Archive for 2007

Makeup School - Learn From One Of The Best

I had a chance to stop by and tour the Vancouver Film School for Makeup. I met with Charles Porlier, who has been a makeup artist for nearly 30 years. He and I worked together on one of the biggest budget feature films of its time "Mission To Mars". We spent a summer (2000), working with great actors such as Tim Robbins, Gary Sinise, and Jerry O'Connell.
Charles has created a fabulous institute for up coming Makeup Artists , who want to achieve the highest form of makeup techniques in film making. In the past 4 years, he has changed a local Film School into a world renowned Technical Institute. VFS Makeup Design Program for Film & Television receives hundreds of applicants a year but only a few, 16 to be exact, per class, will be interviewed and then chosen by Charles to experience and learn Makeup Artistry for Film. This year, the makeup class has students from Japan, Greece, U.K., California, New York and Canada. From the airbrush/ beauty makeup, to computer labs for facial reconstruction, to body casting stations, to ventilated FX rooms, this school has the creative edge.

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Test your Lipsticks For Lead - Breast Cancer Alert

A very interesting article was emailed to me and I know this would be of great interest to my readers.
From: Dr. Nahid Neman (breast cancer unit) at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada
Please share this with all the females you care about.

Recently, a lipstick brand called “Red Earth” decreased the price from $67.00 to $9.90. It contained lead. Lead is a chemical, which causes cancer! The lipstick brands that contain lead are: CHRISTIAN DIOR, LANCOME, CLINIQUE, Y.S.L., ESTEE LAUDER, SHISEIDO, RED EARTH (LIP GLOSS), CHANEL (LIP CONDITIONER), and MARKET AMERICA-MOTNES LIPSTICK.
The higher the lead content, the greater the chance of causing cancer. After doing a test on lipsticks, it was found that Y.S.L Lipstick contained the most amount of lead! Watch out for those lipsticks, which are supposed to stay longer. If your lipstick stays longer, it is because of the higher content of lead.
Here is the test you can do yourself:

1. apply some lipstick on the back of your hand.
2. use a gold ring to scratch on the lipstick
3. If the lipstick COLOR changes to Black, then you know the lipstick contains lead

Please send this information to all your girlfriends, wives and female family members. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Dioxin Carcinogens cause CANCER…..Especially, BREAST CANCER

Jennifer Connelly - Fake Lashes Top & Bottom

Did you see how great Jennifer Connelly looked in the Aug / 2007 / In Style Magazine Page 259? Jennifer Connelly's makeup artist Genevieve, put Artificial Eyelashes on the top and bottom lashes! This is a fabulous look for an party, wedding, or just to look totally glam! Putting on bottom eyelashes is easy to do, too! Apply a single coat of mascara to the bottom lashes only as a fill in. Then attach one flare lash with a small amount of glue, to the outer edge of your bottom eyelashes. You may only need to apply 2 or 3 flare lashes. Now you have the Hollywood Look Of Lashes!

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More Facts About the Feature Film - Whisper

