Friday, September 30, 2011
Well I made it through class and my NYC vacation and am now back in the Lone Star state! It was an amazing time! I learned so much in my class, got to see a Broadway show every night and I got to meet some awesome people (& performers)! I will quickly go through all of it because there is a lot!
My class was amazing! I had such a great time and really gained a lot of confidence in myself as a make up artist. I discovered that I have been doing right all along with the way I approach make up (Less is more). Turns out it's how my instructor and guest instructors all approach make up. They are all extremely successful and great at what they do, so I will continue to do things the way that I feel is right (not what others think). My instructors all have some pretty incredible clients between them. Glamour, Playboy, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Avon, Saturday Night Live just to name a few and don't forget all about all the celebrities too! I'm not name dropping, I'm seriously impressed! When you come from a small town, New york and all of it's glitz seem so far away. But then you're dropped in right in the mix of things and your not quite sure how you got there. I'm just happy to have had the opportunity.
At the end of the week I got to have my own photo shoot and work with the most amazing photographer (and genuinely nice person), Gen Nishino.
He's so experienced and professional, but he has a way of making everyone around him feel at ease. He directed me on what to do and what to expect. I caught right on and we worked very well together. Did I mention he's hilarious? My model Bec was also such a pleasure to work with (and gorgeous hello?!).
I really clicked with her and Gen and we had a great time. I was so nervous, but when I saw the images of coming up on the screen, I couldn't believe it was my work. It looked so good (not bragging)! I was so worried that my model wouldn't be nice or would hate the makeup, but Bec was great! She is also a make up artist, so we bounced ideas and learned some new things from each other. One of the girls in the class asked if Bec was my sister. I said no that I had just met her an hour ago. The girl laughed and said we acted as if we had known each other for years! I honestly think that helped make the photos come out so great. I have to say the three of us made a pretty stellar team! I hope to one day get to work with both of them again.
That's all for now. I will write soon about all the Broadways shows I got to see and, the new love of my life, and my brief encounter with Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter)!
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
See I told you I would blog again soon! This past weekend has been pretty insane actually, so I'm surprised I did. If you don't know, right now in Central Texas we are having horrible wildfires all over the area! The worst one is in Bastrop, TX and has already burned down over 600 homes and claimed four lives. My aunt lost both of her homes in Bastrop and my cousin and her husband lost their house and business in another wildfire. We have only had one minor fire in my area, but my family has all of our most precious belongings packed up and ready to go if we do have to evacuate anytime soon. It's all so very sad, but I thank God everyday minute of the day that my house has not been damaged and that I haven't lost any loved ones. If you are spiritual, please send prayers to Texas right now that we will get rain and that these fires will cease soon. If you aren't, just send positive thoughts. :) You can also donate to the Red Cross to help the victims and also to Austin Pets Alive! to help the animals affected by the fires!
In the midst of all this chaos and tragedy, I have some very exciting news that I almost feel guilty for. A few months ago I decided after being out of school for a couple of years, I needed a refresher course. I started looking for makeup courses and I found several, but unfortunately I do not have 3-12 months or thousands of dollars to attend some of the more advanced schools. After looking for quite some time, I found a great little makeup academy based out of Chicago & New York. The woman that runs the academy has been working in the industry for over 20 years and has worked with countless celebrities and magazines! She offers a lot of courses in both cities, but I decided on a 5-day makeup 101 class in New York from Sept. 19th-23rd.
Don't let the "101" fool you. I will be learning more advanced techniques too, but I think it's really important to re-learn all the of the basics to help yourself go farther in your career. You never stop learning, you never growing. Sometimes you need to put your ego aside and strip yourself down to the core to find your greatness. I will admit I am extremely nervous. It's been a long time since I've been in a class setting and there's the fear that you don't know as much as you think you do. The thing I have to remember is that classes and courses aren't to show what you know, but to learn what you don't.
I am really excited though. My whole family (sans my Nana, who lives with me.) and my boyfriend are coming with me. While I'm in class 8 hours a day, they'll be out sight seeing and then we'll meet in the evening to go see broadway shows! We haven't been to NY in a couple years, but there is so much to do there that we will find brand new things that we didn't get to do last time. I'm especially excited for New York style pizza!!
So I will keep you all up to date on my class and my adventures. We are leaving the 17th and we'll be back on the 24th. I want to try and vlog and blog while I'm up there, but I really doubt I'll have time. Regardless I will try!
If you have any questions or tutorial ideas, just let me know!
As always thank you for reading.
Remember stay fabulous!
