Applying Makeup in The Right Order



Hello Beauty Babes,

The theme among my clients lately has been “which product do I put on first? Last? What about primer?” and I thought it might be nice to share a few general steps with my online ladies. There really isn’t a wrong or a right answer to this, so I provided you with the basics. Feel free to switch it up however you please, I just find that the products work best for me and my clients in this order:


Whether you’re slapping on a lightweight moisturizer or a sunscreen with a high SPF, skincare should go on bare skin. This way, the product absorbs quickly and directly where it needs to go, which is in the skin’s first layer, the epidermis.





Primers should go on before foundation, and after moisturizer. The primer will create a smooth canvas for makeup to lay on and is made to lengthen the wear of your foundation. Many foundation formulas now come with primers already built in, but if they don’t, this is where you would apply your primer. A small amount should be massaged into the skin with your fingers. If you put on too much, the silicone that most primers are made with will bulk up, causing your makeup to feel “slippery.”





Step three is typically your foundation. Liquid or cream products always go on before powder products. Buff in your favorite foundation or BB cream on with a dense fluffy brush for an airbrushed finish.





Following the “creams and liquids before powders” rule, concealer should be applied here. Some people do concealer first then foundation, I prefer to do foundation first because it will smudge the concealer that you just carefully buffed in. Concealer tends to have heavier coverage, and with foundation already on, you will use less of your concealer product to cover.



Powder, whether it’s loose or pressed, should be used with a big, fluffy brush to lightly set all of your cream/liquid face products. I love using loose powder at home for an even coat, and like to carry a pressed powder in my purse for touch-ups. Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT use a sponge or puff to set your foundation because it will smudge all your makeup you just slaved over! Only use those sponges/puffs  for LIGHT touch-ups throughout the day!



Now, for the cherries on top. Apply your blush and contour color is whichever order you like. Since many highlight colors have a shimmer or frosty finish, I suggest putting this on after blush and contour so you don’t smudge the shine. If your highlight is indeed sparkly, please balance this out with only MATTE  blush and contour colors.



Everything else can go here: eyeshadow, liner, brows, and lips. Fake eyelashes should be applied after all eye makeup is done, including mascara.



I want to hear from you…what order do you like to apply your makeup in? Do you think you’ll give my suggestions a try? Let me know either way! xoxo

My Night Time Skin Routine


Hi Beauties,

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!



A Lesson in Kiehl’s

I’ve always been a little intimidated of Kiehl’s skincare products. I walk past the pharmacy-esque store and never go in. Something about the white lab coats the skincare experts wear and all the medical-looking bottles just makes me feel like I don’t belong.


As a beauty blogger, it’s my job to know every brand out there.I started out slowly by signing up to Kiehl’s website alerts. I was impressed with the quality and ingredients of the products, but was slightly overwhelmed– there’s so many different collections! Which one is right for dry, oily and combo skin? Can you mix and match?

Last week, with a sense of duty, I strode into the Beverly Hills location of Kiehl’s to dive into this well-known brand that has been around since 1851. And I’m SO glad I did. A lab coat-wearing lady with glowing skin approached me and we chatted about a few of the collections. Here’s a recap of the things I took home and tried.


The Midnight Recovery Concentrate

What it is: This lightweight water-free serum is made with a combination of pure essential oils and botanicals. It works with your skin’s nocturnal schedule of healing so you wake up with healthy, glowing skin.

Ingredients: Squalene, Evening Primrose Oil and Lavender Oil.

Skin Type: This product is recommended for all skin types, including oily because it helps re-balance the natural sebum of an oilier skin type. That being said, use a very small, minimal amount of this product to keep from looking greasy.


Midnight Recovery Eye
Midnight Recovery Eye

What it is: This nighttime eye treatment feels like butter. It reduces lines, puffiness and dark circles with the same ingredients as the Midnight Recovery Concentrate plus Butcher’s Broom (a tree shrub chock full of powerful antioxidants) and good old H2O. The non-migrating cream texture ensures the product stays exactly where you put it, so it won’t irritate your eyes. I suggest patting this product onto the orbal bone of your eye.

Ingredients: Squalene, Evening Primrose Oil, Lavender Oil and Butcher’s Broom.

Skin Type: All skin types! And I stand behind that recommendation. This will rehydrate dry skin and firm up oily textures.


Vitamin C
Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

What it is: This powerful water and oil-free  serum is formulated with 10.5%  pure Vitamin C. That’s right, the same Vitamin C that boosts your immune system also exfoliates your skin while feeding antioxidants to your skin. Vitamin C is known to promote collagen production as well as brightens and smoothes the skin. It also helps reduce skin damage caused by factors like sun exposure and pollution. YES PLEASE! 

Use this morning and evening (underneath makeup too) to protect your skin and reduce your lines. The serum heats up when applied because it reacts to the water in your skin- that’s how you know it’s working! According to my Kiehl’s skin care expert, Vitamin C is the best thing you can do for your skin. I am in absolute love with this product. My skin has looked brighter and felt smoother every since I started using it. Well worth the price!

Ingredients: Vitamin C of course!

