The Batterman Group Sparkles at JCK

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Last week The Batterman Group artists really got to sparkle and shine creating hair and makeup looks for Le Vian Jewelers in an exciting Fashion Event for JCK.

JCK Las Vegas is the leading jewelry event in North America open to all jewelry professionals. Each year, the industry gathers where the latest awe-inspiring domestic and international designers and most sought after trends are showcased.

For this event it was all about showcasing the fabulous Le Vian jewelry.

Our Key Makeup-Artist Barbra Jo Batterman designed looks that embodied classic, timeless beauty with metallic shadows, smokey eyes and glowing highlighted skin to compliment the jewels.




In order for the jewels to have room to shine, our hair stylists needed to design a variety of hair styles that would keep the focus on the jewels and off the hair by pulling the hair back from key areas such as the ear lobes and neck.



12 models, 5 artists and only 4 hours prep time to transform the models from off-duty to Red Carpet Ready.  Who else could make that happen on time and flawlessly but The Batterman Group! Go Team!



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The Batterman Group Rocks The Billboard Music Awards

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Last weekend The Batterman Group’s expert glam squad was backstage at the Billboard Music Awards rockin’ performers, presenters and hosts hair and makeup.

Spread out on different projects throughout the venue, artists worked on a variety of exciting projects from our manicurist lacquering Kei$sha’s delightful digits to one of our MUA showing off her skills on the Michael Jackson hologram  performance of “Slave to the Rhythm”.

This was our 6th year working with The Billboard Awards, and it was by far the most exciting year yet!

Here is a peek behind our brushes and blowdryers at The Billboard Music Awards.






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Products We Love: Dry Shampoo

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It’s not unusual for most women to go 3-4 days without washing their hair and on day 3 or 4 to turn to a dry shampoo for a little boost.

If you haven’t heard of Dry Shampoo before, get ready to be WOWed!

Dry Shampoo is a powdered substance used to clean the hair when you want to extend the length of a blowout or when it is not practical to use water and traditional shampoo. The ingredients in dry shampoo soak up oil and dirt on the scalp, leaving hair looking, feeling and smelling refreshed and rejuvenated.

It is especially beneficial to color treated hair because overwashing can dry it out and cause hair color to fade. To preserve your color it is best to wash your hair only 2-3 times per week. Additionally, as busy on-the-go women most of us are pretty strapped for time and a quick wash and blow-out isn’t always an option. To freshen up your locks (after the gym, before a night out, or for us after a long day of shooting), dry shampoo serves as the perfect hair pick-me-up.

Dry Shampoo comes in both loose power and spray forms- we here at The Batterman group are partial to the spray forms because they are easier to apply and control how much you use.

The key to using dry shampoo is to separate the hair and make sure you apply at the roots ONLY! Keep the dry shampoo at least 10 inches away while applying to avoid getting white residue on your hair. Once you have finished applying, brush it through your hair. This will help to evenly distribute the product and help remove any excess dry shampoo. If you spray too much and get that unwanted white on your hair just use your fingertips to gently work it into your strands while hitting it with a blowdryer on the cool setting.

Here are a few of our favorite Dry Shampoos:


1. Kerastase Powder Buff Transparent Spray so no chance of messing up!  Does doble duty of absorbing oil PLUS adds body. Is lightweight, flexible and smells Fabulous!  This is the MOTHER of all dry shampoos!  Our Fav!


2. Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo. For the Greenies!  This Lightweight and talc-free dry shampoo contains obliphica (sea buckthorn berry) oil, which is naturally rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and healthy fatty acids. For your hair that translates into hydration, shine, and fewer split ends.

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3.Tresemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo.  This wins the Best Budget-Beauty Award!  At a pocket friendly price of $5.99 this lillte guy not only does a great job of absorbing oil but also contains citrus extract to help eliminate odors. Available at Ultra and most drugstores.


4. Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder. Perfect for days when those roots are peeking through.Bumble and Bumble’s spray-on powder (available in four shades) adheres to strands and camouflages roots and grays while also nixing oil.

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Artist Spotlight: Stephanie Aguilar

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Q: When did you know you wanted to be a makeup artist?

