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EXCEPTIONAL SA MAKEUP ARTIST : DAVID SHARP

Featured makeup artist…

DAVID SHARP

David Sharp - Makeup Artist

David Sharp – Makeup Artist

Can you tell our readers a little bit more about yourself and where you’re from?

I live in Cape Town, originally spent most of my life in Durban. A lover of the finer things in life and a coffee shop junkie.

How did you get into professional makeup artistry?

By accident actually. I was hairdressing for a while, got bored and then  I started off as a fragrance consultant in 1999, I went onto become the first male beauty advisor for Lancome in KZN, from there did 2 Miss SA Pageants, was headhunted by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and worked as a studio manager and events co ordinator for Bobbi Brown in Cape Town for 4 and a half years, now pursuing  professional artistry as a freelance

What do you enjoy the most about makeup?

The fact that it’s not permanent, you can change the way you look just with a bit of concealer and mascara and still look fresh. Make Up should not have any rules, it’s fun and the best part is that you having fun with colour.

Are you a full time professional artist, or part time freelance artist?

Full Time Professional Artist

David Sharp - Makeup Artist Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot you’d like to share?

Currently working on my Pilot Episode for my show! Very exciting time for me, so watch this space for details.

Who inspires you?

There is only one person and that has to be Madonna. She has the ability to Morph and Re Invent herself from one look to another and look totally different. I truly admire her incredible business mind.

Who is your favourite makeup artist?

Kevin Aucoin, Carl Isaacs and Algria Ferreira

What is your most memorable makeup moment?

Definitely working on Choreographer, Dancer, Kevin Stea who worked with Madonna on her Blonde Ambition Tour and In Bed With Madonna! Had a few others but that was one of my finest moments

What has been the highlight of your career to date?

I think I prefer to say that every person I work with is a highlight in my career, I don’t pin point anything down to a definite highlight.

David Sharp - Makeup Artist What do you do to relax?

I take my puppy for long walks and I tend to eat out a lot, but nothing beats reading a newspaper at a cosy coffee shop while munching on a good cheese cake. Give me a couch, dvd’s and a kitchen as well and i’m happy!

Do you believe women should go without makeup?

No woman should go without make up. Concealer, tinted moisturiser (BB Cream), mascara and a bit of lipgloss at least.

If you could give a little piece of advice for aspiring makeup artists what would it be?

Learn your trade and don’t think you better than anyone else. Every artist I believe is good in their own right.

Do you have any tips for school leavers that are looking at going into the makeup industry?

Go to a good make up school. Find part time work in a retail environment, it disciplines you and if you work for the right cosmetic brand, you can grow into a talented artist. Have a natural flair for make up as well, it helps.

536954_538993842819017_791503132_nAre you happy with the availability of cosmetics in South Africa? Do you ever have to order items online/from overseas that are not available here?

I have the pleasure of being The Brand Ambassador for Ofra Cosmetics South Africa and am a distributor for the Cape Town Region, Fantastic skin care and beautiful make up range that also caters for professional make up artists. It is only available online and through distributors. Check it out! I reckon SA does lack some of the good brands that you only find overseas but the times are changing very fast.

Some trends can feel a bit out-there for the average woman. Especially style-conscious women of “a certain age” who wish to remain current but fear looking as if they’re trying too hard. Do you have any advice on some comfort-zone friendly ways to rock the latest trends?

Your Make up starts with good skin care. The skin must look beautiful at all times. Less is definitely more cliché’ I know but it’s true. Blusher is a definite must it gives you a natural flush and automatically you look fresher.

Speaking of age appropriateness, let’s consider the flipside. In this day and age of Toddlers & Tiaras and 20-something-looking tweens, is there an age you, as a makeup-artist consider too soon for girls to begin wearing makeup on regular basis?

Teenage girls honestly should stay away from make up until the age of 16. Still keep in Minimum please! Their Matric Farewell day is the day you see the teenager transform into a young lady.

What are three makeup items that no woman should leave home without?

Lipstick, Compact Foundation for touch up’s and Mascara

If you could do work on any celebrity, who would it be and why?

