Katrina’s Pocket Guide to Perfect Makeup

I first put together this five-part list of makeup tips and tricks for the Young Presidents’ Organization event that I participated in back in June. This pocket guide was so successful with the ladies in attendance that I decided to share it with you all here on my blog! If you have any questions about any of the tips, feel free to ask me next time you’re here in the studio.

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Summer Styles: Bright Eyes and Bold Lips

Summer is officially here, and with warm weather comes more colorful looks. Sometimes my clients are a tad afraid of using bold shades of blue and green on their eyes, but matching mascara colors to your baby blues is officially in this season.

If you’re interested in trying a colored mascara look for summer, I recommend diego dalla palma’a blue green or cyan blue mascara (part of their Rainbow Mascara collection), or Yves Saint Laurent’s bold Extreme Blue shade ($30). Diego’s colors can be a little tricky to find here in Boston, so ask me about them next time you’re at my studio if you’re interested.


To create the perfect sunny-weather colored mascara look, apply a heavy coat of mascara in a shade that matches your eyes close to the base of your lashes. If you do this step right, the color should almost act as a vivid liner and you won’t need to use a separate pencil. Leave the very tips of your lashes free from color, and then layer on  black mascara to just the tips to lengthen your lashes and make your eyes really pop.


You can pair bright eyes with a nude lip or a bold pink, but just ensure you use a color that doesn’t compete too much with your eyes. If green or blue mascara is too bright a look for you, try a blue or green eye pencil and a nude eyelid, and then a fresh pink for your lips. Have fun!


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A Little Makeup Goes a Long Way – Blog Revisit

Whether you’re a career gal, shop girl, entrepreneur or artist, I have one easy piece of advice that will allow you to make a good first impression professionally and personally: learn to apply a fresh face of makeup and do it everyday. Not only do a few simple brushstrokes of makeup allow others to perceive you as a more caring and competent person, it will also help you to feel more confident, strong and attractive.

For example, take a look at this New York Times article about the power of cosmetics in a work environment. Now, I encourage you to make a snap judgment- which of the four looks below strikes you as the most work-appropriate and competent?NYTmakeupArticle

According to a Boston-based study, participants saw the woman to be most professional and competent with natural beauty-enhancing makeup, as seen in the third photograph.

As I’m sure you’re well aware, we all made some resolutions not too long ago. If your goals for 2012 include finding a new job, getting a promotion, or making a concerted effort to take care of your physical appearance, I encourage you to be thoughtful about your makeup routine and adopt some simple beauty tricks to amplify your natural beauty so you’re always sure to be putting your best face forward. You’ll be amazed at what a little concealer, bronzer, lipstick and mascara can do!

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Go For Glam With All-Natural J.Andre Cosmetic Sponges

Applying foundation, highlights, and powder can get tiring when all you’re using is a brush. I’m excited about J.Andre’s new 100% all-natural Cosmetic Sponges, now available at the studio. They are hypo-allergenic and anti-aging preventative, too!

These versatile J.Andre Cosmetic Sponges contains Vitamin E to help soothe your skin with every use, are odorless, and will not absorb natural oils from skin. They are washable and reusable. Best of all, the micropores mean that only tiny amounts of your product are absorbed, helping you keep that splurge-makeup in the bottle and away from your sponge.


I always tell my clients that you can use a good makeup sponge dry or damp, for anything from contouring to blending to highlighting. You can even use these great J.Andre sponges to remove makeup, or apply toner and fresheners to your face. I like the Hykunari Blending Sponge in particular for applying liquid, cream, and powder makeup.

If you like the idea of applying makeup with a cosmetic sponge but are unsure of the technique, just ask me to show you next time you’re here in the studio. It’s far easier than you might think!


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Miraculous Marula Cleansing and Facial Lotions

For those of you who have come to see me at the studio previously, you know how much I love The Leakey Collection’s Marula Facial Oil straight from East Africa. There’s a brand new Cleansing Lotion and Facial Lotion out from the Leakey Collection, and after the Marula Oil was such a success, I’m delighted to now offer these two new products here in my Newbury Street studio.


The Marula Cleansing Lotion combines the power of pure Marula Oil with soothing aloe vera. Alpha hydroxyl acid complex, derived from natural sugars and fruit extracts, helps improve cell turnover and soften your skin. The lotion also contains  a natural peptide which promotes collagen production to protect and strengthen even the thinnest skin under your eyes and at your temples. Make sure to keep everything tight and smooth after cleansing by applying a toner. I recommend one of the fabulous Kinara toners I keep here at the studio.

