Tips for efficient kit repacking.

Other MUA often comment at how compact my kit. I’m a minimalist and I like to fit it all in a small carry-on size suitcase. I make this happen by packing specifically for the job and above all, repacking as efficiently as possible.

Foundations, lotions and other liquids go into small soft plastic 1 or 2 oz  press top bottles similar to these :

 

Empty bottles for liquid makeupPress top bottles for repacking liquid makeup.

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Lipsticks, cream colours, cream foundations and concealers go into deep well palettes. You can get this 24 well palette for only $5 and with the rounded bottom no product gets wasted in corners.

 

Palette for cream makeup. Perfect for cream products.

 

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To organise pigments neatly and prevent spills from getting all over your kit (you know how much of a pain that is!), this sweet case including 20 stackable jars is just ideal at less than $4.

case with stacking jars for makeup pigments

Case with stacking jars to store makeup pigments.

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Happy repacking and enjoy your lighter, more compact kit!

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A great write up in Makeup Artist Magazine on my makeup designs for the Pan Am games opening ceremony by Cirque du Soleil.

I’ve been silent these last months as I was super busy working on a monster projet and simply did not have a minute to spare to blog…

 

 

Pan American Games Opening Ceremony .

 


And you can read all about it in Makeup Artist Magazine online now as senior editor Cori Stoddard came for a visit backstage at the Pan American games opening ceremony by Cirque du Soleil and reports back in details for you!

My stranded on a deserted island makeup product.

Though what I would do with makeup if I were stranded on a deserted island remains a little bit of a mystery…

M.A.C. Gloss Crème Brillance.

M.A.C. Gloss Crème Brillance.


M.A.C. Gloss Crème Brillance.

M.A.C. Gloss Crème Brillance.

But seriously.

The M.A.C. Gloss Crème Brillance.

If my stock drops below 3 tubes I start twitching and scratching manically. I just cannot be without it at work. In fact, if they ever discontinued it, I’m afraid I’d have to consider a career change.

Glossy cheeks, glossy lids, glossy legs. Here I come!

M.A.C. Gloss Crème Brillance.

M.A.C. Gloss Crème Brillance.

An early call time must have.

The alarm goes off when others are walking home, your dog look at you in disbelief and you are considering intravenous espresso. Ya. You know the feeling… The early call time!

The Kevin Aucoin Eyelash Curler.

The Kevin Aucoin Eyelash Curler.

The Kevin Aucoin Eyelash Curler.

The Kevin Aucoin Eyelash Curler.

Do not dispair, the Kevin Aucoin Eyelash Curler is here to rescue you and your model with its chic red silicone pad. Gentle on your lashes, hard on your sleepy looking eyes.

You can thank me later, when you’re awake.

The Kevin Aucoin Eyelash Curler.

The Kevin Aucoin Eyelash Curler.

Oh so you want your glitter to cling to you through hell and back? Well then you need this magical stuff.

Product most used last week :

Lit Cosmetics Water Resistant Glitter Base.

Lit Cosmetics Water Resistant Glitter Base.


Lit Cosmetics Water Resistant Glitter Base.

Lit Cosmetics Water Resistant Glitter Base.

Lit Cosmetics Water Resistant Glitter Base. THE most fantastic glitter glue ever.

I mean seriously, if it can resist 12+ hrs shoot days on circus artists, it can resist ANYTHING!

And bonus, it’s vegan, hypoallergenic, and cruelty-free. What’s not to love?!

Lit Cosmetics Water Resistant Glitter Base.

Lit Cosmetics Water Resistant Glitter Base.

Exceptional volunteer makeup artist trainee opportunity on Cirque du Soleil production.

This is for all junior MUAs out there who dream of working for Cirque du Soleil!

WHAT: Volunteer makeup artist trainee opportunity on a Cirque du Soleil production.

WHEN: Positions are available in 2 weeks increments in Montreal, 2nd March to Mid-June and then in Toronto mid-June to mid-July.

HOW MUCH: This volunteer trainee position is free of charge and unpaid. Lodging and travel are the intern’s responsibilities.

I’ve been contracted as the sole makeup designer for a very high profile project done in conjunction with Cirque du Soleil and MAC cosmetics for which I’m assembling my team.

