Michela is Zooting

A beauty & lifestyle blog by creative Michela Wariebi

Book Work: Video – Fiskars Acquires WWRD

I had the pleasure of working as the makeup artist with No Frames poductions for a video announcing the acquisition of the WWRD group by Fiskars.  For those who don’t know the WWRD group includes iconic luxury brands like Wedgewood, Waterford, Royal Albert and Royal Doulton. Fiskars is a little know company that makes the quality scissors with the iconic orange handle.

Take a look at the final compilation video below.

Production: No Frames

Makeup: Michela Wariebi

Hair: Auralis Flores

xoxo

MW

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DIY Makeup Expo – Guess Who’s a VIP Influencer

Super excited to announce that I have been selected as a VIP Influencer for the DIY Makeup Expo being held by DIY Makeup Mag. The team at DIY mag selected a group of pro makeup artists and bloggers in the NYC area with unique social media presences to be part of the influencer circle connecting us with brands and tapping into our expertise.


This expo will be the first cosmetics expo powered by social media and I am so excited to see what the DIY Mag team has in store! Find deets about the event below.

Name: DIY Makeup Expo

Location: The Attic NYC

251 West 48th Street

Date: September 26, 2015

Time: 5PM – 10PM

Tickets for this event are FREE.  With FREE admission you get access to free makeovers, product samples and products available for purchase.  You also have the option of purchasing a VIP ticket at $99 which gains you access to the VIP mix and mingle portion of the expo. But…you know I love a good discount.  Use my name “MICHELA” on the eventbrite page, here, to get a 25% discount of VIP tickets.

I hope I get to see your beautiful faces there.  If you are coming, make sure you let me know!!

Review: Chella Brow & Eye Collection

After just a few years of working as a professional makeup artist, my personal makeup routine has whittled down from a minimum of 3 MAC shadows to a great brow, liner lashes and a great lip. When I want to be fancy, I wear BB cream, blush and highlighter.  On a very special and rare occasion I may wear foundation.  Yes, I am one of many professional makeup artists who does not wear much makeup.  Surprise!

With that being said, my brow products are of the utmost important to me.  I look for great quality, the perfect texture and of course, I need whatever I fill my brows in with to have some great wearing power.  Your girl has minimal natural brows, so I must make a brow where there is no brow, while also maintaining a natural appearance.

I received Chella brow and eye products in a swag bag from DIY Makeup Mag and I was VERY pleased with the collection. Never heard of them? Neither had I, but the quality of products did not disappoint, so I wanted to share more info with you all.  Go ahead and scroll down to learn about Chella, one of my new favorite niche beauty brands.

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First, they are primarily a skincare brand that creates “specialized solutions and a robust fundamental daily regime” all to combat sign of aging. They have since expanded to include brow, eye and lash products and have 2 brow studios in California. All products are cruelty-free and there is no animal testing of products. (Hey PETA!)

[The Brow & Eye Collection] Brow, lash and eye enhancement.

Eyebrow Color Pencil $18

Retractable pencil with semi-fine tip.  Product is stiff enough to create hair like strokes, but emollient enough to diffuse. Available in 6 shades:

  1. Awesome Auburn
  2. Beautiful Blonde
  3. Dazzling Dark Brown
  4. Elegant Ebony
  5. Luscious Light Brown
  6. Tantalizing Taupe

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Excellent shade range suitable for all skin tones. You know I’m a fan.

Highlighter Pencils $18

A chubby sharpened pencil with neutralizing properties and it’s made for a quick and portable highlighting everywhere situation.  Use it to highlight, conceal, neutralize: brow bone, dark circles, blemishes, red spots, water line & inner corners of eyes, down the nose (oh!).  They also say it’s great for lipstick bleeds and eliminating darkness around the mouth.  Great coverage without being heavy and surprisingly creamy and easy to blend and diffuse. Available in 5 shades.

  1. Ivory Lace
  2. Latter
  3. Cappuccino
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Espresso

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Listen, Chella done crept up and snatched all my damn edges. There was no denying that they got this absolutely right when I realized that they offered highlighter shades for EVERYONE.  And I don’t mean they just have shades that are supposed to match human skin tones, but don’t, Chella has a shade range to suite most if not all skin tones and the colors are RIGHT! The Espresso is easily a shade I would use to contour my face so it would be a highlighter for someone with incredibly deep toned skin. Praise dance! Yall know the brown girl cosmetic struggle.

