4 10 2009

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Our Big Announcement!

27 09 2009

By Sheila

You heard me right … we’re finally live on and we couldn’t be more excited about this! We have a few new features, so please check them out and let us know what you think!

The transition to is being prepared so that it will eventually be seamless.  Hopefully within the next few days, we’ll have it set up so that anyone who types in will be automatically redirected to our new URL.

This is a dream come true for us, truly, and we are so excited to have you all along for the ride! Thank you to all who are supporting us and cheering us on!

Personally, I want to thank the entire Painted Ladies team for everything that they do to make this site a positive, welcoming, informative place. There are so many voice, so many stories, so many experiences, and we strive to do right by all of them.

Mavens, Mavenettes, and Experts – you all rock the house. Xoxoxo

Our web designer — amazing! Thank you for putting up with us!!!! That’s all I have to say about that!

Desiree – girlfriend, you are a woman of many talents, and I sincerely hope you pursue your graphics talent because you are truly gifted.

Saving the best for last (and getting out my kleenex for this part): Almost a decade ago, when I was searching for makeup addicts like myself, I never would have  thought that one of those addicts would end up being the best business partner I’ve ever could have imagined. Taryn you are so amazing in so many ways, and I am so grateful that the both of us were THAT into Kevyn Aucoin and have stayed in touch through the years.

Taryn and her husband helped bring an idea to fruition with their technical knowledge and support, and none of this would be possible without them. For all that you’ve done, I am eternally grateful and thankful for your presence.

Let the “Painting” begin. 🙂

Retro Corner: Maybelline’s Shine Free Line

26 09 2009

By Taryn

Back in the late 80s, early 90s, Maybelline had a line called Shine Free cosmetics, and my gosh, how I loved that brand.  They had dozens of little lipsticks packaged in the cutest pink tubes with the best scent (well, it was that phony lipstick scent, but I still liked it back then).  They also had eye shadow singles, powders, foundations and mascara, and the line had a very colorful ad campaign.  One of my favorite ads is the one below:


That was 1988 for you – full of bright, tropical makeup looks and colorful packaging.  I fondly remember slathering on their frosty pink lipsticks and neon blue mascara.

Anyone else out there remember Shine Free?

Ask an Artist: Building a Portfolio

26 09 2009

By Jason

PL Reader: I’m just getting started in my makeup artist career. Can you give me some tips as to how to put together a makeup portfolio?

Jason: This has always been a difficult question for me to answer; putting together a book has not been a huge focus of mine, although it is an essential element in getting jobs.

In order to get many jobs, you need to have a good book, but in order to have a good book you need to have had good jobs — it is a conundrum.

For a basic starter book, first you’ll need to find subjects, do their makeup and take their pictures yourself.

Second, look for photographers in your area you can do testing with — there are always new models and photographers needing to get their books together as well. Word of mouth is a great way to find photographers, as is Craigslist.

Also, find established makeup artists for whom you can assist. Often, artists get overbooked and need to find replacements. Contact the artist’s agent to get on their assistant list.

Lastly, remember, you will ALWAYS be putting your book together as it is a constant process to stay current. Remember, your book is a representation of your talent and style — build a book which reflects who you are as an artist. It is all about the edit!

Contest Time! Orglamix Shadows

26 09 2009

By Sheila

Courtesy of Orglamix

Courtesy of Orglamix

A week or so ago, I had the chance to try Orglamix shadows, and it was love at first brush stroke. An up-and-coming mineral makeup  company, their colors are extremely wearable, blend well, and the company’s philosophy of eco-friendly beauty is too good not to adore.

Because Cheri, the creator of Orglamix, is just plain awesome, she’s giving away a set of her gorgeous shadows just for our readers! Included in the prize is the Wearable Collection, a set of six shadows that would look gorgeous on anyone, valued at $24.75. The colors in the kit are: Cafe Au Lait, Silk, Sweet Pea, Moonstone, Buttercup,  and Sandalwood.

