NEW Work: Ice Cream

April 30, 2009

Here is a new shot I did a few months ago with photographer Bonnie Holland

The makeup was airbrushed using Temptu S/B Foundation in shade 003, Blush in 040 (Blush) and Highlighter in 053 (Champagne Shimmer).

The eyes were left nude with a light dusting of Kitten Eye Shadow by Stila Cosmetics and Black Eye Pencil By Giorgio Armani

Lips were lined and filled in with a NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl. Lip Lacquer was also by NARS in Diablo.

Makeup: Anthony Merante

Hair: Chad Cardoos

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Product of the week: Korres Lip GLoss

April 26, 2009

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I had seen Korres Cosmetics at Sephora on many occasions but never really stopped to test out the products. But last March I was at The Makeup Show in LA and Korres Cosmetics had a booth at the show. I was able to hear about the history of the Korres line and test out its products. Korres Cosmetics are made out of top quality all natural ingredients and are infused with Vitamin C and E. Korres Cosmetics are also free of Parabens, Sulfates and Petro-Chemicals. I instantly fell in love with the Korres Lip Gloss and Lip Butter collections. My favorite Lip Gloss shades are Light Pink 11, Biege Pink 32, Nude 33, Coral 45 and Golden Brown 37.  

Check out this amazing line of natural skin care and makeup line at your nearest Sephora location or online at www.sephora.com


Beauty Shoot: Sneak Peek

April 25, 2009

Here is a sneak peek from a beauty shoot I did last week with Ron Derhacopian and Marcia Hamilton.

I created this look again with the help of Temptu Airbrush Cosmetics. I first prepped and primed the skin with Embryolisse 24 Hour Miracle Cream and the Temptu Primer. I lightened the models complexion with the Temptu S/B Foundation in shade 1. I then airbrushed Temptu’s Hi-Def color in shade 028 to the apple of the cheeks. Lips were then lined and filled in with a lip liner from Estee Lauder called Fuchsia Writer and then glossed with NARS Lip Lacquer in Hot Wired. 

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PDN Magazine Beauty Image

April 24, 2009

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In the April issue of PDN magazine, there is a full page beauty shot of this image I created with photographer Bonnie HollandI created this surreal makeup look with the help of Temptu’s S/B Foundation and Highlighters.

I first prepped the skin with Embryolisse 24-Hour Miracle Cream and applied a thin layer of the Temptu S/B Primer all over face. I then lightly airbrushed the Temptu S/B Airbrush Foundation in shade 004. I added a few drops of the Temptu S/B Pink Pearl Highlighter to the foundation left in the airbrush gun and lightly highlighted the high planes of the face with this mixture.

For the cheeks, I applied a light dusting of the NARS Orgasm powder blush to the hollows of the cheek. I used the Lime Green shade from the NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Rated R and applied just to the inside corners of the eye and blended. I then lined the rims of the eyes with a white Kohl pencil from Stila Cosmetics and then brushed two coats of Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara in Brown.  The lips were glossed with the Makeup For Ever Liquid Lip Color in shade Pearly Pink #5


Makeup Tips for Redheads

April 23, 2009

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I was recently asked by a friend for some makeup tips. My friend happens to have red hair and was asking for makeup tips especially for redheads and I thought this would be a great blog entry. I looked up red hair on Wikipedia and found a lot of great information regarding red hair. I was shocked to find that only 2% of the human population have red hair, making it a very unique feature to have. Some of the most famous beauties of our time have red hair like Nicole Kidman, Lindsey Lohan, Lucille Ball, Bette Davis, Julianne Moore and the beautiful Tilda Swinton. Whether your red hair is natural or dyed, I think these makeup tips will work for you. Please feel free to contact me directly or by posting a comment if you have any further questions.

FOUNDATION, BLUSH & BRONZER

Choose a foundation that matches your skin tone. If you are a fair-skinned redhead, choose a beige tone  liquid foundation with a SPF 15 or greater. Apply the foundation sparingly on forehead, cheeks, chin and nose and bland well. If you have freckles, sheer the foundation in those areas so that they show through. Make sure you blend your foundation well into your hairline and especially into your jaw, you don’t want that foundation line. You want your makeup to look natural, not made-up. For redheads, I tend to choose a beige shade of foundation with a slight yellow or gold undertones. I stay away from anything with a pinkish undertone, as this makes the skin look even more pink.

If you are afraid of using a cream or liquid foundation, try a tinted moisturizer such as the Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15. This is a excellent product that evens out the skin with a very sheer coverage. Make sure you set it with a translucent or a pressed powder. I also prefer to use a powder puff than a powder brush when setting foundation.

To give your skin a little extra glow, use a luminizer such as the Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in shade 0 and apply to the high planes of the face like the cheek bones, forehead, chin and bridge of nose and blend well. I also like to take a matte bronzer and apply it to the hollows of the cheeks and the T-Zone. Next apply a powder blush in a pinky peach shade like NARS Powder Blush in shades Orgasm or Deep Throat to the apple of the cheeks. I find that these three extra steps give an amazing glow to your complexion. 

EYE MAKEUP

When making up a beautiful redhead model or actress, I stick to the typical neutrals like Beige, Browns and Taupes. However, I also like to edge it up a little bit and smoke out the eyes with dark browns and pop a little gold or bronze on the lid for added glamour. I also love a nude eye with some gloss on it or a nude eye with a clean sweep of liquid eyeliner. Experiment with different shades of brown, beiges or even blacks, they can all be blended and combined for a look that is sure to sizzle.

Purples and Lavenders are very in for this Spring and Summer, try a dark purple eye liner  and smudge it a bit for a smokey look. I really love the Shiseido Hydro-Powder Eye Shadow pots, these are a cream to powder eyeshadow that are long wearing. Try the H-6 Violet Visions shade, apply with brush or finger and blend into crease. H-12 Lemon Sugar, H-1 Goldlights and H-9 Glistening Sand are also great shades for redheads. Another great color for redheads is shades of green from light to dark. A Smokey eye doesn’t always have to be done with blacks and brown. Try using a dark green eyeliner such as MAC’s Eye Kohl in Tarnish and smudging it along the lash line and setting is with a green powder shadow like Humid from MAC.
Top off  your eye makeup with a thickening mascara like Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara in Rich Brown or High Density Black for added volume. Make sure to also fill in your brows with a light brown or taupe eye shadow and set with some clear brow gel.

LIPSTICK & LIPGLOSS

For your everyday looks, choose lipsticks and blushes from more neutral and natural color palettes, like shades such as peach, pink and browns. When choosing a red lipstick, I prefer to use blue or  brown based red lipstick shades. A nice brick shade will add depth and really warm up your complexion. Lipgloss is also a great alternative from lipstick, choose a shade that is transparent. Stila has a great assortment of lip gloss’s that work great with almost any skin tone. One of my favorite shades from Stila is called Apricot, it works on everyone, especially redheads. The shade is really light and translucent and adds just a touch of shimmer.


Product of the week: EBOOST

April 19, 2009

 

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This week I wanted to change things up a bit for the “Product of the week”. This is not exactly a “Beauty” product, but it is a excellent product.

Sometimes I need a can or two of Red Bull just to get through some of my hectic work days, that is until I heard about EBOOST. EBOOST is a all natural energy booster filled with vitamins like Vitamin C, B6, B12, Zinc, Green Tea Extract and many other good for you vitamins and minerals.

I first read about EBOOST in Men’s Fitness last year and was instantly intrigued, I had to find out where I could get this magic powder. I found mine at Capitol Drugs or Equinox in West Hollywood, but if you are not in LA, check out www.eboost.com and see where you can get it in your area.

EBOOST comes in packet or tablet form and in Orange or Pink Lemonade flavor, you just pour the powder into a glass of cold water and drink. My favorite flavor is still the original flavor Orange. You can take up to 4 tablets or packets a day. I usually take 2 a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon before I get to the gym. EBBOST does not give you the jitters or shakes like some of the other Energy drinks give you.

For more info about EBOOST go to www.eboost.com


Protecting your face and skin from the sun.

April 15, 2009

Summer is on the way and will be here quicker than you can say SUNBURN. Protect your face and body with Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 55. 

I use this powerful sunscreen every single day, even during winter months to protect  my face and body from the harmful UVA/UVB sun rays that can cause serious sunburn and premature signs of aging. 

Pick up a bottle or two for your hot summer getway’s at any Sephora store or online at www.sephora.com

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