The Art Of Transformation | Special Effects Makeup

The Art Of Transformation | Special Effects Makeup
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An SFX Story

 

If you don’t know by now, I’ll tell ya… I’m a makeup instructor. One of my favorite things to teach is Special Effects Makeup. The reason I love teaching this subject is because to me it is what I think makeup is, which to me is; the magic of transformation! Transformation can be seen in simple day to day makeup, but when you use Special FX you can completely change a person into someone else like magic.. And I love that!

This week I’ve been teaching SFX Makeup, and I wanted to share some of the fun products
I work with:
  • We use the very exotic tissue paper..what?!?! Yes we use this with latex and create creepy skin.
  • Sponges (non latex) these sponges are essential to use with liquid latex because the liquid latex won’t eat them.
  • Stipple sponge.. we use these to create scrapes and other cool effects.
  • Q tips, from cleaning edges to adding color, these bad boys are useful.
  • Liquid latex will be your best friend (if you aren’t allergic) you can build and rip and with this product to create realistic skin.
  • Liquid blood is the best finishing touch to make a wound, burn, cut and flesh eating zombie look realistic.
  •  Black creme color. I use this to give depth.
  • My favorite product to use is 3rd degree. This is a silicone 2 part product. When combined you have ten minutes to mold and shape into what you want it to be and it harden that way.
  • Another favorite not shown here,  is thick blood. It’s a gel like blood with many uses.

 

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I have some videos in my YouTube channel on how to use some of these, Actually I have an entire play list on these:

Here are some Special Effects Makeup looks I’ve created:

Burns 
 Psychopaths and real life BFFS 
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Clown and Burn
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Wound and Bruises
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Ok Beauty Addicts! I’m glad I got to share this side of the beauty world that I love, If you have any questions feel free to comment below!
Are you a beauty lover or a sfx lover?

Oh My Ofra!

If you’ve ever been to a beauty school, you’ve probably heard of Ofra cosmetics. If you’ve ever been to a beauty show, you’ve probably heard of Ofra cosmetics. If you’ve ever used makeup at all, you probably used Ofra cosmetics.
Ofra cosmetics is a line that is dedicated to creating high quality cosmetic products for professionals.
They also make products for different companies, so chances are that you have had used Ofra products but did not even know it.
I had the amazing honor of meeting the owner Ofra. Her and Carine came to one of our campuses to do a demonstration and talk about the amazing products.
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They are both charming and knowledgeable. It was a great pleasure of mine to meet them.
I’ve been lucky to work with Ofra products since I started working at my campus three years ago. I’ve loved them since. Ofra cosmetics is now coming out with so many new and exciting products.
I was very blessed to receive three of their products to review for you.

I have nothing negative to say.

They are amazing. If I love them, you will too.

So let’s get started.
Our first product is RCK (Red Carpet Kolour) Body Glow.
Can you say red carpet ready?
Many celebrities like Jessica Simpson and Denise Richards have used this product.
It gives your skin a beautiful glow. Your skin look bright and blemish free. When you’re done, it simply washes off.
Our second product and personally my favorite is… The Triple Black Eyeliner.
Ok, I have a testimonial for you guys and dolls.

I have teary eyes. Every eyeliner I’ve used runs… it cannot fight with my tears. There are only two eyeliners that have succeeded and THIS is one of them. By far, this one is my favorite because I can use it for both top and bottom eyeliner and it’s so dark.

The third and final product is my favorite of the three the Bright Addiction Palette.
If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter, I’m sure you’ve seen me several photos of different eye looks I’ve done these past few weeks.

These looks have been created with this amazing palette. I have never used an eye shadow palette with such bright colors that actually stay true to color. What you see is truly what you get! The pigmentation in the eye shadows is also great.. I don’t even use a primer.
In conclusion, I can tell you that I’ve fallen in love with Ofra Cosmetics. These three products are just the ones that I was able to try from home. When they came to give the demonstration at work, I was able to try all their products and I will say…I’m a believer.
Check out Ofra Cosmetics… you won’t regret it.
You can find them:

Here is a tutorial using the bright addiction palette!

If you loved the Bright Addiction Palette, make sure to follow my blog because next week I will be doing a Palette Giveaway!
See you on the next blog Beauty Addicts!!