To donate to Red Cross, please visit - http://www.centex.redcross.org
To donate to Austin Pets Alive!, please visit - http://www.austinpetsalive.org
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
So sorry it’s been so long (3 weeks yikes!) since I blogged. End of summer is always a busy time and I have once again taken on a million projects that have not allowed me to blog or post any new videos. I’m going to start putting myself on a blogging and vlogging schedule so I can keep my beauty sites going! This week we are talking about brushes!
One of the most important elements of a good makeup kit is your brushes. Sometimes people forget about these little things because they’re not makeup and until recently, did not come in the most glamorous packaging. But these tools of the trade are a key necessity in learning how to master makeup.
Makeup brushes are made up of fibers and a handle. These fibers can either be synthetic or natural (just so you know that means they are made from the hair of animals, so if you want “cruelty-free brushes” go with synthetic) and the handle is made of wood or plastic. The handle of the brush should be attached to the top part of the brush and the fibers should not be too rough so they do not irritate your skin. Synthetic makeup brushes are easier to clean and last longer than makeup brushes with natural fibers. I have owned both and I can honestly say I really can’t tell the difference between natural and synthetic, so to help our little animal friends I try to buy synthetic now. And always when selecting a makeup brush set, keep in mind the type of fibers and handle used, and always go for the high quality makeup brushes (they’ll last longer and in most cases, apply your makeup much better!).
So what are my favorite brushes?
I have seven brushes that I cannot live without. These are the ones I have in my everyday kit as well my professional kit. My pro and everyday brush sets are not very different actually. Both are from Sephora, one is their professional makeup artist brush set and the other was a special edition pink set that came out last year (I think it’s still available if my memory serves me correctly). They both come with more brushes than the ones I am listing. I am simply listing the ones I use most and that I like the most.
We’ll start with face brushes since the face is your canvas or your starting off point for beautiful makeup.
Stippling brushes are fairly common in the pro makeup world, but not quite as known by everyday makeup users (unless you are a makeup freak, which I assume you are!). There are two levels of brush fibers, one that makes up the normal brush (natural hair unfortunately most of the time) and then the synthetic fibers that extend past the first fibers to allow for more control over the amount of coverage you want. These brushes are amazing for giving flawless, airbrushed coverage without the pricey compressor and air gun. This is my favorite brush of all time!
The way I use it: I dispense my foundation on the back of my hand, then I will dab a little of the foundation onto my face with my finger. Then taking my stippling brush, I will work in circular motions until my face has even coverage all over (using more product if necessary).
Large Powder Brush:
Almost every girl has one right? I love the ones from Sephora because the density and domed-like shape allows you to pick up the right amount of product and apply it evenly over your skin. Whether you’re using pressed or loose, sheer or pigmented, this brush will give a great matte, non-cakey look every time.
The way I use it: Depending on the product, I will either dispense loose powder into the product lid or simply open my pressed powder compact. Then I take my large powder brush and swirl it gently into the powder. After making sure to tap off the excess product, I will softly buff the powder onto my skin in upward motions until I achieve the level of matte I want.
Slanted Blush Brush:
Hello cheekbones! This brush applies blush and other face products perfectly! Can you say contour? This brush makes finding your cheekbones very easy. I normally only use this brush for blush and contour shades, but it also can apply your highlight color. I just prefer to use a smaller brush for that.
The way I use it: I will swirl my blush brush into my chosen blush color, tap off the excess and apply it to my cheeks. I don’t really like the look of blush on the apples of my cheeks, so I normally will just apply to my cheekbones starting near the outer portion. For contouring, I obtain the product the same way as blush, making sure to tap off the excess. Then I find the hollows of my cheeks and apply the shade into the hollows in an upward motion.
Fluffy blending brush:
Traditionally used for eye makeup, I have discovered that this brush makes an excellent concealing brush as well (Thanks PixiWoo!). It is a small, fluffy brush with tapered fibers at the end to blend eye makeup into the crease. Those characteristics are also what make it ideal for concealing. You don’t want to have little light spots on your face where you may a breakout right? This brush will blend the product effortlessly into your foundation. You may be skeptical to try it as a concealer brush, but please do! My guess is you’ll never go back to a regular concealer brush again.
The way I use it: For face, I dab my brush into the concealer (wipe off excess) and buff it onto my problem areas until they are minimized. Easy right? For eyes I swirl my brush into my chosen eye color (tapping off the excess) and then starting in the center of my natural crease, I begin to buff the color softly into my whole crease. I apply a little color at a time and as it builds, I alternate between windshield wiper and buffing motions until I’ve reach my desired outcome.
Now here are my brushes strictly used for eyes.