How to enter? It’s a simple as leaving a comment below. You have until next Saturday, October 3rd at noon PST to enter, one entry per reader.

There’s one thing I would like you all to do, though –hop on over to Operation Beautiful, a super blog that beauty blogger Clumps of Mascara mentioned earlier this week.

Courtesy of

Courtesy of

The concept of Operation Beautiful is simple: you leave random notes with a kind message anywhere, for anyone. Spread positivity around, bring a smile to someone’s face … it’s easy, it’s free, and it could make a profound difference in someone’s life. What could be better than that? Besides winning some fab eye shadows, of course!

Good luck, Ladies!!!

You can find more information on Orglamix at their Etsy store.

Battle of the Bulge, Part 4

25 09 2009

By Sheila

Sabotage, thy name is candy.
Oh, if I weren’t such a devoted blogger, determined to stick to a truth-telling regimen in my weight loss journey, I would never post this column. It’s hard to admit when you’ve failed, but that is something I’ve become well acquainted with this week, and part of my healing process is being truthful when that’s happened.
You see this bowl?

It used to be full. Guess who helped get it down to its current levels?
Life has been stressful recently, and with that in clear view and within a few feet of me, I haven’t been able to resist chocolate’s siren call.
“Shhhhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeilaaaaaaaaaa…. Come and eaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat me!”

Half the time I don’t taste it, I just know it feels good and helps take my mind off my dilemmas. I hate it, but it’s happening, and nothing can help me from sabotaging my own success.
Speaking of sabotage, there are different forms of it … there’s the kind we do to ourselves, as we try convincing ourselves that it’s ok to eat that one extra helping, or that one more scoop won’t hurt anyone. There’s also the sabotage other’s do to us. .. you know… that envious look in people’s eyes, the jealous tone to their congratulations they give you when you’ve lost some weight that makes you want to say ok to that second or third serving of what you know you shouldn’t have in the first place. 

And now, I’m asking because I really want to  know … how do you prevent yourself from committing and/or falling prey sabotage?

Battle of the Bulge, Part 1

Battle of the Bulge, Part 2

Battle of the Bulge, Part 3

My Own Quest to Finding the Right Red Lipstick

25 09 2009

By Taryn

Piggybacking on Jessi’s excellent The Perfect Red Lip post, I figured I’d offer up my own experiences in finding the right red lipstick/gloss…

Up until a few years ago, I had always favored dark, matte lip colors like MAC’s Rocker, Russian Red, Ruby Woo and most of all, the now-discontinued Benefit Dietrich, which was a matte, blood red with cool undertones. Here’s a shot of it in the tube:

Oddly enough, when photographed in certain lights, it appeared to be more of a tomato red, which wasn’t accurate at all. Regardless of the color, however, it gave me “Joker mouth” and was hardly flattering to my chalk-white skin. My skin, BTW, also amazingly appears much lighter in this photograph of my lips (as if it couldn’t get any lighter!). Also, notice how much smaller and less plump my lips look when wearing a harsh, matte lipstick:

While I could marginally pull that off a few years ago, now it would just look aging. So, I decided to come up with a softer red lip that I could wear more often since I really missed wearing the most glamorous of lip colors. Here’s what I came up with:

It still has pigment, but a much softer finish. Here’s what I used to get the look:

  1. Lined lips with Kevyn Aucoin’s The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Medium
  2. Put a touch of Benefit’s Cupid’s Bow in the bow of the lips
  3. Drew in lips with Shiseido’s Automatic Lip Crayon in LC4, which is a berryish-red
  4. Took MAC’s Red Romp* Lipglass and wiped the wand on a tissue before applying all over, and blotted lightly once again.

*Red Romp was LE, so you may want to check out Russian Red as a duplicate.

Red is wearable for anyone; it’s just a matter of experimenting, finding the right MA to work with you, and getting the right texture and shade for your skintone!