Inspiration comes from many sources. I find mine through literature, fashion campaigns in glossy magazines, music and film, sunny weather, tasty food, and good company. I found my latest inspiration while shopping H&M’s new garden collection. It’s fresh and pretty, ultra feminine, sultry, and bohemian. Shopping is my vice, and when I shop I must have one of everything, so let’s just say my summer wardrobe is complete (as of now). But my summer make-up kit is a bit lacking. So I’ve taken this opportunity to tailor some pretty summer make-up looks and share them with you and inspire you to make this summer your best.
Dewy skin is pretty for summer, and hydration is key. Use a water-based tinted moisturizer to even out your skin tone and impart a natural glow to the skin. I love Somme Institute Treat and Tint; it provides a sheer finish and has anti-aging benefits as well as sunscreen protection, a must for summer!
Use shimmery beige, nude or champagne shadow all over the lid for a natural look. Winter’s smoky eye and spring’s brown eye are a bit harsh for the light summer weather, so keep the eyes simple and fresh. Stila Eye Shadow Trio Bronze Glow has three neutral, shimmery shades that outlast the hot weather. Apply a little mascara to the upper lashes to make your eyes really pop. I like bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara in Black.
Sexy it up a bit! Your skin should be dewy and soft as in the daytime- but if you prefer a bit more coverage for the evening, incorporate a primer into the regimen. Layer it on top of your tinted moisturizer, before you apply the cream blush. We like Colorescience About Face, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores, while leaving skin looking youthful, soothed and radiant. Skip the mineral powder and apply a bit of shimmer powder instead- I absolutely love Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Translucent Powder in Candlelight, it provides a really gorgeous glow and makes the skin look youthful and polished.
Choose either a dramatic eye look or a dramatic lip for the evening. For eyes, layer on a shimmer shadow and contour the eye area with a deeper tone, Stila’s Twig is a really pretty shade of shimmering earthy brown. Line the eye with a brown liner to bring out the eye a bit further, and finish the look with two coats of mascara. If you want extra drama apply some falsies to the end of the lash line for a wispy, flirty look.
Ahhh… the warm weather is here. Break out the sandals and sunscreen. Lose the heavy foundation and lighten up with these warm weather tricks:
Opt for tinted moisturizer instead of traditional foundation. Sheer, see-through coverage with a hint of hydration is the ultimate product for hot weather. Most tinted moisturizers not only offer tint and moisture but also pack antioxidants, minerals and sunscreen. I’m in love with Somme Institute Treat and Tint. It contains ingredients that repair sun damage, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, treat and prevent moderate to severe acne and rosacea, as well as significantly improve skin discoloration, tone, texture and clarity.
Those of you that read the blog know that I love lip and cheek stains. They’re super versatile, flattering, easy to use and can provide either a very natural effect or a very dramatic one. Use a liquid or gel lip/cheek stain on the inner rim of your lips for that ‘just-ate-a-cherry-popsicle’ look. It’s simple and sexy. For a classic red fool-proof lip outline your lip line with the stain and fill in the volume of the entire lip for old Hollywood glamour. Finish it off with a clear gloss for some extra va-va-voom. Giddy red cheeks courtesy of a stain outlast humidity, sweat and water and unlike traditional blushes that streak, stain will stay on until it’s washed off with a facial cleanser. Don’t wear dramatic cheeks with dramatic lips (unless you’re into the clown trend). Do wear sheer lips and sheer cheeks together for an effortless summer cool.
Stay away from excessively dark eye color in the warm weather- especially in the day. Try beiges, champagnes, light pinks and nudes. Iridescent shadows are fresh and bring out the natural beauty of the eye with a pop. We’re obsessed with Stila’s best selling Kitten shade, it’s a shimmering nude pink that’s flattering to ALL skin tones- and if you’re not a eyeshadow powder fan it also comes in a creamy silk shadow wash formula (which I love to also use on the cheekbones for gorgeous highlight).
To tame the shine on your t-zone skip the cakey powder and opt for bareEscentuals mineral veil instead. The new(ish) bareMinerals Hydrating Mineral Veil is a winner… instead of making skin look matte and dull, it brightens (I swear I have a halo around my face when I wear this stuff) AND hydrates – what’s not to love?!
Wedding season is upon us and weddings are arguably the most important moment in most women’s lives. They are opportunities to make memories that will warm our hearts and last a lifetime. Of course there are always those disaster moments and horror stories we hear about. Although we can’t control everything that happens, here are some of my suggestions as a makeup artist on things to avoid when buying and using makeup for your wedding.
Less is more! Remember this is your wedding, not high school prom! Try to keep things simple and don’t go overboard. Avoid harsh lip colors, heavy eye shadowing, glitters and shimmering bronzers.
