Friday, September 2, 2011

Male Grooming & Professional Etiquette

When it comes to men and makeup- there is always an  etiquette approach when working with men.
Tip: When you introduce yourself, Say, Hi, My name is ___________________, and Ill be grooming you today. vs Saying, Hi' My name is __________ and I'm your "makeup" artist- .

Men are more  likely to feel more open to the word "grooming" rather to "makeup artist" where that word could be "offensive" or "make them feel not like they don't need MAKEUP".

Be yourself as a makeup artist and just make sure you keep professional (No flirting)

I remember one of my colleagues doing Eminem's grooming and he really didn't talk that much to her, but kept his conversations with her very professional and very short. Some actors wont even talk to you, just stand back, do your job, and be polite.

MEN'S GROOMING KIT- Keep a separate kit for Men Only
1. Tinted Moisturizer
2. Loose Translucent Powder
3. Powder Puff
4. Clear Brow & Lash Gel
5. Brown Mascara: Could be mixed with clear to sheer it out and make lashes look more natural
6. Shaving Cream
5. Disposable Shavers
6. Hair Comb
7. Hair Styling Products (Hair Spray, Gel, Palm aid, Vaseline, etc.
8. Natural Matte Eye Shadows in brown, taupe, black, grey, rust, white, and beige.
9. A Matte Bronzer
10. Lip Balm
11. Concealer
12. Mints (for you and your client)
13, A tooth brush & tooth paste- Just in case. Or to use to comb makeup & powder off the hair line!
15. Cape
16. A Black Matte Eye Shadow- Sometimes you will need to color in hair lines or bald spots for TV
17.A GREY MATTE EYE SHADOW will fill in a mustache or a beard, or create a 5 O'clock Shadow
18. Floss
19. Glycerin to make skin dewy, or mix with water to create a sweat look (mix 50/50 with water in a bottle)
20. Pore Minimizer and Mattifier - clear if possible
21. Toner to control oil- Cotton Rounds
22. Q-Tips- for obvious reasons and to clean up
23. Deodorant


I personally love using and having in my celebrity male grooming kit 

Deep Pore Cleansing Clay (Travel Size 2.0 oz $10.00

I love to use this product because not only does it cleanse and prepares the skin, absorbs excess oil, and tightens pores. Apply Leave on for 2-5 minutes, and wash off with a wet cotton round. EASY & EFFECTIVE! Its for all skin types, allergy tested, and fragrance free!

Astringent  2.0oz $8.00  Buy:
Whats not to love when using this product helps in finishing cleaning the skin, toning and balancing the ph of the skin. It tightens pores, soothes the skin, and controls oils. It contains Witch Hazel so its natural, and infused with Aloe Vera to sooth, calm, and hydrate the skin organically.  Apply with cotton rounds especially on the T-zone and Forehead.

Citrus Lip Balm (Guys Love This)$8.00
A combination of beeswax, carnauba and candelilla (plant waxes) protect lips against environmental elements, avocado oil and rice bran oil moisturize and soothe, vitamins A and E, and help lips retain moisture.

The Portable Manicure Kit  Buy:
This portable manicure set for men contains a stainless steel nail file, nail clipper, tweezer and grooming scissors stored in a cool, brushed aluminum canister to provide convenient, travel-sized implements for the put together guy on-the-go.


