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Best Bridal Makeup Tips

The Best Bridal Makeup Tips

It’s the height of the wedding season, so I thought I’d share an article I wrote for Martha Stewart Weddings a few years ago. Whether you hire a professional makeup artist (recommended) or decide to DIY (not recommended), I lovingly offer you THE BEST BRIDAL MAKEUP TIPS …ever! My Bridal Philosophy. There have been so many […]

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Fixing An Eyebrow Emergency

Fixing An Eyebrow Emergency

The current YouTube and Instagram focus on eyebrows is intense, so the chances of having an eyebrow emergency have risen significantly. Does this sound familiar? You’ve watched a few YouTube videos, canceled your scheduled eyebrow shaping appointment and decided to go DIY. You start plucking away, thinking, “wow, this is a cinch”. You’re busy yanking […]

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Lip & Cheek Stain

Heat-Proof Summer Color – Stains

How do you keep your summer makeup heat-proof and looking fresh when faced with sauna-like days? Lip & Cheek stains! This is probably one of the few times you’ll look forward to a getting STAINed! Combination Lip & Cheek stains are the perfect solution to adding color punch to warm weather makeup and insuring that […]

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The Origins Of Lip Color

The Origins of Lip Color

Did you know Mother Nature provided a pivotal and provocative phenomenon that inspired the origin of lip color. Intrigued yet? Mother Nature decided that part of the mating process of many creatures (including humans) should include the “enhancement” of lip color. Who could have guessed we would create a multi-billion dollar global industry based on […]

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Quick History Of Makeup

A Quick History Of Makeup

Throughout history, makeup has been used for everything from ceremonial rituals to beauty adornment…and a few other rather interesting reasons. I thought it would be fun to look back into makeup history and uncover the origins of some of our favorite beauty practices. In ancient Egypt, liquid eyeliner (Kohl) was not only used as a […]

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Touch-Up Tips

Makeup 101- Touch-Up Tips

Sometimes your makeup needs to go from faded to fabulous…FAST. These touch-up tips will help you pull it off flawlessly. Even the most carefully applied, longest lasting makeup will inevitably crumble by the end of a long work day. Reviving that “freshly applied” look you began the day with calls for some foolproof touch-up tips. So […]

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Red Lip Reboot

Red Lips – A 21st Century Reboot

What never goes out of style? RED LIPS! They’re like your favorite little black dress, a timeless classic  – and this classic is getting a 21st century reboot. Red lips have been reimagined and rebooted into a myriad of tones and finishes.  From sheer to matte, deep rich berry to juicy tomato, there are reds to […]

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Negotiation 101

Negotiation 101 for Hair, Makeup & Stylists

NEGOTIATION 101: The basic information needed to get the rates you deserve for paid jobs when you decide to make hair, makeup or wardrobe styling your business (and a primary source of income). The most effective way to determine the rates you should be negotiating with takes research and a little math. First thing to do […]

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Tubing Mascara

Mascara Evolution – Tubing

Mascara is one of the most basic steps in any beauty makeup application.  Let’s talk about its evolution and the technology behind tubing mascara. Many makeup artists (including myself) advise, if you’re not wearing any other makeup, at least wear mascara. Problem is, a lot of standard mascaras smudge or flake, leaving nasty black circles […]

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Makeup Myths - Part 1

Makeup Myths

The internet and social media give us access to lots of information.  Problem is, lots of it is mis-information.  It’s time to separate fact from fiction and address some common makeup myths. How many times have I heard someone offer a makeup tip that caused me to blurt out an astonished, “WHAT!?!” – followed by an […]

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DIY Beauty Solutions 2

DIY Beauty Solutions – Part 2

Can’t spend the day or the dollars ($$$) at a spa but crave a beauty treatment? I have a “honey” of a DIY beauty solution that will sweeten your day!   Throughout the centuries, legendary beauties have used honey as part of their skin and hair care treatments. Cleopatra was famous for her milk and […]

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DIY Beauty Solutions Part 1

DIY Beauty Solutions – Part 1

Beauty basics do not have to break the bank. As a matter of fact, you can DIY (do it yourself) many solutions to basic beauty needs. Hydrating & Exfoliating Face Mask Cosmetic quandary: Your skin is dull, dehydrated and the texture looks kind of rough.  Unfortunately there’s no extra cash in the cookie jar to […]

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Hypoallergenic Cosmetic Myth

Cosmetic Myth – Hypoallergenic Products

It’s time to blow the whistle on another cosmetic myth – the term HYPOALLERGENIC. Want to know what it really means when a cosmetic product makes a claim of being hypoallergenic?  In a word – BULLSH*T. The term did not originate from medical or even dermatologic science.  The cosmetic industry coined the word “hypoallergenic” so it could […]

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Mineral Makeup - Fact Vs Fiction

Mineral Makeup – Fact vs Fiction

Let’s review all the marketing hype and separate fact from fiction about mineral makeup. Is it really good for you…or too good to be true? FACT:  Kevin has never been a mineral makeup hater. I DO have an aversion to dishonest mineral makeup marketing/advertising and agenda driven non-profit special interest groups like EWG and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics because… They […]

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The Modern Metrosexual

Understanding The Modern Metrosexual

I don’t normally address guy grooming in this blog. But from what I see, some dudes are in desperate need of guidance. They need to understand the modern metrosexual. The term metrosexual was coined in 1994. It is a neologism (ie; made up word) which is a combination of metropolitan and heterosexual. It refers to an urban […]

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