Makeup Counter Hygiene

Makeup Counter HygieneThere have been many extensive studies on public makeup testers and the results show staph, strep, and even E. coli bacteria on makeup testers, and on Saturdays, the percentage of contamination on tester products was 100 percent.

It isn’t possible to avoid makeup counter germs all together but we hope the following tips will minimize your chances of picking up a nasty infection!

  • ALWAYS use sample products that don’t require finger dipping. Squeeze bottles of creams and lip glosses are always a better alternative to lotion jars or pots of lip gloss.
  • NEVER use shared brushes, and always opt for disposable applicators instead. Don’t double-dip with your applicators. Each dip should always be with a new, clean applicator.

Studies showed that cosmetics used around the lips, eyes, or nose are the worst, resulting in the spread of afflictions like cold sores, conjunctivitis, or pink eye. Therefore, avoid any products that must be directly applied to the nose, eyes, or mouth, especially mascara.

If you don’t see rubbing alcohol or disposable applicators, ask for them, and don’t be afraid to ask for individual samples as well. Just because they’re not out on the counter doesn’t mean they’re not available.

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Actor’s Unions

ACTOR’S UNIONS There are two major unions for actors. Actors Equity Association (AEA) is a union created for stage actors. The other union is the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). The two unions merged and are referred to as SAG-AFTRA. This union represents film, television and radio artists.

Union actors are guaranteed certain pay rates for their work. The unions, to name just a few benefits, regulate working conditions, health and pension benefits, expanding work opportunities and protecting members against unauthorized use of their work.  There are pros and cons of joining a union too early. To learn more about the different unions, visit www.actorsequity.org and/or www.sagaftra.org.

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Freeze Your Eyeliner!

Freeze Your EyelinerIf you want that seamless eyeliner look that models are famous for, put your eyeliner in the freezer for 15 minutes before applying your makeup. You’ll love how it simply glides on!

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The Purpose of Skin Toner

The Purpose of Skin TonerHave you ever wondered what’s so special about skin toners? Are they really necessary or just another product to spend your money on? We believe, as all models and actors know, that skin toners are an important part of any skin care regime. For starters, a toner will remove any residue left behind by your cleanser. There are different types of toners, each based on an individual’s need. Some toners refine skin by tightening pores and others are astringent and control oily skin. A toner can restore the proper PH balance to your skin. A toner will reduce fine lines and some wrinkles and give you a smooth, refreshed and flawless look!

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Model’s Pomegranate Beauty Tip

Model's Pomegranate Beauty TipPomegranates can help you attain younger looking skin and it’s also loaded with antioxidants, vitamins K and C, potassium, copper, zinc and iron. Pomegranate fruit helps hydrate dry skin, it fights against inflammation from acne breakouts, protects your body against the sun and environment and it stimulates collagen production.

So, the next time you are at your grocery store, stock up on the fruit and/or pomegranate seed oil!

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What Is An Actor’s Reel?

What Is An Actor's ReelA ‘reel’ is a compilation of clips from an actor’s body of film and/or television work that shows them at their acting best. Reels can be posted to online casting services in addition to the actor’s headshot and resume or directly submitted to casting professionals. Reels allow casting people to see the actor in action, and are being used more and more as a determining factor in who gets called for an initial audition.

When putting together a reel, actors select the best moments from their work and then have the collection or reel put together professionally. Beginning actors who do not yet have television or film work to include in a reel should consider creating one.

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Women’s Shapewear

Women's ShapewearAll women (especially models and actresses) want a smooth line under their clothes. And, many will go to any extreme to get that line-free, smooth appearance. Shapewear couldn’t do its job if it wasn’t tight. Unfortunately, this leaves your stomach, intestine and colon compressed. Shapewear is known to give you shallow breath, tingling, numbness and pain in your legs too!

Like everything in life, it’s important to exercise moderation: Don’t wear shapewear everyday! Choosing the right fit is important. There are hundreds of different styles. You want to pick shapewear that actually fits you and not so small that it is causing damage to your organs. Your shapewear fits properly if it’s not cutting you anywhere. You should be able to easily get in and out of it without a struggle.

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Rapid Fire/Long Dialogue For Actors

Rapid Fire/Long Dialogue For ActorsMany TV commercials present slice-of-life scenarios in which the actors engage in naturally flowing dialogue. In some instances, however, a spokesperson for a product in a commercial will have the task of cramming a great deal of factual, descriptive information into a tight commercial format. Some of these scripts might be short and ‘rapid-fire’, while others might contain a lot of informative dialogue for the actor to handle.

It can be daunting at first to take on these types of scripts. These scripts require the same familiar method of analysis as other commercial copy. The same methods of rehearsal will apply. The difference here is the importance of picking up the pace, and learning to be comfortable with the quick flow of dialogue.

Remember, practice out loud! This will help you to discover the appropriate pacing and rhythm, and allow you to become comfortable with the language in the script.

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Do You Know What’s In Your Makeup?

Do You Know What's In Your Makeup?According to the FBI, the sale of counterfeit personal care products is on the rise! These knock-off cosmetics (including perfume) are loaded with bacteria or laced with carcinogenic elements like arsenic, beryllium and cadmium. The knock-off perfumes may contain carcinogen DEHP and even urine! Is your skin crawling yet?

These knock-off products can result in rashes, acne, psoriasis and eye infections! See the tips below that will help you spot knock-off products:

  • Vendor: Mall kiosks, flea market and websites that you’re not sure are legitimate
  • Packaging:  The coloring, lettering, spelling, or even wrapping seems “off”
  • Price:  If the price is too good to be true, it’s probably not legitimate
  • Product: Consistency, texture or scent seems “off”

And lastly, if you are in doubt whatsoever, don’t buy the product! You can always ask your modeling or acting agent because they are trained to know the difference between legitimate and counterfeit products.

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What Is A Television Pilot?

What Is A Television Pilot?A “television pilot” is a standalone episode of a TV series that is used to sell the show to a television network. It is a test episode of an intended TV series. Each summer, the major American TV networks receive hundreds of pitches for new shows. In the fall, the networks request a select number of scripts and the following January, orders about 20 pilot episodes. Actors come to Los Angeles from all over the United States and around the world to audition for the pilot. By spring, the actors are cast and production crews assembled to produce the pilot episodes. Then, the directors, actors and others hope their pilot episode is chosen and thus a TV show is born!

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