Breakups to Makeup 1st Anniversary Event

I headed to support Angelique on her one year anniversary of Breakups to Makeup. When I first started seeing the brand, I was both impressed and amused by the products catchy phrases. Crazy how a year  flies, feels like I just purchased a couple of her items during The Makeup Show Pop Up Shop during the holiday season. I had time to ask Angelique a couple questions:

How have you been feeling about the success of B2M?

Angelique: Surprised and humbled. I really didn’t expect it to take off, and at the rate it has. People have related so much to the brand and message and I am really grateful for that.

What’s new and what’s next?

The newest summer items include crop tops and metallic lettering on new and existing products. What’s next? we’ll have to see!

Find Breakups to Makeup on Instagram here and order items such as phone cases, t shirts and makeup bags on her website.

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The Best of May – My Personal Favorites

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may favz1. Senna Brow Book

2. MAC Cosmetics 159 Brush

3. MAC Cosmetics Prolongwear Brow Set

4. MAC Cosmetics Patent Lip Polish

5. AJ Crimson Cream Foundation

6. Cleanse By Lauren Napier (Facial Wipes)

7. Measurable Difference Mascara

8. Black Up Cosmetics Lipstick (#1124 Shown In Video)

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Erica Carr Hair Styling Workshop – Review

The question will always remain and each artist will have their own answer. My past year living in New York has presented me numerous times on a platter “Should I do hair?”. It may prove tough to answer this because in actuality, sometimes makeup artists are asked to do hair, for an emergency, for a test, you just never know. I’ve had to pass up jobs because my hair kit and hair skills then was non existent.

While some may shun the title “light hair”, I believe its how far the artist chooses to take another craft and make it their own. What if we were to follow Malcolm Gladwell’s (disputed) 10’000 hour rule – that you need to complete these 10’000 hours in order to become an expert in your field, but how to do you do that while pursuing something other than the original passion. Here’s the answer: You don’t. At some point in time, we didn’t know how to do makeup well but as we continuously flexed that muscle, it became better and better. The focus is not the end result but the journey that gets you there and however you choose to define is OK.

1. Makeup Artist: Hair by Request

2. Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist

3. Makeup Artist, Light Hair

4. Makeup Artist that does hair.

Now all this to say, remember back in my Top 10 Moments of 2013 post? I spoke about attending The Artist Summit #5 (the next one is in 2015), where I met Erica Carr . Erica is a talented Hair & Makeup Artist with over 20 years in the Industry. She is an educator with a passion for her students. At some point, you may have seen her, her work  or her affiliation with Makeup Forever Education as an instructor.

Since then, I’ve been wanting to take her classes – because of time constraints etc, it just couldn’t happen until this week. Just so you know, I was never inclined to do hair but I understand as I grow up in this business,its important to know even if I am not required to do hair all the time – knowledge is power – and having a better understanding with what works with makeup to create images and satisfy clients – I am all in! It would also prove valuable in bridal services and more #Werk

I took the 3 day Beginner Course and I had an amazing time, I shared the room with other talented makeup artists I spent time with at Evolution and other TPG events. Some of us have never touched hair and others have. Erica can take you from knowing nothing to something in a matter of days. I struggled with some of the techniques, I pushed myself but most of all Erica and her team was so very supportive and ensured that we understood everything we were doing before we moved on. I learned parting, which sounds simple but can make or break a look, marcel, updos, fingerwave and so much more.

If you’ve heard of anyone saying she has one of the best hair education classes, they were right. Erica is now touring city to city and could be coming near you. I really wish I could explain HOW MUCH I learnt so I’d let these pictures help me. Follow me on Twitter for more pictures:

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Are You Friends With Your Makeup Kit?

This morning my sister offered me a nude lipstick that she wasn’t too fond of and I said no.

Wait, I said no?

hmm it was nude.

I love nudes.

What happened?

After spending a week with my Evolution family (The Powder Group) I got a whole new sense of my entire kit/makeup collection. Now, I was never the one to use a “blush brush” just for blush or not pick up an eye shadow or two to contour. However, I feel at peace with this new found sense of minimalism. Sure there’s nothing wrong with grabbing new products that you love or products you want to try out, we are in a every changing industry. What I want to say here is : there’s power in your makeup. Transformative power, and I mean before it even touches a face.

OK I just gave you a bright pink lipstick – lets call it Candy Yum Yum and you need a baby pink for your shoot coming up. Which of the below actions will you choose:

A. Use one of your discounts to purchase a baby pink lipstick

B. Mix white with my current lipstick to create a softer baby pink

It’s important as artists to know how to manipulate our products into exactly what we need it to be. It can feel so overwhelming to a working artist to carry around 7 shades of the same nude, that’s why de-potting into palettes is our best friend. It’s happen to all of us, we buy something then to find something similar that we’ve just simply forgotten about. As I type this I’m thinking of the plethora of products in my kit that I am just not friends with, I’m not sure exactly what situation I would use them in or what type of skin I prefer to use it on. Then there are the products I know I already love and will pull time and time again.

