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Model of the Month: Raven Forrester

Model of the Month:  Raven Forrester

Raven Forrester is name you are sure to hear one day in the fashion industry. The Trinidadian native was first signed to a modeling agency at the tender age of 11. Raven has been featured in Custom Street Bike Magazine, graced the runways at different shows in the greater Houston and San Antonio area and has done numerous high fashion photo-shoots in the state of Texas. She brings not only a unique and gentle look to high fashion, but she also entails an honest opinion of what life is like in her world. I was able to snag an exclusive interview with Raven and I have to admit it was not hard to be drawn to her outgoing and genuine personality.

Q: What would be your ideal photo-shoot or modeling session?
A: I want to be an international model, so working for VOUGE Italia would definitely be my ideal modeling session
Q: Do you belong to a modeling agency?
A: Yes, I belong to Neal Hamil Agency in Houston and Avant Agency in San Antonio, Tx.
Q: How long have you been signed to these agencies?
A: Neal Hamil a little over a year and Avante almost & 7 months now.
Q: What type of shoots do you like to do and is there anything off limits?
A: I love out of the box type of shoots and shoots that require me to put my skills to the test. Nude shoots are off limits.
Q: What makes you stand out from most models?
A: I think my Caribbean background gives me an edge above most models. My background gives me the opportunity to work with and understand the art of Caribbean designs
Q: You have beautiful skin, what would be your top 3 beauty tips?
A: First and foremost I drink lots of water, I always wash off my makeup and avoid sleeping in it and I keep my lips moisturized.

Q: What is your best feature?
A: Definitely my legs, I’m 5’10
Q: Any designers you would like to one day work with?
A: Alexander McQueen! I love his unique designs and style patterns.
Q: Do you have any advice for up and coming models?
A: Take classes. Learn how to walk and pose, it’s very important to take classes to get the proper technique.
Q: Before I let you go I have to know what’s your definition of beautiful?
A: Being confident in yourself
INTERVIEW BY Jacci Jackson (Makeup Artist, Stylist and Fashion Blogger)
MAKEUP BY Jacci Jackson
IMAGES BY Photographer Tiffany Leal
For BOOKING contact the Neal Hamil Agency (Houston), Avant Agency (San Antonio) or, you can friend her on FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/rforrester

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Best ways to properly test makeup at department stores

Best ways to properly test makeup at department stores

I love going to department stores like SEPHORA and sampling the latest products trends. Like myself, many ladies spend their weekends testing products. While working in the beauty department at Victoria Secret, I noticed the number of women who come in and out of the store sampling products without so much as wiping it off before and after use. While I love being creative as much as the next person SANITATION is a major concern.This nasty habit can cause several hygene issues. As women the last thing we want are puffy , swollen eyes or sores near or around our mouth. Here are a few tips to avoid contamination and infection.

Be careful with mascara and eyeliner. The eyes are the ‘danger’ areas for the spread of infection. An infection called conjunctivitis (a.k.a pink eye) can be passed on by sharing eye products. Symptoms of pink eye include itchy, red, and watery eyes along with a greenish/white discharge and crusting on eyelids.
**Avoid this by asking for a disposable mascara wand and eyeliner applicator.
Powder properly. Though the risk of an infection is lower with eyeshadow than eyeliner or mascara, there is still a risk.* Individual disposable applicators are the key to staying healthy and trying before buying.
Blush better. Gently wipe the top of the blush with a tissue to remove the top layer and then use your fingers to apply. Or you can ask a salesperson for brush cleaner or alcohol and wipe them off yourself
Make an exception for cream blush. The risk is minimal in testing a powder formula blush, but cream blush can be risky unless the department store uses a different applicator for each person.
**It doesn’t have to be a disposable blush brush as long as it has been cleansed between clients.
Use your imagination when it comes to lip color. Lips are another danger area. You may love treating yourself to a new lipstick, but the risk of trying on the store’s tester is high. The cold sore virus (which is the herpes virus) can be passed on through a lipstick.
**When it comes to lip color, swipe it on the back of your hand to test the color rather than applying to lips.
Sharpen up. Sharpening lip pencils helps shave away any germs. First, have a salesperson swipe the sharpener with alcohol or cleanser, then have the pencil sharpened.
Makeup shop mid-week. Studies show that makeup counter testers contain more germs on the weekend than they do mid-week.