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Motives cosmetics by Loren Ridinger

I applied for the Motives Pro Artist Program a little while ago and I got my reply today. I was unsuccessful due to “not currently meeting the qualifications of the program”.

So I’m good enough for MAC and Make Up For Ever (I was accepted as a Pro member for both) but not for Motives :-). Strict! I am curious as to where I failed as I sent them all the information and “proof” that was required for the application. Perhaps I should have sent different items. They ask for two pieces of professional documentation (which can be a comp card, business card, editorial page with credit, union card, head shot and resume, license, your diploma/certificate, publication masthead, program/press materials, contract on company letterhead, crew/call sheet, or professional employment letter of reference) and an example of work. I sent them a copy of a call sheet from the pilot show I worked on last year, a program for a theatre show from this summer and a photo of a brides make-up. Maybe I should have sent them a copy of one of my certificates instead of the program? Or perhaps they read my blog and decided that since most of my work is unpaid (by choice, by the way, due to my visa type) that I don’t class as professional? Or maybe they just don’t think I’m good enough?! Who knows.

If anyone is thinking of applying then I would definitely say “do it”! Try them out. The Motives name is definitely getting bigger, with more people seeming to sell the products and use them for professional work. I haven’t bought any yet as I was waiting to hear back about membership, but there are quite a lot of positive reviews out there along with professional MUA’s standing by the Motives products, even for HD and TV work. Before applying I did some research into Motives and I don’t think I found any bad reviews.

If you’ve tried them I’d love to hear your thoughts. Also, do you think I should try agin with different pieces of “proof”, or wait until I have more experience and pieces of work?

New MUFE Kits!

I’ve been having another look at make-up kits that could be great to build up on and so obviously I had another look at the Make Upkits For Ever kits on offer from Make Up For Ever Pro. When I first wrote about them there was only two available….

…there’s now SIX!!!

There’s the Basic Kit in warm or cool – Each retail for $243, only $121.50 as the kit – Great for personal use (mix your own perfect foundation shade!) or to add a little Lux to your kit ;-)

Warm contains: HD Foundation #117, HD Foundation #177, HD Powder, Aqua Lip 5C, Glossy Full #0, 3 Color Compact (Empty), Refill Shadow #156, Refill Shadow #98, Refill Shadow #103, Smoky Lash Mascara, Aqua Eyes #0L, Crystal Pouch – Vanity.

Cool contains: HD Foundation #115, HD Foundation #178, HD Powder, Aqua Lip 5C, Glossy Full #0, 3 Color Compact (Empty), Refill Shadow #156, Refill Shadow #29, Refill Shadow #111, Smoky Lash Mascara, Aqua Eyes #0L, Crystal Pouch – Vanity.

The Essential kit – Could make a nice Bridal starter package, with some good neutral eye-shadows and a shade for all seasons – Retails for $737, only $368.50.

Contains: Concealer Palette #1, Concealer Palette #4, HD Powder, 10 Color Palette (Empty), Refill Shadow #00, Refill Shadow #35, Refill, Shadow #102, Refill Shadow #164, Refill Shadow #41, Refill Shadow #28, Refill Shadow #162, Refill Shadow #17, Refill Shadow #166, Refill Shadow #4, HD Foundation #115, HD Foundation #155, HD Foundation #17, HD Foundation #117, HD Foundation #128, HD Foundation #177, 5 Lipstick palette #15, Smoky Lash Mascara, Aqua lip 3C, Aqua lip 7C, Glossy Full #0 (clear), 4 Color Compact (Empty), Refill Shadow #85, Refill Shadow #49, Refill Shadow #5, Refill Shadow #48, Aqua eyes #0L, Aqua eyes #2L, Double Sharpener, Crystal Pouch – Large.

The Comprehensive Kit – Comes with a handy satchel style bag – Retails for $908, only $454.

Contains: Double Barrel Sharpener, Makeup Bag, HD Primer #0, Concealer Palette #1, Concealer Palette #4, HD Foundation #115, HD Foundation #155, HD Foundation #178, HD Foundation #117, HD Foundation #128, HD Foundation #177, HD Powder, Smoky Lash, Mascara – Black, Lengthening Mascara – Brown, Transparent Mascara-Brow Fix, 10 Color Palette (Empty), Refill Shadow #00, Refill Shadow #35, Refill Shadow #102, Refill Shadow #164Refill Shadow #41, Refill Shadow #28, Refill Shadow #162, Refill Shadow #17, Refill Shadow #166, Refill Shadow #4, 4 Color Compact (Empty), Refill Shadow #85, Refill Shadow #49, Refill Shadow #5, Refill Shadow #48, 5 Lipstick Palette #15, Aqua Lip Liner 3C, Aqua Lip Liner 7C, Glossy Full #0 (clear), Kohl Pencil – Black, Aqua Eyes, Eyeliners #0L, Aqua Eyes Eyeliners #2L, Eyebrow Corrector #0, Eyebrow Corrector #3.

