Let’s pretend you’re on set. You’ve just completed a full-face makeup application on a client, and now she’s ready for lights, camera, action. As she enters the spotlight, you admire the finished look and think to yourself, “nice work, me!” But then you see them - those dreaded dark spots - beaming through underneath the makeup masterpiece you spent an hour perfecting. As professional makeup artists, we’ve all been there. Covering dark spots caused by scars, skin damage, beauty marks, pigmentation or lack of sleep is challenging for even the most experienced artists. Choosing a quality pro concealer can make all the difference. We put the concealers in our store to the test, and narrowed down our top five picks for effortlessly covering dark spots. The products we chose left behind smooth, blemish-free skin and no trace of pesky discolorations. 1) Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer This oil-free, waterproof concealer provides a long-lasting matte finish that blends into the skin for a natural, skin-like appearance. The formula is so full coverage that many artists use this as a go-to tattoo coverup. We love the Full Cover Concealer for its ability to even out skin tones of any color and camouflage even the most stubborn of blemishes. Another bonus? It’s extremely pigmented, yet light and creamy, making it the perfect multi-purpose product for both the face and body. Available in a range of 12 shades, it’s easy to create a perfect skin match. Shop the product here, and add one to your makeup kit to see the exceptional quality for yourself. 2) Danessa Myricks Beauty Vision Cream Cover This one is good, you guys. So good it gives us chills just thinking about it. Every product from Danessa Myricks Beauty is outstanding, and perfect, and smart, and we can’t find a single negative thing to say about this professional cosmetics line. When we first got our hands on the Vision Cream Cover, we were awestruck. The concealer-foundation hybrid is lightweight while providing the silkiest, smoothest, most flawless coverage you’ve ever seen. The formula’s texture-minimizing properties conceal hyper-pigmentation, uneven discolorations, and other skin blemishes, leaving behind a gorgeous, perfect complexion. It even includes low-density, hydrating ingredients to create the appearance of glowing, radiant skin. Did we mention it’s also 100% vegan and cruelty-free? We’ll stop right now before the gushing goes overboard. There are 24 shades to shop right here, and we can’t wait for you to fall in love as hard as we have. 3) RCMA Ultimate Complexion Palette This incredible complexion palette is pricier than the other products on our list, but it packs loads of value and will quickly become the handy essential you reach for time and time again. RCMA designed the palette in partnership with Emmy Award-winning makeup artist and educator, Kevin James Bennett, who is well-known in the industry for creating impeccable complexions across all media formats. The Ultimate Complexion Palette features all of Bennett’s favorite RCMA foundations, five single pigment colors, and one clear mixing medium to correct any skin discolorations and conceal the face with a smooth, texture-free finish. This is the perfect solution for makeup artists who can’t afford to fill their kits with full-sized products, but need a wide range of shades. Shop the palette here. 4) Cinema Secrets 5-IN-1 PRO Palette The creamy, pigment-rich correctors in this multi-purpose palette do more than just conceal skin conditions and blemishes. Use the 5-in-1 power to the Corrector Pro Palette to correct unwanted undertones, highlight, contour and adjust foundation colors. Cancel out purples undertones with the peachy coral shades, and neutralize with the olive green shades to create the flawless skin of your dreams. Available in two palette variations, No. 1 and No. 2 both include light red, medium red, med-deep red, light blue and med-deep blue neutralizers in slightly different color combinations. Add this palette to your shopping cart for a skin correcting experience unlike any other. 5) Kryolan Concealer Circle This concealer compact is small, yet mighty. It’s best used for covering small discolorations of the skin, but it does so with minimal product application and lots of coverage power. Available in seven compacts, each with six shade variations, and one neutralizing compact, the cream-based formulas are highly pigmented and require minimal amounts of product for each use. It’s also important to note that most of these colors aren’t meant to mimic exact skin colors, so being skilled in color mixing is a must. Shop the different shade options here to find the perfect wheel for your kit. Shop The Products All five of the concealers listed above are available at Camera Ready Cosmetics. Stock your kit with these dark-circle-erasing tubes of awesomeness, and transform clients into the flawless beauties that they are. 1) Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer 2) Danessa Myricks Beauty Vision Cream Cover 3) RCMA Kevin James Bennett Complexion Palette 4) Cinema Secrets Ultimate Corrector 5-IN-1 PRO Palette 5) Kryolan Concealer Circle Comment below to let us know which pro concealers you’re loving, and tag us on Instagram for a chance to be reposted. Visit our blog for more articles like this one! Interested in contributing content to our website? Email topic suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration! About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by pro makeup artist Mary Erickson. An industry veteran for more than 30 years, Mary knows quality and value and understands what an artist needs. Mary is the buyer for Camera Ready Cosmetics and chooses only what she would use on set. If you don’t find the product you’re looking for on our site, that’s because we have something better. Just ask us!
The eyes are the window to the soul, so let’s make those beauties stand out! Every client you encounter will have a different eye shape, and it’s important to know the best tips and techniques for enhancing their natural beauty. “What eye shape do I have?” This is a question we get a lot, so we’ve outlined each of the most common shapes of eyes below with tips on how to effectively accentuate different eye shapes, as well as which products will help you achieve maximum results for each of the different eye shapes. Educate yourself, get inspired, and stock your kit with these eye makeup essentials for a versatile kit anywhere you go. The Different Eye Shapes: Deep set eyes Wide set eyes Protruding eyes Close set eyes Upturned eyes Downturned eyes Hooded eyelids Monolids Deep Set Eyes Having deep set eyes simply means the eyeballs are set further back into the skull, creating a more prominent brow bone. Famous faces with this shape of eye include Taylor Swift, Halle Berry, and Renee Zellweger. For deep set eyes makeup, opt for lighter, highlighting colors to brighten the lid and to create the illusion of more eye space. The key with deep set eyes and makeup is to de-emphasize shadows caused by the brow bone. The Make Up For Ever Pro Glow Highlighter comes in a Pearly Rose and Iridescent Gold colors and works well to enhance a natural glow. Wide Set Eyes This shape of eye refers to eyes that are more than one eye-width apart. Famous faces with this feature include Michelle Pfeiffer, Oprah Winfrey, and Jackie O. The goal of enhancing wide set eyes is to make them look closer together. The simplest way to achieve this is by using a dark liner around the entire rim of the eye, as well as the inner corners near the tear ducts. Jillian Dempsey’s Khol Eyeliner leaves a silky-smooth finish that lasts all day. Protruding Eyes Considered one of the more recognizable shapes of eyes, protruding eyes are very round, wide, and appear further out from the skull. Famous faces with this feature include Nicole Richie, Christina Ricci, and Emma Stone. People with this shape of eye can typically pull off any makeup style, but most especially a dark smokey eye with false lashes and bold brows. Dose of Colors’ Smokey Soiree Eyeshadow Palette is the perfect option for a subtly seductive look. The versatile palette includes a mixture of matte and ultra-reflective shimmer shadows. Close Set Eyes Another recognizable type among the different eye shapes, close set refers to eyes that have more space between the temples and outer eye corners than between the actual eyes. Famous faces with this feature include Jennifer Anniston, Kristen Bell, and Miley Cyrus. Opposite of wide set eyes, the goal here is to create the appearance of eyes that are farther apart. Light, reflective shadows applied to the inner corner of the eyes are effective but stay away from darker shades that will make the eyes look smaller. The RMS Beauty Eye Polish creates a sheer, metallic finish that illuminates the eye and moisturizes all at the same time. Upturned Eyes This is the perfect shape of eye for a seductive cat eye. Upturned eyes are almond-shaped but curve upward towards the outer corners. Famous faces with this feature include Angelina Jolie, Kendall Jenner, and Beyonce. Upturned eyes are best accentuated with a balance of shimmer and darker, matte hues. Avoid heavy eyeliners and choose appropriate shadow colors for the skin tone and eye color you’re working with for a more natural look. Create the perfect look with the Mehron E.Y.E. and CHEEK Powder Palette. The powder-based shadows are designed for the most extreme HDTV close-up, so you can feel confident it will perform well and last all day long. Downturned Eyes Almond-shaped with the outer corners curved downward, the downturned shape of eye has a rounded upper lip and flat bottom. Famous faces with this feature include Katie Holmes, Anne Hathaway, and Marilyn Monroe. When doing makeup for downset eyes, aim to create an artificial upward lift by accentuating the outer corners. Choose soft, warm shadows and liners that accentuate the eye color to create the appearance of bigger eyes. Rituel De Fille’s Ash and Amber Eye Soot is actually an eyeshadow color product, but we also love it for soft, natural eyeliner. The rich texture is created with pure pigments and oils, so it won’t melt off or fade throughout the day. This eye soot is the perfect product to makeup downset eyes with a sultry lift. Hooded Eyelids Among the different eye shapes, hooded lids are known for creating the appearance of small, squinty eyes due to a hidden or less visible crease. Famous faces with hooded eyelids feature include Kate Moss, Lucy Liu, and Blake Lively. Neutral tones will enhance the eyelid and create the appearance of bigger eyes without looking over the top. Highlighting shadow on the inner corner of the eyes and along the brow bone will also make this hooded lids shape of eyes appear more open. An unusual favorite is Illamasqua’s Beyond Liquid Highlighter, which offers a lightweight glow and a dewy finish. Just a light dab to the inner corner of the eyes, and you’ll have a beautifully luminous, fresh-faced look. Monolids A common trait amongst Asian populations, monolids are the shape of eye defined by the upper lid completely overlapping the lower lid, creating the appearance of no eye crease and a softer brow bone. Famous faces with this feature include Sandra Oh, Jamie Chung, and Vera Wang. The goal of applying makeup on this shape of eye is to develop a gradient of color without creating an artificial crease. Choose products that blend very easily to create a look that appears as if each layer is fading into the next. We love Stila’s Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner because it’s easy to blend and manipulate upon initial application, but once it sets, your creation won’t budge. Shop The Best Products for Different Eye Shapes Now you’re ready to master makeup application for any of the different eye shapes! Arm your kit with the products mentioned above so you’ll be ready for any makeup style anywhere you go. 1) Deep Set Eyes: Make Up For Ever Pro Glow Highlighter 2) Wide Set Eyes: Jillian Dempsey’s Khol Eyeliner 3) Protruding Eyes: Dose of Colors’ Smokey Soiree Eyeshadow Palette 4) Close Set Eyes: RMS Beauty Eye Polish 5) Upturned Eyes: Mehron E.Y.E. and CHEEK Powder Palette 6) Downturned Eyes: Rituel De Fille’s Ash and Amber Eye Soot 7) Hooded Eyelids: Illamasqua’s Beyond Liquid Highlighter 8) Monolids: Stila’s Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by makeup artist Mary Erickson. An industry veteran for more than 30 years, Mary knows quality and value and understands what an artist needs. Mary is the buyer for Camera Ready Cosmetics and chooses only what she would use on set. If you don’t find the product you’re looking for on our site, that’s because we have something better. Just ask us!
