HMF, Revived and TMI

On May 23, the graduates and teachers of The Makeup Imaginarium had the honor of,  once again, doing makeup for The Revived Fashion Show at The Hmong Music Festival (HMF).   These beautiful pictures were taken by Phillip Ly So and video was compiled and created by Jillian Sara.

Makeup Artist: Jillian Sara, Rachel Riggs, Angelica Vargas, Deserae Padilla, Lacquisha Campbell-Jackson, Lania Moreno, Mia Garcia, Mary Garcia, Ruthie Inocencio, Tamara norris, Veronica Martinez, Viviana Sisneros and Yerida Bravo

Designers: Blia Thao Hill Tribe fusion, Ka Lor, Vam Moua, and Kathy Peredia

A Very Special Thanks to all the Revived models, Yer Vang and everyone else involved with the Revived Fashion Show.

We also want to thank Maa Vue, The Sounders and Between Sisters for allowing us to do your makeup for the big show.

 

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Urban Legend

Since the beginning of time, we have had urban legends.  True or false, they creep into our mind and haunt us when we are alone.   Creative director, mentor and photographer, Jillian Sara, along with makeup artist, Yereida Bravo, brought to life an urban legend of their own.  From beautiful bride to something nightmares are made of,  model, Jessica Tutttle helped to spawn images that cause chills to run up your spine.

 

 

 

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Lavaliere

They have done it again.  The K.N.O.W.  Project combined their makeup artistry forces, with the help of models Emily Sanchez and Mimzi Dielle as well as photographer/mentor/conceptual artist, Jillian Sara, to create Lavaliere, proving that all that glitters is gold and silver.

Get to know The K.N.O.W. Project– Find them on facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-KNOW-Project/991312094221770?fref=ts

 

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Wayfarer

Makeup artist April Gonzalez brought the future to T.M.I. with this new shoot from photographer Jillian Sara. Model Emily Sanchez embraced the vibe and embodied the feel of this sequel to “Futuristic Bleak”.

Video by Rachel Riggs

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Blue

The K.N.O.W. Project is back with another teaser!! Just a subtle hint of whats to come. This group is on fire and we can’t share the details so I’m afraid a teaser will just have to hold you for now.

The feisty group recruited model Damaris Carmona to be their muse this time around and she was amazing. She trouped the heat and looked darn good doing so.

Get to know The K.N.O.W. Project– Find them on facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-KNOW-Project/991312094221770?fref=ts

 

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Pixie Dust

Model Lenora Pate and makeup artist Frankee Escobedo strike again but this time they used magic.  Enter the realm of the fairy. It’s a world of possibilities and wonder and not to mention pixie dust!

Photographer Jillian Sara had the privilege of playing fairy godmother in this fantasy based shoot.

Video by Rachel Riggs

 

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Idle Hours

It was a beautiful day to shoot for model Lenora Pate, makeup artist Bibiana Morales-Perez and photographer Jillian Sara. The sun was shining and there was a subtle breeze. The day couldn’t have been more enjoyable. Fellow artists Alyssa Soliz and April Gonzalez assisted making the shoot one of the easiest this year.

Special thanks to April Gonzalez and Rachel Riggs for the video!

 

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Melissa’s Play Day

Melissa Rodriguez Vasquez had a play date with The Makeup Imaginarium, with the help of Aide Montoya of Hair Evolution.  Makeup Artist, Becky  Williams-Gomez and Photographer,Jillian Sara worked their magic to bring out the many sides of Melissa, from playful to vixen.

All of the fun was captured and revealed this morning on Central Valley Buzz.

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Draw The Line

The eyes are the window to the soul.  Liner is the frame to those windows.  But what type of liner do you use and for what effect?  What is the easiest way to get the application that you are looking for?  Well, here it is.  A chart of the 4 basic types of liner and what they look like.  Also, you you makeup geeks, an article breaking down these liners and an article full of tips and tricks for perfecting your liner.  I hope you enjoy.  :)

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https://www.makeupgeek.com/makeup-basics/the-types-of-eyeliners-and-how-to-use-them/

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/how-to/a31500/eyeliner-hacks-every-woman-must-know/

 

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In Vogue

Fashion Week always gives us a chance to sneak a peek of what is coming out in the world of fashion and beauty.  Although 2015 is only a few months old, the makeup direction for Autumn/Winter have already been set.  Vogue UK has launched the looks of makeup trends that you will be seeing in about 6 months from now.  Check them out and get a head start on your cool weather style.

http://www.vogue.co.uk/beauty/2015/03/13/hair-beauty-trends-for-autumn-winter-2015

 

 

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Hacking It

Hacks make everything so much easier.  Whether it is makeup, hair, or even organizing your bathroom, it’s the simple tips and tricks that people share that will make everything a little better.  Here are a few articles that do that.  Makeup and beauty hacks, so you can look as glamorous as you feel.

