Friday, November 19, 2010

Three Big Movies Filmed In Pittsburgh Will Hit Theaters This Month CBS Pittsburgh – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of Pittsburgh

I've been doing films in the Pittsburgh area since 1990 and am proud member of the hair and makeup union, IATSE local #798, NYC.
Three films made in Pittsburgh are all about to be released which is very exciting...I was lucky enough to be a day player on the film, Love and Other Drugs and worked on the Phizer dancing girls! We all had so much fun doing the Macarena!

Thanks to Jennifer Antkowiak, of KDKA-TV, for including me in her feature story about Pittsburgh films!
She is one of the sweetest gals I know!

Three Big Movies Filmed In Pittsburgh Will Hit Theaters This Month CBS Pittsburgh – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of Pittsburgh

Monday, July 19, 2010

Latest project for Levis....Explore: To Work.. Directed by John Hillcoat

This was a real honor to be a part of this national campaign and to work with such an extraordinary director. We loved the town of Braddock and thank the residents for welcoming us with open arms.
Explore: To Work.. Directed by John Hillcoat

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Congratulations Brooke and Nate!

What a spectacular wedding to be a part of, and a picture perfect day for Brooke and Nate's wedding last Saturday, 6/12/2010.
My day began at Brookes' parents beautiful home in Sewickley, Pa.. where the bride and her bridesmaids all got ready. Dr. Barber and his wife were quite the hosts!
Her ceremony was at Heinz Chapel in Oakland, with guests such as: Jeff Reed, Bob Pompeani, Jamie Dixon, and Larry Fitzgerald in attendance, and then on to the Carnegie Museum for one of the most elegant receptions I have ever seen.
A memorable day for all...thank you Barber family:)

Bridal planning by Ansley Esterline of Bliss Events, Ltd.
Wedding photographer- Stephen Barry

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Congratulations Kyla and Jeremy!

Our first Friday wedding of the year was with our beautiful bride Kyla and her husband, Dr. Jeremy Jumbach.
They were wed in Shadyside at the First Presbyterian church, with the reception to follow immediately at the Carnegie of the most elegant places in all of Pittsburgh for wedding parties.

Brooke's gown was absolutely breathtaking and was from Anne Gregory for the Bride, in Mt. Lebanon, Pa.
She looked gorgeous and had a personality to match!
Debi and I loved being a part of her day!!

Hair by Debi Maker for On Location Makeup
Makeup by Patty Bell for On Location Makeup

Gerda Spillman foundation- praline
Makeup Forever- concealer
NARS- blush Orgasm & Albatross
NARS- shadows in All About Eve, Bohemian Gold
MAC eyeliner- Buried treasure
NARS -lip color- Galaxy Girl
NARS- Orgasm gloss

Monday, May 31, 2010

Congratulations Lori and Mark!

Lori and friends kicked off our wedding season with a bang on May 29, 2010. We all had so much fun, and they instantly made me feel right at home in Eighty Four, Pa.!

The day began, as Lori's bridesmaids, (Cathy and Rebecca) and I, toasted to her new life with a sparkling glass of Dom Perignon, some beautiful music playing in the background, her doggy, Bunny Lou running around with her pink bows on, and a lovely lunch complete with my favorite...fresh brewed iced tea!

Lori's cousin, and bridesmaid, from North Carolina, made the jewelry for the bridal party...all handmade, one of a kind pieces that matched the dresses perfectly! Check out her web site, Jewelry Designs by Rebecca.
Lee Ann Marie provided the photography and she fit right in as well, providing a nice calming presence- please check out her web site as she knows exactly how to capture all the right bridal moments without being too intrusive on the bride.

Thank you again for such a memorable day- it was an honor to be a part of your day, and to share the same birthday as you!
Yeah Sagittarius!

Lori's makeup was done by Patty Bell
foundation- Cover FX E40
powder- Cover FX medium
concealer- Cover FX light
blush- NARS orgasm duo
eyeliner- Urban Decay- Grafitti
lip liner- Chanel Nude
Lip gloss- Stila kitten & Wet N Wild bronzeberry

Hair by Lori!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Career Day 2010...please support the arts!

(seen here with photographer, Archie Carpenter & stylist Suzanne Mauro at career day!)

Once again, it was quite an honor to be a part of South Fayette High School's, Arts, Humanities & Communications Career Fair on 3/25/2010.
I truly love sharing my knowledge of the makeup industry with so many aspiring teenagers.
My main piece of advice- get your beauty license while still in high school...the more you know, the more you're worth!

