on our website so you could zero in on the product you want - like searching for a cream foundation with full coverage and a natural finish. We also added the ability to shop by concern, so if you are looking for skincare that can help with texture, cover or treat dark spots, or provide extra moisture, you'll find products specific to your own beauty needs with a simple click! Are you a makeup artist (or want to Shop Like a PRO)? We have a collection of kit essentials curated for you! Finally, we launched our first quiz to help you find the hair care that's right for your individual needs! 2022 Highlight #2: We added more hair care to our assortment than ever We take the feedback and requests from our beauty community seriously, and we sent a survey to our most loyal customers in 2021 to learn what our customers wanted us to offer more of. The answer: hair care! We proudly added several of the most requested brands including OLAPLEX, R+Co, R+Co Bleu, Fekkai, IGK, and Insert Name Here so that we could be your favorite destination for all of your beauty needs. Have any suggestions for brands or products you'd like to see us add this year? Click here to send our team an email! To learn more about all of the new brands we added in 2022, click the links below, or read this blog: Fekkai Artis Kovo R+Co R+Co Bleu IGK OLAPLEX Buxom Cosmetics Insert Name Here 2022 Highlight #3: Celebrating what beauty means to YOU with our I Am Camera Ready Campaign The number of new beauty trends and products in 2022 was dizzying, and it left a lot of makeup lovers feeling overwhelmed. We ran our I Am Camera Ready Campaign in the fall of 2022 to remind folks that there's no true definition of what beauty should look like and that it's okay if you don't feel the need to wear makeup all the time or feel compelled to try the latest trends. To us, the world of beauty and beauty products should be inclusive and a means of personal expression. We partnered with some of the biggest names in the beauty industry like @Paintedbyspencer, Danessa Myricks, Theresa is Dead, and more to share this message through Instagram Lives, blogs, tutorials, and more. If you missed out on all the fun, don't worry! You can always view our past I Am Camera Ready blogs to learn more and to relive the fun! Feeling Inspired? Those are our favorite moments of 2022, but we want to know, what were your favorite Camera Ready moments? Connect with us on social media (find us on TikTok, Instagram, or YouTube) to share yours, or send us an email! To learn more about our Top Products and to see more Top Lists, visit our "Best of" blog series! About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
The New Brands We Added in 2022
Here at Camera Ready Cosmetics, it's our mission to find the best products that live up to high standards, are a great value, or offer something unique to the beauty industry. We know there are a lot of great products to choose from, but we get it! It can be overwhelming to look for the best hair care, find the perfect foundation for your skin type, or to find exactly what you're looking for. That's why we have a dedicated team of beauty industry veterans including makeup artists, skincare experts, an esthetician, lifelong beauty lovers, and more. We personally test the brands and products we offer to ensure it meets our high standards so that we know you'll love them, too. Of course, we also take your feedback and requests into consideration, and we've proudly added nine new brands that many of you have asked us for this year! The Brands we added this year are:: Fekkai Artis Kovo R+Co R+Co Bleu IGK OLAPLEX Buxom Cosmetics Insert Name Here Learn more about the brands we proudly added to our Camera Ready family of brands this year! Fekkai Experience your dream hair with innovative hair care products from Fekkai. We proudly added this hair care brand to our lineup after seeing a need for more natural ingredients and to offer more products that are perfect for curls, kinks, and coils! You’ll only find nature-based ingredients in these salon-grade formulas that are free of silicones, sulfates, phthalates, and parabens. Some of the best-selling products include Clean Stylers Straight Balm, Full Blown Volume Dry Texturizing Spray, and Shea Butter Intense Oil! You have to try the Apple Cider Detox collection! This trio consists of a scrub, shampoo, and rinse, and uses Apple Cider Vinegar for the ultimate detox for your scalp and hair from product build-up and environmental pollution. Artis Discover a makeup application experience that is unlike any other brush you’ve used before! Artis designs products that are beautiful to handle and functionally superior to use. We welcomed their line of innovative makeup application tools after experiencing flawless application. The secret to their application is the superior blending is fibre powered by an ultra-fine tip that blends on a microscopic level. Bristles absorbing the majority of your foundation? Not with CosmeFibre, the product is held at the fibre tips instead of being absorbed through the fibre’s length. If you are looking for a new foundation brush be sure to explore their best sellers: Elite Oval 7 Mirror, Palm Brush Mirror, and Brush Cleansing Foam. Kovo This sustainable beauty brand has natural ingredients to rehydrate and soothe skin. We brought KOVO Essentials into our family of brands to offer CBD skincare that gently nourishes and strengthens the barrier of your skin. Made with argan oil, peptides, CBD, & probiotics, this carefully curated line offers effective skincare solutions for all skin types. Best of all, the undereye patches do not budge, so throw them on and continue your routine without them sliding off your face! If you are looking for CBD skincare products try Bakuchiol Serum11 