I love doing cut crease looks. It’s probably my favorite eye shadow technique. This brush makes them soooo much easier to achieve. A pencil brush is a tiny little brush that tapers into a point allowing you to create many different looks. I almost exclusively use it for cut creases. It’s also great for smoky eye looks and can be used as a smudgy eyeliner brush.
The way I use it: I obtain my desired eye shadow color with the very tip of my pencil brush (you don’t want color all over your brush when your trying a cut crease look). Then holding the brush like a pencil, I start to make a soft, thin line just above my natural crease following the shape of my eye. I continue doing this until the line has reached the right intensity. Then I blend the color out and up with a fluffy blending brush.
Flat Eye Shadow Shading Brush:
A golden oldie. Everyone has his or her favorite, but I love my sephora one! It’s not listed as a shading brush (it’s actually called a medium shadow brush), but it works! Great for packing eye shadow onto the lid, all over, or along the lower lash line to give the effect desired.
The way I use it: I swirl my shader brush into my desired eye shadow color (tapping off the excess) and then gently pack the color onto my eyelid. I may blend it up to the crease or leave the color concentrated on my lid depending on what I’m doing. The sky’s the limit!
Those are my favorite brushes! They may not work for everyone, so play around and experiment. There are so many brush companies, I have no doubt you will find your “can’t live without” ones!
Thank you all for taking the time to read my blogs. I am planning on writing and posting every Tuesday from now on to keep myself in the beauty mindset. If you want to know about something in particular, let me know in the comments below. I don’t claim to know everything about beauty products, but I love to learn new things. So if I don’t know about something, we can learn about it together!
Friday, August 5, 2011
It's that time of the week again, NEW TUTORIAL! I've been averaging about 1 video every 5 days, so I think I'll stick with that for now, so I make sure all of my videos are up to par.
This week's video is all about very natural makeup. Sometimes a girl doesn't want to look all "made up." Sometimes we want to let our natural beauty be in the spotlight. But if you're like me, you're natural beauty needs a little help (or a lot). I show you how to amp up your skin, brighten your eyes, and make your lips look luscious all with very little effort (yay)! Because if you're going au natural, you don't actually want to work at it!
Here are the products I used in this tutorial:
- Mary Kay Liquid Illuminator (This was actually my first time using this product and I was very pleased with it! In the lighting I was working with, it looked overly shiny so you can tell in the video that I'm a little worried. But when I looked at it in better lighting, I really loved it!)
- Almay Pure Blends Foundation in Ivory
- MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW15
- Rimmel Natural Bronzer in 021 Sunlight
- Tarte Eyeshadow in Shimmering Cocoa
- Tarte Eyeshadow in Shimmering Buff
- Tarte Eyeshadow in Golden Peach
- Revlon Eyeliner in Pure White
- Tarte Eyeliner in Golden Bronze
- Stile Glamoureyes Mascara in Black
- E.l.f. Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Baby Lips
I hoped you enjoyed this look and please send me a request if you have an idea in mind!
Monday, August 1, 2011
Thank you so much for continuing to follow my blog and watch my tutorials, I really appreciate it! I love to read your blogs and watch your videos too! I just wanted to let you all know that I created a special Facebook page for my Youtube channel, so if you're on Facebook, you can follow me. :) Just go to this address http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Makeup-Studio-by-Lacey-Cannon-on-Youtube/251517734876782?sk=info and click LIKE! I only have a couple of people right now, but I would really love to keep in touch with you!
Thanks so much and stay fabulous!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I hope this blog finds you in a good mood and having a great week! It's been a little while since my last tutorial, but I'm back and I have brand spankin' new HD camera to boot! I'm so happy to have a nice new camera, but I am a little nervous about how my skin will look in HD. I've had some issues with acne since my late teens and I do have some mild scarring as a result. I hope everything will work because I love making videos and getting to talk to all of you "Beauty Tubers!"
So my latest tutorial is inspired by Katy Perry. I am going to her concert on Saturday and I have been wanting to honor her in some way. I saw this picture from the Smurf's premiere earlier this week and instantly knew this was the look I wanted to do.
While I'm not crazy about her blonde hair (no offense blondies, I just like her better brunette!), I do love the playful makeup! It reminds of the game Candyland with the frosty blue eyes and the cotton candy lips! Mine is a more wearable look, but if you like you can always put on false lashes (I just didn't have any :P).
