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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!

To book me for your next special event, wedding, photoshoot, etc. please email me for any inquiries: rochelle.cadiz@gmail.com and please follow me on instagram @rochelledelossantos for my daily beauty posts. *** Check my instagram to enter my Clarisonic Opal Giveaway- details in the previous blog post.

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.

Book me in 2015

Happy New Year Friends.

My 2015 calendar is looking pretty busy but I am always looking for new clients. If you have a wedding, party, special occasion, photo shoots, etc I am available for on location bookings. My work includes makeup application, false lash application, soft romantic hair styling and private makeup lessons. Please read some client reviews by clicking here where you can view some recent photos and feedback about my makeup services.

I use only professional and luxury makeup from Make Up Forever, Dior, Nars, Becca Cosmetics, Cover FX and more which photograph beautifully.

Thank you!

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.

Work, Work, Live.

Had the pleasure of doing makeup for some very easy canvases. Lucky me.

Recent work on some beautiful people:

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Model: Jace Williams

Photo Credit: Antoine Davis Photography

Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos

Products used: Matte Artist Eye Shadows from Make Up Forever & Cargo Cosmetics, Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation, Koh Gen Do Moisture Concealer, Inglot AMC eyeliner Gel #77 & #90 , Make Up Forever Camouflage palette/ Cover FX matte bronzer on Contour, Nars Copacabana liquid highlighter, Graftobian Pro Setting powder, Dior addict lip.

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Engagement Photo Shoot with Melissa

“No makeup-makeup”

Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos

Products used: Stila Color Balm Lipstick, Becca Cosmetics Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation & Joy Blush, Inglot AMC Gel Liner #77, Makeup Forever 30/30 Artist Palette, Kiss Beauty Trio Individual Lashes, Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade, Eyeko Brow Gel.

Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos

Model: Alex Michelle Rubi

Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos

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Products used: Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation & Matte Bronzer, Make Up Forever Artist Shadows & Camouflage palette to contour, It Cosmetics Brow Power pencil, Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel, Nars Orgasm blush, Mac Lip Liner, Custom stacked Eyelure and Kiss Beauty eyelashes.

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Model Lisa Duffy

Hair & Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos

*wish I took this in better lighting – wanted to show the braid detail in the back mirror.

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Model Lisa Duffy

Makeup & Hair by Rochelle Delossantos

Products used: eSalon Treatment Oil & Unite Conditioning Mist in hair, Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation, Make Up Forever Artist shadows & Camouflage Palette to contour, Chantecaille Blush, Dior lips, Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #77, Custom stacked Kiss Beauty and Eyelure eyelashes.

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!

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.

Learning how to be a Makeup Mixologist

The craft of makeup may seem as simple as applying a swatch of color on the lips but those passionate about perfecting artistry including Beautyblender Creator and seasoned celebrity makeup artist Rea Ann Silva know there is far more detail than what meets the naked eye.

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Revolutionizing the idea of airbrushed makeup that looked flawless during the age of HD cameras- Rea Ann used her knowledge and innovative thinking to develop the now iconic Beautyblender sponge. Since then, many brands have tried to duplicate her genius product but without comparison to the streamlined signature versatility of the Original Beautyblender! It was my pleasure to attend a launch party for the newest addition to the Beautyblender family, sur.facepro Tuesday night @ Planet Dailies Mixology 101 in Los Angeles.

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My first impression? The sur.facepro provides a quick, hygienic & modern approach to makeup matching and mixing that is user friendly for both makeup pros and makeup addicts. I predict this will become the newest beauty tool obsession!

At the cocktail party, I ran into some beauties including the one and only gorgeous Rea Ann Silva, Z Palette Creator Zena Shteysel who also is Makeup Department Head of Dancing With the Stars, The Beautyblender Pro Team and talented young artist Brett Brette Sims who sketched a gorgeous portrait of me of course holding an Original Beautyblender.

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With Beautyblender Creator Rea Ann Silva (Bummed about this weird lighting situation!)

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The Beautiful Zena, Creator of the Zpalette.

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Me getting touched up with the Beautyblender Pro Team.

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With artist Brette Sims who designed this incredible portrait!

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This fun event brought music, makeup and playful smiles with a mixology class showcasing the cocktail of the night – a sur.face pro.tini. I am excited to play with my new Beautyblender tools and will do a full review on Examiner.com once I give the sur.facepro a proper test run. Discover the complete range of Beautyblender at Sephora.