Color and Texture

Paint Strokes: Makeup Forever Flash Palette

Highlight: Makeup Forever Star Powder 940

Gold Glitter: Star Crushed Minerals Gold Spice and Golden Rule

Lashes: Top- Star Crushed Minerals Cythera and Elevation Euphoria 02, Bottom- Star Crushed Minerals Venus

Gold chord, chunky glitter, and mini sequins were all Michael’s finds, I’m sure most craft stores would have comparable items ūüėČ

Model: Kelly

Hair: Laura Buenrostro

Makeup: Brittany Moody

Hair Accessories: Hair Comes The Bride Ruby and Brittany

Photo: Arif Pierce

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PHAMExpo ’16

So fortunate to be hired to do a live body painting demo for Drama Queen Makeup Academy and Town of Lashes this past weekend! I had a blast! Wanted to leave a little information about products and techniques in case anyone might be curious ūüėČ

Here is how it turned out! I had a superrrr cute model to begin with so my job was easy as pie.


I did hair and makeup for this one. Very Rita Repulsa¬†meets Dark Sea Witch…


Now for a list of products (exaggerated inhalation because it’s quite the list):

Complexion: RCMA Foundation

Brows: Makeup Geek- Mocha and Corrupt

Eyes and Face Sculpt: Kat Von D- Shade and Light Eye Quad in Rust

Shadows: Makeup Geek- Untamed and Fortune Teller

Highlight: Makeup Forever- Star Powder 940 and Artist Couture- Illuminati

Glitter over entire face: Lit Cosmetics- Champagne Wishes #2

Glitter on Eyes and Lip: Star Crushed Minerals- Gold Spice and Golden Rule


Lip: Drama Queen Makeup– Brown Suga

Lashes: Red Cherry #5 and Elevation Euphoria 02

Chunky Glitter on inner corner: Recollections Signature Sequin Glitter – I bought this from Michael’s Craft Store but they don’t have the sequin caddy I found. The link is for a very similar product though.

Glitter Adhesive: Eye Kandy- Liquid Sugar Base

Body Contour- Mac Cosmetics- Black Airbrush Makeup

Body Glitter: Creatology- Black and Lit Cosmetics- Champagne Wishes #2


Costume Designer, Genevieve Gantney made the black shell top that I adhered to the model using Spirit Gum. On top of that, I adhered some faux metallic pieces to make it more dramatic.

I watched these two videos and was super inspired to make the “jewelry” for the Merwitch. The first video is from Aodhamair.¬†She makes some really cool costume jewelry from hot glue… AAND she has a free template download which is what I used ūüôā

This video is from NsomniaksDream and she inspired the ear/fin jewelry! I used the hot glue technique from Aodhamair instead of wire and it worked!

Powder to Liquid

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This was my first time experimenting with mixing matte pigments with Makeup Forever’s Aqua Seal and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! I love all the color eyeliners I’ve been seeing, I just wanted to use what I had instead of buying more. I have lots of loose shadows so it seemed like the right time.

I sprinkled¬†a little bit of a loose pigment onto a mixing palette with ONE DROP of Aqua Seal. Aqua Seal is no joke! It makes what you mix it with waterproof… and it’s essspensive so don’t waste it.


Side note about Aqua Seal- I assisted a class at The Makeup Show with Orlando Santiago and the man put Aqua Seal on errrythang! He added it to his under eye concealer¬†so it would dry waterproof and resist creasing *gasp* He applied it to powder eye shadows so when they dry, they were water proof *deeper gasp*… the entire class I kept saying to myself in disbelief, “no?” My mind opened and the possibilities are endless!

Pictured above:

Paw Palette- Purr Baby Paw Palette Ring

Star Crushed Minerals- Anarchy Loose Shadow

Makeup Forever- Aqua Seal

Royal and Langnickel- Soft Grip Gold Taklon Script L Size 20/0  This is actually an art brush

Side Side note about brushes- I love Royal and Langnickel brushes! They have great¬†art and beauty tools. I use their Aqualon brushes for body painting or other water activated paint applications. The 20/0 brush I used for this was a little old so I trimmed any stray hairs so I had a nice clean point ūüėČ

After applying the liner, it¬†dried nice and matte! I was worried it would mix with the purple eye shadow underneath, or that the red liner would be too sheer. It turned out opaque and really fluid. Here’s to more experimenting and new colors!


