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  • Festival Style at Any Age: Your 20s

    The end of Februrary in Austin always feels pretty special. First, it basically feels like summer. Second, SXSW is right around the corner, and the energy starts to hum with that beautiful mix of crazy and fun. Along with a few of my friends, we're going to show you how to do festival style right at any age! I'm going to start from the beginning--stay tuned for your 30s and 40s!

    In your 20s

    Festival style in your 20s means being as trendy and fun as possible while staying comfortable. When you head out in the afternoon and come home maybe before morning, your style has to be pretty functional. Transitional pieces that you can layer are key. Some "must haves" for the day are a solid pair of boots like Doc Martens and a backpack to carry a jean jacket or a flannel in for later.

    Bohemian-inspired styles of the past few years are giving way to more urban looks that are sexier and edgier with some vintage-inspired accessories from the early 90s. Our model, Arden, is a 19 year old fashion student at the University of Texas. She loves pairing curve-hugging vintage solids in black and white with fun and unexpected accessories. Her cream top below is vintage Valentino from Garment Modern here in Austin and is paired with heart sunnies from Vans and an oversized fedora from Goorin Bros.

    Arden then put on a vintage black leather halter with a corset back (her aunt was big into motorcycles in the 80s!) with a pair of high-waisted jeans and round sunglasses from Crap EyeWear

    1. Pink Romper

    2. Vegan Leather Top

    3. Crap Eyewear Sunglasses

    4. High-Waisted Jeans

    5. Metallic Backpack

    Photography by @teddybphoto

  • Barr Mansion Bridal Heaven

    This bride, this photographer and I were a match made in bridal heaven. I love creating soft, "perfectly undone" updos to complement makeup that shows off great skin, lashes to die for and enough glamour for these portraits to be truly special. Check out all of Robyn's pictures over at the fabulous Grey to Blue Photography

  • 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,