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I did a photo shoot the other day down at the Creek in the little village of Arroyo Grande with  photographer and friend, Marilyn Rivas Tate. What a beautiful setting, and what a photographer! Marilyn (and her equipment) were amazing.

At 55 I wasn’t very confidant about doing “beauty shots”. I knew I could do my makeup – duh, and I knew she could make the magic on her end, but I’m not a 20 something model anymore – so I was apprehensive.

I had to do my makeup early in the morning because I had a full day of clients. My everyday makeup would have left my features washed-out for photos.

Here is a list of what I did for my session with Marilyn and what I recommend when I do makeup for a special event or photo session.

1.) One week before the event you should do your last skincare treatment. I recommend a facial Peel that is appropriate for your skin-type. An exfoliating and hydrating treatment will provide a smoother, more even canvas for makeup application.

2.) 3 days after a peel you can have your eyebrows waxed. Fabulous brows are a must!

3.) To prep the skin before you apply makeup: cleanse your face, spritz with toner (Climate Control by Senegence), use a product with sodium hylauronate (Hy-Drate by Tu’el) to retain the skin’s water, and apply sunscreen.

4.) If you need sweat-proof makeup for the heat, humidity, or the scrutiny of  flashbulbs, wear an oil absorbing product. Greasy skin does not look pretty in pictures or in real life.

My pick: Absorb by Tu’el

5.) Prime-time! Almost ready for makeup. But first, primer is something to have on hand when you have a crazy-long day, or when you want a flawless look. It creates a protective base and a smoother surface for fine lines, acne scaring or any other irregularity in the skin. It allows foundation to be applied evenly and effortlessly.

6.) Hmmm, what foundation to wear? Youngblood Mineral Makeup of course. I love the option of very light to full coverage with this mineral makeup. It also has an SPF rating of up to 30 (about 8 SPF for most applications). Did you know it is better to have wear  mineral makeup than bare skin when going out?

7.) Next add highlighters, bronzing powders, blush and contouring.

  • Highlight the eyes. Under the brow bone and by the tear duct, place some white or brightening highlighter. I don’t love shimmer or glitter on older, crepey or dry skin 😥 matte is better. But for all you kids out there (or for those who don’t give a s*^#) shimmer away!

My pick: Sandstone Pink Cream by Senegence. This is one of celebrity MUA Kandee Johnson’s favorite products!

  • Contour the eyes. Puffy upper lids require shadow in earth tones (grays or browns) to minimize.

My pick: Trucco Hi-brow Trio

  • Use a darker foundation or bronzing powder, in hollows of checks and possibly under the chin and the sides of the nose – every face is different.

My pick:  Sunglow Mineral Makeup

8.) Lashes! Curl, prime, curl again, and coat 1,2,3 or more times.

My pick: Youngblood’s Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara

9.) Lips! With out a doubt Lipsense by Senegence is my #1 pick

10.) Brows! A professional shaping and consultation is essential. Don’t do any waxing at least 3 days before the event in case you break out a little.

  • Use a pencil a little lighter than you want the brows to end up, to fill in and lengthen the brow shape.
  • Brush them out.
  • A brow powder will soften and add dimension to the eyebrow (the same Trucco Hi-brow Trio you used to contour the eyes is perfect).

11.) And finally, whether your on the big or the little screen, you need to understand the importance of taking it all off at the end of the day.

I can’t wait to get my skin clean because I know the secret to having great looking skin in the morning is removing all that makeup at night, and this is one of the most important beauty tips you can follow.

If you leave makeup on overnight, it can clog your pores causing all kinds of breakouts, blackheads, and uneven skin tone. Plus, your skin renews itself at night and cant effectively do that if its covered in old makeup.

My pick: Hydrophylic Cleansing Oil and Herbalizer by Tu’el

12.) And last but not least, get plenty of beauty sleep the night before!

See you at the spa!

Wear red lipstick Friday!

Did you know heart disease is the number 1 killer of women? Wear red Friday February 5 in honor of The American Heart Association. Christina Aguilera wears Blue Red layered with Cranberry. Remember LipSense is 10% off for February.

See you at the spa!

