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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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’m quite skeptical when it comes to eyelash products that claim to grow natural length because number one, I have asian eyelashes and number two my lashes fall out a lot since I curl them daily – again the curse of straight and extra short asian eyelashes. Although I frequently love to wear a pair of false lashes my eyes have been easily irritated from spring allergies and I have been leaning toward taking my time with applying mascara in the morning over a strip of falsies. To be fair, I have never tried Latisse or any growth treatment besides the one I am about to mention but I do know there is a laundry list of hazards attached to those type of prescription grade treatments such as discoloration and redness.
A few years ago, while I was working for Dior I helped launch the Dior Lash Maximizer which claimed to grow lashes in length, gradually increase curl and give the lashes an overall plush appearance. It’s made with soy protein which conditions and is the main ingredient that makes the lashes noticeably longer in length. A major plus to the product is it is convenient to apply as it is a mascara wand that deposits white product that turns clear in seconds – simply brush on the lashes first and follow up with your favorite mascara.
Personally, I’ve tried it under Dior mascaras (Diorshow New Look is my favorite of the Dior family), other luxe brands and even under drugstore mascaras and it still works beautifully to give the lashes an immediate difference in thickness, length and separation.
Top photo was taken 3 weeks ago prior to using the Diorshow Lash Maximizer & the bottom is from today after using it daily for 3 weeks!
I highly recommend the Diorshow Lash Maximizer to anyone who has problems with lash fallout, short lashes or is just looking to amplify the look of their natural lashes. I cannot say that I notice a big difference in natural curl after using it over the years but I do notice a change in the length and thickness when I have gone without this product. For $28.50 it is worth a try!
Considering the last month passed me by with a quickness, from a ridiculous schedule of writing, work and makeup bookings, I managed to test and fall in love with many new and old beauty favorites. Currently my voice feels completely raspy and while I feel like recuperating after a night of discomfort from cough attacks and a stuffy nose I’ve chosen to work on some writing from my new Mac Book Air thanks to my husband.
Cheers to the beauty products that captured my love recently:
- Carol’s Daughter Manoi Oil: Applying this smoothing hair oil gets me a compliment literally every time I wear it. Having really dark black hair (yes that is possible) that is naturally really deep in tone makes it difficult to add dimension in between hair cuts. Adding a boost of shine always makes me love this delicious hair treat.
- Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator: Intentionally, I decided to use up all of the physical exfoliators in my stash before using this one solely as my clear skin fix for the past month and I can’t say enough about what a difference this stimulating product does. Twice a week, place a thin layer of this tingly lightweight fluid over the entire face for a few minutes and reveal a totally refreshed, bright, smooth skin perfect for the dull skin weather that comes around when the seasons change. Those sensitive to abrasive scrubs will love this bead-free formula made of organic ingredients!
- Lush Oatfix Fresh Face Mask: I recently ran out of a clay mask that was a favorite and thought I would give the Oatfix mask a try as a purifying skin treat. At first application the scent drew me in as it literally smells like a bowl of breakfast with the banana and fresh oatmeal base. Who doesn’t love a lovely scent of sweet banana?
- Kure Bazaar Nail Polish: Let’s face it the French have an edge on many things including the amazing nail lacquers from Kure Bazaar. Opaque, full coverage application in just one swipe is what keeps me coming back to this beautiful formula made of natural and organic ingredients. Try it once, and you’ll know what I’m talking about!
- Inglot Matte Eyeshadow: Matte eyeshadows and I have a bit of a love hate relationship as I love the idea of them but never are drawn to purchasing matte eye shadows when I shop. I knew when I was in Newport Fashion Island that Inglot was one of the shops I really needed to explore since they have a pretty large selection of high pigmented shadows including mattes. I picked up a matte Navy and have my eye on a couple greens and warm browns for next time.
- Eyemimo False Eyelashes: On a fluke browse through Instagram, I saw a post for the Eyemimo Cosmetics Eyelash sample sale and since I’ve been obsessed with eyelashes this season I decided to order a couple pairs since they were only $1.50. I liked them so much that I placed a second order while the sale was still going on since the quality and look of the lashes were quite impressive.
- Dior Forever Foundation: This was the first foundation from Dior I was hooked on when I started working for the brand several years ago. The texture is really breathable with a medium to full coverage finish and most importantly the refined effect it provides lasts well, forever! Since my days are usually quite long it is a total plus to have a long wearing formula that feels weightless.
Whenever the image of someone applying makeup in the car comes to mind I cringe at the thought of uneven face symmetry and horrible blending but this morning I was guilty of having a 405 Freeway traffic glamming session.
I have mastered makeup application on myself knowing exactly where to apply products without looking with the exception of my eyebrows which I refuse to do without proper mirror time. Often even at home, I can literally do my entire face pretty spot on minus brows with no mirror. This morning I applied my eye shadow primer, eye shadows, eyeliner, foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush and loose powder all on the way to work (which is usually a thirty minute to an hour drive).
