Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bridal Beauty....

Spring is here and LOVE is in the air!!! Many women are overwhelmed with the planning of their wedding day....quite possibly the biggest event of their lives. The search for the perfect dress, the perfect venue, the perfect food, the perfect invitations, and more. The last thing a bride is thinking about is how to make sure her face is perfect too. This is where I come in! It is my job to make sure the bride doesn't have to think about her face, and that she feels absolutely beautiful on her special day. Once the make up is on, she shouldn't feel it and it shouldn't come off easily. The goal is to be simple and pretty, but have a look with staying power since the same make up is worn for an entire day, sometimes into the night. Here are a few examples of simple wedding day beauty. These looks can be worn on the bride as well as her bridesmaids.

If you're thinking of having your make up done for your wedding day, you definitely should. Make sure you choose someone you trust, and you do a trial run with them so you can see what works for you and what doesn't way before the big day. This is NOT a time to be experimenting with your face. Get a facial four days before to clear your skin of any imperfections, and make sure you get your eyebrows done. Choose the type of make up look that is natural so regardless of your wedding colors, your face will glow. Also, make sure to still look like you when you come down the aisle so your man can recognize you...especially if you're not a make up wearer normally. Lol! Good luck:) xo

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

RX For Brown Skin...

This amazing skin care line for women with more melanin in their skin has asked Vivica Fox to be the new face of their product line. The line was developed by Dr. Susan C. Taylor, a determined dermatologist that studied at Harvard. She is first woman of color to have a skin care line for women of color.
Here is a snippet from an article I found online. I also have a few behind the scenes shots from Vivica's shoot with RX For Brown Skin as well as the other women who have benefited from this amazing skin care line. I wouldn't have believed it until I actually met the women , and saw their skin with my own eyes. I am a skeptic until I see results...and this line definitely improves many types of skin concerns. Vivica's skin was beautiful when I met her, but since she began using RX for Brown Skin, her skin has become more vibrant and more even toned. I am about to start using a few of the products myself.

The First Skincare Line by A Woman of Color, for Women of Color 

Safe for everyday use

• Bleach-Free
• Oil-Free
• Alcohol-Free
• Paraben-Free
• Propylene glycol-Free
• Dye-Free
• Lanolin-Free
• No Hydroquinone

Masha and I, she is a user of the line.
Dr. Boogie and I prepping Masha for her next scene.
Shalese is a user of the line, visit the website to see her skin BEFORE.
To learn more about this skin care line, the creator or to see and hear testimonials from the women who use the products, please visit www.rxforbrownskin.com. If you have any skin concerns, you should give it a try..the only thing it could do is NOT work for you:) Good luck! xo

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

HTC Commercial Sneak Peek...

Over the holidays I was blessed to be the make up artist on a series of hilarious HTC Commercials for their new phone and it's gadgets. I had the pleasure of working with Drake Bell, Tatyana Ali, Audrina Patridge, and Irene Keng. Here's a sneak peek behind the scenes.
Audrina getting her hair curled by hairstylist Nina Potts

Irene waiting patiently on set.

Drake Bell just hanging out on set

Tatyana is ready for her close up:)
Amazing talent and team of people to work with. When I say I love my job, I am not kidding. Working in the industry is one thing, but when the celebrities you work with are humble, sincere, and down to earth...it makes the job even better!

NAACP Awards 2013

Simone Smith and her husband LL Cool J attended the NAACP Image Awards, make up and grooming done by me. Let me just say that they are like the Cosby's of hip hop. Their values, their work ethic and the way they raise their kids give me the utmost respect for them. It's an honor for me to call them clients and friends. Her husband also won an NAACP Award that night for his role on NCIS. Congrats LL!! Check them out on the red carpet.
Simone here, no face make up on...she just gets her eyes done. Such a natural beauty

Grammy Weekend Glam...

I'm very thankful for my clients Simone Smith and Queen Latifah for keeping me busy over Grammy weekend. They both had a lot of events to attend, and they both looked amazing on the red carpet. 

Glam on a budget...

I use so many products because I love to try them all and give every one of them a chance to make it to my kit. I always test things on myself before I even attempt to apply new items to my existing clients. One thing I noticed while picking up some hair supplies at a local beauty supply was that KISS had a great collection of color choices. The product even had great coverage, lasting power and it was blendable. I bought a few of the colors and have definitely started using them in my kit. They even have testers so you can be sure to take home the right color. Good luck!

Here's their cream coverage which can be used to cover blemishes by spot treating, or used as a way to shape your brows as a concealer. It seemed a little too heavy for an under eye make up, but if you blend it with an eye cream or gel, it would be fine. The price is $8.99

Here's their pressed powder which can be used to set the cream make up with a powder brush. If you are very oily, then you can use the powder as your coverage all over. The price is $7.99

I found this display set up at Ebony Wig Mart on Crenshaw and Rodeo in Los Angeles. I'm sure they offer these products at most beauty supplies if not online, but online you can't try the color out before you purchase it. I will do a full face with the entire line and post the pics and exactly what I used very soon!