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!


New at 'B Stands for Beauty' -
THE B WORD!

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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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New York Makeup Artist Top Picks for Lipstick
I'm still celebrating (in my head) National Lipstick Day which apparently was yesterday! Did you see my collage on Instagram?

If you don't know by now a bold lip is my signature! My motto is, "Bury me in a bold lip!!!" When I first started my career as a makeup artist (wow! almost 10 years ago) lip gloss was it! Everybody wanted lipgloss. Times are a changin'! Bold lips have always been in style and now I assure you that any and everyone can find a great lipstick!

I've always been in love with lipsticks, but the innovation in the last few years with lipsticks is just amazing! Yes, you can wear a matte lip and not dry your lips out or you can get a lipstick-like product that has the texture similar to a gloss.You can find lipsticks that do not come off after 5 seconds or get all over your man's face! The most classic iconic red lip can look great on anyone with confidence!

I took a look in my purse to see what lip products were in there! One time I found 15 different lipsticks and glosses. LOL! I've downsized since then, but below are 5 lipsticks I am carrying right now!

Stila Long Wear Liquid Lip Color, $22
(new name, same formula, additional colors): Stay All Day Liquid Lip, $22. Sephora Only.






Even though the next product is not a lipstick, I love this gloss so much! 
It provides so much color, just like a lipstick, I had to include it!


What lipsticks are you wearing right now?
















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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. Brandalyn is also the co-founder of BR Brides (www.brbrides.com) an on-location makeup/hair luxury service. When not doing makeup or wigs/hair, Brandalyn is writing and speaking all about beauty and empowerment at www.bstandsforbeauty.com. Her work can be found at www.brandalynfultononline.com.
No, for real! Are you surviving the heat? How about your makeup?

If the answer to this question is no, maybe, or if you have any hesitation in answering the question, hop on over to This That Beauty Blog! Check out my first video for This That Beauty talking about products you absolutely need this summer!

Again, here is the link Tips to Help Your Makeup Survive the Summer Heat and don't forget to share it with a friend!

If you have any questions, let me know!


Stay Cool and Beautiful!















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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. Brandalyn is also the co-founder of BR Brides (www.brbrides.com) an on-location makeup/hair luxury service. When not doing makeup or wigs/hair, Brandalyn is writing and speaking all about beauty and empowerment at www.bstandsforbeauty.com. Her work can be found at www.brandalynfultononline.com.

I was on a shoot a while back and worked with a woman who obviously had not gotten a brow grooming prior to the shoot. Due to time and budget constraints, I was not able to groom them, but they weren't horrible. Usually, I can work some "makeup magic" and make them look even and shaped. I noticed after I was done she was in the mirror and decided to razor them herself....HOLD UP! If you don't like something a makeup artist does to your face, it is okay and preferred for you to say something politely (unless you're a model/actor and that is what the director wants). Letting the artist know will help you AND help them, but that is another post!

There is nothing wrong with doing a quick clean up with tweezers in between brow maintenance visits, but please do not attempt to create-a-brow on your own. I do not recommend using a razor on yourself at any time. There are a number of reasons regarding hair growth issues, but all in all, it just isn't safe! I see too many people with OOPS written across their lower foreheads from using a razor.

I cannot stress this enough! I am very picky about my own brows and only get them threaded every other month or professionally maintained with tweezers by a highly trained brow expert (I highly recommend www.raedawnj.com if you are in NYC). I actually like and embrace my full brows. In between visits I will tweeze a hair or two. I actually know how to shape my brows, but there is a certain level of anxiousness one gets when its time to attack the brows. Many people just go HARD and they take off too much and make them too thin. Besides if you continually remove hairs-creating shapes that truly don't suit your face-your hair may not grow back. If you have a steady hand and a good eye...go for it, but if you are trying to save a couple bucks by being in the mirror "razoring" away, I beg you to stop.

I am never the one to tell someone how they "should" look, but there is much truth to "brows are the frame of your face." My professional advice as a makeup artist and face analyzer (hey it's true!) is be good to your brows! If you can get your hair done, nails done, dog groomed, lawn mowed, car washed, clothes tailored...okay I am sure you get my point, get your brows maintained by a professional. Talk to them about your ideal look, if your brows will allow that, and if it makes you look natural, friendly, and approachable.


Stay Beautiful!
















Please Note: There are professionals who use a razor technique similar to a barber, that is ok if and only if they have been professionally trained and have the proper equipment, lighting, etc. I know some professionals that use a razor technique and it look great; it is not my method of choice. I just don't suggest using a razor on yourself.


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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. Brandalyn is also the co-founder of BR Brides (www.brbrides.com) an on-location makeup/hair luxury service. When not doing makeup or wigs/hair, Brandalyn is writing and speaking all about beauty and empowerment at www.bstandsforbeauty.com. Her work can be found at www.brandalynfultononline.com.

Honestly, I wanted to name this post, "Things I Hear That Make Me Say Whaaaa!" but that would have been confusing. As a follow up to one of my most popular posts, Concealer Pound Fail, I find it absolutely necessary to briefly discuss a few things I hear regularly that are detrimental to a beauty girls' ears.

What I love most about my career as a makeup artist is the opportunity to chit chat about all things beauty. Below are the top 7 things I hear in conversation often that can create unnecessary problems in your beauty journey.

