My I'm Going To Class Experience

Hello readers! It's been a minute since I've blogged, it's a new year & time to grind out those goals. Why not start with the singular experience which renewed my love of artistry to take to the next level: Erica Carr's I'm Going To Class. If you aren't hip, Erica Carr is one of the nation's leading Bridal Hair & Makeup Artists and Global Educator. Erica is known professionally for identifying & cultivating unique strengths within others while challenging everyone to be proactive in pursuing their dream career. 

Being a successful artist is 50% skill, 50% personality. It must be exact.
— Reggie Wells

I'm Going To Class is the manifestation of a dream Erica had to bring the masters of beauty makeup together to teach their strong suits to makeup artists from around the world in an inclusive, environment in Portland, Oregon.  Yes, finally us in the PNW get in on world class training! As soon as I heard about it I knew I would find a way to be a part of it. Where else would I get to be taught by Reggie Wells, Alex Box, and Sam Fine in the same week without jetsetting around the world or dealing with enormous crowds at traditional trade shows? For the full 2016 lineup of Masters click here. Here are my candid thoughts on my experience, keep in mind there may be changes for 2017, of the awesome variety of course.

First Impressions

As I pulled into the Embassy Suites valet, alone from Seattle (forgetting my kitty ears and whiskers I told my roommate I'd be wearing for Halloween) I was stoked, nervous, and ready to take it all in! The first person I saw was Stephen Dimmick in his signature hot pink bowler hat, greeting someone outside. Being a bit starstruck and shy I casually said hello as I passed not knowing how he'd react or if he felt like speaking. He warmly greeted me & gave me a hug. I almost died.

 Stephen Dimmick demoing on his model.

Stephen Dimmick demoing on his model.

On my way to the check in I see none other than makeup artist icon, inventor of The Makeup Light Vivian Baker and her husband. I almost died again. I finish checking in, meet my roommates, and we run downstairs to enjoy Happy Hour with awesome people from around the world. I immediately felt at ease in this beautiful vintage hotel in one of my favorite little cities.

Sometimes adding light can be as dramatic as using dark or bright colors.
— Stephen Dimmick

Homeroom

One thing to know about Erica: She loves Oprah, therefore the she loves surprises. Let that soak in. The first meeting every day of class consists of Homeroom where Erica interviews each of the three masters teaching that day, lets us know what contest or vendor specials might be happening, and allows for any questions to be asked, and we choose which station to take for hands on. 

 Beau Nelson's Pink Passion Look

Beau Nelson's Pink Passion Look

Rip away the filters and see beauty for what it really is.
— Gregory Arlt

Vendors

Now Class was advertised specifically as being an education based event with a few well curated vendors. The goodie bags were legit! Check out this video I made going through what we received. The vendors & sponsors included were: Smith Cosmetics, Frends Beauty, RCK, Model Rock Lashes, LimeLight By Alcone, Eliis Faas, It Cosmetics, Makeup Forever, Kit & Hook, Paw Palette, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, NARS, Melt Cosmetics, Laura Mercier, Kryolan, Embryolisse, Colourpop, Dermaflage, and Cinema Secrets. 

 The Goods! Thanks to the amazing vendors.

The Goods! Thanks to the amazing vendors.

Master Class

The coolest part of class is that we get to see each and every class in it's entirety. No having to carefully map out a schedule, making tough calls on which ones we have to skip like in a standard trade show, or making our way through crazy crowds to get a decent seat. Every class featured a topic, demo with lecture, plenty of time for questions, and a photo opp at the end. My first class was Color Theory with Jessie Powers- I was excited but also thought my color theory was down pat. Let me tell you Jessie laid down the knowledge in ways I'd never think of. Color not just to correct but to respect the elements of the living organ. Tips for analyzing color and texture. Sheer brilliance. 

Think of skin as a living organ with emotions in which imperfections are beautiful.
— Jessie Powers

Food

Yes food is important! One of the biggest perks of Class was that we got fed stupid within Portland, a city known for its food ( check out the food trucks just a block away from Embassy Suites). Prior to attending any dietary restrictions are taken into account.

