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Spot Light On OCC

11th May 2013

Spot Light On OCC


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics was founded in 2004 by celebrity makeup artist David Klasfeld. He had a passion for colour and textures and wanted to bring that to the everyday consumer. While in college studying film, David got a part-time job in Nordstrom’s on the cosmetic counter. When he finished his film course he decided makeup was the path he wanted to follow and he became a freelance makeup artist. He worked behind the scenes on runway shows such as Patricia Field.

While working as a makeup artist he found that the make up he was using wasn’t translating well on camera. It was too noticeable. It was then that he had the idea of creating a product that could hardly be seen. This is how OCC’s famous lip tar came about.

The barely there look soon became very popular with other make up artists and was used for HD TV. This was the start of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. While still working as a makeup artist on adverts and for TV David came across another problem. The airbrush foundations he was using were leaving a wet look on camera and he had to use lots of powder to cover it. This didn’t make for a good look on TV. This is when he created the popular OCC water based and oil-free airbrush foundation. It is brilliant for TV and being photographed. You can hardly notice it.

All OCC products are vegan and cruelty free. They never use animal derived ingredients such as lanolin and beeswax. PETA is a big fan of OCC. David wanted to makes sure his products were available to everyone to use. The line is great for anyone who is compulsive about makeup and obsessive about its ingredients like the company’s creator and that’s how the company name Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics came about. OCC has built up quite a cult following. 

Their best sellers and the favourites of celebrity makeup artists and beauty bloggers are their lip tars, air brushing kits and pigments.

  1. Lip Tars - They combine the long lasting effect of a lipstick with the easy application of a lip gloss. They come in an array of colours to suit all skin tones. These include a variety of Pinks, Purples, Browns, Gold’s and many more. You can apply them in the colours they come in or you can mix them together to create your own shades. They are 100% vegan and cruelty free. They also contain a mixture of essential oils including peppermint.
  2. Airbrushing – OCC airbrush foundation is lightweight but still gives an excellent coverage and a flawless finish. It is water based rather than the usual silicone base. It is 100% oil free which is great for sensitive skin and it covers with a matte finish which is very on trend right now for spring/summer 2013. It is easy to touch up and is blendable. Most importantly it is sweat, tear and water proof. It is a favourite of makeup artists who have clients who are on TV and will be seen in HD as it leaves such a flawless finish. Don’t worry if you don’t have an airbrush kit you can apply the foundations with an OCC foundation brush if you prefer. You can also get primary adjuster set which are great for mixing with other OCC colours to create your perfect shades. OCC blush, contour and highlighter sets are also an airbrushing must have.
  3. Pigments – 100% pure and uncut. They can be used on your eyes, lips and cheeks. You can use them in their purest form as an eye shadow for example or you could mix them with a clear lip tar to make a new lip colour. Another great way to use them is to apply a little primer on your eye line then with an angled brush apply a small amount of the pigment to make a brilliant eyeliner. Neon eyeliner shades are big for spring/summer. You could also use a little primer on your cheeks and add a colour to make a beautiful blusher.
  4. Crème Colour Concentrate – This is the latest addition to the OCC family. It is great on cheeks, eyes and lips. It is smooth and blendable and it can be built up. Great for when a creamier look is desired. There are a large variety of colours to choose from.

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