About Vivian

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Recent Jobs

In a perfectly perfect world I would be able to take clients all day everyday AND be able to post all the details about each and every one of them.  I love being able to share things via the world wide web and I also love the in person one on one interactions I get working as a full time makeup artist.

Sometimes I wish sleep wasn’t a necessity. I’d have so much more time.

I’ve got some great informative posts to come, and for the meantime I wanted to share some photos from some of the jobs I’ve been working on.

From a shoot with Miss Utah USA, Nicol Powell.missutah_vivianmakeupartist_nicolpowell_webAnd Miss Utah Teen USA, Brooke Skabelund….and birdmissutahteen_vivianmakeupartist_webPhotos by Michael Angelo Photography

I’ve had the honor of getting celebrity Lindsay Arnold (from Dancing With The Stars) ready several times. She just got hitched and the details are being featured all over in the media! Including People magazine, Us Weekly and also here on Entertainment Tonight.  celebrity_makeup_artist_wedding_lindsay_arnold

Photo by Jessica Janae.

I can’t emphasize enough how big of a sweetheart she is. Which to me is the most beautiful thing.

2017-07-14T15:43:09+00:00 June 25th, 2015|About, Hair, Makeup, Recent Makeup Jobs|2 Comments

The glow

I’ve recently been obsessed with finding the perfect products that will make your skin glow like a letter on Wheel of Fortune…here they are:

Powder Illuminator: Laura Geller Gilded Honey gives the look of mega shine and is the perfect light golden color. I use this Charlotte Tilbury brush to apply it.

Liquid Illuminator: Benefit Sun Beam gives a radiant look and is a gorgeous golden bronze tone. I love that it dries, sets and doesn’t slide around on my face like a lot of liquid illuminators sometimes do. I apply it with this Lancome foundation brush.

Body Illuminator:  Charlotte Tilbury Super Model Body is the perfect subtle sheen for your body and looks gorgeous in photos. For a more budget-friendly option, I love Gleam (it dries and stays put too.) I like to apply body illuminators using this brush.

Ahhhh summer…..so wonderful. Love these photos taken by Jason Mize of Jeff and I when I was on a job in the Bahamas a few weeks ago. la bougainvillea wedding elutherabahamasJeffandVivian_webHave a lovely weekend everyone! xoxo

2017-07-14T15:43:10+00:00 June 19th, 2015|Makeup, Recent Makeup Jobs|0 Comments

Vintage Inspired Hair and Makeup

I’ve had a lot people request this hairstyle calling it a number of different things like vintage waves, finger waves, vintages curls, retro hair…..all I know is I love it. I feel like this look is always in style and is so girly and glamorous. vintage_makeup_webvintage_hair_makeup_webvintage_makeup_vintage_hair_vivianmakeupartist_webvintage_vivianmakeupartist_makeup_hair_web
Here are the details for this look:Before_after_vintage_sydney_squareComplexion: Temptu AirbrushCle de Peau ConcealerContour by Maskcara in Shadow, Tarte Cheek Stain in Tipsy, Illuminator is a custom mix (sorry that’s kind of annoying but just bein honest 😎  but it looks similar to Benefit High Beam)

Eyes: Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow PrimerMAC Eyeshadows in Vanilla (light color) Omega (medium color) and Brun (deepest color.) Liner on top is MAC Creme Liner using the MAC Precise Eyeliner 210 brush Lancome Khol eyeliner in Blanc on inner lower rim. Hypnose Mascara, and House of Lashes in Siren. For brows, I used Omega and the Anastasia angled brow brush  and Brow Gel.

Lips: Lancome Rouge in Love lipstick in 181 Rouge Saint Honore, Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Lip Stain in Gio

Hair: I used the GHD Curve Classic 1 inch curling iron (this curling iron is good but pricey. For a budget-friendly curling iron I also really like the Hot Tools 1 inch curling iron.)  For products, I used Oribe Dry at the roots before backcombing and set with Oribe Superfine Hairspray.

Photos of Sydney taken by Whitney with Jessica Janae Photography

Do you guys like this look? Would you ever wear it?

And I loved this little quote.

2017-07-14T15:43:11+00:00 June 8th, 2015|Hair, Makeup, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized|6 Comments

Zoe: The Makeup Details

Last time I worked with Ty French and Zoe Lazerson the photos were all over Free People’s official blog and instagram….those two make some magic happen. I had the opportunity to work with them again and the photos of course, are stunning. zoe_vivianmakeupartist_webzoe_vivianmakeupartist_tyfrench_web_colorfulbeachwaves_fishtail_webFor a step by step on Zoe’s eyeshadow look see my post Warm Smokey Eye on Zoe

Here are some more details on what was used for her eye makeup:

Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow PrimerLancome Le Stylo eyeliner in Noir, House of Lashes in Pixie LuxeHypnose Mascara,  Lancome Brow Pencil in Taupe.

Complexion: Temptu AirbrushLaura Mercier Secret ConcealerContour by Maskcara in Shadow, Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

Lips: Urban Decay lip liner in Naked 2,  Lancome lip-liner in Bronzelle.) MAC Lipstick in Myth, Bobbi Brown Crystal.

