Wedding trial with Tammie

Another wedding trial with my lovely bride to be Tammie. Orchid created a very cool braided centered updo that allows Tammie to interchange headpieces. As for makeup, she wanted simple elegance that brought out the eyes. We used natural fiber lashes that blended with her real ones. For eyes, I used mostly the Naked palette from UD. Lips were See Sheer from MAC.











California Fitness ad

A while back I collaborated with one of my favorite models of all time Sara Gehrer on an ad for California Fitness.  I provided face and skin makeup, and styling.  Now it’s showing up everywhere here in Sacramento!

Checkout some of the places where it’s spotted!


In sacramento magazine

california fitness



How to work with mature skin

Last weekend Jena and I worked on a wonderful mother and daughter duo. It was for a very special occasion and we wanted to go for elegant glamorous but not too made-up looks. When it comes to working with the many different types of skin, it’s all about types of formulation with pigments and foundations, as well as technique. With more mature skin types, less is more when it comes to eye makeup, and my rule of thumb is avoid any shimmer or pearlescent eyeshadow like the bubonic plague. Reason why mature skin should never use eyeshadow that contains glittering pigments is because it will draw emphasis on to the wrong area, and instead of making you look younger, shimmery eyeshadow actually ages you. Always use matte finishes, and if there’s any shimmer to it, don’t use it, unless its to highlight your eye brow bone, and even then, use it with extreme caution.
Let me know what you think!







Wedding trial

Today we did Arlyn’s trial on the hottest day of the year! Arlyn has the best skin I have ever applied makeup! I had full creative control with the look, and by just talking to her for a little bit, I knew just the right look for her: nothing too dramatic, but glamorous enough to bring out her beautiful features. She also wanted to do a half up and half down hairstyle and she was very happy with the results, especially after having three different trials with others before coming to us!





Another photoshoot day

Today my stylist/Wonder Woman/hair wizard Ms. Jena Vue tagged team with me on a photoshoot for an Asian petite model’s portfolio building shoot. We did many different looks but I only remembered to take a couple of pictures towards the end of the shoot. It’s okay though because at least I am being more consistent with the documenting! Her makeup is pretty dramatic and heavy because of studio lighting (studio lighting is very bright and per photog’s request), but Jena did such a wonderful job on the hair that I had to show it off! And she is my go-to gal for hair up-dos because she is so fast and skilled that it’s a shame that I only get to use her whenever my clients request for a stylist. Maybe I should start including packaged deals! For her makeup, we did a really bold dark brown and glitter smoky eyes with ruby lips. Red lips and dramatic eyes are not a big no-no despite what some artists/stylists might tell you. I think if you feel that you can rock it, why the heck not? There are far worse crimes against artistry than doing a bold look such as that. Here are some photos, enjoy!





It’s been a while! Indian, American wedding photos

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I updated the blog. I always forget to take photos when I am doing applications, and those few times I did manage to remember — I would forget to post them onto here. So anyway, here are some of the recent weddings I’ve done makeup for.  One of which is an Indian wedding, which is very different than most American weddings.  Indian weddings are all about big bold and vibrant colors! The more gold and jeweled-toned eye shadows the better! It’s always fun to mix it up. Here are the photos from the past few weddings that I have done:

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