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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!




Surprise! Samples at your door…

27 Aug

And there it was…sitting in it’s perfectly packaged brown and pink box, just waiting to be opened.  It was my Birchbox!  “What on earth is a Birchbox,” you ask?  It’s a monthly delivery of trial size samples “from both well-known brands and emerging gems” (I stole that line from their site).  So I decided to sign up and see what it was all about.  I mean why not, I am a bit of a junkie with products, so this had my name all over it!

So here’s the box I got in the mail.  So cute right?  Of course, I would have preferred purple over pink print, but it’ll do…

And here it is with the top of the box removed…all wrapped nicely in tissue paper, along with a note on top…so so cute!

I unwrapped the tissue paper to reveal my surprise samples (who doesn’t love a surprise, and every month yay!)…

Holy cow, that looks like a full size sample of cleanser, something for my hair…and is that a snack?  Yes!  A Larabar.  And there looks to be something else hidden under some more tissue paper!  Whoops, didn’t realize how blurry this photo was, but you’ll get the gist.

So all in all, I got a sample size perfume by Juicy Couture (which I love, it smells like flowers sweetened with sugar), a gigantic brightening cleanser (takes off all my makeup, even eye makeup!), a Larabar (which was eaten within minutes, and was delicious by the way), a hair volumizer (which I am excited to try), and a BB cream (which is the new thing on the shelf these days…I talk about one of my faves in this blog, in case you missed it https://fingerpaintmakeup.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/cant-stop-lovin-you-6/).

I almost forgot…they included this little postcard explaining the products…(again blurry, sorry, don’t hurt your eyes)

Who knew you could pack so much fun in such a tiny little box.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to next months new package of goodies to sample!  

Easy Peasy Contouring

8 Aug

With my husband at the wheel and puppy snoozin’ in the back seat, I started flipping through this month’s Allure magazine, and came across a great product. When I find something compact and easy to use with simple instruction, I have to spread the word.

Ok here it is…Lancome Blush Subtil Palette…three colors that create a natural, sculpted cheek bone and subtle glow. From left to right you have a matte taupe powder, a gorgeous shimmery golden peach (ideal for warm skin tones), and a champagne highlighter.


Here are some quick application instructions:

Taupe Contour – Using a small, angled blush brush apply in a C shape from temples to below your cheek bone.

Golden Peach Blush – Tap off the angled brush and apply blush to the apples of your cheeks.

Champagne Highlighter – Using your finger, lightly tap the highlighter on the highest points of your cheek bones.

After a couple tries, this contouring technique will take you all but two minutes in the morning, and will have others thinking “did she get a facelift?!”

Mail call! Pretty pretty colors

26 Jul

There is nothing better than receiving a package in the mail. I just love it! The thrill of ripping open the box, tossing the peanuts…tissue paper…bubble pack on the floor and uncovering your fun, new gifts. For me, there is really nothing better than a box filled with makeup! I get butterflies just thinking about it. Yesterday…I had a black box impatiently waiting for me at my front door.

The shimmery, the matte, the bold and the subtle colors all scattered within the box…wrapped up looking lovely.

Ok lets get to it. Here are the shadows!


Any time you purchase shadows it’s always great to buy at least two or three that you can wear together. For example a warm bronze with gold, or a deep blue with lilac. These lovlies will be added to my makeup kit and can be used on multiple eye colors. Oh the fun to be had!

And here are the lipsticks…ooh la la.


When I do Makeup Bag Makeovers with my clients, we talk about what they consider their most beautiful features, and to always pick a focal point with their makeup look. If you decide to play up your eyes, a great nude lip and subtle cheek are a good balance. You can also easily alter a nude lipstick by simply adding a colored gloss. Or you can lighten a deep lip color by mixing with your nude lipstick. The options are endless! You just might have that perfect color combo in your makeup bag and not even know it.

That’s all for now…I’m off to put together some new looks!

This brought me back…

19 May

We went over to our neighbors house tonight…and to my delight their little ones took out their makeup for us to play with. A rainbow of colors…cases of cupcake-shaped lipglosses. This brought me back to the days where I’d sneak into my Mom’s bathroom drawer and apply her ‘rouge’ to my cheeks. The brighter the pink the better! I just had to share!




A sweet reminder that makeup should always be fun…

Silver Bells and Silver Makeup

5 Dec

“Silver Bells…silver bells…”

If you just sang the next verse to that song, you’re in the same boat I’m in.  Okay Doris Day…your song has been stuck in my head for days.  Only seemed appropriate to blog about silver and gold makeup, which can be so beautiful for the holidays.

The look can be a glamorous one and is perfectly appropriate for a cocktail party or formal event.  With both colors I think shimmer and glitz!  Figuring out which color will work best for you can be tricky.  There are a few factors to consider.

Go Silver If… 

Your skin tone is Olive or Rosy

Your hair color is Black or non-golden Brown/Blonde shades

You have hazel, green or blue eyes






Go Gold If…

Your skin tone is medium fair to tan

Your hair color is golden brown/blonde, all red shades will work

You have hazel, golden green or brown eyes

Guest Post: Products We’re Thankful For!

2 Dec
I love hearing from others what products work well for them.  This week we’ve got a guest post from Shauna Mackenzie Heathman, owner of Mackenzie Image ConsultingMIC is South Carolina’s only full-service image consulting firm.  Shauna gives us a glimpse into her world of makeup, and a product she can’t live without…mascara!  This is one affordable mascara that works very well.  And I have to say I do love the purple bottle.  Thanks Shauna!
“If there’s one thing I can’t live without, it’s mascara.  I live for anything that can provide me with fuller, voluminous, lengthy lashes.  And just when I’ve thought I have found the perfect product, I crave juuuust a bit more drama. Where does it end?!
I’ve tried dozens and dozens of mascaras and just when I thought there was no hope, I found a product that fulfills my needs without leaving me wanting more. It’s not glamorous or luxury, packaged in a shiny box or even boasts a secret ingredient; in fact, it’s regular ol’ CoverGirlLashBlash Fusion to be specific.
No need to visit the makeup counters or specially order, it can be found at any corner drugstore.  You’ll notice it by it’s purple tube and wand.  Not only does it provide the fullness I crave, it lengthens with the best of ’em.  The icing on the cake is that it is easily removable and doesn’t flake off.  I’ve used it for over a year — way beyond my previous mascara commitment.
Don’t take my word for it.  Try it yourself.  There’s something so gratifying about finding the perfect product at your local drugstore, knowing you didn’t have to overspend to get exactly what you want.”

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