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!

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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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Maybe I have been watching too much football, but I am all about tackling beauty in the new year! This is the sequel to Beauty Basics on a Budget! I had such a great time demonstrating beauty techniques and answering beauty questions in September so I thought lets do it again bigger and better this time!

Tackling Beauty in the New Year will focus on the following:
  • Improving your skin care regimen - Demonstrations using skincare and DIY products
  • Finding the right concealer - Tips and tricks to achieving bright well rested eyes!
  • Learning all about the new eye shadow trends for Spring/Summer - Yes! You can wear it!

Join me at the beautiful Historic McDonnell House on Sunday, February 19th for a afternoon of fun!

Just look at the top of the blog for the link to register or click here! Can't wait!

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

I love it when people ask me questions about makeup, men's grooming, wigs, or hair! It is one of the reasons I started this blog so please please please ask me anything! It helps me with posts and to make sure I am providing information that people care about.

Thanks to a few friends asking me about the "white cloud underneath people's eyes," I came up with this blog post about concealer.

The next post will be about lip gloss and things to know when looking for the perfect lip gloss!

Send in your questions to or inbox me on Facebook! I will try to get to them as soon as possible. As always thank you for your shares, comments, and for visiting!

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

People ask me all the time why did I move to New York...uh duh...for Restaurant Week! LOL! No seriously...

STOP what you are doing and go to to find more information about Broadway Week, Off Broadway Week and NYC Restaurant Week!

To everyone that has been contacting me about tickets to see The Lion King or Mary Poppins or any Broadway show you can get 2 for 1 tickets on a LOT of shows from January 16-February 4. Such a great deal!

P.S. I will be doing makeup at the Lion King from January 18-28th :-)

I got my list of things to do printed out. How about you?

Brandalyn Fulton is a Makeup, Wig & Hair Artist residing in New York City. Her work can be found at
Concealer Pound Fail #FAIL: The REAL DEAL about Under Eye Concealer

There are several ways to approach the use of concealer. I hope this post will help shed some light on a great product that seems to be misunderstood.

Under eye circles, natural discoloration, lack of sleep, hereditary darkness around the eyes are all reasons to use concealer. I encourage women to use concealer to take the focus away from the under eye area so people can see your eyes and if you are wearing it, eye shadow. Finding the right concealer is tricky. Concealer is usually more dense than foundation and is used to cover particular areas of the face that need heavier coverage. If you feel your foundation is not giving you enough coverage under the eyes, for pimples, around the mouth or other areas of concern on the face, you may want to consider using a concealer. The main two functions of concealer is to mask and to highlight. It is very difficult to find a great concealer for under the eyes. We have all seen the makeup blunder moments and below are a few steps to consider when finding the right concealer and how to apply it.

Please Note: I am using images to help educate and to help people visually relate to common issues found with using concealer. In no way does this serve as criticism to the celebrity or their makeup artist.

1. The basic rule of thumb is the color of your concealer should match the skin around the eye (preferably the cheek area). I use this as a guide so that when you blend the concealer down it blends effortlessly. This also can mean the color you use underneath your eye may not be the same color you use to cover a pimple on your chin.

2. Apply the concealer underneath the eye area in a stippling motion. Blending back and forth is doing just that; moving the product back and forth. Be sure to build up the product and press it into the skin so you are achieving maximum coverage. This also prevents using too much product which can make your application look cakey.

3. Finish the makeup. It is essential to blend the concealer until you can't see where it starts and stop. You may need to set with a powder or work the edges in with your foundation. You should never be able to see where the concealer ends.

4. Use proper skincare. Treat the eye area differently from the rest of your face. Apply eye cream before concealer application and at night to hydrate the skin. Many eye creams are packed with antioxidants to treat the skin and contain optical diffusers to help with discoloration.

5. Test the product by taking pictures with a flash. If your concealer looks too light in pictures, but ok in real life you are probably using the wrong powder to set it or too much powder. While translucent powder is easy to use, too much of certain powders can cause this problem. I recommend using powder with a shade slightly lighter than the concealer to set to avoid this from happening. If your concealer is just a smidgen too light, slightly gray or ashy looking, perhaps dusting a bronzer (with very little or no sheen) or powder to warm it up slightly might help.

6. Be careful with highlighting. YES! We all want to highlight underneath the eyes, but it is not ok for your concealer to be so light that its the first thing to capture everyone's attention. While it may seem trendy to have a beautifully contoured face with a nice highlight underneath the eye, do not force it. In the left picture above, her artist is not finished with the makeup. This is so you can see the under eye color her artist is using which is distinctively lighter than her skintone. A makeup artist or someone highly skilled in makeup may be able to use the right techniques to pull this off. Kim Kardashian uses a lot of makeup on the face and if you aren't going to do that be sure to use a more consumer friendly approach to applying your makeup. Just focus on a great makeup application and simply reducing the darkness or discoloration. All makeup techniques require balance. Notice with a great concealer application with highlight, there is usually some definition underneath eye with liner or bottom mascara. Also there is usually blush and/or bronzer applied too. Please do not try highlighting without doing the necessary steps to balance everything out.

