My daughter’s first makeup tutorial

Ok, before you start thinking, “what big hands she has!”, well those are my hands doing the makeup and all the expressions while she improvs her way through the makeup application. That’s what makes this so funny. I can’t see a thing since I am under the blanket while she sits on my lap and she doesn’t know what is coming up! Enjoy!

LimeLight by Alcone’s January special will blow your mind

I feel that it is my sovereign duty to make sure all makeup lovers, beauty bloggers, youtube gurus, makeup artists, and makeup enthusiasts know about the insane deal that LimeLight by Alcone (Alcone’s new direct sales line) is holding just for the month of January!

LimeLight by Alcone is Alcone’s new baby, where they allow anyone who signs up to be a rep to retail their line. What makes this line different then the many others makeup/skincare lines out there? The fact that they took the best of their best sellers at Alcone Co and worked with the companies (like RCMA, Il Makiage, Kryolan, Skindanavia, Kett, and more!) to allow them to retail their product under the name of LimeLight, which in turn allows you to be able to retail products that makeup artists have loved and used on tv sets, at fashion shows, on celebrities, for bridal work, and more, for DECADES!

As awesome as all of that is, what is even more awesome is that LimeLight has just launched a brand new skincare line which uses only all natural and certified organic ingredients, is cruelty free, non-comedogenic, contains no artificial fragrances or colors, no parabens, no phthalates, and no SLS. Whew! What it does contain is the perfect formulas to help soothe and nourish your dry skin, balance your oiliness, help firm up your elasticity, and just make your skin feel recharged and oh so good.

My point, other than to tell you the amazing opportunity Alcone has put out there for anyone looking to make either supplemental income or a full time salary, is to tell you the insane deal they put out there for JANUARY ONLY.

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Under this I posted what the regular start up kit costs are. Our normal “Required Basic Starter Kit”  price  gets you the most popular items right up front. It gives a sampling of the products so that your clients, friends, and family can get an ideal of the texture, look, and feel of the products. From there they can find the color they best like in the LimeLight by Alcone catalog and they can order directly from you or your web link that you pick when signing up.

For up to 30 days you have an option to add on two more of our awesome kits (also shown below). Right now, unless you are or become a independent consultant or a “beauty guide” you can’t even buy the skincare line separately to retail. If you were to buy  all of the kits, including the skincare line, you would be paying close to $1,000 for $2,200 dollars worth of makeup/skincare. Huge deal, right? But for January you can get that $2,200 dollars worth of makeup and the full skincare line for $638.40! That is over 70% savings of their retail price, and that’s even more of a savings then what pros get, by far! What’s better is that you can easily make that money from your investment back in your first month like I did!

If you were thinking about this opportunity for yourself but were waiting for the right time to jump in, then let me tell you, this is the time. If not just for the fact that you are getting an entire kit of proven and professional makeup (yes we did see our products on Kim Kardashian’s makeup table on instagram this week!)  to either replenish your kit or if you are a new artist who needs to build a kit, this gives you everything you need and more to hit the ground running! What is even better is that when you try it on someone and they love it, you get commission off of your recommendation and you don’t have to carry any stock!

Not a makeup artist but just want the opportunity to sell makeup that the makeup industry supports? Now is your chance. Imagine being able to let your friends, family, and circles in on the secret products only makeup artists used up until now? You would instantly be the friend “in the know” and the beauty guide they turn to for makeup product advice. These products aren’t just our company’s best selling products for no reason. They sell themselves because they work for you, not the other way around. Glowing, flawless skin with long lasting pigmented colors can be yours in no time.

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Kim Kardashian posted this photo on Instagram this week showing three items our LimeLight by Alcone Beauty Guide’s have.

 

If you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to email me at kathy@kathyaragon.com or comment on here and I will answer. If you want to go ahead and sign up to be on my already growing team (that includes many artists that you may know and trust) then go to my link and click on “Join our Team”. I can’t wait to add you to the “Alcone Fempire”!

www.limelightbyalcone.com/kathyaragon 

Here is everything you get in the LimeLight by Alcone starter kits and add-ons. Get it all now for $638.40!

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Retailing makeup, Does it make sense for you?

Maybe this conversation sounds familiar as a working makeup artist?

Client: This is great! Where can I get this foundation?
Me: Well, it’s on an industry makeup website over here. (writes down name on paper)
Client: …and what about this sponge?
Me: Oh! I love that one, you can find it on Amazon I think, or maybe this site? I usually get it at the Makeup Show when I go.
Client: Oh ok, I’ll try that. What about this lip moisturizer, I have to have this!
Me: Oh! I get that at the makeup show too, makeup artists LOVE it! It’s always used backstage at NYFW and the artists we learned about it from get it in Paris when they are there. I think it originates in Australia.
Client: (blank stare)

Ok, you get what I am saying here. I want to help my clients get high quality products to help them continue to put their best face forward each day that I am not around, but it is truly a hassle to have 100 different resources for them to shop from and a headache for my client and their credit card as well. I also didn’t mind the ideal of finally getting compensated for my natural recommendations as I had been making other companies money for years by doing so. For this reason I have had the serious thought of picking up a direct sales line to retail so that they can order directly from me and have product sent straight to them, but there were a few things holding me back from joining a direct sales line so quickly. I decided I had to at least have the following things in place for me to finally decide to go all in and support a line.

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“evolution” by The Powder Group

“Twenty Makeup Artists. Nine Themes. Five Days. One Unforgettable Experience.”

Since it’s conception, The Powder Group has come to be known by the makeup industry as a resource that puts forward outstanding artist education, events, publications, and more. One of their annual events is an exclusive, 5 day trip to Provincetown, MA. where  a group of 20 makeup  artists come together to partake in a unique experience to the beauty industry as a whole.

