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IIID Foundation Intro

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

-Don’t want a million layers of makeup on your skin


vivianmakeupartist_maskcaracosmetics_webWhat I used:

Complexion: IIID Foundation in Sunlit highlight, Stone contour, Ruby blush, and a little Shadow to contour my nose.

Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, MAC Eyeshadows in Burnt Sand and Brun, Tarte Inner Rim LinerHypnose Mascara, Lashes from House of Lashes in Siren, and Mac Brun for my brows.

Lips: Ruby (same as blush) and OCC Sebastian lip liner.

Photos by Keala Jarvis

Who has tried this foundation? What do you think?

*coming soon IIID Foundation Help

2017-07-14T15:43:14+00:00 April 6th, 2015|Makeup, Uncategorized|14 Comments

1 Shadow Eyemakeup

one_shadow_makeup_webAs much as I love intricate eye makeup the reality is I don’t get to do it on myself every single day. Thank goodness for shortcuts!

This MAC Eyeshadow in Antique looks great on every single eye color PLUS it looks awesome by itself.

I use the MAC Fluff Brush 213 and the MAC Blending Brush 217 with it, and it’s turbo fast to do!

Another pointer—Putting a little eyeliner on the inner rim of your lower lash line is a super fast way to line your eyes. My go to liner for this is the Lancome Le Stylo eyeliner. I most frequently use the colors Cafe (dark brown) and Noir (black). vivianmakeupartistFor the details on the rest of the makeup I used check out my before and after. (Also my lip color is Lancome lip liner in Sheer Raspberry and Dior Gloss 257 Venus.)

That Jessica Janae sure knows a thing or two about working the camera!

What do you guys think, do you like the bold lip from my before and after post? Or the lighter lip color in this post?


2017-07-14T15:43:14+00:00 April 3rd, 2015|Makeup|2 Comments

So, how did you get into doing makeup?

A little bit about me. Growing up I always cared a lot about getting perfect grades so I could get a scholarship to a really good college. The turmoil started my senior year of high school when I knew in my heart that I wanted to move to Los Angeles to attend makeup school, instead of continuing my college education. The rational thing (plus the opinion of pretty much every adult around me) told me I should go to college because that’s the stable and wise thing to do. Considering my less-than-ideal family situation, I craved stability in my life, so looking back I’m surprised I didn’t take the stable route.

But it’s interesting how life’s challenges and hardships, can be what motivates and drives us.

10866216_10152627567133460_6507359322954562972_oSo at 17 (I was young for my grade) I graduated high school and had completed a couple of semesters of college, so I moved to Los Angeles to go to makeup design school. I was SO excited to conquer the world and I SO did not know what I was doing. But I was excited! graduation_vivian_web(on graduation day)

Keep in mind this was BEFORE the days of youtube, and blogs….I hadn’t even met a real makeup artist before. It was considerably less common, at least in my universe. At the time there weren’t a lot of options when it came to learning how to do makeup, you couldn’t really just google something.

So there I was. A determined teen in Los Angeles.

I even slept in my car and showered at the 24 hr Fitness I had a membership to for a little while when I was in between places to live. (I DO NOT RECOMMEND doing this! It is dangerous and scary and really UNCOMFORTABLE! 😯

I loved living in the city and Makeup Designory was awesome. Eventually the nagging question of “well, should I go to college?” got to me and I moved to go to BYU. I love learning so I did that college thing for a while and then put my full force into my makeup biz.

Here’s what I’ve learned over the last 14 years of chasing my dream:

-Be kind and loving. People, will be the reason you get jobs.

-Try to keep your word. And be dependable, even when it’s inconvenient.

-This industry has a strangely high overhead. Doing makeup just for kicks vs. running a business doing makeup, are very very different.

-Every minute spent in planning saves 10 minutes in execution. (Every time I remember this, I am grateful!)

It’s been a fun journey and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!



2017-07-14T15:43:14+00:00 April 2nd, 2015|About, Makeup, Uncategorized|3 Comments

concealing imperfections

When your skin looks great, your face looks great. I wanted to talk more about some of the products I use to conceal imperfections, like in these photo’sundereye_concealeramandas_before_and_after_web


This is the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer. I use it mostly to cover blemishes and hyper-pigmentation.  It has a matte finish and is long wearing and you can customize the color by mixing the two shades together.




I use this Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush because the fine tip makes it easy to get a precise application so you’re only applying product where you need it.