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/how-to/a6265/makeup-tricks-every-woman-should-know/

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/30-makeup-hacks-that-will-change-every-girls-life.html

http://www.allure.com/beauty-trends/how-to/2014/best-diy-beauty-hacks-ever

 

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Meet Dany Sanz

A little over 3 decades ago, Make Up Forever was born.  The Founder and Creative director is a woman by the name of Dany Sanz.   From a makeup artist to an educator and finally owner of one of the largest artistry cosmetic lines and makeup schools in the world, she has become a mentor and inspiration to many.

Unlike many artists of her caliber, she never intended to go into makeup.  She just fell into it while working in a theater as a decorator.  Once she fell in love with makeup, she decided that the face was too small so she decided to move her art to the whole body. Now she has become one of the makeup pioneers, combining her knowledge with innovation, creating the empire known as MAKE UP FOREVER. 

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Surreal Beauty

Congratulations to TMI graduates Brandy Medina and Emily Sanchez for the recent publication in the latest issue of Surreal Beauty Magazine.  With Brandy Medina doing makeup, fellow makeup artist Emily Sanchez as her model and photographer Jillian Sara capturing the images, this was a dream team that was sure to create an amazing work of art.  Catch all of the images in From the recent TMI shoot, “The Change Artist”.

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/magazine/723986

 

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The Lowdown on Lip Sticks: Fun Facts

Lipstick has been around forever.  I always knew it had a history, but until today, I really didn’t know how crazy that history was.  If you want to learn some fun facts and get a good laugh or two, check out these articles.  They will entertain and amaze you.  Who knew lipstick could be so complicated.

http://www.byrdie.com/crazy-lipstick-facts/slide12

http://www.julep.com/blog/happy-national-lipstick-day/#.

http://lilyluvcosmetics.com/2014/03/08/fun-weird-and-true-facts-about-lipstick/

 

 

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Modeling Magic: Samantha Armstrong

Models are makeup artists best friends.  At TMI, our students have the opportunity to work with amazing models, both in class and after graduation.  One of those models is Samantha Armstrong.  Sam started modeling with us two years ago and still is a favorite among the artists.  As you can see, she is highly transformational, so regardless of whether the makeup is beautiful bridal or artistic in nature, she can carry it off and give what is needed for the camera.

Makeup Artists: Deserae Padilla, Bibiana Morales-Perez, Nini Neves, Mary Garcia, Keri Salwasser, Candace Rae Ann Barajas, Mia Garcia, Lacquisha Campbell-Jackson, Selina Torres , Michelle Miller, Diana Lopez, Angelica A Gonzales, Samantha Retton, and Mari Hernandez

Photographers: Jillian Sara and Kevin Chavez for What If Photography

 

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Blogger Madness!!!

Cosmetics…Beauty…Hair…Makeup…Fashion.  Whatever it is that you are looking for, there is a blogger that covers it.  It is so easy to find tips, tricks, product reviews or updated information via blog-sites and social media.  If you are wanting to keep up on what is coming out, here are a few suggestions:

http://www.refinery29.com/beauty-blogs

http://styleblazer.com/377867/15-inspiring-beauty-blogger-instagrams-see/

https://www.futurederm.com/2015/02/03/top-beauty-blogs-2015/

 

 

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How Weird!!!

We all want to look beautiful.  This has been true since the beginning of time.  But just how far will some people go to look amazing?  Here are some weird beauty facts, that will tell you just how far we have come.

http://www.hellawella.com/weird-and-wacky-beauty-rituals-throughout-history-infographic

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/advice/a3070/weird-beauty-facts/

 

 

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Skin Tips

Knowing how to take care of one’s skin and help out a potential client is crucial as a makeup artist. Even if you aren’t a makeup artist, it is essential that your skin gets the proper care it deserves. Anything and everything can affect the condition of your skin. Simple daily routines or your environment like exfoliating your skin too frequently, sun exposure and lack of sleep determines how your skin will look and feel on a day to day basis.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/2134381/slideshow/263459#slide-0

http://www.glamour.com/lipstick/2012/03/25-of-our-favorite-feel-good-skin-care-tips-of-all-time/1

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-looks/skin/21-tricks-for-healthy-skin#fT6jAfT5V5sWiIIe.97

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/164494.php

Featured Image:                                                                                              Photography:  Kevin Chavez for What If Photography                  Model: Katie Marie                                                                                                Make Up: Diana Lopez

 

 

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Worldwide Magazines

Many popular magazines in the United States are distributed worldwide and contain each country’s current trends. Fashion in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America completely differ from each other though they may be published under the same magazine name. Here are some examples:

Magazines

 

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MakeUp Myths

Did you know that pumping your mascara gets rid of clumps and makes the product last longer? False. Pumping your mascara actually allows germs to get in and it dries out your product faster. Just like anything else, the world of makeup is filled with myths. Advice you may have received from your friends, family, stylist or makeup artist might all be different. Today with social media, it is more difficult to sort out the myths from the truth. How many of these did you already know?

http://www.stylelist.com/view/15-biggest-beauty-myths-about-your-makeup/#!fullscreen&slide=19507

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5114988

http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/myths/_/beauty-myths

 

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Clothes of the Future

The world of fashion is always evolving.  As seasons come and go, so do trends.  The biggest evolution we are seeing right now isn’t the styles or colors, but how the clothes are made.  3D printing has been used for awhile in the world of technology, and has now made its way into the world of fashion.  Designer Iris Van Herpen is in the forefront of this new and exciting change, creating clothes and shoes that can be found from movies like  “The Hunger Games” to Lady Gaga.

