Thursday, November 02, 2006

Many people ask me what inspires me and it changes all the time. But this month I got a chance to write about it.

Rock and Roll has always been a major influence to society for years. In this month's issue of Cosmetech magazine I show it's influence through a beauty spread called "What Inspires you?"

In this shoot my inspiration was from rock icons David Bowie, KISS and the Rolling Stones. They made such of an impact that generations later, people are still influenced.

To create most of the looks I used Kett airbrush Hydra makeup and the Hydro Pro makeup so the colors would be vibrant and beautiful.

Ok, now that I told you what inspired me this month, let me know your beauty questions so I can inspire you too!!

Beauty Questions
Beauty question: "I am an African-American woman with very pigmented lips. I am in search of a lipstick/gloss that will give me a nude or natural look. Alot of times colors actually change on my lips. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated."- from Melissa in Ohio.

Answer: Many people have the problem of lip colors changing, but don't worry it's not a health problem. Your body's natural acid is causing your lipsticks to change.

Who says that you have to use lipstick to create lip color anyway? Try using other products like powder blush on lips when you want color.

For a nude lip mix foundation and conceal on the back of your hand until you create the color that you want. If you don't like to mix shades, then just look for a tube of concealer that is the shade of your choice. Black Opal has a wonderful selection of concealer shades to choose from.

Apply a thin layer on your lips with your finger. Next blot lips so it doesn't look or feel thick.
Next line your lips with a lip pencil. Choice a brown shade that will compliment your skin tone. I like to use Black Silk or Espresso by Iman cosmetics. After lining your lips blend the line with your finger to soften the it so there are no obvious lines. You should now have the perfect nude lip that you love that won't change colors.

To add shine, lightly pat a very sheer layer of gold gloss on your bottom lip. Press lips together to disperse product to the top lip as well. Try Iman's Luxury Lip Shimmer in Impetuous. If lips look "drippy" glossy, then you used too much and all of the colors you created will slide off quickly through out the day. Lips should have a delicate shimmer of shine.

Beauty question: "i read that you did brenda song's makeup what makeup andcleansing products did u use on her skin? thank you!"- from Sana in California

Answer: Just like many celebirites, Brenda also uses Proactive to take care of her skin.

As a typical teenager, Brenda loves to shop, she loves shoes and loves makeup. For her tv appearance I used several makeup brands to create her look.

I used Tarte eyeshadows to create the fun exotic look on her eyes in shades of gold, black and plum. For her cheeks I used 2 shades of Victoria Secret Mosaic blush colors. I started with a golden bronze shades to emphasize her skin tone and then finished with a pink on the apples of her cheeks to add a flush of color.

For her lips a mixture of various lip glosses by Sugar were used. Not only does it make your lips look good, but it smells great too. The body moisturizer used was Quench by Olay.

Beauty question: "When I was having my hair colored(blonde)at the salon, thehairdresser tried to convince me to let her color dye my brown eyebrows toblonde. However, I said no because I didn't think blonde hair and blonde browswould look good the same color. Was I right? Isn't contrast needed?"- from Pat in Florida.

Answer: Congratulations on your new look, but your stylist is right. If you are coloring your hair, then you need your brows to compliment your look. You don't want to look like a female Groucho Marcs with a heavy looking brow or look like your are stuck in the 1980s.. Let your stylist color your brows to compliment your hair color so it will look more natural. A lighter brow color can also make you look younger. So trust your stylist. Keep in mind, it is just borw color and it can be changed again if you don't like it.

I look forward to your next set of questions. The more you ask, the more I can answer for you.


I get to use many different products but one of my favorite things that I like to feature this month is Kett's new Hydro Pro airbrush products. I was able to create many looks with it this month and the colors were impeccagle!

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

CANDACE COREY            Makeup Artist - Hair - Bodypaint - Airbrush