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Hidden Castle wedding

The wedding dreams are made of…

As a makeup artist and hairstylist of nearly 30 years I’ve had the opportunity to work in some amazing places and this castle¬†nestled in the hills of Rancho Santa Fe certainly tops¬†my list of favorites!¬† Besides being jaw-dropping gorgeous throughout, there was plenty of space with ¬†good light for makeup application and hairstyling in the bridal suite!¬† A must for getting all the nuances of beauty just-so.

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Love this first shot by The Youngrens capturing Jenny of Quixotic in action.  So cool how they did that!

Incredible photography by The Youngrens and video by Quixotic grab every memorable moment.

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The dress by Ines Di Santo from M Bride is sheer perfection!
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Creative touches at every glance thanks to the event coordination of Victoria Weddings and Events!

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and they lived happily ever after

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Venue: Hidden Castle

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The clean food and beauty connection

Eat cleanEat clean and your skin will thank you with a healthy glow

You¬†may know that to eat clean, whole foods is good for your health but it’s also vital for retaining smooth vibrant skin throughout your life.¬† Food plays an integral role in how we feel on a day-to-day basis, how much energy we have and also how healthy and vibrant our skin looks.¬† These are all¬†good reasons to be mindful of the food choices we make.¬† While it may be difficult to eat a¬†clean diet 100% of the time, aim for an 80/20% ratio and your skin will thank you.

As a professional makeup artist I am often asked by my clients what products I use to keep my skin¬†glowing. Quite honestly I don’t spend a lot of money of skincare.¬†¬†While I do¬†use clean natural products, exercise regularly,¬†get adequate sleep, pass on processed foods,¬†the rest comes from the clean food I enjoy.¬†¬†Check out these tips on¬†how to have summer fresh skin.

These¬†are some of the superstars in the food-for-beauty world and¬†the benefits you’ll reap from including them daily or weekly.

Healthy fats-

Wild-caught salmon contributes to whole body wellness, is anti-inflammatory and loaded with omega-3’s making it one of the best beauty foods¬†to consume.¬† Eating wild-caught salmon three times a week will rival any expensive beauty cream and likely come out the winner!¬† There are endless ways to prepare this moist fish.¬† One of my favorites is to dress it with ghee or coconut oil, salt, pepper and a bit of fresh dill just before placing on the grill for 15-20 minutes.¬† It’s also just as delicious the next day served cold on¬†a bed of greens.¬†¬†So make extra for quick satisfying meals in a hurry.

Avocado offers many benefits when ingested or used topically due to it’s¬†healthy fat content and phytonutrients.¬† It’s delicious on it’s own and it’s mild flavor makes it a great addition to smoothies, desserts and even served on sweet potato toast.¬† Keep extras on hand and refrigerate to slow the ripening process.¬† Have a few too many overripe avocados?¬†¬†Whip up a¬†mango/avocado salsa to top fish tacos or baked sweet potato.¬† Very overripe? Mash and apply to cleansed skin for 10 minutes for an ultra-moisturizing mask.¬† Rinse well.¬† For added benefit – exfoliate first.

Complex carbs-

Sweet potatoes are the internal retinoid for your skin.¬†¬†Their high Vitamin A content signals cells to slough for a fresh layer to appear.¬† They are loaded with Vitamin C which speeds up collagen production to help maintain skin’s elasticity.¬† Unlike it’s distant relative -the white potato;¬†the¬†sweet potato is¬†of the morning glory family.¬† White potatoes are of¬†the¬†nightshade family¬†and can contribute to¬†inflammation -the skin’s enemy!¬† So while they taste like a sinful treat¬†sweet potatoes¬†are actually the better option.

Carrots eaten daily will give your skin a healthy glow just as they lightly stains fingers and sink upon peeling.  They are loaded with vitamin C making the skin appear more plump.  Carrots have an abundance of vitamin A to strengthen the connective tissues for more toned and taut skin.  Try adding 1-2 carrots to your daily diet by adding to juice drinks or grating over oatmeal laced with raisins, walnuts and honey for a carrot cake inspired breakfast.

Nuts and spices-

Tumeric has a compound called curcumin which is highly anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antiseptic.  These properties are beneficial used both internally and topically.  Taken internally turmeric will reduce inflammation in other areas of your body making this one of the most potent health promoting foods available.  Take it in whole form by adding it to juice drinks or Indian-inspired dishes.  Powdered turmeric can easily be sprinkled on foods such as roasted cauliflower or chickpeas and is best absorbed with a small amount of pepper.  Capsules are probably the easiest choice for insuring your daily dose of this wonderful, colorful nutrient source.

