I hope the fall season treats you well. Thanks for reading!
Fall is officially here, beauties! The weather is getting cooler, and the trends are shifting. Okay, well the weather is not really getting colder here in LA, but fall has made an entrance nevertheless. I don’t know about you, but crisp weather and effortless, oversized fall clothing always gives me something to look forward to when everyone’s favorite season is winding down. I’m checking in to bring you a forecast of what to expect this season when it comes to makeup!
Summer trends kind of threw us for a loop this year, since colors weren’t as bright as they usually are. Vibrant tends to be the look to go for all through summer, but this year was all about the dark! Dark lips have certainly been trending, and I’ve loved it. We’ve been seeing super dark wines and purples like Dominatrix by Lorac, Heroin by Mac, or the super popular Wicked by LimeCrime. Those just happen to be some of my personal favorites, too. As far as fall hues are concerned, we can definitely expect to see these dark tones trickle into the cooler season. These sexy shades aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, so hang on tight to your favorite shades of dark lipstick, because you’ll be needing them this fall. If really dark colors aren’t your thing, try something a little subtler. Opt for a more muted look with colors like Lorac PRO Matte Lip Color in Mauve and Soar lip pencil by MAC for a more natural and deep colored lip.
Wondering what else is in the spotlight this fall? It’s no surprise that contouring is bigger than ever lately, and will continue to be a trending topic in the beauty world through the fall season. You can never go wrong with a great contour! Along with perfectly contoured faces, you can expect to see an emphasis on amazing lashes and brows. Dramatic and overemphasized lashes were seen all over the runways of New York Fashion Week this year in many shows including Gucci and Saint Laurent. Lastly, bold and distinct eyeliner is taking over this fall. Whether you love a smudged liner or a dramatic winged look, defined liner is key this season.
Last but not least, I can’t wrap up fall beauty trends without reminding you that the best way to look great during any season is to take care of your skin! Remember to stay hydrated and moisturize to avoid the dry skin and cracking that can come about during the cooler seasons. Also, just because the sun isn’t as bright, it doesn’t mean you can put away the SPF. To make sure your skin is always beautiful and healthy, hold on to the sunscreen all year long.
I hope the fall season treats you well. Thanks for reading!
I had a super exciting photoshoot this week. I became an Indian for a day! I love culture & tradition and admire everything about Indian weddings. I've had quite a few Indian brides in the past few years and I learn more and more about the culture every time. From the Henna's (super trendy now) to the Lengha/Sari (dresses) to the jewelry; and the traditions of dancing and the bride and groom exchanging letters right before they wed & so on. It's more than just a wedding and that's what I admire most. When an Indian company (Bahirah Boutique) reached out to me for a dress, I said YES in a heartbeat. I collaborated with some of the best in the wedding industry including JayJayStudios(photography), BridalHennaBeauty(Henna artist), Hairby_Betty(Hair stylist) and Avant_Garden(Florist). Together, we pulled it off in just a weeks planning. When you trust people in the industry, you just let them do their thing and that's when magic happens.
Now, to the makeup :) Along with traditional clothes and customs, Indians have traditional makeup. Golds on the eyes and Reds on the lips. I decided I want to go for a more trendy look to get the image I wanted: a modern day Indian. As much as we all love tradition in any culture were in, we like to add some new flare without hindering the tradition. Here's what I used:
Eyes: Cut crease using the Anastasia Beverly Hills waterproof creme color in Jet. MakeUpForever earth tones to blend it upward. On my lid I have Mac Cosmetics paint pot in Indianwood and Electric Cool eyeshadow. Added some UrbanDecay Heavy Metal Glam Rock glitter. Lastly, I used AppealCosmetics lashes in Boldest.
Face: MakeUpForever Mat Velvet foundation in 45 & MakeUpForever setting powder.
Contour & Highlight: Anastasia Beverly Hills contour palette in Banana and Havana
Cheeks: Lorac Tantalizer Baked Bronzer and Laura Mercier highlighter in Candlelight
Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow and powder in Medium Brown
Lips: LimeCrime velveteen in Red Velvet & lastly,
Nails: HudaBeauty clip on nails
Hope you guys love the photos as much as I do! Xoxo
I recently stopped to think about how much my social circle has expanded exponentially thanks to the beauty industry and of course, social media. Although I understand some of the critique social media gets, it’s undeniably awesome that through our posts, we can reach out and make friends with personalities all around the world. What led me to this amazing realization was the friendship I built with two wonderful individuals from down under.
Prior to working with my two new Australian friends, I stumbled upon their blogs, Wedded Wonderland and Project Sweet Stuff. Although I love the beauty world, I really enjoy following blogs that allow me to venture out and keep up with other topics throughout the blogsphere including fashion, food, and anything in between. Project Sweet Stuff is a travel and food blog, while Wedded Wonderland is a blog about all things wedding. (Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing some more of my favorite blogs with you soon.)
