The Best Makeup Buying Tips You Need To Know Right Now


The Best Makeup Buying Tips You Need To Know Right Now

Buying products, and yes makeup, has changed. Even the largest stores do not carry the products we are looking for, and that is because of the internet. I am guilty, I buy all of my makeup online. However, I have noticed a skyrocket of emails from friends and clients struggling to find their right products online. As a makeup artist it was easier to understand what I was looking for, yet I realized that most rely on that consultant at that counter to tell them what they need. Then, we have to tac on shipping, how do we save money without browsing the shelves? This video came from an absolute need, the questions answered that I hear every day. Finally learn how to find the right makeup colors and undertones for you in under 5 seconds, how to save money while shopping, and my ultra favorite product. Bonus! A special exclusive just for you, an extra savings from my favorite brand.

Finding The Right Makeup Color & Shade For You

How do we know which foundation to buy, the right color of lipstick for me, and how do we spot it online? Honestly I would not worry about skipping that counter consultation in the beauty department because they only get it right about 40% of the time, from my personal experiences. All you have to know is your undertone. If you google ways to find this you will see silly things like jewelry tests, wrapping your head in a towel, it is pretty funny. The only way I ever teach my clients is to look at your lower arm, below your wrist and above your elbow. What color are your veins?

  • Blue- You are PINK or COOL undertone.
  • Green- You are YELLOW or WARM undertone.
  • PURPLE- (Double check that you are looking below your wrist because this is usually wrong at first glance. If your veins are purple in natural sunlight, or a combination of both, you are neutral.

Once you understand your undertone, you will be able to identify the makeup shade that is right for you.

  • Foundation- Great brands will offer 5 sections- Very Light, light, medium, deep, very deep. All you need to do is spot these sections and find the one with your undertone. Those 45 shades suddenly make a lot more sense!
  • Shadows, lispticks, blushes etc.- All of the products you look at have a name. In those names are clues to the undertone in the color. I bet you wondered where they came up with them? No? Okay just me.
    • Rosey, cool, frosty, Blush, Ballet, Indigo, Wine- These words tend to mean that cool blue undertone.
    • Warm, burned, firy, orange, golden, hot- These words tend to mean that warm yellow undertone.

   TIP* Buying online can be the best because the product descriptions tell you even more about the colors to determine if they are the right shade and tone for you. Many counter representatives are not trained to understand these.

Saving Money on Makeup

I love a good product and will splurge if it gives me the results, but there are so many times that I see gals spending 2,3 , or 5X the amount of money for a product that they do not need to! These are my top three tips on saving makeup while shopping online.

  • Check Multiple Retailers- Ulta often has sales, Sephora does not. Also be sure to check department stores like Nordstroms, Macy’s, Dillards, etc. Stores will often run promotions that can save you up to 75% off a product. Be sure to watch for seasonal sales as well, or common ones like friends and family or holiday specials; those discounts can apply to the products you have had your eye on.

  • My BIGGEST SECRET- This is an uber secret that I don’t often share. Look up the ingredients of your product. Then copy and paste them into google. Many brands will have factories label a product for them, but that product can be labeled for many brands. Smashbox is one of them. My ultra favorite is Skindinavia- The best setting spray that Urban Decay All Nighter will charge you more for. You will be surprised how many brands may be selling the same formula and some for less- fingers crossed!
  • Purchase SAMPLE SIZES- I want you to ask yourself how many products are in your drawer, expired over a year or maybe more. Blushes, bronzers, highlighters, even mascara! There are so many products at Sephora or Ulta for $10 to $15 in a smaller size. Instead of using expired makeup that you don’t want to waste (they probably don’t work the same anymore anyways). Brand name mascara is one of the big ones that I only purchase in sample sizes- I head a lot of gals say that their expensive mascaras such as Too Faced, or Smash Box now flake under their eyes, or have fallout that is horrible. This isn’t because of the brand, but because your tube is old. (The tube can go old from pumping air in and out of the product so I prefer to purchase the smaller sizes that last just as long as the large tube)

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  • Leaves just the perfect amount of coverage like magic
  • Lasts way longer than other competitors
  • I refuse to use any other sponge because it works so well

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The Ultimate Must Have Foundations This Year

The number one question I get year round, is which foundation is the best? So here is the lineup of the best foundations (& Concealers) for healthy, youthful, and hydrated looking skin. But first, please let me dispel the number one foundation myth once and for all.

