Before and After Photos; Makeup in Your 20’s

Life got a little overwhelming recently, so I decided to take on an intern. This is Danielle, my right hand gal. She’s as sweet as she is beautiful and I couldn’t wait to get her in my chair so I could highlight what makeup in your 20’s should look like.

Think about enhancing, and not covering. You’re looking for a little boost of color with evened out skin. It’s a look that’s youthful, casual, pretty, and really easy. I used some of my favs on Danielle and showed her how to pull off a 5 minute makeup routine that she can wear daily.

Danielle before. I told you she was adorable.
…And after, in natural light

And with a flash

I started by evening out her skin using HD Invisible Cover Foundation from MAKE UP FOR EVER because it’s rich in pigment and easy to blend with a finish that has some luminosity to it so it doesn’t just sit flat on the skin. I also used some around her eyes to cover slight darkness but she didn’t need a separate concealer. If you do wear concealer, apply it on discolored areas before using this foundation so you don’t cover up its finish, a big reason why it looks so great on the skin.

Next I gave her eyes some definition. You’d be shocked at how much pigment and staying power is in Wet N Wild’s ColorIcon palettes. I used the top left shadow as a base shade all over her lids, then I mixed the middle left one with the lower right one for her lower lid only blending it into her natural crease. The result was a little contrast without looking too dark or heavy for a girl who doesn’t usually wear shadow.

It’s also a good lesson on not spending a lot on something you don’t use very often. You can have eye shadow on hand for special events or nights out, but you won’t feel guilty when you don’t wear it daily because they weren’t expensive. If you don’t wear it a lot, don’t spend a lot. Save the cash for something you use all the time.

I couldn’t be more obsessed with Tarte right now. Their EmphasEYES waterproof clay-based shadow/ liner has surpassed Bobbi Brown’s pot liner in my book for a few reasons. It’s a natural formula that’s without Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, and Phthalates which isn’t easy to fine. But even more importantly, it’s a heck of a lot easier to apply. I think the clay-based formula gives the liner a firmer texture that lays down more precisely and doesn’t slip around as easily as the BB one does. It comes with a dual ended brush that has a liner brush on one side and a smudger one on the other so you can create both a precise line and a smokey eye.

I gave Danielle a precision look along her upper and lower lash line to define her eyes. I didn’t want a harsh look, so I used the liner in Brown instead of black. For a look that’s less intense for daily use, you can also use navy or plum.

On to the cheeks, more Tarte. Totally obsessed. I haven’t reviewed a lot of cheek stains because I think they’re notoriously hard to use. Most begin to dry the second you apply them and can stain in streaks before you get a chance to blend. Instead of packaging their stain in a tube or something small, Tarte opted for this small deodorant looking push up applicator that just happens to be the same width as the area on your cheeks that you’d want to be covered with color. Trust me, the packaging seems bulky but once you use the stain, you understand why it’s made that way. The color essentially applies itself exactly where it should go and you have plenty of time for blending.

I used this shade called Natural Beauty, a sheer berry on her cheeks. It gives one of the most natural looking flushes to the skin there is and the color lasts such a long time. I’ve always been a fan of non-powder cheek colors because they stay on the skin so well, but stains take the lasting power to the next level and this one does so using a natural formula that stands alone.

A little color on the lips and we’re all done. Philosophy’s popular Kiss Me is a hydrating lip balm that boasts a high SPF of 20 as well. Although it gives a somewhat glossy look, its purpose is to give some casual color to the lips that’s light weight and moisturizing.

I just popped the color straight onto her lips without using a liner or lipstick first. It looks bright in the tube, but it sheers out to a light berry glaze that’s just a shade deeper than her lips naturally are. It’s just what you want for casual daily color that feels great on your lips so you don’t forget to reapply.

When you’re 20-something, your routine should be easy and fun. It’s the perfect time to experiment with colors and to find a routine that brings out your best features.

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Makeup Before and After; Perfectly Balanced Makeup

You know that phrase, ‘you could sell ice to an Eskimo?’ That might apply to my silky smooth personality because this cute bridesmaid from last week didn’t hesitate posing for a pic in all of her roller glory. I think it’s because she’s adorable, even with the rollers…

My trusty point and shoot camera captured a few girls whose makeup I did for a wedding last weekend. I think they illustrate perfectly what makeup can (and should) do, if I do say so myself. The word here is enhance.

Slathering on makeup until you’re barely recognizable isn’t my bag. I’ve been a Makeup Artist for a long time and yes there are some really fun tricks I can do with color, but what really lights my fire is makeup that’s feminine, romantic, and timeless.

