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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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.