A: I didn’t know. It just so happened that I saw an add for a job at a makeup counter and I went for it because they said they’ll train you. Once I got my hands in makeup and started to play with colors I became addicted!  I would practice makeup application and different techniques over and over on anyone and everyone including myself and began taking every professional class I could. I still to this day take classes to stay current on the latest techniques and products. Learning is so exciting for me and there are new innovations everyday!  With make-up you never stop learning.

Q: What are your must-have products of the moment?

A: Right now my staple that I can’t live without is my little eggy sponge named “beauty blender” I love it! For eyes I’m addicted to the combination of  “Ooh La La Lift” from Benefit  which helps tighten and brighten under the eye and I mix it with Smashbox’s “Photo Op” which has  light reflectors and caffeine. The Caffeine is like a shot of espresso and de-puffs under eyes. The light reflectors are used to bounce light from under eyes to hide darkness.




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Q: What is number one beauty tip that you could give the average woman that she may not know?

A: If you are not well versed in makeup application, please remember less is better. You want to try for a soft and pretty look with mascara, maybe eyeliner, a dab of blush, and a subtle lipstick or gloss. That’s really all you need.

Q: Which element of your job do you most enjoy – shows or shoots?

A:That’s tough! I love them both. They are both so different. But if I had to pick one then it would be shoots. Even though the day could be way longer. Getting all themed up and glamorous is one of my favorite things. Then seeing the photos or video of your work feels so great!

Q: What is your beauty mantra?

A: Do makeup with love and hair with attitude!

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Artist Spotlight: Kelly Belmonte

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Q: When did you know you wanted to be a makeup artist?

A: I think I knew I wanted to do makeup full time when I was fourteen and working Haunted Houses. I was acting in them and  we didn’t have a makeup team so we did it ourselves. I learned the basics of prosthetics there, went onto theatre, and after that I moved to Las Vegas to kind of get my feet wet in the world of glamour makeup. It doesn’t shock me that this is where I ended up because when I was a kid, if you sat next to me long enough I was sure to do your hair and makeup or even your nails.

Q: What are your must-have products of the moment?

A: Right now my complete obsessions in makeup are this new foundation I found from Yves St Laurent called Youth Liberator. It has a broad spectrum SPF 20 and a skin care serum in it. I kind of go by the belief that a good foundation is a must because you’re literally pushing it into the skin, so it better be really good, have some skin care and SPF.  I always have to have my Touch Eclait from YSL as well . It is literally the best under eye brightener. My favorite lip gloss by far is by Bath and Body in Whipped Vanilla. It is the only color they keep all year long , it tastes good for the random kiss, and it is such a perfect pink nude on any, and I mean ANY skin tone. I can’t live without it and I give away tubes to my friends all the time because I love it so( doesn’t hurt that you can buy two, get one free either) The last thing I can’t live without is a High Definition powder.  I like the Nars one with pressed silk in it ,the Makeup Forever High Definition Powder Compact, or Two Faced makes a great one too.





Q: Today’s woman is busier than ever.  What is the easiest way for her to turn a day look into something that works for evening?

A: There are a couple of quick ways to go from day to night fast. If you are brave and not blind, try popping on some lashes. I like Demi Wispies for the real woman or even smaller are nice or even half a strip is great.Pop those babies on, touch up under your eyes, throw on some peachy pink blush and some gloss and enjoy your night. If you’re blind like me, you add some extra mascara instead of those lashes. For a really simple way you can also go from day to night is  put on a really pretty red lip, add some mascara and call it done.

Q: Some trends can feel a bit out-there for the average woman. Especially style-conscious women of “a certain age” who wish to remain current but fear looking as if they’re trying too hard. What are some comfort-zone-friendly ways to rock the latest trends?

A: The fact that I am a woman of a certain age means I know this problem all to well. I have this theory on it; go with what you feel good in. If you feel pretty, you look pretty.  I tend toward natural browns and neutral colors because they are always in. I also find that trends go away and classic style is here to stay, so a pretty red lip , a nicely groomed brow with some eyeliner , mascara and a touch of blush will never fail you.

Q: What three makeup items should no woman leave home without?

A: Don’t ever leave home without a good lip gloss with a touch of color, that High Definition Powder I mentioned and my favorite under eye brightener, Touch Eclait.  Add in a bottle of water too if you can!

Q: What is your beauty mantra?

