Make Up Tips, Mary Kay Products

It’s All About the Base!

Hello My Lovelies!

Since last weeks’ post was such a big hit, I decided to start at the basics of your make up routine.  This week, we’re talking about skin care!  If you are looking for a perfectly polished look for your portraits, this Bellefonte Senior Photographer recommends checking into your skin care products before you look at what make up you are using.

Good skin care starts with a few simple and very basic steps.

  1.  Wash your face twice a day.
  2.  Moisturize your skin twice a day.
  3.  Always use sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays.

Beyond those basics, it all depends on what you are trying to “fix” with your skin.

Let’s get personal – I’m 42 years old.  Although I have combination/oily skin, my skin is COMPLETELY different from my 3 teenagers skin . . . and also completely different from my mother’s skin.  I would never recommend using the same skin care product for everyone in my family.  Luckily, as a Mary Kay Consultant, I not only have access to the #1 selling brand of skin care, I also have access to multiple different types of skin care to cover all my family’s needs.  As a photographer, I don’t want to come off like I’m trying to sell you something – even though I do sell Mary Kay Cosmetics.  I just want to you know what all is available, and how much I love the products that I (and my family) use.  If you already have a Mary Kay Consultant, always talk to her first before switching to another consultant.  She has all the same information available to her, that I am sharing with you – minus my personal opinions.  With that being said, here is the different skin care sets that are available through Mary Kay Cosmetics.


I personally use the TimeWise Miracle Set, while my teenagers use the Clear Proof Acne System.  The TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Set would be for people with more defined lines and wrinkles that they want to repair (hence the name).  The Botanical Effects line would be for people with more sensitive skin, and of course the MK Men Set is for all the men in our lives.  Once you have all your basic skin care covered, there are plenty of other targeted options that you can add to your routine.  Eye Creams, Tone Correcting Serum, Microdermabrasion, etc.  Talk to your Mary Kay Consultant about what is best for you.  If you don’t have a Mary Kay Consultant already, please feel free to contact me.  I’d be happy to help you find what you are looking for.

Now that you have your skin care taken care of . . . let’s move onto the base of your make up.  It’s one of my absolute favorite products and one that I cannot go without ~ even if I’m running late and doing my make up as simple and basic as possible.  I always, Always, ALWAYS start my make up routine with a foundation primer!


I LOVE that this came up as a HUGE photos.  hahaha!  It deserves it!  This stuff is the bomb!  It feels like silk going on your face, and the job it does is just as wonderful.  The whole purpose of this amazing little secret is to fill in all the tiny lines, cracks, wrinkles, and pores so that when you apply your foundation it goes on perfectly smooth.  BOOM!  The fact that there is an added little bonus of sunscreen is just the icing on this huge slice of cake!  As a double bonus, wearing a primer under your foundation extends the wear of your foundation!

Please note that you should always apply your eye make up before you apply your foundation.  If you do, you will thank me.  Your eye make up can dust off under your eye while you are applying it causing you to need to touch up your foundation.  With your eye make up already done, applying your foundation adds to the flawless look of your eyes.  Personally – I still do it backwards (foundation first) . . . years and years of the same routine can be hard to break!  🙂  

Now ~ on to your foundation.  If you have a Mary Kay Consultant, you probably already know what shade your foundation should be.  If not, it can be hard to determine which shade is best for your skin color.  If you click on the link above, you will find helpful little tips to choosing the right shade for you.  Whatever shade you choose, it needs to blend in to your neck and chest for a flawless look.  I remember going to school with girls (myself included) that had a much darker foundation than they needed, creating a line around the jaw.  We wanted to look tan in the middle of winter, or we were using our mother’s foundation because we didn’t want to pay for our own.  Whatever the reason was or still is – Trust me . . . that is not a good look for anyone – at anytime –  but especially not for your portraits!  Mary Kay has several different types of foundation to choose from.  From Oily skin to Dry skin, from Matte Finish to Luminous Finish, CC Cream, Mineral Powder, and Cream-to-Powder.  Whatever your foundations needs are, we’ve got you covered with a Medium Coverage or a Full Coverage foundation.  If you are still having trouble finding the right shade for you . . . a second set of eyes is always helpful.  Sometimes we only see the flaws, where others see the whole look.

