Author: Katrina Hess Makeup Studio

Must Haves from Kevyn Aucoin’s Spring Line

I love the arrival of Spring products because even as it snows in Boston, it gives you a glimmer of the warm, sunny days ahead! Kevyn Aucoin Beauty never disappoints and its spring line is one to attention to this month.
 
Here are a few of my favorites: 
 
The Angled Foundation Brush
This is the perfect sized brush for contouring and giving you that airbrushed look. It’s designed to use with liquid and cream foundations, but I also love using it with Kevyn Aucoin’s cream blush and bronzer. It creates smooth even coverage and it cleans easily (I like Mrs Myers dish detergent and warm water).
 
 
The Sensual Skin Primer
This is super hydrating and fragrance free. Skin responds immediately with a plump finish.

The Essential Eye Shadow Set in Navy

The palette truly looks good with any eye color. It also blends out evenly and softly with an almost creamy effect. It is forgiving on all eyelids, and I LOVE the blue as a smudge lower lash liner.

 

The Expert Lip Color, Spring Collection
This three-part lip collection is nice and neutral; each can be worn alone or mixed with each other. I love using Kevyn Aucoin’s lip liner in Minimum or Hyacinth with any one of these colors.
 
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The Wisest Skincare Product on the Market: Skin Owl

It’s that time of year… when the wind, cold weather and lack of Vitamin D can take such a toll on your skin. From head to toe, SkinOwl is one of my favorite skincare lines on the market. It is completely organic, uses ingredients that offer a therapeutic effect, including those that induce relaxation, absorbs faster then creams, and can even be applied to the scalp and cuticles.

Here are my personal favorites; I like to alternate between oils depending on the dryness/oil of the skin and time of year. I carry each of these at the studio.

Mangosteen Oil Beauty Drops: This is great for all skin types but works wonders on stressed, aging, dry skin. It also smells wonderful! 

Lavender Beauty Drops: This is truly amazing for hydrating oily skin. I have so many clients who rave about its affects – many people that have adult acne make the mistake of using harsh retinols to clear skin, but this just creates unwanted dryness. The lavender oil will calm oil glands, help redness and hydrate.
 
Geranium Beauty Drops: A dream for combination skin and it can be used day/night. I love to add this oil to foundation, cream blush and cream bronzer. It really creates that healthy glow!
 
Clary Sage Beauty Drops: For mature and dry skin, this is versatile for night and day moisturizing. The skin absorbs it particularly quickly and it really plumps dry skin.
 
Body Oil: This is simply the best! It is fragrance free and perfect for dry arms and legs; it is also great post bikini wax or during a back massage. It absorbs faster than any other body oil or cream. I simply apply a few pumps on damp skin after a shower or bath and then buff dry with towel. I can’t keep enough of this in stock in the studio.
 
Neck Oil: You see RESULTS! Really. Nothing can truly tighten the skin on the neck but this amazing gel oil will smooth dry skin and wrinkles. I’ve tried more expensive neck creams that can’t even compare with this. 
 
Eye Cream:  This one is more of a tightening gel. I love to refrigerate it, and apply it under eyes, after makeup, for a smooth, de-puffer. It is also great for gentleman. 

 

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Beat the Winter Beauty Blues with Damone Roberts’ Stone Cold Bitch

Tired of having the winter blues written all over your face? Let the bitch take control.  Stone Cold Bitch that is. This new product is part of Eyebrow guru Damone Roberts’ amazing line of highlighters, each available at my studio.

It is worth noting, Damone is a force in Beverly Hills, shaping the brows of stars like Beyonce, Madonna, and even studs like Robert Downey Jr. His passion for creating “the perfect arch” has been featured on countless TV shows and on the pages of fashion magazines; it has also translated to a collection of highlighters that I cannot get enough of. 

Stone Cold Bitch is a new creation and already one of my favorite tricks for brightening tired eyes — it also defines well-shaped brows, brings out the whites of the eyes, accents all eye colors, and cancels out redness. I love using this over eye shadow primer, blending it all over the lid and under the lower lashes. For darker skin tones it makes an amazing under the brow lift. 

A few other favorites in the line include Pink a boo – for a natural, lighter skin tone; Peach the Stars – best for medium skin tone and works as a great spot concealer; Gold Digger for those “girls night out” and Bling Bling for a sparkle day or night. Each are $20.00 and available at Katrina Hess Makeup Studio.

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Makeup for the Holidays

The city is glowing and holiday parties are in full swing meaning there is no better time to enhance your makeup routine with a warm, and shimmering look.

Here’s my step-by-step guide to holiday makeup that glows:

1. Apply a glowy cream or liquid bronzer to lighten up your skin for a holiday glow. You can dab this bronzer over foundation, mix with foundation, or wear it alone. Look for a tone that matches the undertone of your skin. Golden colors are best for warmer, medium to dark skin tones while a soft warm pink is best on light to medium skin tones.
– Apply one stroke of liquid bronzer, starting at each temple and running diagonally down, across your cheekbone ending at the high point of the cheek (in line with the middle of your eye).
– Apply one stroke across the high part of the forehead by the hairline.
– Apply to your neck and chest to highlight and even out skin tone for low cut tops.
– If you have oily skin, dust a powder version of the bronzer to the same areas, avoiding large pores near the nose and chin.

My favorite products to create this look are as follows

Kevyn Aucoin’s Celestial Skin Lightening Bronzer (in Liquid form), for a waterproof and 12-hour wear, cream and gel hybrid formula that can be used to illuminate and as a skin treatment primer and foundation developer.

Kevyn Aucoin’s Starlight, Candlelight and Sunlight (choose according to your skin tone) for a sheer, opalescent highlighting powder that works to illuminate features with a subtle glow.

Bobbie Brown’s Highlighted High Shimmer (choose Bronzer Glow for warm skin tones and Pink Glow for cool skin tones); this is a light-reflecting powder that gives the complexion a high-impact, light-reflective glow.

Ellis Faas’ Powder in Natural or Light Glow (this is available in light, medium and dark shades); this is a light and transparent powder that still feels creamy to the touch. It’s made with seaweed extract to keep skin soft and supple.

MAC’s Spellbinder eyeshadow, which has a beautiful shimmer, is great for evening eyes and is not too sparkly. There are 9 shades in this collection, and the powder slides through a magnetized screen, dispensing just enough without wasting a drop.

Lancome’s Hypnose Dazzling is perfect for a softer eye that glimmers. It is available for a limited time only in 3 fabulous shades.

 

 

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A Great Gift for the Beauty Lover: Vanity Girl Hollywood Mirrors

It’s so important to have the right lighting and so hard to find an original Christmas gift. Here is one I absolutely adore for the beauty lover: mirrors by Vanity Girl Hollywood.

These mirrors bring Hollywood style lighting into the home and have made fans of celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Ariana Grande.

From left to right:

The Broadway Lighted Vanity Mirror is the most functional, versatile vanity mirror on the market. With 13 large, professional-quality, dimming light bulbs it provides the type of clean, soft white light makeup artists and photographers love. 

The Original Vanity Girl Hollywood has sleek lines and an ultra thin silhouette.

Starlet Lighted Vanity Mirror is functional and classy. It is equipped with six globed, professional quality, dimming light bulbs.

Prices start at $299.

 

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