Thursday, July 26, 2012

"The Travelers"

I had the pleasure of doing Makeup and Hair for a photo shoot "The Travelers" with wonderful photographers Joey and Jessica ( ), three great models and a very large and fantastic crew.
I received some of the images today and want to share them with you!
This was a long 12 hour day... but didnt feel like it at all because we had such a great time and kept so busy all day!  We got a lot accomplished!  Both print and film was shot! It was a great day!  :)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Makeup Brands and Products I love!

Makeup brands and products I love and use regularly!

Every day I get asked my models, actors, musicians and friends what makeup brands and products I especially like.  I’m going to list some of my favorites I carry in my pro makeup kit and use all the time on the jobs I do!  These are all brands and products I've used a lot, they have been heavily tested and approved by me personally.  I do have some new brands and products I've used that I'm  loving but haven't used long enough to include them in this blog for my professional recommendation... I'll update those in a future blog :)
Test them out, experiment and enjoy!  Ask questions if you need to!


~Eve Pearl Priming Moisturizer

~Skin Prep FX

~Eye Prep FX

~Smashbox Photo Finish LIGHT

~Pixi Flawless and Poreless Primer

~Stila Prime Pot -Eye Crease Reducer


~Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

~Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat

~Eve Pearl Concealer Trio

~Cover FX Conceal FX

~Smashbox HD concealers (  these are great for highlighting and shading/scultping too)

~Temptu Concealer wheel

Cream Foundation:

~Visiora MV

~Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Foundation

(I use a lot of other cream foundations for coverup such as tattoo's and for FX makeup, I'll list those in another blog)

Liquid Foundation:

~Makeup Forever Invisible Coverage HD!!  (Most used colors in my kit 115, 117, 125, 130, 135, 145, 150 , 175, 177 .  Its very rare for me to use only one color on one person. 95% of the time I use two colors on each person to get the perfect color match as well as for sculpting)

~Chanel Perfection Lumeiner 

~Kett Airbrush foundations ( they are great used in an airbrush gun or straight from the bottle with a brush)

~MAC Face and Body (I've used Face and Body for underwater shoots and the waterproofness of it held up amazing!)

Powder Foundation:


~Laura Mercier

~Makeup Forever Duo Matte


Loose Setting/ Shine  Powders -  Colorless:

~Palladio Natural Rice Powder

~Makeup Forever HD Microfinish

Pressed Powder  and Bronzers– Color:

~Urban Decay Get Baked

~Benefit Get Even

~Nars Pressed

~Clinque Stay Matte

~Nars Pressed Bronzers

~Lorac Tantalizer highligher and Bronzer Matte Duo

~Dior Forever Wear

~Makeup Forever Duo Matt Powder

~Too Faced

Contour , Sculpting and Corrective:

~Makeup Forever Sculpting Kit

~Smashbox Contour Palatte

~UltraFlesh Shinebox Highlight and Shimmer

(I also use a lot of foundations, concealers, pressed powders, blushes and bronzers to highlight and sculpt)


~Nars (various colors, but favorites- Orgasm, Luster, Douceur, Dolce Vita, Sin)

~Nars Foreplay cheek Palatte (great all in one palette to use for highlighting and sculpting)

~Makeup Forever Powder Blush  (Wide Variety of  unusual blush colors that can be used for more than blush and great for FX)

~Makeup Designory Blush Palatte

~Clarins Cream Blush

Eye Shadows:

~Urban Decay Naked 1 and 2 palattes

~Lorac Pro Palettes

~ Stila In the Light Palatte and In the Garden Palatte

~Yaby (various, matte shadows great for HD- film)

~NYX (various, also great mattes for HD- film)

~Cargo Warm Neutral Palatte

~Assorted MAC

Eye Liners:

~ MAC liquidlast liner is by far the liner that stays on best and is a beautiful tue black, unfort only comes in black now

~Bobby Brown Long Wear Gel Liner

~Smashbox Jet Set Waterprood Eye liner

~Smashbox Limitless eyeliner

~Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes

~Maybelline Unstoppable


~Covergirl LashBlast (favorite)

~Loreal Voluminous

~Maybelline Falsies Mascara (Love this one for full long thick lashes! But must be sure it is a very fresh tube as it tends to dry fast and start to clump if its not very fresh)

