Oscars 2013 Beauty Round-Up


Award season went by fast, didn’t it? Like prom is to seniors, the stars came out one last time for the biggest night of their lives: The Oscars. Let’s have a look at their beauty choices….


I’m giving her the Never Looked Better award. The deep side part and retro waves is truly a good look for her. Her makeup is reflective of her persona: fresh and easy going.

Reese Witherspoon


I’m giving her Best Beauty Look of the Night. The pale gold shimmer on her lids goes great with her milky skin and the lips, finally! Hydrated appropriately in a creamy cherry red lipstick. Her beauty is beyond words in this look.JessicaC


When Shimmery Makeup Happens to Good People. I’ve seen this happen to many friends and starlets, and I must say, it’s a tricky thing. Just like light and dark, you must mix shimmers and mattes. All shimmer frost eye shadows on the eyes, plus a glowy, borderline-greasy foundation application with a glittery lip gloss makes for an oily complexion. Zoe’s beauty is buried behind too much shine. She could have done with the shimmery lips if she kept her skin and eyes matte.Zoe


Queen Latifah walked down the red carpet rocking the coolest fucshia-pink lip gloss I’ve ever seen, it looks like patent leather! She balanced out the bright mouth with smoky eyes in a neutral palette. The only thing that would have made this look any better would have been some eyebrows. The “No-Eyebrow Look” has been making its rounds this awards season, and to be honest, I’m not a fan. However here, it doesn’t bother me so much. Queen


Her skin looks flawless, and let’s face it, she’s gorgeous with or without a team of hair and makeup artists. If you zoom in on this photo, you will see that the thick gray liner/shadow is different on each eye. The mascara application is a little hurried, it’s clumpy in some areas and wonky in others. This beauty look seems like it was done in a rush. I would have liked to see her wearing some fierce eyelashes to complete it. Salma


I’m giving this golden girl Best Beauty Look For Someone Who Has No Real Reason To Be At The Oscars. Clooney’s girlfriend du jour has never looked better. Her brows are softly filled in with what looks to be some blonde-colored eye shadow and an angle brush. Her skin is glowing in all the right places and the lashes perfect this natural glowing beauty.StaceyK


Per usual, Halle looks fantastic. And per usual, she stuck with her cool short crop and a neutral makeup palette with nude lips. Sigh. I guess we can’t mess with perfection. The only thing missing here folks, and you guessed it, is some eye brow action. Let’s fill those suckers in!Halle


My goodness those lips are parched! This happens a lot to nude lipstick-wearing victims. A simple way to avoid that chalky chapped look is to layer your nude lipstick with a shimmery gloss close to your skin tone. The sparkles with give your lips some life. It also doesn’t hurt to use some lip balm before you begin your makeup for the night…jeez! Ginniferc


Goddess, goddess, goddess. From her cropped and textured ‘do to the perfect application of her blush and contour, Charlize nailed it. I have a feeling though that this has more to do with her perfect freaking face and less with any makeup artist’s talent. Dior’s spokesmodel just happens to have the most perfect measurements and proportions.  Charlize


This is her best look of the awards season. I’m giving this one the Best Soft-Focus Beauty of the evening. Everything is so gently blended, from her softly lined eyes, fluttering lashes to the porcelain skin and pinky-nude lips. Props to her makeup artist! And thank you for remembering her eyebrows.



Harsh dot com. I’m usually a fan of Kelly’s fashion risks, but this beauty look was just too hard to look at. I think what really went wrong here are the fake lower lashes with the white eye liner in her waterline. It looks uncomfortable and creates crinkles  and shadow under her eyes. I always recommend to my clients to leave their lower lashes alone. Don’t add falsies down there, and don’t apply mascara to your lower lashes…ever. It draws attention to your delicate (and sometimes wrinkly) under eye area and casts shadows, making you look tired and old. Unfortunately for Kelly, this look really ages her.KellyO


She’s just so pretty, it’s ridiculous. This simple makeup looks great on her. Soft, grey smoky eyes with cheeks and lips in peach, framed with perfect brows. No one looked sweeter than she did on this big night.KerryW

Which beauty looks did you love and which did you hate? Let me know in the comments below!



A Vintage Summer Bride: Stephanie Holland

This past summer, I worked on an outdoor, vintage-themed wedding for Thomas and Stephanie Holland. After seeing how lovely it turned out, I just had to share their photos with my readers!

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Stephanie was the epitome of vintage 40’s. She did a half-up half-down hair do with victory rolls and sweet swirls. We decided to skip the 40’s red lip to give her fiance a break when it was time to “kiss the bride” and played up her deep dark peepers instead. I also gave her that dewy J.Lo glow by highlighting the center of her face and cheekbones with a Mineralized Skin Finish by MAC Cosmetics.


Waterproof mascara all the way for my brides!


Stephanie’s lovely bridesmaids kept in the vintage theme with white cocktail dresses that plumed out just below their knees. Each girl wore different colored heels in bright tones for a modern twist.7

The boys wore khaki pants (smart choice for hot summer days!) and Converse kicks.Wedding7

Look at these cuties!Wedding4

Thomas is half-Armenian, and to honor that, he and Stephanie included an Armenian “Crowning of the Bride and Groom” as part of their ceremony, complete with the armband ties of eternity.Wedding5

With the help of wedding coordinator extraordinaire Debra Meadows of Purple Meadows Events, the cocktail and reception hours included rustic decor and hints of orange. It brought out the nature-quality of the location, which was Middle Ranch. See, you can find beautiful outdoor places near Los Angeles!

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How stunning is this shot with their rings?!


As it got darker, the twinkly lights came out.wedding8

The bride and groom did a small cake for themselves topped with a Mickey & Minnie Mouse (the love Disney) and offered cupcakes to their guests, which let’s face it, are more fun to eat than cake slices. wedding10

A big congratulations goes out to Thomas and Stephanie! You guys made a beautiful couple. XOXO


Makeup: Christine Guederian Redmon, Leading Lady Makeup

Event Coordinator: Debra Meadows, Purple Meadows Events

Photography: Apple & Cheese Photography

Venue: Middle Ranch at Lake View Terrace, CA

Ebony & Ivory: Makeup for Very Pale and Deep Dark Skin

Hello beauties! For those of you with extremely light and super dark skin, finding foundations and concealers to match your skin tone can be challenging. Unfortunately, not every makeup brand out there has a broad range of shades and it’s frustrating when you are at the makeup counter and everything you try either looks patchy, ashy or gray. Diptic(1)

Below I’ve compiled a list of companies who cater specifically to your skin tones.


Dainty Doll by Nicola Roberts – This U.K. line focuses on makeup specifically for women with very light skin.
MAC Cosmetics – MAC is known for their extensive shades in foundations and concealers and also carries white pigments that can be added to regular foundations to lighten them.
Illamasqua Illamasqua is also known for carrying an endless variety in shades in foundations and concealers and carries white pigments as well.


BlackUp Paris This French line is specifically catered to women of color and offers a variety of shades.

Iman Cosmetics – Another brand specifically designed for women of color, supermodel Iman is the woman behind the brand. What I especially love is that she carries BB cream in a ton of darker shades! It’s very hard to find BB creams for dark skin, as this product was first created in Asia for lighter-skinned women.

Black Opal Beauty – Another brand specifically designed for women of color, what I love most about them is the amazingly low prices! You can score a foundation stick for just under $10.

MAC Cosmetics (some good foundations for deeper skin tones – MAC full coverage foundation has a black foundation used to mix if needed)

Illamasqua (very good deep foundations including a pure black)


WHITE PIGMENT- If you have a foundation you already love, a great option is to add a pure white pigment to your product. MAC sells their sheer Face & Body Foundation in White, but it’s only sold in the Pro stores. Click HERE and scroll to the bottom for a list of the Pro chstore locations worldwide. If you don’t live near a MAC Pro, you can always call the nearest store to you and have it shipped. Illamasqua also carries a white foundation in form of their ever-popular Skin Base online HERE. If you want sheer coverage, use MAC’s Face & Body White. If you want medium coverage, go to Illamasqua’s Skin Base in 01. These two products can really enhance your foundations and stay true to your milky complexion.



BLACK PIGMENT- Similar to the pale skin/white foundation theory, your deep dark skin can benefit from mixing black pigments into your foundation. I suggest applying the foundation that matches closest to your skin all over, then contour the sides of your face with Illamasqua’s Powder Foundation in Charcoal Black. This will bring out the dimensions in your facial structure and give you an HD look. Illamasqua also carries their Rich Liquid Foundation in a black with warm brown undertones, and this can actually be mixed in with your liquid foundations to darken them.

DARK ORANGE POWDERS WITH SHIMMER- Applying a shimmer powder to your cheekbones and T zone will prevent the look of flat skin. I am obsessed with using MAC’s Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Cajun on my darker-skinned clients. The burnt orange undertones and shimmer make any deep dark skin glow perfectly. If you can’t find a specific color-correcting powder, look for it in form of a blush or a bronzer. There are many uses for products, don’t get stuck in the same rut!


MAC Monday: Ruby Woo Lipstick

It’s MAC Monday, folks! For my MAC Monday posts, I like to highlight a go-to MAC product that I feel every woman must have in her arsenal. Today’s pick is Ruby Woo lipstick.


Ruby Woo is not your average red lippy. It is the perfect shade of cherry-red. It’s not too orange and not too dark. It’s also a retro-matte formula, which means it’s super long wearing and stays true to the color your see in the tube. I refuse to wear red lipsticks that aren’t matte, because as most of us have experienced, red lipstick smears everywhere. The retro-matte formula of Ruby Woo is one of the only reds that I trust enough to put on my clients and of course for myself. And for just $15, it’s a steal. Here’s a shot of me rocking my fave back in the fall of 2012.

Red Lipstick

What’s also great about this lipstick is that it’s the perfect red for any skin tone. Let’s look at some examples:


Dita Von Teese, a MAC spokesmodel and burlesque super star is a huge fan of Ruby Woo. It pops beautifully on her pale skin.



Kim Kardashian is wearing Ruby Woo in this photo on its own. It looks so rich with her skin tone!Kim K


Here is long-time Ruby Woo supporter Karen of Makeupandbeautyblog.com. I’m tellin’ ya this lipstick looks good on everyone! Karen Makeup & Beauty Blog


Here’s the lovely Kelly Rowland rocking Ruby Woo on a red carpet. The blue-red undertones are gorgeous with her skin.

Kelly Rowland

Home-Made Olive Oil Body Scrub


Happy Hump Day! Valentine’s Day is almost here, and what’s sexier than soft, smooth skin? I’m a huge fan of DIY body scrubs and have come up with another recipe to share with all of you. These are all ingredients you can find easily at a natural foods grocery store like Whole Foods.


Turbinado Sugar– it’s just big particle sugar, I recommend Trader Joe’s Turbinado Raw Cane Sugar. It’s all natural with no added preservatives or yucky stuff!

Extra Virgin Olive Oil– I recommend Cat Cora’s Kitchen by Gaea. Gaea is a sustainable and eco-friendly business, which I love. Plus, a portion of their proceeds goes to Chefs For Humanity in their fight to end hunger.

Essential Oil– I picked jasmine because I’m a floral-notes kind of girl, but you can pick any scent you want! Vanilla or Orange would smell delicious, too. I don’t have a favorite brand, but I do recommend supporting your local small businesses and purchasing one from a neighborhood farmer’s market if you can.

Jar– I got this 8-ounce mason jar at Smart & Final, but you can also use old pasta sauce jars (wash them first, of course!)




It’s very important that you use an Extra Virgin Olive Oil. What’s the difference, you ask? Extra-virgin olive oil comes from the first pressing of the olives. Extra-virgin olive oil has higher levels of Vitamin E, Vitamin A, chlorophyll and magnesium than regular and “just virgin” olive oils. We need all those high-level vitamins to feed our skin and boost its glow!



STEP 1: Pour 1 cup of Turbinado sugar into a mixing bowl


STEP 2: Pour 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil into the mixture.IMG_4372

STEP 3: Pour 5-6 drops of your favorite essential oil into the mixture.IMG_4373

STEP 5: Stir until you get a grainy, lumpy consistency. It should literally take you 10 seconds. IMG_4376

STEP 6: Pour it into a glass jar of your choice. Done!



I suggest using this body scrub in the shower after you have already washed and shaved. Scoop out a small amount and work this in circular motions onto your arms and legs, focusing on dry areas like elbows and knees. It’s amazing on feet too! Rinse off and pat yourself dry with a towel. You won’t even need lotion afterwards. I like doing this twice per week in the winter, and once per week in the summer.


The sugar granules will slough off dead skin cells that collect on the top layer of your skin. The extra virgin olive oil will hydrate the new skin underneath and leave your skin glowing. The essential oil will make you smell yummy. What’s not to love?

Here’s a step-by-step video I did on another body scrub made with almond oil, which is tougher to find than olive oil. Just replace the almond oil with olive oil for this body scrub.

Let me know if you try this DIY body scrub, I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Grammys 2013 Best & Worst Beauty Looks

I’m too impatient to DVR the Grammys, but don’t you hate watching them live? I wish there was a way we could pick and choose which live performance we could skip, that would save me at least two hours in the evening, ha ha!

The singing beauties came in their tightest, most sequin-ey outfits and wowed us all. I’m sure you’ve all seen the gowns, so let’s take a closer view at the beauty looks.


I feel like everytime J.Lo goes on the red carpet, an angel gets its wings. She’s a massive star and has access to the best makeup and hair people money can buy. If I threw my hair up in a tight, unforgiving bun I would look like an Angry Bird, but of course J. Lo knocks it out of the park. I am obsessed with the the eyeliner! J.Lo’s artist most likely used a waterproof black gel liner like Inglot’s Matte Eyeliner with a pointed. thin brush like NYX’s Eyeliner Brush.  TIP:  Rest your pinky finger against your cheek, it will act as an anchor and provide a steady hand for this flawless look. Add an ivory pencil in your waterline and keep everything else natural- that’s why this “crazy eyeliner” works so well.


BEST RED LIPS: Beyonce, Janelle Monet and Rihanna- YOU PICK!

I came across these three song birds in my online quest for best makeup, and I couldn’t decide who rocked the red lip look the best. They all wore it with such grace! Red lipstick will always make you step your game up. It boosts your confidence, and you can really see that in their faces. Beyonce went with a semi-sheer pinkish-red lip. Miss Monet wore a juicy cherry pout, and Rih-Rih went with a matte orange-red. The possibilities are endless!



Someone needs to make her aware of the first rule of wearing braces, which we all learned in the 7th grade: smile with your mouth closed. I don’t mind the nude lip or natural makeup, I just wish she would have went with a smokier eye, with bigger lashes- it would have taken the attention away from the metal mouth. A little contouring would have been nice, too. Seems like she was in a hurry.



To be fair, Carly is still a newbie and is experimenting with her makeup looks.  The messy dark navy in her crease and silver sparkles under the eyes make her look like your typical middle-schooler. I actually think I have photos of myself wearing this exact same makeup at thirteen. No blush, contouring or lip color make her look like a teenager in adult’s clothes. And I love her bangs, but like car accidents on the 405, they’re always in the way. This girl has so much potential and just needs some time to grow into her glam.

Carly rae Jepsen


What’s not to love about Kerli’s futuristic eye art? I don’t even care that she looks like a cross between Sailor Moon and Lady Gaga. She’s down right adorable.


Ok, the only reason I allowed Jack White to come to the Grammys looking like Edward Cullen is because he’s one of those musical prodigy-crazy-geniuses. Pasty skin and intentional dark circles? Do whatever you want, bro. You’re freaking cool.


Who rocked your boat at the Grammys? Let me know which one of these looks you guys would like to see in a tutorial in the comments below. It can be someone not mentioned here as well!

4 Ways To Make Your Lips Stand Out

Often times we are so enamored with interesting eye makeup, we forget to get creative with our lips. If you are looking for a new way to wear your lips to the office or out with your friends, peep the four fun options below!

Wearable Ombre



Want to try the ombre lip but afraid of the crazy colors? Pick two lip liners that are in the same shade range. For example, a plum and a pink. Trace the outer corners of your lips with the darker lip liner and blend inwards with a brush. Trace the center of both top and bottom lips with the pink liner and fill them in. Top the whole thing off with a sheer lipstick in the same color range and voila: wearable ombre.

Plush Mouth



Exfoliate your lips with a lip scrub (make your own with vaseline and turbindo sugar!). This will swell up your lips and make them look “plump.” Line and fill them in with a lip pencil of your choice and top off with a lipstick of the same color. Here’s the magic: Take a white or ivory colored eye pencil and trace above your cupid’s bow, blend it in gently. This small bit of highlighter will make your lips look fuller.

Lip Cleavage



Change the shape of your lips by laying down a powder all the way around your mouth first. Then line with a bold lip pencil in whatever shape you want. I chose to make my cupid’s bow pointy-er.  Fill in with a matte lipstick. Done!

Glossy Pout



Pick a bold color, like a creamy orange or red lipstick, then layer a clear (or close to clear) gloss on top, only on the center of the lower lip. Instant patent-leather shine!