Nov 22, 2009

Lauren's Wedding

I finally get to post some pictures from one of my favoritist bride's i've ever had the pleasure to work with! Lauren is just an awesome girl and I had so much fun in the process of her wedding from consults, bridal portraits and then her wedding! She is an absolute doll with a classy personalty and clean, simple but still elegant style.

Her wedding was so exception. She was married on her family's farm (which if they asked me to move in with them i would in a heart beat! It was gorgeous!). She really had all the details down! Her photographer i mentioned before in my posting about her bridal portraits but I just cant say enough about Altmix photography! They are based out of Atlanta Georgia and their photography skills are AMAZING! they are able to capture such beautiful and intimate moments without it ever looking posed. You can see many more of the photos from Lauren and Matt's wedding by seeing the blog post at Altmix Photography

Here are some of my personal favorites (of course they show off the bride... hehehe)

Nov 18, 2009

Subtle Purple Smokey Eye

Ok everyone, i'm so sorry it's been a minute since i've posted a video! We've been redoing and remodleing and painting and i've even tried taping some videos but just havent had the time to edit them!

Anyhoo - here is a super fun one using PURPLE! I love purple. I've tried to say i dont (high school color, i think i OD'ed on purple in highschool) but truth be told, i just really love the color purple! Not lavendar as much, i'm talking deep rich purple. Love it! The great thing about purple as an eye color is it truly works well with just about any skin tone! It's a great way to pull off a color look without going overboard.

This video makes a very easy smokey eye using purple but it's also not over the top so ANYONE can wear it! Check it out!

Nov 13, 2009

My apologies...

I am so sorry for the lack of posting! My wonderful husband was repainting my master bath at my request. I wanted a better wall color that wouldnt wash out the video tutorials so much. So that meant the filming would move to the next best list room in my house... the kitchen. Then he decided to start painting the kitchen! So needless to say, i havent had a good place to film. And with the shoot for McAulley's and the fashion show (which by the way went great and Lela Rose is the most down to earth designer i've ever met!), it's been a hectic week! I did take the time to reorganize my makeup closet and go thru all my brushes so that i could do the best brush review to my ability! I actually filmed it, but left out something i wanted to talk about. WOOPS!

SO, thats all coming, bare with me while i get back into my groooooove. :) Photos to come from the shoots earlier this week soon! :)

Nov 9, 2009

Lela Rose Fashion Show!

What a weekend, what a day, and it's not over yet!

Sorry for the lacks of posts this past week! I've been cuh-razy busy! Some of you know i own a stamp company called Paper Makeup Stamps (appropriate, huh?) Well, in any case, we had a new release on saturday, so a big part of my week last week was getting ready for that.

I also am doing makeup for the Lela Rose fashion show tonight! Here, in G-ville baby! It's always very exciting when someone from New York or LA comes here! So i'm way pumped for that! Part of this past week was also dedicated to preparing for that. The show is tonight! If you are local, you should come! Fashion, Food, Drinks, i mean, whats not to like? Oh, and you get a goodie bag! hehe.

I also did makeup for a fashion shoot yesterday for McAulley's Unique Boutique which is in Anderson South Carolina. Once i get some of the shots from that, I'll post em.

But for now, i'm off to get some models ready for the luncheon with the designer. Not like America's Next Top Model where they have to do their own makeup! (ok, so usually models DO for luncheons and what not. I'm just being helpful, i.e. not getting paid. hahahahahaha)

Ok, chat with ya'll on the flipside!

Nov 2, 2009

coming up...

So i had a client come over on saturday for a super fun makeup... and who forgot to take a picture? Yep, that'd be me. *sigh* oh well, it was a very "halloween-ie" makeup anyway.

Here's a fun look using some deep plums and purples. I looooove plum and purple and they look great on so many different skin types. The trick for me? Keep it warm. The warm purples wont wash you out as the weather gets cooler and skin tones get more pale.

Tip 2, keep some lighter shadow towards your lashline. The effect is pretty, but it also helps to "open up" your eyes! Too red of a purple right around your eyes wont help the whites of your eyes if they are a bit bloodshot. :)

I did try to do a film tutorial on this but i think the lighting was not the best. We'll see how it looks though and I'll get it up as soon as i can!

