The Best Brush Set

Brush Kit


Over the years I have used a lot of brushes. Clients always ask me which brushes are crucial to have at home. These brushes will help you create a flawless face.


1. Bdellium Tools Bent Liner Brush $8.00

This liner brush looks weird but it’s easier to use on yourself than the straight version. It’s really great for creating the perfect winged eyeliner too.

Bdellium Tools Bent Liner Brush

2. Studio 755 Smudge  Brush $8.00

The smudge brush is great if you prefer pencil liners. You can smooth out any uneven eyeliner. Use it to smoke your eyes as much as you want.

Studio 755 Smudge Brush

3. Maestro 775 Duet Fiber Shader $13.00

This brush is great for applying color to your crease packing on shadow to your lids, and blending. It’s a must have.

Maestro 775 Duet Fiber Shader

4. Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Blending Brush $34.00

Blending is the secret to great eye makeup. The light puffy brush blends all eye shadows evenly.

4. Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Blending Brush


5. Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush $49.00

This is a must have brush for contouring, highlighting, and powdering under the eyes. The tip allows you to place powder, bronzer, and highlight where you want it and you can blend with the outer edges.

Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush


6. Sephora Collection Fan brush #65 $27.00

Add the finishing touches to your look with this brush that dusts, wipes, and redistributes powders along your features. I like to use this brush for applying highlighter or blush lightly at the end of the makeup application.

6. Sephora Collection Fan brush #65


7. Bdellium Studio 947 Small Foundation Brush $12.00

If you are using a cream or liquid foundation you need a foundation brush to apply evenly. This brush is small enough to be used as a concealer brush also. The blend out with a beautyblender.

Bdellium Studio 947 Small Foundation Brush

8. Bdellium Studio Finishing 955 Brush $14.00

I use this brush to apply bronzer or powder all over the face. I like a duel fiber brush because the white fibers give an airbrush effect and buff the product seamlessly into the skin without moving your foundation or other powders.

Bdellium Studio Finishing 955 Brush




Bridal Hair and Makeup: What You Need To Know Before Booking


I do makeup for hundreds of brides every summer. I love my brides and I love bridal makeup. It’s such a magical day showing up early in the morning (sometimes 5 a.m.) and everyone is so excited. The bride is surrounded by her family and friends. The smell of fresh coffee fills the air. Mother of the Bride is making sure her daughter and everyone else in the room has had a bite to eat. The wedding planner is making her rounds to make sure we are all on schedule. Asking if we need anything. Meanwhile groomsmen are sneaking in and out (with eyes covered) running last minutes errands for the girls.


To get this kind of people morning takes a lot of planning and experience. There are a lot of people needing services in just a few hours. The trick is communication and organization and time management. It’s really takes a whole team to make an event run smoothly. Niki Foy, salon owner of Salon Beauty Bar in Sherman Oaks, CA, and my Bridal Beauty Team business partner have worked together for years and we understand how the other person works, deals with pressure, and we listen to each other.

I cannot stress enough how priceless it is to have that going on during one of the biggest events of your life.

The expectation you should have for your beauty team on your wedding day are these essential steps:

1. First phone call. Talk with hair and makeup separately. Who, What, Where, When, and sometimes Why.

We need to know EVERYTHING. if your aunt is kind of crazy and only will use certain things or has to go 2nd to last please let us know. If you have two people who aren’t speaking and we need to make a quick room change to keep things calm…please let us know. There is not much that surprises us anymore.

2. Send me pictures. Not a lot but two or three and we will go from there. I know there are so may amazing ideas out there but your wedding day is not the day to take risks or try something new…UNLESS you never wear makeup. You are going to wear a lot of makeup. Even the most natural look requires quite a few products. Please disclose if you are a makeup girl or you have only ever worn Burt’s Bees Lip balm ever. The same with hair. Send a few photos and be realistic because that girl with the super full super long hair probably has a lot of hair pieces or $2000 worth of extensions hidden in there.

3. Makeup Trial. You need a trial. We cannot guess what you want on the day of and for the sake of time and happiness you should know exactly how you will look the day of before the actual day arrives. IMPORTANT PART: we need to know your lip color because you will want to purchase a lip stain for yourself, bridesmaids, possibly MOB so you can retouch. Your makeup artist should be the one buying these items for you. Also your false lashes….which you need to choose because there are so many options. You would be billed for these items with your final payment.

4. Have a contract! Always get everything in writing. 50% deposit is the industry norm and final payment due up to a week before the big day. Protect yourself always. The contract should have venue, day and time, how many people, and costs.

5. Your wedding planner needs a timeline. The hairstylist usually is the one to provide this. Hair takes longer than makeup most of the time. I know how long I need to recreate your look because we had a trial and you probably gave me a color scheme and makeup look for your bridesmaids. So have start time, venue, and everyone getting services.

