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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.

Z Palette & Vueset: Makeup Kit Essentials

Over the last few days, there has been one major notion at the forefront of my daily to do list: Organize!

As I’ve been doing some frequent freelance makeup work back to back and my calender has been filling up quickly, my anxiety of condensing my makeup kit has brought me to downsize some of my favorites with my growing Z Palette collection and my new found makeup organization brand favorite Vueset. One thing I’ve learned over the 8 years of professional makeup work is packing too much has always been a blessing of a problem to have since I’ve had the pleasure of receiving some generous freebies over the years but lugging around a heavy, cluttered train case can create some unnecessary annoyances.

A few years back, I requested a Z Palette as a birthday gift from my sister and to my delight she bought me two black large size palettes that are still sturdy to this day. From then I was in love and enjoyed the thrill of depotting and organizing my collection with the convenient clear top and magnetic slim case perfect for professional or personal travel. I now own 7 Z Palettes including my latest purchase of two zebra print large Z Palettes that I ordered with the generous Pro Discount on Frends Beauty website.

Although I have a fond adoration of packaging in my personal collection of makeup, for my kit ease and clean presentation for makeup set up is what matters most. For this, I am forever in love with Z Palettes and highly recommend them. Personally I’ve shopped the Zpalette.com, frendsbeauty.com and Beauty.com for my Z Palettes and all websites offer fast shipping and great customer service.

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3 Large Z palettes holding eye shadows from Dior, Le Metier De Beaute, Chantecaille, Motives Cosmetics, Cargo Cosmetics, Urban Decay & Inglot.

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2 Large Z Palettes holding blushes and bronzers from La Femme, Chantecaille, Dior & Laura Geller Beauty.

Read my post about why I love La Femme Blushes by clicking here.

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The top Z Palette is a Pro Leopard Z Palette which is slightly bigger and holds bronzers and highlighting powders from Cover FX, Laura Geller Beauty & Becca Cosmetics.

The Bottom one is a Large Z Palette that currently has cream foundations from Cover FX, Sleek Makeup, Dior and concealers from Illamasqua.

I’ve been on the hunt for an empty lip palette for awhile and most did not have the right size or were too expensive for the materials they were made of. I was hoping to find something compact that could hold a large quantity of product and thankfully I stumbled upon the Vueset palettes when browsing on the Camera Ready Cosmetics website. The ‘Tahiti’ palette is made of sturdy high quality acryllic and has 24 empty wells that hold a generous amount in each spot. The empty wells were able to hold almost an entire lipstick bullet which is a major plus when travelling. For my personal preference I did not melt the lipsticks into the palette but many makeup artists have stated that the palette can be put in them microwave at 30 second intervals for a smooth top finish; I chose not to do so because I find the texture changes once the formula is heated. Vueset carries many size options and can be filled with anything including cream foundations, concealers, pigments and glitters.

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The above photo shows how compact the Vueset Tahiti palette is (it’s the size of an average lipstick in height)

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In this lip palette there are favorites from Dior, Becca Cosmetics, Nars and the incredibly pigmented Maybelline VIvid Lipsticks.

Rochelle at your service

I recently joined thumbtack, a website that helps to advertise local services. If you or someone you know are in need of a makeup artist for upcoming special occasions, wedding, photo, fashion or print I have over eight years of professional experience and would love to treat new clients to a little makeup magic. My November makeup calender is filling up quickly, inquire about service pricing in the following link.  I am based in between Orange County and Los Angeles. My services include makeup application, makeup lessons and I’m always up for a little beauty chat! My pro kit includes luxury products from Dior, Chantecaille, Cover FX, Illamasqua, Urban Decay, Cargo Cosmetics, Le Metier De Beaute s as well as organic beauty from Dr. Hauschka, Caudalie and Vapour Organic Beauty. Book me for you next event!

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& here’s one of my favorite MOTD from last week’s work grind. I’m wearing Dior Rouge #786 on my lips, Ardell Wispies False Lashes, Dior Forever Foundation, Cover FX Bronzer, Chantecaille on my eyes and cheeks, Bobbi Brown Color Corrector in Peach under my eyes, Koh Gen Do UV Powder, Kardashian Beauty Navy eyeliner on the bottom lash line & Dior Liquid Liner on the upper lash line.

Makeup Medicine

This morning I woke up feeling very nasal and sick but that’s nothing a Soy Caramel Machiatto, a lot of water and makeup can’t fix.

