Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pro Make-up Artist Programs - Revisited 2013

Here is a list of professional makeup artist discount programs to check out. Each program requires certain credentials to qualify for membership. Some programs offer discounts to students, hairstylists, models, actors, stylists and beauty/fashion writers. Most of these cosmetic companies do not charge a membership fee.

Nothing for Armani  please comment below to us if you have information on other brands that you think should be added to this list. Indie brands are welcome. If anyone has a link for Yves St Laurent, please comment on this so we can add it.

BECCA Cosmetics

Benefit Cosmetics
Call for info on required credentials
Fax or mail it to: 415.781.8153
BeneFit Cosmetics
re: Makeup Artist Program
685 Market St. 7th floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Fax: (415) 781-3930

Bobby Brown Cosmetics – 40%
Call for more info 877.310.9222

Bodyography Professional Cosmetics

Camera Ready Cosmetics

Cinema Secrets – 10%
Ask about the makeup artist discount when you call to do an order 818.846.0579

 All About Mee Beauty

10% - 30% based on credentials

Program Application form:


Fill out form to get password to see more pro brands and product pages.

Eve Pearl 40% Pro discount, call the boutique 212 223 2229 or email contact@evepearl.com with credentials. www.evepearl.com

Face Atelier – 40%
Complete this application AND email required documentation to enquiries@faceatelier.com or fax to 403.301.3391.

Illamasqua – Discount based on profession

Laura Mercier – 40%


Lorac Cosmetics – 40%
Fax credentials: union card, resume, certification, etc.
Discount applicable to mail order only 800-845-0705.
Fax: 818.678.3930

Mac Cosmetics – Discount based on profession, 40% for makeup artists
Program Info:

The Make-Up Designory – MUD – 40%
For 798 union members only, present your card when ready to purchase.

Makeup Forever – 40%
Call NY Boutique 212 .941.9337 for more info.

Nars Cosmetics – 40%
Email: pr@narscosmetics.com for application and more info on the program.
Also has an editorial credit program.

Nixie Cosmetics – 40%
Register for a pro account and email your credentials. Discount will apply to account.

NYX Cosmetics – 30%

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics – OCC – 20% (excluding airbrush systems or already discounted items.)
Send email to info@occmakeup.com for credential requirements.

Origins – 40% Origins Skin Care and Color products and a 20% discount on Bath & Body and Hair Care products
Mail your tear sheets, business card and proof of certification. Return application to: ORIGINS Global Communications 767 Fifth Avenue, 42nd Floor New York, NY 10153 Tel: 212.572.6636 Fax: 212.572.4292

Paint and Powder Cosmetics
Free shipping on orders $50 or more

Paula Dorf – 40%

Posh Pro Cosmetics – 30% Minimum order of $250

Shu Uemura – 30%
Call them 917.606.9530 for applications and a list of required documents.

Smashbox Cosmetics – 40% Pro VIP – 30% Pro Freelancer

Stila Cosmetics – 40%
To find out more, send an email to vmartin@stilacosmetics.com – and Viviana will send you an application and the program requirements by mail.

Sue Devitt – 40%
Call for more info 888.870.1150

Temptu – 20% off on all makeup, body art products & stencils and 10% off training, equipment & package deals

Three Custom Color Specialists – 30%

Vincent Longo – 30%
Call for more info 877.LON.GO99

Yaby Cosmetics – 20%
They also do an Editorial Credit Program: http://www.yabycosmetics.com/index.php?main_page=page_3

Youngblood Cosmetics
Program Info and Application: http://www.ybskin.com/YB-PRO-APP.pdf

Make-up Academy Pearl Eyeshadow $1.60

What do the reviews say?

"AMAZEBALLS" "Nice product" "The bomb" and this one "not what i wanted."

The reviews clearly lean towards, love it! So, we will add this brand to our Drugstore Cowboy "To conquer list." We want to hear from our readers on this. Send us your thoughts, here or by email if you prefer privacy.

September Beauty Blender Giveaway

We all can't win the $500 worth MUFE goodies so, B+V wants to giveaway an awesome Beauty Blender to one of our lucky readers!

Enter our giveaway by doing these easy steps:

Follow us on twitter @beautyverve  - Share your photo using  #bvflawless
One random winner will be drawn on Oct 7th, 2013. Leave a comment here with your name and email address so we can contact you if you are a winner!

Monday, September 23, 2013

MUFE - Foundation Nation Challenge & Quiz - Win $500 worth of products!

Make-up Forever challenges us to find the right foundation this month at about 100 events scheduled to take place at both Sephoras and the boutiques. At each event, MUFE artists will be on hand to diagnose you with your "biggest foundation issue" and will teach you techniques and will challenge you solve those issues with correct application and useful best practices. All free, check out which location these events will take place - HERE

Want a chance to win $500 worth of MUFE products? From September 18- October 7th -
Take the MUFE foundation quiz, spread the word and get your chance to win!

