Apr 20, 2014

PARTY FACE // STUDIO 54 STYLE 

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Studio 54 was a place where you would go and always expect something wild and exciting to happen.  Bianca Jaggaer may walk in riding a white horse, Andy Warhol may take your photo and turn it into the next big pop art piece, Blonde could be dancing right next to you.  Disco was alive and well and the makeup and clothing didn’t disappoint. 

On Jorji I wanted to add a bit of shimmer in an untraditional shape along with a deep defined lip.  Just enough glitter to catch that disco ball.  ALSO!  This look is almost completely waterproof! Allowing you to keep going all night and not worry if you are starting to look like a disco blob instead of a disco ball. 

I used : 

1  Laura Mercier Caviar Stick was applied to the bottom and top lids in a horizontal short stroke method.  This gives the line effect.  

2  Tom Ford Bruised Plum lipstick was applied in 3 layers to give it a very opaque clean look.

3 Lastly, I used Tarte Waterproof Amazonian Clay Bronzer along the cheek bones and inner and outer corners of her eyes to give a buffed out contoured look. 

Jorji was photographed by Eddie Chacon and styled by Sissy Sainte Marie wearing Diaboli Kill accessories. Hair was done by Adrian Arredondo

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SELFISH TANNING // WITH THOUGHTLESS EFFORTSI remember when at-home tanning products began to float around the midwest.  House wives and  high school senior girls alike walked around looking like carrots pumped with added hormones to make the color even more orange (Monsanto Style ).  I remember wondering why anyone would do that do themselves…  Thank you to the chemists and the art directors in the cosmetic sky for perfecting this tone.  Believe it or not, I just started to discover the beautiful new products available for tanning my bottom without worrying about the destruction our super hot sun can produce on our delicate skin. I discovered this product because the generous women over at Tarte thought I would like to try it and sent it on over to my studio. Reasons why I love Brazilliance : Skin-brightening vitamin C and replenishing essential fatty acidsThe color is a deep tan that never looks orange and an application mitt that gives is an easy, clean and streak-free tan without staining you handsMaracuja oil: has been known to replenish, rebuild and brighten skin Vitamin E: anti-inflammatory emollient and protects against free radical damage Sunflower seed oil: rich in vitamins A & E this plant derivative helps moisturize, regenerate and condition skinAll in all, this product leaves me smelling great, feeling soft, and tan.  I honestly cannot find a thing about it that I do not like.Make sure you are fresh out of the shower, shaved, and not oiled before you apply this product.  You need it to absorb into your skin.  Let it dry for about 10 minutes before dressing as well!  I advise wearing something light like a dress, loose pants, or shorts too for added absorption.Sunshine the safe way!
Apr 14, 2014 / 2 notes

SELFISH TANNING // WITH THOUGHTLESS EFFORTS


I remember when at-home tanning products began to float around the midwest. House wives and high school senior girls alike walked around looking like carrots pumped with added hormones to make the color even more orange (Monsanto Style ). I remember wondering why anyone would do that do themselves…
Thank you to the chemists and the art directors in the cosmetic sky for perfecting this tone. Believe it or not, I just started to discover the beautiful new products available for tanning my bottom without worrying about the destruction our super hot sun can produce on our delicate skin.

I discovered this product because the generous women over at Tarte thought I would like to try it and sent it on over to my studio.

Reasons why I love Brazilliance :

Skin-brightening vitamin C and replenishing essential fatty acids

The color is a deep tan that never looks orange and an application mitt that gives is an easy, clean and streak-free tan without staining you hands

Maracuja oil: has been known to replenish, rebuild and brighten skin

Vitamin E: anti-inflammatory emollient and protects against free radical damage

Sunflower seed oil: rich in vitamins A & E this plant derivative helps moisturize, regenerate and condition skin

All in all, this product leaves me smelling great, feeling soft, and tan. I honestly cannot find a thing about it that I do not like.

Make sure you are fresh out of the shower, shaved, and not oiled before you apply this product. You need it to absorb into your skin. Let it dry for about 10 minutes before dressing as well! I advise wearing something light like a dress, loose pants, or shorts too for added absorption.

Sunshine the safe way!
Apr 12, 2014 / 1 note
MY EVERYDAY // AND NOT SO EVERYDAY DAY
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You’d think as a makeup artist I would love to experiment on myself with different colors or layering.  Nope, it’s not the case.  It’s as if I reserve the creativity for work.  I feel like I have probably done my every day and not so every day look for, oh I don’t know…6 years.  Maybe longer, except with the gap between the years I was hardcore and goth…let’s not forget those good old days.  

Anyway, this is my every day and a bit  more “bumped up” look I do.  If I am feeling colorful, I will add in orange on my eyes or lips or do a plum or wine lip stain or stick.  I always love dark eyebrows ( think 90’s Madonna…)  and a lot of mascara.  I hardly ever use black eyeliner and tend to go with the red browns as they bring out the green and red in my own eyes.  I love doing a cheek contour too!  I like the smudgy greasy eye look so I usually blink a few times really hard to smudge the liner and use my fingertip or a thick flat eye brush to blend out the corners even more!  Also, I always brush my eyebrows up and out to give a bit more of a 90’s feel.   There you have it!  A defined but not overly done look.  My Everyday and not so Everyday Day

These are some of the go to products I use: 

Every Day : 

Waterproof Mascara from Tarte 

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation w/ SPF15

Chanel Red Brown Eyeliner

Chanel Eyebrow Pencil W/Attached Brush

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer 

Marc Jacobs Concealer 

Cowshed Lippy Cow Natural Lip Balm 

RMS Living Luminizer 

Not So Every day : 

Same as everything above!! 

