Saturday, August 6, 2011

Summertime peaches

For those of you that are still in the midst of summer, I have some great looks you can do that will fit this hot weather.  I can say, I love the summer... beaches, ice cream, weekend trips, bike rides, great books, etc.  As my September issues, slowly roll in the mail, I can't yet transition to the fall colors, styles and looks.

Some of my favorite looks that I have used this summer have been very simple.  The colors I used were peaches, pinks, bronzer, turquoise, and blue.

Smashbox summer look is very simple and plain, yet looks great during the day with a pair of shorts, t-shirt and sunhat or a white sundress and a pair of espadrilles for the day or night.

The look that you have above consists of peach on the eyelids with a thin brown liner.  Peach/bronze on the checks and a very nude matte lip. You could also do this look for going out on the town on a Friday/Saturday night.  I would add a heavier brown liner line on the upper eyelid and line the bottom lid.  Another addition I would use would be some Mac melon pigment to define the eye makeup.

My main look this summer was simple and easy to recreate.  Here's a picture of my summer eye makeup:

I use the following products on a daily basis: Cle de Peau Beaute concealer in ivory under my eyes, Tarte bronzer in hotel heiress all of my face (forehead, cheeks, nose, chin, neck), Nars blush in deep throat on my cheek bones, Tarte aqua-gel liner in bronze (start thin in the inner corner to thicker on the outer corner of my upper eyelid), Dior Show mascara in black, Mac pro longwear lip color in for keeps (I apply it only 1x-2x a day - it's my staple lip product).

I hope everyone is enjoying the last bits of our summer of 2011.  I will have some more last minute summer looks posting in the next days!

I look forward to hearing and seeing some of your summer looks, what you tried, what you liked, if these worked for you, etc.



Friday, August 5, 2011

So I'm back....

I have been on, let's just call it, an extended break from my makeup blogging.  I'm back and ready to discuss some new looks, show off some of my new work and discuss the up and coming looks that we see in the magazines and on stars!

I am anxiously awaiting "the september" issues of all of my magazines.  Fall looks are some of my favorite looks.  It's hard to even think "fall" living in Phoenix when it's a 110 outside, but I know some of the hot colors that will be important this fall season will include: greens, blues, and grays. I have found some great makeup looks that include all of these.  Looks you can create for the day at work, weekend and evenings out.

Keep a look out for new and upcoming looks!  You'll love them.


Sunday, September 19, 2010


Last week I was able to transform a beautiful friend into a graduation look.  My friend is very natural and doesn't wear makeup on a regular basis, so we kept the look simple and made her look perfect for her graduation.  

When I was doing her makeup, I thought back on my college graduation.  It is so rewarding to walk onto that stage and receiving your diploma.  I am sure that all of us had our moments of frustration and wanted to quit several times.  It is great to be able to spend time with family and friends and watch them reap the reward of their hard work!

Congratulations to my friend Katrina.

Here are some of her beautiful pictures:

Also, thank you to my friends at personal paparazzi for taking these great pictures!




Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Rachel Zoe....

Rachel Zoe is my favorite hollywood designer!  I love her looks and the show on Bravo!  If you haven't seen it yet, it is a must.  Rachel's makeup is usually simple and her outfits are creative and colorful.  I have a few favorite looks of Rachel Zoe.

I this look is great for an evening out - black tie event, dinner, soiree, etc.  She has smokey eye with nude lips and just some bronzer on her cheeks.  With her light hair, sometimes a smokey eye can be over powering.  In this picture, her liner is heavier with brown toned shadows.

In this look Rachel has a thicker eyeliner with a berry lip.  She has some blush on her cheeks to add to the berry colored lips.  As you can see, her outfit is light and her eye makeup and lipstick isn't over powering the outfit.  Usually rule of thumb, dark lip = light eyes; dark eyes = light lip.

I think this is one of my favorite looks for Rachel.  She has some fall colors on her eyes - browns, plums, nudes.  She has a light pop of color on her cheeks and a berry colored lip.  This is a great look for fall time.

I look forward to hearing your looks!



Monday, September 6, 2010

Eat Love Pray....

I went to go see Eat Love Pray with my mom that day!  Great movie!  During this entire movie I was absorbing the natural looks on Julia Roberts.  She is such a beautiful women, that natural or heavy makeup looks great on her!  I am excited to try out some natural looks.  Even in fall time, natural looks are very popular.  I believe with a little bronzer and some natural blush, a natural look will look sensational.

PS - the food in the movie looked amazing!!!  Go see it for the food and the makeup!!  :-)

Here are some of my favorite looks from the movie:



Sunday, September 5, 2010

Fall Vision Board...

Fall time is one of my favorite times of the year.  In Phoenix, fall time doesn't really start until November, but I love to know that everywhere else in the country, people are enjoying their Pumpkin Spice Lattes, wearing their new fall jackets, while the leaves are starting to turn colors!

To get into the fall spirit, while it's still 110 degrees out, I have put together my fall vision board.  I have cut out all of my favorite fall looks and put them on a board!  I will be trying all of these looks this fall time.  Make sure to follow up on this blog so you can see these looks come to life.  Also, another fall preview - I will have some videos to show you how to create these looks!

Recently I was a Nordstrom trying out the new fall collections from Chanel and Lancome.  Take a look at these amazing fall looks!






Saturday, September 4, 2010

Flawless Skin... part III

Your canvas is now prepped for makeup!!  I know that there are many products out on the market and it can get very confusing on what is good, should you buy it, what is the difference between each brand, etc. It is important to find products that you feel work for you, so go and sample different kinds of foundations.  

Primer, to use or not to use, that is the question?!?!?  In my personal opinion, I like using a primer because it smooths your skin and helps it look flawless at all times.  If you have any wrinkle (which we wish we didn't), then a primer will fill in the lines and it won't cause your other makeup to fall into those lines.  When choosing a primer, make sure you select something that is not oily for the skin.

On a daily basis, I would recommend using a light foundation or a tinted moisturizer.  It has coverage, but is light and your skin doesn't feel weighed down.  If you have a evening out, wedding, special occasion then I would recommend a foundation with medium to full coverage.  It will last longer on your skin and give you coverage all day and all night long without having to reapply.

It is important to find a great concealer that will help you look fresh.  Many times we tend to get one too dark or too light.  You want to make sure you avoid raccoon eyes, but keep in mind your concealer should be lighter.  You want to use your concealer to help brighten areas.

Powders... Many of my clients come to me and ask for recommendations of powders.  First, I have to say, if your skin tends to be drier, don't use just a powder.  Your skin will appear drier and flaky.  I like to use a light powder or if I feel like more coverage, then I opt to go with a foundation powder.

Once you have complete all of these sets, your skin will look immaculate at all times!  I can't wait to see every one's flawless skin!

Here are my top choices:

Tarte Cosmetics - Clean Slate Primer

Laura Mercier - Primer

Tarte Cosmetics - Smooth Operator Tinted Moisturizer

Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer

Clea De Peau Concealer (the best)

Laura Mercier Foundation Powder

Jane Iredale Foundation Powder