Happy September friends! The summer flew by faster than a Kardashian divorce, and I have been working on this particular post for quite a while. Have you ever started a project then gotten interrupted or distracted EVERY time you tried to work on it? That’s totally what happened here. I’m just glad it’s finally ready for you to read.
No matter the season, nude and natural lip tones will always be in style. I’m talking about your go-to, everyday lipsticks. In the last two years, lips have been a huge trend and lipsticks have been hogging all the attention, leaving glosses to take a back seat. I have no problem with this. Need a little shine? Top your matte lipstick with a creamy, sheer lipstick. Say goodbye to the days of your hair getting stuck to your lip gloss and the fear of windy days.
I’m going to be using mostly MAC lipsticks as examples since they have a wide variety and are available in almost every department store and mall across the country. Let’s get started…
FAIR SKIN TONE
MAC Creme Cup or Honeylove
For fair skin tones, I suggest picking natural tones over ones that directly match your skin, because you will end up with “ghost lips.” Natural lipsticks that have a pink undertone will be most flattering for light skin. Creme Cup is a Cream Sheen, meaning it’s sheer and moisturizing. Honeylove is another beautiful pink-undertoned neutral in a matte texture option.
MAC Cherish or Too Faced Melted Nude
For my auburn beauties and strawberry blondes, the same concept that we used for fair skin works here as well: Pick pinky-brown lipsticks that will pull the natural red of your hair and give you a subtle pout. MAC Cherish is a Satin lipstick, meaning it’s a semi-matte and will give you lots of opacity. Pick Too Faced Melted Nude lipstick for a creamier formula of the same color.
MEDIUM SKIN TONE
Tom Ford in Sable Smoke and MAC Kinda Sexy
Medium skin-toned ladies almost always have a golden or yellow undertone, so pick lipsticks with a cooler undertone. Less pink, more beige. Tom Ford lipstick in Sable Smoke is a beautiful choice and for a matte version try MAC Kinda Sexy lipstick, pictured below. (My all time fave, I wear this several times a week!)
MEDIUM-DARK SKIN TONE
MAC Siss, Velvet Teddy and Half & Half
Ladies with medium-dark skin are incredibly caramel and have lots of gold in their skin. Unlike lighter skin tones, it’s important to find lipsticks that match the cool shades in their skin and be completely beige or brown in tone. Siss, Velvet Teddy and Half and Half are all pretty yellow-toned browns that would look beautiful on these golden girls.
GOLDEN-DARK SKIN TONE
Taupe, Tabla or Film Noir
Deep dark skin can have either a golden or burgundy undertone to it. For my deep dark golden girls, MAC’s Taupe lipstick is matte and provides even coverage for those with uneven lip tones (some women may have a lighter top lip and darker bottom lip, or dark rim around both). Tabla is a beautiful, creamy, coffee-brown that will give a more natural look, and Film Noir is a dark chocolate shade for those looking for more color.
BURGUNDY-DARK SKIN TONE
Taupe, Tabla or Paramount
For deeper skin with burgundy undertones, I still recommend Taupe and Tabla, and add Paramount, a deep, dark reddish-brown to the mix. These will all give smooth opaque coverage to balance out lip tone and enhance your natural beauty.
It’s wedding-recap time! This past June, I had the opportunity to do the makeup for seven bridesmaids and the bride herself, Mrs. Melanie Butters. Because it was such a large party, I called in my most trusted makeup artist pal to help me beautify these babes, Allyson Stagg of The Las Vegas Style Sirens.
Look at that stunning ring!
Here I am putting the finishing touches on the bride-to-be
Melanie and her girls got ready at her twin sister Nikki’s house, which had great natural lighting and lots of room for our massive kits.
Melanie wore a cathedral-style veil which made taking photos even more fun and creative.
My favorite part of weddings are always the gaggle of flowers girls! So cute.
I grew up going to Armenian Orthodox churches, which are identical to the Greek ones. So much architecture and beauty. With the bride’s Greek heritage, I’m sure St. Nicholas church felt right at home.
A sweet moment between Melanie and Andrew before the big party started.
Let’s face it. This is hands-down the best bridal party photo ever taken. These girls were so much fun to get ready in the morning and as you can see their carried on with their mischief right through the day!
Congratulations to the bride and groom! I look forward to beautifying these ladies next year when Nikki, Melanie’s twin sister gets married in November 2015!
Photography: Michael Anthony Photography
I spent yesterday’s gloomy Sunday afternoon uploading and editing my latest for Youtube: my nightly skin care routine. I’ve done dozens of makeup tutorials, but I’ve never showed you how to properly remove everything. WARNING: You will be exposed to my bald, makeup-free face! Ha ha ha.
Below is a list of my go-to products that I use in the video.
Towel: for steaming up your face before washing
Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel- This takes the place of your regular face soap. It doesn’t lather up too much, so it takes some getting used to but it does a great job of cleansing the skin without stripping it dry.
