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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.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

DINNER DATE LOOK

DRESS: NEW LOOK

Last weekend Hunny and I had dinner at The Rib Room at The Emirates Towers and since it has been so hot for the last couple of days, I decided to wear something very comfortable yet chic and go 'sans maquillage' for the evening :)

Since I was craving for some Hot Chocolate after dinner, Hunny took me to the newly opened Ritz Carlton at the DIFC.

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! :)


Saturday, July 30, 2011

RHYTHM & BLUES



HAIR AND MAKE UP: ANNA DE LEON
PHOTOGRAPHY: ARIAN MARCOS

QUEEN OF SHEBA





HAIR AND MAKE UP: ANNA DE LEON
PHOTOGRAPHY: ARIAN MARCOS

Friday, July 29, 2011

WEST SIDE STORY






SOME PHOTOS FROM THE PROGRAMME

WEST SIDE STORY

AFTER THE LAST SHOW WITH SCOTT

MS. ELISA DOUGHTY AS MARIA, YOURS TRULY
AND MS. SHONA WHITE AS ANITA

SMOKE IT UP!

WORKING ON MS. SHONA WHITE

JOSEPH FOWLER, DIRECTOR GIVING FINAL INSTRUCTIONS
BEFORE THE MATINEE

ERL FIXING UP

WORKING WITH INGLOT PRODUCTS DURING THE DRESS REHEARSALS

BRUSHES AND WIGS MAKE MY DAY

Hi Every one! I hope that you are all having a great weekend. I just want to share with you my experience in working for the Dubai adaptation of The West Side Story last week.

As a Make Up Artist, it is great to experience all forms of medium where your skills can be used. You always learn something new whether it will be in enhancing your skills of just you in total :)

Working on the Production gave me the an opportunity to work with world class performers like Ms. Shona White who gave a stellar performance as Anita and Ms. Elisa Doughty whose amazing voice is proof that she is 'Grace Under Pressure' personified.

Like all productions, West Side Story was not without challenges and I would like to thank my assistant Erl for being a great help, Jenny McCranie, Theatre Manager for putting out a lot of fires and of course to my Hunny for being the great man behind the great woman that he sees in me :)

Friday, July 22, 2011

JUNE BRIDE SPECIAL: A HUGE THANK YOU!


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The entire months of June and July have been an amazing experience for me. It was not only about sharing tips and pieces of advice to would-be brides, but it was also about reliving those joyous moments where life and love is celebrated.

Events as joyous as weddings are not just about the bride and groom professing their love for one another for the rest of their lives, it is also about family, yours and his; friends - yours and his. The unifying power of weddings is amazing!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the resource persons whom I interviewed for this special. To Dermalogica for giving away a fab bridal package to one lucky bride to be :). I would also like to congratulate Faith for sending in her love story and winning the Bridal Package. Enjoy the ultimate pampering, I know I did! :)

To all couples, engaged, married for a while, married for a long time, I salute you for making us believe that happily-ever-after does exist. :)


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

JUNE BRIDE SPECIAL: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL


WITH A MIDDLE PART AND A LOW CHIGNON, THE LOOK IS FINISHED.
HOPE YOU GUYS LIKED IT! :)

THE LIPS
I USED INGLOT'S SOFT PRECISION LINER IN 58 TO DEFINE MY LIPS AND I FILLED IT IN WITH INGLOT'S AMC LIPSTICK IN 126.

THE EYES
I JUST DEFINED THE EYES MORE BY APPLYING MORE OF INGLOT'S SHINE EYE SHADOW IN 42 ON THE CREASE

THE EYES
I USED INGLOT'S SHINE EYE SHADOW IN 30 FOR MY BROW BONE.
THE BROWS.
TO MAKE THE EYE LOOK MORE ALIVE, I LINED MY WATER LINE WITH INGLOT'S SOFT PRECISION LINER IN 31.
I DEFINED MY BROWS WITH NGLOT'S BROW POWDER IN 563 AND SET IT WITH THE BROW WAS IN 572.

