Simply Sadie’s Simply Sweet Makeup Look

Longtime client and friend, Sadie from simplysadiejane (she blogs about fitness, and other useful things) was asking me about how she should be doing her makeup since she drastically changed her hair color (she used to be very dark. See other post here.) We had a little fun. makeup_headshot_natural_tutorial_vivianmakeupartist_webOne of my favorite things about this look was her lip color. I first moisturized her lips with my favorite lip product Bite  and then blotted it down. I then softly outlined her lips in what I’d call a lip contour color, I used MAC Stone lip pencil. Then I used one of my new favorite lipsticks Tom Ford Luca (it’s often sold out but I found it in stock here, woohoo!) Then added a little Bobbi Brown Crystal gloss.natural_makeup_simplysadiejane_vivianmakeupartist_webComplexion: For her foundation, bronzer and contour I used Temptu Airbrush, but my recent favorite non-airbrush foundation is Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation (for those of us who do not have the time to airbrush ourselves every day, including myself!) Cle de Peau Concealer in Ocher, Tarte Cheek Stain in Fearless, and Guerlain Loose Powder Mattifying Veil in medium.

Eyes: Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow PrimerMAC Eyeshadows  in Bamboo, Saddle, and Embark. Mac Creme liner on top in black (dark brown would have also looked great,) and Lancome Khol eyeliner in Blanc on lower inner rim. Too Faced mascara and Kiss Individual lashes in short, medium and long.  In her brows I used Anastasia Brow Wiz in Taupe and Anastasia Brow Pen in universal-light. fitness_makeup_body_glow_vivianmakeupartist_webAnd on her body I used Gleam in Rose Gold mixed with a little Gleam Bronze Gold. I’ve been talking about body glow products a lot lately because I love them. *Some things to be aware of when using Gleam: you’ll want to wait a couple minutes for it to dry and be careful when you’re getting in or out of your clothes. Other than that I haven’t had problems with it getting on my clothes. It’s easy to wash off or wash out, so that’s good.

Thank you to Jessica Janae for the photos. Isn’t Sadie adorable? natural_makeup_fitnessmakeup_vivianmakeupartist_webI’ve recently started doing yoga again, to help with the neck and back issues I have from work. It’s starting to help but sometimes I want to switch it up a little. What are some of your favorite workouts to do?

2017-07-14T15:43:08+00:00 August 19th, 2015|Makeup, Uncategorized|5 Comments

the perfect bridal glow

Something that I learned in makeup school is you should always address ANY of the skin that will be showing on your client, not just on their face. So depending on their outfit I always try to remember to look at their neck, arms, back or legs and see if any of it needs to be smoothed or color corrected.

Funny side note, the teacher talking about this told us that Conan O’Brien refuses to let anyone put makeup on his hands…even though apparently it looks pretty distracting when his hands are anywhere near his face.

Sometimes just adding a little glow and evenness to your body is enough to take your entire look to the next level. You can see the subtle difference on her arm in the photos below.
bodyglowwebI’ve been trying all different kinds of body glow products all summer long and here are my favorites:

For a sheer more subtle look, I love Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body 

For a more reflective look with a little more coverage, I like Gleam. They make several colors and you can find help choosing your correct shade by watching the videos on this page here.glow_bridal_makeup_webIsn’t Marina lovely?

More details for this look coming soon.

Photos by Stephanie Sunderland

2017-07-14T15:43:08+00:00 August 5th, 2015|Makeup, Uncategorized|1 Comment

How to get your curl to last ft. Pyper America

I had the pleasure of working with Pyper America, a model who lives in LA. She is not only beautiful, she’s sweet and would not even let me pay for my own lunch.  And now we bring to you the secrets of how to get your hair to stay curled!!!!

One of the things I hear people say is that their hair doesn’t hold curl. Often that is because they aren’t using any product or the right products. If curl falls out of your hair almost immediately you’ll want to put some product in it before you curl. what_to_use_to_get_curl_to_stay

My favorite pre-curling spray is Oribe’s Impermeable. It’s just the right amount of hold without making your hair crunchy or sticky.

I used the Sultra Bombshell  and I found it for a great deal here.

I love Oribe’s Superfine hairspray and you can get it for a great deal here.

Little hair clips to hold the curl in place while curling here. 
how_to_make_curl_lastThank you to Tyson French for these amazing photosvoluminous_curls_pyper_america_vivian_johnson_web



2017-07-14T15:43:09+00:00 July 9th, 2015|Hair, Makeup|4 Comments

Alison from Pick Your Plum and How does she

I’ve had the pleasure of doing Alison’s makeup several times and for this look, here’s what I used:

Complexion: Temptu s/b Foundation in 004, Temptu bronzer, Too Faced bronzer to set,  Tarte Fearless stain blush,  Lancome Effacernes Concealer in Light Bisque, Contour by Maskcara in Shadow.

Eyes: Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow PrimerMAC Eyeshadows in Ricepaper, Saddle, and Bronze, Lancome Le Stylo eyeliner in Noir on inner rim and, Lancome Artliner in Noir on top. Hypnose Mascara, and Lancome Brow Pencil in Taupe.

Lips: Lancome Color Design Lipstick in Love it!, Bobbi Brown Crystal gloss

I also used  Tweezerman slant tweezers (love these! And this is a good deal for them.)

alison_beforeafter_side_webPhotos by Jessa Kae.

Alison is not just a pretty face, she’s an awesome business person too. She’s a founder of How Does She , a successful blog and is currently in the running to be on the cover of Costco magazine. She also started Pick Your Plum, a site that sells things for a super good deal.

Speaking of good deals, I know sometimes makeup can add up cost-wise. One of the best ways to get a “deal” on luxury cosmetics is to buy when there’s a free gift (which typically is loaded with super useful things like mascara, eyeshadows, lipcolor and skincare.) If you’re in the Salt Lake City area you can swing by the Lancome counter at Nordstrom Fashion Place in Murray to get your free gift with any $42.50 purchase. And if you mention my name, you’ll be entered to win a basket filled with Lancome product. AMAZING! If you’re a frequent reader of my blog you know that I often use Lancome products and love them.

You can pre-sell with them now, which means they will hold your product for you to make sure it’s not sold out when the gift comes (you can go in or call 801-261-4402.) Or the gift will be in store from July 9th-16th. Don’t forget to make sure you’re entered to win the free basket of Lancome!

2017-07-14T15:43:09+00:00 June 30th, 2015|Makeup, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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… 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