Five school districts participated in the event that included speakers such as:
Andrew Stockey, of WTAE TV,
dancer & actor, Billy Hartung,
fashion photographer, Archie Carpenter,
celebrity stylist, Suzanne Mauro
Kevin O'Leary of Warhola Productions
Ed Fraticelli of Production Masters, Inc.
Sam Sandora producer & creative director of Inventionland
PG columnist-Tony Norman
casting director- Terri Bercelli
myself, and many others...

Thank you again to Mary Quirk and Maureen Petzwater for putting such a wonderful, and artistic crew together!!

...And here's to hoping that my alma mater, Keystone Oaks, will jump on the bandwagon & see how beneficial this career fair is to the artistic students to interact with successful and established professionals already working in such unique, rewarding careers....there is more to life than sports!
Please support the arts!

Monday, March 15, 2010

20 Questions...with Sumer Schmitt, owner of Simply Perfect Weddings

Continuing my quest in honoring successful women business owners, I now bring you, Sumer Schmitt, wedding planner extraordinaire, and all around great gal!
I have had the privilege to work along side with Sumer on many weddings and she is like a breath of fresh air, bringing a young, fresh approach to the ever growing world of wedding planning....
Meet Sumer!

20 questions with Sumer Schmitt, wedding planner and owner of Simply Perfect Weddings.

1. OL-First of all...what does a wedding planner do?

SS-This can vary depending upon what the client hires us to do; however, since most of our clients hire us for full-service wedding planning, I’ll speak to our all-inclusive planning services. Starting with the very first consultation, we are with the bride every step of the way assisting with everything from budget preparation, vendor recommendations, etiquette advisement, to accompanying the bride to her final gown fitting. This sounds cliché, but we can assist with as little, or as much as the client needs. Every client is different; therefore, we tailor our services to what the client is looking for. 

2. OL-Why does a bride "need" a wedding planner?

SS-The average wedding can take 200+ hours to plan and execute. Many couples today do not have the time to devote to coordinating the hundreds of details that go into planning their wedding day. A professional planner will provide expertise in order to successfully plan and execute an event from start to finish; they will also provide knowledge and advice on the latest wedding trends and proper etiquette. Personally speaking, 99% of my clients are either busy professionals, or are planning from out of town, and need to rely on a wedding planner to be their eyes and ears when they can’t be present for meetings. Since this is my full-time job, I am available to meet/speak with vendors during the middle of the day, when my clients are not. Whether they just need a simple question answered, or need a complicated problem solved, we’re there to take care of it right away. When my clients arrive home at night, all of the “leg work” is already done for them, and they have all of the information they need right in their inbox!

3. OL- What made you decide to become a wedding planner? Why brides?!

SS-Simply put, I am passionate about helping people plan the biggest day of their lives! 

4. OL-Describe your typical day!

SS- Well, that varies greatly depending upon the time of year! During “planning season”, most of my time is spent in my home office on my computer. At any given moment throughout the day, you’ll either find me answering emails, making phone calls, looking over contracts, writing blog posts, and other various office activities. On days that I schedule appointments, my iPhone is my best friend! Some days I will have meetings with clients and vendors that will require me to be on the road for 8+ hours. During “wedding season” my days get a whole lot more interesting! I’m running errands for clients, conducting final venue “walk-thru’s”, coordinating rehearsals, and on the day of an event or wedding, I’m spending 12+ hours running the show! My life never gets boring, that’s for sure!

5. OL-You are a newlywed, how did you and your husband meet and...did you plan your own wedding?!

SS-My husband and I actually met online if you can believe it! We met during my senior year of college, and were engaged a year and a half later! I was just starting my business at the time; therefore, I chose to plan my own wedding. We opted for a fairly simple and intimate dinner reception atop Mt. Washington here in Pittsburgh.

6. OL- Have you ever played match maker, too?!

SS-I actually have! Although, I haven’t played “traditional” match maker in quite some time, I do encourage my single friends to give online dating a try! I get asked a lot of questions about how online dating works, and am more than happy to give advice when asked. I think online dating is a great alternative to meeting people if the “bar scene” isn’t necessarily your thing.

