Creating Beautiful Bridal Makeup

The designer bridal shows are always beautiful and show the most elegant of what is going to be in fashion over the next few seasons. While clicking through the dresses for Spring 2019 on, I was totally in love with what I was seeing. The styles were so different in looks, but one consistent thought went through my mind and that is what I was seeing could be worn by so many different women and look chic yet romantic and soft.

I was already putting together makeup looks for the dresses in my head and starting to sketch them out on face charts. Makeup that can be feminine and pretty and include more color than I have seen over the past few years. Berry stained lips and rosy cheeks with a soft gleaming eye being great for the bride who wants her dress to be simple and classy while a smoky eye with a softer lip will make any bride who has more pattern and design to her dress feel like the exquisite details will be accented in any picture. 

The best part of any bridal look which is where I get to play a part is getting to create a look that is unique to every bride that I work with. Much like the details of the dresses I was in awe over, every bride that I see has something unique about her that she often doesn't see that helps me accentuate her face so when all eyes are on her, she feels like no one will ever have the day that she is relishing.

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Kevyn Aucoin is "Larger Than Life"

There are very few makeup artists that not only receive international acclaim and also have a documentary that is shown at international film festivals. Kevyn Aucoin is one of them. Last night at the Cleveland International Film Festival,  I had the thrill of getting to see one of my idols back at work on the screen when Tiffany Bartok created the documentary "Larger Than Life" about the life and career of Kevyn Aucoin. I remember first seeing his work in every fashion publication I owned along with getting to work with Ultima II Cosmetics when his Nakeds collection took American makeup by storm by showing women that makeup could be very natural and still be elegant. Like a little kid in a candy shop, I waited in line at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chicago for Kevyn to sign his book "The Art of Makeup" which he did with excitement and in usual Kevyn style he went above and beyond what you wanted him to write. Meeting him only validated what I believed about women and makeup: Makeup isn't used to change a woman, it is used to enhance what she already has. 

"Larger Than Life" did not disappoint. Over sixty interviews were done to capture who Kevyn Aucoin was from the intimate memories of his family to the models, fellow makeup artists, stylists, friends and countless celebrities whom had the chance to be a part of his magical work and his world in which he believed that anyone he touched should be treated with perfection and love. Bartok was able to tell his story which unfortunately ended in 2002 due to a long term brain illness in a manner that the audience could see his successes, love for people and his career and the self esteem issues that ultimately drove him to be a genius with his makeup brushes ,but took a toll on his ability to see how gifted he was with an uplifted view of how one person can make a difference in many lives.

I was in awe of all of the people in Kevyn's life that were interviewed and shared their memories for the documentary and the honesty that they shared. Cher, Tori Amos, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Isabella Rossellini were just a few of the biggest names of their time that brought back the 90's celebrity and supermodel makeup explosion to a poignant interview with today's top artist Mario Dedivanovic who counts Kim Kardashian as one of his top clients. Dedivanovic shared how much of his inspiration was built from watching Kevyn's videos and by using his book "Making Faces" as a tool to build his own career. Like that little kid in line at Saks Fifth Avenue, I sat with my eyes peeled to the screen getting to see the countless covers and fashion spread pages that I have in at least fifteen big binders that sit with all my makeup books. My only wish from the movie that will be released for sale on July 31 is extra hours of outtakes that had to be pared for the original.

Why Exfoliate??

With Summer ending, you may have noticed dull skin buildup on your face from that extra sunscreen or time you have spent on the beach and your moisturizer and makeup may not be wearing as well. Using an exfoliator one to two times a week in the shower will help keep your skin glowing all week and keep that dead skin from clogging your pores. Many clients ask me if exfoliating is to harsh on the skin because many products that are chemical exfoliators are on the market and remove dull skin while still feeling silky. While chemical exfoliators are great for the surface of the face, your physical exfoliators will actually get into the pores and remove deeply embedded dirt that will prevent blackheads from forming. 

My favorite tip on how to exfoliate your skin is to do it in the shower after you wash your face with your cleanser. Often cleansers and exfoliators are thought to be the same product. Your cleanser actually removes surface dirt and debris so your exfoliator can get into your pores leaving your face soft and better able to hold serums and moisturizers so you use less product and your face feels glowy and not greasy. After you cleanse your face, the steam from the shower will have opened your pores and your exfoliator will be easier to use because you can rinse your face with the water without having to use a wash cloth which can often irritate the skin because of the fibers. When using your product, be sure to hold fine lines tautly apart so you can exfoliate between lines which will get dull skin out and make wrinkles softer and less defined. Enjoy your fresh glow!

GLO and GO!

I wanted to take a minute to let you know about a special treatment I’m currently offering with Glo Therapeutics products called GLO and GO. After only one 20 minute treatment, you will see your skin become instantly brighter and smoother overall!

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