How to Apply False Eye Lashes

Click HERE to watch a video I finally made after being asked about it all the time – how to apply false eye lashes on  yourself. I have a few great tricks that make the process a whole lot easier. Enjoy!

Review: DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum

For those still holding out from climbing aboard the lash growth serum bandwagon, Dior might have just the thing for you. Their new DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum acts as a weightless, undetectable primer to lengthen and thicken lashes under mascara and infusing lashes with soy protein to strengthen them over time. I’ve been wearing it under mascara as well as overnight on clean lashes as I have with lash primers in the past and I really like its texture. It isn’t gloppy or thick and the brush distributes just enough of it to evenly coat the lashes without clumping them up. Dior clams it even helps with curl which I can agree with, my lashes do hold their curl a lot longer when I use it versus when I don’t.

Dior DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum

Beauty Big 3: Eve Pearl

5 time Emmy Award winning celebrity Makeup Artist (who’s also Meredith Vieira’s personal Makeup Artist for the Today Show) has a fabulous line of cosmetics customized to fit the needs of both celebs under the hot lights, and us girls looking for an easy routine with beautiful results. Here are Eve’s Beauty Big 3 that she didn’t have to go very far to find.

Beautiful Eve, she looks like she knows beauty right?

Foundation:

Pearl’s best-selling HD Dual Foundation (I use it in my kit) is of course her pick for fav foundation. She said she developed it for those with sensitive skin as not just a makeup, but as a treatment as well. It has “powerful antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, peptides, and proteins with a natural sunscreen equivalent to an SPF 20, an alternative to those who are allergic to SPF.” It’s a versatile coverage that can go from sheer to full depending on how it’s applied, and all ages can enjoy wearing it.

Mascara:

Her go-to for everyday wear is her Glamour Lash mascara. She loves it because, “it’s completely smudgeproof and tear proof.” When she’s looking to create dark lashes with tons of drama, she goes for Lancome Definicils.

Moisturizer:

I think moisturizers are usually the hardest pick because there are so many out there. Pearl agrees, but favors her own Priming Moisturizer with Astaxanthin because it’s “multifunctional and gives you all the benefits of a moisturizer, primer, sheer tint of color and sun protection… without using SPF or perfumes and chemicals. It works great for women and men.” And just what is Astaxanthin, you ask? It’s a very powerful antioxidant 500 times stronger than vitamin E.

Here is her short vid of Eve explaining how to be a part of their big upcoming promotion.

You can check out the complete line on her site HERE, where you’ll also find tons of videos on application as well as before and after photos that show the products in action.

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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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Beauty Big 3: Bethany Karlyn

Y’all remember Bethany Karlyn right? She’s the celebrity Makeup Artist who invented PRTTY Peaushun, the lotion I love and reviewed HERE. She’s worked with the A-List women in Hollywood who are so famous, they only need first names ; Reese, Salma, Cameron, you know the drill.

I had to ask her to be a part of the Beauty Big 3 because I wanted to know what she was using to make these girls (even more) beautiful, so here are her top picks.

Here she is – gorgeous.

Foundation:

Studio Stick Foundation is the foundation she uses most on set. “I like it best applied over Prtty Peaushun which gives it a beautiful subtle luminosity. I’m also a fan of Armani luminous silk liquid foundation which I use in the same way.”

Mascara:

“My can’t-live-without mascara is Shiseido Advanced Volume in brown. I can exercise in it, swim in it, shower in it, cry in it, sleep in it, and it doesn’t budge! It comes off with any cleanser and doesn’t require a waterproof remover. I get compliments on my lashes every day, most commonly, I’m asked if I’m wearing false lashes. Essentially, it’s as close to perfect as I’ve ever found. Been using it for years.”

Moisturizer:

“My fave moisturizer is PRTTY Peaushun, of course! Gorgeous on the body, face and hair! Besides being gorgeous it also benefits the condition of the skin with a formula that is 92% natural raw ingredients. The plant extracts serve to lift, tighten, firm and help with bruising and sore muscles. The glow helps diminish the appearance of minor imperfections and creates a sexy slimmer silhouette.”

Thank you Bethany! To check out her new body lotion PRTTY Peaushun click HERE

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Beauty Big 3: Gina Brooke

It’s been absolute bliss asking celebs and their Makeup Artists about their Beauty Big 3 because they’re the ones on the front lines of fashion. It’s the ultimate testing ground.

Gina Brooke is a world-renound Makeup Artist who has made up A-List celebs like the Beckhams, Gisele Bundchen, Justin Timberlake, Naomi Campbel, and collaborated closely with Madonna throughout the years to develop custom lashes and looks for 3 globe-spanning tours.

So what are her Beauty Big 3?

Brooke at work

Foundation:

Illusion Tinted Moisturizer from Hourglass Cosmetics which lifts and hydrates skin using their very own INSTALIFT and Hyaluronic Filling Spheres. It’s light in weight and gives a natural, radiant glow.

Mascara:

Gina loves the yet-to-be-released Film Noir Mascara from Hourglass for good reason,  she helped to create it. She has been using lab samples on her star clients and all during Fashion Week for the Fall 2010 shows with dream results. Who better to develop a mascara than the woman who has probably used buckets of the stuff from every line out there over the years? Look for it in August at Sephora and Barneys.

Moisturizer:

Her go-to for giving the skin a healthy dose of moisture, which we all know makes for the best looking skin is Moisture Binding Cream by Intraceuticals. Its vitamins, green tea, essential oils, and hyaluronic goodness will give the face a plump, smooth look so makeup glides effortlessly on.

You can learn more about Gina Brooke and get inspired by her portfolio HERE.

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