Lights, Camera and Action! About Becoming a Fantasy Makeup Artist

Are you someone who loves the spotlight, but also working in the spotlight? Yes, we mean the fashion, commercials and movie industry. Essential to the TV, film, theatre and fashion world, fantasy makeup artists, also known as special effects makeup artists, make models look like zombies, brides look like Godzilla, and actors look anything but the part they are playing. If you’re a natural and think you’ve got what it takes to land yourself in the spotlight, then a behind-the-scenes career as a fashion, theatre, commercial or movie makeup artist might be just the thing for you.

Anything is possible when you’re a fantasy makeup artist

Foremost, a fantasy makeup artist ensures that actors are camera ready. They help the writers and directors tell the story. The hours are crazy, and you’ll spend most of your day and night mimicking effects that range from period drama makeup, ageing makeup, bruises, wounds and other injuries that require elaborate fantasy prosthetics. Fantasy makeup artists have their jobs cut out for them – but it’s not all work and no play. This is a very exciting and lucrative career with many local and international opportunities that include credits.

South Africa’s film and commercial industry is thriving

As a country in the business of making movies that cost half as much as they look, South Africa’s film and commercial industry are thriving, with both local and international production companies using local resources and hiring local crew. With movies shot in South Africa that range from Invictus, Blood Diamond, Lord of War, Black Sails, District 9, Safehouse, 10, 000 BC. Dredd, Resident Evil, Momentum, and The Lost Future to Blue Crush and so many more – there has never been a better time to get into special effects than right now.

This is an exciting career where you get paid top dollar and get travel and expand your creative skills. If you have the passion, creativity, drive, talent, and your fingers on all the latest fashion-forward makeup styles and trends, then you need to look at the short and long special effects fantasy courses at Face to Face Make and Beauty School.

Define Your Style With the Latest Autumn Bridal Trends

Saying Your “I Do’s” this autumn? There is no dress more important than the bridal dress. As the most beautiful, most extravagant, and most expensive dress you will ever own and wear—this is one dress you really need to get right. But with so many styles and fabrics out there, where does an autumn bride-to-be start? As one of the top bridal boutiques in Johannesburg, we patrolled the bridal runways for the latest, most flattering bridal dress trends so we could bring them to you. From fashion-forward textural floral appliqué’s, Princess Ruffles, and super-feminine lace to minimalism – here’s a sneak peek at the latest autumn bridal trends.

#1 The big, bold 80s butt bow

Dressing up dresses for the past few seasons, who would have ever thought bows would still be around this autumn? From big and bold to the teeny-tiny, these attention-grabbing focal features create a dramatic back view and can be tucked into the skirt or worked into shoulder sashes.

#2 Micro-layered cascading ruffles

Ruffles are ruling the runways in various sizes, colours, and aesthetics, from frothy, flamboyant micro-layers to feminine sheath swirls that flow. Oozing gorgeous ethereal vibes and flaunting graceful fabrics such as tulle and organza—besides offering textural drama—micro-layered cascading ruffles in champagnes, nudes, and soft pinks brought sparkle and dimension to the runways.

#3 Nature inspired 3D Florals

Rocking the runways for more than a few seasons, floral embellishments are everywhere this season, and for good reason. Complementary to every type of silhouette, this nature-inspired hyper-textural floral trend is romantic, edgy and contemporary all in one.

#4 The minimalist bride

After layers of ruffles, lace, and over-the-top opulence, many designers feel the need to keep it simple this season. With minimalism ruling the high street, this season’s bridal dresses also focussed on simple with minimal embellishments.

#5 The avant-garde fashion-forward suit

While bridal dresses are unquestionably becoming less traditional, this season also flaunted an edgier take on bridal wear: the figure-flattering jumpsuit and pantsuit. Although not a novel concept, the runways sported a fitted, tailored, chic and sleek look complemented with crisp white strapless tunics and halter necks, pretty veils and embellished pumps.

#6 Traditional capes are standing in for veils

While trends may come and go, capes are still enjoying their moment. Designed to make a wow-worthy fashion statement – whether short or long or modern or traditional – these gorgeous bridal dress accessories not only add dimension to dresses, but they also allow brides to switch up their look after the ceremony.

While trends may come and go, when it comes down to choosing the right bridal dress, your choice should not be the most expensive, flashiest or trendy, but the dress that takes your breath away. For the widest selection of the latest high-fashion designer bridal dresses and accessories in Johannesburg, visit MissTeeq.

