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Professional Makeup Palettes for Film Professionals

Professional Makeup Palettes for Film Professionals

Choosing the correct foundation color is critical in executing a make-up look.  If you go too dark, too light, and cannot properly match one’s skin tone, it will throw off every other part of the application. Most professional artists can agree that RCMA Foundation Palettes are one of their staple products in their kits and their number one choice when it comes to foundation - and for good reason. The Research Council of Makeup Artists (RCMA) was created by renowned Make-up Artist, Vincent JR Kehoe. He realized there was a need for a foundation that worked for professionals in film, television, and stage. Kehoe created these foundation formulas to meet the needs of the everyday professional artist, as well as the everyday person.

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Lorac Unzipped Palette

Lorac Unzipped Palette

No one has ever wanted to walk into a beauty store with me. Maybe it was because they were extremely embarrassed by the amount of questions I would ask the Make-up Professionals or the fact that I would easily spend 2 hours playing around with products and testing every color out under the sun. Or maybe C….all of the above :) Needless to say, I am a Marketing and Advertising company's dream because I am easily stimulated and influenced by visual displays and shiny things. The more appealing the display is, the more likely I am to head over to that section and check out the make-up. That is how I unintentionally, but thankfully stumbled upon the Lorac Unzipped Palette.

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Brands to Help You Get the Perfect Eyebrow Shape

Brands to Help You Get the Perfect Eyebrow Shape

The first time I experimented with eyebrow products was back in 2008. I was working at a salon as an Esthetician and my eyebrows were beginning to look Chewbacca-esque. I was planning on going out with my friends after work to watch the Phillies play in the World Series, but knew I could not go out in public without giving my caterpillars a little love. I quickly ran into the treatment room to wax my eyebrows and ended up ripping off almost half of my eyebrow! I was mortified!

I called my cousin who my beauty go-to-gal to ask her what I should do. Half of my one eyebrow was missing and I did not want to go out in public looking like a freak. She told me to immediately run out and purchase a brow powder so that she could show me how to fill in the sparse areas of my eyebrows. I couldn't get over the finished result and how polished my entire look was after she was done. I was hooked! I continued to use the powder as my eyebrow grew out and up until this year. It was then I was introduced to Anastasia Beverly Hills from my fellow Frends Beauty girl, Brielle.

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How To Carry Your Makeup Supplies

How To Carry Your Makeup Supplies

Getting from Point A to Point B...C, D, E, etc. with a full load of makeup can be a bit of a challenge. For artists working complex jobs like large wedding parties, on location film or television shoots, and other projects; showing up with enough of the right products can be the difference between perfection and disaster.

Since the early days of Frends Beauty, we've sold dozens, maybe hundreds of different types of pro makeup cases. Our history goes back over 75 years, so you can imagine how much things have changed in that time. What hasn't though, is that need to have the right stuff available every time you need it. To that end, we're very happy to be the premier dealer for Stilazzi makeup cases. In late 2011, Stilazzi introduced the Gone Topless professional makeup case. In no time at all, it became the most popular makeup case for the pro artist industry.

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Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove

Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove

Do you need a make-up brush cleaning glove or spa glove?  Wait, a what? You may be wondering what I am talking about and you are not alone. Sigma Beauty has reinvented the way we clean our make-up brushes. The Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove was designed for those looking to deep-clean their Sigma brushes in a quick, easy, and effective way. This dual-sided product is great for eye and face brushes - no matter what the size!

The Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove offers unique textures and surfaces that help remove all of the make-up and residue out of your brushes: Wash, Rinse, Refine, and Shape. The entire cleansing process was super easy and I loved that I only had to use a tad bit of cleaning solution to do so. I tested the cleaning process method on my F80 Flat Kabuki.  As instructed, I added water and a dot of cleaning solution to the glove and swirled the kabuki on the ‘Wash’ texture. A little goes a long way when using minimal product to deep wash the brush in this stage. Next, I put my brush under lukewarm water and swept it back and forth on the ‘Rinse’ texture of the glove.  I didn’t have a lot of residue to remove after the deep cleansing phase, but it definitely did help remove the solution.  After this stage, I swirled my brush on the ‘Refine’ texture to give my brush a little extra deep cleansing. I repeated Step 2, ‘Rinse’, again and put my brush under lukewarm water while sweeping it back and forth for a final rinse. The last stage was to reshape my brush back to its natural form.  I placed the head of my brush on the ‘Shape’ section of the glove and squeezed my hand to remove excess water.

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Ben Nye Luxury Powder Banana

Ben Nye Luxury Powder Banana

When it comes to highly raved about cosmetics, I am the first one to research a product to its core to see what people are saying and what makes it so special. Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder was one of those products that I had heard so much about. I have always seen it in make-up artist kits on every photo shoot I have been on and the powder sold out on shelves after Kim Kardashian’s make-up artist, Mario Dedivanovic, said he used it on her. I remember the first time I saw a makeup artist pull out the Ben Nye Banana powder on set, I freaked out a little on the inside. You see, my complexion color resembles Casper the friendly ghost - a little on the lighter side - and here was a yellow powder that looked like it was made for someone with medium, olive skin tone. I thought in my head “Omg, I am going to look like a clown!” When I finally saw the end result of the make-up application, I was shocked and confused. How did that YELLOW powder do that?  

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Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment

Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment
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I’ve never tried any Glam Glow products before but all the girls at Frends Beauty literally can’t stop talking about their amazing mask treatments.  Needless to say I was STOKED when we started carrying the brand and I got samples!! I decided to try the Supermud Clearing Treatment first since I’ve heard so many good things about it.  Among the problems it claims to fix are large pores, problem skin, blemishes, pimples, breakouts, zits, spots, black & white heads, razor bumps, and ingrown hairs - a pretty promising list if you ask me!  A variety of quality ingredients like Activated-X Charcoal work on attacking these problems along with Glam Glow’s trademarked compounds Acnecidic-6, K17-Clay, and TEAOXI.  I was interested in how these compounds worked to repair the skin so I did a little research:

-ACNECIDIC-6: Claims to help with issues such as pigmentation, scarring, breakouts, clogged pores, and damaged skin. It uses a PH balanced blend of six different AHA and BHA acids (glycolic, salicylic, lactic, mandelic, pyruvic, and azelaic acids)

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BeautyBlender Review

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The Beautyblender is truly a Make-Up Secret Weapon! I have heard about these mini-magicians for quite some time, but could never justify spending THAT much money on what I thought was just a make-up sponge. I finally decided to give the product a go and was pleasantly surprised at the flawless results I achieved.

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Stilazzi's New Makeup!

Stilazzi's New Makeup!

Have you gotten your hands on Stilazzi's new makeup yet? If not, you don't know what you are missing. Recently introduced, the line has begun to make waves in and out of the pro community. We asked some popular makeup artists on Instagram what they thought, here is what some of them have to say:

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Make Up For Ever Aqua Black


MAKEUP FOREVER AQUA BLACK

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Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette


TOO FACED CAT EYES PALETTE (available in store and by phone/email)

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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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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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