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Freelance Makeup Business 101 (v1.0)

Freelance Makeup Business 101 (v1.0)
I was inspired to write this blog post today based on the volume of email autoresponders that flooded my inbox a moment ago. Every two or three weeks, I send an email blast out to our massive opt-in email database. To those who are interested, we like to communicate company news, product news, information about upcoming trade shows, information about upcoming sales, etc. If you're interested in being on the list, go here - http://eepurl.com/hLZQ2. After today's blast it finally dawned on me that I routinely receive autoresponse emails from about 75 artists who subscribe to our email service. So every email that they receive, automatically gets a response stating something to this effect - 'Thank you for contacting ____. I will respond to this email within 48 hours. If this is urgent, please contact me at XXX-XXX-XXXX.'
 
 
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Make Up For Ever at Frends Beauty

There has long been a feeling that art and makeup are joined at the hip when looked at on a professional level. If ever there was proof of this, you need only look at the career of Dany Sanz, who went from fine art to makeup literally overnight. Dany, a former fine art student, was launched into the world of beauty when friends asked her to do the makeup for a play that they were performing in. She quickly realized that her art background was the perfect experience needed for taking some risks in the makeup world. Her creativity shone through in everything that she touched, to the point where she became one of the most in demand makeup artists in the business.

Dany could very well have made a great living doing just that, but she has always possessed a keen eye for color and innovation. She felt that the products at her disposal could be better, brighter, and bolder, which is why she set about launching her own line back in 1984. That was the year that MAKE UP FOR EVER was born, and there has been no looking back ever since.

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Beautyblender at Frends Beauty

Beautyblender at Frends Beauty

One of the most difficult aspects of applying makeup is getting it on in a way that looks natural, with no streaks or clumps anywhere to be seen. It is a task that many women struggle with on a daily basis, but the good news is there’s help out there for those that really need it. At first glance, the Beauty Blender sponges may look like colorful eggs, but they are in fact an incredibly effective makeup tool that, when used properly, can virtually eliminate many of the common mistakes made when applying makeup.

The Beauty Blender sponge applicator has become the go-to choice for makeup artists and big name Hollywood stars, and it’s easy to understand why. The egg shape of the sponge has nothing to do with aesthetics, and everything to do with function. Regular applicators do not adapt to the contours of your face and simply cannot match the performance of the Beauty Blender sponge. Dampening the sponge slightly will make it expand and get softer, making for a gentle feeling on the skin and an even cleaner application of your makeup.

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Kryolan at Frends Beauty

The TV shows, movies, and theater productions we watch today have changed dramatically since the curtains first went up and the cameras started rolling. Like every industry, technology has propelled it forward at an incredible rate, forcing the supporting businesses to adapt in order to survive. It is this ability to adapt, evolve, and deliver fresh new products that has allowed Kryolan to remain a leading professional makeup provider for over 60 years.

If Kryolan were cast in a movie, they would most certainly be the genius scientist who is constantly at work in the lab creating the chemical that would save the world. While the stakes certainly aren't as high when it comes to makeup, Kryolan is keenly aware that this is a competitive business where only the strong survive. To that end, they employ a number of chemists whose passion is creating products that can stand up to the demands of stage and film, and still be safe for the actors who wear it for hours on end.

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Mehron at Frends Beauty

At Frends Beauty Supply, we pride ourselves in carrying high quality products that have evolved over time to meet the modern demands of stage and film production. That almost always means partnering with companies that have been in the business for the long haul, which is definitely something that can be said for Mehron Makeup. For more than 80 years, Mehron has been a leader in the professional makeup industry, but their stature now somewhat belies their humble beginnings.

When Mehron started back in 1927, the company was based in small loft off Broadway, smack-bang in the middle of the bustling New York Theater District. The initial lineup consisted of little more than rouge and pomade, but the quality of the products kept all the major players in the thriving theater industry coming back for more. That allowed the company to grow and create new product lines that would extend beyond the performing arts community into film, even the circus. Yes, Mehron Makeup is often what you see on the smiling faces of the clowns that entertain the kids under the big top.

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Skin Illustrator at Frends Beauty

Artists come in all different styles, with those that apply makeup very much considered part of the artistic mix. This is especially true in stage and film, where a great makeup job can transform the actor into a completely different character that is barely recognizable from their true self. Ordinary cosmetics that you would find on the shelf of your local beauty shop or pharmacy simply don’t have the strength or staying power to last under the harsh glare of stage lights, which is why professional makeup is required for these types of jobs.