(These mascara’s work better and last longer than any expensive brand I’ve used! And cheap so you can replace very often ensuring freshness)

Lip Liner:

~Smashbox Nude lip liner!  (I use the nude lip colors no matter what lip color I put over it)

~Makeup Forever Aqua Lip

~Nars Velvet Matte

~Maybelline Sensational Lip Liner

~MAC lip liners

Lips Sticks and Glosses:

~MAC all


~NYX matte creams

~Cinema Secrets 5 Color Palattes

~Eve Pearl (love story)

~Urban Decay Lip Junkie Naked 2  (Also has plumper in it)

~OCC Lip Tars various colors (long lasting! Huge color variety! Great for FX work too)

~Lipstick Queen glosses

~Various Boots No7

~Jemma Kidd

~Maybelline Color Stay 14 hour (great to use as a long lasting base coat then topped with any color or gloss, its not drying like many long lasting lip products)

Eye Brows:

~Any of the eye shadow brands I listed for soft natural brows without harsh lines

~MAC self propelling no sharpening pen (great blendablity)

~Smashbox Brow Tech

 I’m sure I’m leaving out some brands and products … as I remember them I will update J I’ll also come back to make a list of hair styling products and tools that are my favorites, skin prep products that are favorites, Airbrush favorites and Special Effects makeup favorites J   I'll also come back to write about my favorite makeup kits (wheeled and over the shoulder) and set bags I use to store and lug around everything to jobs with me.

XO Terra

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Summer MakeUp Trends 2011

Summer makeup trends 2011 can help you open up creativity, give you ideas for something new to do to your standard makeup habits, and keep you fresh and update on trends….. But as with all trends in makeup and fashion you have to pick out the most fitting trends for you and a look you are comfortable with. Selection of  fitting makeup colors, in addition to adjusting the approach of the makeup to go with your facial traits, age, personality, career and life style.   Some trends may not be fitting for the look you like or your personality, while others can work quite well…so like much in life, pick and choose what fits for you and adjust if needed!   But dont be afraid... try new things and have some fun with it!
If you desire to branch out and look different day to day you’ll love the summer trends of color for 2011!

Let’s take a look at some of the trends for 2011:

 Bold lips…..Red, Hot Pink and Orange…and matte making it even bolder!  The trend is to have the rest of your face looking very natural… Bold sexy lips with natural face and eyes!

Use natural soft colors or bare lips with bold eyes or a natural look.

If you’re wanting attention to your eyes you’ll like the bold pastel shadow colors trend .  Go as bold and bright as you like or as soft and natural with pastel colors.  With or without heavy winged top eyeliner.  When you are attracting a lot of attention to your makeup by using bold colors don’t forget to be sure your skin is flawless with the use of concealer! 

And of course… the smokey eye is always popular … branch out this summer with the trend to add some other colors to your usual black or grey…use colors such as blues, yellows, greens, pinks, purples…

Metallic’s sheers and pearlized colors are a wonderful makeup trend most can use… on their own or blended with some of the other trends.

Natural summer makeup trends are keeping its fame in 2011 as well.  A favorite look of mine every year!  Natural makeup can not be topped by any other look in my opinion.  All on its own or mixed with a surprising splash of color at the lips or eyes. 
A natural look that is fresh, clean and crisp for summer.  Create flawless skin with concealer and foundation if needed. Bronzer on cheeks- but don’t overdue it, use it subtly…and I like to use a bronzer as a blush when creating a natural look- or a small touch of blush, natural light earth colors on eyes,  no eyeliner or hardly any eyeliner- what eyeliner you do use can be only white liner on the waterline during the day then switching to black liner at night , also only in the waterline, black mascara on the tops and bottom lashes, then finish the look with barely any color or no color on lips or… for a change you can use these natural tips along with bold lips.

EYESBROWS:  Dont forget the eyebrows!!  Shapely, filled, clean, not too thick and not too thin eyebrows with a nice arch are even more important this summer.  Well manicured, shapely and filled eyebrows go hand and hand with all the summers trends… and in my opinion year around!  Eyebrows help frame your face, proper shape can make your eyes look larger, and give you a well finished and beautiful appearance!

