Jenny's Wedding Day Trial!

So a fun group of friends have recently been making their rounds into my makeup corner! Yay! Remember my first referral, Cindy? Turns out her maid of honor is now the one getting ready for the Big Day. Jenny was a blast to work with! I can't wait to see the finished look put together with her hair and makeup :)

Before and After

Some additional shots with a bigger smile and closed lids

Can you see who's in the mirror? Yeah! That's Cindy! (Refer to the entry titled "Cindy and Kijoon's Wedding!" or "First Referral") It was great having her back and seeing her (now as a married woman)...and cracking jokes to make Jenny laugh. They were a lot of fun :)

Looking forward to the wedding day Jenny!


A Foundation Story

Once upon a time (less than two years ago), there was a girl named Jo who went to visit her friend Yisi. They decided to have some fun and play with makeup even though Jo had never worked on anyone else's face before and had not yet thought about becoming a makeup artist. "Fun! Fun!" thought Jo to herself as she was applying Yisi's makeup.

Although Jo enjoyed the experience and was surprised at how positively theraputic it was, she realized that the foundation colors used on her friend Yisi did not quite match with her actual skin tone. In fact, Yisi's face looked a completely different shade from her neck. Boo. What a bummer.

Fast forward to today (Veteran's Day) where one of our main characters (Jo), has gotten into the makeup artist profession after all.

Jo slowly stepped into Yisi's house ...but this time, prepared and ready with her fully stocked makeup kit and a determination to make sure the foundation colors matched perfectly.

Wow! What a difference! It's a perfect match! Woohoo! Jo and Yisi celebrated together with smiles and laughs and nods of approval.

The End.

Before and After
(These photos were taken by me...I am not a professional photographer so I'm not quite sure how to adjust the camera for the differences in lighting yet. )

Additional after shots with slightly better lighting


Yisi wanted a very natural, quick and easy look she could put together for herself for a more polished look. I went pretty minimal with the eyeshadow along with no mascara. The focus really was on Yisi's skin and making her look alive and healthy with a glow.

Matching foundation colors with your own skin tone is a must! If you are planning on purchasing a liquid or powder foundation from a cosmetics counter or store, please ask an associate to help you find the right shade. Check if they are able to give you a small sample so you can see it and put it on your own skin before purchasing.

The pigmentation of the product you buy is also important. You don't want to have to pack on a lot of product just for the coverage. The more pigmented the foundation is, the less of it you'll need to apply (which is good.)

The last thing is, make sure you are moisturizing daily. What a difference this makes! Now that the winter time is creeping in, your skin is sure to start feeling the effects of the cold and the wind. If you're applying foundation onto dry skin, it will only emphasize the drying and flaking of your skin and make it all the more noticeable. So, start moisturizing :)

* Drinking plenty of water is another way to help your skin...but I'm a bad example of that since I don't like drinking water.

Seeing Glamour with Janely

When I first decided to step forward into this makeup industry, I remember asking several of my friends to help be my models for my initial portfolio. Janely had agreed to help out, but we just never got around to it...until now! Yay! It was a pleasure to work with Janely and have a chance to try out this beautiful dramatic RED look on her. She definitely has strong enough features to pull this look off successfully!

A desire I have as a makeup artist is to expand my portfolio to encompass many different styles of makeup... not just the natural look. How awesome was that when Janely allowed me the freedom to do whatever I wanted to do and do whatever I thought would look good on her. Wow! This really was a fun experience for me... I hope it was for Janely as well :)

Before and After

("But wait! Why is Janely wearing a different shirt?" you ask. Well, picky me, I asked Janely to change shirts so that the original orange color of her shirt would not clash with the red on her lips. Yes, this really was all done on the same evening.)

Here are some additional shots and angles for ya:

On Janely: concealer, foundation, blush, contouring bronzer, brows, eyeshadow, crayon eyeliner, liquid eyeliner, Sephora's false eyelashes, a dash of white shadow on the inner corners of the eyes, red lipcolor from Nars, a bit of Benefit's plum lipcolor, Bare Mineral's Feather Light Mineral Veil and finally, Makeupforever's Mix and Fix Spray. Plus the shirt change :)

Thank you Janely for letting me have so much freedom to do what I wanted with your face. And thank you God for allowing me to have so much fun with makeup. I LOVE this job!