Monday, January 16, 2017

Sultry Valentine's Day Makeup with 'Adore Me' Lingerie


Valentines Day is less than a month away, and nothing makes me feel sexier than some pretty makeup and romantic lingerie! Being a huge fan of silky, satiny, lacy things, I was super excited when Adore Me reached out about a collaboration. I created this sultry makeup that is perfect for Valentine's Day and goes beautifully with five of my favorite Adore Me intimate styles. Make sure to take their fun quiz to find your perfect style and get custom curated selections.

L to R: Courtney set, Daphne, Uniqula set, Brenna set




Adore Me also has a vast collection curated specifically for Valentines Day, so give it a peek here if you are on the hunt for something exceptionally sweet or spicy. 

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My Top Five Picks

The Rory
I love the mesh detailing of this set, it's sexy without being super revealing, and the halter neckline is trendy and flattering. It lacks underwire which will make it super comfy to lounge in, but it's lightly padded for a streamlined look. I would also wear it as crop top under a pair of loose overalls.

The Harriet
Balconette styles have always been one of my personal favorites, and this design is a cut above the rest with beautiful scalloped panels and a delicate push-up silhouette. The delicate double straps and stitch-work ooze femininity.


The Noreh
I immediately fell in love with the rich, sultry colors of this set; the purples and burgundies made me want to curl up in a warm, fuzzy blanket to escape the winter chill. I love the how the bra's long-lined silhouette is a nod to vintage glamour, while the cut of the panties keep it modern.


The Cate
The criss-cross design of this set is extremely playful, and the peekaboo cutouts give it an extra dose of flirty-ness. The low neckline and backless nature of this bra makes it perfect to wear under your favorite party dress!


The Alessandra

I love bralettes for their comfort and subdued level of sexiness. The floral detailing of this set just adds to the innocence that the white lace suggests. Being a bit demure and coy never looked so good!




 
 Perfectly Sultry Makeup
 

Eyes
1. Prime the lids to ensure long lasting color and prevent creasing, I used Benefit 'Stay Don't Stray'
2. Blend a pale orange into the crease with a fluffy brush and then deepen it with a darker burnt orange shade. I used Anastasia Beverly Hills 'orange soda' and 'sienna'.
3. Pat a bright red shade onto the lid, I used one from Inglot.
4. Lightly blend a dark purple eye shadow into the outer crease, I used one from Ben Nye.
5. Using a damp brush, pat a rose gold glitter onto the center of the lid. I used Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eyeshadow #50.
6. Draw on a cat winged liner and add mascara, I used a gel liner from Maybelline and slightly smudged the top edges.
7. Define the outer edge of the lower lashline with a berry liner, I used my smudge stick in 'deep burgundy' by Stila.
8. Take any pale shadow to create a brow highlight, effectively adding separation to the eye look.
9. Fill in the brows to complete the look, I used Too Faced BulletProof Brows in 'Universal Brunette' and Make Up For Ever Brow Seal clear gel.

Face
Moisturizer/Primer: Sonia Roselli's Waterbalm (this stuff is amazing!)
Foundation: Koh Gen Do Aqua + Make Up For Ever Face & Body
Powder: Kett Set & Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in 'Diffused'
Blush: Nars 'Goulue'
Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil
Highlight: Laura Mercier Baked #01 + Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector 'Pearl' 

Lips
Liner: Palladio Herbal Lip Liner in 'Nearly Nude'
Lipstick: Mac 'Modesty' + "Creamcup' + 'Angel'
Gloss: Laura Mercier in 'Sparkling'

Make sure to check out Adore Me on instagram, and visit their website to take a quiz that will reveal your perfect lingerie style!



What is your favorite style for Valentine's Day?



Monday, January 9, 2017

Lissete & Derek's Wedding



Lissete was a super fun bride to work with because she was filled with such charisma and joy. She requested a gold eye with lightly smoked edges and minimal bottom liner. I paired her eyes with a smooth, flawless skin application and a soft, nude-pink lip. Scroll to the bottom of the post to see all of the makeup product's used for Lisette's big day!










