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Advance Minerals makes color selection both fun and foolproof! Two beautiful color pallets are available with pre-selected tones that will give you some great combos for your daily routine. You can also start with an empty compact and customize to your hearts content. The lipsticks and lip glosses are gorgeous and give you endless combinations to enjoy. This is one of the most comfortable and lasting lipcolors I have worn.
One of my favorite and most versatile products in this line is the highlight cream. There is one in each compact and a 3rd available to order separately. This can be used as a traditional highlighter to add a soft glow to the high points on the face but it can also be used as a cream shadow on the eyes, or as a lip highlighter. The 3 color options are stunning.
To get Okay, so what if foundation and concealer didn't have to be the big cover up? Many of the foundations we wear to cover skin imperfections actually make them worse. If you find yourself applying more and more layers and feeling like you can't leave the house without your makeup then maybe its time to re-think everything that's going onto ( and into) your skin.
Parabens, silicones, synthetic fragrances, mineral oils etc. are just a few of the controversial ingredients used in cosmetics today. Some of these ingredients are endocrine disruptors, skin irritants, comedogenic and some are toxic to our bodies and the environments.
In the search for foundation and concealer that excluded harmful ingredients I found a lot of mediocrity. Most formulas were rated highly on the "safety scale" but the performance was just not there. There was no way as a makeup artist that I could promote a product that didn't go on well and stay on well.
Advanced Minerals was the perfect fit. This product has a beautiful lasting airbrush finish as well as safe and healing formulations.
The liquid foundation comes in 7 self adjusting formulas making it easy to get a good match and versatile for my clients as they go through the seasons. The product is anti microbial, anti inflammatory, light weight and long lasting. It won't clog pores and is perfect for sensitive skin. No dyes, perfumes, talc, mineral oil or parabens.
Loose and pressed powders can be used alone or with the liquid and contain the same great resume as the liquid foundation. They are build-able and blend-able with a beautiful light diffusing technology. All of AM Foundations and powders contain natural sunscreen. The pigments are very finely milled and won't give you that bounce back white face in a photo and they won't settle accentuate fine lines.
The perfecting concealer works beautifully as an under eye or blemish cover up as well as a primer for your eye shadows. Using a light and dark concealer can give you the ability to contour like the pros! Secret ingredients? Grapeseed oil, vitamin E and shea butter that hydrate your skin. It won't clog pores and won't settle into fine lines but it will stay put all day!
Interested in trying any of these formulas? Schedule a FREE makeup lesson in March at Image Insight. You can also attend our Shake Up Your Makeup Class on March 30. Click on Schedule Now to book.
Bringing this post back! Several years later it is still a passion and still very relevant.
Thanks Lauren for including me in your Ten Commandments of fashion! My name is Trish Allen ( AKA Lauren's Mom) and I am the owner/principal makeup artist at Image Insight Makeup Artistry. Here at I.I. we obviously live and breathe for makeup and although we don't expect the average woman to feel the same way about the topic we are excited to share our Insight on just how important makeup can be as an accessory to your look.
Similar to clothing, jewelry and shoes- the way you wear or don't wear makeup tells the world how you want to be treated. It sets the stage for positive, or possibly negative, interactions with those who need to make a quick decision about who you are and what you stand for. Of course the argument to the contrary would state that if someone doesn't make the effort to know and judge you for the person that you are on the inside, then they really don't deserve to know you at all. Sounds like a great ideal- but that is all that it is. Each and every day we interact with others and in a split second they are sizing us up. Fair? NOPE. Realty, YUP! There are statistics available to back this up but I won't bore you with those.
So here are a few tips on accessorizing with makeup.
1. Makeup should enhance your natural beauty. Concealer can absolutely be your friend when it comes to dark circles and the occasional blemish but overall "hiding" with products never works....it usually calls attention to what you want to hide. Find your best features and make them pop!