7. OL-Tell us about your business and being a young, successful did you get started?

SS-Throughout college I would plan events for my university and local businesses. I never realized at the time that I could make a career out of event planning, so I went on to pursue my degree in business management and finance. After a few years in the finance field, I just knew it wasn’t for me. I’ve always had a passion for events, and after beginning the planning of my own wedding in the fall of 2007, I became quite disappointed with the level of customer service I received from various vendors (rest assured though, I ended up hiring some fabulous vendors in the end). It was at that time that I realized I wanted to do my part to change the wedding planning process, and alas, Simply Perfect Weddings was born, and we’ve been going strong ever since!

8. OL-What advice do you have for young women wanting their own business?

SS-Find out what motivates you, and don’t look back! Be sure to understand the building blocks of running a business before opening up shop – write your business plan, look into tax laws, draw up a solid contract, and put an accounting/record keeping process into place. I know these tasks may seem mundane at first glance, but things like these are crucial elements to the success of owning a business. Don’t forget to DREAM BIG, and never stop learning! 

9. OL- How do you handle the nervous brides & their families?

SS-Being a wedding planner is definitely more than just pretty designs and logistics. Sometimes you have to play “psychologist” as well. If I have a bride who is nervous or stressed in any way, it’s important for me to understand what is going on inside. Most of the time, they are feeling just minor nerves or “butterflies”; and while I don’t have a perfectly crafted speech, one goal remains the same…at the end of the day no matter what happens, everything always works out. It’s easy for brides to get caught up in the stress of linen colors, cake flavors, and how they want their bridesmaid’s hair to look, but it’s important for brides to focus on the end result…the marriage. After all, that is the #1 reason for the day! 

10. OL-Are there really "Bridezillas" out there?! What do you think of that show?

SS-Personally, I don’t watch it. I have seen a few episodes, but feel that most of what is seen on TV is fabricated for the “shock value”. I can honestly say that in my 2+ years of business, I have yet to have a “Bridezilla” as a client! 

OL...note, my friend worked a few episodes of Bridezilla & they wanted the girls to fight, she even was made to provoke the girls to fight! It's all about ratings!

11. OL-What was one of your most memorable weddings that you planned?

SS-That’s a tough question to answer, because every single wedding I’ve ever planned has a special place in my heart (truthfully!). I’ve planned such a variety of weddings…everything from elaborate, formal affairs to country chic themed weddings that have taken place in renovated barns. If I had to choose just one though, I would say Kelly & Phil’s wedding that took place last July at the Pennsylvanian. Such a great couple, with a team of truly talented vendors! 

12. OL-What is your favorite type of wedding to plan?

SS-Now this is an easy one! My favorite type of wedding to plan is one that the couple completely personalizes to reflect THEIR personality and style. I love unique weddings where the bride and groom aren’t afraid to try new things and really focus on infusing their personalities into the event.

13. OL-What accomplishment are you most proud of?

SS-There have been quite a few accomplishments I’ve achieved along the way that I have been proud of, but my #1 accomplishment is every time I walk away from a wedding with a happy couple! 

14. OL-When you are not planning a wedding, what are you favorite things to do?

SS-I love working out and traveling! Staying fit is an important part of my lifestyle; therefore, I try my best to work out at least 5-6 days a week. In my down time, I love weekend getaways with my husband. We both work a ton of hours; therefore, any chance we get to travel is welcomed! 

15. OL-Where is your dream destination?!

SS- I’d have to say Italy or Greece! I am fascinated by Europe, and hope to have the chance to visit Italy or Greece one day soon. I’d also LOVE to plan a Europe destination wedding for a client! Fingers crossed that I will have the chance to one day! 

16. OL-Where do you see your company in five years?

SS-In five years, I plan to continue to grow Simply Perfect Weddings beyond a boutique firm. I hope to have an associate planner working along side of me, so we can accommodate more than one wedding per weekend. I would also love to expand the business to include destination weddings as well!

17.  OL-You give such a fresh, energetic approach to the wedding you stay in touch with your brides even after the wedding?

SS-Absolutely! One of my favorite aspects of my job is building relationships with my clients. I always love to hear how they are adjusting to married life after the wedding. I stay in touch with many of them via email and Facebook, and always welcome a lunch or coffee date! 