Here at Camera Ready Cosmetics, we have promoted, sold and loved Joe Blasco cosmetics for years. When clients walk through our doors looking for highly pigmented, high-performance makeup for film, television or the stage, the Joe Blasco collection is one of our first go-to recommendations. Known worldwide for his decades-long career as a leading makeup artist in Hollywood, highly sought-after film and television makeup visionary, first ever creator of government-approved makeup education centers, and the inventor of a 45-year-old+ successful cosmetics line, Joe Blasco has made his mark on the world of makeup artistry and education like no one before him. We had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Blasco and discuss his start in the industry, his passion for teaching, and his secret to making one of the highest-performing makeup lines for film and television. Not into reading? Watch the full video interview here. Camera Ready Cosmetics: What inspired you to pave the way for makeup education? Joe Blasco: I realized that I wanted to teach, more than anything, when I felt that by teaching I was also learning, and the more I taught others the more I was able to experiment. When I was at ABC Television, they would come to me and say, “How do you do that? Why [do your foundations] look the way they do? How are you highlighting and shading the way you do?” And I realized most of the makeup artists didn’t really have as keen an understanding of highlighting and shading as I was taught by Ben Nye, and Kiva Hoffman, and some of the other artists that I studied under. So I thought, “OK. I’m going to take all of my understanding of corrective makeup and I’m going to create a class.” So I started with small classes, and gradually, more and more people wanted the instruction. I got calls - tons and tons of calls. And suddenly I went from just being this journeyman makeup artist at ABC also to having these big classes at night. So I thought, “Wait a minute. This is really interesting. This is going somewhere.” CRC: What were some of the industry challenges you faced early on? JB: [After my classes started gaining popularity, ABC] came to me and said, “Conflict of interest! You’re teaching, and we can’t allow you to advertise that you’re a makeup artist [while] working for ABC.” So I said, “OK, well, I’m out.” So I left ABC, and I went completely into being an independent makeup artist and to teaching. There were very few women in the industry. There just weren’t any, they weren’t makeup artists. The makeup artists were all men. When I opened my doors to students who wanted to be makeup artists, gradually more and more women came to the forefront. I’m proud to have been able to be a catalyst for allowing women into the profession…and gays…and various races. [They] were not, originally back then - 40 years ago - permitted into [the industry]. It was primarily a white man’s job. Not anymore. CRC: What has been the most rewarding moment as a makeup instructor? JB: My proudest moment as a makeup instructor had to be when I saw Matthew Mungle receive an Academy Award. He was my first graduate to receive an Academy Award. Since then Bill Corso has also received an Academy Award. I’m proud to have been influential in their success. But there have been many, you know. Every time I look at the credits roll by and see someone’s name that I know that I taught, it’s a good feeling - a real feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. CRC: When did you realize you wanted to create your own makeup line? JB: I loved being involved in monster makeup and horror makeup in the very early portion of my career. What I did was simply to be as creative as I could possibly be, follow the script that I was given, come up with whatever the writer envisioned and the director wanted. After working in the industry for quite a few years, I saw that the products we were using - and they were excellent products, Max Factor, Ben Nye, RCMA - I would do a lot of mixing. And I thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice not to do all that mixing?” So that’s when I came up with our base tone related neutralizers. CRC: How and where did you learn to create makeup? JB: I learned how to make makeup in two different places - one was at the Max Factor company, and the other was the Ben Nye company. I learned more from Ben Nye than from anyone. However, I was always wanted to change things. If you use an oil that will break the makeup down after the body temperature starts to rise then your makeup isn’t really going to serve a professional purpose. It’s going to require more work. It’s going to slow production time down. So I thought, “What can I do to make makeup better?” CRC: What’s the difference between Joe Blasco products and other high-performance brands? JB: The amount of pigment that we put into the product is a puzzlement to other cosmetics companies. They’ll try this, and they’ll say “how do you get all this pigment into the product.” And that’s the secret. The secret is to put the pigment in with the waxes and with the oils in a conventional manner, and then process it - very much like you’d process fine chocolate - so that it removes the excess vehicle, the excess oils and waxes, leaving behind a higher percentage of pigment. And how we do that, I can’t discuss. CRC: What is your favorite product from the Joe Blasco collection? JB: All of the Ultrabases are amazing. You can put it on with a dry sponge. You can put it on with a wet sea sponge. There are no other professional makeups, that are oil-based makeups, that will go on as successfully as mine with a wet sea sponge. Mine goes on because there’s so much pigment, and we’ve all that vehicle. When you put it on, it goes on very evenly and it covers. I think most popular are the neutralizers and then the Dermaceals and Ultamattes™. Oh, here we go we’re just going to name everything, aren’t we? [Laughs] The Ultamattes™ are extremely, highly-pigmented makeups, and I’ll tell you how I came about this. Ben Nye had a product that I helped him make, and it was the beard stipple product. It was a dark, dark black makeup that we put a lot of pigment into. I looked at it and thought “wow, there’s a lot of pigment in this,” unlike any of the other products in the line. And I started using it for eyeliner. Years later when I made my own line, I thought back and remembered that and I thought “let me make a line that has a tremendous amount of pigment.” But not just black. I made them in taupe, and brown, and warm brown, and then lighter colors that would be the same as the neutralizers. The highlighting colors became the Dermaceals, and the darker colors - the browns and the taupes and the blacks - became the Ultamattes™. So that concept split off into two different categories. The Ultamattes™ for eye makeup, and the Dermaceals for corrective makeup and concealing. So it’s all a matter of working with a product that has more pigment. That’s the secret. CRC: What is next for Joe Blasco cosmetics? JB: I just turned 71, and I’m really looking forward to continuing to work and to teach and to inspired other - inspiring young people to go into the profession in a manner that is sophisticated and well represents them as artists and also serves the profession well. CRC: What advice would you give to anyone interested in getting into the industry or following in your footsteps? JB: I don’t know that anyone really needs to follow in anyone’s footsteps. I think that what one needs to do is to create their own footstep template and to keep making that template grow and to do makeup artistry as they envision it - to be creative, to create their own style and to learn as much as they can from as many people as possible, but never try to copy any other people. You can emulate, you can be inspired by, but to copy is not being artistic. Be inspired, and create your own style. Have passion, and by all means, practice, practice, practice, practice. The more you practice, the better you’re going to be, and that’s the secret. Meet Rudy Blasco Following our interview, Joe introduced us to his dearest friend - and Joe Blasco cosmetics mascot - Rudy, an adorable pup that accompanies Joe on his many travels. Watch the full video interview here, and comment below with your favorite Joe Blasco product. About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. Having been in the makeup artist industry for 30+ years, Mary knows quality and value and understands what an artist needs. Mary is the buyer for Camera Ready Cosmetics and chooses only what she would use on set. If you don’t find the product you’re looking for at Camera Ready Cosmetics, that’s because we have something better. Just ask us!
Dear men: has your grooming routine become mundane? Longing for better quality products that keep your hair perfectly styled all day long? Meet 18.21 Man Made: a Texas-based business with a passion for making premium goods. Made for men by men, the new collection from 18.21 elevates and simplifies the male grooming experience. Camera Ready Cosmetics first met the masterminds behind this unique brand at the 2018 Indie Beauty Expo, and we knew right away we had to carry the line. From waxes and pomades to hair wash and spray, 18.21 has created a variety of must-have products for perfectly coiffed hair. And for an added old-school touch, all 18.21 products have the aroma of Sweet Tobacco which is irresistibly manly. Man Made Wax This two-ounce container of texturizing perfection works to eliminate frizz and keep hair in place all day. Perfect for any hair type, this paraben-free wax is great for separating, defining and manipulating hair and leaves a natural, satin sheen that’s not too shiny and not too matte. The formula is created from a beeswax like mixture of wax and clay that is great for both structured and unstructured hairstyles. Shop The Wax Man Made Pomade Shape, refine or separate hair with this medium-hold, non-greasy pomade. This product is perfect for short and medium length hair and helps to tame texture and create classic or structured hairstyles that hold all day. The water-soluble formula easily rinses out, does not flake, and is easy to scoop out of the jar and comb through. Shop The Pomade Man Made Paste Get ready to mold your hair and refine texture like never before. This lightweight, creamy mixture offers medium hold and a satin sheen finish that helps to control frizz, moisturize and shape hair before blow drying. The formula is created from a cream like mixture of wax and grooming cream that is great for shaping, molding and managing wavy or curly hair. Shop The Paste Man Made Clay This mixture of clay, wax and elastic fibers provides medium to strong hold with a natural finish and no shine. Work this through the hair to thicken, separate and define an unstructured hairstyle. The non-greasy clay is perfect for fine or thinning hair types. The water-soluble formula feels similar in consistency to pottery clay and leaves touchable hold that’s not too stiff or crunchy. Shop The Clay Man Made Wash Inspired by the look and feel of a whiskey bottle, we’ve found an all-in-one hair and body wash (shampoo, conditioner and body wash) that cleans and conditions from head to toe, made just for men. Infused with macadamia glycerides, hydrolyzed quinoa and jojoba esters, this sulfate-free, ph-balanced wash gently works to moisturize and strengthen the hair and skin. Shop The Wash Man Made Hair Spray Control frizz and protect again humidity with this fast-drying finishing mist. Inspired by the look and feel of a beer can from the early 1900s, you’ll feel retro as ever while setting your hairstyle in place. The hairspray work for any hair type, especially those with fine or thinning hair, and offers a flexible hold that lasts all day. No touch ups required. Shop The Hair Spray Are you ready to elevate your hair grooming routine? Shop the 18.21 Man Made collection and find the perfect products for you. About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. Having been in the makeup artist industry for 30+ years, Mary knows quality and value and understands what an artist needs. Mary is the buyer for Camera Ready Cosmetics and chooses only what she would use on set. If you don’t find the product you’re looking for at Camera Ready Cosmetics, that’s because we have something better. Just ask us!
Choosing the perfect bridesmaid makeup look for a bridal party is tough. Countless factors determine the final look: the wedding theme, the venue, the dress, the time of day … the list goes on. Follow these classic, go-to tips to make your wedding day seamless and stress-free. (And to ensure you and your bridesmaids make it down the aisle on time and looking fabulous!) 3 Main Focus Areas for Bridesmaid Makeup Looks: Face Eyes Lips Bridesmaid Makeup FOR THE FACE Prime, prime, prime! Before you apply any makeup to the face, be sure to use a mattifying primer to reduce shine and ensure the foundation stays put through hour-long photo sessions (and the ceremony, of course!) There are countless primers to choose from, but one of our favorites is the Bioderma Sebium Control for those with an oily complexion.This quick absorbing, moisturizing lotion smoothes, mattifies and provides instant, deep down results for naturally beautiful skin that stays matte all day and night. For those with a more mature complexion, Mehron Skin Prep Pro prolongs weartime while providing lasting hydration to plump up the skin for a hydrated and fresh appearance. Once you’re primed and ready to continue the bridesmaid makeup look, choose a lightweight, full-coverage foundation that will translate well on camera. We recommend TEMPTU’s Perfect Canvas Hydra Lock Airbrush Foundation, which comes in 20+ shades, does not transfer, and lasts all day. The semi-matte finish leaves a natural-looking appearance. If you don’t have the airbrush applicator, we recommend TEMPTU Air, which weighs less than one pound and is easy to pack in your kit. BRIDESMAID EYE MAKEUP A classic smokey eye is the most common wedding bridesmaid makeup look because it’s easy to achieve and customizable depending on the colors you want to incorporate. To start this bridesmaid makeup look, you’ll want to apply a light silver or gold eyeshadow across the lid.. Choose an option with a little shimmer to enhance the bridesmaid eye makeup. We love using Viseart Sultry Muse because it offers a wide range of tones perfect for a wide range of complexions and eye colors. Next, you’ll want to apply a dark or jewel tone matte shade to the crease of your eyelid. Concentrate on the outer corner of the eye and blend upward toward the brow bone. Depending on the color you’re after, La Femme offers a variety of affordable shades perfect for a smokey eye. Finish the bridesmaid eye makeup with a light neutral color across the brow bone, like Kitten by Stila. If you’re looking for an eye palette that has all the colors you need in one for the best bridesmaid eye makeup looks, the Viseart Grande PRO 1X Palette offers all the shades you need to create looks ranging from soft glam and natural to deep and smokey. BRIDESMAID MAKEUP FOR THE LIPS A neutral lip is a perfect way to balance out a smokey bridesmaid eye makeup. Choose a lip creme for added shine without the messy look that gloss can create. We’re loving lip palettes like Ben Nye’s All for One or Danessa Myricks Beauty Luxe Cream Palettes in Nudist and The Feminist. Each palette boasts a wealth of shades that can be mixed and matched to create the perfect lip shade. If you’re going for a bolder look, the Besame Red Lipstick is a true classic. Modeled after the iconic red lip made famous in the 1920s, this bright and vibrant lipstick leaves a full-coverage, semi-matte finish with just one coat. 30-MINUTE BRIDESMAID MAKEUP WORKSHOP This event has passed, but be sure to sign up for our text messages and emails to be notified of future classes, events, and sales! With bridal parties getting bigger and bigger, the key for any bridal makeup artist is maximizing efficiency to save time. Camera Ready Live has teamed up with pro makeup artist Erin Blair to showcase tips and tricks that will elevate your bridal makeup career. Learn how to simplify your makeup kit and speed up your process to execute a beautiful bridesmaid makeup look in just 30 minutes or less. After the demo, you'll get a chance to test out the new tricks you've learned during the hands-on segment of this workshop. Be sure to bring your kit so you can practice with the tools you're most familiar with! ABOUT PRO MAKEUP ARTIST ERIN BLAIR Erin Blair Gobin has been one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s leading bridal makeup artists for almost 15 years. She is the owner of Erin Blair Makeup & Hair Design, which handles approximately 150 weddings each year. Erin Blair is a member of the Knot: Best of Weddings Hall of Fame and a five-time nominee of the AACWP Vendi Award for best wedding hair and makeup in Dallas-Fort Worth. About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by makeup artist Mary Erickson. Having been in the makeup artist industry for 30+ years, Mary knows quality and value and understands what an artist needs. Mary is the buyer for Camera Ready Cosmetics and chooses only what she would use on set. If you don’t find the product you’re looking for at Camera Ready Cosmetics, that’s because we have something better. Just ask us!
