Get A Glam Glow – Compliments of KevynAucoin

With summer just around the corner (well, if it ever stops snowing here in Boston, that is!), it’s time to say goodbye to pasty winter skin.

I especially love KevynAucoin’s Pure Powder Glow in Fira, and Creamy Glow Duo in Tresbelle, for these purposes. These two fab products were just featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Martha Stewart Weddings: Real Weddings.

Marth Stewart Weddings - Real Weddings (Cover) Spring 2014









Pure Powder Glow is a feather-light powder that adds extra radiance and dimension to your skin. Myracle and Neolita are two shades that work particularly well on mature skin, while Fira adds warmth to your natural skin tone.

Pure Glow









I tend to also steer my clients towards KevynAucoin’s Creamy Glow Duo—cheek plus lip color. These stellar duo palettes help any busy gal multi-task by proving two non-greasy, long-wearing colors in one cute and compact case.

Creamy Duo









Don’t wait until you’re tan this summer to get a natural glow and bring a little warmth back to your face. Next time you’re in here on Newbury Street, make sure to ask me about warming up your makeup palette in advance of summer sun.

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Put Your Best Face Forward This Spring

Gals, it’s just never too early to start preventing aging in order to maintain your youthful look. I regularly use glycolic skin products with my clients in the studio in order to keep the skin fresh and glowing, but sometimes you simply need the results a professional medical treatment can bring you.

Many of you may have read last week’s blog post on Dr. Jaimie DeRosa, located at 91 Newbury Street right near Katrina Hess Makeup Studio. This week, I thought I would also mention Kelly Manfredi — Dr. DeRosa’s aesthetician.


Kelly brings ten years of aesthetic experience to DeRosa Clinic. She has the highest level of licensing in Massachusetts, and offers several kinds of customized skin care treatments, as well as different levels of facial peels.

Kelly incorporates all SkinMedica products into her customized facials, unique to each client, and will work with you to create your own skin care regiment that you can maintain even post-appointment. You can email Kelly or Dr. DeRosa at [email protected], or call 617-262.8000.

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I always counsel my clients to avoid using anything harsh on their brows before getting them shaped, and I would certainly say the same for medical-grade treatments. Make sure to wash with a simple cleanser and avoid all stronger skin treatments in the week leading up to your appointment at DeRosa Clinic.

Spring is here at last, and it’s high time to put your best face forward and start looking glamorous again. I’ll have more posts in the coming weeks on spring colors and trends, so stay tuned!

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From Makeup Tips and Tricks to A Little Extra “Lift”

Makeup tips and tricks are one thing, but sometimes even the most gorgeous of us gals need a little extra lift when it comes to our look.

Dr. Jaimie DeRosa is a double-board certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Boston who operates at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. I’m delighted to welcome her to her new office at 91 Newbury Street, just around the corner from my studio.

Dr Jaimie DeRosa

Many of my clients come to me for facials, brow shaping, and makeup tips, but book Botox, fillers, and lid and brow lifts with Dr. Jaimie DeRosa. Dr. DeRosa specializes in rhinoplasty procedures and revisions as well as an assortment of other non-invasive procedures.

Dr DeRosa

I’ve visited Dr. DeRosa a few times myself, and she really does work wonders. You can email Dr. DeRosa at [email protected] or call her at 617-262.8000.

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Shape and Sculpt into Spring with Fan Brushes

In Allure’s latest April 2014 issue, Kevyn Aucoin’s Large Fan Brush is featured in a great article called “The Makeup Pro Sculpting Class.” I’ve been a “fan” of the large fan brush for years, because I’ve found that it is the perfect tool for beginners and experts alike to create a flattering contour.


In my Newbury Street studio here in Boston, I frequently use Kevyn Aucoin’s Large Fan Brush to apply all shades of bronzer and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder for clients. If you’re using this brush at home, lightly dust your face in downward strokes—the brush will do all the work for you. By applying color to the high points and flat areas of the face, you’ll look slimmer and more sculpted. It’s really that simple. You can also apply bronzer to the décolleté and shoulders to give yourself a summer glow. Spring is almost here—promise!

Allure Magazine

After I’m done creating the perfect contour, I like to give my brushes a bath with Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap. With spring on the way, there has never been a better time to start a makeup bag clean-up. Mrs. Meyers soaps are available in nine fun varieties, including Basil, Lemon Verbena, Sunflower, Bluebell, and Honeysuckle. These soaps are rich, thick, and include aloe and soap bark extract—one of nature’s best degreasers. All the soaps are natural and made from plant-derived ingredients, and remove oil and makeup without drying out the bristles of your expensive brushes, gals.

Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap

After washing, I always advise making sure to lay your brushes on the edge of a counter to allow the bristles to fully air-dry before bundling back into your makeup case. Before you know it, you’ll be back in business with squeaky clean brushes, and your face will thank you for it!

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Pretty as a Peach with Plum Pretty Sugar

I often talk about new colors and makeup products here on my blog, but this week I want to share a fabulous apparel and accessories site I found with you— All my brides these days are ordering matching bridesmaid kimono robes for the bridal party to wear while getting ready the morning of the wedding.

Plum Pretty Sugar sells sets of 2-10 colorful, quality robes in an assortment of patterns and styles—perfect for a bridal party of any size. They also have fun rompers, matching headbands, and a wide variety of items made from gorgeous, lightweight materials and bright patterns and prints perfect for spring or summer.

Plum Pretty Sugar

One of my March brides, Tiffany, who was married at Boston’s Lenox Hotel, purchased a set of these beautiful robes for her bridesmaids, mother, and herself. But even if you’re not planning for a wedding, these robes are great for a weekend getaway or even lounging at home.

Plum Pretty Sugar

To see the full range of fun and colorful products available, visit the boutique online at

Plum Pretty Sugar

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The NEW Mrs. You! Get Honeymoon Ready with Cane + Austin

For the gals that already know about Cane + Austin’s 10% glycolic pads that I practically swear by, well—you’ll absolutely love the two latest products from dermatologist Dr. Craig Austin. We already know how great Cane + Austin’s Miracle Pads are—all my clients always tell me they are a proven success and a total lifesaver. Now Cane + Austin has a purifying, brightening body line, which is perfect for this wintery time of year.

Miracle Pads

For effective anti-aging protection, you need medical grade products—and Cane + Austin’s new Retexturizing Treatment Lotion ($48) and Retexturizing Treatment Scrub ($42) make for a power-packed combo that will get any bride-to-be camera ready in no time. Unlike the Miracle Pads which you use only on your neck and face, this great new scrub and body lotion are designed to be used daily on the whole body.




Cane + Austin make incredibly rich, fast-absorbing products that reveal younger, healthier skin through the power of Glycolic Acid. The new lotion and scrub feature 15% Glycolic Acid to allow for maximum exfoliation. These two products are ideal for rough, dry skin—or for the bride who needs to quickly exfoliate her arms and back to ensure her whole body is ready for the big day photo shoot (and the honeymoon after!).

Don’t neglect your legs, arms and back—even in winter! The gentle micro-beads in this scrub will help refine pores and maintain a clear and radiant complexion, while the soothing lotion nourishes and protects against harsh winter weather. I’ve started using both of these, and let me tell you—they definitely work!

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YouTube Beauty Film Shoot – Live from Katrina Hess Makeup Studio

I’ve helped hundreds of women with makeup looks and professional brow shaping for just about every occasion—weddings, photo shoots, corporate collateral, and more. But when Pixability, a leading Boston-based YouTube video marketing software company, asked to work with me in my Newbury Street studio to create on-camera looks for ten videos in preparation for a major New York event with Women’s Wear Daily and the release of their new study on beauty, I was delighted.

Katrina Hess

Pixability is a big data software company based in Boston’s historic North End. The company helps some of the world’s top brands succeed on YouTube with YouTube strategy, marketing, and advertising guidance. Pixability recently published “Beauty on YouTube: How YouTube is Radically Transforming the Beauty Industry and What That Means For Brands,” a comprehensive data-based study focused on YouTube’s extensive beauty community.

I met the Pixability production team at my studio bright and early on the day of the big shoot. Once I finished reshaping Marketing Manager Merrily McGugan’s and Head of Strategic Accounts Alicia Cadigan’s eyebrows, I applied all-natural, camera-friendly makeup to the team. Rob Ciampa, Chief Marketing Officer of Pixability declared the results “the best I’ve seen in fifteen years in the industry.” I created a luminous smoky eye look for both ladies, and ensured the entire team looked well-rested and shine-free for their on-camera appearances.

Katrina Hess

The shoot was a success. Pixability finished filming all ten videos in the studio, and even shot a short video of me discussing my passion for makeup and studio philosophy, which will soon be featured right here at You can watch one of the videos from the shoot here—all about how women are using YouTube to watch how-to makeup tutorials.

