Hello, Beautiful, and thank you for stopping by! My blog will be geared toward beauty, makeup artistry, product reviews, advice for brides and those looking for a makeup artist, and posts about weddings and events I have worked! Enjoy, and don't forget to leave me a comment! XOXO

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Why You Shouldn't Be Scared of the MUA with the Dark Makeup

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (5460)

Entering into the busyness of wedding season, I get a lot of inquiries from excited brides looking for a makeup artist for their wedding day. Brides always want to see some examples of makeup I have done in the past, and along with showing them images of my past clients, I also let them check out my Instagram that is dedicated to makeup. I started this account as a sort of online portfolio for mostly the practice I do on myself. It has been so much fun keeping this account because it keeps me accountable to create looks often, and it also forces me to try a variety of looks, because my followers on IG don't want to see the same daytime look over and over again. However, one of the most common concerns from brides after they see some of the makeup I do on myself is that I am going to put the same black, smoky eye look on them.

I have heard from other makeup artists who have worked at Mac or Sephora, that customers who come into the store for a makeup application express the same fear. The customer is worried that the artist is going to recreate on them the same hot pink makeup with dramatic lashes that the artist is wearing. While this is a legitimate concern, I am going to tell you why you shouldn't be scared of the makeup artist with the dark makeup :)

First, of all, what a makeup artist has on his or her own face is an example of the work that the artist is capable of, but not an indicator of what they will do on their client. A good makeup artist will ALWAYS listen to their client, and customize the look based on the client's needs. When I work with a bride, she holds a mirror in her hand so that she can weigh-in on the wedding day look that is being created. During a makeup trial, my brides are also given the option of having one look done, or two half looks using both halves of her face so that she can further see and customize how she wants to look on her wedding day. Makeup is something that is unique and individual to each person. What I might like on my own face is completely different than what you might like on yours. Good makeup artists understand this, listen to their client, and create a look based on what the client wants, while offering professional expertise and opinions as needed.

The second reason you shouldnt be scared of the makeup artist with the dark makeup is that the highly pigmented makeup that the MUA is wearing really shows the quality of that artist's makeup application. It's as simple as this: dark makeup will show flaws.When someone has on well-blended, dark eye shadow or a bright red lip with sharp edges, that person's precision, attention to detail, and skills show through. Dark and colorful makeup is tricky. Not everyone knows how to apply this type of makeup in a way that looks good, and when dark makeup is done badly, it shows. Nude makeup doesn't show mistakes as much as dark makeup. So when you see a makeup artist who can make a dark lip or dark eye look good, you can be sure that the makeup artist also knows how to make soft, romantic makeup look well-blended, too!

Last, a makeup artist is just that- an artist, artists love to express creativity, and the most accessible canvas a makeup artist has is his/her own face. However, that doesn't mean that the makeup artist is going to give you the same makeover they've given themselves. A great indicator of what a makeup artist will do for a wedding is pictures of their clients' makeup from past weddings they have done. Most of my brides want makeup more like this for their wedding day:

But one of the beautiful things about makeup is that the possibilities are endless. Some brides want to glow. Some want to look just like their everyday selves. Some want sparkle. Some want to look sexy with dark, smoky eyes. There is not a right or wrong answer. It is all about what look makes each individual bride feel beautiful, confident and bridal on her big day. If the bride feels beautiful, then the makeup artist has done their job!

Meet the Artist

Posted on April 4, 2016 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (1663)

Hello, and welcome to my blog! In addition to being a makeup artist, I am also an English major, so doing a little intro and popping in every once in awhile on here seems like a perfect way to combine my love for beauty and my background in creative writing. For this first entry, I just want to take some time to introduce myself.

Growing up, I always had a love for makeup. I would steal my mom's lipstick and eye shadow and have it all over my face before she could stop me. The blue eye shadow, heavy blush, and red lipstick was my signature look at the time :lol: Thankfully, I've come a long way since then :lol:

Along with being a makeup artist and faithful lover of beauty and makeup, I am now a mother to a beautiful boy and a wife to a handsome man who was my junior high, high school, and college sweetheart :) Before becoming a makeup artist and following my passion for beauty, I was a high school teacher. Once I had my son, I made the decision to stay home with him. When he was around a year old, I decided to put myself out there and start doing makeup for weddings.

I had always been the one who friends and family came to when they needed their makeup done, so I decided it was time to make my passion into something a little more professional. I found so much joy in making my clients feel beautiful and happy on their special day. My clients LOVED their makeup, and I was able to book more events from referrals from every event I would work.  I quickly realized makeup was more than just a hobby or a side-hustle for me and that I wanted to expand my skills and back them up with some education in makeup artistry.

I decided to take a Beauty Makeup Course at London Eyes International Academy of Makeup. In this course, I learned proper sanitation for my products and brushes, color theory, a wide variety of bridal looks, many new techniques for applying makeup, and completed the course with a certificate in Beauty Makeup. And quickly followed that up by getting certified in airbrush makeup, and shortly after that, media makeup, where I learned runway looks, editorial looks, pin-up looks, makeup for black and white photography, makeup for the red carpet and HD, and much more, and became certified in this as well.

Along with working events regularly, I am also now an instuctor at the school where I got certified. It is a true joy passing on my love of makeup with aspiring artists and working with them to expand their knowledge, improve their techniques, and help them pursue their dreams in the field that I love.

It has been so much fun to pursue an education and career in what I am passionate about. I truly believe that my love for what I do makes me a better makeup artist. I am detail-oriented which allows me to do precise looks. I also feel that I am very intentional about listening to my clients and working to give them exactly what they want. Customizing makeup-looks to meet the needs of my clients is very important to me so that they feel the most beautiful and confident for their special event. Whether my bride wants to look natural on her wedding day, or have a dramatic, formal look, I will work to give her the exact look she wants for her special day and offer my professional expertise as needed. I am so thankful to be doing what I love, and I can't wait to see where this journey takes me! :)