Monthly Archives: August 2013

Professional Make over | Sam

"Professional makeup"

In today’s hustle and bustle one tend to forget to make time for yourself. There are meetings, deadlines, parties, your child’s school obligations, family and the list goes on.  Then you come to the shocking realization another year have passed.  One day, you look into the mirror and wonder where time have gone, more specifically, where have me time gone?

There’s a way to change all of that. A way to look at yourself as the sexy, desirable lady that you once were and still are.  It’s not a pill or a quick fix diet or even something as extreme as plastic surgery. It’s a glamour shoot with yourself as the star of the show! You will look at yourself with new eyes and walk away with self-confidence and a new appreciation for yourself.

I can already hear the nay sayers saying, “I don’t look good on photos” anyone can look good on a photograph, you just need a professional behind the makeup brush and the camera lens. I hear you say that you feel awkward in front of a camera and don’t know how to pose. Let me let you into a little secret, nobody does. Even models and stars get directed to bring their best features forward, to enhance their beauty.  It does not matter whether you are big or small, young or old, what matters is that you can feel good about yourself, you can feel alive and confident again and strut your stuff knowing that you still have it or realizing that you always had it but we helped you to rediscover it.

Anybody can be and should be the cover girl of their own life story! Take Sam, I have known Sam for many years. She is always the bell of the ball, the funny one, people crowd around her because she knows how to party and tell the best stories.  Sam is in her thirties and have recently lost a lot of weight. She is over the halfway mark and when I told her about the glamour shoot she was at first very keen but apprehensive, scared even and then all those questions came flooding in. I have nothing to wear, my roots are showing, what do I have to do? I set her mind at ease, this was an amazing opportunity for her to reward herself for how far she has come. It will also give her the motivation to complete what she started so that when she has reached her goal, we will do another shoot.

The glamour day arrived.  Sam being from Lebanese decent, has a fabulous head of hair and a great smile. I curled her hair with a medium barrel curling tong, pinning them into place after it was blow-dried.  I then did lots of contouring, required when one does a glamour shoot, to enhance all Sam’s beautiful features and also because of the use of only natural light. After a few licks of lipstick and a good shakeout of her curls, Sam changed into the wardrobe she brought and we accessorized her accordingly.

She was very nervous being in front of the camera. Lida de beer, one of my favourite photographers, made her feel at ease immediately, effortlessly, Sam started following Lida’s expert direction and when Lida showed her a couple of screenshots Sam was awestruck how beautiful she looked.

Days passed after the glamour shoot and Sam was anxious about the photos. I assured her that once Lida had them ready that I would send it to her immediately.  Well, I must say, even I was very surprised as to how beautiful, confidant and sexy Sam looked.

After Lida posted Sam’s pictures on Facebook the comments started flying, beautiful, sexy, glowing, ravishing, amazing just to mention a few!

Sam is a real cover girl! Everybody deserves to be one, why don’t you give it a try.

Photographer:  Lida de Beer


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Glamorous Bianca’s hair and make-up

"Wedding make-up"

As a professional hair and make-up artist, the first thing I notice when meeting someone for the first time is their hair, eyes and face shape and what I can do to enhance their natural beauty. Bianca and I met at a party,  she is drop dead gorgeous girl. Soon after, we met up for some coffee and discussed her upcoming wedding. I was really excited for her big day and once the date was set and the trail date happened I could hardly contain myself.

Bianca is a raven haired beauty with crystal blue eyes and a killer smile. A while before the wedding I got a reference of what we could possibly do for her wedding and she loved it.

Bianca has one of those faces that a make-up artist you can get lost in. When you start working on her you can stop 5 minutes into the makeup application or work on her face for an hour and at any point she will look photo ready. She is really a muse. Bianca is a glamour girl  when you see her out,  her make-up and hair is always beautifully done.

She is possibly one of my most favourite brides up to date. Her wedding day was a dream come true for her and a very classy affair. Bianca radiated love, joy and a timeless classic beauty. When she glided down that isle at Memoire’s chapel in the forest everybody gasped at her beauty. She looked like an absolute dream….

"Hair and make-up"

"Professional stylist"

"Bridal Makeup"

Making wedding hair and make-up dreams come true

"Bridal make up"

Ada contacted me almost a year ago, referred by the renowned photographer, Lida de Beer to do her hair and makeup for her big day. From the word go Ada, a pharmacist, just knew she wanted to look her absolute best for her big day when she came for the trail and even treated her sweet mother to a trail too.

The trail when down without a hitch. Ada does not usually wear a lot of makeup but told me to go full out for her wedding. We first concealed under her eyes and the airbrushed on her foundation. I use TEMPTU silicone based foundation nr 4. I airbrush all my brides now because of the flawless finish and longevity you get from this high performance foundation. I mean, it lasts up to 24 hours and is waterproof !!

The finish was perfect and flawless. Ada has the most beautiful green eyes and I really wanted to make them pop with some of my favourite eye shadows from MAC COSMETICS. I am possibly MAC’s biggest fan. Ada has the longest lashes known to mankind and with a few sweeps of the mascara wand, she was transformed into a beautiful princess. It was then onto her hair, she wanted a very popular half up half down style and once I curled and pinned her hair, we decided that she needed more hair. Hairpieces can transform the dullest head of hair into a beautiful celebrity coif.

The wedding day arrived with great excitement for me. Ada was blessed with beautiful weather and two gorgeous bridesmaids. These girls were a treat and so nice to transform but oh dear, Ada was treated to a facial, a couple of days before the wedding and had a reaction!!! Her face was bright red from the product used and her and her mom’s concern naturally was that I would not be able to cover or hide the red. I assured her, very confidently that I can fix anything.

It all went down perfectly and Ada looked breath taking. What was really nice was her extreme eye for detail which was carried out with great perfection in every aspect of the wedding. When I saw Ada the following day she thanks me so much and said everybody commented on how perfect her skin looked!  A huge compliment.

I wish Ada and Johann all the best for the future!

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