Month: March 2018

Vampira Look

Vampira Look executed using @morphebrushes @jaclynhill favorites collection unless otherwise noted


@maccosmetics, vanilla, yogurt, sketch and carbon black eyeshadows, painterly paint pot as primer

@nyxcosmetics noir collection liquid liner

@lorealmakeup Carbon Black mascara

@itcosmetics no tug waterproof black eyeliner


@Lancome sourcils brow gel in taupe with fan brush

@soapandglorycosmetics DIY brow pkit using


@itcosmetics bye bye under eyes concealer

Jennifer Bradley cream foundation and cream contour

@maccosmetics ablaze blush using @japonesque bamboo blush brush

@itcosmetics loose HD powder


@katvond vampira studded lipstick


@batiste coconut dry shampoo spray


@fifisalbany pre-loved Fox fur and leather jacket and black @juicycouture T-shirt

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Highlighting and Contouring Makeup class 3/24

Tonight’s the night!

We’re back at Beauty Boot Camp for a Makeup Class on Contouring and highlighting.

The class itself is at 6-8 pm and is @pinupjordan ‘S Mermaid Lounge.

There are a few open seats but move fast if you want to attend because the last makeup class sold out.

Tickets are $40 CASH ONLY

Email to reserve.

The Perfect Planner

I’ve searched high and low for years, every year in fact, for the perfect daily planner / life organizer. I keep looking every year for something better, yet nothing ever is. I have bought both since 2011. While there have been some changes (and not always for the better) they are still pretty damn close to perfect and use daily.

The Daily Planner I use for my personal to do, appointments, notes, etc. It has a 24 hour timeline on half of the page, which changed this year. It’s taken a lot to get used to, but it’s not the worst thing. It keeps me accountable for how many hours in the day there really is, and what I really can accomplish. The other half of the page is an unlined notes section.

The Astra Zebra Planner I use for my monthly social media & event planning and tracking. It’s great for setting goals; recording figures and finances. It’s also a great way to keep track of bookkeeping, social media productivity and more.

The Daily planner can be purchased HERE ON AMAZON

The Aster Zebra Planner by Spring Whitaker can be purchased at Orange Circle Studio

How to apply blush

Without getting into specific color matching, pairing and color theory. This is a very basic step-by-step to help guide you on how to apply blush.

There are a few ways you can approach this. I highly recommended applying foundation first, then contour, then blush, then hilighter, then powder.

Using a blush brush, apply blush on the cheekbone, the apples of the cheeks and you can even apply it to the temples.

It doesn’t matter if you sweep it, or use in circular motions. Whatever is most comfortable to you. I personally prefer sweeping it from the cheekbone upward towards the temple.

If your blush is grabbing on your foundation, and too hard to blend, you could also apply foundation, powder, powder contour, blush, then highlighter.

Either way you choose, if you’re unable to blend your blush and it’s grabbing too much, you can use a large powder brush with a translucent setting or HD powder to absorb any moisture it’s grabbing onto.

Here’s the finished look. What do you think? Now it’s your turn.

How to apply contour

What is contour? Contour is a shadowing technique used to “carve” out cheeks and give the illusion that a face has more definition. It’s achieved by using a contour brush under the cheek bone, under the jaw, in the temple and around the hairline.

1. Apply cream or powder contour under the cheekbone using a brush small enough to fit in those areas, under the jaw and arrow be the hairline.

2. Blend cream contour with a flat top kabuki foundation brush, or powder contour with a blush or contour brush.

3. Make sure it’s well blended, there should be a shadow not a line.

You can then begin your blush and highlighter application. To finish complexion; go over the entire face with a powder brush to blend and make softer.

You can use a bronzer, matte finish darker powder or cream as a contour if you can’t get your hands on a cream or powder contour.

This is the finished look…

How to tell your products expiration date

You should not be wearing makeup unless you know what this symbol means…

Much like; food, beverages and medications, there is an expiration date. A date determined scientifically based on the ingredients and preservatives inside its products contents.

