February 26, 2010

Happiness Is...

Happiness can be a lot of different things to a lot of different people.

One common thing that I think would make most people happy, is the arrival of Friday! Friday signifies the end of the work week and the beginning of a new weekend! And who doesn't love a good relaxing or fun filled weekend?? TGIF for sure for me today.

Here are a couple of things that have made me and are going to make me happy:

1. A great big huge rice krispy treat! This picture is of my oldest son hanging out with me at a local coffee shop. He was so pumped to get to eat a rice krispy treat at 9:30am in the morning, that his happiness was contagious and continued throughout the day! Something so basic and cheap, turned out to be the highlight of our day. I wish we adults could be made that happy and content by just partaking in rice krispy treats!

2. Spending time outside. It's still really dang cold here in the south, but we had one day recently where it was warm enough for me and my youngest to get out on the golf course and putt around some golf balls. He obviously doesn't understand anything about the game of golf, but that didn't matter because he thoroughly enjoyed throwing the golf balls into the hole with no putter! There's nothing better than being able to run freely outside, enjoying the fresh air, and disregarding the rules of an organized sport!

3. New shoes, okay, new flip flops. My sweet sis-in-law was kind enough to get me the cutest Tory Burch flip flops for my birthday! Even though it's still below 40 degrees, the anticipation of being able to bare my tootsies and get pedicures for a good reason, makes me happy. And having a wonderful family member in my life (since I'm an only child, she's basically like a sister I never had!) also makes me happy;-) Thanks Amy- these made this birthday a little more bearable this year!

4. Anything animal print! I am slightly obsessed with anything that has animal print in it- zebra, cheetah, cow, leopard, you name it. I like whatever you want to cover in it- as long as it's faux. This is my new "giraffe" makeup stool for my bathroom- it will make me happy

time I put my makeup on. I'm a makeup artist, so I apply a lot of makeup to myself during the day! Heck, they even make animal print tattoo eye shadow now by Hard Candy ($10)! That could be taking the whole animal print thing a bit too far however!

What makes you happy?? It doesn't have to be anything big or fabulous, remember, it can be as simple as a child like rice krispy treat!!!

February 24, 2010

Redheads Rejoice!

So my newest red head "girl crush" would have to be Mad Men's Christina Hendricks. This woman is ridiculously beautiful and works her red hair with just the right makeup to compliment her coloring. And after doing some investigating on her, I found out that, GASP, she's NOT a natural red head!! She apparantly is a blonde who has been dying it red since the age of 12! But either way, this woman does red right, so I don't care.

If you are a red head and struggle with what makeup choices to make for your skin tone and hair color, here's a little cheat sheet to help you look Christina worthy:

1. Fair Skin. 9 times out of 10, if you've got naturally red hair, your skin is probably pretty fair. Keep it that way and celebrate it!! Use porcelain toned foundation to help cover any redness in your skin and to hide blemishes. Use very fair face powder or even translucent powder for finishing.

2. Careful with the Bronzer. Don't use really tan colored bronzer or you'll end up looking like an oompaloompa! If using bronzer at all, stick with the lightest color you can find and use it mainly as a halo around the perimeter of your face and light sweeps across the T zone at most. You don't see Mrs. Christina trying to look like she has Salma Hayek's skin do you? She rocks the pale skin, and it's PRETTY!

3. Stick with Cool Toned Eye Makeup & Lips. This means avoid any reddish products which will just end up making you look tired. Stick with purples, lilacs, graphite grays,

taupey browns, and cooler blues. For lips, if you want natural looking, stay with peachy pastels
are very complementary. For more lip impact, go for bright cool colors like raspberry. I tried to mimic Christina's raspberry lips shown above by using Lancome's Le Absolu Rouge in Champagne ($29) bc I just loved how pronounced they looked with simple eye makeup. I think I pulled it off, but I lack the red hair!

Maybe instead of completely wrecking my hair by trying to go red, I'll just hit up a wig shop and buy the most awesome Christina-like wig I can find!

February 22, 2010

JennySue Makeup Product Review :: Moroccan Oil

Okay so here I go again, the makeup artist talking about hair products! Now I've never claimed to be an expert on hair or it's products and tools, but like most females there is something I DO know about hair.

It's that we as females all want our hair to be one of the following:

  • soft
  • silky
  • shiny
  • overall healthy looking!