1. "I do not wear moisturizer." Different skin types need different products. No matter if your skin is oily, dry, or combination it is essential to put on some type of moisturizing product whether it be an oil free lotion, gel, or cream. A lot of moisturizers have SPF in them, which is absolutely necessary. Moisturizers with SPF help with anti-aging, hyper pigmentation, and skin cancer. If your skin looks or feels dry, lacks radiance and vitality, moisturizer will at least make your skin look prettier. If the best one for your skin is selected it will even help make your makeup look better and sometimes last longer because it is protecting the outer layer of your skin. You might have to change moisturizers depending on the season and where you live, but all in all, you want a product that helps your skin retain moisture.


2. "All of my makeup and/or skincare products need to be from the same company in order to work properly," or "I ONLY wear MAC!" Not true. You don't cook with just one seasoning so mixing up makeup brands and products is usually fun and can be very beneficial. It is important to not mix too many active ingredient skincare products together that may react to each other. Also if your skin is sensitive it may be best to not change too many things at the same time. Give yourself adequate time to know which products are working for your skin.


3. "If I try a product once and I get a pimple, it broke me out." If you experience an immediate reaction of discomfort, that might be a reason to discontinue using a product, but usually it takes a week or longer to see if a makeup or skincare product is working for you. A lot of times a breakout would have occurred regardless of you using that product. It could be the result of a number of things. Give a product a chance. Do not expect overnight results with skincare and make sure you are doing the proper steps with makeup to get the maximum benefits.


4. "Because I have oily skin I can only wear a powder foundation." There are some great liquid and cream foundations on the market that look amazing on people with oilier skin. It takes the right prep which include moisturizer, primer, and setting products to ensure a great looking foundation.


5. "I only wash my face once a day and I use bar soap." This is a little controversial, but I recommend washing your face morning and night. Washing your face at night is more important because it essential to cleanse your skin from makeup and all the debris collected throughout the day. Some argue that you don't need to use harsh cleansers in the morning, which is true because how dirty can your skin get overnight. I always wash my face morning and night. Nothing wrong with facial bar soaps, but they can be a little drying. Bar soaps for the body and antibacterial soaps can be too harsh on the face for most people.


6. "I only buy a new mascara because it dried out." Mascara should be replaced every 6-8 weeks; 3 months is pushing it and is enough time for your mascara to be contaminated about bacteria. You can do what you want, but itchy eyes, flaky mascara, and other random issues can be the result of old mascara.


7. "I didn't know I needed to wash my makeup brushes." I hear this so often! At home wash your personal makeup brushes at least once every 2 weeks. Don't let a month go by without a deep shampoo (my favorite is antibacterial dish soap, Parian Spirit, or Cinema Secret's Brush Cleanser). MAC, Sephora, and Ulta all carry fast drying antibacterial brush cleansers for quick cleaning during the week.


I hope this post helps anyone who may have been misinformed about their beauty regimen or about makeup products. Feel free to leave questions or comments about beauty misconceptions. Let's discuss!


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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. Brandalyn is also the co-founder of BR Brides (www.brbrides.com) an on-location makeup/hair luxury service. When not doing makeup or wigs/hair, Brandalyn is writing and speaking all about beauty and empowerment at www.bstandsforbeauty.com. Her work can be found at www.brandalynfultononline.com.

I remember visiting Chicago and discovering ULTA Beauty years ago. When I lived in Michigan I couldn't wait to go to the Chi so I could get a moment to shop there. Then we got one! Then I moved to New York City where the nearest ULTA was in Jersey :-/

Then (drumroll)... Ulta opened a location in Queens last October. I made the trip out there (cause you know anything past Laguardia is far too me...lol) for a beauty event with Stila Cosmetics. HEAVEN!!! I like Ulta because it has mass beauty products, prestige beauty products, hair products, a salon, etc. all under one roof!

I have started to make a lot of my mass beauty purchases there because they have AMAZING deals like "Buy One, Get One" on Maybelline, Rimmel, NYX, and L'oreal! As a makeup artist I go through mascara like crazy and I can never pass up BOGO 1/2 off or free on essentials like mascara. They also have tons of hard to find beauty brands like Mario Badescu, Too Faced, Kinerase, and Laura Geller.

They even have amazing monthly circulars (pictured above) with a coupon that can be used on mass products and highlighting deals around the store. Right now they are having BOGO 1/2 off on Physicians Formula and Olay Skincare for the month of July...runnnnn! If you like more high end products, shimmy right over to the prestige side and experience Philosophy, Mario Badescu, Clarisonic, Kinerase, and Peter Thomas Roth.

I also like the cute beauty box deals that seem to be specific only to Ulta. Brands such as Benefit, Stila, LORAC, and Too Faced always have one of kind deals only at ULTA.

Check out Ulta and really explore all the store has to offer! I've heard rumors that they are considering opening one in New York City soon! YAY!

Stay Beautiful!















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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. Brandalyn is also the co-founder of BR Brides (www.brbrides.com) an on-location makeup/hair luxury service. When not doing makeup or wigs/hair, Brandalyn is writing and speaking all about beauty and empowerment at www.bstandsforbeauty.com. Her work can be found at www.brandalynfultononline.com.
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