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Speaking of Beauty: A Guide to Discovering and Defining Your Self Worth Regardless of Media Influence

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Inner Beauty Journal – book by Holly Fulger and Melissa McNamara

It’s finally here!!  I’m pleased to announce that after 3 years of providing inner-outer beauty workshops for women from every walk of life, actress Holly Fulger and I have collaborated on a book together!

This book includes self discovery exercises, meditations, a Values Based Style Profile, and makeup looks designed for each Style!  Are you an Inspirer, a Dreamer, a Seeker, a Leader or a Thinker?  This book will help you to understand and redefine how you present your self to the world.

We did interviews with 10 VERY different women to find out how they define beauty, what their childhood experience was with their image, and how their life experience shaped them to be the person they are today.  All of these women are absolutely fascinating, and provide great insight into the world of beauty!

LAUNCH PARTY

You are invited to attend the Speaking of Beauty Inner Beauty Journal Launch Party to celebrate the uniqueness of women and experience the book for yourself.  The Speaking of Beauty Team will be available to talk to you about the book, provide makeup tips and guide you through the journal process.

Please join us:

Bleu Clothing - 454 S. LaBrea  Los Angeles, CA

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wine and Cheese will be served

Please contact me with any questions:  Beautifuloutlook@gmail.com

See you there!!!!!

 

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Makeup Tutorials on eHow – How to Reshape Your Face with Makeup

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Lesson #4:

CONCEALER:  LIGHTNESS PULLS FEATURES FORWARD

Create a “triangle of light” under the eye, to open up the face and draw attention to focus features.  It’s an old trick used by makeup artists for photography…  Why not use on everyone??  It’s not just for models any longer!

MATTE BRONZER:  THE PERFECT WAY TO THIN THE FACE AND CREATE CHEEKBONES

The best way to “pop” your cheekbones is the apply a matte bronzer right underneath the cheekbones.  Use a fan brush, it takes all the guesswork out of application!

SHIMMERY HIGHLIGHT POWDER:  LIGHT REFLECTS OFF THE TOPS OF CHEEKS

Apply a shimmer powder or gel on the high points of the face.  The light bounces off the tops of your cheeks and creates a beautiful glow that lights up your face!

To see my Complete Makeup Guide on eHow, click on the link and learn everything you need to know to be an expert at makeup application!

If you are interested in becoming a professional makeup artist, come join me at my makeup school and learn in a private setting.  A once in a lifetime opportunity!!

 

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Makeup Tutorials on eHow – How to Do Your Makeup Quickly

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Lesson #2:

How to Do Your Makeup Quickly in the Morning

Most women don’t want to spend a lot of time in the morning to do their makeup – and who can blame them!  Learn a streamlined approach to getting gorgeous in 10 minutes or less.

Focus on the Skin

Use a primer to smooth out the surface of the skin and to build a barrier between your skin and your foundation.

Apply a Tinted Moisturizer with your fingertips to even out your complexion.  Focus on the center of the face, where women experience most of their skin concerns.

Use a creamy concealer to cover your dark circles and hide any imperfections.  Remember – a concealer brush is key to avoiding those “raccoon eyes”!

Give Your Skin a Boost of Color

Apply a peach or pink shade of blush on the apples of the cheeks.  I love using a fan brush for this, it makes application SO easy!

You can even use your blush on your eyes!  Just sweep a little color across your lids with the fan brush.

Play Up Your Eyes and Lips

Use a thickening mascara to enhance your eyes and build up your lashline.  The more the better!  Then you look like you’re wearing eyeliner – but you’re not!

Choose a natural looking lip gloss, lip stain, or lip balm.  It’s up to you!

To see my complete Makeup Guide on eHow, click on the link and ENJOY!

To book your private 2-hour lesson with me (Includes 4 Professional Brushes!), email me at beautifuloutlookATgmailDOTcom.

 

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Makeup Schools Los Angeles and Ventura County

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I get asked all the time about the best way to become a professional makeup artist.  I am here to answer all of these questions for you!  It’s so hard to decide the right path to take when you are doing your research…  I’ve broken it down for you in a few easy steps.

Melissa McNamara Makeup School

Do I need to pay thousands of dollars to attend a big school?

It depends on what your goal is.  If you want to enroll in a full time, long term commitment education, then this might be the right choice for you.  I always say that for some students, this is a good choice.  If you are looking to hang out with a lot of students, work on projects in a school setting, and take your time to learn, and money isn’t a roadblock, consider this option.

