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Halloween Lion’s Makeup

In the spirit of Halloween I bring to you the Queen of the Jungle!

I had a great time doing this makeup and hair for Jessa. Halloween makeup is always so much fun to do, and I had a blast with this Lion’s makeup look.  Jessa already has quite the mane so giving her big lion’s hair was super easy!lionsmakeuphalloweenlionvivianmakeupartist.comFor her hair I used:

Sam Villa PROFESSIONAL VOLUME & TEXTURIZING IRON at the roots of her hair to give it volume and texture. Then I used Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray also in the roots of her hair before I backcombed a little bit. Then VERY loosely wrapped her hair in 1 inch sections around my Hot Shot Tools Gold Series Curling Iron 3/4 Inch (the slightly smaller barrel gives great texture, just make sure not to ringlet yourself! If you get a piece thats too curly, just very lightly spray it with some water to relax the curl.) And I love setting everything with Superfine Hairspray. For a cheaper, but strong hold hairspray I love Kenra Volume Super Hold Finishing Spray (and it’s on sale!)www.vivianmakeupartist.comTo get this costume lion makeup look I used:

Lancome TEINT MIRACLE, CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE CONCEALER, BEN NYE MAGICAKE FACE PAINT (durable and doesn’t smear so I like this stuff! They mix quickly with water to produce bright, opaque colors.)  Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Color Case (these are pigmented, creamy and blend-able.) GRAFTOBIAN METAL MANIA KIT GOLD on her lips. Gleam in Bronze Gold. CHANEL EYELINER,  House of Lashes in Siren, and LE PETIT TRIPLE over Frends 412.  Also this brush MAC 210 PRECISE EYE LINER plays a super important roll in getting this look! (or you can always check your local art supplies store for similar brushes. Just make sure they’re skinny!)

And you can get the black crystals here and some assorted gold ones here

The best and cheapest/most convenient crystals I found here. And use a dot of adhesive then lay the stone right on top.

I love this lion halloween makeup look!

2017-10-25T21:42:14+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Hair, Makeup|5 Comments

Flamingo Halloween Makeup

This flamingo makeup was inspired by Jessa’s love for flamingo’s 🙂 I loved this halloween flamingo makeup look on her that we did last year.

I used this palette and it’s ON SALE Urban Decay (I use it all the time but for this look I used the pink and orange.)

I used eyeliners:

Lancome Artliner Noir

Urban Decay Yeyo

Urban Decay Glamrock and/or Distortion glitter liners

Bobbi Brown blush in Berry

And you can just use the edge of a sheet of paper to create a straight line. As far as Halloween makeup goes, I feel like this is a pretty easy look to do.

I wanted to do a different spin on the typical flamingo makeup look. It’s like a coachella styled flamingo haha.

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Jessa’s gorgeous and halloween makeup is so fun to do.

2017-10-23T23:57:06+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Makeup, Recent Makeup Jobs|0 Comments

Bold lip


Salome is already SO NATURALLY gorgeous! Like….whoa—–right?


So here’s what I used on her skin (If I remember correctly she seemed to have just pretty normal skin, not dry, not oily.)
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
Cream contour in Walnut, Blush in Pink Grapefruit,  (you can make custom palettes, kind of cool.)
Illuminator Laura Mercier Peach Mosaic (the two lighter colors)
Brows Lancome Brun Brow Gel
-Eyeshadow on top is MAC Malt and on lower lashline it’s Makeupgeek Desert Sands(this shadow is kind of dusty but I love the color.)
-Purple eyeliner is MAC Designer Purple
-Lashes are Boudior HOL
-Lip color is e.l.f. Velvet Matte Lipstick in Vampy Violet (this is $3!!!) It went on reasonably smooth, but I had to layer it a bit to get a consistent color. It’s a great bargain lipstick. I also really love Bite Black Truffle  (this color is daaark, so slightly lighter shades would be Jam or Liquorice.)dramatic_natural_makeuppurple_eyeliner_vivianmakeupartist

Photos by Whitney Kofford

2017-07-14T15:42:57+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Makeup, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Foundation for Combination Oily Skin

My biggest issue with foundation that can endure oily skin is that most of them look like So. Much. Makeup. In all of my product trial and error I would find foundations that would stay looking more matte, but then I looked like a floating head of foundation. Not my fave.

I am still on the hunt for the perfect foundation, but til then, this ones pretty good

Double Wear Light 
-medium coverage
-Best for t-zone oily, or oily OR if you want a long-ish wear
-What I like about it—it dries and sets
-After several hours I get a little bit “radiant” but it’s tolerable. Not super flat matte, but not greaseball.

