Thursday, April 24, 2014

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*What kind of camera do you use to record your videos?
*What kind of camera do you use to take your pictures?
*Are you a professional make-up artist?
*Have you ever considered becoming a professional make-up artist?
*I can’t find those MAC palettes anywhere. Where can I get them from?
*What’s that stuff you put on your eyes before you do your makeup? Where can I get it?
*Do you work for MAC?
*Did you go to school to do what you do & learn what you know?
*How do you always know what colors will look good together?
*How do you say your username on YouTube and does it mean anything?

What kind of camera do you use to record your videos?

The camera that I use is not actually a webcam, as some people are lead to believe. I actually use an old digital video camera that my husband has had since before we met. It’s a Sony Digital HandyCam and the model number is DCR-TRV 730. Just to give you an idea of how old it is technology-wise, the manual has a copyright date of 2001. But the camera still works great and I haven’t gotten any complaints about the quality, so I see no need to upgrade to a newer camera. Some of my more recent videos were shot using my Canon Powershot, however, it decided to break down on me.

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What kind of camera do you use to take your pictures?

I use a camera (and a rather cheap one at that) that was made by Olympus. The model name and number is Camedia D-540 ZOOM. The key to taking the pictures that you see in my videos is good lighting and Macro mode. There is actually an option on my camera that I believe is called Super Macro. I use that setting when I take my pictures, and I always do my tutorials during the day time so I can get the best natural lighting for my videos and pictures. I’ve been asked to do a tutorial on how I take my pictures, and to calm the masses, I will do one. So keep an eye out for it! :)

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Are you a professional make-up artist?

I don’t technically claim to be a professional make-up artist. I do do makeup for friends, family, and friends of friends who have heard about me through word of mouth. So I guess in that sense, you could say I’m a professional makeup artist. However, since I do not get paid for when I do makeup for my friends, in that sense I’m like an amateur athlete. Haha. If  you happen to live in or around the upper Cumberland area of Tennessee and are willing to pay, I do offer freelance jobs as well as lessons. Feel free to <a href=”mailto: kuuipo1207@gmail.com”>email me</a>.

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Have you ever considered becoming a professional make-up artist?

Yes, the thought has crossed my mind a few times…especially after I started doing YouTube videos and started getting the responses I was getting. Currently, I am thinking about going to school to learn the actual process and techniques, etc.

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I can’t find those MAC palettes anywhere. Where can I get them from?

The MAC palettes that I keep my eyeshadows in are considered a “Pro” product and that is why you can not find them on maccosmetics.com. However, even though they are considered a Pro product, you can still purchase the palettes four different ways.

Keep in mind, the palettes come empty and you have to order the eyeshadows separately, so do not expect to have the arrangement of colors that I have in my palettes. All of the following options not only offer you the chance to purchase the palettes, but also offer you the opportunity to purchase the eyeshadows in pan form, rather than in pots, which makes them ready to go into your empty palette as soon as you receive them.

Here are the following options for ordering the palettes.

  1. Go to www.maccosmetics.com.
  2. On the menu on the right-hand side, you’ll find a link for Customer Service. Click on it.
  3. A new page will appear with a menu on the left-hand side. There will be a link for “Product Information”. Click on it.
  4. On the new page, there will be a list of questions referring to MAC products. The second question refers to the palettes. The phone number to place an order for the palettes is listed in the answer there.

If you want to order from the MAC Pro and don’t have a Pro membership:

  1. Go to www.macpro.com.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the link for “Customer Service”.
  3. The new page will bring up customer service information, including the phone number to order through MAC Pro.

The third option is for those of you lucky enough to have a MAC “free-standing” store near you. If you do, you can purchase the palettes at these stores. You can also get the eyeshadows already in pan form from the stores as well. Now by free-standing, I mean that when you go to a store to buy your MAC products, you physically walk into a MAC store–not a Nordstrom, Belk, Macy’s, or other sort of department store that has a MAC counter. If you walk into your Nordstrom, walk up to the MAC counter and tell them that you want to buy a 15-eyeshadow palette, they’re going to tell you that your shit-out-of luck…well, not really, but they will tell you that they don’t sell the palettes there.

