Monday, October 20, 2014

Bridal: Romantic Stylized Fall Shoot

I had an amazing opportunity to work with 7 local vendors to put together an amazing stylized photo shoot for fall. Everyone who helped was amazing and really got the vision of the photographers. I feel so lucky to have been a part of it!

The models name was Katie and she was such a pleasure to work with. One of the sweetest girls I've ever met.



Our models were so dreamy. They have been married about 8 months and they are so in love. It gave me butterflies to watch them.

 Photography by Brook Bakken
 Photography by Brooke Bakken


Photography: Brooke Bakken and Alyssia Baird
Flowers: Adrien Robinson
Wedding Planner/Stylist: Rachael Affleck
Graphic Design: Kirsten Kizerian
Videography: Ryan Hinman
Cake: Cassidy Budge

Go visit Brooke and Alyssia's blog for more stunning pictures. The whole thing was a dream!

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Bridal trial run: Karine

Karine is getting married next September and she wanted to get a jump start on her trial run. She decided to do it on her birthday celebration night, so she was all glammed up when her cute fiancé took her out on the town.
This girl is amazing. She has the type of personality that you feel like you've known her forever. I don't think I can  wait til next year to do her makeup again!

She is so beautiful, she doesn't need me.


Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer
Smashbox Studio Skin foundation
Concealer: Anastasia Beverly Hills 1.0
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
MAC Melba and Makeup Geek Infatutaion blush
Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter from theBalm

MAC Soft Brown and Saddle in the crease
MAC Sketch, embark, and Carbon on the outer corner
KatVonD Clay on lid and brow bone
Urban Decay Gel liner in Perversion

Jordana Rock n' Rose liner, MAC Crème D' Nude mixed with Avon Proper Pink, Urban Decay Peroxide gloss.

Check out her instagram @hairby_karine, she is an amazing hair stylist out of Utah

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Halloween: My take on Witch Makeup

So a couple of my sisters and I planned on going to this "Witches Night Out" event that they throw here in Utah and I wanted to do a makeup that was less traditional. I initially was going to do a green makeup, but after looking online I felt more inspired by a more realistic old age witch.
I need to buy some wigs to really pull all of these looks together, but o well. You get the idea.

 I started with covering the tail ends of my eyebrows. (glue stick, conceal, powder) and then went all over my face a high coverage foundation mixed with some gray face paint. I used a black eyeliner and a tiny eyeliner brush to make small flicking motions to simulate hairs.

I scrunched up my face and made angry faces to help me figure out where to create the shadows. I accentuated any wrinkles that I already had, and created a few new ones. I traced them out first with a brown eyeliner and then blended them downwards with a cool toned brown eyeshadow.
Then I highlighted above the wrinkles with a white eyeshadow. I think this really made them pop.

after that, there were a few lines that I wanted to look even deeper so I look my brown eyeliner and deepened up those lines a bit. That was around the mouth, eyes, and nose.

For the lips, I wanted them to look thinner and uneven so that's what I did. I used MAC Ruby Woo for the red. I didn't lined them because I wanted them to look a little rough.

Then for the warts I used a brown eyeliner to create and fill in the shape. Then I took a bit of brown eyeshadow to create a shadow. The tiny disgusting mole hairs were done with an eyeliner brush and brown gel liner. And to give them more dimension I did a little white dot on them.
I powdered everything with translucent powder and sprayed the crap out of it with Ben Nye's Final Seal. And makeup did not budge all night!

These photos were taken in natural lighting and are not edited or retouched, I just spent a lot of time blending everything.

I laughed so much while I was doing this makeup because I knew I am someday going to look a lot like this. Hopefully sans hairy warts. ;) When I got home my husband was laughing at me so hard. He said "you look so...old" so I think the makeup was successful!

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

My Poor skin...the effects of painting my face daily.

So I'm breaking out, which is to be expected with all the makeup I've been doing. I usually don't wear makeup every day. Yes, I'm a makeup artist, but if I'm just going to the gym and hanging out with my son for the day, I'm not going to put makeup on my skin. So since I have been doing heavy makeup every day for the last week or so, my skin is paying for it now.