Breakfast: We received a complimentary breakfast in the morning including customized omelettes.

Lunch: Alternated between a themed buffet (such as Mexican or Mediterranean) or a 2 course gourmet meal with a dessert bar on the side. Buffet proved more popular so Erica ensured we received what we wished.

Snack: Snacks ranged from flatbread pizza, flavored popcorn, cheese, salami, pitas, and hummus. 

Happy Hour: There were two happy hours simultaneously inside the hotel if you wanted to keep your budget but still socialize with fellow artists. Many of us would hang out downstairs, in the lobby, or outside the hotel to for fun post class shenanigans. 

Give them what they want but in a way that pleases you.
— Sandy Linter

 

Hands On

Each day after the last Master taught their class we would have a couple hours to practice hands on another attendee in the main ballroom. Quarters were tight, similar to Fashion Week dimensions which is a good challenge to learn to keep that kit streamlined. I learned I need to get a smaller case! Luckily I brought my Makeup Forever shoulder bag once I realized I needed to condense. 

Start again and make it great.
— Beau Nelson

As we practiced each Master and staff made rounds to give honest guidance. If a support staff member felt they didn't specialize in what the question was, like when I asked about making a foundation shade out of a Flash Palette, they find the Master themselves to reiterate and guide us.  I do wish I reached out and asked for more individual attention but I still received excellent tidbits. Don't skip out on hands on, even if you're exhausted that is where the real learning happens!

Golden Nuggets

I can't give away all the magic that happened, also things will likely change by getting even better in 2017. That said here's a few quotes and takeaways that stood out to me.

 The Masters are more than raw talent, each of them is an amazing person in their own right. Here I am with Alex Box, Lora Arellano, Reggie Wells, and Sandy Linter. 

The Masters are more than raw talent, each of them is an amazing person in their own right. Here I am with Alex Box, Lora Arellano, Reggie Wells, and Sandy Linter. 

Paint conservatively.....
— Sam Fine (In context of working in unknown lighting conditions.
 When Sam Fine asked us if we wanted to see a smokey eye or contoured eye we demanded both! 

When Sam Fine asked us if we wanted to see a smokey eye or contoured eye we demanded both! 

Break the ice with a joke. Keep your station simple to avoid intimidating guys.”
— Julianne Kaye on Men's Grooming

 

Being surrounded by such diverse talent for so many hours during the week, calibrated my eyes as an artist. One of the most difficult parts of being an up & coming artist is to remove your emotions from your work, to view it with discerning eyes. The feedback I received from Cloutier Remix agency was incredible.

I learned to make a foundation shade with a Flash Palette as well as create a custom blend for that exact match thanks to Jessie Powers.

I learned quite a bit from my peers! I'm excited to finally have some makeup artist friends across the states and as far as Ireland and London. 

Above all I learned to continue staying true to myself while also taking risks sometimes. You'll never see me do Kardashian makeup but you'll see me create explosions of color occasionally. 

Making It Happen

If Class keeps running through your mind but you're unsure- just do it. The sooner you make the decision the easier it is to make it happen. Partial payments are accepted. It is a tax write off. Nike it then invite your friends. If you have an questions about my experience just email or message me. For official info & the latest updates check out imgoingtoclass.com

Who's going to Class 2017? Who do you want to see teach?

Catch you guys next time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Much Love.....

1 week and 1.5 million views- it was an honor to work with such an amazing cast and crew. Check it out So Much Love by Stadiumx & Muzzaik then Comment, Like, and Share! Produced by Matthew Laeng. Hair & Makeup by Artistry By Stacie

Exclusive Offer for Luxe Headshots May 22: Act Now!

Whether you’re searching for a job and have a LinkedIn account or you’re a business owner with a bio on your company’s website, a professional headshot communicates to your client/ potential employer that you are invested in yourself. Show them your level of dedication by investing in these photos, since you know they will pay off. Also, the consistency of using the same professional photo across multiple social media platforms allows people to more easily recognize your face, will help build your brand and can increase your networking success. And boy do I have a offer my readers don't want to miss.....

