Let the VOTING begin!!

Over the last three weeks we have selected and published three talented and aspiring makeup artists to our blogTheir task, in 500 words or less, tell us your view on Beauty. They were not given much in way of requirements or expectations. The goal was to read three completely different articles and preview it for all our readers and fans.


     Natasha’s Article: Here              Jacinda’s Article: Here                 Sheryl’s Article: Here

What our girls win: A complete dessert photo-shoot with professional models, stylists, and photographers. Not to mention, beautiful images to add to their portfolio, and publishing on all our social media outlets.

Now this is where you all come in! Show your support for these three ladies in three ways:

1. Write the name of the artist of the article you like best in the comment block on this Facebook Post. www.facebook.com/illumin8makeupstudio

2. Share your favorite artist’s respective post on your Facebook page.

3. Simply “like” their respective post on our Facebook page.

The makeup artist with the most likes, shares, and mentions wins!! Voting Commences December 16th!


Beautiful Competition: Natasha Ahmed

How does one describe beauty?


It is a very individual opinion. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder; and that is true. Everything has beauty but not everyone can see it. However, there is something so infinitely captivating about a beautiful woman, and that is why so many poets, artists, singers, designers and authors have been inspired by it since the beginning of time.

Everyone has his or her own idea of what makes a woman beautiful, and mine, in a word, would have to be elegance.  It is a woman’s confidence and how she carries herself to face the world that is beautiful.  And we could all use a little help with putting our best face forward and that is where makeup comes in.

My aim when applying makeup on a woman is to make her feel as confident and feminine as possible. I have a very distinctive style, which focuses on a great eye makeup, sculpted flawless skin and an attention grabbing lip.

A perfect palette for every woman. This is my go-to shadow for all occasions!

A perfect palette for every woman. This is my go-to shadow for all occasions!

I begin by perfecting the skin and correcting any imperfections or blemishes with a great foundation. Next I move on to eyes. I could go on and on about eyes, I truly do believe that the eyes are the windows to the soul and the most important and unique feature on the face, with so many endless combinations of colors and shapes, I can definitely say that it is my favorite part about doing makeup.

Get the perfect flick with this gel liner

Get the perfect flick with this gel liner

I usually like to emphasize the eyes with a winged liner and a flirty pair of false lashes; which open up the eye and make them super sultry. If a woman’s hair frames her face, then brows definitely frame the eyes. I love to create defined soft brows with a complimentary brow powder.  We cannot all be born with supermodel bone structure, so the next best thing is some fabulous highlighting and contouring. I like to use both cream and powder products to achieve a sculpted face. Lastly, the lips; which I always outline with lip liner to perfect the shape for a perfect sexy pout and then I apply lipstick and truly, a great lipstick is a woman’s best friend.

MAC's Marilyn Monroe lines has many beautiful shades to offer a plump pout!!

MAC’s Marilyn Monroe lines has many beautiful shades to offer a plump pout!!

I would have to say my makeup inspiration comes from the glamour of old Hollywood, combined with modern trends. These days in the worlds of Fashion and Makeup, it seems that everything old is new again and styles and silhouettes from the 50’s and 60’s are still seen in magazines and runways.

I think because at the root of it all, femininity will always be in.

My makeup muses are women like Adele, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Lana del Rey and Kim Kardashian, very different women from different eras and places who all had one thing in common; they all used makeup to enhance their features so they could go out confidently into the world and make their mark on it…and they all did it wearing a killer eyeliner.

Natasha Photo

Your Author, Natasha Ahmed