I was a fan of both of these blogs when I was contacted by Viola of Project Sweet Stuff to set up an interview, and Wendy’s team from Wedded Wonderland to discuss a fun Instagram takeover. I was super excited to be working with both of these lovely ladies, and was pleasantly surprised to find out that my new friends were actually close friends themselves…small world, right?
The Wedded Wonderland Instagram Takeover was so much fun! I loved sharing some of my favorite bridal looks for inspiration with the Wedded Wonderland followers. I shared bridal makeup looks from brides I had worked on along with a few quick tutorials. The takeover was a hit! It was such an honor to be invited to be a part of such an incredible wedding blog. All of you brides to be should head over to www.weddedwonderland.com for endless inspiration!
When Viola from Project Sweet Stuff arrived in LA, we first met at my studio. I welcomed her with lunch from Le Pain Quotidien and later found out that one of the reasons for her visit to the States was actually an interview with the owner of Le Pain. This perfect coincidence was followed by an immediate connection and the start of an awesome friendship! We instantly became BFFs. To say we hit it off is an understatement. Viola was staying at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, where I met her for breakfast the next day. We did some shopping, took some photos for her blog over great conversations, and ended up spending the remaining three days together before she left to NYC. Needless to say, I have a long distance friend now. I can’t wait to share the interview with you as soon as it’s ready. In the meantime, check out her super cool website, www.projectsweetstuff.com for all things yummy, pretty & fabulous. Love you Viola!
Self-tanners have always been a scary thing for me. Especially when I am trying a new product! Some streak, some turn you orange and some even turn you green, eek! Trust me when I say I've tried a few (a few too many). But here, as your guinea-pig, I present you my holy-grails:
Lorac SelfTANtalizer - Body bronzing gradual self tanner. This product is great because it gives you a long lasting tan but at the same time gives you an immediate glow. Everytime I use this product, I look like I just came back from a vacation from the Caribbeans (don't I wish). But one can pretend right? ;) Use the mitt to spread all over your body after a shower and let it dry before you wear your clothes. Note: The more you layer, the darker the color will get.
Clarins Radiance-Plus Glow Booster - My newly discovered love. (insert praising hands) Finding a face self-tanner is even more difficult than body. The face is a lot more sensitive than the body, so not every self-tanner can be used on your face. If you're like me, your face is naturally 2-3 shades lighter than your body. Putting on makeup becomes a dilemma because I have to go about 2 shades darker as well. This oil is a life savor! You add a few drops to your moisturizer day and night and it gradually tans your skin giving it a beautiful glow. I love that I can just mix it into my moisturizer instead of layering products. I absolutely love this product and have been using it on a few of my clients as well. You MUST try.
Let me know your thoughts & what your fav's are!
We can buy all of the makeup in the world, but great skin is always going to be the ultimate beauty secret. As many of you may know, skincare is and always has been extremely important to me. All of the wonderful products we buy can’t work their magic on a neglected palette. For your health and beauty, putting your skin first is an absolute must in my book. Trying out new skincare products is always super exciting, and I’ve recently got my hands on a line I love. Nazelie Skincare has won major points with their awesome products and customized approach.
New skincare makes me smile. Big. I get re-motivated to get right back on top of a routine. When I met my friend Remma in Boston over a year ago (she now works with me at the studio), she kept raving about the "home-made" skincare she uses. She mentioned that it was the only skincare she's been using for years that has helped put her skin under control. She had mentioned she gets them from her facialist but I never realized it was something you can order online! Remma was living in Boston at the time and I assumed it wasn't something I could get my hands on. I later learned that Nazelie Skincare is available all over the world at the click of a button?!
When you log onto their website, a little pop up comes up asking if you have any questions. It shoots them a direct email which they personally respond to! You can tell them all about your skin and whatever issues your skin has and they will put together a customized routine for you! They even email you after the fact to check in with your progress. It's seriously amazing. The website also has a quiz you can take that will help you determine your routine as well. Anyways! Once you log on, it'll be pretty self explanatory :)
They sent me my package in a very pretty box with purple chiffon stuffing. I am a sucker for packaging! I've been using it for 2 weeks now and absolutely LOVING it! I've started getting compliments on my skin again (best compliment I can ever get). My face is clean, no breakouts, under eye darkness has lightened up and my skin is glowing. Yay me! One of the most vital elements when it comes to skincare is the result. Simply put, when we put time and effort into taking care of our skin, we want to make sure it actually works, right?
