August 29, 2012

Bridal Makeup Breakdown: Jessie's Napa Valley Wedding

Skin/Prep and Prime:
Embriolysse Moisturizer
MAC Fast Response Eye Cream
Nivea Chapstick
Benefit Porefessional Primer
Urban Decay Primer Potion

Cinema Secrets Foundation
Cinema Secrets Concealer
MAC Studio Fix Powder in N3 and N4

MAC True Romantic and Tenderling on back of cheeks
MAC Pink Swoon as pop on apple of cheeks
Kevin Aucoin Candlelight highlighting powder
Contour with MUFE contour powder #2 and MAC contour powder in Bone Beige

MAC Omega shadow run through brows with an angled brush

MAC Vanilla and Shroom on lid
MAC Cork, Espresso, Down Brown and Mystery blended for contour
MAC Shroom on browbone as highlight
MAC Cork run lightly on lower lashline

Urban Decay Demolition liner, smudged into lashline, before false lashes applied
Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Gel Liner smudged into lashline, after false lashes applied
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Waterproof Very Black

Miss Adoro 747s lashes

MAC Soar lipliner
NARS Bangkok lipstick

Powder T-Zone lightly with Laura Mercier translucent powder
Set everything with Model in a Bottle Setting Spray, original formula

August 27, 2012

Jessie is a Mrs! See Her Napa Valley Country Wedding

Have I mentioned lately that I LOVE my job?

Nearly five years ago I started NoRulesJustBeauty Artistry.  After my own hair and makeup artist DID NOT SHOW UP on my wedding day (she had screwed up the date 5/4 instead of 4/5)  I made a vow that I would provide bridal makeup services which were 110% dependable and consistent, ensuring that MY brides never had to feel the disappointment and last minute scramble that I felt on my own wedding day.

Five years later I am grateful that the beauty industry has provided me a challenging and engaging career which capitalizes on my creativity, and allows me to provide support and services to brides on their most beautiful day.

This weekend I had the joy of providing services for Mrs. Jessie's Napa Valley County Wedding.

Jessie makes my job look easy being such a naturally beautiful girl.  Her light hair and porcelain skin was a stunning combination with her candlelight dress.

Oh and this dress!

You wouldn't know it to look at it in the picture above, but it's actually two dresses in one.  Once the ceremony and formal pictures are over, Jessie can remove the skirt portion of the gown and she has an adorable cocktail dress to dance the night away in!

Stay tuned for a full breakdown of the products used to create this look!

August 3, 2012

Oh the PERFECT red lip...

The perfect red lip is a seriously powerful thing.

While watching the movie Burlesque, with Cher and Christina Aguilera, I became overwhelmingly inspired by the striking red lips and glitter lids.  If you haven't seen Burlesque, you MUST check it out.  The makeup and costume alone overshadow the possibly corny plot lines.  And the music?  To die for.

Makeup Lighting:


No lighting, flash only:

To create this lip look I used the following products:

MAC Lipliner in Cherry
MAC Lipliner in Auburn
Red Eyeshadow from any palette (I used a cheap 88 color palette)

I think the most surprising thing about this red lip is that it's a matte texture, using non-matte products.  For long wear lip looks, it's a great pro tip to use a powder product to really "set" the look for extended wear.

Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation in 1.0
MAC Studio Fix powder in N3
MUFE Contour in #2
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Lightscape (highlight)

MAC Reflects Gold pigment (lid)

Smashbox Linen (browbone)
Smashbox eyeshadow Dusk/Sable mixed (crease)
Smashbox brown cream liner
L'Oreal Full Definition Mascara in Very Black