Product Focus: Firebrick Eye Color

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SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSMOKIN’!– Jim Carrey in “The Mask”* on Firebrick eyeshadow (early 2000’s)

Do you ever feel like you woke up one day in a world where everyone is rocking pops of colors out the wazoo? As I sit here with my usual, standard makeup look, I felt like everyone around me was standing out as I blended in. I was struggling to incorporate more color into my looks until a little fire was sparked inside of me- Firebrick. I found Firebrick to be the most wearable pop of color and it was the easiest for my nude-loving self to incorporate.

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For those of you a little more on the conservative side, a bright warm orange may seem intimidating to throw into your everyday look; however gently blending a bit of Firebrick into your crease or transition area allows you to spice up an otherwise average eye look.

Once you’re feeling a little more aquatinted to adding color into your makeup,  I recommend you jump right in and start having some fun! There are plenty of ways to make a statement with Firebrick; here are some of my favorite techniques!

Drop Shadow! Daily, I blend the same two warm browns under my eye for a subtle hint of drama; swapping my usual shadows with Firebrick gave my eyes a bold pop that isn’t overwhelming. To do this, dip into the shadow pan with a flat brush like MUD 410 or 400. Gently run it back and forth under your lower lash line, building to your desired opacity.

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Pack it on! I spiced up an evening smoky eye by adding Firebrick on my lid, creating a look that helped me stand out in a crowded room! To achieve this red-hot look, use warm browns in your crease and outer corner of eye. Deepen the shades as you concentrate more on the outer “V” and work your way down. Once you’ve built your standard smoky base, liberally apply Firebrick to your lid using a packer brush like MUD 350. If you want to kick it up a notch, dampen your brush and apply Firebrick wet by patting it over your existing shadow.

Pro Tip: To achieve a vibrant editorial look, apply a wash of Firebrick eye shadow all over the lid and top it with Spicy Lip Glaze.

While I will always be a monochromatic, nude-loving makeup artist at heart, Firebrick has open the door to get me out of comfort zone, stay on trend, and have a little fun!

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NY Fashion Week 2015

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Make-up Designory joined forces with the Fashion Design students from the Art Institute of New York City for another successful fashion show last night. Doors opened to the public at 8pm but we were backstage to give Twitter followers the inside scoop at 7pm with MUD’s first ever live tweet session! First, we caught up with the Key Makeup Artist Jackie Caruso who explained her vision for the makeup concept. “Being that this was a Mercedes-Benz Spring/Summer fashion show, I wanted the makeup to be fresh and clean with a pop of color”. Jackie used MUD’s Deco eye shadow in teal blue and MUD 107 Lashes which were generously donated by MUD Cosmetics in order to achieve the desired look.

Backstage was hectic to say the least as the makeup artist scrambled to apply the makeup,while working cohesively with the hair and nail teams to prepare the models. Soon it was time for final looks. Suddenly, Jackie explained to everyone that the models were looking “a bit too shiny” so she advised her team to quickly apply the MUD Matte powder to contain the gleam.

The makeup team featured members of MUD Studio New York, MUD Alumni, and even current MUD students!  We would like to Recognize a particular MUD Alumna for her participation in this event. Nicole Elle Rogers is a 2012 graduate of MUD’s Fashion program and has been involved in the make-up and fashion industry for years. She’s already a seasoned pro at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as last night was her 4th season!  Stay tuned for a full article and interview with this amazing MUD-trained Makeup Artist!

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This Fashion Week was especially dear to us as well as other fashion enthusiasts because it is the last year the shows will be sponsored by Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz announced that after five years it will no longer be affiliated with NY Fashion Week. We are eager to see where next season’s Fashion Week will be held!

We would like to congratulate our MUD Makeup artists on an incredible show and another job well done!


Article written by Stacia McCarthy
MUD New York

Be Inspired: Holiday Make-up Tutorial

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‘Tis the season for giving–and, for holiday gatherings and festive make-up! We were inspired to take our beautiful wine color Concord for the eyes and adding a little depth with Semisweet. Since it is the holidays, we thought why not add a little Tinsel and Ice. Not only did this color combo sound festive, but they worked together like magic! Enjoy this step-by-step provided to you by our MUD artists Sean Conklin and Briana Perkins. Cheers!