Top Tips to Stay in Shape This Winter

You’ve been on a winning streak this summer and have lost quite a lot of weight. But as the change of season brings shorter, colder and wetter days – who wants to exercise when it’s cold and dark outside, right? Many people struggle with staying in shape during the winter months. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Don’t let the winter months trump your desire to stay in shape. Instead, arm yourself!

Walk the dog or climb the stairs

Whereas running is a great way to do away with all that extra fat and keep the metabolism churning, walking alone or walking the dog is also a brilliant way to relieve stress, burn calories, increase blood flow, and give the heart and lungs a boost. If you’re looking for a little motivation, then try meeting a friend in a park nearby for a 30-minute power walk. Another great tip is stair climbing. Without too much impact on your joints, we guarantee this powerful workout will give your thighs and buttocks a decent workout.

Join a Yoga or Pilate’s club

A spiritual exercise practiced to strengthen and relax the entire body, increase energy levels and tone the muscles. Yoga is one of the most popular, fashionable workouts of the 21st century. Another highly respected workout that needs no introduction, Pilates strengthens the core of the body, improves the posture and tones the stomach muscles. Pick one and by next summer you’ll have a six-pack.

Take up dancing classes

Love to dance? Whether you’re into ballroom, hip-hop or salsa, dancing is one of the best ways to stay in shape. One of the greatest things about this workout is that you do not even have to join a dance class as you can put on your favourite music at home, and you’ve got yourself a 20-minute workout. Beyond the physical benefits of dancing, it can also improve your mood, boost your self-esteem, and chase away the winter blues.

Go ketogenic!

Heard of ketogenic eating? As much as you would rather stay curled up on the couch indoors, physical activity is as important as the food you eat. Similar to the Atkins diet, ketogenic eating is a powerful LCHF eating plan that boosts energy levels, provides a better supply of oxygen to the cells, controls cravings, improves mood, increases sex drive, satisfies the appetite, and helps you drop in dress size. A diet that’s all about replacing carbohydrates with high-fat protein, ketogenic is about getting the body into a metabolic state where the body stops burning carbohydrates as fuel and burns fats instead.

Turn to a fat burning appetite suppressant

If you’ve been toying with an appetite suppressant, make sure it’s not the chemical type. Causing more harm than good, prescription diet pills are loaded with amphetamines. Fortunately, nature has gifted mankind herbs. More than just flavour and spice, herbs such as green tea leaves, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, dandelion, ginger root, milk vetch root, Guarana seed, Siberian ginseng root and turmeric hold incredible fat burning powers. Super effective at reducing the appetite, boosting the metabolism, burning fat, and promoting weight loss, natural appetite suppressants are made from fresh, natural plants, rather than a cocktail of deadly synthetic chemicals. And they have no side effects.

The winter can feel like forever, but just because old man winter is hanging around doesn’t mean it has to be a season of inactive hibernation and weight gain. Staying in shape during the winter months doesn’t have to be hard. Follow these tips to stay in shape and you’re guaranteed to look gorgeous by the time spring comes knocking on your door.

4 Wedding Makeup Trends to Rock on Your Big Day

Looking for the best wedding makeup for your big day? Bridal Fashion Week may provide us with the latest wedding dress styles – let’s not forget about the dreamy wedding makeup inspiration it offers too. From white eyelashes, Smokey eyes, to natural makeup, here are the top 4 hottest wedding makeup trends to hit the runways.

1. Let the eyes pop with bold brows

It’s the year of the big, bold brow, and thanks to celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn and Cara Delevingne, this eye-catching look is not going anywhere. Not only is a bold brow a rock-solid way of lifting the eyes, but this makeup trend is also the secret to pull an entire look together.

2. The glitter, sequins or rhinestone eye

Possibly one of the biggest wedding makeup trends ever, upgrading your beauty look with glitter, sequins or rhinestones can look absolutely exquisite. From glitter eyeliners to applying sequins and rhinestones in monochrome patterns around the eyes – the runways couldn’t get enough of this sparkly look.

3. Pink eye shadow, flushed cheeks, and fresh-bitten lips

Pink is sticking around as a trend in a big way. A back to basics, fresh makeup look that will add a fairy tale charm, not only is this trend easy to pull off, but it will add a dreamy look to your appearance. By matching your lids, cheeks and lips with similar shades of pink, you are creating a demure tone that will let your natural beauty shine through. But to get this trend right, keep your foundation light, so your skin can glow while your eyes, cheeks and lips smoulder.

