What happens when you combine two beautiful ballerina’s, with a fabulous photographer, a super stylish fashion blogger and a make-up artist in maternity wear?
Awesomeness… that’s what happens!
As an artist, wether it’s fashion, photography, make-up or events, it can be incredibly difficult to document your work. When working in print or with famous people, they always reserve the rights to any and all photos taken for advertising, TV & Film or red carpet events. Weddings are usually a little easier. Brides and wedding photographers are often VERY supportive about releasing photos. But… when it comes to high fashion shoots and celebrity looks that are less classic and the most fun, it’s hard to show anyone a portfolio.
A few months ago I reached out to my friend Chloe Moore. She is a professional photographer that resides in the South Bay of Los Angeles.
Meet Chloe Moore of Chloe Moore Photography…
I had an idea to help build our portfolio’s beyond the traditional wedding stuff that her and I usually work together on. My husbands cousin married a beautiful Ballerina named Nicole Wilcox (now Zimmerman) and her much younger sister Megan, is 18 years old and in the height of her ballet career. Both sisters are extremely talented Ballet Dancers.
Nicole’s now sister in-law, is an adorable and talented fashion blogger based out of Los Angeles.
Meet Natalie Zimmerman of Natalie Notions
And then… there is me. Kimberley Nicol. The not so sexy, pregnant make-up artist hiding from the camera at our shoot.
So… what do you get when you combine all of this fabulousness? One of the coolest collaborations of art I have ever seen!
Fact: The average woman exposes her face to 512 chemicals a day.
Sounds a little extreme doesn’t it? Or how about trusting the largest organ in your body (your skin) to a renowned product like Proactive, only to find your pillow cases and towels have been stained with the bleach found in their products?!?!? We are provided with acne treatments that promise to rid you of red pimples, but fail to mention how the toxic chemicals inside of their cleansers and moisturizers are going to give you sun damage, dehydration and an unexpected trip to Target to replace your tarnished linens.
Then there is make-up…
We spend thousands of dollars a year on designer brands like Lancome and Dior, because celebrities “claim” in Us Weekly, that their products work. Forget that fact that Gwenyth Paltrow and Emma Stone are paid millions of dollars a year to do so. Then there is the whole MAC Make-Up situation. MAC? Are we really getting make-up tips from a company that endorses Nicki Minaj? Let’s just take a moment and think about this…
Cause the last time I checked there were a few misses at the MTV Video Awards… and no woman in her right mind needs to be rock’n a Studio Fix, Ultra thick, fluid foundation at the office everyday. And I will passionately state that no 15 year old middle school students need Kim Kardashian, and her everyday smokey eye, as a make-up muse.
These women are not everyday women. These products are not chemical free and your face is so precious. Protect it with every opportunity you have.
Sounds very strange to be getting anti-makeup advice from a make-up artist doesn’t it? Well… that’s cause I am not your average make-up artist and I believe…
Skin… Was meant to breathe.
Make-Up… Does not need to be worn everyday.
Beauty… Isn’t just skin deep.
My no-make up selfie… In honor of my everyday life and my everyday grandma Tutu 🙂
Five years ago I was introduced to a company called Arbonne. My mother-in-law was a consultant for the company at the time and swore by all their products. They carried everything from skincare, to make-up, to health and wellness products. They were a network marketing based company that had been around for 30 years. Even though I have never been a huge fan of network marketing, I decided to give Arbonne and their products a try.
I have never turned back. I use all of Arbonne’s products. I use their skin care, ALL their make-up, their herbal tea cleanses, and my husband Scot has been using their Vitamin C Men’s Line for almost 10 years!!!!
Don’t be deceived by this baby face ladies… The one on the left is a whopping 34 year old man!
As a make-up artist, women ask me all the time… “What do you recommend?”. My make-up kit is FULL of all different types of products. Random things from Dior, Make-Up Forever and MAC, can all be found in my kit. For certain events such as weddings and photography, sometimes it is important to have heavy coverage and color stay longevity. But heavy products, are not always the best thing for your skin. For everyday life, for my everyday woman and my clients that want their skin to feel as good as it looks… I recommend Arbonne Cosmetics. Arbonne is an all organic, vegan, chemical free and eco-friendly company. I absolutely stand behind their products 110% and they have some key cosmetics that I simply could not live without.
