Makeup Before and After: Catherine

I’ve been remembering to bust out the camera when I see brides for their makeup pre-wedding trial runs lately which is great because who doesn’t love a good before and after makeup pic? Catherine is gorgeous and just as sweet. For her fall wedding, we wanted a neutral colored eye with a dash of plum peppered in and pink lips and cheeks. Here’s the short list of what I used to create the look (lashes were Ardell 110 btw, the ones I use most.)

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NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Hot Pink

This is some of the best cheek color I’ve used. It’s creamier than Stila’s popular Convertible Color with a perfect consistency that’s so easy to apply and blend. It beats out Stila’s (and many other) versions, and it’s what I’ve been using under powder blush for a guaranteed all-day color pop.


Estée Lauder Pure Color Gloss Stick in Honey Pink:

There are few rules in makeup, but lips and cheeks matching will always be the standard for a look that flows so I applied some pinky lips to match her pinky cheeks. Even a non-lipstick wearer can get behind Lauder’s Pure Color Gloss Stick, the sheerest and shiniest option for those who want color without the weight.

Lip Gloss:

Smashbox Limitless Long Wearing Lip Gloss in Limitless:

A gloss from Smashbox is hard to beat, they aren’t sticky and the colors are right on the money. Limitless is one of those shades that flatters all and gives the right amount of shine for a sexy pout. It gets a lot of use in my kit.


Make Up For Ever HD Elixir:

This light as water serum flies a little under the radar, but it’s an essential in my kit. It’s so dry here in Colorado (especially in the summer) which leaves skin thirsty, and makeup doesn’t look good over thirsty skin. Before priming, I always add a few drops of HD Elixir to the skin for a big drink of moisture that disappears allowing whatever you’re adding on top to melt in like magic.


Rain Cosmetics Diva Eye Shadow Quad in Viva Las Vegas:

Vegas-based Rain Cosmetics made a big splash in the world of beauty as a super glam line of makeup essentials as fun and glitzy as its home state. I love this shadow quad which includes a neutral base shade, two matte browns that can double as liners, and a peachy pink that flatters all skin tones. They have a ton pigment and they blend and wear really well. It’s one of the very few non-mainstream brands that made their way into my kit- which says a ton about its quality.

Eye Liner:

Make Up For Ever Kohl Pencil in 10K:

One of the best color stories for fall 2011 is MUF’s Smoky Couleur Collection, filled with plum and jewel tones that are so deliciously sexy. I used their 10K violet liner instead of a harsh black shade to bring out Catherine’s gorgeous blue eyes on both the top and bottom lash lines as well as her lower rim.

Finishing Powder:

Tarte Smooth Operator:

Don’t underestimate the oil absorbing power of Smooth Operator. Its finish is as good as any and its ability to keep skin shine-free without a chalky finish is unparalleled.

Beautiful in the before.

And beautiful in the after.. Click for full sized images.

Four Seasons Denver Shoot with Studio JK Photography: Part 2

Here are more beautiful images from our Four Seasons Denver shoot with Studio JK.

For our second look, we wanted a little edgy but not over the top since she was wearing bridal fashions from Priscilla of Boston. I knew that the gowns would begin to look costume-y and become overshadowed if the look was too strong.

Hair stylist Erin Ferris (Tonto Salon) and I were inspired by the peacock feathers she used in her hair so we created a look inspired by them.

Here are a few things I used to get her look.


I placed a coat of L’Oreal Studio Secrets Secret Magic Perfecting Base ($13) under her eyes, but I didn’t rub it all the way in. I wanted a layer of something invisible to grab onto the dusting of turquoise shadow I dropped along her skin.


I used my fingers to dab turquoise hued MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream ($22) on her lid into her eye’e crease so there was a base of color on her lid to echo the color below.

I used a small, loose brush to gather a lot of MAKE UP FOR EVER Turquoise Shimmer 83 shadow, then I lightly tapped it over her primer-coated skin under her eyes. It’s a fun look that’s easy to do as long as you prime well and lay the head back so the color goes where you want it instead of all over her face.


