Mommy Golightly

I’d like to show the beauty of a mom who just needed a subtle brown smokey eye and a classic updo to feel fabulous! As moms, we devote our lives to our children and families so much that we forget to treat ourselves. I’m so grateful I was able to create Talya’s look of makeup and hair. Based off what she was wearing, how she wanted to look and feel, and my design techniques, I’m happy we achieved her complete look for her special occasion.

Loosely inspired by an Audrey Hepburn look, we did a modern low key version of a French twist with curls. Skin and lips were prepped with complete moisture before the makeup application, and long lasting coverage foundation and a lip stain from Tarte cosmetics helped provide a quality finish.

The finish was a glamorous mom ready for her event!

Hygienic Practices for Makeup Artists

As a makeup artist, carrying products for all occasions, skin types, and various pigments, can create a big chaotic mess. Furthermore, using products on multiple people can warrant a fear of spreading germs and other harmful bacteria. Which could lead the client to wonder…how do you know your makeup artist is implementing professional hygienic practices? Here are a few things that you will ALWAYS see when using my services: sanitized products, cleansed brushes, disposable applicators, and organized items.

Sanitized Products

Lipsticks, lip pencils, eye pencils, and eyelash curlers are amongst products that are sanitized with alcohol. Products that can be squeezed or scooped out onto my artist’s palette are done so that the makeup is your own, untouched, and unshared.

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Cleansed Brushes

Brush Cleanser from MAC Cosmetics is my personal favorite to sanitize and condition my brushes. My brushes are washed with hot water and sudsy soaps to give them a thorough cleanse after appointments. My brush belt is also wiped down for a fresh and neat appearance.

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Disposable Applicators

Have you ever seen someone use their mascara or lipgloss wand directly onto another’s eyes or mouth? If you’ve ever witnessed this less than sanitary and unprofessional technique, you’re not alone. I’ve seen this happen too many times and cringe every time it does. Be assured that I carry ample supply of lip and mascara disposable wands and I never double dip.

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Organized Items

When I first started out building my kit, there weren’t these fantastic bags and cases as readily available as now. My kit is completely organized with my Zuca bag, with each compartment categorized.

I basically imagine how I would want to feel when getting any service done- cleanliness, professionalism, efficiency, and personal customer service. I keep the client in mind the entire time. Getting ready for a special event shouldn’t be stressful, uncomfortable, or dirty! It should be fun, fresh, and relaxing! If you haven’t yet, make an appointment and experience my makeup services. You can book directly through me, Facebook, or Salon Solis.

 

These are not your average prom girls…

I was so thrilled to be apart of these girls prom preparations! How fun it is to see pictures of their dresses and plan their look. Not only was it great to chat about makeup with these ladies but it was certainly impressive to hear where they are going to college and what they want to study. Universities such as Stonybrook, Northwestern, Dartmouth- just to name a few. North Shore High has got some pretty amazing students!

Makeup Mistakes You Can Fix Instantly

It happens. You rush trying to complete multiple tasks before heading out the door and that perfect lip is ruined by the time you look at yourself in the rear view mirror. Don’t worry! Here are some quick fixes that will save you. I use these techniques on myself and on my clients.

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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Unsmudge Mascara

Ever complete the best eyeshadow ever, finish with mascara, and smudge that wet mascara all over your beautiful work? Yah me too… almost daily with a toddler and dog running around. Well here’s what you do. Wait until that mistake dries, then take a q-tip or a sturdy eyeshadow brush and dust it away. If you try and take it off while it is still wet, it will become a bigger mess than it was.

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Poppin’ Lips

Red lips are so much fun to wear, but it can get messy very quick. To keep that red lip in line, make sure to use a lip liner, and put just enough lip product to achieve the color you want. After applying your lip color, use a flat brush to shape and outline your lips using either loose or foundation powder. Just pat and swipe the powder following the outline of your lips, not touching the red lipstick. This will not only assist in preventing your lip color from bleeding but will also help make your lips look completely finished and give it that *pop*.

 

 

 

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Photo by Jota Lao on Unsplash

Perfect Brows

If recent Instagram trends should show us anything, it’s the perfection of a full brow. While shading and shaping them with either powder, pencil, or cream, you can hide any mistakes with concealer (not to mention if you’ve missed a waxing appointment). This fix will leave you that highlighted brow bone. Take a small, flat semi-stiff brush and load your brush with concealer on one side. Follow the shape of underneath and over your brow, meeting at the outer point to close the shape. The idea is to clean up the eyebrow area after you’ve filled it in by finishing it with a concealer. Concealers just one shade lighter will help achieve that highlighted brow bone.