Foundations never fix your skin issues. Just like you would never get the best results from a 2 in 1 conditioner. Quit spending all of this money on foundations that claim to fix your dry, oily, or porous skin. The only way to correct those issues are to address them in separate skin care.

That said, these foundations do the very best to mask dry skin, minimize lines, and keep your skin looking youthful and healthy… because my skin is never at it’s perfect health and will never so long as wine and coffee exist. And aging… that never stops either. gah.

The countdown.

#4. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye
Sweet Baby Jesus this stuff STAYS where you place it. It never thickens, oxidizes, or intrudes with your foundation. Even after blending your face to the planets it stays. The miracle is how well it camouflages dark circles. You can use this with a light coverage foundation for maximum blemish and areas that honestly we just want to be gone for the day… or with full coverage products on top. It lasts forever and the sample size at Sephora will save your wallet and your day.


#3. Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea

I had so many preconceived notions about this product that were so wrong… do yourself a favor and go buy this. Don’t waste time like I did.  The product does not get enough credit for it’s color matching magic, coverage, and skinlike finish. This is that foundation that you can slather all over your face like lotion and run out for the day. It is buildable, glowy, doesn’t move, and did I mention that it blends so beautifully. Go. Buy. It. I knew it was a winner when my husband said he loved how my skin looked that day. I loved it even more when that said husband who takes less than Instagram-worthy photos captured my face the way I always knew it could pretend to be. Ha- husband proof. It also doesn’t smudge.


#2. It Cosmetics CC+

Never have I ever…. thought that I would be speaking of a CC Cream worthy of a foundation lineup. A CC cream after all, is of course a Korean Beauty (Our Beauty Experts to the Gods) a Color Correcting cream. Not a foundation, not a concealer, but much more like a tinted moisturizer. I’m absolutely convinced that they mislabeled this as a CC cream because it is much more like a full blown youth enhancing magic lotion. This product doesn’t need a primer, whoa coverage for lines and dark circles, bathe in it type glory. Seriously it’s perfect for five minute makeup, a little bronzer on top and you wouldn’t know that I didn’t contour. You’ll still need a little concealer if your face is hating you- aka acne- but otherwise I approve.#1 RCMA Color Process Foundations

I can never say enough about this product. This is not your beauty counter buy. this is true -one and done TV- and Movie professional grade foundation that is so easy to use. Don’t let that worry you. Most products are 10-25 ish pigment but this runs near 55% pigment. Mix in an amazing face oil or your daily moisturizer to use and pretend you didn’t put makeup on to begin with. This is why I am so disappointed at makeup companies for selling a one and done product, while this magic sits quietly, waiting to be found. You want coverage, that looks like your skin? Quit messing around because this is what all of the celebrities are using. The price is a steal and it will last you for longer than you’ll pretend your makeup isn’t expired. Hands down the best foundation I have ever set my brush into. The clear #1 Mascarabrat Makeup Award of the Year.


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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year. This year, my wish for all of you, is that you find the best, most confident version of yourself in the mirror. Use makeup as a form of art, creativity, and expression. Remember that you are beautiful, inside and out, and though we may conceal a pimple or two, we let our true selves shine. Find one thing tomorrow to love yourself for and let it spread throughout the year into a better more happy you, no matter where you may stand.

