After not wearing lashes for a few weeks, I decided to get creative w my makeup & add top and bottom lashes today. Though it sounds like a lot of lash- a couple colleagues and a personal client all commented that they looked quite natural even up close. The secret? Choose lashes with a very thin ‘invisible’ stip and apply them as close to the natural lash line as possible.
This image was taken on reverse camera with my iPhone 5 (no filter so excuse the shine on my nose), and no flash after wearing my makeup for a good 6 hours.
I used Kiss trio individual lashes ‘x-short’ on the bottom and Eyelure Naturalites ‘lengthening’ strip lashes on top secured with Lashgrip ‘dark’ lash glue.
&&& for the less daring, here are a few tips to remember when applying false lashes.
1. First tight line the top lash line w a black waterproof pencil and soften the eyeliner with a flat eye brush. This will help to camouflage the false lashes whether you choose individuals or strip eyelashes.
2. Curl lashes (if you have Asian lashes like mine this is essential!). Plump lashes with a primer – my favorite is Lash Maximizer by Dior, scroll down a few posts to read my review. Top eyelashes off with a couple coats of mascara before placing false eyelashes to prevent spider eyes.
3. Typically, a minimal amount of lash glue will do the trick. Apply a thin layer of glue onto the strip then wait 20 seconds for the glue to get tacky. Applying lashes when glue is too wet will make a big sticky mess!
4. I only use tweezers when applying individual lashes because I find it easier to use my own fingers. Do what feels more comfortable as long as the lash strip is directly on the lash line with no space between natural and faux lash lines.
5. Finish by pinching natural and false lashes together and curl once more if necessary.
*** always keep lash glue handy when wearing falsies – just in case!
Makeup for photos is a tricky art to master as there are varying factors that contribute to the finished product. This morning, I had the pleasure of glamming up a few young beauties for their Senior photos. I often am asked for tips on how to look good in photos so I thought I would share a few makeup tips that translate as flawless in photos and in real life.
But first, here are my beautiful clients (no filter photos) taken with my iPhone5:
On this gorgeous girl, I prepped the skin with a healthy spritz of Caudalie Beauty Elixir, cotton pads saturated with Le Couvent De Minimes 3 in 1 Rose Micellar Water, Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer & Dr. Hauschka eye cream. Primed eyes with Nars Pro Prime Eyshadow base, Urban Decay Peversion 24/7 pencil smudged into the lash line, shadows from Mehron Makeup Eye Palette & false eyelash strips from Ardell. In her brows I used a Yaby Cosmetics eyeshadow powder applied with an angle brush from Makeup Forever and added a small amount of Eyeko Brow Gel. On the lips is Jurlique Love Balm, Cinema Secrets Lip Pencil and a Dior Addict Lipstick. I finished the complexion with a mix of Chantecaille Future Skin foundations, Bobbi Brown Peach Corrector, Cover FX matte bronzer, Chantecaille blush and Graftobian Loose Powder. The finished look? A naturally soft, bronzed skin with a neutral eye.
I kept the makeup clean and accentuated her big eyes and ivory skin using hints of subtle color. On the eyes, I layered a navy blue ‘Sabbath’ 24/7 eye pencil from Urban Decay with a combo of a matte navy and matte brown eyeshadow to create definition at the lash line. I used an iridescent pale gold plus a soft grey through both from Chantecaille on the eyelids, a bronzer from Edward Bess in the crease and applied a generous amount of L’Oreal waterproof Voluminous Mascara on her naturally long lashes. Through the brows is Makeup Forever Aqua Brows and Eyeko Brow Gel. The skin was primed with Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Primer and a few drops of One Love Organics Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster mixed into Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation. To perfect the skin, I used Koh Gen Do Moisture concealer, Cover FX matte bronzer and La Femme Blush. On the Lips is a Makeup Forever Aqua Lip Liner, Jurlique Love Balm and Dior gloss.
