El Dia De Los Muertos Sugar Skull Makeup

An Honored Cultural  Tradition

El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), a Mexican celebration, is a day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. On this day in Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado, flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls), and parades.

It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2.

In order to celebrate, the families make altars and place ofrendas (offerings) of food such as pan de muertos baked in shapes of skulls and figures, candles, incense, yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl (also spelled zempasuchil) and most importantly a photo of the departed soul is placed on the altar.

It might sound somewhat morbid, but the Mexicans react to death with mourning along with happiness and joy. They look at death with the same fear as any other culture, but there is a difference. They reflect their fear by mocking and living alongside death.

Living alongside death means that Mexicans have to learned to accept it within their lives. Death is apparent in everyday life. It is in art and even in children’s toys. It is not respected as it is in other cultures. Children play “funeral” with toys that are made to represent coffins and undertakers.

Death is laughed at in its face. Many euphemisms are used for death, La calaca (the skeleton), la pelona (“baldy”), la flaca (“skinny”), and la huesada (“bony”). There are refranes, sayings, and poems that are popular with day of the dead. These sayings are cliches and lose meaning when translated. For example “La muerte es flaca y no puede conmigo” means “Death is skinny/weak and she can’t carry me.” Calaveras (skulls) are decorated with bright colors with the name of the departed inscribed on the head. Children carrying yellow marigolds enjoy the processions to the cemetery. At the cemetery, music is played and dances are made to honor the spirits.

Death is a celebration in Mexico. Death is among them.

 

This beautiful and compelling makeup has found its way into North American halloween culture.

It is a sad, proud, joyous expression of the cycle of life.

It is good to know what you represent when choosing to wear this makeup.

 

I have selected two clean and easy YouTube tutorials to share with you demonstrating

only a fraction of the many techniques for creating the ‘Sugar Skull’ makeup on yourself.

Remember with joyous sadness those who have departed.

 

Warmly,
Chris Scott

18th of October, 2017


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CHRIS SCOTT Makeup Gourmet

CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his nearly 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades, and is also the creator and guest teacher of Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure his clients and the public could have access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare with a low-carbon footprint. Chris is also the author of Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide: How to Buy the Right Skin Care and Makeup and the international #1 bestseller Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup.


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We Sail Makeup

Use what you like. Like what you use.

 

This is the criteria used when creating Makeup Gourmet cosmetics.

The brand Makeup Gourmet strongly reflects my approach to makeup.

Makeup because that is what I do and Gourmet because I approach makeup the same way I approach cooking.

Find a recipe that sounds tasty.

Get the list of ingredients for that recipe.

Follow the recipe.

If you can follow a recipe, you can make it.

This is how I apply and teach how to apply makeup. One step at a time and in a logical order.

As in cooking, the better the quality of the ingredients, the better the end result.

As in your areas of expertise, we choose to use ingredients/tools that give us the consistently best results.

After 20 years of selling other makeup brands, time came to assemble makeup to sell to you.

from sheer experience I know what ingredients I like and that deliver the best results.

That was the easy part of creating Makeup Gourmet cosmetics.

What surprised me was discovering what kind of retailer I want to be.

This came to me once I dissected what kind of consumer I am.

When buying produce, I prefer to buy from local farms. Less of a carbon footprint. Strengthens local economy.

I avoid products that are not made in the USA whenever possible. I go so far as to look at the company’s impact on the world and try to support like minded behavior.

So besides using what I like and liking what I use with makeup, here are the decisions made as to what kind of values I want as a retailer.

Makeup Gourmet Cosmetics

Values

  • Made in USA
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Unnecessary/Harmful Ingredients

Made in USA

  • Strengthens local economy
  • Low carbon footprint
  • Quality control over ingredients

Cruelty-Free

  • Never tested on animals

Unnecessary/Harmful Ingredients

  • Paraben Free
  • Sulfate Free
  • Lanolin Free

Most of my new clients are surprised when they find out I sell my own brand of makeup.

I think, how can someone research and choose to work with me and not know I sell my own brand of makeup?

I chock this up to poor communication on my part.

I am so very proud of my cosmetic line. This is why I want to reiterate, we sell makeup.