Alternative Retinol or Bio-Cellulose Undereye Patches. R + Co R+Co has been one of our most popular new brands this year and for great reason! They are a collective of some of the most forward-thinking, rule-bending hairstylists in the business with a combined century of hairdressing knowledge and experience. Award-winning products offer immediate results that do exactly what the label claims to do. You have probably seen their products going viral on Tiktok showing mind-blowing results or eye-catching packaging. All R+Co’s formulas are color-safe, heat and UV-protective, vegan, and cruelty-free, for worry-free hair styling. Products that really stand out are the Dart Pomade Stick, Outer Space Flexible Hairspray, as well as Television Perfect Hair Shampoo and Conditioner. R + Co Bleu Statement-making style. Editorial edge. Salon know-how. R+Co BLEU is the couture-caliber capsule collection from R+Co. We saw a desire for sustainable luxury haircare and knew R+Co Bleu would be the perfect addition to the Camera Ready Cosmetics family of brands. Combining modernity and style with breakthrough innovations in formulation, sustainability, and iconic packaging design, this new range brings glamour, sophistication, and unparalleled quality to daily hair care. If you are new to R+Co Bleu products try Bleu Daily Forecast Finishing Spray, Bleu Lifestyler Volume & Texture Spray, or Bleu Rose Water Wave Spray. IGK Four innovative stylists founded IGK from various parts of the globe and vastly different backgrounds to create styling products for the modern generation. They unified for a single vision: to create products designed to fit the lives and needs of the client and hairstylist. By focusing on the needs of their clients, they block out the noise and deliver exactly what their look demands — easy solutions, the most current looks, and cuts with multiple styling options. So what’s the hype? IGK’s haircare lineup can tame the wildest frizz and the First Class line refreshes the dirtiest of hair with the help of heavy-duty charcoal. Try out the dry shampoo with a cult following, First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo. OLAPLEX Adding Olaplex was a no-brainer for us! Who doesn’t want strong, healthy hair at home? When it comes to bond building and hair repair, OLAPLEX has you covered! They offer a complete hair repair system that treats hair-like skin–with a customizable routine and scientifically proven ingredient technology. Patented OLAPLEX Bond Building Technology™ in every step means any hair type can create a routine to treat, maintain, and protect from all the ways daily life damages hair. Scientifically proven. Stylist approved. Camera Ready Cosmetics favorite. Build healthy bonds with No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, and No.7 Bonding Oil. Buxom Cosmetics When it comes to slaying the lip gloss and lip plumping game, nobody does it better than Buxom Cosmetics. We have curated their best sellers to ensure you have all the perfect lip gloss shades for the ultimate nude lip, red lip, or whatever you are in the mood for. You’ll love the custom shade that reacts to your lip’s pH level, product innovation is only one of the many reasons we love Buxom. When your lips need a little pick me up, reach for Full-On Plumping Lip Cream Gloss, Full-On Plumping Lip Matte, or Power-Full Plump Lip Balm. Insert Name Here We finally took the plunge into hot tools and clip-in extensions this year and added the popular brand Insert Name Here to our lineup! The easy-to-use clip-in hair extensions are perfect for that special touch. Whether you’re looking for instant volume & length, a DIY transformation, or simply a serotonin boost, INH has solutions that are focused on superior quality. Their hot tools offer customizable rapid heating giving you volume that lasts. Don’t even worry about the damage, the pro-grade technology promotes healthier styling and less hair breakage. Plus, there are so many products that will combat a multitude of hair issues, like detangling sprays and fly-away hair essence. You might have seen INH collaborate with your favorite influencers like @itsmyrayeraye. If you are looking for an easy up-do, the Jordynn Ponytail Extension is for you and available in 11 shades! Feeling Inspired? We hope you love our newest brands as much as we do! To explore more of our newest arrivals, click here. To learn more about our Top Products and to see more Top Lists, visit our "Best of" blog series! About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
The Top 3 Hair Care & Styling Products of 2022
When it comes to hair care and styling products, 2022 was a big year for us thanks to the addition of top hair care brands including R+Co, R+Co Bleu, IGK, Fekkai, and OLAPLEX. This year, we welcome two newcomers to our Top Hair Care List! To create our Best of Lists, we take several factors into consideration including what products were buzzed about the most on social media, the ones that kept selling out, and what items were searched for the most on our website! Our top 3 hair care and hair styling products of 2022 are: Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo R+Co Dart Pomade Stick OLAPLEX No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner Learn more about our Top 3 Hair Care and Hair Styling Products of 2022 Top Hair Care & Styling Product of 2022 #1: Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo When it comes to hair care, a great dry shampoo can take a sub-part hair day and make it your best hair day in no time! The Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo has been an industry favorite for several years now thanks to the addictive scent, how quickly it absorbs oil and the fact it doesn't leave a white cast or residue. Top Hair Care & Styling Product