A year ago, an amazing team worked with me on a beautiful bride’s wedding! While I already had one friend in the bridal party, but by the end of getting everyone ready, I walked away with a few more. So, happy First Anniversary to my beautiful friend, Chelsea! I hope it’s been a fabulous day!
Earlier this year, I was privileged to once again work with Lindsay Horn Photography for her catalog shoot with her 2019 Senior Spokesmodels. I was assisted by the fabulous Chala Frieze on makeup and Kasey Stewart on hair. I absolutely love getting to know these amazing young ladies a little on such a fun-filled day. It makes for an even more relaxing and silly time when I get to see them again for their actual senior sessions later in the year!
These beautiful collages were put together by Lindsay of Lindsay Horn Photography, who also took the photos in the first place!
I'm bad at blogs. I'm bad at making the time to sit down and keep up with them. Even though the reminders are on my calendar. But I'm trying to turn that around and be better. A better business woman. A better woman period. Lately there's been a lesson that a wonderful leader in the LimeLife community put in one of her live videos that has been eating my lunch. Integrity isn't just keeping your word to others. It's keeping your word to yourself. Ouch. So I'm going to do better about keeping my word to myself on this my 32nd trip around the sun. Here's to a pretty new year!
Last month, I got to work on two lovely ladiesfor Carie at Ordonez Photography who also happen to be besties!
Now those are just my iphone for Instagram pictures, but here are Carie's amazing ones!
It was pretty awesome to get to hang out with these ladies and hear all about what they are in to and hoping to get into after this final year of high school!
Just got these beautiful images of my friend Kimberly from Jamie over at Jamie Huffman Photography! Kimberly and I have been friends since first grade. I was absolutely honored to be her pick for her wedding look.
Kimberly was my last bride before I had my baby...like two days before (not to worry, I had plan A, B, C, and D in the wings in case I didn't make it), but I absolutely wanted to be there for my friend on her big day! But this is what working at 39 weeks pregnant looks like.
We went with plums for her eye makeup to give a little bit of pop without it looking too dramatic and a fun pink lip.
My beautiful friend looked stunning on her wedding day! Here's to a lifetime of wedded bliss, Kimberly!!
I am loving these engagement shots of my beautiful friend, Becky! She wanted a ramped up version of her natural, gorgeous self for her firehouse portraits. Photography by Angela Duncan Photography
Congratulations, you two! Can't wait for the wedding!!
My last show before baby makes her debut was a farce set parallel to the events of King Kong. When I'm working with vintage styles, unless the actress is just awesome at doing her own hair and is familiar with the techniques, I prefer to employ wigs.
Sometimes the wigs are supposed to look classic and styled, like the picture above. And sometimes they are supposed to look ridiculous, like the ones below!
The script called for his wig to be obviously fake, and to look "like a pigeon...sitting on a toilet."
Stay tuned for makeup pictures on the next blog post!
Photography by Bill Naifeh with Naifeh Photography
Okay, so maybe it wouldn't be the best idea to EAT this lip product, but it sure is as pretty as its namesake! Limelight is on fire lately releasing some pretty awesome lip colors, and here's another winner just in time for cooler weather and Fall goodies!
Get yours at https://www.limelightbyalcone.com/shannagobin
I’ve seen a lot of talk about the “rules” of makeup lately and thought it was worth a bit of discussion. Makeup is an artistic medium, and it’s always such an interesting conundrum when you try to apply rules to art. Art by nature is open to interpretation. What is beautiful and provoking to some is unpleasant or ugly to others.
While there are many how to’s and guidebooks and “rules” that some swear by, I’m going to break it down into what I see as rules versus suggestions. These are as they apply for consumers. Pros have their own set of rules and suggestions, but for every day consumer makeup wear, here we go.
Really and truly, as far as I’m concerned, the only rules that apply in makeup concern sanitation. When to throw your makeup out. What to use to achieve a desired effect. For instance, examples of what I consider rules would be:
- Thou shalt not use wig glue for false eyelashes.
- Thou shalt not use cornstarch or hairspray to set your makeup.
- Thou shalt not use craft glitter around your eyes instead of cosmetic grade because it’s cheaper.