Bride's Makeup Details

 Mac painterly paintpot
Stila Eyes Are The Window 'Spirit' palette
Too Faced gold eye shadow
Smashbox black gel liner
Rimmel nude liner (waterline)
Ardell demi wispy false lashes


Sonia Roselli Waterbalm Moisturizer
Becca Resurfacing Primer
Illamasqua Skinbase foundation
Temptu s/b airbrush foundation
Mac Pro-Longwear concealer
Kett setting powder
Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders (Diffused & Dim)
 Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer
Nars Deep Throat blush
Laura Mercier Baked Highlight #01


Palladio Herbal Lip Liner in 'Nearly Nude'
Mac 'Modesty' & 'Creamcup' lipstick
Laura Mercier lipgloss in 'Sparkling' 


Vendors

Reception & Cermony: The Waterview
Dress: Sottero and Midgley 
Hair Artist: A Touch of Color
Makeup Artist: Nicole Cudzilo
Florist: Flowers By Danielle
Cinema: MV Film Productions
DJ + Uplighting: Josh Lidsky – Mr. Music Man
Caterer: The Waterview
Photography: Hubert & Alka
 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Professional Makeup Artist Interview - Jennifer Toy


Jennifer Toy of JT Artistry is a makeup artist based out of San Francisco, California. She has a beautiful soft-glam style that she has graced many brides and models with. Some of her clients include Sony, Microsoft, Farmers Insurance, Sandisk, PG&E, and she has also worked with photographers and talent from Disney, Vogue, Atlantic Records, and the Golden State Warriors among others. I discovered Jennifer's work on instagram, and it is my great pleasure to share it with you now!


Q: How long have you been a working professional and how did you get started in your career?

A: 
I have been a professional makeup artist for about 8 years. I started my makeup career with MAC Cosmetics as their go-to artist for special events. After 3 years with MAC, I decided to go freelance. I haven’t looked back since!
 



Q: When did you know that you wanted to be a makeup artist?
A: 

It all started when I was in school getting my bachelor’s degree in Business. I loved beauty blogs and watching beauty videos on Youtube. All my friends knew me as makeup obsessed! It wasn’t until I was booked for my first small wedding during college that I fell in love with the makeup process. Seeing how confident and beautiful these women felt was priceless! 

Q: What do you love most about makeup and about your job?


A: I love meeting people from all walks of life, like successful girl-bosses to teenage prom queens. It’s always fun meeting new people and hearing their stories. What other job unites people all in the name of makeup?
 


Q: What is your signature makeup style and what trends/looks have you been loving?
A: 
My signature makeup style would be classy-glam. Think J Lo meets Beyonce. It’s timeless and looks amazing on everyone! I have been a huge fan of bold lips and soft eyes with minimum liner and lots of lashes!

Q: What are some of your go to, must have, all time favorite kit products?


A: Brow pencil is my secret weapon. It not only helps you shape beautiful brows but can be doubled as a liner. I use Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencil. I love multi-purpose products! Concealer is another product that is perfect for a quick makeover. My favorite is MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. I use it to prime lids as well as blur imperfections on the skin.



Q: What products have you recently discovered and can’t live without?

A: 
One of my newest obsessions is the Tarte 'Tarlette In Bloom Palette'. It has the best neutral shades for all skin tones. It’s basically all you need for any eye shadow look. I also love the IT Cosmetics 'CC Cream' for a natural coverage with a dewy finish.

Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from?


A: I get my inspiration from my friends. I am constantly learning from the people around me. I imagine beautiful makeup looks to go with different outfits. 


Q: Who are some people that have inspired or influenced you throughout your career?

A: 
I have always been inspired by beauty gurus from Youtube and blogs. I started off with beauty blogging and have formed such a close bond with so many people, some of which are still my friends to this day.

Q: What is your most important piece of beauty advice and/or makeup tip for women?


A: Try something new. If you don’t like it, wipe it off! It’s makeup, not plastic surgery. Be open minded and don’t hate something you don’t know.




Q: What is your most important piece of advice for aspiring professionals?


A: Practice, practice, practice. There is no handbook for becoming a successful artist. You need to feel confident in your craft and be versatile in all faces. Speed comes in handy when working with celebrity clients or huge bridal parties. However, don’t compromise quality for speed.

Q: What is one thing you wish you had known starting out?

A: 
I wish I knew that my makeup journey would be like a roller coaster. There were times when I wanted to give up and then there were times where I was high on life. At the end of the day, I knew I was destined to do this.



Q: If you weren’t a makeup artist what would you be doing instead?


