Jennifer Lopez at the 2014 American Music Awards had the most ethereal, gorgeous makeup on the red carpet. She is my all-time favorite makeup idol ever, but to see her on the red carpet a couple of nights ago looking like she was glowing from within…well, you know I had to recreate it! Her eyes are smoked out with shimmering taupe-brown and champagne shades, and her skin is lit from within with contoured cheekbones, coral cheeks, and highlighter for days. I’ve got plenty of tips on how to get the “J.Lo Glow” as I call it, and also a full tutorial on this look. (more…)
Archive of ‘Eyes’ category
Recently, I’ve been really into watching Hart of Dixie on Netflix and I somehow got myself addicted to watching episodes every single day. Rachel Bilson, the actress and star of the show, has the most gorgeous dark brown eyes ever, and she always wears gorgeous eye makeup to enhance them. I decided that I would do a Makeup For Brown Eyes tutorial that is inspired by Rachel Bilson using browns and emerald greens. Also, I know that I don’t have brown eyes, but this look does work for all eye colors, even blue and green eyes like mine. It just so happens that these shades in particular look stunning against warm, rich brown eye colors. The full tutorial is inside! (more…)
Yesterday, my family and I watched Frozen since we purchased the Sing-a-Long version. While it was only the second time I was seeing the movie, I absolutely love Frozen as much as every little kid in America does. It’s just such an adorable story with a lot of great singing and classic, fun humor in it. Of course, as a makeup artist, I was drawn to Elsa’s makeup in the movie. I kept thinking about what a pretty makeup tutorial and look this would make, so here we are. I decided to replicate Queen Elsa and make it into a slightly more adult, wearable version that you could actually wear outside of your house. I also give tips inside on how to make this look even more “true to character” if you are going as Elsa in costume or having a Frozen party! (more…)
This November, COVERGIRL is donating $50,000 to Dress for Success®, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life.
The COVERGIRL #GirlsCan campaign promotes the empowerment of women by encouraging them to break down barriers and turn “can’t” into “can.” I’ve been told many times that I can’t do something and it always motivates me to reach my goals. One of the most ironic “can’t” into a “can” stories for me is this website! I never thought several years ago that I would have my own website, blog, and makeup artistry business. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit since I was a kid. At twelve, I started a girl’s “e-zine” on AOL, and had over 5,000 subscribers, which at that time, was huge. I was featured in magazines such as Girl’s Life. When I was in my twenties, I knew I wanted to do something related to makeup or beauty, and incorporate my photography and writing skills into it. 4 1/2 years later, I am happily plugging away at my blog, posting several times per week and living my dream. It’s more proof that you can turn your “can’t” into a CAN with determination and hard work.
There are two mascara’s available in the special #GirlsCan display: COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara and COVERGIRL Professional All-in-One Mascara.
- Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation
- Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer
- All-in-One Mascara
- Shimmering Sands Eyeshadow Trio (Can you tell I LOVE this palette?)
- Lipstick in “Siren”
Since the money that COVERGIRL is donating is going to Dress for Success® which aids in the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life, I decided to put together a simple but fun “Interview Look.” You could easily wear this to a job interview. It’s natural and simple to achieve, using all the products I mentioned above by COVERGIRL.
The look is just enough to highlight your features and make your face look a bit more special. You don’t have to wear a lot of makeup to feel beautiful or empowered.
Make sure to look out for the special COVERGIRL #GirlsCan display at Walmart!
THE WALMART $25 GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY: Enter using the widget above. Good luck!
Disclosure: The Walmart gift cards, product, and information have been provided by COVERGIRL.
