Sunday, July 14, 2013

Linda Bostwick

Lovely Linda wanted to get some tips on makeup. I came over, made some recommendations and bam, she did a great job with her makeup today at church! Things I suggested for her to buy were: a good foundation and concealer, and NYX brow powder.

I love that she agreed with me that eyebrows make a huge difference. I feel like getting used to "new" eyebrows is half the battle when getting a makeover.

Thanks for letting me come do your makeup Linda. You are beautiful inside and out and I love your new haircut <3.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Dustins Continued

Photo Credit: Sierra Poppleton

Alright! Aubrey's mother, Becky, just sent me her "before" picture. I didn't have a chance to get a before shot of Aubrey, but you can revisit the before from our makeup trial here:

The beautiful bride!:

And her beautiful mama!:

Detail of her eyes. I applied a few individual lashes to give a little boost to her lashes while still looking somewhat natural. Beautiful lady!!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Hannah Dustin

I wasn't able to get a good before/after shot of the bride, Aubrey Dustin, or her mother, Becky from the wedding makeup I did this morning.

I think I will wait on posting theirs until I get some photos from them. Here is Hannah Dustin's for now.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Cute Bella is being promoted as I type this. Onto bigger and better things! Watch out Digueno Middle School :)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Beauty Night


Do you remember all of the interesting things girls did with their makeup in junior high (me included)? I remember a boy turning to me and saying "Wow, your eyes look kind of... freaky." AH - My attempt at the oh so sophisticated "wing-tip" liquid liner approach was not quite there yet.

But really, what was I doing with that much DARK liner on my eyes at that age anyways? The beauty night party Bella's mom threw for her was in an attempt to spare her daughter, and her daughter's friends, from making some of the common junior high-girl mistakes.

All of these girls are either 11 or 12 years old. Some of them have started wearing a little makeup. Here is my opinion on what the makeup regimen of a girl this age should be:

- If she doesn't want to wear any makeup at all, that is fine! There's plenty of time later on.
- If she does want to start wearing makeup, have her read the following:

  • Most girls at this age have flawless skin. No foundation or concealer is needed unless there's a small blemish that needs covering. A possible tinted moisturizer is an option. 
  • Unless your hair is black, black makeup on a girl this age is a no-no. (I opted for black mascara on Bella because her hair is very dark and her lashes are already black, but she is wearing a plum-colored liner that is thin and very close to the lash line.)
  • Light lip color, clear gloss, or even just chap stick is just fine. Avoid colors that are too bright. Your face has enough life. Dark colors will look clowny.
  • A little blush is fine in the apples of the cheeks. 
  • Using a golden bronzer is gorgeous if you want to have a little extra sparkle for a special occasion. Bella's mom busted out a warm, sparkle bronzer powder that looked amazing on the blondes, but still very natural.
  • Brows: Only tweeze the strays. As long as your brow has a good shape to it, you are fine. The purpose of tweezing your brows is not to have skinny brows, but to give them shape. Most of the time, thicker is definitely better. 
We had an awesome time. I did quick demos on how to use a clampless curling iron. Each girl had on just a little eyeshadow, blush, lip gloss, and mascara. Some had a little eyeliner and the blondes had light brow powder on. Quick, easy, and stress-free. These are the last years of that totally natural, child-like beauty. ENJOY THEM ;)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Kelsy's Wedding Day!

Kelsy spent the night and got ready at her neighbor's beautiful newly-built pool house. I team-beautified with Kim Pierce, who worked on hair for the bride, two sisters, and the bride's niece.

It was a sweet morning. The groom came and met Kelsy and she grabbed her stuff and left. Congratulations Kelsy!

The beautiful bride: hair and makeup done, now off to be married!
Kelsy's sisters

(photo credit: Kelsy's facebook page)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Surfer Bride Makeup Trial

Now, before you tell me there is no difference between the before and after photo for Aubrey, please know that when she asked her dad if she was wearing too much makeup, he said "yes."

Aubrey is one of those gorgeous surfer girls that has pretty much every aspect of natural makeup there is. Who needs bronzer when you're tan? Mascara or an eyelash curler when you've got thick, curly, black lashes? However, I do want to mention that although her skin is clear, she does have foundation from going into ULTA in her before picture..

At this point you might wonder, why wear makeup if you are gorgeous without it? It is my opinion that makeup makes you look "pulled together." It is like with hair, even if your hair looks nice with no hairstyle, doing something with your hair, even if it just putting a little product in it, helps you look more pulled together.

So, with that disclaimer :) , here are the photos I did for Aubrey and her sister Hannah's makeup trial:

 Pretty younger sister Hannah:

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Horse-Riding Beauty

Yesterday I had an awesome time doing the hair, makeup, and photography for the beautiful Kaitlin Gustave,  a musician and pro rodeo girl.