Here’s another little side note to keep in mind.  If the product you are applying is clear (lotions, primers, etc.) it can be applied with your fingers.  If the product has pigment (foundation, concealer, etc.) it should be applied with the proper brush.  The oils from your skin can change the integrity of the pigmented products.  

With that little tidbit in mind – when you are applying your foundation remember, less is more.  If you are trying to cover fine lines and wrinkles, don’t pile on the foundation.  It will actually draw more attention to the areas that you are trying to conceal.  Instead lightly apply your foundation with a brush and then use a buffer brush to soften the look of fine lines.  I do this especially around my eyes and nose to cover larger pores and fine lines that I have from always smiling and laughing.  🙂  To further soften those areas, I tap on some loose powder or Mary Kay’s Mineral Powder foundation, then swirl it out to smooth everything.

Moving on ~ You’ll hear lots of people say that you should apply your concealer before your foundation.

         Let me just say this:  I had the privilege of learning from International Make Up Artist, Lori Hogg at one of our Mary Kay Trainings in June of 2016.  She taught us that if your foundation covers it, why add concealer to it?  “Only conceal what the foundation doesn’t cover.”  It made total sense to me, so I’m passing it on to you! 

With that in mind, and with your foundation in place there are only a few steps left to getting a flawless look for your portraits.  Of course you’ll need your blush, contouring, and lips (which may just end up being next weeks blog post) but another absolute favorite product of mine that Mary Kay offers is the Makeup Finishing Spray.


Even though it is called a Finishing Spray, you can use this just after applying your foundation to help hold it in place longer and again after you apply your blush, powder, etc.  Just make sure your mascara is dry before you spray!  😉  The coolest part of this product is the multiple things that it does!  If you have oily skin, you can spray this on throughout the day, and it will control the oil production.  If you have dry skin, you can spray this on throughout the day, and it will help to keep your skin moisturized.  If you are going to be out in the sun on a super hot day . . . you can spray this in your body’s “hot spots” and your face to help control the sweat production.  Just spray it on, and let it dry before you add your next layer . . . whether it’s clothing or more make up.  🙂

If you need more tips on getting a flawless face for your portraits, please feel free to contact me.  I offer all my High School Senior Girls a free Mary Kay Facial and Glamour Session prior to their Senior Portrait Session.  As a little added bonus, all my High School Seniors get a Clear Proof Travel Set as a special gift from me.

Keep this in mind:  Photoshop is a wonderful tool that photographers use to make your photos look flawless, BUT wouldn’t you rather look flawless all the time instead of just in your photos?

If you like what I’ve shared be sure to share it out to your friends and don’t forget to follow me!  I have more Make Up Tips coming your way next week!

With Love and Blessings,

Mindy 🙂


Make Up Tips, Mary Kay Products

It’s All About the Eyes!

Hello My Lovelies!

Make up is a key part to making your Senior Portraits look amazing.  If done properly, make up will accentuate your natural features causing them to stand out in your photos.  If done poorly . . . it becomes a distraction.  Which is why I always recommend a natural look for your Senior Portraits.  Trendy looks come and go so quickly but a beautiful natural look will stand the test of time.

Today’s blog is all about the eyes!  There are SO many different looks from the simple Smokey Eye that can be played up for a bold evening look to the dramatic Cat Eye look.  All of which are beautiful, but which is right for your Senior Portraits?

As you may know, I am a Mary Kay Consultant, so I personally stick to the Mary Kay products because I LOVE them!!  I’ll share a few of my favorites with you – but first, let’s start with a video for those that aren’t quite sure how to do a Smokey Eye look.

If you took a moment to watch that video from start to finish, you’ll see that a Smokey Eye really isn’t difficult to achieve.  I love that you can stop when you are 80% of the way through it for a soft simple look . . . or continue all the way through for a look that’s a little more bold.  This is a wonderful look for photographs.  It draws your attention to your eyes without being distracting.  I also LOVE that she used neutral colors.  This is one trick to making sure your portraits are something you will love forever!  Trendy make up styles look great while they are trendy . . . but not so much once they are out of style.  Stick with a classic look for your Senior Portraits and colors that compliment your natural coloring.

