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.

Click all images to enlarge:


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.


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.


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.


Stila Sale at Nordstrom Rack

I just got this email from Nordstrom reminding me that Nordstrom Rack carried Stila which I guess I knew but it was a good reminder. I love Stila!

Check out the deals (3 glosses for $12 etc) HERE and keep watch for their popular $10 eye and cheek palettes in stores so you can grab a few from now for stocking stuffers.

Stila Cosmetics Warehouse Sale- 80% Off

Foundations, concealers, shadows, and glosses for $6 and free shipping. Stocking stuffers and gifts galore.

It’s all right HERE

Stila Last Call Sale

Half off eye shadows and gloss, not to mention a $129 kit (below) for $25. Yup, it’s time for Stila’s Last Call Sale. Click HERE and grab what you can while it’s still available.

Stila Kitten Collection

Stila’s now iconic Kitten shadow shade has exploded into a sub-line of its own by giving lip colors, illuminators, and even a new liquid eye liner that signature Kitten gleam.

I like the Shimmer Powder, it has two shades and it’s meant to be used on the face and body. A slight shimmer or gleam on the arms, legs, or decollete in place of a tan always dresses up and refines the look of otherwise pale skin.

click to enlarge

You can see the rest of the collection by searching ‘kitten’ at

Stila It Girl Palette

*UPDATE* The link wasn’t directing correctly before, but it is now.

Who can resist three of the most wearable shadows shades all in a row for only $14? Stila brought back the limited edition It Girl palette featuring 2 exclusive shades to join their iconic Kitten shadow. These are colors that will go with any skin tone and can be a subtle color boost on the lid, or a bright lift to a sultry, stated look. Either way, it’s a great deal and one that I’ll be adding to my professional (and probably personal) kit.

Stila It Girl Palette $14