 


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Our hearts go out to everyone affected by these tragic fires in Northern California.

Warmly,
Chris Scott

12th of October, 2017


Please let me know if this blog was of value to you and share your own Authentic Beauty Makeup tips in the comments box below. I would love to hear how you get on trying this new method of makeup application – tell me how useful you find the tutorials and how you found the results. You can also use the comments box to tell me what interests and concerns you when it comes to which makeup colors to choose. Please let me know so I can fashion future blogs that are relevant and interesting to you.

Want to know more? My new book, Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup is available on Amazon now.

Makeup Gourmet Chris Scott’s new series of how-to video tutorials based on his
#1 international best seller Face with a Heart Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup


CHRIS SCOTT Makeup Gourmet

CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his nearly 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades, and is also the creator and guest teacher of Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure his clients and the public could have access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare with a low-carbon footprint. Chris is also the author of Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide: How to Buy the Right Skin Care and Makeup and the international #1 bestseller Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup.


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New Years Day Is Tomorrow. Keep 22% For You.

We all know how this goes.

It’s October already…  Better start thinking about the holidays soon…

And then Bang! New Years Day is Tomorrow.

My sister Sheri has always been conscious of this. Most likely all of her holiday gifts are already wrapped.

I do not know how she does it. I do know that she always seem relaxed and in the moment come December.

I try to be like her in this regard and, in turn, am offering you the opportunity to do the same.

Makeup Gourmet has assembled very lovely gift ideas and all with your bank balance in mind.

Here is a variety of cost effective choices to delight your holiday gift list and your budget.

 

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Stay healthy. Wash your hands. Savor the season.

Warmly,
Chris Scott

5th of October, 2017


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Want to know more? My new book, Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup is available on Amazon now.

Makeup Gourmet Chris Scott’s new series of how-to video tutorials based on his
#1 international best seller Face with a Heart Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup


CHRIS SCOTT Makeup Gourmet

CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his nearly 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades, and is also the creator and guest teacher of Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure his clients and the public could have access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare with a low-carbon footprint. Chris is also the author of Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide: How to Buy the Right Skin Care and Makeup and the international #1 bestseller Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup.


‘The grass is always greener where you water it.’
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Fall is the best time to start using retin-a.

First– If you are a candidate for Retin-A , now is the best time to start your treatment.

Second– what is Retin-A and what does it do?

Third– Are you a candidate?

 

First– now is the best time to start your treatment.

Using any kind of retinoid requires no direct sunlight.!

Not only is retinoid-treated skin super-sensitive to UV rays and likely to burn, but the sunlight also makes the product less effective.

That’s why dermatologists strongly recommend putting these products on your face before bed and using a sunscreen every morning.

Starting early fall, there is less daytime sunlight, and the sunlight is traveling from a farther more angled direction, and thus less intense.

 

Second–what is Retin-A and what does it do?

Let’s get the terms out of the way.

Retin-A, the drug known generically as retinoic acid or tretinoin.

Tretinoin is derived from vitamin A.

Tretinoin is the most common prescription retinoid. Retinoid is another term for Retin-A.

Retin-A is the brand name for tretinoin used to treat acne and specifically cystic acne.

Now

In the 1960’s, pharmaceutical researchers began to look for ways to increase the availability of vitamin A. They learned how to imitate the process the liver uses to transform the retinyl esters in food into retinol for use in the cells. They also learned that retinol could be treated to create forms of two forms of vitamin A that are even more available to the skin, retinal and trans-retinoic acid. The skin can use tretinoin as soon as it is absorbed, without enzymatic transformation.

When Retin-A was first used for acne scarring, the results on the whole were no less than steller.

Not only did the acne scars appear to fade or go away completely, the skin re-texturized to a much smoother surface.

What was the reason?

Regular use of a retinoid product increases the amount of new collagen formed, research has found, and that new collagen will last for years.

Collagen is what gives skin its structure, firmness and elasticity. Repeated sun exposure breaks down collagen and, with age, cells produce less and less collagen to repair the damage. Skin wrinkles, sags and loses fullness.

