FOTD: The Beauty Director

The Alakazia show meant plenty of cameras, and video, so I was informed that I should probably not show up to set looking a mess. Alakazia wanted a general ’40’s vibe for the makeup, with fresh skin and a statement lip. So I did something similar on myself.

Rock & Republic Blush in Call Me
Guerlain Retractable Pencil in Gold
 MAC Lipstick in RiRi Woo
This makeup had to (and did) last all day. I was on my feet (with no time to touch up) for about 9 hours. I did manage to refresh my lips a bit halfway through, but that was it. We pretty much went non stop.
One of the models:

There are show images coming… so many people showed up. I will (in a separate post) go through the fabulous highs (and reality-based lows) of the experience. I learned a lot about management, professionalism… and general courtesy.

I was mic’d the entire time (the show was part of a reality show) so I had no choice but to be on my best behavior. 🙂

More to come… ciao for now!

Professional Grade: Alakazia Fashion + Art Happening

In about 24 hours, designer extraordinaire Alakazia is taking over a fabulous space in Downtown LA. First there was a text, then a phone call… then plans to bring it all together. And would I please handle the beauty aspect …?… and then there was something about  me deciding that the event would not be complete without HABIBI for the party…


So, I am Beauty Director of this fantastic show (I predict it will be fantastic, and that is that). That means directing models, makeup artists, hair stylists… and designing the ‘look’ that that models will sport during the show.

Rehearsal was Saturday:

The models are fabulous. They put up with Alakazia directing, and me yelling out cues on when and where to walk… and to some degree ‘how’ to walk (this ain’t my first time at the rodeo folks). They nodded, smiled, and shimmied down that runway like pros. I was really happy by the end of the day.

We have one more rehearsal… and then showtime!
Beauty-wise, the look is pretty clear. I know what he wants, and I’ve taken his needs and interpreted them in terms of makeup and hair. 

*cracks knuckles*

I can do this.

Somewhere along the way I found 10 minutes to slap on some makeup. Now, if I look tired, it’s because I am.

I’ve misplaced at least a dozen  hours of sleep, and I’m trying to figure out where they went.

No matter. The show must go on!

Professional Grade: La Chapeau MIA

You guys remember the photoshoot that I did with Alakazia…
Well, it was for his new MIA (Made In America) Collection, and the website is up!
Here are a few pictures from the site: 

You can find out more about Alakazia and his most awesome hat collection HERE.

Tales From The Set: Hat = Art w/ Alakazia

I spent the day shooting the Spring 2013 line for couture hat designer Alakazia. I know that whenever I shoot with him, I need to be prepared to put in the hours. He works hard, and he’s not into slacking on the set. I love that. He keeps us well fed and entertained, but we definitely challenge ourselves to get as much done as we possibly can.

I snuck a few shots in between the photographer’s shots. Alakazia wanted a lot of the makeup fresh… but really polished (not sheer), so I did my best to fulfill his wishes. We changed hats, lip colors, looks, and lashes more than a few times… but I thought the result was absolutely beautiful.

Shots from my makeup chair:

The magic hands of Nicole (hair stylist) touching up the model’s hair.

And this is why I say Hat = Art:

Absolutely amazing. I had a wonderful time. I got to see some of the photographer’s much more professional shots, and they look gorgeous. When I get to see the final pictures, I’ll post them here. Ciao for now!

Professional Grade: Vogue Spec (pictures)

You guys remember the Vogue spec I did late last year. Well, there are pictures all over the place now, so I’m assuming it’s safe to post them:

(my favorite)
Model: Yonah Eveline 
(I CANNOT for the life of me remember the male model’s name)
Makeup: Shahada Karim
Photographer: Kevin Kidder
Foundation: Chanel Vitalumiere in Ivory
Powder: MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Powder
Contour: Sleek Contour Kit in Light
Blush: MAC Blush in Peaches
MAC Eyeshadow in Brule (lashline to brow)
MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon (lashline and under waterline)
NARS Eyeshadow in Mekong (blended above lashline)
MAC Eyeshadow in Soft Brown (crease)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (waterline/tightline)
Smoke & Mirrors Beauty False Lashes (Atlanta)
MAC Lip Pencil in Temperature Rising
Illamasqua Lipstick in Ignite 
Givenchy Lipstick in Candide Tangerine

Alakazia: Hat = Art

Here are the official pictures from the Alakazia Installation that I did makeup for. I had no idea they’d been uploaded already… just found out today (and booked another gig in the process. Yippee!!):



Final shot of the models with the designer. This man’s hats are EXQUISITE. I’m telling you guys… as soon as I win the lottery… an Alakazia hat will be mine!

Alakazia Show: Behind the Scenes

I went around with my camera and tried to take a few shots after we got the makeup done…

The focus for this show was on the lips. Bold, red velvet lips. We did a shimmer wash around the eyes (That’s Illamasqua pigment in Ore) with just a little mascara. And we weren’t allowed to put any makeup on the foreheads (because it would rub off on the hats) and we didn’t put any extra color on the eyebrows (for the same reason).

The other makeup artist (Dari) giving performer Kaylene Peoples a perfect red pout.

One of the hats. These things are WORKS OF ART. OMG. I was blown away. I fully intend to buy one of these hats… just as soon as I win the lottery…

After the show, Dari and I got to try on our favorite hats. We had to take the makeup off of our foreheads first, but we were happy to comply!

OMG I want this hat!
Glamming it up with feathers…
Green goodness!
I could have played dress up with those hats all  night. They are absolutely stunning. I stayed to help the organizers pack every one up and get them loaded into the trucks… then I crawled home and slept until I woke up.