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Allure Best of Beauty 2020
Every fall, Allure releases their Best of Beauty awards and instantly catapults the winning products to cult status with their red stamp of approval. Over a period of several months, the Allure team distributes thousands of beauty products to expert testing teams around the world and tracks their results. They even take it a step further by consulting shade-swatching panels, contacting cosmetic chemists, estheticians, makeup artists, beauty professionals and more to discover the products they can't live without. This year, Camera Ready is proud to offer 10 products featured on the list across all categories - from hair and skincare to makeup and beauty tools. We're sure you'll find a few of your own favorites and kit essentials in the lineup. Keep reading for a list of the game-changing, Allure-approved products you need, right now! Best Clarifying Mask Best Facial Self Tanner Best of ... BASE & SKINCARE Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask, $36 Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Mask is formulated with Amazonian White Clay sourced from the mouth of the Amazon River. This detoxifying and purifying clay face mask helps draw out impurities, reduce surface oil production and visibly minimizes pores. St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist, $30 Achieve a natural-looking golden tan that lasts for days, with just one application. This tropically scented formula is infused with 100% natural tanning agents to deliver an ultra-lightweight, vegan clear mist that doesn't need to be rinsed off. Apply regularly under or over make-up. Best Hot Pink Lipstick Best Lip Pencil Best Cream Highlighter Best Cream Eyeshadow Best of .... MAKEUP Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lipstick in Enigma, $30 Revolutionary texture that provides intense color pay off in a single stroke. The Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lipstick in Enigma is a shiny hot pink that meets the needs and wants of every bold lipstick lover. NYX Profesional Makeup Slim Lipliner Pencil, $4 Slim and trim but never prim! NYX's Slim Lipliner Pencils come in a variety of dashing shades - from Auburn to Orange to traffic-stopping red. This buttery long-wearing lip liner formula goes on easily and resists bleeding. The affordable price makes it easy to fill your kit with numerous shades without breaking your budget. Stila Heaven's Hue Cream Highlighter, $32 Bouncy-to-the-touch, these unique, radiance-enhancing highlighters are gossamer-light and melt into skin for a barely-there feel. Ultra-fine, light diffusing particles help skin look lit from within with a soft, luminous, natural-looking glow. Available in three shades, there is a highlighter that suits every skin tone. Danessa Myricks ColorFix, $18 ColorFix is a pro staple that's gaining well-deserved recognition in the beauty lover world thanks to the rich pigmentation and budge-proof formula. Add in the wealth of finishes and colors, and the sky is the limit with these fan favorite shadows. Best Powder Brush Best Concealer Brush Best Tweezers Best Makeup Sponge Best of ... BEAUTY TOOLS Real Techniques Setting Brush, $8 This 100% cruelty-free micro setting brush is the key to completing any look, allowing a perfectly controlled dusting of product. Ideal for setting powders or highlighting powders/creams. Plus, it's a steal at only $8. Sigma Beauty F79 Concealer Blend Kabuki Brush, $23 Specially designed with Sigma's exclusive Sigmax synthetic filament, this brush applies cream, powder and liquid concealers with a smooth, streak-free finish and doesn't absorb product into the bristles. Created in height, shape and density to meet every shape of the face. Tweezerman Classic Slant Tweezer, $23 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 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 make up dazzling and 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. Shop the Winners Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out 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.
In the Press: Best of 2020
In addition to offering 10 of the Allure Best of Beauty 2020 Winners, we're proud to announce a wide array of beauty tools and products that have been awarded the coveted "Best of" title from other Beauty and Lifestyle powerhouses like Glamour, Who What Wear, Byrdie, Better Homes & Gardens, and many more. Click here to shop the Best of Beauty 2020, or continue reading to find out if your kit essentials made the list. Best Volumizer Best Shampoo for Colored Hair Best Natural Hand Sanitizer Best 🌿 Product to Try Best for Curly Hair Best Heat Protectant Best Beauty Lab Rose Spray Best Professional Scalp Treatment Best of ... SKINCARE & HAIRCARE Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast, $29 Kicking off our list is a Glamour Best of Beauty Reader's Choice for haircare, the Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast. This popular spray creates volume and texture that’s almost as light as air and gives big, lasting results on dry hair. It's powered by the Volumizing and Texturizing Molecule (ETAS) which is lighter and bigger than industry standard ingredients, so it delivers big volume and texture to your hair without weighing it down. Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color, $46 Entertainment Tonight's beauty team said it best - the name says it all. They deemed this luxury shampoo the best shampoo for colored hair. This ultra-gentle cleanser extends the bright, happy life of your dye with high-tech ingredients that target damaged areas for intense moisture treatment and protect your hue from the elements. Milk + Honey Hand Purifier No. 8, $8 No sink? No soap? No problem. While you're on the go, this plant-based blend purifies without drying out your hands. Spray onto the palms of your hands, and rub together until purifier is absorbed. It may also be used to cleanse surfaces, such as desks, door handles, and kitchen counters. This hand sanitizer caught the eye of the beauty team at Refinery 29 and was included in their best clean hand sanitizer category for 2020. Fitish Tone Down Facial Mist, $29 FITISH Beauty has caught the attention of Brit + Co for serving an innovative product in a growing beauty category. 