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& here’s one of my favorite MOTD from last week’s work grind. I’m wearing Dior Rouge #786 on my lips, Ardell Wispies False Lashes, Dior Forever Foundation, Cover FX Bronzer, Chantecaille on my eyes and cheeks, Bobbi Brown Color Corrector in Peach under my eyes, Koh Gen Do UV Powder, Kardashian Beauty Navy eyeliner on the bottom lash line & Dior Liquid Liner on the upper lash line.
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.
This morning I woke up feeling very nasal and sick but that’s nothing a Soy Caramel Machiatto, a lot of water and makeup can’t fix.
It sounds ridiculous but makeup transforms my mood all the time. Whatever emotion I’m feeling there is always a calm that hits my body when I pick up a makeup brush and start creating the perfect blend. Since my throat and nose was causing me to feel low energy, I picked up my colorful Crown Brush palette that I purchased during a Hautelook Beauty Sale last month and started pairing random colors together.
Here is my makeup of the day that got me out of my sick funk:
What I used: Prepped my skin first with Jurlique Hydrating Lavender mist, Chantecaille UV50, vbeaute Eye Never EYe Cream, Cargo Cosmetics Chestnut through my brows, Dior Forever Foundation #030, Cover FX concealer G30, Dior Matte Bronzer #003, Koh Gen Do UV translucent powder, Motives Cosmetics Lipgloss in Passion, Dior Lash Maximizer, Eyeko Black Magic Mascara & Crown Brush Palette (the cobalt blue, dark purple and pale blue shades)
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of my all time favorite things about fall is seeing red lip colors emerge out of every makeup brand. The iconic lip color is synonymous with not only old Hollywood vintage glamour but with autumn fashion trend each year because the rich shade of red is always complementary to the breezy weather. It’s like the ultimate declaration that summer is over when I hide my bright pinks and turn my attention to my red lip collection. Making a major comeback this year is orange-red lip shades; a warm twist on the dark reds seen in the past few fall seasons. See a full list of my orange red lips faves, by clicking here.
Also, here are some swatches and info on a couple standouts in my personal collection: Top Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Tangerine Tango, Middle Chantecaille Persimmon, Bottom Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel in All the Way.
For timid beauty fans, try a sheer lip gloss instead of a full on, opaque lipstick. Try the amazing Kelly Tee Garden Organics lip gloss in shade ‘red’ it has a seriously useful light up wand and side mirror for touch ups in any setting.
& if you’re like me with big lips, a long wearing lipstick is a total necessity. I recently saw the new formulation of the Dior Rouge Dior Lipsticks and love the classic #999 shade that made Dior so famous for killer lipstick with its luxe feel and full coverage finish. I don’t have the new packaging, I’m debating if I should purchase it (more on that later) but if you scroll down to my post ‘Dior In My Heart’ there is a photo of my hand with swatches that shows the red #999 color in the center of my hand. There are three majorly addictive orange-red lipsticks that have made it to my collection from Avon, Chantecaille and Marc Jacobs which are so beautiful and carry an impressive wear and pigment. (Thank you Avon and Chantecaille for sending over these beauties my way). All have a moisturizing feel but don’t slip of the lips easily. Love that!
All of the models were so sweet and I was flattered to have a line of beauties waiting for me to work some makeup magic on them. It was a challenge doing makeup in an extra dark VIP room but I had help from my sister, Grace and her friend Courtney with a makeshift iPhone flashlight action to make sure my work was on point. There’s always something about the energy of a behind the scenes fashion show that immediately draws me in; every detail is driven by passionate people.
Me with my makeup set up behind the scenes in the VIP room while the models had a meeting with the designers.
Three of the beauties I worked with last night, love the chunky necklaces and printed fabrics.
Dramatic eyes + pale lips was the look of night which meant I reached for my Chantecaille, Urban Decay, Cargo Cosmetics and Dior eye shadows for the perfect smoky eyes and Maybelline Whisper and Laura Geller lipsticks mixed with a little Illamasqua Skin Base Lift concealer on the lips. The skin was matte and flawless thanks to Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation, Sleek Makeup Cream to Powder, Illamasqua Skin Base Lift concealer blended with a damp brush spritzed with L’Occitane rosewater facial mist and set the complexion with Makeup Forever High Definition powder. To shape the face I used Dior Matte Bronzer, Jane Iredale Mineral Bronzer, Cover FX Matte Bronzer, Dior Blush in Peechy Keen, Dior Rosy Glow Blush and La Femme Blush in Sienna. To make sure the makeup stayed in place I primed the skin with BECCA Cosmetics Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector on the skin, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
and vBeaute Lip Spread on the lips.
photos are mine & shown with no filter. (You can see it was really dark where I was working!)
& a special thank you to my Girl, Christine Thank you for always thinking of me. You’ve seen me grow up from my first days behind the counter to now! You looked fab last night.
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.
Here are a few beautiful things spotted at the luxury beauty counter that will always have a piece of my heart.
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!
As I drank my morning coffee fix from Starbucks earlier today, it reminded me of a memory as a young girl in elementary school hoping desperately to wear lipstick and leave my imprint on a coffee mug just like my mom. She would wear a dusty rose creamy lipstick and that faint pout stamped across the top of her pale ivory mug was like a true statement of glamour I thought as I nibbled at my buttery grilled cheese sitting next to her. My earliest memories of makeup fixation happened so young and now my little princess looks at me the same way I looked at my mom as she swiped across a generous swatch of lipstick across her mouth.
Today, my mom still favors a pinky rose lip; the classic hue brings me back to childhood every time! Here is today’s lip combo with my Grande White Mocha: Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel in All the Way & Le Metier De Beaute Lip Crème Lip Gloss in Papaya Crème. I went with the dewy theme and paired the vibrant orange glossy lip with glowing skin and iridescent green eye shadows.
What I’m wearing: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Crown Brush Limited Edition Hautelook eye shadow palette, Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach, Illamasqua Skin Base lift concealer in Medium, Chanel Kohl Noir eyeliner pencil, Cargo Cosmetics eye shadow from Vintage Escapes Palette in Chestnut for my eyebrows, Dior Lash Maximizer, Eyeko Black Magic Mascara, Dior Forever Foundation in 030 Medium Beige, Sleek Makeup Cream to Powder foundation as my contour, Vapour Organic Beauty Multi-Use Blush Stain in Crave, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal.
Good morning, mine is starting with an iced chai latte along with a sesame bagel with tomatoes, cream cheese and lemon pepper that I devoured before a photo could be taken from Grounds Bakery in Long Beach. It’s a totally addictive breakfast spot!
I’m spending the morning at my little girl’s dance class with a couple trusty Chantecaille essentials. (Had to throw in a little luxe beauty somewhere!)
I’m wearing my favorite tinted moisturizer; Chantecaille Just Skin Antismog Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 in shade Wheat and Chantecaille’s Luminous Gloss in shade Framboise.