Saturday, March 28, 2009

School House Day Dream

I worked on a photo shoot a few weeks ago with another one of my favorite photographers, Kyla Hemmelgarn

The theme for the shoot was very day dream like, whimisical, soft and pretty. We shot on location at a 50 old school house in the middle of nowhere. Our model, Snejina was beautiful and had the body of a dancer which fit the theme perfectly.

I kept the makeup very soft and simples, to keep the focus on the models natural beauty rather than covering it up - less is more...remember.

Check out some of the pics from our shoot below.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Mama Burger, Popa Burger, Uncle Burger

I've never craved a family of burgers as much as I did the other day at my A&W photo shoot.

I was on set at A & W for a few hours the other day doing makeup for their promo ads but they did not shut down the restaurant while we were shooting. They kept the restaurant open and all I saw was burgers, and fries and chubby chicken for hours. I've never wanted to pig out on burgers and fries so much in my life.

Needless to say, I left the shoot with a huge belly and the smell of grease all over me....lovely.

My Beauty Shoot

A couple weeks ago, I was set to do makeup for a beauty photo shoot with one of my favorite photographers, Tiffany Alonzo

After waiting about an hour, the model for the shoot had still not arrived. We tried calling her, texting her...but no answer. It was my first "model no show" In the modeling industry, a professional model not showing up for a shoot is one of the worst things.

Anyways, we were all so disappointed because everything was ready to go - hair, makeup, studio, photographer - and it was all going to go to waste because of the missing model.

Then, the photographer had the crazy idea of using ME as the model!!! Yeah I know!! Crazy! I refused to do it....i can not take a decent pictur to save my life. Well, the photographer would not take no for an answer so she forced me to do it.

I have to admit the end result looks awesome. I'm super happy with it and I'd thought I would share it with you guys.

So here's my first attempt at being a super model....NOT!

Tara Lett - AiAi (Let's Go) Music Video

I had the pleasure of working with up and coming artist Tara Lett on her new music video AiAi (Let's Go). The video was shot over 3 days with lots of makeup, hair, wardrobe and set changes. The song was so catchy everyone was singing it during the entire shoot. Tara had awesome dancers on set and everyone had a great time working on the video.

I did about 6 different makeup looks. My favorite is the golds. Check out Tara's music video below and all her different makeup looks. To hear more of Tara's music, check out her myspace page

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Makeup Tutorial for Small Eyes

This video is a look specifically for small eyes. If you have small eyes or small eye space (space between your lid and your eyebrows)you need to adjust your eye shadow application to suit your eye shape. Tbe best way to do this is to focus most of your eye shadow along your lashline rather than on your lid.

Products Used

Makeup Forever Contouring Palette
Mac Bronzer in Golden
Mac Blush in Melba

Mac Patina e/s
Mac Brown Down e/s
Mac Carbon e/s
Mac liner in Smolder
Mac Lingering Eyebrow pencil

Mac Gingeroot lipliner
Mac Wildly lush plushglass
Mac Pretty plush lipglass

Friday, March 20, 2009

Brown Eyed Girl

Brown eyes are the easiest eye color to work with. Any eyeshadow color will work with Brown eyes....blues, greens, pinks....anything!

So if you have brown eyes, consider yourself an blank canvas and expirement and explore with as many colors as you can.

Here's a quick sample of a look you can do using eyeshadows in Greens & Browns.

Mac Blush in Melba
Mac cream shimmer in Pearl

Mac Brule e/s
Mac Shroom e/s
Mac Juxt e/s
Mac Humid e/s
Mac Soft Brown e/s
Mac Texture e/s
Mac Espresso e/s
Mac Brun e/s
Mac Teddy Eye liner
Smashbox Jet Set Liner

Smashbox Elegant l/s
Smashbox Afterglow lipgloss

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Alexis Bledel

The look I'm doing today is a look inspired by a picture I saw of actress Alexis Bledel. You guys might now her as Rory from the Gilmore Girls and she was also in the movie Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Well I saw this picture of her and I thought she looked beautiful so I wanted to try it out.
Alexis's best feature is her eyes and she plays them up in this look but in a simple way. She used very little eye shadow on her eyes and instead focused on thickening her lashline with liner and false lashes. That made her gorgeous blue eyes pop out. She kept her skin fresh and natural. You can see all her freckles (which I love). To get a sheer foundation application like this, you can use either a tinted moisturizer or a very light foundation or you can even just use concealer on problem areas and thats it. By letting your natural skin shine through, its makes your look young, fresh and beautiful.
She used bronzer on her cheeks and shimmer on her face to make her skin glow.
For her eyebrows, she just brushed them clean without filling them in.
Her lips are a gorgeous fushia pink which complement her eyes beautifully.

Checkout my version of this look below:

Makeup Forever Face and Body Foundation
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer
Mac Golden Bronzer
Mac Enough Said Blush
Mac Pearl cream shimmer

Mac Dazzelight e/s
Mac Wedge e/s
Mac Feline khol liner
Mac Carbon e/s
Quo false lashes #806

Mac Magenta Lip liner
Mac Show Orchid lip stick

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sexy Smokey Eyes using purples

I had a request to do a video on the makeup used on Angelina Jolie in the movie Wanted.

