INTERVIEWS

MUA Rebecca Shores Mixes Fine Arts with Makeup

Incredibly talented makeup artist Rebecca Shores has always been one of Pampadour’s most devoted and lively users. She has such a wide array of knowledge about beauty and skincare that she is eager to share, and posts gorgeous YouTube tutorials and photos on the site. Read on to see how her background in fine arts has given her a unique advantage in the beauty world. She understands colors and what works on different people like no one else. Check out her eye-opening interview below. Even the biggest beauty lover will learn a thing or two.

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A BEAUTIFUL INSPIRATION: JENNIFER WALSH, FOUNDER OF THE BEAUTY BAR, TALKS TO US ABOUT HER LATEST VENTURE

Jennifer Walsh’s resume reads like something that’s almost too good to be true: makeup artist, television personality, beauty entrepreneur, consultant, philanthropist and more. How can one person possibly handle all of these responsibilities? As you read our interview with the The Beauty Bar and Pride & Glory founder you’ll see that she inherently has this can-do personality. She’s a true beauty pioneer (credited with creating the first multi-channel beauty brand, that was sold in retail stores, online and on television) who won’t settle for anything less than making a difference. Jennifer says, “unless it’s a completely new concept in beauty, I wouldn’t be creating it.” For more from this inspirational beauty persona, read on…

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SKINCARE FROM THE EXPERT

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Park Avenue-based Dr. Neal Schultz is one of the most prominent dermatologists in NYC. Based on feedback from over 100,000 patient visits, he developed BeautyRx, a skincare line that truly leaves all skin types with a healthy, luminous glow.

Based around glycolic exfoliation, the brand has a unique approach to creating gorgeous skin. Last month, the doctor launched his new exfoliating system, The Progressive Peel, on HSN. The peel, in only six weeks, delivers physician strength results in the comfort of your own home — sounds good to us!

The thought behind The Progressive Peel is Dr. Schultz’s mantra, “It’s Not Just About Wrinkles.” He realized that most people who complain about aging skin blame wrinkles, even though wrinkles account for only 5% of one’s face. The other 95%, which often goes ignored, increases the appearance of older-looking skin: dull, tired, clogged, and more. His exfoliation products target this crucial 95%.

“Exfoliation is the most important therapeutic treatment you can do for your skin, and glycolic acid is the gold standard,” Dr. Schultz explains.

In addition to his thriving practice and Beauty Rx, the doctor (who has been awarded ‘Top Doctor’ by New York Magazine multiple times) also hosts DermTV, the internet’s first skincare show where he answers common skincare concerns.

Next Tuesday, April 8th at 8 PM, Dr. Schultz will be hosting a Pamp Party on Pampadour.com, where he will be answering all of your skincare questions and concerns. Throughout the night, we’ll be giving away BeautyRx prizes to some lucky participants, plus a Grand Prize which includes the famous Progressive Peel and two other BeautyRx goodies. Can’t wait to see you on Pampadour!

MEET NAZ CHAFE

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Naz Chafe took Pampadour behind-the-scenes during New York Fashion Week with her incredible backstage hair and makeup photos and content. The beauty lover is also a prominent jewelry designer, with her gorgeous line carried in some of the world’s most exclusive stores. Follow the jump to learn about her brand, inspiration, must-have beauty products and more.

Tell us a little about your jewelry line, Naz New York.

My line is a collection of one-of-kind pieces made of rare and precious stones and beads accented with diamonds. Color, texture and shape are always present.

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You started in the fashion industry – how did you make the leap into jewelry?

My husband was an importer of pearls and stones, but he never had made up jewelry, just the raw materials. I started putting things together just to wear myself. His clients loved my designs and asked me to make similar pieces for them. Little by little it grew from there, and now I have a huge line of fine jewelry and I still make everything that I would wear myself.

Your jewelry is so beautiful. Do you get inspiration from runway fashions? We know you’re a mainstay at NYFW!

Yes! The runway fashions are my biggest inspiration. With everything I design I think about what it should be worn with. The current colors, necklines, hemlines and silhouettes play a huge part.

What are some other things that inspire your designs?

Nature inspires me. I love everything about the sea. The colors and shapes. I use turquoise, coral and pearls often in my designs. A bright green tree against a vivid blue sky inspired a line of emerald and opal earrings.

What kind of women do envision wearing your jewelry?

I see a woman with an individual sense of style. A woman who wants to set herself apart and be followed by others.

Any beauty trends you’ve seen on the fall runway that you’re loving?

Right now I am obsessed with the high waisted pencil skirt and cropped top. Cut outs are a must especially for evening.

What are your must-have beauty products?

Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer and concealer.

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When you’re getting ready for a big night out, what is your typical hair and makeup routine?

I do my hair first, using a curling iron and loosening up the waves with my fingers. For my face I use luminizing products. I love a glow! Black liquid liner, big lashes, a red lip and I’m good to go!

You’re in such great shape and your skin is really gorgeous. Can you take us through your diet & exercise routine?

I think everything has to come from the inside. I play tennis, go to the gym and watch what I eat, but the most important things that I do are drinking tons of water and doing yoga almost every day.

Tell us about your most memorable Beauty Adventure!

I was having my makeup professionally done for a party. When I asked the makeup artist to put fake lashes for me, she gave me a choice between a regular glue and a stronger one that would last longer. I thought longer lasting would definitely be better, (I hate when the inner corners start coming off) so I asked for the stronger one. The lashes stayed on perfectly that night, and I was too tired to take them off before bed. The next morning when I tried to take them off it was impossible! Makeup remover, soap and water did nothing to loosen them up. Two days later the only way to take them off was ripping my own with them!  At this point they felt like sharp sticks coming out of my eyes.

I gave up, put on some big dark sunglasses on, and went to a BBQ I was invited to. I never took the sunglasses off, but my friends could see the weird jagged lashes (half on, half off) through the glasses. It was hysterical! Everyone came to take a look. By the fourth day they finally came off using a lot of Vaseline and olive oil. Regular glue for me from now on!

SAMANTHA’S BEAUTY ADVENTURE

Samantha is one chick you do NOT want to mess with. Click ‘Read More’ to find out why…

So, I’ve worn eyelashes every day since grade 10. Doesn’t matter where I was – school, dance class, even the beach. I was skilled in the art of showering and swimming without getting my lashes wet, and trust me, it WAS an art. I’m at the beach on day, with a full face of makeup, tanning on the edge of a dock. A random, flirty stranger thought it would be funny if him and a friend picked up and threw me and one of my friends into the water. Upon being picked up by this stranger, I calmly – but firmly – assured him it would not be in his best interest to get my lashes wet by tossing me into the lake. He laughed it off and threw me in without a second thought. I rose from the water like the chick from The Ring, lashes hanging half off, mascara running down my face. I walked past the perpetrator, toweled my face off, removed my eyelashes and tucked them away into a safe place – and proceeded to run full force toward this foolish, foolish man. At age 17, I pushed a fully grown man into a lake, gave him the finger, packed my things and walked away, like a boss.