Friday, December 09, 2005

It is December and 2006 is almost here. November wasn't a good month for me. Most of the month was spent in Missouri, trying to help my uncle who had a stroke. After the stroke, he wasn't able to talk, eat or move around. We hoped his body would get stronger, but instead he got gangrene and died this month. Many of you have emailed me warm thoughts and condolances....thank you! Your support has helped more than you know.

Since I wasn't able to do much, I have decided to just post images from some of the looks that I created during my makeup artist classes that I teach through out the year. I hope you enjoy them!

(model-Jourdan, phtg.-F. Ramirez, makeup/hair-Candace Corey)

The colors I used were from Victoria Secret Beauty. I used the Mosaic Spice on eyes and cheeks and finished her lips in a nude shade to look sophisticated yet natural.

This cool swimsuit shot was taken at my makeup workshop in Elizabeth New Jersey. There was a beat up elevator that had so much character, that we just had to do something with it and this is what we came up with.

(model-Sheena, phtg-F. Ramirez, makeup/hair-Candace Corey)

I used Black Opal cosmetics on her face, and the yellow makeup is by Mehron.

(model-Nataliyah, phtg-W. Sclesky, makeup/hair-Candace Corey)

This shot is on my web page, but many don't know that it was created at one of my makeup workshops last year, in Elizabeth New Jersey. When I saw Nataliyah, she reminded me of Paulina Porizkova so I wanted to do something interesting so I used some color pigments to create the look that you see here. The color pigments are by Ben Nye.

I hope you enjoyed some of my past work. Starting in January 2006, I am going to answering a monthly beauty question. So if you have a beauty question that you would like answered just send it to me by going to my beauty questionaire link. See you next month!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

November is now here, and cold weather is just around the corner. Even though I hate the shorter and darker days, I love this time of year because of the Fall fashions. This year is like a smorgasborg of style. There is something for everyone. There is leather, suede, double breasted jackets, angora knit lace, and even touches of silk...everything to choose from! The Fall fashions are beautiful this year!

What is better than Fall fashions, well Fall makeup of course! Well at least for a makeup artist. There are rich shades and various textures to choose from. It's a makeup artist's dream.

While I explored the new shades for this years palette, I had the opportunity to write about my findings for the October issue of Les Nouvelles Esthetiques (American Edition) magazine. You can see one of the images that I created for the article above.

As I gathered my information, I thought it would be great to interview another makeup artist for the story. Who better to ask about Fall color, than Sam Fine, one of my favorite celebrity makeup artists. As Sam Fine says, "Many women of color are afraid to use color, but Fall is the perfect time to experiement!" I totally agree. Many woman of all ethnic back grounds feel that it is better to do no makeup at all, than to mess up. My philosophy?.....Live a little! It's just makeup, it will wash off!

If you are still unsure than consider some of the tips from all of the new beauty books out today. One of my favorites books is Iman's "The Beauty of Color". You can see video clips of the makeovers and the interviews that Oprah did with Iman, and other guests Naomi Campbell, and Eva Mendes Makeup was done by one of my other favorite makeup artists Pat McGrath!.....LOVE her work!

While you look good in your Fall fashions and makeup, make sure you don't skip your exercises. You can get great tips in the "Back Talk" story I wrote for Belleza magazine. I interview Dr. Tom Konicki, who is a chiropractor for some advice and exercises to keep our backs healthy. Not only did I have a great piece for the magazine, but I also learned a lot of helpful hints on how to avoid a lot of unnecessary back problems. The issue will hit news stands soon.

(Image credit to the left: styling and imagery was by me and photographer Fred Ramirez for CC&C)

Not only did I learn tips on taking care of my back, but I also got a chance to use a great body lotion by Olay called Quench. Even though I have dry skin, I hate the feeling of greasy moisturizers. Quench was surprisingly light weight and refreshing to my skin, without any greasy residue.

I know no one really reads the packaging on body lotion, but it felt so good I had to find out why. Come to find out, it has Amino-Vitamins and Chamomile with the ability to give your skin a burst of moisture that continues for 24 hours so you don't have to keep applying it over and over again. Now I can keep my skin looking good and feeling good in the winter months to come.

I am now accepting beauty questions at my web site. I will try my best to answer all of your questions, but due to my hectic schedule that is not always possible. I will post a few of the questions and answers on my upcoming blogs!

Ok that's enough!....time to go back under my nice warm blanket! See you next month!

Sunday, October 02, 2005

I can't believe that it is already October. Time if flying by.

As a makeup artist, you have to keep track of your published work so you can add it to your portfolio. As I was updating my portfolio, I began reminiscing over some of the fun times I've had while on shoots.

Recent work
One of the projects that I did was for Skin Inc's August issue, about the Fall color pallette, called "Autumnal Jewels-Enjoying Luxurious Color This Season".

This was an especially fun project for me because of all of the people who were at the studio. There were 10 people in the studio, it was like a party. There was the model Jen, from Elite Chicago and photographer Fred Rameriz, assistant photographer Jeff White, Skin Inc. writer Kate Hamilton and her colleague Laura Koenes, my 3 kids and nephew (every once in a while I can bring them with me on jobs) and me! After doing several hours of shooting and makeup changes, Jen's mom joined us with containers of ice cream to make sundaes for everyone. With the music going and everyone laughing and enjoying ourselves, you can see why I had a blast!

