Winding Down…

An unexpected gig doing makeup for the Emmy’s had me on my feet most of the day…
I’m happy to be home, burning a Himalayan Salt candle to help me wind all the way down.
And funnily enough, I’m actually watching the Emmy’s.
Bear with me, I’d like a little time to reflect. I was honored to make up the faces of several delightful women today. They were all smiles and grace, and honestly made my job so much easier than an event makeover would typically be. We parted happily with waves and air kisses (can’t mess up that lipstick!); I believe they loved their reflections… and that made me happy.
I left them with a Dior Addict Gloss in Red Stockings, an Armani Gloss in #5, and a YSL mascara in patent black…
And hopefully, I left them feeling as glamorous as they wished to be this night. 

One of the ladies contacted me to let me know that the makeup wore FABULOUSLY! She even had a few questions about where to get some of the items I used on her (I was sure to take the time to let her know about everything that went on her face, during the session). She’d also like a private makeup lesson. YAYYY!!!

Rain Of Flowers

MAC’s new Nail Trend collection features a rather distinct purple… called Rain of Flowers. It’s stunning. A warm purple shot though with a blue shimmer… it really exceeds my expectations:

I’ve said it before: I never met a purple that I didn’t like. This time is no different. It may do for me to pick up a second bottle of this polish. It’s really that beautiful. MAC has a hard time with purples in my opinion. With the exception of the polishes (Illegal Purple and Rain of Flowers), I tend to steer clear of the brand when I’m in search of a good purple or aubergine. If I had one wish, it would be that their accuracy of hue with the polishes, one day make it to the eyeshadows. Then, I’d truly be a happy MUA.

Lashing out.. in Color

I can’t speak for everyone, but I’ve long associated colored mascaras with the opulence of the ’80’s. Like minks dyed the most obnoxious shade of fuschia, they’ve always seemed to me an indulgence without a truly satisfying reward. Add to that the rather disappointing color payoff for women of color… and well, I’ve been known to pass on them more often than not.
Recently, in an attempt to evolve past my own prejudice… I tried one on for size:
If you’re going to get a colored mascara, you might as well reach for the stars. This is YSL’s Faux Cils in #6 (Deep Night). They make a brighter blue version, but umm… baby steps here, okay?
Here’s what I found…
Alone, the mascara disappears on me and looks more of an ashy grey than an actual blue. With the help of a little eyeliner (Stila Smudgepot in Cobalt) above the lashline and (MAC Smolder) on the waterline, the color shows up a lot more. I also found that the color intensifies with one coat of black mascara at the base of the lashes.
The verdict:
For me, colored mascaras in shades like this are still a matter of personal preference. They’re not better or worse than their black counterparts, and I find that they serve no real purpose for me (I can use colored falsies) in terms of doing work on clients.
In all honesty, since acquiring the mascara, I’ve used it a handful of times. YSL also makes one in burgundy (#5) which I like a LOT more. I think it’s more flattering for women of color, and it adds a nice dimension on paler complexions.
So perhaps I’ve evolved just a bit. Blue mascara is still a no, but burgundy is just interesting enough to keep around.
Here’s to changing minds… one color at a time.

Professional Grade: Smokey & Nude

Here’s a rather rough draft of a ‘look’ that I did for a fashion show this week:

Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation in Natural
Chanel Bronze Universal
Tarte Glam Gams Bronzing Gel (on apples of cheeks)
MUFE Aqua Cream in #13
MUFE Aqua Black (on and under lashline)
Guerlain Eye Pencil in 01 (Gold)
Naimies False Lashes (#747)
OCC Liptar in Petty Beige
Sugarpill Goldilux Loose Eyeshadow
Another MUA and I had eight models and two hours to get it done. With multiple changes and no real direction for the look, we figured this was the quickest way to get the most ‘glamourous’ look with little to no drama. I managed to get five girls done before the designer called TIME and we had to line them up for the show. 
Incidentally, the actual show went off without a hitch and the girls looked beautiful!
Official pictures to come.

Beauty Breakdown: Headshot

Sometimes I feel like in principle, headshot makeup is like wedding day makeup: It should be you, on your best day. The makeup should not overwhelm your entire look (head to toe); instead, it should complement it in an almost unnoticable way. Naturally, dramatic/unusual looks for brides and specialty headshots are the exception.
With that principle in mind, I set out to do makeup for a local television reporter, for her outdoor headshots. Here’s what I used:
She came with her own foundation already on, so I worked with what she had (MAC Studio Tech)
MUFE HD Powder
Illamasqua Blush in Expose
Dior Cream Eyeshadow in Beige
Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow in Tusk
Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow in Blush
MAC Eyeshadow in Sorcery (blended along the lashline)
Naimies False Lashes
MAC Studio Fix Mascara
MAC Lip Pencil in Mouth Off
OCC Lip Tar in Melange

A little perspective…

Sometimes the right shot makes all the difference in the world…

Now THIS is what I had in mind when I did the makeup. My fault for not really taking the time to match the clothing with the look. Up close, she looks beautiful.  But when paired with the very casual outfit, it just didn’t work for me (or the photographer). We’re going to give it another shot.
I like this picture though. The framing really shows what I was after. So THANK YOU to the photographer (Bryan) for helping to provide a little perspective.