18. OL-Who are some of your favorite vendors to work with?

SS-I have been incredibly fortunate to have worked with some truly talented vendors here in Pittsburgh, and quite honestly have SO many favorites (too many to list)! Here is just a very small sampling of a few of my favorites:

Mocha Rose (Florist), Cakes by Tammy, Autumn’s Cakes, & Dozen Bakeshop (Bakeries), Craig Photography, Leeann Marie Photography, Pamela Marie Photography (Photographers), Rania’s Catering (Caterer), All Occasions (Rentals), and On Location for hair & makeup! : ) 

OL...note, not a paid endorsement, but thank you, Sumer:)

19. OL-Do you believe in love at first sight, and happily ever after?!

SS-Hmm…I’m not sure about “love at first sight”, but I definitely believe in “happily ever after”! 

20. OL-And finally, you've seen so many brides...what advice can you give to keep the love alive in a marriage?

SS-Communication is key! It’s also important to keep things fun – plan a “date night” at least 2-3 times per month. It’s not always necessary to go out for a fancy dinner…movie night at home can be just as fun! Take walks together, hold hands, and remember to say “I love you” often!

...Thank you Sumer!
We wish you another successful bridal season & look forward to many more weddings with you!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

20 Questions...with Dr. Michael Huwe, creator of Obsessed Minerals Cosmetics

In my journeys, I have the priveledge to meet so many wonderful, and fascinating people, and most recently, I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Michael Huwe, creator of Obsessed Minerals Cosmetics.
I am in awe of successful women and support women owned businesses whenever I can and encourage you to do so as well, especially those made in my hometown!

I fell in love with Michaels' shadows the minute I saw them! The colors are vibrant, sparkling and just plain beautiful, so I just had to ask her a few questions, because inquiring makeup minds and lovers want to know!
Who is this woman behind the Minerals?!

20 questions with Dr. Michael Huwe - creator of Obsessed Minerals cosmetics

1. How did you get the name Michael?!
mh- My mother named me for her father, her favorite cousin, and her favorite nun.

2. You started your career as a chiropractor...why the switch to makeup?!
mh- I've always been obsessed with makeup, I have had the biggest collection of all my friends for as long as I can remember...then one day someone suggested I start my own line. With my background in natural medicine, I thought it would be a good idea to keep this in mind and create a line staying as close to natural as possible, but still enough great pizazz to be worn on the runway!

3. How is Obsessed Minerals different than all the other mineral makeups?
mh- Most mineral makeup is loose or baked...which is either difficult for the average woman to apply, or comes off very dry leaving very little color behind. Obsessed Minerals is pressed with ingredients which allow the full pigmentation to come through, as well as, maintain the look for the enitre day! In addition to the great color payoff, Obsessed Minerals' specialty is the wide color choices which include incredible color undertones found with no other manufacturer. I strive to come up with unique makeup giving eveyone an individualized look.

4. What is your vision for your company?
mh- My dream is to become the leading creator of dramatic color and the number one choice of makeup artists! Hopefully, Obsessed Minerals will eventually be found in all great makeup stores!

5. Have any celebrities been wearing your makeup?! If so, who?!!
mh- This is a great question....and the answer is yes....however, Obsessed Minerals has been tested and used by some of the biggest name celebrity makeup artists...who are under contract to other companies. This makes it difficult for me to name names as I don't want to violate any contracts. That being said, Obsessed Minerals was mentioned in Glamour Magazine's online site, with this article:
Also, be sure to check out Glady's Magazine...a great magazine for women who are breaking into the modeling industry. Obsessed Minerals made their editors choice, as well as, their #4 makeup product! Although the issue doesn't state that the cover model wore my shadows, the owner/editor told me that Kim Alexis was wearing Obsessed Minerals and loved it! For those who are familiar with celebrity makeup artists, Obsessed Minerals found a friend with Ve Neill, who loves our shadows and uses them frequently!

6. What are your personal favorites in your line?
mh- I have so many absolute obsession would be the eye shadows! I am constantly looking to create new awesome colors that no one else has. I love adding iridescence and sparkle. I also adore the has taken a long time to create a great formula that looks great and feels good on. My foundations are sweet...incredible coverage, yet you feel as though you have nothing on! I can't forget my awesome lip glaze! They are beautiful and infused with peppermint oil, which is a natural lip plumper! I will tell you this....I don't offer anything that I won't personally wear or am proud to sell. So, it's hard to choose any one thing, as I love them all!

7. What's it like in your makeup lab?!
mh- Right now my makeup lab needs reorganized! It's actually difficult to get in the door! We built the lab before we realized how much room would be needed. I have stacking bins full of containers, a hydraulic press, and tons of shelves full of containers of my 660+ concoctions! Not to mention multiple types of heating equipment, a chair for company, a television for those long days, and boxes for containers that have no home.

