How to Turn Your Powder Bronzer into a Cream

If you don’t become a cosmetic chemist while getting ready in the morning, you definitely should! Multipurpose products will save you space, time, and money, and if I’m being completely honest, it’s fun mixing and playing in makeup! In today’s. blog I’m going to teach you how to turn your powder bronzer into a cream with just a few products.

First thing you will need is a clean palette or plate to mix on. Once you have that grab your favorite powder bronzer, a clean mascara spoolie, and Sonia Roselli’s Water Elixir. Once you’ve got all your products, the first thing you want to do is take your spoolie to your bronzer and gently scrape off a small amount of powder onto your palette. Once that is done, mix one pump of Water Elixir with the powder (you can use your spoolie to do this). Feel free to add more powder or more Elixir until you get the consistency you like! Take a stippling brush and dip into your new cream bronzer and apply where you would normally bronze. It’s that easy!

Multipurpose tricks like these come in handy when you’re traveling so you can pack light, when your skin needs a little extra hydration, or if you just want to try something new. Remember, there are no rules to makeup. I hope this helps, have fun!

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How to Get Luminous Skin on Your Wedding Day

Each bride I have had the pleasure of working with is unique, but one thing they all share in common is that they all want the glowy, “lit from within”, skin. I can’t blame them, I love that kind of look! Let’s talk about my top 3 tips to achieving that bridal glow.

Your makeup will only look as good as your skin looks, so my first tip is to get a skin care routine down that works for you. I recommend starting this routine 4-6 months prior to your wedding date. Please note: I NEVER recommend trying new products 1-4 weeks before your big day, just in case you end up breaking out or having an allergic reaction. If you do end up with a gnarly breakout (it happens), at least you will have some time to heal your skin. As far as skin care, focus on hydration. I recommend using hyaluronic acid, a moisturizer you love, and a facial oil to achieve the glow! I love using Sonia Roselli’s Water Elixir, Waterbalm, and Water Oil on myself and my brides. To purchase, click here:

My second tip is to drink water! Be sure to stay hydrated (especially if your wedding is outdoors in this North Carolina heat – shew!). Drink lots and loots of water and if it helps, get one of those water bottles with time markers to be sure you drink enough throughout the day.

My last tip is to use cream and liquid products on the day of, and minimal powder. A skilled Makeup Artist will know how to strategically place the powder to help the makeup set and last without taking away the glow, so be sure to do your research when looking at Makeup Artists! If you are doing your own makeup, like I mentioned, try to stick to creams and liquids. This will be the most skin-like and will give a gorgeous glow!

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How to Have a Successful Makeup Trial

With so many talented makeup artists out there, how do you find the artist that’s right for you without having to do 346 trials? Here’s my advice!

When you’re looking for a makeup artist, look at their portfolio carefully. Take a mental note of the style of makeup they do, is it more of the “Instagram glam”? More on the natural side? Somewhere in the middle? You want to find an artist that has the same style of makeup you want for your wedding day. If you want something more natural it wouldn’t make sense to book a trial with an artist who’s style is more of a heavy beat and vice versa, trust me- you will hate it!

Something else you should look for when browsing portfolios is if the artist can execute a variety of different looks. Now, I know the majority of brides want the same thing when it comes to their makeup (neutral tones, radiant skin, want to still look/ feel like themselves with the makeup on) BUT can the artist create that look while making changes when needed to cater to each unique bride? Or is the artist more cookie cutter and create the same look with the same colors/ lashes on every bride that sits in their chair? You want the artist that will have the knowledge and skill to know what colors, formulas, lashes, etc. will suit you best so that you look your best!

Once you’ve found an artist that checks off all your boxes, to best prepare for your trial I always recommend to go on Pinterest and find some makeup looks you like. To get the most realistic result, try to find looks on models with the same hair color, skin color, eye color, etc. as you. If you are completely lost on what you’d like your makeup to look like, that’s okay! Part of our job is to help guide you and figure out what you love. I would still find 2-3 pictures of makeup you love just for reference.