I filled in these beautiful brows with a tiny amount of Yaby Cosmetics cake liner since she wanted to focus on her eyes and created a soft focus winged eyeshdow using a few shades from Mehron Makeup and Urban Decay playing with pearlescent shades through the center of the eyelid and matte taupe through the crease plus a pair of natural eyelashes from Ardell. Along the bottom lash line, I smudged a bit of Butter London Eye Pencil. On her skin, I used Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Primer first, then applied Becca Cosmetics Radiant Skin Satin Foundation and Illamasqua Skin Base Lift to brighten the center of the face. To warm up her naturally bronzed complexion, I used Jane Iredale Mineral pressed foundation in a deep shade, Chantecaille Ectasy Blush and Becca Cosmetics Shimmering skin Perfector Pressed in Topaz on the tops of her cheeks. For the lips, I mixed Vbeaute lip Spread, Cinima Secrets lip pencil and a Maybelline lipstick to create a glossy berry pout.
&&& now some makeup tips for looking fab in photos:
1. Take time to prep your skin with appropriate moisturizer & primer depending on your skin type. You don’t want a beautiful, bold eye with a blotchy complexion. Real life flawless skin can often look red or uneven on camera since flushed skin or pigmentation can peek through.
2. Steer clear away from products with titanium, zinc or mica (commonly found in foundations, spf and powders). These ingredients flashback white/grey leaving an ashy cast on the skin.
3. Camera flashes and even natural lighting can make the skin look like a flat plane so use a light hand and build up intensity on the eyes, lips and cheeks a little more than an average makeup day to create dimension on the face; otherwise your best features will disappear!
4. Take a test photo with your phone – with and without flash – to make sure your total makeup look is looking blended where it needs to be and defined where you want definition. If it’s not looking right, fix it before you go on your way.
5. Once you finish your makeup (or your makeup artist is finished applying all the products) look in a hand held mirror and in a mirror further away – like in your bathroom or in a floor length mirror. You will know immediately if you desire any edits.
6. Make sure your face, neck, chest and whatever exposed skin is seen looks uniform in color…. self explanatory!
What are your best kept secrets to looking good in photos?
One of the highlights of June was attending a beauty editor and beauty blogger press event featuring a few of my favorite things: eyelashes, great sunglasses and a lighthearted chat with two incredible beauty industry leaders.
Allergan and LATISSE® hosted an event at Warby Parker at The Standard Hotel in Hollywood where I had the pleasure of meeting Celebrity Makeup Artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen and top dermatologist Dr Jessica Wu. It was a joy to meet these two powerful ladies who of course were gorgeous, eloquent speakers and so sweet. Listening to Brigitte talk about her legendary career painting faces for iconic Vogue magazine covers, high fashion editorials and working side by side with the most respected designers was an unreal experience. Her persona is genuine and her energy is inspiring! Dr. Jessica Wu was a sweet surprise as she speaks with such passion about her journey building her education and high profile following at her Brentwood office.
Latisse is the premium solution to obtaining full, healthy lashes without the damaging aftermath that lash extensions and false eyelash strips cause. Boosting a youthful appearance with the benefits of increased lash density, volume and length can be achieved through Latisse and I cannot wait to give it a try! More to come on my Latisse journey coming soon.
Here is a quick photo diary from the event.
Legendary Makeup Artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen and I after we chatted about the controversy behind ‘Instagram Eyebrows’ and her favorite memories working behind the scenes with Mr Yves Saint Laurent.
Dr. Jessica Wu speaking to her personal experience of working on the 1st clinical trials of Latisse and her tips on navigating modern anti-aging.
Visit the Latisse Website for further info on how to get beautiful lashes in just a few weeks! For a pair of new sunnies, shop the Warby Parker at The Standard Hotel and follow @brigittemakeup and @jessicawu on Instagram for daily beauty inspiration. Also, a quick thank you to Jamie from Lippe Taylor PR for the gracious invitation.
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.
I brought out Louraine’s beautiful eyes and kept the skin glowing, fresh & flawless.
Pictured below all makeup by me on sisters and Mother of the Bride.