Sample Bridal Schedule

So after all of this is done you are pretty much guaranteed a successful morning and beautiful hair and makeup. Niki and I are requested a lot because we care about you and your amazing day and because we appreciate a positive work environment. So when choosing your beauty team ask about these items I talked about.

Makeup Artist Keeping It Real: 5 Authentic Tips For Everyone


make up shopping


1. Use sunscreen everyday. Reapply at least twice to stay protected. The sun is the biggest offender to our skin. It causes serious premature aging. So uneven skin tone, wrinkles, dark spots, redness, sunburn. Make sure to check your label because there are only a few good sunscreens on the market. I have more articles on sunscreen formulation you can check out.

2. Use a skincare line that is vegan, botanically based, free of harmful chemicals, and works with your skin type. We all have some skin sensitivity. The only way we can deal with that is using a vegan formulated line. Something that is proven by science to work and do amazing things for our skin. That would be Arbonne.

3. Make sure you are using coverage appropriate foundation. Keeping it on the lighter side is your best bet. Let your skin shine through and cover the imperfections.

4. Drink a lot of water. Watch for the ingredients on the water bottle. Some contain serious chemicals. Drinking Spring water keeps skin hydrated and looking fresh.

5. Smile. As long as you are smiling and showing your confidence you will look amazing every day!


My name is Christine Ross, and I am a Makeup Artist in Los Angeles. I am all about keeping it real with makeup and skincare by providing the best products for my clients. I take the time to research ingredients and make sure my clients get the best based on their needs. The beauty industry is over saturated with false promises and too many chemicals. I sort through it all and get my clients on the right track. No more money wasted on high priced brands that don’t follow through. I am here to help you be the best version of yourself inside and out.



Top Questions about my Bridal Beauty Services 2014

My Most Asked Bridal Beauty Questions




What are the most common types of jobs you offer clients?

Most of the time I do Bridal makeup, Head shots, and Makeup Lessons

What advice do you have for a bride looking to hire a makeup artist for their wedding day?

Do your research. Book a trial session. Ask questions about touch-up services, touch up kits, do they have a website? Do you and the artist have similar tastes in makeup? Call the artist and ask a lot of questions. Do you like her personality? Will she be fun to have around on your special day? Check online reviews.

Why does your work stand out from other makeup artists?

I love the face. It’s possible to achieve a smooth, clean, glamorous makeup look for everyone. I love to enhance my clients best features.

I also have over 10 years of experience working in production, in salons, and with celebrities. Experience counts!!

I often get calls from frantic brides that their makeup artist cancelled on them the day before their wedding or is going on vacation that month. I make sure my brides come first. It’s my client’s most important day. They can count on me to always be there.

What do you like most about your job?

Building relationships with my clients. I have worked with the same people for years. That’s because I love to listen to what my clients are looking for. What schedule they have so I am on their agenda. Also hearing about their lives an be exciting too. Making new friends is a great perk of the job.

How did you decide to become a makeup artist?

I’ve always loved skincare and makeup since I was a child. I would collect products and treat them like treasures. One day I was in between college and wasn’t very happy. My cousin, Sarah recommended beauty school. I went to check out Brown Aveda Institute in Mentor, OH and didn’t look back.

Do you do some sort of continuing education to keep up with latest developments and trends?

Yes I take lessons every once in a while at a makeup school In Los Angeles. Most of the time it’s about keeping up with the trends and practicing them on a model. I also take art classes every month. It’s my way of keeping up with color theory and some therapy.

What kind of products do you use on clients?

For skin care it’s always Arbonne. I believe in Vegan organic products. They are sustainable and up to European standards. No harsh chemicals and they smell amazing.

Cosmetics I have everything from Bobbi Brown to Makeup Forever. I have the perfect products to suit anyone’s skin type, textures, or needs.

What are your operating hours?

Anytime. Day or Night. I have clients that sometimes need meet at 3 am and some that have events late at night. I also travel with clients so whatever their schedule is for their trip.

Do you offer private makeup lessons if I want to do my own makeup for my wedding?

Yes I offer a range of makeup lessons. I offer a bridal class. Sometimes the Bride has a smaller beauty budget. There is no reason she can’t have a professional application on her special day. This class is also great for destination weddings when I am not able to travel with the bride.

What question do you get most from your clients and what is the answer?

Do I travel with to clients for services? Yes!!!!





Spooky Halloween Make-Up Tips


If you’re going to create bruises or dirty, rough, and irritated skin, matte eye shadows in shades like lime green, mustard yellow, violet, dark brown and blue are must-haves! Any amount of frost or shimmer will give the illusion away in an instant so stick with matte finishes.

Eyelash Adhesive | It’s actually liquid latex. Spread a thin layer onto the skin and start picking and scratching it–be careful though, it’s still your skin you’re scratching at! Fill in the “holes” in your skin with that dark red lipstick to create a nice “road rash” effect!

Make sure to set your make up with Ben-Nye Setting powder to make your look last all night.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween