The BV Video Series is a bit of a portfolio add-on. I love diversity: ethnicities, skin types, and conditions. So, I've asked a few of my gorgeous model friends, associates, and local pro's I love to take part. The series currently includes beauty makeup, and the glamour portion just started.
Below are a few videos from the series. Generally my clients dictate the look I do. Since I'm the captain of this ship though,
most are enhanced/defined beauty. Which is my style: clean, elegant, with alitl' bit of dramatic depth.
This is my first time putting together, and editing videos. Which surprisingly is a lot more fun than I anticipated. I've got to say though -
I love, love, love the Glamcor Classic Elite Light Kit
. It's an irreplaceable investment I'm glad I closed my eyes, and just did.
Enjoy the videos! You can view more in the Video Gallery
of the BV website, and follow me on YouTube: BVBridalBeauty
If there are any look requests feel free to post a comment.
This is breath taking beauty. Yes, I find my joy in bridal makeup but photographer friend Michael J. Huxley has rooted my soul in conceptual. The depth, and words which echo through this photo is a poets dream. Needless to say I was elated when model friend Kinsey asked me to come aboard. She is an unforeseen phenomenon, one I never thought I'd see again. Working with each is a thrill all its own...this is what happens when stars collide though, and I love it.
Model: Kinsey Howell
Makeup Artist: Yemisi Rose of Blushing Veil
Photographer: Michael J. Huxley
The keys to a flawless face are tools, technique, and products that work.
Each of the 'Top 5 Beauty Must Haves' are a BV Pro favorite and definitely swoon worthy!
1. Whiphand Cosmetiques 'Set the Stage' Primer- Yes this marvelous primer has been of serious buzz for quite some time now. Whiphand Cosmetiques has taken face prep to a-whole-nother level. Porous, oily, or maybe patchy skin? Not. An. Issue. Client after client I am impressed. Even the clients with perfect skin - their faces are baby bottom smooth. Just a pea size amount is all you need. I like to apply this with my fingers, a foundation brush works great too. Best part about this product: foundation sits so nicely over. 'Set the Stage' Primer is on a pedestal. A cute one at that, with flowers, lush vines, and all. 2. Kevyn Aucoin 'Radiant Reflection' Solid Foundation - Creamy, simple, and so lovely on the skin. So much, this is my go-to for male models. To use: Create a few light-handed, long swipes to the forehead, cheeks, nose, and one across/under the jawline [a litl' product goes a long way]. Blend out with your fingers or a Beauty Blender. Best part about this product: easy to blend, buildable coverage, and super lightweight. Even with a few layers you'd forget it's there! Bonus best: it's rub off resistant. So, your base is ready for those cozy fall pullover sweaters.
3. Estée Lauder 'Pure Color' Blush - Like many others I am in awe of these beauties. I actually felt kind of stingy with these. Matter of fact, I am - I want to have my cake and eat it too! BUT the pigmentation is so gorgeous, being light-handed with this product is a good thing. Best application method: light handed layers. Create a blushing ombré effect by first applying a natural shade. Next, add a litl' oomph with a peachy pop of color *lightly* at the center of initial application. Blend out with a fresh blush brush, and Voila! BV Favorite: Wild Sunset.
4. Benefit 'They're Real!' Mascara - I must admit I wasn't too big of a fan at first. There are some tools, and products, as an artist though you must learn to harness before you love it. This mascara definitely falls in that category. So how do I love thee?? Technique. Light handed layers: apply layer one, comb over with a fresh clean wand. Repeat until desired fullness. BOOM, amazing lashes.
5. Philosophy Cleansing Oil - I love a product that works now, not later. Even the no-budge makeup melts away without scrubbing. As the colder air of fall rolls in you want products which keep your skin balanced. Best part about this product: rinses away and leaves your skin feeling soft - not dried out.
So, what's in your beauty bag for this fall?
I am by nature drawn to the outdoors. . Artistically, I couldn't have asked for more of this shoot.
Photographer friend Janelle Rodriguez, and Adam Brockway working video, absolutely wowed me the entire time.
This is our stylized couple shoot with Kinsey Howell, and Joshua Charlton.