  • When applying foundation, make sure to blend onto any facial hair with a damp sponge, you don't want a cast of foundation making the hair look ashy. Be aware of how concealer and foundation make facial hair. 
  • Come out powder out of facial hair. When done with the makeup and powder application, take a tooth brush, brow gel, or brow comb through the eye brow and hair line. This will remove any residue away from the hair. 
  • You should mix 50/50 of your foundation with a moisturizer to make a sheer coverage. Set with a clear powder with a powder puff and not a brush. A puff will lock powder in and buff the surface better. 
  • When contouring Men's faces- keep more geometric shapes rather than round contours. Men's faces are more square, or oblong in shape. i.e a more masculine jaw line is square versus a feminine oval.
  • Working with concealers can be tricky- LESS IN BEST! 
  • AVOID using too much foundation and powder- Always go the more natural sheer look. 
  • Avoid using harsh black eye liners & mascara- It tends to look too false. 
  • Is you have a light skin tone model and his lips are rosy or red- mix a small amount of clear lip balm with a concealer to give a sheer coverage and remove any fleshy toned color. 
  • Avoid FULL COVERAGE FOUNDATIONS- If your model or client has acne or scars- the last thing you want to do is attract more attention to the problem. Just try to even out the color and keep an eye out for any texture! 
  • Study the mans face shape vs a women's face shape- Distinguish shapes, contours, and lines of the face. 

As always, be yourself! 

Here are some images of good male grooming

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dr. Murad's Relaunch SUCCESS!!!!!

I was recently invited to attend a VIP Event in Beverly Hills for the relaunch of  Dr. Murad's Skin Care Products and His new Hybrids line- "Makeup That Does More". My team and I where treated to facials, massages, and pampering with Dr. Murad's Skin Care Specialists and had an absolute wonderful time!

Below is my Review on some of the many products I love, But I also wanted to give you the IN on the Dr. Who is truly changing the way WE THINK ABOUT MAKEUP!


Dr. Howard Murad took the time out to speak to me and show me some of his newest products. I loved that he took the time to personally show me how his products was made, how it felt, and why he took his time in developing each one of his products. Below are a couple of points on why I stand 100% behind Dr. Murad and why you should too! 
  • Board-Certified Dermatologist
  • Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Dermatology), UCLA
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD)
  • Pharmacist
  • Holder of 18 dermatology-related patents
  • "One of the country's best dermatologists."—Vogue
Now if if you (for any reason) need more convincing-


Skin Perfecting PRIMER- Acne & Shine Control $35.00 US
I 100% stand behind this amazing product, Its a must have in my Skin Care Kit both as a PRO-Makeup Artist but in my Skin Care Regime at Home & on the GO! I tired this product out on my 33 year old, oily, acne prone, uneven skin with large pores and just saw immediate instant results. The mild and sheer tint allowed me to smoothly and evenly apply the product on where I needed it the most. My 
T-Zone, Chin, and Forehead. Here are a few points on WHY I REALLY LIKE IT! 

  1. Comes in a SLEEK black container that fits comfortably in my vanity and in my Kit. I love the pump which allows you for small amounts and avoids waisting the products! SMART DESIGN! 
  2. Contains .5% Salicylic Acid which fights acne and controls future break outs 
  3. Smooths to a NICE MATTE & VELVET FINISH 
  4. Reduces OIL and minimizes pores
  5. Comes in a universal tone which evens out the skin.
  6. 1.0 Fluid Ounce  "A little goes A LONG WAY" Less is more!

SECOND REVIEW is Dr. Murad's Acne Treatment Concealer Stick  (DARK SHOWN BELOW) 

I have to say That I AM SO GLAD Dr. Murad has decided to add Acne fighting ingredients to concealer products. I mean if I had a $1.00 for each person that tells me that THEIR CONCEALER BREAKS THEM OUT I COULD BE RICH BY NOW! This emollient concealer is a must have in my book, not only does it conceal imperfections but also stops & controls acne! It come in 3 shades, Light, Medium, and Dark. 

Here is Why I Love it! 

1. You don't need a PX to get this! 
2. It has 2.0% Salicylic Acid to help fight acne- DON'T USE NEAR THE EYE AREA. 
3. It retails for only $21.00 USD, how much does your Acne Treatment & Concealer Cost? 
4. You don't need a setting powder as it dries to a matte finish- 
5. You only need a very small amount, its rich in pigment and covers very well. 
6. The DARK shade truly works well for African American Skin as the shade is warm and does not dry to an ashy finish! LOVE THAT! 

