Category: Behind the scenes

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 😉

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 🙂

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 😉

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 😀 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 😉 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

LASplash Cosmetics IMATS Disney Contest


One of the students from My Beauty Mark tagged me in an IG contest for LASplash Cosmetics. I entered the above Disney inspired makeup on the very last day… actually I almost didn’t do it. To my excitement, I found out this morning my look made it as a final contestant for 1st place!! I’m flabbergasted it made it and to be next to Jennifer Corona… she’s so BOOOOOOOMB!!!!!! Now, it’s based off of how many “Likes” each finalist gets. So here’s where I shamelessly ask you to follow THIS LINK and like my pic 😉 ❤ aaaaaaand if you fee like spreading the word, I wouldn’t even be mad ❤ Winner gets passes to the sold out IMATS show this weekend… which is like a cosmetic theme park!









Breakfast with Spooky Mermaids


As the last bit of day fades from the sky, the coffee brews.


The donuts emerge from the fire.


The sugars and spices are conjured.


With one bite, your soul is no longer your own.


The last feature from HALLOW: An Eerie Issue is the Donut Mermaid. In the vein of mermaids being tempting sirens that lead men to their deaths, so goes our dark beauty’s story, luring with something much more dangerous, donuts and coffee. mmm



BTW- Those contacts are yellow but Berkeley’s eyes are so blue they turned lime green which was really frightening in person. Great for the character!


I used the brow blocking technique with a water soluble glue stick to “get rid of ” Berkeley’s brows. A combination of a few different purple pigments from Lunatick Cosmetic Labs and a black shadow were used for the eyes. The black lip is also from Lunatick Cosmetic Labs in Black Cult. The black on her fingers in the first few images is a water activated body paint from Mehron.



The invite for this party was my favorite from the entire HALLOW look book. It was a mini coffin, holding not only the invite and event details, but also a few baby donuts!



Photo: Mount Up Productions

Model: Berkeley Kooiman

Mermaid Tail Design: Genevieve Gantney

Hair Accessories: Tassja Huffman

Hair:  Laura Buesnrostro

Makeup: Brittany Made Me Pretty

Desserts/Set Design: Marisa’s Flour Fix

Styling: Tracy Herold

Graphic Design: Jessica Simons




Gothique Ettiquette


My sweet vampirous. This was one of my fave looks to do! Take a look at the entire HALLOW: An Eerie Issue and enjoy 🙂

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You have to check out all the links at the bottom of the post to see everyone involved! It was really a group effort and all of these people are freakin talented!


If you haven’t been to Naimie’s and you are into prosthetics or want to get into prosthetics, they have a lot of fun options. I found these pointed ears and knew my Vampirous needed them. I’ve been out of practice with prosthetics so these turned out better than I expected, not quite what I hoped. I could have added more definition in the paint job BUT you live and you learn.

I used the Makeup Forever Flash Palette for the highlight and contour on the face. I airbrushed the prosthetics with Dinair makeup in flesh tones and fantasy colors. Lips were Lunatick Cosmetic Labs in Ritual Red over MAC NightMoth lip pencil.


This guy, Arif Pierce, always gets into character to help the model portray a specific emotion or expression. It’s one of my favorite parts of shooting with him… you know besides the awesome pix and the fact that he knows what he’s doing. Here’s what this shot looked like from my phone above, and here is what his magical, demon camera got through the veil below… serious magic!




Major thanks to Mady for getting into character and scaring the maintenance lady while we were shooting!! ❤ She was the perfect vampire. My heart is yours.



That finger wave tho. #lalashair


And in true Bleeding Through fandom form, I must end with lyrics from Sweet Vampirous


Be warned, she’ll kill you. Be warned, she’ll kill us all. Be warned, she’ll kill you. Be warned, she’ll kill ME!

Photo: Arif Peirce

Model: Madlyne Woodward

Hair: Laura Buenrostro

Makeup: Brittany Made Me Pretty

Dessert/Set Design: Flour Fix

Graphic/Invitation Design: Jessica Simons


Space Cakes


Our second feature from HALLOW: An Eerie Issue is our robot girl: Space Cake


This is a really simple way to get straight lines in your makeup. Stencils people!!

  • SCOTCH TAPE! Stencil off the desired shape.
  • I used VIBE water-based airbrush makeup in Metallic Silver to paint area of the face inside the tape.
  • Once you’re done airbrushing, painting, splattering or what have you, peel the tape away and reveal clean edges! wow.
  • I cleaned up any of the over spray with a makeup wipe, then went around edges of the silver mask with foundation on a small concealer brush to give it a crisp, clean line.
  • I highlighted the highest points of her face (tops of cheekbones, chin, cupids bow, and bridge of nose) with Lunatick Cosmetic Labs Kromatick Silk in Chormium.
  • I contoured the hollow places (under cheekbones, sides of nose, eye lid crease, deepest portions of cupids bow, under bottom lip) with Carbon from MAC.


Here’s the rest of the party!





Photo: Mount Up Productions

Model: Melanie Criscione

MUAH: Brittany Made Me Pretty

Costume Design: Tracy Herold

Desserts/Set Design: Marisa Criscione

Invitation/Graphic Design: Jessica Simons