Makeup for Teens part 2


This is part two of the follow-up post I did after my segment on Studio 5.  I talked about makeup for teens and how to transition them into makeup plus a few other tips.

Here are the basics:

•Keep a full, but groomed brow. Most teens will be tempted to start tweezing them, then all of a sudden only a fraction of their brows survive. (I’m totally guilty of this. I plucked and plucked until there was hardly anything left. And what remained resembled little apostrophe’s, or tadpoles, on my face. 😕 Whoops!)

•Take good care your skin. After years of using aggressive cleansers ,I switched to Cerave after my dermatologist told me I was making my skin angry with everything I was using. Sorry skin, my bad! And honestly, for problematic, acne-prone skin, there are plenty of things that probably work, but I say just go to a dermatologist. They know best.

•Parents, when you feel comfortable with your teen wearing makeup, start with letting them wear mascara and lip balm. Then as needed, implement concealer, foundation, bronzer and a little for their brows. Then eyeshadow and eyeliner. These are just guidelines so use your best judgement.

Aren’t these girls just stunning? ↓


Getting the correct foundation is key. For dryer skin types, I like Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. For normal or combination skin, I like  Lancome Teint Miracle.  For oily skin, I like Bare Minerals Ready. These will all provide a lighter more natural coverage.

In my opinion,  before and after photos are useful to give a better idea of where things go and what they look like ↓


The products I used:

Complexion: Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette in Streak for bronzer, blush, and highlighter  and Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer.  For foundation, reference the previous recommendations in this post.

Eyes: Sephora Collection Retractable Brow Pencil,   L’Oreal Infallible Gel liner in Espresso It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Eye Shadow Trio, and L’Oreal Voluminous mascara .

Lips:  Nyx Butter gloss in Creme Brulee (brunette and blonde) and Apple Strudel (red head) and  Urban Decay Lip Liner in Naked 2.

I know you’ve already seen this photo ↓ but look at them! They’re just so pretty!

Makeup_for_teensPhotos by Jessica Janae Photography . Special thanks to Whitney!


2017-07-14T15:43:36+00:00 September 2nd, 2014|Favorite Products, Makeup, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Simply Sadie Jane’s Makeup

I’ve done makeup on Sadie (a lifestyle blogger) a few times and we always have fun together.  She told me that when she posted a photo after I did her makeup, she got tons of compliments and questions asking about the makeup. Of course that always makes me feel good 😀 . We decided it would be helpful to post some details about it.

Before photo ↓


After photo ↓


Before and after photos taken by Ty French 

Here is a list of the products I used on her:

Complexion: Temptu s/b Foundation, Cinema Secrets to contour in #1, Laura Mercier Secret Concealer,Bobbi Brown Bronzer in dark, Tarte Cheek Stain in Blushing Bride.

Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Stila Liquid Eyeliner, Tarte Inner Rim Liner, Pixie Luxe House of Lashes  Anastasia Brow Pen and Anastasia Brow Set.

Lips: Chanel lip liner in Spice, Chanel gloss in Seashell.

I love this photo of her taken by Travis J Photography


I hope this is useful! Come back and visit for ongoing tips and tricks.

2017-07-14T15:43:36+00:00 August 31st, 2014|Makeup, Recent Makeup Jobs, 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

Bohemian Bridals

I am in love with these photos and I’m in love with her freckles and I’m in love with the 1950’s lace wedding dress she’s wearing.  These bohemian bridal photos are some of the prettiest I’ve ever seen! Ecstatic that I got to do Morgan’s makeup and hair for them.


Bohemian-Bridal-18Bohemian-Bridal-52Bohemian-Bridal-65Towards the end of the shoot we took Morgan’s hair down and put on a bolder lip color, just for fun


I know, these photos by Keala Jarvis are killer.

The dress is from Maeberry Vintage 

The flowers by Debbie Achter


2017-07-14T15:43:37+00:00 August 9th, 2014|Hair, Makeup, Recent Makeup Jobs, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Makeup For Teens

Makeup_for_teensI’ve been thinking so much about my teenage makeup years lately that I can almost smell the vanilla swirl lip gloss as we speak. (Side note, who remembers the Bonne Bell Cappuccino lip gloss that kind of smelled like chocolate?! That was one of my staples.)

Ahhhh the joy of  venturing onto makeup island, where most of us will be spending the rest of our lives. I’m hoping that some of my suggestions (learned from lots of trial and error,) can clear the path a little bit and make the journey to makeup-land a more enjoyable one for teens. And parents too!

Let’s start here ↓ with our what NOT to do and what to do. Products I used in the photo on the right below.

Complexion Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer here, Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette in Streak for bronzer, blush and highlight here and Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer here

Eyes Sephora Collection Retractable Brow Pencil here It Cosmetics Eye Shadow Trio in Pretty Amber here (I used this on all three girls in the first photo. Great universal colors!) L’Oreal Infallible Gel liner in Espresso here  (Also used this on all three girls.)  L’Oreal Voluminous mascara here

Lips Nyx Butter gloss in Apple Strudel here

Stay tuned! There’s more to come.

Photos by Jessica Janae Photography 

(Special thanks to Whitney)

2017-07-14T15:43:38+00:00 July 31st, 2014|Makeup, Uncategorized|4 Comments

A Wedding Worth Dancing At

Wedding season is in full swing; and I recently had the pleasure of glamming up one of the most coordinated and lovely bridal parties. Bride Jessica and her sister Allison Holker are not only stunning, but also talented.  Jessica is a yoga and pilates instructor, and Allison is an incredible dancer and actress. Allison is married to Stephen “Twitch” Boss from The Ellen Show and So You Think You Can Dance. Needless to say, this family is one brilliant bunch!

Jessica’s maid of honor, Ashley, is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. The first time I met Ashley, she was working for MAC and I remember thinking, “People really look like that in real life?” She honestly looks like a brunette Jessica Rabbit! And she was a great maid of honor. She even coordinated Jessica’s makeup appointments and everything!

Here’s the lovely bride, Jessica ↓
Jessica SmallHere is Allison ↓ P.S. The lashes I used on her are a favorite of mine and you can get them here

Allison Smiling SmallAnd Ashley ↓

AshleysmallAlso, Twitch and Allison’s daughter was adorable. She hovered around for a bit while I did makeup. And I must mention that I was also very impressed with Twitch’s ability to think of the perfect recessional song for the couple within seconds of being asked if he had any ideas. He’s a handy one to have around! Ellen sure thinks so, clearly ↓ (and I’m pretty sure that’s Allison dancing too)  

Here is the darling family ↓


I also got to do makeup for Jessica’s sister Becky, the other gorgeous blonde in this photo. ↓ (I didn’t get an individual shot of her but she looked so pretty!)


I had a great time working with these lovely ladies! Photos by Photography by Mckenzie

2017-07-14T15:43:38+00:00 July 23rd, 2014|Makeup, Uncategorized|0 Comments