Stupid Question! Madonna!

David’s work speaks heaps and bounds! One of my favourite local makeup artists… If you’d like to follow David Sharp’s work, check out the following :

FACEBOOK : David Sharp Makeup Artist

TWITTER : @davidsharpart

INSTAGRAM : @slatco

or email : davidsharp87 [at] gmail [dot] com

Thank you for communicating with me David, I look forward to hearing more on your show!

David Sharp - Makeup Artist

We wish you all the success with your makeup artistry!

x missfitz

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REQUEST – CONTOURING THE FACE

Happy Friday Amigo’s and Amiga’s

So today I had a request to help a dear friend with contouring.

So I thought, why just not make one whole post on it?

Makeup school taught us that the best face shape is the OVAL shape.  It’s the ALMOND eyes (perfect eye shape) of the facial shapes.  But not all of us have oval faces now do we?

Look, I see it like this.  Everybody is perfect.  I don’t actually like thinking   “Oh this face needs some fixing, that ones’ jaw is too long”.  We shouldn’t be complaining about our healthy bodies and faces.  But, at the end of the day, it’s what we do.  We judge and try to fix what ain’t broke.   It’s human nature.  I do however believe in enhancing features!

So anyway, let me get back to the whole  CONTURING of the FACE SHAPES.

Makeup artists (MUA) know all about this ‘procedure‘.  It’s pretty easy once you know what to do.  The difference comes in with the techniques.  Every makeup artist uses different methods to ultimately pull off the same effect.  

Let’s look at some of the shapes and corrective techniques.

This is the OVAL face.

All you have to do it add a little highlighter over the forehead, chin and under the eyes. 

But which products to use and how?

  • You can add a highlighting cream before your foundation.
  • Highlight  after the foundation application with powder.
  • Using a shimmer like powder on the areas shown above.
  • Blending out foundation +-2 shades lighter than that of your skin tone.

There are SO many ways to highlight and contour your face.  The trick is to find what suits YOU.  Which method you prefer as a MUA.  There aren’t really rules set in stone.  The only way to find out whether your method worked or not is to do it, take a photo.  With photos you’ll pick up on all the mistakes

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Which products do I use and how?

  • Add a darker shade of foundation on all the ‘corners‘ of the face.  Blend it damn it! Blend, blend and blend! 
  • Highlight the chin and forehead.  This brings the area forward.
  • Basically you want to make the illusion of an oval shape.
  • You can use darker foundation to achieve this look, or you can use bronzing/contouring powder after your foundation application.

DIAMOND

Usually with diamond faces, the cheek bones are the broadest part of the face.  The chin sharply comes in towards the centre.  Diamond faces also have a v-like hair-line by their foreheads.

  • You want to “hide” your cheeks.  As you can see in this picture.  Basically you going to shape your face the “opposite
  • The chin and forehead are the smallest parts on the diamond face.  So you want to highlight that to bring it forward.
  • Hide all the prominent areas.  In this instance, the cheek bones.  Add a darker foundation and blend.
  • Use a bronzer (matte) for a quick fix.

If you’re not a MUA, I’d suggest you apply foundation as per usual.  Then contour your face using a darker powder.   You do get special contouring products including brushes.   Get a powder if you’re not used to all this calculating, or simply if you don’t have all the time in the world.  For the highlighting part of it all, apply a quick dash of a shimmery powder (+-2 shades lighter) than that of your skin tone.

ROUND FACE

Ok, so you have a round face.  This one usually needs a little more attention than the other face shapes.  You basically have to see it as “putty” and you have to “sculpt” a shape to it.  This isn’t a bad thing at all.  Round faces usually end up looking really stunning!

  • Shade down towards the sides of your face.  This narrows your face.  From the forehead down to the temples, and over the cheeks.  I like to end it off going down the sides of the neck too.
  • Highlight the centre of the face.
  • BLEND BABY!  You do not want to have visible demarcation lines!

Remember to not stop at the face!  Carry on down the neck, even the neck area if need be!  But never stop at the face.  Even go over your ear lobes with the foundation and/or powder.

