Ok, so usually, EVERYONE looks amazing on the Red Carpet. Well, almost, everyone. But for the most part, the celebs go out of their way to look effortlessly beautiful by getting the best glam squad reserved for the day of! My top 4 favorites definitely go to Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner and Demi Lovato! All for different reasons...see below:
Patrick Ta did such a beautiful job making her look like she barely has on any makeup! I know a lot of people think that it's easy to do this type of makeup...but in fact, its harder. To be able to do a makeup look that enhances ones beauty without looking you haven't spent more than 5 minutes, is in fact, a challenge! Patrick Ta knows how to achieve this well, especially in Gigi...every, single, time.
Hung Vanngo did her makeup. THE END. Seriously, this guys fingers are like magic. If you are not following him on IG, you should be. His makeup hardly ever looks the same yet he nails it each time! Love that she looks so different and so much more mature at this AMA's, it really made her stand out than her usual natural glam.
I mean, these girls are all simply flawless, how can you go wrong? You can't! I am however obsessing over this sexy look of hers. She is also usually in the super-model natural glam mode, but she went for a catty-liner and strong blush this time around. So not like her, yet fits her so well! Joyce Bonelli killed it!
LOVE this old Hollywood glam look on her. The dark eyes and dark lips compliments her look so much especially with her short black hair, she plays the roll well! Although her eyes are super smokey, it has that bright glam in the inner corners to brighten up her look and her skin always looks fresh! Jill Powell creates a perfect look for her, every time!
I will re-create one of these looks on my next LIVE class? Which one would you like to see and who were your favorites this year?
Yesterday, I had a chance to work with one of the most talented artists I know. Troy Jensen has been in the industry for over 30 years. He's worked with some of the biggest celebrity names and is not only skilled in the beauty field but also a creative photographer.
When he approached me on a new collaboration, I was ecstatic. I have been following his work for quite sometime now and he never ceases to amaze me with his creativity. I asked him what type of look he wants to create and he began to talk about historic icons. He began to explain how the beauty of our historical icons was that they had a special look to them; they represented themselves with a unique and special look that set a standard for years to come. Read below for a little interview with Troy and our collaboration:
Troy: Troy, what attracts you to the historic beauty icons vs. icons today?
Lilit: Iconic beauties like Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Bridget Bardot and even Marilyn Monroe, Each had a unique and original look that set them apart. Today that's a rare thing to see. I love the wow factor that each of them had. It's amazing how their beauty, and make up style stood the test of time. I see a little of them in each of my Muse's today. When I first met Kim Kardashian. I called her our generation's Raquel Welch. I recreated a look for our first photo shoot together years ago, but It was the beginning of the world seeing how beautiful and iconic she is.
Troy: What inspired you to become the Troy Jensen you are today?
Lilit: As an free lance artist I first strive to survive doing what I love in an industry that is rapidly changing. Got to pay the rent, then I have to create and create and create or I will go mad with boredom. That is what I do and what I will always do. Looking back at 30 years in this business. I am proud of my accomplishments. Along with creating beautiful looks and photo-shoots. My work has helped change careers and inspired many to follow in my footsteps. I take what I do very seriously and I see there are some amazing new make up talent emerging and I've seen some not so great make up talent emerging. Social media has so much to do with shaping artists today. When I started 30 plus years ago, You had to be a great make up artist and you had to be diverse, original and able to create beauty on every face you touched. It didn't matter how many Instagram followers I had. I built a name and a career on my talent alone. Today social media is so important, But I still strive to keep my artistic integrity. I am so grateful to be doing what I love, and I have an amazing manager now who has my back, supports my creative vision and I try to keep a healthy balance.
Troy: What inspired you to turn me into Audrey Hepburn?
Lilit: I told you Immediately that I saw a little Audrey in you. I guess that's how it all starts, with a vision. The planning and even the application was fun, but when you stepped into the lights and I saw it all come together was pretty amazing.
Troy: Which look of hers did you go for in this photo-shoot and why?
Lilit: Her make up from " How To Steal a Million" The silver glitter eye under a black lace mask paired with a pale pink lip- is a look I've always loved, and I knew it was going to look amazing on you. I didn't want a full transformation on you. I wanted to still see you not just the make up. That is why I wanted to collaborate with you, which something I have never ever done. I'm such a control freak, but I think the end result is just stunning. and I learned I can play well with others, lol. Something all of us artists need to do sometimes..
Troy: What advise do you have for aspiring artists who want to create?