Nazelie Skincare actually does what it claims to do. My personalized morning routine included the Purifying Tonic, Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream, and the Radiance Enhancing Day Cream. I would wind down the day with a nightly regimen that included the Peeling Mask (I loved that it only took five short minutes), Cleansing Milk, Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream, and the Moisturizing Night Cream. This routine was convenient and my skin definitely looked like it was receiving some TLC almost immediately after starting the regimen.
What appealed to me most was that the Nazelie products are made with the purest most natural ingredients including olive oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter, jojoba oil, and aloe. Ingredients I know and can identify with make me feel like I’m doing something great for my skin, unlike a never-ending list of chemicals that are impossible to pronounce!
For ladies who are looking for a new skincare regimen customized to your skin type and concerns, give Nazelie Skincare products a try. I’ve definitely been getting more compliments on how my skin is glowing, and will continue sticking to this routine. This line comes Lilit approved. What do you do to take care of your skin? I’d love to hear about all of your secrets and tips for great skin…thanks for reading!
This weekend was a bit hectic for me...tell you something new, right? Besides having 12 hour days Friday and Saturday, I had a seminar to prepare and teach on Sunday! Due to this hectic schedule on the weekends, I usually like to go out on weekdays. However, every now and then, we (make-up artists) want to feel normal, so we make an effort to go out on weekends. Friday night was the NYX Cosmetics Face Awards and my good friend Tamana (Dress Your Face) invited me and Hrush to go with her. By the time we got to the event, they didn't let us in anymore! Such a fail. But anyway, its always fun to play dress up! Here are my outfit & MU details:
I also wanted to take a quick moment to touch on Amrezy’s inspiring social media success. Many of you have asked me about tips on how to stand out and succeed on social media, so I thought I’d tackle the topic here. I for one, owe a lot to my wonderful followers on Instagram. Many of my students have discovered me through this awesome platform and have traveled far distances to take my course. Everyday I am incredibly grateful for the constant support and feedback from all of you… thank you! Although social media can be fun and exciting, establishing your brand and connecting with your following can be tricky. For those of you that are looking to expand your following and clientele through social media, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
1. Consistency is key. Giving your followers consistency is absolutely essential to social media success. A few posts in one week followed by weeks of inactivity is not going to do the trick. Just like answering emails and communicating with clients is important to your business, maintaining your social media (especially in the beauty world) is also vital to your success.
2. Not all content is good content. Although you want to be consistent with your posts, be selective about what you’re sharing...quality matters!
3. The quality of your photos is crucial. Dimly lit and blurry photos with a cluttered background are not going to represent you well. Take a few moments to edit the lighting and colors of your photos to really make them pop. Photos posted on your social media platforms are often the first impression many potential clients and followers get, so make it count!
4. Pay attention to which photos get the most buzz. Go through your feed and take note of which posts are doing well. This will help you get a better grasp on what your followers want to see more of.
5. Give your followers a genuine and authentic representation of yourself. Although it might be easy and tempting to create a social media alter ego, always keep in mind that followers can (hopefully) become clients that are eventually going to meet you and see you as you are.
6. Aim for inspiration, not replication. Everyone looks to other professionals for tips and inspiration. This is something I hope you’ll do when starting your business. However, trying to duplicate another artist’s style can hinder your success. Take notes from those that inspire you, but find your own niche. Your personal style will always be more authentic, which will allow your followers to connect with you.
7. Don’t expect any of it to come easy. Marketing yourself and your business takes a lot of hard work. Contrary to what it may seem, making an impact on social media and succeeding as a professional takes a lot of behind the scenes blood, sweat, and tears. Work hard, keep at it, and you’ll reap the benefits.
8. Try to tune out the negativity, but learn to take constructive criticism. Although negative feedback sometimes isn’t very constructive, many times colleagues, friends, and followers may give you suggestions that can be hard to hear but can help you grow and improve.
9. Educate yourself about social media marketing. Whether this means hitting the bookstore or looking up articles online, learn all you can about the ins and outs of social media marketing.
10. Good luck and don’t give up!
It’s been a while, and I’ve missed you all just as much as I’ve missed blogging. Those of you that follow my social media journey may already know that a few weeks ago I headed abroad to the absolutely breathtaking Greek Islands for some much needed rest and relaxation. Things are always (thankfully) crazy around here at Lilit’s Makeup Studio, so a vacation was definitely necessary! Although most of my trip was spent makeup-free, I have a list of product essentials that I kept within an arm’s reach at all times while I was away in paradise. Summer is quickly coming to an end, but it’s not over yet! Try to plan whatever getaway you can, whether it’s a nearby beach or an overseas adventure. You deserve it! No matter what your itinerary holds, make sure to go fully equipped and ready with these summer vacation must-haves.
