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Your Wedding Day Beauty To Do List

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Plan ahead to avoid any wedding day beauty emergencies!

1. Designate a bridesmaid to be in charge of letting you know when you need a lipstick touch up.  She will also be in charge of your beauty essentials for the wedding and reception.

2. Always purchase the lipstick, lip liner and gloss your makeup artist will use on you.  This should be pre-determined at the trial run.  Tuck these away in a beautiful bridal clutch for your bridesmaid to take with her everywhere.  Don’t forget to include a mirror!

2. A week before the big day, find a mid sized, waterproof cosmetics bag.

3. Fill it with: breath mints, deoderant, Q-tips, eye makeup remover in a small refillable bottle for travel, a travel pack of tissues, eyeliner pencil (if you choose not use waterproof eyeliner), 2 safety pins, travel tooth brush and tooth paste, eye drops.

4. These are a must!

at Sephora: Bare Escentuals Liquid-Filled Cotton Swbas $5 for 24 swabs

Bare Minerals On The Spot Makeup Remover Swabs:  24 soft cotton swabs are individually filled with a pre-measured amount of gentle, skin-conditioning solution. Simply “snap” the swab at the colored ring to release the liquid into the tip. Easy, goof-proof removal and an alcohol-free formula complete with aloe vera and vitamin E for sensitive eyes.

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Transition Your Makeup from Summer to Fall with the switch of a pencil

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Makeup Forever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Pencil, $17 at Sephora

A waterproof, extremely long-wearing lip liner.

Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil Rosewood. $17 at Sephora

Changing the color you line your lips with will instantly update your look. If you’ve been wearing those amazing brights this summer, change your lip pencil to a darker hue and work it into the brighter lipstick to give it a darker or dirtier cast — this will  mute it and make it fall-wearable.

I just found some brilliant Makeup Forever waterproof lip liners at Sephora.  They’re worth a try, and stay on all day,  and help you have a worry free wedding day.  $17

Or, try Clinique Quickliner for Lips in Crushed Berry or Bamboo, $14.

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Allure’s addictive interactive face charts allow you to recreate what you see in the magazine

Saturday, May 15th, 2010 offers interactive face charts that you can use to try out the looks you see on their pages.  Scroll through dozens of options in their extensive archive.  Here’s the best part:  each one is printable and comes with its own shopping list of the products required for that particular look.  Take it with you to the cosmetics department or bring it to your trial run consultation with the makeup professional you hire for the big day.

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100,000 Years of Beauty

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
100,000 Years of Beauty

to celebrate its 100 birthday, L’Oreal commissioned author Elizabeth Azoulay to author this 5 volume compilation of everything beauty

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Wipe Your Slate Clean, Fall Faces Are Makeupless — The Cut

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Wipe Your Slate Clean, Fall Faces Are Makeupless — The Cut.

Bold Beauty Looks From the New York Runways — The Cut

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Bold Beauty Looks From the New York Runways — The Cut.

Organizing Makeup and the Brother P-Touch label maker

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
Organizing Makeup and the Brother P-Touch label maker

Organizing Makeup with a label maker

WOW!  This may be one of the dorkiest things I’ve ever done.   I recently had a blast organizing my black plastic mound of compacts, lipsticks and various other beauty containers.  After years of digging, dreading the dig and finally getting into a beauty rut because the digging was such a deterrent to my creative juices, I got a grip.  Literally, I got a grip on my husband’s label maker.  Now, everything from my makeup to the dogs’ bowls have labels. This thing even let me adjust the size of the printing so I can glance down and find what I want without squinting and rifling through a sea of big hinged squares and rectangles.  Assorted Lip PalettesIndividual Eye Products

Calling all Spring and Summer 2010 brides… Pastel makeup is coming!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Pastels for Spring/Summer 2010

Pastels for Spring/Summer 2010

Spring and Summer

2010 brides…

Fashion Week just wrapped up in NYC & I am in love with the pastel beauty trend for spring…it is perfect for bridal.