A: I would want to create customized palettes for every kind of woman and man. It would include everything you could ever need in one palette: skin, eyes, lips, lashes, brows. How cool would that be?


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Long Lasting Wedding Makeup

I just want to start off this post by saying that these photos were taken after 10 hours of wear with no touch-ups except for the lips. TEN HOURS!!! If that blows your mind (I was shocked too) then read on to find out my favorite products to maximize the longevity of any makeup.
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Wedding makeup comprises most of my business, so it is something that I am always experimenting with to be able to achieve as much perfection as possible! It is important to me that the makeup looks smooth and natural in person while still translating well in photographs. It needs to last through the day into the night and be sweat proof, cry proof and smudge proof while still being comfortable to wear. I recently visited Alcone in NYC and picked up a few items to test out, and when I combined them with my existing bridal routine I was astounded!


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Bullet-Proof Makeup Buys:
Sonia Roselli SexApeel 
Skin prep is so important to achieve great makeup results. You will literally be able to see the dead, dry skin wipe off your face with this peel, thereby allowing the makeup to adhere to healthy, fresh skin. It is easy enough to do before any makeup application on yourself or a client, and it won't irritate your skin!

Sonia Roselli Waterbalm
This product has irrevocably changed my makeup life personally and professionally! It is a moisturizer, serum, eye cream and primer all in one (yes for real) and it hydrates even the most parched of skins without making you greasy or slick. It creates such a smooth canvas for makeup and it plays nice under every foundation (silicone & water base) that I've tried.

Makeup International SuperMatte Anti Shine
This little guy is worth his weight in gold because I feel like it almost physically prevents sweat and oil from forming on the surface of the skin! That may sound a little intense, but for bridal makeup it's exactly what you need. Just smooth a tiny bit over the t-zone and wait for it to dry before applying foundation.

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation
I've been using this foundation since the summer time and it is dreamy! It's smoothing and hydrating and seriously long-lasting. The coverage is around medium with a very lightweight feel. It blends out perfectly has has a good range of undertones for fair skin but unfortunately lacks colors for medium to deep skin. I normally have issues with foundations rubbing off of my nose and mouth area (I always need a tissue) but this one stays put without clogging my pores!

Kryolan Dermacolor Concealer
Dermacolor concealer is and oldie but a goodie, offering amazing pigmentation and coverage plus long lasting performance. It's wonderful for covering blemishes, hyper-pigmentation, tattoos and can easily be used under the eyes with a light hand. It comes in individual pans, mini palettes and large palettes with a plethora of shades and undertones to choose from. Kryolan has been around since 1945 and is not going anywhere, so check out their brand if you're a newbie! 

Kett Sett Loose Powder
Kett loose powder is another workhorse. It is talc based and creates a smooth, budge-proof finish. Use a puff to press & roll the powder into the skin for the longest lasting result. But be wary, you only need to use a small amount or you will end up with an unattractive white haze across your visage.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder 
This powder is an old favorite and I love it for setting my under-eyes because of its smoothing properties. I use the shades 'Ethereal' or 'Diffused' because they are wonderful for brightening and they keep the concealer set without looking heavy.

Blue Marble Sealer
I've tried numerous setting sprays, Urban Decay, Make Up For Ever, Skindinavia, you name it. They helped but none of them were ever 'perfect'. Enter this gem, it creates a 'film-forming' barrier to lock the makeup in place and prevent humidity, sweat and tears from taking their toll. I will be repurchasing this spray again and again because it is bulletproof; Ben Nye Final Seal is the only other setting spray that has come close.

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Other Makeup Details:

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in 'Himalia'
Kiss False Eyelashes in 'Demi Wispies'
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in 'Medium Brown'
Make Up For Ever Brow Seal
Laura Mercier Baked Highlight in #01
Smashbox blush (discontinued)
Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer
Palladio Lip Liner in 'Raspberry'
Mac Lipstick in 'Angel'
Dior Lip Glow in 'Pink'


Friday, October 21, 2016

Kate & Tim's Autumn Wedding


Kate and Tim got married on a beautiful October day alongside a lake near her family's home. She loves gold so she asked me to create a soft, metallic, diffused eye. I used lots of warm browns and burnt siennas to give her a fall glow.