Fist I wanted to talk about how I remove my makeup. I start with face wipes. I personally love the Walmart brand! I've tried many different brands and these are my love at the moment.  And then I use coconut oil to get the rest off. I warm it up in my hands and rub it all over my face and it starts to loosen up the makeup and help it glide right off. I use the Sonoma Harvest Organics coconut oil, but I'm sure there are a lot of great ones.

quick side note: I LOVE coconut oil. I use it to remove my makeup, leave it on overnight for moisturizer, put it on the ends of my hair for a deep condition, and cook with it. LOVE!



Then when my face is needing a little extra love, I use my favorite mask made by Lush called Mask of Magnaminty. The instructions say to leave it on for 5-10 minutes, but I leave it on for as long as I feel like it. Yesterday was about 30 minutes. And I am not kidding you when I say that I see a difference in my skin  as soon as I take it off! My skin looks more even and glowing and less irritated. Sure, I still have those annoying pimples, but they are less prominent and the mask just helps them to chill a bit.

So, this is my little routine. It's easy! What are your favorite products to use on your face? Please share!
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More Halloween...I love October!

I can't stop. I just keep doing Halloween Makeup and I'm loving skin isn't, but I'll talk about that in my next post.
It would take me forever to thoroughly explain how I did all 4 of these, so I will just give you a few key points on how I did all of them.
Ventriloquist Dummy:
first get rid of your eyebrows by gluing them down with a glue stick and using a full coverage foundation or concealer.

Make your eyes look bigger by using a white eyeliner or eyeshadow stick (I used NYX in Milk) and lining your waterline and lower lash line, you can go even lower depending on your eyes. Then glue on fake eyelashes to the *new* bottom lash line. Then, to make my eyes look even more fake, I used an app to change the color and the size of my iris.

Accentuate your cheeks by using a brown eyeliner and blend it upwards with a matte brown shadow, then heavily blush the apples of your cheeks.

for the effect of the fake mouth, do 2 lines with a brown eyeliner and shade outwards with a matte brown shadow. Then take a white liner to line the inside of the mouth lines.

Jessica Rabbit:
Again, first get rid of your eyebrows by gluing them down with a glue stick and using a full coverage foundation or concealer. Then draw new thin, sexy eyebrows with a brow pencil.
Jessica Rabbit has those huge eyelids so create a new crease (I went to the top of my brows) and use pink, purple, and black eyeshadow to create a gradient effect.
depending on how big your lips are, you may need to overline your lips... I sure did. :) and I used MAC Ruby Woo lipstick and LA Girl Pinup gloss.

Skeleton Jack-o-lantern creepy thing:  I was inspired by a picture I saw on Instagram for this one. I used yellow and orange facepaint from one of those cheapo Halloween makeup kits from walmart. Then for the black, I used Wet n' Wild black gel liner from the Fergie Collection. This stuff is amazing! It's so affordable and so pigmented. Then I used a red eyeshadow to outline all the black to give it more depth.
For the veins I used a Sigma E05 brush and the black gel liner.
And then I obviously photographed in front of a black back drop so the blacked out edges of my face would disappear.

Ursula: this one was a doozy.
I used white, blue, and purple face paint. Then I used purple and blue for the shadowing and contouring.
For the eyes I glued down my eyebrows and drew new one that were much higher and more cartoony. (don't think that's a word) Then made a new higher crease with black gel liner, and filled it in with blue and black shadows. I highlighted my new brow bone with a white eyeshadow base and white eyeshadow.
For the lips, I waaay over drew them and used LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Pinup.

For this picture I put a filter on it to make it look a little more like a cartoon.

I have never done any of these characters before, these were my fist attempts. I have learned a lot from each makeup and know I would do a better job next time I do it. It is all trial and error. Ursula was not coming together at all so I just kept messing with it until she started to come together. I'm still not thrilled with her, but that gives me motivation to practice and get hopefully get better.  Just try to have fun and play with it and don't give up.


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