Friday, September 26, 2014

Meet The Winner Of Skin Wars


For the last two months viewers tuned into to the hot new show on GSN to watch some of the country's most talented artists battle it out.  Skin Wars, a skinteresting body painting competition, masterfully combined rivalry, a little drama and a whole lot of color!  As a show sponsor, we want to introduce you to the victorious skin warrior, Natalie Fletcher, who will be our special guest at IMATS.

Trained in classic realism and technical painting, Natalie's imagination, creativity and hard work convinced the judges that she was more than worthy of the win. Although at times a competition underdog, Natalie's talent continued to shine throughout the competition with some amazing artwork.


"I would never have imagined that I would make it all the way to the end of this competition," said Natalie.  

Natalie's passion for art goes back to the age of five when she realized that drawing was a lot more fun than math class!  When looking for a job after graduating from an intense four year painting program, she came across and ad for a body painter.  Despite her lack of experience, the job intrigued her so she decided to apply.  But there was a little problem - they wanted to see pictures of her work! She quickly created some body art, got the job, and was hooked.  "I loved the interactions and excitement of painting a human.  It was new and fresh and unlike painting on canvas," she says.  

While she might prefer painting a canvas with a pulse, she has not tossed aside her classical and technical skills.  She is known for her unbelievable body painted camouflage landscapes, which have been featured in such media as the San Francisco Times.



Kandee Johnson of Skin Wars: The Naked Truth spoke with Natalie after the win -


We are so excited to have this new Mehron Girl as part of our family!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Behind The Scenes At London Fashion Week With Bora Aksu


We couldn't agree more with Vogue magazine that "The buzz around Bora Aksu is ever-growing; it's easy to see why."  This is the second year Mehron UK has been backstage with this acclaimed London-based Turkish designer and once again his designs were stunning.  Using Queen Victoria's paper dolls for inspiration, Bora's collection was a gorgeous blending of white cottons, silks and organzas with shades of peach, pink, black, cobalt and lilac blues - all marrying to create a soft, light, feather weight feel.

International makeup artist Yin Lee - who keyed the show along with the Academy of Freelance Makeup Pro Backstage team and Katrina Stamp - devised an illuminated and fresh makeup look to highlight the collection.  The result was oh so chic!

Skin: Yin started by creating a flawless finish using Celebre Pro HD Makeup.  Its super light wight, but buildable, coverage complemented the transparency of the designs.

Cheeks: To give skin a beautiful glow, L.I.P Color Cream in Autumn Sun was applied to the cheeks.

Eyes: The idea was to create big, innocent eyes.  So Yin applied E.Y.E Powder in Cinnamon to the lids, then added a slightly darker application under the bottom lashes to really bring out the shape of the eye.  To achieve an innocent, but strong eye, E.Y.E Liner Pencil in Auguste was used to line the water line and both top and bottom lashes were coated with Mascara Pro.

Lips: A colorful lip done with L.I.P Color Cream in Zinnia completed the look.


We are just loving the look.  Kudos to Yin, along with the AOFM Pro Team and Katrina Stamp!



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Friday, September 19, 2014

The Living Art Academy - Perfect For All Skill Levels


Internationally recognized artists will be converging on Atlanta, GA on October 1-3 for The Living Art Academy presented by Mehron.  The Academy kicks off the North American Bodypainting Championship, which will be held on October 4th.  Instructors from around the world will be teaching a variety of classes for all skill levels.

This year's Living Art Academy lineup includes: 


Icing On The Cake - Body Art Techniques with Andrea O'Donnell
In this intensive hands-on workshop students will learn how to take body art designs to a whole other level with fast and easy techniques using airbrushes, stencils and other tools - even 3D textural applications.  Andrea is an award-winning artist with over 26 years of experience, educator, co-founder of Skincognito Makeup Art Studio, founder of 2nd Skin Studio and creator of Bad Ass Stencils.