You get what you pay for! Your makeup doesn’t have to be expensive; there are bargains to be found! But as a rule of thumb the cheaper the product the lower the grade of ingredients…which means you’ll need more product to get the desired look…and that equates to that heavy caked on look…not good!
Go classic! Times change and what may be in style today may be very out of style 10 or 20 years from now. You want to be able to look back on your wedding photo album and adore the pictures, instead of “OMG what were we thinking?” Choose shades of eye color, blush and shadow that are more neutral.
Get a professional consultation when choosing your foundation. This will help you best match your color tone for the season. Avoid foundations that have a built in sunscreen like titanium dioxide. While these are great for everyday use, the titanium can reflect the light from a flash and give you a ghostly look in pictures!
Eyes or lips, but not both! If you choose to go with a more bold (red) tone to your lipstick instead of a more neutral coral color, keep in mind you should avoid doing dramatic eyes and lips. Dramatic eyes and lips will call attention to your makeup, and not your overall look. Be sure to use a lip liner first, and then lipstick color, then a neutral powder on top. This will help set your lip color so it doesn’t smudge when you kiss your man. Most lip glosses would not be a good idea since they will smear on those you kiss and create problems.
Be sure you choose water-proof mascara! Your wedding is a day packed full of emotional moments and the last thing we want is the Tammy Faye Baker look!
Schedule an appointment about a week before your wedding for a dress rehearsal on your hair style and makeup. Once again don’t go overboard. Work with your hairstylist to design a more classic elegant look. Once you’re done with your hairstylist go to your makeup artist (or bring them to the salon) so you can do a dress rehearsal on your makeup as well. When you’re done take pictures from various angles. This will help you judge your final look from the view of a camera, and help your hairstylist and makeup artist remember exactly what you agreed on once that big day arrives!
Keep these simple tips in mind and your wedding day will certainly be a success!
New York Fashion Week is the pinnacle of modern style and flair. The latest trends often start on the runway and end in the hands of fashionistas everywhere. The runways have not disappointed this season by producing hot new fashions and makeup trends for the spring and fall.
Vibrant green eye shadows lit up the ISSA runway show. Hues of rich jungle greens, gold and smoky black were intoxicating. The allure of the tropics inspired a green makeup frenzy. Acclaimed makeup artist Pat McGrath created the look with a high contrast between an effervescent green all over lid color and a smoldering charcoal on the outside corners of the eyes. He finished off the look with a splash of gold on the inside corners of the eyes and a few coats of mascara.
Chic shades of brown nail lacquer also made their debut on the Chanel runway. Brown is the new neutral that everyone can wear! It’s especially fashionable paired with accents of gold jewelry. Think of hues like cappuccino, desert sand, cocoa, brown sugar and taupe. Short polished manis are they way to go for an updated modern look.
For all those times you wished you would have packed a survival kit, Too Faced has just launched the ultimate singles ladies Too Faced Walk of Shame Kit. The title may be a bit provocative, but so may be the ladies that need it! You’ll be fully prepared for an unexpected invitation or a midnight rendezvous with this kit. The not so glamorous walk of shame has never looked so good!
The kit contains a custom compact with two eyeshadows and a blush that is suitable for all skin tones, top-selling Shadow Insurance primer, Primed and Poreless, Lip of Luxury Lipstick, mints, travel toothbrush, and trendy satin bag.
With wedding season upon us, this could also be a fun and quirky gift idea for brides to give to single bridesmaids. A bride’s way to say farewell to her bachelorette days if you will! Or an amusing present for a friend that’s just gone through a rough breakup and may be in need of some cheering up.
There will be no more shame in your game ladies, chin up and walk proud!
These are some of the most common mistakes I see that women make when applying makeup. These are all tips and mistakes to avoid which I have learned in school, and in applications I have done over the years. I love sharing the knowledge I have to assist others and make women aware of things to steer clear of. Hopefully you’ll take from my tips and create beauty day to day!
Unless you are going to a major event or taking professional pictures… never over apply foundation. Too much application is too obvious on the skin for daily wear and can create cracks/ wrinkles in your face.
Never wear foundation which is too light for your skin. This can make your skin appear gray or ashy. It is always better to stick with a color as true or natural to your skin or a color ½-1 shade darker then your skin.
Always apply foundation down the neck to the décolleté area and remember to blend.
Remember to consider your skin type when choosing the right foundation option.
Normal Skin: liquid foundation or powder foundation is suitable.
Oily/Combo/Mature Skin: mattifying & oil free liquid foundation is recommended with use of powder over your oily sections if needed. Never use just a powder for mature skin; it will accentuate wrinkles and fine lines. Powder alone also sticks more over oily sections which results in a very uneven application.
Dry Skin: use liquid foundation or you can use moisture-replenishing technology powder only.
Steer clear of red toned/ orange based foundations, which will make any skin color appear off.
Make sure you are using the correct foundation brush for the type of foundation used and coverage needed.
