Beauty Basics on a Budget Seminar

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The 1st ever Beauty Basics on a Budget was held this past fall in Detroit, Michigan. It was a huge success! Please check back as I will be hosting more Beauty Basis on a Budget seminars in New York, Detroit, and Chicago for 2012! This is such a great opportunity for women to bring their basic makeup collection and learn tips and tricks with what you have. Can't wait to roll out plans for 2012!

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics New Brushes: Obsessed!

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If you are looking for good brushes, check out the brushes at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics!

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New to 'B Stands for Beauty' is The B Word!! The B Word is a weekly commentary from me about. . . whatever comes to mind. It will be related to my life and this journey to be successful in my career!
I hope to hear from you!

My Best Friend...A Lawyer!

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Shout out to my best friend, Delilah P. Strickland! She just completed Law School! I will be getting my friend back in just a few weeks once she takes the bar exam!

Her only request was that I be there to do her makeup and lashes. Go figure :-)

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FACE atelier is one of my favorite makeup companies. I like to say that FACE atelier and I have grown up together. I started working with the Canadian-based makeup company on different occasions in 2008. The line has grown so much and has truly helped me with my makeup artistry. They are well known for their silicone based liquid foundations, but they also have a full line of color cosmetics that are great for everyday women as well as makeup artists!

I am so excited to be doing a fabulous giveaway of some of my favorite color products!

One lucky person will receive:
FACE Atelier Facade in Arabesque
FACE Atelier Facade in Godiva

FACE Atelier Lipstick in Pink Sizzle
FACE Atelier Lipstick in Red Fuchsia

FACE Atelier Lip Glaze in Prim Rose

A few reasons why I love these....
  • I love Red Fuchsia because you can NEVER go wrong with a Classic Red Lip!
  • Prim Rose at one point was one of their best selling Lip Glazes online. It is the perfect natural color lip gloss for so many skin tones! I wear it often and definitely have one in my kit!
  • The Facade is a silicone gel blush that dries down like a powder! I also like to use it on my lips for a soft lip stain. Godiva is amazing for a deep wine color, but can be applied lightly! So pretty!
All you have to do is comment on this post saying, "I want Brandalyn's Fav FACE Atelier Products!" You can enhance your chances of winning by sharing this post on Facebook or retweeting it on Twitter (make sure you tag me)! US or Canadian entries only.

I will select a winner on December 15, 2011. So you can receive just in time for the Holidays!

Brandalyn Fulton is a Makeup, Wig & Hair Artist residing in New York City. Her work can be found at

Shop like a Professional Makeup Artist on Friday, December 2 (5pm -10pm) and Saturday, December 3(10am - 6pm) in New York City at The Makeup Show's Holiday Pop-Up Shop! I will definitely have my face in the place on Friday sometime after 8 pm. Tickets are only $20 per person. Get access and pro discounts to the brands top makeup artists love and use!

I will definitely be stocking up on some of my favs...

Kissable Couture Honesty Lipgloss
Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder
Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum
Stila Cosmetics Tinted Moisturizers & Eyeshadows
Dermalogica Pre Cleanse
Kevyn Aucoin Gossamer Radiant Diaphanous Powder
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pris Highlighter

...and I can't wait to learn about other products and network with industry friends!

Purchase your ticket online on or before Cyber Monday, November 28th (TODAY) and be entered to win a Beauty Grab Bag!

See you Friday!

Brandalyn Fulton is a Makeup, Wig & Hair Artist residing in New York City. Her work can be found at
I am little late, but wanted to let you know that Jennifer Hudson and Katy Perry caught my eye at the American Music Awards. If you follow my blog, I rarely get a chance to watch awards shows when they happen, but always find time to browse the photos of the Red Carpet. Luckily, I acquired a DVR a few months ago so yes, I do get to watch them "eventually."

I really liked Jennifer Hudson's look from head to toe at the American Music Awards 2011. Her makeup is one of my favorite looks which is a subtle smoky, defined eye and a bold lip. As we approach the holidays, I would encourage all women to try this look for an evening out or for a holiday party. I love the L'Oreal Paris Infalliable Le Rouge Lip Color in Enduring Berry. It looks just list this color and I wear it all the time! Its long wearing, but not drying to the lip.

Seems like Katy Perry's Red Carpet dress wasn't favored by some, but I am loving this dress from Vivienne Westwood. I love Katy Perry's style (majority of the time) because its different and type of weird that I just love! My motto is, "if its considered ugly, I will wear it." I am not saying her dress or overall look is ugly, but its definitely different and quite tasteful. Her hair color looks great with her porcelain skin! Hey, not expecting most to agree with me, but all in all I liked her look and I am always a fan of her makeup.

Her cat eye is always on point! To achieve this, I suggest the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, $20 or Stila Smudge Pot (gel liner), $20. Both products work well and solely depend on if you prefer to use liquid or something with a little more consistency like gel. The applicator of the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner makes wing tip application super easy. If you have any questions about wing tip liner, ask away...I can help!

Brandalyn Fulton is a Makeup, Wig & Hair Artist residing in New York City. Her work can be found at
My Parade Pass & Makeup station provided by the show!

This morning I made my way at 4:45 AM to Times Square to be apart of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. I worked with the cast and crew of the Broadway musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and helped with makeup. They performed on 34th street in front of Macy's and it aired on NBC!

Below are a few pics of such a fun morning!

Some of the fabulous wigs in the show!

Josh executing fierce makeup and Jack Curtain,Wig Supervisor finessing the wig before the performance!

I had the pleasure of doing Amaker Smith's makeup. He was one of the few that I worked on!

It was very cold, but we were fortunate to have trailers and we waited inside of Macy's before the performance. Costumes...AMAZING!

