2o years as a fashion model that led to celebrity makeup artist to writer...
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I don't normally post my 'serious writing' on my blog, but this piece seems beauty appropriate for a Friday afternoon afterthought. Enjoy.
Looking Glass and the Windowpane
by Jacqueline Cioffa
Let’s face it; there’s no fooling. The sagging skin, the wrinkled face, the ridiculous forty something woman in short skirts and bottled-up Botox. The gravitational pull and the eventual flight back home were booked in advance. You already hold the winning ticket. I recognize the faces in the street, the fear, the familiar grimace and disgust at the sideways glance in the shop’s windowpane. I see the doubt, the two-second pause, the roll of the eyes in the rear view mirror. I’m going to rise above it, be the lady lit from within. I’m going to honor this body that works, that walks me from place to place. I’m going to love this heart that beats and eyes that see the sun and feel the heat, and arms that sway to the rhythm and ears that hear the beat. I’m going to resist the tug; I’m going to dig the features and the sum. I’m going to take the very best care. Every so often, I’m going to eat eggs with buttered toast and pancakes dripping in maple syrup. I’m going to drink beer without the guilt. I’m going to love a man head on without flipping the light. Sooner or later, I’m going to want to play the parts. I’ll be mother, daughter, sister, lover, and feminist right on time. I’ll want to write the appropriate words that answer the meaningful questions. I’ll get the joke. I’ll laugh out loud without bringing my hands up to cover my face. I am timeless, ageless and the perfect temperature. I will not grimace at the sight of a beautiful young woman. I will nod and offer her a secret, knowing smile and familiar glance. I will put away the minis, the boots, and the crazy forms of self-expression and store them deep in the back of my closet. I’ll hold onto them for a younger version of myself. I no longer have any use. I’ll walk the walk with conviction. I’ll talk the talk and hear the discussion. I will listen, with a mind that is open. I will wait ten seconds to answer. I’ll have a well-thought out appropriate response. I’ll take an interest in the world around me. I’ll be empowered, insightful, bright and impulsive in an instant. I will mellow out and leave fear, jealousy and rage behind. I’ll do all the things that a grown up does. I will act like a curvy, sophisticated, well groomed woman. I will see the face and body; I will embrace and endorse the beautiful. I will tuck away my first class ticket in the back pocket of my favorite pair of ripped, familiar blue jeans for a later date. I will remember where I put it. I’ll keep my head on straight, high upon my strong, beautiful shoulders. I will put one determined foot in front of the other. For now, I’m just going to walk. And face the window without the pain.
I teamed up with fab photographer Myrna Suarez last week to shoot singer, songwriter Jesse Ruben. Normally, whenever Myrna calls I just show up. I know it's going to be awesome & I'm going to get great images. Myrna shoots a lot of music industry peeps along with personalities. I love her style, the pics are crisp, clean, sexy and always interesting. Jesse was a nice surprise. Polite, cute, funny and easy going. What I didn't know was how good he is. After the job, I was curious and listened to his music. Goose-bumps. The kid has serious chops. His songs are powerful, insightful, honest & original. Check him out; he's the real deal. No gimmicks, just him and his guitar. In a world full of synthetics, Jesse is a breath of fresh air.
Last month I made-up Lucky Magazine's creative director, Andrea Linett for a Lucky video post on Fall's must-have shoes and which clothes to pair them with at the trendy store Dolce Vita. Sorry for the delayed post, I got busy in August eating ice cream and cutting the grass. Anyhow, thought it was worth the visit. I dig Andrea's cool downtown, rocker, boho vibe style. She's the kind of lady I wanna be when I grow up. Smart, easy, put-together, & funny effortlessly mixed together. Her makeup request was simple, flawless skin with a touch of powder. I added a bit of Giorgio Armani's Sheer Bronzer #1 and a dab of gloss for fun, and she was on point and camera ready. Oh, and her jewelry style is the sickest. She always has at least one piece I covet. Everyone knows, I am usually bangled, stacked and decked out in everything from Chrome Hearts toMe & Ro to Helen Ficalora to old school charms from my father. That's a whole other post. Much to my delight, we're doing a jewelry shoot this week, so stay tuned...