Boscia Cleansing Sponge w/ Bamboo Charcoal — You can also substitute this with cheaper dupes found on Amazon!
La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes: These are great on the go or if you are short on time. They are oil-based wipes that will break down all your makeup, including waterproof and smudge proof cosmetics. Some nights I will use one of these before I jump in the shower. I use the Boscia face wash products while I’m in the shower to help open my pores from the steam. These wipes are often on sale on Hautelook, so keep an eye out!
MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover: The purple bottle is a super soothing formula made with cucumber to help de-puff and soothe skin after a long day of wearing drag queen-worthy makeup. Super gentle and great for sensitive eyes as well.
MAC Cleanse-Off Oil: I use a few drops of this on a cotton ball to start off my nightly routine. I prefer this method to the wipes because of how quickly the makeup breaks down but it is more time-consuming.
Have you tried any of my techniques? What about going forward? Which product are you down to try? Let me know in the comments below!
Hi beauty babes!
I can’t wait to see what you guys think of the new changes in my makeup room. As someone who has been doing makeup professionally for 10 years, I have struggled with finding storage for all my tools and supplies. I tried makeup stores, Amazon, professional beauty supply stores, conventions, you name it. No one had anything that really caught my eye. A day at Ikea finally solved my decade-long problem. The extra-tall Alex drawers are PERFECT for makeup storage and only $119! It features a whopping nine drawers. Five of which are shallow, and four deep. It’s almost four feet tall and about a foot wide, a high unit with many drawers means plenty of storage on minimum floor space. Great for small studios or bedrooms. Oh, and don’t mind our ugly room heater!
Here’s a peek at some of the drawers. I put all my lipglosses in this apothecary vase that I had for display. That’s a photo of my Nany in her prime and a jewelry holder.
Here is what I put in the shallow drawers:
1) Eye products: Anything I use for eyes: primers, shadows, mascara, liners and eyeshadow palettes.
3) Pigments: any loose eyeshadows and glitters went here….I have a lot!
4) Body Art/Special Effects: anything I use for body painting: tools, stencils, paints, fake blood, latex, prosthetic pieces all went here.
5) Lashes: false eyelashes and glue went here.
I lined each drawer for easy cleaning. I’m still working on the lipstick drawer. I’d love to color code them somehow, since they all look the same. It’s a pain to tell them apart! Anyone got ideas? I was thinking of getting shallow clear trays and labeling them “Plum” “Pink” “Red” “Nude,” etc.
Here’s what I put in the deep drawers:
1) Skincare–I have so much, so it fit nicely in the deeper drawer
2) Face Makeup- anything that was face-related: foundation, concealer, powder, bronzers, highlighters and blushes went here.
3) Back to MAC drawer: I reserved this drawer for the Back to MAC program. Since I use so many MAC products, I go through them a lot and keep the containers when I’m done so I can turn them in. (Six empty containers will get you a lipstick, eyeshadow or lip glass!)
4) Nail Care: Anything I use for nails, excluding nail polish, went here. Cotton balls, nail art brushes, decals, rhinestones, files and buffers, Ciate kits, etc.
Many of our overnight guests have come to know our pull-out bed as “Baby Futon,” and they will remember her red microsuede exterior. I’m happy to announce I gave Baby Futon a makeover and she now matches the rest of the room in this gray fitted sheet. I looked at futon covers but they all cost the same amount has a nice set of sheets, so I opted to hook our guests up with the latter and kill two birds with one stone.
What’s that in the corner, you ask? I got the white cupboard from Bed, Bath & Beyond many moons ago and it houses all my hair and shower/bath needs. Hairbrushes, potions, sprays, mousses, bath bombs as well as tanning sprays and hair bleach/wax kits. It takes a village to keep this girl looking good! A village of products, that is…
Oh and this little spinner? It’s just a lazy susan I bought from BB&B so I can twirl through my many nail polish colors. It’s meant to carry cleaning supplies under your bathroom sink, but I saw it as the perfect nail polish carousel. If you know me, you know my love and obsession for nail polish. I just couldn’t put these babies away…I want the world to see their happy sparkly colors! (And by the world, I mean mostly Dylan, and sometimes our sisters and Ally who spend the night when visiting.)
I believe this one was on clearance, so if you can’t find it there, Amazon has a ton of good options, including this one .
What do you guys think? Will you use any of these ideas for your stash? It doesn’t have to be makeup storage…you can organize your desk or other areas of your home/business using these options!
Hi Beauty Babes,
On a recent trip home to Las Vegas, I noticed a new store in my favorite shopping center (Boca Park.) My sister and I are huge Lush fanatics so naturally we ran over and clamored each other trying to get in the door of this place.
