Oh STAWP! You’re Making Me Blush!

Corrie Dupay is a makeup artist extraordinaire and owner of Femme Makeovers, an amazing transformation studio in Minneapolis.  She is a friend and hero to girls everywhere.  She is beyond talented and I am lucky to have worked with on photo shoots in the past.
Corrie has a newsletter that she sends out with helpful makeup tips like these and is reprinted here with her permission.  I am certain you’ll find this useful!  You can sign up for her newsletter here.
Love, Hannah
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Blush…how I love thee!
Now, I realize it might sound crazy…especially with ALL the different products out there…but I’m not kidding when I tell you blush is my all-time favorite product. And I especially love creme and liquid blush products. I’m afraid to count how many different blush products I have…because I think I have at least 100!!! YIKES! Don’t tell my husband!

Okay – let’s chat quick about the different kinds of blush…because there’s a few. They are all great – it really comes down to what you prefer.

Creme blush: thicker consistency, similar to a creme foundation (but in a blush color). Apply with a brush, sponge or fingers. I like these because they tend to wear a bit longer and hold up better. I also like them because I can really buff them into the skin, making a really natural looking flush.

Liquid blush: thinner consistency, similar to a liquid foundation (but in a blush color). Apply with a brush, sponge or fingers. It’s been my experience that they tend to be a little more on the sheer side – so can look really natural, but also may not last quite as long (that really depends on the product though).

Powder blush: pressed (or loose) powder blush (similar to an eye shadow or pressed powder). Apply with a brush. Literally zillions of options here!

Let’s talk application methods – just like with your other products – I find you get a better and more even result if you use brushes and sponges. For your liquid and creme products, I prefer a brush (the dual fiber or a sponge – like the Beautyblender) to buff in or dab on. For powders, I prefer a smaller fluffy blush brush to dust on or buff in, but as with anything – there are lots of sizes/shapes and it’s whatever you prefer.
Let’s talk color choice. We want our blush to give us a nice flush and add back some of that color we lose when we apply our foundation (or as we age). I prefer to lean towards something a little more on the natural side – so I’ll go with more of your peach/dusty pinks/pinky/browns (you can see most of the blushes in my palette fall into that color range). Now – I do have some deeper and brighter colors – but use those more for pop of color over my more natural-toned colors, rather than using them alone.
If you are more fair – you definitely want to keep your colors on the softer side – so soft peach/corals/light pinks, etc.  Also – go light with your application and build it up as you go (it’s easier to add than take away). If you have a really pigmented blush, you could look like a clown in one swipe if you’re not careful! And…blend, blend, blend!

If you have a medium-tone skin – you can bump the color up a touch – so something still in that peach/coral/pink range, but with a little more depth or vibrancy. Again, build the color up…and…blend, blend, blend!!!!!

If you have darker skin-tone – your deeper shades of reds, oranges, pinks and purples look FABULOUS!!! Something that looks crazy bright in the package will look really pretty when applied and blended out correctly.

You can also choose your blush based on your undertone. How do you find your undertone? In natural lighting – look at the veins in your arms/wrists. If they appear more blue or purple, you probably have a cooler undertone (so choosing peachy/orange/coral-ly blush colors will compliment nicely), if they appear more green, you probably have a warmer undertone and your dusty pinks and plums will look nice. If you are unable to tell if they are blue/purple or green – you probably have more of a neutral undertone and you can usually wear either, a warm or cool-toned blush. I’ve included a photo of warm and cool blush so you can see the difference.
When it comes to matte (flat/no shine) or shimmer (subtle or intense shine) – that’s your preference. Personally – I like to start with a matte blush and then add a light shimmery blush (or could even be a highlighter) to give the cheek a little more pop. Just remember – the older we get, the less shimmery things we want on our face (the shimmer can enhance fine lines and wrinkles….so if you use it – use it sparingly and in the right places.