Star Crushed Minerals


This goes out¬†to the kind souls¬†of Star Crushed Minerals. Shadows, highlights, glitters. Shimmer, sparkle, color, all the things I like in one spot. It makes me feel less alone in this galaxy¬†ūüėÄ I really like what they have to offer and the packaging is adorable. Every time I get a confetti filled box I immediately get happy! ¬†SCM¬†was also so generous as to give loose Starbright Highlighters and Halo Glitters to everyone who joined my HighlightXContour demos last month. Unreal support. They are beyond good to me and I appreciate it ‚̧

To top it all off, they have lashes NOW! Each pair is $10 and they are currently¬†running a 50% OFF promocode FULLMETALLASHES. Click images below for style names ūüėČ LOOK AT CYTHERA *heavy breathing*

To share a little bit about their loose Starbright Highlighters, here are a couple of my faves on some skin: Bare My Soul on the left, it’s a really pretty natural shade, I just layered it wet til she had moon beams coming out of her face. Ice Queen on the right. This highlight has a¬†frosty¬†blue hue. Layered over black really shows how blue the pigment is.


A few more¬†Starbright Highlighters I use a lot! Top row are what I like to think of as the fantasy, statement highlights. These have a stronger hue to them. The “I want my face to pop like a new box of crayons” attitude. Overall makes me feel the right amount¬†of weird/other worldly so I can step into public.

Left to right: Fairy Wings– Green shimmer, Ice Queen– Blue Highlight, Sheer Joy– Purple/Pink Shimmer

These are the natural, “I’m human, but still want this glow to blind you from Mars” highlights. Left to right: Bare My Soul– Very light gold with a faint pink/orange warmth, Birthday Suit– Warm pink/peach shimmer, In The Buff– Golden Nude

Enough makeup gush. Have a good day folks! ‚̧ B

Kat Von D Beauty

I think we all appreciate and love Kat Von D in our own way. Miami Ink, La Ink, High Voltage Tattoo, Wonderland Gallery, her books,¬†¬†KVD Beauty and the empire it has become… she’s just a badass. So when I received this package, I peed a little. I probably didn’t go to sleep until 1am just staring at my ceiling like, WTF. Who wouldn’t freak out?? jsdhvfjhavfjgavskfjhvasjgha!

The packaging and presentation¬†are soooo clean. I’m a visual nerd so the coffin-esque shape box and how everything fit so snuggly in the black on black foam core cut outs…hnnnnng!

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The Shade+Light Eye Contour Quads are bomb! I’m a huge fan of matte shadows and all these bad boys are MATTE and pigmented af. I can’t decide if I have a favorite yet. I’m partial to orange and warm brows so that Rust palette hits¬†a sweet spot. The Plum and Sage palettes have some really pretty intense colors too, though. And the Smoke palette is the essential “DUH!” cool-tone¬†smokey eye must-have.


Pic above is some quick beauty looks. Left: Sage Palette and FYFE Liner on the eyes. Right: Plum, Rust, and Smoke palette… I got a little carried away.


I threw a little of the Rust shadows on top of Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita to add some extra highlight and contour. I used the Highlight (off white) and Define (deep brown) shades.

Ok confession time. I slept in my makeup because I’m a lazy sinner breaking the cardinal rule of skincare. I used the Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer and my smokey eye (the purple on seen above) woke up intact!! Not gonna lie, I was thoroughly impressed. Fresh to Death…literally. Side Note: I’ve been using the Deep Primer to give the shadows a little bit of a darker intensity.

There’s a Shade + Light Eye contour brush! I like blending harsh lines with a dense, firmer brush. The domed end is perfect for that. I¬†used it to blend the shadows at my crease and diffuse any harsh lines on my lower lid.¬†There is also a tapered end to the brush that gives way more precision and control to your application. I like it for right underneath my lash line. Erik Soto does a great brush demonstration video, if you haven’t seen it already, hit play.

Remember Me?


A former student of mine asked me a few personal questions recently, mostly pertaining to makeup. The questions made me dwell a little on my life soup, try to make words from the random alphabet floating around. So I thought I’d spill my answers here and make this my step back into writing my messy thoughts down. Here we go, be really scared.

1- What are your goals as a MUA?

For a long time I said my goal was “Makeup Explosion” whatever that meant. I knew I wanted to make my career in this industry and I wanted to get my hands in everything. Film, TV, print, event makeup, body painting, special fx… I wanted to do it all and then some. I always tell students who ask me about the different¬†routes to take in makeup,¬†TRY EVERYTHING. Take every opportunity you can. Some things twice¬†to make certain how you feel about it. You may discover you love something you never thought you would, like me. I hate public speaking, I’m pretty high strung and in my head without being in the spotlight, but my favorite job of all time is teaching. Go. Figure.

2- How do you feel about having your own business?

Partly why I love freelancing so much, you get to take opportunities to be in new environments with different groups of people on your own time.¬†It’s a hustle. I’m sure the uncertainty may not be something everyone would enjoy. Who doesn’t like doing things their own way, working hard for something they truly believe in though?

3- What was the biggest challenge you had to go through?

4- What keeps you motivated when you want to give up?

3 and 4 kinda go together for me. Soooo, ever been in one of those really toxic relationships where you completely neglect yourself?? Like mentally and emotionally exhausted?? Me too, let’s share scars! Choosing to move away from that part of my life and trying to take care of my brain has been the hands down most challenging thing I’ve ever done. I had completely ignored me and my creative outlet. The moment I stepped away from that (I say “stepped away,” it was really more of a stumble forward, then I tripped backward… and crawled forward again, shampoo and repeat as necessary), I enrolled in makeup school and I haven’t stopped doing makeup since. It was the first major thing I had done for myself at that point, all the turmoil built up¬†a huge creative surge that needed to be let out, and it was the tiniest bit of freedom and independence I had to make my own choice, for myself, not worrying about what others thought or what they would do. Remembering the negative¬†way I felt back then, the hopelessness, is what motivates me not to give up. I made it through what felt like the darkest, most heart breaking experience of my life. I never died.

5- Did you have support from friends and family when you decided to become a makeup artist?

I’ve always been a colorful kid, I think my parents knew when my visual aids for school projects came out better than my essays that I was going to be somewhat of an artiste. I’ve been very fortunate to have extremely encouraging ¬†friends and family. A couple of friends are actually¬†the ones who planted that¬†little seed. I didn’t know you could make a living doing¬†makeup. Apparently, it’s a thing.

That all being said, here’s to taking more time doing things I enjoy like this blaaaaahhhg! Also, anyone in Orange County California, I will be doing a Highlight and Contour demo this Saturday, 4/2 at The Makeup Shack. Come hang out. PEACE!! ‚̧ B

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Mermaids, Makeup, & Metal

There’s a new shirt added to my shop! If you’d like to see it click HERE ‚̧


Why the alliteration?

  • Mermaids- my daily reminder to keep the magic, curiosity, and hope we have as kids and not let it die with growing up
  • Makeup- my creative outlet, my craft, what I pour my soul into, my purpose
  • Metal- the only thing louder than the voices in my head and scarier than the monsters I have locked in the basement


Photo: Mount Up Productions

Model: Linda Krystal

MUAH: Brittany Made Me Pretty

Venus Cage Bra: Mod Ministry

Oversize Reversible Collar: Salem Couture

Strange and Unusual Lips

I want to look weird. I want to look other worldly. My face is the most conveniently accessible canvas at my disposal so I express my frustrations with my basic mortality using¬†makeup and glitter. I either want to look radiant, ethereal, alien-natural OR sometimes I feel a little moody and want to scare people. One of my favorite ways to alter a look is using an unnatural lip color, whether that’s a dark dragon lady¬†green or even a neutral with a grey/dead undertone. I don’t think I say enough how excited I am with this whole liquid matte liquid trend ESPECIALLY since most of these cosmetic companies are doing the strangest colors. I love that makeup is so artistic right now. Two of those companies I am very happy to have been introduced to are Pretty Zombie Cosmetics and Makeup Monster Cosmetics.

Black Lips! I know I’m young, but let’s go back in time to 1996 to visit a little movie called The Craft. As I’m sure it ignited a little black flame in your heart as it did mine, I NEEDED a black lipstick after watching that movie. I looked everywhere (meaning the 2 stores my mom would take me to)!


The only lipsticks I found were poor-quality, Halloween lipsticks that were really creamy, shiny, and sheer. I wanted a lip as black and pitch as night! *Please note- if you did not feel the same way after this movie and think something is wrong with me, you’re probably right. I was made fun of for wearing green nail polish in elementary school, so I new my future was going to hold more weird to come. I won’t hold your judgements against you.*¬†

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And here I am sitting in the middle of 2015 with this beautiful, opaque, matte blacker than sin liquid lipstick from Pretty Zombie Cosmetics. This is Black Cat (it reads kind of blue in the picture, but it’s black). The texture is thin, very pigmented, and lasts beautifully. I personally don’t mind drying, matte lip products or some cracking, but this texture is so smooth and matte! I haven’t had any problems with cracking or flaking! Love this formula!!

Though my wardrobe is mainly neutrals, I love color! I love all colors; warm, cool, light, dark, dull… glitter, it doesn’t matter as long as we’re talking colors on my face or in my hair. The bolder the better. It makes me feel some type of way. It’s fun! When people compliment a bold makeup choice and follow up with, “but I could never pull it off,” it’s crushing! I guess when I wear colorful, bold, drastic makeup in a weird way I am crushing the same doubt that tells me “I’m weird” and “It’s not ok.”

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Play with your makeup! It washes off, it’s not so serious if you are open to play and Makeup Monster Cosmetics is all kinds of playing!! This is Back Lash and it’s beautiful. They have a very similar texture to the Pretty Zombie liquid lipsticks. Thin, buildable, opaque, and smooooooth.

If you’re looking to try a new lip, I’d give there guys a whirl. ‚̧