Nov 1, 2009

MAC Notoriety Quad, review & tutorial

Hey everyone! I finally got my little video about the MAC Notoriety quad up on youtube! I love this quad.... very gorgeous warm colors....

I'm a little frustrated with the video as I dont think you get the full warmth of colors on there. Must be something i'm doing wrong in the uploading because it all looks a little washed out to me! You can see see whats going on since it's HD, but you just lose colors. I'm mad at it! SO if you happen to know what in the world i'm doing wrong, please let me know! It's not the lighting because the colors look fantastic on my computer and in the editting software. It just looks blahzay (i'm sure that is not the way you are supposed to spell that) on youtube!

Here it is....

For those that has asked for makeup looks, creating eye shapes, and such... they are coming! :) I'm also working (well, it's filmed, i just need to edit it) about my favorite makeup brushes. :)

Thanks everyone! Remember everyone is a star and has the right to twinkle! :)

Oct 25, 2009

Base for Makeup & learning contour!

I have 2 youtube videos for you today. The first is just a very basic video explaining the products that I like best for prepping your face for makeup. As with all artistic things... a good application of the art medium starts with a great canvas. This video explains how to get your face to be the best canvas it can be! And you'll be amazed at the results of your overall makeup!

So check it out!

The next video i have just goes over basic contour. Contour can be a great asset if you dont like something about your face. Its not just for stage and film makeup anymore!

So check it out!

Oct 22, 2009

Lauren's Bridal Portraits

It's been a couple of busy weeks, but i do have some fun pictures to show you of Lauren's briday portraits. Ok, so the portraits were awhile ago (and in fact, i just did Lauren's makeup on friday for her rehearsal and then on saturday for her wedding) But this is what i have for you for now!

The photographer for Lauren's wedding was Almix Photography. Kate (who i met) and her husband Matt really have a great thing going! Their photography is funky and fun, vibrantly colored and just very very cool! Not to mention that both of them have an extremely artistic eye! I was very impressed!

Here are some pictures from Lauren's portraits...

You can view more of their photography HERE! *hint hint, the pictures are nice and LARGE on the altmix phography page! :) )

Oct 8, 2009


Phew - we had a very fun trip, but came home to THE FLU! I do not like the flu... i do not like it at all! So i havent filmed any new tutorials because, ahem, i dont exactly feel like being on camera when i have the flu. Though i suppose if i could have mustered the energy, it would have been a good one to learn... how to make yourself look undead! hahaha.

Earlier this week i did a photoshoot for Kentwool (a golf company) and got to meet some fabulous ladies from the LPGA and Future's tour! Let me tell you, they are FUNNY! If i get any photos from that and permission to post them, i will.

I do however have some pictures from a wedding i did just before we left town. The bride looked stunning even though she had the flu then!

The photographer for the wedding was Kim Deloach. Her photography is very artistic and just stunning! If you live in the Upstate of South Carolina, i would check her out!

Sep 23, 2009

Pink and Plum makeup Tutorial - with Video!

Woohoo! I finally figured out my new video camera! This will greatly help out the video tutorial plan. I just wasnt pleased at all with the outcome before. This will also help me to show you products, and such because the camera will focus on the product so that you can go out and find it yourself. :)

ETA: the youtube video still looks a little choppy and but the video on my computer is sharp as a tack! Is there something i am doing wrong? Any helpful tips are greatly appreciated! :)

Today's look was created using the Stila Lotus Bloom palette. Now I am going to warn you that this palette was a limited edition as are most palettes with major companies. BUT, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I'm going to show you close ups of these colors so you can compare to what you have already in your own collection. :)

And away we go!

Some pretty pictures from Joy's wedding

These pictures were posted on Sposabella Photography's blog. There were just some fun ones of me on there doing makeup as well as some shots of the bride on her wedding day since i only had rehearsal dinner pics posted before. :)

Have a wonderful day everyone! Tune back in tomorrow... i think i finally have my video camera and new edditng software figured out.... yeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaah!

Sep 17, 2009

Need a video camera suggestion!

