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Sunday, 24 July 2011

The O2B2 Tour

I have been watching and loving YouTube videos for ages. The makeup videos on the YT allow you to access a world of products often unavailable in Barbados. Not to mention there are a slew of makeup gurus who give you tips and tricks of the professionals. But when I started watching Pursebuzz (Elessa Jade) and Enkore (Koren Zander) I learnt not only tips and tricks but they were truly gurus. From how to make brush cleaner and deodorizer to swatches and reviews of  all the latest pigments, shadows and  glosses and how to properly apply each one.

When I got the opportunity to go to O2B2 (Out Of the Beauty Box ) tour I  was thrilled, not only would I get a chance  to meet people that I have admired forever but I would get a chance to be certified in Bridal or Airbrush makeup application.

I was fortunate enough to attend the July 10th Traditional Bridal Class in Tampa Bay , Florida. I sat in the taxi mentally screaming all the way to the class I was so excited. It is not that I haven't been to makeup classes before.. I went to classes in Barbados conducted by a variety of makeup professionals, but some how going to this one I felt "fussy" :-).

When I arrived at class I was presented with my tiara and bow and started by taking inventory of the FABULOUS kit. I got brushes, HD primer, foundation....too much to mention just click below and look at the product list for the Bridal class.
Traditional Bridal Kit

I have no control when it comes to new stuff so all my boxes were torn and on the floor. ( I sat in awe when others packed their kit back into boxes at the end of the class)

Koren and Elessa worked interchangeably explaining  the fundamentals of colour  theory, foundation selection, eye makeup application  and more.

After each segment was delivered we were given a chance to apply it on our models ......As an out-of-towner  I was unable to bring my model but was lucky enough to have a model who is internationally known and who has been walking catwalks of the makeup world for years!!!!!!!!

 Applying gloss to my model Koren

Using my new Make Up Forever palette on my model Koren ;-)

The final bridal look on my model

I got so much from this class, it gave me a  fresh set of eyes for my bridal makeup. We love colour in the Caribbean and sometimes it is easy to get sucked in to giving your bride all the colours she wants in a look.  But as a makeup artist you are her guide to not just the pretty and  FABULOUS but the classic, timeless, bridal look. I was  excited to get started as soon as I got home.
If you look very closely you will see  two bottles of rum that I brought along with some Barbados Rum Cake for Koren and Elessa.

Koren taking time to help everyone with their individual bridal looks.
                                                                      My certificate

In Barbados all you need to  get started in makeup is a brush and a palette. But when you apply for professional discounts and entry to professional workshops or blog events in the US you have nothing to prove you know a thing. Now I can apply for discounts and procards from MUFE, MAC, ZUCA just to name a few.   I have already started !!!

NOW, if you have not watched these gurus ....start watching !! If you love these gurus......start screaming because they are planning on coming to Barbados to teach the same professional level classes Traditional Bridal and Airbrushing classes. Keep checking the schedule for payment options and information. 

Way back when I saw these classes being offered I messaged Koren and asked what it would take to get them to Barbados ?? !! Enter  Colour Coded Makeup who know all about organising stuff and now they are coming !! (Insert screaming and running in circles here)

As soon as I got home I had a chance to work on  a few bridal parties. I was able to whip out my new stuff and my newly acquired skills. Here are some of the bridal parties.











I had a blast this summer so far!! IMATS, LA SHOPPING, LAS VEGAS , O2B2 THEN CROP OVER !!!!!! More blog posts to come.