Something I be sure to tell my brides during their trial is to not be afraid to tell me if they’d like me to tweak something, that is what the trial is for! I want my brides to love their look on the big day and when they look back on their wedding pictures for years to come. You’re the boss, so if you do not like something please do not be afraid to tell us. We will be more than willing to make changes if it makes you happy.

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What Brow Color Should You Be Wearing?

I think brows are the hardest feature for most people to master, not because they are hard, but because a lot of people overthink them! Once you realize how simple brows can be your makeup routine will be a breeze, so let’s dive in!

The art of makeup is all about color and balance, brows especially. The right brow color for you is not only dependent on your hair color, but also your eye color and skin tone. For example, if my client has light blonde hair, light skin, and light blue eyes but has darker roots, I would not match the brow color to her roots. Even though the brow color would match her hair roots, her brows would come off WAY too strong. It wouldn’t look natural and would be very off balanced with the rest of her makeup. Instead, I would opt for an ashy blonde color for her brows. This will give a much softer appearance to the brows and would help make the makeup look more balanced, while still being in the same color family as her darker roots.

A good rule of thumb for brows is to pick a brow color 1-2 shades lighter than your hair color. Here are more examples: If your skin, eye color, and hair color are light, I would opt for a lighter or ashy brow color. If you have more tanned skin, dark eyes, and brown hair, I would opt for a lighter brown shade for your brows. If you have deep skin, dark brown hair, and dark brown eyes, I would opt for a dark brown brow color. If you have light skin, light eyes, and red hair, I would do an ashy blonde brow color. If your skin is more cool toned (pink), I would opt for something cool toned because a lot of times something warmer will come off orange. If you have warmer (golden) skin, try opting for neutral brow colors, that way your brows don’t come off too muddy or orange.

Something else to consider is the makeup look you are going for. If you are going for a softer eye look and a bolder lip, it would be okay to add more detail to the brows (adding more depth to the tail, for example) with a brow pencil because it would balance out the whole look. However, if you are planning to rock a smokey eye I would only groom the brows with a brow mascara. Again, it’s all about balance!

Try not to overthink the brows, they really are simple once you find the right colors and tools to suite you best. You’ve got this!

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How To Fix the Most Common Eyeshadow Mistakes

If you think you need to wipe all of your eye makeup off and start over if you make a tiny mistake, I am about to blow your mind! The most common eyeshadow mistakes are actually easy and quick to fix, let’s dive in.

First let’s talk about the dreaded eyeshadow fallout. Almost everyone (myself included) I know struggles with this, or has struggled with this issue in the past. Eyeshadow fallout is when tiny bits of eyeshadow fall under your eyes/ on your face while you’re applying it to your eyes, ruining your face makeup. This happens when you’ve got too much shadow on your brush, when you’re blending too aggressively, or it could just be a bad quality eyeshadow that will have fallout no matter what you do. An easy way to avoid ruining your face makeup is to do your eyeshadow first. I got into the habit of doing eyes first years ago and I still do makeup in that order today. It is so much easier to just take a makeup wipe and remove the unwanted fallout than to remove your face makeup that got ruined! If you think you’re picking up too much shadow on your brush, try barely tapping your brush into the shadow, then tapping the brush on your finger to get any excess product off, then go in and apply like normal. If you think you’re blending too aggressively, try changing up your hand placement. When holding your eyeshadow brush, I am willing to bet that your hand is closer to the bristles than it is to the end of the brush (like holding a pencil). Try holding the brush at the very end of the handle and apply your eyeshadow like normal. This will force you to apply the makeup softer, and you will have more control!

If your eyeshadow is creasing, you are either not using an eye primer, or you’re not using the right eye primer. I swear by MAC’s 24 Hour Eye Base, that stuff is like cement! Believe me when I say your eyeshadow will NOT move or crease. A little goes a long way, just apply all over your lids with your fingers (I find the fingers warms the product up and it blends easier) then set it with a flesh toned shadow and do your eyeshadow like normal. Thank me later!

