Winging it

Winged eyeliner is all the rage right now! I’m seeing it everywhere!
vivianmakeupartist_wingedlinerAnd it’s the first thing on the list of The Best Makeup Trends For Spring 2015 along with several other spring makeup trends. My personal fav’s are the Brown-Eyed Girls (brown eyeshadow trend) and the Bare Minimum (barely wearing any makeup, makeup look.) What’s your favorite makeup look right now?

And of course, the winged eyeliner look.
These photos are from a while ago and I didn’t even know winged liner was going to be such a thing! Maybe I’m telepathic and I knew it would be an upcoming trend!? Or maybe it’s just pretty so I did it…..

Photos taken by the darling Jessa Kae

And here’s what I used on beautiful Marina:

Complexion: Smashbox foundation primerLancome Teint Miracle foundationLaura Mercier Secret ConcealerBobbi Brown Bronzer in Natural, Chanel blush in Rose Bronze (the scent of Chanel’s blush is probably one of my favorite things in the world!) To highlight her cheeks I used Laura Mercier Peach Mosaic. 

Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow PrimerUrban Decay Naked Basics Palette, Chanel liquid eyeliner,  Tarte inner rim liner, Temptress lashes from House of Lashes, Brow Wiz in Taupe.

Lips: Myth lipstickNaked 2 lip liner, Crystal gloss. 

Hair: 1.5″ curling wand from my fav curling iron brand Sultra, velcro rollers. 

One of my favorite beauties of all time rocking her wingsvivianmakeupartist_

2017-07-14T15:43:25+00:00 January 21st, 2015|Hair, Makeup, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Jobs in Florida

As I’ve mentioned before, getting mom’s ready for family photos is one of my favorite jobs. I feel like they deserve the pampering and it’s so rewarding to see their faces light up when it all comes together and they look in the mirror. Gives me warm fuzzies 🙂

It was pretty killer to be hired to do makeup and hair for several sessions in Florida this past fall. Seaside was stunning! Even after only getting like 30 minutes of sleep (taking the red-eye seemed like such a good idea at the time 😯 )

I went with Angie from Simplicity Photography who’s one of the greatest people I know. I totally had to force her into letting me take this photo but Florida looked good on her! It needed to be documented.angI loved all of these sessions!

vivianmakeupartist_floridaJust a little bit of makeup for this pretty teen…..
florida_teensAnd a just a smidgen on these angels……. (here are the links if you missed my posts on hair tips for family photos or makeup for kids)
florida_vivianmakeupartistfloridaAnd this darling family….how great is her smile?
familyseasidemotherdaughterI have been told that it can be stressful trying to coordinate outfits for several people, and I can only imagine! I don’t have kids but I have caught onto some things along the way and thought I’d share.

  • Decide on the look or the feel you want to have for your shoot and then pick an inspiration piece, then build from there. If you tend to be pickier about what you wear, or what you look like in photos, it’s probably a good idea to find something you love for yourself first, and then coordinate around that.
  • Take photos in the actual clothes then line the photos up next to each other (this might sound extreme but it’s super helpful.) Things that seem to look good in my mind or laying next to each other on the bed, look different when I actually put them on. Make a private Pinterest board and upload the photos to look at them next to each other or for iphones there’s an app called Pic Jointer that can put up to 4 photos next to each other.
  • Preparation is key, even if you’re shopping in your own closet. These photos are to document a certain stage in life so do your best to just enjoy the time at the shoot with your family. Often photo shoot days are stressful and husbands and kids may be in a particularly bad mood for some reason. I hear bribery works nicely! 😎 And if everything doesn’t turn out perfectly, oh well! Sometimes the best photos aren’t the ones where everything is exactly in their place with everyone looking right into the camera. Sometimes it’s just about capturing those magical moments with your little ones. hairup_familyphotosI think this lovely mama thought of all the details though…..I just noticed her adorable little toe ring!famseasideseaside_hairandmakeupAnd these precious gals warmed my heart!makeup_travelmakeupforfamilyphotosPhotos by Angie Simplicity Photography Probably most of the advice too 😉
    seasidefunWe got to play for a couple of hours while we were there. And maybe paddle boarded right next to 4 dolphins….. it was a blast! Yes, yes it was.
2017-07-14T15:43:26+00:00 January 14th, 2015|About, Hair, Makeup|0 Comments

Bridals at the Fair

These photos are so colorful and happy! I love them!bridalmakeupfair
bridalmakeupvivianmakeupfairmakeupvivianmakeupartistHere is what I used on this foxy lady:

Complexion: Temptu s/b Foundation, Laura Mercier Secret Concealer #1Tarte Cheek Stain in Fearless, Bobbi Brown Bronzer in Natural

Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, Stila Liquid Eyeliner, Chanel Eyeshadows in Prelude, Hypnose Mascara, Ardell Wispies strip lashes, Lancome Brow Pencil in Chataigne.