In combination with her bridesmaids gorgeous scarlet gowns and the stunning fall foliage of north-western Connecticut, I'd say Kate had a autumn wedding that could go down in the history books! All makeup and vendor details are listed at the bottom of the post.





Makeup Details
Sonia Roselli Waterbalm Skin Prep
Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders in 'Diffused' & 'Dim'
Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer
Nars 'Goulue' Blush
Jour Cream Highlighters in 'Camellia, Champagne & Tiare'
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in 'Pearl'
Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo #1
Too Faced gold eyeshadow for lid color
Anastasia shadows in 'orange soda' & 'sienna' for the crease colors
Nars eyeliner in 'Via De'Martelli' (chocolate brown color)
Sephora Brow Pencil in 'Honey Blonde' & 'Nutmeg Brown'
Ardell individual flare lashes
 

Vendors
Flowers: Sweethaven Farm


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Professional Makeup Artist Interview - Erin Infantino

Erin Infantino is the amazing lead makeup artist and bridal beauty specialist who runs Simply Gorgeous by Erin, a salon/studio in Southington, Connecticut. Erin runs one of the most prolific wedding teams in CT, and she and her artist offer on-location and in-salon services to suit any beauty need. I met Erin early on in my career when I was still working in retail artistry. I'd followed her work via social media and was happy to see that she was as warm and friendly in person as she had appeared online. Read on to learn about some of her favorite products and get advice on all things beauty, whether you're an aspiring professional or a makeup aficionado.



Q: How long have you been a working professional and how did you get started in your career? 
A: I have had 9 lives like a cat in this business. It started as a spark when I used to model. Most gigs we did our own makeup as many newbie models do. I didn't care for modeling but I loved the makeup and fashion. I helped other models do their makeup. I began working on various makeup counters, managing makeup brands (Chanel being my favorite to manage) and freelanced (from Bobbi Brown to MAC to Laura Mercier and many others). 

I received my degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing but fell into the beauty departments. After doing years of retail and then starting my own freelance business I decided to move to go back to school for law. While working in corporate legal I still did makeup on the weekends. After realizing my heart was not in legal I began to make calculated moves to get out of corporate and into makeup full time again but in more of the freelance arena. I worked 49 hours a week in legal, subcontracted for a traveling hair and makeup team specializing in bridal and went to school at night for aesthetics. I went many months without a single day off and often ones working doubles. I don't recommend this if you want to stay sane. But I had a goal and when I focus on something - good luck trying to stop me! 

I finally left corporate legal and worked 20 hours a week at a Medspa as their aesthetician while I worked every single weekend doing bridal makeup. I partnered up with a hair stylist and after a year ahead of me with full bookings I found out I was pregnant - surprise! So I hired an artist for my first season in 2011 to train, assist and take any weddings I had near my due date to ensure my brides were well taken care of. Since that first season I now have a team of 9 artists and hair stylists and am actually looking to hire 2 more. We do roughly 100+ weddings a year, numerous Boudoirs, glamours, commercial work, makeup lessons, bridal artist and stylist mentoring and more. I also just added Microblading to my list of services and will be offering much more with my team be the end of this year. Makeup will always be my first love.

Q: When did you know that you wanted to be a makeup artist? A: Since I saw Wonder Woman, played with my first Barbie and watched my mom swipe that frosty green eyeshadow across her lids before going out to dinner. I was probably the only 5th grader buying Elle and Harper's Bazzaar magazine.

Q: What do you love most about makeup and about your job? A: The versatility. The creativity runs far and wide; its endless. I love the various personalities I work with daily. I love the challenge of having to constantly evolve. I love helping other aspiring artists and giving advice to them to help them and hope it makes things easier for them than it was for me. I love making a woman feel empowered. I am through and through a girl's girl.


Q: What is your signature makeup style and what trends/looks have you been loving? 
A: My signature style is to emphasize the eyes without them being too over done. I think lashes and brows are your best accessory so I focus on those a lot.
I am really feeling the natural SoCal vibe of makeup right now. Nothing is sexier than what I call "relaxed glamour" which is how I describe my over all style. Skin looks like skin, eyes aren't heavily lined, lips aren't too heavy. It's refreshing to create these looks after the smoky eye having ruled the look for so long. 