Laura-Mercier-Secret-Concealer-webThis is a great under eye concealer. It’s fast, does it’s job, and stays on. It has more of a radiant finish which I typically prefer for the under eye area because I think it looks more natural. On myself I don’t typically need to set it with powder but I will sometimes set my clients concealer using this brush and a translucent powder if concealers tend to always crease or if they need it to last for 16 hrs or more.


secret_concealer_potThis Under Cover Pot has mini sizes of the Secret under eye , one shade of the Secret Camouflage and the setting powder. I like that the products are all in one place and it’s great for travel or touch ups. I ran out of the under eye concealer quicker than the rest so I bought another Secret under eye and just refilled it. (I do wish it had 2 shades of the camouflage concealer like the regular size so the color would be more customizable, but it still does it’s job!)

So, I entirely forgot about this makeup I did last year. I’m not going to lie….I don’t remember exactly what I used on her but I’m sure I used concealer! And probably the ones mentioned above! 😀 And I do remember she made a lovely mermaid-y model…

mermaid_makeup_vivianmakeupartist._webPhoto of Alexis taken by Jessa Kae



2017-07-14T15:43:14+00:00 April 1st, 2015|Makeup|0 Comments

Makeup for Kristin

So I was in Walmart the other day and got a little sidetracked….. I heard that an article that I wrote for Train Magazine was out (the one with Thor on the cover.)train_thorI talked about how to make your makeup sweat proof. You should check it out. But after seeing all the fun photos of makeup in the article, I was curious about what kinds of treasures Walmart possibly had.

So I wandered to the makeup aisle and found THE cutest lipstick and it was only $6.98flower_lipstickIt’s by Flower Beauty and the color is called LS11-Morning Glory.

Kristin’s birthday was coming up and she wanted to do an extra special photoshoot for it so she hired me to get her ready. So I used that lipstick for her first look.
flower_lipstick_makeup_webI wanted you guys to be able to see what it looks like by itself 🙂 I love it. It’s kind of a cream finish that blots down to a more matte finish.

Here’s Kristin’s before and after, I added a little gloss to vamp it up. before_and_after_kristin_webIsn’t she already beautiful in the before photo?! She gave me free reign on her makeup look and said she just wanted big messy hair so for that I used my fav’s:

Hair: Oribe Beach SprayOribe Dry, and the Sultra 1 inch

Complexion: Lancome Teint MiracleContour by Maskcara in Stone, Temptu Matte Bronzer, Lancome Effacernes Concealer

Eyes: Urban Decay Eyes Shadow Primer, MAC Eyeshadow  in Saddle and Brun. I also used Brun in her brows using the Anastasia angled brow brush and set them with Brow Gel.makeup_glamourbeachy_messy_wavesPhotos of Kristin taken by Emmy Lowe Photo

2017-07-14T15:43:15+00:00 March 29th, 2015|Hair, Makeup, Uncategorized|8 Comments

Class for Marae

I was stoked when Marae, this super stunning model, booked one of my makeup classes (if anyone is interested in any of the classes I offer, email info@vivianmakeupartist.com 🙂 )

There are so many variables when it comes to makeup. Especially something like someone’s complexion, so I love when I can make really specific recommendations.  She really wanted to learn how to look fresh and pretty but as fast as possible, so for her first look, she learned how to do this fast, everyday makeup look.  marae_webWe used:

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted MoisturizerLaura Mercier Secret Concealer, Walnut Contour by Maskcara, Pink Grapefruit Blush by Maskcara, this Smashbox palette for eyes and brows, Hypnose Mascara,  NYX Butter gloss in Maple Blondie

So I am kind of always in a constant state of looking for the best of the best when it comes to anything, but mostly, makeup. While I was browsing Nordstrom’s online cosmetics,  I happened to stumble upon this photo.

And I realized “Hey! I know her!”


I did this model’s makeup on a job I had a few months ago.

Isn’t she gorgeous!? (*I didn’t do the makeup in that photo, just have done her makeup. 🙂 Just to clarify) These Charlotte Tilbury makeup looks are so pretty! I’ll definitely be re-creating some of them soon!

Who’s seen the new Cinderella movie? I loved how natural and pretty Cinderella’s makeup was. And she had so many cute hairstyles! cinderella_hairShe amped it up a bit here for the movie premier but I think she looks gorgeous!
lilyjames_cinderellaDefinitely a chic Cinderella!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

2017-07-14T15:43:15+00:00 March 25th, 2015|Makeup|0 Comments


I kept thinking that Lola looked familiar, then I realized, it’s just that she looks like the kind of girl all the heart-throb songs are written about.

editorial_makeup_webOh and her lip color is Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Lip Stain in Hollywood and Urban Decay lip liner in Bang.editorial_makeup_photoshoot_webeditorial_vivianmakeupartistFor her hair I used Oribe Beach Spray.
textured_hair_weblola_beachhair_weblola_straightonI know she’s totally gorgeous.

Jaci Marie took these freaking amazing photos.

