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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Naples Makeup Artist Compares Brushes to Fingers, Why use brushes??

Of course being a Naples makeup artist I get asked ALL of the time, what is the difference between using brushes and using your fingers? I use my fingers and sponges to apply everything, whats the big deal?... It's actually a HUGE deal and makes all the difference in the world. 

Ever walk into a department store or makeup store and wonder why all of the women's makeup looks so perfect? Well number one, they all use primers and know how their products are going to wear throughout the day and number two, they have BRUSHES that they use to apply EVERYTHING!

By far one of my favorite brush sets in the entire world are chanel because they last forever! But, if chanel isn't really in your budget, test out some CVS brand to make sure they're soft enough and don't irritate the skin. 

MAC has one of my all time favorite brushes as well and is very inexpensive. Some are synthetic and some have real hair, go for the ones that fit you best. 

What's the problem with using sponges or fingers?
1. Sponges soak up most of your product and end up wasting your makeup
2. Fingers are uneven and everyone knows that touching your face all of the time causes bacteria to fester. 

If you have any questions please feel free to email me :) and I'd be happy to help

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Naples Makeup Artist Reveals "Natural Look" Secrets

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is, how do I look natural and not "too done up?" Well there isn't one simple answer on how to do makeup for one person, there's all different looks for all different types of people, but one sure fire way to get the "natural look" you're wanting is to use these products and follow this application:

1. If you want an even skin tone try an tinted moisturizer (laura mercier primer and tinted moisturizer is AMAZING- available at local department stores for $30)

2. Smile and add a dab of blush to your cheeks for a pop of color (Try MAC springsheen or blushbaby depending on skin tone $13)

3. Pencil in brows lightly with a color that matches your hair color, you can use really any line for this application. If a pencil seems to harsh try a shadow with an angle brush of some sort.

4. Apply your mascara (Try DiorShow Iconic, one of my favorite's!! $27)

5. A touch of lip gloss for an extra glow and you're out the door! (MAC suntints have spf in them for your lips)

And that's it! You're done! Of course you always need to remember to use the proper skincare and wash, tone and moisturize before makeup application AND before bedtime. If you have any questions please feel free to email me and I'd be happy to help :).

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Naples Makeup Artist Reveals Lash Grower Secrets!!

For the first time ever I've found a mascara that not only works as a primer, but is also a mascara AND lash grower in one! Dior's DIOR SHOW ICONIC mascara is a black primer that has lash growing ingredients that lengthen, condition and protect the lash.

Many mascaras just don't do their job and dry out way too quickly. Often they can make your lashes brittle and do not condition or clump the lashes way too much. Waterproof mascara is also something that you should definitely stay away from UNLESS it's a special occasion!! When it's waterproof it does not come off easily and therefore even with makeup remover there's a lot of chunks left behind on the lash for days. This clumps and breaks lashes.

I stumbled upon the dior show iconic while looking for something that did it all! I am "obsessed" so to speak with lashes. I love long, feathery flirty eyes, who doesn't? I tried almost everything and by far one of my favorite's is this mascara.

A little tip: Many experts suggest to throw out mascara every 6 months, HOWEVER, bacteria can breed much faster than that and if you think about a mascara bottle it's dark, wet and perfect for breeding. Although difficult, try and replace your mascara every 2-3 months!

If you have any questions please feel free to email me, I'd be happy to answer!

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Naples Makeup Artist Does Spa Sampler Event!!

This weekend was SO much fun! I hosted an event with renowned makeup artist, Nancy Joseph, at her studio/spa. We had such a great turnout and all of the ladies had a BLAST. We set up a lash bar, had manicures, pedicures, skincare and makeup class, and even a spray tanner! Here are some of the photos from the event:

If you have any questions on skincare or makeup, or want to do an event, feel free to email me at I love to help woman feel beautiful :).

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Naples Makeup Artist Reveals Truth About Skin: Does Diet help?

As most of you probably know, many expert dermatologists say that diet and nutrition have absolutely NOTHING to do with your skin! I can't tell you how many dermatologists I've visited that told me if I eat fast food, chocolate and cookies every day my skin will remain the same. I knew there was something wrong with this so went on to do some research on the subject.
One of my all time favorite books on skin is Dr. Perricone's clear skin prescription and Perricone prescription. These books talk about diet and acne, wrinkles, rosacea, etc. He explains that the experiments & studies conducted with diet and skin are completely flawed and every dermatological school in the country is based off of misinformation about diet. There are foods that inflame the skin, and non-inflammatory foods that you should eat. Mostly the diet consists of many fruits, veggies, fish, eggs, and different seeds & spices that help skin. Not only will this diet calm redness, it will also help prevent against aging. Certain supplements should be taken as well. Go to any GNC and talk about the Perricone diet and they will point out anti-oxidant supplements for you.
As a Naples makeup artist I care deeply about my clients and people who read my blog. I do extensive research to support all of my findings and go off of personal experience. After the three day cleanse diet that Dr. Perricone mentions, you will feel and look much healthier. Look online for the Perricone three day program. Email me how this worked for you, I'd love to hear about your experience!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Naples Makeup Artist Reviews Clarisonic Skincare Brush!

What is all this hype about the Clarisonic about?! What IS the Clarisonic some of you are wondering? This rechargeable battery operated skincare brush is one of the BEST inventions your skin has EVER experienced! Guys I am SO excited about this product! Being a Naples makeup artist I am approached daily with skincare problems and questions about how to constantly improve its appearance and reverse the damage. This product is one of the best things you can do to save your skin whether it's acne, wrinkles, enlarged pores, etc.


All you have to do is use your favorite cleanser, whatever it may be, and in a circular motion run the brush gently across your face to cleanse. The Clarisonic's bristles move at about 300 times per second and clean 6 times more efficiently than normal washing!! This means that not only are you cleansing deep within the pores, you're also removing months of makeup, dirt, oil, etc. This helps your products work much better and increases the absorbency your skin has towards these products, whether they're anti-wrinkle or anti-breakout. Although expensive it is so worth the buy.

The brush is also a natural exfoliate so you don't even need to use a scrubber (in fact it's recommended that you don't use a scrub while using the brush). There are three different kinds of brushes for people with more durable skin to very sensitive skin types. This is a great product for men AND women who want to see improvement in their skin routine :). I highly recommend picking this up at your local dermatologist's office or Nordstrom.

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