Whitney Fox Makeup For Family Photos

vivianmakeupartistmakeup_vivianmakeupartistIs she adorable or what?! I got Whitney ready for her family photos that were taken by her brother Ty French. Here are the details.

Complexion: Laura Mercier Contour Palette, Temptu Airbrush Kit, High Beam to illuminate, Tarte Cheek Stain in Fearless, Cle de Peau Concealer

Eyes:Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow PrimerMAC Eyeshadows in Ricepaper and Bronze, Nars Eye Paint in Black Valley, Lancome Khol eyeliner in Blanc, Hypnose Mascara,  Lancome Brow Pencil  in Taupe.

Lips: Urban Decay lip liner in Streak, Lancome O So Coral gloss

family_photo_makeupHer cute lil family! <3 Photos by Ty French

2017-07-14T15:43:06+00:00 September 8th, 2015|Favorite Products, Makeup, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized|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

Warm Smokey Eye on Zoe

Eyeshadows are so much fun! I often use individual Mac shadows or I’ll choose my favorite shades from several different palettes from several brands (Urban Decay and Chanel are some current staples of mine.) I was wanting to find a time-saving palette that has some basic colors that I use all the time so I tried out the Charlotte Tilbury’s The Sophisticate palette. warm_smokey_eyeThe brushes I used:

MAC Eye Shading 239

MAC Blending Brush 217

MAC Mini Shader Brush 228


Photos of Zoe taken by Tyson French

The rest of the details on this look, coming soon!

2017-07-14T15:43:14+00:00 April 14th, 2015|Makeup, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Favorite Foundation and Primer

Foundation is the foundation of your makeup, it is muy importante. Your skin needs to be the proper shade (this includes the skin on your neck also if needs be,) and it needs to have the proper dimension which I go over in more detail in my foundation post here.  In this post I’m going over products and what to look for in a great foundation and primer.

What to avoid looking like ↓ (remember this photo from my tips for teens?)makeup_before_after

When shopping for foundation here are some tips:

  1. Ask for samples. Most brands in major department stores will sample liquid foundation. 
  2. Check your neck. If you look like you have a floating head consider using a lighter shade just along the jawline to make the color more uniform with your neck. You can also use a bronzer on your neck to even it out. Bobbi Brown makes great bronzers and for most things I prefer a matte bronzer.  A great universal bronzer for light to medium (even if you’re fairly tan this color will still work) skin tones is the shade Natural from Bobbi Brown. For very red based skin tones I like Dark (this can also double as a blush.)  And for a darker bronzer I like Elvis Duran. *I like to check the company website for any deals or promotions they might be having, otherwise I tend to order online from departments stores, Amazon prime, Ulta or Sephora.*  And for a bronzer that can double as a contour color I like theBalm in Bahama Mama.

Now for the products. You guys this was so hard  because sometimes there’s more than one product that I like. In my efforts to not over-complicate things I chose two foundations to recommend. For normal to dry skin I do really like YSL Touche Eclat . What you want from a foundation if you are dry is a one that will be hydrating with a dewy finish that will last on your skin. Sometimes, these kinds of foundations look incredibly flawless and natural at first but after several hours you may get a little bit shiny on the t-zone. No big deal, just at that point touch up with a little powder. For all skin types I love Laura Mercier’s invisible pressed powder.  *last time I ordered a bunch of stuff through the Laura Mercier website they sent that powder as a sample, and I’m hooked!*  It won’t add much coverage, it will just mattify.

For normal to oily skin the most universal foundation I’ve found is Lancome’s Teint Idole 24h. If you have more of a normal skin type and want a more sheer application apply a liberal amount of moisturizer to your skin just before applying the foundation. If you’re oily or want more coverage, you’ll want to wait for your moisturizer to absorb a little bit before applying.

If you have the kind of skin that nothing wants to stick to and even the ‘long wear’ formulas of foundations wear off (like the crazy durable Double Wear from Estee Lauder,) then the Becca Ever Matte Primer will be your best friend. This stuff is like, industrial strength so you can’t get lazy with it (if you miss a spot on your face you can tell because the foundation won’t grip as well to the area.) To ensure that you can get it blended properly before it sets I recommend applying the Becca Ever Matte Primer in sections, like this ↓ foundation_quadrantsI know that picture looks kind of crazy but hopefully it helps:-)

I am currently testing out different kinds of foundation primer for dryer skin, I will keep you posted! So far I am liking Lancome’s Hydra Glow and it smells divine.

What’s your favorite foundation? I’d love to know!


