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My Makeup Inspirations of 2014

Although the constant annoyance of instagram eyebrows and drag cut creases flood beauty social media, I find happiness in following some of my favorite industry makeup artists who really know how to throw down some flawless glam. I thought it was appropriate to post about what inspires me as an artist since I often read timid emails from clients afraid to look overly made up.

My makeup philosophy is that skin should look like skin and enhancing natural features never goes out of trend. Unless there is an editorial shoot that requires heavy duty creative texture, the majority of my work revolves around creating the perfect ‘no makeup-makeup’ skin and varying degrees of glam on eyes and lips.

Here are a few makeup artists that have inspired me this year.

Anthony Nguyen, the king of versatility. This year I have been obsessed with Anthony’s work because he transitions from bare faced raw beauty to ridiculous precision. I can’t get enough of watching his artistry and hope I can run into him somewhere in LA in 2015. I would die for just a quick chat or watching him work for a few minutes.

*Images from @anthonyhnguyenmakeup on Instagram:

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Lisa Eldridge, the master of Chic. The thing I admire about Ms Eldridge is her take on skin. She has such a giant list of high profile clients but isn’t afraid to offer her intimate thoughts on skin care, how to build up a makeup look and at the same time keeps everything very modern. Her personal style and makeup technique is classic, refreshing and totally chic.

*Images from lisaeldridgemakeup on Instagram:

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Pati Dubroff, the makeup icon. Pati Dubroff is so effortless and a true makeup icon; her beauty work is gorgeous, timeless and keeps me so in love with artistry. What I love most about Pati’s energy is that you can tell her passion for makeup by listening to her speak but when you look at her work it’s never overdone, just right on even in her more elaborate makeup images.

*Images from @patidubroff on Instagram:

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Etienne Ortega, the glam specialist. Though serious blending is what makes Etienne’s makeup so flawless it is the attention to detail that I love. There’s something about the way he cleans up the complexion with the perfect balance of softness that has me always excited to see his work. The struggle is crazy making skin look like skin especially with the full coverage makeup looks he creates for red carpet and celebrity so it is absolutely a pair of masterful hands he has.

*Images from @etienneortega on Instagram:

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Gregory Arlt, Makeup Risk Taker. I’ve always loved the artful eye Gregory Arlt has with his makeup but this year he has transformed one of my all time glam inspirations, Gwen Stefani with such beautiful taste. She is of course known for the red lip but she’s really come into some serious makeup moments with Gregory featuring glitter, nude lips and crazy beautiful skin. But seriously, Gwen doesn’t age – Am I right?

*Images from @gregoryarlt on Instagram:

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Friday Motivation

In a rather strange encounter this week I found myself in the middle of a sort of ‘powerful’ group of women in the beauty industry to which I observed an interesting thought process.

Possibly in another universe somewhere it would be normal to have four powerful women standing deep in thought over the bland idea of moving a fixture 15 steps left of its original location or laying a photo flat instead of upright. Why would it be more important to discuss a chair or a photo over the talent in the four walls of the boutique? During the timeframe of this rousing conversation there was a major marathon of smiling clients and one superstar making it happen but alas the productivity was over- shined by a stagnant fixture.

Anyway in a more uplifting notion, I reconnected with one of my favorite people this morning via phone and without saying a word she told me ‘I can tell you are worried about something… You are so very talented in everything you do and that is a gift not many can proclaim.’ She always knows when I need an extra bit of motivation; leave it to retail connections to bring nonsense back to reality!

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Here is my favorite MOTD featuring two lip favorites: Cle De Peau Extra Rich Lipstick + Nars Lipgloss & a new Favorite Combo the new Alexa Chung For Eyeko Eye Do Mascara and Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner LImited Edition now at Sephora! On my face I am wearing Dior Forever Foundation, Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer, Koh Gen Do UV powder, La Femme + Chantecaille blushes, Cargo Cosmetics + Becca Cosmetics Eye shadows and Ardell false lashes.

Don’t let anyone outshine you!

Happy Friday!

Goodbye 2013

December in my eyes was a reminder that I can breathe life I to more projects than I thought was possible because my talent and passion for what I do is greater than what some may see.

20131229-211822.jpg>>> Some of my fave December MOTDs!

