Silver Lining

Hey! It's been awhile since I've posted. Like, a really long while. Sorry 'bout that. I promise to do better in the future. Anyway, I went to an '80s-themed benefit for Burning River Roller Derby last weekend, sporting a vintage bedazzled denim jumpsuit (because of course I did). I paired it with rad super-shiny silver eye makeup, which elicited much praise and a request for a tutorial. So this one's for you, Caroline! I didn't take step-by-step pics while I was doing my makeup, but I did snap a couple shots of the finished product.

The finished look! Channeling Pat Benatar if you ask me.

The finished look! Channeling Pat Benatar if you ask me.

These are your tools for '80s disco ball eyes.

L'oreal HIP Metallic Eyeshadow in Platinum  (this isn't readily available anymore, but I found some   here  ),  Urban Decay Shadow Box  (you're in luck — this is on   sale!  ),   Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original  ,   Benefit Roller Lash Super Curling Mascara   (my current fave), a cheapie eyelash brush from Ulta, and my trusty old   Sonia Kashuk Essential Eye Kit  . 

L'oreal HIP Metallic Eyeshadow in Platinum (this isn't readily available anymore, but I found some here), Urban Decay Shadow Box (you're in luck — this is on sale!), Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original, Benefit Roller Lash Super Curling Mascara (my current fave), a cheapie eyelash brush from Ulta, and my trusty old Sonia Kashuk Essential Eye Kit

Step 1

Apply Urban Decay (henceforth known as "UD") Primer Potion to your eyelids up to the brow bone and let dry. You could skip this step, but eye primer enables a nice even application of shadow, with no creasing. Full disclosure: I was too sleepy and tipsy to wash my face when I got home after the party (yeah, yeah, I know it's bad) and my eyeshadow still looked perfect in the morning. Thanks, primer!

Step 2

Using a shadow brush, I brushed a nice even coat of the L'oreal silver eyeshadow all over my lids to the crease and added a touch to the inner corners of my eyes. There was a lot of sparkly fallout on my cheeks, which was delightful. 

Step 2: Tip: Use a real brush for this and not those weird little foam-covered pieces of plastic that come with cheap eyeshadow. Those suck.

Step 2: Tip: Use a real brush for this and not those weird little foam-covered pieces of plastic that come with cheap eyeshadow. Those suck.

Step 3

Using the crease brush in my Sonia Kashuk set, I applied the darker silver "Mushroom" from the UD palette along the crease and angled in a line down to the outer corner of my eyes. I then blended it to soften the line using the blending brush.

Bottom left: Mushroom and crease brush, top left: blending brush, top right: liner brush and Blackout.

Bottom left: Mushroom and crease brush, top left: blending brush, top right: liner brush and Blackout.

Step 4

Next, I used the liner brush with Blackout from the UD palette to line my eyes on the top. For the bottom lashes, I pressed the brush into my lashes lightly all the way along like a dotted line and then used a cotton swab to smudge it. Done with the shadow, I used a baby wipe to clean up any shadow fallout under my eyes and on the tops of my cheeks.

You can see Mushroom layered on the crease here. I could have used to blend it more but I'm super-lazy when it comes to blending eyeshadow so you might want to do a better job than me. Or say "screw it" because life's too short to mess around with blending makeup to perfection.

You can see Mushroom layered on the crease here. I could have used to blend it more but I'm super-lazy when it comes to blending eyeshadow so you might want to do a better job than me. Or say "screw it" because life's too short to mess around with blending makeup to perfection.

Step 5

I combed my lashes and applied two coats of Roller Lash. Voila! Your eyes now sparkle like a couple of goddamn disco balls.

The rest of my face, in case you're wondering: UD Naked Skin Foundation, a touch of UD Baked Bronzer (can you tell I love UD?) and some L'oreal colored lip balm that they don't make anymore. :(

My first makeup tutorial! That was fun! I like talking makeup, so perhaps I'll do this again sometime. And if you like talking about makeup too, check out my interview with makeup artist and all-around bad ass person, Christine Jurcsisn.

 

 

Face Value: Behind-the-Scenes with a Makeup Artist

I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've thought to myself, "Well, today blows. At least my makeup looks good." There's no denying that makeup has transformative powers. And not just in a literal sense. Rocking some cat eye liner or bright lipstick, or just knowing your everyday look is on point, is like an instant confidence boost.

But enough about me. Let's talk makeup with someone who's a bit more qualified. My fabulous friend Christine Jurcsisn has been a freelance makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics for 5 years. After attending an open "casting call" for new makeup artists on a whim, and undergoing a series of interviews and makeup tests, she was hired and sent off to Chicago to learn the ins and outs of making people beautiful. I sat down with Christine at my old Tremont stomping ground, Lava Lounge to get a behind-the-scenes peek at being a makeup artist.

A stylist puts the finishing touches on a look by Christine.  All photos courtesy of Christine Jurcsisn .