See more at www.JanelleShootsPhotos.com
Makeup: Yemisi Rose of Blushing Veil
Products used: Armani Beauty, Kevyn Aucoin, Whiphand Cosmetiques
Wardrobe: Yemisi Rose
Photographer: Janelle Rodriguez
Location: Copenhagen, New York
Booking your wedding makeup services, without a trial, is now something I can definitely not recommend. Especially if you are trying to cut corners to save a buck. Why? "The majority of what needs to be discussed will be addressed during this time...(cont. reading)". I could rant and rave about the experience which set this post in motion but I'd rather make a few points to help avoid it all together instead. Goals are best met with a plan of action. Your wedding will probably be one of the most documented moments of your life. Making you look fabulous, no sweat. Creating a personalized bridal look, which will last for hours on end, there's at least 3 others in the bridal party, and everyone's in front of an HD camera - there's a few things we need to talk about.
Must haves for a smooth wedding day:
With the 'Must haves' taken care of you are guaranteed peace of mind. You should be worry free your wedding day.
- Understanding, discussing the contract. Yes, paperwork is lame but wouldn't you like to know what the makeup artists commitments are to you? Hiring an artist who displays no sign commitment (e.g. Contract) will most likely lead to this post 'When the makeup artist cancels'
- Creating a timeline. You've got 3 bridesmaid, your mother, your fiancés mother, and yourself. The photographer gets there at 11 am, you've got to be ready by 1 pm... Who goes first? Does the photographer want to capture you getting ready? Of course.
- Prepping you for the spotlight. The trial is the best time to discuss what you want, find which products are compatible, and give the look you want most a try. For example, I receive inspiration photos mainly from Pinterest. Many of which are heavily PhotoShop'ed, and can be very misleading. It takes just as much makeup to create a "No makeup" look as the more glamorous.
- You know where/when your makeup artist will arrive.
- There are no makeup surprises. You know her/his work is amazing, first hand.
- You know what your makeup will put up with - Hug, dance 'til you drop, sweat on the hottest day of summer.
- Unless there is some God forbidden catastrophe - you are on time, and on schedule.
Most of all: you can relax, drink some wine, and enjoy the morning being pampered.
As my on- location setup has grown to include a light kit, and makeup chair I've become a serious minimalist.
My final push was inspired by Makeup Artist Liz Yu, whose kit is all packed nice and neatly organized in one carry bag.
With product trends, advancement in technology, and performance demands my 'Go-to' items change every so often. Instead of stacks, bins, or stashes of unused products I prefer to stick to what is demanded, and what defines my style as an artist.
All seriousness aside, this was a whole lot of fun. That may also be the reason I got carried away
and depotted anything/everything removable from its packaging.
Everything compatible is mixable, and the potential for multiple purposes is limitless.
Ultimately: I'm an artist, and I do what I want! lol.
Favorite depotting tools: steal spatula, paper towels, & a lighter.
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And this is the new kit baby! The Make Up For Ever Messenger style bag. She's meaner than she looks, packs well, and is great for my back.. Love!
Top left: MUD & Graftobian cream foundations in darkest/lightest paired shades, Kryolan concealer, and Kevyn Aucoin stick foundation. Top right: Smashbox & MAC cream blush, NARS cream eyeshadow, and Smashbox/Graftobian & MAC lipstick. Bottom left: Whiphand Cosmetiques Set the Stage Primer, Bobbi Brown concealer, and Ben Nye Translucent Powder. Bottom right: Make Up For Ever HD Blush
Top left to right: Make Up For Ever Aqua cream shadows, Eyeliner, Tarte brow mousse, NARS loose powder, Benefit Benetint, Make Up For Ever Elixir, Armani Luminous Silk foundation, and OCC adjusters. Bottom left to right: Sharpener, Make Up For Ever Eye Seal, Cleansing Oil/Moisturizer, Lipliners, Armani primer, Anastasia brow gel, Heated lash curler, Urban Decay Primer Potion, Mascara, Duo Lash glue (black), and Make Up For Ever lipgloss.