“To my knowledge, this is the only drug for which there has been crystal-clear demonstration that it works on the molecular level,” said Dr. John J. Voorhees, the chairman of the dermatology department at the medical school of the University of Michigan.

Retin-A does double duty in helping to boost collagen. According to research at Michigan, it has the potential to stop photoaging before it starts. “The retinoids prevent the rise of collagenase after UV exposure,” Dr. Voorhees said. Collagenase is what breaks down collagen.

And then even more unexpected results appeared from the topical use of Retin-A.

Retin-A can improve skin texture and fade dark spots and freckles because it causes skin cells to turn over more rapidly. It shrinks dilated pores and improves cell turnover within the pores so they are less likely to clog and become blackheads and whiteheads.

Retin-A users reported improvements in skin texture, including diminished wrinkles and brown spots. In 1988, Dr. Voorhees and his colleagues at Michigan published the first double-blind study of Retin-A’s effect on photodamaged skin and found that all 30 patients who completed the 16-week study showed statistically significant improvement.

The results are not just cosmetic. Dr. Voorhees said that retinoids have been used to treat precancerous skin cells. Studies show that after two years of use, those abnormal cells returned to normal.

“There is so much historical evidence that this ingredient works better than anything else,” said Dr. Joel L. Cohen, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Colorado.  “It actually works to remodel skin on a cellular level,” Dr. Cohen said.

The Bad News

The problem with Retin-A is that it may actually make skin look worse — with redness, flakiness and peeling — for up to eight weeks. “But by 24 weeks, patients will see dramatic, marked improvements,” Dr. Lee said.

Doctors generally recommend using no more than a pea-size dab for the entire face. They advise using the product once every three nights (or once a week if skin feels irritated) for a couple of weeks, then every other night, eventually working up to every night if the skin can handle it.

More is not better.  You only need a pea-size amount for your entire face, Graber says. Slathering on retinoid creams will not only cause you to quickly use up your supply, but it can also cause redness, dryness and irritation. Even when used judiciously, retinoids can be quite drying. That’s why Graber recommends a moisturizer just before bed.

Dr. Cohen cautions that Retin-A is not recommended for pregnant women or people with rosacea (a condition that causes skin redness). He said it is wise to limit its use with other potential irritants, like glycolic acids and vitamin C. Many doctors recommend applying a moisturizer over Retin-A (especially the generic versions) to help soothe skin, but suggest first waiting at least 20 minutes for the product to be absorbed.

Doctors also warn that newly irritated skin requires vigilant sun protection, and there are some concerns that waxing while using Retin-A may tear the skin.

 All in All

“I can’t say there’s anything on the horizon that will rival Retin-A,” Dr. Cohen said. “It’s exciting to see all the research going into this area, but kind of funny that the thing we’re still recommending most is something that’s 35 years old.”

sidenote
Retin-A vs Retinol

Retinol, a less potent form of Retin-A, also has some strong science to support its effectiveness.

It is found in hundreds of OTC skin care products today.

Retinol minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, bolster skin’s thickness and elasticity, slow the breakdown of collagen (which helps keep skin firm), and lighten brown spots caused by sun exposure. Retinol is present in my Age Defying Serum,  Applying it first before moisturizer allows it to go deeper and thusly more effective.

 

Third– Are you a candidate?

Only you know what results you want from advanced skin care and doctor prescribed skin care.

My guess is after reading this you already know if you want to be a candidate.

My suggestion is if you want to use Retin-A, see a trusted dermatoligist who has a history of  of both cosmetological and dermatological experience.

I have included more specific info below in a summary for those who seek it.

My Two Cents

Having seen both the good and the bad of Retin-A with my clients (I have never used it, only retinol), there is enough tested knowledge for proper usage that warrants using Retin-A if/when you decide this is a course of action you want to take.

Retin-A is to be taken seriously. It is a serious topical, that when used appropriately, can offer amazing and long lasting results.

Along with the proper usage amount as a key to success, my biggest warning is sun exposure.

As Retin-A makes skin so highly sun sensitive, it is no joke to not allow ANY direct sunlight when you use this product.

The saddest irony is when someone is using Retin-A to reduce hyper-pigmentation (patches of darkness or large brown spots) only to add to the presence of hyper-pigmentation due to sun exposure.