Of course for more intricate makeup days when a precise liner or extravagant eye makeup plays a part in my overall look of the day than an on the go glamming session is not the best idea but this morning was an early one and I had no choice but to glam it on the freeway. I applied my eyes and cheek products with a brush and blended all of my face makeup with just my fingertips. The lashes were a last minute addition I threw on right after I parked.
Here’s what I used: Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation G40, Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer Medium 1, Koh Gen Do UV Translucent powder, Chantecaille Matte Eye Shadow in Celestine and the Wild Horses Palette, Chantecaille Blush in Ecstacy, Cover FX Matte Bronzer, Kardashian Beauty Navy Eyeliner, Cle De Pea Lip Luminizer in #203 & Katy Perry for Eyelure Eyelashes.
As far back as I can remember in my makeup memories, gold and pink has always been a go to color combination when I can’t decide what to wear. Fast, multi-dimensional and just neutral enough to pair with any fashion picks this wearable duo is a modern revamp of the classic creamy eye shadow and flushed lips. In the past ten days, this has been my default makeup look for pretty much every occasion: work, date night w my hubby & everywhere in between.
Here I am wearing my signature color pairing:
& these are a few of my current favorites….
Gold Eyes: I’ve been using the pale gold from the Kardashian Beauty Double Up eye stick (the other end has a black shimmering cream eye shadow and also this is the old packing it’s not called Kardashian Beauty not Khroma Beauty) as a primer underneath my shadows to make the gold more vibrant, Maybelline Color Tattoo pigment in Breaking Bronze, Le Metier De Beaute True Color Eyeshadow in JOJO, Cargo Cosmetics Vintage Escapes Eye shadow palette in shades Cinnamon & Rustic.
Pink Lips: Cle De Peau Extra Rich Lipstick, YSL Rouge Volupte in #2 Sensuous Silk, Chantecaille Luminous Lipgloss in Frambroise, vbeaute Lip Spread in Truth.
Have you tried this classic color combo?
As I opened one eye to my smiling 4 year old two inches from my face playing with my hair at 6:30 am, there was a part of me that wanted to send her back to her bed to play while I continued holding on to the four hours of sleep I got last night but then I just couldn’t do it. Who could resist that innocent laugh she makes, right? So I mustered up some energy while I let her choose her preschool attire for the day; the little diva went with a red floral print dress, purple sweater and Tinkerbell socks in case you were wondering.
She climbed up my leg, sat on my lap and watched me start my morning ritual of skincare essentials and makeup routine per the norm. “Is that a thick eye cream?” “How come you put a serum on like that?” “You should wear the matte eyeshadow primer instead of the gold one mommy.” “Are you blending the creamy concealer with a flat brush?” and of course at this age “Why… Why… Why…” never ends. Yes, totally my daughter with this eloquent beauty verbage!
Between the Why’s How’s and What’s this is the finished beauty look I came up with through the morning interrogation.
For tired mornings a two must haves are BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector and Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer. BECCA’s brilliant liquid highlighter can be used over or under makeup and even on no makeup days to bring life back to fatigued morning skin. Today I applied an ultra-thin layer of Illamasqua concealer under my eyes to camoflauge dark circles and divided one pump of BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in shade Opal along the tops of my cheeks, down the center of my nose and on my chin to illuminate any dark shadows.
What I used: Caudalie Cleansing Water, vbeaute Eye Never Eye Cream, Dior One Essential Serum, Caudalie Vino Fluid SPF 15 on my skin, Cover FX Total Cream Foundation in N40 and G40 (used with a light hand blended with just fingertips), Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer in Medium 1, Laura Geller Beauty 25 Shades of Baked Palette in Khaki and Emerald on top of Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Eyelure Katy Perry Color Pop false eyelashes, Cargo Cosmetics Vintage Escapes Eye Shadow Palette in Chestnut and Black Crow in my brows, Sleek Makeup Cream to Powder (Also used with a light hand blended with just fingertips), Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Incognito, Per-fekt Beauty Lip Perfection Gel in Sunset, BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering SKin Perfector in Opal.
Give me glowing and fresh over shadows and matte skin any day!
False lashes and I have been in a love/hate relationship for the past eight years.
From age 18-22 I had a major romance with false eye lases as I’ve always been a fan of over the top glamorous makeup; most likely from my pageant days and adoration for luxury beauty ads. On minimal makeup days, I loved to pair my huge false lashes with no foundation and a bold colorful lip. Even during my pregnancy, false eyelashes made me feel just a little bit more fabulous than I felt on exhausting days juggling school and work.
Experimenting with different lengths was especially fun when working behind the makeup counter but I gradually grew bored with the chore of applying them every morning.
Since then, I occasionally rocked a pair of lashes but luckily my natural lashes were easily boosted with my what seems like a lifelong supply of Dior Lash Maximizer and Mascaras from working with the legendary mascara brand for so many years.
Lately I’ve succumb to some frequent lash cravings. Yes, lash cravings! Going a little bit crazy on rebuilding my false lash stash with some amazing brands: Ardell, Japonesque, Eyelure and a new discovery True or False Lashes.
Today I’m feeling the false lash love, let’s see about tomorrow.
My current stash excluding a few pairs on top of my vanity: