Chic Rocker Chick Inspired Video Tutorial

October 31, 2011

For my latest video. I was inspired by a single eye shadow from the Fall 2011 Collection from Chanel. The cream/gel eye shadows are stunning and I was quickly drawn to the dark shimmery shade called Mirifque. My model Lauren has the PERFECT face to demonstrate this Rocker inspired look on.  I love the dark and raw feeling of the eye makeup, but wanted to make up to look chic by pairing it with matte skin, slightly contoured cheeks and a glossy beige/pink mouth. Next week I demonstrate an angelic ethereal makeup, so stay tuned!

Products Used in this video:
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Foundation in 118.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Microfinish Powder
Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Mirifique
Anastasia Beverly Hills EyePencil Duo in Noir (Coming Soon)
L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black
NARS Lip Lacquer in Chelsea Girls
NARS Blush in Madly


Fitness Magazine Editorial using DIOR SKIN

October 28, 2011

I shot a fun spread for Fitness Magazine November/December issue a few months ago. My favorite shot is the Yoga pose. I wish I was as flexible as our model was. LOL

To get a flawless radiant complexion I used DIOR DiorSkin AirFlash Spray in shade 300. The lips were glossed using Dior Addict Lip Polish in Radiance Expert.

Photography: Bonnie Holland
Styling: Leilani Lacson
Makeup: Anthony Merante
Hair: Andrew Zepeda

Benefit Cosmetics YouTube Videos

October 27, 2011

I was checking out the Benefit Cosmetics YouTube channel the other day and found a few videos for the products that I did the makeup on the ads for. The products were B.Right Skin Care, Cha Cha Tint and Some Kind of Gorgeous! 3 products that I love and use quite often. All the ads were shot by photographerBonnie Holland and hair by Lucie Doughty!


My Grandma, the wicked green witch!

October 26, 2011

Sticking with the Halloween theme today. I was flipping through some old pics and came across some makeup I did in 2009. Now, Halloween makeup isn’t exactly my thing, but when my grandma asked me to turn her into a witch with makeup, I couldn’t resist. I spent a few days trying to come up with a look that would really transform her with out using prosthetics. I called my grandma the next day and said “Can I paint you green?” I was pretty shocked that she said yes! I asked again just to make sure I wasn’t hearing things. She really said yes! My grandma ended up winning the costume contest that night. This was one of funnest makeups I have done and it was extra special cause it was with my grandma.

To get the look, I prepped and primed the skin with Embryolisse Moistruizer and then applied a layer of Temptu S/B Primer and let that soak in. I then used Temptu S/B High Def Colors in Green all over the face and then contoured the face with MAC Pro Performance HD Airbrush Makeup  in Landscape Green.  I then applied MAC Glitter in 3D Gold to the eye  and filled in the brows with a black eye shadow. The lashes were something I found at CVS and they usually have them every year in the Halloween section. For the lips, I used MAC Lipstick in Russian Red for a totally glam look! The brunette wig was from Troika Wigs.

My favorite ORANGE products for Halloween!

October 26, 2011

Halloween is just around the corner and I thought I would find my favorite “Orange” products in my makeup kit. I was surprised at how many I actually had, here is just a few of my top picks!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in shade #10: This amazing ultra pigmented cream color is smudge and waterproof. I like to use this on the lips, eyes and also makes a great blush cause it is very blendable. These cream colors are definitely a staple in my kit.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Intense in shade #40: This gorgeous lipstick is very similar to the Aqua Cream. If you are looking for a lipstick that last and last and last. Then this product is for you! Rouge Artist Intense comes in 50 shades, so if you can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. It can be worn as an opaque color or sheered down for a beautiful stained effect.

Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Punch Drunk: I can not express how much I LOVE these pencils. The colors are bright and shocking and not for the faint of heart. If you are looking for that “high Impact” look, then this is a must have for everyone. Comes in 5 electrifying shades. I featured F-Bomb in my Classic Red Lip video last week!

OCC Lip Tar in Beta: OCC Lip tars are incredible. They offer high impact shine and opaque color that is unmatched. Just a tiny tiny amount is all you need for “WOW Factor” lips. Comes in a million shades, but you can mix and match and create your own fun shades.

