Saturday, January 30, 2010

Make Up For Ever's HD Liquid Foundation

By: Shane Terenzi

I think the key to a clean and beautiful face is the foundation that you choose to use. Whenever I say to people that I am a makeup artist, the first question I always get is, “So tell me, what are the good products to use?” My answer to what foundation I use is Make Up For Ever’s HD Liquid Foundation ($40 ea). It is an oil-free medium-to-full-coverage liquid foundation that covers skin imperfections flawlessly while remaining invisible on-screen and in real life. The foundation creates a soft-focus effect, which is designed to meet the coverage concerns of those in the spotlight. It leaves your complexion with such a flawless finish; it can withstand bright or harsh lighting. It comes in 25 different shades to suit all skin tones. What is nice about this foundation is that it works well for me professionally in photo shoots and red carpet events but also, for the every day person, it translates well for in-person coverage. Specifically, I recommend this foundation, even if you don’t use foundation every day, for wedding makeup. As a bride you can request specific products for your artist to use but still listen to their professional opinion. just recently interviewed my friend and business partner, Erica Maniscalco, on how to apply a “Flawless Liquid Foundation”. The link below will explain exactly how to with step-by-step directions.

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Photo Credit: Make Up For Ever Promotional

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ugly Betty- Fashion At Its Best!

By: Shane Terenzi

There are very few television shows that combine modern day cutting edge fashion and humor successfully. One show in particular was able to do that and have audiences entertained for four years straight. Created by Silvio Horta, Ugly Betty is about a kind, na├»ve, and strong girl from Queens, NY who knows nothing about fashion. After college she accepts a job at Mode Magazine, a trendy high fashion magazine in Manhattan. Her day-to-day life now is to deal with the fashion world and the people that dominate it. When I first watched the pilot with my roommate in LA, I was skeptical. The Devil Wears Prada had come out that year and I was scared it was going to be a bad rip-off. I was soon completely addicted to this amazing show. I could not wait for the next week’s episode to see what crazy situation Betty got herself into and see what visually stunning outfits they’d show. Unfortunately, yesterday Ugly Betty's executive producer Silvio Horta and ABC president Steve McPherson said in a joint statement: 'We’ve mutually come to the difficult decision to make this Ugly Betty's final season, and are announcing now as we want to allow the show ample time to write a satisfying conclusion.” This is a bad move on ABC’s part- the show had content, style, and entertainment all in one.

The reason I am writing this blog is because I wanted to talk about the fashion and style that Ugly Betty was all about. The two people that made Ugly Betty the fashion plate as it is are the
two costume designers, Eduardo Castro and Patricia Field (costume designer for Sex in the City). Saying those two names and fashion in a sentence is not new and is gives and understanding on why it has been nominated for numerous Emmy’s, CDG Awards, and many others. Castro and Field took NYC fashion and heightened it to almost a pop art level. The whole style of Mode Magazine was edgy but compatible. The accents that they would do were so detailed oriented it would be hard to notice but for some reason you knew everyone was connected. For instance Betty would be wearing some completely outlandish and ridiculous outfit with fuchsia and gold and then Daniel, Betty’s boss, would be wearing a perfectly tailored navy blue suit, but with a lining of the jacket and pocket square in fuchsia. Castro and Field connected the characters and their relationships in their fashions. Wilhelmina Slater, the creative director at Mode and usually made to be the villainess, would be in contrasting colors to Daniel and Betty. It was really impressive how the designers took a chance on heightened reality and made it work.

I am sad to see the show be in its final season. I do hope though that other shows take notice of what Castro and Field have done. You can still use high-end fashion in day-to-day television.