Here is the list of products I used:
- ELF Eye Shadow Primer in Sheer
- Wet N" Wild Eyeshadow in Creme Brulee
- ELF Pigment in Golden Goddess
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Shattered
- Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-1
- ELF Blush in Tickled Pink
- Rimmel Lipliner in Tiramisu
- NYC Lipstick in Smooch
- NARS Lipgloss in Orgasm
- Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Medium
I wish it would have been a little more intense, but with a new camera and different lighting I did the best I could! :)
Check out the tutorial at http://www.youtube.com/laceycannon
It's great to be back and look for my July Favorites video coming soon!!
Remember to Stay Fabulous!!!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Just wanted to drop by and tell you that I have a Formspring account that I forgot about haha! If you have any questions for me, you can just leave it on there and I'll most definitely answer!
Hope you all are having a lovely day. :)
Remember to Stay Fabulous!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I don't think I've ever mentioned that I have a FB page. The page address is www.facebook.com/themakeupstudiobylaceycannon. Once I reach 500 fans, I want to do some sort of giveaway! I don't know what exactly yet, but it will be good! So please LIKE my page and encourage your friends to as well!
Remember to Stay Fabulous!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
So the blogger, Classy Addiction was nice enough to TAG me in a Butterfly Award blog she posted. This is basically is a way for other bloggers to become aware of each other, so we can all network and share our love of makeup! So this seems like a lot of fun, so I'm going to get started! All the rules, questions, and answers will be posted below...
1. Link the person back who awarded you
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Answer the following questions below
4. Award this to 15 bloggers
Seven things about me:
1. I am a Texan, born and bred!
3. I am the youngest child in my family.
4. I can be very superstitious.
5. My great, great, great, great Grandfather was an Indian Chief.
6. I love to cook Italian food even though I'm not Italian. :)
7. My greatest piece of advice, "When in doubt, wear black!"
Name your favorite color- Purple
Name your favorite song- Come Together by The Beatles
Name your favorite dessert- Cheesecake or Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Icing.
What pisses you off- That expression and flakey people.
When your upset you- get very mad and tend to get very stand offish.
Your favorite pet- I can't choose! That would be mean!
Black or white- Black always.
Your biggest fear- Since I am superstitious, I don't think you should talk about what your greatest fear is. That only gives the fear power.
Best feature- I have been told I have pretty eyes...
Everyday attitude- Do your best and never miss an opportunity to do something fantastic!
What is perfection- Imperfection.
Guilty pleasure- Shopping...especially for makeup. I can't stop!
TAGGED Bloggers: ( If you do want me to tag you, leave a comment with your blog address and I will put it into this blog!)
Remember to Stay Fabulous!
Welcome to my new followers, thank you so much! You don't how much I appreciate it!
I know I haven't posted in about a week, I'm sorry. It always seems like the weeks just get away from me and before I know it I haven't posted in 10 days! I was so focused last week on my Harry Potter makeup tutorials, then I had the Harry Potter-A-Thon all day Thursday, and then I spent the rest of the weekend recovering from that haha!
But I did make it to Sephora and Target on Saturday and I picked up a couple things that I have been wanting to try. The first thing I got was the John Frieda Precision Foam Hair Color.
I have been wanting to color my hair for a while now. I had some Ombre highlights put in around October and then again in April. Now I loved it for the first few months (obviously since I had it re-done), but then I started feeling like I needed to go back to my natural color. I have very strong views on my appearance. I know what I like and I don't stray from it often. Every once and a while I switch it up, but when I know I want to look my best I stick with my tried and true formula. I prefer my hair to be a natural deep brown. It's rich, sexy and just looks fabulous! So I picked up the John Frieda color because I have been really wanting to try this new fangled foaming hair color. I really didn't see a difference between the foam color and traditional color, but I did notice that a LOT more color got on me than normal. I am pretty good at coloring my hair, but with the foam I had it all over me (even got it on the floor, which hasn't happened since I was 15!). I do have to say I loved the color! It was exactly what I wanted and just for that I will most likely use it again because I would like to keep this color for a bit.
Overall Score: B+
I picked up two items at Sephora, the first being Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation. This foundation is a two-in-one product because it does the work of both a full coverage foundation and it works as a concealer. It also has an SPF 30 which is great for Summer. This foundation is favored among Dermatologists and is great for all skin types, but works especially well for problem skin. I have struggled with acne for the last few years, so I'm always looking for new products to help reduce and conceal my scarring, redness, and current breakouts. I have to say I was extremely impressed with this foundation. It does exactly what it says it will. This is also the first time in my life that I have found a product that matches my skin perfectly! My only con is that it is difficult to apply. In the compact, there is a little sponge but this foundation does not work well with sponges! It works much better with a stippling brush, but you do have to go back over with your fingers (or a damp sponge) to blend it perfectly. Also make sure you skin is clean, well moisturized and primed. Other than those little snafoos, I love this foundation and will use it for a while. It is a little pricey at $42, but if you take in the fact that it's two products, it's a little more justifiable. :)
Overall Score: B-
The next product I bought is one I have heard a lot about from other Gurus (i.e. Pixiwoo & Kandee Johnson) and have been DYING to try it for the longest time. The product is the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer!It is fabulous!! I absolutely love it. On the website, it claims that it will hide dark circles, discolorations, and minor imperfections. It does just that! I have never found a product that covers under eye circles more flawlessly! I really couldn't believe it. It also works great as an eye primer. The compact comes with two colors (a light and a dark) and the light color works beautifully to cover up discoloration on the eyelids and bring out the true pigment of your eyeshadow. What's also really great is that it's not the most expensive product ($28) so everyone can look great!
