Matt’s Product Obsession / Beastmode Shaving

Q: What product are you currently obsessing over, Matt?

A: I wouldn’t say I am obsessing over them, but when you have a beard like this, it can be challenging to shave it. The military makes me shave at least once each month, and I get really bad razor bumps. I started testing out Head Slick by Headblade, and Tough Beard Shaving Oil by Somersets. Both have been a godsend.

Q: What is it about Head Slick by Headblade, and Tough Beard Shaving Oil by Somersets that you are loving?

A: I’m loving the smooth, clean shave, and I am certainly loving NOT having a neck full of razor burn and bumps the next day. When you have a beard that rivels in thickness the densest canopy in any forest, you can’t afford to play games. You need something that you can trust to leave your skin smooth…silky smooth baby.

Q: How often do you use Head Slick by Headblade, or Tough Beard Shaving Oil by Somersets?

A: Once a month…literally, the night before I have to report to base. If I am on an extended day mission, then as often as needed. Otherwise…I shave once a month and grow the amazon on my face the rest of the month.

Q: Who would you recommend it for, and why?

A: Anyone who suffers from razor burn, or razor bumps post-shave. The Why is obvious…nobody likes bumps and burn!

Head Slick by Headblade, or Tough Beard Shaving Oil by Somersets are both available at Frends Beauty, call 818-769-3834 or email info@frendsbeauty.com for more info!

Q: What product are you currently obsessing over?

A: The Wahl Peanut.

Q: What is it about the Wahl Peanut that you are loving?

A: It gives a very close cut, it’s also very comfortable in the hand. Good for precise cutting as well. I prefer to get as close as I can without using a razor or a standard electric razor.

Q: How often do you use the Wahl Peanut?

A: Once a week, religiously.

Q: Who would you recommend it for, and why?

A: Any stylist or barber, or anyone who wants to cut their own hair. It’s great for men like me who want a close shave without actually ‘shaving’. It’s easy to use, and small enough to not take up too much space in your drawer. Wahl is available at Frends Beauty. To order, call 818-769-3834 or email info@frendsbeauty.com!

Are you buying the real deal?

Our industry is plagued by thievery. There, I said it. No one in our community is safe. Not makeup artists, not makeup companies. And the perpetrators are masters of disguise and deception. They steal original work, ideas, blood, sweat, tears, and passion of artists who put in work to create a beautiful finished product – whether it is a fabulous makeup job, or a makeup product.

Creating a product that people love is not easy. It can take years of time and huge sums of money to create the perfect product. Unfortunately, it only takes a few minutes for someone else to purchase that product, ship it off to China, and have copies made. Aesthetically, the copies typically look the same leading the end user to believe they are either purchasing an original item, or something comparable in quality. All too often however, they are not. And this is the obvious problem.

But there is another problem that has much more of a profound effect on the end user. A lot of the products that we now know and love were created by artists using their own time and money. They started small, and took root and grew into the products that we now look at as indispensable. And unfortunately, they are copied by people who are not artists, mass produced, and sold for less money. When this happens, it not only robs the artist of his or her dues, but it kills their desire to continue to evolve, and put out revolutionary products. When this drive is lost, our entire industry suffers, and product evolution slows.

At Frends Beauty we do our best to only support original products. Sometimes it can be very challenging to figure out if we are always able to do so but we are confident that we do an excellent job. And we too have created completely original products only to watch people copy them, and undercut with cheaply made Chinese knockoffs. C’est la vie, I guess. I do hope that you pay close attention to what you buy and who you support, because in turn, the artists can continue to give you better and better products.

Thanks for reading, and thank you for your business!

Ben Nye Makeup at Frends Beauty

One of the most magical things about the movies is the ability to be able to look at all of the incredible stuff happening on the big screen and believe that it’s real. This is done by a combination of great acting, direction, special effects, and make-up, all of which come together to deliver an incredible experience to the audience. The one thing that seldom gets discussed from the items mentioned in that list is the make-up, but it is an integral part of getting the characters to look just right. Getting the make-up wrong can lead to you being pulled out of the believability of what you are watching.

If you were to ask the average make-up artist working in film and theater today what was in their professional kit, you would likely hear quite a few mention the name of Ben Nye. That is because there are few other brands that can match the quality delivered by Ben Nye makeup, which shouldn’t really come as a surprise when you consider that the founder was one of the leading names in the industry back in the day. Ben Nye plied his trade at a time when computer generated effects were still decades away, and when make-up was more necessary than ever to paint the character on screen.

Ben Nye was a successful Hollywood make-up artist for four decades, working on countless major box office smashes – The Fly, Planet of the Apes, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – during that time. When he stepped away from the business in 1967, he decided that he should pass on his secrets somewhat by starting his own theatrical make-up line. To say that the products were successful was putting it mildly, as the Ben Nye makeup line very quickly became a global success, as it still remains today.

One of the great things about the Ben Nye makeup line is that it is incredibly affordable for the quality that you get. So much so, in fact, that smaller theater groups and even Halloween partygoers, are able to take advantage of the magnificent products without blowing the budget. Part of this may be due to the fact that it is still the Nye family that is in charge of the operation, with Ben’s son Dana now the man at the helm of the company. The quality of each and every product, from spirit gum to stage blood, and all the way up to professional make-up kits, remains at the high standard you would expect from a name as renowned in the business as Ben Nye.

If you would like to get a look at the full range of  Ben Nye products currently available, which is over 1000 pieces in size, you need to stop by Frends Beauty official website. They carry the full range of products, and all at prices that are impossible to beat. It is the goal of Frends to offer nothing but the best products in the industry, which is exactly what you get with the Ben Nye makeup line.

