Have you ever had your makeup airbrushed? Do you like a flawless finish foundation that lasts all day? Airbrushing is one of my favorite ways to use foundation when I’m working on makeup jobs. It gives an even, flawless finish, its lightweight so foundation doesn’t look thick or caked on, and it is designed to stay on all day which means I have less touch up work as the day progresses.

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How To Use Temptu Air

It only takes 45 seconds to one minute to airbrush your foundation, which means you have more time each morning to enjoy your coffee

I use airbrush foundation on all my brides and wedding parties because it keeps everyone looking gorgeous until the end of the night, no matter how hard they are dancing! Invariably when I am working on weddings or with celebrity clients and they see their beautiful airbrushed faces in the mirror they ask me if I airbrush myself.

The truth is for years no I didn’t, just because I couldn’t be bothered with the hassle of unpacking my professional airbrush system, re-cleaning the airbrush gun and then packing it all away again. I had been meaning to get a Temptu Pod Airbrush System to use at home but didn’t get around to it.

How To Use Temptu Air

Then last year one of my makeup heroes and social media makeup friends (she is a TV/film/commercials makeup artist based in San Diego and I do editorial/celebrity/commercials based out of Phoenix) did a Facebook live session talking about the Temptu Air. She uses hers on her TV clients as well as film, commercials, and on herself. It was so cool watching her airbrush herself and chat away about how she uses hers Temptu Air system in her work that I got online and ordered one for myself as soon as she was done!

 

 Temptu Air Airbrush System

Why I Love My Temptu Air

  1. It’s Easy. The TemptuAir is designed for you to use at home. Instead of having multiple parts like the regular professional systems do, this one is just one self-contained unit. It is super simple to use.
  2. The foundation is lovely. When I first tried mine I wasn’t sure if it was working properly – the foundation mist was so fine I couldn’t see it going on. I did half of my face and then saw that I was one side flawless and the other side just regular old me! The foundation is so highly pigmented that it only needs a tiny amount to give you flawless coverage while still looking really sheer.
  3. There is no cleanup. There is no airbrush gun with the Temptu system. A normal airbrush system has a gun that requires fanatic cleaning as soon as you have completed airbrushing. This is time consuming and if you don’t get it 100% perfect then your gun will clog up and jam. It’s actually quite a hassle.

The TemptuAir uses preloaded foundation pods instead of a gun, so you don’t have any cleaning. You can change out the foundation colors as your skin changes color throughout the year by using different color pods. Or if there is more than one person using it you can simply change out the foundation pod. It is just so incredibly functional and easy!

    1. It is really fast. I just timed myself applying my foundation with the Temptu Air system and it took me 45 seconds. Isn’t that crazy? 45 seconds to get a flawless finish foundation that looks like fresh skin. I’m loving it!
    2. It’s not thick. I really dislike heavy, caked on foundation. If you have been reading this blog for a while then you already know that I like healthy, glowing skin. Or at least the illusion of healthy skin. Thick foundation is in my opinion ugly. It hides the girl underneath. The pod foundations mist on so fine that you almost think there is no foundation on. It’s beautiful.
    3. You don’t need powder. Most foundations require powder to set them and make them stay on. With this foundation most of the time I can get away with no powder because the foundation sets by itself. If, or when you do need to powder it to set it you need very little powder, which again makes your skin look fresh and lovely.

 

How To Use Temptu Air

How To Use Temptu Air

The Temptu Air system comes as one handheld unit. Nice and easy. You just plug it in and charge it, the initial charge takes a couple of hours, then from there it is only as needed.

The compressor has three controllable speeds to mist your foundation on with, so you don’t need to worry about it getting overpowered and blasting makeup all over your face.

 

Airbrushing with one of these systems is a breeze too. You don’t have to change the PSI or try to get it just right – the system does it by itself. You will feel a mist of air when you turn your pod system on, and you can either guide it by feel or watch it as you mist foundation over your face.

Once your system has charged you need to insert the pod.

Start by shaking the pod to keep the foundation mixed, then separate the cover from the pod.

How To Use Temptu Air

The rubberized ball on the left is the plug you need to open before inserting the pod into your Temptu Air

There is a small rubber plug at the back of the pod which you need to open.

How To Use Temptu Air

Press the pod release button on the handheld unit and slide the pod in. It’s so simple!

How To Use Temptu Air

The pod release button is next to my thumb.

The power button turns on the system but also adjusts the speed.

How To Use Temptu Air

When you have finished airbrushing release the pod, plug the rubber stopper back in, and use the foam inside the pod cap to clean the nozzle.

How To Use Temptu Air

With any airbrush foundation you need to make sure you are well moisturized before you start. I moisturize, apply facial SPF and then prime my skin the same way I do with any foundation.