8. If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 items would you have?
mh- Hmmmm. Toothpaste! Oh, do you mean makeup? I would have to have eye liner, lipstick, and mascara. I think with those three items you can still pull off a look. If I could add a fourth I would take my foundation...but I could survive without it!

9. Who is your dream celebrity to endorse your makeup?
mh- Wow! That's a tough one! It would depend on who I was targeting....for the young I would have to go with Taylor Swift or Rhianna. For ladies my age and older....either Oprah or Sarah Jessica Parker.

10. Where can we find Obsessed Minerals?
mh- We are in several Pittsburgh locations: Huwe Chiropractic in Bridgeville, The Nutrition Shop in Wexford, The Southpointe Spa and Salon in Canonsburg, and Bangz in Bridgeville. For anyone not in the Pittsburgh area our website is get on the mailing list for any specials that might be running.

11. When you're not creating makeup, what are you doing?
mh- I still practice Chiropractic one day a week, I maintain all the book work for our Chiropractic office, I teach Pathophysiology for DeVry University, and I have three kids ages 8, 12, and 15...all of which are very active in sports, I am their chauffeur, which is in itself a full time job.

12. How did you start your own company?
mh- Actually, this is the second company I've started, the first being our Chiropractic office. I learned the first time around that there are always people to ask if you don't know how to do something. So I did a lot of research as to what went into various types of makeup, bought ingredients, started mixing things up in my den and pushing my trials on my friends. I took their opinions and worked to change whatever was negative. One of my close friends then offered to have a makeup party for me before I started pressing out my powders, which was very successful. I took any money I made from selling my start-up products and kept putting it back into the business. I bought more containers and more ingredients. My friends had more parties for me. This continued until I managed to aquire the equipment I needed to create more professional looking products and build a lab to keep the ingredients in a sterile environment. I did cheat a bit and use some credit cards, but have worked very hard not to go into debt with this project. As, I continued, it occurred to me to get professional advice about the quality of my shadows, specifically, as they are my most favorite thing. So I emailed various celebrity makeup artists and started sending out samples. This is what has led me to where I am this far.

13. Any advice to aspiring entrepreneurs?
mh- Utilize the internet! The best tool I have used is researching the internet for everything! LinkedIn is one of the best sites out there! Another entrepreneur turned me on to it at a chance meeting at the post office....that was a lucky break! You can find anyone you want if you look hard enough and most are friendly enough to drop you a return note and give you some advice on how to acheive your goals! I have found buyers for the majority of the stores that I am interested in breaking into through this site. My other advise is don't take any pay for yourself until you are well established...therefore you need other income while you are starting. Take every dime that you've made and put it back into your new business. Network your business with everyone! You never know who might be able to help you.....everyone know's someone....who might know someone else....who might be able to help you!

14. Where do you get your inspirations for your palettes?
mh- Sometimes I see someone on TV who has a great color combo going on, so I slip into the lab and put the colors together. Sometimes I put things together to go with an outfit I plan to wear and think it's something others would love. Believe it or not, I think about colors all the time...I even dream about them! Sometimes my best ideas come when I'm either sleeping or about to fall asleep.

15. Who is your favorite makeup artist?
mh- I have several, locally I adore Patty Bell and Bethany Montecalvo, Hollywood wise, I really like Sam Fine, Ve Neill, Patty Dubrof, Mai Quynh, Lizbeth Williamson, and Lorrie Turk.

16. Besides Obsessed Minerals, do you have any other favorite makeup lines?
mh- I have so many is my list: MAC, Makeup Forever, Too Faced, Nars, Urban Decay, but of course my number one is my one line....I never thought that I would love the quality and colors more then those previously listed, but I do!

17. Is your makeup green & cruelty free?
mh- Obsessed Minerals is made with the finest, natural ingredients...especially if you stick with the loose products. When you get into the pressed, you have to add in an anti-microbial, and a mineral oil substitute. However, these items are still much more kind to the skin then the harsh chemicals used in the usual brands. Ironically, mineral oil is a natural oil that is non-harmful, yet, people are afraid of it due to it being a petroleum cosmetic companies steer away from using it, hence the mineral oil substitute. As far as the cruelty free question, our cosmetics are in no way tested on any animals other than myself, my friends, and occassionally my children!