Eyebrow Defining Gel $18

I used this bad boy on set a few day ago and it tamed the most unruly of brows!  I’m talking slightly coarse and curly brows.  Hello!!!  Where can I get this in a jug with a wand?

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Of the products that I received, the aforementioned were what I was able to try and I loved absolutely every single one.  The eyebrow pencils had every feature that I look for in a quality pencil and the highlighter pens are and excellent addition to any makeup bag.  Super portable, great quality and easy to use.

Other products that I received and haven’t had the opportunity to use or products offered by Chella worth checking out are listed below.

  • Heated Eyelash Curler
  • Eye Brow Color Kit – brow pencil, highlighter pencil, brow gel, dual size sharpener and detailed instructions.
  • Anti-fatigue Eye Masks
  • Brow Full-fillment Eyebrow Treatment
  • Lash Full-Fillment Eyelash Treatment
  • Eyeliner Pens in black & indigo
  • Tools – tweezers, scissors, razor with brush and comb
  • Brow stencils (4 templates)
  • Chella brow organizer with Beautiful Brow Instructional DVD

Chella definitely gets the stamp of approval from me.  The products are undeniably of a great quality and they definitely did their homework considering product development.  I highly recommend Chella.

Purchase on-line here or find a brick and mortar location here.

ScopeCap 01 : Summer Skin Essentials

So, because I need another social media platform to help me procrastinate, I’ve delved into the world of of Periscope!  If you aren’t familiar, it’s a fairly new social media platform (3 months old) linked to Twitter, that allows you to livestream and interact real time with your viewers anywhere in the world.  I checked it out and I’m a bit obsessed!

Last night I broadcasted my first scope all on achieving perfect summer skin.  I shared tips for hydrating your skin, controlling oil, lighter summer complexion product choices, the perfect choices for body and face bronzing and of course everybody’s favorite, highlighting.

My beauty scopes will tend to be very product recommendation and information heavy, so I’ll be doing ScopeCaps (Periscope Recaps).  Cute right? So, check out the ScopeCap on yesterday’s Makeup Q&A all on perfecting summer skin!

1. Stay hydrated!  You’ve heard it a zillion times, but I’m going to tell you again.  Drink more water.  Summer means heat and high temperatures mean sweat.  Sweat means higher amounts of water loss from the body than you would typically experience in cooler temperatures, so it’s important to replenish that.  Do this by increasing your actual intake of water, but also your intake of water rich fruit and veggies.

2. Wear sunscreen 365 days of the year. No excuses.  Everybody needs to wear sunscreen.  Yes, black folk, us too! Visit ThisThatBeauty for the most in depth breakdown for SPF products worth your coins; most if not all are brown girl friendly too!

3. Do not wear Milk of Magnesia! Yes, it does stop oil production, but so much so that it almost completely brings it to a halt. Sebum is the naturally produced oil in our skin that keeps us looking youthful and keeps our skin glowing.  Continued use of MOM will compromise and slow down sebum production resulting in early aging of skin.  Check below for great alternatives.

4.Use a lighter moisturizer for the season. Focus on hydrating with water instead of topical remedies.

5. The oil cleansing method is a great alternative for people with dry, normal and combo skin. Oil cleansing mimics the natural oil production of sebum.  Cleanse with carrier oils like EVOO.  Lock in moisture of damp skin with natural oils high in EFA like evening primrose oil and rosehips oil.

Now, to the product recommendations.

[Oil & Shine Control]

Embryolisse Hydrat Mat

No worries if you battle excessive oil production. Hydra-Mat is great for keeping the skin hydrated, but also at limiting shine.

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Purchase here and here.

Nurturing Force Oil Control

Guaranteed oil control! Use this after the Hydra Mat followed by your makeup and you’re sure to be shine free, but hydrated for the day or night!

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Purchase here.

Whiphand Cosmetics Set the Stage

Use this before your makeup to help fill in fine lines and wrinkles and to essentially make your makeup bulletproof!If you aren’t ready to delve in fully, they offer samples for purchase.

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Purchase here.

[Dry to Normal Skin]

Embryolisse Lait Cream Concentrate

My current go-to moisturizer. Helps attract water to the skin. Works for a variety of skin types.

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Purchase here or here.

