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, and check out their adorable bra's & panties page.

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. 


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

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.

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' 

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' 


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?

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?

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?
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?

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?

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?

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?