Aveda at Christian Siriano Spring 2011 Show for Fashion Week New York

Christian Siriano’s Spring 2011 collection was a huge hit at New York Fashion Week, but  gorgeous clothes aside Aveda’s creation of what they call a ‘modern bun’ was equally mesmerizing. Could you re-create this new twist on the classic?

Christian Siriano

I used to be this good at crimping too.

Squish your bun together

Blow your hair back
Ta da!

How to get the look:

1. Brush hair with a Mason Pearson brush. Pull the top section of hair — from the hairline to the crown — and clip it out of the way.

2. Comb the remaining hair back into a tight, high ponytail and secure with a bungee elastic. Spray with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray for hold.

3. Spray Aveda Brilliant™ Spray-On Shine directly onto the bristles of a kabuki-style Aveda Uruku Bronzing Brush. “Paint” the sides of hair with the Uruku Bronzing Brush for shine.

4. Take the ponytail and braid it. Then twist the braid into a bun, securing to the head with bobby pins. Spray with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray for ultra-strong hold.

5. Remove the clip from the remaining top section of hair and comb to the crown. Working with small portions of hair (approximately one inch) at a time, use a micro-crimping iron to add texture from the crown to ends.

6. Brush the hair with a Mason Pearson brush to loosen the crimp. Gently pull the hair over the bun and secure at the base with hair pins. Spray with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray.

7. Pull a few pieces of hair out of the bun with fingers for extra texture. Set the look with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray.

You’ll find the rest of the photos from this and other FWNY shows on Aveda’s Facebook right HERE

The No-Makeup Bride & The Wedding Makeup I Did in Mexico

You’d be surprised how often I hear it, ‘I hate wearing makeup, but I want to hire you!’ Girls who favor the more natural look end up being my easiest brides to work with. Using airbrush and professional makeup are key in getting color without heaviness since weight is the last thing you want when you’re sweating in a hot dress and taking photos outside.

Katie, the beautiful bride who hired me to do makeup for her wedding in Mexico, (the trip I took in May where I was sneaking photos of Heidi and Seal) was the typical anti-makeup girl. She warned me ahead of time that she may want to wipe the makeup I applied off if she didn’t feel comfortable since she didn’t wear makeup ever.

After we chatted a bit about how exactly she wanted to look, I started by evening out her skin with Dinair airbrush makeup which gives undetectable coverage, and then I went to her eyes. I wanted them to stand out without using a lot of eye shadow so I used a Loose Shimmer Powder from BECCA which gave a light sparkle and color. For her eyeliner I made a slim black line on the upper lid only for some contrast that also disguised where the false lash met the eye. I used my go-to Ardell #110 lashes which blended perfectly with hers once I curled them and added L’Oreal Double Extend mascara so smudging wasn’t an option. I airbrushed her cheek color as well using water-resistant Dinair so her face wouldn’t have anything powdery on it, key for natural looking photos taken outside in the hot, humid weather we had in Costa Careyes. Lastly, we used a light lip stain with just a hint of gloss for natural looking pout with a kick.

Here are a few snaps of her, you can see why she doesn’t wear (or need) a lot of makeup.

I love the white space in the photo.
You can just see a hint of depth on her lash line from different angles. I also love that whatever was hanging on the wall in the background gave her sis the illusion of a cone hat.
This is why you want to wear false lashes. Just a hint of a swoop from the side is so romantic and pretty. The day before this she swam in them all day and they didn’t budge. Oh, and those are her sweet doggies Chuy and Taco. 

There isn’t just one way to wear makeup for your wedding. I always tell girls that their face should be as dressy as the gown and the day itself, but that doesn’t mean piles of thick color. Don’t be talked into a look that isn’t you, Katie didn’t want something heavy and we came up with a look that was perfect for her – and she loved it.  If you don’t like it in person you won’t like it in photos, don’t believe the hype that something photographs so differently that you’re talked out of how you don’t like what you see. It’s your face, your day, and your dollars. Get exactly what you want.

I also have to say that I was so incredibly happy to meet and work with Fer Juaristi, a fantastic photographer from Mexico who travels all over the world capturing weddings and events. He was as nice as he was talented and his photos are incredible.

You can see more breathtaking (their reception was at the same spot where Heidi Klum and Seal have their annual event) photos from the wedding HERE.

To learn more about Fer click HERE.

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LUSH Colour Supplement Foundation

Lush is known for its girly-meets-hippie mash-up bath and body line, so when I heard they were adding some color, I just thought it would be some patchouli scented lip gloss or something crazy like that. I didn’t, however, expect that they would formulate a version of the (soon-to-be discontinued??) Sensual Skin Enhancer from Kevyn Aucoin which got a lot of love from Makeup Artists for its versatility and complete coverage. How is this even possible that the company that formulates Bath Bombs with saccharine colors and off the wall names could come up with something that could potentially land its way in my professional kit?

If you can’t already tell, I’m nuts about their new Colour Supplements, 4 thick foundation-meets-concealer-meets-tinted moisturizer wonders that let you completely customize your coverage. Before we get into all that, check out 3 of the 4 shades (light pink not included).

Click the photo to enlarge it.

Easy to take along glass jars.

Here’s how I use it.

I’ve been using the Dark Yellow one by mixing most of it on the back of my hand with my daily moisturizer but leaving a bit unmixed. I apply it (mixed) onto my face section by section using my fingers and then pressing it in using a sponge. I then apply the unmixed portion with a concealer brush in the places where I need a little more coverage . I didn’t use powder to set it but the natural coverage lasted all day long without separating.