The rain at the Golden Globes wilted everybody’s hair, clothes and makeup; but even the rain couldn’t wash away the love and warm thoughts that everyone in attendance was sending out to the people of Haiti.  In between the water, awards and words of support, I sneaked a peak at the faces of the lovely ladies and gents; and here’s my take:

Because I am a woman in her Second Adulthood (as Gail Sheehy in “The Silent Passage” puts it) – I looked at how other women my age looked. One note to the over 40 crowd: Don’t turn your face into a fake, wax mess. Cause guess what? Even if you do, you’ll still look your age!

Helen Mirren and  Meryl Streep were my most favorite ladies over forty; Sophia Loren and Glenn Close were my least.

Most of the gals had “see thru” foundations (like mineral makeup) on, and I love looking at real skin. Remember: you have the skin you were born with until you are about 30, then you have the skin you deserve.

Eyelashes were also important at the Globes, but not the “fake strip” kind. I would guess many of the stars are getting lash extensions these days. Extensions used to be part of my repertoire, but they’re expensive, time consuming and like acrylic nails, require constant professional maintenance. I recommend applying individual lashes instead– if you feel you really need more.

But I digress…back to the celebrities:

January Jones – While most of the gals at the Globes were wearing nude colored lipstick, January stood out in red lipstick–and I loved it! In fact, she was one of my favorite women of the evening. I could have tweeked her brows very slightly (but I’m a bit OCD); but all-in-all, they were nice and thick, and fairly well shaped and colored. Her lashes were lovely, and the black headband she wore was spot on. Hair accessories are like makeup – get some!

Taylor Lautner – I’ll admit, I love everything about Twilight, including the stylist’s who work on the cast. Top notch. Taylor’s brows are cool, his skin looks nice and clean.  He’s a package!

Sandra Bullock – The warm toned lip color she wore really brought out her brown eyes; but her brows were a little too thin and light. They needed to do a better job of supporting her dark eyes. Highlighter shadow made her eyes sparkle and lift. She has beautiful skin (regular facials), her bone structure is strong (genetics); and she’s got the personality to back up her beauty!

Kate Hudson – It was ALL about the eyes on her. I loved the “cat eye” liner at the tear duct. She was great in the movie “9” – her sense of style is impeccable. What more can I say?

George Clooney – So many guys were sporting facial hair (which I personally don’t love), but George’s was the biggest mess of them all – and he kept petting it!  And hey George, salt and pepper much? People.com gave him the  “Sexiest Facial Hair” award. I give him a big, fat ewww!

Halle Berry – All I will say is this: If you have jet black hair, your brows should not be grey.

Vera Farmiga – She took a chance to look different with her “smoky eye”; and I admire that. I liked the look when I watched the show, but now that I’m looking at pictures of the event, I’m not such a fan.  Maybe it’s her horrible eyebrows that are throwing me off…Here comes that OCD again!

If you’re looking for who did the “smoky eye” thing well, look no further than Diane Kruger. Flawless! But be careful with this look. Liner is big this year, but not everyone can pull off black.  Marion Cotillard channeling Audrey Hepburn is a great example of someone who can pull off “smoky eyes”–and just like Kate, I loved her in “9”.

Christina Aguilera – Clearly, she bleached her brows. A look that made her seem younger, but one that only the confidently fashion forward can play with.  However, it is important for everyone (fashion forward or not) to dye your brows if they are too light. I like the vegetable dyes that estheticians use rather than hair dye around the eye area.

Last but not least, Drew Barrymore – What a great personality – even with some facial paralysis she pulls off glam. She wore red lipstick too which was OK, but she kissed most of it off – not OK. She is growing her brows closer to the bridge of her nose (good), but they are too scanty and should have been filled in to make them look like the rest of the brow. Kate Winslet had the same problem, in case you were wondering.

If you decide to grow your brows, here’s a few things to note: The fashion trend is to grow the “head” of the brow closer to the midline of the face (I’ve been teaching it for 5 years!). Gausey is good; sparse looks unfinished. Before your brows grow in completely, use makeup to make them match. Find a pencil that matches your natural brow color perfectly, then you can fill in with little faux hairs, blur with a brush and apply some brow powder to soften.

Well, there you have it: The Star Brows Golden Globes rundown.  People I can’t talk about this year? Mariah CareyClooney’s date, Alec Baldwin, Cameron DiazFergieNicole Kidman (is she nipping out in every shot?), Ricky Gervais (but what a mischievous comedian!), and Chloe Sevigny (pose much?).

I’d be interested in knowing what you thought?

Can’t wait to hear from you or better yet, to see you at the Spa!

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