Let’s talk placement. Keep it simple! The easiest way to find where you should put your blush is smile big so you see the apples of your cheeks. Lightly dust/dab/buff your blush into the apples of your cheeks, blending and diffusing the blush up and back (so staying on the cheek bone ending right between the temple and top of the ear).  Start with your main color, apply and blend that out, then, if you want – you can add that pop of color to just the apple and blend. Finish by adding a light shimmery highlight at the top of the cheek (optional).

So – a quick recap:
~ You need blush! It gives us the missing color and youthful glow we all want and need!
~ Choose a color based on skin tone (fair, medium, dark) and undertone (warm/cool). ~ Apply in light layers, blending and building up as you go.
~ Add a pop of a brighter color to apple of cheek if desired, and a light shimmery highlight on top of cheek bone if desired.
~ Blend, blend, blend.

Kiss, kiss, lovelies! Until next time! And don’t forget to update your address books with my new phone and email!! 😀

Questions or want to request an appointment? Call/text (612-860-6739) or email Corrie at: corrie@femmemakeovers.com

Be sure to check www.femmemakeovers.com for more info.

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Midwest Makeup Supply

Corrie Dupay is a makeup artist extraordinaire and owner of Midwest Makeup Supply and Femme Makeovers, both in the Twin Cities.  She has recently announced she is making a change in her career and is closing her wonderful makeup shop to focus on Femme Makeovers.

We as a community are beyond fortunate to have such an amazing talent in our city.  I’m sad about the closing of her store, the MN T-Girls have had two events at her store, but I am breathing a sigh of relief that she is still available for makeovers.

For details on her plans, please see the announcement she recently sent out below.

Hello everyone!

Some may already know this but yesterday I made an announcement (via our Midwest Makeup Supply Facebook page) in regard to closing Midwest Makeup, my Uptown retail location, on October 20th. 

Please do not worry! This is a very good thing on all fronts. I WILL be keeping my studio space at Vandalia Towers. Not being tied down to the retail part of things will allow me SO much more flexibility when it comes to doing the thing I love, which is helping YOU and doing makeovers, dress up sessions and outings. 🙂 Change is a good thing and I’m SUPER excited about the coming months!!!!

I will be liquidating my retail store inventory as the close date approaches so please let me know if there’s anything you’ll want. I’m still working out details – my phone number and email might have to change – but I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated with things like that. I also am toying with keeping a limited amount of product (foundation, powder, beard cover, etc.) at my studio – but am not sure yet. If that would be beneficial to you – please let me know. If I get enough positive response about it – I’ll definitely consider having that as an option.

As always – thank you SO very much for your support. It’s an amazing thing to be able to do the work I love!!

Love, Hannah

Pre-Makeover Skin Prep and After Care

Corrie Dupay is a makeup artist extraordinaire and owner of Midwest Makeup Supply and Femme Makeovers, both in the Twin Cities.  She is a friend and hero to girls everywhere.  She is beyond talented.
Corrie has a newsletter that she sends out with helpful makeup tips like these and is reprinted here with her permission.  I am certain you’ll find this useful!  You can sign up for her newsletter here.
Love, Hannah
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Hello my Darlings!

Today we will chat about pre-makeover skin prep and the importance of makeup removal after your applications.

Before we get into that – I want to say thank you to those of you who take time to send me messages. Whether it’s just to say hi, ask a question or a quick follow up to a session – I can’t express how much those messages mean to me. Nothing brightens my day more than hearing stories of how having your makeup done, doing a lesson or just some basic guidance on things you’ve struggled with (like beard cover or false lashes) has made you feel so good and confident enough to step outside of your comfort zone and do something new. I love it! And I thank you for it!

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XOXO from your favorite makeup guru,

Take care of your skin!!

Today I’m going to answer a question I get asked a lot – which is: I booked a makeup application with you, what do I do to my face before I arrive???

This is a great question! But before we get into day-of preparations, I want to quickly touch on the importance of your daily skin care routine. At minimum I suggest everyone should wear a sunscreen. It helps protects your skin from harmful rays and sun damage that could potentially lead to skin cancer!! And we do not want that!! I suggest a broad range sunscreen with SPF of 30 (this is just what I like to wear, but consult with your dermatologist with any skin-related concerns).