Not sure what color eye-shadow looks best with your eye color . . . let me help!  Check out the chart below.32f5eefe766c56cfc6f0bb91ec253fff

And this is how those colors look when they are on . . .

My eyes are hazel . . . brown mixed with green.  I always try to play up the green in my eyes, so I do tend to stick to browns with a pop of green, and sometimes purple.  🙂

Now let’s talk eyeliner!  What is the purpose of eyeliner, why should I use it, how do I use it, and what kind is best??  Eyeliner goes at the base of your eyelashes.  This helps to define the shape of your eye, as well as make your eyelashes appear thicker . . . which is an added bonus!  Remember that if you are going to wear eyeliner, there are rules to follow.

  1. Apply your eyeliner in small strokes.  Connect one small line with the next small line until you have the whole eye lined.  You can go back over the line to smooth it out with a smudger brush.

    Smudger Brush
  2. Eyeliner goes on the top eyelash line OR both top and bottom.  NEVER just the bottom lid.  Why?  It will add to the appearance of dark circles under your eyes.
  3. If you do choose to apply eyeliner to your bottom lash line, remember that it should only be 1/2 of what is applied to the top lash line.

If you’re like me – a visual learner, you can click on this Link to check out a few videos to help you learn how to apply your eyeliner.  The videos are located at the bottom of the page and there are 3 different looks available.

There are different types of eyeliner available, and it’s really just a matter of choosing what you are comfortable with.  Mary Kay has eyeliner pencils, gel, and a new liquid pen. I’ve used all of these, but the new liquid eyeliner pen is my favorite!

Undereye Corrector

How do you deal with dark circles under your eyes?  I have them and I hate them as much as everyone else!  I’ve heard they are from not getting enough sleep, genetics, or even because of my allergies.  Who knows why I have them . . . and who cares!  I just want to know HOW TO GET RID OF THEM!!! This is my secret!  It’s Mary Kay’s Undereye Corrector . . . and I LOVE it!!  Because the dark circles under your eyes have blue tones to them, you need to counteract those tones with a peach tone to balance out the skin color.  This stuff also works as a highlighter too!


Let’s move on to your lashes!   I love a thick, long eyelash look . . .  but not to the point where it looks like you have a tarantula crawling across you eye!  Personally, I use black because I have a beige skin tone and dark hair.  My daughter, on the other hand, is very fair and strawberry blonde.  Black is to bold for her lashes.  So she uses a black-brown mascara.  Again, Mary Kay has lots of options to choose from.  From volume to length, waterproof to full intensity.  There is even a product available to help build up your lashes if you have very thin lashes.   I personally use the Lash Intensity Mascara OR I use the Black Brown Ultimate Mascara and cover it with the Black Waterproof Mascara.  Whatever mascara you choose to use, be sure to swap it out for a fresh tube every three months . . . and never, ever pump your brush inside the tube . . . if you do, the volumizing product in the mascara will only add volume to your brush and not you lashes.

The last part of your complete eye look is your eyebrow.  It’s commonly forgotten, and sometimes completely out of control.  It is however a very important part of your eye, which make it important to the look of your eye!  Picture a widow in your house.  A nice big picture window with the sun shining through and a beautiful view outside.  Now look at the surrounding of that window.  Are there curtains?  In most cases, yes.  Your eyebrows are the “curtains” for your eyes.  They complete the look.  Imagine what you would look like with no eyebrows at all . . . or what black eyebrows would look like on a blonde person.  Neither would look right.  Which is why it’s important to pay attention to your eyebrows.  Twease them, wax them, have them threaded by a professional.  Whatever you choose, just make sure you don’t forget about them!   To complete your look when you are all made up and ready to go out . . . your eyebrows need done too.  I like to keep my eyebrows a shade or two darker than my hair.  My hair is naturally dark, so I want to stay true to that in my eyebrows as well.  You can use an eyebrow pencil or an eyeshadow.  I personally use Mary Kay’s Mineral Eyeshadow in the shade of Driftwood (seen below on the right).  

The last thing to remember about applying your makeup is the tools you use are just as important as the colors you choose!  AND you MUST take care of your tools in order for them to perform at their peak!!  You should clean your brushes daily, and deep clean them once a week.  This prevents any left over color from mixing into your current look and also help to prevent the spread of any bacteria that could cause acne issues or something worse!

