This effect is for creating slit wrists or deep gashes in the face. This effect is a bit more in depth than the rest, but if done correctly it can be the most effective special effect technique without the use of prosthetics.
You will need more products than in the last few blogs and it will take some patience, but the results are far better than just using latex or gelatin.
Using molding wax allows you to change the shape of the face or body part. It also allows for creating a loss of depth in the skin, like a cut or a gash. You can also put items in the skin when using wax, like staples, thread, or even glass.
You will need the following items to complete a cut:
A sealing product such as Ben Nye’s Final Seal
Bruise or Trauma Wheel
Stage Blood or thick blood
Step one – Remove a small amount of wax from the container with a spatula.
Step two – Take the wax and roll it into a snake shape in the length you’d like the cut to be and lay it onto the skin.
Step three – Flatten out the wax and begin to blend the edges out onto the skin.
Step four – Make sure that all the edges are blended as thin as possible so that they look like part of the skin around it and are as smooth as possible.
Step five – You will now use your spatula or molding tool to slice down the middle of the cut.
Step six – Make sure that you pull the edges to the sides to open up the cut so the skin below shows through.
Step seven – Apply oil on the wax to smooth out any rough edges. Blot it dry and apply a sealing product to ensure that the wax will take color and stay together. You may also apply spirit gum around the edges to keep the wax on the skin (You don’t have to use the spirit gum if you don’t want to. It is there to add a extra hold to make the cut longer lasting.).
Step eight – After the seal is dry begin using your Bruise or Trauma Wheel to apply color starting with yellow around the edges.
Step nine – Follow the wheel clockwise from color to color. Make sure you put some red down in the opening of the cut to simulate raw skin or blood.
Step ten – Apply a thicker blood down in the incision. The thick blood will look like the blood is starting to coagulate.
Step 11 – Once the thick blood is in the incision, you can tap a liquid or gel blood around to make it appear like the blood has run all over the cut.
By: Jennifer Hubbard, Nails and Esthetics Instructor
During this time of year we all know that we eat just a little more than we should. Here is something to help you keep the weight gain down and your skin hair and nails looking beautiful.
Low-fat dairy products high in vitamin A: carrots, liver, paprika, red pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, Sweet potatoes and dark leafy greens. Some of these foods are also good for diabetes and thyroid conditions. Low-fat yogurt is high in vitamin A and has “live” bacteria which is good for intestinal health.
BlackBerries, blueberries, strawberries and plums all share a common link which is high in anti-oxidant content. They may also help in protecting against free radicals
Artichokes, beans, prunes and pecans help in premature aging.
The key foods for healthy skin which deliver essential fatty acid are salmon, walnuts, canola oil and flaxseed. The reason these are so healthy for you is they provide a healthy cell membrane which acts as a barrier to harmful things also they act as a passageway for nutrients to cross in and out and for waste products to get in and out of the cell. The cell membrane holds water in which in turn creates a stronger barrier to give you more plumper younger looking skin.
Foods high in Omega 3 are Fish, walnut and flaxseed oil.
Healthy oils are oils prepared by cold-press or expeller process they are olive oil and extra virgin oil. You should take no more than 2 tablespoons a day.
To reduce skin damage by the sun you’ll need to eat whole wheat bread, muffins, cereals, turkey, tuna and Brazil Nuts. These all contain selenium.
Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties to protect cell membrane also they may help prevent or reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Water is a good hydration about eight glasses a day of pure, clean water. Water also helps cells move nutrients in and toxins out.
So make sure you are eating some of these great foods and you’ll get through these holidays with beautiful skin and no weight gain!!
Some of you may be familiar with or heard of the double cleanse. This isn’t an OCD bathing ritual; it’s an important step in the care and cleansing of your skin, namely your face of course.
The purpose or ideology behind the double cleanse is that you are using an initial cleanse, usually done with an oil based product, to actual break down makeup and debris (visible or not) from the surface of the skin. After the first cleanse is complete you move on to the second cleanse where you are able to massage with the cleanser to remove any impurities from deeper within the pores.
Let’s fine tune the steps and make some suggestions….