To find a MAC free-standing store near you:

  1. Go to www.maccosmetics.com.
  2. On the menu on the right-hand side, click on “Find Stores”.
  3. On the next page, enter in your address information or just your zip code, and click on “Go”.
  4. The next page will come up with a list of the nearest MAC counters and Stores near you. To differentiate between a free-standing store and a counter, a free-standing store will be listed simply as “MAC”. A counter will be listed as “Macy’s”, “Belk”, “Nordstrom”, “Robinsons-May”, or whatever other department store.

A last and final option, if you live in the US or have a Pro store in your country, is to call up the Pro store nearest to where you live, and place an order through the store. The store will then ship the palettes, and anything else you order, out to you.

To find your nearest MAC Pro store:

  1. Go to www.macpro.com.
  2. Click on “Find Stores” on the menu to the right.
  3. On the next page, enter in your address info or just your zip if you live in the US.
  4. Now here is the important part–Make sure you check the little box that says “Show only M·A·C stores that sell MAC PRO Product”. This will make sure that you get results that show only Pro stores.
  5. Click “Find MAC”.
  6. The next page will pull up results of your nearest Pro stores.

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What’s that stuff you put on your eyes before you do your makeup? Where can I get it?

“That stuff” would be Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (UDPP). It is a base that I apply to my lids any time I wear any sort of eyeshadow. I wear UDPP because it helps the eyeshadow to stay on my lids longer, keeps my makeup from creasing, and, in my opinion, makes the colors of the eyeshadow more vibrant. I love everything about it (except the packaging-if you happen to purchase the stuff, make sure to watch my video about getting the most out of your UDPP). You can purchase UDPP at your local Sephora stores, Ulta stores, Macy’s & JCPenney. You can also purchase UDPP online from the following sites:

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Do you work for MAC?

Nope but I sure as hell wouldn’t mind it! Anybody know of a MAC counter/store that’s hiring? Haha!

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Did you go to school to do what you do & learn what you know?

Nope. Everything I’ve learned is stuff I’ve just picked up along the way, whether it was from me just trying something out or from reading/hearing about a different technique. If I saw a look I liked in a magazine or on the internet, I’d save the picture and try to recreate the look to fit my features. Sometimes it would work, and sometimes, I just needed more practice. But I’ve never had any formal training. And because I never went to school for any of this or have any professional training, that is why I, in no way, shape, or form, claim to be a professional make-up artist.

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How do you always know what colors will look good together?

Don’t tell anyone I told you this but in all honesty, I don’t always know what colors will go good together. Most of the time (it’s actually more like all of the time), I just sit down at my make-up table and decide right then and there what to wear for eyeshadow. I try different colors as I go. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I used to not know anything about color theory, but then I took an art class in college and somewhat learned the basics. If you can get your hands on a color wheel, and study the terms that are on the wheel and what they apply to, you’ll know the basics. Wal-Mart sells color wheels in the arts & crafts section. Try checking out your arts & craft stores too! If you’re not interested in buying a color wheel or taking a college art class, then let me recommend watching EnKoreMakeup’s 2-part video on color theory and the color wheel. It’s very informative and goes over the basics.

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How do you say your username on YouTube and does it mean anything?

My username is pronounced like so: koo (like oo la la) – oooWEE (same oo sound but attach wee like “We are going to the store” and make sure it’s accented heavier than the other syllables) – poh (like saying the letter O in Spanish with a p sound in front of it [as a side note, Hawaiian and Samoan vowels are pronouced the same as they are in Spanish]): koo-ooWEE-poh. It is a Hawaiian word meaning sweetheart. It is actually spelled with an okina (apostrophe) between the two u’s to seperate the sounds of the U’s – ku’uipo, but since YouTube doesn’t allow symbols in usernames, I had to go without the okina.

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