• Professional Eyebrow Threading

    Professional Eyebrow Threading Bootcamp with Nicole Gates

    threading bootcampAbout The Bootcamp

    Learn from Master Threader, Nicole Gates during this intensive 8 hour eyebrow threading bootcamp!

    Through this class you will learn ABC’s of how to shape brows using the threading method.  Including:

    • Grooming techniques for both men and women
    • How to clean up hairs from the facial areas (sideburns, mustaches, other unwanted facial hair)
    • How to complete your brow look with scissor shaping, tweezers, and waxing
    • The proper after care for your clients

    Your supplies are INCLUDED in this course.

    You will earn a certificate of completion for attending this bootcamp!

    For more information please call the Performance Makeup Department at Binders (404)-237-6331.

    Meet Nicole Gates, "The Guru of Eyebrows"

    Nicole has been called "...one of the best eyebrow designers in the professional beauty industry" and "...the Guru of eyebrows".

    Her clients refer to her Brow Couture Design service as "Magnificent” and "Genius".  Now she is ready to help YOU sculpt amazing eyebrows on every client, every time.

    Having once being a student herself, she knows how difficult and expensive it can be for students to travel to an out of town class.  She has developed Threading Bootcamp, a program that is easy to understand and can be completed around your busy schedule.

    When did you begin your practice as an eyebrow threading specialist?

    NG:  My obsession began in 2005, while earning my Esthetician's License at a local Atlanta beauty academy.  I was disheartened that very little time was spent on eyebrow shaping, so I went off on my own to learn about the different theories of eyebrow design.

    How has your practice grown, making you the artist you are today?

    NG:  Over the past 8 years I have crafted my skills, developed a signature style of eyebrow shaping and built a successful clientele dedicated solely to eyebrow design.   With a consistent retention rate near 100%, I have developed a service at her Studio that is in demand, and I can teach you how to as well!

    What other specialties and certifications do you have?

    NG: I am a Licensed Esthetician in Atlanta, Ga.  In addition to my extensive study/training in Eyebrow Design, I have earned professional certificates in:

    Satin Smooth - Waxing Specialist in Professional Epilation Techniques, and I am a Certified Eyelash Extensionist.

    eyebrow threading

  • Performance Makeup Events February 2014

    We've got a great line up of Performance Makeup Events February 2014!

    Atlanta Makeup Events February 2014 Photo credit: Byron Arnold Photography
    Performance Makeup: Synthe
    Hat Design: Carla Raleigh

    Feb 14—1 Billon Rising for Justice/Vday

    Feb 15—Atlanta Makeup Meetup 1-3p

    Binders Performance Makeup

    Interested in makeup?  Are you a Makeup Professional? Makeup Blogger? Makeup Enthusiast?  Makeup Junkie?  Then this is the group for you!! This group is designed as a social and networking environment where participants will be exposed to and learn about the latest and greatest makeup tips and products!

    Get connected at http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Makeup-Meetup/

    Love your Mother Earth Show

    Feb 16—ProMUA Panel, Guest Artist Connor McCullough 2-4p

    Binders Performance Makeup

    Bi-montly, Binders Performance Makeup invites an industry leader to speak to the budding talent of Atlanta.  These discussions focus on The Profession of Makeup Artistry for the Motion Picture Industry, Current and Future.  Guest Artists speak to the highlights of their career, tips and tricks of the trade, and industry advice.  Past Guest Artists include: Nikoletta Skarlatos.

    A $5 suggested donation benefits The Chelko Foundation.

    Feb 22-- Makeup Artist 101 – The Essentials to a Complete Makeover 2-4p

    Binders Performance Makeup


     Feb 23-- Professional Brow Threading Bootcamp   11am TO 6pm


    Feb 24-27—Advanced Makeup 6pm-9pm with corresponding photoshoot March 1st from 9am-12pm


  • Creating Children’s Books was a Lifelong Dream

    Creating Children’s Books was a Lifelong Dream for Elizabeth O. Dulemba

    Tell us a bit about how you got started creating children’s books.

