A Brush With Success!

International Make-up Artist Trade Show.

HOLLYWOOD—To a makeup artist, every face is an empty canvas. That, however, is where the metaphor seems to end. Makeup is transitory, a fleeting illusion. But there is a beauty to transitory things, and a value as well. Makeup is like a frame around a picture. The frame doesn’t make the art better, but it does make it look somewhat better.

Makeup doesn’t make a better person, but applied properly, it makes a person look better and, feel better as well. In cinema, makeup helps to define and authenticate a characterization and clarify its historical placement through recreating the beauty trends of the period during which the story is set. Such choices reveal subtleties about the character’s personality: her taste, how she perceives herself, and how she wishes to present herself and be perceived.

There was glitz, bling, fashion and beauty at the Los Angeles International Make-up Artist Trade Shown known as (IMATS). The sold-out beauty event took place at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena on January 17-18. The event had an estimated 100 vendors including MAC with two days of presentations. The extravaganza keeps on growing and bringing in new faces from around the country.

The usual exhibitors were there from our dear friend Eve Pearl to Sigma Cosmetics. The event had the usual presentations, workshops, the IMATS shop, which sold merchandise from T-shirts to lipstick pens. The impressive Make-up Museum had a display of movie and TV creations, including the “Beauty and the Beast” head, “Close Encounters” bust to the magnificent statue of Humphrey Bogart.

Sigma Cosmetics (also known as Sigma) is an international company owned by Brazilian natives Simone Oliveria Xaxier and her husband, Rene Xavier Filho. The intentional cosmetics company is known for their fabulous make-up brushes, make-up, skin care and accessories. Two years ago, Sigma opened its first physical store in the Mall of America in Minnesota, the most visited shopping mall in the US annually.

The store sells Sigma brushes, kits and makeup. Their products have been recommended by beauty magazines such as Glamour. Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, has said that Sigma’s are one of his favorite line of brushes, and that he and Kardashian love the Sigma extravaganza body brush in particular. With their brush of success, no wonder the CEO’s of Sigma threw a Sigma Pink Party at the POP Champagne & Dessert Bar in Pasadena on January 17. Even the drinks were pink, from the Sigma Pink to the Pinktini, to goody bags. You can sign up for a newsletter at www.sigmabeauty.com .

Fashion icon, Twiggy, the pencil-thin, pixie-haired model of the 60s may be old enough at 65 to collect Social Security, but she’s looking super fabulous. The famous model has just been named the United Kingdom’s ambassador for L’Oreal hair products. Her real name is Lesley Lawson and she will lead the campaign for L’Oreal Professional Majirel High Lift, Shimmering Blond Service.

Celebrities will be flocking to the Sundance Film Festival 2015 January 22 in Park City, Utah which runs through February 1. This year Jennifer Lopez, Viola Davis, Kristen Wiig, Orlando Bloom among other will be heading to town to promote their films. Some of the hottest VIP parties will be held at the Tao, which is by invitation only. The hottest parties begin with the opening night at the Stella Artois “Buy A Chalice, Help Save a Life” soiree.

Rose’s Scoop: Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is expanding her real estate portfolio. The “Jersey Shore” reality star purchased a $2.6 million home in Florham Park with her hubby Jionni LaValle. The three-story colonial home listed for $2,589,786. It features a brick facade and beige siding. This is their second home, they currently live in a custom built home in Morris County. Polizzi’s spinoff “Snooki & JWoww” is in its fourth and final season on MTV.