4. The geometric cat eye swipe

Bright, bold and on-trend, swap your everyday eyeliner style for the geometric cat eye swipe. Bringing a bold and mesmerising new twist to the timeless cat eye style, not only does this trend highlight the eyes, but it also complements just about any colour eye shadow.

Your wedding is one of the most-photographed days of your life, and if there is one day in your life where you want to look like a million dollars, it’s this day.

Professional Makeup Tips, Tricks and Techniques Every Woman Should Know

Love staying on trend with all the latest makeup tips, tricks and techniques? If you’ve always wanted to do a professional make-up course but were unable to squeeze it into your busy study schedule, you’ve found the right blog.

Get rid of facial redness with eye drops

Red blotches on the face can be pretty hard to cover, which is why most women end up using way more foundation than what they need to, giving them that chalked Kardashian look. But we’ve got a great tip for getting rid of all types of redness, even redness caused by pimples. Simply use eye drops. It’s easy as that. Visine eye drops carry a powerful ingredient that constricts the blood vessels in the eyes, but when used on the face, it removes redness. Squeeze some onto a piece of cotton wool and dab your pimples or the red patches and it will remove the redness in a snap of a finger.

Apply your cream highlighter underneath your foundation and not on top

Having made contouring a huge global trend – the Kardashians never leave home without contouring – and they always look 100% flawless. So what’s their trick? Half of the trick is to apply the cream highlighter/blusher/bronzer underneath the foundation, and the other half is to apply only a thin layer of foundation on top. You want the contouring and foundation to look natural. You want to be able to see your warm pink cheeks under the foundation.

Learn to master the colour wheel

Many women get their colours wrong, and we can hardly blame them. Possibly one of the greatest makeup techniques is to be able to identify undertones and to know how to cancel them out using the colour wheel. Here’s how it works: opposite colours such as red and green cancel each other out. So if you’re struggling with a red face and have no eye drops, then you would hide it best by using a green toned foundation. Google the colour wheel chart, and start learning how to identify undertones and hide those imperfections the right way.

Grow back those over-plucked brows by using castor oil

Every woman over-plucks her brows. In fact, some go so far that they remove their entire hairline. Oh yes, it happens all the time. But it’s okay because they grow back. However, should you want them to grow a little faster, make sure to dab them with castor oil every night before you go to bed? Rich in ricinoleic acid and omega-9 fatty acids, not only is castor oil used for growth and inflammation, but it is also used widely in the alternative medical therapy world.

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Lunchtime Lipo: The Latest Contender in the Arena of Face and Body Fat Removal

Imagine popping out of the office during your lunch break and heading down to your local aesthetician for a quick spot of Lipo treatment and then returning to work the next day? Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s all possible with minimally invasive Ultra Z Lunchtime Lipo treatment. With the latest revolutionary fat and cellulite blasting technology of Ultra Z laser Lipo treatment, anyone can achieve slimmer buttocks and tighter stomach, thighs and underarms in just over an hour. Here’s how this revolutionary procedure works.

Ultra Z uses Micro-bubble Technology

A refined revolutionary procedure similar to traditional liposuction minus the anaesthesia, blood, stitches and hospital stay, Ultra Z Lipo treatment has witnessed an enormous surge in popularity and is the latest and the greatest contender in the arena of minimally-invasive face and body fat removal.

By making one painless minuscule incision, the esthetician will insert a high ultrasonic energy probe beneath the skin which gets to work by emulsifying and removing fatty tissues through micro-bubble technology. After the procedure, the laser seals off the blood vessels prompting your body to release collagen, a natural substance responsible for giving the skin strength and elasticity. The more collagen you have, the tighter and firmer your skin will be. This is especially beneficial to women over 40s that want to give the appearance of a youthful, contoured and firmer look.

A quick look at the benefits

If you’re looking for a Lipo treatment that is more effective than surgical liposuction, this is the perfect procedure for you. Ultra Z can target tiny problem areas that surgical liposuction cannot reach, such as the face, neck, arms, bra line, back, belly, buttocks and thighs. Where surgical liposuction leaves behind sagging or drooping skin, Ultra Z Lunchtime Lipo treatment tightens the skin and contours the body, leaving no excess skin to feel embarrassed about. Possibly the greatest benefit of all is that this Lipo treatment kills fat cells permanently. The results are permanent. Once performed, the removed fat cells will not create new fat cells ever again.

