Sunday, December 26, 2010

Blues, Violets and Lullabies?

In between diaper changes and breastfeeding, I found a little time to do a quick colorful look while listening to lullabies with the baby. Now that she is 3 weeks old and we have more or less settled in I plan to continue bringing lots of looks for all of you to recreate at home.
This week I bring you this cute look that I created rather fast. I just sat in front of the makeup mirror, pulled out my NAKED pigments and came up with this:
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Enchanting Earth Tones

For this look I wanted to create a night look with earth tones that although simple, exuded elegance and glamour. I love how the berry lips contrast with the earthy eyeshadows.  I used the Kat Von D Ludwig palette (the review for it is in the previous post.) Scroll down for a list of products used and a Slideshow.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Egyptian Inspired Makeup Look

Egyptian Royalty Inspired Makeup

Time for another Photo shoot where I let my creativity and imagination take control and come up with a more dramatic style makeup look. This time we "travel" to Egypt.

Here we have my assistant Eleni. I wanted to make her look completely different and I was inspired by Egyptian style makeup to create this amazing transformation. I took the pictures without flash, using low yellow lights to create a warm, mystical effect. Scroll down for more information, tips and ideas that you can use to recreate this look.
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Featured Bride- Neith G.

This gorgeous bride did not need much to look  beautiful on her wedding day. I made her alluring eyes the focal point by using soft golds and browns and a very subtle winged liner. I applied false lashes with a technique that blends them with the natural lashes so that they are not obvious. Shimmery white eyeliner on her waterline was the final touch to make her eyes pop even more.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Behind The Scenes- MFA Presents- New Generation III MMA

Hello readers,
This is a different kind of post from what I usually have for you guys. I wanted to give you a little insight into what it's like to work as a Production Makeup Artist. With all the time constraints, I normally don't have the chance to take pictures at the events I work for, but this weekend I was able to bring along a photographer to this MMA event. I really want you all to have the complete Behind the Scenes experience. So here it is... 
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

أميرة عربيّة

The Arabic Makeup style is all about the eyes. Make sure you line the eyes in an exaggerated way and use vibrant eyeshadow colors that will stand out. The brows are also dramatized and filled in to appear fuller.It also helps if you have a model of Arabic descent :) This is clearly an extravagant look, but you can make it wearable by using less eyeliner and less glitter and obviously don't go out with dots all over your forehead.  :)

This makeup was done using airbrush and also pigments. The list of products used is too long to post, but if you want it, then just email me or comment.

