Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New York Muse

This guy sat next to me on my way home.  Loved his style -his rolled up bermudas and thermals underneath and then some- and had to ask to take a picture.  His name is Michael Tousana, artist.  Check him out here, but also check out his website: Tousana.com

Love these encounters.  Love my New York City!



Confessions Of a Makeup Artiste

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Friday, February 08, 2013

Carlos Campos Preliminary Casting Hair & Makeup Test



Preliminary Casting




Makeup and Hair Test...

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5... Final Look!

Hair by Cesar Ramirez
Makeup by KarloKarlo for MAC Cosmetics

Thank you for looking.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

De Compras - Part Deux. Lo que no cupo en Magacín.


!Hola a tod@s y feliz año 2013!  Les deseo paz, amor, éxito, abundante salud... y que seamos mas comprensivos, empáticos... para así entender que no todo cabe un una pagina web. Por eso aquí les dejo con las imágenes y enlaces que no cupieron en el 
articulo original "De Compras" por Larissa Vázquez Zapata, editora de Magacín. Espero les guste esta extensión, que es todo lo que se lee en cursiva.


Karlo Karlo, maquillista puertorriqueño residente en N.Y., comparte sus gustos.


Mis lugares predilectos para hacer compras:

1. El mercado de pulgas de Brooklyn (enlace en articulo original). No hay nada que me fascine más que la amalgama de lo nuevo y vintage; la idea es combinarlas, que se seduzcan, así se enaltecen respectivamente. Entre el regateo y el eye candy, uno de los mejores pasatiempos sabatinos.




2. Florencia, Italia. En The Mall, ubicado en Incisa, Val d'Arno (enlace en articulo original). Un secreto en el medio de las montañas. En auto, a una hora y pico de Florencia y definitivamente a este lugar sí que vale la pena llegarle.




Y mi lugar favorito para hospedarme durante el viaje: Hotel Villa Cora (enlace en articulo original). Un mini gran palacio justo en donde comienzan las afueras de la ciudad. El aire que se respira es este lugar es muy relajado, como si estuvieses en tu casa de campo, pero tus vecinos son los Medici.























3. Libros AC (enlace/foto en articulo original). Este espacio que ha creado Samuel Medina y Rubén Ramos sacia la sed por la lectura, cultura, educación, que tiene el puertorriqueño.


4. Alberto Torres. Siempre he dicho que Alberto Torres ha de tener su boutique en Rue Saint-Honoré y en Puerto Rico. Así de divinos son los accesorios de este biólogo de profesión obsesionado con la belleza.  Siempre consigues en su arte algo diferente, lindo, elegante. Hecho a mano.





5. El departamento de Accesorios para Hombres de Bergdorf Goodman. Aquí los accesorios pasan por un proceso de doble curación. El suplidor, que viaja el mundo entero buscando y rebuscando piezas únicas y luego su cliente, Bergdorf, hace una segunda selección. Mi lugar favorito para ponerse guapo.









Mi lista de regalos para Navidad:

1. Bulto Longchamp. Compacto de líneas clásicas, sencillo y de alta calidad.
No me gusta llenar los bolsillos de las chaquetas o pantalones con billeteras, llaves, etc.; desfiguran/distorsionan la ropa. Para mi el propósito de llevar estos 'man-bags' es echar esas pequeñas cosas 'sans' tanta e innecesaria magnificación de logos; no me gusta andar anunciando marcas. (Bueno, sí, este dice Longchamp, pero no es como 'in your face'.)





2. El libro: "Antonio López: Fashion, Art, Sex and Disco", publicado por Roger y Mauricio Padilha. De este genio ilustrador todo puertorriqueño TIENE que saber. Este libro ha de habitar en cada hogar, cada 'coffee table', cada anaquel.  Antonio López fue un gran artista oriundo de Utuado, Puerto Rico. Intimo amigo de Karl Lagerfeld, descubridor de muchas estrellas como Jerry Hall, y al cual los dioses de la moda y el arte seguían, y siguen; Marc Jacobs cataloga este libro como uno de sus favoritos y de gran inspiración.











      Antonio and Jerry Hall photographed by Norman Parkinson for British Vogue, 1975

Jane Forth and Antonio Lopez in 1970.



3. Un retrato comisionado, obra de Alfonso Muñoz (enlace del artista en articulo original).
Decidido a concientizarnos sobre la belleza y joya que es Santurce, Alfonso Muñoz se ha propuesto embellecer su ciudad plasmando su arte en paredes publicas cangrejeras. Sus retratos en lápiz, tinta y acrílico son unos de mis favoritos... además de sus conversaciones.  Un cafecito con Alfonso es lo que toma para enamorarse de este artista; de seguro la conversación termina en una comisión para tu retrato.