Sweet Bubble Bath Confections is a European-themed bakery of soap confections started by sisters Susan, Debbie and Mary. Their shop features brightly decorated cupcakes, sprinkled doughnuts, yummy looking cakes, pies, tarts and cookies. In addition to the whimsical collection of “fresh-baked” goodies is a collection of Slushes (scrubs), Soap Slices and Frostings (heavy lotion,) which in my opinion are the best part of their product line.
Here are my goodies: a handmade bar of soap in Jasmine Blush ($9.50) and Body Slush in Bergamot ($22)
The Soap Slice is made of olive and coconut oils and smells divine. It’s a rather large piece of soap: 1 1/2 inches thick and about four inches tall. It lathers nicely and leaves your skin smelling lightly of the scent of your choice. I like that it’s not over-powering and leaves your skin squeaky-clean. I love the Jasmine Blush, but I’m already planning on getting the Ocean Pearl scent next!
The Body Slush in a sugar and shea butter mixture that you apply while in the shower. The formula is addicting: I use it almost every time I shower! It sloughs off dead skin cells, revealing brighter and smoother skin. Once you rinse off the sugar, it leaves behind the silky, lotion-y feeling of the shea butter. Towel-dry and get dressed because you don’t even need to apply lotion afterwards. I chose the Bergamot scent: It smells super clean and invigorating with a small hint of floral. Ahhhh I love this stuff!
If you don’t live in Vegas, don’t fret: you can order online at http://www.sweetbubblesoap.com/Free shipping for orders over $100
Hello my makeup-loving dolls,
Eye shadow palettes are literally coming out of every brand’s ears at the moment. There are a plethora to choose from, and it can be confusing. I’m here to break it down for you.
As a makeup artist, I’m always keeping my eye out for good eyeshadow palettes for my kit. What I’m not looking for? Palettes that are filled with shimmer on top of frost, on top of sparkly shimmer eye shadows. Unfortunately, most of the eye palettes out now are just that. Women buy them, try to do a smoky eye with them, then don’t understand why all the colors have muddled together and smeared. It’s not because you don’t know how to put them on, it’s because they are ALL shimmer shadows, and blending them together is a recipe for disaster.
I’ll be going over my top picks for eyeshadow palettes that contain all or mostly matte shadows. Matte eyeshadows are gorgeous. They pay off well and don’t smear the way shimmery shadows do. They also wear longer.
Here we go:
This palette comes with 7 matte shadows and 7 shimmers and includes a double ended high quality brush. It’s a great starter kit for anyone new to the eyeshadow game, and it’s also fantastic for the makeup artist who is just tired of dragging 27 palettes around. It’s got all your neutral and dark basics in two different textures for mixing and matching. Plus, if you buy this at Sephora this cute kit comes with a deluxe sample size of Smashbox’s mascara.
I actually just went ahead and purchased this one. It’s SO pretty! It comes in a small case that is easy to travel with or stash in your purse for those of you who get ready on the go. And how thoughtful was it of them to make the lighter “base” shadows bigger than the darker colors (since those are the first ones to go)? This palette has got something that will compliment any eye color. For Green or Hazel, use the pink, purple and grey. For Blue, use the cream and two browns. For Brown, use all of them (ha ha, we are lucky girls!) I can’t wait to leave all 18 of my eyeshadow palettes at home the next time I do a wedding. I’m bringing this and my Naked Basics, which you will see next.
This compact is the smallest of the bunch but packs a big, matte punch. I personally use this palette daily. The color payoff is impressive and the these smooth shades go with just about everything. You can go from a neutral eye to a smoky one with these six colors. The only shimmer is the first one, Venus, which is beautiful in the corners of the eye or on the brow bone.
These 10 wearable matte shades can be worn wet or dry. What’s more, it comes with an eight-page look book and a handy dandy black eyeliner pencil. This is a great option for those of you who have basic mattes, and want some more fun colors to add to your collection. I’m really digging the orange on the bottom left!
I’m a little late on this one, but here are one of my summertime brides from 2013. Makiko Tsukamoto married the love of her life, David Quint, on a sunny June day in Los Angeles, Calif. Initially, this happy-go-lucky bride wanted a dark eye/light lip makeup look for her wedding. During the trial run, I gave her a smoky eye with a pinky-nude lip on one side, and I coaxed her into trying a neutral eye with a bold red lip on the other. To my delight, she chose to go BOLD and went with the red lip! I love when brides like Makiko step outside their comfort zone and try something different- and this is why trial runs are so important. You never know what will look good on your until you try it!
Makiko went with a hi-lo lace wedding gown and ankle-strap heels. David looks handsome in his dark suit and maroon tie, which compliments the flowers.
Here are David and Makiko with their very floral, good-looking crew
Even though it’s slightly blurry, I love this photo of this fun-loving couple. I really liked the homage to Makiko’s Japanese heratige in their decor…those fans are gorgeous and cast a pretty light on the room.
Another way David and Makiko included her culture was by wearing the traditional Japanese wedding garments for the first portion of their big day. So beautiful! They later changed into their classic suit/tie and white gown outfits.