This look will be divided into several posts due to the large amount of pictures. Enjoy :)
~~~~~~Arabian Princess~~~~~
Click on the first 2 pictures to enlarge:
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Kryolan- Fun "ColorFall" Look

Time for another quick look for fall. This time I went for a more colorful look incorporating classic fall colors that are found in nature. I was inspired by falling leaves. Scroll down for affordable  product recommendations.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Pinup Makeup Shoot

These pictures are from a super fun look! The classic American Pin Up girl. This look can be worn to any special event by wearing less extravagant false lashes and toning down the eyebrows. Enjoy.:)

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Review- LORAC Box Office Sensation

Time for another review!
A lot of you have emailed me telling me you love the product reviews, because they help you decide what makeup to buy. As a treat for you, there are a few product reviews coming up on the blog, but today I will be reviewing the LORAC Box Office Sensation.

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The "Box" includes 36 eyeshadows, 9 lip glosses, and 4 blushes. All for the price of $56! Sounds good right? Well, don't run off to buy it before reading my review, because I ended up returning it.

I purchased this palette for my personal makeup kit, not my Pro kit. I wanted it for day to day use, nothing major. Unfortunately the eyeshadows were very sheer and had little color payoff, in fact I prefer my NYX eyeshadows to these any day. Believe me when I say that I tried really hard to like this makeup. I tried all types of application techniques and brushes, but overall it took so much effort to get the look I desired, that I just became frustrated. I like eyeshadows that I can work with and blend easily and that I don't have to apply over and over again to get a nice intensity, and these just did not make the cut.

 The box seems huge in the picture, but in reality it is a small box of tiny eyeshadows. Basically, the pretty packaging may fool you into purchasing this, but in my humble opinion, the quality of the product is not the greatest. I do recommend this for those of you that are beginners and starting to apply makeup, because since the colors are more on the sheer side, they make it easier to learn and you will not make as many mistakes. This Box would also be perfect for my more mature readers, since they usually prefer a sheer and natural look.

If you want to try this product for yourself, go to a Sephora store near you. Remember that my reviews are simply my personal opinions on the products and I don't want to discourage you in any way from trying them for yourself. We all have different makeup needs and what may work for me, may not necessarily work for you and vice versa.


Monday, November 8, 2010

IECSC-International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conferences

Hello dear makeup friends,

This past week we attended the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conferences in Fort Lauderdale. The IECSC is considered one of the premier Spa and Makeup events offered for licensed Estheticians, Makeup Artists, Spa Professionals, Skin care specialists, and Plastic Surgeons. 

We took advantage of the Makeup classes being offered and made sure to attend most of them. As you know, I like to stay on top of the newest techniques and information out there. You can never know too much! 

This event is not open to the public, so we figured we would take pictures to show all of you what goes on when industry professionals get together to network and to learn the newest techniques and trends. Scroll down for a picture diary of the highlights and also slideshows at the end of the post.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Fall Look- Jewel Tones for a Night Out

It's time for the third look in the Fall 2010 Makeup series. To see the past looks just click on the Fall label and it will take you there.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Review- Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette - Ludwig

Time for another review! This time we will take a look at the Kat Von Ludwig Palette. As you must know by now, I am a big fan of Kat's makeup line especially her eyeshadow palettes. This one did not disappoint.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Inspiration: Vanda Sanderiana Orchid

For this look, I got my inspiration from this picture of the Vanda Sanderiana Orchid. This is such a beautiful and exotic flower. I love the colors because it is difficult to tell what they are exactly. Is it purple? Is it maroon? Is it pink? I don't really know, but what I do know is that this captivating flower inspired me to create this look:
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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Tutorial- How to fill in your brows

Hello Makeup Friends,
This tutorial was specifically requested by blog reader Patty. She wants to know how to fill in her brows and make them look fuller, but natural.
If you do research on the internet, you will notice that each makeup artist has their own technique for this and if you have already learned a way that works for you, then by all means don't change it on my account.
This is just the way that I have learned to do it and after many years and many different faces, I find that this gives the most natural results. WARNING this is a very detailed and long post with lots of information, so grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy.

Products Used:
Inglot customized brow palette, a brow/liner brush, and a spooly brush.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tutorial- Daytime look for Fall using UD Book of Shadows Vol III

As promised, here is a super easy and fun daytime look that you can wear with confidence. It was a spur of the moment look inspired by the nice sunny day with clear blue skies.

 Scroll down for full instructions.
This picture was taken in natural sunlight, no flash, to show you how it truly looked in person.
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Review- Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol III

