Wednesday, April 7, 2010

:: Upcoming Events:: Affordable Beauty & The Makeup Show NYC

With Bridal & Prom season in full swing, my weekend are normally jam packed with weddings, proms and bridal consultations. Although,  there are two events I must attend this spring/summer..  If your a Makeup Artist, Makeup lover or just an all round  beauty junkie you definitely don't want to miss these events. I know I won't!

Celebrity Makeup Artist AJCRIMSON: Hosts “AFFORDABLE BEAUTY”

“You don’t have to break the bank to look good and feel Great!”

Beauty Expert and Celebrity Makeup Artist to:
Shares techniques and affordable must haves From drug store finds to reworking your makeup bag!

For questions call 718 210 3654 btw 1pm and 6pm M-F
APRIL 24, 2010
Chelsea Studios
151 W26th St
New York,NY 10001
Time: 1pm-4pm

APRIL 25, 2010

MAY 1, 2010

MAY 2, 2010

Admission: $40.00

online at

Below please find details on the upcoming The Makeup Show NYC!

MAY 16 & 17 2010


So check out the event details above, then leave a comment to let me know which day(s) you'll be at The Makeup Show or if your going to attend AJCRIMSON'S event. See you there!

Kebra ♥

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

:: Making Lasting Impressions::

"Making Lasting Impressions" is the motto I used under my company name on my old website. It's a motto that has always stuck with me from Day 1, of the start of Élan Image Consulting & Élan Brides. I am so glad that it is the motto I chose as well the one I practice. It is truly rewarding to make great impressions.

A client that I met and worked with 6 months into to starting my company called me a few weeks ago. She had kept my card for almost 2 yrs and called to ask me would I be available to provide makeup services for her engagement pictures.

Of course, I was elated that a previous client called me but I was more ecstatic that the client was someone whom I met when I was not fully seasoned in my artistry. When you practice leaving people with positive lasting impressions and when the time comes, they will remember you, your advice, and/or your product or service. That is the impressions I strive to leave with all my clients.

Below are a few photos from her engagement session. Hope you enjoy!



Friday, March 19, 2010

Fashion Friday:: Non-Traditional Bride::

With bridal season almost in full bloom I have been extremely busy with Weddings, Bridal trial sessions and my everyday clients. But last week during a trial session I met my first Non-traditional bride and I must say I ♥ her.

From her choice for makeup (before & after coming soon) and her bridal wear I was truly outdone. Not only did I get the chance to provide makeup services for her, but I also got the chance to help her find a beautiful headpiece and a pair of “to die for” pumps to complete her wedding day look. I must say this is going to be one of my favorite inspirational weddings this season. She truly is an authentic bride who has a flare for fashion. See below for a stylish, chic, bridal look!

Would love to hear your thoughts, feedback or any comments….

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Review: Givenchy Phenomen' Eyes Mascara

We all know when it comes to makeup mascara is a girl's best friend! Now I've had my favorites to include my obsession with Dior "Blackout": but I must say that I have found a new obsession. I have been meaning to try this mascara but have not had the opportunity. But it was given to me as a gift recently and I must say that the Givenchy Phenomen Eyes is by far the most precise, lengthening mascara I have ever tried. The spherical applicator coats every lash no matter what shape the eyes are.

This mascara is perfect for short sparse lashes that need extra precision and lash-boosting power. It has a rich jet-black color that makes the eyes pop. It does take a little longer to apply than most mascara's due to the brush shape but it is so worth the time. I know its a little pricey retailing at $28 but it s so worth every pretty penny! Givenchy has lived up to its claim on this one: it truly is a revolutionary high-precision application. I highly recommend Givenchy's Phenomen Eyes Mascara for your Cosmetic Collection.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Fashion Friday's:: FENDI ~ Tulle-embellished suede sandals

With spring and summer quickly approaching my show fetishism is banging at my door..  I know these are a pricey number but I couldn't help falling in love with them:

The heel measures 6.5 inches with a 1.5 inch platform. These Fendi sandals retail for $1,195 have a nude sheer tulle leg ties and ruffle detail at toe, a designer-logo-embossed leather insole and fasten with a buckle at ankle. Pair them with a some nude seperates for your spring and summer wardrobe and you will be sure to be stepping in style. Check out Ashley Olsen wearing them at the Elle Style Awards.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Lip Color: How to Determine My Skin Tone and What Lip Colors are Right for Me

Observe the color of your nail bed (or any place the sun never shines). Does the tone tend to appear more reddish-orange, reddish-blue, pinkish-blue, peachy or yellowish? Once that's determined, you'll have a benchmark for your natural tone. The colors that will look most organic against your skin are the colors you find in your skin. Conversely, the colors that will create vibrancy are those that contrast.
In most cases you will be naturally drawn to colors that flatter you. If you're going for a subtle look, stay within the realm of you natural tones or punch it up slightly by layering colors, for more depth, or by adding neutral highlights for shine.

