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Sweet, Romantic Beauty

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share some recent romantic beauty work!

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Skin prep is everything. This is a shot of some current favorites including Weleda Skincare, Cover FX, Josie Maran & Caudalie. I prefer to use natural or more ‘clean’ beauty primers and skincare as they are not overly pumped up with silicone or irritating fragrances. You know how I feel about my natural, organic and vegan friendly beauty products!

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This bride loved a good shine on the eyes but wanted to look refined, sophisticated and polished for her wedding day. I used Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector across the eye lids, a light wash of Chantecaille blush through the crease to giver her eyes subtle definition and of course a fine strip of eye lashes. The skin is looking gorgeous with a blend of Marula Oil and Mehron’s Celebre Pro Foundation for the perfect balance of comfort.

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I had the pleasure of doing DJ Gina Turner‘s makeup and we were loving a clean makeup look with sleek hair inspired by a couple mutual beauty inspirations. Her hair was prepped with Big Fat Hair Amplifying Mist  and a low heat hair straightener to get her hair looking extra smooth. I finished her hair off with a quick application of Morrocanoil for that healthy high shine. On the eyes I used a few Make Up For Ever matte Artist Eye Shadows, Inglot Gel Eyeliner and a generous coat of L’Oreal Voluminous for the perfect ‘day glam’ eye. On the skin, I mixed RCMA foundation and Gina’s own Mac BB Creme for an ultra sheer look and added YSL Touche Eclat lightly to illuminate the eye contour. Her skin was finished off with a small amount of Graftobian Pro Loose Powder, Make Up Forever Blush, Cover FX Matte Bronzer. On the lips is a Dior Lip Pencil, Dior Addict Lipstick mixed with a touch of Josie Maran Infinity Cream.

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This beauty was attending an engagement party and is a minimal makeup wearer. I mixed Pure Marula Oil with Mehron Celebre HD Foundation to perfect the skin and used a touch of Jane Iredale Mineral powder to softly define the cheeks. On her eyes is Make Up For Ever Eye Shadows and on the lips is Laura Gellar.

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This bride wanted to keep a natural makeup look for her engagement party as she opts for a signature winged eyeliner and low maintenance makeup in her daily life. I used a pair of lashes from Frends Beauty and Inglot Gel Eyeliner with a few warm eye shadows to accentuate her eye shape. On the lips is my new favorite nude lip liner – OCC Makeup ‘Trick’ Lip Pencil and a mix of 3 lipsticks from a custom palette I made. For the bare skin look I used Urban Decay Vitamin B6 Facial mist, Mehron Celebre Foundation and Cover FX Cream Concealer set with Graftobian Pro Loose Setting Powder. I loved the total look and love the traditional clothing paired with this more modern makeup look.

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I wish I had taken a few beauty close ups but here is a photo of my beautiful client on her wedding day with her daughter. The photos she sent me were so amazing – look at this location! I did a glam smokey eye on the bride with sculpted cheek bones and a creamy neutral rose lipstick. I styled her hair with a NUME Reverse Curling wand and set the hair with a generous few sprays of Dry Bar Triple Sec spray. Her daughter’s hair was a bit more bohemian with a braided overlapping half up style and romantic waves for her long, thick hair. Her makeup was pretty minimal as she had a gorgeous baby face so I groomed her brows a bit, gave her a good coat of mascara and liquid liner and added just a wash of color to her cheeks and lips with Becca Beach Tint.

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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Me, a beauty expert?

Christmas eve as we celebrated all the glory of family and blessings, my mom turned to me and mentioned that she read my article on winter lip treatments for examiner.com and went to Costco to buy a stack of Jenna Hipp Pout Polish gift sets to bring to the Philippines. I often forget that the reach of my work is bigger and in this case, closer than I give myself credit. Friends I haven’t seen in years, past coworkers, even old mentors drop hints that they follow me on instagram or read my column religiously. It is such a trip sometimes to realize what type of impact I have on immediate, local and international followers.