I am not a fan of Fashion Week or the backstage madness it entails, so a 6 am call time made me even crankier. Except, when I got there and Stephan Marais did the makeup test for Zac Posen, I felt better. He created a fresh, pretty, sparkling face. Mac Cosmetic's rosy cream blush placed on the low cheek bone, into the temples and over the brow bone was the perfect mix of layering & texture. A white silver shadow dusted thinly into the lower & upper lashes gave the eyes luminosity and an instant wake up call. An added bonus, the gorgeous supermodel Pat Clevland was there supporting her daughter, model Anna van Ravenstein who walked the show. How modern and retro, glamorous, young and fresh.
I've had the pleasure of hanging out with artist Marilyn Minter on a few occasions. Her niece, the uber-talented and stunning actressKristin Minteris a great friend of mine. So when I heard that Marilyn was talking part in MAC Cosmetics2009 Fall Campaign I was intrigued. I love her thoughts on women and beauty. She worked with Mac'sGlitter Eye Pots and once her make up artist had applied the makeup, Marilyn messed it up. "Anything that gets wets starts getting sexy." Marilyn's philosophy that life is messy, heels break, pimples pop up & that imperfection is beauty is refreshingly real. She has a thing for freckles. If their aren't enough, she'll pencil in more. Erotic imagery, pushing the edge with pigment, glamour, art & feminism at it's height. Thank you Marilyn & MAC for the sultriness, one look at your stunning images gives me the power & freedom to soldier on.
For Fashion's Night Out, ERES the ultra chic French lingerie line had models decked to the nines and out on the streets with their Eres shopping purchases. Funky and tres cool, to see eight beautiful ladies looking colorful and fierce. Prior to hitting the streets, I made up the girls depending on their style. A wet- black smokey eye with tons of COVERGIRL Lashblast Luxe Mascara and nude lip to go with spiked heels, a striped shirt & spotted pants. An odd combo perhaps, but when thrown together strangely enough it worked. A nice product for the night, NarsVelvet Lip Matte Pencil in Red Square, a creamy lip pencil, in a bright pop of coral & a bare eye looked super sexy & fun. From Barney's uptown, to the streets of Soho, NY for one night was classy & sassy, and ERES left an imprint. Style.com got the pic to prove it.
My friend's at COVERGIRL just sent me their newish mascara, LashBlast Luxe. I'm already a huge fan of LashBlast the original, the numero uno selling mascara with 'the patented Moltrusion Brush.' The giant brush with 50% more bristles maxes out each and every lash. NO, really. A mascara that leaves lashes long, lush and clump-free? And comes in four metallic shades for a hint of shimmer? That's some mack ed-out mascara. I tried out the Black Cabernet (sounds decadent & yummy!), and felt immediately sexy and good enough to go dancing! But, alas I have an early call in the am. Tune in tomorrow, I'm off to make up some gorge lingerie models for ERES and Fashion's Night Out. Can't wait to make them COVERGIRL Super TrouperLashBlast Luxe converts too.
I decided to take a much needed city break and head out to the country. I admit that sometimes the vapidness of fashion, beauty & celebrity gets to me. At times, I hate the stupidity and shallowness of that world. I only half fit in it now. I have been on the beauty playing field for twenty years, once a star quarterback, sometimes watching from the sidelines and even the water girl. It's good to turn it off. The cellphone, Face book, email, Perez Hilton, forget about all of it. I have recently developed a Vitamin D deficiency, it's time to get back to basics. I swam, sat in the sun, wrote, read, cut the grass, played with a two year old, said goodbye to my faithful furry friend, ate Black Raspberry ice cream and planted a garden. It was quiet. It was real. It was nice, I could hear my thoughts. I ditched the sunscreen. Really? A former model turned make up artist ditches the sunscreen? Seriously? Sunscreen blocks the body's ability to produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D is necessary for good mental health. There is currently a nationwide Vitamin D deficiency epidemic. It's actually not a vitamin, it's a hormone and has the ability to affect more than 2,000 genes in the body. Think about it, 15 minutes and a supplement are all you need. So you can feel great & get back to business as usual. thehuffingtonpost./Dr. SoramKhalsa- Vitamin D Deficiency