Monday, August 18, 2008

Weekend Updates and Tempting Quad Tutorial

Hi Bellas,

How was your weekend? Another busy one for me, lol. I spent Friday through Sunday shadowing an experienced makeup artist and learning her craft. From every makeup job, I always ask myself "What did I learn from this gig...and what can I do to make myself better?" By holding myself accountable, I continue to improve and grow as a makeup artist. Even the most experienced will say that there is always something new to learn. The best in the business are where they are today because they never settled with good...they strove for great.

A few items on my "to learn" list are:
-cutting the crease
-doing more creative/artistic looks-venturing beyond conventional makeup
-working more with jewels and other adornments in makeup
-mastering working with mature skin
-working with semi-permanent eyelashes

Over the past few weeks my goal was to invest myself in learning airbrush makeup in several forms. For the face, I can now apply foundation, eyeshadow, blush, eyeliner, highlighter...all with an airbrush. Like most people, I thought airbrushing was mainly for foundation...boy was I wrong! Eyeshadow is definitely more tricky with airbrush, but it looks amazing! Also, the smoothness of airbrushed foundation is truly incredible. I haven't been able to achieve the same look with regular foundation.

The makeup artist I worked with this weekend is absolutely amazing. She is an emmy award winner and has worked for such productions as Good Morning America and CNN. I can honestly say that she is one of the most generous people that I've ever met. She had no qualms about teaching me her craft because she loves teaching just that much. If I could give any advice to aspiring makeup artists right now...I suggest you find a mentor. The experience is invaluable.

My mentor helped me fine tune my skills and has given me several tips in terms of running my own business. She's a master airbrush artist and her family even owns one of the biggest airbrush companies out there--temptu. I can't stop singing the praises! With her help, I'm able to offer more services including airbrush makeup for the face, airbrush body makeup/tattoo and scar cover-up, temporary tattoos and body art. I will say that airbrushing the body is a completely different ball game than the face. You need different equipment, different makeup...and it's more difficult in terms of color matching.

So that's my two cents on my amazing weekend.

I didn't get home till 11pm on all nights this weekend, but luckily I had time to film a tutorial for the Cult of Cherry collection. I used the tempting quad because I couldn't wait to get my hands on the green eyeshadow-sharp.

I did the makeup pretty conventionally...the bright color on the lid, the lightest color on the browbone, the brown on the crease, and the darkest brown in the inner crease. Honestly, I tried other combinations but I liked that combo the best. To make up for it, I took my time with blending to perfect the look.

I wore my fav lipstick from the collection So Scarlet and it gave the look a nice pop of color!

After reflecting on this quad, if you have similar colors, I really don't think you need to go out and buy it. You can definitely reproduce this look with other colors.

Here are some suggestions:
sharp - bitter
dark edge - ground brown, espresso
next to nothing - llama...any cream colored eyeshadow with a hint of pink
tempting - this is permanent so you can go ahead and pick up the color anytime you want,

Check out my video tutorial!

On to the pics!

Here's the look with a more natural lip. I used Lightly Ripe l/s from the collection. I probably could have wiped off a bit more of the So Scarlet lipstick, lol, but you get the point.

Here's What I Used (All MAC unles otherwise stated)

-bare canvas paint
-tempting quad: next to nothing e/s, tempting e/s, sharp e/s, dark edge e/s
-Rimmel professional brow pencil and cork e/s - for eyebrows
-Anastasia eyelights in pink
-stubborn brown pencil
-Revlon colorstay liquid liner in black brown
-model 21 false lashes

-select moisture oncealer in NW37
-Pur Minerals foundation in med dark
-msf natural in dark
-Pur Minerals blush in plum adamite

-plum soft cremestick liner
-so scarlet lipstick
-for the natural lip - lightly ripe lipstick


Jaimie @ Just Kiss 'N Makeup said...

Sounds like you had a fun weekend! I like the look, so scarlet is so pretty!

Brown Girl Gumbo said...

