Posts tagged ‘Makeup Artistry’

July 23, 2010

Making Faces: A Step by Step Guide to Selecting the Right Makeup for a Flawless Face

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™

kareena kapoorFinding the right products for your makeup needs is essential to creating the perfect face. Here are a few step by step instructions on what you need to look for in order to crate your perfect face.


~Elegance Makeup

STEP 1:        UNCOVER YOUR PERFECT MATCH

UNDERTONE – Your undertone is your skin’s underlying

Color. Simply look at the inside of your wrist in natural light

& you will either see a yellowish, redish, greenish or blueish

hue.

HUE – Perform swatch tests on your skin by lightly apply small streaks of

foundation shades to one side of your face – ranging from your

undertone to skin color. Observing the differences in natural light, the

color that blends closest to your skin is your hue.

STEP 2:        CONCEALER BASE

TUBE – Cream texture & offer medium coverage.

POT – Cream in texture & best for dark marks & under-eye circles.

STICK – Usually come in a lip-stick like packaging & can be directly applied

for sheer to medium coverage. Apply to under-eye areas using a

concealer brush or finger. Do not drag.

WAND – Gives semi-sheer coverage & can be applied directly to the skin

blended with brush or sponge.

STEP 3:        FOUNDATION

TINTED MOUISTURIZERS – Great for a clean fresh no-makeup look & add

natural radiance for a natural skin glow.

Choose one with SPF 15 or higher.

LIQUID – Best for a natural look. Easy to apply & not easily visible. Use Oil-based formulas dry to normal skin & water-based oily skin.

CREAM – Offer super coverage, but you must be able to blend well to avoid a

“mask-like” & heavy appearance. Gradually apply with a sponge, working into the skin for a natural look.

STICK – Great for hyperpigmentation, scars and discoloration. Smooth in

texture, easy to blend & come in medium to full coverage.

Also great at producing double duty as a concealer & foundation

coverage.

CREAM to POWDER – Glides on like a cream & dries like a power. Great matte finish & add moderate coverage.

Asian FacesSTEP 4:        POWDER FINISH

PRESSED – Compact in form & concentrated. Used to smooth skin appearance upon finish or provide matte finish over oily shine.

LOOSE – Lighter in texture & leaves natural finish. Apply with large brush &

dust over face in light strokes.

STEP 5:        CHEERFUL CHEEKS

POWDER – Long lasting & color intense. Gradually apply using professional

blush brush until accenting color is achieved. Remember, less is

more.

STICK – Dab lightly on cheeks & blend with foundation brush.

CREME – Best for drier skin. Adds natural glow & great for eye or lip color.

GEL – Lightweight & gives sheer hint of color to cheeks. Gel-based blushes

will evaporate over time because they are water based, so you will need

to reapply during the day.

BONUS:    GLOWING DEFINITION

BRONZER – Gives a natural healthy glow & can be used in place of foundation.

Select a shade slightly deeper than your skin color.

HIGHLIGHTER – Require more precise application than bronzers & are used to

accentuate areas such as the cheekbones, jawbone, and brow

arch & bridge of your nose.

About the Author:

For over 14 years, Chicago native Uhuru Freeman has been a face of many artistic and creative ventures such as dancer, singer, competitive beauty model & more.  Currently, this face and founder of Elegance Makeup has made it her mission to not only beautify others from the inside outside, but to encourage and teach beauty from within. Visit Elegance Makeup at www.enchanted-elegance.com for more information or to book your very own elegant experience.

May 28, 2010

Tricks of the Trade: Celebrity Makeup Techniques to Achieve Stardom At Home

by Elegance Makeup: Looks By Uhuru

Ever wondered how some celebrities achieve that ‘perfect face,’ flawless glow or natural looking high cheek bones when they walk the red carpet? What’s the secret? Highlighting and contouring! Although it takes some practice to master, it creates a sense of balance and adds definition. Here’s how to achieve that perfectly defined look at home.

Uhuru – Elegance Makeup

Contouring

HIGHLIGHTING & CONTOURINGmonique-golden-globes

To highlight & contouring is to utilize shades lighter & darker than your skin color to sculpt, change & even alter the appearance of your features. It creates the illusion of fuller or narrowed features. Professionals like to utilize contouring for film or photography effect. Lighter contouring during the day & intensify slightly for evening. Always remember to apply regular foundation before contouring makeup.

HIGHLIGHTING

WHAT YOU NEED: A color that is one to two shades lighter than your foundation.

A shimmery white or beige eye shadow or a lighter foundation

works fine.

WHERE:

* Front of the forehead
* Along the bridge of your nose
* Right above your cheeks
* Inner corner of your eyes
* Brow bone
* Center of your chin
* Lips

CONTOURING

WHAT YOU NEED: A color that is one to two shades darker than your foundation.

Brown eye shadow, bronzer or a darker foundation works fine.

WHERE:
* Under your cheekbones
* Along both sides of your nose
* Bottom of your chin
* Jaw line
* Creases of your eyes
* Temples

Contouring the Nose: For a slimmer nose, apply the darker contour shade along the sides of your nose & the lighter highlighting shade down the center of your nose. With a finger or fine brush, blend until there is no visible separation.

Contouring the Cheekbones: Apply the lighter highlighting foundation to the top of your cheekbones & the darker contouring foundation just under the bone. Blend well, then with a light blush brush, apply blush to the mound of the cheekbone & along the hairline. Blend well. The resulting appearance should look subtle, yet uniform & not that of stripey cheeks.