The tagline on evolution’s logo tells you enough to entice you, enough to know you need to be a part of the experience, but not enough about what happens each day. The vagueness is purposeful. The more open minded you go into evolution, the more you will get out of it in the end. I had the opportunity to not only experience this program once, but twice, and I want to share my experience with those interested in the process.

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elevate artists Industry Workshop in the Washington DC Metro area

Hi World! First off I want to say Happy New Year!!!

I’m pleased to announce since we’ve last talked I have started a company with my husband called “elevate artists”.

elevate artists is a concept that was thought up and brought to fruition by myself and my photographer husband, Luis Aragon. (With the coaxing of some amazing artist friends). Throughout both our careers we’ve met and become great friends with incredibly talented and in demand artists in every genre of the fashion and commercial industry including other photographers, digital retouchers, makeup artists, stylists, models, and more. When we opened the doors to our Washington DC based studio we invited artists to hold workshops at their studio when noticing a trend of top quality education bypassing the area. The workshops that took them up on their invitation included in demand names such as The Powder Group, Billy B., Lotstar, Jamie Nelson, Kevin James Bennett, Deshawn Hatcher, Sean Armenta, Suzanne Patterson, and more…

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Kat’s Kit Spotlight: Eve Pearl’s Salmon Concealer

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Ok, admit it, how many of you knew I would be posting about this particular product any day now? Many people that know my artistry in any way know that I am a “Salmon Concealer-a-holic” but it’s with good reason! For those of you not in the know about this dream product yet, let me have the honor of introducing you to one of my “Kat’s Kit” specialty items:
Eve Pearl’s Magic Salmon Concealer.

I first learned of salmon concealer when sitting in a workshop at the International Beauty Show years ago, before getting into freelance makeup full time. As the esthetician of my family’s spa, I was in gear to pick up some extra makeup education during my trip to the show. I sat in on an incredibly in depth and inspiring makeup class and it wasn’t until after I became a fan of the presenter that I realized she was 5 time Emmy Award winning makeup artist Eve Pearl herself. I would go to see her present every year and was amazed at all the new tricks I would learn each time I went. I also became very impressed with this special Salmon Concealer she talked about during the demo that just seemed to whisk away darkness under the eyes.  Every year I would vow to buy the salmon concealer by the end of the show day and every single year I would get back to her table to find the concealer was GONE. Snatched up. Sold out before I was able to get my own hands on some!

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Kat’s Kit Spotlight:Skinprep FX Primer by Cover FX

Skinprep FX Primer by Cover FX

In yesterday’s post I mentioned I used an extra primer for skin that needed a bit more help in the texture department. I sometimes find myself finding my moisturizing/primer in one (Embyolisse) is just not enough for my mature clients. That is when this stellar primer steps in: Skinprep FX by Cover FX.

I ran into this gem at the Chicago Artist Summit I was teaching a workshop at. I was asked to do a class on “Makeup for Mature Women” and I ran right over to the Cover FX booth to find a particular foundation but ended up talking to the reps at the booth about this baby. I started to play around with the consistency on my hand and added it to silicone based makeup to see how it could thin some of my favorite products out. Kevin, from one of my favorite lines, even came over (his booth was across there’s!) and started showing me why this primer was considered “Liquid Gold” in the makeup artist community. I mean seriously, when you have people coming from competitor’s booths to show you something that says a lot!

I went ahead and snatched some of this product up and used it in my demo as well for many faces I had worked on shortly after. I am not even exaggerating when I say this stuff makes such a difference in the appearance of foundation, not just for mature skin, but for all skin types! Being a makeup artist I do have different primers “just in case” that I hoard in my kit, some I will talk about in a separate post, but this primer makes it out for my normal/mature/sensitive/dry/extra dry… you get the ideal, it makes it out for just about everyone.

I definitely challenge anyone who has a silicone based foundation, who wants to thin down the consistency for a different look and feel to their product, to try mixing this “liquid gold” with it. I have tried it with their own Cover FX cream foundations, Yaby foundation, Make Up For Ever HD, and have loved every result.

Also, don’t even get me started on their ClearPrep FX Primer! That really deserves it’s own post since it is a primer to help mattify and smooth oily skin while helping to prevent/heal acne. YUP! I said PREVENT and HEAL acne- in primer form!  That is basically unheard of these days, but I will have to save that for another love letter, ahem,  post one day. :)

SkinPrep FX Primer by Cover FX: You are a“Kat’s Kit” Spotlight product!

Kat’s Kit Spotlight: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè

I’ve found through reading various blogs that there are different types of product reviews. There are reviews of products that one has thoroughly tested for wearability, texture, coverage, and all the other elements that goes into making a beauty product great. It’s tested for the day and then decided upon whether the product is fantabulous, okay, or something you give to your kids to do art with. There are also the reviews that have come from the writer truly knowing the product thoroughly and who has fallen in love with it enough to use it on a daily basis. Those are the beauty products that will be featured in “Kat’s Kit Spotlight” . I have a number of products that I have used and abused on every shoot or event because of it’s reliability. When I use these products I know that it will do precisely what I need it to do which makes the job that much easier. I’m sure over time this section will be condensed more and more to being affectionately known as a “KatKit” product, but for now I introduce you to my first official product spotlight…

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Behind the Scenes of our “On Makeup Magazine” editorial.

Lots has happened since my last string of posts on my beloved blog, so I have a lot of catching you up to do! One great opportunity my husband, Luis Aragon, and I had was to do a beauty lip story for The Powder Group’s “On Makeup Magazine”.  Here is a behind the scenes look at what went down at Studio 400 in Washington D.C. for this shoot.

On Makeup Magazine Behind the Scenes from Kat Aragon on Vimeo.