Some products here at the Skintourage that we find effective are:
Circadia: Vitamin Veil
Wheat germ oil
Shu Uemura cleansing oils
Pur minerals : Mineral Melt
DHC: Deep Cleansing Oil
This process is done in the evening to prepare the skin for its detoxing and repairing stages done during sleep. In the morning using only your cleanser will suffice. To begin the double cleanse you will start with dry hands and dry face. Emulsify dime size amount of the oil in your hands and begin to massage onto face. Immediately you will notice all makeup begin to break down. Unless you want to people to think you’ve gone mad by rubbing your makeup all over your face, this should be done in private. Once you feel that all makeup is broken down you then can remove oil and residue with a damp or dry cloth.
I know most of you are cringing at the thought of oils on your face, especially if you are oily. Rest assured that this will not cause your skin to become more oily, and should assist in the control of breakouts, not cause more.
Now that all makeup is removed you are able to start with the cleanser of choice for your skins needs. Keep in mind that cleansers, much like shampoo are on the skin for a very short uneventful amount of time. To short of a time to remove any impurities the way most people use them. Be sure to use a mild cleanser, if most cleansers do anything its strip any moisture and natural oils from your skin. That equals irritation, dryness and in some cases overproduction of sebum (oils), none of which anyone wants. Choose your cleanser carefully. The tight, dry or itchy feeling after you cleanse is not a good sign.
When properly cleansing the skin you need to apply a small amount of cleanser and emulsify in hands. The face should be slightly damp as well as the hands as you begin to massage and knead the skin. No pulling tugging or stretching, this is slow and gentle. You are kneading the skin to help purge the pores. Don’t forget the neck, and even décolleté. This cleaning process should last anywhere from 1- 3 minutes. Rinse skin with hands or cloth. Follow with toner to remove any remaining residue. Optional to follow with facial scrub as recommended, then be sure to apply all necessary treatments and moisturizers.
This may seem over the top, extreme or time consuming, but trust me your skin will thank you for it. Plus you’ll thank yourself when receive complements on your glowing skin!
Just as the seasons change, so do our trends for makeup. This fall is no exception. From vampy goth looks to natural fresh skin, this fall is all about the artistic side of makeup. Some of the looks are bold but don’t forget that the classic looks are timeless and always in style.
Here are a few of the most popular looks for fall 2012:
Fall faces are in one word “flawless”. Skin should be natural but polished. The look is one of less, but still perfection. It should be slightly contoured, keeping very monochromatic in color. Fresh skin is in!!! (MUA, Amber Bowen)
This fall cheeks are all about a flush of color! Rosy cheeks are back. Just a bit of color on the apples of the cheeks, not the regular contoured blush.
EYE SHADOW –
Eyes are very exciting for the fall. Can we say, Drama Drama Drama? Lots of amazing color! Green, gray, and bright blues are the go to colors. Multi toned with accents of gold make eye shadow a fun way to spice up a look. (MUA, Evony Wells)
If eye color isn’t your cup of tea, you are in luck! Smokey browns are just as in style! Any hue is acceptable from brown to khaki. The key is to make sure that the color is blurred out to give it that smokey appearance. (MUA, Morgan Black)
EYE LINER –
Eyeliner is graphic this fall, bold in shape and in color. Bright blues, greens, and traditional black are the colors seen most on the runway. Liner is angled with sharp lines and big exaggerated curves. It’s all about artistic looks. (MUA, Noelia Boyd, and Morgan Black)
Traditional mascara is always in style. This fall bright blue and green mascara can also be seen to give a pop of color to even a soft makeup look.
Brows are groomed and tamed. Using a pencil and shadow to add color makes any brow stand out. To keep the brows in place it is all about the brow gel. (MUA, Murrell Collins)
Lips are a major focal point this fall. Mulberry, Black Cherry, and Deep Plum are the rage. This vampire inspired look is beautiful, but don’t forget to add blush so you don’t feel and look washed out. It’s a powerful look and should only be worn by the daring. (MUA, Murrell Collins)
If the vampy look isn’t your thing, red is always a great substitute. Matte and glossy reds can make a bold statement without the washed out look you can get from the deep violets. (MUA, Evony Wells)
Everyone gets those nasty little blackheads or whiteheads that come up. You push and squeeze to try to get all that built in dirt out and all that happens is half of it comes out and your left with a sore area and possibly a scar. Well this blog will teach you how to properly extract them without leaving that scar.