I also suggest a light moisturizer to help hydrate your skin. It doesn’t have to be something fancy or expensive, just something to keep your skin hydrated. My favorite is by Embryolisse – it’s light weight and works well on all skin types.

Okay – back to day-of preparations. I generally like people to arrive with a clean face, clean shaven as possible. The cleaner the shave, the better our end result will be. As far as putting any sort of products on your face after you’ve shaved, using a moisturizer is fine, but try to keep it as light as possible.

The reason I prefer you don’t put a lot of (or any) product on your face prior is because I’m not always sure how it will react with the other products I’m going to be using. It could cause the foundation to slide around or primers to pill up (making it look like you have dry skin, etc.). Once you’re in my chair, I have all the products to properly hydrate and prepare your skin for a long-lasting application.

So let’s talk about makeup removal and skin care after your application is over. It’s really important to be properly removing your makeup at the end of the day. Sleeping in your makeup can irritate your skin, clog your pores and overall – just isn’t good for you!

You can remove your makeup using makeup wipes, liquid, cream or gel removers, or my favorite: The Makeup Eraser (a reusable towel that only requires hot water…and WORKS super well!)! Unfortunately – makeup removers are not all created equally so you may find some brands will do a better job than others.

Sometimes – depending on the makeup – you might need an additional remover that is specifically formulated to remove eye makeup (especially if it’s waterproof!). You can use soap and water to remove your makeup, but it could cause some irritation or burning, especially if you have to really scrub to get it off. I feel though – it’s best to use an actual makeup remover – it’s gentler on your skin and doesn’t strip your face of the oils that some soaps do.
Once you’ve fully removed your makeup – I suggest that you apply some moisturizer – mainly to add back some of the oils that may have been removed while taking off your makeup. You could also use a post makeup spray as well. These help rejuvenate, replenish and refresh your skin after you’ve removed your makeup. Skindinavia makes one that is nice.
Also – if you suffer from really dry skin – you could use something heavier after you’ve removed your makeup to help soothe and repair the skin barrier. I like OxyDerm Recovery Balm by Graftobian. I will put this on my face before I go to bed if my skin is really dehydrated. It’s really heavy, but really hydrating so why I suggest using it at night. You’ll wake up with super soft, super smooth skin though! 🙂

And one last thought on this topic – drinking lots of water will help keep your skin nice and hydrated. Just like the sun, caffeine, smoking, alcohol, etc. can all be drying or damaging to our skin so stay hydrated!!

Things to Remember:
1. Use sunscreen
2. Use moisturizer
3. Remove your makeup.
4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

If you have any suggestions for topics, please feel free to send them my way at makeovers@midwestmakeupsupply.com

Questions or want to request an appointment? Email me at: makeovers@midwestmakeupsupply.com

Be sure to check www.femmemakeovers.com for more info.

Let’s Smoke it Up (Your Eyes, That Is)!

Corrie Dupay is a makeup artist extraordinaire and owner of Midwest Makeup Supply and Femme Makeovers  She is a friend and hero to girls everywhere.  She is beyond talented.
Corrie has a newsletter that she sends out with helpful makeup tips like these and is reprinted here with her permission.  I am certain you’ll find this useful!  You can sign up for her newsletter here.
Love, Hannah
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Darlings!!

School is back in session!! Dig out your notebooks and pencils. Today we’re going to learn about the Smoky Eye – a classic look that never goes out of style!! A+ and bonus points for anyone who sends me photos (for my eyes only) of their work (makeovers@midwestmakeupsupply.com)!

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XOXO from your favorite makeup guru,


(See…even Pennywise loves a good smoky eye!)

Corrie
FemmeMakeovers | Midwest Makeup

A Smoky Eye Can Fix Everything!

What is a smoky eye?? Well – in the simplest form – a smoky eye is shading and smudging an eye pencil or eye shadow into and along the upper and lower lash lines. However….if you ask 10 people what a smoky eye is, I’d bet my favorite lipstick you’ll get 10 different answers…and none of them would be wrong.

