These are some of the day to day events that happen to me as a professional makeup artist.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

This month is the Spring/Summer issue of Brides Noir magazine. As the beauty director it is my job to make sure the look of the makeup is up to date with the latest colors but can be translated to brides as well.

The colors for Spring this season is yellow, soft purple (lavender), greenish-blue (teal) and tan. The theme of the issue is DRAMA and our model Megan Lewis was the perfect person to created the look we needed with style.

To create her look I used purple in a dramatic way for the eyes. I started with a soft lavender on the lid and contoured in the crease with a deeper shade of purple. Then I used a charcoal liner close at her lashes for the top and bottom. First applying a thin line and then smudging the liner by topping it with a powder purple eye shadow to soften it.

She has full lips and high cheekbones so it would be easy to add more drama by using a bright color on them, but instead the cheek and lips were kept soft and understated with a soft peach. To keep her lips looking moist without being glossy I applied the color with my finger by lightly patting to keep the shine to a minimum. This kept the look very sophisticated.

For added effect the hair was full with a lot of curls. Since her hair was naturally curly it was first moisturized with a styling creme to hydrate the hair and them lifted to the fullness that we wanted. The hair was finished with hair spray and sheen.

I just love DRAMA!

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "I really need help !!!!! my elbows are very ugly and much much darker than my arms, I am a fair skin...sometimes I put (Covergirl) Queens face makeup on my elbows and most of the time I wear 3 quarter length sleeves, but I just got a dress w/ short sleeves so please help and thank you"- from Dee in Louisiana.

Answer: Start by changing you normal body soap and use a body wash that is designed to even out your skin tone, like DDF Brightening Cleanser. The cleanser is also specifically designed to use on your face too, so you can save money by using it for that as well.

It exfoliates the skin with alpha hydroxy and salicylic acid, to make skin smooth and even, but it also helps prevent additional discoloration by using licorice to impede the melanin in the skin.

Follow your cleansing with a body lotion that is effective for elbows like Ambi Soft & Even that has Shea butter and soy to hydrate your skin and make it soft while it has the additional benefits of correcting discoloration as well.

By using both products you will have an even complexion much faster. Expect to see a difference in your skin tone within about 4 to 6 weeks.

That was a good question! I look forward to answering another one next month.
Now it is time for.....


My favorite thing this month is the Estee Lauder Signature Eyeshadow Quads . I started using the quads when they had a limited edition set that consisted of beautiful shades of bronze, gold, copper and coral. I loved it because it added a wonderful shimmery that I could use on all skin tones but I also like the "Amber Honey" and "Smoky Pink" sets too. Hmmm....I don't think I want to use them on anyone else now except me! Maybe I like them too much! lol!