Video Camera that works well with MAC computers?  I've been on the hunt for a video camera that is compatible with a MAC computer.  I would like to provide better detail in my tutorials and quite frankly, my point n shoot and webcam just dont do makeup justice when you are trying to teach someone how the look is done!  If you have any suggestions, please email me at makeupbykatie (at) yahoo (dot) com


Sep 16, 2009

Hair from the weekend this wedding

Just some bridal styles.  These were all from the wedding i did this past weekend...

Sep 15, 2009

What a weekend! and a Stila review

WHat a weekend i had!  On saturday I did hair and makeup for a pretty good sized bridal party.... the Bride, 6 bridesmaids, 2 flower girls, a mama and a grandma.  And this was Makeup AND Hair!  Needless to say i was pretty pooped by the end of the evening!  haha.

I will show all the hair pictures probably tomorrow, but i wanted to do a quick review of a new makeup palette (well, it's new for me).

The Stila Smokey Eyes palette...  First let me say that it talks to you! Really it does.  You push a button on the inside and it says "Thank you for purchasing the Stila Smokey Eye Palette".  It then goes on to give you step by step instructions, which i didnt actually listen to.  So i suppose I should have done that to give a full review, huh?  Well, it also gives a drawn out diagram that i do agree with, so I'm gonna guess that the wording review i'd agree with as well.  haha.  The talk button will also tell you which of stila's brushes they recommend you to use.

The "base" (lightest color in the palette in the top left hand corner) is pretty darn shimmery.  Dont get me wrong, it's LOVELY, just very shimmery.  It does not look shimmer in the stila photo... trust me, it IS!  You have to be a little careful of fall out.  (Fall out is those little flecks of shadow you get on your cheeks or elsewhere on your face from the makeup brush, most common with dark shadows or ones with a high glitter content).  Its nothing major, but definitely something you'd want to be aware of.  If you are just doing makeup on yourself, you'd probably be fine, but if applying on someone else who will have their photo taken (or you plan on having your own photo taken) be aware that as with all glitter flecks, they can catch the light in a photo leaving the photo with a white dot on the skin.  

The 2nd color or your "lid" color (top right hand of the quad) is a gorgeous shimmery grey brown.  This color could hold it's own when you you want a much less dramatic look (so no smokey eye) but still a gorgeous color.

The Crease color (bottom left corner of quad) is a more matte version of Espresso but is also more of a warm grey that brown like espresso.  Its a great color.   In my opinion, adding in this color much more matte than the shimmer of the previous 2 colors really proves that Stila knows how to make a smokey eye!  If you use a shimmery dark color as your crease or contour color, you are just going to end up with too much shimmer.  It will look ULTRA glam and maybe a weeeee bit um... drag queen.  If you are using a dark shimmery color, you should stick no non shimmery all over colors.  :)

And last but not least in the palette is your liner color.  I used a Stila Smudge Pot in black to get the definition of eyeliner and then smudged over it with this liner color.  You could also wet your brush or use a liner sealer (my favorite is by La Femme) to turn this into more of a cream base liner.

Here is a photo of one of the bridesmaids that I used this palette of shadows on...

We wanted to keep her look glam, but not TOO much.  She was just a bridesmaid afterall and the bride did not want to be too done up either.  I used a sheer foundation to start (Lola Oil Free Foundation in sand mixed with a little bit of wheat since she is fairly tanned).  This allowed her freckles to show thru a bit without being very predominate.  I used a MAC blush in Canteloupe with a little but of MAC's blunt for contour.

For her eyes, as mentioned previously i used the Stila Original Smokey Eye palette.  The nice thing about this palette is by varying the intensity of the shadows provided, you can either create a very dramatic look, or a more subtle yet still glam as I did here.  Her wet line was lined a little bit with the smudgepot in black using a liner brush.  And the lid color smudged only slightly under the bottom lash line.  Should you want this look a little more dramatic and edgy, the lower lid could have been more heavily lined and use the liner or crease color under the bottom lashes as well.

Thanks for stopping by to read up on my Stila Product review!

Sep 8, 2009

Project in the Works

I'm working on a project with my husband. We are looking for photographers local to the area as well as any girls interested in modeling and associated with Clemson University.

