OH OH OH LAND // BLUE ISN’T THE ONLY WARM COLOR
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How is it that someone can contain so much beauty? Her voice, face, charm, kindness…it’s all beautiful with this one. I wanted to keep Oh Land’s freckles in tact and have everything else be just as fresh and natural with a bit of a copper smoke and inner eye highlight. Michael Hauptman shot this story for ASOS magazine ( Who I LOVE working with as often as possible!) and is out now!
1- Murad oil free sunscreen since we were outdoors all day, I wanted to protect her beautiful skin from our amazing California sun.
2- RMS beauty living luminizer is always my go to for a beautiful natural glow on the cheek bones.
3- Dolce & Gabbana smoky eye quad is one of my favorites. It has the right mix of matte and shimmer options to give you whatever depth of smoke you’d prefer.
4- NARS Soft Touch pencil in Goddess is also one of my staples for an inner eye and even above the lip highlight. I love the pointed tip for precision as well as this color. It’s just enough pink tone gives life without looking too “frosty”.
5- OCC matte Lip Tar in Hush was gently applied on her lips for a tiny bit of natural pinky peach color.
6- Chanel eyebrow pencil in 20 was used to sculpt out the perfect eyebrow, then brushed with the other end to soften the edges for a more natural look. I LOVE this pencil, and use it on myself every day (but in 30 for a bit darker of a brow).
NEW WAVE PT 2 // DEBBIE HARRY EDITION
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Debbie Harry…Debbie Harry…ohhh Debbie. She puts the “E” in Blondie. What a babe. Her style, her attitude, her body, her face! Rumor has it, she was a makeup artist before she became a head of the new wave genre. She was born to be a rock star. She continues to maintain her authentic attitude and unique quality. I love how she would completely black out her eyes and keep the rest of her face contoured to perfection. On Ariel I emulated this look. Debbie as an inspiration and Ariel as my muse.
On Ariel I used:
1- Tarte Smolder Eyeliner in Fig to create the overall smudgy plum eye, covering her entire eyelid top to bottom and pointing out the edges of the inner and outer corners.
2- Ck One duel eyeliner was applied to give more definition. The white side was used in the inner waterline to open her eye and the black was used on top of the purple along the lash line to give more depth, then smudged with a soft but pointed tip brush.
3- 100% Pure bronzer cocoa pigmented color was used along the cheek bones down to the corners of the mouth in a diagonal line starting from the temples going downward.
4- Tom Ford lipgloss in Rose Crush was gently applied to give some nude shine and definition to the lips.
TOUCH UPS // MODEL ARIEL BEESLEY
You know those days when the beginning of something is rushed, possibly cut short due to the many issues that Google Maps has and the far away adventures it’ll take you on, unrequested. Sometimes those days end up being the most magical, because you are forced into survival mode and not into overly thought out mode. I’ve created some of my best work that way. Ariel’s gps took her over an hour out of the way and yet she still came, was so amazing on camera and so grateful to be a part of this fun project. Instantly I knew I wanted to be friends with this beauty. She looked at my ukulele and her face began to glow. As I was doing her makeup we sang along to The Smiths and I watched Ariel transform into the characters I was creating so effortlessly. Ariel is a true muse with an identity all her own. I can’t wait to do another series of PLAY DAZE with her!
NEW WAVE // SUNRISE WASH
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I have this little thing called Insomnia. It’s really fun, and by fun I mean I am wide awake at the ass crack of dawn, craving pancakes. The true beauty of that is, at least, I get to see the sunrise almost every morning. I took this photo the other day while hardly making any progress on my walk. The sky transformed into brilliant colors and cloud shapes only Alice could dream up after taking bites of her magical cookies. Needless to say my mind went straight into paint/makeup world. I knew I was shooting a PLAY DAZE editorial later that day and instantly was inspired for what color pallet I would use. Thank you mother nature for being insane. My original inspiration I had thought of days prior came from a new wave documentary I had watched while being stuck in bed for a week. I think the two pairings go so well together. New Wave…Meet my sunrise wash of color.
