Sunday, November 21, 2010

In Character.....

Happy Sunday my lovelies!
It's time for another makeup class wrap up....
This week was all about Character/ Special FX Makeup and we learned about how to make someone age as well as how to do cuts and bruises.
As more of a Beauty Makeup Artist I was intrigued and a little intimidated by this class as its not what I am normally 'comfortable' with doing.
I will fully admit that when our instructor began her demo I was squirming a bit.
You want ME to create a bruise????
umm okay.
She assured me that they would all be different and is open to artistic interpretation.
I liked the way that sounded so I did it.
And it wasnt too bad!
Not perfect but for my first try - not too shabby!!

We had a blast looking around the room and seeing all the 'battered' women.
It always intrigues me to see how different people will interpret the same assignment.
We had everything from bullet holes to bloody noses & black eyes with hand prints on the jaw.
Kind of amazing too see.

Don't I look like an SVU victim??????

my fabulous model Ericka - this is what happens when you get crazy with a makeup artists!
LOL! j/k!

Check back later in the week for more updates on Haute Holiday makeup!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Shaving.....ahh the wonderous thing that seperates women from men and apes.
No one wants to have an abundance of un-wanted hair ANYWHERE least of all under there arms
Well Dove (one of my all-time-favorite-brands) has come up with a way to combat that issue.
According to the brand:
" This unique formula contains a Pro-Epil Complex with natural extracts and Dove's 1/4 translucent moisturizers.
From the very first use it smooths and conditions underarm skin. Within weeks you'll start to notice your underarm hair will feel soft, fine and easy to remove. Overtime your underarm hair will look and feel less noticeable. Feel stubble free longer"

I really don't like shaving at all and shaving under my arms is definitely not high on my list of 'fun tasks.
I mean who wants to have to remember to do that???? 
and worse - who wants to be the 'girl who forgot to shave'?????
so when I saw this in the store I thought - why not? what's the worst that can happen?

So I tried it.
And I liked it.
Smelled nice, not too strong and lasted all day.
Which always a plus.
And then a week went by and I 'forgot' to shave.
And then two.
By the time the second week came to a close it occurred to me I hadn't shaved in a while so I went to see how bad it was and to my surprise........all that was there was stubble  and that was minimal.

So I - Amber Dorsey- do hereby give this deodorant my stamp of approval!!

Have you tried it?
What did you think?
Do you believe it when a product claims it will reduce the appearance of something????
(hair, cellulite, dark circles.....etc.)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

All about Eyes

It's been a busy week but I don't have class this Sunday so now I can finally catch up on here and re-cap some of what we've gone over.
This past week was All about Eyes - a favorite focal point of mine.
Because eyes are the windows to the soul right?
And we all want to be seen as having  beautiful eyes.
Even if they are normally a mud brown color.
There are 6 general eye shapes and a plethora of combinations which are distinct to each client.
They are:
  • Almond Eyes - the most common shape
  • Deep Set - no lid shows
  • Protruding -lots of lid shows
  • Wide set - large space between
  • Close set - limited space between
  • Droopy -  minimal lid, shape goes lower at outer corners
*************There is an excellent site HERE that details all the shapes with pictures and a great 'how -to' for makeing up*************

I had the pleasure of working on a lovely model whose eyes were almond shaped.
but upon closer inspection it was discovered they were also protruding as there was a lot of lid and a little bit droopy as the corners turned down a bit.

I started by prepping the eye area witht a little custom blended concealer and  a primer from Smashbox.
Then I filled in her brows ever so slightly with a darker grey/brown (Urban Decay) and highlighted the brow brown (Anastasia).
I then covered the entire lid with a light beige-y shade ( Shroom by M.A.C) concentrating on the inner corners.
Then I created a light > shape on the outer corner to give her some definition and followed that along the crease ever so lightly.
I repeated the same shape on the inner corners but much lighter and not as close to the nose.
I then lined her upper lid w/ a dark grey brown (Red Ginger Palette) and repeated the same liner under neath close to the water line, she curled her lashes and I topped with two coats of mascara and wah-la!
she's a superstar!!

What do you think??

What type of eye shape do you have?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Holiday is here!!!!

Hello Lovelies!!

Happy November!!

Guess what came in the mail today??

My new Allure ( finally the subscription kicked back in)
The new SEPHORA holiday look book!!
Whoop Whoop!!!
It's officially "Holiday Season" when I get my Holiday catalog from SEPHORA.
It entices me with new and fun looks and teases me with palettes and gift sets galore!!

A few highlights:
Check out the eyes on this lady.....
 I am SO re-creating this look for my FIDM Alumni Holiday Party!

Some fun new palettes

Attention all Nail Polish junkies!!!

Feast your eyes on THIS!

I can't wait to finish perusing and see what I need to put on my Wish list for Christmas and who I'm going to bless with some of these fabulous goodies!!
It makes me all tingly just thinking about the possibilities!!

Happy Holidays!!!!

What will YOU buy?