Make Up For Ever

Shooting with StoneKap Production for The National Inventors Hall of Fame

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Something I’ve been trying to find time to write about, is a recent shoot I worked on in Philly with StoneKap Entertainment for The National Inventors Hall of Fame.

StoneKap is located in Ohio and films throughout the country. The National Inventors Hall of Fame is located in DC with their home office also located in Ohio. StoneKap and The National Inventors Hall of Fame have been working together for a few years.

The shoot took place in a really cool office space that housed the Bresslergroup. The Bresslergroup homepage describes the company as “A research-driven product innovation lab.” And it was just that. A completely open floor plan with high ceilings and large industrial styled windows, a beautiful common space greeted me upon entering. The work space and desks of employees sat behind a glass cube of a conference room, where we shot our interview. The desks themselves were really modern and rather spaced out. The walls were littered with huge white scratch pad paper that I can only imagine to be projects and ideas and work. We also did a few takes in the lab area.

When I was contacted by and accepted the offer from StoneKap, I was beyond excited. I received very little details about the shoot, my communications were mostly about who my contacts were and who I’d be working with.  Upon arriving and meeting the team, I met JD Albert. JD was the subject for our shoot and is being inducted into The National Inventors Hall of Fame for creating E-Ink, the ink that is in e-readers such as the Kindle.

Male grooming is fairly easy and JD needed very little makeup and few touch-ups, mostly to control shine. He was very soft spoken and didn’t mind the makeup. Shortly after, we began filming.

During those two hours of shooting, I learned a lot about JD, what he has created over the years, and what Bresslergroup works on. And I was beyond fascinated.

Between filming, and while the crew was setting up their gear in the lab area, JD showed me a product that the Bresslergroup had recently created. Designed for Temptu, his group created an all-in-one handheld airbrush machine. JD also mentioned that a professional version of the product was in the works, and I cannot wait to purchase one!

We wrapped the day with a few shots in the lab area.

I’m so happy to have met and worked with the team at StoneKap, The National Inventors Hall of Fame, the freelance sound guy and of course JD Albert. I hope to have some stills and reels to share with everyone in the next coming months, after JD is inducted. I also really look forward to seeing what the team has created with our time. I absolutely love working on production based projects!

Hope you all enjoyed reading about the shoot! As always, thank you for reading!


New Images

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So excited to share some new work with you!

Check out recent Images of the Lovely AnnaLisa and Emely, shot by Chris Loupos In Philadelphia.



Old Blog Content

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Recently, while going through my old site, I found some articles I had written that I think are so fun, they needed to be on! Check out this write up on ELF products I wrote a while back and let me know what you think!


Cheap Trick- ELF Review

In my Make Up For Ever post I mentioned a product that is comparable to the HD finishing powder. Well, here’s a few products that I think are worth the review and write up. I would highly recommend checking these bad boys out. 

ELF HD Finishing Powder- Easily comparable to the HD Make Up For Ever powder. I actually bought this one day at Target just to compare. At $8, I wasn’t too concerned about tossing it in the junk drawer if it sucked. I was beyond surprised and super excited when I discovered how similar the two products were. Best part, its only a fraction of the price and double the size and this powder lasts me way longer. Awesome find. I have seen ELF products for retail in a few different stores, including Target. The powder retails for $6 on the ELF website and you can purchase itHERE.

ELF Makeup Cleansing Cloths- Ok, so I feel like these cleansing cloths are basically all the same. I chose to buy these because of the $3 price point. Enough said. Non-greasy and works great, even on waterproof liners and mascara. Purchase them HERE

ELF Studio Powder Brush- Of all the brushes I own, this might be my favorite. And guess how much I paid for it?! $3. I use it for foundation to get an airbrush effect. I have yet to see a bristle fall out. Find it HERE

ELF Cream Eyeliner- These little jars are great. I would compare it to MAC’s fluidline gel liners- incredibly similar. I’ve only seen colors Black and Brown in stores however, the ELF website has a whole variety of colors to choose from. Retails for $3. Purchase them HERE

ELF Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pen- Compare to MAC’s Penultimate Eye Liner. A felt tipped eye liner pen that makes application a breeze and lines sharp as can be. As much as I loved the MAC pen, it only lasted for about a week before it dried out. Granted, a felt tip pen is going to dry up rather fast but I really thought for the price, it’d last a bit longer. The ELF felt tip liner outlasted MAC’s by weeks. The color is not as intense on the first swipe, but a second application and viola! The cat eye has never been easier. Retails for $2 and at that price, who even cares how fast it dries up! Purchase yoursHERE

ELF Studio Blush- I dont know what it is about this little compact of blush that I love, but I do. It’s inexpensive and the colors are great. It retails for $3. I would suggest finding a shade similar to your everyday color and compare them. I’ve ditched my Nars Orgasm (fave) and picked up one of these guys a few months back… I’ve been loving it ever since. Purchase ELF Studio BlushHERE

These are just a few products that I find very comparable to more expensive lines. I’m basically a makeup junkie so I buy, buy, buy. But it’s always nice to come across a product regardless if it’s drugstore or department store, that deliver. There’s nothing worse (ahem, MAC’s eyeliner pen) than a product that fails or just isn’t at all what you thought it would be.

