Friday, March 27, 2009

Skin Care Essentials for your Wedding

It's been a debate since forever weither one should get a facial before the wedding, if you should risk a spray tan or just deal with pale skin and acne and pray your photographer can air brush. this should no longer be one of your worries. All brides should get a facial one week before their wedding, not only to clear up or head off any potential breakouts, but also to hydrate and pamper the skin that they are bound to be neglecting with all the hundreds of other details that they have on their mind.
Facials are certainly a good thing, but not all facials are created equal. talk to your estetician, explain what your worries are. Are you just dehydrated? Well, a deep hydration facial will eleviate that, along with the fine lines and fatigue excessive dryness can cause. It will bring moisture and firm up those lines that can appear from dehydration. Oily enough to make fries? Choose a facial that will exfoliate and draw out the toxins and oils that build up inside your pores with out causing excessive dryness which can lead to irritation. It is very important to take care of your skin before the wedding, it will improve your mood, because you get a chance to pamper yourself for an hour, it will improve the quality of your photos and help you avoid last minute break outs. Just be sure you don't put off the facial to the day before the wedding, that is a move that could cause a lot of stress and heart break later, since you never know just how your skin might react to a treatment it's never had.
Spray Tanning.... Ok, this brings to mind orange skin, fake hair and other body parts. But that is not the reality. True you've seen someone who had a bad experience and did turn orange, but that is not what happens when you go to a spray tanner who knows what they're doing. It also depends on the product they are using. Here at Image Provocateur we've been spray tanning our brides for the past few years and none of them have ever walked down the aisle a bright shade of orange. And the reason for that? Well there are two. The first is the product we use, it's unique formula rehydrates the skin while using your own natural tone to darken you into a richer, warmer color of your natural skin tone. And the second? Because our spray tanner's are the best! Each one is exclusively trained how to accentuate and blend each client to perfection. So don't be affraid to add a little summer glow to your skin, or even out your skin tone, we promise you will look your best when we send you down the aisle.
To Wax or Not to Wax... That is the question isn't it? Do you want to clean up those unruly hairs for your honeymoon in Hawaii or just get ready for your special night? What is keeping you away from it? Is it the horror stories you've heard from your girlfriend's about their trip to the waxer? Or perhaps your own? Let us eleviate your fears. Here at Image Provocateur we use a special Hard Wax for those delicate areas that reduces the pain and chances of break outs. In comparison to the standard soft wax/cloth strip method the difference in results and experiance are huge. Some notes of warning however if you do decide to wax before the big day. Exfoliate well before your appointment and do it at least a week in advance. Aside from that, it's time for you to get honeymoon ready!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Spring is HERE!!!

Spring is all about self expression & creating that healthy, flirty, feminine appearance. It’s the time to bring out the floral dresses, strapped sandals and expose your skin to the sun. Sun kissed skin is the ideal, but with golden tans comes the potential for damage. Over exposure, dehydration, improper care, all of these things can create skin that is dull, skin that appears aged. Skin conditions change with each season; therefore it is very important to update your skin care regime as well as the type of makeup you wear.
Choosing the right skin care is the first step to having radiant skin. To avoid dehydration from sun exposure and heat, cleanse with a hydrating cleanser, using a manual defoliant to stimulate your blood flow and purge your pores. This will reduce dullness in your skin, reintroduce much needed moisture and reduce blemishes. After this cleansing wait a few minutes and moisturize your skin, making sure to moisturize your whole face, especially under your eyes, continuing down your neck. A daily application of a sunscreen should become routine before ever leaving the house. The final touch for luminous, healthy skin begins on the inside. Drink water, it’s a simple step, but one of the most essential to maintaining a healthy body and healthy skin.
With the changing season comes a need for a change in your makeup as well as your skin care. Colors change each season so be sure to pick a foundation that will match your new golden tones. A light foundation that wears well in the heat followed by a translucent powder to set your makeup, even out the skin tone and keep your makeup from running. Water proof mascara is always the right choice, it won’t run underneath your eyes, and it makes your eyes pop.
Choosing eye shadows, lip tones, skin tones can seem daunting, but with proper education, or a personal consultation with a trained cosmetic artist will guide you in the right direction.
At Image Provocateur in Roseville you will find Cosmetic Artists, Fashion consultants, Hairstylists, nail technicians and skincare specialists that will guide you to a sexy new you, ready for the sunny days of summer and all seasons beyond. Come see us for your personal consultation. We are located at 419 Riverside Avenue, Roseville, CA 95678. Call us at (916)474-5578 to schedule your appointment today.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

