Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Soft Spring Makeup

It feels like it has been blizzard weather for the past month, and I am more than ready for spring! I put together this soft, feminine look perfect for the warmer months ahead!

1. Prime the eyes to ensure long lasting shadow application, I used my Urban Decay Primer Potion.
2. Blend a matte warm brown shade into and slightly above the crease, I used 'Toast' by Bobbi Brown.
3. Deepen the crease and add definition to the eye with a neutral brown, I used 'Taupe' by Bobbi Brown.
4. Dust a shimmery brown into the crease and outer third of the eye to add dimension, I used Nars Dual Intensity shadow in 'Himalia'.
5. With a damp brush, pat a shimmery pastel shade onto the lid, I used Nars Dual Intensity shadow in 'Cassiopeia'.
6. Add mascara to the top lashes and outer corners of the bottom lashes to open the eyes.
7. Fill in the brows to finish the look, I used my Anastasia Brow Powder in 'Medium Brown'.

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow
Concealer: Mac Pro-Longwear
Powder: Besame Vanilla Powder
Blush: Hard Candy 'Living Doll'
Bronzer: NYC 'Sunny'
Highlight: Sephora Collection Midnight Magic 'Holographic 03'

Liner: Palladio Herbal 'Nearly Nude'
Lipstick: Mac 'Cream Cup'
Gloss: Laura Mercier 'Sparkling'

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A+ Beauty Products

Tomorrow starts the first day back at my tutoring job, which means helping students with tons of math homework! With grades on my mind, I compiled a list of my Top 10 favorite beauty products that earn an A+ in my book.

1. Beauty Blender: The best tool I've ever used for achieving flawless foundation and concealer. Read my review here, and get an extra Beauty Blender tip here.

2. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation: A silky smooth, natural looking foundation that photographs beautifully and feels invisible. Read my review here.

3. Mac Pro-Longwear Concealer: The best concealer I've found for my stubborn dark under eye circles. I guess that's what you get when you're Italian :)

4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders: These powders make you look like you're glowing from the inside out and are the perfect setting/finishing powders for any foundation. My favorites are Ethereal, Dim and Diffused.

5. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner: The steadiest and most fool-proof liquid liner I've ever tried. Super long lasting, it took me a year to finish one up!

6. Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow: The shade 'Himalia' is described as a 'shimmering topaz' and is my favorite everyday shadow. They can be applied damp or dry with stunning results.

7. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz: Whether you are looking for natural brows or bold ones, this pencil lets you control every stroke.

8. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick: These lipsticks are addicting, they are literally Jolly Ranchers for your lips. My most worn colors are #12 Coral Incandescent, #14 Coral In Touch, and #5 Fuchsia in Excess. My favorite natural pink is #8 Pink In Confidence.

9. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask: The most hydrating and non-sticky balm of all time. It also looks beautiful over lip-stains or lipsticks and can be used as an over-night treatment.

10. Caudalie Beauty Elixir: Elegance in a spray bottle, this mist makes you feel hydrated and refreshed and it's decadent mix of herbal scents makes you feel like royalty. Read my review here.


What products earn an A+ for you?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Simple Waterproof Makeup

I used all water & sweat-proof makeup items to create this soft look. Even though it's freezing outside, I know some of you will be going away to warm and tropical destinations for a winter getaway, so here is a list of a few of my favorite tried-and-true waterproof items that will keep you looking fresh and natural!

Make Up or Ever Face & Body Foundation
Benefit Stay Don't Stray as concealer and eye primer
Becca Beach Tint in 'Guava' for lips and cheeks
Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic in S-60 for eyeshadow
Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow 
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

What are your favorite waterproof products?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Years Eve Eyes

Here is a quick rundown of products to create this fun eye, perfect for New Year's Eve!

Urban Decay Electric Palette (shades: Fringe, Chaos, Jilted, Urban)
Stila Magnificent Metals in 'Pixie Dust'
Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner #14
Sephora Glitter Liner & Mascara in 'Sassy Silver'

Have a happy and safe New Year's everyone!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Jillian & Julian's Glam Wedding

Jillian and I met while she was photographing a wedding that I was the makeup artist for. That's right, she's a photographer too! She and Julian are high-school sweethearts and their love for each other couldn't be any more clear. We went for a sculpted eye to compliment her stunning princess style dress, and flushed her cheeks and lips with color. Scroll to the end of the post for a list of all the products used! Visit Jillian's photography site here.

Mac 'Painterly' Paintpot & Smashbox 24 Hour Primer
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette (matte shades to sculpt crease)
Naked Palette (Virgin, Sin, Naked, Buck)
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
Ardell Demi-Wispie Lashes
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pencil in 'Dark Brown'

Becca Resurfacing Primer
Illamasqua Skinbase Foundation #6.5
Graftobian Peach & Yellow Correctors
Mac Pro-Longwear Concealer
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders
Nars Blush in 'Deep Throat'
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette
Laura Mercier Baked Radiance Highlighter in 'Highlight 01'
Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

Palladio Herbal Lipliner in 'Naked'
Mac Lipstick in 'Craving'
Laura Mercier Lipgloss in 'Sparkling'


View more of Jillian & Julian's beautiful wedding gallery here, and make sure to watch their touching wedding video by Everett Freeman Visual Productions.

