Wednesday, December 14, 2011
My client and good friend Chanta Patton set up a shoot for herself that was absolutely AMAZING!! She enlisted her dream glam squad to shoot with photographer, Isaiah Mays, and the rest was history. Myself, and wardrobe guru Mr. Bradshaw got her ready for her close up:) She killed the shoot as you can see! Great work everybody.....I love it!!
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
She wanted to go for a more warm fall look since it was cold and rainy while we were there, I used Eve Lom Serum to prep the skin. I then used my mix of Koh Gen Do foundation, NARS stick concealer in Toffee, NARS Tahoe powder to highlight, and NARS New Orleans powder to contour, Sue Devitt Pointe-Noire eye pencil, MAC Raisin blush, with Orgasm blush from NARS, and YSL #12 Lip Pencil with #33 Rouge Pur Shine Lip stick also from YSL. She looked amazing!
Friday, November 11, 2011
It's time to break out those bright red, berry, and burgundy lip colors ladies.....the holidays are fast approaching! I'm sure many of you have holiday parties to attend, well that's the perfect time to add color to your makeup without feeling over the top.
When choosing the right color for your skin tone, make sure you always lightly line the lips with a warmer pencil before going in with the color. It eases some of the shock value when you look in the mirror:) My favs are YSL Lip Pencil #18, and MAC's Cork....or if you're feeling bold, just do MAC's Cherry lip pencil all over your lips like the beautiful Eboni did (pictured)! Always keep the eyes and cheeks pretty neutral when wearing bolder lips! Have fun:)
Thursday, November 10, 2011
If you haven't heard the song, here is a look at some behind the scenes footage of the actual video. You'll see the make up isn't so girl next door anymore:) Enjoy!
We know him as hip hop artist, actor, and poet...but now Common can add voice over animation to his long resume. I love him as an artist, and as a person. He is so humble and down to earth, and he's that way with everybody! I had to groom him for his Happy Feet 2 press junkets, and it's always a good time with his camp!
My new favorite thing to use on men and women to reduce shine is the Mally Roncal, Evercolor Poreless Face Defender. It's silicone based, so it's no powdery residue left on the skin when you touch up. I only touched his face 3 times in 3 hours of shooting.
Be sure to check out Happy Feet 2 where he plays Seymour, a musically cool, swagged out Penguin dad! Congrats! :)
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
She is a beautiful person, and God is doing so much in her life, so I was honored when she asked me to do her make up for her show's holiday special. Her regular make up artist, Uzmee Krakovszki, was booked and I was happy to be her stand in for the day. Norma Blaque, her hairstylist, sweetly kept me on my toes! The production team was phenomenal, and Jeannie was as well. She is a hard worker, and she looks great while doing it. Her wardrobe stylist Bory Tan, whom I also met in Brazil, is a fashion force to be reckoned with. The looks she creates for Jeannie are ridiculous!! I love them all, and I felt so welcomed on set. Jeannie's husband Freddy is a lucky guy, but so is she, because he is also a gem!
The look I did on her for the day was transitional, from natural to heavier make up as the evening scene approached. She is gorgeous and her skin is flawless, so it wasn't hard to do. Jeannie LOVES contour, so I kept my #4 YSL Touche' Eclat close by! We also used Koh Gen Do's OC. 2 White Illuminator for highlighting, Carmel Bronze bronzer, BE02 Lipstick, and Shell Pink Gloss with a dab of MAC's Crystalled Orange glitter for added sparkle!
This day with the "How Do I Look?" crew was one to remember! Be sure to tune in to her show this season, and check her style tips & updates on her personal blog http://www.iheartjeanniemai.com/ Thanks Jeannie! xoxo
She looked stunning and her skin had this radiant glow. Everything about this look worked on so many levels, and I love it when she wears her hair back to show off her face. We used the same products we always used, but this particular time I mixed a little Koh Gen Do OC2 White Illuminator with their #301 foundation to highlight her entire face. I then used #302 and NARS New Orleans pressed powder to contour the face. I kept her blush very soft using Peaches from MAC, and her lip color was Caliope Lip Pencil from NARS lined with #7 lip liner from YSL. I absolutely loved this make up, so you will see me try this look again with minor tweaks!! Gorgeous Viv! xo
It wasn't the first time Vivica Fox attended a premiere, but it was the first time she took my 4 year old son, Emanuel Christopher as one of her guests:) It was the "Puss In Boots" premiere in Los Angeles, and Viv wanted to share the experience with some kids she knew. My son, and her manager's son Landon, were the lucky ones to go!! The red carpet was a blast for them with all of the fun characters in the movie. Vivica looked great, and the boys had so much fun!
Since this movie was a family movie, we decided to keep her make up light and fresh. The tones were warm and natural. As usual I used Koh Gen Do foundations, which Vivica loves, in #301 and #302 mixed. I also used MAC Antiqued Eyeshadow, Smolder pencil, and our favorite Demi Pixie lashes. Her lip color was YSL #14 Rouge Volupte Lipstick and Chanel #41 Gloss. Simply gorgeous:)
What a name, huh? Well, if you saw what this brow kit did to many untamed, unplucked, unruly brows....you would call it "bitchin" as well. When I first stumbled upon this product, the creator, Tammy Carraway, did MY brows with it. I was in between appointments and I had an event to go to, so I was in a rut....so I thought. I sat down and let her work her magic with a brow pencil and two concealers...minutes later, my brows looked freshly done! I was sold, and I picked up every color for my kit! Take a look at how it shapes the brow before I blend and add foundation to my client. AH-MAZING, and the price is right!! Have people asking you who does your brows everywhere you go!
