Last month I did a brow study with a blonde model to demonstrate the difference between bare, light and dark brows (revisit it here) on a blonde. Today I want to share with you my rule of thumb for brow color: always go darker or match your hair color (and not lighter)! Of course it’s a matter of opinion and you have every right to disagree, but one of my personal pet peeves on the red carpet is when I see someone’s brows lighter than her hair color. For every day, it’s totally fine. But at night when you bump up your makeup and dress up, it’s 1000 times more striking if you at least match your brows to your hair. Here’s a color guide: READ MORE…
Did you know that the brush that you choose to apply foundation with has a major effect on the coverage? You can take the same foundation, apply it with three different brushes and get three completely different results. When I work on my clients’ faces, I consider many things… is the event in the daytime with natural light or nighttime with flash bulbs, is it indoors with icky cafeteria lighting or outdoors with direct sunlight? Do they have sun damage or redness that needs extra coverage? The answers to these questions determine the foundation and the foundation brush to use. Here’s a quick guide! READ MORE…
There’s something so pretty about a frosty eye paired with a frosty lip! You’d think it will wash you out, but if you make sure to anchor the look with 1. a strong dark brow, 2. a black inner rim and 3. black mascara, I promise you, you’ll be happily surprised! Here’s how to recreate the shimmery look I did on the lovely Miss Bria Murphy above:
- A Frost-Colored Cream Shadow Stick — I used Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Sugar Frost.
- A Gold-Colored Eye Shadow — I used LORAC Eye Shadow in Gold.
- A Black Kohl/Kajal Pencil — I used Lancome Le Crayon Kohl Smoky Eyeliner in Ebony Black.
- Mascara — I used Tarte Lights Camera Flashes Statement Mascara in Black.
- Bronzer — I used Hourglass Illume Creme-To-Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset.
- Highlighter — I used the Cream Highlighter that comes in the same Hourglass Illume Bronze Duo.
- A Frost-Colored Lipstick — I used Tom Ford Lip Color in Vanilla Suede.
- Paint the entire lid with the frost shadow stick.
- Trace the frost shadow stick along the lower lashline and blend it with your finger as shown above.
- Rim the inner waterline with the black pencil.
- Sweep the gold shadow along the crease of the upper lid.
- Coat the lashes with mascara.
- Contour your cheeks with the bronzer. Revisit my Contouring 101 Tutorial if needed. Then apply the highlighter above the cheekbones.
- Finish by painting your lips directly from the tube or with a lip brush for more precision.
Looking for a little makeup inspiration for your family gathering? Bet you never thought of trying cranberry & gold eyeshadow with a matching cranberry lip?! It’s stunningly gorgeous and quite fitting for the holidays (or any time of year actually!)! Here’s how to pull it together: READ MORE…