Monday, October 21, 2019

Makeup Setting Sprays That Work | Makeup by Keri Ann the Flying MUA

Looking for a makeup setting spray that really works?

I am not into endorsing specific brands, however, when it comes to makeup setting sprays, there is a gold standard to look for.  The product is  Skindinavia Setting Spray and it sets and holds makeup for hours!

This one unique cosmetic brand is able to retain it's unique trademark AND formula, while still allowing other brands to market it under their own labels.  You can purchase this product on-line (see link above) and find it at retailers that sell professional makeup, but you can also find the same formula and product in the containers of other well-known brands. Those department store brands (Urban Decay) AND direct selling brands (Mary Kay and Alcone LimeLife)  package this fabulous product in their own packaging, while still giving credit to Scandinavia's patented technology.

If you need a makeup setting spray, look on the packaging for "Skindinavia".  If you find it, you know you've got a quality makeup setting spray that won't let you down for one of your "life's special events!"

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Skindinavia is the go-to product to set makeup for hours! (photo from their website)

This is not a sponsored post.

I chose to share this product with you because it is one of the most amazing products I have used on myself and my clients.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Natural Bridal Portrait Makeup by Makeup by Keri Ann the Flying MUA

I want to introduce one of my June brides, Paige, to you.

Paige wanted a natural makeup look for her bridal portraits.

I often ask my brides for a sneak peek of their bridal portraits so I can critique my work, and if I am lucky, I might get one sent, but Paige sent me her entire bridal portrait gallery AND I immediately asked her if I could share them with you!  

This bridal portrait session looks like one of the many beautiful styled shoots I've had the opportunity to participate in, but, this my dear friends, and readers, is a REAL bridal client!!

I also asked her amazing photographer, Holly Marie Photo, for permission to share this beautiful session with you!

All the photos featured here are courtesy of Holly Marie Photo.

This stunning bridal session took place at Olde Dobbin Station.
The flowers were by Thorn Floral Studio.
Makeup was by yours truly, Makeup by Keri Ann.
Hair was styled by Megan Malone.
Bridal Gown was from Paravani Vida in Houston.
The Bride’s veil was her grandmother’s - what a gorgeous treasure!!!

I love how the bride’s personality shines through all of the photos and all of the lovely details were captured!  

I had a terrible time choosing favorites, so I probably am featuring too many, but can you blame me?  Which photo(s) do you like best?

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Love these hair and makeup shots in the Jasmine 

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These florals!!!! SO VERY BEAUTIFUL!!!

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Those wooden doors are so beautiful! But not as beautiful as my bridal client!

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This bride has personality!!!

This dress and her vintage veil - absolutely stunning!

Thank you, Paige, for allowing me to be your makeup artist!
Your natural bridal makeup looks beautiful!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Wedding Makeup Podcast with His and Hers Foto

I posted this to my FB and IG accounts, but never got this published here on the blog.

If you want to hear about wedding makeup from the photographers' perspectives and my own observations, this podcast is for you!

I always love to talk about makeup and Kristi & Oscar Allen recently invited me to be a guest on their Life As Art podcast.

Tune in as we talk about all things makeup (and maybe some other topics too) by visiting

I have learned I love wearing headsets and talking into the microphones!

Oscar and Kristi are great hots and a great photography team! You can view their photography at His and Hers Foto.

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His and Hers Foto and Makeup by Keri Ann discuss "Makeup Artist Madness" on the Life As Art Podcast

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Beauty Emergency Kit | Makeup by Keri Ann the Flying MUA

We all have beauty emergencies from time to time.

Whether your makeup bag is lost or stolen, you have an unexpected business opportunity, have an "ugly crying" incident, you spill coffee, a zipper breaks, or you have a bad makeup or hair experience, I have put together a list of products to help you out in most every beauty emergency!

Cosmetic sponges and cotton balls can blend makeup applied too heavy or makeup that is too dark.

I like to keep both regular cotton swabs and the dual tip applicators (they have an eye shadow applicator on one side and a thin pointed tip on the other).  These little disposable tools are small, but mighty!  They work like magic when it comes to applying makeup, re-defining lines, softening and re-touching small makeup imperfections.

Lipstick is a dual purpose product - so keep a true red, a neutral pink or natural beige color on hand.  Not only can you re-color your lips, but you can tint your cheeks with lipstick if you are looking pale.  The color you choose to keep should match your makeup style and personality.

If you want to assemble a beauty emergency kit for you gal pals for a GNO or wedding, I would pack these items: 
  1. The three lip colors mentioned above - everyone likes a choice & has their own style.
  2. An unopened full size tube of mascara.
  3. I would also pack disposable mascara spoolies (disposable mascara wands) so everyone can safely share the mascara (one applicator per application - do NOT re-dip mascara wands in the mascara tube). Also make sure you have enough disposables for the group - at least one package per person.
You may also want to include your favorite concealer/foundation and a bronzer in your emergency kit

Hopefully you won't need a beauty emergency kit, but you will be prepared if you find yourself in a beauty emergency!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Vegan Fare in Laramie, WY | Makeup by Keri Ann the Flying MUA

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Sweet Melissa's Cafe - Plant based restaurant in Laramie, WY

Finding good vegan restaurants on my overnights has become a new fun treat.

The first plant-based restaurant I visited was a most pleasant surprise and it was in Laramie, WY of all places! (My husband wants to know what has happened to the great Wild West!?!?)

It's a restaurant called Sweet Melissa's Cafe and if you find yourself in the area (maybe you'll be visiting the University of Wyoming or driving through on your way to Denver, CO or perhaps, you'll be on a flight crew overnight), you must visit this little gem!

I ordered a vegan burger with a side of cauliflower "wings" and devoured and enjoyed every single bite! (I felt like I had tasted "normal" food for the first time, but it was vegan!)