Not cleansing your brush can result in bacteria buildup and also affect your application of foundation.
Don’t use glitter! Use shadows which are metallic or shimmer based pigments. Glitter can be harsh on the sensitive eye area, create eye irritation, oversize your eye, and just looks messy.
When deciding on dramatic eyes or smoky eyes, make sure that you down play application of other facial features.
Use eye colors for eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara which accentuate your eye shape, pupil color, and skin tone.
Never over apply mascara otherwise you will end up with spider lashes. Also, only apply mascara to the top lashes and bat your lashes together to get a perfect lower lash application.
If you have crepe lids or wrinkled lids, apply a shadow primer or instant wrinkle filler over target areas/ entire lid depending on the product used. Wait about 1-2 minutes before shadow application.
If you have oily skin and your eye shadow creases or won’t stay on, utilize a primer. If that doesn’t work either, then use a maximum coverage oil free concealer. Wait about 1 min before shadow application and never use crème or liquid based shadows.
To open up your eyes, utilize false eyelashes. However for smaller eyes use only a half of the strip or use individual lashes towards the outer end of your lash line.
Never use lipsticks made with glitter. Stick with matte colors or colors with shimmer.
For dry lips or mature skin around the lip area, make sure your use a lip primer or an instant line/ wrinkle filler to hydrate and plump your skin.
On that note, don’t forget to use your anti-feathering products to keep your color from escaping your lips.
The darker your eye makeup, the lighter or more natural your lips should remain.
To make your lips appear plump or full, use lip gloss.
To add some color or shimmer to your lips and to help adhere lipstick to the lips longer, apply your powder over your lips before color application.
Watch your application on the cheeks! Never over apply your cheek color. Start with a small amount first and then add as desired. If using powder, always make sure to tap off excess powder before each application.
Stick to light through dark shades of coral and mauve. These colors are universal shades to almost every skin tone and will help keep you from looking over done or too bland.
Apply blush in between the apples and hollows of your cheeks; up to your ears. This will help create cheek structure and appear more natural in appearance. Also, make sure you blend in your blush to your foundation around the edges.
Use the correct blush brush for the application you prefer. I suggest an angled brush for a great application.
Always running around and never feel as if there are enough hours in the day, the last thing on your mind may be your eye shadow… I’m sure we all have our kits and numerous individual eye colors lined up in our tool box. I also know that we run out of ideas for our eye shadow colors and can get bored with the same classic techniques we know. Even artists need inspiration at times and what not a better way to lead us there, than by the on-the-go eye color look cards bareMinerals has created. These cards offer many unique and fun application ideas which comes packed in a little tin for travel if necessary. These neat cards show you exactly where to apply the colors and provide easy to follow instructions on the back. Don’t forget these products are natural too! Need instant ideas? Look no further!
It seems for the last year and into this new year, that the color red is all the rage in eye color. It seems to be popping up everywhere in the cosmetic world and even used for our famous feme fatals in the celebrity realm. It just adds that edge needed to glam up your eye for the perfect night out! Really, you ask! Why? Picture your perfect sultry, sexy, smoky eye. Now to really make those peepers pop, imagine placing a bold, wild color such as red as your base and blending in some black/grey towards those edges. How fun to imagine, however this look is not for the faint of heart!
Pick a color red that is bold but deep in tone.
Apply it over the entire lid
Use a black or grey on the outer edges
Blend, blend, blend to smooth the red to the shadowed edges
For even more glam you can pat over the eyelid with a shimmer pigment in red (Optional)
Finish off your look with black/ grey eyeliner, a couple coats of mascara and voila!
This will create a unique and fun eye look to add to your different makeup methods. Red is usually a color easily matched to outfits and will definitely make a bold statement. I think it’s worth giving a try, don’t you?! For specifics on how to create a smoky eye to mimic the directions of this blog, refer to the previous blog titled “Quick Tip: Sultry Smoky Eye.”
With the swift onset of January I’ve suddenly found myself with a sad case of pale, sallow skin. Unfortunately with all the post-holiday craziness, there isn’t any time for a quick sun-filled trip to Aruba, and there’s not even enough time for a spray-tan appointment, so I’m making most of what I’ve got and flaunting the pale skin that my mama gave me. There’s something super-sexy about the shock of red lips against white skin, it’s such a classic, timeless look. When I’m not sporting a red lip, I like a nice healthy flush, and there isn’t a better way of achieving it than through a lip/cheek stain. Just a touch of Stila Cherry Crush on the apples of my cheeks brings out a rosy glow that’s reminiscent of my childhood (all kids have such gorgeous skin). Finish off the look with a dab of concealer under the eyes, and a dusting on luminescent powder on the cheekbones (I absolutely adore bareMinerals Flawless Radiance All Over Face Color, it gives a beautiful lit-from-within effect) and get your glow on!