November, 2010 Archive
I mentioned this a few blog posts ago in October that I was one of the lead makeup/hair artists for a Tommy Hilfiger/Macy’s fashion event held in Union Square! Today I am finally going to blog about it! You can also click here to read a brief article about this event on the SF Gate (San Francisco Chronicles) website!  I was referred to Ford Artists by Lisa Strutz, who is represented by Ford Artist – and that’s how I became involved in this event as a lead artist! I was very excited, even though I knew little about what I was getting into because all I was told was that it was a fashion show in SF for Tommy Hilfiger and a ‘real fashion show’ is something not yet on my repertoire of experiences because you need contacts and a lot of the times, agency representation (which I am actively working on! ^o^).  Not knowing how many models and what type of hair/makeup to do upon arrival to the area designated for hair and makeup at Macy’s, I was there early (due to the morning commute from the South Bay to San Francisco! traffic is a horror so I always have to beat the traffic and go earlier!) and talked to the stylists and they informed me that we were going to reproduce “The Hilfigers” – the Fall/Winter 2010 campaign ads and I cheered in side because it was not anything crazy, and in the style that I personally like! (Lifestyle, light makeup, sophisticated!) So here’s the fun part – below I posted the ad itself, and then match the outfits to the appropriate model! :D The only one that’s missing, Allie from Look Model’s corresponding “Hilfiger” is Jacquelyn and her outfit is not pictured in this particular ad! You can also find the ad and introduction on the Tommy Hilfiger “Meet the Hilfigers” website!

Our work in Union Square, with Tommy Hilfiger in the middle.
Photo credit: Sandra Garcia for Drew Altizer 

Lead Artists: Janet Mariscal, Me!, Lisa Strutz @ Ford Artists, and Raul Anthony @ Ford Artists
It was a huge pleasure working with these talented and amazing people!
Photo credit: Janet Mariscal

I started off the day with Alana’s @ Look Models makeup and hair, and then it turns out that each lead artist had a perspective assistant!  That kind of stressed me out at first because it surprised me (since I didn’t know what to expect!), but 15 minutes, I saw two of the assistants just walking around, and I grabbed Kat, who was an amazing assistant, and the rest of the 90 min of work went mostly smooth sailing! :D After, I proceeded with Garret @ Look’s hair, Sam @ Ford’s makeup/hair, Ji Son @ Look makeup, and helped finish Alexis @ Look! Weee super fun and productive!!! It was actually a warm day in San Francisco, so I felt bad for Sam with the big big red/black scarf!

Line up! Sam on far right and Alana next to him.
Photo credit: Janet Mariscal
Meet & Greet @ Macy’s – Tommy Hilfiger & Third Eye Blind!
Photo credit: Kat

The models had to walk around in their outfits and pass out flyers for the event in Union Square while Tommy Hilfiger and Third Eye Blind had a meet and greet at Macy’s!  One funny thing that happened was at first we didn’t know who the red carpet and security guards were for, and so Janet went over and asked one of the body guards, wondering who he is protecting…Janet asked: “So whose coming???” and he responded with: “Um…the customers?”  puahahaha we were laughing so hard!  Then Janet told me to quickly go to Union Square to see the models ‘on set’ (so this is the Fashion Show part! hehe) at Union Square, with the vintage cars, the Tailgate props (including a rugby/football, sodas! and benches)!  It was super super cool! :D

Sam @ Ford, Allie @ Look (Allie’s Makeup/Hair by Janet)
Photo credit: Janet Mariscal

Recognize Allie from the underwater photo shoot? :) She looks SUPER Hilfiger in her outfit! So nice to see her again!

Touching up Alana’s lipstick in Union Square!
Photo Credit: Erika Taniguchi
Ji son @ look (Makeup by Me, Hair by Erika Taniguchi!)
Photo Credit: Erika Taniguchi
Aliie getting her boots adjusted by stylist! Ryan @ Look to the left! You might recognize him on my website! :) Blog post coming soon!
Photo Credit: Erika Taniguchi
Ji son and Allie @ Look in character, ‘lifestyle’ mode! :)
Photo Credit: Erika Taniguchi
AWESOME Panoramic View!
Photo Credit: Erika Taniguchi
Ji son and Allie @ Look in character, ‘lifestyle’ mode! :)
Photo Credit: Erika Taniguchi 
“Lifestyle!”
Photo Credit: Erika Taniguchi
Another great panoramic view! :D
Photo Credit: Erika Taniguchi
Photo Credit: Erika Taniguchi
Photo Credit: Erika Taniguchi
And then, very soon Mr. Hilfiger came on set after the signing ended, and made his rounds through all the cars with the entourage (body guards and media) yeayy it was very cool! :D
Photo Credit: Janet Mariscal
Photo Credit: Janet Mariscal

I didn’t say for the Third Eye Blind concert because I had other obligations, but I heard it was a great event! :) There are seats designated for people who spent money at Macy’s to get VIP seating, but if you were just hanging out in Union Square, you could still enjoy the concert! I wish I could have stayed! THIRD EYE BLIND! WEEE!

