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FACE Atelier: The brain behind the brand

Jessica Palmer

 

What do you do when you find yourself going through a major life change? Why, start a makeup line of course! Meet Debbie Bondar, the genius behind Canadian brand FACE Atelier. I was lucky enough to have a conversation with her recently and I'm so excited to share about this line with you all!

She embodies the kind of woman we love here at P&P: educated, intelligent, tenacious, business savvy, and able to rock lipstick while doing it all!

 

 

Debbie describes starting FACE Atelier as her post divorce reinvention. With her life shifting gears, she found herself evaluating her beauty routine and realized that despite being in her forties, she had yet to find her perfect foundation match, "I have a basic olive complexion. If I can't find a good shade then who can?"

So she took her experience and education (did I mention her background is in journalism and law?!) and launched a brand full of not-so-secret weapons that you'll find in the kits of many celebrity makeup artists.

 

 

FACE Atelier prides themselves on their universal appeal and was designed for consumers while still meeting the needs of professional makeup artists. Debbie shared a simple but very real truth, "Artists and consumers want the same thing: High performing easy to use products that help them look their best."

 

 

The brand has a less is more vibe, with no-nonsense packaging and multitasking products rather than having a multitude of products for singular needs. Products that are developed by listening to the feedback and needs of the artists and people who use them? You bet...function and performance are in mind when items are launched, not trend.

 

 

Debbie shared the impact she feels cosmetics can have, "Healthy self esteem is exceptionally important...I'm a mother of daughters. So much illness starts from within! Makeup can be an important tool in a woman's toolbox to help her feel better if she so chooses."

 

 

As far as those specific "tools" goes, stay tuned in the coming weeks on Instagram and here on the blog for some product breakdowns and favorites from FACE Atelier! Oh, did i mention the line is Peta and Leaping Bunny approved?!

"I always believed there was magic in the bottle," we do too, Debbie!

Cheers to Makeup, Multitasking, and Magic in the bottle,

 

Celebrity Makeup Artist Scott Barnes

Jessica Palmer

Last week I had the immense pleasure of attending a class with celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes hosted by The Working Artist Company!

 

 

 

Scott is known for his expertise in complexion and the famous faces he works on...in fact he created that infamous glow that Jennifer Lopez is known for!

 

 

 

 

A lot of people call themselves makeup "artists" but Scott embodies the true essence of the word. His background in fine arts painting shows from the way he handles his tools to the way he sweeps and blends the product... It is mesmerizing to watch his human canvas transform.

 

 

 

 

His approach with makeup is much like how he painted. His attention to light and shadow resulted in the monochromatic look he's famous for.

 

 

 

 

The glow...the contour...this approach essentially birthed a movement within makeup.

 

 

One thing that Scott said that really resonated with me was, "A good artist knows when to stop." He demonstrated this by his minimal use of product and impeccable blending. Something we all should take a cue from with the recent contour craze that has swept beauty trend!

 


 

Reading something in a book, seeing pictures online, or even a quick video is helpful but nothing compares to being able to see things in person...and having the ability to ask questions!

 

 

 

 

Along with all of the amazing tips and techniques he demonstrated came a huge dose of inspiration!

 

 

 

 

Attending this class reminded me yet again of a very important truth: Education is not a destination, it is an ongoing journey. And a true professional never stays still.

 

 

 

 

So the question is, makeup artist or not, how are you moving forward in your education?

Cheers to Education, Art, and Always Moving Forward,

 

7 Things We Are Certain Of

Jessica Palmer

Life can be tough. Circumstances can be shaky. Here is what we are certain of though...

1. Lipstick can cure just about anything.


2. But how we look on the outside does not define us.

3. Everyday is a fresh chance to be a new you. Is the day half gone and its been terrible so far? You can start your day over anytime you choose! I had a teacher in junior high say that all the time and it stuck with me...I use this pearl of wisdom regularly!

4. Knowing how to do something properly is very powerful! And while an expertly executed smoky eye may or may not land you Ryan Gosling, it will boost your confidence and make the day seem brighter!

5. Everyone deserves to have their moment to shine. You may not be a celebrity, but you can feel like one once in a while! (That's where we step in!)

