This article reposted from Byrdie.com.

“When it comes holiday party beauty, your options are endless, but we like to think the most festive look involves luminous skin, glimmering eyes, and a statement lip. Sound like too much? We can assure you it’s not. With the expert guidance of celeb makeup artist Lauren Andersen, you can easily pull off this memorable beauty look. Keep reading for the step-by-step tutorial!



The look calls for radiant skin, so choose a luminous foundation and go easy on the face powder.


Step One: Amber Eye Shadow

Use a small flat brush to press an amber gold eye shadow into your lid.

Apply it all over, and then carry the shadow down along your lower lash line.

We’re using the copper shade from Kevyn Aucoin’s The Eyeshadow Duo in 204.


Step Two: Garnet Eye Shadow

Smoke out the eye shadow with a darker shade in the outer corners and along the lash line.

We’re using Garnet from Lorac’s Pro Palette.


Step Three: Eyeliner

Define your eyes by smudging brown eyeliner into your upper lash line, concentrating on the outer corners.

To add a bit of drama, line your waterline with a rich brown eye pencil.

To make sure it stays in place all night long, use a waterproof formula like this Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whiskey.


Step Four: Soft Pink Blush

For the cheeks, apply a generous dusting of a pale pinky-peach blush.

We’re using Chanel’s Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Innocence.


Step Five: Oxblood Lipstick

The finishing touch? A statement lip.

Choose a warm, deep red like oxblood to complement the golden look.

Andersen recommends applying dark colors like this Avon Ultra Color Bold Lipstick in Bold Bordeaux with a lip brush for better control.



Add a fresh coat of mascara before you head out the door, and you’ll be holiday party-ready!”


Photographer – Justin Coit WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM

Makeup Artist – Lauren Andersen WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM

Hairstylist – Gregory Russell

Manicurist – Barbara Warner

Producer – Jenna Peffley

Take a look at Lyzy’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Fashion credit: Kristinit Velvet Nina Dress




A sultry eye is demystified by a sought-after makeup artist with this step-by-step tutorial.

Original article found here.

While a bold-red lip is always tempting during a season packed with parties, it’s rarely as straightforward as it seems, what with all of the mirror-checking and constant reapplication involved. A smoky eye, its sultry and mysterious counterpart, gets an undeserving reputation for being difficult and intimidating, and can seem unapproachable if you don’t have experience. While no one ever said it was easy, spending time mastering a foolproof technique before the holiday parties are in full swing is well worth the effort. To wit: once you have the basics down, you can create looks with varying degrees of impact, in a variety of shades, and commit to making it a steady, reliable standby.

The beautifully soft and universally flattering stare above is the handiwork of red-carpet makeup artist Mélanie Inglessis, created exclusively for VIOLET GREY. The French artist is sought after, in part, for her ability to create the perfect smoky eye. (Her client roster includes Kate Hudson, Olivia Wilde, Rosamund Pike and Lea Michelle.) Below, her step-by-step technique for building a deep, defined eye without harsh edges, and the products she used to create the party-ready look above.


Step 1: DEFINE
To begin, sketch a soft line on the entire top lash line and around to the outside half of the bottom lash line with Tom Ford’s Defining Eye Pencil in Onyx. Don’t worry about it being precise, as you will blend the color into the shadow shortly. The primary goal is to define the lash line.

Lightly dust M.A.C.’s Eye Shadow in Smut over the entire eyelid, and feather it into the crease of the eye. Use minimal product (dip your brush into the shadow, then tap it onto a hard surface to ensure the lightest application), and layer it slowly, using a small shadow brush for precision. (Violet suggests Utowa’s Regular Eyeshadow Brush 10.) The goal is to darken and define the lid and crease. You may clean up any mistakes or powder that falls onto the cheekbones as you go with a cotton swab moistened with face cream or makeup remover.

Step 3: BLEND
Next, add dimension and build out the shape of the eye. Using a blending brush for a diffused application (Violet suggests Bobbi Brown’s Eye Blender Brush), layer the bottom right hue from Tom Ford’s palette over the shadow and liner on the top lid. Continue to add more color to build the shape of the eyes. Switch back to the smaller shadow brush (Violet suggests Utowa’s Regular Eyeshadow Brush 10) and blend the same hue over the liner on the bottom lash line. Remove excess color from the brush with a dry tissue, then blend the top right hue into the inner corners of the eyes and into the liner and darker shadow with the same brush.

Use your ring finger to dab Giorgio Armani’s Eyes To Kill Intense Silk Eyeshadow in No. 6 onto the center of the top lid, close to the lash line, and the inner corners of the eyes. This delivers a shimmery finish that makes the eyes appear wider and brighter. Then gently blend the colors together.