Lilit: Never stop learning, testing, sharing and growing. Start by getting as much education you can. Mentor with a great artist and apply what you have learned on as many faces you can. Don't get stuck on creating the same look over and over. A clean organized kit is a must. Working with quality products is also important. Positive energy is very important too. Keep a positive vibe by not gossiping or bad mouthing anyone. Show up dressed to work, and be a team player. Help out the hair stylist with pins, or anyone else to keep things running smoothly. Keep on eye on all of your business and financial affairs. And remember if you are lucky enough to get your foot in the door, be grateful, humble and kind.. and of course, Do amazing work!
Product details: Lilit prepped her complexion and structure with:
Face: Elcie Cosmetics in Warm Ivory
Concealer: Mac Prolongwear Nw20
Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pomade in Medium Brown
Product details: Troy completed the Audrey look with:
Cheeks: Too Faced "Love Flush"
Eyes: Dior: DIOR ADDICT FLUID SHADOW
LONG WEAR MIRROR COLOR EYESHADOW&LINER in 025 MAGNETIC
Dior- Pro Liner in Pro Black
Dior- Diorshow Art Pen in #095 Catwalk Black.
Dior-DIORSHOW BLACK OUT WATERPROOF
SPECTACULAR VOLUME INTENSE BLACK KHÔL MASCARA
Lashes by Huda beauty "Scarlette"
Lips: DiorKiss, Sigma "Oh Kitten", Too faced Melted in Peony & Nude (all combined!)
Silver and opalescent glitter by Make up For Ever.
I hope you all enjoyed this photoshoot as much as we did! The look was amazing in real life and Troy was able to capture it perfectly! We hope you're inspired to always create!
This week while I was in New York, I got to meet and work with the editors of Elite Daily/Elite Daily Women! Since Missy Elliot has just launched her new music video "WTF", they wanted me to help them re-create her sparkly lip from one of the scenes. Thank you Elite Daily Women for having me, I had such a great time doing this! Click on the link below to learn the simple steps into achieving this look:
So proud to co-host this special event in collabortion with @carmensteffens in support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 🏥 Come join me for some great conversations, wine & hors d'oeuves this Thursday at the Carmen Steffens store in Glendale Galleria. 20% of all sales during the event will go towards the St. Jude hospital.
Can't wait to see you all then! ❤️
Thank you SO much EricFilm for creating such a memorable video for Lilit's Makeup Studio!
Out of all the makeups I do annually, I have to say Halloween makeup is one of my favorites! Because we are allowed to get more creative and there are no guidelines, you can create anything you want. I was super excited to turn Angie (ReBelle Makeup) into Maleficent. Below, you will find a quick little tutorial and step by step on how to create it:
1. Ben Nye White Cake makeup all over the face using a white makeup sponge and water. Layer for density.
2. Ben Nye Black Cake makeup and a white makeup sponge and create a strong cut line, in the shape of a contour, except you blend it downward to create depth.
3. Kat Von D Shade/Light palette to create a dark crease going from light taupe to brown and then black, along with a drop shadow underneath.
4. Lise Watier Kohl black pencil to smudge a liner above the lashes.
5. Caylin white cream base shadow all over the lid.
6. LimeCrime white glitter all over the lid using an adhesive.
7. Huda Beauty lashes added for depth.
8. Lise Watier French Kiss red lip stain all over the lips.
9. Lise Watier Kohl black pencil to create an ombre lip.
10. Add your costume & voila!
I am SO sorry for all my Elcie vanilla-faces out there! This shade was one of the most popular shades and sold out almost instantly when stocked the second time. Unfortunately, because we are a newer brand and company, we had no idea which shades were most common so weren't quite prepared with double the stock of that particular shade! Also, as a new-be in this industry, we had no idea how long it would take to manufacture and produce the product...we learned 2-3 months, oy vey! In any case, it was our priority to get this ready for you asap! The rest of the colors are also in production right now and should be ready within 3 weeks! Thank you all so much for your patience and continuous support! Elcie loves you! You can purchase it at ElcieCosmetics.com or through Naimies Beauty Center in Sherman Oaks. Much love - Lilit <3
The primary focus of this event was circling around the idea of "Giving Back" and opening our doors at Lilit's Makeup Studio to women in the community who have endured unfortunate battles with Breast Cancer. Being a widely known studio, we wanted to use our popularity for a good cause and uplift the lives of numerous women going through such a difficult time. We hosts a "Survivor Makeover" contest which were nominated through their friends or family. We wanted to not only raise awareness but spread positivity throughout the community and show out appreciation for beautiful women fighting such an ugly disease.