After you take the quiz,  you will be asked to share a picture of your flawless complexion on Twitter or Instagram using #foundationation

Afterwards, the answers are shown.

We all can't win the $500 worth MUFE goodies so, B+V wants to giveaway an awesome Beauty Blender to one of our lucky readers!

Enter our giveaway by doing these easy steps:

Follow us on twitter @beautyverve
Share your photo using  #bvflawless
One random winner will be drawn on Oct 7th, 2013. Leave a comment here with your name and email address so we can contact you if you are a winner!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Budget Beauty City Color

Shopping List

City Color is also on our Drugstore Cowboy radar of brands to try out in our kits. For what looks high end pro make-up artist products here,  is a much more affordable alternative. The overall look and branding of these products and low starting price points will surprise you. It did me.

City Color just had a contest on their Facebook page about these delicious looking trinkets. Check their page out here: City Color FB Page.

Stay tuned for this demo, review and eventual giveaway to someone awesome.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Beauty Drugstore Cowboy Series - Reviews and Giveaways Coming soon!

Cheap and chic? or Just Cheap? Are you a beauty snob?
What is the best for less?
Do you only buy what you consider pricey and popular? 
How much does beauty have
to cost?

Coming soon! The Drugstore Cowboy is our budget beauty weekly feature where the gang at  B+V

will demo, review and even giveaway the ofthen shunned drug store brands. Which ones will make the cut and show the world who's the best in budget? Follow us here and watch us, go head to head with all of the drug store priced beauty you can stomache. If any of it is still standing after we get through them, they will have earned our trust and respect. Our lucky readers will have a chance to snag the champions after!

Friday, June 25, 2010

IMATS Tradeshow June 26th & June 27th, 2010

IMATS LOS ANGELES 2010 is showing at Pasadena Convention Center June 26th & June 27th, 2010

Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green St.
Pasadena, California USA

There are amazing Makeup Artists from Alice in Wonderland to Dani Sanz to Kevin James-Bennetts to James Vincent will be speaking at IMATS LA 2010 this weekend. There are so many Talented Speakers at this event, even if you just attend to check out the new products and at least make sure you try to fit in a few speakers. There is a variety of Artists that will be speaking to fit your talent. This is a must see event

There are amazing products at this tradeshow naming a few from M.A.C Cosmetics, Naimi's Beauty Supply, Alcone, Parian Spirit, Naked Cosmetics, Purely Cosmetics, NYX, Stila Cosmetics, Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, and many more. This is just a few that will be there. Products are usually at a discounted price for everyone that attends.

photos copyright by http://www.imatsshow.com/los/los_news.php

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

New Beauty+Verve

Hello Beauty Ververs!

Thanks for all your support. We have decided to make a few changes to our site, so please be patient. In the mean time, send us an email (info@beautyverve.com) if you have any questions or topics you would like us to cover.

Also, in the works we are planning to do more beauty giveaways, beauty features, beauty tutorials, style guides and tons more interviews with other makeup artists, photographers, stylists, models, designers and much more.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Spring and Summer Head to Toe Essential Wardrobe Updates and Fashion Trends for 2010

Check out my selections from these TOP Trends for the Spring/Summer 2010 season.  Some are old, some are new.  You only need to buy a few... to update your spring/summer wardrobe!

Accessories ~ Lucite and translucent is HUGE for spring/summer.  Handbags, Bib Necklaces, Shoes ~ Lucite is everywhere, so get your hands on some to update any summer wardrobe!

1. Lucite-trim sandal, Christian Louboutin for J. Mendel, price upon request, visit christianlouboutin.com
2. Abstract Lucite cuff, J. Mendel, $450, call 800-J-MENDEL
3. Lucite bubble necklace, Michael Kors, $695, call 866-709-KORS
Photo by Svend Lindbaek

Fendi Heels and Burberry Bangle

Ben Amun by Isaac Manevitz

Michael Kors Necklace and Fendi Clutch

Bakelite Too

Shoes ~ Wedges are still en Vogue!  Thank the gods!!!  The Wedge is extremely comfortable, and can be worn day or night.  The new Wedge for this season and the next is a beautiful sky high creation.  Some with a gorgeous funky heel and others with cork and jute.  Here are a few of my favorites for the season:

Christian Dior Summer 2010

Bottega Venetta

Michael Antonio

Qupid ~ Ceduce 193

Not Rated ~ Summer Nights

Dollhouse ~ Kendra

Dollhouse ~ Alika

Qupid ~ Ceduce in pink


Luichiny ~ Rosa

Florals/Multi Print ~ in ultra romantic feminine silhouettes with soft ruffles and muted shades are an abso essential for the Spring/Summer Season and lucky for me the Maxi dress is still a must have!

