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

Monday, October 06, 2008

What do you get when you mix musice videos with the Jason Aldean country music tour?....the Top 20 Countdown with host Lance Smith! I got to wear the press badge and go behind the scenes of the concert tour for CMT. My makeup of choice for everyone that day?.....Kett Fixx Crème Palette. Since everyone had great skin I didn't need much, and the palette is so versatile I was able to find the perfect shade for each person. Just a dab here and there was all I needed.

We started our day shooting the Countdown at the National Museum of the United States Air Force and then ended the day hanging out with Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum (group members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood) for sound check and to talk about music and the 2008 CMA Award nominations that both of them had.

Since the day was so perfect everyone decided to take a break and do some of the show outside. I was first a little worried about the wind messing up everyone's hair but the Bumble and Bumble hair products kept everything in place without giving anyone helmet hair.

After I gave everyone a quick touch up for shine Lance, Jason and Lady Antebellum roasted hot dogs and threw footballs for the rest of the interview then it was back inside to get ready for the show!

While the groups got ready we finished the countdown while the fans screamed with excitement in the back ground. A few of the fans were also fans of the show and asked for pictures and autographs from Lance too. I almost felt like a body guard when people kept tapping me on the shoulder asking if they could get a picture with him as well. "Sure! He's great and would love to" I said as I took camera after camera so I could shoot a picture of them.

Everyone was great to work with. I had so much fun it didn't even feel like work. Ok....Time for us to go! more pictures...the concert was about to begin and we just did our last segment for the show. I wish the best for the rest of the tour and hope one of them wins the 2008 CMA Awards! Good luck everyone!

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "I always have problem with picking the right color of blush. What should I pay attention to? Is there any rule like skin color (I am blonde, blue eyes)or day/night make-up, clothes color...thank you"- Sylwia from in Maryland.

Answer: Blush can be very versatile and you taylor it around the look you want to create.

For a more uniform look to match the hues of your makeup you can base your blush on your lip color. For example, if you are doing deep burgundy lips with a soft brown based eye shadow, then a soft burgundy blush would work well.

If you wanted a very natural no makeup look you can base your blush from your own skin when you become flush. If you aren't use what that looks like try rubbing the apples of your cheek to see what color surfaces. Then base your color from that.

If you want a warmer glow to your blush base your chioces on warmer shades like peaches or terra cotta. If that is too orange for your taste go with corals which are more universal to all skin tones. A great blush to try is Urban Decay 'Afterglow' that has a bronzed pink look with hints of gold to create the glow you want.

Beauty question: "I wanted to know in your professional opinion what are the best makeup brands to use for everyday use." from Dina in Georgia.

Answer: Most of the brands on the market are usable for every day wear. There are a lot of selections to choose from. Even brands that are not expensive can be great to use for everyday. Black Radiance have great products and they are very inexpensive.

One of my favorite cream eyeshadows is the Black Radiance Starry Eyeshadow quads. They are creamy, very easy to blend and have a lot of pigment.

My biggest suggestion is to purchase them at a store like CVS or RiteAid that has return policies for makeup when they don't work for you. Then you can return any of your mistakes.

Beauty question: "Hi, Candace! I recently got a digicam and I've noticed with the flash on, the pics have a beautiful turn out, but the makeup seems more toned down in the pics than in person. Is this normal? Should I just add more makeup? Any tips are appreciated"- from Jillian in New York.

Answer: Light is a major factor in proper makeup application for pictures. Light can cause the makeup to look like a different shade and it can wash out the color that has been applied to the face. So if you are putting on your makeup to take a picture, when possible, try to see what the lighting is going to be and apply your makeup on in that type of lighting.

More, more, more beauty questions please! Next month will be more answers so keep sending me those questions!


This month my favorite thing is not a beauty's a book. While working with Lance I found out that he is also a writer of a children's book called "The Old Man And The Cat". Since I'm a Mom, I was so excited I had to ask for a copy of my own! You gotta get your own too!'s great!

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CANDACE COREY            Makeup Artist - Hair - Bodypaint - Airbrush