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The Art of the Red Lip

Okay so I have been thinking about this post for a while and finally had some time to put it into words.

Now, we all know the red lip is a bit of a bold move, a statement if you will. It is iconic, worn for years by famous actresses in Hollywood over generations but carried just as effortlessly by everyday women around the world. For me it is a boost of confidence, it makes you aware of your lips and how they tell a story about you before you even speak. But there is more to the red lip than meets the eye– it is a commitment and an art. What I mean by that is this: it’s not your average gloss or sheer lip stick that comes and goes with ease. You can’t just reapply and maintain the balance of effortless, yet flawless.

If you have tried your hand at a red lip you know it has commitment issues as well– It rarely stays put! It runs and bleeds into the fine lines around your lips and takes you from glam to messy. It’s tricky and self centered– requiring your utmost attention. It transfers onto coffee mugs and glasses and might even possibly end up on your teeth– which is the exact OPPOSITE look you’re hoping to achieve.

This brings me deeper into the commitment of the red lip. It’s not just how you apply it but how you go about your day. You literally have to change the way you wear your makeup. You can’t just drink water right out of the glass! You can’t habitually push your lips together like you do when you apply gloss! And when you eat! Ah, don’t even get me started on eating with a red lip. The behavior that coincides with a Red Lip is truly a part of this art.

Here are a few ways I realized I modify the way I go about my day according to my Red Lip!

1. I ALWAYS drink out of a straw. Coffee, water, water bottle, whatever! You’ve got to be crazy to go straight on!
2. I never order sandwiches! I generally eat things I can cut into tiny pieces and slip into my mouth with a fork or snacks that are already small like almonds. Nothing that I have to bite into ever.
3. I don’t eat anything greasy either, that is a surefire way to send that lip into a greasy, slippery mess.
4. I never push my lips together, all that does is move it around and outward (and into those fine lines). Once you apply, you let it be!
5. Master the art of the “air kiss”.
6. I am always running my tongue over my teeth to ensure there is NO red there ever. So crucial.

Okay, baby is awake. I will revisit The Art of the Red Lip at a later date! For now, stew on these facts. And, if you have anything you do in particular when you wear a red lip, let me know!


Christie

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Exercise and Skin?

Okay, so yesterday we decided it would be a perfect day for yard work! We raked and bagged leaves all day. ALL. DAY.

Now, if any of you know me personally you might know I’m really not much of a “working out” person, but I do find that when I am accomplishing something physical I feel amazing (duh). After a morning of shoveling snow or an afternoon of raking leaves, it’s like yeah, that’s what it’s all about. Like, who needs a treadmill?! Lift weights? Just do THAT stuff everyday. But, I don’t so I guess I do need a treadmill. I know other cultures just don’t see the need to work out because life is a work-out. I kind of love that. But also, I kind of love modern conveniences. I’m torn.

Anyway, that’s not what this post is about. After I spent the day doing real physical labor, I came inside and looked in the mirror and was extremely taken aback. My skin looked amazing. I mean, if I do say so myself. I wasn’t wearing makeup (okay, I was wearing the lip stick I just bought to test it out), but my skin was glowing. It looked fresh and bright and I was just shocked. I mean, it made sense, but whoa. This might be enough to drive me to work out. Maybe.

I did some research and here’s what I found… it’s too much to paraphrase, so I’ll provide the link. Essentially, exercising DOES improve your skin’s overall health simply by increasing blood circulation (among other things). I know this is common sense, but really I just didn’t link the two things. Enjoy my findings, and the fruits of my physical labor yesterday! Heh.

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-care-11/exercise

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Here’s Adam, Calvin and my mother bagging leaves.

❤ Christie

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Confessions of a Makeup Artist: Part 2

Confessions of a Makeup Artist: Part 2

Ugh, confession #2. Even makeup artists have bad makeup days! Is this true for all makeup artists?? I need to know myself. Because I know for me, I have days that I am dumbfounded. HOW on EARTH did I screw up my eyeliner? I do it daily, and I’m a PROFESSIONAL. Well the honest truth is this: even I have bad makeup days. Days that I try out some new eyeshadow combos and fail hard… and walk around with such atrocity on my face for the day (out of laziness, of course, because who has the time to take it off and start over??). Or even if I’m doing a look that is tried and true, my “go-to” look if you will (*cough* cat eye liner *cough*)— there are some days I still manage to flub it somehow. It’s not a regular thing, but just like that mysterious “bad hair day demon”, I’m certain there’s a “bad makeup demon”. He visits all houses, even the pros! I swear it.

So, there’s another one for ya. We are people too, and get visits from those pesky bad makeup demons from time to time!

Can I get an AMEN from any artists out there?!

