The Art Of Transformation | Special Effects Makeup

The Art Of Transformation | Special Effects Makeup
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An SFX Story

 

If you don’t know by now, I’ll tell ya… I’m a makeup instructor. One of my favorite things to teach is Special Effects Makeup. The reason I love teaching this subject is because to me it is what I think makeup is, which to me is; the magic of transformation! Transformation can be seen in simple day to day makeup, but when you use Special FX you can completely change a person into someone else like magic.. And I love that!

This week I’ve been teaching SFX Makeup, and I wanted to share some of the fun products
I work with:
  • We use the very exotic tissue paper..what?!?! Yes we use this with latex and create creepy skin.
  • Sponges (non latex) these sponges are essential to use with liquid latex because the liquid latex won’t eat them.
  • Stipple sponge.. we use these to create scrapes and other cool effects.
  • Q tips, from cleaning edges to adding color, these bad boys are useful.
  • Liquid latex will be your best friend (if you aren’t allergic) you can build and rip and with this product to create realistic skin.
  • Liquid blood is the best finishing touch to make a wound, burn, cut and flesh eating zombie look realistic.
  •  Black creme color. I use this to give depth.
  • My favorite product to use is 3rd degree. This is a silicone 2 part product. When combined you have ten minutes to mold and shape into what you want it to be and it harden that way.
  • Another favorite not shown here,  is thick blood. It’s a gel like blood with many uses.

 

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I have some videos in my YouTube channel on how to use some of these, Actually I have an entire play list on these:

Here are some Special Effects Makeup looks I’ve created:

Burns 
 Psychopaths and real life BFFS 
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Clown and Burn
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Wound and Bruises
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Ok Beauty Addicts! I’m glad I got to share this side of the beauty world that I love, If you have any questions feel free to comment below!
Are you a beauty lover or a sfx lover?

The Grammys 2013

The Grammys
Oh what a night! 
Everyone is at their best or what they feel is their best.
Here are pictures of the most memorable ladies of the night!
  Amber Rose
I know that Priscilla Ono did her makeup and I’m a huge fan! She look fresh, like she was glowing!
 (I’m sure the pregnancy had something to do with it!)
JanelleMonae  
Her makeup is wonderful! did you know she’s a cover girl?

Kat Von D

I felt her makeup could have been a little  more vavaboom, it was nice but it could have been more, she owns a beautiful makeup line!
Natasha Bettingfel
Looked stunning in this beautiful red dress. Her makeup was classic soft eyes and dark red lips
 Carly Rae Jepsen 
She looks stunning in lancome beautiful silver/bluish smokey eye and nude lips
Carrie Underwood  
Her makeup is beautiful  with a brown smokey eyes beautiful contour and nude lips
Miranda Lambert 
She looked so amazing! in a beautiful dark smokey eye! and great contour and blush
Taylor Swift 
Her makeup was sweet and clean
JLo
 I was so bussy looking at her dress I forgot to look at her makeup ! lol!!
But when I did, I was a little dissapointed. She didn’t do much and her liner looks like its missing some! It looked as though she did her own makeup. And she wore a Nude Lip
Faith Hill 
Omg!!!! her makeup is amazing!!! Unfortunatly this picture doesn’t do it justice. Nude Lip!
Nicole Kidman 
looked so stunning , her makeup looked beautiful.
Kat Dennings 
looked sooo stunning! her makeup was great! Classic pinup!
Kelly Rowland 
Wow beautiful dress! 
 Her makeup was very natural she looked beautiful! and again a nude lip
Adele
What happened to you , why did you pick this dress? 
As far as her makeup goes… Same old Adele. Beautiful, I just wish she would try something different.
Katy Perry 
Her makeup looked amazing! deep crease beautiful nude lips
Rhianna 
Her makeup is on point! golden shadows and red lips!
Beyonce
Also rocking the classic pinup look!
So to recap, a lot of the ladies went with classic pinup and the others with nude lips, and the one in between were the rebels, but I loved it all!
Now my all time favorite MAKEUP…. Kat Dennings  she looked amazing!!! you can tell she had a proffecional do her makeup.
and unfortunatly my worst makeup is……. JLo, what happened? you are always on point!
These ofcourse are my opinions, What did you think? who was your best and worst?
Need a make-up artist? Contact Shaquira at makeupbyshaq@aol.com or 786.879.2346

Eyeliner Tips & Tricks

Hello Beauty Addicts!!!
The question I’m most frequently ask is:
How do you apply your eyeliner?
Followed by:
How do you make it last all day?
Which bring me to creating this post!
Eyeliner is one of the most flattering things you can achieve with makeup, Eyeliner can make your eye look:
Lifted
Awake
Larger
Smaller
Seductive
Conservative 
and the list goes on and on!
So how do I apply my eyeliner? I’ll tell you, first you need to know my favorite type of eyeliner to use is Gel Eyeliner, It has the most smooth application and the darkest pigmentation.
People always say to me when I tell them that, that they don’t know how to apply it, they’ve only used pencil or liquid. Well I’m here to tell you that you are over thinking it! It’s just as simple, all you need is to find the right brush!
here are some examples:
Flat Eyeliner brush                                               Thin Eyeliner brush (perfect for liquid)    
 