'Tone Down' facial mist works to calm, soothe and even skin tone after a workout or day in the sun. Infused with organic Aloe, peppermint, coffee and for a refreshing pick-me-up. Oribe Styling Butter Curl Enhancing Creme, $46 Oribe's Styling Butter Curl Enhancing Crème deeply nourishing crème instantly melts into hair and defines coily curls and has been named earned Who What Wear's coveted title of being one of the best products for curly hair. A blend of shea butter and avocado oil hydrates hair to protect from breakage and control frizz. Strength, softness, and hold are at your fingertips. Living Proof Restore Instant Protection, $27 A weightless spray featuring Living Proof’s patented Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA), adds shine and polish while protecting against static and heat & UV damage. It's so lightweight that it can be layered and combined with other styling products. The team at Self Magazine included this popular protectant in a round up of the best heat protectants, according to professionals. Milk + Honey Hydrating Rose Mist,$32 If any beauty team is dedicated to finding luxurious products that deliver for those on the go, it's Better Homes & Gardens. They included Milk + Honey's Hydrating Rose Mist in their Best Rose Water Sprays to Calm and Refresh list! This lightly rose-infused facial mist is enhanced with organic aloe vera leaf juice, rose extracts, and powerful antioxidants. It balances the skin’s pH while boosting hydration and calming the appearance of red, irritated skin. Oribe Serene Scalp Exfoliating Scrub, $52 This powerful scrub gently polishes scalp with exfoliating beads to remove oil, dirt and product buildup while a blend of alpha hydroxy acids and fruit extracts cleanses pores and nourishes hair. Scalp is left primed and deeply purified. Best Sheer Foundation for Mature Skin Best Hydrating Foundation for Mature Skin Best Liquid Highlighter Best Liquid Highlighter Best Setting Powder Best Highlighting Powder Best of .... MAKEUP Make Up for Ever Water Blend Foundation, $43 According to New York Mag, Fiona Stiles steers clear of foundations with too much pigment: “They just sink into lines and accentuate pore size, making the skin look even more mature.” Her favorite feather-light option is Make Up for Ever’s Water Blend because “it’s thin but still has just the right amount of coverage.” Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation, $79 Known for its skincare benefits and flawless coverage, the Maifanshi Moisture Foundation has newly been reformulated with the latest in Japanese skincare technology. New York Mag included this pro favorite in their roundup of best foundations for mature skin. It provides hydration all day and boasts a skinlike texture that suits all skin types. Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Face Highlighter, $32 Named one of Allure's Best Liquid Illuminators, Kevyn Aucoin's Glass Glow Face Highlighter has been one of our favoriets for years. The universal, lightweight, unique formula creates youthful-looking, well-hydrated skin, with a glassy complexion. The multi-purpose glow-gel can be used on the face and body, leaving skin appearing clear, radiant, and seemingly transparent. The bridge between highlighting and skincare. Use alone for a fresh look, or add it to your existing routine, for an added glass effect. Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation Illuminator, $55 According to Allure: The Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation Illuminator is a staple in makeup artist Fiona Stiles's kit, thanks to its light-catching glimmer that you can build up to your desired level of sparkle. "That's probably my all-time favorite," Stiles says. "It's very soft and subtle." Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder, $39 A cult favorite for many years, this setting powder claimed the title of Glamour's Best of Beauty 2020 Reader's Choice for setting powder. Pros love the super smooth application, which goes on evenly, blends effortlessly and provides great wear. Sets makeup for twelve hours without adding weight or texture. Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter, $38 Known for its ability to take on a different hue based on the wearer's under tones, this pressed highlighter snagged the title of Reader's Choice in the Allure Best of Beauty 2020. Available in numerous shades, this highlighter is velvety smooth and contains light refracting powder that applies like crushed minerals for a refined luminosity. Reader's Choice - Best Skincare Tool Best Heated Eye Lash Curler Best Eye Lash Curler Best Eye Lash Curler for Long Lashes Best of ... BEAUTY TOOLS Foreo Luna Play Plus, $49.99 When it comes to affordable skincare devices that actually work, it doesn't get any better than the Foreo Luna Play Plus. This palm-sized device was named Glamour's Best in Beauty 2020 Reader's Choice for skincare devices, and we can't say we're surprised to learn it's a fan favorite! Chella Heated Eye Lash Curler, $22 The ultimate tool for those wanting an extra lift with minimal effort, the Chella Heated Eye Lash Curler was named the best Heated Eye Lash Curler in several articles on Byrdie. From minimal heating time to ease of use, the perks of this handy tool are, well, eye opening! Jenny Patinkin Lazy Perfection Lash Curler, $24 The name says it all. Easy to use and perfect results, and the beauty team at Better Homes & Gardens agrees. They named this beauty tool the best eye lash curler of 2020. The Jenny Patinkin Lazy Perfection Lash Curler provides a white bumper that is easy to see while curling and offers a unique shape to allow the curler to get maximum results without fear of pinching or discomfort. Kevyn Aucoin The Eye Lash Curler, $21 When it comes to lashes, Byrdie's team breaks down their winning tools in detail! The Kevyn Aucoin Eye Lash Curler took the title of Best Lash Curler for Long Lashes. If you're been blessed with long lashes, you know how tricky it can be to find a curler that doesn't pinch or damage your luscious lashes. This one has you covered with the perfect amount of tension and a bright red silicone pad that makes it easy to see as you're getting that perfect lash lifted effect. Ardell False Lashes, starting at $3.99 A best of list is never complete without Ardell Lashes. With a wide variety of styles at an incredible price point, it's easy to see why these lashes earned Glamour's Best of Beauty Reader's Choice Award for False Lashes. Shop the Winners Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out 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.