I’m going to cover how I personally like to do a smoky eye – which will be a little more than just shading the lash line. I mean come on…if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it!  Let’s go!

Here are the tools and products you’ll need to do your smoky eye. And please remember – this is MY version so you can do any variation of it you wish. The concept will be the same – it’s just how dramatic you decide to take it (less dramatic for day-time wear, more dramatic for night-time wear, etc.). Also – please note that you can easily swap out colors….the whole idea behind the smoky eye is the dark, shaded lash line/lid – so feel free to play with the color.

1. Eye primer
2. I’m using three eye shadows (dark purple, light grey and black – and I realize the colors don’t translate well on the screen but you get the idea).
3. Eyeliner pencil in black
4. A fluffy brush, a tiny smudge brush and a short bristle fluffy brush
5. Mascara

1. Start by applying your eye primer to your entire lid. Then, lightly dust your lightest shade all over the lid using your large fluffy brush.

2. Using your smaller fluffy brush, apply the darker color to the outer corner of the eye, up to the crease and blend out. I prefer to keep the inner corner and middle part of the lid a little lighter and brighter (it keeps my eyes more open looking). Darkening the entire lid would produce a more dramatic look. If you have more hooded eyelids (like I do), it could close your eye down a little (or make them appear smaller). I also will come in with my tiny smudge brush to keep the color more concentrated in my crease the closer I get to the inner corner of my eye (keeps the crease and color application precise).

3. Next, take your small smudge brush and darken the outer corner with a little bit of black. Then smudge a tiny bit on the lower lash line as well (this is important for the smoky look).

4. Take your black liner pencil and line the upper and lower lash line. Think of it as working the liner into your lash line – we want to create the illusion our lash line is thick and full. Once you get your liner on, take your tiny smudge brush and smudge it in. Again – important for creating that smoky look.

5. Apply several (thin) coats of mascara – and/or, add false lashes. Click here for step-by-step instructions on false lash application.

6. Take one last look and touch up any eye liner or darken the shadow if you wish. Once I have my lashes or mascara on, I do usually like to darken the liner a little bit and/or add a little more smudgy-ness to the lower lash line to create a little more intense drama….because…why the hell not?!?!

And there you go!!! A quick, step-by-step tutorial on how to create a smoky eye. As a quick recap:
~ A smoky eye is just shading the upper and lower lash line – but I like to give it a bit of a bump and take it to the crease (or beyond).
~ Play with color! Concept is the same just swap out your light and dark with different colors (light grey/dark grey, light blue/dark blue…you get the idea!)..but I always like to have a black handy just in case I want to give it that extra push in to the dramatic.
~ Practice. The more you practice, the better you’ll become. And don’t forget – it’ll more than likely look like a HOT mess until you finish….most makeup applications do!
~ It’s makeup…HAVE FUN WITH IT!!!!! 😀
Until next time, darlings. Kiss kiss.
Be sure to visit Corrie’s newly updated website for more info and updated services.

Questions or want to request an appointment? Email her at: makeovers@midwestmakeupsupply.com

Be sure to check www.femmemakeovers.com for more info.

Let’s Hear it for the Brows!

Corrie Dupay is a makeup artist extraordinaire and owner of Midwest Makeup Supply and Femme Makeovers  She is a friend and hero to girls everywhere.  She is beyond talented.
Corrie has a newsletter that she sends out with helpful makeup tips like these and is reprinted here with her permission.  I am certain you’ll find this useful!  You can sign up for her newsletter here.
Love, Hannah
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Hello Everyone!

Today we discuss brows. Remember these things:

1. You need them.
2. Sisters not twins
3. Don’t forget about them.
4. You CAN do this!

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XOXO from your favorite makeup guru,

Corrie
FemmeMakeovers | Midwest Makeup
Brows! Where do I….what do I….how the….??? YIKES!!! I know, I know. Brows can be intimidating. But!! You don’t want to neglect them. I totally get that they can go horribly wrong, fast…but – with a little practice and some guidance – you can have brows with shape and a nice arch. Trust me when I say brows are something you need to get comfortable with and include as part of your makeup application. They frame the face, open the eye and polish and finish your look.

