Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty isn’t always about how you look or what you wear.  Beauty isn’t about lipsticks and shadows.  Beauty is made of what’s inside of you.  How do you know you are beautiful; When you wear confidence like makeup.  When you value yourself more than you value things.  When you feel good inspite of your circumstances.  The real truth about beauty is knowing who you are.  Beauty is when you turn heads when you enter the room without parting your lips.  Beauty looks at the heart and works inside out.  Beauty isn’t loud or an attention seeker, beauty gentle introduces itself like a perfect stranger.  Beauty can only be pure.  It feels like a warm Summer night and it smells like fresh flowers.  Beauty is a new chapter waiting for a perfect ending.  Beauty is simply love; loving yourself enough to say YES!

Although beauty vies for its own standard, its contender is the beast.  The beast is beauty’s contrast.  It is often mistaken for the beauty by its inability to reach its full potential.  Often the beast deceives the spirit of beauty within and appears self-confident and secure.  The foundation of the beast breeds negative thoughts and words that come from a place that is not loved.  Its representatives are envy, negativity, self-hatred and enmity.  Beauty’s opponent the beast, can eliminate the highlights of a beautiful life. The beast robs beauty from its genuineness.  It maximizes the blemishes and conceals the truth.  While the beast within waits for the perfect moment to surface, if real beauty prevails it cannot show up first.  The beast cannot and will not win if the beauty in you is authentic.   When we yield our lives to love and the beauty surrounding us, beauty can only exist and the beast dies.  Therefore, the content above is not a fairytale, but a realistic journey called life so choose BEAUTY!!

Happy Makeup,

The Makeup Maven

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Glitz & Glam

The holidays have arrived and it’s time to get all glammed up!

One way to be sure you are turning heads when you walk in that holiday party is to play up your eyes.  Try using metallic silvers, golds, greens, blues and copper for boldness.  Second, build on whatever you choose using a deep black shadow to smoke the creases and corner of the eyes for intensity.  Third,  line using a black liquid liner or a black matte pencil to complete your stargazing look.  Don’t forget to accessorize with blush, mascara and gloss.  Last,  here are a few of my favorite things for this holiday season and great stocking stuffers

ULTA  Baked Eye shadows.  They are packaged with one solid color and one mystical color for fun.  Their textures are consistent and long lasting.  They retail at $15.

ULTA  Kabuki Brush.  This travel size brush is a perfect little gift for the woman on the go.  It retails for $6.30

CARGO Metallico Eye Pencil Set.  Here are the perfect pencils to create that holiday stargazing look above.  These creamy, blend-able and glittery pencils are easy to use and waterproof.  This set retails for $24.

Philosophy has five Flavored Lip Shines in Melon, Vanilla Birthday Cake, Mimosa, Coconut and Raspberry for those delectable cravings.  All retail for $10.

Now that you have what you need to complete your look with that holiday dress and some great finds for the fashionista, it’s time to celebrate.

Happy Makeup,

The Makeup Maven



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Past it’s Prime!!!!!!!

Have you looked in your personal makeup bag lately and noticed your products are due for a major revamp.     Having clean, new and sanitized makeup products along with brushes are necessary to maintain healthy and beautiful skin.   Our products  we use  are just as important as the technique behind your brands of choice.    Old sponges that are used over and over again causes bacteria build-up and can lead to severe skin issues.  I personal have seen women reuse old compact sponges and NEVER throw them out.   In addition, using  mascara that is old and dried out over and over again can build bacteria around the eye and cause irritation.   So, here are five tips to help you know when your makeup is past it’s prime!!

When makeup  smells bad. 

Most lipsticks and lip glosses start to smell bad when its gets old.  This is a good indication it’s time to toss it.

When the  texture or consistency of your product begins to change.

Product texture and consistency will change when its old.  The product will begin to separate into layers when this happens.

When the color shifts inside the product it’s time to let it go. 

Colors within eyeshadow, blush and powder compacts  are sensitive to light and the colors will shift.   Sometimes in most press powder compacts a clear hard film sits on top of the product and it doesn’t move.  STOP reapplying it to your skin and throw it away.

