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Wedding Makeup: Do’s and Don’t’s

Wedding makeup, Where do we start?

Wedding Makeup is one of my favorite types of makeup, but also one of the most stressful. Now don’t get me wrong, the makeup isn’t the stressful part, the preparation, working in a room filled with best friends, parents, aunts etc. who feel that they know what would look best and time restrain. That is the stressful part.

The psychology:

First thing to remember about wedding makeup is that it’s all about the bride! I hate when people say; oh she was a bridezilla… No, it’s her day and everything needs to be perfect.  Can you really blame someone for getting extra excited? (weather angry, happy or sad.) When it’s (what they feel) the most important day of their life. Think about it, tensions are high as well as emotions, so any little thing can set anyone off. I get it. That is why I remember always to treat my brides and their wedding party with the highest respect and with the most care I can possible give, from the Mother of the bride to the flower girl, (and especial the bride) everyone should feel like they just got pampered. That should be your goal.

 

Preparation:

The easiest  way to be the best wedding makeup artist, is to always be prepared. I teach my students to expect the unexpected. To be prepared you would need basic things like: Doing a makeup trial with the bride and drawing up a face chart with the look and details of all the items used. You’ll need to add to your wedding makeup kit: band aids,  safety pins, bobby pins, hair ties, visine or contact solution, needle and thread, makeup remover, scissors, and extra makeup palettes just in case an unexpected person wants their makeup done differently from the wedding party.

A contract should be drawn up, it’s for their benefit and yours, you can find outlines of contract online and tweak them for every bride.

 

It’s important that your preparation includes a cleaned well maintained kit.  I cannot tell you how many events I’ve been to where  makeup artist aren’t ready. Artist show up with their brushes dirty, their kits a mess, and their eye shadow palettes dusty. This is unacceptable! The bride is paying well for your services, therefore giver her your best.

You’ll need: regular foundation, airbrush foundation in every range or enough colors to mix to custom create new colors. Last but not least Patience. I also suggest to request for the bride to choose the makeup for the bridesmaid, it makes it easier for you and  for a faster application, also it keeps anyone from trying to out shine the bride.

 

Application:

If you did a face chart and have communicated well with your bride, this step should be easy! Most makeup artist tell me that their biggest concern is that the bride won’t like the makeup. This should not be a problem, keep in mind most bride research before they call you, which means, they’ve already seen your talent and called you because they liked your makeup style the best. Be at ease they already think you are amazing, you came prepared, you’ve done a trial and now it’s just application time.

 

How to apply wedding makeup:

  1. Moisturize:

    A well moisturize skin will make any makeup look amazing! Hydration is key. If you are a licensed skin care specialist  advise your client moths in advance on what skin care regiment they should follow. You can double up your profit offering multiple services like: facials, waxing, and even spray tanning.

  2. Primer:

    A great primer will keep the makeup looking fresh all day. There are tons of primers in the market; from primers that help with the appearance of the skin, rosacea, discoloration, dryness etc. Most imperfections can be corrected with concealers and hd foundations; what you cannot correct with makeup is the appearance of fine lines and large pores, that’s why I recommend a silicone primer that can help with these problems.

  3. HD Foundation and concealers:

    A good high quality foundation can help cover most imperfections and give you a long lasting finish result without it feeling too heavy. If you want a good argument, bring up concealer and foundation and which one should go first. All makeup artist have their own opinion, and that’s all it is an opinion, because it’s up to you! In my opinion, I feel it’s best to do foundation first. Clients will always tell you that what they hate the most is foundation because it feels heavy. The truth, it’s not the foundation, it’s the amount of foundation and concealer and powder. I always do foundation first, if my foundation didn’t cover all imperfections then I add concealer. However if you have a good quality HD foundation that would be all you need.

  4. Setting powder:

    Setting your makeup is extremely important. There are a few thing you should take into consideration: Is she oily? If your client is oily then you have to use a setting powder. Does your client have dry skin? If she does then you might want to skip the powder, if not she might look too dry. Now what powder should you use?

  5. Difference Between powder:

    Translucent powder, HD powder, and touch up powder. Translucent powder, is powder without color, it could be used to set makeup and also to bake in areas where you want to highlight.  HD powder is fine and thin and it’s made to seal makeup. However if you use too much of this powder it will show up in pictures. Touch up powder is the compact powder. Compact powder either come in your shade or translucent. These powders are meant for the model to carry with them to touch up shine through the day.

  6. Eye shadow primer and eye shadow application:

    Just like face primer, eye shadow primer is essential. Eye shadow primer will keep your clients eye shadow lasting all day. The same way a good eye shadow will help with the longevity of the makeup of your client. Make sure you blend, when eye shadow isn’t blended correctly it will look harsh on camera.