No matter what look you choose or what products you use for your Senior Portraits, my ALL TIME FAVORITE product comes in when it’s time to take your make up off!  It doesn’t matter if you wear cream eye-shadow or mineral, regular mascara or waterproof.  The Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover will take it all of easily!!  The two formulas work together to remove everything!!!  The top phase removes waterproof eye makeup and the bottom phase removes non-waterproof eye makeup.  Just shake it up and apply to a cotton ball . . . and say good-bye to your eye makeup!


Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover


Here’s a fun little video to show you some Do’s and Don’ts with your overall make up. Keep in mind that makeup is fun to play with and you will not be perfect at applying it your first time.  Keep trying!  We all make mistakes along the way . . . that’s how we learn!  Have fun with it!

I hope this has helped you learn a little bit more about how to apply your makeup, what will look best on your for your photos, and a little be more about what Mary Kay has to offer in their product line!  I do offer a free Mary Kay Facial and Glamour Session for all my Senior girls prior to their Portrait Session.  If that is something that interests you, or if you would just like to hear more about a photo session or the Mary Kay products, please feel free to contact me.

If nothing else sticks with you from this blog post, please, please, PLEASE remember this. You are beautiful and unique just the way you are.  Always be true to who you are . . . and  Be Uniquely You!  

If you like what I’ve shared be sure share it out to your friends, and don’t forget to follow me.  This is just the first in the little series of Make Up Tips!

With Love and Blessings,

Mindy 🙂


2017, New Premium Products

Digital Files

Digital files are something that everyone wants, and very few people ever do anything with.  When I first started out as a Bellefonte Photographer, I gave out digital files as part of the session fee.  I’ve come a long way, and I’ve learned a lot along the way!

One thing I learned is that most of the clients that walked away with the digital images never printed any of their photos . . . and some even lost the CD with the files!  I was truly shocked.  I talked to several of those clients and discovered that they we’re sure what size photos to purchase or where to get the best prints for their money.  Which is why I am now offering Photo Collections!  This is just one more way to service you better.

With all that being said, I decided to offer my digital files in my new Photo Collections.  This will be the only way you can get the digital files ~ they will not be a part of the a-la-cart section. Each Collection will have a different amount of digital files included.

For those purchasing Photo Collections you will be delighted with the Custom Case that the USB Drive will come in.  It is a Matte Finished Photo Cover book that looks like an album!  Outside the photo is wrapped around to cover the front, spine, and back of the book.  It continues to the inside and is finished off with beautiful tight corners.  On the inside there is a soft interior to cushion and protect the USB Drive.

If you would like more information about my Photo Collections or would like to set up your Senior Portrait Consultation or Session, please feel free to Contact me anytime!


Smash Cake Sessions, Welcome!

Logan’s 1st Birthday!

January started off with a bang . . . or I should say a smash!  A Smash Cake Session that is! This adorable little Cubbies Fan joined me to celebrate his 1st Birthday with some playtime, balloons, and (of course) a birthday cake!

I met Logan’s mom in the most unlikely places . . . a garage!  Our cars were both in for an oil change and we started chatting!  She was there with her adorable little girl, Hailey –  Logan’s big sister, and that was enough to spark a conversation.  Turns out we are practically neighbors!  (Of course in our neck of the woods, neighbors can still live a few miles apart!)  🙂  So when her little girl turned one last year we got together for her 1st birthday Smash Cake Session . . . and of course we did it again for Logan’s!

It’s amazing the difference between 2 children from the same parents!  Sweet Hailey had left most of her smiles at home, but still did great up to the time the cake came out . . . . then the tears started.  Nothing seemed to help after that.  Her brother on the other hand was full of smiles and laughter, enjoyed his cake and was even fine with a bubble bath afterwards – as long as it was on his terms!  🙂  He just wanted to make sure the water was good before he was willing to jump in.  So we let him play outside the tub till he was comfortable.  Worked like a charm . . . and perfection happened!

We even managed to get a few smiles out of Hailey this time around too . . . she did make me work for them again!  🙂  Totally worth it though!!  Just look at that beautiful face!


