Products that could withstand a tsunami...probably

Remember that time it rained on my wedding day? I sure do! Those of you who think it "wasn't that bad", we actually got rained out during our photos/video. By the time we made it back inside for the reception, my hair looked like a drowned rat strapped to the top of my head...BUT the silver lining is that this really put the staying power of my makeup to the test. And I'm happy to report that it was a huge success in that regard!

So for anyone who plans to do their own makeup on their wedding day, or maybe just in general wants their makeup to stay in place (without having to tattoo it on) - this one's for you.

Here is a list of some of the products I used that contributed to the longevity of my rainy wedding day makeup:


FaceAtelier Foundation

It's well known that I airbrush foundation on my clients whenever possible, but there are two instances when I do not. 1. When the skin is better suited to standard liquid foundation and 2. When I don't feel like doing makeup with my eyes closed. So ya, when I do my own makeup I tend to keep my eyes open and use FaceAtelier liquid foundation. This foundation goes on and stays on, with or without a setting spray (trust me, I've tested it both ways). It's quickly become the only foundation I'll use on myself when I decide to sport a full face of makeup.


Too Faced - Better Than Sex Mascara (Waterproof)

I was so hesitant to try this mascara because the non-waterproof version, if I'm being way too honest, just did not live up to its name. Ya catch my drift? People went nuts for it but I just didn't get it, and with my eyes being sensitive it irritated me much the same as many other brands I had tried. But I gave the waterproof formulation a shot and by the grace of all that is good, it worked. No black streaks for this bride **insert salsa dancing emoji here**.


Ben Nye Final Seal

This is the pièce de résistance in my opinion. I don't let people walk away from me or my makeup station without loading them in this. Seriously - I will chase you down the street if I forget to spray you. It is so long lasting that the bottle actually recommends a specific makeup remover to use at the end of the day because it's alcohol based. Of course, the special remover isn't vital but it may take a bit of elbow grease to get your makeup to budge when you finally want it to.

I won't lie though - this product is a little tougher to find and way more expensive than what you'd typically pick up at Sephora. #worthit 


But hey, the proof is in the puddin' so here are some photos from the wedding day that backup my arguments. Note: my hair before and after I drank whiskey...errr I mean the rain.


















VIDEO: Airbrushing Foundation/Makeup

I've come across a TON of clients who have never had their makeup (more specifically, their foundation) airbrushed. People recognize that airbrushing is popular and desirable, but most of them don't know why that is. These are a few of the reasons why I, personally, offer airbrushing as a standard service during all of my makeup applications:

1) Flawless finish. I think a lot of people can agree that one thing they worry about or dislike, is when foundation is noticeable in a negative way. Whether it looks caked on or feels caked on, nobody got time fo' dat. After I've airbrushed a clients foundation, I often hear comments such as "It doesn't even feel like I have anything on my face" which is ideal. And it is the closest you'll come to looking like you were born with a perfectly even skin tone, free of blemishes.

2) Serious longevity. Once the tiny foundation particles fly out of the airbrush and land on your face, they cling on for dear life. I don't know why this is, honestly. But I know it's true. I've applied makeup on a client 7 hours before an event, and she informed me that the makeup stayed put into the early hours of the next day. 

3) Easy colour matching. This actually makes my life about 20 times easier. When you're applying your typical run of the mill foundation, if your colour selection is even slightly off it stands out like a sore thumb. If your neck and chest are one colour, and your face is a different colour, people have an easy time playing the "one of these things is not like the others" game at your expense. But because airbrushing applies the foundation in such a light mist or veil, it's much easier to blend it out on your neck or chest. So even if the foundation isn't an exact match (you still want it to be close, obviously) it's more likely that it will look correct.


Here's a video I threw together, using my friend Sandra as a model, to show you what it's like to have your makeup airbrushed.


Holiday Party Eye Makeup

Finally got around to posting a YouTube tutorial. This is a look that would be great for one of the ten million parties you are obligated to attend this season. Note: the video is ONLY walking you through the steps for the eye makeup, not full face.



Makeup Giveaway!

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Prize includes: 
- Make Up For Ever HD primer
- Make Up For Ever waterproof eyeliner
- Make Up For Ever mascara
- Make Up For Ever lipstick
- Sephora all over powder
- Sephora mini brush set
- A cute mug just because