Lips: Urban Decay Lip Liner Mrs. Mia Wallace, Lancome Rouge in Love lipstick in Rouge Valentine

Hair: Curled with my favorite Sultra 1 inch

Photos by Keala Jarvis Photography

Wedding Coordinator Rachael Ellen Events

Cake Design Cassidy Budge

Floral Design Julia Smith

Couple madly in love Bronson and Melissa Dameron

2017-07-14T15:43:26+00:00 January 9th, 2015|Hair, Makeup|1 Comment

Kjerstin Makeup

beforeandafter_Doing makeup on someone with colorful hair like this made me have to think a little bit (heaven forbid right!? 😛 ) Like hmmm, do I need to do brighter makeup so her hair doesn’t take all the attention away from her pretty features? Or do I do lighter makeup so things aren’t competing? After a couple of adjustments and finding out the location of the photo shoot, I decided that a gunmetal-neutral toned smokey eye and slight pop of color on the lips would be a good balance.
free_people_makeupkjerstin_makeupfree_peopleHere’s what I used: (P.S. ARE THESE LISTS USEFUL? COMMENT AND LET ME KNOW! Yes, No, Kinda Sorta?)

COMPLEXION:Temptu s/b Foundation in 004 (this can be applied with a sponge or a foundation brush also! And that’s a great price on Amazon for both the beauty blender and It Cosmetics brush.)Laura Mercier Secret Concealer #3, High Beam to illuminate, MAC Blush in Well Dressed,Bobbi Brown Bronzer in Elvis Duran.

EYES:Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer,MAC Eyeshadows Kid on the crease, Carbon on the outer corners. Stila Vintage Black Gold on lid applied lightly, Stila Liquid Eyeliner,  Hypnose Mascara, Ardell Wispies strip lashesAnastasia Dipbrow in Blonde for brows.

LIPS: Lancome lipstick in Fleur De Lis, Urban Decay liner in Native, Buxom gloss in White Russian.

HAIR: T3 curling iron, Kenra Hairspray used at the root of hair after backcombing, Beach Head used all over for beachy texture.

These pretty pics were taken by Jaci Marie of beautiful Kjerstin.

2017-07-14T15:43:26+00:00 December 17th, 2014|Hair, Makeup, Uncategorized|14 Comments

O Holy Night, Kenzie Nimmo

It was incredible working on set when this video was being made. Kenzie, Harris and John are the absolute nicest, most talented, down to earth people and it was so amazing to see the magic when they came together. They really did this whole video in one take, it’s incredible! Before they started filming Kenzie just asked that while they’re singing this, to be thinking about the actual message they are singing about, and the emotion totally comes through in the video. Oh and please watch til the end!

video by Wride Photography. 

As mentioned in the video, all the proceeds from the Itunes sales will be going to help a family in need this Christmas. So happy to be a part of it.kenzie_nimmo_hair_makeup

Also, a tutorial on how I did Kenzie’s hair is coming soon! But for those of you who would like to know what I used for her makeup, here it is:

Complexion: Temptu s/b Foundation in #2 and #5, Laura Mercier Secret Concealer #2, Tarte Cheek Stain in Blushing Bride, High Beam to illuminate, theBalm Bronzer, MUFE powder on t-zone.

Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, MAC Eyeshadows in Vanilla,Wedge and Carbon,  Stila Liquid Eyeliner, L’Oreal mascara, Flare Lashes Combo Ardell in short and medium and House of Lashes Adhesive.

Lips: Urban Decay lip liner in Venom, MAC Ruby Woo, Bobbi Brown Crystal

To check out Kenzie’s other video’s here is her channel. She’s adorable, you’ll fall in love with her. Also the lovely decor was done by sweet Amber Reverie.

OHolyNightI hope you guys are enjoying the holiday season!

2017-07-14T15:43:26+00:00 December 11th, 2014|Hair, Makeup|3 Comments

Beachy Waves

Beachy waves are still one of the most frequently requested hairstyles from my clients. It’s just such a great look for so many things!  Zoe totally rocked these textured beach waves.  beachy_waves_verticlebeach_waves_verticleHere are my two favorite styling products to achieve this look→ Oribe and Beyond the Zone. I used a one inch Sultra curling rod and I also threw in some Bellami clip-in extensions . I also really like Laced Hair Extensions  and LocknLong extensions are great for anyone who doesn’t want to have to clip something in every morning!behind_the_scenesOh, and I did the beach waves really fast first, then styled it in a fishtail braid.fishtailThen Zoe took it out half way through her shoot, tossled it a little bit, and then let it be free!

Glorious photos taken by Tyson French. (Free People’s featured this shoot on their blog and main instagram, which is kind of awesome. Great work Ty and Zoe!)