I didn’t expect this much out of it (and not just because its first ingredient is Rose Petal Infusion either.) Foundations that have lots of coverage need to blend in and sit well on the skin so it’s invisible, a difficult feat that many department store lines don’t even get right.  It’s a small pot, but the pigment is dense so you’ll get a lot of use out of it. Oh, and it’s only $14.

Lush, you’re totally forgiven for naming a Bath Bomb Fizzy O’Therapy, Colour Supplement is your official Get Out of Jail Card for life.

Colour Supplement

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After-Sun Hydrators for the Body

Too much sun can happen to even the most devoted sunscreen user. What seems like 10 minutes in the sun can actually be 60 – it’s hard to keep track when we’re having fun, so applying sunscreen isn’t always done in a timely manner. When the sun goes down and your skin feels a little crispy, try using a body hydrator that’s meant to get your skin back to feeling comfortable and calm.

Skin Drink from Elemental Herbology is a body hydrator that’s heavy on hydration but light in weight. It smells like a dream because of the watermelon seed, cucumber, and grapefruit extracts which repair damaged skin that’s thirsty from too much sun. It’s also meant to be used to extend the life of a tan.

I just used the Repairing After-Sun Balm from Decleor on my husband’s burned-to-the-point-of-blistering shoulders. It took away the itching and calmed the peeling and blistering way down within hours using 100% pure essential oils of rose, lavender, and chamomile (just to name a few) to give the ultimate in skin repair.

La Roche Posay’s Posthelios is what they call a melt-in gel designed for ultra dry skin that’s been beaten up by the sun. Shea Butter, Bisabolol, and Thermal Spring Water all work together to provide healing and bring down inflammation.

Cocooning Body Lotion from LifeNK harnesses the healing power of Allantoin to take away the sting and irritation of a burn. It’s vanilla, musk, and patchouli are blended  into a rich vegetable base of shea butter and almond oil to cocoon your skin in absolute moisture.

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There’s A Serum For That…

Between cleansing and moisturizing lies an opportunity to make big changes to your skin by using a serum. Since the nature of a moisturizer is to be heavy and thick so it can soften the skin’s surface, its ingredients struggle to make their way down into the skin where they can make changes. A serum however, is a liquid with potent ingredients that can improve the skin since its light weight allows for better penetration therefore creating more change in the skin’s chemistry.

Think about serums like those commercials for IPhones, where they declare ‘there’s an app for that’ because no matter what your skin’s needs, there’s a serum for that. Here are a few hardworking serums that treat various skin concerns.

For Dry Skin

SkinMedica’s Hydrating Complex serum boosts your skin’s ability to hydrate itself by giving it a surge of weightless moisture using hyaluronic acid that dissolves almost immediately. Use it daily or just when your skin is feeling extra thirsty and lifeless.

For Red, Irritated Skin

Covering up skin that’s red and irritated is hard to achieve. You could pile a yellow-based foundation on to try and neutralize the red, or you could use PCA Skin’s Anti-Redness Serum to visibly reduce redness caused by sun exposure, rosacea, or inflamed skin. It visibly brings down redness in weeks so your skin looks calm and healthy.

For Aging Concerns

Stem cell repair and protection from future damage is what ExCELLent Future Deep Repairing Serum from Lumene is all about. It targets the very cause of wrinkles and aging skin by making sure the skin’s most important cells are in their very best condition.

To Maintain Your Skin’s Current State



Advanced Night Repair has been a best-selling star in the Lauder line for years. It’s one of the very first antioxidants on the market and its customers are loyal. Not only does it zap environmental pollutants on contact before they can do damage on the skin, it also repairs any past damage and creates an environment on the skin that’s free of inflammation so that your skin today will look just as good years from now.


Whether you’re trying to make changes to your skin, or just maintain what you have now, there’s a serum out there that’s perfect for you.

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Makeup In Paradise; What to Wear on the Beach?

I’m mustering up the motivation to look at this computer because I’m literally in paradise. Careyes Mexico to be exact. I’m here with Julie Gambrell from Classic Creations, a wedding and special events planning company based in Denver. She plans a lot of destination weddings in Mexico and was planning this one where the bride needed a Makeup Artist, so here I am. In paradise.

This morning as I was getting ready, I was looking at the condensed version of makeup I packed that I felt was best for beach weather- hot and humid. It’s not that you have to wear makeup on vacation, but if you are heading out of vacation and wondering what to bring, here are a few ideas to point you in the right direction.

Shu Uemura’s UV Under Base Fluid SPF 20 gives me the sun protection I need with a hint of coverage in a sheer texture that feels weightless. A barely there alternative to foundation or even tinted moisturizer. 

BECCA’s Sheer Tint Lip Colours give a hint of color and feel really moisturizing on without the sticky gloss that sand can blow into.

CoverGirl’s LashBlast Length doesn’t smudge and gives just enough color so you aren’t bare-eyed.
BECCA’s Mineral Powder Foundations give you the skin-loving benefits of mineral foundation with the coverage and finish of a professional line.
BECCA’s Beach Tints are perfect to be warn on the beach. They’re streak-free and have a non-powdery finish that looks natural even in stark daylight.

That’s enough for now, I have a pool-side seat calling my name.

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