Real Women Wear Pink


“Sugar and spice, and everything nice…”  makes me think of soft, sweet, girly, girl style. Guess what? Pink is not just for little girls. Check out the gloss pink lip on my beautiful

Real Women Wear Pink

Real Women Wear Pink

client. We collaborated on the look, doing a smokey eye, but incorporating more shimmer and pink (I’m a girly girl at heart). Stila lip pencil and lip gloss gave my client the pretty pout without the “bubblegum matte” look that seems to be so popular these days.  I actually picked up the Stila colors (Gumdrop  Lip Gloss and Aspiring Lip Pencil) from Amazon.com, since these were two of my favorites that were discontinued. MUA’s can testify to how much we search and horde makeup once we stumble upon the products that make us throw up our hands to the heavens!

A smokey eye doesn’t have to be created with just black or dark shadows. For this look, the eyes were lined, but more neutral, shimmery tones were used, with deeper colors only swept across the outer crease and lid areas. I used a combination of MAC, Magnolia Makeup, and OCC pigments to create the shimmery, smokey eye, added Make Up For Ever Aqua Black for liner, went back over the liner with MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder, and topped off the look with Ardell lashes in 110.

Cheeks were dusted with NARS Blush in Taos, one of my all-time favorite colors, and contoured with MAC Blush in Blunt. I also feathered a little bit of MAC Iridescent Powder in Golden Bronze right above the apples of the cheeks to give my client a glow.

Pink isn’t just for little girls. It can be incorporated into a sexy, confident, totally wearable look for evenings. Are you ready to test it out?

xoxo,

Tiffany

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Stepping Outside of Your Beauty Comfort Zone


Hello to you all! I’ve been M.I.A. due to a hectic schedule and I’m gearing up for all the fall Gala 2013 Blue Dressactivities and jobs that require my MUA skills! That being said, here’s what has transpired as of late: I stepped out of my own beauty comfort zone.

I’ve talked before about doing something different with your beauty regimen and changing your style. Some of you (and me included) wear the same makeup colors, hairstyles, and clothing, yet expect to somehow look different. That doesn’t make sense at all.

I’ve been rocking locs for almost 14 years, usually wearing them down, and dressing my body in black for various events. Recently, I spent some time looking at pictures of myself and realized that I looked the same in most of the photos. If I spend time telling other people how to change their looks but don’t change my own, I look hypocritical and out of touch. That’s not okay. So I called myself to task when I noticed that in my special events pictures, I usually chose makeup in golden shimmery colors or used tons of black around the eyes and I paired that with some variation of a black dress. Black is definitely on the menu of favorite colors (most of my close friends can testify to those college days of me wearing all black),  but I had to make some recent changes purely based on a time-crunch! I had one day to find a dress and 40 minutes to get glammed up from head to toe for a GALA, but I made it work. When your typical choices are no longer options, what do you do?

I stepped out of my beauty comfort zone by rocking a royal blue dress and blue shadows for my eyes. My locs were coiled instead of hanging down, and I have to say I was a lot cooler (physically and otherwise) with my hair UP instead of down. I’m not conceited by any stretch of the imagination, but I have to say that it felt fantastic to hear compliments on my new look. I hadn’t realized that maybe I was getting in my own way by being resistant to changing by not reworking my own style from time to time. As a working MUA who takes the craft seriously by keeping abreast of beauty trends, I’m used to doing my own makeup but saving the experimental looks for clients. I need to break that habit. Granted, some looks only belong in certain mediums (glitter lipstick is great for fashion shows, not so great for corporate jobs), but just inching a tad bit away from the familiar felt good.

For the “blue” makeup look, I used a combination of Magnolia Makeup Pigment in Fleur de fab and Inglot Freedom System Eye Shadow in #322 on top of Make Up For Ever Aqua Black for the smokey eye that I love (no judgement please, I’m trying to grow, haha)! After adding #82 lashes from Red Cherry (a brand Kim Kardashian likes), my look was complete. Hubby couldn’t stop raving about how good I looked, and I got some genuine positive feedback from friends, which made me realize that I need to practice what I preach in terms of “trying something new.”

If you’ve been holding on to some old ways, maybe it’s time to “go there” with yourself and start trying new things with your beauty routine. Stepping outside of your own beauty comfort zone can lead you down an unexpected path, but that path may be the road to a new you!

Pretty Prom Makeup


It's Prom Season!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 Green Eyesteenage 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 with Magnolia Makeup pigment in Green 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, and Inglot shadow in 384 on 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!Prom Makeup

Colorful Eyes by the 3M’s: MAC, Magnolia, and Make Up For Ever


Loads of color

When you wear eyeglasses, you have to play up your eyes much more than the average beauty babe. Although they are a necessity for some of us, glasses present a challenge in regards to eye makeup. Over the years, I have perfected the looks I like to sport while wearing my glasses. Recently, I decided to play around with some colors and create a fun look to match my summer mood and I started with Make Up For Ever’s  (MUFE) “Aqua Black,” a super supple and easily blendable, waterproof black eye shadow. I used it as a liner, then followed up with “Aqua Eyes” pencil in Turquoise-7L.  This brightly colored, waterproof pencil glided on without tugging my delicate eye lids and gave me just the right amount of color to make my eyes pop. MUFE was one of the many companies I bought products from while attending The Makeup Show and it was worth every penny to stand in the LONG line to purchase these beauty goodies!  M.A.C. eye shadow in Atlantic Blue was swept across the lids, and I added OCC Pigment in “Pollencount” to the inner creases of my eyes, with Magnolia Makeup Pigment in Aztec  along the brow bone for some extra “sass.”  I used tons of L’Oreal False Fiber Lashes Mascara in Blackest Black to complete my look and I was pleased with the results. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think!