Top 5 Foundations for Boudoir

As the makeup artist at Belle Boudoir, one of the questions I get most often is what type of foundation I use. Women love the flawless looking skin they get after their foundation application and often want to replicate it at home. So, I put a list of my top 5 favorite foundations to use in the studio. I hope this helps!

Top 5 Foundations @ Belle Boudoir

  • Smashbox Studio Finish Foundation:  $42
    • Matte
    • Medium – Full Coverage
    • Water Resistant
  • FACE Atlier Ultra Foundation: $36
    • Satin Finish
    • Sheer – Full Coverage
    • Long Wearing
  • Makeup Forever Pan Stick Foundation: $32
    • Matte Finish
    • Medium – Full Coverage
    • Best for Dry and Problematic Skin
  • Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream: $39
    • Dewy Finish
    • Sheer – Medium Coverage
    • Best on Dry – Normal/Combination Skin
  • Lorac POREfection Foundation: $36
    • Satin Finish
    • Medium – Full Coverage
    • Great for All Skin Types

 Top 5 Foundations for Boudoir

Healing Session

Like most women, Ms. M. came to Belle Boudoir to create a beautiful gift for her husband. She wanted to celebrate the decades she had spent married to him and give him something beautiful and vulnerable. She didn’t anticipate the session being as empowering and emotionally healing as it was. At Belle Boudoir we provide a safe place for each person who enters the studio to say “damn, I am beautiful.” We show you that everyone can look like a super model and that women in magazines go to through a lot of production and post production to look they way do on the pages of nearly every major magazine and ad campaign. Ms. M started in hair and makeup as all Belle Boudoir clients do and slowly her excitement for the day grew as her nerves began to melt. As she got into wardrobe and began to pose she could feel her inner sensuality take over and couldn’t wait to see the pictures. An hour after her session ended, Ms. M met with Cheryl to look through her images and decide on which ones she wanted to turn into a beautiful leather bound book for her husband. When she sat on the couch in Cheryl’s office and gazed at the screen she was nearly brought to tears seeing how incredibly beautiful her images, and her, were (and are!). She felt beautiful, sexy, and sensual.

For Ms. M., feeling sexy and sensual were feelings she struggled with most of her life after experiencing sexual abuse when she was a child. A grim reality for 1 in 3 American girls and women. She spent her adulthood coming to terms with the trauma she had experienced and took on every opportunity to continue moving past it. When speaking with Miss. M following her session, she told me that her experience with Belle Boudoir was the final piece of the puzzle that allowed her to lock up the box and throw the key away – she was finally able to be mentally and emotionally free from her tormentor. We at Belle Boudoir work with strong women who have survived a number of things in their in lives and helping each and every one of those women see the power and beauty within themselves is what keeps us in the boudoir business. It is stories like that of Ms. M. that touch us to our core and keep us excited about making a difference every day.

After Ms. M.’s session was complete, she only had one question remaining: how would her husband respond to his gift? Needless to say, he was over the moon. Full of joy and excitement and couldn’t believe that she had went through with her session. The best part was that she overheard her teenage son talking to her husband saying “Mom is a super model now. You better be extra good to her so that you don’t loose her!” Not only did Ms. M. notice an overwhelming internal change, but it was so obvious externally that even her teenage son noticed. How spectacular is that?!

 Healing Session

The making of a boudoir book

We have been proudly hand-making our custom books since the beginning of 2015. We decided to start making books right here in the studio to: (A) ensure we provide the highest quality product possible, (B) protect our client’s privacy, and (C) drastically speed up our delivery time to clients!

Below is the loving step-by-step process made by our full time book binder, Clara.

1) Our professional aqueous prints use the highest quality fine art archival paper and ultrachrome ink. Each spread is individually dried before proceeding to the next step.

 The making of a boudoir book

2) Next we make a perfect crease in the middle of each spread.

 The making of a boudoir book

3) Each spread is carefully inspected for absolute perfection.

 The making of a boudoir book

4) The spreads are arranged in order, inspected again, and protected with crisp white paper.

 The making of a boudoir book

5) Each spread is hand mounted to one another with archival adhesive board to create a thick sturdy book block.

 The making of a boudoir book

6) After sitting in a book press overnight, each edge of the book block is tediously shaved off.

 The making of a boudoir book

7) Shaving results in silky smooth, perfectly straight edges. A beeswax finish is applied to the edges for protection.

 The making of a boudoir book

8) The completed book block is measured for a custom cover.

 The making of a boudoir book

9) The bonded leather is cut to fit the book block.

 The making of a boudoir book

10) The book board is cut to fit perfectly and adhered to the leather with adhesive.

 The making of a boudoir book

11) The completed cover is mounted and secured to the book block.

 The making of a boudoir book

12) The finished book is tightly pressed in the book press for 24 hours and then it’s ready for delivery!

 The making of a boudoir book

Hiding your lingerie in a “donation box”

When clients come in as a gift to give their significant other, I always love to ask how they have been able to hide their session from their partner. When you live with someone, share bank account, cars, etc., it can be really hard to hide something as big as a boudoir photoshoot. There are typically some white lies and sneaking around done prior to and on the day of the session. Everyone has different ways that they have been able to keep it secret…if they were able to maintain the secret at all. Recently a client of ours had to get creative to hide all of the lingerie she had purchased since her and her husband shared a home and a car. How did she do it, you ask? Well, you know that donation box that sits in your garage or hall closet that you toss items that into you are planning to donate to your local thrift shop? Since men rarely keep a box or a bag of giveaway items on hand, it is highly unlikely they would go through the box – or even know what it is for if they stumbled upon it. So our client took advantage of that and hid all of her newly purchased lingerie at the bottom of their donation box in the hall closet. Then, the morning of her shoot, she grabbed the entire donation box explaining that she was going to “finally drop it off” while she was out and about for the day. As you may have guessed, her husband was none-the-wiser and she was able to not only hide all of her lingerie but sneak it out of the house without him ever guessing she was up to anything.

 Hiding your lingerie in a donation box

Eyeliner for Monolids

A monolid is defined by having one flat eyelid as opposed to a separation of two lid spaces with a creases in the center. Not to be confused with a hooded eyelid where your upper lid folds over your lower lid. Finding the right shape and type of eyeliner for a monolid can be a bit tricky so I am going to provide you with a little bit of guidance to help you find your way. Typically individuals with monolids tend to have smaller eyes and therefore the vast majority of eyeliner examples are winged liner since the wing tends to pull the eye out giving the illusion of a larger eye base. Though winged liner may be the go-to look for a moonlid, it is not the only look possible. What you have to keep in mind is that the eyeliner has to be quite a bit thicker than the average in order to show up on monolids. You can stop the liner where your eye stops or you can wing it out, but in either scenario, a thin line simply won’t do. Making your liner 3x’s thicker than on other eye shapes is a great general rule to follow and as long as you keep that in mind, you can use any color and create any shape that you’d like. If you have monolids, be sure to use a waterproof eyeliner. Not water resistant, but a true waterproof (usually found best in gel form and applied with a brush). This is because the under eye on a person with monolids is typically flat or slightly protruding which causes the upper lid to touch and allows any non-waterproof liner to transfer to your under eye. So go thick and go waterproof . You surely won’t be disappointed.

 Eyeliner for Monolids

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