Hyper-pigmentation activated by the presence of Retin-A is a much more permanent situation and increasingly more difficult to eliminate.

Take all the warnings seriously and you should have a healthy, happy experience if you so choose to be a candidate for the tolical use of Retin-A.

Here is more info for those who seek it.

Summary:

  • Retin-A has been around since the 1960’s as a prescription treatment for acne. In the last few years, however, a form of Retin-A known as tretinoin topical has been available over the counter in the United States.
  • Tretinoin topical opens up clogged pores. The 0.05% strength you can get over the counter usually only open smaller cysts.
  • Neither Retin-A nor tretinoin topical gets rid of all your blemishes. It usually gets rid of about 50% of pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads.
  • Tretinoin topical is slightly more effective on fair skin than on dark skin, but it does not cause inflammatory pigmentation on any skin type.
  • You can combine tretinoin topical with benzoyl peroxide and other skin care products for greater effect.
  • Be sure to use sunscreen when you are using tretinoin topical.
  • Get rid of the rest of your blemishes by following a systematic approach to acne skin care like Exposed Skin Care.

How Retin-A Works

Vitamin A is well known for its importance to the skin. Without enough vitamin A in the diet, the skin dries out and becomes inflamed. Vitamin A has to be absorbed from food, but the form of vitamin A in food has to be chemically transformed by the human body into the forms that regulate the growth of the skin.

In the 1960’s, pharmaceutical researchers began to look for ways to increase the availability of vitamin A. They learned how to imitate the process the liver uses to transform the retinyl esters in food into retinol for use in the cells. They also learned that retinol could be treated to create forms of two forms of vitamin A that are even more available to the skin, retinal and trans-retinoic acid. The skin can use tretinoin as soon as it is absorbed, without enzymatic transformation.

Tretinoin is not just a vitamin. It is a hormone. It can activate specific sequences of DNA in the chromosomes of skin cells. The result of activating DNA in the skin has three effects:

  1. Tretinoin increases the production of skin cells in the outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis, so that it grows stronger.
  2. Tretinoin causes the compaction of skin cells in the epidermis so that it grows thinner.
  3. Tretinoin increases the production of glycosaminoglycans so that the skin lays down collagen fibers in a orderly fashion.

Tretinoin rejuvenates the skin. The skin grows more rapidly and pulls away from pores, allowing them to open and drain. The thin skin over acne cysts breaks open and lets them drain without need for lancing or surgery. Thickening of the skin can even out smooth lines and growth of skin can obscure the borders around rough skin.

The problem with tretinoin is that it causes the skin to open where it is healthy as well as where it is sick. The skin between cysts can be red and inflamed. The rapid growth of the skin can also, ironically, increase the number and activity of sebaceous glands that make oily, waxy sebum. New pores can clog even while old cysts open.

Another problem with tretinoin is that it makes the skin thinner before it makes the skin thicker. It makes the skin more susceptible to sunburn, and increases the likelihood of skin injury when it is waxed for hair removal. (If you have to have hair removed, threading will not injure the skin.)

Should You Try Tretinoin Topical?

It is no longer necessary to get a prescription for the form Retin-A known as tretinoin topical. Even though it costs as much as US $80 for one-half ounce (14 grams), tretinoin topical only costs 10% to 20% of the price of a visit to the dermatologist and a prescription for Retin-A. It is not necessary to have blood tests to monitor for potential toxicity of tretinoin topical because only tiny amounts of the medication are absorbed through the skin. Any formulation of tretinoin topical that uses microsphere technology will be absorbed more slowly and do more good for the skin with fewer side effects.

What kind of results can you expect from tretinoin topical?

It’s important to understand that tretinoin topical will not get rid of all of your blemishes. People who have fair skin usually have 60% fewer pimples and 50% fewer blackheads and whiteheads after eight weeks. People who have dark skin typically have about 50% fewer pimples and 40% fewer blackheads and whiteheads after eight weeks—if not other treatments are used.