Arielle has on:
1- MAC Strobe Cream was applied to Arielle’s face to give it a slightly lighter and more reflective tone
2- Magenta shadow from MAKEUP FOREVER was applied to the outer lid, creating an oval around her eye socket, leaving the center bare. I used a fluffy round tip brush that still had some firmness to it to get the harder edges
3- Using a neon orange pigment, also from MAKEUP FOREVER, I filled in the center that was left bare on the prior step
4- Lastly, a baby pink lipgloss from Votre Vu was used to give a light tone on the mouth, without overbearing since the eyes are such a statement
THE REVIEW // ORLANE // GOLD ON GOLD ON GOLD EYE LIDS
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Alright, yes this product is expensive and yes this product has real 24 carat Pure Gold Extract, which prevents sagging of the skin. It may be a bit over the top, but I can promise you this…I noticed an immediate difference in my under eye skin texture. It was fresh, smooth, less puffy, and had a beautiful highlight. Try not to get all J-Lo with this product though. If you put it all over, you may look like a golden glitter face and people may look at you like you’re a weirdo ( unless you’re into that, then by all means “get weird”).
Keep in mind, topical creams generally do not “fix” issues but help reduce the appearance, and even buy you more time that damage and aging will inevitably take. With that in said, I am all about this cream. I think if you are going to invest in a product for the face, a good eye cream should be at the top. Your eyes are the first thing people generally look at, so why not keep the skin around those soul windows shiny and fresh?
Some things I love about this ( in addition to the 24k gold extract all up on my face ) :
• Dramatically lightens and refreshes.
• Soothing and anti-inflammatory.
• Anti-free radical protection.
• Visibly firming, toning.
• Cooling, comforting.
• Hydrating, softening.
• Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
• Reduces dark circles.
• Long lasting anti-aging benefits.
• Royale Gelee
I recently did an interview for the beautiful natural beauty blog of the magazine Goddess Huntress. I am a new fan of Monique Reavis and her “100% no bullshit attitude”. Thank you so much Monique for allowing me to be a part of your interview series, I am beyond honored and excited to speak about natural products and be part of the information pool to others to learn from!
To see the full Goddess Huntress site go here : <3
You may already be familiar with makeup artist Gloria Noto’s work and not even know it. Her talent has graced the faces of Shailene Woodley, Lykke Li, Milla Jovovich, Sasha Grey, and Christina Hendricks, to name a few. Gloria has also worked on advertising campaigns with BCBG, Herve Leger, Stussy, and Nasty Gal.
Gloria (who is quite the stunner if you ask me) leads a very holistic life and exercises that holistic muscle in her work. She is an avid lover of balance utilizing clean cosmetics and skincare on set and on the red carpet…and she makes a mean lip tint from beets..a must see video. So, yes, I fell in love.
I interviewed Gloria during the holidays and fell even more in love with her work. Without further ado…
GH/ You come from a creative family, very tactile creative parents, an interior designer and ironsmith. How did you develop your love for makeup artistry?
GN/ I am not completely sure how it all started, but I do remember my mother and my older sister who I basically Idolized always getting ready to the tops. My sister is 16 years older than I am so in the 90′s she was the epitome of cool. I would go shopping with her, and watch her put her makeup on and she would always play dress up on me. I was always interested in beauty, weather it be fashion, art, nature. I was always observant of features on people and the structure of things, ever since I can remember.
GN/ I remember when I was beginning elementary school, the discovery of punk and alternative music. That shifted everything for me. I grew up listening to a lot of classical and jazz, which I loved..but when I discovered harder music and the lifestyle that came along with my world changed. I got a guitar and started to make my own clothing and think about what I could use with random objects, or how to see an object differently. The fashion part all started with my first job at a Thrift Store called Rescued Treasures in Detroit when I was 15. Plaid pants and vintage tee’s, records, bowling shoes, and very old books were my life.
GN/ To be honest high pigments aren’t as big of a concern in my work. For me it’s more about texture, opacity, and the ability to be flexible and manipulate. I like products that can be layered to mimic skin but enhance or create incredible depth. I love RMS living Illuminizer, which is a raw organic coconut base glow that I use almost every time. I love creams of all sorts and I love the Makeup Forever great palette with 12 or so colors in them…this way I can create almost any color needed or change a color I already have.