 

 

 

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Counter Awareness

Anyone who loves makeup looks forward to the thrill of going to ma makeup counter.  Just being surrounded by the different products in all the various colors can be beyond exciting.  Cosmetics companies even provide testers so that you can see how you look in anything that catches your eye.  But how safe are those testers?  Here are a few articles on counter tester awareness, and how to protect yourself the next time you go shopping for a new lipstick or eye shadow.  Take a moment to read and educate yourself.

http://beautifulwithbrains.com/2011/05/10/how-to-test-cosmetics-safely-at-the-makeup-counter/

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/06/19/is-the-makeup-counter-making-you-sick/

http://m.prevention.com/beauty/makeup-how/bacteria-makeup-testers

 

 

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Anything But The Basics

The Makeup Imaginarium is becoming well known to fans all around the world for their makeup artistry skills and photo shoots.   All of this starts the moment they walk into class for the first time.  In week #2,  when the students of TMI participate in their first Photo Shoot Friday, they have to put their practice into play.  Armed with only the basics (foundation tones, black and white) they have to create makeup concepts that are well thought out then execute them for their portfolios.   Although this is difficult (especially since this is usually their first photo shoot, ever), there are times where a student will go above and beyond, creating  something that is anything but basic.

Here are some the beautiful and captivating looks from our collection of first photo shoot Friday images.  Enjoy.

Makeup Artist: Samantha Retton, Cindy Carvajal, Cassandra Uriarte, Genevie Flores, Jaski Sidhu, Emily Sanchez, Angie Guitierrez, Frankee Escobedo, Hilda Sandhu, Mindy Campbell, Susan Martinez, Rosanne Becker, Birdy Bardot, Christine Alisa, Adrie Munoz, Deserae Padilla, Jovahnni Gordon, Mandy Vang, April Rose, Tia Kähkönen, Thalia SV, Lania Nicole, and Ruthie Inocencio

Model: Samantha Armstrong, Maddy Little, Priscilla Yang, Jewel Knapp, Bethany Maddox, Selene Mendoza, Katherine Bennett, Rene Bugatti, Mindy Campbell, Fae Yang, Amber Janel Smith, C.c. Munoz, Megan Bliss, Maddy Little, Kacie Wilson, Samantha Molinar, Emily Sanchez, Kacie Wilson, Michelle Her, Viktoria Paris, Damaris Carmona, and Mykel-Nerí Saucedo

Photographer: Jillian Sara, Cindy Carvajal, and Kevin Chavez for What If Photography

 

 

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What is MAC???

Are you wanting a job at MAC Cosmetics and need to learn about the company and products?  Are you going shopping and want to know what is available to you?   MAC  is one of the largest cosmetics companies in the world.  They also have the largest selection of cosmetics available to their consumers.  But how do you know what everything is?  And if you don’t know, how doyou find out?  We have found one of the most comprehensive guides to MAC Cosmetics out there on Temptalia.Com: MAC Cosmetics: Guide For the Newly Addicted                                 

Use the link and check it out.  You won’t be sorry you did:

http://www.temptalia.com/mac-cosmetics-guide-for-the-newly-addicted

 

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TMI Transformations: Bethany Maddox

Students of TMI not only learn the importance of great makeup application, but also in the art of transformation, the ability to take a model and transform him or her into something something different.  The following pictures are of the amazing model, Bethany Maddox and all of the different ways she has been transformed over the few years that she was with us.

Make up artists: Jazmin Torres, April Rose, Nini Neves, Melissah Ruiz, Mandy Vang, AJay Hernandez, Hilda Sandhu, Jaski Sidhu, Mindy Campbell, and Maria Hernandez

Model: Bethany Maddox

Photography: Kevin Chavez for What If Photography

 

 

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Being Billy B.

As a makeup artist, it is important to know who is successful in our industry.  One of the biggest names is Billy B.  From magazine editorials and high fashion to the red carpet and videos, he has worked on some of the biggest names, creating iconic looks that just about everyone would recognize.  If you are wanting to be awed and inspired by a true artistic professional, take the time to check out Billy B.  You won’t be disappointed.

