Monday, August 31, 2009

Makeup advice for the over 40 crowd!

I was recently interviewed by Leann Sabato, of, regarding makeup for the mature woman.
It was an honor to be a part of her makeup artist Monday blog!

"Aging isn't easy and makeup can either make you look older, or turn back the years. Award-winning, celebrity makeup artist Patty Bell gives us the low down on how makeup can help or hurt, and how to take 10 years off in an instant.

What are the makeup rules for aging skin?
As women mature, the "less is more" rule, really applies here! All those years of sun worshipping really does catch up to you eventually, so this is the time to: add a night cream to your skin care routine; stop smoking; stay out of the sun; eat healthy; exercise drink lots of water; and ease up on the foundation,powder and heavy eyeshadows!

How can women avoid crepy skin, caused by foundation and powder?
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Some foundations and powders can actually make the skin look older by settling in the fine lines. You want to look for a light, moisturizing foundation with sunscreen, and skip the powder altogether.
For daytime, I would suggest a tinted moisturizer. I have found that some of the mineral foundations look chalky and shiny on mature skin, so I never recommend them to my older clients, and avoid heavily frosted eyeshadows and bronzers as they will only draw attention to the crepiness. And never, ever use pancake makeup - save that for the morticians!

What makeup changes should a woman make when she begins to notice fine lines?
When you first start to notice fine lines, I would suggest using a Retin A cream at night, drink lots of H2O, exfoliate your skin and look for any moisturizers with Hyaluronic acid in it, which plumps up the skin by attracting water And most importantly, wear sunscreen!
Be conscientious as to where your lines are occuring: Sometimes women get lines on their upper forehead from applying mascara, sometimes they are from smiling (which is okay & completely natural) and sometimes the lines are from sleeping on your side. Many times the lines around the mouth & lips, may be from smoking. But remember that aging is a natural process and It's best to just own those earned them!

What makeup tips/trends make women look older?
Too much makeup instantly makes a woman look older. Very dark lips, tons of mascara, pancake makeup, black eyeliner, blue eyeshadow, and frosty pink lipstick can instantly age and date you. Today's makeup should be fresh & clean...regardless of your age! One should never hide behind their makeup, like a mask.

What makeup tips/trends make women look younger?
Sometimes the subtlest changes can make all the difference in a woman's face, and take off 5-10 years without surgery. As we age, our eyes tend to droop, our lashes and lips become thinner, our skin loses elasticity, our eyes lose their vibrancy & our teeth fade...but have no fear, makeup can cure everything!
A little concealer such as YSL Touche Eclat ($40, can instantly brighten and lift the under eye circles.
An eyelash curler such as Shu Uemura's can instantly open up the eyes.
A touch of Visine, and some navy mascara will brighten your eyes and instantly refresh you.
Cream blush like Stila's convertible colors are a great way to add a pop of color to your face, without looking heavy.
Individual eyelashes such as Ardell's can add a touch of glamour to your look and are very inexpensive way to take off 10 years!
Finally...look into teeth whitening. Who wants to look at yellow, stained teeth?
These tips can work for all ages, and they are a lot cheaper than a face lift!

What is your favorite foundation for mature skin?
Airbrushing really looks beautiful on mature skin, but that's not always an option for the every day woman.My all time favorite foundation for mature skin is Visiora. This foundation seems to melt right into the skin & blend perfectly. It is used on a lot of films by every top makeup artist in Hollywood & is virtually undetectable on those big close ups, and it just leaves flawless looking skin. I am also a big fan of Laura Mercier and Chanel foundations."

...thank you Leann!

The importance of Trial Runs!

I was inspired by the fabulous wedding planner, Sumer Schmitt, of Simply Perfect Weddings to write about the significance of having a trial run for your makeup and hair style for your wedding day.
On movie sets it is called a screen test, an actor never goes on the big screen without trying different makeup looks for that character...same thing in the wedding world, it is called a "trial run", both are extremely important when it comes to you looking your very best as you star in the biggest production of your life...your wedding day!

On this one day in your life, you get one shot (hopefully) to look the best you ever did and, this is not the day to experiment with new hairstyles, or makeup colors that you have never worn before.
This is the day you want to look like you...only a touch more glamorous!

Here are a few tips that every bride should think of when hiring a professional makeup artist:

Remember that you are interviewing the makeup artist, and hair stylist as well. You two will be working together very closely & it is very important that your personalities get along, especially the day of your wedding.

Most artists charge for trial runs, so make sure that fee is discussed ahead of time...after all, their time is valuable. Plan on at least 90 minutes.

Your artist should be prompt, professional & very calming to be around.

Never hire someone without seeing their work. Ask to see a portfolio or photos of their work, and ask how long they have been in business.

