Where have you been?? Okay, Okay…Let’s RECAP!!

Hello Guys,

Happy July 4th!!!

I am not sure if I should just act like nothing happened **covers face in shame** or address my absence? For the sake of transparency, I have decided to share. I have been gone for a minute due to a hectic work schedule, personal commitments and a lack of inspiration, but now I am back and I am excited to share about my passion. It is ironic, because I thought about this blog a lot while I was gone and the direction I want to take the blog. I started this blog almost four years ago, and I have changed so much…for one, I am older and I have also matured as an artist. I will still use this space to express myself and share on the topic of makeup, but I want to make sure I am posting what I am truly passionate about and what you guys want to see.

So, let me update you…and let’s start from the last time I was here:

2012 was both amazing and busy. I want to take a moment to reflect on all the great things that happened last year with my Makeup Artistry. I continued to hone my skills. I partook in photoshoots, worked with many fabulous women, was part of a successful makeup seminar in Lagos, attended the makeup show in NYC, trained with Temptu (and I am now an Airbrush Certified Makeup Artist) and I met many amazing makeup artists in my travels. Last but not least, I was able to provide makeup services for many of my lovely brides’ on their special day.

One such bride, was Dale, who got married last year. She is one of my favorite brides to date. I was referred to her by lovely sister who owns Kenjah Bath and Body. The moment I met her, I knew we would be a perfect match. I have to say, she has such an amazing spirit. Her wedding was Chic!!! The ambiance of the location and the feeling in the air was what I like to call “Grown and Sexy”. I loved her dress as it was unique and simple. Her whole bridal party was so much fun to work with. I am blessed be able to work with wonderful people like them.

Below are some lovely images by Kidd Photography

(You can click on the images for a more detailed look) :

Dale's wedding -Airbrush

Here I am doing the last airbrush touch-ups.

The beautiful bride... I loved her dress and her bouquet

The beautiful bride… I loved her dress and her bouquet

The Lovely Couple

The Lovely Couple

Here are before and after images I captured on my camera

Here are before and after images I captured on my camera

On to 2013…so far this year has been super busy and interesting. 2013 started out on a great note…We won the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013 and it was such a great feeling. This prestigious award recognizes the top five percent of Wedding Professionals nationwide. Thanks to all my beautiful brides…thanks for choosing me to be part of your special day!

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I look forward to sharing about what I have been up to so far this year and also posting about requested topics and more.

What have you been up to since we last spoke? Is there anything in particular you would like to see on this blog? I have missed you all.

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Beauty Inside and Out…

“It’s time to have a marked difference of appearance. Shine boldly beautiful from the inside out because of what is inside of you”

                     -Inspirational Words of the day from Cindy

I am truly a believer that what’s going on inside can sometimes manifest physically. I have been really busy and stressed lately, but I know I am blessed. I just have to put things in perspective. Sometimes, when I am not feeling soo good, the act of putting on makeup helps to prepare me for the day. In a way, it is like getting ready to face any “battles” that may occur throughout the day. But some days, makeup just doesn’t do it… that is why one has to make sure your internal well-being is addressed and nurtured at all times. One’s appearance to the world stems from within. So, face today knowing the world can see how beautiful you are with or without makeup.

Random: I was looking through some of my old archives of images from my past photoshoots and I came across this image. Ashlee is such a beautiful woman. In this image, you see her was making a funny face while I was fixing her Gele. But I still think her beauty is reflected, inside and out. I love a person with a great sense of humor. Seeing this image today, made me laugh all over again. I wanted to share this image to let anyone who is reading this know; that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and your beauty mostly manifest from within.

 
 

Lol...Makeup and Gele by Tiwa Lawrence.

 

I love you all.

Thots,

Tiwa

Tag…You’re it! 40 Beauty Questions

A few people suggested I start doing youtube videos. But I’m way too shy at the moment…maybe one day, you never know 😛 

On that note, I do have a few favorite youtubers. Scandalousbeauty is one of them… she did a 40 beauty question tag recently. I thought it was a great idea, so I would like to share my answers to those questions. 

SKINCARE

-How many times do you wash your face daily? Twice

-What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo) Combination Skin

-What is your current facial wash? Mary Kay 3 in 1 cleanser for combination/ oily skin

-Do you exfoliate? Yes, daily with the cleanser above

-What brand do you use? Ditto

-What moisturizer do you use? I have been going back and forth between Juice Beauty oil free moisturizer and Kiehl’s Sodium PCA Oil-Free Moisturizer

-Do you have freckles? Nope

-Do you use eye cream? Yes, Kiehl’s Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate. It’s never too early to get your eye game on point. Prevention is Key! lol

-Do you or did you have acne prone skin? I do not have acne prone skin.

