We can find inspiration in just about anything. A rose petal, inspired us to create a face tonic. A braid inspired us to research the history of hair styles. Romantic dresses floating in the spring breeze inspired us as we analyzed perfumes. Being in the Art and Business of Cosmetics course for three weeks inspired and educated us to understand how it all begins and how it all ends in a final product ready for the consumer.
Breaking down a scent into the three levels of notes was fascinating. I will never take a scent for granted again! Can a scent be both freeing and mature, breezy and feminine? It certainly can. My partner and I created an inspiration board for a perfume called Spring Breeze.
The highlight this week was our class field trip to Bluemercury. The owners graciously opened their store for us early so that we could get a sense of their marketing approach and the products that they sell.
Here are some of the products Bluemercury sells and that the owners so generously gave us as gifts.
I had to put the creative side of my brain on hold for a bit as I listened intently to their story of how Bluemercury started. A tremendous amount of time and hard work is required to start a cosmetics business. There is so much to learn.
My wonderful FIT experience has come to an end. My days at FIT went by so quickly that I cannot believe it is almost August. Every day was enlightening and educational. The students in my class were delightful and I look forward to staying in touch with them.
– Sasha Worenklein
I used to think there was nothing as much fun as scoring a new makeup that just came out. How many of you agree with me about that sport? Well, it’s even more fun if you understand the history of cosmetics and how it evolved.
This week my partner and I researched the history of bronzers. They became very popular in the 1980’s when people finally began to understand the dangers of sun damage. People wanted that sun-kissed look without destroying their skin. In 1984 NARS cosmetics created their iconic bronzer which is still popular today.
We moved on to the history of hair and had fun making a chart showing how hair styles evolved over time.
We mixed, we touched, we analyzed, we discussed and we created shampoos, scents and tonics.
Today we made bath salts. We tried the product and we were proud of our results. The bath salt felt incredibly smooth on our skin
A guest speaker who graduated from FIT, and who is a Professional Makeup Artist came to our class today. She was very inspiring as she told us about her company and her travels around the world to lecture on the deeper meaning and culture of cosmetics.
We have also been reviewing popular cosmetics that are on the market today.
We become very critical when reviewing someone else’s product. That is a good lesson to keep in mind when we each have our own cosmetic companies. Be critical! Quality control is very important.
What a great start to my first day in class! Our first assignment after we chose partners was to recreate a bath and body works body mist called “Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin”.
Each pair of partners had a tray of 4 different scented liquids to use in order to recreate the scent. My partner and I found it hard to keep it from smelling too floral. Then we made it smell too much like hand sanitizer and no one wants their perfume smelling like that. We finally managed to get it to close to the scent. The fragrance smelled sweet, a little floral, and a touch of spice. Almost perfect. The best part was we got to take the fragrance we made home!
Today we learned how to make rose water toner. We broke off each petal of the rose and put them in a “boat” which is a little bowl. We placed alcohol, acid, and aloe in with the petals. Then we mixed the liquids with the petals until it was ready to be crushed into a funnel. When we crushed the rose petals with the liquids through the funnel into a beaker, we actually created a pretty rose water toner. I loved that we got to take the beautiful product home with us!
The three hours of class flew by. My next assignment is to create a timeline of the bronzer. Doing the research was fascinating, and I look forward to sharing my findings with all of you next week.
I have always expressed myself through art as well as through writing. I am certain that being dyslexic allows me the opportunity to view the world from a unique perspective. Growing up in fast paced New York City has always been challenging as there have been times when the world simply whizzed by too fast. However, I embrace that challenge and have found many ways to slow the city down, to savor what it has to offer and to explore creative ways to express myself. I am on a dance team at my high school, I sing in an international high school choir and I enjoy photography and creating videos.
New York is the best city for walking and I capture images of the city and its people with my camera which forces the city to slow down and wait for me. My secret weapon it to watch a person’s face closely and listen intently to the sound of their voice to get the true meaning of what they are saying. There is so much more to a person’s story than the words.
My true passion is the art of makeup and that is my favorite form of communication. I discovered makeup at age 11 and I have spent the past six years trying to perfect that art form. I am inspired by the Disney characters, theater makeup and the interesting people on the street. Makeup is so important when creating a scene for a play, a movie or everyday life. I can tell a story with brushes, colors and a stroke of eyeliner or a swipe of lip gloss. When I apply makeup to others, I can help them tell their story as well.
My passion for makeup as an art form and future career led me to explore the classes offered at FIT. I was thrilled to discover that FIT offers a Precollege summer course in the Business and Art of Cosmetics and I am looking forward to my first day. There is so much to learn about the world of cosmetics from both the art and business perspective and I cannot wait to get started. I am hoping that this course will give me practical advice on how to approach the cosmetics industry while inspiring my creative side. With each face as a prospective canvas, my creative growth is delightfully endless. I am looking forward to blogging about my experience at FIT and to give my readers insight into what they could expect as a student in a Precollege course.
This week, I went to the new fashion exhibit, Art of the In-Between, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibit showed work by fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, the founder of Comme des Garçons, which translates to “as the boys”. Rei Kawakubo studied fine arts and aesthetics at Keio University in Tokyo, but she does not have a traditional fashion education. She began by designing clothes for women and later began designing men’s clothing as well. She focuses on mobility and comfort in her designs.
Rei Kawakubo challenges our western definition of beauty. When you walk into the exhibit, the first garments that you see are these red dresses. The cloth is wrapped and layered in such a way that there are large lumps that distort the figure. I immediately noticed how this strayed from the traditional hourglass figure one sees accentuated in a majority of woman’s couture. Rei’s designs each have a unique shape that has nothing to do with highlighting one’s physical features. They are works of art that happen to be wearable. Rei once said,“For something to be beautiful, it doesn’t have to be pretty.” This is exactly what I observed. Every garment I saw had beauty and power, but none of them were pretty. “Beauty is whatever one thinks is beautiful.” – Rei Kawakubo, I agree that beauty is subjective, and everyone has a unique definition of what beauty means. Art of the In-Between made me think about my own definitions of beauty and how beauty is sometimes inexplicable.
Since I am taking a menswear class, I noticed her use of men’s clothing. There were multiple garments that she had created by cutting up suits and reconfiguring them. After being disassembled, the garments no longer seemed to have genders. I enjoy observing how designers combine men and woman’s couture. I myself want to experiment using classic men’s suit jacket collars in woman’s clothing.
I also noticed her use of fabric and color. She used a lot of blacks, reds, pinks, and whites which seemed influenced by classic European styles. I also was reminded of Victorian era dresses by a few of the garments. I think this was due to their heavy and luxurious fabric.
The exhibit will be open until September 4, so I encourage you all to go check it out for yourselves!