With Love – Xo,


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Co-Hosting Live on The Scene In NYC

We Were Live on The Scene in NYC!
Co-Hosting The Scene
I bet the first thing you’re wondering is why was I live on The Scene? How did that happen? I’ve watched the MANover show for a while, I adore Steven London and all of his celebrity gossip. This was the last week of the Live Facebook show and he invited me to co host. My husband was already in NY for fashion week so I piled my kiddos into the car and drove down! Besides, you can NOT beat being in the Meat Packing District during fashion week, seeing all the models and amazing outfits. It was the perfect time for a short visit. 
The Show
Thursday morning we headed to the Condé Nast office (I brought my oldest daughter along). Before going live we met Tiffany Bender, Alyssa Limperis, two amazing gals you’ll recognize from videos on The Scene. Everyone was fantastic, a great group of truly good people. Steven and I checked out each others’ products for a few and then we went live! Many of you have asked why Manover has come to an end. Steven London will be back with a new show called The SL Beat. Fear not! He is simply on to bigger things. 
Products On The Show
The makeup! The best part. Here is the recap of some of our favorite products we discussed on the show.
Boom Boom Brow Seamless One Size Fits All
Holy Product alert!! Go buy this yesterday! This truly is a one size(color) fits all product. Both Steven and I tried this on our very different skin tones and it is STUNNING. This pen will give you hairlike shadows and strokes without harsh lines like so many other products. Trust me when I tell you that you need it in your brow arsenal. For only $22 I feel like you get a ton of product, and it is so easy to use.
Urban Decay All Nighter Spray
I truly believe you cannot afford to go without a setting spray. You’re spending time on your face and makeup, so you should be locking it in to last all day. Urban Decay’s is my current favorite and amazing for all skin types. Most people do not know that the formula is actually by Skindinavia, a professional makeup line. My money saving secret is to check all three websites, Skindinavia, Sephora, and Urban Decay; often times one will have a sale, a discount code, or even shipping. 
I had such an amazing time, getting to meet everyone at Condé Nast, doing makeup with Steven. Thank you to everyone who joined us live for the show, for the shares and support. What a trip to remember. Hopefully more to come! Until then, make sure to subscribe and follow me on Instagram and FB for the best in beauty and all of my favorite things.

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Best Bridal Makeup Products of 2017

We tied the knot! And my makeup stayed on all day! I spent the majority of my wedding planning searching for the very best in beauty products. Here are the best bridal makeup products that made me look flawless, photographed beautifully, and stayed on all day! Bonus, click on the products to check them out for yourself, and as promised, more wedding photos at the end. <3

This is my favorite primer right now. I love how light it is, how much of it absorbs into the skin, and how it provides a continuous moisture through the day. This is your first step towards healthy, young, dewy looking skin. My wedding day was hot, sticky, and long so I applied a second layer for good measure.


Throw away every foundation you have ever used and go right to RCMA now. I have raved about this for a while, but the payout and pigment of these color-process foundations are unreal. They are professional foundations, but you don’t need professional skills to use them. Simply mix in a tad of your face oil, or moisturizer and blend right into the skin. For my wedding day I used Shinto 1 & 2. They work for all skin types, cover ANYTHING, and they’re only $29.00 for 5 shades. For best results, set with their RCMA colorless powders that beauty bloggers rave about.


This is the only powder pallet you will ever need and it will last you forever. I used this to contour my face, as well as highlight and correct any shadows from blemishes. I also used this as my crease and brow shadows, they blend so beautifully! This pallet was gifted to me by Steven London, the most fun beauty streamer on Facebook. Watch him live at Noon EST. on facebook @TheScene.


Oh how I love this concealer. It is so light feeling, yet so full coverage. I loved how it blended easily into my foundation, and how it stayed true to it’s color when it dried (it didn’t oxidize like many other products). I wear the shade light honey. This is one of my all time favorite finds.


Kylie Cosmetics Dirty Peach Lip Kit Liner

Kylie Jenner Lip Kits are wildly popular. They wear very pretty too, but I am most in love with the lip liner that comes inside this kit. The color Dirty Peach is a beautiful nude variation, with subtle warmth, and stays on FOREVER. Through eating, champagne, lots of smooching my groom, this pencil alone all over my lips stayed on 9 hours. That, is a true beauty product win.


And now, wedding pictures! Special credit to the best Boston wedding photographer, Photography By Andrea.



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The Best Brow Products You Will Ever Need

I LOVE a great brow. There is nothing better to complete your look. The problem is that eyebrows can take a lot of time if you aren’t doing them correctly. What’s that thing you may be doing wrong you ask? It is the product you choose.Perfect, natural eyebrows

 Luckily for you, I stumbled upon the best brow product you will ever need. ColorFULL Brows.