6. Others actions can affect us, but ultimately your personal choices will be the rudder that steers the ship of your life!

7. You can always count on being able to tag along with us! Beauty Adventures are best shared with a friend...and sometimes a little pretty is the perfect escape!

Cheers to Circumstance, Certainty, and New Chances,

 

MAC Must-Haves: Meet Beck Morgan

Jessica Palmer

Anyone who has had the pleasure the meet Beck Morgan will agree with me on these two things: He is a master at what he does. And he is passionate about what he does. It's impossible to not catch his enthusiasm when you're around him!

Beck is specifically an expert on MAC product having been a MAC educator for over five years, training groups of up to 700 people on the latest trends and how to create a flawless look. He loves giving people the skills to get the exact look they want!

As a MAC Cosmetics artist for the past 10 years, he has worked with clients ranging from new brides to celebrities, "Some of my favorites have been Naima Mora and Caridee English of America's Next Top Model, The Raiderettes, The B52's and Cyndi Lauper!" Beck is sharing his top 7 must-have MAC products with us today, so grab a pen and add these to your weekend shopping list!

 

    

 

1. Viva Glam VI Lipglass: A beautiful lipgloss with a bronzy base and raspberry shimmer. It looks fab over any lipstick and has enough color when worn alone.

2. Engraved Powerpoint Eyeliner: This liner won't budge. You can sweat, cry... A bridal must have!

3. Radiant Rose Highlighting Pen: The secret to the Karsashian glow underneath the eyes and to pop the cheekbones that works on everyone.

4. Warm Soul Mineralize Blush: This soft pink and gold blush has the perfect amount of shimmer. Try it, I promise you'll love it!

5. Extended Play Mascara: This is like Lancome Definicils on steroids. At $16.00 you cant beat it for a department store mascara.

6. Natural Radiance Face Primer: It brightens your complection and makes your foundation glide on like silk. One pump massaged into your skin before foundation, and your skin looks fresh all day!

7. Give Me Sun Mineralize Skinfinish Bronzer: Universal non-shimmery Bronzer that's gives a golden (not orange) glow any time of year.


"If there is one part of makeup I love most, it has to be beautiful foundation. I always say 'Skin is who you are, makeup is who you want to be!'"

Well put, Beck!

Cheers to Makeup, MAC, and Beck Morgan,

VIP Adesign Brush Party: San Francisco

Jessica Palmer

This week I had the immense pleasure of attending the VIP Adesign Brush Party at The Specialists Salon in San Francisco hosted by Erica Carr! Not only was I there to experience and review the Adesign Brushes as an artist, but I also was invited to cover the event as a blogger...if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you saw a bit of the play by play of the night (You don't?! Let's change that! @polishandpout). Here's a peek into how this amazing night went...  

The soiree was in one of my favorite places...San Francisco! Red carpet? Yes please!

 

Clockwise from top left: Me and fellow beauty blogger Renee Hamilton, New friend and fellow artist Trisha, Pre-party toast, Cheers!

 

Bubbly is nice and getting to see other artists is always fun...but the main reason we were there was of course for the brushes! We all had the chance to try the Adesign brushes out first hand on each other.

 

Two of the brushes there for our review have not even hit the market yet! One face and one eye brush...such innovative shapes! How incredible it was that Adesign wanted to include the artistry community in their product development! If the feedback is good...we may see these brush shapes hitting the shelves!

 

Adesign Brushes is a private label brand. They develop brushes for companies like Smashbox, Sephora, and Laura Mercier. I went home with around 7 brushes and cannot wait to use them extensively this month and give a full in-depth review soon! So stay tuned!

 

  From the left: Beauty Director for Adesign Brushes Shana King, our hosts Erica and Lulu, and Anisa herself (the President of Anisa International, the company who owns Adesign).          

 

Yum! The appetizers were divine! Such a fun night...having so many amazing artists in one place is a rare treat! I am so thankful for the new friendships and connections that were made last night!

 

Me and Beauty Expert Shana King...she is lovely yes? I must say, her complexion was immaculate!

 

 Cheers to Bubbly, Beauty, and Brushes,