A Makeover | Alison

Meet Alison. She came to stay with my husband and I to celebrate my recent baby shower and of course, we ended up doing a makeover in our spare time! When people ask us how long we've known eachother, we will just look at eachother and say "since womb." Our parents met while strolling us around a Chicago mall way back when Gymboree was still a hit. Our dads sat and bonded during the seemingly eternal wait outside the women's changing rooms for our moms--and the rest is history. 
For the makeover, we decided to focus on bringing added shape and arch to her brows, healthy glowing skin and overall, enhancing and bringing out her beautiful features. After the makeup, I styled her hair with wavy curls and added a finishing shine spray. 

The Products:

The How-To:

The Face- For Alison's face, I focused on giving her the appearance of the healthiest skin possible and used a great, buildable foundation that would mimic the appearance of real skin instead of heavy, caked on makeup. I contoured and highlighted her face to add dimension and slim her jaws and cheeks. Then, I mixed a warm plum and coral shade of blush together and applied them to the apples of the cheeks and swept upwards to her cheekbones. I used a shimmering highlight color directly on her cheekbones and a dash on the nose, lips and chin for that Victoria Secret glow. 
The Eyes- I plucked and shaped her eyebrows according to her natural arch and then filled them in with one of my favorite brow pencils. I primed her eyelid area and used windshield wiper motions to add a mid-toned brown color, "Cork" to her crease. I packed on a beautiful gold-brown shade, "Woodwinked" all over her lid and applied a golden-white highlight, "Nylon" near her tear ducts (sweeping inwards towards the Woodwinked color) and under the brow bone. I deepened up her outer corner creating a sideways "V" shape with a dark cool brown, "Embarked." For the final touch, I smudged a black kohl pencil along her lashline and a mossy green pencil on her lower lashline to bring out the green in her eyes. I topped it all off with some glamorous lashes! 
The Lips- I lined and filled her lips in with a muted nude-brown lipliner. In the center of the lips, I applied a gorgeous pinky-brown nude and a milky nude lipgloss for added dimension and shine. 

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A Makeover | Florica

I was so excited to have my friend Florica over to do makeup for her photo shoot. Florica teaches kindergarden students and was one of my lovely bridesmaids! We met when we were 11 years old at church choir during the age of Bratz Dolls and unfortunate hairstyles. Needless to say, we have been prancing around together ever since! For her photo shoot, we decided on channeling her inner vixen with really sleek, sexy smoked out eye makeup. For the cherry on the top, nude-pink lips and a beautiful highlight and contour were added to bring out a gorgeous, healthy glow.

The Products:

Neutrogena Oil Free Lotion
Smashbox Photo Finish Light Primer
MAC Studio Fix Powder (NC42)
Makeup Forever HD Pressed Powder
BH Cosmetics Camouflage Concealer Palette
MAC Pro Sculpting Cream in "Coffee Walnut" (Limited Edition)
Milani Baked Blush in "Red Vino"
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in "Opal"
Maybelline Define-A-Brow in "Dark Brown"
Maybelline Great Lash Clear Transparent Gel
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette
Ardell #105 Glamour Lashes
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in "Zero"
L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes (Waterproof)
Jordana Lipliner in "Rock N' Rose"
MAC Lipstick in "Bombshell"
Khroma Lipgloss in "Natural Honey"
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

The How-To:

Face: I started off by moisturizing Florica's skin with an oil-free lotion and prepping it for foundation with a light, non-greasy primer so her makeup would hold during the shoot. I then contoured and highlighted her face with cream products to create a skin-like look and used a powder foundation on other areas of her face and blended everything in. To set the cream products, an HD translucent powder was used. I brushed the apples of her cheeks with a red vino color and swept up and away to blend with the rest of her contour. We added a gorgeous powder highlighter on the tops of her cheekbones and on her cupid's bow to create the illusion of higher cheekbones and a fuller lip.

Eyes: We started off the eye area by giving Florica nice, full brows that accentuated her arch. I primed her lids to ensure the eye makeup would not crease during the photo shoot and then applied a champagne color, "Glisten" all over the lid (from the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette). Two red-brown warm hues were mixed together in her crease to deepen the socket. Then, "Deep Plum" was applied to the outer corner and inner corner of the lid. I used my brush to balloon out the color and smoke it out for a sexy look. I used the two brown shades again to connect the two colors and blend them into the crease area for a beautiful transition into each corner of the eye. I highlighted under her brow bones and next to her tear ducts with the white "Vanilla" shade and added the yellow highlight, "Legend" as an extra little pop over the tear duct area as well. I cut down a pair of Ardell #105 Glamour lashes to fit her eye area and applied them with Duo Lash Adhesive. I loved these lashes on her--they really made her eyes look super flirty and sexy with their winged out shape.

Lips: Since we focused so much on the eyes, I wanted her lips to be a neutral, flesh color so that it would not take away from the rest of her face. I used a nude-brown color to line her lips and a stunning, hydrating nude-pink lipstick from MAC. To top off the lip cocktail, I applied a nude-brown gloss in the center of her lips for added light and dimension.

Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY that ends August 8th! For a description of how to enter, check out the bottom of my previous blog post!

