Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Don't Miss Our Enrollment Open House


Do you have a passion for makeup and want to make it a career? Are you a working artist but you need to refine your skills or bring your career to the next level? Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios offers training in artistry and business for artists at every level. The media makeup industry is booming and the studio is committed to getting you on your way to success.

At the enrollment open house, Brett Dorrian will personally be in attendance to answer questions about curriculum and careers in the media makeu
p industry. Be the first to hear the announcement for remaining 2012 and upcoming 2013 dates for all education programs. Discounts will be available for any classes registered for at the event, so bring your calendar if you want to sign up. Payment plans are available for all classes.

1595 Selby Avenue, Suite 111
St. Paul, MN 55104

Come for any or all of the open house.
Free street parking is available.

- Presentation about careers in the industry
- Overview of programs and curriculum
- Q&A
- Early bird registration for classes
- Mingling and informal networking

Please RSVP for the enrollment open house by emailing

Educational programs include: 
The Apprentice Program (for beginners)
Workshops, Seminars, and Retreats (for advanced artists)
Internships in artistry and business

Check out class descriptions ahead of time at

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

DIY Facials - Ask the Expert: Sabrina

While professional facials are one of the best ways to take care of your skin, they can be expensive. Although I still highly recommend getting a professional facial as often as you can, there are ways to do it at home to help maintain beautiful skin.

Follow these steps for a do-it-yourself facial:
  1. Cleanse your skin and remove dirt, oil, and makeup.
  2. Exfoliate with a gentle scrub, avoiding the eyes, to remove dead skin cells.
  3. Steam skin to help with extracting impurities. There are several ways to accomplish this:
    • Lay a wash cloth soaked in hot water on your face 2-3 times. 
    • Boil water, then turn off and hold head above it with towel draped over your head for 5 minutes.
    • Use a clothing steamer. Stay at least a foot away from steamer with towel draped over your head and be careful not to burn yourself.
  4. Use a mask. For oily or acne prone skin use a clay or mud mask. For dry skin use a gel or cream mask. Avoid the eye area during application and leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Moisturize to seal in and hydrate your skin. 

Homemade exfoliant recipe:
Mix 2 tablespoons sugar with 3 tablespoons warm water until dissolved, apply to face and massage while avoiding the eyes.

Homemade mask recipe:
Mix 2 egg whites with 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, apply to face and let stand for 10-15 minutes.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Mascara That Stays Put - Ask the Expert: Jamie

I just had a client who was asking about how to stop mascara from running. I’m sure many lash-enhancing beauties run into this problem, particularly in the steamy summer months. Don’t fret, I am here to give you some tips on how to prevent this from happening to you!

When prepping your face before applying makeup be careful of using too much moisturizer around your eyes, especially if your skin generally tends to be more on the oily side.

Make sure you are using a good eye primer like Urban Decay Primer Potion ($20) or Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($18). The primer will act as a barrier between the natural oils of your skin and any makeup that you apply to your eyes. Even though you are not using primer on your lashes, it will help prevent the oils from being able to reach your mascara and making it run.

Use waterproof mascara. I suggest Maybelline The Colossal Mascara ($6.99). You want to use mascara that has a smooth consistency so it will not flake off and create black smudges under your eye. If you want thick lashes apply two coats.

Curl your lashes after applying mascara. The texture of the mascara will help your lashes curl more than naked lashes. Also, by curling with mascara on, you will essentially seal the mascara to the lashes which helps prevent any flaking.

Apply a coat of clear gel mascara to seal the deal.  That will act almost like a hairspray or a topcoatsealing and setting the mascara so it will stay where you want it and you can concentrate on having a good time instead of cleaning up!