Choose the Color of your Lips

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Lipglosses jammed in the corner of every purse I carry, drawers full of lipsticks in every shade possible; I think it can be confirmed that I have an obsession… I love me some lip TARS you can never ever have too many colors! NEVER!

I love OCC, which stands for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics they are 100% vegan, which is awesome. As a make-up artist you need to have supplies for everyone, some clients prefer a certain brand because of its texture, color, feel, or even the fact that is not animal tested. That is why you always have to be prepared. With that said, I am going to show you 5 of my favorite lip tars from this amazing line!!!

Though I am a BIG BELIEVER that anyone can rock any lip color if:
A. They own the color like it’s their job
B. They have immense confidence, which you always should!!!

All of OCC LIP TARS are very vibrant colors enjoy!!!
*Note: apply, blot the lips, apply again, blot, and you’re good to go!

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It’s so difficult sometimes to find an amazing RED color, but let me tell you the OCC has it down! This right here has saved me so many times on set! This color is called STALKER it is a classic red, but vibrant at the same time. Love love love!!! It is prefect for those 50s photos shoots!!

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A lot of make-up brands don’t carry the color black, so when I found out that OCC did I just got super excited. Now I will not have to mix colors on set in order to get that perfect black, let’s face it time is precious. TARRED is great for that vampire look or gothic look! I can’t wait to put my order in to get it !!! Eeeeek, that’s the sound of a super excited make-up queen.

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I have been a pink girl since I was little!!! So it’s no shocker that I have a pink shade to share with you! This lovely pink is called ANIME, so perfect for those sweet, soft, moment looks. This shade looks amazing when it is done with soft neutral brown eyes.

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You’re probably wondering why I have this awesome blue called RX in my list. This is a fun color to play with while in your everyday life or on set.

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Sometimes you have to live a little and have fun, why not with blue… We only live once right? So try it! You won’t be disappointed!

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This color almost like a light neutral pink is called BRIDAL NEUTRAL, how appropriate hahaha. It’s super pretty for that big day!!!!

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FEATHER is such a lifesaver!!! You can add it to any color and it dulls it down! It’s great for those days where you really want to wear that amazing color, but it’s just a little too intense for the occasion. A must have for all make-up artists!

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You can purchase all these lip colors online at http://www.occmakeup.com/ or if you live in New York stop by there store 174 LUDLOW STREET | NEW YORK, NY 10002

5 FAB Make-Up Must haves for Artists

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Whether you are an actor, make-up artist, model or just someone who loves just LOVVVVESSS to put on a little magical wonderfulness in the form of make-up than you have come to the right place. I love trying out new brushes, finding that perfect tool to craft the most accurate and effective look. It can be hard to find something that is a good price and works. Soooooo….I have compiled the 5 TOP BRUSHES!!!! The best in the biz, the beautiful wooden instruments that make my life as a make-up artist just FABULOUS!!!!

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1. MUD Make-up Designory Brushes – because they are soft and pretty 🙂

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my favorite brush is their fan brush! It great for putting on just the right amount of blush and shading of the cheeks

Where to buy: LA and NY MUD stores http://shop.mudshop.com/brushes

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2. Ve’s Neil Brushes – Ve’s Neil was the make-up artist who did Pirates of the Caribbean!!!! How exciting is that?? Super amazing to work on all different sizes great for spfx

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Where to buy: http://www.veneill.com/

3. Crown Brushes – is my back up brushes

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Where to buy: http://www.crownbrush.com/

4. Tarina Tarantino – are awesome brushes these where my very first set up big girl brush my mom and dad gave me…. And there PINK

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Where to buy: http://reviews.sephora.com/8723/P254913/reviews.htm

5. Elf brushes – I know that they are super cheap but they do get the job done! And if your pocket-book is a little low these are great! 1-3 dollar brushes … I use they a lot when I do a lot of special effects makeups

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Where to buy: http://www.eyeslipsface.com/makeup/brushes

Dream Out Loud!!

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Now that you know all about me let’s get down to some business. Being a make-up artist in LA is not easy, the constant competition, rigorous market, and of course the scheduling can have anyone going crazy. So of course it was a total shock when i was selected as one of THREE interns to take part in a movie called Dream Out Loud, a short documentary film directed by Juliet Landau and Deverill Weeks on the life of the brilliant make-up artist Kazuhiro Tsuji. EEEEK!!! I was so excited I couldn’t breath, I mean me little miss St. Louis, me, I am going to be interning for a documentary featuring one of the world’s greatest make-up artists. It was, like many things around here, a dream come true!!!

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It only got cooler from there, being put on a “street team” was just the beginning of the ride. My top priority was to personally invite every make-up school and make-up company in LA to this once in a life time event. With piles of flyers tucked under our arms, loads of cards bursting from our purse, and smiles bigger than physically possible we started on our ways towards the streets of Los Angeles to cordially invite the best per our request.

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As the event was drawing near my blood was pumping faster, the rush of excitement just tickled my bones. Who would I meet? Did we get everything done? Would a lot of people show? All the questions were circling in my mind like a roller coaster or a merry-go-round. It was exhausting but I wouldn’t have traded it for the world, as cliché as that sounds. I was ready for the IMATS and boy was it going to be fun!!!!

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It was SHOW TIME!!!! As i arrived at the Pasadena convention Center I was mesmerized by its size. I mean just a few hours from now this place will be crammed with some of the best people in the industry, celebrities, and talent. I took a breath to inhale the sweet smell of my surroundings and then it was time to set things up, someone has to do it and I was more than happy to be a part of every piece of this amazing project.

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Getting to work with Kazu was the probably the best part of this whole experience, I mean the man can do art like no one can. Working with the director and actress Juliet Landau, formerly on Buffy and Angel, was like a star struck moment. I mean how many people can say hey I worked with someone on BUFFY!!!! Yea sorry Twilight but somebody already did the vampire thing and it was waaaayyyy better. What was interesting to hear was the fact that both Juliet and Deverill believed in the new generation of make-up artist but expected to take risks, to se the bar high, and to explore. It all reminded me of an article I had read in the New York Times about Henny Garfunkel and her fresh intake on photography, her sadness that everything was being ruined by publicists, no one was taking risks, and everything was becoming planned and static.

The event came to an end on Sunday. It was bitter-sweet, exhausted from the whole endeavor, but so overwhelmed with happiness. Now as I sit in my quaint apartment writing this I can’t help but to think what’s next? New challenge and definitely new risks.

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Thanks for reading, don’t forget to follow or like to read more,

Ann

*All content is written and edited by Bat-el Miller for more information or to contact Ann don’t forget to visist the website www.makeupbeckette.com