Winged Out

I’ve been so busy lately! Prom season has arrived and I wanted to share a fun eye look I did on myself over the weekend. Hope you like! 

All products on eyes are by Make Up For Ever. Lashes are ‘Noir Fairy’ by House of Lashes



My Skin Care Routine + Products I use (Normal/Combo Skin)

I get asked a lot of questions about what I use on my skin, since I think it looks fairly well considering I do wear makeup a lot and try out a lot of different makeup products. As I started working in cosmetics, I realized it was taking a toll on my skin and I wasn’t properly removing it all, which then caused breakouts. I decided it was time to add more into my routine besides using just a gentle cleanser.

I am a huge makeup addict and I love to wear full coverage, even though I may not need it. What ever your makeup routine may be like, skincare is the most important part of it! You can try out the most amazing foundation, but it won’t live up to its “amazing-ness” unless you have a solid skincare routine. I am not a skincare expert but I’ve come to find some products that work well for my skin type. (Normal; oily t-zone). Plus, they are mostly drugstore products and are way affordable! I’ve been using this particular routine for months now, and I’ve noticed a significant change in my skin. I’m free from occasional breakouts that I used to get and my skin is definitely brighter and smoother.

Let’s get into the products, then I’ll explain how I use them and what time of day I use them.


  • Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash

  • Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub


  • Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Toner


  • Purpose Moisturizer SPF 15

  • Algenist Concentrated Reconstructing Serum

  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Cream


  1. I remove my makeup with a makeup wipe. I didn’t list these since I switch brands all the time. I use Simple wipes, Kirkland brand, Target brand. (I don’t really have a preference.)
  2. I then cleanse with the Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash once. I really like this cleanser because it does a great job of removing the rest of my makeup and it is gentle for all skin types.
  3. I cleanse my skin a second time with the Neutrogena Purifying Pore Scrub. This scrub is gentle for everyday use and really removes any excess makeup I may have left behind. It also makes my skin feel really clean and soft.
  4. I use the Neutrogena Acne Stress Control toner with a cotton round. I love that this has cucumber in it so it’s really soothing.
  5. Moisturize with Algenist Reconstructing Serum. I love anti-aging products! This really helps prevent wrinkles. I don’t have any yet, but I use it to prevent myself from getting any. This formula also helps boost radiance in the skin, and the firmness. Who doesn’t want that?! 😉
  6. I finish everything off with my Neutrogena Healthy Skin eye cream. Another preventative product since I wear a lot of makeup on this eye area. The skin under our eyes is the thinnest so I want to further prevent wrinkles there as well. 🙂

Day Routine:

  1. I cleanse again with my Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash.
  2. I use the Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Toner
  3. I use my Purpose Dual Treatment Moisture Lotion with SPF

I don’t do too much during the day time because I don’t like to wear a lot under my makeup so I keep it simpler. I do more at night so it really has time to sink into my skin and work its magic. 😉 Like I said, I’m no skin expert but this has been my go-to routine that works great for me. If anyone has any further questions on any of the products or my skin, feel free to ask.



No Filter, just really good Lighting.

I try to refrain from posting “selfies” on my blog, but I had the perfect lighting to show off my makeup this day. There are no filters or edits on this photo, so the true colors of what I am wearing show. Product details will be listed below. 🙂 P.S.This was a work day for me so the majority of the products will be by Make Up For Ever unless otherwise stated.


  • HD Foundation #123 on perimeters of the face
  • Mat Velvet Foundation #35 on the center of the face
  • LA Girl Cosmetics concealer ‘Creamy Beige’
  • Full Cover Concealer #8 to conceal any dark spots
  • Super Mat Loose #12 to set under eyes
  • Pro Finish Powder #118 to set the rest of my face
  • Pro Sculpt #2 to Contour and Highlight. (Isn’t the highlight so glowy and gorgeous?! One of my current favorites!)
  • NARS Blush ‘Orgasm’


  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow ‘Chocolate’


  • Ink Liner
  • Aqua Matic I-30 on lower lashline with Star Powder #970
  • Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara
  • Red Cherry Lashes #217


  • Rouge Artist Intense N18

That completes my look! Let me know if you enjoy posts with product details or what other makeup posts you’d like to see. 😉



My Current Makeup Favorites

Tarte Amazionian Clay 12-hour full coverage foundation with SPF 15: ($40 USD)

Why I love this product: I absolutely love this foundation. It is a full coverage foundation but feels so lightweight on my skin. It is a thicker consistency foundation but has a mousse like feel. I would definitely say it is a 12-hour wear since I don’t have to touch up at all while wearing it. Tarte is also a cruelty free brand and that just makes this product that much more amazing!

L.A. Girl Cosmetics Pro Conceal ($2.49 USD)

Why I love this product: This concealer is under $3! What a steal! I have heard this compares a lot to MAC’s Pro Long Wear Concealer and in my opinion it is as far as coverage. The MAC Pro Long Wear is a bit runny where the Pro Conceal feels more stable. I’m not a fan of the brush applicator since it’s not very sanitary, but the quality of this product and the price totally wins me over.

Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose Powder ($28 USD)

Why I love this product: I don’t normally love loose powders because they’re messy. But! This powder is just all around amazing. A small amount goes a long way and it is milled super finely which leaves a smooth silky finish on the skin. I use it with a cosmetic wedge to set my under eye concealer. It’s a great alternative for the Ben Nye Banana Powder which can be way too yellow underneath the eyes. Give this a go!

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny ($2.79 USD)

Why I love this product: This is such an inexpensive bronzer that works great! It blends so easily and it’s the perfect shade for my medium skin tone. The pigment in the product is great so I’m not having to pack on a bunch of it to get my desired intensity. It’s a great drugstore bronzer that is super affordable!

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita ($22 USD)

Why I love this product: Oh the oh so famous LOLITA!! It is definitely worth the hype. Liquid Lipsticks are such a trend right now. I love the long wear matte finish. And the color is just beautiful!! It’s the perfect everyday shade. It’s described as a dusty rose shade, but on myself it comes off a little warmer since my lips are naturally pigmented. I just love that I can apply this and not worry about it moving or smudging around anywhere.

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm SPF 20 ($4.29 USD)

Why I love this product: For one, the SMELL! I use the blue tube which I think is the ‘Quenched’ one. I can’t describe the smell, but it smells really nice. 😉 It definitely makes my lips feel soft and moisturized. SPF 20 is awesome as well!

Just a few of my favies that I’m currently obsessing over. 😉 Let me know if you’ve tried ay of these!



Makeup is like Clothes

One of my favorite things about doing makeup is the versatility that it gives me to try different things. Just like we have the option to choose what we wear, we have the option on how we want to wear our makeup. Depending on where you’re going or what you’re doing that day, is the way you choose your outfit. Say it’s a day you are just going out to run errands or go to the grocery store, you’d most likely dress casual and have very minimal makeup on. On a special occasion like a night out with your girlfriends or a date night with your boyfriend/husband, you’d dress up a little and wear a little more makeup.

Don’t get so caught up in your “makeup norms”. As easy as it is to change your outfit is as easy as it is to change up your look. Makeup should be fun! I love trying new products from different brands. I think my next post will be about some of my favorites! 😉

Hope you enjoyed, felt inspired, and are ready to explore makeup like you explore your closet. 🙂



Bridal Makeup Trial

My bride Anne for November 2015! Isn’t she gorgeous?! 🙂


  • MUFE Step 1 Smoothing Primer
  • MUFE Mat Velvet + Foundation #35
  • LA Girl Cosmetics Pro Conceal in Natural mixed with MUFE Lift Concealer #2
  • MUFE Pro Finish Powder #120
  • MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle
  • MUFE Mat Bronzer #20


  • Lorac Pro 2 Palette
  • Anastasia Pro Brow Palette in Chocolate
  • Cherry Blossom lashes in Wispy
  • MUFE Smoky Lash Mascara


  • MUFE Aqua Lip #15c
  • Stila Stay all Day Vinyl Lip gloss in Nude Vinyl mixed with MUFE Lab Shine in #D16

Hope you enjoy!


How I started Freelancing as a Makeup Artist


With working at Make Up For Ever and gaining more makeup experience, I realized I wanted to take my work outside of the boutique and do freelance work. For those of you who may not know, freelancing is basically working as your own boss. You are the one who has to find gigs, or people who are interested in your work as an artist. For me, I met a lot of people in the boutique and created relationships with people who already were freelancing as makeup artists. I didn’t exactly know how to start freelancing and get my name out there so I could book gigs around my work schedule at Make Up For Ever. I had so many questions, and tried to research what I could. But for the most part, all of what I know now came with experience, trial, and error. Still, things are still a learning experience and in no way am I saying my way is the right way. But here’s what I’ve learned and what has worked for me. Along with some tips and tricks to avoid running into any negative issues 😉

1. Social Media: Instagram is HUGE right now. You can reach so many people and instantly post to your followers. Through this, I was able to post quick photos of makeup, makeovers and my contact information for those who did come across my page and want me to do their makeup. I mostly post pictures of my work or notes about my availability and I leave my email in my information. I have gotten a lot of clients this way, and other people have shared my pictures, or referred people to me through Instagram. This source of social media is so easily accessible for everyone that it makes it easy to put your work out there for anyone to view. People are visual and makeup is an art. Rarely do people care to read a long bio about you but just want to see photos of your work and what you can do. Instagram is probably the main source that has gotten me a lot of freelance work.

2. Portfolio: Before finding clients who wanted to book me to do their makeup, I knew I needed pictures of work that I had done. So I did makeup on anyone I could just so I could take before and after pictures. I used my friends’ faces to play on and get creative! This way there’s no pressure, you do what you feel like doing on them and you have photos to show for it! After doing makeovers for my friends, I posted these photos on social media and BAM! People became more interested.

3. NO SELFIE ZONE: Okay, okay so we are all guilty of posting a selfie here and there on social media. But, people want to see versatility! They want to see that you can do makeup on more people than just yourself. Doing my own makeup is completely different than doing makeup on someone else. I have gotten to learn face shapes, eye shapes, skin tones, skin textures, etc. all through experience. This definitely takes time, but believe me, people are way more interested in the work you post of what you can do on others rather than the work you do on yourself.