A stylist puts the finishing touches on a look by Christine. All photos courtesy of Christine Jurcsisn.

How did you become a makeup artist?

It was always sort of a dream of mine, but the way it came about was a happy accident. I was referred last minute to a "casting call" type event at the Radisson in Eastlake. I befriended one of the girls at the MAC counter at Nordstrom and she told me about it the night before, so I really had little time to prepare myself. My sister drove up from Dayton to be my model for the makeup application portion of the interview. I never thought I had a chance, but they were looking for someone who was trainable, good with people, and responded well to feedback. I was hired (in 2010) as a freelance makeup artist, which means you have no set schedule, they simply call you if there is a special event and need extra artists. In 2012, I was hired part-time to work at Nordstrom’s MAC counter, where I worked for 2 years. In June I went back to freelancing because working two jobs for that long was taking a toll on me, even though I loved it.

Christine wields her tools of trade.

Christine wields her tools of trade.

What does a typical day doing makeup consist of?

I do a lot of preparation beforehand. If it is a wedding day, I make sure I review the list of the bride’s products beforehand and make sure it is all in my makeup kit. I ensure all my brushes are clean, and just organize my kit. Sometimes I feel like I bring too much stuff, but it never fails that if I leave something behind, I wish I had it with me when it comes time for makeup. With photoshoots, I will be in contact with the photographer beforehand and we go over looks we want to do. For the wedding day, you show up to the location where the bridal party is getting ready and do all the makeup, one at a time. I absolutely love weddings because everyone is so happy and celebratory; they always are so welcoming and hospitable to you. If it is a photoshoot, you go to the predetermined location, sometimes on set, sometimes on location, sometimes at the photographer's studio. You do the makeup on the models, sometimes as they are getting their hair done. Once they start shooting, you stand by to touch up things like lipstick, powder, etc. Some photographers like to do several different looks on the model in one shoot, so you may need to change the makeup at some point. Once everything is finished, you just clean up all your products, pack it up, and head out.

A photographer shoots a model at one of Christine's makeup gigs.

A photographer shoots a model at one of Christine's makeup gigs.

What do you like most about being a makeup artist?

Meeting new people. Hands down. I have met so many fantastic people in this creative industry. Models who are beautiful inside and out, photographers who have unique creative vision, and of course, each bride has a special story. I meet people from all walks of life, all backgrounds, with so many interesting stories.

What's the most memorable makeup you've done and why?

I did a "Day of the Dead" look on a friend as a fun spur-of-the-moment shoot. I did the sugar skull mask on her and made a floral headpiece for her to wear. We went to the Lakeview Cemetery to shoot and it was just so much fun.

Dia de los Muertos! The Day-of-the-Dead shoot at Lakeview Cemetery.

Dia de los Muertos! The Day-of-the-Dead shoot at Lakeview Cemetery.

I hear women say, "I have no idea how to do makeup" all the time. What advice would you give them?

Don't worry about "rules." Makeup is supposed to be fun and make you feel more self-confident. A little goes a long way. I tell women all the time, if you do nothing else, apply some under eye concealer and mascara and you are good to go: awake and fresh. Don't be scared to approach a makeup counter and ask for help. It can be intimidating because you assume they just want to sell you products, but a good salesperson will be happy to try products on you to find the correct formulation and color. Take a friend with you for a second opinion. The nice thing about buying from a department store (like Nordstrom) is that you can return products if you don’t like them and try something different, that way there is no risk of getting stuck with something that is not right for you.

One beauty-related (non-makeup) tip I can give women is to take care of your skin. Do NOT smoke; do NOT tan. More than anything, women are most conscientious of their skin. It's really hard and expensive to reverse skin damage, so prevention is the best medicine. Another tip is to stop over-plucking your eyebrows. Most of us did it at one time or another, and believe me, I am just as guilty. Let them grow out and get them professionally waxed or threaded. If they don’t grow back very full, you can go to a makeup counter and ask for someone to show you how to fill them in. This makes such a huge difference, it was a life-changer for me. Fuller brows give you a more youthful look and really frame your eyes.

A photographer shoots a model in another of Christine's makeup gigs.

A photographer shoots a model in another of Christine's makeup gigs.

What are your personal favorite makeup products?

I am sort of biased towards MAC since I know their products, but I just bought Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara and I absolutely love it. It is definitely the best mascara I’ve ever tried. I love MAC's BB cream, which is my everyday foundation. I also recently discovered Kat Von D's tattoo eyeliner. It is a marker, so it is quick and precise and gives you a perfect cat eye, and it is waterproof. I have been using Bare Minerals powder foundation as well, because I get very oily and I was pleasantly surprised at how much coverage it has. And I have to use Nars Pro-Prime to prime my eyelids or else my eyeshadow will crease. It is by far the best eye primer I have found out there. On my brows, I either use MAC brow pencil or Anastasia Dip Brow pomade. I pretty much don’t leave the house without a light foundation, mascara, and brows.