Ladies, if it’s a must to wear concealer under your eyes, to conceal darkness, or to brighten , then an eye cream or eye serum, or both, to prep the eye is a MUST! Because of the purpose of concealers (to cover), some are naturally heavier in coverage and have more opaque pigment. Some full coverage concealers are even drier in texture. So if your eye area is not moisturized before you apply your favorite full coverage concealer, you might end up with pronounced fine lines and texture under your eyes. To reduce the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and texture under the eyes, I recommend you apply a serum and eye cream before you apply your concealer, especially for the ladies that love a full coverage concealer. The goal is to hydrate and treat the eye area before you conceal. A luminous and well hydrated eye area gives the appearance of a healthy and younger eye. Who doesn’t want to look young? Get an eye serum and eye cream….please!
Last week I had the pleasure of being the Key Make-up Artist for a Victorian photo shoot. I was so excited I could hardly sleep the night before. The photographer that requested me for the photo shoot was an old friend, Photographer, Monica Marrow. Monica didn’t start out as a friend, I met her years ago in Atlanta, GA, and she was the first photographer that took professional pictures for my make-up portfolio. Fast forward about 10 years now, we are doing a Victorian photo shoot, in Westchester NY where we now both live (what a coincidence?). All models were hand picked by Monica, all wardrobe created and designed by Monica, the setting of the photo shoot an Asian Garden. I arrived at the shoot ready to do Make-up and I had an adrenaline rush, when I saw the wardrobe. It was a collection of stunning, one of a kind pieces. I couldn’t believe that this photographer, Monica, was not only a talented photographer, but a fashion designer and director with a keen eye. I was in awe all day and felt privileged to work with such a Jill of all trades. Below I have posted some snapshots of the day. I will update when I get the official photos from Monica. Hopefully theses snapshots will inspire your creative juices to flow. “We have the power to create” SEE, #lovethylipstick #lovemylife #makeismyart #monicmarrow
I love a great story and the new Nail Lacquer line, from Smith & Cult has a great story! Beautiful colors, beautiful packaging- but a dented top, which represents life experiences. This nail lacquer collection is a must have, a collectors item, super addictive, once you purchase one you’ll want to purchase another. Oh and the best part, each nail lacquer is named after a diary entry, so it’s personal, raw, and I love it! Did I say that this product is healthy also? “The 5-Free formula (formulated without Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene and Camphor), provides the customer with a nontoxic, colorful, long-lasting nail lacquer experience.”
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Fall 2015 presents deep, rich pigmented colors at it’s finest! Some old, some new but all full of color. What will your fall color palette look like? According to Pantone, the 2015 color of the year is …..Marsala. What color is Marsala? In my opinion, Marsala is a special cocktail of burnt orange, bronze and a hit of cranberry. It represents both warmth and strength at the same time. This fall the reports predict lots of marsala, bordeaux, chocolate brown, eggplant, the traditional red/ wine lip color and winged out eye liner. A girl has a menu of options to choose from. So I ask again, what will your fall palette look like? Check out the make-up and color inspiration below:
13 Beautiful Ladies became Beauty EYEcon’s yesterday!! So….What’s a Beauty Eyecon? Anyone that has been given the tools and hands on training to produce a flawless eye shadow application. Yesterday, I, Shawna Elizabeth, had but another ah ha moment. I had the honor of being the Facilitator of Beauty EYEcon and watched as 13 stunning ladies transformed themselves right in front of me. They learned basic eye shadow application techniques, received beauty tips and tricks, then their skills were tested in the hands on segment of the class. All ladies left looking gorgeous ( some even added lashes)! #sograteful #lovethylipstick #lovinglifeandredlipstick #empoweringwomen #beautyeyecon #dreamsdocometrue
I was so blessed to be given the opportunity to be apart of Oprah’s “The Life You Want Weekend”. Although this was a working weekend for me, and I could not experience hearing her nuggets of wisdom, I was proud to be apart of the whole renewal experience for women. I was contracted to be a Make-up Artist for Covergirl, in Oprah’s Village, called “O Town”. As one of 6 Make-up Artists, our goal was to add to the renewal experience by introducing beautiful women to the Covergirl brand, give a renewed make over, and offer makeup tips and recommendations. I noticed 90% of the women I had the pleasure of making pretty wanted a NEW and RADIANT look. I received very few requests for a natural look. I had many requests for Smoky Eyes, and we had women that gave us the permission to do whatever we wanted artistically…. “have your way with me”. I was happy and thrilled to witness so many empowered women, committed to renewing their lives, and being present at the very beginning of their commitment. I experienced all smiles, huge hugs and teary eyes (even though it threatened the perfect smoky eyes I created), as they shared with me Oprah’s messages. I was so happy to hear so many different point views from one consistent message of Renewal.
The makeup applications these women received had to match this renewed sense of beauty they felt. Their skin had to be flawless and glow to match the light that was on internally (used Covergirl, Trublend). Their eyes and lips were well defined and popped to show their found renewed spirit and confidence ( used products from the Covergirl Queen Collection) and most of my make-up applications ended with a WOW, a huge and then a diva pose for the camera, ( I call a “Hello Darling Moment”). I must say…I love my job!*Celebrities graced us with their presence and support in O Town, (Gayle Oprah’s BFF, Jasmine Guy, etc. too many to name) but when Oprah’s heels hit the floors of “O Town”, all you heard were screams, screams of admiration, screams of people realizing that she is right in front of you. I wanted to also scream, but because of the professional make-up Artist I am (LOL), I acknowledged her presence with the biggest smile my face could handle, LOL. Oprah was fully guarded by security at all times (because of the people that couldn’t control themselves), but still very personal. All I could say throughout the day, was Thank You Lord for this opportunity!
Although I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of the women that I beautified, I was allowed to capture some of this inspiration (please enjoy below).
For the next two days, I will be an Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Cover Girl, Make-up Artist, for OPRAH’s the LIFE YOU WANT WEEKEND in Atlanta!!!!! Super Excited, just left the final meeting and they asked us not to take pictures, hopefully I will see my BFF’s (in my head) Oprah and Iyanla tomorrow, but I can’t take a picture :((( #supergrateful #superthankful #thankulord #artofgrowth #lifeofamua #lovemyjob #lovethylipstick
Went to a Smashbox seasonal training 2 weeks ago and I fell in love with one particular eye shadow palette, that will launch this fall. Whenever I can get a true, rich burgundy/wine eye shadow I am extra pleased. Not only does it have my favorite wine color eye shadow it has others that scream…. its the fall! This beauty must have is the Cherry Smoke Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette! Its priced at $39, and it’s worth it! Summer is coming to an end FALL-UP!