It's no secret that Urban Decay is one of my favorite makeup brands for personal use. I especially love when they come out with their Book of Shadows  because I find that they are such a bargain. I started purchasing them back when the first one came out and I fell in love.

Here are some pictures of the new one:

Clearly they went with a NYC theme.

Check out the adorable NYC pop up with little lights.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Coming Up

Hello Makeup Friends,

I just wanted to let you know that I have been busy working the makeup magic, but I still found time to create some fun looks coming up for you this week.

Here is a little preview of what's "cooking:"

*A full in depth review of a very popular makeup palette that just came out. ( I will give you a hint, this it the third volume.)

*A fun and easy day-time fall look with instructions for you to try it at home.

*A dramatic night-time fall look for all you daring divas out there!

* As requested by a reader- A detailed tutorial on how to properly fill in your brows to make them look fuller in a natural way.

As always, this blog is for all of you to learn more about makeup and I love to share all of my tips, ideas, and knowledge with you. As long as you are being creative and having fun with your makeup, I'm happy to help. :) Nothing brings me more pleasure than helping you get inspired to try new things and teaching you how to bring out your natural beauty with your makeup.
Don't forget that you can always email me with any suggestions for new tutorials that you might want to see on the blog. Also, if you tried one of the looks I have posted, feel free to email it to me and I will gladly post it on the blog, don't be shy :)

Stay tuned,


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Country Singer- Jackie Arredondo

During the MFA event I had the opportunity to do the makeup for country singer Jackie Arredondo. I'm sure most of you have heard her hit single "Someone Like You."
Jackie  is also known for training famous singer Thalia and collaborating with Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Paulina Rubio, and many more. She was also the vocal instructor for popular spanish TV shows "Protagonistas de la Musica," "Protagonistas de Novela," and "Voces de America."

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fall 2010- Lancome

This look is the first of a series of fall looks. This time I decided to use the Lancome Fall 2010 look for inspiration:

I did the look on the right.
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My Favorite Makeup Artists

A list of the makeup artists that have inspired me to do what I do. They are great at what they do and each have different techniques that work to create amazing results. 

The first Makeup Artist that I read and studied and LOVED was the one and Only Kevyn Aucoin.My first  Makeup book was his Making Faces, a must have for any makeup fanatic. I got the book when I was around 13 and I still try to read it and look through it every year. His book is not only a book that teaches about makeup, but it also has touching stories and life lessons within it's pages. Sadly, he passed away years ago, but his legacy continues with his books and his luxury makeup line.

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Kevin James Bennet
He is the Emmy award winning chief Makeup Artist for Make Up For Ever. I have been fortunate to meet him and to have taken classes and seminars by him. He is such a fun, charismatic and talented person! He has worked on TV and Film for many years, but remains very humble.
His website:

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Message to my readers

Hello Makeup Friends,

I know things have been slow around here lately, but being that I am almost 8 months pregnant I have been super busy with baby related stuff.
I see that a lot of you have been keeping busy going through my previous looks, and I know there is plenty there for you to try at home.
Nonetheless, I have some great ideas floating around my head.
Stay tuned for an inspiring photo shoot coming up soon. ( The theme is top secret so you will have to check back to find out.) I will also be doing a whole series of wearable fall looks with instructions for you to try at home.

As always, stay pretty and have fun with your makeup. :)


Monday, July 12, 2010

Featured Makeover- Brittany's Grad Party Makeup

For her Arabian Nights themed graduation party, Brittany wanted a look that incorporated Arabic style makeup with a Bollywood influence.This is what I came up with:

Featured Look- Summer Colors

Here is a fun summer look. Maylin wanted a look that had blue in it and so I decided to pair it with violets and purples. I love the combination of teal and purple!

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Colorful Arabic Makeup

Time for another Arabic Makeup shoot!
This time I created this Domari Gypsy Belly Dancer inspired look as requested by a blog reader.I used Naked pigments in many different vibrant colors to create this fun look. I used my homemade Mixing Medium to blend the pigments in order to make the color pop even more.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Blue Again?

I guess it's no secret by now that I love blue. What can I say? I have a soft spot for blue eyeshadows. Here we have a blue smokey eye. Remember to keep the rest of your makeup light and natural when wearing blue so that you don't end up looking like you time traveled from the 80s. :)

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Navy and White Look

Here is another easy makeup look that you can try to do yourself. You just need a Navy Blue eyeliner -I used Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Binge- a dark blue eyeshadow, and shimmery white eyeshadow. Those are the only three colors I used to create this look. I also used a blue mascara on the bottom lashes and a black one on the top lashes. Remember, it's all about blending to create that smoldered effect.
P.S. Navy blue is a great color for brown eyes. It brings out the warmth in the color.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Prom Look- Valentina