Lets say you’ve just spent 10 minutes on your eyeshadow, your eyeliner came out perfect, and now you’re applying your mascara when- OOPS. You got some mascara on your eyelid, ruining all your hard work. When this happens everyone panics and tries to wipe it off as quickly as they can, smearing the mascara and making an even bigger mess! What if I told you that the next time you get mascara on your lids, you let it dry? Seriously, DON’T TOUCH IT. Let it dry all the way down and once its dry, just grab a q-tip or a clean brow spoolie and wipe it away. The mascara will just flake off! No more messy, smeared mascara that ruins your eye makeup.

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The 3 Eyeshadow Brushes That Should Be in Every Makeup Bag

Brushes can make or break an eye look, so here are my favorite eyeshadow brushes that will help you blend like a pro!

The MAC 217 brush has been a favorite of mine basically ever since I started doing makeup. This brush has the perfect shape to pick up just the right amount of product, the perfect density for smooth blending, and a mix of longer bristles in the middle and shorter bristles on the sides that will do alllllll the hard work for you! You can even turn the brush on its side to pack on shimmer shadows. For everyday makeup, this brush will do it all.

For those who want more a more detailed look, or if you have hooded or smaller eyes, the MAC 221 will be your new best friend. This brush is a baby version of the 217 brush, so it has all the benefits of the 217 but this one can apply eyeshadow to any hard to reach areas. I love using this one for the lower lash line, any detailed blending in the crease, or smoking out liner.

My last favorite is the MAC 224 brush. This brush is my, “eraser” brush. It is not as dense as the other two brushes which makes it great for sweeping a wash of color on the eyes. Whenever I go a little too high up with the eyeshadow (yes, even the pros still make mistakes!) I like to dip this brush in a flesh toned color and blend right over the “edge” of the shadow. Doing this will tone down the look and will give the appearance of a smoother blend.

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My Top 3 Fave Eyeshadow Palettes for DIY Makeup Brides

If you want to do your own wedding makeup, this post is for you! We’re going to talk about my favorite eyeshadow palettes for all of those DIY brides out there, let’s dive in!

My first recommendation would be the Tartlette “In Bloom” palette. This palette has a mix of gorgeous warm and cool toned shades, shimmers and mattes, and can be used to create eye looks from soft and feminine to sultry and dramatic. These shadows also blend really well and all of the colors are cohesive, so you can wear any combination of colors and it will look beautiful! Talk about foolproof. This palette can also be used as an everyday eyeshadow palette after the wedding. Tartlette In Bloom retails for $42 and includes 12 eyeshadows, so it is an affordable option that will last a really long time. In my opinion this is THE best eyeshadow palette for any bride anting to do their own makeup. Try it and thank me later!

My next recommendation is the Charlotte Tilbury “Luxury Pillow Talk” palette. This palette includes four gorgeous, buttery, feminine matte and shimmer shades that to me just scream “Bridal”. These shadows blend nicely together, look stunning on the skin, and will last you a long time, as well. This palette retails for $53. If you want easy, minimal, and good quality, you will love this palette.

If you want to skip the shimmer, this next palette might be right for you. My last recommendation is the “Semi Sweet x9” palette my MAC. In this palette you will get 9 beautiful mix of warm and cool neutral matte shades. This palette can be taken from the most natural to the most dramatic, and everything in between! There are so many different looks that can be worn with this palette, the combinations are endless. The shadows blend beautifully, are very pigmented, look great in photos, and will last you forever (a little goes a long way!) This palette retails for $33 and includes 9 shadows.

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Most Used Bridal Eyeshadows in 2022

One of the most common questions I get as a makeup artist is, “What eyeshadows are best for Bridal makeup?”. I am very picky when picking out shadows for my Brides, and after lots of research and dozens of swatches I can finally say I have some true favorites!

For my Brides that want something soft, airy, and romantic with some sheen my favorite shadow is MAC’s Vanilla Pigment. Vanilla is an ivory white color with a champagne shift to it. It is gorgeous on its own but can also be layered! It also looks good on a wide variety of skin tones.

For Brides that want something with a little more glam, I love using Stila’s liquid eyeshadow in “Kitten”. It is a pinky-champagne color that is super shiny! It is beautiful, easy to work with, and looks great on everyone!