Have a product that you think is comparable to a higher end line? Comment below and let’s discuss it! 


MUFE 11 Foundation Palette

Something that I’m totally obsessing over and I think everyone should know about, is the Make Up For Ever 11 Foundation Palette.

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This palette is literally everything you need for foundation, highlight and contour. And it can be matched to every skin tone. How great, right?! AMAZING.

This palette is definitely the most portable of all my foundations and concealers. The pan stick shades are easy to blend and easy to build, allowing for light to full coverage. The placement of the wells in a clear container make color matching a cinch.

The colors from top right to left are: 070 White, IVOR Ivory, CF1 Porcelain, P6 Light Beige, 5W Medium Beige, 6W Warm Beige

Empty Well, P2 Pink Beige, 7W Mat Beige, 8W Golden Beige, P4 Caramel, 10W Chocolate Beige

The Ivory and Chocolate Beige colors are my favorite for highlight and contour. I use the lightest color Ivory to highlight under the eyes and above the cheek bones. I also put a little on the forehead and on the brow bone. The deepest color, Chocolate beige, is use for contour in the hollows of the cheeks, along the jawline, nose, and the forehead around the hairline. I sometimes like to apply contour from the nose into the brow and above the highlight near the temples. I find the white to come up too white for highlight but is really nice for mixing.

I also use the Porcelain and Medium Beige colors pretty frequently on clients.

If you’re a lover of custom matching foundations, perfectly placed highlights and Kardashian contour, this palette is definitely for you.

Make Up For Ever Pro Takeover

Today I had the pleasure of attending the Make Up For Ever Pro Takeover! The event is taking place across the country in selected cities and lucky for me, King Of Prussia was one! I totally would have gone to New York for it, fyi.

I received an email a few weeks ago for the opportunity to register and attend a MUFE Pro class hosted by top industry professionals. Upon seeing the invite, I immediately seized the opportunity and signed up. At the time, I was only able to register for two classes so I chose the first two of the day: Fundamental Flash Color with Jessie Powers and Glamorous Bridal Beauty with Jayme Arrasmith. After arriving, it was announced that everyone was welcome to stay for all or as many classes as they would like. So I stayed for the entire day. FAB CHOICE.

The Fundamental Flash Color class with Jessie Powers was all about using the 12 Flash Color Case for the entire face. Can I just say, I’ve been obsessing over this flash case for a while. I’ve done tons of research on the palette and even looked up similar products. Still I wanted it. Jessie’s class was a great opportunity to see it used in person, on the entire face! This palette can literally be used for anything. Foundation, highlight, contour, cheek, lip, eye, brow. Everything. Jessie’s look was awesome and I’m so glad I was able to watch her demo the palette.



The second class of the day with Jayme Arrasmith was all about Bridal work. Perfectly selected products blended with a few tips and technique tricks, made for a perfect modern bride, achieved with all Make Up For Ever products. Jayme did a really well done smokey brown eye- very a la Kim K. She brought color to her cheeks and lips and lightly smoked out her eye. She kept everything matte (except for a few highlights) by using Super Matte Loose Powder. She gave the model a light, natural brow and added a few contours around the face. The look was easy and looked amazing. I really enjoy watching other artists work. Something Jayme said during her class and I find to be very true, is that you never really stop learning. I love improving myself as an artist and a really good way for me to do that is by taking classes and learning and networking from other industry professionals. I had a great time watching Jayme work and think she’s a great artist. Jayme is the Head Makeup Artist at the Make Up For Ever boutique in the King Of Prussia Mall.

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Later in the day Jayme hosted another class called Sculpted Highlight and Contour. She demonstrated two different ways she applies and blends both highlights and contours to make them look super natural. Majority of both was done with the 11 Foundation Palette and some powder.



There were also a Regional Artist Spotlight Demonstration with James Vincent. At first when I saw the class schedule, it didn’t dawn on me that the person teaching this class was the James Vincent. I was super excited when I realized. I’ve followed him on twitter for a while now and absolutely love his work. I highly suggest looking him up. This man has worked with EVERYONE and is really someone to look up to. James hosted the demo class and also conducted another that was all about the business end of the industry. During the demo, James spotlighted some products he loves and explained some quick and fun techniques used to quickly work backstage and on sets. His look was very fashion trend with an orange lip. Beautiful. His Business Breakdown class was the last of the day and was awesome. Listening to a top industry professional talk about how he’s accomplished all of this from nothing and noting all the things that have gotten him there, was really the highlight of the entire event, for me anyway. I was able to take away some great advice from James and can not wait to continue to brand myself and explore new opportunities. Thanks James!



I also purchased some new products that I’ll be reviewing in a later post. Some of the products are linked above.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone at the KOP boutique and the artists that traveled from NYC to attend. I can’t wait for the next Pro Takeover!