Makeup Artist Chat: The Ultimate List Of Non-Makeup Essentials Inside Every Pro Kit
As professional makeup artists, we know there are countless, often unpublicized, non-makeup products that support our work. Without these holy grail kit staples we couldn’t do our jobs. Well, we probably could…but it would be an added, unnecessary level of challenge. Since no two kits are alike, we asked YOU which non-makeup beauty essentials you relied on for flawless, effortless makeup application. From breath mints and phone chargers to fragrance sprays and can't-live-without tools, discover the non-makeup beauty essentials found inside every pro artist kit. BECCA Backlight Priming Filter Image: BECCA Cosmetics Scott Barnes Body Bling Image: Scott Barnes Embryolisse Miracle Cream Image: Embryolisse SKIN PREP & SET Erica Ages, Georgia Makeup Artist “The BECCA Backlight Priming Filter is a staple in my kit because I can use it with a wide range of skin tones. It is great on skin by itself, but you can also use it under, mixed with, or on top of foundation to give a soft skin-like glow.” Gia McCloud, Dallas Makeup Artist “I have been using Ben Nye Final Seal for years on my clients, especially in the hot and humid summer weather. A few sprays will leave my applications locked in all day. This matte finishing spray also provides an awesome waterproof coat on eyeshadow looks, too!” Doris Torres-Collins, Florida Makeup Artist “Scott Barnes has been a staple in my pro kit for years, with his original launch years ago. Body Bling is my go-to when I work with models and fashion shows. Scott Barnes has been a friend, a mentor, and an inspiration, so it's great to have products I can use that are professional grade and red carpet ready!” Ana Sanchez-Burdette, Dallas Makeup Artist “Aside from actually training with Maurice Stein (the creator of Cinema Secrets), I love how smooth Cinema Secrets Primer makes foundation and/or correctors glide on. My applications are seamless and blend well. No “pooling” into the pores. It’s great for HD work.” Ruth M., Canadian Makeup Artist “I keep Danessa Myricks Beauty Oil in my kit because it makes everyone look like they have a flawless, glowing complexion, regardless of age or skin type. It absorbs and hydrates skin without an oily feel. It also mixes with foundation and moisturizer perfectly, particularly the Vision Cream Cover. The glow is natural, never overdone.” Samantha Navarro, Maryland Makeup Artist “Embryolisse Lait Crème is an absolute kit essential! Absorbs quickly, but provides a glowing, moisturized finish to the skin. Great for nearly all skin types and textures!” Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard wearing Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Eye Gels Image: Skyn Iceland Mehron Barrier Spray Image: Mehron Cosmetics Patchology Sheet Masks Image: Patchology Katelynn Stuckey, Southern California Makeup Artist “Mehron Barrier Spray never leaves my kit because it not only creates a water proof/sweat proof barrier, but also is such a versatile product. I sometimes will mix with pigment to create a budge proof look. Weather it’s bridal makeup or special effects, it’s a must have!” Laura Cotterill, United Kingdom Makeup Artist “Sheet masks are my go-to product for hydration in my makeup kit. I love using masks that contain vitamin C for the ultimate skin drink to boost energy and hydration. Masks help hydrate before makeup application, and teamed with eye sheets, everything just looks flawless!” Keisha Kerr, Canadian Makeup Artist “Skyn Iceland’s cooling eye patches [are a must-have], and they double as shadow shields.” Heather Hawkins, North Carolina Makeup Artist “Sunscreen is ALWAYS a staple in my kit. It not only gives protection to keep all the bad UVs away, but it also can act as a primer, a moisturizer and give a youthful glow - depending on the sunscreen. I love multi-purpose products! Saves space & weight when carrying a mobile salon!” Conture Hair Remover Image: Conture Paw Palette In Action Image: Dani Rivera MUA Temptu Air PRO Image: Temptu TOOLS TO INVEST IN Candice Ennis, Virginia Makeup Artist “Color theory is a necessary fundamental for any make-up artist. It’s an essential technique when understood, but can be a challenge to master. I always keep a color wheel in my kit for custom undertone foundation mixing and creative body art color designs.” Gayla Gastler, Chicago Makeup Artist “[I always have] a small battery-operated facial trimmer to remove facial fuzz.” Naomi Blakeslee, California Makeup Artist "I use BeautyBlenders for a few reasons: 1) A damp beauty blender gives me a flawless dewy finish. 2) They make it easier to reach awkward areas that many brushes can’t reach, like around the nose and around the eyes. 3) Many people believe BeautyBlenders are for application only, however, they work just as good for removing makeup!" Kirsty Smit-Wingfield, Virginia Makeup Artist “I love the Paw Palettes! They are so unique, keep my kit looking neat and my products clean.” Amber Preston, Ohio Makeup Artist “I’m OBSESSED with the Temptu Airbrush Compressor for so many reasons: 1) It’s lightweight & compact, saving room in my kit. 2) It’s cordless! You won’t always have an outlet in the space you’re working. 3) Long battery life! It’s quiet, but mighty spraying capabilities include three different speed settings. It truly is the best compressor I’ve ever tried, and I’ve gone through many in my career.” Julie Fischer, Philadelphia Makeup Artist “Vueset has become invaluable in my kit. They help condense my products, and I can easily see what I have with their space-saving, transparent design. Since starting to use Vueset cases, I feel I work more quickly and efficiently on the job. I use them for necessities such as lipsticks, false eyelashes, prep products, disposables and more!” The Smithfolio Brush Case Image: Smith Cosmetics The Makeup Light In Action Image: Hanna Claire Linder MUA Tuscany Pro Makeup Chair Image: Tuscany Pro Chairs EQUIPMENT ESSENTIALS Estrella Lopez, Miami Makeup Artist “[I prefer using a] brushfolio to keep my brushes organized and easily accessible.” Glynnis Garcia, Nashville Makeup Artist “The Makeup Light is the only light anyone needs for makeup. I weigh 95 lbs. Do you really seeing me lugging a hair kit, a makeup kit, AND a ring light?! Heck no. I can attach it on a mirror, curtains, the tripod, on a chair, anywhere! TML all the way.” Dana Hall, New York Makeup Artist “Many times I would go on location, and there wasn’t a chair high enough. I would have to bend over, squat, or put myself in very awkward positions to work on a client's face. Now, no matter where I go for a makeup job, my Tuscany Pro Makeup Chair comes with me. The attached strap allows me to carry it on my shoulder, and off I go!” Jessi Pagel, Texas Makeup Artist “The Zuca Sport Artist Rolling Kit is my absolute favorite for multiple reasons: 1) I can alternate from each job to have exactly what I need when I need it. 2) The organizational options are endless! 3) It travels with ease and is so portable! For celebrity makeup/hair jobs, I like the Zuca Artist Backpack. It has the ability to serve as a hair kit alone. An additional bonus is that it fits right on top of the rolling Zuca or you can wear it as a backpack.” Jilladair Carlson, Missouri Makeup Artist “Everybody is going through something. Getting your makeup done whether for a film, commercial or wedding can be stressful for clients, which can make my job more difficult. When someone sits in my chair, they get a "Soul" package to soothe their soul. My Soul Kits include: 1) Hershey Kisses (Who doesn't need a kiss?) 2) Lifesaver Mints (We all feel better with fresh breath.) 