I hope everyone is having a good Monday! I think i’m going to go enjoy some of this gorgeous weather.


2017-07-14T15:43:15+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Hair, Makeup|1 Comment

the one with all the lip stuff

So I don’t know if you can tell by my post title but… I was sick, and I took full advantage of the fact that Friends is now on Netflix. I am now grounded from watching any more episodes for a while, because I’ve got to start getting some stuff done! If only I knew how to do things in moderation……hmmm

I don’t know about you, but I swear I have the driest lips! Pretty much since I moved to Salt Lake I’ve had dry lips and dry cuticles. I have found a favorite solution and it’s the lip mask from Bite.  And currently they have a little set! For only $15 you get the lip exfoliator AND a mini lip mask (aka durable lip balm.) bite_lipI bought 2 sets, one for me and one for my kit. They were sold out when I went to purchase it so I selected the “email me when it’s back in stock” and the next morning Sephora emailed me, yay!

Speaking of lips, I thought I’d share some of my favorite lip colors with you guys as well!lips

#1 Urban Decay lip liner in Native applied all over the lips with Dior Gloss 257 Venus over the top.

#2 Urban Decay lip liner in Manic applied over 3/4 of the lips with a sheer application of MAC Lipstick in Myth topped with Bobbi Brown Crystal lipgloss.

#3 Urban Decay lip liner in Turn On with YSL Lipstick in Lingerie Pink 007 with Chanel gloss in Brilliance.

#4 I used the same products as I did in #2 just after you apply the gloss you’ll blot, then apply a bit more lipstick.

I tend to keep higher end products in my kit so that’s what I mostly end up using.  BUT on a recent Walmart excursion, I picked up THE prettiest baby pink/nude-ish lipstick made by Flower Beauty and the color was Morning Glory LS11. I’ll get some photos of it soon!

Lip photos by Emily Brown Photography of Jenna Jarvis.

How about a nice lip-related quote for the day? Here’s a long time fave of mine:


2017-07-14T15:43:15+00:00 March 12th, 2015|Makeup, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Sometimes I like simple

Somehow, I have no idea how it’s possible, but I forgot about these pictures. It’s probably one of my favorite makeup and hair looks that I’ve done….well at least that I have documentation of.
natural_makeupvivian_makeup_maraeSo I always have a back and forth conversation in my mind when I am about to post about a product I’d recommend, and it sounds about like this: “What if I recommend something and then I find something I like better tomorrow? Or what if I recommend something and it’s not exactly right for what the person needed it for and if I could have talked to them about it I could have told them how to use it correctly or recommended something else that’s better for them!?” And on and on and on……

It kind of becomes torturous and certainly not productive. But I am undergoing some serious product analysis currently so that I can give some more universal recommendations. Does anyone have requests for any certain type of product?

On a different note, I have watched this Ted Talk so many times and still love it Your elusive creative genius. Whether one agrees with her or not, I still think it’s interesting 🙂 And I love her delivery.

I’ve been into simplicity lately. And not trying to toot my own horn by ANY means but I do like these hairstyles for a simple bridesmaid look (perhaps curling her hair a touch more in the first photo if it was for a formal occasion. Just barely though.) simple_bridesmaids_hairstylesPhotos of Marae by Zuzanna Audette

*Coming soon ! A simple but stunning eye makeup look using only 1 eyeshadow.

Have a happy day you guys!


2017-07-14T15:43:20+00:00 March 10th, 2015|Hair, Makeup|0 Comments


I was hesitant to use these photos because I kind of think that Kallie looks just as good if not better with her natural skin tone…..also, the lighting in the photos is different. BUT it get’s the point across. kallie_before_after_webAs I mentioned a few posts back, I prefer to just get 2 half spray tans a month from Bella Airbrush Tanning, but I do keep a few self-tanners around just in case.  I’ve used the Salon Bronze Airbrush for like a decade. And I just started using Tomas Tanning Spray and I like it as well. I got one that kind of splattered when I sprayed it so I exchanged it and the one I have now is great. I think it splattered when I wasn’t pushing down all the way, just fyi 🙂

But most importantly, I wanted to talk about this product that I always assume everyone has to know about it, but every time I bring it up no one has heard of it! It’s the Xen-Tan Scent Secure and it get’s rid of the self-tanner smell. It seriously works. I always wait at least 12 hrs before using it after I tan (But you can use it sooner, I just really want my tan to lock in first.) Make sure to wash your hands right after applying it even though it’s not a self-tanner it can activate the tanner you already have on your skin.

I hope this is useful and that everyone is having a wonderful week!


2017-07-14T15:43:21+00:00 March 4th, 2015|Makeup, Uncategorized|3 Comments