not really an editorial but so much love for this

Being A Makeup Artist Today

Becoming a make-up artist 8 years ago to me was exciting, uneasy and very challenging.

I believe the new generation of “Professional” make-up artists now have a strenuous and tiring time to grow and become the artist they wish to be. Is it because there is so much competition & easy for anyone to title themselves as a “Makeup Artist” with the access to social media platforms? This debate is becoming more & more of concern to those that have been working in this industry for years. What are your thoughts on this subject?

Even though it seems easy to label yourself as a “Makeup Artist”, it’s not as extremely glamorous as people believe, being a makeup artist can be anything but. I’ve been working as a makeup artist for nearly 8 years now, and I am here to fully confirm that there are several things that people never tell you about the job. The first being that working in the beauty industry isn’t all frills. There are extremely crazy shoot schedules, a plethora of personalities, and lots of curveballs to prepare for especially keeping your regular clients and keeping regular work coming in with so much competition about today.

I have come across many people that wish to be a makeup artist professionally. They ask me; where do you begin? So with everyone wearing the title, how can you really set yourself apart and cut your teeth on our side of the beauty industry?  I’m not talking the Youtube side of things..I’m talking a strong body of work you can be proud of, TV, campaigns, editorials, magazines, movies etc and really earn a living from what you love to do!

“There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.”

Why would you want to be like that other make-up artist ON Instagram or YouTube? To become a true artist you must have your own unique style, own direction, goals and most of all to be YOU!  Expect more from yourself.

For those wanting to become a makeup artist today here is a check list to help you get started:

  • Work on building a professional portfolio of images, after all, this is your C.V.
  • Manage time
  • Learn the art of the business
  • Learn to market yourself
  • Be humble
  • Learn to be a collaborative art director with your client
  • Find your niche. Whether that be you becoming the best bridal makeup, editorial, TV or film artist.
  • Assist other artists. Breaking into the industry may require you to work unpaid at first, by assisting established makeup artists. This is a fantastic way to pick up skills & build contacts.
  • Real-life work experience is everything, so take advantage of opportunities that will add credibility to your CV.
  • Know how to take direction from authority
  • Know how to use social media & web development
  • Know communication skills
  • Networking is vital to building up contacts and discover new opportunities.
  • Keep Learning: Study the real beauty experts, NOT YOUTUBE OR INSTAGRAM artists (I use these as inspiration)
  • Read Makeup Books
  • Keep practicing your make-up skills
  • Be on trend. Every fashion week is a great opportunity to keep an eye on makeup trends & new product launches.
  • Invest in a decent camera(images to be used on social media to market your work, people love behind the scene images!)

Today everything is here and now! And I guess you want to be a famous make-up artist right now? That’s because you see the generation of instafame, getting what you want and coddling. But guess what? It doesn’t work like that. Just remember that Charlotte Tilbury, Pat McGrath, and Lisa Eldridge didn’t make it overnight. They are the true beauty experts who started their careers back in the 90s!

“Overcome your barriers, intend the best, and be patient. You will enjoy more balance, more growth, more income, and more fun!”

I created this note on Facebook and had some fantastic feedback which encouraged me to post it on my blog. I hope this blog post can help you achieve your goals in becoming a Professional Makeup Artist today . The next generation of make-up artists excites me and if there is anything I can do to help those achieve their dream as a make-up artist that makes me happy,  please do message me for any guidance you may need. In my eyes I’m new to this industry and believe this is the start of my career for me, however the experience I have had may help those along the way.

Is Fashion Ready for Fifth Harmony?
The chart-topping girl band talks fashion moments, ’90s nostalgia, and their personal style icons.