When it comes to your favorite makeup products, here’s a truth that many find hard to accept: makeup doesn’t last forever. Mascaras. Liquid eyeliners. Foundations. Moisturizers and toners. These are a few of the many products that do, unfortunately, have a shelf life. We aren’t writing this because we’re heartless. If we could use our favorite mascara until the bristles fell off, we would. But we’re writing this to protect you from the harmful bacteria that live and grow inside everyday beauty essentials – it’s important to check those makeup expiration dates! This handy makeup expiration guide will serve well in moments when you wonder, “Is it time to replace?” So, let’s dive into the “when” and “why” of checking the expiration dates on cosmetics and refreshing your beauty favorites. How Long Does Makeup Last? This is the burning question, right? The truth is, it varies by product, and with so many different types of products, figuring out how long your makeup lasts can feel overwhelming. While mascara only lasts for a few months, some products may last you years. We’re here to break it all down and answer those questions, like, “Does eyeshadow expire?” so your products continue serving you flawless looks instead of bacteria and gook. We’ll help you check the expiration dates on the following makeup products and tools: Mascara Foundation Powder Liquid or gel eyeliner Eye and lip pencils Skincare Brushes Makeup Expiration: Mascara Shelf Life: 3-6 months once opened While you may check the expiration date on your makeup and see it’s years away, that only applies to unopened mascara. Once opened, mascara needs to be replaced more frequently than any other beauty product. Every time you pump a mascara wand back into its tube, the product traps bacteria, which can cause harmful eye infections. 3 Tell-Tale Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Mascara: It’s dry and clumpy Bristles have excessive buildup Scent change Shop Mascaras FOUNDATION Expiration Shelf Life: 6-12 months Unlike powder formulas, liquid foundations contain oils or other ingredients that break down over time. Pump containers provide more protection than ones with an open top. For open-top foundations, it’s best to put the product on a palette or mixing tray before applying with a clean brush or sponge. How to Tell if Your Foundation is Expired When a foundation is nearing expiration, you may notice dryness or changes in consistency. If the consistency seems normal, but you know you’ve had the foundation for a long time (no judgment), it may be worth checking the expiration date on your cosmetics! Shop Foundations Powder Makeup - Does Eyeshadow Expire? Shelf Life: 3 years Because they don’t require large amounts of water to manufacture, powders, like setting powders and powder eyeshadows, have a longer shelf life than most other cosmetic products. To prevent the early makeup expiration of your powder products, store in cool, dry locations with the lids firmly closed. When to Replace Expired Powder Makeup If you notice powder becoming more difficult to blend or chalky, the makeup is expired, and a replacement is due. Shop Eyeshadows Shop Powders How Long DOes LIQUID OR GEL EYELINER Last? Shelf Life: 3-6 months Like mascara, liquid eyeliners should be at the top of your frequent replacements list once the bottle is opened – despite what the makeup expiration date on the bottle says. Because this product is applied to the eyes, you’re at higher risk of contracting an infection if the makeup is nearing expiration. When to Replace Liquid or Gel Liners The most common sign of expired liquid liner is a dry formula. Most people think adding a little water will prolong the life, but doing so helps bacteria to grow faster. A product like Inglot Duraline or Cozzette Matrix Mixing Liquid can help revive a drying gel liner, but since you're opening and closing it frequently, replace it every three to six months, depending on how often you use it. Shop Liquid Eyeliners EYE & LIP PENCILS – Does That Makeup Expire, Too? Shelf Life: 1-2 years Pencils tend to last longer because they are constantly being sharpened, which provides a clean, fresh layer before each application. However, it's important to disinfect and sharpen them after every use since they're being used on the eyes and lips, where bacteria levels are higher than other areas of the face. How Do You Know When to Replace Lip and Eye Pencils? Aside from checking expiration dates on cosmetics, it’s difficult to tell when an eye or lip pencil has gone bad. A good rule to follow is to replace pencils that no longer sharpen easily. For example, pencils that frequently break off after sharpening are best to toss. If you notice they're changing color, the makeup is expired, and it's time to throw them away. Discoloration is often a sign of mold growing within the product - yikes. Shop Eye Pencils Shop Lip Pencils Do SKINCARE Products Expire? Shelf Life: Varies, but typically 12 months The shelf life for skincare can vary based on the ingredients, packaging style, and frequency of use. However, a good rule of thumb, aside from checking the skincare expiration date, is to replace it if it's been more than a year. How to Prolong the Life of Skincare Products After a year, moisturizers and toners lose most of their beneficial properties. The efficacy of the active ingredients decreases over time, and some deteriorate each time they're exposed to air. Others include ingredients that break down with exposure to light or extreme temperatures, so be sure to read the label, check the products’ expiration dates, and store them properly. Always apply these products with clean hands. Never add water to prolong the life of these products, as it dilutes the formula. Shop Moisturizers Shop Toners Can Makeup BRUSHES Expire? Shelf Life: N/A Thankfully, makeup expiration dates don’t apply to brushes. They can last for decades if you properly care for them. Purchase an all-natural, deep-cleaning brush cleaner to rid your bristles of pesky bacteria and buildup. Crazy Merman offers a variety of vegan brush cleaners that smell amazing and make your brushes like new again. Will I Ever Have to Replace My Makeup Brushes? If your brush sheds with every use or no longer applies product evenly, it may be time for replacements. Shop Brush Cleaners Shop Brushes OTHER Makeup Expiration GUIDELINES Knowing how to properly identify when expired makeup needs to be replaced can help keep any makeup products you purchase from causing an infection. Here are some tried-and-true bonus tips to help you figure out if your makeup is expired and teach you how to check those pesky makeup expiration dates: 1) Write the date of purchase or open date on the outside of each product. 2) Federal law requires all makeup products to feature a PAO (Period After Opening) or BBE (Best Before End Date) symbol. A PAO symbol applies only if the shelf life is 30 months or more. Any less, and the product will feature a BBE symbol to signal makeup expiration date. 3) Products made from natural ingredients will include a makeup expiration date that applies even if unopened. 4) If you can’t find an expiration date on your makeup or skincare product or a PAO or BBE label, check for the manufacture date. This will help you to know if the product is nearing expiration, as many unused cosmetics lose their quality over time. To answer specific questions about your makeup products, email our beauty experts. Then shop our site to replace expired makeup with fresh products! About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by makeup artist Mary Erickson. Having been in the makeup artist industry for 30+ years, Mary knows quality and value and understands what an artist needs 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 works 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. 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If you’ve been following along with our blogs, you’ve learned the best ways to start building your brand and step into the makeup artist industry. Now while all of that is incredibly important, you certainly are not going to get far without the right kit. Having been a makeup artist in the industry for over 30 years, Camera Ready Cosmetics' founder Mary Erickson knows quality and value. She understands what makeup essentials an artist needs. 3 Key Things to Consider When Creating your Makeup Artist Kit: Quality Multifunction Sanitation Quality Matters When It Comes to Makeup Essentials for Your Kit When we say quality, we are talking about professional-grade products made for makeup artists. Now, while YouTube and Instagram will have a ton of suggestions for how to build your starting makeup kit, keep in mind that beauty bloggers and celebrities are often being paid to push certain products, and quality does not always factor into the equation. High-quality makeup essentials are not going to include the eyeshadow palette you got with 20+ shades for $15 on Amazon. When purchasing a product for your makeup artist kit, you should consider the ingredients, what is the color payoff, and is the product going to lay on the skin well. Packaging is also important. The product needs to be able to withstand wear and tear, or at least be able to be broken down and redistributed into empty palettes for ease of travel. Multifunction is a Must for Your Makeup Artist Kit Not everything in your starting makeup kit is going to be able to have a variety of functions, but the more items you have that can serve different purposes, the better. This will help streamline your kit, save space, and reduce weight. Examples of this are makeup essentials like brushes that can be used on eyes or lips, shadows that can be used wet or dry, or even lip color that doubles as a blush. It’s really up to you and your imagination as to how you can use items in different ways. For Your Starting Makeup Kit, Remember: Sanitation Is Crucial Remember that you’re going to use this kit on many different people and not just yourself. You must keep not only your brushes and tools clean but also your makeup. It’s important to not just choose disinfecting sprays and easily cleanable packaged products but also disposable items. Never double dip into your tubes of mascara or lip color. How you build a starting makeup kit can vary based on your primary area of focus within makeup. Whether you’re looking to work in bridal, fashion, or movies, this makeup artist kit will fulfill your essential makeup needs. Now, let’s start shopping. Essential Makeup Shopping List for Building Your Starting Makeup Kit Skin are and prep products Foundation Powder Bronzer and blush Eye makeup Lip products Tools and brushes Setting spray Makeup cases Top Skincare & Prep Products for Your Starting Makeup Kit As a makeup artist, you will be working on many different skin types. The better prepped the skin, the better your makeup application and longevity of wear. Remember the mantra: Cleanse, Tone, and Moisturize. These steps will help you to better understand the skin you are about to work on and prepare your canvas. Our product recommendations for this crucial step include: Alcone Company’s Make-Off Makeup Remover Cloths Inglot’s Muti-Action Toner Combination to Oily Skin Embryolisse’s Lait-Crème Concentre Bioderma’s Atoderm Lip Stick Mehron’s Skin Prep Pro Camera Ready Cosmetics’ Oil Free Makeup Remover Foundation Must-Haves for Your Makeup Artist Kit As a makeup artist, you must be prepared to accommodate a wide range of skin tones. Cream palettes are the perfect makeup essentials for your starting makeup kit because they offer a diverse selection of colors, and they work well with most skin types. Not to mention they are compact, so they take up less space than 10 liquid foundation bottles. While Camera Ready has many high-quality foundation options, we have narrowed our favorite makeup artist kit selection down to the RCMA VK Foundation Palettes. What is great about this product is its versatility. Use the product as concealers, blend them down for foundation, or mix with skin prep to create a sheer/tinted moisturizer. The sky’s the limit with this foundation set! Powder Makeup Essentials for Your Kit Set it and forget it! If you have not been living under a rock for the last two years, then you have certainly heard of RCMA No-Color Powder. While, again, we carry many comparable high-quality setting powders, RCMA has been a staple in makeup artist kits for many years. Along with an all-over setting powder, you will want to have some tinted options for contour and highlight. We recommend a space-saving palette with a range of shades. The Mehron Celebre Pro-HD Pressed Palette Highlight & Contour is a multifunctional makeup essential that includes all the brand’s most popular shades. No Makeup Artist Kit is Complete Without Blush & Bronzer Let us not forget the importance of color! In keeping with the theme, we have another great palette that offers some of the best color payout on the market. La Femme has so many shade options you could probably find a use for each, but for your starting makeup kit, we suggest the Exclusive Le Femme Blush Palette. The best part of this is that you can easily switch and swap with the brand’s huge selection of refills. Not every face needs shimmer and shine, which is why we recommend matte blush or bronzers. However, to keep your makeup artist kit versatile, always have some shimmer on standby. For this, we included Ofra’s Beverly Hills Highlighter. Just add over the top of your matte colors to create glow and radiance. Eye Makeup Essentials Every Kit Needs When it comes to eyeshadow, a pro knows less is more. You DO NOT need every shade of shadow in your starting makeup kit. There will be times that a job calls for unique color options, but if you are working with professionals, you will be informed in advance. So, keep your kit streamlined and stick with the makeup essentials. One of our most adaptable palettes, Ben Nye Glam Shadow Palette includes 12 versatile shades. Enhance eyebrows, highlight brow bones, create the perfect smokey eye, or dip into Inglot Duraline to transform it into a cake liner. One-stop shopping! For a long-lasting smudge-proof liner in classic black, we’ve included the cult favorite Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel. Finish off the eyes with Inglot Volume & Waterproof Mascara. Remember to use your disposable wands! Save space by stocking up on the straight wands and just bend as needed. Add extra “oomph” with some falsies. Ardell Lashes’ Demi-Wispies are another makeup artist kit favorite. Makeup Artist Kit Lips Essentials Create the perfect pout with the combination of liners and a great lip palette. Graftobian Super Palette Lip Colors offers 16 long-lasting shades. Mix them together to up your color game. Use your RCMA No-Color Powder for binding, and top it off with shine using Graftobian SuperSeal Intense Shine Lip Gloss. No Makeup Artist Kit is Complete Without Brushes & Tools Brushes are a hard one to narrow down, and every artist has their favorites. For the purpose of simplicity, we have chosen the Bdellium Tools Maestro Series Complete 12pc Brush Set. This synthetic brush set has a little something for everything and even includes a roll-up pouch. Keep in mind, just because a brush is meant to be used for one purpose does not mean it cannot be used for many more. Find what works for you. Plus, the fewer brushes in your makeup artist kit, the less you have to clean after the job is done. With that being said, do not forget some of the most important tools of all, your brush cleaners. If you are new to Camera Ready Cosmetics, then you may have not yet heard of Crazy Merman Brush Soap. With a few easy steps, it can pretty much clean anything out of your brushes (even that stubborn Inglot 77). We recommend unscented because you never know if a client is sensitive to smell. When it comes to the brushes that are doing double or even triple duty with no time to dry, make sure you have Cinema Secrets’ Brush Cleaner on hand for quick a switch. Finally, to round out your starting makeup kit, don’t forget a mixing palette and spatula. This is the greatest way to stay sterile and also mix shades for more variety. Esum was nice enough to create a palette set that also includes a double-ended spatula. Thank you, Esum! Setting Spray: The Final Touch to Your Makeup Artist Kit Just like this blog, we are going to finish off the look with a great setting spray. Makeup artists differ between their favorites when it comes to setting sprays. For this kit, we are going to include Skindinavia Bridal Makeup Finish Spray. The award-winning formula perfectly balances skin for controlling excess moisture and leveling out temperatures, so your hard work stays fresh and flawless for up to 16 hours. The Perfect Case for Your Kit Now, let’s put it all away. Bigger isn’t better. Remember that we kept this starting makeup kit streamlined. No need to dig for what you need with theLarge Zuca Stylist Case. It’s easy to keep everything in order with customizable cushion foam dividers, which act as a buffer to protect your kit. Cleaning is super easy. Total Makeup Artist Kit Cost $922.81* Depending on where you are in your makeup artist career, $1,000 can seem like a lot of money, but just remember you are investing in your future. Now, go forward into your career with your head high because with this starting makeup kit, you shopped like a pro!