THE EYES
FOR LONG LASTING EYE MAKE UP, I APPLIED INGLOT'S EYE MAKE UP BASE ALL OVER THE EYE AREA AND THE LOWER LASH LINE.
TO START THE EYE MAKE UP, I USED INGLOT'S SHINE EYE SHADOW IN 30 ALL OVER MY LID.
TO DEFINE MY EYES, I APPLIED INGLOT'S SHINE EYE SHADOW IN 42 ON MY CREASE. AND THE LOWER LASH LINE.

THE BASE
TO PREP MY SKIN, I APPLIED INGLOT'S UNDER MAKE UP BASE ALL OVER MY FACE.
I APPLIED INGLOT'S AMC FOUNDATION IN MW102.
(THIS FOUNDATION IS SO LIGHT, YOU CAN LAYER IT AND IT WILL STILL LOOK NATURAL.)
I COVERED MY DARK CIRCLES WITH INGLOT'S CREAM CONCEALER IN LW 200.
TO SET THE BASE, I POWDERED WITH INGLOT'S PRESSED POWDER IN 65.
TO GIVE MY CHEEKS THE NATURAL FLUSH, I APPLIED INGLOT'S AMC BLUSH IN 53.
TO COMPLETE THE BASE, I APPLIED INGLOT'S HIGHLIGHTING POWDER IN 83 ON THE BRIDGE OF MY NOSE AND CHEEK PLANE FOR THAT LIT FROM WITHIN EFFECT.


I have been listening to this CD called Zen Zone 3 recently and the beautiful guitar rendition of Oscar Lopez inspired me to create a Spanish inspired look for an evening bride.

I basically used the same products from the Pretty and Simple Bridal look, the only difference is that I defined the crease more and of course I used a fiery red lipstick.

I parted my hair in the middle and had it in a low chignon to complete the look. :)

JUNE BRIDE SPECIAL: PRETTY AND SIMPLE


THE FINAL LOOK! :)

THE HAIR
I MADE THE HAIR VERY SIMPLE WITH A HALF PONY TAIL.
SINCE THE HAIR STYLE IS VERY SIMPLE, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOUR CROWNING GLORY BE AT ITS HEALTHIEST, MEANING VERY SHINY.
TO ACHIEVE HIGH SHINE, I DRIED MY HAIR WITH BRAUN'S AIRSTYLER WITH IONTEC.
TO STRAIGHTEN AND ADD SOFT CURLS AT THE BOTTOM, I USED BRAUN'S SATIN LINER.

THE LIPS
I DEFINED MY LIPS WITH INGLOT'S LIPLINER IN 853 AND FILLED IT IN WITH INGLOT'S LIP PAINT IN 63

THE EYES
TO COMPLETE THE LOOK, I CURLED MY LASHES AND APPLIED 2 COATS OF INGLOT'S PERFECT LENGTH 'S MASCARA IN BLACK ON MY UPPER LASHES
(DON'T FORGET TO DE CLUMP AFTER THE FIRST COAT WITH A LASH COMB)
AND I ALSO APPLIED 2 COATS ON MY LOWER LASHES

THE EYES
I FURTHER DEFINED MY EYES WITH INGLOT'S LIQUID EYE LINER IN 52 VERY CLOSE TO THE LASH BED.

THE EYES
I USED INGLOT'S SHINE EYE SHADOW IN 30 FOR MY BROW BONE.
THE BROWS.
TO MAKE THE EYE LOOK MORE ALIVE, I LINED MY WATER LINE WITH INGLOT'S SOFT PRECISION LINER IN 31.
I DEFINED MY BROWS WITH NGLOT'S BROW POWDER IN 563 AND SET IT WITH THE BROW WAS IN 572.

THE EYES
FOR LONG LASTING EYE MAKE UP, I APPLIED INGLOT'S EYE MAKE UP BASE ALL OVER THE EYE AREA AND THE LOWER LASH LINE.
TO START THE EYE MAKE UP, I USED INGLOT'S SHINE EYE SHADOW IN 30 ALL OVER MY LID.
TO DEFINE MY EYES, I APPLIED INGLOT'S SHINE EYE SHADOW IN 42 ON MY CREASE. AND THE LOWER LASH LINE.

