“12 Days of Christmas” Beauty Gift Ideas! CONTOUR KIT

December 13, 2014

For my second beauty gift, id like to suggest this amazing Contour Kit from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I am obsessed with this palette and use it softly sculpt all my beautiful clients. This kit is a must for any makeup artist or for someone who likes to sculpt their features for a glam look. You can pick this up at www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com or at any Sephora. The contour kit retails for $40.00

Happy Contouring!

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Holiday Makeup Ideas by Anthony Merante Part 2

December 11, 2013

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With all the holiday parties this month, I thought I would try something a little different with the blog and post a few Holiday Makeup looks. I had a lot of fun creating the makeup looks and my festive glittery back drops. I did 3 holiday party makeups and one New Years inspired look. Check back soon as I will updating with more looks.

MAKEUP: Rebecca has amazing skin, I prepped and primed the skin using Dermalogica Active Moist Moisturizer. I like to use this particular moisturizer cause it is oil free and light weight and doesn’t compromise my makeup and helps it last all day and into the night. With a large flat foundation brush from MAKE UP FOR EVER (35N) I applied MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation in shade 117 starting from the center of the face and blending outward. I then buffed the foundation further with a wet makeup sponge. If you have a Beauty Blender or something like it, that would work great as well. I let the foundation sit on the skin and set on its own before applying any face powder and started on the eye makeup.

EYES: I wanted the eyes to have a little drama but have a light feel to them. I achieved this by applying MAKE UP FOR EVER Star powder in Iridescent Beige all over lid up to the brow bone. These loose eyes shadows are a bit messy, but if you apply using a damp fluffy eye shadow brush, you can minimize any fall out. I then applied two coats ofL’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black to the top lashes and then applied Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in black to the bottom lashes. Rebecca has really great brows that are always groomed. I filled in any sparse areas and elongated the brow using Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Brunette and then brushed into place with Anastasia B row Gel in clear.

LIPS: The lips are where I played with a different texture than my normal gloss. I applied a deep reddish burgundy  lipstick from MAC Cosmetics called DIVA with a lip brush. I didn’t use any lip liner for the look since this lipstick has such a strong color pay off. I blotted the lips with a tissue and applied MAKE UP FOR EVER Star Powder in Iridescent Red to  the lips for a velvety finish.

CHEEKS: To finish off the look I set the foundation with a translucent face powder from MAKE UP FOR EVER. The powder I used is no longer made, but any translucent powder will do. I then dusted the apple of the cheeks very lightly with Kevyn Aucoin blush in Myracle and applied Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight Powder to the cheek bones, chin and nose for a healthy radiant glow.

HAIR: To get Andrew’s gorgeous hair look follow these easy steps. Blow dry hair, by first spraying roots with a volumizing spray. When hair is completely dry spray with a texture spray and dry for added texture and body. Backcomb the crown starting about 2 inches from the hairline. Loosely gather hair and secure with a few bobby pins. Finish this look with 2 or 3 of your favorite headbands and a spritzing of strong hold hairspray.

Photography: Ron Derhacopian
Makeup: Anthony Merante

Holiday Party Makeup Ideas by Anthony Merante

December 3, 2013

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For this look, I was inspired by Snow White. I loved the idea of having a flawless complexion with this bright cherry lip. To get this festive look, follow the easy steps below.

MAKEUP: I prepped and primed the skin using Dermalogica Active Moist Moisturizer. I like to use this particular moisturizer cause it is oil free and light weight and doesn’t compromise my makeup and helps it last all day and into the night. With a large flat foundation brush from MAKE UP FOR EVER (35N) I applied MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation in shade 117 starting from the center of the face and blending outward. I then buffed the foundation further with a wet makeup sponge. If you have a Beauty Blender or something like it, that would work great as well. I let the foundation sit on the skin and set on its own before applying any face powder and started on the eye makeup.

EYES: To accent the gorgeous red lip I applied  MAC Eye Shadow in Shaleall over lid and into the crease, make sure to blend out your edges with a blending brush. I lined the upper and lower eye lid with MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes Pencil in shade L1 on the upper and lower lash line and softly smudged with a small detail brush. I then took the same eye liner and lined the waterline for a smoldering look. These eye liners are water proof and do not budge so make sure you smudge them quickly. Be sure to curl your lashes and then apply  two coats of L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black to the top lashes and then applied Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in black to the bottom lashes. Rebecca has really great brows that are always groomed so I filled in any sparse areas and elongated the brow using Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Brunette and then brushed into place with Anastasia Brow Gel in clear.