For most pop acts, uniformity is the fashion goal, from the Supremes’s identical sequined gowns to Destiny’s Child’s Tina Knowles costumes. Traditionally, singing together means dressing in sync. But lately, modern girl bands have stopped matching, choosing instead to embrace each artist’s personality with individual outfits. No group personifies this shift better than Fifth Harmony, the chart-topping quartet who rose to stardom with hits like “Worth It” and “Work from Home.” Though they color coordinate and share a love of Gucci, bandmates Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, and Dinah Jane each possess a unique take on fashion.

“We’re very individual,” said Kordei, on a recent visit to the Vogue office. “Our look has definitely evolved, and it’s given us the opportunity to find ourselves and know what we like and don’t like.” Since they first joined together on the second season of The X Factor, the girls have gone from wearing Topshop separates on stage to arriving at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards in flashy Philipp Plein. Finding their style and growing up in front of the camera wasn’t easy, but it shaped their strong opinions and fostered a collaborative spirit. The group recently enlisted stylist Johnny Wujek, whose daring choices helped them quickly embrace statement dressing. “In the beginning, we were 15 or 16 and being cutesy,” Jane said. “Now we’re trying to elevate, working with different stylists and their visions. When they’re with us daily, they get to know each of us, then we create something cohesive.”

Uniting their style means respecting their differences, particularly where influences are concerned. Brooke and Jane draw inspiration from Kim Kardashian West, while Kordei sources ideas from high fashion magazines and Jauregui looks to grunge-era icons like Winona Ryder. The resulting melange speaks to their Generation Y status with their affinity for all things ’90s. “We’re really paying homage to that whole era,” Jauregui said, citing the expressive vibe of groups like TLC that they hope to channel on stage. As for those energetic shows, they demand looks that are sultry, but versatile enough to permit non-stop dancing. Personal costume designer Ashton Michael creates their dramatic awards show and tour looks, but the girls are actively involved in the process, starting from the initial sketches. “He pulls through every single time. He’ll design it in one day and have it ready for you the next day. It’s magic,” Brooke said.

Thanks to Michael and Wujek, the group rarely feels off their game, but there is one thing they wouldn’t mind wearing more of: Alessandro Michele’s heavily embellished Gucci designs, which have struck a collective chord. “It took all of the strength inside of me to not buy 10 pairs of shoes,“ said Jauregui, who found herself in the brand’s New York boutique and picked up a pair of platform loafers on her last trip. Brooke echoes the pro-Gucci sentiment. “I’m obsessed—I have the backpack, the purse, and I just bought the high tops. The designer is absolutely killing it!”

Only time will tell whether Fifth Harmony will join Gucci’s roster of floral print–clad ambassadors, but in the meantime, they’ve got another line to consider—their own. With all of music stepping into merch, they haven’t ruled out the possibility of channeling their love of fashion into a namesake line. “It would be super dope, and I think it’s something our fans could relate to,” said Kordei. “There are days where I feel, oh my gosh, I’m going to wear a choker like Lauren today, I want to try these shoes because Dinah would wear it kind of thing; or Ally has this cool hairstyle, and I’m going to put pins in my hair like she did.” With a legion of Harmonizers hanging onto their every word—and look—it’s only a matter of time.

Here, the group talks personal style influences, online inspiration sources, and why they want to raid Rihanna’s closet.

Lauren Jauregui

On personal style

“I like to dress in edgy black leather and denim, but I like a wide range of things. I’m either dressing like a rocker chick, or I’m looking like I just stepped out of ancient Greece! It all depends on my mood, I love bohemian vibes, too.”

On finding inspiration

“Tumblr used to be a huge source of inspiration [for me] but not as much anymore. I do feel like the blogs that I follow share an aesthetic and draw a lot from ’90s influences. I love the dark velvets and lace, the really simple makeup, and the undone hair, plus the film stars from back then, Winona [Ryder] and Drew Barrymore, especially.”

Normani Kordei

On personal style

“I always aim more high fashion and editorial. I really enjoy editorial shoots, so I try to incorporate that within my daily routine and the choices I make as far as streetwear. [My style] is sexy, sophisticated, and always elevated.”

