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Since Season 1, Episode 1 of USA’s TV series SUITS, we haven’t been able to stop ogling at Rachel Zane played by Meghan Markle. Okay, obviously she’s naturally a beauty–but her makeup is always done in a way that shows off her feminine yet exotic feaures. We’ve deconstructed her makeup look in this photo to help you get that pulled-together-but-somehow-effortless, sexy, professional look!
Of course, first you will prep your skin accordingly with primer (if desired) foundation, concealer, and powder suited to your skin type and coloring.
To get Rachel’s warm rosy glow, use Facade #43 Pom Pom brush to swirl together Facade’s HERMOSA and PARFAIT blush. Start applying at the apple of the cheek and gently sweep back toward the hairline. (Envision the shape of a NIKE swoop). If desired, pick up a little more HERMOSA with the brush and sweep just a little directly above that for a healthy bit of bronzed color.
With Rachel, it’s all about the EYES!
Start with a fluffy brush like Facade’s #25 Mini Flick and use it to sweep a nude matte tone similar to your own skin like CALECHE (or SANDOLLAR for those with fairer skin) over the entire eyelid (from lash line to just beneath the eyebrow).
Then use a brush with a SABLE fur bristle like Facade #21 Perfect Blender and get it DAMP. (You can lick it , you can spray it with mineral water like Evian, or get it wet under the faucet (squeeze the bristles to make sure the excess is out–you want it damp not dripping).Use this brush to pick up a warm, shimmering, nude tone like BOUDOIR eyeshadow and glaze the entire lower half of the lid (from lashline to crease). Make sure to bring it all the way in toward the tear duct for that really pretty GLEAM in your eyes!
Now pick up your #25 Mini Flick brush again. Hold it sideways to sweep FOXGLOVE eyeshadow (a rich, red-based brown) in the crease. Use the brush to gently flick up and out at the corners just a bit.
Using Facade #31 Tate contour, choose a darker smokey tone like BELLADONNA eyeshadow. Apply this to the outer corner or “pie” area of the eye–basically draw a little < shape (the bottom line matches up with your lashline and the top line overlaps your natural eye crease–the corner meets up just above the outer corner of your eye.) Now blur this V in so that it delicately overlaps the other colors you’ve applied giving a pretty smoky diffusion.For subtlety, do this technique with a dry brush. For a little added contrast and drama, apply BELLADONNA with a damp brush instead!
If you have any trouble with the first 3 steps of this shadow technique, check out this youtube video for extra help!
Her eyes just wouldn’t have the same POP without eyeliner!
Our waterproof eyeliners are PERFECT for lining the membrane of the eye for a major WOW effect. They won’t disappear throughout the course of the day and they won’t smear all over your face either (legal assistants like just don’t have time for touch-ups!).
Use BARDOT to line the upper membrane, and LORELEI to line the bottom membrane. Lorelei is a very soft gold that helps cancel the redness of the lashbed without lending too much contrast. This is part of what gives that “glow” to the bottom/inner corners of her eyes! (if you prefer a little more contrast, you could also use BARDOT on the bottom lashbed–Rachel sometimes wears it this way, although it is not pictured here)
If you’re having trouble with this step, see the following youtube video…
Now, use MINX eyeliner to line the outer corners of the eyes. Carry the liner up into that corner we made using the darkest eyeshadow and use the smudge tip on the other side to blur slightly. This will deepen the contrast you achieved earlier.
Watch this video from about 1:12 on to see how I would recommend doing the eyeliner. (The technique in the beginning of the video is NOT used for this look)
Of course, you will want to finish your eyes with plenty of volumizing mascara. You could use black or brown. Revitalash Raven mascara in ESPRESSO would be pretty here. It’s a very rich dark brown that would look really pretty with that sort of chestnut hair and dark brown eyes. Use on bottom lashes too, if desired.
Last, but certainly not least, are her lips! Line first with facade VANITY lipliner. This perfect nude matches most natural lip tones so you can get crisp precision (and even over-draw just a touch) without any harsh-looking lines.
Apply STARLET lipstick, a gorgeous nude with just the teensiest hint of pink and a pretty pearl finish, and finish with ELEKTRA lipgloss–a gorgeous sheer nude. Her soft nude lips are part of what pulls this look together. Despite the smokey eye keeps it looking effortless and appropriate for work–even in a law office.
