Mar 082014
 

The 2nd Show I worked on was for designer Ernest Alexander. He’s based in NYC and proudly manufactures 100% of  his line in the USA, with most pieces being made in the Garment District.  When I walked into the studio, he was actually one of the 1st people I met as I walked in the room. That was awesome!  He’s so nice and appreciative of all of the people who worked with him on his show. :-)

2014-02-05 17.16.37How cool is this car with the designer’s name on it? :-) IMG_20140205_232900Check out all of the snow that was shoved to the side. *whew*20140205_171312 I love how they went all out with the fashion.  Even with the cars.  I’m guessing Cadillac was one of the sponsors for the show.

I was blessed to have the opportunity to assist Key Makeup Artist Monae Everett. This was another Men’s Wear Fashion Show.  Here she is in action. Monae was showing us the look for the show.  IMG_20140205_142217 Beauty Blender reps came by to supply us with tools to use on the models.  You’ll notice she’s using a Beauty Blender in the picture.   Evolution Man was a sponsor for the makeup team.  Here are the products we used backstage on the models.

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Here’s my very condensed makeup station

These guys were a lot of fun to work with and had great personalities. I even met one model who moved from Houston not too long ago. Here are two of the models I worked with below. 2014-02-05 15.01.152014-02-05 15.24.31 Here’s more behind the scenes action.  2014-02-05 16.11.242014-02-05 16.53.142014-02-05 16.53.542014-02-05 16.55.422014-02-05 16.55.512014-02-05 16.59.16  Below is an #Usie with two of my fellow glam squad members Shrini, and Danielle.  Check out the model behind us doing a photobomb. LOL! :-D 2014-02-05 15.55.56-1

Stay tuned for more of my experiences during NYFW 2014.  Also if you missed the 1st part click here. :-)

Apr 162013
 

Fashion Week NO SignI had the honor of working as one of the makeup artist on the Glam Squad with Key Makeup Artist Niala Howard, of Magnolia Makeup, a couple of weeks ago for Fashion Week New Orleans.  The event took place at The Sugar Mill from 3/21-3/24.

Below are behind the scenes pictures. As a disclaimer, I didn’t bring my camera with me to work so I had to use my phone to capture all of my pics for this post.

FWNO Backstage 1FWNO Stage B4 Show

FWNO Designer Looks Day 2FWNOLA MUA looking at looks wall Above are the runway looks for the designers on Day 2 of Fashion Week New Orleans.  One of my favorite looks on this day was the Purple Smokey Eye and neutral lip.  Here’s one of the models I created this look on below.

FWNO 1st Model Purple smokey eyeFWNO 1st Model Purple smokey eye down

This was the Glam Squad Room Makeup Artist Room.

FWNO Glam Squad Room

FWNO My Neat MU StationSo yeah, my makeup station began very nice and neat, but by the end of each day it would look more like the picture below.

FWNO Makeup Table End of day 2Sorry for the blurry picture.

FWNO Designer Line up Day 2Above is the list for the Designers and Models. This line up was very helpful in knowing what order to makeup the models.  Many of them walked for multiple designers so we had to make sure we did the right look at the right time.

Here’s a picture of me with one of my fellow Glam Squad Makeup Artists Phoenix.

FWNO Me with Phoenix

One of my favorite looks from Day 3 was a Strong Brow with natural glowing skin. See below the look I created on one of my models. FWNO Strong Brow look 1FWNO Strong brown look 2

One of the designers requested a natural look with bronzed glowing skin.  Here I am with one of the models I created the look on below.FWNOLA With natural look bronzed glow modelFWNOLA natural look bronzed glow

Another look I really enjoyed creating was the classic red lip with winged liner

FWNO Red lip soft smokey eye winged liner 1st modelMy fellow makeup artist, Phoenix captured a pic of me working on the model above. :-) 2013-03-23 23.25.14

FWNOLA Me with my modelHere’s another one of my models I created a red lip with winged liner on.  She posted this cute pic of us on Instagram. :-)

One of the ladies working with Fashion Week New Orleans wanted her makeup done as well.  She requested a bold lip and soft eye.  This is the look I gave her. FWNO Worker Bold lip look 1 FWNO Worker Bold lip soft eye look 2