I don’t bother concealing my skin or under my eyes when I use my airbrush. The foundation is so concentrated and so beautifully pigmented that it disappears any darkness under my eyes. When you first use your try it without concealing first, as you may find you can skip that makeup step.

Temptu Air Airbrush System

Eyeliner, mascara and lips. With the Temptu Air you don’t need much else

You can also buy Temptu pods for blush and for bronzer. At the time of writing this post I haven’t used them but I do know plenty of people who have. If you are going to use the blush and bronzer pod options you would just release the foundation pod and slip in the blush pod and create your cheeks before powdering. It is super simple and efficient.

The Temptu Air system is a really fabulous addition to your makeup routine. It is so quick to use and the finish is so lovely – you can’t go wrong. Any of you who hate rushing in the mornings will LOVE how much time it saves you! You will even have time for an extra cup of coffee in the morning …

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How To Use Temptu Air

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Milk Blur Stick

Have you tried the Milk Makeup Blur Sticks? Do you want to create a smooth, matte finish to your makeup while minimizing your pores? I think that is pretty much all of us, right? I’m pretty excited about these products and you to know about them too.

Last week I was honored to be one of 10 bloggers invited to a Bubbly and Brunch business event that was sponsored by Sephora. I love mimosas, I love getting to meet other bloggers and I love getting a big gift bag from Sephora!

The event itself gives brands a chance to meet one on one with bloggers, make some connections, and see if you might be a good fit for some business collaborations. I love getting to meet people face to face, and frankly I just love chatting with everyone!

Anyway, this is not a sponsored post, but I wanted to tell you about these Milk Makeup Blur Sticks that were in my gift bag from Sephora.

I hadn’t actually tried these prior to last week, but I think they are pretty fabulous. Blur sticks can either be used as a pre makeup mattifier, to prep the skin and get it ready for makeup, or you can wear it alone on bare skin.

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What Is A Blur Stick?

I received both the original Blur Stick and the Luminous Blur Stick.

Milk Blur Sticks

The Original Blur Stick acts like the best selfie filter you have ever used. It minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and imperfections with its blurring microsphere technology. When used to prep the skin under makeup the Blur Stick makes foundation glide on smoothly and leaves you with a matte finish.

Milk Blur Stick

If you tend to get shiny, or if your forehead seems to look shiny in photos (mine always does!) you will love this. Blurring technology diffuses light and stops it from bouncing off your face, giving you that lovely filtered look. Unlike other mattifiers it gives your skin a soft finish rather than a dried out, dead matte look. You skin still looks alive.

I like it under makeup but I also like it on its own. I have good skin, but without makeup on it often looks shiny. Today I am wearing the Blur Stick by itself and it not only makes my skin look nice (and not shiny) but it also doesn’t feel like there is anything on my skin. I love it!

The other Blur Stick I received was the Luminous Blur Stick.

Milk Luminous Blur Stick

The Luminous Blur Stick works like the original to filter your skin, minimize fine lines and pores, but it has a golden pearl infusion that makes the skin glow. As the warmer months approach and we start seeing more skin again the Luminous Blur Stick is a lovely way to highlight your shoulders and collar bones and make the skin look radiant.

If you have a combination skin you can mattify your T zone with the original Blur Stick and add some glow to your cheeks with the Luminous Blur Stick.

If you are getting married the original Blur Stick is a fantastic pre makeup product to keep your skin looking soft filtered!

How Do You Use A Blur Stick?

Blur Sticks are really easy to use. Once your skin care has soaked in you literally just draw the blur stick across your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and then buff it out with a duo fiber brush, a makeup sponge, or your fingers! This product is designed to be like a veil over your skin, so keep your application sheer.

Milk Blur Stick

If you have dry skin make sure you moisturize well before using your Blur Stick. If you make dry skin look more matte it can end up making it look even drier. If you are well moisturized before using your Blur Stick you will achieve that gorgeous soft focus finish.

If your skin has a rough surface be sure to exfoliate it first.

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Some other interesting things about the Milk Blur Sticks:

Both types of Blur Stick are oil free and silicone free. I actually use silicone based foundations, so cosmetic silicones don’t bother me, but I know that they do bother some people.

The Luminous Blur Stick is also Vegan, Cruelty free and Gluten free.

The Original Blur Stick is also Vegan, Cruelty free, and Gluten free, but is Talc free, Soy free and non comedogenic too.

You can find Milk Blur Sticks online here at Sephora.com (affiliate links)

Here are some tutorial videos for Blur Stick and for Luminous Blur Stick.

 

 

Did you get engaged recently? Is someone you know getting married sometime soon? More couples get engaged during the holiday season through Valentine’s Day than at any other time of the year. If you are reading this at the time of publishing, or if you are planning your wedding, or helping someone plan theirs, then you may be thinking about hiring a makeup artist for the big day.

