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Lipstick

  • Beauty and the Beast

    The most romantic photoshoot with The Bird and the Bear looks, as it should, like a fairytale! My inspiration for the makeup was the deep berry colors of winter. I wanted the lips to be dark without looking goth, so I used Diva, a reddish burgandy matte from MAC that looks amazing with Katelyn's pale skin and dark hair. I kept her eye makeup pretty simple but really went for it with her lashes using my new obsession-Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara from Marc Jacobs. For Katelyn's hair, I wanted to show off the cool ombre she has going on, so I really worked the texture to create a voluminous and effortless-looking style with a nod to the 1920s. 

    Katelyn, along with her husband Evan, was our model and is also our former bride! Check out Evan and Katelyn's website for a look at their fun collaboration with West Elm). You can't have a fairtyle without flowers, and Whim Hospitality blew my mind a bit with Katelyn's bouquet. And there is no other venue as epic as Canyonwood Ridge at night.

    Enjoy! 

  • My 5 Minute Face

    I've become known as the Makeup Artist with a really soft, natural style. I have the same style in real life! When I started at MAC way back in 1995, I was constantly told to put on more makeup (which didn't usually happen). If I have a hot date or a big job, I'll spend about 30 minutes on my makeup. For everyday, though, I spend between 5 and 10 minutes-I've gotten my makeup routine down to a science, and now you can, too! 

    Beautiful skin is about 5 times more important than the other steps put together, so that's where I focus the majority of my time. Since my skin is pretty dry, I like to prime my face with an intensive moisturizer, which I let sink in for about a minute before I start with foundation. I love CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. It only runs you about $12 and can be found at any drugstore or supermarket.

    The next step is making your skin look beautiful! I prefer a somewhat dewy look (rather than matte), which I find easy to achieve with a CC Cream, a creamy concealer and a Beauty Blender. If you don't have a Beauty Blender, I suggest stop reading this and buying one, stat. Don't settle for an imposter-there is some kind of voodoo magic in the original. With a moist sponge, I apply 2 or 3 light layers of CC Cream. I love the one from Gorgeous Cosmetics. I then use my Missha Concealer (it's about 6 bucks y'all!) and make about 5 dots directly from the tube around the crescent of my undereye and pat with my fingers to blend. 

    Now that you've taken two minutes to even out your skin, you want to enhance it with a few different powders. First, I set my foundation with Banana Powder and a big, fluffy brush, concentrating especially on my undereyes. I then take a blush brush and highlight the top of my cheekbones with a light pink or a peachy-pink blush. I take that same brush and contour my face lightly with bronzer. I like a little shimmer in my bronzer, especially in the winter, like Laguna from Nars. 

    Two areas left to finish-no sweat! On my eyes, I take a few quick swipes with a cream eyeshadow stick from my lash line to the crease of my eyelid. I play around with different colors, but I've found that rose gold looks great on everyone, like this one from Laura Mercier. On top of that, I take a fluffy eyeshadow brush and a medium brown shadow and work it into the crease. Give your eyelashes a really good curl and use a few generous applications of mascara to your upper lashes and a light coating to your lower ones. 

    Playing around with lip color is super fun, and I switch mine almost daily, so I'll just tell you how I got the soft nude lip in the picture above. For longevity, I like to start by filling in my entire lips with a matching lip pencil. For this look I used In Synch from MAC. I then used a sheer, peachy-nude lipstick from Lipstick Queen right from the tube!

    There you have it, my friends! A quick, yet polished look for everyday good-lookingness!

    Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below!

    Love Always,

    Erica

  • The Perfect Pink

    A recent article in Vogue, "What Goes into Mixing the Perfect Shade of Pucci Pink Lipstick," shows how much work goes into finding that absolutely perfect shade of lipstick. In the article, two MAC lipticks, Lady Danger and On Hold, are mixed for the iconic Pucci brand. I have a few favorite mixtures of my own that I love for both clients and myself!

    A sheer berry is perfect for winter pouts or olive-skinned ladies, and is created by using 3 products. I start with one of my favorite new lip glosses, Mirenesse Lip Bomb. This lip gloss works a lot like a stain, and is one of the most highly-pigmented glosses I've used. I then dip my lip brush into MAC's Lovelorn and work a little of that into the gloss, concentrating in the middle of my lips to help my lips look fuller. Then, I use a light coat of Buxom in Erica!! with it's delightful cinnamon-y tingle lip plumper to give a killer sheen. Voila! The most perfectly delicious berry.

    Now for a lighter shade of pink (think Brigitte Bardot). This shade is great for the summer or those sexy gals who love to smoke up their eyes and use a more nude color for their lips. As the base for lighter shades, I often start with Nars Honolulu Honey, a flesh-toned beige. For a little metallic sheen I use Stila's Longwear Lip Color in Darling and rub my lips together so the two lipsticks are completely blended. My last step is Amused lip gloss from Tarte (just a little bit of this gloss goes along way).

    What are some of your killer combos?

    With Love & Makeup,

    Erica

  • Ruby woah!

     

    I always knew I could pick a good lipstick, but who knew I was this good?! The results are in, and out of the $377 million we ladies spent on lipstick in 2013, MAC's "Ruby Woo" reigned supreme, according to the scientific folks at the NPD Group. It has also held court through much of my 2014.

    I fell in love with not only the color (a striking blue-based red) but also with MAC's modern take on matte. Banish any thoughts you have of a drying, unwieldy tube of red war paint...this is not your grandma's lipstick! Unless, of course, you have a very cool grandmother with a penchant for "bringing it."

    You may run into application trouble if you have very dry lips (my favorite fix for this is applying a light layer of Rosebud Salve with my fingers 10 minutes prior). I tend to apply lipstick directly from the tube for rich saturation. I have good lips! What can I say? If you need a little more control, pick a lip liner that glides on smoothly. I like "Cherry" from MAC or "Red Dynamite" from (gasp!) Rimmel. I line after lipstick.

    In conclusion, I leave you with these sage words: I dare ya! You could go old school Hollywood with the likes of Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stefani. Or, keep the rest of your makeup simple like Rihanna: dewy bronzed skin, a coat or two of mascara and let that perfect red pout be the center of attention right along with you.

    Love Always,

    Erica