MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Rouge Liquid Lip Color

Warm weather makeup is all about bright colors that can beat the heat. MAKE UP FOR EVER has their stay-in-place game tight with their Aqua Rouge collection. I’ve replaced most of my other long wearing lip colors with their Liquid Lip Color because it has what the others lack- a glossy finish. Other long wearing lip colors might stay put but they do that thing where they collect in the corners of your mouth and look dry and flakey. These have a light glossy top coat to lock the color in and give your lips a sheen that looks and feels like any other cream lipstick.

When I apply them, I lay down the lip color first, then use a liner to get a good boundary before adding the clear gloss. For years now I’ve used Aqua Lip liners in my kit- they’re creamy enough not to drag and they don’t bleed or breakdown.

My brides tell me their lips stay put from the ceremony to the end of the night while only occasionally reapplying the clear gloss to freshen up the color. It’s the real deal for events or for those who aren’t into a constant lip touch-up throughout the day.

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Makeup Before and After: Glam Mom

Recently I got to work with Nicole, a busy mom who (like the rest of us) rarely has a reason to get all out glam. I made her up for a shoot she did last week and the before and afters were so great I couldn’t wait to post them! I can’t wait to see her final images from her photos which I know will be amazing. Check out what I used below to get her look.

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Her eyes: Copper is such a perfect way to add tons to depth to any look- even for everyday. Her dropped liner on the bottom was Pixi’s Copper Glow smudged out for a more dramatic look. I used Neutrogena’s cream shadow all over under her powder shadow to prevent creasing and to really give the shadow something to stick to. Stila’s Ebony and Kitten were her two main shades, which gave the perfect amount on contrast and pop.

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Her face: A silicone primer sometimes isn’t enough moisture (often the case here in Colorado), so I used Miracle Skin Transformer’s Heal Everything Balm which absorbs quickly but leaves the skin hydrated and primed so blending foundation is easy and it sits beautifully on the skin. I mixed together shades 1 and 2 in Koh Gen Do’s Maifanshi Foundation which as you can see gives a ton of great coverage without looking heavy. I buffed in Dermablend’s Mineral Powder on top to chase away any shine without a hint of a dull or powdery look.

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Her lips: These lips are the kind most women pay for- big and full and just begging for color. I mixed together two nude shades over a pinky liner and skipped the gloss. The sheen was enough and without the gloss her color would wear longer.

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What’s In My Kit? My Favorite Professional Foundations

I carry several different types of foundations in my kit, but these are my tried and true little soldiers that never ever let me down. They’re all professional brands meant for photography so any skin challenge is easily disguised. When I use a powder, Dermablend’s Mineral Powder is what I often use to set because it gives additional coverage (and can be used daily on its own) but dissolves into the skin without sitting on top. Koh Gen Do’s Maifanshi was a pleasant surprise I discovered years back. It’s the best non-cream I have with a ton a great coverage and some moisture that doesn’t drag over dry skin (a common problem here in Colorado.) When someone is really dry or has mature skin, I grab my Eve Pearl Dual compact because it’s the most moisturizing of the bunch and leaves behind a pretty glow that makes otherwise sallow skin look alive. When I’m on TV or have an event where I’ll be photographed, I even use Kett’s Fixx Créme which is probably my most used of the bunch. It glides on but doesn’t drag and it looks so completely natural that skin looks just as perfect in person as it does on camera. The fact that it’s waterproof is just icing on the cake.

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Kryolan Dermacolor for Serious Coverage

For a real-deal full coverage makeup, you have to browse the professional brands. If you need tattoo coverage for a wedding or if you have a scar, veins, or birthmarks that you can’t seem to disguise, Kryolan will do the trick. Their Dermacolor is one of the few out there that’s carried in Makeup Artist’s kits because it’s known to cover anything and everything with the added benefit of being smudge and waterproof.

Dab on this ultra thick cover in small amounts at a time and blend completely using a sponge until what you want covered is gone. Take your time because with this formula it’s easier to add more than to try to take color away.

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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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Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water

I get confused looks when I answer the question that most of my clients want answered: What’s my very favorite foundation that I carry in my kit because the cult following of Koh Gen Do’s Maifanshi Moisture Foundation hasn’t quite trickled down to the masses. It’s a well-loved staple though for Makeup Artists and their celeb clientele as is their Cleansing Spa Water, something I’ve wanted to try since I saw it in practically every Makeup Artist’s kit backstage at New York’s Fashion Week. Typically, I carry baby wipes to clean client’s faces because it’s so quick and easy, but I needed something to remove stubborn waterproof mascara without burning or stinging the eyes so I couldn’t wait to try another solution out.


Maifanshi Moisture Foundation

It’s a totally unassuming looking liquid; crystal clear and completely unscented, but it’s a soapless, mineral-rich cleanser that gets skin sparkling in just a few wipes. It comes with special cotton pads that you saturate and use to gently work off makeup or to give skin a refreshing once over in the morning. No need to rinse after or even tone because your skin will feel perfectly balanced and so soft.


Cleansing Spa Water

I’m loving this ease and effectiveness of the water- not to mention how much space it saves in my kit. It’s one of those things that I’ll actually order and use again and again.