Zoe is obviously a natural beauty. Here is her before and after which is useful to be able to see what the different products look like.


vivianmakeupartist_beachwaves_downhairstylesI am currently on Harbor Island in the Bahamas for a job. What an amazingly beautiful place this is!

I hope you guys are having a wonderful week as well! xoxo

2017-07-14T15:43:11+00:00 May 21st, 2015|Hair, Makeup, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Nude Lip

Here are some of my fav’s when it comes to creating the perfect nude lip. Ps. the trick is to leave some dimension so you don’t look entirely lip-less. Hence the reason I gravitate to a slightly deeper color of lipliner, then use a slightly lighter lip color.
nudelip_vivianmakeupartist_webPhoto by Jordan Carli

KSL’s Studio 5 asked me to talk about top picks for creating the perfect nude lip. Here are some of my recommendations in different price ranges.


Chanel lip liner in “Mordore Nude 05” or

Urban Decay lip liner in “Naked 2” or

NYX lip liner in “Natural”

Lip Colors:

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass in “Patience Please” for a glossy nude lip.

MAC Lipstick in Myth for a matte finish nude lip.

Flower Beauty in Morning Glory for a budget-friendly pinky-nude lip.

When lining your lips, line about 2/3 of them, nearly filling them in. This will create dimension and keep you from looking like you “sharpied” the outside of your lips.

Also, I’m kind of in love with this vintage look I did for Whitney’s beach shoot. blonde_vintage_hairstyles_blonde_vintage_makeup_vivianmakeupartist_vintageDetails for this look coming soon.

Photo by Whitney from Jessica Janae Photography

OH! This is of utmost importance! Make sure your lips are smooth if you’re going to wear lip color. Lipstick and some glosses can grip to dry skin, making it look more evident, and no one wants that.

My fav routine for saying,  “Adios!” to dry lips:

1) Put on some Bite Agave Lip Mask (I often wear this like chapstick too.)

2) Let it soak and soften your lips for a while, at least 20 minutes.

3) Using a damp cloth or I use is this awesome makeup remover cloth. You’ll gently rub your lips in circular motions buffing off the dead skin.  Then reapply more Bite to keep them hydrated and super smooth.

I also use the makeup remover cloth at night when I wash my face to get off all of my makeup (including my eye makeup) before I Clarisonic. I have this Clarisonic  because I upgraded a little while ago and it’s powerful for sure. However, the Clarisonic Mia (just says Men’s ’cause it’s black haha) totally does the job and works great.

I hope this is helpful! xoxo


2017-07-14T15:43:11+00:00 May 13th, 2015|Makeup, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Group Makeup Class: Everyday Makeup

One of my favorite things about my job is being able to teach. As much fun as it is to hear things like “I wish I had you to get me ready every single day!” It’s even MORE fun when people send me selfies after they’ve taken a class from me, and I get to see that they’re using what I’ve taught them. Lots of warm fuzzies in my heart those moments 🙂teaching_vivianmakeupartistI will be offering a group makeup class on May 14th from 5pm-8pm. It will cover the essentials for your everyday makeup routine to look your best!  The cost is $125 and you will receive free makeup product and I’ll be doing 2 full face makeovers. I will show you exactly what products to use and how to use them. Plus there will be yummy appetizers! Have a girls night out or fly solo, either way it will be tons of fun! There will be limited seating.

For more details email info@vivianmakeupartist.com 

2017-07-14T15:43:12+00:00 May 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|2 Comments

The Perfect Smokey Eye

I used these products to create a smokey eye that will flatter any eye color. smokey_eye_web_vivianmakeupartistStep 1 and 2: Use Urban Decay All Nighter eyeliner to line your eye.

Step 3 and 4: Use the Hourglass Smudge brush to apply the darkest color Crave from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette.

Step 5: Use the Hourglass All Over Eyeshadow brush to apply the color Faint from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette.

Step 6: Use the Hourglass Smudge brush to apply the lightest color Venus from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette.

Then if desired, add lashes! I used some super duper full ones. They’re Flutterlashes in Miley. Flutterlashes are more of a luxury strip lash. For a more subtle but striking look, I LOVE the Isabella and Ashlin styles by Flutterlashes.

I am always hunting for the very best brushes so I like trying different things. Hourglass brushes are incredibly durable and the Hourglass Small concealer brush No.5 and the Hourglass Large concealer brush No.8 are some of my staples. I like the Hourglass eyeshadow brushes I used for this look and they seem durable, which is one of the reasons I love their concealer brushes. However, if you’ve been following my blog for a while and already have the MAC Mini Shader Brush 228 and the MAC Fluff Brush 213, those will work just fine.

Make sure to always clean up any excess eyeshadow tricklets that end up under your eyes. The point of a smokey eye is to look sexy not sickly! Ha 😉

Photos by Mary Claire Photography of Makenna Alyse.