Pastels can work for any bride, but remember to choose the right shade and intensity.  The darker your skin, the deeper the pastels need to be or they will look “gray”  and ashy on your skin.  In fact, when your skin is warmer (slightly tanned) in the spring and summer it is easier to wear these shades.  And sticking to one shade at a time will keep you from looking like a little girl who got into her mother’s makeup.   Anyone else have nightmare memories of blue/silvery shades in plastic compacts, sponge tipped applicators and 8th grade school pictures in which they look like Endora from Bewitched….well don’t you worry.  The latest beauty looks from the runway showcase spring’s pastels as “saturated” colors that have depth and sophistication.


For light to medium skin tones, I have found that Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear cream shadow in “Ballet Pink” really illuminates the eye and is perfect for day by itself.   Then all you need to do is intensify your eyeliner and head out to a night on the town.  For a darker skin tone, try Bobbi Brown’s powder shadow in deeper, richer shades like ”naked” or “black plum”.  Bobbi’s metallics offer some beautiful color options ranging from lilacs for lighter skin tones, to “After Hours,” a deep chocolate mauve.  Just don’t do too much shimmer for photography-it will look shiny because it reflects the flash.

I will always be a fan of black eyeliner-I have gone through my phases with colors like navy and purples, but I always come back to tried and true black.  For those of you who want a lighter liner there are so many options out there, and Bobbi’s Gel Liners do not disappoint. Try “Black Plum Ink” or “Indigo Ink”.  Or you could line the top lid with black, and the bottom with a brown smudged softer line.


For a pretty pastel lip there are hundreds of options. It is fun, easy and relatively inexpensive to update your look with lip products.  We all know how purchasing a pretty new lipstick changes your day without breaking the bank.

Bobbi Brown’s Brightening Gloss in all four pastel colors is amazing when you put it on…it looks like there is a slight glow to the bottom half of your face.  The reflection also amplifies your lips because it reflects light.


“I Pink I Love You”
Go to and browse their “Fairytale Bride” collection.

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Airbrushed Makeup for digital photography and video

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Airbrushed Makeup F.A.Q.

How does airbrushed makeup work?Airbrushed makeup is specially formulated to be sprayed on through an air compressor as a fine mist of color that gently covers the skin. This process allows the makeup to conceal better while allowing your skin to breathe.   Most say that it feels like they don’t have any makeup on their skin at all. The sensation of the makeup actually being applied can be described as a light, cool mist gently blowing onto the face.
How is airbrushed makeup different than traditional makeup?Traditional foundations can look obvious, caked-on or thick and almost always feel like you are wearing makeup.

  • Because airbrushed makeup is misted on, it seamlessly blends during the process creating the illusion of a flawless, smooth face. It leaves a luminous veil of color on the surface of the skin eliminating the mask-like look you sometimes see.
  • Your skin’s natural tones still peek through this special pixilated coverage for the most natural and clean look possible.
  • Spraying microdots of makeup that rest on the surface of the face looks more natural than traditional makeup because it isn’t rubbed into the skin and doesn’t exaggerate the pores.
  • This unique spraying process creates a coverage that looks flawless and is ready for any digital high resolution close up.
What are the benefits of airbrushed makeup?I use 2 different formulas, water resistant (water based) and water proof (depending on your preference.)

  • Simply blotting, (not wiping,) away perspiration, tears or any moisture will leave the makeup in place without a streak.
  • This makeup will not fade or rub off on clothes, lasts well up to 18 hours and yet can be easily washed away with your facial cleanser and water.
  • Once the makeup is sprayed on, it dries instantly to a matte finish that does not require powder or re-applying.
  • Can be used for any skin type including laser resurfaced skin.
  • Concealing small blemishes or other cosmetic challenges can be as easy as spraying small dots of makeup over  them. An initial neutralizing coverage can lighten and neutralize undertones, strong colors and even birth marks.
  • Does not clog sebaceous glands.
  • Silicon free.
  • Contamination free. No brushes or sponges needed for application process; dropper dispensed
  • Matte finish-great for oily skin types.
  • If satin finish is desired, the face can be misted with a specially formulated moisturizer that will not affect the water resistance of the makeup.
Which system do you use?I use the Dinair System. Dinair originated the airbrush makeup system in the early 1980’s and anticipated that everyone would eventually be seen, filmed and photographed in HD. Dinair developed the first high definition, daily wear airbrush makeup and continues to be the gold standard for high definition makeup. They offer a wide variety of mixable foundation shades to enhance any skin tone.
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