4. Building my makeup kit: Okay so this can get expensive when you are first building your kit. But! Have no fear because it will all pay off! When I first started, I didn’t buy everything at once. When I knew I wanted to start freelancing, that was when I started to buy things here and there. I started out with using BH Cosmetics because it was super affordable and the quality was great for the price! I bought blush palettes, eyeshadow palettes, concealer palettes and more from them. Once I started doing more work, I upgraded my kit to higher end products like Make Up For Ever, MAC, Urban Decay, etc. I recently got a makeup case which helps me store my items in my kit. It was purchased off Which now brings me to my next point….

5.  Pricing: I had NO idea what to charge people when I started out. I remember searching online and reading things that said, “You should charge what you think your work is worth.” When I was using cheaper products, I did charge a lot less than what I charge now. As I began upgrading the items in my kit, I began raising my price. Now having more experience, I do agree with charging what you think your work is worth. Don’t underrate yourself either! Some think that freelance artist’s charge too much but there’s a lot that goes into going to someone’s location to get them ready. There’s prep work such as sanitizing all of the contents in your kit, washing brushes, and travel time. Keep that in mind when considering what to charge someone. If they are out of my area, I also charge a mileage fee.

6. Don’t do trials for free: I do a lot of bridal work and with that I always book a trial session before they decide on booking me for the wedding day. Don’t do a wedding trial for free. Trials don’t guarantee that they will book you for the wedding day. So if you do a free trial, they could try to book it on a day they actually have an event to go to and then they slip away with a free makeup application. Sneaky! But, it happens. So charge them!

7. Business Cards: Once I started getting busier, I then decided to get business cards. I personalized and purchased mine through Once you book gigs, you give out your card and your name gets referred to to others. I also run into clients at work who are looking for a freelance artist so it nice to have these on hand. I kept my cards simple with my first and last name, email, and my Instagram account. Ideally if you have a website, you want to include that on your card as well.

I think this sums up my thoughts on this topic. If there’s any questions I could answer, feel free to ask. 😉




So lets start off with a little background information on my skin type. I am a normal skin type with an oily t-zone. So, I just get a little shine throughout the day. I don’t have very large pores, but I do want that perfected silky smooth skin. I mean… who doesn’t?

I have tried so many different primers that claim to be ‘pore filling’ (Benefit Porefessional, Smashbox Pore minimizing primer, Too Faced Primed and Poreless) and I will say they are good primers and get the job done, but I have discovered something better!

MAKE UP FOR EVER STEP 1 Skin Equalizer; Smoothing

“SMOOTHING PRIMER instantly fills in and blurs imperfections for silky soft skin. This satiny, non-oily formula evens out skin texture by minimizing pores, wrinkles and fine lines. Skin looks resurfaced and perfectly smooth for a flawless makeup all day long.” -MAKEUPFOREVER.COM

To address the claims that the brand says this product is and does, I will completely agree. This product definitely fills in and blurs out imperfections on the skin. I don’t have very large pores but they are visible and I’d like to minimize them as much as possible. My pores do disappear leaving my skin flawless and completely smooth without feeling like silicone or overly slippery as previous pore primers have felt like for me. My foundation of choice glides onto my skin leaving me with FLAWLESS skin! I mainly focus the primer in the center of my face where pores are visible and where I tend to get oily and it is just a match made in heaven for me.

I have tested this primer on mature skin as well and it does a great job at preventing the liquid makeup from settling into any fine lines and/or wrinkles.


  • A small amount of product goes a long way
  • Lightweight
  • Minimizes appearance of pores
  • Flawless looking skin
  • Long wearing
  • Fast-absorbing


  • Price: $36

Overall, I think this product is worth the price. It definitely delivers results and does everything that it is claimed to do. If pores, fine lines and/or wrinkles are an issue for you, I’d give this product a try. 🙂 Maybe you don’t have pores or wrinkles but you want silky buttery skin. This will do the trick!



Spring bride for May 2015

Here is a before and after on my bride Amanda for her wedding makeup trial.

*All products used are by Make Up For Ever unless otherwise stated. 🙂


  • Prepped her skin with HD Elixer
  • HD Foundation #117
  • BH Cosmetics concealer palette. Mixed two of the lightest shades to conceal and highlight underneath her eyes.
  • Set under eyes with Super Mat Loose Powder #10
  • Set rest of face with Pro Finish Powder #117
  • Mat Bronzer #20
  • BH Cosmetics blush palette. Mixed two shades
  • MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in ‘Soft and Gentle’ to highlight
  • Lorac Pro 2 Palette; shade ‘Buff’ to further highlight under the eyes


  • Anastasia Pro Brow Palette; shade blonde
  • Lorac Pro 2 Palette for eyeshadow
  • Aqua black eyeliner
  • Khol pencil in white for waterline
  • Smoky lash mascara
  • Demi wispy lashes just on the ends


  • 15c Aqua lip
  • Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss in Nude Vinyl

Hope you enjoy! 😉