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Finger Paint Makeup Package – Before & After Pics!

24 Jun

Hey Everyone!  Woo…long time no talk.  Things have been a little hectic, but in a good way!  My husband, dog and I moved a few months back, and plan on moving again in the Fall (staying in Chucktown of course).  Wedding season has been busy busy, and I’ve loved every minute of it!  Even though I’ve been doing makeup for over 15 years now, I’ve finished up my first official year in business as FPM and am so incredibly pleased and grateful with the outcome!  

…and OH!  I’m pregnant!!  There’s some big news for you!  We are thrilled and cannot wait for what’s to come!  

I have been dying to blog now for months, but I honestly had a terrible case of writer’s block woe’s.  I’d come up with ideas at the most random moments, then I’d sit at my computer and POOF, they were gone.  Does that ever happen to you?  Anywho…here I am, I’m back and I sure hope I can keep the writing motivation going!

Ok enough of that!  Let’s talk makeup!  I recently did a Finger Paint Makeup Package  for my lovely client, Jenny.  This is the largest package that I offer!  I also like to call it “FPM MAKEUP OVERHAUL EXTRAVAGANZA”.  Here is the basic breakdown of what’s offered with the package, and then we’ll get to the pictures…(I love me some before and after’s!)

Consultation:  We chat about all things makeup related.  We pull makeup photos that you like and I learn about some basic details regarding your makeup routine.  The primary goal here is to find out your makeup comfort level and what fits into your lifestyle.  Ultimately, we determine what’s going to make you feel amazing in your own skin. 

Makeup Bag Makeover:  Turn that makeup bag upside down and we will dissect its contents.  We’ll determine what works for you and what doesn’t.  We’ll also discuss sanitation tips and how long you should really hang on to that favorite face powder.

Face Templates:  We will put together some beautiful, easy customized looks!  Based on everything we’ve learned during your consultation, I’ll determine the right colors for you and we’ll come up with some great new looks.

Shopping List:  Based on our face templates, your budget and what you already own, I put together a list of products recommended for purchase.  This will make it easy for you to make a quick dash by a makeup counter and say “I need this product in this color”…..aaaaand…DONE. 

Makeup Training and Professional Makeover:  We’ll finish all this up with a makeover and training.  I will show you step by step how to create one of the looks on your face templates.  We will cover everything, from ‘how do I apply my foundation?’ to ‘how do I accentuate my jaw line and cheek bones?’ to some fancy but EASY eye shadow application techniques…and much more.

Phew!  That’s it!  There is a lot to this package, but it really is a full makeup overhaul and gives you that “YES, I feel like me again…and damn, I look good” mentality to walk away from me with.  That’s really all I want for my clients.

Okay, now for some pictures so you can see what all this looks like!  

World, here’s Jenny.  Jenny is absolutely gorgeous.  She has incredible bone structure, not to mention eyes that truly sparkle.  Our goal was to emphasize those features, so we focused on face contouring utilizing bronzer’s and highlighters and made her eyes the focal point.  She is a career woman and wanted a fresh, pulled together look that could take her from day to night.


Above is the consultation form…and below we are creating face templates for Jenny to reference at home.  We reviewed all the steps and techniques needed to duplicate the look.


Here we are starting our FPM Professional Makeover with a fresh clean slate…


As promised, a before and after pic below!  What do you think?


If you’d like to learn more about the package, email me at kristin@fingerpaintmakeup.com.  Feel free to check out FPM’s website for more information as well!




What’s in my holiday clutch?

30 Nov

How fun is it to get all dolled up for the holidays!?  Some of you may be thinking, oiy another holiday party…filled with introductions, small talk and fruit cake (do people make those anymore?).   The first thing that comes to mind as I write this is Carrie Bradshaw in Sex in the City running through the streets of New York searching for Big in her high heel Louboutins and fur coat.  As you think about what to wear, who you’ll meet and what you’ll eat…let’s take a moment to consider what will touch your lips…I mean the shade of lipstick, not the snow flake tinted wine glass.  What will you bring to these gatherings in your sparkly little clutch?

If you’re headed out on the town for a simple holiday dinner, a lipstick and pressed powder will do.  But if you are out for appetizers, cocktails, dinner and more cocktails…you might want to be prepared for pictures, meeting new faces, and some smooching under the mistletoe.

Let’s take a peak into my holiday clutch shall we?

The lips:  Revlon Matte “Really Red” will be in my bag this year.  I love a matte, red lip.  If you prefer a touch of gloss on top or by itself, I’ve included a lovely little holiday set from MAC Cosmetics.  The gloss is the consistency of their MAC Lipglass…think thick and super glossy.

The eyes:  When applying your makeup for a holiday night out, I definitely recommend applying an eye shadow primer under your shadow.  This will keep everything in the same spot all night long.  If by the eighth hour the party is less than exciting, you may want to stash your eye concealer in your clutch for a little pick-me-up.

The cheeks:  The pressed powder is a must, but only apply in the areas that need it.  This sounds obvious, but if you apply all over your face, you may end up looking rather lifeless when you leave the powder room (no pun intended).  So only apply in small areas of the face, concentrating on the most oily spots only.  Sometimes blush can rub off, so I add a little blush to my clutch, along with a travel brush for a little touch up.

Have fun with your makeup this holiday season!

A Beauty Secret: Easy Homemade Mask and Scrub

7 Nov

This is my most favorite beauty book.