NARS Blush in Taj Majal: This blush is super bright and super orange. A little off putting at first until you try it. Taj Majal adds a gorgeous tangerine shimmer to the cheeks. Also great for dark complexions and adding warmth to the skin.

MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Neon Orange: This eye shadow is a bright matte orange. Great for adding an unexpected pop of color to the eyes or adding to the crease for just a hint of color.. I love using this color on dark skin, as it brightens the eye area and adds warmth. 

ESSIE Nail Polish in Bright Tights: I couldn’t post my have orange products with out adding a nail polish. This color was from the Fall 2009 collection and even though it sing on the Essie site, I am sure you can find one on Amazon or Ebay. I have used this shade several times and the color is gorgeous. However, you need to apply at least 3 coats for you to get an opaque finish. It’s also a matte shade, so a top coat is a must!

Hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween!

Lydia Hearst for Italian Style Magazine

October 24, 2011

I was browsing the internet and found a editorial I did with Lydia Hearst for Italian Style Magazine last Spring. We shot this spread at the famous Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, styled by Kendrick Osorio and shot by Robert Gallagher.  I hope you enjoy the pics below.

Sultry Smokey Eye Video Tutorial

October 23, 2011

My 3rd installment of my video series is a smokey eye. A smokey eye can be very seductive, colorful or even toned down for day time. In this video tutorial, I show you how to create a bronze smokey eye using Anastasia Beverly Hills Illumin8 Eye Shadow Duo in At Chateau. A smokey eye can be done with any neutral shade or bright color with varied intensities. The term “Smokey Eye” refers to the technique where all the harsh lines are blended for a smokey effect. I hope you enjoy this video, it is one of my favorites so far. If you have not already, please subscribe to my YouTube channel at for sneak peeks and email notifications when I upload a video.

The products used in this tutorial:

Anastasia Illumin8 Eye Shadow Duo in At Chateau
Kevyn Aucoin Eye Pencil in Basic Black
L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in Black
Chanel Eye Lash Curler
Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette
Anastasia Clear Brow gel
Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Pencil in 1C
Anastasia Hydraful Gloss in Barely.

Martini & Rossi Advertising

October 23, 2011

I just got some images from an ad I did last year for Martini & Rossi. The images were shot by Giuliano Bekor and were shot at the Universal backlot in the Italian area The forecast for that day was 80% chance of rain and it sprinkled here and there a few times throughout the day but nothing major. When we finally got the final shot at 3pm it started to rain cats and dogs. It ended up raining for 3 days straight after that.

I hope you enjoy the images and celebrate the upcoming holiday season with some Martini.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Rose Rendezvous

October 19, 2011

I spent most of my day at the Apple store today cause the hard drive in my 6 month old iMac decided it wanted to fail. Oh joy!  The Apple store is conveniently located next to a Sephora and I have never walked past a Sephora I didn’t like. I was hunting for the perfect gold shadow that has reflective pigments run through it. Well, I never found it, but what I did find, might be the most beautiful highlighting powder I have ever seen!

Laura Mercier has come out with a stunning limited edition face illuminator called “Rose Rendezvous”, this powder really caught my eye. The compact is stamped with roses and the powder has a rose gold metallic finish. I quickly snagged this little gem and was on my rosy little way back to the Apple Store.

The  face illuminator is so gorgeous, it’s almost a work of art. I just might use it in a “Holiday” tutorial I am filming next week!

Get yours at

Worlds BEST Facialist!

October 19, 2011

I thought I would share a little secret of mine. Her name is Tussanee and she is the one responsible for making my skin look and feel 17 again. Tussanee at Integrity Skin is by far the BEST facialist I have EVER been to. I’ve tried them all, Face Place, Sonia Dakar, you name it. They have all been great, but Tussanee is the only person I will trust my skin too. Her facials are so good, I almost don’t even need any retouching! LOL

If you are looking for an excuse to spoil your self. Make an appointment ASAP and tell her I sent you, you will not be disappointed. As well as facials, Tussanee at Integrity Skin also does the most beautiful eye lash extensions and spray tan’s. Integrity Skin is conveniently located in Pasadena.

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