So luckily I was introduced to the much talked about product, Moroccan Oil, by a very popular and talented local hair stylist here in Athens(thanks Andrea at Mint Salon, you have done me a HUGE favor by allowing me to try this product!). She had such faith in this product that she basically shoved it into my hands and told me to try it- I'd like it! Moroccan Oil is basically an oil treatment (for all hair types) that is put on damp hair right after it's been washed and conditioned. Then you can style or dry your hair as usual. A full sized bottle is around $39.00, and you use very little at a time, so your dollar is really stretched! My bottle shown in the picture is more of a sample size, around $14 bucks.

My personal experience:

I have used this product only 3 times since I got it, and have already seen a tremendously delightful difference in the texture of my hair. I would say that I have experienced all 4 descriptions up top in bullet points, especially the silky part!

My hair is dry by nature, and I can literally go 3 to 4 days without washing it. So I needed something to turn around my brittle and lifeless hair! And let me tell you ladies, this stuff made a difference. I will admit that I haven't had a hair cut in over 4 months and it was starting to show. But now since using Moroccan Oil, my hair has gotten back to looking like it doesn't have split ends... so maybe I can go another month before chunking down money for another pricey haircut!

I would definitely give this product to thumbs up and recommend it to all the dry hair girls out there! And if you're wondering where you can get this miracle oil, check their official website for a salon locator because it's only sold in salons. If you live in awesome Athens, Ga, go to Mint Salon in five points and tell them JennySue sent ya!!

February 19, 2010

Wearable Blue Eyes Like Alice In Wonderland's Red Queen

All the hype about the upcoming Tim Burton/Disney rendition of Alice in Wonderland has got me super duper excited! I love the magical-yet weird-story of Alice and her wonderland and of course the Mad Hatter. Especially since he's being played by super talented (and hot) Johnny Depp!

The trailers of the movie show some fantastic makeup of course, and the Red Queen's (played by Helena Bonham Carter) definitely caught my eye. Her overblown head with the bright blue eyeshadow and overdone bow red lips is fantastic. So I figured this very 80's/fantasy combination could be understated a bit for everyday wear by downplaying the amount of blue and sticking with neutral colored lips.

Check out my version of blue eyelids. The key is to just apply the blue to the upper lids, and use a more neutral color in the crease to tone down the blue-ness.

I used the following products in this exact order to create this look:

  1. All over lid. Matte ivory shadow.
  2. Lid to crease. Nars "Sugarbaby" eyeshadow ($23) which is a very powder blue.
  3. Eyeliner. Mark metallic hook up eyeliner in "blue chrome" ($6).
  4. Crease. Lancome's color design eyeshadow in "mochaccino" ($17). This is one of my favorite taupey browns!
  5. Mascara. Lancome's Hypnose ($24) mascara in black on upper and lower lashes.

Here's an overall look of me with my blue eyes on my brown eyes! By NOT powdering my entire lid like miss Red Queen, it keeps me from looking like a character in a movie...or a bad 1985 MTV video.

February 18, 2010

Here Comes The Bride...And Her Makeup Artist!

One of my favorite jobs to do as a makeup artist is to work with a bride on her wedding day! I still remember my wedding day over 8 years ago, and wish I could re-live that moment at least once a week, because it was that much fun. And what girl doesn't love being the center of attention, wearing a gorgeous dress, and getting dolled up for at least one day of her life??

So since re-living my actual wedding day is not very realistic, being able to see my work in action on someone else's wedding day is really awesome! One of my dearest friends and talented photographer, Abbey Lindsey of Dylan Blue Photography, captured a few shots of me working with a bride this past weekend that she was kind enough to share with me. Kelli, you were an amazing person to work with and the coolest cucumber of a bride I think I've worked with in over 9 years!!

If you want to see even more fabulous photography from Abbey, click on her link above to see all the cool wedding details and more pics of Kelli. She even took some shots of my makeup tool kit. And who knew that mess could look so cool and artsy?!

One of the biggest challenges of doing bridal makeup is to make sure that the real person shines through the makeup and it doesn't get so overdone that the groom doesn't recognize the bride walking down the aisle! I like to keep the brides true beauty the focus and play up her favorite features of her face. In this case, Kelli's shockingly blue eyes were what we played up with champagne and warm golden browns.

