Chenese Bean Makeup Artistry Blog

Selfie 101!

HOW TO TAKE THE PERFECT SELFIE

Who doesn’t love a good self photo a.k.a. “selfie” especially us girls. When you look good (especially after getting your makeup done), you feel good so why not capture it in a photo.

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The "Secret" Is Out!

MY FIRST MAJOR AD CAMPAIGN

Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to work on a photo shoot that I had to keep a "secret". Well I'm so glad to finally share one of the Secret Active deodorant ad campaigns that's out now!  In addition to a glimps of what went on behind the scenes. 

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Would you believe in the 21 years of being a makeup artist (yes, 21... LOL!)  that this is my first major accomplishment?  Now yes I have worked on tons of commercial projects but I was either an assistant or it didn't get as much exposure as this. So I'm like a kid walking on air. 

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Makeup by Chenese Bean. Fashion styling by Julie Willis Long. Model Kiara Jackson. 

Behind "Pretty In Pink"

The story behind my "Pretty In Pink" trio lip collection...

22 years this coming January was the scariest and emotional moment of my life. My mom had informed me and my two other siblings that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she later had to get a mastectomy.

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Several years after that my aunt (my moms older sister) was diagnosed as well. And since then October being "Breast Cancer Awareness Month" has always meant more to me than just something to do and talk about but also SUPPORT! Which I've done so in many ways both personal and professional. Both privately and publicly.

So in honor of them and to the rest of the women in my family (deceased and those alive & well). This was my way to make a difference!

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And lastly ladies and gents... get your exam!

My family...

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Pretty In Pink

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month. I created a "Pretty In Pink" trio for $35. And for every collection sold, $5 will be donated to Pink Ribbon Girls foundation.

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Trio includes the following shades (left-right):

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  • Petal - a sheer and creamy petal pink
  • Naive - a creamy blush toned medium pink
  • Pink Lady - a creamy warm shimmer pink

Click here to purchase.  

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(Offer ends 10/31/17. Pink Ribbons Girls does not endorse my products or services.)

Sanitize Those Brushes!!

SANITATION IS ALWAYS KEY

After you've cleaned your makeup brushes with your favorite brush cleaner or soap, it's also important to sanitize them as well. In addition to your makeup bag, brush holder, vanity area and any surface you may use during makeup application with 70% alcohol.

Disinfecting with 70% versus 91% or higher has more germ killing power compared to something more concentrated. Plus anything higher evaporates too quickly to be effective.

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Here's How:

  1. Pour a small amount of the rubbing alcohol into a glass bowl and quickly dip the brush several times.

  2. Squeeze, blot and gently wipe dry with a clean paper towel.

  3. Dry your brushes upside down to prevent the brush hairs from falling out. Because laying them flat can cause the glue holding the brush hairs inside the ferrule can become loose.

(drying rack as pictured can be purchased on Amazon and Ebay)

(drying rack as pictured can be purchased on Amazon and Ebay)

Fix Broken Eyeshadow!

REPAIR ANY CRACKED EYESHADOW

Discovering that you've broken your favorite shade of eyeshadow can be the most devisating thing one can image. Your heart jumps a beat and you gasp suddenly. Because let's face it, makeup isn't cheap. And boy does it create a horrible mess if you don't discover it in time! 

But like anything in life it's fixable... here's how. 

Tools you'll need:

  • 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (mist spray bottle or dropper)

  • Cosmetic Sponges (wedges)

  • Spatula

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Let's begin: 

  1. Clean and sanitize your spatula with the alcohol.

  2. Use the spatula to chop up all of the broken pieces.

  3. Make sure the eyeshadow is finely chopped into a loose powder consistency.

  4. Spritz two pumps of the alcohol (or dropper) over top of the loose powder eyeshadow. Now here's where you have to work fast... using the spatula mix the alcohol and the loose eyeshadow together.

  5. Take the cosmetic wedge and press the flat side against the shadow and press hard.

  6. And there you have it... your eyeshadow is back to normal.

The quick evaporation of the alcohol can cause this to dry quick, so work fast. If it doesn't turn out right, add one spritz (or drop) of alcohol to the eyeshadow and use a clean cosmetic sponge to press it out to your liking. 

Roto-Rooter Commercial

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

This past January, I had the pleasure of working on set for a Roto-Rooter Valentine's Day Facebook campaign as the key makeup artist.  Which took place in Covington, Kentucky.  Check out the clip in addtion to a few behind the scene photo taken on set.

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Pink Friday & Shop Small!

Stop by the studio in the Reading Bridal District November 25 & 26 11am-3pm for our Pink Friday and Small Business Saturday events.  207 W.  Benson St.  Cincinnati, OH 45215

Come for additional discounts, food, music and socializing.

Look for the "pink door"!