Beauty Breakdown: Contoured Natural

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.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal
Becca Sheer Luminous Color Foundation in Nut
Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in WT-00
(to lighten foundation color and add a bit of coverage)
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SK-13 (as contour)
MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl (highlight)
Sisley Phyto-Cernes Eclat Concealer in #3
MAC Eyeshadow in Brun (brows)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #19 (lids)
Naimies False Lashes (#747 Small)
Chanel Lip Pencil in Nude
Lip Fusion Lip Gloss in Goddess

Professional Grade: Twin Peeks

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.

On Nina:
Chanel Vitalumiere in Beige
Guerlain Mosaic Bronzer (contour)
Chanel Blush in Or (highlight)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #11 (lashline to brow)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #13 (lashline/under waterline)
Cargo Eye Pencil in Black (waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
Stardust False Lashes
Make Up For Ever Concealer Pencil (as base)
Rock & Republic Lip Gloss in Alpha Blonde
On Shayla:
Chanel Vitalumiere in Beige
Guerlain Giant Mosaic Bronzer (around edges of face)
Armani Sheer Bronzer in #5 (blush)
Chanel Blush in Or (highlight)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #5 (lids/under waterline)
NARS Eyeshadow in Mekong (outer lids)
By Terry Crayon Kohl Eye Pencil in Brown Stellar (waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
Naimies Half Lashes
Make Up For Ever Lipstick in #17
Rock & Republic Lip Gloss in Alpha Blonde

FOTD: Bridal Party

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:

Illamasqua Skin Base (#14)
Kevyn Aucoin Diaphonous Radiance Powder
Guerlain Terra Inca Radiant Powder (blush)
Rock & Republic eyeshadow in Fatalistic on brows
Chanel Kaska Biege Quad:
Purple Shimmer on lids
Purple Matte In crease
Beige Matte on browbone
Chanel Eye Pencil in Cassis on waterline
Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
Naimies Half Lashes
Laura Mercier Lipstick in Bing Cherry

Prepping for Work

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.

This place is where I get my Chantecaille goodies. I will be spending a LOT of time there in the coming months, as I cozy up to the brand. lol
So in recent days, I’ve hit all three places to grab a few essentials for my first project next week:

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!

FOTN: Berry Flush

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…

Estee Lauder DoubleWear Light (5.0)
Shu Uemura Translucent Powder
Chanel Blush in Plum Attraction
MAC Pigment in Naked Dark
MAC Shadestick in Shimmersand
Naimies False Lashes
Kaplan MD Lip Color in Blackberry Shine

(FOTN) Gold Standard: Black Gold

This look was rather extreme… though I must confess I actually went out after doing it. Anyway… here goes:

Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation (06)
MAC Mineralize Blush in Light Over Dark
Armani Gold Rush Powder
Belmacz Blitz (browbone)
MUFE Eyeshadow in 04 (lid)
L’Oreal Hip Powder Kohl in Gold (inner eye)
Guerlain Kohl in Black Fakhir (waterline)
Naimies False Lashes
Belmacz Blitz
MAC LipGelee in Goldensoft

Here comes the… makeup artist

After making up everyone and their mother (literally), I dedicated about 15-20 minutes to doing something to my own face…

Quick, fast and in a hurry…
Shu Uemura Nobara Stick Foundation in #524
Guerlain Meteorites
Chanel Blush in In Love
Chanel Eyeshadow in Khaki Vert
Chanel Eyeshadow in Taupe Grise
Stila Smudge Pot in Black (lashline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Stash
Nouba Waterproof Mascara
Urban Decay 24/7 Lipliner in Heavy
Chanel Lipstick in Patchouli
Chanel Lipgloss in Pleasing

Here’s a quick pic of the bride… you can’t really see the detail in her makeup from my distance (I had to zoom in to catch that shot) and with my mediocre camera. We’ll just wait on the professionals for the real ‘beauty’ shots.
But I can tell you what I used:
Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation in Chestnut
Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix
Shu Uemura Translucent Face Powder
Chanel Blush in Plum Attraction
MAC Eyeshadows in Espresso & Carbon (brows)
Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream (royal blue)
Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Denim
Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Dollipop
MAC Eyeshadow in Saddle
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Deviant
Naimies False Lashes
YSL Faux Cils Mascara in Radical Black
Chanel Lipstick in Patchouli
Chanel Lipgloss in Pleasing

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!**

Beauty Breakdown: Neutralize

Keeping all things uniform in a ‘wash’ of color is easier said than done… at least for me. A color wash is rarely as simple as finding all products for the face in the same color; rather, the idea is to work with contour and shading to give the illusion of a single color on the face. This exercise is always a good challenge for me: 
Model: Meradi
Photographer: Peter Michaelena
MAC Foundation Stick in NW15, blended in with Habibi Hair & Body Oil (unscented)
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Warm Almond
Bobbi Brown Concealer in Almond
Chanel Bronze Universal (blended around the edges of the face)
MAC Sheer Blush in Peaches
MAC eyeshadow in Vanilla
Make Up For Ever eyeshadow in #69
Guerlain eyeliner pencil in Shimmer Beige
Naimies false lashes in 747XS
Make Up For Ever Lip Pencil in 1C
OCC Liptars in Safety Orange & Petty Beige (mixed)