Wedding Guest Look

It’s wedding season, and guests want to look their very best, so this post is all about creating a fresh, colorful look that’s easy to achieve.

My model (who’s also one of my BFF’s)  was wearing a multicolored dress of various shades, including orange, turquoise, and fuchsia. After adding an eye primer, I decided to play up her eyes by swiping Magnolia Makeup Pigment in Green Tea on the inner eyelids. This super bright green packs a punch, but looks really good on many skin tones. It’s actually one of my favorite green pigments, because it has a bit of a yellow base, even though it’s described on the website as being, “light, olive-green.”  I used MAC’s 233 Split Fibre Eye Shadow brush because it’s just the right size for laying down product that I don’t enjoy scattering everywhere! For the rest of the eyelid, I actually just used one more color from Inglot (#331) that I blended from the center of the eyelid out and then up into the crease area. I used two different eyeliners, one being Make Up For Ever Aqua Eye Liner in 12L and MAC Eye Liner in Smolder. You can’t go wrong with either of these liners.

My model had long lashes that I chose to enhance with mascara versus adding lashes. photo (5)Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant was my “go to” and framed my girl’s lashes beautifully. I like the formula because it doesn’t get clumpy and the application is always smooth. I used NARS Taos on her cheeks and swept a tiny bit of MAC Bronzing Powder over the cheekbones. For the lips, I wanted the color to last, and I also wanted to pick up a bit of the colors in my friend’s dress, so I started with a coat of Covergirl LipPerfection Lipstick in Ravish and followed up with MAC Lipglass in Ravishing to complete the look!


Holiday Beauty Deals

Smashbox Wondervision Brush SetSmashbox Wondervision Lip Gloss Set

Now is the time to maximize your cosmetics without blowing your beauty budget. Many of the top cosmetic brands are offering holiday gifts that are way more chic than gifts of the past. Back in the day, when companies offered gifts with purchase, the gifts were usually unappealing lip colors or foundation for only one skin tone. Nowadays, companies are more savvy, and are offering gift sets that are totally wearable and even coveted by many!

Check out Bobbi Brown for the Lip Gloss Trio which has three gorgeous, shimmer Bobbi Brown LipGlossTrioglosses.  I love Bobbi Brown Shimmer Gloss, as it’s not sticky and lasts all day. Smart marketing continues with the line including two different smokey eye palettes, one in “cool” and the other in “warm” to accommodate different skin tones. Bobbi Brown SmokeyCoolEyePalette

Bobbi Brown SmokeyWarmEyeNARS, one of my favorite lines, is getting into the holiday spirit with fifteen different limited edition gift sets that will make you want to thank the cosmetic gods. There are so many sets to choose from that I’m not even sure of where I want to start. As always, NARS offers luxurious and decadent colors that work well with all skin tones.

Companies like Smashbox have even decided to offer tools to help you create your special look. The Wondervision Brush Set (pictured at the top of the page along with the Wondervision Jumbo Primer) comes with FULL-SIZED brushes, and the chrome colors are perfect for a holiday gift! NARS Ride Up to the Moon


*All images were taken directly from Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, and NARS websites

NARS Realm of the SensesNARS Voyeur Eyeliner Set

Real Women Wear Pink

“Sugar and spice, and everything nice…”  makes me think of soft, sweet, girly, girl style. Guess what? Pink is not just for little girls. Check out the gloss pink lip on my beautiful

Real Women Wear Pink

Real Women Wear Pink

client. We collaborated on the look, doing a smokey eye, but incorporating more shimmer and pink (I’m a girly girl at heart). Stila lip pencil and lip gloss gave my client the pretty pout without the “bubblegum matte” look that seems to be so popular these days.  I actually picked up the Stila colors (Gumdrop  Lip Gloss and Aspiring Lip Pencil) from, since these were two of my favorites that were discontinued. MUA’s can testify to how much we search and horde makeup once we stumble upon the products that make us throw up our hands to the heavens!

A smokey eye doesn’t have to be created with just black or dark shadows. For this look, the eyes were lined, but more neutral, shimmery tones were used, with deeper colors only swept across the outer crease and lid areas. I used a combination of MAC, Magnolia Makeup, and OCC pigments to create the shimmery, smokey eye, added Make Up For Ever Aqua Black for liner, went back over the liner with MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder, and topped off the look with Ardell lashes in 110.