The first thing you want to do before any extractions is take a warm shower or steam your face. You can best see blackheads and whiteheads right after this because the steam helps open up your pores. Make sure the lighting is good and use gloves when extracting.
There are 3 different ways to properly extract. You can use Q-tips, cotton/gauze or an extracting tool. All of these are used by professionals and if used correctly will help you avoid those dreadful scars.
Q-tips: When using Q-tips to extract you want to make sure you are wearing gloves. You will use 2 Q-tips and place one on each side of the area needed to be extracted, and roll the Q-tips down and then up towards the blackhead. Wipe off the area with the Q-tip and throw away then wipe the area with a toner best suited for their skin type.
Cotton/Gauze: Make sure you are using gloves and wrap a piece of gauze or cotton around your index fingers and follow the same procedure for Q-tips, using your index fingers.
Extracting Tool: With this tool you will place the hole of the extractor over the area to be extracted. Press down with the extracter and give it a little wiggle. Using this procedure you should be able to remove the debris without leaving any scars.
Now you can go and remove those random, stubborn blackheads and help your clients skin become more beautiful.
So…… Let’s talk about eyebrow color. A frequent question I am asked is “What color should I use to fill in my eyebrows?” There are several rules to follow, and then as always in beauty the ways to break them. Let’s break it down by hair color. Black/darkest brown tones: Filling in eyebrows true black can look amazing if done right (back to that in a moment), but the easiest or most desired option is to use a dark brown color. Choices of application being powder, pencil, or gels (optional). The main thing to look at in the color is that there isn’t much red in the brown. Reddish browns look very off on the eyebrows. You are looking for neutral tones, not going to warm or cool in the underlying tonalities. If you decide to go for the black, make sure your color is black-black. If the color is off the brows will look smudgy and grayish, not pretty. Medium brown w/ or w/out highlights: This type of hair color needs to stick with again neutral brown, this time just a little lighter. Brows tend to look better darker than lighter. They are the face framers; they define the eye, and give expression to the face. Everyone should examine what their eyebrows are doing right now! Avoid the reddish undertone for these brows as well. Light brown, dark blonde: The key color word for thishair is taupe. Taupe colors are your best friend. Again, lean to the darker side. If they are to light they will look gray and powdery. We are trying to match the darker hair, so highlights are somewhat disregarded. Light to pale blondes: Key color here again is taupe. Some blonde colors are to golden or even to red. These could be ok of you are of the strawberry blonde variety or you have put in highlights and/or lowlights of the red or copper family, but they are still a little weak or off for my taste. I still recommend taupe. Gray/Salt & Pepper: You guessed it, Taupe. By far the most flattering color for gray, salt & pepper or white hair. These again should not be to warm or gray. Red Head: Now just because you’re red doesn’t mean go all out lipliner red, oh wait, I’ve done that. That’s for later…Seriously though, find a neutral reddish color on the darker side of the hair color. or go with the neutral brown or darker taupe.
Aside from the mentioned above you can go all out with bright color, glitter, or the complete opposite of your hair color ie. Dark hair light brows, light hair dark brows. Whatever you feel comfortable with. Using gel brow color or colored mascaras can slightly alter the color to suit your needs and hold the hair in place.
For some, the desire to be tanned will take them to the extremes of self injections with an unapproved illegal tanning drug called Melanotan.First developed in pill form in 1991 at The University of Arizona, Melanotan 1 was revealed to be an effective sunless tanning solution with low short term side effects.With continued research the formation of Melanotan 2 was introduced, but with increased short term side effects. Melanotan itself is a synthetic analog* of a naturally occurring hormone A-MSH(alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone) which is present in individuals exposed to UV radiation, causing the process commonly known as tanning. A-MSH is present in greater amounts in individuals with naturally darker skin tones. Melanotan 2 is similar to Melanotan 1, itself a cyclic lactam analog of A-MSH; however, its peptide chain is shorter, and it shares other functional and structural differences (allowing for passage through the blood-brain barrier, and also making it significantly more effective for tanning. Melanotan will not do anything for people with albinism or vitiligo because these patients do not have skin cells with receptors for melanin.