Next to applying false eyelashes and eyeliner, brows are something a lot of people struggle with. Not only are we trying to figure out the color, shape, where to start/stop, place the arch, etc., shaping the brow (hair removal via waxing, tweezing, etc. that makes doing our brows so much easier), might not be an option.

But don’t worry! There are ways we can work around it. For this newsletter – I’m going to stick to the simple version: shaping and filling the brow using a pencil, powder or cream. I’ll do another more-in depth tutorial on completely covering the brow (using wax or glue stick) and re-drawing at a later time.

First – burn this sentence into your memory: Brows are SISTERS not TWINS. I repeat: SISTERS NOT TWINS. Similar but not identical. Okay? Okay! Second – my favorite saying: Practice! You NEED to practice!! So don’t do it once and give up!

Let’s get going. Everyone’s face/eye/brow shape will be different. These are just guidelines to help you get the concept down. Once you get it down – it’s up to you to practice and play with it to determine: Do I like fuller brows? Thinner brows? A higher arch, etc.

Products: There are three types of products I like to use for brows: cremes (applied with an angle brush), pencils and powders (applied with an angle brush). Cremes and powders are my favorite. Pencils are easy to use and work fine, but I feel if you’re not careful, the brow can look a little too drawn on resulting in a very artificial looking brow. Creme is great for when you have a thicker/fuller brow (where hair removal isn’t an option) and have to ‘cheat’ the shape a little. They are build-able, tend to show up better and I think they last longer, too. Powders tend to give the most-natural look (in my opinion).

When we’re putting our brows on – we want to be mindful of a couple things – where to stop and where to start. If we start the brow too far in and/or down, you can end up looking mad! Or like Divine if you go too high! If they are too close together – that will look strange, too. We also want our brow to end in the correct place – we generally don’t want our brows extended down onto our temples. The following is a guideline of where to start, stop and place your arch:

1. Imagine a line from the inner corner of your eye, up. This is where we want our brow to start.
2. Imagine a line from the outer corner, following the angle of our lower lash line out. Here’s where our brow should stop.
3. Imagine an angled line from the outer edge of your iris. This is roughly where the highest point of the arch should sit.
4. Imagine a horizontal line from the bottom of the inner part of the brow to the outer part (tail) of your brow. The start and stop point should match by sitting on this line. This will help with balance.

Choosing a brow color: I typically like to match my brows to my hair color, but as we know – that might be hard (ie: dark brows naturally but wearing a blonde wig). The only hard rule I tend to follow is trying to avoid using straight up black for my brows. It can come off as a little too harsh. So – if you want to wear a blonde wig but have dark brows – roll with it. It’ll be fine. It would be hard to lighten – it could be done if we covered the brow completely, or, perhaps by using a brow mascara-type product, but that could end up looking very unnatural (which is not usually what we want).

To start your brow, very lightly draw your initial brow line in, doing both sides so we can check for balance. Once you are happy with where it starts, the arch and the stopping point, continue to add line by line until you get the shape and fullness you want. As you add each new line, take a step back to look for balance and symmetry (it’s hard to see if things are balanced if our face is only inches from the mirror). And remember! It’s easier to add product than to take away.

This might be hard at first, especially if your brows are longer and darker. If you can trim them down a little that might make it a little easier. If they are darker, your best bet might be to give them a little shape by add more of an arch (if you can) and a thinner/longer tail (if you can).

Once we are happy with the shape, I like to come back through with a spoolie (or a clean mascara wand) to blend, soften and groom the brow into place. You can add a brow gel or wax if you want to keep things in place (the wax or gel is a good idea if you have longer brows).
If this is too overwhelming at first – you can always use a stencil. However – I’m not a super fan of stencils. My issue with stencils is that they can come off looking very drawn on and fake if we’re not careful.

If I am going to us a stencil, then I’ll typically use a brow powder rather than a pencil or creme, so it looks a little more natural. They can be  useful though as you start to get placement, length and the arch in the right place.