ColorFULL Brows By Benefit

Gorgeous right? The inside it better. And there are like 6 other kits available! Benefit did a great job with these. And before I go on, the price was TO DIE FOR.

BrowVO, 3D BrowTones, Precisely, My Brow Pencil, Spoolie & Angle brush

If you ask me, eyebrows really are done best by Benefit. Some companies are known for highlighters, some are known for matte shadows, but Benefit does these best.

Browvo Conditioning Primer

Check out the BROWVO Conditioning Primer. Normally I wouldn’t bother with yet another primer, but it really does make a beautiful difference in how the product glides on, and distributes product.

Benefit 3D BrowTones in 2

The gel inside is so soft and pretty.


Most gels are too wet, or too stark. This blends beautifully without a lot of effort and leaves behind the perfect amount of color. Not only will it hold your those stubborn hairs in place, it really can replace brow powder.

Benefit ColorFull Brow Kit 2 Eyebrow Spoolie Tool and Angle Brush

Use the Angled Brow brush and Spoolie tool in the kit to distribute and soften out product, use the chisel edge to mimic hair with the gel.

Benefit Swatch 3D BrowTones & Precisely, My Brow Pencil Swatch
3D Browtones & Precisely, My Brow Pencil Without Primer

Here are the 3D Browtone & Precisely My Brow Pencil in 2 Light swatches in direct light. It really is an impressive product. How long they will sell the kits together is beyond me, but it is a great way to hook you on more than just one product and show you why you’ll need more. I’m thoroughly impressed.

What do you think? Have you tried these? Other products you like more?

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How To Rock A Bold Makeup Look The Right Way

Where do I begin? I’m getting married in TWO MONTHS! It’s really happening. Finally!

Also, we moved to Boston!

Let’s start with the obvious, the makeup!

I am 100% obsessed with my new RCMA foundation. It’s my new holy grail. Why? It has 50% pigment compared to shelf brands with an average of 12-23%. Ish. RCMA is a professional grade foundation but takes a few tricks to use it. You’ll see this commonly used on set for television or movies. I mix mine with Farsali Rose Gold Elixre, Tarte Marcuja Oil, or sometimes Must Dew oil by Limelight. Tutorial on this foundation coming soon.

This is my favorite lipstick by YSL. The Rouge Volupté series is so perfect for quick on-the-go color. This shade, Rouge Pur Couture, is a high shine, extremely moisturizing stick. Best lipstick for dry lips. Amazing for summer looks. If you’re cool toned, the color will look a tad brighter and more orange. Warm toned complexions rock this as more of a red shade like me!

If you need a longer wear, I used NARS Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil underneath. Careful! These amazing pencils go a long way, with a LOT of pigment. Dab some on and rub through the rest of the lip with your finger or a brush.

The powder pallet is by Mehron, gifted to me by one of my favorite vloggers online- Steven London! Watch him on Facebook Live @ The Scene on Monday, Wednesday, Friday’s at Noon. He teaches makeup techniques while he scoops out the latest pop culture news. Imagine a Wendy, Oprah, & Mariah mixed into one. That brilliance is Steven London himself. Follow him on Instagram @stevensveryown

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How To Not Look Like A Hot Mess

How To Look Put Together

I am a Mom to three kids, but I am not (repeat) NOT a morning person. Wake up time is more like a zombie crawl to the coffee machine, while I simultaneously yell out that it is time to go. I even sleep in yoga clothes so that I can secretly wear pajamas to drop off the kids. Shhhh.

However, there are those occasions that I am not able to persuade the world around me to stop and wait for my coffee to take effect. Like those go-getter moms or those teachers that insist on morning conferences. I loathe those. HOWEVER! I have another secret trick to looking like a normal functioning human, and some days, full blown put together. Presenting-

Three Easy Steps to Not Look Like a Hot Mess

So what do you think? What are your secret tricks? Come on, admit that you have used the baby wipe trick on more than one occasion. Let me know below in the comments below! Don’t forget to follow me on FB and Instagram!