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Photo by ARTHUR YAO on Unsplash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lipstick Teeth

I’ve told you how to stop your lips from bleeding on to your skin, but what about the other way… your teeth! It starts with proper prep- many times we overload our lips with lipstick and forget to condition or prime it resulting in too much product and bleeding. Prepare your lips with a primer or lip conditioner, that way when you apply your lip color it is to achieve just that; color and nothing else. When you blot on a tissue it could leave those small tissue particles on your lips, so try and use Kleenex that is made with aloe or moisturizers. These tissues are softer with less rough particles that can drift into the air or stay on your lips.

These are just a few tips that I like to share with clients! If you would like any help or suggestions for your personal mistakes, comment or email with your concern and I would be glad to help. I also offer makeup lessons to learn the techniques of easy daily makeup applications. More information can be found at http://www.muanicolemiller.com

 

3 key products for Quinceañera makeup (Sweet Sixteen, Bat Mitzvah, & Cotillion included!)

Quinceañera, Sweet Sixteen, Bat Mitzvahs, and Cotillions are such fun celebrations not only for the girl coming of age, but also for the entire family to experience the milestone birthday with her.

It was such a pleasure to do makeup for the beautiful celebrant, her sister, friend, and mother. Makeup applications included cut crease, natural looks, and glitter liners. A few key products I used throughout these applications were MAC paint pots, NYX loose glitter, and Ardell lashes. The paint pots helped achieve an extreme cut crease and kept eyeshadows true to their colors without creasing. The loose glitter was super fun and I was able to apply the product in layers, achieving the desired amount of spectacular-ness. (Yes I just said that because it’s the only way to describe it).

These Ardell lashes were the right fit and design for the celebrants eye shape and comfort level. The girls knew exactly what they wanted, ready with detailed photos of makeup they really liked. The end result was 4 happy clients with amazing makeup!

So glad I was able to be apart of their preparations for the party. The environment was very positive with music, photos, and laughter the entire time! http://www.muanicolemiller.com

Spring Cleaning: For Your Makeup?

It’s that time of year when the sun teases us with somewhat earlier mornings and later evenings, the weather gives us hope of sun-kissed skin, you start to purge the old clothes and odd pieces from your home, and get into a cleaning dust-ridden scrub away frenzy. While all this cleansing is happening from your home and most likely your soul, don’t forget to show attention to your makeup! Here are some ways to clean your tools in your makeup kit.

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Brushes
Cleaning your brushes is so easy and very important! Clean brushes can save you from dirty makeup applications resulting in breakouts and uneven blending (ew). CONFESSION: I like to have that semi-dirty brush for some pretty shading in my crease, BUT ultimately having clean fresh brushes is imperative for a makeup artist. I make sure to prepare and clean my brushes after each and every client. I use liquid brush cleanser. You can purchase some from here (NYX brush cleanser) or here (MAC brush cleanser). These brush cleansers clean and sanitize your brushes and can be used on all kinds, from real hair to synthetic brushes. All you have to do is pour a small amount out on a paper towel or wash cloth, then run your brush back and forth on the cleanser. For extra dirty brushes, just position your brush on the towel and pour the cleanser right on the brush, with a good back and forth motion to follow.
Notice your brush is starting to look like a broom? For high traffic brushes or brushes that haven’t been properly cleaned in a while, take a mild shampoo (preferably a non-sulfate shampoo), wet the brushes in the sink, suds the shampoo amongst the bristles, and rinse until clear. Just make sure to hold the brushes downwards, not letting any water get into the handle. This could compromise the quality and longevity of the brush bristles.

Makeup palettes
Sometimes our palettes can get dusty and not very appealing anymore. Shape it up with a good dusting… wipe your mirror off, and clean the crevices of your palette with q-tips! Everyone can appreciate a clean palette. Same with sharpeners

Product bottles
Product bottles such as moisturizers and setting sprays can get smudgy fingerprints all over them. Wipe them down with a makeup wipe!

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Makeup bags
That’s right you guys… clean your makeup bag! Who knows what’s hiding in there from old false lashes to broken powders…. Take all your product out and set it aside. Wipe it down with a quality makeup wipe or q-tip as needed. Some makeup bags can be washable (if so just toss that bad boy on delicate cycle!) if not, then wipe it down with a makeup wipe and soapy wet cloth. Think about what stains are on the bag and fight it with what would remove it on your face; remember, oil breaks down oil!

Once you’ve cleaned and sanitized all your tools, be sure to give them some organization. Weed out the products that are old or that you won’t use anymore. Broken powders that can be salvageable- save those. I’ll explain in another post what you can do with those. Don’t forget about MAC’s recycling program also- turn in old containers to get a free lipstick! Ah, now doesn’t that feel better? Clean, professional products all ready for your next application!