3) A tea bag 4) An instant latte packet 5) A protein bar 6) An empty paper cup (They can drop all of their woes.) It never fails to put a smile on my client’s face, which helps them relax so we can both enjoy the ride.” Crazy Merman Brush Soap Image: Crazy Merman Sigma Beauty Eye Primers Image: Sigma Beauty Inglot Duraline Image: Inglot Cosmetics MISCELLANEOUS MUST-HAVES Pam Jean, Kentucky Makeup Artist Aromatherapy: “As a makeup artist I began using essential oils to help me when working. They provide a sense of calm and focus that is crucial to provide my clients with an energetic, balanced, yet calm experience. Take your bride from frazzled to dazzled with a travel diffuser, roller baller, neck wrap for the therapeutic benefits to elevate their bridal beauty experience.” Camera Ready Cosmetics Brush Cleaner: Crazy Merman's handmade brush soaps begin with a cruelty-free, vegan base of natural ingredients and essential oils. Their fusion of coconut and olive oil removes makeup from natural and synthetic brushes, leaving them luxuriously soft, clean and conditioned. Because of their lack of harsh chemicals, Crazy Merman soaps are also perfect for cleaning beauty sponges and other tools. Eloise Reed, United Kingdom Makeup Artist A Diary: “[Helps me] know exactly when and where my next client will be, and I can easily see where I have free time to book new clients.” Cameron Carson, Virginia Makeup Artist Duraline by Inglot: “A must-have for mixing into eyeshadows! Duraline helps with smudging liner on clients with hooded lids who have trouble with excessive creasing. Delivers no-crease, all-day wear!” Glynn Renee Bryant, New York Makeup Artist Phone Charger: “I’ve been on jobs where no one has a phone charger, so I carry an industrial size USB charging box for up to six phones at a time. I also carry an all-natural bug repellent. Some makeup trailers I’ve worked in have mosquitos. Basically, I try to be a walking CVS.” Camera Ready Cosmetics Eyeshadow Primer: The Smashbox Photo Finish 24-hr Shadow Primer keeps shadow in place, not all over your face for 24 hours. It’s a fade-proof, sheer, colorless formula that intensifies color and finish to ensure your eye looks survive workouts, nights out and big days. Felicia Yvette, Maryland Makeup Artist Magnifying Glass: “Sam Fine or Lottie Tomlinson (one of them!) taught me to keep a magnifying glass [in my kit] so I can always see those tiny little details, especially for beauty work.” Tracy Saunders, Seattle Makeup Artist Nail Polish: “Always carry nail polish. I’m surprised at how many clients’ nails look terrible!” Janet Richardson, International Makeup Artist Spatulas: “I must have my Graftobian Spatula! I use it for so many things, especially to scrape foundation to prevent cross contamination.” Philip B. Jet Set Hairspray Image: Philip B. Botanicals Winky Lux Matcha Blotting PaperImage: Sigma Beauty Bioderma Micellar Water Image: Bioderma USA ADDITIONAL KIT FAVORITES See more of the most mentioned kit essentials every artist uses: 99% Rubbing Alcohol Baby Wipes Bandaids Basic Hair Styling Tools Battery-powered Fan Blotting Paper Bobby Pins Body Lotion Brow Blade Business Cards Cotton Pads Cough Drops Deodorant Disposable Tools Double-sided Tape Dr. PAWPAW Balm Dry Shampoo Empty Palettes Exfoliating Serum Eye Depuffer Eye Drops Extension Cord Facial Hair Trimmer Facial Roller First Aid Kit Gum or Mints Hair Clips Hairspray Hand Sanitizer Hand Towels Handheld Mirror Heated Eyelash Curler Individual Lashes Lash Glue Lash Scissors Lint Roller Lip Applicators Lip Balm Makeup Remover Wipes Makeup Sanitizer Mascara Disposables Micellar Water Nail File Palette Knives Palette Paper Paper Towels Protein Power Bars Q-tips Razor Rose Water Safety Pins Sewing Kit Sharpeners (small & large) Sponges Straws Sugar Lip Scrub Tampons Tissues Tylenol Tweezers BONUS PRO TIP Francia Cohen, Special Effects Makeup Artist “Always have a clean kit!! Clean brushes. Clean makeup. Clean tools. Clean hands. Clean everything!” Which non-makeup beauty favorites do you keep stocked in your kit? Comment below! 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 patterns. If this occurs use a clarifying shampoo to help remove buildup. Then, follow up with a deep conditioning hair mask (silicone-free of course)." Sulfates strip hair of its natural oils and dehydrate your curls, which causes dryness and frizz. "We, curly girls, already struggle with dry ends so don’t exacerbate it for a good lather," she recommends. PROTECT YOUR HAIR FROM MOISTURE LOSS BY WRAPPING IT IN SILK NIGHTLY "Consider wrapping your hair in a silk scarf or sleeping on a silk pillowcase." According to April, this helps preserve your curl pattern and reduce friction throughout the night. "Cotton depletes your strands of its natural oils. So make the switch," and thank her later! PRO Tip: It’s also a great add-on to your skincare routine for the same reasons. KEEP SHAMPOOING TO A MINIMUM AND ALWAYS USE A CONDITIONER Some people shampoo their hair more often than others for various reasons like regular workouts, high sebum production, or the summertime heat. "I get it, honestly, but also keep in mind that over shampooing dries out your curls and we need our natural oils," April emphasizes. "We curly girls are usually towards the drier end of the spectrum. Because we have curls, coils, and kinks we don’t dry brush our hair often which means our natural oils are not being distributed from roots to end evenly." So, we must infuse in that moisture in other ways, including through conditioners for example. "A hydrating conditioner that works with your curly hair will help provide a healthy dose of hydration, nourishment, and protection." Quick tip: If your curls tend to fall flat at the crown, rinse your hair upside down in the shower. "This allows the roots to lift. Rinsing with your head backwards (totally normal) flattens the root decreasing volume. For a voluminous look, you can apply this same method when diffusing." OPT FOR AIR DRYING AND DIFFUSING "This limits direct heat to your curls and reduces friction that disturbs your hair's consistency, causing frizz and dryness." MAINTAIN A BALANCE OF MOISTURE AND PROTEIN April feels this is the most valuable advice she can give anyone in maintaining healthy hair. "There are so many contributing factors in our daily routines that will provoke damage," she alerts. "So, I say live your best life, get those highlights and curl your hair every once in a while, but the key is to pay attention to your hair. It will tell you what it needs. An elasticity check will allow you to determine if your hair needs protein or moisture, by the way your hair reacts." Here's how you do one: "Take 3 to 4 strands of hair, holding the ends and the mid-lengths, then stretch it. If your hair doesn’t stretch and breaks then most likely you need moisture for dryness. If your hair stretches and doesn’t break and feels very soft and slightly gummy, then you most likely will need protein for strength. ANY TYPE OF HEAT STYLING CAN HAVE A DAMAGING IMPACT ON YOUR HAIR "This depends on many varying factors, thickness, density, porosity, and current state." April advises that is fine in moderation. "If a few curls are inconsistent, use a tiny iron on low heat to touch up that curl. Diffuse your hair on low heat and air dry when you can." But "in moderation" does not mean daily, "Maximum 1-2 times per week. Flat ironing once a week is fine, but you should expect some damage. Remedy that by doing a conditioning hair mask during the following week and a cleansing and co-washing session." HOW AND WHEN YOU SHOULD BRUSH AND DETANGLE YOUR HAIR ARE DEPENDENT ON YOUR TEXTURE AND DESIRED END RESULT April's most important tip here: detangle on wash days. "Allow the pressure from the shower and conditioner to help you," she shares. "Conditioner helps with the slip, making detangling an easy task. Use a wide tooth comb, a flexible detangling brush, or even your fingers. Always start from the ends and work your way up." THE BEST WAY TO TELL IF YOUR CURLY HAIR IS DAMAGED? TOUCH IT "Look at it," April suggests. "How does it feel? Does it look dull? Is it tangling easily?" Is your curl and its shape off? There’s your answer. "Do an elasticity test to see you if you’re more in need of moisture or protein." Then after determining that, select hair care