For my Brides that prefer something with shine and shimmer but want the color a little more muted, I love using Hourglass’s Scattered Light Eyeshadow in “Smoke”. Actually, I love all of the Scattered Light shadows! But for the Bride that wants something more on the taupe side I always reach for Smoke.

If a Bride requests something more on the gold side, I love using Stila’s liquid shadow in “Starlight”. It’s a lighter gold so it doesn’t pull too yellow or range, it’s perfect on a variety of skin tones.

Now, if a Bride wants something that will sparkle and dance like diamonds, I will always reach for Makeup Forever’s Starlit Diamond Powders. If you haven’t seen these in person I’m going to need you to swatch them ASAP! Neither words or pictures can accurately describe how stunning they are in person.

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The Best Eyeshadow Palettes of 2022

I don’t know about you all, but I LOVE to play up my eyes and there is nothing quite like getting a brand new eyeshadow palette. But with approximately 7295839231 (I might be exaggerating a bit, ha!) different eyeshadow palettes out there, how do we know which ones are the best? I have 3 favorite eyeshadow palettes that you all are going to be obsessed with just as much as I am!

First up is the Master Mattes palette by Makeup by Mario. This bad boy can do everything from soft, everyday makeup to dramatic, evening glam. All of the neutral shades were inspired by all different human skin tones, so they will be flattering on everyone. These shadows have little to no fallout and are very pigmented! Although there are some cool shades, most of the shadows pull warm so keep that in mind. This palette retails for $48.00 and has 12 shades, so it’s very affordable. Overall I love this palette!

Next up is the Glam Palette by Natasha Denona. If you’ve known me for a while then you know I’ve loved Natasha Denona eyeshadows for a long time! The Glam Palette includes 15 cool toned neutral shades that are very versatile, just like the Master Mattes. You can easily take your daytime look to a nighttime look with this one! This palette includes some shimmers, and let me tell y’all that I LOVE the shimmers! They are so buttery soft and have lots of shine. All of the eyeshadows blend like a dream, there is little fallout, and you do not need very much to get the job done. This palette retails for $65.00.

Last but not least is the Pillow Talk Eyeshadow Palette by Charlotte Tilbury. This palette is very compact, so its great for travel, and includes 4 feminine and flirty eyeshadows great for any occasion. The Champagne Pink shade is to die for by itself! These shadows blend beautifully, look great on a wide range of skin tones, and are great for any makeup beginner or minimalist. These shades are foolproof and will look great no matter how you wear them! This palette retails for $53.00.

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Strip Lashes vs. Lash Extensions

I have been asked this question several times, which option is best? Honestly the answer depends on your preference and your lifestyle, so let’s dive right in!

First let’s talk about the pros and cons of each type of lash. Strip lashes are great because they require minimal effort to apply, they’re quick to apply, they’re inexpensive, and they always take a makeup look to a new level! Did I mention they look fantastic in photos? However some strip lashes with a thicker band (each strip lash I use has a thin band for optimal comfort) can be uncomfortable especially after wearing them for a long period of time, strips have to be taken off at night and reapplied then next day, and for some people they can be really tricky to apply.

Lash extensions are great because you don’t have to worry about mascara or applying strip lashes, you wake up with gorgeous lashes every day! They make you look like you have lots of makeup on when you might have on little to no makeup, they look amazing in photos, and they can be completely customized to your eye and face shape. The cons of extensions are that they require some care, you have to wash and dry them every day, it can take up to 3-4 hours to apply a full set, they’re more expensive than strip lashes, you can’t sleep on your stomach, and they require fills every 2-3 weeks.

Now that we know all of the pros and cons of each lash type, the question is what is your lifestyle like? Are you a busy mom who wants to wake up looking fabulous? Are you a stomach sleeper? Do you have a hard time applying strip lashes? Or would you prefer to apply a different kind of strip lash everyday depending on your makeup look? I will leave the answer up to you, but I will say that if you want to get lash extensions the time to get them would definitely be for your wedding day. Not only will you have gorgeous looking lashes for your pictures, BUT you will also have amazing lashes for your honeymoon! It’s a win-win!

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