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Introducing Hollywood Iconic MUA – June Westmore

I contacted Scott and Lynn from Mindseye Multimedia Studio in Oceano the other day to help launch the Bridal Division at Star Brows. They are a very gracious couple with great ideas, and I look forward to working with them.

A big surprise was that they recommended I contact June Westmore. An internationaly renowned Makeup Artist who lives and works in our backyard? Who’da thought? Excited!!

I took Ms. Westmore to lunch and was blown away by her story. What a lovely woman – an industry icon who’s still doing makeup at age 70-plus. (I can only hope I’ll still be working then.)

June lives and works here on the Central Coast and currently does weddings. Here’s her Facebook page. I’d love to take a course from her, but in the meantime I hope to become a friend. 🙂

June Westmore is an accomplished and award-winning makeup artist who has spent many years working in the television and film industries. She is a multiple Emmy nominee. Her list of awards includes a Prime-time Emmy for Star Trek: The Next Generation, an RIM Award for Outstanding Achievement, and the Hollywood Makeup Artists Guild Award for “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Her Story

“I was born in Kentucky and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. I knew from the age of eight that I wanted to make women beautiful. I saw the television program Queen for a Day where the lady who won got an unbelievable makeover on the show. It was one of the famous Hollywood makeup artists, Perc Westmore, of the royal family of Westmores who created the fabulous look for the lucky contestant who won Queen for a Day. From that time on, I knew what I wanted to do…I wanted to be a makeup artist.

“I grew up and became a hairdresser. Years later, I had the fortunate opportunity to meet Perc Westmore’s nephew, Monty Westmore, with whom I had the opportunity to study and work on various projects. Years passed, and in 1994 I became Monty’s wife after years of lovely friendship. We were fortunate enough to be able to work together on many projects before and after we were married. When I asked Monty what I could do to repay him for all his training and insights into the makeup industry, he asked me to pass on the knowledge and tradition of professional makeup artistry. Monty is no longer with me, and I try to fulfill his wish with every face I transform. Monty was and will always be my best friend. I am still a makeup artist even though I’ve given up the Hollywood life; I still love making women feel beautiful.”

I was touched by the love story she told of herself and her late husband Monty. I feel it is really important to honor women who have worked so hard, contributed so much, and still have so much to offer.

See you at the spa!

Golden Globes, Star Brows Style

The rain at the Golden Globes wilted everybody’s hair, clothes and makeup; but even the rain couldn’t wash away the love and warm thoughts that everyone in attendance was sending out to the people of Haiti.  In between the water, awards and words of support, I sneaked a peak at the faces of the lovely ladies and gents; and here’s my take:

Because I am a woman in her Second Adulthood (as Gail Sheehy in “The Silent Passage” puts it) – I looked at how other women my age looked. One note to the over 40 crowd: Don’t turn your face into a fake, wax mess. Cause guess what? Even if you do, you’ll still look your age!

Helen Mirren and  Meryl Streep were my most favorite ladies over forty; Sophia Loren and Glenn Close were my least.

Most of the gals had “see thru” foundations (like mineral makeup) on, and I love looking at real skin. Remember: you have the skin you were born with until you are about 30, then you have the skin you deserve.

Eyelashes were also important at the Globes, but not the “fake strip” kind. I would guess many of the stars are getting lash extensions these days. Extensions used to be part of my repertoire, but they’re expensive, time consuming and like acrylic nails, require constant professional maintenance. I recommend applying individual lashes instead– if you feel you really need more.

But I digress…back to the celebrities:

January Jones – While most of the gals at the Globes were wearing nude colored lipstick, January stood out in red lipstick–and I loved it! In fact, she was one of my favorite women of the evening. I could have tweeked her brows very slightly (but I’m a bit OCD); but all-in-all, they were nice and thick, and fairly well shaped and colored. Her lashes were lovely, and the black headband she wore was spot on. Hair accessories are like makeup – get some!

Taylor Lautner – I’ll admit, I love everything about Twilight, including the stylist’s who work on the cast. Top notch. Taylor’s brows are cool, his skin looks nice and clean.  He’s a package!

Sandra Bullock – The warm toned lip color she wore really brought out her brown eyes; but her brows were a little too thin and light. They needed to do a better job of supporting her dark eyes. Highlighter shadow made her eyes sparkle and lift. She has beautiful skin (regular facials), her bone structure is strong (genetics); and she’s got the personality to back up her beauty!

Kate Hudson – It was ALL about the eyes on her. I loved the “cat eye” liner at the tear duct. She was great in the movie “9” – her sense of style is impeccable. What more can I say?

George Clooney – So many guys were sporting facial hair (which I personally don’t love), but George’s was the biggest mess of them all – and he kept petting it!  And hey George, salt and pepper much? People.com gave him the  “Sexiest Facial Hair” award. I give him a big, fat ewww!

Halle Berry – All I will say is this: If you have jet black hair, your brows should not be grey.

Vera Farmiga – She took a chance to look different with her “smoky eye”; and I admire that. I liked the look when I watched the show, but now that I’m looking at pictures of the event, I’m not such a fan.  Maybe it’s her horrible eyebrows that are throwing me off…Here comes that OCD again!

If you’re looking for who did the “smoky eye” thing well, look no further than Diane Kruger. Flawless! But be careful with this look. Liner is big this year, but not everyone can pull off black.  Marion Cotillard channeling Audrey Hepburn is a great example of someone who can pull off “smoky eyes”–and just like Kate, I loved her in “9”.

Christina Aguilera – Clearly, she bleached her brows. A look that made her seem younger, but one that only the confidently fashion forward can play with.  However, it is important for everyone (fashion forward or not) to dye your brows if they are too light. I like the vegetable dyes that estheticians use rather than hair dye around the eye area.

Last but not least, Drew Barrymore – What a great personality – even with some facial paralysis she pulls off glam. She wore red lipstick too which was OK, but she kissed most of it off – not OK. She is growing her brows closer to the bridge of her nose (good), but they are too scanty and should have been filled in to make them look like the rest of the brow. Kate Winslet had the same problem, in case you were wondering.

If you decide to grow your brows, here’s a few things to note: The fashion trend is to grow the “head” of the brow closer to the midline of the face (I’ve been teaching it for 5 years!). Gausey is good; sparse looks unfinished. Before your brows grow in completely, use makeup to make them match. Find a pencil that matches your natural brow color perfectly, then you can fill in with little faux hairs, blur with a brush and apply some brow powder to soften.

Well, there you have it: The Star Brows Golden Globes rundown.  People I can’t talk about this year? Mariah CareyClooney’s date, Alec Baldwin, Cameron DiazFergieNicole Kidman (is she nipping out in every shot?), Ricky Gervais (but what a mischievous comedian!), and Chloe Sevigny (pose much?).

I’d be interested in knowing what you thought?

Can’t wait to hear from you or better yet, to see you at the Spa!