This was my first time experimenting with mixing matte pigments with Makeup Forever’s Aqua Seal and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! I love all the color eyeliners I’ve been seeing, I just wanted to use what I had instead of buying more. I have lots of loose shadows so it seemed like the right time.
I sprinkled a little bit of a loose pigment onto a mixing palette with ONE DROP of Aqua Seal. Aqua Seal is no joke! It makes what you mix it with waterproof… and it’s essspensive so don’t waste it.
Side note about Aqua Seal- I assisted a class at The Makeup Show with Orlando Santiago and the man put Aqua Seal on errrythang! He added it to his under eye concealer so it would dry waterproof and resist creasing *gasp* He applied it to powder eye shadows so when they dry, they were water proof *deeper gasp*… the entire class I kept saying to myself in disbelief, “no?” My mind opened and the possibilities are endless!
Paw Palette- Purr Baby Paw Palette Ring
Star Crushed Minerals- Anarchy Loose Shadow
Makeup Forever- Aqua Seal
Royal and Langnickel- Soft Grip Gold Taklon Script L Size 20/0 This is actually an art brush
Side Side note about brushes- I love Royal and Langnickel brushes! They have great art and beauty tools. I use their Aqualon brushes for body painting or other water activated paint applications. The 20/0 brush I used for this was a little old so I trimmed any stray hairs so I had a nice clean point 😉
After applying the liner, it dried nice and matte! I was worried it would mix with the purple eye shadow underneath, or that the red liner would be too sheer. It turned out opaque and really fluid. Here’s to more experimenting and new colors!
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Until the next tea party, CHEERS!!! B
A former student of mine asked me a few personal questions recently, mostly pertaining to makeup. The questions made me dwell a little on my life soup, try to make words from the random alphabet floating around. So I thought I’d spill my answers here and make this my step back into writing my messy thoughts down. Here we go, be really scared.
1- What are your goals as a MUA?
For a long time I said my goal was “Makeup Explosion” whatever that meant. I knew I wanted to make my career in this industry and I wanted to get my hands in everything. Film, TV, print, event makeup, body painting, special fx… I wanted to do it all and then some. I always tell students who ask me about the different routes to take in makeup, TRY EVERYTHING. Take every opportunity you can. Some things twice to make certain how you feel about it. You may discover you love something you never thought you would, like me. I hate public speaking, I’m pretty high strung and in my head without being in the spotlight, but my favorite job of all time is teaching. Go. Figure.
2- How do you feel about having your own business?
Partly why I love freelancing so much, you get to take opportunities to be in new environments with different groups of people on your own time. It’s a hustle. I’m sure the uncertainty may not be something everyone would enjoy. Who doesn’t like doing things their own way, working hard for something they truly believe in though?
3- What was the biggest challenge you had to go through?
4- What keeps you motivated when you want to give up?
3 and 4 kinda go together for me. Soooo, ever been in one of those really toxic relationships where you completely neglect yourself?? Like mentally and emotionally exhausted?? Me too, let’s share scars! Choosing to move away from that part of my life and trying to take care of my brain has been the hands down most challenging thing I’ve ever done. I had completely ignored me and my creative outlet. The moment I stepped away from that (I say “stepped away,” it was really more of a stumble forward, then I tripped backward… and crawled forward again, shampoo and repeat as necessary), I enrolled in makeup school and I haven’t stopped doing makeup since. It was the first major thing I had done for myself at that point, all the turmoil built up a huge creative surge that needed to be let out, and it was the tiniest bit of freedom and independence I had to make my own choice, for myself, not worrying about what others thought or what they would do. Remembering the negative way I felt back then, the hopelessness, is what motivates me not to give up. I made it through what felt like the darkest, most heart breaking experience of my life. I never died.
5- Did you have support from friends and family when you decided to become a makeup artist?