Curl the lashes, and apply a thick coat of Tom Ford’s Extreme Mascara in Ravenous Black to the top lashes, pushing the brush into the roots and wiggling it up through the lashes. Then use Bobbi Brown’s Smokey Eye Mascara in Black on the bottom lashes; its smaller-width brush allows for a more precise application on the bottom lashes.

Original article found here.

Written by Lexy Lebsack.

Photos by Robin Black.

Take a look at Maggimae’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.


This article is reposted from Byrdie.com.

If the thought of covering your face in skeleton makeup makes you giddy, then this is not the tutorial for you. But if you’re looking for a Halloween makeup look that’s pretty and wearable, rather than frightening and time-intensive, read on! This year, we suggest using the occasion as an excuse to wear dramatic false eyelashes, play with runway-inspired faux freckles, and paint on as much pink makeup as you please. To bring the vision to life, we asked celebrity makeup artist Lauren Andersen to create a doll-inspired Halloween look that’s easy to copy.

Scroll through to see the step-by-step tutorial on how to be a doll this Halloween (in the least creepy way possible)!


Start with a flawless, even complexion. Skip any foundation that promises a luminous or radiant finish—dolls pretty much keep it matte. And don’t go crazy highlighting and contouring. A small amount of matte bronzer in the hollows of your cheeks is all you need.


Step 1: White Eye Shadow
Using a flat brush, pack white eye shadow onto your entire eyelid and carry the color down along the lower lash line.



Step 2: White Eyeliner
To make your peepers pop even more, apply white eyeliner to your waterline and the inners corners of your eyes. Andersen recommends using MAC’s Eye Kohl ($16) in Fascinating to get this wide-eyed look.


Step 3: False Lashes
Full, fluttery, doll-like eyelashes are the next order of business. First, apply strip lashes to your top lash line. Just measure them to your eye and trim the excess before applying. Andersen also says it’s important to let the glue sit and get tacky for a few seconds. Then, use tweezers to perfectly place individual lashes all along your lower lash line.

Need more tips on how to apply false lashes flawlessly? Check Andersen’s tutorial here.


Step 4: Bright Blush
Swirl a peachy pink blush, like Laura Mercier’s Crème Cheek Color ($25) in Sunrise, onto just the apples of your cheeks. Crack a smile to find the apples of your cheeks, and use circular motions to concentrate the color there.


Step 5: Faux Freckles
To create doll-like freckles, use brown gel eyeliner and a precision brush, or a sharp brown eye pencil. Sprinkle them across your nose and cheeks, making them different sizes and varying the strength of color. If one gets too dark, Andersen says you can just press the spot with your finger a few times to soften it.


Step 6: Pink Lipstick
Finish off your doll-inspired makeup look with a bright pink lip. Skip gloss, and go with matte or semi-matte lipstick. Try Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour ($35) in La Diva.


And that’s it—you’re Halloween ready!

*Just add bow.


As seen on  www.byrdie.com

Photographer: Justin Coit

Makeup Artist: Lauren Andersen

Hairstylist: Gregory Russell

Manicurist: Barbara Warner

Producer: Jenna Peffley

Model: Bridget Satterlee

Fashion credits: Topshop Collar Top ($50) in Black


Take a look at Bridget’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.


What to do when you are inspired by beauties like Kim Kardashian and Niki Minaj and a few wrong moves leaves you looking like a cast member in the Lion King on Broadway?  Our suggestion is leave the contouring to the professionals!

What you absolutely should learn is how to do your own beautiful, natural makeup. Especially if you’re an aspiring model! When you start doing test shoots for your portfolio, it will be absolutely essential to sport a natural makeup look, so that agencies and clients can see your true beauty, not how beautiful you could be with the help of a professional makeup artist.

Make Up For Ever was literally built on the education of makeup artists- a teacher and her students working harmoniously together to create something that they not only wanted, but needed! Naturally, we wanted to work with them for this makeup tutorial and video (see what we did there?). The video is wayy down at the bottom, just in case you want a better idea of how exactly to apply these steps.

Here’s everything you need to apply your natural makeup in under 20 minutes, which is just quick enough to fake your early a.m. #IWokeUpLikeThis selfie!

1. All About That Base
First things first, pick a great moisturizer and apply sparingly using your foundation brush. This will not only moisturize your skin, but it’s also going to moisturize the brush so it glides better when you use it for the next few steps. Pick a foundation color that’s just a touch darker than the skin tone on your face but not quite as dark as the tone on your arms and body. Instead of applying primer and then foundation separately on top, mix them together and use at once! It’ll give you a lighter coverage to look more natural. Dab it sparingly onto the end of your foundation brush. Start applying in short sweeping motions from the center of your face and then pulling the mixture out towards and even onto your ears. Don’t forget to blend downwards from your chin onto your neck too, avoiding that awkward makeup line! When you’re finished, if there are any areas where you think you need a little more coverage, put a touch more of just the foundation (no primer) directly onto the brush and instead of brushing over your skin, gently press the brush directly into those spots, dabbing the brush to fill in the area.