I have worked in the beauty industry for more than twenty years, and have been featured by Cosmopolitan, Allure, Elegant Wedding, and Channel 5, but the Pixability shoot was an exciting opportunity to learn even more about the industry on YouTube and the leading edge of digital beauty developments.

If you happen to also be interested in Pixability’s new beauty study, you can learn more at

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Prep Your Skin for Sunny Winter Getaways

For those of you lucky enough to be gearing up for a sunny winter getaway down to Florida or other tropical vacation destinations, remember one thing. Your wardrobe might be ready to hit the beach, but chances are your skin isn’t!

After months of winter sweaters and cold weather, you need to get your skin up to speed and beach-ready for swimsuits and shorts. Exuviance Age Reverse Toning Neck Cream is an absolute must for beach vacations—and once you return home, is perfect all-year round for busy gals on the go.

Exuviance Toning Neck Cream


Ensure your fragile neck and décolletage skin is looking firm and fabulous before hitting the beach by applying this powerful firming and exfoliating treatment twice daily in the weeks leading up to your vacation. A Lip-Amino Acid and CitraFill help restore youthful tone and definition to your neckline, and NeoGlucosamine gently exfoliates your skin to even pigment and minimize the appearance of dark spots.



For quick and easy coverage, pair the Age Reverse Toning Neck Cream ($75.00, available at Sephora or Ulta) with Exuviance’s super-effective CoverBlend Concealing Treatment Makeup with SPF20. For just $38.00, grab this fabulous product in one of 13 available shades and protect your skin while covering up blemishes and other imperfections.

CoverBlend Concealer

For additional coverage, try Exuviance’s CoverBlend Multi-Function Concealer with SPF15—$22.00 from Ulta. Everyone loves a cheap find, and this product does wonders to brighten up your visage. Available in four shades, this non-creasing concealer hides dark circles and protects against the harsh sun so you can focus on enjoying your vacation—and stop worrying about your skin. Throw this concealer in your gym bag, desk drawer, or beach bag—and you’ll be ready for anything!

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All About Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush


My clients already know how much I love Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Powder by Hourglass, so I am thrilled to now have six fantastic shades of Ambient Lighting Blush here in my studio. Now that everyone has been introduced to the illuminating all-over powder, it’s time to follow up with these great new blushes.

Available in six luminous shades, Ambient Lighting Blushes are created by infusing the popular powder we all know and love with Photoluminescent Technology to deliver color, depth, and dimension. Selling for just $45 each in a glamorous award-winning golden compact complete with a good-sized mirror, try one of the following shades (or use two at once): Luminous Flush, Ethereal Glow, Diffused Heat, Dim Infusion, Radiant Magenta, or Mood Exposure.


To create the perfect healthy, radiant look after dull winter skin, smile and gently apply Ambient Lighting Blush to the apples of your cheeks. You’ll instantly notice a healthy glow and will find that skin imperfections become less visible. If you want to get really creative, you can even use the blushes as eye shadow, creating an all-over radiant look.


And for those of us with sensitive skin or allergies, Ambient Lighting Blushes are gentle—they are free from all parabens, talc, fragrance, nanoparticles, and gluten.


I just received a shipment of these fabulous blushes last week, and can’t keep them in stock. I’ve already sold half of my latest shipment. Make sure to ask me which shade is right for you when you come into the studio next.

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Introducing Marula Oil

You’ve probably already heard of the great beauty benefits that come from coconut oil and argon oil. But now in the studio we have the one oil that beats them both- Marula Oil! There are so many reasons to add this product to your skin care routine.

*Marula oil contain 50% more antioxidants than argon oil- making it a super anti-aging product

*The high amount of fatty acids in Marula Oil means it is a clean, fast absorbing hydrator

*Marula Oil has antibacterial properties which makes it the perfect product to use after chemical peels, microdermabrasion, sun burns, or chemical treatments

*Can be used alone or in conjunction with your existing beauty routine

*It’s a sustainable fair trade product. Marula Oil by John Paul Selects is 99% pure oil with a touch of essential oil. It comes from the nuts of the Marula tree which is found in Africa. John Paul Selects Marula Oil pays a fair living wage to rural families in East Africa who harvest the nuts using eco-friendly sustainable practices. Only nuts that have fallen from the trees naturally are used.


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