We had the opportunity to do the makeup for a lucky grand-daughter of one of our long-time clients, for her school’s recent “Sweet 16” dance. Senior staff artist, Kate Block, was able to create an age-appropriate look that would last all night long!
With prom and spring fling dances coming up, it’s wise to book your (or your daughter’s) party face appointment early!
Also, if you have a graduating SENIOR this year, consider booking for the day of their commencement ceremonies–they will have DOZENS of photos taken of them that day, and we promise to help them look stunning in them all!
AND if you have a JUNIOR becoming a SENIOR! Consider booking a photo face application for their SENIOR PORTRAITS this summer!
Party Face with staff artist: $65;with Corinne (owner): $75.
Photo Face with staff artist: $100; with Corinne ($125).
Call the shop at 713-552-1545 to book your appointment!
Facade is so excited to announce the arrival of Italian collection Diego Dalla Palma in our store! The line has been around for years already in Milan, Italy and other parts of Europe. However, it’s just now available in the U.S. and we are one of the very first stores to offer it! With vibrant, rich colors and luxurious textures, his products are sure to wow you! Landing in our shop just in time for the Spring 2012 Event! Come in beginning March 20 to see what’s new!
We are thrilled to share that the owner of Facade, Corinne Williams, was interviewed for a piece in the upcoming issue of PaperCity! PaperCity is a local publication available free in Houston with articles about fashion, trends, events, and Houston society.
Here’s your sneak peek of the interview! You can pick up a copy of PaperCity here at Facade or at several other local businesses throughout Houston!
Want the products Corinne mentions?
Bye Bye Undereye from IT Cosmetics is $25 for a tube that will last you at LEAST 3 months. Bye Bye Pores also from IT Cosmetics is $25. These products are absolute MUST-HAVES as far as we’re concerned! The entire concept behind IT Cosmetics are products that look realistic even on High Definition television. If it’s good enough for that, it’s good enough for us!
Beauty For Real Cream Blushes, $30. We sell the “Beauty For Real” collection too! Each of these creamy blush compacts have two colors in them. In a beautiful dusty rose tone with a soft highlight color called “Get Lit/ In the Pink” and a gorgeous bronze color with a gold highlight called “Goldrush/After glow”. We recommend Using the pink and/or bronze on the apple of your cheek, and either of the highlight colors on the tops of cheekbones for a beautiful, dewy glow. The bronze/gold colors will be beautiful in the upcoming spring/summer months!
ERA spray foundation, $55, by Classified Cosmetics comes in a variety of colors, provides great coverage that looks like real skin, and contains skin-loving ingredients to soothe and heal sensitive or blemish-prone skin. Plus it’s WATERPROOF so you can dance all night long even in Houston’s high humidity and know that your look will last!
LIPSMART, $30, is a beautiful hydrating lip plumper. Old plumpers basically used ingredients they KNOW will irritate your lips to the point they swell–which accounts for the extra volume they provide. It’s usually not harmful–most companies use products like peppermint extract, but it IS irritating. Lipsmart, on the other hand uses ingredients that encourage water retention on a cellular level. Over time, the skin cell swells to accommodate the extra water molecules giving you plump, luscious lips without the sting!
Paul & Joe Beaute 001B Bronzer, $40, is beautiful for paler complexions. It doesn’t have any sparkle in it, and lends a soft beautiful warmth that never looks heavy or dirty.
Facade Natural Touch Foundation, $50, is Corinne’s liquid version of the ERA spray foundation. Great for girls intimidated by the spray application. This formula also feels a little lighter once on and therefor feels better on less oily skins than the spray foundation. It too, is a waterproof formula.
Facade Waterproof Eyeliners, $22. These are THE best eyeliner pencils for lining the inside membrane of the eye HANDS-DOWN. Available in 10 stunning shades that really last! When the nights over and you’re ready to remove, just use a waterproof eye makeup remover like “In An Instant” from Ilona or vaseline works very nicely too!
Instead of coming into the shop, occasionally brides prefer us to come to them. Whether it’s in the privacy of their own home, or the comfort of a bridal suite- we can make that happen! It often invokes a feeling of calm, quiet intimacy with her bridesmaids and mother.