Now that you have your domain name and your website, let’s talk about what goes in your online Bridal portfolio. You need at least six photos in your online portfolio (of six different people), and no more than 15 photos of your very best work. The photos need to be professional and the bride should look “model-like.” Real models are ideal, because as much as people argue “brides want to see real people,” the fact is that beauty sells. Very few beauty-oriented companies use “real people” because studies show that you sell more with real models. How do you get real model brides for your portfolio? You will need to do “test” shoots. These are shoots where you work free just to get the good shots for your portfolio. Some in the industry call it TFP (Trade For Prints). What do you need as a makeup artist to pull off a great test shoot? A beautiful model face A great photographer to capture the face in the right lighting A great retoucher (Don’t yell at me about false advertising!) I’ll touch on this in a bit. A good hairstylist How do you get this team? Photographer I would start by contacting great beauty photographers in your area. Someone who has great beauty shots with beautiful lighting in their portfolio. You can contact good bridal photographers in your area and let them know that you would like to test with real models for shots that will work for self-promotion. You may need to convince the photographer that this is also to his or her benefit as well. Start with Google. Be willing to hear “no thank you” a lot. Be persistent. Model You can contact local agents and ask them for new models to test. Make sure you see them in person before choosing one, because you need good skin and good features. Most models do have retouched photos, and you really can’t tell how good their skin is by looking at photos. You can also scour Model Mayhem. This is a crap shoot for sure, but all you need is a good face. Don’t let height hold you back. You really want someone 18 to 25 years old, as young skin is best. You may also want to do a shoot with someone in their 30’s to show some diversity. Many brides are now in their 30’s. Having a bride in her 40’s or even 50’s isn’t a bad idea, but again, I would pick a real model. Show models with different color skin and ethnicities. If a potential client doesn’t see someone in your portfolio with her own skin coloring the chances are slim that they will want to hire you. Ideally your portfolio should reflect the demographic of the area you work in. I suggest that you NOT use your good-looking friend or relative. Real models are more experienced in front of the camera and they are usually more photogenic. If you absolutely can’t afford a real model and can’t get one to test at no charge, enlisting a friend is better than using a real bride. The problem with using a real bride is that they haven’t signed up to be used in this way and asking a client to use their photo in your portfolio is a gamble. You do risk putting a client on the spot. They may say “yes” even if they are uncomfortable being used this way. Hairstylist Hairstylists that do bridal hair also need portfolio shots with real models. It isn’t hard to get hairstylists that freelance in the bridal industry to do this free if the model is good. You can check for freelance hairstylists on message boards, but just make sure you really like their work. If you do hair then do the hair yourself. Get Proper Releases You MUST have a model release that the model signs before you start your makeup application. Without a model release you cannot legally use the images. What if the model doesn’t like the shots and says you can’t use them? After hours of work this could happen. Please make sure these are signed beforehand. You will also need the photographer to sign an agreement to use the images before the shoot starts. He or she will need to give you rights to use the images for self-promotion. The photographer owns the copyright to the photos and so getting this agreement in advance is very important. The hardest part about doing a test shoot is getting the images from the photographer, so make sure the photographer is reputable and is committed to making sure the entire team has images. Typically, the photographer will have these forms. If not then you can find model release forms and release forms for the photography using Google. Does all this sound like too much work? It is a lot of work, but if you want to make good money you must put in a lot of work. What if you have more money than time? You can forgo all the free testing and hire a good model and photographer. This will cost you but YOU call the shots when you pay the money, and it puts you in complete control. My favored method is to pay a photographer and use a model from an agency willing to test. When you pay the photographer, you know you are going to get photos and you know how many you will get. This is all worked out in advance. You should not pay the full amount until the photographer has delivered the images to you. Hire a Retoucher As a makeup artist, you don’t want to put un-retouched photos in your portfolio. This may sound like cheating to you, but now almost all photos are retouched. You can’t compete with other artists who have “perfect” photos in their book without having some retouching done to yours. Retouching should be done by a professional! Plastic-looking skin isn’t going to go over well with potential clients. The image you put in your portfolio should be color corrected, free of blemishes, and free of fly away hair. A good retoucher will cost you a little bit of money but in the long run will be well worth the money. Keep in mind that one great shot will sell you better than 15 flawed shots. What should NOT go in your bridal portfolio If you do other types of makeup work I suggest you leave this work off your Bridal website. You can have a tab on your home page that opens to other areas of work but I would make sure Bridal is its own category. You don’t want clients to surf through your SFX makeup looking for Bridal makeup. The best way to do this is to have a site JUST for potential brides. Please sign up for our mailing list below to be notified when part 3 of this blog comes out! Please visit Camera Ready Cosmetics to keep your makeup kit current.
Let’s Talk Money Weddings can provide a steady and very good income for makeup artists. Brides and bridal parties are very good clients. An artist can survive on this income alone, but the artist MUST be business savvy, so let’s talk business. This is Part 1 of a four-part series on being successful as a makeup artist in the bridal industry. Bridal forms will be posted as part of this blog. Please subscribe to this blog below to see the continuing saga. Let’s Keep It Legal You want to make money, but you don’t want to lose that money in a lawsuit and you don’t want your business to shut down. When you're dealing with brides and bridal parties you are dealing with “civilians,” very emotional “civilians.” You MUST do everything by the book. God forbid someone get an eye infection right before their wedding and they blame you for it. The legal fees and damages could top 6 figures, so just don’t go there. Imagine if mom of the bride steps on a curling iron that your assistant left cooling on the floor. Now she can’t wear shoes at her own daughter’s wedding. You are going to pay for this. Imagine if your brush cleaner spilled and ate the top layer off a $2,000 antique table. OK, it was purchased at a garage sale for $50, but now that you’ve damaged it it’s an heirloom worth thousands. That’s going to cost you. Imagine if the bride had an acne break out on her wedding day. It ruined her photos, her wedding and her life. She blames it on the makeup, just because she can. That's going to cost you. Legal fees alone can cost you $60,000 so you'd better have liability insurance of at least $1,000,000. Let the insurance company fight for you. You will need a business license. Why? So you can open a business checking account. You will need at least a business license to obtain liability insurance with many insurance companies. A business license is pretty cheap in most areas, and again Google is your friend. Just search “business license” in your state and follow the online instructions on your state's website. You can do business without a license and without liability insurance but consider yourself warned. This could end very badly for you should you ever own anything worth taking (like property). Google the laws in your state. Look on the cosmetology website for your state. Generally it will spell out clearly what you can do without a license and what you cannot. In most (but not all) states you must have a license to do makeup in exchange for money. In California there is an exemption for the “entertainment industry.” As entertaining as brides are, they really aren’t considered part of the “entertainment industry.” How will the license police catch you if you’re going to hotels and homes to do bridal makeup? They probably won’t, but if you’re sued you’ll be in trouble and lawsuits are very common everywhere in the USA. My advice is to keep it legal. Insurance So you’re doing makeup legally in your state, or you’ve decided to gamble and do weddings anyway. As a business you will need liability insurance. Talk to an insurance agent! Tell them exactly what you do, tell them what licensing you have, and pay the premium for the insurance. In most cases liability insurance is affordable, but if you’re doing makeup illegally, chances are the insurance company will never pay in a lawsuit (even if you paid the monthly premiums). So again, you need to do this service legally. I know you’re thinking “I own nothing, sue me!” While it’s true that if you own "nothing" very few lawyers will go after you, but if you own anything at all you put those assets at risk in a lawsuit. Proceed with caution. What about protecting yourself with an LLC? This isn’t a bad idea and it’s usually under $1,000.00 to set up an LLC. An LLC can help protect your personal assets from lawsuits, but it won’t protect you if you have injured someone while illegally working (without a license where required). So again, get the proper licensing and liability insurance. My advice is to also talk to a lawyer. I’m not a lawyer. Now you’re working, legally right? Ok, let’s move on… You Need A Domain Name You will need a domain name for your website that tells the potential bride that you are serious about your business. Cute names may be ok for lower-end clientele, but higher-end clients generally prefer to hire a makeup artist with a name, a real name. If your own given name is not too hard to type or remember, that’s really the best domain name for you (in my opinion and with my experience). JaneSmith.com is great if your name is Jane Smith. If your name is Gertrude Stephanopoulos I might consider shortening it to something like GertrudeS.com. You need the bride to remember your real name and your domain name. The name should be easy to say and type. If you’re targeting middle-income and lower-end brides then something like BridesbyJane.com or something similar is just fine. Getting a good domain name is hard because most common names are taken. A good name is well worth owning for the name recognition and SEO. Stay away from anything too cute if you want high end clients to take you seriously. If someone has your domain name and isn’t using it, you can offer to buy it for a few hundred dollars. You have nothing to lose by offering. Do a “WHOIS” search and see if you can contact the owner to buy the domain name from them. It’s worth a shot! If your name is being used by someone and they have a website and/or won't sell it to you, just change up the name a bit and get something similar. I suggest staying away from .net, .co, and anything but a .com. You don’t want to send potential clients to a .com that you don’t own. Most people type .com as their first try. Let’s say someone owns JaneSmith.com. Instead of buying JaneSmith.net and having those customers accidentally go to janesmith.com, I suggest you buy JSmith.com or jsmithmakeup.com. The point is that you don’t want to send any client to a competitor or other business. You Need A Website You need your own website, not just a social media site. You need a site where you advertise your services and of course show your work. Without a website and a portfolio the chances are slim that you will work much in the bridal industry. I will elaborate on your website in Part 2 of this blog. To recap: I’ve given you most of the bad news. Once you have proper licensing, insurance, a domain name, and a website, you’re ready to move on. Part 2 is coming soon. Sign up below to get notified when it's posted. To start (or to replenish) your bridal makeup kit, visit our website at CameraReadyCosmetics.com.
If you have followed along with Part One, Two, and Three, you now have your "Hit Lists" and have already sent your first of many emails to your Hit Lists. So what now? It’s time to delve into marketing yourself as a Commercial Makeup Artist. Search Engine Optimization - Google Now that you have a website you need to market it. You can have an expert optimize your site to rank higher in Google searches, but let’s be real - it’s unlikely you will pop up on the first page with a term as widely used as "makeup artist." I suggest investing in Google Adwords. This can be costly, but not if you do it right. You can pay a company to do this for you, but it’s really not that hard if you know how to follow directions. Go to http://adwords.google.com/ and set up an account. You will need a credit card to link to your account. You will start by making a "campaign." Follow the instructions and make your first ad. These are the important things you want to remember to keep costs low: Under settings make sure you target just the city you work in. You don’t want people in Hong Kong clicking on your ad and costing you money. If you live close to Los Angeles and this is where you will be working, you will target JUST Los Angeles and a radius around Los Angeles (about 100 miles). Your ad should look something like this: Makeup/Hair Artist Jane Doe Film/Print/TV/Video Specializing in Natural Makeup I would highly suggest if you do bridal and special occasion makeup that this is done on a separate ad and not mentioned as part of this ad. Under settings, make sure you do NOT chose Display Ads, you want to choose just Google and its ad partners. You will then be asked to enter key words, and this is where you must be careful. All of your key words and phrases need to have "quote marks" on each side to avoid having your ad pop up under unintended searches (where you will pay for clicks you don’t need). Following are examples of good key words and phrases: "makeup artist San Diego" (using your own city of course) "print makeup" "makeup artist for photography" "makeup artist for video" "makeup artist for ads" "best makeup artist in San Diego" "makeup and hair artist" "makeup artist agency" "modeling agency" I use this because if they are looking for a model at an agency they need makeup as well. "best makeup artist in San Diego" You will also want to use NEGATIVE key words. You don’t want brides and others to find this ad. You can do another ad for those clients. bridal special occasion brides salon MAC cheap Make sure you set your daily budget at what you can afford, and make sure you watch it daily. This will cut the ad off at whatever dollar amount you set. Set your budget for each keyword. Some keywords are better than others. You will know which ones are best for you after you watch your campaigns. You will need to watch them closely. This is something you will need to play with and work on regularly but it’s the best form of advertising right now for this kind of work. Once you have your client base built and word of mouth has spread, you can then cut back on the Google Adwords advertising. To recap: Email your Hit List regularly, utilize Google Adwords, and if you can afford it have your website optimized for searching. Of course, it must be optimized for mobile phones and devices. Networking Networking events are usually cheap if not free, so it’s worth it to take advantage of these opportunities. You will meet people in the industry that may be good connections for you. Keep in mind that you are there to help the people you meet, not the other way around. Dress appropriately to make a great first impressions. I believe it’s best to dress as you would for the job for which you are looking. Black clothing, nothing too short, nothing too low cut, nothing that screams you want to be the center of attention. I suggest covering all your tattoos. Commercial clients tend to be more conservative than most, and you want to give the impression that you will fit in on this kind of job. I suggest you keep your nails short and clean. I would avoid high heels, flashy jewelry, keep your hair and makeup professional and conservative. Again, you don’t want to give the impression that you want to be the star of the show. You are there to learn about the people you meet, and you need to be remembered for the right reasons. Exchange cards and always follow up with potential allies and clients with an email letting people know how nice it was to meet them. Business Cards You will need business cards before you go to networking events. As a Commercial Makeup Artist your card should be simple and clean. Against opinions of many, I would put a very clean makeup photo on the card because it’s more interesting and shows your work. If you don’t have an awesome image with a real model, leave the photo off. Avoid using catchy names like Makeup Goddess Jane, etc. Just your name is best. Successful artists normally use their real name, or if your name is hard to pronounce, shorten it - but your real name is best. Let’s say your real name is something like "Chiwetel Ejiofor." Personally I would shorten that to something like "Chi." I might use makeupbychi.com as my web address, or better yet chi.com - however that would probably be taken. Let’s say you have a common first name like Sarah, and a last name like Wasidowska. I might use the business name Sarah Wasi. This is advice aimed at newcomers to the business. If you are already known in your market you would be best to keep the name people know you by, but please drop the cute additions to your name. To commercial clients it may come across as amateurish. Remember, you want people to know who you are, know your name, remember your name. It’s all about branding. Monthly postcards