I had a hard time deciding which lashes I’d use since I knew they’d be important to the look, but I knew I wanted to stay with the theme and use feathers. I ended up going with NYX EL 174 ($10), a black feather lash with white tips. I liked the way the white mirrored her gown and brought interest to her eyes. Curl and add mascara to the lashes before applying them because you can’t once they’re on.


I gave her lips a light coat of Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip & Tuck ($35) in French Kiss. It’s a plumping lip treatment disguised as a subtly shiny gloss with just enough color to give some pop.

I’m in love with these images, she pulled off the look really well. Part 3 (and maybe 4) of the shoot coming soon!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Un-Retouched Ad & Trés Vichy Spring Collection

MAKE UP FOR EVER did something that might not seem like that big of a deal but it was pretty revolutionary, they created the first un-retouched makeup ad. Check it-

She’s pretty and young with great skin (and good lighting is always helpful), but you can see from her forehead and arm that it’s actually a person and not a creepy looking mannequin. Kudos, I hope to start seeing more honest ads.

Speaking of MUF, check out their adorable here-for-spring-only limited lash. It’s called Très Vichy and the bows are handmade. I’m completely in love with them and want one pair for a shoot and one just to keep and admire.

Très Vichy Duo Eyeshadow Palette is also part of the spring collection, pink and white diamond shadows are shades that any girly girl would go nuts over.

Check out the rest of their Spring 2011 collection HERE

Holiday Makeup Video Tutorial: Shades of Shimmery Gold

Golds and shimmering metallics are hot for fall and perfect to compliment the rich jewel tones you’ll be sporting to holiday parties all December long. Check out my tutorial below to get a rich smoldering golden look in minutes.

What I Used:

Shadow Base Shade: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Shade 4 Snow

Eye Shadow Shade: Make Up For Ever Metal Powder in 4 Honey Gold 3

Eye Liner: Make Up For Ever Kohl Pencil in Metal Gold 7k and Black with Metal Highlights 6K

Lower Liner: Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Dark Grey from their Rock Forever collection

Mascara: CoverGirl Professional

Shimmer Dust: Make Up For Ever Diamond Powder in 5 Rue La Boétle

Brown Crease Shadow: Stila in Mink from their Moscow Palette

Blush: Smashbox in Regal

Lip Color: Stila Long Wearing in Darling

Lip Liner: M.A.C Cream O’ Spice

New Boutique & Studio by MAKE UP FOR EVER Launches at Sephora

MAKE UP FOR EVER has opened up a few Boutique & Studio setups in the Costa Mesa, Soho, and Las Vegas (in The Venetian) Sephora locations. You’ll get more of what you love from the line – more products, education, and artistry with dedicated Makeup Artists who are always willing and ready to help you with your look.

Here’s Audrina Patridge at an opening. She’s so cute.

Runway show

Their Costa Mesa location’s opening is October 15-18 and during that time they’ll be offering 20 minute makeup tutorials, and a free Rouge Artist Lipstick in #43 for the first 100 women who book lessons. Check em out!

MAKE UP FOR EVER: Aqua Cream & Rouge Artist Lipstick

I ransacked Sephora lately looking for a few new Aqua Cream colors, the beautifully pigmented multi-purpose crams from MAKE UP FOR EVER. They’ve apparently reformulated since I got my last one and now they’re all waterproof which is fantastic since I use them on brides or on-set under hot lights. I layer the creams with powder shadows to build a crease-free look, I use them as liners even in the lower waterline where color is known to make a run for it. They glide on effortlessly and stay in place without creasing which is why they make the perfect primer.

Colors from left to right; #15 (brown taupe shimmer), #4 (pearly white), and #1 (graphite).
I also picked up my new BFF, Eye Seal a liquid waterproofer that can be added to creams or powders (even lips) to convert any color into one that wears all day.

If you’re a lipstick girl, you have to check out their new creamy dreamy Rouge Artist lipsticks. They’re formulated with 50% more pigment than other lipsticks so the color is true and super rich. It’s also a paraben-free formula that feels amazing on – super creamy and long wearing.

Check out this color, #38 a pinky coral – one of my all-time favorite shades to flatter most skin tones.