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?? :)