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  1. Had a chance yesterday to work with Morphe brushes on set. They all shed. Yes they do feel soft, yet they shed all over the place.
  2. Obviously I am not a woman. I'd say yes, and use all options available to you. A colleague friend of mine has been trying to get pregnant for over a year now without success. She's tried most available options to her, now she's in a hospital getting her eggs harvested to try and get pregnant that way. She's been documenting her process / journey on fb. Unfortunately for her it has taken an emotional toll on her as well as the physical pain of this current procedure she is undergoing. So Yeah, reading my friends' journey on this, I'd say do everything you can to help you.
  3. Agreed. I am usually not a big fan of trendy make-up gimmicks, but this lighted compact mirror is very practical, especially in my field as we're always shooting in dark sets with zero lighting to quickly touch up our actors. And sometimes our actors like to do their own touch ups on set, so very handy.
  4. Most if not all brands have a combination of natural hair and synthetic fibre brushes on the market. Their belief is that it is the best of both worlds in terms of dry and wet make-up applications. (And yes it is to save money too). Personally I am old school and I prefer my eye shadow brushes 100% natural hair. Hakuhodo is a luxury brush brand. Yes they are expensive, yet you're getting quality. Morphe is definitely on the less quality side of brands. Notice the rounded brush shapes of most of their brushes? If you're thinking of buying brushes from here, also buy some Super Glue as well to re-secure the ferrule to the handle after several uses... To answer your question pointedly, I couldn't find a brand in a mid price range that has all natural hair brushes. You'll have to go through each brand and pick the brushes you want, for example Quo (a drug store brand, Shoppers) and Sephora's in-house brand of brushes. Yeah, I know, a long and tedious bs process. Well, good luck to ya and good hunting!
  5. I recommend https://glamcor.com/collections/pro-lighting-full-collection as it's portable and you can choose options that will work for you.
  6. I choose my products and brands by their quality and reputation, and by professional union word-of-mouth recommendations.
  7. Bought from MAC and Shoppers Drugmart. The Krazy Glue is for brush and pan / compact repairs.
  8. Absolutely agree with Reija on this. I ran into this exact situation at the beginning of the year that Amcglam had, it was with a photographer and a professional client for a corporate headshot. The photographer quoted my rate from 5 years ago to the client, I explained to the client that that was my old rate and that inflation happens, and that nominal price increases are a normal part of business, and that my new rate was "X" amount. It wasn't a huge amount (as not to shock the client), in the end they accepted my new rate. So perhaps using the inflation example would be another idea in getting previous clients back into your chair? Just putting it out there... (I know each situation is different etc).
  9. Most to all people who sit your chair will find fragrances / scents not very comforting, including tobacco, fast food, alcohol, fabric softeners, etc. That's why the fragrance free policy in this industry and in most wedding parties that hire hair and make-up artists.
  10. Hi Rachel, I use two brands. MAC's Pro Performance HD Airbrush Make-up and PPI's Skin Illustrator refills. I use the Skin Illustrator as a tattoo cover on high traffic areas on the skin prone to a lot rubbing on wardrobe, such as the lower neck, upper centre chest, and forearms, as it has better longevity than MAC's airbrush foundation, as it's alcohol based. This past summer I worked with a MuA on show and she used Kett's Hydro Proof airbrush foundation. No, I haven't personally used this airbrush foundation yet, but the results looked great and the longevity held up well on the actors. The best remover I found that quickly flushes the lines and gun is MUSST's brush cleaner. HTH Good Luck! ?