Lorac TANtalizer to the rescue – I can’t emphasize enough how amazing Lorac’s TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer is. I seriously don’t leave home without this product, and I especially loved it while vacationing. If you’re conscious about protecting your skin, soaking up the sun and getting a natural glow is probably interrupted by a whole lot of SPF. To get that beach bronze look without those harmful rays, Lorac TANtalizer will become your new best friend.
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray for the win. This product is the holy grail of hair products. Stop whatever you’re doing, and get your hands on this stuff (after you finish reading this blog post, of course). This paraben-free texturizing spray gave my beach waves the lift and texture they needed to go from flat to fabulous with just a little spritz. The best part is that it protects your locks with UV protection from those harmful sunrays. Although this product contains too many goodies to list, some highlights include ginger root extract, hydrolyzed wheat protein, and mango extract. Did I mention it smells amazing?
Shop LeRUSH was a Showstopper- I couldn’t head to the beach without my Shop LeRUSH swimsuit covers. These eye-catching covers were definitely a hit amongst European locals and tourists. Some of the designs that came out to play were the Adia and the Amari. The European lace that mimics metal featured on the Amari created a fierce beach look, while the real turquoise neckline of the Adia embraced the tropical ambience and picturesque views Greece had to offer. Add Shop LeRUSH swimsuit covers to your beach bag, and get ready to turn heads as you lounge on the shore.
Don’t leave home without Lorac’s PRO Matte Lip Color- You won’t catch me without these lip colors. Not only does it come in twelve gorgeous shades, but this stuff lasts forever! The PRO Matte Lip Color doesn’t stain or dry your lips like most matte colors can do. They have a smooth creamy texture that is just perfect. Some of my favorite shades are mauve, peach and rose taupe. Give it a go. Your lips will thank you.
Waterproof mascara at its best. The Aqua Smoky Lash Waterproof Extra Black Mascara by Make Up For Ever really took care of me while I was unwinding on the beach. Not only did this mascara stay put amongst several dips, it delivered volume, length, and intense pigment as promised! This one is Lilit approved and comes highly recommended for beautiful days on the beach.
Stock up on that SPF. You can wear all the makeup in the world, but I always say that the most important factor when it comes to beauty is your skin. Taking care of your skin means a naturally glowing complexion that cannot be replaced by any product. Sunscreen is the first step towards protecting your skin against harmful sunrays that can lead to lines, wrinkles, and uneven texture. My favorite sunscreen right now is the Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ formula by Kiehl’s. I love this formula because of how light and comfortable it is. Oil-free and fragrance-free, this SPF is my go-to solution.
Hope summer days continue to treat you well. Do you swear by any products that belong on this list? Leave a comment and let me know. Happy relaxing!
Hello ladies! So here is a little 15 second how-to on my contouring when I go out to an important event. I have used the Anastasia concealers in 1.5 to highlight and 4.5 to contour using my foundation brush and duo-fiber brush both by Elaina Badro and blended it out using my Beauty Blender. Now, depending on how strong or light you want your contour, you need to blend less/more. I then used my Anastasia Contour Palette in "banana" to set in all the areas I have highlighted my face. For the rest of my face, I've used the Ben Nye "banana" powder with my damp sponge to set in my skin without giving too much color. If you want your contour to stand out more, then I suggest you going back at it with a powder contour (the contour colors in the palette will do or a matte bronzer) to emphasize your structure. I then took the "sand" shimmer powder, again from the Anastasia contour kit to highlight just the tops of my cheekbones. Take the color of blush you desire & add it to the apples of your cheeks blending up towards your hairline. Here, I have used one of my favorite blushes from Lorac called "Coral Crush" (super pigmented!). I know this 15-second video is way too short to capture everything, but watch it enough and you'll catch the concept ;) HOWEVER, I will be doing a YouTube tutorial next week and you will be able to see the entire process in slow motion. Hope this helps in the meantime!
Have a lot of eyeshadows and running out of space in your organizer? Here is a quick video my sister Marina made on de-potting MAC eyeshadows. Marina has SO much makeup, her bathroom is overflowing. She used to work at Naimie's Beauty Center...so you can only imagine! She has started her "Spring Cleaning" on her makeup and her makeup kit literally looks like half of what it was, all organized and tidy! First you will need a flat iron, a sharp tool and wax paper. Pop out the plastic the shadow sits on. Then place the plastic in the flat iron (on top of a wax paper). Give it about 20 seconds and pop it out from the back (there should be a small hole to push through). If it's still tough, put it on the iron for another 15-20 seconds until the glue is soft enough to loosen up and try pushing it through again. You can then place them in your MAC empty palettes or a Z palette (sold at Naimie's). You can also use this same process by using a little over, but I find this to be much easier. Happy de-potting!