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Is bronzer OK year-round?
YES! Bronzer can work yearly, monthly, daily and hourly! It adds a nice glow to the skin that should be a daily luxury. In summer it adds to and enhances your color. In winter, it brings back that extra bit of life to your skin with a quick color boost.
I love to bring out a bone structure by subtly highlighting and contouring. Highlighting with a nice gleam brings the skin alive.
In Conversation with Tasha Reiko Brown...
What inspired you to become a makeup artist?
To create an impossible world in a photograph, as well as the emotion and dreams that picture might inspire in others.
What advice would you give someone looking to become a professional makeup artist?
Have a distinct vision and point of view. Anyone can make a person just look good. But if you have your own sense of style you will communicate a better sense of yourself as an artist as a whole.
What is the biggest mistake you see people making with cosmetics?
Makeup for the sake of makeup. Less is more. Apply only as needed. Foundation doesn’t have to go all over your face. And stop trying to use the whole gift set on your face at once. Pick one feature to highlight and go easy on the rest.
What three items would you want with you on a desert island?
Alex the lion, an iPhone to eventually call for help when the cool factor wore off, and deodorant.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
Massages... and cupcakes.
Where is your favorite place to relax?
I like to relax at bookstores. I buy a chai tea latte and read various magazines about different subjects. If that fails….its spa time!
Do you have a makeup secret to help women look younger?
Skin tends to get drier as we age. Put the glow back in for a youthful radiance. Not glitter or shimmer, but a nice elegant gleam will do just fine! And go light on the powder. Powder catching in dry spots only worsens visible wrinkles.
What are your favorite CARGO products?
I love Cargo blush and bronzers. The blush colors offer a brilliant range and the texture is unbelievable. I even like just opening them and laying them out when I’m working because the rainbow of shades is inspiring. No matter how vibrant the color in the tin, it always blends and applies as a soft wash of color that never looks like it’s sitting on the skin, but appears to come through the skin. I LOVE that the bronzers come in different shades so there’s one for EVERY skin tone. That’s the way it should be. Bronzer should not be one color fits all.
What is the funniest thing that's ever happened to you on the job?
On a recent press tour in New York City, my client was supposed to ring the opening bell for the NYSE. We were rushing like crazy from a talk show appearance but got caught in gridlock and it didn’t look good. We all hopped out of our cabs and sprinted down the traffic-ridden NYC street towards our destination. We hopped in cabs going in different directions, crisscrossed each other, lost then found one another… at one ‘movie-like’ point one of us even hopped into a second cab and yelled “follow that car”. In hindsight, all very hilarious and dramatic. We didn’t make it on time but it still made the trip memorable.
You've seen Tasha's work on the leading lights of Hollywood. She’s created eye-popping editorial beauty for Vanity Fair, Elle and Flaunt; runway magic for top designers Badgley Mischka and Richard Tyler; and radiant faces for the Oscars, Golden Globes and countless red carpet events.
A beauty expert, Tasha is a constant mention in InStyle magazine and regularly provides media outlets with beauty tips and product mentions. Her recognized authority on makeup has led to appearances on several fashion and makeover shows including How to Look Good Naked, How Do I Look? and countless episodes of Beauty Secrets Revealed.