LIPS: For the lips, I went for a cherry glossy lip using the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil from NARS Cosmetics in Dragon Girl. This is my FAVORITE red of all time! Line and fill in the lips with the color straight from the pencil to the lips and then blot with a  tissue, reapply the color and blot again. Using this technique will deposit the perfect amount of pigment for a long lasting lip. I then applied a small amount of MAC Cosmetics Lip Glass to the center of the lips avoiding the edges and concentrating the gloss in the center of the mouth. I didn’t use any lip liner for the look but if you would like to reshape your lips before applying the lip color, you can useCherry Lip Pencil from MAC Cosmetics.

CHEEKS: To finish off the look I set the foundation with a translucent face powder from MAKE UP FOR EVER. The powder I used is no longer made, but any translucent powder will do. I then dusted the apple of the cheeks and into the contours with Tom Ford Blush in Frantic Pink available at Neiman Marcus. I then applied Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight Powder to the cheek bones, chin and nose for a healthy radiant glow.

Photography: Ron Derhacopian
Makeup: Anthony Merante

INNA More Than Friends Music Video Makeup

January 21, 2013

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Late last year I had the pleasure of working with a very talented singer from Romania named INNA. We shot a video for her super fun song called More Than Friends! The video was shot on the beaches of Los Angeles and at a beautiful mansion in the hills of Malibu. INNA is naturally beautiful so I chose a fresh clean makeup for the beach scenes. As the party progresses later into the evening I amped up the look with a bright pink gloss and a bronze/gold eye shadow.

To get INNA’s beach ready look I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Flawless Tinted Moisturizer in dark.  I then used the Illumin8 Bronzer in Sun Bronzed to sculpt the cheek. For the lips I applied  a touch of Hydraful Gloss by Anastasia Beverly Hills in shade Sugar Pink. To finish off the look I applied two coats of a lash thickening mascara and then Lash Genius Clear Waterproof Top Coat on top to waterproof the mascara.

To get INNA’s evening look, I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Flawless Tinted Moisturizer in dark, as well as the Illumin8 Bronzer in Sun Bronzed. To amp up the eyes I used Anastasia Beverly HIlls Illumina8 Eye Shadow Duo in At Chateau all over lid and then lined the eyes with ABH Covet Waterproof Eyeliner in Noir for a smokey effect. I then lined the lips with a bright pink lip liner and then applied ABH Hydraful Lipgloss in Sorbet.

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Create the PERFECT Cat Eye using Anastasia Beverly Hills She Wears It Well Palette!

July 7, 2012

Create the PERFECT Cat Eye using this gorgeous palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills! She Wears It Well Palette has a mix of 9 nude and neutral shades in matte and shimmery formulas that effortlessly glide on the eyes and stay ALL DAY!

The She Wears It Well palette  is a perfect blend of Hollywood Glamour and Modern Moxie that imparts a sophisticated smolder to anyone’s eyes. Hurry up before this palette is sold out. Available at Sephora.com and any Sephora Store.

For a step by step guide to creating the perfect cat eye, check out the video I created for Anastasia on YouTube!

 


Prestige Hong Kong July 2012 Editorial

July 6, 2012

I am loving this NEW Editorial in Prestige Hong Kong Magazine. Shot in a garage that used to house vintage cars, it created the perfect backdrop for our fashion story. Check out these amazing fashions by Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Blumarine, Lanvin, Burberry. Roberto Cavalli, Moschino and Versace.

Photography by: Giuliano Bekor
Styling: Paris Libby
Hair: Damien Carney
Makeup: Anthony Merante using Anastasia Beverly Hills Cosmetics
Props: Eddie Inda

Ethereal Inspired Makeup Video Tutorial

January 2, 2012

This Ethereal makeup was inspired by a trend that I saw a lot on the Fall/Winter 2011 Runways. Many of the shows had out of this world makeup, the models looked radiant and FLAWLESS! Flawless was my goal with this video, to give an almost angelic look to the skin. I achieved these results by using many of my favorite products that are super shimmery. Check out the gorgeous results below!

Products Used in this video:
Dermalogica Active Moist
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Foundation in 117 & 118.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Microfinish Powder
Benefit Cosmetics Boing Concealer in shade #2
Benefit Cosmetics Cream Eye Shadow in R.S.V.P.
MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Coquette
Chanel Eye Lash Curler
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Lifting Mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde
NARS Blush in Angelika
MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle
Anastasia Beverly Hills Hydraful Gloss in Sugar Pink
MAC Cosmetics Pigment in Vanilla
 

 
 

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