Glam Academy Promotion!

This warm weather we’re experiencing might mean a lot of things to you but the one thing I think about is – The Summer Glam Academy. Right now there’s an amazing promotion that you MUST take advantage of immediately.

Book the course today and get 10% off the course and set up a payment plan with Alexa. Or you can find out about a top secret promo we’re having for those who choose to pay the course in full.

On click on Glam Academy and fill out the contact form. All your questions will be answered and you’ll be one step ahead of becoming certified as a professional makeup artist. The Glam Academy is a hands on course, where Alexa lends her expertise and brings out the best of each student. You will leave the course prepared to start your business with an impressive portfolio (shot by Alexa herself). in hand.

So what are you waiting for? Send an email now!

xo Melissa (9289)

“Burning In This Love” Editorial Shoot- Liz Cusano

Its 1am, as your head hits the pillow and your eyes close, you experience a moment of pure genius. Colors that can’t be described are flowing in vibrant circles around a pure premise of something you can’t let go. So you jump out of bed, fumbling around in attempts to find a pen to jot down that thought. Without even knowing it, you’ve just created genius.

As a makeup artist, my highest levels of personal satisfaction have all been based around those moments in which I stand back to look at my canvas, and realize I just recreated that late night subconscious thought. This particular creation is one of those examples.

I attended the Glam Academy in hopes of embracing and expressing the creative inner being I had been suppressing the last few years. I could not have imagined how much it would have changed my life.

For our final shoot, Alexa gave us the opportunity to create an editorial look that would define our brand and personality, influenced by a fashion trend or genre. Using different mediums, breaking all the “rules” of traditional makeup artistry, and embracing what I defined as beautiful, came this masterpiece. The goal of editorial makeup is to sell a story, not a product or specific look. My look, “Burning In This Love” was a representation of Lust. Dressed as a seductively beautiful woman hides the devil, tempting you with her sharp curves, and soft lace.

My visual inspiration for this look, was Dolce and Gabbana’s- “Lace is the New Black” Ankle Boots. I tore it out of last month’s Vogue and tacked it to my bedroom wall- before I knew it, it had transformed into this mental vision.

1.) I began this look by prepping the skin with Makeup Forever HD Primer.
**Using a Primer is always a must. Makeup Forever’s HD Primer is a Demethicone based primer, filling in fines lines and wrinkles, making a seamless canvas.

2.) I built a base on each area I would later contour, in layers of gold and bronze representing the fire surrounding the devil. Using my fingers, and Benefit’s Cream Shadow in “Pot O Gold” and “Top Brass”, I covered her face, neck and arms
**It was extremely important to use a creaseless cream in this case, since there were so many areas a creasing shadow could have ruined the symmetry and softness of the contour base.
Why not a brush to apply?- The warmth of my fingers allowed the cream shadow to glide evenly on her skin

3.) On top of the cream shadow base, using a fan brush and small crease brush I contoured each area of depth to create sharp, well defined lines with loose powder. Visually it started to create a beautifully evil look- OCC Loose Shadow in “Hum” and “Dope”, and MAC “Melon” pigment.
**It was important to use a combo of cream and loose shadows. The loose powder adhered to the cream shadow base, allowing a precise, deep contour.
Why not bronzer?–The loose shadow powder is more pigmented than that of a bronzer, allowing me to create custom colors and depth intensities.

4.) I created a hard crease cut eye using a combination of a Black Cream Shadow- Makeup Forever’s “Aqua Black”, and Hwood Beauty’s “Matte Black”. Layering these two finishes created deeper depth. Going back in I sketched the defining line of the crease with a NYX Black Eye Crayon to create a leather look.
** Contouring the eyes was a huge factor in this look. I wanted to offset the softness of the lace, and the beauty of the gold with a hard, dark eye. Layering a powder shadow and a cream shadow will create a chalky effect. Be cautious when using a dark cream shadow- applying too much can cause build up, and take away from the depth.

5.) I used a deep gold shimmer loose shadow for the lid, and eye accent- OCC’s “Hum”.
** Shimmer finishes will absorb the light. By applying a shimmer as the base to the lace, and lid- it create added dimension.

6.) Applying Makeup Forever lashes to the top lashes, with an accent eye tattoo created added drama.

7.) To create a larger eye, I applied a thick cut lash further than the bottom natural lash line. I filled in the gap with a NYX Black Eye Crayon, and then re-contoured the outer edges of the eye with OCC’s “Hum” to create a soft edge.

8.) Very carefully, I cut out individual sections of a piece of lace fabric, and appliquéd them to the accent areas of one side of her body. On the opposite side of her body, in the same accented areas I contoured even heavier with a plum Benefit Cream Shadow “Fig”, topped off with Silver Swarovski crystal embellishments.

