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Feb 172014

So, the most important step to an amazing makeup is fabulous looking skin and often using foundation is the way to achieve it.  Most of us generally don’t like wearing heavy foundations and the wrong foundation is a dead give away to a bad makeup application.  As time goes on, products are becoming more and more advanced and it’s now easy to get flawless looking skin with bb creams and foundations.  Foundations used to seen as a detriment to healthy skin but now with all kinds fabulous ingredients to help prime, hydrate, protect with spf and help with anti-aging, they can actually be part of a healthy skin care regimen.

I’m happy to see more makeup companies include colors to match tanned and darker skin tones and also love that great makeup comes in all price ranges from budget friendly drugstore brands to high-end department store and pro brands.

A few tips for flawless foundation application:

  1. I like to mix a little bb cream with the foundation before applying. (I use a cd as a palette)
  2. Apply with a brush, you will need less product.
  3. If you need a fuller coverage (for blemishes or uneven areas), apply with a damp beauty blender sponge in a dabbing manner (called stippling) That way the makeup will stay where you put it.
  4. Set with a translucent powder using a big fluffy brush.

…..Here are some of my favorite brands…

foundationsBB Cream and Foundation Favorites by missval14 featuring Bobbi Brown Cosmetics


Dec 182013

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a Christmas Holiday fan. (Too many reasons to cover now).  But what I do like about this time of year, from a makeup artist point of view, is all the gift sets of makeup that are available.  This is the best time to get great makeup (great palettes and gift sets) from your favorite brands at reduced prices from Sephora.  Here are a few to check out and perhaps pickup before they are gone for the season.  And, don’t forget to update your brushes…… Have fun… -Valerie


Sephora Collection 15

SEPHORA Collection Enchanting Eye Palette $15 on sale
This collection of richly pigmented shadows can be worn wet or dry to create a variety of looks, from natural to bold.



 Too Faced Loves Sephora 15 Years Of Beauty Palette

Too Faced Loves Sephora 15 Years Of Beauty Palette on sale $39
A handpicked special edition collection of 15 products to celebrate Too Faced and Sephora’s 15th anniversary.



SEPHORA COLLECTION Color Wand Lip Gloss Trio  $16

SEPHORA Collection Color Wand Lip Gloss Trio  $16
A limited-edition lip gloss collection that includes three color wands, each with four glosses in shades of nude, pink, and red.


SEPHORA Collection Makeup Made Simple BCA Palette

SEPHORA Collection Makeup Made Simple BCA Palette $34
A four-part customizable palette with travel-ready shadows and cheek formulas, and an empty palette case for customized looks on the go.


Smashbox The Master Class Palette II

Smashbox The Master Class Palette II $59
The best selling Smashbox Master Class Palette has a dazzling new array of color choices. Inspired by all the must-haves in the pros’ kit with 28 Photo Op Eye Shadows, four cream eyeliners, fives blushes, one bronzer and two soft highlights.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pro's Picks Lip Tar Set v3.0  $49

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pro’s Picks Lip Tar Set v3.0 $49
A selection of shades from the artists at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics designed to be mixed or worn alone.


Yves Saint Laurent Love And Lacquer Reds Set  $58

Yves Saint Laurent Love And Lacquer Reds Set $58
A ravishing rouge-themed trio of Yves Saint Laurent’s most coveted products in one beautiful set.


SEPHORA Collection Luxe Anti-Bacterial Brush Set  $60

SEPHORA Collection Luxe Anti-Bacterial Brush Set $60
The set is made from synthetic fibers that work well with liquid or powder makeup. Each brush has been sterilized and given an antibacterial treatment to ensure the fibers are resistant to primary bacteria.



Dec 162012

So, part 1 of the season 2 reunion show of Basket Ball Wives LA aired last week and part 2 will air this Monday.  I did Miss Gloria for last year’s reunion and was happy to hook her up again for this year’s reunion. She wore a white leather and chiffon dress so we felt like the make-up should be lots of lashes and eyeliner with a dark dramatic lip and a side swept wavy look for her hair. Check out the make-up details below…… Thanks a million, Gloria, for calling me for the job!!



Get Gloria's Look
Aug 272012

As a Hair Stylist and Make-up artist, I am always working to make my clients look their absolute best! And when it comes to make-up, less is more especially when the client has great skin.  I have realized that the best botox is really about taking care of your skin and protecting it from the elements and sun. Most surface skin issues are from lack of care and sun damage. Consistency is the key here… like never going to bed with make-up on, without cleansing and a night-time moisturizer and always wearing moisturizer with SPF during the day, rain or shine. I am pretty particular about my skin and I used to be a big Avon fan…. until I discovered the Murad skin care line. They do a really great job ob addressing lots of skin care issues like combination skin and clogged pores, redness and sensitivity, acne, sun protection and more.

I was lucky to attend a Murad Get Away Event where we got info on the latest products and experienced mini facials and great hor dourves, all at the cabanas of the W Hotel in Hollywood. As you can see, I had a nice result from the facial…. Thanks to Murad for a great event.  For more info check them out on their website or follow on Facebook: Murad or Twitter: @MuradCares


Just finished a Murad Mini facial at their Get Away Event


Murad Get Away Event at the W Hotel in Hollywood


Here is my facial routine for day and night! Basically 3 easy steps: 1-Cleanse, 2-Treat and Repair 3-Moisturize! Make a 3-step routine for yourself and see how much better your skin will look and feel. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water and eat well to help your skin from the inside out…..


Murad Skin Care Routine



Nov 292011

So, I love doing make-up for red carpets and events and I had the chance to do Gloria Govan’s make-up for the BBWLA Reunion show.  I have been getting lots of feedback and inquires as to what make-up I used, so here is a breakdown.  Gloria went to rapper T.I.’s book signing event after 6 hours of shooting the reunion and as you can see by the red carpet pic below, she still looked amazing. (Thanks to the primer I used under her make-up).

This amazing look was achieved with mostly L’Oreal make-up… as drugstore brands are some of my favorites.

Thanks a million, Gloria for including me in the fun….. and Thanks to L’Oreal for the make-up gift basket for Gloria…..