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What I am Thankful For - Davida Simon
What I am Thankful For - Davida Simon
THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010

Thankful, grateful, appreciative … all words that come to mind when I think of my family, friends and yes, even my pets.
 
I remember an instance several years ago when I found out I had to have heart surgery. Since my family was in Chicago and I live in Colorado, my friends were with me both for the initial medical test and for the nine-hour surgery.
 
My sister flew in to be with me as well as several family members. A week before the surgery, while applying makeup on an actress for a TV show, I told her of the upcoming surgery. She starred into the mirror looking at my reflection and said, “How can I help?”  That seemed to be the response from everyone. One friend brought lists and charts of family’s, airport arrivals, and departures, who would make grocery purchases and food preparation and who would stay with me after surgery.

Various television production companies, on finding out I wouldn't be able to go to the film stages to do makeup, called with research projects I could do at home. One of the airbrush makeup company owners hired me to answer online questions to their customers with a hefty check to keep me going financially. As a form of home exercise my cousin, both her dog and mine, danced around my dining room table with disco music blasting from the stereo laughing and singing as the dogs ran after us barking and wagging their tails.
 
In a time of fear, confusion, and pain everyone was there for me. Without the help of friends and family my healing would have not gone as well as it did. I am so very, very thankful for them.

Davida was one of the makeup artists to the hit show Extreme Makeover and consultant to several of Denver’s News Channels. “The Makeup Room website gives me the opportunity to provide information to busy young women that gives them more insight on developing their image.”
 


Helping women feel good about themselves is a creative force that runs through makeup artist Davida Simon, creator of themakeuproom.com. Simon has worked in film, television, and photography with such notables as Susan Lucci, Demi Moore and Brad Pitt, as well as CEOs’ and government officials. Besides working as a makeup artist on tv and commercial shoots, Davida’s busy life includes testing and reviewing cosmetics, beauty expert on ABC, CBS and Fox affiliates, educator and freelance beauty writer.  A special passion is helping women and teens undergoing chemotherapy, through American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better program.
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Covering a Tattoo
Covering a Tattoo
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2010

What a difference covering a tattoo has been. From the time 20 years ago I was asked to cover an actor’s tattoo for a scene in a film and slapped on a bunch of cream makeup and powder only because I didn’t know better, to being on-call all the time covering full tattoo sleeves, chests and backs on brides, actors and the like with makeup specifically designed to cover even the darkest and brightest tattoos.
 
Here’s a bunch of tips for covering your own tattoos, or playing makeup artist and helping a friend cover hers or for that matter his.
 
•  Clean the area with 70% alcohol. If needed, shave the area.
•   To cut the blue tattoo ink, add orange (the compliment or opposite of blue) either alone or added to white to lighten the area with stippling strokes using a makeup sponge.
•  Use a “full cover” cream foundation or those products made for tattoo cover like Kat Von D or Cover FX. Mix a few shades to find the prefect skin match and apply in a stippling manner with a sea sponge over the tattoo area blending into the skin.
•  Powder with a translucent (no color) loose powder by loading a puff and pressing the powder into the skin. Then brush the excess powder off with a large powder brush.
•  If you are into airbrush makeup, (fabulous!), you can use either a waterproof, theatrical or silicone based foundation airbrushed onto the tattoo in the same manner of color as the full coverage foundation. Airbrush will stay on longer and look more natural.
•  Add back in some freckles or add a few extra.
•  If needed add a little Evian mist to the area to give a natural look to the skin.
•  I like to use a little test to be sure the makeup doesn’t rub off on clothing either yours or someone else’s by lightly blotting the area with a tissue, sponge, or powder puff.
•  Have a “backup” kit available with foundation, powder, sponge and if needed setting spray. In regards though to setting spray. I’m not a fan. It dries sticky and too unnaturally shiny.
•  Take a picture both close up and further away and download it to your computer to check your work.
•  Make sure the covered tattoo cover-up doesn’t look too thick, shiny, or matte for the rest of the skin.

These application tips work best for me and lasts for hours, sometimes days. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out. 

Helping women feel good about themselves is a creative force that runs through makeup artist Davida Simon. Simon has worked in film, television, and photography for over 20 years with such notables as Susan Lucci, Demi Moore and Brad Pitt, as well as CEOs’ and government officials.  Besides working as a makeup artist on television and commercial shoots, Davida’s busy life includes testing and reviewing cosmetics, beauty expert on ABC, CBS and Fox affiliates, educator and freelance beauty writer.  A special passion is helping women and teens undergoing chemotherapy, through American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better program.

Davida was on the show Extreme Makeover and consultant to several of Denver’s News Channels. Davida created “The Makeup Room”, an educational studio and website for women seeking makeover consultations and helping budding makeup artists realize their professional goals.  “The Makeup Room website gives me the opportunity to provide information to busy young women that gives them more insight on developing their image.”