Last night a received an email inquiring about the feature, Whisper. I was the Hair Designer on that show. Every actor needed a specific look for their character. Josh Holloway, was such an easy going kind of guy. He has that down home, southern country style that made him lovable. Josh's character had to be a small town, unemployed, drifter type. I really couldn't change the length of his hair since he needed the same length of hair to continue filming the television series, Lost. Every day, he came into the trailer and greeted me with a smile and a big hug. His hair had bleached out from filming previously in Hawaii, that everyday I would put in a Fanci Full, Chocolate Kiss Color Mouse to darken his look to make him tougher looking . Then I would blow dry his hair and add a little Redken Lush Whip texture cream. And before he left the make up trailer he always thanked us all. His mama taught him well!
Sarah Wayne Callies, was easy going and very much into helping me create her , trashy, small town look. Her hair was long and colored auburn previously from the series, Prison Break. I couldn't change the length of her hair since she would be going back to film the second year of Prison Break. But Sarah was into having a hair color change. I decided to put in lots of chunky blonde highlights by using the Redken Powder Bleach and 30 Volume Redken Peroxide . The ultra light blonde streaks, mixed in with her auburn hair, gave her a small town, do it yourself, hair color look. It was Perfect! The script was broken down into a lot of days which means I needed to have a lot of hair changes. Sarah loved it. She had never played a character like this before and so she really wanted her hair style exaggerated.
Some of the filming was on top of Mt.Seymour. Jack Osborne, and his Special Effects team, had to create a winter cabin that was covered in fake snow in October. It looked fantastic!
The Vancouver local production company was Brightlight Pictures and Shawn Williamson was our producer. Other feature films , that I worked on with Shawn and his company Brightlight Pictures, White Noise 2 (starring Nathan Fillion and Katie Sackoff) and Edison Force(starring LL Cool J, Justin Timberlake, Kevin Spacey). Now , I could tell you more stories about these movies too, but that's another blog for later!

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Working on the T.V. series - Supernatural

I have been having a great time working on the Supernatural television series. I have been filling in as the Key Hairstylist for 2 weeks now. Jensen Ackels, who plays Dean (the older brother), and I go way back to when we worked together on the Dark Angel series. Jensen has thick, blonde hair so I blow dry the sides flat and the top, front is blow dried straight up. It's styled into a slight fohawk by using American Crew D:fi d:struct. The other lead actor is Jared Padaleski who plays the younger, smart ass brother, Sam. Jared has thick, dry, wavey, course hair. He looks best when his hair is styled in a casual, natural look. Jared's hair looks best when it's not blow dried. Jared needs hair smoothing creams like KMS Hair Play Configure Creme and Bumble and Bumble Grooming Cream. I find that with the humidity outside and the hot lights of the studio will make Jared's hair fuzzy. So a little Grooming Creme is applied every few hours.

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T.V. Premier movie of Whisper

It's been nearly 3 years since I worked on the making of a feature film, Whisper or as some know it as Hellion. It filmed in Vancouver for 6 weeks. I just received an email today saying that it will air on Saturday, September 1st on TNT. This is a movie with a definite all star cast. The lead is the handsome, rugged man, Josh Holloway (Lost-series), the lovely Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break-series), the young boy Blake Woodruff (Cheaper By The Dozen), and Dule Hill (Psych-series) and Joel Edgerton. It's definitely a scary, horror movie so if you are anything like me then you might have to watch it with the sound turned off.

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Have You Seen Artificial Turf?

We are becoming accustomed to many products or applications that use artificial materials. For instance, we know about artificial eyelashes, artificial implants, artificial limbs, artificial insemination, artificial life forms, artificial sugars, artificial flowers, artificial wood. Now you can have artificial lawn! Artificial turf was once used only on putting greens and soccer fields. More and more cities are banning grass landscaping. Do you realize how many gallons of fresh water is used to water your lawn? How about the fertilizers, weed killers, and moss control pesticides that you put on your grass? Where do you think it goes? Right back into your city's water system. How about the noise pollution and the emissions from the lawn mower and the weed wacker. This all adds up to Global Warming!
Artificial turf/grass can be installed quickly and easily. It's like installing carpet.. but it's outside. Did you know that Artificial grass is made from recycled pop bottles! Which means this turf can last for many , many years. Prices are similar to laying carpet which is more than real grass, but hey, I can sit back and admire my lawn ... without any maintenance. It's always green, it's always manicured, and it looks just like the real thing!

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Keep in Fashion - Modern Interior Design

Those of you who like the latest color trend in lipsticks and eyeshadows, I am sure you are the same way in your home. Many of the fashionable clothing colors, ie chocolate brown, warm burgandy, cabbage green, bright whites... all can be added to your pillows and rugs and wall colors too. It's fun and easy! A simple coat of paint can up date your condo or house in just a few hours. Or make simple slip covers over your throw pillows, or maybe pickup a few new colorful funky candles and paper napkins.
You can incorporate your modern style in your landscaping as well. Many homes are using artificial flowers, artificial hedges, and artificial grass. Mix these in with your real flora and you can have the perfect setting with all the right colors and textures to create modern landscaping.