Pinenuts contain a high concentration of protein making them an excellent choice for healthy hair with strong growth cycles.  While all nuts are good sources of protein pinenuts have the benefit of being especially hydrating and moisturizing due to their high oil content.  The healing properties they provide with skin issues such as psoriasis, eczema, and itchiness makes the oil an excellent choice for massage.  Try grinding pinenuts slightly and adding to jojoba oil for an excellent nourishing exfoliant.  Rinse and enjoy soft supple skin.  Top salads and soups with these tasty morsels as well.

Vegetables-

Celery has natural electrolytes essential for all life.¬† It¬†helps purify the bloodstream aiding in detoxification.¬† It’s an excellent diuretic relieving¬†bothersome bloat which can be most unflattering when it shows in the face.¬† A glass of celery juice can instantly reduce uncomfortable¬†bloat and is recommend for defined facial tone.¬† Because it aids digestion, the nutrients from foods you eat will be better absorbed allowing you to fully reap their benefits.¬† Celery loaded with almond butter makes a tasty satisfying snack.¬†¬†Celery is also a great addition to your daily juice drink.

There are many wonderful healthy foods available -too many to list.¬† These are some silent heros that typically don’t take center stage but should be included for true radiant beauty.¬† Eat clean and your skin will show it!

 

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Facial Sculpting with Airbrush Makeup

The art of facial sculpting with airbrush makeup

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Full Facial Sculpting with darker shade indicating contour and medium shade emphasizing areas to highlight.

Facial sculpting¬†can bring¬†the face¬†from flat to fabulous; completely transforming features or softly emphasizing key elements.¬† If you will¬†be photographed¬†proper contouring¬†is especially flattering as photos are one dimensional and by emphasizing your features with contour and highlight you’ll¬†appear more three dimensional.¬† Think Kim Kardashian¬†selfie.¬† She is the queen of contour¬†and while she¬†may have¬†made it trendy, makeup artist’s¬†have used¬†this¬†skill forever.¬† The operative word¬†when contouring is “proper”. ¬†We’ve all seen the¬†obvious, poorly blended contour that is flat and chalky.¬† Subtlety is key and the easiest way to achieve a subtle sculpt -especially important for daytime- is with an airbrush.¬† You’ll not only save valuable time, you’ll avoid the embarrassment of¬†poorly blended edges since the airbrush edge fades off seamlessly.

The skill of proper facial sculpting comes with years of practice –or just minutes with an airbrush

You can either spend loads¬†of time learning how to sculpt your features and then even more time applying, blending …blending some more, or you can airbrush your features to perfection and definition in a matter of minutes.¬† Yes, it’s true.¬† After just a few sessions you’ll be applying your foundation, contour and highlight in less than five minutes.¬† You’ll appear glowing and defined, ready to face the world, or the camera, in all your sculpted glory!¬† You’ll soon¬†realize you actually are photogenic, all you needed was the right tool. Learn more about how to airbrush makeup here.

Basic contouring

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Contouring 101

This drawing illustrates the basics of contouring and highlighting.¬† Because everyone’s bone structure is unique you’ll want to modify based on your face.¬† As a general rule you’ll add contour in the form of foundation two shades darker than your skin tone in areas you want recessed.¬† For most people¬†these areas include, but not limited to:¬†under the cheekbones, unless you have a thin face and ultra-high cheekbones, (in which case you’re likely not¬†searching the web¬†for sculpting tutorials).¬† Too much and you risk looking gaunt so this is for anyone looking to pump up those cheekbones.¬† Other flattering areas¬†include along the jawline, temples and sides of nose.¬† If you want to go full-sculpt refer to the illustration at the top of this post.¬† But these basics are a good start and will add tons of dimension to your face.

Highlighting draws on the opposite¬†effect which utilizes a foundation two shades lighter than your skin tone to bring forward these areas.¬† Obvious choices are the tops of cheekbones, brow bones above and below brows and cupid’s bow just above lip.¬† If you have an evening event or you’re just feeling a bit glam, add shimmer to really set off a glow.¬† AirPro highlighter in Champagne Shimmer¬†is perfect for this.

Contouring like a pro in three easy steps

  1. Create a flawless finish by applying airbrush foundation over entire face.
  2. Contour with airbrush foundation two shades darker than skin tone in the areas illustrated above.
  3. Highlight with airbrush foundation or shimmer two shades lighter than skin tone.

