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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.

The highly requested ‘No Makeup Makeup Look’

I’ve added a few excellent pro makeup items to my kit thanks to some awesome PR contacts as well as my own investment in new high-def complexion tools/ products. The number one request on clients especially for bridal events is flawless skin and a polished, no makeup-makeup complexion which is hard to achieve but so timeless.

Aside from proper skin prep, the ‘no makeup-makeup’ look revolves around skin that looks like skin and camouflaging imperfections without pounds of makeup. Ahem ‘cake face.’ So I typically choose multiple complexion mediums from color corrector, foundations, concealers and loose powders but I use minimal product and close attention to detail when it comes to blending. Blending is Key!

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Now here’s a peek at some new additions to my pro kit:

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RCMA Foundation is used on Movie, TV, Film, etc and has been noted as a must have for pro makeup artists internationally! High pigmentation packed into a lightweight texture idea for long wear. The RCMA makeup line is completely mineral oil free and made in small batches by true makeup artisans who are all about quality ingredients.

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Mehron Makeup HD Celebre Pro Highlight and Contour Palette is a dream to blend. Incredible flexible coverage with a gorgeous color selection. It is often used for editorial work and the Mehron brand is ALWAYS a staple at New York Fashion Week. The result? Amazing skin on camera and in real life.

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As if I wasn’t already obsessed with a polished, fresh complexion I got this incredible ‘My Scultped Face’ Palette from IT Cosmetics which I’ve been using for both face and eyes on pretty much everyone in my chair. It has a fine texture that looks more like skin than obvious shading and illuminating.

&& of course some new tools I cannot live without:

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A few of my brushes were stolen last month along with my iPhone 5 but I bought these new ones at IMATS to add to my collection (& upgraded to an iPhone 6). I’m pretty impressed with these brushes from Crown Brush and Morphe – great value for money tools.

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This week I was sent this care package from Beautyblender. How cute is the Micro.Mini Beautyblender? I will be testing these out soon. Also find the limited edition Red.Carpet Beautyblender now at Sephora! If your makeup artist does not have the original Beautyblender in their kit, run away! Just kidding but seriously it makes a complete difference in blending the skin will look airbrushed and seamless with these pro makeup staples.

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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Love is in the air

I recently had the pleasure of doing makeup for Louraine, a beautiful bride who celebrated her wedding with longtime love Chris at Hotel Maya in Long Beach. Being a Socal native, it was surprising I had never seen this unique Hotel with a serene view of the famous Queen Mary and Long Beach Harbor. Thankfully, the temperatures dropped from the 100 degree heat wave in the weeks prior allowing the quiet summer sky look over the day so everyone in attendance could enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Louraine found my makeup services on Thumbtack and we immediately clicked with her joyful laugh and sincere personality. She sent me a few first images from her photographer, Jose Maestas which all look gorgeous and I had to share.

Adding final touches before photos plus a great shot of my beauty arsenal.

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Jose Maestas Photography

Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos
Jose Maestas Photography

I brought out Louraine’s beautiful eyes and kept the skin glowing, fresh & flawless.

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Pictured below all makeup by me on sisters and Mother of the Bride.

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Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos
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& a beautiful shot of the bride with her best friend. I created a bold purple lip, soft contour and big lashes for her.

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Have an upcoming wedding? Please email me rochelle.cadiz@gmail.com or click the “book me’ tab on the menu above to inquire about my makeup services. Email info@josemphoto.com or visit www.josemphoto.com to inquire about Jose’s photography services.

No Filter Necessary Contour & Highlight

With the right tools, anyone can recreate a perfectly contoured and highlighted complexion without playing with extreme photo-tricks.

Probably the biggest mistake is applying too much product at once! Thin layers and building intensity where desired is the key to looking flawless on camera and in real life. Of course, product choice and application method contribute to the end result but using small amounts of product makes a major point of difference between amateur and professional results. Unless you plan to be on stage or under harsh editorial studio lighting, less is always more.

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The images above are not filtered/photo shopped, just some old fashioned blending!

1. Prep the skin per usual with appropriate skincare and primer first to perfect the base.  (More on my current skin care faves coming soon).

2. Next, perfect the skin. My current foundation favorite is Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation. is a buildable coverage botanical based foundation that gives a skin-like appearance with a weightless texture. I dampen my Beauty Blender with Caudalie Beauty Elixir and bounce the sponge all over my skin. I typically only use about less than a nickel size of the foundation, dot it on the center of my cheeks, chin, forehead and nose then blend well until the product looks invisible.

