Dec 202014
 

Welcome to Part 2 of my recap of the Make Up For Ever Pro Artistry Class that was held in March 2014. To see part 1, click here. This is my 2nd post of the “Way Back When” Series. BeautyByLeRenda MUFE Pro Artistry Class 2The 2nd class I took was Editorial Dark Beauty facilitated by Regional Artist Amber Lynn. As a warning, my battery was running low, so I missed some of the look being created. :-(  So, to recap what I didn’t get in pictures, she began by priming the skin with HD Primer.  She used MUFE Face and Body 20 and let it sit a while to get a bit tacky, then blended to get just the right texture.

She used Aqua Brow to shape the brows with Pro Waterproof liner for the wing.  She instructed us to never pull up the eye and to make sure that the inner corners are just as sharp as the outer wing.  Also it’s very helpful step back frequently to check symmetry. 20140316_141326Here’s Amber Lynn working on her model’s eyes.20140316_142157She used MUFE eyeshadows and blended them really well (even on the lower lash line), as well as the Aqua Eyeshadow Stick in 22E in the water water line to create the look.20140316_143249Then she did the lips.  She mentioned that she understands how it can be difficult to get that perfect lip, so she showed us how she sometimes holds the lips to get a straight line.  Great idea! :-)BeautyByLeRenda MUFE Pro Artistry Class 2 Amber LynnAmber used Aqua Lip 19C with Lab Shine Gloss on top.  For the cheeks, she used the very popular #92 eyeshadow with a touch (very lightly) of the fuchsia from the Flash Color Palette.

Amber Lynn did a great job with her makeup application and educating the class on the techniques she uses for editorial jobs.  I hate that my battery ran out before I was able to get the total completed look. :-(

Stay tuned for Part 3 of my recap of the Make Up Forever Pro Artistry Classes.

Dec 152014
 

 

AJ Crimson On The Go Tour Flyer

In the previous post, I gave you a synopsis of the 1st half of the “On The Go” Tour featuring AJ Crimson and his AJ Crimson Pro products.  In this post, I’ll focus on the 2nd half of the class which includes Celebrity Lash Guru Ja’Maal Buster.

BeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster talking to the attendees of the On The Go Tour HoustonHe gave us the background on how he developed his brand of lashes and the benefit of using them verses other lashes.  The biggest benefit is the way the lashes feel.  They’re very lightweight and easy to maneuver. The bands are thin which makes it so much easier to apply to the lash line.  (I can vouch for this.  I really like his lashes. I bought some last year when I worked with him and AJ for  the Glam Suite during NBA  All-Star Weekend).

Ja’Maal asked for a volunteer to apply his lashes on.  BeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster's Model NikkiProfessional Makeup Artist Nikki was chosen as his model.

He informed us of the different styles of lashes and that each style was based on a story from his clients in his early years. The lashes have names like “Soap Opera” (which I wore last night), “Crush”, 2nd Date Guaranteed”, “Daddy’s Little Girl”, and “Disturbia” (named after the Rihanna video that he created amazing lashes for).

He showed us exactly how he uses the Ja’Maal Buster Lash Adhesive and Lash Tool to apply lashes on Nikki.

BeautyByLeRenda JaMaal Buster showing his Lash Tool20141211_204827

Here he is applying the lash to Nikki’s lash line below20141211_204917

20141211_20505420141211_205059Ja'Maal Buster applying lashes on Nikki

20141211_205850Next Ja’Maal gave Nikki a chance to practice using the Ja’Maal Buster Lash Tool to apply the lash herself. BeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster showing Nikki how to use his Lash ToolBeautyByLeRenda Nikki using the Ja'Maal Buster Lash ToolBeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal helping Nikki apply her lashes

Ja’Maal explained how versatile his lashes are and did a bonus demo to show how to add drama and glam by stacking his lashes. He asked for another model to show the difference stacking lashes can make on your clients.BeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal telling class about versatility of his lashes
Ja’Maal informing us how to use his Lash holder to stack lashes for a more dramatic effectBeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster showing us his Lash Tool He instructed us to remember to apply the most dramatic lash at the bottom. BeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster stacking lashes

Then he applied the stacked lashes to the model’s lash line.  Beauty By LeRenda Ja'Maal Buster applying stacked lashesBeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal applying stacked lashesBeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster finishing the stacked lashes application

 Selfies!! :-)BeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster and his model taking selfies

Here is the multi-pack of Ja’Maal Buster Lashes being passed through the class.  These would be great for Professional Makeup Artists to have in their Pro kits.  :-)
BeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster Lashes being passed around Here are a few more pictures from the event.  It was very successful.  I’m so glad I was able to attend.  BeautyByLeRenda posing in middle of AJ Crimson bannersMe posing in front of the classroom after the event. BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson and Ja'Maal Buster lineThere was a very long line to buy products after the class was over.  It stretched from the classroom all the way to the front door of the store.  People were super duper excited to buy the products. :-)Beauty By LeRenda with Brian Champagne at "On The Go" Tour  Celebrity Makeup Artist Brian Champagne came by to show AJ and Ja’Maal support.  I was eager to finally meet him in person.  I’ve followed him on social media for a while now.  He’s very nice and even provided some of us pointers and tips. Thanks Brian! :-) Beauty By LeRenda with Ja'Maal Buster at the "On The Go" Tour Me with Ja’Maal Buster!! :-)

BeautyByLeRenda selfies with AJSelfies with AJ.  Oh and this great lighting is due to The Makeup Light.

Dec 132014
 

Yaaaaaasss!!! Two Celebrity Beauty Pros in one class. AJ Crimson and Ja’Maal Buster have been touring the country and they stopped in Houston a couple nights ago! :-)

AJ Crimson On The Go Tour Flyer

This is a 12 city tour that initially began with Celebrity Makeup Artist AJ Crimson educating his fans on his AJ Crimson Pro products and makeup techniques.  Before the St. Louis stop, Celebrity Lash Guru Ja’Maal Buster was added to the tour to facilitate lash techniques and to meet his “Lash Barbies”.  What an amazing combo!!!!

BeutyByLeRenda AJ Crimson and JaMaal Buster speaking to the Houston class for the On The Go Tour

The event was held at The MUA Project (side note, if you’re anywhere near the Houston area and you’re a Pro Makeup Artist or even a Makeup Lover, you NEED to stop by this awesome store).BeautyByLeRenda The MUA Project Sign It was a packed house.

BeautyByLeRenda AJ and JaMaal OTR Tour attendees 1BeautyByLeRenda Kimmie taking a selfie at the AJ Crimson JaMaal Buster On The Run TourBeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson and JaMaal Buster attendees for Houston On The Go Tour

Before doing makeup and Lash applications, both AJ Crimson and Ja’Maal Buster gave their fans a summary of their backgrounds, which are truly inspiring.  They gave advice and shared some interesting tips to motivate everyone.

BeautyByLeRenda AJ Greeting the classBeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster talking to the attendees of the On The Go Tour Houston

AJ went first with the Makeup Application.  He asked for volunteers and chose a young lady named Resha to be his model.

BeautyByLeRenda Resha the volunteer Model for AJ taking off her makeupBeautyByLeRenda AJ Telling attendees about the AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundations

He began by explaining to us the benefits of his AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundations.  Then he moisturized her face and applied the Banana Creme makeup to highlight.

BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson using the Beauty Blender BeautyByLeRenda AJ Criimson explaining his highlighting technique

AJ showed us how he mixes the AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundation colors to really work with the skin.  He explained how to use different shades to bring dimension to the face.  BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson using the AJ Crimson Pro CremeBeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson applying AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundation on model 1BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson applying AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundation on Model pic 2BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson's Model Resha showing how pretty her skin looks

He also informed us that he doesn’t mind using other brands as well to complete a great look.  He often uses Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate in either 1 or 2 to create a glowing effect to the skin

Aj using Tom Ford Shade and Iluminate

Next he added his brand new Lip and Cheek color palette. BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson holding his Lip and Cheek Color PaletteAJ used the peach color on Resha’s cheeksBeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson Lip and Cheek Palette used in On The Go Tour I’ve been waiting months to see this palette in real life.  Please excuse the blurry picture. I captured this as it was literally being passed  around the class so that we could see the palette close up.

He finished with the eyes. 20141211_202814

And to top it off he took selfies with Resha, his model for the night. Ha ha! :-pBeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson and his model Resha taking a selfie Make sure to check out  part 2 of my AJ Crimson and Ja’Maal Buster “On The Go” Tour Recap to see highlights from Ja’Maal’s segment. :-)

Apr 292014
 

I purchased the limited edition AJ Crimson CCC Palette last year and I’m so happy that I did. AJ Crimson CCC PaletteIt has become a staple in my professional makeup artist kit. I absolutely love this foundation and so do my clients.AJ Crimson Foundations with CCC Palette

I had the full sizes prior to purchasing the palette, but carrying all of the colors was too bulky.  The palette is great not only as a compact version of this amazing foundation, but also as a great way to try all of the colors.  It’s the perfect size for travel,  it was only $30, and it was totally worth every penny.  Because I use this foundation regularly on my clients, I’ve run out of product a couple times since buying it and I’ve refilled the foundations with my full size products.  AJ Crimson CCC Palette being refilled I took this picture a couple days ago as I was refilling a few of the colors and prepping my kit for last weekend’s appointments.  I’m using my spatula to scoop out the AJ Crimson Creme foundation in #2 from the full size container to the CCC Palette. AJ Crimson CCC Palete complete The above pic shows the completed palette.  I refilled #1,#2, #3, and #4.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over the years as a professional freelance makeup artist is the importance of a condensed kit.  This palette is perfect for reducing how much product I have to carry.