Have fun with your makeup!  Use your makeup to enhance your beauty inside and out! Play and experiment with your makeup for fun and to see what you like best! Make your own personal trends this summer! ;) 

:) Terra

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Choosing a Foundation For Summer

Choosing a Foundation for Summer

In the hot summer months foundation often needs a change. 
Dilemmas such as heat, humidity, perspiration, shine due to increased oil production, dry dehydrated skin, tanner skin and summer trends all play a role in choosing the right foundation in summer months

Don’t forget to apply your moisturizer before you apply your makeup during the summer as always.  Allow your moisturizer to dry before applying the foundation.  You can use a sun block to double as moisturizer and a sunscreen both.

Whatever type of foundation you choose be sure, especially for summer months, that it is either oil free or low oil content.  Set foundations with an oil free powder.  Once you powder your face its best not to reapply the powder when you are hot, damp or perspiring, wait until you are out of the heat before touching up to avoid ending up with a heavy caked creased look.

Remember creamy makeups such as stick foundations, lip sticks, etc can melt in the heat, so try to keep them out of the sun, hot cars… .

Application of foundation: What to use to apply foundations depends on your personal preference.  Using a sponge, brush or fingers is best.  You can dampen the sponge or brush to thin the foundation… dry for thicker.  I love to spread foundation with my fingers, it naturally warms the foundation making it easier to glide over the skin with little effort…. and I feel it gives me the most speed and control.
When you know you will be in a high heat environment and you need foundation keep the foundation mostly in the center of the face, staying away from the hairline where you will perspire more.

Primer:  Summer is the absolute best time to wear primer.  Applying a primer, glide it all over the face after your moisturizer and before you apply the foundation.  Primer helps the foundation stay in place, last longer, and decreases the foundation from going into lines and creases.   I recommend for the eye area to purchase a primer especially made for the eye and a separate primer for the rest of your face.

Heat and Humidity:  Often women prefer to wear less foundation to be comfortable in the heat of the summer.  A tinted moisturizer is a wonderful alternative to foundation. When wearing tinted moisturizers you don’t need to use an additional moisturizer.  I love tinted moisturizers all year around, especially for skin that doesn’t need heavy coverage. It creates a healthy, dewy glow to the skin and feels light and wonderful.   If you want a little more coverage then a tinted moisturizer gives try a liquid or mousse foundation. 

Oily skin:   Stick or cake foundations are a good solution for oily skin during the summer.  If you have acne, which is often increased during summer with oil production and perspiration, the stick or cake foundation can give a heavier coverage for the troubled areas and can be thinned out for the areas not needing it as much.  Applied with a sponge, brush or spreading it with your fingers allows you to control how heavy or light you wear it.  A light dusting of a powder will help set the foundation, as well as reduce shine.   Dabbing your face with blotting tissues during the day helps remove excess oil without removing makeup.

Dry dehydrated skin:  During the summer month when skin is often exposed to the hot drying sun you will do well with a tinted moisturizer or hydrating liquid foundation.  When applying the foundation dab it on rather then rubbing it on, this will decrease skin from flaking and aggravating the dry skin.  Be sure to drink lots of water and exfoliate your dry skin.

Darker skin hue during summer:  You only need to change your foundation hue if you tan, if you don’t tan then stay with your year around hue.  As your skin gets tanned either by natural UV rays, tanning beds,  tanning lotions or  spray tanning you will need a foundation with a deeper hue, usually darker by a shade or two.  Test the color right at and above the  jaw line to color match.  You may want to go ahead and invest in a new bottle of foundation, tinted moisturizer or stick/cake foundation for the summer or another solution would be to add drops of liquid bronzer or darker liquid foundation to your usual liquid foundation.

When getting your makeup professionally applied and you will be outside, for a wedding or photo shoot especially, I recommend your foundation to be air brushed for a flawless long lasting result.

There are a lot of makeup brands that offer long wearing foundations, water proof, and oil free that offer good durability.  Shop around and find what appeals to you. 

Have fun, be safe and have a great summer!
J Terra

MakeUp and Hair Styling By Terra

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Start Preparing Your Skin For Summer....Now!

