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Freelance Make Up Artist and Stylist who shuttles between New York, Italy and Dubai, Anna has been in the Make Up industry since 1996. She trained under Mario Dedivanovic and Scott Barnes in NYC and has a certificate for Hairstyling from Cinema Make Up School A true lover of all the elements of Fashion, she studied Fashion Design and Styling at the prestigious Istituto Europeo Di Design in Milan, Italy.

Monday, June 28, 2010

REMINISCING

GRAZIE!!! :)

MY CLASS

ULTIMO PRANZO CON AMICI :(

FINALLLYYY!


AT THE CAVALLI CLUB

AT THE VIKTOR AND ROLF SHOP

VENEZIA

CONNECTING THE CRITICAL POINTS

AT HOME AT THE RESIDENCE LA DARSENA

RENDERING WITH THE MAESTRO

FASHION ILLUSTRATION CLASS

THE SAPAZ FAMILY.... THEIR STORE IS PACKED WITH EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR SCHOOL

DAY OUT

WITH MEL INFRONT OF THE DUOMO

This morning, over a bowl of Dorset Cereals, I realised that it has been 2 years since I left Milan. That was a glorious summer filled with adventure! Gosh! The fun that we had! 2 hours of sleep and off we go to class.

My Summer in Milan and IED was literally a feast for all the senses. I could not stop marveling at the architecture, the innate chicness of everyone. Who would say no Parmigiana, Insalata di Buffala, Red Wine, Champagne, Proseco in the afternoon? The smell of fresh tomato sauce and pizza dough during lunch? How about being able to listen to big church bells in the morning or the sound of the birds chirping in an Agriturismo in Spoleto? I can't explain vibe of the entire country. Perhaps, overwhelmingly beautiful.... in all aspects, and while I was having breakfast with hunny, I felt a pang of sadness and then it hit me...... I FREAKING MISSSSSS ITALY!!! WAAAAAHHHHHHH..... its pathetic! hahahahaha. But hunny reminded me that I should look forward to next year when I will finally be back in Italy :)

Heres to that Glorious Summer!

A PRESTO ITALIA!

MARKET DAY - EMIRATES TRADING

I GOT MY PATTERN PAPER FROM EMIRATES TRADING, MOST OF MY PENCILS, RULERS ETC.

LIGHT AS A FEATHER. NATURAL HAIRED BRUSH IS PERFECT FOR APPLYING SMALL AMOUNT OF POWDER UNDER THE EYE AREA.

THESE SYNTHETIC PAINT BRUSHES ARE PERFECT FOR LIQUIDS AND CREAMS SUCH AS LIQUID FOUNDATIONS, CONCEALERS, PAINTS POTS.

NATURAL HAIRED CRAFT BRUSH. PERFECT FOR CONTOURING THE EYES, TEMPLES AND FOR A SHARPER CHEEK BONE DEFINITION FOR A MORE EDITORIAL LOOK

You are probably wondering as to why a Fashion and Make Up Blog would feature a Craft Store, well, for one its a great hunt for inexpensive Make Up Brushes. And even though they are inexpensive, they magically do the work as well as the brushes from the Make Up brands that we have all been used to.

Aside from that reason, I want to share this information to those who wish to pursue a career in Fashion Design as this where I picked up most of my markers before flying to Milan to study. Not exactly cheap. Back in 2008, it was AED 31 per marker. They have a great selection of paper or different sizes, paper for pattern making, rulers, portfolio books, all kinds of paints, pencils etc! :)

So, before heading out to the Burjuman or to Dubai Mall to pick out new brushes, why don't you head to Emirates Trading for an inexpensive alternative. :)

MARKET DAY - MOSHI MOSHI DAISO!

FIVE FALSE LASHES FOR AED 18.00. :)


I DEDICATED THIS ROW FOR NEUTRAL LIPSTICKS ONLY.


THIS PALETTE IS EXCELLENT AS THEY ARE REMOVABLE, SO YOU CAN HAVE ONE ROW DEDICATED FOR LIPSTICKS AND ANOTHER FOR STICK FOUNDATIONS OR WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOU WISH TO STORE.

There are soooo many reasons as to why I say thank you to Daiso. One, the items are very inexpensive. Two, they offer a lot of variety. And when I say variety, I am talking about, probably 3 to 5 kinds of one particular item. Three, you see items that you thought were not available in Dubai or ever available at all!

When I go there, I normally allot half a day because they have so many items, especially the small ones and I kind of take my sweet time in comparing the sizes, where I can use it, if its storage, what I can keep in it etc. Word of advice though, don't break your head and try to decipher the directions. It is unfortunate that most of the directions of the items are either in Japanese or in English that one might find hard to understand.

Aside from Beauty Supplies, DAISO also carries a great selection of Japanese Snacks that you might want to include in your shopping spree when you visit them next. :)


Sunday, June 27, 2010

WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE A BOY

WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE A BOY....


PUT DOWN THE TOILET SEAT

LET US LATHER UP BOYS
IT'S HARD TO SHAVE, YOU KNOW

WAS IT A CLOSE SHAVE?