Snail mail is a thing of the past and this makes it one of the best ways to get attention! I suggest getting a post card made with a few great shots of your work, your name and your phone number. You can send this card with a different set of photos every month to your "hit list". Showing your best natural work is the best way to get the attention of people looking for a commercial artist. Linkedin LinkedIn is a great way to promote yourself. Make sure you are connected to people you want to work with in the industry; photographers, producers, makeup artists, hair stylists, wardrobe stylists, Marketing Directors of local companies, owners of local businesses etc. Stay active and write articles occasionally about set etiquette, natural makeup, etc. Your goal is to stay on the radar of the people that can hire you or be influential in the hiring decisions. Facebook People that are considering hiring you may search you on Facebook and social media to see how professional you are, so make sure you have a business page or a personal page that’s very professional. If you say things or have photos that you don’t want potential clients to see, keep them private among just your close friends. Never say anything about a client or industry colleague anywhere on social media. It can be saved and used against you. Mentioning a client is never good, even if you mention how great they are. Potential clients generally prefer their business relationships to remain private. Having a client list is different; I would of course put my good clients on my client list. Resume Makeup artists really don’t need a traditional resume. I suggest that you have your client list on your website and all social media business pages. You do want potential clients to know that you have worked with real clients and have some experience. You can also list the years in the industry, but be careful here. If you have been doing makeup for 35 years and you mention that, the potential client may consider you too old to keep up. It’s not right, but it is a good possibility. So I would say 10+ years instead, or even 20+, but you don’t want to give more info than necessary if you’re older. Age discrimination is real in the industry. Discrimination in the commercial industry isn’t as bad as it is in the fashion industry, but it does still exist. If you have worked in the industry for only 6 months I probably wouldn’t mention time in the industry. Until you have had a few years’ experience in the industry it’s best to leave the time off your information pages. I personally would leave off makeup schools attended, but opinions differ and it probably won’t help or hurt you. I would leave the word "certificate" off unless there is one required in your state. If you have an Estheticians license or a Cosmetology license I would certainly mention that. This is a plus, and is important in many states. Please check your own state's cosmetology web site to make sure you are performing services in your state legally. I hope you enjoyed this 4-part series on Becoming a Commercial Makeup Artist. If you have any questions feel free to post them here in the blog comments. Please sign up for my blog below (at the bottom of the page). You don’t want to miss the next series on "The Bridal Industry For Makeup Artists!" For professional Makeup Supplies please visit www.CameraReady.com
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Whether it’s your first year filing taxes as a makeup artist or whether you’ve been doing it for decades, every independent contractor can agree that tax season is one of the most confusing and stressful times of the year. With ever-evolving laws and regulations, no two tax filings are the same, and it can be hard to keep up. Not to mention, there’s that ever-present fear of messing something up and being at the mercy of the law. If you’re filing 2020 taxes as a freelance makeup artist, here are the top five things you need to know before Tax Day. But, as always, consult a CPA to ensure that your taxes are filed correctly and with your best financial interests in mind. 5. Self-Employment Tax So, why exactly are taxes so much more complicated as a freelance makeup artist than when you worked a 9-to-5 job? That’s because you’re now considered an independent contractor. When you work a full-time job, your employer automatically deducts federal and state taxes ahead of time, which is reflected in the paycheck you receive. As a sole proprietor (a.k.a. someone who is self-employed), you receive full pre-tax payment from clients. This means that you later need to pay federal and state income taxes and contribute to programs such as social security and Medicare. To report your income and pay those taxes, you’ll need to fill out the forms Schedule C, Schedule SE, and Form 1040 annually. However, it’s important to note that you’ll need to pay your taxes quarterly using Form 1040-ES. Consult the IRS quarterly tax deadlines to keep track of when you’ll need to submit your payments. (Spoiler alert: first quarter taxes are due April 15!) 4. Health Insurance Deductions It’s important to know that, if you’re not covered by a group insurance plan, you can deduct your health insurance premium from your taxes. Health insurance is an “above the line” deduction, so it can be deducted before you arrive at your adjusted gross income. However, note that if you qualify for health insurance through a full-time job or a spouse’s employer health plan, you may not be eligible for this deduction even if you opt to pay for your health insurance premium yourself. 3. Business Mileage Expenses Another important deduction to note is your gas and mileage. It’s an often-overlooked deduction among sole proprietors since using your car for work is typically seen as common and insignificant. However, if you use your car for business purposes, such as traveling to a client’s venue, the deduction of 57.5 cents per mile can add up to be a significant amount. To file for this deduction, be sure to keep thorough mileage records throughout the year for every job you work. Investing in business and mileage apps created specifically for this purpose will make the process much easier and less tedious, ensuring greater accuracy. 2. Inappropriate Write-Offs Just as many deductions go underutilized by sole proprietors, there are also many frivolous deductions falsely taken that could come back to hurt you if you don’t file carefully. While reasonable business expenses like mileage can be written off, you can’t write off anything used for personal use. For instance, you can write off the purchase of a makeup product that is used for your kit, but you cannot write off your latest personal skincare haul. Similarly, you can’t claim a home office as a write-off if that room is used for anything else. If you have a dedicated studio space, that may be eligible for a write-off. However, you can’t opt for a deduction for your workspace if you’re working out of your personal living room, for example. It can be difficult to parse which expenses are appropriate and which aren’t, especially as a sole proprietor. Start by asking yourself whether the expense is solely for business or whether you will personally utilize it or gain from it. If you’re ever in doubt, consult your CPA to ensure your deductions are legitimate and to help you avoid an audit. 1. COVID-Related Stimulus Payments This point is unique to 2020 taxes, but COVID-related payments and loans can factor into your tax filings this year. If you’ve received a COVID-related loan, check with the lender to see whether the loan will be forgiven. Regardless of whether they’re forgiven or not, make sure to mention any loans of this kind to your accountant to ensure they’re factored into your filings. You should also ask your accountant about whether you qualify for a stimulus check credit. If you didn’t qualify for government-issued stimulus checks based on your 2019 taxes, but you believe you should’ve qualified due to changes in 2020, you may be eligible for a tax credit. Final Thoughts If you have any questions about how to correctly file your taxes as a professional makeup artist, it’s always worth the extra cost to hire a CPA to handle them for you. They keep track of all the relevant tax laws in your state, so they can ensure your taxes are filed correctly and maximize any potential return. 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.
With many so hair styles ranging from romantic, edgy, classic, bohemian, and retro to choose from, it's no wonder selecting the perfect hairstyle for a wedding can be one of the most dizzying decisions for a bride. However, one thing remains true no matter which style you choose; proper hair care can make achieving the bridal hairstyle of your dreams easier for both you and your stylist. That's why we worked with our in-house licensed cosmetologist Jessica Dickison to provide a few tips for brides to ensure their hair is Camera Ready for their big day. Tips for Hair Care 6-12 Months Before the Wedding We know the time between engagement and the actual wedding day can vary greatly from one wedding to another, but if a bride has at least six months before the big day, they can get a jump start on caring for their hair for extra lustrous locks. JESSICA: If possible, try to book your bridal hair appointment at least nine months in advance. This will allow you to schedule your trial with plenty of time to make adjustments to your hair like extra conditioning, coloring, and trimming before the big day. We suggest doing the trial 1-3 months before the wedding so your stylist can let you know what kind of products and treatments you should be using for your exact hair type. It can also be helpful to schedule your dress fitting after your hair and makeup which will allow you the opportunity to see the whole bridal look Where to go for bridal hair inspiration On one hand, looking for inspiration has never been easier thanks to social media sites like Pinterest, Instagram, and now even TikTok showcasing beautiful styles, but use a little bit of caution when saving out images to show your stylist. JESSICA: I know these days everyone runs to Pinterest to plan their big day, but what Pinterest doesn’t tell you is that those models generally have hair extensions, hairpieces, or wigs to achieve the desired look. It's possible that your stylist may be comfortable using extensions on you, too, but double-check with them to see if they think your dream 'do is doable with or without extensions or additional pieces so you may purchase them in advance, if necessary. Color matching them can be a little tricky. What treatments should a bride enjoy or avoid 6-12 months before the wedding? JESSICA: While it may be tempting to change your look up entirely to achieve a certain vision for your wedding, avoid services that can be overly taxing on your tresses. These services can include perms, intense highlighting sessions where you're lifting the color more than three to four shades, or chemical straightening. Your stylist will be able to determine what condition your hair is in and what treatments they feel comfortable performing on you during this time, so definitely work with them to select the proper services for your hair. Tips for Hair Care 2-3 Months Before the Wedding Products to Consider Adding to Your Routine As the wedding date draws closer, the focus shifts from searching for the perfect style to achieving healthy hair that will be in optimal condition. There are a few ingredients you can avoid and consider using to help! JESSICA: Now is the time to treat yourself and your hair to a little extra TLC! The wedding process is in full swing, and a bride can treat themselves with a deep conditioning mask for a few moments of much-needed pampering time. To get your hair as glossy as possible, consider adding a mask to your routine 2-3 months out from the big day. A weekly deep conditioning treatment like Living Proof PhD Night Cap Overnight Perfector is a great option because it is sulfate-free and is formulated to be extra gentle on chemically-treated and colored hair. It also helps the hair to be more manageable which will help your stylist! PRO Tip: Avoid products with sulfates during the months leading up to the wedding. They can strip the hair of moisture, and this can cause colored hair to fade faster and all hair types to look dull. Tips for Hair Care 1-2 Months Before the Wedding At this stage, the hair routine should consist of very few major changes. A light color refresh service like toning or glossing should be okay, as long as you keep the changes subtle. Ideally, your makeup trial should take place after your last hair coloring session so your bridal makeup artist can select products that compliment your hair color, too! JESSICA: If you do choose to color your hair during this time frame, it's best to communicate these changes with your bridal makeup and hair team (if the stylist is different than the one you're working with for the big day). Even subtle changes to your hair tone can change which makeup products will complement your overall look. This is also the time to get one last trim to get rid of split and dry ends, to avoid heat styling when possible, and to avoid products that can cause build-up. Since many brides will choose to have their bridal hair trial during the two months out time frame, this is the perfect chance to make those fine-tuning tweaks to ensure everything is perfect for the wedding day. Be sure to ask your stylist for the products they would recommend for your hair type, as they will be able to identify your hair's needs. Hair Care Advice for the Bride for the Big Day Just like that, the week leading up to the wedding day is here! Now is the time to avoid heat styling or using products that cause build-up. JESSICA: Of course, check with your stylist first, but as a general rule of thumb, do not wash your hair on the wedding day! Do that the day before. I actually recommend double-washing and then conditioning to ensure you're removing any extra build-up of oils, product residue, or impurities. Leave the conditioner on a little longer than normal, up to five minutes, and rinse well. Avoid using any post-shower products (a leave-in conditioner is okay) to avoid adding any extra products that will impact how it holds a style on your wedding day. Lightly blow-drying is fine. Washing the day before the wedding will also allow enough natural oil to form to help lock your bridal style in place. My final piece of advice? Take a deep breath, and enjoy every moment! It's the most exciting day of your life, and no matter what, you'll look beautiful! A Summary of the Do's and Don'ts for Bridal Hair Care We covered a lot in this blog, so to make it as easy as possible, we've created a list of the basic things to do and the things to avoid before the big day. The DO’s for Bridal Hair Care: -DO Make sure your haircut aligns with your day-of style -DO book your consultation a minimum of 2 months before your wedding day -DO treatments/hair masks weekly the 2-3 months leading up to the big day -DO make sure to get a trim and color touch up 2 weeks prior to the event -DO use sulfate-free shampoo & conditioner -If you are frequently in the sun, we DO suggest using a leave in with UV protection The DON'TS for Bridal Hair Care: -Don't overly process your hair within one year of your wedding (excessive highlighting, chemical straightening, perms, etc.) -Don't book your consultation too close to your wedding date. Leave wiggle room to try something new or tweak it to perfection -Don't overheat your hair. Use a thermal protection spray when blowing out/flat ironing/curling to minimize damage -Don’t use too much product in your hair during your wedding week to avoid product buildup -Don't wash your hair the morning of your wedding (unless your stylist advises you otherwise) -Don't make any drastic changes. Feeling Inspired? We hope you're feeling confident about your hair's needs after reading our blog. If you need more help or a personalized recommendation, click here to contact a Beauty Advisor, otherwise, enjoy perusing our beautiful selection of hair care products! About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