2. Skip Facetune
And get a great concealer. Concealer is tricky; you need much less of it than you think and the right placement is key. Look in the mirror and tilt your chin downwards slightly. See those little indents below your eyes? That’s the ONLY place you need to apply the concealer is right there, not underneath your entire eye. Put a tiny bit of the HD concealer on your hand, using your pointer finger, gently dab tiny bits of the concealer into those areas. It’s important not to swipe or brush using your finger; dab it! Do the same thing for the upper inner corners of your eyes just under the inner corners of your eyebrows.

3. #Blushed
Not #blessed, but BLUSHED! Ever-so-slightly rosy cheeks are the epitome of a fresh face. After applying your foundation, your skin is going to be pretty monotoned. So instead of contouring darker areas to enhance your bone structure, use cream blush to bring the life back to the naturally beautiful apples of your cheeks. Dab your blush brush into the cream just a LITTLE and very, very ever so slightly apply the cream to the apples of your cheeks, starting from the top of the apple down and back toward your ears and then in brisk a circular motion directly on top of the apple. VERY LIGHTLY! (We’re not kidding, obviously applied blush is just not cute.)


4. The Secret Weapon – MUFE HD Powder
If you add anything to your makeup collection from this tutorial, ADD THIS!!! Just barely dipping your brush into the cap of the container rather than the bags, use the HD Powder sparingly to coat and finish your now perfect complexion! It’ll gently blend all of the previous products making your skin look ever so smooth and it will also lock everything in place. Apply lightly in the same way you applied your foundation.

5. Brow Game, Strong.
Apply a dab of the MUFE Aquabrow cream to your hand, and just barely dip your brow wand (if you don’t have a brow brush, use a throw-away mascara wand) into the cream. Lightly brush your brows with the wand without touching your skin.

6. Beauty is in the Eye of the Brush Holder
Eyeshadow and eyeliner brushes are super important tools for natural eye makeup.  If you haven’t already, we suggest investing in a few.  Pick 2 neutral shadows that blend well with your skin tone; one slightly lighter than your skin tone and one slightly darker. Using the flat brush, dab the lighter shadow onto and all over the base of your eyelid up to your crease line, but not above. Keeping your eyes open this time, use a pencil brush and your darker shadow to very slightly dab the area above your crease line but below your brow.

Drawing eyeliner on directly is going to be too harsh for this natural look. Instead, take your eyeliner brush and gently swipe it against the end of a chocolate brown eyeliner to get the product onto the brush. Using the brush and starting from the outer corner of your lids inwards, dab the liner into the root of your upper eyelashes. For your lower lashes, look upwards and do the same thing, but with even less force than you applied on the top lashes.


7. Bat Those Lashes
No crazy tricks here! Looking upwards, very lightly dust the Extravagant Mascara through your lower lashes first, and then lightly drag the wand through your top lashes- being careful not to actually coat the lashes entirely.

8. Pucker Up
Pick a natural color that matches your natural lip color. Just like you did with your eyeliner, swipe your lip brush across the top of the lipstick to get the product on the brush. Use it to lightly apply onto your lips starting at the center of each lip and working outwards toward each corner.

Make Up For Ever was made by artists, for artists.

Taking the art of painting the face and body to the next level, Make Up For Ever provides trade tools designed for Makeup Artists and professional quality products for everyday consumers, as well as educational classes at varying professional and recreational levels. This makeup tutorial was done in-house at the Make Up For Ever Boutique on Robertson Avenue. They are open from 10:30 am to 7pm Monday through Saturday and 12-6 on Sunday. For more locations, click here.

Makeup artist Brittany Paige has been doing makeup for 12 years and has been with Make Up For Ever for 3. Currently the Head Make Up Artist at the LA Boutique on Robertson Blvd, she’s represented MUFE for media outlets such as doing makeup on camera for ktla, the drama queen on E!, multiple beauty webisodes as well and doing makeup for a Japanese beauty channel that was aired all over Japan. Focused on education, Brittany teaches weekly Make Up For Ever classes for both consumers and industry professionals.

Want to get the look? Here’s your shopping list:

HD Primer

HD Foundation

HD Microfinish Powder

Velvet Finish Compact Powder

Artist Shadows 

Artist Liner

HD Second Skin Cream Blush

Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick

Aqua Smoky Extravagant Mascara 

HD Concealer 

Aqua Brow Eyebrow Corrector

Sculpting Kit Palette

A huge thank you to our friends Jonathan Del Castillo and Britney Paige at Make Up For Ever for working with us to make this tutorial happen!


