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Mastering Authentic Beauty

Posted on May 31st, 2015 | Filed Under Health and Wellness, Self Care

Today, I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 5 of Chris Scott’s Virtual Blog Tour. Chris’ book Face With a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty MakeUp is celebrating its big Amazon launch on June 2nd, 2015.


CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his nearly 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he has also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show Makeup Gourmet from 2008 to 2010, he was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades, and is also the creator and guest teacher of Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure his clients and the public have access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare with a low-carbon footprint. Chris is also the author of the wonderfully visual ‘how to’ book Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup (2014), as well as Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide: How to Buy the Right Skin Care and Makeup (2003).

Yesterday, Chris visited Dana Taylor at http://wp.me/p1yTXR-AL where they talked about authentic beauty for the older generation, and the keys to maintaining healthy skin as we age.

Today, I’d like to share a recent interview I had with Chris when I got to ask him some questions on being seen authentically in public, and how to see ourselves the way other people see us. I hope you enjoy it.


Michelle: There is a lot of talk about Authenticity in the world of self-improvement and self-growth.  That focus is an internal one, and it cultivates beauty on the inside – or from the inside out.  So, I am curious to learn more about the term you use “Authentic Beauty”.

CHRIS:  As a makeup artist, I want to clear a path so people see you more clearly. I use authentic as a ways to express how I feel my unique method of makeup application heightens how we and others see us.


Michelle:  I have found that many of the women I work with have a tendency to hide behind the computer, in their virtual work, and have fear of being seen.  We might avoid going to a networking event, and run the other direction when speaking opportunities arise.  Can you tell my readers why you write that it feels good to be seen?

CHRIS:  When we have a message that we truly want to communicate, it is important that our message is delivered and then received exactly as we intended. Then when we connect with others and they comprehend and appreciate your message, there is a feeling of completion.  As someone who thrives on sharing exact instruction to my clients, this is a good feeling.


Michelle:  Many women struggle with self-worth, self confidence and self-esteem.  I believe that we are on a journey to self-love – a journey back to our soul self.  But along the way, we have a lot of self-judgment about our body, our work and our abilities.  And what I have witnessed is that we are unable to see our beauty and our gifts because of that lens or filter of judgment.  You write about how we can shift that to see how other people see us.  Can you tell us more about that?

CHRIS:  Gladly. There are some real clear examples here. I like ‘We can’t see the forest because of the trees’. My trick is to help clients see the forest. When applying makeup, we are close to a mirror and focusing on one aspect of ourselves. As long as we stay close to that mirror, we will never see all of us. We become hypercritical of a single aspect. I work with two mirrors, one close to see what you are doing, and one at least three feet away to see ourselves as others will see us. Artists have to constantly do this with their work.


To look interchangeably at the tree and then the forest creates a more objective aesthetic that lies more in the harmony of features as oppose to one feature out of whack.



I hope you enjoyed this interview with Chris Scott and that you’ll check out his book Face With a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Make-Up during his big Amazon launch on June 2nd.  When you buy the book during the launch, you’ll receive dozens of free gifts from Chris, and his friends and colleagues. You can CLICK HERE to find out more about the book and these free gifts.


One of the gifts when you buy the book is the MP3 downloads to Chris’ 3-Day Telesummit ‘The Keys to Feeling Authentically Beautiful’, with fabulous panel of 11 internationally renowned image experts.

To receive a reminder to buy this book on launch day so you can get all the authentic beauty bonus gifts, go to http://makeupgourmet.com/book-launch/pages/pre-launch.php


If you’d like to catch more of Chris’ Virtual Blog tour, ‘visit’ him at these dates and places:

WEDNESDAY MAY 27th:  Andrew Mondia’s Pear-Shaped View Blog at http://bit.ly/1Go22vZ where they will talk about how beauty is for everyone, inner beauty, and seeing yourself through the eyes of others.

THURSDAY MAY 28th: Tina Games’ Moonlight Musings blog at http://bit.ly/1nJGkuY where they will talk about authentic beauty, believing you are beautiful, and the difference between ‘classic’ and ‘authentic’ beauty makeup.

FRIDAY MAY 29th: Callie Carling’s Cancer Goddess blog at http://bit.ly/1Jv46Zf  where they will talk about how light affects the way we look, and regaining confidence through authentic beauty.

SATURDAY MAY 30TH:  Dana Taylor’s Supernal Living blog at http://wp.me/p1yTXR-AL where they will discuss authentic beauty for the older generation, and the keys to maintaining healthy skin as we age.

