Category Archives: Mac Cosmetics

Hello beauty lovers!

I wanted to catch you all up on some of the makeup I’ve done lately. The first one was for a mother of two and nurse, Melissa A. She and her husband were celebrating their 28th birthdays with a joint “white” party in Silverlake, and she wanted a sexy smoky eye with a bright lip. After reviewing some choice photos on Pinterest, we decided on this combo:

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Check her out at the white party! #smokin. Dress by Stephanie Arango.

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PRODUCTS USED:

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Palette 1, Dark Horse eyeshadow all over the lid with MAC’s Reflects Antiqued Gold glitter. MAC Bamboo and Soft Brown in the crease with Crave from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. Brows done with MAC Lingering brow pencil and Faint from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette.

Lips: MAC Prolong Wear lip pencil in Anticipation with Viva Glam Nicki 1 lipstick and peach lip gloss from Youngblood Cosmetics.

Face: I used Dinair’s Airbrush makeup for a natural finish with staying power.

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TGIF Beauties!

Since it’s Friday and some of you are probably planning a fabulous night out, I thought I’d bring you a “going out” makeup look. This makeup is super -wearable but still has nighttime elements like glitter and smoke.  Ooh-la-la!

This is a great makeup look to try if you have a ton of bold, bright eyeshadow colors and have no idea how to use them. Don’t be afraid of color! Instead of smearing it all over, line your lower lid with it. You will get a pop of color without feeling like you went overboard. Balance everything out with a light lip and natural skin. I skipped lashes for this look, but if you’re feeling a little vixen, go for it. Lashes have a way of finishing the look, kind of like the frame around a masterpiece- it’s also the reason celebrities always look so put together on the red carpet.

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PRODUCTS USED:

Urban Decay’s Naked Basics Palette

Urban Decay’s Naked Palette

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

Urban Decay “Junkie” 24-7 eyeliner

Makeup For Ever Star Powder in Gold

Makeup For Ever Aqua Brow in #3

Youngblood Cosmetics Pink Cashmere Creme Blush

MAC Springsheen Blush

MAC Soar lip liner

MAC Viva Glam Nicki and Creme de Nude lipsticks

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You’ve watched Youtube tutorials and read tips from the experts in Cosmo and Glamour. You have all the right products. Now what? Makeup brushes.

Makeup brushes are the most important and yet expensive tools to have in your stash. But I promise you, they are absolutely essential. What’s the point in have good quality makeup when you’re rubbing it on with a thick sponge, soaking up all the product, or worse, with un-sanitized fingers? Brushes give you smooth (and clean) makeup application, from giving your skin an airbrushed look to creating that flawless black eyeliner.

Now that I’ve convinced you that you need brushes, where do you start? I know it can be overwhelming to walk into a makeup store or counter and look at all those pricey brushes. So let me break it down for you.

In the video below, I’ve whittled it down to four essential brushes every woman should have, without breaking your wallet. I’ve also got some intermediate-level brushes for those of you wanting more options. If you keep watching, I break down how to keep your brushes clean to last you a lifetime.

Let’s Take a Look at Each Makeup Brush For Beginners

FLAT EYESHADOW BRUSH

This brush will help you apply shadow to your lids and brow bones quickly. You can also use this to apply concealer.

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ANGLE BRUSH

This brush will help you line your eyes with eyeshadow powders or any gel and liquid liners. It’s also a great tool to use when filling in your eyebrows.

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FLUFFY EYESHADOW BRUSH

This fluffly tapered brush will help you buff in darker shadows in your crease. It’s a must have! If you try to do your crease with a flat eye shadow brush it will smear all over. The fluffy shape of this brush will apply a small amount of shadow at a time. TIP:  Use it in tiny circles and windshield-wiper motions.217

BLUSH BRUSH

Don’t be fooled by the name. This brush is small enough to do your blush, but big enough to also do your loose/pressed powder and bronzer.

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INTERMEDIATE “NEXT STEP” BRUSHES

POINTED LINER BRUSH

For those of you who have the angle brush down and are experts at doing perfect eyeliner, the pointed liner brush is the next step. This brush will give you precise flicks and perfect lines when used correctly. TIP: Use your pinky as an anchor against your face to give you a steady line.

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PENCIL BRUSH

The pencil brush is fantastic for smudging pencil and gel liners along the bottom and top of your lids. For those of you with a smaller eye shape, this brush is amazing in the crease!

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FIBER OPTIC FACE BRUSH

MAC spear-headed the fiber-optic brush movement, but most lines carry these nowadays. The sparsely placed fibers apply a small amount of product at a time to your face and cover large areas quickly. TIP: use this brush to set your makeup with Makeup For Ever’s HD Powder. I die!

