Jul 8, 2014 / 1 note

MINIMAL PUNK // METAL AND PEACHES 

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Making a bold statement doesn’t always have to mean using bold colors or dark lines.  Sometimes all it takes is putting a block of color all the way up to your eyebrows, some gold hair palmade, and your favorite vintage Buzzcocks tee.  

I gave Devons eyes, lips, and cheeks a wash of soft peach using the same product but addling more layers on the eyes to give a more opaque and intense color.  To me, that’s punk, being so minimal all you need is one product.  Rock on!

 On Devon I used: 

1- Clarins Skin Illusion foundation for an incredibly natural dewy finish all over her face to give the perfect glow 

2- Nars Multiple stick was used with a fluffy small blush brush and layers were added on the eyelid crease and above up into the eyebrow, avoiding the actual eye lid.  Then added along the cheek bones and pressed into the mouth, creating a stain effect.

3- Pacifica all natural mascara was added to the top and bottom lashes for depth

4- Adrian added Oribe 24k gold pomade from the part of the hair and down slightly, giving her roots a real gold shimmer

Devon was photographed by Eddie Chacon.  Hair was done by Adrian Arredondo and Alan Diaz

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Paintings by Gloria Noto 

Jun 30, 2014

NASTY GAL // LESSONS FROM THE PRO

Nasty Gal had me come into their Down Town LA studio and show them a step by step super dewy glossy look.  You can do this look with any color of your choice, but for this I chose a hot pink.  I left the rest of the face naked and glossy which is so nice for this time of year.

Thanks Nasty Gal!

Here is the link to the whole story and products used :

http://blog.nastygal.com/style-o-rama/lessons-from-the-pros/2014/06/just-dew-it/

Jun 30, 2014
Jun 2, 2014

THE CLASSIC // LIP

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Jori has such an amazing lip shape so I wanted to give her a full on red lip and keep everything else very simple and clean.  This is a perfect summer daytime look, it’s actually a perfect any season any time of day/night look, lets be real. 

On Jorji :

1- Tom Ford Wild Ginger lipstick was applied to her entire lip and blotted with tissue then reapplied for a longer lasting 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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May 21, 2014
May 5, 2014 / 2 notes

SPRING BLOOM // ROSES SMELL AS SWEET AS THEY LOOK

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For this monochromatic look, I was inspired by the flowers that are in serious bloom here in California.  I love English roses and all of the different tones they come in.  I wanted to give Jorji a pink wash of color over her entire face, so that is what I did for this Play Daze shoot.

1  I painted Chanel lipstick in Chalys lipstick on the lips and added a few layers to give it a nice solid finish

2 Then I added Shiseido cream shadow in Konepito along the bottom lash line to give a soft pink eyeliner effect but buffed the color out with a brush so there were no harsh lines

3 Lastly I used Nars duo blush/bronzer to contour Jorji’s cheeks and cheek bones, as well as her upper eye lid area to her eyebrow.  I used the bronze tone along the outside of her face and eye lid and the peach on the apples of her cheeks

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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POST ACNE KIT // IT’S ALL BETTER…NOW WHAT?
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You’ve conquered it!  The breakouts have finally begun to subside, but they’ve left some marks to make sure you haven’t forgotten them too quickly.  I feel like this is my life long battle, having skin like a 14 year old boy, I am prone to breakouts and then I let the healing process begin. At this point, I feel like I am an expert at this. 
I’ve put together a kit of products that I have found to be helpful for me and hopefully for you, getting you on track to flawless skin.
In my Post Acne Kit: 
Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum is a fast acting serum that peels away layers of damaged skin.  Use this about 3 times a week but not much more than that.  Taken from their site: Hydroquinone fades existing dark spots, age spots, and freckles while hexapeptide-2, an advanced skin-lightening peptide, prevents future damage by helping stop pigment formation. Glycolic acid exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, encouraging active ingredients to penetrate more quickly for fast-acting results. 
Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen  is gentle for acne prone skin while broad spectrum ingredients shield you from harmful rays.  There are also ingredients that help lighten post acne scaring.  I love this and use this on myself every day.
Almay Clear Complexion Concealer is something I have been using for years now.  I like to use it on any small breakouts I am having as the salicylic acid in it helps dry out any blemishes.  I like that it has a drying quality for the on spot cover ups but I wouldn’t recommend using it on sensitive skin areas like around the eyes.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Mascara to give your face a brighter more away look.  I literally never leave home without a bit of this on.  Even when going to the gym, I know..I know..but hey, it makes me feel good.
Moon Juice Vanilla Fig Almond Milk is not only delicious but has Lucuma added which is helpful in wound healing, tissue regeneration, skin aging, as well as having anti-inflammatory effects.  Perfect for your skin healing process!
And lastly, a BIG HAT to protect you from further skin damage caused by the sun!  Mine is vintage but I wouldn’t mind acquiring one of the amazing hats off of Clyde. 
Now, you have some tools to play with! Let your skin be the best version of it’s self it can be!  
Apr 25, 2014 / 1 note

POST ACNE KIT // IT’S ALL BETTER…NOW WHAT?

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You’ve conquered it!  The breakouts have finally begun to subside, but they’ve left some marks to make sure you haven’t forgotten them too quickly.  I feel like this is my life long battle, having skin like a 14 year old boy, I am prone to breakouts and then I let the healing process begin. At this point, I feel like I am an expert at this. 

I’ve put together a kit of products that I have found to be helpful for me and hopefully for you, getting you on track to flawless skin.

In my Post Acne Kit: 

Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum is a fast acting serum that peels away layers of damaged skin.  Use this about 3 times a week but not much more than that.  Taken from their site: Hydroquinone fades existing dark spots, age spots, and freckles while hexapeptide-2, an advanced skin-lightening peptide, prevents future damage by helping stop pigment formation. Glycolic acid exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, encouraging active ingredients to penetrate more quickly for fast-acting results. 

Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen  is gentle for acne prone skin while broad spectrum ingredients shield you from harmful rays.  There are also ingredients that help lighten post acne scaring.  I love this and use this on myself every day.

Almay Clear Complexion Concealer is something I have been using for years now.  I like to use it on any small breakouts I am having as the salicylic acid in it helps dry out any blemishes.  I like that it has a drying quality for the on spot cover ups but I wouldn’t recommend using it on sensitive skin areas like around the eyes.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Mascara to give your face a brighter more away look.  I literally never leave home without a bit of this on.  Even when going to the gym, I know..I know..but hey, it makes me feel good.

Moon Juice Vanilla Fig Almond Milk is not only delicious but has Lucuma added which is helpful in wound healing, tissue regeneration, skin aging, as well as having anti-inflammatory effects.  Perfect for your skin healing process!

And lastly, a BIG HAT to protect you from further skin damage caused by the sun!  Mine is vintage but I wouldn’t mind acquiring one of the amazing hats off of Clyde

Now, you have some tools to play with! Let your skin be the best version of it’s self it can be!  

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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