Makeup by @stephaniepowersmakeup, Model @gabriellepaoletti, Photography by @nellhovingphoto, Hair Styling by @amandaleighrush, Bridal Boutique & Styling by @marimibridal, custom veil and accessories by @gianascanellibridal When it comes to wedding makeup, there are plenty of blogs, inspiration photos, and tips for the bride, but what about the makeup artist? While wedding guests often remark on the venue, the dress, and even the food served, they’re also focused on the bridal makeup. That’s why we’re sharing PRO Tips from our Bridal Look Book makeup artist Stephanie Powers. Sit back, relax, and enjoy her tips for aspiring bridal makeup artists! Things to Consider for the Bridal Makeup Trial CRC: For newer makeup artists, what are the important questions that they need to ask brides when brides reach out for bridal makeup trial (e.g. what style do you like, can you send examples of the look you're after, how much makeup do you normally wear, etc)? STEPHANIE: I feel the questions should be saved for the initial trial. If a bride is inquiring your services for their event they most likely saw your work or was referred to you. Keep your inquiry reply simple in order to secure your services. That initial email back to a client/bride is important. I always have a template ready to go. This business is all about communicating in a timely manner. Send pricing, contract and all details you have regarding hiring you, this way there won’t be so many questions and back and forth before the initial trial. Once the bride returns your email you can then discuss the trial date. I like to ask the potential bride, Do you have a desired look you are going for? Theme etc. on the wedding day? I always like to suggest days for the trial such as; Do you have any special days coming up you would your makeup or hair trial on? Such as, events, bridal shower, date night, dress fitting etc. One of my favorite days to do a trail is when the bride can get hair & makeup trial done on the day of a dress fitting. This way they can see everything together and decide if changes need made for the big day. Important Questions to Ask the Bride CRC: What questions do you ask during the trial to ensure you're giving them exactly what they want and providing the best service possible? STEPHANIE: The very first question I ask a bride when they are in my chair, Do you have any allergies to skincare, makeup, latex etc. that you are aware of? Other questions would include, Have you had your makeup professionally done before? What was the likes and dislikes of your last professional experience? Do you have a desired look? What do you not like about makeup? If applying lashes, always ask if they have worn them before and if they have not, walk them through your process on how you apply them. Also as a professional I evaluate their skin type, ask them about their daily skin routine. If they do not take care of their skin, I always suggest them getting on a good skincare routine 3-6months before their wedding. I suggest seeing an aesthetician if it is in their budget. Good skin equals good makeup, and that’s a good reminder to them. CRC: How do you handle feedback if they seem to like the makeup the day of and contact you later asking you to change things up completely? STEPHANIE: One thing I never do is take it offensively. This is what a trial is for, to see if they like the look. If they want another trial they pay for another trail, no discounts. I reassure the bride that these changes that they desire can be attainable on the wedding day. On the day of the trial I always make sure I take photos, not only on my phone and camera but the brides as well. This way we can reference back on what they would like to change. CRC: How long, in your opinion, is a good length for a trial session? How far out from the wedding would you recommend people book this service? STEPHANIE: I think this depends on each individual bride. Unfortunately some brides may live outside of state. Ideally 3-4 months before the big day is a good time frame. CRC: What other tips do you have for makeup artists during this time frame? STEPHANIE: Because most trials happen during bridal season, my best advice would be to setup trial days in your schedule. Book your bridal trials throughout those days. Not only does it help your pocket, it will help scheduling. Remember you are a business with business hours. Skin Prep for the Bride Things to Consider as a Bridal Makeup Artist Since the busiest bridal season kicks off in the spring and runs through early fall, makeup artists are up against a slew of environmental factors, especially if the wedding or reception are outdoors. Humidity, heat, and even excessive sunlight can take a toll on the makeup. While we cannot control the weather, we can prep the skin and select products that work no matter the conditions. CRC: How do you change up skin prep for brides compared to other types of clients for different events? STEPHANIE: I always start by cleaning the face, neck and décolleté. I like to use micellar water with cotton rounds. For my brides, I always have a hydrating mask and or eye patches. By the time of the wedding day, you should have a good understanding of your brides skin and choose the right skin prep for each individual bride. I determine this by texture, large pores, breakouts, hyperpigmentation, etc. Other than starting off with a clean face, skin prep varies due to skin type. CRC: As we all know, a good skincare regimen is important to have a great base for makeup. As makeup artists, we can always work our magic with skin prep, but since you're in touch with brides before their big day, do you give them any skincare advice so their skin is in the best shape possible for the wedding? STEPHANIE: One thing I always tell brides to never do is start any new treatments or products one month before the big day. This should be done at least 3-6 months before the wedding. Also, one week before wedding day is an ideal time to receive your final facial. Avoid any kind of peels or extractions. Oxygen therapy, hydra facials, and hydrating serums will help decrease puffiness and help ensure your skin looks beautiful the week of the wedding. The night before the big day focus on hydration. PRO Tip: Speaking of uncontrollable situations when parts of the wedding or reception are outdoors, there are a few things you can do to help ensure their makeup is picture perfect no matter the lighting. Unless your bride asks for it, consider using products with more of a satin finish versus true shimmer or glitter if the ceremony or reception is outside during daytime hours. Glitter will catch and reflect the light in a scattered way instead of diffusing it. If you're a newer artist and aren't sure how to determine if you've added too much glow during the trial, there is no harm in walking with the bride over to a window or well lit area to show them how luminous the makeup looks to see if they are comfortable with it or would like it to be toned down or dialed up! You can achieve a luminous glow with a radiant primer under the foundation but avoid the urge to go all out with glowy products. The same is true for eyeshadow and highlighter. Unlike in a studio for bridal portraits where the lighting is set and forgiving, the natural sunlight will reflect differently throughout the day causing the bride’s makeup to look different in their wedding photos. To help provide a satin finish to the bridal look, we recommend Skindinavia Bridal Makeup Finishing Spray. Extra Advice for Bridal Makeup Artists CRC: What do you do to elevate the bridal service and experience? STEPHANIE: Remember a bride has a lot on their mind. So the most important thing you can do is help make them a timeline for the hair and makeup, discuss this with the planner or bride ahead of time. Time management is especially important on a wedding morning. I like to arrive a half hour early for setup and I also provide the bride with eye gel patches and or a mask best suited for her skin type, always hydrating though. One piece of advice I like to give artists starting out in the industry is to remember that we, as the glam squad start, off the mood of their special day. Feeling Inspired? We hope this blog has given you a few extra tips you haven't considered as you continue your career as a bridal makeup artist! For more bridal inspo, check out our Bridal Look Book. If you need more help or a personalized recommendation, click here to contact a Beauty Advisor. About Camera Ready Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground.
NOTE: This blog was originally published in 2021 and has been updated. We recommend working with a CPA if you have questions. Whether it’s your first year filing taxes as a makeup artist or whether you’ve been doing it for decades, every independent contractor can agree that tax season is one of the most confusing and stressful times of the year. With ever-evolving laws and regulations, no two tax filings are the same, and it can be hard to keep up. Not to mention, there’s that ever-present fear of messing something up and being at the mercy of the law. If you’re filing 2022 taxes as a freelance makeup artist, here are the top five things you need to know before Tax Day. But, as always, consult a CPA to ensure that your taxes are filed correctly and with your best financial interests in mind. 5. Self-Employment Tax So, why exactly are taxes so much more complicated as a freelance makeup artist than when you worked a 9-to-5 job? That’s because you’re now considered an independent contractor. When you work a full-time job, your employer automatically deducts federal and state taxes ahead of time, which is reflected in the paycheck you receive. As a sole proprietor (a.k.a. someone who is self-employed), you receive full pre-tax payment from clients. This means that you later need to pay federal and state income taxes and contribute to programs such as social security and Medicare. To report your income and pay those taxes, you’ll need to fill out the forms Schedule C, Schedule SE, and Form 1040 annually. However, it’s important to note that you’ll need to pay your taxes quarterly using Form 1040-ES. Consult the IRS quarterly tax deadlines to keep track of when you’ll need to submit your payments. (Spoiler alert: first quarter taxes are due April 15!) 4. Health Insurance Deductions It’s important to know that, if you’re not covered by a group insurance plan, you can deduct your health insurance premium from your taxes. Health insurance is an “above the line” deduction, so it can be deducted before you arrive at your adjusted gross income. However, note that if you qualify for health insurance through a full-time job or a spouse’s employer health plan, you may not be eligible for this deduction even if you opt to pay for your health insurance premium yourself. 3. Business Mileage Expenses Another important deduction to note is your gas and mileage. It’s an often-overlooked deduction among sole proprietors since using your car for work is typically seen as common and insignificant. However, if you use your car for business purposes, such as traveling to a client’s venue, the deduction of 57.5 cents per mile can add up to be a significant amount. To file for this deduction, be sure to keep thorough mileage records throughout the year for every job you work. Investing in business and mileage apps created specifically for this purpose will make the process much easier and less tedious, ensuring greater accuracy. 2. Inappropriate Write-Offs Just as many deductions go underutilized by sole proprietors, there are also many frivolous deductions falsely taken that could come back to hurt you if you don’t file carefully. While reasonable business expenses like mileage can be written off, you can’t write off anything used for personal use. For instance, you can write off the purchase of a makeup product that is used for your kit, but you cannot write off your latest personal skincare haul. Similarly, you can’t claim a home office as a write-off if that room is used for anything else. If you have a dedicated studio space, that may be eligible for a write-off. However, you can’t opt for a deduction for your workspace if you’re working out of your personal living room, for example. It can be difficult to parse which expenses are appropriate and which aren’t, especially as a sole proprietor. Start by asking yourself whether the expense is solely for business or whether you will personally utilize it or gain from it. If you’re ever in doubt, consult your CPA to ensure your deductions are legitimate and to help you avoid an audit. 1. Keep Your Receipts Organized Managing a pile of receipts and expenses can be tricky, especially if you have to grab a single product for a last minute job (and make sure you're tracking the extra mileage, too). However, with a little discipline, you can build some good habits and a routine to keep this important step in check! There are tools to like phone apps, receipt scanners, and more, to create digital versions of your receipts for your records. Popular bookkeeping software like QuickBooks offers a mobile receipt uploading option. If you have receipts emailed to you, you can submit them via email, and it will be uploaded to your QuickBooks account for safe keeping. Genius Scan is another popular choice because it allows you to quickly scan a document, give it a filename that will help you find it later, and email it to yourself later in PDF form. Have a separate bank account that you use solely for your artistry? Some credit card providers and even some banks allow you to sign up for notifications (email or text) every time that card is used. If you use that card solely for business purchases, you'll have an easy way to track your spending! Final Thoughts If you have any questions about how to correctly file your taxes as a professional makeup artist, it’s always worth the extra cost to hire a CPA to handle them for you. They keep track of all the relevant tax laws in your state, so they can ensure your taxes are filed correctly and maximize any potential return. 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.
For many makeup artists, the first male grooming job may be a bit intimidating, but don't worry! We’ve got you covered! From which products to use to the tools you should keep in your kit, we’ll break down the basic steps to getting a man Camera Ready. Step 1: Shape the Brows Brows are truly the frame for the face, and a good brow grooming session can change the entire look. It's important to have a good pair of tweezers, brow scissors, and tools to comb the brows in your kit. To shape them, comb them into place with a spoolie brush or a disposable mascara wand and trim any excessively long hairs using brow scissors. Gently pluck out of place hairs with tweezers. Don’t worry about setting the brows during this step. We will tackle that task later! Chella Brow Scissors LEARN MORE Tweezerman Tweezers LEARN MORE Camera Ready Disposable Wands LEARN MORE Step 2: Skin & Lip Prep Even if your client tells you he washed his face already, it's important to cleanse again. Start by gently exfoliating the lips, and cleanse the entire face with Bioderma Sensibio H20 on a cotton pad to whisk away oil and impurities. Apply a thin layer of lip balm and moisturize the skin with a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer like Avène Hydrance Aqua Gel. This moisturizer is the ultimate multitasker because it's safe to use around the eye contour and is suitable for all skin types. For oily skin, Nurturing Force Blot Out Offensive is a pro favorite because it is a moisturizer and an oil-controlling primer all-in-one! If you opt for Nurturing Force, go ahead to the next step. Once the moisturizer has absorbed into the skin, apply an oil-absorbing primer. We recommend Embryolisse Emulsion Hydra-Mat and Avene Cleanance Mattifying Emulsion. Both provide extra hydration while absorbing excess oil, leaving the skin smooth and matte all day. If he has a bit of redness or a slightly dull complexion, the Makeup Forever Color Correcting Step 1 Primers are great additions to your kit. Bioderma Sensibio H2O LEARN MORE Avène Hydrance Aqua Gel LEARN MORE Embryolisse Hydra-Mat LEARN MORE Make Up For Ever Step 1 LEARN MORE Step 3: Apply Concealer & Foundation Your regular beauty routine calls for concealer next, don't rush to apply it the same way to a man. Perform a quick spot check first for any imperfections, and if he needs a little cover-up, apply concealer sparingly. The goal is to spot conceal and reduce the appearance of any blemishes. The lighting will do the rest for you. While you may not use it for every male grooming job, it's important to have a few color correctors in your kit. Many men tend to have redness around their noses or dark circles. The Graftobian Hi-Def Glamour Creme Corrector Palette offers corrector shades for both light and deep skin tones to counteract any discoloration he may have. To even out the complexion, apply a light layer of foundation, and blend it into the hairline and down to the neck. RCMA Cream Foundation is a pro favorite because it photographs well and has a skin-like finish when it's applied to a properly prepped face. If you prefer using a liquid foundation, Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation offers buildable coverage with a natural finish. To ensure you're not over-applying, we recommend using a sponge for seamless, light coverage. Wet the sponge, squeeze out excess water, and use it to pat on the foundation. Keep in mind, you are aiming for a no-makeup-makeup look, so if you need to add more coverage, add very thin layers until you reach the desired look. PRO Tip: If it's been a while since he had a haircut, you can use a light layer of foundation along his hairline to create the look of having a fresh cut. Use a buffing brush to blend it well and to ensure you don't have any harsh lines. Graftobian Corrector Palette LEARN MORE RCMA VK Foundation Palette LEARN MORE Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation LEARN MORE Step 4: Powder Next up, it's time to powder! Studio lights and high-definition cameras pick up on the tiniest bit of shine, so set the makeup in place with a powder that provides a natural finish like Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Loose Translucent Powder or Graftobian Dual-Finish Powder Foundation. For touch-ups, RCMA No Color Powder and Mehron Touch Up Matte Finishing Anti-Shine Gel will come in handy to eliminate shine. Focus on the T-zone, as this is the area that tends to produce the most oil. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Loose Powder Translucent LEARN MORE Graftobian 12-Color Dual Finish Powder Palette LEARN MORE RCMA No Color Power LEARN MORE Step 5: Set the Brows Now that you have achieved complexion perfection, it's time to set the brows. Make Up For Ever Aqua Resist Brow Fixer is a great choice for men with brows that only need to be brushed and held in place. For men with thicker brows that require a little more work, opt for a stronger hold with Graftobian StudioBrow Eyebrow Styling Wax , Kryolan Eyebrow Forming Gel, or Brett Brow Arch Control Gel. Make Up For Ever Aqua Resist Brow Fixer LEARN MORE Graftobian StudioBrow Eyebrow Styling Wax LEARN MORE Brett Brow - Arch Control Gel LEARN MORE Step 7: Finishing Touches You're almost done! Take a look at your work from all angles to ensure your makeup is well-blended. If the makeup is looking a little too matte, a quick spritz of Avène Thermal Spring Water or Koh Gen Do Herbal Spa Mist will bright the complexion back to life. If you've applied too much foundation and have lost some of the definition of his facial features, lightly contour with a powder that is only slightly deeper than his skin tone. The final step is to ensure the hair is also well-groomed for an overall put-together look. Tame any flyaways with a lightweight hair spray with flexible hold. If the job calls for a sleeker look, Sachajuan Matt Wax will help you style and hold the hair in place with a matte finish so you don’t have to worry about unwanted shine. If he has facial hair, comb it into place and fill in any sparse areas with the same products you'd use to fill in brow hair. Apply one last thin coat of lip balm, and that's it! He's Camera Ready! Avène Cold Cream Nourishing Lip Balm LEARN MORE Avène Thermal Spring Water LEARN MORE Oribe Superfine Hair Spray 300mL LEARN MORE Feeling Inspired? In a nutshell, the key to getting a man camera ready is covering up any blemishes, evening out the skin tone, eliminating shine, and ensuring his hair and brows look neat. Pretty simple, right? To shop our top picks for male grooming products, click here. We hope this blog has given you the confidence to tackle your next male grooming job, but if you have any questions, we are here to help! Click here to contact one of our Beauty Advisors for additional tips and tricks! 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.
