Sunday, November 28, 2010

Do you know this man?

I first met Terry Bradshaw on a photo shoot for Frito Lay products. This was about the time he switched to doing commentary for Fox with Howie Long. Terry is probably one of the most popular and recognized players in NFL history. Working on a show with Terry recently, I heard the crew commenting, "this guy has 4 Superbowl rings!" I'm not really a big sports fan but that's pretty impressive. Over the years I've worked with Terry on various projects from the Frito Lay shoot to book covers and commercials. Fourteen year later I decided it was time to take the photo op.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Strolling Lungomare after my Camera Ready workshop

A beautiful Saturday along the beachfront promenade. I had just finished teaching my Camera-Ready workshop and was enjoying some time with my Nikon, when I came across this fun trio. Maybe a new bridal trend?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Camera Ready Every Day

Now is a great time to book your class or personal lesson. Are you a public speaker? Actor? media personality?
Or do you need an image upgrade to go along with your new resume and job? Knowing you look great can give you just the right amount of confidence to make a good impression. Call it a makeunder. You don't want poorly applied makeup or dark circles under the eyes to become a distraction. Learn the techniques to look great every day. For more information you can email or check my website under makeup services.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Italian Style

I'm very excited to announce my new makeup workshop, Tips From the Makeup Room or Camera Ready Makeup and Hair. This workshop will be about 2 hours and will cover topics from when and how to use eyeliner to which products really get the job done.

But there's more, this workshop is going to launch in Naples, Italy! and what could be more appropriate than a workshop about beauty in one of the most beautiful coastal areas anywhere in the world. Within 30 minutes you can be on the famous island of Capri or discovering the archaeological wonders of Pompeii. 

For more event information follow the constant contact link.  To register click here!

If Naples is not on your calendar this year ask me about a workshop in a town near you. Contact me via email: a presto!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Summer Beauty Aid

I don't know about you, but I am making some major adjustments to my skin care regime this summer.

The heat and the humidity have made my dry skin more sensitive. In my search for a different product to soothe my irritated skin I found this lovely oil absorbing lotion from one of my favorite product lines, La Mer. While I don't suffer from excess oil I thought my readers who do, would appreciate knowing about this product. You can use it under your sunscreen, makeup or any other skin care product. It's also recommended for adult acne. It could be just the thing to re-balance your skin during these hot and humid summer months. Available on line or at specialty retailers.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Beauty and Brains

Had a great time working with NY Times bestselling author Sandra Brown again.
The shoot was for Hardcover Mysteries, author series.  Always gracious and professional, Sandra is a pleasure to work with. She loves makeup and the process of getting "glam" for the camera. Can't get much better than that!
The first time I met Sandra she covered, Evidence of Love, a true murder mystery, Lizzie Borden style. Sandra's new book, Smash Cut, will be out July 20, 2010. To read an excerpt click here.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Makeup Lesson On Location

While having an aperitivo at CafĂ© Farnese in Rome last night, enjoying the street musicians and the perfect weather, I started a conversation with three Italian women sitting at the table next to me. One of them asked what I was doing in Rome, was I on vacanza or working? I replied, “Both,” having been hired on to work a destination wedding. Of course one thing led to another and they asked what type of work I do. When they discovered that I am a professional makeup artist, the woman in the photo immediately began to ask questions and quickly took out her personal makeup kit and showed me everything she had. Lucky that I’d drunk most of my spritz before she sat down, I spontaneously gave her a mini lesson right then and there. The number one tip was how to cover the dark circles under the eyes, followed by how to properly apply mascara to create fuller, thicker lashes.

What you the reader can take from this . . . when in Rome always have your makeup bag with you. You’re likely to find me about 6:00PM sitting in some charming piazza absorbing the atmosphere and enjoying la dolce vita.
Back in Dallas you can call or email me for your private lesson on location.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Laura Leighton

I am often asked if I enjoy working with celebrities. When I relate that question to actress Laura Leighton the answer is definitely yes. Laura is a natural beauty known by most people as Sydney Andrews on Melrose Place. She will appear in flashback scenes in the new season. I felt incredibly lucky to work with Laura Leighton for the Melrose Place media tour in Dallas, last fall. There’s nothing better than having a beautiful face like Laura’s to work with, unless it’s a beautiful face without attitude…that’s Laura, voted by People magazine as one of 50 most beautiful people in the world and still relaxed and confident enough to allow a stranger to show up at her hotel room at 6:00 am for her hair and makeup session.
Laura honored me with her trust in me as a makeup artist and hairstylist, offering only minimal guidance regarding her preferences. To collaborate with a true professional is one of the true joys of my job. Perhaps the question should be asked “do you enjoy working with professionals?” The answer is “ Absolutely, yes!”

Monday, March 1, 2010

Tan for your wedding day? Think Again!

To Tan or Not Tan…

If you are naturally a bronzed goddess then perhaps this is not an issue for you. Yet you may want to continue reading just in case you’re considering that extra bronze glow for your wedding day.

Do you get your tan the natural way? or in a tanning booth? Have you opted for more health conscious options like spray on tans and bronzing makeup?

Temporary tanning requires planning. You’ll want it to be fresh for your wedding day. If you are using a tanning booth, PLEASE DO NOT OVERDUE IT. Photographers are using digital cameras now and too much red in your skin will stand out.!

Many brides who are naturally pale feel they should tan because the dress is pale or white. Should this be the case? Maybe, I would suggest you ask a professional, (makeup artist or photographer) opinion before you do it. The color of the dress, even white, can have warm or cool tones, which compliment your skin tone and will not make you look washed out. A tan gone wrong cannot be hidden the day of your wedding.

If you plan to take a beach trip or lay outside to tan, be conscious of tan lines. A good makeup artist can minimize them but the makeup may come off on the dress. Yes, the photos can be retouched in Photoshop but you can’t Photoshop the moment you walk down the aisle in your gorgeous dress, beautiful hair and flawless makeup and tan lines, which spoil the whole effect.)

Finally the color of the face, neck and ALL visible skin should match. If you meet with a makeup artist for a consultation prior to the wedding and you plan to be a different color on the wedding day you need to let them know.

As with all things related to “ the big day” a bit of advance planning will go a long way to a happy ending.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Weddings In The Eternal City

If you are reading this blog you know I love Roma! Turns out there are a lot of other people that do too. In fact they like it so much they decide to tie-the - knot there. Here's a classic photo from Rochelle Cheever, a Rome, Italy based photographer. Bellisima!

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