On finding inspiration

“I look to different magazines and runway fashion. In the music industry, the fashion can get a little repetitive and I like to look ahead. I take what I’ve seen on the runways and make it my own. In terms of people, I love Bella [Hadid], Sofia Richie, Zoë Kravitz, Zendaya, and Rihanna, who are all dope and fearless with fashion.”

Ally Brooke

On personal style

“For me, my style is very versatile. Right now, I’m wearing something that makes me feel sophisticated, and then sometimes I’ll switch and wear a V-neck and leather jacket. I definitely have a range: It can be eclectic or feminine, sexy or simple. I love statement pieces that really stand out and are creative.”

On finding inspiration

“I love to change it up. I scroll through Instagram and Twitter, and whenever I see something that speaks to me, I take a screenshot to save it for red carpet inspiration. Sometimes, if I see an outfit I like on the street, I’ll take a picture, too. References are so important. Jennifer Lopez inspires me because she has this tremendous versatility within her wardrobe. J.Lo, Kendall [Jenner], and Bella [Hadid] have all been killing it.”

Dinah Jane

On personal style

“I’m very into urban chic; it goes with my personality. I’m very chill, and when I’m out, I want to make sure that my outfit makes me feel comfortable and that I don’t feel restricted.”

On finding inspiration

“We look up to so many people, and I get a lot of inspiration from just going through Instagram and keeping up with what they’re doing. For me, it’s Rihanna and Kim Kardashian who I always keep up with, they both have incredible style. There was a phase where Kim started wearing blazers all the time, and I was hooked. I was like ‘well, I’m going to start buying blazers, too!’ and I started wearing them with blouses and jeans.”

little domestic andreil posts are my life so here we go:

> neil is definitely a tea kinda lad. andrew has his weird coffee combinations with cream and caramel and sprinkles and god knows what, and neil has english breakfast with just a splash of milk and sugar

> sometimes andrew will buy exciting new teas for their flat and refuse to own up to it, neil gets super excited and will sit on the sofa drinking them while andrew reads

> they buy a huge bookcase from ikea and build it together. half of it is packed with sci-fi and fantasy (because lets be real andrew likes books with something magical in them he doesn’t see the appeal of mundane real life stories) and the other half is art books and books in different languages

> neil realises he’s like seriously fucking good at sketches. he doesn’t really do painting or fine art so much, but he teaches himself to draw little comic style versions of the foxes

> so for their birthdays he draws them little cards of themselves which they all love. andrew may or may not secretly have a whole stack of neils scrappy little doodles he’s done on throw away paper saved in a locked draw

> andreil baking together?? in autumn just being cute and cosy and lovely, w out needing to show affection physically

> andrew will always love all black and dressing like an editorial model, whereas neil starts wearing all seasonal colours, so in october its dark greens, rusty oranges and dusky pinks

> the boys not feeling the need to conform to normal relationship ideals and being happy w out them. they love eachother w out saying it or ever needing to bcos they both know

> andrew just sighs when neil comes home with the kittens and goes back to whatever he was doing. neil is grinning whilst sir is climbing up his trouser leg

basically them just being happy and relaxed post tkm

What You See, What You Know

I have discovered mason jar salads. It’s kind of fun to layer ingredients in a mason jar and feel like you’re making good choices. It’s less fun to eat one of the salads and think it tastes good but still feel unsatisfied. I don’t think I know what it is like to feel satisfied. I would like to find out. I’m working on getting to a place where I feel satisfied. 

I had lunch with the lovely Carolyn Kellogg while I was in LA. We went to this restaurant that tried really hard with the industrial chic decor, like Restoration Hardware vomited all over the place. These pulleys and such over a table were a bit much. Impractical. The food was great, though, as was the conversation. Outside, it was 100 degrees. Outside, it felt like I was walking directly on the sun. I enjoyed the heat because there wasn’t any humidity. 