❤ Christie

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Featuring Julie + Ryan <3

Okay, so this wedding may have been a ways ago (September 2012) but Julie was such a stunning bride, I had to feature her for the world to see. She is so beautiful and I love that there was such a peace about her. A calming, quiet peace. I showed up at her house at around 5:45AM, maybe the earliest I’ve ever started a wedding! It was an early ceremony, so we had to get a jump on things right away. Everyone was awake when I arrived and ready to start their beautifying process.

I love being a part of people’s big day, it is like nothing else. I’ve been a part of countless wedding mornings and they’re all unique in their own way. The bride dictates the dynamic and the rest follow suit. But one thing is for certain, nothing matters except for the fact that they will soon wed their best friend and partner. It’s an absolute pleasure for me to have some kind of role in a very exciting moment in someone’s life.

Okay, without further adieu, here are a few pictures of her wedding day makeup.

 

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**Photos by Neil Van NieKirk. I invite you to visit his site and check out his work, he’s fab!

Julie came to me wanting something simple, natural, yet elegant. Something that would still allow her to look and feel like herself, but appropriate for her wedding day. It is a request I get very often, I’d venture to say 99% of the time. Most women feel this way, their fear is that if they don’t wear makeup normally, that somehow it would transform them into someone else! It’s my job to assess my client’s skin tone, skin type, personality and preferences and adapt the makeup to fit them while being appropriate for their wedding day. I’d say simple and clean is my style, I love to enhance natural beauty instead of covering it up. Julie was an absolute natural beauty, and I think she is just beautiful in these photos!

❤ Christie

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Confessions of a Makeup Artist: Part 1

Confessions of a Makeup Artist: Part 1

Okay, so a new series has emerged. I’ve called it “Confessions of a Makeup Artist” and it’s going to be little snippets into the brain of, well, a Makeup Artist. It’s going to be sort of a filler series, one that is ongoing but not consistent to any time frame. I tread lightly on this topic because there’s always the fear that it’s not all Makeup Artists who think these things and that I’m just weird through and through. But I might be okay with that as well.

My first confession is this. I have a tendency to sort of space out in conversations with my husband… I know what you’re thinking, that’s not a Makeup Artist problem. But, there’s more. It’s not because I’m spacey in general (which I don’t know, might be true too), it’s because I can’t help but to analyze and envision how perfect his eyes would be for makeup!! He has wonderful blueish hazel eyes and the shape of his eyelids would hold such wonderful amounts of eye shadow… not to mention his lips are perfect for lipstick! Just a little bit of color… Um… then I realize I’m being weird. Sometimes he even catches me and he’s like, “What are you… oh my God STOP!!” And then I giggle and he rolls his eyes. Boy, am I thankful for such a loving, secure husband.

But oh, if he were a woman, all the things I would do with his face… then I realize how very, very creepy that is. And wrong.

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So there you have it. A sneak peak into the brain of a Makeup Artist. Sorry Hubs <3. Makeup Artist problems…

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The 25 Days of Christie: Day 20 + Contest WINNER!

Wisdom Wednesday!! Ahh, time for me to once again impart some type of makeup wisdom upon you all. I know I have posted on this before, but I might as well make a blog post about it.

BB Cream!

What the heck is BB Cream?! I get asked this question at least once a day. Seriously. I will brief you all on BB Cream and what it’s all about. Get ready for this.

BB Cream stands for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm. The word on the street is that BB Cream was originally formulated to heal scars from plastic surgery by a dermatologist in Germany. The thought being– if you will be putting foundation, concealer, whatever to cover up the scars you have– why not create something that both conceals, heals and protects??? Brilliant. So simple, yet so brilliant. Now of course, we’re always the last to know but Korea took this and ran with it when it was introduced in 1985. There was, at first, just one or two brands making BB Cream and everyone was using it. Then word got out about how amazing this stuff is and how marketable and everyone jumped on the band-wagon. It has been huge in Korea for a while before we, in the US, decided, HEY! I want that too. In 2012 just about every cosmetics company in the US created some variation of BB Cream and they’re all massively different.

The claims of the BB Cream in general are almost near magical– and leave us cynics feeling skeptical at best. It is a formula designed to be an “all in one”, something to replace all the products we use regularly. It is said to heal scars and discoloration as well as cover them, protect the skin from sun damage, hydrate, prime, etc etc etc. Some brands have different purposes, claiming anti-aging properties as well. Sounds wonderful but is it true?! Well… that brings me to…

In my research I found that there are many that claim the US BB Creams just don’t stand up to what the Korean ones pioneered. They are selling it under the name BB Cream, but are tinted moisturizers at best– essentially lacking all the wonderful skin treating and healing properties a true BB Cream is meant to represent. Have I tried every single BB Cream? No. Will I? I seriously doubt it. Can I vouch for this claim? Meh. But I can say what I have found in my searching.