Looking into my day, it is a constant from rise to sleep hustle of writing, booking clients, continuing professional relationships with the right people and proving myself over and over and over and over… and over to the same handful of people while gaining more Rochelle believers.  I have dreamed of being a luxury beauty educator for a longgggggg time. I know that in this constantly evolving industry being proficient as a makeup artist or skincare lover is not enough so I have programmed myself to chase this goal by becoming an innovator in the idea of what a beauty expert means.

In 2013 my life has become a multi-channel machine. In real life I have makeup clients searching for my work on social media while international beauty executives read my writing via a link passed on by Public Relations Firms that I have never met in person. The internet brings cross country and international fans following me for up to date articles featuring trending, new and pro makeup finds.

This year, I met innovative brand founder of British brand Illamasqua (more on that in a post coming soon) thanks to a PR contact, surpassed my personal goal of branding my own website with consistent traffic and decided to voice my personal goals to professional contacts in the hope of turning my lifelong dream into a reality. There is always uncertainty and hope that comes with a new year which always makes life interesting, right?

Goodbye 2013. Happy New Year Followers and friends!

Explain to me what you do again?

I have a massive respect for people who think creatively and push boundaries since as I often find it quite exhausting building my growing empire. I’m a writer, makeup artist, ingredient dictionary, skincare lover, blogger, aspiring luxury beauty trainer, media specialist, mommy, wife and I’m branding my name so remember Rochelle Delossantos because my job title hasn’t been invented yet.

Branding myself and skills quite frequently makes life complicated as when meeting others who have a 9-5. Recently in mommy life Tessa has become close with an adorable little girl to whose kind family we’ve been building a connection with via play dates and technology exchanging emails and so forth which has brought up one of those head scratching moments for me. What do you do? What does that mean? So what is your job? Always seems to be a streaming line of questions when I introduce myself to new acquaintances. 

Having been in the professional industry of beauty and media for almost 10 years there is a serious trend toward blurred lines as far as job descriptions. As a writer I’ve developed relationships with so many lovely PR executives, brand owners, product creators and people who I admire in the broad spectrum of other creative minds in the industry.  Writing and posting onto the web is a more complicated process than the average person imagines. It often takes, days, weeks, even months to craft specific ideas into one 150-400 word article. The work of a makeup artist is no longer just a makeup artist but more often a social media strategist, self made marketing expert and serious hustler i.e. the Pixiwoo sisters, Kandee Johnson, Michelle Pham and Lisa Eldridge.

At 26 I feel like I’ve accomplished so much yet am still inching my way to the dream job… well multi-tasking woman of many hats type  of job. Until then, I am Rochelle Delossantos and the list of my job description is never ending but in a nutshell I’m a Beauty Expert. Nice to meet you.

Brush love for 3 kit favorites

Having the right brushes is a major part of a working makeup artist’s kit. The right taper, firmness, and bristles all play a part in what executes the outcome of a perfect blend. Although my kit is filled with many options, of all of my brush arsenal, there are three particular tools that I must reach for each time.

photo credit Rochelle Delossantos
photo credit Rochelle Delossantos
  1. Makeup Up Forever Professional Angled Eyebrow Brush #270: This angled brush is the best for achieving the perfect brows. Even for models with barely there eyebrow hairs, this precise tool creates both sharp and soft stokes that is essential for getting brows on point. Though I primarily use this brush for brows the tightly packed firm bristles are also useful for creating winged eyeliner and for smudging cream eye shadow at the base of the lashes. The small brush head is idea for applying just the right amount of powder, gel or cream.
  2. Dior Beaute Cheek Brush: What can I say about this tool; it’s been in my kit for over six years and it literally does not shed and still feels baby soft no matter how many shampoos it goes through. Recently in the past two years, Dior has changed to a new cheek brush which is beautiful with a matte black stem and fuller bristles but I prefer the feel and application of this one. I use this brush mainly for sculpting the face with bronzer or blush but it can also give an airy finish when used to apply loose or pressed powders.
  3. Japonesque Pro Blush Brush #324: I was so excited when I was sent this brush for review as I’ve always been a Japonesque fan. When using this brush over the last weekend, the common response was that it was incredibly soft. I love to use this for applying loose powder on curved areas including under the eyes, over the nose and on the chin. It distributes powders without looking cakey or heavy and the long stem gives it a luxurious appearance. Since the brush head is tapered and smaller than the Dior brush mentioned above it makes is a gorgeous choice for detailing small areas without applying too much product.