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 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

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


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

Flamingo Costume Makeup

This flamingo makeup was inspired by Jessa’s love for flamingo’s 🙂

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.

2017-07-14T15:42:59+00:00 October 21st, 2016|Makeup, Recent Makeup Jobs|0 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

Peachy Makeup Goodness


I once had a client that was trying to get me to go on a date with this guy by pitching to me how incredibly hot he was. My friend Adriana who was working with me that day, interjected saying “Vivian mostly cares if he’s hot on the inside.”   Well that same night, Jeff (my husband) introduced me to someone as his girlfriend. He assumed that I already knew I was his girlfriend, (duh he said.) I guess it never crossed his mind to discuss it with me 😉 So no date for me with Mr. Hot. I was ok with it :-)Well, this is Nattalie and she is super hot on the inside. Her personality is as magnetic as her looks are, and I’m not fibbing.


Here are the links to the products I used to get this look.

*If it is helpful to know what products I use and you are interested in purchasing any of them, by purchasing them directly from the links provided I receive a small commission (sometimes only pennies, but hey!) Doing this will increase my ability to share more frequent tips and tricks on my blog and instagram.  Thank you, genuinely, for reading my blog and for your support.


MAC eyeshadows in Omega, Blanc Type and Brun. Brush 213, Brush 242,  and Brush 239.  Bobbi Brown eyeliner in Black Ink and Ultra Fine brush.  Lancome Hypnose mascara.  Urban Decay Waterline Eye Pencil in Legend and Bambi lashes . MAC Brun eyeshadow  for brows using MAC angel brush 266. 


Temptu foundation, contour and bronzer (can be used with airbush compressor or just applied with a brush like this It Cosmetics brush. )  Blush is Tarte Fearless, and concealer is Tarte Creaseless concealer in Light-Medium Sand (both have a dewey finish.)  Lips are Lancome Jeweled Pink lipstick  and Lancome O So Coral La Laque Fever gloss (this gloss stays on well.) Urban Decay Bang lip liner.

Photos by Ty Frenchspring_makeup_summer_makeup


2017-07-14T15:43:00+00:00 April 5th, 2016|Hair, Makeup|9 Comments

The contoured eye



MAC eyeshadows in Omega, Blanc Type and Brun. Brush 213, Brush 242,  and Brush 239.  Bobbi Brown eyeliner in Black Ink and Ultra Fine brush.  Lancome Hypnose mascara.  MAC Brun eyeshadow  for brows using MAC angel brush 266. 


Temptu foundation, contour and bronzer (can be used with airbush compressor or just applied with a brush like this It Cosmetics brush. )  Blush is Tarte Fearless, and concealer is Tarte Creaseless concealer in Light-Medium Sand (both have a dewey finish.)  Lips are Lancome Jeweled Pink lipstick  and Lancome O So Coral La Laque Fever gloss (this gloss stays on well.)

Thank you to Ty French for these beautiful photos.

2017-07-14T15:43:00+00:00 April 5th, 2016|Hair, Makeup|0 Comments

How to organize your makeup for travel

how_to_pack_makeup_for_travelAfter smooshing several brushes, causing the bristles to fray out and not work well, I decided I needed to come up with a better system for packing up my personal makeup when I travel. I tried a few different bags and containers, but I didn’t love them. I finally found one that I love and here’s why:

-Your makeup and your brushes are together in one bag.

-It protects your brushes.

-You can fit a ton of makeup but it doesn’t take up a ton of room.

-You can work out of the bag, which saves counter space. And you don’t have to dump everything out to find what you need.

-The fabric is easy to clean (it’s a super nice black velvet.) Use a drop of soap diluted with water and wipe it down with a cloth and let it air dry.

It’s called the Hold Me Bag.  If you’re a video person, I found this video that shows it pretty well.

The first bags I purchased were between $30-$60, but none of them did what I needed them to do so for me this one is totally worth the cost. Plus it seems to be made of really high quality materials and it’s going to last.Travel_makeup_organizermakeup_for_travelhold_me_bagmakeup_organizerAs you can see in the photo where I’ve filled the bag with all my stuff, I put little labels on the left side.

I realized that typically when I’m getting ready to leave for a trip, I’m more stressed than normal and am packing in a hurry. After forgetting to grab a few essential makeup items during the packing process, I decided to make a list in my phone of items I’d need. That ended up being helpful, but still taking more time because I’d have to keep checking my phone to see if I got everything.

So I decided to just put the list directly in the bag, so I always have it.

Here’s my list if you’d like to use it to make a packing list for yourself:








Eyeshadow Base



Brow Pencil


Eyelash Curler


Lash Glue

I used my label maker to make the list ( I have this model, but it’s discontinued and there’s newer nicer models available now for cheaper.) The reason I used my label maker instead of just printing a list is if I decide to add or change the list, I can just print another label instead of having to reprint the whole thing. Also these kinds of labels are durable (which is why I finally purchased a nicer label maker, because my cheaper handheld one can only print paper labels, which get annihilated when used for makeup organizing.)

I’d recommend getting this BROTHER PRINTER PTD600VP

And I used these black labels with white writing

Here’s my brush list:











The products in the bag: Givenchy Eclat Matissime foundation (discontinued.) I’ve been alternating it with Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (I mix #3 and #3.5 together for my shade.) Cle de Peau Concealer in Almond. Guerlain pressed powder in 03.  Guerlain bronzer. theBalm Bahama Mama. Urban Decay Eyeshadow base.  Chanel eyeshadows in Tisse Essentiel. Lancome eyeliner in Noir. Chanel liquid eyeliner. Lancome Definicils Mascara. Tarte blush in Blissful. Lancome O so Coral lipgloss. Urban Decay lip liner in Turn On. Bite Agave Lip Mask (I packed the trial size.) House of Lashes  in Siren and adhesive. Eyelash curler. 

Brushes: Lancome Powder brush (I use for bronzer,) It Cosmetics Flawless powder, It Cosmetics dual ended foundation concealer brush (best price here, but also available at Ulta.) Makeup Forever 106 (I use it to apply cream blush.) Charlotte Tilbury Powder and Sculpt brush,  MAC Fluff Brush, MAC Mini Shader, Giorgio Armani concealer brush (I use it for eyes,) It Cosmetics Blending concealer brush,  Hourglass Large concealer brush, Hourglass Concealer brush.  MAC eyeliner brush (use with MAC creme liner.) Tweezerman tweezers (cheapest price here, but can also buy at Sephora.) Tweezerman Stork scissors. 

Hold Me Bag here

I hope this is useful! If it is, leave a comment! And let me know if you’d like tips on the best ways to pack your toiletries too!



2017-07-14T15:43:00+00:00 March 21st, 2016|Makeup, Uncategorized|4 Comments