Our team was ready to go 8am to glam our special guests with makeup, hair, and eyebrow styling. All the nominees came in with their nominators ready for the fabulous day we had set up for them! Ladybugz, Inc. and Pretty Posh Parties setup a beautiful & delicious station with food and dessert all in pink! Our guests shared some of their stories as we drank champagne and got to know each other. Of course with all the laughs, came some tears, but we hope that it was tears of joy! Kris Kan (photographer) and Eric Fim (videographer) captured it all!
After we completed their makeovers, we headed on over to Vertigo Events Venue where they had set up an amazing luncheon for us. Avant Garden had setup beautiful pink floral arrangements for the table and little bouquets for our guests. Karissa from Thrive Cosmetics and nutritionist Elissa Goodman joined us as guest speakers to help motivate and encourage continuous positivity for us all. For every product purchased through Thrive Cosmetics, they donate one product to a woman battling cancer. Elissa shared her story and her battle with us and educated us about the mind & the body and how it connects to healing.
Our guests ended up sharing their stories and journeys with us and the room was once again filled with emotions. We admire these women so much for being so strong and keeping smile on their faces after all they've been through. It was courageous for them to share such a sensitive thing in their life with complete strangers. But there was some comfort in sharing their stories with women who have gone through the same things! They learned, they are not alone.
Another special thanks to ALL of our sponsors that contributed to the goodie bags are guests got to take home!
Thrive Causemetics, Rem Eyewear, Cosmetics by Parezzi, Motives Cosmetics, Luxie Beauty, Tarte Cosmetics, LA Girl Cosmetics, Colour Pop Cosmetics, Queen P Jewelry, Byron Bay Cookies, M cafe, Granola Bitch, Real Food Real Life and Elissa Goodman!
I love the new Benefit brow collection! It came with an informative book with all the details on different types of brows and which products to use when. I know brows get a little complicated because there's so many different types: gels, pomades, pencils, powders, etc. Benefit helps you jump a few steps forward! See below for descriptions, photos and how-to use tips!
How adorable are these pop-up pages?!
Loved the interactive pages that give you a before/after images!
Here's another before/after page that flips back and forth to show how much eyebrows can change your face!
Their BrowZings come with a pomade & a powder to set it in along with a tweezer, pomade brush and the brow powder brush, small enough to fit in your purse! Pomades are ideal for LONG LASTING brow definition. Pencils are great, but they do melt off, especially if you do not have strong eyebrows to begin with. You can use this product in two ways. 1. Outline your brows with the pomade and slightly brush through your brows to color in a little bit and go over it with the powder to hold the pomade in place and to soften the look (which I usually do). 2. Use the pomade just to extend the ends of your eyebrows or define just underneath your brows for definition and use the powder to fill in the rest of your brows (if they are already full).
There's not a million shades in this collection. HOWEVER, the product actually changes tone on your skin! You will see in the tutorial below how the medium shade looks so red on the skin. Oddly enough, my model I'm working on is a natural "Ginger"! Swiping across my hand, it was neutral, swiping it across her hand, turned red. It's simply amazing.
Brow-Volumizing Fiber Gel
Brow-Volumizing Fiber Gel comes in 2 shades, which makes picking your color a lot LESS complicated. They are very sheer so they will not change the color of your eyebrows but in fact, just enhance them. If you are on the lighter side and your eyebrows are dark, use the light/medium to brighten them up a bit. If your hair is on the darker side and your eyebrows are light, brush on the medium/dark to enhance and deepen the shade of your eyebrows. If you have a full set of brows, you won't need anything else but this! But you may also use on top of the browzingers as well, if you need to fill them in.
There's several ways you can use this brow lifting pencil. This one in particular has a hint of pink so its ideal for light/medium skin tones. Yellower shades are best for darker shades because they are closer to the skin tone. Take the pencil and get as close to your brows (from the bottom) as much as possible. Make a clean stripe underneath the arch pulling outward. Use a brush or your finger to blend downward so you don't actually see a stripe! You can also use this pencil near your tear duct to brighten up and open your eyes! It looks naturally lit without the shimmer.
Here is a quick tutorial I did on my girl Anna who has naturally great eyebrows but just a bit sparse. It's amazing how the "medium" palette picked up the red in her skin (she's naturally a ginger!) This collection looked amazing on her brows! Check out the last clip of the left eyebrow (undone) and the right brow (done).
What are some of your favorite brow products and what are some tips and tricks you use to create the perfect brows?
Hi, I am Lilit...welcome to my colorful world! I have been a professional makeup artist for 13 years and I am based in Los Angeles, Ca. This is where I blog about all my favorite things, from beauty & fashion to travel & lifestyle. As a beauty educator, I run workshops at my own studio, here in LA. 2015 sees the launch of my own formulation, Elcie Cosmetics. Follow me on my journey...