The Mastery KitRetails at $1,114, only $557!

Contains: Double Barrel Sharpener, Brush Cleaner, Faux Lash #15, Moisturizing Lip Balm, Sens’ Eyes – Makeup Remover, Pure Water -Cleansing Water, Mist & Fix – Makeup Fixative, HD Primer #0, Concealer Palette #1, Concealer Palette #4, HD Foundation #115, HD, Foundation #155, HD Foundation #178, HD Foundation #117, HD Foundation #128, HD Foundation #177, HD Powder, Compact Shine-On #3, Compact Shine-On #6, 10 Color Palette (Empty), Refill Shadow #00, Refill Shadow #35, Refill Shadow #102, Refill Shadow #164, Refill Shadow #41, Refill Shadow #28, Refill Shadow #162, Refill Shadow #17, Refill Shadow #166, Refill Shadow #04, Smoky Lash Mascara – Black, Lengthening Mascara – Brown ,Transparent Mascara/Brow Fix, Kohl Pencil – Black ,Aqua Eyes Eyeliners #0L, Aqua Eyes Eyeliners #2L, Eyebrow Corrector #0, Eyebrow Corrector #3, 4 Color Compact (Empty), Refill Shadow #85, Refill Shadow #49, Refill Shadow #05, Refill Shadow #48, 5 Lipstick Palette #1, 5 Lipstick Palette #2, 5 Lipstick Palette #8, Aqua Lip Liner 3C, Aqua Lip Liner 7C, Aqua Lip Liner 9C, Glossy Full Lipgloss #0 (clear).

The Creative Color Kit – There are two prices for this one, a 50% off price and a 60% price. I’m not sure how you get the 60% off price or if it’s always that price and the 50% one is there to simply show that you’re getting an even better deal than usual (if you know can you let me know so that we’re all in the loop ;-))!? Either way it’s still a great offer! – These colours are really bright and vibrant, so good for a bit of body art or fun special occassions and nights out – Retail is $261, 50% price is $130.50, 60% price is $104.40.

Contains: Empty 10 Palette, Refill Shadow #2, Refill Shadow #18, Refill Shadow #75, Refill Shadow #99, Refill Shadow #53, Refill Shadow #159, Refill Shadow #92, Refill Shadow #9, Refill Shadow #72, Refill Shadow #149, 12 Color Flash Palette, Crystal Pouch Small.

The Brush Kit – A nice selection of brushes to start you off or add to your current brush kit - Retails at $280, only $140.

Contains: Kabuki Powder Brush, Complexion Brush #30N, Concealer Brush #7N, Large Eye Shadow Brush #12S, Small Eye Shadow Brush #10S, Crease Eye Shadow Brush #15S, Blending Eye Shadow Brush #17S, Eyebrow Brush, Lip Brush #4N.

I haven’t been able to find a UK equivalent which is unfortunate. If you know of anywhere that sells similar kits of MUFE then I’d love to know about it! :-)

Last day!

So today was the last day on the production and it’s so weird. I received a thank-you gift from Elizabeth (I haven’t bought hers yet but I know exactly what I’m buying her ;-) )which was the Make Up For Ever Professional 12 Flash Color Case that we have been working with on this production, which is great as it has sentimental value and loads of great memories attached to it! She wrapped it in paper which had her kisses on it and those of one of the actors, which is just so Elizabeth :-) It’s a good little palette that I’ll refill with things once all the colours are gone, although you can get so many faces out of each colour. A friend of Elizabeth said that he used the white for 10 Kabuki faces (the white Geisha face) and he barely scratched the surface! It has a creamy texture and so is great for blending and spreading out so you only need a little but you do need to use powder to set it so that it doesn’t move or crease, especially on the eyes. Fantastic gift, and great addition to my growing professional kit!! Thankyou Elizabeth!

As for the day itself it was a really light day and I left early as I have to go earn some pennies at work in a couple of hours. Over these last weeks on set I feel like I’ve learned so much, mostly about being a professional MUA but also about how life is when working on a production. Granted, this was a small production and I’m sure there are many differences between this and others but it has been a great experience working around the set and watching things work (and break, and be fixed or adapted ;-) ). I don’t think I could have asked for a better introduction and for anyone who is thinking about getting into make-up for TV or Film I think you should really get out and hit the smaller productions (even student productions) to get a feel for things and gain experience, then work your way up. But that’s just my opinion!

Kind of a sad day in a way, but what an experience!

A found a review for the Flash Colors on you tube and thought you might like to see it, especially if you don’t know the product I’m talking about…