2017-07-14T15:43:12+00:00 April 26th, 2015|Makeup|1 Comment

Deciding how to wear your hair

Pinterest can be a wonderful resource for browsing options and getting ideas. However, it can also cause serious decision fatigue (it’s a thing. I read a book about it once!)

I am here to help you narrow down the options so you can make a non-cluttered decision (something I wish I would have done for myself when I was getting married! Ya live and ya learn.)

I have been shown this photo several times and I think it is just stunning (hair by Hair and Makeup by Steph. Model Kat Frazier, Photo by Amber Weimer, Florals by Janae Frazer.)flower_crown_updoI just want to point out a few things in this photo to consider when making your flower crown (or having it made.) The flowers are only on one side of the crown in this. A crown with flowers going all the way around looks beautiful as well, but has a different vibe.

Also the wispy pieces coming down and the amount of volume this hair style has, is part of what balances out this look. Ah so pretty!


The next thing you want to think about is what you may want your hair to look like in the front. These hairstyles are beautiful, but……swoopy_hairDo you notice anything that they all have in common? A trend that I like to call the Jessica Rabbit…..the eye cover.

While that makes for a gorgeous photo (I’ve had a few hair-covering-eye photos taken myself!) Having an alternative look in mind for the front of your hair can be helpful since you’re likely not going to wear your hair covering one of your eyes the entire day.

Unless you’re Kim, somehow she managed…..kim_kardashian_blonde

But like I said, it can look really pretty in photos, so if you love it make sure to mention it to your photographer so they can get some photos with that vibe for you!

Next thing. If you’re considering an updo, to get a realistic idea of what the updo will look like as a whole, look for photos that also show the front and side, rather than just the back. It can be hard to do, so if you’re not able to then that’s ok!

But here’s an example of why:

Over the last few years I’ve had several clients show me this photo julianne_updoThey liked her hair and we all assumed that she probably had some kind of elaborate, super full, amazing chignon updo of sorts happening in the back. Finally, I wanted to solve the puzzle so I hunted down a photo of the other side! julianne_otherside(Hi Taylor, cute curls! 🙂 )  The other side of Juliane’s hair is actually suuuuper simple! Like, there isn’t really another side! Like all her hair is swooped over to the left to create it’s amazing-ness and also to probably keep a sleek and simple look.


Moving on. The messy/textured updo phenomenon! hair_messy_blonde_updoThis look can be great because it allows for a lot more freedom (no need to panic if the wind blows or if you get a fly away!)

Some things to notice with this hairstyle—-A LOT of the photos shown online of this look are going to have highlights in their hair (I am mentioning this because all of the photos ever shown to me by someone wanting this kind of hairstyle, have highlights.)

textured_updosjessica_alba_hair_messy_updoBut what if you have no highlights? And instead you have silky, satiny, not-naturally-textured hair? No worries! You can definitely still have this kind of a hairstyle! Just know that it may look a little bit more smooth.

Also if you have dark silky hair, here’s a great way to add a little texture if you don’t want to highlight your hair (this is also great even if you do have highlights!)

Add some dainty details!

updo_dark_hair_flowersOr instead of a veil something like this
bridal_headpiece(head piece is from Australia and can be found here.)hairstyle_vivianmakeupartist(That hairstyle was actually done by me. Photo of Michelle by Brooke Schultz.)

I just threw a whole lot of info at you! So now what?!

Consider these things:

How do I feel the prettiest? (down, up, half-up?)

What will look best with my dress?

Am I going to wear a veil? If so glance at photos of the type of hairstyle you’re considering and how it will look with a veil. A veil can really change the look of things!

Bonus tips:

When you’re getting ready, if it feels too fancy or like it’s too much, picture yourself in your wedding dress (or put it on if you can) then reassess. Sometimes hairstyles can feel a little too glam if you’re getting ready in an old baggy t-shirt.

On that note. When going to your appointment or just doing your own hair, don’t forget to wear something with a very wide neckline or a button up, so the beautifulness doesn’t get destroyed when it’s time to change your clothes! How about we end with a few photos of my pretty clients? 🙂bridal_updo_vintage_hair_vivianmakeupartist_webPhoto by Kailey Rae Photography

updo_vivianmakeupartist_heapsPhoto of Caroline by Roslyn Photographysleek_updo_vivianmakeupartistPhoto by Zuzanna Audette


2017-07-14T15:43:12+00:00 April 16th, 2015|Hair, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Warm Smokey Eye on Zoe

Eyeshadows are so much fun! I often use individual Mac shadows or I’ll choose my favorite shades from several different palettes from several brands (Urban Decay and Chanel are some current staples of mine.) I was wanting to find a time-saving palette that has some basic colors that I use all the time so I tried out the Charlotte Tilbury’s The Sophisticate palette. warm_smokey_eyeThe brushes I used:

MAC Eye Shading 239

MAC Blending Brush 217

MAC Mini Shader Brush 228


Photos of Zoe taken by Tyson French

The rest of the details on this look, coming soon!

2017-07-14T15:43:14+00:00 April 14th, 2015|Makeup, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized|1 Comment