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ADVANCED CREASE BRUSH

The hairs on this crease brush are finer than the original one I showed you earlier, and there are less hairs in each brush as well. These two things make this brush perfect for precisely adding deep, dark colors in the outer corners of your crease. If you are a smoky eye fan, try this brush. It will keep you from developing raccoon eyes. TIP: Remember, small circles, buff, buff, buff!MAC 224

LIP BRUSH

For those of you who don’t like applying lipstick directly from the tube, or looking for a more precise application, a lip brush is for you. I always go for retractable lip brushes, or ones that come with caps, so I can throw it in my purse for touch-ups. Lip_Brush

FOUNDATION BRUSH

This painter-like brush is great for moisturizer, primer or foundation application. TIP: Paint on the product in football player-like marks, then blend in with your clean fingertips. Or, if you have time, blend in using the brush. Don’t forget your neck!foundation-brushFIBER OPTIC BUFFER BRUSH

I love fiber-optic brushes so much that I included another. This is a smaller, flat-top version of the original fiber optic face brush and can be found at most brands. The size is perfect for blending in highlighters and liquid concealers in that delicate eye area- its get in all the nooks and crannies. TIP: apply liquid concealer directly under the eyes then buff in using the brush in circular motion, while your eyes are closed.130-Short-Duo-Fibre

MAC BRUSHES

While I adore MAC Cosmetics’ brushes and products, they are no longer cruelty-free, so I don’t feel right recommending their brushes to you. I purchased all of my MAC brushes during the time when MAC was 100% cruelty-free. Recently they have changed their policy. It now states, “M.A.C has a longstanding policy to not test on animals, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law.” Fans are speculating that  MAC changed their policy in order to legally sell in countries that require animal testing of sale items, such as China. I still like to believe that MAC is cruelty-free in places outside of China. But there’s no real way of knowing. In no way do I think MAC is a bad company. They do so many good things, like the MAC Aids Fund and Kids Helping Kids. Hopefully they will find a way to become cruelty-free again.

CRUELTY-FREE & ECO-FRIENDLY BRUSH BRANDS

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics  100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free

Cozzette 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free, Made in the United States

Crown Brush 100% Cruelty-Free. All natural bristles are purchased from fully licensed & accredited suppliers that adhere to a strict non-cruelty code of ethics

Bdellium Tools- The Green Bambu Series features eco-friendly makeup brushes with all sustainable bamboo handles and all vegan soft synthetic bristles and an anodized aluminum ferrule.


Hi all!

I’ve been getting a ton of requests for MORE Selena Gomez looks, so here you go. I am absolutely in LOVE with her “Love You Like A Love Song” video, not just for the song itself, but for all the awesome makeup looks she has in it. 
I picked the look she wore when she was out in the field with the Mariachi band this time….

Photo still of Miss Selena
Pretty fun right?!

Here’s the video for the look by yours truly
SPECIAL PRODUCTS USED
CHEEKS
Youngblood Cosmetics Creme Blush in Pink Cashmere
LIPS
MAC liner in Magenta
MAC liner in CranApple
MAC Longwear lip cream in Love Forever
MAC eye shadow in Tease With Ease


Once again, I was inspired by Cute Polish’s latest video for this design. I can’t help by smile every time I look down at my fingers! 
PRODUCTS USED:
Black Magic By Milani — I used this for the snowman’s eyes and mouth, with a dotting tool.
White on White By China Glaze- I applied 2 coats of this for the base.
Unconditionally Fabulous by MAC- I used 2 coats of this on top of the white to give it the “sparkly snow” effect.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Deborah Lippmann - I made the snowman’s carrot nose using this with a nail art brush.

With all this EDC and Nocturnal Wonderland talk, it got me reminiscing about the good ol’ high school days when I would go to raves and dance all night long. A few years ago, I attended a few raves here in L.A. to watch over some of my younger cousins, and let’s just say, I really can’t hang anymore. I was yawning by 2:00am while the music thumped and thumped, and people (clearly under the influence) kept asking me for “light shows” (I was littered in glow sticks). The worst part about raves is that the bathrooms are sickening. I had to hold my pee for fear of using the port-o-potties. I should just rock Depends next time. Anywho, I’m getting off track…
With raves making somewhat of a comeback these days, it made me miss the fun I used to have with my makeup. So here’s a look you can all try at your next rave/concert/show.

Products Used to create this look: 
Makeup For Ever’s Lavender Camoflouge Cream, with MAC‘s Beautiful Iris shadow on top for the mask
MAC Glitter, including Reflects Red all over
Eyes: Pale green MAC Shadestick, Bitter and Aquadisiac Eyeshadows with Electric Eel and Plumage
MAC #35 Lashes (Pro only I think)
Lips: MAC Eye Kohl in Ola Viola with Lime Crime’s D’Lilac lipstick, MAC Kitchmas pigment in the center
Braided Headband: it’s actually just my hair! I braided it from one side, brought it over my forehead and pinned it on the other side of my head. Super easy!

My client Lisa is a dentist in West L.A. and her daily look is pretty toned down for the office. She was looking for a simple -but definitely different- look for the weekends and special events, so we came up with some easy black eyeliner and bold coral-pink lips. Below are the products she has on:
I know what everyone’s thinking: airbrush foundation? How is she going to do it by herself? Here’s a little makeup artist secret: you don’t actually need an airbrush gun to apply the airbrush makeup. Just use your fingers! For these photos, I did use my airbrush machine. However, at home, Lisa can do this with her fingers. Airbrush foundation has alcohol in it, so it dries down fast and stays put all day. The alchohol also kills bacteria and extra oils that gather on your skin, so it will control your shine as well as improve the look of your skin. It’s a sheer, but buildable coverage so you can control how much you want. It’s great for someone like Lisa, who is a dentist and wears masks and goggles all day. No goggle-marks on her nose, thanks to this strong hold foundation! The eyeliner literally looks like a felt-tip pen, so it’s easy to guide on your eyelids. When applying mascara, I had Lisa look down, with her eyes open, as I wiggled the wand up from the base of her lashes to the tips. You can do this on your own while looking down into a swivel or a compact mirror.

Live in the Los Angeles area and need a good dentist? Contact Lisa’s office for an appointment here.


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