Toning and losing fat around certain areas isn’t easy. It can feel like a never-ending losing battle, which is why Ultra Z Lipo treatment is the perfect choice for those who want to lose fat quickly and permanently. You’re guaranteed to walk out after the 1-hour feeling confident, slimmer and sexier than ever before.

How to Contour for Beginners

Noticed how celebrities, actors, and models are changing their faces through makeup? Want to learn the secrets of how to turn a large nose into a smaller one, make a round face appear longer, turn thin lips into Angelina’s, or create the illusion of sharp, high cheekbones? It’s called contouring!

Oh, how the world of makeup has evolved. It’s not just about eyeliner, blusher and foundation anymore. We’ve entered the world of illusion, makeup illusion. As the biggest rage for beauty fanatics around the world, contouring has gone mainstream, and everyone is hooked. As the top celebrity secret to sculpting, hiding and enhancing – here’s how it’s done!

Ready, Set, and Contour

If you’ve never tried contouring before, it’s actually a lot easier than it looks. In fact, you don’t have to be a professional to get it right. First, you will need a foundation (1-2 shades darker than your skin tone), a makeup blending sponge or an angled or flat blending brush, an illuminator bronzer (2 shades darker than your skin tone), a light illuminator, a light translucent powder, and a setting spray. And here goes!

  1. Once you’ve applied your foundation, using gentle, sweeping strokes moving towards your hairline, start by sweeping the light illuminator to the areas of your face you want to mask. For most people, these areas are the chin, the bridge of the nose, under the eyes, and the forehead.
  2. Once complete, take the darker part of your bronzer (which should be two shades darker than your skin tone), and using gentle strokes sweeping down from your hairline, highlight all the areas where you want to create depth. These areas would be around your jawline (avoiding the point), across your forehead along your hairline, both sides of your nose, the temples, and just under your cheekbones.
  3. Once you’ve swept over each area, using the above method, you will need to blend. Using a sponge or brush, softly blend out all the lines you’ve just created. Once complete, dust your makeup with a light translucent powder or a setting spray – and voila!

The greatest trick to getting contouring and highlighting, right is to use as little makeup as possible. You want to avoid that chalked-Kardashian look, so keep the strokes as light as possible.

Boost Self-Esteem and Body Image With Breast Implants

Thinking about getting your boobs lifted, or perhaps you’re doing some research for the wife or girlfriend? If you’re like most women over the age of 40, or even 30, then you’ve had just about enough of those breasts. Let’s not beat around the bush, as we age, our breasts age. And let’s be honest, if there’s one part of our body that keeps us feeling and looking youthful, it’s a perfect set of breasts.

Breasts are a big part of a woman’s self-esteem. We speak for hundreds of women when we say that an unsightly and an unmanageable pair of breasts can even hold you back from being the real you. You can’t wear certain tops, you’re restricted to lingerie and designer dresses, running is out of the question, and god forbid, should you wear an off the shoulder.

Breasts play an enormous role in our everyday lives – not only do we dress around them, but we also allow them to dictate our self-esteem. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Lately, women all over the world and even South African women, are showing rapid growth with going under the knife, the most popular procedure being breast implants. While most would assume that it’s all in the name of vanity, this couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many reasons women choose breast implants; below we list only a few.

Motherhood changes your body

Let’s be honest, breastfeeding can take its toll, and then there is the loss of all that excess baby weight, which can cause the breast to lose its elasticity or even shrink. Unfortunately, there’s no magical fitness regimen to get breast volume back, short of breast implants. As the number one cosmetic surgery in South Africa, women want to feel youthful again – not only does it make them feel younger and more energetic, but it gives them back their confidence. For many, breast implants can be a marriage saviour. It is worth mentioning that should you have another baby, your implants will have no impact on the health of the baby, and you will still be able to breastfeed.

Disproportional breasts and drastic weight loss

Many women are born with breasts of different sizes. It happens. Macromastia, a condition where a woman’s breast does not fully develop after puberty, can have an enormous impact on self-esteem. Women who suffer from macromastia often experience severe anxiety, and breast implants give those women the confidence they need to be themselves. Another rising issue is weight loss. Many women who find themselves skinny after severe weight loss find that their breasts sag. Breast implants allow them to keep a fuller, firmer chest, allowing them to feel more confident and attractive, motivating them to lose weight on their lower half.

