What's That On Your Face??! (5)

All I’m sayin’ is…the makeup community is SERIOUS.  Doesn’t matter your ethnicity…people REALLY get beside themselves when it comes to makeup, brands, colors that should be worn each season, etc.  Just…LOTS!!

My friends do some of EVERYTHING, and I support them in their endeavors!  One of my good friends, Ms. Dawnielle Alfred, is not only a hairstylist who has been in the beauty industry for 11 years (previously Before Dawn Hair Design; now her salon studio is called Designs by Dawn Hair Studio), but owns and operates a makeup line that she launched in September 2011.  So…I haaaaaad to do “MakeUp Chat”. (and yes, she is yet another stylist that I trust w my tresses)…Let’s get into it!

For beginners (such as myself), I asked her what should a newcomer (or “makeup Neos”, as she calls them lol) do to get started: “for those women who usually don’t wear makeup but would like to start to enhance their beauty, I usually suggest starting with neutral tones, which consist of gold, brown, tan, and copper, etc. I tell my makeup Neos to start w an eye and a lip first”.  What’s funny is…if I #personally wear ANY makeup, it’s eyeliner, mascara and shadow…a shadow or shadows in neutral colors.  And I have TONS of lip glosses…#SAFEMAKEUPNEO…please, yall ain’t gone have ME lookin’ like a new age Bozo. LBS 

“Dawni” also strongly suggests that you use brushes for makeup application instead of the sponges. “It gives you a totally different look; your brushes create a blending effect”.  She also suggests that women never leave home without lipstick or gloss/mascara/eyeliner. “A woman’s lips should never look dry, an eyeliner is needed to bring out your eyes, and mascara is needed to make those eyes pop” (also, she suggests the use of colored mascara sometimes, which is a personal favorite of hers!). Another fantabulous point that she made is that foundations need to match your skin tone perfectly.  Per Dawni, foundation is meant to cover blemishes and imperfections on the skin, not to make you look dead.  We have ALL seen the photos where the foundation on a person’s skin is 2,631,268 times lighter than their natural skin. That there is that good bull.

Dawni has been doing makeup for eight years, but I had to ask how she got started w her product line, called VIVID. “I started styling clients’ hair and makeup for weddings, photo shoots, proms and special occasions. Therefore, I started to collect and purchase a lot of M.A.C. makeup.  One day my BFF Kellie said ‘girl…all that makeup you buy; have you ever thought about starting your own makeup line?’  After that, I researched different makeup companies and their development for an entire year, while saving my money.  From then it was history, and we now have VIVID. Hair and makeup is not a job to me; it is more like a hobby that I truly love”. VIVID makeup launched on September 24,2011, and I attended.  Sometimes you aren’t even aware of what you can achieve until someone speaks something over your life.  Not only that, you have to have faith in your own ability! (reeeeeeeeeeally hoping that this particular blog will push someone closer to their passion!!!) 

Now for the good stuff! (I love my friends yall)…

For more info regarding Makeup and Martini Parties (which I will host soon), appearances at beauty socials and vendor events plus much more, kindly email VIVID at vividmakeup@aol.com or you can call 1.888.737.1107. VIVID is also on twitter (@vivid_makeup) and on Facebook (VividMakeupByDawn). From there you can check out her pictures from past events, etc.  Her website is under construction (http://www.vividmakeupbydawn.com/) for purchases, HOOOOOOOOOOOOOWEVER you are more than welcome to go to her salon studio at 18350 S. Kedzie Ave Suite 103 Homewood IL 60430; for makeup/hair consultations, please feel free to call Dawnielle at 708.691.9323. She has the sweetest personality, a beautiful spirit, and a fantastic makeup line!  I am NOT a makeup person, but I am most CERTAINLY a patron of VIVID! 

My next makeup venture? My blue mascara!! Yuuuuuuuup…a VIVID purchase!