Makeover: sweet and glamorous look for Carolyn

Carolyn needed my help with hair & makeup for her SF Asian Art Museum Opening Night Gala last month as she was one of the event organizers and a model herself for the night. We exchanged some ideas prior  (mostly just about the dress because she said she would leave the makeup style to me) & on the day of, she came to my studio with her dress to show me the color & style of the dress, and we quickly got to work.

So I took some “before” shots to understand how she photographed and I realized that as cute as she was in person, in pictures it’s a different story. She’s still cute, don’t get me wrong, but she photographed a little more matured and her double-lid eyes just disappeared and looked mono-lid in pictures. Many of us Asians have this problem. And besides that, sometimes in photos, the cuteness that I see in some clients don’t get transferred well through the lens. So besides making sure my client looks great with makeup in person, I also try my best to bring their cuteness, uniqueness or youthful energy into the photos. It’s the hardest part!  Here’s our before/after shot:

Considering that she has full brows, I told her quickly of what I would do: light & simple with eye shadow colors, but more glam on the lashes and a nice pop of colors for blush & lipstick, all for photography because I know she’ll be photographed mostly whole body for the night. If I use light colors, it may not show up in pictures. Most importantly, I highlight the area under her eyes for a youthful glow … and make sure her lipstick is water-proofed. She told me later that her lipstick lasted all night, all she did was just some clear lipgloss over to keep it fresh and that was it.

We had a lot of fun putting this look together for her. She was so easy going and so much fun to work with. Thanks Carolyn!

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Tramy and Albert wedding _ Casa Real, Pleasanton

It was great to work with Ricky Wong for Tramy’s wedding last April. It’s glam glam glam! I’ve blogged about our trial (click here) before and here’s how the trial look became “reality”. I did use hair extension to make her hair fuller and longer for her wedding day. Tramy looks so gorgeous and she was smiling all day … so was her groom:)

Photos by Ricky Wong:

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Amy & Mike | Silver Creek Valley Country Club | Jerry Yoon Photography

I love Amy’s sweet child-like smile! I’ve known her for years and whenever she smiles, it seems like I’ve just met her for the first time again. For Amy’s wedding day look, I did a very soft smoky with natural pair of false lashes on her. Aim for flawless with lightly dewy skin, soft rosy blush, and a very soft romantic low updo.

Makeup & Hair by Aimee Lam

And I found a teaser of Amy & Mike via Jerry’s blog:

Amy & Mike by Jerry Yoon

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Naomi & Vic: dreamy and utterly romantic

Such a happy day! I received these beautiful photos from the super talented Delbarr Moradi and I must say these photos had completely swept my feet away. Her day was captured like a dream.

I left Naomi’s wedding that day knowing I did a good job and Naomi was very very happy, but the true accomplished and rewarding feeling hit me for real after seeing these photos…  After our trial, I made notes of what could be done better and so on the wedding day, I did my best to ensure Naomi has the look she wished for: dewy, fresh and romantic, yet has enough color and definition for that “wow” effect in pictures.

I’m so glad to see her looking so stunning yet a natural beauty on her wedding day! And not just her looking perfect, but her groom and all the bridesmaids and groomsmen, all looked amazing. Congratulations to Vic and Naomi!

Photographer: Delbarr Moradi

Makeup & Hair: Aimee Makeup Artistry (Aimee, Demi & Grace)


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Makeover: fresh dewy makeup & soft high updo

Naomi has a very photogenic, movie-star like face shape & features, and super bright smile on top of all. Isn’t she lucky?! She “liked” my Facebook page soon after we had our contract done. I glanced over her FB photo(s) and my guess was that she’d be one stunningly beautiful bride … And I was right!  :)

Before trial, Naomi sent me a few “adjectives” to work with per my request (something fresh, dewy,  clean looking), and told me how much she would love to emphasize the eyes with liner and lashes and how she thought she looked good with hair all away and with a high poof at the front.

Here was what we came up with at the trial:

The tough part: skin & eye lashes. The easy part: everything else!:)

She has very thin, smooth and nice looking skin, with few freckles on the cheeks and I loved that. However, as I’ve mentioned before, this would be the skin that’s more challenging to work with than normal to combination skin, because this type of skin wouldn’t take makeup very well. The more you layer on, the more cakey it could get later. But, for photography purpose, you would have to do more than just BB-cream finish on her, yet stopping when it’s just right so it won’t be too much. It was even harder when she preferred the freckles to be covered. Just personal taste! Some clients would rather show freckles and some don’t. Her under eye area was naturally really dry too… I wouldn’t say I was able to make the dryness disappeared completely at the trial but it was good enough for photos here (you couldn’t tell under bright lighting). However, I sent her home with some skincare tips so that we would have better skin to work with on wedding day.

For her brows, we fixed & made them even. She was very happy with that. For her eyes, I chose soft brown and a little bit of peach for her eyelids. I purposely didn’t want to use too much eyeshadows as I thought it would look every made up. For lashes, I tried a few different ones. The difficulty was that the way the skin on her eyelid stretches was different than most people. This happened with a few of my past clients too. The lashes would look more “fake” on one eye while it would blend-in totally nice on the other eye. So, to fix this problem, on the wedding day, we changed it up & used a mixture of strip &  individual lashes to combat this problem.

All and all, Naomi was happy with the trial, especially loving the lip color I chose for her. It was a mix of bright coral and peach.  I knew she wouldn’t look good with the typical bridal pink, and nude would wash her out. Though this trial was successful, we talked further afterwards and the look was even more perfect for her wedding day. Stay tune!


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Makeover: a glamorous finish for Melissa

Melissa showed up with a huge smile, wearing sporty sweatpants and hoodies, completely bare face – no makeup, but I can tell right away she has such attractive bone structure! There’s something about that cheekbones and the smile. This makeover was for her post-wedding photoshoot. She was married 3 years ago in New Jersey. But, looking back, she felt like that day was very rushing and she didn’t have all the photos she would love to have for the two of them, so before having kids, Melissa wanted to redo her wedding photoshoot – which was really clever I think.

We chatted and she showed me her wedding photos & I could see she wore strong makeup then as well. She assured me that I could go smoky and glamorous for her. Again, Melissa was one of my many clients who would leave the makeup style up to me. She said, “I trust that you can just look at my features and do what you think is best!”

I started with airbrush and was careful on making the skin looking as smooth & flawless as possible. Melissa has really nice skin naturally. I just needed to give her good contouring to enhance her bone structure. For brows, I told her I would make her brows a bit more even without severely changing them. I could make them completely even, but that would mean I will have to shave some part of one side of the brows completely and making up the missing part with some drawing in using makeup. And then she would suffer with very weird brows after she takes off my makeup for the session. So, I would rather not do that! I like to enhance & glam up my clients to the level that they’re comfortable with, while still keeping it real.

The main attraction of the look was the smoky eyes! I think Melissa rocked this smoky eyes look. It gave her eyes great depth and paired up well with her attractive bone structure (*wink*).

Melissa was super happy with the look and sent me a thank-you email soon after. Love this girl! I can’t wait to see her photos with the talented duo Wayne & Angela

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