Friday, April 28, 2017

Sugar Skull Workshops

It seems that each year I begin preparing earlier and earlier for the Dia de los muertos season. This year is no exception. I am doing things a little different this season as I have had many years of trial and error to perfect how I go about choosing artists to work with me.

There are so many factors that go into it that it almost becomes impossible to meet all of the requirements without meeting artists in person so, I'm now on a mission to meet and work with face painters and makeup artists from all over the country via Sugar Skull workshops.

I will be travelling with my partner Ronnie Mena teaching, working with and helping artists from all over the United States up their Sugar Skull game starting this June.

*This will now be a requirement in order to qualify to join my Sugar Face and Body Art team.

This is what you will gain from this experience:

1. You will get hands on learning and critique along with homework to continue growing before the season begins from Ronnie Mena and myself.
2. You will be added to my private student group on facebook where I answer questions online and hold once a month live video chats for questions.
3. You will be able to network with other artists in your area for possible job sharing.

4. You will have an opportunity to showcase your skills if you think you are ready to join
Sugar Face and Body Art. (This is not required in order to take our Sugar Skulls workshop but, for those who feel they are ready the opportunity is available.) Jobs are not guaranteed even if you do meet the qualifications but, you will remain on my roster of artists in your area to be called first if a client needs someone in your area.
If larger job opportunities arise in Los Angeles, California you may be called to join us. More info will be sent to you once you sign up for a workshop in your area.

Host city requirements:

 *In order to host a class in your city we need at least 15 students ready to sign up and no more than 20.

 *Workshops are $150 per student.

 *We need a well lit workspace with tables and chairs. Chain Restaurants are not an ideal option. Art /makeup studios, hotel meeting rooms, community center meeting rooms or homes with adequate space and lighting are recommended.

 *If you would like us to come to your city and think you have enough artists to sign up then, please email me at 

Workshops will be held from June 2017-September 2017

I look forward to meeting you all very soon!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tiger Makeup FOTD

 Today's Face of the day is a Tiger. I was headed to an animal themed party so, what better to go as than my spirit animal...a Tiger! Rawr!

 I used Inglot matte eyeshadows and Cameleon water activated makeup for the line work. This is a very simple and quick design that can be replicated on the job very easily that's why I chose to wear it. I always wear designs I know will be easy for me to paint again on a guest.
 Face painting doesn't always have to have a cartoony look to it. You can make it beautiful by simply finishing off the eyes and creating a beautiful flow that compliments your clients face.
I opted to add a bold lip with this look but, you could always go neutral for a more sophisticated look.
The lip color I used was Watermelon lip creme by Jouer.

I hope these inspire you to paint a beautiful, wearable design to your next gig. Tag me in your post if you do.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Mardi Gras Style Makeup

The time is upon us for Mardi Gras so, I thought I would gather up some of my past Mardi Gras style face painting designs and put them in one collection to help inspire you to create your own new masks.

This is my Stained Glass mask. I used tons of glitter and Swarovski Crystals to make it sparkle and shine. The glitter colors I used were by Sugar Glitter Beso, Calabaza, Diamantes de Fuego and Oro. This is definitely one you'd pull out for that extra special private appointment. Reduce the amount of black detail for public events and you'd still have a wow factor design.

This is a Sugar Free design. I opted for a pearl like beading around the eyes to give it an almost SugarSkull feel because as most know that's my favorite thing to paint. I used Cameleon Airline for the base and Cameleon water activated makeup for all of the details.

Airbrush face paint and makeup is great for a Mardi Gras mask that needs to last all night long. I used ProAiir hybrids for the base as well as eyeshadow and Dips for lining.

This Mardi Gras Rose Mask goes to show you that Black, White and Gray prove to be an excellent pairing for a more sophisticated crowd. I use Cameleon Colorblock in Swan to create this design.

Here is another example of how airbrush can be the answer for a beautifully blended look.The entire design was created with ProAiir hybrid makeup and the details were created with Dips by ProAiir

Here is an alternative to the full Mardi Gras style mask. It's still just as sparkly and sophisticated with a touch of glam. I used Noche glitter, Diamantes glitter and Elegante Glitter by Sugar Glitter.

I hope you have a fantastic Mardi Gras celebration wherever you are and be sure to share the wealth. Be a blessing and be blessed.

Here are some special discount codes given to me for my readers.

Special discount codes:  Sugar Glitter Sweetsugar10 save 10% off
                                        Cameleon Paint SHAWNA15 save 15% off
                                        ProAiir Delreal10 save 10% off

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Why I paint my face before a job

You can ask anyone who has ever worked with me or taken a workshop with me and they will tell you the same. I always paint my own face before a face painting gig. You may ask why I do this well, there are a couple of reasons...

A. You know who I am when I arrive to your event- I can't tell you how many times I've worked events and birthday parties where other entertainers were hired to work the same event and I couldn't tell what they came to do. It amazes me when entertainers show up in casual, everyday clothes. You should have "a look" or a uniform or a costume that defines who you are. I myself wear all black because I'm an artist (a Makeup artist to be exact) and it sets me apart from the guests at the party or event and corporate clients especially like this since brand advertising is typically a no no at corporate events. It's also clean looking and makes spills on yourself less tragic to clean up later on.

B. Everyone will want what you have on your face- It really doesn't matter what I paint on my face because I know at least half of the girls I paint that day will want what I have painted on my face because they can see how cool and sparkly it looks in real life unlike a flat photo. If I don't have many gigs that day I will paint something theme related to the event. If I have 3 or more jobs in the day I will paint something that can be used for each type of event. Typically it's an eye design or cheek art that I can paint relatively quickly as some events may have more guests than expected and you don't want to have to paint fourty 10 minutes designs. That's crazy talk .

C. Walking advertisement- In between gigs while you're getting gas or picking up a bite to eat you are literally a walking advertisement for your company. I have given out and booked so many jobs just from that. (Be sure to always carry business cards with you for this reason) People will comment on how pretty or cool my makeup is and that right there is the ice breaker and a moment to share what it is that I do for a living. I love what I do and am proud of it so why wouldn't I want to share that with the world. It really is the most fun job ever!

Here are some of my working designs:

Cal State Long Beach Basketball face painting
Zoo Party face painting

Luau Party face painting

Fairy Party face painting

Star Wars Party face painting

Adult animal themed party face painting

Elsa Party face painting
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