I'll post more details and pictures as we get them! :)

Sep 7, 2009

Quick Pic

Ok, so like a dummy I totally forgot my camera today at the wedding I was working on. I hope to get some pictures from the photographer that i can show you later. but i did take this quick snap shot of the bride before her rehearsal dinner... so at least i have something. haha. Unfortunately my camera was even a little bit out of focus. One of these days i'll get the settings better on my camera!

Used on Joy...

Stila smokey eye kit in Bronzes with Pinch of Peach blush (MAC) and Revlon Colorstay lip in a berry color that i cant remember the name of for the life of me!

We kept the look soft and pretty since she was going a little bit more glam on her wedding day. Her dress was an ivory chiffon off the shoulder flowy dress (and was gorgeous) She looked stunning in it!

I neglected to get a shot of her sister. She said she'd email me one. But i figured i'd at least get this up from my busy weekend!

Sep 5, 2009

Depotting Mac Shadows

Hello my beautiful friends!  Ok, i got around to putting my very very ghetto fab tutorial on how to depot eyeshadows onto you tube.  So long as you dont mind the fact that my soon to be 1 year old (waaaaah) trying to steal the camera tripod a few times.  Oh, and the lighting isnt the bestest. Note to self... do not film things in the evening until i get a better video camera!  :)

Here's the video....

It's really super easy to do and trust me, once you have all your shadows in 1 palette, you will LOVE it! It's so much nicer than opening little pots one by one. Now i personally have 10 palettes. Ok, i dont know how many i have... hang on let me count.... holy cow... i really DO have that many! And those are just the MAC palettes. I have another 4 Stila palettes and lots of singles i still need to depot. Do i need an intervention???
Man, i just get this thing started and i'm already slackin'!  Ok, I dont think i have any readers (yet) that dont know me thru papercrafting since thats the blog'verse i'm in.  But JUUUUUUST in case, here's a quick run down.

Yes i started in makeup artistry about 11 years ago (ACK, i'm getting old!).  After moving from Los Angeles to the good' ol south east after having bambino number 1, my world seriously lacked creative-ness.  I needed to let creative energy OUT.  So i started papercrafting (stamping, scrapbooking, etc).  And then after some prompting of my hubby who said, you know this papercrafting world well... start your own company.  So i did.  I own a stamp company called Paper Makeup Stamps (because paper and makeup are my 2 worlds!).  AND, i have a new stamp release coming up.  So needless to say, i've been busy!  Lots of posting to the paper crafting blog and the company blog.  but never fear... i will get back to posting on here soon!  

I actually depotted quite a few eyeshadows the other day and filmed a mini tutorial on how I do it.  I havent watched the footage yet.  The baby tried to take the tripod numerous times.  But i'll get that up here soon.

I also have an event to do makeup for this evening and a wedding tomorrow.  SO... maybe i'll have some photos on here from that.  We shall seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

For now... i leave you with some pictures of my sweet baby boy who's hair i cut yesterday.  Sniff sniff.  He's getting so big!

(and yes, we often go running around naked in my house!)

Sep 3, 2009

Free Ugg Boots!

Ahhhhh, it's starting to be FALL! I'm so excited! I love the fall! The falls means a lot of my favorite things are happening!

The air is starting to cool (i dont like cold, but man, do i not like the hot humidty of summer!)

I get my September issue of Vogue (it's the fashion bible for the whole year, people!)

New fashion and makeup trends to play with! Gotta love playing with what's "in" for fall!

I usually change my hair color... again

Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks!

Time to pull out all my BOOTS! I love boots! I've always loved boots! Sadly, my favorite pair of uggs have seen much better days. I wore these puppies into the ground when they first came around. I wore them with jeans, with skirts, with pajama pants. I wasnt even trying to be "trendy". They were just so comfortable! And when i was on set nearly every day standing for 16 plus hours, this was a major bonus to have my feet in toasty snugglie comfy goodness.


Then my friend Ashley pointed me towards a way you can win them! Woot Woot! Since i just bought 2 new pairs of boots (some stylin' not really cowboy cowboy boots and a pair of suede grey knee highs) it would be lovely to replace my old uggs (i mean if it's so much as wet outside i'll fall on my batooskie because the tread is completely gone!) with some fun fabulous new ones. No doubt the colors have changed anyway since mine are almost 6 years old! :)

So the likelihood of my winning, obviously is not so high. But it cant hurt a girl to try, right?? :)

Aug 31, 2009

Clean, Breezy & Beautiful

Todays look is a really pretty and simple look to do. You do not need to have any fancy schmancy skill for it. It's basically my "daily" look for just looking fresh, clean, not a lot of makeup but enough to look nice. Its fantastic for those that dont want a lot of fuss or to look to done up, but that want or need a little more than the "3 minute makeup"

Here's the Video...

