Makeup Before and After: How to Use Yellow Primer

I was dying to try Koh Gen Do’s Yellow Primer ever since I saw this now infamous photo of it slathered all over Kim Kardashian’s face. Though my technique isn’t the same as her MUA Mary’s, I use it all the time and am addicted to the gorgeous highlight it gives the skin. How did I ever live without it? Pre-foundation I apply a good amount of it under the eyes- all the way across like a half moon and down to the tops of cheeks, I also use it down the bridge of the nose, the center of the forehead, and also on the chin. There are many ways to highlight the skin, but this is how I use this product and get great results.  Because it’s a primer and not a foundation or concealer, the yellow pigment isn’t too dense which can make the skin look sallow.

I used Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation over the primer which has been a staple in my kit for years. As you can see the coverage is perfection and it’s undetectable so it doesn’t look at all heavy. It’s a staple for so many Makeup Artists, but you can use it as a daily foundation too.

After highlighting the skin, I needed to put some depth back in so I used a ton of Jouer’s Mattifying Bronzer aroud her hairline, cheeks, and even down her neck and decloté to give her a bit more color and ensure that her face would match up with her neck. I don’t like bronzers that have shimmer in them which I think give a really tacky Jersey Shore sort of look. Jouer’s are shimmer-free and give a subtle, natural looking glow which is why they’ve become the most used in my kit. This new formula mops up shine by keeping the skin matte, an unusual bonus for a bronzer.

One of my very favorite things I’ve tried this summer is Laura Mercier’s Kohl Liner Extreme,. The black is so rich and deep that a little goes a long way, but it’s the ease of application that I love best. The slightly creamy formula comes to a dull tip that’s a bit wider than a traditional pencil so it’s easy to draw a line on the lid or smudge it into your waterline. If you feel like you can never get your liner on right, you have to try this one out. It will make your liner application 10x easier.



How to Wear Red Lipstick

Is there anything more classic or beautiful than red lips? Here’s a shot of a future bride I saw a few weeks back who was experimenting with red lips for her trial run makeup I did.

Anyone can rock a red, just remember to take your time applying the lipstick and use a lip brush to lay down the color, then add liner, and finally go around the edge of your lips with concealer to make sure the line is sharp.

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Mally: The Perfect Bright Lip Kit

Girls who always wear lipstick: I salute you.

I’ve never been one to wear a lot of color on my lips even though I know it livens up your face, adds brightness, and just makes you look more polished especially when you aren’t wearing much makeup otherwise. I always look at women who are wearing lipstick during the day like they know something I don’t. They just look so put together like they have really important jobs and a perfect house and dinner already marinating in the fridge that they’ll cook promptly after their gym session which they never miss. *Sigh* Have you ever noticed? It’s hard to look sloppy when you’re wearing lipstick.


I can’t say that I did anything amazing today while wearing Mally’s The Perfect Bright Lip Kit in Frisky Fuchsia, but I felt a lot more put together in my workout pants (I didn’t work out today) and maternity shirt at story time and the grocery store.

Not sloppy from the neck up.

I’m loving this lip pencil. It’s creamy and light like a good lip balm so I forgot I was wearing it until I accidentally wiped half of it off with a napkin when I was eating so I looked like The Joker for probably several hours until I even noticed. Other than that- it didn’t bleed out and stayed bold and bright the whole time. It has the staying power of a long-wearing lipstick without the dryness and weird feel those formulas often have. The lip liner glides on so easily that I had to put it in my kit. It’s made to plump and not settle so it creates a good barrier that won’t allow the color to bleed out.

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My pink lips were a good reminder that bold colors should see daytime every now and again. It was nice to catch little glimpses of my fuchsia pout during an unglamorous day filled with diaper changes and errands. We all deserve to at least look like we might be doing something really fabulous later.

The Denver Wedding of RG3 and Rebecca Liddicoat

Sometimes I get to work with people in the spotlight. Call them famous, or known, or high profile- but I just call them clients. Of course days like these are fun and exciting, lifting the veil for a moment to get a peek of a different world. But as a Makeup Artist for weddings, it’s most rewarding to see genuine love and appreciation for family which is what I experienced over the weekend working with Rebecca Liddicoat, the now-wife of Robert Griffin III a.k.a RG3- Heisman Trophy winner and superstar quarterback for the Washington Redskins.