of 2022 #2: R+Co Dart Pomade Stick There's nothing worse than spending time and effort into creating the perfect hairstyle only to be plagued by pesky flyaways, but that's where the Dart Pomade Stick comes in! This palm-sized powerhouse has a pomade designed to make even the most stubborn flyaways and baby hairs behave. Top Hair Care & Styling Product of 2022 #3: OLAPLEX No 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner We held a hair care survey late 2021 and asked you which hair care brand you'd like us to add this year, so we were thrilled to launch OLAPLEX this fall during our I Am Camera Ready campaign! It easily found its way into our Top 3 Hair Care List this year! Our best selling OLAPLEX product has been their No 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, followed closely by their No 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo. Feeling Inspired? Those are the top 3 Hair Care Products of 2022! Do you own any of them? You can explore all of our great Hair Care offerings here! To learn more about our Top Products and to see more Top Lists, visit our "Best of" blog series! About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
5 Tips on How to Keep Your Hair in Top-Notch Shape as the Weather Cools Down
Quick temperature changes can wreak havoc on your hair, but don’t worry! We’ve got you and your tresses covered! We've enlisted the help of our in-house Hair Care Expert, Jess, for tips on how to combat the effects of cold weather on your hair and not hide under a hat! IN THIS BLOG, WE WILL BE DISCUSSING THE FOLLOWING FALL AND WINTER HAIR HACKS TO KEEP YOUR PREVENT DAMAGE AND REPAIR WEATHER-STRESSED STRANDS Scale back on the hot showers Refrain from over-washing your hair Double up on moisturizing Change up your post-shower routine Limit heat-styling Tip #1: Take it easy on the hot showers during the winter As nice as it is to take a steamy shower after a long chilly day, while it may FEEL nice - it is quite damaging! Hot water strips away your hair's (and skin’s) natural oils, which in turn dries up the shaft of your hair. We know, it’s a bummer but your hair will thank you! We recommend washing your hair in warm or lukewarm water and if you’re feeling bold - switch to cold water at the very end to help seal the hair follicles and lock in moisture! If this tip sounds familiar, it’s because our in-house skincare expert suggests the same thing for cooler-weather skincare! PRO Tip: Using a more emollient lotion with occlusive ingredients (like petrolatum, squalene, jojoba oil, or olive oil) on the hands and body along with a facial oil can also help seal in moisture and slow moisture loss during the drier seasons. Tip #2: Cut back on frequent hair washes during the fall and winter Overwashing can alter the PH of your skin, especially if your hair is prone to dryness. Give your scalp’s natural oils a chance to do their job of replenishing those locks! If your hair is on the oily side, we recommend a good dry shampoo between washes to extend your hairstyle! We recommend our First Class Charcoal Detox Shampoo by IGK! This dry shampoo packs a punch on even the oiliest of scalps, and contains a charcoal powder that eliminates odor + oil! Tip #3: Double up on Moisturizing during the winter Restore moisture during cooler months by giving your dry or fine hair a deep conditioning hair treatment every week. Applying a hair mask will do wonders, and helps replenish + restore the moisture that’s been lost in your dry scalp. Temperature changes from dry heat indoors + cold air can cause the moisture on your scalp and skin to deplete. We recommend Olaplex No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask 1-2x per week as a conditioning and reparative mask treatment! Tip #4: Change up your post-shower routine for fall and winter Hair is more susceptible to breakage when it’s wet, so after showering, try not to rub your hair dry! Instead, gently press the water out with a soft, microfiber towel, and comb your hair softly with a wide-tooth comb while it’s still damp, working from the ends upwards. We recommend using a soft brush, like the R+Co Detangling Brush, and waiting until your hair is about 80% air-dried before combing and blow drying. PRO Tip: Avoid harsh bristled brushes! They can tear up your hair follicles, so opt for a brush that is more gentle if you can! Tip #5: Avoid overheating your hair during the fall and winter We know it’s hard to resist using styling tools, especially when the weather is brisk, but if you can go without - your locks will thank you for it! Most flat and curling irons nowadays heat up to 450 degrees (twice the temperature at which water boils), so if you must use them, make sure to adjust the temperature settings on your styling tools to eliminate damage. You can get creative and try using braids, buns, twists, and ponytails to give your hair a much-needed break from the heat! Feeling Inspired? We hope this blog has given you a few hair care tips to keep your locks looking camera ready! If you have any additional questions, our Beauty Expers are here to help, so click here to send them an email. About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
Fall Wedding Hair Prep