I work on weddings around 30 weekends per year, and have been the makeup artist on more than 400 weddings.

Most weekends I have bridesmaids telling me makeup horror stories from other weddings they have been in, sometimes sadly, their own. Multiple times per year I get panicked phone calls from brides whose makeup artist has cancelled on them the week of the wedding, or who hasn’t shown up the day of the wedding. Luckily I have a team of makeup assistants for whom this becomes another layer of job security as they race off across town to take care of the bride in need!

The nightmare stories and bad experiences are easily avoidable if you know what to look for when hiring a makeup artist for your wedding. I’ve broken down 10 things to look for when hiring a makeup artist for your wedding. If you use this as a guide you should have no difficulty finding the right makeup artist for your big day!

10 Tips For Hiring A Makeup Artist For Your Wedding Day

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1.What Is Their Career Background?

Who is this person and what have they done career-wise? Is this person a professional makeup artist or are they a makeup hobbiest?  There is a big difference between someone who has a makeup box and likes playing with makeup products and someone who does this for a living.

A professional makeup artist is going to know how to maneuver your makeup to work with the light, is going to know how your makeup will photograph, will use products designed for professionals and built to last all night. A professional will know how to help you out if something unforeseen happens, such as a giant wedding day pimple, a bad sunburn the day before, an unexpected crying fit. Lots of things can happen and they frequently do. A professional makeup artist is a huge asset when they do.

Personally I have had to sew brides into their dresses, have had bridesmaids arrive covered in hives from allergies to the Arizona plant-life, have had to do repair-work on brides who have had unexpected (and expected!) crying episodes. I have had brides who have woken up with a giant pimple, others with a cold sore, and brides who out of pre-wedding nerves have broken out in sweat, drenching clothes, hair and makeup. After 400+ weddings I have pretty much seen it all!

In each case having a professional artist who knows what to do and can stay calm has been a lifesaver. Someone with a makeup hobby probably wouldn’t have been much of an asset.

2. Read Their Reviews

Before you hire someone to do your makeup for your wedding you need to know a little bit more about them and their work ethic, and the best way to find this is by reading their reviews. Is this artist on The Knot or Wedding Wire? Wedding vendor sites can be a good source of information because the artist can’t mess with reviews and delete the ones they don’t like.

You can get a good idea about this person when you read a series of reviews that all say similar things. He/she was punctual and fun, organized and on top of their schedule for the day, made everyone look and feel beautiful, was easy to work with. When you see multiple brides all saying the same types of positive things about this artist you can be confident that this person is a good hire.

Sometimes you find your makeup artist because they did your friend’s wedding or another family member’s wedding and have come with a good referral. I always think referral business is the best business! If you don’t know where to begin looking for a makeup artist for your wedding try asking friends who they used and if they had a good experience.

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3. Are You Comfortable With Their Personality?

It is really important to find a makeup artist whose personality meshes with yours. This person is going to be with you and your girls all morning, and how the personality game plays out can set the tone for the entire day.

If you are upbeat and bubbly and fun and your makeup artist is dull and depressing it can feel like a wet blanket has been thrown on your party. If you are quiet and more reserved and your makeup artist is loud and obnoxious you won’t care how good he/she is at doing a smoky eye, she is going to drive you crazy!

Watch out for the artist with the super ego and watch out for the energy vampire. Your wedding day is about you, not your artist, so the person you hire has to be able to go with the flow.

A good makeup artist will be able to take everything in stride, won’t get moody, will keep everything on time and won’t get stressed out.

4. Ask For Samples Of Their Work

Everyone can talk a good game and tell you stories of jobs they have done, but can they back it up with pictures?

Before social media became such a big deal artists had to ask photographers for images from the weddings they worked on, and it could take ages before they received them (busy photographers don’t always have time to get pictures for makeup artists!), but now everyone is posting pictures from their wedding on Instagram and Facebook, so a working artist should be able to show you lots of images of their work even if it’s just scrolling through the insta feeds of previous brides.

Look to see if there is variety in their work, and also to see if they are showing the style of makeup that you are looking for. If their images are predominantly Kardashian-style, heavy duty makeup and you prefer a more scaled back look then that artist may not be the fit you are looking for. If you like big, bold looks and this artist only has pretty, soft, neutral looks to show you, then that may not work either.

A good makeup artist can do any type of makeup look, so make sure you ask them if you don’t see the type of look you are planning on.

5. Does This Artist Have A Contract?

Does your artist have a contract for you to sign, that outlines the specifics for your wedding, and what is covered?

Weddings are a business. The artist you hire should treat your big day as business. That means they should be highly organized and have a good business system in place. Their contract needs to detail how many people they are doing, if they are bringing an assistant and if so how many people that assistant is responsible for, what time they are leaving you, and how much everything will cost (with no hidden  surprises). When you fill out your contract you should be 100% certain of everything that is included, so there is no confusion on your wedding day.