My two favorites:
Round tip eyeliner brush                                                                                 Angled eyeliner brush
I think for beginners the bottom 2 are perfect, the round tip would be perfect for those pencil user, and the angled just gives you an advantage because of it’s shape.
I start my eyeliner on the outer corner of the eye and take it up as high as I want it
Then from the top of that line I go down on an angle, making it thinner to about the middle of the eye
then I start again at the inner corner of the eye until it meets up with the rest of the line

and then you should have a perfect Eyeliner with a bit of a cat eye. The higher you take the first line, the cattier the eyeliner.
For the second question (how do I make it last) it comes down to two things, either the brand of eyeliner or by setting the eyeliner. Some brands of eyeliner are great and will make it last all day (my favorite brands will be at the bottom of the post)! some not so much but once you set it, it shouldn’t go anywhere.
How to set it:
Here are 2 ways to set an eyeliner.
#1. after you apply your eyeliner, take your brush and dip it on a black eye shadow (or whatever color you are using)
Then go over the line with the powder. 
That will set the cream, gel, liquid or pencil, and should make it last longer.
or you can buy and eyeliner sealer
These work the same way and there’s two ways of using them. 
You can do just like I said above (dip the brush and then go over the line) or dip the brush on the sealer then on an eye shadow and then create the line. That’s perfect for people who don’t have many eyeliners and want to try different colors.
Now (as every makeup artist does) I have my favorite brands for smudge proof, water proof eyeliners:
L’Oreal has one of my favorite gel liners around $9.99
you can find it at Walgreens, CVS, Ulta, and some supermarkets.
Inglot lasts all day and come in a variety of colors! They have Inglot store here in FL at Aventura Mall and in downtown Miami and it cost about $14.00 
Milani is the one I use everyday! because is extreamly waterproof , some may not like that but I love it!
you can also find it at Walgreens, CVS, Ulta, and some supermarkets for only $6.00
 Make Up Forever, one of the leaders in makeup, has an eyeliner that is smooth and long lasting.
you can find this at Makeupforever.com or at spehora and it cost $18
And last but not least Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners. Long lasting and smooth! available at Urbandecay.com & Sephoras for $19.00
I hope these tips, tricks, pictures and websites have helped you!
I would love to hear from you!!! 

What’s your favorite Eyeliner?
Have you bought any of these? did you like it?
Send me pictures of how your eyeliner came out after you tried my way, I would love to see it!!
Once again thank you Beauty Addicts!
Need a make-up artist? Contact Shaquira at makeupbyshaq@aol.com or 786.879.2346

Special effects or beauty ?? That is the question!

For so many years I’ve been dedicated to beauty makeup, and I’m great at it!

But for the past 3 years I’ve been playing around with special effect……. Oh how my heart is torn !
I’ve grown To love the special effects.

But they are those the say you can’t do both, some argue that you have to choose you can do both because you would be better at one than the other!

I say if you love something you can grow to learn in every aspect of it….. I love makeup and I love every single part of makeup, I learn to love it so much that I got the passion to teach it, and I became very good at it, I love natural makeup, fantasy makeup, beauty makeup, special effects makeup and all others.. That to stay focused just 1 area it’s like stooping the growth of my passion for art.

Well some people consider them hey beauty makeup artist, or a fashion makeup artist, or a special effects makeup artist etc etc etc… I consider I’m a specialist in all areas of makeup. If somebody is forcing you to choose, tell them that you can be great in all of them and that is the beauty of Art it has no rules. 

Besides how can I call myself a good teacher if I don’t know everything is the world makeup…..
I couldn’t … But I could because I consider myself a master in all areas of makeup. Join me in my journey in all of the areas of makeup the world. Follow my work here on facebookYouTube , twitter and  instagram @beautybyshaq, I hope you enjoy the journey.

Shaquira

 

Miss Mundo Latina Behind the scene makeup

I had the pleasure of being the Lead Makeup Artist for the Miss Mundo Latina Camp 2012
I was able to do this thanks to my job, A chosen group of students and my self were in charge of the makeup and hair.
This was such a great experience all the candidates were so sweet and a great pleasure to work with!
We were expecting cattiness, arguments, attitudes, and rudeness, but instead we were greated with smiling faces, the girls all got along great, they treated each other with love and respect, and were such great models never complained always happy with our work! 
The first day I spent it, coming up with the makeup look with the MML group and helping the students, then I was outside with all the Models re-touching and adding anything else that need it to be done!
We even got to cover up tattos
 I Got to spend time with the girls and they are all so sweet!
The secound day, we were short handed (one of our students got sick) So I got to step in and actually do 3 models and here they are!

Karimar Gonzalez
Venezuela
(Aragua)

Ximena Alvarez
Miss Chile
(chicureo) 
Nishma Medina
Miss Puerto Rico
(arecibo)
This is my Jobs logo and me! 
(I did the makeup on the blond girl in the picture!)

These are two of my favorite people in the world Ms. Dolly Rivera and Alexandra salazar
And last but not least here is our team with the Miss Mundo Latina team.
This trip was a great experience we loved every minute of it! 
Please go to their site and vote for your favorite! You can vote everyday, they can use your support!
Need a make-up artist? Contact Shaquira at makeupbyshaq@aol.com or 786.879.2346