Smash Cake Sessions are different for every child!  It’s important to remember that as you plan your son or daughter’s 1st birthday party AND Smash Cake Session.  Nobody can predict what a child will do . . . not even you!  The best way to help your child prepare for their first birthday is to let them try cake & icing well in advance!  If they are not used to eating something sweet, they will not react well.  If they are not used to getting messy, they will not react well.  Put them in the bath tub with a cupcake, and let them go to town!  Even if you do all that . . . there is still no guarantee that you will get the reaction you are hoping for.  The best thing I can tell you . . . is be prepared for anything to happen at your Smash Cake Session!  I’ve had kids cry when they tasted the cake and love the bubble bath.  I’ve had kids love the cake and cry for the bubble bath.  I’ve had kids cry the whole time.  I’ve had kids SMASH and stick their feet in the cake, but I’ve also had kids that just use one tiny finger to eat the icing with . . . never getting to the actual cake.  It’s different every time . . . but always fun!  Just relax, and let your kiddo have their own kind of fun!

If you are ready to plan your Smash Cake Session, please feel free to Contact me so we can start planning!

Love and blessings,

Mindy 🙂

2017, New Premium Products

Framed Photo Collage

This 16×16 Framed Photo Collage is sure to be a favorite for all my clients!  It comes with a 1 1/4″ Black Onyx frame and all your images are mounted to perfectly fit the frame!  Each image is double matted for a little extra style!

Your Framed Collage will arrive ready to display with finished backing and hanging hardware.  There are also 2 wall bumpers to insure both your walls and your frame are protected.

One of my favorite parts of this Framed Collage, is that you get to choose the number of images in your own collage!  You can choose from 4 4×6 images; 4 5×7 images; 9 4×4 images; 1 8×12 and 3 3×3 images; or 1 9×9 and 5 4×4 images (see images below).  Make it your own and choose the layout you like best!


If you would like more information about my Photo Collections or would like to set up your Senior Portrait Consultation or Session, please feel free to Contact me anytime!

New Premium Products

Image Boxes & Prints

It’s taken me a few years and a lot of research to find my favorite labs and choose my favorite prints and products from those labs.  I have to say, I am THRILLED to be able to share the rewards of my hard work with you!  These have got to be some of my absolute FAVORITE products!!

Let’s start with the prints!

Have you ever had a favorite print that you framed, and it looked like it was warped once you hung it on the wall?  Like it needed something to hold it in place?  I have . . . and I hated it.  I finally had pictures of my kids hung on the walls, and I wasn’t happy with the way they looked.  The pictures were great and I loved the frames, but ugh . . . something was off.  Upon further investigation, I found that the photos wasn’t laying flat in the frame, causing it to look warped and awful.  Well  . . . NO MORE!!

These beauties are called mounted prints.  They are mounted on matboard (1/16″ for smaller prints and 1/8″ for larger ones).  This backing is just enough to provide support and protection for the image without making it bulky or too large for framing.  Most frames still come with a cardboard insert ~ just get rid of that and these mounted prints will fit perfectly in your frames!   These images are also fingerprint resistant so your smaller images will be protected from oily fingers and the less careful ones that might bend your photos!

The Image Box!

When you order the Heirloom Collection, your 5×7 Mounted Prints will come in this stunning Image Box!  With a Custom Photo Cover design, your Image Box will look great in any setting and with any decor.  Display your Image Box with the photos from your Senior Portrait Session for a personalized centerpiece and instant conversation starter.  If you plan to give away your 5×7 Mounted Prints, your Image Box will make a great place to store your Senior Year Keepsakes ~ like your graduation tassel!

The Photo Cover has a smooth Matte Finish and the photo wraps around the entire outside of the box to cover the front, spine, and back with one of your images from your Senior Portrait Session.  The photo also wraps around the inside of the box with tight corners and is covered with a fabric interior to hold it all in place.  There is a ribbon connected to the inside bottom of the box to allow for easy removal of the images or keepsakes kept inside.

Personally, I know my boys won’t want one of these Image Boxes . . . but I do!  I plan to keep little treasures from their school age year tucked inside.  Someday, I’ll show them to their children ~ my future grand-babies!  My daughter, on the other hand, is ready for me to order one for her now!  However you decide to use your Image Box, I know that you will treasure it for a lifetime!