Working those curves has never been easier than with airbrush makeup!

 

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Featured on Carats and Cake

Featured on Carats and Cake

One of my favorite weddings last summer was with a beautiful Alabama bride and her family for their destination San Diego wedding. Carats and Cake chose to feature the spectacular event which took place at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, recently awarded Trip Advisors #1 luxury hotel in the United States.  It is all that and the reason so many brides choose this romantic wedding venue.

You can see the full Carats and Cake post here

I was¬†thrilled to be chosen for makeup and hair services!¬† My team and I beautified the bride, bridal party and moms within a 4 hour window of time insuring the girls didn’t have to start too early so they would be well-rested and full of energy for the long day.¬†¬†The well-seasoned¬†professionals selected by the bride and her family pulled the event together and¬†seamlessly executed the day so that Heather, Wes and guests could celebrate one of the most memorable days of their lives.

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The bridesmaid’s wore goddess-inspired dresses¬†created by¬†the bride herself¬†who just so happens to be a fashion designer.¬† Heather purchased her exquisite gown¬†from Kleinfeld Bridal.

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Putting together the final touches before saying “I do”.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† …and they lived happily ever after!!!

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See entire Carats and Cake feature here

Coordinator: Victoria Weddings and Events

Venue: Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Photographer: Paul Barnett

Videographer: Taylor Films

Florist: Blush Botanicals

Beauty: Paula Mayer

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Webcast shoot

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Makeup and hair for San Diego webcast shoot

Twenty five years in the beauty industry¬†with lots of hard work and dedication to the craft¬†has been both exciting and rewarding.¬† I’m fortunate to have worked on¬†a wide array of jobs.¬† In a weeks time my career¬†may¬†take me from a Halloween catalog shoot one day, creating a gunshot wound for the real NCIS the next¬†to a special event at The Grand Del Mar on the weekend.¬†¬†I have earned many long-term, loyal clients in the process.¬† Projects include makeup and hair for photo shoots, press events, special occasions¬†and anniversary celebrations.¬† And then there’s class¬†reunions when making my client look fabulously¬†years younger than everyone else is key!¬† Boudoir shoots¬†allow me to create¬†sultry lashes and bombshell hair;¬†family photos, holiday parties, video shoots, webcasts and more.

This is a business where you never know where or who you’ll be working with from week to week so flexibility and preparedness is imperative.

Recent shoot

One of my¬†talented and¬†beautiful clients’, Sonia Stringer of Savvy Network Marketing Women, recently called on me to get her camera ready for¬†a webcast video shoot.¬† I have been working with Sonia for four years and feel fortunate to have her call on my¬†beauty services.¬† She is very successful and active¬†in her industry which requires her to be on camera and stage frequently.¬† She is naturally¬†gorgeous¬†and fit but with hot lights that add glare and camera’s that¬†add pounds it never hurts to have a professional makeup and hair artist on call.

I met Sonia at the Brandetize Studio in uptown to work with her in preparation for her webcast video shoot.  We met early for the initial makeup and hair.   The process typically takes about one to one and a half hours and I stayed with her throughout the half day shoot for touchups and wardrobe changes.  The shoot was productive and due in part to her foresight to include makeup and hair, the outcome was polished and professional looking.

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Professional makeup and hair is a key component to a great outcome

Which brings me to my next point… Many people¬†think they can¬†“get by”¬†with their standard run-of-the-mill makeup for camera.¬† The reality is that “day” makeup will not hold up¬†under intense lights without looking washed out.¬†¬†High definition¬†cameras are used on most sets today which is why good quality makeup¬†is key.¬†¬† The overall¬†production value¬†will be lost otherwise so if you’re going to do it -you might as well do it right!¬† I have been an airbrush makeup artist for over 20 years which is why airbrush is my¬†go-to for a flawless, non made-up finish and looks great¬†under the scrutiny of¬†high-def.¬† My preference is, of course, AirPro Makeup which, as some of you may know, is my own line featuring airbrush systems and cosmetics.

Added value to your webcast shoot

Most professionals carry items that may otherwise be overlooked by a first-timer that can be real shoot savers.  Some items may include wardrobe tape for a gaping button, lint roller because the dog decided to curl up on your blouse the night before, even shoe polish or the like that will substitute in a pinch.

