Two of my wonderful brides have been kind enough to send these my way. These are some of the most recent additions to my portfolio. It’s always greatly appreciated when a bride lets me add a few of her photos to help build my portfolio. They look stunning. Thank you Hannah and Meredith!
This Friday, I decided to feature one of my favorite products that you can find at the drugstore. I typically never buy drugstore foundation because I find it extremely difficult to just guess what shade I should buy, hoping it gives me the coverage I want. I love being able to test a shade on my skin before I buy it. A few months ago, I completely ran out of foundation and was unable to run to Nordstrom to get the brand I typically use. I went to the drugstore and picked up this foundation. (My Mom had told me she had used it before and it was really great, so of course I trusted her opinion!) I was reluctant to buy it because I couldn’t try it on and also because it was from the drugstore. I’m not going to lie, I have been known to be somewhat of a foundation snob. I will use mounds of anything else from the drugstore but when it comes to what I’m actually putting on my face, I’ve always been a little skeptical. I have always believed you probably need to pay a little more to get good coverage, good ingredients and something that won’t break you out. You can probably credit that to the fact that I worked around high-end cosmetics for years and this is how I was trained. Trying to get me to convert to a drugstore foundation from my Laura Mercier foundation was kind of like trying to convince a man who drives a Mercedes that he needs to go test drive a Pontiac Aztec. Ok, that was a little drastic. Here is my favorite thing this Friday:
Revlon PhotoReady Foundation, $10 at drugstores
This foundation converted me. Ok, I’ll admit it: Good foundation really can come in small, wrapped up packages, that you can’t open until you get home. This product gives a medium coverage that is also buildable. What I like most about this foundation is that my skin still looks like skin after I apply it. I don’t look shiny, but I also don’t look matte. It blends easily, goes on smoothly and leaves my skin with an enhanced radiance. It has yet to break me out and it looks great in photos. The shade I am currently using is called Natural Beige. Revlon also just came out with a NEW PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse and I cannot wait to try it. Not only is PhotoReady a great product, it’s only $10. This is department store quality at a drugstore price. You can’t beat that!
Have you ever tried PhotoReady? What’s your favorite drugstore foundation?
Instead of using my time wisely this week, when I had a moment of free time, I made a
pit stop two hour trip to Sephora. The good news is that I found my new favorite lip color. It’s my favorite thing this Friday. Here it is:
.NARS Sheer Lipstick in Roman Holiday, $24 at narscosmetics.com
I’m pretty finicky when it comes to lipstick. The best way to describe what I’m looking for is, “natural, light pink with blue undertones, not too pink, but kinda pink, hint of color, somewhat sheer but not too sheer, visible in photos but not overly visible, non-metallic, moisturizing, must feel good on the lips, lipstick.” What, is that too much to ask? Tell that to the cosmetic salesperson and you will forever be labeled as the “crazy lipstick lady” and everyone will run for cover when they see you coming. True story. I worked at a cosmetic counter for years, I know how it goes down. I usually just keep my crazy demands to myself and quietly roam around the store for two hours searching, wandering aimlessly and hoping it falls into my lap. That pretty much never happens, but this time it actually did! I love this color because it meets my seemingly unattainable list & I don’t even know how that’s possible. It feels great on my lips and it’s infused with lip conditioning ingredients and antioxidants that keep my lips feeling nourished. It gives me that little hint of color I was searching for. It also goes with everything. It looks pretty pink in the above photo but it has a buildable coverage, so you can obtain a very sheer coverage to a very pigmented baby pink lip if you keep reapplying. I usually just apply one coat for a more sheer application. Here is what my lips look like after two coats:
.I hope everyone enjoys this color as much as I did. Have a great weekend!
What are you loving this Friday?
When I saw Emma Stone Sunday at the MTV Movie Awards, her makeup caught my eye immediately. In my eyes, the look she’s wearing is the epitome of what summer makeup should look like. Her makeup looks simple except for the pop of color on her lips. Like I have said in my past post, summer makeup should be simple with one focus point. Choose either the eyes or the lips, make them stand out, and the rest should stay simple. With only 4 easy steps, I’m going to show you the products that you can use to recreate this fun, summery look.
First off, her skin isn’t shouting ‘luminous’ to me. Her foundation looks semi-matte. A great foundation to recreate this look would be Laura Mercier Oil Free Suprême Foundation. This foundation gives medium, buildable coverage with a semi-matte finish.
$42 at Sephora.com
She is wearing a very subtle, peachy-pink blush. The perfect blush would be NARS Blush in Sex Appeal. It’s the perfect mix of a soft pink and pale peach. Since she is wearing a coral lip, you want to make sure your blush has a tint of coral or peach in it too.
$28 at Sephora
3. Eye Liner
Emma is wearing a black, sleek liner. Keep your eyeshadow very neutral, almost bare, and put the focus on the liner. A great liner to create this look is MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack. This liner is seriously awesome (I swear) and it’s perfect to recreate this look.
$15 at Nordstrom
And the grand finale…the lips! She is wearing a coral lip that looks like it has a tint of pink to it. The actual lip product she is wearing is Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous. Her makeup artist, Rachel Goodwin, actually confirmed that this is the color she is wearing! When you look at the product it looks like a red-orange shade. I’m sure you can work with the color and achieve the color that best suits you depending upon how much you apply. I love to mix colors, so if this looked a little too orange-ish on myself, I will just add a dab of pink! I will definitely be picking this color up on my next drugstore visit because I’m certain it will be selling out soon.
$7.69 at Target
Voilà! You look like a movie star!
What do you think of this look? Would you wear it?