Contouring the Chin: Apply and blend the highlighter foundation along to the center of the chin, directly under the center of the lip. To soften the appearance of a double chin, apply your deeper contour shade just underneath and along the chin & jaw line and blend down, towards your neck to your shirt line to avoid a “mask” look.

Contouring the Forehead: Lightly apply the darker contour shade to each temple of the forehead, blend upward along the hairline. Apply the lighter highlighting foundation along the forefront of the forehead and blend upward along the hairline well. This will create a shadow effect causing the head to look more rounded.

Contouring the Eyes: For droopy eyelids or puffy eyes, use neutrals to create a natural smokey eye by apply the darker shade all over the lid & blending. Use the lighter shade – such as a gold or butternut – along the brow bone & blend. When complete, your eyes should have a natural uplifted appearance. Add a few coats of volumizing mascara to the top lashed & you’re done.

About the Author:

For over 14 years, Chicago native Uhuru Freeman has been a face of many artistic and creative ventures such as dancer, singer, competitive beauty model & more.  Currently, this face and founder of Elegance Makeup has made it her mission to not only beautify others from the inside outside, but to encourage and teach beauty from within. Visit Elegance Makeup at www.enchanted-elegance.com for more information or to book your very own elegant experience.


April 19, 2010

Positively Plus Profile: Tracy Smith of Confident Allure

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™

Tracy Smith

Tracy Smith of Confident Allure

Positively Plus features the men and women of the curvy community doing something to better the lives of others. Anyone is eligible for a feature. All that is required is a desire to uplift the community in which you live. Please provide the information below to be considered via the contact page:

Name | Business Name (if applicable) | Location (City/State/Province) | Contact # (Optional) | Primary Business Email Address | Your Background/Why You Started Your Business | Product/Service Offering (if applicable) | How are you/will you be of service to the community | A Brief Bio – Please Limit to 300 Words | 1 Full Body Image

This week, TVP is proud to present Tracy Smith of Confident Allure!

Tracy the Individual

Formerly a Scottsdale, Arizona native, Tracy is now a resident of Kettering Ohio. She began her career as a makeup artist working for M.A.C. Cosmetics, initially as a part time artist but eventually working her way up to a management position. She has two wonderful children: an 18 year old son and a 13 year old daughter. When asked what being a makeup designer means to her she says, “Makeup artistry is a life sentence for me that I am willing to serve”. Her motto is to keep God first, stay positive and to laugh as much as she can daily.

Tracy the Professional

For 14 years Tracy has been a makeup designer and she considers it a blessing to be able to love what she does and do what she loves. She is the proud owner of Confident Allure, a full service makeup artistry business specializing in Bridal, Film, Commercial, Theatrical, Professional Ballroom Dancers, Teen Dance Team and Pageants. My freelance work has appeared in ads for Proctor and Gamble, Cincinnati Wedding, Arizona Wedding Magazine, Today’s Arizona Women, Tony and Guy, A Diamond is Forever Campaigns, Hugo Boss, Macy’s, Dillard’s and Dayton Daily News. She’s just completed an assignment as lead makeup artist for an independent film, entitled Grandma’s Hands.

Before becoming a makeup designer, Tracy was a hairstylist for twelve years before becoming a licensed cosmetologist; she is currently a licensed Esthetician and offers instructional makeup seminars and workshops. “I’m often asked, what’s the difference between a makeup artist and a makeup designer?” She explains: “Makeup designing involves blueprinting makeup specifically to an individual’s features and personality, makeup artistry focuses instead of trends”.

Complimenting her artistic flair as a makeup designer, Tracy is also a voluptuous model and voice over talent. “I prefer the term voluptuous because it represents the essence of my full figure. In my opinion, the word “plus” doesn’t represent the chic, elegance and sophistication that full figure women all over the word deserve.”, says Tracy

Tracy the Philanthropist

Working with teens is a big part of how Tracy encourages and inspires others. She volunteers her energy and time to both the award winning Chenaulte Dance Team and Studio and to Stivers School for the Arts.

Find out more about Tracy and Confident Allure by clicking the links below.

Confident Allure | Model Mayhem | Facebook | Email

March 29, 2010

Positively Plus Profile: Sonya Tisdel

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™

Sonya Tisdel

Phenomenal Makeup Artist Sonya Tisdel

Positively Plus features the men and women of the curvy community doing something to better the lives of others. Anyone is eligible for a feature. All that is required is a desire to uplift the community in which you live. Please provide the information below to be considered via the contact page:

Name | Business Name (if applicable) | Location (City/State/Province) | Contact # (Optional) | Primary Business Email Address | Your Background/Why You Started Your Business | Product/Service Offering (if applicable) | How are you/will you be of service to the community | A Brief Bio – Please Limit to 300 Words

This week, TVP is proud to present Sonya Tisdel!

Sonya is a former Los Angeles, now Chicago-based, makeup artist specializing in both bridal and commercial applications and is known for her creative flair and love of color. Having a background in art and fashion Sonya developed a natural affinity for applying make and fell in love with the transformation that it allows. Although she has been doing makeup since the age of 13 (using her mom as a guinea pig so that she could perfect her craft), her professional career began at age 17. Sonya also performs light hair styling for her growing Chicago clientele.

Each year Sonya gives back to the community by donating her services to six high school junior and senior girls that would be unable to afford a makeup artist for events such as prom or senior picture day. Additionally, she contributes her time at Dress for Success which provides professional attire and support for women.

To find out more about Sonya Tisdel please click on the links below.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Email

For all you blushing brides-to-be you can check out Sonya’s work at The Bridal Studio!

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