But how will you learn? My thoughts exactly.

Alice Lane said in her keynote presentation at The Makeup Show “When you have something you’re accustomed to or you’ve used a few times – give it away, do a kit swap, allow someone else to be inspired, challenge yourself” 

Now that I’ve received several products for review, I’m happy to explore my new kit.

Your thoughts?

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CLEANSE by Lauren Napier Review

You’re just about to leave work and you’re on the go – heading to the gym. You forgot your makeup wipes! Argh. No stress, you pop into the nearest makeup supply store and all they have are HUGE PACKS of wipes, when you only need ONE. Isn’t it ironic? Don’t you think?

Now there’s a answer:

LEANSE by LAUREN NAPIER facial cleansing wipes are the easiest and most effective way to maintain a complete skin-care routine while on the go. Use CLEANSE by LAUREN NAPIER to refresh skin and thoroughly remove stubborn makeup, dirt and impurities from the skin’s surface. After using CLEANSE by LAUREN NAPIER facial cleansing wipes skin will feel refreshed and toned, while also nourished and moisturized. No rinsing necessary.

CLEANSE by LAUREN NAPIER is made in America and is packaged in a box of 12 and come individually wrapped for your convenience. These facial cleansing wipes are sized to slide into a purse or pocket unfolding into a sizable 6×7 inch cleansing towlette.

Rich in water, aloe, chamolilla and cucumber, each wipe is slightly textured to aid in gentle and effective cleansing.

Aloe’s high water content helps prevent dehydration. Chamolilla is rich with vitamin B, reduces redness and the growth of bacteria on the skins surface. Cucumber is loaded with vitamin C that alleviates inflammation, refines pores, tightens and tones skins while balancing oils on the skin’s surface.

Recently, I found my favorite wipes after testing a couple. These, I religiously buy for both myself and my kit. Wondering what they are?

1. Alcone Wipes (Silver Pack) 2. Nuetrogena Wipes (Blue Pack) 3. Olay Wet Cleansing Towelettes (Blue Pack)

I find that these actually feel like cloths, that gently massage my face and require me to just use one. Lauren’s wipes had the same feel, just with a better appeal and convenience. These fit perfectly in your makeup bag and especially in your kit. I already need to stock up when I get to the Makeup Show. Lauren has truly filled a gap here. Gives these wipes a try and message me on Instagram and tell me what you think. You can even find some dirty evidence there @jaleesajaikaran

Find out more of the brands story here 

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Dick Page at The Makeup Show NYC 2013

At The Makeup Show NYC 2013, I sat in on Dick Page’s key note presentation which was facilitated by James Vincent.

“The career of British make-up artist Dick Page is one of considerable accomplishment. His technical skill and painter’s eye for color, texture, and detail have firmly established his reputation as an industry leader. He has achieved widespread recognition for his editorial and advertising work, as well as for his more than ten years’ experience on runway shows worldwide.

In March 2007, Dick Page was named Artistic Director of Shiseido The Makeup. For Shiseido, Page’s key role is Acting Color Creator and Product Developer for the brand world wide.” –

Dick Page has had his work graced the pages of Vogue, Lucky, Allure. Elle to name a few. He is currently under Jed Root, the home agency of Alice Lane who will be speaking at The Makeup Show NYC 2014.

Dick made some very valid and noteworthy points. Thanks to few years I spent as the secretary of a youth league, I was able to make note of most of the questions asked.


 How major is it to be in one of the major fashion cities?

Its not a big deal, but you want to be close to the people you want to work with. Keep your mind open.. jetpack to Tokyo.

What is the first piece of advice you would give to an artist?

Keep moving, keep trying, Write, sculpt, draw. Take any job you can get and most importantly, keep an open mind.

Should an artist work for free?

Yes, you never know who you will meet.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Food, cooking, shopping, eating, going outdoors and spending time outside generally..light keeps me going mentally.

Advice to your younger self.

Stay as cheap as you can, as long as you can.

How do you communicate with the photographer?

Ask the photographer to take a test shot, look at the lighting.

Three qualities of a successful makeup artist.

(He gave a little more than three)

  1. Punctuality
  2. General Professionalism – (Clean Kit)
  3. General team work – being part of a bigger picture
  4. Integrity, Honesty, Respect
  5. Be entirely present – paid or not.

Top 5 products

I don’t necessarily have a top 5, I just like products that you can consider “Transformers”

Cream based colors, keeping the kit as small as possible.


“Its better to be a small part of a great show than a big part of a horrible mess.”

“The power of restraint is IMPORTANT”

“HD is overrated” 

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IMATS New York City 2014 Haul



Not sure if these few products can constitute as a “haul” but these are the items I picked up at the little time I spent at IMATS New York 2014. I got these (except brushes) from the Frends, Nigels and Alcone booth.

I only attended the Pro Only hours. It was very very different from last year but lets not go there. I had a wonderful time and got to see my favorite faces. Rae Morris was also present, sitting in her class for m0st of the time there felt like time well spent. There would be a separate post on that as I took specific notes and took a couple pictures for those of you who could not be there.

The products I bought were simply things I needed and/or would probably need.

1. Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner – A holy grail for me, so far I have two favorites – Parian Spirit and this. I also was recommended another which is sold at Harmons but I will tell you about that when I have it. This is however, a must have for me.

2.Vueset Palettes – While chatting with star of last Real Opinions By Real Artists post, Mari Shten, we came across these Vueset palettes and she told me that Michelle Coursey recommended it for depotting MUFE flash palettes. We both picked them up and I already have one as a cream blush palette.

3. Beauty Blender – Could never have too many. RIGHT!?

4. Z Palettes – I’ve had some loose shadows I received at gratis from a show and I’ve been dying to get my hands on another palette.

5. Brush wands – Always needed and always comes in handy when you can’t find a brow brush. I love the plastic wand.

6. Lashes – Individuals & Strip

7. Bdellium Brushes – If I stayed 5 more seconds at this booth, I may have just left with all the brushes. Brushes are one of my favorite tools, I will get 2 or 3 of one brush that I truly like. I picked up these to test them out and will be picking up more at The Makeup Show New York 2014.

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Real Opinions from Real Artists: Mari Shten, Should I Go To Makeup School?

Two days after I moved to New York, I was sitting in Mari’s class at the Makeup Forever Boutique. That’s how much I am in love with her work! This post means a lot to me because Mari was the first artist I assisted since moving here. I fervently follow her work and extremely excited to share this post with you.

Mari Shten grew up in Siberia and eventually moved to Moscow where she began doing makeup.  Art and performance have always been a passion for her. Following her dreams, Mari traveled through Europe and to the USA where she experienced beauty in many different cultures, greatly influenced her. After graduating from makeup school in Los Angeles, it was New York’s electric and progressive energy that inspired Mari to set routes in the city. Some of her clients including American Vogue, Glamour, Elle Italia, Sony, Make Up For Ever and Victoria’s Secret. She has been creating looks for social personalities of New York and worked with celebrities such as Mariah Carey and Cynthia Nixon. She is now part of  Artists’  Moxie, a group of 4 inspirational artists specializing in hair, makeup and nails. They will also be Key Note Speakers at The Makeup Show this year.


Jaleesa:  How was your experience at MUD?

Mari: I went to MUD when I already had over a year experience in makeup and retail. I knew basics and had a good knowledge about products. I took Fashion Artistry Program at MUD that had 3 different classes: Makeup, Hairstyling and Portfolio. The makeup class gave me more basic knowledge in makeup and a classic understanding of makeup. I can’t say I learned more then I already knew though, the hair styling and portfolio classes however, were amazing!

The teachers were very talented and I learned great techniques in hair! Plus during portfolio class I learned how to present myself, make an invoices, comp cards and how to put together a portfolio. Wednesday nights lectures definitely were my favorite because we had the opportunity to meet working artists. Another great plus, was the provision of the school’s website where you could find some work,  mostly not paid but invaluable working experience.

I took an airbrush class in addition to the program but from my experience, I rather Temptu classes. Overall, I would say – go to school if you are a beginner and have never done makeup before and if you are sure this is the career you want! because its not cheap!!!


Jaleesa: Would you say that makeup school molded you into the artist that you are today?

Mari: It’s definitely NOT the school who molded me into the artist. As any type of school it gives you basic knowledge and then you have to figure out your own way. Acquire experience in different types of makeup and for different types media will help you to understand what you like and what you want to do. Also, if you can assist other artists, its amazing opportunity to learn. Take advantage of the classes provided from The Powder Group and Make Up For Ever that will help you to learn new techniques.

Overall, Hard work and vision for what I want to do molded me into the artist I am today.

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Spec Ad with Photographer Jeff Rojas

I loved these shots by Jeff Rojas. Strecthing outside my comfort zone and did male hair on this one. Had a wonderful time with this crew!

Photographer: Jeff Rojas

Makeup & Hair: Jaleesa Jaikaran

Style: Man-e-Jay

Model: Jamie Kendrick – Wilhelmina

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Makeup Show Monday!

The Makeup Show is just a few weeks away, and its just the perfect time to take over the best day of the week #MakeupMonday!

Until then, I will be releasing exclusive content from past Makeup Shows Key Note Speakers and also Key Notes for May 2014 & more. I know, exciting!!!!!!!

The Makeup Show is equivalent to Christmas, your birthday, you get the drift…

Check for the hashtag  #MakeupShowMonday

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