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1. Do Your Research

Aaron says the biggest mistake that aspiring models make is “not doing the research beforehand.” Not sure where to start? Aaron suggests that “One should check to see who is reputable first, length in the buisness, and who an agency represents.” Look for an agent by flipping through your favorite magazine spreads and making a note of which agency represents the models you like. If you’re looking into a smaller agency, do some internet research before giving them a call to make sure they have a good reputation in the industry.

2. Be Prepared

“Classes can be helpful to individuals in terms of self confidence and comfort with aspects of the business,” says Aaron, though he emphasizes that classes are by no means a prerequisite. Consider the option if you feel like you have something that’s holding you back, lack knowledge of the industry, or if you’re in need of a confidence boost. And like with any job, read up on the agency you’re interviewing with, including past and present models signed with them and company news.

3. Make Your Portfolio Picture-Perfect

Your book, or modeling portfolio, is your resume, so make sure that it’s in tip-top shape before you schedule interviews or auditions or attend an open-call. “A great portfolio is a relative concept; after all, you cant please every client all the time,” Aaron says, but make sure that your book has enough variation that an agency can see your potential. Aaron says, “The basis of a good book should show a model who is comfortable in front of the camera, one who has a range of expression and movement.” Less is more: “As to length, a few great pictures can look better than a long book of fluff.” Think of your portfolio as a story that you’re telling to a prospective agency — a short story. “A flow to the book is important — after all you want to get and keep the client’s attention,” Aaron says.

 

 

4. Be Yourself

So you’ve booked a meeting with an agent — now what? Resist the temptation to paint on new eyebrows or shop for a new outfit before your interview. Aaron says, “I always say “come as you are.’ If you have a quirky look or style naturally, work that! Don’t be concerned about changing who you are to impress an agency. When meeting prospective models we prefer to see them as they are: no makeup, natural hair, and their personality.” Leave the flowing maxi-dress at home and keep your outfit simple: “Body-conscious clothing like skinny jeans and a tank are good so we can see the body.”

5. Smile for the Camera

In addition to your portfolio, bring some casual shots as well. “When we meet with prospective models we ask to see a couple of snapshots or Polaroids,” Aaron says. “A simple headshot, bodyshot, profile, and a smile is good.” Keep your clothes simple so they don’t distract from your shape and face, and play around with different poses and facial expressions

 

6. Speak Up

Personality is key, so sit up straight and spit out that gum! Aaron says, “An outgoing personality is always a standout.” They’re looking for models who are “able to express themselves and not be nervous or shy. A feeling that modeling is something they want to do, rather than something they are being pushed into is key.” He says that “the models that do well are confident, ambitious, and have a certain humbleness about the fact that being genetically gifted is what got them in the business,” says Aaron. “In the end this is a business and respect and professionalism is really important.” Arrive for your audition or interview early and ready — no scrambling to rearrange your book in the elevator!

 

7. Read Before Signing on the Dotted Line

If you’ve impressed the agency enough to get an offer, take a deep breath before doing a celebratory dance and signing a contract. “Do not sign anything without reading first!” Aaron says. “Do your research, and just go with what your gut tells you.” Make sure any questions you have about your contract are answered and clarified before you sign.

 

Mistake No. 1: Wearing the wrong foundation shade

Foundation
isn’t supposed to give your skin a bit of a tan,” Patel says. After
all, that’s what bronzers are for. Instead, “it’s supposed to create a
perfect, smooth complexion and cover-up any imperfections. This is why
you should always use a foundation which blends in with your skin.”
Patel recommends testing on your jawline (not your hand!) before buying,
and when possible, ask for a sample first. That way you can try it at
home — and look at your skin in various lighting situations — to make
sure the shade you choose looks natural.

We confess: “Being naturally light-skinned, I’m always trying to
look more tanned,” says assistant editor Jane. “So sometimes I pick a
foundation that’s a bit darker than my skin tone, which (of course)
leads to my face and neck being two totally different colors. I think
it’s time to embrace my natural coloring. Who wants to look like Snooki
anyway, right?”

Mistake No. 2: Applying makeup on dry, flaky skin

Patel
describes the results of slathering on foundation over chapped skin as
“horrific,” and we have to agree. Foundation will only emphasize the
flakes by sitting on top of them instead of blending in with your skin.
Fix the dryness by exfoliating regularly (to get rid of flakes) and
following that up with a rich moisturizer. Smoother skin means a much
smoother application and finished look.

We confess: “I’m in my 30s, and I don’t exfoliate as much as I
should,” says executive editor Meghan. “While most experts recommend I
do it at least once a week, preferably twice, I’m probably more in the
exfoliate-twice-a-month category. As a result, I’ve fallen prey to
putting makeup on too-dry skin — and I end up looking less than cute.
Note to self: Take an extra couple minutes to exfoliate twice a week
before bed. It takes more time to fix makeup that looks awful after it’s
been put on parched, flaky skin.”

