Late post, but wanted to share the lovely photos from the Jessie Holland Wedding. Photos by Kara Miller. Some of the behind the scenes taken by our team. Lead makeup artist: Vanessa Quinteros, assisting artist and stylist: Heather O’Connell.
We had the privilege to provide services for Liz and her bridal party. Photos by Anne Williams (http://www.annechadwickwilliams.com).Read More»
Our team had the pleasure of assisting Nina and Harmeet for the amazing multiple day wedding event! We provided makeup and hair services for the bride, groom, mother of the bride, mother of groom, and some members of the bridal party for the reception. We assisted her for her Mehendi, Sangeet, Hindu ceremony, Sikh ceremony and Reception at the amazing Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Photographs provided by Jade Studio Productions (http://jadestudioproductions.com/photography_weddings.php).Read More»
Our bride the lovely Janel Liverado!
Makeup today has evolved so far from the last 20 years, where a slick and oily foundation with pink undertone seemed to be our only option. Now we have a wide range of products at our disposal, including traditional foundations such as liquid, mineral, pressed, etc. There is also a more modern technique known as airbrush makeup application. One of the most often asked questions is: “what is the difference between traditional and airbrush”?
Let’s start with what is traditional makeup and what is airbrush:
1. Traditional foundation can come in the form of pancake, stick, liquid, cream, mineral, pressed powder, or even foam foundation. It is more opaque and has a richer coverage. It can be applied with various forms of “foundation” brushes, sponges. Some even apply with their fingers, (although we don’t recommend. Fingers are great for “quick blending” in smaller areas). They can all provide different levels of coverage from sheer, light, medium, to full coverage depending on your skin type, and preference.
2. Airbrush Foundation is a light-weight makeup applied through an air gun machine that produces a thin, even layer of makeup and creates a mate finish. The airbrush gun sprays a very fine mist to the skin using a small com- pressor with gentle air pressure. It’s like tiny little pixels being applied as opposed to big block of color. It mimics skin, more than any traditional makeup. It should not be confused with airbrush used in photography, which is actually a technique used in PhotoShop, a photo alteration program that can erase just about anything (like wrinkles, scars, etc.). Any makeup can conceal any unwanted color, but can not remove the texture of scars, wrinkles, acne, etc. There are two main formulas available, water based and silicone based. Water based is best for oily skin, and gives more of a matte finish. Silicone base is a lighter, dewier alternative. There is also alcohol based, but this is never used on the face. It is reserved for body painting or in a brides case to conceal a tattoo.
So what do we recommend? Airbrush. As artist we want to ensure our client looks natural, yet has the coverage needed to ensure she is photo ready. We also want our makeup application to be long lasting and beautiful. Since every client is different, and have different skin types and preferences we carry various types of foundation and brands. Depending on our clients skin needs we determine the best technique and product. Having said, whenever possible we recommend our clients use airbrush foundation. We typically use Temptu or Makeup Forever HD foundation (which can be combined with a mixing medium for airbrush application) which is a silicone based formula.
Why do we recommend it……
Earlier this year we met with Nina and Harmeet for their amazing engagement shoot with photographer Phillipe Lee from Jade Studio Productions. Nina and Harmeet both got themselves photo ready by getting their makeup done in Alemeda, and then traveling to Treasure Island for their shoot. Phillipe has an amazing warehouse studio with various rooms that have different “sets”!! Absolutley amazing! (Visit our behind the scenes album of their shoot on our Facebook Page to see what we’re talking about!) Nina had two outfit changes, and therefore two very different makeup looks. The first was in traditional East Indian attire, and the other a beautiful white evening gown. She was able to experience a glam look and classic look with beautiful red lips for the second!