Weddings and all their moving parts are notorious for high-stress levels. It’s easy to say “leave it to the wedding planner”; however, modern-day brides and grooms going DIY and taking on the planning themselves! Some things don’t have to be stressful, though, like your hair. With an endless to-do list leading up to the big day, there are steps you can take now to have the perfect bride and groom wedding day hair! Healthy hair makes everything easier, whether you have a color transformation planned or to elevate your wedding look— with a bit of planning, you can de-stress with some OLAPLEX self-care while leveling up your wedding hair. Step 1 : Consult with your hairdresser A Stand-Alone Treatment and 4-IN-1 Treatment should follow the consultation for your wedding look. Your hair can always be healthier, so a salon-grade OLAPLEX session is just what it needs to look flawless on the wedding day. A Stand-Alone Treatment uses OLAPLEX Nº.1, the patented OLAPLEX concentrate to rebuild hair, and OLAPLEX Nº.2, the concentrate with a cream additive. This is the strongest repair available for broken hair. The OLAPLEX 4-IN-1 Moisture Mask works quickly and efficiently to address dryness in even the most severe cases. When tested on damaged hair, 4-IN-1 provided 74% More Moisture, 84% More Shine, 84% More Smoothness, and 94% Saw More Body. A moisture mask is imperative for anyone with a Fal/Winter wedding, with hair recovering from damaging summer sun. Moisturized hair increases manageability, meaning all those hairstyle tests and your wedding day style will come with ease and look better. Step 2: At home prep In-salon treatments will jumpstart your hair into shape, but at-home maintenance will bring it to the next level. Let’s face it; weddings are all about being extra! Weekly treatments with the at-home versions of the aforementioned treatments will keep your hair healthy and hydrated. Use OLAPLEX Nº.0 and Nº.3 together to rebuild your hair at home intensely. It’s the closest one can get to salon-grade OLAPLEX at home, so we recommend treating your hair as often as you like to keep it strong and healthy. There are little steps you can take to make a tremendous impact on your hair. You can rebuild your hair just by shampooing and conditioning with OLAPLEX Nº.4 and Nº.5. Keep in mind; every OLAPLEX product will rebuild bonds as it’s the baseline, whether it’s intensive like the Nº.0 or incorporated in the formula like Nº.4 and Nº.5. For blondes, keep your color bright, fresh, and healthy with OLAPLEX Nº.4P Blonde Enhancer in between toners. The last step, and an easy one to incorporate, is styling with OLAPLEX. Protection is imperative, and what better way to do so than letting OLAPLEX do the work while you style. OLAPLEX Nº.6 Bond Smoother reduces frizz for up to 72 hours, adds leave-in moisture, rebuilds bonds, and increases manageability. Perfect for any hair type, add a pea-sized amount, then work your way up from there if needed. While you should stray from pre-wedding thermal styling, there are occasions, like rehearsals and events, you’ll want to style for. For that, use OLAPLEX Nº.7 Bonding Oil for heat protection up to 450ºF, shine, moisture, and bond-building. Once you find a routine, all of this becomes a balanced ritual and one that will give you stunning wedding day hair and best practices for keeping it up after! Ready to transition experience the world of OLAPLEX for Camera Ready Hair? Your best hair days are just getting started! Stay tuned for more great tips from OLAPLEX or explore their entire range of products. Images & information courtsey of our friends at OLAPLEX Are You Ready to Get Camera Ready with hair care? We're here to help YOU get camera ready in whatever way makes YOU feel confident and ready to take on the day! Go ahead and explore the hair care and hair styling products our I Am Camera Ready Pros use to get camera ready, or view our I Am Camera Reach Schedule of Events to learn more and to view our full schedule of events, giveaways, and more! About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
Fall Transition Hair Care with Olaplex
Time for damage control. You might have listened to our advice to treat your hair all Summer, but maybe you were enjoying all the summer fun and forgot. As we transition to Fall from the most damaging season for hair, it’s time to check in with your hair to address the concerns. Whether you are entering Fall with significant damage or want to enter the season as healthy as possible, there’s an at-home ritual for you. A balanced OLAPLEX routine will rebuild and moisturize your hair, making it flawless for Fall makeovers or perfect hair days. Step 1 to Transitioning Your Hair Care Routine for Fall: Address the state of your hair Texture and feel check. You know your hair best and what it feels like at its healthiest. Do you notice breakage? Dryness? Is your natural texture more limp than usual? Take notes if you notice any of the three, then move on to the next step. Visual Is there any noticeable damage to your hair? This includes breakage and split ends, color fading, lightened hair from the sun, and overall lack of body and shine. Add your observations to your notes, and get ready for a reboot! Step 2: Build a ritual for your hair For Damaged Hair: Breakage meets its match with the Intensive Bond Building Treatment and Hair Perfector. This treatment is safe to use as often as needed, but we have a guide according to your damage level that may help you get started. For healthy hair, treat once weekly with OLAPLEX Nº.0 and Nº.3. Dampen the hair with Nº.0, wait ten minutes, then apply Nº.3 directly on top, combing through to saturate. Wait an additional ten minutes or longer, then shampoo out with OLAPLEX Nº.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo. You will see amazing results for damaged hair by catapulting your hair back to health with three treatments weekly. For Hair Dryness: Bond building moisture comes as OLAPLEX Nº.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask. This treatment gives your hair 4x more moisture, 2x more shine, 6x smoothness, and more body. Typically, compromised, color-treated, and curly hair need the most moisture, but you know your hair best. Start with one treatment weekly and go up from there if needed. Apply to damp hair after shampooing with OLAPLEX Nº.