    Creating children's books was a lifelong dream of mine. I remember staring at Garth Williams' THE GOLDEN BOOK OF ELVES AND FAIRIES as a child and wanting to create that kind of magic for others.

    CreatingChildrensbooks with Elizabeth O. Dulemba Image Courtesy of the Artist

    Life got in the way for a while—I worked as an Art Director and in-house illustrator in the corporate world for twelve years (mostly in child-related industries). When I got married, I went freelance full-time, and finally began to pursue my dream.

    It took three years of honing my craft and sending out advertisements for my skills before I signed my first contract. (That's considered fast in the children's book world.) After that, things took off. Twelve years later, I have two dozen titles to my credit and I can't imagine doing anything else!

     What are you working on currently?

    My first mid-grade novel will come out this spring, A BIRD ON WATER STREET, so I've been busy wrapping up final details in preparation for its release. That's been a ten-year-long project, so I'm so excited for it to finally reach the world!

    I just finished a series of picture books for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, which will be given out by doctors, free to patients with young children. The books are about proper nutrition, exercise, hydration, etc. It's a feel-good project I'm very proud of, which will help raise healthier children.

    I recently did an illustration for Highlights Magazine, started a picture book for a book packaging client, and am writing another novel. I also just received an offer on a fun good-night story, which I both wrote and illustrated. But I can't share further details about that right yet. Needless to say, I stay busy!

    A BIrd on Water Street Image Courtesy of the Artist

     What advice would you offer anyone wanting to create a children’s book?

    Taking my class is a great first step. I also highly recommend joining the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. (I'm the Illustrator Coordinator for the Southern region of Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida panhandle.)

    The SCBWI is the largest writing organization in the world and ties all us children's book creators together. They offer fantastic online resources along with regional and national conferences, which can teach pre-published writers about the business. And they're some mighty fine folks to hang out with.


    Lulas Brew
    Image Courtesy of the Artist

     “I also hope they'll take away a new love and appreciation for children's books and the unique art form they are.” 


    What do you hope students will take away from your Creating Picture Books workshop?

    First, I hope they gain some serious skills. My class is intense and students do tend to learn a lot in a short amount of time. Usually the difference between student manuscripts at the beginning of my class and at the end is remarkable. And I share industry information that gives them resources to pursue after class.

    I also hope they'll take away a new love and appreciation for children's books and the unique art form they are.

    Lastly, I hope they'll leave with a love for writing. Not everybody gets published, or wants to get published. But that shouldn't stop anybody from enjoying the therapeutic and creative joy of writing.


    For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email jacob@bindersart.com.

    Written by Jacob Gunter

  • Performance Makeup Open House

    Binders Hosts Performance Makeup Open House

    For those of us that weren't as fortunate as others to attend the International Makeup And Trade Show (IMATS) in LA this weekend, we decided to attend an event just as exciting here in Atlanta, GA.

    The Performance Makeup Department at Binders Art Supplies and Frames orchestrated an Open House for makeup junkies, makeup artists, and lovers of the entertainment industry.

    The afternoon was filled with raffle prizes, valuable information, networking, and of course shopping for makeup!

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    Subjects such as flawless foundation application, tax preparation for entertainment professionals, how to successfully market your business through social media, as well as airbrush application were presented.

    You too can learn from professionals in the makeup and entertainment industry!

    Be sure to check the Binders Performance Makeup page on Facebook! for upcoming events, sales, and featured product highlights  are all yours at the click of your mouse!

    Written by Mia Powers, Makeup Artist

  • Meet Makeup Artist 101 Instructor Ren Ren

    Meet Makeup by Ren Ren!  Beauty Blogger extraordinaire, makeup artist, host of the Atlanta Makeup Meetup, and course instructor for Makeup Artist 101: The Essentials to a Complete Makeover

    makeup artist 101Tell us a little about yourself.