  7. Eyebrows and eyelashes:

    Eyebrows frame the face, they are such an important part of the makeup. Women sometimes are afraid of adding eyebrow products, you have to remind your customer that for picture purpose dark brows are best. Eyelashes might not be everyone cup of tea, but they add so much glamour to any makeup look. If your client can handle them suggest that they should wear them. Always add mascara and make sure that it is water proof.

  8. Lipstick:

    The lipstick is the jewel of the makeup, the bright pop of color to bring everything together. Make sure the lipstick you use compliments the rest of the makeup.

  9. Setting Spray:

    This is the last step on this makeup adventure, the one item that will set all the makeup and your last security measure to make sure the makeup will last all day.

Lastly, remember that wedding makeup, is makeup. Remember the rules you already know, make sure it’s camera ready and set it that it will last all day. Most importantly, you may know what’s right and best for the customer, but listen to your customer do what she asks  and make sure they’re happy.

I hope these do’s and don’t’s and 9 makeup tips help you in your journey as a wedding makeup artist.

I want to thank all these beautiful brides, first for letting me be a part of their special day and second for providing all these beautiful photos. If you are interested in my makeup services, you can reach me on the contact page.

The Best Pop Beauty Highlighters For The Holiday Season

This post is sponsored by Pop Beauty. These products were sent to me by Pop Beauty but all my opinions are my own.

Pop Beauty Highlighters

Prismatic Pop

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Hello beauty Addicts, let’s talk about Pop Beauty Highlighters.

Today I want to talk to you about these beautiful pop beauty highlighters. I receive these in the mail as a PR package for me to try, but my opinions are my own.

First of all, once I saw this package I was in love them and how the package looks like a candy when you open it, and that  rocks!

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Second, who can go wrong with highlighters? I love highlight the more the better, I want to look like a glazed doughnut all the time… don’t you?

The package came with four beautiful colors In shades ranging from light to dark.

Shades:
Stellar light
Gilded light
Celestial light
Lunar light

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They’re calling these highlighters prismatic pop, they are beautiful colors ranging from Golden to silver and even reddish pink tones.

They claim these are light reflecting illuminators, and  they’re going to help you express your luminous glow to the world and I agree.

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What I personally liked about these highlighters is that they are a creamy texture and it does not look powdery. These highlighters feel like butter on the skin and look velvety smooth. When on the skin they look like they are part of your skin rather than something on top of your skin.  As a result, this made these highlighters stand out for me.

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Most of all I love the quantity and quality of the product with the price of the product as well, at only $12 these highlighters won’t break the bank.

To conclude my rant I like to say that these highlighters are great! They are a great value and go on amazing on the skin. So, should you try these highlighters? I say do it,  you will not regret it.

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Thank you for stopping by! For more pictures of these babies and pictures of me wearing them, check out my Instagram @beautybyshaq.

 

Golden Globe Makeup, The Best and The Rest

Golden Globe Makeup Looks.

The Best and the Rest.

First of all, I Love Award show season. It has  started with the Golden Globes.

Last night everyone was dressed to the nine’s, consequently  everyone looked amazing. However I have my favorite picks, however not of clothes, not of people rather of make up.

I don’t know about you but, I always look at what everybody’s wearing on their face instead of their clothes. Furthermore  I look for who did their make up.

Most of all I look up pictures of behind the scenes or before the award shows of people getting their make up done.

I’ve done make up for a lot of  events, and I would love to do make up for people before an award show.  Maybe one day soon. However for  now I get to sit back and enjoy what other artist have done.

What is your favorite part of the award shows? Do you even watch award shows?

Here are The most noteworthy make up looks I loved and some that stood out to me, enjoy.

 

Millie Bobby Brown was definitely my favorite of the night!! It might be because shes in my favorite show, but in reality her style was great! I love the look of her dress in addition that it’s perfect for  her age as well as the  makeup. In addition she looked stunning!

 

 

Same goes for Sadie Sink. Her look was perfection at the Golden Globes. Her makeup was beautiful and youthful. I loved her dress.

 

Natalia Dyer, Looks stunning with this orange lipstick and soft bronze eyes.

 

 

 

Loving that Deborah Messing was not afraid to go bold. I love her angled smokey eyes and nude lips.

 

Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Looked stunning, most noteworthy is the fact this Golden Globe Makeup fit for a Queen.

 

 

Issa Rae looks gorgeous in a smokey eye.

 

Loved the look on Gal Gadot, you can never go wrong with red lips. It Seem like she’s enjoying her makeup session.

 

 

Viola Davids Golden Globe makeup is my favorite. Bold eye shadow in copper and black and bronze lips, how can you go wrong.

 

These are the rest! By the rest what i mean is, that i love these looks as well, but not my ultimate favorite.