May is the month of Proms all around South Florida. Girls want to look extra special on this day and they buy a beautiful dress, get their hair done, and finally they want a gorgeous makeup look so that they can look flawless in all their pictures.
Here we have an example of prom makeup. Valentina just attended her Senior Prom this past weekend and she hired me to do her makeup. She wanted to look like herself, but with a little bit of drama.We decided to go for a gold, bronze, and brown smokey eye and pink nude lips. I used highlighters and bronzers to give a youthful "glow from within" look to her skin. Here is her final look:

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Lash Extensions

Lash extensions are false lashes that are applied one by one to the eye. When done correctly and with the right (permanent) glue, they can last anywhere from a few days to even a few weeks, depending on how you take care of them. I dont recommend you try this at home because the professional glue is hard to use and very irritating to the eye. Go to a licensed makeup artist or skin care specialist if you want lash extensions because we have been properly trained.Beware of some salons that use hair extension glue to apply the individual lashes promising they will last for a long time, this is really dangerous and can even cause you to loose your natural lashes and you can get eye infections (yuck.) Scroll down for pictures and more information.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Flower Power- Fun with Colors

Spring is in the air! This is one of my favorite seasons for makeup and clothes. I love experimenting with color and what better way to do this than with makeup? Here is a look that I wore this weekend. I was wearing my favorite flower ring, and I decided to use it as inspiration for my makeup.

The look

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sunset Eyes

Rich golds, bronze, copper, and brown come together to create this sunset inspired look. I used NAKED pigments to create this makeup. Check back tomorrow to view the list of products used and some instructions.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I've got the Blues :)

Royal blue is such a fun color to wear! Blue brightens the whites of your eyes and distracts from any redness you might have on your face. Scroll down to view the products I used so that you can recreate this look.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Earth Tones with a Twist

This is a casual look that was taken up a notch by adding glitter to the lower lash line. I guess I have a glitter liner obsession at the moment. Glitter is just so much fun!

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Monday, March 29, 2010

GC Wedding...Mother of the Bride

For this look, I took my inspiration from the beautiful champagne color dress. The client wanted to emphasize the eyes with a sexy smokey eye. False lashes added the final touch of drama.

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GC Wedding-Grandmother of the Bride

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Silver, Plum, and Gray look

I created this look using mostly NYX products. I love the NYX brand, it is inexpensive and the quality is comparable to the more expensive brands. I highly recommend it. All of the products used from NYX were less than $6 each. You can't beat that price and such good quality!
Scroll to the end to read my instructions so that you can try this look at home

Absinthe Green

I am sure you noticed by now that I love green eyeshadow. Here is another green look. This look was done with matte eye shadows paired with a winged eye. Scroll down for a list of products used.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Featured Makeover- Purple and Blue

This is one of my favorite eyeshadow combinations- Purples and Light Blues.These two colors are especially flattering  for brunettes.  For instructions scroll all the way down. Thanks go out  to Jackie for allowing me to feature her on my blog. :)

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

More Arabic Makeup

We had so much fun in this photo shoot, that I  have decided to post lots of pictures of it.

Thank you to Eleni the art director for this shoot. :)
Thank you to my model Narai, who had to stay seated for over 1 hour while I Airbrushed her face.
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Friday, February 26, 2010

Green Envy

Green is a fantastic color for those with Reddish-Brown eyes and also Hazel eyes. Since green is a complementary color to red on the color wheel, it really brings out the warmth in the eye color. 

When wearing a bright color on your eyes, make sure that you avoid any shimmer on your brow bone, use a matte highlight instead. 
NEVER bring the color all the way to your brows, this is too dramatic and it is best reserved for stage makeup.
Make sure you blend out the eyeliner to create a smokey effect and so there are no harsh lines.
Keep the rest of your face subtle so that all the attention will be on your eyes. 
The best lipstick colors that complement  green eyeshadow are: pinks, nudes, and peachy tones.
Most importantly, Have fun! Makeup is supposed to be an art form, if you make a mistake, just remove it and start over! 
I hope these tips will help you create your own version of this look. :)

PS. Scroll down to the end for a complete list of products used. 
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Monday, February 22, 2010

Glam Look- 1950s Classic Look

This is one of my go to looks for special occasions. I love 1950's style makeup. The winged eye paired with red Lips is something that never goes out of style. 
Yes, you too can wear red lipstick! Everyone can, you just need to find the right shade for you. 
I custom made this shade using my Makeup Forever Flash Color Case. I mixed several shades together with the bright red in order to create a color that would compliment my skin tone.

For those of you trying this look at home, you can just purchase a few different inexpensive red lipsticks and mix them together until you find a shade that makes your skin stand out. It's all about trial and error. 

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