Additional Information:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1282414/bio

http://www.beautylish.com/a/vcqpr/billy-b-makeup

 

 

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It’s A Bling Thing

In the world of makeup artistry, sometimes it takes more than just makeup to create a look.  Rhinestones is, many times, one of those things.  It not only comes in many shapes, colors and sizes, but also creates a texture you can’t get from cosmetics alone.  Here are a few blinged out looks from the TMI archives.  I hope hat you enjoy.

Make up: Mary Garcia, Jaryn Warren, Monae Synthia, Katherine Woodward, Jasmin Quintana, Adrie Munoz, and Birdy Bardot

Model: Coalee Camara, C.c. Pyle, Viktoria Paris, Brenna Rhames, Jewel Knapp, Brittany Marie New, Emily Sanchez, and Ramona Jean

Photography: Kevin Chavez for What If Photography

 

 

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STUDENT PROJECT RECAP February 2015

February was quite a crazy month at The Makeup Imaginarium. From various photo shoots to multiple television shows, TMI is hustling and bustling in a big way.

Many TMI graduates came back to work with master makeup artist instructor and photographer, Jillian Sara.  Each shoot is created to challenge the artist and to  grow in a way that refines their craft and to help them gain real life experiences.  These photos are just the tip of the iceberg of what has come out of the school in February.    Feel free to look through the various posts on the main page to check out these shoots in their entirety.

Makeup Artists: Koko Herrera, Jillian Sara, Becky Williams-Gomez, Rachel Riggs, Mary Garcia, Frankee Escobedo, Mandy Vang, Brandy Medina, Angelica Gonzales, and Pa Houa Lee

Model: Mimzi Dielle, Damaris Carmona, Koko Herrera, Lenora Pate, Samantha Armstrong, Vanessa G., Maddy Little, Emily Sanchez, and Gabrielle Allyse Bruno 

Stylist: Fae Yang, Jillian Sara

Photographer: Jillian Sara

 

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One Fine Day

Ever so often you have a perfect day.  The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and the weather is just right for an outdoor photo shoot.   With Fae Yang  styling the clothes, Mandy Vang on  makeup and Maddy Little as her model, the stage was set for One Fine Day. Photographer, Jillian Sara took them out to fields of flowers to capture the beauty of the moment and the feel of spring in the valley.

 

 

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Vanessa G And The Imaginarium

The Makeup Imaginarium had the honor to be on “Central Valley Style” with Vanessa G.  Before the show, we had a play date with Vanessa at The Makeup Imaginarium.  She wanted to be magically transformed into a Princess Butterfly Goddess, and that is just what we did.  Becky Williams-Gomez, with the help of Frankee Escobedo, did the makeup and photographer, Jillian Sara, took the pictures.   We had a ton of fun and the photos turned out beautiful.   The jewelry was created by the talented Sarah Rhames for Royally Spoiled Jewelry.    Thank you Vanessa, Chuck Leonard and everyone at Central Valley Buzz for being so absolutely amazing.

The Video:

The Interview:

 

 

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Lip Service: The Difference A Lip Can Make

TMI’s Jillian Sara wears many hats.  Not only is she the owner, but the photographer, the advanced technique mentor, the creative artistic director and amazing makeup artist as well.   When she gets the chance to play, fantastic visual art ensues.  Maddy Little sat in the model’s chair, allowing Jill to create her beautiful multi-tonal masterpiece, with a constant changing lip..

 

 

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Retro-Flashback

Retro makeup is always a favorite subject of students of TMI.  The influence of makeup from the past is scattered throughout the student and graduate portfolios.  We have put together a small compilation of some of the makeup that has taken its look from the last 115 years.   We hope that you enjoy the images.

 

Make up: Bibiana Morales-Perez, Fae Yang, Melissah Ruiz, Mindy Campbell, Michelle Herrera, Brandy Medina, Reydeen Solis, Birdy Bardot, Frankee Escobedo, Lorena Maldonado,  and Cindy Carvajal

Model: Samantha Armstrong, Parker Anderton, Jeannette Valdovinos, Fae Yang, Amber Janel Smith, Tori Rae Anderson, Emily Sanchez, Viktoria Paris, Gabrielle Allyse Bruno, Coalee Camara, and Nikki Richards

Photography: Jillian Sara and Kevin Chavez for What If Photography

 

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The First Time Flutters

If you love makeup and a good laugh, then you will totally enjoy this article.  Whether you are a makeup artist who has a first time lash wearer in your chair or just remembering you own “first time”, you will definitely appreciate this one.

Link:

http://www.bustle.com/articles/39352-the-10-emotional-stages-of-wearing-false-eyelashes-for-the-first-time-from-indecision-to-werking

 

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Color Stacking

 On Friday, TMI graduate Angelica Gonzales came back to the school to shoot with Photographer and Advanced Technique Mentor Jillian Sara, and Teacher/Mentor  Becky Williams-Gomez.   Using color stacking as the challenge, these two helped Angelica to learn the techniques of building looks upon each other. With Samantha Armstrong as her model, this was a team that was sure to succeed.