It's a sexy smokey eye using different shades of purples. This is a great look for going out if you want something a little bit more dramatic.

The goods used:

Mac Blush in Gleeful and Danity

Mac Brule e/s
Mac Shale e/s
Mac Star Violet e/s
Mac Nocturnelle e/s
Mac Sketch e/s
Mac Beauty Marked e/s
Mac Carbon e/s
Mac Khol liner in Feline
Quo False Lashes

Mac Underage lipgloss

This look is also in response of another request for a bridesmaid look with plum bridesmaid dresses. These colors look great with plum.

Under Eye Circles

One of the most common questions I get asked about is "How to cover Under Eye circles?"
Under eye circles are very common. They can make you look tired and worn out so covering them is an important part of your makeup look.
The best way to cover under eye circles is with Concealer. Concealer is thicker than foundation so provides more coverage. A good concealer will have hints of orange in it to offset the blueish tone that's commonly found by the skin under the eyes.
Concealer is the main product to use but if you really want full coverage under your eyes, there are a few extra steps to take.

1. Eye cream - use an eye cream under your eye to prep the eye area. Look for one that reduces fine lines and puffiness.

2. Foundation - when you apply your foundation application on your face, also brush a slight bit foundation under your eyes.

3. Concealer - Use a medium to full coverage concealer, starting from your inner corner and blend out. Look for a concealer that is creamy and easy to blend.

4. Powder - lightly apply powder under your eyes to set in the concealer.

Follow these steps and your under eye circles will disappear!

Some of my favorite Concealers:

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

Makeup Forever Lift Concealer

Benefit Bo-ing Concealer

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Requested Prom Look

I had a request to do the makeup look the model has in this picture. The subscriber that made the request will be wearing this dress for her prom and she wanted to recreate this makeup look. Click on the image to see a bigger version of it.
So I took a shot at it.

Here are the products I used

Mac Enough Said Blush

Mac Cork e/s
Mac Soft Brown e/s
Mac Texture e/s
Mac Teddy eye liner
Mac Cork e/s
Mac Smolder Khol liner
Mac Carbon e/s
Mac Mulch e/s
Mac Brule e/s
Ardell Fashion Lashes
Makeup Forever White eye liner

Mac Subculture lip liner
Mac C-thru lipgloss

Dermalogica Skin Care Line

I've started using a new skin care line that I'm in love with so I thought I'd share with you guys.

Dermalogica Skin Care products
Dermalogica is a skin care line based out of Los Angeles. The line was started in 1986 by Skin Therapist Jane Wurwand. Jane started the line because she felt there was nothing on the market at that time that focused on "skin health" rather than "beauty".
Her vision was to create a product line free of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts, that would improve skin health, and were only available from qualified skin therapy professionals. That's how Dermalogica became to be.

All Dermalogica products are manufactured in the USA and they have never taken part in animal testing.

When it comes to frilly advertising or fancy packaging, Dermalogica could care less. They are all about the product and that's it.

Their product line caters to all different skin concerns like Oiliness, Acne/Breakouts, Signs of Skin Aging, Uneven skin tone, Sensitivity/Redness or Dryness/Dehydration. Your bound to find the right skin products for yourself.

I'm currently using the Derma Clay Cleanser which feels so nice and creamy on your face. I'm also using the Multi-Active Toner and the Oil Control Lotion.
I'm very happy with this product so far and my skin looks great!

To find out more about Dermalogica check out their website at

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Angelina Jolie Oscar Look

I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaack!

Things have been super crazy with work and my birthday this last week that I haven't had much time to write or make any video tutorials. But I'm back and I thought I'd start with one of my favorite looks.

Angelina Jolie looked amazing at the Oscars this year. Her makeup was sublte but very pretty and sexy. Her skin was radiant and she accentuated all her features flawlessly.

The main aspect of this look is defining the eyes with liner and lashes. She used very little shadow on her lids, just enough to create some definition.

Her skin is very dewy so to achieve this I mixed a mineralize foundation with a dewy foundation and used very little powder.

Her eyebrows are well defined and her lips are kept nude with touch of gloss.

Here's my version of this look. Enjoy!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Eye Primers

What is eye Primer? Why should you use it? And how do you use it?

Eye primer is a base applied on your eyes before any eyeshadow, eye liner, or any other eye product. Apply an eye primer will help reduce the chances of your eyeshadow creasing or running throughout the day.

Natural oils from your skin can start to build up as the day progresses and the oil will start to mix with your makeup. By applying an eye primer, it will be the barrier between the oil in your skin and your eye makeup. It will prevent oils from breaking the makeup down which is what causes your eyeshadow to crease and run.

Eye primers should be applied both on your upper lid and lower lashline. I do not recommend using your face primer on your eyes because it's not tested for the eye area.

My number # choice for eye primer is Urban Decay Primer Potion.