Here is a list of all the products used

Smashbox Bronzing Primer - any primer would do. In fact, you could skip this part, but overall, i love the look that the bronzing primer gives. If you were going for a bare minimum day, you could wear this solo!

Foundation : i use Lola Cosmetics in Sand

Concealor: Here i used Sheer Covers concealor duo in Light/Medium

Eyes: (what i used are in parenthesis)
All Over Shadow: should be close to skintone, a little shimmer is ok (Rice Paper by MAC)
Warm Pink Tone for fleshy part of eyelid (Dance Mix by MAC)
Dark Brown for lash line faded into crease (Showstopper by MAC)

Eyeliner: any dark brown or black pencil you have will do

Warm Peachy tone that matches skin undertones (i use Canteloupe by MAC)

LipLiner or Lip Crayon (Baby Lips Blush, Soap and Glory aka Sexy MotherPucker)
Lip Gloss (Dolci by Bloom Cosmetics)

Curler and Black Mascara of choice

Aug 30, 2009

Product Review

Quick Product Review today...

Pixi Natural Mineral Palette

Target is now carrying the Pixi Beauty line of makeup! They are making colors and palettes exclusively for target as well. WHats the bonus here? Well, I had never tried Pixi Beauty, but it's a higher end than typical "drugstore" brands and it's being carried at a drugstore. Which means items get clearanced as barcodes change, you can use giftcards that you wouldn't be able to use at other makeup places and um, you can tag things onto your weekly shop bill and hubby's might not catch on (thank goodness mine doesnt read this blog!).

But there is still a downside. Most makeup stores (like Sephora, Ulta, etc) have testers sitting out. Sometimes you'll see testers at a place like Target, but not like at a makeup retailer. Plus you dont have anyone who works there to ask. Trust me, the employees at target dont know the makeup specifics.

I was on the bonus side because I found this little kit sitting on an endcap, being clearanced most likely because of a new color coming out, or possibly a changing barcode. It was the only of it's kind (probably was hidden in the back during the normal markdowns) and i scored it for only 6.25. It was originally 25.00. I figured it was worth testing out.

Here is my review...

The shadows are heavily pigmented which is fantastic! Definitely what you miss when you buy are cheaper "drugstore" variety (they arent all bad, i'm just saying they dont often have the staying power). I applied the shadows which came in a beautiful shimmery champagne, a peachy bronze, a richer cocoa bronze and a shimmery soft black with gold flecks in the morning and it lasted the entire day. So a big woot woot for the shadows! I was impressed.
The next layer of the compact was blushes. One is a cream blush that seemed too dark for my skin tone, so i admit i havent tried it yet. I will amend this review when i do. The bronze tone seems harsh in the box as well. As long as you buff it on in a quick motion and dont add too many layers, this looked very nice on my NC30 skin. Not muddy and not too shimmery which is definitely what i feared by looking in the compact.
The final layer were 2 lipgloss pots. I'm truly not a fan of lipgloss in palettes because they just get messy to me. But since these have their own layer and wont gunk up the blushes or eyeshadows... there may be hope. Like many glosses, these were pretty going on, didnt last all day, but not a lot of glosses do. So they were fine, but they wouldnt be the reason i would purchase this product.

SO - all in all - would it be worth the 25 bucks? maybe, if you didnt have these eyeshadow colors (they are gorgeous, but "common". Its an easy think to go in your makeup kit if you arent a makeup artist, perhaps a pain in the rear if you are. The chunk box wont fit in with any of my palettes so it will remain in my bathroom drawer for when i do my own makeup. if you happen to find it on sale or clearance though, i'd say snatch it up! :)

Aug 29, 2009

Who I AM as a makeup artist!

One of the questions i get asked the absolute most (whether by clients, models, friends, fans (if i can say i have fans, hahah) etc... is how did i get started.  Why do i do makeup.  How LONG have i been doing makeup, etc.