Professional makeup artists and aestheticians around the globe have incorporated NuFACE devices into their services. From the instant results from NuFACE FIX® through the Lip Flick Treatment to lifted brows and smoothed fine lines, we love how NuFACE devices can help makeup apply better on top of treated skin AND provide lasting results with regular use! Did you miss our Instagram Live with NuFACE Sales Manager Katie Gonzalez? Watch it now! Routines for PROs For the Bride On the big day, every bride wants to look their best. The NuFACE FIX provides an instantly smoother canvas by smoothing out fine lines and plumping up the skin with gentle microcurrent in just three minutes. Using the feathering technique (learn more here), you can provide a soothing facial while also creating a more even base for makeup application. Simple start with cleansed skin, apply the NuFACE Fix Line Smoothing Serum, and treat the areas you want to smooth. The device will automatically turn off after three minutes. Tap any remaining serum into the skin, as it will provide extra hydration and will act as a primer for makeup. For added contouring to the face, use the Trinity PRO or Mini to contour and sculpt the face using the 5-Minute Facial Lift, or give their eyes an extra using the ELE attachment. For the Mother-of-the-Bride In addition to using the NuFACE FIX to smooth lines, try the Lip Flick technique to smooth lip lines and plump the lips. This quick 3-minute treatment will also help prevent lip liner and lipstick from bleeding throughout the day. If time allows, treat the Mother-of-the-Bride to the 15-Minute Advanced Facial Lift. For Quick Makeup Changes or Touch-ups If you're on set and always on the go, be sure to keep the FIX and the Prep-N-Glow Cleansing Cloths handy for an instant perk-me-up! The cleansing cloths are dual-sided and remove makeup, dirt, oil, and impurities with soft spun lace while the polishing micro-dots provide gentle exfoliation to brighten skin. These individually wrapped cloths are enriched with hydrating hyaluronic acid as well as antioxidants and minerals to keep skin looking radiant and beautifully refreshed, at home or on the go. They're the perfect way to exfoliate and cleanse skin before your microcurrent treatment. Once properly cleansed, perform the Instant Line Smoothing Treatment, an easy 3-minute routine, to get skin ready for the next look. The skin will be instantly smoother, and your makeup will apply easier and be less prone to creasing. Routine by Target Area ALL FACE EYES LIPS BODY SHOP NuFACE Most Popular Routines 5-Minute Facial Lift® The Advanced 15-Minute Facial-Lift FIX® Instant Line Smoothing Treatment Targeted Eye and Lip Treatment NuBODY® Treatment Trinity Wrinkle Reducer Treatment Lip Flick Treatment Advanced 15-Minute Facial-Lift Five-Minute Facial-Lift® SHOP NuFACE Information and images courtesy of NuFACE® Explore NuFACE Are you ready to learn more about NuFACE? Click here to read more about the brand and the devices. Ready to shop? Click here to explore NuFACE. NuFACE FIX® LEARN MORE NuFACE FIX® Serum LEARN MORE Prep-N-Glow® LEARN MORE NuFACE Trinity PRO® LEARN 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.
Now that we've discussed how to prep your body and hair for the warmer season, it's time to discuss one of the most popular topics our Beauty Advisors are asked about this time of the year: how to keep your makeup in place when it's hot and humid. Whether you’re a makeup artist in need of heat and sweat-proof additions to your kit or a beauty lover looking for insider tips, we’ve got you covered! It's time to discuss our must-haves for the season ahead. Exfoliating, Cleansing, and Moisturizing Odds are, most of us will experience some sort of skin changes during the warmer months. Normal skin may lean toward oily. Dry skin may not respond the same way to skincare products as it did during the colder months. However, a few small tweaks to how you prep the skin can make this transition easier for you and your clients! Cleansing and Exfoliating: Even those with the best complexions can have sensitivity, dry patches, redness, or irritation this time of the year. Adding a gentle exfoliator, brightening cleanser, or soothing mask to your kit will ensure you're prepared to counteract any of these warm-weather woes and give your client the extra TLC their skin needs before moving on to the next step. If they are experiencing dry patches, use a cleansing balm to infuse extra moisture into the skin. Consider using a non-physical exfoliator on clients with irritated skin. Physical exfoliators rely on textured granules to scrub away impurities. Selecting a cleanser like Koh Gen Do Soft Gommage Gel that relies on fruit enzymes to gently lift away dull dry skin will allow you to exfoliate with light wiping motions instead of applying more pressure to buff and polish the skin. Lightweight and alcohol-free, the Soft Gommage Gel also restores balance with T3 Oil to replenish skin with protective moisture and contains the same herbal spa water found in their other skincare items. The result? Instant brightening and long-term benefits through a nourishing blend of mineral water and six herbal extracts. Before Moisturizing: Once the skin is properly cleansed, it's time to get ready for moisturizer. A toner like Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner will help calm the skin with ingredients including chamomile and cucumber while also providing clarity with papaya, aloe, and sage. This alcohol and fragrance-free toner is formulated for all skin types and comes in a convenient kit-friendly spray bottle or a bigger size for personal use and refills. If your client is suffering from maskne, consider using the Skindinavia Maskne Control Spray to help keep the skin calm throughout the day. It helps preserve your skin and maintains balance while it endures time spent behind a mask. Ingredients including willow bark, black currant, and raspberry leaves help prevent oil production and have anti-inflammatory properties to keep skin problems associated with mask-wearing at bay. Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Moisturizing & Priming When it comes to skin prep, do not take shortcuts with these steps. Selecting the right moisturizer and primer will make the biggest difference for both the application and longevity of the makeup. Moisturizing: Now that the skin is freshly cleansed, it's time to moisturize! If your client is experiencing redness or irritation, try a moisturizer geared toward calming sensitive and stressed-out skin like FITISH Beauty Dewing It Moisturizer, a botanically-based moisturizer that can aid in reducing redness. If you're like many other pros and love using Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre to moisturize and prime, try substituting with Lait Creme Sensitive. Priming: A popular pick for makeup artists is Embryolisse Emulsion, a multi-purpose primer that hydrates and tones the skin while absorbing excess oil and shine. If you're looking for a primer to help color correct or to brighten the complexion, try the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Primers. The Step 1 Fresh Brightening Primer instantly illuminates dull skin and levels out an uneven skin tone for a brightened complexion with a fresh, healthy glow. Extra Prep for Oily Skin and All-Day Events: Thankfully, there are products designed to delay oil and sweat production. For clients that will be under hot studio lights or outdoors in warm or humid weather, use a product like Alcone Stop the Sweat or Mehron Skin Prep Pro before applying makeup to prevent perspiration. They act like an antiperspirant for the face and will not disturb the makeup you add on top of it. PRO Tip: Start with a freshly cleansed face (for extra dry skin, use a cleansing balm) and lightly moisturize before applying the product to a cotton ball or cotton round. Apply a thin layer, as you would with toner, in the areas prone to sweating like the t-zone or the entire face if they have extremely oily skin. Allow it to dry completely before applying makeup. Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Setting & Touch-Ups When it comes to powder, the iconic Ben Nye Luxury Powders and RCMA No Color Powder are perfect year-round. For oily skin or all-day-long shoots, consider an oil-controlling powder like Kett Setting Powder, Kryolan Anti-Shine, or the Danessa Myricks Evolution Powders. If your client has dry skin or mature skin, consider a powder infused with hyaluronic acid including the By Terry Hydra Powders or Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Natural Lighting Powder. The Natural Lighting Powder is finely-milled with a soft pearl finish that smooths the skin and gives a velvety appearance, while the Hydra Powders are available in a range of shades to perfectly set, smooth, and blur any complexion. Setting Spray: To lock everything in place and to prevent warm weather from wearing away your work, we recommend using a setting spray. If you need help selecting the right sealer, be sure to read our All About Setting Sprays blog series. For the summer time, we love Skindinavia setting sprays. Innovators in the setting spray game, they’re a must-have to prevent a summer makeup meltdown because they contain a proprietary blend of ingredients that help to provide a cooling sensation to the skin for up to 16 hours. They have three formulas to provide long-lasting looks including oil-control, a bridal formula with a satin finish, and their iconic original formula for a natural matte look. If you prefer a dewier finish, try Danessa Myricks Dewy Forever Mist. This brand new ultra-hydrating formula locks in makeup while keeping you feeling refreshed with Danessa Myricks' Hyaluronic Hydrating Complex, a unique blend of ingredients that provide hydration to the skin while keeping makeup in place. Touch-ups: For touch-ups throughout the day, keep a simple to use product like Mehron Touch-Up Matte Finishing Anti-Shine Gel in your kit for easy and quick fixes. Simply dab a small amount onto shiny areas throughout the day for instant mattifying effects. If you prefer a pressed powder on-the-go, set with the By Terry Hyaluronic Pressed Hydra-Powder for a flawless matte finish that’s never drying or RCMA No Color Powder, an industry favorite in compact form. To help prevent any additional makeup or powder from appearing heavy or powdery, lightly spritz with a refreshing spray like the Koh Gen Do Herbal Spa Mist to restore a skin-like and natural appearance. Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Makeup Trends Summer brings with it a whole host of fresh and fun makeup trends, from cream blushes and lightweight foundations to glossy lips and pops of warm color. For a lightweight foundation that will stay all day, try the Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation or the new Make Up For Ever Watertone Liquid Foundation. If you’re looking for a foundation with long wear-time and water resistance, Make-Up Atelier Waterproof Foundation is perfect for all day photo shoots under hot lights or for outdoor weddings. This pro favorite is available in full-sized bottles and convenient 5ml minis to test out shades or for smaller jobs. Warming up the cheeks is a guaranteed way to turn any base into a glowy summer goddess moment. The Melt Cosmetics Cream Blushlights come in eight shades, each giving the cheeks a natural, glowing flush. Enhance your summer tan (or fake it ‘til you make it) with the Danessa Myricks Beauty Power Cream Bronzer or The Balm Cosmetics Balm Desert Bronzer. For a convenient 2-in-1, the Stila Putty Blush/Bronzer Duo features a perfectly paired blush and bronzer that will add sun-kissed warmth and a radiant finish to any makeup look. Summer is a great time to play with color, and the right pop of orange, coral, or red can even enhance your summer tan. For a long-wearing vibrant lipstick that won’t dry out your lips, try the True + Luscious Super Moisture Lipstick in Orange Punch. If you prefer a high-shine finish, the Scott Barnes Flossy Glossy Lip Gloss adds the perfect final touch to any look. If your client is interested in creating a monochromatic moment, you can achieve the look with the Danessa Myricks Nude Colorfix Glaze; it can be used on the eyes, cheeks, or lips for a flush of color and glossy finish. Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Feeling Inspired? We hope you're feeling a little more prepared for the season and photo shoots ahead! If you need help selecting the perfect products or shades, our Beauty Advisors are here to help. Drop them a line at email@example.com, or come visit us at our Dallas showroom! Are you ready to restock your kit with warm weather essentials and the newest arrivals? Click the pics below to start exploring! EXPLORE BEST SELLERS EXPLORE SKINCARE EXPLORE MAKEUP 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.