It sounds ridiculous but makeup transforms my mood all the time. Whatever emotion I’m feeling there is always a calm that hits my body when I pick up a makeup brush and start creating the perfect blend. Since my throat and nose was causing me to feel low energy, I picked up my colorful Crown Brush palette that I purchased during a Hautelook Beauty Sale last month and started pairing random colors together.

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Here is my makeup of the day that got me out of my sick funk:

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What I used: Prepped my skin first with Jurlique Hydrating Lavender mist, Chantecaille UV50, vbeaute Eye Never EYe Cream, Cargo Cosmetics Chestnut through my brows, Dior Forever Foundation #030, Cover FX concealer G30, Dior Matte Bronzer #003, Koh Gen Do UV translucent powder, Motives Cosmetics Lipgloss in Passion, Dior Lash Maximizer, Eyeko Black Magic Mascara & Crown Brush Palette (the cobalt blue, dark purple and pale blue shades)

 

Music, Fashion & Makeup Magic

Last night I had the pleasure of doing makeup for the LA Live & Lucky Strike Presents Karaoke Runway Gala in Downtown Los Angeles benefiting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to support the battle against childhood cancers.

All of the models were so sweet and I was flattered to have a line of beauties waiting for me to work some makeup magic on them. It was a challenge doing makeup in an extra dark VIP room but I had help from my sister, Grace and her friend Courtney with a makeshift iPhone flashlight action to make sure my work was on point. There’s always something about the energy of a behind the scenes fashion show that immediately draws me in; every detail is driven by passionate people.

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Me with my makeup set up behind the scenes in the VIP room while the models had a meeting with the designers.

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Three of the beauties I worked with last night, love the chunky necklaces and printed fabrics.

Dramatic eyes + pale lips was the look of night which meant I reached for my Chantecaille, Urban Decay, Cargo Cosmetics and Dior eye shadows for the perfect smoky eyes and Maybelline Whisper and Laura Geller lipsticks mixed with a little Illamasqua Skin Base Lift concealer on the lips. The skin was matte and flawless thanks to Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation, Sleek Makeup Cream to Powder, Illamasqua Skin Base Lift concealer blended with a damp brush spritzed with L’Occitane rosewater facial mist and set the complexion with Makeup Forever High Definition powder. To shape the face I used Dior Matte Bronzer, Jane Iredale Mineral Bronzer, Cover FX Matte Bronzer, Dior Blush in Peechy Keen, Dior Rosy Glow Blush and La Femme Blush in Sienna. To make sure the makeup stayed in place I primed the skin with BECCA Cosmetics Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector on the skin, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
and vBeaute Lip Spread on the lips.

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photos are mine & shown with no filter. (You can see it was really dark where I was working!)

& a special thank you to my Girl, Christine Thank you for always thinking of me. You’ve seen me grow up from my first days behind the counter to now! You looked fab last night.

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Gold Eyes + Pink Lips

As far back as I can remember in my makeup memories, gold and pink has always been a go to color combination when I can’t decide what to wear. Fast, multi-dimensional and just neutral enough to pair with any fashion picks this wearable duo is a modern revamp of the classic creamy eye shadow and flushed lips. In the past ten days, this has been my default makeup look for pretty much every occasion: work, date night w my hubby & everywhere in between.

Here I am wearing my signature color pairing:

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& these are a few of my current favorites….

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Gold Eyes:  I’ve been using the pale gold from the Kardashian Beauty Double Up eye stick (the other end has a black shimmering cream eye shadow and also this is the old packing it’s not called Kardashian Beauty not Khroma Beauty) as a primer underneath my shadows to make the gold more vibrant, Maybelline Color Tattoo pigment in Breaking Bronze, Le Metier De Beaute True Color Eyeshadow in JOJO, Cargo Cosmetics Vintage Escapes Eye shadow palette in shades Cinnamon & Rustic.

Pink Lips: Cle De Peau Extra Rich Lipstick, YSL Rouge Volupte in #2 Sensuous Silk, Chantecaille Luminous Lipgloss in Frambroise, vbeaute Lip Spread in Truth.

Have you tried this classic color combo?

