My Old Driver’s License Photo and the Importance of Even Brows

Since showing the world my placenta and many other unflattering pics, I decided this old drivers license photo from 8 years ago wouldn’t even be in the realm of embarrassing anymore. And really, the embarrassing stuff (relative to my new photo) has hopefully passed.

A few observations: the first being that my face was so much fatter fuller (30lbs-ish) that even my nose looks skinnier! How weird is that? Maybe (some) celebs are telling the truth when they say their noses are real when comparing past photos to now. Next, a new hair stylist taught me the value of a lowlight every now and again- bleach is a dangerous addiction. Lastly (though I could go on forever) but most importantly: brows. People, say it with me, I promise not to over-pluck and I will see a professional for some guidance. A trained Anastasia or Damone Roberts brow expert is great because they’re trained to pre-measure the brow and not remove too much. Big shout out to my brow ninja who got me all evened out, Carla Gray in Centennial who on our first appointment told me to not tweeze and come back in 3 months since there weren’t any brows left to shape.

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Brows. They frame your face and make your eyes pop. Get yours evened out by a pro, the $40 or so is way worth it.

What’s In My Kit?

I snapped this pic with my phone a few weeks back capturing some things in my kit I was using. Anything look familiar?


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Makeup Before and After: Jane Iredale and the Case for Purple Shadow

Every now and again in this wedding makeup world of neutrals and more naturals, I’ll get a bridesmaid who’s ready to smoke it up. In this case, it was a purple-hued inspiration pic via Pinterest that lit her fire. You want purple? You got it girl, lets have some fun.

Smokey plums, black liner, big lashes, and pink lips was what made the look.


Before


..After


A little closer

Like most Makeup Artists, I I carry only the best in my kit which is typically professional lines, so having a mineral line in there is a big deal. Jane Iredale made the cut because of their Eye Steppes shadow palette in goCool, a compact containing 4 plums and a pink highlight that pop like crazy. Purples are beautiful. They’re the other neutral as far as I’m concerned and they look great on everyone. Grab a lavender shadow next time instead of another boring brown and see what a difference a little color makes.

Pure Gloss in Pink Candy is all I used on her lips. This color and Soft Peach are my two most used glosses that I order again and again. Full of pigment and just the right amount of moisture, they aren’t sticky and give a long wear time.

Makeup Before and After; It’s all About the Liner

There aren’t too many of us who wear a full face of makeup every day. In fact, I meet mostly mascara only girls when I’m beautifying brides and their maids for weddings. This particular girl was one such case from a wedding several weeks ago who wasn’t comfortable in a lot of makeup which I’ve learned translates to ‘don’t put a lot of eye shadow on me.’ No problem.

Bringing out the eyes doesn’t require a lot of shadow anyway, it’s icing on the cake once you get a good contrast going by using a rich liner and some lashes. Here’s how it went down;


Before: great skin and a cute smile, she’s already looking good!


After: Some rich black liner all the way around the eyes and a few coats of mascara on a false lash are really all it takes to get the relaxed look she wanted.


A close up of the liner kept neatly in her water line on the bottom. A smudgy look would’ve felt too heavy for a girl who typically keeps it pretty natural.


I used NYX Retractible Eye Liner in Black, a deep black that holds its depth even in the waterline.


She loved Hourglass Extreme Sheen Gloss in Fortune, just enough color and shine.

If you’ve never gotten into shadow (or just don’t understand how to apply it), ditch it altogether and focus on liner and lashes. Getting that combo down will give beautiful contrast and make all the difference.

Makeup Before and After: Mom of the Bride

I was the Makeup Artist for a bridal party over the weekend with a great group of girls and a gorgeous mother of the bride. I mean seriously, her skin rivaled that of most 30 year olds, it’s near perfect and completely natural – a combo I don’t normally see after a certain age.

Anyhoo, I had to share her before and after photo with you because (as I’ve said before) you don’t need to pile it on to get a beautiful result. I got to use my decadent La Mer Treatment Fluid Foundation and The Powder, both of which get a ton of use in my kit. They have ideal consistencies, the foundation is creamy with a hint of luminosity so the skin looks bright and full of life while their powder is virtually undetectable on the skin. It’s so airy light that it doesn’t settle which is why I use it to set eye concealer all the time.


Treatment Fluid Foundation


The Powder

Now a look at the pics.


Janet, gorgeous even before


…And after

After evening out the skin, I brought out her eyes using grayish plum shadows, Ardell Demure lashes and gray liner along the top lash with a rich brown for her lower lash line for a subtle contrast that keeps the darker color on top where it’s needed most. Top it all off with some pinky cheeks and lips and you’ve got a full on glam look that’s wedding-day beautiful.

Makeup Before and After: Camille

Another great before and after with Camille, a bride I met recently for her makeup trial-run before her big day in October. She has huge blue eyes with a ton of lid space and a perfect crease- most women need surgery for lids like this. Her fair skin just needed a little bronzing, some pink lips, and taupe lids to get the perfect amount of pop. With fair skin, keep in mind that color is amplified so it’s easy to go overboard without realizing it. Sheer formulas and a light bronzer are your friends.


Beautiful Before..


…And Beautiful After

My Hero Products For the Look:

Estée Lauder: Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée from their limited Fall 11′ Modern Mercury Collection

Lighter in color and weight than most bronzers, this illuminating gel-powder gives the skin natural warmth without deepening the tone too much. I used it to frame her face, extending down her neck for a seamless transition. There’s no need for a spray tan on your wedding day, bronzer gives an even (and predictable!) application every time.

Alima Pure: Press Pass Limited Edition Shadow from their Fall Runway Collection

Alima’s Press Pass is a sheer, smokey taupe to punch up her blues without a heavy or smokey look – it’s a wedding not a night club. When looking for shadows to suit your skin, keep in mind the weight of the formula and not the actual color; fair skin is flattered by sheer shades and deeper skin tones can wear more saturated ones. Measure the shadow’s weight by applying swatches of the color on the back of your hand, if you can’t see any skin showing through from behind the shadow it’s not a sheer formula. The more skin that shows through, the more sheer it is.

Tarte: LipSurgence in Frisky

Camille, like me, isn’t a big lipstick wearer, but a lip color is essential when photographs are involved. I LOVE (and wear) Tarte’s Lipsurgence lip tints. They’re a sort of tinted gel balm that give enough sheer color   to avoid looking washed out. I have a more neutral one I wear daily, then a punched up version (like Frisky) that I wear for TV appearances.

Heavy vs Sheer. Keeping weight in mind when choosing color will open up new doors for fair-skinned ladies looking to keep it feminine without overdoing it.