Her hair, even though you can't see the complete finished product in this, was done by Andrea, owner of Mint Salon in Athens. This woman knows a thing or two about hair and if I could get married again, she'd be doing my updo for sure!!

Thanks so much Abbey for sharing these pictures with me and to Kelli for allowing me to share in your special day. Hope you and your hubby live "happily ever after!"

February 16, 2010

Getting The Right Concealer For You!

Everyone I know is always on the hunt for the most perfect concealer to hide those dark under eye circles that we have NO control over preventing! But we DO have control over covering them!!

As a makeup artist, I know one of the key things to getting myself and my clients looking their most bright eyed and bushy tailed, is to conquer their dark spots under their eyes. So it takes a little extra time, but is totally worth it in the end. I am always amazed how good Jennifer Lopez, 40 year old mom of twins, looks the older she gets. I'm sure she doesn't get a whole lotta sleep with the kiddos and all the projects she takes on, yet she always looks so alive and awake, thanks to the perfect concealing techniques!! Her February Elle magazine cover and story just reinforces that this woman has it goin on.

Here are some tips and cover up products to help you fight those pesky dark demons:

1. Tip. All under eye circles have either a brownish undertone, or a purple/blue undertone. If you fall in the brown category- your weapon of choice should include a peachish toned concealer. If you fall into the blue/purple category, you should choose a yellow based concealer to counteract the problem.

2. Product. For the yellow and purple/blue problem, try Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage concealer ($28) that actually gives you both colors in one easy palette, yellow AND your darker hue! The consistency is definitely a medium to full coverage, so a little goes a long way.

3. Tip. Always put your concealer on AFTER your foundation, then set it with some translucent powder. This layering technique gives you ultimate staying power.

3. Product. Budget conscience women always want to know good drugstore concealer options, so here are some of the best (for you women that money is no problem, wait, your turn is coming, and I hate you, wink wink):

4. Tip. Make sure the color of your concealer is basically the same color as your skin tone- NOT 2 and 3 shades lighter!! This gives you the dreaded raccoon eyes and puts more of a spotlight on those pesky little problems. I sometimes even swipe a bit of light bronzer over the concealed area just to make sure I didn't go too light on my concealer.

5. Product. Okay, so if you want to buy a really expensive concealer because you don't care what it takes to hide that problem area, I've got the product for you. The ever talked about and acclaimed, Cle de Peau Beaute (shown above) at the shocking price of $70 bucks a stick!! Although I've never had the luxury of using this product myself, it's won tons of magazine awards and is used by top makeup artists in the beauty biz. If I had 70 bucks to burn, I'd try it out, but I don't. But if you have tried it, I'd LOOOOVE to hear if the everyday woman thinks it's worth the price tag!

February 12, 2010

Love Something

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, the talk of love, hearts, cupids, and romance is rampant! I know some people don't like to acknowledge Valentine's Day and think it's just another unnecessary, silly, and commercialized day for couples to spend too much money on each other, but I think it's sweet.

For me, Valentines is a day to celebrate love for one another and it shouldn't just be geared towards married people or couples. Single people, families, and children especially, should rejoice and enjoy in the day devoted to LOVE!! This became so apparent to me today when my two sons brought home gobs of heart shaped candies, chocolates, various Valentines cards from classmates, and homemade glitter frames they made in celebration of VDay. ( A photo of some of their class projects shown up top, which inspired this non-makeup blog!) Who doesn't love glitter and pink hearts??! They were both so excited to show me everything they had received and created and my 4 year old told me how much he "loooved" his teacher and his buddies in his class...

Seeeee, love doesn't just have to be between married people. And who better to teach that lesson to us than young children who love blindly??!

I think the older I am getting and my children are getting, the more I am appreciating Valentine's Day and any other holiday for that matter, as a reason to celebrate something!! To love one another, whether you're married to them or not, is one of the most fulfilling emotions God gave us. Not only do I love my husband and children, but I love my parents, my dog, my neighbors, my best friends, I can even love the snow because I know how psyched my kids will be when they wake up from their naps to see if covering the ground. That's me below in awe of the fact we're seeing snow here in Georgia! It'd be like seeing a palm tree growing in Chicago, it just doesn't happen.

So you don't have to love something tangible this Sunday to be able to celebrate Valentine's Day, just love something. I promise your heart will thank you for trying;-)

February 10, 2010

Bye Bye Pasty Pale Skin!

