Wedding Guest Look


It’s wedding season, and guests want to look their very best, so this post is all about creating a fresh, colorful look that’s easy to achieve.

My model (who’s also one of my BFF’s)  was wearing a multicolored dress of various shades, including orange, turquoise, and fuchsia. After adding an eye primer, I decided to play up her eyes by swiping Magnolia Makeup Pigment in Green Tea on the inner eyelids. This super bright green packs a punch, but looks really good on many skin tones. It’s actually one of my favorite green pigments, because it has a bit of a yellow base, even though it’s described on the website as being, “light, olive-green.”  I used MAC’s 233 Split Fibre Eye Shadow brush because it’s just the right size for laying down product that I don’t enjoy scattering everywhere! For the rest of the eyelid, I actually just used one more color from Inglot (#331) that I blended from the center of the eyelid out and then up into the crease area. I used two different eyeliners, one being Make Up For Ever Aqua Eye Liner in 12L and MAC Eye Liner in Smolder. You can’t go wrong with either of these liners.

My model had long lashes that I chose to enhance with mascara versus adding lashes. photo (5)Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant was my “go to” and framed my girl’s lashes beautifully. I like the formula because it doesn’t get clumpy and the application is always smooth. I used NARS Taos on her cheeks and swept a tiny bit of MAC Bronzing Powder over the cheekbones. For the lips, I wanted the color to last, and I also wanted to pick up a bit of the colors in my friend’s dress, so I started with a coat of Covergirl LipPerfection Lipstick in Ravish and followed up with MAC Lipglass in Ravishing to complete the look!

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Mixing Multiple Products


Green Eye ShadowsIt really does take a village to raise one child. Wait. What I MEANT was that sometimes it takes a village of makeup products to create one look! Haha! Seriously though, you can’t possibly expect one eye shadow to do it all, especially if you’re craving a different look. I love mixing several types of colors to get the look that makes my eyes pop, but I always start with a great eye primer. I used Make Up For Ever primer and Aqua Eyes Liner in  in the posted picture, then started laying Magnolia Makeup pigment in Green Tea from the inner tear ducts to the center of the lids. I extended Inglot Eye Shadow in #331 from the center to the the outer portions of my lids and up into the crease. I used a touch of MAC Smolder Kohl Eyeliner and MAC Amber Lights eye shadow above the crease to complete the shadow look.

I love to experiment with all of the colors in my kit, and that experimentation not only keeps me from overspending on cosmetics since I’m exploring with what I already own, but also allows me push myself to try new things. The best thing about makeup is that it’s temporary and totally changeable. Mixing multiple products is not a foreign idea, ask any good makeup artist. If you prefer to stick with one brand, that’s your choice, just know that in the world of makeup, having options makes the process even more fun.

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

Bright Colors For Spring


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!

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Lovin’ My Lit Cosmetics!


Lit Cosmetics Glitter along with Magnolia Makeup in Caramel and OCC in Distortion

Lit Cosmetics Glitter along with Magnolia Makeup in Caramel and OCC in Distortion

My fabulous and easy to use glitter arrived from Beautylish and Lit Cosmetics so you know I couldn’t wait to try them out! I’m a firm believer in mixing and matching brands to get the look that works for me, so I paired Lit’s “Boogie Nights” with OCC’s “Distortion” in the crease and Magnolia Makeup’s “Caramel” as a highlighter.

Using Lit’s adhesive was much easier than I’d initially thought. They provided me with an applicator so I all I had to do was dip it into the liquid adhesive, then dab the applicator into the glitter. The beauty of the product is that you can apply as little or as much as you want. It worked best after allowing about 30 seconds for drying time. Trial and error is the best teacher in the world of makeup, because I discovered that I should have used my MAC Fluidline (in “Blacktrack“) before I applied the glitter, as the liner was less pliable. At any rate, I forged ahead and applied the OCC with a small eye-brush into the crease and pulled the color up toward the brow bone. I finished up this look with the Magnolia pigment under the brow bone but I pulled the color down a bit to soften the OCC pigment. Lashes were last and I used my favorite drugstore brand, L’Oreal’s Voluminous Million Lashes in Blackest Black. Since I wear glasses, I hardly ever

Lit Cosmetics Glitter along with Magnolia Makeup in Caramel and OCC in Distortion

Lit Cosmetics Glitter along with Magnolia Makeup in Caramel and OCC in Distortion

apply false lashes but YOU can certain do so to add some extra drama and flair!

Boogie Nights lasted all night! What I loved was that I could rinse the glitter off with just plain water. Of course, I followed up with makeup remover and cleanser to prep my face for my night-time moisturizer, but if I were just wearing the glitter, water would have sufficed nicely! I’m all about EASY makeup application and removal of products. Lit glitter did not irritate my sensitive eyes and I can’t wait to try out the other colors I ordered via Beautylish!

Pretty in Purple


I always SAY I’m going to play around with all of my purple shadows but sometimes I find that I’m not getting the right SHADE of purple for my skin tone. Purple is not really a tricky color but using it correctly does take a little practice.

To get my “Pretty in Purple” look, I chose several shades and mixed them together for my own custom color(s). On my lids, I used a pretty purple pigment (try saying that ten times) from Magnolia Makeup in “Whimsical.” This pigment contains a mixture of gold and violet and I just ADORE the shade. I decided to extend and blend the color a bit further into the crease, then added a mixture of “Fleur de Fab” by Magnolia (a rich indigo/copper) with Urban Decay’s “Last Call,” a shimmering plum, to create my own custom purple color. I used MAC cosmetics “Amber Lights” and Urban Decay “Chopper” on my brow bone to highlight that area.  I filled in my brows with “Strut” eyebrow pencil by MAC and fluffed up my lashes with L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes in Black.

Purple and Gold Makeup

Mixing various shades allowed me to get the right purple for me!

For my cheeks: MAC in “Fever” and CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer in “Ebony Bronze” on my cheekbones. I finished off my face with MAC Studio Careblend Powder in Dark and Dark Deep, and my lips were lined with MAC “Vino” lip pencil,  (a favorite of mine), and filled in with “Hoochie” Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and “All of My Purple Life” lipgloss from MAC (created by Afrobella.com founder Patrice Grell Yursik). Tell me what you think!