9.) Finishing off with a classic Black Lip using a combination of Makeup Forever Lipstick, and OCC Lip Tar to add dimension.

This look was all about precise contouring, combining different finishes, and creating depth in unexpected areas. There is hidden beauty in the combination of soft glitz, and dark edgy glam.

Embracing creativity in form of makeup artistry is my passion. When you add that to a talented team of hairstylists, a model who saw my vision, and a teacher/ photographer who understood my “genius moment” on that sleepless night a month prior- you get this masterpiece. Creations like this are the reason why I wanted to be a makeup artist. Mentors like Alexa are the reasons why I won’t ever let that dream go.

You can find more of my work on my website and of course on facebook

Hair Fairy Needed!

Hi Dolls!

Alexa is looking for a new HAIR FAIRY to join her team. If you are a licensed hair stylist in the tri-state area read the following details to apply.

Send an email to: and include ‘Hair Fairy’ in the subject line. In the email also include:

  • Your resume
  • A photo of yourself
  • Photos of your work/portfolio
  • Availability

You must be available on weekends in order to be considered. Best of luck! xo (2286)

And The Nutella Winner Is…

Let’s give a big congratulations to Keila Acosta on winning the Nutella Contest! She submitted the yummy Crepe Filled with Nutella and Fruit creation. Check out the recipe below and enjoy!

“Make a batter with pancake mix, any pancake mix. just make it light not thick. Melt butter on pan and cook batter. Add as much batter, the more the bigger and thicker it will be. I like mine thin and small. When brown on both sides, fill with nutella, as much as you like. Add fruit, I prefer strawberries, peaches, blueberries, and raspberries. Fold it, then top it off with walnuts or almonds, whip cream and chocolate sauce.” (2541)

Enter The Glam Nutella Contest!

It’s the middle of the week and if all you’re thinking about is, “When will the weekend get here?” then I’m about to give you something else to occupy yourself with. As you know Alexa LOVES her some Nutella so it’s only fitting to host the following contest.

Alexa wants YOU to leave in the comments below your best Nutella inspired recipe. The yummiest one (chosen by The Glam Fairy herself) will be featured on the blog a week from today. To be considered in this contest follow the guidelines below:

  • Leave your best Nutella recipe in the comments and give it a title.
  • Tweet @TheGlamFairy a photo of your creation and include the title you gave it in the comments so we know which is yours. In the tweet include the hashtag #nutelling.
  • If you don’t have a twitter account email me a photo of your Nutella recipe to and include the title of it as well.

The winner’s recipe and accompanying photo will be featured on this blog next week and Alexa will share your creation with the world. May the yummiest recipe win! (15357)

Your Future At The Glam Academy

If you’re serious about becoming a makeup artist then there’s something you need to do immediately and that is — apply for the Summer Glam Academy. The Summer dates have already been listed and seats will be filled before you know it.

The Glam Academy is guaranteed a course like you’ve never heard of. Students learn to master their craft, develop their uniqueness and really build their business. As a Glam Academy student here are just some of the benefits you will have:

  • Work on actual models instead of wasting time applying makeup on each other.
  • Have professional photos taken, by Alexa herself,  of your work allowing you to have an impressive portfolio immediately.
  • Learn to direct photo shoots and style your models.
  • Learn how to grow a business, build a brand and work with different types of clients.
  • Develop networking skills important to succeed.
Oh and not to mention Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) is the official sponsor of the Glam Academy and you get to work with their amazing products! All students receive a semi-kit to get started.
At the end of the course you will have all the necessary tools to start your career as a makeup artist. So what are you waiting for?! Sign up today by emailing and get your career started.


Most Gorgeous trial of the week!

Hello all!

Its 10 days in and it has been an incredible year already.  I really feel like Christmas strengthens bonds between friends, family, and of course if you are lucky enough to have one– your penguin.

This was the first Christmas I truly felt like a kid again.  From waking up at the crack of dawn and sliding under our enormous tree to a sea of gifts.  To a delicious breakfast in lieu  of the traditional xmas breakfast I had as a kid whipped up by my penguin (Danny) and a day to follow filled with the beginning of new traditions that we will have for years to follow. I feel like Christmas makes you fall in love again.  In love of course with your partner, but even more so with your life.

This new year my overall resolution is to really be in the moment.  Whatever it is that I do I am just staying there and enjoy it.  Last night for example Jisette (concierge/ cleaning lady/ best friend) and I tore down my massive tree and did a deep spring clean ironically enough into the dark night hours of the winter cold but how refreshing is it to wake up to the smell of Fabulousa, bleach, and the wide open space that miniature Santa Clauses, gifts, garland, strange christmas decor on every counter space, fake snow, and bowls of ball conceal.