Step 1)  Apply eye color Ice on the inner corner of the lid with Brush 350Step 2) Apply the eye color Tinsel on the center of the lid with Brush 350. Blend into Ice, then toward the outer corner. Step 3) Apply the eye color Concord in a v shape on the outer corner of the eye with Brush 300. Follow the crease toward the inner corner with the side angle of the brush. Step 4) Add the Semisweet eye color to the outer edge and the crease with Brush 300. Blend to soften the hard edges. Step 5) Add definition to the eye with a wet application of the Black Cake Liner and Brush 100. Step 6) Complete look with Cool Mauve Cheek Color and the Java Lip Glaze.

Holiday Make-up Inspiration Pictorial

 

Glitz & Glam Face Chart by MUD Artist Vanja Djuran

The latest issue of MUD Art includes this beautiful step-by-step illustration for creating a dramatic, glamorous make-up look. Some might say it’s theatrical, others might say it’s perfect for the holidays. Either way, we might all agree that it’s simply stunning.

Eye Colors: Bone, Taupe, Statue, Pavement, Canvas, Onyx | MUD Cake Liner in Black | CFX Wheel 1 Black
Face: Dual Finish Pressed Powder in Light 2 (DFL2)
Brushes: #100 #210 #300 #340 #810
Lips: Sandy Beach

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Day of the Dead Make-up Tutorial

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Contributor: Briana Perkins, MUD Make-up Artist In our recent Free Saturday Workshop held at MUD NY and MUD LA (See Eventbrite Calendar for upcoming workshops) we created a colorful skull make-up  that is widely used in the Dia de los Muertos Celebrations, a Mexican tradition dated back to the time of the Aztecs and Halloween. Festivities are held to honor dead loved ones with offerings of food, sugar skulls, marigolds and altars, taking place between October 31 through November 2. Learn more about the Dia de los Murertos tradition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead In case you missed the live event, we recreated the look in a step-by-step pictorial below. (1) First, prep the skin with MUD’s Face Primer. This will help the cream products to glide on evenly. (2) Next, cover the entire face with the white cream from the Character FX Wheel and then powder with Zero Loose Powder and #720 Brush to set the cream. (3) Using MUD’s Cake Eyeliner in black and the 900# Brush, start to outline the different designs desired for the face. Don’t worry if the designs aren’t perfect because this will blend nicely with the eye colors. (The #900 brush is amazing for this kind of detail work!) (4) Begin coloring in the design with the eye colors. The colors I chose for this look are: Sugared Violet, Voodoo, Velvetine, Onyx and Daisy.  The #800 & # 810 brushes are amazing for blending the colors together and for smudging away any harsh lines. Have fun and be playful with colors; day of the dead is all about the décor and multitude of colors. (Tip: If you use the eye colors wet it will intensify the look even further) (5) Use MUD’s Eye Pencil in  black to outline the petals around the eyes. If you want to bump up this look further, you can glue gems around this area using Duo eyelash glue. (6) Using Velvetine (or the color of your choice) use the #510 Brush to contour your cheekbones, temples and forehead. (7) Finish the look with filigree again using the cake liner and #900 brush. The more detailed the better! (8) A Dia de Los Muertos look wouldn’t be complete without a floral headdress. Dress it up however you would like and celebrate a day to honor all our loved ones that have passed. Feliz Dia de los Muertos! ~Briana

MUD’s Fall 2014 Make-up Tutorial

This make-up takes the 2014 Runway look: deep, wine colored lip and full brow and turns up the power by intensifying the eye, while balancing the look with a wash of cheek color. This look spotlights MUD’s new lip color Burlesque.

Products Used: Eyes: Brownstone Eye Color, Black Cake Eyeliner Lips: Mauve Lip Pencil, Burlesque Lipstick | Get the Look | See Behind the Scenes Photos of the Campaign

 

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Face Chart Artist: Sean Conklin

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This look puts emphasis on the brows and lips and is more subtle on the eye make-up.

