“12 Days of Christmas” Gift #6 MAKE UP FOR EVER Studio Case

December 21, 2014



This gift is perfect for the beginning makeup artist or someone who just loves makeup. The set of 12 Artist Shadows with a step-by-step guide and a full-size of the Artist Liner.

The limited-edition palette has 12 mini Artists Shadows in the same formula  that was launched this summer. The formula of the shadows is amazing and blend like a dream. The 12 shades are perfect for creating a Natural, Smokey or Glamour look. This gift retails at Sephora for $59.50 but is on sale for $39.00 at Sephora.com You can also pick this up at the MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutique on Robertson Blvd in Los Angeles. Gift6

“12 Days of Christmas” Gift #5 TOM FORD BLACK ORCHID Gift Set

December 21, 2014

I have been obsessed with this scent ever since its launch in 2006. The scent was an instant hit and is very popular as a unisex fragrance. This scent is very distinctive and has spicy floral and woodsy notes with vanilla, amber and vetiver. I saw this at Saks Fifth Avenue the other day and retails for $112.00



“12 Days of Christmas” Gift #4 TOM FORD Lip Color Gift Set

December 15, 2014

This gift is sure to WOW any makeup junkie! The set has 4 of the BEST SELLING Tom Ford Beauty Lipstick’s for $200.00

The set of lipsticks are contained in a elegant black box and the colors are Pink Dusk. Spanish Pink. True Coral and Nude Vanille.

Pick this gem up at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus or Nordstrom’s.


“12 Days of Christmas” Gift #3 Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

December 14, 2014

On this 3rd day of Christmas, I suggest this AWESOME Blush palette from Hour Glass Cosmetics! I picked this little guy up when I was in NY last month and am obsessed with it. Ive been using this on all my shoots lately. The palette has 3 shades of mineral blush, Rose, Peach and Plum. This makes an awesome gift for that girl who loves BLUSH!


“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!


Holiday Makeup Ideas by Anthony Merante Part 3

December 20, 2013

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“ALL THAT GLITTERS” was the theme for this holiday party makeup & hair look! I was inspired by the glittery backdrop I created using two huge containers of silver glitter and some foam core board. I wanted the skin to be gorgeous and sparkle, I achieved this look by using MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation and some reflects glitter from MAC Cosmetics. I wanted to use one of my flea market finds and adorned the sculpted bun with a pink vintage brooch. To get this sculpted, sparkling 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 get these glittery eyes, I applied MAC Cosmetics Paint Pot in Soft Ochre all over lid with a large fluffy eye shadow brush and let it set. I then dabbed Too Faced Glitter Glue all over the lid with my finger to adhere the glitter. I applied MAC Cosmetics Glitter in Reflects Pearl all over the eye and to the brow bone with my finger to prevent minimal fall out. Since I didn’t use any eye liner for this look, I wanted to add some drama to the lash, so I added a full strip of Wispies lashes from Ardell and after the glue set, I applied two full coats of 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. I filled in any sparse areas and elongated Rebecca’s brow using Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Brunette and then brushed into place with Anastasia Brow Gel in clear. If you have problems finding the glitter from MAC, you can also find very similar items from Urban Decay, MAKE UP FOR EVER or Sephora Brand. Reflects pearl from MAC might be a pro product.

LIPS: For the lips, I wanted to go for a fun and easy playful pink glossy lip and applied Anastasia Beverly Hills Hydraful Lipgloss in Sugar Pink for a sexy pout. The Hydraful Gloss from Anastasia is by far my favorite gloss, the silicone applicator is ideal for smoothing this gloss across the lips effortlessly.

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 NARS Cosmetics Blush in Orgasm. I then applied MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle to the cheek bones, chin and nose for a healthy radiant glow. To boost the sparkle factor, I applied the same glitter that I applied to the eye with a blush brush on the cheek bones and temples for added drama.



Photography: Ron Derhacopian
Makeup: Anthony Merante

The BEST Brush Cleaner EVER by The London Brush Company!

December 3, 2012


I have used every brush cleaner known to man. Most of which contain harsh chemicals  in them that destroy the natural hair of the brushes so I usually just end up using regular shampoo. That is until I tried The London Brush Company’s Pure Goat Milk Solid Brush Cleaner a few months ago. I picked up a 1oz  container at Nigel Beauty Emporium and was blown away by how clean and soft my brushes were. I am now on my 3rd container. This stuff is that good!

The creator of this wonderful product is accomplished makeup artist Sian Richards of The London Brush Company. These brushes are a staple in my makeup kit and are  hand crafted in Great Britain. Sian has 22 years of experience as a movie makeup artist and you can check out her latest work in the new movie Cloud Atlas starring Halle Berry.

This brush cleaner is a MUST for any professional makeup artist or makeup aficionado. Pick yours up at www.londonbrushcompany.com

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!


“Summer Love” Beach inspired makeup looks!

June 6, 2012

Who doesn’t love a little Summer Love? Check out these stunning beauty looks that are perfect for Summer beach party or a hot date. Photographer Giuliano Bekor dreamt up this fun quirky shoot that I so fondly have renamed “Psycho Beach Party”…

We were inspired by all the bright accessories coming out for Spring Summer 2012 and coordinated each look with an equally bright makeup look. Below each image is a list of the product used!

Photos: Giuliano Bekor
Makeup: Anthony Merante
Hair: Damien Carney
Set Design: Eddie Inda

Face: JOSIE MARAN Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40
Foundation: MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation in shade 118
Cheek: Giorgio Armani Blending Blush Duo in #02
Mascara: Sunday Riley, The Influencer Extra Volume Glossy Mascara
Brows: Brow Wiz by Anastasia Beverly Hills in Medium Ash
Eyes: NARS Eyeshadow in All About Eve
Lips: Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss lip color in Crush
Cheek: Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight highlighting powder and Kevyn Aucoin Blush in Dolline
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder in Brunette
Lips: MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger
Body: Juno Body Lipid Serum by Sunday Riley
Lips: Anastasia Beverly Hills Hydrafull Gloss in Sorbet
Eyes: MAC Eyeshadow in Aquadisiac
Lashes: D-Wispies from Nigel Beauty Emporium
Lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liner in 18c and MAC Tinted Lipglass in Lychee Luxe

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. www.Sephora.com

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. www.Sephora.com

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! www.Sephora.com

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. www.occmakeup.com

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. www.narscosmetics.com

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. www.maccosmetics.com 

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! www.essie.com

Hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween!

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