I have tried Urban Decay’s BB Cream and Christian Dior’s BB Cream among the US brands right now and I am absolutely stunned at the massive difference. UD’s is barely even a tinted moisturizer, it comes in one color and has little to no pigmentation. No coverage. It is hydrating… but so is my moisturizer. I don’t get it. Christian Dior’s had better coverage and was hydrating, but still not heavy enough to where I’d consider wearing it without foundation. It was bordering a tinted moisturizer. Literally, vastly different formulas under the same name of “BB Cream”. I needed to see what the hype was about with these Korean brands so I did. I ordered my Missha Signature Real Complete from Amazon, one of the top names of the Korean BB Cream market. I’ve noticed a huge difference between the few that I’ve tried from here and my Missha. It has way more coverage, enabling it to be worn alone as a foundation substitute. It is hydrating and healing, I feel like I’ve seen huge improvements in my skin overall. I have to say I am a huge fan.

What I have concluded from my research is that, fortunately, BB Cream is not a hoax or a scam. While it sounds too good to be true, it lives up to its name and with anything it’s about finding the right brand for you. If you have tried any BB Creams, US or otherwise, feel free to share your opinions! Love to hear ’em.

A Few of My Favorite Things:
Day 1: Tweezerman Tweezers
Day 2: Josie Maran Argan Oil
Day 3: Christian Dior Cuticle Cream
Day 4: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Day 5: MakeUp Forever HD Primer
Day 6: Benefit’s Benetint Tinted Lip Balm
Day 7: Buxom Full Bodied Lip Stick
Day 8: Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips
Day 9: Benefit’s “They’re Real” Mascara
Day 10: Essie Crystal Nail File
Day 11: Benefit’s Watts Up
Day 12: OPI Nail Lacquer
Day 13: MAC Brushes
Day 14: Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask
Day 15: MakeUp Forever HD Powder
Day 16: Smith’s Rosebud Salve
Day 17: Missha Signature Real Complete BB Cream
Day 18: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Day 19: MakeUp Forever HD Foundation
Day 20: Hot Tools Marcel Curling Iron
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I love my irons, I have four– a 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, 1 inch, and 1 1/2 inch. They’re all marcel, except the 1 1/2 inch and they’re all gold plated. They heat fast and create some bangin, long lasting curls. The tools are extremely important when it comes to getting a good, long lasting style. A marcel is when an iron doesn’t have a spring clip, so instead of feeding it through the bottom and rolling it up and waiting, you feed it through from the root and pump it with your fingers. Takes some getting used to but it’s pretty wonderful.

Last but not least… the winner for Makeup Monday Giveaway!!!

Ohhhhh this brings me so much joy! Congrats to ELIZABETH COOK for winning the Makeup Monday Giveaway!!! I love Makeup Monday! Send me your info girl! Christiecaiola@hotmail.com

Thanks for playing along my friends!!!!! This upcoming Monday is the last giveaway and the final day in the 25 Days of Christie! It might be a big one ;). I hope you all have been having as much fun as I have with this goofy excuse to post as much as I have heh.

Happy Sunny-But-Chilly Wednesday!

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The 25 Days of Christie: Day 13

Wisdom Wednesday! Here’s a bit of wisdom when it comes to your makeup application– Let’s talk brows.

Brows are an essential part of a makeup application. They frame the eyes and draw attention to them, which is where most people feel their best asset on their face is! Keep them trimmed, shaped and tidy, not too thin or unruly and always fill them in when doing your makeup. This simple step adds a dramatic difference… but most people are either too afraid to do it or don’t even know where to start. The rule of thumb is to go a couple shades lighter than your actual brow color, never the same shade or darker. If you’re using a pencil, make sure it’s sharp and apply the color in strokes, almost to resemble natural hair growth to ever so subtly fill in those gaps and sparse areas. The same can be said about a powder application as well. I use a small angled eye liner brush and wet powder to apply it to the brows in small strokes. If it looks too harsh you can soften it by brushing it with a brow brush, or even just lightly tapping it with your fingers.

There you go, friends. Brow wisdom!

A Few of My Favorite Things:
Day 1: Tweezerman Tweezers
Day 2: Josie Maran Argan Oil
Day 3: Christian Dior Cuticle Cream
Day 4: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Day 5: MakeUp Forever HD Primer
Day 6: Benefit’s Benetint Tinted Lip Balm
Day 7: Buxom Full Bodied Lip Stick
Day 8: Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips
Day 9: Benefit’s “They’re Real” Mascara
Day 10: Essie Crystal Nail File
Day 11: Benefit’s Watts Up
Day 12: OPI Nail Lacquer
Day 13: MAC Brushes
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Almost every single one of my brushes are MAC and I love them. I’ve had some of them since I started doing makeup and really haven’t had to buy brushes in a very long time (fact: I just bought a new brush today… but it wasn’t a replacement, it was one I never had!). They are great for applying product of all varieties and I have multiple versions of certain brushes that I use often so I can work on multiple people before I have to clean them. Great tools make a huge difference in how your product is applied!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

 

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