Product Review #3

Soothing Skin & Lip Care/ Cuticle Care Pen $16.00 USD

As part of my makeup application, As a makeup artist I am to ensure that skin looks best before applying makeup. The better your skin looks & feels, the less makeup you truly need.
This intensely hydrating clear products soothes, protects, and exfoliates dry, dehydrated chapped skin to perfection. So your lips, nail cuticles, dry skin, and other dry rough spots can be taken care of without a prescription!

Here is WHY I LOVE IT!

1. It comes in a sleek pen design, clicks small amounts to avoid waist!
2. Comes with a ANTI-MICROBIAL self cleaning tip to stop germs dead in their track!
3. The Tip of the pen is a gentle but sturdy cuticle pusher to let your nail bed become healthy!
4. This product was designed initially for rashes and to hydrate irritation, dryness, and chapped skin.
5. Gently soothes, cools, and heals skin while it gently and effectively exfoliates. 

You don't have to take my word for it, but if you would like to try or buy

Disclosure: All of the reviews where done in a honest and non-filtered manner. I was not paid or suggested that I do a review as part of being an attendee of Dr. Murad's VIP Party. The comments, reviews, and opinions in the blog are 100% the opinion and self test of Adrian Villa and his team.

Thank you for reading, comments are always welcomed!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Pro-Talk!!! Questions Professionals Should Always Ask

Knowing how to blend and create a beautiful winged eye liner is great! But will it land you the right job not knowing about product ingredients or commonly used terminology in the industry.  You have to be able to talk like a pro and act like a pro.

Why? Well let me share with you a quick story.
In the beginning of my career when I started to work for a certain cosmetics company I used to be intimidated by a couple of artist who spoke so professional and very articulate. The words coming out of their mouth even convinced me to buy whatever it was that they where selling to their clients. DING! The light bulb went ON in my head. I said to myself- YOU KNOW ADRIAN, they are not the best makeup artist here, but what is it about them that captivated the client to want to come back time after time to see "them"? Ah-ha! It was simple- Product Knowledge! It was about educating the client that was so captivating and won the client to come to them time after time.

With that said- You really have to know your STUFF! Inside and out, backwards and upside down! Learn as much as you can and always ask if you don't know.

Below are a few questions you should get familiar with, because your clients will want to ask you the same thing!


1. What does "HYPO-ALLERGENIC" mean?
Hypo-allergenic means that the product is less likely to produce an allergic reaction. You need to know that now these days most cosmetics have a LOW probability of causing an allergic reaction.

2. What does SPF mean?
SPF is an acronym for Sun Protection Factor which is a numerical ranking that refers to the amount of time it takes for the skin to become reactive to a sunburn. So if a product has 15 SPF means that the preparation when applied to the skin, may allow the user to be protected up to 15 times normal amount of time it would take them to burn with out no protection. In other words The SPF number tells you how long you can stay in the sun before getting burned. If you normally start to burn after 15 minutes of sun exposure, an SPF 15 product will let you stay in the sun for approximately 15 times longer (or 3 1/2 hours) without burning.

To ensure protection from UVA rays your sunscreen should be labeled “Broad Spectrum” and contain at least one of these ingredients: Avobenzone (also known as Parsol 1789 or butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane)
Titanium dioxide, Zinc oxide, Anthelios SX, Helioplex (Is the Neutrogena blend of Avobenzone and Oxybenzone), Outside the United States, Mexoryl SX and Tinosorb are also used.

15 + 15 does not equal 30 – Layering SPF products does not increase the total number or the effectiveness.

3. What is the difference between a SUNSCREEN AND A SUNBLOCK?
A sunscreen is an active ingredient that absorbs 85% of the UVB wavelengths (290 -320 nm) example: Octyl Methoxycinnamate.
A sunblock is an opaque sunscreen ingredient that reflects or refracts ALL wavelengths of light in the UV and visible range. for example: Titanium Dioxide

4. What does OIL FREE mean?
Oil Free means free from oil, mainly free from lanolin oil. However, most foundations and concealers and other liquids/creams contain natural oils such as jajoba or orange oil as a emollient to prevent water loss.

