(Photo Courtesy of The Makeup Show)
Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend The Makeup Show in New York and was able to test a product that is not new, but new to me: Kevyn Aucoin's Sensual Skin Enhancer. This product has been called "sex on your face" it is so good - so I just HAD to try it. But first: The Makeup Show!
The Makeup Show is a Pro-Only event covering 4 floors at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC. Beautifully laid out - they have exceptional keynote speakers, special hands on sessions and the opportunity to meet the best artists in the business - it is a MUST ATTEND if you are in or are seeking to enter the beauty industry. I was able to get one on one time with the fabulous Sian Richards - incredible makeup artist and owner of London Brush Company, Danessa Myricks, Bethany Townes, and others, and of course - catch up with some incredible friends (Teague Vivolo!!) I will be doing a separate post on the incredible brushes I got from Sian soon!
I took part in some incredible sessions - next year I am staying a week to take advantage of all the incredible classes and events that take place during and around the event - it's amazing!
TMS NYC has all the major players in the industry represented - you can get practically anything for your kit (heavy on beauty, moderate on bodypaint/fantasy products, light on prosthetic/SFX gear - but it's OK, if you are doing that stuff - you know where to get it! They did have Dermaflage which will not only topically fill scars/pock marks/deep wrinkles - but they have a fast wound kit which is amazing and I was able to spend some time with Jocelyn Atkinson who let me know they have just launched an amazing "Infection" version of their popular FastFX Wound Kit. I can't wait to test that kit!
The event was run beautifully - and I wish I had now spent more time at the Alcone table (they were running great deals! and the products they had were incredible - all the RCMA foundation palettes, Bioderma waters, and more, Oh my!) I can hardly wait for next year!
Back to the SSE (Sensual Skin Enhancer!) - Can we say AMAZING. The hype is legit - this stuff is incredible. It looks like real skin once it is on - just BETTER. The key is in the application. Now I am a foundation/skin perfection junkie - if the skin looks good, everything else will fall into place - and this is now my holy grail product. On my clients I usually use a combination of Eve Pearl HD foundation, her concealers, and Temptu airbrush products - but I bought a selection of the SSE's and I feel now that this is the way forward! Here are my application tips:
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer Application Tips
1. Prep and Prime the skin: moisturize and prepare the skin with primer of your choice - I was gifted a sample of the new Smashbox Primer Oil - if you have drier or aging skin BUY IT NOW (I love this product, and will review soon!)
2. Choose your foundation finish:
a. Full coverage (best as a concealer)- use sparingly! undiluted where needed and blend, blend, blend with a BeautyBlender.
b. Full Coverage (foundation) - mix with your favorite moisturizer or facial oil - use a drop the size of a half grain of rice and mix with approximately a half-dime size amount of moisturizer - blend with a brush (concealer brush works best for me!) and dot across the face. Using a buff foundation brush (I like This one) gently blend the foundation mixture into the skin.
c. Tinted moisturizer - less SSE - more moisturizer! Apply in the same fashion.
I LOVE the way this looks with a gorgeous cream blush on the apple of the cheeks and a touch of bronzer. I can't tell you how many people have told me how great my skin looks - this stuff is MAGIC!
Here is a swatch of the colors (they look lighter here than they are - the deepest colors are truly deep) - trust me - one or two will suit anyone:
Have a question? Ask me! firstname.lastname@example.org. See you later, Alligators!