No matter how your makeup is applied or what makeup products are used the end result will always be better if your skin is healthy and well cared for.  With summer just around the corner now is the time to start preparing your skin for warmer weather and sun exposure.  Paying attention to your skin before summer begins is essential if you want your skin to look fabulous and be all it can be! 
I love summer, its my favorite time of year by far! Summer is definitely the most awaited season of the year for many with its warmer weather, vacations, summer days outside and lots of fun!  So its important to remember summer brings a lot of skin care needs as well-  Anti-aging needs, moisture needs and preventive cancer needs.
So before I even begin talking about makeup lets focus on skin care!  For both women and men to help keep your skin looking fabulous, youthful and be safe follow the tips listed below to help prepare your skin for summer:

Exfoliating your skin is a very important step when it comes to skin care as dead skin cells build up on the skin causing the skin to be more prone to developing certain skin problems, plus the skin will not look as soft and delicate as it is supposed to. Mild physical (non chemical) exfoliating products help remove dead skin cells, allowing the skin to receive a soft and delicate look.  Be sure to use mild exfoliating products, as harsh products can actually cause micro cuts on your skin. I suggest avoiding natural scrubs, such as those with apricot pits or walnut husks. These grains have sharp edges that can lacerate the skin. Look for micro-beadlets, as they will roll across the skin and not cause irritation.
How often to exfoliate depends on the type of exfoliate being used. General rule is the softer an exfoliant is, the more often you can use it. Some exfoliating scrubs are so gentle that you can use them on a daily basis; many exfoliants designed for the face, for example, are soft enough for daily use. Coarse scrubs which are extremely grainy should be used no more than once a week.
If you're not sure about whether or not you can exfoliate with a particular product, test it on your inner elbow - your elbow pit, where the skin is especially tender. If the scrub causes irritation, it indicates that it may not be a good choice. If no irritation is experienced, you should safely be able to use that product to exfoliate on a regular basis.
I recommend seeing a dermatologist, Esthetician, or any skin care specialist before starting a chemical or acid exfoliant.

Skin moisturizers allow the skin to receive a soft and silky finish, especially after bathing or the exfoliation process. Not hydrating the skin can cause it to get dry, leaving your skin feeling tight, itchy, looking aged and can be uncomfortable. Moisturizers help prevent that from happening and allow the skin to maintain its elasticity and softness.  Although definitely as we age we need to add more moisture to our skin, the age of your skin has no bearing on if you should moisturize or not. Dry skin can and does occur at any age!
Moisturizers are the most effective when applied to warm, damp skin. When you just are getting out of the shower or bath is a perfect time to apply a moisturizer. Make it part of your bathing routine. It is important to have a regular regimen to keep the skin hydrated- use your moisturizer daily. In fact, it is advised to moisturize twice a day or more, depending on how dry your skin is.
When purchasing moisturizers I recommending using one for your body and another just for your face.
The most important thing to consider when purchasing a face moisturizer is what type of skin you have. Everyone needs a moisturizer, but different skin types require different types of products.
It's a common misconception that people with oily skin don't need to use a moisturizer but everyone does.
For face normal to oily skin use a light moisturizer that is water based,  and oil-free especially for oilier skin types.
Dry skin should use a moisturizer cream that is heavier.
As you age you will want a moisturizer with anti-aging ingredients.
 Putting on a night moisturizer on your face before bed is wonderful.   For women it allows you to use a heavier cream without it interfering with your makeup that you would be wearing during the day.
For both face and body sensitive skin be sure to use a moisturizer without fragrances and dyes. Most scented moisturizers use artificial scenting that can be harsh on your skin.
I love Shea butter for body moisturizers.  In addition to feeling great, it goes deeper than the surface to moisturize for a longer period of time. 
For both face and body avoid moisturizers with waxes. And no alcohol for face  moisturizers. Read the ingredients before buying a moisturizer. Remember its not the price, but the ingredients that matters.
There are tinted moisturizers and primers that are wonderful to help keep moisture on your face when you wear makeup.
~Protecting Your Skin
Protecting your skin is a MUST whenever exposing the skin to the sun in order to avoid sunburns, dry skin, premature aging or other more severe problems such as cancer.  Use SPF products to protect your skin! SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor.
Use sunscreens and lip balms with SPF 15 or higher whenever you go outside, be sun smart!
Many moisturizers, makeup/ foundations, lip balms already contain sunscreen in them.  Be sure to look at the ingredient and label.
SPF was developed to describe the amount of protection that a sunscreen provides. No sunscreen can protect your skin from all of the UV rays, but a higher SPF number indicates protection from more rays.
The SPF number tells you how much longer you can stay outside without burning while wearing the sunscreen product as opposed to not wearing any sun protection product. SPF measures “time to burn.”
SPF Number x Time to Burn Without Sun Protection = Time to Burn while wearing sunscreen.
Example: If your skin would burn in 10 minutes in the afternoon sun without any sun protection, and you applied a sunscreen with an SPF 15, you would have 15 x 10 = 150 minutes (2.5 hours) before you would burn.
I recommend reapplying sunscreen after swimming or getting wet, even if the sun screen is water or sweat proof.
Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds to achieve a tanned look.  I recommend air brush spray tanning to achieve an all over even, tanned skin tone, which I do myself and its a service I provide to others! Applied properly spray tanning has come a long way, no more orange skin from the past. Its a healthy way to have a summer, "healthy" outdoor, vacation looking tan.
Remember not only is sun exposure dangerous, but it is a huge factor in increasing the appearance in the signs of aging, wrinkling, creases and drying of skin.
If you insist on sunbathing and tanning beds at least use an SPF 15. 
Be sure to ALWAYS use sunscreen on children, studies show adults who get skin cancer typically got too much sun when they were kids. Just one or two blistering sunburns in childhood can greatly increase the risk of developing skin cancer in adulthood.