Look Breakdown:

Face: Dinair airbrush makeup

Cheeks: Dinair airbrush makeup

Eyes: Dinair eye color in Lt Smoke with some Smashbox shadow and Jet Set liner all the way around her eyes. Using this much liner could make some eyes appear smaller, but since she has eyes that are huge and perfect, they supported the amount of color used.

Concealer: Graftobian around the eyes. I’m from the Bobbi Brown old school where I like under the eye area to be slightly lighter than the face itself to give a youthful pop.

Brows: Filled in with a BECCA Cosmetics powder.

Lips: L’Oreal Infallible Lip Color in a pinky shade just slightly darker than her natural lip color.

Lashes: Ardell #120, they’re the big guns that I bust out for some extra drama when I’m working with big eyes with a medium to full natural lash.

No airbrush makeup? No sweat. Check out Graftobian creme foundation that offers as close to an airbrush look as you can get that’s meant for photography and sells for $9.

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Makeup Before and After; Uneven Skin & Airbrush Makeup

I never remember to bring my camera when I’m working. On the few occasions I do actually remember it I often forget to take a ‘before’ so the ‘after’ photo doesn’t really matter. I’m working though, what can I say?

This is an adorable bridesmaid from a wedding I worked last weekend. She’s a mom and wanted a little sizzle to bring out her gorgeous blue eyes. She also had some concerns about her uneven skin from periodic breakouts.

I used Dinair airbrush makeup on her skin, cheeks, and eyes using lt. Smoke (one of my favorite colors ever) for her ‘basecoat’ eye shadow. I built traditional (powder) shadow over top of the airbrush one to create a longer lasting look that doesn’t crease. Of course I used my good ol Ardell #110’s for her lash. You can see how they add length and drama to her eyes without looking over the top, they’re so perfect. Since her eyes carried most of the look, I did just a little liner with a pink CARGO gloss on her lips to bring it all together.

Girls always ask me if they can (or should) buy an airbrush system and the answer is yes. This kit from Dinair is meant for personal daily use because it’s so compact and easy to use. If your skin tends to be uneven and you’re doing the whole foundation, concealer, and powder thing everyday, you might want to consider one. Just a few drops into the cup is all you need for flawless skin and water-resistant coverage that wears beautifully all day long.

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Cassel Superstar. Makeup Before and After.

Just because I love my friends, I’m totally their on-call Makeup Artist. If they have an event (or in this case a reality show…) I’m there with brush in hand.

Today, I got to spend some time with my good friend Cassel. She was nice enough to offer up a before photo so you can really see what I did in the after.

See Cassel, you look great without makeup.

All done! 

For the most part, I’ve included all the makeup I used on her in the slideshow below. I used a few things that I really like from the brand new Hybrid line by Murad that combines skin care sensibility with cosmetics that are made to solve problems.

Not pictured is the Aqua Black Waterproof Shadow from MAKE UP FOR EVER that I used to line the hell out of her eyes to give her a sexy look that made her eyes pop. Also not shown is what I used for her foundation since it was Graftobian Glamaire makeup designed for airbrush use only so she could have coverage without weight since it was a million degrees in Denver today – I didn’t want her melting.

Wow, we look really serious. I promise we weren’t.

Thanks for allowing a camera in your naked face, Cassel! It’s the price you pay for your own personal on-call Makeup Artist who also just happens to be a Beauty Editor.

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What Tattoo? Cover it With Cover FX

Maybe you weren’t thinking of your wedding day when you got that tattoo, but here it is and here you are, all dressed in white with a tattoo that looks out of place against the backdrop of the dress and the day itself. Covering tattoos on brides for their wedding is something I do a lot so having something on hand to make it easy to do saves me time and makes my job a lot easier.

Cover FX skyrocketed in popularity when it was used on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith to cover Angelina Jolie’s tattoos. Their Cover FX Cream Foundation (pictured below) is the  heavy-hitting tattoo cover specialist. Their site shows you what you need to cover not just tattoos, but vitiligo, birthmarks, eczema, and other skin discoloration issues.

I enlisted a volunteer so I could see for myself exactly how well it covers. I used their Foundation under the Cover FX Cream and set it with a little powder.


Although the color wasn’t a spot on match to her skin, you can see that the coverage is considerable enough to disguise the tattoo. Remember to set the creme with a powder for a long-wearing finish that won’t rub off.

Cover FX

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