Oscar Secrets From The Red Carpet

Oscars 2016

Since the Academy Awards just passed we wanted to share some secret tips from the celebrities we love. Rachel McAdams, Anne Hathaway, Reese Witherspoon and Brie Larson to name a few.

Celebrity Makeup Artists Beauty Trends For 2016
Check out these 2016 makeup trends for your eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Ashley Benson

Believe it or not, dark-rimmed eyes will be big for spring. Get the look by smudging a soft black or graphite grey powder shadow or kohl liner all the way around your lash line. It’s quite interesting actually. Contrast to dark, neutral eyes will be on-trend, with mascara being the main focus.


Washington  Amber Heard
A little bit of contouring on your cheeks will go a long way in 2016. Don’t go out of hand and apply too much…but a little bit of blush will sculpt your cheeks like a Greek goddess statue.


Margot Robbie  Miranda Kerr

Stylists predict natural-looking, glossy lips will be on-trend. And for those looking for a little color to pair with a natural face, bright red lips are back and bigger than ever for spring 2016.
Have any tips and advice for eyes, cheeks and lips? I would love to hear your thoughts on trends for 2016. Please leave a reply.

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Red Lips Tips


Here are some excellent tips for that special red lipstick of yours.

Consider your skin tone.  There are hundreds of tips out there to match to your skin tone. Choose a few shades and try them on first before you purchase one.

Don’t play up your eyes. Pair a red lip with a neutral eye. A beige shadow and a little mascara will do.

Be precise. It’s very easy to notice imperfections when applying red lipstick. Apply carefully.

Prevent Bleeding. Apply concealer around the border of your mouth.

When to use red lip liner. Sometimes the shade doesn’t match up perfectly with your lipstick. A great option is to use a lip liner that matches your lips.

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




Makeup Artist Keeping It Real: 5 Authentic Tips For Everyone


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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.



Mink the Makeup Printer

Mink is a 3d printer that prints MAKEUP!


The future of makeup is you copy and paste the shade you want or take a pic of your friends lipstick and send it to the printer and in seconds you have that exact shade at home. Forget running to the department store or waiting for your products to ship to you. The printer will cost about $300 and you will pay for basic cartridges and the inserts. The pricing will be much lower. Imagine not having to pay for the expensive marketing, distribution, and packaging. It’s going to be much more affordable to wear all the trendy colors every season.


I’m interested in how this will play out with the cosmetic giants Like Estee Lauder. They will find a way to copyright their colors. Why should they go through the trouble picking them out then you just print it at home without purchasing their product. There has to be some licensing issues.

Another issue for me will be the quality of the product itself. What base will be used? Can they be organic and fragrance free, NON-GMO? The quality is something I am sure has to be worked out since the inventor said colors can be used with basic food colors.

One thing for Sure as a makeup artist I will be looking forward to purchasing Mink. I think this will expand makeup artists business. Imagine on set a look has changed because the photographer wants a new concept. Just print out the shades for the entire look. Or have a makeup party. Your friend can create your custom look in minutes.

Is this the end of retail shopping as we know it? Who needs the makeup counters anymore? With cosmetics as the big money makers for the department stores how will Macy’s, Nordstrom, ect. adjust? Maybe printing makeup as well. Will big brands jump on board with their own printable palettes? For next years collection will it be coming from our very own printers? Imagine how easy it will be for anyone to start a makeup line?

Of all the big industry breakthroughs this is something that i am truly excited about. This will change cosmetics forever. When these hit the shelves I will be the first one in line.

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/05/mink-is-a-3d-printer-for-makeup/

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Beauty Review: stila cosmetics smudge crayon waterproof eye color

Stila smudge crayon waterproof eye color caught my eye because it claims to be a primer, eyeshadow, and eye liner in one. The gel based formula stays for 6 hours that doesn’t crease or smudge. This formula has a slight pearl finish. You can barely see the shimmer. The product is very creamy and WATERPROOF!

As an eye liner if you like a fine point you won’t love it. The crayon is already a little thick for a liner. The color is so highly pigmented that there is no way anyone who isn’t a makeup artist could use this as an eye shadow and get it to blend out. If you want to try it out I recommend this for a smokey eye. It’s easy to draw right in the crease and blend out with your finger tip. Please use it sparingly because it is very creamy and a little goes a long way. This product is absolutely waterproof. It stays on and will not move. I did a whole load of dishes with it on my hand and it was still there. Use a small amount as a  primer to make your shadow last all day and night. However there are better eye shadow primers out there. This product is fun and it is good if you only have time to smudge a little color into your lash line before running out the door or if you want to wear a little makeup to the gym.


5 Beauty Lies Most of Us Believe (And the Truth behind the Lies)

Source: Paula Begoun Cosmetics Cop

The world of beauty can indeed be beautiful, but all too often the information you get is anything but beautiful—actually, it can be downright ugly! Sometimes the advertising and sales pitches you read and hear are minor distortions of facts or borderline deceptive; in other cases, they are out-and-out lies. Whether this information comes from a physician or from a well-intentioned website, the Paula’s Choice Research Team spends a lot of time untangling the insanity to help you get to the truth.