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How To Save Money On MAC Makeup

I loveeeeeeeeee MAC makeup (everything but their foundation, I don’t love that) but it’s safe to call it a downright addiction. Why? Because NO OTHER COMPANY makes eye shadows that blend as beautifully as they do. Especially their matte shades. MAC matte eyeshadow blends like an angel slid across your eyelid, belly first, leaving behind an effortless perfection of color. Yep. I said it.

The kicker? Those beautiful shades usually cost $16 a pop. $16!!!! If you need three for a new makeup trend or season? That’s over $50 with tax. No thanks…. I know how to load an entire pallet for less than that. Here’s how ….. You’re welcome.

$6 MAC Eyeshadow Say What?!

MAC now sells refill eye shadows for $6, but you have to know how to ask. When you go into the store tell them you need eyeshadow refills for your pallet. For the best selections, go to a stand alone store versus a nordstroms kiosk if you can. They come in the cute little packages with just the shallow tin and eyeshadow. You can also purchase your blush, concealer, and pressed powders this way! you save a ton. But how do you store them?

Z Pallets

You may or may not have heard about these, Z pallets are empty makeup pallets that are AMAZING for customizing and storing your makeup. They are magnetic, so just you pop all of your favorite eye shadows, any brand, right inside! They even come with a little key that I use to dig out my favorite colors from big bulky pallets to stick inside my Z. Most makeup pans are metal so they just magnetically stick inside. You can get smaller ones at Sephora, but my favorite is to order them HERE on Amazon to save money and time.

MAC does sell empty customizable pallets, but they are overly large, you cannot fit many colors inside, and you can’t use them for other makeup brands.

Check out how I customized my Z pallet in my quick tutorial.

What do you think? Are you stoked to grab some hot new colors? Maybe grab a blush you’ve wanted for so long? Let me know below! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. You never know where I’ll post next.


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Makeup You NEED for the New Year

New Year, new trends, and what you NEED in your makeup bag to look amazing. 2017 is here, and boy what a relief for many!

Last year we saw so many intense makeup trends make their way to main stream. Like contouring and overly fierce brows. The amazing news is that the over-done-over complicated trends have died. Here is exactly what you MUST HAVE to look flawless for 2017, and good news, they’re simple to use!


Highlighter is the magic “I naturally glow” giving product that belongs in your bag. It’s a super fine shimmer that makes your skin look dewy, not glittery. Place it just above the curve of your cheek, the bridge of your nose, even the cupid’s bows of your lips. It makes you look awake and youthful. Definitely a don’t skip! My favorite is theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer because it works with all tones and looks angelic.

Natural Lips

This has got to me my favorite trend of all time. When I say natural nude shades, I don’t mean that color that looks like foundation. Think natural pinks, mauves, warm browns, and soft berries. Just a touch of color to the lips. Want to take it up a notch? Try out a matte liquid lipstick. Pearls and shimmery lips are out, and so only belong in middle school hallways. For light to medium tones I LOVE liquid lipstick MIDI by Colourpop, for medium to deep tones Beeper is another beautiful tone. Bonus – sign up for their email and get $5 off!

Natural Brows

HALLELUJAH the overdone brow trend is dead! So how do you do your brows? Use a brow pencil one or two(ish) shades darker than your brow color. Fill in the brow with hairlike strokes- you’re not trying to paint them solid. If you need added depth, use a powder and a small, flat, angled brush and again, make hairlike strokes. Don’t forget to brush them! Use SOFT strokes with a brow spool in the direction of your hair to soften any lines. My favorite brow pencil is by far the MAC Brow Pencil in Accentuated for dark blondes and brunettes.

Setting Spray

If you aren’t using a setting Spray now, you need to stop and order one NOW. Setting Spray is that last step of your makeup that locks your layers together and increases the lasting power by ten folds. My favorite- it makes your makeup, face powder, shadow, look more natural and less makeupy texture. After you’re finished, hold the bottle six inches from your face and spritz (eyes closed) and let it dry (like ten seconds). The best brand, and a secret of makeup artists everywhere, is Model in a Bottle Setting Spray. Click the link(name) to get it on Amazon because I never see it in stores.

Have you tried these products? When trends do you foresee, and what do you wish made the 2917 cut? Happy New Year dolls!



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