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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 Cover BlackHeads and Acne

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Lesson #3:

How to Cover Blackheads and Acne Scars with Makeup

This is a common concern for many women…  The problem is that covering the imperfections is the easy part!  The tricky part is to get your skin looking smooth and even in tone.

Get the Tools Right!

  • Make sure you use a nice and thick creamy concealer.  Liquid is great for under eye circles, but you need a cream to cover dent or bumps.
  • Get a good concealer brush.  I prefer a large, flat one with synthetic bristles.
  • Use a powder that is translucent, not lighter than your skin tone.  If it is too light, you will actually draw attention to what you are trying to cover!

 

Cover the Way the Pros Do!

  • Press the concealer into the dent, bump, redness, blackheads until the are completely covered.
  • Use the concealer brush to “feather” out the edges.
  • Dab your clean fingertip over the top to remove excess concealer.
  • Set with translucent powder.

 

To see my complete Makeup Guide on eHow, click on the the link and learn all the basics about makeup artistry!

Book your private lesson with me and learn customized ways to look and feel your best!  Email me at beautifuloutlookATgmailDOTcom!!

 

 

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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 Tutorials On eHow – Keeping Your Makeup Clean

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I’ve designed a set of 10 Makeup Tutorials on eHow that are for anyone and everyone who is interested in how the professionals do it!

Lesson #1:

Keeping Your Makeup Clean

Most people don’t understand why it is so important be sanitary and clean with not only your brushes, but your makeup too!!  Unclean use and storage of makeup can cause skin irritation, breakouts and rashes.  Watch my tips to understand some key ways to avoid these common mistakes.

Four Useful Tips:

1.  Use a spray-on brush cleaner in between shampoos.  You can clean your brushes this way daily!

2.  Store your lipsticks in a stackable lipstick storage container!  That way you aren’t directly touching the product to your lips, eliminating cross contamination.

3.  Apply mascara with disposable mascara wands.  Usually, if your mascara is applied using the wand, it sits in your mascara, breeding bacteria.  If you don’t want to throw away your mascara after 3 months, use a different wand each time!

4.  Clean your makeup case using eye makeup remover.  Remove all excess product from your case – keep clean and look like a professional!

To see my complete series of 10 Makeup Tutorials, click on the link and explore the world of beauty!!

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Airbrush Tanning in Los Angeles

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It’s official!  Summer is here and everyone wants to be bronzed and beautiful.  Well I’m here to tell you…  FAKE your tan people!

Los Angeles in the Summer

Fun in the Sun Los Angeles

Here’s my recipe for getting that “I just got home from a vacation in Maui” look…

 

 

 

  • Start with clean skin the night before.  Mix a drop of self-tanner into your night cream.  Apply to face, neck and chest.  In the morning…Viola!
  •  Use a tinted moisturizer that is slightly darker to match your newly fake tanned skin.  This will make your skin look dewy and fresh!  No heavy foundation in the summer!
  • Tap a little highlighting gel on the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and tops of brows.
  •  Select a bronzer that’s not too orange, you don’t want to look like an Oompa Loompa!!!  I prefer one that has a little shimmer, and blocks of different shades of bronze, like the classic Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer.
  •  I love to use a fan brush to apply the bronzer.  That way you get a feather light application without streaking.
  • Beginning at the temples, apply the bronzer by creating an arc over the cheekbone.  Think of it as creating a rainbow of bronzer to highlight your bone structure.
  • Bronze your hairline and forehead, over the top of the nose (where your sunglasses would hit), and the chin.  Get all the spots where the sun would naturally hit.
  •  I always finish up the look by sweeping bronzer through the crease of the eye.  It pulls the look altogether!!

Apply a little mascara and a pinky gloss, and you have a beautiful, sun kissed glow!!

Find out how getting an airbrush tan is the best way to get your “base tan”!!  Enjoy!!

 

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Safe Makeup and Skincare

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While watching this show about makeup and how to be safe, I found myself running for a notepad to take notes…  I get so many questions about ingredients and quality control, and this information can help all consumers make smart choices.

Is Your Makeup Dangerous?

Lipstick is a $500 million a year industry – but are they using that money to harm you with cheap fillers??

Did you know…

Carmine is Beetle Wings

Lanoline is Sheep Skin

Guanine is Fish Scales

 

All of these things can be found in your cosmetics!!  Check the labels.

Look for these dangerous ingredients, if you see them, do not use the products:

DMDM Hydantoin – Formaldehyde

PEG – Petroleum Chemicals

Parabens – Cancer Causing Preservatives

 Follow these rules to be safe…

  • The fewer ingredients, the better
  • Look for ingredients you can pronounce
  • Spend more money on less products
  • Watch for the word “fragrance”, it could be anything!
  • Don’t trust the FDA.  In order for them to have concern with a product, it has to be proven “unequivocally” that something causes cancer
  • Use Vegan products to ensure there are no animal by-products
  • Be an educated consumer, use product lines that you KNOW are safe

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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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