Jan 082015
 

Welcome to part 2 of my New York Fashion Week Sept 2014 Recap.  To see part 1, click here.  This post will focus on the Fashion Shows that I worked with backstage as a makeup artist.  I worked on 3 shows while in NYC for NYFW.  The first two were with African Fashion Week New York and the third one was called “Life is Lust Fashion Show”, which exhibited local NYC fashion designers. In this post, I’ll focus on African Fashion Week.

BeautyByLeRenda NYFW Headed to worknow my 3rd All packed and ready to go! :-)

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A few selfies before starting my work day.  Y’all have no idea just how happy I was to be working in NYC again!! :-) BeautyByLeRenda Selfie with Zuca before AFWNYC Show NYFW

 This was a huge event with lots of press and fashion designers from all over Africa.  These are a few pictures of the designers being interviewed. It was held at the Metropolitan Pavilion,  which was awesome because I knew exactly where it was.  That’s the same venue as The Makeup Show NYC! I worked there last year with AJ Crimson.  :-)

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNYC NYFW Press interviewng Fashion Designers BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Fashion Designer being interviewed 2 Here are a few backstage pictures below.

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Day 1 Work Station The picture above, is my work station at African Fashion Week New York 2014.

BeautyByLeRenda BTS Working on NYC Model Jo for AFWNYC NYFW cropped Here I am working with NYC Model Joey.  Below are a few selfies of us.  She was so sweet.

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Below I’m with my Glam Squad Team Member NYC Manicurist and Makeup Artist Vanessa.   I had so much fun working with her.  :-)

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Sept 2014 Selfies with Manicurist Vanessa

We didn’t have a lot of space for the Makeup and Hair Glam Squad so we had to do makeup where ever we could find a spot.  Below, I’m working on NYC Model Juanita. She has an awesome personality was such a pleasure to work with.  BeautyByLeRenda Working BTS with NYC Model Juanita for AFWNYC NYFW Day 2

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY 2014 Juanitas finished lookJuanita was fierce on the runway!
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Here I am working with NYC model Tanesha and NYC Manicurist Gina.  I was so happy to work with Tanesha again.  We worked together eariler in the year for NYFW in Feb. So nice to see a familiar face in such a big city. :-)

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Collage with Model Tanesha and Nail Tech GinaHere’s a picture of Tanesha werking the Runway!Screenshot_2015-01-08-18-43-21

Below, I’m doing makeup while NYC Manicurist Carmen is doing nails.BeautyByLeRenda AFFW 2014 IG post of me doing makeup and Carmen doing nails

 Below is a collage of another model I worked with.  I can’t remember her name, but I remember she currently lives in Europe.BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Model

I didn’t realize the two bottom pictures were so blurry until after I left.  :-(
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BeautyByLeRenda AFWNYC NYFW Models They had a step and repeat so I HAD to take a pic before I left. Ha! :-)

BeautyByLeRenda Posing with Zuca on Step and Repeat after AFWNYC NYFW show Make sure you check out part 3 of my NYFW SEPT 2014 Recap.

Jan 042015
 

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas FlyerThe Makeup Show Dallas is another event I never got a chance to write about last year, so I’m also including it in my “Way Back When Series”.

BeautybyLeRenda posing at TMS Dallas 2014 The Makeup Show added Dallas, Texas to it’s schedule for 2014.   It was a great decision because the show was a major success! I was disappointed that they chose Dallas over Houston :-( but I was still glad it was in Texas. :-)

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas IG Collage 1I was one of the Ambassadors chosen to promote the new location.  The event was held Saturday September 27-Sunday September 28 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. It was one of the biggest Inaugural Makeup Shows to date!

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas Sponsor sign

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas IG Education CollageThe Makeup Show is the best trade show for Professional Makeup Artists. Here are 6 reasons why.

  1. Networking
  2. Build up/Replenish their makeup kits with professional quality products at reduced prices.
  3. Educational classes
  4. Keynote speakerstwhile
  5. Hands-on Workshops
  6. Opportunities to apply for Pro Discounts

I actually got there a day earlier to help set up the AJ Crimson section of the Frends Beauty Booth.  Here are some of the “Behind the Scenes” pics from Friday.BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas Frends Beauty Booth

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BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas AJ Crimson Foundation and BB Cream display I was pleased to be given another opportunity to work with Celebrity Makeup Artist AJ Crimson. BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas AJ Crimson Banner I always have such an incredible time working with him and I love getting the chance to interact with other makeup artists to show them how amazing AJ’s products are.

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas Selfies with AJ CrimsonAJ does a fantastic job of explaining how to use his foundations and BB +D cremes while doing makeup demos.  He worked with lots of people during The Makeup Show Dallas.  Our booth stayed busy the entire time. :-)

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas AJ Crimson doing a makeup demo BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas AJ Crimson talking a group of his fans

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas AJ Crimson applying foundation on a fanAbove, AJ is matching my soror and Dallas Makeup Artist Charita.   Below is a picture of me at the Frends Beauty Booth holding an AJ Crimson BB+D Cream.BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas IG Post Working at the Frends Booth I got a chance to see my fellow makeup artists from all over the country.

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas Frends Beauty Booth CrewAbove I’m with Matt Frends of Frends Beauty and some of my fellow makeup artists who worked at the Frends Beauty Booth with me.  At the top left I’m with Chante and Matt.  On the bottom left I’m with Marla. BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas AJ Crimson Waverly and LeRendaAbove I’m with Makeup Artist Waverly and AJ.