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, then comb through to thoroughly saturate and wait ten minutes. Rinse when complete, then style as usual! For Hair Maintenance: Set your hair up for success between treatments with bond-building styling products for daily repair. We love to cocktail OLAPLEX Nº.6 Bond Smoother and OLAPLEX Nº.7 Bonding Oil. Together, the two provide bond-building, heat protection up to 450ºF, shine, increased manageability, reduced frizz for up to 72 hours, and leave-in moisture. For blondes going brassy, use the new OLAPLEX Nº.4P Blonde Enhancer to keep your blonde strong, bright, and hydrated between salon sessions. Ready to transition your hair care for the cooler weather? Check Out All Of OLAPLEX's Hair Styling Products to Get Camera Ready. That's it! Your hair will be in tip top shape for the cooler months. Stay tuned for more great tips from OLAPLEX or explore their entire range of products. Images & information courtsey of our friends at OLAPLEX Are You Ready to Get Camera Ready with hair care? We're here to help YOU get camera ready in whatever way makes YOU feel confident and ready to take on the day! Go ahead and explore the hair care and hair styling products our I Am Camera Ready Pros use to get camera ready, or view our I Am Camera Reach Schedule of Events to learn more and to view our full schedule of events, giveaways, and more! About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
Fall/Winter 2022 Trend Forecast: Buyers' Edition
Our Buyers here at Camera Ready are lucky to see sneak peeks of new releases and can often see trends developing before they're officially viral on TikTok, so we asked them to share their insights into this year's hottest Fall and Winter Trends as well as their top picks to achieve each one! EDITOR'S NOTE: Our goal is to help you feel Camera Ready no matter what, and while we love following the trends, it's important to remember to do what makes you look and feel your best! If you have any questions or want a personal recommendation, contact one of our Beauty Experts! In this blog, we will be discussing the following popular makeup, hair, and beauty trends for FALL/WINTER 2022: The Clean Girl Trend 2.0 Bigger & Bolder Looks Statement Lips Fall/Winter 2022 Makeup and Hair Trend: The Clean Girl Aesthetic, but with a Twist We know the Clean Girl beauty trend has been around for a while now, but the newest fall and winter releases this year continue to support that this viral beauty movement (and for some, it's a lifestyle) is here to stay for a while! Thankfully, the latest update to this trend is to make it more inclusive and achievable for every beauty lover and not just limit it to those with an already great complexion or those that like minimal coverage. This upgraded take on the Clean Beauty trend calls for more of a flush of color to the face and additional coverage. How to Achieve the UPDATED Clean Girl Makeup Look The overall "less is more" approach still remains the same, but this time, add a hint of blush and a tint to the lips! From multi-tasking products like Illamasqua Gel Sculpt to add dimension to the eyes and cheeks to tinted balms like Jillian Dempsey Lid and Cheek Tints for all-over color, there are plenty of on-the-go friendly pocket-sized products to create the look! For those wanting a flush of color, try creating a monochromatic look with a product that's eye, lip, and cheek safe like Danessa Myricks Colorfix (just apply a tiny amount and diffuse the pigmentation well because these beauties are pigmented!) or one of her popular multi-purpose palettes like the best selling The Feminist or The Nudist Luxe Cream Palettes. If you're looking for a beauty product with skincare benefits, opt for a Jouer Bloom & Blush Cheek and Lip Duo! Finish the look with lightly filledin brows with the ultra-natural looking Kevyn Aucoin True Feather Brow Marker, and you've achieved Clean Girl perfection! PRO Tips: If you want to recreate the Clean Girl Makeup Look but have a few imperfections you'd like to cover up, opt for a lighter coverage tinted moisturizer or spot concealer. If you have drier skin and have a hard time pulling off this minimalistic makeup look, start with a blurring and hydrating SPF like Saint Jane Luxury Sun Ritual and opt for more emollient and hydrating cream products like Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Blush (which can also be used on the lips & eyes!) or Melt Cosmetics Blushlights. How to Achieve the Clean Girl Hair Look Achieving the Clean Girl Hair Look is a little trickier since every hair type has different needs (If you're still searching for your holy grail hair care, take our Hair Quiz to find your perfect products!), but the basic look you're trying to achieve is smooth, frizz-free, and hydrated hair. If you've been on TikTok at all this summer, odds are you saw the #OlaFLEX Challenge where folks shared their routines to achieve the smooth and healthy hair this trend calls for. One of the most popular videos included a routine to create a slicked-back look that treated hair while also giving a super sleek and trendy slicked-back appearance. They used a cocktail of OLAPLEX No 7 Bonding Oil, No 6 Bond Smoother, and No 3 Hair Perfector to help restore the hair while styling it, too. If you prefer to add just one or two products to help banish pesky flyaways, our buyers suggest R+Co Dart Pomade Stick or adding another flexible pomade to your collection, along with a great dry shampoo to extend the life of your look. Fall/Winter 2022 Makeup Trend: Bigger and Bolder Looks If the almost no-makeup makeup look is not your style, don't worry! This bold beauty trend encourages you to go all out and express yourself with eye-catching colors, textures, and shapes. There are no right or wrong ways to apply these