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

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

Group Makeup Class: Everyday Makeup

One of my favorite things about my job is being able to teach. As much fun as it is to hear things like “I wish I had you to get me ready every single day!” It’s even MORE fun when people send me selfies after they’ve taken a class from me, and I get to see that they’re using what I’ve taught them. Lots of warm fuzzies in my heart those moments 🙂teaching_vivianmakeupartistI will be offering a group makeup class on May 14th from 5pm-8pm. It will cover the essentials for your everyday makeup routine to look your best!  The cost is $125 and you will receive free makeup product and I’ll be doing 2 full face makeovers. I will show you exactly what products to use and how to use them. Plus there will be yummy appetizers! Have a girls night out or fly solo, either way it will be tons of fun! There will be limited seating.

For more details email 

2017-07-14T15:43:12+00:00 May 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Deciding how to wear your hair

Pinterest can be a wonderful resource for browsing options and getting ideas. However, it can also cause serious decision fatigue (it’s a thing. I read a book about it once!)

I am here to help you narrow down the options so you can make a non-cluttered decision (something I wish I would have done for myself when I was getting married! Ya live and ya learn.)

I have been shown this photo several times and I think it is just stunning (hair by Hair and Makeup by Steph. Model Kat Frazier, Photo by Amber Weimer, Florals by Janae Frazer.)flower_crown_updoI just want to point out a few things in this photo to consider when making your flower crown (or having it made.) The flowers are only on one side of the crown in this. A crown with flowers going all the way around looks beautiful as well, but has a different vibe.

Also the wispy pieces coming down and the amount of volume this hair style has, is part of what balances out this look. Ah so pretty!


The next thing you want to think about is what you may want your hair to look like in the front. These hairstyles are beautiful, but……swoopy_hairDo you notice anything that they all have in common? A trend that I like to call the Jessica Rabbit…..the eye cover.

While that makes for a gorgeous photo (I’ve had a few hair-covering-eye photos taken myself!) Having an alternative look in mind for the front of your hair can be helpful since you’re likely not going to wear your hair covering one of your eyes the entire day.

Unless you’re Kim, somehow she managed…..kim_kardashian_blonde

But like I said, it can look really pretty in photos, so if you love it make sure to mention it to your photographer so they can get some photos with that vibe for you!

Next thing. If you’re considering an updo, to get a realistic idea of what the updo will look like as a whole, look for photos that also show the front and side, rather than just the back. It can be hard to do, so if you’re not able to then that’s ok!

But here’s an example of why:

Over the last few years I’ve had several clients show me this photo julianne_updoThey liked her hair and we all assumed that she probably had some kind of elaborate, super full, amazing chignon updo of sorts happening in the back. Finally, I wanted to solve the puzzle so I hunted down a photo of the other side! julianne_otherside(Hi Taylor, cute curls! 🙂 )  The other side of Juliane’s hair is actually suuuuper simple! Like, there isn’t really another side! Like all her hair is swooped over to the left to create it’s amazing-ness and also to probably keep a sleek and simple look.


Moving on. The messy/textured updo phenomenon! hair_messy_blonde_updoThis look can be great because it allows for a lot more freedom (no need to panic if the wind blows or if you get a fly away!)

Some things to notice with this hairstyle—-A LOT of the photos shown online of this look are going to have highlights in their hair (I am mentioning this because all of the photos ever shown to me by someone wanting this kind of hairstyle, have highlights.)

textured_updosjessica_alba_hair_messy_updoBut what if you have no highlights? And instead you have silky, satiny, not-naturally-textured hair? No worries! You can definitely still have this kind of a hairstyle! Just know that it may look a little bit more smooth.

Also if you have dark silky hair, here’s a great way to add a little texture if you don’t want to highlight your hair (this is also great even if you do have highlights!)

Add some dainty details!

updo_dark_hair_flowersOr instead of a veil something like this
bridal_headpiece(head piece is from Australia and can be found here.)hairstyle_vivianmakeupartist(That hairstyle was actually done by me. Photo of Michelle by Brooke Schultz.)

I just threw a whole lot of info at you! So now what?!

Consider these things:

How do I feel the prettiest? (down, up, half-up?)

What will look best with my dress?

Am I going to wear a veil? If so glance at photos of the type of hairstyle you’re considering and how it will look with a veil. A veil can really change the look of things!

Bonus tips:

When you’re getting ready, if it feels too fancy or like it’s too much, picture yourself in your wedding dress (or put it on if you can) then reassess. Sometimes hairstyles can feel a little too glam if you’re getting ready in an old baggy t-shirt.