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Missing Eyelashes, Thinning Eyelashes or Losing Eyelashes

It seems as we get older, are hair begins to thin out and so does our eyelashes. Missing eyelashes, thinning eyelashes or losing eyelashes can make you look tired and old. Sometimes adding a few fake individual eyelashes to the corners of your eyes can give you an appearance of young, alert, bright eyes. If you seem to be losing eyelashes or pulling eyelashes, you can use eyelash glue and a few fake eye lashes to correct this problem. I have been working on the television series called, Supernatural. Our lovely guest star Lauren Cohen has been filming in Vancouver on the Supernatural episode of , "Bad Day at Black Rock". Lauren Cohen has young, beautiful eyes, but unfortunately we have been filming at night, so to keep Lauren looking bright eyed and alert, her makeup artist Shannon Coppin has added a few individual flared eyelashes to the corners of Lauren's eyes. What a difference it makes! Some of you like dyeing eyelashes. But this won't make them look longer or thicker. Long eyelashes gives you a younger look. And thick eyelashes gives you a brighter look. This combination is what the actors want and need. So if you have thinning eyelashes or missing eyelashes ... here is your solution!

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Microdermabration - Can you Really Do It Yourself

June 8, 2007
I got to work on the movie set of "Tortured" a few minutes early to try out a new Microdermabration system that you can perform on yourself in just minutes. A half an hour in the hair and makeup trailer was all I needed to prepare and use the Crystalift Microdermabration System. The Crystalift is an easy, do it yourself, exfoilating/resurfacing system for your skin. I began by cleansing my face with an oil-free cleanser and drying my face completely. Then I started with my chin, working the wand slowly across the skin. You feel a slight scratching and sucking feeling which didn't hurt or irritate the skin. I did my entire face in less than 10 minutes, until the capsule of crystals ran out. I had turned the dial to the highest position for the full effect. If I compared Crystalift to a Microdermabration Treatment from the spa, I would say it was not as effective or as deep of a pore cleanser, but definitely noticed my skin looked fresher, smoother and my makeup base went on evenly. So then I asked the actor Cole Hauser, if he would try out the mini facial. I got him to relax in the makeup chair while I gave him a treatment with the Crystalift (meduim setting). When I finished , he was so relaxed he wanted me to do it again. Cole's face looked brighter and fresher. Cole will definitely have another treatment next week.

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Guys Need A Little TLC For Their Hair

June 5, 2007
Tricks of the Trade – male baldness and thinning

Working on the movie “Tortured” has quite a few male characters. The Actor, Jon Cryer (2 and ½ men) has medium brown hair that is extremely fine and thin all over. First, I use a cream makeup base (Couve) designed for masking out Alopecia (balding). Couve comes in a full range of colors from blonde to redhead to black. Couve is applied with a sponge, directly on the scalp all over the head. Then the MAC eye shadow powered in medium brown (brun) is applied with a thick makeup brush, on top of the Couve makeup. And finally, a sprinkle of Toppik in Medium Brown. Toppik (hair building filler) has little hair–like fibers that look like real hair. Then I comb the hair lightly into place, not to disturb any of the fibers underneath. A light spray all over the hair of Redken Super Strength Finishing Spray #23, will set the fibers into place and will hold all day (12 hours) on a movie set.

