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LadyBrille Magazine

Their are quite a few parts of my career that I love. My favorite part has to be working on photoshoots. I love it when professional get together to reach one common goal… a great editorial. This editorial, Full Bloom, is featured in Ladybrille Magazine (April 2010).

As a hair and makeup artist, most of my work features my artistry in both fields. But from time to time I contribute only hair or makeup. In this shoot I contributed hair styling.

Hair by Monae

In order to make the hair flow with the Full Bloom designs of Prajje Couture, I needed to add three things; fullness, tone, and texture.   To achieve this fullness and volume,  I added hair extensions. I decided to make the extensions medium brown to add a natural look to the model’s hair. Hair, just like the designs in the Full Bloom collection, needs a slight variation in tone to appear as natural as possible. The hair styling consisted of spiral curls made with a small curling iron. Not only did the curls produced with the small curling iron make the hair appear thicker it also added texture. Texture is is one of the small miracles of nature… and necessities of hair styling.

Hair: Monae Everett  Makeup: Bethany Townes Designer: Prajje Couture Photography: Stephanie Matthews Stylist: Faith Chou Model: Zaya K.


Natural Look Makeup

The barely there makeup look

To keep your skin beautiful and radiant, follow these few simple rules. Use a daily face cleanser with probiotics. Probotics help to balance and protect the skin. Follow with a daily moisturizing cream w/ SPF to protect your skin. A natural look is about flawless skin so it is important that you take care of your skin to keep it looking it’s best!

Smokey Eyes

Here are a few helpful tips for achieving the eyes you want. One of the most important steps to applying eye color is the use of an eye shadow base before applying the eye color. This will help you avoid eye shadow creasing, bring out the true color tone, and make the color last longer. An eye color base can be the same concealer you use to hide blemishes. Or it can be an actual eye shadow base primer such as Urban Decay’s Eye Shadow Primer Potion ($17, Generally when applying eye shadow you want to use three tones; a light, a medium, and a dark tone. Apply the medium tone all over the lid, the darker tone in the outside corner, and the lighter tone on the inside corner.

Once you apply your eye shadow color or colors, you want to make sure to blend, blend, and blend. The more you blend the better your makeup will look regardless of the number of colors used on the lid. You want to invest in good blending brush. Try Stila’s All Over Blend Brush ($24,

Since eye liner is a staple in makeup, it’s all about how it’s applied. Long gone are the days of the cat eye (eye liner extended out past the lash line). Eye liner should be used to emphasize your natural shape of your eye, not to create a new shape. Full eye liner, used above and below the eyes, is in. Eye lines can be created with liquid liners, eye liner pencils, or eye shadows. If you are using shadow as your liner, apply the shadow with a firm angled brush, liner brush, or q-tip.

The days of thin, over tweezed brows are so 2008. Giving your brows a nice natural shape is always recommended, but avoid over tweezing and waxing. Make the most of your natural brows, keep them full and luscious. This gives a more youthful appearance. Many are able to tame their brows by simply applying clear mascara or a brow gel. For those of us who need to have our brows professionally shaped, I personally prefer threading. Threading appears to be the most precise way of shaping the brows. Unlike tweezing, which removes one hair at a time and can result in an uneven brow shape, threading removes an entire row of hair at one time and gives a precise shape.

In the spirit of appearing as natural as possible, try easing up on the mascara. Brown eyed girls should give natural black mascara a try. Your lashes will still stand out without the sometimes harsh look of jet black mascara. Fret not my beauties; I know we all love our dreamy lashes. Don’t forget to curl your lashes to give your eyes a wide open look. For those with strait lashes try a heated curler to get a glamorous curl in your lashes, try the Eyecurl II heated eyelash curler ($28,

What’s Your Favorite Type of Eyeliner?


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