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cosmetic news, product reviews, makeup tutorials, industry advice…
and maybe a rant or two.

Back To Basic – Eyeshadow Application

Makeup is FUN, but a six-color, double cut crease, with glitter, winged eyeliner, and false lashes is not for everyone. Let's hit the pause button on the YouTube and Instagram drag-inspired looks. I'm taking us back to three basic eyeshadow applications that enhance...

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Professional Rivalry

Makeup artistry, like any job, has its share of professional rivalry.  I can appreciate healthy competitive spirit where the intent is to push ourselves towards higher goals. But when competition turns toxic, you cross the line into deceit, sabotage and plain old...

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The Daily Complexion – Part One

These are my quick picks for a nourished, even toned and well-protected daily complexion…not matter how busy your schedule gets! Bioderma Sensible H2O gently yet effectively cleanses away city grime while removing makeup, without dehydrating skin. Its fatty acid...

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Professional Setting Powder

Setting powder is one of the most important steps for ensuring the durability of a makeup application. The first thing we should address is the difference between a setting power and a finishing powder. A setting powder does exactly what the name implies - it absorbs...

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Best Budget Moisturizers (Under $40)

Everyone's skin needs moisture (even oily skin), but a moisturizer with the latest state-of-the-art ingredients and a price tag to match is not always in our budget. Let's look at some of the best moisturizers under $40. CeraVe Moisturizers One of the most highly...

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The Best Bridal Makeup Tips

A few years ago, I was asked to write a bridal beauty article for Martha Stewart Weddings. 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...

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Everything Old Is New Again

When the internet was a baby (with no social media), Allure Magazine featured the Ben Nye Fireworks Fantasy Wheel (image above) in their Editor's Choice section. Back then, beauty editors talked about products, application techniques, and makeup trends ONLY after...

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