This morning, I got an email that summed up my year with surprising stats that my writing has gotten attention from viewers in 101 countries & I thought that’s pretty powerful!

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The many selfies of 2014 @rochelledelossantos, find me on ig!

I suppose with just a limited time left in 2014, it is a good time to reflect. In no other year have a felt more empowered in my identity as a beauty expert. That title used to make me cringe because I hate hate hate when people with no experience jump into the beauty industry offering bad beauty advice and call themselves experts. My life has revolved around inching towards the goal of branding my identity as a well rounded voice in this crazy beauty world and 2014 really made me really LOVE what I do again.

For a bit, I felt lost in the shuffle halfway dedicating myself to my writing and networking and falling deep into crazy land freelancing for a makeup brand that functioned with high levels of chaos. Despite a few dips in the road, my mind is now refreshed and inspired to continue fighting for my dreams. I’ve built my reputation with clients from around the world as a master makeup artist ready to conceptualize any ideas they have of the perfect look. Weddings, photo shoots and teaching personal makeup lessons has made my heart happy this year. So many clients have made me again find confidence that if you do what you love then it is forever fuel for everything else.

My writing is always the heart of my love for beauty. I hit a milestone 300+ articles written for examiner.com and have met some pretty incredible people along the way. I literally am so blessed to work with iconic, innovative, prestigious and of course impressive green beauty brands that support my talents. 2015 is looking pretty bright and I cannot wait to continue developing meaningful relationships with all of the fab PR firms and companies that produce straight up the best in makeup, skincare, hair and beauty tools.

Motivation is an understatement. I am ready for the new year! Thank you for new and old subscribers, followers and friends for always encouraging me to do what I love.

A few favorite snapshots from the past year:

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Met the one & only Jenna Hipp and previewed her new collections!

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Put my kit to good use this year. Like really, good. LOL.

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Had my first Drybar blowout & fell in love with these products!

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Drooled over the new Make Up For Ever 30/30 anniversary palette @ the Pro store press event in LA

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Got pampered at the eSalon headquarters.

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Met Team Cover FX & fell in love with their products… again.

Happy New Year!

Holiday Glam Makeup

Merry Christmas!

There were so many new clients I’ve met in the last couple weeks with such diverse looks. These are just a few snapshots from my iPhone of new work. More to come.

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Young, Effortless Party Makeup:

I hate when makeup artists overwhelm young clients with too much product. This beautiful girl had a gorgeous set of naturally thick brows, lashes and big eyes! I kept the skin clean with just a touch of Cover FX concealer and buffed a small amount of Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder/ Graftobian Pro Loose Powder mainly through the center of the face. There is no product in her brows (I’m so jealous!) Her eyes are a mix of a couple Makeup forever eyeshadows and used  generous coat of L’Oreal Carbon Black Voluminous Mascara. Lips are Becca Cosmetics Beach Tint mixed with Josie Maran Infinity Cream.

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Extra Smokey Charcoal eyes

At first glance, this beauty from Qatar had classic features. Creamy skin and soft eyes but we took inspiration from a few Pintrest photos of Arab makeup and came up with this rich smokey eye with a neutral romantic lip. I gave her skin a flawless canvas with Cle De Peau Concealer to highlight, Cover FX Cream Foundation & used Mehron Celebre Pro Foundation to give the face shape. I added Becca Cosmetics Beach tint on her cheeks and added Jane Iredale powder to deepen the contour. On the eyes, Inglot gel liner and Mehron Pressed pigments are all that I used to create a smokey rich look and added a pair of Eyelure lashes. The lips are a combo of Dior and Cinema Secrets lip liners and a polka dot of a Dior Addict lipstick on the center of the lips.

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Glam-Mom iconic makeup

These big blue eyes, blonde hair and soft features reminded me of a Disney Princess and her personality was so warm – I had to do an iconic makeup look. Creating a lifted eye look, I used Makeup forever Artist shadows in a few matte shades and highlighted with a sheer wash of Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed to to brighten the inner third of the eyelids and across the top of her cheekbones. I used a precise line of Inglot Gel Eyeliner and lashes to complete the eyes and pressed a small amount of Makeup Forever eyeshadow along the bottom lash line. The skin was prepped with Cover FX Calming Primer then added Bobbi Brown Tinted eye brightener and Cover FX Cream foundation to give an even complexion. On the cheeks is a Matte Bronzer from Cover FX and a blush from Chantecaille.