7. It really doesn't matter what product you apply first. You can do concealer or foundation. When I apply makeup on my clients, I like to do foundation and then concealer so I can see what the foundation covers. I can add concealer only where it is necessary. On myself, it changes depending on how much makeup I am applying. Some days I am only putting on a little concealer to wake me up and mascara.

Whew!! I know that is a lot to worry about for one product! I am sure in the above photos this was an isolated situation. We ALL have our moments of being off because we are human. I hope this helps answer some of your questions regarding concealer. It takes time to find a great concealer and sometimes you might even have to change your concealers with your foundation when the seasons change. If you purchase something you don't like return it within the store's policy and work with an artist to find the right shade and powder combination. NO! Your concealer does not have to be a #fail!

If you have any questions, let me know!

Brandalyn Fulton is a Makeup, Wig & Hair Artist residing in New York City. Her work can be found at
Should I hire a Makeup Artist for my Headshot?
If you ever find yourself asking this question, check out my 5 Advantages to hiring a Makeup Artist on Soul Kisses TV.

I was fortunate to work with Tamala, the founder of Soul Kisses TV, on Hairspray in Northport, NY and provide makeup for her most recent headshot!

I hope you find the information useful!

Brandalyn Fulton is a Makeup, Wig/Hair Artist, Beauty Expert, and Motivational Speaker. She graduated from the University of Michigan where she studied Theatre Production & Design and Sociology specializing in Design Rendering and Color Theory. Brandalyn is known for her attention to detail and is continually sought out for her efficient and flawless makeup application. In addition to TV, Bridal, and Print work you can find Brandalyn doing makeup backstage for New York Fashion Week and backstage for Broadway shows such as The Lion King and Mary Poppins. When not doing makeup or wigs/hair, Brandalyn is writing and speaking all about beauty and empowerment at Her work can be found at

I am so blessed and thankful to see another year! I spent New Years Eve in church! I could not have been in a better place! I am so thankful for 2011! It was a year of transformation. I am in awe with how I am growing personally and professionally. I can see, feel, and LOVE getting older, wiser, and becoming more Brandalyn :-)

With this post, I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on 2011. I have been doing this all week while creating a vision statement and vision board. I am a firm believer that sometimes you need to toot your own horn! It is so easy to say what you haven't done or what you didn't do. I am humble and also believe in just doing the work, but how can one move forward if you don't sit back and recognize what you have accomplished.

  1. I completed a full season as Wig & Makeup Supervisor at the John Engeman Theater.
  2. I taught Runway Makeup to LA makeup artists at the LA Makeup Show.
  3. I became a member of a wonderful church in Harlem, First Corinthian Baptist Church.
  4. I held my first seminar of Beauty Basics on a Budget in Detroit, Michigan.
  5. I was featured on several websites including and
  6. I became a Makeup Swing on Broadway and learned makeup tracks at The Lion King and Mary Poppins.
  7. I left my steady paying job to become a freelancer and didn't "really" know what was in store for me.
  8. I worked at NYU as an Assistant Wig Designer and taught Makeup to Opera and Musical Theater students.
  9. I served as the Makeup Consultant for the Broadway show, Lysistrata Jones and saw the show come together and provided makeup for Broadway Star, Patti Murin.
  10. I assisted Broadway Wig Designer, Mark Adam Rampmeyer at the prestigious Papermill Playhouse and was Associate Wig Designer for White Christmas!
  11. I am now on an assistants' list for a fabulous Makeup Agency in NYC.
  12. I have dedicated more time to my blog,, and YOU my readers.

I am probably leaving somethings out and I am typing pretty fast, but I have tears in my eyes because 2011 was a GREAT year and I am extremely thankful. My peers and colleagues are amazing. I get messages in my inbox ALL the time and constantly have people embracing me with genuine love and support! Lord knows I need it!

This year is going to be nothing less. I am turning it up a few notches and taking it to the next level. I have discovered a great deal about myself and where I would like to take my career. If you stick with me...YOU WILL SEE! There are a few goals I had in 2011 that I didn't get to, but life is not always about accomplishing goals. I have learned that it is about enjoying the journey and the process of growing. I encourage you to never lose sight of your goals but to also enjoy the moments that it takes to reach those goals. There are so many lessons to learn and experiences to truly treasure. I haven't lost sight of the goals I didn't get to achieve in 2o11 because I will keep at them in 2012!

My advice to anyone in Makeup Artistry or anyone striving to get to the next level:
  1. Take care of yourself mentally! Feed your brain and soul with positive and prosperous thinking.
  2. Its all about the follow up. Stay persistent and be strategic with your words and actions.
  3. Be genuine. Do not set your goals based on someone else's success. Determine your own success.
  4. It is a cliche, but it holds much truth..."THINGS TAKE TIME"
  5. Do not be afraid to achieve your goals. Tackle your fears and move them out the way
I have so much to look forward to in 2012. I look forward to sharing with you! Happy New Year!

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