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Alexandra Butler's A Beautiful Face 101 :DC Makeup Class (Recap)!

This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending Alexandra Butler's A Beautiful Face makeup class. I met Alexandra the first time at The NYC Makeup show last May; before then I had been following her work since an interview she did on Erin Bailey's (Scandalous Beauty) beauty blog.

Alex is a beautiful and amazingly talented freelance makeup artist who currently lives in Atlanta. She worked for Mac for a while and now she's professionally freelancing on her own. She has all kinds of clients from your every day women to celebrity clients. She has done makeup for cast members from Love and Hip Hop Atlanta and also Real Housewives of Atlanta TV shows. I've always admired her flawless face makeup, especially the way she sculpts and contours or as she would say "snatched up your face."

Alex and I talking after class, even though I met her twice she talks to you just like a long time girlfriend :-)

Alex has been hosting makeup shows in several states and she made her way to DC this past Sunday, I couldn't wait (I registered back in February)! I loved the class so much, I really don't know where to begin. The class was designed to help anyone whether you're beginning to apply makeup to a makeup artist to enhance the techniques you already have and to correctly apply makeup. She also showed us tips and tricks to take your makeup to the next level.

The class syllabus

The class was very informative and interactive. Once we got there and registered, we were given a two page syllabus (yes, a syllabus!)on all of the material that we would would be going over in class. Alex patiently answered all of our questions from color theory, skin care, kit must haves, makeup techniques, product recommendations and the list goes on.

I don't thing there was not one question that she didn't have an answer to. Even though we were learning, Alex made it fun and non intimidating...her personality is so sweet and down to earth and she didn't mind sharing her knowledge as well some of her mistakes that she learned from.

All the notes I took!

Alex covered a lot in the class, I really liked that she covered color theory because that's one of the things that I wanted to expand on, I also like the information she shared on perfecting brows (something that I struggle with at times) and highlighting and seems like I can never learn enough and practice on those three areas.

Alex and the makeup model 

The finished look on the model

Alex also did a full face makeup demo, she started off with skin care and then worked her way to a full face look that included an eyelash demo as well. The model that she used had hooded eyes like mine, so; it was nice to see different ways to wear eyeshadow on hooded eyes.

At times I get so irritated with my eye space, when you have hooded eyes; you can wear as many shades as you want on your lid but when you open your eyes you can barely see any shadow on the lid because of the hooded skin covering the top of your lid. I was glad that I learned new techniques to make my eyes look bigger and maximize my eye space.

Swag Basket

All through the class and and makeup demo, Alex gave away skin care products, makeup and even jewelry to fill our swag baskets that she personally picked. At the end of the class, Alex answered more of our questions and gave away giveaway prizes; everyone was able to win a gift.

I won big! I won an awesome gift bag full of Koils by Nature products. The owner, Pamela Jenkins is a friend of Alex and one of the sponsors for the class. Koils by Nature is a woman owned company that provides natural hair and skin care line products...anything involving self care products is one of my passions so I was so excited to win this giveaway.

The bag contained 6 full sized products including the: Moisturizing Shealove Leave-In conditioner, Replenishing Lavender and Eucalyptus hair cleanser, Ultra-Moisturizing CocoAloe Deep conditioner, Soothing Herbal Curl Defining Eucaluptus and Lavender gel, a 2 oz 100% pure Argan oil bottle, a Nourishing Hair and Body Butter in Marvelous Mango, a custom made Koils by Nature wooden earrings set and a satin cap for my hair in addition to a 15% off coupon for a future order.

I'm so loving this set, I gave away a few items to my mom and so far I tried the Shea butter last night and my skin still feels so soft and smooth this afternoon. I also used the Argan oil on my face as a night time moisturizer, it moisturizes the skin without feeling greasy. It's time for me to wash my hair this week, so I can't wait to use the hair cleanser and conditioners.

I thoroughly enjoyed Alex's class, it was inspiring and I learned so much information and picked up some new tips. Alex's personality and humble attitude made the class very enjoyable. She still has other classes available this summer in a few other states and she will be conducting her first international class this year.

If you're interested in taking any Alex's classes, click HERE.

To view Alex's work and like her Facebook page, click HERE.

To learn more about Koils by Nature products and purchase, click HERE.


offthedomepiece said…
Great summary of the class. Sooo wish I was there. That syllabus is serious business! I can appreciate that. I want to expand on contouring and eyebrows too.

Thanks for the post!
offthedomepiece said…
Great recap. That syllabus is serious buisness and I appreciate that. I want to expand on eyebrows and contouring myself. Soo wish I could have made the event but I enjoyed living it through your post. Thanks lady!
Ms. Viva Glam said…
Thanks so much!

Yes, the syllabus was serious she also had an evaluation for us to fill out at the end, she's very professional.

Danielle Green said…
Sounds like a great class. I love Koils by Nature Leave-In. Works wonders on my daughter's thick hair.
Ms. Viva Glam said…
Thanks, Danielle! Yes, the class was awesome.

I used the leave in conditioner last week and I really like it...I haven't been disappointed.
CocoagirlD said…
Hey sis, wow you did win big.. I really want to attend one of her sessions as well, and thank you for all your support ill be back to it very soon, till the next time be blessed..
Ms. Viva Glam said…
Hey, Cocoa!

Sorry for the late reply. Just checking the blog today. Yes, I love my nice package that I won.

Alex posted on Facebook that she's having a second round of classes for the 101 class. Hopefully she'll come to your city, girly!

Your welcome for the support, can't wait to read your next post :-)

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