I digress– what I am trying to say is that each thing I do– as simple as cleaning up the Christmas decor (something not as simple as it sounds) I am making it my goal to simply be there.  And that all encompassing resolution has of course flooded the gates of the Glam Factory.

I am a firm believer in following your passion.  As most of you know mine of course if being a Makeup Artist–and with that I utilize my artistry in as many areas as it will lead me.  Brides, education, photoshoots, classes, parties– anything and everything Glam is a place where I am following my passion.

Am I saying that I half assed all my trials, photoshoots, etc. in 2011.  Of course not.  Happy brides shoot out of the Glam Factory doors like Chocolate bars off a conveyor belt at the Hersey Factory.

However this week I had a trial with a bride who was a refferal.  She was reffered by my former bride who ended up taking a bunch of classes with me.  Its a domino effect here in the world of Glam.

In any event at this trial I really just let myself go.  Who needs one cheek highlighter when you can have two.  If my brushes were magic wands I felt like the chubby little fairy in sleeping beauty shooting out the full spectrum of fairy dust from my magic wand.  (And I don’t know why they call it dust when it looks like an electric bolt)

That said I feel like the look that I created was an incredible blend of traditional Indian makeup methodologies, fuses with the deeper end of the neutral pallet, balance shades to contour the natural curves of the face, and a golden opalescence to pull out the highest points of the face.  That– with a pouty Jlo tribute lip, cascading Dolce and Gabbana curls,  and WALA– my Masterpiece!

I hope you enjoy the manifestation of my New Years Resolution.



Still time to book your seat for the Glam Academy!!

To all that haven’t realized– there is still time to book your seat for the amazing Glam Academy taught by The Glam Fairy– Alexa Prisco herself.  This is not just a normal makeup course– there are two levels– basic and senior.  Both create soldiers of glam ready for any situation.  Not only will you learn all of Alexa’s signature techniques and tricks but you will also learn how to make something of it.  You will not leave this program hoping to get a job at a makeup counter.  You will leave this program making something of yourself!!  Doing your own thing.  Alexa will personally teach you exactly how she got there, her formula for success– so include that with extensive hands on makeup training and incredible portfolio images taken by Miss Glammy herself you will have glitter oozing out of your scalp.  For more information please visit and see Glam Academy under classes.  To get the ball rolling on enrolling on this incredible program please fill out our contact form.

In light of the holiday season these classes are being offered at an incredible discount so sign up while seats are still available!! (7343)

Give the Gift of Glam!!!

So it’s Dec. 4th and we all know that your pulling out a piece of notebook paper writing down each family’s and friend’s name brainstorming the perfect gifts to put next to each person.  Well your brainstorming can come to a hault because The Glam Fairy can provide the most memorable wonderful Glammy experience for your loved one’s.

Here are some of my favorite Glammy gifts!

1. Special occasion makeup and hair with either Alexa or the fairy of your choice– lashes, airbrush, extensions– the gift can be customized to whatever you like.

2. A Glammy Puss Photoshoot– ever wondered what you girlfriend looked like head to toe in leather with a mane of hair blowing in the wind and 7 inch stiletto heels?  Than look no further.  Your fantasy can become a reality with just a little fairy dust.  Buy your special someone any of our photo shoot packages and let them unleash their inner glamazon for the holiday season!  In addition– to add an even bigger bow to the glammy puss photoshoot gift turn any of the photo’s into a painting!  Famous artist Betsy Brown is now turning any of your favorite Glammy Puss Photoshoot Pics into any insanely glamorous portrait!!  See GP Portraits under Glammy Puss Photo for more details!

3. We have tons of classes!!  All taught by The Glam Fairy herself!!  Book a private lesson with Alexa for either 2 or three hours– book two or three classes– the choice is yours.  Book a semi private for a group of girls that you know would have a blast!  Everything is custom designed to your needs!

4.  THE ULTIMATE GIFT!!!  The Glam Academy!!  You can book the makeup artist to be a seat at either our basic or senior class and TRULY give the gift of glam!  Not many people can say that their christmas present was being turned into a makeup artist by Alexa Prisco personally!!!

We will create the perfect gift certificate that details every specification you want for that special someone!  

Order your gift card in the next three days and we will take 10% off of your order.  Give the gift of “The Glam Academy” and take 20% off of the basic certification and 25% off of the senior certification.  

This is a THREE DAY ONLY Promotion.  Hugs and Kisses!!