Golden Globes 2013 Makeup- Best & Worst

Award season is upon us, and the first one was last night’s Golden Globes. I decided to skip the actual show, although I heard that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey did a great job hosting. I am sorry to say that this time around, there were a lot more “worsts” than “bests” when it came to beauty looks.

Let’s start with the good news.

JULIANNE HOUGHWhoever did her makeup really played her eyes up. Julianne’s brows are perfectly filled in and the smoky gold/brown eyes really compliment her piercing blue eyes. I love the flawlessly airbrushed-looking foundation and liquid gold/nude gloss. PERF!

Julianne Hough

JENNIFER LOPEZ- I don’t even know why she was there, but she killed it. Head. To. Toe. Much like Julianne, JLo’s brows really framed her face. No one can pull off dewy skin like JLo. Her almond-shaped eyes were accentuated by an angled smoky eye- see the black shadow coming upwards in the corners? Instant glam. And with so much going on, her makeup artist wisely chose to keep the lips a simple peachy nude.  Jlo

JESSICA ALBA– Jessica’s makeup artist used all Hourglass primers and foundations to give Jessica’s skin that soft-focus look. I’m obsessed with the size and shape of her brows- strong brows make for gorgeous women! And that pop of matte orange lipstick against her shiny dress and shimmering diamonds is the icing on the cake. WOW!jessica alba

HALLE BERRY- the never-ending fountain of youth herself. What I love about Halle is that she doesn’t seem to be doing any Botox or fillers to her face. She is letting her fine lines around the eyes show and truth be told, they just make her look sexier. Talk about aging gracefully! I love the sparkly brown smoky eye look with her deep dark eyes. Here, it’s important to note that her makeup artist gave her natural, not nude, lips. Nude would have looked like chalk (think Jersey Shore). To achieve this look, pick a brownish lip liner that is a tad darker than your skin tone and fill in the outer corners of your lips as well as all around. Then fill with a lipstick in your skin tone. Halle Berry

Ok…it was inevitable. Get ready, here’s my list of the worst beauty looks of the night.

NICOLE RICHIE- Nicole is a beautiful girl, but she just got swallowed up by that blue eyeshadow. There is just something about this look that’s unfinished, and I have a feeling it’s the eyebrows. If only they were a bit thicker, this retro makeup look might have worked. With no bold brows to frame her face, Nicole’s eyeballs look lost and out of place. I would also have liked to see some depth in the crease with a warm matte brown.


SOPHIA VERGARA– There’s no question that Sophia’s a gorgeous woman with an amazing figure, and her makeup is actually not too bad. This is a classic case of forgetting to wax her eyebrows. Click on this picture to make it bigger. WOAH, right? Unfortunately this seems to be a trend with Miss Sophia, as she almost never has those brows groomed. If I could, I would take some off the front of her brows, there are too close together, border-lining on unibrow. And a quick clean-up with the tweezer under her arch. Done. sofiavergara

Kaley Cuoco– Sigh. Another beautiful girl victimized by the makeup brush. Some bloggers thought the smoky eyes were too much with the vampy lips. I actually don’t mind that. She’s got gorgeous green peepers framed by black smudgy liner, and it looks decent. The lips bother me because it’s a glossy vamp color, giving the illusion that it’s smeared and messy. I only do dark lips one way: MATTE. Kaley would have looked like the smoldering vixen she is if only her lips were kept opaque and matte. There is too much shimmer going on here with her cheeks and lips, on top of smudgy-black eyeliner. And the hair ain’t helping, either. KaleyCuoco

JESSICA CHASTAIN– Oye, those dry, chapped faded lips. Someone get this poor girl some Vaseline.jessicachastain

JENNIFER LAWRENCE– Where the hell are her lips?! Seriously, a touch up couldn’t have killed whoever was in charge of her?JenniferLawrence

LUCY LIU– So, I guess Lucy decided to skip makeup for the Golden Globes. And threw her hair in a quick braid. She must have had better things to do.70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals

CLAIRE DANES- Okay, now I’m getting upset. Claire Danes doesn’t deserve this smeared, sweaty black shadow that is creasing everywhere and that horribly over drawn and equally sweaty lip.Clairedanes

Well, that’s all folks. I’m planning on doing a makeup tutorial on one of the “best” looks. Which one would you like to see?