    I'm a 30 year old, self-taught beauty entrepreneur.  I love this industry and hope to share the magic of makeup with my fellow beauty junkies.

    What are you working on currently?

    I am consistently blogging and vlogging on the newest products and beauty trends while at the same time planning for upcoming beauty trade shows, makeup classes and blogger events.

    How would you describe your practice?

    I do it all!  It mainly resolves around educating my audience around beauty - this translates to my online world as well as the opportunity to meet viewers in person.  Not only do I blog, but I also have an active freelance makeup practice.  This has also translated to producing makeup brush lines that I know my clients/viewers will love.  In the end, my goal is to build a beauty brand.

    What challenges me most about the creative process?

    I always try to push myself out my comfort zone which is sometimes scary but so worth it in the end.  Each year I create a vision board to make sure that I am better than before - including new makeup techniques, increasing my artistry, and building a better business.

    What can you tell us about your workspace / studio?

    I love my home studio - it's a haven filled with cosmetics where I review/test/and apply product.  I film videos/take product shots and apply makeup to clients in one, fabulous space.  The key is to have a space dedicated to your business that inspires you as well as motivates you to be productive.  Did I mention my Marilyn Monroe wall painting - "Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world" - Yes!

    What inspires you the most to create?

    I see beauty in anything - nature, strangers in the street, a tv show...it's an indescribable feeling that motivates me to translate the beauty into my world so that I can share it with my audience.

    What are you planning in 2014, any major projects on the horizon?

    I hope to plan an extension to my brush lines, travel around the world and host more classes and meet and greats.  Bigger and better, here I come world!

    Do you have any ‘must-have’ products or techniques?  What are they?

    I am a sucker for professional product lines - they perform better, are more cost-effective and they beat out the luxury lines in the department store.  Makeup Brushes can make or break the look as well.

    What has been one of the most memorable experiences you’ve had while working in Atlanta?

    I definitely call Atlanta home - the opportunities are endless.  From creating and hosting Atlanta Makeup Meetup groups, to doing makeup for fashion shows and upcoming artists as well as exuberant brides, it's made me the person I am today.

    Written by Carla Raleigh

  • The Atlanta Printmakers Studio - Print Big!

    The Atlanta Printmakers Studio, Print Big!

    at BINDERS Limelight Gallery

    Print BigPrint Big

    The Atlanta Printmakers Studio began in 2005 as a group of people passionate about printmaking, community, and collaboration who wanted to pool together to create an organization.

    APS is a non-profit community art center that offers print shop access, critical exchange, and collaborative opportunities between artists, as well as a number of educational events, workshops, and exhibitions. APS has made it their mission to nurture the practice of printmaking as an original art form among professional artists and anyone who wants to learn.

    Print Big! Their annual steamroller printmaking event started in 2010 as a way to collaborate on a common goal at a large scale. The event brings together a lot of different groups in the art community, including those unfamiliar with printmaking.

    Print Big! is held outdoors at APS and a steamroller is used as a printing press to roll over the woodcuts. The resulting prints are gigantic in size and amazing to look at. The event also serves as a lively exchange – bringing together volunteers, artists, and community members from across Georgia, as well as arts organizations like Hammonds House Museum, WonderRoot, Abernathy Arts Center, and Southwest Arts Center.

    The unusualness of the event, making 8” x 4” foot prints with a steamroller gets a lot of folk’s attention. Each organization spends two to three months planning and carving the blocks before arriving for the massive, day-long event. Each group will print three times during the event and APS supplies the fabric and ink with over fifty volunteers helping for the day.

    After the event each group keeps one of the prints and APS keeps two, one for their archives and the other for their annual art auction.

    Big Print Event April 2013 Image Courtesy of APS

    Last year APS had 10 groups participating in Print Big! including our own Atlanta Printmakers Studio members, Kennesaw State University, Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, University of West Georgia, Sunday Southern Arts Revival, North Atlanta High School, and Shiloh High School.