3. If you are anything like me, a multi-tasking always on the go mom/wife/working professional, dark circles are always an issue. Use a color corrector to illuminate and bring life back to tired eyes. I’m loving Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener – see my last post for a more in depth review. Apply in an inverted triangular shape directly below the bottom lash line and extend out to the lower temples.

4. Highlight the parts of the face you want to emphasize. I reach for Cle De Peau Concealer Stick because it’s very pigmented and easy to apply. Apply a thin sweep of this below the eye brightener, in the center of the forehead. Sometimes I apply this on the bridge of my nose and the middle of my chin but in the photos in this post, I was suffering from a minor cold and did not want my nose to be a focal point from constant sneezing.

5. Blend, blend, blend! My take on highlighting is to look glowing and fresh faced without a mess of sparkling glitter. I believe the skin should look like skin. Spritz the Beauty Blender once more with Caudalie Beauty Elixir and use the pointed end of the sponge under the eyes and the rounded end every where else you placed the lighter shades. Blending is quick but it gives the complexion a natural transition instead of harsh demarcation lines. Taking that extra few seconds to smooth the areas between the highlight and base makeup is what perfects the skin.

6. Use a contouring shade along the hollows of the cheeks to add shape to the face, at the high temples of the forehead and below the jaw line. As mentioned above, in the photos below I did not what to do anything special on my nose because I was having irritation from sneezing/congestion but I sometimes slim my nose with a bit of contour and highlight. In general, I use either the Makeup Forever Cream Camouflage Palette #4 (pictured in the images in this post), OCC Makeup Conceal in a deeper shade or Sleek Makeup Cream Foundation. I like to pick up the cream with e.l.f.’s small stipple brush and apply a very deep color in the hollow of my cheek and on the temples. I then place a deep but slightly lighter shade right above the darkest shade on the cheeks and blend with small circular motions with the same stippling brush until the product looks smooth. Using two deep shades makes for a smoother blend.

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The images above is not filtered/photoshopped & is taken with a flash.

Since I typically am not a fan of contouring/highlighting with powders as I find them to look too dry and overly made up, I use all cream products and set with a fine translucent loose powder in the center of the face if I’m just working on myself. The photos shown in the post, I used a small amount of Koh Gen Do UV Powder applied with a fan brush. Generally, my makeup wears well and don’t have a problem with makeup migrating or separating but on my clients I set the skin with a deep powder over the contours and a translucent shade over the highlighted areas with a loose bristle brush and light patting strokes.

*This probably sounds like a long process but on average, this takes me less than ten minutes in the morning.

 

 

Engagement Shoot 3/22/14

Although I can appreciate the skill behind a solid graphic eyeliner and a detailed cut crease, I do still believe in an ethereal more discreet approach to bridal makeup. Wedding makeup – or occasions related to the big day including bridal showers and engagement photos require two main points of difference from a daily makeup look. Number one is longevity (point in case why a major eye statement can sometimes be an unrealistic look) and two is flawless blending in both photos and in real life.

Here are a couple photos of my beautiful bride to be Louraine and her lovely Maid of Honor Sister during a makeup trial this past weekend:

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My bridal client Louraine seemed anxious about our makeup consultation since she has cystic acne and acne scarring which can be difficult to camouflage. My pro kit has a variety of different complexion perfecters which offer high coverage without the heavy feeling of some not so skin friendly foundations. She right away noticed that I was not using MAC which she loved since MAC typically triggers breakouts for her skin and that a lot of the products I use contain organic or natural ingredients.

Here’s a breakdown of what I used to create a flawless canvas that translated in person and on camera.

BECCA Cosmetics Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector : This is my favorite primer to use if I know my client has oily skin or if the event they are attending is in a hot/humid environment. This is a silicone, fragrance, oil and alcohol free primer making it idea for a lot of different skin types. I used this on both Louraine and her sister mainly in the center of the face (cheeks, forehead, nose and chin) using light patting motions. This product prolongs makeup wear, controls shine and minimizes any uneven textures on the complexion.

Chantecaille Future Skin : This foundation is so innovative as it is an oil-free formula but holds a lot of hydration from the rose water base and soothes any type of irritation with the green tea, arnica and chamomile. It has a weightless feel making it idea for long events and the HD finish makes it beautiful in every type of lighting. On Louraine I used shades Wheat all over and Cammomile to highlight. For her sister, I used shade Cream all over and Alabaster to highlight.