Hair was styled by the talented Brittany George of Upstyle Beauty, see the beautiful post she did on Jillian & Julian's wedding here.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Matte Red Lips for a Classic Christmas

This is my 'Classic Christmas' look for 2014. It looks good on everyone and is very simple and easy to create. The biggest difference from last year's Christmas look is the matte lips and more defined crease. Take a look at both and see which style you prefer!
classic christmas makeup

1. Prime the lids to prevent creasing and ensure long-lasting color application, I used my Mac paintpot in 'Painterly'.
2. Apply an off-white shadow over the entire lid all the way up to the browbone and on the inner third of the lower lashline.
3. Blend a light & medium brown shadow into the crease for definition.
4. Press a gold shadow onto the lid being careful not to mix it with the crease colors.
5. With a thin brush, darken the crease with a deep brown, creating a softer version of a cut crease.
6. Press a white, reflective glitter onto the center on the lid, I used Stila Magnificent Metals in 'Pixie Dust'. This was limited edition at Sephora, but you can still find it at Ulta.
7. Create a simple wing along your top lashline with black liquid liner and add mascara, I used my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in 'Trooper'.
8. Line the outer edge of the waterline and lower lashline with a black pencil and blend it out with brown eyeshadow.
9. Finish the look by filling in the brows, I used my Anastasia Brow Powder in 'Medium Brown'.

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow
Concealer: Mac Pro-Longwear
Powder: Hourglass Ambient Powders in 'Ethereal' & 'Dim'
Blush: Nars 'Goulue'
Bronzer: Nars 'Laguna'
Highlight: Laura Mercier 'Highlight 01'

Lipliner: Illamasqua Medium Pencil in 'Severe' 
Lipstick: Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in 'Outlaw' 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Emerald-Green & Black-Gold Cat Eyes

green smokey eye

I created this wintery look for one of my recent art openings, I wanted it to feel festive yet dark and go along with the style of the two photographs that I had hanging. I also wanted to wear these amazing hand-crafted skeleton finger earrings, so I picked rich colors that would go along with the tones in the metal. I have been really liking this smoky 'cat-eye' shadow shape, keeping the dark colors only on the outer edges really elongates the eyes.
green smoky eye

1. Prime the eyes to ensure longwearing, creaseproof shadow application, I used my Mac paintpot in 'Painterly'.
2. Carve out the crease of the eye with warm brown tones, I used two Bobbi Brown shadows in 'Toast' and 'Taupe'.
3. Smudge a green/brown cream shadow onto the outer edge of the eyes to create an intense base, I used Laura Mercier's Caviar Stick in 'Khaki', and then topped it with her Baked Eye Colour in 'Black Karat'.
4. With a damp brush, for a more intense color, pat Laura Mercier's Baked Eye Colour in 'Emerald' onto the center and outer portion of the lid.
5. Highlight the inner third of the eye with a light iridescent shadow, I used my Make Up For Ever Star Powder in #940.
6. Highlight the browbone with a matte cream color to break up the dark shades.
7. Add a black cat-eye with liquid liner and top with mascara, I used my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in 'Trooper'.
8. Blend the same two warm brown shadows from Step 2 along the outer edge of the under eye, and highlight the lower inner corners with the same shadow in Step 5.
9. Finish the look by filling in the brows, I used my Anastasia Brow Powder in 'Medium Brown'.

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow
Concealer: Mac Pro-Longwear
Powder: Hourglass Ambient Powders in 'Ethereal' and 'Dim'
Bronzer: Nars 'Laguna'
Blush: Nars 'Goulue'
Highlight: Laura Mercier 'Highlight 01'

Lipgloss: Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss in 'Praline Paradise'


I met the artist of these earrings, Wendy Yothers, in 2010 at Peters Valley Craft Center and immediately fell in love with her work. It is mysterious, dark and whimsical and draws from the realm of fairytales. I love unique jewelry and anything that has to do with skeletons, so when I saw a photo of these earrings in her presentation I knew they had to be mine. I had been talking to her assistant Preston, and he told me that another pair was going to be cast that night for the auction in the morning. The students of the photography class I was assisting ended up purchasing them for me as a thank-you gift and they have been my favorite earrings ever since!

"The teapots (below) were designed to illustrate a Russian Fairy tale about Babba Yagga--a terrible witch who dwelt in the forest in a house on chicken legs. Instead of a black cat as a familiar, she had an animated skeleton to do her bidding. The pots are her's for brewing light and dark spells. The glass shapes were designed by me and blown by George Kennard at the Corning Museum of Glass. I learned to engrave glass there, my mentors are Juri Harcuba and the wonderful Max Ehrlacher. The engraving on the dark pot is cameo engraving with diamond wheels.  The engraving on the transparent piece I designed to resemble the steam rising from a hot cup of tea--and the figures one can imagine in the steam as it rises."

"These knives have sterling bolsters that are cast and chased, the blades are handmade Damascus, and the handles are hand carved white tail deer antler."

Images and text taken from 'The Society of American Silversmith's Member News'

Check out this great interview with Wendy in 'Hue Magazine' as she talks about her work and process.

Ms. Yothers ran Tiffany's silversmithing and award design department for a number of years and has been a long-time teacher at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, as well as teaching in Hawaii, and given numerous workshops throughout the United States.

These were my two self portraits from the show opening, so you can see why I wanted my makeup for the event to stay in the same dark-ethereal style. Being a photographer and artist myself, I enjoy featuring the works of other fine crafters and artisans. I was thinking of starting a new mini-series on my blog about these makers and their work & process, as many of my creative makeup looks are heavily influenced by art. Would anyone be interested in a series like that?