The first in a series of pictures have come back from the recent shoot I did with Nadirah Bahar and Edo. I wanted to keep some of the shots as ‘natural’ as possible (we were shooting in natural lighting with no additional ‘help’ from artificial light sources, but I still wanted to emphasize Edo’s incredible bone structure with a little contour.
The twins called … well, texted me last week and wanted to know if I could do their makeup on Sunday? They were specific about what they wanted to look like (Black eyes/nude lips for Nina… Bronze smoke for Shayla)… so I was aware of what needed to be done by the time they arrived at my house.
I was the last person to get ready. It’s always like that… I show up barefaced, get everyone else ready and then slap some makeup on my own face:
I have a few projects coming up for the rest of the month, and I had to take stock of my supplies and make a trip to the local beauty havens. I normally get my essentials from three key supply stores:
This one is the biggest. They carry a few of the commercial brands, like MAC and NARS and Bobbi Brown. They’re also open 7 days a week, which helps a lot. They just got Make Up For Ever in the store… but most of the stock is sold out because they had a party and folks went nuts.
I also get Make Up For Ever essentials from this place:
I also like this place for Special FX items, removers, sanitizers and basic beauty items. This was the first place to carry Make Up For Ever in my area for pros, so I spend a lot of time there. They also carry OCC, Becca and Kevyn Aucoin… which helps a lot.
Lashes! Lots and lots of lashes. I keep a bunch of lashes of different kinds… because I never know what a look is going to call for. If I can, I try to keep stock of ‘regular’ lashes, and over the top versions. I found cheap imitations of Smoke & Mirrors Lashes (my favorite) and these feather lashes that might go well with a show that I have coming up this month.
Make Up For Ever Pure Pigements in #0 and #24. I’ll use these to adjust foundations. We have a LOT of multi-ethnic models coming in, and I want to be prepared. I also need the yellow and orange colors (and a red) but everyone seems to be out of stock. Boo! I may have to break down and get them from Sephora.
Make Up For Ever Uplight in #32. Because I just wanted it. I plan to get them ALL one day. But for now, I’m just getting one at a time.
Every now and then, Naimies will have a discontinued MAC product that I’d be silly not to get. This is the Lip Gelee in Amber Rose. I don’t know why they stopped making these. They were so good.
That’s all I got for now. Over the next week or so I need to secure the rest of those pigments.
Ciao for now!
This weather has been so Autumn appropo lately. Clear, crisp days with a brisk breeze. I’m loving it! If makeup can create wind kissed cheeks and a bitten lip…
This look was rather extreme… though I must confess I actually went out after doing it. Anyway… here goes:
After making up everyone and their mother (literally), I dedicated about 15-20 minutes to doing something to my own face…
Notice that the bride and I are doing the same thing with the lips. So did mom and baby sis of the bride. I used what was out and what worked on everyone! Both colors are stunning and very wearable on a wide range of skin tones. They’re part of the Chanel 2010 Holiday collection.
As a parting gift, I gave the mother of the bride the lipstick, and gave the bride the lip gloss. I often try to leave clients with parting gifts. It’s a habit that I picked up from seasoned (read: much more experienced) make up artists. It is always a good idea to leave your client with a smile, and a lovely (glossy) memory of your work.
**I have an appointment to get my brows done. I know, I know! And I even tweezed up right quick before the makeup… but I was outta time so they got brushed through. They’ll be cleaner by the weekend. Promise!**