Wednesday, February 25, 2009

World Blog interviews MakeUp by Vanz

Its been really busy these few weeks-been doing quite a few trials and also a few shows. Will update with pictures soon.

Also just found out my interview with World Blog is already out! If you have time maybe you can check it out at World Blog interview

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Chef Wan for Tell Magazine Photo Shoot

A fridge full of books...a wall full of ceramic pots-floor to ceiling...sounds crazy but not if you're a celebrity chef... see the other side of Chef Wan like never been captured before including a view of him having fun on his bed...check out Tell magazine in the newstand very soon!

I hardly get any pictures of myself working so I'm very grateful to Edward for picking up the camera and shooting me for a change..that's also why I'm putting a few of my pics here not that I want to take the spotlight away from the famous chef :)

I was quite sick that day..had a bout of food poisoning and felt like hundreds of small knives piercing my stomach not to mention feeling like throwing up which I tried my best to keep down- can see my face so pale in the pics right?.. but it was all worth it as it came to be my most funnest shoot ever..Chef Wan really lives up to his reputation on screen.. non- stop chatters and laughters just made me forget all my bodily pain..and boy, I'm blown away with the way he comments on serious issues in his light and humourous ways...I really do respect you Sir!

Thanks to Naadira and the Tell crews!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Fatihah's Trial Makeup For Engagement

Beauty Tip of the Day

To achieve a flawless look, concealer plays an important role. Make sure to conceal under the eye, the corner of the eye, around the nose and also the corners of your lips if these areas are darker than other parts of the face. Want you want to achieve is a one-tone skin colour all over your face. Then you can play with shading and highlights to bring out your best features or hide imperfections.

I like to use Make Up Store Cover All Mix as it comes in 3 colours in one casing which you can mix and match to get the right colour as well as able to use as a highlight and shading base. The texture is also very smooth and its long wearing due to the high pigment.

Some of the makeup I used for Fatihah are Guerlain's Fleur De Feu Limited Edition 4 colour eyeshadow and Le 2 Black Mascara, L'oreal Pastel Repair Lipcream and Make Up Store's All Time Moisturiser, Cover All Mix Light and Glam Rose Blush.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Revathy and Peter Minjoot Wedding

What makeup do you do when the girl hardly wears makeup for everyday and the hubby prefers the bride with no makeup if possible?

Well, definitely it has to be natural looking makeup that stays put under no airconditioning (the church service) and lots of moving about (the wedding dance, quick dash to the bridal suite to change into the second dress and the traditional yamseng at each guest tables)... by the way, natural makeup does not only mean you can't see the foundation or powder but also means that it should brings out your natural beauty while looking fresh and radiant.

Beauty Tip of the Day

For a glowing look, mix mineral powder with your favourite moisturizer and use as foundation. Another way is to brush shimmering powder lightly on forehead, bridge of your nose, chin and the apple of your cheeks. Finish off by powdering your shoulders and the length of your arms if you're wearing an off shoulder dress.

More pictures of the wedding here

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Looking for a makeup artist? Here’s what to look for…

1. Asks lots of questions and if the MUA (Make Up Artist) asks as many questions too, that means she cares much about her work and reputation. So what to ask?

-What kind of makeup experiences she has? – be it for print, video or stage. These need different kind of makeup understanding and application to serve different purposes.

-What is their speciality and style? – just like any other types of artists or painters, each MUAs have their own special style of makeup looks. Professional MUAs are capable of doing many styles as required by clients but you will see through their portfolio of certain recurring style or look that will identify them for their work.

-What kind of look would she recommends for you? – see if what she envisions will work for you…if the chemistry is right you will know it and thank your lucky star you’ve found someone you know you will be comfortable to trust her to make you look your best.

2. See their portfolio…regardless of how long they’ve been in business, it is best to see the kind of work they’ve done. Someone who has just started for one year but has done 50 makeup jobs would be considered more experienced than say a MUA with 4 years in the business but only 60 makeup jobs.

3. Hygiene can’t be stressed enough. Does the MUA have a neat and clean appearance? Does he sanitise his hands before each makeup sessions? Cleans his brushes and tools after each client? Ask if you could take a look at his makeup case and products.

4. Request for a trial. Many makeup artists give trials for minimal fee or as part of the makeup package. This is also to test if the MUA has been listening to what you wanted. A MUA no matter how great their skill, is not good when they fail to give what the client want.

A great makeup artist will sit down with you to discuss your wants and needs, likes and dislikes of makeup. The relationship between the artist and the client is a very intimate one. This is one of the last people to be with you right before you walk down the aisle. They have been with you for hours and you may have confided in them as well. It is so important to find the one that will make you feel at ease.

In addition, you should also do some research on your own that can help the MUA understand your wants better. Cut out pictures of makeup look and hairstyles that you like or don’t like. This will save a lot of time explaining to the the saying goes ‘a picture says a thousand words’!

Hope these tips helps. Oh, do not forget about your budget too…check around a few MUAs to gauge the market rate…the most expensive ones do not necessarily means they’re the best – vice versa…how do you value beauty? It’s very subjective, so go for something that is within your budget but with the most value – best service, best makeup products, best attitude and most importantly best looking face – you could get for it.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Why Should I Hire a Makeup Artist?

This is the most important day of your life.

1. You found the perfect dress after hunting for it 3 months, travelled overseas and paid a bomb for it.
2. You have put a deposit for the most amazing venue one year ago – just the perfect setting for you and your guests to share the wonderful event together.
3. The menu took one month for you and your partner to decide and parents to approve.
4. You went through countless websites checking out the best photographers in town and prepared to pay a hefty amount for the best cameraman to record your memorable day.
5. The cake, invitation cards, gifts and decorations have been meticulously planned, designed and ordered from the best suppliers.

You do everything to make sure the event will be your most memorable day, everything will be perfect for your guests but what about you? The star of the occasion?

I have come across many future brides that would spend way beyond their means to get the perfect wedding but when it comes to their makeup and hair, they would first ask about the prices and choose the lowest one to be their makeup artist. Probably after spending so much on these other things, they’re trying to cut down their expenses on the makeup.

Long after the wedding is done, the cake has been eaten, and the music has faded away, the pictures will remain to fill your memory with beautiful then why would you not give more thought about how you would look like on your most special day?

This is one of the most photographed days of your life. It stands to reason that you would want to look your absolute best. This is where the Professional Makeup Artist comes in. You still want to look like yourself but even better...more radiant and stunning!

I’m sure you have seen these brides who look washed out or the face is of different colour tone than their neck, eyebrow too thick etc... What about the bride who look like a finalist in a drag queen contest? No amount of retouching can get rid of imperfections like these in your photographs, even with the most highly trained photographers.

Some even do their own makeup, to save cost, because they know how to use makeup for everyday...but unless you’re a professional makeup artist yourself, please leave it to the expert and you will see a lot of difference! Anyway, you’re the queen of the day, why are you doing the work yourself?

I was really lucky to get hold of my makeup artist for my wedding. I know she was a very busy person with many job engagements- she did my bestfriend's makeup for her wedding and I saw how she worked then. I researched her other works and went to see her a few times to discuss the looks and hairdos that I like...and I was willing to pay her that extra fee even knowing I have many makeup artists contacts that I could get much cheaper...I just love her style and works and she is a very nice and warm person...I know she had to be the one!

She made me feel like a star the whole day and the make up made me look like the diva of the show! Thank you Baby E! and to all of you, Best of luck on your wedding day!