Test Shoot 8/26/2017: Behind the Scenes

I haven't done a test shoot in so long and I was happy to have the opportunity to work with a great team of creatives that I have not yet worked with before. We did three different looks: clean beauty, glossy lids, and coppery eyes and a mauve lip color.

I contacted Timothy on IG after a fellow colleague posted that he was looking for a makeup artist for the test shoot. I’m glad I got a chance to work with him before he heads out to LA for a year. If he ever decides to come back, maybe we can work together again. If you’re in LA, feel free to hit him up to work together.

Frances, a freelance makeup artist and hair stylist,  worked on Mary’s hair. We met in Portland last year while taking an amazing workshop called CLASS by Erica Carr.

Mary of  Factor Chosen agency was great to work with and so down to earth. Very beautiful.

Myranda of Factor Chosen as well brought lots of clothes and accessories to play with. She was a pleasure to work with.


Mary getting her hair lightly curled by Frances. 

model hair curled

This is the first makeup look I did on Mary, clean no makeup look. Look at those brows!!! :)

model clean beauty makeup

This is the first outfit chosen for Mary to wear. Frances is just touching up her hair and making her look good. 

model outfit photoshoot hair

For the second look, Mary got to play with a fun plaid outfit. I loved the Adidas gym shoes worn in this look. I may have to see if they have them in all black. I added some gloss to her eyes and highlight. 

model fashion plaid

For our third and last look, Myranda had her wear a bright yellow cropped jumpsuit with a black leather jacket. Frances gave her a wet hair look. I added some brown copper eyeshadow to her lids and a mauve lip color. 

model yellow jumpsuit

I had a great time with this amazing group. They were kind, funny, and easy going. We knocked out these looks really quick. I can't wait to show you the final pictures. Stay tuned. :)

An Uncommon Wedding

On Saturday, June 17, I had the opportunity to be a part of The Makeup Show Chicago's very first fashion show and fundraiser. The local charity that was chosen to benefit from 100% of the proceeds from the event is Deborah's Place, a women's shelter. 

We had to come up with the concept for the fashion show as well as the dress, makeup, hair, and choose a model to represent our look on the runway. I managed to get a team of creatives to help me out with the event. I couldn't have done the event without their help. Many times, I felt like quitting because I didn't think I was going to get everything in place for the show on time. But luckily everything worked out and I am very happy with the outcome. 

Sam Klug of Sam Klug Artistry reached out to me via Instagram after seeing my post about getting a creative team for the show. Sam is from Michigan and was already planning to come to Chicago that weekend for The Makeup Show and bought a ticket for An Uncommon Wedding. 

I reached out my cousin, Zoraida, to be our runway model. After saying yes, I knew I could count on her to make it to the fitting, hair/makeup prep, and the show. 

After reaching out to several designers and stylists, Borris  J. Powell was the only person truly interested in helping me out and doing us a favor of borrowing one of his gorgeous gowns for this amazing cause. Plus, his studio was within walking distance of the venue, Revel Fulton Market. 

A couple of the other makeup artists and I were able to secure a time slot at Chicago Artists Studios to get our gorgeous models ready for hair and makeup. Then the models got dressed at Revel. 

It was a bit nerve-wracking knowing that my work was going to be displayed along with so many other talented artists in the industry like Nick Lujan for Make Up For Ever, Danessa Myricks, Roque Cozzette, Muse Beauty, and Make Up First School. The other participating artists were Taylor Ann, Yenuhen Rangel, Brandee Danielle, Latoya Howard, Jackie Van Riet for Muse, Shannon Rodriguez, and Aga Kaskiewics.  

Seeing everyone's vision come to life on the runway was such a remarkable feeling. I felt so fortunate to be a room of individuals with such unbelievable talents. We were able to help raise over $5,000 for Deborah's Place. I can't wait for next year to be able to help bless another charity.