OBLONG/RECTANGULAR

This here is MY face.  This looooong giraffe like face!  But hey, I’m cool with it.  God made giraffes too!

  • Apply the darker shade of foundation or powder over the chin.
  • Apply blush.
  • Usually you don’t need to “make cheekbones” with this facial shape as one may end up looking like a drag queen if you over do it!  But luckily for me, I think drag queens are hot!  I do give myself cheekbones at times. hehe
  • Blush is so important for us long face gals.  Gives the illusion that the face has dimension.  That it’s not just one long thing staring at ya!  It somewhat divides the face.
  • Another thing I do with my face is adding darker foundation and/or powder over my forehead.  I have a big forehead.  So I like to shade my forehead and chin.
  • Also, lengthening your brows out helps with oblong faces.

(Why the long face? hehe)

You also get the PEAR shape face.  The pear face can either have the heavier part on top or at the bottom.  Think of a normal pear and one upside down.  Get it?  Well, it’s easy to contour the pear face.  You highlight the small areas and contour the wide areas.  It applies for all the face shapes actually.  You basically do the opposite of what your shape looks like.  Easy peasy once you get the hang of it.

I personally use all the methods on highlighting and contouring.  Applying the products before the foundation.  After.  Or just using powders to achieve the look.  It all depends on my mood.  They all work. 

Go to your nearest M.A.C, INGLOT, BOBBI BROWN or any other professional makeup outlet which has a MUA on standby who can give you advice on which contouring products to buy.  Explain how much time you spend on prepping your face.  Don’t be shy! 

Hope this helped..   Have questions?  Email me or Fi on poutperfection@gmail.com

(Fi has done a post on facial contouring!!!  Have a look and she what she says!)

We here to help… and learn.

ps:  Go onto YouTube, type in "Contour face" or "Makeup Contouring" and voila!  done deal!

MuchLuv♥

Sandylashxx

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Let’s talk MAKEUP BRUSHES BABY!

Move your tools!

Have you got a favorite brand of makeup brushes?

I have M.A.C, The Body Shop and one stunning set I bought at the Beauty expo by  Creative Glamour.  My sister recently bought me 2 brushes from Palladio (The Makeup Geek uses them) AND a stunning brush from SEPHORA.   My fabulous better half got me a gift voucher from INGLOT.  I’ll definitely try out a brush or two from them. (Cannot wait, thanks babsie)

But the one set I REALLY want is Billy B’s.  Oh I’m sure you’re rolling your eyes thinking, “What is it with Sandy and Billy B?”.  Hey!  Leave me B!  He IS the bestest best of the best!

He would use makeup brushes and anyway cut the bristles according to the way he wanted them.   Guess he figured having brushes specially made for him would be easier at the end of the day.   Makeup artists who have used them only seem to rave about them.

Here are a few of the most talked about makeup brush brands out there…

M.A.C

SONIA KASHUK

BOBBI BROWN

SEPHORA (I have the pink one! hehe)

THE BODY SHOP

ESSENCE OF BEAUTY

POSH

MALLY

ELF

and of course (drumroll)

BILLY B BEAUTY

BTW, which method of foundation application do you use?

Fingers?  (On yourself only I hope)

Foundation brush (Fi’s blog post shocked me once, when people told her they didn’t know what it was.  I use mine daily!)

Stipple brush? 

Sponge? 

A new tool used by some makeup artists is the Kabuki brush.  Initially used as a powder brush, Mario Dedivanovic used it on Kim’s face as a foundation brush.  He says it brings on a whole new flawless effect.  Give it a try and tell me if you agree with him.

So which brand do you use?  Are you happy with it?  I’m happy with what I have, but the collection keeps growing!

Just remember, if you use a makeup sponge, wet it beforehand.  You can wash certain sponges and reuse them, but if you’re going to work on a client, ALWAYS use a new sponge.

Wash your brushes.  Personally I use shampoo!  Shampoo is made to remove grease build-up from your hair.  You must see how it cleans the brushes.  Afterwards I’ll rewash it with Savlon soap.  Any disinfectant soap will do!

MuchLuv♥

Sandylashxx

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