Overall Score: A
I will be filming a review for Yotube on these products, as well as a video on my Top 5 Beauty tips and my next tutorial. I will pace them out so I don't overload everyone!
As always thank you so much to all of you for reading and watching my videos. It means so much to me and I hope I am able to keep these tutorials and blogs coming for many years to come!
Remember stay fabulous my lovelies!
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Yes Lovely ones....A HARRY POTTER MAKEUP SERIES!!!
So the final HP film is upon us! I come from a family that are Harry Potter fanatics! Since I know I'm not the only one, I am doing a series of makeup tutorials inspired by my favorite female characters over the next week leading up to the final film release on Friday! Above is a photo of the look I recreated for Miss Luna Lovegood. Very shimmery and sparkly and perfect for a special party! The only problem I've encountered with trying to recreate HP looks is that all girls tend to be very natural so there's not much to work with. Fortunately over the course of 10 years there have been some dances and weddings that require the girls to spruce up lol! I am also experimenting with bargain brands so that these looks are affordable for everyone!
E.L.F. All-Over Color Stick in Golden Peach
Covergirl Blusher in Neutral Rose
E.L.F. Eye Brightening Shadows in Pink Ice
Unknown Brand's Glitter Eyeliner (Try Urban Decay!) in Silver
Makeup Forever Aqua Eyeliner in Brown
Max Volume Flash Waterproof Mascara in Black
E.L.F. Luscious Lipstick in Baby Lips
Rimmel Lipliner in 1000 Kisses (Muah!)
MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Medium
Stay tuned to see who's next!!!
Remember to stay FABULOUS!
Thursday, July 7, 2011
A big "Hello" to my 6 new (and only hee!) followers! I really appreciate it and it's nice to know someone out there reads these things.
I wanted to share with you my excitement on a new tutorial series I am planning! I'm not saying what they are yet because I want it to be a surprise! It's just so awesome to be able to create things and then share them with others that want to learn. I have learned a lot from online tutorials, so it's a huge honor that people watch mine.
I am going to work as hard as I can to have the ENTIRE series up by the end of the week. We'll see how talented I actually am haha!
Anyways I just wanted to share that you all and I can't wait for you to see them!
Remember to stay Fabulous!
Saturday, July 2, 2011
I have just posted my second makeup tutorial on YouTube! It's a Dita Von Teese inspired pin up look. I'm a little more confident with my editing skills, so it looks a lot better than the first one!
For a complete list of products, keep reading.
In order of use:
- Makeup Forever HD Primer
- Makeup Forever Camouflage Creme Palette in No. 1 (Two lightest shades as foundation, lightest shade as concealer).
- Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent
- Makeup Forever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector in 04 Brown Black
- Tarte Eyeshadow (from Femme Naturale Palette) in Shimmering Buff (All over eye color)
- Tarte Eyeshadow (from Femme Naturale Palette) in Soft Sand (Crease color)
- Makeup Forever Aqua Waterproof Creme Eyeshadow in 01 Black (Liner)
- Makeup Forever Matte Eyeshadow in Black
- Ardell Fashion Lashes Demi Wispies in Black
- Rimmel Max Volume Flash Waterproof Mascara in Black
- Makeup Forever Matte Eyeshadow in Cafe Latte (Added crease color)
- Nars Blush in Orgasm
- Makeup Forever Aqua Lip Liner in 8C
- NYC Lipstick in Retro Red
- Makeup Forever Aqua Liner in Brown (Beauty Mark)
So there you go! I hope you enjoy this look. It was a lot of fun to film and I loved my makeup so much that I kept it on all day!
Can't wait to film next week's video!!
Remember to stay fabulous gorgeous one!