GN/ Beets have been used for color purposes for centuries and centuries. The depth that can be achieved and the longevity of the stain is pretty amazing. If you are using the juice straight from the beet, you can control the depth by adding layer after layer, each obviously getting more intense. Beets also come in a few different colors, heirloom beets can be baby pink and even yellow!
GH/ Aside from being a makeup artist, you are also the Editor In Chief of The Work Magazine, a fashion and art publication, and you recently launched Set Daze, showcasing exclusive makeup editorials…both of which are gorgeously curated. With such a wonderfully full schedule, what is your healthy daily go-to that provides you with beauty sustenance and focus?
GN/ This area of my life may be of most importance. I am very active. I try to go on some sort of adventure, be it locally or not as often as possible. I also get to the gym 4-7 days a week, depending on how I am feeling and how or where work is. I try to eat as clean as possible, meaning whole foods. Now, this doesn’t mean I don’t over eat, haha because I do eat quite a bit. But It’s foods that are good for me, so I have less guilt and I feel good. I take adrenal supplements to aid in stress and all around good vibes and I eat a lot of protein and chocolate to keep me going. I often try to take a small cooler with food to keep me on track, but it can be difficult with catering on jobs. That is my downfall. I also try to drink a green veggie juice as often as possible, and LOTS of green tea. Phew..I could keep going.
GN/ Beauty is such a subjective concept. I have so many views on what beauty is to me. It can’t be one thing. I often find so much beauty in decay, the end of something, in pain, and in darkness..I am a hopeless romantic, truly. BUT I also find beauty in the obvious, in nature, and in the universe. It’s all one in the same to me.
Now what make me feel beautiful? Self confidence, self love, taking care of myself and nurturing myself from the gifts that the earth has provided, dancing with myself and my eyes closed, though that has brought on a few black eyes and a busted nose, and being around people who I am inspired by and love, people who understand me and I them…after all…we all want to be understood.
THE HANNAH WHO FELL TO EARTH // PART 2
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THE CLASSICS // SIMPLE, EASY, AND ALWAYS SO GOOD
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Mitzi Martin has been modeling for 25 years. Her iconic face has given brands and magazines a classic and hypnotizing identity. Mitizi is still in the game as the subject of makeup artist Francesca Tolot and photographer Alberto Tolot’s new book; “One Woman 100 Faces” serving as a document to Martin’s career and accomplishments.
I wanted to give Mitzi a classic look that can work for anyone with a few simple steps. The Classic red lip, only mascara on the eye, and tailored brows and cheekbones. This is such an easy look to achieve. Choosing the correct red can be a bit more difficult, depending on your skin tone and how white your teeth are! But play around with more orange red tones, I feel those work so well with most. Don’t be frightened of red, they go with all tones, all ages, and all times of day ( or night ) !
On Mitzi I used:
1- Russian Red was actually the very first red lipstick I bought when I decided I wanted to play with makeup. It’s a classic, and the texture allows you to have it on all day. Blog with a tissue, reapply, blot again, reapply and I promise it wont budge (unless you have oil in your lunch!)
2/3- With a fan brush I swiped Chanel cream bronzer along the temples into the cheek bone and ended at the outer corners of the mouth. This gives the face a contour without too much color so it looks naturally shadowed.
4- A beautifully structured brow is just as important as the precision in the red lip application. It truly frames the look. I love this Chanel pencil because of it’s texture, tone, and it’s build in brush. Pencil in the shape and use the brush to buff out any harsh marks.
5- Mascara is what is going to give you the eye definition here. I know people can feel naked without eyeliner or a crease color, but trust me here. Add many layers and get really close to the lash root, this will act like an eyeliner and your lashes will look tick and amazing, allowing your eyes to stand out.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER // ME + SHAILENE WOODLEY
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It’s always great to get good press, but I never thought it could be this fun. I was honored to be shot by David Needleman for the yearly Beauty Issue, where they choose 25 of the most exclusive artists and feature them with a client. Mine just so happens to be a dear friend. It was so fun to do a shoot together, and it was also a bit nerve wrecking. I am not so comfortable in front of the camera. I think we pulled it off, though I do look like a gangster who may pop on if you mess with her.
I gave Shai the classic Twiggy makeup to go along with her new short hair. I begged them to let me wear a black turtle neck. I like to keep it simple. I won.