If you would like more information about my Photo Collections or about scheduling your Personal Consultation or Session, please feel free to Contact me anytime!

2017, New Premium Products

The Accordion Brag Books!

Here is another favorite product of mine that has been a hit with my clients!  This little booklet holds a total of 12 individual wallet sized images.  The photo covers have a beautiful matte finish and close magnetically to insure the booklet stays safe and secure. The inside pages are a thick photo paper which feel so nice in your hands.

You have to option to use vertical and horizontal images, and can mix and match them however you like.  All you have to do is choose the images you want, and I’ll take care of the rest.

The Accordion Brag Books come in sets of 3, making it an ideal gift to share with your family members.  That way mom get one for her purse and so do both grandmothers.  Any which way you decide to split them up, you will have a happy family members!

If you would like more information on these wonderful booklets or would like to schedule your Photo Session, please feel free to contact me!

2017, New Premium Products

The Photo Image Cube!

This 4″ image cube can be customized however you like it.  Whether you want 6 individual images, 4 images on one side, or one side customized to commemorate a special event (Graduation Year, Birth Information, etc.).  The design is totally up to you.  This is a fantastic way to showcase your photos on your office desk or at home, and is the perfect gift for grandparents!

This past year, I have had several clients order them and they have always been thrilled with the results.  From newborns to high school seniors, and even a gift for a great-great grandmother.  It’s sure to bring joy to everyone!

If you would like more information about this fabulous product OR would like to set up a Photo Session, please feel free to contact me!

2017, Reviewing Last Years Photography

Remembering 2016

Oh my!  What a year 2016 was!  I am truly grateful for all of my clients and all the wonderful memories we made together.  I can’t begin to thank you enough for all your love, support, and encouragement throughout the year!

So let’s review what all we did throughout the year!

There were 16 amazing Seniors that will be graduating in June this year.  Each one brought a something new for me to work (play) with, which makes their sessions even more fun for me.  I still have a few more that still need to have their Photo Sessions.  There will be one in the winter and a few that wanted to wait till the Spring!

I had 2 fabulous Engagement Sessions and one 50th Wedding Anniversary!!  A destination engagement that was what dreams are made of; a country engagement that stole my heart; and a fabulous couple that was celebrating 50 years of marriage with photos at the church they were married in.  Be still my heart!

Two Maternity Sessions!  There is nothing like celebrating the joy of love with a new life!

Six Newborn Sessions . . . One of which was Fresh 48 in the hospital!

Three 1st Birthdays ~ some with a smash cake and some without . . . but always fun!

And ten Family Sessions!  Some traveled from near and far just to have their photos taken by this Bellefonte Photographer.  What an honor!

WOW!!!  Throw in a few Business, Event, and Product Photos, and you have one truly busy and amazing year of photography!

I am truly blessed to have worked with each one of these amazing clients!  I truly cannot wait to see what 2017 will bring.

Make the most of every moment ~ laugh whenever possible, dream big, and reach for the stars.  Make this the best year ever . . . you are the only thing standing in your way.


A Brand New Year and a Better Photography Experience for You!!

Happy New Year!

This past year, I have been working on finding new ways to serve you better, and I am SO excited to start this year!!  So let me tell you a little bit about what your photography experience will be like with me!

It all starts with a consultation!  I’ve found that your photographs turn out so much better when you and I are comfortable with each other.  The consultation gives us time to get to know each other and we get to plan out your photo session together!  By the time you leave the consultation you will have your session date selected, your locations chosen and we will both be excited about the session!

After your fabulous photo session, there will be a special Reveal Night where we’ll get together again so you can see the photos we created!  This is one of my favorite parts of your photography experience!  I’ll put together a slide show, and then we’ll go through all the photos so that I can help you choose the best photos for your to display in your home.  I can help you choose the sizes that will best fit the space available in your home.  I will be 100% at your service!  Once you have chosen your Collection, and selected the photos that will fill it, I will take care of the rest.  When the photos are ready . . . I’ll be back to hand deliver them to your door!  Service with a smile . . . and a hug!  😀

If you would like more information you can contact me anytime!  I can’t wait to start planning your Photo Session!

Love & Blessings,

Mindy 🙂