Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Homecoming for my two lovelies!

Saturday was a great day! I had the pleasure of readying my niece Nicole and her BFF Lexi (or as I call her, "My Lexi Love") to go to their first Homecoming dance ever! I played triple duty as hairstylist, makeup artist and photographer! It was crazy and hectic! But, it was also full of laughs and I got to be a part of their very first high school dance! I wanted to share just a little of our experience and let you in on the myriad of makeup products I used to get them looking all glam! (Of course, both girls have had their portraits and makeup done by me a number of times, so there are plenty of pictures of both of them on my website gallery! They are two of my favorite models!)

A photo of ALL of the products I used for both girls to get them all made up! I of course used my Sigma brushes! My niece had a teal blue dress and her BFF had a black/peach/pink dress so I actually spent a few days playing around and trying to pick the best colors for their face makeup. It was going to be bold eyes and natural cheeks and lips for both girls. I used Benefit's "thePOREfessional" primer as a canvas for both girls' makeup. For my niece, I used Tarte's Amazonian Clay full coverage airbrush foundation (it was her own, so I didn't think to write down the color! My bad! Triple duty, remember?! LOL) Because I used a powder foundation, I didn't want to overload her with even more powder, so a light dusting of NYX's "stay matte but not flat" powder foundation over just her T-zone was plenty.  I was lucky to get all the colors for my niece's eye makeup in one palette - Wet n Wild's "Blue Had me at Hello" palette. It was the perfect palette for her eyes. I used the three colors from top to bottom on the right side of the palette. I used the light Browbone shade all over her lid, the Eyelid shade on the outer half of her lid and into her crease and for added depth, used the Crease shade on her outer corner and crease and winged it out a bit. I did some winged eyeliner using essence's gel liner in "Midnight in Paris". It was the perfect long lasting black liner for both girls! And, for added sparkle, I added a touch of Lorac's "3D Liquid Lustre" drops to the center of her lids. For my niece's cheeks, I wanted that perfect pink that would last all night, so I chose theBalm's Instain blush in "Houndstooth". And, of course, since both girls wanted as much sparkle as possible, I highlighted with M.A.C.'s Mineralized Skin Finish in "Soft and Gentle". (Which...sadly, I broke into pieces by dropping it later that evening.) I don't actually have some of the products pictured here because they were gifted to the girls by me. For mascara, I chose to give Nicole Ésteé Lauder's "Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara" in black. (Both girls HATE when I put on their mascara, so they wouldn't let me and insisted on doing it themselves.) On their lips, both girls are wearing Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Honey" under their own chosen lipstick so that when it wore off, they would still have a pinky stain on their lips.

After spritzing her with Urban Decay's "de-slick" makeup setting spray, she was ready to go! Here is a photo of Nicole and her finished look!

The makeup for my Lexi Love was a bit different. Since she has extremely fair and oily skin, I used Revlon's Colorstay Whipped Foundation in "220 Nude" which is a perfect match for her complexion. She's also prone to breakouts, so NYX's Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in "Fair" was just the ticket to cover the few tiny spots she had and to do a small amount of concealing around her eyes. Because she does have oily skin, I did set her concealer with a dusting of NYX's "stay matte but not flat" powder foundation, but left the rest of her face alone so she still had a youthful glow. I didn't want either of them overly matte. For Lexi's eye makeup I really had to dig through my collection and find some pinks and peaches that would work for her look. I first used Maybelline's Color Tattoo cream eyeshadow in "Inked in Pink" just on her lids. Then, taking my Stila "the Natural" palette, I used the all over shimmer color in "organza" all over lids over the color tattoo base. Then I took the sparkly peach color in NYX's "Love in Florence" palette the rest of the way across her lids and into her crease. For more depth, I added the "definer" shade from the left side of Wet N Wild's "Comfort Zone" palette into her crease and outer corner and gave a sutble winged effect with the shadows. I also used essence's gel liner in "Midnight in Paris" to do a winged eyeliner look, and of course, added some sparkle with the Lorac "3D Liquid Lustre" drops. For mascara, I gave Lexi her favorite!  Lancome's Hypnose "Doll Lashes".  (Which she applied herself because she ESPECIALLY hates when I put mascara on her!) I did some light contouring and bronzing with Tarte's matte bronze in "Park Ave. Princess" and, for blush I chose a beautiful peachy/pink toned shade from theBalm in "Fratboy". I again highlighted the cheekbones with M.A.C.s MSF in "Soft and Gentle". Lexi also is wearing Revlon's Just Kissable Balm Stain in "Honey" under her own peach lip color.

After wrangling her to stand still for three seconds, I set her makeup with Urban Decay's "de-slick" and made her stand there so I could take a picture! Here's Lexi's finished look!

It was a long and crazy few hours trying to get both girls' hair, makeup and photos done...but boy...was it worth it! For my lovelies...I would do it all again in a heartbeat! Here's a few extra photos just for fun!

BFFs forever! (Can't pry those two apart with a crowbar!)

Even when she isn't posing, I always get great shots of my Lexi Love. (This is also a good example of how this makeup will look in flash photography. The eyeshadow, lustre drops, and M.A.C. highlight comes off extremely sparkly. So, keep that in mind if you don't want to sparkle. These girls wanted sparkle, sparkle, sparkle!)

Yep...that's me...being a big old goofball with my niece! Anything to make them laugh!!!  It was great and I know that the next big event is just around the corner... (Uh oh....!!!)

Bye for now my lovelies! I know this was a different kind of blog post from me, but at least you get a little peek into my life!

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