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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, September 20, 2010

ROAD TRIPPING

THE PEEKING SUN

THE BIRDS

THE BIKE

THE CORN

THE FIREWOOD

THE ORANGES

THE ROCKY SHORE

THE SAND AND SEA

THE TEXTURE

THE TREES

THE WAVES AND ROCKS

THE WORKER

Like what I said, there really is nothing better than being close to nature. :) There is always something beautiful to photograph. Here are some photos and hopefully it will inspire hobbyists like myself who has kept their cameras for far too long :)

Friday, September 17, 2010

CLOSER TO NATURE

A BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE TO START AN EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL DAY! :)

THE OTHER CAMPERS

GETTING UP TO START THE DAY. :)

BUILT OUR OWN FIRE TO ROAST MARSHMALLOWS. YUMMYY!

STOPPING BY AL AQAH BEACH RESORT FOR DINNER

OUR TENT

Dubai recently had a 3 day holiday (4 to some) in celebration of Eid.

Eid basically is a Muslim holiday which marks the end of Ramadan. Ramadan is the holy month where our Muslim brothers fast from dawn to sunset.

Hun and were thinking of where to celebrate it and I thought that it would be nice to take a road trip since I have not taken my camera out since leaving Paris in 2009.

I don't whether it was the lack of inspiration or I was just lazy. hehehehe

So, we packed our bags, a tent and drove to Fujeirah to be closer to nature. :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

FACES - A MAKE UP WORKSHOP BY ANNA DE LEON SEASON THREE


I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE EVERYONE TO MY UPCOMING WORKSHOP
FACES BY ANNA DE LEON - A MAKE UP WORKSHOP
SEASON THREE
THE HOLIDAY EDITION
NOVEMBER 5 & 6, 2010
0900 - 1700
MAJESTIC HOTEL

FOR ENQUIRIES
CALL ME AT 050 384 0466
EMAIL ME AT annadeleon@live.com
SEE MY WORK AT http://annadeleonmakeup.multiply.com

I would like to thank all the past participants for making 2 very successful seasons :) I hope to see the alumni and hope to meet new friends who are willing to learn the Art of Making themselves more Beautiful :)

See you Ladies!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

AUTUMN/WINTER 2010 BEAUTY TREND: THINK PINK

Be more creative and experiment with different textures for your eye shadow base. If you don't have a pink eye shadow base, go for gel liner. Same effect and the colour is just great!
Pink looks great on everyone! At least this is how I think. hehehe.
The key is to remember that the darker you are the darker the colours you can get way with.
I find Dolce Vita from Nars particularly universally flattering.

Perfect your skin with the right shade of foundation. If it takes 2 shades of foundation, by all means go ahead.
Don't be shy and blush this season with Nars Blush in Orgasm

There is no colour in the world that says Feminine better than Pink and its having a comeback this season as seen in the show of Fendi.

Women who have darker skin colour have always avoided this colour but I encourage you ladies to try to amazing colour!

Hair and Make Up by Anna de Leon
Photography by Arian Marcos

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

22 WAYS TO SAY BLACK


There is so much going on this merry month of September! Fashion's Night Out and the unveiling of Swarovski Crystals' 22 Ways to Say Black.

Swarovski Crystal under the patronage of France's uber chic First Lady, Carla Bruni Sarkozy commissioned 22 of fashion's most notable names to design one-of-a-kind little black dresses. These dresses will be auctioned off by Simon de Pury on the 20th of September at the Phillips de Pury and Company in New York City. One Hundred per cent of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society and La Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer in France.

From September 7 to 20, visitors to the New York Meat Packing District can catch a glimpse of the designs of Giorgio Armani, Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, Sonia Rykiel, and Vivienne Westwood to name a few.

A cocktail party hosted by Nadja Swarovski will culminate the event of the evening of the 20th of September.

22 Ways to Say Black has an accompanying catalogue, which is available on Amazon.com.

Now, this is Fashion for a Cause and With a Cause.

Monday, September 6, 2010

BORDERTOWN.... WHY MAC?

THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE JUAREZ COLLECTION IN COLLABORATION WITH RODARTE.

Several years ago, I watched a film which starred Jennifer Lopez entitled Bordertown. It was about numerous unsolved cases of violence/murder against women who worked for a lot of factories in the US/Mexico border.

It was disturbing and for a someone who is trying her best to champion Women's rights, though in her small way, I felt kind of hopeless seeing these women work for less than minimum wage.

Imagine my horror when MAC and Rodarte came out with a collection based on the town of Juarez where these cases happened.

To add insult to injury, MAC used a pale, thin ghostly looking model for the campaign and used politically incorrect names for the shades like Ghost Town and Factory.

