Real Steals: Katrina’s Summer 2014 Bargain Beauty List

Everyone loves a beauty bargain, but not everyone has the time to comb through the drugstore racks in search of the latest trend or inexpensive new makeup find. This month, I’ve compiled some of my favorite everyday products to simplify the process of finding real beauty steals. The next time you’re in CVS or at Ulta, simply grab these and go! You’ll be fab and fresh in no time.

1. NYX Gel Liner & Smudger: Create a naughty or nice look in less than 60 seconds with this great product! I’m always looking for a gel liner that glides on lightly without tugging your eyelids or drying out half way through the jar. NYX Gel Liner & Smudger is well worth the $8.99 price. Available in five colors, you can apply with a pointed eyeliner brush for a work-appropriate look or smudge it on for a naughtier night out. Grab this find at CVS or at Ulta.
EXPERT TIP: Use an inexpensive synthetic liner brush with a flat tip or pointed to get the perfect line.
NYX Gel Smudger 2. L’Oréal – Collection Privee The Perfect Nudes: These easy-towear nude L’Oréal lipsticks are designed to match your skin tone and are available in six subtle shades true to their written descriptions. At just $7.99 each from Ulta, why not pick up two or three?
EXPERT TIP: Exfoliate your lips prior to applying lip color to ensure longer wear from your lipstick and a true-to-color look.
L'Oreal 3. Benefit Cosmetics “There’re Real” Remover for Eye Makeup: I’m always being asked what the best eye makeup remover out there is. Well, I found an incredible Benefit Cosmetics product at Sephora that removes the most stubborn eye makeup and mascara easily—without drying out your lashes or skin. Benefit’s “They’re Real” Remover’s creamy gel is effective, and safe for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes. Best of all, it’s only $18.00 at Sephora. What’s not to love?
EXPERT TIP: Use a damp cotton square for ultra-easy mascara removal.
They're Real 4. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lid Lines: As all my clients know, I’ve been a big fan of IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer for ages. Now, IT Cosmetics has an Eye Shadow Primer that I’m even more in love with. This eye shadow primer helps eliminates shadow creases while maximizing your eye shadow’s brilliant pigments. The best part? It also makes you look less tired and more radiant. Who wouldn’t want that? Grab it at Ulta for just $24.00.
EXPERT TIP #1: If you’re going to be wearing eye liner or shadow on your lower eyelids, first apply a fine line of Bye Bye Lid Lines with a small concealer brush for longer lasting color. EXPERT TIP #2: Set this primer with translucent powder to ensure easy eye shadow blending and even longer color wear.
Bye Bye

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2014 Best of Boston!

Best of Boston Magazine Cover

I was delighted to recently be named Best of Boston, in the category of Best Wedding Makeup Artist!

It’s my 4th time being named Best of Boston, but it never gets old!

Here’s an excerpt from the magazine:
“This makeup pro has been primping brides from the Back Bay to Bermuda for more than 20 years. During a consultation at her lofty Newbury Street studio, Hess will school you in skin maintenance and eyebrow shaping, and on the big day, she’ll travel to your venue to give you an absolutely flawless look. She’ll even stay through the night to make sure it lasts through the happy tears and cake smears.”

A special thank you to all of my amazing clients past and present, as well as Boston Magazine!


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Want to Look Fab This Summer? Give Yourself A Red Carpet Facial

I am always looking for new products for the studio that produce amazing results for my clients. Kinara’s Red Carpet Facial Kit, invented at Kinara Skin Care Clinic as the secret weapon of movie stars, gives your skin a glamorous celebrity glow through its nourishing combination of exfoliants and botanical extracts. Sometimes facials may not provide immediate, dramatic results—but the Red Carpet Facial works so deeply that my clients say they can really feel it.


For $145, this kit is a steal. The Kinara Red Carpet Facial Kit includes the Red Carpet Facial Peel, the Red Carpet Facial Neutralizer, and the Red Carpet Facial Polishing Mask, along with a handy treatment bowl and applicator brush. The powerful peel uses gentle acids to reveal brighter and more hydrated skin with a deep-clean fizzing sensation. The neutralizer revitalizes dull, tired skin with a foaming effect as it reacts with the peel. And finally, the mask hydrates, soothes, and plumbs with minerals, Lysate extract, and a pleasing fresh scent.


I love this facial because it improves the texture of my clients’ skin and reduces their pore size. It helps control breakouts and acne, and also helps strengthen skin elasticity and boost firmness. And, it’s quick and easy! You’ll go from drab to fab in less than 30 minutes. Throw this kit in your travel bag and give yourself a facial as soon as you land to ensure your skin is fresh and bright for your next vacation or work trip.

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Raising the Bar at the YPO Southern 7 Family Meeting in Cape Cod 2014

I was delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Young Presidents Organization Southern Chapter 7 at their annual Family Meeting in Cape Cod this June. The event was a four day retreat at Chatham Bars Inn in Cape Cod from June 18-22nd, and I attended as a makeup and skincare industry expert and educator.


The concept of the meeting was education from peers, esteemed representatives of their fields, and family. I conducted four makeup and skincare classes as part of the retreat’s activities program. It was hands-on learning for all ages and with the sessions broken into young girls, teens, and adult ladies, it was the perfect format to teach and help the daughters of the YPO families get more familiar with makeup. I also ran a pop-up luxury boutique with my assistant during the weekend featuring many of the brands my clients know and love from my Newbury Street makeup studio.

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The YPO event was a wonderful way to meet many of the organizers and other presenters and learn from and network with them. Overall, the YPO made my staff and I feel like a true part of the family, with their motivating, spiritual, and incredibly organized handling of the weekend. I left this year’s event feeling a warm, heart-felt connection with a group who respected every member completely and who were professional and welcoming. Congratulations on a successful 2014 event, YPO!



Posted in Beauty, Boston Makeup, Boston Makeup Artist, Bridal Makeup, Cape Cod Wedding Makeup, Katrina Hess, Katrina Hess Makeup

Wedding @ Boston Public Library | Laura & Ron

Date: July 19, 2014
Couple: Laura & Ron
Photographer: Hitched Studios
Hair Stylist: Priscilla Collins
Venue: Boston Public Library
Gown: Alvina Valenta
Makeup: Katrina Hess

Photos to come!

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Wedding @ Woods Hole, MA | Kate & Hugh

Date: July 12, 2014
Couple: Kate & Hugh
Photography: Bello Photography
Video: After Image Production
Reception site: Private Home Woods Hole, MA
Wedding Planner: Pink Polka Dot
Caterer: The Catered Affair
Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Makeup: Katrina Hess

Photos to come!

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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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Wedding @ Willowdale Estate, Topsfield MA | Elisa & Brendan

Date: July 5, 2014
Couple: Elisa & Brendan
Photography: WILL GET
Venue: Willowdale Estate, Topsfield, MA
Gown: Paloma Blanca
Makeup: Katrina Hess


Photos to come!

Posted in Recent Weddings

Wedding @ Belle Mer, Newport RI | Alicia & Travis

Date: June 27, 2014
Couple: Alicia & Travis
Photography: Snap
Venue: Belle Mer, Newport, RI
Gown: Reem Acra
Makeup: Katrina Hess


June 27 2014 Alicia and Travis

June 27 2014 Alicia and Travis

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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!


Posted in Beauty, Boston Makeup, Boston Makeup Artist, Boston Makeup Studio, Diego Dalla Palma, Katrina Hess, Katrina Hess Makeup