Experienced artists know the importance of working fast, following a schedule & being cordial to other vendors involved.

Ask for testimonials of former clients.

Get a trial run at least 3-4 months before your wedding.

Make sure you are done tanning when you go in for your makeup trial.

Mention any & all product allergies at your trial run, and if you are on any medications.

Bring along your current makeup so we can see what routine you are used to doing. It is okay to use your own products!

Never feel pressured into trying new colors or buying anything...this is your day!

Be open to new suggestions to enhance your features for your photos, sometimes your every day makeup, and colors, do not work well for photography.

Bring along "tear sheets" of some makeup looks that you like.

Make sure you have a waterproof mascara!

Do not get a facial close to your wedding date. Some facials are meant to draw out impurities in the skin which can cause breakouts.

Make sure your artist takes photos of your new look and writes down all the colors they used on you, so they can duplicate that exact look on your wedding day, so there will be no surprises!

Coordinate your makeup and hair time with your wedding planner- you never want your hairstyle or makeup application to be rushed the day of your wedding. Plan on at least an hour for both.

Check your finished application in 3 way mirrors, and outdoor lighting. You want to make sure you look good in all angles,and lighting!

Think about adding individual eyelashes or a strip lash for an elegant look. I've seen eyelashes make women look 10 years younger!

It is very nice to see the entire bridal party perfectly made up for your bridal photos, and don't forget the mothers of the bride & is their big day, too!

If you do like the artist & agree to hire them, ask for a contract, and discuss what it will take to reserve their services for you, many require a deposit, and some are non refundable.

And can always wash off, so if they don't get it right the first time, they try again, until YOU are happy...that's why it is called a trial! You try different looks until you get that picture perfect look that is just right for you!

Remember...that wedding photos last a lifetime and you want to make sure that the money invested in professional makeup artists & hairstyling is money well spent.

...update 1/28/10
our article was just picked up for publication on Wed!

Congratulations Jaclyn and David!

Debi and I recently had the pleasure of working with the wonderful Jacyln & her bridal party on 8/29/09.
Her wedding was held at the Bella Sera in Canonsburg, such a great venue for a wedding.
We think she made such a beautiful bride, she even got married in the church where I got married...St. Bernard's in Mt. Lebanon.
Thank you Jaclyn, and give that cute little puppy, Annie a big smooch from me!
makeup by Patty Bell
Hair by Debi Maker
photography by Araujo Photography

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Makeovers for a cause!

Thankyou so very much for a fabulous day! You are so awesome! Beautiful inside and out! So kind to give all the glamour goodness to the young girls! Peace,love,and blessings to you!

...I would like to thank everyone who helped me out on my fundraiser for Gilda's Club of Pittsburgh.
Photographer Archie Carpenter, and model/stylist Karen Goss generously donated their time, and talents to help their girls look, and feel their absolute best and have a fun time doing it!
In addition to a skin care class, and makeup application, manicure and a pizza party...the girls got to experience a real photo shoot, complete with a modeling lesson, designer wardrobe, wigs & platforms shoes!
A good time was had by all!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

On Location artist Susie Popovich

Congratulations Stephanie and Tom, 8/8/09!

Another beautiful bride I recently had the pleasure to work with...Stephanie!
Not only was she gorgeous, but she was equally as fun and a real makeup lover just like me!
Her dress was from Anne Gregory & it was absolutely stunning!
Please enjoy this slide show from photographer extraordinaire...Jen McKen, who was very fun as well!
Thanks for the pics, Jen:)

and...thanks again, Steph...I loved meeting you and your fun bridesmaids, too!

On Location...with stylist Suzanne Mauro

This is a first in a series of "behind the seens" videos of the adventures of On Location Hair and Makeup.
Today's shoot was with celebrity stylist and author Suzanne Mauro.

check out Suzanne's latest book:
Learn more about Suzanne's contibution to Executive Image Power Book, coming soon.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Congratulations Colleen and Brian!

I've never seen a bride have a crystal Stanley Cup embroidered into her veil until now, nor have I ever seen a Stanley Cup wedding cake, until now!
Colleen & Brian are huge Penguin fans & their wedding on 8/1/09, reflected every moment of that winning team, but she works for the Pirates!
She also happens to be a member of my parish, St. Margaret of Scotland, so it really was an honor to be a part of her wedding!
I loved her family, too, they were so great in welcoming me into their home...thanks Marcia & Harry!

Photography:Paul Meyer Photography

Patty Bell
Her makeup:
MAC studiofix powder NW30
NARS orgasm blush duo
MAC shroom shadow
Urban Decay 24/7 liners
MAC- Hug Me lipstick
NARS -Orgasm lipgloss