Once I get the pictures edited I'll do a photography post and link it to this post.

Here's a photo I found of her online:

Pretty amazing huh?

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Kelsy: Bridal Trial

Today I had a fun time doing a trial for Kelsy's wedding next month. She has such gorgeous green eyes! At one point I had asked for her to look at me, but not to open her eyes too much, and I couldn't believe how breathtaking she was!!

Afterwards we did a mini-improv. "bridal session," but we'll save those for later... Isn't she beautiful!?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Youthful-Looking Makeup for Demonstration Video

I was asked to do hair and makeup on a twelve-year old girl for a product demonstration video.

This look is very minimal - as you can see from her before picture, she really doesn't need any makeup at all! But with photography you always need to wear a little something or you'll look washed out in the pictures. Tinted moisturizer and concealer, BM face powder, bronzer, lots of blush, light brow powder, thin eyeliner, mascara, lip gloss.

Here's a link to the page for the product that was being demonstrated:

Saturday, February 23, 2013

French, Brazilian Jazz Singer Marie So

I had the opportunity to do hair/makeup and a photoshoot for Brazilian Jazz singer, Marie So. You can learn more about her and visit her website here:

You can visit my photography website for photos from our photoshoot, but here is one of them:

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Get Your Pretty-Girl Face

Capria needed her makeup and headshots done for a beauty pageant application she is submitting. You can view the photoshoot "Capria by the Sea," I did of her.

She is a beautiful sixteen-year-old girl and we wanted to go pretty natural with her makeup. It is a simple look that looks beautiful on everyone. You can change the products around as you like. Some people prefer a light coverage foundation, or a lighter lipstick.

There are two good reasons why you should try this look. First, you will look approachable to men - haven't met a man yet who is into the "smokey eye" even though we girls love it. Second, this is a natural and pretty look that you will not feel silly in. Follow these instructions to get your pretty-girl face:

By the way, if you are curious about brands, I can tell you what I used, but you can use whatever is in your budget. If you have lots to spend and you want high-quality products, do that. If you have a little bit to spend, walk into ULTA in Encinitas and turn left ;) It is really all about the way you apply it, and not so much how much you paid for it. I had a hair stylist flipping out over my makeup job. He loved it so much he wanted to know which products I used. Needless to say, he was a little shocked when I told him that I was wearing some ELF products. hahaha...

Truth be told, I am considering starting to use and sell Arbonne products. I love the way their moisturizers are so creamy and good I feel like I am smearing avocado all over my face - no joke. I am even tempted to eat it sometimes. Plus, I like that they are completely natural. I am not the type to put on a lot of makeup every day, but I am the type to freak out over my night time regimen. Which is, to make sure all my makeup is off my face, and my face has lots of good moisturizer on it. My favorite moisturizer has always been Origin's "A Perfect World" moisturizer and their creamy makeup remover that I can't remember the name of. Love them.

Capria: Estee Lauder shadows, NYX brow powder, Estee Lauder bronzer, NYX retractable waterproof liner, MaryKay lipstick, Origins lipliner.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Mother of the Groom: Jenny

Subtle smokey eye with individual lashes added.
The happy groom, right before he left to marry his girl :)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Soft Princess Makeup

Wendy was asked to be a princess at one of our friends' 3 year-old daughter's birthday party. She asked if I could do a princess look on her.

In the back of my mind, I pictured Amy Adams when she played Giselle in "Enchanted."
What I saw on Amy was soft, girly makeup with an emphasis on the lash line. We avoided the sparkle and wig look because that isn't what real princesses do...

So remember when I mentioned I got a new camera? My husband has already seemed to have it pretty well figured out, leaving me in the dust...

Here is somewhat of a step-by-step that he did for me today of Wendy's look:

Start with a clean face.
Foundation, powder, blush (only in apples of cheeks and then fading up the cheekbone line.) No bronzer, princesses are usually fair right?

I used the same blush that I used on her cheeks as her eyeshadow, then a lighter pink fade from the inner corner. I continued the blush color under the eye using a small brush.

Silver crayon pencil right under the lash line, and then blend with a small brush.

Define those brows.

Line the eyes with a forgiving pencil liner before applying liquid liner.

Liquid liner.
Mascara up the top lashes only at this point (so the mascara doesn't go everywhere.)

Highlight tops of cheeks and bridge of  nose with light concealer or foundation.

Apply mascara to middle lashes on bottom and touch up ends of top lashes.

Dab some cream highlighter on the cheekbones and brow bones.

Pink lipstick with sparkly gloss.

I love her shimmer cheeks here.

A beautiful Cinderella. She did a fantastic job. See the short video I took of her.

Afterwards, my daughter Amber climbed up on the chair and said "my turn, my turn." She ended up getting a little sparkle too.

 Thanks for the great shots honey!