DESTINATION: MAKEUP SHOW LA

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The Makeup Show LA 2017 was a phenomenal experience. Especially because it was my first time coming on board as a guest speaker for NYX Professional Cosmetics. Even more so, I was invited to see the premiere screening of Larger than Life. LARGER THAN LIFE – KEVYN AUCOIN The day before the show started, there was a VIP brunch I attended with a showing of “Larger than Life” a documentary on Kevyn Aucoin. I was […]

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SHOULD YOU KEEP IT, TOSS IT, OR REPLACE IT?

THE VANITY PURGE Have you ever wanted someone to go through your makeup bag and just PURGE it?? Tell you to Keep It, Toss It or Replace It? With so many products available, finding products you love or want to try can be a bit overwhelming especially if you already have a similar product in your arsenal. My good friend Hannah is a phenomenal photographer and when she came over, I asked for her makeup […]

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MY FIRST SEVERAL MONTHS ON YOUTUBE

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JUST DO IT! Starting a YouTube channel, was something I wanted to do but I was so afraid.  I didn’t know where to start or exactly what to do and I wanted my branding to be specific.  I didn’t know how to edit and I didn’t have the equipment. Did I really want to put myself out there to be trolled??? The advice I kept receiving was just do it, YOU WILL BE GREAT ON […]

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PR PACKAGES

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#LApproved Giveaway  What do I approve of???  What am I giving away?  Scroll to the end to find out! Usually, I receive a PR package at least 3-4 times per month so my makeup inventory is continually growing. As a result, I love getting new items to try so I can add them to my kit and even replace items that I’m running low on. Usually, I will send a wish list to my agent […]

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MOTHER PAT MCGRATH

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MAQUILLAGE Here is a little history, I call this category Maquillage because I knew I made it in my career after going to France for the first time. I was a Francophile and I was teaching myself how to speak French. My goal was to do <makeup>… Maquillage for Fashion Week in Paris with Pat McGrath. I had just lost my grandmother and I took the little money she left me and bought a one-way ticket […]

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CORRECTIVE BEAUTY VS. INSTABEAUTY

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REFLECTION It’s always great to reflect on how far we’ve come. So let’s go way back to 1998 where I first learned about corrective beauty. I’ve been a makeup artist for 19 years this November and when I think back to my final for makeup school, I realized two things I wanted to share with you. First of all, makeup changes over time but good friendships last a lifetime. My BFF aka sister Nicole was […]

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DESTINATION: MOROCCO

Lavonne at Le Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech Morocco

Marrakech Me Ousside, How BRIDE (Bow) Dah? Have you ever wanted to get paid to travel?? That has been my dream. I type this blog post while sitting in a restaurant in Denver waiting to do makeup on a client and then fly back home to LA all on the same day. I love being a Destination Makeup Artist, going to Marrakech Morocco for my Indian/Portuguese bride Soraiya was phenomenal.  Have to agree that having […]

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LA FEMME JOJO

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LA FEMME JOJO Johanna Armstrong and I met when she came on board as an art director when I was working as a makeup artist at Gilt.com in NYC.  When I saw her illustrations I truly wanted to learn the La Femme JoJo way of painting with watercolors. Therefore, there was no doubt in my mind that when I started this blog, I had to collaborate with her and feature her exceptional artistry.  Be sure to follow her […]

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