Michela is Zooting

A beauty & lifestyle blog by creative Michela Wariebi

Book Work: Twiggy Inspired Beauty

I recently did a beauty test with a local NYC modeling agency and beyond clean beauty I was completely stuck on what I should do as a second look.  Come early morning before the shoot and I still had nothing.  It then randomly occurs to me that the model looks like Twiggy…and BOOM you have a Twiggy-inspired beauty shoot.

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Skin: For the skin I prepped with Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate.  I used Mehron Makeup HD Celebre Foundation and set with Cover FX loose setting powder. I created a flush on the cheeks by using the Mehron cream C.H.E.E.K. cream color before setting with powder and them lightly dusting a similar colored powder blush over the apples of the cheeks after powder. I created a soft glowing highlight using Mehron Precious Gems Powders in Citrine and Diamond.

Lips:  Lips are MAC Naked Liner topped with a random OCC beigey lip tar.

Eyes: And of course, Twiggy’s iconic eyes!  I created the graphic lines using the cream base in Obsidian from I Make You Beautiful.  The white in the waterline of her lower lashline was created using a Ruby Kisses white luxury liner over another I Make You Beautiful cream base in White Noise.

Lashes: (yes, I realize lashes are part of the eyes) These were a custom lash creation using all Kiss iEnvy lashes. I cut up and laid the lower lashes according to how I wanted to shape her eyes.  The top lashes are a stack of Kiss lashes in about 3 styles also chosen based on how they would impact eye shape.  Twiggy was known for large open rounded eyes and I wanted to be sure to recreate that effect.

I absolutely enjoyed creating this look and have a bit of an obsession with graphic lines and lashes at the moment. I ended up recreating the look for the “A Night of Mehron Makeup” during The Makeup Show NYC 10 year anniversary celebration.  Pretty exciting stuff! Twiggy is officially one of my favorite iconic makeup looks.

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Beyonce by Tony Duran for Flaunt Magazine July 2013

Bey still my glittery little soul!  Damn you Beyonce for being so damn fly!  WTF IS this!  I can’t even ask who are you, better to inquire what are you?  This is the stuff that makeup artist dreams are made of.  Granted, I appreciated the interview.  Any opportunity for me to humanize the great King Bey in my mind ifs a necessary one; however, my focus is on this full body beating that Ms. Carter received at the hands of Francesca Tolot for cloutierremix.com and the head snatching magic of the incomparable Kim Kimble.

Here are the makeup notes listing products used according to Flaunt Magazine.

Beauty Notes: Monoi Body Glow II and Shimmer Eye Shadow in California by NARS Cosmetics, Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation, Heat Wave Eye Shadow Palette, and Hyperlash Mascara by Smashbox Cosmetics, and Strobe Liquid, Lustre drops, and Glitter in Amethyst, Bronze, Copper, Emerald, and Very Pink by M.A.C Cosmetics, and Cheek Color in flush by Tom Ford.

Now, walk with me.  Let’s review these photos and live for just a second, vicariously through the phenomenon known as Beyonce.

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Sweet baby Jesus of all things beauty!  This is sure to be an iconic series of photos of Beyonce.  The team that worked on this shoot conceptualized and brought it to life in a way that is incredibly powerful.  Somehow it progressed from Studio 54 extraterrestrial to a somehow fresh play on the overly culturally appropriated Masai beaded jewelry and then pop-art Hima woman, and worked!

Thank you all for giving my eyes and soul a much need visual fix.

Read the actually interview here. 

Source: Flaunt

10 Tips for Surviving The Makeup Show NY

UnknownIt’s that time again!  When all your favorite pro makeup brands come together in the fashion mecca, NYC for 2 days of shopping, sharing, and shennanigans.  Well, shennanigans aren’t a guaranteed a part of my TMS experience, but I’m always sure to infuse a little foolery into those two days.  Regardless, it’s important to be properly prepared so that you can make the best out of the show!  Here are my 10 tips for surviving The Makeup Show NY!

  1. Plan ahead. This is hands-down the most important thing to do before you get to The Makeup Show NY!  There is an incredible schedule of demonstrations, classes, lectures etc. taking place during The Makeup Show and the amount of product available for purchase can overwhelm the most experienced show-goer. There is no better way to navigate the show than to have a plan!
  2. Make a Shopping List. Remember tip #1?  Meet it’s little sister, tip #2.  Once you’ve gone through the vendor list provided by The Makeup Show, look at your kit, then back at the vendor list, then back at your kit again.  Take some time to figure out what you need to add to your kit and formulate a shopping list based on your needs and what is going to be available for purchase at the show.  Now you will have a clear idea of exactly what you need to buy versus what the product junkie in you wants to buy!
  3. Bring Cash. In the age of technology it’s safe to say that every vendor will be taking credit cards, but you will be able to get in and out without dealing with processing times.  This also helps you stick to a budget for what you actually need to buy.
  4. Dress comfortably.  Although you want to be a great representation of your own brand, this is not the time to wear your new sequin halter and 6 inch Louboutins. You will be walking, standing, and maneuvering through a massive amount of bodies, so it’s best to wear something that is breathable and comfortable to wear all day. Also, black is not necessary!
  5. Network.  The Makeup Show is not just an opportunity to learn and shop it is also an incredible networking opportunity.  See you favorite beauty blogger, or that celebrity artist who you’re friends with on Facebook?  Go say hi! Make sure that you have your own business cards in hand and collect as many cards as you can.  If you need help remembering who’s who, write a little note on the back of each card you collect to remind you of who each person is.
  6. Take pictures. Do I really need to explain?  Inspiration and worthwhile memories are literally bursting out of the Metropolitan Pavillion!  Trust me that you will want to commemorate every single moment!  
  7. Be social media savvy.  Social media material doesn’t get much better than The Makeup Show.  Leverage every opportunity to make yourself visible to brands and people via social media platforms such as, Twitter, Instagram, Viddy, Vine etc.  Making a purchase, taking a class, or a chance meeting are all perfect instances to make a post via any social media platform and to tag said brand/person in question!
  8. Be courteous and professional.  Everything is a representation of your brand and reputation will get you incredibly far in the beauty industry.  Be polite and professional in every single interaction because it is the proper thing to do and because you never know who you may be dealing with. Trust me.
  9. Ask questions.  This is your chance to get in person demonstrations and product knowledge from industry experts.  This is also your chance to speak directly with representatives from brands and with artists with which you may want to work.  Take advantage of every opportunity to have brand reps give you product knowledge and to find out about opportunities to advance your career!
  10. Come visit I Make You Beautiful.  This last tip is completely biased, but I want to see all your beautiful faces and all your new purchases!

