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

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Holidays From Smashbox Cosmetics

Great news! Smashbox is offering a 20% off all products for the next few days. I know I have not been able to tell you about my love of Smashbox products but I definitely do heart them, so if you need my help with products, colors etc. Just leave a comment and I will be sure to give you my feedback on some of my favorite must haves...


Kebra Emanuel-Autry

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Beautyblender: Holiday Gift Idea

The holidays are quickly approaching and what better gift to give that a Beautyblender all packed and tagged for gift giving!

I must say I was introduced to the Beautyblender in 2008 and since then we have formed a bonded that cannot be undone. When I tell you that the Beautyblender is by far one of the best foundation applicators ever, I am telling the truth.

You see the point of foundation is for you to look like you have flawless skin in the eyes of others. But if not applied correctly you can look like you have on a mask. Who wants that? Nobody, that’s who. The difference between foundation looking like a mask and flawless skin is great brushes and of course a Beautyblender.

Invented by Hollywood makeup artists, this sponge leaves you with a professional finish. Applying makeup with fingers or sharp-edged triangular sponges can waste makeup and can leave visible streaks. Beautyblender’s elliptical shape makes allows you to access hard-to-reach areas with ease. Its suede-like texture repels product, so your foundation actually ends up on your face - rather than absorbed by the sponge. And its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your makeup dazzling and undetectable.

I have very bad hyper-pigmentation and it is great for covering it up. I even use it with my concealer and creams blushes. I love that it easy to clean since it is re-usable, latex free, non-allergenic and odor free.

Give your beauty loving sister or bff the gift of flawless skin this season with the Hot Pink Holiday Kit, $23.95 which includes Beautyblender, 3oz cleanser and its own organza carry pouch.

Enjoy and Happy Holiday Shopping...

Kebra Emanuel-Autry

Friday, November 20, 2009

Fashion Fridays! Swarovski Embellished Sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti

Glamour meets Goth... This  4.5 inch Giuseppe Zanotti sandal has a stiletto heel, black Swarovski crystal embellishment, an open toe, cutout detailing at sides, a jagged edge and a zip fastening at back. It is definitely an attention-grabbing fierce shoe to add to your stiletto collection. This shoes retails for $1,150 and can be found at

Have a fabulous weekend!


Kebra Emanuel-Autry

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Essentials to a Fabulous Face…..

One of the first questions I normally get from new or prospective clients is what products I use or what brands would I suggest. So I decided to give you a quick look at products that are essential in my kit.

I always start with a clean face and a great moisturizer like Embryolisse. It is, as they say the 'cult' beauty cream.  For my clients that have oily skin I will use a little bit of Make Up Forever “All Matte” for a long-lasting stay.

After that would be my foundations, I must say I love Make Up Forever HD Foundation it’s an amazing product and it has a great finish. But I can’t seem to stray away from Black Opal Stick Foundations they are super affordable and give great coverage for a flawless look. I pair either one with Dior 'Diorskin' Sculpt Concealer and it works wonders for Brides and or TV.

For powders I love M.A.C. Mineralize Skinfinish, it gives a great finish and an awesome glow after any foundation application. I also like Black Opal Invisible Oil Blocking powder for those areas that tend to shine. For the most glamorous cheeks NARS Orgasm is a must have in any Makeup Artists kit and Dior’s Sugar and Spice blush, both brands are highly pigmented and all you need is a little dab for lots of color. 

For eyes, I can’t get enough of my Dior DiorShow Blackout mascara, it makes real lashes appear false, it’s the one thing I can’t do without…  Last touch on the eyes I must say is Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner this offers the best precision and it is long wearing and water proof which is great for my teary eyed brides… Oh how could I forget...?  Eyeshadow, so many to choose from but to name a few that I can’t do without because they are so high in pigment are M.A.C., FACE Atelier and NARS…. 

Lastly those lips…. I always start with either Dior or M.A.C. Cream Liners and fill in all the way to the center for staying power and normally add a Chanel lip color with a M.A.C. or Kissable Couture by AJ Crimson gloss on top for that impeccable color and enduring all day stay! 

So there you have it... my kit or just a little sneak at some of my much loved possessions and why I love them!

Kebra Emanuel-Autry

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Shop-O-Nomics™ Holiday Sale Event

Attention DC Area Fashionistas!! Get your holiday shopping done early this year! Check out the Shop-O-Nomics Holiday Shopping Event Friday, November 20th at the posh Helix Hotel in Dupont Circle in DC! This event promises to be a fun filled evening of deals and steals! The price of admission is $5 and all proceeds go to help bring awareness to Habitat for Humanity.

Hope to see you there!

Kebra Emanuel-Autry

Monday, November 9, 2009

Beauty Before & After

Hello Everyone! It has been a hectic but great weekend. I had the pleasure of working with one of my previous brides on a photoshoot and decided to take the opportunity to share with you some before and after shots.

I can't say how much I really enjoy working with this particular client she has such great features and as a makeup artist we love clients that have a great proportions to the face especially for contouring.

For her face: Foundation/Powder I used my Badger Airbrush System with Temptu products as well as one of my favorites MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powders. On her eyes I used Nars Edie & Night Fever shadows and on her cheeks another fav Nars Orgasm. On her lips I used Rouge Dior by Dior & to seal the deal I added some Ardell 110 Lashes and lots of Dior Blackout Mascara.

Even though the application took me well over my normal application time it was so worth the outcome!

Kebra Emanuel-Autry

Friday, November 6, 2009


Élan Image Consulting, Élan Brides and coming soon Élan’s Beauty Loft               

So after many requests from friends, family and clients I have taken the first step in starting a blog… I am new to this  but I figured since I am on the internet daily looking at fashion, makeup and all things fabulous  (snapping my fingers) hey why not share me, my finds and ideas with everyone else?….

So please look forward to updates from me as a Makeup Artist and Stylist and my finds on Fashion, Makeup tips, Promotions or just anything going on in my world.               

Get ready for more from Élan……