18. Who inspires you?
mh- So many people, but, mainly my husband! He is the most encouraging, open and optimistic person I know. He always backs my "crazy" ideas and is constantly working for my benefit and to help me succeed.....From a professional stand point I would have to go with Jerrod Blandino (makeup artist founded Too Faced Cosmetics), Mary Kay Ash (needs no introduction) and Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo (founders of MAC).

19. What's in your makeup bag?
mh- Bag? Ha! Two drawers! When I say I'm "obsessed" with makeup, it's a severe understatement! I have always had a huge collection of makeup, primarily eye shadow. Now that I have my own cosmetic company, I have so many things that it actually takes two large drawers and some of my countertop to hold all of my favorites! BUT, if you mean what do I take with me when I leave....I only take lipstick! The eye shadow never needs re-applied, the only reason I need lipstick is when I eat it often I like to re-fresh.

20. What are your hopes and goals for 2010?
mh- This is the year I want to break into mainstream retail! I am in the process of finding eye catching packaging and working on getting approval from some of the best buyers in the industry! Hopefully before the year ends, you will see Obsessed Minerals on the shelf of your favorite store :)

Thanks Michael...I wish you continued success!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

From Frumpy to Fabulous in just minutes!

Recently I was interviewed by author, Elizabeth Donovan, M.A. and offered some advice for moms on how to look their very best.
Making up moms is one of my favorite subjects, as I have done many mom makeovers, and as a working wife and mother of two boys, I know all too well, the sleepless nights & stress filled days!
Below is a reprint of the article from Parenting Pink web site...enjoy and thank you, Elizabeth!

As moms, we are warriors of daily chicken nugget battles, dirty diaper duty, running tactical night time nursing missions, soldiering on as we run our 10th carpool of the evening, and manning the position as CEO of everything from drool to teenage drama. It’s no wonder that we often lose ourselves in a fashion abyss of over-sized sweat pants, Adidas sneakers, and forgo any signs that we used to wear make-up.
But just because we are busy moms, doesn’t mean we have to completely let ourselves go, does it? According to Patty Bell, a film and television make-up artist, absolutely not: “Time is crucial to moms, and sometimes adding just a touch of makeup can instantly take you from frumpy to fabulous in an instant.” Bell has transformed many moms on popular “makeover shows” and believes if moms take a few extra minutes for themselves in the morning, you can look and feel your best. Not to mention your new-found self confidence will make you a better parent!

Transforming the way you look whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a working mom doesn’t have to be costly or time consuming. Minutes and seconds are precious commodities in our lives and so our sense of fashion needs to fit into overly crammed schedules. Changing small parts of ourselves has the added benefit of boosting moms self-esteem. In fact, recent studies have shown that by changing something positively about the way you look can have a profound effect on a woman’s self esteem. Moms feel better, look better, and are better moms when they take a few minutes to take care of themselves.
Try these time-saving tips to boost your self esteem and instantly transform yourself from frumpy to fabulous!

Get your mommy groove back with new underwear:
“One of the best things women can do to improve their look is to start with the right underwear,” says Rachel LeRoy, author and owner of “Visible panty lines make any pants seem out of date.” It’s also important for busy moms to take a moment to find a bra that fits correctly and is comfortable. “The right bra can take years off by lifting breasts to where they should be and giving shirts the right shape,” discloses LeRoy. Got a little “muffin top” or unsightly cellulite on your post-baby body? LeRoy suggests moms invest in a pair of “slimming shape wear” that she says can “take off close to 10 pounds in 2 minutes.” Women in general tend to think about what they wear on the outside more than underneath. “When women update what’s “under there”, it makes a huge difference! ”

Accessorize it:
Make your outfit and personality “pop” by adding a few accessories before you run out of the door in the morning. “Accessories are a great way to add instant flair to any outfit without breaking the budget,” says Nichelle N. Pace, founder and editor of “Big statement necklaces, bangle bracelets, scarves, and a fantastic pair of pumps are perfect wardrobe enhancements,” she says. But what about the stay-at-home mom who feels trapped in her jeans and sweatpants? Pace has the perfect way to accessorize for her too. “If you’re wearing jeans and a fitted white t-shirt, just add a colorful scarf for instant pop,” she advises. And accessories don’t have to cost you a small fortune. “Chico’s has some great accessories for mom’s on a budget,” says Pace. So go ahead, toss on a scarf or a few bangles, you’ll be glad you did!