Essence 100 Dramatic Makeup Transformations of Instagram

Well, this was a nice little surprise to wake up to this morning.  Two of my photos made Essence’s list of 100 Dramatic Makeup Transformations of Instragram.  I am proud to be #67 and #68 along with some incredibly talented artists including Sam Fine, Renny Vasquez, and Leiloni Cooper!

A few days ago Instagram users recommended their favorite makeup before and afters to Essence and I guess this is what they were working on.  Feels amazing to know that people think I do great work!

Here are my photos that were selected!

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Book Work – Witches in East Harlem

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This was the first shoot that I had in 2013.  It has to be one of my favorite shoots to date.  I pray that this is a foreshadowing to the type of work that I will be creating moving forward.

Makeup – Michela Wariebi

Wardrobe Styling – Leanne Woodley

Hair – Seven Knows

Photographer – Jessica Horewood

Models – Lena Fawn; Julija Gradauskaite

Book Work – Mod Maven


Makeup – Michela Wariebi

Wardrobe Styling – Leanne Woodley

Hair – Anthony Payne

Photography – Jennie Bregande

Book Work – The Golden Child

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Wardrobe Styling – Michela Wariebi

Photographer – Luis Deandre

Hair – Stephen Hudson

Model – Nejilka Arias

Summer Glow in Winter Gloom

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The wind is whipping and the cold is biting.  Winter has done nothing short of assaulting your skin and your warm climate sensibilities.  You’ve never wished for anything more than you’re wishing for the divine intervention that is summer weather.  Summer sun may be out of your reach, but a proper summer glow is always achievable.

The summer glow process starts in the most unlikely place, the kitchen.  Your diet is going to play a large role in how your skin reacts to the harshness of winter weather.  Foods rich in “good” fats are great for skin.  A diet that includes a regular intake of foods like avacado, tuna, salmon, mackeral, and olive oil will lend to healthier skin that naturally glows.  And of course, I would be remiss if I failed to mention the cornerstone of all glowing philosophies, water.  I can’t emphasize enough the importance of consuming a large amount of water everyday.  I won’t tell you some quota of acceptable amounts, but you should make restroom breaks frequently.   It’s really just that simple.  Drink lots of water and your skin will look better.

Then we have the products, which along with your newly renovated skin will give you a summer glow that rivals your favorite Brazilian bombshell.  There is a simple 3-step product process in achieving the perfect summer glow without the help of the sun.

  1. Hydrate
  2. Add color
  3. Bronze

Winter weather will sap moisture out of your skin within instants of stepping outside.  Dry, cracking skin is the antithesis of glowing, so it is essential that you give your skin an amped up moisturizing and hydration routine to maintain the same level of moisture common during warmer weather.  Some of my favorite winter moisturizers are Embryolisse Concentrated Lait Cream and Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream.


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Next, you want to mimic the natural color gained after days in the summer sun.  Using a little of your favorite blush in a berry shade as a blush warm any winter worn face to summer greatness!  The deeper your skin tone, the deeper the tone of blush used. My top choice for the season is Nars’ “Montenegro” cream blush.  The tone keeps me rosy while the texture keeps me looking natural!

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Finish off with your favorite bronzer across all areas hit by the sun, your forehead, cheekbones, and nose. For those of you with a bit of texture on your skin, avoid bronzers with reflective finishes, as those particles will enhance problem areas.  My current choices are Cargo powder bronzer and for a more economical choice, Ruby Kisses All Over Body Glow!

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Simple steps to a summer glow in winter gloom.  Ready. Set. Glow!

Book Work – “Lady” Institute Magazine Editorial

New editorial featured in Institue Mag.  Click the photo to see the full series. Great work with Kia Chenelle as photographer Abigail McCreary as wardrobe stylist.

Rant: Your Path

It’s so easy to lose focus and become consumed by what is happening in the lives of people around you.  One can easily begin to compare your own accomplishments or lack there of, to those of others.  Thus beginning an epic pity-party where you and your feelings are the only attendants. One of the many problems here is that if you are focused on what others are doing, how can you be focused on what you need to do to improve the very situation that makes you compare your life to the lives of others?

We must remember that we are individuals who are fated to traverse a life that is and will always only be our own.  You can not walk anyone else’s path and they can not walk yours.  Celebrate the opportunity to live a life that no one else can live.