All in the Details
After starting with a beautiful clean look, Kate who was the writer of the article, turned to me and said "I know we usually want pretty and nice, but can we do something a little more daring?" Surprised at the comment, I said "I can get more creative and daring?" She smiled and said, "Yes! Go all out if you want!" Knowing Skin Inc's past history, I was surprised.....pleasantly....but surprised. "OK!!!" And that is where this shot was created from. I was still "technically" safe, but for this publication it was a direction of color and style that moved them forward, and I really liked it. By the end of a long evening, we had gone from clean to more extreme. I can't wait to work with them again next year!

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Trying to pull things together! Some days seem like there is too much to do, with too little time to do it.

When I am not busy on shoots I am editing images, color correcting pictures for my students or working on the next editorial spread.

Its a lot of hard work to juggle a career, a business and a family!

I am really looking forward to the rest of the year though, especially since I am really pushing to get an agent in London or Paris. I want to keep myself exposed to different things and different styles so my creativity keeps growing.

Well....that is all for today. I have to get back to fixing images for my students and planning the next shoot for 2 magazines. *sigh* Did I mention that I was tired yet?! (smile)

Monday, August 15, 2005

Today is going to be a busy day. I will be doing work for a cosmetic company.

I am specifically excited about this project because I will be able to do creative direction on these shots, as well as the makeup.

To be able to help design the "image" around the cosmetic company's style is going to be interesting.

Next I will be working on a fashion show for an editorial party.

We want to be able to change the looks according to the various designers without making it hard on us. We will have lingerie, evening gowns, swimsuits....and just shoes to do. Well.....when the event is over, I will definitely post some images so you can see how it turned out.

OK!.....I have to go now!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

This is my first time to create a blog. I heard about it by a producer friend of mine , who produces Stylezonetv.

Eventhough I teach makeup classes, I will be working with her on one of the Stylezone classes in Chicago. It is going to be a great class. I will be teaching the business side of being a makeup artist, while other celebrity makeup artists will be demonstrating their makeup techniques.

Well, what should I talk about?

Well let me tell you a little bit about me and what I have been up to. As you may know, I am a makeup artist but I also do a lot of other things. I do hair styling, body painting, airbrush makeup and sometimes wardrobe styling.....but my love it makeup.

This year I have had a lot of great opportunities to do more creative direction and writing for beauty and fashion spreads that I work on.

This shot of singer Amira, was for Belleza magazine. The photographer was Fred Ramirez. The hair, makeup and creative direction was by me. She is so beautiful inside and out, and her skin is so smooth and flawless! Talk about envy!! (smile)

We joked and danced to some of her songs off of her new CD that she will be having out soon. She is talking to Kanye West about doing a track together. I hope to work with him some day as well. Her CD has a great mix of everthing, so it will suit all tastes and styles. I think she is going to be a star.

This year I also had a chance to work with Lucire magazine. This shot was for the May issue. It was a beauty story about the Spring and Summer color. The photographer was Monty and the model was provided by Wings. Hair, makeup and creative direction was by me on this one as well. I got the concept by the old Hollywood glamour. Sophisticated yet sexy!

Eventhough Lucire is published in New Zealand, you can order it online at .

I am now doing more spreads for them. I hope to continue our relationship, as they grow into a major publication.

The Spring/Summer issue of Bride's Noir magazine is out on newstands now. I was able to do two spreads for them. This shot is from the handbag story that I did for them. I really loved how the handbags looked on the trees.
The photographer is Monty again. The hair, makeup, wardrobe and creative direction was by me on this one as well. We took little sections of wire and secured each handbag onto the banches like fruit.

The gown was by a local wedding dress boutiquette. The model , Tameka, is a really good friend of mine. She had done so many things, I was happy to work with her again. She was one fo the models for the Tommy Hilfiger fashion show tour. Now she is talking to Applebottoms about a project.

If you haven't seen Tameka before, she is also the same model who is on my web site that has the rhinestone eyelashes.

The eyelashes took a long time to make, and then having to attach those tiny rhinestones onto her bottom eyelashes took even longer. The rhinestones were so tiny, I thought I was going to drop one her her eye.....but I didn't!

The makeup for that shot was provided by MAC. The story was called "Bling" makeup story.

I loved the photography in this one. There were two shots that didn't get published, that I really really loved. They were a little edgier, but that is why I loved the shots.
One of the shots as this ponytail shot with her brow as rhinestones, and the other was lips outlined in rhinestones.

The ponytail shot was really cool to me because I was able to make her hair so high in the air, and stuch a big ponytail, that she had to duck down so her hair didn't get dumped when she walked through the doorways.

I have a lot of things coming up. I have several beauty and fashion shoots, a makeup class that I will be teaching in New Jersey , a makeup ad campaign to do, and a calendar shoot. So there will be plenty more blogging in my future to catch you up on where I've been, and what I've been up to!

As of looks like my first "blog" is officially over! See ya' next time.

Candace Corey