THE BASE
TO PREP MY SKIN, I APPLIED INGLOT'S UNDER MAKE UP BASE ALL OVER MY FACE.
I APPLIED INGLOT'S AMC FOUNDATION IN MW102.
(THIS FOUNDATION IS SO LIGHT, YOU CAN LAYER IT AND IT WILL STILL LOOK NATURAL.)
I COVERED MY DARK CIRCLES WITH INGLOT'S CREAM CONCEALER IN LW 200.
TO SET THE BASE, I POWDERED WITH INGLOT'S PRESSED POWDER IN 65.
TO GIVE MY CHEEKS THE NATURAL FLUSH, I APPLIED INGLOT'S AMC BLUSH IN 53.
TO COMPLETE THE BASE, I APPLIED INGLOT'S HIGHLIGHTING POWDER IN 83 ON THE BRIDGE OF MY NOSE AND CHEEK PLANE FOR THAT LIT FROM WITHIN EFFECT.


There is nothing like a bride who looks radiant because of make up that is barely there. I always tell my brides my their look for their big day should not make them look different, rather it should be a prettier version of themselves.

This look is so simple, I only used 2 shades of eye shadows. The base application did not require so much products as well.

So, I hope you ladies like this look and that you get to try it out yourselves. :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

MY DAUGHTER, MY LIFE


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Being loved and trusted unconditionally by that one person who means the world to you is the best feeling there is.

I am lucky to have the best 'job' there is and that is being a mom to my 11 year old daughter. Motherhood is not all fun times, but when you see your child smiling and happy, you get this feeling of reassurance that it is all worth it and it is.

Happy Birthday to my one and only daughter, Pie.
I LOVE YOU!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

JUNE BRIDE SPECIAL:CAPTURE LIFE''S MOMENTS


PHOTO BY MARK CANTALEJO

PHOTO BY MARK CANTALEJO

PHOTO BY MARK CANTALEJO
PHOTO BY DANABELLE GUTIERREZ
PHOTO BY DANABELLE GUTIERREZ

PHOTO BY GABBY YAP

PHOTO BY GABBY YAP

PHOTO BY ARIAN MARCOS

PHOTO BY ARIAN MARCOS

When Napoleon said that a picture is worth a thousand words, he must have been referring to photos taken during events where emotions are so raw - events such as your wedding day!

A great wedding photographer should be able to capture the wedding in its entirety; the mood, the ambiance, the emotions from the key players of your wedding, so much so that when your family and friends flip through your photos, they will be able relive that glorious moment. When you look at those photos, you should be reminded of how you felt that day when you walked down that aisle (and noticed that your groom is missing :) Ooopps! Wrong Blog! hihihihi!) Seriously though, you should be reminded of how you felt that day when you made that promise to love that special person for better or for worse.

Covering an event that is as multi-faceted as a wedding requires a photographer who is physically, mentally and technically prepared. According to veteran photographer, Michael Velasco, "There is little margin for error when covering weddings." The photographer should be light on his feet to cover the ceremony as it progresses, but still conspicuous so as not to interfere with the ceremony.

When choosing a someone to visually document your big day, Danabelle Gutierrez, freelance photographer and a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography (NYIP) suggests that you look at the prospective photographer's full coverage of at least 1 to 2 weddings, instead of snippets of various weddings. It is easy for any photographer to get a lucky shot here and there; what YOU want is consistency especially if you have ceremonies running all day.

You should ask your friends for referrals. Good wedding photographer's are always spread by word of mouth.

Couples, beware of photographers who are charging too low for their services. If the deal sounds too good, chances are, the service is not. This is your big day and you cannot afford to have your photos look out of focus. Having a good photographer is as important as having film in the camera, if you know what I mean. It might appear as if the photos are being taken but in reality nothing is being recorded.

If your budget permits, hire a back up photographer (better safe than sorry) However, if budget is tight, you may wish to consider new photographers who will gladly cover your wedding for free to add to their portfolio.

Furthermore, please ensure that the photographer provides you with a comprehensive, detailed list of deliverables. This may be in a form of an official contract or a list of all what the photographer will provide. This way each of you are clear on what is expected.

So, in 10 years from now, when you may be cringing over today's fashion trends or oohing and ahhing over the expression of your husband-to-be when he saw you in your your gorgeous wedding gown... it is all about reliving THAT moment.... everyday, sometimes just to give you the butterflies in your stomach or just because you never want to forget why you said 'I do' in the first place. :)