2017-07-14T15:43:31+00:00 October 16th, 2014|Favorite Products, Makeup, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized|4 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

Eyelash Tricks

I admit it, I have an eyelash obsession.  Like to the point that when I was thirteen or fourteen I would split up the individual flares from Ardell into even littler sections of one or two lashes and apply them every day before school (kind of like now days version of eyelash extensions, but with temporary glue.) Obviously, that was a little crazy of me, so it’s a good thing I became a makeup artist! At least I can kind of justify the hours spent on that!

After years of doing eyelash extensions and having them myself, I had to part ways with those wonderful little things and start wearing strip eyelashes.

Thank goodness for strip lashes, they make a huge difference on me! The only problem is with my eye shape, most styles of lashes make me feel like the inner corners of my eyes are being tortured.  So I came up with a solution (well, maybe someone else has thought of this too but they didn’t share the wealth with me!)

eyelash_tricksIf you position the strip out a little bit further than normal it won’t feel like it’s poking you (if this doesn’t happen to you, then yay!) And then you can add a few flare lashes to the inner or outer corners to give a comfortable and tapered look.

The strip lashes are from House of Lashes and the style is Siren. For the inner flare’s I used these adorable mini’s. I frequently use shorts as well for this, especially if you’re using a longer length strip lash.

For the rest of the products used for this look reference my previous post.

I hope this is useful!


2017-07-14T15:43:33+00:00 October 2nd, 2014|Lashes, Makeup, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Soft eyes and bold lips

berry_red_lip_webI love this look so much! Soft eyes and luscious lovely lips.

Complexion: Lancome Teint Miracle foundation, Laura Mercier concealer #2, Shading cream contour, Bobbi Brown bronzer in Elvis Duran, Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush

Eyes: Urban Decay shadow base , MAC eyeshadow in Wedge and Vanilla, Stila liquid eyeliner, Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes mascara , Tarte nude eyeliner, Lashes Siren from House of Lashes and Ardell mini’s.

Lips: Urban Decay lip liner in Venom , Lancome lipstick Rouge in Love #181, Bobbi Brown Crystal gloss

Hair: I worked a nickle size amount of Kerastase Nectar Thermique through all of her hair (I got this as a gift from a client and I love it.) Then I curled her hair with my GHD straightener spraying each section with Oribe Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray.  *I know some of these products are kind of pricey so for less expensive options try Biosilk and Beyond the Zone Thermal Protect Spray.

She’s beautiful in the before ↓ and in the after! Just more colorful 😀before_after_red_webXoxo



2017-07-14T15:43:33+00:00 October 1st, 2014|Hair, Lashes, Makeup, Tips & Tricks|0 Comments


foundation_brushI was standing in line at H&M and saw this foundation brush and thought “Wow, that looks a lot like my $30 Shiseido brush. Wonder if it’s any good.” So I got it. It’s a great option if you’re on a budget and it get’s the job done. It’s a little bigger than the Shiseido brush so product goes on more sheer. I do find myself reaching for my Shisedo brush when I need a more precise application, but for most things the H&M BB cream brush does the job. It says BB cream, but you can use it to apply powders and liquids too.

Another brush I am obsessed with is this It Cosmetics Brush.  I use it every time I do someones makeup. The little end is used to conceal and highlight. Sometimes I’ll do detailed contour or bronzing with it. And I use the larger side to apply foundation and to blend. I love this brush so much I’m going to buy another one for my personal kit!

One of the questions I get asked the most from people is what kind of foundation should they use and what’s the difference between airbrush foundation and normal foundation. I’ll get more into detail with each one but the one thing that matters most for all foundation is that you’re in the correct color and that your face has dimension. Dimension meaning there are areas with more depth (aka darker or contoured) and areas that are lighter (aka highlighted.) I think they all can look good and there’s a time and place for each of them!

The products I consistently used in all three looks:

Eyes: Urban Decay eyeshadow base, MAC eyeshadows in Vanilla and Bronze, and Chanel liquid liner.

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow in Blonde.

Below is a fast everyday look ↓

Maskcara_webFor this everyday look ↑ I used IIID Foundation by Maskcara in Dark. I used Shortcake by Maskcara for her blush and lips but it was such a hit that it’s sold out. However I often use Princess Peach for a more neutral look and I use Jem and just apply less and it comes out pink! These products are fast to apply and have a very natural finish.

