In contrast to my last post – baring it all with a fresh face – today it’s all about makeup. A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to have a makeover done by New York City based Aleah Alvarado, founder of Haviic Cosmetics. I don’t know about you, but I love getting my makeup done. (Except that I think I always want to talk too much and the artist trying to paint my lips is really thinking, can you shut up already?)
My usual makeup routine is pretty uneventful. It goes something like: primer, sunscreen, BB cream, blush, swipe of mascara and a bold lip. I’m always up for trying out something new, so I let Aleah do whatever her and her magic brushes decided.
I loved my look – the wings, the lip colour. It was all perfection. I got so many compliments that day that I almost considered waking up an extra hour earlier to attempt this look every day. But then again, what is beauty without plenty of beauty sleep?
After the makeover, I had the chance to interview Aleah more about her business. Find out why she would love to do Christina Aguilera’s makeup, how often you should REALLY be washing your brushes and the best summer makeup look.
The Lady-like Leopard: What inspired you to start your own cosmetics business?
Aleah Alvarado: I’ve always loved makeup from when I was a little girl and would constantly play dress-up and play with my moms makeup. As the years progressed, I just wanted to do something meaningful to me.
LLL: What’s one beauty product you never leave the house without? Also, one that you often forget but wish you had with you?
AA: I never leave home without a blot powder or oil control – I hate to look like a grease ball! And I sometimes wish I tucked a bronzer in my purse to touch up on my contour.
LLL: If you could collaborate on a make-up collection with any famous person in or outside of the beauty industry, who would it be and why?
AA: I’m such a Christina Aguilera fan, I think her voice and spirit are amazing and it would absolutely be a dream come true to collaborate with her on an exclusive Haviic Collection.
LLL: I know some people can be pretty neglectful when it comes to washing their makeup brushes – how often is necessary? How would you recommend to wash them?
AA: Ugh this is the part I think we all hate most but it’s SO essential!! Honestly, right after you’re done with each application you should spray them with a brush cleaner and a few sprays of alcohol to disinfect before the next use.
If you’re feeling absolutely too lazy to do that right away, I would suggest to shampoo them once a week using Johnson & Johnson Shampoo and rinse under warm water – still disinfecting afterwards using a few sprays of alcohol. Allow them to air dry on a flat surface. Never soak your brushes in alcohol.