— LeRenda (@BeautybyLeRenda) September 13, 2013
This weekend I worked with the incredible celebrity make up artist AJ Crimson and his makeup team at LeToya Luckett’s Lady L Boutique in the Houston Galleria Mall. We were a part of the Glam Slam Beauty Suite event that allowed clients to get a total makeover in one location. Teams were led by celebrity Hairstylist Kiyah Wright, Celebrity Lash Guru Jamaal Buster, and Celebrity Manicurists Skyye.
Above I’m with AJ Crimson wearing his Limited Edition Allstar Weekend Kissable Couture Lip Colors. I created a blue ombre lip. Below I’m with Platinum recording artist LeToya Luckett.
Words can’t express how grateful I was that AJ Crimson selected me to be a part of his makeup team. This experience was spectacular! I was able to become more familiar with his Kissable Couture Lip Colors. I was introduced to his pressed powders. I also got to really work with the AJ Crimson Creme Foundations (which I reviewed a couple months ago here). We provided makeovers Fri-Sun.
Below is Faith all ready to make up clients.
I’m holding the brand new AJ Crimson CCC palette. It’s a convenient compact with all 8 shades of his Creme Foundation. I’d highly recommend it for makeup artist who want great foundation in a condensed form. I’d also recommend it for makeup lovers who want to have versatility with creating looks. You can do your overall skin color, highlight, contour, add cheek color, do lips, etc… So many options with this product.
Here are the Kissable Couture Lip Colors and AJ Crimson Creme Foundations and Pressed Powders. I really, really like his lip colors. They range from sheer glosses to liquid lipsticks. They all feel very comfortable on your lips without being too sticky or tacky. My favorite is Fantasies, which I purchased 2 tubes at The Makeup Show Orlando. It’s a beautiful red…but they’re currently out of stock so we didn’t use it for the event. Here is Aj doing a lip demo
Above I’m giving one of my clients a Purple Lip Demo using AJ Crimson Kissable Couture Limited Edition Allstar Weekend Purple with the regular Kissable Couture lipgloss in Tyler applied in the middle for an extra pop.
This is my client who was in the chair in the above picture. She posted this on her instagram. I just love seeing my clients happy with their makeovers.
Below I’m using AJ Crimson Kissable Couture Limited Edition AllStar Weekend Lip colors in Blue and Purple to create Shasie’s lip. These pictures are courtesy of my fellow MUA Faith.
I learned a new technique from Jamaal and his team this weekend. Instead of waving the lashes back and forth while you’re waiting for the glue to get tacky, just use a small hand held fan to quickly dry the glue. He’s a genius! I’ve been doing makeup for 6yrs now, this has never crossed my mind. Totally going to get a little fan for my kit now.
Be sure to watch the video above the title of this post to see footage of this phenomenal beauty event. Shout out to Charles and Brittany of Ambient Noir and Coeus Magazine for the great footage.
Celebrity Make Up Artist AJ Crimson was a keynote speaker on Day 2 of The Makeup Show Orlando. Hey gave great advice about working as a freelance makeup artist and how to really market your brand. He has an agency called Blackboard Group and talked about how he would love to see the makeup community share more and work together.
AJ stressed the importance of MUAs taking an active role in their personal brands and when working on photoshoots. He encouraged us to stop undercutting ourselves and re-evaluate what’s working vs. what’s not. For MUAs transitioning from retail, he urged us to stop thinking about makeup like you do when working at the counter. Most products have multiple uses and it’s not always required to use so many different things to achieve a look. For example, you don’t always need a separate concealer as well as a foundation. If you use a full coverage cream foundation, it can work as a concealer. Sometimes, those extra products are just selling points. This tip is helpful when building a kit. You can save money by investing in multi-purpose products.
AJ also did a makeup demo to promote his brand new Creme Foundation line. He has 8 shades that were hand mixed and according to him were made with a lot of love. ;-p
I got a chance to talk to AJ. He’s really passionate about makeup and having a product that’s easy to use on a diverse clientele. His creme foundations as well as his lipglosses can work on anyone. He had a booth set up in the vendors hall as well. Where he and his staff did demos and allowed us to test out his products.
I wasn’t able to get all 8, but I did get three of them: 2 which is a light shade, 4 which is a medium shade, and 8 which is a dark shade so that I can mix them to work with my clients.
I used this foundation for the 1st time on my fellow Houston Fashion Blogger Shasie. I did her makeup last week for our Holiday Party. I’m totally in love this foundation. A little goes a long way. Even though it’s a cream, it’s very light weight. Shasie said it felt really good on her skin and she got lots of compliments. I’d highly recommend this makeup!! Below is a picture of the two of us at our Houston Fashion Blogger Holiday Party sponsored by Saks.
You can purchase these incredible foundations at AJCrimson.com
Throughout the day, it’s quite common for us to become oily and need to touch up with our compacts. However, before you do, make sure to blot the excess oil first. This will prevent your makeup from looking too cakey. It will also reduce the amount of oil and bacteria being transferred from your skin to your brush, powder puff, or sponge that you use.
There are many ways you can blot your skin. I prefer blotting sheets. They come in a variety of sizes and are made by many different brands. If you don’t have any blot sheets, you can always use a 1 ply tissue (most tissue is 2 ply so just separate it). Gently press down on your skin, don’t rub because you will rub off your makeup.
I purchased the Revlon Photoready Airbrush Foundation during the same visit to H.E.B. when I purchased the Revlon Color Stay Lip Butters. You can view those two posts here for part 1 and here for part 2.
My shade in this foundation is Caramel. I wasn’t certain, but took a chance that the colors were the same as Revlon Colorstay…and I was right. *whew* *wipes forehead*
My first observation about this foundation was the fact that the bottle felt really light. I was concerned a bit that it was not completely filled up.
My second observation was the dispenser. It looks similar to one you’d find on a can of moose. Here’s a closer picture below of what it looks like.
Here’s what the actual foundation looks like
A closer look. It’s like a whipped consistency. Ah ha! That explains why it felt so light.
So I know you’re wondering how it worked when I applied it to my face right? Well, when I initially applied it, I was disappointed because there wasn’t much coverage. After applying more, I realized that the foundation was buildable…but had a very dewy finish.
I’m totally not a fan of the dewy wet look for my face.
So I set it with my favorite MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder and I got happier results.
So my conclusion on this foundation is that it’s a good product and was a great value with my my H.E.B. Coupon!
I can’t say it will be my “go to” foundation, just because I don’t regularly use liquids, especially those that need to be built up for coverage. I think it would be very good for people who have dry skin or if you just really wanted a natural lightweight formula. If you have oily skin, you WILL NEED TO MATTIFY. I probably won’t buy it again for myself, but would consider putting it in my professional kit…when it’s on sale again. Ha ha!