Professional makeup and hair is really affordable and can¬†make or break¬†the outcome of your project.¬† I highly recommend considering it for your next shoot.¬† And if you’re a man, this includes you too!¬† The tan lines giving away last weekend’s golf game or the razor burn on your neck could use a little attention.¬† And for those of you sporting heavy beards, it¬†need not¬†be unruly.¬†¬†With a little¬†grooming and some trusty¬†beard wax you too can¬†be camera worthy!¬† So while¬†makeup and hair¬†may be the least expensive portion of your overall bill,¬†it¬†is certainly one of the most important!

Stellar results

Professional makeup and hair¬†will bring life to¬†the¬†final¬†product.¬† Your¬†end result¬†can go¬†from mediocre to outstanding with just a touch of aptly applied concealer here and¬†a dab of hair gel there.¬†Add to that¬†a great conversation during the process to ease any pre-performance nerves and you could create an award-winner.¬† So I hope you’ll consider me as¬†your beautifier and confidence builder the next time you will be camera front and center.

See you at your next shoot!

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Sun damaged skin home remedies

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It’s a fact…¬†¬†we Californian’s love our sun and while there are many things to love (Vitamin D and mood lifting benefits),¬†and while you can supplement with products, the actual sun is the best source as long as you don’t overdo it.¬†¬† The natural pigment of your skin will determine how long you can be out before damage starts to occur and since I’m fair skinned with freckles 20 minutes is my limit.¬†¬†After that¬†I will load up with a toxin-free sunscreen –my favorite– and /or a large brimmed hat and long sleeves.¬† I recommend that you always wear sunscreen on your face!¬† You’ll still reap the sun’s benefits as long as 70% of your body is exposed for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Banish brown spots and wrinkles

If you’ve spent a lifetime worshipping the sun and the damage has been done there’s a plethora of procedures that any dermatologist will gladly educate you on.¬† And while you should have a full body screening every year you¬†may prefer a less dramatic and costly approach to erasing sun damage.¬†Try these at-home skin care solutions¬†for combatting dryness, blemishes and dark spots -all consequences of over exposure¬†from one fall-asleep-in-the-sun too many or a lifetime of¬†lax sunscreen use.

Problem: Dry skin  Solution: Ghee with essential oil available here

Ghee is loaded with antioxidants and fatty acids which act as a moisture barrier.  I like to add a few drops of lemon or grapefruit essential oil for an uplifting experience in the mornings.  Rub between hands to warm, then apply all over towel-dried body.

Problem: Sunburn  Solution: Black Cumin Seed Oil available here

Black Cumin Seed oil is excellent for reducing inflammation which is a direct¬†result of too much sun.¬† Mix a 1/2 teaspoon or so with a bit of aloe vera to sooth the discomfort and apply regularly.¬† And don’t save it just for sunburns -combatting inflammation is always flattering.¬† You’ll also notice the benefits of softened dark spots and increased collagen with regular use.

Problem:  Post workout breakouts  Solution: Watermelon seed oil available here

And doesn’t it just sound right in the summer!¬† Watermelon Seed Oil works by unclogging sebum and cell build-up in pores.¬† A great benefit when summer workouts mean sweat and dirt¬†can otherwise build up¬†to cause breakouts.

Problem: Dark spots  Solution: lemon & yogurt

Lemon has natural bleaching qualities and yogurt, lactic acid for an exfoliating effect.¬† When combined and applied to dark spots for a minimum of 20 minutes¬†you’ll help¬†reduce spots with continued use.

Great overall hydrator for all skin types:  2oz purified water & 5 drops essential rose hip seed oil available here

Combine in spray bottle.  Shake and spritz for a hydrating pick-me-up anytime.  Can also be used in your AirPro airbrush system for a mini facial pre-foundation.

As a makeup artist much of my skill lies in covering imperfections (many caused by sun damage) with the help of great products and useful tools such as AirPro Makeup.  In an effort to reduce the amount of product required for a flawless finish I like to share my skin enhancing strategies, pre-makeup, so we can all be a little more radiant with less makeup.  I hope you enjoy!

 

 

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Torrey Pines Lodge wedding ceremony

Torrey Pines Lodge wedding featured in Ceremony Magazine

Torrey Pines Lodge is one of my favorite venues known for it’s historical craftsman style and green setting¬†positioned¬†amongst the Torrey Pines golf course and Pacific ocean coastline.¬† I’m fortunate to be referred to work at this venue several times a year.¬† Upon arriving at the beautiful hotel I’m immediately warmed by the aroma of the outdoor wood-burning fireplace.¬† What a great way to start my day before¬†beautifying a bride for her much anticipated wedding.¬† Photography by Patty Brutlag of Petula Pea Photography

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Tatum and Bryan united as a couple in the spring of 2015 on a gorgeous sunny San Diego afternoon.¬† I met with Tatum prior to the wedding to test out her bridal look¬†saving time and worries on the wedding day.¬†¬† She was one of the most unconcerned brides I’ve ever worked with giving me¬†only general direction and then letting me take it from there.¬† As you can tell by the photos she was a natural beauty not requiring my full set of skills.

