I'm finally back...didn't mean to take this long writing this follow up post, but; life (as always) gets in the way. Here I am, back in the new year, and I'm hoping 2016 is starting off wonderful for all that are reading this!
Back to the post, the Ultimate Beauty Seminar was well ABOVE & BEYOND my expectations! I loved every minute of it. I learned so much and I saw so much, it will be hard to detail everything (as much as I like to do), but I will give an overview. If you want to go straight to some of the tips that I learned, scroll down to the bottom :-).
|Me & my beautiful makeup woes at the seminar!|
The first part of the seminar started of with Renny Vasquez. Renny is very informative, funny and insightful. Not only was I taking down notes from his makeup tips, but, I was also writing down the different quotes that he shared with us. He started the class off with doing a full face demonstration with a bold lip. Renny shared with us that he is all about the "client's experience". He's all about using products that make his client's feel good throughout the entire makeup application process.
|Renny doing her brows|
|Renny touching up her lips|
|The final look!|
This is the second model that Renny used, the ever so gorgeous, Fifi (who is also a very talented MUA). He showed us how to do two different techniques for contouring and highlighting. The first was the traditional way, which is after foundation and concealer have been applied. The second way is to highlight and contour before, then follow up with foundation and concealer. The second way to do it came out very subtle and with an "inner glow" to the skin.
Next, Renny did the eyes and he did a natural cut crease. He used a very small fan brush to create the cut crease line, the little fan brush made it so easy to do, in under a minutes time. The brush he used was an Esum T11 mascara fan brush.
|After Renny completed the cut crease on her right eye|
After Renny finished, it was lunch time; and then next up was Sam Fine! Sam is so funny, very knowledgeable and real...what you see with him is what you get. Sam showed us how he does his "oh so famous" smokey eye on Fifi; which he did the left side of her face. He gave her a gorgeous red lip color and afterwards he sprayed her with this beautiful glitter spray for that extra touch of glam.
|Sam beginning her smokey eye|
|Sam applying shadow on her lower lash line to complete the smokey eye|
|She's so gorgeous!|
|Fifi after Sam finished her left side|
|Me & Renny|
|Renny, me and Sam!!!|
|The goody bag|
|Inside my goody bag!|
|Candid pic of me with Derrick Rutledge|
|Trying to get it together....|
The class was full of awesome tips; but these are five tips that really stood out to me:
1. The mastery of using cream products: Both Renny and Sam are masters at using cream products. They used it to conceal, correct, apply foundation; and highlight and contour. I only use it for foundation, correcting and concealer. I really want to push myself to use it more for highlighting and contouring, one reason is because it will challenge me to work on blending the cream out adequately. Using cream products on the face will always improve your blending skills.
2. Highlighting and Contouring: As mentioned earlier, in the seminar, we learned two ways to highlight and contour. The first way which is to highlight and contour after foundation, which gives you a little more of an obvious highlighted and contour look; but, the second way which is to do it before foundation gives you a nice "inner glow from within" look that I really like; and I'm going to try it! Also, I learned that the products have to overlap to blend well...as Sam said " if everything that you apply doesn't overlap, it's not going to blend."
3. False Eyelash application: Renny shared a trick that he uses to make false eyelash application easier. He applies glue to the lash line first (with tweezers), then he also applies glue to the lash band. After the glue becomes tacky, he applies the false lashes to the lash line...because the glue has already been applied to the lash line, the false eyelash sticks to it and holds in place better without having to manipulate it to center it and stick in place. He also suggested that if you want to "up" the glam of applying false lashes, you can add individual lashes to the strip lashes to give a more fabulous look.
4. Applying products under the eye upwards: Renny demonstrated that when you pat up makeup under the eye, instead of downwards, it gives you a more youthful look. This means that when applying concealer or foundation under the eye, you can pat the product up to the lash line; instead of patting the product down.
5. Doing brows last: Renny shared with us that he does brows last on clients. The reason being is that he says "where you start off first is the focus on your face." If you do brows first, there may be a tendency to go in really strong with the brows because you spent the beginning of your time and detail on them, but; if you start off with the face first, then your focus and detail will show on the face ,and you may not need as much brow makeup. That tip made me go "hmm..."I had never thought of that before. I have already started using this tip and my brows are much more natural and lighter in appearance.
Overall, the seminar was truly an amazing experience that I will never forget! It was a great day of inspiration, learning, laughter, networking, and new beginnings...my whole entire makeup life was made after that seminar!