May 22nd Artistry by Stacie is pairing up with Alela Photography to provide Luxe Headshots. For the price of $350 you will receive one high resolution images, retouched and airbrushed, as well as professional make-up application for the most high-end result. This is the perfect opportunity to update your image and stand out in a crowded market.

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Beauty Shots Spotlight: Shalynn of Temple Hypnosis

Welcome readers! Today's post is the start of a new series, Beauty Shots Spotlights from my Beauty Shots event in which  I give create a social media blog post about their business or cause along with their images. One of the things I love most about my job are the stories....

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.
— Kahlil Gibran

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Shalynn Flavell at a local networking event in Seattle, the brightness in her eyes and her bubbly personality left an impression on me. She stated that she is a Certified Hypnotherapist for Temple Hypnosis, after she took up my invitation to my Beauty Shots Event I sensed I had quite the interesting lady to get to know.

The excitement builds as my favorite beauty photographer Geoffrey Franz Photography sets up his equipment and I organize my station. As I prep her skin Shalynn explains to me how hypnosis can bring underlying thoughts and beliefs to surface, I ask her "What made you go into hypnosis?". 

"During a personal journey with cancer and bone marrow transplantation in my early 20's, I began to work with a Hypnotherapist to help me manage the emotional strain and stress. It literally changed my perspectives on myself, illness, treatment and ultimately how to be me happily in life."

I remark how it's interesting that people who face their mortality tend to live the hardest. Shaylynn describes how she became so passionate about hypnosis...

"I began deeply learning and understanding the importance of our quiet perspectives and the stance we take towards life - this determines the difference between comfort and harmony or discomfort and dis-ease. After such an impactful life situation, I really took a look at what I wanted to do with my 2nd chance. I was fascinated with the Hypnosis and mindfulness and the enormity of possibility it holds. So I finally decided to stop being a client and become the guide!"

At this point Geoffrey and I knew we had a very special lady to shoot. I decided to let her beautiful freckles shine through with a thin wash of foundation and a pop of apricot on the lips and LimeLight Peachy blush on her cheeks for a fresh Spring inspired look to match her wardrobe. You know how there's that one person at karaoke who is so shy about singing then once the mic is in their hands they blow everyone's mind? That's exactly what Shaylynn did with this shoot. We laughed, we danced, and we cocktailed the perfect juice as Geoff captured Shalynn's essence just how she is and how her clients will feel in her care. 

You have a chance to have a mini consultation with Shalynn Flavell of Temple Hypnosis at the upcoming ChickChat The Influentials event on April 23rd where you can learn more how she can coach your conscious and subconsious minds.  Also learn about her exclusive new 90 Day Mindset Mastery Program. There are less than 20 tickets available so buy yours today. Meanwhile to learn more about Temple Hypnosis check out the her website.

Thank you for reading! If you are interested in being my next Beauty Shots Featured Spotlight, email me. As always Like, Share, and Subscribe.

 

 

LimeLight Brush Crush Set Review

It's safe to say my latest obsession has been brushes. After experiencing the transcendence which are Cozzette brushes my standards are sky high. Those of you who haven't seen my teaser, be sure to follow me on all my social media accounts to keep up with whats new. Those who have might be intrigued by those water colored sirens, yet unsure if they will lead to cosmetic peril here are my thoughts.

First lets talk expectations. For me a great brush will: 

  1. Be synthetic yet deposit and blend powders as easily as natural hair brushes
  2. Feel balanced in the hand
  3. Be velvety soft yet firm enough for controlled application
  4. Have the proper density for the task 

I can say that LimeLight brushes meet & exceed these demands. 

The Brush Crush Collection includes 15 brushes: 1-5 are Complexion, 6-10 are Eye, 11-15 are Detail Eye Brushes. The set was a limited edition with the launch, so the individual brushes will be available for purchase soon. For an in-depth review on each brush check out the videos below. Pardon the quality fluctuation of the recording, the content and tips are well worth it.

