“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 #1

December 12, 2014

Having trouble finding that perfect gift for the beauty addict in your life?

Look no further!

Each day I will post a suggested gift that will brighten any beauty lovers day.

My first gift is the Ethereal Radiance Brush Set from Sigma Beauty, I’ve been using this set for the last month and LOVE it! It’s a great starter set for the beginner or a seasoned makeup artist. Sigma sells brushes individually so you can create your own set and they also sell a really cool glove to clean your brushes.



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

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

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.

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.

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.

Butterfly Beauty Images with Giuliano Bekor!

September 9, 2011

Check out this gorgeous image from my beauty shoot with Giuliano Bekor last spring. We had a very brave model who let us glue dried butterflies to her face. This shot is definitly one of my favorite images from 2011 so far! All MAC Cosmetics were used in this image. To recreate this look use MAC PRO Pigment in Old Gold, MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder and MAC Lustreglass in Flashmode!

Check back soon for my Fall 2011 Beauty MUST HAVES and looks!

Photo Credit: Giuliano Bekor

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