Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Working on my Portfolio : A Bridal Photoshoot

            Once the bridal season began to slow down, I decided it was time to work on my portfolio. I wanted to create some new looks to add, so I organized a small photoshoot.


            My aim was to add a couple of ethnic brides to my website, since I have a so few displayed.  As a makeup artist, it’s important to showcase all different types of makeup styles since people are unique and have different skin tones and taste. 


            I went for one bold, bright lip color, and a softer look with cheek glow.  I find that “the glow” look is very popular and it works well on women who have normal to combination skin.  Glowing, healthy looking skin is important to most women, whether a bride or not! 


            The model featured here is one of the brides I had the pleasure of making up last September.

Monday, May 1, 2017

An Inspiring Session :: Working with Nicole Roberts Jones

Back in February, Nicole Roberts Jones from the Fierce Factor Lab contacted me to do her makeup for her photo session.  It was certainly a pleasure!

For starters, Nicole is quite an inspiration.  If you didn't know, Nicole Roberts Jones is an author and developer of the system called her Fierce Formula.  Nicole founded and developed her very first program at the young age of 23.  This program went on to become a national success!  Through all of this, Nicole was able to see her natural gift of helping people and turning their passions into profit! 
Nicole has decades of experience working high end corporate executes helping to develop programs & services to meet the needs of all those they serve.  Thus, her Fierce Formula has become very well known.  What a fun experience working with such a talented and lovely woman.  

I also had an opportunity to work with several members of her Fierce Factor team on a video shoot in early April.  That was also a great experience; they were all great to work with.  

Go check her out! http://nicolerobertsjones.com

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fun with Makeup :: A Fashion Photo Shoot

When I have the opportunity to do anything different than bridal makeup, I seize the moment.  It gives me a chance to explore a different aspect of art; I have the opportunity to create different looks using bold and vibrant colors.  

Although I love brides, most looks are with neutral colors.  It's fun to spice things up and get a little vibrant!  A few months ago, I had the opportunity to collaborate with Jasmin Sarita Photography and with a phenomenal wardrobe stylist.  Let me just say, it was an awesome experience!  I worked in different outdoor locations, under different lighting conditions, and with different models.

It was so fun getting to broaden my makeup horizon a bit! Check out these photos to see our fun creations!

Accessories/Wardrobe: Beauty Line
Hair: Heather LoFaro
Makeup: Ligia Centeno
Model: Veronica Barbosa
Photographer: Jasmin Sarita

(Black outfit ponytail model)
Accesories/Wardrobe: Beauty Line
Model: Esohe Amadin
Makeup: Ligia Centeno
Hair: Jessica Celestin
Photo: Jasmin Sarita

Friday, February 3, 2017

African American Wedding: Holiday Glow

Happy February, everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying 2017 so far!

I wanted to talk a little bit about a recent wedding.  I had the pleasure of working with Porsha for her wedding day on New Years Day.  How special to celebrate getting married on such a big day!  I was particularly excited to work with her since I had not done a Holiday wedding a few years.  Porsha was easy going; she pretty much left the makeup look and color choices up to me (so fun!)  She wasn't the most knowledgeable about makeup, so she trusted me to give her the perfect look.  
Turns out, Porsha was very happy with the colors and look I had selected for her on the day of her trial, and on the day of the event, everything was easy breezy!  When make up application goes smoothly, it takes away a certain amount of stress that brides just don't need on their big day!  Again, this is why makeup trials are so important.  It gives you the opportunity to try different techniques and really talk with your makeup artist and test different styles to get the look you desire.  When your wedding day comes, you will already know that you are going to love your look.  I'm so happy everything turned out so beautifully.  Congratulations again, Porsha!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

African American Weddings : Fall Weddings

Happy Fall, everyone! 

I recently had the pleasure to work with a bride named Kristin along her bridal party on a beautiful Autumn day.  On the morning of November 5, Kristin and her bridesmaids got ready at a hotel in Waltham, MA.  The "getting ready" event is always an such an exciting time for the bridal party as everyone prepares to walk down the aisle and pose for lots of photos.

After their makeup application was finished, I jumped in to help Kristin put on her hair accessory as there was no hairstylist in the room.  

Kristin’s makeup look was very simple consisting of a soft look with a pop of pink, and of course false eyelashes to help her eyes stand out.  She was already naturally pretty, and with all the other details, she looked stunning!

I was so glad that the weather turned out favorable for Kristin as she was able to capture some great photos outdoors.  Photos like these are especially breathtaking in the Fall months.  I begged the photographer for her some pictures of Kristin, and voila!  Five days later, they were in the inbox!  

A big thank you to Suzanne from Artifact images for these photos.


Friday, June 17, 2016

New England Asian Weddings : Sheena’s Wedding

I was very excited to apply Sheena’s wedding makeup during the Sunday of the Memorial Day Weekend in Maine.  It was my first wedding in Maine, and in this particular venue.  

In spite of the fact that the event took place in the woods, the venue was unique in its elegance.  The lodge that we used as a prep room looked very cozy and had modern amenities with a touch of romantic style, which I thought was very cool.  

Since Sheena was very pleasant and easygoing on the day of her trial, I knew working with her on the day of the wedding was going to be fun.  This also helped make the preparation process so smooth.  For Sheena's makeup, we chose a soft natural style, which was very appropriate for the relaxed yet elegant occasion. 

Hair credit: Jenn Macek

www.jenmconway.com (603) 534-5935

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Black and White Wedding Photography

Black and white photography is timeless. It is classic, elegant, and simple.  This is likely hwy black-and-white photography is preferred for documenting expressive moments.  People can focus right on the heart of your photo, the love in your eyes, without being distracted by lots of colors. The less colors your eyes have to process, the crisper an image is to grip.  This is why a lot of engagement and bridal photos are done in a flawless black and white scheme. I love the look of timeless black and white photography, especially when it comes to wedding photos. But keep in mind, your makeup should be done by a professional artist who knows how to give you lots contrast while maintain natural look.

If you choose to go with black and white photography for your wedding, some tips your makeup artist might consider are:
-Using light around eyes and on cheek bones to enhance or highlight your features.
-Contouring under cheek bones and jawlines for definition and contrast.
-Using plenty of powder to reduce excessive shine in the photos.
-Avoiding dark red lipstick in black and white photos. It can sometimes show up black if the shade is too dark.
-Lining your eyes to make sure they stand out.
-Darkening and shaping eyebrows so they don’t disappear in the photos..

Black-and-white wedding photography brings the subject of the photo into focus. It can capture the most innocent and real, raw moments such as kisses, the innocence in children’s eyes, and the way the bride and groom look at each other during the exchanging of rings.  Oftentimes, photographers will zoom in on what they want to focus on, and blur out the background in a soft black and white way, focusing directly on the bride, groom, or whatever the subject of the photo may be.
Black-and-white photos can also play a part in masking small imperfections and blemishes, as the tones cannot pick up on the red, blotchy tones the skin may have.  This isn’t to say you should never use color photos, because color photography is perfect for capturing the hues of the flowers, the deep tones on your lips, the shimmering of the dresses.  It’s a good idea to have your wedding photographer play with different types of color schemes.

Also, don’t forget that black and white photos tend to last longer than color.  They don’t seem to fade as quickly, preserving your special moments for lots of years to come.  This ensures you can pass your moments on and share these photos as your family grows.
Don’t forget to book a consultation with your makeup artist before your big day, and make sure you let her know if you are choosing to go with black and white photography.  You can work together to create a beautiful and elegant look that will create stunning and timeless photos like the ones above, captured from brides I have had the honor of working with.