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Posted by 09.14.14

Scott Patric knows a thing or two about the power of fashion and beauty. As the lead, on-camera, makeup artist for Lifetime TV’s Primetime Emmy-nominated Project Runway, Project Runway All Stars and Project Runway Under The Gunn,  he knows how to make women look stunning on the runway and off. A fave of Hollywood A-listers, Scott has made up some famous faces including Heidi Klum, Alyssa Milano, Angelina Jolie, Naomi Campbell, Salma Hayek, Gisele Bundchen, Madonna, Kate Moss, and Kerry Washington, to name a few. He has been a regular regular fixture on the global fashion circuit, and his signature looks have rocked shows for Chanel, Balenciaga, Armani, Donna Karan and Michael Kors.

Beautyinthebag asked Scott to give us the scoop on what’s trending this season and some of us his insider tips for how to look glam by day or by night.

What is it like working with all those designers and models on Project Runway?

It is  fun, challenging, and exhilarating working with the models and designers on Project Runway. We are in a creative time crunch, so we use all our know-how and creativity to pull it all together and make a great look for the audience and judges to view.  

What are your top 5 tips for keeping it real and getting a natural look with your makeup?
  1. Have a clear and simple direction before you start your makeup  and you will get there faster and the look will be neater when you finish.
  2. Pick a feature to focus.   If today the focus is a red lip,  just define the eye and let the lip speak.  If tomorrow it’s a smokey eye, then the lip steps back.
  3. “Sheer out” your foundations with moisturizer.   Use foundation on problem spots from the bottle, and where your skin is great, let it show through by sheering out.
  4. Always us lots of mascara!! If you are in a rush, don’t skip the mascara, skip something else because the eyes are the window to your soul!!
  5. A white, shimmery highlight in the inner corner of your eye makes it look like you’ve had lots of rest.  It brightens your whole face.
How should women change their makeup with they turn 40? 
Women after 40 definitely need to moisturize.  We need to be hydrated and do yoga.  Find a foundation that is sheer but with a good amount of coverage.  Try the Shu Uemura tinted SPF because you will look flawless and have sun protection.   For lips, try Chanel Rouge Coco in Charme #40.   It’s hydrating with a touch of soy pink mauve color.  It’s awesome! Always highlight the great spots on your face.  Lips always feel young with a light gloss. Keep it simple.  A beautiful lip and a clean face goes a long way.  Eye shadows with less shine work better for women over 40.
Can you share some of your personal all-time favorite products and what makes them so great? 
My personal all-time favorite products are Benefit’s They’re Real!  Mascara for longer, fuller, more gorgeous lashes.   Luminous Silk Foundation by Giorgio Armani makes your skin look like you are fifteen!  Nars Blush in Orgasm is the right blush shade for almost every skin color – the name says it all!  Dolce & Gabbana’s Classic Cream Lipstick in Tender #510 and Delicious #415 are citrus bright lipsticks perfect for the beach or an party after.
What is trending in makeup for the Fall season?
Fall makeup is about a berry lip.  It feels so great after the summer brights to take it back to a more chic berry and a subtle, grey smoke around the eye.
What should every woman have in her makeup bag?

Every woman should have blotting papers, an eyelash curler, and Burt’s Bees peppermint lip balm in her purse!

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Posted by 09.13.14

“There are no unattractive women, just some that don’t know the power of makeup,” says Charlotte Tilbury, the go-to makeup artist to A-list celebs that include Gwyneth PaltrowJennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz, Rihanna and Kate Moss. Tilbury is a big believer in the power of makeup and how it can boost your confidence to help you achieve your goals — something she discovered herself at the age of 13, after a tube of mascara showed her the way.

Feeling frustrated herself by so much choice and too little direction at the makeup counter, she set out to create transformative products and take the guesswork out of “making up” by creating 10 signature looks (from “The Rock Chick” to “The Golden Goddess” to “The Sophisticate”), inspired by past beauty icons and their modern day counterparts. All of the products in Charlotte Tilbury’s eponymous collection of skincare and makeup treat and transform your look. Available online, you can purchase a complete look or buy any of the products individually.

Here are our fave three best products and looks.

  • Magic Cream Final Version

    Charlotte’s Magic Cream Treat & Transform Moisturizer ($95) is the perfect prep pre-makeup. It floods the skin with moisture to reduce the look of wrinkles and makes your complexion glow. It's rich formula is also packed with rose-hip oil, frangipani, hyaluronic acid, wild pansy, and transformative vitamins A, C, and E.

  • wonderglow test

    Wonderglow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash ($52) -- (aka "Gisele in a jar") -- is a cross between an anti-ager and a light diffuser, You'll look lit from within. Collagen boosting peptides and patented wrinkle-preventing ingredients are fused with light-reflecting microspheres to fill in wrinkles and scatter light so that even dull, dry, sleep-deprived skin looks luminous. Try Wonderglow alone or mixed in with foundation for a relaxed, effortlessly dewy look.