City Scapes Trem L'oeil with Trina Merry
Learn how to integrate the human form into a mixed geometry background along with the essentials of position and perspective to achieve fabulous photography results.  Trina is a multi-award winning artist who has a B.A. in film and has worked in the art department in Hollywood on major films and tv shows.

Henna with Rosemary Kimble
During this workshop, students will learn basic henna mixtures and application techniques, patterns and designs along with practical exercises to increase application speed and proper care for lasting wear.  Rosemary is a seasoned body artist specializing in henna tattoos and face and body painting.

UV1 Chromadepth 3D Effects with Wolf's Bodymagic
This is a hands-on and demonstation workshop that will introduce a variety of techniques to enhance the UV experience.  Students will gain information and practice on pigment selection to maximize 3D effects.  Wolf Reicherter's work in ultra violet light is recognized world-wide.  His juxtaposition of pigment on form creates an incredible depth of dimension and provides a delicate balance, and yet bold statement, of color in both white and black light.

Detailed Animals with Liliana Hopman
Liliana will demonstrate how to make the animals in your body art come to life and give them soul.  Learn how to create watery eyes, fur, feathers, bones, habitats and how to shadow and highlight for dimension.   Liliana has developed a series of essential boydpainting techniques that she shares in workshops throughout the world.

FX1: Steampunk with Yolanda Bartram
This popular workshop sold out at the World Bodypainting Festival this year.  Learn paint techniques for creating realistic ruffles, vintage maps, layering, stencils and more. An award-winning body artist, Yolanda has a studio, shop and school in Auckland, New Zealand where she shares her passion for all things makeup and art.

FX2: Creature Shop with Yolanda Bartram
Add dimension to your body art with prosthetics, a variety of paint techniques, stencil work and tricks of the trade.

Advertising with Bodypaint with Bella Volen
Bodypainting has gone main stream with more and more brands and advertising agencies looking at this art from as a way to connect with customers.  In this class you will learn composition and placement for maximum brand and iconography visibility, how to understand target markets and messaging, and how to work with photographers for optimal lighting and positioning.  A winner of many international body painting and fine art awards, Bella has studied in some of the most prestigious art institutes.

Bodypainting Fashion with Bella Volen
Students will learn to work with their clients to create an artful expression of their brand that targets the primary audience and develop techniques for understanding color contrast, light and placement of iconography for balance.

Protecting Your Art with Meredith Ragains
An informative session for painters, models, photographers, graphic artists, illustrators, writers and performers, this class will focus on understanding the nature of copyright, photography, ownership and things you can do as an artist to protect your work.  Meredith is the Executive Directyor of Georgia Lawyers for the Arts.

Just Being Sociable with Dewayne Flowers
This interactive presentation will highlight the advantages and pitfalls of using social media to promote yourself and your art.  Dewayne, who an acute understanding of social media and the way people think, has a loyal client base that continues to expand.

To sign up for classes visit www.LivingArtAmerica.com.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mark Your Calendars: The Makeup Show Dallas


Makeup mavericks take note.  We have some treats planned for the first EVER The Makeup Show Dallas next Saturday and Sunday that you do not want to miss.  From beauty to body painting, we have the best of the best on hand so you better be fixin' to stop by!
Fresh off the New York Fashion Week shows, MUA Orlando Santiago will be keying our Behind the Scenes Secrets for Fashion Runway Makeup seminar on Saturday from 3:00 to 3:45 in Seminar B.  He will focus on the inspiration behind the looks for the FLT Moda, Want My Look and Elle Runway Collection for Kohl's fall/winter shows, along with the products and techniques needed to recreate them.  You will also learn how to connect with a brand, deal with the various obstacles behind the runway, and create looks that resonate with the designers and audience.

Come meet the renowned award-winning artist and co-creator of our Paradise Makeup AQ line, the one and only Jinny.  She will be busy at the Mehron Booth transforming models into extraordinary art right before your eyes.  Stop by and learn from a true master and get inspired to pick up a brush and a rainbow of color and unleash the inner you!

The Makeup Show Dallas runs September 27-28 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.


