Monday, December 2, 2019

What You Need to Know Before Purchasing Cosmetic Gift Sets | Makeup byKeri Ann the Flying MUA



What to know about buying makeup gift sets_Makeup and skin care tips
Before purchasing that shiny new cosmetic set, STOP and LOOK
Makeup gift sets are perfect for gift giving and a great way to try new products or replenish your stash of beauty essentials.

BUT before you purchase a set for your favorite makeup enthusiast, STOP and LOOK for:

1) Quantity vs quality - many gift sets, especially those packaged for the holiday, will have lots of filler and may not be that exciting once opened. Always compare the content listing with the actual products inside the set.

2) Weight/volume of products - smaller travel sizes might end up costing more than full size  products. If small sizes are not needed, your full size gift may the better gift selection.

3) Where the cosmetics are made - you do not want imitation or suspicious products. Did you know that many cosmetic products sold on-line are imitation products? The best way to verify your cosmetics are authentic, are to purchase directly from the cosmetic brand website or a trusted brand retailer.

4) Price - if it is too good to be true, it usually is. Ask yourself why and review this list.

A few months back, I felt like I NEEDED some new lipstick. I was in one of the fun discount stores that clearance name brand items, when I thought I found a "steal of a deal" lip set and made an impulse purchase. Well, as soon as I got home, buyer's remorse set in, when I turned over the package.

In store, I ignored the too low of a price on the tag and then I didn't even inspect where the product was made BEFORE purchase!

Don't make the same impetuous mistake, especially if you are giving the gift of cosmetics or skin care!

I would love to know what your favorite gift sets are!

Pay special attention to where cosmetics and skin care are manufactured!













Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Part 2 'Til Death Do Us Part Styled Halloween Photo Shoot | Makeup by Keri Ann the Flying MUA

Halloween Inspired Wedding Makeup _ Red Weddings_On location Makeup _
Halloween inspired wedding makeup
These are the 2nd set of photos from our “Til Death Do Us Part” Halloween styled wedding shoot.

Our beautiful model, Madelyn,  fit perfectly into our our spooky vintage wedding dress provided by Stages Great Events.

Madelyn has beautiful large hazel eye and in order to bring out more brown/gold tones in her eye color, I opted for a blend of gold, red (yes, I said red) and brown shadows. 

As with all of my clients, I really want the natural beauty of the client to show rather than the makeup.  I did line the waterline with black liner, but to keep it from overpowering her eyes, I kept the line thin to the waterline.

I even smoked out the bottom eyelid corners with some of the red shadow.  I never get to play with red shadow and I didn’t want the red to be overpowering, but I am so in love with the way the colors blended and looked.  I did apply some dramatic false lashes to her eyes as the finishing touch.

I applied bronzer in the hollow of her cheeks and barely tinted the cheeks with some red cheek color.  I did not want to create flushed cheeks, but I chose to subtly apple a red tint to blend the total look together.

Her lips were lined with a neutral lip pencil, followed by a mixture of red, black and deep rust lip colors.



Houston Makeup Artist _ On location makeup _ Houston Best Makeup Artist
Dramatic Red Eye Makeup for Hazel Eyes


Red Eye shadow _ Makeup by Keri Ann _ Houston Best Makeup Artist
I can never get enough  of eyes looking down at the bouquet!


Houston Makeup Artist _ On location Makeup Houston_Spooky Bridal Photos
The fog provided by Dixie DJ Services was perfect for our theme!
I love the chandelier and red accents at the ceremony site at Windveil Manor
Styling by Stages Great Events & Windveil Manor and florals by MK Events
A red bouquet is timeless and works for all seasons!
This lovely bouquet was created by MK Events



Some more amazing details from our set
Halloween inspired Wedding Details
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The after party is always the best - especially after working so hard in front of the camera!

To see more photos from this styled Halloween styled photo shoot, please click here.

A complete list of vendors is below. Please be sure to visit their links to learn more!

Janet & Sandy Buller from Sweet Spirit Photos for the Photography and Calligraphy
Windveil Manor provided the Venue, Decorative Items, Design & Staging
Stages Great Events provided Decorative Items, Design & Staging, Dresses & Models
Sam's Sweet Treats provided Candied Apples & Chocolate
Weddings by Candi provided the Custom Invitation
Dixie DJ provided the Uplights and Fog effects
Dolly's Sweet Sensations provided the Cake
MK Events provided the Floral Design arrangements & bouquet
Makeup by Keri Ann provided the makeup!














Monday, October 28, 2019

Part 1 'Til Death Do Us Part Styled Halloween Photo Shoot | Makeup by Keri Ann the Flying MUA

Fun Makeup_Houston Makeup Artist
Halloween Styled Shoot Part 1 Makeup by Keri Ann
Photo courtesy of Sweet Spirit Photos. Fog provided by Dixie DJ

In September I was asked to participate in a Halloween Styled, "'Til Death Do Us Part" Theme photo shoot at Windveil Manor in Cypress, TX.  Windveil Manor was a perfect backdrop for this photo shoot!

Styled shoots always help inspire my creativity.  Since most of my clients are very natural makeup clients, I jumped at the opportunity to play with darker and much more dramatic colors.  I realize these looks featured in this post aren't for everyone, but it is fun to play with color! 

This is just the first of 2 posts from that styled shoot and this post features our beautiful blonde model, Taryn.  Taryn has stunning eyes and to help enhance her natural green color, I chose to use smoky plum hughes.  Her skin is already fair, so I just used foundation and powder to match her natural skin tone and applied translucent powder in the lightest shade possible to give her a porcelain look.

