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Smoky party glam on gorgeous Alena.

Products:
Guerlain Meteorites primer
– Dior Makeup Backstage primer, Diorshow mascara
– Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation
– Nars Radiant Creamy concealer
– KVD Vegan Beauty loose setting powder
– Make Up Forever sculpting powder, Mist & Fix setting spray
– Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
– Milani Luminoso baked blush
– NYX Cosmetics Epic Ink eyeliner, Wonder contour stick, white Slide-On eyeliner, contour palette, Strobe of Genius highlighter palette, suede nude lipliner
Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 eyeshadow palette
– MAC Cosmetics Soft Ocre paintpot, Lust lipglass, Smolder Eye Kohl eyeliner
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade in Ash Brown
– Ardell Wispies lashes.

(Disclaimer: I do have Alena’s consent to post her images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

Glow + Red Gloss = Yes Please

I had an incredible opportunity to collaborate with Matte & Glow Edmonton to create this absolutely gorgeous makeup look with some of the industry staple products.

Products:
Kevyn Aucoin & The Balm base & sculpt
OFRA Pillowtalk highlighter & foundation in 0.25
Kevyn Aucoin Essential Eyeshadow Set in Palette #1
OCC Makeup Lip Tar in Deep Burgundy.

This is what my dreams are made of!

Lisa Eldridge – You Can Do It All

I have been personally inspired by Lisa Eldridge throughout my career as a makeup artist. I have used her as inspiration for my own looks as well as my clients’. From her skincare advice, successful makeup line and YouTube channel, to work with some of the most well-known celebrities and models – she’s one of the best artists who isn’t afraid to try new techniques and styles. Welcome to Artist Spotlight #9 series on my blog.

Lisa Eldridge is an English-New Zealand makeup artist, businesswoman, author, and YouTuber. She had her first big break when she was booked by ELLE magazine to work with model Cindy Crawford. From 2003 to 2013, Eldridge was Creative Director for Boots No7, where she was responsible for developing, re-designing and re-launching the brand. Eldridge, since 6 January 2015, is currently the global creative director of Lancôme, working across product development, advertising campaigns and digital strategy. In October 2015, Eldridge published the book Face Paint: The Story of Makeup.

Following a move to London, Eldridge took a course in photographic makeup artistry at Complexions, began building her portfolio and eventually signing with a makeup agency. She had her first big break when she was booked by aforementioned ELLE magazine to work with Cindy Crawford. Crawford and Eldridge subsequently worked together on several more shoots. She has been based in Paris, New York and Los Angeles, and now lives in London. Her work has appeared on the pages of British, Italian, French, Chinese and Japanese Vogue, Love, Allure, Glamour, Elle, Numéro, Harper’s Bazaar, Pop, and Lula for covers, fashion, beauty and celebrity shoots.

Eldridge has worked with the photographers Tim Walker, Mert and Marcus, Regan Cameron, Sølve Sundsbø, Rankin, Paolo Roversi, David Sims, Mario Testino, and Patrick Demarchelier. Aside from her editorial assignments, Eldridge collaborates with fashion houses and beauty brands on their international advertising campaigns and runway shows. These include Lancôme, Chloe, Alberta Ferretti, Prada, Donna Karan, Moschino, Yohji Yamamoto, and Pucci. Eldridge was named by The Business of Fashion as one of the people ‘Shaping The Global Fashion Industry’ in their Fashion 500 list for 2013.

Lisa Eldridge has a successful YouTube channel, on which she creates various makeup looks on herself and other models, shares tips and tricks, discusses skincare, and visits past decades of makeup history to recreate the looks of the times. When I attended makeup academy, I was often referred to her videos by instructors, to recreate her looks or take in her knowledge. Ever since then I’ve been a huge supporter of hers!

In February 2010, Eldridge launched her website, which has become one of the go-to sites for make-up tutorials, beauty advice and insider knowledge.

Lisa Eldridge wrote her first New York Times bestseller Face Paint, which she describes as “all about the history of makeup – something I’ve always wanted to write. It’s a hardback book (8 x 10 inches), with 60,000 words – full of fascinating, surprising and at times unbelievable stories of how and why the items in your makeup bag got to be there. I also spent a long time sourcing the right images – beautiful paintings, illustrations and iconic photography – to tell the story.”

Lisa’s blog
Lisa’s book
Lisa’s YouTube channel
Lisa’s Instagram page

Colourpop’s 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palettes

ColourPop’s 9-pan palettes have taken the makeup world by storm; from monochromatic color stories to complementing colors that make great looks – they’ve got it all. At this point it’s safe to say there are over 20 of this style of palette made by ColourPop, with new releases every week!