Kerry Washington

Jessica Chastain

Margot Robbie

Kaley Cuoco

Emma Stone

Angelina Jolie

Kendall Jenner

  Emilia Clarke

  Meryl Streep

  Mariah Carey

 Kate Hudson

  Lena Headey

 Helen Mirren

  Dekota Johnson

 Chrissy Metz

 Reese Whitherspoon and Eva Longoria and in addition her baby bump.

Salma Hayek and Catherine Zeta-jones.

In conclusion I hope you enjoyed what I thought were the best of the best makeup looks at the Golden globes. Most of all, I love seeing the stars enjoying their big day.

Wet-N-Wild Pro Brush Set

Hello Beauty Addicts

Welcome back to Beauty By Shaq!

Today I wanted to talk you about the new Wet-N-Wild Pro Brush set for the holidays.

Let me tell you a bit about them first:

. It’s cruelty free

. Densely packed, ultra-soft bristles

. Synthetic bristles mimic the consistency of natural hair

. Ergonomic handle for total control

My favorite thing about them is the ergonomic dip, it makes it so easy to use the brushes. Their hair is soft but still firm, and that’s why I think they are a good buy.

You can find them at Walgreens, it usually retails for $30, but this week if you have their rewards card you get them 50% off.

I first saw the pro brush set when I went into Walgreen’s for an errand I had to run. The Wet-N-Wild makeup brushes were front and center. It was like they were calling my name, I had to go to them and check them out!

The Wet-N-Wild Pro Brush set which includes 10 brushes, was advertised for $30 with a value of $90. I thought this was a great deal, so much so that I told my son that if he wanted that was something he could buy me for Christmas.

As I went on with my day I didn’t think much of the brushes. Later I start surfing through Instagram, one of my favorite accounts @trenmood1 they were  talking about the brushes. I read the description and it says they are 50% off 😮! Online or in store, but online had already sold out!

I worried a little and wondered if I should go and get it .. it was late at night, instead I waited and went first thing in the morning.

I teach at a Beauty school and of course I shared the news with the Students and by 12pm it was sold out from the two Walgreens by my Job! Lol!! If you can find it, you should definitely go get them!

Needless to say the Wet-N-Wild Pro Brush Set is worth the money, are great quality and beautiful!

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How to Get Bronze Smokey Eyes (Video!)

Bronze Smokey Eyes

Hi guys welcome back to Beauty By Shaq!

Today I’m bringing you this tutorial on how to get this beautiful Bronze Smokey Eyes. I love playing with color, but I also love doing soft looks for everyday wear.Learn how to get bronze smokey eye tutorial

I love a lot of cosmetic companies but I also have my favorites one of them being the new Wong Cosmetics. Wong Cosmetics is a family owned business with a great story behind it! All the proceeds go to fund their daughters dream of becoming a star (and we all know that doesn’t come cheap!). They are hands on, in the whole experience. They choose and order the products, they placed them online and they ship them themselves and give you a note with every package so you can feel special. I love that.

To get this Bronze Smokey Eyes,  for the eye shadow I used the Wong cosmetics 35K pallet. One of my favorites! All the Neutral shades and shimmer shades work great together.

For my eyebrows I used the NYX eyebrow gel in the color chocolate. I like to use strokes in the front and then define the back of the eyebrow to get the effect of a lighter brow in the front and a darker brow towards the back for a more natural look.

For the face I decided to showcase my new product. Shaq’s Silisponge (the clear one, we also have a pink pointy one) it’s great to use with foundation and concealer’s it helps to apply them flawlessly. The skin will be looking fresh, well covered and beautiful.

To complement this Bronze Smokey Eyes look,  I used LA Girls concealer and Estée Lauder double wear foundation, and to set it all I used my Airspun translucent powder.

Bronze Smokey Eyes

learn how to get bronze smokey eyes tutorial

 

I’m stuck on an eyeliner and I must tell you all about it. I am been using the Tarte Cosmetics tartiest clay eyeliner. it goes on smooth, it last a long time, is super dark, and I love it.

Also one of my faves.. OP Makeup Studio’s ninja eyeliner.

To make everything sparkle and the Bronze Smokey Eyes pop, I decided to use my new Wong Cosmetics highlight palette. To contour I used the OP Makeup Studios powder palette. This is must have in any makeup kit. For blush and to give shape to the face I used the Makeup Geek blush in Bliss.

For the lips I used a combo. I used lip liner and lip gloss from OP Makeup Studio. For the color I used OFRA Cosmetics and Kathleen Lights Miami Fever.

Last but definitely not least the beautiful lashes in runways from Wong Cosmetics.
There you have it beauty addicts! Those are all the products and all the techniques that I use to create this Bronze Smokey Eyes look. For a step-by-step on how to do it you can go and watch my video linked below:

As always thank you so much for your support beauty addicts!!  I’ll see you in the next blog!