Brow: To create a “classic” eyebrow, follow the guidelines below. The inner brow line starts above the tear duct.

The arch (center line) is located at the outer edge of the iris. The outer brow is equal space from the inner brow line to the center line.

Draw in eye brow with a light shade in pencil or eye color. Once you achieved the “look”, layer the color with a slightly darker color for depth.

Eyes: For a soft and subtle eye treatment, use the Brownstone Eye Color with Brush 320.

Apply the color with a light sweeping motion from the lash line and cover the entire lid. Remove the excess color from the bristles and blend the hard edge in the crease to soften the look.

To define the eye, use the Black Cake Liner with the 100 Brush on the top lash line. Top it off with a coat of Volumizing Mascara.

For added dimension, apply the Brownstone on the lower lash line with Brush 210.

Lips: Use the Mauve Lip Pencil to define the lip line and to deepen the lip color. Layer the Burlesque Lipstick with Brush 310 for a rich color.

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Brow: To create a “classic” eyebrow, follow the guidelines below. The inner brow line starts above the tear duct.

The arch (center line) is located at the outer edge of the iris.

The outer brow is equal space from the inner brow line to the center line.

Draw in eye brow with a light shade in pencil or eye color. Once you achieved the “look”, layer the color with a slightly darker color for depth.

Eyes: To achieve this dramatic eye application, use a wet application of the Brownstone Eye Color with Brush 210. Do not spray water directly into the product. Dampen the bristles and then work into the color.

Open your eyes and look straight ahead.  If a good portion of your lid is exposed, place the brush on the center of the lid in the inner corner. Drag the brush through the center of the lid toward the outer corner of the eye.

Lift the outer edge to create a wing-like shape. Repeat the steps closer to the lash line using the Black Cake Liner. Keep the Brownstone exposed for the double liner effect. If you have a heavy fold or (hooded eye), apply the wet application of Brownstone slightly above the crease.

Use the Black Cake Liner to completely cover the entire lid. Meet the lines just above the crease in a winged-like shape.

Next, follow the lower lash line with a soft application of Brownstone with Brush 320.

Add the Black Cake Liner to define the lash line with Brush 210. Extend the lower lash line for a more dramatic look. Apply Lash 101.

Lips:  The dabbed lip is in for fall/winter 2014-15! To get this look, use your ring finger to apply the Burlesque Lipstick for a soft lip that still draws attention.

 

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MUD Alumni on Face Off Season 7

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Contributor: Stacia McCarthy, MUD NY

MUD Celebrates the premier of the Syfy show Face Off which featured two of its Graduates. Honorees were Rachael Wagner a 2012 graduate of MUD’s Master Make-up Artistry Program and Stella Sensel a 2012 graduate also from the Master Make-up Artistry Program.

The event took place this Wednesday evening at Novecento a trendy bistro in the heart of Soho, New York. More than 50 people were in attendance including MUD Students, Alumni and Staff. The celebration was organized by MUD New York’s Career Services team Brenna Belardinelli and Marissa Green.

To begin the celebration School Director Marc Scoleri introduced the guests of honor while attendees enjoyed cocktails and appetizers. Later in the evening the season 7 premier of Face Off was shown on a large projector screen while guest mingled and congratulated the guests of honor.

Congratulations Rachael and Stella! We look forward to watching you this season!

Watch Face Off on SyFy every Tuesday at 8/9c and keep up with #teamMUD @stellasensel @makeupwager

Check out photos, comments and updates on Twitter@mudschools Facebook @mudschools and Instagram @makeupdesignory

A Lovely Email from Sorbet Salons, South Africa

We can say what we want about ourselves, but what speaks loudest is what others say about us. This email from Danica, Owner the Sorbet Salons (South Africa) to her staff was forwarded to our offices in Valencia, CA. It speaks to the quality of our products, our service and the students of MUD:

“I made a point of visiting the MUD academy during my holiday in California just to see how big they really are compared to MAC and I must say, there is no comparison , we really do have yet another  strong and fantastic brand in our store. The academy looks so small from the outside, but behind their beautiful retail store they have a massive academy where they teach their students how to do all sorts of makeup & hair like you have never seen before. 