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The Leakey Collection’s Marula Facial Lotion is completely organic, and contains natural plant stem cells to shield your skin from the damage caused by everyday sun exposure. Its 100% natural formula combines pure Marula Oil, aloe vera, and exotic botanical extracts and antioxidants. Now that summer is here, make sure to wait 10 minutes to allow the lotion to absorb into your skin before applying a layer of sunscreen on top. (I know you forget sometimes, but even Marula Lotion can’t repair all the damage sun can do to your face!) Next time you pop in to the studio, ask me about the lotion and cleanser combo.


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In Memory of Claudia Kronenberg

Those of you who have known me for years know that I held Claudia Kronenberg in the highest regard when it comes to wedding photographers. I am saddened to share the news with my community of brides, grooms, and clients that Claudia passed away on Friday, May 16th after heroically battling breast cancer. I worked with Claudia numerous times over the years at some of the most joyous and momentous occasions imaginable—weddings. Although her passing saddens me, it makes me glad to think of the wonderful memories that Claudia helped so many couples and families create during her auspicious photography career.

A celebration of Claudia’s life will take place Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 11:00am at the Summer Street Church.

For anyone close to Claudia who wishes to make a donation in her memory and honor, please address checks to: THE CLAUDIA KRONENBERG SCHOLARSHIP AND GRANT FUND, in care of THE NANTUCKET ARTS COUNCIL, Box 2176, Nantucket, MA 02584.


Claudia’s official obituary is below:

Claudia Anne Kronenberg passed away peacefully on Friday, May 16, 2014 at her home on Nantucket.  She was 50.  Claudia is survived by her three beloved children, Oliver Bender, Anjali and Sonia Dhar and her loving husband, David Douty; her sister Heidi Kronenberg of Evanston, IL and her niece and nephew, Annie and Jacob Kronenberg; sister Kate Simmons and Kristen Crofut.  Claudia is also survived by her aunts Ellen Rogers and Lynne Vail and her uncle Bradley Rogers and many cousins and nieces and nephews. Claudia was predeceased by her mother, Anne Rogers Kronenberg, father, Charles (Bud) Kronenberg and brothers, Brad, Chris, Mitch Seagrave and Jon and Peter Kronenberg.

Claudia was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on August 26, 1963.  She was a summer resident on Nantucket since birth but moved to 102 Main Street, Nantucket in 1972, where she attended grammar school, junior high and high school.  She ultimately graduated high school from Beaver Country Day in Chestnut Hill, MA and then received her BA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Claudia’s childhood was spent in many exciting and varied locations.  She lived in Westport, CT, Nantucket, a fishing village in Spain, a rural farm in Colombia, California, Hingham, Wellesley, Boston, Salzburg, and Paris.

Upon returning to Nantucket in the late 1980’s she started her photography career at The Inquirer and Mirror and in the 1990’s started Claudia Kronenberg Photography, a wedding and portrait photography business.  Her photographic abilities became evident to the most renowned photographers and she quickly became one of the most elite photographers in the country.  She was a representative for Nikon and presented frequently at the portrait and wedding conventions in Las Vegas. Claudia, with her vibrancy, knowledge, excitement, grace and incredible photographic eye beautifully captured the most important moments in the lives of hundreds of families, on and around Nantucket.

After Claudia was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, she approached it with the same dedication and determination she had done with her photography.  She focused on living each day to its fullest, always aware of just how precious each moment was.  She reached out and offered support and guidance to anyone who was newly diagnosed with cancer.  She was involved in fundraising efforts on Nantucket and Boston in gratitude for all the help she received from the medical community.  Claudia promoted good health and a POSITIVE attitude.  She did not view herself as a cancer victim but rather as a person that was living with cancer.  She greeted each day with her broad amazing smile even in the face of adversity.  Claudia will remain a part of all who knew her.  Her brilliance, passion, talent, love, and concern for others will continue to embrace this community and all whose lives she touched.

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Put Your Best Face Forward With Fresh Sugar Face Polish

Summer’s almost here at last, and I have been trying out new products that incorporate fruit, citrus, and the outdoors into the studio for the last few weeks to celebrate. This week, I want to tell you about one of my favorite new products: Fresh Sugar Face Polish, by Fresh Skincare and Cosmetics.