I saw the movie Now You See Me 2 because I loved the first one. The franchise is a trilogy, in case you were wondering. The second movie was terrible. Incomprehensible. It totally lacked the charm and wit of the first movie. It was disappointing. Also, shouldn’t the movie be called You Still See Me?

After the movie, my friend Lisa and I watched the end of the NBA finals. It was great to only have to watch the fourth quarter–lots of action, everything at stake, minimal investment of time. One team won and the other lost but good news—the players involved are still rich and accomplished. 

It was a really good game.

I am enjoying a bit of downtime. I had the whole month of June off from events. My schedule gets crazy again on July 9th. I’ve enjoyed the downtime but I’ve also been reminded of what I have long known–I am not long for Indiana. Life is too short to live in a place you don’t like, isolated from everything that makes life bearable. Meanwhile, one of the things I do to pass the time is play with snapchat filters. I have literally been that bored. But real talk? That filter technology is impressive as hell. The future is unreal. Once Snapchat invents a way to get rid of double chins, GAME OVER. 

My trainer is kind of kicking my ass and by kind of, I mean he is thoroughly kicking my ass. It’s hard to keep at it when results come so slowly but results are coming. Weight loss is a pretty lonely endeavor because you’re the only one that can do it. Regardless, I am trying to make changes. I am trying so hard. But I refuse to say I’m dieting. Honestly, I’ve been dieting for like 25 years. I’m over it. I’m trying something different, this time around.

I was in LA and some friends and I went to this restaurant, Paley, that was a gorgeous space, with amazing drinks and average food. It was in Hollywood so it sort of makes sense that the food would underwhelm. People there don’t really eat. While we were waiting to be seated, I ordered an Aviation and the waiter asked, “On the rocks?” I was kind of thrown off because I’ve never seen an Aviation served on the rocks. A few minutes later, he brought me a glass of clear liquid with a huge ice cube. I said, “What is this?” He said, “Aviation gin.” I was like, oh bless this wannabe actor’s heart. Bless him for all of his life. I said, “Darling, I want an Aviation, the cocktail,” and he relayed this to the bartender and before long, I was given a proper drink. 

The point is, I learned that there is a brand of gin called “Aviation.”

Anyway, this was supposed to be “cherry cake.” I’m still confounded. There were cherries, certainly, but there was nothing in this concoction that could be construed as cake. It was just a bunch of shit that felt like granola and grossness. My mouth was SO angry about this dessert, which was supposed to be a “treat.” 

The point is, what you see, what you know, and what you are told are not always the same thing.

So,  bought a new pair of sneakers. The Steph Curry 2s, low cut. I know the Internet mocked them mercilessly but I was rather fond of them, so plain and unassuming, and on the heel, the phrase, “I can do all things.” Well, Steph, one thing you cannot do is design a good sneaker. 

I wore these shoes to the gym on Wednesday and by the end of the workout, I could not feel my toes because the shoes were too tight. They weren’t comfortable on any part of the foot. And though they looked cute, in a sedate way, while sitting on my living room floor, they did not look cute on my feet. I was very disappointed about these shoes and that disappointment lingers. I was really excited about them (out of boredom). This is what happens when I have too much downtime. 

I have some editorial notes on Hunger, so I am working on that and other projects. Lots of things coming up in 2017 and 2018 and 2019. My professional life is great. I am working on my personal life, fighting, waiting, taking care, loving, living.

The weather is often perfect in Los Angeles. At brunch, we were drinking mimosas and talking and trying to make the most of a gorgeous morning. The view was spectacular. And I’m not talking about the gorgeous scenery in this picture. That scenery was lovely, yes, but next to my companion, it paled in comparison. 


so i’ve been on a reading tear lately and people are always asking me for book recs, so i thought i’d make a new list of books you should all get your hands on immediately. spoiler alert: i’ve been kind of on a history kick.

find part one here.