Variations In Ways to Use Over-the-Counter Tretinoin Topical

Some people use both tretinoin topical and benzoyl peroxide. Tretinoin is used to open the skin and benzoyl peroxide is used to kill acne bacteria as they are being released from deep pores. The effects of the two products are additive, but the side effects of the two products are also additive. Both benzoyl peroxide and tretinoin topical increase sensitivity to sunburn, so it is essential to use sunscreen during treatment.

Some people use both tretinoin topical and glycolic acid. One study even suggests that they are safe for dark skin—but be careful.  Use glycolic acid as a skin peel and rinse it off your skin before applying tretinoin topical. Be sure to use sunscreen if you use either product on your skin, especially if you have dark skin.

In the North America, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, you need a prescription to get products that combine Retin-A and antibiotics. Usually products that combine tretinoin topical and clindamycin get the best results. Adding an antibiotic will get rid of about 20% more pimples and blemishes.

When tretinoin topical causes skin irritation, you can see your physician for a prescription for adapalene (marketed as Differin, Teva, and Pimpal). Tretinoin topical is available over-the-counter (and from Amazon) in the USA in concentrations ranging from 0.01% to 0.05%, but it’s usually best to try the 0.05% strength first. If you experience skin irritation, then switch to a lower strength.

Tuesday 10/03/2017 on Makeup Gourmet Live

 

See you soon.

Warmly,
Chris Scott
Makeup Gourmet

28th of September, 2017

Sources

https://www.facingacne.com/retin-a/
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/30/fashion/30skin(dot)html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/29/benefits-of-retinoids-retinol_n_5845764.html

Please let me know if this blog was of value to you and share your own Authentic Beauty Makeup tips in the comments box below. I would love to hear how you get on trying this new method of makeup application – tell me how useful you find the tutorials and how you found the results. You can also use the comments box to tell me what interests and concerns you when it comes to which makeup colors to choose. Please let me know so I can fashion future blogs that are relevant and interesting to you.

Want to know more? My new book, Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup is available on Amazon now.

Makeup Gourmet Chris Scott’s new series of how-to video tutorials based on his
#1 international best seller Face with a Heart Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup


CHRIS SCOTT Makeup Gourmet

CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his nearly 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades, and is also the creator and guest teacher of Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure his clients and the public could have access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare with a low-carbon footprint. Chris is also the author of Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide: How to Buy the Right Skin Care and Makeup and the international #1 bestseller Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup.


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Fall is here and with it a dramatic shift in light and color.

Fall is the excuse/reason for wearing higher intensity/more dramatic makeup.

Please refer to this article, Fall. Color In Transition.  to better visualize what fall makeup color means.

As to looks, here are some to feed your inspiration.

I have assembled a video playlist for a ‘High Contour Eye’  look.

It is 6 videos showing each step of the complete makeup look and highlighting the eye makeup.

This playlist is a great example of how to wear dramatic fall makeup.

You may use the techniques in these video and replace the colors shown with your new colors.

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I urge you venture into some new colors and fall forward into this season of transition.

 

Warmly,
Chris Scott

27th of September, 2017


Please let me know if this blog was of value to you and share your own Authentic Beauty Makeup tips in the comments box below. I would love to hear how you get on trying this new method of makeup application – tell me how useful you find the tutorials and how you found the results. You can also use the comments box to tell me what interests and concerns you when it comes to which makeup colors to choose. Please let me know so I can fashion future blogs that are relevant and interesting to you.

Want to know more? My new book, Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup is available on Amazon now.

Makeup Gourmet Chris Scott’s new series of how-to video tutorials based on his
#1 international best seller Face with a Heart Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup


CHRIS SCOTT Makeup Gourmet

CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his nearly 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades, and is also the creator and guest teacher of Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure his clients and the public could have access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare with a low-carbon footprint. Chris is also the author of Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide: How to Buy the Right Skin Care and Makeup and the international #1 bestseller Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup.


‘The grass is always greener where you water it.’
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Yummy Fall Makeup. Think 80’s, Better Blended.

Yummy Fall Makeup

 

Fall equinox is here and with it a dramatic shift in light and color.

Fall is the excuse/reason for wearing higher intensity/more dramatic makeup.

Please refer to this article, Fall. Color In Transition.  to better visualize what fall makeup color means.

As to looks, here are some to feed your inspiration.