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Lawrence Fishburne and Cole Hauser - Lead Roles in Feature film

May 14, 2007
Started working today on a new movie. This feature film , title " Tortured", stars Lawrence Fishburne ( Matrix, Mystic River, Mission Impossible III) and Cole Hauser ( Good Will Hunting, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Break-Up ), and Emmanuella Chriqui ( Entourage - series, O.C. - series), and Jon Cryer ( 2 and a half men ), and James Denton (Desperate Housewives), and James Cromwell (Babe, The Green Mile). We started filming in Vancouver, Canada this week and will continue shooting for the next 5 weeks. Lawrence Fishburne plays a mob accountant and Cole Hauser as an undercover FBI Agent, in a psychological thriller. We have locations in Coquitlam. Langley, and Vancouver Hotel. "Tortured", is written and directed by Nolan Lebovitz. This film is produced by Five Star Pictures, Insight Films, and Proud Mary Entertainment.

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Microdermabration + Cold Laser Therapy - Guys Need Facials Too!

March 29,2007
Leonard Wu, who is one of the thug actors on the movie, "While she Was Out" needed a quick facial. So, we called in the professionals at Glow Skin Care. They came to his hotel room and set up the Microdermabration and the Cold Laser Treatment machines. It took just 1 hour to resurface his face and make his skin smooth and fresh looking without any redness. After seeing such great results on Leonard's skin, I booked a treatment for the following week. Cold Laser is also known as low level laser OR low level light OR LLLT. The session started off with a complete skin analysis. I usually give myself a moisture mask and a facial scrub once a week. But I was surprised how much work I needed to improve the texture and look of my face. Donna from Glow Skin Care, started with the Microdermabration, which cleaned and resurfaced my face. Then she used the red light laser for my acne scars, pigmentation spots, and fine lines around my eyes. She then switched over to the blue light laser, to treat the broken capillaries and the deeper lines on my forehead, each time applying a different treatment gel to target the problem area. After my treatment, which by the way is painless, she applied Clayton Shagal Collagen Gel all over my face, for moisture. Then a thin layer of Clayton Shagal Elastin Gel for elasticity and firmness. My face felt tingly all over. There was no redness, my skin felt smoother, the fine lines around my eyes had disappeared, the pores on my nose had shrunk, and the orange peel texture was gone. Cold Laser Therapy can also help to reduce scars, stretch marks, spider veins, rosacea, psoriasis, dark circles. Cold Laser can help in hair loss and skin lightening and reduce cellulite. Prices range from $120 - $250. A series of 6 treatments are recommended for best results.

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Acrylic Nails, They're Strong & Look Great - Sarah Loved Them

April 3,2007
Being a hairstylist in the film industry, makes it hard to look your best. Because of working long hours, I never have time to color my roots, get a haircut, buy groceries, workout or get your nails done. Speaking of nails, my hands are in and out of water constantly because of washing and coloring hair. When I am working with wigs and hair extensions, I use spirit gum adhesive and 99% alcohol. The nail bed becomes soft and sometimes discolored because of hair color. Nail polish will chip off within a day. The gel nails aren’t strong enough either because they will chip off as well. A great alternative is acrylic nails. Acrylic nails seem to last the longest. If they are applied correctly, the nail bed can be made thicker and stronger, but still looking feminine and pretty. I love having the French manicure look. The French manicure look is the most natural look, with a soft pink base and the white tips. There are many different brands out there so be aware of them. If you are Caucasian like me, then you may have a thinner nail bed. In this case, you may want the “flawless finish”, it hides the imperfections. In spring of last year, I was working on the movie, "Whisperer" starring Sarah Wayne Callies, (main actor in the television series, Prison Break). Sarah had acyrlic nails applied. They just polished her look for the character in "Whisperer". She loved them! Acrylic nails can cost about $50 and can be applied within an hour. They will last up to 4 weeks. Then you will have to book another appointment to get a nail fill which will cost about $40. Make sure they don’t convince you to have the gel topcoat because it will chip off easily if your hands are in water.
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The Glam Look of Lashes - Don't Forget your ipod

