Thursday, April 18, 2013

Continued Learning

I'm pretty sure 2013 is the year of improvement and fine tuning for my artistry! After all of the platforms I got to sit in on at the IMATS 2 weekends ago (see here & here), I am so very excited to increase my makeup education this weekend!

Sunday I'm attending the workshop Makeup Made Easy with Renny Vasquez - I'm super excited about this because I had missed the initial registration and ended up clearing the waitlist! Renny is an amazing makeup artist & works on tons of celebrities. His mentor is Sam Fine who is a pioneer in makeup artistry for women of color. Not only will this workshop demonstrate his techniques such as highlighting and contorting, but also his finishing secrets and how he's built a career in bridal makeup.

Renny & some of his celeb clients of 2013 - photo credit his Instagram account @rennyvasquez
I'm looking forward to building my knowledge base and skill set this year. Can't wait to see how my business develops over the next few months!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

"Feel Good" Makeup

Last month I got to share my talents with 10 students. My church hosted a free "prom night" for students with disabilities which, in all honesty, turned out better than my own prom. Church volunteers pulled out all the stops with catered food, wait staff, photographer, DJ, decorations, dance floor, lighting, photo booth, a red carpet leading the way through the doors, tux rentals for the guys, dresses for the girls, and a hair & makeup team in which I was so honored to be apart of and here are some photos from the day!!

Hannah - I loved talking with her

Tonya - so sweet

Danya - such a happy soul

Sara - I wish I could bottle her energy!
All I can say is doing their makeup was the best makeup job I've ever done - no offense to my previous or future clients. The majority of my clients for the day had rarely if never wore makeup before and most were timid about me being close to their face. But a little foundation or blush made the world of difference to them and they were so excited/appreciative/happy about the whole experience. I could really do no wrong, and if I had they would have graciously spared my feelings. I still remember their names and faces so well, perhaps because they're etched in my heart.

Here's an email I received today from the volunteer that coordinated the hair & makeup appointments. It truly made my day! (click on it to see the font a bit better)

I cannot wait to do this again next year!!
Thank you to my church, Mosaic Christian Church, for allowing me to be apart of this amazing experience!

Monday, April 15, 2013

IMATS NYC 2013 - Part 2

Onto the rest of my afternoon at the IMATS... With all the great platforms going on at the show that day I was eventually going to run into a conflict of speakers presenting at the same time. I did, but good thing my sister was there with me! While she stayed at Let's Talk About Your Hair presents PETER ANTHONY WYNN; Personal Branding: The Art of YOU and recorded some of his platform I ran over to Temptu Pro presents NICKY POSLEY: Advancing Your Career With Airbrush Make-up.

Nicky's talk helped me decide to finally invest in an airbrushing system! So for my birthday in just a few days I'll be needing to practice, practice, practice! Airbrushing is so great for my clients. Not only does the application come out looking flawless, but it also stays on for 14-16 hours and feels light as a feather. I cannot wait to use it on my brides this wedding season!
We did a little walking around inbetween the platforms in the afternoon. There were a lot of competitions going on with the theatrical makeup. Here are a few pics of the work we saw.

My last platform of the day was EVE PEARL presents The Eve Pearl Method: Timeless Techniques that Work! I have used plenty of Eve Pearl products in my kit and also have watched many of her videos on technique on YouTube. I loved the confidence and fire Eve brought to her talk. 

I really admire Eve for not only her long time career in the makeup industry, but also for the creation of her makeup line. She had her techniques with her products down to a science. I learned a lot of great tips from her and how could I not take note when she is a 5-time Emmy award winning artist?

Me very excitedly holding 1 of her Emmys!
After the long day at the IMATS, my sister and I went back to our hotel before heading out for dinner. We walked into Times Square and stopped in the Sephora store very quickly. I had already bought so much at the trade show, I withheld from buying anything. I also walked by the MAC store, but kept walking. I was overloaded by makeup and really tired. Like an old lady I was in bed by 10pm! The next day on the train home I was so energized by my experience and thinking about the next things to come for PerfektRevisions!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

IMATS NYC 2013 - Part 1

This past weekend was one of my makeup career highs. My favorite career high was just 2 weekends prior when I did makeup for 10 wonderful women for an event my church was putting for students with special needs. I am definitely inspired more than ever artistically and those 2 events are definitely the reason why.

So the IMATS.... I should explain first what the heck it is. It stands for International Makeup Artist Trade Show, definitely worthy of an acronym! It occurs yearly around the world. I went to the NYC event on April 6th, but there are also shows in LA, Vancouver, Toronto, London, and Sydney.

My Saturday started out veerrryyyy early with a 4 am wake up and short trek to the Amtrak station! My sister joined me for the trip and we just had a ball. We must have talked about it at least a bazillion times on Facebook in anticipation.

My sister waiting on our train as I try to take "artistic" photos

Sunrise from the train

Entrance to the IMATS
Line for check-in desk
I had a full schedule planned out for the day of all the speaker platforms I wanted to attend. As soon as we entered the door, it was off to the first platform!

