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This Just In... *** BIG NEWS ***

Mark E Walker with Freedom Williams of C+C Music Factory fame performing together onstage and live in concert along the beach at The Plaza Ocean Club on March 23, 2012. Free performance with exclusive guest DJ's, singers, dancers and awesome drink specials right at the beach. This will be "the" Spring Break party of the year not to miss. Concert starts at 3:00 pm. Party down with us as we take you INTO THE FUTURE Daytona Beach style!!! March 23rd is gonna be off the hook!

Makeup for the DIY (Do It Yourself) Bride

If you're a "Do It Yourself" kind of girl, I may venture to guess that your wedding is no exception. Whether for financial reasons or just the hesitation of letting go, you may decide to take wedding day beauty into your own hands. Here is where I can help. Let me give you a few insights into creating a picture perfect bridal photo.



There's nothing wrong with doing it yourself, if you're well-informed and excellent at applying your own makeup. I've been doing makeup for well over 20 years and even still I would never attempt to do my own makeup for my wedding day. But to those who are more adventurous, I will provide you with a few important tips. Flawless makeup begins with flawless skin. Get routine facials, wear sunscreen, avoid harmful tanning, drink lots of water, watch what you eat and take care of your skin. We can always make our skin darker with bronzers and spray-on tans but once you damage your skin with UV rays, there's no way in reversing the…

Wearing of the Green!

Break out the greens ladies! St Patrick's Day is heading this way. Green can appear prominent, so limit the amount of additional color on your face. A tinted moisturizer will look better than a full face bronzer.   Selecting a shadow on the bluer side of green will work great for brown eyes. Hazel colored eyes should choose a yellow-based green.
If you have green eyes, a contrasting green color will accent your eyes rather than camouflage them. Choose dark olive shadows for light green eyes and select something in the jade range for deeper green eyes. Make Up For Ever's Aqua Cream Eyeliner - Emerald Green
Deep blue eyes will work perfectly with a dark green shade while lighter blue eyes should focus on mossy green shadows. Accent green eye shadows with creams and ivory or for a fun night on the town, blend in a touch of gold shimmer. Urban Decay's Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner (Shown here in Mullet)

Try using a gold liner smudged along the lash line, top and bottom, then topped of…

Wedding Day Timeline for Makeup

Scheduling the timeline for your wedding day can be a somewhat daunting task.  Trying to plan how it will all come together may drive a normally sane person to the point of insanity.  If you don't have a wedding planner or day of coordinator, you can certainly find lots of information online with sample schedules.  Your makeup services will need to be worked into the day's activities and events.  Be sure to allow enough time to have everyone's makeup completed.  No one should be rushing around at the last minute trying to get ready.  
Allowing approximately 30 - 45 minutes per person will give you plenty of breathing room.  If you provide each lady with a scheduled time for her makeup, and advise them to be on time and ready, you will find everything flows smoothly.   I have no preference when it comes to applying makeup before or after the hair is styled.  Some makeup artists may feel otherwise so be sure to coordinate the times with the hair stylists as well. Be sure to a…

Do not skimp.....

I'm sure you're imagining this blog post is going to be about makeup…..well, this time it’s about your wedding day photographer.   After 20 years working as a makeup artist, I have met the good, the bad and the ugly in the photography world.   Here is just one personal experience I had which leads me to the speech "I can’t stress enough why your photographer should be on the 'do not skimp' list."
I was contacted by a bride at the last minute to provide makeup services for her and her bridal party.   No worries, I could accommodate her.   I arrive at the hotel and begin my makeup services.   I’m about halfway through the bridal party when a guy arrives with a camera.   The camera looked something like this. I presume it’s a friend of the family snapping some pre-wedding photos.   Wrong…..it was the wedding day photographer.........  So, now I am still assuming it’s a friend of the family.  Well, you know what they say about assuming things……It’s not a friend o…

Wedding day at the Palm Coast Yacht Club

Photos copyright Heavenly Radiance Photography

Pretty bride Samantha !!

Samantha all glammed up for her wedding day at the Palm Coast Yacht Club, Saturday, February 18th.  Makeup by Stephanie Mazzeo / Hair by Destination Hair Stylist I used OCC {Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics} primer and foundation plus blush in Vintage. Followed with Yaby Cosmetics powder blush. Anastasia of Beverly Hills brow powder was used to define Samantha's eyebrows.
Her eye lids were primed with Too Face Shadow Insurance followed by MAC eye shadows in Electra, Chill and Digital. Samantha's eyes were lined with Make Up For Ever's Aqua Eyes in black. I topped the liner with a thin line of Yaby's black powder eyeshadow for staying power. The lashes were coated with a waterproof mascara.
I used Becca Cosmetics Beach Tint in Watermelon with Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Liner in 2C. A touch of gold shadow and a coat of clear gloss from Face Atelier topped off her lips.