[Lighter Coverage Complexion Products for Summer]

Kiss NY BB Cream

Helps to even out your skin tone and offers great coverage without being too heavy.  Not to mention it’s very cost-effective. Purchase at your local beauty supply store or here.

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Purchase here or at your local drugstore.

Cover FX CC Cream

Similar benefits to BB cream, but with a time release SPF that is brown girl friendly!

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Purchase at your local Sephora or here.

Becca Cosmetics Ever Matte Shine Proof Foundation

Light weight foundation that works to keep the skin matte and oil free. And the shade range is very brown girl friendly!

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Purchase in your local Sephora or here.

[Summer Powder Choices]

Mehron HD Celebre Powder Foundation

Powder foundations are a great alternative to cream or liquid foundations for the summer.  Mehron HD Celebre has great coverage, it’s lightweight, the texture is beautiful and silky and the color range is wonderful.

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Purchase here.

MAC Mineralized Skin Finish

Perfect for helping to eclipse any imperfections in the skin without being heavy.  Slightly reflective so it adds a nice glow to the skin.  Wear over BB cream, CC cream, foundation or by itself.

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Ben Nye Translucent and Ben Nye Luxury Powders

Perfect for setting cream and/or liquid complexion products without adding too much color.  Well processed, so the texture and finish is silky and beautiful.  Everyone loves banana, and I do too, but Topaz leaves the most beautiful golden glow on applicable skin shades.

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Purchase here.

[Bronzers]

Shea Moisture Bronzing Powders

The folks at Shea Moisture really got it right with their bronzers.  The deeper shades are my favorite, but the size of the reflective particles make these perfect for shading without looking sparkly.

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Purchase at your local Target. (If you can find it.)

Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzers

Cost effective and incredible quality.  Need I say more?

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Purchase in your local drugstore or here.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer

The OG’s of the bronzer game.  Guerlain’s Terracota Bronzers have been around for ages and they continue to be some of the best in the game.  Definitely a luxury cosmetic choice, but the quality is well worth it.

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Purchase in your local Nordstrom, Bloomies, Saks, or Neiman’s or here.

[Body Bronzers]

Perfect for hiding skin imperfections and strengthening overall sexy in more ways than you can imagine.

MAC Bronzing Oil

Why they only have this in special collections I don’t understand, but it you’re able to catch it make sure to stock up.  You can’t really go wrong with body oil and shimmer. You just can’t.

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Mehron Aura Bronzing Gel

A milder option.  Not as many reflective particles, but great for creating a subtle glow and perfecting the skin.

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Purchase here.

Inglot Stardust mixed with body lotion.

My favorite combo for body bronzing.  Not sure what magic Inglot used to create this Sparkling Dust, but the particles start out large then perfectly melt into the skin for the most beautiful finish.  Mix with your favorite body lotion and not you have your favorite body bronzer. Use with caution though, it packs a huge punch and a little goes a long way.

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Purchase here.

Prtty Peaushaun Skintight Body Lotion

Luminous body lotion available in 4 shades.  Conditions, nourishes and firms skin while providing beautiful glow.  Interesting smell, but it makes the skin look incredible!

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Purchase here.

[Highlighters]

Inglot Sparkling Dust

Yep, Inglot Sparkling Dust is safe for use on the face as well; eyes included.  Do you see why I am completely in love?  Again, take it easy though; a little bit goes a long way.

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Purchase here.

Ruby Kisses All Over Body Bronzer

Hella bang for a few bucks.  My ultimate favorite highlighter.  Particle size and finish are absolute perfection. Available in 4 shades.

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Purchase here.

Beccas Shimmering Skin Perfector

Go ahead and believe the hype on this one.  It really is that good. Becca just continues to get it so right.  Use the cream or the powder independently or layer the powder over the cream for the cray cray highlight and glow magic. Definitely a favorite!

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Purchase at your local Sephora or here.

[Sealing Sprays]

Skindinavia

The Makeup Finishing Spray Mineralized and The Makeup Finishing Spray Bridal are both fantastic.  The difference is that Bridal offers a silkier finish. Both will have your makeup in place for the full day.  #staysnatched

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Purchase here or here.

Blue Marble

A pro makeup artist secret.  Primarily used for theatrical makeup, so if it can hold stage makeup in place it’s sure to keep your smokey eye in place!  #staysnactched

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Purchase here.