MAC was quick to react to this furor by saying that they will not ship the cosmetics and that they will donate the proceeds to the families of the victims. I am not sure if this is their way of generating more publicity as MAC always tries to push the envelope when it comes to their collections.

Some people say that MAC has helped by shedding light to the situation but they did it in the expense of the people of Juarez. This just my personal opinion.

I don't have anything against MAC. I love the products but using the misery of a town that is still grieving is just really out of order.


FASHION'S NIGHT OUT 2010

FNO IN VOGUE'S SEPTEMBER ISSUE 2009 BY PATRICK DEMARCHELIER

IMAGINE MEETING SOME OF THE SUPERS????

ANNA WINTOUR IN FNO'S 2009 SHIRT

September is the month to be jolly! Why is that? Aside from the change in the season, every September, New York City holds the biggest Fashion Party ever! Pardon my lack of research but everything that you are about to read is really just based on stock knowledge.

I believe that Fashion's Night Out was the brainchild of Anna Wintour as a way to help the fashion industry when recession started. It's held every 10th of September and retailers from Brooklyn to Manhattan open their doors to shopper till midnight, if I am not mistaken and offer discounts! :)

They also produce Fashion's Night Out Shirts. Last year, the Supers were photographed by legendary lensman, Patrick Demarchelier sporting the shirts. I am not so sure if it was in Times Square. Got to check my September Issue 2009.

Log on to www.fashionsnightout.com and plan your itinerary for a Night Out of a Lifetime!

FASHION TREND INSPIRED MAKE UP: MINIMALIST AND GOLD

AN IDEA FOR THE MINIMALIST TREND. MORE TO COME IN FUTURE POSTS.

I USED BOBBI BROWNS POT ROUGE FOR THE LIPS AND LINED MINE WITH MAC'S SPICE LIP LINER.

I ALSO USED A MATTE WHITE E/S FROM THE SAME SMASH BOX PALETTE FOR MY BROW BONE.

APPLY ONE COAT OF RIMMEL GLAM EYES MASCARA OF THE UPPER AND LOWER LASHES. COMB THROUGH AND REAPPLY.

I USED A MATTE BROWN SHADE FROM MY BEAUTY A GO GO PALETTE FROM SMASH BOX TO CONTOUR THE CREASE.

I USED MAC'S PIGMENT IN FOOL'S GOLD ALL OVER MY LIDS WITH A MAC 239 BRUSH.

FOR THIS LOOK, I MADE MY BROWS FULLER.

JUST TO SHOW YOU THE EFFECT OF THE ILLUMINATOR AND THE HIGHLIGHTING POWDER.

EXCUSE THE BATTERIES IN MY HAIR BUT WAS ALSO PREPARING FOR HUNNY'S RETURN, THUS THE VELCRO ROLLERS. HEHEHE

START WITH AN AMAZING BASE. FOR A LOOK THAT IS THIS MINIMAL, HAVING A GREAT BASE IS IMPORTANT.
I WANTED IT TO LOOK EXTREMELY NATURAL. I USED INGLOT'S AMC FOUNDATION.

I APPLIED INGLOT'S ILLUMINATOR ON THE PLANES OF MY CHEEKS, BRIDGE OF MY NOSE.
TO SET MY FACE WITH INGLOT'S AMC POWDER.

TO FURTHER ENHANCE THE GLOW, I APPLIED INGLOT'S AMC HIGHLIGHTING POWDER ON THE AREAS WHERE I APPLIED THE ILLUMINATOR.


Minimalism and Gold are two of the fashion trends that I will certainly follow this coming season. However, aside from clothes, it has also inspired me to create a look to wear with this fashion trend.

BROW WOW!

MAKE SURE TO BLEND THE CONCEALER PROPERLY ET VOILA, YOU HAVE FULLER BROWS! :)

TO FURTHER EMPHASISE THE SHAPE OF YOUR BROWS, OUTLINE ITS SHAPE WITH A CONCEALER THAT IS A SHADE LIGHTER.

IN L.A. THEY HAVE THIS PROCEDURE CALLED BITCH BROWS. HEHEHE. APPARENTLY, THIS IS HOW A LOT OF L.A. MAKE UP ARTISTS RE CREATE KIM K.'S AMAZING BROWS. I FOLLOWED THE SAME PROCEDURE BUT I SKIPPED DIPPING MY ANGLED BRUSH IN WATER. WITH MY ANGLED BRUSH, I USED BENEFIT'S BROW ZINGS IN MEDIUM TO OUTLINE THE SHAPE OF MY BROWS. AND THEN I USED BENEFIT'S BROW ZINGS IN LIGHT TO FILL IT IN. MAKE SURE TO BLEND.

I USED BODY SHOP'S BROW PENCIL, WHICH IS A SHADE LIGHTER THAN MY HAIR TO CREATE THE ARCH. I BASICALLY DREW ON AN ARCH BY LIGHTLY FILLING THE BALD SPOT.