In the few times I met her, I found Rebecca to be sweet, unguarded, funny, and so laid back. She doesn’t have a high maintenance bone in her body and she and her family are easily one of the nicest families I’ve worked with in the 16 years I’ve been doing this. It makes stories like THIS totally understandable. Her sister Lindsey was awesome, for months she coordinated and planned many of the details of the wedding, which was beautiful without being over-the-top. Everything was just very normal- aside from the guest list of course. THIS writeup in The Washington Post quoting gests as saying how beautiful the event was, and how RG3 encouraged everyone to get up and introduce themselves to someone they didn’t know because everyone in the room was family now pretty much sums it up. From what I experienced, these are two really genuine people who were raised with strong family values. It’s a good pairing and I wish them all the best.

Now, ready for the makeup talk?

Rebecca is pretty with great skin so bringing out her best wasn’t too difficult. She wanted a little bit of drama with some smokey eyes and big lashes. Here’s the full rundown of what I used.

Primer/ Moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè
Foundation: Kett Fixx Creme
Concealer: Smashbox High Definition
Powder: MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder
Setting Spray: NYX Matte Finish

Eye Shadow Primer: MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream #13
Eye Shadow: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
Eye Liner: Laura Mercier Kohl Liner Extreme
Lashes: Ardell 120
Mascara: CoverGirl Professional

Cheeks: Laura Mercier Créme Cheek Color in Oleander
Bronzer: Jouer Mineral Powder Bronzer
Lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Rouge #2
Lip Liner: Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Baby Lips



Venue: Four Seasons Denver
Event Planner: Kate Kelly, Catering Sales Manager

Photo Via @pierregarcon Instagram

Photo Via @pierregarcon Instagram

What I Ate This Week

Since my morning round the clock sickness has finally passed, I’m thankfully back to cooking (and eating) like normal. Here’s a glimpse of the yummy summertime meals I ate this week.

I chopped up some Beyond Meat, marinaded it in BBQ sauce and warmed it on the grill (on foil) for a few before adding it to a salad. More on Beyond Meat (my new obsession) next week.


I saw this recipe for portobello mushrooms in a gravy, wine sauce over polenta on Diners Drive-ins and Dives and had to try my own version. I used a vegetarian brown gravy mix (he used his own made from beef) and left the polenta creamy instead of making them into cakes. I also cooked the polenta in veggie broth instead of milk, butter, and cheese to lighten it up a bit. I was surprised at how well it turned out because I couldn’t find the recipe online so I didn’t measure anything – just followed along loosely from my TiVo’d show. Not too shabby..


Then we went out for Bun and Pho last Saturday for lunch. Viet Pho is near us but we just discovered them for the first time. It’s MSG free and all fresh and really good. This was my tofu noodle bowl, it’s so addictive we already went back again last night!


For some reason I would rather eat floor cleaner than tomato sauce this pregnancy. Sad I know especially since we love to grill flatbread pizzas in the summer. Instead of sauce, I made a parsley pesto with sunflower seeds, parmesan, and olive oil as the base, and then topped them with red peppers, farmers cheese, and spinach. Light and perfect for a quick summer meal.


Bowls. It’s what we eat most often for dinner. This one had quinoa, tempeh, spinach, cauliflower, zucchini, guacamole (fresh of course), and then topped with two homemade salsas. We change out the veggies depending on what we have in the fridge, but quinoa and tempeh are the mainstays. Other variations are grilled veggies using BBQ sauce or Asian bowls with stir fry veggies on top.


I made this Frozen Pink Cheesecake and our lives haven’t been the same. Mike and I agree it’s our favorite dessert I’ve ever made. It’s perfect for summer and it’s actually healthy- basically fruit blended with yogurt on a crust of almonds. It’s so easy to make and perfect for company since you just blend it all together and pop it in the freezer. Get the recipe HERE from my fave food blog Green Kitchen Stories and download their recipe app too.


The other Green Kitchen Stories recipe I made was for Banana Granola. I’ve been eating yogurt topped with fresh fruit and granola everyday and I didn’t want to keep buying the ready made kind laced with tons of sugar. This is lightly sweetened with agave, but the coconut oil, vanilla, and bananas give the real flavor.


Sarah Bland and the Latest in Nail Art

I almost never have polish on my hands, but that doesn’t stop me from obsessing over the Instagram photos posted by nail artist to the stars Sarah Bland. Glitter gels, ombré, patterns, and mismatched colors are the hottest in nail fashions and she does it all.




All photos are Sarah Bland’s via Instagram. Follow her and check out her site with more images and info on how to book with her in LA HERE.