If you are on a budget, and want to get working immediately, there are other options.  This is why I created a short term, focused program for those students that want to learn while doing from a working professional.  Learn more about my makeup artistry training.

What should I look for when choosing a school?

Beautiful Outlook Makeup Training

#1  Are your instructors ACTIVELY working in the industry?

This is KEY to your education.  I happen to know of some instructors that have been teaching the SAME curriculum for 20+ years!!  Plus, they haven’t worked in the industry for just as long!  Products, social media,  job booking, techniques…  These things are changing all the time, and you need to be instructed by someone that can really teach you the “ins and outs” of the industry.

#2 Get references from ACTUAL students.

Ask the school for references from students, but more importantly, do some research online.  Look on google, yelp, etc. to see what people are saying.  I found an extremely helpful blog that talks all about the different options where actual students weigh in on the pros and cons of each option.  Click here to learn more.

#3 Make sure you’re not being conned into buying a kit with crappy makeup.

Sorry, but it’s true.  So many schools REQUIRE that you spend an exorbitant amount on a kit full of makeup that they make money on.  NOT NECESSARY!  You can get a kit with all you need to get started for under $300!!  Don’t be fooled by imitations, they just want to make money off of you!

Do I need a cosmetology license?

Not if you plan on working in film, print, runway, photography, tv, retail or weddings.  The only time you need a license is if you want to work in a salon or spa environment.  In fact, I have a lot of students that attend my training that are in aestheticians school, because they inadequate makeup training!!

Contact me if you want more information regarding my makeup school.  Most of my students are assisting me on the job and working within 2 weeks.  If this sounds like something you want to do, I’d love to meet you!

 

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What Does Beautiful Mean? Redefining Beauty

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Melissa McNamara Questions the Definition of Beauty

It’s a New Year, and it’s time for a New You.  Right?  Isn’t that what we all strive for?  The truth is that beauty is so much deeper than a resolution that is impossible to keep.  It is a reflection of who you really are and the uniqueness you bring to the world.

As a makeup artist for over 19 years, I’ve seen the impact that media has on the everyday woman.  The outside world places so much emphasis on our physical beauty.  Just open any magazine, and take a look.  The way beauty is defined is so limited, and let’s face it, it is completely unrealistic to strive for.  It’s no wonder that many of us look in the mirror and feel less than ideal.

Think about what beauty REALLY means to you and how you present that to the world. I believe that if we are truly aware of what makes each and every of one us unique, special and different; your core beauty shines through naturally.  Once you have a deeper understanding of your core beauty, then you can work on small improvements with makeup artistry tricks or a new hairstyle.

 

Here is my challenge to you in 2012.  At the end of every day, think of something beautiful about yourself. If you make someone laugh, you are humorous – which is beautiful.  If you lift someone’s spirits when they are down, you are compassionate – which is beautiful.  Always appreciate the fabulous person you are, and you will always feel beautiful.

 

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Golden Globes – Who had the best smoky eye shadow??

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Emma Stone with Red Carpet Smoky Eye Shadow

While the makeup trend this year was to match your lipstick to the red carpet…  One trend was still ever present for ultimate glam – the smoky eye, of course.  Who wore it best?  In my opinion, Emma Stone nailed it.  She accentuated her beautiful green/gray eyes by using the same shade that rims her iris.  It’s a little known secret that you can make your eyes “pop” by examining the outer rim of your iris, and then encircling the eye with the same shade…Try it out for yourself!

If you found this tip useful, let me know by leaving a comment below!

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Wedding Makeup Tips with Smoky Eye Shadow 5 of 5

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Bridal Smoky Eye Shadow by Melissa McNamara

Bridal Smoky Eye Shadow

  • Think about the theme of your wedding…  Is it a formal, black tie affair?  Is it a casual, beach day?  This will influence how formal you want your hair and if you want smoky eyes, etc.
  • What do you love about yourself?  Do you like to play up your eyes with smoky eye shadow?  Is your skin glowing and radiant?  Choose your best feature to focus on.
  • What color are your bridesmaids wearing?  What colors are your flowers?  You’ll want your makeup to coordinate, not clash.  For example, if your colors are pink and black, you’ll want to wear pink blush and lips…  Not peach.
  • When looking for celebrity makeup as example of what you like, remember, they are wearing A LOT more makeup than it looks like.  If you want a natural look, don’t pull up an image of Kim Kardashian!  You’re much better off gathering images for each feature.  “I like the way J Lo’s skin looks here, I like the way Cameron Diaz did her eyes here, and Continue reading →

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How to Apply False Lashes with Smoky Eye Shadow 4 of 5

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False Lashes with Smoky Eye Shadow by Makeup Artist Melissa McNamara

False Lashes with Smoky Eye Makeup

Just 5 Steps to perfecting your false eyelash applications!