Lastly – I do my brows after I’ve done my foundation and usually my eye makeup. At minimum, I’d say do AFTER your foundation – you don’t want to mess up the perfect brow by accidentally covering part of it with foundation….but that’s just me!

Okay, my darlings. I know this is A LOT of information I just threw your way, so if you have any questions – please let me know.  I’m here to help!! 😀
Be sure to visit Corrie’s newly updated website for more info and updated services.

Questions or want to request an appointment? Email me at: makeovers@midwestmakeupsupply.com

Be sure to check www.femmemakeovers.com for more info.

Thin Lips No More!

Corrie Dupay is a makeup artist extraordinaire and owner of Midwest Makeup Supply and
Femme Makeovers  She is a friend and hero to girls everywhere.  She is beyond talented.
Corrie has a newsletter that she sends out with helpful makeup tips like these and is reprinted here with her permission.  I am certain you’ll find this useful!  You can sign up for her newsletter here.
Love, Hannah
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Raise your hand if you have thin lips (…slowly raises hand….).  Raise your hand if you’ve tried to correct a thin lip but ended up looking like Ronald McDonald (it’s okay…we’ve all been there!). Don’t panic – I have a few tips that will help give you fuller-looking lips without looking like a clown. BUT!!! Like I say with everything It’ll take a little practice – so dig out your lip pencils. Class is in session.

So – most of us weren’t born with a perfect pout…but that’s okay. We can totally cheat it and make it LOOK like we have lips that would make Ms. Monroe envious.
Before we begin – you’re going to need a few tools. Don’t even attempt to try this without the following items:

1. Lip liner pencil
2. Pencil sharpener
3. Lipstick
4. Lip brush

Why do I need all these things you ask? Because it will be next to impossible to get a nice, clean overdrawn lip without using a pencil. The second half of that is you don’t want to ruin your perfectly drawn on lip by applying lipstick from the tube. There’s not enough of an edge to create a clean line – so…applying with a brush allows for keeping that edge crisp and clean. Plus – it provides you with a more even application.

Alright – first we need to determine what it is we want or need to correct. Our upper lip? Our lower lip? Or perhaps both our upper and lower lip is a little on the thin side. Once you’ve figured out what it is you want to correct – grab your pencil. I like using a sharp, but slightly dull pencil (if that makes any sense). I like to sharpen the pencil to get a nice tip, then swipe it across my hand or a towel once or twice to take off the super sharp point. I find it’s easier to draw with a semi-dull point. Crazy, I know.

Next – start by finding your natural lip line. I find it’s easier if we lightly line our natural lip line first so we have a visual guide to go on. Once I’ve done that, I continue to go line by line, on the outside of my previous line, until I get the shape (here’s where you get to play and experiment with different shapes) and fullness I’m after. Be sure to play with a few different shapes to determine what you like and looks best. Example: do you want a rounded cupids bow, or something a little more pointed and sharper.

Also – going line by line allows you to correct any mistakes if you make them before things get too out of hand. It’s easier to add than to take away. So if you just start drawing and mess up – it’ll be much harder to fix.

**IMPORTANT NOTES: We are looking for symmetry. We want to make sure our lips look even. The best way to do this is to step back from your mirror after you think you have it done and look to make sure things are balanced. It’s really hard to tell when you’re looking at them inches from the mirror.

Second thing to keep in mind – ideally you want your lip liner to meet in the corner of your mouth. If you start drawing your lip line outside of where it meets in the corner, you’re tip-toeing into Ronald McDonald land. Not saying that you can’t do that – but it will overly exaggerate your lips and you could end up looking like a drag queen (which isn’t bad – it just might not look as natural).

Last thing I’d like to note is I typically prefer to over draw the upper lip more than the lower. I feel like an over drawn upper lip can still look relatively natural up close, where an over drawn lower lip can look a little strange if we go too far past our natural lip line. But hey! It’s your call! It’s makeup and you’re supposed to have fun with it.

