Be A Thinker: Beauty Trends 2016

Blue, bright eye makeup was a big trend for 2016 at New York Fashion Week…  varying shades from the sea made a big comeback this season, like this stunner that was shown at Diane Von Furstenburg.

blue DVF spring 2016

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Be A Dreamer: Beauty Trends 2016

For Spring 2016, peach and bronze hues were seen all over the runway at  New York Fashion Week.  Very simple, beautifully bronzed, natural looking skin seems to be the trend this season.

From naked looking, glowing skin at Dior to fresh, peachy eyes and cheeks at Erdem – It’s time renew and refresh with a new beauty routine!

Dreamer Spring 2016


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What’s My Eye Shape?: How to Identify Yours with Makeup Tips

One question I always get as a makeup artist – “What is the shape of my eye and how should I apply my makeup?”   Why is this so important?  Imagine if you are a size 10 trying to fit in a size 2 dress…  Not flattering, right? eye shape chart

Once you take The 10 Legendary Looks Quiz, get your corresponding makeup kit and you can follow along with these tips.  Follow these 4 easy questions to determine what eye shape you are.



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5 Easy Steps for Choosing the Right Foundation: The Secret Language of Makeup Companies Revealed

makeupBelieve it or not, there really is a way to find a foundation that you like.  How many times have you thought, “This is it,” only to look in the rear view mirror and realize you look as orange as a pumpkin.  Follow this step by step process, and you won’t be frightened to look like you applied pancake batter to cover your blemishes.  Let me demystify the secret code that makeup companies use to label foundations, so you can master this process for yourself. Read more

The Oscars: Secrets Revealed from a Makeup Artist


It’s time to shut down the streets of Hollywood and lay out the red carpets.  It’s Oscar Sunday.  Gowns are tailored to perfection.  Brows are perfectly waxed and groomed, tans are sprayed, faces are perfectly botoxed and frozen.

To most of us, it’s a time to sit in front of the television and watch four to five hours of celebrity recognition.  If you’re anything like me, you may watch in anticipation, secretly hoping for someone to have some sort of mishap.  You know, the occasional nip slip, trip over the dress, etc.  Come on, you know you’re out there…



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Korean Beauty Products Simply Translated


fish pedicure

Ever since Seoul’s invention of the BB Cream, Western eyes have been focused on the latest beauty trends to enter the market from South Korea.  From the outrageous fish pedicure treatment (no thanks!) to the newest innovations in skincare…  Here are my top 3 Picks of Korean Beauty Products, and how you can try a simple translation of them here, without using all your frequent flyer miles!

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5 Makeup Tips from Drag Queens

Rupaul Mac Campaign

Why Drag Queens?  Some would say they are the true masters of transformation.  In fact, RuPaul is the inspiration for beauty in Mac’s Viva Glam Beauty Campaign.

Yes, I am slightly obsessed with Drag Queens. They have figured out beauty hacks to many dilemmas that we all have experienced. I’ve learned many of these from watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, in which the contestants compete in all kinds of crazy competitions to be named “America’s Next Drag Superstar”. 

Many of this tips are used by Drag Queens, as you can see by Season Six Winner, Bianca Del Rio.  Here are a few standouts from the runway that have caught my eye.

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Beauty by Melissa

Summertime Skin in the Winter

Even though it’s winter, it’s nice to have glowing, tan skin without the damaging effects of the sun. Here’s my recipe for getting that “I just got home from a vacation in Maui” look…Glowing tan skin

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Melissa McNamara

Five Easy Steps for Beautiful Smoky Eye Shadow

  1. Choose the color palette you want to work with.
    You will need a light, medium, and dark shade. The light one should be slightly lighter than your skin tone. The medium should be slight darker than your skin tone, but still slightly nude in shade. Now have fun choosing what dark shade you want! Basic black, peacock teal, whatever your fancy is!

  2. Apply the light shade all over as a wash.
    Pat the color all over your lid, from lash line to brow bone. Don’t worry about blending just yet.

  3. Smokey eye step 3 Line the inner rims of your eyes.
    I like to use mostly black, but if you choose to match your dark shade, just make sure that your liner is waterproof and dark enough to line the inner rim solidly. Try one of those gel liners, I find they work the best!

  4. Smudge the dark color into the lash line, encircling the eye.
    Use a brush that is short and dense, like a bullet brush. Smudge the dark shade in between the upper and bottom lashes, and blend over the lid. Do not go too far into the crease.

  5. Blend the medium shade into the crease.
    Use a contour brush to pick up the medium shade, use this to blend all 3 colors together. Swish the brush back and forth through the crease like a windshield wiper. Also, twirl the brush through the crease using tiny little circle motions. The idea is not see where one color starts and the next begins.

Final smokey eye