Mistake No. 3: Wearing blue eyeshadow

“Blue
eyeshadow works for some people,” Patel says. “Little girls in dance
recitals. Guests at 1970s-themed parties. Ethereal looking supermodels.
If you aren’t one of the aforementioned people, don’t wear it. Enough
said.” Harsh, but truer words have never been spoken.

We confess: “In middle school, I had a friend who was born with
dark brown/black hair and light blue eyes that I was super jealous of,”
says intern Stephanie. “She wore electric blue eyeliner and managed to
make it look so edgy that I wanted to give blue a try too. I tried a
bright blue shadow instead, but as a girl with black hair and brown
eyes, the color is all kinds of wrong on me. Luckily, my mom was quick
to point out that I looked like a clown before I headed off to school
that day, and I haven’t touched a pale blue palette since.”

Mistake No. 4: Trying to “plump” your lips

You’ve
probably heard, or tried, the trick of lining just outside your natural
lip line to make your lips look bigger. But it’s way easier said than
done. One wrong move and you’ll end up looking like Pamela Anderson
circa 1993. If you are going to attempt it, Patel says to use a lip
liner the same shade as your lipstick on the outer line of your lips,
without passing over it. Fill in your lips as well — that way if your
lipstick fades, you don’t wind up with only a line around your mouth.

We confess: “The makeup artist for my wedding drew lip liner
outside my lips — I guess it was to make my lips look fuller, but all I
kept thinking was ‘porn star,'” says editor in chief Beth. “Not exactly
what I was going for. When she packed up and left for the day, I dialed
it way back with a Q-Tip and vowed never again.”

Mistake No. 5: Over-tweezing (or ignoring) your eyebrows

“When
[brows are] well groomed they can enhance your eyes and your entire
look,” Patel says. So head to a professional to get an ideal shape.
While you do want to tame overgrown brows, Patel stresses that you don’t
want to tweeze too much. “As we get older, our brows naturally become
sparser, so if you tweeze your brows too thin they might never fully
grow back,” she says. So just stick with cleaning up the area around
your brows and follow their natural arch for your best shape.

We confess: “I’ve totally over-tweezed my eyebrows,” says
associate editor Alexis. “What usually happens is this: I try to clean
up the strays and notice a few stragglers on the end. I remove a few
hairs from the end, and then think it looks uneven. Before I know it,
half my eyebrow is missing. On both sides. This is why I get them
threaded — professionally.”

Mistake No. 6: Wearing an entire eye palette on your lids

“Just
because your compact came with four or more colors packaged together
doesn’t mean you have to paint them all onto your eyelids at once,”
Patel says. Instead, she recommends wearing no more than three shades at
a time: a medium one on your lids, a lighter one near your brow bone
and a dark one as liner. But for everyday, you really only need a sweep
of one shade across your lid.

We confess: “Yes, I had delusions of grandeur and thought I could
get all fancy on my eyelids,” says senior editor Sarah. “I had a
different shade of liner on my top and bottom lash lines, a brow
highlighting shade, crease shade and at least two shades on my lids. Had
this been done by an actual makeup artist I’m sure it could have been
quite beautiful — but since I’m so not one — it looked like a hot
mess. The only saving grace: I had enough time before going out to wash
it off and start over.”

Mistake No. 7: Trying to “sculpt” your face

Yes,
we would all love chiseled cheekbones and a dainty, ski-slope nose, but
if nature didn’t deliver, makeup isn’t going to help. Patel says
contouring is best left to professionals, and only for photography or
film. “No matter how skilled you are with the makeup brush, it’s nearly
impossible to use dark colors that aren’t glaringly obvious when viewed
in person, especially in broad daylight,” Patel says. “Focus instead on
pretty, soft makeup that plays up your best features.”

We confess: “OK, so I have a round face and therefore use
whatever means necessary, i.e. makeup, to help slim it,” says associate
editor Anna. “It’s safe to say I have gotten a little heavy-handed with
the bronzer under my cheekbones on more than one occasion.”

Mistake No. 8: Using pencil on your eyebrows

“A
penciled eyebrow looks painted and weird (hello Joan Crawford),” Patel
says. Nevertheless, many women still go this route to fill in brows. A
better option: “Choose an eyeshadow color that matches your hair color
and apply with a thin, stiff, angled brush using tiny strokes,” Patel
says.

We confess: “I used to use pencil to fill in my brows and I
recently switched to a waxy powder,” says Meghan. “I can’t tell you the
difference it makes! With the pencil, you could totally tell that I did
some filling in work. This waxy powder is so much easier to use, easier
to fix if I mess up, and looks way more natural.”

Mistake No. 9: Wearing black eyeliner in the daytime

“Here
is a general rule: dark colors shrink and recede,” Patel says. “Light
colors advance and bring forward.” That’s why she recommends skipping
black eyeliner (especially underneath eyes) during the day, so your eyes
look more open and awake.

We confess: “Yikes, I do this almost every day,” says Sarah. “I do like how the liner defines my eyes. I think I look tired without some
liner on. But I will admit that black can be a bit harsh for daytime,
so maybe a switch to brown liner is in order. Same effect without the
goth undertones.”

