Posts Tagged ‘makeup’

Ron King: Is Gray the New Black?

by The Style King/Ron King on Monday, August 30th, 2010

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Ron King has worked as a hairstylist, transforming people’s appearances, for more than 20 years. With a growing celebrity clientele, King travels the world taking inspiration from different cultures and countries. Along the way, he has developed his own “easy wear” style philosophy which plays up a woman’s natural hair texture and pairs it with natural-looking makeup that’s easy to apply. This mantra led him to launch a signature line of cosmetics for women who want to look pulled together but who are are short on time. King has worked with some of the most respected names in the industry, including L’Oreal Professional, Ted Gibson, Eva Scrivo and Rick Wellman.

There’s been something underfoot with manicure colors this summer…. The boring neutrals and vampy, dark purple/black shades of nail lacquer we saw last year have gone the way of square-shaped nails, and all but disappeared from the hands of discerning fashionistas the world over.

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In their place? A new shade called “greige,” a combination of gray and beige, as the name implies, that is totally chic and acts as its own kind of neutral. Less dated and expected than creams and pale pinks, but not as drastic as the sultry dark shades we’ve also been seeing, it’s nearly the perfect nail polish color. The shade looks great on most skin tones and with a variety of looks (just look at the celebs sporting the nail polish shade, from Karen O to Megan Fox, for evidence)… It adds sophistication to a more edgy ensemble and makes the classic shapes and colors we’ve seen on the runways for Fall 2010 more fun and trendy. It’s also an inexpensive way to perk up your style and update older looks.

I suggest wearing this nail color again on a shortish, rounded nail and make sure your nails are well-groomed! The grayish beige tends to look sloppy on unkempt nails. The color has been popular since last spring, but is becoming more mainstream presently (for those who fear the trend is a bit risque for them). I recommend trying Chanel’s nail color #505 or Revlon’s Steel Etto for a more affordable option.

Ron King: Beauty That Goes the Distance

by The Style King/Ron King on Monday, July 26th, 2010

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Ron King has worked as a hairstylist, transforming people’s appearances, for more than 20 years. With a growing celebrity clientele, King travels the world taking inspiration from different cultures and countries. Along the way, he has developed his own “easy wear” style philosophy which plays up a woman’s natural hair texture and pairs it with natural-looking makeup that’s easy to apply. This mantra led him to launch a signature line of cosmetics for women who want to look pulled together but who are are short on time. King has worked with some of the most respected names in the industry, including L’Oreal Professional, Ted Gibson, Eva Scrivo and Rick Wellman.

As salon owners and stylists, we want hair and beauty products that last a long time or at least have multiple uses … You know, things that give us the most bang for our buck and offer quick, easy, affordable solutions to beauty supply issues. Enter my many years of salon and stylist experience. As an entrepreneurial stylist, I know what it’s like to want to cut costs and only purchase products for your salon that are truly versatile. Below, I’ve put together a few quick tips of the trade to get the most use out of your beauty and hair stockroom.

1. Makeup artists, I can’t stress this enough. Good makeup is expensive but worth it. In that spirit, splurge on the best makeup you can get, but also find multiple uses for basic products. For example, when you are done with a tube of mascara, simply rinse the wand off, dry and use as a particularly helpful brow groomer. You can also mist it with water or spray and work on your client’s hairline to cancel out the frizzies and fuzzies that often sprout there with it. For bronzer that doesn’t match your client’s complexion or is simply too dark for a certain time of year, mix the remainder with some light moisturizer for a quick, dewy and universally flattering tinted moisturizer or use as a highlighter on the body.

2. Another quick tip: When you are nearly done with your good lipstick, but there is still a clump wedged in the tube, swipe a q-tip or lipstick brush with some lip gloss and use as a colored gloss on your clients’ lips.

3. We all drop powder compacts sometimes, whether they be finishing powder, blush or bronzer. Usually, these little suckers break into a million pieces and nice powder is wasted. Not so when you apply some rubbing alcohol to the rearranged powder compact and press it in to set. The alcohol reforms the powder and it will be ready to use again soon.

4. Finally, buy a conditioner for the salon that’s too rich or you just don’t like? Take it home and use as shaving cream when shaving your legs, ladies. At least, it’s not going to waste and you will have silky smooth stems. Also, if you’re a manicurist and your polishes are drying up and getting clumpy on you, just add a few drops of nail polish thinner and watch them regain their original consistency.

I hope these little hints serve you well in all your beauty endeavors!

Ron King: Complexion Perfection

by The Style King/Ron King on Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

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Ron King has worked as a hairstylist, transforming people’s appearances, for more than 20 years. With a growing celebrity clientele, King travels the world taking inspiration from different cultures and countries. Along the way, he has developed his own “easy wear” style philosophy which plays up a woman’s natural hair texture and pairs it with natural-looking makeup that’s easy to apply. This mantra led him to launch a signature line of cosmetics for women who want to look pulled together but who are are short on time. King has worked with some of the most respected names in the industry, including L’Oreal Professional, Ted Gibson, Eva Scrivo and Rick Wellman.

Perhaps more than any other makeup in your cosmetics arsenal, products for the skin, like foundation, concealer, tinted moisturizer, and primer, are the most important. Think of clear, clean skin as a perfectly blank canvas on which you can apply whatever makeup you wish. The key to creating that pristine canvas and make up beautiful skin is to even its tone out. Keep in mind, depending on what look you are going for, that the idea is to make your client look like she isn’t wearing any makeup at all.

