The Romantic Bride

Lauren was a lovely bride I worked with a few months ago. She was detail-orientated, and when it came to her bridal makeup look, she knew exactly what she wanted. She wanted a natural but romantic makeup look for herself and her bridal party. I have to say, it was fun working with her diverse bridal party. Tracey Spruill of Mane.Edits did a fab job on the bride’s hair and as always I looked forward to working with Hooman of Vesic Photography. He did a great job capturing the images for the bride and groom.

Below are some images of the lovely couple and bridal party by Vesic Photography:

Lauren's wedding1

The Lovely Couple

The Lovely Couple

The Bridal Party. Makeup for Bride and Bridesmaids by Tiwa Lawrence

The Bridal Party: Makeup for Bride and Bridesmaids by Tiwa Lawrence

Below are some up-close images I captured during the bridal preparation:

Makeup by Tiwa Lawrence

Makeup by Tiwa Lawrence : Hair by Tracey Spruill

Makeup by Tiwa Lawrence

Makeup by Tiwa Lawrence : Hair by Tracey Spruill

Makeup by Tiwa Lawrence

Makeup by Tiwa Lawrence

Makeup by Tiwa Lawrence

Makeup by Tiwa Lawrence

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A Glam Wedding in London

Late last year my love, Mobyz, got married in London and I had the pleasure of being her makeup artist. She wanted a natural glam look and I think we achieved just that. Check out some of the images from her super fun wedding. I wish I could relive this trip…but oh well, memories are also priceless 🙂

I pray for marriage blessings for she and Charles. And here is to wishing them many, many, many wonderful years of love and happiness together!

Below are some great images from Litehouse Photography

Here I am capturing a before pic of the before pic, lol

Here I am capturing a before pic…while the official before pic was being taken, lol

Mobzy, almost ready for her Big day

Mobzy, almost ready for her Big day

Aww... She is beautiful

Aww… She is beautiful

Aww...Father and daughter. I love this image

Aww…Father and daughter. I love this image

Husband and Wife...

Husband and Wife…

It's official!!

It’s official!!

Mobyz and Charles are Married...Yippee!!!

Mobyz and Charles are Married…Yippee!!!

My favorite... as the couple head to the reception

My favorite… as the couple headed off to the reception

I was able to capture a few up-close and personal images with my iPhone (you can click on the images for a more detailed look):

Mobzy on her wedding day

Mobzy on her wedding day

She has amazing eyebrows!!

She has amazing eyebrows!!

Mobyz, thanks for choosing me to make you glam on your special day. Love you xxx

tiwasig

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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…

I wanted to share some images from a photoshoot I had the pleasure of being part of this past weekend. The photographer, Kimberly of  Kimberly Joy Photography is talented at what she does. I love the images she captured and I am excited about us working together in the future.

Photography by Kimberly Joy

Photography by Kimberly Joy

Photography by Kimberly Joy Photography; Modeled by Jasmine; Makeup by Tiwa Lawrence

On beautiful Jasmine’s eyes, I used the new eyeshadow palette from the MAC Reel Sexy Collection called Dynamic Duo 4. I love the matte, yet highly pigmented texture of the eyeshadows in this particular palette. On her lips, I used Up The Amp lipstick by MAC.

What are your favorite eyeshadow and lip colors this spring?

Thots,

Tiwa

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

My Hair… What a Story!!!

I have been meaning to blog about this for a while. It isn’t exactly about makeup, but it falls into the beauty category: My hair!!! Over the years quite a few people have asked me how I maintain my natural hair. It is ironic, because I am definitely not an expert on natural hair care and I have made quite a few mistakes along the way (as we all do). My “hair truth” started when I had a hair crisis back in September 2009.  I thought I should share my story. Maybe someone out there will find it useful.  

I started going natural in 2002. I can’t remember the exact date I cut off the last piece of relaxed hair during my transition period (but it was sometime in 2003)…what I do remember was I didn’t really have a plan. There wasn’t as much information back then as there is now, but all I knew was that I wasn’t getting any more relaxers and I was going to start wearing my hair in its natural state. So, as the months went by, I just made up my own rules. The only things that were constant, was that I would get a deep conditioning treatment a few times a year and I would get my hair professional trimmed a couple of times a year as the years rolled on. I tried many products…trendy ones, like the Miss Jessie’s Line and whatever new product I read about. That brought me to September 2009 when I had my “HAIR BREAKDOWN”. I was in front of the mirror about to cut of all my hair. It took a moment of clarity for me to realize, all I needed was a trip to my hair stylist to get my “hair life” together. As I sat in her chair, I told her all my concerns and she put me at ease right away. I just needed a good hair cut. She cut off about 3 inches or more from my hair…and after that visit, I promised to take better care of my hair (to the best of my ability).

