Hello ladies! So here is a little 15 second how-to on my contouring when I go out to an important event. I have used the Anastasia concealers in 1.5 to highlight and 4.5 to contour using my foundation brush and duo-fiber brush both by Elaina Badro and blended it out using my Beauty Blender. Now, depending on how strong or light you want your contour, you need to blend less/more. I then used my Anastasia Contour Palette in "banana" to set in all the areas I have highlighted my face. For the rest of my face, I've used the Ben Nye "banana" powder with my damp sponge to set in my skin without giving too much color. If you want your contour to stand out more, then I suggest you going back at it with a powder contour (the contour colors in the palette will do or a matte bronzer) to emphasize your structure. I then took the "sand" shimmer powder, again from the Anastasia contour kit to highlight just the tops of my cheekbones. Take the color of blush you desire & add it to the apples of your cheeks blending up towards your hairline. Here, I have used one of my favorite blushes from Lorac called "Coral Crush" (super pigmented!). I know this 15-second video is way too short to capture everything, but watch it enough and you'll catch the concept ;) HOWEVER, I will be doing a YouTube tutorial next week and you will be able to see the entire process in slow motion. Hope this helps in the meantime!
Have a lot of eyeshadows and running out of space in your organizer? Here is a quick video my sister Marina made on de-potting MAC eyeshadows. Marina has SO much makeup, her bathroom is overflowing. She used to work at Naimie's Beauty Center...so you can only imagine! She has started her "Spring Cleaning" on her makeup and her makeup kit literally looks like half of what it was, all organized and tidy! First you will need a flat iron, a sharp tool and wax paper. Pop out the plastic the shadow sits on. Then place the plastic in the flat iron (on top of a wax paper). Give it about 20 seconds and pop it out from the back (there should be a small hole to push through). If it's still tough, put it on the iron for another 15-20 seconds until the glue is soft enough to loosen up and try pushing it through again. You can then place them in your MAC empty palettes or a Z palette (sold at Naimie's). You can also use this same process by using a little over, but I find this to be much easier. Happy de-potting!
I had never heard of Lupita until the Oscars. She won Best Supporting Actress based on her feature movie, "12 Years a Slave". Besides the fact that she looked STUNNISHING in that baby blue Prada dress styled by Micaela Erlanger, she was glowing from within. After hearing her speech, I was in love with her. I started to google her to learn more. SMH Entertainment wrote about Lupita, “To do anything in film, you need to be trained, but you also need the fire in your belly, a passion that cannot be ignored. Lupita had focus, drive, passion and above everything else, talent.”
(Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/lupita-nyongo-won-more-than-just-an-oscar-she-won-hearts-20140305-346mr.html#ixzz2v4DOqOfM ) This quote can be relatable to so many of us be it makeup artists, athletes, lawyers, etc. Without the passion and drive, it is only a skill anyone can learn...but will it last? In another speech for Beauty Essence Magazine, I was truly touched by her story. We can all relate in some sense or another, be it race, age, gender, culture, sexual orientation and etc. Lupita winning this Oscar not only set an example for so many people, but motivated and inspired us in return.
Many of you have been asking me to post my favorite products of 2013, so here it is (a bit late, as usual)! There was many wonderful products I came across; but I will list the products that I could not do without last year! Here they are, not in any particular order:
1. Stila "In the Know" Eyeshadow Palette - This palette is the Holy Grail of natural matte palettes. The texture is amazingly smooth, packs on well and the color selection is amaze! You have the pink nudes, beige nudes, greys and browns. I don't know what else to say about this except that its, simply perfect. Worth every $.
2. The Beauty Blender - As you all know, I have been obsessed with this sponge for a while now. There are many similar sponges from different brands which are also great, but again, The Beauty Blender? Holy Grail. (Make sure to dampen the sponge and get it as puffy as you can, then soak it out before you use it!) If you use this product dry or just "wet", you will not get the intended results and you will hate it. If used correctly, your foundation will look airbrushed and will blend contours and highlights perfectly.
3. Anastasia Contour Kit - Obviously on my Top 10! This contour palette was one hot cookie and its no wonder. It has a perfect shade collection all in one kit. The yellow tone can be used as your "banana" powder, you have a pink shade highlighter and a shimmer highlighter. You also have various shades of contour colors/bronzing for any skin type. It is also great to use summer/winter when your skin tone changes. In addition, I am super excited and proud to see my girl Tamana (@DressYourFace)representing Anastasia! You go girl.
4. Vera Mona "Color Switch" - I call this magic. I use so many disposable towels when working with clients to take off the color from my brush to dip into a different color (otherwise I use 80 brushes). This sponge takes off all the color in 3-4 swipes and you will be ready to dip the same brush into any color without the last color transferring off. Pretty genius if you ask me!
5. Anastasia Brow Wiz - I absolutely love this automatic brow pencil. The precision I get with it is like no other. The consistency is just right. Dry enough to avoid crayon like finish and soft enough for a smooth transition. In addition, she has a color to match every hair color/skin tone perfectly. She just came out with Auburn and Granite, so make sure you get the color that's right for you.