 

 

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Great Day At TMI

On Friday, The Makeup Imaginarium had the honor of having one of Fresno’s most popular morning show “Great Day”,  at the school.  Kopi Sotiropulos, danced, played and even posed for a photo shoot with TMI’s outstanding photographer, Jillian Sara.  He even got a little retouching himself, from mentor Rachel Riggs.  With Maddy Little as the model and Frankee Escobedo taking the wheel as the makeup artist, who wouldn’t have a good shoot and a great day.

Thanks to everyone involved.  We adore you:  Becky Williams-Gomez, Mia Garcia, Mary Garcia, Koko Herrera,   Alyssa Soliz, Bibiana Morales-Perez, Diana Lopez,  Viviana Sisneros, Ruthie Inocencio, Justine Mora, Lania Moreno, Lacquisha Campbell, Jessica Tuttle, Yereida Bravo and April Gonzales.

 

Here are some additional clips from Fridays show:

http://www.kmph-kfre.com/category/108757/great-day

 

 

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2225 West Shaw Ave, Suite 109

Fresno, Ca. 93711

559-840-5418

How To Test Makeup At A Makeup Counter

We have all gone to the makeup color and stared in awe at the ocean of beautiful colors that stretch out before us.  Although shopping for makeup can be fun and exciting, it can also cause some people stress and anxiety.  Especially if you are not sure of what you want, how to ask for what you need, or just not very good at picking makeup out for yourself.   This article is a short, simple but informative guide that will give you a few tips that will help make things a little easier.

Link:                                                                                     http://www.makeup.com/how-to-test-makeup

This webpage also has many informative makeup articles, from applying to products.

 

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A Lesson In Impact

On Wednesday, the students of TMI were given a challenge to create a difficult look with extreme visual impact.  The students were broken down into four teams and then were given an allotted time to maximize their models looks.  When They were done, the mentors showed them what they could do as a team, in 15 minutes or less, pushing the looks to the next level.

The test was a challenge of skills as much as it was a challenge in communication and teamwork.  All of which are often needed in our industry.

Students: April Gonzales, Jessica Tuttle, Laquisha Campbell, Lania Moreno, Ruthie Inocencio,  Yereida Bravo, and Viviana Sisneros

Models: Kaysi Franklin, Katie Marie, Damaris Carmona and Maddy Little

Mentors: Jillian Sara, Becky Williams-Gomez, And Rachel Riggs

Photographer: Jillian Sara

 

 

 

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2225 West Shaw Ave. Suite 109

Fresno, Ca. 93711

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Pretty As A Flower

Flowers are not only beautiful to look at, but each one has a special meaning.  With spring lurking just around the corner, we thought that it would be nice to showcase some of our beautiful, and sometimes artistic, flower photos.  As always, I hope that you enjoy the images.

Makeup Artists: Sandra Tovar, David Garcia, Mary Cornejo, Mari Hernandez, Franke Escobedo, Rainbow Chatman, Emily Sanchez, Michelle Herrera, Claudia Arambula, Jovahnni Gordon, Mary Garcia, Mia Garcia, and Monae Synthia

Model: Priscilla Yang, Emily Sanchez, Shantele Mitchell, Katherine Bennett, Amber Janelle Smith, Gabrielle Allyse Bruno, Jennifer Brianne Smith, Mia Garcia, Lenora Pate, Michelle Her, and Samantha Armstrong

Photographers: Jillian Sara and Kevin Chavez for What If Photography

 

 

The Makeup Imaginarium

2225 West Shaw Ave, Suite 109

Fresno, Ca.  93711

559-840-5418

 

 

T.M.I.- Behind the Shoots

Mentor Jillian Sara wears a few hats at The Makeup Imaginarium. She is the head of  “The Projects,” a room named for the work that takes place inside. Once a student graduates from the course they are able to continue on to the extended training the school volunteers. Granted, all graduates that choose to participate must be willing to contribute to the preparation of the project or projects they have chosen to join. It’s like an artist club.

Some of what you may have seen:

So, we decided to catch Jillian between shoots and ask her a few questions.

T.M.I. : How many graduate shoots would you say you do per week?

Jillian: On average three or four per week. I usually shoot every other day and then on off days Rachel Riggs and I put the shoot into a presentation and post it for everyone to see.

T.M.I. : Wow, that’s not a lot of time.

Jillian (laughs) : No, no it is not. We still have to prep for the up coming shoots somewhere among the current shoots and presentations and let’s not talk about laundry. Many of the shoots involve full wardrobe and some require a set to be built. My house looks like a storage unit.

 

T.M.I. : How would you describe your style?

Jillian: I don’t really have one. I’m all over the place. It really depends on what the artists are wanting or needing. All of the shoots are based are their goals. If they are lacking something in their portfolio, I try to fill the gap. If they need practice in a certain area, I try to test that particular skill. It’s really all about growth.

