Category: Fun Projects

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 😉

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 😉

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!

Forever Lips

In case I haven’t mentioned it here before, I instruct at My Beauty Mark Makeup Academy in Southern California. Taking the leap from working at a full time “corporate” job to becoming a freelance artist was ulcer worthy to put it mildly. If I hadn’t decided to make take that giant step, I would have never found My Beauty Mark. I’ve been at the school for about a year and a half, and saying I love my job wouldn’t really express how content and confident I am in every career choice I’ve made thus far. I’m a dreamer. A big, magical, mermaid-believing, day dreamer. I want it all. Though I’m not sure when or how I’m going to get to where I need/want/hope to be, I feel like I made the right decision with My Beauty Mark. I feel like I found my sweet spot. With all that sentiment, I’m very excited and proud of the strides My Beauty Mark is making in the beauty industry. Just a tiny portion of all the hard work and planning from the owners and staff is starting to surface. The very tip of that ice burg is Forever Lips.

My Beauty Mark Cosmetics is releasing their first line of liquid lipsticks. This collection is named after 4 MBM Dolls’ IG names. This is just the beginning of what’s to come! (right to left: @julisad_mbm, @alyssamarieartistry, @brittbrutal, @alexmybeautymark)


I can’t begin to say how freakin STOKED and honored I am to have one of these lip colors named after me. Let’s be honest, there’s the kid in me living a tiny mermaid day dream right now. If anyone is interested in these liquid lipsticks, they are available for pre-sale now. Follow the link to the SHOP here. Cheers to makeup, day dreams, and hard work.


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




Tiny Stitches


The model for our 4th feature from HALLOW is actually a doll designer. Katherine Long makes these really adorable soft dolls pulling inspiration from cartoons, The Muppets, and Tim Burton. Their aesthetic lent itself to some really fun makeup since Kat resembles her dolls so much! Thanks for the inspiration in Tiny Stitches.


Our favorite toys end up the most beat up, often times missing buttons or limbs. I wanted Kat’s makeup to have that same feeling. Her neck seam is losing it’s stitches and her stuffing is coming out.


I layered latex and cotton on the neck to form the opening. Dinair airbrush flesh tone and fantasy makeup was used to paint the dried neck piece. I used latex again, but as an adhesive for the stuffing. Lastly, I stitched up the neck opening with black string. I tried thread but it was too thin to make an impact. Thick, black string was much more noticeable! The lipstick is one of my favorite purples from Lunatick Cosmetic Labs in Paranormal



P.S. those buttons on the apples are chocolate molds not real buttons. I know, get out Marisa!


One of my favorite shots is the image above. The pretzels and the doll legs are too cute.


Photo: Kersti Kooiman

Model: Katherine Long

Hair: Laura Buenrostro

Makeup: Brittany Made Me Pretty

Desserts/Set Design: Marisa Criscione

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