Three days ago, my husband and I picked up our good friends who flew in from Texas for a visit. We took them to breakfast and as we were sitting there, catching up, I felt someone bump my chair by accident, as the waiter led the party to their table. I glanced over, and saw that the gentleman who bumped my chair was the one and only Reggie Wells! I think I almost scared my group with my sharp intake of breath, and overall giddiness. My husband and friends got a quick bio from me about Mr.Wells, and we quickly dubbed him as, “The Michael Jordan of Makeup.”
I knew in my heart that I needed to briefly (and quickly) let Mr. Wells know how much he has inspired me to continue to work on my craft, and make my mark in the makeup world. I introduced myself and told Reggie that after hearing him speak at The Makeup Show-Chicago in 2011, I did some self-reflection and realized that I needed to take a leap of faith, and leave the field of education (Reggie’s previous career), and move forward with plans
Picture taken by Tiffany Payne-Griffin, 2011
to work as an artist full-time. We chatted briefly, and after Reggie inspected my eyebrows (I got the seal of approval), he gave me a big hug, wished me well and I floated back to my table on cloud 9. Does it matter if Reggie ever remembers this conversation? No. What matters is that I am so grateful that I had an opportunity to thank Mr. Wells, a pioneer in the field. He has paved the way for so many other artists, especially African-American artists, and shares life lessons every time he speaks.
It’s prom season! I love making young ladies look lovely and feel great about going to the prom. What I do not love is prom makeup that AGES young ladies and makes them look less like ladies and more like ladies of the evening! It’s important to remember that teenage girls, although they are on the cusp of womanhood, are still GIRLS, and should look their age, which makes prom makeup a little tricky. As an artist, I want my teen clients to look beautiful, but not too grown, so I play around with fun, youthful colors and styles.
For the looks you see here, I interchanged several brands of eye-shadows to get the look that made my client happy. I started withMagnolia Makeup pigment inGreen Tea, and applied it to the tear ducts and inner eye areas on both the upper and lower lids. On the center of the lids, I used MAC shadow in Bitter, andInglot shadow in 384on the outer corners and crease. MAC shadow in Naked Lunch was swiped under the brow bone area, and I used Make Up For Ever Aqua Black and MAC Smolder for eyeliner. Since my client chose to get eyelash extensions prior to our appointment, I skipped the mascara. The young lady and her parents loved the finished look, and as her artist, I was happy that she looked fresh and fabulous!
I do not normally use this space for venting but I have to speak on a beauty issue that disturbs me greatly. As a WORKING, professional makeup artist, my JOB is to utilize my talents to create looks for my clients. There are many “social media sensations” who spend the bulk of their time doing online tutorials for free, and while I’m not knocking what they do, let’s remember that doing your OWN makeup online does not make you a MAKEUP ARTIST.
I get paid to do makeup. Let me say this again. I get paid to do makeup. I use quality products. I take classes to stay abreast of trends in the industry. I read articles and interview other makeup artists so that I can gather information, and hear different perspectives. This means that I do not want to do (insert your name here) makeup for free. I do not expect my doctor, lawyer, dentist, local supermarket, or favorite department store to give me free services, and I don’t expect to give clients free makeovers. There are exceptions to my rule. I have a charitable heart, and I donate my time AND my hard-earned money to charitable organizations and would gladly donate free makeovers to help a specific cause.
Please know and understand that when you ask a professional makeup artist to do your makeup for free (especially when you can clearly afford the service), you are insulting that artist, especially when you comment on how much you enjoy the artist’s work! You are insulting the craft, talent, and the time it takes to develop the skills to make that artist marketable. Makeup Artists come from all walks of life, and would like to be treated like knowledgeable, talented human beings. This means that your current artist may have formerly been a medical doctor, teacher (in my case), architect, or (insert occupation here). This ALSO means that when artists give you a price, please understand that although fees are negotiable, you should NEVER ask for a free or darn near free makeover. That’s unacceptable and makes you look like you don’t value that artist.
As a consumer, you have a right to ask questions and demand excellence from anyone that you hire to do your makeup. You should ask to see samples of their work, ask what tools they use, and anything else that will make you feel comfortable about getting a professional makeover. What you can’t do is cheapen the experience by being cheap.
Finally, Inglot has arrived at Beautylish and you have the opportunity to customize shadows, concealers, lipsticks, blush, and foundation the way YOU want them organized. As a makeup artist, I have been guilty of buying and OVER buying in the eye shadow department, just because I couldn’t walk away from all the pretty colors. Inglot, one of my newest favorite lines, allows customers to create their own palettes via their Freedom System. I’ve blogged about Inglot several times before because I love that I can create all matte palettes, all glitter, or shimmer, or….well, you get what I’m saying.
Now Beautylish Boutique has added Inglot to the roster of brands they are selling and you really need to head over there to see what the hype is all about! FREE shipping if you spend over $35 is certainly tempting, and if you spend UNDER $35 dollars, you get a flat rate shipping fee of $5. Get your spring colors now!
I love to combine products to get the most for my money while creating new looks. For the looks in these photos, I applied Make Up For Ever Aqua Black Waterproof Creme Eye Shadow to my upper and lower lids with a small brush. Next, I applied Magnolia Makeup Pigment in “Indigo” over the MUFE, blending into the crease, and added OCC in “Static” to the inner top lids and tear duct areas. I finished the look with MAC Eye Kohl in “Smolder” and L’Oreal Voluminous False Fibers Lashes. Let me know what you think!
If you love long, lush lashes, you must try Sugarpill Cosmetics Eyelash Overdrive in “Dreamy.” These lashes have the tiniest bit of sparkle added for an extra sassy wink! When I ordered the lashes from Beautylish, I didn’t see the super fine and tiny hints of glitter so imagine my surprise when they arrived.
I’ve been hesitant to wear “bling” lashes but I’m going to give these a try and see how they look.
Today’s post is an “almost” re-post from 2011 (click link in hot pink below) because sadly, some folks still don’t understand how to make their eyebrows presentable. You should not have square, drawn-on eyebrows, unless you are trying to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Airbrushed looking eyebrows are not cute either. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the artistry of (in no particular order) Sam Fine, Tia Dantzler, Billy B, and Pat McGrath. These artists are truly gifted and know that a strong brow is NOT the same as a drag queen brow.
There are ways to look “hot” and ways to look “not” so if you are even a tad bit unsure about how to groom your brows, please revisit my previous posting “Brow Beating 101″ and share this with everyone you know. My patience is wearing thin! Enjoy your Friday!