Yes this is me in front of a fire truck, photo taken by my 4 year old, story to come and relevance to title of pale skin to follow...

Pasty, pale, dull skin is the pits. Nothing puts me in a worse mood than that type of skin I just described, and I'm living with it right now. It seems like this has been the coldest winter season I can remember in South, and frankly I'm sick of it. So of course my skin color is suffering due to the lack of sunlight!

Since my fair skin can't seem to get any sun rays this winter, I decided to quit complaining and do something about it!! After all, my son and I were heading to the local fire station for his class field trip, so I had to actually get myself presentable this morning instead of the usual drop-off in a hat and sunglasses! (Although I cheated a little by braiding my hair as you can see up top instead of washing it.)

So after following my usual makeup regime, I decided to shake things up! I added a liquid bronzer to my regular foundation, and what do ya know, it instantly perked up my skin tone!! Oh the magic of makeup and the things it can accomplish.

Here's a somewhat scary photo of me applying the liquid sun to my foundation this morning. My husband walked into the bathroom and literally screamed, okay, gasped, "what is wrong with you??" I figured I would show you that I did NOT apply liquid bronzer all over my face, because that would just look too fake. So I made stripes of it along the sides of my nose, top of my cheekbones, half moon shape over my chin, and along my hairline. This is a contouring trick that gives your skin highlights instead of making you orange all over.

I think the photo up top (taken by my cutie/photographer 4 year old of course next to the fire truck) shows that although my skin is very pale right now, it's a pretty luminescent pale!! I actually didn't feel soooo pasty this morning. I used Red Earth's liquid bronzer, which is now discontinued, but Cargo's Multi Mix liquid bronzer ($28) available at CVS and is basically the same idea.

If you struggle from drab winter skin, give it a boost with liquid bronzer instead of a powder. It boosted my mood for the day!

February 8, 2010

JennySue Makeup Product Review :: Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge

We all know, that our makeup application is only as good as the tools we use to apply them with. I'm sure Van Gogh didn't paint his masterpieces with a plastic watercolor Crayola brush, right??!

I wear foundation basically everyday, and have been using the cheap little triangle shape wedges that I get a bag full for like $5, for years. But I've always been drawn to the

hype surrounding the BeautyBlender pink egg shaped sponge that apparently changes peoples lives for $19.95 for ONE flippin sponge (shown right)! I know I preach that you should pay good money for your tools, goodness knows I pay plenty for makeup brushes, but I can admit to being too cheap to actually drop that kind of cash for a sponge. So just recently I purchased a knock off beautyblender from Target.

It's Sonia Kashuk's purple/blue version of the beautyblender called the Blending Sponge for $9.99. Clever description, huh?!

Pros:

  • I have found that this oddly shaped sponge, fits nicely in my hand.

  • Gives me great precision when applying my foundation (around the cracks of my nose and chin and hairline)

  • Inexpensive investment so far.

  • I really think it makes my foundation go on better- and when I say better, it's hard for me to define better, it just seems to make the application go smoother and I don't get color all over my fingers like when I use the tiny triangle sponges.

Cons:

  • None yet, but I've read that this cheaper version from Target doesn't wash well and tends to crumble. I've only had it for 3 days and will wash it soon so I'll have to add to this blog once I find out.

So take this info for what it's worth, and if you happen to be a big foundation wear-er and want to try a new way to apply it, I say drop the 10 bucks and see what you think. I'll definitely be updating this blog in the next week or so to let you know how the washing of the sponge went and to see if it holds up. Have a great beginning of the week!!

February 5, 2010

Smell Like Kim Kardashian

But while I was browsing around and trying out every skin primer and eyeshadow in the place, I ran across the HUGE Kim Kardashian fragrance display. It was really hard to miss, it was enormous. And to my pleasant surprise, I was actually wearing a similar makeup look to the diva herself in the advertisement (and I mean diva in the best way- I have a thing for Kim and her whole family, they're fascinating)!

Check out Kim's sultry standout deep berry mouth with simple eyes and cheeks, then look at JennySue makeup's look that I was wearing that very same day to the right.

Kinda similar huh?? Granted I was wearing a hat to cover my dirty-hair-day instead of feathers like Miss K, but the lipstick color was uncanny. I was sporting Lancome's lipstick in "Breathless" ($25).