2. Your biggest makeup investment should be foundation. It needs to match perfectly and may need to change seasonally. It's nearly impossible to get a perfect match without trying it on so stay away from the closed packages at the drugstore. This is a great time to reach out for help from a professional. Your Esthetician can help you choose the right shade and also the right formula for your skin type.
3. Just like the outfit that you wear, makeup should be appropriate to the situation at hand. An office job would likely call for a light touch and neutral colors where someone in an artistic or fashion related field may safely experiment with color and a little drama. Smoky eyes are perfect for a night out and bright red lips can make a beautiful holiday statement but either of these choices may send the wrong message at your grandmother's funeral.
The most important thing to remember about makeup is that it washes off! I had the pleasure of taking a class with celebrity MU Artist Luis Casco and he said: "There is no makeup mistake that can't be fixed with a cotton tip applicator". Don't be afraid to try something new. Have fun!
Trish Allen, Image Insight
Photo Courtesy of Jim Tincher Photography
Model: Rebecca White
Makeup: Trish, Image Insight
It all started with a weekend girls trip.... It was our first ever Skin and Body convention held in Chicago. 4 excited Aesthetic students, one rental car and what seemed like millions of vendors all selling their wares. It was totally overwhelming and exhilarating at the same time. We wandered the aisles looking for products and treatments that would potentially benefit our future clients.
I walked past the Advanced Minerals booth and then turned back and did a double take. This was a makeup line used on the Sets of Grey's Anatomy and NCIS. They had my attention. Aesthetician and TV, Film Makeup Artist Annie Mayo had worked with many wonderful brands of makeup but she "always felt that there was room for improvement in women's makeup". She created this line with minerals and ingredients that are "skin loving" and free of damaging chemicals and preservatives. As a skin care professional I can truly get behind makeup that heals and nourishes the skin!
This company fits right in with my Small Business friendly goal. Any question that I have is answered swiftly and sweetly by Annie herself. She has been a pleasure to work with!
The product line is streamlined and for a new Aesthetician that was very important. My studio space is limited but offering a great cosmetic line was a high priority for me. Many of the products are multipurpose which saves me space and my clients money. The foundations are safe and healthy. I have no problem applying them immediately after a skin care treatment. The colors are glorious and I can't wait to show them off to you in future blogs!
Stay tuned for more Shake up your makeup blogs coming soon!
Shake up your Makeup Workshop scheduled Thursday March 30 at 6pm.
Okay, they aren't really "deadly" and they certainly are not sins but sometimes there are small things that can make a big difference and this seems like a great format to share some of those "things".
Makeup is an accessory, a way to show our personal style and speak something to the world that is uniquely us, right? Unfortunately a bad habit or technique can sometimes send the wrong message so here are a few tips to prevent a communication mishap.
1. Your pillow case is not a washcloth. Taking a few minutes at the end of every day to remove every last drop of makeup on your face will pay off in the long run I promise. Your skin does most of it's repair work at night while you sleep and it can't do that if it is clogged with old makeup, dirt and oil. If you find yourself collapsing at bedtime then make it a habit to do your scrubbing as soon as you get home from work. I promise, years later you will thank your young self for this effort!
2. Shimmer 3. Shimmer 4. Shimmer. So at this point you are thinking that I have something against shimmer and sparkles but that couldn't be farther from the truth. I LOVE a good shine when it is in the correct location and used judiciously. Use a matte shadow to enhance the brow area- a light shimmery shadow screams "here I am" and actually calls attention away from your eyes- especially in pictures! Shimmer on mature skin can showcase fine lines and shimmer on skin with any texture issues ( acne or old scars) can enhance the issues vs creating a flawless look. Here is a good rule of thumb: if you want to call attention to something use light colors and/or a shimmery product in moderation. Less is more. Sparkle on!