Take the 3 minute make-up challenge:
“Makeup can make a big difference,” says Crisit Miller, owner of Miller believes that by taking a few extra minutes in the morning, moms can quickly transform from frumpy to fabulous. “A tinted moisturizer with SPF, concealer, cheek cream blush, Mascara and lip gloss can make a huge difference,” believes Miller. “It will brighten the complexion, get rid if tired eyes and give her a polished look in 3 minutes!” Three minutes? Now that’s a little time most moms can afford in between swigs of coffee and changing dirty diapers.
• Pay attention to your skin tone. Even moms who do apply make up can still have a “washed out” tired-mommy look if they apply the wrong type to their skin. Miller suggests for moms that have redness in their complexions use peach tones for cheeks and lips. For sallow or olive skin, choose pinks! And, “sheer textures for a wash of color will look natural and soft, perfect for everyday and super easy to apply!” The idea is that moms shouldn’t feel overwhelmed when applying make up. A little bit goes a long way.
• Don’t forget to glam-up yourself in seconds with lip gloss. Every mom knows that seconds are precious when you are trying to do a thousand things at once, but make-up artist Patty Bell insists that it doesn’t take much effort to look and feel like a million bucks.”Don’t forget the lip gloss to glam up your “mom-ness,” says Bell. “Rosebud’s strawberry lip balm adds a touch of color and is a great all round moisturizer for lips, nails, hair and skin- another great time saver,” she says. “Any lip gloss instantly brightens your face and smile, giving you a younger look.” Another great perk about lip gloss is that you can apply it just about anywhere so it’s the perfect item to spice-up the look of moms-on-the-go.
• Say good-bye to those dark circles. “Nothing says tired mom like circles under the eyes,” confesses Bell. “Concealer is a mom’s best friend, and another product that can take a few years off.” Bell recommends Yves St.Laurent’s Touche Eclat concealer as it not only conceals dark circles, but also highlights and brightens eyes without appearing cakey.

Shop your closet Swap Parties:
In need of a new mommy wardrobe makeover but don’t want to spend the cash? Then swap your wardrobe instead! Nichelle N. Pace, founder and editor of, has discovered the key to keeping her wardrobe updated and fashion savvy, “Get the wine and cheese, a sitter for the kids, and invite your gal pals over for a swap party,” she says. “Most of us have things in our closet, some even with the tags on it that we haven’t worn or may not like the fit anymore.” Simply send out invitations to your gal pals requesting clothing in good
condition and a variety of sizes. Not only is this a great way to update your look, but it provides moms with a wonderful way to laugh and bond. “Swap parties are a super fun way to not only get a new outfit or item for your wardrobe, but also just another good reason to get together with the gals,” advises Pace.

Keep a “Play dress up” mentality.
Pace, also encourages moms to have a playful attitude when picking out an outfit. “When getting ready for a night out or an event, invite a girlfriend over for another perspective to get some new ideas,” says Pace. “Remember, most women don’t run out of clothes, we run out of ideas! Don’t be afraid to get creative and express yourself.”
Remember, you don’t have to spend a lot of money or take hours at a time to make small changes to your wardrobe and personal style. By making a few basic changes, moms can feel and look like a fabulous at any age!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

We've won Wedding Wire's Bride's Choice Award 2010!

What an honor to be chosen one of the top makeup artists and hairstylists for Wedding!
Thank you to all of our 2009 brides for the honor to be a part of your very special day...this one's for you!
Press release- for immediate release:

Pittsburgh, Pa. 1/19/2010 - WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced that On Location Hair and Makeup has been selected to receive the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™ for outstanding makeup and hair services.
The annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ recognizes and celebrates excellence in quality and service within the wedding industry, as determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 500,000 newlyweds.

On Location Hair and Makeup is among the top five percent of all vendors in the WeddingWire community, which includes over 100,000 wedding professionals across the US and Canada. Awards were given to winners across 19 different service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers.

“We are excited to recognize and honor the success of the top wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “The annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program has given us the unique opportunity to highlight the best wedding professionals in each region as reviewed by brides and grooms who have utilized their services in the past year.”

We are happy to announce that On Location Hair and Makeup is among the very best makeup artists and hairstylists within the WeddingWire Network, which includes WeddingWire and Martha Stewart Weddings. We would like to thank our past newlyweds for nominating us for the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today!