This became a bit of a long post, but I must end by thanking  Ford Artists by Lisa Strutz for the referral, Erika Taniguchi (who was one of the hair assistants and styled Ji Son’s hair) as well as artist Janet Mariscal and my assistant Kat, for these wonderful photos to capture the entire event!!!  Erika is a very talented graphic designer, and she inspired me to purchase a better point/shoot/purse-sized digital camera so that in the future when I’m on set, I won’t have to take STUPID IPHONE photos!!! It was also a huge pleasure to work along side Lisa, Janet, and Raul Anthony! :) YAY!  More fun posts to come so stay posted! :D


Remember in June I had a blog post with behind the scenes at a photo shoot with Laura Tillinghast and Yael Designs? I am finally blogging the final photos.  There were so many from the set that I loved! But due to time constraints I will share 6 of my favorite ones; one from each look I did.  In one day I did 6 hair and makeup looks.  I was still amazed at how hard Laura pushed me to go outside my comfort zone, and I’m always amazed at my growth each time, when Laura believes in me.  This shoot marked my 1 year anniversary in the industry, and if I showed you where I was exactly a year ago…I just am so happy and grateful I can keep improving my artistry and to work with wonderful people like Laura (while getting paid! the best part! ^^||). I am still super honored and thrilled that Laura and Yael Designs hired me for this job – even though it happened almost 6 months ago! ^^||

It was certainly one of my biggest challenges at the time – I started with the Bridal Hair and Makeup for Svetlana, then immediately jumped to Bridal Hair and Makeup for Khrystyna with hair extensions, then switched to Svetlana in a tight bun and makeup, then removed Khrystyna’s extensions to put her hair in a tight sleek bun and dramatic makeup, and then took out Svetlana’s bun and teased it/curled it and changed the look, and then finished up by adding Khrystyna’s hair extensions, curling the hair, and changing her makeup completely.  Thankfully, Yael Designs catered from my favorite Persian BBQ place in Mountain View and at the end of 6 looks, I got to eat! I feel tired just typing this out! lol~

Models: Khrystyna (Look) & Svetlana

Makeup & Hair: Elizabeth Chang (Skyla Arts)

Photography &Wardrobe Styling: Laura Tillinghast (Laura Tillinghast Photography)
Client: Yael Designs

I’ll share the other ones I like later! :) Enjoy!




This is a comic relief from all the seriousness going on in my life!  This week was a fully loaded week…and so is next week! @o@ (Liz’s scared face…! *Deep breath!!*)  Liz Yu (Founder/Creator of Yaby Cosmetics) warned me that the larger pans are the ones that break the easiest, but usually my palettes are nicely packed into a bag within a sturdy zucca bag so……well on Wednesday’s photo shoot, I was asked to bring a few things to touch up the model and help out~ I’m very glad I went – but when I came back, my PF025 (Beautiful beautiful BRONZER) broke!!!  Ahhhhh! I was like NOOO! That’s one of the prettiest colors! Universally flattering almost ! 

And today as I was packing up from my gig as makeup/hair/photographer, my brow zing fell onto the hard floor at the beautiful hotel bathroom!!  And….there goes my brow zing in Light!  
:( other than a thinner wallet, I have some sentimental attachments to these things!  ….I have other bronzers I can use, but I do need a lighter pigmented brow powder! Benefit charges shipping fees so getting one thing from them isn’t going to save me money with my pro discount – so I decided to go with smashbox…But!  It’s SOLD OUT!!  So…um…well I’ll figure something out! But comon come back on stock!  I have to say it was very sad to see them c.r.a.c.k. like that! 
I’ll end this comic post with a make up tip!  Some of you probably do this already but I just thought I would share anyways!  *drum rolls…* just kidding just kidding! 
Do you ever have eye makeup remover you weren’t terribly fond of? Either it stung, or it just didn’t do the job the way you hope it would?  What about body oils (natural – excluding baby oils or anything petroleum based) that you might use for your skin or hair that just didn’t suit your skin type (ie: cause break outs, too oil rich and greasy for your hair and skin)?  A great way to use those products up is to use it as a pre-cleanser to your lip and eyeliner/eyebrow brushes!  If your disappointing eye makeup remover does not have oil in it already, then you can mix a few drops of the body oil and then pre-cleanse the waxy material for your waterproof eyeliner/brow brush and also lip brush.  I like to use that first, and then soap or shampoo, and then sanitize afterwards.  
I hope everyone had a great weekend! And hope all of your favorite makeup stays safe and complete! :)