4. El Bespoke Suit del diseñador Carlos Campos (enlace en articulo original).




5. Copas para champán de John Rocha para Waterford (Muse Portia Cased Black Flute).



Mi afirmación:
"Los bienes materiales pueden ser vehículo de satisfacción temporera e inclusive admiración. También el impacto que tiene la belleza en nuestras vidas es subestimado; que muchas veces nos trae paz… Lo que no quiero que piensen en ningún momento es que estas cosas materiales nos puedan hacer más o menos seres humanos. Son para disfrutarlas e idealmente compartirlas. Si no las tuviera seguiría igual de feliz y lo que en realidad me brinda paz permanente es el amor, ese que no se compra, ese que se da, sin interés ni pretensiones”. -Karlo.

Gracias por leerme.  Gracias Magacín.



Thursday, February 09, 2012

The Making of a Romantic at Carlos Campos.



Carlos Campos' collection for this Fall/Winter 2012-13 is inspired in the romantic.  I'l keep you posted on his presentation this Sunday, February 12th at Milk studios (NYC), 3:00 PM.  But for know here's a glimpse of the grooming process, makeup by moi, hair by hunk Ramirez.

What does it take to turn someone into a romantic?  How would you paint him? Sculpt him?  




I've always believed that if you want to know whether a makeup artist is good or not, give them the test of grooming.  There's a certain sensibility, knowledge of color and undertones and finishing techniques that is required in order to make the makeup disappear.  



The fantastic hair master Cesar Ramirez will be collaborating with Carlos Campos  this season, as always.




Image by Luis Carle.


It's about color 101 and being quite the observer of faces in their natural perfect state and painting them handsome, romantic. All products used by MAC Cosmetics.



It shouldn't take much effort, or a team, to send handsome male models down the runway......or does it?  I've always said, grooming is so underrated.

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

A Handsome Newfound Love...*kyoku.





Happy one more time, as for the past who knows how many seasons, to be directing beauty at the Carlos Campos' Fall/Winter 2011-12 fashion presentation. As a makeup artist, you are always looking for the ideal makeup/skin care sponsor to go hand-in-hand with the designer's vision; for example, the minimalist designer paired with the minimalist makeup line, and so forth. Well, this season I have made a match in heaven, Carlos Campos and *kyoku for men, my newfound love!

*kyoku for men is man's man line. Founded by Asim Akhtar, the son of one of the founders of StriVectin, *kyoku was inspired by the healthy living of the people of Yuzuri Hara, a village just about two hours outside of Tokyo, Japan. In this village, diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer's are simply non-existent. But, the added bonus of living in Yuzuri: flawless skin.

The skin care line is infused with amazing ingredients like bamboo extract to pump up your skin's hyaluronic acid (the stuff babies have abundantly in their skin, hence their soft derriere
) and volcanic ash for deep detoxification of the skin. It's like having a going-away-detox-program but at home, like Charlie Sheen sans lost episodes of "Two and a Half Men", twitching and texting.



Those who know me well are aware that I'm not a morning person, although I'll definitely wake up happy for some "sake infused shave cream." Oh yeah! One of my favorite products from *kyoku. You bet I'll follow up with some extra Mimosas and I'll be a happy morning-er.


The eye fuel? A double whammy. A winner! One pump bottle that divides into two separate chambers: one pumps the uplifting eye gel and the other the eye radiance creme. Voila! No tired glances at the show.

I hope you can join me this Saturday, February 12th, for the Carlos Campos' Fall/Winter 2011-12 fashion presentation at Exit Art (remember to RSVP). We'll be having fun, for sure, and the men will definitely be that man's man all women want and men want to emulate.

I have to say, I'm in love with *kyoku for men. I hope you fall in love too!

Oh! Soon to come exclusively at Barney's NY.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Dry Skin No More... Two Of My Favorite Products...

(Above: Artist Pepe Villegas)

Last night following my usual 'espiritista' Thursday meetings - as I lovingly call my spiritual posse gatherings, The Waking Circle - with some amazing guys, in Chelsea ;-), the subject of dry skin came up. And, of course, I gave my best advice for the Fall/Winter season already making our skin drier and itchy.


Organic Coconut Oil

RIGHT AFTER TAKING A SHOWER/BATH, while your skin is still damp, smother it with some *organic coconut oil. The coconut oil will sink into your skin right away unlike anything with artificial petroleum based oils. You neither be putting on any parabens or weird ingredients that may be absorbed through your skin making you more toxic.


For the first fifteen minutes after application your olfactory receptors will take you to some exotic Caribbean destination. Not a bad idea for a body lotion that works as aroma-visualizing-therapy in the dread of winter. It won't interfere with any other colonias or fragrance that you might like to apply afterwards. You know I wouldn't let anything interfere with my Acqua Di Parma's 'Colonia', it works perfectly.