  11. I agree. purchasing everything in palette from is both economical in terms of space and in cost (in the long run). What would 48 bottles of foundation look like in your kit vs 48 shades of foundation in a palette the size of a small iPad? Yeah you can do the 3 bottle foundation method, but again a foundation palette... Way more options. Save your kit space for bottles like 99%, brush cleaners, adhesives and adhesive thinners / removers, hand sanitizer, skin prep and removers. (Until the industry invents these things in solid form, and in palette form, bottles only for these things. They are working on it though like with make-up removers). Don't forget about your kit incidentals like Q-Tips, Kleenex, cotton pads, balls, paper towel (blue and white), sponges (white, black, orange, yellow, red, and beauty blenders), etc. these things take up a lot of space. Compacts take up less space than loose powders do. Also, they are less messy. However, your tear, sweat and dirt kits (yes they are separate kits), are a combination of loose, palettes, and bottled products, including the specific tools for each kit such as brushes, sponges, socks, blowers, wipes, droppers, etc. and removers. For your airbrush kit, medium sized bottles work in most situations, unless there is job specific colour or colours, then you would need large and refill sized bottles. Don't forget your thinners and cleaners, these should come in large bottle formats, and hot towels for removal. Your skin prep kit should include bottled products in liquid and in cream formulations. Your facial hair kit should include compact, loose, palettes, and bottled products. Make sure when you pack your kit, keep bottles tightly closed (but don't over-tighten!) and in an upright position. Experience has taught me to store bottles in Zip-loc bags and then store them in my kit. Keep like products together, example, adhesives in one bag, removers in another. Unless they are a kit unto itself, such as 3rd Degree or Green Marble SeLr ageing system.
  12. Hi tmarie333, I am going to apologize in advance here, as you've been in the industry for quite some time and I am guessing you know what freelancing means. Freelance is defined as working for an Artistry agency, a modelling agency or photographers. It also includes working in film and television, either in house, in studio or network station. There is no selling of product. Too Faced and It are both retail brands. They are not make-up agencies that represent artists to do editorial fashion shoots etc. I am a bit confused with your use of the term freelance though. Are you going to represent the brand at functions? Or represent the brand at Sephora? Or are they sponsors to photographers or modelling agencies? I do understand the conflict of interest bit, as Too Faced and It are both retail competitors. And no I haven't worked for them, but I have worked for Lancome with their Club Artiste division back in the late 90's and early 00's across Canada in malls, at Sephora locations, and at special functions that Lancome was a sponsor for. Even then it was still about sales. I think it would come down to what kind of benefits each brand will offer you in terms of health, dental, life etc. that would sway me into working for one of them.
  13. You're right, the information in your 3rd sentence is absurd. Think of colour theory, and there is your answer. Sounds like you already know about colour theory.
  14. No because I am hardly ever on it. Same with Twitter, I joined in 2014 and only tweeted 7 times. Now with the adoption of primitive AI and the Internet of Everything along with the corporations (fb, Google, Bell, etc)... Everyone's data is out there.
  15. Unfortunately I don't know the brand you're referring too, as some mall kiosks come and go seasonally at least in terms of skincare, make-up, and hair tools / accessories go. And yes these sales people do the hard sale because of where they are situated. Like the above ladies, I run too. At least you didn't shell out $1500 for whatever she was selling.
  16. I use Clear 2O https://www.clear2o.com/ True there are many on the market. The reason I use the Clear 2O system is that it uses a force feed system, (the water is forced into the filter), rather than using gravity to let water slowly drain over the filter. Also it was a prototype water pitcher filtration system that was being marketed here in Toronto back in 2007. Looks like they have a gravity version one as well which is new for them. Brita is a gravity fed water filtration system, and everyone is familiar with how that works and is available everywhere. I've had mine since 2007 with no issues. The one disadvantage is that you have to get replacement filters online, as there are no retailers that sell them, at least not here in Canada. There is also Katadyn https://www.katadyn.com/us/us Yeah it's more for expedition / disaster type use but I am sure you can find something of use like water treatment for example. I use their Hiker Pro water filtration system when I go camping and is handy when water is at a premium, like when an urban disaster hits or when the municipal water treatment system is down. Good luck with your search!