Skin Type: This product is recommended for all skin types and should be used as the first part of any skin care routine. Use it day and night to fight wrinkles and feed your skin!

Bad Beauty Habits You Must Break


Washing Your Face in the Morning

Cleansing your face in the morning with soap will strip your skin of essential oils. Your skin regenerates and repairs itself at night while you are sleeping, balancing pH levels and increasing collagen production (a.k.a. the stuff that keeps your wrinkles at bay). Washing your face in the morning undoes all the hard work your skin did overnight.

What to Do Instead

Splash your face with just cool water to deflate any early morning puffiness, then smooth over a moisturizer with SPF. Wait at least one minute for the product to absorb, then apply your makeup as normal.


Too Much Exfoliating

Regardless of your skin type (oily, dry, combo), exfoliating your face and body more than once or twice a week is a no-no. Much like the reason behind not washing your hair everyday, frequent exfoliating will have the opposite effect and cause your glands to produce even more oil. If you have sensitive or super-dry skin, it will also cause redness and rawness.

What To Do Instead

Exfoliate your face and body no more than twice per week using either glycolic acid, salicylic acid, an enzyme-based peel, or microdermabrasion scrub. I also recommend using a brush like the Clarisonic Mia ($119) or Olay’s Pro X Advanced Cleansing System ($29.99). On a budget? No problem: Sally’s Beauty Supply and drug store chains sell manual brushes that work just as well for a fraction of the price.


Pumping Your Mascara Wand

Moving the brush in and out pushes air and bacteria back into the tube. No one wants to smear germs onto their eyeballs! Exposing the mascara wand to the air over and over again will also cause the product to dry out faster so it doesn’t last as long as it should.

What To Do Instead

Gently wiggle and swirl the wand around inside the bottle before pulling out the wand to preserve your mascara and keep it germ-free. Do NOT pump!



Using Too Many Products At Once

I am totally guilty of having too many kinds of skin care and slathering all of them on at once. But this can wreak havoc on your skin and waste your product. Certain ingredients in skin care don’t “get along” and will cancel each other out. They could even cause skin irritations.

What To Do Instead

Anytime someone has amazing skin, their answer is always that they “stick to a simple skin care routine.” Don’t you hate that? But it’s true. The Halle Berry’s and Charize Theron’s of the world abide to uncomplicated skin care habits that are effective. Keep it easy by going with a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, SPF, topical retinoid, and one carefully chosen antioxidant product. It’s always a good idea to consult your dermatologist about your skin care routine.


Neglecting Your Hands and Neck

Your hands and neck are just as exposed to the elements as the rest of your face, and regardless of your skin color and type, forgetting to moisturize and use sunscreen below your jawline and on the back of your hands can cause signs of aging to show up faster.  It’s also important to protect your exposed skin from cancer and the sun!

What To Do Instead

Apply moisturizer and sunscreen to the nape of your neck using upward and downward motions. Doing so in this manner will stimulate the skin and prevent sagging in the future. And avoid harsh scrubs on the neck, that area is too fragile to withstand abrasive exfoliants.


Sleeping With Your Makeup On

Oh joy, everyone’s favorite beauty sin. This is terrible for your skin and your sheets. The makeup you’ve been wearing all day has been exposed to pollution and germs. Not to mention any sweating you may have done (yuck!) Like we talked about in the first section, your skin repairs itself at night during sleep. Your day-old makeup, saturated with pollution, germs and oil, will be absorbed into your skin as you sleep and to no one’s surprise, cause breakouts. Needless to say, your germ-y makeup will seep right into your sheets and cause breakouts every time your head hits that pillow.

What To Do Instead

Use a makeup remover to break down your makeup and wash your face with a cleanser. Makeup wipes are wonderful makeup removers, but please don’t use them in place of actually washing your face with a cleanser. Wipes only break down your makeup, they don’t clean your pores!

Graceland Collagen Peeling Gel

Happy Monday! Today I want to talk to you guys about a new product I found at the Be Well Expo. Graceland Collagen Peeling Gel is a Korean product made with the ever-popular rice enzyme that we are seeing pop up all over Asia. I’ve never tried Korean skin care so I was pretty excited to give this a shot.

I’ve been using it twice a week for three weeks now and have noticed a glow and smoothness on my face that I haven’t seen before. This stuff is pretty gentle: doesn’t sting and is not abrasive what-so-ever. This gel-based exfoliator removes dead skin cells and impurities, making way for brighter, smoother, healthier skin. It contains the Aloe Leaf plant extract which soothes any redness. It just feels rejuvenating!

Here’s what it looks like out of the bottle:

Rub it into your skin until you see the little rice granules start to form. I leave it on for one minute then rinse off with cool water. Your skin will immediately look brighter and smoother. It’s a little ridiculous how fast it happens! I now feel comfortable leaving the house without foundation on.

The Collagen Peeling Gel will run you anywhere from $20-30. You can find this product on Amazon and Ebay. If you live in the Los Angeles area, then you’re in luck: the L.A. Beauty Store is a seller of this product and they have three locations:

KOREA TOWN: 3571 W. 3rd St. #A

DOWNTOWN: 1519 S. Main St.

LA BREA: 471 W. Lambert Rd #113