This before and after is from last summer. Amanda contacted me saying she had a catastrophe of some kind and had an event to go to so she was panicking. I’ve never seen her look anything short of totally gorgeous, so I knew it couldn’t be that bad, but I got her in for an appointment.

I ¬†was super limited on time and luckily she had a photo of the makeup look she liked (a pic of Megan Fox, she kind of looks like her, huh?) so I was able to get it done in about a half an hour (for event makeup, that’s pretty quick in my book. Well, when you incorporate the socializing and catching up time too ūüėČ )amandas_before_and_after_webThis product below¬†was the life saving element. The¬†Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer.

laura_mercier_secret_camouflageIt’s an incredibly durable concealer and the shade is customizable. It comes in 8 color options, and each one has 2 colors that you mix together til you get the right tone. SC-2 is the one in the photo (and this is the brush.) For Amanda, I used SC-4 and I traced along the lighter part of her skin (mostly forehead) using a color that was close to the tone of the tanner part of her skin. That way I wouldn’t have to put on several coats of foundation because the colors already looked more similar, therefore a more uniform complexion.

Are you staying with me here? ūüėé

This same concept works for tons of other things too! If you have a zit or a little sun damage, there’s no need to pile on a bunch of makeup to every visible surface of your skin. Just put on your tinted moisturizer or foundation and then add a little concealer to any areas that still need a bit more coverage.

There’s more useful info on¬†this concealer under the Details and Usage tabs on this page¬†here.¬†

So Amanda had a drastic hair change recently, and I was elated to try a different look on her. We went super girlie with her makeup to go with her flirty new hairstyle and this adorable dress she was wearing (sorry I don’t have a pic of it!)makeup_spring_amanda

I think it took some getting used to for her, but once she saw it all put together she loved the fresh and super girlie vibe.  I definitely loved it!amanda_springtime_webFor this look I used:

Complexion:¬†Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer¬†, RCMA Highlight & Contour Palette,¬†¬†(I often use different things to contour with depending on people’s skin tone and skin type. RCMA is a brand most commonly used by professionals, in case you haven’t heard of it ūüôā The contour I used on Amanda would also look similar to the Laura Mercier contour colors or Stone by¬†Maskcara¬†Cosmetics.)¬†Lancome Effacernes Concealer¬†in Light Bisque,¬†Tarte Cheek Stain¬†in Fearless.

Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer,  MAC Eyeshadows in Saddle, Wedge, and Jest, Lancome Le Stylo eyeliner in Cafe and Tarte Inner Rim Liner, Hypnose Mascara, Flare Lashes Combo Ardell.

Lips:¬†NYX Butter gloss in Maple Blondie¬†—-A little confused by the name of the gloss, but whatever it’s so pretty! And it’s only $4.99. I get so excited when I find something I like that’s a little cheaper since most of my recommendations tend to be more of the luxury brands, ’cause that’s commonly what I work with and am most familiar with.

But yay for $4.99!!!!



2017-07-14T15:43:21+00:00 February 26th, 2015|Makeup|4 Comments


  1. Becky February 27, 2015 at 11:20 am - Reply

    I don’t usually comment but I had to with this one : ) So seriously, did I read that right ? Same girl ? Wow, that is beautiful. I like her with dark hair the most, but how fun to change it up. You have amazing talent, I love seeing these before and afters. It makes me want to come visit, if only I lived a little closer : ) Have a blessed day !

    • Vivian February 28, 2015 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Thank you so much! xoxo

  2. Kelly April 2, 2015 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness, she is stunning in both looks and I will have to try that concealer, it sounds amazing, thanks for the recommendation!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  3. Amanda April 28, 2015 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Love you so much Vivian dear you are so talented! Miss you xoxo

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