Q: What are some of your go to, must have, all time favorite kit products? 
A: This is tough. I have favs for bridal and favs for non-bridal. For bridal I think Temptu Pro SB foundation is awesome. I need to have Eyemimo lashes for all of my work. I adore Bobbi Brown's gel liners for any kind of work. Concealers are RCMA or I adore Cle de Peau. Armani Luminous Silk foundation is stunning on the skin. It doesn't get any better than Kevyn Aucoin's sculpting powder in medium. For brows I love Kevyn Aucoin or Anastasia pencils (brow wiz). Blush - NARS has it down. I have recently started playing with Charlotte Tillbury's products and they do not disappoint. Brushes I am obsessed with Cozzette. They're so soft, stand up to lots of work and apply like a dream. I could go on. 






Q: What products have you recently discovered and can’t live without? 
A: Honestly? Grandelash Mascara; its awesome. It conditions and it makes my lashes look like they did when I was 16. 


Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from? 
A: Most times I am inspired by the client herself. I look at a client and as I am applying makeup something is drawn out of her that makes me really get into it.



Q: Who are some people that have inspired or influenced you throughout your career? 
A: Well I have favorite beauty icons like the original super models of the 90's. Linda Evangelista is my all time favorite. Naomi Campbell, Helena Christiansen, Cindy Crawford and Niki Taylor. As for makeup artists Pat McGrath and Kevyn Aucoin were always idols I gravitated towards. We have a lot of great artists booming right now too. 


Q: What is your most important piece of beauty advice and/or makeup tip for women? 
A: Take amazing care of your skin! Makeup looks a thousand times better on good skin. Take the time to find your perfect foundation formula and shade. Embrace concealer (we all start to need it after the age of 30). Less truly is more. If you're unsure how to apply it, you can practice or take a lesson with a professional. I tell all of my makeup lesson clients that makeup is not a tattoo so go ahead and make mistakes. 




Q: What is your most important piece of advice for aspiring professionals? 
A: Realize you have to start at the bottom of the chain like the rest of us. Find a mentor and ask them questions. Learn all you can about technique and more importantly learn all you can about the etiquette and proper way to network. Your professional relationships are crucial, including with your competition.

Q: What is one thing you wish you had known starting out? 
A: You don't have to choose between working cosmetics in retail or moving to the city to actually have a career. There's so much right in our backyard. It's what we create.

Q: If you weren’t a makeup artist what would you be doing instead? 

A: Beauty Editor, Writer or Cake Designer. 


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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Lavender Glitter Eyes























It's always great when your client let's you do any makeup look of your choice and gives you no rules or restrictions. That is the way I came up with this look for Bethany and I couldn't be happier with it. She was attending a concert and just wanted to look great with a little bit of an edge. I mixed lavenders, greys and blacks and topped the look with fine glitter to make her eyes pop. Keep reading to hear the products and learn how to get the look!

























Eyes
1. Prime the eyes to ensure long lasting, crease-less performance. I used Benefit Stay Don't Stray because it also neutralizes any discoloration.
2. Smudge a taupe or soft grey pencil along the lash-line and blend it up onto the eyelid to serve as a subtle tinted base.
3. Apply a soft lavender shadow to the eyelid and blend it up into the socket. I used a mix of shadows from Jane Iredale and Stila.
4. Smudge a soft black pencil onto the outer third of the eyes and blend it upwards towards the crease.
5. Pat and blend plum/black shadow over the top of the pencil to get rid of any harsh lines.
6. Tap glitter onto the center of the eye using your ring finger; I used Make Up For Ever Diamond Powder #13.
7. Draw a super thin line using a black liquid liner along the top lash-line and add false lashes; I used a long wispie style by Kiss.
8. Blend plum/black and grey shadows together to define the outer portion of the lower lash-line, and use a shimmery champagne to highlight the inner corners.
9. Finish by gently filling in the brows using individual hair-strokes for a natural look, then set with clear brow gel.

Face
Prep: Sonia Roselli's Water Balm (this stuff is heaven-sent)
Foundation: Koh Gen Do Aqua
Concealer: Amazing Cosmetics
Powder: Kett Sett Loose & Hourglass Ambient in 'Diffused'
Blush: Smashbox rose-toned color
Bronzer: Hourglass Ambient in 'Dim'
Highlight: Becca 'Pearl'

Lips
Balm: Fresh 'Sugar Nude'
Gloss: Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss #800

























What is your favorite go-to look for a night out?