1)    Choose a color that complements the natural shade of your lips and skin. Plums, wines and deep reds flatter a dark skin tone, while light-brown beiges with pink or orange undertones complement a lighter skin tone. Olive skin looks good with brownish reds, light browns and raisin shades of lipstick.
2)    Keep colors lighter for daytime and darker for night. Matte and cream finishes offer a subtler daytime look, while a high-gloss finish adds glamour for evening. A sheer, natural-looking color with a little shine also works well for day.
3)    Create your own shade by combining colors. If the shades you find don't completely satisfy you, mix your own color. The easiest way to do this is by applying each color to your lips with a lip brush, then blending with the brush on your lips.
4)    Opt for a lip liner that is a shade darker than your lipstick and in the same color family.

  • Try a colored gloss or lip tint for a sheer hint of lip color.
  • Buy the colors that look good on you not the one that looks good in the tube.
  • Deep or bold lip color complements light eye makeup, while light or nude lipstick flatters heavy eye makeup.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Skicare 101: Winter Skin Care Must-Haves | Mahogany

Skincare 101: Winter Skin Care Must-Haves

Winter months can leave skin dry and craving moisture. Check out these tried and true products for ultimate benefits in harsh cold weather!
by Kebra Emanuel-Autry

Ever wonder why every winter along with the cold, wind and snow comes dry, ashy, scaly winter skin?  It seems if you use too much product on your skin it can become clogged which puts your skin at risk for acne breakouts. Or, if you don’t use enough product your skin becomes dry and itchy by the end of the day. Well no worries!  Here are some inside secrets on the best skin care products for winter skin, so you can have soft, flawless skin all winter long!

Check out the link below to read the rest of the article and to indulge in these winter must-haves...

Skicare 101: Winter Skin Care Must-Haves | Mahogany

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

:: Press Release :: 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards

Upper Marlboro, Maryland –January 19, 2010 - WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced Élan Image Consulting (Élan Brides") has been selected to receive the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™ for their outstanding & upscale Beauty/Makeup services.

The annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ recognizes and celebrates excellence in quality and service within the wedding industry, as determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 500,000 newlyweds.

Élan Image Consulting is among the top five percent of all vendors in the WeddingWire community, which includes over 100,000 wedding professionals across the US and Canada. Awards were given to winners across 19 different service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers.

“We are excited to recognize and honor the success of the top wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “The annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program has given us the unique opportunity to highlight the best wedding professionals in each region as reviewed by brides and grooms who have utilized their services in the past year.”

We are happy to announce that Élan Image Consulting is among the very best in the Makeup/Beauty area, and within the WeddingWire Network, which includes WeddingWire and Martha Stewart Weddings. We would like to thank our past newlyweds for nominating us for the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at WeddingWire!

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding vendors. WeddingWire enables engaged couples to search, compare and book over 100,000 reviewed wedding vendors nationwide, from wedding photographers to wedding cakes. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding vendors, WeddingWire provides free online management tools creating the only market opportunity that gives businesses control over their clients, reviews, leads and performance. In addition, WeddingWire has partnered with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE: MSO) to provide its network of local vendors and online wedding-planning tools in the Weddings section of For additional information, please visit

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Givenchy's Printed Lips Tinted Look Lip Stain | Givenchy Spring Makeup Collection 2010

As I a made a trip to Sephora last night for my weekly beauty fix, and to pick up a few products. I ran across a new product by Givenchy.

I normally only purchase Givenchy's lipsticks but I as I tried their *New Lip Stain from Givenchy's Spring 2010 line I was in awe... Givenchy has created this great, richly pigmented lip stain that has a great matte finish with a felt tip marker.

They come in two colors Pink Impression (rosy pink) & Rose Impression (muted red). My favorite of-course is the Rose Impression since I just can't get enough of red lips. This new lip stain provides a lip look that last and the felt tip marker allow for easy applications and a great vibrant matte finish.

This product retails at $24.50 for a 1 oz. tube.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Hydrate Your Skin for Winter

With the winter season settling in my skin has been very dry and I must always rely on a great moisturizer  to hydrate my skin, especially since I am not a huge fan of H20.... holding my head shame

Well  Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Masque is the perfect antidote for your fall/winter moisturizer. My acne prone skin only likes a couple of moisturizers but this masque works wonders. I normally apply at night on a clean face and do not remove it until the morning which leaves my face feeling and looking  radiant, soft and plush. I can't get enough of it.

This masque has a great creamy gel texture with hyaluronic acid that ensures superior hydration for the skin. The other key active ingredient is Vitamin B5, which promotes healing and secures cellular defense, essential for the health and well being of skin cells.

The light texture of this mask gives resiliency to the skin, but is not oily. The softening hydrating action is intensified with the recommended application. For a much needed moisture boost, apply the mask, leave on for ten to fifteen minutes, and massage it in. This mask will show you a visible change in your skin. Guaranteed! It retails for $50.00

Kebra Emanuel-Autry