Celebrity Makeup Artist Tips: Look Better Right Now

Supermodel Stephanie Seymour once said: Beauty is not something you can just decide that every once in a while you’re going to take part in. You have to take care of yourself.

I couldn’t agree more but sometimes life calls for taking part in queso, chocolate, and cocktails. Afterward, it is time to use a magic wand of sorts.

Want to know how many models and clients I work with who have just come from a month long stay at a meditation retreat? Not many. That doesn’t mean they don’t want to look like they have … right now.

Here are a few little tricks I’ve used that will make you look as fresh as possible, as quickly as possible.

First and foremost, there’s only so much makeup can do. It’s been said that our skin is a mirror for everything that’s happening in our bodies and minds. There’s nothing like a few deep breaths and

Now that the blood is flowing, give yourself another boost:


Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel treatment pads are mini miracle workers (start with the original formula for sensitive skin). Swipe the pad over your face and in minutes surface cells will be gone, allowing your skin to take on more moisture (the key to plump, gorgeous skin), making your concealer and foundation application a breeze.

Three Step Eyes

Step One: Brighten your eyes with the most universally flattering eyeshadow: GOLD

Step Two: Apply a wash of shadow from lash lines to brow bones.

Step Three: Add a tiny bit in the inner corners of your eyes to brighten and detract from dark circles.

If your skin is fair, try a beige-gold like Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Sandy Gold.



Medium to dark skin tones should opt for a warmer hue like Sephora Collection’s #81 Sunday Brunch.


Black, shiny, curled lashes are the key to, well, almost everything.

Givenchy’s Phenomen Eyes mascara has a ball-shaped brush that curls and defines every lash.


I can’t live without my Shu Uemura eyelash curler.

P.S. From Me to You...

Smith’s Rosebud Salve is a go-to in every makeup artist’s kit.

A tiny bit in the brows makes them look fresh and holds them in place with no stickiness. A touch on the cheekbones gives a nice highlight without the fussiness of glittery highlighters. Dab some on your lips and let it soak in a bit before adding your lip color.

Clear color and a semi-matte finish are what you need to complement the gold wash on your eyes.

I love Nars Satin Lip Pencils in Lodhi and Luxembourg.


Your #nofilter prep is now complete. You’re calm, glowing from within and looking so polished with that killer lip color. If you have a magic wand in your beauty arsenal (or a queso connection), please share in the comment section below.


Lipstick 101

Getting sultry red lips or subtle mauves and neutrals has never been easier. With all kinds of finishes from metallic to matte to creme and satin and colors across the entire color spectrum, getting into lip colors has never been easier!

Smashbox just released an impressive collection of 120 different kinds of lipstick. The Be Legendary Lipsticks offer tons of options, but also carry a $21 price tag. The Loaded Bold Lipsticks by Maybelline offer a more affordable option and still carry a bunch of fun shades for just $8 a lipstick!

The same can be said for liquid lipsticks. Sometimes a girl just needs something that can outlast her afternoon coffee! MAC introduced its Retro Matte Liquid LipColour, so that you can show off a stunning lip color that is more long-wearing than your average lipstick. You can also find tons of fun shades at just $6 each from ColourPop. They do offer glossy and satin finishes, but the ultra matte lips they offer are incredibly long-wearing and not too drying! Hint: their Fall Edit features the fantastic shades Hutch, Lovebug, and Times Square that can fit almost any fall look!

If you’re looking for something more adventurous, you can always try the Cosmic Metals Lip Creams by NYX. Or you can add glam to any lip color with the Jouer Long-Wear Lip Topper! As a last tip, Essence offers the XXXL Shine Lipgloss in Big Night Out which is a fabulous lip gloss for just $3. Easy glam without a huge price tag!

Products Mentioned

Be Legendary Lipsticks by Smashbox - $21

Retro Matte Liquid LipColour by MAC - $21

Long-Wear Lip Topper by Jouer - $16

Loaded Bold Lipsticks by Maybelline - $8

Cosmic Metals Lip Creams by NYX - $8

ColourPop Fall Edit Colors: Hutch, Notion, Lovebug, and Times Square - $6

XXXL Shine Lipgloss in Big Night Out by Essence - $3