Below is a little bit more glam ↓ We’ll call this the “I want to look a little cuter than normal” look. This look will take just a few more minutes to do.Normal_foundation_webI used two shades of Lancome’s liquid foundation to achieve this look. Apply the darker shade to where it looks darker and the lighter shade where her face looks lighter. This is a matte finish long wearing foundation that has medium to full coverage. To figure out what foundation colors to get when using this method I recommend finding your exact shade, the shade you would use if you were going to apply it all over your face, and then go two shades lighter than that shade for your highlight and two shades darker for your contour. Her blush is Tarte Blushing Bride and her lips Urban Decay Naked 2 liner and Buxom gloss in Yes You.

Now this look ↓ is your Va-Va-Voooom extra special makeup look. Airbrush_webNow everything with this look is the same as the previous look except I added Tarte eyeliner in Onyx to the bottom lash line and I used Temptu S/B Airbrush foundation with Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick underneath to highlight and conceal first.  I would say this airbrush system (you have to have a compressor, airbrush, and the individual foundation colors) is for the makeup obsessed or for the professional with a lot of clients requesting airbrush makeup. I do love it, but it is an investment.

Here is a side by side comparison. Holy moly it’s hard to keep the lighting consistent, but I sure tried!foundation_compare_web In conclusion, I think they all look good and you can pick which method works best for you!

I hope this is useful!

Photos by Jordan Carli Photography

2017-07-14T15:43:33+00:00 September 30th, 2014|Makeup, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized|4 Comments

How to do a Retro Bob

And What about Bob?! A retro bob! (I had to throw that in here somewhere 😉 I love that movie!) The Retro Bob. It’s timeless AND a spectacular way to test the waters if you’re contemplating cutting your hair. It’s also an excellent option if your hair seems to lose curl easily or if you can’t decide between a down style or an up-do. It’s kind of both!retro_bobSo I did this little step by step for you…in like, January 😯 But at least I can tell you that this curling iron has held up nicely! I still use it all the time and I got mine from Amazon. What in the world did I do before Amazon.com? I don’t get everything from there, but a lot of things cause it’s just so convenient.

Now, How to do a Retro Bob:how_to_do_a_retro_bobI used Meta Grip bobby pins , and this hair pik (it’s only .99 cents and I use it all the time) and then I set the style with a favorite of mine Kenra 25 hairspray 

Then TA-DA! You have a bob ↓

Retro_HairThank you for the photos Jess! www.jessicajanaephotography.com


2017-07-14T15:43:34+00:00 September 17th, 2014|Hair, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Makeup on Kids

I know, makeup on kids seems ridiculous since they are pretty much perfect naturally. That’s why when my client Emma showed up to have hair and makeup done for her 13 year old photos I looked at her and thought “She doesn’t need any makeup, she looks perfect.” This is about what she looked like when I was looking at her in person ↓ OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Because I knew her photos were being taken with a digital camera (meaning not shot with film you develop) I knew that details the human eye wouldn’t notice might stand out and possibly some of the good details I was noticing wouldn’t really show up very much. So I thought I’d take a before and after photo just to see if I was right. She is still so so pretty, but in the before photo she just didn’t have quite as much liveliness and color as she had when I was looking at her in person.  Here is her before photo ↓OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Makeup on kids can be easy and here are a couple of things that you can do in about 5 minutes that will make a big difference on your littles in their photos:

♥Add blush. Something that would be close the color they’d actually be if they were blushing, typically a pinky tone.

♥Add mascara. If they’re really young or have a fair complexion use brown instead of black. For tips on putting mascara on someone else, watch this video

♥Asses the eyebrows. Often, they don’t even need to be touched. But if they’re really light or need to look a little bit more dense, you can add a tiny bit of color to them to bring them out. And I do mean a tiny bit. You don’t want to make your youngin look like Bert from Sesame Street 😕 (a ‘How to’ brow video is coming soon!)

Here’s a photo side by side ↓ Remember you only need a little bit of makeup.

makeup_for_kidsFor those of you who’d like to know what I used on gorgeous Emma to get her ready, here’s a list. *Keep in mind, I’m a professional makeup artist so use more expensive products, which is not exactly necessary if you’re just using them every once in a while for your little one. If you want to have some good stuff to use on yourself AND your little, then I’d say it’s worth the investment. Products Used:

Complexion: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Bisque,
Lancome Effacernes concealer in Light Bisque,
Benefit Posietint stain on cheeks and lips
Lancome Brow Groomer in Brunet
Loreal Voluminous Mascara
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray
1/2 inch Gold ‘n Hot curling iron (I wrapped her hair around the iron mimicking her natural curl pattern in areas where her hair was straighter)
And here is one of the photos taken by the pro, Angie Monson of Simplicity Photography ↓simplicityphotography


2017-07-14T15:43:37+00:00 August 15th, 2014|Hair, Makeup, Recent Makeup Jobs, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized|0 Comments