Stila Cosmetics presents CORY BISHOP: Bridal Beauty Boot Camp

Perfect that my day started off with Bridal! Cory gave a great talk and the added exhibition by the dancers at the end was definitely a fun moment. Quickly we were off to the next stage for a very important platform on brows!

Brett Freedman Beauty presents BRETT FREEDMAN: Brow Wow! 

I really loved Brett's talk. He was so funny, engaging and also very confident in his skill - totally needed when doing the makeup & eyebrows for celebs like Reba McIntyre, Jane Fonda, Catherine Zeta Jones, Selina Gomez, Eva Mendez, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Gywneth Paltrow & Erin Andrews. Eyebrows are definitely an underestimated element to makeup artistry, but definitely essential to completing a look.

I had to snap a photo with Brett - he was doing brows all day at his booth!

I definitely made sure to buy some of his brow pencils and gel while I had the opportunity. I really love his product quality and can't wait to add more to my kit!

After a quick food and bathroom break, my sister & I grabbed our seats for the next platform - Morphe Makeup Brushes presents KOREN ZANDER, aka ENKORE MAKEUP with special guest CHRISTINE NGUYEN, aka XTEEENER: The Multicolor Palette and Color Theory... whew! That's a title!!!

Koren explaining his color choices for his model
This was a really great platform that explained using the color wheel in your makeup choices. Little did I know my 8th grade art class would really come in handy down the road for me. By the time the platform was over, we had 2 more to go! More in the next post...

Monday, January 7, 2013

Bridal MUA as the bride...

I have soooo many photos to share from my wedding this past October. I've listed all the products I used on my wedding day with links. This is a long post, but enjoy the photos (courtesy of EyeWonder Photography)!

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Original
Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation (153 Golden Honey)

MAC  Studion Finish SPF 35 Concealer (NC35)
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation (NC43)
Smashbox Bronze Lights (Suntan Matte)
MAC Cremeblend Blush (Ladyblush)
MAC Iridescent Powder/Loose (Silver Dusk) - on upper cheekbone
MAC Paint Pot (Painterly) - on lid as base
MAC Eyeshadow (Brule)

Urban Decay Naked Palette: Sin on lid, Virgin under brow bone & inner eye corner, Smog on outer corner sweeping up & in, Hustle with smaller brush to deepen outer corner, Toasted in eye crease, Smog with small crease brush on lower lid, Hustle on outer lower lid and upper lid 
MAC Fluidline (Blacktrack)
Spoon - to curl lashes the old fashioned way :)
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Waterproof Ultimate Length Mascara (Very Black)
L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Waterproof Mascara (Carbon Black)

Red Cherry False Lashes (#82 Black)
DUO Adhesive
Smashbox Brow Tech (Brunette)
Mary Kay Lip Liner (Dusty Pink)
MAC Viva Glam V

Mary Kay Creme Lipstick (Berry Kiss)
Model in a Bottle Original Formula

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

{Engagement Photos}

Back in June of 2012 my now husband & I took our engagement photos. It was a scorchingly hot & humid summer day - very typical for the Maryland/DC area. We wanted to take photos earlier in the year, but due to a mix of procrastination, our awesome photographers being heavily booked, and a rainy spring season we were left with a 101°F (105°F heat index) day. Not only was I worried about physically melting, but also my very 'natural' makeup looking like a sludge of sweatyness!

Good thing I'm a makeup artist equipped for such situations! Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and Model in a Bottle to the rescue. Not only did my makeup last through the 2.5 hour shoot without sliding off my face, but it also stayed on after many blottings with a towel. I use these products religiously for all my brides - not only for the warm summer weddings, but all year 'round so they'll look great breaking a sweat on the reception dance floor!

All photos courtesy of EyeWonder Photography

Wedding photos up next! So get ready for my full on "glam bride" look!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Stopping to take it all in

I've been miserably failing my blog. The last post (and only other post this year) I blogged is from nearly 6 months ago!!! What a busy year 2012 has been!

Perhaps this is a good thing for me professionally and personally in many ways. Aside from connecting with so many wonderful people on the professional side doing makeup for their engagement and wedding photos as well as other events, I got to do my own makeup for my engagement and wedding photos (those will be blogged next! I promise!!).

I worked my last wedding of the year this past Saturday, the first since my own wedding, and it was really nice to be able to say to the bride, "I know how stressful/emotional/crazy this day can be. My focus is on you and whatever I can do to help." Firsthand experience of what a bride goes through gave me so much insight and makes me be of even greater service to my brides.

Here are a few photos of my wonderfully sweet bride thanks to my amazing friends at EyeWonder Photography.

I am soooooo looking forward to what 2013 has in store for PerfektRevisions. Every year I watch my business and skills grow. I already have something on the horizon for March which is going to be very awesome!  I have become connected to so many people far beyond what I could have imagined. I get to watch my brides move into the wife role and also for some into motherhood. I cannot wait for next year. Stay tuned!