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Modern bronzed bride to be

I’ve obviously been obsessed with Cover FX complexion products and wanted to use the Oil Free Natural Finish Foundation to perfect this bride to be’s skin. This winged look was perfect for her unique eye shape. I used bronzy warm brown eye shadows from Cargo Cosmetics and individual lashes from Kiss Beauty to finish the eyes. This nude lip and peachy blush were the perfect complement to balance this glam face.

5 Quick Outdoor Makeup Loves

Extra bright sun and a lunch picnic with my mini me today called for quick no makeup-makeup with a punch of pink on the lips. Yes, I may have a slight obsession with bright lips but this 82 degree SoCal weather is another lovable excuse to celebrate brights year round. With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, avoiding anything resembling a retail store is my idea of a relaxing dayoff. We split a peanut butter sandwich, tangerines and a couple of chocolate covered vanilla ice creams. Pretty idea Tuesday afternoon, right?

Today’s Beauty Line Up:

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1. Supergoop CC Cream Daily Correct Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen in Medium to Dark Self Adjusting Shade. This is an easy, non-irritating sunscreen that gives a sheer skin-like even tone to the complexion. The texture is quite rich so a minimal amount is perfect to dot on the high points of the face; just blend with fingertips. It’s the perfect no-fuss way to protect the skin while looking polished. As an added bonus this dries down to a natural matte finish and can be used as a primer for foundation if desired.

2. L’oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush in shade Soft Peach adds a flush of soft rosiness to the cheeks without looking like makeup. Though this is a pocket friendly priced beauty item, this is certainly a velvet soft-to-touch cream consistency that is comparable to a few high end counter parts. Today, I tapped on a small amount to the center of the cheeks and put the excess on my lips to give a quick stain.

3. Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex is a skin lifesaver! I adore the cool to touch rollerball applicator and the organic aromatic essential oils it imparts onto the skin. On most days, I swipe this over the entire face and let the ingredients soak act as a barrier to lock in my other skincare products. I’ve also found great use of this when rolled on the lower eye contour. It give a bit of a glow which camouflages any signs of fatigue.

4. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in shade Jilted. Of all my Urban Decay Lipsticks, this is the least used shade since it is quite a unique neon duo chrome finish. This is an I want to be noticed, ‘look at me’ shade which brings immediate life to a tired complexion. This satin lipstick is full coverage, long lasting and adds intrigue for a basic no makeup-makeup day.

5. I feel I don’t give enough love to my eyeko mascara collection. The Skinny Brush Mascara is everything a thin lash craves for a more voluminous, lengthy eye look. The packaging is genius especially since I despise mascara tubes that dry out in a month and the brush is the perfect ratio of long and short bristles that grabs ALL of my eyelashes.

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*Urban Decay Jilted, no filter just a flash.

On another note, I’ve finally joined the Twitter world and need some love. please follow me @rochellemua. Thank you friends!

My Personal Makeup Removal Routine

One of the most asked questions I often get asked is about makeup removal and how I take care of my skin. Click here to check out an article I wrote for Examiner.com about my current product loves for a good deep clean!

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This is a #nofilter look at my skin after a full day of makeup and red lipstick wear.

September already??

Since August is my favorite month, I’m going to pretend it’s not September and rewind with some beautiful memories via a photo heavy post. More details to come!

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Me discovering the perfect lighting at The Grove in LA.

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Post a beautiful blowout with celebrity hair stylist Nicholas Cole.

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Celebrating summer with the skincare queen of Beverly Hills Sonya Dakar. (& my lovely sister)

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Previewing the new Beautyblender Sur.Face Pro in LA.

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Getting a fresh cut with Bastian, Owner of Bastian Salon in Artesia.

