Makeup

2017 Summer Favorites

Hi All, 

I know I've been bad about posting but I wanted to highlighted some of my FAVORITE things so far in 2017! It encompasses everything from makeup to music! Here are my top 10 new favorites! 

1) Seattle Art Museum Yayoi Kasuma Exhibit 

The popular exhibit in Seattle has been sold out for a while now but since there are day passes at a first come first serve basis people stand in long lines for it! Since I am a SAM Member (Truly got membership months ago for Kasuma!) I go frequently. I am most likely by the end of the exhibit's season be there about 6 times. Its so beautiful and photo worthy so why not? 

Infinity Mirrored Room-Aftermath of Olbiteration

Infinity Mirrored Room-Aftermath of Olbiteration

2) Stila Liquid Eyeliner

I went to a networking event and I commented on this one girl's eyeliner and she told me her favorite formula was Stila's. Next day I bought it and was convinced it was better than the Kat Von D tattoo eyeliner! (Big deal since I've loved that eyeliner for ever! 

Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner

Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner

3) Ko Ko Bop by EXO  

Well if we all don't know already I'm quite obsessed with K-Pop lately and one of my favorite groups EXO just came out with a new album and music video that is worth watching! The fusion of hip hop, r&b, reggae, dancehall and pop is out of this world! 

4) Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Ludwig

This color is such a perfect nude on my skin tone! Plus, it lasts forever! 

5) Marc Jacobs Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Lipstick 

This color is the perfect fun pink! Its not too harsh or bright and I get compliments on it every time I wear it! 

6) MAC Softening Lotion

Popularized by Pia (Miss Universe 2016) herself! I swear this makes a huge difference in prepping your face, how did I live without it before!? 

7) Ji Chang Wook 

This man is Korea's most beautiful man, I swear! lol I'm currently watching Suspicious Partners and K2. I don't know why I never knew he was until this year!!! New favorite behind Lee Min Ho and Park Seo Joon! 

8) Fidget Spinner 

I love this toy trend! It helps just puts me in a zen mode! My colleague made me one from his 3D printer and its just as good as the one from the store! 

9) Game of Thrones Season 7

WINTER IS HERE! I am loving the new season as of now, episode one is down. I say either Arya or Jaime will kill Cersei and I'm so happy they are both on my Fantasy GoT League with Daenerys and Tyrion (...Yes, that is a thing for the super nerds!) 

10) Honey and Milk Book b RupI Kaur

This book is so good! It is a poem book but if you ever love and lost, at least one poem will resonate with you. Quick read and I highly recommend! 

 

 

International Makeup Artist Trade Show (IMATS) Vancouver, Canada 2015

My first experience at the International Makeup Artist Trade Show (IMATS) in Vancouver, Canada was one of the most educational and profound experiences I've ever had as a makeup artist. I highly recommend aspiring makeup artists to attend and learn from the real experts in the industry! This weekend was full of inspiration and lessons to improve my craft!

I was never formally trained, so all of the lessons taught I soaked in! I absolutely loved all of the workshops and learned amazing techniques from brilliant professional makeup artists that have decades of experience working with countless amount of celebrities, magazines TV shows and movies!

 

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The amazing Kevin James Bennett is respectable makeup artist that have been features everywhere in the fashion world and is the makeup expert on TV from Access Hollywood to Elle. He taught me more within 2 hours that has changed my makeup artist life than anything else! I learned that you just need the basics, be a minimalist artist with your makeup kit not a consumer and use multi functional products from the art stores. Also more importantly, know your products and know what your model needs for that certain situation.  

 

Kevin at work on the IMATS main stage.

Kevin at work on the IMATS main stage.

Selfie with my hero and makeup mentor!!! 

Selfie with my hero and makeup mentor!!! 

Sian Richards is another inspiring strong woman I look up to, she is a celebrity makeup artist that worked directly with Queen Latifa among great actors and actresses. I loved her strong bold personality!  She taught me that it's not always about perfection when applying makeup, and most importantly she taught me to know my self worth and don't undervalue our work as professional makeup artists. I love her and love her drive! 

Sian at the IMATS mainstage

Sian at the IMATS mainstage

Selfie with Sian! She is so beautiful inside and  out!

Selfie with Sian! She is so beautiful inside and  out!

Bill Corso was one of the key note speakers that I seriously admire as a person and as a professional!!! It was such a treat to hear him. Speak about all of his work on Deadpool, Star Wars, Planet of the Apes among hundreds of other projects and his role as a director of the Academy Awards makeup department! His lessons about having a great people personality as a makeup artist can sometimes be more important than the makeup itself sometimes really connected with my approach. He is highly intelligent and well respected by everyone in the industry. I would seriously drop all things to just travel the world cleaning his brushes. He amongst all is my inspiration. 

Bill on the mainstage with Michael Key! Both brilliant and award winning makeup artists!

Bill on the mainstage with Michael Key! Both brilliant and award winning makeup artists!

Jon Hennessey taught us the importance of pulling inspiration from many avenues. I really enjoyed going through his creative process as he did his demo. I enjoyed his creation from both new, old, high end and street style. 

Jon on the IMATS mainstage

Jon on the IMATS mainstage

My photo with Jon! ☺️ 

My photo with Jon! ☺️ 

Joel Harlow finished the conference as the last key note speaker. It's always a treat to be in front and learn from accomplished makeup artists. He talked about his journey and his current and past projects including Pirates of the Carribbean and Star Trek!

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Joel on the main stage with Michael the executive producer of IMATS! 

Joel on the main stage with Michael the executive producer of IMATS! 

Overall, I have to say this conference and trade show was so beneficial for me as and new makeup artist!  I picked up a handful of new mentors especially KJ Bennett that taught me so many valuable expert

tricks and tips that you can't really find on Instagram and YouTube.  

I can't wait to go back next year!  

IMATS HAUL!  I went to town and shopped for important investments to my collection! 

IMATS HAUL!  I went to town and shopped for important investments to my collection! 

<3 Vanessa

Behind the Scenes: Inspirational Film Noir Photoshoot

Today I had the opportunity to recreate classic look on the beautiful Hannah for  MaryDee's photoshoot! 

The set!  

The set!  

Here is the inspirational photo of a 1940s film noir. 

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Behind the scenes of the photo shoot!  

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I'm so excited to see the final photos! 😊 It was so much fun to watch MaryDee & Mukul at work behind the scenes. This couple is just so incredibly talented! 

 

<3 Vanessa