Category Archives: Make-Up

Spring Is In The Air!

Written March 21, 2014

spring-makeupAfter a long, dreary winter the end is in sight! The days are getting longer and Spring has finally arrived! As we begin to peel the layers of clothing off and start wearing Spring fashions, we must start thinking about how to coordinate our makeup with our new wardrobe! Spring 2014 has some new and exciting makeup trends! Bold colors are in and really add a punch to our makeup routine! More vibrant lip colors are in right now…pinks, corals, and even orange! For eyes color is also back…blues, violets, greens! As the flowers begin to bloom it seems that this season’s makeup trend is one of full bloom too! How exciting!

For some, adding color can be intimidating. I always tell my clients to exercise caution when trying new makeup trends, as they can overwhelm, especially when using such bold colors! This is the time to try one trend at a time. If you are using the new trendy eyeshadow colors you may want to use them only as an accent…such as a  blue liner or a hint of color shadow on the lid itself. You can choose to have one focal point, such as the bright lips with the rest of the face soft and subtle with just a hint of makeup. You can also try balancing the face with all over color. For example use the corals or pinks and purples… using them on eyes, lips, and cheeks! This gives a really beautiful glowing complexion and looks really fresh and bright…like Spring!

blue-eyeshadow-black-womanFor women of color the vibrant colors look beautiful against darker skin and you can really play around with the intensity! Using bold eye colors in peacock shades ( blues, greens, purples) , combining with either a bright or subtle lip color for different effects! You can try combining colors on eyes, using one color for shadow and another for liner for a really fun effect! Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find what looks best for you!


The bottom line is that this Spring is about color, so don’t be afraid to play around with it and find your favorite look! How refreshing to be seeing color after months of hibernating from this long cold Winter!

Happy Spring! makeup-for-spring-of-women

Tools Of The Trade!

Written October 2, 2013

makeup-brushes-foundationYou will often hear me refer to makeup brushes as “tools of the trade”! This is so true. Without the right brushes it really is nearly impossible to create a beautiful makeup application. Not only are brushes important, but so are sponges, puffs, and yes your fingers! These tools ensure that you will have a well blended and beautiful application!

The first steps to creating a great makeup application is applying the correctors or concealers, and foundation. If you are using  liquids or creams you can use your fingers or brushes to dab on the product. Once the product is placed on the skin you will need to blend it out with your fingers or a sponge. I like using sponges, as  it is more sanitary, especially when applying makeup to my clients. This also gives the smoothest finish, which looks more natural and flawless!

Once you apply your correctors, concealers, and foundation it is important that you set your base with powder. I prefer using a powder puff, pressing in the powder, and lightly brushing off the excess with a large powder brush. Of course it is perfectly acceptable to just dust powder on top of the base, if you prefer this method. Once your powder is set and your skin is now looking flawless, it is time to add some color!Makeup-brushes

For all types of makeup ( eye shadows, eye liners, blush, and lipstick) the best application is done with brushes. A rule of thumb is to use a brush that is the right size for the area of coverage. For example; if you are applying powder you are covering the entire face, therefore a larger brush is needed. For blush you can use a medium sized brush. I prefer one that is about the size of the apple of your cheek. For eyes I like to use three types of brushes. A larger eye shadow brush to apply my base color, a medium shadow brush for the crease, and a smaller shadow brush for the outer corner. This makes your eye shadow application very precise and looking as if it was done by a pro!

If you are filling in your brows ( which is an important part of makeup application) you can use either a brow powder or brow pencil. To apply powder use an angled brush. If you prefer a pencil remember to use small strokes to create a hairlike effect. Once your brow makeup is applied be sure to use an eyebrow brush to blend it in and create a more natural effect!

The final steps of your makeup application are eyeliner and lipstick. If you are using a gel liner, using a flat stiff brush works best. Small strokes along the lash line gives you a nice defined line. If you are using a cake or liquid liner use a fine tipped brush, almost like a paint brush. This gives a more precise line! For lipstick application I like to line the entire lip first with a lip liner. I then apply the lipstick shade that is close to the liner shade with a small lip brush, filling in the entire lip. This gives the lip depth and fullness. I then brush on a small dab of lipgloss to give some softness to the lip. I do prefer a matte finish for red lips, however.