-Did you ever have to use Pro-activ? Yes in 2002. It was very drying, so I didn’t use it for long.

 

MAKE-UP

-What foundation do you use? I don’t wear foundation on a daily basis. But when I do, I use Graftobian High-Definition Creme Foundation (in Deep Xante) or Black Opal Cream Stick Foundation (in Truly Topaz)

-How about concealer? MAC Studio fix concealer

-Do you know your undertone color? Yellow

-What do you think of fake eyelashes? I love them, but personally I only wear them once in a blue moon

-Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months? Yep! I try my best to follow that rule

-What brand of mascara do you use? Cover girl, MAC or L’Oreal

-Sephora or MAC? Sephora and Ulta… I like Ulta because they have coupons. The only issue with Ulta, is they don’t carry some of the brands I like, i.e NARS and Makeup Forever

-Do you have a MAC Pro-card? Yep!!

-What makeup tools do you use in make up application? I use a whole range of brushes to apply makeup

-Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes? Yep…on my eyes, I use Urban decay primer potion, MAC Paints and paintpots and NYX jumbo pencils. Just depends on the look I am going for and how I feel

 -For the face? Yep! I use Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

-What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)? As of today, some of my favorite colors are Urban Decay- Last Call, MAC Amber lights and Sketch… but these change on a daily basis

-Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?  Liquid eyeliner for my upper lids… Urban decay liner. See HERE. For my waterline and tightline, I like pencil eyeliners.

-How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil? Almost never

-What do you think of pigment eyeshadows? Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE pigments…you can use them for soo much…. See HERE

-Do you use mineral makeup? Yep

-What is your favorite lipstick? I don’t have a favorite lipstick. Too many to pick from

-How about lipgloss? I love lipgloss, I can’t pick just one. See HERE

-What is your favorite blush to use? MAC Notable and Razin

-Do you buy your makeup on ebay? I bought a few things in the past, but I don’t anymore

-Do you like drugstore makeup? Yep… My favorite Drugstore makeup is L’Oreal HIP

-Do you go to CCO’s? (cosmetic company outlets) Yes, I do, but not often, because I don’t have one close to where I live

-Did you ever consider taking make-up classes? I have taken many makeup classes and will continue to educate myself in the art of makeup

-Are you clumsy in putting on makeup? I don’t think I am

-Name a makeup crime that you hate? Burgundy Eyebrows and Black lipliner with light-colored lipstick

-Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones? I like all shades of makeup…it just depends on my mood and the occasion

-Which celebrity always has great make up? Jennifer Hudson, IMAN and Kim Kardashian

-If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use? Concealer

-Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on? Yep!

-Do you think you look good even without any makeup on? Yes! I look beautiful without makeup, but I look beautiFULLER with Makeup, lol

-In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line? I don’t have a favorite makeup line. I think different makeup lines have different STANDOUT products

-What do you think of Makeup?? Makeup is a big part of my life. It is one of my true loves, that is why I became a MAKEUP ARTIST

 

I am tagging anyone reading this…Just COPY & PASTE THIS AND DO THE TAG 🙂

Leave me a comment if you decide to do the tag, so I can read it.

Thots,

Tiwa

Hello world!

Lately I have been thinking of ways to share my thoughts, passion and love for makeup, skincare and beauty. I figured a blog would be the perfect venue to let my ideas run free. A little about me: I am a Makeup Artist based in North Carolina…you can view my work here. I’m inspired by everyday things, everyday colors. I love to recreate looks while adding my own personal twists. One of the best feelings in the world is when I’m done with a “face” and I take a step back and love the look on the model. I just love that feeling. Ohh yeah… love has to be my favorite word…seeing I have used it a million times already.

Future blog entries will include makeup looks, beauty tips, FAQ, giveaways…etc. I will try my best to be consistent with my entries, at least one or two entries a week. So far I already love blogging, Yo!!! I know, a little premature for my first entry, lol. My goal with this blog is to meet like minded people and to reach as many people as possible.

I would like to thank my husband, family and friends who have been soo supportive as I pursue my dreams. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, ideas or features for future blog entries. I can tell you now…this blog might be a little random, but join me as I embark on this journey.

Thots,

loveheartTiwa