  1. Between the Pipes: A Look A Hockey’s Most Legendary Goalies by Randi Druzin:I HEARD YOU LIKED GOALIES. this book is totally phenomenal, you guys, you GUYS. like you know how we all love goalies (everybody loves goalies, don’t front, you love goalies, admit how much you love them just adMIT IT)?? this book looks at 12 of the most legendary goalies in hockey history. i know you guys think you love bobrovsky and fleury and crow and brodeur but this book will have you being like A BEER FOR JACQUES PLANTE AMIRITE?? when you’re out at the bar. though you might continue slobbering over brodeur, because he’s in the book and–i mean, he’s brodeur. IF YOU LIKE GOALIES YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK.

  2. Hockey Talk: From Hat Tricks to Headshots and Everything In-Between from Sports Illustrated: this is actually just a collection of crazy awesome hockey articles written for the magazine, but what’s so A++++ about it is that they’re taken from so many different decades. You get a snapshot of gretzky BEFORE HE WENT PROFESSIONAL, and gordie howe when he was still playing in the WHA at like 100 years old, and a really awesome glance at the KHL back during the soviet area. it’s just a really well-curated collection of looks into the NHL’s evolution. also, i know u guise love sidney crosby, and this book contains an article that spends like 10 pages talking about his beautiful golden goal. trust me, you’ll love it.

  3. Big Bucks and Blue Pucks by Greg Murray:the WHA was hilarious, but also enormously important in the development of hockey as a professional sport. what is so great about this book is that it really doesn’t editorialize very much; it’s got a Who’s Who, the complete stats and records (!!!!!), weird/fun trivia facts,  AND this amazing interview section of some of the WHA (and hockey’s) biggest stars talking about their time in the league (including Gordie Howe!). the WHA is the Bob’s Burgers of hockey leagues, so you should all love it accordingly.

  4. Of Ice and Men by Bruce Dowbiggin: you know when someone writes a book and you are like, goddamn, you love your subject? that is this book. it looks at stevie y, cheelios, sather, and dominik hasek (EVERYBODY PLEASE LOVE DOMINIK HASEK IF YOU DON’T ALREADY) as a kind of entree into what makes hockey so great. but it also doesn’t let the sport (or the NHL as a league) off the hook, i don’t think. THAT BEING SAID, THERE ARE SOME SERIOUS ERRORS IN THIS BOOK. like, factual errors. actual factual errors. this book is great for reading about narrative and thinking about the way people respond to hockey (and why they respond that way), but not good if you are writing a paper about facts. so… take the good with the bad, man. take the good with the bad.

  5. A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs & the Rise of Professional Hockey by Stephen Harper: regardless of whether or not the leafs are your team (and whether or not you like stephen harper), this is a REALLY fascinating looks at pro hockey’s beginnings. it’s also going to give you some really weird, misplaced canada feelings if you’re not canadian (or some really intense, teary patriotic canada feelings if you are). just trust me.

Hello! Sorry for neglecting this blog lately, but I’m still alive!  Good news is, my original manga, JAKANOVA, is finally running as a series in Shonen Fight Magazine starting June! I’ve been struggling with such a tight deadline and editorial these past three weeks. I hope I can get used to it _:”D 

I’m really sorry I haven’t replied any messages yet but will do it soon! Thank you so much for encouraging messages, if you’re wondering if I still like dmmd or kouao, my answer is yes! In fact I’m planning to make third KouAo doujinshi for local doujin market in August, my love for this pairing is not dead yet o<-<

About KouAo yokai AU, I’m still continuing it, don’t worry! :”D Before working on the fourth chapter, I’m thinking to make chapter 3.5 first to refresh the reader’s memory (it’s gonna be shorter than the usual chapter) then I will continue on the fourth chapter.

Also, thank you for joining preorder of my KouAo doujinshi! I didn’t expect it would be so many people who interested to order. I will start to send the books from 24th June!

Have a good day!