Cheeks were dusted with NARS Blush in Taos, one of my all-time favorite colors, and contoured with MAC Blush in Blunt. I also feathered a little bit of MAC Iridescent Powder in Golden Bronze right above the apples of the cheeks to give my client a glow.

Pink isn’t just for little girls. It can be incorporated into a sexy, confident, totally wearable look for evenings. Are you ready to test it out?



NARS and Andy Warhol Collection at Sephora

I love when Makeup Artists create their own lines, and love it even more when they collaborate with some of my favorite shopping stores. If you haven’t done so yet, check out the NARS Andy Warhol Collection on video at This tribute to Warhol’s easily  recognizable form of art was created by NARS creator Francois Nars and the bold pops of color in the limited edition palettes suit every skin tone. Choices include the NARS Flowers Eyeshadow Palettes (3 different patterns allow you to choose from multiple colors), the Debbie Harry Eye & Cheek Palette (an ode to Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry), plus 5 super glam, sexy and shiny lip glosses in the Kiss Mini Larger Than Life set. 


Lip Tar + Larger Than Life Gloss= Happy Lips!

I really like to play around with different brands so I mixed some Lip Tar in Pennyroyal by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (described as a “Warm Taupe Neutral”) with my NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Gold Digger, a really pretty peach that has just the right touch of shimmer to make my smile sparkle!  Lip Tar is one of the most amazing products I’ve ever used for my lips. Because of the all natural ingredients, including peppermint oil, my lips feel really smooth after each use. As I’ve said before in previous blogs, a little goes a long way, when using OCC’s Lip Tar. The product dries to a matte finish and can be worn alone or with liner and gloss. NARS Larger Than Life Gloss is very lightweight and the texture is not sticky or sloppy. On top of ingredients that nourish your lips, this high shine gloss also helps plump up your pout!


Combining makeup brands gives me much more versatility with products and makeup styles and besides, it’s so much more fun to mix and match!


Nars Cosmetics creates some of the most beautiful and versatile cosmetics that work on so many different skin tones and shades. Right now, you can purchase some really beautiful gift sets that include eye palettes, lip palettes, and even an exclusive set of glitter pencils created in a partnership with Allure Magazine! I cannot wait to try out Nars Loves Rite and the rest of the palettes! Another gift that really puts me in my happy place is the set of Travel Size Brushes that Nars is offering now!


Festive Makeup by Magnolia Makeup, M.A.C., NARS, and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Over the past year, I have been compiling a list of tips for the day (via my Facebook page), to help my readers make much-needed changes to their beauty regimes. People have given me many compliments on my makeup advice, and I’d like to share the list today so……….MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

1. Make a “shopping list” for when you buy your cosmetics. It’s so easy to get blinded by the bright lights of the store, the many creatively packaged items, and all those colors, that budgets go right out the window!

2.Clean out your makeup bag and discard old products and sponges!

3.“Natural”  looking makeup requires work. Those people you think aren’t wearing makeup have mastered the application process. Blending until you can’t see the product anymore gives you the natural look.

4.Buy small plastic travel-sized containers to store liquid foundations, eye shadows that you accidentally “broke” when you dropped them, or lipsticks that are “worn down” to the base but you still want to wear them. Be a budget conscious beauty babe!

5. Get your eyebrows professionally done. If you suffer from a uni-brow, uneven brows, or you were too ambitious with plucking (and now have the dear caught in headlights look), it is time to let someone else guide you in the right direction.

6.Please eradicate the following things: mustaches, beards, long sideburns, and hair on the forehead. You must wax any stray hair on your face in order to make your makeup work for you. Also, please groom your eyebrows, as they provide a frame for your face. At-home products that work: Sally Hansen Wax Strip Kit (works best on fine hair) and Nad’s 24 Hair Removal Strips (work well on coarse hair).

7.Skin color changes throughout the year occur, even when we don’t notice, so you really need to own at least 3 different foundation shades, especially in the summer time!

8. Just because it looked good on you when you were 14 does not mean it looks good now. Ladies, please branch out and try a new (insert cosmetic here).

9.Buy foundation at a drugstore only if you’re experienced. Otherwise, visit a or specialty store (i.e. M.A.C., Sephora). Make sure that you leave the store after testing the product, and head for natural light (yep, you need to go OUTSIDE) to view the color. Don’t think that testing the product on your hand/arm is a good indicator, unless you want to look like Bozo the Clown.

10.Lashes work wonders. Add a set of false lashes from time to time. If you are timid, trim the lashes to just add volume. False lashes may seem almost impossible to apply but practice makes perfect!