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Chatting with Brett Gallagher, Cover FX Senior Education Manager & Vic Casale, Chief Innovation Officer of Cover FX in West Hollywood.

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Discovering the amazing Cover FX Mattifying Anti Blemish BB Gel.

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 Hanging out in the Make Up Forever Pro Loft in LA.

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 Gifting myself with a gorgeous Smashbox palette for my birthday.

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 Makeup swatch marathon with my mini me.

Hello 27

A bit delayed because I literally have had zero time to myself but I thought I would do a quick reflection on what’s been marinating on my mind lately. Birthdays always bring me into reflection mode and ignites my motivation to come up with new adventures to conquer. Last week, I celebrated my birthday low key with family and friends with a few of my favorite things: sushi, ice cream, hill top dining and sweet birthday hugs from my mini me.

I challenged myself this year to not be afraid to be uncomfortable and it has brought me exciting successes.

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“Rochelle Delossantos” simply isn’t just my name but it is the heart of how I represent myself as a business driven, articulate and artful thinker fighting to create my point of view in the beauty industry.

Beauty products are more than collector’s items on my vanity they are memories and emotions that transform beyond their material purpose. Starting from my youth what I clinged to was beautiful pieces of luxury that told a story – they represent something beyond mere visual value. It has taken me multiple reflections to realize that the passion for beauty that I have is moved by the ideas of confidence, mystery and most of all provoking thoughts to otherwise ordinary material possessions.

Before I get too deep, what I will consciously put at the forefront of my purpose this year is putting my dreams before obstacles.

Cheers to a year of hard work, good timing and creative innovations in all aspects of my life.

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27 is looking pretty good to me! Pictured here wearing Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation + Pure Rosewater on an Original Beauty Blender for an airbrushed complexion. Make Up Forever and Mehron Makeup eyeshadows & Urban Decay Native Revolution Lipstick.

Lash tips for a ‘natural’ faux lash look

After not wearing lashes for a few weeks, I decided to get creative w my makeup & add top and bottom lashes today. Though it sounds like a lot of lash- a couple colleagues and a personal client all commented that they looked quite natural even up close. The secret? Choose lashes with a very thin ‘invisible’ stip and apply them as close to the natural lash line as possible.

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This image was taken on reverse camera with my iPhone 5 (no filter so excuse the shine on my nose), and no flash after wearing my makeup for a good 6 hours.

I used Kiss trio individual lashes ‘x-short’ on the bottom and Eyelure Naturalites ‘lengthening’ strip lashes on top secured with Lashgrip ‘dark’ lash glue.

&&& for the less daring, here are a few tips to remember when applying false lashes.

1. First tight line the top lash line w a black waterproof pencil and soften the eyeliner with a flat eye brush. This will help to camouflage the false lashes whether you choose individuals or strip eyelashes.

2. Curl lashes (if you have Asian lashes like mine this is essential!). Plump lashes with a primer – my favorite is Lash Maximizer by Dior, scroll down a few posts to read my review. Top eyelashes off with a couple coats of mascara before placing false eyelashes to prevent spider eyes.

3. Typically, a minimal amount of lash glue will do the trick. Apply a thin layer of glue onto the strip then wait 20 seconds for the glue to get tacky. Applying lashes when glue is too wet will make a big sticky mess!

4. I only use tweezers when applying individual lashes because I find it easier to use my own fingers. Do what feels more comfortable as long as the lash strip is directly on the lash line with no space between natural and faux lash lines.

5. Finish by pinching natural and false lashes together and curl once more if necessary.

*** always keep lash glue handy when wearing falsies – just in case!

6 Photo Perfect Makeup Tips

Makeup for photos is a tricky art to master as there are varying factors that contribute to the finished product. This morning, I had the pleasure of glamming up a few young beauties for their Senior photos. I often am asked for tips on how to look good in photos so I thought I would share a few makeup tips that translate as flawless in photos and in real life.