 

Friday, September 12, 2014

New York Fashion Week 2014 Recap


Once again Mehron took on New York Fashion Week.  This year we collaborated with Style360 and sponsored some absolutely amazing shows.  In between, we also welcomed guests - and performed a few makeovers - at the Mehron Makeup Beauty Lounge.
Mehron Marketing Director Stephanie Koutikas with
Beauty Vloggers Wing aka DivaMakeupQueen and Miss Yanyi 

A strong brand is only strong as its team, and the Mehron Makeup Team, led by the incomparable James Vincent and Orlando Santiago, created simply stunning looks to complement and highlight the gorgeous designs showcased.  Just like the featured collections, these looks work both on and off the runway.  We know you will want to recreate them, so we're sharing how!

FTL MODA

This show celebrated Italian style with designers and trends carefully selected by top Italian Fashion Institutions.  The makeup inspiration for this show was MOD GLAMOUR - a glamorous beauty look with a modern twist that focused on a classic, red lip combined with a soft neutral eye.  This look works for ANY occasion - bridal, red carpet, a night out.

Face: Celebre Pro HD Makeup, Celebre Pro HD Loose Mineral Finishing Powder

Cheek: CHEEK Cream in Geranium

Eyes:  E.Y.E Powder 8-Color Palette in Natural Wheat, Cocoa, Fawn and Espresso

Lips: L.I.P Color Cream in Velvet Rose

WANT MY LOOK

The debut show from the brainchild Lilly Ghalichi, the queen of glam and the star of Shahs of Sunset, was definitely glam.  The makeup look, inspired by the EXOTIC BEAUTY of the Persian ingenue, combined an over-the-top sparkly eye with a matching gold tone pout and glistening cheeks.

Face: Celebre Pro HD MakeupCelebre Pro HD Loose Mineral Finishing Powder

Cheek: CHEEK Cream in Shell Pink and Bronze

Eyes: Metallic Powder in Gold on the lids. E.Y.E Powder in Cocoa and Espresso in inner and outer eyes

Lips: L.I.P Color Cream in Cotton Candy topped with Glosstone PRO in Golden Spark

ELLE RUNWAY COLLECTION FOR KOHL'S

ELLE apparel balances some of the latest trends with consistent feminine-chic style for women of all shapes and sizes.  For this collection the makeup inspiration was FASHIONABLE FRENCH FEMININITY, sleek and natural with a pop of color - classic, chic and sophisticated.

Face: Celebre Pro HD MakeupCelebre Pro HD Loose Mineral Finishing Powder

Cheek: CHEEK Cream in Geranium

Eyes: E.Y.E Powder in Natural Wheat, E.Y.E Liner Pencil in Black

Lips: L.I.P Color Cream in Valentine and Glosstone PRO in Red Kiss

Take a peek at some more behind the scenes fun from the shows.

The Magical Teamwork Of James Vincent and Orlando Santiago
Almost showtime!
Face Chart for Want My Look
Mehron Owner/President Martin Melik and
Marketing Director Stephanie Koutikas
James Vincent Keying The FTL MODA Show
Key Artist Orlando Santiago Adding Some Last Minute Touches

  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Barely There Makeup


One of the hottest trends right now is no makeup - well, what looks like no makeup.  From the runways to the red carpet, it seems like everyone is embracing barely there makeup looks - including such celebrities as Rihanna, Kate Mara, Naomi Watts and Emma Roberts.  You can follow in their footsteps with a few simple steps and the right products.

FOUNDATION.  Start by creating a fresh, complexion.  Apply Celebre Pro HD Makeup all over your face and blend.  This satin smooth formula blends seamlessly with your skin and provides amazing coverage.

EYES.  Our E.Y.E Powder 8-Color Palette has the perfect selection of colors for this look.  Try applying Natural Wheat over the entire lid, then contouring with Cocoa, Toffee or Fawn. Lightly line with E.Y.E Liner Pencil in Chocolate and finish with a coat of Mascara Pro. TIP - try to apply your makeup in natural light and blend well so there are no hard edges.