Well, in a nutshell... i think i've done makeup since in the womb (ok not really).  I think i have wanted to do makeup since in the womb (this is probaby true if as a not even born baby i knew what makeup was) and I do it because it's all i've ever wanted to do! 

Yep... thats pretty much the short answer.

Ok, on to the LOOOONG answer.  haha.

I grew up in a theatre.  My dad is a set designer.  My mom (though she doesnt do it as actively anymore) is a costume designer.  Usually when i get to this point in my "story" people go OOOOOOOH.  They see how I'm like, what else would i do?  haha.  From a very young when i would go missing in the theatre building, my parents could find me playing in the makeup room.  Or watching someone else do makeup.  I put makeup on all of my dolls, but not even normal makeup.  i would take my rainbow brite dolls and take my moms makeup to put scratches and "dirt" and other makeup on them to make them look like they had been off in the woods or whatever other crazy story i could come up with (remember i was very used to watching theatrical makeup applications as well as special effects makeup!).
Starting at the age of 6 I started taking dance lessons at a ballet academy.  It was hard work.  I know, a 6 year old with hard work... but i continued to dance thru early highschool.  But what was my favorite part of dance?  Getting ready for the performance and photos!  And not like the practice getting ready for the big show... i mean the literal get ready right before the performance.  I routinely did everyone else's makeup as well.  I just LOVED that part!  In highschool i was pretty sure i'd end up going to cosmetology school at some point.  I did my friends makeup all the time.  I did prom makeup for everyone.  I did makeup for all the school plays.  I did makeup for the choir.  I also worked in community theatre.  All while trying to have that "normal" highschool life.  haha.
Then came college... I decided to study Musical Theatre (because of my love of dance and singing) but i still thought i'd do a beauty school after.  I took ALL the makeup courses from the university that i could (lucky for me, it was a university with a stellar theatrical and arts program).  I also really got into the film department there and quickly realized i loved everything there was with film making (and photography).  I did makeup for many many indepent and university driven films (some went on to be nominated for Academy Awards - yes they have those for university level films).  I did makeup for a lot of the stage productions as well.  I also did a bit of modeling during this time.
So then after graduation I had the big decision of New York or Los Angeles.  I chose to move to LA (against my parents lean towards New York since my dad is from those parts and i have family in the city).  I worked on my first independent film thru some friends i met. ( The producer of that film is now my husband, hehehe).  Under this advice, I started working with some modeling agencies and found some other photographers who's work I admired to build up my book rather than spend oodles of money on a cosmetology school when i was really only interested in makeup and some hair styling and could kinda care less about nails and other things.  Soon after I had a meeting with a makeup artist agent (yep, makeup artists have them too) and they decided to take me on.  WOOHOO!  This is how i booked my first big gigs.  Starting as an assistant and moving up to a Key Artist position.  From then i just was working as a professional artist.  I did a lot of music videos.  But also some commericals and fashion shoots, runway, you name it.  
Then came a time when my hubby and I decided to have a family.  :)  Since my hubby was a weeeeee bit tired of the "LA scene" i somewhat reluctantly agreed to move across the country to the Carolinas.  Now dont get me wrong, it's lovely here.  Not as trendy as LA and certainly not as exciting however, I'm sure it's a better environment for child rearing.  hah.  So thats where I am at now.  I do a lot of weddings and special events.  I also do the makeup for one of the senators when he's on CBS Face the Nation.  I do makeup consultations and other high profiles clients from the area.  I am a speaker and adjudicator for the American College Theatre Festival Region 4.  I still work on film and theatrical projects when the timing and other things are right.  So thats who I am as a makeup artist!  Whether you wanted to know or not!  :)

Aug 27, 2009

This is an older tutorial i did for my crafting blog after i had a  lot of requests to show some "mommy" makeup.  You know... the kind that takes very little product and very little time, but still makes you look presentable!  Yeah, being a mommy of young ones... i get to spot this look a lot.  :)  but now that I'm keeping track of makeup happenings on a new blog... i thought i'd post it here as well.  

Aug 26, 2009

Who is Katie Cotton?