What? Where? Why? & How?
What: Arbonne Sheer Finish Tinted Moisturizer
Where: On your face everyday in lieu of heavy foundation
Why: I have tried EVERY tinted moisturizer and BB Cream on the market. This is the only one I have found that has a great amount of coverage, with SPF and leaves my skin feeling so light and clean. It’s perfect for moms and working women that simply don’t have time for sponges and make- up brushes in the morning.
How: Over your daily moisturizer. Then blend with a little bronzer for an added glow and matte finish.
What: Arbonne Blush, Blossom,
Where: On those beautiful cheek bones of yours!
Why: I have never found a shade of blush that goes with every skin tone. I use this color on ALL of my brides. No matter what race, complextion or skin tone, Blossom never fails me!! It is super light weight and mineral based.
How: Do not suck in those cheek bones ladies!! That look is long lost with Robert Palmer and we are not “Addicted to Love’n” this look! Blush should be applied softly on the apples of your cheeks and blended thoroughly, throughout your cheeks.
What: Arbonne Lip Polish, Posh
Where: On those luscious lips!
Why: Nothing drives me more crazy, than sticky lip gloss! Sure Lipglass has great color… But why spend the time washing your hair, when its just gonna end up super glued to your face, from your sticky gloss?? This color is just the right touch of pink for any look, anytime, anywhere.
How: If you want the color staying power of lipstick, but love the convenience of gloss, simply stain your lips with a little liner when you start your day. Apply lip polish through out the day and it will give your lips that perfect glistening glow!
Check back this week for more tips, tricks and Arbonne make-up picks from Nicol Artistry!!! I’m only gett’n started 🙂
Kimberley Nicol – Professional Make-Up Artist & Arbonne International Cosmetic Consultant
I often hear from women that make-up is an after thought. An after thought both, in our everyday lives and even for defining life moments, that are meant to never be forgotten. Make-up is just an extra. If you have it on… great!!! But at the end of the day, we put all this weight on the photographer, the hair stylist, the dress and the venue… Only to have Sally- Jo (your 3rd cousin twice removed) and or your mother-in law, attempt to do your make-up on your wedding day!
And the phrase that I hear so often… the phrase that makes my shoulders go up… my skin crawl… my teeth clench…
“Just go to the counter at Sephora or Macy’s”…
Ladies… we pay photographers thousands of dollars to photograph these pivotal life moments… and then we go to the counter at Sephora!?!?! Only to have some 22 year old “sales associate” with a smokey eye (that looks more like fireplace suit) ruin your family portraits with a bad make-up job. The reason that I am so passionate about these pesky details… Is because… I have worked for make-up companies!!! and let me tell you… the girls at the department store counters are NOT formally trained… They are ALWAYS trying to sell you something and those make-up brushes they use, are a FAR cry from sanitary.
So… this is where I come into the picture. Take my latest specimen… Chloe Moore, Photographer Extrodinaire! Chloe is a very well known wedding photographer that resides in the South Bay of Los Angeles. She doesn’t spend much time in front of the camera, but after a split decision and opportunity to revamp her website, Chloe was looking for a little extra love from someone like myself…
Chloe is a natural beauty. She has glowing olive skin with just a touch of California freckle. She has full lips, a great smile and a warm heart. It was important to me that we kept her look young, fresh, natural and most of all… Chloe!
This was the picture that Chloe sent me, for the look she wanted to capture in her new brand. I loved this look, and it was perfect for her coloring.
I wish I could tell you I used one pallet… one lip color… one coat of mascara… But ladies… Make-up simply does not work this way. It is an art! Everything that goes into it! Just like a photographer learns how to focus a lens and a hair dresser scientifically blends chemicals to make a color… I was trained to know what would work best, for Miss Chloe Moore.
Make-Up is truly a passion for me. I care so deeply about the details that go into my clients. What they want, how they feel and most importantly… their vision!
A word from the wise… Don’t go to the counter 🙂
Here are a few more of my latest specimens for the 2014 Wedding Season!
Laugh, Cry, Love, Read
Every Bride and Bridesmaid has a vision on how they would like to look on their big day. Some women like to go natural. Some women like to look vintage and once in awhile I get a bride who thinks they want a super sexy smokey eye.