Match the Makeup to the Outfit

Hello again, winter beauties!

I came across this unique website called Borrowed Closet. Basically, you rent designer clothing, accessories and handbags for anything from weekend trips, girls’ night out or just for everyday wear.  They carry a decent variety from top designers like BCBG, Alice + Olivia, Free People etc. This is the perfect site for the “Fashionista on a budget.”

While perusing what I wanted to rent, my mind, as usual, went right to makeup, and I started day dreaming about what makeup looks to do with each outfit. Scroll down to see what I came up with….

Borrowed Closet

I’ve been obsessed with these black and nude mesh “illusion” dresses that literally give you an hourglass figure without a single workout or juice cleanse. This dress goes perfect with bold, black smoky eyes and nude lips, like Ms. Olsen’s below. The makeup is dramatic, however it incorporates the same colors as the dress, so it really works together.


This winter/spring sheer shirts and leather pants are everywhere. Keep the leather pants the main attraction by going with simple, glowy makeup like Megan Fox’s look below. The shimmer on the eyes, cheeks and lips keep the same theme as your shiny black leather pants while the natural eye shadows and gloss subdue the entire look.

Please do wear this buttoned sheer top with a tank or crop top under…bras with leather pants? The 1990s called, they want Madonna back. image(1)

Another trend that makes me smile these days are black and white stripes. They look good on everyone and pay homage to Beetlejuice, what’s not to love?! This striped jail break top goes great with bold red lips, like Camilla Belle’s below. It just makes such a COOL combination with the black and white. Notice that Camilla kept her eyes bare, just a touch of mascara and liner. She also kept her face makeup clean, no blush. This really draws people to her bright cherry red mouth. Okay, that’s it. I’m buying this top.


Leading Lady After Dark- Glitter Eyes

On New Year’s Eve, I decided to go all out with glitter (surprise, surprise). This smoky blue glitter eye is inspired from the days when I used to do makeup on…ahem…ladies of the night. Living in Las Vegas, I had a wide variety of clients which included strip club dancers and escort girls. What’s so great about these chicks is that they all really loved the glitter, and usually gave me free-range on their eyes.  Vegas Eyes

When doing glitter, I like to focus it on the inner corner and inner lid. Notice I said inner lid. The trick with glitter is to keep it away from any part of your eye that creases and folds. Glitter can irritate sensitive skin, so I suggest applying a small amount on your arm to see if you have a reaction before sparkle-fying your eyes.

Here, I did a custom mixture of reflective, gold and silver glitters for the inner corners, then used a cobalt blue glitter on the actual lid.

TIP: My favorite adhesive for glitter, believe it or not, is Aloe Vera. The stuff is so soothing and provides just enough tack to keep the glitter on without the glitter pieces getting muddy, turning matte, or bunching together. It’s really a win-win.

A Year in Nails Recap-2012

It’s the weekend! Only a few more hours of work for those of you struggling to make it past lunch.

Every week, I try to paint my nails a normal, solid color. And every week, I end up shellacking them with glitter, stamps, intricate designs and other forms of nail art graffiti. I’m sorry, I’m addicted. It’s gotten to the point where my nails just look sad to me when they are not glitterfied and decorated to the max. Some may think it’s tacky (it usually is) but I truly enjoy it. Here’s a collection of some of my favorite designs I did to my nails this past year. Enjoy!

Candy Cane Christmas

Candy Cane Christmas

Wedding Nails

Gel Nails



Jersey-InspiredJersey Nails

Lavender GlamLavendar Glam

Lil’ Frankies

Lil Frankies 2

Metallic Plaid

Metallic Plaid

Pop Art Orange

Pop Art Orange


Snowman 2

Tim Burton-Inspired

Tim Burton