looks, and cat eyes have become elongated, graphic liner is bolder and thicker, and smokey eyes are less precise and more smudgy (for the ultimate one-and-done smokey eyeshadow palette, check out Dose of Colors Smokey Soiree or Baked Brows II palettes). Blue Eyeshadow and eyeliners trending for fall/winter 2022: Just like in 2021, blue eyeliner and blue eyeshadow looks are trending again with celebrities like Taylor Swift and Kylie Jenner joining in on the fun. However, the exact shade of blue has become more of a royal or true blue and even ethereal with duochromes and pearly shades giving this popular look a unique look. Our buyers' top recommendations for the blue eyeshadow and eyeliner look trend include: Lethal Cosmetics SIDE FX Gel Liner in Polarity, a mid-toned slightly metallic liner, $15.50 Jason Wu Beauty Jewel Stick Cream Eyeshadow in Blue Pearl, a shimmering cool mid-toned periwinkle, $16 Karla Cosmetics Opal Moonstone Multichrome in Moody Cow, an ultra shimmering pink with blue reflect, $29 Danessa Myricks Beauty Colorfix Matte in Cobalt, a mid-toned blue, $18 Viseart Petites Mattes Cool Mattes Palette, $40 Sydney Grace Cream Eyeshadow in Rendezvous, a deep metallic denim, $8 Illamasqua Colouring Pencil in Debonair, vibrant sky blue, $21 Cozzette Infinite Velvet Eyeshadow in Lapis, a jewel-toned deep blue, $13 COLORFUL LOOKS AND MULTICHROMES ARE HOTTER THAN EVER: Finally, there's no denying that multichrome and bold shades are more popular than they've ever been, so to make it easy, our buyers are sharing our best selling colorful palettes: Danessa Myricks Beauty Lightwork Volume IV Transcendence Palette, $125 Sydney Grace Tropicolor x The Fancy Face Palette, $60 Karla Cosmetics Romance Quad Eyeshadow Palette, $82 Kimchi Chic Beauty BFF4EVR Kimchi X Trixie: MVPalette - 01 Superstar, $45 Lethal Cosmetics Theresa is Lethal Pressed Powder Palette, $39 Fall/Winter 2022 Makeup Trend: A Statement Lip Color While the autumn season may normally call for bolder berries and rich reds, this year's hot take on the fall lip calls for grungier and more vibrant shades that pack a punch. From the Hailey Bieber brown lip liner craze that stirred up a lot of feelings on TikTok to rich rosy shades and rusty rich nudes, there are endless bold colors to choose from. The trick with this trend is to keep the rest of your makeup minimal if you're opting for a true statement lip. Our buyers' top recommendations for TRENDING FALL AND WINTER LIPSTICK SHADES: If you're addicted to nudes: Dose of Colors Catching Feelings Lip Set Duo, $29 For the ultimate budge-proof vampy berry: Danessa Myricks Beauty Colorfix in Plum Wine (one of Danessa's personal favorites!), $19 For a rusty red that can be used on the eyes & cheeks, too: Jason Wu Beauty Hot Fluff Lipstick in Gingerbread, $12 For a cooler toned plum: Saint Jane Luxury Lip Cream in Ritual, $28 For a true rich rosy mauve: Scott Barnes Lip Fetish Liquid Lipstick in Bed of Roses, $26 For a showstopping fuschia that packs a punch, Illamasqua Ultramatter Lipstick in Honour, $22 For classic red lipstick lovers: Senna Matte Fixation in Heart Throb, $26 or Besame 1920 Besame Red Lipstick (for those that want a vibrant red), $28 PRO Tip: Lip prep is a must for bold shades like these since all eyes will be drawn to your vibrant pout. Make sure you exfoliate as needed and use a nourishing balm regularly to keep your lips in tip-top shape. Feeling Inspired? Are you ready to give the fall and winter beauty trends a try? Click here to explore our newest arrivals and hair care. If you have any additional questions, our Beauty Advisors are here to help, so click here to send them an email! About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
I AM CAMERA READY: How Do Our I Am Camera Ready Pros Get Camera Ready
Now that we've discovered what being Camera Ready means to our I Am Camera Ready Pros, we want to know HOW they get Camera Ready! If you want, you can skip ahead and click to see what products THEY use to get Camera Ready, or watch their videos below! The Must-Have Products for Our Pros Our I Am Camera Ready Pros include a beautiful collective of hair, makeup, skincare, and beauty loving pros and enthusiasts that make it their goal to spread positivity through their passion for makeup. Danessa Myricks If you've ever watched any of Danessa's get ready with me videos on social media, it's no surprise that her routine starts with skincare. She starts with her Yummy Skin Serum and allows it to sink in. Once her skin is happy and hydrated, she pops on a pair of lashes and a lip color to complete her routine. Danessa Myricks' Must-Have Camera Ready Products Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Spencer, aka @Paintedbyspencer Spencer's routine to get Camera Ready varies depending on whether he's filming a video for social media or simply living his life without the camera turned on. Some days, it may be a full glam moment, and others, it truly is as simple as a spritz of cologne and he's out the door. However, his usual routine consists of doing his brows, a tinted lip balm, and cologne. Spencer's Favorite Camera Ready Products Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Theresa is Dead Meet Theresa is Dead, beauty enthusiast extraordinaire! From candid makeup reviews to fun and entertaining makeup content, you'll be up to speed on the latest trends and releases if you follow her on Instagram and YouTube. For Theresa, being Camera Ready starts with skin prep, and if you have followed her for any length of time, you know that means she is dousing her uncooked chicken skin in Rituel de Fille Thorn Oil. and then following up with a natural-looking foundation like Make Up For Ever HD Skin Foundation. For blush, bronzer, and highlighter, it's no surprise that she turns