Kryolan at Frends Beauty

The TV shows, movies, and theater productions we watch today have changed dramatically since the curtains first went up and the cameras started rolling. Like every industry, technology has propelled it forward at an incredible rate, forcing the supporting businesses to adapt in order to survive. It is this ability to adapt, evolve, and deliver fresh new products that has allowed Kryolan to remain a leading professional makeup provider for over 60 years.

If Kryolan were cast in a movie, they would most certainly be the genius scientist who is constantly at work in the lab creating the chemical that would save the world. While the stakes certainly aren’t as high when it comes to makeup,  Kryolan is keenly aware that this is a competitive business where only the strong survive. To that end, they employ a number of chemists whose passion is creating products that can stand up to the demands of stage and film, and still be safe for the actors who wear it for hours on end.

Their commitment to innovation and outstanding quality has allowed  Kryolan to develop more than 16,000 products that are available in just about every color you could imagine. Their professional makeup is rugged and durable, yet displays a soft exterior that allows the beauty of the wearer to shine through when they stand before an audience. At the top of the list for many makeup artists is Kryolan‘s  AquaColor line of products. Perfect for face and body, these and are made to have the same long-lasting power while still being incredibly gentle on the skin. Dermatologists the world over have given their stamp of approval on the products  Kryolan delivers to the industry.

Besides the standard line of AquaColor products, Kryolan has a special UV-Dayglow line that falls under the AquaColor umbrella. These bright colors are absolutely astonishing to behold, yet are incredibly simple to apply and remove. No mess, no smudges, no fuss, just great looking makeup that goes above and beyond the industry standards. For an even greater selection of color, Kryolan makes AquaColor palettes that hold 6, 12, or 24 different colors, allowing makeup artists to unleash a higher level of creativity with their clients.

While AquaColor and UV-Dayglow are two choices, there are thousands of other  Kryolan products available. The popularity of the Kryolan brand means that finding those products is easy, but you are unlikely to find a bigger selection or better price than what is available at the Frends Beauty Supply website. They have an incredible number of Kryolan  products in stock at any given time, and are the place to shop whether you are looking to fill your professional makeup kit for the first time or simply need to replenish your stock of professional Kryolan products.

Mehron at Frends Beauty

At Frends Beauty Supply, we pride ourselves in carrying high quality products that have evolved over time to meet the modern demands of stage and film production. That almost always means partnering with companies that have been in the business for the long haul, which is definitely something that can be said for Mehron Makeup. For more than 80 years, Mehron has been a leader in the professional makeup industry, but their stature now somewhat belies their humble beginnings.

When Mehron started back in 1927, the company was based in small loft off Broadway, smack-bang in the middle of the bustling New York Theater District. The initial lineup consisted of little more than rouge and pomade, but the quality of the products kept all the major players in the thriving theater industry coming back for more. That allowed the company to grow and create new product lines that would extend beyond the performing arts community into film, even the circus. Yes, Mehron Makeup is often what you see on the smiling faces of the clowns that entertain the kids under the big top.

Over the years, Mehron has expanded beyond the stage and studio to create new beauty products with same qualities you would expect from such an iconic brand. That said, they have not abandoned the theatrical side of their business, with sales from those products accounting for almost 20% of all business. Their lineup now contains over 1,200 different items, many of which are used all over the world for film and stage. Currently Mehron sells their products in 25 countries, but you don’t have to travel to the ends of the earth in order to get your hands on these superb products.

Frends Beauty Supply carries a wide selection of Mehron products that are a “must have” for anyone working in the world of entertainment makeup. You can start with small items like 3D Gel, to get a feel for the quality this company delivers. Once you experience what Mehron has to offer, try their full color palettes for the lips, eyes, cheeks, and body. Mehron makes all of their products durable and long-lasting to stand up to the glare of the spotlight and the heat from the human body. If you need makeup that will hold up through an entire day of shooting or performing, Mehron is the brand for you.

Skin Illustrator at Frends Beauty

Artists come in all different styles, with those that apply makeup very much considered part of the artistic mix. This is especially true in stage and film, where a great makeup job can transform the actor into a completely different character that is barely recognizable from their true self. Ordinary cosmetics that you would find on the shelf of your local beauty shop or pharmacy simply don’t have the strength or staying power to last under the harsh glare of stage lights, which is why professional makeup is required for these types of jobs.

That is what we specialize in here at Frends Beauty, with one of our most popular lines being the palettes offered by Skin Illustrator. Each of their color palettes comes with 10 different colors, with each set designed for a specific style of makeup effect. We thought it might be fun to give you an insight into a few of those palettes and what they are used for.

The Fleshtone Palette by Skin Illustrator is pretty much as the name suggests: a selection of colors that are used to match the hues of different skin tones. Another use that this particular palette has in film work is the creation of bruising that needs to look as real as possible when the camera is working up close. The viewer has to be able to believe that the bruises on display look real and might actually be painful.

Bruises are just, pardon the pun, scratching the surface of the physical damage that have to frequently be displayed on screen. For more dramatic looking cuts, burns, and the like, you might consider the FX palette. One of the most effective colors in this little group is one called Blood Tone, which is now commonly used by makeup artists in a number of different productions.

One of the biggest problems faced by makeup artists in stage and film is blending colors so that latex masks or prosthetics look like they are a natural part of the body. The Alchemy palette from Skin Illustrator is an essential part of any professional makeup kit, as it contains the colors that will perform that blending job perfectly. Let’s face it; nothing takes the audience out of a movie more than seeing a line where the mask or wig meets the actual skin of the actor. This color palette ensures that will never be visible.

Those are just a few of the many Skin Illustrator palettes available here at Frends Beauty, with a host of other items from this great company also in our inventory. If you are looking for an affordable collection of color palettes that do a large variety of film and theater makeup chores, this may well be the collection for you. As always, you will find that our pricing is more than just a little competitive.