 

 

 

 

 


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Got the Smoky Eye Clumsies?
Got the Smoky Eye Clumsies?
TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010

I love smoky eye makeup, but even us professionals have allowed misdirected dark eyeshadow to cascade down to the cheek and under-eye area. This can be a real bummer if you’ve already applied foundation and concealer. We are faced with all bad options to remove the specks of dark pigment and mascara globs ruining our makeup design. Well good news! Along comes a nifty solution by creator/owner Michelle Villanueva, called Shadow Shields. Hailed as The Best New Find of 2009, these light-weight disposable little half-moon pads attach under the eye with a peel off adhesive edge, and form a “tray” to catch falling makeup residue. I love being hands free to apply the shadow while, the adhesive backing stays put under the eye. Yet the adhesive backing is gentle enough to be good for sensitive skin around the eyes.  Shadow Shields are perfect for all makeup applications for the real woman struggling to hold a makeup brush and mirror in her hands, professional bridal makeup, airbrush, special event and prom makeup, plus lash tinting and extensions! Even quick touch ups are hassle free! Like I’ve always said, your makeup sponge is your friend and now so is Shadow Shields! Shadow Shields come in a box of 30 for $9.95 and can be purchased at several makeup sites and stores, including their own site where you can follow a video on its application at shadowshields.com


Davida Simon has worked in film, television, and photography for over 20 years with such notables as Susan Lucci, Demi Moore and Brad Pitt. Besides working as a makeup artist on television and commercial shoots, Davida’s busy life includes testing and reviewing cosmetics, beauty expert on ABC, CBS and Fox affiliates, educator and freelance beauty writer.  A special passion is helping women and teens undergoing chemotherapy, through American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better program.

Davida was one of the makeup artists to the hit show Extreme Makeover and consultant to several of Denver’s News Channels. Davida created “The Makeup Room”, an educational studio and website for women seeking makeover consultations and helping budding makeup artists realize their professional goals. “The Makeup Room website gives me the opportunity to provide information to busy young women that gives them more insight on developing their image.”


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Staying Fresh Through the Holiday
Staying Fresh Through the Holiday
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2009

 
First off, starting now, don't miss the nightly washing of your face. Not having a regimen will bite you in the butt later with blackheads, dry skin and blemishes. Being the fabulous Recessionista that you are, you can buy inexpensive but great quality cosmetics, or put together a few ingredients from your kitchen and make your own recipe for cleansing and makeup. Homemade sugar scrubs work well to exfoliate dead skin cells. Mix equal amounts of sugar and some type of glycerin vegetable oil like almond or avocado oil. Add in a few drops of essential oils like lavender or citrus and a little aloe vera gel.  Massage the mixture into your face and leave on 3-4 minutes before rinsing off. Make small amounts because there are no preservatives in this recipe and store any leftover scrub in the fridge for a few days. Speaking of scrubs, I just read a recipe for a cat litter body scrub.  We’ll leave that to another blog. Or out completely.
 
For puffy eyes, relax for a few minutes with cucumber or potato slices to draw out fluid. Lighten up under your eyes with foundation applied in thin layers. If you need more concealer coverage, using a small synthetic brush, add a drop of liquid foundation to a drop of translucent powder and tap on to blemishes.
 
After foundation or (instead of), brush on mineral powder to help you stay fresh all day. I love E.L.F. Liquid Eyeshadow applied on the lids and smudged on as eyeliner. Add some water-resistant mascara and a longwearing lipstick or gloss and you are set to look great and never fade during the day to evening festivities.        
 
What did our great, great, great, great grandmas do to stay fresh and pretty? Probably powdered with Talc and stained their lips and cheeks by rubbing on warmed cranberries. What’s your favorite cosmetic either homemade or not, to take us into the holiday season looking good and feeling fresh all day?

Helping women feel good about themselves is a creative force that runs through makeup artist Davida Simon, creator of www.themakeuproom.com.  Simon has worked in film, television, and photography for over 20 years with such notables as Susan Lucci, Demi Moore and Brad Pitt, as well as CEOs’ and government officials … even our President. Besides working as a makeup artist on television and commercial shoots, Davida’s busy life includes testing and reviewing cosmetics, beauty expert on ABC, CBS and Fox affiliates, educator and freelance beauty writer.  A special passion is helping women and teens undergoing chemotherapy, through American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better program.

Davida was one of the makeup artists to the hit show Extreme Makeover and consultant to several of Denver’s News Channels. Davida created “The Makeup Room”, an educational studio and website for women seeking makeover consultations and helping budding makeup artists realize their professional goals. Davida is passionate about whatever she does. “The Makeup Room website gives me the opportunity to provide information to busy young women that gives them more insight on developing their image.”



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