Picture Perfect

August 17th, 2013
Picture Perfect

St Louis Photographer Josephine Havlak

June 7th, 2012

I am proud to say that renowned St Louis, MO photographer, Josephine Havlak called one day last summer and wanted to know if I would do her makeup for her own portrait sitting…of course!! And how magnificent is this photo??? Josephine, thank you for your continual confidence & support over the last 15 years.   I have learned so much from you, especially about the importance of the correct lipstick for photos!  In her wedding blog, Wedding Chatter, Josephine advises that a Bride and her makeup artist need to work together to choose lipstick in “…shades that make your lips stand out from your face without being so loud a color that you notice nothing else about the face. ”  In other words, bright without being loud.  Best advice, ever.

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In the interest of organizing for the new year…this is interesting if you have the room…

January 4th, 2012


January 1st, 2012

St. Louisan Karlie Kloss-her Spring 2012 Makeup Metamorphisis Show by Show

October 25th, 2011
St. Louisan Karlie Kloss-her Spring 2012 Makeup Metamorphisis Show by Show

for Anthony Vaccarello

for Rodarte

for Salvatore Ferragamo

Oscar de la Renta

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eyelas curler throwdown

September 2nd, 2011



The first eyelash curler hit stores in the early twenties and sold for about $5. Since then, the handheld crimper has been reinvented many times over—in precious metals, with built-in heaters, in designer hues, and for much more than a five-spot. But ask any makeup artist and most will crown Shu Uemura’s Eyelash Curler the reigning champ. Beloved for its ability to lift and curl hairs without causing any pinching, the sleek tool hasn’t had much competition to contend with. Until now, that is. Enter Chanel’s new Precision Eyelash Curler, designed by the house’s visionary creative director of makeup Peter Philips. This chic contraption gets a few bonus points right off the bat, seeing as how it is stamped with the house’s iconic logo, but to see if it could truly unseat Shu’s gold standard, we put both to the test:

The Peak Performance: We can safely say that both tools worked extremely well during our mirror analysis, giving our lashes a nice whorl that lasted all day with a few coats of mascara. We found the looped handles super comfortable and experienced zero skin pinching between the two.

The Physical Form: Upon further inspection, we did notice that the Shu curler is heavier and has a rounder head, while the Chanel version is lighter with a broader and wider head. Why this matters: We found it easier to work with less bulk, and the extra inches in width helped capture those stumpy lashes at the outer and inner eye corners. Also, Chanel’s silicone pads seemed to be cushier than Shu’s, which allowed us to apply more pressure to squeeze and bend our lashes.

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Brows on the go

July 29th, 2011

Tweezer Man Mini Brow Rescue Kit $25. 

Comes with a mini slant tweezer, brow brush and brow highlighter.  Cleverly packaged to fit in your smallest  clutch.

Yes, you need it.

July 14th, 2011





It’s Called “Foundation” for a Reason
“Foundation is important for flawless-looking skin in photos. It doesn’t need to be applied all over the face. If you need less coverage, try spot-applying foundation to even out skin tone. Stay away from foundation with SPF, which may reflect the flash in photos.”

from New York Magazine Wedding Guide

Chloé Fall 2011 face from Into The Gloss

July 8th, 2011








Chloé Fall 2011 | Into The Gloss.

How to Find the Perfect Shade of Blush…

January 11th, 2011

On this snow day here it just occurred to me that my daughter is demonstrating the perfect way to choose your most natural looking shade of blush…just spend a few minutes out in the cold, then look at yourself in a mirror.  Do you see the natural flush on your cheeks?  There you go-the perfect shade of blush for you!