Highlighting & contouring

Hello again 🙂 Thank you so much for visiting my blog! It was an amazing feeling waking up this morning to over 1,200 hits on my very first blog post! My blog launch event took place yesterday at Maizie’s Tea Room. Most of the attendee’s are local, independent, young girls who are business owners that I will eventually be doing posts on. I think it’s incredible that such motivated, young girls are filled with such different talents, making a career based on what they love to do! I think it’s so important to do what you love. Businesses that are built around your strengths and talents have a better chance of success. It’s not only important to create a profitable business, but it’s also so important that your heart is in it! That way your happy managing and growing every day. I was so happy to have my guests come together and network. I love to surround myself with positive people, and advisors who will nurture and support you to become a better businessperson. It was a great afternoon, sipping on lavender, chamomile, and blue eyes tea, surrounded by successful, knowledgeable individuals that all share common interests and mutual business goals that see value in each others work. I had goodie bags for every girl who attended filled with ton’s of beauty products for them to try. These goodies are also some of my favorite skincare or makeup products that I will be doing posts on soon. I wanted my guests to try them, and get familiar with the products! I will be doing giveaways of  goodie bags! This week I have a goodie bag featuring a full sized Model In a Bottle Setting Spray which I adore and use for all of my bride’s. This week’s winner will also receive everything that’s pictured below:

The Giveaway:

Me with the give away goodie bags in my closet!

Photos from yesterdays event


Again, a big thanks to the businesses working with me on this, guests, and supporters!! With all that being said, today I was hired to do a DJ Promo Shoot for my friend Ryder. The shoot was directed by Michelle Barone, the Owner & Operator of Exclusive Events & Promo, and photography by Giacomo Photography. The studio was gorgeous. Driving up to the building it looked like an old, abandoned, factory built of bricks during the early 1900s. Inside, was a whole different story! Gorgeous. I wanted to give Ryder a good “night life” look. I gave her a strong contour, really bringing out her cheekbones & jawline. Contouring & Highlighting can totally transform your face by playing up your beautiful features and downplaying your flaws and they usually go hand in hand. Darker colors push back areas while lighter colors bring them forward. I applied my primer & foundation to her first, smoothing out her face. Then I contoured using cream products from hourglass and makeup forever. When you contour and highlight, you really want to blend, blend, blend!! Lets be serious, who wants severe lines all over their face? Not cute. So blend well!  To contour, you will need a color that is one to two shades darker than your foundation. To highlight, you will need a color that is one or two shades lighter than your foundation.

Areas to Contour

* Under your cheekbones

* Along both sides of your nose

* Bottom of your chin

* Jawline

* Creases of your eyes

* Temples

Areas to Highlight

* Front of the forehead

* Along the bridge of your nose

* Right above your cheeks

* Inner corner of your eyes

* Brow bone

* Center of your chin

 LOL her shoes were not in the shots, so please ignore her socks with the heels! haha! 

Here is from another recent Bridal shoot I did, also using highlighting and contouring techniques … 


Once the professional photos come back from Ryders Promo shoot, I’ll post a few so you can see the makeup in better lighting, and better quality than the quality of my iPhone! Any Makeup questions on highlighting or contouring feel free to leave a comment or email me!

Required Entry to Goodie Bag:

1- Subscribe to my blog & leave a comment letting me know you have done so.

2- Become a fan on Facebook if your not already, at http://www.facebook.com/muahbyalexandria

3-Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, tell me what Breast Cancer Awareness means to you & why it’s important to be aware!

4- Entrants must leave me a valid email address, so I can email the winner & please only enter once!

Good Luck!

Hello world!

Hi! I’m Alexandria and it’s a pleasure to meet you 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m happy to have you here. 
People ask me all the time where I went to school to be a makeup artist. To be honest, I never ‘went to makeup school’. I went to cosmetology school for hair but to be a good makeup artist, I believe you just have to have the eye for it. Go to as many classes and makeup schools you want, the eye for makeup can not be taught, it’s within you 😉 It’s something you just have..
Through experience I’ve learned I definitely have my own style of makeup. I’m in to beautiful skin. I like to give the skin lots of glow and smooth, soft texture. I love to highlight the skin. I think this is what my brides love the most about my style of makeup. I won’t cover you up by masking you with makeup, but even your skin tone, highlighting your best features and enhance your look. 
I love big lashes, sharp brows and a strong contour.. To achieve this look its really important to already have healthy, glowing skin. Make sure you eat clean, drink tons of water and take care of your skin by cleansing daily and using weekly masks. 
If you look at top models and celebrities, notice they don’t look like a made-up doll.. They have a natural skin tone with fresh skin thats glowing, and not sculpted like crazy with makeup products. When you wear makeup, you want it to look minimal so your skin looks radiant.
I’m constantly learning through experience and working with other professional makeup artists. There is ALWAYS room for improvement, no matter what you do. I love makeup, I’m constantly getting inspired, and coming up with new ideas and looks. It’s a great feeling to have a growing clientele and hearing your peers talking positively about your work and supporting you!
I will be posting weekly about tips, advice, home remedies, and much more! I’ll be having give aways of samples of my favorite products, so please stay tuned!
Thank you so much for checking out my blog, I’m new at this so bare with me 🙂
I want to give a special thanks to Cocktail Perfume, Dr. Alkaitis Organic Skin Food, Onesta, Primitive Makeup, Somme Institute, Lucy B Cosmetics, Harney & Son’s Tea, Model In a Bottle, Hylunia, Osmia Organics, Simply Bee-utiful, Lily B, Kiss My Face, Karuna Skin, Maizies Tea Room, Scentsy, & all the attendee’s of my blog launch party!!! Thank you!