Flawless Faces by tu-anh

Our boutique has officially been open for a little over a month now and I have polished hundreds of beautiful faces. As I see it, applying make-up should be a fun and effortless feminine activity that enhances your beauty. There is no need to overdo it. If it takes you 30 minutes or more to put on make-up before walking out the door, then you are doing too much. (Well, unless it is an activity that puts you in touch with your inner goddess!)

As for teens, I usually put a little concealer, powder, blush, gloss, and mascara. That is all they need, sometimes no powder or blush is even needed as they usually have a perfect complexion. Check out the photos below and see for yourself.

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Client Profile

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No eyeshadows needed.

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Transformed in 20 minutes.

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Transformed in less than 10 minutes.

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Again, no eyeshadows needed.

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Our oldest shopper at 88 years old and my new best friend from New York.

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Our cosmetics are organic and natural and even the colors.

 

A Polished Headshot Speaks A Thousand Words

We all know that you do not have a second chance to make a first impression, especially when it comes to your online professional presence.  A person seeing your headshot, whether through your website or social media profiles, is already making assumptions about you in their mind.  So what does your professional headshot say about you?  When was the last time you looked at your linkedIn profile and see what photo is there?  I suggest you do this every one or two years if your drastically change your looks.

Meet Leigh Frigm, a new member of my Polished by tu-anh team!  Leigh is also a busy wife and mother and when she came on board one of the first things we did was give her a Polished by tu-anh touch up.  We are in the people business, so everyone on my team has their photo on their business cards, like a real estate agent, but I think ours is much more refined, chic, and sophisticated. 🙂 Leigh is already beautiful inside and out. There was not much there for us to polish or perfect, we just gave her hair a little lift with color and soft layers.  As for the make-up, just natural and flawless with bold lips is always my favorite.

Even if you do not have access to your own Polished by tu-anh stylist and photographer every day, I have a few simple tips you can use for your next photo session:

  • Wear solid colors that are flattering to your skin and use simple accessories to make a statement
  • Make-up should look timeless, go for bold lips or bold eyes, but not both
  • If you have long hair, pull some of it forward to cascade over your shoulders
  • Turn your head to one side just a bit, then tilt your head down slightly with a soft and sweet smile – you will look slimmer, more feminine, and more approachable.  I promise 🙂
Leigh Before and After.

Leigh Before…and After! Photo by Charles Martin. Hair and Make-Up by our Polished by tu-anh lead stylist Ryann Doyle.

Leigh is an accomplished special events coordinator with many years of experience in the events and hospitality industry. She is highly-organized, attentive to details, a great cook, patient, and loves to be of service to others and making life stress-free for them. Not only she is in charge of events management and coordination, but she will be spearheading our Domesticated Goddess Program that I will launch later this year for the busy single executive male.  And did I tell you she plays sports and was a cheerleader in high school?  That’s my kind of gal! Beauty, intelligence, talent, and a kind heart: traits that I look for when hiring and recruiting. Having her on the team has helped us tremendously to stay on track and stay centered.  When not planning events and working on Polished by tu-anh projects, Leigh loves to do wine tastings and experiment with new recipes. She also enjoys spending time with her darling family – husband Ryan, daughters Ryleigh and Madison, and dog Mason.  See the finished product below.  Her business card.  Like it?

Leigh business card Polished by tu-anh

The DC Goodwill Fashionista Gets a Makeover

DCGF before photoJust a few weeks are left until the 2013 Fashion of Goodwill Runway Show & Gala: The Art of Fashion at Artisphere in Rosslyn. Did you get your tickets yet?

As I continue to finalize the models, music, mood, and – of course – amazing fashions from our local Goodwill stores, I had to make sure to pay attention to one special person and that’s the DC Goodwill Fashionista!  She has agreed to let me give her a complete head-to-toe makeover and while I cannot yet reveal the outfits we chose for her, I can share with you a bit of her hair and makeup transformation at the hands of the team at Paul Mitchell The School at Tyson’s Corner under my creative vision for her.

Catch a glimpse of the makeover on the DC Goodwill Fashion Blog today and stay tuned for exclusive behind-the-scenes content in the weeks leading up to the big day on September 24th!  Looking forward to seeing you there!