& 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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Two things that put a smile on my face is a great chat with passionate people and a pair of charming British accents. Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a desk side chat with Daksha Chikhal and David Delport from REN Skincare. Since I’ve always had a fascination with the UK’s incredible blogging culture, REN skincare has been a brand in my radar of products to try thanks to Caroline Hirons. (If you love skincare, she is the queen of breaking down skincare regimens and you must check out her blog! )
Focusing on a philosophy of merging pure ingredients with the expertise of an in house biochemist and cosmetologist, REN Skincare stands out as brand truly serving immediate benefits and complexity of results.
Pioneering the trend for using clean face and body treatments the brand offers a complete range of products with natural essential oils, floral waters, Acidic regenerating acids and Bio Extracts made for all skin concerns including anti-aging, blemish control, radiance boosting, detoxifying and various targeted products to suit both men and women. For the daily makeup wearers, there is the Rosa Centifolia™ colletion of maximum efficacy cleansing products that purify the skin from 100% natural Rose Extract Complex in every desired texture: a hot cloth cleanser (which I’m so excited to try!), a traditional cleansing gel, cleansing foam, 3-1 Cleansing Water, Express Makeup Remover, Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser and No. 1 Cleansing Balm. A firm believer in clarified skin = more youthful skin, a complete selection of daily cleansers is a plus in my book.
Most impressive is a quite unique approach to treating skin while still using naturally derived ingredients. A new launch coming September 2014, the Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is a high potency water activated Vitamin C treatment that refines the skin’s overall appearance immediately. It’s an absolute essential for a Socal woman like me who lives up and down the 405 freeway. the Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial reduces the effects of environmental ‘urban grey’ cast on the skin and minimizes signs of sun damage and fine lines and other unfortunate skin imperfections that come with aging.
Is it me or has this last month been extra busy? I feel like I haven’t had a moment to reflect on some of my latest clients. Thankfully, my calendar has been filled with many new makeup clients for prom, weddings and special occasions taking me all over SoCal with all my favorite luxury makeup favorites in my kit within the last few weeks. I just wanted to do a quick post with a few of my favorite makeup looks I’ve done:
Above is a couple soft eye looks for a wedding coordinator, bridesmaid and mother of the bride. I’m planning to post a full makeup post on this bridal party once I get some photos back from their amazing photographer. I used mostly Anastasia Beverly Hills, Chantecaille, Dior and Becca Cosmetics to achieve the looks above.
My client was celebrating her birthday and usually wears a soft neutral work makeup. She said ‘let’s go for it’ and we played with jewel tones to complement her beautiful skin. I used a combination of OCC Makeup, Chantecaille, Urban Decay and Makeup Forever to create her ultra-glam look.
This natural beauty has gorgeous eyes and wanted a celebrity inspired makeup look. I used soft bronze and rich browns from Cargo Cosmetics to accentuate her eyes, Tarte Foundation and Dior on her lips. She was ready for Prom!
More to come with photos of my recent makeup work. Are you ready for the weekend? Happy Friday!
I remember maybe 11 years ago roaming around a Sephora store and being really excited to see Urban Decay since it wasn’t a brand that was sold everywhere. At the time I was very experimental with makeup and was eager to see the hype around the 24/7 eyeliners. That day, I made my first Urban Decay purchase of an electric-turquoise blue 24/7 liner and a lavender-purple glitter liquid liner – of course in retro packaging but still amazing.
Yesterday, I received a package of 24/7 liners that I ordered with my UD Pro Discount-yay for makeup artist perks & 40% off!- and it totally brought me back to that first time so many years ago remembering what the Urban Decay brand really stood for. It was slightly rebellious, loud and totally innovative.
Today, it is surprising to see that ‘Naked’ is what is synonymous with UD in mainstream media as the roots of the brand are all about the edgy, music inspired raw makeup scene. Bright 24/7 liners and chunky, vibrant glitter are two products that many UD fans started with but I suppose as fan grow older there is a time for a muted ‘Naked’ moment.
With the new Electric Palette release, I hope all the young Urban fans can appreciate the homage to the original brand concept of making a statement and being original! Who knew makeup could be so nostalgic?
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:
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:
I can’t wait to glam her entire bridal party in May!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
All of these items will be put to good work and once again, my beauty cravings have been fulfilled!