Last year, after attending a number of makeup classes in New York, I joked with a couple friends of mine that it would be fun to do one of my own, down here in Washington, DC. At the time, I thought it was a silly thought — to think that I could pull something off like that! I’m pretty sure that those who know me well think that I can be kind of ridiculous when trying to tell a story. But nevertheless, the idea to do a class always stayed in the back of my mind!
Fast forward a few months later, my roommate Nicole announced that she was participating in a challenge to raise awareness and funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Nicole’s sister, Lauren, who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth, received a double lung transplant five years ago and while she is doing much better, she is still affected by the disease, as are many others. There is currently no cure for CF, which can cause severe respiratory and digestive issues. To help ramp up awareness, Nicole reached out to friends and family to come up with ideas for fundraisers to hold during the course of her challenge. When she initially asked for ideas for events, the thought of holding a class immediately popped back into my mind! I pitched the idea of holding a makeup class, and from there, “Sun Kissed” was put into plan!
After several months of planning, we held “Sun Kissed: A Summer Makeup Workshop” this past Sunday at Bittersweet Creative’s studio. Bittersweet Creative is a local cause-related creative design firm that focuses on using the power of narrative to support and bring awareness to global stories of good. Besides the wonderful work they do, they have a stunning work space that was perfect for the class!
Prior to the workshop, we decided the focus of the class would be to teach how to achieve a dewy, glowing, luminous summertime look.
After opening doors, attendees were invited sip and munch on some summertime refreshments, including a mimosa bar and tropical fruits!
The live demonstration was displayed on a large screen monitor so students could get an up-close look at what I was doing. Alongside the live display, a presentation of detailed notes, and a list of products used, was displayed on the projector screen.
While I won’t go into too much detail on what we used, as this is a privilege for those who attended ;), a couple of key products played a big part in achieving this luminous look on Nicole.
Skin: Nars All Day Luminous Foundation, Tarte Creaseless Concealer, Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, Nars Blush in Orgasm, MAC Cosmetics Refined Golden Bronzer
Lips: Soar Lipliner, Peach Blossom Lipstick, Smile Dazzleglass – all MAC Cosmetics
After the class, attendees were sent a full list of the products used along with detailed step-by-step instructions on what we did in the class. Interested in attending the next class? Sign-up for email updates on the homepage and lookout for announcements for the next class!