Sunday, August 20, 2017

Uncommonly Good Gifts with UncommonGoods

Have you ever wondered and wondered what gift to get someone?  I most certainly have.  Every time a wedding or bridal shower rolls around, you have to figure something out.  And what about those groomsmen right?  Well, wonder no more.  Now, you don't have to feel as though you are just buying merchandise.  You can actually invest in giving a unique and special gift to someone while making a positive impact in someone else's life and on the world.  Cheers to that!

Here's why.  Recently, I discovered UncommonGoods, a company that features both Uncommonly Good Gifts while also doing a lot of good at the same time.  What's nice about this company is that they work with artists and small manufacturers, and are committed to selling products that are recycled and do no harm to people or animals.  Another interesting fact, UncommonGoods is also a founding member of B Corporation which gives companies a B Seal allowing customers to become aware that these companies have met their standards for providing a living wage, lessening the impact on their environment, and giving back to the community.  I'll be looking out for that B Seal on purchases in the future. How about you?  

So, let the Uncommonly Good Gift Giving begin...

Looking for something classic?  There is no better way to commemorate someone's wedding day than by creating something memorable.  Artist Alexander Doll composes a very customized version of a wedding gift with city skyline wedding art .  He constructs a classic couple against the iconic skyline of each couple's wedding location with the couple's names, wedding date, and venue name included.  He also uses archival paper and ink to preserve this piece of art from this special day.  For an even more personalized version, you can choose the color of  the backdrop, hair color, and skin tone.


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UncommonGoods art wedding gift bride wedding couple wedding photo artist handmade city skyline wedding art





Looking for something elegant?  This two tiered serving tray vase is a perfect wedding or bridal shower gift for the couple who likes to entertain around the holidays and other special occasions.  What I like about this gift is that it's both chic and functional.  
Two Tiered Serving Tray Vase

Looking for something really rare and beautiful?  How about selecting this one-of-a-kind rose quartz platter.  It's a gorgeous gift for that special bridesmaid, your friend who likes to host dinner parties, or for yourself for blogging.  This natural Brazilian rose quartz platter with glittering sterling silver edges would serve up a classy presentation of meat and cheese selections next to a complementary set of cocktails.  This stunning flat surface can also give an appealing visual while displaying fine jewelry pieces and also adds a decorative flair to any bedroom or dressing area.  Or, you could buy it as a gift for yourself.  After all, it would be the perfect alternative to photographing a marble stone flat lay when showcasing your jewelry, perfume, beauty, and skincare products for your blog.
Rose Quartz Platter
Looking for something useful?  This wooden beer caddy is the perfect gift for your groomsmen, or those people in your life who love tail gating before a football game, bringing some brews to a backyard barbecue, and makes a great companion to game nights and camping trips in the great outdoors.

Wooden Beer Caddy with Bottle Opener


What do you think of UncommonGoods gifts?

*This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

My Hawaiian Summer Style

 Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story fashion blog Hawaiian Shirt Red and White Shirt White Jbrand Denim Gucci Bamboo Glasses Gucci Red Suede Platforms petite fashion blogger California fashion blogger white jeans beaded black and gold evening bag blue wall



Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story fashion blog Hawaiian Shirt Red and White Shirt White Jbrand Denim Gucci Bamboo Glasses petite fashion blogger California fashion blogger white jeans beaded black and gold evening bag blue wall



Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story fashion blog Hawaiian Shirt Red and White Shirt White Jbrand Denim Gucci Bamboo Glasses petite fashion blogger California fashion blogger white jeans beaded black and gold evening bag blue wall



Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story fashion blog Hawaiian Shirt Red and White Shirt White Jbrand Denim Gucci Bamboo Glasses petite fashion blogger California fashion blogger white jeans beaded black and gold evening bag blue wall


Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story fashion blog Hawaiian Shirt Red and White Shirt White Jbrand Denim Gucci Bamboo Glasses Gucci Red Suede Platforms petite fashion blogger California fashion blogger white jeans beaded black and gold evening bag blue wall



Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story fashion blog Hawaiian Shirt Red and White Shirt White Jbrand Denim Gucci Bamboo Glasses Gucci Red Suede Platforms petite fashion blogger California fashion blogger white jeans beaded black and gold evening bag blue wall

Denim: J Brand
Red Suede Platforms: Gucci
Sunglasses: Gucci Similar
Belt: Similar
Bag: Similar
Hair: Drybar
Makeup: Elizabeth Jones
Photography: Franz Swantko

Aloha!  It's been quite some time since my last post, but I'm so glad to be back.  The sun is out and it's time to enjoy the summer!  Nothing reminds me more of summer than a Hawaiian shirt.  They are usually made with beautiful and cheerful prints.  This one is actually a vintage version of a Hawaiian shirt.  It's not like the authentic ones you'd typically see from the islands.  In my family, the men wear Hawaiian shirts untucked in the traditional way at family gatherings.  

I felt pretty lucky to have found a women's version of this style of shirt from the 70's.  Hawaiian prints paired with white denim or pants always pop, so that's what I decided to go with for this post. I added my personal twist on this style with a leather belt and a small black beaded handbag.  These jeans are from J Brand and are called "Love Story".  I bought them several years ago before I started this blog.  They are one of my favorite pairs of pants because of the soft denim material, the slight stretch, and flare legs.  However, I have to wear them with platforms because they are so long, but I'm okay with that.   If you've been following my posts, you know how much I love wearing platforms and flares together and these red Gucci suede ones were the perfect fit. These jeans were actually worn on the day of my very first blog photo shoot, so they are kinda special to me.

What type of clothing reminds you of summer, and do you wear or do anything traditional at your family gatherings?

















Thursday, June 1, 2017

Ruffles In Bloom


Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Blog Fashion Blog California Fashion Blogger tribal print green dress ruffles chunky grommet Sam Edelman black suede heels orange earrings






Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Blog Fashion Blog California Fashion Blogger tribal print green dress ruffles chunky grommet Sam Edelman black suede heels orange earrings




Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Blog Fashion Blog California Fashion Blogger tribal print green dress ruffles chunky grommet Sam Edelman black suede heels orange earrings






Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Blog Fashion Blog California Fashion Blogger tribal print green dress ruffles chunky grommet Sam Edelman black suede heels orange earrings

Ruffle Dress: Similar Similar
Chunky Heels: Sam Edelman
Earrings: Similar Similar
Makeup: Elizabeth Jones
Photography: Franz Swantko

Hello!  How was your weekend?  The weather has been really nice here and I have been spending a lot of time outdoors enjoying the sunshine, flowers, and my cat:)  It's awesome!  I can finally wear lighter dresses too. What I like about this time of year is being able to walk around and look up at all of the beautiful trees around the city.  My second favorite part of spring is looking down at all of the colorful flowers that are spread across the streets and sidewalks. Colors are emerging everywhere, much like this dress.  It's busy with lots of ruffles and prints.  This is an older dress, and I have paired it with last season's chunky heels from Sam Edelman.  These shoes are great because they are both comfortable, yet edgy. 

It's also time to do a little spring cleaning.  Have you cleaned out your closet yet? 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Lovely Spring Tea

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Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blogger spring floral decor floral ceramic tea cup


Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog California style blogger petite fashion blogger updo pastel spring outfit floral decor light decorations white garden tea bistro table ferris wheel pink led lights french inspiration pink dress ysl black laceup stiletto heels niquea d bracelet lighted umbrella ruffle black and white gloves pink trench coat


niquea d pink beaded bracelet white and black ruffle gloves

Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog California style blogger petite fashion blogger updo pastel spring outfit floral decor light decorations white garden tea bistro table ferris wheel pink led lights french inspiration pink dress ysl black laceup stiletto heels niquea d bracelet lighted umbrella ruffle black and white gloves pink trench coat


Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog California style blogger petite fashion blogger updo pastel spring outfit floral decor light decorations white garden tea bistro table ferris wheel pink led lights french inspiration pink dress ysl black laceup stiletto heels niquea d bracelet lighted umbrella ruffle black and white gloves pink trench coat


Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blogger black ysl laceup stiletto heels


Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog California style blogger petite fashion blogger updo pastel spring outfit floral decor light decorations white garden tea bistro table ferris wheel pink led lights french inspiration pink dress ysl black laceup stiletto heels niquea d bracelet lighted umbrella ruffle black and white gloves pink trench coat


Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blogger spring floral decor


Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blogger black ysl laceup stiletto heels

Pink Tulle Dress: Similar
Heels: YSL Similar
Bracelet: Niquea. D Similar
Gloves: Retro Reload 
Pink Trench Coat: Similar Similar 
Necklace: Similar Similar
Hair: Drybar
Makeup: Elizabeth Jones
Photography: Franz Swantko

Hello!  How are you?  Spring is here, and for some of us that means pastel palettes in bloom.  I am going to warn you now, you are going to be seeing this pink scene come up a few more times in the next month or so.  Hope you don't mind, because I really like how this pink lighting looks in photos. One of the things I enjoy the most is decorating and coming up with creative scenes for my blog.  As you can see, I spent some time dreaming up this one for you. What do you think?

This dress is so light and whimsical and these shoes from YSL go with just about any dress and add that extra bit of interest to any outfit.  Lastly, I found this pink trench coat which I was super excited about because I am obsessed with pink outerwear right now.  How do you feel about wearing pastel outerwear?

Hope you are enjoying the spring weather, the flowers, and those wonderful allergies:)

xoxo Joanna

Monday, May 8, 2017

Financial Literacy

Everyone should be Financially Literate.  

 As an entrepreneur, there are many things that you need to know about running your own business.  If you are a busy mom who is trying to manage your own business from home, or simply an individual who is struggling with making informed financial decisions, there are a lot of things that you need to know about finances.  

Whatever the case may be, finance is a major topic for a lot of us, but how much do we really know about it?

Isn't it time to do the research and become more financially savvy before it is too late?

financial fundamentals 101 financial literacy future fest


Guest Speaker: 

Our mystery guest speaker is a USC Alumni and Business School graduate from The USC Marshall School of Business.  He is the CEO and founder of Axianta Financial Partners, LLC. and has his MBA.  He is also the founder of a non-profit called "All For One" which has built and provided 9 orphanages for children around the world.  He is also the Executive Producer of the upcoming movie THINK: The Legacy of Think and Grow Rich (which will be released in 2017).

This Event is FREE


When: Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Time: 6:45pm-9:00pm

Location: Burbank Airport Marriott
2500 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505


Inquiries Please Contact: Gillian Giorgio, Event Coordinator @ ggevents101@gmail.com

*This post was a collaboration.  I was not paid for this post.




Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Interview with Nora Frislie Beautycounter Consultant, Makeup Artist, and Skin Care Expert


Interview Nora Frislie beautycounter consultant makeup artist skin care expert natural beauty organic beauty natural skin care organic skin care on A Stylish Love Story Blog Joanna Joy petite fashion blogger california fashion blog

Nora has over 15 years of experience as a makeup artist and currently resides in Southern California.  She has extensive experience with fashion shows, film, TV, print, and multiple weddings concentrating in traditional and air brush makeup.

Website: Puresemblance
Instagram: @Makeupbynora
Purchase: BEAUTYCOUNTER
Facebook: Nora Frislie Artistry

Hello Nora!  Thank you for being a guest on the blog today to speak about your experience as a makeup artist and natural beauty/ skin care advocate.  I read your bio and it looks like you’ve done it all!  Having been in the beauty and skincare industry for over 15 years, I wanted to speak with you today about how that experience has helped shape your desire to be where you are now as a Beautycounter Consultant.

