Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Makeup Artist Week | Day 2

This is an important, HIGHLY IMPORTANT, step in the makeup artistry field. 
I have been asked murmurous times, how I clean my brushes & products. And I always love telling people how proud I am of my sanitary procedures! 

Here are my steps on cleaning my brushes: 

  1. I use one of the following soaps to start: Nuetrogena Rain Bath (I also HIGHLY recommend this for a face wash, it's amazing!) Johnson & Johnson Sensitive Skin Baby soap or my Mario Badescu cleanser. 
  2. I use a warm water (never hot) and soap mixture in a glass vase and let my brushes soak for 3-6 hours. *IMPORTANT: Do NOT let the ferrule (that's the top & bottom metal part of the brush) get wet! So make your water high enough just for the bristle part of the brush to be wet) the soap & water will loosen the glue & you will start to have pieces of brush & bristles. 
  3.  After your hours of soaking, the water will be brown & black... or blue and pink, whatever you like on your face :) 
  4. take the brushes out and rinse them with hot water (as hot as your can stand) & do it fast! 
  5. Next take the soap you used and pour a small amount into your hand, swirl and rinse the brushes in your hand until the water runs clear
  6. let them dry on a flat surface or if you can, downward, this takes 10-14 hours to completely dry
  7. once they are dry, spray them with a rubbing alcohol spray and you're done! 
Cleaning my products: 

  1. I clean my products after every client/wedding, just like my brushes 
  2. taking a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol, I lightly spray the products top surface *blushes, eye shadows, lipsticks and cream foundations. 
  3. for eye liners and brow pencils, I run a lighter over them & melt off the first layer of product, spray with alcohol & close the lid
  4. Mascaras, I use only 3 times... that's three weddings or three clients... NO one ever is touched with the actual mascara wand! I use disposable wands found at beauty supply stores. IF I have to use the mascara wand, it's a fresh out of the package tube of mascara & they keep the product. 
I wipe all my boxes, bags and cases down with sanitizing wipes & always make sure my products are as clean as I would want them for myself!!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Makeup Artist Week | Day 1

Let's start in the beginning... where I first started.

I was writing Everyday Beautiful since November of 2011, in January 2012 I decided to change that up. I contacted a local photographer to see who was the makeup artist for her clients... she didn't have one that she used! This was it for me! That person was Mallory & I still to this day thank her for everything she has helped me with, see her work HERE! 

So she set me up with about 6-8 brides she was working with that year & I did their makeup for free. Yes. Free. It was to build my portfolio but the best part was that those brides I was doing at the beginning, those photos start getting me work ( paid work) for later in the year and into 2013! It was working! Networking & just contact with great venues and companies. I was going to wedding venues and meeting the owners, becoming a preferred vendor at there locations.

It was all happening. Then September came. And it stopped. Wedding season was over & I was only doing MAYBE one wedding a month. This was discouraging and I wanted to walk away. But I didn't and when Spring of 2013 came, I was slammed!!!

Now in 2014 I have been all over North Carolina and met the most amazing ladies and companies.

The point of this post is to tell you, there will be down times, there will be times you are working for free and there will be times you are so frustrated that you are not in NY or Cali working on celebs that you just pitch a fit!

But there are weddings, proms, pageants and more....  there are hugs, tears (which you have to fix after lol) and thank yous. They tell people and those people tell people and it's a cycle.

I love my business, I created, my idea, my name. I love it, like I do my children. I take it very seriously and I'm not one to be pushed into things I don't want to do. Such as discounts because you seen me at the grocery store buying lettuce on Tuesday.

Work hard, work for the happiness of yourself and your clients. Not for the money.

Until tomorrow... where we talk about getting a kit together...

See my website HERE and my Business Facebook HERE 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Quest Bar | Review

 Recently I was in touch with Quest Nutrition and was able to try out two of their Protein Bars! I chose, Cookies & Cream and White Chocolate Raspberry!

I have been on a journey (a restarted journey) to get fit & drop some weight. I was sugar free for 15 days & I plan to do 30 days starting September 1st! So I found out about Quest bars, pasta & now chips, from Instagram & many sites supporting fitness.

I like to have a snack or something filling, like a fruit, with me at all times. This way if I'm out running errands, I can eat my snack instead of fast food or grabbing something packed with sugar from a gas station! So Quest Bars were on my list.

Cookies & Cream: 

  • only 1 gram of sugar in a bar (no sugar added) 
  • 21 grams of protein 
  • high fiber 
  • gluten free 
  • only 3 grams of net carbs 
  • One bar is 180 calories 
Plus it's amazing! It doesn't come right out & taste like an Oreo but this will help that sweet tooth out plus fill you up! It's not like other "fitness bars" or a cereal bar. It's an easy bite and it's not going to crumble. So eating it on the go, in the car or walking around won't be an issue! 

It's a perfect size to be filling and get your through until you can have a real meal! 

 White Chocolate Raspberry: 

  • Only 1 gram of sugar (no sugar added) 
  • High Fiber 
  • No gluten containing ingredients 
  • 20 grams of protein 
  • 190 calories 
  • 5 grams of net carbs 
I compare this to the strawberry Special K bars, the dessert type bars. It's sweet without being candy sweet. This is a perfect breakfast bar for those mornings you're running late or just had a morning workout to replenish your muscles! 