Below we present five beauty lies that many people believe. Perhaps you have come across this information in a magazine or online, or heard it from your doctor, a friend, or a family member. No matter how you got this misinformation or where you heard these lies, we’re here to set the record straight—to give you the most up-to-date, reliable information so you can take the best possible care of your skin! Knowledge is beautiful!

Lie #1: Dry skin? Drink more water! The truth: We see this tip all the time, and wish it were true; after all, it doesn’t get much easier than just drinking water! But, have you ever met someone who said that their dry skin went away from drinking lots of water? It doesn’t happen. The truth is dry skin isn’t about water consumption. If all it took to get rid of dry skin was drinking more water, then no one would have dry skin, and companies would stop selling moisturizers—and we all know that’s not the case! The causes of and treatments for dry skin are far more complicated than just drinking water; plus, drinking more water than your body needs will only result in more trips to the bathroom. Read more about how to treat dry skin.

Lie #2: You can repair damaged hair. The truth: Countless hair-care products, including hair masks and so-called “deep” conditioners, make claims of repairing hair, as if all the damaging things we do to it (coloring, straightening, brushing, sun exposure) can be mended by using these types of products. The truth is hair is dead. Period. It’s dead, which is why it doesn’t hurt when you get your hair cut. Given that it’s dead, it cannot be repaired or permanently revert to its normal state. You can no more mend a hair strand than you can mend a dead leaf or soften a rock. What does happen when you use good conditioners and good styling products is that your damaged hair can feel smoother and softer and it can look shinier and more healthy, but it’s not repaired. These products provide only a temporary fix—if you don’t keep using them, you hair will go back to looking and feeling damaged. If a hair-care product could truly repair your hair, you’d need to use it only a few times and then you’d be done, but clearly that isn’t what happens!

Lie #3: There’s a product that can get rid of cellulite. The truth: The 85% of women who have cellulite would love it if this were true (all of us here at Paula’s Choice would, too), but, alas, it’s just one more falsehood. The cosmetics industry, and lots of doctors and aestheticians, want to sell you products and/or provide treatments (especially expensive ones) claiming to slim, trim, tone, and de-bump your thighs, but if any of those worked, who would have cellulite?

Trying to navigate and separate cellulite facts from fiction isn’t easy, but there is a bit of positive news. There are a few options, such as some lasers and retinoids, that may make a difference, but even these treatments, which do have some potential for working (and we mean only the “potential” for working; it’s not a sure thing) rarely live up to the claims asserted. Still, a bit of improvement, as opposed to merely wasting your money, is definitely a turn for the better! Read  moreabout what you can do to improve (but, sadly, not get rid of) cellulite.

Lie #4: One special ingredient (like vitamin C or peptides) is all aging skin needs. The truth: Given the advertising, it would seem that most cosmetics companies believe this is true—that one ingredient alone can do it all—because they perpetually launch products with one showcased ingredient, be it plant stem cells, a special melon extract from the south of France, or a plant oil from Morocco. Although there are lots of special ingredients that are great for skin (and hair), the truth is that giving your skin what it needs to act younger and be more healthy is far more complex than providing it with one ingredient, no matter how good it is.
Skin is the body’s largest organ and it needs an array of beneficial ingredients to protect and repair itself from environmental assaults and the effects of aging. Looking for skin-care products with one superstar ingredient cheats your skin of the range of ingredients it needs to significantly improve. Think of it like your diet: Vegetables are nutritional powerhouses, but if you eat only vegetables, you soon will be malnourished because veggies alone don’t provide everything the body needs to maintain itself and stay healthy. Check out some of our  favorite products with a range of beneficial ingredients proven to help skin look and act younger. More favorites can be found on Beautypedia.

Lie #5: Parabens are bad for you, so avoid products that contain them. The truth: The “parabens = bad” myth is so pervasive that many people have opted to take a better-safe-than-sorry approach. We can’t say we blame you for being cautious, but make sure your decision is based on facts, not on media-fueled misinformation. As it turns out, parabens are actually some of the gentlest preservatives used in cosmetics.

Parabens may come in the form of butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben, or propylparaben. They’ve been linked distantly (meaning in limited studies on only a handful of subjects or in animal studies) to breast cancer due to their weak estrogenic activity and their presence in a tiny number of breast cancer tissue samples. That cancer connection, however remote, has some people worried. The truth is: There is no research proving parabens should be avoided when shopping for personal-care products, for yourself or for your family, at least no more so than avoiding plants that have estrogenic activity.

According to published research and global cosmetics regulatory organizations, from the United States and Canada to Europe and Asia, parabens, especially in the small amounts present in personal-care products, are not a problem. According to these studies (and assuming the parabens get into the body), parabens are “fully metabolized before they enter the blood stream,” which is more than can be said for some plant extracts with estrogenic activity, but no one is trying to scare you into avoiding plants.
In a review of the research into the estrogenic activity of parabens, the study’s author concluded that based on maximum daily exposure estimates, “it was impossible that parabens could increase the risk associated with exposure to estrogenic chemicals.” Although more cosmetics companies have opted to avoid parabens, those who continue to preserve their products with them are not making a mistake. Parabens are among the most effective (and safest) preservatives around. Indeed, their undeserved reputation has left many cosmetics chemists scrambling to find equally effective options. Read  more about the paraben controversy here!