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding vendors. WeddingWire enables engaged couples to search, compare and book over 100,000 reviewed wedding vendors nationwide, from wedding photographers to wedding cakes. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding vendors, WeddingWire provides free online management tools creating the only market opportunity that gives businesses control over their clients, reviews, leads and performance. In addition, WeddingWire has partnered with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE: MSO) to provide its network of local vendors and online wedding-planning tools in the Weddings section of For additional information, please visit

Thursday, January 7, 2010

So you want to be a makeup artist?!

I get numerous emails from so many girls, and guys, wanting to be makeup artists.
Many want to know where to start, how I got started, can they shadow me, intern with me, teach them, etc., but my 23 year career did not happen overnight. It's been a long, wonderful, very rewarding career and one that I still cherish and enjoy to this day.

But, before you start, you may need to ask yourself a few questions before taking on such an incredible journey as a makeup artist.
Do you love making others look and feel good?
Do you love to travel, make a lot of money and meet interesting people?
Do you love playing with makeup and creating beautiful new looks?
...those are the plus sides of being a makeup artist. Now consider this:
How about working long hours, nights, weekends, sometimes holidays, and having no set schedule?
Do you like not knowing when your next job, or paycheck may be?
Are you good at promoting yourself to get clients?
...then this may be the job for you!

The best advice I could give is to someone wanting to be a makeup artist is to get your cosmetology license for hair and makeup or check out the fabulous makeup schools such as: Joe Blasco, Westmore Academy or MUD.
My esthetician teacher once gave me the best piece of advice, "the more you know, the more you are worth."
Many schools today have teachers that are actually working in the field today, so their first hand knowledge really adds to the curriculum. There you can learn the basic fundamentals of makeup application, prosthetics, special effects, and so much more.
And in todays economy, with most major companies cutting back, his advice is still holds true to this day.
There are very few openings as full time makeup artists with television studios or production companies these days, and the ones who are there value their positions and are the best in the industry, or they wouldn't be there!

The majority of makeup artists work freelance, that means working for several companies, as an independent contractor, throughout the course of your career.
It also means being "on call", 24/7, whenever a production needs you, the call goes out to find a makeup artist, ASAP... and more often than not, whoever answers the call first, gets the job.
As a freelancer, that means, you must be willing & able to accept any job that comes along if you want to get paid, or eat!
There are no benefits, sick days or paid vacations being a freelance makeup artist. You pay your own health insurance, and find your own clients, find a replacement if you are ill...quite simply, if you don't work, you don't get paid.

But when you do work, those jobs can be very exciting.
It's best to have a portfolio, or photos of your work, if you want to get hired or have an agent. They need to see what your makeup skills look like in print in order to hire you.
If you don't have one, find yourself a reputable fashion or commercial photographer in town, and offer your services in exchange for pictures for your portfolio.
You will have to do a lot of volunteering and assisting at first just to build up your resume.
I also suggest working in the department stores, or a hair salon, to develop your skills. There you have unlimited access to make up different faces on a daily basis. You can also begin to build your makeup kit as most companies offer gratis to their employees, as well as training.

Work can also be found by calling the television & local cable stations, newspapers, magazines & local film office, and volunteering your services. But, most companies have their steady artists that they call upon regularly, so getting hired right away can often be very difficult.
There are always job postings on Craigslist looking for makeup artists for independent films. They usually don't pay, but it's a good way to break into the film business and get your name in the credits.

Once you establish your name in the industry, that is just the beginning. You must form good solid and trusting relationships with your clients to keep them returning.
There is no room for mediocrity, and sloppy makeup application- you must strive to be your absolute best, on every job, as only the strong survive in this highly competitive market.
That means not only being the best makeup artist, but: arriving on time, having a clean, organized makeup kit, avoiding gossip, and knowing on set etiquette and being able to deal with talent of all backgrounds, races, religions, sexes, political parties and respecting their individual opinions and privacy.
It also goes without saying, but one MUST have: a cell phone, computer, printer & a car these days as many job details are sent via email and even text. (NYC is one of the few places that you won't need a car to get around town).

Remember, you are hired because of a specialized skill and unique talent that you bring to the production, and one that involves not only makeup, but making the talent feel comfortable and at ease as you are the first one they meet.
Honor this profession, and remember the Max Factor's, and George Westmore's of the world who have paved the way for all of us to continue to strive and excel in one of the best jobs in all of show biz.

written by: Patty Bell
model- Tiffany Fluhme founder and CEO of Fluhme Cosmetics
featuring: Fluhme Cosmetics