5. What does NON-COMEDOGENIC mean?
Means that that particular product will not clod pores.

6. Why do some products use ALCOHOL in them?
Alcohol can be beneficial on a skin care product. Ethyl Alcohol is commonly used as a toning and cleansing agent in some products. It effectively tones and cleanses oily to normal skin, then evaporates leaving no residue behind. Alcohol can also be used as a solubilizer in some products.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) defines an active ingredient as a category 1 ingredient which is utilized all over the counter (OTC) drugs and is safe and effective at the amount specified for use.
When you turn the product on its back side, you see a list of ingredients. The 2-4 FIRST ingredients are the most commonly used ingredients of that particular product.

8. Can cosmetics cause acne?

Some skin and hair care products can cause acne. To help prevent and control acne flare-ups, take good care of your skin. For example, use a mild soap or cleanser to gently wash your face twice a day. Choose “non-comedogenic” make-up and hair care products. This means that they don't close up the pores.

9. Are cosmetic products with alpha hydroxy acids safe?
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) come from fruit and milk sugars. They are found in many creams and lotions. Many people buy products with AHAs, because they claim to reduce wrinkles, spots, sun-damaged skin, and other signs of aging. Some studies suggest they may work.
But are these products safe? FDA has received reports of reactions in people using AHA products. Their complaints include:
  • severe redness
  • swelling (especially in the area of the eyes)
  • burning
  • blistering
  • bleeding
  • rash
  • itching
  • skin discoloration
AHAs may also increase your skin's risk of sunburn.
To find out if a product contains an AHA, look on the list of ingredients. By law, all cosmetics have ingredients on their outer label. AHAs may be called other names, like glycolic acid and lactic acid.

10. What are “cosmeceuticals?”
Some products can be both cosmetics and drugs. This may happen when a product has two uses. For example, a shampoo is a cosmetic because it's used to clean the hair. But, an anti-dandruff treatment is a drug because it's used to treat dandruff. So an antidandruff shampoo is both a cosmetic and a drug. Other examples are:
  • toothpastes that contain fluoride
  • deodorants that are also antiperspirants
  • moisturizers and make-up that provide sun protection

11. How long do cosmetics last?

You may not be able to use eye make-up, such as mascara, eyeliner, and eye shadow for as long as other products. This is because of the risk of eye infection. Some experts recommend replacing mascara three months after purchase. If mascara becomes dry, throw it away. Don't add water or, even worse, saliva to moisten it. That will bring bacteria into the product.
You may also need to watch certain "all natural" products that contain substances taken from plants. These products may be more at risk for bacteria. Since these products contain no preservatives or have non-traditional ones, your risk of infection may be greater.
If you don't store these products as directed, they may expire before the expiration date. For example, cosmetics stored in high heat may go bad faster than the expiration date. On the other hand, products stored the way they should be can be safely used until they expire.

12. What's in cosmetics?
Fragrances and preservatives are the main ingredients in cosmetics. Fragrances are the most common cause of skin problems. More than 5,000 different kinds are used in products. Products marked “fragrance-free” or “without perfume” means that no fragrances have been added to make the product smell good.
Preservatives in cosmetics are the second most common cause of skin problems. They prevent bacteria and fungus from growing in the product and protect products from damage caused by air or light. But preservatives can also cause the skin to become irritated and infected. Some examples of preservatives are:
  • paraben
  • imidazolidinyl urea
  • Quaternium-15
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • phenoxyethanol
  • formaldehyde
The ingredients below cannot be used, or their use is limited, in cosmetics. They may cause cancer or other serious health problems.
  • bithionol
  • mercury compounds
  • vinyl chloride
  • halogenated salicyanilides
  • zirconium complexes in aerosol sprays
  • chloroform
  • methylene chloride
  • chlorofluorocarbon propellants
  • hexachlorophene

Sources to find out more? GO HERE:

Friday, June 10, 2011

Professional Industry ETIQUETTE

Working in this industry for over 15 years, I HAVE REALLY SEEN IT ALL... The good, the bad, and the ugly!