The [MUD staff] girls were very excited to meet someone from South Africa that keeps MUD in their store and that shares their passion for the brand. They were also very generous to take me on a tour in the academy and show me some of their students work. It was really something to see…”  

Danica
Sorbet / Sorbet Dry Bars / Sorbet Salons/Sorbet Nail Bars
http://www.sorbet.co.za/

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Thank you, Danica for visiting us in California. We are beyond pleased that you had a great experience and hope to continue serving you and the extended MUD family in South Africa with the best service and quality products.

Contact MUD South Africa | MUD Cosmetics Distributor

Brenda Botha
Make-up designory (MUD) South Africa
Head Office
Website : http://www.mudsa.co.za / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MUD-South-Africa/

 

 

 

 

 

MUD Alumni Shine Backstage at MISS USA

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And the 2014 MISS USA winner is … Nia Sanchez representing the state of Nevada! Last Sunday, the fourth-degree black belt beauty received the MISS USA 2014 Tiara amidst a cheering crowd at the Civic Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  As the official cosmetics sponsor for MISS USA and MISS TEEN USA, Make-up Designory congratulates all of this year’s beautiful contestants!

It has been an absolute thrill to have taken part in this event which included not only the sponsorship for cosmetics, but the opportunity to have a special team of MUD Make-up Artists chosen by Sean Conklin, Lead Artist to make-up all 51 of the MISS USA contestants for the registration and fitting events, photo shoots, the dress rehearsals and the live show.

The MUD Alumni team of make-up artists included Lauren Smeraglia, Ashley Guirdy, Vanessa Moreno, Chelsea Wallace, Jessica Poche, Jill Pugh and Denise Zamora.

We asked Sean to elaborate on his strategy for choosing such a successful group of artists. Sean stated,

“I chose our team based predominantly on their skills and personalities, and each artist had to be a MUD graduate. The goal was to create a great working dynamic. Since we would be working on 51 contestants, judges and t.v. personalities in a span of 12 hours, we needed to be quick, precise and, needless to say, pleasant. Now that the whirlwind of events are over, I look back and am astonished at the way our team performed—like clockwork. The girls were all willing and able, and as a whole, I couldn’t have asked for a better team.”

It takes amazing individuals to make a great team, we asked Sean to sum up in a few words why he chose each artist. Here’s what he said:

On Lauren Smeraglia “Lauren carries MUD products at her salon The Powder Room. She is familiar with MUD products. When I went to her Salon to offer further product and retail training, we connected instantly.  She was one of the first on my list of contacts.

On Ashley Guirdy: ”I remember Ashley as a student. She has a great personality and she’s a fantastic artist. It was great to have a Louisiana local!”

On Vanessa Moreno: “This gal is as sweet as can be, but her skills really ‘pack a punch’!”

On Chelsea Wallace: “Chelsea’s background includes Pageants. Her experience, along with her upbeat personality, and her excitement for joining the MUD MISS USA team is what sealed it for us.”

On Jessica Poche: “She’s another Louisiana local, so having her friendly personality and excellent make-up skills on our team worked out perfectly.”

On Jill Pugh: “Jill is fast and furious (laughs). Her make-up skills in beauty are superb and her work ethic is phenomenal. We are lucky to have gotten her on board.”

On Denise Zamora: “Dee is my right hand woman! She’s great at delegating, awesome at her make-up skill and loved by all.”

Thank you to all who participated in this amazing event. For more photos, visit our Flickr Page and http://instagram.com/makeupdesignory

 

How to Create a Flawless Face and Bumping it up with a Smoky Eye

Make-up Designory (MUD) has partnered with the Miss Universe Organization as this year’s Official Cosmetics Sponsor of 2014 MISS USA® and 2014 MISS TEEN USA® competitions. Since our MUD Alumni will take part in beautifying the contestants for the competition, we thought we’d show you how to create the beautiful looks seen on stage. In this video playlist, MUD’s Lead Make-up Artist shows you how to create a flawless face make-up and also, how to create a beautiful smoky eye.

We hope you enjoy the videos as much as we enjoyed producing them for you!

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