products accordingly. "Do bi-weekly hair masks." Then see your stylist or a curl expert like April for a haircut and shaping. LESS IS MORE FOR SUMMERTIME CURL AND COIL CARE Though we love the thrill of new beauty products, you don't need a slew to get amazing curls and coils. "Choose one or two styling products and let nature do the rest," April recommends. "I would always suggest a hair milk or leave-in conditioner of some sort, and a hair cream or gel depending on your texture. Scrunch or twist your hair as desired for style, after shampooing or co-washing. Go out get some fresh air; allow the sun to dry your hair." The summer season is all about showing your curls and coils and allowing them time to just be and build strength. HERE'S A SAMPLE CLEANSING ROUTINE "Shampoo (with sulfate-free shampoo) once a week, once every other week, or even monthly for some of my coiled girls," April affirms. "It varies depending on your hair texture. Shampoos are designed to lift buildup from your scalp and hair. So it is absolutely necessary, but in moderation." Waves, curls, and coils need their natural oils for moisture and to maintain a healthy scalp. She continues, "deep condition and mask during every shampoo cycle." Leave it in and because, why not? "Your curls can always use a moisture or protein boost." HEARD OF CO-WASHING? HERE'S HOW TO DO IT Co-washing is simply using a conditioner to cleanse and infuse additional moisture into your hair. "Conditioner is designed to stick to the hair and seal the shaft, creating a protective coat," April informs. "Think of it like this, shampoo removes buildup and conditioner cleanses better than just plain water. You can co-wash everyday but remember, it doesn’t remove heavy buildup. I typically co-wash after day two to add moisture and redefine my curls." Co-washing can be done in between shampooing cycles, but shouldn't be used as a replacement. Explore Fekkai Are you create your perfect curly or coily hair routine? Explore Fekkai's line of clean hair care to start living your best curly hair life, or click here to contact one of our Beauty Experts for more tips. Are You 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.
I AM CAMERA READY HAIR: Slicked Back Ballerina Bun with Jillian Dempsey Roomie Pomade
Whether you're wanting to create a slicked back bun to complement your clean girl makeup look or want to channel your innner ballerina chic and rockstar sexy, the slicked-back-bun is back in a big way, and all you need to DIY is the Jillian Dempsey Roomie Hair Pomade, a few hair pins, and this quick and easy 3-step tutorial from Jillian Dempsey! Video Tutorial from Jillian Dempsey BALLERINA BUN HAIR TUTORIAL STEP 1: Brush Your Hair Into a Ponytail Pull hair back in a high and tight ponytail, leaving a 1.5 inch section loose on each side with your natural part still showing. BALLERINA BUN HAIR TUTORIAL STEP 2: Create the Bun Warm a dollop or Roomie in your palms and slick your hair away from the face, then add a thin layer of pomade to your ponytail and twist it into a bun. Secure the ends with hair pins or a second hair tie. Pull hair back in a high and tight ponytail, leaving a 1.5 inch section loose on each side. BALLERINA BUN HAIR TUTORIAL STEP 3: Brush Everything Into Place and Secure with Hair Pins Use a bristle brush to smooth the loose pieces back into the bun, keeping the part visible, twist ends around the bun, and secure with hair pins. Your Ballerina Bun is Camera Ready! Explore Jillian Dempsey Are you create your own perfect ballerina bun or to discover great beauty products to enhance your clean girl routine? Explore Jillian Dempsey pomade and her finger-friendly line of makeup! Are You 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.
I AM CAMERA READY: 4 NATURAL SHAMPOO INGREDIENTS FOR COLORED-TREATED HAIR
If you have color-treated hair, you know keeping the color vibrant, preventing fading, restoring moisture, and protecting it from the sun and other seasonal impacts can be tricky! Good hair color is an art, but it's also a science. Dyeing your hair to elevate your look or make a bold, vibrant statement affects the structure of your hair strands and can cause dullness, dryness, and breakage, especially when your hair is colored repeatedly and for long periods of time. In this blog, we'll tackle some of the ways your hair care can keep your color-treated hair as healthy as possible with natural shampoo! Why Hair Care for Color-Treated Hair Starts with a Great Natural Shampoo Many people focus on treatments, conditioners, and masks to restore their color-treated hair, but the shampoo ingredients you use are important to maintaining healthy hair, too! To help protect color-treated hair and prevent further damage, look for hair care formulas that incorporate these four natural shampoo ingredients: Plum seed oil Vitamin B5 Prickly pear Olive oil Images and information courtesy of Fekkai Hydrate Color-Treated Hair with Mirabelle Plum Seed Oil Hair dyes tend to strip hair of its optimum moisture level. To combat unwanted dryness and breakage, shampoo for color-treated hair should include hydrating natural oils. Fekkai's Technician Color line incorporates Mirabelle plum seed oil, which we consider a superfood for your scalp for lasting color and vibrancy. Its concentrated fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals work together to help promote hair growth, strength, and shine. Mirabelle plum seed oil's antioxidant properties can also help protect colored hair and with its lightweight feel, you won't have to worry about it weighing your hair down or making your hair feel greasy. Achieve Hair Vibrancy with Vitamin B5 Vitamin B5 has made its way into most daily multivitamins for its beautifying, restorative, and smoothing properties. Known as an "anti-stress vitamin," B5 is also known for its potential to correct irritation, a common reaction to the coloring process while nourishing hair from the outside in. Fekkai incorporates panthenol (pro-vitamin B5) into its natural shampoos and hair care products in order to hydrate your hair and protect it from heat. Harness the Power of Prickly Pear for Beautiful Hair Prickly pear—the pink fruit that grows atop cacti—lives up to its thorny name, but its rough appearance hides incredibly soothing properties. Prickly pear has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. It has high concentrations of essential omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and amino acids that make it an excellent hair care ingredient. Native to the driest deserts, prickly pear seed oil packs a hydrating punch and helps protect your hair against sun, wind, and environmental damage. When formulated in natural shampoo for color-treated hair, prickly pear seed oil can help protect the scalp and strands from becoming coarse, brittle, dehydrated, or pH imbalanced. Revive Color-Treated Hair with Olive Oil Organic olive oil is one of nature's most versatile wonders, possessing an array of healthy fats, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a dietary staple as well as a perfect addition to natural shampoo for color-treated hair. The ingredient may help impart moisture and shine, fight oxidative damage, clear bacteria, and even offer SPF protection. Fekkai's Brilliant Gloss Shampoo is powered by organic French cold-pressed olive oil, which is sure to give your hair a healthy, sun-kissed Mediterranean glow no matter how far from the beach you happen to be. Explore Fekkai – Natural Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair Although beautiful and totally transformative, color-treated hair can often use some extra TLC—and that's where the right natural shampoo and hair care ingredients can help. All of Fekkai's shampoos are safe for color-treated hair, so you can feel confident that your hair care routine keeps your hair healthy and ready for whatever look you try next. 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 hair care 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.