6. Elaina Badro "Bent Eyeliner" Brush - This brush is amazing! I have always used straight pointed brushes and just looking at this brush scared me. But I finally decided to give it a try one day and I absolutely love it! It basically lines your eyeliner for you. This is especially perfect if you are using it on yourself because that curve helps avoid your lashes getting in the way. The rest of her line is amazing too, check her out at www.ElainaBadro.com
7. Sigma Precision Brush Set - When working on clients (or myself), I always start with the eyes and then finish the face. This brush set is perfect because it allows me to clean off the smudge and unevenness underneath the eyes without making a mess. The brushes are made of Sigmax fibers which allow you to use them when creams liquids or powders and this brush set in particular mimics your fingertips so you can get to hard to reach places like the sides of your nose next to your tear ducts. Thumbs up from me!
8. MAC ProLongwear Concealer - I have tried SO many concealers in my years, but the concealer of the decade goes to MAC. Seriously, coverage (check), consistency (check), lasting effect (check), color selection (check), most importantly, it does NOT crease! You can control how heavy you want to use it but layering, as with any product, is the key!
9. Belletto Airbrush - I have been using this on my brides and the finish does not compare to anything else. It is water based and water resistant and any skin type can use it. The coverage is amazing; but it still looks like skin! It is perfect if you want your makeup to last the ENTIRE day (and night). *You can use coupon code "lovelilit" for a great discount*
10. MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish - I absolutely love the skinfinish highlighting powders! I haven't found anything similar from any other brand that delivers as well as these do. Unfortunately, most are seasonal, so as soon as it comes out, make sure you get your hands on them! They add a high shine without much glitter and it actually makes it look like your skin is glowing without it looking like too much product. I can keep repeating, LOVE!
If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see that I post many how-to vids. Although its only 15 seconds, I hope this is effective learning for you! I plan to do more YouTube videos but...that's just so much work lol. Hopefully soon enough I can create some time to do those for you. For now, instagram is quick and easy! For those of you asking about the video apps and music, I used Splice to make my tutorials. In this video, I have created the reverse cut-crease technique using the Elaina Badro bent eyeliner brush. This brush changed my life! Not really lol but it does make my liners so much easier and clean! I have been using her brushes for 2 months now and absolutely love it! Wanted to share that she will be having her special on her brushes for a few more days! Originally $113.00, you can get the essential brush set for $85, so take advantage of it! Hope you guys liked this look, it was definitely one of my favs. <3
The most common request I get from clients! Contouring is not as complicated as it may sound. We hear "contour" we think of painting the face black and white. That is not necessarily the case. Although we can contour in black and white (literally) for photoshoots or even events, you do not have to contour so extremely on a regular basis. There is many levels of highlight and contour which depends on how light or how dark you shade compared to your skin tone. Rule of thumb is to go two shades light and two shades dark (be it liquid, cream or powder); but you can also change it up just one level for light contouring or 3-4 shades for extreme. In Scott Barnes words, "Light adds to, Dark takes away from". You highlight areas you want/need to stand out and darken/contour areas you want to take away attention from. In this video in particular, I have used the Chanel Creme Bronzer in Soleil Tan using the Sigma Precision Angled Brush (P84) from the Synthetic Precision Kit which helps with blending cream colors perfectly! Here, I am showing you how to straighten/thin-out the nose using the light contouring technique. The lighting isn't too great as I am working on the client and trying to video at the same time lol, but hope it does justice! Always layer your products to protect yourself from going overboard off the bat! Hope this helps. I will try and post more videos like this to hopefully help you out. I feel like CONTOUR is IT right now but so many people are doing it incorrectly which takes away from the whole concept. If you would like to learn more about this and more, you are more than welcome to join my one day seminar or my 3 week course (to learn professionally). For more info on the classes, please log onto www.LilitsMakeupStudio.com or email us at LilitsMakeupStudio@gmail.com for registration.