You get the idea. I’ll probably expound on this concept in another post because there is so much terrible information out there. Just because a YouTuber beauty “guru” told you to put eye drops in your mascara to make it come back after it dried out, doesn’t mean you should listen. That’s a great way to get bacteria into a sensitive part of your body that’s kind of important. Tips and tricks that put your eyes and skin at risk are against the “rules.” Do your research before you try any of those strange sounding beauty hacks. Remember, it was once fashionable to put mercury on your skin for its bleaching qualities. They didn’t have Google back then. You do. Use it for good.
Pretty much anything else. Here’s where the color theory and proportion that makeup artists use come into play. They are the building blocks and absolutely essential for professionals, but consumers can take a page out of the Pirates of the Caribbean handbook and call them “guidelines.” Things like:
- Match your foundation to your undertone.
- Blush placement for your face shape
- How to pick eyeshadows that compliment your eye color/hair color/wardrobe
You get the idea. Here’s where you can listen to your YT “gurus,” provided they know what they’re talking about! This is where product placement can help emphasize or minimize things that make you self-conscious. Will these suggestions help maximize your makeup routine or help you play up your best features? Yes. Are they laws that you’re going to get a ticket for not obeying? Not at all.
That’s it. If there’s a trend you like, go for it. If you don’t, then do something else. If you want to rock hot pink eyeshadow with neon green liner and foundation three shades off from your actual skin color because you like it better that way, do it. It’s not how I would do your makeup. It’s not how I would teach you if you signed up for a lesson. But if at the end of the day (or beginning!) you look in the mirror and feel beautiful, that’s what’s important. With or without makeup.
Even thought summer is almost over and it's back to school, perhaps this quick eye tutorial can sweeten things up a bit! Submit an inquiry to get your quad or mascara.
Easy workday eye look with an eyeshadow quad from Limelight. Submit an inquiry to get yours!
I am so excited to announce that Limelight has introduced a way to keep their awesome brushes and amazing Blenderful sponge squeaky clean:
This brush and sponge shampoo was designed by London Brush Company to clean and restore your tools using the purest ingredients. The formula is vegan and chemical free making it the safest choice for you, your tools, and the planet. Come Clean brush and sponge shampoo uses antibacterial elements such as tea tree oil and natural coconut oil to deeply clean and condition synthetic and natural brushes without compromising the integrity of the hairs. Wet, swish, rinse, and watch your tools Come Clean right before your eyes.
DIRECTIONS: Wet brush or sponge in warm water, swish over soap to create a lather, and gently swirl bristles on the palm of your hand. Rinse well with water and then squeeze. Repeat rinse if necessary. Dry flat on a paper towel. Clean as often as needed.
Brush soap is a game changer when it comes to keeping your tools clean! It cuts the cleaning time in half, and keeps you and your skin safer from bacteria that like to hide in the bristles of our brushes.
Click HERE to order yours!
Super excited to bring you something I've been cooking up for the past few weeks. Limelight by Alcone is a fantastic company that allows makeup artists to directly provide their clients with the professional grade products that we use on set, for wedding day, and on ourselves when we want a little treat! This is not an official Limelight collection, but rather it is taking an awesome bundle that Limelight offers, and cherry picking the best products to achieve a certain look. As those days get hotter and hotter outside, it seemed the perfect time to pull out a Beach Babe inspired look! Two options depending on how many clam shells you've got to throw around for some summer sultry.
Above you have the whole luau, and below, the beach bag essentials.
Check out the teaser for the full tutorial that is available with the purchase of the Beautiful You Collection and email firstname.lastname@example.org to get your customized collection started!
Disclaimer! The images of the gorgeous ladies used above do not belong to me and are the property of their photographers. It is not intended to imply that Limelight by Alcone was used to do their makeup, simply that they are beach babe inspiration/aspiration!
I couldn't wait to get the pictures back from yesterday's early hair and makeup session my gorgeous friend and bootcamp instructor, Meghan! She is one of the most beautiful people I've ever met. Inside and out. Her Fit Heart philosophy and approach to helping people achieve their health and fitness goals is inspiring and amazing! Check out her Find Your Fit Place program, and she too can whip your butt into shape!
My job was to whip her face and hair into shape for her photoshoot. She wanted a more glam bronze smokey eye and some big waves for her gorgeous blonde lion's mane!
So happy to kick off the blog on my new website with the engagement portrait of a dear friend who is practically family! Kayla wanted a little more of a pin-up type look for makeup to go with the look she was putting together with her threads (that I actually got to help pick out! Yay hands on!)
She's rocking that red lip and that ponytail!