I will definitely pick more of these up to keep around & plus my kids loved it! 

Included was a Quest Nutrition recipe book and you can check out Cassey Ho of Blogalates  on YouTube at Quest Nutrition  showing you how to use your Quest Bars to make even more delicious treats!!! 

Thank you Quest Nutrition for letting us try your bars! I can't wait to stop by GNC to pick up more!! They also have Pasta, Cravings & now Protein Chips

Check out Quest Nutrition : 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Monogram Decal Giveaway

Haleigh of C'est la vie Designs & Everyday Beautiful are giving away a monogram decal !!! The decal will be under 5 inches and a solid color with initials of your choice!  

I love her work & she has even made a custom listing for me before!
Check out her Etsy page (she's on vacation right now but check back August 10th) 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Contouring 101

Everyone does contouring a little differently but I've found what works for me and what I love to use on my clients! I'm going to explain my favorite products to use and other products that can be used. Also I will explain why you use the dark shade in some areas and the lighter shades in other areas. It's really easy once you get use to it & when you realize that it does blend out!

First off let's start with the products I HIGHLY recommend for this. Plus they are drugstore products so this doesn't have to be an extreme buy to get a slim more detailed look.

  • Maybelline Fit Me Sticks - these can be found at any drugstore, Target or Ulta. They are under $8 each and have a lot of product in them. You're going to need two shades, one that is two shades lighter than your skin tone & one that is three to four shades darker than your skin tone. Now don't freak out, this is what is suppose to be done. 
You can also use a dark bronzer powder that you like, just make sure it's not light enough to fade with application, you want to see this dark streak when you apply it. I suggest going outside your comfort zone & just know that it will turn out correctly. Use a highlighter powder or liquid. Mac Cosmetics has a great highlighter in Soft and Gentle. Also Maybelline makes highlighter pens, that are easy to use & to carry with you. If you already have a white or cream colored eye shadow & brown eye shadow, then you're set! You can use these products just as well! 

Now, let's find out why we contour our faces... 

  • Contouring is basically defining an already made shape or line. Which is what we want to do to our face to give a more slim appearance. 
  • highlighting brings OUT what we want : cheek bones, brow bone to lift eyes etc. 
  • the bronzer (dark shade) pushes back areas we want to "hide" : hollows of cheeks (making them appear thinner), sides of nose (making the nose appear smaller) & the jaw line (making the entire face more slim) 
Here's the how to: 

  • First grab your angled brush or dense foundation brush, you will probably want two brushes in this process. 
  • I like to do the contouring before foundation, some prefer to do it after. I suggest doing it before because your foundation is the blending shade in this process. 
  • Take your bronzer and get a good amount on the brush, it may seem like a lot but we want that look
  • suck in your cheeks, like a fish face & follow the natural hollow of your cheeks, do this for both sides
  • you can then take a smaller brush & line the sides of your nose if you would like
  • also, run the remaining bronzer on your brush along your jaw line for a thinning look 
  • next is a new brush & highlighter - this we will add to the top of our nose, all the way down, the middle of our forehead, cupids bow (the place under your nose & above your lip), check bones & bottom of your eye brow. (You can also add it to the inside corner of your eye, but that's more of an eye shadow tutorial) 
  • lastly, take your normal foundation, dot it around your face with your figure or brush & start blending. You will notice that the heavy lines are fading but the shadow & CONTOUR remained. 
Enjoy your new look & even though it's extra work, it will become a part of your normal routine once you get it down & learn what you like best! 

Interested in a visual step by step? Email me at TiffanyFaithMUA@yahoo.com to schedule & get pricing for a Skype tutorial session. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Introduction to Makeup Artist Week

Makeup Artist Week on Everyday Beautiful 

August 11th - 15th will be MUA week here on Everyday Beautiful! 

Tips on getting started, sanitizing products, presentation & more!
There will be a post daily covering important info that aspiring MUA's can find useful and help you succeed in your makeup career! 

I have been a makeup artist for almost 4 years & I am still learning tricks and ideas but I am taking what I know so far & helping you on your journey! 

Join me August 11th- 15th 2014 for Makeup Artist Week on Everyday Beautiful! 

Use my CONTACT page to email, tweet or FB questions you may have! 

Back to School Beauty Boxes from Sigma

I love Sigma, I use their brushes on my clients all the time! 
They are releasing a great "Back to School" deal for all types of ladies!

Choose from 3 limited edition sets that include 5 hand-picked products to compliment your style.

 *Includes Moonbeam & Chase Individual Eye Shadows, Eleven Lip Gloss, Eclipse Eye Liner and a purple E55 Shader Brush.

*Includes Fawn & Cherry Blossom Individual Eye Shadows, Get Ready Lip Gloss, Nutmeg Eye Liner and a coral E30 Pencil Brush.

*Includes Notre Dame & Luna Individual Eye Shadows, Hint Lip Gloss, Indigobird Eye Liner and an aqua E40 Tapered Blending Brush. 

*all photos & details from Sigma*