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Thursday, 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

How to Find the Perfect Shade of Blush…

Tuesday, 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!

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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Warm, Shimmery, Smoky…FALL 2010 Eyes

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010


LORAC’s – Little Black Palette Eye Shadow/Eye Primer Palette.  $32.

The season’s updated smoky eye captures the light with amber metallics. Fall 2010 eyeshadows flatter in warm shimmery coppers, javas and burnished chestnut tones.

rich warm shimmer for fall 2010.  This complete kit has three Metallic Eye Shadows (0.10 oz./ 2.8g each) in Java (silky mahogany), limited edition Penny (golden copper), and Gold Dust (champagne gold) that pop in and out of the 3 Pan Palette, plus a full-size Eye Shadow Brush and a Mini Perfectly Defined Mascara. A $98 value

Bobbi Brown's rich warm shimmers for updated smoky eye $70

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False Eyelashes-the Pros and Cons

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
False Eyelashes by Shu Uemura

False Eyelashes by Shu Uemura

Jennifer Lopez sporting controversial mink eyelashes

Lately I have had a lot of requests for false eyelash application.  They are great in many respects: They can make your eyes look bigger and if applied tastefully they can really make a difference without being noticeable.  People will ask what you’ve done differently.  The only ones I use are the ones below and I still trim them to help them look less uniform.  Individual false eyelashes take longer to apply but they look the most natural when applied after mascara.  These eyelashes can even last more than a day or two if you are careful in taking off your eye makeup at night and use waterproof adhesive.
Eyelash strips are the easiest to detect and in my opinion are only great for Halloween, fun dress up evenings and costume parties.  On the other hand, they look appropriately avant garde on the fashion runways and really do add an edge to your look.

On the down side, false eyelash application can cause your real ones to fall out, they can randomly fall off during the evening and they can feel heavy and awkward.

Basically, my advice is to use a light hand, start at the outer corners and work in towards the nose, not applying them past the mid point of the upper lash, trim them if necessary, always apply after you mascara and never on the bottom lash line.

Duralash Individual lashes for the most "natural" look

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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Eyebrows: The Good, the Bad and the Bride’s

Sunday, July 25th, 2010
Before filling in brows


I think this is excellent advice contributed by artist Pamela Jeschonek  to the “Article” section of

“…Ask any experienced Makeup Artist: the best makeup application in the world will not look its best if you have unmanaged eyebrows. The correct eyebrow shape can balance the face, make your eyes look larger and take years off your look.The trend right now is a natural, well-groomed eyebrow–a little thicker than in the recent past, but well-defined and soft. Gone are the days of pencil-thin eyebrows with a severe arch. Fairytale princesses had full, rounded eyebrows that gave them a soft, youthful, innocent look. Their wicked counterparts had severe, thin, highly arched brows that made them look mean, old and harsh. Definitely not the best look for a blushing bride!”

Brow filled in


via Eyebrows: The Good, the Bad and the Bride’s.

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The Makeup Room

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Airbrush Makeup for HDTV reprinted from DV Edge at World Digital Video Association

As more television stations broadcast in HDTV, makeup artists must adjust their technique and products for a screen resolution quality that has as much as10 times more picture detail than analogue TV!

via The Makeup Room.

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Mad Men Makeup

Friday, October 30th, 2009
'50's housewife, red lips, pin curls

Betty Draper

One of my favorite TV shows is Mad Men.  There are many reasons for this, but one of the fascinating things about this show is the attention to detail.  Take, for instance, Betty Draper’s makeup.  You can literally zoom in on the month and year of this show by taking a closer look at the hair, makeup and fashion.  What do most people think of when they think of ’60’s makeup?  “Mod” is the first thing that comes to my mind;  Twiggy, nude lips (I read somewhere that girls would actually crush up white eye shadows and mix the powder with pink lip gloss to achieve a really nude lip), bold eyes with  heavily mascaraed lashes, pastel greens and blue eye shadow, thick black “cat-eye” eye liner, mini skirts, gogo boots, really teased hair, I could go on.  But Mad Men makes you realize that in the first part of the decade women were transitioning from the more conservative, formal, lady-like 1950’s era.  Women still wore their complicated corsets and girdles, and gloves were worn to the grocery store as well as to formal events.  Think Jackie Kennedy, Chanel suits, pillbox hats and French manicured fingertips.  Pastel lip colors were favored for day, especially for a younger woman. Women could wear red lipstick by day and it was the most popular choice for evening. Pan-cake foundation achieved a flawless complexion.  Lips colors promised a lush, full and usually matte pucker (frosts were introduced very late in the 1950’s and didn’t catch on until the late ’60’s).  Rouge (not called “Blush” yet) was plopped on the apples of the cheeks in 2 circles.  Eye shadow was minimal in neutral tones; natural looking. Betty’s skirts are slowly getting shorter, but s-l-o-w-l-y… UNTIL WE GET TO THE ROME EPISODE!  I love this transformation! It’s like getting a sneak peek/ fast forward to what fashion and beauty in the U.S. will look like in just a few short years.

For a fascinating interview with the hair and makeup team responsible for Betty’s stunning Roman makeover, go to

Betty's Roman transformation

Betty's Roman transformation; fast forward to mod

The Beauty Shop

the 1950's requisite weekly trip to the beauty parlor.


glamorous 1950's housewife a.k.a. June Cleaver... note red lipstick, pleated swing skirt, ladylike cardigan, laquered hair, doe eyes

Beauty mistakes that add years to your face

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

1. Foundation that is too light exaggerates lines.  Try a warmer toned foundation a shade darker than your skin and    blend.

2. Avoid powder on non-oily areas and the eye area. Powder can exaggerate lines.

3. Dark lipstick makes thinning lips look saggy.   Try a neutral rose color and color in with lip liner first.  I like Brownie Bobbi Brown lipliner with Blush lip color over it and then a layer of Lilac brightening gloss.

4. Keep a fresh mascara on hand at all times.  Clumpy old mascara not only looks unattractive, it also can negatively call attention to fine lines and crows feet.  If this is your concern, skip mascara on the bottom altogether.  And don’t forget to curl the upper lashes!  This really opens the eye, and together with a black mascara will make your eyes look bright and awake.

5. Since eyes may start to droop at the outer corners as we age, when lining the eyes, make sure not to drag the upper line down at the outer corner of the eye; “wing” it gently upwards.

6. Go easy on the foundation.  Opt for a sheer moisturizing formula or even a tinted moisturizer.  Keep your skin well hydrated and moist, and avoid allowing foundation to sit on top of wrinkled areas.  Really blend.  Then see #2 above.  Note:this is every day advice, doesn’t apply to photo makeup.

7. Hair that is too dark for your skin tone can look austere & instantly aging. Talk to a good colorist to find out the best shade to compliment your skin tone.

8. SUNSCREEN!!  At the very least, on your face and neck.

9. Ease up on the bronzer-a little is a must, but too much can look muddy and mottled, mimicking age spots.
10.Softer fuller brows (that are well groomed) look young and fresh.  Pencil thin severe brows can look harsh, dated and sometimes a little arresting.

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