Faking a full night’s sleep

As I opened one eye to my smiling 4 year old two inches from my face playing with my hair at 6:30 am, there was a part of me that wanted to send her back to her bed to play while I continued holding on to the four hours of sleep I got last night but then I just couldn’t do it. Who could resist that innocent laugh she makes, right? So I mustered up some energy while I let her choose her preschool attire for the day; the little diva went with a red floral print dress, purple sweater and Tinkerbell socks in case you were wondering.

She climbed up my leg, sat on my lap and watched me start my morning ritual of skincare essentials and makeup routine per the norm. “Is that a thick eye cream?” “How come you put a serum on like that?” “You should wear the matte eyeshadow primer instead of the gold one mommy.” “Are you blending the creamy concealer with a flat brush?” and of course at this age “Why… Why… Why…” never ends. Yes, totally my daughter with this eloquent beauty verbage!

Between the Why’s How’s and What’s this is the finished beauty look I came up with through the morning interrogation.

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For tired mornings a two must haves are BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector and Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer. BECCA’s brilliant liquid highlighter can be used over or under makeup and even on no makeup days to bring life back to fatigued morning skin. Today I applied an ultra-thin layer of Illamasqua concealer under my eyes to camoflauge dark circles and divided one pump of BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in shade Opal along the tops of my cheeks, down the center of my nose and on my chin to illuminate any dark shadows.

What I used: Caudalie Cleansing Water, vbeaute Eye Never Eye Cream, Dior One Essential Serum, Caudalie Vino Fluid SPF 15 on my skin, Cover FX Total Cream Foundation in N40 and G40 (used with a light hand blended with just fingertips), Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer in Medium 1, Laura Geller Beauty 25 Shades of Baked Palette in Khaki and Emerald on top of Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Eyelure Katy Perry Color Pop false eyelashes, Cargo Cosmetics Vintage Escapes Eye Shadow Palette in Chestnut and Black Crow in my brows, Sleek Makeup Cream to Powder (Also used with a light hand blended with just fingertips), Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Incognito, Per-fekt Beauty Lip Perfection Gel in Sunset, BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering SKin Perfector in Opal.

Give me glowing and fresh over shadows and matte skin any day!

Lipstick Memories

As I drank my morning coffee fix from Starbucks earlier today, it reminded me of a memory as a young girl in elementary school hoping desperately to wear lipstick and leave my imprint on a coffee mug just like my mom. She would wear a dusty rose creamy lipstick and that faint pout stamped across the top of her pale ivory mug was like a true statement of glamour I thought as I nibbled at my buttery grilled cheese sitting next to her. My earliest memories of makeup fixation happened so young and now my little princess looks at me the same way I looked at my mom as she swiped across a generous swatch of lipstick across her mouth.

Today, my mom still favors a pinky rose lip; the classic hue brings me back to childhood every time! Here is today’s lip combo with my Grande White Mocha: Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel in All the Way & Le Metier De Beaute Lip Crème Lip Gloss in Papaya Crème. I went with the dewy theme and paired the vibrant orange glossy lip with glowing skin and iridescent green eye shadows.

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What I’m wearing: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Crown Brush Limited Edition Hautelook eye shadow palette, Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach, Illamasqua Skin Base lift concealer in Medium, Chanel Kohl Noir eyeliner pencil, Cargo Cosmetics eye shadow from Vintage Escapes Palette in Chestnut for my eyebrows, Dior Lash Maximizer, Eyeko Black Magic Mascara, Dior Forever Foundation in 030 Medium Beige, Sleek Makeup Cream to Powder foundation as my contour, Vapour Organic Beauty Multi-Use Blush Stain in Crave, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal.

What’s your first lipstick memory?

La Femme: Holy Grail Blush

Rebellious would not be the first word I would use to describe myself but the occasional against the grain makeup choice counts right?

I recently purchased a few La Femme Blushes from the Camera Ready Cosmetics website and have been completely impressed with the high color payoff. At $2.79 each they are a total value especially for makeup artists who want versatile shades that actually show up on deep skin tones to include in a professional kit. The blushes were purchased depotted (just the pans) which is perfect since I love to condense my kit with Z Palettes; the best space savers!

A few days ago, I was experimenting and decided to wear the La Femme blushes in shades Sienna and Bordeaux as my eyeshadow. To my delight, the colors looked just as warm and autumn like on my eyes as it did when I imagined the shades in my head. Since it is still quite hot in SoCal, the eye look helped me crave the breezy fall pumpkin spice latte worthy weather that has yet to occur.

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Here’s what I used:

Cle De Peau Extra Rich Lipstick, La Femme blush in shade Indian Rose on my cheeks, Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15, VMV Hypoallergenics Ooh La Lash Mascara, Eyeshadows from Cargo Cosmetics Vintage Escapes Palette in Black Crow and Chestnut for my eyebrows, Sienna and Bordeaux La Femme blushes on my eyelids, Duo darktone eyelash adhesive & Ardell Demi Wispies false lashes.

If you are thinking of updating either your personal or professional makeup kit, La Femme blush refills are available in almost 50 shades from the Camera Ready Cosmetics website. I’ve got my eyes on shades Frambossia, Mulberry and Cinnabar for next time! They have quick delivery, ship internationally and a really large selection of affordable makeup artist essentials.

I love a good blush, don’t you?

5 step makeup transformation for extra tired mornings

Being guilty of living off caffeine, it is always exciting to discover new methods of hiding sleepy eyes and dull skin. Luckily, I have mastered makeup techniques over the years and would like to share my favorite beauty secrets with my Saturday morning makeup transformation that happened just yesterday.

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I woke up with major puffy eyes, dry skin and overall not a good look; possibly a result of my lack of sleep and slight emotional breakdown from a stressful week of motherhood and life. If you follow me on instagram there are multiple snapshots of my extensive 7-10 product nightly skincare ritual but this unfortunately did not happen the night prior. So I sat down in my bathroom and began a bit of artist magic to get my face into presentable shape before work.

  1. First, begin with products that will suit your biggest concerns. Using the right texture is everything when it comes to looking pulled together after a poor night’s sleep. Strategic highlight and shadow contouring is your ultimate best friend in the morning for recovering a tired face. For the most part, stick with matte textures all over except on a few distinct areas to conceal any morning after distressed skin.
  2. De-puff by pressing an eye cream along the curved bone under the eyes. Don’t apply any cream close to the lash line as the product will move on its own with your natural facial muscles. Across the lid prime with a lasting eye shadow base and use a matte dark eye shadow across the entire lower lid to recede the puffiness. Blend the top of the dark shadow with a medium matte shade to create an easy eye look. Use shimmering shades only in the inner corner of the eyes unless you want to emphasize sleepy, puffy lids.
  3. Fill in your brows! Those blessed with full eyebrows should still give the hairs a good brush and set with a brow gel. As the brows create structure to the face it can absolutely provide an instant lifting effect when shaping into the right arch. Sparse brows can easily be fixed with a little bit of matte eye shadow, an angle brush or a fine brow pencil.
  4.  Prepare skin with a good moisturizer and apply a long wearing foundation to even the complexion. Layer a color corrector and concealer under the eyes and set with a fine loose powder to keep the product from moving around and if you love a good contour like I do, shade the face with either a darker foundation shade or matte bronzer in the hollows of cheeks, on the temples and under the jaw line.  Highlight the skin with an iridescent product at the high point of the cheeks to add a faux glow. This illusion is a simple step but makes a huge impact on the overall makeup look.
  5. (totally optional) Apply false lashes. Enhancing the length and thickness of lashes can be a great choice for making eyes look bigger and more awake. Choose lashes that aren’t too overwhelming for your eye shape. Since my work environment is creative, a pair of wispy strip lashes are appropriate but if you work in a more constrained atmosphere, than half lashes or a few individual lashes may be a better fit.

What I used:

Skincare: Dior Diorsnow White Reveal Gentle Purifying Foam, Lush Cosmetics Breath of Fresh Air toning water, One Love Organics Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster, Dior Hydralife Protective Cream SPF 15, VBeaute Eye Never Nourishing DNA Repair Eye Crème

Complexion: Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation in G40, Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach, Illamasqua Skin Base Lift concealer in Medium 1, Sleek Makeup Cream to Powder Foundation in Hot Chocolate (contour), La Femme Blush in Hibiscus, Koh Gen Doh UV Powder, Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Cargo Limited Edition Vintage Escapes Eye Shadow Palette ( Shades Chestnut and Hot Cocoa on the lids/ Chestnut and Black Crow in the brows), Butter London Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black, Ardell Demi Wispies

Lips: Treat Beauty Soft Candy Pink Buttercream Old Fashioned Jumbo Lip Balm, Cle De Peau Extra Rich Lipstick

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