The next time you come across a beauty tip or a claim that sounds too simple, too good to be true, or downright scary, you can almost always count on it being a beauty lie—and you can count on us to help you understand why!



10 Glam Fall Favorites You’ll Want To Try

Looking for some fresh ideas for fall? These are some of my favorite picks for the season. Have fun!

1. A spritz of Fall– Lolita Lempika Fragrance is an enchanting and alluring fragrance that gently balances the sweetness of ivy leaves and aniseed  with delicate violet and iris root, and finishes with a smooth hint of vanilla and musk. This sensual fragrance is pure, light, and endearing. $72 for 1 oz.

2. Fresh Locks– Rahua Voluminous Shampoo. This shampoo contains lemongrass and green tea, which are mild cleansers. The results are fresh scent,  clean and bouncy fullness. $32

3. Perfect Skin In A Bottle– Arbonne Sheer Finishes Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 delivers sun protection and natural-looking coverage while restoring and maintaining optimal moisture balance. $38


4. The Lip is the Limit–  Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm. On one side of this innovative, two-in-one product: a feather-resistant stain that won’t budge for 8 hours. On the other: a very emollient balm that can be worn alone or over the stain for a lustrous touch. Berry. $23

5. Get Cheeky– Lorac Pro Powder Cheek Stain. An innovative, 12-hour long-wear powder blush stain infused with skin-nourishing nutrients. Petal Pink $20

6. Get Your Gloss On– Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15. This is everything lips want- A wide range of glistening shades, each is packed with mouth-watering moisture and hours of long-wearing comfort. Protects lips from sun damage with SPF 15 sunscreen. Bamboo Pink $15

7. Mascara Mojo– Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extension Mascara. Break every law of lengthening.4mm of measurable extensions! This waterproof mascara is amazing. This clump free formula extends every little lash. This is a must have! $15

8. The Midas Touch– Get in on the gold rush and adorn your tips with real, light-catching 18k gold flakes suspended in a shiny, clear base. The gorgeous polish dazzles on its own or adds a luxurious glimmer to your favorite shades. It’s Real 18k Gold by Sephora. $30

9. Sexy Gams– A sexy shimmer for legs, knees, and ankles that gives bare skin a healthy glow and the lush scent of Michael. You can use this shimmer stick anywhere on the body. In the fall we don’t get much sun so fake it with this amazing formula. Michael Kores Leg Shine. $10

10. Fall eyes– This season we are seeing rich berry shades, greens, and nude tones on the eyes. This palette is truly your BFF this season. Lorac Private Affair Palette. $38

How to keep your summer glow into fall

When the weather is starting to cool down your skin gets more dehydrated. I recommend exfoliating more often. BareMinerals intensive Glow Pads are a great option. They bring back your natural radiance, improve skin tone and texture for a complexion that really glows. These pads are infused with vitamins and minerals to increase cell turnover and create luminous skin.

If your skin is prone to dark spots or is more on the sensitive side try a cleanser that contains salicylic acid or lactic acid.  These cleansers are a more gentle exfoliant. I recommend Pore Refining Cleanser by Neutrogena. This is a cleaner/scrub combination. It’s more gentle for sensitive skin types. No matter what skin type you are you should always be using a moisturizer to help retain normal, healthy, youthful moisture levels. Your moisturizer needs Antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients. I recommend Complete Ageless Skin Renewing UV Lotion SPF 20 by Olay for a daytime moisturizer because UVA protection is sufficient and the texture of this cream is truly luxurious and works well under makeup. It has a healthy dose of helpful ingredients to prevent premature aging. For Night I love Clinique’s Super Rescue Antioxidant Moisturizer. This cream contains tons or antioxidants which protect the skin from free radical damage and build stronger skin. Last but not least if your complexion still looks a little blah use a cleansing brush such at the Clarisonic once a week. It deep cleans your skin and the texture appears smooth and reflects light.

Why do women assume they shouldn’t use self tanner after summer? It’s the best way to keep that summer glow and perk up your skin. If you are fair try Jergens natural glow Express in  Fair to Medium Tones.

For olive or medium skin tones use a regular self tanner that will deepen your skin about two shades. works great. Apply the formula right after you shower or wash your face and skip your moisturizer. Apply the self tanner directly to clean skin.

For a sheer glow that is over doing it for the fall  I use a tinted moisturizer to add a subtle glow to my skin. I like Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer. The colors are exceptional and include options for porcelain to dark skin tones. To complete your look apply a peachy pink cream blush to the cheeks like Clinique’s Blushwear Cream Stick in Peachy Blush. Finish it off with a warm neutral gloss.


Shopping List:

BareMinerals Intensive Glow Pads

Pore Refining Cleanser by Neutrogena

Complete Ageless Skin Renewing UV Lotion SPF 20 by Olay

Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer in Fair to Medium Tones

Clinique Self Sun Daily Body Moisturizer in Medium to Deep

Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer

Clinique’s Blushwear Cream Stick in Peachy Blush