T.M.I. : Now, you’re a makeup artist as well, does that help you as a photographer?

Jillian: I was a working makeup artist for fifteen years before I ever picked up a camera. It helps tremendously. I pay attention to the details. What message is the artist trying to convey? Were they trying to capture a particular texture? Feel? Emotion? I love it all really. The two go hand in hand. If a makeup artist doesn’t capture their work on camera the work is lost when the person or model they’ve worked on washes their face. I am still a mentor. I work really hard to make sure the artist has done their job before taking the shot. I don’t have time to do a ton of editing. Clearly with a shoot every other day- it’s just not possible.

T.M.I. : You have amazing imagery, what inspires you to come up with these concepts?

Jillian: As I said before, it’s all about growth. The concepts I come up with are usually hurdles the artist needs to overcome in order to continue growing. We all have them. It’s better to face your fears with friends than with strangers.

T.M.I. : How do find time to do all that you do?

Jillian: Ohhh, that’s a good question. Let’s see….I don’t. It never fit in a nice neat little package. It’s always a tight squeeze no matter what I do. I work about fourteen hours a day at least six days a week. Every time I say I’m going to take some time down, something comes up. It’s worth it for the most part. As long as the graduates keep growing- it’s worth it.

T.M.I. : You are notoriously silly at work…

Jillian (cuts in):  Wait, everyone is silly here that’s part of the charm but we still get the job done. Have fun but get it done!

 

The Makeup Imaginarium

2225 W Shaw Suite 109

Fresno, Ca 93711

(559) 840-5418

 

Draw The Line

Mastering eyeliner like a pro isn’t an easy task.  Some of our students have taken it to an advanced level, creating amazing looks for their photo shoots.  Here is a sample of various eyeliners that have come out of TMI.

Makeup Artists: Angela Jones, Yesenia Gomez, Alyssa Soliz, Reina Macugay, Rainbow Chatman, Krystine Garcia, Mary Cornejo, and Jasmin Quintana

Models: Houa vang, Jayleen Clubb, Alexandria Avance, Jazmin Torres, Breanna Marie Olmos, Fae Yang, Melinda Campbell, and Emily Sanchez

Photographer: Jillian Sara and Kevin Chaves for What If Photography

 

The Makeup Imaginarium

2225 West Shaw Ave. Suite 109

Fresno, Ca. 93711

559-840-5418

Koko’s World

The Makeup Imaginarium would like to take a moment to introduce a young woman starting on the adventure of a lifetime. Koko Herrera, who is already a working makeup artist, has decided to blaze the plus size modeling trail!

T.M.I.:  I know you’re also make up artist, what is it like to do both make up and modeling? Does being a make up artist help with being a model?

Koko:  Being a make up artist and a model is a new creative experience. As an artist our challenge is to project our vision onto a model. The models job is to then, bring the art to life. By doing both it gives me the opportunity to showcase my artwork and vision completely. My background in make up artistry helps to understand the look the artist and photographer are trying to achieve. With that I have great knowledge on angles and lighting to best showcase the hard work and talent it takes to bring an idea to life.

T.M.I.: This was your first time modeling, how was the experience?

Koko:  My first time modeling was a little intimidating, but it was definitely an exciting rush of adrenaline. Being able to work with and be coached by Photographer Jillian Sarah, was absolutely wonderful. She made me feel very comfortable and confident. She is an amazing photographer, it was an experience that I’m truly grateful for and will never forget.

T.M.I.:  What inspired you to be a model?

Koko:  Phrases like “Your pretty for a big girl!” Or “Your so beautiful! Imagine if you lost ten pounds” that inspire me to pursue modeling. I want to show the world that you can be a plus size and still be beautiful. I’ve never been one to hide my body, I embrace it. I want to give women the confidence to be anything that they want to be. If I can do it, anybody can.

T.M.I. :  What are your thoughts on plus size modeling?

Koko:  Seeing a plus size model look just as beautiful as a thin model gives women of all ages confidence, and realistic beauty standards. We all want to feel accepted, and plus size modeling does that. It sends a powerful message of self-love and beauty. This growing industry is very body positive and I look forward to being a part of the movement.

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The Makeup Imaginarium

2225 W Shaw Ave Suite 109

Fresno Ca, 93711

(559) 840-5418

But, It’s Broken!!!

We all have had that horrific moment, as your compact or shadow slips out of your hand and hits the floor.  You open the lid to find it has broken into a million little pieces.  Now what do you do???

Lucky, fixing a broken powdered cosmetic is pretty easy.   This technique can also be used to convert loose pigments into eye shadow as well.

1. Break up the shadow into small pieces.  Covering it with plastic will keep the pieces from falling out of the pot.

2. Pour in alcohol and mix until the shadow is saturated into a thick paste.

3. Wrap a coin in material or a paper towel, and press it into the pot, removing all excess moisture and compressing the powder.

