Category: Tips & Tricks

Elizabeth is from Fort Worth, and is getting married here in December. She lives in Orlando, but is town for her bridal portraits. Those are her REAL lashes, people. Amazing.

Eyes: Savage cream shadow, Black moon pencil,Star Sailor Duo eye shadow(metallic khaki), Night Breed single shadow, Himalayas single shadow, (All by NARS) Voluminous Mascara(L’oreal) in Carbon Black.

I had the wonderful honor of doing the makeup of Katie Schmid and her bridal party at the home of her mother, Claire. I did her sister Mary’s makeup for her wedding, and we did it the same way, at her mother’s home, friends coming and going, listening to music, and relaxing.
The wedding was at 6pm, so we got an early start to make sure the party could leave for photos by 2:30pm. Amazing hairstylist Sarah Walker-Brittain of the Bee’s Knees Hair Studio in Fort Worth was booked for the entire day, and did everyone’s hair based on their taste. Makeup was also done based on the individual’s style. The styles ran the gamut, there were the “I NEVER wear makeup” variety, and The “I LOVE makeup and wear a TON” types as well.

I pride myself in doing exactly what the client wants. I don’t want to freak anyone out, or make them feel uncomfortable asking to change something. I really don’t get offended if it’s not what you envisioned, and you would like me to change it. I ultimately want you to feel beautiful, and not at all self concious.

Mary, for instance(First photos in the gallery) loves a dark dramatic eye. False lashes, lots of blush. She wants to look like she’s wearing makeup.

The Bride’s sister in law, on the other hand, (Second person) wears no makeup on a regular basis, so I just accentuated her beautiful features, and evened out her skin.

The photos of Katie(she’s the last one) show her without false lashes, and with. Most of the girls opted for lashes, and I provide those. I just wanted to show what a difference they make.

The gallery below is an example of a well planned and executed relaxing wedding day preparation. Congratulations Katie Schmid-Coffee!!

Just perfect. She has such a beautiful face, and uncomplicated makeup with a beautiful and flattering color. She’s my pick for prettiest chick at the Oscars.

Happy Oscar Sunday Makeup Fans! I love watching how gorgeous all the actresses look, especially considering the team of experts hired to make them look this way! These looks I have posted here, are all easily acheivable, and with a little guidance and instruction, the right tools, and products, you can do it all yourself! Call me if you want to learn, or feel free to pin anyof these for future events you may have coming up. I really think Rooney Mara’s look would be gorgeous on a bride. Rose lips, and neutral eyes with lashes? Classic, pretty and put together.

My pick for most likely to look gorgeous tonight at the Oscars? Rooney Mara. She has that Audrey Hepburn gamine glamour thing DOWN.

“The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural.”

– Calvin Klein

Maybe Giselle can, but I can’t leave the house with NO makeup anymore. Dark circles are natural at age 42, but they ain’t pretty. I need concealer, but I can’t slap it on like spackle.

My lashes are wimpy, so I need a little mascara, and eye drops, and a little liner pushed into the root of my wimpy lashes makes me look well rested.

A little tinted moisturizer makes me look dewy and more even. but if it’s not applied right, or is the wrong shade, I can look worse.

a little color on my lips…some blush, some bronzer….and you would never know I had makeup on.

I am a professional makeup artist, I have tons of experience with brushes, sponges, eyelash curlers, different concealer textures and formulas…..I’m obsessed with the perfect foundation.

Let me help you look fresh, put together, brightened up, pretty.

Call me! My contact information is on my website, and I cater to all types of clients. I design your look based on what you tell me, not what’s trendy, or in style. I just want you to look pretty and feel confident putting on your makeup.

Happy New Year!


my new secret weapon

Yep, That’s right, Aspirin.

I haven’t taken aspirin for a headache, and I’m not sure why we have it on hand, but I was up Googling what “home remedies” to try for the crop of zits that has taken over the right side of my chin. Seriously, 10 zits.

So I crushed up an aspirin with the back of a spoon(I felt so Sid and Nancy) and made a paste. I put the paste on that family of zits and let it dry.

I rubbed it a little for gentle exfoliation to remove it and then…….

…..It was as if the pimple fairy came and just sucked all the yuck out of those Pimpletons and told them to move the hell outta town. GONE. Immediate gratification. Sayonara.

I did a little more reading, and seems you should only reserve this method for emergencies, because, transdermally, you could “take” a little too much aspirin. But we’re not talking about chronic acne, we are talking about that “morning-of-the-wedding-oh-shit-I-have-a-zit” zit.

Don’t crush 10 aspirin and put it all over your face like a mask, you junkie.

Spot treat a zit and walk away. It’s MIRACULOUS.<---I apologize for the caps, but it's that good. Now go wash your face, put down those french fries, and go to bed.

