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CGI: The Special Effects Makeup Artist’s Secret Weapon

In the film industry, one has to be very creative when bringing their stories to life. In many cases this means bringing on a team of special effects makeup artists and using CGI. But it may surprise you to learn how these two special effects can be employed to enhance one another. CGI is more often than not, a valuable tool in the special effects makeup artists tool kit. CGI not only enhances makeups (yes I said “makeups,” it’s an industry term), but it can be used to make essential corrections for continuity sake as well.

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Shea butter: Reasons to Incorporate this African Beauty Secret to your Routine

Shea butter is a type of fat derived from the nuts of the shea tree. It has an off-white or ivory color and is solid at warm temperatures. Shea trees are native to West Africa, and the majority of shea butter still comes from there.
For centuries, shea butter has been used as a cosmetic ingredient. Its high vitamin and fatty acid concentration, combined with its easy-to-apply consistency, make it an excellent product for smoothing, soothing, and conditioning your skin. Curious? Here are some reasons to incorporate it into your routine, as well as instructions on how to do so.

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Where Does Our Makeup Come From: the Origins of Our Favorite Products

Although men and women have been wearing makeup for centuries, the beauty industry today is a far cry from where it began. All across the world, people in ancient Egypt, Rome, and China used coal, beeswax, henna, almonds, lead, berries and copper in various ways as makeup. Today, however, makeup lovers have never been farther away from the origins of the products they love.
The makeup sold today is generally a mixture of water, oil, and wax. Along with certain chemicals which act as preservatives, emulsifiers, or are just added in for ease of application. The third ingredient necessary for the colorful shimmery eyeshadows, blushes, lipsticks, and lipglosses are minerals.

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5 Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands to Get Behind

Unethical practices in the cosmetics industry are no secret, but several years ago you would have been hard-pressed to find a major makeup brand that didn’t test on animals. Fortunately, times have changed, and makeup enthusiasts in 2022 now have a wider array of ethical, animal cruelty-free makeup brands to choose from than ever before. If you’re looking to put your money behind a brand that upholds the safety of our fellow animals (yes, humans are animals too!), you can start with the 5 cruelty-free companies on this list.

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How the Internet Created a Booming Beauty Industry

The beauty industry has always been a reliable source of profits. It is one of the few industries that maintains revenues during recessions. The beauty category, including haircare, personal care, skin care, and makeup is expected to reach $131 billion dollars by 2026. The beauty industry was robust before the creation of the internet, but since its invention the industry has only continued to boom.

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Futurism: The Beauty Trend That’s Changing How We Understand Beauty

Fashion month has revealed many budding trends and themes in the world of all things fashion and beauty, but one that has been particularly prominent is futurism. Futurism is a theme that has emerged on runways and in the streets, but what exactly is it? Well, if you’re struggling to understand the aesthetic that encapsulates the term, then think of old sci-fi movies; the way directors would have styled characters from the future, other dimensions, or alien planets, is in essence, futurism. It is a way of styling clothes or doing hair and makeup to look well- futuristic. That being said, it may seem kind of odd that this trend is emerging right? I mean, most people don’t immediately think of aliens from Star Wars when they think of the word “beauty.” But designers and make-up artists have been turning heads with some of their latest looks.

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10 Halloween Makeup Looks to Try This Year

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start putting together your costume and stun everyone with your impressive makeup skills! It’s always great to receive a compliment from someone who loves your work. It’s especially nice when you’ve put in hours of hard work to make everything look amazing. Halloween makeup is even more important than the costume since it can make or break the look.

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The Appropriation of Hailey Bieber’s ‘Brownie Glazed Lip’

The lipstick combination immediately became a must-have beauty trend amongst white beauty influencers and influencees. After seeing the trend myself, I quickly realized that the new revolutionary trend was not all that revolutionary. It was nothing more than lining your lips with brown lip liner and topping them off with gloss. If I am being honest, I did not initially see the original TikTok of her presenting her new lip combo trend; I had just seen the numerous TikTok responses from black beauty creators expressing their disdain over how an everyday beauty staple in the black and brown community is now being remarketed as the “hot new trend” with no credit to the originators.

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Face Yoga: The Future of Beauty

The future of the beauty industry is at risk thanks to the ever growing popularity of one healthy practice. The practice is simple, natural, healthy even, but what really puts the cosmetic industry under threat is that it is free. The practice I am referring to is face yoga, which has the ability to make skin more radiant, and facial features more symmetrical, all at your fingertips (literally). Face yoga is better than cosmetic procedures and products because it’s natural, easy to do, free, and most importantly, because it feels good.

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Do Beauty Influencers Glamorize Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery used to be something that only celebrities had access to, but these days, more and more people are finding themselves in consultation offices for strictly cosmetic procedures. The rise in such procedures has a lot to do with their rise in celebrity spheres. Influencers like the Kardashians who are infamous for their frequent operations, to obtain their dramatic hourglass figures and Instagram ready faces, have largely contributed to the popularity of such procedures and consequently their negative side effects. Among others, increased insecurities is a predominant negative side effect that comes from having cosmetic surgery done.

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Beauty sleep: How Quality Rest Impacts Your Appearance

We’ve all heard the story. Sleeping Beauty slept for 100 years and awoke as young as she had been when she had fallen asleep. Her aging woes were kept at bay by the power of sleep.
Scientists have discovered that there may be some truth to that old fairy tale.
Deep sleep has been shown in studies to have restorative benefits that can benefit both your overall health and your appearance:

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Body Positivity or Neutrality? The Answer: Both

As we enter an era of diet-critical attitudes and embracing self-love, many people are looking to make peace with their bodies. It’s a difficult thing in today’s world, where we’re imbued with images of the “ideal” and all the ways we can alter our body to obtain that ideal. Two interrelated yet distinct movements have arisen for those who want to cast away the shackles of those expectations and find comfort in their natural appearance: the body positivity movement, and the body neutrality movement. While some may say that one is superior to the other, I personally think that a blend of both attitudes is necessary to combat appearance-based discrimination. I’ll dive into what they mean, and why I uphold both.

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