Monday, July 28, 2014

Product review: Benefit "they're real" push-up liner

I am a huge fan of Benefit. I must own (and actively use) at least 40% of their product line. I'm a sucker for their super cute packaging and the look of their freestanding stores makes me swoon.
So when I heard about this new liner, I just had to have it. Evidently this revolutionary "nib" on the pen, took like four years to develop? It's supposed to be the first "pen" that delivers a gel liner (as opposed to a liquid)
So you turn the bottom and the product is dispensed through the soft angled tip. The problem is the inconsistency in how much product comes out; you never really know how many turns you need to make. The other issue is that product continues to ooze out after you cap it, leading it to harden and clog the tip. The product itself is on the drier side, leading to an uneven feed of product as you try to achieve your straight line. It is recommended that you "stamp" instead of draw with it, but I found the consistency to be far too tacky for that. And achieving a pretty "flick" at the end with that weird tip? Nope.
Overall I am super bummed out by this $24 liner. I far prefer my bent liner brush and a trusty pot of gel liner.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Breaking News! The news reporter gets married...

 I met Alison several years ago when I was doing makeup at channel 5 and we stayed in touch. So I was thrilled when she contacted me to do her June wedding. Such a gorgeous woman, both inside and out! I was fortunate enough to work with a lot of my favorites people as well:
hair: Sarah Stear
photography: 1326 Studios
videographer: Studio Z 

Monday, June 2, 2014

BRIDEface N KY makeup artists/Our sweet digs

 Even though we've been at our Ft Thomas location a year, we recently added a dedicated classroom for our FACEing classes. Plus we had never really gotten the opportunity to get the place photographed and show it off ! My rookie and photographer extraordinaire, Mandy Leigh, did an amazing job capturing the personality of our pad. I'm a big fan of rescuing tired old pieces and bringing them back to life, so I am really happy with how it all came together!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Need the perfect gift for Mother's Day? Momathon testimonial

"Flowers, chocolates, and brunch have all been done before. This Mother’s Day called for something completely fresh. It was obvious that BRIDEface’s “Momathon” was the only choice for the perfect gift to get my mother. Not only was this a new and creative gift to give my mom; it was such a unique way to bond and spend time with my mother and sisters.
            Going into this, my mom, sisters, and myself were all a little nervous because we weren’t sure what to expect, but it couldn’t have gone any better. The atmosphere of the shoot was so laid back, starting off with makeup and hair which was so well organized and flowed so smoothly. When one wasn’t getting their makeup done by Nancy they were getting their hair done by Amanda. These women knew how to make everyone feel comfortable and they were so easy to get along with. And may I also say these ladies knew what they were doing! I could have never imagined us girls could look so good, natural makeup and hair to make us look flawless.  Not only was this a great look for getting our pictures taken, but it was also good for when we went out afterwards to continue our Mother’s Day celebration.
            On top of having such amazing artists doing our hair and makeup, the photographer, Mandy, was amazing too! Making the four of us feel so comfortable in front of the camera and really making the whole thing so enjoyable. I could not think of a more perfect present for my mother, and I can confidently say this is a gift that I will never be able to top. My mom felt like a queen the whole time. It felt so good to give her

a gift that she could just sit back, relax, and enjoy as she spent time with her girls."
Here's the details! Your session is Sunday April 13th. Hair, makeup, and photoshoot with Mandy Leigh Photography for two people; $300. Reserve your spot today and have your images well before Mothers Day!

Monday, March 24, 2014

The top ten MUST-HAVE brushes for a flawless makeup application

The most frequently heard comment from my FACEing class attendees? That they never realized how much of a difference good brushes can make in how they apply their makeup. Once you understand what each brush is designed to do, your application will be so much easier and look 100% percent better.
Here is a quick guide to our new brush collection by b.dellium. They are cruelty free and have bamboo handles. Oh and did I mention they're pink?

