Wavy Curly Hair Texture

wavy_hairMust haves:

A 5/8 inch curling iron

Beach Spray

Sometimes when people have naturally wavy/curly hair and they say they hate it, I want to cry a little.  I get it, sometimes the hair is not all the same amount of curly. Sometimes it’s straighter on the top and ringletty on the bottom. You just need to help those lil curls out a little.

My wavy hair to do’s:

-Be careful while towel drying. Opt for a gentle wrap and squeeze rather than a wrap and rub back and forth (that can cause the hair to be more frizzy.)

-Use the right products. On Jessa I used this mousse (I got it when I purchased my Kenra 25 Hairspray.) Here’s an update on my current favorite products for a wavy or curly hair look:

  •  A mouse that’s good for all hair types (straight hair but wanting it to hold curl better or wanting to control curly hair) is this one here from Oribe and the bottle lasts forever! So if you just want to try it out you can also get this travel size one 
  • I spray this Beach Spray before grabbing a few sections of hair to curl (instructions below) Oribe Beach Spray travel size here. I must say, Oribe makes some great products.
  • If you hate the feeling of anything in your hair but want some softness and control I like this whipped creme mousse . I wouldn’t say it’s a must have but that’s because I don’t mind having lots of hair product in my hair 🙂

– After applying some mousse from root to tip, blow dry your hair with a diffuser and flip your head upside down for a little bit more volume. If your hair tends to get frizzy, use a lower setting.

-Wrap sections of hair around a small curling iron to give it a little bit more curl in the areas that need it.  You can just grab random sections, it doesn’t need to be super uniform. It’s fast and will make a big difference.

Jessa’s hair is amazing! I made her come to her appointment with wet hair so I could style it using the previous steps, from start to finish.
Here’s the makeup I used on her.

Complexion: Temptu s/b Foundation in 004 And did you know you can apply this foundation with a brush? I have been using this one a lot and love it with this formula, and it’s cheap! Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 2.5, theBalm Bronzer

Eyes:  Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer,  MAC Eyeshadows in Copperplate, Bronze, and Embark, Tarte inner rim liner,  Demi Wispies, Hypnose MascaraBrow Wiz in Taupe and Anastasia Brow Pen in light.

Lips: Urban Decay lip liner in Obsessed (blotted and blended to soften the color) MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass in Patience Please. Similar to MAC Myth 



2017-07-14T15:43:24+00:00 February 4th, 2015|Hair, Makeup, Uncategorized|31 Comments

Makeup for Maternity photos

This stunning lady is soon to be a mother of 4 and she wanted to go all out for her maternity photos, which I think is so awesome.before_and_after
Sarahn says she LOVES a bold lip and winged liner, which I think looks great on her. She also mentioned that people often tell her she looks way too young to have 3 little ones, so I gave her a polished look but kept it sassy (you should see the shoes she was rocking!) I can’t wait to see how her photos turn out, they’ll be amazing I’m sure of it.

Complexion: Temptu s/b Foundation in 004Laura Mercier Secret Concealer 2.5, theBalm BronzerTarte Cheek Stain in TipsyShadow from Maskcara cosmetics for nose contour. 

Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow PrimerMAC Eyeshadows  in Vanilla, Wedge and Brun, Nars Eye Paint, Demi WispiesBrow Wiz in Soft Brown first, and MAC Brun shadow applied with an angle brush to intensify arch.

Lips: Urban Decay lip liner in 69, Lip Tar in New Wave

Hair: Kenra hairspraySultra 1 inch


2017-07-14T15:43:24+00:00 January 30th, 2015|Makeup, Uncategorized|0 Comments

NYE With Michelle Money and Laced Hair

I had the pleasure of working along side Michelle Money on New Years Eve glamming up clients for the festive holiday! Michelle was doing hair (along with Laced Hair) and I was doing makeup. She is seriously so much fun!
vivianmakeupartist_michellemoneyIt is so very hard for me to take a serious picture…vivianmakeupartistnbrushHere is a list of the products I used on myself:

Complexion: Lancome Teint Miracle in Bisque 6, Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in #2.5, Bobbi Brown Bronzer in Dark, Stila convertible color Lip and Cheek in Peony, aaaaand I know it looks like I used an illuminator, however I didn’t, I am just naturally glowy (aka I get oily and these pics were taken at the very end of the day. So free illumination for me! 😉 ) Brush in photo is It Cosmetics. 

Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow PrimerMAC Eyeshadows in order starting at lash line up to my brow-Carbon, Saddle, Bamboo, Blanc Type, Lancome Le Stylo eyeliner on top, bottom, and inner rim, Flutterlashes in Cami, Brow Wiz in Taupe.