Kohl, a Source of Lead Poisoning

Most people tend to be aware of the dangers of lead poisoning from sources such as lead paint and fumes from leaded gasoline. You may not know there is a risk associated with the common known eye cosmetic referred to as kohl {kajal, al-kahl or surma}.
Kohl is not permitted in the US. Kohl is a color additive and there is no regulation permitting its use in a cosmetic or in any other FDA-regulated product.
[NOTE: Some manufacturers may label eye cosmetics with the term "kohl" simply to indicate the shade, not because the product actually contains kohl. If the product is properly labeled, consumers can check the ingredient declaration to determine whether it contains only color additives that are approved for cosmetic use in the area of the eye. If no color additives are declared, it would be wise to stay on the safe side and assume that the product is, in fact, kohl.]

(Please refer to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for specifics)

Traditional Makeup vs. Airbrush Makeup

How to choose between airbrush makeup and traditional (hand-applied) makeup


There is a lot of hype about airbrush makeup. Having 20+ years of experience in applying makeup, and working with new and improved cosmetic products and the latest tools, let me provide you with my understanding of both airbrush and traditional makeup applications.
I do offer both airbrush and the traditional method of application and I do not charge more for either option. Why? Well, to begin with airbrushing is just another method or tool for applying makeup. I could use a sponge, a brush, my fingers or an airbrush machine. I don't consider it a special service, but rather a different technique. With the airbrush method, small particles of the foundation are sprayed through an airbrush gun using air. These small particles are deposited on the skin and the amount of coverage is controlled by the individual applying the makeup. Airbrush offers the ability to apply a sheer layer and build up for full coverag…

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday's Photoshoot

I had such a great time at the photoshoot with all the wonderful ladies. I can't wait to see all the photos.
Big hugs to Christy for helping Jennifer Ring Photography keep the ball rolling!


Covering Tattoos for Weddings & Special Events

Covering tattoos effectively for weddings can be time consuming.  It takes a lot of products, several hours and a ton of patience.  The first step is understanding that although  I will do my best to camouflage the tattoo, it will never look like you didn't get tattooed.  It will be undetectable in photos and, to those not looking for it, the tattoo will be unnoticeable in person with a professional cover application.  
Using proper, quality products is a necessary step in wedding day tattoo cover, as is having reasonable expectations.  It's not a quick or easy process and, brides wanting to cover their tattoo(s) should realize they will need to pay appropriately for quality tattoo cover services for their wedding day.  
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As I briefly mentioned, tattoo cover is a lengthy, precise project.  I begin by correcting areas of the tattoo using lighter and complimentary colors. Once the colors have been muted, I lightly apply a special foundation product.  It may take several laye…

Kissable Lips

What girl doesn't want irresistible, kissable lips?  Giving good lip begins with a proper base. Start by exfoliating your lips. I like Lush's Bubblegum Lip Scrub or make your own lip scrub with sugar and honey. Use a soft washcloth and gentle circular motions to flake away dead skin from your lips. You'll want to add a touch of lip balm as a base. Try EMBRYOLISSE™ Stick Protecteur Reparateur (Lips Protection Stick)
Apply a lip liner to help color last longer. Line the entire lip and then fill in with color using your lip pencil. This will keep feathering to a minimum. Blot with a tissue. To acheive a sexy, pouty look, use a darker liner at the inner corners blending to a lighter color toward the center of your lips. Next apply your lipstick color using a lip brush. You'll have more control with a lip brush rather than trying to apply color straight from the lipstick tube. For added WOW! place a touch of gold eye shadow at the center of your lips, blending it into your …

Discounted Prom Makeup Services - Limited appointments

It's never too early to start planning your Prom look.  From elegant and classic to fun and funky, the makeup options are endless.   I'm offering discounted airbrush makeup servicesto all local high school students.  For only $30, you can have your makeup professionally applied for a gorgeous, stunning look that will radiate flawless beauty!  Get 3 or more of your friends together and everyone will SAVE on their makeup services.
If you bring along 3 friends (or more) makeup services will be ONLY $25 per person. We'll work together to create a stunning style which is so totally YOU!!  You'll look flawless and fabulous for your Prom and your airbrush makeup will last as you dance the night away.  Date and times are limited, so book early to guarantee your appointment.  All discounted services are available when scheduled at my Flagler Beach studio*Services provided at your location are subject to availability and may be provided at a non-discounted rate.
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