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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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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.

Sephora & Frends Beauty Haul

As a true beauty junkie, my two favorite places to stock my personal and professional makeup kit are Sephora and Frends Beauty Supply.

From Sephora, I purchased 3 items with a 10% off code I had been saving after renewing my VIB status and got a couple freebies including a YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain sample trio, Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder and Phyto Express Conditioner for fine hair.

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I decided to finally get a full sized version of the Nars Pro Prime Eyeshadow primer; it is the best eye primer that makes any eye shadow completely smudge resistant. I also picked up my favorite Josie Maran Bear Naked Nail Wipes. These have a pleasant grapefruit scent and remove polish while infusing the nail bed with natural hydrators. Lastly, the Sephora Collection Pro Brow Comb #21 is an essential brush for separating eyelashes and keeping brows perfectly groomed into place.

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During a drive down the 101 Freeway yesterday, I decided to drop into the Frends Beauty Supply Showroom in North Hollywood. After about a year of shopping the Frends Beauty website, it was an exciting moment to actually walk around in the actual store getting to see some of the niche pro makeup artist products available. Since it was a quick visit, I picked up eyelashes for some upcoming bridal work, Duo dark tone glue, one of my favorite brushes – Morphe C139 Stiff Tap Eye Brush and a fresh bottle of Beauty So Clean Cosmetic Sanitizer Mist.

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All of these items will be put to good work and once again, my beauty cravings have been fulfilled!

 

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.

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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