(You can purchase the Sigma blending brush here )
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Speaking of IMATS (since my last post)... I haven't had time to share my weekend with you all. IMATS 2014 was crazy! There was so many people there was no room to move. This year, the tickets were sold out almost 3 weeks before the weekend. But I have to say, it was a really great show. Every year, these vendors totally outdo themselves. It's becoming more and more creative as the years go on. The displays! So pretty. But most importantly, lets talk about the goodies! Dose of Colors (created by MakeUpbyAnna) had her booth POPPIN' this year! If you haven't seen her products yet, you gotta check out her amazing lip collection at www.DoseOfColors.com. Right next to her was Anastasia of Beverly Hills and at no surprise, she had a super long line the entire weekend! Besides her amazing contour palette that was being sold at her booth, they were doing free eyebrows! They are the queens of eyebrows and totally worth the wait, if you ask me! Another booth that always excites me was SugarPill; their setup and their employees are always at its creative peak! Sugarpill eyeshadows are super pigmented and super bright (and they actually pack on and blend very nicely unlike other "bright" disappointing colors). NYX cosmetics was huge this year! They had so many colors and so many products, you needed to dedicate at least an hour to them lol. Love their products and they are super afforable and great quality! Usually...quality and affordability do not go hand in hand. I was so excited to see Velour lashes right next to my booth! I have been using their mink lashes for almost 2 years now and nothing compares! (and I love the girls, they're the sweetest!) My booth in particular was made to imitate my actual studio in Sherman Oaks, all thanks to my talented dad! He custom makes metal durable vanities for anyone interested, you can email me. I put a nice white flooring set up by CMC events and a back drop by AAA Prints to imitate the "red carpet" effect. In addition, Cotton Candy Cart donated 250 jars of cotton candy with my logo on it. It was so adorable! It surely was stressful, overwhelming and hectic but all worth it! My leg swell up the first day (don't know why); but I had to be on me feet for another 2 days with one super fat leg :( But what can you do...the show must go on! hehe. Besides the vendors, I was super excited to meet all my fans that came by my booth! If you came by to say hello or to watch my demos, thank you! I really hope you ladies enjoyed it! I also got to see my fellow amazing makeup artists which is always a pleasure. We all support each other and help each other in the industry and I can't express enough how happy this makes me. I have attached some photos from the weekend for your enjoyment!
So at IMATS this year, I was able to get away from my booth every now and then for a scavenger hunt! lol...looking for products & brands that I am not familiar with or the "exclusive" IMATS items presold at the show. One of the products I came across was Kevin Aucoin at the Nigel's Beauty Emporium counter. I previously have used his Skin Enhancers and I really really loved those as concealers. But "liquid airbrush" really caught my attention and I loved it the second I felt it on my hand. So I decided to wear it the next two days at the show. I can't tell you how many compliments I got. This foundation is so amazing! Although I am oily the "semi-satin" finish did not turn me into a mirror. The foundation stayed in place all day and my face was glowing. The product glides on very smoothly and is super blendable (so important!). Best part, as makeup artists, we got 40% off the entire brand at the Nigels, woohoo! However, Bloomingdales and a few other big department stores carry it as well. It resales at about $45 for a .68 oz. I also learned that this foundation has soy, which is very good for skin elasticity. How awesome is that? It gets a super thumbs up from me! My sisters and friends all use it now and we are obsessed! So I bought a bunch of colors for my kit to use on clients :)
I recently met Elaina Badro at an event and quickly learned she is as passionate about makeup as I am. She mentioned that she recently launched her own makeup brushes and I felt her passion and commitment for her babies (as she called them ;) As a makeup artist, she has worked with many brushes in her career and was able to pinpoint the styles of brushes that are most needed and the quality they needed in order to achieve the "flawless face". I absolutely love her brushes and have been using them for a few months now. The quality is great and the price is reasonable! Some of the greatest makeup artists in the industry are even using them! I am so proud to see a young girl pursuing her career beyond the norm of a "makeup artist". When you work for yourself, you can get comfortable in your zone, but if you have enough ambition, you can strive and achieve your dreams without a boss! Great job Elaina, you are an inspiration! If you are interested in her brushes, you can get them from her website: www.ElainaBadro.com
GIVENCHY Fluid Foundation Airy-Light Mat Radiance SPF 20. My current favorite foundation. I know I'm always changing foundations; but its a must as a makeup artist to have as much knowledge about products as possible. Reasons being: new products coming out, texture changes (winter vs. summer), color changes, more coverage vs. less coverage, etc. So, I am a little guinea pig for you. FYI, I will never post "I HATE this foundation" only because what doesn't work for me doesn't necessarily mean it won't work for you and vice verse. Moving on, THIS foundation, I absolutely love. It is the only foundation I have found that is MAT+Radiance! Usually, I stay away from radiance/glow foundations because I have combination skin (dry face+oily t-zone). I also stay away from super mat foundations because it feels like cake and I can't move my face! But, Givenchy has somehow come up with a formula to satisfy us complicated women...a "radiant matte finish". It goes on very smooth, but dries and stays in place. It has a slight glow to brighten up your face without making you look oily. FINALLY, we (complicated women) can now have glowy skin too! yay! This doesn't mean that you "normal" to "dry" women can't use this as well. My sister and I are a perfect example of this text. She has dry skin and even she fell in love with this product! This product is medium coverage and costs $51, exclusively sold at Sephora. If you would like to go the extra step, try setting it in with GIVENCHY Teint Couture Long-Wearing Compact Foundation. Setting it in with this powder gives it a very smooth and velvety finish. I do not recommend this product if you have SUPER oily (all over) and acne-prone as you want to stick with matte foundations that don't reflect light on any of your acne. For use: take a pump of it on your palette (or palm) and use a foundation brush to apply it and use your beauty blender to blend it out. OR what I sometimes do for sheer coverage is spread and blend it with my fingers. I Love Love Love this combo! If your foundation is coming to an end, try this baby out and see how you like it.