Winter weather has its charm, but there’s nothing like the feeling of a new summer. Beachgoing, picnics in the park, walking around the city, and — of course — glowy skin and the return of effortless hairstyles! Whatever your plans are for the warmer season, we are here to help you get warm weather-ready. Body Care Get ready to break out your tank tops, shorts, dresses, and sandals. Of course, that means getting your legs ready for the sun and spotlight, too. Exfoliating your skin can help provide a luminous glow by removing dull dry skin, increasing circulation, and aiding in lymphatic drainage. This season, we're proud to introduce the Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Scrub to our skincare lineup! It smells like a tropical vacation and uses naturally derived ingredients like raw cane sugar to gently exfoliate, jojoba and coconut oil to provide lasting hydration, and lemongrass and vanilla for an uplifting aromatic experience. If you prefer a skincare tool to do the trick, the Esker Beauty Body Plane is the easiest way to slough off the dull, dead skin cells. Simply glide the tool over freshly cleansed skin that has been patted mostly dry, and you'll reveal a healthy layer of skin without disturbing your skin's moisture barrier. You can pair it with a body oil for an extra smooth glide and instant hydration. PRO TIP: Although it may be tempting, we do not recommend using a body scrub nor an exfoliating tool daily. For best results, use 2-3 times weekly, and always use sun protection, especially on freshly exfoliated skin. If you incorporate both a scrub and a body tool into your routine, do not use both on the same day. Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Body Glow & Self Tanning Products If you want to get that summer glow without exposing your skin to the sun, a body glow or self-tanning product is the ideal choice. Melanie Mills Gleam Body Radiance and Red Carpet Kolour Body Glow are both makeup industry favorites for giving a beautiful, healthy glow to the skin while evening out tan lines. Melanie Mills Gleam Body Radiance comes in a variety of shades and incorporates potent anti-aging ingredients (green tea extract, white green tea extract, and vitamin E), hydrating ingredients (aloe vera, jojoba oil, safflower oil, and olive oil), and skin-perfecting ingredients (Kalpariane- a wrinkle filler and brown seaweed extract- a skin tightener), to give your skin that healthy glow. Red Carpet Kolour Body Glow also boasts three shades that are water-resistant for a long-wearing and non-transferable glow that doesn't clog pores, so add a drop to your favorite foundation for a luminous finish. If you want to stay in the shade and fake a summer tan, we have a large selection of best-selling and award-winning self-tanning products. Our best-selling Loving Tan Deluxe Face Tan and Loving Tan Deluxe Self-Tanning Applicator Mitt will give you a streak-free bronze finish that fades evenly. Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Sun Protection & Post-Sun Care Nothing is more important than protecting your skin from the harsh sun. Skincare and beauty professionals alike have emphasized time and time again how important sunscreen is not only for preventing skin cancer, but also for preventing signs of aging. If you'd like to opt for a moisturizing sunscreen, the Murad Essential C Day Moisture SPF 30 or Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30 are great options for a non-greasy 2-in-1 product. For a true sunscreen that is great for all skin types, try Kiehl's Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50. The lightweight formula has a matte finish and is non-comedogenic, making it a great choice for those with sensitive skin. No matter how much sunscreen you use, you can always benefit from a quick cool-down session after hours in the sun. The Fraîcheur Paris Ice Globes will refresh and cool the skin while simultaneously brightening the complexion and reducing puffiness, redness, and visible pore size. The Fitish Beauty Sheet Mask Set will leave your skin calmer and more supple by utilizing calming botanicals including green tea and tiger grass. We recommend putting both of these in the fridge for an extra refreshing cooling sensation. Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Hair Care Winter can make your hair limp and lifeless, but spring and summer can send it on the fritz! From the changing temperatures, increased time in the sun, and humidity levels rising, even the healthiest hair can prove problematic when the seasons change. Tame your mane with Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray. Perfect for humid days (or nights), this spray shields hair from frizz and protects your curls or blowout. Available in a travel size, it’s perfect for your next vacation. If you prefer to lean into a little natural frizz, Sachajuan Ocean Mist will give you effortless tousled texture for that “just back from the beach” look. For tresses that look perfectly sunkissed and healthy, Oribe Bright Blonde Sun Lightening Mist also helps you achieve that golden glow by utilizing a natural blend of lemon and chamomile. Spray it throughout your hair to gradually brighten, illuminate, and enhance highlights. The peroxide-free formula even protects from damage and dryness caused by UV rays. Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Final Thoughts No matter what your plans are for the warmer months, we are here to help you find the skincare, hair care, and beauty solutions to meet your needs. If you have any questions, our Beauty Advisors are here to help, so click here to send them your questions! We're here to help! 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.
If you're considering making a few changes while restocking your kit this year, you're not alone. Most artists have their staple products memorized and rarely deviate from that list, but every so often, a new or innovative product comes around that elevates your artistry. It's like baking chocolate chip cookies and swapping out your regular milk chocolate morsels with milk chocolate chunks. All of the ingredients remained essentially the same, but the small tweak made a delicious difference. Variety is the spice of life, after all. Hungry to learn more? We thought you'd be! We spoke to our beauty advisors to get their top tips for refreshing your kit for the season ahead. 1. Make Sanitizing a Priority Let's start with the topic that's on all of our minds, sanitation. Disinfecting and cleaning the products in your kit aren't new practices, but they're more important than ever. The extra steps you take to disinfect your products and tools will help you stay healthy and show your clients you are taking their safety into consideration, too. If you haven't updated your website or marketing materials to talk about the extra precautions you're taking, do that now! For Your Makeup BeautySoClean Cosmetics Sanitizer Mist is a must-have! This mist disinfects eye shadows, lipsticks, cream products, and more without drying them up nor changing the texture. An added perk? It's available in spritz bottles ranging from a purse-friendly size to an 8.5oz bottle you can keep on top of your station. If you prefer wipes, they have those, too! SHOP BEAUTYSOCLEAN For Your Makeup Kit, Bags, and Brushes To make sure your makeup kit and bags are safely disinfected, be sure to grab a bottle of Rejuvenate. It's an eco-friendly, hospital-grade disinfectant that is commonly used at spas, salons, and clinics. Rejuvenate can be used on almost anything; it can be used to disinfect cloth, plastic, and glass but not brushes. For your brushes, our best seller is Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner. It's an industry essential because it's fast-drying and leaves your brushes smelling fresh and clean. Just remember, this quick disinfecting option should not replace your regular deep cleaning with a brush soap because relying solely on a quick sanitizing dip or spray can break down the glue in the ferrule of your brush. Click here to view all of our brush cleaner options. Want to take your disinfecting and cleaning routine to the next level? The Sterilelight ILLUMICIDE Case allows you to disinfect the surface of anything you place inside and even has a setting to dry your brushes if you deep cleanse with a brush soap in between clients. It uses short-wavelength ultraviolet light to kill or inactivate bacteria, viruses, molds, and other pathogenic microorganisms. In addition to disinfecting brushes, you can safely clean items like your mixing palettes, car keys, and phone in it. Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out For Your Hands Now that your kit is nice and sanitized, let's get to those busy hands. Our newest addition Jao Refresher smells fantastic, comes in a variety of sizes to fit your kit, and can double as a body refreshing spray for those long days on the job. It dries quickly and doesn't leave your hands tacky, so you can get back to work without worrying about leaving residue on your clients. Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out 2. Downsize, Customize, and Organize! It's time to lighten the load! Let's free up some space in your kit and show you how you can minimize the amount of products you have to pack for each job. Downsizing Many artists are opting for compact bags and cases, so if you're ready to drop some extra weight, check out the Zuca Artist Backpack. It has plenty of pockets and slots to hold your tools including a thermal pocket to handle the heat of flat irons and curling wands. It even comes with two small clear vinyl pouches to take the guessing game out of what you're reaching for next. Want to downsize even further? The Vueset Mini Palettes allow you to create pocket-sized versions of your favorite custom Vueset palettes and can be hung on the strap or handle of your bag or case and free up space inside your kit. Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Customizing There's just something about grabbing a palette knowing every shade it contains is a product and color you picked for that job. The Z-Potter is a must-have for creating a custom palette. This flameless cooktop uses induction technology to separate blushes, eye shadow, and bronzers from their packaging. Want to create a lipstick or cream blush palette? The Z-potter has you covered there, too, and can melt down your products with ease. The days of carrying twenty lipsticks and six eyeshadow palettes that you only use two colors from each are over! For complexion and cream products, the pro favorite Danessa Myricks Flexi Palette lets you customize liquids, creams and gels into interchangeable air-tight containers housed in a durable case. Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out Organizing Nothing is worse than fumbling around in your kit to find a product. LippieBook cases will keep your favorite products in place and boast an impressive amount of slots to fit your kit essentials. For a larger jobs, the LippieBook Pro 3.0 has 32 small slots for pencils, 112 large slots to fit most tube-shaped products like lipsticks and depotted foundations, two large pencil sharpener slots, and two medium pouches for palettes and tools. The Baby Pro measures in at 13 inches x 8.5 inches x 4 inches but still offers 92 slots for lipstick, 27 slots for pencils, and one sharpener slot. If you're like many other artists and are carrying more disposable applicators than ever, the Cozzette Mini Vessel is a great option to keep them separate from the rest of your supplies. Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out 3. Say Goodbye to Old or Expired Makeup We know tossing products can be a painful task. However, you always want your client to look their best, and expired or old makeup may not perform as well as it's supposed to. Most products have a shelf life guideline on the box or packaging itself, but if you can't find the recommended timeline, we recommend reading the expiration guide below. Mascara Shelf Life: 3-6 months Why Replace? Mascara needs to be replaced more frequently than any other beauty product. Every time you pump a mascara wand back into its tube, the product traps bacteria which can cause harmful eye infections. When to Replace? If the product becomes dry and clumpy or the bristles have excessive buildup, it's time to re-order. Another tell-tale sign is the scent. If it changes at all, go ahead and toss it. Shop Mascaras Foundation Shelf Life: 6 to 12 months Why Replace? Unlike powder formulas, liquid foundations contain oils or other ingredients that break down over time. Pump containers provide more protection than ones with an open top. For open-top foundations, it’s best to put the product on to a palette before applying with a clean brush or sponge. When to Replace? When a foundation is nearing expiration, you may notice dryness or changes in consistency. Shop Foundations Powder Shelf Life: 2-3 years Because they don’t require large amounts of water to manufacture, powders have a longer shelf life than most other cosmetic products. To prolong the life of your powder, store in cool locations with the lid firmly closed. When to Replace? If you notice powder becoming more difficult to blend or chalky, a replacement is due. Shop Powders Gel Eyeliner Shelf Life: 3-6 months Like mascara, gel eyeliner should be at the top of your frequent replacements list. To lengthen the life of your gel liner, take a clean spatula and scoop out the amount you need onto a palette. When to Replace? It's normal for gel liners to get dry over time. A product like Inglot Duraline or Cozzette Matrix Mixing Liquid can help revive a drying gel liner, but since you're opening and closing it frequently, replace it every three to six months, depending on how often you use it. Shop Eyeliner Eye and Lip Pencils Shelf Life: 1-2 years Pencils tend to last longer because they are constantly being sharpened, which provides a clean, fresh layer before each application. However, it's important to disinfect and sharpen them after every use since they're being used on the eyes and lips where bacteria levels are higher than other areas of the face. When to Replace? It’s difficult to tell when an eye or lip pencil has gone bad, but a good rule to follow is to replace pencils that no longer sharpen easily. For example, pencils that frequently break-off after sharpening are best to toss. If you notice they're changing color, it's time to throw them away. Discoloration is often a sign of mold growing within the product. Shop Eye Pencils Shop Lip Pencils Skincare Shelf Life: Varies, but typically 12 months The shelf life for skincare can vary based on the ingredients, packaging style, and frequency of use. However, a good rule of thumb is to replace it if it's been more than a year. When to Replace? After a year, moisturizers and toners have lost most of their beneficial properties. The efficacy of the active ingredients decreases over time, and some deteriorate each time they're exposed to air. Others include ingredients that break down with exposure to light or extreme temperatures, so be sure to read the label and store them properly. Always apply these products with clean hands. Never add water to prolong the life of these products, as it dilutes the formula. Shop Skincare Brushes Shelf Life: n/a Makeup brushes can last for decades if you properly care for them. Purchase an all-natural, deep-cleaning brush cleaner to rid your bristles of pesky bacteria and buildup. We offer a variety of brush soaps and cleaners to clean and prolong the life of your tools. When to Replace? If your brush sheds with every use or no longer applies product evenly, it may be time for replacements. Shop Brush Cleaners Shop Brushes Other Guidelines As a general rule of thumb, here are a few expert tips to help keep any makeup products you purchase from causing an infection: 1) Write the date of purchase on the outside of each product. 2) Federal law requires all makeup products to feature a PAO (Period After Opening) or BBE (Best Before End Date) symbol. A PAO symbol applies only if the shelf life is 30 months or more. Any less and the product will feature a BBE symbol. 3) Products made from natural ingredients will include an expiration date that applies even if un