Saturday, March 14, 2015

Tried and True: Makeup Tips from a Pro

Want to know the secrets behind creating a great face of makuep? Allow me to share my favorite products that I use to beautify both brides and beauty queens. It doesn’t take a lot of products…just the right ones.

1. Bronzer is excellent to give color to the skin and can be used on both the face and body. I love this one in “Congo" because it gives a great glow to the skin without too much shimmer or sparkle.

2. A creme eyeliner provides a fabulous base for the perfect smokey eye. Apply a dab of Luxe Creme Liner in "Gold Mos"s on the middle of your eyelid and awish it back and forth with a soft brush untill it covers your entire eyelid. Then pat on your eyeshadow of choice. I love working with “Concord," “Emerald," or “Peacock" to create a jewel toned smokey eye. 

3. Use a long wear lip color to perfect your lip shape. Don’t be afraid to go just outside your lipline to create fuller lips with a natural appearance. Super Wear Lip Colors are a great foundation for gorgeous lips with a touch of gloss added later. My favorite is “Bridal Rose."

4. Apply your eyeliner close to the lash line and smudge out a bit with shadow to create a more natural look.
Superwear Gel Eyeliner works awesome for this as it is waterproof and works great on the eyelid, waterline, and tight-line. The top seller is a rich black called, “Noir."

5. A pinky-peach blush with golden accents blends into the skin giving it a rosey glow. “Shy" Blush is an exact comparison and half the price of the top selling blush, Nars Orgasm. Apply from the apples of the cheeks and sweep toward the hairline.

6. Contouring 101.  Darker colors emphasize recession while lighter colors give the illusion of protrusion. You can bring out your best features with a minimal amount of eye shadow colors. “Loving Lava" is my favorite shadow quad.  The rich, warm tones bring out the best of all eye colors. See a simple makeup step by step.

7. I always use individual lashes as they are so much more comfortable than strip lashes. These take a bit to master putting them on yourself but it is definitley worth the effort. KISS has them now available in clusters of 3 which make them easier to apply.

8. Years of experience travelling the globe doing hair and makeup inspired me to create my own line of makeup and tools which are available on my website (
All of the colors pictured are sold separately and fit neatly into my magnetic palette and then into my organizing makeup bag.

This article and products have been featured in the official magazine of the South Carolina International Pageant !

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