Friday, April 4, 2014

Dermatologic Cosmetic Labroatories - Makeup Artist Must-Haves for Perfect Skin

Carley Martin - Makeup Artist 

"Oooohh that feels good, what is that?"  This is the best reaction you can get after you have applied your skincare to a model who has been working for years.  Believe me, in the fashion industry, there is a plethora of cult products floating around that are used as secret weapons; I have a few of my own I would like to share with you.

I first found Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories  after a personal visit to the esthetician; I was in search of an affordable, powerful addition to my current skincare routine that would help my skin's appearance.  My first purchase was the 20% glycolic was love at first use!   From then on, I explored a lot of their products for personal use, but better yet - how to incorporate them in various scenarios as a professional, freelance makeup artist to improve makeup applications!
DCL Skincare

Good skin equals smooth makeup.  Troubled skin equals a stressed makeup artist.  Whether you are a soon to be bride, a fashion model, or a corporate powerhouse, skin texture issues like dehydration, excessive oil production, sun-spots, severe acne, congested pores, fine lines, and wrinkles can make your makeup look cakey, and take a toll on your self confidence.

Here are some tips on using DCL products to enhance makeup application.

OIL-FREE ULTRA LIGHT HYDRATOR and the QUICK RECOVERY POST-TREATMENT CREAM are a dream! The Light Hydrator is great for hydrating skin that produces excess oil. Oily skin still needs moisture!  If foundation is applied on skin that not been moisturized, it can appear patchy and uneven.   The Cream is a beautifully rich moisturizer that hydrates and soothes even the driest of skin.  This is great for an artist to keep in their kits for those harsh winter months.  It creates the most ideal skin texture for applying foundation! They can also be mixed with foundation for a perfect, sheer tinted moisturizer!
My skincare must-haves and my brushes

This is like pure gold.  So many people suffer from surface dehydration for environmental or chemical aggressors. This serum is like giving your skin a big drink of water. What I love about it is that it absorbs quickly as well, so there is no greasy film after you apply it.  It provides the perfect amount of "slip".

Beautiful, smooth hydrated skin

I keep this in my bridal makeup kit for my female clients who are about to get married and the stress of a wedding has caused their skin to act erratically. It feels amazing while it's on, and skin is plump and ready for airbrush makeup once its off and skin is moisturized.

If skin is congested and has not been properly exfoliated, then the dead skin cells will become visible once foundation is applied.  Even with the use of a proper moisturizer and primer, the skin can be rough to the touch, and dull looking.  These peel pads are amazing for unblocking those clogged pores! It's strong enough to be effective, but gentle enough most people can tolerate. Plus you can neutralize it with water - easy breezy!

Glowing skin
I love using this eye gel before applying concealer. It preps the eye area with a light moisture and the gel smooths fine lines so concealer doesn't get caught.

These are just a few products that I have integrated into my makeup kit for professional use; I also use their entire line for my personal skincare routine.  I'm so thrilled to have found such a diverse effective skincare line.  If you are interested in purchasing products or learning more, visit

Behind the scenes

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Gold Motel

I ALWAYS enjoy working with musicians... here is a shot of the very talented band Gold Motel from Chicago Magazine shot by Brian Kuhlman. The lead singer is normally very low key for her shows letting her naturally curly hair go, but I talked her (and the rest of the creative team) to going for more of a glamorous look to suit! Such a fun day, and check out their music here:

Monday, January 23, 2012

Behind the Scenes for upcoming editorial with Fashion Photographer David Leslie Anthony

Fashion stylist Jessica Moazomi and I worked together to create a look for an upcoming editorial. She posted some great behind the scene pictures on HER BLOG that I wanted to share!

Photographer David Leslie Anthony.
Hair & Make-up:
Carley Martin.
Rashida B.
Model: Gwen at Factor Woman

Assistant Photographer: Neal Agustin

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

FarmHouse Fresh Products

I first read about Farmhouse Fresh Goods in one of my many magazines that I got through every month. I was already looking for an amazing body oil (I'm on an oil kick!) that was moisturizing but light and didn't get all over my sheets...not to mention Chicago winters suck all the moisture out of your skin. BAM! There it was...Agave Nectar Ageless Body Oil . It smells light and airy, and literally seems to absorb as soon as it hits your skin. I also layer the Backcountry Caramel body milk. I looove the skin has never been softer!

From the website:
96% natural Vegan NOT Gluten Free (has barley extract)
If you love a deep-soaking, luscious after-shower body oil, Agave Nectar will love you back!
The scent is heavenly light - an oat/milk scent (comparable to a to-die-for tiramisu dessert) that women and men alike adore. But it's so much more than a body oil. Made with a special blend of extracts tested and proven to reduce the rate of your skin's water loss - one of the culprits in signs of aging. Barley, Sandalwood and Amurense bark combine with Agave Nectar and a blend of natural oils to deeply hydrate without a greasy afterfeel. This bottle of glistening comfort even turns white in the water, so any droplets on your clothing or sheets remove clean in the wash. No staining. How brilliant!

"97.5% natural Vegan Gluten Free
A sultry caramel dream!
If you simply can't get enough of a warm, sleepy, vanilla-cinnamon scent, get ready for your next obsession! Our best-selling Sweet Cream Body Milk has been infused with a golden-caramel fragrance that rivals the finest creme brulee. The feel is light, and it pours like milk, but make no mistake this silky vegetable-based lotion will keep skin soft throughout the entire day. Made with our special blend of natural oils for maximum hydration.

Choose from our beautiful glass cruet with a handle for pouring or our more functional glass bottle with pump. Both make adorable gifts! Sold in a decorative box that reads "Our Cows Eat Cookies."

97.5% natural and like all FarmHouse Fresh products, Backcountry Caramel is Paraben & Sulfate free."

I also have enjoyed using their hand creams, both Whoopie Pie (smells really sweet...literally like frosting..I kind of thought it was a little strong so I wouldn't use is before doing makeup on clients). But the Fluffy Bunny is amazing, and made my nails and cuticle look great too!

So once I was saw the body oil, I started researching about this company, Farmhouse Fresh. I have an affinity for farms because my family has had a 575 acre farm off a lake in the plains of Kansas.

Here is a little excerpt from their site:

Life- Under a Canopy of Magic Trees

At FarmHouse Fresh, we dream, develop and hand assemble exquisite gifts that bring delight with every use. Whimsical. Nostalgic. Giftable to even your finickiest friends.

Each product is 88% - 99.6% natural, and Paraben & Sulfate FREE. Many of our products are also Vegan and Gluten Free. Click here to see a full chart.

All in all - amazing products that delivery, and also make great gifts because the packing is very high end and adorably adorned with cute pictures. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Just guess...

Which magazine this was for!! LOL :) Nothing like kicking off the Holiday season with a Holiday Bunny shoot!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Bridal Transformation

Stephanie is a natural beauty, so that makes my job very easy! We airbrushed her skin to make sure it looked even and last all day. Eva Longoria was our inspiration...I think we nailed it on the head.

I loved hanging out with her friends and family for the day; their pictures turned out gorgeous! Here are a few images. Enjoy! Many thanks fo Two Birds photography for their images.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Chicago Based Designer, Nora Del Busto

I had the pleasure of doing makeup for this Chicago based designer for one of the Chicago Fashion Week shows. Can't wait until her career blows up! Such a sweet person.

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