Things to note:

-Limited color options so I often have to mix them to get a match (I’m a 3 mixed with a 3.5 sometimes 4)
-I have to wash my foundation brush more often because the foundation stiffens in it. 
-For the first few hrs I feel a tiny bit makeup-ey. Not over the top, but like I’m wearing foundation. After about 3-4 hrs it looks more natural. Gets slightly shiny after 5-6 hrs.
-Also let’s not forget about blotting sheets (why do I go through phases of remembering these handy things exist!?)

Since it dries and sets, apply it in sections on your face, like the lower right side, then the lower left side, then the upper right, then upper left.   

What are your favorite foundations?

2017-02-13T12:04:07+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Makeup, Uncategorized|0 Comments

IIID Foundation Help

Hey guys, anyone remember this post? I thought I’d bring it back to life.

I often teach makeup lessons and classes and I always emphasize this one very important thing: Your skin is really important, it takes up the majority of your face. It needs to look good.

There’s a product called IIID foundation and I stole this description right off maskcaracosmetics.com: IIID Foundation is a two color foundation system that gives you skin smoothing coverage, a perfect sculpt and movie star lighting all in one speedy system!

If you haven’t seen this video, go watch. She show’s you exactly how to use it.

This product is ideal if you:

-Want to highlight and contour and need it to be fast

Real fast, I thought I’d tell you a few things about me and where I’m coming from with my little opinions 😎 (you gotta consider your source, right?)

Hi I’m Vivian 🙂 I did my first paid makeup and hair job at age 14, my first bride at 16, and I moved by myself to LA when I was 17 to go to makeup design school (yes everyone I knew freaked out, understandably.) That was 10 years ago. I’ve done makeup for celebrities, movies, music videos, advertisements, blah blah etc. etc. but MOST IMPORTANTLY on thousands of everyday people, just like me. (a more detailed and less-braggy-sounding version of my story is right here.) I’m an observant perfectionist (working on easing up on that a bit!) and I’m the friend who will lovingly tell you when you have spinach in your teeth.

And this is me, two times.
otherfoundation_iiid_webThe makeup on the left took me 50 minutes to do. Five Zero. Granted I was getting ready to be on tv, but still, that’s a lot of time. The makeup on the right (using IIID) took me 20 minutes (details here.)

Anything revolutionary is bound to need some troubleshooting. Especially since we’ve all been living in the drab world of opaque flat color foundation. It’s like when you get a new phone. At first you have to think a little more about what you’re doing as you navigate it, then all of a sudden something clicks and it becomes second nature. Same with highlighting and contouring.

This is my FAQ, to add to the already rather thorough one you can find at the bottom of this page.

To streamline, I’m going to go through some typical questions/statements I get when showing someone how to use this foundation:

The dark foundation seems really dark and the light seems really light! Yep, and when they are blended nicely on your pretty little face it equals = your color.

Sometimes when I blend, I kind of blend it away. Use less pressure when you are blending or you can always add a bit more product after the first round of blending for added coverage. It’s the blend-ability and creaminess of this product that makes it both fast and easy to use. Foundations that dry and “don’t budge” require a lot more precision and take longer to apply, which is why IIID is ideal for fast everyday use. 

What is the finish of this foundation? I would call it semi-radiant. Just like healthy skin is.

If I touch and rub my face a bunch will it come off? Probably a little but should we be putting things on our face that don’t come off? My guess is probably not. Solution— don’t rub your face a bunch. If you have to blow your nose or something it takes like 4.5 seconds to touch up this foundation. 

After a few hours I always get shiny, will that happen with this makeup? If your skin produces oil throughout the day this product will not stop it from doing so. NBD just powder if you get too shiny!

So do I use the same brush to apply the blush that I use for foundation? Yes! You definitely can, just wipe off the excess when switching products. Or you can designate this brush here specifically for blush. 

So does this replace concealer? It can! And if you feel like you need more coverage in certain area’s on your face apply the IIID first, then conceal where you need it. That way you’re not piling on makeup where you don’t need the coverage. 

And that’s that.

I originally planned on doing separate before and after posts for both of those photos (Took the photo on the left, washed my face, took a makeup-less photo, then did the makeup on the right) but when I got the photos I had to post both makeup looks side by side to show the….lack of difference. Well, other then my nose probably looks better in the one on the right. And a demo of the ongoing forever question I have “To line the inner rim with dark or light. Dark…..or light…..”otherfoundation_iiid_webPhotos by Keala Jarvis

Thanks so much for reading you guys xoxoxo




2017-07-14T15:42:58+00:00 January 29th, 2017|Makeup, Uncategorized|8 Comments

Victoria Secret Makeup Look

victoria_secret_makeupI spent the past week in Cabo celebrating my 5 year anniversary with my husband Jeff. It was my first time out of the country for something other than work, and it was awesome. We paid for the entire trip with points, but it still felt like such a lavish venture. Jeff loves traveling, and I love traveling when I’m with him, so it works out nicely.

