Sunscreen – No Breakouts Bare Republic Naturals

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Sunscreen breakouts – they seem inevitable. You want to protect your skin from sun damage? But you haven’t found a sunscreen that doesn’t make you have a lovely reaction post-sun?  I have been on the search for sensitive skin sunscreen for years.  The sunscreens I tested protected me from the sun, but they ended up causing those lovely little white bumps, and sometimes blackheads as well.  Even the one brand that touts Clear Pores caused me to break out.  I was trying to protect myself from sun damage, but there was the consequence of dealing with how to clear up my skin for the next week, sometimes two.  It was very frustrating.

After researching and plain old trial and error, I stumbled upon Bare Republic Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30.  Bare Republic sells at Target and it’s made in the USA.  Bare Republic is a cruelty free, paraben free, sun care line that boasts their sunscreen is broad spectrum with UVA/UVB protection, it has a 40 minute water resistance, with no synthetic fragrances (which can irritate sensitive skin), no chemical actives, and no retinyl palmitate.  Most importantly, it’s a sunscreen I’ve found that doesn’t cause me to break out AND it protects me from the sun!

What is retinyl palmitate?  It’s a form of pure Vitamin A otherwise known as retinol and  palmitic acid.  The ingredient is commonly used in anti aging skincare products.  Why is it important to exclude retinyl palmitate from sunscreen?  There was a study conducted on lab mice in 2010 testing the effects of sun exposure and the use of retinyl pamitate.  The results are not conclusive, but the outcome suggested that the mice exposed to the suncreen/cream containing retinyl palmitate had a higher development of skin tumors.  One reason that cosmetic companies use this ingredient in their products is to be able to claim “Anti Aging” in it’s properties.

This isn’t an oily or a creamy sunscreen which typically make me break out.  To me, it’s a cream that is almost dry in texture, when applied and blended it feels like a primer.  I did notice it can dry out my skin a bit, but that typically isn’t a concern in the summer months.  This sunscreen is high in titanium dioxide and zinc.  It claims not to have a white cast.  I feel like it can be ashy on darker skin tones when worn alone – especially if it’s not blended properly.  In my line of Makeup Artist work, I’m always applying makeup over it, and haven’t had any issues with it on camera.  I haven’t seen it cause breakouts on any of the talent I’ve worked with either.  I carry this sunscreen in my pro kit, and keep one in my makeup bag at all times.

 

Bare Republic Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 – 1.7oz

available @ Target & Bare Republic Naturals

 

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Behind the Scenes Adventurers Shoot

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I’d like to share some behind the scenes and final images from our Adventurers shoot.  This was an amazing collaborative project I recently worked on in Atlanta.  One of my favorite things about being a makeup artist is the transformation process that happens in the makeup chair.  It was fun for me because this project required light special effects makeup to create the look of characters.

I worked with a fantastic crew on this shoot.  Josh Meister was our photographer and mastermind for the concept of the series.  Josh incorporated 7 of his own images that he photographed during his travels.  We shot the characters in Atlanta Studio Gallery L1 and Josh digitally combined the images to create the finals.  Keke Samberstein worked Wardrobe & Prop Stylist on this series.  She was responsible for pulling all of the wardrobe as well as the props which was quite an undertaking.  Keke and I worked together to create the ice, dirt, and sweat effects for the clothing.  This series was shot in one day at Gallery L1 Studio.


 

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One of my favorite characters of the series was our Mountain Climber Explorer.  This was the most intensive special effects makeup of the series.  We wanted our model to look like he was exposed to the arctic elements of an icy mountain climate.


 

 

It was important that the makeup gave his skin a visually cold appearance and icicles forming on his beard.  It’s amazing how much this makeup really looks like ice particles up close.  I applied special effects makeup to his beard and eyebrows to create the icy look.


 

Baja Desert Light Effects Makeup

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       Our models for the desert baha shot needed to look like they had been out in the hot desert sun riding for hours.  We made sure they were extra dusty and sandy.  I created a subtle layer of dirt on our model’s face, but left his goggle/eye area clean.  Both models needed a hint of glow to look like they were sweating.  When I look at the final image it looks like they really are in the middle of the desert.  The reality is we shot this in a studio in January.  I grabbed a quick behind the scenes pic of the studio while this was being shot.


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Stephanie was our model for the jungle explorer shot.  When discussing her look, we joked that she needed to look like she was recently in a fight, but she won.  She is still exploring the jungle.  I added scrapes and cuts to her face and hands.  We worked together to add dirt and sweat to the wardrobe.  Once again, this was shot in a studio in January, but thanks to an amazing team the final result is amazing.

Josh Meister – Atlanta photographer specializing in advertising, editorial, and portraits.

Keke Samberstein – Atlanta based fashion stylist whose specialties include wardobe, props, laydowns, fashion, editorial, stills and video.

Gallery L1 – Atlanta Rental Studio – The gallery is available to rent as independent and commercial film/video/photography location or studio space. Gallery L1 serves as a host to artist workshops, screenings, art parties, critiques and exhibitions as well.

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