Most artistry professionals working in the industry who 'have made it" know one secret.  ITS letting go of their EGO and not taking anything too personal. After all, we are,  at the end of the day just a GLORIFIED  SERVICE PROVIDER AFTER ALL. We are hired to service the client, not your ego.

Below I have outlined a few examples of Positive & Negative Behaviors that you need to take into account, YOU and only YOU are responsible for the energy that you bring into YOUR work environment, so take full responsibility for the energy you put out, and also take in internally.

The following behaviours are to be used at all times when representing yourself

-Active listening: Show respect by listening. Make your client feel valued and understood.
-Being Adaptable: Adapt your style and personality to make your client feel comfortable.
-Being Assertive: Be willing to take initiative and assist the client on anything, even if its not your specialty.
-Using Positive Body Language: Show a positive attitude with an open and welcoming body language.
-Being Cheerful: Even if your not, FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT! Smile, be friendly and inviting. Give the service you would want to receive. Think 5 star!
-Acting Confidant: Be confidant and self assured even in ever eye movement you make. Maintain a friendly eye contact.
-Being Consistent: Every client should be treated the same. Act as is he/she is your first client and is spending 1 million dollars on your services. (ACT)
-Using Diplomacy: Be tactful and diplomatic. If you choose your words carefully, you will always say and do the right thing. Think before you speak, you don't have to be in a rush to give the correct answer.
-Being Emotionally Stable: Practice self-control. Learn to suppress unpleasant emotions.
-Being Honest: Be honest and sincere. People will always smell a fake!
-Being Professional: Create a positive image. Look, act and speak professional.
-Being Objective: When you are problem solving be unbiased and non-judgmental to your clients and coworkers.
-Being Optimistic: Be hopeful. EXPECT the best in all situations
-Being Polite: Be thoughtful and courteous. Treat others as you would like to be treated. YOU MOTHER WAS RIGHT SEE! -Always say PLEASE & THANK YOU!
-Having A Positive Attitude: A positive attitude lets your client know that you are approachable and pleased to assist them.

The following behaviours are to be AVOIDED at all times.

-Arguing: Never start an argument with others.
-Being Dishonest: Don't lie about anything, Don't make false claims or promises.
-Gossiping: Its just disgusting and very unprofessional conduct. Looked down upon in this industry.
-Being Greedy: Never service the client with just money in mind.
-Using Inappropriate Language: Don't use profanity or slang. Any conversation should be appropriate and friendly.
-Being Apathetic: Don't be indifferent. The client may thing that you are not interested. This could result in frustration and animosity.
-Being Intimidating: Never ACT SUPERIOR to the client.
-Talking About Personal Problems: Don't bring them to work. It may be disruptive and bad for client and  co-worker relations.
-Being Sarcastic: Don't ridicule or use sarcastic remarks about other products, other professionals, services, other clients, or anything or anyone.


Customers Who Challenge:  Usually a client's concerns have nothing to do with you or your service. Stay clam and don't mirror their distress. The key is to understand why he/she has become upset. This will enable you to deal with his/her concerns accordingly.

Why Do Clients Become Upset- They felt like they were not listened to, they were ignored, someone was rude to them, someone was insensitive to them, they expect more, they did not receive enough attention.

Managing A Challenging Client: 1) Stay Calm- don't take anything personal. 2) Control your emotions. 3) Listen to the real want and need of your client. Investigate that! 4) Show them that you understand. 5) Show them genuine act of wanting to help them and wanting to help then resolve the problem.