A: It’s funny because I don’t think a woman should be slathered in tons of makeup. I like to see skin. I really do live by the idea of less is more. You can always add, but it’s really hard to take away. Basically for me it all comes down to drinking water, wearing a little bit of good makeup and SPF everyday, even if you are only going to the mailbox . Put it on.

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DIY Beauty Tips from our Artists

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We here at The Batterman Group are in love with life-hacks.  You know, those little tricks, strategies and techniques we adopt in order to manage our time and daily activities in a more efficient way.

This week our artists share some of their favorite beauty life-hacks that can help reduce your beauty budget costs, simplify your beauty routine or help you develop a more sustainable beauty regimen.


Finding a skin-softening product that you like that doesn’t contain a laundry list of unpronounceable ingredients can be difficult and expensive.  Save your skin — and your money — by making your own natural body lotion, a thick and luxurious cream that will work for your hands, body and toes.

Take ½ Shea Butter, ½ Coconut oil, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil- to get the scent you want.- and mix them together.  Store in a glass jar. Hydrating healthy lotion with a customized scent that keeps your skin feeling smooth all day long!


One of my all time favorite tricks that I am so glad I inherited, is mascara on lashes BEFORE application! This helps tremendously with building up the lashes without tugging at your eyelid. Once I glue them down, I connect the natural lash to the false lash by 1-2 coats of mascara. That also alleviates from seeing double lashes! Nothing is worse than seeing the difference between real and fake.


I have yet to find a perfect “true match” foundation.  When I’m on set I custom mix foundation to match the talent’s skin tone.  In my personal makeup bag I carry two shades of foundation as well, one light and one a dark.  Our skin color changes with the seasons and exposure to the sun.  You can mix your perfect shade on the back of your hand or a stainless steel makeup palette like this one from Cinema Secrets, available at Camera Ready Cosmetics.  And then apply it as you normally would.  If you want to get real artistic you can also highlight and contour with your two different tones.


It gets really hot and dry here in Vegas in the summer.  My favorite DIY beauty tip is chilling my makeup sealers and hydrating mists like Evian Mineral Water Spray or Caudalie Grape Water prior to applying during the hot summer months. Keeps my client cool and refreshed.

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Artist Spotlight: Stephanie Peterson

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Q: When did you first know you wanted to be a makeup artist?

A: I have loved makeup from a young age.  I have 5 sisters and I grew up playing with their hair and makeup.  It wasn’t until I picked up my first Kevyn Aucoin book that I knew I wanted to pursue it as a career. I would stare at his work and practice each look on myself. From that point on the art of makeup became my obsession. I’m hooked!


Q: What are your must-have products of the moment?

A: I am obsessed with The Beauty Blender Sponge, who doesn’t want a sponge that gives you the same effect as a airbrush!  I’m also loving Spackle Primer by Laura Geller because it lasts all day and foundation goes on flawlessly over top it and I couldn’t live without my Shu Uemura lash curler, its getting harder to find but if you can get one its the best.

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Q: What is more fun, creating really out-there looks, or do you prefer something classically beautiful?

A: Of course really out-there looks are so much fun to do. Your creative juices get flowing and collaborating with others can help you take your work to another level. But it can be just as rewarding to work on simple and classic looks because you have less creative room and you need more precision with your techniques. So I love both!

Q: If you arrive to a show/shoot and the model has terrible skin, what do you do?

A:  I do my best to make her skin look flawless.That is always the goal. I try to emphasize her best feature like her eyes, lips or brows something to pull focus away from her skin.

Q: What is in your personal make-up bag?

A: My L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara, Shu Uemura lash curler and my Beauty Blender sponge- never leave home without them!

Q:  What is your beauty mantra?

A: “True beauty comes from within. Makeup is just a tool that we can use to helps us project our inner beauty outwardly”.

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Artist Spotlight: Mary Rockwood Crabtree

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Q: When did you know you wanted to be a makeup artist?  

A: I’ve always been an artist/creative. But when my corporate career went kaput in the late 90’s with retail companies downsizing and merging across the country, I ended up working as a counter manager for Lancome on the account of my need for any job I could get at the moment. I was tired of being a sales person but fell in love with the creativity of makeup.  I had no idea this career existed until someone said “Mary you should do makeup for magazines and television.”  I was intrigued and thus my journey began.

Q: What product would you totally freak out if it was discontinued?  