These are some of the things I was doing wrong with my hair:  

*Not making time to style my hair in protective styles. I would wear my  Afro out for prolonged periods of time.

*Washing my hair too often. Everyday or every other day.

*Not paying attention to the ingredients in the products I was using on my hair

*Not taking care of the ends of my hair like I should have.

*Not being patient with my hair and combing through the shaft of my hair without recourse.

 Below are images of my hair over the years:  

 
 

My hair in two-strand twists in 2005

With an Afro in 2007

 

Where I am today: I have now made changes to counteract the mistakes I made with my hair and I have seen a big difference in the health of my hair from where it was and where it is now. I have to say I am currently in LOVE… with my hair that is. I am still on the journey to improve the way I take care of my hair, but I think I have a good regime that is helping to maintain healthy hair. I still need to make more time for styling my hair, but I am working on that. My goal for the next year is to work on maintaining length, so I really have to be careful with the way I treat the ends of my hair. Shea butter and protective styles are my best friends and will help me get to my desired hair length.

 This is my hair now:   

 
 

My hair in a Twist out in October 2010

My Current Hair Regime:

1)      I wash my hair once a week. I shampoo my hair with Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo

2)      I condition my hair with The Honey Hair Mask. I have been using this intensive treatment for many years now and I can’t be happier with the results each time I use it. This product is just one of the many items in the natural product line called My Honey Child (Made by the amazing hair stylist, Krika, who is the owner of Sophia Sunflower Salon). What I love about her products is that they are all natural, they smell ohhh sooo good and they work really well. The Honey Hair Mask makes my hair manageable and leaves it shiny and healthy. Her products can be ordered online or you can pick them up directly from her when you come in for your hair appointment.

3)      After my hair is completely detangled, I pat my hair with a towel and then depending on how I plan on wearing my hair I do the following two things:

  1.  If I plan on wearing it in a protective style (a hair style with all my ends covered/ hidden), I moisturize my hair with raw shea butter mixed with a very small amount of coconut oil. I also use this shea butter for my braid outs, twist outs and Bantu knots.
  2.  If I plan on bringing out the curl definition in my hair, I do the above, but to damp hair, then I take a tea-spoon amount of Shea Moisture Organic Curl Enhancing Smoothie and run it through my hair to maintain my curl pattern.**Update: I rarely do this anymore.**

4)      For intensive moisture, once a month I leave The Honey Hair Mask on my hair for about 20 minutes and wear a shower cap on top on my hair the whole time. I use oil treatments as well. I will do a review on the oil I use in an upcoming post.

5)      Last but not least, when I feel my scalp is craving for moisture (which isn’t often), I “grease” my scalp with Sophia’s Old Fashioned Hair Grease. This is great, because it doesn’t have  the petroleum which some hair grease do… just a whole bunch of natural ingredients.

 

From L to R: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo; The Honey Hair Mask; Ouidad Double Detangler Comb; Sophia’s Old Fashioned Hair Grease; Raw Shea Butter mix and Shea Moisture Organic Curl Enhancing Smoothie

My Main Hair Tip: Everyone’s hair is different. Do what you think is best of your hair, just like you would with your style of applying makeup or how you dress. Just because someone is using a certain product doesn’t mean it will work for you. Trial and error is the best way to find out which products work best on your hair type. You can take leads from friends, bloggers, etc to see what products they use, but use them only as suggestions and make sure you keep trying until you get the right combination of products that work for you. I believe the less products you use, the less stress.

 Thots,

Tiwa

*****Update*****: I mentioned that I moisturize my hair with a raw shea butter mixture that I used to make but I just don’t have the time anymore. I found a place that makes a great conditioning butter, so to save time and energy, I use the Extra Conditioning Butter from here. I love it! As for my favorite hair oil… I use Jamaica black castor oil to massage my edges (close to my temples) and scalp to help promote hair growth.