This is my first post of the new year and I’m excited to report that I’ve been making some much-needed changes in both my professional and private life. I promised myself I’d put myself out there more in 2014, and work on some goals that would make me a better ME. My first makeover of the year was special because the client is one of my very best friends, who hired me to create her glamorous look for a very special event. I used a combination of products to create the look, starting with Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance to create a smooth texture. What I love about the primer is that it gives a beautiful glow to the skin and works well if you’re oily. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer and MAC SPF Matchmaster Foundation were used next, applied with my favorite Alcone sponges, then followed up with my Billy B Foundation brush.
Because I love playing around with different products, I was able to create the perfect smokey eye using Magnolia Makeup pigments on my friend’s eyes, L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara, and MAC Fluidline in Black for liner. The brows were filled in with MAC eye pencil in Strut. Cheeks were defined with Covergirl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze, and NARS Blush in Taos, one of my “go to’s” that I cannot live without. We decided on Stila Lip Gloss over MAC lip pencil in Spice to complete this look. My friend looked radiant and although everyone raved about how gorgeous she looked, I think the makeup only played a minor role to her inner beauty!
Until next time,
I was inspired to write today’s blog after reading a comment on my Facebook page about allergies to latex and how that affects the user’s ability to wear false eyelashes (thanks Tonia)! I’m allergic to various things but I’m lucky that I can slap on some adhesive and work those lashes without any problems, so when my friend shared her tale of whoa (swollen lids), I decided to check out an alternative for her. I’ve blogged about the Alcone Company before (see my previous blog “Tools To Use”), who sells not only my favorite latex-free sponges of all time, but also Ardell Lash Tite Latex-Free Eyelash Adhesive! According to Alcone, Ardell is the ONLY company that makes this special glue, and it’s available for use with both individual lashes as well as full strip lashes. The adhesive can be ordered directly from Alcone’s website and for the low price of $3.50, sensitive beauty babes everywhere can stock up!
There are a few things I just can’t live without as I go through my daily makeup rituals. People ask for my opinion on products all the time, but rarely do they ask about the tools needed for flawless makeup application. You don’t always have to buy the most expensive (insert tools here) but based on trial and error, you can find brushes, sponges, etc., that work well for YOU. Here are a few things I just can’t do without:
1. Alcone Non-Latex Sponges– Many top makeup artists all over the world agree that these sponges are the absolute best! They don’t crumble or turn yellow, and they can be washed and reused. I try to buy as many as possible when I attend industry events, since the company is located in NYC and I’m in SAT (San Antonio, TX). Reasonably priced and available for ordering/shipping online, Alcone sponges are a must have for your kit!
2. M.A.C. Mini-Shader Brush and M.A.C. Fluff Brush allow me to smudge shadow or liner and apply shadow with ease. These brushes last forever as long as you keep them clean.
3. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara has been a staple for years. I love that it’s washable, easy to apply, and gives good coverage on the lashes. Great Lash is priced right all the time and never goes out of style.