LOVE the lip color!! You're right, finding a mentor is the best thing that a person can do, no matter what field they're in! :-)

poo lette said...

i love renren! i'm a fan <3

poo lette said...

ps did you make the vids yourself? so multi-talented

Yellow Fever said...

wow ren-your mentor experience sounds amazing! Have you gotten an airbrush gun yet? I'm saving up for an Iwata. Man, I really wish we could hang-we'd have so much fun! btw Thank you SO much for the advice you left on my blog-I'm always looking for tips and tricks from other mua's I admire like you! Ur the best ren!

Monique said...

I AM SO GLAD YOU DID THIS TUT!!!! Girl you have just saved me $36. I was going to get this quad but I am disappointed with that Sharp shade. You aren't nearly as pigmented as me and it's not that intense on you! Bummer. That is the reason most bought the quad was for that shade in particular. It's beautiful on you but honestly I was moreso eyeing that So Scarlett lipcolor over the eyeshadow. I thought the color payoff would be greater than that. Guess I will get the Shadowy Lady quad esp since that color is getting the boot from the line soon. Also, my fav red lip lacquer in Fanplastico is getting the boot as are supposedly the paint tubes. I can't live without Bamboom so this is no laughing matter :( They want to focus more on those awful paint pots instead of the tubes. Whatev to MAC! But thanks so much for the tutorial. Can you do one with the Spiced quad too?! :)

Devin said...

I am so jealous that you have someone so experienced to mentor you. I am on the same path as you are to become a successful working makeup artist, but it is so much harder here in Houston. The artists that I have reached out to are not so willing to share. I have a photographer who is wonderful, but it seems that everyone is so tight lipped and hold on to the teams that they have created. I just don't how else to break in. Anyway I appreciate all the information you provide and your tutorials! Thanks!

Tracy said...

It must have been an amazing experience to have learned from an award winner in the make-up industry. How exciting!

Askmewhats said...

you had a fun weekend! love your stories...I am so proud of you! i watched your YT videos and i love the make up on ya sis!

mayaari said...

that's so great to hear about shadowing that makeup artist :) I'm so happy for you girl! as always, your makeup is awesome - I'm not usually a fan of yellow eyeshadows, but this look has changed my mind :)

Nic Nic said...

looking gorgeous with the quad!! you definitely have skills :D

Roxy said...

that sounds so exciting to shadow another MUA! i really don't know how you find the time to make more video tutorials when your'e sooo busy but i'm grateful cause i love your videos!

Sharon Rose said...

Hi ren-looking totally gorgeous with this look-you are such a talented gal!!

PBW said...

I love, love, LOVE the bold lip on you!

While watching the video, husband walked past and asked, "Oh, oh, it's RenRen. We're headed to the MAC store, right?"

Damn right!

MakeupByRenRen said...

jaimie: i lovee so scarlet!

brown girl gumbo: definitely...finding a mentor is the best experience you can get

poo lette: i miss you! and yup i made those videos, lol

gina: no prob girl! yup i have my machine already...i think i'm going to get a second airbrush, an iwata...we should talk!

monique: yah u can definitely skip out on this quad...of course i'll do a spiced choc's coming up next!

devin: yah it's kinda hard to break into this business with ppl being all tight lipped...i would still try to send inquiries to get hooked up

tracy: it was awesome!

askmewhats: thanks hon!

mayaari: aww thanks!

nic nic: thanks hon!

roxy: lol its from lack of sleep lol

sharon rose: thanks hon!

pbw: lol that cracks me up...

Vanessa said...

Lovely look sis! I am loving "So Scarlet"!

dianatan said...

renren, you're amazing girl im lovin' your tutorials and your "it" pose! will try to copy that on my next fotd.. im so happy for you..

dianatan said...

you mentioned that your mentor is an emmy award winner.. this is the sign! lol girl, i have been lemming for eve pearl's magic salmon concealer, anti shine and primer. i have read (or maybe watched) that eve pearl is also an emmy winner. i wish you good luck and girl, i wonder how you find time to do videos/tutorials despite of hectic sched of yours
*hands down*

Product Junkie Diva said...

The colors look great on your Ren.