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I feel the most focused and artistic when I know my clients trust my 24+ years of experience knowing the makeup and hair will look great for the cameras as well as in person.   This was the freedom I was allowed when I worked with Tatum, her mom, mother-in-law and bridal party.   One of those jobs I enjoyed so much I almost felt guilty getting paid for.  And because the makeup was airbrushed using my own formula called AirPro Makeup it was able to withstanding the 14 hour activity filled day.

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Team extroidinare

Coordinated by Keli Christenson of Monarch Weddings

Photographed by Patty Brutlag of Petula Pea Photography

Keli was so wonderful to refer this special client to me and Patty was very generous with sharing these images for use on my blog.

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Makeup & hair for good cause

Makeup & hair for philanthropic article

A long time client and someone I¬†greatly admire recently¬†asked me to do her makeup and hair for a photo shoot for Modern Luxury Magazine featuring her and two adorable baby goats all in the name of a good cause.¬† Michelle Lerach who is¬†a lawyer by training, and while she doesn’t do it full time anymore, helps out on causes she deems worthy.¬† She also gives of her time and money for environmental and agricultural causes giving back to her community in a way that is very important to her.¬† She believes access to good food should be available to all and has started a foundation with the help of others in the farming community called Berry Good Food Foundation. The Berry Good Food Foundation educates,¬†connects¬†and supports food producers and consumers integrating a healthy food system.

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Fun was had by everyone involved in the shoot¬†which took place at¬†Michelle and her husband Bill’s sprawling estate in LaJolla, California complete with aviary, thick foliage and sprawling cliffside garden.¬†¬†She hosts many events and fundraisers on site giving freely of her time for worthy causes.¬† I had the pleasure of working with the photographer¬†Jennifer Siegwart from Jen and Bec for the first time. She was amazingly¬†undemanding and a real doll.

The goats, who were barely a week old, were oh so tiny and playful and completely adorable -no makeup required.   But for such small critters they have very loud bleats!

If you would like to learn more about the Berry Good Food Foundation or find out how you can make a contribution please visit their website http://berrygoodfood.org/

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Featured on Ceremony Magazine’s Blog

Ceremony Magazine’s Blog

Ceremony Magazine’s blog recently featured a wedding at the newly remodeled Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa¬†in which me and my team were hired as the beauty¬†crew working behind the scenes to get everyone ready for the big day.¬† The bride and her family¬†were so warm and welcoming, making it a relaxed and festive event for everyone.

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The couple celebrated and honored both of their heritages by having an Indian ceremony on Friday evening and a Western ceremony on Saturday.

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The couple’s¬†wedding coordinator, a veteran of the industry, Susanne Duffy of Crown Weddings was able to pull together the bride’s vision and orchestrate all the details effortlessly making it a stress-free day for the couple and their families.¬† Flowers were¬†artfully arranged by Jennifer Cole Florals.

Photographer, Paul Barnett of Barnett Photography is a natural at putting couples at ease with his warmth and sense of humor.¬† Not to mention, he’s got a great eye.Paul Barnett Photography via CeremonyBlog.com

Thank you to Ceremony Magazine’s Blog for featuring this wonderful couple and all of the vendors who pulled the event together for them.

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Choosing the right brush for expert makeup application

Choosing the right brush for the job is the key to an expert makeup application. 

Cosmetic brushes

One of the questions that I’m asked most often by my clients is what type of brushes I use so as I’ll explain here it’s more about the quality and variety than the brand when considering your purchase. As you probably know, the airbrush tool is¬†my favorite for¬†a super-smooth application on the face, neck and¬†chest.¬† And while it’s the key to a well-blended contour -which is enjoying the spot light right now- sometimes a fine detail brush is just the ticket for eyeliner, lipstick or concealer.¬† Here’s my recommendation for the¬†best brushes and how to care for them.¬† While many options are available and there’s more than one correct tool this will give you a good starting point.¬† Click here to read the article

 

I hope you find this no-fluff guide helpful!

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