If a product begins to grow fuzz-YUCK!!!

Fuzz grows on products like eye shadows, cream foundations, lipsticks, powders and blushes.  If this occurs, you guessed it-TOSS IT!!

If the product has dark spots.

Dark spots are a clear indication that the product is old and cannot be reused.  This means your product is at the end of it’s course.

Now that you know what five things are clear indications your makeup kit needs a re-up, start tossing out the old and let’s start shopping for new and better products to help create a beautiful and healthy look.

Happy Makeup,

The Makeup Maven


Re-Invent Yourself: Special Effects Makeup

Everyone is tapping into their talent and gift using it to make a living.  I decided 13 years ago, I wanted to step out on faith and pursue my passion as a makeup artist.  GOD only knew then that it would open so many wonderful doors for me.

Just as I reinvented myself while obtaining an education and gaining employment, I used that same practice in my career as a makeup artist. Last year, I decided to take a one-on-one prosthetic class. I was afforded the opportunity to train under Master Monet Mansano in Los Angeles.  His works include notable horror movies Halloween I and II.

Step out your box with your gift and re-invent yourself!! Above our some photos from my special effects training with Monet.

Happy Makeup,

The Makeup Maven

Winter Skin

Our skin regimen is extremely important before we can apply any color to our face.  As Winter approaches, it is necessary to change your moisturizer from season to season.  Here are a few moisturizers I recommend to maintain a healthy canvas:

Olive Oil is something my grandmother has used for years to moisturize her beautiful skin. Olive Oil has been around for centuries and is the most natural approach to moisturizing your skin.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream is specifically formulated for dry sensitive skin.  It’s fragrance free, fast-acting and creates long lasting hydration.  It helps prevent recurrence of dryness.

Dinur Cosmetics Hydrocare Moisturizer SPF 8 intensely hydrates as it helps restore and rebuild sensitive skin.  It’s specifically for normal/oily skin.  This moisturizer leaves the skin visibly lucent with a healthy glow.

Remember to always cleanse, exfoliate (as needed), tone and moisturize.  Be sure your moisturizer has a SPF.

Without a healthy canvas, you can’t create a flawless look!!!

Happy Makeup,
The Makeup Maven

Fall into Fashion

Greetings Fashionistas-

After much anticipation, finally my web page is up. Please visit my new web-site and my world of makeup artistry at The Makeup Maven blog is all about face, new products, new makeup trends and inner beauty. I would love to read your comments, please let me know what you think.

A week from today I had the opportunity to key my very own fashion show with Style SalonNYC. The Spring 2012 look I created for this show was a Taupe smokey eye with a peach lip. The skin is very clean with minimum foundation. Keep your skin hydrated, so your canvas can be clear of breakouts to achieve a barely there foundation look for Spring. In addition, I had the opportunity to work with an AWESOME team of artists: Cataanda, Khadine, Vivian, Andrey, Natasha and Thomas. BIG Thanks to my girl Karen Dupiche for the referrals. Here I am below with one of the models for Style Salon 2012….the lovely Alexis Diana and the Style Salon makeup artists team with models.

Happy Makeup,

The Makeup Maven

Color and more color for Spring!!!!

Pink lips, peacock and teal eye lids and mango cheeks are this seasons vibrant colors for the Spring!!! Don’t be afraid to use color and apply the colors mentioned moving forward into the Summer. Apply generously and always consider your skin texture and complexion when applying. Best advice: it’s always good to do a consultation with a professional before color is used. This prevents any beauty mishaps and flaws. Happy Spring and let’s get colorful for Summer!!!!

The Makeup Maven

Who are you?

The spirit within is intrinsic to who we are, what we will become and where we will end. Your spirit guides you to your destiny in life. When your soul is complete your spirit is fulfilled. Often times we have to look pass what things seem like and focus on what we desire to become. When you speak positive and loving words over your life; your life will respond to happiness, peace and joy. Nurture your spirit and GOD will fill you with unlimited possibilities. The makeup of your spirit is essential to who you are.

Happy Makeup,