First of all, you’ve done makeup for A Stylish Love Story photo shoots and I am always impressed with your professionalism and your work.  It’s nice to give you full reign to use your artistic abilities to create “a look” for my blog shoots because as you know, I am no makeup expert, and I am very grateful for your ability to come up with something beautiful on the spot.

So, can you share with us about the type of work that you’ve done in the beauty and skin care industry?

I went to Paul Mitchell where I graduated in 2004 with my skin care license. I then became an educator for Paul Mitchell and received my post graduate diploma from Dermalogica.  I worked for MAC cosmetics and in 2010 started my freelance career and launched my website.  I have since then worked in film, print, tv, weddings and fashion shows.

Makeup by Nora Frislie Beautycounter Consultant


Initially, what attracted you to the industry?

What initially attracted me to the beauty industry was making people feel good.

Makeup by Nora Frislie Beautycounter Consultant


How has working in the industry shaped your idea of what beauty is?

Working in the industry for over 15 years has shown me so many sides of beauty.  Every person I have worked with has shown me that beauty is universal in the sense that it makes everyone happy.  From talking about skincare, to shaping eyebrows, to full face makeup, we all want to feel and look good.

Makeup by Nora Frislie Beautycounter Consultant


How has working in the industry influenced your perception of beauty and skin care products?

In the last 5 years since I've become a mom, I have been more aware of what we are using on the largest organ of our body.  I've always been an ingredient reader, and love to learn more and understand why certain ingredients are used over others, etc.  The more I read and learned, I realized changes needed to happen.

Makeup by Nora Frislie Beautycounter Consultant


What is Beautycounter and why did you choose to partner with Beautycounter as a consultant?

Beautycounter is a cosmetics and skin care company dedicated to creating safe products that perform.  Besides having the strictest ingredient screening process in the industry, Beautycounter is also focused on sustainable production practices and fighting to change the outdated laws that governs the entire personal care industry.  Once I used the products and they performed, I knew becoming a consultant was a must.  I wanted to be a part of a movement, change, and a part of educating safer beauty.

Makeup by Nora Frislie Beautycounter Consultant


Can you explain to me how Beautycounter ingredients are unique and the process in how their products are created?

Beautycounter has a 5 step ingredient selection process which sets us apart from others:

  1. Ban Intentionally
  2. Screen Rigorously
  3. Learn Constantly
  4. Source Responsibly
  5. Share Transparently
See more Here



What are some of your favorite products from the Beautycounter line and what are the most popular products from the line?

Some of my favorite products are actually favorites of Beautycounter clients.  

The company recently shared top favorites and they are:


Okay, well I know as we grow wiser over the years (wink wink), a lot of women suffer from dry skin (myself included).  I’m always looking for a good facial moisturizer.  What type of Beautycounter skin care products would you recommend for dry skin?

For dry skin, I would suggest our No. 2 Facial Oil, a blend of 7 natural oils to help nourish and moisture skin.  Jasmine oil is added to replenish moisture.  You can add onto face alone or under a moisturizer.  Cleansing Balm is another great product for dry skin.  You can hydrate your skin while cleaning, using the 100% muslin cloth it comes with.  The balm can also be used as an over night mask!  You will notice an increase in skin hydration after 8 hours!

This sounds awesome Nora, thanks for the recommendation, I will have to try these.

Makeup by Nora Frislie Beautycounter Consultant


What do you enjoy most about working as a Beautycounter Consultant?

I enjoy educating and sharing Beautycounter, we are a movement devoted to progress.  Our mission statement says it all.  "To get safer products into the hands of everyone."

Thank you Nora, you did a fabulous job!  I think we learned a little bit more about safer beauty and skin care options today.  Thank you for sharing.