March 25, 2007
Since my year round job are my clients that come to my home studio, I got up early today to put on a set of eyelash extensions. Tracy loves having the full set of medium flare lashes. I call this the Glam Look. She purchased an Eyelash Extensions Kit to take home with her. She told me later that she convinced her husband to apply a lash flare when one came off. Now he applies the lash extensions whenever one falls out. What a great husband!
As you all well know by now, I’ve been transformed into the night owl. I never really see the light of day. I say good morning to my family at 3:30pm, sometimes I’m still at home to have dinner with them at 5pm, and then it’s off to work. The set location has changed. So now you have to somehow focus on figuring out the map attached to the call sheet. You sit in your car, turn on the dome light and spend 10 minutes figuring out the directions. And of course for my assistant Calla, she needs to find a route that will take her right past a Starbucks Coffee.
I have this young, bubbly, assistant. Her name is Calla Dreyer. We call her the Hair and Makeup Swing. Now that doesn’t mean the same as “swinger”. She has this cute little laugh that no matter how serious the deal is, she’ll make a joke of it. Like I always say ”It’s not brain surgery we’re just making a movie”.
I’m also working with a wonderful, funny, Annie Lennox look alike, Kiwi Makeup Artist by the name of Amanda McGowan. She keeps the pace in the hair and make up trailer, with her traveling ipod and docking station cranked with Ambient to House to R& B and sometimes even the Classical Bach tunes. The ipod video and ipod nano, all fit into these docking sound systems. They are great to have in our hair and makeup trailer because of the small size and the big sound. On weekends, Amanda can pack it up in just seconds, put it in her purse and take it home with her. I keep my ipod video in my docking sound system in my salon at home. It’s small enough to sit on the window ledge and still has a great full sound.
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The Cat Eye Look - Eyelash Extensions & MACCosmetics - Keeping warm on film sets

March 19,2007
I managed to get a few hours of sleep this morning, and had time to put a set of eyelash extensions on my eyes before arriving on the movie set. I applied 3 flare lashes to the outer corners of each eye. Then I applied a little black, non waterproof Pro Lash mascara by MAC, to the remaining lashes to blend together. This creates a look that makes your eyes look bigger. I call this the Cat Eye Look. Then I apply Prep+Prime Eye (medium) by MAC, for the dark circles around my eyes. Then a little eyeliner from MAC Fluidline (blitz & glitz). I think that the grips and electrics even noticed my big, bright blue eyes today.
Just so all of you understand what happens on the movie set. We all wear black. We don’t want to be noticed. You ask why, well we do this to blend into the background. You never want to be caught in front of the camera, especially in your outdated baby blue flared hipsters. Our crew uniform consists of many layers. Let’s start with the long underwear, which of course must wick away any sweat against your body. Then comes the multiple layers of Polartec fleece, then the North Face puffy coat and top it all off with the Halley Hansen Gortex Jacket. Now of coarse its raining or will be a some point of the evening so I put on my wick away thermal socks with the adhesive Toe Warmers attached to the bottom of my socks and now I slip on the Sorrel waterproof boots. I pull on my gloves and finally I wrap a soft cashmere scarf around my neck, it’s my only luxury item. Then I put on my toque! For those of you living in the States, if you have ever been to Canada you would know that a toque is a French Canadian word for hat.

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Lukas Haas is styled with Redken and Sebastian