  17. Foundations are meant to even out your skin tone. Powders are meant to set your foundation. That's the process, regardless if you wear a full coverage look or a natural finish in your make-up look. Yes there are powder foundations, but their finish is dry and can be cakey looking. So as a beginner, avoid powder foundations, unless you have very oily skin. Even then I find them to have a cakey finish. Sul5 is on the right track in their comment.
  18. Only if used as a weekly cleaner for this type of brush, as the drying time will more than 24 hours, due to the amount of bristles. Remember, the MAC brush cleaner is not an instant drying brush cleaner like Wipe Out or Parian Spirit is. Remember, using a damp brush on dry or wet make-ups will alter the characteristics and look of said products. Unless of course you want to use a wet or damp brush for liner purposes, face painting etc. But that is a whole other topic outside of brush cleaners.
  19. Ya good quality full body brushes such as this are rare, a good investment to be sure, as it's value will increase in years time, kinda like action figures.
  20. Definitely a highlighter. My guess is Gesso from MAC. No, it's not a highlighter per se, but Gesso can be used as one, as in this pic for example.
  21. Hi Sara, First off, welcome to the MuT forum. Being a little bit nervous during an application is normal. Unfortunately it can be compounded when doing a make-up at a counter and when doing a make-up/camera test on an actor due to the amount of questions they throw at you, and these questions can make you second guess your work and your expertise. To overcome this, I usually take a few slow deep breaths in a quiet private area to calm myself. If you're familiar with yoga, I use ujjayi breathing technique, which is slow deep breathing in through the nose, out through the mouth. This breathing technique will calm you yet will keep you focused. This is what works for me, however, it may or may not work for everyone. The point is, is that you use a calming technique, however that looks to you. To overcome the questions, I become assertive and confident in my recommendations in a non-egotistical professional way. For example, If a client balks at a black eye liner pencil, you can recommend other options like a cake or powder liner while complimenting them. Compliments appeal to their emotions and they will become more at ease and comfortable with your application process. Even at the end when they are looking in the mirror, still compliment them, but don't overplay it as it could come across as being fake. Also, your application needs to be done in a confident way. When I first started in the industry 25 yrs ago doing fashion editorials, I was very nervous working with high-end models from Ford, Next etc, a photographer then once told me to fake it like I was an experienced MuA that had 10 yrs experience. So I had to pretend to be a make-up artist with 10 yrs experience, and how that looked like was that my technique and touch had to be done in a very confident manner. Make sure the pressure on your brush or sponge is firm, don't move your brush in a hap hazard way all over the face. Start from the top down or from left to right. Start somewhere and end somewhere without too much overlap, especially when doing a man's make-up. I also find in engaging in conversation with the client or actor helps in alleviating a bit of nervousness. Also make sure when you talk to your client or actor that you are sure of yourself, if you feel more confident in them talking, let them talk while you do the make-up. Even during a conversation, keep your make-up application process the focal point. Another thing is the minute you second guess yourself in a conversation or recommendation, you've pretty much lost their confidence in you, and that is very difficult to get back, if ever. Don't worry, this happens at least once or twice in a make-up artist' career, and we just learn from it. If you still feel nervous during the middle of an application, don't be afraid to excuse yourself to regain your composure. Just say you have to check to see if you have that item in stock or whatever. Hope this helps Sara, good luck!