to one of her favorite brands Lethal Cosmetics, and for eyes? Her Camera Ready Favorite is Viseart Violette Etendu! She completes the look with a quick spritz of R+Co Ballon Dry Volume Spray and sets her look with Melanie Mills Super Lite Long Lasting Sealing Spray for all-day (and all-night) wear. While she may be a self-proclaimed basic makeup lover, she knows how a beaming highlight can give her that added glow and confidence. Theresa's Must-Have Camera Ready Products Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Carly Jo Makeup For Carly Jo Makeup, being Camera Ready means being ready to put her best face forward to serve her bridal clients. Her Camera Ready routine still includes a full face of makeup, and it starts with great skin prep. Next, she creates a glowy complexion with a thin and well-blended layer of foundation and just a hint of bronzer. Neutral pink lips and minimalistic makeup follow, and that's it! She's Camera Ready! Carly Jo's Camera Ready Favorite Products Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Emily Winters, aka @aartbyem For Emily Winters, aka @aartbyem, being Camera Ready can take on many forms. Some days, it's just skincare and throwing her hair back into a snatched pony tail. When it comes to her everyday version of being Camera Ready, she says she just needs her brow gel, hair spray, and self tanning products from Loving Tan. Emily Winter's Must-Have Camera Ready Products Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Anastasia Diamond Doll For Anastasia Diamond Doll, her version of being Camera Ready relies on a full face of makeup, big lashes, and a beautiful long wig to match the energy she brings to the stage with her drag performances! She dusts off the powder from her face, adds more highlighter, and an extra pop of blush because it's an essential to her look. Then, she's Camera Ready! Anastasia Diamond Doll's Must-Have Camera Ready Products Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Alanna Castro MUA To feel Camera Ready, Alanna Castro MUA starts with skincare prep with lots of hydration all over the face and eye lids. Then, she lets her hands express the creative freedom she feels inside. Aside from great skincare products, her everyday version of being Camera Ready includes blush, lip liner, and mascara. Alanna Castro's Must-Have Camera Ready Products Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Are You Ready to Get Camera Ready? We're here to help YOU get Camera Ready in whatever way makes YOU feel confident and ready to take on the day! Go ahead and explore the products our Camera Ready Pros use to get Camera Ready, or view our I Am Camera Reach Schedule of Events learn more & to view our full schedule of events, giveaways, & more!
Allure Best of Beauty 2022
As soon as the Allure 'Best of Beauty' Awards are announced, we get excited to see which Camera Ready products made the cut. We're happy to report CRC proudly offers a range of hair care, makeup, skincare, and tools that have earned the coveted red stamp of approval this year! Join us in congratulating the brands that won! To see a quick list of products that earned their claim to fame and to see which ones have been inducted into the 'Best of Beauty Hall of Fame'! Want to explore an expanded selection of Allure Best of Beauty winners? You may view winners from 2020-2022 here! Information and image above from Allure Best of ... SKINCARE & LIPS COMING SOON: Loving Tan Platinum Ultimate Tanning Mousse, $34.95-$64.96 Craving the deepest, darkest tan possible? Look no further. Made by tan lovers for the ultimate tan lover, Loving Tan Platinum Mousse is Loving Tan's deepest, darkest shade, specifically designed to give you maximum tanning results. The professional strength formula provides you with immediate color while developing into a deep, dark, and natural-looking tan. The colour guide technology ensures an easy, streak-free application, every time. Jason Wu Beauty Good Night Mr. Wu Lip Mask, $15 This ultra-moisturizing lip mask is a favorite for many of us here at Camera Ready Cosmetics! It is formulated with Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, and Vitamin E to help soothe and moisturize your lips while you sleep. Best Self Tanner Best Overnight Lip Mask Best of ... HAIR FEKKAI Clean Stylers Straight Balm, $12-26 Introducing a revolutionary, hybrid blowout balm that easily straightens and transforms frizzy and unruly hair into sleek, liquid glass hair, Fekkai's Straight Balm provides 24-hour frizz control and 450° heat protection along with keratin repair and breakage reduction. This balm is part of the Clean Styler Collection; stylers that treat and treatments that style. Along with PhytoVie® Defense that has been scientifically proven to offer 24-hour frizz control and heat protection at 450°F, this Straight Balm contains Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (a vegan alternative to keratin) that restores, improves hair structure, and reduces breakage. It also includes Phytenso™, a biolipid complex, that serves as a natural alternative to chemical straightening by coating and elongating each strand. It seals lifted cuticles and repairs split ends as well. Fekkai's Straight Balm is safe for all hair types including keratin and color-treated hair. It is ideal for thick, unruly, and frizzy-prone hair. Living Proof Full Dry Volume & Texture Spray, $32 According to Allure, this pro-favorite spray won because it "adds a little something-something to hair best described with words like 'bleh,' 'blah,' and 'meh.' A patented molecule increases the space between hair fibers for a lifted effect that lasts all day." Best Blowout Balm Best Volumizer Best of ... TOOLS Tweezerman Classic Slant Tweezer, $12 If you feel like you're having deja vu, you're