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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