Thursday, June 30, 2011
What a week I've been having! The good news is I really feel accepted into this "Beauty Guru" community with open arms. I'm so happy people have liked my tutorial and I can't wait to make more! The complete joy I feel being able to communicate with people with same passion as me is invigorating and really makes me want to carry on and do so much more! The bad news is I have been going through some conflict in my personal life with some of my friends. I hate conflict, period. It's really sad to me that friends can't be kind to each other or even be understanding. It breaks my heart to be on bad terms with people I really consider a part of family, but sometimes standing up for yourself or others is the hardest thing you have to do. But all the kind words from you and the support of my awesome family have helped me through. I'm still hurting, but time heals all wounds.
I wanted to share with you all my awesome evening Tuesday night. When I woke up that morning I really didn't think anything exciting would happen. I woke up, had coffee, and spent some time with my mom (who is on vacation from work) watching those silly makeover shows. Just about then I get a text from my best friend Jamie. She had an extra ticket to a concert that night and really needed someone to go with her. Who's concert was it you ask? I'll tell you in a second, first a little backstory on mine and Jamie's relationship.
Jamie is one of my very best friends and my former roommate when we were all going to school. I met her through her then boyfriend and it wasn't until they broke up that we became really close. We both were kind of in need of each other because we both were a little lonely. She was going through a break up and I was still really new to town and hadn't met a lot of people. We started hanging out basically a few days after her breakup and have kind of been besties ever since (we even joke that we're married, we call each other wifey lol)! She is great person! She's hilarious and probably the most organized person I've ever met! I love her bunches and bunches!
Okay now back to the concert story. The concert she had an extra ticket for was the NKOTBSB reunion concert! Now if you're thinking "NKOTBSB...WTH? " Let me explain. It's a combination of New Kids on the Block and Backstreeet Boys. Yes you heard right, TWO BOY BANDS in ONE CONCERT! At first I thought it would be fun. I don't go to a lot of concerts and I love '90's pop! Except back in my day, I was a NSYNC girl and you didn't cross enemy lines over to backstreet (well you did, you just didn't tell anyone). I had never heard anything from New Kids, but I thought they're the original so I'll probably like them. I was only worried that I wouldn't know any songs and I would be lost through out the evening. Boy I was wrong haha!
Not only did I know 95% of Backstreet Boys material, but I also new about three song from New Kids! The concert was an absolute blast! What was even better was that Jamie's mom went too and she was about the biggest BSB fan there! She knew all the songs and we did a couple duets and trio sing-a-longs while we were waiting for the concert to start. It felt really good to be singing all these songs that reminded me of my teenage years. I remember funny things that happened, places I went, people I met and friends I lost. Your teen years are a hard time, but you always go back to the best times when those old familiar songs start to play.
Oh and I also did special concert makeup (I should probably mention makeup right?)! I used my Urban Decay Ammo palette and did this really beautiful blue smoky eye with some gold tints! I really wanted to post the pictures, but for some reason they won't upload. I will post them on my facebook page (facebook.com/themakeupstudiobylaceycannon) and then you can have a look! I used a combination of Shattered (shimmery blue), Maui Wowie (shimmery light gold), and Oil Slick (shimmery black).
Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the concert!
I wish I could post more, but for some reason my pictures aren't compatible with my blog. Hmmm....
Well thanks once again for all the kind words. I really hope that you all enjoy my blog and it brings a little sunshine to your day. Please stay tuned for more videos and new (makeup related lol!) blogs!
Remember to stay fabulous!!
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Aggh I'm so excited! I have finally posted my very first makeup tutorial on YouTube (with a lot of help from my wonderful boyfriend, thanks babe!) ! It's very basic and not the best quality, but I worked very hard so I'm proud of it! I'm sure once I get the hang of all this new fangled technology :) they will look better.
If you watched my video and want to know about the products I used, here is a full list.
In order of use:
- Too Faced Cosmetics Primed & Poreless Primer with a Bronze Tint & SPF 20
- Makeup Forever HD Foundation in shade 120
- Makeup Forever Concealer Palette in No. 1 (Combination of the first three shades)
- MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in shade Medium
- Makeup Forever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector in Shade 02 Light Brown
- Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad in 021 State of Grace
- Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad in 001 Smoky Noir
- Makeup Forever Aqua Eye Liner in Matte Black
- Rimmel Max Volume Flash Waterproof Mascara in Black
- Makeup Forever Sculpting Kit
- NARS Blush in Orgasm
- Makeup Forever Aqua Lip Liner in 3C Medium Neutral Beige
- Makeup Forever Lipstick Palette in No. 10 Peach
I hope you have fun with this. And remember you can always find a similar shade in your favorite makeup brand if you'd like, I just happen to love Makeup Forever. :)
I'm really going to try and do a better video this week sometime, so stay tuned for more!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
I wanted to write a little bit about something that has been on my mind, please forgive if I ramble.