Breast implants are a highly personal decision, but if you feel that your breasts are making you feel uncomfortable, unattractive and even holding you back from being the woman you want to be, then you might just be the perfect candidate for breast implants.

Black Skin Makeup Tips and Recommendations Every Woman Should Know

Do you know what you’re looking for when you shop for makeup? Although a multi-billion dollar industry, there is little advice out there for those with dark skin tones. Black skin varies in shades, and while the right makeup can make a girl with a dark skin tone glow like a goddess, the wrong makeup can make her skin look bruised or too orange.

While shopping for mascaras and eyeliners are easy on the high street, for foundation, eye shadow and blusher, it’s best to know your skin so you can know your product. Here’s what every black woman should know about black skin foundation, eye and cheek makeup.

#1 Foundation must blend, enhance and look natural

Foundation is every woman’s best friend – but ask any woman and they will all tell you that finding the right foundation is a lot like searching for the “Holy Grail”. The first rule of thumb is to keep in mind that darker skin is oily, so stick to a powder-based foundation. While the foundation colour should match your natural skin tone, find a colour that will virtually disappear once applied, yet still do its job by evening out any discolouration. All facial tones have a lighter shade in the centre and a darker shade on the outer, so if you need to, blend two shades of foundation to achieve a flawless complexion. Remember, you’re not trying to change the tone of your face, but enhance your natural tone so that your natural skin tone looks healthier and brighter.

#2 Bold tones and candy-coloured brights enhance eyes and cheeks

Black is beautiful, which is why dark toned skin colours must be flaunted in bold tones and candy-coloured brights. And for the eyes, there is no better way to ‘steal stares’ than dress the eyes in colour. For a casual daytime look, choose subtle shades of brown, pink and grey, and for evenings, dazzle with shades of blue, brown, burgundy, purple and shimmery gold. Just like your eyes, go bold with your cheeks. Using a darker shade blusher, choose shades like bronze, coral, gold, orange, peach, rose, and wine.

We believe that every woman deserves to know how to apply her makeup like a pro, and while some women are born with a powder brush in their hand, others must turn to professionals for a makeup workshop.

The Top 6 Must-Have Makeup Brushes in Your Makeup Kit

If you ‘re a professional makeup artist, your makeup kit is an essential part of your everyday life. Just like your portfolio, your kit is something that should constantly change and expand, as what you do or don’t have in your kit can be the difference between an amateur and an expert. But buying the right brushes is not as easy as your ABCs, so to help you complete your makeup kit, we’ve listed the top makeup brush must-haves.

#1 The foundation brush

Guaranteed to be your best friend, the foundation brush can apply any foundation, from liquid to crème. Starting from the centre and working outwards, the unique shape of this brush can do wonders for a flawless finish, offering total coverage. Your makeup kit will not be complete without one.

#2 The angled blush-brush

Great for contouring and defining, the blusher brush is designed to be angled and soft. Used to apply blusher and bronzer across the apples of the cheeks, a quality blusher brush must blend instead of picking up colour as it sweeps across the skin.

#3 The eye shadow brush

You can have the best brand of eye shadow, but if you don’t have the right brush, it will look shoddy and cheap. An eye shadow brush is perfect for blending in your eye shadow along the crease of your lids.

#4 The brow brush and comb

As the name suggests, a brow brush is designed to smooth your brows down and get unwanted mascara clumps out of your lashes. It’s also used for separating eyelashes and taming both rogue lashes and brows.

#5 The powder brush or Kabuki

Typically, short, this is the monster brush of your makeup kit. As the most common of all brushes, used to apply face powder flawlessly in a sweeping circular motion, the Kabuki is a must-have in the world of makeup artistry.

#6 The smudge brush

As the coveted Smokey eye never seems to go out of fashion, this is a brush you will use daily. Thanks to its super soft bristles, a smudge brush helps to get that smouldering look as you smudge away. Never leave home without it!

A makeup brush set is one of the top essentials to all professional makeup kits. The aim of a makeup artist is to apply makeup in such a way it looks like your client was born that way and the right set of professional makeup brushes can help you achieve that flawless professional look.