Thursday, August 3, 2017

Outfit Obsession

I recently found a store in Covina called Mutual Attractions they have the best clothing selection. I had an opportunity to get to know the owner Ashley and find out her story. She was obsessed with fashion from a very young age, she remembers shopping at all the local fashion boutiques when she was growing up. She always dreamed of opening her own store front. Today she is located in Covina with a really large store front location. When I walked in I was so impressed with how cute the store was put together. It doesn't look like your average clothing store. You can tell they really put in alot of thought to design the space.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Makeup Artist Trade Shows for 2016

October 1-2nd 2016

January 15-17th, 2016
January 13-15th, 2017

April 8-10th, 2016

June 3-5th, 2016

July 16-17th 2016

November 19-20th, 2016

March 19-20th, 2016

May 1-2nd, 2016

June 18-19th, 2016

September 24-25th, 2016

November 12-13th, 2016

January 16-17th, 2017

June 4th-5th, 2016

June 25-27th, 2016

March 6-8th, 2016

March 18-21st, 2016

July 24-26th, 2016
November 16-18th, 2016

June 14-16th, 2016

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Makeup Artist Workshop by Candace Corey

Description: This 3 day hands-on class is taught by makeup artist Candace Corey, to show you makeup and business techniques needed to work as a professional makeup artist for print, events and TV.

Candace is a working makeup artist. Her work has been in various media including Access Hollywood, MTV, Olympics, NFL Draft, Rolling Stones magazine, Glamour magazine as well as concerts for Carly Rae Jepsen and Becky G.

To sign up:

(payment plans available)

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Artist Summit 2015

Provincetown, MA from October 4 - 7, 2015

The Artist Summit is three day artist program for those in the professional makeup and beauty industries. The event will be held in Provincetown, MA from October 4 - 7, 2015 when two hundred of the most driven, focused and committed professionals in the business of beauty will come together for three days of insightful and inspiring discussion about artistry, career and industry at The Artist Summit 2015!
Produced by The Powder Group and hosted by Michael DeVellis and James Vincent, The Artist Summit will bring the pro community together in a way that no other makeup event has before. Designed to redefine and deepen the foundations of your business, strengthen your expectations and aspirations, and inspire you to create your most successful career imaginable - The Artist Summit will move you and your business forward.
The three-day event will consist of an ongoing series of one-of-a-kind seminars and talks that will include all new programs, exclusive to The Artist Summit presented by more than a dozen industry leaders including Albert Sanchez, Alee Cao, Chad Hayduk, Charlie Wan, Dani Fonseca, Eugenia Weston, Eve Pearl, James Vincent, Leslie Christin, Michael DeVellis, Pedro Zalba, Roque Cozzette, Stephanie Flor, and William Edge.
Two supplementary days of hands-on workshops will be held on October 8 - 9. These optional sessions are at additional fee and open exclusively to The Artist Summit attendees. For complete event details, presenter bios and event purchase information please visit, or contact us at 212.627.7447.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Makeup Artist Workshop by Candace Corey

The Makeup Artist Workshop by Candace Corey!

Location: Dallas, Texas

Dates: October 22 - 24, 2015

Description: This 3 day hands-on class is taught by makeup artist Candace Corey, to show you makeup and business techniques needed to work as a professional makeup artist for print, events and TV.

Candace is a working makeup artist. Her work has been in various media including Access Hollywood, MTV, Olympics, NFL Draft, Rolling Stones magazine, Glamour magazine as well as concerts for Carly Rae Jepsen and Becky G.

To sign up:

(payment plans available)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Google+ Communities for Beauty

Google+ is often overlooked as a social media platform, but it's awesome to promote your website or blog. It's also Google's attempt at social media so it helps you with SEO and coming up higher on the Google Search Engine.

Amateur Makeup Artists and Lovers

Beauty (Group 2)
Beauty (Group 3)
Beauty UK
Beauty/Fashion Bloggers
Beauty Bloggers
Beauty Bloggers (Group 2)
Beauty Bloggers Forum
Beauty, Fashion, Health and Fitness
Beautiful Makeup
Beauty Gurus
Beauty Talk

Beauty Tips
Beauty Tips (Group 2)
Beauty & Health

Beauty and Fashion
Beauty and Fashion (Group 2)

Beauty and Lifestyle with Lena Semaan
Beauty and Makeup
Beauty and Makeup (Group 2)

Beauty and Styles
Beauty for Women
Black Fashion and Beauty
Budget Beauty's
Cosmetics and Beauty Products

Daniela Irimiea Make-up Artist
Fashion and Beauty
Fashion and Beauty Makeup Bloggers/Lovers
Fashion Beauty MakeupFashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Bloggers
Fashion, Makeup, and a Double Latte! 

Health & Beauty Bloggers
International Beauty Movement

JamesC Makeup Designer
Korean Makeup
Lifestyle Bloggers
Make-up Blogs
Make-up, Nails, and Hair

Makeup (Group 2)
Makeup (Group 3)
Make up lover unite.
Makeup and Beauty

Makeup and Beauty Community
Makeup in Motion
Makeup Artist Melbourne

Makeup Fashion and Beauty
Makeup Geeks
Makeup Lovers
Makeup Lovers (Group 2)
Makeup Opportunity
Makeup, Skincare, and Hair Blogs

Makeup Tutorials
Moda G+
Passion Glam 2015
Promote Your Blog

Skin Care
Skin Care (Group 2)
Skin Care (Group 3)
Skin & Beauty
Skin & Hair Care
Skin Care and Beauty
Smart Makeup Artist

Youtube Beauty Guru

Friday, June 12, 2015

How Do I Start Doing Makeup?