SUNDAY MAY 31ST: Michelle Galatoire’s Nourish and Bloom blog at http://bit.ly/1DBQWCI where they will talk about being seen authentically in public, and how to see ourselves the way other people see us.

MONDAY JUNE 1ST: Mali Apple’s and Joe Dunn’s The Soulmate Experience at http://bit.ly/1JJYsPI where they will talk about tapping into our own beauty, and why authentic beauty is unrelated to our age.

TUESDAY JUNE 2nd: Lynn Serafinn’s Spirit Authors blog at http://wp.me/p3cvXN-Tf where they’ll be talking about how to choose visual images for a full-colour book, working with a photographer, and how ‘crossover’ authors can communicate their message to their audience.

Thanks for reading! Please share your comments and thoughts below. I love reading your feedback.

Replenishing Our Feminine Energies

Posted on March 17th, 2011 | Filed Under Featured, Life Balance, Personal Growth, Self Care

“Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.”

Barbara De Angelis

As women, we wear many hats.  Play many roles.  Woman ~ Wife ~ Mother ~ Daughter ~ Sister ~ Aunt ~ Friend.  And in each of  those roles, we give of ourselves.  We give love, support, compassion, empathy, passion, encouragement, sympathy… it is in our nature to give.  There is an exquisite and innate beauty in this giving of self, but within also lies great risk.  The risk comes when we do not know our boundaries, honor limits, or neglect to refill our vessels that can flow so generously.

The quote above from Barbara De Angelis captures perfectly what I have known for myself to be true.  I deeply need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to replenish.  As elemental as food and water for my wellbeing, I must have this time for self in order to maintain my ability to be in this world.  I have learned to honor this in myself.

There was a time, however that I compared myself to others who seemed to have this limitless energy – this ability to go on and on in thier giving, their living, thier doing.  And I thought myself inferior – unable to compete.  While I  beleive the quote states the truth for all women, there is an ebb and flow to it – as our energies move in and out like the waves of the ocean.  During one stage or moon of our life, we may feel our tides are full and immense.  While during another moon, we may feel our energies retreating, even shallow.  So, I have let go of comparing….and honor that each of us have the ability, and the responsibility, to check in with ourselves and discern when it is time to go inward.

This time of going inward, the Yin time – gives our mind, body and spirit the opportunity to connect, tune in and be.  This is where we connect with our inner wisdom, our intuition.  It is where our dreams blossom.  Where our authentic self resides.   This is where our power originates.  In this quiet, reflective place we remember who we are.

This shift towards self can be uncomfortable for some, intimidating for others; and to some even frightening to be left alone with thier thoughts spinning.  And to some, it will bring thoughts of selfishness to mind.  Afterall, as women we are taught to put ourselves last.

“Self care is not self-indulgence – it is self-preservations”  Renee Trudeau

Self care is essential.  It is the core nourishent of our mind, body and spirit that must some first in order to allow and empower all we wish  accomplish.  Self care is the foundation of how I begin the coaching process with my clients.  It is the sturdy rock from which they can joyfully and confidently dive into the ocean of thier dreams.

Defining You

Posted on January 23rd, 2011 | Filed Under Personal Growth
Being a woman is complicated!  So many messages – old and new – from media, society, parents, even those messages we carry at a cellular level from earlier generations are always swirling around us.  We are unconsciously receiving thousands of these messages daily, often hearing many of them as truths or at least, guidelines for appropriate ways of being in this world.
As the new year approaches, spend some time journaling about what defines you and why.  It might be time to let go of some old definitions that no longer serve you, or that may even keep you from growing into your fullest potential.   Letting go of old roles or titles that we have defined us for a time can be scary – I mean, who am I without this role?  This title?  This job?  This relationship?
Take your time!  You don’t have to evolve New Year’s Eve!  Just becoming aware of these definitions for what they are will make your more receptive to what is out there waiting for you!  Revisit your journal regularly, as things shift, you can nudge a little further.
Entering in to this new year with a willingness to be free of those limitations can open up a new world of possibilities.  Do you want to redefine certain roles in your life?  do you want to explore new ones?  Or do you want to completely reinvent yourself?
There is a lovely tradition on New Year’s Eve in a small town in Germany where every comes outside close to midnight, and stands on the sidewalk with their neighbors, and step off the sidewalk and into the street at the last stroke of midnight.  It represents new hope, new beginnings, new paths.  Step off the safely of old roles and step in to your potential.  Your fullest potential is just waiting for you!