Bambi De La Cruz Makeup Artistry Blog

Yesterday, I was to my good friend and one of my mentors, Nina Dumpa, who happens to be one of the very best makeup artists on the market specializing on airbrush makeup. It had been her birthday last week and since I understood she would maintain her studio room, I needed to drop by and give her something.

I first came across Ate Nina while browsing through Multiply. I noticed her work and I came across them very creative I was wowed at her techniques in makeup plus her skills in bodypainting. I also wished to model on her behalf before when she wanted folio models but I was timid (I wasn’t an expert makeup musician then yet).

As fate may have prepared it, we do meet and she became one of my idols, friends, and mentors on the market. She trained me the worthiness of posting my skills to others, as she does to her assistants and when she even. A teacher, a makeup artist, a businesswoman, a mother, a friend, a photographer – Nina has played many roles and each role she plays well. Despite her comprehensive collection and international accreditations tucked under her belt, she remains the down-to-earth gal that she always has been. Since we’d some time together, she offered to give me an airbrush makeover and I gladly agreed.

I asked her if I could blog about it and she said yes. So for the very first time, I’d like to blog about my airbrush makeup experience. After prepping my face (she prefers to begin with very clean and moisturized pores and skin and lip area), she concealed my blemishes and some undereye circles. She examined my facial structure, type of skin, and studied my skin color to know what basis she used. After combining the foundation to match my pores and skin, she proceeded airbrushing my face. The airbrush experience was something really. It felt cold, but it had not been uncomfortable.

When I viewed the mirror, I saw how even my epidermis was (even close up). Regardless of the coverage, I didn’t believe that I had a lot of makeup on. When I touched my epidermis, there is no caking of makeup. It didn’t feel heavy or oily or did I feel that my pores were being too suffocated.

After airbrushing the foundation, She arranged my makeup with powder and contoured my face. I then found out that day, which I experienced a square-shaped face. The corners of my forehead and jawline were defined and my face had not been that long. She brought out my cheekbones and contoured my nose a bit to make my face look 3D in photography makeup.

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Her hands were very light and I’m also very particular about getting the lightest touch, particularly when it comes to the attention part. She knew what colors to place and I love how she blended all colors to make them look seamless and my skin glows. She understood what features to conceal, reduce, and enhance. After contour and blush, eye emerged next.

She gave me an electric blue eyeshadow look that had not been too 80s. “I’ll give you an Eva Mendes-inspired look!” I really like how my eye looked huge later on. It was a smoky blue-plum color outlined with a bit of yellow-gold. She also perfected my eyebrows and she managed to get body my face and she didn’t make it super-thin nor super dark.

Orange-gold lips were the first choice, but she decided on something darker next, which looked absolutely fantastic (pink, both well-known colors). For my locks, it is defined by them in curls plus they were let loose in a bouncy, sexy, Victoria’s Secret model curls. I really like how she didn’t totally change the way I look but enhanced what I’ve with color, contour, and a small amount of her own imagination. The curls really stayed too and so did the makeup. Minimal retouching was needed. Obviously, one plus if you ask me was she got an extremely light hands and didn’t poke or scratch. Nina’s a classic pro.