Category: Special effects

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




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


Dia De Los Dulces


Our first feature from HALLOW: An Eerie Issue is our sugar skull: Dia De Los Dulces.


I used a combination of face paints from Mehron and Ben Nye. For the eyes, I used yellow and green shadows from Morphe, MAC, and the Franken Lime Stein Kromatick Silk from Lunatick Cosmetic Labs to add shimmer.


This shoot was a collaboration of talents. We are all in the the special event industry so why not come together, throw a party, and take pix of it! Our baker made a giant dessert table, our graphic designer put invitations together and hand made these envelopes. To finish it off, Hair and Makeup made sure it was a Halloween party with the right costume.

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If you are looking to hire a professional in any of these fields, these are your ladies!

Photo: Kersti Kooiman

Model: Stephanie Ceniceros

Hair: Laura Buenrostro

Makeup: Brittany Made Me Pretty

Floral Hair Accessory Design: Tassja Huffman

Desserts/Set Design: Marisa Criscione

Graphic Design: Jessica Simons


Happy October! I’ve been working, stressing out, and obsessing with a group of very talented people on a huge halloween project since June. It’s such a relief and joy to finally show people what we’ve been doing. Take a look HERE!!! It’s just the beginning 🙂 Stay tuned… B


Photo: Arif Pierce

Model: Madlyne Woodward

Hair: Laura Buenrostro

MU: Brittany Made Me Pretty

Graphic Design: Jessica Simons

Artificial Human

David Miller is someone I’ve fortunately been able to see work behind the scenes. He has this vision in his head and knows exactly how to create it. Both times I’ve worked with him I couldn’t clearly see what he had in mind until he actually took the photo. A truly creative person, I have no idea how he sees the things he does. It’s magic

I always love working with Laura. She whips up some crazy hairstyles out of no where! All of the chains in the models hair are necklaces she owned or made.




Annie had flawless skin and bleached brows, so the weather-worn, greek statue look David was trying to go for came so easy! I sheered out my RCMA foundations with Embryolisse moisturizer to even out her skin tone. I used some Mac Full Coverage Foundation in White and a mascara spoolie to lighten her already white lashes and brows. I also used a combination of NYX Loose Pearl Shadows to highlight her skin with a tiny bit of Chromium pigment from Lunatick Cosmetics Labs. An inexpensive mud mask from Sally’s (or your local beauty supply) was used to create the crackle effect.

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These two muted kaleidoscope images are so haunting. I was THRILLED to get these photos from Dave!

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Photo: David Miller

Model: Annie Montgomery

Hair: Laura Buenrostro

Makeup/FX: Brittany Made Me Pretty