Monday, March 9, 2015

Champagne & Bronze - Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadows

My standard eye look is warm neutrals, you all can probably tell by the amount of tutorials that I've done using my Anastasia Lavish Palette, but if you haven't, I've linked them at the bottom. Even though the Lavish Palette was limited edition, you can still purchase the individual colors here.
A few days ago I stopped by the Sephora that I used to work in to see all of the new goodies, and one of my friends applied the prettiest new highlight for me! It is the Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo in Pink/Beige, and it's stunning! I'd seen it in photos but I hadn't realized how pearlescent and shimmery it was, with reflects of pinks, silvers and blues. There is also a goldish one for darker skin tones, so I'd highly recommend going to take a peek!

Anastasia Eyeshadows

Anastasia Lavish Palette

1. Prime the eyes to prevent creasing and ensure long lasting and intense color payoff, I used my Urban Decay Primer Potion.
2. Shade the crease to add definition, I used 'orange soda' along the entire length and 'sienna' on the inner and out edges to darken.
3. On the center of the lid, I added some pencil strokes with my Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in 'pink opal' and topped it with Make Up For Ever Star Powder in #940.
4. Re-darken the outer edge with a mix of 'sienna' and brown shimmery color called 'rum cake'.
5. In the middle of the crease where the eye curves the most, add a cranberry shade for dimension, I used 'pink sapphire' from the Lavish Palette.
6. Add winged liner and mascara, I used my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in 'Trooper'.
7. On a pencil brush, take a tiny bit of black shadow and deepen the outer-most edge of the crease, I used 'black diamond' from the Lavish Palette.
8. For the lower lashline I used a mix of 'orange soda' and 'sienna' and then added black liner on the outer two thirds, and brightening the inner corners with the same Laura Mercier pencil.
9. Finish the look by filling in the brows, I used my Too Faced BulletProof Brows in 'Brunette' and my Anastasia Brow Gel in 'Caramel'.

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow
Concealer: Benefit Stay Don't Stray & MAC Pro-Longwear
Powder: Hourglass Ambient in 'Dim' and 'Ethereal'
Blush: Nars in 'Goulue'
Bronzer: NYC in 'Sunny'
Highlight: Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo in 'Pink/Beige'

Liner: Palladio Herbal Lipliner in 'Nearly Nude'
Lipstick: MAC 'Peach Blossom'

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo Pink Beige

Below are links to other looks I've created with the exact same shadow palette!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Nicole & Chris Wedding

A few months back I had the pleasure of doing wedding makeup for this lovely bride, also named Nicole! She wanted a classic yet defined makeup look to go with her gorgeous dress, so we stuck to matte neutrals for her eyes and shades of rose for her cheeks and lips. Scroll to bottom of the post for the product details! 

I love these shots that Greg and Melissa, of Greg Lewis Photography captured! It's so nice when a wedding photographer is able to catch every single detail of the big day!

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Bride's Makeup Details
Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation
Temptu S/B Foundation (Airbrushed)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders in 'Dim' and 'Incandescent'
Smashbox Blush in 'Carnation' and 'Rosy'
Sephora Lip Pencil in 'Royal Rose'
MAC Lipstick in 'Craving'
Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette & Smashbox Full Exposure Palette
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner
Ardell Demi-Wispies

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.