Cynthia Rowley

Dennis Basso Spring/Summer 2010

Alberta Ferretti Spring/Summer 2010

Alberta Ferretti Spring Summer 2010

Denim ~ Denim is still hanging in there as a staple in any Fashionistas closet: Skinny Jean, Boyfreind Jean (my personal fav!), Ripped/Torn Jeans, shorts, skirts and even jackets.  You can never own too many pairs of jeans!  That's my motto anyway!!!
Emanuel Ungaro

Christopher Kane

Anna Sui

Louis Vuitton
Yigal Azrouel

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Rag & Bone

Alexander McQueen

Images Courtesy of: Style.com, Svend Lindbaek

Friday, May 28, 2010

MTV's New Show "Hired"

Have you ever wondered what it takes to land your dream job?

In today’s cutthroat economy it’s hard to break into the job market but MTV has made it a little easier with the launch of their new show “Hired.”

MTV’s mission has been to represent all aspects of young adults but they are best known for their entertaining reality-based shows such as the “The Real World,” “Jersey Shore,” and “True Life.” Their new reality show, “Hired” has moved onto one of the most pressing issues facing today’s youth—finding a job. The documentary intimacy of the show is informational, inspirational and entertaining.

The series follows desperate, recent, college graduates pursing their dream jobs in various industries. It shows how young people who have been raised on entitlement and consumer culture deal with the recession and the gloomy job-market, while the goal is teaching viewers the do’s and don’ts of the job market.

Viewers are able to follow the job hunting process through the eyes of both the employer and the prospective employees through meeting the employer looking to fill a position, getting to know the job hungry applications, seeing interviews, finding out who ultimately lands their dream job and what happens to them after.

And for those you who ever wondered what it might be like to work for a beauty company, don’t miss the episode on June 1st at 4:00pm as the series will follow the beauty brand theBalm. In the search for a new office assistant the final applications are asked to pitch a new product idea leaving the staff impressed as well as shocked.

So don’t forget to check out “Hired” to get the information we all wish we had upon graduation.

(Written by Susie Jackson)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

UNII Palette at LeCosmetique.com

Now for a limited time you can buy a UNII Customized Magnetic Makeup Palette at LeCosmetique.com for $ 25.

The UNII palette is a favorite among makeup artists because it allows them to consolidate their eyeshadows, blushes and powders together or separately in different palettes.

All your refillable makeup will fit in this magnetic case because of the magnetic adhesives that simply gets placed securely behind all your makeup pans.

To learn more about this amazing makeup organizer visit: UNII Cosmetics

Friday, May 21, 2010


Forget the Speed Limit lets go Miss Sixty!  

Welcome to the jungle babay, let's go WILD!!!!

I recently attended the Flaunt Magazine/Miss Sixty private Jungle Summer Collection launch party at the Miss Sixty store on Melrose which also happened to be a birthday celebration for Jenni Baird ("Alien Trespass").

Celebs along with my fashion peeps were in attendance for the event. Here's who I saw: (Celebs) Jenni Baird, Wilson Cruz, Jai Rodrigues, Phillip Carreon, Toni Trucks, Gia Carides, and Kathryn Eisman. Here's who else was in attendance: Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Gabriel Garko, and Brody Hutzler.

I really loved the super cute outfits the models were wearing the night of the party as well as the Spring/Summer Collection displayed throughout the store.  The fashion worn by the models was very Junglesque with vibrant greens, reds, yellows, exotic birds, leopard print, butterflies, and gorgeous flowers. Throughout the store were some great denim pieces that I also had my eye on!

The party held upstairs was Jungle themed with lots of palm trees, green table tops, muted lights, etc. It was also quite balmy but I think that was due to how many people attended the event! There were some abso delish cupcakes (chocolate and red velvet), and fantastic canapes from Brown Sugar and Magnolia, some yummy Champers (that's Champagne for you non-ab fab viewers) with a gorgeous champagne pyramid, along with a tequila bar, and regular full bar (with a pretty good Mojito ~ just had to throw that in there!) and may I add that it was open bar which made this girl pretty happy! Anyway, back to the party... the DJs were amazing ~ Kelly Cole and Smiles Davies, I even asked DJ Kelly Cole to play at my wedding (no not getting married just yet) just saying how much I loved the DJ!  So six ( I mean Miss Sixty!), 7, 8 don't be late to the party. Let's get ready for Summer! Check out the Jungle fashion and get down to Miss Sixty so you can GO WILD TOO!!!

Here are a couple of views from inside the party:

The After Party has held at Hyde but this girl had already attended a couple of events prior to the party and was too pooped to pop!  I went home and had sweet dreams of being in the Jungle with all the wild life (non-predatory) and vibrant colors that were in evidence at the Miss Sixty party!

Images courtesty of: Wallman Public Relations and http://www.expensivedeathstyle.com/