To erase dullness and make your client appear younger, advise her to exfoliate daily or even weekly with face scrubs, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, beta alpha hydroxy pads or any vitamin A products. If she hasn’t been staying on top of this, make sure to exfoliate facial skin before applying any makeup. A quick face wash with an exfoliating cleanser should do the trick. Without any type of exfoliation, foundation won’t glide over skin smoothly.

Prep the face for foundation or tinted moisturizer next by plumping up skin with a primer with SPF (if you don’t have primer on hand, a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 will do). This will leave your client’s face moisturized and primed for the main event, the makeup!

Before applying the foundation or tinted moisturizer, make sure the shade of the product is just right for your client’s skin tone. If you’re having a hard time selecting a color, mixing together two shades of foundation might help. The idea here is to blend, blend, blend the client’s makeup to perfection. Apply liberally on the areas where it is needed the most, along the cheeks, chin and nose. A few dabs of a creamy concealer on top of the foundation should be patted, not rubbed, under the eyes and on any blemishes.

Next, you might want to prep your client’s lids even if she is not going to be wearing eyeshadow. An evened-out eye area brightens and opens up the whole face. Apply an eye primer to brighten eyes and make eye shadow last longer. Again, be gentle when dealing with the eye area as it it is often a prime aging spot and a very delicate area.

Bring back some color to the face by applying bronzer or a creamy blush or both. If applying bronzer, use a large, fluffy brush to place the color where the sun hits naturally. The forehead, cheeks, and nose are all fair game. For that dewy look, apply the cream blush on the apples of cheeks.

Finally, set the entire face with a powder, though this step can be removed from the process if you want to keep the fresh, dewy look you just achieved. This will make the makeup underneath last much longer. Again, use a big brush to sweep some type of neutral or sheer powder over the whole face and voila, you’re done!

Ron King: Three Makeup Trends to Try

by The Style King/Ron King on Monday, May 3rd, 2010

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Ron King has worked as a hairstylist, transforming people’s appearances, for more than 20 years. With a growing celebrity clientele, King travels the world taking inspiration from different cultures and countries. Along the way, he has developed his own “easy wear” style philosophy which plays up a woman’s natural hair texture and pairs it with natural-looking makeup that’s easy to apply. This mantra led him to launch a signature line of cosmetics for women who want to look pulled together but who are are short on time. King has worked with some of the most respected names in the industry, including L’Oreal Professional, Ted Gibson, Eva Scrivo and Rick Wellman.

Whether your client’s hair is naturally sun-kissed and streaky or she’s more of a bottle blonde, come spring and summer most women lighten up their locks. While brightening up their mane can do wonders for the face (creating a halo-like effect around it gives everyone a softer look), it is just as important to adjust their makeup accordingly to better suit their coloring. With all the cool new makeup trends on the market and with the warmer seasons coming up, now is the perfect time to show your clients how to switch up their makeup palette. Here are my top three spring makeup trends to show your clients.

Light & Lovely

Pastel eye shadow (inspired by the ’70s) reigned supreme at the spring/summer 2010 runway shows and is an easy trend to incorporate into your client’s look. Light shades like lavender, baby blue, and light green are especially flattering and versatile (lavender with brown eyes and blue or green on hazel eyes looks gorgeous). The key when selecting appropriate eye shadow is to keep the client’s individual coloring in mind. For fairer skin, try pastels with a bit of shimmer to add more interest to the face while darker complexions can get away with deeper-hued shades. Remember when picking an eyeliner to pair with pastels, that you want to stay away from matching the liner to the color of the shadow to avoid looking dated. Keep the look sophisticated and streamlined with brown or black liner on the top eyelid, drawn close to the lash line and maybe extending a bit out if they’re on the daring side. (I’m a makeup artist as well as a stylist and one trick I love is to line the top lash line with black liner and go over it with the pastel shadow.) Finish the look with sky high, flirty lashes by adding a lengthening mascara.

Partner this soft look with non-matte, dewy skin. You can get the effect by mixing a regular foundation with facial moisturizer or by simply using a mineral tinted moisturizer, like my own Mineral Sheer Tints. Highlighting sticks and strategically placed shimmer on the face create luminosity and help to achieve that sunny glow also. Rosy blush or bronzer and tinted lip gloss complete the face.

Go Nude

Another stylish makeup trend to update your client’s beauty routine is to have her try nude lip colors. Inspired by the mod ’60s, shades of nude lipstick and gloss (and clothing for that matter) were on the runways recently, and the look is perfect for those who prefer a more natural look. For lots of drama, go for a smoky eye in black or grey, which will offset the nude lip color. Keep blush to a minimum. For a simpler face, you might want to pair nude, glossy lips with tawny colored blush and light eye makeup (mascara and a neutral eyelid).

Bold & Daring

If your client prefers a more exotic face, take a hint from Dolce & Gabbana’s spring/summer 2010 show and go for loud, ethnically inspired makeup. Dark red lips were paired with bronzed cheeks and precisely lined black eyes. Accordingly, D&G was inspired by their native Sicily and the bold, sexy makeup popular there. Although the look is seemingly simple enough to achieve, instruct clients to proceed with caution. Be sure the red lip color is perfect for your client’s complexion and that the whole look is very precise and neat. It is also best saved for night or special occasions since it is a bit much for everyday wear.

Above all, have fun doing your clients’ makeup and remember that simply suggesting new makeup colors is a great way to drum up retail sales.

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