VIP-CAT Academy of Cosmetic Artistry

Makeup, the entrance into the exotic, that step outside the normal realm. A face becomes the canvas, the makeup your paints and there are no limits save your imagination. With the deft stroke of a brush you can bring a face to life, turn a soccer mom into a diva, turn reality into fantasy. Since the beginning of time there have been Cosmetic Artists, they enhanced Cleopatra’s renowned beauty and turned Norma Jean into Marilyn Monroe. They paint the world with their imaginations and bring color to our lives. Hollywood would be lost without them...
Designed for those who want to enter the glamorous field of Cosmetic Artistry, VIP-CAT Academy of Cosmetic Arts is the first of its kind in Northern California. Learn every avenue of the art, from Bridal to glamour, from Drag to Prom, learn how to wield a brush like one of the greats. With training in the to use body paints, airbrushing and other techniques to use in all fields. You will learn how to work in film, theatre, television and with models as well as how to make it in the bridal industry.
With focus on Celebrity style makeup, on glamour not gore, this elite program was created by Raquel Siders, a master makeup artist and the owner of the salon Image Provocateur in Roseville, CA. Raquel’s love for this exciting industry started over seventeen years ago when she took her first steps into the art and glamour of this world. From celebrities to soccer moms, from film to stage, runway and bridal, she has studied and mastered these techniques. From the use of body paints to airbrushing she has embraced all forms of cosmetic arts. In her desire to feed her passion for her art and to keep abreast of the latest trends in the industry she travels extensively to NY, Las Vegas and LA to attend classes to bring the latest in cutting edge techniques back to the students of VIP-CAT Academy.
At VIP-CAT Academy our students learn all the tricks of the celebrity artist, the simple nuances and dramatic strokes that separate the amateur from the true professional. The goal of VIP-CAT is to develop and create artists with skills excelled by none. Intermediate to Advanced, Advanced to Master courses, as well as specialized single day courses, our classes are offered on evenings and weekends, easily accessible to working professionals who are seeking to advance their career in the makeup industry or those wanting to break into this exciting field.
Classes run for six weeks and upon completion of the course our students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. Qualified students will receive the certificate which represents that they have completed a course of professional makeup training. The certificate also acknowledges that they have studied under a makeup instructor who is a professional makeup artist currently working in the beauty industry. The course is a fast paced, intense program, covering the whole realm of the Makeup industry. In addition to learning the skills needed to create the look you wish to achieve, the course will also offer one night focused solely on business development and how to make your way successfully into a career as a professional cosmetic artist.
VIP-CAT Academy is also working with two film commissions to offer internships for select students. These students will be able to get hands on in the field training from wedding to film, stage, runway and event. The internship program builds real world experience as well as your resume and portfolio.
All of our makeup classes here at VIP-CAT Academy of Cosmetic Artistry have been designed with the most current techniques and uses the most professional makeup products available in the entertainment industry. Our professional makeup instructors incorporate skills and techniques used on television and movie sets all over the world. Every class is composed of theory and hands on. Each makeup class has a maximum number of students permitted. We do this to promote an environment where each student has easy access to the teacher to ask questions or review makeup techniques.
At VIP-CAT you will learn everything you need to enter the field of the professional makeup artist. Join us in a world of glamour, of fashion and bring your talent to life.
VIP-CAT Academy of Cosmetic Artistry, Where your Image is everything.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Bridal Team Numero Uno!

Edith Kingman and Leslie Olvera are Rock Stars of Image Provocateur. When you schedule this team for your wedding, you are certainly in for a treat. These ladies are wizards with a makeup brush and turn drab into fab with in moments. They are also two of the sweetest ladies you will ever meet. From you're trial run to your wedding day they are there to make your day the best it can be. When they aren't working on making their bride a vision, they are working Fashion Shows and teaching Classes for VIP-CAT Academy. If you want the perfect wedding, you need to make sure these ladies are on your list.

Call (916) 474-5578 to schedule your trial run with the Dynamic Duo today!