If you're wondering what you would smell like if you sprayed on Kim's fragrance, here are the first notes that came to my mind when I spritzed it on in the store: honeysuckle, jasmine, tuberose were noticeable right away! I'm a huge fragrance fan, so I'm always trying on new scents. Changing fragrances is almost as fun as changing lipgloss- it changes with my mood. If you want to smell like Kim, you'll pay anywhere from $35 to $65, not too bad. And the bottle is pretty cute and sleek too (notice way up top)- and you know sometimes packaging means as much as much as what's in it!

So if you like any of those three notes I mentioned, especially honeysuckle, I'd suggest you go take a sniff of Kim K's new perfume. You'll probably really dig it. And if you don't- Sephora (which is where this fragrance is exclusively sold) has plenty of other scents to choose from!

February 2, 2010

Plumper Looking Lips



I was not blessed with the fullest lips, in fact, I hardly have any lips to speak of! But thankfully that's why God made makeup, so that I can fake it!! Figured I would share with everyone how I create a fuller set of lips using a few simple steps. The silly picture up top was taken by my little guy Jack, he told me to "pucker up mommy" when I told him to focus on my lips!

The pictures follow the simple steps to fuller lips:

1. Set your lips with some pressed translucent powder all over.
2. Line just outside of your natural lip line with a very neutral lip liner color that closely resembles your own lip color. Don't go crazy outside because it will end up looking fake, but lining just inside your natural line doesn't do you any justice- everything in moderation right?? I used Rimmel's Exaggerate liner ($5) in color "natural" appropriately enough (although this color might be long gone, try "eastend snob" if you can't find "natural"!
3. Fill in your lips with a rosey gold lipstick. I find that a touch of gold adds some warmth to your lips which in turn looks naturally plump. I used Estee Lauder's "sugar honey" long lasting lipstick ($22). Blot your lipstick with a kleenex atleast once, then apply again, and blot AGAIN. This helps with staying power and keeps the lipstick color not so blaring.
4. Finish with two products.
  • A high gloss lipgloss placed just in the center of the upper and lower lip. I have on Tarte's Inside Out lipgloss ($21) in color "Om" - kind of a sheer lilac shimmer.
  • Place a highlighting product, such as Benefit's High Beam ($24), right above the Cupid's bow on your upper lip. This creates an ever so slight halo effect on the top lip to give the illusion of fullness along with the gloss.
These steps should give your lips a naturally looking collagen boost without the collagen...unlike Lisa Rinna!!

February 1, 2010

Like Mother Like Daughter

I love the month of February. Why?? Because it's the month devoted to LOVE and VALENTINE'S DAY! And it means we're getting that much closer to springtime, which I am desperately ready for.

In terms of love, there's nothing like the bond between a mother and daughter. I find it interesting how people always say as we age, "you're turning into your mother." This saying sometimes takes on a negative feel, however I don't think it always has to. My mom is definitely (and positively!) responsible for cultivating my love of makeup and beauty because she has more products in her bathroom than I do! She taught me the basics and I kind of took it from there. Without her artistic background and talent that she passed onto me, I might not have the job I do today of making people a more beautiful version of their natural self! So I welcome the "you're turning into your mother" comment.

I put a pic up of me and my artsy mom ( I actually took a picture of a picture so it's not the greatest!) up top. She seriously doesn't have a wrinkle on her face at 61- hope I'm as lucky! The apple certainly doesn't fall far from the tree in terms of looks or facial features between the two of us. Just for fun, I found some celebrity mother-daughter duos that freakishly resemble each other as well!

Check out these duos to see how daughters morph into their moms:

1. Kathy Hilton with daughters Paris and Nicky. Kathy, age 50, definitely shares features with each of her blonde daughters and almost looks like she could share their 20's with them!

2. Kris Jenner with daugher Kim Kardashian. Kris, age 54, looks dang good to have 6 children under her belt! What a rockin' mom who obviously enjoys the art of makeup herself, and it works for her. She is just as stunning as 29 year old Kim.

3.Goldie Hawn with daughter Kate Hudson. Now here are two ultimate mother daughter look a likes! Goldie at 64 has the shiniest personality and smile which she definitely passed on to cute Kate, 30. These two ladies just define cute for me.

So no matter what you share with your mother, "work what ya mama gave you!"