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Makeover and photo shoot in Orange County with model Jhoanne

Last fall I moved back to Orange County from Texas after being away for six years. The weather is so refreshing and the beautiful scenery is endless, which makes me want to be outside all the time! I met recently with model Jhoanne (also from Orange County) to do an outdoor photo shoot right in my corner of Laguna Hills. The natural setting makes for a great backdrop to the photos. 

Makeup - Earth Tones

Jhoanne is obviously gorgeous and I can't get enough of her smile!! For her eye makeup, I used some Yaby pearl paints and eyeshadows in green, gold, and warm brown colors to go along with the surrounding earth tones. I applied some extra long lashes to really lift and open the eyes. For her blush and lips I chose fairly natural colors - Rimmel nude lipliner with a little Mac creme cup lipstick in the center, and Mac Melba blush on the cheeks. To create a soft glow on the cheeks, I added Becca's highlighter in Champagne Pop

Newport Beach Photo Shoot with Model Ali - Summer Makeup and Hair

Ali is a local OC model that I recently worked with to take some really fun beach photos. This was my first time taking photos myself on the beach, so it was definitely a learning experience! There was a lot of climbing rocks and rolling around in the sand, which Ali graciously went along with, and by the end we were cold and covered in wet sand, but oh-so happy!

Makeup - bronze, copper, gold

These colors are universally flattering on all skin, hair, and eye colors, and I especially love them for summer! Easy to pair with a bright lip, or a soft pink/nude like we did for this shoot. 

One of my favorite palettes for these copper and gold tones is the Sleek Sunset Palette. Super affordable and AMAZING quality! I'm telling you, these perform just as well as some of the pricier brands. 

To get that gorgeous glow on her skin, I used Becca's Champagne Pop on the high points of the face. To blur pores and to even out the bronzer, blush, and highlight, I used Graftobian HD dual finish powders. I LOVE these powders for their build-able (yet not cakey) coverage and smooth application. 

For her hair, I curled it first, then pulled it up into this pony using a pull through braid technique. Once we let down her hair, the curls held just enough to create that perfectly textured beach hair. 

Keep an eye out for my next post like this coming soon!

 

Beauty Photography

One of my personal projects I have been working has been to learn and practice beauty and head shot photography. I have picked up a lot from working with photographers and even getting some one on one help with the post production of an image. Aside from that, there is so much information available online to learn just about anything. 

I thought I would make a post sharing some of my favorites from my recent mini photo shoot sessions. All makeup, hair, photos, editing was done by me. I love the entire process that results in the final image, and I find that improving one of these skills helps give me insight about another. As always, I will continue to learn and grow and maybe my next post like this will show marked improvements. For now, enjoy these photos!

Model credit (in order): Sunny Yoon, Sarah Calle, Nicole Poyraz, Brittany Binder

Bridal Makeup - Blush Tones - Orange County Makeup Artist

Bridal Glam 

Here are the photos from one of my lovely brides, Beatriz! For Beatriz's bridal makeup, she wanted to incorporate the rose pink colors of her bouquet into her makeup.

We decided to go with soft, rose toned neutral colors on the lid, lightly smoked out so there are no harsh lines, and pair it with a rose colored lip. I added medium feathery lashes to make her eyes really stand out.

For her foundation, I used Mehron's HD celebre pro HD cream foundation. We had a bridal trial previously, so I knew what she wanted ahead of time, and there were no surprises on her wedding day!

I also did the makeup for the rest of her bridal party and family. Hair was styled by Erica Marni Edwards. Enjoy the photos!

 

Congrats again Beatriz! You were such a lovely bride, thanks so much for including me in your special day :)

Host a Makeup Workshop for you and your friends!

3 hour hands on makeup workshops throughout Southern California! 

Below are some photos from my recent workshop in Houston. I had a great time teaching my Houston clients all of my tips and tricks I use as a makeup artist. I was lucky enough to have Luxe MedSpa provide the space for me. Photos were taken by Digital Icon Photography.

The kits for the class are available for purchase at Camera Ready Cosmetics, which is where I buy the majority of professional makeup for my kit. (Must be a student of mine for kit) 

 

Products featured in the demo/workshop:

La Femme Blushes - super pigmented, lots of color options, and at a great value!

Mehron Celebre Pro HD Foundation - highly pigmented cream foundation that also doubles as a concealer. Oil free and blends like a dream.

Yaby Corrector - known for their small compact size, Yaby's products are not only space efficient but super pigmented. The apricot corrector was my most used one for light to medium skin tones to correct under eye darkness.

Ben Nye Neutral Set Powder - a colorless powder that works on any skin tone to set makeup for longevity and shine free skin. 

Graftobian HiLite/Contour Palette (Also RCMA highlight/contour palette) - Both of these palettes feature perfect contouring shades (cool toned) and peach and yellow highlight colors.

Z-Palettes - these palettes are perfect for traveling or just space efficient organization of your makeup! All of the palette products magnetically adhere to palette.

 

Topics Covered in the workshop:

  • Contouring and Highlighting for your specific face shape

  • Eye makeup for your eye shape and color

  • How to make your makeup super long lasting

  • HD friendly, non cakey full coverage makeup

  • Natural to dramatic looks

  • How to apply lashes

Students who attend a workshop of mine get a special deal on the kit at Camera Ready Cosmetics.  Contact me about hosting a workshop for you and your friends! Hosts get a discounted rate for the workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Airbrush Bridal Makeup for Bride Jean - Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles Wedding Makeup Artist

I had the pleasure of doing the makeup for Jean and her bridal party. What a sweet and beautiful group of girls!

Gold and Silver Shimmery Eyes

For Jean's makeup, she wanted to incorporate gold and silver into her look, so using my Yaby pearl paint eyeshadows, I blended the shimmery gold and silver to create her unique look. We didn't do a bridal trial before hand, so I asked questions throughout to make sure I provided exactly what she was looking for. She loved it and even came back to participate in my makeup workshop months later!

Waterproof Airbrush Makeup

For her and her party's foundation, I used airbrush makeup by Kett Cosmetics for flawless, natural coverage. 

Elegant Bridal Makeup and Hair - Nikki's wedding in Houston

Nikki was a beautiful and kind bride I was lucky enough to work on. The wedding day prep went very smoothly due in part to us having a bridal trial previously.  For brides like Nikki who aren't used to wearing makeup, a bridal trial ahead of time allows the bride to get comfortable with the way she looks and feels wearing makeup.  Even just filling in eyebrows and covering up dark under eye circles can be a shock to someone who is not used to looking that way. It is also a good time to test out wearing false lashes, which can be a bit of an adjustment when its new. As a makeup artist, a bridal trial is helpful for a couple of reasons. It allows me time to look at the trial pictures and really evaluate what worked and what could be enhanced, adjusted, etc. I also keep a detailed list of what products and techniques were used in the trial and any changes we may decide to make so that both the bride and I can feel confident that the result will be exactly what she wants.

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For Nikki's makeup, I used Kett Hydro airbrush makeup to apply her foundation and subtle contours. This foundation is just excellent for on and off camera. It provides a natural transfer-proof finish, yet it can cover up blemishes, scars, and tattoos easily. Under her eyes I used my foolproof MAC Pro Longwear concealer. This stuff is long lasting, full coverage, and does not settle into creases. She chose to wear a pair of soft feathery lashes to bring out her eyes without being too dramatic, and I think they did just that. For her hair, she chose to keep her hair off her shoulders and paired with a birdcage veil for an elegant look that I think ties in so well with her venue and dress.

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