not. Tweezerman's Classic Slant Tweezer has been deemed the best tweezer for several years! Famous for its precision, the Slant Tweezer is consistently acclaimed as setting the standard for excellence and quality. With perfectly aligned, hand-finished tips that grab the hair every time, these stainless steel tweezers have been the choice of make-up artists, celebrities, and beauty professionals for over 30 years. BeautyBlender The Original Makeup Sponge, $20 It may come as no surprise that this makeup sponge made the list again this year. In fact, this is the tenth time it's earned the Allure Best of title! Access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. The suede texture is sensual to the touch and features unique curves that fit the contours of your face, leaving makeup undetectable. Ideal for applying foundation, powder, BB + CC cream, cream blush, and powder. For best results, wet the sponge before applying makeup. At Camera Ready, we proudly offer a special professional value pack with six BeautyBlenders and a Solid Cleanser. Best Tweezers Best Makeup Sponge Best of .... MAKEUP Stila Stay All Day Dual-Ended Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, $28 It was another great year for Stila as their Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliners took won the title of Allure Best of Beauty 2022 for Liquid Eyeliner. Available in a variety of shades, you'll find this eyeliner pen in a lot of makeup lovers' collections! Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer+ Hydrating Primer, $16-42 Smooth, blur, hydrate, and protect from environmental aggressors with this lightweight niacinamide infused primer. This primer creates a breathable lightweight barrier with triple hyaluronic acid + niacinamide for super hydrated skin. The lightweight formula smooths and blurs. Silkscreen complex protects against pollution, blue light, and environmental aggressors, while hydrating skin. Available in two sizes. Laura Mercier Translucent Pressed Powder, $39 This high-performance translucent powder sets makeup for up to 12-hour wear without weight or texture. Wears comfortably while helping control shine and blurring the appearance of pores and imperfections. Applies evenly. Blends effortlessly. No photo-flashback and available in two shades. Ardell Individual Lashes, prices vary per pack Lashes are a must-have for many makeup artists, but the latest trends rely on individual lashes to create a more customized look for each client! That's why we're not surprised Ardell's Individual Lashes were named Allure's Best of for 2022! Danessa Myricks Yummy Skin Blurring Balm Powder, $5.99-$36 We're elated to hear Danessa Myricks won another Allure Best of Beauty Award (her Colorfix had won previously) for her innovative Yummy Skin Blurring Balm Powder! This scientifically-based formula reduces texture, boosts coverage, and blurs while it also balances oils throughout the day while maintaining hydration. Powered by Upsalite a Swedish super ingredient that encapsulates and balances sebum and sweat throughout the day. Best Primer Best Liquid Eyeliner Best Pressed Powder Best Individual Lashes Best Beauty Breakthrough Shop the Winners Are you ready to discover what all the beauty buzz is about?! Click here to view all the products, or simply click one of the product pics above to add to your cart! About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
I AM CAMERA READY HAIR: How to Style & Care For Curly and Coily Hair
If you've been wondering how to take care of curls and coily hair right now (or at any time really), Fekkai's resident curl and coil expert April Story is going deep on everything you need to know about tighter hair textures and the products you shouldn't live without. In this blog, Fekkai's Curly and Coily Hair Expert will Cover: The importance of knowing your curl pattern Eliminating certain ingredients from your routine to enhance your curls How to protect curly and coily hair from drying out How often to shampoo and cleanse curly and coily hair The best way to dry curly and coily hair How to maintain a good balance of moisture and protein for curly and coily hair How heat styling impacts curls and coils How and when you should brush and detangle your curls and coils How to tell if your curly or coily hair is damaged How to co-wash curly and coily hair Images and information courtesy of the FEKKAI team Some of the most famous women throughout history have had curls: think Beyonce, Sarah Jessica Parker and the list goes on. It's the versatility of curls we love because you can wear them as voluminous and big as you want and then straighten them and go for a super sleek style. For us and the Fekkai team, curls represent natural beauty and embracing your hair's uniqueness. We know waves, curls, and coils do require different care and a different approach than straighter textures. There's no one-size-fits-all method and most women's hair features a few different kinds of curl patterns. KNOWING YOUR CURL PATTERN IS A GREAT PLACE TO START "There are a range of curl patterns from wavy to kinky," April advises. "The beauty industry uses codes 2A to 4C as a reference to determine the characteristics and texture of your hair. These codes can get confusing at times because most people have a combination of textures. However, you can use this as a starting guide to educate yourself on products to use, daily maintenance and care, and style options." ELIMINATE CONTROVERSIAL INGREDIENTS FROM YOUR ROUTINE Of silicones, they "are not water soluble and difficult to remove, which means they can cause buildup that weighs your curls down and diminishes definition," April explains. "For Types 2 and 3, silicone can be too heavy and straighten out some of your curls causing a visible difference in your curl p