CHEEKS. Create a natural, subtle flush with CHEEK Cream in Geranium.  Blend with your fingers to achieve a beautiful glow.

LIPS. Complete the look with a L.I.P Cream in Natural or Glosstone PRO in Crystal Clear.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

New York Fashion Week 2014 Starts Now


New York Fashion Week kicks off today and Mehron is proud to sponsor some FABULOUS shows.  This year we are collaborating with STYLE360's 10th annual showcase to create fashion-forward beauty looks for the Spring/Summer 2015 collections.  STYLE360 is THE premier destination for trending fashion designers.  It has launched leading brands such as Rodarte, Rebecca Minkoff, Patricia Fields and Zaldy, and has been the springboard for a host of celebrity designers including Avril Lavigne, Daisy Fuentes, the Kardashians and Kristen Cavallari.

The Shows

Our feature shows are all taking place on September 10th at MetropolitanWest, 639 West 46th Street.     This is a line up you DON'T want to miss.  Add to that the artistry of two powerhouse MUAs and you will be clamoring to get a peek.  To showcase these brands we have brought in James Vincent who is renowned internationally for his work in fashion, film, theatre, and editorial, and the incredible Orlando Santiago, who recently keyed the J Summer Fashion Show for us.

11am - FTL Moda.  Featuring the hottest trends in Italian style, designs carefully selected by top Italian Fashion Institutions will take the stage showcasing traditional fashion followed by a selection of designers re-imagining the runway in an artistic manner.

3pm - WantMyLook, the brainchild of glam queen & Shahs of Sunset star Lilly Ghalichi.  WantMyLook brings everyday glam for the everyday girl.  The brand has collaborated with fashion designer Michael Costello,  a Project Runway All-Star finalist.  Costello's creations have graced the bodies of some of Hollywood's biggest stars - Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie, Celine Dion and Michelle Williams.

7pm: ELLE Runway Collection by Kohl's.  Balancing the latest trends with consistent feminine-chic style for women of all shapes and sizes, Elle's collection will bring the fashion and style of the streets of Paris to the runway of New York City.

In between these super hot shows, come visit the lounge for Mehron Makeup Makeovers!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What Inspires Us? YOU!


You may not know, but we started a little thing called #MehronMakeupMonday.  Each week we ask our Instagram followers to share with us for a chance to win a Mehron goodie.  Every Monday is something a bit different - an overall look, a creative lip, etc.  Last Monday we decided to ask: What, Who & Where Are You Inspired As An Artist? We were AMAZED at the responses - they inspired US!  Take a peek for yourself and let them inspire you as well.

My #themewear was inspired by color, glitz, and sparkle! I find a way to tie in my love for fitness and fashion on the most glamorous stage!!!

What inspires me on #makeupmondays? Clean lines, rich fall colors, the changing of seasons, chocolate lips, the magical five element of the earth, the perfect smokey eye, and other worldly moments that only imagination and makeup harmoniously create.

Things that inspire me.

Halloween inspires me.
 This genius inspires me.
Today when I was trying to think of what truly inspires me, my husband instantly popped into my head.  He is my biggest supporter, and when I feel down he lifts me back up.  He is my absolute inspiration for everything I do, because I look up to him SO much.  Never have I met a more selfless considerate person.  Everyday I strive to push myself to be a better person, and so much of that comes from having such a wonderful person by my side.  He joined the Coast Guard a little over a year ago to provide for us as a family, and I can't thank him enough for that.  So for today's makeup I did a nautical themed makeup, inspired by him.
#musiccollection #makeuptrolly #bodypaint
What inspires me? 1) the beauty of the ocean, the color and texture it represents. 2) #Horror Genre 3) @lillyghalichi and her constant beauty 4) @mensfashionreview Men's Fashion 5) Christina Aguilera @xtina her voice and her glamour and ability to adapt 6) Gareth Pugh a brilliant designer with an edge. So, that's what, who and where inspires me.