 

As always I am happy to answer any questions you may have. You can check out my store at limelightbyalcone.com/artistrybystacie. Click the share button below & enjoy!

 

Release Your Creativity: Cozzette Infinite Brush Set Review

 

Hello all, this review has been a long time coming. Cozzette brushes have been a staple in many makeup artists arsenal for years. After taking Roque Cozzette's Synergy of Airbrush & Traditional Makeup Techniques workshop, which in itself another blog post, I finally made the time to report back. First lets dive into the man behind the brushes.

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Background & brightness adjusted to display texture of bristles.

Roque Cozzette is a seasoned makeup artist with experience in print, fashion, television, and product development to name a few specialties. He is infamous for his haute couture works integrated with airbrush. Back in the 80's when he began his career he found himself frustrated by the brushes available, so he began hand trimming his own into optimal shapes for his creations. Years later Roque founded Cozzette as a natural transgression of what he already did. Cozzette brushes are known for being the best quality vegan brushes with signature tapered bristles and handles.

The Infinite Line was launched in late 2015 and I was thrilled to be among the first to try it out.  This collection is inspired by hematite which is present to "ground" the artist, block negative energy, and inspire infinite creativity. Once you touch these babies you know they were made with tender loving care. The Infinite Set features 11 brushes exclusively available in a set. This set was designed with beauty schools, newer artists, or just people new to the Cozzette line by offering great quality at an affordable $111 ($77 after the Pro Discount) which is between $7-$10 per brush. Roque could have marketed the Infinite Set as a luxury line, but thankfully he chose to keep it accessible for all. Lets dive into the individual brushes shall we?

#1 Large Fluffy Brush: This brush features a slight taper to press into those nooks & crannies. The individual bristles are slightly crimped to mimic a cuticle to deposit  powder like a natural hair brush would. It is very soft yet not floppy so powders can be controlled without creating a sandstorm.

#2 Duo Fiber Brush: The duo fiber to end all duo fibers I call it. Of course this brush features two layers of bristles, yet the tapered point reaches the corners of the eye & around the nose with ease. This is perfect for blush, highlight, contour, bronzer, blush, and foundation in either cream or powder formulations. My favorite out of the collection.

#3 Large Angled Brush: With it's narrow shape it reminds me of Chanel's blush brush only better. Ideal for cream foundation, blush, bronzer, or contour.

#4 Tapered Crease or Blender: This brush also has a crimped fiber to blend powders effortlessly. This can be good for a soft crease depending on the size of the eye or an all over wash of color. It's also good for buffing concealers around the eyes or nose.

#5 Depositor Brush: Ideal for packing color on the lid or large area. 

#6 Foundation Brush: The shape tapers to a point and is so soft you or your client will feel like falling asleep from the immense coziness. 

#7 Concealer Brush: I like to apply LimeLight concealer right under that lashline then tap it out with the warmth of my finger, no correcter needed, just a nice glide.

#8 Lip Brush: Notice how much longer the bristles are for a lip brush? Someone better call my Mom because this one's a smooth operator. The elongated shape glides and hugs the lip so nicely opposed to jerky pivot motions. (Note: please don't call my Mom, we are adults here)

#9 Brow Brush: Self explanatory, technique is key in the brow department.

#10 Pointed Detail: Highlight the inner corner or cupids bow, smoke out that liner, add depth, or spot conceal.

#11 Bent Liner: I love mixing with Inglot Duraline to turn shadows into liners, also great for spot concealing without having to blend the edges to high heaven. Roque's Tip: If the bristles fray dip the the tip in boiling water briefly to reshape bristles. 

Overall Cozzette brushes are the kind of brushes than ruin you for others. The slippery, pokey synthetic  brushes of the past have been replaced with cruelty free brushes that are just as soft and high performing as animal hair. I also believe in the power of intent, Cozzette brushes are made with love and optimal quality in mind. The products I use in my kit must be the highest quality in both performance and company ethics. At the airbrush workshop Roque mentioned he believes the primary brush lines being made with intent and love are Cozzette and bDellium. I look forward to adding more of both to my kit, while phasing out others Stay tuned for more.