To put the finishing touches on your makeup application look at yourself in a mirror from a distance. When you step back does everything look smooth and well blended? If so Congratulations! If not, you can then use a dry sponge and soften any hard edges. This will make it look flawless! Once you have everything looking perfect you can dust some powder over the entire face ( except for the eyes) with your large powder brush and your makeup will be set!face-makeup-sponges

Purchasing good brushes is worth the investment! I like using natural hair brushes, however, there are great synthetic brushes that feel just as good and get the job well done! Keeping your brushes clean is important. This keeps them sanitary and extends their life. A mild shampoo is all you need. Rinse them well and let them dry overnight. I clean my brushes after every makeup application, with a sanitizing spray and wash them at the end of each job. For my clients, however, I recommend washing them once a week. You can wash your sponges, as well, but I prefer to throw them out after each application. Of course, if you are using your fingers, always be sure to apply makeup with clean hands!

I hope that I have demonstrated the importance of using the right tools for a beautiful and flawless makeup application! Using the right tools will make your makeup look as though it was applied by a pro!


The Importance of Hiring A Professional Makeup Artist For Your Wedding Day

Written September 19, 2013

marriage_girlIt’s finally here, the day you’ve been waiting for for as long as you can remember…your wedding day! It’s a monumental milestone, a rite of passage. A day that you want to enjoy and a day that you want to look back at with beautiful memories! There is so much that goes into planning a wedding…finding a perfection location, the best caterers, hiring the right photographer, the list goes on! For a bride, there is no day that she wants to look and feel more beautiful than on her wedding day! Some brides spends months finding the perfect dress, shoes, and flowers! So much time and effort goes into planning the perfect wedding day!

As a seasoned makeup artist, with many years of experience working with brides, I can’t stress enough the importance of hiring a professional makeup artist on your wedding day! After all your wedding pictures will last a lifetime, many lifetimes for that matter! As your children and their children will be looking at them for years to come! Isn’t that enough incentive to want to look flawless and timeless? A professional makeup artist can help you achieve that!

When hiring a makeup artist for your wedding day it is important to find someone who has years of experience. You want to also find someone who understands your needs and is a good listener. The artist should also be getting as much information from you as possible, so that she/he really understands the wedding look that you want to achieve. A good rapport with this person will help you better be able to collaborate the look that you desire. I ALWAYS highly recommend having a pre wedding consultation and trial run prior to the big day! Give yourself enough time before the wedding day to try a few artists, so that you are sure  you are happy with the person you will be working with! I suggest meeting with artists at least three to six months before, so that you can narrow it down to your choice artist after having a trial run with each one. The sooner you make your choice the less stress you will have as your wedding day approaches!African american natural bridal hairstyles 4

The bridal makeup trial run is a very important component in finding the right artist. It gives you the opportunity to meet and discuss your desired look, as well as trying out their work. Having as much visual information ready for the artist as possible helps give her/him a clear idea of your fashion sense, taste, and style. Photos of your wedding dress, your headpiece, jewelry, shoes, and bridal party dresses are really helpful in this process. This meeting also gives you the opportunity to determine if you will have makeup scheduled for your bridal party, as well as for the mother of the bride and/or mother of the groom.

There are many rules of thumb when it comes to bridal makeup application. I think it is most important to hire a professional for this reason. There are certain no no’s when it comes to makeup and photography. An experienced and talented makeup artist will know how to make you look good for all the different scenarios on your wedding day. You will most probably have photos taken outdoors, as well as indoors. You will probably have black and white photos taken, in addition to color photos. You want to look beautiful in your photos, but you also want to look great in person, not too overly made up for your guests. Striking the right balance is what a professional artist can help you achieve! wedding-pic

There are so many beautiful bridal looks! A professional makeup artist can help you chose the right look for you, for your fashion sense, and your own personal style! Hiring the right person is vital, so take your time, ask a lot of questions and be sure to see photos of their work!  Finding the right artist for you, someone that you feel comfortable with once you meet and do your trial run, will ensure that you will be happy with your wedding day look and your photos! Just remember that once the wedding day sadly comes to an end, your wedding day photos will be your keepsakes forever! Don’t skimp! Hire a professional makeup artist and you will never regret it when you look back at your beautiful wedding day photos!