 

I have assembled a video playlist for a high contour eye look.

It is 6 videos showing each step of the complete makeup look and highlighting the eye makeup.

This playlist is a great example of how to wear dramatic fall makeup.

There is also another video for a more natural fall makeup further down the page.

Below this first video playlist are suggested fall color trend sets to easily get a coordinated color story for fall.

You may use the techniques in these video and replace the colors shown with your new colors.

 

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Based on the color trend report for fall 2017, here are three Makeup Gourmet curated color stories.

They are all available here.

Each set is offered with a 25% reduction in price.

Eye shadow quintets are also available exclusive of the full color story set with the same 25% price reduction.

 

 

 

 

Click here to see them all.

I find these collections very exciting. I hope you do to.

Sidenote/confession
Fall makeup is my favorite makeup

A word about trend colors

With each season comes a fashion color dictate. This dictate comes from a council that agrees upon colors for each season years in advance.

It allows time for designers, manufacturers, and retailers to plan ahead and be on the same ‘fashion page’.

Colors of the season may seem arbitrary, however they are a well thought out design to keep fashion moving forward.

For those who enjoy not only wearing season appropriate makeup and wardrobe and want to wear this season’s color palette, it is good to know the palette. This video shares a colorful example of fall/winter 2017 colors.

 

This fall makeup video is an excerpt from my Makeup Gourmet TV show.

 I prefer to share videos when it comes to showing how to do makeup

as makeup is highly visual, both applied and in the application.

Here is my most recent episode on Makeup Gourmet Live.

I share this as it asks the question: ‘What is fall color?’

I urge you venture into some new colors and fall forward into this season of transition.

 

Warmly,
Chris Scott

21st of September, 2017


Please let me know if this blog was of value to you and share your own Authentic Beauty Makeup tips in the comments box below. I would love to hear how you get on trying this new method of makeup application – tell me how useful you find the tutorials and how you found the results. You can also use the comments box to tell me what interests and concerns you when it comes to which makeup colors to choose. Please let me know so I can fashion future blogs that are relevant and interesting to you.

Want to know more? My new book, Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup is available on Amazon now.

Makeup Gourmet Chris Scott’s new series of how-to video tutorials based on his
#1 international best seller Face with a Heart Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup

CHRIS SCOTT Makeup Gourmet

CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his nearly 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades, and is also the creator and guest teacher of Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure his clients and the public could have access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare with a low-carbon footprint. Chris is also the author of Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide: How to Buy the Right Skin Care and Makeup and the international #1 bestseller Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup.


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Fall – Color In Transition. Makeup Gourmet Live S2. E1.

Color in Transition

Disclaimer: However you want to wear your makeup, and the colors you choose to use, is obviously entirely up to you.  I find the ‘Rules of Makeup’ restricting and often contradictory. This week’s blog is meant to share some reasons for fall colors. How you apply your makeup does not need to change (unless you want it to). This is a discussion of colors that you may transition into from your current makeup color wardrobe. It is that simple to have your makeup transition with the seasons.

Fall & spring are the 2 best examples of nature leading the way as it applies to makeup and fashion.

Both seasons deliver a dramatic shift in both foliage and the light of day.

As fall approaches, nature experiences a deepening of color and daylight.

Although subtle up to now, once we pass the fall equinox, light will soften more rapidly during the day, as will the total hours of daylight. (Northern hemisphere perspective. The opposite happens in the southern hemisphere).

With less light there is less contrast of color, and color can appear muted.

This effect translates into the transitional colors for makeup and wardrobe.

 

Quick Styling Deconstruction

Whether we are conscious of it or not, we choose what to wear and how to wear it based on:

  • Weather
  • Time of Day
  • Destination

We do this to be comfortable and to be appropriate (or not, depending on your personality).

Like spring, the season of fall provides a clear shift of color, light and temperature.

Take this shift (color, light and temperature) and apply it to your makeup colors and you easily and stylishly transition with the season.

Here is a visual example of the transition of color, light and temperature.

 

Transition the color, light and temperature of your makeup wardrobe to reflect the season in which you find yourself.

 

A word about trend colors

With each season comes a fashion color dictate. This dictate comes from a council that agrees upon colors for each season years in advance.