I tried to ignore them. The people that were everywhere; covering the beaches and the sidewalks and restaurants, who were incessantly trying to sell us things or get us to go into their restaurant or take a water taxi. I see both sides. I understand that they are working hard to make money and since their town is often taken over by tourists, they may as well try to maximize the opportunity rather than be annoyed by all the visitors. But the inability for me to take in my surroundings, or remember what I was talking about in my conversation to my husband because they would loudly interrupt and keep pushing even after we politely declined, tainted certain parts of the trip for me.

I bring this up because I don’t want the people who read my posts on here or instagram to feel like they are being bombarded with someone trying to sell them something every second. I get asked all the time for details on the makeup looks that I do and I value that you take the time to read what I have to say so I want it to be helpful. But never want it to feel pushy.

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest 🙂 Isn’t Lacee beautiful? creameyeshadows_victoria_secret_makeup

Face: La Mer Foundation, Cle de Peau Concealer in Almond,  Laura Mercier Translucent powder,  Cover fx Custom Enhancer Drops in Celestial, Chanel Rose Bronze blush, Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder 3

Eyes Marc Beauty Twinkle Pop Stick Eyeshadow Three Shakes,  Lid is Candlelight by Sense Cosmetics (can also use MAC paint pot in Painterly)  Lashes are HOL Siren,  Sephora Fine line 24 hr eyeliner,  and her brows are tattooed but I added some detail to them using ABH Brow wiz in Soft Brown. 

Lips: NYX Nude Beige liner,  and I used Rimmel London lipstick Kate Nude collection #41 but I can’t seem to find it anywhere online so it looks a lot like Tom Ford Pink Dusk.

2017-07-14T15:42:58+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Holiday Hair and Makeup


I often have a hard time deciding if I want to look fancy, or if I want to go with the “messy” or boho look. I feel like this look on Jessa conquers both!

I call this lip formula a “washable waterproof.” It stays put but it also wears off fairly nicely (like it goes from a deep dark color then softens out to almost like an ombre lip throughout the day,) and then comes off when you want it to.

It’s two lip liners.

URBAN DECAY Blackmail  and


I lined the inside 2/3 of her lips with Venom then with more precision lined the outside with Blackmail then overlapped the colors so they’d blend together.

You will need a sharpener for these.

Grind House.

I like this sharpener because there’s a cover for the blade part so when the product gets stuck in the edges of the sharpener you can cover it so it doesn’t end up all over the rest of my stuff. It’s the little things 🙂

The highlight/glitter on the inner corner of her eye is


Illuminator skin glowy goodness (mostly you can see it on the tip of her nose) is

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel 

I’ve been testing out all sorts of foundations lately (I’d love to hear what you love!) On Jessakae I ended up using La Mer Foundation and mixing it with a touch of Double Wear  (for a more natural look with some staying power.) fishtail_braid_holidayhair_vivianmakeupartistholiday_makeup_hair_updo_side_fishtail

Clothes are from http://www.shopjessakae.com/


2017-07-14T15:42:59+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Hair, Makeup|3 Comments

Featured on Free People

These photos are just dreamy. I can’t believe it’s been two years! I thought I’d revisit them, since they’re so so pretty. Scroll down a little for details on this look. fishtail_braid_makeup_freepeoplefishtail_freepeoplefree_people_makeupfreepeople_hairfreepeople_makeup_jewelryfree_people_hairfreepeople_makeupHere’s what I used on her:

Complexion:  Temptu s/b foundation OR non-airbrush foundation recommendation Teint Miracle, Laura Mercier Concealer #3, TheBalm bronzer,  MAC blush in Fleur Power

Eyes:Urban Decay eyeshadow base, MAC eyeshadows in Rice Paper, Amber Lights and Embark, Hourglass Mechanical Gel Eyeliner,  L’Oreal Voluminous mascara, Benefit Gimme Brow in Light ,Ardell Wispies

Lips: Bite Agave Lip Mask,Urban Decay lip liner in Naked, Giorgio Armani lipstick in #102 Essenza
freepeople_utah_mountainsOh Utah, you sure are beautiful.

You may remember from my last post that Free People featured images from this shoot on their blog and on their main instagram, which is so rad.

Photographer Tyson French website and instagram

Model Zoe Lazerson

2017-07-14T15:42:59+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|About, Hair, Makeup, Recent Makeup Jobs|4 Comments