Eye Base Primer

I use a primer before applying my eyeshadow everyday. Primers smooth, conceal, and create a velvety base, so anything you apply on top will immediately look better.

I usually use Smashbox photo finish lid primer, MAC paint pots, or concealer to prep my eye lids for eyeshadow. Using a primer helps reduce the incidence of eyeshadow getting trapped in the crease of your eye lid and helps the shadow stay on for a longer period of time. A primer also evens out the color of the lid, ensuring a uniform application of color. You can even wear the primer alone if you have chosen one with shimmer, for a bare and beautiful day look.

My favorite MAC paint pot is the color Bare Study, which is a pretty beige color with flecks of gold shimmer. It compliments any skin tone and goes with any color you apply on top. Worn alone, it leaves just a hint of sparkle and shine on the lid, for that fresh faced look. No matter which color you choose, you will love the way it looks on the eye and how much time is saves you from reapplying your shadow throughout the day.


Best H & M Looks At The 2014 Emmys – How To Interview From Sarah Hyland’s Pro Allan Avendano

Working in the beauty industry, I look forward to seeing how the best beauty pros in the business help Tinseltown’s elite transform into the most glamorous versions of themselves for an award show. I was lucky enough to snag an interview with Celebrity Makeup Artist, Allan Avendano, who created Sarah Hyland’s Emmy look. 

My favorite hair and makeup looks of the night are as follow:

Sarah Hyland-  Makeup Artist Allan Avendano, special “How To” below

Kristen Wiig- Textured bob

Claire Danes- Hairstylist Peter Butler

Michelle Dockery- Hairstylist Mara Roszak using an Ana Khouri barrette

“How To” for Sarah Hyland’s look with her amazing Makeup Artist, Allan Avendano

We kept her entire look soft and pretty and definitely took inspiration from portraits of Audrey Hepburn and other old Hollywood film stars.    


– I prepped Sarah’s skin with Orlane Paris Super Moisturizing Light Cream and Absolute Skin Recovery Care Eye Contour.  The perfect base for any makeup!

– I applied DiorSkin Star Foundation and concealer for a lightweight, flawless and luminous finish!

– To accentuate her cheekbones and to add dimension to her face, I used DiorNude Tan Powder in Moka and shaded the sides of her face in the shape of a “3” from her temples to under her cheekbones and into her jawline.

– To make her cheeks pop, I gave her a good dose of MAC Powder Blush in Style on the apples of her cheeks and into her temple.

– For highlights, I took Dior Glow Maximizer, warmed it up with my fingers and strategically placed in on her orbital bone (right at the peak of her cheekbones, on the bridge of her nose and on her cupid’s bow.  Then i lightly dusted MAC Mineralize Powder in Soft and Gentle to make it pop.

– To tone down shine in the t-zone, I used DiorSkin Loose Powder.


– I started with applying MAC Pro-Longwear Paint Pot in Layin’ Low as a base for Sarah’s eyeshadows.  It helps with keeping shadows on, makes them more opaque and prevents it from creasing.  

– Then I applied MAC Naked Pigment in the center of the eyes and into the inner corners.

– For the outer corners, I dipped my crease brush into 3 MAC Eyeshadow shades to create a custom crease color: Swiss Chocolate, Smut and Bronze.  I created a V shape on the outer corners and diffused it in the crease.  Then I applied the Bronze eyeshadow from the corner towards the center and blended it into the Naked pigment.

– Her brows were filled in impeccably with DiorShow Brow Styler in Universal Brown.

– Right under her brow bone I used MAC Mineralized Powder in Soft and Gentle to create a very subtle sheen.

– For her upper lashes, we applied a coat of DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and then followed it up with 4 coats of Dior Addict IT-Lash in IT-Black to create bold full lashes (because we chose not to use any eyeliner).

– For her bottom lashes, we used DiorShow New Look mascara in Black.  The thin brush really comes in handy for the bottom lashes.


– Her lips were painted in with Dior Contour Lip Liner in Jungle Brown and topped off with Rouge Dior Lipstick in Trench!


– Her beautiful skin tone was accentuated with Votre Vu’s Silk Stockings Lotion.  It moisturized and made her glow!


Happy National Lipstick Day

In honor of today being National Lipstick Day, I wanted to pay tribute to a few of my favorite shades of lip colors.  A quick swipe of color on your lips can transform your look in an instant.

Red gives off a confident, sexy vibe, ready to conquer the world. I often will apply a red lip for an event after work or a girls night out, but save the date night red for a special occasion. My favorite brand for the scarlet hue is Make Up For Ever from the Rouge Artist Intense Collection in “Moulin Rouge.” I line my lips with MAC Pro Longwear lip pencil in “Kiss Me Quick,” then top it with Make Up For Ever in “Moulin Rouge.”

Pretty in Pink is a saying for a reason, not to mention the classic movie. I love a petal pink lip and for this I most often use my favorite standard lip liner, MAC “Cream of Spice” and top with a gloss. The two perfect pout lip glosses I am loving right now are Kevyn Aucoin’s “Valentina” (a gorgeous dark pink) and MAC’s “Pure Silliness” (a bright, poppy pink a la Nicki Minaj).

Nothing is better than Nude. A nice nude lip is my go to look since I prefer a smoky eye. This shade will take you through the entire day and night. I line my lips with MAC “Cream of Spice” and top with Giorgio Armani lipstick in shade 111, which was gifted to me by Giorgio Armani Pro Makeup Artist, Tim Quinn, years ago and I continue to purchase to this day.

Enjoy the day and try a new shade!

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