It allows time for designers, manufacturers, and retailers to plan ahead and be on the same ‘fashion page’.

Colors of the season may seem arbitrary, however they are a well thought out design to keep fashion moving forward.

For those who enjoy not only wearing season appropriate makeup and wardrobe and want to wear this season’s color palette, it is good to know the palette. This video shares a colorful example of fall/winter 2017 colors.

For a thoughtful discussion/demonstration of fall color,

Please join the Second Season Premiere of Makeup Gourmet Live

Tuesday September 19th 2017 at 6pm PST

@ Makeup Gourmet YouTube Channel

 

 

Warmly,

Chris Scott

14th of September, 2017


Please let me know if this blog was of value to you and share your own Authentic Beauty Makeup tips in the comments box below. I would love to hear how you get on trying this new method of makeup application – tell me how useful you find the tutorials and how you found the results. You can also use the comments box to tell me what interests and concerns you when it comes to which makeup colors to choose. Please let me know so I can fashion future blogs that are relevant and interesting to you.

Want to know more? My new book, Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup is available on Amazon now.

Makeup Gourmet Chris Scott’s new series of how-to video tutorials based on his
#1 international best seller Face with a Heart Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup

CHRIS SCOTT Makeup Gourmet

CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his nearly 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades, and is also the creator and guest teacher of Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure his clients and the public could have access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare with a low-carbon footprint. Chris is also the author of Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide: How to Buy the Right Skin Care and Makeup and the international #1 bestseller Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup.


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Makeup Gourmet Invites You

 

You Are Always Welcome

 

 

Forever Thankful

 

 

Warmly,

Chris Scott
24th of August, 2017

 

Want to know more? My best seller, Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup is available at Amazon now.


CHRIS SCOTT Makeup Gourmet

CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his nearly 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades, and is also the creator and guest teacher of Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure his clients and the public could have access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare with a low-carbon footprint. Chris is also the author of Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide: How to Buy the Right Skin Care and Makeup and the international #1 bestseller Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup.


‘The grass is always greener where you water it.’
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BOOK: Face with a Heart by Chris Scott

Makeup Gourmet Live S1 E10: Total Solar Eclipse: Contour

Shadows & Highlights

In honor of the dramatic solar light show on Monday August 21, 2017, the last episode of the Summer Season of Makeup Gourmet Live is dedicated to the rare Total Solar Eclipse.

 

We will be treated to a grand example of shadow & light which is an essential component to makeup generally and contour specifically.

heightening angles and shapes of our face has primitive roots. What fascinates me is how this primal style is often used now as an undercoat to beauty and Fashion makeup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historically astral events like a solar eclipse also triggered fear and doom alongside hope and joy.

I wonder what connection, if any, is there between primitive face paint and modern contour makeup.

Anyway…

The techniques used on the women in the above images are primarily reserved for photo shoots, fashion runway, film and video.

Thankfully, contour is so much easier (and so much less product) than those images.

The same concept we use to minutely contour our eyes, we enlarge to contour our face.

The primary area of contour for most makeup is the underside of the cheeks. This creates a heightened lift to the cheekbone and slim the face.

Other parts of the face subject to contour are the nose, jawline and forehead.

 

In the Face with a Heart technique, I refer to contour as where the face turns the corner.

 

The red arrows indicate the heart line which is a straight line that borders the outer corner of the lips and eyes.

Within these 2 lines are your main attractions, eyes and lips. To heighten contour it is best to keep the skin within these heart lines clear of any coloring excluding foundation, powder corrector/concealer.

The blue arrows indicate where the face ‘turns the corner’.

Here is where shading/contouring begins. Blush, contour, bronzer all live outside the heart lines, and in the best scenario, rest just outside the heart lines.

These contrast colors outside the heart line heightens the contour effect. It is, in essence, how to highlight the heart of the Face.

The best way for me to share contour techniques is to share this video tutorial contour playlist.

Here are 20 short contour tutorials on faces of all ages, ethnicities and makeup intensities.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is a video worth?

Enjoy!