Each collection has a cute pun-ny name and usually comes with blushes, highlighters, lip glosses, lipsticks, and even some of their FourthRayBeauty or SOLBody products.

The palettes I own:
MAR (part of SOL + MAR Collection)
Uh-huh Honey
Main Squeeze
– Brown Sugar (not available on the website)
Strawberry Shake

The formula is incredible, and not just for the price. The shadows are pigmented, easily bendable, and last all day long on the eyes with the right eyeshadow primer. More than half of the palettes in this shape come with at least one pressed glitter, which may turn some makeup lovers away from the product.

Overall, these shadows and color stories sometimes resemble their expensive counterparts very precisely (HUDA Beauty), while others have their own unique color story.

At $12USD, 10/10 recommend!

Have you tried these palettes? What do you think about them? Let me know in the comments below!

Tips For New Makeup Artists

  • Hand placement – never place your hand on top of a client’s head while working on their face, put it on your hip, hold another brush in it, or place it on the client’s chin. This is especially important with brides or models who have their hair already done. Plus, we tend to focus a lot on the step we’re doing that we might not notice just how hard our grip is on the client’s head.
  • Your pinky finger is your best friend – it serves as a resting point for your hand while blending eyeshadow or applying eyeliner, lipliner and lipstick. It’s a balancing tool to be used instead of resting the side of your hand on the face, or hold their head.
  • Apply false lashes easily – have the client look down and to the right for their right eye, and down to the left for their left eye. This method stretches the inside corner of the client’s eyelid allowing for perfect placement of false lashes and eyeliner.
  • Use dense eyeshadow applicators for glitters/pigments – you know those cheap ones that come with palettes? They’re so dense and impactful, they’ll be able to apply the glitter/pigment with less fallout and product loss than a traditional brush.
  • Choose the right eyeshadow transition shade – this shade is placed slightly above the socket of the eye under the browbone to transition into an eyeshadow look. The best bet is to use the bronzer shade you’re using on the client. This allows for cohesiveness and sculpting.
  • Avoid and correct eyeshadow fallout – it’s recommended to do eyeshadow first and wipe off the fallout without disrupting the base makeup. Apply skincare and primer, followed by eyeshadow. Clean up the fallout by wiping it off with a cotton round with some skincare on it – that way you’re not wiping off the initial skincare.
  • Apply skincare & primers strategically – skincare should help balance out dry/oily areas while helping to prolong the wear of makeup. Many people have oily T-zones (forehead, nose, and chin) while having dryness on the cheeks. Use hydrating, mattifying, and smoothing primers in areas where they’re needed. One primer may be all that the client needs, but may be not.

Scott Barnes – the Secret of Hollywood Faces

OVERVIEW

With over 260 music videos, over 450 magazine covers, author of two iconic industry changing books (About Face, Face to Face), Hollywood’s top celebrities, five movies, Oscar consideration (El Cantante), creator of the international sensation Body Bling, shoots with the world’s top photographers (Annie Leibovits, Ruven Afanador, Patrick Demarchilier, Francesco Scavullo, Gilles Bensimon, Tony Duran, Peter Lindbergh, John Russo), world famous editorials, Scott has established himself as the preeminent celebrity makeup artist in the world. Welcome to Artist Spotlight #8 series on my blog.

NOTABLE CELEBRITY CLIENTS:

Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, Céline Dion, Christina Aguilera, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vanessa Williams, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kelly Rowland, Malin Åkerman, Mariska Hargitay, Hilary Duff, Kesha, Kim Kardashian, Cindy Crawford, Brooke Shields, Courtney Love, Michael Kors, Paris Hilton, Lizzo, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Leah Remini, January Jones, Raquel Welch, Adrienne, Bailon, Gabourey Sidibe, Uma Thurman, Jane Fonda, Nicole Richie, Kimora Lee Simmons, Julianne Moore, Mary J. Blige, Lucy Liu, Shakira, Nina Agdal, Anna Nicole Smith, Penelope Cruz, Pia Mia, Sheryl Crowe, Donatella Versace, Carrie Underwood, Mandy Moore, Becki Newton, Erika Jayne, Bar Refaeli, Renee Fleming, Kristin Cavallari, Naya Rivera, Emily Sears, Bebe Neworth, Brandy, Kate Hudson.

NOTABLE MAGAZINE COVERS:

GQ, Vogue, Rollingstone, Time, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Elle, Billboard, Allure, Cosmo, Vibe, InStyle, Emmy, Xiox, Latina, Icon, Essence, Nylon, Redbook, Marie Claire.

NOTABLE PUBLICATIONS:

People, Popsugar, E Now, US Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Glam, Who What Wear, Refinery 29, The Hollywood Reporter, Galmour, MSN, Shape, Hollywood Life, Women’s Health.

