The first photo…

This is the first finished photo that I got from Saturday’s shoot. Love it!

Model: Mandee Varela
Makeup: Shahada Karim
Photographer: Ariel

Phenomena Swatches

One swipe: solid silver
Blended in.
I took them with my blackberry… forgive the quality. But one swipe is solid silver color. It blends very easily, and will also crease. Blended in, it gives the skin a deep shimmer.

Fashion Shoot on Melrose

The casting came with a warning: THIS IS A FASHION SHOOT, NOT A GLAMOUR SHOOT. In other words, please don’t hop in my chair telling me that you want to look ‘sweet’ and like you’re ‘not wearing any makeup.’ Please don’t crack open the latest edition of InStyle magazine, find a photo of a celebrity that shares none of your features, and ask me to make you look like her. And PLEASE don’t tell me that you really don’t like other people touching your face, so can you do your own makeup…?

Like the warning on the average blowdryer that asks that you  not use it while you’re TAKING A BATH… disclaimers exist because someone apparently thought it was a good idea to do what most ‘reasonable’ human beings would find questionable. Yes, models have done it before. Yes, they continue to do it. I have no idea why.

I was able to dodge such types, although they did show up to this shoot. I overheard one model instructing another MUA about what colors to use on her…

Fortunately, I ended up with an adventurous spitfire who was game for anything. We opted for an 80’s look… inspired by the Shu Uemura Spring campaign:

And another look, described as ‘Marla Singer meets Dita Von Teese’:

These were taken with my awful little camera. The professional results will  look MUCH better, I’m sure. This model and I worked very hard together, to get the best possible results for the photographer. I think we did well. The final pictures will tell the tale.

More Creamy Goodness…!

More MAKEUP FOR EVER Aqua Creams. I cannot tell you how much I LOVE these! I used them recently for a fashion show…

The designer asked for ‘Blade Runner meets Debutante.’ So this is what I did for her. A series of creams smudged pretty much all over the face. Darker colors for the eyes, an iridescent peach for the cheeks, and a pinky nude (with a sheer gloss) for the lips. She seemed happy, so I imagine the look was a success. Aqua Creams work better with fingers, in my opinion. Easier to manipulate all over the face. Keep plenty of sanitizing gel on hand!
Here are swaths of my latest additions:

#9 (Salmon Pink)
#13 (Iridescent Peach)
#5 (Iridescent Pink)
#4 (Blue Based White)

#21 (Iridescent Teal)
#17 (Iridescent Violet)
#28 (Matte Fuschia)

I can’t get enough of these creams. I hope they catch on. Right now, I feel like they’re leading the way in cream colors. Here’s to lots of Creamy Goodness!

Going Backstage with Christian Dior

I stumbled upon this little gem quite by accident; I was on my way for a lesson in retinol (long story) and got distracted by the shiny gold box…
I hate when I feel like I’m the last to know.

I get to googling and find out that CHRISTIAN DIOR EYE SHOW has been around for a bit. This color (undressed beige) is DIVINE. The liquid shimmer is waterproof and creaseless, and apparently meant as a shadow base. But, as you can see, it also works quite well on its own.
Perfect for a ‘naked’ look on just about any skin tone. The shimmer is sheer, so it adapts to you. And unlike the typical cream color pots, this one is pretty large. Just a little swipe goes a long way. 
I’m impressed.
I’d go backstage with Christian Dior anytime…

Josie Maran Swatches

From left:

Smoke (Dark Ash Brown)
Bali (Iridescent Teal)
Chianti (Dark Reddish Brown Shimmer)
Pewter (Dark Metallic Grey)

These are the best colors in my opinion. I really like smoke… the ash factor makes for a lovely effect with a smoky eye.