V-Day Beauty Giveaway

Whether you dread of adore this holiday, who doesn't love a free giveaway? Although most of us celebrate loving on others today, the theme of this contest is to express a lil love for ourselves. Because self-love is pretty darn important too! Lucky winner wins a Butter London Lippy gloss in "Fairy Cake" and a Too Faced Sugar Shadow in "Caviar Dreams" as shown in the picture. Here are the contest rules:

  • You must "like" the Nadia-Artistry Facebook page in order to participate.
  • Comment on Nadia-Artistry's Valentine's Facebook post while completing the following sentence:
"@Nadia-Artistry I love my _________ (personality trait, physical feature, whatever you feel good about) because _________!"
Examples:  "@Nadia-Artistry I love my _sense of humour_ because _its dark_!"
"@Nadia-Artistry I love my __lips__ because _they are pouty_!"
  • Entries must include the @Nadia-Artistry Facebook mention to be eligible and received in the comments section.
  • U.S. residents only please and one entry per Facebook account.
  • Entries must be received by end of the day 2.14.13 (12am PST) and one winner will be chosen at random on 2.15.13.

Good luck and Happy Valentines Day! (...or not)



Makeup Lowdown: Rihanna Rolling Stone Cover February 2013

When I saw these images of Rihanna on the cover of Rolling Stone's February 2013 issue, it furthered my celeb crush on the pop singing beauty. The makeup is clean and simple yet super sexy thanks to the lush falsies and the neutral tones complements her long golden highlights. Here are the steps I would take to get this magazine cover look:
  1. Start with your normal base foundation, concealer, and powder routine.
  2. You may also contour your face with your favorite bronzer. 
  3. Fill in your brows with a brow powder shade that is at least two shades lighter than your brows.
  4. Using the neutral eyeshadow palette, sweep the shade closest to your skintone all over the lid and brow bone. 
  5. Then take a shade or mix of shades that is about two shades deeper than your skintone, work this color with an angled crease brush into your crease for depth. You may also wet a liner brush with this shade and line your bottom lashline.
  6. Curl your lashes and use a deep black mascara on the top and bottom lashes. 
  7. Cut and trim false lashes if necessary and apply to upper lid with lash adhesive. 
  8. Then using the liquid eyeliner, carefully line the upper lid. You may also use a regular black pencil liner and line inside your lower inner rim.
  9. Apply layers of a rosey brown blush to your cheekbones and blend well.
  10. Finish with a pinkish nude lipcolor.
Here is a breakdown of the color products I would suggest to replicate this neutral look:
1. MAC #8 False Lashes  2. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black  3. Benefit Brow Zings
4. Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad in "Teddy Bear"  5. Nars "Douceur" Blush  6. Sephora Collection "Oh My Beige" Color Lip Last Lipstick or Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in "Celebutard" if you like a little more color like myself

PHOTOGRAPHY: Terry Richardson

Fashionably Wed: Erika + Steve

       Summers ago, and I am talking way ago, I was living in L.A. as a design intern at BCBG Max Azria. As glamorous as that may sound, my daily commute to work consisted of hours on end in traffic and the strong stench of bacon (you really don't want to know why) as I approached the office. Ah yes, fond memories of my youth. 
       After a short period of awkward introductions with other interns and having lunch and adventures by my lonesome, I finally met three life long friends there, affectionately known as my BCBG girls. One of them being this beautiful lady featured named Erika. I still remember holding faux photoshoots that summer and using Erika as my makeup mannequin (she does bear a striking resemblance to a certain Scarlett J. no?).  Fast forward to last year where I luckily got the chance to do her makeup once again as well as her mother Dori's and attend her gorgeous wedding in the Pacific NW. She is now a very successful NYC fashion designer- my have times changed from our days at the intern table! 
       Speaking of design, I myself have been dabbling back into that world as well this past year. Which might explain the lag of blog posts on this side. If you would like to check out what else I have been up to, clicky on the link right here

How I remember Erika the most...a goofball even on her big day!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Becker Photography
BRIDE + GROOM: Erika + Steve
MAKEUP ARTIST: Nadia-Artistry

Spoken For 9.22.12: Revisited

Finally, here is my recap for the first annual Spoken For event that took place at Sandbox Studios last September here in Portland. Not only was it the introductory "alternative bridal" event of its kind here in my hometown, it was the first time I dipped my toes into what can sometimes be an intimidating experience. The event was hosted by the lovely gals of The Weaver House and Chelsea Howard.

The space first off was amaze-ing...I have never been to Sandbox Studios before but when I set up the night prior, it had me at its open wide spaces. I saw other vendors bringing in what seemed like their whole studios in fact, some even building/painting/hammering their booth environments right before our eyes. I decided to keep things fairly simple and have people kick up their feet in my makeup chair for a complimentary "lip service" touchup. It was a nice way to get to know brides-to-be and chat with friends who came to support while simultaneously perking up their pouts.

The vibe was just right, laid-back and just plain "cool". When I had a minute, I oggled other vendors' tables as they sucked me in with their visual (and appetizing) delights. To hear more about the other long list of vendors, check out the Spoken For Facebook page for photos and other recaps. A round of applause to our Spoken For hosts, they know how to put on a darn good show and made all of our initial fears of the typical corporate bridal show fly out the window.

PHOTOGRAPHY: 1+ 2 by Wild Hearts; 3- 6 by The Weaver House; collage 1-3 by Shola + Emily of Delicate Doilies.

Indian Summer

I am super jazzed to share with you Nitasha and Navin's wedding, shot by the talented and uber friendly Portland-based wedding photographer, Aaron Courter. Nitasha booked a dual session bridal makeup for her big day, the first look to match her red ensemble in the a.m. and a smokier eye for the evening.

I can't get enough of that beautiful white stallion that Navin arrived to the ceremony on below! To drool at more details of the couple's three-day Indian wedding extravaganza, check out Aaron's blog post here...

PHOTOGRAPHY: Aaron Courter Photography
COUPLE: Nitasha + Navin
MAKEUP: Nadia-Artistry
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