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas group pic at AJ Crimson Booth with Mimi Mikey and ImogeneGroup pic of LA Makeup Artist Mimi and Oklahoma Makeup Artists Mikey and Imogene.

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas Frends Beauty Booth with Jackie and Crystal of Paw PaletteYay! I got to see Crystal Powder, makeup artist and owner of the Paw Palette.  She’s so sweet! I met her for the first time at IMATS LA in 2012 and I look forward to seeing her at all of the makeup trade shows I attend. :-)

In the above picture, Yackie, who works with Crystal, is on the left and Crystal is on the right.  I’m showing off my new Paw Palette that I used while working with AJ to match fans with foundation and BB Creme. If you’re a professional makeup artist, you’ll love using the paw palette.  It’s so convenient and easy to use.  Crystal hand makes all of them and has a wide variety of designs.

20140928_144134In the above picture I’m with makeup artists Lameka on the left and my fellow Houston makeup artist Anisa on the right.

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas Houston MUA Group PicA group of Houston Makeup Artists above. From Left to Right. Angie, Primas Jewell, Alaysha, Markesha, Judy, LeRenda, and Faith

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas pic with PurseBuzzIt’s always a pleasure to see one of my favorite You Tube Beauty Gurus of all times; Elessa Jade of Pursebuzz!! :-) She provides great makeup pointers, tips, and reviews.  She also sales accessories.  If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll notice the rhinestone lipstick necklace I wear a lot.  I purchased it from Elessa at The Makeup Show Orlando in 2012.  She has great items and is very friendly.
BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas AJ Crimson talking to fans 2 In the Above pic, AJ is speaking with Dallas makeup artist Ronneca.

One of my biggest highlights of TMS Dallas was meeting the legendary Ve Neil!!! :-)

BeautyByLeRenda TMS Dallas Val Garland picture Can you tell how happy I was? :-D

 

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.

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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.

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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. :-)

Feb 282014
 

WOW! Would be the short and sweet version of my 1st New York Fashion Week experience, however, I’m sure you’d prefer actual details of my trip. LOL! :-)

NYC Selfie at the Park with Snow 1 I had to take selfies with the snow in the background because before this trip, I’d never been in real snow. :-)NYC Selfie in the park with snow 2 By the way, I’m wearing MAC Lipstick in Sin. It’s a Pro color.  It lasted all day! Like, for real. I took it off before I went to sleep that night.  I tried it on at the MAC Pro Soho store and kept it on.

MAC Pro Selfie

I almost got it, but it’s so close to Diva.  I really couldn’t justify buying it. Here are swatches below.  The Beauty Blogger in me couldn’t resist doing a product review while I was in NYC. LOL! :-)MAC Sin Lipstick Label

MAC Sin vs Diva Hand Swatches

Me in front of the MAC Pro Sign I was on my way to work on a photoshoot with UK Designer Blessed Zion. This explains why I’m at the store with my Zuca and my bag. You know, just in case you were wondering.  Ha ha ha! :-P

Now back to talking about New York Fashion Week. I was blessed to be able to work on 4 fashion shows while in NYC. I almost did 5, but due to the snow on Sunday, the promoter felt it would be best to cancel it. So we did a photoshoot instead.

The 1st show I worked on was on 2/4/14. I assisted Celeb Makeup Artist AJ Crimson who was the Key for the Michael Bastian Show. It was a Mens Wear show and I had a great time. AJ Crimson Michael Bastian TeamAbove is a picture of the AJ Crimson Glam Squad for the Michael Bastian Show. Here are a few behind the scenes shots I took. 2014-02-04 13.02.52The hair and makeup team getting prepared for the models to come in.
2014-02-04 13.00.31Above is my makeup station set up. :-) Below is a picture of the models, and designer team getting the guys ready for the runway
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Muji was one of the sponsors for the makeup team.  They provided these amazing masks for skin prep.  I forgot to take a picture of them, but they’re really small; like the size of a nickle.  Once you wet them, they expand and you just peel it a part and place it on the face for a few minutes.  It provides instant hydration to the skin and makes it smooth and ready for makeup.   Below is a picture of AJ showing us how to use the Muji Masks.2014-02-04 13.12.452014-02-04 13.14.342014-02-04 13.14.46After the time is up for the mask, he sprayed Caudalie Beauty Elixir (also one of the sponsors for the Makeup Team). Then he perfected the skin with his AJ Crimson Creme Foundation
2014-02-04 13.18.20 Here are a couple of the looks from the show below.

Behind the scenes at the Michael Bastian NYFW 2014 show

Behind the scenes at the Michael Bastian NYFW 2014 show

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Michael Bastian NYFW Behind the Scenes

Michael Bastian NYFW Behind the Scenes

I have so much to share with you all. It’s hard for me to know when to stop so that I don’t overload you in one post.  I’m still trying to decide just how many parts I’m going to break up this series into.  In the meantime, I’ll stop here for the 1st part.  Make sure to stay tuned to find out more about my 1st experience working at NYFW!!! :-)

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.

2013-02-17 12.38.20Above 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.2013-02-16 00.31.44

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

Below is Faith all ready to make up clients.2013-02-15 11.51.53

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. :-)