Lady Gaga- Viva Glam

MAC and Lady Gaga came out with a new shade from their Viva Glam line of lipstick and glosses. It’s a light, neutral beige that is universally flattering on almost everyone. Each are $14.50 and 100% of the proceeds goes to people around the world living with AIDS/HIV.  
The two colors here are named VIVA GLAM GAGA 2.

Here’s my version

Lady Gaga Lipstick and Lip Glass with Spice Liner

Upper Lid: Mylar (brow bone), Crystal Avalanche (inner), Gleam (lid), Soft Brown & Malt Shadows (crease)
Lower Lid: Fascinating Eye Kohl, Antiqued and Earthline liner
Lashes: #6 Lashes cut in half and used as demis.

Enjoy!

Big Bizzounce!

MAC recently came out with a line of Big Bounce gel eyeshadows. I was extremely skeptical of this item, until my fellow artist, Bay Area-based photographer and friend Ashleigh (you can follow her @stayreddy on Twitter) pointed out their Trophy shade.

These gel eyeshadows are extremely sheer, which is why I initially didn’t like them. Ashleigh swept the Trophy’s champagne-pink shade on my hand and said to use it on my cheek bones and T Zone for a highlight, and my eyes lit up. It’s now an everyday staple for me. I adore dabbing it on brides’ collarbones and cheek bones for a subtle and long-wearing highlight that truly looks lovely in photos.

MAC’s Surf, Baby!

The beauty summer collections from MAC are always my favorite ones. They just came out with new shades of pressed powder  bronzers and creme stick bronzers! If you are looking for a new bronzer, now is the time to hit up the MAC store (before they sell out!). Here’s a look I did using the Surf, Baby! Collection:

Products used
Eyes: Sun Blonde eye shadow and Naked  pigment on the brow bone, Surf USA on the lid with Saffron and Swell Baby  shadows mixed together in the crease. The outer corner and liner were done using Blue Noon pencil and Plumage eye shadow. I filled my inner eyelid (on the bottom) with MAC Pro’s Light Blue pencil eyeliner. the dots following my eye brow were done with a simple black Wet N Wild liquid liner.
Cheeks: Refined Golden bronzing powder all over, Peachykeen blush with Surf, Baby! cheek powder on top. A little Naked pigment on my cheek bones and down the nose for highlight.
Lips: Stone lip liner, Naturally Eccentric lipstick and Good Lovin lip glass.

Makeup For Ever: Aqua Miami

Makeup For Ever’s Summer Campaign Ad



My Version



Lips: To achive that super matte look, I lined and filled my lips in with MAC’s Magenta liner, then went over it with their cream lip liner in Cranapple, and dabbed Passionate (hot pink) eye shadow over the entire lip with my finger
Eyes: I used a thin line of Wet N Wild’s waterproof black liquid eyeliner, followed by a thicker sweep with MAC’s Liquid Last Eye Liner in Aqualine (it looks like liquid and stays ON like nobody’s business!)
Beach Ready!

Peter Rabbit Maternity Painting

I can’t express enough how much fun it is to paint mommy bellies! It’s probably my favorite thing to do. Here is Corine, one of my brides from 2009, preggers with her first baby. She is 8.5 months along, and was a total trooper for the 2 hours (total) it took to do all of this. I adore first-time moms. They are always so happy and…glowy! LOL Corine is doing a whole Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit motif for their baby boy Jackson. In honor of this, we did a little Peter Rabbit on her belly, complete with a white picket fence and an apple tree. I did my signature banner with the baby’s name across the bottom. Little Jackson was a curious baby who kept elbowing my hands and brushes as I was painting. It’s one of the coolest things in the world to feel an unborn angel poking around in their mom’s belly! I can’t even describe what a blessing it is. I am always in awe of how life begins and how amazing the woman’s body really is.
 
SIDE NOTE: In case you are interested in belly painting for your pregnancy, all the products I use are water soluble and completely safe for baby and mom. I use gently pressure and always make sure my moms and babies are comfortable.
I took this after we wiped Corine’s belly art off, of Corine, hubby Alex and baby J. Not bad for an amateur, huh? 


