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

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