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Saturday, August 27, 2011

End of Summer

Labor Day marks the end of Summer and fun in the sun.  My sister came across an article in More magazine describing the 6 makeup trends for fall.  The trends came straight from the runway so remember to use each look in moderation.

1. Bright Blush - Nars makes amazing blushes that flatter everyone

2. Red Lipstick - Chanel offers beautiful shades of red in both lipsticks and glosses

3. Metallic eyeshadow - I just purchased metallic eyeshadows from MAC that really make the eyes pop

4. Nude Makeup - Less is more sometimes.  A nude lip with a smokey eye looks amazing.

5. Full Bold eyebrows - Gone are the days of penciled in brows.  Filling in brows with a powder gives a natural look.

6. Heavy Black Liquid Liner - Lorac offers a liquid liner that is easy to apply.

*What are some of your favorite fall trends?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Premier Bridal Expo

On Sunday August 21st I attended the Premier Bridal Expo at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Brea with my sister.  I was the Bride for the day and my sister the Maid of Honor, fun to pretend.  It was my first bridal expo and the perfect venue for networking.  Here are a few observations I made:

1. There was only one hair and makeup studio with a booth.  Thought: I need to hurry up and get a booth at the the next show.  Brides aren't only looking for event planners and photographers, but also hair and makeup.

2. Listen to all of the conversations around you and figure out what brides are looking for

3. Collect as many business cards as possible and send your contact informaiton to each.

It was a fun event and I can't wait to attend the next one on Sunday August 28th. 

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Jessica and Andrew's Big Day

Saturday August 20th was the Big Day for friends of mine Jessica and Andrew.  The wedding took place at Hotel Laguna and the ceremony was beautiful.  It took place outside with the sounds of the waves crashing in the background.

I did the makeup for 5 bridesmaids and the bride.  The theme was natural yet dramatic.  I enhanced each girl's features and all the bridesmaids had beautiful eyes.  I was able to use colors that really made their eyes pop.  The bride looked beautiful, very old hollywood. 

As I was working on each girl I realized that nothing goes as planned and that plenty of factors dictate how much time there is to work on each girl.  Here a few tips to keep in mind on the day of the wedding:

1. Even if the wedding is an evening affair the makeup artist and hair stylist should both arrive early.  I arrived at 8 a.m., but the wedding didnt' start until 5 p.m.

2. Make sure that your kit is organized and that you know where everything is.

3. Make sure that you have a trial with the bride at least 2-3 months before the wedding and possibly one more 2 weeks before.  It is important to create a perfect look and to know exactly what the bride wants.  It's the perfect time to discuss looks for the entire bridal party.

4. Most importantly make sure the bride and bridal party feel beautiful.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Store Brand Vs. Name Brand Cosmetics

As I was preparing and making my to do list for my friend's wedding I started thinking about my collection of makeup.  My kit has a mixture of name brand products (MAC, Chanel, Smashbox etc...) and also store brand products (Revlon, Maybelline etc.).  Through trial and error I have realized that there are some things you should spend a little more money on and there are others that are just as good if they are bought at CVS.

Foundation should be bought at a cosmetics store or counter.  More options and colors are available, not to mention you can try them out before you buy.  Powder and concealer should also be included in this.  Items that can be bought at a drug store: eyeshadow, eyeliner, lip gloss, mascara.

Avon is another favorite of mine.  Everytime a new catalog arrives, it's like Christmas to me.  Avon is perfect for those looking to build their kit or looking to experiment with makeup.  I love all of their lip glosses, the Astonishing mascara and Mark no place to run eyeliner.

Let me know what some of your favorite products are! 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Wedding Checklist

This weekend I will be doing bridal makeup for a friend of mine.  The wedding is Saturday, so I got to thinking what the beauty checklist should consist of the week of. 

1. If you are doing your own makeup you should do a trial run this week.  It's important to get that perfect look down and if there are any last minute products needed there will be time to pick them up.  If you have a makeup artist then a trial run should have already been done and the perfect look created.

2. All facial waxing and facials should be done about 5 days before the wedding.  This is to ensure that if any breakouts occur there will be time to treat them.  Don't worry about stray hairs, they can be plucked the day before or day of.  If you wait too close to the wedding day to wax, thread, tweeze, have a facial..makeup will just irritate already irritated skin.  There is nothing worse than trying to cover up a break out.

3. Most importantly try to get as much rest as possible and enjoy the day that is all about YOU!!!

Below is a link to a few beauty tips for that special day.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

5 Minute Look!!!

Between the pool parties, the beach and hectic schedules of summer, makeup may be the last thing on your mind.  Here are a few steps to a 5 minute look that won't melt in the sun and can go from day to night:

1. Start with concealer to cover up - pay special attention to under the eye and on the eyelid.  Apply with a concealer brush and blend in with your finger.  Please keep in mind not to use your index finger (carries the most bacteria)

2. Apply a tinted moisturizer and liquid highlighter on the cheek bones.

3. Apply a loose powder or pressed powder if needed.  If you tend to hav oily skin, I wouldn't skip this step.

4. Apply either a powder or cream blush to the apples of the cheeks and hit the spots where the sun would naturally hit i.e. nose and forehead.

5. Apply mascara and lip gloss.  Mascara opens up the eyes.

For a night look you can use a darker lipgloss or lipstick and maybe add eyeliner.