June 3rd, 2015

When I was asked to do an airbrush makeup demo for Temptu at the Orlando Premier show the first thing that came to mind was the dark eyes and lips I've seen recently using the Pantone color of the year Marsala. From there I wanted to paint the body a solid color and thought about the black swan makeup. My inspiration for this look is the white swan going out as the black swan for a night.

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To creat this look I started with the body makeup.  I used Temptu's S/B in White and airbrushed the top of the shoulders and the face.  I wanted to create a sharp contour line on the check and blend the white down the model's body.  I achieved the clean edges by using a piece of thin cardboard as a stencil line.  

From there I airbrushed the top half of the face with Temptu's S/B in #6.

For the model's brows I wanted them to be almost nude so I used the Temptu concealer wheel with a mascara wand and brushed the concealer into the brows to mute them.  Then I started on the eye makeup.  I wanted to use a deep red to marsala color.  I mixed two of the Temptu Color True Lipsticks in Jet Rouge and Imperial Red.  I applied the lipstick as a cream shadow to the eye area from lashline to eyebrow.  I fanned out the color to give it a feather look on the outside edges.  I then set the cream shadow with a black powder eyeshadow.  I did the same on the lower lash line and lined the whole eye with a black kohl pencil and finished with a dark black mascara.

 For the lips I used the same Color True lipstick color I used on the eye.  I didn't powder any of the makeup as I wanted the top half of the face and eyes to have a bit of dewiness to them.  I made sure to get a fine edge on the lips and used the Temptu concealer around the lips to make sure they were flawless.

May 27th, 2015

Tried a ton but these remain my mascara gotos

Maybelline Great Lash - This is the best mascara if you don't need thickness and length and want just dark natural lashes. It comes in many colors besides black. The green, blue and purple look beautiful on green, blue and hazel eyes.

Loreal Voluminous in Carbon Black - This is my holy grail mascara. It gives thick luscious lashes without a lot of fall out. It also comes in a waterproof version and Carbon Black is the darkest mascara I've found.

Fresh Beauty Mascara - This is the closest volume producing mascara I've found that compares to the Loreal one.

EyeKo - Eyeko is a London based business that specializes in eye makeup. Their mascara is beautiful but what I love is their brush as well as the fact you can squeeze some out to apply so as not to contaminate your mascara with germs.

Shuuemura Lash Curler - This lash curler is the best for deep set and flatter eye shapes. It doesn't crimp the lashes like a lot of curlers do.

Billy B Beauty Curler - This lash curler I feel is better for rounder and bigger eyes.

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May 27th, 2015

Todays glam I focused on lashes and brows
‪#‎anastasiabrows‬ ‪#‎anastasiabeverlyhills‬ Brow Powder Duo in Ash Brown @anastasiabeverlyhills
Eyes @toofaced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection
Lashes - Siberian Mink Lash Extensions by ‪#‎vincentford‬

May 25th, 2015

Skincare is so important to build a foundation to lay your foundation on top of. Here is what I'm currently loving:

Jason Super C Toner - This toner spray works best after you have washed your face and before any serums or moisturizer
Murad Intensive C Radiance Peel - This peel is gentle yet exfoliates your skin. Use before you wash or tone.
Murad Intensive Age-Diffusing Serum - This serum helps eliminate fine lines and gives the skin a nice glow.
Fresh Toner - I use this toner on everybody before I apply moisturizer and makeup.
Aveda Radiance Fluid - this serum gives your skin a radiant glow for dewy makeup looks.
Aveda Hydrating creme - this cream perfect for dry to normal skin where you want to have more of a glow.
Embryolisse Elixir Eclat - the holy grail of fast acting serums.
Jurlique Balancing Mist - freshens up skin before and after makeup.
Jurlique serum - This organic all natural serum leaves the skin moisturized and ready for makeup.

May 23rd, 2015

 

I feel like I can never have enough brushes, but there are those brushes I can't live without.  These are my go to favorites in my kit.  Brands listed below:

Bdellium Tools, Mac Cosmetics, Artis Brush, Crown Brush, Bobbi Brown, and Billy B Beauty.