As a makeup artist, my business is extremely visual. People naturally want to look their best and they want to make sure I can make them look their best. The way they find out is by looking at pictures of my past work. Future clients like to see all the different looks you have created and applied, even if it's not what they may need for that specific occasion. They want to know that they can trust you, that you will do a good job (make that great job), and that they will get their money's worth. Pictures to a makeup artist are priceless! It's a big part of how we make our livelihood.
I love new clients! Don't get me wrong I love the existing ones too, but I love welcoming another pretty face into my family. And that's how I view the people that I work with. I treat them how I would treat my family or a best friend. I care about them and I want to give them exactly what they want so they look beautiful and feel good about themselves. I bend over backwards and do whatever I can to ensure my client is happy. I offer my services at extremely discounted rates so people that may not normally get to have a makeup artist at their wedding, prom, or whatever can have that little luxury. It is important to me to reach out, because I want everyone to feel beautiful.
After I finish a client's makeup I always ask for pictures. Yes I can take pictures with my rinky-deenk little camera, but it just doesn't compare to professional photos that are normally taken at special events or photo shoots. Having great shots of a client is like gold to me! It helps me be able to market myself that much more. Makeup is my only source of income and I work extremely hard to make a living. When I first started out I thought "People are going to be throwing pictures of my work at me!" Everyone wants to be a little famous right? Even if it's just on my website lol! I just never thought in a million years that it would be like pulling teeth to get a few photos.
The last four (yes four!) clients I have worked with have yet to send me pictures. Even when I write it down it stings. I just feel really hurt by it honestly. Now I'm not irrational, these people don't owe me anything. They paid me and as far anyone is concerned that's all they needed to do. It's just you become friendly with them, develop a connection, and as you're leaving they promise you that they will send you pictures as soon as they get them! Then a week goes by, you email them to follow up, no response. Another week goes by, you send another message, same thing. Finally you call, no answer, you leave a voicemail, you never hear back. It almost feels like betrayal.
The sad part is I know they are just busy. Life is crazy and it never slows down, sending pictures to your makeup artist falls on the back burner. I guess I was raised that you always follow through on your promises. That lesson is so important especially in business! I know these people aren't ignoring me out of spite or mean spirit-ness, they just have more important things happening. It just stinks that this could affect my business and income. Four people means potentially twelve new pictures for my portfolio. Those pictures could be seen by other potential clients and in turn garner me more business. I just wish it didn't work like that sometimes.
I don't mean to whine, my problems are so small compared to other people's hardships. I just wanted to share this story with you just in case you are ever in a position where you need to send someone something for their business. It does make a difference and they will be grateful.
Always keep your word!
Sweet dreams my lovelies,
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Yes my lovelies,
Olive oil is a great, easy way to make your hair super shiny and soft! There are so many wonderful benefits in olive oil, one of them is it's moisturizing qualities. Used on hair, olive oil can condition, nourish, and improve the strength of your hair. I like to do an olive oil treatment about once a week. Here is my little treatment recipe!
What you will need:
~1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil in a microwave safe cup or bowl
~ Small Comb
~ Shower cap
~ Clarify Shampoo
What you do:
~ Heat the EVOO for 1 minute in the microwave. (*Do not touch!!! It will be extremely hot!!)
~ Part your hair right down the middle into two large sections. (Make sure your hair is brushed and has no tangles.)
~ Dip your comb into the EVOO and then start to comb through your hair.
~ Once your hair is thoroughly saturated, twist hair up and put it in a shower cap.
~ Leave EVOO on for 15-20 minutes (Do a facial mask while you wait!)
~ After 15-20 minutes, step into a very hot shower (with the cap still on) and steam your hair for 5 minutes.
~ After 5 minutes, wash your hair (thoroughly!!) with the clarifying shampoo. If you hair still feels greasy, repeat!
And you're done! Now you have super healthy, gorgeous hair!
Here are some pics of my EVOO Treatment I did earlier tonight. :)
Not my most glamorous moment hee-hee...
And here is my beautiful hair! Look how shiny!
I hoped you found my little trick helpful and informative. Please let me know how it works for you!
Xoxo my gorgeous ones!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Sorry it has been a while since my last post. This past week was crazy for me. Sometimes I become so completely focused on one thing that I forget about everything else. But enough about my silly little life haha!