Jan 262014
 

The newest installment of MAC Viva Glam lipstick and lipglass was released this week. The newest Viva Glam Spokesperson is Rihanna.

2014-01-03 10.18.091390806106815I purchased the lipstick and I love it. It’s a different red than the other MAC lipsticks.  It’s a pretty red frost. Here it is below.Viva Glam Rihanna ContainerThe box has Rihanna’s autograph

Viva Glam Rihanna LabelViva Glam Rihanna Lipstick TubeI Love this red packaging! The texture of the case feels really smooth. Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick Here’s what it looks like on my lipsViva Glam Rihanna lip applicationViva Glam Rihanna on lips close

Wearing VG Rihanna Lipstick 1Viva Glam Rihanna looking downViva Glam Rihanna Head shot tiltedViva Glam Rihanna holding tubeViva Glam Rihanna Head Tilted Yep, I’m very happy with this lipstick! Rihanna and her team did a great job picking this color.  I know a lot of people dislike frost textured products, but this one is really pretty and isn’t overly shimmery. Somehow it has just the right amount of sheen.  I worked at the counter today and sold quite a few of these Rihanna Lipsticks and Lipglasses.  I can honestly say I haven’t seen it look bad on anyone.  It’s a very wearable red.   It also has great staying power.  There’s not an official guaranteed time frame as far as how many hours it will last, but this is my 3rd day wearing it and I don’t have to touch up throughout the day until I eat.  Even when I drink water, the color stays true.

I’ll be buying more of these before they’re gone.  As a heads up it’s only available for a year. Also keep in mind all proceeds of MAC Viva Glam lipsticks and lipglasses go to the MAC AIDS fund.   You’re doing a good deed by purchasing these products so go get you some. :-)

Jan 062014
 

I have several Wet n Wild lipsticks, mostly the matte lipsticks.  I’d never tried the Megalast liquid lipsticks until I got this one.Wet n Wild Back to the FuchsiaI purchased this one from CVS while they had a sale on Wet N Wild Products that was Buy One Get One half off! I also purchased some lipsticks from the Fergie collection.  To see my review of those lipsticks click here for Ferguson Crest Cabernet and here for Pagan Angel.

Back To The Fuchsia is a gorgeous color…but I haven’t figured out how to apply it evenly without it caking and being too dry. Wet n Wild Back to the Fuchsia on lips In the picture above I have about 3 coats of it.  I love that the color gets bolder the more you apply, but it also gets cakey and cracks. I’m still trying to play with it to figure how to apply it and prevent this from happening.  It seems like if I could get it on with one smooth stroke, it would be ok.  That’s just hard to do.  When I use the applicator I go across the top lip moving up and across then down and next I fill it in.  On the bottom lip I use the applicator going down and across then back up to the other side then I fill it in. This liquid lipstick dries pretty quickly so if I go back and apply more in the middle it’s no longer smooth.  It’s different than how you can apply a lipgloss where you can just go back and forth across your lips.

Anyway, below is the look I wore with this lip over the weekend. FOTD feat Wet n Wild Back to the Fuchsia  Angle viewFOTD featuring Wet n Wild Back to the Fuschia Ha ha! A silly pose belowFOTD feat Wet n Wild Back to the Fuchsia silly pose

This last picture is with a flash and I added Stila Lip Enamel in Giggle to add an extra pop of pink to the middle and to take away some of the dryness. FOTD feat Wet n Wild Back to the Fuchsia full viewFace

  • Cover Girl Queen Collection 3 n 1 Liquid Foundation in Brulee’
  • Cover Girl Queen Collection Matte Powder in Golden
  • Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze as Contour
  • Nars Blush in Albatross for Highlight
  • Black Radiance Baked Bronzer in Gingersnap as blush

Eyes

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion Original Formula
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk on lid
  • Black Opal eyeshadow in Illusion on lid
  • MAC eyeshadow in Embark in crease
  • Black Opal eyeshadow in Ring A Ding above crease
  • Black Opal Foundation Stick in Kalahari Sand to shape brows, brow highlight, & under eye concealer
  • Maybelline Clear Mascara on brows to hold them in place
  • Stila Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Black
  • #138 False Lashes

Lips

  • Wet N Wild Megalast Liquid Lipstick in Back To The Fuchsia
  • Stila Lip Enamel in Giggle in the middle of lips