** UPDATE: **
A pin is going around on Pinterest that says to soak your brushes for 20 minutes in vinegar. I do NOT suggest this. Unfortunately someone pinned this with the wrong information that came from a readers comment on this post. This could potentially damage your brushes. You do not want to use anything besides shampoo that is formulated for makeup brushes. I hope none of you have been misinformed. Please read and follow my method below. This is the best and safest route to clean those brushes of yours! The best of luck and happy cleaning!
Cleaning your makeup brushes is one of the most crucial, yet overlooked, tasks that should be done regularly. Cleaning your brushes is important for multiple reasons. First of all, brushes are an investment. It has taken me years to build up my brush collection and we all know they aren’t cheap. Quality makeup brushes can range in price from $5 to above $50. It’s important to take care of them because they should last you years, maybe even a lifetime if you take care of them properly. Another important reason your brushes need cleaned regularly is because they collect bacteria. If you’re prone to acne this is especially true. If you don’t clean your brushes you are only continuing to spread bad bacteria that can cause breakouts. And finally, if you’re not cleaning your brushes you will not get the optimum results from them. A brush packed full of makeup isn’t going to do the job it was designed to do. Here are the steps to take when cleaning your brushes.
1. Find a makeup brush shampoo. I’m currently using Well-Cared For Brush Conditioning Shampoo by Bare Escentuals. I absolutely love this product because it conditions your bristles and is free of skin-irritants. It also removes every last bit of makeup from your brush. For a budget-friendly option, use a mild baby shampoo such as Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. Next, add a quarter size amount of your shampoo to a cup of lukewarm water and swirl your brush around in the water for a few seconds. Be careful not to submerge the metal part (ferrule) of your brush into the water, which can loosen the glue of the brush.
2. Rinse out your brushes with lukewarm water, squeeze out the excess water, and make sure they are smoothed out into their original form. Lay your brushes on a towel flat to dry overnight.
For some brushes, such as lip and eyeliner brushes, I will also clean them with alcohol and then shampoo them for extra cleanliness. Some people would tell you not to do this, but I like to make sure my brushes are extra clean. If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to shampoo your brushes, another great product to use is Quick Change also by Bare Escentuals. This is a very quick-drying cleansing spray that removes the pigment out of your brushes and sanitizes them. It leaves your brushes smelling great too! If you’re a makeup artist, it’s a great product to use in between clients.
Makeup brushes that are used for personal use should be cleaned every 2 to 4 weeks. Make sure to follow these steps and you’re on your way to clean, better performing brushes that will give you optimum application results. You might even see a difference in your skin too!
Do you clean your makeup brushes regularly?
It’s Friday (woot!) and there’s not a better time to dedicate this post to my favorite product of the week. Here is my fav for this Friday…
.Benefit Cosmetics Blush in Hervana
I was recently given this product to try from one of my best friends who happens to work for Benefit Cosmetics. I don’t get to visit her often, but when I do she usually has a few goodies for me! She told me I would love this product & it would look great with my skin tone. I knew she was right from the moment I saw the colors. I have a naturally pink undertone to my skin, so using a pink blush isn’t flattering on me. This happens to be a cool-toned blush and it has all the right colors to complement my fair to medium skin tone. It consists of four separate shades–Lucky Shell, Heavenly Rose, Divine Peach and Berry Delight. The best way to describe it would be a rose-berry swirl with subtle, light shimmer. This blush works great when I’m at my fairest and even when I have a bit more color than usual. I love that Benefit has included a brush inside the packaging as well. Typically I don’t use the brushes that already come with a product (I tend to prefer my own brushes), but this brush actually works so well that I don’t even have to use my own blush brush. If you’re looking for a subtle blush with a wonderful flush of color, I think you would really enjoy Hervana. You can check it out here. Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
What’s your favorite thing this Friday?
In your wedding photos you want to look classically beautiful. Following the seasons trend might be for some, but for most brides when it comes to wedding photos you want to look timeless. Looking back in 20 years at bright purple eyeshadow or neon lips might make you wish you had chosen more of a classic look rather than living in the moment. Whatever look you choose, my goal is to help make you look picture-perfect on your wedding day. Here is a compilation of some of my favorite bridal looks this season:
Kim Kardashian opted for neutral eyes, luminous skin, muted lip, and wispy lashes.
For a little more color; this is a romantic, whimsical look that incorporates pastels on the lips & eyes.
This look on Keira Knightley looks stunning with gold shadow, black liner, and a nude apricot lip.
This elegant look has smokey liner on top and bottom, bold lashes, peach cheeks, and a pinky-peach lip.
This look focuses on luminous skin with a smokey, neutral eye.
Carrie Underwood’s focus is on the eyes with big bold lashes and a neutral lip.
Emma Stone has a metallic eye with sleek, black liner and a pink lip.
.Which bridal look would you choose?
A trial run is the time where you can pick out colors and describe to your makeup artist the look you envision for your wedding day. It’s a great time to bring pictures of bridal looks you love. It also allows you to see yourself in natural and artificial lighting so you can get a feel of how your makeup will look on the big day. As a makeup artist, I suggest brides do a trial run so that everything can be planned out, therefore going smoothly that day. You won’t be hit with any surprises. The consultation is simply peace of mind. When you book your wedding, a trial run is included. Here are a few pictures of some gorgeous brides during recent trial runs:
I’ve had the pleasure of working with some gorgeous brides this Spring, one of which is a dear friend of mine. The wedding was a beach wedding in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. It was a such a beautiful wedding spent with amazing friends, in such a gorgeous setting. It was an honor to get to do her makeup for her special day. Here is a peek of her wedding & what else I’ve been up to this Spring.
Such a stunning bride.
So beautiful! She was such a pleasure to work with!