My first ever speaking video - so please be kind! Everything is AH-MAZING! LOL Anyway, I hope this helps you all get to know me better and thanks for watching!
To all my fellow MAKEUP ARTISTS:
I have created a page on my website called PRO TO PRO - a cheat sheet (if you will) of all the beauty classes, information and awesome products I come across. I'm a big sharer of information and believe it helps elevate our industry, so what a better way than to make a special page for it all.
WHAT A FUN MORNING YESTERDAY!
I got the chance to meet up with my friend Maria before she had to head into work at Sephora Walnut Creek. We met at one of her favorite coffee joints: Barrelista in Martinez, CA. It's a super cute coffee place (they serve food too!) that loves to make your day special by giving great customer service and fun bendy straws with iced coffee. I love the ...
Ohhhhh I love this little sponge!!! Check out the many ways to use it!!!
Come see all the fun I had at TMSLA 2015!
I'm a firm believer that age is just a number and that's all it really is. I think real age is determined by how we feel inside. What does that mean in the world of makeup? It means we don't always have to follow the age appropriate makeup rules - it's okay to bend them!
So if you're 30+ and you feel like rocking some glitter, reach for a fun glitter liner. Feeling really sassy? Then do glitter from eyelid to crease! (Coordinate with matte and sheen shadows of course.) But draw the line at throwing glitter all over the entire lid/brow area. Unless it's for a costume party (that's a whole different story!) because otherwise it just looks like you're trying too hard ... or crazy and who wants that?!
If you wanna wear bright colors, make sure they look like they could be in the same color palette with each other. Pick one feature or a couple to deck out, just remember to do it the right way: blend! blend! blend! + make them compliment not compete! I've totally worn a bright eye AND a bright lip (image) by following my little guidelines mentioned above - and everyone loved it! Key things to remember: there is a time and place for everything!! Think about the event/place you are going to - if you can have a little fun with your look then go for it! Why not?!
A little over a month ago I had the privilege of assisting makeup on a few photoshoots in Las Vegas, NV with an amazing makeup artist - Donald Simrock. It was one of my very first major assisting jobs and it turned out to be such a cooooool experience!! The locations, clothing, jewelry, makeup & hair - the entire trip - was so surreal! And I couldn't have asked for a better makeup artist to assist - Donald was so much fun to work with!! I worked a lot, learned a ton but not once did it feel like work ... and that's why I love this career!!
After taking MuseBeautyPro's Business of Bridal class, which I HIGHLY recommend, I knew I had to practice all the awesome techniques Alphonse taught me, so I booked a little makeup session with my friend Lauren. We went to esthetician school together, she's used to me playing with her beautiful face!!
In this session, we practiced ...
I've been to many trade shows in the past (WSA, MAGIC, Project, etc. ) when I worked for a major online shoe retailer, but this was my very first beauty industry show. And I have to say, I had a lot of fun at The Makeup Show LA! Maybe it was because of my love of all things makeup, or maybe it was because I was surrounded by so much creativity ... I don't know but either way I know I'll be back next year!
We all have them, those beauty products we just can't seem to live without. I always hated that question "If you were on a deserted island, what ONE product would you bring with you?", cause I can't just narrow it down to one. It takes a lot for a girl like me to look presentable to the world. Ha ha ha .....So here's the 5 I need most.
I've had dark circles under my eyes since I can remember, so I've had to cover these bad boys up to at least make it look like I slept the night before. Its been hard to find the right shade and consistency, but I'm in love with this Benefit Boi-ing Medium #2. It goes on silky smooth and gives me the coverage that I need. Growing up, my ultimate favorite concealer was the Mary Kay Concealer, however, they changed their colors and it no longer matches my skin tone. Sad, very sad.
I absolutely love to dress up my eyes. This Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion has always performed well and has never let me down after a night of dancing in a hot nightclub. So of course it performs just as well for a long day at work. Not only does it moisturize your eyelids, but it also allows eyeshadow to glide on effortlessly. BONUS: Your eyeshadow color will still be as colorful as it is in the pot and you will use less of it because the primer holds that stuff on!
I feel naked without it. Sometimes a little or a lot goes a long way. You just gotta know the right amount and right time to use it. Here in Vegas we can get away with a lot more than when I was back in Colorado. MAC has the best assortment that I've seen, the best colors and consistency. I use the MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil because of the waterproofness- perfect for those pool days, plus they have a ton of colors to choose from. Sometimes pencils are hard for me to use, so I turn to the brush-- MAC Fluidline is perfect for those times. This gel liner is like cream...super smooth and easy to brush on -- makes me feel like an artist! Both of these are great because they never smudge (notice a theme here?), there's nothing worse than making yourself look like raccoon by the end of the day because everything has moved all over.
Back in the day women used to pinch their cheeks to get that glow. These days we got it easy...luckily for NARS Blush in Orgasm or Crazed (if I want to spice it up), they have us covered minus the pain. Sometimes you can skimp on blush, but after I found NARS I can't go back to the cheap stuff. Their blush goes on easy and not blotchy like some. The colors are AMAZING.
A girl can never have too many! I'm always trying out different brands, but I still can't find the longevity and shininess that I get from the MAC PlushGlass in Posh it Up!. I know many girls who absolutely can't stand the stickiness of MAC's lip glosses, but once you get used to it and you see that it stays on longer then most...you learn to love it! Plus it keeps my lips moisturized.