“This show is very unusual in that I love to elevate reality, but this already came elevated, so this makes me jump a little higher.” – Patricia Field

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Photo Credits: Becki Newton-, All Others- ABC Promotional

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Anne Hathaway- A Style Icon

By: Shane Terenzi
It is interesting to look at a celebrity and how they have evolved as a teenager into an adult. Sometimes they are not successful and fall into drugs, partying, and then, obscurity. Other times, as in the case of Anne Hathaway, you turn into a gorgeous, successful, talented woman. Her first real big splash on the screen was Disney’s Princess Diaries in which she played a socially awkward- but very bright- 15 year old who eventually is turned from drab to dream by her grandmother, played by Julie Andrews. Since then, Hathaway has stared in many amazing movies such as Brokeback Mountain, The Devil Wears Prada, and the highly anticipated, Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland.

Throughout Hathaway’s career, she has always been a style icon of classic beauty. That is not to say she has not taken risks, but somehow almost everything she wears, is absolutely perfect. Most recently she appeared at Giorgio Armani’s Armani Prive fashion show at Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture on Monday January 25 at Paris’ Palais de Chaillot where she wore a knee length cocktail dress. Her hair was up in a simple and classic up-do and he makeup was s light Smokey eye with natural glossed lips. Hathaway, a fan of Armani, wore a gorgeous gown last year to the 2009 Academy Awards - this time, more of a natural eye with a matte red lip. In
the fall, she wore a cute Marc Jacobs’ cocktail dress to the Empire State Pride Agenda Fall Dinner. This time her makeup was a combination of the two previously mentioned, a Smokey eye, thick glamour eyeliner, and a pinkish red glossed lip. Her hair was down and straight.

Hathaway takes her classic natural look and wears dresses that accentuate her flawless body. She always has perfect makeup; usually a red or pink lip and her eyes are accentuated with glamour eyeliner. I am excited to see her at this years Academy Awards. My prediction- she will be wearing another Armani Prive gown from this years line.

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Photo Credits: Armani Prive Fashion Show '10 & Empire State Dinner-, Oscars '09-

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The 2010 SAG Awards

By: Shane Terenzi

The Screen Actor Guild Awards were last night and the celebrities dressed to impress. Overall, I thought the effort in hair and makeup along with their choices in outfits, made the SAG Awards so much more glamorous than The Golden Globes just a week earlier. My three top picks were Kate Hudson, Diane Kruger, and Jane Krakowski. I have to admit, if you dress in old Hollywood glamour, and look good doing it, you will move to the top of my list.

I think that is what the red carpet is there for. It is a throw back to the movie premieres when Greta Garbo and Bette Davis would get all dolled up, the cameras were flashing, and these gorgeous women would strut their stuff. That is why I loved these three women last night. Kate Hudson took the more modern twist of old Hollywood. In her floor length gown designed by Emilio Pucci, she walked the carpet with elegance and style. Her hair was pulled back and up in a loose low bun and her makeup was simple and clean. This is the second gown in just two award shows that she has decided to wear a white gown; I am interested in seeing her next choice.

Jane Krakowski rocked the red carpet in her Alberta Feretti gown. I absolutely loved Krakowski’s hair and makeup last night. She drew attention to her eyes while still making her lips pop. The classic red lip is so perfect for a night like the SAG Awards. Her hair had a side part and curls Marilyn Monroe would become jealous of. Her overall look was just spot on.

My overall favorite was Diane Kruger in her Jason Wu gown. The fit of the gown was perfect and had the movement and grace a gown for this event should. More important than her gown was her stunning hair and makeup. Simply put, it was beautiful. Her eyes were done very naturally, a light taupe eyes shadow with a hint of warm red or orange. The lips were done with a matte red that matched perfectly with her accessories. It drew it all in. Her hair was in a low ponytail with subtle waves in it (almost that it had 1930’s finger waves in it the night before). It was the classic old Hollywood I love.

I was really impressed last night with everyone’s look. The cast of Glee was no exception and some of the classic go-to for fashion perfection took some chances that I appreciated (Marion Cotillard). I can’t wait to see the next red carpet.