    The event revolves around a theme. For the past few years APS has focused on literacy and southern stories. APS tries to keep the themes somewhat broad so that each group has a lot of room for interpretation. Some of the results have been a portrait of the writer W.E.B. DuBois and Gutenberg and the revolutionary invention of movable type.

    It’s a printmaking extravaganza! APS has tours of the studio, demonstrations, guest artists, and they offer smaller portable presses for kids to use. They also print t-shirts on their etching press and have a food truck on site. In the past live music, poetry readings, and a photo booth have been incorporated.

    The Atlanta Printmakers Studio is a pillar in the Atlanta arts community and the success of Print Big! represents the interest and relevancy of the medium. Bringing different groups from high schools and Georgia colleges has exposed students to opportunities for internships, exhibitions, our artist-in-residence program, and classes and workshops. APS is committed to nurturing the next generation of printmakers.

    Big Print Event April 2013 Image Courtesy of APS

    Print Big! 2014 will be the 5th anniversary of APS’s most exciting community event and they’re doing something extra special to celebrate. To help make 2014 the biggest and best Print Big! yet, APS is inviting 20 different groups to take part in making a 4’ x 4’ block.

    APS will team up two schools/groups to work together to create a print. Each team will carve one 4’ x 4’ foot block. The theme is OPPOSITES ATTRACT so think contradiction, paradox, duality, opposition or collaboration.

    Date: Saturday April 12, 2014

    Here is the list on the Print Big! participating groups for 2014:

    1. Atlanta Printmakers Studio
    2. SCAD-Atlanta
    3. SCAD-Savannah
    4. Kennesaw State University
    5. University of West Georgia
    6. Paideia School
    7. Clark Atlanta University
    8. Grady High School
    9. Three Amigos/Art of Such & Such
    10. University of North Georgia
    11. Pinecrest Academy
    12. Southwest Art Center
    13. Georgia State University
    14. Wonderroot Arts Center
    15. Savannah State
    16. Duluth High School
    17. Valdosta State University

    Learn more at: atlantaprintmakersstudio.org

    Print Big April 2013 Image Courtesy of APS

    Throughout the month of February, BINDERS Limelight Gallery will exhibit banners from the 2013 Print Big! event.

    The Atlanta Printmakers Studio, 2013 Print Big Banners

    Show Dates: Monday, February 3rd – Friday, February 28th
    Reception: Friday, February 7th (6 – 8pm)

    For questions or more information please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email jacob@bindersart.com.

    Written by Jacob Gunter

  • Pop Up Art School: Tags, Portraits & More w/ Krink Markers!

    BINDERS “Pop Up” Art School

    presented by Octane Coffee, Krink Markers,

    & BINDERS Art Supplies and Frames

     Saturday, February 1st, 10am – 12pm

    pop up art schoolJoin us at Octane Coffee Westside, Saturday, February 1st, 10am -12pm, with local artist, Wade Harrison, who will demonstrate and guide coffee drinkers in an interactive demo with the versatility of Krink Markers.

    Enter to win a $50 gift card + FREE! goodies & giveaways!

    About Wade

    Wade Harrison was encouraged to express himself through art from the very beginning. Growing up in the late 60’s and 1970’s, Wade became heavily influenced by the tide of the Black Power movement.

    Taking self-awareness cues from his mother and coupling that with the creative talent of his photographer father, Wade gravitated toward revolutionary musical expressions. He consequently became influential in the emerging Toledo graffiti art revolution under the tag “Swade”.

    Pop up art school Image Courtesy of the Artist

    “I am not a lyricist or a musician or a singer... I am an artist in love with these instances of self expression and choose to dialog through my paintings with others who share this love.”

    Wade continued his art education at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Following a brief stint with an ad agency in graphic design, Wade concentrated more on his work as a fine artist. His style has since evolved into an exploratory freedom reflective of the music that captivates him.

    For more information please visit our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/1400362706881816/

    Written by Jacob Gunter

    For questions or more information please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email jacob@bindersart.com.