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Launching Limelight By Alcone In Seattle

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I am excited to announce that Artistry By Stacie is now offering Limelight By Alcone professional makeup and luxury chemical-free skincare to clients.Yes, the same makeup and skincare I use on you for you can now add to your personal makeup bag. As the first Independent Consultant in Washington State, fellow West Coasters might not be familiar with Alcone.  Allow me to give a rundown on the company history, products, and why I chose it. 

Alcone was founded in 1950 as a pharmacy which also sold cosmetics to Broadway showgirls and starlets. Today, Alcone remains a family owned business and is regarded by makeup artists and celebrities around the world as the destination of exclusive cosmetics at affordable prices. 

Alcone employees noticed that many makeup artists were buying products for their clients, so they sought reward their makeup artists for their patronage while expanding their reach. Alcone gathered their top selling items, then utilized strong vendor relationships to create the same formulas under Limelight By Alcone.  The eyeshadows are Il Makiage (the original MAC pigments before the Estee Lauder acquisition), the Botanical Foundation is RCMA, the setting spray is Skindinavia, and the concealer is Dermacolor. Limelight skincare is chemical free, paraben free, and mostly vegan (the body creams contain beeswax). In a nutshell Limelight by Alcone is a mix of both new and old- the products have been used for decades on celebrities, photo shoots, and fashion shows.

    Jacob Hyzer Makeup Artist/ Alcone Co. Creative Director & I at Alcone Flagship NYC before he did a holiday lip demo on me. Follow him on  Instagram .

 

Jacob Hyzer Makeup Artist/ Alcone Co. Creative Director & I at Alcone Flagship NYC before he did a holiday lip demo on me. Follow him on Instagram.

Every day there is a new "must have" product or hot trend. As I became jaded by all the gimmicks, buying makeup for my kit became a chore rather than the fun part of my job.  After my MAC eyeshadow palette under performed on one job too many (just being honest, MAC still has it's gems) it was time to upgrade PDQ (Pretty Damn Quick for the kids out there) . Following chance meeting with a lovely Limelight Rep Meredith, some swatch action covering my arms,  and intense euphoria- I was sold. I used Limelight for 3 months straight on a wide variety of jobs- music videos, film, indoor and outdoor shoots, bridal, character makeup, and light special effect work. Needless to say it passed the test, my clients adore it, and I'm finally happy enough to share my secret arsenal in Seattle. 

Rarely does a makeup artist use only one brand exclusively, being that each has it's strengths and weaknesses. Limelight By Alcone has masterfully curated each item from the best in category from various professional cosmetics industry to offer what's an ideal line for everyone. Artistry By Stacie will always utilize the best products and tools for clients regardless of brand. Fortunately for us both, Limelight is my baseline that I'm happy to share with clients from the bottom of my persnickety, little heart. 

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Welcome to the Artistry By Stacie Blog

Hello there, let me introduce myself. My name is Stacie Thomas and I'm a Makeup Artist and Licensed Cosmetologist in Seattle, WA. I'm a geek for life- I've always examined things very closely, dabbled in fine arts, and above I was the dreaded "why" kid. Not the intentionally-annoying- adults kid, but stump the adults who never bothered themselves to contemplate "why". 

This geekdom impacts me as a beauty professional by constantly scanning and analyzing the business environment, investing in top quality education from industry leaders, assisting veteran artists, and providing world class service for my clients (a pleasant side effect of working at Nordstrom). 

So why would you want to read my blog? The Artistry By Stacie blog will be about what's going in this crazy beauty world, pictures of work I do (no filter wizardry), product reviews (honest no puffery), and anything else relevant from the perspective of discerning (and occasionally eccentric) professional Makeup Artist. If you'd like to see something specific, leave a comment. I want to hear more about what you have to say. Thank you for visiting!

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Here's looking at you, Kid.