But first, here are my beautiful clients (no filter photos) taken with my iPhone5:

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Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos

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On this gorgeous girl, I prepped the skin with a healthy spritz of Caudalie Beauty Elixir, cotton pads saturated with Le Couvent De Minimes 3 in 1 Rose Micellar Water, Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer & Dr. Hauschka eye cream. Primed eyes with Nars Pro Prime Eyshadow base, Urban Decay Peversion 24/7 pencil smudged into the lash line, shadows from Mehron Makeup Eye Palette & false eyelash strips from Ardell. In her brows I used a Yaby Cosmetics eyeshadow powder applied with an angle brush from Makeup Forever and added a small amount of Eyeko Brow Gel. On the lips is Jurlique Love Balm, Cinema Secrets Lip Pencil and a Dior Addict Lipstick. I finished the complexion with a mix of Chantecaille Future Skin foundations, Bobbi Brown Peach Corrector, Cover FX matte bronzer, Chantecaille blush and Graftobian Loose Powder. The finished look? A naturally soft, bronzed skin with a neutral eye.

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Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos

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 I kept the makeup clean and accentuated her big eyes and ivory skin using hints of subtle color. On the eyes, I layered a navy blue ‘Sabbath’ 24/7 eye pencil from Urban Decay with a combo of a matte navy and matte brown eyeshadow to create definition at the lash line. I used an iridescent pale gold plus a soft grey through both from Chantecaille  on the eyelids, a bronzer from Edward Bess in the crease and applied a generous amount of L’Oreal waterproof Voluminous Mascara on her naturally long lashes. Through the brows is Makeup Forever Aqua Brows and Eyeko Brow Gel. The skin was primed with Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Primer and a few drops of One Love Organics Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster mixed into Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation. To perfect the skin, I used Koh Gen Do Moisture concealer, Cover FX matte bronzer and La Femme Blush. On the Lips is a Makeup Forever Aqua Lip Liner, Jurlique Love Balm  and Dior gloss.

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Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos

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 I filled in these beautiful brows with a tiny amount of Yaby Cosmetics cake liner since she wanted to focus on her eyes and created a soft focus winged eyeshdow using a few shades from Mehron Makeup and Urban Decay playing with pearlescent shades through the center of the eyelid and matte taupe through the crease plus a pair of natural eyelashes from Ardell. Along the bottom lash line, I smudged a bit of Butter London Eye Pencil. On her skin, I used Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Primer first, then applied Becca Cosmetics Radiant Skin Satin Foundation and Illamasqua Skin Base Lift to brighten the center of the face. To warm up her naturally bronzed complexion, I used Jane Iredale Mineral pressed foundation in a deep shade, Chantecaille Ectasy Blush and Becca Cosmetics Shimmering skin Perfector Pressed  in Topaz on the tops of her cheeks. For the lips, I mixed Vbeaute lip Spread, Cinima Secrets lip pencil and a Maybelline lipstick to create a glossy berry pout.

 

&&& now some makeup tips for looking fab in photos:

1. Take time to prep your skin with appropriate moisturizer & primer depending on your skin type. You don’t want a beautiful, bold eye with a blotchy complexion. Real life flawless skin can often look red or uneven on camera since flushed skin or pigmentation can peek through.

2. Steer clear away from products with titanium, zinc or mica (commonly found in foundations, spf and powders). These ingredients flashback white/grey leaving an ashy cast on the skin.

3. Camera flashes and even natural lighting can make the skin look like a flat plane so use a light hand and build up intensity on the eyes, lips and cheeks a little more than an average makeup day to create dimension on the face; otherwise your best features will disappear!

4. Take a test photo with your phone – with and without flash – to make sure your total makeup look is looking blended where it needs to be and defined where you want definition. If it’s not looking right, fix it before you go on your way.

5. Once you finish your makeup (or your makeup artist is finished applying all the products) look in a hand held mirror and in a mirror further away – like in your bathroom or in a floor length mirror. You will know immediately if you desire any edits.

6. Make sure your face, neck, chest and whatever exposed skin is seen looks uniform in color…. self explanatory!

What are your best kept secrets to looking good in photos?