In social circles Melanotan is referred to as ”The Barbie Drug” due to certain side effects such as loss of appetite, darkening of the skin, and increased labido. Other side effects include blue coloring of the lips, intense nausea and vomiting, facial flushing, fatigue, as well as increased freckling, moles, and hyperpigmentation. The Melanotan injections are given in the stomach on a weekly basis while a gradual tan develops. The skin will slowly darken on it’s own, but can be increased by exposing oneself to UV Rays. Once the injections are discontinued the skin should fade back at a normal rate. That’s not always the case though. Especially when you are talking about freckles, moles, and hyperpigmentation.
Melanotan is illegal and has not had the stringent safety and effectiveness testing that all medicines need before they are licensed for use. This means that the long term side effects of this treatment are not known. In addition to the possible side effects of Melanotan itself, there are also other potential dangers. Using non-sterile water to prepare the injections can cause serious blood infections, and sharing needles spreads blood-borne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis. Injections by untrained individuals can cause skin and tissue damage, and might result in permanent or life-threatening injury.They currently have research grade Melanotan 1 and 2 available for all those research chemists out there (anyone)to test out on their lab-rats(themselves).
However, you have to use this at your own risk because these kits are not FDA approved and not intended for human consumption.
There are many sites and videos for and against Melanotan. Two examples are below.
Have you ever had a lip balm that you absolutely love, but are almost out and can’t find any more of it? I’ll show you how to make your own lip balm with simple ingredients from home.
A small container with a lid
A large spoon/ladle
A wooden stick for stirring
An eyeshadow, pigment, or lipstick (to tint your lip balm, so choose a color you love)
You may also add:
Peppermint or menthol for a tingling/plumping effect
Essential oils for scent
First, combine in the ladle enough petroleum jelly to fill your small container (usually a spoonful) with the eyeshadow, pigment or lipstick you chose for color. If you chose a pressed eyeshadow, use a spatula to scrape the shadow into a loose powder before mixing it with the petroleum jelly. If you chose lipstick, cut off the tip of your lipstick—you won’t need the entire tube. Get creative! Feel free to combine colors to make your own custom shade of lip balm.
Next, warm the ladle over a flame to melt down the petroleum jelly and lipstick so you are able to stir them together. Once the ingredients have liquefied, add in your glitter and/or essential oils. Stir all ingredients until they are evenly distributed.
Finally, turn off the heat and pour the mixture into the small container. Place it in the refrigerator for about an hour so it can cool and harden. Now you’re ready to enjoy your homemade lip balm!
As skin care professionals, the most common question we all seem to get asked is…What products do you use? Our skintourage bloggers put together a list of our top favorite “must have” products. Make sure to let us know what your must have products are! We want to hear from you.
Christen Brummett, Esthetics Arts Department Head:
Smashbox Makeup Primer-As someone with oily skin, I tend to shed makeup very quickly so having a makeup primer is a must if I plan to have makeup on my face for more than 2-3 hours. I love Smashbox’s Primer because it is super lightweight and silky feeling (due to all the silicone); it doesn’t break my face out and keeps my makeup on all day.
Skin Ceuticals CE Ferulic Acid-This stuff is amazing! The combination of Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid provides a power pack punch of antioxidant protection. This is one of the few products I have used that I really saw results in my skin.
Dermalogica’s PreCleanse– Used before your normal cleanser; it gets all the makeup off and smells amazing. Not to mention, it is a fabulous brush cleanser!
April Genshaw, Esthetics and Cosmetician Instructor:
NYX Milk Eye Pencil-Perfect color base to make eyeshadow colors pop. I still use over a regular eye primer.
Coconut Oil-Fabulous for removing makeup before cleansing, hydrating skin treatment and cortex strengthening hair treatment.
Agadir Hair Spritz-Dual Purpose thermal iron enhancing spray, firm hold hair spritz.
Lip Balm-I’ve yet to find a favorite, but I always have to have something.
Lisa Johnson, Esthetics and Cosmetician Instructor:
Temptu Airbrush Foundation-it’s easy to apply, soft natural matte finish and lasts all day long without touching up.
Mirabella Lip Definer in Clear-Gives you the protection from bleeding and feathering lipstick without the worry of the “ring around the lips” look when the lipstick fades off.
Lime Crime Lipstick (any color)-Has amazing color that lasts all day without looking dry or cracked. The color is vibrant and it comes in many unusual shades.