That is what we specialize in here at Frends Beauty, with one of our most popular lines being the palettes offered by Skin Illustrator. Each of their color palettes comes with 10 different colors, with each set designed for a specific style of makeup effect. We thought it might be fun to give you an insight into a few of those palettes and what they are used for.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills at Frends Beauty

It is often said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, which may explain why we try our best to make the surrounding area all the more beautiful. There may be no better way to make this happen than with makeup and tools from Anastasia Beverly Hills. It has long been known that Beverly Hills is where the rich and famous reside, which should tell you a little something about the quality you can expect from the Anastasia line, although you won’t have to fork over the extravagant prices you may expect with this namesake.

When it comes to making the eyes and brows look more glamorous, there is no one more qualified than Anastasia Soare, the founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills. She is widely regarded as the queen of eye and brow innovation, which is why her products are in such demand. Her celebrity clientele list reads like a who’s who in the world of film and fashion, yet she has also made a name for herself by delivering products that can be worn by women everywhere, without having to break the bank to do so.

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Bdellium Tools at Frends Beauty

Ask an artist what she deems to be most important when it comes time to putting her imagination on the canvas – she will likely tell you it’s the brushes. Sure, the type of paint being used can help, but it is the brush that delivers the strokes of genius that flow from mind’s eye to canvas. You then have to wonder why the answer would be any different if you asked the same question of a makeup artist. Look in the kit of any makeup professional and you will see a large collection of brushes, each of which has a very specific purpose.

Look a little deeper into that collection and you may well find that the brushes are all made by Bdellium Tools. You might be wondering why that particular brand of brush is the choice for so many makeup pros. The fact is that each and every brush from Bdellium Tools is made by hand. It is a painstaking process that pays dividends when you see the finished piece. Each brush is a work of art, which is why artists feel it is the best option for them.

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Ben Nye Makeup at Frends Beauty

One of the most magical things about the movies is the ability to be able to look at all of the incredible stuff happening on the big screen and believe that it’s real. This is done by a combination of great acting, direction, special effects, and make-up, all of which come together to deliver an incredible experience to the audience. The one thing that seldom gets discussed from the items mentioned in that list is the make-up, but it is an integral part of getting the characters to look just right. Getting the make-up wrong can lead to you being pulled out of the believability of what you are watching.

If you were to ask the average make-up artist working in film and theater today what was in their professional kit, you would likely hear quite a few mention the name of Ben Nye. That is because there are few other brands that can match the quality delivered by Ben Nye makeup, which shouldn’t really come as a surprise when you consider that the founder was one of the leading names in the industry back in the day. Ben Nye plied his trade at a time when computer generated effects were still decades away, and when make-up was more necessary than ever to paint the character on screen.

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The 6 Worst Makeover Mistakes According to Jordan Liberty



On this episode of Give Good Face - Find out what common makeup mistakes you can avoid! Pro makeup artist Jordan Liberty gives you some backstage tips on how to save your makeup from certain disaster! These tips are beginners, and will help you to achieve surefire makeup success. More advanced artists may know how to avoid disaster - but if you're new to makeup - avoid these mistakes at all cost!

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New Pages on Frendsbeauty.com



Listen up party people, I made a couple really cool pages I think you are going to love on the Frends Beauty website! First, we have a page where EVERYTHING is $5 or less. Visit now at http://www.frendsbeauty.com/special-sales/five-and-under.html. Turns out we have hundreds of products on our site for $5 or less, so when you want to stock up cheap, but holiday or birthday presents, this should help!

I also made a page containing all of our deals. At first we had a 'Daily Deal' that only had one great product on sale at a time. This is actually challenging to manage and I don't think it does much for you, so I made a page where we will put a whole bunch of products on sale at once, and rotate them randomly. So check out http://www.frendsbeauty.com/special-sales/specials.html now and often to see what is available. We plan to have maybe 15 - 30 products on at any given time. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Sometimes the discounts will be a little more than Frends With Benefits pro discounts, sometimes they will be absolutely MASSIVE. And they will always be random, so don't try to guess the algorithm, I promise there is none...it will be completely random so make sure you check back often so you don't miss ridiculous deals!

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Awesome Makeup Tools: Stilazzi Synthetic & Duo Fiber Makeup Brushes

Our number one homegirl Mina Slater did a review of some makeup brushes from Stilazzi. You should totes check it out! Follow Mina at www.minaslater.com!

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