Listen- Let the client vent (voice) her/his frustration, feelings, mood, and all sorts of emotions. Don't interrupt her/his venting, just keep still, clam, and collected and be respectful. Then, politely repeat and verify what the client has said. "Ok, so you would like such and such, great, I will be happy to that for you". SMILE and GET TO WORK with a positive attitude. -You have the power to turn an ugly situation into a beautiful experience.

When there is a problem, immediately think of possible solutions. Offer the client several alternatives and ask him/her to choose one. Let them be part of the decision making.
Offer an explanation, NOT AN EXCUSE.
Try to anticipate any problems or misunderstandings before they arise. BE CLEAR so that the communication is effective, and the problem is resolved.



1. When making calls, always be prepared to ask for what you want. GET TO THE POINT! I suggest that you have a calendar, pen, and paper ready in order to have a productive and successful phone conversation.
2. Remember to smile- It really is an important emotion which can be sent through the phone. Its an instant force of energy which can positively change the tone of the conversation and the outcome!
3. Watch your tone of voice- reflect a positive attitude!

5. Speak SLOWLY so that the caller can understand you.
6. Be polite, courteous words such as please, "excuse me", "pardon me", and "thank you"
7. Be consistent- If your client or a decision maker asks you to call back on a certain day & time, respectfully call on that exact date & time, remind them that they had asked you to call them on that particular date & time. Don't forget to call back
8.Always hang up last, let your caller hang up first!
9. You will loose the caller's respect if you do not follow through with your commitment.
10. Never let the caller wait on HOLD for more than 30 seconds.

These, ladies & gentlemen are some golden rules of success and proper etiquette in our industry. The above points have been taught to be while working for MAC COSMETICS, and some I learned ALL BY MYSELF. Mostly out of experiencing these things myself. Most importantly is to pay attention and follow these rules in your every day to day business (especially if you are a free-lance makeup artist).

What you do and say can impact  any outcome, so take control of your own destiny and your own path in life with the right decisions towards your path of success!

Al always, I only wish you true happiness, success, and lots of love!



Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Isle DO! The Ins & Outs of the Bridal Industry

The Bridal Industry has always been to me an avenue that brings me constant business. Most of my clients now come to me from a referral and word of mouth. That doesn't stop me from   marketing myself to clients in that particular industry, my approach to brides is way different than any other part of the industry. My ultimate goal is to be the ultimate service provider, and make her feel and look beautiful (in her own way). As an artist, we should feel amazing taking part in a woman's most important day on her life. 