5. Concealer as foundation 6. The wrong color foundation. Never having been blessed with perfect flawless skin, foundation has been my friend for many many years. If used incorrectly it can be a bad friend however. Concealer is to be used in small areas- to cover a blemish or hide under eye discoloration but slathering it over your entire face will never create the real skin look that we should be after with our cosmetics. Using layers of foundation primer and a lighter weight foundation will always work best. Products like MAC Fix plus and rosewater sprays can also improve the skin look and remove any powdery finish. Foundation should also not be used to appear tan. It should be a perfect match for your face, neck and chest. Bronzer and or blush can add color and warmth to your complexion.
7. Trendy looks that don't fit your coloring or bone structure are like wearing a dress that doesn't fit- it doesn't matter how pretty the color or pattern of the dress is, it isn't going to be flattering in the wrong size. The key to a killer personal style is taking hints from the runway to stay up to date but only using what is flattering to you!
I have known this beautiful blue eyed girls since she was a baby. I am certain that she hates hearing this story even one more time, but I'll tell it anyway. Her Mom, a dear friend of mine, introduced me to the love of my life, was a bridesmaid in my wedding AND did my wedding makeup. So when her daughter Elise and fiancee Ethan began planning their destination wedding in the Dominican how could we pass up the opportunity to join them? No way, no how. The Allen's were all in!
Packing my makeup kit for this proved to be a challenge but with the support of everyone's carry on bags we pulled it off. The only glitch in the system was that the pressure on the plane literally blew up on of my foundations. Luckily they were packed in a plastic bag and a good bath cleaned up all the tubes and there was only one casualty that wasn't critical to our plan for the day. Note to self: squeeze out extra air, tighten cap carefully and always pack liquids in plastic bags when traveling.
Okay, so enough with the makeup disaster. The resort was beautiful and totally relaxing. We had a blast with Elise and her entire family. On the day of the wedding both of my girls jumped in to help with preparation. Image Insight is often a family affair- but that's for another blog.
Ahhh, wedding in paradise. And yes, that background is the real deal! Gorgeous huh? we love you Elise and Ethan! Thanks for including us in your special day!
It’s been an entire week of “science experiments” here at Image Insight as we work the airbrush products and techniques into our makeover systems. We have played with every combination of primers, concealers and fixing sprays to find the best “recipe” for the perfect finish! Just like traditional foundation airbrush makeup looks and lasts it’s best when the skin is prepped appropriately. We were impressed with the Temptu S/B foundations and have already ordered a backup supply in our favorite colors. We are very excited to now offer this option to our clients along with traditional color and foundation application. A special thank you to our new friends and Kara and Lea who not only subjected themselves to the learning process but offered great feedback along the way!!
For most of the past year Image Insight has been on hiatus as I spent my time and energy finishing up Gainesville biz and getting my family settled in Lexington. For those of you that have followed our adventure of home reconstruction you know that my creative efforts have been focused on building, painting and decorating. For a short time I actually considered hanging up my makeup artist hat for good. :( That thought lasted for possibly 20 minutes then the phone rang……it was one of my Makeup artist friends from Florida. After a quick conversation with Cindy, I knew there was no way to walk away from this passion. It’s all consuming….the need to seek out and enhance beauty.
With that revelation I have decided to restart in 2014 as an Airbrush Artist. For years I have avoided that trend. I love hands on foundation application and have heard over and over from clients, photographers and wedding planners that my “artwork”stays beautiful throughout the night. If it isn’t broken why fix it? Because sometimes to move forward you must embrace change. Airbrush may be a trend, but it appears to be a trend that isn’t going anywhere.
After tons of research the compressor gun and products have been ordered. Look out UPS man….I am eagerly awaiting your arrival! Don’t hang out too long or you may get airbrushed!
Feeling very blessed today for friends that call when God nudges them to do so, for a family that understands and encourages this passion, and for the wonderful life that we have in Kentucky.
Think pretty thoughts!
Meet the Artist
Hi, I'm Trish, owner and Lead MU artist at Image Insight. I love all things pretty and enjoy sharing them with you on this blog!