START BY COMBING YOUR BROWS UPWARD WITH A BROW COMB.
MY LEFT BROW HAS AN ARCH BUT MY RIGHT BROW HAS A SEMI WONKY ARCH. THIS IS WHAT WE WILL WORK ON.

One of the beauty trends for Autumn/Winter 2010 is the strong brow. Eversince I can remember my sister and I have always been obsessed with the perfect brow. At 13 or 14 I was plucking my classmate's brows in the stone tables of St. Scho! hahaha. My sister and I were also trying to figure out how Kevyn made Linda's brows look lighter. At 14 and not knowing the existence of Jolen facial hair bleach.... this was just magic!

This is kind of a step by step post on how I do my brows.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

SEVEN - WRATH




TO UNDERSTAND THE GOOD YOU MUST KNOW THE BAD

WRATH
Is the Emotion of the Falsely Righteous

After completing my course in IED and probably because I visited the Duomo almost on a daily basis, I became more fascinated by religion. Being a devout Catholic, I knew about Genesis, the Gospels, Revelation, Psalms and Proverbs but what intrigued me the most is the 7 capital sins, the darkness, the eroticism and twisted nature involved in each of these sins.

I have since wanted to interpret them through make up, and was constantly thinking of what colours does each sin represent.

I did not want to make the Make Up pretty or wearable, so, I hope you don't mind the disturbing nature of the photographs.

Hair and Make Up: Anna de Leon
Photography: Arian Marcos



Wednesday, September 1, 2010

MY CINDERELLA STORY

YES, THEY REALLY DO IT BETTER :) D&G PUMPS IN SNAKE SKIN. UNLIKE MY OTHER PUMPS THIS SHOE HAS KITTEN HILLS. UBER COMFY BUT VERY CHIC.

THIN AND SILVER :)

SKINNY HEELS IN GOLD

CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF STRAPS AND STUDS!
CAGED AND HIGH.... JUST THE WAY I LIKE IT.

WHEN I NEED SOME HEIGHT, I WEAR THESE GLADIATORS FROM NEW LOOK WHICH ALSO HAPPENS TO BE VERY COMFORTABLE.

YOUR SHOES GOT TO HAVE SOME SERIOUS SOLE! HEHEHE

WHAT IS IT ABOUT SNAKE SKIN SHOES AND WOMEN? CAN'T SEEM TO GET ENOUGH OF IT! :)

WENT TO ALMOST ALL THE SHOEMART BRANCHES TO GRAB A PAIR OF THESE ANIMAL PRINT PUMPS IN MY SIZE.

THE STUDS AND THE FAUX SNAKE SKIN FINISH LURED ME INTO BUYING THIS FROM ALDO.

I LOVED THE FAUX CROC FINISH OF THIS PAIR FROM JANILYN.

MULTIPLE STRAPS ATTRACTED ME THIS SHOE FROM NEW LOOK

LOVE THE CRYSTALS ON THIS STRAPPY HIGH HEELED SANDALS

MY YSL TRIBS INSPIRED PUMPS FROM NEW LOOK. FELL IN LOVE WITH THE HEEL.
LOVE THE RUFFLES ON THESE PUMPS PUMPS: MY STRAWBERRY SHOP

ITALIANS DO IT BEST----SHOES AND PASTA AND A WHOLE LOT MORE! PURCHASED THESE WEDGES IN A SMALL SHOP IN PORTO GENOVA AND ROAD TESTED THEM DURING THE UMBRIA JAZZ FESTIVAL. NO BLISTERS! LOVE THE DETAIL ON THE WEDGE.

BALLISTIC OVER BALMAIN -THIS BALMAIN INSPIRED BOOTS HAS GOT A LOW HEEL WHICH IS PERFECT FOR WALKING PLUS THE BUCKLES BRINGS OUT THE ROCKER IN ME. HEHEHEHE BOOTS: MY STRAWBERRY SHOP

THE HEEL OF THIS BOOT IS JUST THE RIGHT HEIGHT. I LOVED THE BUCKLES.

AUTUMN/WINTER 2008 - ONE OF THE BEST GUCCI COLLECTIONS FROM FRIDA, IN MY OPINION WHERE CLOTHES EVOKED RUSSIAN, BOHEMIAN CHARM. THE COLLECTION HAD A LOT OF THESE LACED UP BOOTS LACED UP KNEE LENGTH BOOTS: ZARA
I have yet to meet a woman who does not have a love affair with shoes. I am a certified shoe lover. This is actually the first thing I look at in a man! hahaha. They have got to wear nice, polished shoes. No, I am not going to feature a massive shoe collection because first and foremost, mine is not. I would say that they are okay. I just want to feature some of the details on some of the shoes that I have which made me purchase them :)