I’ve always been a colorful kid, I think my parents knew when my visual aids for school projects came out better than my essays that I was going to be somewhat of an artiste. I’ve been very fortunate to have extremely encouraging friends and family. A couple of friends are actually the ones who planted that little seed. I didn’t know you could make a living doing makeup. Apparently, it’s a thing.
That all being said, here’s to taking more time doing things I enjoy like this blaaaaahhhg! Also, anyone in Orange County California, I will be doing a Highlight and Contour demo this Saturday, 4/2 at The Makeup Shack. Come hang out. PEACE!! ❤ B
Why the alliteration?
- Mermaids- my daily reminder to keep the magic, curiosity, and hope we have as kids and not let it die with growing up
- Makeup- my creative outlet, my craft, what I pour my soul into, my purpose
- Metal- the only thing louder than the voices in my head and scarier than the monsters I have locked in the basement
Photo: Mount Up Productions
Model: Linda Krystal
MUAH: Brittany Made Me Pretty
Venus Cage Bra: Mod Ministry
Oversize Reversible Collar: Salem Couture
I want to look weird. I want to look other worldly. My face is the most conveniently accessible canvas at my disposal so I express my frustrations with my basic mortality using makeup and glitter. I either want to look radiant, ethereal, alien-natural OR sometimes I feel a little moody and want to scare people. One of my favorite ways to alter a look is using an unnatural lip color, whether that’s a dark dragon lady green or even a neutral with a grey/dead undertone. I don’t think I say enough how excited I am with this whole liquid matte liquid trend ESPECIALLY since most of these cosmetic companies are doing the strangest colors. I love that makeup is so artistic right now. Two of those companies I am very happy to have been introduced to are Pretty Zombie Cosmetics and Makeup Monster Cosmetics.
Black Lips! I know I’m young, but let’s go back in time to 1996 to visit a little movie called The Craft. As I’m sure it ignited a little black flame in your heart as it did mine, I NEEDED a black lipstick after watching that movie. I looked everywhere (meaning the 2 stores my mom would take me to)!
The only lipsticks I found were poor-quality, Halloween lipsticks that were really creamy, shiny, and sheer. I wanted a lip as black and pitch as night! *Please note- if you did not feel the same way after this movie and think something is wrong with me, you’re probably right. I was made fun of for wearing green nail polish in elementary school, so I new my future was going to hold more weird to come. I won’t hold your judgements against you.*
And here I am sitting in the middle of 2015 with this beautiful, opaque, matte blacker than sin liquid lipstick from Pretty Zombie Cosmetics. This is Black Cat (it reads kind of blue in the picture, but it’s black). The texture is thin, very pigmented, and lasts beautifully. I personally don’t mind drying, matte lip products or some cracking, but this texture is so smooth and matte! I haven’t had any problems with cracking or flaking! Love this formula!!
Though my wardrobe is mainly neutrals, I love color! I love all colors; warm, cool, light, dark, dull… glitter, it doesn’t matter as long as we’re talking colors on my face or in my hair. The bolder the better. It makes me feel some type of way. It’s fun! When people compliment a bold makeup choice and follow up with, “but I could never pull it off,” it’s crushing! I guess when I wear colorful, bold, drastic makeup in a weird way I am crushing the same doubt that tells me “I’m weird” and “It’s not ok.”
Play with your makeup! It washes off, it’s not so serious if you are open to play and Makeup Monster Cosmetics is all kinds of playing!! This is Back Lash and it’s beautiful. They have a very similar texture to the Pretty Zombie liquid lipsticks. Thin, buildable, opaque, and smooooooth.
If you’re looking to try a new lip, I’d give there guys a whirl. ❤
Pretty Little MUA makes stainless steel cosmetic palettes in adorable shapes like hearts, butterflies, and lips to help all the pro MUAs out there keep their makeup applications sanitary and cute at the same time. Definitely check them out to see what they do! I’m really excited about this project and how it turned out! I know there has to be other makeup mermaids out there like me just trying to be about that sea witch life! Do work and be the mermaid you are.
If you’d like to purchase a sea shell of your own, check out My Store!