On that note. When going to your appointment or just doing your own hair, don’t forget to wear something with a very wide neckline or a button up, so the beautifulness doesn’t get destroyed when it’s time to change your clothes! How about we end with a few photos of my pretty clients? 🙂bridal_updo_vintage_hair_vivianmakeupartist_webPhoto by Kailey Rae Photography

updo_vivianmakeupartist_heapsPhoto of Caroline by Roslyn Photographysleek_updo_vivianmakeupartistPhoto by Zuzanna Audette


2017-07-14T15:43:12+00:00 April 16th, 2015|Hair, Uncategorized|3 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

IIID Foundation Intro

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

-Don’t want a million layers of makeup on your skin


vivianmakeupartist_maskcaracosmetics_webWhat I used:

Complexion: IIID Foundation in Sunlit highlight, Stone contour, Ruby blush, and a little Shadow to contour my nose.

Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, MAC Eyeshadows in Burnt Sand and Brun, Tarte Inner Rim LinerHypnose Mascara, Lashes from House of Lashes in Siren, and Mac Brun for my brows.

Lips: Ruby (same as blush) and OCC Sebastian lip liner.

Photos by Keala Jarvis

Who has tried this foundation? What do you think?

*coming soon IIID Foundation Help

2017-07-14T15:43:14+00:00 April 6th, 2015|Makeup, Uncategorized|14 Comments

So, how did you get into doing makeup?

A little bit about me. Growing up I always cared a lot about getting perfect grades so I could get a scholarship to a really good college. The turmoil started my senior year of high school when I knew in my heart that I wanted to move to Los Angeles to attend makeup school, instead of continuing my college education. The rational thing (plus the opinion of pretty much every adult around me) told me I should go to college because that’s the stable and wise thing to do. Considering my less-than-ideal family situation, I craved stability in my life, so looking back I’m surprised I didn’t take the stable route.

But it’s interesting how life’s challenges and hardships, can be what motivates and drives us.

10866216_10152627567133460_6507359322954562972_oSo at 17 (I was young for my grade) I graduated high school and had completed a couple of semesters of college, so I moved to Los Angeles to go to makeup design school. I was SO excited to conquer the world and I SO did not know what I was doing. But I was excited! graduation_vivian_web(on graduation day)

Keep in mind this was BEFORE the days of youtube, and blogs….I hadn’t even met a real makeup artist before. It was considerably less common, at least in my universe. At the time there weren’t a lot of options when it came to learning how to do makeup, you couldn’t really just google something.

So there I was. A determined teen in Los Angeles.

I even slept in my car and showered at the 24 hr Fitness I had a membership to for a little while when I was in between places to live. (I DO NOT RECOMMEND doing this! It is dangerous and scary and really UNCOMFORTABLE! 😯

I loved living in the city and Makeup Designory was awesome. Eventually the nagging question of “well, should I go to college?” got to me and I moved to go to BYU. I love learning so I did that college thing for a while and then put my full force into my makeup biz.

Here’s what I’ve learned over the last 14 years of chasing my dream:

-Be kind and loving. People, will be the reason you get jobs.

-Try to keep your word. And be dependable, even when it’s inconvenient.

-This industry has a strangely high overhead. Doing makeup just for kicks vs. running a business doing makeup, are very very different.

-Every minute spent in planning saves 10 minutes in execution. (Every time I remember this, I am grateful!)

It’s been a fun journey and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!



2017-07-14T15:43:14+00:00 April 2nd, 2015|About, Makeup, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Makeup for Kristin

So I was in Walmart the other day and got a little sidetracked….. I heard that an article that I wrote for Train Magazine was out (the one with Thor on the cover.)train_thorI talked about how to make your makeup sweat proof. You should check it out. But after seeing all the fun photos of makeup in the article, I was curious about what kinds of treasures Walmart possibly had.

So I wandered to the makeup aisle and found THE cutest lipstick and it was only $6.98flower_lipstickIt’s by Flower Beauty and the color is called LS11-Morning Glory.

Kristin’s birthday was coming up and she wanted to do an extra special photoshoot for it so she hired me to get her ready. So I used that lipstick for her first look.
flower_lipstick_makeup_webI wanted you guys to be able to see what it looks like by itself 🙂 I love it. It’s kind of a cream finish that blots down to a more matte finish.

Here’s Kristin’s before and after, I added a little gloss to vamp it up. before_and_after_kristin_webIsn’t she already beautiful in the before photo?! She gave me free reign on her makeup look and said she just wanted big messy hair so for that I used my fav’s:

Hair: Oribe Beach SprayOribe Dry, and the Sultra 1 inch

Complexion: Lancome Teint MiracleContour by Maskcara in Stone, Temptu Matte Bronzer, Lancome Effacernes Concealer

Eyes: Urban Decay Eyes Shadow Primer, MAC Eyeshadow  in Saddle and Brun. I also used Brun in her brows using the Anastasia angled brow brush and set them with Brow Gel.makeup_glamourbeachy_messy_wavesPhotos of Kristin taken by Emmy Lowe Photo

2017-07-14T15:43:15+00:00 March 29th, 2015|Hair, Makeup, Uncategorized|8 Comments