I also ordered a brownie to enjoy in my room for dessert.

Apparently, one of their best desserts is the banana bread, but it was not vegan and I decided not to order it.  My driver highly recommended it though.

The person at the front desk of my hotel knew I was going to go to Sweet Melissa's and suggested I try the Cloth Napkin signature beverage from the Front Street Tavern (connected to Sweet Melissa's).  Since Earl Grey is my favorite tea, I decided to try the cocktail and it did not disappoint.

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Cloth Napkin Cocktail from Front Street Tavern in Laramie, WY

Downtown Laramie appears to have an assortment of unique shopping places and plenty of scenic "big sky" views. I would love to go back and explore more!

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Downtown Laramie, WY

Monday, February 4, 2019

Burbank Trip to Besame Cosmetics | Makeup by Keri Ann the Flying MUA

I have been meaning to write this post for some time and, unfortunately, many of the products I have purchased and feature in this post are being discontinued.

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Besame Cosmetics in Burbank Welcome Sign

Last spring, I had one of the longest and most splendid over nights in Burbank, CA.  The weather was fabulous. I needed exercise and new makeup (I had just changed my hair color), but I didn't want to go to a store I could go to in Houston.  

So, with a little help from Google, I found this great vintage cosmetic store I could walk to, called Besame.  

What a charming surprise!  Before you open the door, you are transferred to a much simpler time.  

Once I stepped inside, I could picture my grandmothers shopping at such a quaint store - everything appeared to be a storefront you would imagine visiting in the 1930s or 1940s.

The Besame cosmetic line is not overwhelming, but they offer a great assortment of products and everything is packaged with a vintage flair.  

They are able to offer cosmetics with Disney license, which has earned them quite a following with Disney fans the world over.

I am so fair, I have a hard time finding a foundation that will match my skin tone right out of the packaging.

I know how to custom create foundation, I do it for every one of my clients, but honestly, I am too lazy to do it for myself.  I was hoping to find a true vintage pancake makeup, but those are more elusive to find than a true porcelain color of foundation.

Besame actually had a perfect shade of foundation for me! 

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Besame Cashmere Foundation Stick in Natural Beige
It is called Natural Beige - I have never been a beige skin tone in my life!!! 

The Cashmere Foundation Stick sounds and feels creamy, but my sales consultant warned me the cream to powder formula would be too dry for my skin, and sadly, it is.  I love wearing it, and apply plenty of moisturizer before application, but by the end of the day my skin feels too dry. 

I had to invest in the Vanilla Brightening Powder, because powder is the perfect way to polish off your makeup and this one smells like Vanilla!  I just love the little details when opening this powder!

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Besame Brightening Vanilla Face Powder Packaging

The shade of blush looks subtle, it is called Sun Kissed, but the pigment was surprisingly intense and my first application resulted in me attempting to soften it with powder brushes, cotton balls and Kleenex.

I love the vintage packing of this blush, but I found it was terribly hard to open - one morning it finally flew out of my hands and broke.  If the container had been metal, as the original design was probably made of, I suspect I might have had an an easier time opening it, but I am not entirely sure.

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The lipstick is a beautiful shade of red, called Chocolate Kiss.  It is a true replica of a popular lipstick in 1970.  I love how creamy the lipstick is and how it does not seem to dry out my lips.  I had lost my favorite travel lip brush and was so excited to see they carried one too - I just had to invest!  I also snagged a new eyeshadow brush, because you can never have too many of those either.

I am waiting for another Burbank overnight so I can visit this great little cosmetic store again!  The price point is very affordable.

If you find yourself on Magnolia Boulevard, I highly suggest you stop in, browse for yourself, and then be sure to let me know what treasures you found!

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Makeup by Keri Ann the Flying MUA discovers Besame Cosmetics in Burbank, CA

Friday, January 18, 2019

Puppy Love Wedding Inspiration | Makeup by Keri Ann the Flying MUA

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Makeup by Keri Ann Reardon - photo courtesy of Mychelle Leven Photography

I had the incredible opportunity to participate in a photo shoot that was featured on The Wedding Chicks and on The Knot in late 2017.  All photos on this post were captured by Mychelle Leven.

While I shared this shoot on my social media at the time of publication(s), I failed to share the beauty of this styled shoot here on the blog.

Late is better than never, so without further chatter, I present to you the Puppy Love Photo Shoot (warning:  you may want to cuddle with a puppy after seeing these...)

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Makeup by Keri Ann Reardon - photo credit Mychelle Leven
 All of these puppies featured were provided by Operation Pets Alive
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Makeup by Keri Ann Reardon - photo credit Mychelle Leven
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Makeup by Keri Ann Reardon - photo credit Mychelle Leven

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Makeup by Keri Ann Reardon - photo credit Mychelle Leven
This shoot was actually done in the middle of the summer - late July or early August.  It was a typical HOT, HUMID and STICKY day in the Houston area.

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French blue wedding sweets - photo credit Mychelle Leven 
The amazing sweets were provided by Aldoria Cakery - I wish you could smell their rich, buttery sweetness!  I didn't get to taste anything, but the smell was divine!!!

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Amazing Florals and french blue inspiration for weddings - photo credit Mychelle Leven

Madera Estates hosted this shoot.  Event Smith styled the shoot.  Edelweiss Events provided the amazing florals.  The bridal gown featured above was provided by The Princess Bridal.  All bridesmaids dresses were provided by Bella Bridesmaids.  All hairstyles were the creations of Bethany Fortner and Ashley Nichole.  Bride and other two bridesmaids' makeup were done by Addie Allen.  Other vendors who participated, but whose work is not seen here are Couture House Rentals and Megan Marie Calligraphy.