There was no need to apply additional lashes, as Taryn already had professional lash extensions on.

I used bronzer to accentuate the hollows of Taryn's cheeks.  Even though I normally opt for more cheek color on the apples of the cheeks, I didn't feel as if a "rosy glow" would fit the theme of the shoot.

I also applied deep plum/black matte lipstick shades to her lips and accentuated the lips by applying a grape colored gloss on top, as her lips needed hydrating.

The result was definitely a look Taryn never wears, but as you can see from the photos below, they worked very well with the style of our theme.

Taryn is a very sweet lady in person, but she was able to give the camera some somber attitude at times!  To find out more about Taryn, you can visit her blog by clicking here.


Deep plum lipstick _ Dramatic Wedding Makeup_
Deep Plum Dramatic Makeup by Makeup by Keri Ann
Photos courtesy of Sweet Spirit Photos.  Florals by MK Events
On location makeup Houston
MK Events provided these Amazing Florals
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The creativity at this table!
Photos courtesy of Sweet Spirit Productions.  Florals by MK Events.
Decor by Windveil Manor & Stages Great Events.  Apples & Chocolates by Sam's Sweet Treats.
October Wedding inspiration_Halloween Weddings _ Red Floral Decor
The details were incredible!!
 Photos courtesy of Sweet Spirit Productions.  Florals by MK Events.
Decor by Windveil Manor & Stages Great Events.  Apples & Chocolates by Sam's Sweet Treats.
On location Makeup Houston
Love this red dress and backdrop!
Creepy Wedding Ideas_Halloween Wedding Ideas
Cake Anyone?
Photos courtesy of Sweet Spirit Productions.  Cake by Dolly's Sweet Sensations.
Decor by Windveil Manor & Stages Great Events.  Apples by Sam's Sweet Treats.
Invitation by Weddings by Candi.  Florals by MK Events.
A complete list of vendors is below.  Please be sure to visit their links to learn more!

Special thanks to Janet & Sandy Buller from Sweet Spirit Photos for the Photography & Calligraphy
Windveil Manor provided the Venue, Decorative Items, Design & Staging
Stages Great Events provided Decorative Items, Design & Staging, Dresses & Models
Sam's Sweet Treats provided Candied Apples & Chocolate
Weddings by Candi provided the Custom Invitation
Dixie DJ provided the Uplights and Fog effects
Dolly's Sweet Sensations provided the Cake
MK Events provided the Floral Design arrangements & bouquet
Makeup by Keri Ann provided the makeup!





Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Houston Racquet Club Bridal Portraits | Makeup by Keri Ann the Flying MUA

This is my real bridal client, Ellen.

When Ellen's mom shared the sneak peek bridal photo with me, I had to reach out to her photographer, Lawrence Elizabeth, to ask to see more photos, as my first thought was this photo looks just the bridal portrait of a royal princess!  

Once I saw the full gallery of bridal photos taken at the Houston Racquet Club, I asked permission from Lawrence Elizabeth Photography, to share them with you! 

The makeup was done by me, Makeup by Keri Ann, and the bride's hair was styled by the very talented Meagan Malone.

Enjoy the beauty of my bridal client, the photography, and the scenic background!

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Little Details Make a Huge Difference in Professional Head Shots | Makeup by Keri Ann the Flying MUA



Makeup by Keri Ann Head Shot by His and Hers Foto

I recently had some new head shots taken by His and Hers Foto and I was reminded, once again, about the importance of having a person on set with you to help you perfect the details in your photo.

In the first few test shots, I borrowed 1/2 of the His & Hers Foto team (Kristi), to be a “model” for me.  After Kristi stepped back into her photographer role, she noticed I had something sticking out of my jacket pocket - something I didn’t realize was in my pocket and something that would not have been noticed if Kristi had not been looking on with an objective eye.


Notice anything?  Once Kristi left my chair, she spotted it right away!

I have had the opportunity to accompany a few photographers on their on-location head shot portrait sessions.  I am hired by the photographer/client to provide makeup touch up services (touching up under the eyes, eliminating shine on faces and heads, brightening cheeks and lips and taming fly away hairs).   

But, I also add additional value, as another objective set of eyes.  I often spot check for lint on clothing, straighten necklaces, making sure wrinkles are out of jackets, and see that ties and scarves are properly in place, etc.
I have always discovered little things in my own family portraits that were overlooked just because no one was behind the camera to help perfect and refine the details for me.  Photographers are concerned with lighting, shadows, and the composition of the photo.  
When booking your head shot portrait session, find out if there will be a detail person on set or if you need to bring your own objective eye to get the most out of your photography investment.

Makeup artists can be that objective eye for all photography clients, not just makeup waring clients.

I would love to be of service to you for your next professional head shot session!




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!"

Skindinavia Makeup Setting Spray
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?

Romantic Makeup by Makeup by Keri Ann_Hair by Meagan Malone _ Olde Dobbin Station
Love these hair and makeup shots in the Jasmine 

Makeup by Keri Ann _ Olde Dobbin Station _Hair by Meagan Malone
These florals!!!! SO VERY BEAUTIFUL!!!

Makeup by Keri Ann_Olde Dobbin Station_Hair by Meagan Malone
Those wooden doors are so beautiful! But not as beautiful as my bridal client!

Sassy bridal portraits _ Makeup by Keri Ann _ Olde Dobbin Station
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!