Cast performing "I Will Survive'

On the bus back to the theater I was able to catch a good photo of one of the floats!

This was an amazing opportunity! Did anyone watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade?

Brandalyn Fulton is a Makeup, Wig & Hair Artist residing in New York City. Her work can be found at
We live in a society where everything is instant. It is so easy to want, want, and want some more. One of my goals upon moving to New York is that I wanted to be a swing on Broadway. I remember being so anxious! Within my first year of moving to New York, I was in the middle of my internship at The Juilliard School and I was so anxious to get on The Great White Way. Little did I know that no matter how much you want something, everything works with the powers of the universe and EVERYTHING happens when it is suppose to happen. To become a swing on Broadway, you must drop your resume off at stage doors. I did this every month for over a year.

I remember being frustrated that I had not heard from anyone. I remember questioning myself, my abilities, and really being negative. Sometime in March, I started to change my thinking and my perspective on things. I believe in God and started to focus my energy on positive things and being thankful for everything that happens, good and bad. I started to believe that when the time is right I will get what I want and need. I was contacted by the Makeup Supervisor at the beginning of August.

Halloween Party backstage with Alex and Christina. They made me feel right at home!

I finished my first week at The Lion King at the end of October and I was totally prepared! I was able to do the job...and do it well. It was very intense and I knew how to handle working under pressure and do a good job. I took instruction well and was able to learn and enhance my own technique from this experience. I remember hearing the sweet music from the show while running to my quick makeup change and feeling, "THIS is what I had been waiting for and it could not have happened any sooner!"

Hear an impromptu talk about my 1st experience briefly on the Beauty Talk Radio Show with Celebrity Artist Denise & Janice Tunnell. Its around the 31:00 minute mark.

Listen to internet radio with Illusions Cosmetics on Blog Talk Radio

I remember sitting in a Master Class with Sam Fine back in 2008 and he said, "Are you ready for the type of jobs that you want?" I was ready, but I had to be patient. I was so focused on my goal, I forgot to enjoy the time I was getting the experience and building my confidence, skills, and my resume. It is perfectly alright to have goals and dreams, but be sure you are putting in the work and gaining the proper experience so when it is YOUR TURN, you are READY when the clock strikes!

I am still learning, still growing, and getting ready for the next opportunity. I am excited that I have learned the value and reward of patience. I hope this helps any artist or anyone that is waiting for something to happen. Stay encouraged and enjoy the journey it takes to be prepared and ready!

Brandalyn Fulton is a Makeup, Wig & Hair Artist residing in New York City. Her work can be found at
I am excited about the new Broadway musical, Lysistrata Jones. Previews start today, Novemeber 12th at the Walter Kerr Theatre. I was asked to do makeup for Ms. Patti Murin who plays Lysistrata aka Lyssie J for the commercial posted below. I have heard that the commercial can be seen on NBC, CBS, and ABC (yay!).

Everyone loved the makeup look so much that I was brought on to be a Makeup Consultant for the show. I was the assistant to the Wig Designer and the Wig Supervisor for the week of tech rehearsal. I also purchased makeup for Lyssie J, taught her how to apply it all while learning and experiencing the creation of a show happening on the "Great White Way!"

To learn more about the show and its journey from the Dallas Theatre Center to Off Broadway and now Broadway, click here .

For discount tickets visit, call 212-947-8844, or visit the Walter Kerr Theatre Box Office at 219 W. 48th st. between Broadway and 8th ave. Previews begin today and the Opening Night is December 14th!

Let me know if you see the show :-)

Brandalyn Fulton is a Makeup, Wig & Hair Artist residing in New York City. Her work can be found at

There has been a lot of buzz about Tom Ford, former fashion designer at Gucci, launching his beauty line. It is true...BEAUTY is great business! I will admit that I have become a little jaded when it comes to new makeup (It has to be absolutely fabulous!). I don't get excited like I used to, but something about Tom Ford excites me so I went to Bergdorf Goodman to meet him and check out his new cosmetics line that launched November 1st.

He exudes such class and refinement and this was exemplified at the Tom Ford Beauty event. After looking at the collection, beautiful male models dressed in Tom Ford-like suits with perfectly placed hair escorted attendees to meet Mr. Ford. He had small talk with many admirers and also signed the products that they purchased. Of course, I didn't have him sign my True Coral lipstick because I will DEFINITELY be wearing mine :-)

I will definitely purchase some more products in the future, but for $48 this True Coral was a gift to myself for accomplishing a life goal (another blog post).

My main reason for coming was to not only meet Mr. Ford, but to check out the Traceless Stick Foundation retailing at $78. I have found that many high end cosmetic lines totally miss the mark with foundations for women of color. Unrealistic shades, not enough options, or completely non existent are some of the major issues I have found. Tom Ford Beauty has 12 shades and they look amazing. I swatched number 11-Warm Almond (my shade) and number 12-Chestnut!

#12 Left, #11 Right

I spoke with Mr. Ford and thanked him for coming out with deeper shades of foundation and also for having a color line that "really" has color! He said that it is important to have a wide range of shades and, "We will be going deeper. We are just getting started!" Check out the photo of me wearing the number 11!

Note: My lip color is my own custom made OCC lip tar combo (ask me about it!!) Mr. Ford gave me a compliment ;-) After swatching the True Coral Lipstick on my hand, I just dabbed it on my cheeks. FAB, right!!! Also I tend to go lighter on my foundation because I only wear it in necessary areas, particularly around my eyes and nose, and set with powder

You can check out the collection only at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman!

Brandalyn Fulton is a Makeup, Wig & Hair Artist residing in New York City. Her work can be found at
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