May 25th, 2015

Skincare is so important to build a foundation to lay your foundation on top of. Here is what I'm currently loving:

Jason Super C Toner - This toner spray works best after you have washed your face and before any serums or moisturizer
Murad Intensive C Radiance Peel - This peel is gentle yet exfoliates your skin. Use before you wash or tone.
Murad Intensive Age-Diffusing Serum - This serum helps eliminate fine lines and gives the skin a nice glow.
Fresh Toner - I use this toner on everybody before I apply moisturizer and makeup.
Aveda Radiance Fluid - this serum gives your skin a radiant glow for dewy makeup looks.
Aveda Hydrating creme - this cream perfect for dry to normal skin where you want to have more of a glow.
Embryolisse Elixir Eclat - the holy grail of fast acting serums.
Jurlique Balancing Mist - freshens up skin before and after makeup.
Jurlique serum - This organic all natural serum leaves the skin moisturized and ready for makeup.

May 23rd, 2015

 

I feel like I can never have enough brushes, but there are those brushes I can't live without.  These are my go to favorites in my kit.  Brands listed below:

Bdellium Tools, Mac Cosmetics, Artis Brush, Crown Brush, Bobbi Brown, and Billy B Beauty.

September 21st, 2012

NFW SS/13 had some stand out makeup but the trend seems to be a throwback to the 1990s.  While the '90s were known for minimilast makeup trends this revamped 90s look is minimal yet updated for 2012.

In the 90's matte skin was all the rage.  The new 90s look is all about luminous dewy skin with strategic contouring.  A pop of highlighter on your cheekbones and nose while using that favorite bronzer as a blush contour.  

Boyish eyebrows also seem to be very popular this time around.  Almost a 90's grunge feel but more thought about.  Thin brows are out and so are extreme arches.

The big difference from those minimal makeup days is the use of color.  2012 saw a lot of bright pops of color like the tangerine that's been used in almost every makeup line this year.  Unlike past trends where you would see a bold lip or eye and a more natural opposite feature, this look is about a pop of color and a bare opposite feature.  If you do a bold red or dark plum lip your eyes just have a little concealer and powder put on and no mascara.  If you do a pop of color using a bright teal or green liner on the eyes your lips just have a cherry chapstick or balm used to even them out.  The color you choose should be bright and vibrant.  Neon shades are in so go for those greens, pinks and blues.

Talking about mascara I'm seeing a grunge chunky mascara look.  Most of the shows they either used no mascara at all or very thick chunky applications.  The glam look of the 2000s is out so don't worry about combing every lash out for a perfect eye fringe.

All in all keep it simple focus on luminous beautiful skin and pick your best feature and emphasize it with one of the hot colors for 2013.

 

September 7th, 2012

Check out the Refinery 29 Fall makeup story where I talk about how to do the Chanel and Jason Wu runway makeup looks.

http://www.refinery29.com/beauty-archive-144

August 22nd, 2012

 

 

The 2013 Award Season brought a lot of new trends from the runway to the red carpet.  Everything from dewy skin to the iconic 1990s full brow.  One of my favorite looks this season was carried over from last years obsession with everything tangerine.

 

Jessica Alba's bold tangerine orange lip color is an example of how to wear an editorial look while keeping the rest of your makeup glamorous.

 

 

  • To recreate this red carpet makeup start by washing a champagne shimmer across your lid.  I like Mac's All That Glitters eyeshadow.

 

 

 

  • Next work Mac's Soft Brown eyeshadow into the crease and up onto the brow bone, making sure to blend this warm shade softly upward.

 

 

 

  • Then contour your outer lid with Mac's Expresso eyeshadow and sweep it along the upper lash line.
  • Finish of the eyes with a set of wispy natural strip lashes and a few coats of Loreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black.

 

 

 

 

  • To get this bright lip I like Makeup Forever's Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in #40 Satin Bright Orange

 

 

 

 

  • Finish off the look by blending Makeup Forever's blush in #25 Apricot Orange Sheen to add a warm glow to your cheeks.