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28 Jun

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL!

IT'S SUMMER! BOLD & BEAUTIFUL Vibrant, Colorful, Glamorous. Welcome to Summer. Leaving behind the natural clean beauty of last year. It's full throttle high octane Glamor! Not long ago, pairing striking dramatic eyes with vivid eye-catching Lip color was a No-no. Those days are gone, This summer color is back! The key to successfully paring of a dramatic eye and a vibrant lip is contrast and depth of color. What does that mean you ask? If one has equally intense dramatic colors for eyes and lips. One color should be deeper in tone and the other brighter in tone. Model @delarthemodel wears NARS eye shadow, BIG SUR, a deep shimmering indigo, swept across the eyelid and NARS ASH to ASH ,a shimmering violet base...
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17 Nov

TRU BEAUTY

TRU BEAUTY- There's no time than the Present to swirl your make-up brushes around the beautiful rainbow colors this fall 2020 season.                  EYE SEE YOU- Fall 2020 flips the script on the smokey eye. Orange eye shadow raises the bar with the right amount of color without overpowering. FOR THIS LOOK , a single color is used (MAKEUP FOREVER EYE SHADOW) - Matte Finish - M732-Orange. Both dry and wet to achieve the different depth in color. Using a dry flat eyeshadow brush to blend the color over entire eyelid to the brow bone. Follow with a dry tapered crease brush blending the color into the crease and unto brow bone. Next dampen...
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9 Nov

TRUE BLUE, AT YOUR FINGERTIPS! .

WELCOME TO THE FALL ISSUE! We hope you've been inspired by this months editorial.  In our efforts to inspire, we turn our attention to fall nails. looking and feeling beautiful is important at a time like this. Our go to Manicurist, British Burnett,  inspired us yet again , with the color of the moment. I've always loved for an image to tell a story within a story . Therefore, We photographed  @linowilson  being forced to take a closer look at the best nail color for Fall. Our model wears "Lookout" from @Luxio by @Akzentz.  Lino Wilson wears a vintage Christian Dior Leopard hat.   This portfolio photographed by Michael Jarecki  @jareckiphotographs,  Grooming by @alfredlester            ...
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18 May

THE PERFECT LIP IN CORAL!

WELCOME TO THE MAY ISSUE. ITS SPRINGTIME..                                         The Petal Pout.                                                                                                       Floral continues to be a driving inspiration for spring beauty. Coral is one of the most popular colors for the 2020 spring season, and your pout shouldn't feel excluded. That’s right, Floral Coral is definitely a trend you’ll want to get in on this spring. Not...
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23 Apr

SPRING BEAUTY, AND NOWHERE TO GO!!

WELCOME TO THE APRIL ISSUE AND WELCOME TO SPRINGTIME.              Springs floral inspired makeup is vibrant and playful. The seasons floral fusion of lilac, pink and Purple offer a modern update for spring 2020."The Eyes Have It". For this look, Alfred used Makeup Forever High Impact eye shadow. These highly pigmented colors offer the maximum color payoff with minimal effort. Here, Orchid eyeshadow is blended from the lash line to just above the brow bone, continue blending Orchid around the lower eyelid in the place of eyeliner. Ivory eyeshadow is blended from the brow to the brow bone and into the corner of the eyes. Lastly, YSL Engravable Mascara is generously applied to the bottom lashes. Glowing fresh and flushed cheeks are the way to go with...
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5 Mar

WHAT WE LOVE!! HERMES BEAUTY!

WELCOME TO MARCH! TODAY WE HELP LAUNCH THE NEW HERMES BEAUTY COLLECTION. The line launches today at Hermes online and at Hermes boutiques worldwide with 24 shades for $67. each or $42. for refills. In our featured image is Rouge Orange, lively and harmonious, the fire of vermillion and scarlet. it's velvety, powdery finish delivers intense long-lasting color. In high concentration, its pigments release their imprint in a single application. ...
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27 Feb

THE LOOK, “BARELY THERE BEAUTY”

WELCOME TO FEBRUARY! WINTER IS STILL IN FULL SWING. Thank you for stopping by to say hello. As we are exiting winter and entering Spring, We wanted to give you the option of a clean "barely there " makeup face. SKIN PREP: Well hydrated is always recommended, but it's a must to achieve this look. Alfred applies Khiels Ultra Facial Cream to the skin. The unique light weight texture provides 24 hrs of hydration. Equally important are the lips a generous amount or Khiels # 1 lip balm was applied.  FACE: To achieve the Barley There Beauty look  the best products are a must.  Alfred chose one of his staples  Laura Mercier for this look.  First, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer was applied...
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13 Dec

V SLING/ BLACK BEAUTY!

WELCOME TO THE DECEMBER ISSUE ! The holidays are here therefore let the festivities begin! This holiday season we decided to simplify things a bit. We've decided to give you beautiful images of clothes, people and things we absolutely adore. For todays post, We've collaborated with SAKS FIFTH AVENUE and BLAKE, Chicago. Our contributing Beauty Editors, @debbie_jacks and @its_justbe gives us an extra dose of Glamour for the holidays. On @delarthemodel:  Bobbi Brown stick foundation in Espresso is used to even out her skin tone.  Kevin Aucoin Skin Enhancer  is a favorite of mine for under eye concealing.  Her eyes brows are shaped and defined using Glossier Boy Brow.  For eye shadow I used Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill and kept it light...
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6 Dec

HOLIDAY BEAUTY !

WELCOME TO THE DECEMBER ISSUE. A HELMUT NEWTON CHRISTMAS. This Issue was inspired by the iconic German photographer Helmut Newton. I love his use of shadows and the way he portrayed the strength and sexuality of a woman. Makeup played a big part in his images, a perfectly stained lip along with a perfectly manicured lacquered hand. We cannot forget the use of fashion to bring his woman to life. Enter Makeup and Hair stylist @debbie_jacks at @distinctartists . Our Newton girl of the moment comes to us via @Selectmodelchicago , she is but 14. It was quite a challenge to bring out that Newtonesque beauty. Kate’s look started with Armani Luminous Silk Foundation  applied sparingly.  The focus of this look is...
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6 Dec

HOLIDAY BEAUTY !

WELCOME TO THE DECEMBER ISSUE. A HELMUT NEWTON CHRISTMAS. This Issue was inspired by the iconic German photographer Helmut Newton. I love his use of shadows and the way he portrayed the strength and sexuality of a woman. Makeup played a big part in his images, a perfectly stained lip along with a perfectly manicured lacquered hand. We cannot forget the use of fashion to bring his woman to life. Enter Makeup and Hair stylist @debbie_jacks. Our Newton girl of the moment comes to us via @Selectmodelchicago , she is but 14. It was quite a challenge to bring out that Newtonesque beauty. Kate’s look started with Armani Luminous Silk Foundation  applied sparingly.  The focus of this look is the strong black...
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