Advice:

1. Place the coconut oil in an area that's room temperature so it won't harden. Keep it away from the heat/sun.

2. For the bathroom, buy a squirt/pump bottle for easy dispense. It also keeps your fingers from touching the main jar, thus avoiding any bacteria and other junk from transferring to the main container. It also looks prettier ;-)

I know you will love this oil/lotion for your skin, it feels delicious. Give me your feedback.



Bigelow's Mentha Lip Balm

For my lips? I would not trade my *'Bigelow's Mentha Lip Balm Stick (No Shine Formula)' for anything. It doesn't feel heavy on the lips. It's not shinny. It smells good!. It's kissable too.

For those that don't have a Bigelow's nearby, *Bath and Bodyworks also carries it.

Little beautiful things.


*follow the product links above in blue.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Of Fashion, Socialites and Channeling Oscar...


(Oscar de la Renta's spring/summer 2010 look)

Have you ever asked yourself what or who support$ a fashion designer's empire? Well, its basically the goddesses of sales, and they come in all shapes and sizes including, the Socialite. Also, have you ever wondered how two people can come up with the same concept at the same time in different parts of the world, even in the same city? Keep reading.

On September 16, 2009 Oscar de la Renta showed the world his vision, his interpretation of wearable art for the 2010 spring/summer collection. For this event at The Tents in Bryant Park, New York City, birds of a feather flocked together to pay homage to De La Renta; kings and queens of the press, front-row bloggers, buyers, groupies, family, friends and the perennial decked out socialite including Maria Chevere de Levis.

Maria Chevere de Levis has been an avid follower of Mr. de la Renta. Consequently, Oscar's sketches made reality have embellished many of Maria's benefit galas, tasty celebrations of life or simple casual gatherings of the 'socialité' in Puerto Rico. Maria seems to embody a designer's dream come true; the perfect reverent customer.

All things considered, every season Mrs. Levis gets invited, personally, by Mr. de la Renta to his fashion shows at The Tents in New York City. Every season I usually get a call from Maria; she wants to look flawless before the claws of every vulture present at the fashion show. Her best is always accentuated using the magic of color, chiaroscuro, wands of mascara... de la Renta's and a few pounds of diamonds in case she needs to use a weapon of mass destruction. The usual breakfast imbued with Champagne, gossip, laughter, funny stories by Mr. Levis and Maria's update on her new entrepreneurial projects always precede the 'transformation' prior to the show.

The 'production' usually starts with the setting of my tungsten lights to fill the hotel room with a thousand watts, ALL is illuminated... and here is what I need to say in regards to Light and the channeling of Oscar.

This time around I sensed that Maria was, lets say, uneasy. She was experiencing the perfect discomfort a boa needs in order to shed her old skin off and come anew, at least that was my perception. "I need to look ravishing..." Maria mentioned to Oscar's crew, "I want my makeup to look different... loaded..." she addressed. It was at THAT moment that I felt the sky opening up and a torrent of information and direction started to flow upon myself. The only words I uttered were "Trust me, I know what I'm going to do."

It's not the first time I experience a Shirley McLaine moment, it's the story of my life when it comes to creativeness. Wether it's 'Yemaya', 'Chango' or 'Santa Barbara bendita', who knows, but it happens, and I go into a trance not even Whoopi (as Oda Mae Brown in Ghost) can top it off.

I finished Maria's makeup and she looked 'ravishing'. The look went perfectly with the Oscar ensemble. Diva. Star. Prima Donna. Definitely vixen. But as soon as she looked in the mirror an "Oh my god, I look like Cat Woman..." was gasped in despair. Between the Oscar team and myself she was comforted and assured. And, off she went with her favorite man, Mr. Levis, to see one of her favorite men, Mr. Oscar de la Renta, only to find out she was an imprint of the Oscar de la Renta look for spring/summer 2010. No' inside' information.


(Maria Chevere de Levis, ready for the Oscar de la Renta spring/summer 2010 show)



ps.:
As to the readers that would like another explanation other than the one from 'Oda Mae Brown' (Whoopi) in regards to the channelling and connection to the Universe, here is what I have to say from the book, Science of Mind, chapter 3, page 39:

"There is a KNOWER within us.
All man's inventions and discoveries are at this moment in that River (meaning God {or whatever you want to call it}, the intelligence of God running through us). As it flows through the brains of men whose habitual thought tends toward some particular idea and concept, those men catch and register new ideas in line with their concepts. That is why men on opposite sides of the earth who have never known each other sometimes come forth simultaneously with the same invention, the same discovery, the same story theme. Each one believes that he, personally, originated the idea; but no human being ever originates. He merely tunes in on ideas carried in the One Great Originating Mind."