Monday, July 13, 2015

Makeup Monday: Audrey's Senior Photos

One of my absolute favorite things about doing makeup on clients is seeing their faces light up when they see the finished product. I understand that as a client it can be overwhelming to sit down in a chair and watch a Makeup Artist come at you with brushes and a large amount of makeup products. That's why I try to make the experience as calming and comfortable for my clients as I possibly can. While I am "Canvas Prepping" aka Moisturizing and Priming the face, I like to have a casual chit chat with my clients about what style of makeup they usually like to wear or what they'd wish to try. I found that this helps ease worries and eliminates awkward conversations during the duration of our appointment because it gives the client a chance to talk about makeup in their own way. Once again, I understand the overwhelming fears of watching a MUA come at you while trying to tell you, the client, what they are using and it sometimes comes out as a foreign language. But by the time I start on the next application my clients are usually laughing and smiling about something. And that's exactly what happened when I had the chance to do the beautiful Audrey's makeup for her Senior Photos.

Audrey is getting ready to start her Senior year of high school and I was so honored when she asked me if I could do her makeup for her senior photos. We chatted a bit about her skin type and what kind of makeup she usually wears; She told me she usually just applies a small winged eyeliner and mascara. Unless my client requests a specific look, I like to stay more towards a casual and more natural look. I think it's important to stay true to the clients natural beauty and features, instead of covering it up and making the client not look like themselves. Audrey is absolutely stunning and I wanted to showcase how gorgeous of a girl she naturally is. Here is how we achieved it:

One. We started off by moisturizing Audrey's skin with LeeAnni Eco's 3 in 1 Revolution which is this awesome Toner, Serum, and Moisturizer all in one. It's a super light weight formula and doesn't feel heavy or sticky on the skin. 

Two. One of my absolute favorite primers to use on clients is the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. A little goes a long way with the Oil-Free primer so a dime size will be just fine to create the perfect smooth canvas. Apply this with a flat foundation brush for equal application around the face and down the neck. 

Three. I always start with the eyes first; this to me is the best way to start a look because if there is any fall out from eyeshadow it can easily be wiped away instead of sticking to foundation and smearing. We primed Audrey's Eyes with MicaBeauty's Eye Primer. I wanted to keep her eyes soft and more natural so I grabbed a few of my favorite neutral eyeshadows from MorpheBrushes. I grabbed "Porcelian" (a matte white) and lightly brushed it on her lid and into the crease for a smooth transition/blendable color. I then mixed "Nuts for You" (a matte golden brown) and "Birthday suit" (Soft Muted Beige Taupe) and blended them into the crease to accentuate the natural shape of her eye. I finished by taking a small amount of "Coal" (matte black) and lightly brushed it into the outer v of the eye to add depth. 

Four.  Finding a Gel Eyeliner that you love is important, that's why my go-to is the creamy smooth Eye studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner by Maybelline . The smooth formula makes it easy to create a dark black winged line. It's also fun to tell clients they don't have to drop a lot of money on an eye liner to get a beautiful wing. I was going to use Falsies by House of Lashes but when I realized how long and gorgeous Audrey's natural Lashes were, I coated them with a Mascara by Tarte "Lights, Camera, Lashes" for long, full, curled lashes. For falsies I would have used House of Lashes "All Naturale" for a beautiful natural lash. 

Five. Next up I filled in Audrey's Brows, which didn't take much because she has full brows that were beautifully groomed and easy to work with. Don't we all wish brows were that easy? I grabbed Bobbi Brown's Brow Pencil in "Brunette" (a rich brown). Press harder for a darker shade and lighter in the area's (like the start of the brow) for a lighter more natural look. Use a Spoolie brush to blend the product in the brow hairs, but make sure they are small and light strokes so the product doesn't smear. I then grabbed a flat brush and cleaned up the edges of the brow with some concealer. 

Six. I started off by using Makeup Forever's Ultra HD Foundation for flawless coverage. To warm the face up I applied a small amount of Fit Me! Foundation by Maybelline to the outer portion of the face blending towards the hairline and temples. I Concealed her under-eyes and T zone with Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and blended it out with a damp beauty blender. I wanted to keep her face glowing naturally so I used Kevyn Aucoin's Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting for a natural beautiful highlight that looks like she is glowing from within. 

Seven. I finished off by applying a small amount of Makeup Forever's HD Microfinish powder to set all the products in. Use a big foundation brush and lightly apply the powder so it doesn't cake or dry out the skin. I wanted to add a little bit of color to Audrey's Cheeks so I used a more neutral toned blush from Tarte called "Exposed".

Eight. For a nude lip I applied NYX Matte Lipstick in Sable.  and to lock all of Audrey's Makeup in Place for a beautiful all day application, I sprayed Urban Decay's Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray.

And that is how I achieved this Natural Glam look on the gorgeous Audrey. Thank You lovely girl for trusting in me to doll you up for your senior photos. I cannot wait to see how the photos came out!! You are beautiful girl, so go out there and SLAY!!! Happy Makeup Monday, Everyone!!!

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