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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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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.

Getting Electric Inspired

Wile browsing through Instagram in the last week, there has been a flood of bright eye makeup looks in my feed with the latest launch from Urban Decay, the vibrant and ultra-pigmented Electric Palette.

Although the intensely saturated ten hues housed in a gorgeous piece of signature Urban Decay abstract art is a makeup palette fit for the true makeup collector, the extra bright shades didn’t intrigue me enough to make a purchase. I do however love a creative eye look and decided to pull out an assortment of colors I don;t normally wear and post my own colorful creation.

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What I used:

>>> prior to doing this eye makeup I had a small amount of Dior Airflash foundation in shade 300 under my eyes and 400 on the outside of my face, EOS minty lip balm (my lips are naturally pretty pink), Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow in Ebony, Maybelline The Falsies Mascara in Black.

Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Radium

Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes Eye Pencil in 7L

Butter London Wink Colour Mascara in Jaded Jack

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Mehron Makeup Intense Eyeshadow in Ocean Breeze, Metallic Powder in Copper, Earth Pressed Powder Pigments Palette

I love, love, love the Mehron Eyeshadows! They blend true to color from what is in the pan and since they are a beauty to theatrical brand made for the stage and film a tiny amount of product leaves a major impact. In the above photo I blended them all over my eyes without a primer. Have you tried the bright eye makeup trend?

 

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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(Pictured from Top to Bottom)

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!

 

Dior in my heart

Today’s agenda included a visit to one of my favorite people from Dior at her counter where we went out to lunch and caught up on life.

It always feels nostalgic for me to be next to a Dior counter as I spent a bulk of my transition from teen to early adulthood behind the counter. Memories of clients and coworkers that motivated me to work hard for them has led me to maintain connections with those who impacted my professional development. I will always be grateful for the opportunities I was given thanks to my ambition combined with the wise inspiration of Mr. Dior’s whimsical imagination reincarnated through the powerful people I came to know as mentors and friends.

Earlier today there was a young girl working behind the Dior counter who stared at me wide eyed and smiling. It felt strange to me as images of my first days at Dior are still fresh in my mind. She questioned me on how I became so successful at Dior and what I’ve done to earn respect at a young age from the communications world and cosmetics industry. I told her ‘you are as successful as your last impression’ and that is the best advice I can offer.

In my daily life, impressions matter tremendously as some working relationships are strictly via email as I work with PR executives from all over the US and internationally. I think about that last email, phone call, text I make often and re-think what the messages I put out will bring back in return.I can only hope the impressions I make will continue leading me to even greater success.

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Here are a few beautiful things spotted at the luxury beauty counter that will always have a piece of my heart.

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3 Cheap-Chic makeup storage ideas

Researching some favorite beauty experts on social media, my inspiration to get into organization overhaul has brought me think creatively to maximize space, make my beauty collection more accessible and keep a visually appealing retro-fancy-quirky feel that I favor.

Working in the beauty industry for many years, I’ve been fortunate to have the great perk of trying multiple brands. Recently, I cannot say how grateful I am for the amount of products coming my way which prompted my inclination to create some stylish solutions.

Although there is still a to be continued for my product storage, there are a couple small budget ideas that I’ve put into play that I would love to share:

1. Recently, I picked up 2 Apothecary jars from a closing sale at a nearby beauty shop for only $5 each and decided to stack them since the clear glass and wide bottom offered a great spot to display my beloved lipsticks. For extra stability, I put a small mirrored plate that I bought at the Dollar Store between the two jars and oddly enough, I found a similar stacked apothecary jar at West Elm but for $34 a few days later!

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2. Upcycled glass jars make excellent makeup brush holders for their functional sizes, unique shapes and are easily revamped with old pieces of fashion jewelry. Currently on my vanity there are six jars that house all of my brushes and hard to store makeup items like mascaras and eyeliners. Pictured is a revamped coconut oil, Ranch dip and candle jar adorned with a retired bracelet and headband.  Just add Gorilla Glue!

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3. I’ve also been loving this photo frame holder I found at Homegoods for only $4.99. It was missing a little piece at the front but I used an old crystal Hello Kitty inspired bow from a phone case to add an interesting detail. At the moment it holding a few of my Zpalletes. Photo frame holders like this come in a huge variety and are perfect for adding life to a small counter top.

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Do you have any DIY makeup storage ideas?