Photo shoot with Taylor and Sydney Rose Photography

What do you get when you pair a stunning model, amazing photography and makeup by me . . . .

Details on look:

Airbrushed foundation: Dinair

Concealer: IT Cosmetics

Contour, brows, highlight: Anastasia Beverly Hills

Blush: MAC Cosmetics

Eyes: Soft Glam palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills

Lips: MAC Viva Glam III and MAC liner in Half Red

Lashes: Ardell Whispies

Photography by: Sydney Rose Photography

Riley’s Cotillion Makeup

I was so excited when I got to meet Riley to do her makeup for cotillion pictures. We sat a talked a bit before we got started. (This is something I like to do for all my clients. It helps my clients feel more comfortable, allows me to find out their likes, dislikes, skin type and helps me provide the best service possible.)

I found out that Riley did her homework and stalked my Instagram page, which I ♥️♥️♥️. I think all my clients should do their research. She found several looks that she really liked so I decided to do a combo of them and used my brand new palette from Pat McGrath Labs. (Want to learn more about Pat McGrath Labs, watch a video here. )

Here is her before and after….

Details on her makeup:

Airbrushed foundation: Dinair, Soft Glow matte in Vanilla and Olive Beige

Concealer: IT Cosmetics

Eyes: All Pat McGrath Labs shadows from the MTHRSHP Subliminal Platinum Bronze Palette

Eye Primer: Urban Decay

Lips and brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills

Blush and contour: Bare Minerals

Lashes: Ardell

Airbrush Tan: Blush and Glow Studio

Stylized Photo Shoot

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to partner with Pamela Williams Photography and do the makeup for a stylized bridal shoot.  I was so excited to be asked along with other local businesses involved like Flowers on Broad, The Marion Hatcher Center and House of the Bride.  I also got to meet the sweetest model, Jordan.

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Details on her look…

Airbrushed Foundation:  Dinair in Soft Glow Matte (Perfect for brides)

Concealer:  Bye Bye Under Eye by IT Cosmetics

Eyes:  Urban Decay, Makeup Geek Cosmetics and Anastasia Beverly Hills

Lashes:  Ardell

Contour and Brows:  Anastasia Beverly Hills

Blush:  Makeup Geek Cosmetics and Bare Minerals

Dress:  House of the Bride

Portrait:  Pamela Williams Photography

Photo Shoot with Baileigh

My daughter, Sydney, was home for the weekend and was feeling very creative so we decided to have a photo shoot with the gorgeous Baileigh. I love being able to partner with Sydney because she is honing her craft of photography. She is trying all different styles to find her own. Couple her amazing photography with Baileigh and my makeup and we have a win-win situation.

This photo shoot started with color theory and outfits. I never want the makeup to match with what the model is wearing but all these pieces must come together and be cohesive. I decided to use medium tones on her eyes with smudgy (that’s a makeup technical term….😂) dark liner. I purposely stayed away from a deep contoured eye and kept her skin as natural as possible using just a bit of concealer and airbrushed foundation. I also kept her face fresh by adding bronzer and a light dusting of contour and a bit of highlight. With all that going on, I choose a matte lip and full false lashes to complete her look.

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Detail on her look:

Airbrushed foundation: Dinair in Glamour – combo of Vanilla and Soft Beige

Concealer: Bye, Bye Undereye by IT Cosmetics

Eyes: Makeup Geek Cosmetics, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Urban Decay

Contour, blush and highlighter: Urban Decay

Matte lip: Bare Minerals

Lashes: Ardell

Winner of Miss Crimson, Baileigh

I have known Baileigh for a while now and she is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.  Baileigh decided to enter her high school pageant and wanted me to do her makeup.  I was so excited that she asked because I just love working with both her and her mom.

Baileigh wanted her makeup to stand out on stage but to still look somewhat natural.  I decided to do a soft, somewhat smokey eye with a bit of dark contour on the outer part of her eye.  I used grey browns to compliment not only her piercing blue eyes but also her dress.  I then added a bit of Anastasia Beverly Hills shimmer to make her eyes pop.  Dark, smudged liner topped with lashes completed her eyes.  Baileigh has flawless skin so not much airbrushing was needed.  I used Dinair Airbrushed foundation in Soft Glow for a matte look.  Then, filled in her brows, added contour (no shimmer highlight because of the bright lights… didn’t want her to look shiny on stage), pop of blush with a soft lip.  The result….a gorgeous girl that felt confident!

CONGRATULATIONS to Baileigh for winning the Miss Crimson Title (Winner of her Junior and Senior Class)!!!!

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Details on her makeup….

Airbrush Foundation:  Dinair Soft Glow in Vanilla and Olive Beige

Concealer:  IT Bye, Bye Undereye – Combo of light and medium

Eyes:  Makeup Geek – Vanilla Bean, Americano, Cherry Cola, Corrupt and Anastasia Beverly Hills -Metal and Warm Taupe, Ardell Lashes

Contour:  Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Blush:  Bare Minerals in Aphrodisiac and Faux Pax

Lips:  Anastasia Beverly Hills in Kirsten

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100% Airbrushed Makeup

As some of you already know, I love airbrush makeup. It is wonderful for photo shoots, brides, pageants and everyday. However, for my clients, I usually only offer airbrushed foundation with the rest of the face done by hand. So, I’ve challenged myself to do more with the airbrush. (Thanks to R&R Airbrush Makeup Artistry ).

Here is the final look. Now, keep in mind, everything is airbrushed . . . Eyes, liner, brows, contour, blush, highlight and yes, even lips. All products by Dinair.

My Favorite YouTube Channels!