HISTORY:

Scott arrived in New York City in 1984 determined to fulfill his dream as a fine-arts painter. After attending New York’s prestigious Parsons School of Design, Scott began assisting on fashion photography shoots and quickly became one of the most sought after makeup artists in the industry.

International beauty guru Shu Uemura selected Scott to revamp his Atelier Made line, which became a huge success at Shu Uemura. Scott launched his own twenty-one-piece color cosmetic line, Scott Barnes Cosmetics, on QVC in April 2004. Five months later, Scott introduced 130 products at Holt Renfrew, in Canada; Saks Fifth Avenue, in the U.S., and other high-end specialty boutiques. A year later, the collection launched in Europe and Australia and became an overnight success, for which Women’s Wear Daily named Scott the “Newcomer of the Year”. He was also a finalist for the Fashion Group International’s “Rising Star” award.

Scott Barnes has worked with world-renowned photographers with his work gracing the covers of the world’s leading magazines Scott has also appeared on top national and regional television programs, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Extra, Access Hollywood, and Good Day L.A.

Although Scott has worked with a variety of Hollywood talent over the years, including Kate Hudson, Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Celine Dion, it’s his work with Jennifer Lopez that birthed the new monochromatic look featuring bronzed skin and pale lips. Described as “The Glow” this signature look became known as “lit from within” and helped launch Scott’s best-selling beauty product, Body Bling bronzer.

In addition to numerous ad campaigns and music videos, Scott’s work on set includes such films as El Cantante, which earned him Oscar consideration. Scott was also responsible for Jennifer Lopez’s memorable Cinderella moments in Maid in Manhattan. Scott continues to shine on the big screen following Jennifer into Second Act, as well as her latest feature film Hustlers.

Scott Barnes Makeup Line

Robert Welsh: Doing My Makeup Using Techniques I Hate

I’ve been watching Robert Welsh on YouTube for years and I really enjoy his content on Instagram as well. On his channel he creates amazing makeup looks, gives professional makeup advice, reacts to popular beauty trends, debunks popular makeup myths, and much more!

Robert is a professional makeup artist and his mission statement in the beginning of every video is “to help you become a pro yourself or just someone that’s really good at makeup. Here we learn how to separate what we see online from what’s actually useful in real life.” Welcome to Artist Spotlight #7 series on my blog.

I came across this video and it made me laugh so much that I decided to share it with you!

Check out more of his videos on his channel.

The 10 Most Reliable Eyeliners, According To Makeup Artists

Purchasing an eyeliner can feel like a gamble. We walk into the nearest Sephora or a drugstore, money in hand, on a mission to find a formula that doesn’t pull, tug, skip or drag. After perusing the shelves, we settle on one in hopes that it won’t smudge before lunch.

The truth is, we never really know if we get a return on our investment until we take it home and try it for ourselves. That said, definitely read the reviews beforehand to make sure an eyeliner is right for you, considering skin type and the wearability criteria you have for it.

Here are top 10 eyeliners according to celebrity makeup artists:

  1. Inglot Gel Liner – best gel liner
  2. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner – best smudge-proof liquid liner
  3. Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil – best gel pencils with lots of colours to choose from
  4. L’Oreal Flash Cat Eye Liquid Liner – best for cat eyes
  5. Hourglass 1.5 MM Mechanical Gel Eyeliner – best waterproof liner in twist-up form
  6. Benefit BadGal BANG 24 Hour Eyeliner Pencil – best long-lasting pencil
  7. Pat McGrath Labs Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner – best for precision
  8. L’Oreal Infallible 16 Hour Never Fail Eyeliner – best true black
  9. NYX Matte Liquid Liner – best drugstore
  10. Maybelline Tattoo Studio Sharpenable Gel Pencil – best versatile formula

Source referenced

What are your favourite eyeliners? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Bride, Happy Me

Congratulations are in order to Kim! Thank you for letting me be such an important part of your big day, I had a fantastic time glamming up yourself and the bridal party.

Products:
– MAKE UP FOR EVER Mist & Fix setting spray, concealer palette, Smoky Lash mascara & H106 blush
– M·A·C Cosmetics Mineralized Skinfinish powder, Studio Fix sculpting palette, Boldly Barr lip pencil with Kinda Sexy lipstick and clear Lipglass, Amber x9 eyeshadow palette
– NYX Professional Makeup Angel Veil primer, Epic Ink eyeliner, Strobe of Genius highlighter palette
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder in Soft Brown & brow gel.

(Disclaimer: I do have Kim’s and bridesmaids’ consent to post their images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)