Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Purple Reigns Again

Those who know me, know of my 20+ year passion for all things Prince. I'm soo excited to get his new album, LotusFlower, especially after seeing him rock out on Jay Leno the other nite! He's just brilliant, beautiful and still sexy as hell to me ;) 



Watch these videos and also see photographic collection by Andreas Hubertus Ilse at http://veruschkaselfportraits.com


Body painting at it's best! Superior artistry...

Monday, March 30, 2009


"Two Faces" for L'uomo Vogue- V as a black man!

Makeup in Art

I came across fab artist Dana Cowie while referencing Vogue covers for a prior post, and I am in LOVE with the way she paints faces! Inspired by fashion from the past to present, Dana interprets supermodels like Cheryl Tiegs, Naomi Campbell and Twiggy with an abstract, bold style. Using lots of bright colors, patterns and layers gives her work an interesting, unique quality. Based in Toronto, Canada, Cowie has worked as a stylist, window dresser and life drawing instructor prior to her painting commissions. Another artist I hope to own a piece from!

See http://www.dcowie.com for more.

Spring Is In The Air

 ...and I have been "planting seeds"! Can't wait to see what blooms this season!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Live Like Royalty

Thanks to Facebook, found out my homie from back in the day, Antoine Scott, is a super-dope graphic artist! His colorful and creative works, dubbed "Live Like Queens" and "Live Like Kings" are being featured on T-shirts and more. Website and additional info coming soon...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

7 Questions For Andrea Richter

When I first began doing makeup, I shot with a photographer who referred me to celebrity makeup artist Andrea Richter. She was in need of an assistant for an upcoming commercial job and I was eager for experience (still am!) so she hired me to help out. We hit it off instantly and as Andrea tested me out on set, it became apparent we would make a great team. I was happy to be her sidekick on cool gigs like music videos and commercials but even better, Andrea was willing to school me on everything from set etiquette to product and technique. If you work in the industry, you know how valuable this is...priceless!

Andrea's experience, professionalism and gorgeous makeup have earned her an extensive celebrity clientele including beauties like Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Serena & Venus Williams, Annie Lennox and Rosario Dawson. Her light hand and expertise at matching skin tones has made leading men such as Jay-Z, Diddy and Nelly look flawless yet natural for the camera. One of my favorite jobs was assisting Andrea on the Britney Spears video, "Me Against the Music", featuring none other than Madonna! We did Brit's dancers but watching Madonna in action was the highlight! I've learned sooo much from Andrea over the years and wish her continued success.

Thanks a million girlie!

R: How did you get your start in the industry?
A: A good friend fresh out of film school encouraged me to assist another artist on a commercial. He was kind enough to teach me set etiquette, and basics of networking.
(R: Hehe, sounds familiar. Guess that's why she was kind enough to help me! Good karma)

R: What is your favorite aspect of what you do?
A: Making someone look beautiful, makes them feel beautiful. Showing the inner beauty on the outside.

R: Who/what inspires your work?
A: I am constantly looking at street style, magazines, going to museums, and looking back at fashion from the past.

R: How would you describe your signature style?
A: Soft, clean, flirty and feminine...with lashes ;)

R: What's your dream job or who would you like to work with at the moment?
A: I am happy and thankful to be blessed with the clients I have. I love not having a regular show to do, as creativity can get stagnant.

R: What are your favorite beauty products and tips for up and coming makeup artists?
A: Stila eye shadows, used damp with a Shu Uemura synthetic brush. Nars blushes. Eve Pearl salmon concealors. Alcone sponges. Lashes from Ray's Beauty. Crown brushes. M.A.C. moisture blend foundation used as concealer. Duo lash glue in clear.
Tips: Practice on real people, not models. Blend, blend, then blend some more. Be willing to assist, or work for free: you won't learn as much working by yourself. Leave the heels at home, this is not a party. Never gossip, the client will think you will gossip about them.

R: Where can we reach you for more information?
A: andrearichtermakeup@gmail.com

You heard it here folks!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

American Beauty

The posters for this just went up recently at my subway stop and I thought it looked cool. When I pulled up the site I was blown away by the concept, talent and presentation of this project. Getting to see the process of photographing the portraits and landscapes from all over America is beautiful and inspiring. The resulting photos are featured in the book, "American Character: A Photographic Journey", with a foreword by Tom Brokaw. Designed to serve as an "artistic initiative", proceeds of the book go to USA's vision to end inequality and "promote acceptance and understanding"...


More on http://characterproject.usanetwork.com

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Glamour At Its Best

I haven't blogged much in the past week but I was totally inspired with the discovery of these gorgeous fashion and beauty illustrations from the 1950's. Wouldn't it be cool if we could incorporate more of this style in editorial and advertising today? Photographs are amazing but these illustrations are pretty exciting too! There's an element of fantasy and ultimately, the artists interpretation that makes them special. 

Enjoy the finds, courtesy of http://www.hairarchives.com, Al Parker, Joe de Mers and Coby Whitmore, respectively. The work of these three artists were regularly featured in the top fashion magazines of the time, Ladies Home Journal and Good Housekeeping.


By legendary fashion photographer Guy Bourdin

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Faces of a Queen

Ancient Egypt-Khmet

J.W.Waterhouse, 1888

Theda Bara, 1917

Claudette Colbert, 1934

Elizabeth Taylor, 1963

Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, has been widely recognized as a woman of great beauty and power throughout history. While believed to be of Hellenistic (Greek) descent, Cleo was the first in her lineage to learn the Egyptian language and adopt the country's beliefs and traditions. The Western world has always been quite fascinated with Cleopatra and she has been depicted in so many ways over the years. (I still have my gold pendant of her graceful profile from the eighties!) Just thought I would share a few interpretations from the archive.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Luxe Lashes

I must admit, I'm blessed with pretty long eyelashes but trust me, they wouldn't look half as exciting without the help of my favorite tools. The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler truly gives a lasting, eye opening lift, hence its' presence in everyyy makeup artists' kit. The drugstore brands just don't compare, so go ahead and invest the 19 bucks, it's worth every penny! However, what you can get at the drugstore, for about $7, is CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara. Designed by makeup artist extraordinaire and CG Creative Director, Pat McGrath, LashBlast does everything a good mascara should...lift, define, volumize and stay on all day without chipping or smudging. The patented brush is a bit big, but don't let it intimidate you...just work it and make every lash count! I guarantee ;) people will start asking you if your lashes are real...

Downtown Girls

This is a commercial spec I recently shot with director Daniel Garriga. I think it's pretty darn cute! Hire us Aveda!

Favorite Looks-Fall 2009 Collections