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

Friday, October 01, 2010

I got a chance to work with the new Covergirl model, America's Next Top Model winner, Krista White. My friend hairstylist Bestsey Meade and I were prepping Krista for special private event at the head quarters of Covergirl cosmetics.

We started our day at 7am at the Westin hotel so we would have plenty of time to get her hair and makeup done before her limo came to get her. Bestsey started by getting her hair smooth and shiny with a flat iron and then swooped her hair over into an elegant side ponytail. She added soft curls to the end of her hair, that cascaded over her shoulder, for texture and sophistication.

Next was my turn. I started by prepping her skin with a water based moisturizer that had a built in primer, then I used several shades of Covergirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Liquid Makeup on different parts of her face to enhance her great bone structure.

Now it was time for color but there were 2 things I had to think about first. I wanted to give her a day look that would be wearable for after the event since she needed to catch a plane to her next gig but I also wanted to give her a diva look that would go great with the rich purple dress she was going to wear.

I decided to start with her eyes. I used a bronze shimmer on her lid to add flecks of gold and brown, then contoured the corners of her eyes with a charcoal black. To add a pop of color I went back on top of the bronze with a rich purple powder eye shadow, that I applied wet to increase the intensity. This gave it the impact that I wanted but the brown and gold fleck from the first shade was able to peek through as well.

I kept her lips and cheeks subtle so the focus could be on her eyes. I finished her look with some individual lashes and 3 coats of Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Blasting Mascara.

We had so much fun talking and laughing that we didn't realize that the limo was waiting for her in the lobby. OMG! Time to hurry! We quickly helped her get dressed, snapping on necklaces and bracelets, then looked around the room for any last bit of nick knacks that needed to go in her luggage so she could check out of the hotel. After taking a few pictures and exchanging warm hugs we had to say goodbye.

I can see why Krista was the new Covergirl model. She is beautiful both on the inside and outside! I hope to work with her again!

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "Wanna know what your favorite eye cream is for early thirties. hint hint... I'm looking for a new one!"- from Lindsey in Wisconsin.

Answer: You would think that the first signs of fine lines and wrinkles that you see are due to getting older, but it is usually caused by the on-going lack of hydration. Since your body is mainly made up of water, it can really take a toll on your skin. So the earlier you take care of your skin, especially around the delicate eye area, the fewer wrinkles you will have as you get older. Kind of like the saying goes..."it is easier to prevent than correct."

There are a lot of eye creams on the market that I like. A great one to start with should have multiple benefits other than just hydrating skin , like Jan Marini Age Intervention Eye Cream, and include anti-aging and firming benefits as well.

Be careful not to apply too much. You only need a little. The warmth from your body will cause the product to automotically slide inward towards the rest of your eye area so be sure to apply the cream on the orbital bone, which is the edge of the eye socket, so it won't get inside your eye by mistake.


Fall has always been my favorite time of the year because of the great fashion! The best way to look good in your clothes is by starting with great underwear. So my favorite thing this month is the Body By Victoria push up bra. It gives your bust the lift that you want but is smooth and seamless so you look even better in your clothes!

Not sure if you know your correct bra size? No problem! Victoria's Secret has sales people that know how to measure you properly so you get the right size and fit you need.

Here is a little bra trivia! The proper way to put on a bra is to lean forward so your bust falls evenly into the cups, snap the clasps shut, then sit up and adjust the straps as needed. Keep in mind that you usually wear your bra daily. So to ensure that you are getting proper support replace your bras every 6 months because fabric and elastic can become worn out.

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CANDACE COREY            Makeup Artist - Hair - Bodypaint - Airbrush