Archive for March, 2016

Bridal Bonuses for a Lifetime–Forever A Bride


Bridal photography by Dave Bigler.

You dance the dance of your lifetime, to your own personal soundtrack, at an event choreographed just for you, by you. You are surrounded by family and friends, who shower you with their undivided attention. You are at the start of a brand new life.

There is truly nothing like being a bride on your wedding day.

At Make Me Fabulous, we like to remind you, our brides, of your most special day every time you run out of your favorite shade of foundation, when you want to try the season’s hottest eye shadow and liner or just need a fresh shade of lipstick.

As a very special gift to our bridal clients, Make Me Fabulous offers 10% off all products and services FOR LIFE. Color, highlights, cuts, up-dos, facials, makeup applications, eyebrow makeovers, hair products, makeup— you name it, if it’s a product or service at Make Me Fabulous and you are one of our brides, it’s yours for 10% off. We call it FAB, Forever A Bride.

Remember how you felt when you walked down that aisle— your hair perfectly cut, colored and coiffed? Your makeup flawless? #teamfab wants you to feel that way every day of your life, by taking advantage of your FAB discount as our way of thanking you for choosing us to be a part of your special day.

You can even use your discount to start with a clean palate. Book a MMF Signature Facial to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize. Then go home with one of two new skincare items by Image or  bareMinerals. If you have acne prone skin, try blemish remedy, a four-part system to diminish the look of redness and imperfections and promote clearer, healthy looking skin.

Skinsorials is a new, favorite, three-part beauty routine by bareMinerals that is filled with what your skin craves: gorgeous textures, naturally derived scents and effective ingredients.

As one of our brides, you are FAB for life! We think you’re fabulous and want to help you look it from your wedding day forward!

Follow our newest brides and their special looks with us on Make Me Fabulous’s Facebook Page

All About Eyes Event March 25 & 26

It’s “All About Eyes” at Make Me Fabulous this month. #teamfab is pulling out our makeup bags, ready to demonstrate the season’s hottest eye looks. We will show you, start to finish, how to update your eyes and make them pop this spring.

On March 25th and 26th, senior makeup artists Lauren and Suzan will clear a space at the makeup counter and give you step by step tutorials on how to create the season’s hottest eye looks. Come to Make Me Fabulous on Front Street in Ballston Spa, armed with your questions and a fresh set of eyes.

We’ll give away samples of the latest, greatest products for eyes AND show you how to use them! Including these new beauties:

All About Eyes/Make Me Fabulous

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 4.0 in The Instant Attraction. Available at Make Me Fabulous, $30

Start with bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 4.0. The Instant Attraction is a quad of ethereal shades, sprinkled with shimmer, that captures the beauty of a true love. The Instant Attraction includes:

  • Whirlwind, an opal-peach shade
  • Happenstance, a glistening desert shade
  • Anticipation, a radiant rose shade and
  • Meant To Be, a shimmering espresso shade.

Watch as our artists use this fabulous palette to create a fresh look for spring.

Next, swipe on the bareMinerals Lash Domination Ink

All About Eyes

Lash Domination Liquid Liner. Available at Make Me Fabulous, $19

Liner in intense black. Designed with a fine felt tip for optimal control, it draws a crisp, clean line with one stroke. The intense pigment keeps the color looking as fresh at the end of the day as when you first applied it. No more sweating the rain because it’s waterproof! Available at Make Me Fabulous for $19.

Finally, finish up with Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara Petite Precision. This uniquely-designed brush is

All About Eyes

Lash Domination Petite Mascara. Available at Make Me Fabulous, $19

perfect for your shorter lashes. Featuring the same 10-in-1 volumizing benefits as bareMinerals bestselling mascara, the smaller ProTwist360 Wand is fanned out to 360-degrees like a propeller. This special design targets short, bottom and corner lashes, adding volume and an intense black color. Our artists will show you how to hold the brush vertically to hit tight, hard-to-reach areas, adding detail and separating and defining lashes. The Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara Petite Precision is also available at Make Me Fabulous for $19.

Mark your calendars for March 25th & 26th- We can’t wait to see you at our All About Eyes event! Call for your one on one consultation 518-885-2929.

Got a question about eye styling for beautiful gazes? Post it in the comments below and we’ll have a member of #teamfab answer personally!