OCC Skin Conceal: I have two darker shades of this concealer in my kit that I use for contouring the skin. It is a vegan formula, ridiculously pigmented and has a long lasting wear. I used a small stipple brush to contour the face and a small eyeshadow blending brush to slim the nose. A tiny bit of this product goes a long way and does not look shiny, ashy or obvious on the skin.

Bobbi Brown Corrector: I love love love to use this product especially for photoshoots as it hides dark circles if used in small amours buffed onto the eye contour. Too much of this product will crease under eyes and can really migrate if its not set with a fine loose or pressed powder. Less is definitely more!

Makeup Forever HD Pressed Powder: Sheer, colorless and in compact form this is my kit favorite for setting the skin. I applied this all over Louraine’s skin as she has oily skin but with a fluffy face brush so skin still looks fresh and non-cakey.

I was so happy to meet these two ladies and boost Louraine’s confidence for her engagement shoot! Here are a couple shots from the photoshoot:

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I can’t wait to glam her entire bridal party in May!

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Makeup Essential Tools for Looking Flawless

Over the weekend, during a bridal makeup trial appointment I was reminded that I’ve really incorporated a lot of new favorite beauty tools into my pro kit. Since I finally have a quick minute to devote to writing, here is a post about new essentials that make painting a flawless face an easy task.

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Le Metier De Beaute Blush Brush I Typically am not a fan of short stem brushes but this one is so luxe with a matte black finish and ultra-soft bristles that it is hard not to be obsessed with this tool. Though I mainly use this soft tapered tool for applying bronzer and blush it is also a beautiful brush when used with loose finishing powder. Find this beauty at Neiman Marcus and beauty bar.com.

Japonesque Heated Mini Lash Curler As a self proclaimed eyelash curler hoarder I must say I was surprised to see how often the Japonesque Heated Mini Lash Curler has replaced my favorites from Tweezerman, Sephora Brand, Shu Uemura and Chanel for the last three months. Get a fully fanned out curl without a deep crimp competitors may lead from a traditional metal eyelash tool. Find this beauty at Ulta and ulta.com.

Tweezerman Pink Perfection Slant Tweezer Aside from being hot pink, this precision tool keeps my brow game on point plus is so perfect for placing individual false lashes – enough said. I got this beauty from Sephora last year and its still available in store and online.

Beauty Blender What I love about this tool is that it is non-latex for my sensitive clients and it blends foundation, contour and highlighting creams with such a quick application. My favorite way to use a beautyblender is to first dampen the sponge with rose water and use a stipple/rolling motion to blend the complexion. Beautyblender is available all over shop some of my favorite retailers: Sephora, Frends Beauty or Camera Ready Cosmetics.

Sephora Pro Brow Comb #21 Eyebrows and lashes are so important to the total makeup look – or even a bare face- because they frame the eyes. A perfectly groomed brow is easy to maintain with the stiff bristle end which pushes brows into the right shape. Use the opposite end to de-clump mascara for elongated lashes.

Morphe C139 Stiff Tap Brush Whether you are just getting into makeup or are a makeup pro, Morphe Brushes are affordable, functional and great for building an essential beauty wardrobe. Currently I have three C139 Stiff Tap brushes and I use them frequently to define the crease and apply loose and pressed pigments over the lid.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Crease Brush 011 Made from super soft natural goat hair, this is the perfect brush for blending any eye look from subtle to full on dramatic. The dome shaped bristles make it incredibly easy to create a perfect smokey eye. Find this beauty at rougebunnyrouge.com.

Cobalt Blue Graphic Eyeliner

Friday’s makeup look revolved around two things: strategic highlighting and a graphic eyeliner. One of my favorite trends that has made a comeback in the last year is a graphic eyeliner but many visuals reveal a severe black gel eyeliner so I decided to wear the trend in a more colorful option. I paired Lush Emotional Brilliance Eye Liner in In Charge and Cargo Cosmetics Babylon Eye Shadow to create this play on a fall beauty trend. Since the eyes were more intense, my complexion was soft with just a bit of concealer highlighting with my current favorite, Illamasqua Skin Base Lift concealer in shade Medium 1.

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I’m wearing Dior Forever Foundation, Dior Matte Bronzer, Dior Blush, Eyeko Black Magic Mascara, Cargo Cosmetics Chestnut eye shadow in my brows, Stila Lip Glaze on my lips, Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer, Lush Emotional Brilliance Eye Liner in In Charge and Cargo Cosmetics Babylon Eye Shadow and Chantecaille Wild Horses Palette on my eyelids.

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.

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  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.

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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& 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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