I truly believe that I have always been an artist. I grew up loving all things creative. And both of my parents are artists in theatre! (my dad is a set designer, my mom did costume design for a loooooong time before she ventured into other areas of art) So you can imagine the creative freedom i had growing up! I always knew i wanted to be a part of it! As a child, i did a lot of dancing, acting, singing, modeling, blah blah blah but always knew i wanted to go into makeup. I would put makeup on my dolls even! When learning to perform, my favorite part ways always getting ready for the performance! So that was definitely clue number 1!
So after I graduated, I moved out to Los Angeles to become a Makeup Artist! I love it there and worked professionally there for some time doing makeup for music videos, commericals, fashion shows, films, tv, etc etc the you get the idea! If you can get paid, you do it! However, after marrying the love of my life and us deciding to start a family, we decided, welllllll, maybe we'll relocate. My hubby needed the break from the LA scene and I wanted the opportunity to be at home with my kiddos while they were small... at least part of the time! Not pulling 12-16 hour days on set and not really knowing when the next job was.
SO, we relocated to the upstate of South Carolina.
The jobs I do these days may not be quite as "glamorous" as my LA days, but for me it's all about the makeup! It's all about giving everyone their chance to twinkle! Whether it's a model, bride, or just a friend! I do some commericals and film works around here as well and also freelance for Coplons, which is an upscale boutique here in Greenville.

It's a great average of the time I spend at home with my little guys (3 and 1) and the time i get to spend out doing makeup. I did develop another fun hobby after I moved east because i was desperately looking for something creative to do AT HOME. It wasnt that i didnt want to be out doing makeup, it was right after moving here, not having the clientele to work from!

Enter paper crafting into my life! I met some friends who introduced me to the work of paper crafting, stamping, scrapbooking, etc. It was fun. But i had ideas! On top of that, i discovered COPIC MARKERS. Love those little guys! They reminded me of makeup! Picking colors, blending together, lots of different techniques and ways to use them. They were definitely love at first site. With the desire to color more, came more ideas! SO, i started my own stamp company! I named it appropriately, Paper Makeup Stamps.

So now i kind of have 3 worlds that i live in! First and foremost, I am known as Mama... to my 2 little guys. Even my hubby calls me Mama. haha. But then i have my life as a makeup artist and my life as a paper crafter. Its fun living in my 3 worlds, if not exhausting.

I'm also a teacher. Yep, lets just add one more thing to the list! haha. But i love to teach. I love to extend the knowledge that I have to others! I have taught makeup to collegiate students for some time. Letting them know the ins and outs of becoming a "makeup artist". I also became certified in Copic Markers so i could teach coloring classes (which i teach locally and online).
However, i still wanted to be able to share my knowledge MORE! So in the fall of 2009, i discovered the fun world of you tube! I'm hoping that the YouTube videos I can provide help others to learn because I am a big firm believer in that the best way to learn to to watch and PRACTICE! Gather information from ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE! Then practice it so that you can develop your own style! Never take anything that someone says as absolute! But do take it in! Everyone has something to teach you! Whether its what will work great for you or what doesnt work for you... it still teaches you! So research! Expand your horizons! Learn all that you can and then PRACTICE it! Hone it! Make it your own!

We are ALL stars and we ALL have the right to twinkle!

My Makeup Artist Site
(Shawger is my maiden name for those who are curious!)

My makeup artist blog (NEW)
(where the YouTube makeup videos are also posted as well as other pictures, info, etc)

My Paper Crafted Blog
(where the YouTube copic tutorials are posted, as well as all my cards, and other things)

My Stamp Company, Paper Makeup Stamps

Stamp Company Blog

Hello Everyone!  I have decided to keep a makeup "blog".  I am hoping to provide some fun tutorials, some artistic inspiration and some product reviews that will help you know some of the ins and outs of my world in makeup!

You can go to my website to see some of my work.

You can also email me any questions or suggestions at Makeupbykatie @ yahoo (dot) com!