  22. You would clean this brush daily like you would any full sized powder brush... using a brush cleaner in a spray bottle and gently wipe with a paper towel, repeat as necessary until no more pigment transfer is visible on the paper towel. <a>Remember to use a proper brush cleaner like MUSST, Parian Spirit, Wipe Out, Cinema Secrets, Ben Nye as these are instant drying brush cleaners.<a> Avoid 99%, as this will make the hairs brittle. Also avoid using Brush-Off brush cleaner, as this brush cleaner leaves a waxy feel to the hairs. Also avoid dipping full sized brushes such as this directly into the above mentioned brush cleaners, as this will take a long time for the bristles to dry like about a couple of hours or so. And it will also soak up a LOT of brush cleaner, about a 1/2 bottle's worth, which will go to waste, including your money. For a more deeper cleansing, (once a week or once every 2 weeks) you would use a gentle shampoo and conditioner. Gently squeeze out any excess water and let air dry. For this style of brush, wrap a piece of paper towel or a small piece of an anti-slip mat around the handle, (to prevent damage to the handle) and wrap a stiff wire around it or use a small spring clamp and hang the brush upside down to air dry. NEVER rest the brush on its' dome or its' side as the weight will create flat spots and split ends. Based on the full-sized bristle area, this brush will take about 1 and-a-half to 2 days to dry at room temperature. Also, NEVER blow dry or use any type of forced air to dry full sized brushes such as this, as this will damage the hairs by making the hair fuzzy (split ends) and overly fluffy, which cannot be repaired by a conditioner as the hairs cannot grow and repair itself. Based on the pics, I can tell that the bristles are soft and supple and grouped together in a nice domed shape, they should not be fluffy, as in the dome shape is distorted or misshapen. <a> For a gauge, (as a Professional MuA), I use a 500ml bottle of Wipe Out, and sometimes MUSST as my go to brush cleaners. On a TV series a 500ml bottle lasts me about 2-3 weeks. The spray bottle version lasts me about 2 months. This is based on cleaning about 80 or so brushes a day at 5 days a week. For the lay person, a 500ml bottle will last you about 2 months or so and the spray bottle version at least 5 months or so. Just to be clear, it's the same brush cleaner formula in the refill size (500ml) and in the spray bottle option. Any more questions or clarifications please don't hesitate to ask! ?
  23. Hi Cindy, Question 1) Yes, there are, Gels and acrylics. Most if not all productions will have a Nail Tech or MuA apply and remove the acrylics daily, that's in the actors' union contract. Some productions send their actors to a nail salon to get their nails done. Question 2) That question and decision is up to the Director. Remember, film productions understand that cast have to live in the real world too, just like the rest of us, so all those factors you mentioned above have already been taken into consideration months ago in pre-production, and in H/M/W meetings. Good luck and have fun on set in January!
  24. Is this a selling party or a an application only party? If you're holding a selling product party, then I would apply to a make-up company that offers a third-party product reselling service such as Eve Pearl, SeneGence, Avon, etc. Once you've been approved, they send you their entire product line in demonstration form, you do your applications, make your sales, place your orders and so on. Along with the demonstrator products, the company will also include a few products for sale when you do make an on-the-spot-sale so your clients won't go home empty handed. For an application party, typically you gift them a full sized lipstick colour that you've just applied to them. So four ladies are not too bad, since a lipstick runs between $25-$35, so yeah that kind of adds up on a limited budget. At least you're not buying an entire make-up line for each lady. Also as a new MuA, I am guessing you understand about proper product hygiene, using clean brushes for each person, not double-dipping into mascara or foundation bottles etc. Being a clean MuA goes a long way in maintaining your clients.
  25. Based on your first post, you already use blush on your cheeks. Do you use your fingers or a blush brush for that? Based on how you worded it, I guessed you used a blush brush. But on your second post, you now say you've never used it... ?Just a little confused... As for the Beauty Blender, are you happy with the results you're getting now? If so, then keep using it. But if you want to try something different, you can use a foundation brush to see how you like it. You also expressed reservations in terms of cost or expense, yeah, make-up is expensive, (not gonna lie to you on that), but that's the price of doing make-up, whether you're using drug store brands like Revlon or Cover Girl or luxury brands like Givenchy or Tom Ford, the cost adds up, but the results are priceless. Just to clarify, make-up is meant to have all of its components used to create a complete a look. For example; foundation, concealer, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, lip liner, lipstick, blush, powder, highlight, etc. You wouldn't just use blush all over your whole face... (I am getting that based on your girls' YouTube comment) as that sounds confusing. For example, better, better in terms of what? Do you mean blush is better than foundation??? Can you please clarify that for me, thanks.

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