Here’s an example of where you would over draw (or correct) based on your lip shape. Hey!! No making fun of my drawing! 😀

Ultimately – you need to determine how far outside your natural lip you want and are willing to go. One thing to be mindful of is when you DO overdraw your lip, you have to be careful when eating, drinking, etc. because you’ll be more likely to smudge it. You’re essentially drawing on your face so just keep that in mind.

Once you get your new lip shape drawn on, you now can apply your lipstick. Any of you who have had lessons with me know how adamant I am about using a brush to apply lipstick. You can use the brush to easily (and cleanly) paint right up to your lip line, get much more even coverage and have so much more precision when applying the lipstick.

Over drawn lips can look great if done correctly. I encourage you to give it a try! It can really enhance your look.

A few more lip tips and tricks:

  • Even if you’re not overdrawing your lips it’s important to use a lip liner. It helps keep your lipstick in place and from bleeding.
  • I try to match my liner to my lipstick if I can and think this is especially important when using reds. If I don’t have something that matches, I try to get as close as possible…..
  • …However, if I want to create a little more dimension with my lips, I’ll use something slightly darker than my lipstick and blend my lipstick into the liner (more so in the corners).
  • Using a slightly lighter color (to highlight) on the center of your lips will create a fuller looking lip as well. Just make sure you smoosh/blend together well (we want a nice gradient) – not a hard edge.
  • To aid in longevity of the lipstick, fill your natural and newly drawn lip in with your liner before applying the lipstick. If the lipstick wears off, you’ll have that liner underneath to color your lips.
  • Line your lips, apply lipstick, blot on a tissue, reapply lipstick and dust very lightly with a loose setting powder for a longer-wearing matte finish.
  • Anything that says “Long-wear” is going to be very drying on your lips. So after wearing a long-wear product – throw some lip balm on to help keep your lips from getting super dry!
  • If you like a shiny lip – know that gloss over lipstick will oftentimes shorten the wear of the lipstick underneath (also – worth a mention – cause your hair to stick to your mouth! Eeek! Drives me nuts!!). So if you do like to wear a gloss, bring something to touch up with.
That’s all I have for you this time around. If you have any questions (about this or other makeup-related things) – send them my way!
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Questions or want to request an appointment? Email Corrie at:

A Visit to La Femme Mystique!

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I never imagined that I would live in a city with not one, but two gender transformation studios.  In addition to Femme Makeovers, our fine city also has the fabulously Rebecca, owner of La Femme Mystique!  Even more impressive than a city with two gender transformation studios is hearing that Rebecca has been in business for over five years!  I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Rebecca and visiting her studio recently.

Rebecca’s studio is in Saint Paul, not far from The Townhouse, arguably one of the safest and most well-known places a t-girl visits.

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The La Femme Mystique studio is located in a beautifully refurbished warehouse.  I fell in love with the building and Rebecca’s studio is perfect for makeovers and photos.  I sat down and spoke with Rebecca for a while and we chatted about everything from photography to gender identity to makeup.   Her perspective on what a portrait is and what her goals are when it comes to capturing our femme selves made me realize that she really “gets” it.  Being transgender is not something that a lot of people understand, and it’s not something I always understand myself, so it was refreshing to hear that she understands our goals.  Perhaps she put it best on her website when she wrote that she is “…honored to participate in the journey – whether it’s in a spirit of playfulness and fun, or as part of a deeper exploration of self”.

Rebecca’s studio and makeup kit says that she is ready to transform and capture a t-girl’s inner beauty.

 

 

After chatting for a bit, it was time for my makeover.  Needless to say she did an amazing job.  I was very impressed with what she did with my eyeshadow.  After my makeup was done, it was time for my favorite thing in the world…pictures!

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Rebecca and I explored the building and took a lot of photos and I cannot wait to see how they turned out.  I’ll share them when they are ready.  😉

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It was a unforgettable afternoon and I will definitely be back.  I absolutely recommend visiting Rebecca whether you are visiting the Twin Cities or looking for an incredible makeover and a fun photo session.

Photos soon!

Love, Hannah