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glamOh session: Esther MU+H

August 17, 2009
Makeup consultation/tutorial + hairstyling: Esther

Esther and I originally met for a makeup session + tutorial. The majority of makeup we used was her own so she could learn how to utilize them on a daily basis.

Esther’s daily makeup regimen usually includes light foundation/powder, eyebrow pencil, blush, lip gloss, and eyeliner.

We added in eye shadows and lip color, while taking everything else up a few notches.

We used a combination of products to make her skin even toned with a balance of matte/sheen for a healthy glow. The multi-tasking hero of this look was Benefit’s High Beam illuminator.

Contour/Highlight – We worked on contouring and highlighting areas like the cheeks, nose, and lips.

Eyes – We worked on a smokey eye technique with every day neutral-toned colors and then incorporated grey/black tones from a Chanel quad to add a dramatic effect.

Instead of using a thick black liquid eyeliner to define the eyes, we used dark powders and pencil eyeliners for a softer effect.

Hair – After the makeup was finished, we decided that she HAD to have styled hair to match her glam look. I transformed her usually long, straight hair into a mane of volume and sexy waves.

Esther has great face structure and we merely brought them out with the right colors. She left the session feeling like a high fashion model.

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Project GlamOh: Kat Von D

August 14, 2009
Channeling my inner Kat Von D

My inspiration for this look was Kat Von D’s print ad for her new fragrances Saint and Sinner in the latest Sephora Catalog. Though I can’t compete with Kat Von D’s beautiful skin and face structure, a girl can try, can’t she? Besides, beauty is all about exploration. GlamOh stands for empowering women to explore their beauty through makeup, hair, fashion, and life.

Nose – My nose looked a little large due to the flash in my camera. In order to keep the entire look sharp, I decided to contour my nose more dramatically.

I used a dark, matte brown contour powder to create shadows on my nose for more definition. I highlighted the highest part of the bridge with a matte white and light tan powder.

Cheeks – I used a contouring powder to sculpt the cheek and used a bronzer with shimmer to highlight.

Lips – I used a matte red/pink as a base for my lips, blotted with a tissue, then layered on a slightly glossy bright magenta lip color. No gloss or illuminator added. In order to create a more 3D shape and make my lips pop, I put a light shimmer powder on the cupids bow of the upper lip and put a border of concealer around the entire lip.

Brows – I used a brow gel and dark eyebrow powder to create a strong arch.

My version of a magazine shot…

Remember, nothing is inaccessible for you. All you need is an adventurous spirit and an open mind.

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Daily GlamOh: Engagement Party Guest

August 3, 2009

Beauty for the Everyday Gal: Faye

Faye, a nurse and model, was attending her cousin’s engagement party at a lounge in Pasadena, CA. She usually does her night makeup in dark, charcoal colors so I did smokey eyes in gray and navy blue with an understated nude lip.

She has oily skin (though you can’t tell here because her face looks flawless), but it was dry on the surface. I suggested Korres Yogurt Cream for oily, dehydrated skin as her moisturizer (

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