*Apologies to those who don't do profanity, but please do your brows:)*
I have some clients who just love to let me do whatever to their face, and Eboni is one of them! We play when it's time to get her ready....from glitter to triple lashes....there is no boundaries:) Any new techniques I learn, I practice them on her to master it.
This time we wanted smoky glamour, and we created it using Chanel's #85 cream shadow, YSL #1 Black Waterproof Eye Pencil, NARS Goddess Eye Pencil in the water line, MAC Texture Eyeshadow, and double lashes. (Demi Wispies)
She loves the nude matte lipstick pencil from NARS called Caliope to finish the look. It's the best neutral lip with any gloss on top!
Michelle is a natural beauty, so my job wasn't that hard. I used my favorite mix of Koh Gen Do foundations #301 & #302, very matte eye shadows, and neutral lip shades for a fresh faced look. We changed her look so many times, and she looked fantastic! Special shout out to China Upshaw on the hair quick changes! :) Check out the behind the scenes shots and let me know what you think!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
I was also able to see the movie, and meet the woman who inspired the movie to be made. This screening took place at the US Navy Memorial building during Congressional Black Caucus week, so many greats were in attendance. Loretta Divine was also one of the cast members there, and she was as sweet as the characters' she plays. We had an awesome time, and afterwards our dinner plans were at a restaurant right across from The White House:) What a fabulous trip!!!
We chose a classic fall look for her wardrobe of beige and browns, so the make up was natural with a red lip to brighten and contrast.
MAC Bronze eyeshadow on the lid, Orgasm blush from NARS, YSL Touche' Eclat #3 to highlight, Koh Gen Do Foundations #301 & #302 blended for her perfect match, and YSL #7 Lip Liner with #1 Rouge Pur Couture lipstick. I love this look on her, and the hair is jammin!! I guess her fans thought so too, she could barely walk without someone stopping her for an autograph or picture. We did good:)
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Working with new artist K. Briscoe is always a great time! She is always open to trying new looks, and with her pretty face, it's not too much you can't do with her. We like changing her brows up, and contouring lightly for a soft face.
She had a performance, so I wanted to make sure I played up her features. I like bright colors on the lip when I keep the eyes neutral. YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in # 27 is what we chose for this night! Love this color!
Singing her new single "Dishes", she definitely brought the house down!
Yes, I was in Brazil sitting in the third row when Miss Angola was crowned Miss Universe, and it was the most unbelievable experience ever!!! Vivica Fox was asked to be one of the judges for the pageant, which took place in Sao Paulo. This event was televised worldwide. So she took me with her to make sure she was camera ready.
I must say that this trip was over in a blink, we were in and out so fast. We spent most of the day at the venue getting her ready to work, so there wasn't a lot of sight seeing. The good times didn't stop though because we had a great time! We ate at this fabulous Italian restaurant, and I was able to try Brazil's most popular drink, the Caipirinha. It was delicious!
The pageant was a beautiful representation of many countries, and it was a great live show to watch! I had to get Vivica dolled up for a few quick changes each day. It's always easy to just change the lip color for a new look once proper foundation is in place. YSL's Rouge Pur lipsticks and YSL lip pencil were best for pops of color throughout the trip. I also used a lot more burgundy's and berry colors since it was already feeling like fall while we were there. Her look was much warmer in Jamaica:)
It was a blast....I will be back!
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Anyone who loves fashion or loves to shop, definitely knows about Fashion's Night Out. This annual event is always huge in New York and Los Angeles....well it's been introduced to the carribean, and Jamaica is doing major things with FNO for sure! This year, they invited my client, Vivica Fox, to be a host for the night at the popular Soho Boutique. Since I am her one woman glam squad at times, I was asked to go....and it absolutely made my summer!!
The fact that it was so hot in Jamaica, I made sure I packed the right make up for the trip. Vivica had to make day and night time appearances, and there was little time for touch ups, so I had to be prepared. Thanks to Koh Gen Do foundation, YSL Touche' Eclat in #3, YSL black waterproof liner, and Mally Roncal's Face Defender....Vivica looked amazing!! Oh, and special thanks to my 3 barrel crimping iron for her fabulous waves that evening:) She made their paper (The Jamaica Observer) daily in our 4 days there, so her being there was a definite treat for Kingston. They went crazy when she arrived at the event. It was chaotic, super hot, and exciting all at once!
Vivica also has a wig line that is doing very well. While she was there for FNO, she also made sure she brought gifts. Jamaica's version of Good Morning America, CVM at Sunrise, made Vivica apart of a special segment in their morning show. Two beautiful breast cancer survivors were given a few of her wigs to assist in their makeovers. It was a blessing to be there in that moment! To get more info on the wigs, visit http://www.vivicafoxhair.com/
All in all, Jamaica was fabulous! The food, the people, the weather, and the food again....lol! I will be back. Shout out to the red pea soup we ate daily:) Yummy!!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
I am just testing this out, as I am going to start blogging from my phone email, since I always have my phone with me. I have been truly blessed and busy, so time sitting at the computer is limited.
I have been up to so much, tried some amazing new products, and met some great people in the last few months. I definitely want to fill you in!
Here is a snap shot of what's been going on...See what I was up to in Jamaica with the lovely Ms. Vivica Fox! More to shots to come:)
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Digging around looking for my old Myspace page, I found some behind the scenes shots of my work. It's funny to see how my work has changed, how my placement is different, and the wider range of products I am using now to get similar looks. Let me know what you think. I think I was a little blush happy back then too! Ha ha!
Friday, July 1, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
I'm super busy January - March, but it's always a good time and a blessing to work with so many talented people.