Picture Perfect Makeup, Everytime

A television anchor’s job is to deliver the day’s news with poise and confidence. You too can capture the same camera-ready makeup delivered by #TeamFab at local TV stations, weddings and even in their own silly selfies.

I regularly train the anchors and reporters from WNYT News Channel 13 in Albany and Time Warner Cable News in Albany, Syracuse, and Buffalo. Normally, I spend ninety minutes with each on-air personality, teaching them how to apply camera-ready makeup for high-definition televisions and cameras.

Alayne Curtiss Makeup Artist/Make Me Fabulous

Photo Credit Kevin Demassio Photography

HD cameras can see six times sharper than the human eye, showing every pore, every blemish, every fine line, every mismatched shade. Makeup should cover imperfections while still appearing natural to avoid the appearance of makeup that is caked-on.

Today, I’m going to dive into my makeup bag, show you what’s inside so you can be ready for any photo opp, anytime!

Skin care and preparation:

  1. Wax, tweeze, and shave regularly to remove unwanted hair from eyebrows, nose and lip-area.
  2. Gently exfoliate the face and neck area to remove dead skin cells often.
  3. Steam the face to help soften fine lines and increase circulation, then follow with a moisturizer. Easily  done in the shower.

Must-have tools to keep in your bag:

  1. An eyelash/eyebrow comb, to make sure lashes are free of clumps and brows are neatly shaped.
  2. Tweezers, for last-minute hair removal.
  3. Lip exfoliator and moisturizer
  4. Blotting papers, to help absorb oil without compromising the makeup.
  5. Primers, which are silicone formulas to help to fill-in fine lines and blur imperfections. Investing in a good primer makes it easier to apply foundation and help it last longer.

One of the foundations lines we use commercially at Make Me Fabulous for high definition work  is FACE atlier, a popular brand on many television sets. According to their website, FACE atelier “was the official makeup sponsor for Kelly Clarkson and her 2012 Stronger Tour, Madonna’s Confessions Tour, and regularly supports New York Fashion Week events.”

Now, I want to share my best tips with you when working for  a high definition medium:

  1. Concealers- should be only one to two shades lighter than skin tone. I love the new Bare Skin Concealers from bareMinerals.
  2. Foundation- should use fine micronized optical correctors that sit on the skin rather than settling into lines and crevices. Mix your foundation and concealer on the back of your hand. This will warm it and allow it to melt into your skin more easily.
  3. Blush- Cream appears more natural and three-dimensional. My favorites are from Stila in shades of Lilium and Gerbera with a pop of powder blush on the apple of the cheek.
  4. HD Setting powder. Super fine texture, use sparingly.
  5. Eyeliner- Black, Charcoal, and Dark Brown work best with most shadow colors.
  6. Eye Shadow- Limit color choice to two or three shades and avoid heavy shimmer. Matte and pearl finishes work best. Try The Enlightenment and Vanilla Sugar from bareMinerals or Puppy and Cocoa from Stila.
  7. Mascara- Use mascara with a separating brush that lengthens, thickens, and separates each lash. Black or brown work best for HD. Don’t apply too much mascara on the lower lashes or you will have raccoon eyes.
  8. Lip Liner- Pick a color one shade darker than your natural lip color. 
  9. Lipstick- Should bring the look together. Warm tones work best when they aren’t too matte or too shiny.
  10. Lip Gloss- Choose a lightly tinted gloss and apply to the center of the top and bottom lip. I like to avoid gloss that is heavily sparkled. I really, really like Marvelous Moxie shades in Party Starter and High Roller from bareMinerals to brighten the entire face.


    Marvelous Moxie, High Roller at Make Me Fabulous, 32 Front St., Ballston Spa, NY.

One more tip for when you know you are going in front of the camera lens:  watch pinks which most often will turn orange or appear brighter on camera. We recommend warm shades of reds or corals rather than cool shades of reds or pinks.

There you have it! Try a few of my tips and tell me what you think next time you are in the shop!

–Alayne Curtiss, Owner and Commercial Stylist at Make Me Fabulous

Milady’s First Edition Makeup Artist Training Textbook (A division of Delmar Publishing and Cengage Learning) was referenced for this article. Alayne  Curtiss was a contributor and assistant producer to the publication and accompanying training video.

Milady Standard/Make Me Fabulous Ballston Spa, NY

Want to see more of #TeamFab’s favorite looks? Look for them on Pinterest here: