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MAC Cosmetics Marge Simpson Limited Edition Collection

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)
(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

If you ever wondered what Marge Simpson‘s beauty bag looked like then this new MAC Cosmetics collection is perfect for you. MAC Cosmetics is celebrating The Simpsons 25th anniversary by creating a 10 item collection in honor of the famous cartoon mom. The collection is a playful line that gives some fun colorful ideas to add into your kit. The 10 items include: two 4 piece eyeshadow palettes, blush, lipglass and false lashes. The colors are in shades of pink, purple, black and of course blue like her famous beehive hair with names like: Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy, Nacho Cheese Explosion and That Trillion Dollar Look. The packaging alone is worth showcasing the items in your beauty bag.

While you may not want to have a complete Marge makeover, one suggestion would be to add one of the fun colors to your look for a pop of fun color. As well as using a Marge Simpson lipglass shade on top of your neutral lip pencil to create a new color.

Those that attended Comic-Con in San Diego this past were the first to preview the makeup line before it hits the stores. The lines outside the MAC store were wrapped around the block, proving that this iconic character may not be Marilyn Monroe, or Barbie, but she has a huge following all her own. The attendees also were able to get Marge makeovers and see the Marge models, come to life as their favorite animated character.

The Marge Simpson makeup collection is available online on and in stores on September 4. It is a limited edition collection and will sell out fast both online and in stores.

Tracie Rosales Makes Clients Look Their Best Every Time

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062608143845_ppEveryone wants to look their best, every day. From special occasions to professional engagements to actors and actresses on the set, Tracie Rosales of Makeup Artistry By Tracie (www.tracierosales.com) is invested in bringing her clients’ best faces forward. Recently expanding operations from solely serving the metro DC area to including service in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Rosales is working to bring her fresh-faced, customer-driven aesthetic to a wider audience. By offering a mobile service, Rosales is able to travel to her clients, wherever they need her.

“We are totally mobile and come to the client, to make it convenient for them,” Rosales says. “If it is a photo shoot then I come before and will stay on set during for any touch-ups, modification and to help.” Rosales services help bring her clients more confidence and helps give them a sense of calm, whether it’s their wedding day or they are uncomfortable in front of a camera or appearing in public. Being behind the scenes is one part of her job that she loves most. “I get to see the bride before she walks down the aisle, the speaker before they go out on stage, the models backstage before they walk the catwalk,” Rosales says.

In addition to offering clients her skills and services, Rosales is also happy to pass along any makeup tips or tricks that can help her clients achieve professional-looking results at home. Dedicated to increasing her professional development, Rosales is considers herself a lifelong learner when it comes to her improving her skills. Boasting an impressive list of credentials and certifications, Rosales is committed to bringing her clients the most up-to-date looks, techniques, and beauty services.

Customers are appreciative of the services Makeup Artistry by Tracie provides, often offering referrals and providing customer endorsements and testimonials. Using her professional expertise, Rosales is able to be the calm, quiet voice of reason, standing behind her aesthetic choices, even when other professionals are dubious. In one instant, the fresh-faced, natural looks she created not only set the perfect tone for the bridal photo shoot she was hired for, it also brought referrals from the photographer.

“From that point on she began referring her brides and other clients to me saying that I knew what I was doing and that with the right technique you could achieve an amazing look, without being overly done, and still have beautiful pictures,” Rosales said. Landing clients from individuals to corporations – including Google – and working for magazines like Brides and Wedding of Northern Virginia and Winery Weddings, which both chose Rosales to craft their cover looks, Rosales has been named to the Top 40 Under 40: Rising Business and Community Leaders for Loudon

Kim Kardashian’s Makeup Artist Shares her Wedding Day Look

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Kim Kardashian‘s wedding to Kanye West has been a huge story and following this past weekend.  Finally the wedding photos have been released and all have seen the bride in her gown and her gorgeous bridal look.  Her longtime makeup artist and friend Mario Dedivanovic is spilling his tips on creating her look for the wedding in Florence.

Mario saw the dress and took inspiration about her look from it. “I didn’t want to make too much of a statement with her makeup. We decided to go with something natural and timeless. I wanted to go with something clean and classic and I wanted her to look almost angelic.”

Talking to Australia’s Channel Nine breakfast show Mornings, Mario confirmed that Kim wanted her signature contoured makeup for the wedding, before explaining how he defined her cheekbones. “Contouring frames the face and chisels the cheeks. So basically it’s putting a little bit of bronzer on the hairline and jawline and on the hollows of the cheeks and the bridge of the nose. It thins out the face and gives warmth to the face. Sometimes it takes 20 minutes, sometimes an hour. The most important [tip] is to blend, blend, blend.”

On her skin he went with a radiant, dewy look. For her eyes he went with warm tones and a liquid eyeliner on the lids. Of course he enhanced her lashes with individual false lashes by Kardashian Beauty and Urban Decay Perversion mascara and made them pop as they always seem to do in photos of the star. For the ceremony her lips was a peachy pink and then at the reception they switched it for a classic nude lip using L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Nude Ballet.

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DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review

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(Photo Credit: DHC Care.com)

I recently received a sample sized DHC Deep Cleansing Oil treatment.   It was sent in a “mom” package with goodies for my son and the Cleansing Oil was my bonus.  The card in the box said that the Oil would give me clean, fresh, glowing skin.  I typically do not use oil products as my skin is combination and the last thing I need is more oil.  However, living on the East Coast in winter, with heaters running everywhere my skin is very dry.

I found that the oil did an amazing job at removing makeup at the end of the day and hydrating my skin.  It even removed waterproof eyeliner and mascara easily, without a greasy feeling.  The oil once emulsifies with water it turns into a lotion that rinses completely and gives you a fresh feeling.  I continued to use the product over two weeks and found that my skin looked better and my complexion had improved.

Try the Deep Cleansing Oil if your skin is like mine or you are looking for a new product to try.

Smashbox Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener Review

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As a makeup artist I know the importance of making my clients eyes look brighter as well as using the tricks on my own eyes especially after a long night.  While a white eye pencil is a great trick to use in the corners of your eyes or to rim your lower lashes.  I do find that at times white can be a little to bright or the white pencil becomes noticeable and instead of it being a great trick everyone notices the white liner.  I came across Smashbox’s Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener and was intrigued by the product.  What I immediately noticed is that the two sides are slightly different shades, but more of a flesh tone color.  I decided that I would test it on myself before adding it to my kit.

The inner rim side of the pencil is perfect for lining the lower inner rim of your eye.  The texture of the pencil is soft so as not to irritate your eye and adding a brightness look without looking white.  It brightens your eyes in a subtle way that people will notice you look more refreshed without knowing your secret.

The other side of the pencil is labeled Highlight and can be placed in a couple of places to get the bright eye affect.  The first option is to apply on the inner corners of the eyes.  It also can be used underneath your brow to make your eyes appear bigger and wider.  Smashbox also states that you can apply the product to help with dark circles and use it as a concealer.  I do agree that you can use the pencil this way however, if you have very dark circles it may not give you enough coverage and be better to go with an under eye concealer.

I am a fan of this pencil and have been using it on my clients and brides as a new option for brighter eyes.  Ditch the white pencil for the Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener worth the $22 investment.

Concealer That Does Cover Your Dark Circles

I am constantly looking for an under eye concealer that really will cover the darkest under eye circles.  As a makeup artist I need something that will work on almost everyone, so that I do not have seven or eight products that I have to pick through with each client.  I need one product in several shades that will make my job easier.

While I have worked with and used several different lines and types, I have found that many of them are a yellow based concealer which only makes the circles look gray or darker.  I am also need a product that is not too thick so as too draw attention to what I am hiding.

While I was at The Makeup Show NYC, a trade show of classes, products and fun, I came across a brand line that swears by its concealer.  In fact, it is what has made their line famous.  Eve Pearl Cosmetics founded by Eve Pearl, who is a makeup artist for the entertainment industry.  Eve Pearl Cosmetics has a “salmon” concealer, that is lightweight, creamy and comes in shades to blend in to a variety of skin tones.  I was impressed by Eve and her company as the products are: cruelty free, paraben free, petrolatum free, oil and mineral oil free and fragrance free.

Photo Courtesy of Eve Pearl Cosmetics

I purchased a concealer trio and decided I would use it on all my clients as well as myself this week and really see what this concealer can do.  On myself, I noticed that the concealer blended well covered up my circles and finished off my look.  My clients this week have been impressed with my skills in covering there dark circles.   Which I know is a testiment to the product.  However, the best moment was I had a client this week who is severely sensitive to products and if she has a reaction she either breaks out into hives or her eyes constantly tear.  I used the Eve Pearl Concealer and she had no allergic reaction.
I am so excited with this purchase and who recommend this product to any consumer professional or makeup lover.  I love finding new products that hold up to the test.

Summertime and the makeup is flawless

As the Summer shows no signs of cooling and a warm Fall is on the way, there are products and tricks that can be used to help brides and bridesmaids keep their makeup looking flawless.

Anna was a bridesmaid for a wedding in Key West this summer. While I did not travel with her to the sunny – and humid – Keys, we had a makeup consultation and practice session so that she could apply her own makeup.

The bridesmaids were dressed in aquamarine color gowns, and the wedding took place on the beach. Anna wears minimal makeup on a daily basis and while she wanted to look great in pictures, she also wanted to go with a softer, natural look. I decided that we should go with a sun kissed look that would complement her coloring and fit the style of the wedding.

In order to begin the combat against the humidity, I used Smashbox anti-shine primer. This product helps keeps oil under control and foundation from running. It should be applied after moisturizer and before makeup.

I used a liquid foundation to match Anna’s skin and then opted for a bronzer – instead of a blush – to highlight her cheekbones and give her a sun kissed glow. The eye makeup featured a lighter smokey eye, only lining the top lid and not the bottom. I used several coats of mascara so the lashes would stand out. By going with a lighter eye, we could highlight her skin. The lip color was a combination of brownish pink that looks great and is more of a neutral tone. To finish the look (and my last step in making sure that her makeup would hold up), I used MAC’s Fix+ which is an aqua spritz that helps finish and set makeup.

After Anna came back from Key West, she sent me a note: “I was concerned about the heat and my makeup coming off, however the products were amazing! I just received the album and was pleased that my makeup stayed on all day and night. They are definitely products worth purchasing for any upcoming event you may be attending. Thanks, Tracie, for the tips!”

While this wedding took place outside of Virginia, the products are perfect for the HOT steamy weather of  Northern Virginia.