March 17,2007
Still working nights on the movie set of “While She Was Out”, here in Vancouver, Canada. For all of you guys out there who don’t know what a Call Sheet is, it gives you all the details for the day at hand…arrival for actors, makeup times, out of makeup times, set times for actors, start times for crew members, catering breakfast times, lunch break times, weather reports, scenes to be filmed, pickup times for producers and director. But there are 2 things we never know, your bathroom breaks and the quitting time. But of course no one ever sticks to the schedule. There’s always the domino effect. For instance, if the actor Lukas Haas’ pick up time changes, then his driver gets caught in rush hour traffic, he will arrive 2 hours late. Now the director is ready for him and wants to begin shooting the scenes. Lukas jumps into the Makeup & Hair trailer, no time for small talk, no extras today. I quickly spray on Redken Guts Spray Foam. The Guts foam is similar to using mouse but it’s much faster and not as messy as mouse. All I do is spray the Guts foam directly all over Lukas’s hair. Now, I must turn the blow dryer on high heat and squealing high speed. It would normally take me 20 minutes to fluff and buff Lukas’s hair, but I’m working my magic in 7 minutes flat. I finish his controlled messy look with a little Sebastian Crude Clay for texture and low shine. It’s raining again tonight so I have to spray a little of the Redken Headset 25 Extra Strength Finishing Spray. Now he will go to Amanda’s make up chair for a quick 15 minutes. He won’t be getting his arm tattoos today, the director say they won’t be seen on camera. Amanda will air brush the Revlon Colorstay makeup base. She’s done! So now we have shaved off 35 minutes. Too bad they won’t notice how fast we put him through Hair and Make up. The Director and Producers are glad to see him on set. But of course we don’t hear a word from the crew on set. Like they say in film “no news is good news”

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American Crew & Redken - actors love them

Mar 15,2007
The actor, Luis Chavez who is one of the 4 thugs in the movie, “While She Was Out’. Luis steps up into the Make up & Hair trailer. I get my good morning hug before he sits down into the chair. I start with a light misting of bottled water, which is replaced in my spritz bottle. Then I squeeze a fair amount of American Crew Gel into the palm of my hand and work it thru Luis’s damp hair. Now for the low hum of the warm blow dryer that puts him into a trance. We casually talk about how many hours of sleep we all got the night before, the emails we received from our friends today, and what scenes he will be doing later tonight. I’ve blow-dried his hair completely sticking up everywhere like a Don King punker. Then I add the American Crew Tea Tree Extra Firm Styling Cream on my fingertips. I then rub my hands together and work the styling cream through the ends of the hair only. I spend another few minutes twisting the hair together into 2-inch sections making them look randomly chunky. This styling cream adds lots of texture and a pliable hold. It also has a low shine. And then a final touch of Redken Headset 25 Extra Strength Finishing Spray since it is raining hard outside tonight, I’ll need to keep it looking this way for a few hours. The great thing about these hair products, is that they are all water based, and will leave no build up in the hair and they will wash out easily without a residue. These are great products for the guys to use and Luis likes how great they smell too.

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While She Was Out - Filming in Vancouver

I’m working on a movie called, "While She Was Out". This is an Independent Film. The producers are Don Murphy and Kirk Shaw from Insight Film Studios. Kim Basinger is producing and starring in this movie. The Executive Producers are Kim Basinger and Guillermo del Toro. And for any of you movie buffs out there , Guillermo del Toro wrote and directed Pans Labyrinth . As you all well know, this movie received many Oscars. Pans Labyrinth won in Best Make-up, Best Foreign Film and Best Art Direction. Enough about Pans Labyrinth, let me tell you about this film that I’m working on now. The director of this movie, “While she was out” is a former producer by the name Susan Montford. This film will be done in real time. It is a 90 minute film of Kim Basinger(Della) who drives to the local mall, and finds herself being chased by 4 local thugs. They follow her from the mall parking lot, down country roads and then having her vehicle breakdown in a new subdivision that is vacant. She grabs her toolbox from the trunk of her vehicle. But of course I’m not going to tell you how it ends. A real suspense thriller. We began filming February12 and will be finished somewhere around the 23 of March,2007. I’ll keep you posted.

Welcome to I Love My Lashes!

Hello and welcome to my eyelash extension and beauty aid blog!
Check back often for the latest product info and techniques. As a hairstylist in the film business I have the opportunity to work with some of the best talent in the industry. Because of this I also get to try out some of the latest products from leading suppliers like M.O.P, Redken, Oster, MAC Cosmetics, Pureology and more.