For the cosmetic industry, which spans; skincare, makeup, fragrances, bath & body products, and hair care, there is an international symbol for expiration dates, the PAO symbol, which stands for Period after opening. It looks like this….

This is an open Jar. It means that once opened that is how long before your product expires. This particular example picture means that it expires in 12 months.

Every time you open a product you should look over it carefully. Make a note of the symbol. How long do you have to use this product?

If you can’t rely on your memory I highly recommend using a Sharpie paint pen or metallic marker like the one I’ve previously HERE on Amazon to write your expiration dates on your products. Why metallic? Because them my will show up on black packaging.

Next; smell your product, smell it every time you open it for the next few days or so and get used to it. This is how it should smell. Once it “turns” it smells different and it means your product expired. It should be thrown out immediately for risk of infection or adverse reaction.

If your product doesn’t have the Jar on itself, it very well may be on. It’s packaging, like the images below.

Keep in mind these products, even though normally harmless are chemicals. Preservatives are what keep them stable. Once these preservatives expire they become toxic and should not touch your body in any way otherwise you risk adverse reaction or a serious infection.

Like what you’ve read? Need to know more about something else? Email Genn and ask.

How to do perfect eyebrows

Depending on your or your clients preference, eyebrow color can be a combination of any of the following.

  • Eyebrow Pencil
  • Eyebrow Gel in pot
  • Eyebrow or Matte Finish Eyeshadow Powder
  • Eyebrow wax
  • Stencils
Tools needed
  • Spoolie
  • angled brow brush
Steps to draw on brows:
  1. Use a spool or brow brush to comb brows in place. Comb upward, outward and downward.

  1. Measure where the start of your eyebrow should begin; hold up a straight edge from the inside of the inside of corner of your nose by the nostril to the corner of your eye, the eyebrow space directly about it is where it should begin.

  1. Measure the space from the inside of the corner by your nostril to the outer corner of the eye, this is about where the tail should end.

  1. Apply wax or brow gel with either an angled brush, fan brush or brow brush to existing hair and to fill in tail if needed.

  1. Using an angled liner/brow brush apply powder in the same direction; upward, outward and down.

St. Patrick’s Day Makeup

St Patrick’s Day inspired makeup….

Look executed using @morphebrushes @jaclynhill favorites collection unless otherwise noted.


@Maccosmetics painterly paint pots as primer

@urbandecay distorted and naked basics eyeshadow palettes

@eyekandicosmetics green gold glitter

@duoadhesive latex free lash adhesive

@lorealmakeup Carbon Black mascara

@itosmetics faux black brown no tug eyeliner


@lancomeofficial sourcils brow gel in taupe with fan brush

@soapandglorycosmetics DIY brow kit using @maccosmetics #266 brush


@itcosmetics bye bye under eyes concealer

Jennifer Bradley cream foundation and cream contour

@anastasiabeverlyhills blush palette

@anastasiabeverlyhills aurora highlighter palette

@itcosmetics bye bye pores loose HD powder


@thebalm liquid matte


@redken #shadeseq 9T Chrome

@siliconmix Moroccan Oil deep conditioner

@loreal miracle oil

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How to Apply Eyeshadow

EYES FIRST -Doing eyes first will allow you complete artistic freedom and prevent unnecessary concealer and foundation reapplication. It’s not wrong if you do face first, it will just take longer and you’ll repeat multiple steps.

Prepping Eyes– Using a nylon bristle concealer brush PREP eyelid with an eyeshadow base. Avoid using concealer or foundation as it will crease quickly. Size of the brush should be determined by the size of the eyelids.

Applying Eyeshadow 

Typically 3-4 shadows are used, the lightest color on the brow bone as a highlight, the darkest color on the crease as a contour and an in between color all over the lid. This is a general guideline not a rule.

  • Using an eyeshadow brush, apply color to the lid.

  • Using a blending brush apply a lighter color to the brow bone. Doing this step prior to your crease color prevents “smoking” the highlight and turning it grey.

  • Using a tapered crease brush, apply your contouring color to the outer crease area.
You may now begin the mascara and eyeliner process. Tutorial coming soon.
This is the finished look….