Lady C’s Makeup Must Haves

We are finally at Part 4 in the four-part “Must Haves” series! Here, I’ll be talking about what makeup I use on a daily basis. Below is my “makeup station” at home, complete with my chalkboard gardenia-scented soy candle (I scrawled Japan on it in leu of the disasters that have affected the people there).

Pictured here are my “face” products from L-R:

MAC Fix + Spray
MAC Prep N Prime
MAC Fix Fluid Foundation
Application: I apply the SPF 30 all over and let it sit while I walk my dog outside. It’s important for your SPF to settle into your skin before you put your makeup on, or else everything will look oily. Then, I rub some of Jouer’s Matte creme  (Thanks Jen C!) onto my T-zone: down the bridge of my nose and forehead. Next, I mix one pump of the primer with one pump of my foundation, to create a super matte, long wearing, sheer application that will last all day. I apply all this with my fingers. Next I apply concealer to the whole eye area, lids included.  After everything is applied, I spray the Fix + to set the makeup.
Below are all of my “highlight & contour” products clockwise from the top:
MAC Cheek blush
       MAC Springsheen shimmer blush
   MAC Ladyblush Blush Creme
MAC Lune Creme Highlight
        MAC Mineral Skinfinish Powder
     MAC Refined Golden Bronzer
    Application: I dust the Skinfinish powder all over to set my foundation. It’s not really my favorite powder, but since I have it around, I’ll make it work. Next I contour my face with the bronzer.
I apply the creme blush with my fingers to the apples of my cheeks, then set it with a mix of Cheek and Springsheen, which looks like a lovely pink-coral on my skin. I apply Lune to my highlight areas: cheekbones and brow bones. Lune was a limited product. If you would like to get something similar, try Pearl or Shell Cream Colour Base by MAC.
Pictured below are my various eye/face products:
MAC Eyelash Curler
MAC Select Coverup in NW25
MAC Fluidline in Black Track
Application: I always apply concealer AFTER foundation, and before powder. I fill in my brows with this amazing gel from MUF with an angle brush. I warm up the lash curler in my palms before giving a quick squeeze. I look down into a compact or a swivel mirror and apply my mascara by wiggling up and out. If I have time, I’ll line my eyes with the Fluidline and an angle brush. I will lightly dust the Sparklicity (LOVE) over the areas that I applied Lune, as well as the inner corners of my eyes. A swipe of Fresh’s lip balm with one of my million lip glosses, and I’m ready to leave the house! LOL

Tools: I’m going to save which brushes I use for another blog post, but I’ll share the tools I use on the daily here: A pair of safety scissors to trim my crazy Armenian eyebrows, slanted tweezers to groom absolutely everything on my body, and a palette to squirt various products on. I got mine from a pro store, however you can just get an artist’s palette from Aaron Brothers for around $3 and it will do the trick! 

 NOT PICTURED:
Eye PrimerUrban Decay Primer Potion in EDEN
Eyeshadows– I don’t wear shadows every day, but when I do… I use MAC. Nobody makes eye shadows and pigments like MAC Cosmetics. Period.



Lady C’s Nail Polish Must Haves

Essie — $8.00 each. Essie is known for their pastels and “softer” colors. I basically lived in the brand’s greige color, “Chinchilly,” all winter long.

OPI — $8.00 each. In my opinion, OPI is the top dog in the nail world. I’ve been rocking their Katy Perry “Shatter” polish for the last month.

China Glaze — $5.00 each. I really love the brights and neons in this line. My personal go-to every summer is “Shocking Pink”

MAC Cosmetics — $14.00 each. These polishes have UV ray protection and staying power. Im always on the lookout for the limited colors! I’m currently wearing “N Colour” and “Rose Topping” from MAC:

Chanel — $25.00 each. “Pearl Drop” is a white frost with greenish-gold iridescence from the Spring 2011 line is to die for. These are at the top of the price range for nail polish, but I still think every girl should have at least one Chanel polish!

Deborah Lippmann —  $16.00 each. “I Know What Boys Like (periwinkle) and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (coral) I am kind of obsessed with “Some Enchanted Evening,” a sparkling pink glitter particle polish, thanks to my friend Kristyn M. She sent me a pic of her nails week and my heart hasn’t stopped palpitating since!