Camera Ready Hair: Career Tips from Frederic Fekkai
Earlier this year, we had the pleasure of hosting world-renowned hair stylist and brand owner Frederic Fekkai at our showroom in Dallas, and he generously took the time to share some of his best advice for you, our artist, stylist, and beauty-loving community! Keep reading the blog or scroll all the way to the bottom to watch the interview! In his interview, frederic fekkai shared tips and insights into: His own brand and the future of his hair care line How to find inspiration as a stylist How to stay motivated as an artist or stylist How to set yourself apart from other makeup artists or hair stylists Why it's important for makeup artists and hair stylists to work with teams Why it's important for makeup artists and hair stylists to perform a great consultation with their client His own journey and what he did to achieve success as a budding stylist How to Find Inspiration and to Stay Motivated as a Makeup Artist or Hair Stylist Q: how can a makeup artist or hair stylist stay motivated throughout their career? Fekkai: "You don't want to do anything if you don't believe in it," said Fekkai. "To stay passionate, you need a reason. From the minute when I wake up in the morning to anything I do; exercise, go into the office, we need a reason... When we approach a problem, whenever we create a hairstyle. Whatever we do, it has to have a reason." Makeup and Hair Style Trends Q: What would you say to a stylist or makeup artist that is always wanting to follow the trends?? FEKKAI: "I don't believe in trends for trends... Trends are great when you create them. What does a trend even mean? It's not about following Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Jennifer Aniston, or anybody. That is not a trend. A trend is when you find an amazing style that really suits everyone - a person, a friend. You find a style that is right for them. That's a trend because it cannot be easily duplicated. That's a trend because it cannot be easily replicated. It's a novel item. Then people want that look because it's so desirable!" Getting Inspired by Other Artists and Hair Stylists Q: Why is it so important to work with teams? FEKKAI: "I get motivated when I work with my team at the salon. It's a great environment - like a lab- we test out products, it's like a focus group! We get feedback not only from the customer but also from the stylists. It's interactive." Education and Inspiration for Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists Q: Where would you recommend starting if you're thinking about becoming a hair stylist, a makeup artist, or just want to rebrand yourself? FEKKAI: "Today, more than ever, you have access to incredible content and information. Whether it's a tutorial on YouTube, or on Reels, beyond that, you can also look at the street, movies, books, and magazines to get inspired. Once you have a library of content, ideas, styles, and tools, you can perform and bring up that wow factor to your customer!" Why It's Important for Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists to Perform a Great Consultation Q: how do you approach consultations with your clients? FEKKAI: "If you are a pioneer, an innovator, somebody who brings something outside of the box and not just following what every other trend does, you trigger incredible creativity... What makes a great stylist is not just a great cut or color. It's a consultation. We look at each other in the eyes. Somebody will assess your look, your beauty, your lifestyle, and then they'll make their best recommendation - something that is tailored for you and unique!" Fekkai's Tips for Career Success for Artists and Hair Stylists Q: What would you like to say to the aspiring artists and stylists in our community? FEKKAI: "It's so important to be accessible, to be hungry, to always want. One of the biggest keys to success in my career was when other stylists weren't willing to do a job, I would say YES. I did more jobs which meant I met more people - photographers. models, actors, actresses, and normal people by just saying yes. So, say yes as much as you can, and be curious. Stay curious all the time! " The Full Interview with Frederic Fekkai Watch the interview with frederic fekkai Prefer to watch vidoes instead of read? View the interview above or on our YouTube Channel for extra tips not included above! Feeling Inspired? We hope you were inspired by Frederic Fekkai's journey and the tips he shared! Explore his products, or email our Beauty Experts to learn more about how to incorporate Fekkai into your routine! 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.