A: Dior Beauty’s 5-colour eyeshadow palettes.  They really are the best, especially for someone who travels.  Not only are the colors beautiful, but the quality is one of a kind.  They are durable which is essential for my kit, that gets bonked and bumped constantly.  They also have very little fall out waste so they last forever. If they change their formula, I just might have to stop being a makeup artist.  No… just kidding.

Dior Beauty 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Trianon Edition

Dior Beauty
5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Trianon Edition

Q: What is more fun, creating really out-there looks, or do you prefer something classically beautiful?

A: I think I have a reputation of being an artist that does “clean” makeup.  I love soft pretty beautiful makeup.  Early on in my career I learned that clean natural beauty would get me more work than “out there” fashion.  Plus there is a fine line between crazy cool fashion and just plain corny.  And personally I think natural beauty is far more challenging.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got edge but perfecting natural beauty makeup is what gets me hired.

Q: What’s your top tip for the girl at home trying to look fresh and ready to go in 10 minutes?  

A: Take care of your skin first.  Developing great skin care habits and before bed routines will save you time every time.  If your skin looks great then you will not need much makeup.  Finding what works for you can be a challenge.  Remember it wouldnt be a multi billion dollar industry if one product was perfect for everyone.  We all have different body chemistry.  So my advice is to start at the drug store and work your way up.  My mother has been using Ponds Face Cream since I can remember and her skin is great.  I use Dior’s Capture Totale Multi- Perfection Creme (my face hates Ponds dang it!) and Loreal Revitalift Triple Power eyecream.  For me…. they work!

Dior Beauty CAPTURE TOTALE Multi-Perfection Creme

Dior Beauty
CAPTURE TOTALE Multi-Perfection Creme


L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Eye Treatment

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Eye Treatment

And be yourself, make sure you’re makeup isn’t wearing you.  Confidence is the best product out there. If you feel good about your face, it will show.  I’ve had the same makeup routine for years, well almost, a bit more concealer over the years but for the most part, 5 minutes and I’m done (10 if my hubby is taking me out on a date :-).

 Q: What is your daily routine as a freelance makeup artist going on a job?

A: Timing is everything.  I hate being late, so I’m up an hour before I have to leave and I always allow extra time for traffic.  Holding up a production or photoshoot is a perfect way to ruin your reputation and end your career.  Early to a gig is always better than being late.  I have a kit system that works well for me with minimal set up, I can work directly out of my box, which is also great when the makeup area is a 3 foot by 3 foot room (yep it happens).  And I can have someone in my chair in minutes.  I can unload and roll my gear in easily with my Kart-A-Bag (my first one was an awesome gift to me from The Batterman Group’s Song Lopez).  Production will appreciate a makeup artist who is self sufficient and efficient.  Knowing my craft inside and out also allows me to do my job quickly.  If I’m running the hair and makeup department on a set, production will never be waiting on me.  Communication with your director/photographer is the key!

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Remin Kart-A-Bag Tri-Kart 800


Q: What is your beauty (makeup artist) mantra?

A: Well it was “There are no rules to makeup.”  But Song beat me to it!  So I’ll go with “Work hard for your passion and success will follow.”

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What’s in Our Kits: Lorac

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This week our artists added something new to their kits, set bags and personal handbags: LORAC Lip Luxe 8 Hour Lip Color.

The long-lasting, velvety-smooth lip colors are paraben-free (which we love) and infused with anti-aging antioxidants of Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed and Vitamins C & E to help your lips looks healthy and full. The matte lip formula stays put for up to 8 hours without bleeding or feathering.

Here’s is what our artists thought:






Lorac Lip Luxe gets a big Batterman Group Kiss!  We love it!

LORAC Lip Luxe 8 Hour Lip Color is available at Ulta stores nationwide and

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Tanning Products We Love

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Swimwear season is just around the corner for most of you but for us here at the The Batterman Group we have been swimming in the waters of bikini photoshoots for weeks.

Between swimwear company ads, fashion swimwear shoots and Hotel & Casino Dayclub ads we’ve seen our fair share of swimwear already this season!.

To help you get yourself beach body ready here is a round up of our artists favorite tanning and summer body products!


Pevonia Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30 is available at


Prtty Peaushun is available at


Vita Liberata Self Tanning Mousse is Available at Sephora


NARS Body Glow Available at Sephora


Bio Oil is Available at Target


Natura Bisse Sun Defense is available at


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