 

Eyeliner Tips & Tricks

Hello Beauty Addicts!!!
The question I’m most frequently ask is:
How do you apply your eyeliner?
Followed by:
How do you make it last all day?
Which bring me to creating this post!
Eyeliner is one of the most flattering things you can achieve with makeup, Eyeliner can make your eye look:
Lifted
Awake
Larger
Smaller
Seductive
Conservative 
and the list goes on and on!
So how do I apply my eyeliner? I’ll tell you, first you need to know my favorite type of eyeliner to use is Gel Eyeliner, It has the most smooth application and the darkest pigmentation.
People always say to me when I tell them that, that they don’t know how to apply it, they’ve only used pencil or liquid. Well I’m here to tell you that you are over thinking it! It’s just as simple, all you need is to find the right brush!
here are some examples:
Flat Eyeliner brush                                               Thin Eyeliner brush (perfect for liquid)    
 
My two favorites:
Round tip eyeliner brush                                                                                 Angled eyeliner brush
I think for beginners the bottom 2 are perfect, the round tip would be perfect for those pencil user, and the angled just gives you an advantage because of it’s shape.
I start my eyeliner on the outer corner of the eye and take it up as high as I want it
Then from the top of that line I go down on an angle, making it thinner to about the middle of the eye
then I start again at the inner corner of the eye until it meets up with the rest of the line

and then you should have a perfect Eyeliner with a bit of a cat eye. The higher you take the first line, the cattier the eyeliner.
For the second question (how do I make it last) it comes down to two things, either the brand of eyeliner or by setting the eyeliner. Some brands of eyeliner are great and will make it last all day (my favorite brands will be at the bottom of the post)! some not so much but once you set it, it shouldn’t go anywhere.
How to set it:
Here are 2 ways to set an eyeliner.
#1. after you apply your eyeliner, take your brush and dip it on a black eye shadow (or whatever color you are using)
Then go over the line with the powder. 
That will set the cream, gel, liquid or pencil, and should make it last longer.
or you can buy and eyeliner sealer
These work the same way and there’s two ways of using them. 
You can do just like I said above (dip the brush and then go over the line) or dip the brush on the sealer then on an eye shadow and then create the line. That’s perfect for people who don’t have many eyeliners and want to try different colors.
Now (as every makeup artist does) I have my favorite brands for smudge proof, water proof eyeliners:
L’Oreal has one of my favorite gel liners around $9.99
you can find it at Walgreens, CVS, Ulta, and some supermarkets.
Inglot lasts all day and come in a variety of colors! They have Inglot store here in FL at Aventura Mall and in downtown Miami and it cost about $14.00 
Milani is the one I use everyday! because is extreamly waterproof , some may not like that but I love it!
you can also find it at Walgreens, CVS, Ulta, and some supermarkets for only $6.00
 Make Up Forever, one of the leaders in makeup, has an eyeliner that is smooth and long lasting.
you can find this at Makeupforever.com or at spehora and it cost $18
And last but not least Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners. Long lasting and smooth! available at Urbandecay.com & Sephoras for $19.00
I hope these tips, tricks, pictures and websites have helped you!
I would love to hear from you!!! 

What’s your favorite Eyeliner?
Have you bought any of these? did you like it?
Send me pictures of how your eyeliner came out after you tried my way, I would love to see it!!
Once again thank you Beauty Addicts!
Need a make-up artist? Contact Shaquira at makeupbyshaq@aol.com or 786.879.2346

Miss Mundo Latina Behind the scene makeup

I had the pleasure of being the Lead Makeup Artist for the Miss Mundo Latina Camp 2012
I was able to do this thanks to my job, A chosen group of students and my self were in charge of the makeup and hair.
This was such a great experience all the candidates were so sweet and a great pleasure to work with!
We were expecting cattiness, arguments, attitudes, and rudeness, but instead we were greated with smiling faces, the girls all got along great, they treated each other with love and respect, and were such great models never complained always happy with our work! 
The first day I spent it, coming up with the makeup look with the MML group and helping the students, then I was outside with all the Models re-touching and adding anything else that need it to be done!
We even got to cover up tattos
 I Got to spend time with the girls and they are all so sweet!
The secound day, we were short handed (one of our students got sick) So I got to step in and actually do 3 models and here they are!

Karimar Gonzalez
Venezuela
(Aragua)

Ximena Alvarez
Miss Chile
(chicureo) 
Nishma Medina
Miss Puerto Rico
(arecibo)
This is my Jobs logo and me! 
(I did the makeup on the blond girl in the picture!)

These are two of my favorite people in the world Ms. Dolly Rivera and Alexandra salazar
And last but not least here is our team with the Miss Mundo Latina team.
This trip was a great experience we loved every minute of it! 
Please go to their site and vote for your favorite! You can vote everyday, they can use your support!
Need a make-up artist? Contact Shaquira at makeupbyshaq@aol.com or 786.879.2346

Fun, Glitter, party, make up look!

I felt in a fun glittery spirit when I thought of a makeup look to celebrate the new year.
I went with a bit of a dramatic look, something that says i’m here to have fun! 
Here in this tutorial you can learn how to achieve this look, with glitter or without, and with red lips or nude lips!
I used Urban decay new Naked 2 palette  to create this look. It was given to me as a gift and i couldn’t be more grateful! I have not stop using it! You can create Natural to fantasy looks, I love it!
I hope you enjoy this tutorial and if you have any questions or suggestion please feel free to comment or email me!
Thank you Beauty Addicts! And Happy New Year!!
Need a make-up artist? Contact Shaquira at makeupbyshaq@aol.com or 786.879.2346