Kathy wanted a fun look for her bachelorette night out, one week before her wedding. The pop of chartreuse on the inner corner of her top lid really makes her green eyes “pop”. Hope you have a fun night, girlfriend!

On Eyes: Savage cream eyeshadow, Kyoto pencil, Star Sailor Duo Eyeshadow(metallic khaki), Rated R duo Eyeshadow(metallic chartreuse) All by NARS and Bobbi Brown gel liner in Ivy. Inner rims of top and bottom lashline lined in YSL Kohl liner in black. Black mascara, and false eyelashes by MOD in #53(top lashes only)

On cheeks: Orgasm blush and Laguna Bronzer by NARS

On Lips: Caraibe lip Lacquer by NARS mixed with Galaxy Girl lipstick also by NARS

Ever put on gloss and it grabs to those gunky flakes on your lips, giving you a less than smooth look? It’s kinda gross right? Not to mention when you try to wear a matte red lipstick and it skips over your lips like guide bumps on a highway…or whatever those things are called.

Fun and yummy solution? Sour Patch kids, covered in sugar, act like a sugar scrub and then followed by a lip balm is a mini “lipcial” Then you simply eat the little gummy!
Don’t do it too much or you’ll rub those lips plum off your face! Once or twice a week should be fine, or 3 nights a week before bedtime.(but don’t forget to brush your choppers!!)

Get them in the bulk section at Central Market

The super scrumptious exfoliating candy!!

I love Halloween!

You don’t have to be ghoulish to be in the Halloween spirit, just load up on the eyeliner, glitter, false eyelashes, wig, if you have one, or rat your hair, don a black witch hat and a little black dress and be a fabulous witch!

If you wear a wig, PLEASE wear a wig cap underneath, and wear lashes and plenty of makeup. You need balance when donning a wig, your face has to compete with all that big hair!

Have a Happy Halloween!! Put on some makeup!!

My look for Halloween is Purple Medusa:

On Eyes: Santorini single eyeshadow by NARS, applied both wet and dry over Stila powder pot in Purple Pumps, Night Breed single eyeshadow by NARS, Himalayas single eyeshadow by NARS, Longwearing gel eyeliner by Bobbi Brown, Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter eyeliner in Baked, False lashes by Ardell, Carbon Black Voluminous mascara by L’Oreal

Cheeks: Sin and Orgasm blushes by NARS

On Lips: NARS lip lacquer in Chica Boom looks black, but goes on grape. SUPER shiny and long wearing.

Face: Shu Uemura Pro Concealer, and Jane Iredale “Beyond Matte” HD mineral powder in translucent

Here me now.

No matter what coloring you are.

Plain Jane? Glamourous?

Voluptuous? Flat chested? Beanpole?

Thin lips? Huge lips?

You can all wear red lipstick. And it gives you power. Instant style.

Find the right shade. Try it on. Every woman needs one, at least one.

When trying on red lipstick, here are the things you must do to make it a little easier to decipher what looks good on you.

1. Wear foundation. Evening out your skin, and getting rid of any redness will keep the lip color from “competing”, and drawing attention to any imperfections.

2. Wear some eyeliner, at least in the top lashline, and mascara. You need balance. Lips are the focus, but wearing nothing else on the face makes it overwhelming to just have RED LIPS.(see photos)

3  If you try one on, and don’t like it, take it off using eye makeup remover. Re apply foundation or concealer and a little powder so you don’t have a “ring” of redness around your next shade. The next shade will look like crap.

4  Take a trusted friend with you, or have someone you trust to help you.(like me!! “wink wink”)

5 You don’t have to match your red to your clothes. Find a shade that looks good on you. You  can wear it with a white shirt and jeans, or that little black dress.

Some of my favorites:

MAC: Russian Red

NARS:  I love the Velvet Matte pencils. They are essentially lipstick in a “sharpenable” pencil form. Matte, long wearing, and easy to create symmetry when applying. No need for a pencil AND a lipstick. Great accessory to another lipstick. Comes in several shades of red.

Cruella(true red) Red Square(orange red) Forbidden Red(blue red)Damned (cabernet)

Nars also makes a few Lip Stain Glosses which aren’t really glossy at all. The “Gloss” in the name refers to the delivery system. It comes in a tube with a sponge tip wand. They are really indelible, and bleed resistant if applied correctly.  Pull out the wand and dab sponge tip with a tissue. Apply color until the desired strength. You can apply it sheer or strong. When it dries, it’s really matte.

Those are just a few of my favorites, go to your favorite counter and try some on. I recently saw a post on Facebook where some woman said, “I wish I looked good in red lipstick”

I call bullshit, ladies.

I did a photoshoot on Saturday, and put red lipstick on everyone there. Everyone looked so polished, so strong.

It doesn’t have to be FIRE ENGINE RED. Find one that suits you. Having a signature “go to” lipstick is like choosing a fragrance. it’s yours. Own it , girl.