4. Let dry.

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The Makeup Imaginarium

2225 West Shaw Ave, Suite 109

Fresno Ca. 93711

559-840-5418

 

Labyrinthian

The T.M.I. gang set out into to play in traffic for this shoot of extreme mix and match. Artist Koko Herrera took the challenge photographer/instructor Jillian Sara set forth.  Jillian recruited model Mimzi Dielle for this play on the complex yet fascinating modern eccentric.

Instructors Rachel Riggs and Becky Williams-Gomez along with student Diana Lopez helped pull the collection together.

Thank you again Rachel for catching the behind the scenes fun!

 

The Makeup Imaginarium

2225 W Shaw Ave Suite 109

Fresno, Ca 93711

(559) 840-5418

Gabrielle Allyse Bruno

Over the last two years, Gabrielle Allyse Bruno has become one of the top TMI models.  Regardless of what needs to be done, she is willing and able, loaning her face to in class as well as post-graduate shoots.  She is an amazing model as well as a wonderful person.  This is why we would love to introduce her to you…

Hello everyone!                                                                                            My name is Gabrielle Allyse Bruno,I’ve been modeling for two years now and it has been a wonderful journey so far.  When I got linked up with The Makeup Imaginarium, I was a shy girl with no clue of what I was doing, but in these past years they’ve pushed me past the limits that I didn’t even know I had.  The wonderful instructors have been nothing but helpful to me and have done nothing but support me every step of the way.  They saw my potential and were determined to unlock it.  I still have more growing and learning to do, but modeling is my passion and I have my heart set on achieving my goals.  If I could give any words of advice to someone looking to do the same thing, I would say just stick with it and be dedicated.  Everyone is beautiful, have a good head on your shoulders, and carry yourself with grace and with that, you can achieve just about anything.

-Gabrielle Allyse Bruno

The Makeup Imaginarium

2225 West Shaw Ave, Suite 109

Fresno, Ca. 93711

559-840-5418

Student Project Recap January 2015

January has been very busy at The Makeup Imaginarium, kicking 2015 off to a great start.  New students came in to study to become professional makeup artists and some of our graduates returned to show off their skills while learning even more.  Working with master makeup artist instructor and photographer, Jillian Sara, challenges graduates to refine their craft and  to gain real life experiences and gain the opportunity to showcase their new techniques off to the world.

TMI teaches that fundamentals and skill are the cornerstones of makeup, but imagination and creativity are what makes it artistry. Teaching both sets us apart from other schools just as learning both will set you apart in the industry.

 

Makeup Artists: Frankee Escobedo, Jillian Sara, Birdy Bardot, Diana Lopez, Rainbow Chatman, Becky Williams-Gomez, Rachel Riggs, Mia Garcia, Selina Torres, Alyssa Soliz, and Bibiana Morales-Perez

Models: Gabrielle Allyse Bruno, Fae Yang, Coalee Camara, Maddy Little, Mallory Nance, Alexa Duarte, Michelle Her, Samantha Armstrong, Viktoria Paris, Lenora Pate, and Nikki Richards

Photographer: Jillian Sara

 

 

The Makeup Imaginarium

2225 West Shaw Ave, Suite 109

Fresno, Ca. 93711

559-840-5418

 

My Gypsy Soul

Photographer Jillian Sara is back with a new concept and graduate challenge. Artist Pahoua Lee was given the task of bringing the Irish out of model Gabrielle Allyse Bruno (who really is Irish.) She executed clean beautiful makeup with ease and revealing Gabrielle’s inner gypsy. This may sound easy enough but the task was to truly capture the feel of the countryside while shooting within Fresno, CA city limits.

The Makeup Imaginarium pulled a team together for this seemingly carefree shoot. All the while they were battling thorn bushes and barbed wire with smiles on their faces. Why? Because it was an absolutely glorious day!

Instructors Becky Williams- Gomez (Irish) and Rachel Riggs(Irish and yes this will continue) were on the scene to assist  Pahoua with the model. They helped Gabrielle to her shoot site safe and sound not to mention double checking her to make certain she looked darn good getting there. Student Diana Lopez was in the mix and on the spot with a helping hand as well. She assisted with hair, wardrobe, accessories and capturing behind the scenes images!! The team worked extremely well together and finished a large set in very little time!

“Team Imagine” as Gabrielle Allyse Bruno (from Irish descent) dubbed them, set out to bring a touch of Celtic wandering ambiance to the Valley. Through the laughter and the occasional dance they wrapped up the shoot with little effort.

Enjoy the video, courtesy of Rachel Riggs! (Still Irish!)

Yeah- the theme had something to do with all of the Irish girls hanging around!! Man, those red heads are feisty and so much fun to work with.

