If you follow my blog you know Maria Luxen is a longtime BFF and has always been very generous with her mad makeup skills. The founder of Makeup Mayhem, Maria is a busy little bee doing makeup for fashion shoots around NYC including the likes of Vogue Italia and ASOS. Since I’m stranded here on the West Coast I miss out on product launches and such and since the NVEY ECO is a new makeup line I figured I would send the expert to the launch party…
When Janna asked me to attend the North American launch of NVEY ECO, an organic makeup line founded and based in Australia, I was psyched! I am yet to find an organic makeup line that has the texture and pigment I need as a makeup artist. Having done some research before I attended the launch party, I discovered that the line was founded in 2005 with the expertise of Rohan Widdison whose mother Helen Abicair founded the acclaimed Melbourne Beauty College in 1958. Rohan has been director of the Helen Abicair Beauty college for the past 21 years. With these credentials, I was sure this line was going to be flawless!
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A few weeks ago, I wrote about MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Magical Mystery Tour called “Makeup Bag Remix” coming to a city near you. I was lucky enough to experience this fun event in all its glory when the MAKE UP FOR EVER trucks cruised into San Francisco. I was put into the talented hands of Make Up Artist Genoa, who taught me a few tricks on how to utilize my existing makeup to create a day look and how to use a gorgeous MAKE UP FOR EVER palette (see below) to magically camouflage my puffy eyes AND create the perfect hot pink lip.
Now what was totally unique about this event is I had to beg Genoa to show me new MAKE UP FOR EVER products. That’s right, it’s the opposite of getting bullied at the makeup counter. These makeup artists stick to their word and show you how to utilize ONLY the products in your bag unless you request to see some new product. I took a few short videos (and please excuse the extremely unflattering angles. I took one for the team) to help you recreate the magic at home.
How to Conceal Puffy Eyes
Shockingly Genoa used the MAKE UP FOR EVER 12 Flash Color Case ($99) to completely neutralize my puffy eyes:
First she patted the white onto the puffiness and then created a sunrise color with the coral and yellow and then layered it on top of the white: (If video doesn’t show up for you, click here)
Hello, my lovelies! I hope you all had a chance to tune in to last week’s podcast with makeup artist Maria Luxen, “Why Does Your Makeup Look Like Sh*t??” This week I was a bit more tame but still had so much fun with beauty blogger and vlogger Kristie Burnett from Blushing Basics. She is beyond adorbs and you must check out her kick-ass video makeup tutorials on YouTube!janna Tags Blushing Basics, Caswell-Massey, Gift Ideas, Kiehl's, Lush, MAC, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Makeup Artist, SK-II, The Clear Cube, Victoria's Secret
Sometimes I have the worst luck… Today I woke up all all ready and excited for my Google+ Hangout (If you don’t know what that it is, it’s like a video chat that is broadcasted live on Google+ and streams to YouTube). It was hosted by the insanely beautiful (hate her!) Samantha Lim, Editor-in-Chief of the huge online fashion magazine FashionIndie, featuring myself, Christina Farrell, amazing makeup artist and founder of the The Makeup Blogger, and Stacy Reid, Founder and CEO of Tinte Cosmetics (which thanks to Stacy’s generosity I will be trying soon!).
So what happened? Well, Murphy’s Law reared its ugly head and my Internet decided to take a hiatus. So, unfortunately I missed the first few minutes of the Hangout and once I finally got into the Hangout I faded in and out and even froze a couple times (I could hear the others saying, “She’s a frozen kitten!”). Now my drama aside, Christina did an adorable tutorial for an 80s costume and Stacy walked through several different viable Halloween looks. You should definitely check it out here.
After the Hangout was over, I figured it would simply be a waste of a good kitty cat look if I didn’t do a YouTube tutorial! Don’t worry about writing down any of the products since I’m listing them for you at the end of this post:janna Tags Bobbi Brown, Cat Eye, Fresh, Halloween, Halloween Makeup, MAC, MAKE UP FOR EVER, makeup, Makeup Artist, makeup tutorial, Smashbox, Urban Decay
I know I left you ladies hanging for Part 2 of my interview with the brilliant Charlie Green (click here to read Part 1), but A. I decided to be greedy and ask Charlie for a second interview (and she generously obliged!) B. you’ll get over it when you read the treasure trove of advice that Charlie bestowed:
Beauty Binge (BB): What risk SHOULD women be taking in makeup that most are not? And how can they easily achieve this?
Experiment! Be brave and try some color instead of safe neutrals… It’s only makeup and you can wash it off if you hate it; its not a tattoo! Take an afternoon cruising the makeup counters, checking out new trends and textures. Maybe try and have a couple of makeovers at the counters and don’t forget to take your photo on a cell phone to remember the techniques and tips the makeup artist gave you. You don’t need to recreate the whole look at home, but if you learned a technique or two then that’s major!
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Betsey Johnson backstage at her show, “Has everyone met Charlie? My favorite makeup artist on earth?”