Last weekend, bride Robin Ricks, was married at the Houstonian. She and her husband, Aravind, held a Catholic ceremony on Friday and a Hindu ceremony on Saturday.
Senior staff artist, Dayna Leigh, did the makeup for the ceremony on Friday, and was accompanied by senior staff artist, Kate Block, to assist with makeup the following day.
A newly popular trend has been for the videographer to put together a “Same Day Edit” to play during the reception. This video was filmed and put together by T2 Production. Catch Dayna in scenes :19-:31 of the video doing the makeup for the bride! Plus a close-up shot of the brides finished face at :48!
On-location fees for staff artists are $300 (price includes the first face) and $85 for every face thereafter.
On-location fees with Facade owner, Corinne Williams are $500 (including the cost of the first face) and $100 for every face thereafter.
Usually, a minimum of 3 faces is required for each on-location visit.
There are additional charges for travel outside the beltway, bringing an additional artist, and false lashes, if these things are necessary.
Unfortunately, many New Years’ resolutions force us to focus on our negative attributes. Instead, try focusing on something positive! Instead of a promise of deprivation, what about a promise to pamper yourself a little bit?
Our lesson ($150 with a staff artist, $300 with owner, Corinne) is designed to boost your self-esteem by showing you step-by-step skincare and makeup that suits your lifestyle.
Caroline Corbett- a loyal Facade client, photograph by Michael Carr
We make it simple for you to emphasize your best features, and you’ll leave with a color chart to follow at home.
Having the power to help yourself look your best, will boost your confidence and maybe even your mood!
Renewing the way you care for yourself this way may inspire you to make other positive changes- whether it’s moving more, being more discerning of the food you eat, giving love a chance, or really GOING for that new job!
You’ve probably been to Facade to shop or have a lesson or your makeup applied for a special occasion–but we also will bring the shop to you! We always have full kits packed and ready to go for special events on-location!
Earlier this year, we did exactly that for Michelle–who was married at Hotel Zaza. The event required two artists– owner Corinne Williams, and senior staff artist Kate Block were responsible for the bridal party’s pretty and polished looks.
The wedding was put together by one of Houston’s finest wedding planners- Ann Whittington– who is also a dear friend of ours at Facade. She shared with us this video put together by the videographers at Elysium.
Pay special attention to frames 1:06 and 1:42 to see Corinne doing the bride’s makeup, and frame 1:41 to see Kate doing a bridesmaid’s.
We often have the privilege of working with Michael Carr Photography and the results of our collaborative efforts are never less than STUNNING. Their recent session with one of our gorgeous clients, Susan Vance, is certainly no exception!
Susan’s makeup was done earlier in the day by Facade owner, Corinne Williams.
Because every last detail is captured in head shots/portraits, makeup applications for this purpose (a “photo face” as we call them) are scheduled for 60 to 75 minutes to ensure a flawless application and finish.
A photo face is $100 when scheduled with staff artists Kate or Dayna, and is $125 when scheduled with the owner–Corinne. False lashes, if desired, are $25 extra. We recommend having hair styled or placed in rollers prior to your makeup appointment.
When two artists have the opportunity to collaborate on a common vision–the finished product can be breathtaking. We were thrilled when top Houston photographer Lisa Jane passed along this copy of Katie’s senior portrait.
Katie has had her makeup done at Facade by senior staff artist Kate Block for this senior portrait as well as her senior prom, and commencement ceremony. With all of the social engagements and stress senior year brings, at least looking flawless was something Katie didn’t have to worry about!
Lisa’s lens and Kate’s brush-strokes created an image that truly exudes Katie’s sweet and soulful personality.
A “party face” application (i.e. for prom and/or commencement ceremony) takes 30-45 minutes and is $65 with staff artists Kate or Dayna, or $75 with the owner–Corinne.
Every last detail is captured in a portrait, so makeup applications for this purpose (a “photo face” as we call them), are scheduled for 60 to 75 minutes to ensure a flawless finish. This service is $100 when scheduled with a staff artist or $125 when scheduled with Corinne.
False lashes, if desired for either of these types of service, are $25 extra. We recommend having hair styled or placed in rollers prior to your makeup appointment.