Please Follow Nora Here:

Purchase Beautycounter Products: HERE
Facebook: Nora Frislie Artistry
Website: Puresemblance
Instagram: @Makeupbynora





Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Military Coat

Gold bow blouse navy military coat petite blogger California fashion blogger Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog




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gold bow blouse white boho beaded earrings navy military coat white J Brand corduroy skinny pants black zara mid-calf leather boots petite blogger California fashion blogger Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog


gold bow blouse white boho beaded earrings navy military coat white J Brand corduroy skinny pants black zara mid-calf leather boots petite blogger California fashion blogger Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog


Gold bow blouse navy military coat petite blogger California fashion blogger Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog


black zara mid-calf leather boots petite blogger California fashion blogger Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog


Navy Military Inspired Coat: similar similar similar similar
Mid-Calf Boots: Zara similar similar similar 
White Corduroy Mid-Rise Pants: J Brand similar 
Striped Gold Bow Blouse: similar 
Beaded Boho Earrings: similar similar
Photography: Franz Swantko
Makeup: Elizabeth Jones

Hello!  How did your weekend go?   I hope you had a nice Easter Weekend celebrating with your loved ones.  I must confess, I have a major sweet tooth and I enjoyed a delicious piece of cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory...yum:)

It was cold and raining when we took these photos, so it looks a bit overcast and gray in these photos.  I found this amazing navy coat that doubles as a dress when buttoned.  It's super versatile and that is what I like about most clothing nowadays.  You can get a lot of wear out of this type of item if you have both a "coat" and a "dress" all wrapped up in one.  Also, these types of items are ideal for travelling and saving space in your luggage.  I really like bows and gold, so I'm glad it matched the buttons and details on this navy military coat.  

What do you think about versatile clothing?

Hope you are having a great week!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Inspired by The Lord of the Rings

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 One of my favorite movie series is The Lord of the Rings.  The imagination used in this movie is incredible. Have you seen it?
yellow gold brocade and brown faux fur coat cloak Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog Petite Blogger cosplay medieval green dress

My favorite character is Arwen and this post was inspired by her cloak.

yellow gold and brown faux fur coat cloak Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog Petite Blogger cosplay medieval green dress

yellow gold and brown faux fur coat cloak Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog Petite Blogger cosplay medieval green dress
 This coat is made with soft gold and light brown floral fabric and chocolate faux fur trim.
yellow gold and brown faux fur coat floral cloak Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog Petite Blogger cosplay medieval green dress


yellow gold and brown faux fur coat cloak Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog Petite Blogger cosplay medieval green dress
It looks great over a long flowy green dress.  It's the same dress I wore on my previous post here.


yellow gold and brown faux fur coat cloak Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog Petite Blogger cosplay medieval green dress
 How fun would it be to live in that magical world that Tolkien created:)  

yellow gold and brown faux fur coat foral cloak Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog Petite Blogger cosplay medieval green dress
I couldn't find the exact same coat, so I have linked similar handmade cloaks below from Etsy. 

Dress: Vintage
Platforms: Clarks
Makeup: Elizabeth Jones
Photography: Franz Swantko

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Behind the Scenes Interview with Makeup Artist Elizabeth Jones from No Labels Just Beauty


Elizabeth Jones No Labels Just Beauty Plus-Size Model Make Up Artist Skincare Expert licensed esthetician mua behind the scenes fashion show makeup artist interview on A Stylish Love Story fashion blog

No Labels Just Beauty was started by Licensed Esthetician and Professional Makeup Artist, Elizabeth Jones. 

Elizabeth, aka "Lizzy" believes that if you look good you feel better. 
She uses her talents as a makeup artist and Professional Skin Therapist to help people look and feel their very best. Struggling with troubled skin all of her life, Elizabeth knew right from the start that she wanted to do something to help people feel beautiful about the skin they're in. 


Lizzy joined the beauty industry in 2007 as a Makeup Artist and Personal Beauty Advisor for Sephora, consulting with clients on makeup/skincare and teaching makeup lessons. In addition to Sephora, Elizabeth has a professional background working on set for tv, film, theater, photo shoots, fashion shows, and bridal. She was a theater makeup designer for California State University Long Beach Players Theater and California Repertory for three years.