I Am Camera Ready - The Best Hair Styling Products to Get Camera Ready
For a lot of beauty lovers and makeup artists, perfecting a hairstyle is an essential part of getting and feeling camera ready. The right hair care and hair styling products will help you face whatever the day may bring and get clients ready for big events. That's why we're proud to offer the best haircare and hair styling products from Oribe, R+Co, Fekkai, IGK, OLAPLEX Living Proof, SACHAJUAN, and more.Whether you're looking for a haircare with dry shampoo, hair pomade, or hair spray, you can use these products with confidence, knowing they have our stamp of approval! Read on to learn about the best hair care products to get your hair camera ready. The topics we will be covering in our blog about hair care products to get your hair Camera Ready include: The Best & Top 10 Hair Styling Products to get Camera Ready Bonus Tips & Hair Styling Product Picks to Help You Style Your Hair Like A PRO Top 10 Hair Styling Products that Professional Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Use to Get Camera Ready No matter your hair type or hair concerns, finding the right hair styling product can make all the difference in your beauty routine! From dry shampoos to hair oils and everything in between, we've carefully curated the hair care products we offer to ensure you get great results every time.Our Top 10 Hair Care Best Sellers:Oribe Dry Texturizing SprayR+Co Dart Pomade StickPhilip B Thermal Protection SprayR+Co Vicious Strong Hold Flexible HairsprayFekkai Shea Butter Intense OilFekkai Clean Stylers Root LiftJillian Dempsey Roomie Hair PomadeSACHAJUAN Matt WaxLiving Proof Full Dry Volume and Texture SprayOribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray FOR OIL CONTROL & MANAGEABILITY: ORIBE DRY TEXTURIZING SPRAY A must-have for styling, Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is a revolutionary texture spray. It features patented polymers that absorb oil at the roots without a trace of powdery residue while Oribe's signature scent, Cote d'Azur, luxuriously refreshes strands. This texturizing spray is a brilliant alternative to dry shampoo. The BEST PRODUCT FOR PESKY FLYAWAYS: R+CO DART POMADE STICK If you've ever suffered from having major flyaways or baby hairs that cannot be tamed, the R+Co Dart Pomade Stick is the hair care product for you. The pomade stick fits into the palm of your hand and is the perfect size to take on the go to keep unruly hair in place or to mix styles up when you need a quick change. It's a secret weapon in our kit. BEST PRODUCT FOR HEAT PROTECTION: PHILIP B THERMAL PROTECTION SPRAY Philip B Thermal Protection Spray is a botanically powered thermal protectant. Its weightless styling primer shields hair against the ravages of heat styling and sun, so it's a two-for-one hair care protection spray that protects on all levels. Time-released hydrators build sexy texture and enhance shine giving you covetable results that last for days. BEST PRODUCT FOR LOCKING A HAIRSTYLE IN PLACE FOR LONG WEAR: R+CO VICIOUS STRONG HOLD FLEXIBLE HAIRSPRAY: Keeping it together just got (a little) easier, thanks to R+Co Vicious Strong Hold Flexible Hairspray. With this super strong hold, your style won’t be going anywhere. Unless you want it to, in which case - good news - you can still run a brush through and restyle your hair anytime you need to. As a plus, you won't experience the flakes or cracks you sometimes get with other hairsprays. FOR CURLY AND COILY HAIR AND ADDED SHINE AND HYDRATION: FEKKAI SHEA BUTTER INTENSE OIL We couldn't create a top 10 list without keeping our curly and coily hair guys and gals in mind! FEKKAI Shea Butter Intense Oil is a great option for hair care to provide the extra hydration you need as well as serve as a body oil to hydrate cuticles, dry patches, and any area in need of intense hydration. BEST HAIR STYLING PRODUCT For VOLUME & THOSE WITH SENSITIVE SCALPS: FEKKAI CLEAN STYLERS ROOT LIFT For those craving extra volume with a formula that has been created with even the most sensitive scalps in mind, Fekkai has you covered with its entire line of Clean Stylers! Fekkai Clean Styler Root Lift has a unique nozzle that allows you to get straight to the roots with a non-sticky volume spray that adds humidity-resistant volume and intense root lift to all hair types. It is powered by triple-boost technology to volumize, lift, and restore broken keratin bonds. This hair care product also provides heat protection up to 450°F while nourishing and protecting. FOR STYLING MEN'S HAIR AND KEEPING HAIR IN PLACE WITH A FIRM YET SOFT-TO-THE-TOUCH HOLD: JILLIAN DEMPSEY ROOMIE HAIR POMADE Makeup Artist Jillian Dempsey has had plenty of celebrities in her chair (including mega-star husband Patrick Dempsey, who is known for having gorgeous locks!), so she knows a thing or two about what it takes to create a great hair styling product. Her Roomie Hair Pomade (and the stick form, Roadie) provides great hold in a malleable formula that is easy to manipulate once you warm it up in the palms of your hands. You can build height, texture, and even a light sheen with this pomade, making it a great option to keep in your kit. FOR STYLES THAT REQUIRE FLEXIBLE HOLD WITHOUT THE SHINE: SACHAJUAN MATT WAX SACHAJUAN Matt Wax is a must-have for male grooming! The name says it all; this non-greasy grooming aid dries down to be a shine-free option to create a natural-looking hairstyle without making hair look glossy. This matt wax is great for professional headshots, tv, print, and film (and every day)! FOR HEAT PROTECTION, VOLUME, & LIGHT OIL ABSORPTION: LIVING PROOF FULL DRY VOLUME & TEXTURE SPRAY When you need volume in an instant, turn to Living Proof Full Dry Volume & Texture Spray. It is powered by the Volumizing and Texturizing Molecule (ETAS), which is lighter and bigger than industry standard ingredients, so it delivers big volume and texture to your hair without weighing it down. The volume and texture spray also lightly absorbs oil and protects hair up to 410°F, making it a great option if you use hot tools in your routine. FOR PROTECTION AGAINST HEAT AND HUMIDITY: ORIBE IMPERMEABLE ANTI-HUMIDITY SPRAY Nothing can ruin a photo shoot or day of filming easier than humidity! However, Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray is here to save the day. This lightweight anti-frizz hairspray acts as a shield against humidity and environmental damage, protecting sleek blowouts and perfect curls alike. Miami-tested and approved, this anti-humidity creates smooth, anti-frizz, touchable styles on the sultriest days (and nights) while nourishing and protecting strands. Bonus Hair Styling Products for Your Hair Care Needs If you're looking for hair styling products that go the extra mile to control oil or to provide additional benefits to your hair, we've got you covered there, too, with: IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil BEST HEAVY-DUTY DRY SHAMPOO: If you have oily hair or like to push the limits of your style and go as long as possible between washes, IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo will help you achieve the freshly styled look you're after! This heavy-duty charcoal dry shampoo is perfect for all hair types, ranging from fine to tightly coiled, and allows you to go even longer between washes - even after workouts. Detoxifying charcoal powder lifts dirt and build-up while absorbing oil and sweat. Cooling, calming white tea powder calms scalp and strengthens hair follicles. BEST HAIR OIL THAT PROTECTS & REPAIRS THE HAIR: Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil is a highly-concentrated, weightless, reparative styling oil that dramatically increases shine, softness, and color vibrancy. No.7 minimizes flyaways and frizz while providing UV/heat protection of up to 450°F/232°C. For best results that also fight frizz, pair with No.9 Bond Protecting Nourishing Hair Serum and No.6 Bond Smoother. Begin your hair styling routine by applying Olaplex No.9 from your mids to ends. No.9 is an anti-damage shield against pollution, heat, and free radicals. Next, create a cocktail of No.7 and No.6, which can be applied together to smooth the hair and add next-level shine. 