Makeup Tips for the Red Carpet and/or Black-Tie Events

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To

My Emmys makeup look

With my sweetpea, Stef, from @weheartthisdotcom. #emmys

I can say this with absolute certainty: I never, ever expected that I would ever be doing actual red carpet makeup on myself.

Soooooooo, to prep for the Emmys this year, I asked LA-based makeup artist and all-around-nice-gal Vanessa Haro for some of her best red carpet makeup tips.


Vanessa has done makeup for the Oscars, for photo shoots in magazines, and for gajillions (I don’t know if that’s an actual number…) of brides in the So Cal area.

She also glams up some of the seriously sexiest models in LA — and those girls have butts — swear to gawd — that make me want to do squats every hour for the rest of my life. LOL!

TMI, but it’s so true.

So yeah, girlfriend is busy.

Anywho, before the show I told her, as calmly as possible, that I was kind of freaking out about my Emmys makeup situation. I couldn’t figure out what to do, and she was kind enough to help.

Here are four of Vanessa’s top black-tie/formal/gala extravaganza makeup tips.

1. Grab your mattes

“Red carpets need makeup to be a little heavier than normal, but no glitter/shimmer on the face. It tends to look cray. I use mostly neutral matte shadows and matte peachy blush with matte peachy bronzers.”

2. Place shimmer strategically

“Highlighter should be very soft. If you can, get your hands on Kohgendo’s Liquid Illuminator in Beige. It looks beautiful above the cheekbones, on the inner corners of the eyes, and right along the Cupid’s bow. Or, try a very finely milled powder — the BECCA ones applied very lightly may work. For the eyes, I add a touch of pearl finish shadow right on the lid, keeping it closer to the lash line and maybe a teeny bit of shimmery eye shadow along the outer part of the crease.”

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Emmys 2014: Pre-Show Prep and Live-Blog

Published in: Just For Fun

Welcome to the Emmys!

Tabs is red carpet ready, always.

Hi! I’m here at the Emmys in Los Angeles, trying to take as many pics as I can (because, seriously, when am I ever gonna do this again?). If I can get away with it without getting my butt kicked out, I’ll update this post (and Instagram) during and after the telecast, so refresh this page every once in a while. I’ll put the newest stuff at the top.
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Benefit Majorette Booster Blush Puts Pep on Your Cheeks and in Your Step

Published in: Benefit, Face

Benefit Majorette Booster Blush

Benefit Majorette Booster Blush

Two, four, six, eight, what do we appreciate!?

Easy blush! Easy blush! Yaaaaay, Benefit! [INSERT HIGH KICKS HERE]

OK…I was never a cheerleader (more of a band geek), but I’m cheering for Benefit’s new Majorette Booster Blush. It’s fun and easy to use, has a cream-to-powder formula, feels super silky, and the packaging is shaped like a cute little drum.

Benefit Majorette Booster Blush

Benefit Majorette Booster Blush, $28

The silky formula almost feels kind of slippery on my fingertips, and it’s easy to zhuzh out the edges when I pat it on bare cheeks or on top of foundation, which I appreciate when I’m movin’ and shakin’.

I like that it doesn’t settle into my pores and that it lasts 5-6 hours on my combo oily/dry skin before I feel like I need a touchup.

Oh, and it does have a faint fragrance.

Really faint, though. I have to get my nose up in the pan to detect it, but I think it smells like peach gummy candies.

Yes, boom. Those are awesome. :)

The look is matte and natural, which should be a great option for gals and guys heading back to the classroom.

Which reminds me, I wish I’d had a better appreciation for minimal makeup when I was in my tweens, teens and early 20s. When you’re that age, it’s easy to get away with very little makeup (that flush of youth and all). This is a great blush to accentuate a youthful glow without going full-on makeup crazy.

Benefit Majorette Booster Blush

Cheerful design!

Benefit Majorette Booster Blush

Benefit Majorette Booster Blush

With a MAC Lipglass for scale

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Makeup I Brought With Me to the Emmys

Published in: Just For Fun

I figure that it’s better to be over-prepared than underprepared…hence the three blushes and eight million brown eyeshadows in this pic.

Emmys hair and makeup

Emmys hair and makeup

How I stored it all…

Emmys hair and makeup

I swear, at least half the mass of my suitcase is due to makeup, LOL!

In other news…

My trip here to LA and the Emmys show tonight (I’ll try to keep posting through the show, but mostly on Instagram because it’s easier to sneak using my phone) was sponsored by Dove. They invited a group of beauty and fashion bloggers and other media representatives.

First, a lovely breakfast this morning, where I learned about Dove’s new line o’ body washes (launching today, and you can get a free sample, BTW) and saw these adorable little omelets shaped like doves…

When the doves scramble...

The new body washes build into a nice, sudsy lather. They’re also very moisturizing, which I thoroughly appreciated last night during my own personal #oneshowerchallenge…which is also a new Dove social media campaign. (Can you get softer, smoother skin after just one shower? Dove says you can with their new body washes.)

Take the Dove One Shower Challenge

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 335

Published in: Just For Fun

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for August 25, 2014

You might be wondering, “So what in tarnation is this Monday Poll thing anyway!?”

Well, it isn’t exactly a poll. It’s more of a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past seven years. (It’s like a kickstart for your brain.) I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

  1. Fishtail or French braid?
    If someone else is doing it for me…then fishtail (because I don’t have the patience to do it myself). :) But if I have to do the braiding myself, I’ll choose the French braid, and I’ll do it right before bed. That way, when I get up the next morning, I have nice waves!
  2. Did you ever have to wear a uniform to school?
    Nope, I went to public school and never had a dress code. I dressed however I wanted to during the week, which was usually like a crazy person, haha!

    Ah, to be young and fashionably fearless again… Good times.

    Wait — now that I think about it, I did have to wear a uniform for band events, and those were never fun at all (the uniforms, not the events). The outfits were usually heavy, hot and itchy, and everything was worse when there were hats involved, because this was back in the hair bear bangs era.

    Heaven forbid your band geek bucket hat messed up the vertical pouf sticking out of your forehead.

  3. When was the last time you went to a farmers’ market?
    I think it was around early July…

    I haven’t been to nearly enough of them this summer. :(

  4. Birkenstocks or Tevas?

    But seriously, I would rather go barefoot if these are my two choices.

    If I were forced to pick one, I guess I’d go with Tevas. I suppose.

  5. Finish the following sentence: I’m a bad-@ss because (FILL IN THE BLANK).
    I’m outgoing and easy to get along with (at least that’s what I like to believe, haha!). Really, though, I usually get along with most people in different situations.

    As far as bad-@ssery, that’s not as impressive as being able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but it has come in handy many times.

Le List

Your turn. :) Just copy and paste the following questions into a comment with your answers. I look forward to reading ‘em!

1. Fishtail or French braid?
2. Did you ever have to wear a uniform to school?
3. When was the last time you went to a farmers’ market?
4. Birkenstocks or Tevas?
5. Finish the following sentence: I’m a bad-@ss because (FILL IN THE BLANK).

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. I hope you have a bad-@ss week.

P.P.S. So, I know that the @ symbol in the term “bad-@ss” is pretty unnecessary…but I can’t help myself. I like it. :)

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