I love a smokey eye as much as the next person, but ladies, your wedding day is not the day for this! A wedding look, should be warm, glowing, soft and natural. You should always look like a super enhanced version of yourself. Not like a Kardashian, that looks as though a crayon was taken to your eyelids. There is such a thing as to much! Especially for a wedding.
I always suggest that women not only find pictures of the look they want before hand, but it is CRUCIAL that women find a look worn by a celebrity or model, that has similar coloring and features to them.
Here are some examples on how to match a celebrity look…
Rose Tones & Deep Set Eyes Glowing Skin & Sheer Lips
Soft Pinks & Lots Of Lashes Bronzed Eyes & Nude Lips
I found pictures of celebrities that had very similar coloring and facial features to all of my gals in the wedding party. Each look was slightly adjusted to each girl, based on what they were comfortable with. Either way you get the gist…
Here are two of my favorite looks from 2013…
Check back for more summer wedding looks coming up in the next few weeks!
Fall in California… hands down my favorite season.
The leaves are falling off trees. Kids are back to school. Uggs are out of storage and lipgloss is in storage. It’s too windy for lipgloss in the South Bay, unless you want your hair sticking to your face. The facebook feed is nothing but pictures of pumpkin patches and hay rides. You don’t need scarves and hats, but I still wear them for fun… And let’s not forget the best part of fall… The pumpkin spice latte!
And… Halloween… The best day of the year!
Ever since I was a kid, I loved dressing up in costumes. I was never one of those girls that dreamed of a big fancy wedding. I outlet playing dress-up and have a fairy tale every Oct 31’st instead! Most women love shoes, some women love lipstick, my friend Vanessa has a weakness for swim suits… My weakness… Costumes.
Growing up in the film industry and working in make-up I have always been a little theatrical and slightly over dramatic. The people that are closest to me will often say, that this has always kept all our lives a little more interesting. I have been many different characters over the years. Arwen and her elfish ears… Fook Yu and Fook Me (the slutty Asians from Austin Powers), Jack and His Bean Stalk had a story book ending, a cop made me walk the line outside of Rite Aid one year dressed as a Cat with it’s litter box (true story)… And last year I went as a pregnant Hooters Girl.
You don’t need to spend tons of money on crappy Party City bagged costumes made of cancerous synthetic materials. Its about researching on-line and getting creative with what you have. Here are some great Halloween Ideas for moms everywhere from my past present and future!
We made this Haunted House Cake for our 2008 Halloween Party. I was just a basic two tier cake with chocolate icing. We used waffers for the stairs, card board cut outs, pumpkins made of nougat and reese puffs cereal for the edges. It was a hit!
Total Cost: $20
I took a simple cat costume and added a litter box. The poop was made of tootsie rolls and the kitty litter was just plain granola. Fun! Easy! and Edible!
I wore flat boots and tied the litter box around my neck with a pink boa.
Total Cost: $30
This was a 1940’s/50’s Pin Curl. I wore an old cherry print dress I had tucked away, some red lipstick and the glasses were $5 at a costume shop.
Total Cost: $10
Jack and the Bean Stalk. This was one of my favs. Just wear all green, glue gun cotton puff and fake ferns to a head band and then glue gun a children’s toy soldier to the costume. This can be done with anything green!
Total Cost: $40
This is a very old photo. Take a pirate costume and re-vamp it by bobby pinning a crow or bird in your hair. There was also a little rat climbing out of the front as well.
Total Cost: $8
This year I took an old classic and put my own spin on it. Scot wore and old T-Shirt that I cut up and sharpie’d with stripes. He wore his skinny coal jeans and vans with his dad’s old 1980’s Blazer. We spirit gummed the bolts right to his neck. I took an old dress, cut it up and pinned a rose to my red bra. I wore Ugg boots that were super comfy and warm with black tights.
Total Cost: Wig $18
For your make-up use a very pale base and go heavy over your eyebrows. This way you can fill them in with black liner at an angle. I used individual lashes, black liner, shimmer shadows and matte red lipstick. The wig was $18 and I tied my hair up with a pair of black spanks on my head underneath.
Make-Up Total Cost: $15 at Party City
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