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A Fine Frenzy’s Alison Sudol…

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In this Beauty Banter Exclusive, Guest Editor Di Gaeta tells us what super hot singer, Alison Sudol, of the super hot band, A Fine Frenzy, uses to keep her skin gorgeous, youthful and hydrated, while on the road…

Hello again…

So the next couple of articles will be coming to you internationally as I’m taking two weeks to go on tour with one of my favorite people, Alison Sudol, and her band A Fine Frenzy.

Ali is a beautiful girl who always looks impeccable and does her OWN hair and makeup for all of her performances, so she’s a treasure trove of good tricks and lovely products. On our first night in Paris we pulled out our product bags to wash our faces and discovered a very real and shared love of Dermalogica products. We’ve been swapping back and fourth and we’re obsessed.

Ali has turned me onto Dermalogica Precleanse. which she swears by. This product is for all skin types and it’s an amazing heavy-duty makeup remover, and a great product to travel with. It’s a an oil that deep cleans in a gentle non-invasive way, and can be used with or without water. Which is perfect when you can’t get to a fresh source of water, which can be tricky on a tour bus or in Europe. I tried this product and loved how soft it left my skin and how easily it dissolved my incredibly thick application of mascara.

The official description: “This plant-based cleansing oil, fortified with Olive and Kukui oils, thoroughly melts layers of excess sebum (oil), sunscreen, waterproof make-up, environmental pollutants and residual skin products that build-up during the day. When water is added it transforms this hydrophilic (water-loving) formula into a milky emulsion, easily rinsing away oil-based debris from the skin’s surface and allowing your recommended Dermalogica Cleanser to penetrate even further for professional cleansing results.”

Ali follows this with the Ultracalming cleanser. I’m hooked on this now as well because it’s great for my sensitive and slightly dry skin.
“An extremely-gentle cleansing gel-cream that combats environmental assault with Dermalogica’s exclusive Anti-Ozonate Complex. Protects and soothes skin sensitized by pollution, temperature extremes, irritating cosmetic products, harsh detergents, chemical exposure, stress, poor diet or hormonal factors. Also contains Lavender, Echinacea and Raspberry extracts for their anti-inflammatory, calming and healing properties. “

I love the Skin Hydrating Booster. It’s a serum that just sinks in right away and literally seal in moisture and is also appropriate for all skin types. It’s also a perfect pre-makeup primer. My dermatologist is constantly singing the praises of Hyaluronic acid, which I also take internally, and this product is a really rich source of it.
“Super-saturated hydration for the driest skin conditions, this intensive hydrating fluid revitalizes parched skin. Hydrates, smoothes and minimizes fine lines with a concentrated blend of Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, Glycolipids and Algae Extract to restore moisture balance.”

I am also indebted to, especially in this cold European weather, the AGE Smart Super Rich Repair. This cream is for mature skin, but anyone who has vitamin A raw skin or is just really dry in general will love this. I got it initially because I needed something to combat the dry flakes I was getting from the intense fade cream my dermatologist prescribed for me and fell in love with how smooth and perfect it made my skin. Everyone with dry skin I’ve turned onto this now has their own jar.
“Powerful peptides stimulate collagen production while an acid-free renewal complex smoothes fine lines for dramatically improved elasticity and tone. Ultra-emollient Shea Butter and Oil of Evening Primrose replenish skin with maximum hydration, relieving dryness and reinforcing skin’s natural defensive barrier. Antioxidant Soy Flavonoids shield against the extreme environmental elements that can accelerate the visible signs of aging.”

So now you know our secrets for great skin. Next up, I’ll be going though Ali’s makeup bag to give you her favorite products. I’ve done her makeup for a few of her shows so far and let me tell you, I already have a list of goodies I need to get the minute I’m home…

As Ali would say…
Love, Lights, and Bunnies,


Make-Up Banter with Sole Alberti…

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Make-up artist, Sole Alberti, did a fabulous job creating the flirty and sexy faces of Veronica and the V-Squad for my short film, I HEART VERONCIA MARTIN. She used the same high-school feel (sans the dew) to paint the face of awkward outcast, Darby.

(Sole Alberti (left) with Cameron Richardson/ Veronica Martin (right)

Below, read Sole’s step by step make-up application process and discover the products that she used!

“For the girls of I Heart Veronica Martin, I started off by using a light, oil free lotion with spf 30 by Dermalogica. I wanted to keep their lovely faces protected from the intense sun. I then used TruBlend foundation by COVERGIRL.

I wanted to give the girls a natural dewey look so I used COVERGIRL TruBlend Naturally luminous blush powder in pure romance. It creates a beautiful rouge on the apples of the cheeks with just the perfect amount of sparkle and shine. I then used natural tones on the eyes ranging from light browns to neutral pinks and beiges.

On their eyelashes, once they were curled, I applied the They were doing a lot of cheering and dancing in the scorching heat, so I wanted to make sure the mascara did not run. It worked wonders! I was also very pleased with the wand of the mascara. It allowed me to get really close to the lash line and separate the eye lashes in the most fabulous fashion.

On their lips, I used a two step lip gloss by to give their lips extra shine.

For the cheering scenes, I used Clarins After Sun Moisturizing Spray all over their bodies for a natural shimmer and glow. In addition, I mixed water and glycerine to manufature that sexy, sweaty effect. After a long day, the girls still looked perfectly dewey and beautiful!

On Carla Gallo (Darby), who was not doing any cheering, I stuck to the same look I gave the other girls but kept the shine down and matted the colors a little bit. I wanted to create the effect that she was low maintenance with her look. Just very simple and casual. I used the same products but with a way lighter touch.

All in all the girls all looked amazing on and off screen. Since they were being shot in HD which picks up every pore, I made sure that the skin was very even. The foundation was great for that. I had to get in real close and make sure they were always perfect. They of course made my job very easy with their beautiful skin and glowing features!

GO V-SQUAD!!!!!”

(Veronica, V-Squad, Darby and the Director… ME!!!)

***Special thanks to Brent Poer who hooked us up with the Cover Girl Cosmetics. Without Brent, this movie would cease to exist! We Heart You, Brent!!!***

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