My apologies, I have been completely M.I.A but I have exciting news to share with everyone: my baby sister is graduating from high school next year and I had the honor of doing her make up look for her grad photo shoots’ at Artona (http://www.artonagroup.com).
I did her group photo shoot and her personal grad photo shoot (both different days). I would love to share some of the photos and close up of the make up looks I did for her. I am not a professional make up artist but I hope to one day aspire to become one
MAKE UP FOR GRAD PHOTOS: The Transformation
To prepare her face and make sure her skin is ready for a flawless make up application: I washed and cleansed her face and after cleansing, I did a calming and soothing masque for 10 minutes to calm/reduce the redness in her skin (Eminence Organic Skin Care- Stone Crop). I then washed the masque off and applied the sugar plum revitalizer (also from Eminence) to hydrate and moisturize her face to allow me to have a good clean canvas to work on.
no make up/ untouched photo
I should say, my baby sister has very sensitive and acne prone skin, which by the way, I am trying to help clear up. And she rarely let’s me help her with it cause she is stubborn haha but when I found out my sister wanted me to do her make up, I was ecstatic!
She and I were off to Sephora to find the perfect foundation and we literally spent a full hour at Sephora and YES, she was bored out of her mind! I, on the other hand, was frantically testing all these shades of colors on her, to find the perfect match for her skin color. I wanted to find a foundation that would be light enough to not feel like foundation but it also needed to provide good coverage because she has teenage acne/redness/oily combo skin.
While I was looking/doing swatches of the foundations, I kept asking myself, how should I go about in helping her achieve flawless skin? That was when I remembered watching Lisa Eldridge youtube video about “Acne Covering Make up”. I took what I learned and what I liked from that tutorial and kept it in the back of my mind. Lisa really focuses on “the skin in between the acne problems” and when I look at my sister’s skin, those are the areas that are gorgeous and smooth. I really wanted to do what Lisa said was important when she worked with clients that have acne prone skin. She talked about recreating and trying to “embellish/mimic” the gorgeous skin in between the acne. I think I learned a lot from that tutorial– Thank you Lisa Eldridge!
Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Left: no make up | Right: bareMinerals Original in Light W15
I applied BareMinerals Foundation (Original) in Light W15 (has SPF 15) to her right side of the face. I wanted to show the comparison of her left side to her right side of her face– there is a big difference: less red, less bumpy and more clear/ smooth looking skin.
Mineral foundations are very light and it did not mask her skin or make it look cakey. My sister does not wear any foundation/concealer. She never tries to hide her blemishes, so the whole process of putting on foundation was very interesting and “awkward” for her. I wanted to get her a product she would be able to use even after the photo shoots were over and grad/prom had past. I think Mineral foundation is suitable for her skin type and would allow her skin to breath better.
Full Face Foundation: bareMinerals Original in Light W15
This is her wearing a full face foundation using the BareMinerals.Her skin literally looks like it is glowing from within and super healthy looking=) I basically mimic the skin in between the acne/problem areas. Gorgeous huh?! And you don’t see any redness at all!
Test Runs–couple days before her actual photo shoot:
w/out lashes and with eyelashes (unglued yet)
For her eyes, I wanted to make them look like they were “glowing”. I know Make up artist and Asian girls (sometimes, if not majority of the time) have trouble applying eye make up. At first, I thought it would be easy because I have Asian eyes and I have found my own way to apply my own eye make up. So when it came time to do her eyes, I struggled a bit and it was difficult because her eye shape is so different from mine. I had to really make sure I did not bring the dark colors/pigments up too much on to her lid or else it looked like she had a bruised eye 0_O.
Eyes completely done =) My favorite look
What do you guys think of this eye look?!? Its from dark to light (lashes to outer lids) with smoldering light green eyeshadow peaking from underneath those beautiful dark chocolate eyes and crazy nice falsies =)
I really tried to focus the colors upward and to really blend! blend! blend the colors on top of the lid to fade out naturally. I wanted to make sure the colors only peeked out from behind her eyelashes. This helps to create that glowly/smoldering eye look. This was by far my favorite eye look on her. And green looks gorgeous on brown eyed girls.
love her beautiful side profile =) I envy her long chin and nice jaw.
She is like a ray of Sunshine! teehee ^_^
So that was the test run but the real eye look she wore on the actual day turned out like this:
I know it’s completely different from the “test run” but I wanted to take a risk even though it was the actual day of the photo shoot and we literally only had 30mins before she had to leave. I really wanted to add back the youthfulness. Don’t get me wrong, I thought the smoldering green was gorgeous but it was almost too mature looking for her and I am not sure why I thought that, at the time but I think I must have gotten scared….. the realization that my baby sister is all grown up…..yes, it scares me haha I can still remember Mamabear and Papabear bring her home wrapped in a pink blanket, ready to show her off to my sisters’ and I <3.
paparazziii attack =P she was in such a hurry that we couldn’t take much photos of the complete look but you can imagine how pretty her dress/make up/ hair was. I did her hair too =)
So that was that, this grad photo shoot was with her group of friends. I really think the youthful and slightly brighter colored eye makeup, gave her a really fun twist yet still allowed her to match the classic styled green dress. When I finished my sister’s make up and took a picture to make sure her make up was all in check…..I teared up a little because I finally realized the beautiful young women she was blossoming into. I know I am so mushy but, I really couldn’t help but get teary eyed and a little achy in my heart cause to me, she is still that little girl I use to give piggy back rides, the little girl that would fall down an scrape her knee and I would be there to wipe her tears and put a bandage on her- telling her everything will be okay. I still can’t believe she is graduating from high school. And I can’t believe I got to do her make up for her—it was so much fun!
SECOND GRAD PHOTO SHOOT (SELF-PORTRAITS)
The next photos are of her personal grad photo shoots which happened a week after the group photo shoot. This time she wore a strapless black dress and requested for a different eye look cause she thought the other one was too bright for a black dress (which is correct! she is learning fast :p). She requested for a smokey eye and if that was her wish and request, I was going to honor that and no go with what I want ^_^ I think she loved this look more so than the one with green emerald color eye look with her green dress.
Silver/Glittery Black Smoked-Out Eye Look
close up and it looks like her lashes are falling off but there not! I swear! camera flash is so strong that it makes the falsie lash line look clear >.<
she’s a swimmer and is super active in sports therefore, she could probably kick my ass in that super toned body of hers =)
And this is her whole outfit look:
she is always all smilez =D
Do you guys see that huge squash in the back? it weighs 50LBS according to my parents because they grew it in our own backyard =) My parents have a lovely vegetable garden that feeds the entire family and our neighbors, delicious vegetables such as lettuce, Italian zucchinis, Chayote (south American Mexican vegetable), winter melon, baby tomatoes and just a whole bunch of different kinds of vegetables. My sister’s and I are extremely blessed and lucky because my parent’s garden keeps providing love through vegetables. There is so much love and care put into the garden; my sisters and I have fresh organic veggies to eat every single day.
STUNNING!!! =) I love the dress, the hair and of course the make up =) and YES she is really my sister!
This girl is the sweetest girl you will ever meet and I am so proud and honored to be her sister. She, along with my family are by far my greatest blessings. I am not going to lie though, she drives the whole family crazy some times and borrows my stuff without asking (haha ^_^) but when it comes down to the real deal, she always has my back and is always supportive of me. So thank you Mamabear and Papbear for her =)
One last mushy comment I promise, but SISTERS FOREVER =D