I remember first seeing celebrity makeup artist Charlie Green on MTV several years ago, with her platinum pixie hair and effervescent attitude she literally sparkled on screen like a Christmas tree caught fire. With over 20 years of painting the faces of celebrities (Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz), top models for the runways (Betsey Johnson, Victoria’s Secret, Tommy Hilfiger), celebrities and models for major ad campaigns (Cover Girl, Estee Lauder, Revlon) and magazine spreads (Elle, Vogue, Vanity Fair), Charlie is the makeup artist for delivering sexy, feminine looks. She doesn’t stop at applying the cosmetics, she helps companies design them too. She’s worked with tons of beauty brands developing and launching products. You know that sexy shimmering body lotion from Victoria’s Secret that make your legs look like Barbie legs? Yeah, Charlie designed it. In fact, she worked with Victoria’s Secret to design their entire line and then put it to the test on the runways with the likes of Gisele, Naomi, and Adriana.janna Tags Amore Pacific, Charlie Green, Makeup Artist, Mary Kay, Victoria's Secret
I hope everyone is having an AMAZING long weekend! I’m about to leave for the Farmer’s Market with my husband, but I wanted to post these fun shots (excuse the quality; I took them with my phone) of Audrey Ogg, a Makeup Artist at Milvali Salon in Mill Valley, CA. When I went into the Milvali Salon Friday to get my lashes filled in by the talented Joceyln Sisco, I was blown away when I saw Audrey in a candy-colored sultry eye! She told me she was inspired by my Allure Magazine Beauty Blogger Competition video and wanted to recreate the look. Now keep in mind I saw Audrey at 3 pm and she had put her makeup on early that morning so obviously the eye lost some of its candy-color, but it still looked amazing!! And by the way, Jocelyn gave Audrey those luscious lashes.
Posted by janna Tags Allure, Makeup Artist, Revlon
From the runways to the subways, I’m seeing nothing but neon.
Neon makeup and hair started lighting up the runways last year, and since then this 80s staple trend quickly blinded the masses with an explosion of day-glo fashion and beauty products. Walking down the streets of NYC, I see everything from young girls with fluorescent hair streaks and matching lipstick to career fashionistas furiously typing away on their smart phones with nails painted in the season’s latest electric colors.
Don’t be intimidated into thinking that if you incorporate a little neon, you’re a couple of leg warmers away from becoming Pat Benatar. Just be careful to tone down your outfit and the rest of your makeup (think neutrals across the board) to avoid anything aggressively offensive. Kidding. (kind of kidding)
If you’re not in the mood to do a full eye of makeup, just add a little pop of color with neon mascara, as seen on the models at Stella McCartney AW 2012 Paris. Makeup Artist Master Pat McGrath used Cover Girl Lashblast 24 Hour Mascara coated with a blue pigment gel to achieve the look. At home, apply two coats of your favorite volume-pumping mascara in black, let it dry, and then coat with an electric blue mascara like Tokidoki Punk Lash Mascara in Baby Rocker.
Or, for a more subtle look, you can swipe a brightly-colored liquid liner along your upper lash line like my minxy blonde friend Kat (see below). Kat used Sephora Liquid Liner in Fancy Blue to achieve her look:
Go bold or go home. Maria rocks a different day-glo shade every day. She doesn’t care if it’s 8 AM in Midtown Manhattan on a Monday, she’ll be wearing a fluorescent fuchsia. Try a bold pink like Mirabella Lip Colour in Over the Top, which is highly pigmented color yet doesn’t bleed. Or, add a pop of orange (after all, Tangerine Tango is the Pantone color of the year) try MAC Pro Amplified Creme Lipstick in Neon Orange, or go for a more sheer shade like Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Lip Gloss in Citrus.
If you feel like you’re on the cusp of being too shy to pull off this look, take baby steps and paint your nails a different blinding hue every week (or day, if you happen to have the time and dedication). Every brand seems to have a color story this Spring involving neon. Have fun experimenting with the under $10 brands like China Glaze Poolside Collection ($6.50 per bottle / $17.75 for set of 6) and invest wisely in the premium lines like Dior ($23 per bottle). Make sure you test the level of opacity. It may look bold in the bottle, but sheer once its on your nail. To make a neon pop even more, apply an opaque white like Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in White On as your base coat and then paint two coats of your neon.janna Tags Bobbi Brown, China Glaze, Christian Dior, Cover Girl, CoverGirl, Dior, MAC Pro, Makeup Artist, Maria, Mirabella, Pat McGrath, Sally Hansen, Sephora, Sephora Collection, Tokidoki Punk Lash Mascara
I thought I should introduce Maria since she will be making many appearances on this blog. She is a close friend and a very talented makeup artist. She loves experimenting with color (she uses a different eye palatte everytime I see her) and she can take a puffy-eyed, hungover me and transfom me into a glowing beauty (And yet I watch her apply the makeup every time and I still cannot duplicate her efforts). She scolds me often for buying the same product again and again and for using too much product (for example I told her I needed to stop by Saks to pick up more Armani eyeshadow and she said, “What, are you eating it? There’s no way!”). Get to know Maria, her talent, and her saucy attitude…
By the way, if you have a question for the lovely Maria, just submit it in the “Ask Me Anything” tab above.Posted by janna Tags Makeup Artist, Maria