Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Secret to Successful Concealing

Meet MAC's Pro Longwear Concealer.  It's my new best friend (and my tired, stressed-out, sleep-deprived clientele's, too).  I could do an whole blog on this entire line of MAC Pro Longwear. . . I happen to love this stuff!

I'm going through more of this concealer than any I've used on any clients before now.  Its consistency is perfect for that oh-so-delicate skin that's just under eyes.  Its pigment is opaque enough to hide dark circles and red areas.  Yet it's non-drying like some other pasty concealers.  I love it as a prelude to a light misting of MAC's airbrush formula foundation.

I'm also using it personally. . .it's in my makeup drawer in my own dressing room.  Which seems to be a test of makeup that I just can't do without in my kit.  A tiny dab will do. . . blend in small circles with a fluffy eyeshadow brush that you dedicate to your concealer.

Looking to switch things up a bit with your concealer?  I'd highly suggest this!  Remember, concealing rules have evolved: Gone are the days of "reverse raccoon eyes" (you know, where your under-eye makeup is way too light).  The secret to successful concealing is matching your own skin tone, nearly exactly.

Monday, October 17, 2011

When Real Brides Look Like Models

She's real.  She's beautiful.  She understands her makeup.  

Meet Alexis.  She's one of those decisive women who knows just how she likes things.  She's a makeup maven who knows her product and how she prefers to use it.  (Concealer and eyeliner are her faves:)

Now, go check out her photographer, Andrew Stephen Cebulka.  This was my first time working with Andrew, and I was super-impressed.  Not only with his amazing shutterbug skills, but with how he works a room full of women in the throes of pre-wedding flutter.  He's calming, assuring, and in control.  I'd be willing to bet he's one of those people his friends call "a great guy."

Thanks to you both for making this such a fun experience. . .with phenomenal results!