Top left palette: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, Dior Shimmer Blush, Kevyn Aucoin Ethereal Powder, Senna bronzer, Sue Devitt eyeshadows, Bobbi Brown eyeshadow, Ben Nye shadows. Top right palette: Make Up For Ever, Estée Lauder, and Senna Blush/Highlights Bottom left palette: Senna, Urban Decay, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, Cargo, and Dior eyeshadow. Bottom right palette: Senna, Urban Decay, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, Cargo, MAC, Sue Devitt, Too Faced, and Dior eyeshadow
Top to bottom: Witch Hazel, 99% Isopropyl Alcohol, Skindivinia finishing spray, and Purity makeup remover wipes.
New kit favorite!!! Especially for the summer.
The Blushing Veil Spring Workshop registration is now in effect! By popular request, the workshops main focus is contouring. In addition we'll be doing some makeup bag spring cleaning together!
So, bring your beauty products ladies!!
As an artist I believe that contouring & highlighting is an invaluable, as well as essential bit of knowledge to have. This skill is an art form within itself - giving definition & dimension, and the ability to create illusion.
Or as I like to call it: the beauty blocks of transformation.
During the Spring workshop we'll go over:
Contour & highlighting products
An in-depth how-to demonstration
Spring/Summer 2013 trends
&& Getting ready for summer
The bridal trial is a prelude to your celebrity-like appearance on your wedding day. What makes the BV trial so much different? Majority of what needs to be discussed, such as - makeup looks you like, color scheme, & products which will benefit you most, have already been addressed during the Skype with me! session. With litl' to no paperwork, timeline arranging, & the business bit taken care of, there is ample time to focus on the beauty of your wedding day.
As your bridal makeup artist it is my duty to now bring your beauty
vision to life. A few tips to a smooth bridal trial:
- Avoid tanning - lobster baked, peeling skin benefits you the least, when tanning is done within days of your service.. The slightly to overpowering redness changes the overall tone of the makeup causing a 'pasty', and 'mask like' effect over your face.
- Be punctual - time is set aside for you, & more often than not I am traveling to you. To date, 8 1/2 hours is the furthest I have gone for my brides, and still 15 minutes early. Had she not been home, sleeping, or just unavailable as some horror stories I've heard, our trial time would have not been as productive.
- Express changes - if you've found a look you love more than the first, say so! Trying different makeup looks, and creating one which best suits you is what your trial is for. Be sure to have the new image available whether it's a tear sheet, web image, or just a written idea.
The best part of the trial experience is seeing the transformation. Once we have put together your final look product notes, & after photos are taken for future reference. && that's it gorgeous! Next time we meet is in preparation of your beautiful ever-after!!
THE BV CONSULT|
a great means to connect. Many benefits of a face-to-face meeting are fulfilled from your home, the office, or where ever you may be. The Skype with me! service is complimentary for BV brides. This is the time to go over your wedding day timeline for the day of, you can also show/share files of makeup looks/ideas you may have. As well as, address any questions or concerns prior to your trial. What does this mean for your trial appointment? More time with your artist creating your wedding look.
A few tips for a productive Skype appointment:
- Try to find a place with some quiet. We will be able to communicate better with as litl’ background noise as possible.
- Set any tear sheets or image files aside near by or in a folder on your desktop for quick retrieval.
- Have your bridal packet out for quick reference as well. The bridal packet has your timeline sheet tucked in there.
- Make note of your questions, & concerns so we may address them.
Last fall I was introduced to what has become one of the most incredible, & valued products in my kit: Whip Hand Cosmetics - 'Set the Stage' Primer. After application, results are practically immediate. Skin is made smooth(er), primed, & almost "magnetlike" for your base. Especially for my clients with dry, patchy, flaking, &/or porous skin - I can not say enough.
When applying this product a good pea size amount is enough for one application. I prefer using my fingers to apply this. Why? Because I want to be sure every last drop of this primer is melded into the skin. How? Lightly dabbing the forehead, nose, cheeks, & chin - gently rub in small circular motions over each area. Applying the base afterwards is what gets me. The foundation stays put! Even on the oiliest skin I've come across there's no "break through" or foundation sliding. Porous skin is so much more even in texture as well. Who could ask for more from a primer?? For $39, this primer is worth the investment.