Monday, January 20, 2014

Maiya's Modelling Themed Birthday

One of my favorite things about makeup artistry, is working with the younger-set!  They have so much enthusiasm and LOVE to go for bold fun looks!  This weekend, a dear friend's younger sister wanted a modeling theme birthday party - to which only the "Dream Team" (Erika DeSocio Photography and your gal Rosa M) would suffice!

Maiya had her best group of gal pals get together, and we started at 9:30 am working on hair and makeup and making final outfit decisions!  One thing that was especially funny was the life size Harry Styles cardboard cut out we had looking over us the whole time - oh to be 13 again!

Here are some of the memorable shots of the day - courtesy of Erika DeSocio Photography (the best there is - check her out on Facebook NOW!)

I loved this athletic girl who had to leave early to go to a basketball game - I asked her what her team color was and she said PINK!  So she got pink eyelashes!
Check out your fav MUA in action!

The other beautiful girls

And of course, the birthday girl!
(who has the most beautiful doe eyes!)

Erika and I having a quick selfie sesh before the outside fun began!

Erika was able to capture their innocence and youth so perfectly!

Afterwards, the girls came in to thaw out and they got to preview the pics!  They were in awe of Erika (not surprising - I am too!)

We all had the best time!

If you want to book YOUR party (for any age!) contact me today!
(315) 430-3855

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Makeup: You're not doing it right

Hey followers - in case you missed my radio chat today about makeup tricks you aren't doing right - I wanted to blog my 5 items that you might want to consider changing!

1. Using white eyeliner on the your lower line/waterline

The key here is that you might be using WHITE, and our eyes are not actually white, they are off-white.  So a pure white liner will make eyes look reddish or yellow-y and we don't want that.  Lining the lower waterline with ivory or nude is a great way to make eye appear brighter and more awake - its one of my favorite tricks!

2. Using bronzer all over the face

Although a tan glow IS sexy - its meant for the beach days and not work days - too much bronzer looks fake and overdone - but you don't have to store it away!  Instead, if you use a BB or CC cream, or even a tinted moisturizer - you can just amp up the shade by one step to give the color a bit more intensity.  I don't meant to say that you make your foundation a whole shade darker, foundations are usually too pigmented to do that, but you could add a drop or two of a darker shade to intensify it. 

THEN, you use your fav bronzer to contour your face instead of apply powder everywhere.  You apply it to the hollows of your cheeks, your hairline and jawline

The result is a glow from within that looks appropriate all year!


3. Using eyeliner across the bottom lashes

Although there are times that call for deep dark sultry eyes, that is not necessarily a great look on everyone.  I find that women start a habit of eyeliner and they NEVER change - but this might be something to consider.  Unless you have wide doe-eyes, you probably shouldn't be using eyeliner to 'close in' your eyes.
Instead, try only lining halfway, and making it a softened and smudged line instead of a harsh one

Then you can add a highlighter or light shadow to the inner corner which also makes the eyes brighter and more awake!

Try it, I think you'll like it!

4. Not blending your blush

Ok, in some editorials you see bold over the top blush - but that is not for us daily beauties that have to go to work - blush is ESSENTIAL, it balances out eye and lip color, gives our skin a sexy flush and brightens our complexion.  I never skip blush, even if I am using bronzer.

Blush should look like a natural 'flush' on your face - and if you can clearly see where it starts and stops, well, you're not doing it right!

To get it right, I either use an angled blush brush for powder, or my fingers to apply cream blush (my favorite!)

Use cream blush sparingly, and blend in thoroughly

The result should be flawless ad soft - EVEN if you are using a bold color

5. Applying dark lipstick right from the tube

although there are times where you need to make a touch up on the fly - and applying from the tube is your best shot - deeper and bolder lipsticks can look too thick if you apply them right from the tube!

Using a lip brush will not only give you flawless precision to actually trace your real lip line but it will only add the product you need, which makes the color look better and wear of more evenly

alternatively, you can use your ring finger to 'press' the lipstick into the lips

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Spring 2014 Color Forecast

Pantone, the World's leader in color, announced that Radiant Orchid is the "Color of the Year" for 2014 (and we LOVE it!)

But what are the OTHER colors that will be hot in Spring of 2014?  What should we be gathering?!  Here's the shades:
(courtesy of

Unsanitary Habits You Need to Stop in 2014

This morning on my radio broadcast - I talked about unsanitary makeup habits that you'll want to ditch in 2014 (hey- make it a resolution!)

1. "Blowing" on your compact to clear away excess makeup or clear the mirror - when you blow on your compact, you actually are spreading germs through microscopic saliva that lands on the powder. (ew!)

If you want to clean your compact, you can do a spritz of alcohol and wipe with a tissue

MUCH more sanitary!

2. "Pumping" your mascara wand in the tube before applying - all this does is push air into the mascara, and the more air in the tube, the more bacteria can grow.  Skip the pumping, its totally unnecessary!

3. Forgetting to disinfect your sharpener - for many of you, I'll bet its been QUITE a while since you've taken some alcohol and swabbed your pencil sharpener clean, and the sad thing is you should be doing it nearly every time you use it!

Ok, AT LEAST do it every time you switch from lip pencil to eye pencil or at a minimum every few weeks.  I don't think I need to explain that you probably don't want lip pencil shavings to touch your eye pencil tip before applying. 

4. Storing dirty makeup brushes together - this spreads oil & bacteria and causes breakouts.  This can happen when you store brushes in a jar or lay them down in a drawer on top of each other. 

Its best to have a place where your brushes can be segmented by type or store them in an artist's belt

This is a cool idea, where the storage cube is large enough that when you use beans, the brushes don' touch!

5. Biting your nails - it spreads bacteria and germs and its just plain gross!  make it a plan to kick the habit in 2014!  Treating yourself to regular manicures can help!