2017-07-14T15:43:29+00:00 November 3rd, 2014|Hair|0 Comments

Makenna Makeup

The first time I did makeup on Makenna Alyse it was for one of her performances (she’s a dancer for the Utah Jazz) and we couldn’t stop talking the entire time. I’ve been lucky to work with her several times since and felt honored that I got her ready for her engagement photos, bridals, and wedding day. She’s a beauty and I think her and Aaron are perfect together!makenna_alyse_makeupHere are the details on her look:

Complexion: Temptu s/b foundation (non-airbrush foundation recommendation Teint Miracle,) Cle de Peau concealer in Beige, TheBalm bronzer,  Tarte Blush in Blushing Bride,

Eyes:  Urban Decay eyeshadow base, MAC eyeshadow in Saddle, Bronze, Carbon, and Rice Paper, Chanel liquid eyeliner on top in NoirTarte Inner Rim liner, Lancome Definicils mascara in waterproof black, Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde using Anastasia angled brow brush.

Lips: Urban Decay lip liner in Naked 2, Lancome lipstick in Coral in Love, Yves Saint Laurent gloss in Rose Orfevrewedding_makeup_makennaTo achieve this look for hair I recommend a 1.5 inch curling iron, I love my Sultra Bombshell.

Congratulations Makenna and Aaron! makenna_engagementsPhotos by Jessica Janae

Sultra Bombshell 1.5in Rod Curling Iron

‘The Bombshell™’ 1.5-Inch Rod Curling Iron

2017-07-14T15:43:30+00:00 October 23rd, 2014|Hair, Makeup, Recent Makeup Jobs|2 Comments

My Family Photos

My husband and I had some “family photos” taken this year since we reeeeally struggle getting a decent photo together (one of us will inevitably be in the middle of talking or blinking, pretty much every time.)  So we went on an adventure to some sand dunes!vivian_jeff_sanddunesdunesGoofySometimes I can’t decide how I want my hair in photos. So I style it and then take it out in the middle of the shoot so I can wear it down too. sanddunephotoshair_downsand_dunesWe have oh so much fun together….dunes_funblack_whitebwBWFarWe really did have so much fun, thanks to Angie! Simplicity Photography

2017-07-14T15:43:30+00:00 October 23rd, 2014|About, Hair, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Hair Tips for Family Photos

Family photos have definitely evolved since I had them taken and some of my favorite jobs are getting mom’s ready for family photos. I have been loving the up-styles I’ve been doing for them lately. Here’s some photos I grabbed (with Angie’s camera 😉 ) before Angie and Chloe left to go take their family photos. I did little fishtail pig tails for Chloe’s hair and I feel like they looked so cute with Angie’s updo.family_photos_hairfishtail_braidsNot sure if you want to totally commit to an updo for your photos? Here’s an idea! (I recently tried this with my client Brittany and I loved how it turned out.) I curled her hair and styled it all down. Then I sent her with a hair tie and told her to pull her hair up into a pony tail half way through the photos, just to switch it up. I love how they both turned out!cute_down_hairstylesfamily_photoscute_pony_tailhair_family_photosAren’t they the cutest!?! These photos were taken by Simplicity Photography 

Doing a hair change (even a really simple one) might be easier said than done, depending on how the shoot is going 😕 ha. Sometimes getting just one photo without someone crying, is all one can hope for (or at least I’ve been told!)

You can’t go wrong with a really pretty down hairstyle like this one from Angie’s photos last year ↓family_photos_indoorPhoto by Blush Photography 

If you’re doing interactive, candid type family photos it can be nice to have something keeping your hair and your little ones hair out of your face. This flower crown is adorable! ↓

angie_photosPhoto by Blue Lily

I’m also a big fan of headbands. Here’s a cute one from Urban Outfitters and I love that it ties because it will look cute from all angles and you can make it smaller or bigger so it will fit perfectly.

I love getting families ready!

2017-07-14T15:43:31+00:00 October 23rd, 2014|Hair|0 Comments

Fall Bridal Inspiration Details

vivianmakeupartistI love how bold lip colors photograph! If you are toying with the idea of doing a bold lip for your wedding but you aren’t 100% sure about it,  you can go bold for your bridals, then take it down a notch for the day of. Or keep it bold if you love it  🙂fall_makeup_trendsComplexion: Temptu s/b foundation, Laura Mercier concealer, Bobbi Brown bronzer,  Benefit Sun Beam highlighter, Lancome Translucence powder

Eyes: Urban Decay eyeshadow base,  Lancome Bronze Amour palette, Tarte Inner Rim Nude eyeliner, Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes mascara, Stila eyeliner, Anastasia in Brunette for brows, House of Lashes Noir Fairy

Lips: Lancome Mauvelle lip liner, MAC lipstick in Diva with Russian Red over the top

Hair: Bombshell curling rod, Oribe Beach Spray, comb

Perrywinkle Photography took these stellar photos.

Lovely couple Ciera and Colton. Dress by Gateway Bridal, suit by True Gentleman. Flowers by Bottles and Blooms.

2017-07-14T15:43:31+00:00 October 6th, 2014|Hair, Makeup, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized|0 Comments