TIE: PHOTOGRAPHER'S OWN
CUFF LINKS: PHOTOGRAPHER'S OWN

WHITE LONG SLEEVES: G2000
WATCH: SWATCH
CORSET: LA SENZA

SINGLE BREASTED JACKET: MANGO


PANTSUIT: ZARA
TANK TOP: MANGO
OXFORDS: ZARA

When the month of June started, I was thinking of a good way to celebrate what is now universally known as the Pride Month and writing a feature on Pride Month is in a way my homage to the person who made me follow my dreams as a Make Up Artist.... KEVYN AUCOIN.

If you have read some of his books, he discussed the difficulties of growing up in Louisiana as a homosexual. He was confused, afraid to disappoint his parents, he was ridiculed, he was bullied. Kevyn's life is a testament that one can overcome these obstacles, be loved for who you really are, be successful and be fondly remembered and missed.

This is indeed a very sensitive topic, hence, I was quite hesitant to write this, but, in a world where people say that they have accepted a lot of things I think its about time that we finally accept that homosexuality is not a disease.

I have read a lot of stories where teen agers decide to end their lives because they are confused, afraid, those who have decided to come out are often bullied because of their sexual orientation. What they need is guidance, love and acceptance, more than anything else. These kids who have unfortunately have passed away could have been the next Herb Ritts, Meisel or Aucoin. I am a parent myself and should I be in the same position, I swear that I will not love my kids any less than I do now, in fact, I'd love them more.

Pardon me for a longer post than usual, but this post is very personal and among all that I have written, this one is close to my heart.

He has been gone for a long time and though I never had chance to meet him, I will forever be grateful for the inspiration that he has given me, still gives me through his work and the life that he lived..... THANK YOU MR. AUCOIN

Styling: Anna de Leon
Photography: Rob Abi

Saturday, June 26, 2010

SWIMSUIT CATALOGUE SHOOT

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

TRAFFIC STOPPING BEAUTIES IN AMAZING SWIMWEAR

LAST STOP WITH A FAB JEWELRY DESIGNER MANSI

OFF TO THE DESERT.

TAKING A BREAK WITH THEA

SAIL AWAY.... SAIL AWAY... :)

WORKING DESPITE BEING SEA SICK. MARIANNA'S ENERGY AND HUMOUR WAS JUST CONTAGIOUS!

LEAVING AUH TO SAIL TO LULU ISLAND

FIRST ORDER OF THE DAY.... BEACH SHOOT

Waking up at 4am is never easy most especially if its during the weekend, but I thoroughly enjoy it when its a shoot! :)

Call time was at 5am at the beach, shot for about an hour and then drove to Abu Dhabi, hopped in a yacht, got sea sick, shot some more and headed to the desert to wrap up the shoot.

It was a great day filled with laughter, new friends and new experiences :)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

WHAT'S YOUR BEAUTY PERSONALITY - THE TRENDSETTER

TOO BAD CAN'T SING ALA RIHANNA :)



LIP SERVICE WITH T. LECLERC, INGLOT AND MAC


FOR THAT FALSIES EFFECT, LANCONE VIRTOUSE MASCARA

I PREFER TO GO SAN FALSIES BUT I APPLIED 2 COATS OF MASCARA


WING IT UP WITH COASTAL SCENTS GEL LINER.

WHEN BLENDED, ORANGE AND BLUE DOES NOT LOOK BAD AT ALL. :)

UNBLENDED AND SCARY. hehehehe

BLACK SHADOW WAS USED TO CUT THE CREASE AND BLENDED WITH AN ELECTRIC BLUE SHADOW FROM CLAIRE'S



INEXPENSIVE BUT GOOD.I APPLIED CLAIRE'S ORANGE EYESHADOW ON MY LID WITH A MAC 239 BRUSH AND SMUDGED THE LOWER LASH LINE WITH A PENCIL BRUSH DIPPED IN THE SAME COLOUR.


GLOW ALL YEAR ROUND WITH EVERYDAY MINERALS BRONZER AND VIKI'S RADIANT CREATION

RIHANNA ALWAYS GLOWS SO DON'T FORGET THE ULTIMATE PRODUCTS TO CARRY THIS LOOK, A GREAT BRONZER AND HIGHLIGHTER

THE BASE: MAKE YOUR SKIN AS FLAWLESS AS POSSIBLE WITH MAC STUDIO FIX, MAKE UP FOREVER CORRECTOR KIT AND EVERYDAY MINERALS POWDER

LOVING THE VIBRANT COLOURS ON RIHANNA

THE INSPIRATION: RIHANNA'S CUTTING EDGE STYLE NEVER FAILS
TO INSPIRE

If there is a new and bold hairstyle, you are most likely to be the first one who will sport it and chances are you will get away with it because you are a Trendsetter.

Your approach to Make Up is,' the more colourful, the better!' I personally love experimenting most especially with colours. When I started doing this look I really did not know what colours I'd be wearing or what kind of liner I will be doing. I just went ahead with whatever product I had and made myself away. It was fun :)

Ladies, this is the last of the BEAUTY PERSONALITY SERIES and I hope that you picked up something from the THE CLASSIC, THE BOMBSHELL, THE SEDUCTRESS AND THE TRENDSETTER and perhaps you can mix it up and produce something that is entirely of your own.... :)