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Photo Credits: Hudson- Huffington Post, Krakowski- wireimage, Kruger-

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Pay Attention To My Eyes

By: Shane Terenzi

This morning I was looking at celebrity photos from Thursday and Friday, trying to figure out what to write about. I pulled a bunch of them into a folder, looked on the web for more, but when I reviewed the photos that stood out to me of having professional, attractive makeup, a closer look revealed they all had on a similar style. I am not saying that this is bad by any means, just an interesting observation. Take a look at Kate Walsh at the premiere of "Legion" in Hollywood and Jennifer Lopez at the launch party for make-up artist Scott Barnes' book "About Face" in New York. Now of course they do not have on the exact same colors or even finish to their lips, but comparatively, their makeup compliments their own skins natural tones in the same way. With a dark eye as both of them have, it draws focus away from their other features and to their eyes. Walsh applied a classic Fashion Eyeliner (where the bottom eyeliner comes up and meets the top eyeliner). She accented this with a dark eye shadow on the outer edge of her eye transitioning into a lighter almost nude color towards the bridge of her nose. What this accomplishes is attention to the eye without closing in and making the eyes look smaller than they are. The attention she wanted was for her eyes and that was completely effective. Lopez accomplished the same goal of making her eyes the center focus but did it in a different way. Instead of doing the Fashion Eyeliner she did more of a Natural Eyeliner (where the liner ends in a wedge at the outer corner of the eye). With the increased thickness of the liner and the eye shadow being a dark dusting, focus was brought up to her eyes. Walsh and Lopez had several things that were the same in their makeup. In the eye shadow they started dark at the outer edge of the eye and transitioned into a lighter color at the nose. Their cheeks were a rose color without over doing it and they both finished with a nude or natural lip with a bit of gloss. Obviously both of these looks are red carpet ready and both brought out such natural beauty without looking over done.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

An Introduction to Me!

By: Shane Terenzi

Why start a blog? The reason that I decided to begin blogging is to stay active and in-tune with my industry, the entertainment industry. It will make me be proactive and research the trends, analyze celebrities choices in makeup, try different products, and let you all in on how it is to try to make it as a celebrity makeup artist! I am excited to give you my perspective of what’s going on in Hollywood and NYC.

So who am I? My name is Shane Terenzi. Born and raised in Connecticut, I was always influenced in the arts. For college I decided to move across the country and attend college in Los Angeles, CA. Living there for five years I got to begin to see the city of money, fame, and excess. I worked for a production company that produced award shows and charity dinners where I was introduced to celebrity makeup. The celebrities that attended these events included Halle Berry, Natasha Bedingfield, and Kelly Clarkson, to name a few. The different styles that these women had were so unique and different from each other. Their makeup was not drastically different but their choices separated their looks completely.

Moving to NYC I began concentrating on my makeup career. I took intensive course studies of beauty, character, and airbrush makeup and studio hairstyling at The Makeup Designory in SoHo, NYC. After finishing my studies there, I quickly started developing clients in the print and editorial world as well as in the Hollywood community. I did two television pilots, one for B.E.T. and the other Adult Swim.

In September I took a month trip back to Los Angeles where I had the chance to work for Project Runway’s Carol Hannah Whitfield for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards. The next project I worked on was the 2009 Environmental Media Awards where my clients included The Devil Wears Prada's Simon Baker, Brother and Sister's Calista Flockhart and Emily Vancamp, and Glee's Diana Agrove. Coming back to NYC, my next clients included The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Needless to say, the fall was very successful.

In November I teamed up with Erica Maniscalco, a fabulous makeup artist, so that we could push and motivate each other. Erica became an editor for The Fashion Journal and brought me in on several projects for the February issue. The Fashion Journal is a quarterly fashion publication dedicated to showcasing emerging designers in the realm of fashion, art, photography, beauty, accessories, etc. It was great to work on a really creative fashion editorial and beauty shoot.

So, I guess that gets you caught up with me. I have recently begun my makeup career but have been fortunate to have some amazing opportunities. I am excited to talk about celebrity’s makeup, new products and keep you all up to date with my journey as a makeup artist.