WHEW!  Lots of info, but all very helpful in helping you achieve beautiful, luminous summer skin.  Make sure you follow me on Periscope, Twitter and IG for more beauty fashion and foolishness!

IG: @MichelaWariebi

Twitter: @MichelaWariebi

Periscope: @MichelaWariebi

Blackness in the beauty and fashion industry: the makeup artist perspective

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen the increasing racial tension growing in the U.S. due to multiple instances of violence against black bodies by police and citizens. Not that any of this is new, but thanks to mobile technology and social media, we have been able to see it in a manner that we never had before.

This has resulted in many choosing to no longer remain silent or to scream a bit louder about the daily struggles associated with blackness in the U.S.  This conversation is especially gaining momentum in the beauty and fashion industries.

Yesterday, model and activist Nykhor Paul read the fashion industry their rights in a manner that resonated with manyand had many of us screaming YESSSS at our screens!  She articulated the truth of the matter perfectly.  Her words were praised, eye were opened, edges were snatched.

See her full rant on IG here.

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 2.31.00 PMNeedless to say, her post went viral.  It was shared in a Pro Makeup Artistry group I run on FB and it began a dialogue on another perspective, the role of the black makeup artist in a very white and exclusive industry.  We all shared very similar experiences and I thought it was important to share with my readers.  (Yall out there right?)

Here is some of what we shared:

–  Black models are often surprised and extremely grateful that we have product to match their complexion.

– We regularly encounter other “professional artists” who are not prepared with skills or product to do makeup on any skin with a color deeper than a paper bag.

– When working in a group setting of makeup artists it is automatically assumed that because you are a artist of color, you will complete makeup for all black models.

– Non-black artists are especially celebrated and valued for being able to do beautiful makeup on black models.

– If a black makeup artist were to show up on set with no makeup for white skin, all hell might actually break lose on set or backstage.

Granted, certain artists specialize in certain things and that’s to be expected.  However, in a fashion setting there is another expectation. It is not okay to only have product to suit white skin because there is a lack of diversity in fashion.  That lack of diversity in runways and in magazines is problematic, so to act in a manner that supports that discrimination, is also discriminatory.

As a professional artist, one should be well-versed and skilled on doing a proper, professional caliber makeup application on the full global skin range…as in, on all humans.

Being able to do a beautiful application on black skin is not a special skill because you are not black.  It is the standard and not a specialty. There is no denying that we are drawn to that which looks most like us, but I encourage and challenge every artist that may read this to truly be a professional and be prepared to meet the needs of the diverse world we live in. Which artist will you be?

A Night of Mehron Makeup

So, thanks to my Twiggy-inspired shoot, I was invited to participate in “A Night of Mehron Makeup,” a celebration of almost 100 years of Mehron.  The event was held at the Manahattan Wardorbe Supply Pro Beauty Store and featured a stellar team of artists all creating makeup looks inspired by iconic inspirations over 10 decades.

1920s – Flapper

1930s – Film Starlet

1940’s – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

1950’s – Lucille Ball

1960’s – Twiggy

1970’s – Diana Ross

1980’s – Dynasty

1990’s – Courtney Love

Current  – Fashion Editorial

Future – Extreme Makeup

The night was the official kick-off to the 1 week celebrating 10 years of The Makeup Show NY.  I was incredibly honored to be a part of the team that included these heavy hitters in beauty like James Vincent, Joe Delude Javier De La Rosa, Danessa Myricks and David Hernandez.  Can we say PRESSED?

Check out a few pics from the night below.

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With my modeling sporting my Twiggy-inspired makeup look.

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A close-up of my Twiggy look.

The team.

L to R: James Vincent, David Hernandez, Jinny, Orlando Santiago, Joe Delude, Paloma Romo, Danessa Myricks, Michela Wariebi, Javier De La Rosa, Bethany Townes.

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L to R: 1930’s by David Hernandez; 1960’s by Michela Wariebi; 1920’s by Orlando Santiago; 1930’s by Bethany Townes; 1980’s by Joe Delude; 1990’s by James Vincent.

Dear Javier De La Rosa, I know you were doing a bald cap, but you didn’t have to snatch ALL of our edges. DAMN!  This is so good.

With my beauty woes, Delina Medhin and Danessa Myricks. #blackgirlsrock

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.

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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