Aug 25, 2009

My Resume

Design Credits
Key MU/Hair for Promo Materials Apehangers Grill, Oceanside CA
Key MU/Hair McAulley’s Summer Fashion
Key MU - Rex Rice for Congress Video Campaign
Key MU/Hair - Lela Rose Fashion Show, Coplons
Key MU/Hair - McAulley's Unique Boutique, makeup and hair for fashion promo materials
Key MU - Kentwool Golf - promotional materials, makeup for pro golfers
Key MU - Astonish Results, Palmetto Insurance commerical
Speaker and Adjudicator - American College Theatre Festival Region 4 (2008, 2009)
Key MU - CBS News, Face the Nation, Senator Lindsey Graham (ongoing)
Key MU - Carolina Uplink Makeup Artist
Key MU - Southern Bridal Couture Fashion Show
Key MU - Film, Leverage, Lydia Martinelli dir.
Key MU, Hair - Switchfoot, Music Video, John Watts dir. Smuggler prod.
Key MU, F/X & Hair - 10 Years, Music Video, Kevin Kerslake dir. Crossroads prod.
Key MU - International Model and Talent Association, Hooray For Hollywood Competition
Key MU & Hair - 2nd Edition Promo Materials, Sterling Mngmt
Key MU - Music Group Promo Materials, Dollshouse
Key MU & Hair, Expert Advice - Cheeracise Video, Todd Rungren prod.
Key MU & Hair - Press Conference, etc, Christmas in The Clouds
Key MU & Hair - Band Promo Materials, Ordinary People
Key MU & Hair - Keith Ferrazzi, TV Pilot
Key MU - Spa Soiree's "Extreme Makeover" Spirituality Edition
Key MU - World Championships of Performing Arts, dance show
Key MU/Hair - Sterling Mngmt Resource/Promotion Materials
Key MU/Hair - GNC NPC Los Angeles Figure and Fitness Championships, Lindsay Productions
Key MU - JLee Couture Print Ad Campaign 2005
Key MU/Fx/Hair - Indy Film, Premonitions Dir. Shawn Sourgoose
Key MU - 2005 MVPA Awards, dancers and celebrity presenters
Key MU/Hair - Star Power Entertainment Agency Shoot
Key MU/Hair - Orange County Muscle Classic XXIX
Key MU/Hair - Mag Cover & Feature, Prosperity Magazine
Key MU/Hair - Mag Spread: Best Selling Author Dan Carrison, Research Magazine
Key MU/Hair/fx - PSA W/ Alan Thicke and Bill Kirchenbaum, Baldguy Productions
Asst MU/Hair - Infomercial/Commercial - The Color Company, Jill Kirsh
Asst MU/Hair - Nike Commercial, Smuggler Prod.
Workshop for Ball State University; taught students makeup use for film
Key Hair, Asst MU - Yoko Ono Music Video, Every Man/Every Woman, Partizan Prod
Key MU/Hair - Fashion Runway, Kami Shade - The Collection
Key MU/Hair - Beck Music Video, Black Tamborine, Associates in Science dir., Partizan prod.
Key MU/Hair - Barbizon Modeling School (Long Beach) IMTA competition (Runway, Fashion, And Print Commerical)
Key MU/Hair - Barbizon Modeling School (Sacramento) IMTA competition (Runway, Fashion, And Print Commerical)
Asst MU - ADIDAS - ad campaign, NBA stars
Key MU/Hair - Fashion Runway - Designer Kami Shade
Key MU/Hair/fx - Searching for the One, independent short; First on Earth Productions
Key MU - Destructed, independent short Rochelle Productions
Key MU/Hair - Infinite Talent Orange County
Key Hair, Asst MU - Creme de la Creme, models and dancers
Key MU - Album Cover, Singer/Artist Faezeh
Key MU - Featured Artist, @ Magazine, @ Your Entertaiment
Key MU - Featured Artist, Trashee Cosmetics
Key MU/Hair/fx - Downtown Fairytale, independent feature
Cardinal FilmWorks
Key MU/Hair/fx - Outside, independent short Featherwind Productions
Key MU/Hair/fx - Library of Poetry and Song, independent short Featherwind Productions
Key MU/fx - Boy Gets Girl, Cave Theatre, IN Carinne Uslar, Dir
Asst MU - Lysistrata, University Theatre, IN Karen Kessler, Dir
Asst MU - SideShow, University Theatre, IN Judy Yordon, Dir
Asst MU/fx - Romeo and Juliet, Minnetrista Cult. Center, IN Don LaCasse, Dir
Key MU - Egomanagement Productions