 Here is a college of a few things that inspire me as an artist. Halloween obviously, music, old Hollywood, classic movies and of course . . . zombies.

If you are an Instagram follower be sure to look out for #MehronMakeupMonday and your chance to win some Mehron products.  If you are not yet a follower, what are you waiting for?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Your Chance To Win Some Mehron

Who doesn't love FREE?  Especially FREE Mehron products? Don't miss out on a chance to get your hands on some of our best selling products with these two contests.  But hurry up, because the clock is ticking!


#MehronMakeupMonday.  We just love scanning through our social media accounts and seeing all of the fabulous looks created using Mehron products - from beauty to body art to special effects.  So we started #MehronMakeupMonday on Instagram.  Each Monday check for a new contest.  Follow the directions and tag your entries with #mehronmakeupmonday for a chance to win a Mehron goodie! 


TheFabulousReport.com.  Skin Wars on GSN is a game show unlike any other.  Each week amazingly talented body painters get to show off their mad skills trying to be the last man/woman standing.  The art created on each episode using the human body as a canvas is nothing short of incredible.  After learning that Mehron is the brand of choice for the artists on the show, The Fabulous Report, teamed up with us for a giveaway.   To enter, visit the contest page and leave a comment on why you should win this sampling of items. Hurry up because the contest ends on September 2nd!

FREE. MEHRON. PRODUCT.  Now is your chance - take it!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Behind The Scenes With MUA Faye Lauren



As makeup industry insiders, we love to get - and share - the behind the scenes scoop on product, technique and looks from the pros.  We recently caught up with MUA Faye Lauren to discuss her work on James Franco's upcoming show "Making A Scene" on AOL Originals.  In it James and his friends talk about some of their favorite scenes from classic Hollywood movies then re-enact them with quite a twist.  These James style re-enactments allow for a ton of makeup fun!

What type of looks have you been creating for James on the new show? The looks for James were really fun.  I think the most fun was the De Niro Taxi Driver look. Special effects artist Anna Bearman applied the bald cap.  After I used Celebre Pro HD Makeup to match the cap to the skin, Anna came back in with some flecking to make the cap look more realistic.  Mehron really saved the day with this look.

Did you use any Mehron products to create those looks?  I used a lot of  Celebre Pro HD Makeup, which looked mazing on camera.  The female characters got a pretty Mehron E.Y.E. Cream paired with a Mehron blush, which are highly pigmented and blend beautifully on top of the HD foundation.

How did you like the results? I felt like this was the most fun I've had planning character makeup for a television show.  There were many different characters and a lot to play around with in terms of looks.

Do you have a favorite Mehron product? I would say my favorite is Celebre Pro HD Makeup.  I love doing skin and it just looks amazing on everyone.  It's not dry and not shiny looking.  A perfect in between texture.

Did James respond well to the looks you created? James really loved the Taxi Driver and the Shining look.  It was a blast, he is hilarious.

How did you get your start as an MUA? I used to wear a lot of makeup.  Like glitter eyeshadow.  It's horrible looking back on that time.  My makeup was a mess.   After that period of bad makeup, I started to rock a more wearable look and got a job at a makeup counter.  I started planning photo shoots with any photographers I could find.  I also got a small scholarship to a makeup school in Florida.  I went for a month and didn't really learn much, but felt comfortable saying I was a Makeup Artist after that.  I eventually moved to NYC and started assisting artists and learning and working and building.  It's a process, but I've enjoyed the rocky road and ups and downs of my early years.

Can you give us a little info on your background and other projects you have worked on? Most of the work I do has a fashion or commercial background.  Sometimes very random.  Last week I had to make an actress cry all day!  I've done commercials for Colgate and Sketchers.  I have also worked on MTV shows, editorial and Fashion Week shows.  It's definitely an adventure and I'm just enjoying the ride.

To see more of Faye's fabulous work, visit www.FayeLauren.com.

Here's a sneak peek of "Making a Scene".



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