Although Elizabeth could touch lives through makeup, she wanted to expand her knowledge into skincare as well. In 2011 Elizabeth became a licensed esthetician through the state of California. Taking advanced courses at the International Dermal Institute and Greet the Day Institute of Integrative Oncology, Elizabeth became certified to provide advanced skincare treatments and comfort chemo touch on clients who are currently under treatment or have a history of cancer. 


Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for talking with me and my readers about your experience as a makeup artist working behind the scenes at fashion shows. Youve been doing my makeup for A Stylish Love Story for over a year now, and I am always super impressed with the results. You are also a beautiful multi-talented woman and I want you to know that I truly admire you and your work!

Currently, you are doing professional makeup artistry for your own business called No Labels Just Beauty, are consistently featured as a plus-size model, and also work as a skin care expert. Just how long have you been working in the beauty and fashion industry, and what was the experience that made you realize that becoming a makeup artist was an art form that youd like to pursue as a career?

My passion for this industry started very young. As a child I was always getting into my mom’s makeup and making homemade “masks” for doing mini facials on my girlfriends when they came over. As I got older, I struggled with acne from about 6th grade on.  Anyone who has had a pimple knows how acne can affect your whole life and self-esteem.  I really got into makeup from about 6th grade on to hide my acne from my classmates. As I got older, friends would ask me to do their makeup for special events and proms. I noticed that doing makeup was not work for me, but rather fun and I was always learning new techniques and tricks to make it look better. I have been in this industry for over 10 years now having experience with fashion shows, theater shows, television, photoshoots, and retail. I took every opportunity I got to do makeup and have visited some amazing places that no other job could have given me. I even got into plus-size modeling because of my makeup connections! Makeup is my first love, however because I struggled with my acne, I fell into skincare as an esthetician. I soon found my second passion as a skin therapist. I could not only help people feel beautiful with makeup, but also touch their lives through helping them with their skin problems. Skincare and makeup go hand in hand. Now my career has taken an exciting new turn to be able to work in the skincare industry as an educator while still freelancing with makeup.

Elizabeth Jones No Labels Just Beauty Plus-Size Model Make Up Artist Skincare Expert licensed esthetician mua behind the scenes fashion show makeup artist interview on A Stylish Love Story fashion blog


While collaborating with you, its become very clear to me that you love doing makeup.  What is it about working in the beauty industry that makes you want to dive into work every morning?

I find that this industry is all how you look at it. Some people give makeup a negative light however, I see makeup as a way to express yourself! Not only though colors or boldness, but also how you feel about yourself. Just a little mascara and lip gloss can perk up your mood and make you feel better. If you have ever heard the term “look good, feel good”, it really makes sense. If you do not think you look the way you feel, then you are not going to be able to feel your best. I love doing makeup because I love the end result; a smile and confidence in that client that they feel the best about themselves and can conquer the world.

You have a great deal of familiarity functioning behind the scenes in the fashion world.  Can you tell me a little bit about the preparation you go through before a fashion show and how much time you typically have to get a models makeup done?

Fashion shows are a whole beast on their own. You will show up between 3-4 hours before the show and get the ‘looks’ from the lead artist for the show. You will have a meeting where all the artists will gather around and watch the lead artist do one model's makeup with the look. Every artist goes to their station which can vary in size and set up their makeup and brushes and get ready for the craziness. The models will rush in going from makeup to hair, or hair to makeup. You have between 10-20 minutes to complete your makeup look on each model, sometimes less depending on the show. It can get very crazy backstage as the models are getting final looks ready. Sometimes you are doing makeup on a model as they have another person putting an outfit on them and another person is fixing their hair. It is a very intense fast-paced environment. I love that exciting atmosphere.

