Sarah Is Fascinated by the Beauty of Old-Hollywood

Sarah

Sarah

Sarah is discovering that every day, it is the simple things that can help people feel better about themselves. One of those simple things is the application of makeup. It helps with making a good first impression and showing the world who you really are. At age 22, Sarah’s journey to become a professional makeup artist is in high gear and enabling Sarah to not only address her passion but also help others feel transformed in the process. Sarah talks about her journey and why her real dream may lead her to Los Angeles …

I started experimenting with makeup when I was in high school but it wasn’t until recently that I started to see it as a professional career. I have always been fascinated by the beauty and glamour of old-Hollywood. What started as an interest took a different path about a year ago. First, I began by watching tutorials on YouTube and following social media influencers like Carli Bybel and the Kardashians, who have mastered the art of makeup perfectly. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know. Wearing makeup gives you a certain presence and an added sense of confidence. A year ago, I added to my makeup portfolio by adding tools for contouring and highlighting.

It was also a year ago that I looked into schools that would train me to become a professional makeup artist. That led me to Robert Fiance in New Jersey, which I selected for their small classes and personal approach to learning. After I completed my training and received my certification in October I decided to go beyond the basics and pursue a license in skin care and more in-depth makeup application.

In the short term I would like to work in an upscale spa with a feel-good environment. But my dream is to become a celebrity makeup artist. For instance, I would love to apply makeup for red carpet events. Because the lure of old-Hollywood glamour is still strong within me!

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Daring to Be Unique

Maryam

Maryam Remias

I want my Channel to be a place of inspiration for women 35 years and older, to show them that we don’t have an expiration date. You can have new dreams and goals at any age.” ~ Maryam Remias

It all started when I connected with Maryam Remias on Twitter. Her message of positivity led me to her YouTube Channel and that was the moment Maryam blew me away with her warmth, her honesty, and her bravery. Maryam, who lives in Los Angeles, was born in Iran and migrated to the United States with her family 30 years ago. These days Maryam is on a mission to share her story and encourage us to accept and feel good about who we are. Her background is in art and graphic design and Maryam worked in the entertainment industry for many years. Six years ago she left her career as a graphic designer to raise her daughter. Just last January she stepped out of her comfort zone to start her own YouTube Channel sharing her personal journey about how she transitioned to gray hair and revealing how the art of applying makeup inspires her …

MKG: How and when did you develop a passion for makeup and makeup artistry? Was this your childhood dream?

MARYAM: I always liked putting on makeup but I didn’t consider it my passion. At 9 years old, I thought about becoming a special effects makeup artist because of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video.

MKG: What was the turning point when you turned you passion for makeup into your own YouTube Channel?

MARYAM: I started watching YouTube videos on facial DIY and makeup review. Continue reading

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PODCAST: The Magic of Makeup

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Courtesy of Bobbi Brown

Courtesy of Bobbi Brown

Earlier this week, I was witness to a beautiful transformation of my mother, Claire, by simply adding a few key makeup essentials. In this week’s podcast, The Magic of Makeup, I talk about that magical moment with the gorgeous Claire, and my go-to makeup of choice, Bobbi Brown!

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Jillian Veran

Jillian Veran, beauty expert and media spokesperson

Jillian Veran, beauty authority and media spokesperson

When you first meet Jillian Veran, beauty authority and media spokesperson, you are  drawn in by her gorgeous, twinkling brown eyes. And before long you are wishing Jillian can spread some of that same makeup magic on you. As a world renown beauty authority Jillian’s professional resume includes well-known beauty and makeup experts Chanel, Bobbi Brown, Prescriptives Cosmetics and Philosophy. She has traveled the world and done everything from education, special events, awards shows, Fashion Week, and editorial. Yet even though her twenty-six year career has reached great heights there is so much more ahead for Jillian, whose spiritual attitude says all is possible; you simply say yes to opportunity. In tomorrow’s podcast you will hear how Jillian said yes to Chanel and began her brilliant career …

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Cindy Joseph

Cindy Joseph

Cindy Joseph

Isn’t it heartening when you meet someone you know is special? That is how I felt the moment I met Cindy Joseph. She was so inspiring that I knew I must stay in touch with her and her positive energy. Cindy is the kind of person who helps redirect lives. As CEO and Founder of BOOM! by Cindy Joseph, Cindy is a one-woman cheerleader spearheading what she titles the Pro-Age Revolution. Our conversation in its entirety will be aired tomorrow in my weekly podcast. But here are a few BOOM! by Cindy Joseph updates to whet your appetite until then … Continue reading

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Prom: Now/Samantha …

Samantha's original dress choices

Samantha’s original dress choices  – black and silver vintage and mint green contemporary

Samantha's second choice/second dress - strapless, deep purple with silver embellishment

Samantha’s second choice/second dress – strapless, deep purple with silver embellishment

Samantha is a junior in high school and she is my friend Karen’s daughter. I have known her for her entire life. In fact, I have known her since she was in her mother’s womb. After speaking with Samantha today I find it hard to believe that she is the same age that her mom and I were when we met. Here is Samantha on prepping for the prom …

I will be going to two proms this year: my boyfriend’s school prom is this Thursday and my school prom is May 17th. Almost from the minute I was invited, I started to feel pressure to find a dress, about two months ago. I began my search at the malls but found nothing and then searched on-line and didn’t find anything there either. Fortunately, I finally discovered two dresses at a local consignment shop, each for under $50! I know some girls who are spending up to $600 for just one dress, so two for $100 is quite a find for me. One is a mint green, contemporary style; the other is a black and silver vintage dress. They both fit well which is important to me. I needed to make a few slight adjustments to the mint green and I took it to a tailor. I have a pair of silver shoes that are a fine back up but I am hoping to find another pair before the proms. Recently, I wasn’t as sure about the black dress (I think because I’m not as comfortable wearing black in the spring). My boyfriend took me to the mall where I found a deep purple strapless dress with silver embellishment. I love it! I used gift cards to purchase the dress, so again, I was lucky …

I did feel pressure to purchase two dresses, partly because of the pictures that we will be taking, but mostly because my friends will be wearing two dresses. If they were wearing one dress for both of their proms I would probably do the same …

I decided to post my dresses to a Facebook page made for my school that exhibits every girls’ dresses. But I didn’t do the same for my boyfriend’s school. I found out that someone else will be wearing my dress at his prom but I’m okay with that because there will be many people. I will be getting a mani-pedi this week as well as having a spray-tan. I had an appointment to do my hair professionally at a salon but I think I will do it myself and save the money …

I think the biggest differences between going to the prom then, when you and my mom went, and today, are: the dresses are more outrageously priced, the preparation for the prom is more intense, and there is much more pressure from your friends to prepare in a certain way …

I am excited to go to the prom. Right now, though, I am thinking more about the preparation than the actual prom. I think that many girls feel the way I do and enjoy the preparation more than anything else.” ~ Samantha

I think that Samantha shows us that pressure from friends continues to be a big deal in high school. And no one should underestimate the power of the image in today’s world.

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to be continued …

 

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Cindy’s BOOM! Revolution!

Cindy Joseph

Cindy Joseph

Women take on a unique beauty every chapter of their lives.There is a shift that occurs as we age. One kind of beauty is replaced with another as time goes by. When we stop hiding and start celebrating and wearing our age proudly, others recognize our beauty as well.” ~ Cindy Joseph, CEO and Founder of BOOM! by Cindy Joseph, makeup artist turned supermodel, introduces the first pro-age cosmetic line for women of every generation

At a time when many women are confronting the negative messages they have heard about aging, Cindy is guiding them to a new path by sharing how she has come to embrace and celebrate her own age at 62!  Cindy says, “Some say I have an ageless beauty, however, I am not a blank ageless slate. I believe the beauty they see is age-full.” Continue reading

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The other Bobbi Brown

Yesterday’s New York Times Style Magazine had an article about makeup artist Bobbi Brown and I was reminded why I love her and love wearing her makeup. First of all, it was refreshing to read about the other “Bobbi” Brown, and all the positivity she brings to the world. Secondly, I enjoy wearing Bobbi Brown makeup so much that I was compelled to write about her in my column, (see Styling with Mel, Let’s make up, January 2012). And most important, Bobbi lives her life with integrity; a fellow Jersey girl, she keeps it real with her family of boys while still remaining true to herself. She owns her inner beauty and helps millions of women feel better about themselves, too.

I feel most like myself when wearing Bobbi Brown makeup. That is what I call style.

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