Kate Winslet Golden Globes 2010; BECCA Lip and Cheek Créme

Kate Winslet is another star whose style is consistently on the mark. She always looks perfectly polished and never over the top. Her makeup does exactly what it should, bring out her very best so the focus is on her and not on the makeup.

Having lips and cheeks in the same shade is an easy start to achieving a polished look, and one of the few ‘rules’ makeup artists tend to stick to.  BECCA’s Lip and Cheek Créme melts right into the skin and looks like a completely natural cheek flush. You can use it alone on lips for a subtle tint or add gloss over it for more dimension, it dissolves right into both cheeks and lips and gives a glazed look that’s somewhere perfectly in between dry and glossy.

I didn’t think it was possible, but BECCA has beat out my long-standing favorite Stila’s Convertible Color as the best lip and cheek creme. While Stila’s version is a great product and good for cheeks, it’s a little too opaque to use alone on the lips, BECCA nails a formula that doesn’t just give lip service to being multi-functional, it truly is.

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Dear Carissa- Foundation Advice; BECCA Cosmetics

Dear Carissa,

I am trying to find a foundation that is natural looking and easy to apply. My current foundation, I love the way it goes on and the look of it but it just doesn’t last. I want a primer too that makes it last a little longer and also helps my shine.

Do I have unrealistic expectations that foundation should last all day?

Thanks so much!


Ok Courtney, here’s the scoop,

As a Makeup Artist, I get a unique insight into the lasting power of makeup since it’s my job to ensure what I create lasts an incredibly long amount of time. Some people’s skin doesn’t hold on to color as well as others, so using a highly pigmented foundation would be a good place to start. Look for a strong color line, like BECCA which does foundations really well, and then invest in the longevity of that foundation with a primer and powder.

BECCA’s 4 primers allow you to choose one based on your skin type, you’d like their Mattifying Primer to cancel out shine and give the foundation something to grab on to for extended wear. If you’re ever having problems with foundation not lasting, using a primer is always a good place to start.

BECCA’s Stick Foundation gives the best coverage of any stick foundation I’ve used. I first use it as a concealer to cover redness, then I dab it on one section of my face at a time and buff it in with a foundation brush.  You don’t need to use a lot for complete coverage, the finish is totally natural looking, and I love that it’s SPF 30.

You may have heard about their Fine Loose Finishing Powder which constantly receives rave reviews because it’s micro-milled to be ultra fine. It’s so unique that it sets the foundation making it semi water resistant while allowing the skin’s natural finish to peek through.

Bottom line-  find a line that has a fantastic foundation, use the primer and powder within that line as a system that works together to give you the lasting power you want.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector

This incedibly georgous photo was shot by (seriously amazing) Colorado wedding photographer extrodinarre Frances Marron at the Ritz Carlton Denver to highlight their beautifully unique wedding facility.

One of the things I love most about this photo is her absolutely glowing skin. I achieved this look on Anne by mixing 1 part BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl, with 3 parts liquid foundation (M.A.C. Studio Fix Fluid) and just spread it evenly on the face. The result is skin that literally looks glowing and can be used on legs and declote’.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector

Best Concealers

So very few women have a concealer that they’re 100% attached to. Balancing out consistency with pigment is a delicate balance that for some reason isn’t often achieved. Many times what looks to be a good concealer upon application, becomes creased, obvious or just disappears altogether.

Of course there are a few that have achieved cult status like Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat for its airy light luminosity, Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage for it’s rich consistency, and Cle De Peau Concealer for its silky feel. So let me introduce you to a few more gems that hide discolorations, fight smudging and creasing, and last all day long.


When I saw a concealer by a company I didn’t know selling at Sephora under their ‘Best Sellers’ for $40, I knew I had to pony up the dough. Who is AmazingCosmetics and what’s so incredible about this concealer? Quickly I discovered that this full coverage, waterproof concealer smoothes over imperfections covering them completely without appearing cakey or the least bit visible while using only the prescribed ‘pin dot amount.’


Time Balm, a cream concealer from The Balm, touts itself as anti-wrinkle meaning it doesn’t settle into fine lines causing new imperfections while trying to hide the old ones. Even the most stubborn dark circles can’t stand up to the powder of this little pot packed with vitamins A, C and E. On several occasions, Time Balm has cut the dark circles that I would’ve otherwise used 2 separate concealers to cancel darkness around the eyes, and the creamy consistency is even appropriate for a more mature eye.


BECCA’s Compact Concealer has you covered in a few different ways with their ingenious little split pan. One side is a creamier version providing medium cover, while the other side gives full coverage with a slightly dryer consistency for bigger jobs. Find your perfect combination for what suits your face and eye areas. And with an impressive shade range of 34 colors, everyone is sure to find their ideal match.

BECCA Compact Concealer


There is only one category I haven’t written about until now. Concealer. I’ve tried everything; some settle in fine lines, some make blemishes look worse, most look great when you put them on, then wear off in about an hour and many are just too heavy. BECCA’s best selling concealer delivers a one-two punch by having an unheard of selection of 34 colors to ensure the perfect match and by splitting the compact in two using one side for medium coverage perfect for the eye area, and the other side for a heavier coverage that wears all day long. The consistency is uniquely silky with a bold texture and the results are flawless.

BECCA Compact Concealer