  • Makeup Brush Cleaning Tutorial

    Makeup brushes.  We all use them…but are you cognizant of how you care for them?

    Makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria and as we would be remiss not to include a how to in our “New Year, New You, New Makeup” segment.

    One of the most common questions we get is, “How often should I clean my brushes?” Thoroughly clean, once a week (meaning with brush soap and water), however, if you are using your brushes on clients and persons other than yourself, after EVERY use (use a sanitizing brush cleaner like BeautySoClean brush cleaner and wipe the contents out of your brushes with a paper towel.)

    Cleaning your brushes regularly will help maintain the bristle structure as well as increase the lifespan of your brushes.

    Makeup Brush Cleaning Regimen—Personal Use

    If you have just used your brushes to apply your own makeup and do not plan on using them again until you put your makeup on the next morning:

    MakeupBrushCleanerTruthfully, you don’t need to clean your brushes out thoroughly. However, if you are a germ-o-phobe, like me, I would suggest cleaning them after each use with a product like BeautySoClean Brush Sanitizer.

    Bacteria naturally occur on our skin, we all know this and I prefer that my brushes don’t have the same bacteria sitting on them tomorrow as they did today!

    To quick cleanse your brushes simply spray the bristles with the brush cleaner, an even mist is more than sufficient, do not saturate the bristle.  Take a clean paper towel or tissue and work the bristles back and forth drawing out the excess makeup product from the brush.  Leave the brush out to ‘dry’ and it will be sanitary and ready for you to use again the next day!

    Whether or not you choose to do a daily cleaning of your brushes a weekly cleaning is absolutely mandatory!  I know you all know what it feels like when you don’t; makeup build up in your brushes can cause them to get scratchy…no one likes to beat their face in the morning with a scratchy brush!

    There are a number of different ways to thoroughly clean your brushes.  The three most common are a hard brush soap, a liquid brush soap, or olive oil.  For most cleanings brush soap (hard or liquid) are perfectly fine, however, if your brushes are excessively soiled use olive oil.

    To clean your brushes:

    1.      Saturate the bristle of the brush with lukewarm water.
    2.      Work the brush soap into the bristles by swirling them in a clockwise motion.  If you are using hard brush soap swirl the brush directly on the soap, if you are using a liquid pour a dime-sized amount onto the palm of your hand.
    3.      Once the soap has been worked up the bristle shaft turn the faucet back on at lukewarm temperature.
    4.      Under the running water swirl the brush in a counter clockwise motion against the palm of your hand to draw out the product and soap from the bristles of the brush.
    5.      Repeat steps 2-4 until the water that is rinsed out of the brush is clear.
    6.      Clean the handles and ferrules (metal banding) of your brushes with soap and water.
    7.      Reshape the bristles of the brush back into their natural shape and leave them on an absorbent surface to air-dry.

    If your brushes are excessively soiled use olive oil to clean them.

    To clean brushes with olive oil:

    1.      Dispense a small amount of olive oil onto a clean paper towel.  Never put oil directly onto the brush head.  Doing this could oil soak the bristles of your brush.
    2.      Swirl the brush on the towel until all of the makeup residue is out of the bristles.
    3.      Clean with hard soap or liquid soap as usual.

    Makeup Brush Cleaning Regimen—Professional Use

    For sanitation reasons, you will want to quick cleanse your brushes after each and every client.  To quick cleanse your brushes simply spray the bristles with the brush cleaner, an even mist is more than sufficient, do not saturate the bristle.

    Take a clean paper towel or tissue and work the bristles back and forth drawing out the excess makeup product from the brush.

    Leave the brush out to ‘dry’ and it will be sanitary and ready for you to use again!

    Nightly, you will need to thoroughly clean your brushes.  To clean your brushes follow the easy steps outlined above!

    Article written by Carla Raleigh, Performance Makeup Specialize with Binders Art Supplies and Frames

  • Makeup Expiration Tips

    The Dirty on Makeup Expiration

    Is your makeup separating?

    Does it have a funny smell?

    Has the color quality changed?

    Does it look dry or cakey in the container?

    Did you know that your makeup expires after a certain period of time?

    Cosmetic companies are not required by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to label makeup products with an expiration date. Some makeup companies choose to place a symbol on their products that looks like an open jar.  This symbol contains a number and the letter “m” (month) or “Y” (Year) in the center, which tells you approximately how many months or years your makeup is good for once opened.  However, this number is only an approximation and it does not include the amount of time a product may have sat on the shelf.

    Keep yourself healthier in the New Year by following these simple guidelines when it comes to the length of time you keep your makeup products:

    Some of these time deadlines can be extended with the regular use of a cosmetic sanitizer, like BeautySoClean.

    For more information about BeautySoClean check out our product review here by clicking this link!

    Makeup Expiration Dates

    Article written by Carla Raleigh, Performance Makeup Specialize with Binders Art Supplies and Frames

  • Basic Guide to Makeup Sanitation

    What You Need to Know about Makeup Sanitation!

    Did you know?

    There are 4 main bacteria that are typically found in makeup.  These bacteria can begin to grow due to cross contamination, multi-person use, double dipping, etc.

    The 4 most common types of bacteria found are:

    Staphylococcus Epidermidis

    Staphylococcus epidermidis is a form of staph bacteria that has been found on lipsticks, eyeshadows and eyeliners during laboratory testing. While this bacteria often is found naturally on human skin, for those with a compromised immune system--due to a severe illness, old age or a chronic illness--may develop an infection. Some strains of this bacteria are resistant to antibiotic treatment and can severely affect the intestines if left untreated.

    Staphylococcus Warneri

    Another member of the staphylococcus bacteria group, Staphylococcus warneri is found on the skin of humans and animals. While it may not cause adverse reactions in those with healthy immune systems, it can cause severe reactions and illness in those with compromised immune systems. In the most extreme cases, this bacteria is associated with endocarditis, which is damage to the heart valves.

    Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacteria found in soil, water and on the skin and has been associated with inflammation, rash and in severe cases, sepsis--a serious infection that can cause organ failure. Pseudomonas aeruginosa that live on a mascara wand that can nick the eye or penetrate into the soft tissues or membranes of the eye.

    Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

    One of the most serious forms of bacteria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), can lurk on old makeup and cause an infection, such as dermatitis or pink eye, which can resist antibiotic treatment. This bacteria is considered very dangerous because the infection can be easily spread. When applying makeup, MRSA present in the makeup can enter a pimple, open cut or the mucous membranes of the eye and nose. Initial signs of infection including redness, inflammation and heat over the infected area. If you suspect you may be infected with MRSA, seek immediate treatment.

    beauty so clean

    Follow the guidelines below on how to help makeup sanitation for each makeup type:

    To sanitize creme makeups, like foundations, eyeshadows, concleaors, and adjustors, scoop the product out of jar with a spatula and place it onto a stainless steel palette.

    For liquid makeups pour the product into a welled stainless steel palette.

    When using powder makeups, pour the powder out for each use; when using a pressed powder, like a rouge or an eyeshadow, you can apply the makeup directly to the skin, however, make sure when doing this you are using Q-tips or you are sanitizing your brushes after each use, to sanitize the product, clean the top layer off with a tissue in between each use, once finished use a makeup sanitizer to thoroughly clean the product.

    When applying mascara, make sure to use a disposable and don’t double dip a wand into the product!

    For lipstick, scoop the color off of the stick with a spatula; place it onto your stainless steel palette or you can use a cosmetic sanitizer wipe, like BeautySoClean.

    For pencils like eyeliner, lip pencils, and eyebrow pencils; dip the pencil in alcohol or wipe it with a cosmetic sanitizer wipe, sharpen the pencil, and re-dip the pencil.

    Article written by Carla Raleigh, Performance Makeup Specialize with Binders Art Supplies and Frames

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