Monthly Archives: May 2013

Double Divas Days… my experience as a makeup artist and hair stylist on set


Hello out there!

Some of you have asked about my experience on Lifetime’s Double Divas so I thought I might share a little with you…

If you haven’t seen the show, you should check it out!  It’s a hilarious reality show about two charming southern ladies that run a lingerie shop in Kennesaw, Georgia called Livi Rae Lingerie, owned by Molly Hopkins and Cynthia Decker.  They have all the beautiful satin and lace and even a little leather that you could possibly fancy!  What makes this boutique different?  It’s not your average “God, I feel really uncomfortable in here” or “I really hope they have something that I don’t feel gross in” type of shop.  Molly and Cynthia aka the Double Divas are highly trained and highly skilled bra fitters that cater to ALL.  That’s the difference.  As soon as you walk in the door you feel comfortable right away.  That’s a big part of their company culture.  Their motto is No Bust Too Big or Small We Fit Em’ All!  They can and do fit EVERYONE and I mean everyone and turn no one away!

I worked on Double Divas for almost a year as the Key Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist for Molly Hopkins and Cynthia Decker.  Working on Double Divas was a lot of hard work and long hours but, well worth it.  I had so much fun on this set!  Molly and Cynthia are both so sweet and funny and the crew was the best!  Above are some of the promo photos we did together.  These are by far my favorite because I was able to keep the looks simple, clean and feminine… my favorite type of work!

Here is a lovely photo of the hair and makeup I did for the lades for the premier party of Double Divas.  Don’t they look fabulous!

Here’s a couple of behind the scenes photos…



Both of the women enjoyed having fun with their hair and makeup looks and had some pretty wild requests at times.  Absolutely Fabulous, a hysterical comedy for the BBC Network, was a reference for their inspiration.  They were definitely not afraid to have fun with their looks!  If you haven’t seen “Ab Fab” do yourself a favor and check it out! Patsy and Eddie will have you rolling!

“Absolutely Fabulous” Patsy and Eddie

Two of the most outrageous and fun hair and makeup requests I received on the show were definitely the Moulin Rouge and Patsy of Ab Fab’s french twist accompanied by a bird accessory in Cynthia’s hair (I like to call it my cross between Patsy and Tippy Hedron of The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock).  Huh?  Say what?  Examples will follow folks.  They asked and I delivered! Here are a couple of photos I documented with my phone…


Seeing all of the customers that Molly and Cynthia were able to help was so cool and an honor to be a part of in some small way.  I got the chance to meet many of them myself.  My most memorable customer helped was the notorious Blondie, an infamous, over the hill but, not under the radar, exotic dancer, famous for crushing beer cans at the Atlanta landmark, The Clermont Lounge.  Turns out that aside from baring her breasts, Blondie is spreading inspiration to those around her by proving that everyone deserves to love and to be loved.  Here are a couple of photos behind the scenes getting Blondie ready for her makeup.  Aaannnnd another photo a friend captured of myself and Blondie after she added her signature cheeks and wig! ;-)   Everyone loved being around Blondie!  She just made you smile!


I only did Loren’s makeup, of The Coedz, a couple of times. She’s a sweet and talented girl and really loves a dramatic look.  Dramatic can be fun but, she’s such a natural beauty that I wanted to show her softer side. Here is a photo I snagged while on the set of one of her green screen interviews…

Not only did the customers on the show benefit from a good bra fit but, so did I! I highly recommend making the trip to see one of the ladies of Livi Rae Lingerie!  They are truly talented at what they do and sweet to boot!  I would have to say that while working on Double Divas I made some of the breast of friends and it was totally knockers!

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