Archive for the ‘Lipstick’ Category

Picture Perfect

Saturday, August 17th, 2013
Picture Perfect

St Louis Photographer Josephine Havlak

Thursday, 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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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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Boost Your New Year’s Resolutions with Little Beauty Fixes

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
Boost Your New Year's Resolutions with Little Beauty Fixes

Happy New Year!

Often when January rolls around again we women turn to thoughts of self improvement.  Going to the gym ascends to #1 on the priority list,  healthy snacking becomes a new, positive option, & therefore bad habits are gradually replaced by better ones and on and on.  Most often, self improvement starts with a change in the way we think resulting in the desired physical changes.

I believe that easily achievable, small changes on the outside can affect change by keeping you on that positive track.

  • A quick glance in the mirror as you rush through the day can really be uplifting when you see that indeed, the dark circles that have always bothered you have been lessened and improved with a new concealer you finally tried. I loveBobbi Brown’s miraculous correctors and concealers. You can even chat with an artist while you’re online if you have questions or need help.
  • A brightening shade of lipstick and gloss can brighten up your face and your mood.
  • A blue/red or blue based pink lipstick makes your teeth automatically look whiter.  Wearing a shade like this can help you get through the weeks it takes for those Crest White strips to kick in!  Here’s an informative piece about one woman’s journey through the daunting world of red lipsticks.
  • Have you ever tried filling in your eye brows? Your eyebrows frame your face. Subtly filling them in with a shadow and brush highlights your eyes and subtly transforms your face.
  • Have you recently given up smoking and want to get rid of that dull cast to your skin? Or how about sun spots and freckles that you’ve been wishing would disappear?  Get to the makeup counter right now.  The new brightening products do really work & can make your skin look years younger.  Remember to look for products containing sunscreen.
  • Lifeless locks?  Next time you go to your hair stylist why not try highlights?  They can add shine and body to your hair as well as a glow to your face.

So what has been bothering you about your beauty routine? I’ll bet you can fix them more easily than you think.

Most concerns can very easily be remedied with the help of a makeup artist like me or by talking to an aesthetician.

What do you have to lose?

It’s worth a try…and don’t forget that makeup washes off!

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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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Felix Rey’s chic clutches hold everything you need to touch up on your big day

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Felix Rey's chic clutches hold everything you need to touch up on your big day

Bridal clutches at


Revlon’s new LILAC Super Lustrous Lipgloss. Wearable and flattering on everyone

Monday, May 17th, 2010



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.