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A Makeover|Charlotte

Meet my beautiful baby sister (or baby seeeeeesster as I like to call her). She kindly came over yesterday to help move some last minute little things into my apartment and hangout and of course we ended up breaking out the makeup and playing! I decided to give her a full, fun makeover and teach her some little tricks of the trade. We decided on doing glamorous, Victoria's Secret inspired makeup--glowy, healthy bronzed skin and some va va voom eyes! 

The Products: 

Victoria Secret Radiant Glow Highlighting Powder 

The How-To: 

The Face: I prepped Charlotte’s skin with an oil free lotion great for sensitive skin and a primer to fill her pores and create a long-lasting base for her makeup. I chose MAC Face and Body Foundation because of its sheer, water-based buildable texture. I wanted to create the look of perfected skin while still letting her beautiful, natural freckles peek through. A thick concealer 2 shades lighter than her skin tone was placed under her eye area, the middle of the forehead, down the center of the nose and in the center of the skin to conceal dark circles and highlight the face for dimension. I used the darkest brown shades in the BH Cosmetics Concealer Palette to contour the hollows of her cheeks, temples, jawline and sides of the nose. I then set her face with a transluscent powder and brushed a rose-gold blush on the apples of her cheeks sweeping upward. I added a bit more depth to the contour by placing a powder bronzer over top. To add a glow to her cheekbones, I mixed a pink and champage colored highlighter together.
The Eyes: I filled Charlotte’s eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil with warm red undertones to suit her strawberry blonde hair coloring and primed her eyelids with my favorite MAC Painterly Paint Pot. I used a beautiful rose colored highlighter, Victoria Secret’s Radiant Rose all over the inner half of her lid space. I used the lightest egg-white shade, “Strange” from the Naked 3 Palette as a highlight under her brows and next to her tear ducts to open up the eye area. From the original Naked Palette, I used the gold color, “Half Baked” to cover the outer half of the lid space that was not covered. To add warm depth to the crease and on the bottom lash line, I used MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadow in “Uninterrupted” and blended it well. I used a cooler, dark brown from the original Naked Palette, “Hustle” in the outer corner of her eyes and then placed on a set of Ardell #109 Lashes. To cover the band and create a smoked out lash line effect, I pressed “Creep”, (a black shade from the original Naked Palette) as close to the lash as possible. Black mascara was then coated on the top and bottom lashes.
The Lips: Charlotte’s lips were outlined and filled in the corners with a mid-toned pink lipliner and filled with a nude-pink lipstick in the center to create dimension and the appearance of a fuller lip. A shimmery pink lipgloss was then coated on her lips to top it all off and to bring extra shine.

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Project Love

Contest Rules:

1.) Contest ends March 18th at 11:59 PM. Nominations will not be accepted past this time. 
2.) The person nominated must live in the Dallas, Fort Worth area (or be available in this area for the day of her makeover and photo shoot)
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Modern-Day Cinderella

This past week I did the makeup for a very unique photo shoot. The photographer, and my friend, Karissa Jobman came up with the concept of a modern day Cinderella. This instantly sparked my interest and a number of makeup looks came to mind. 

At first the photographer and I were going to use multiple looks (one for the "slave" Cinderella and one for the princess Cinderella), and shoot over the course of several days. However, we realized that we both had too many time constraints and so I came up with the idea of a look that could transform and be very versatile. I found a way to make it not too prim and glamourous for a "slave" but not too dingy and dirty for a princess. 

I wanted to emphasize the model's eyes because they were one her best features. I made them look smokey and almost ashen as if she has been cleaning around a fire place. I used a dark fuchsia color on her lips to play up the regal side of Cinderella, but to also draw attention to the sadness she feels as the slave of her step family. 

Her dark eyebrows give her an editorial look that is great in photographs. To counteract the sharpness of her eyes and eyebrows, I used a light pinky plum color on her cheeks. I also used this to contour her face and to emphasize and lift her cheek bones. I started the blush on the back of her cheeks instead of using it on the apples of the cheeks. Also, by contouring her face with bronzer it brought definition and shape to her face. 

I had a lot of fun doing the makeup for this photo shoot. I got a chance to use my creative license to create a look that was a unique concept. The photos turned out great and I loved working with Brianna (the model) and Karrisa (the photographer). I hope to be able to collaborate with them again! 

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GIVEAWAY: Win a free photo shoot and makeover!

I am so excited to announce a special giveaway for my lovely readers and friends in the DFW areaKevin Chung PhotographyRebecca Marin and I have all teamed up to offer you the chance to win a free photo shoot and make up session (makeup done by moi, yours truly). In order to enter, please "like" Rebecca MarínKevin Chung Photography and The Beauty Book on Facebook and voilà! You're entered. The contest ends Wednesday, September 12th at 11:59 pm. Please note: you must live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. However, all of my readers are encouraged to help support by "liking" our pages! =)

Just to get you even more excited, below are some photos/video from Rebecca Marin's recent photo shoot! Kevin Chung took all of these beautiful photographs and I (The Beauty Book) did all of the makeup! 

Behind the scenes: the makeup I used on Rebecca
Behind the scenes: fixing Rebecca's hair during her shoot

The finished look on Rebecca

Click HERE to see the behind the scenes video of Rebecca's shoot

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