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Fresh Sugar Face Polish is available for $58.00 at Sephora and other online retailers and contains real strawberry seeds, which are rich in skin-soothing antioxidants. This fabulous face polish is a natural exfoliant with enough texture to refresh and brighten the skin while buffing away dead skin and impurities.

The polish also contains brown sugar and hydrating seed oils, and has a pleasant citrus smell. I tell all my clients to leave it on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing with warm water, to ensure the strawberry seeds and oils permeate deeply into the skin to work their magic.


Sugar is a natural antiseptic that can help heal cuts and acne scars, so this scrub can also improve the appearance of blemish scars over time. I find this polish really improves my clients’ dry skin, and definitely makes their skin softer.

Ask me about a sample next time you are here in the studio!

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Claudia and Nate’s Newport Wedding

I was lucky enough to work with Claudia and Nate for their Newport, Rhode Island wedding last month. The couple chose to tie the knot at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport–one of the most romantic settings around.

Claudia began her morning at the Viking Hotel. What a gorgeous bride, and what a lovely group of ladies to work with! All of Nate and Claudia’s family and friends were there to help the couple celebrate their special day. The ceremony was perfect, and the majestic setting of the mansion ensured that the ceremony would be remembered by all guests in attendance for years to come.

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Date: May 17, 2014
Names: Claudia & Nate
Venue: Rosecliff, Newport, Rhode Island
Photographer: MBV Photography
Hair Stylist: Priscilla Collins
Flowers: Sally Livingston
Gown: Kenneth Pool


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When Natural Lashes Just Won’t Do, Find a Whole New You with Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Triple-amped up lashes are all the rage on runways and city streets these days. Unfortunately, eyelash glue and extensions can really take a toll on the health of your lashes. Just like professional nail salon shellac, the frequent application of lash extensions can weaken your lashes and negatively impact future regrowth.

Never fear—safe and effective fiber lashes are here as a welcome alternative.  I love Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Kit, which is available as a handy kit for $29. The kit comes in a cute black bag and contains the extreme 3D collagen carbon black transplanting gel, and green tea natural fibers to boost your wayward lashes to new heights. The kit provides a 300% increase in thickness and volume to your lashes, while still looking natural and completely real.


Application is simple. I always remind my clients to do one eye at a time before the gel sets and clumps. Make sure your base lashes are clean and free from oil. First apply one thin coast of regular mascara. Next, coat your lashes with a generous amount of Moodstruck 3D carbon gel, and then recoat… and recoat again. Grab Younique’s Moodstruck green tea natural fibers want and apply a healthy amount of fibers on top of the gel. The look is fabulous—full of volume and body. Repeat on the other eye.


Eyelash extensions aren’t for everyone, but many of my clients say that kits like these help add extra drama to their look for big nights out on the town.

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Banish Unsightly Under-Eye Bags For Good

Under-eye bags come naturally with age, but if you’re like me, you’re probably eager for tips and tricks to delay the inevitable and keep those unsightly bags at bay.

The Wall Street Journal published a recent article on “Quick Cures/Quack Cures for Under-Eye Bags” that I wanted to share with you all. Keep reading for a few tried-and-true remedies (plus a few fail-proof products) to combat those dark circles and puffy pouches.


Using a good SPF can help prevent discoloration under the eyes from sun damage.  Sleeping with your head propped up on two pillows can also prevent fluid build up in the hollows under your eyes. I have recently discovered Athena 7 Minute Lift cream, with 12 organic Greek essential oils. Dab on this rather unusual cream directly to the under-eye area and wait seven minutes. You will experience a tightening feeling but within minutes, your under-eye area will appear firmer and tighter. Cover up the area with a very thin layer of concealer, but don’t use too much—otherwise it will start to crack over the Athena 7 Minute Lift cream.


One tip I suggest frequently to clients before weddings or important corporate engagements is chilling a cold tea bag and holding it to their under-eye area. Just make sure it’s caffeinated tea—the caffeine helps to restrict blood flow to the area to reduce swelling. Cucumber slices are also a tried and true remedy for brides, bridesmaids, and anyone getting ready for an important day or night out. And of course, concealer is always an option. Ask me about the perfect shade for your skin tone next time you’re here in the studio.



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