This is probably the question I get asked the most and the reason I started this blog to begin with. How do I start doing makeup without having any training? Makeup can be intimidating when your first starting off especially when the only face you've done makeup on is your own. So where do you begin?

The first place to start practicing is on yourself. This is the one place you can really feel safe to practice, try out new things, and master basic skills. Learn how to blend eye shadow, how to add eye liner (wing eyeliner if your feeling confident), how to apply liquid foundation, how to apply cream foundation, how to add blush, how to conceal pimples and under eyes. Every time you try something new, lay out all the tools and makeup you used to create the look. Snap a picture of your supplies and a selfie, even it it's not great. This is for your own private portfolio, so that you can self critique your learning process. If you are able to, write down all the steps you took and how you liked each product and why. They say the best way to master something is by teaching it, so even if it's just written it will help you understand your application much better.

The next place is family and friends. We all have people that love and support us, this should be a place we feel safe and supported. Don't go apply makeup on the debbie downer friend or a jealous family member. Share your dreams with people that will help keep your dreams afloat. When I started playing with makeup around 17 or so I would make my own clothes and make my little sister "model" for me. This was perfect because she was my little sister she would never say no, what 12 year old isn't going to enjoy dressing up and getting her face painted? So I began practicing on her over and over, quickly realizing how different our face shapes and features were. To this day she is the most difficult winged eyeliner I have ever mastered. I can always do it on the right eye and the left eye just causes me so many problems which I would have never known if I didn't try.

Which brings me to my next point, don't ignore women that are older, overweight, have acne, or are a race your not used to applying makeup on. This is where you will really test your skills as a makeup artist. Dive into it head first! Your grandma came to visit? Cool give her a make over. We all want pictures of makeup on flawless, young, model type skin so we can show off our work but that skin isn't hard to mess up. It's easy to make someone flawless look at least decent, but if you can make grandma look 10 years younger, or someone with a birth mark on their face feel confident about going to a HS reunion, or the senior who went through HS with acne feel beautiful when she goes to prom, that to me is a talented makeup artist.

As far as having a makeup kit be patient, it can take time to build up. When I started I bought a tool box at Wal-mart, when I started actually using it and doing makeup on people I invested in a hard shell makeup case. Eventually I moved onto a fabric nylon makeup case with drawers. Almost 7 years after purchasing my tool box I finally invested in a Zuca Pro and their artist backpack.

Friday, June 5, 2015

My Favorite Makeup Books

I completely consider myself a book worm, I grew up in a family that loves to read and often book swaps. So it makes sense that one of my favorite tools to learn makeup, technique, and more is makeup books. Here are my favorite ones:

My all time favorite makeup book is The Professional Makeup Artist: Motion Picture, Television, Print, Theatre by Joe Blasco and Vincent J-R Kehoe. This book is my favorite because of the knowledge and information that is available, I call it my makeup bible. It was written by two founding fathers of makeup, if you don't know who Joe and Vincent are Google them. You won't believe all the things they have accomplished in their careers and how much  they have influenced the industry. This is also the book that is used at the Joe Blasco Makeup Training Center which can cost thousands of dollars. This book outlines everything from color theory, makeup application, kit supplies, history and more. So to spend under $100 and get at least some of the information that is shared for this course is such a bargain!

Kevyn Aucoin books are a must have for any beauty lover, especially a makeup artist. He is the reason I became a makeup artist and what opened my eyes to the possibility of becoming a makeup artist despite any adversity I faced. His books share techniques, explanations for tools and products, as well as my favorite makeovers from celebrities to everyday women. His knowledge and inspiration still stand true years later. Again another person to add to your Google list.

The luxury of Nars cosmetics is brought to book form in Makeup Your Mind Express Yourself by Francois Nars. I love the variety of races in this book and the mixture of  men as well. Being able to clearly see the before and afters will inspire you to play with your makeup and see what you can accomplish.

Scott Barnes, creator of the infamous J.Lo glow, has been notorious for working with some of the most legendary women of our time.

Iman is one of the most iconic super models, business women, and cosmetic empire. She created one of the first makeup books dedicated to addressing concerns for makeup across all skin tones featuring Salma Hayek, Tyra Banks, Eva Mendes, Venus and Serena.

Jemma Kidd Make-up Masterclass: Beauty Bible of Professional Techniques and Wearable Looks in her step by step guide Jemma really breaks down beauty looks into simple steps anyone can recreate. She also has Make-Up Secrets: Solutions to Every Woman's Beauty Issues and Make-Up Dilemmas.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual, B.B. Living Beauty, B.B. Beauty: The Ultimate Beauty Resource Book
by Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown books are good to pick up at the library or buy used online they are good books for MUA's that are starting out. She goes over color theory and has really great photography in all her books.