Mistake No. 10: Wearing glitter

“The
thing that bothers me the most about glitter in makeup, besides the
fact that it shouldn’t be worn by anyone over the age of 14 (fabulous
club kids get an exception here), is that it travels on your face,
leaving strange sparkly spots where they shouldn’t be,” Patel says.
Instead of chunky glitter, she recommends shadows with finely milled
shimmer — used sparingly, of course.

We confess: “I got super into glitter in junior high when I discovered Tony & Tina, this fabulous
line that specialized in glitter-packed makeup,” says assistant editor
Sharon. “While their products were amazing (sadly discontinued), I
unfortunately used glitter on more than one area at a time. So …
glittery eyeshadow, glittery eyeliner, sparkly blush, and
glitter-infused lip gloss. Yowza. In hindsight I probably looked like I
got into a fight with a tub of glitter — and lost.”

Mistake No. 11: Going nuts with “luminizing” products

“Luminous
particles have been added to everything in the past few years, most
notably foundations, powders, and highlighting products,” Patel says.
“One or two such products can make a woman look fresh and glowing. Too
many can make her look very, very strange.” Think glowing head on a
matte body, or like you spent your morning leaning over an oil vat —
not exactly sexy. Patel suggests limiting your illuminating products to
these areas: cheekbones, inner eye corners, and (if used sparingly)
under the eye.

We confess: “I had this great Stila luminizing powder — I wore
it everywhere, every day,” says Beth. “It was part of my uniform. Then I
caught my reflection in really strong daylight one time, and I realized
how it was highlighting every bump, scar, and wrinkle on my face. From
then on, it was a nighttime thing only — and even then, only when I was
going to a darkly lit place.

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know after reading this we will realize we’ve made some makeup mistakes
and with this little info we will be able to correct it. Thanks for
reading today’s makeup Tip.

          More to come……………

 

What are your thoughts on beards? On a potential make-out partner, I
have mixed feelings. I’ve lived in the beard forest that is Brooklyn for
the past few years, and I must admit that I’ve come to admire a hipster
beard or two. You want me to make out with what nowBeards are totally fine in theory. In practice though, some beards have a highly unfortunate effect on my skin, as if they were constructed

out of steel wool dipped in whatever the opposite of Noxema is.
Attractive!

This is what your prickly beard feels like.

Whatever your feelings on beards for the menfolk, you might assume
that it’s safe to say that beards have never been a good look for the
ladies. Female facial hair is so taboo that waxing salons don’t even
dare list it (at my salon, it appears that one would have to request,
and pay separately for, waxing of one’s cheeks and “lower lip” instead
of one convenient lady beard removal request). Merely having a few chin
hairs could qualify as a life-long bearded lady career not so long ago
in the circus’ “differently beautiful” section.

This girl’s got a lot of look going on.
But forget all that. I, like approximately 99% of women who would
also admit it if you got them a couple shots of tequila, occasionally
sprout a few unwanted hairs on my chinny-chin-chin. And sure, it’s no
big deal to take care of them/make sure no one finds my tube of facial
hair removal cream (it’s buried in a Fort Knox of feminine hygiene
products).But this column is here to remind you that everything you think gross is another culture’s shining beauty spot.So guess what: lady beards are hot.

At least they’re hot when sported by lady saints. The Catholics have
thought up a couple of bearded lady saints, most famously Saint
Wilgefortis (also known as Saint Uncumber, which is totally not fair –
not one but two awesome names!).

St. Wilgefortis, chillin’
.

Europeans started worshipping Wilgefortis in the 14th century, after a
legend arouse about how, back in late antiquity, a Portuguese princess
converted to Christianity and promised God that she would remain a pure
and chaste virgin. Unfortunately, her father had other plans, including
arranging a marriage for Wilgefortis with the pagan king of Sicily.
Wilgefortis prayed for a miracle that would allow her to keep her
promise,

and God caused the miracle of facial hair. Overnight, she grew a
luxuriant beard and mustache. Her father slapped on a thick veil and
made prepare for marriage, but she let the veil slip and her fiancé was
like “ummmmm no.”

See, beards are beautiful! In a kind of virgin for life, man repelling kind of way, but hey, man repelling is totally a fashion thing. 

Sadly for our heroine, her father was so angry that she disobeyed him
about the whole arranged marriage/beard-hiding thing that he had her
crucified. At least she got to be worshipped for a couple of centuries
by women seeking to escape from arranged marriages or abusive husbands
(although, presumably, through other means than miracle beard followed
shortly by crucifixion).

Even more sadly, the Vatican was also all like “ummmmm no” when it
officially declared in 1969 that Wilgefortis wasn’t a real saint and
had, in fact, never existed. They claimed that her legend arouse when
people were trying to explain images of a bearded Jesus with long hair
and a long robe that looked like a dress.

But that’s way too logical. I prefer to think that virgin lady beards
are beautiful. Next fashion trend in Williamsburg, you guys! Well,
except maybe the virgin part.