This is your opportunity to familiarise yourselves with how the Cirque du Soleil makeup departments works, including the different chains of responsibility. You will work with the lead makeup designer (e.i. me), my 1st assistant and different make-up artists on my team, building a network of useful contacts which may help you to get work in the future. This invaluable work experience will let you take your skills to the next level while continuing your training process.

Qualifications needed

We are looking for highly motivated, reliable and punctual applicants with a solid professional makeup training and good verbal and written English communication skills. French would be a strong asset.
You must :
  • Be capable of working independently and follow precise directions in a team environment.
  • Be comfortable working on several different projects at once, remaining calm and efficient under pressure.
  • Have excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Know Microsoft Word and Excel well. Basic Photoshop and good social media skills a plus.

Responsibilities

  • Assist and facilitates the work of the makeup designer, 1st assistant and different make-up artists on the team.
  • Move make-up kits between locations, setting up workstations and making sure they’re kept clean & tidy throughout the day.
  • Clean and lay out brushes, airbrush and products for the day ahead.
  • Compile product & tools lists, acquire necessary supplies and run errands.
  • Ensure that all reference materials are available.
  • Contribute to social media communications.
Workweek will vary according to need. You must be available to work anywhere from 6 to 12 hours per day with the occasional Saturday or Sunday.
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Due to the exclusive nature of this project, more specific information will only be shared with selected participants after they’ve signed a NDA.

Applicants must send resume (including training, work experience and references), portfolio link or samples of work

and full contact information to :  interns@juliebegin.com

With  Cirque du Soleil makeup artist internship  as the subject line.

September Makeup Challenge

September is in many respect, the start of a new year. With renewed energy we go back to school, return to work and head into fashion week ready to blaze the way.

In this spirit, I would like to propose a challenge.

For the entire month of September let’s all give up the duckface selfie with winged eyeliner, cut crease and 16 colours of eye shadow in favour of bright new creative ideas. Let’s go beyond, push ourselves, venture out of our comfort zone and try something we’ve never done before. We will inundate all social medias with beautiful new designs all our own.

We’ll all benefit from the experimentation and renewed inspiration.

Are you game?

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Clio Lipnicure product review

The bright colours attracted me and despite the unfortunate name and bulky packaging, I decided to get a couple of colours and give Clio Lipnicure a try.

Clio Lipnicure

This highly pigmented stuff dries up to a matte, bullet-proof finish and does not budge, feather or transfer untill you remove it with serious waterproof makeup remover. Compared with OCC Lip Tar, the Clio Lipnicure’s texture is creamier,  less oily and is drier and matter when set. It’s staying power would make it over kill for regular photo shoots when you want to change lip colours a few times during the day but for jobs when you need a vibrant and indestructible lip paint, this product would be an excellent choice.

Unfortunately, the colour range is limited and it is hard to come by in North America (I got mine at Koreatown mall in L.A.) but well worth the search. I regret not getting all 8 shades!

Fantastic cosmetics advertising!

Here’s the work of genious makeup and perfume creator Serge Lutens for Inoui Colours circa 1987. This is the sort of gorgeous and complex cosmetics advertising I dream of at night.


Inglot Duraline product review

As a die-hard mixer and blender, I’m always on the lookout for good mixing mediums and somehow Inglot Duraline had evaded me, until now.

Inglot Duraline
Inglot Duraline

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After experimenting with it for a few days, I decided it is a good addition to my kit. The best thing about it: the tiniest drop will instantly revive dried up gel liner (these dry up so fast, I throw away loads barely used!) and turns loose pigments and shadows into an intense, waterproof and resistant eye paint.

Keep in mind though, as with most mixing medium, putting it directly into your pressed shadow pan will alter the shadow’s texture and eventually render it useless. So, if you choose to use it with pressed shadow, I recommend you scrape a little shadow on to a palette and do your mixing this way instead.

I have heard others recommend it as an eyeshadow base but I don’t find this to be an interesting use of Inglot Duraline.

Pros

  • great for reviving gel liners
  • good mixer for pigments and loose shadows
  • crease & smudge proof
  • waterproof
  • well sized for kit
  • paraben free
  • cruelty free
  • good value

Cons

  • slow to dry
  • silicone based*
  • lid seems fragile

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* Silicone is great for texture but I prefer to avoid as much as possible as it is armful to the environment.

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