~Drinking Water
The first thing you should keep in mind is that you should be healthy from the inside to be healthy from the outside. No moisturizer will help unless your health is good. Skin is the largest body organ and requires lots of water.  Drinking a sufficient amount of water throughout the day helps the skin preserve a necessary moisture balance.  This is because water helps keep you hydrated and it also keeps your skin moisturized. Having 8 – 10 glasses per day is really important, that's at least 1.9 litters of water. A tip to be sure you get enough water:  fill a 2 liter bottle with water each day and be sure you drink at least one per a day.  Don't only drink water when your thirsty.
You can also have fruits that have a high percentage of water in them. Fruits like apple, orange, watermelon, pineapple, etc. are great to eat.
Watch how much caffeine and alcohol you consume, they are both diuretics and tell the body to shed water.

Vitamins C, E, A, and B complex can all help improve skin health. 
Vitamins C & E are among the most important new dermatologic discoveries is the power of vitamins to counter the effects of sun exposure. They help reduce the damage caused by free radicals, a harmful byproduct of sunlight, smoke, and pollution. Free radicals gobble up collagen and elastin, the fibers that support skin structure, causing wrinkles and other signs of aging. When these two vitamins are combined in a lotion, they can be highly protective against sun damage.
If your vitamin A levels are up to already adequate from the foods you eat, adding more probably won't do much more for your skin. That said, if those levels drop even a little below normal, you're likely to see some skin-related symptoms, including a dry, flaky complexion. That's because vitamin A is necessary for the maintenance and repair of skin tissue. Without it, you'll notice the difference. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamin A.
Vitamin B complex; When it comes to skin, the single most important B vitamin is biotin, a nutrient that forms the basis of skin, nail, and hair cells. Without adequate amounts, you may end up with dermatitis (an itchy, scaly skin reaction) or sometimes even hair loss. Even a mild deficiency causes symptoms. It's found in many foods including bananas, eggs, oatmeal, and rice, plus your body also makes some biotin on its own.
Niacin, a specific B vitamin, helps skin retain moisture, so creams containing this nutrient can help your complexion look plumper and younger in as little as six days. Niacin also has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe dry, irritated skin. In higher concentrations it can also work as a lightening agent to even out blotchy skin tone.

A humidifier keeps moisture circulating in the air, this helps your skin retain it’s natural moisture.  After a few days of use you will find your skin is plumper. Fine lines will disappear and skin takes on a smoother more radiant look. With a humidifier, skin will be smoother, fresher and younger looking.

In Conclusion
If your skin looks and feels great you will feel great too and your makeup will look even better, so pay attention to your skin's needs and ensure it has the protection it needs before of exposing yourself to the sun. Take care of your skin and you will look wonderful this summer and youthful for longer!  Show love to yourself  by loving and caring for your skin!