Here are a couple of pictures of Phoenix and Britni creating Geisha looks.FWNO Britni doing a Geisha look FWNO Phoenix doing a Geisha look

Day 4 was the Bridal Show.  This young lady was my 1st model of the day. FWNO 1st Bridal Look 1FWNO 1st Bridal Look 2

This is model Chanda below.  I did a neutral eye and soft lip for her Bridal Look. FWNO Chanda's Bridal Look 1 FWNO Chanda's bridal look 2 FWNO Me and Chanda the model

After the show on Day 3 of Fashion Week New Orleans, I got a chance to take a picture on the Red Carpet. FWNO Me on the Red Carpet So glad I walked out the front instead of the back. I totally missed the red carpet the day before. Had no idea it was there. LOL! I worked all day and went home.

FWNO Me and BritniAbove is a picture of me with my fellow makeup artist Britni on Day 4.

I’m so grateful that Niala chose me to be a part of her Glam Squad for Fashion Week New Orleans.  It was an incredible experience.  I’ve worked with Fashion Shows before and had a wide range of encounters, but I have to say that Niala’s leadership allowed all of us on her team to learn, grow, be creative, and enjoy working together.  Each morning, I was excited to wake up and get to work.  I’m looking forward to working with her next year. :-)

Feb 202013
 

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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.

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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.

2013-02-15 11.51.45Above is a picture of my makeup station set up. Below is a picture of AJ’s makeup station set up. Ha ha! I’ve got a long way to go. ;-p2013-02-15 11.56.10

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2013-02-15 15.04.50I’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.

2013-02-15 11.52.06Here 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. :-( 2013-02-16 00.33.35Here is Aj doing a lip demo

My Purple 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. :-)

BeautyByLeRenda b4 and after kissable couture lip demoMy client posted this on her instagram. :-)

I'm in the background working. ;-p

This picture was taken from Christina Milian’s Instagram. I’m in the background working. ;-p

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. :-)

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This was taken from another one of my client's instagram. I used AJ's creme foundation #8 to create that gorgeous contoured cheek.

This was taken from another one of my client’s instagram. I used AJ’s creme foundation #8 to create that gorgeous contoured cheek.

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. :-)

Giving Shasie a blue purple lip729648_10100692549911828_980248867_oShasie's blue purple lip completeBeautyByLeRenda with Shasie and her Kissable Couture Purple Blue lip

I created this pretty Kissable Couture Lip Combo on Hairstylist Kierra.

I created this pretty Kissable Couture Lip Combo on Hairstylist Kierra.  She worked with Celebrity Hairstylist Kiyah Wright’s team.

My favorite kissable couture lip demo was on Valerie. I used 3 of the Limited Edition Allstar Weekend colors. Blue as the lip liner, Green as the main color, and light blue/teal in the middle.

My favorite kissable couture lip demo was on Valerie. I used 3 of the Limited Edition Allstar Weekend colors. Blue as the lip liner, Green as the main color, and light blue/teal in the middle. 2013-02-17 14.46.42

I had the opportunity to use the AJ Crimson Creme Foundations and the Kissable Couture Lipgloss in Mysterious on Love and Hip Hop star Raqi.

I had the opportunity to use the AJ Crimson Creme Foundations and the Kissable Couture Lipgloss in Mysterious on Love and Hip Hop star Raqi.

2013-02-16 18.58.56This is a picture of me with the uber fab Celebrity Hairstylist Kiyah Wright! She works wonders with hair. :-) Faith did her makeup and used the Limited Edition Allstar Weekend Orange lip color.

So happy to have finally met Jamaal Buster, Lash Guru to the stars. He is so fabulous and his lashes will change your life. :-)

So happy to have finally met Jamaal Buster, Lash Guru to the stars. He is so fabulous and his lashes will change your life. :-)

This Jamal Buster bag is too cute!

This Jamal Buster bag is too cute! I just adore his packaging.

OMG! These lashes are amazing!!

OMG! These lashes are amazing!! Can’t wait to try them on my clients.

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. :-)

Yay! I met YouTube Beauty Guru Ateya. She was one of the first people I followed on YouTube years ago. She's super sweet in person.

Yay! I met YouTube Beauty Guru Ateya. She was one of the first people I followed on YouTube years ago. She’s super sweet in person.

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. :-)