3 Hair Styling Products Tips from the Pros Of course, we offer plenty of great hair styling products to ensure your mane stays in prime condition, but did you know some of your beauty products can double as hair fixer-uppers in a pinch? Included are hair care tips and tricks to: Touch up roots Control stray hairs Increase manageability Hair care PRO TIP FOR QUICK AND EASY ROOT TOUCH-UPS:: We are proud to offer R+Co Bright Shadows Root Touch-Up Spray to help hide grays in between salon visits; however, if you're traveling or need to save space in your kit, you can always add a light dusting of brow powder to the roots. Seal in with a hair spray to keep it in place all day! PRO TIP FOR KEEPING STRAY HAIRS IN PLACE: If you forgot your Dart Pomade Stick or can't seem to find your Jillian Dempsey Roadie Pomade in your bag, don't worry! It's not uncommon for folks to use their brow wax if it's just a few stray hairs you're hoping to tame. The secret to making this work is to apply only a small amount of pomade so that it doesn't appear heavy and wash it out once you no longer need to keep those fine hairs in place. We've also had makeup artists tell us they'll use a little bit of kit staple Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate to tame frizzy hair for a quick photo op. Add a tiny amount between your palms and rub vigorously to evenly distribute the cream onto your hands, then lightly swipe across the surface of the hair to avoid putting too much into one area. PRO TIP TO INCREASE MANAGEABILITY WITHOUT WEIGHING DOWN HAIR: If you have fine hair and struggle with finding hair care products that don't weigh down your hair, we feel your pain! A quick and easy trick is to spritz a light mist of a styling wax spray onto your brush and lightly brush onto your hair with swift sweeping motions to ensure you don't concentrate the hair care product on any particular part of the hair shaft. Repeat this process until you achieve your desired amount of hold. Feeling Inspired? Check Out All Of Our Hair Styling Products to Get Camera Ready. That's it! That's our List of Best Hair Styling Products for styling your hair like a pro. If you're interested in more options, you can explore the entire selection of our professional-grade styling favorites! 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.
I Am Camera Ready Hair Care 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. This month we're featuring our top hair picks as part of I Am Camera Ready. The most important part of being camera ready is finding what puts an extra bounce in your step, stand a little taller, or makes you feel your best! That's why we are sharing our top hair care picks to get Camera Ready! Chelsie's Top Picks I LOVE using the Full Blown Volume Dry Texturizing Spray when I want to have more of an edge to my look. This gives my previously very straight and lifeless hair, the ultimate choppy and defined style. It doesn't weigh down my already heavy hair, I've sprayed TONS and surprisingly enough, it still felt flexible! This is perfect when you want that lived-in "second-day" hair look! Ever since my hair has been short, it's been a struggle to find what product works best for my hair. This gel gives me all-day hold for my thick hair and doesn't leave any visible product residue nor flakiness! (Also doubles as great brow gel!) Also, can we talk about the nice and pleasant scent it has that isn't overwhelming? The Philip B Gravity-Defying Gel checks all the boxes! Maria's Top Picks Olaplex No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Hair Mask, the name of this product alone says it all, and my hair definitely needs all the extra hydration it can get! I have naturally soft black highly porous hair, and it's color treated to be a warm toned level 6 brown with caramel highlights. It's also down to my mid-back, so each time I color it, the longer ends are in need of some major TLC. This mask has made my hair more manageable, increased the shine, and it allows me to have better hair days without even having to style it or even blow dry it. I pair this with the No 4 and No 5 Shampoo & Conditioner for optimal results, but I only use the max 2 times per month (or as needed). You're probably seeing a pattern here (and with all of my other favorite hair picks), but I crave high shine for my color-treated hair. Ever since I entered my mid-30s, my hair started losing a bit of the natural luster it had, and the Philip B Forever Shine Conditioner has turned back the hands of time for my mane. I use about a quarter-sized amount of product, let it soak in for a good 3-4 minutes, and rinse well. I'm left with shiny, bouncy hair that looks freshly washed and like I've had a gloss treatment for several days! I've never experienced such a high-performing product that truly delivers on all of the product claims, and the best part is that it doesn't weigh my hair down whatsoever. Holly's Top Picks If I could marry No. 7 Bonding Hair Oil I would. This is my holy grail hair product that I will take to my grave!!! I have very coarse and dry curly hair. This product has helped reduce my breakage and frizz. I truly believe this product has helped my hair grow so fast within this past year! A little goes a long way with this product making it last such a long time in my hair care collection. Considering I have naturally voluminous curly hair obviously I'd want the same when I apply heat to curl or straighten my hair! The Dry Texturizing Spray by Oribe gives me the perfect amount of volume and shine when styling my hair with heat! It doesn't leave my hair feeling gritty and dry or weigh it down like most texture sprays I have tried. I cannot recommend this product enough! Calvin's Top Picks Vegan and Cruelty-Free? Yes Please! But the absolute magic of the Jillian Dempsey Roomie Hair Pomade is that you're not stuck in just one style. You can re-adjust, move and restyle on the fly. Hair never gets stiff and stays in control. You get two for one with the amazing Shea Butter Intense Oil. It's an amazing hair oil that leaves the hair softer, smoother, and shinnier. You also can use it as a skin conditioner! I happen to have a pretty coarse beard. I apply this oil 3-4 times a week, and it's really soften my beard, I'm pretty much obsessed! Liz's Top Picks I am always looking for new hair products that will stop frizz and nurture my bleached and dyed locks without weighing down my fine hair. It's a struggle. I have been highly impressed by the R+Co Reparative Shampoo and Conditioner. When I use it, I realized I never get upset about frizz in the humidity, my hair looks healthy, and it still has volume. When Fekkai launched the Clean Stylers earlier this year, I was intrigued as I have been impressed by their other products. This product can serve as a temporary keratin straightening treatment to keep your hair straight and smooth in all weather, or use it to tame frizz and hydrate on dry, styled hair. It's my go to when I use too much dry shampoo between washes or my hair needs a little extra love. Morgan's Top Picks If I don't want to maintain my waves and refresh them every day, I like to do a blowout. However, heat damage does exist, so I always use a heat protectant along with a few other products before I begin styling my hair. R+Co Blowout Balm does this while also providing moisture, shine, and frizz control. The Shea Butter shampoo has helped my hair's dryness and cleans any build-up without stripping the hair. I have wavy hair that