1.     Thicken lashes with mascara.

I always put mascara on BEFORE applying the lashes.  I loooove thick, luxurious lashes!  Anchor the wand at the base of the lashes and wiggle wand as you are pulling up.

2.  Lengthen the lashes with mascara.

Glide the wand across the TOP of the lashes.  Spin the wand toward you and pull forward.  Wow… are your lashes going to look long and dramatic!!

3.  Prepare for the lash application.

Apply either a strip of lashes or individual (tab) lashes. I prefer using medium length Ardell individual lashes.  I hate seeing the glue line that strip lashes leave.  Reminds me of a newscaster.  Just take a look at those ladies reading the evening news, and you’ll see what I mean!

Use professional tweezers (like Tweezerman)… it really does make a world of difference.  Remove one lash out of the case, squeezing on about the center of the lash.

Lightly dip the tip of the lash into the glue.  Again, I of course have a preference.  I don’t use the clear glue made for individuals, it smells horrible and Continue reading →

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Five Easy Steps for Beautiful Smoky Eye Shadow 3 of 5

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Smoky Eye Shadow by Makeup Artist Melissa McNamara

Five Easy Steps for Beautiful Smoky Eye Shadow

  • Choose the color palette you want to work with.

You will need a light, medium, and dark shade.  The light one should be slightly lighter than your skin tone.  The medium should be darker than your skin tone, but still nude in shade.  Now have fun choosing what dark shade you want!  Basic black, peacock teal, whatever your fancy is!

 

  • Apply the light shade all over as a wash.

Pat the color all over your lid, from lash line to brow bone.  Don’t worry about blending just yet.

  • Line the inner rims of your eyes.

I like to use mostly black, but if you choose to match your dark shade, just make sure that your liner is waterproof and dark enough to line the inner rim solidly.  Try one of those gel liners, I find they work the best!

  • Smudge the dark color into the lash line, encircling the eye.

Use a brush that is short and dense, like a bullet brush.  Smudge the dark shade in between the upper and bottom lashes, and blend over the lid.  Do not go too far into the crease.

  • Blend the medium shade into the crease.

Use a contour brush to pick up the medium shade, use this to blend all 3 colors together.  Swish the brush back and forth through the crease like a windshield wiper.  Also, twirl the brush through the crease using tiny little circle motions.  The idea is not see where one color starts and the next begins.

Leave a comment below if you would like to learn more about Smoky Eye Shadow!!

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Sexy Smoky Eye Shadow Myths 2 of 5

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Sexy Smoky Eye Shadow by Makeup Artist Melissa McNamara

Sexy Smoky Eye Shadow

Everyone is talking about Smoky Eye Shadow…  What is it?  How do I get the look?  What colors work best?  Learn everything you need to know to get smoldering, sexy eyes that pop!

Myth #1:  Smokey Eyes are always gray and black.

Truth:  Smoky Eyes can ANY shade you like!  Smoky Eyes are a technique, not a color!  You can have forest green, Elizabeth Taylor violet, Glowing bronze, sapphire blue or ocean aquamarine!!!

Myth #2:  You have to be an expert to do this.  It’s way too hard to do on yourself.

Truth: Don’t let the experts fool you.  It’s much easier to do a Smoky Eye than it is to do natural looking makeup!  It only takes 6 steps, and your glammed and ready to go!

Myth #3:  You always need a nude lip when you have a Smoky Eye.

Truth:  It is very trendy and high fashion to have a dark, glossy lip with a Smokey Eye.  Just check out NY Fashion Week, Gucci and Louis Vuitton ads, and Red Carpet Events…  The truth is – if everyone followed this rule, there would be no new haute couture makeup looks!

Now it’s your turn to “wow” them!  Leave a comment below and tell me what else you’d like to learn!!

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