I’ve had this book since my late teens, and its proven to be a great reference for any age. It has these quick and easy home remedies for your skin as well as some great fashion and makeup tips and tricks. You can read up on anything from sun spots, a 15-minute makeup look, how to care for your clothes, to homemade toothpaste! Every now and then I’ll have an issue with my skin, and I’ll use this book as a reference. With the change in seasons, my skin always appears as if it needs a pick me up. I wanted to share one of my favorite at-home routines straight from this book. This is great when you need a little extra moisture and want your skin to look brighter…and with great skin comes an even, beautiful makeup look!

This is so simple!

You’ll need only three ingredients: HONEY, LEMONS and SUGAR. Honey retains moisture, allowing your skin to be softer and more radiant. The combination of lemons and suger help to exfoliate dead skin cells, brightening the skin and giving it a soft feel.

Step 1

Honey Mask: Apply pure honey straight from the bottle to your face and neck.

Allow it to set until dry (about 15 minutes).

Rinse with very warm water.

Step 2

Lemon & Sugar Exfoliator: Take a freshly cut lemon wedge and add some sugar on top. Rub the wedge directly on your skin. Another option is to create a mixture of lemon juice and sugar and rub on your face. Rinse with warm water.

Subtle Smokey Eye – Video

28 Oct

Hi Everyone! I came up with the name Finger Paint Makeup for multiple reasons, one of which was to remind us that makeup is meant to be fun, never intimidating. I’ve put together this how-to video showing a subtle, day-time smokey eye. The amount of makeup you wear should always be to your comfort level, where you feel most relaxed and confident. This look is basic, and can easily be applied with a heavier amount of color to give a more dramatic pop. Take a look, give it a shot and have fun!

Makeup Motivation – Paint with Color!

28 Jul

As I fly up to Boston for a wedding I think…hmm, years ago I was so afraid to fly.  The take off made my stomach churn.  Each second of turbulence felt like I’d seen my final moments and this was it…never again would I see the days of shimmering highlighter creams, a bronzed cheek bone or a sultry smokey eye.  Okay okay, that was a little dramatic.  But I am no longer afraid of flying because of all the traveling I’ve done over the years.  Which leads me to my motivational makeup speech for the day

Don’t be afraid of color!  Add a bright color to your cheeks, your lips, your eyes.  I know it can be scary.  But with the right products and some practice…you got this!  Here’s are some ideas to give you that pop of color you’re looking for:

 Stila Convertible Color – Cream Blush:  This blush comes in some great colors like Petunia (shown here) and Fuchsia.  Cream blush can be rather intimidating.  I find the easiest way to apply is with a blush brush.  Take your brush and give it a very light quick dip into your blush.  Keep in mind, a little goes a long way.  With very light pressure and a swirling motion, apply to the apples of your cheeks.  It will magically brighten up your entire face, giving a nice warm, dewy glow.

MAC Viva Glam Cyndi LipGlass:  A simple way to add color to your face is with a lip gloss.  This one happens to be after Miss Lauper herself, so of course this lip gloss delivers a fun, bright hue.  Gloss is easy to apply, and this one definitely gives you that pop!   LipGlass is fantastic, comes in a variety of bright colors, and pretty long-lasting for a gloss.

L’Oreal HiP Eye Shadow Duo in ShowyAfter applying foundation or a tinted moisturizer, add an eye shadow primer to your top lid and bottom lash line.  Using a navy blue pencil, line the top lash line.  Start close to the lashes eventually creating a thicker line.  Next, using a small eye shadow brush such as a smudger, add the brighter blue shadow directly over the liner.  Using that same shadow, add a line to your bottom lash line.  Add mascara to top and bottom lashes and you’ve got yourself a bright-eyed look!

A rule to remember with these bright hues, is to pick one pop of color for your face, and tone down the rest.  Too many bright colors in one place…can be too much of a good thing.  Have fun!

Toss some gloss in that makeup bag!

7 Jul

Oh yes, I’m that girl.  The one that always has multiple lip glosses in her purse at all times.  In the morning I see maybe 2 floating around in there.  I swear they multiply by the afternoon and next thing you know I have …6 lip glosses.  They sparkle, they shine, they smell good and they’re oh-so colorful!

Why gloss is fantastic…

  • You can throw it on quickly without a mirror… if you’re slightly outside the lines, you’re far from looking clown-like
  • You can wear it alone for that perfect pout, or on top of a lipstick to add moisture and shine
  • They’re a touch of youth for your lips, adding fullness, smoothing out lines (especially if they shimmer/sparkle)
  • A peachy/pink color is perfectly acceptable for all times of the day, on all skin tones
  • A bright color can look trendy and instantly perk up your face
  • Some have SPF and even work to freshen your breath when you lick your lips!

Here are a few that made it to the top of my list:

  • NARS:  There are so many unique color options with this line.   Not to mention the names just make me laugh.
  • Sephora:  I really like the consistency.  Great quality at a reasonable price.
  • The Balm – Plump:  This does just that…it plumps your lips.  Keeps them full and smooth.
  • Sally Hansen Diamond 12 Hr:  Does it last 12 hours, well not quite – but it really does fill out your lips and for that, it makes it to the top of my list.

Memories…The Skinmarket

30 Jun

A very dear friend of mine has an amazing, inspirational and motivating blog.  I have known her for about 12 years now.  She posted something yesterday that really touched my heart.  I wanted to share with you all.

Back in the day…I worked part-time in college for a store called The Skinmarket.  The store was filled with homemade lotions, bubble baths and shower creams.  In the back there was a giant display of makeup with a spread of colors and a boat-load of glitter!  I lived back at that end of the store and would apply makeup to customers through every shift.  I was the go-to gal for eye makeup…it was a dream.  Thank you Michelle for your kind words and for bringing back a very sweet memory!!

Check out Michelle’s post here:  http://westoncornucopia.blogspot.com/2011/06/effortlessly-brilliant.html?spref=fb


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