Elizabeth Jones No Labels Just Beauty Plus-Size Model Make Up Artist Skincare Expert licensed esthetician mua behind the scenes fashion show makeup artist interview on A Stylish Love Story fashion blog


How does catwalk lighting effect how you apply or adjust makeup?

Lighting can make or break makeup. If the lighting is very harsh it can make the makeup disappear. If the colors of the lighting are too yellow or red, they can change the colors of the makeup on the model's skin. If the lighting is too hot the models will sweat, or it can cause the makeup to warm up and move around, or sweat off. Makeup artists always need to take lighting into account whenever they are doing makeup for any event.

What are some of your preferred products to use on models for fashion shows and are they supplied for you or do you have to bring your own?

Some of my must haves that I always need in my kit are my Beauty Blender, brushes, airbrush gun with compressor, and setting powder. I typically stick to cream and liquid based mediums for complexions because they are easier to apply, blend, and fix if there are any changes to be made; powder makeup is harder to fix once applied. As for the eyes, I always use waterproof makeup just in case the models sweat or their eyes get irritated and tear up. Makeup is very rarely provided for you. You are expected to bring your own makeup kit and provide lashes for the models. You always need to be prepared.

It must be insanely hectic before a show.  What was the most stressful experience youve ever gone through backstage?

When you are backstage anything can happen. One show that I was working on had a crew of 10 makeup artists with 40 models that needed to be touched up and quick changed into a different look in less than five minutes. So each makeup artist had to change the makeup look on a model while the model was stepping out of one outfit and putting on another outfit. It was a very cramped space and there were people doing the clothes change, hair change, and makeup change. If you can imagine, it was craziness.

Elizabeth Jones No Labels Just Beauty Plus-Size Model Make Up Artist Skincare Expert licensed esthetician mua behind the scenes fashion show makeup artist interview on A Stylish Love Story fashion blog


On the day of the event, what is the most important thing to remember when working in a scenario like this?

The most important thing is to be in your designated space during the time of the show and make sure the models are on time. If you run late, you make the model late because the show is timed out down to every second with the music and lighting. There really is no time to lose focus.

What tips can you share with aspiring makeup artists?

If you like to work in a fast-paced environment and work well under pressure, this is the industry for you. If time management is something you struggle with, then practice a full makeup application in under 30 minutes. Always learn from every makeup artist you meet because those tips and tricks make you a better artist and might end up saving you time. Also, I recommend newer artists work in a retail makeup store to experience working on multiple clients at a time. This will help you with working with different skin types and concerns. You will also get to learn all the different makeup brands, colors, and textures available out there.

What advice would you give makeup artists on “What Not to Do” while working backstage at a fashion show?

A lot of fashion shows will not let you take pictures on your phone, especially since you are not allowed to post the looks on social media before they have gone live on the runway. You do not want to be the one to spoil a designer’s big reveal. Watch your etiquette when it comes to gossip and clients. You never know who you are working on or who they know, so always keep it a professional environment.

 Elizabeth Jones No Labels Just Beauty Make Up Artist Skincare Expert licensed esthetician mua behind the scenes fashion show makeup artist interview


Tell me about the most positive and memorable experience youve had while working behind the scenes.

One particular show I worked on I ended up working on the designer of the show. She enjoyed my makeup application and attitude so much that she brought her mother (who is the owner of another major clothing company) over to have her makeup done by me. It was a wonderful networking experience and I ended up receiving more work. You never know where opportunity awaits!

Thank You for sharing your experiences with my readers Elizabeth.  You did a fantastic job!  I feel like I have a better grasp of what it’s really like behind the scenes of a fashion show now and I hope my readers will be able to take away some useful information as they move forward in their careers as makeup artists.

See a media clip of Elizabeth on this Youtube Video from her work on the KTLA Morning Show:


If you are interested in seeing more of Elizabeth’s work or would like to hire her for your special event, please visit her website:


Please Follow Her on Social Media:

 Instagram @nolabelsjustbeauty
Twitter @makeup_ur_mind
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