I am partial to a tapered shape. A brush that is too fluffy or rounded does not hug the curves of your face and encourages the user to kind of grind the brush into their product, leading to breakage of the hairs. that's why your blush brush starts looking very frayed and mangled.  I really love this brush for bronzer as well, since it doesn't pick up an excess of product and it is small enough that you can be a little more precise in your placement.

powder: Again, I prefer a tapered shape to a round. This is my go-to for setting foundation with powder, applying powder foundation, taking down shine, or even to apply bronzer.

angled contour:This is the holy grail for applying contour under your cheekbones, along your jawline, and shading your forehead. It is so precise and the perfect size. The cut of this guy ensures you can really pop out those features with your darker contour underneath.

ponytail crease: I adore a fluffy shape to avoid leaving a hard edge or harsh lines. it is also perfect to blend with.

flat liner: I love, love love to tite line (and if you don't know what that is, you need a class with me, STAT) and this super thin, flat edged brush is absolutely flawless to get under that lashline.

allover shadow: densely packed, this deposits shadow evenly on the lid and/or browbone.

bent liner: if you've not tried this to achieve the perfect winged liner, it is life changing. For real. It gives you so much control, and it is super thin and not flobbity. What? That's a word.

pencil: Just like it sounds, this is a very pointed, moderately stiff small brush, so great for a diffused line of color under the lower lash, or a smudgy line on the top lash.

foundation: this pointy shape is tricky to find. I love how you can really get into nooks and crannies of the face or large pores. Such a difference from using the traditional "paddle" style of foundation brush.

concealer: I love this longer length and oval shape. Stiff enough to work with a thicker camouflage cream, but still appropriate for a sheerer texture as well. You can really get into that dark hollow above the tear duct with this little dude too.

This isn't technically a brush at all but I absolutely could not LIVE without these tiny eyebrow scissors. You can get right up against the skin and make your brows look clean and freshly waxed, without the pain and redness!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Cincinnati airbrush artists/The Nude Matte palette by Paula's Choice

First, let's state the obvious. It looks just like an Urban Decay Naked palette, right? Yep, shamelessly so. But this is what we all wish UD would have come out with. Only one shade in this set has a small bit of sheen, the rest are all rich, highly pigmented mattes. Developed by one of my favorite You Tube makeup artists, Wayne Goss, and sold by Paula's Choice, I could not be more pleased with this product. The shades are the perfect neutrals and the quality is that of shadows twice the price. (this baby is only $40!) This is literally no one on the planet who cannot wear these colors. And if you think neutrals are boring, you just might need a FACEing class!You can do the most natural, "no makeup" eye, or the smokiest evening eye. This black shadow is so BLACK and velvety. (My pet peeve is that most black is not a true black shadow at all)
I have a shoot for Cincinnati Magazine today and I plan to put this to VERY good use!

Monday, February 17, 2014

FACEing Cincinnati makeup classes/Tween makeup party!

 Back in December I posted about a starter makeup kit for a tween. Yesterday Ranee and I did a fun FACEing class for a group of four twelve year olds who go to school with my daughter. None of them really wear makeup except for dances, but they want to learn the right way to apply it. All the girls have gorgeous skin, so we skipped foundation (lucky ducks!) we showed them easy ways to make their eyes pop but still look youthful. (No scary black eyeliner!) The girls absolutely loved the looks we created, and while they are not necessarily ready to wear makeup to school on a daily basis, they feel confident that when they do they will be looking completely fierce! This is a fun idea for a birthday party too.
From Jill, the mom who set up the class:

 “I wanted my daughter to learn good makeup techniques before she started globbing it on. I had some disastrous makeup days when I was her age and I wanted her to learn that ‘less is more’ when it comes to a natural look. She still has beautiful skin that I want her to preserve and take care of, knowing what she does now to her skin will affect her 30 years from now. The FACEing class for teens taught them all that good stuff plus really focused on makeup items that you can find at the grocery store instead of spending a lot of money purchasing.”

and from Caroline, her 12 year old: Caroline, age 12: “I want to wear makeup sometimes but my mom doesn’t want it to look like I’m wearing a lot of makeup. A lot of girls at my school wear black eyeliner. I like all the fun colors. I know now I can wear cool colors but still look like a kid now that I know how to put it on right.”