I had some requests for wearable makeup looks that you can easily wear to the office or to work, especially if you work in a more conservative environment. I actually had several people tell me they were bored with using plain neutrals and felt like spicing it up, but still having it be wearable. I decided to use my new Smashbox Double Exposure Palette for this look, although any neutral shades will work. I only use two eyeshadow shades for this entire look…it’s THAT easy. The cut crease is a classic, with screen siren’s wearing it in the 1940′s and 1950′s and then again in the 1970′s when Twiggy brought it back. Normally it’s quite harsh, hence the term “cut crease,” but since we want this to be daytime and work appropriate, I used soft shades and flicked it out into a cat eye shape. This gives the optical illusion of longer, larger eyes. I’ve got the full tutorial inside! (more…)
The Smashbox Double Exposure Palette was recently launched on Sephora’s website for VIB Rouge members. I knew I had to have it immediately because their Full Exposure Palette is absolutely gorgeous and I use it every single day. This palette includes fourteen shades and it is unique because you can wear every shade “wet” for a different look. Using an eyeshadow with a wet brush isn’t a new concept, but it is really cool because many eyeshadow shades completely transform and change when applied wet versus dry. I’ve used shades that look like an entirely different product before once they were applied wet. In return, this palette gives you a lot of bang for your buck because you’re actually getting more than just fourteen shades! (more…)
We had absolutely no idea what my dad was going to be for the Halloween party this year up until two weeks before the actual party. The Shining was playing on TV and my sister who is seventeen had never seen it. I basically told her to sit her butt down and pay attention because it’s one of those movies you have to see at least once, just to form an opinion on a classic. This movie was one of the first scary movies I saw as a young teen, and it scared the living daylights out of me because of the descent of madness Jack Torrance experiences. I knew it was a literary masterpiece because I’ve been a huge Stephen King fan since I was a kid. Jack Nicholson does a perfect job of portraying the role and my dad has similar features to Jack Nicholson, in terms of big eyes and that crazy big smile. As soon as we were finished watching it, it clicked. Dad had to be Jack Torrance from The Shining for Halloween.
The entire costume is homemade. If you still need a last second Halloween costume idea or you’re heading to a party this weekend, this is a great “throw together” costume idea for you. Full details inside, (more…)
Why so serious?
This year, I decided to be the Joker. It’s always difficult for me to figure out what to be for Halloween because I definitely feel like I have to “connect” with the character I am being in order to pull it off well. In the past, I’ve done Regan from The Exorcist and Edward Scissorhands, and both were characters that I consider defining moments in my childhood and adolescent years. My favorite comic of all time is Batman, and I grew up on a steady diet of Michael Keaton/Jack Nicholson’s Batman movie. That VHS tape was on repeat in my house and it was mostly because I adored Jack Nicholson (in general, and as Joker). When deciding which Joker I wanted to be, it was definitely tough. You’ve got Cesar Romero who was the classic Joker and had much more of a clown-like look to him. You’ve got Jack Nicholson who paid homage to Cesar Romero by looking overly happy and clown-like, but put his own spin on it by being colorful and funky. You’ve got Heath Ledger from The Dark Knight who was a very, very dark Joker. It has the clown-like elements in makeup, but the smile is unlike any other Joker we’ve seen before and his character was much, much more evil. In the end, I decided to go with Heath Ledger’s Joker because it was out of my “comfort zone” for being so evil and wicked looking. I’m happy I went with this version and in the end, it was mostly a homemade costume. I’ve got the full tutorial inside on how I achieved the makeup and costume on the cheap! (more…)
I definitely freaked some people out on Facebook and Instagram with this picture yesterday! Some friends actually thought I had shaved my eyebrows off! I get asked for a tutorial on this almost every single year around this time because I pretty much always block out and erase my eyebrows for my Halloween costume. Erasing your eyebrows gives you a completely blank, clean slate with which to work with. You can leave yourself with no eyebrows, draw your own eyebrows in, add face makeup/paint, prosthetics, etc. Many fashion designers also do this for an avant garde look around New York Fashion Week. In the movies, especially in fantasy and adventure films, you will notice that the eyebrows have been erased. Wondering how to do it yourself? It’s incredibly simple, inexpensive, and quick to do at home. (more…)
Halloween is almost here, and it has to be my second favorite holiday of the entire year. I love dressing up, doing theatrical makeup looks, and going to a Halloween party every year. My cousin requested an Angel Makeup Look for her Halloween party. There are literally endless combinations and types of makeup looks you can do for an angel…everything from a pure white angel to a full on painted angel face with wing detailing. I decided to go more along the lines of ethereal, glamorous, and versatile. You can wear this if you’re going as a fairy, a Barbie, a doll, or really anything where you need to look super feminine and other worldly, but still pretty. I’ve got full details and more pictures inside! (more…)