 

 

The Makeup Imaginarium

2225 W Shaw Ave suite 109

Fresno, Ca 93711

(559) 840-5418

 

It’s So Natural

The Natural, minimal to no-makeup look is a technique that actually takes skill and a good eye.  Going too much, will easily slip the look out of the “natural beauty” zone.  Here are a few beautiful looks from various TMI student portfolios.  They are a good example of keeping it simple, but still making an impact.

Makeup Artists: Mary Garcia, Pa Houa Lee, Katherine Woodward, Emily Sanchez, Marilyn Alvarez, April R., and Mary Cornejo

Models: Mallory Nance, Gabrielle Allyse Bruno, Maddy Little, Angela Taylor, Kat Tag, Summer Her, and Gracie Reichenbach

Photographer: Kevin Chavez for What If Photography

 

The Makeup Imaginarium

2225 West Shaw Ave, Suite 109

Fresno, Ca. 93711

559-840-5418

Oh, My Lashes

Have you gone to purchase mascara lately? There are so many different formulas and so many different wands…how do you know what to buy?  I did some research to find some articles that broke it all down.  Take a moment and check them out.

Mascara Wands:

http://www.beautyinternational.uk/magazine/different-types-of-mascara-wands-and-how-they-work/

http://www.beautyblitz.com/8-new-types-mascara-wands#slide-1

Mascara Formulas:

http://stylevanity.com/2014/02/different-types-of-mascara.html

http://mycolorofbeauty.com/beauty-of-a-mascara-formula/

 

 

 

 

The Makeup Imaginarium

2225 West Shaw Ave, Suite 109

Fresno, ca. 93711

559-840-5418

Black and White

Creating amazing looks with makeup can be a difficult task for artists.  Creating them with a lack of color can be even harder.  Using only black and white, these artists designed looks for their in class shoots that are beautiful.

Makeup Artists: Samantha Armstrong, Dana Lopez, Susan Martinez, Ashleigh B., Christine Pombo, Adrie Munoz, Michelle Herrera, and Tia Kähkönen

Models: Samantha Armstrong, Maddy Little, Amber Janel Smith, Taylor Hart, Kacie Wilson, Renee Bugatti, and Michelle Her

Photographers: Jillian Sara and Kevin Chavez for What If Photography

 

The Makeup Imaginarium

2225 West Shaw Ave., Suite 109

Fresno, Ca.   93711

559-840-5418

Duped

Nothing is worse than going into a store to buy your favorite lipstick and hearing those two phrases: 1)Sorry, we are currently out of stock or 2) we no longer carry that color.  Lucky, that no longer means giving up your favorite product to try to be happy with second best.   Dupe Up is a wonderful resource to find lookalikes for your favorite products.  Not only do they give you multiple dupe options but allow reviews so you can hear from others on how good they are.

Check them out.

http://www.dupeup.com/

 

A Deeper Love

Stylist Fae Yang pulled together this dark yet romantic collection for photographer Jillian Sara and makeup artist           Mary Garcia.  Model Lenora Pate completed the team for   this end of winter shoot during a passing storm.

Although chilly and occasionally rainy, the day proved to be comfortable and exactly what was needed to capture Fae’s love for the deeper side of romantic makeup and fashion.

Special thanks to Rachel Riggs and Daisha Feliz for the video.

 

The Makeup Imaginarium

2225 W Shaw Ave Suite 109

Fresno, Ca 93711

(559) 840-5418

Want To Be a L’Oréal Artist???

Have you always wanted to become a makeup artist for a high end company?  Imagine working on campaigns and fashion shows?  Something like that can be a resume diamond, not to mention the additional skill set you can acquire.

I found out that L’Oréal is having a contest via Makeup Artist Magazine.  They are looking for a makeup designer and it could be you.

Follow the link for you and check it out.

https://makeupmag.com/loreal-paris-contest-will-choose-make-up-designer/

 

The Great Makeup Resource

Have you ever wanted to know about products before they hit the market???  How about before they were even advertised???   How about a place to go for reviews  and dupes???  One place and you can get all of your makeup information needs on all mainstream cosmetic lines.   Temptalia is the website for you.   The blogs are very informative and easy to navigate.  Next time you have a question on a new blush or where you can find a replacement for an out of stock lipstick, check out Temptalia, and make your life a little easier.

Temptalia Link:                                                                 http://www.temptalia.com/

 

 

The Makeup Imaginarium

2225 West Shaw Ave. Suite 109

Fresno, Ca. 93711

559-840-5418

Hunt The Hunter

This Throw Back Thursday brings us to a collaboration shoot where we not only got some amazingly beautiful shots, but got to meet and work with some wonderful  people as well.  Photographer Jillian Sara and Makeup Artist Rachel Riggs, along with models Dana Lopez and Mariah Lynn Argyilan, joined forces to combine beauty and strength, glamour and fierceness, elegance and power.

 

 

The Makeup Imaginarium

2225 West Shaw Ave. Suite 109

Fresno, Ca. 93711

559-840-5418