Feature reposted from Style.com. The original article can be viewed here


Courtesy of Robin Black, Style.com


A ’90s-Inspired (But Utterly Modern) Take on Monochromatic Makeup: the seven products makeup artist Robin Black uses to get the look.

The 1990s was a seminal era for me, and I often find myself unconsciously referencing makeup styles from that time (I blame The Face and i-D). However, it’s terribly boring to simply repeat, so update that beloved ’90s monochromatic look with washes of warm color in sheer textures!

Note: Maggimae hails from Kansas and has the most amazing blue eyes (un-retouched, I swear!).


PRODUCTS // Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base (used as eye shadow and cheek color), NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Iceberg, Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes in Glossy Black, Anastasia Brow Fix, Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Stoned Rose, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 20 Beige, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream (used under makeup and then patted on top of the finished look for added glow).

Take a look at Maggimae’s portfolio here and follow her on Instagram!


The top knot, a.k.a the world’s easiest hair style (and quite possibly our favorite). Why? For starters, it’s wearable by everyone regardless of what texture your hair is.

In the modeling industry we dig it because it gets your hair up and away from your face, highlighting your cheekbones and accentuating your overall bone structure. We can’t explain it, but in general this look somehow just makes everyone look younger and fresher.

But what we really really love is that there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Everyone has their own go-to method that suits their hair and their personal style. No more than a twist and a tie, there’s really no tutorial necessary for this one. Whether it’s perfect, or super casual, your bun is like your hair fingerprint. It says a lot about you.

There’s a whole mess of buns out there (no bun, I mean pun, intended). So instead of a tutorial, what we will give you is a plethora of what we like to call Bunspo: inspiration for your perfect top-knotted bun.

And last but not least, here’s a little Bunspo gallery courtesy of Le Fashion‘s article, “16 Buns for Any Occasion“.

What does your top knot say about you!?

Use #Bunspo to show us how you rock this look and we’ll add your picture along with your Instagram/Twitter handle to the gallery!

Here are some of our favorites so far!

maggimaecover3[1] Being in LA, where a beach day is a good idea all year-round, we’re big fans of braided up-dos. Salty, wind-swept hair after a long beach day? No problem; hide the mess in a messy braid and transition from day to night without breaking out your arsenal of hair products and tools. This is no secret to us Angelenos. But this year, the beach babe’s go-to braided, tangled, messy updo is officially NYFW-approved!

Donna Karan’s Spring/Summer 2015 beauty statement was definitely a new concept. People are calling it the ‘hair lanyard’. Hold up: does this mean we can actually use those finely-honed knotting skills we learned back in summer camp for something other than a plastic keychain? ..Yes!?  We dig it.

Donna Karan by WWD


On the same day, 3.1 Philip Lim displayed his first NYFW up-do ever. Meet: the flyaway, knotted bun.

Philip Lim


Rag & Bone, Dannijo, Tome and Marissa Webb all used messy knots and braids in their runway looks too.

Philip Lim:Rag & Bone via Style.com



Lucky Magazine

As did Street-Style queen Chiarra Ferragni and other Fashion Week-goers.

One of our favorite hair stylists, Cantrell Mitchell showed us how to get our own version of the trending messy braids and buns in just a few short steps with Maggimae using 4 standard french braids pinned together into a bun.
maggimaehair[1] Watch the vid to get the look:

For a second braided up-do, check out Cantrell and Maggie’s first braid walkthrough here.

Follow the team on Instagram!

Cantrell Mitchell @HairsCantrell

Maggimae @Maggimae_


Thanks to our friends over at Vogue, Fashionista, WWD, Lucky Magazine and Style.com for the photos and insight. Click any of the NYFW pictures to be directed to the original articles.


It’s a hot, hot summer and the struggle is real to keep a girl’s hair looking fresh. Hair Stylist Cantrell Mitchell teams up with our model Maggimae (@maggimae_) to show us a refreshing take on the braid trend to beat the summer heat. Check out the tutorial video below!


Easy, gorgeous, and so chic! Here’s a closer look at the final product:


Follow the team on Instagram!



Maggimae @maggimae_

Cantrell Mitchell @hairscantrell


NOUSzine went to Makeup School at Make Up For Ever to learn a thing or two from the pros. We made our way to Make Up For Ever on Robertson Blvd to watch as head makeup artist, Talia Cich, gave Monica and Brianna the perfect looks for spring and summer. Bright eyes and bold lips, oh my!

Talia went for a colorful look for Brianna which included a nude shadow, teal liner and a bold orange lip. Products from the Make Up For Ever Aqua Collection were used to create this look.
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For Monica, Talia went with winged liner and bright berry lip. Watch as Talia translates this season’s beauty trend to a look perfect for day to night.

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