Circadia Vitamin C Serum-Not heavy and dries quick. Helps with my aging skin and gives me a nice glow. It’s my “must have” product.
Moroccan Oil – My only must have for my hair. It cuts my blow dry time in half and helps repair any damage to my hair and leaves my hair soft and tangle free all day. It doesn’t weight my hair down or make it oily like many other products.
Emmy Downey, Esthetics Instructor:
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20-It’s sheer and lightweight with a hint of color. I get that perfect healthy looking glow. Plus, I get my daily dose of sunscreen.
Urban Decay’s 24/7 Concealer Pencil-Perfect for hiding those dark circles and blemishes. It’s a creamy formula that dries matte and stays put.
Therametics Lip Balm-“Heaven on a stick!” An anti-aging lip balm that soothes and repairs dry chapped lips.
Hempz Body Moisturizer-100% pure natural hemp seed oil along with Vitamins A, C and E help to give your body a dramatic dose of hydration.
Mona Green, Esthetics Instructor:
Circadia Honey Cleanser-A micro-exfoliating cleanser that is gentle enough to use every day, without disturbing the protective lipid barrier.
Circadia Vitamin C-Heal and calms the skin while neutralizing free radicals. It prevents collagen deterioration while restoring firmness, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and smoothing uneven texture.
Circadia Night Time Repair-Encourages cell turnover, boosts radiance, increases elasticity and enhances the skin’s natural repair system.
Jennifer Hubbard, Nail Technician Instructor:
Green Stuff-My wonderful makeup remover and I use it to shave with.
Fake Bake-I love the look of a beautiful tan but don’t want to expose myself to the UV rays of a tanning bed.
Circadia Mandiclear Peel with Vitamin A Accelerator-This is my favorite peel. I love the way my skin looks and feels afterwards. It glows and feels a lot tighter.
Enjoy Smooth and Shine Serum-This is the only serum that I have found that keeps my hair shiny and smooth without leaving the feeling of heavy oily hair.
Coconut Oil-This is the only product that will penetrate into the hairs cortex. This doesn’t leave your hair with the heavy oily feeling that other products can.
Check out this website to see how you can become a skin care professional too!
By now everyone has heard about the release of the blockbuster movie “The Hunger Games”. What you may not realize is that movies like this set the trends we see in our makeup and hair every season. This movie has definitely inspired many of the trends we are seeing this Spring season.
For those of you that have not seen this movie or read the books, I will tell you a bit about how the movie has influenced the makeup and hair fun for this Spring. In the movie the people that live in the Capital have amazing hair, makeup, and fashion in various bold colors. This is true for this Spring season for our makeup and hair. Bold pops of color and bright lips or eyes are the common ways we are seeing this movie’s influence in how we wear our own makeup.
In keeping the the trends of Spring Season, the Clary Sage College Makeup Artistry students did a “Hunger Games” inspired photo shoot where they looked at characters from the movie and used them to inspire makeup and hair for their model.
Makeup and Hair by Maria Tecocoatzi, Makeup Artistry Student at Clary Sage College
Makeup and Hair by Ciera Horse, Makeup Artistry Student at Clary Sage College
Makeup and Hair by Cassandra Butler, Makeup Artistry Student at Clary Sage College.
Makeup and Hair by Jennifer Nelson, Makeup Artistry Student at Clary Sage College
Makeup and Hair by Stephanie Russell, Makeup Artistry Student at Clary Sage College
"Girl on Fire" Makeup by Cheyney Taylor, Makeup Artistry Student at Clary Sage College
Makeup and Hair by Carly Migl, Makeup Artistry Student at Clary Sage College
Makeup and Hair by Elizabeth Dodson, Makeup Artistry Student at Clary Sage College
Makeup and Hair by Dominique Jordan, Makeup Artistry Student at Clary Sage College
Makeup and Hair by Roxanne Leon, Makeup Artistry Student at Clary Sage College
Makeup and Hair by Elizabeth Ashlock, Makeup Artistry Student at Clary Sage College
Makeup and Hair by Kade Beals, Makeup Artistry Student at Clary Sage College
Makeup and Hair by Allena Williams, Makeup Artistry Student at Clary Sage College