Well it’s summer and everyone is itching for something fresh and exciting. This is a great time to be adventurous with your makeup! There are so many different looks and products to experiment with! It can really boggle your mind sometimes. I remember searching for what seemed like years to find something new to try and that wasn’t too difficult (You don’t want to be in front of the mirror all the time…or do you?). Here are a few of my favorite current trends and HALLELUJAH! They aren’t very difficult to master!
Winged Eye Liner: Eyeliner is probably my favorite makeup product. More than any other, it has the power to transform your appearance and make your eyes more vibrant. I love the seductive look achieved with a heavy winged eye. Made famous in the 1950’s by glamorous starlets like Marilyn Monroe, it has transcended times and passing fads and still remains popular to this day. Your eyes will appear brighter, defined, and more cat-like. You can try this look with any color of eyeliner! Blue, purple, green, or silver! The possibilities are endless!
Matching Neutral Pink Cheeks & Lips: One of my all-time favorite saying speaks about how makeup shouldn’t completely change you, it should enhance what is already there. A healthy, glowing complexion is universally flattering and pretty neutral pink cheek colors with flecks of gold help give your skin a fresh, luminous appearance. The same for lips is equally appealing! While dark colors make your lips appear smaller, lighter colors will make your lips look fuller and supple. Using neutral pink tones will help give an effortlessly chic, natural look.
Silver Smokey Eyes: This cool, sexy look will be perfect for those hot, sexy summer nights! The smoky eye technique enhances your eye color and is a fun way to play up your day-to-day makeup routine. You can use any color for smoky eyes, it’s really up to you. I chose silver because I love the break from the traditional bronze colors used in summer that reflect the warm sun. Why not change to reflect the cool moon on those summer nights? Silver also brightens up your eyes and makes you look very glamorous without weighing them down.
Hot Pink Lips: Growing up most little girls played with a Barbie doll or two (or fifty…not pointing any fingers lol!) What girl didn’t want those beautiful hot pink lips? Now that us girls are all grown up, we can still keep a little of that Barbie girl in all of us! Hot pink is one of those colors that just plain looks good on everyone! It instantly makes your lips feel luscious and can make your teeth look whiter (buh bye whitening strips!)! You can wear it matte or with gloss to give it a super sexy sheen. It will wake your complexion up and make you feel super fabulous!
Airbrush Makeup: This is the most costly of the trends I will be mentioning just because if you want to do it yourself, you’ll have to buy your own compressor and foundation shades. I love airbrush makeup! Professionally I use the Dinair Airbrush System and it’s great. I have never seen coverage like what I’ve seen with airbrush makeup. It does the job of concealer, foundation, and powder all in one. On it’s own the foundation gives a very matte finish, but with Dinair you can incorporate different moisture products to give a more dewy finish. If you want to try it for yourself without buying the whole airbrush system, find a makeup artist in your area that offers airbrush makeup and set up an appointment. You will be able to see how it looks and then decide if you want to purchase your own kit. The one thing I will say is it is not like typical foundation. It can feel a little cakey if you get to much product in one place, so you have to very careful of how close and how much you are spraying. On the other hand, airbrush makeup will stay on until you take it off (seriously I’ll work out in it for an hour and sweat and still look fresh afterwards)! The other plus is that it removes very easily and quickly. I definitely think everyone should try airbrush makeup at least once just to experience it. You may find yourself re-inventing your whole makeup routine!
Try out one of these look for yourself! You may be pleasantly surprised and have a few tricks up your sleeve to look extra fab!
Here are my preferred products to use in conjunction with these trends. I have provided the shade colors and where you can get them!
Have a great week gorgeous ones! Smile, smile, smile and be positive!
Eyeliner: Makeup Forever Aqua Liner (any color) www.makeupforever.com
Neutral Pink Cheek color and lips: NARS blush and lip gloss in Orgasm www.narscosmetics.com
Smokey Silver Eyes: NYX Trio Eye shadow in TS20 www.nyxcosmetics.com
Hot Pink Lips: NYX Round Lipstick in Hot Pink www.nyxcosmetics.com
Airbrush Makeup: Dinair Airbrush System www.airbrushmakeup.com
Saturday, June 18, 2011
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Thanks for reading the very first post of my new blog! I hope you enjoy it and that I'm not too all over the place... :)
So what is Beauty Icon? What does that mean? Well an icon is something or someone who represents something. So a beauty icon is someone who represents beauty in it's truest form. Everyone views beauty differently. What one person may consider beautiful may not be what the person next to them considers beautiful. It's completely subjective in my opinion.
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye." - Miss Piggy
To me, a beauty icon is someone who is the epitome of glamour, beauty, and brains.
Here is a little (HA!) list of my Beauty Icons.