Makeup Gourmet Chris Scott’s new series of how-to video tutorials based on his
#1 international best seller Face with a Heart Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup

Please let me know if this blog was of value to you and share your own Authentic Beauty Makeup tips in the comments box below. I would love to hear how you get on trying this new method of makeup application – tell me how useful you find the tutorials and how you found the results. You can also use the comments box to tell me what interests and concerns you when it comes to which makeup colors to choose. Please let me know so I can fashion future blogs that are relevant and interesting to you.

Want to know more? My new book, Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup is available on Amazon now.

Warmly,

Chris Scott

17th of August, 2017


CHRIS SCOTT Makeup Gourmet

CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his nearly 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades, and is also the creator and guest teacher of Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure his clients and the public could have access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare with a low-carbon footprint. Chris is also the author of Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide: How to Buy the Right Skin Care and Makeup and the international #1 bestseller Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup.


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Makeup Gourmet Live S1 E9: Smoky Eyes

To Smoke Or Not To Smoke…

 

Continuing on in eye makeup techniques, this week is the Smoky Eye.

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If you watched Classic Contour Eyes last week, I demonstrated the anatomy of the eye as it pertains to eye shadow placement.

If you missed it, it as at time mark 8:01.

I strongly suggest watching this. Reason being is that this information applies to all eye shadow application regardless of the technique.

Getting eye shadow in the right place is mandatory for great eye makeup. As the intensity of the look increases, the more crucial it is to get color in the right place.

We will use this same anatomical placement of eye shadow for the smoky eye, only where the highest intensity (darkest) eye shadow color goes has changed.

 

SMOKY EYE MAKEUP DEFINED:

Smoky is a technique, not a color. It is a shadowy gradient, extending away from the eye line, dark to light.

Any combination of colors may constitute a smoky eye.

Smoky Eye Works On Everyone

One cool thing about a Smoky Eye is that translates to all eye shapes, sizes and ages. Done properly, it is truly one of the easiest eye makeup looks to do that can really be a show stopper if that is the intention.

 

High Contrast Smoky Eye

Smoky, however, does not necessarily mean dramatic (high contrast). Smoky is a technique that may also be used with any variety of contrast and color.

Low Contrast Smoky Eye

 

Medium Contrast Smoky Eye

 

 

A Colorful Smoky Eye

As you can see, the Smoky Eye technique manifests itself with a wide variety of results, depending on the colors and intensities used.

 

What a Smoky Eye is not

A High Contour Eye is often referred to as a Smoky Eye, but it is not.

A High Contour Eye is an extension of a Classic Contour Eye and looks like this.

The crease color is blended up onto the outer brow bone and creates a heightened look to to the eye. The ball of the eye still shows a lighter contrast intensity to the crease. We will learn this in a later episode.

 

Here are 3 video tutorial versions of a smoky eye to better familiarize yourself with what is really a smoky eye.

 

Clean Smoky Eye

 

Dirty Smoky Eye

 

Sultry Smoky Eye: Clean to Dirty

Please join us Tuesday August 8th at 6pm PT on Makeup Gourmet YouTube channel for Smoky Eyes.
If you miss it live, there will be a recording of the live event soon after the live event has completed.

 

As a reminder

Follow your eyes anatomy and eye shadow will always look perfect!

 

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Makeup Gourmet Chris Scott’s new series of how-to video tutorials based on his
#1 international best seller Face with a Heart Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup

Please let me know if this blog was of value to you and share your own Authentic Beauty Makeup tips in the comments box below. I would love to hear how you get on trying this new method of makeup application – tell me how useful you find the tutorials and how you found the results. You can also use the comments box to tell me what interests and concerns you when it comes to which makeup colors to choose. Please let me know so I can fashion future blogs that are relevant and interesting to you.

Want to know more? My new book, Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup is available on Amazon now.

Warmly,

Chris Scott

2nd  of August, 2017


CHRIS SCOTT Makeup Gourmet

CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his nearly 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades, and is also the creator and guest teacher of Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure his clients and the public could have access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare with a low-carbon footprint. Chris is also the author of Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide: How to Buy the Right Skin Care and Makeup and the international #1 bestseller Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup.


‘The grass is always greener where you water it.’
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BOOK: Face with a Heart by Chris Scott