  • mascara test

    Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara in Glossy Black ($29) leaves no lash behind thanks to a laser carved, 5-groove brush. The formula also adds curl, volume separation, and length so that you can easily cheat that false lash effect. Tilbury recommends you "always curl lashes before using mascara. It’s like a push up bra for the eyes! And, layer mascara for full effect! Use at least three coats and lift from the root to elongate and thicken."

  • rock test

    This smoky eye and nude lip ensemble will have you exude the looks of Brigitte Bardot, Debbie Harry, and Kate Moss. Wear this sexy look as you hop from gigs to all-night parties.

  • Goddess test

    Live your life like it's golden by using nudes, bronze, and rose-colored makeup to transform lackluster skin to this kissed-by-the-sun, beachy look.

  • Sophisticate Final

    Inspired by beauty icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Portman, your look comes off as effortlessly classy, by using chocolate, taupe, and tan tones.



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Posted by 07.13.14

From television shows to New York Fashion Week, makeup artist Cynde Watson has been trusted with the faces of some of the most well known entertainment and fashion names. She has worked with Queen Latifah, Giselle Bundchen, Cynthia Nixon, Lauren Conrad, Tara Reid, and Tyson Beckford to name a few. Cynde started her glamorous career as a model, which led her to winning the title of Miss New Jersey. Two years later, she was a full-time makeup artist and even introduced a makeup line of her own.

Here, Cynde talks about her trajectory from runway to backstage, in addition to a few tips for us mere mortals to look great in front of the camera.

Tell us a bit about your background.  How did you find your calling as a makeup artist?

While working as a model, I found myself doing my own makeup as well as the makeup for other models. I received a lot of positive feedback and realized I could combine my formal education in fine arts with my understanding of color and love for makeup and beauty. My work as a model led me to the Miss New Jersey Pageant where I won the title in 1992. Two years later, I transitioned from beauty queen to beauty expert.

I’ve been making my mark in the beauty industry full-time for over 20 years.  From being crowned Miss New Jersey, I went on to serve as:

  • Executive Director of Global Makeup Artistry/Education Development for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
  • Lead Makeup Pro for Mark/Avon Cosmetics
  • Business and Product Development Consultant for Sephora Collection
  • Media Coach for Make Up For Ever & Butter London Cosmetics
  • Diversity Makeup Consultant for Lancome Paris
  • Strategic Marketing Consultant for BECCA Cosmetics
  • Makeup/Beauty Expert: as well as
  • Creator/Co-Founder of Color by Cynde Watson Cosmetics on HSN 2007-2009 and Rich Makeup Studio

It’s clear that beauty is my calling.

You’ve worked with so many celebrities—are they easy to talk to? What was one of your most fun experiences working on a set?

I try to remain focused while I’m applying their makeup and only get chatty if I’m working with a longtime client and we have plenty of extra time. I always enjoy working with the beautiful designer Rachel Roy. I love Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars and Rachel has been a celebrity guest judge several times on the show and it’s always a blast!!

What makeup trends do you see happening this summer?

Right now, I’m loving flirty lashes, bright orange lips, colorful eye shadows (brights & bronze shades), and natural glowing skin.

What’s the best way to camouflage under eye shadows? Bags?

A common pro makeup artist tip to reduce eye swelling is to apply a dab of Preparation H under the eyes. Completely wash it off after 2 or 3 minutes, then apply eye cream /primer to smooth and ensure that the concealer glides on and stays put.

Choose an under eye corrector (a concealer with peachy/pink tones) before applying a concealer, to conceal any discolorations and puffiness. The peachy/pink tone corrector neutralizes the discoloration/shadows and creates an illusion that camouflages the puffiness. To brighten the under eye, layer a concealer one shade lighter than your foundation.

Please share a tip for our readers about how to look their best in photos?

To look amazing in photos, use a bronzing powder to contour and warm your skin. Bronzer warms the skin and indents or recedes areas.

Choose a bronzer that’s suited for your skin tone, as bronzers can sometimes appear orange or muddy on the skin. For a more natural finish use a bronzer with a bit of a peach and golden tan tones for lighter/medium skin and copper and golden brown tones for dark/deep skin tones. A matte bronzer should be used for contouring, which can take pounds off while defining your cheeks.

Draw in your cheeks to find the hollow part of your cheeks. Using a small angled makeup brush, apply bronzer to the hollow of your cheek in soft sweeping motions. Don’t go too heavy and make sure to buff away the harsh lines … you want subtle contouring, not a hard harsh line.

Other places that you can bronze/contour include your jaw-line, the sides of your nose for a slimmer nose, your temples, as well as cleavage.

What skincare or makeup product would you absolutely have to have if stranded on a desert island?

My desert island beauty product is the no!no! Hair- Pain free Hair Removal System.

You can use no!no! to treat facial hair. It’s amazing to use on peach fuzz, girl stash, and unruly facial hair. no!no! Hair leaves skin soft and smooth and allows skin care and makeup to go on the skin beautifully. It’s also great for legs, underarms, bikini line, etc. Unlike many laser treatments, women with very fair skin and very dark skin can use this product successfully.

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