Lips: Bobbi Brown lipstick in Beige Gold Shimmer, Urban Decay lip liner in Nude, Bite Agave lip mask.

Let me know if you guys have any questions about any of it!vivmakeupdetailsAnd a photo of Courtney, one of my sweet clients from that day

courtneyMeg Leg’s stopped by and it’s always a blast with hervivianmakeupartist_meglegsThe idea for this lovely event came from Lacy from Laced Hair. It was a good time!

vivianmakeupartist_lacedhairPhotos by Emmy Lowe Photo

2017-07-14T15:43:24+00:00 January 26th, 2015|About, Hair, Makeup, Uncategorized|1 Comment

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

Makeup for Senior Photos

When it comes to your makeup for your senior photos I recommend going with makeup that is timeless and staying away from extreme trends. I think fluffy lashes, a pop of color on the cheeks, and a soft lip can look great on just about everyone!vivianmakeupartist_beforeandafterTaylor’s look:

Complexion: Temptu foundation,  (Similar foundation recommendation non-airbrush Lancome in Bisque 4.) The main difference between airbrush foundation and non-airbrush is mostly just the way it’s applied. Think spray painting something vs. painting it with a brush. I think both ways work well! Bronzer is Warm Glow and Blush is Dollymix. Concealer is Laura Mercier Secret concealer #2.5

Eyes: Eyeshadow base, MAC eyeshadow in Wedge,  Lancome Brow Pencil in Sable.  Wispies. 

Lips: Lancome lip liner in Charme, Lipgloss in Patience Please.makeupforseniorphotosvivianA balanced makeup-look like this photographs so nicely!
makeupbyvivianmakeupartistmakeupforseniorphotosseniorportraitmakeupPhotos by Simplicity Photography


2017-07-14T15:43:26+00:00 January 18th, 2015|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

Electric Violet Eyes and Contouring

It’s time! Your everyday, easy-to-use all in one, contour and highlighting foundation is available today! Use Maskcara’s IIID foundation to achieve this look.vivianmakeupartist_highlight_contourShailey has the most feminine and dainty features, so much prettiness.Before_sideTo achieve this look start by applying the contour color (Here I used Stone) of your foundation to your forehead, under your cheekbones, and along the side of your nose using the larger side of the dual-ended brush by Maskcara (I used the brush by It cosmetics because the other brush had not been released yet.)Step1_contourYou can blend with the same brush or with a beauty blender sponge (get it damp before using it.) I used the beauty blender because I was blending the IIID foundation into another foundation to achieve full coverage for Shailey’s family photos. Yes! You can use the IIID foundation alone for sheer to medium coverage or with another foundation for full coverage. Step2_blendWith the smaller end of the brush apply your highlight shade (here I used Sunlit.) This will go down the center of your nose, upper cheekbones, center of forehead and basically anywhere else you feel you need the coverage. Blend blend blend!Step3_highlightThere you go! Everyday contouring, quick and easy. (Sorry about not getting individual photos of the blush and illuminator, which adds the finishing touch to this complexion.  Shailey’s little ones had reached their limit for watching their mama get her makeup done! Understandably! So I quickly finished up. I was impressed they lasted as long as they did!) Blush color is called Pink Grapefruit and illuminator is Pearl.violetshadowThe rest of the details:

Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, Jilted and Slowburn from the Urban Decay Electric Palette,  MAC Retrospeck, Stila Liquid EyelinerAnastasia Dipbrow in Ash Brown applied with angled brush. 

Lips: Urban Decay lip liner in Naked and Native with Bobbi Brown Crystal gloss.before_after_maskcaraSpecial thanks to Whitney with Jessica Janae Photography for the photos!

2017-07-14T15:43:26+00:00 January 12th, 2015|Makeup, Uncategorized|8 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

Freckles are Friends

I think freckles are adorable and people that have them always have added liveliness to their skin. It’s kind of like having permanent blush or a semi-tan! I like to use products with a natural finish to brighten up certain areas of the face on people with freckles, allowing the natural dimension of the freckles to show through. vivianmakeupartistHere’s what I used:

Complexion: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude, Tarte concealer in Light Sand, Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Peach Mosaic to illuminate inner corners of eyes, center of nose, and above lips, Tarte Cheek Stain in Blushing Bride, Maskcara Cosmetics to contour in Stone

Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, MAC Eyeshadows in Bronze and Carbon, Stila Liquid Eyeliner,  Short Flare False Lashes and Lancome brow pencil in Taupe.

Lips: Urban Decay lip liner in Obsessed, Bite Lip Mask in Champagne.

vivianmakeupartist_jessicaJanaePhoto by Jessica Janae Photography

2017-07-14T15:43:26+00:00 December 26th, 2014|Makeup, Uncategorized|0 Comments