Our Big Announcement!

27 09 2009

By Sheila

You heard me right … we’re finally live on Painted-Ladies.com 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 Painted-Ladies.com 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 paintedpouts.wordpress.com 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. 🙂


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!

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!

Runway Recap Hijacked by Righteous Indignation

25 09 2009

By Megan

Ok, so I am late on last week’s Project Runway Recap. I suck, I am sorry, and I will never do it again. I was going to write a Runway article, I really was; however, this article caught my eye and got my Irish up. I can say that because, really, my name is Megan Murray…figure it out.  

Before I link to the article, I want you to all make sure you are sitting down and do not have a drink in your mouth. I will wait. Ok, here is the link that blew my mind: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1214799/London-Fashion-Week-stylist-resigns-designers-decision-use-size-14-models-show.html  

Oh yes, Canadian Designer Mark Fast grew a set of big ones and used sized 14 models along with traditional models to show his fashion line.  

I know, I looked for the four horseman of the Apocalypse, played the lottery, and almost tried the blowfish. I mean, what about all the excuses all the designers use about how they NEVER could EVER properly show their clothes on ANYONE over a size -12.  

You see, you can’t showcase a designer’s work on someone who is at the proper weight and height for someone who is 5’10 


STOP STOP STOP- If you are going to give me the FAT IS UNHEALTHY speech, turn off the computer and walk away. These women aren’t unhealthy and they are curvy and muscular.

Now, why could I POSSIBLY be angry about this awesomeness? According to the article a stylist and some management quit over the designers vision to have people who wear a size 12 and up walk the runway.  People were actually angered by making fashion accessible to a larger amount of people in a time when the fashion industry is scraping for dollars. Besides being size-ist and unreasonable, is it economically feasible to alienate a large part of the population?  

I also want to applaud the designer for having the skills to create fashion that fits over curves. It isn’t easy to make a dress, and I long suspected designers used very thin models to hide the fact that they can’t sew very well. It is obvious Mark Fast is one hell of a dress maker. Fast’s decision is also a brilliant PR move. In a time when there is resentment towards the luxury market, this designer gave us all a big huge hug. A big, huge, 2000 dollar hug, but a hug nonetheless. 

Give Mark a little love at: http://www.markfast.net/home

You Tube “It Pick” 9 -23-09

23 09 2009

By Sheila

Ya wanna know my dirty little secret? I’m single, no where near close to being married, and yet completely obsessed with weddings  in a  bad, bad way.

Silly, I know, but I just can’t get enough of the pageantry of it all. I love the care that’s put into the details, the photography, the invitations, the planning, the dressing up, the shoes that are all a part of this rite of passage so many of us engage in.

So, while doing my usual late night Google Reader browsing with my 1,209,887 wedding related blogs in tow, I came across a very, very cool makeup tutorial by TheMakeupRepublic.

Ok? Hello? FIERCE!

What is not to love about this? The makeup is right on target, and not only that, the videography and photography kicks bootie (Dear Santa, this camera is exactly what I want for Christmas. I’ve been good. Thanks.)

Not only that,  it’s a beautiful, extremely wearable look. I am just so impressed with the attention to detail and how easy it is to follow along with the tutorial steps. It’s not like this gal needs a lot of makeup in the first place, but she wears it so well and shows her audience precicely how to acheive that look. The next best thing to having a personal makeup artist may as well be having this YouTube user’s channel on repeat.

This week’s “It” pick? Extremely well deserved.

Deals and Steals

22 09 2009

By Sheila

We’re always scouring the ‘net to bring you the deals that will give you the most bang for your buck!

Order one of Stila’s Fall Trend Sets and get a free smudge pot! They’re fab AND long lasting.

Aveda.com is GIVING away gift cards today until 9/30/09 — the first 350 people who make a $100.00 purchase at Aveda.com get a $15 gift card. Not too shabby!

From Urban Decay: Get LUCKY Liquid Liner for just $8 (reg. $18) with code: NLDL at UrbanDecay.com

Are you a part of Beauty.com’s Beauty Community? If not, sign up now! I received an epromo with a $20 off of a $100 purchase today … ok, hello! How awesome is that???