If your artist uses a contract they are not likely to skip out on your wedding and leave you high and dry.

An artist who treat weddings as a business is going to be thinking about the referral business they can get from your wedding and the review that you will write them. They are going to be aware that they need to make sure they meet your needs, do a fabulous job, are lovely to be around and leave you feeling happy and beautiful. Because that is how you stay in business.

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6. Does This Artist Have A Clean, Well Prepared Kit?

When you have a trial makeup with your prospective artist observe their kit. Is it clean? Is it organized? Is it full of cheap products or is it built on professional products? Are their brushes clean?

Above all else the makeup artist you hire must practice a high standard of hygiene. Do not ever let anyone put a dirty makeup brush on your skin!

I don’t know any successful, professional makeup artists who have dirty, unorganized makeup kits. If a makeup kit is full of drugstore products that may not be the artist you want to hire. With few exceptions drugstore products aren’t designed to last all day. They tend to have lower quality ingredients and aren’t as pigmented as professional products. There are exceptions and most artists will have a variety of product brands in their kit, but a kit should not be predominantly built from cheap products.

7. Is This Artist Asking You Questions?

Is the artist you are having a trial with or talking to about your wedding asking you a lot of questions? They should be. Your makeup needs to be telling the same story as the rest of your wedding. It needs to compliment your dress, your hair, and the overall vibe of your wedding. The artist needs to get a feel for who you are, what your comfort level is with makeup, how you want to look on your wedding day.

They also need to be asking you what time of day you are getting married – makeup for an 11 am ceremony is going to be different from makeup for  6pm wedding. They need to be asking about your location, your flowers, your dress, your hair. Your makeup artist needs to be asking you a lot of questions.

The look they design for your wedding day needs to be built from all these questions. You don’t want to hire someone who just does their thing on your face, not taking into account who you are and what your wants and needs are.

8. Is This Makeup Artist Listening to You?

This goes hand in hand with the previous item. Your makeup artist needs to ask you a lot of questions and then listen to you. If you are not feeling heard then this is not the person to hire for the biggest day of your life. A good makeup artist is also a good listener.

9. How Is Their Appearance?

A person’s appearance tells you an enormous amount about them. This is not about money or how expensive their outfit is, but it is about how they are presenting themselves and representing their business.

Is this person well groomed? Are they dressed sloppily or professionally? Are their nails groomed? Is their hair all over the place or have they made an effort to make it look nice? Are they wearing makeup? Are they wearing scary makeup? If an artist looks like an Instagram makeup picture, with giant eyebrows and sparkly highlighter with brown stripes on their cheeks, chances are that’s what they’re planning on doing to you!

Does this person present themselves in a professional manner? This is going to be the biggest day of your life, and at this point quite possibly the most expensive day of your life! Does this artist look like they appreciate and respect the fact that you are considering hiring them for such a momentous occasion?

At a wedding I did recently the bridal party were showing me photos from a friend’s wedding 2 months prior, where the makeup artist showed up in old leggings and a plaid shirt, both covered in cat or dog hair! She literally hadn’t bothered to take the time to put on clean clothes. If the person you are thinking about hiring can’t be bothered with their appearance, find someone else.

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10.Are They Discounting Their Work?

I don’t believe in discounting my work and wouldn’t be comfortable hiring someone who does. Artists who run legitimate, professional businesses seldom if ever discount their work. You are paying for their time, their experience, their quality products and the quality of their work. If someone is cutting their prices, or God forbid doing a discount service like Groupon, that either says they are not booking work or they don’t value their own work.

You need to be confident that you are paying the same as their other brides, not more.

If you hire someone because they are cheap, chances are you won’t be getting quality.

If an artist is inexpensive but meets the preceding criteria then maybe they are at the beginning of their career and are working their way up the ladder. If they behave professionally, take pride in their appearance, ask you questions and listen to your answers, work with you to create a look you fall in love with, have clean brushes and a clean, well organized kit and take pride in their work, then they may just be a really good hire.

There is a huge difference between cheap and inexpensive.

When considering hiring a makeup artist for your wedding day let price be the very last detail in your equation. Make sure they meet all the other requirements first. Sometimes you will find someone who is a perfect fit for you and who is not the most expensive person on your list. Other times you may have to raise your budget a little to get that person who is really good and meets all of your needs.

Don’t ruin $3000 of wedding photography for $50 of makeup. Don’t ruin your wedding day because you saved a few dollars and got awful makeup, or because you hired someone who was mean or didn’t show up.

Use these ten steps to make sure you find someone who makes you both look and feel absolutely gorgeous on your wedding day! If you have any other good tips please share them in the comments section.

xo

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Limited US