In my last blog, I spoke about the 3 YouTube channels that I love to follow on a regular basis, so I thought I’d share my thoughts with you.

2 out of 3 of these YouTube bloggers are WORKING makeup artists . . . not just makeup gurus that have hoards of makeup who don’t normally work on clients.  As most of you know, I like fashion makeup like what you find in Vogue or W Magazine, makeup that makes you feel great about yourself and makeup on the runway and red carpet.  I’m not very into “Instagram” makeup . . . which, hopefully, is on the way OUT!

My absolute favorite is Pixiwoo!  They are two sisters from the UK, that used to work for MAC many years ago and are still makeup artists today.  They even have their own line of brushes out named Real Techniques.

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Honestly, I have been watching them for about 9 years or so.  I think that was even before YouTube makeup gurus burst onto the scene!  These ladies are super talented, funny and always do something different!  Some of you, may have heard me say that I am “pixiwooing” though the grocery store today . . . meaning that I am going upon my day acting like I am not wearing extravagant makeup.  They coined the term.  Here is my gorgeous daughter pixiwooing as Wonder Woman at our local pizza place, Your Pie…  she did get some strange looks that day!

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My next fave is Wayne Goss!  I love him because he gives it to you straight, is a working makeup artist and has great tips and techniques.

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He turned me on to several products and techniques.  The most recent one being the brand “The Ordinary” (Click here to read more about it).  Also, since it is the holiday season, do you know what he calls people who highlight the tip of your nose?  Rudolph!  That is one of my pet peeves, as well as his . . . highlighting the tip of your nose.  If you are doing it . . . I beg you . . .  please stop.

Now, my 3rd favorite YouTuber is mostly my favorite because he is quite funny and entertaining to watch.  If you don’t like to hear the F-word, then he just might not be the one for you.  But this guy makes me laugh out loud and is also very talented.  His name is Manny MUA!  He is the one who turned me onto Makeup Geek Cosmetics and does a lot of real reviews on products with truth, honesty and a bit of crass.

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Holiday Inspired Makeup

Are you feeling in the holiday spirit yet or do you have a fun holiday party to attend?  Try this contoured eye with a bit of glitter and rosy cheeks!

For flawless foundation, I airbrushed it using Dinair in Radiance for a slight glow to the skin.  For the eyes, I primed them with Urban Decay primer and brushed on a soft yellow shadow as a base by Makeup Geek.  In the crease, I used a warm light brown.  Then, I used 3 different colors of green (all from Smashbox), starting with the lightest in the center of the lid, the mid-shade closer to the outside corner and then added the darkest in the outer corner. Closer to the inner eye, I used a soft Smashbox pink.  Topped with a black Tarte slightly winged liner and then carried the darkest green and warm light brown to under the eye to give it a cohesive look.  To finish off the eye look, I added Urban Decay glitter liner from my inner corner crease to mid-crease, tapering it off and my favorite wispy lashes from Ardell.

I wanted this look to have rosy cheeks, so I added a very bright pink blush and Deep End contour from Bare Minerals.  Highlighter and brows are both products from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

What are your holiday go to looks?

Looking for new skincare?

I am always looking for the latest and greatest especially in skincare!  Technology changes so quickly and so do makeup and skincare formulas.  Now, I’m not saying that using your old stand by isn’t great but why not try something different when you run out of your current?

I have been struggling with skincare since Bare Minerals changed ALL their skincare formulas.  I have extremely sensitive skin.  I’m not talking about breaking out (most of the time that happens when you start any new skincare), I’m talking about redness, itching and peeling.  It is no fun!

I have a few favorites on YouTube that I admire.  3 to be exact and 2 are WORKING makeup artists, not just YouTube gurus.  So, when one of those favorites, Wayne Goss, did a video about a brand called The Ordinary, I just had to give it a shot and I am so happy I did.  My skin looks great, healthy, hydrated and smooth.

Here is what The Ordinary says about itself…. “The Ordinary was founded by skin care enthusiasts who were fed up with the lack of transparency and fairness in the the beauty industry. By formulating products in their in-house lab and producing them in their own factory, The Ordinary brings you effective skin care at an honorable price”.

The two things I love about the brand is that . . .

#1, it is inexpensive especially for the quality of ingredients that you get.

#2, is that The Ordinary products, are free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone.

I ordered mine directly from their website.  Here is what I went with . . .

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Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 for multi-depth hydration and visible plumping without drawing water out of the skin solely to improve temporary surface hydration.

Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane uses next-generation retinoid active technologies which have been shown to achieve better reduction in signs of ageing than retinol without irritation.

100% Plant Derived Squalane is an exceptional hydrator and can prevent ongoing loss of hydration that impairs dermal suppleness.

However, it can be difficult to figure out what you need.  After doing tons of research, I found this to be the best site to guide you in the right direction on what your skincare might need . . . Beautylish.  However, The Ordinary products are always sold out so try The Ordinary website after deciding what you want on Beautylish.

Next, I will talk about The Ordinary’s line of foundation!!!  I love that too.

So, tell me . . . what skincare brands or products are your favorites?

 

 

Bella’s Makeup

Mary Beth Photography took these gorgeous portraits of Bella for her 11th birthday.  I thought it was a really great idea to take portraits at this age, when most of time, this special age goes undocumented. I also loved the confetti balloons and thought it was the perfect touch! I had so much fun getting to know Bella and pampering her with a makeup session.

Details on Bella’s Makeup

Airbrush Foundation:  Dinair in Glamour

Eyes: Urban Decay and Makeup Geek

Contour, lips and brows:  Anastasia Beverly Hills

Blush:  Smashbox
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