Not only is Trae a beautiful and personable makeup artist, business woman, (and mommy!), she is also extremely creative and one of the most knowledgeable people we have met about how the makeup industry works, what products women want and what will make every women look and feel their best.
We talked about how Trae and her partners created 3 Custom Color Specialists, some of the special projects that they have done, such as the collaboration with the Showtime television show "The L Word", and of course some of her favorite makeup tips and tricks she's learned over the years.
Then we got to the really fun part for any beauty junkie like us -- viewing her line in person and using some of her newest shades and products! Trae asked me what beauty concerns I had, and what color combinations I usually used.
Trae at work custom blending shades in the studio
Then she recommended Mood Lighting Shimmer Creme in On Fire, Poppy Lip & Cheek Stain, sheer lipstick in Kit and the Concealer Foundation in #8. She also reminded me that the concealer foundation is just that - a concealer AND and foundation (3 Custom Color Specialists do not have a liquid or powder foundation product in their line). It can be applied with a damp makeup sponge all over the face or just in spot areas. It can also be mixed with your favorite moisturizer to create a tinted moisturizer. (I tried this and it works beautifully!).
Here are the products that Trae recommended in detail:
Mood Lighting Shimmer Creme in On Fire. It's creamy, soft and very easy to blend. On Fire is a bronzed shimmer with a touch of opalescence. This was the perfect touch on my cheekbones and brow bones.
Poppy Lip & Cheek Stain - A bold warm coral - designed with makeup artist James Vincent of the Powder Group. (We LOVE James!). The shade added a beautiful sheer glow to my skin and the perfect amount of "pop"!
This shade is from a new sheer lipstick collection inspired by the SHOWTIME® original groundbreaking series THE L WORD. Kit is a raisin shade with copper shimmer . Since it's so sheer, it was a really flattering "my lips but better color".
This versatile formula is appropriate for all skin types and is designed to provide the most effective coverage for redness and dark circles. Use in isolated areas with a Concealer brush or your fingers. This shade was a perfect match and the consistency was super smooth.
#8 Concealer, above
For full coverage all over the face, use with a dry sponge. For sheer coverage, use a wet sponge or blend with moisturizer.
It comes in a broad range of 10 shades, which can also be blended for the perfect match for those of you who don't fall into a specific number.
All 3 Custom Color Specialist products are available online @ threecustom.com. Please click here to contact them about their custom blending and bridal services.