BUT!

For a Red Orange Lip I always use Tom Ford Wild Ginger Lipstick 

OR!

Tarte LipSurgence Tint in a “Moody” deep berry 

Nars Deep Matte Blood Red in Cruella 

Nars Sheer Almost Black Plum in Fast Ride

AND!

I may add a bit of orange on top of my eyeliner if I want to make my eyes super green using Nars Matte Eyeshadow in Persia  ( thank you freshman art collage color theory class.. ) 

That’s me in a nutshell.  The look I will continue to rock for many more years to come, I’m sure…

Photos take by the most lovely Eddie Chacon

Mar 17, 2014 / 3 notes

SWAGGER LIKE // BIANCA JAGGER 

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Jorji is a brand new face in the world of modeling.  She came to my home studio to shoot a Play Daze editorial last week which was only her second shoot ever!  We all know that game, especially in this industry, everyone wanting to compare a face to a recognizable supermodel or actor…I get some really random ones, sometimes Madonna..sure, but I couldn’t help but be stunned at how much she resembled Bianca Jagger.  And she was giving us face like it wasn’t her first rodeo, girl got swagger…like, well you get it.

For this natural contour look on Jorji I used : 

1- Tarte’s newest product, I LOVE this stick.  It is in a pencil shape and has a neutral tone to allow you to sculpt and contour your face, I also love it as a creme eye color when I want just a little something.  I applied this to her cheek bones and eye lids up to her eyebrows.

2- Chanel Rouge Coco Sheer Shine lipstick in Flirt was applied to give a light wash of natural color.

3- I used a cream bronze from 100% Pure Cosmetics along the bottom lash line to give a nice warm glow and a bit of definition without using a dark eyeliner.  Since everything is pretty matte, I wanted some glowing highlights.

4- Right on the apples of the cheeks, I used Chanel cream blush in my new most favorite color called Destiny.  I LOVE their cream blushes, they have a bit of a powder after effect so it gives a soft light focus finish that minimizes to much shine. 

5- Don’t forget to brush your eyebrows up and out for a wild natural finish. 

Jorji was photographed by Eddie Chacon and styled by Sissy Sainte Marie wearing Diaboli Kill accessories. Hair was done by Adrian Arredondo

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Mar 10, 2014

BEAUTY // IN AND OUT

For the current cover of The Hollywood Reporter, I got to give Shai this beautiful smokey eye with dewey skin.  Take a look at the final results! 

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Mar 10, 2014 / 1 note
Feb 18, 2014 / 7 notes

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!

I used: 

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).

Feb 16, 2014 / 1 note

NEW WAVE PT 2 // DEBBIE HARRY EDITION 

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Debbie HarryDebbie 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.

Ariele was photographed by Eddie Chacon and styled by Sissy Sainte Marie wearing Sissy Sainte Marie Vintage, and hair was done by Adrian Arredondo

Feb 14, 2014

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!

THE INTERVIEW: 

What is your daily beauty routine like? Take me through a step by step picture of when you wake up to when you walk out the door with your routine Starting from skin care, to makeup.
Well, to be honest there’s not a whole lot to my beauty routine these days. After I force myself out bed I try to take a shower straight away to wake myself up. Once the conditioner is in my hair I wash my face with Aveeno Positively Radiant face scrub. When I get out of the shower I put tons of moisturizer on my face right away. Any moisturizer will do really, but lately i’ve been using Boots Simply Sensitive. Neutrogena is also a good one that you can get at CVS! I used to wear a lot of makeup, but thats all I really do to my face now. Although occasionally I’ll put a bit of BB cream on before leaving the house. Sometimes I like red lipstick too. 

Do you have a strange or unique beauty secret?
I’m not sure if its too strange but I do moisturize my face throughout the day. I know some people are really into putting almond oil on their face for good skin, I’d like to try that as well sometime ! 

Do you have any things in your diet that you’ve included that aid in inner and outer beauty?
I eat lots of fruits and vegetables! And In-N-Out. Fruits and vegetables because they make me feel better overall and In-N-Out…No explanation necessary!

If you could give someone one beauty tip to live by, what would it be?
Drink lots of water! Its something i’m trying to be better about. It makes your skin nice and gives you energy. Also, wear sunscreen. I like the brand TIZO because it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing sunscreen. 

What beauty Icon do you have?
Probably Patti Smith, Kate Moss the boss, and Nico
 
What is your background? Do you think there are cultural difference between your heritage and American ways?
My background is Russian, English, and Irish. There are definitely cultural differences between that of all of those places and America however, I’m not sure I have many typical American ways about me haha! 

Have you always been interested in beauty and fashion and design industry?
Yes. I’ve always wanted to be involved in some kind of art. When I was younger I did musical theater which got me interested in costume design. I remember going to seminars of broadway costume designers and being the youngest one there by about 15+ years. After that I started to sew and make make my own clothes. My friends and I would play dress up and do all these photoshoots for fun. Even now the best shoots are the ones that feel like collaborative art projects. Recently I’ve become interested in styling.

What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty to me are the tiny moments that sometime go unnoticed that make everything special.

What makes you feel beautiful?
I feel beautiful when I am doing things that make me happy, am with people that are dear to me, and when I’m confident that I’m working hard towards everything I am pursuing. 
Feb 7, 2014

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

Arielle was photographed by Eddie Chacon and styled by Sissy Sainte Marie, and hair was done by Adrian Arredondo

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
Available HERE
Treat yourself! 
Jan 23, 2014

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

Available HERE

Treat yourself!