5 Tips to a successful bridal business 

  1. Market yourself towards the bridal industry: Close attention to your business cards, website, service menu, and your email signature is very important. Have images that relate to this special business. 
  2. Knowing everything & everyone in this business only makes you more marketable. Making connections and making yourself to wedding coordinators, wedding stylist, hair dressers, and many more industry related people can bring you more business. Let people know who you are and what you do! 
  3. Your Bridal Portfolio- If communication is your weakness, then the best thing for you to carry along with you other than your makeup kit is a book of references. 
  4. Bridal Contract: It is important for you to follow strict professional business practices so that your clients take you serious and know what they are signing up to. As a independent contractor you will need to have your own Bridal Contract. I will have a link of an example for you to review. This is also great because it sets high expectations and clear communication. 
  5. Let your clients know how much they mean to you and your business. One of the best things to do is to write hand written thank you cards, not emails to your clients. This takes your image to a whole new level.
Makeup Services Menu and Examples 
Makeup Artist Service Rates
  • Bridal Trial (Studio Only) - $75.00 
  • Traditional Bridal Makeup - $175.00 (On location) 
  • Air Brush Bridal Trial (Studio Only) - $90.00
  • Air Brush Makeup Application - $275.00 
  • Brides Maids $125.00 
  • Men’s Grooming $100.00 
The above service menu is per hour. Additional attention and more time is listed below. Please choose from Day rate or Half day rate. 
Day Rates (On Location)
  • * Day Rate - $700.00 
Many Brides may request Shelly to customize 2 looks, 1 for the ceremony and another for the evening. The artist will stay for up to 7 hours touching up the bride to assure assure picture perfect makeup! Additionally, the Bride keeps the following products for her honey moon touch ups! Powder Foundation, Lipstick, and Lipgloss. ( A $90.00 value) 
  •         * Half Day Rate  - $350.00
    The artist will stay for up to 4 hours to maintain consistency throughout the wedding. Assuring that makeup for photographs and ceremonies are kept beautiful and perfected. 
Additional Makeup Services 
  • Customized Lashes - $20.00 (Individual or Strip) - This is a undetectable lash application that is artistically cut to fir your eyes. Using hand made natural hair and water proof to last all night.
  • Tattoo Coverage - Starting at $15.00 up to $30.00 each and depending on the tattoo's size and color. Coverage is waterproof and non-transfer resistant. 
  • Body Tanning (Air Brush) - $175.00 *Does not streak, smell, and dries with in 7 minutes. Color will show in 1 day. This application is only available 3 Days prior to wedding day.  NO EXCEPTIONS. 
  • Groom's grooming - $100.00. This is a no makeup look that ensures picture perfect skin, and facial hair grooming. 30 minutes is required for the groom. 
  • Body Washing- $50.00 - A light weight makeup application to the d├ęcolletage, arms, and back (where exposed) to cover redness, pimples, and discoloration. 
TOP 5 Bridal Tips to communicate with your brides. 
  1. Never TAN on the day of your wedding! Tanning should be a natural and gradual service that usually starts up to 2 1/2  weeks prior to the Wedding date. 
  2. DON’T go for FACIALS days before the wedding! Although facials are great, you can really bring out acne congestion from with in the skin and wake up with pimples on the day of the wedding. Try to work with your Aesthetician weeks before your wedding. 
  3. Don’t try a new skin care regime, you don’t know if you might have an allergic reaction on the products and experimenting is not ideal! 
  4. Don’t try a new hair cut or hair color. ITS A CHEMICAL disaster waiting to happen! Consult your hair stylist weeks before the wedding, 
  5. DO eat plenty of healthy foods that can benefit the skin! Like Salmon, grains, and fruit! 
  1. Drink plenty of water to push stress and toxins away from your skin, This will also plum up your skin and give it a healthy appearance. 
Questions to ask the Bride:
  1. What DON’T you want to look like on your wedding day?
  2. What colors and textures DON’T you like? 
  3. What colors do you want to use on your eyes, lips, and cheeks?
  4. Are you being photographed in color, black & white?
  5. Are you being filmed in HD?
  6. What is your theme of the wedding?
  7. What time of the day is the wedding?
  8. What is the color and story for the brides maids?
  9. Will you be changing your dress after the ceremony?
  10. Are you allergic to any type of makeup? Any particular ingredient?
  11. Do you wear false lashes? - Are you allergic to LATEX? 
References that are valuable to you!
Books: The Business of Bridal Beauty, Maurer
Makeup: The Art of Beauty: Mason
Wedding Ceremonies: Ethnic Symbols, Costume & Rituals (Baldizzioni.) I Do: 100 Years of Wedding Fashion (Cox)
Magazines: Inside Weddings, Continental Bride, Sposabella

Most Requested Makeup Looks

Natural: Natural makeup is soft, beautiful, and balanced. Yet it needs to be strong enough for pictures. This does not necisarilly mean more foundation, but subtle contouring and defining the eyes.

Smokey Eyes:    Keep in mind that this look has its diversity when it comes to the amount of color saturation with the smoked eye. Having a few variations as visual can help you determine the amount of depth of color you will apply to your bride. I mean, I have had brides request a GLITTERY SMOKEY STRIPER EYE- if that's what she wants who are we to say NO! We are to interpret makeup concepts, not dictate them! 

Classic Modern Bride 

Attention on the Lips:

Thank you for visiting my Blog! 

with love, 

Adrian Villa- the makeup artist