My Favorite Mascaras

As a makeup artist I get asked A LOT about my go-to mascara. Even more so now that my company just released a ground breaking serum that makes your lashes look longer. The truth is, I don’t have just one! I mix it up everyday depending on how I am feeling, where I am going and how many coats I want to apply.

A lot of times I will also apply one coat of one mascara and second coat of a different one. Some formulas and brushes are better suited for length while others are better for volume. The trick is to find a formula that come with a brush you love.

Here are my top nine picks to make your lashes look luscious!

Side note- expensive doesn’t ALWAYS mean better! I have found tons of drugstore mascaras that work just as well– and sometimes better– than high end!

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MAYBELLINE sensational 

I love the brush on this one– it really allows you to get into the corners and lift your lashes.

WET N WILD max volume 

The cheapest and the BEST drugstore mascara I have found! The brush separates and this formula never seems to clump.

MAYBELLINE push up falsies 

This formula is thick– but I like it since it allows me to give two quick coats with great coverage. The brush also separates and lifts.

COVER GIRL supersizer 

The best thing about this brush is that it is small. You’ll be able to reach the inner corner lashes, which will make your eyes seem larger and more open.

BOBBI BROWN extreme party mascara 

Bobbi didn’t lie- this mascara is extreme for sure. The brush (and even the tube) and so thick and may feel funny when you’re applying. But two coats of this formula and your lashes will POP!

TOO FACED better than sex 

A cult favorite… for a reason! Try and and you’ll see why.

LANCOME grandiose extreme 

Doesn’t this brush look so funny? As strange as it may seem it is actually one of the best! You will be able to find every lash you have while lifting the out corners AND getting into the insider corner with ease.

BENEFIT they’re real 

An all-time favorite of mine. I love using this formula on my clients. It never clumps, isn’t too thick and the brush is just perfection.

L’OREAL superstar 

I use this one EVERY SINGLE DAY. My #1 current favorite. Sometimes I use side #1 (the primer) but most days  just apply side #2 and I find that this brush and formula gives great volume AND length.

What is your go-to mascara? Which one are you excited to try here? Tell me in the comments!

Red Carpet Reds!

Are you watching the Golden Globe Awards right now? I am swooning over the gorgeous makeup. Being that this is the first award show of the season it will set the trends for the rest of the year. What do I see? Bold lips, neutrals on the eyes and refined hairstyles. Loving them all!

I am looking forward to what else award season will bring. Here are my picks for my favorite red lipsticks that were on the carpet tonight!

Which red was your favorite? Bright and bold or dark and sultry??
NARS Heat Wave –> http://goo.gl/ymeiQk
Revlon Fire & Ice –> http://goo.gl/bNqIMc
Maybelline Red Revival –> http://goo.gl/iXd2vx
Tom Ford Black Orchid –> http://goo.gl/qx3YDM

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Starter Makeup Kit from Sephora

Recently I have been getting a lot of messages asking which products are the best to build a basic makeup kit. Here are my favorites that will help you master a perfect look, day or night!

I’ve also included a few pro tips on how to apply products and how to get your makeup to last all night!

To make shopping easier, all of these products are available through Sephora!

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Benefit Gimme Brow is the easiest, most fool-proof way to fill in your brows! I love the easy to use wand which is packed with a fiber-gel that will shape, define and fill in your brows for a natural, realistic look.

TWO 

Too Faced Soleil Bronzer has been a staple in my professional kit for years. It is a gorgeous matter bronzer (no shimmer or sparkle here!) that is never orange. Plus it smells like chocolate.

THREE

If you follow my blog or my Instagram/Facebook you probably have seen me rave about this tinted moisturizer before. Years after first discovering this product I am still loving it. Laura Mercier’s lightweight, oil free tinted moisturizer is a great alternative to foundation. It feels fresh on the skin, plus it has SPF 20!

FOUR

If you are searching for a new foundation I would suggest you try out Luminous Silk by Armani! This is unlike traditional “heavy” foundation formulas– it is lightweight, buildable and doesn’t crack, dry out or look chalky. The end result of a few thin layers is a gorgeous “airbrushed” dewy finish. I love applying this foundation with a damp beauty blender.

FIVE 

Urban Decay’s setting spray should be the last step you take when applying makeup. It will ensure that your artistry stays put even through heat and sweat. If you’re still using that old “hairspray” trick (you know who you are!!) use this instead. It is much better for your skin! This is also a staple in my pro kit– I can’t be without it!

SIX 

There is nothing worse than mastering the perfect eye look… and then have your shadow creasing after just a few hours. Using an eye primer will help your shadow go on smoother, more vibrant and last much longer. I love Urban Decay’s formula because it is not drying or chalky. Whenever you apply shadow be sure to PRIME with this product FIRST.

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The secret to preventing foundation from settling into fine lines is to first use a primer designed for large pores and/or fine lines (I like this one from Makeup Forever). After you prime your entire face, apply foundation and THEN SET IT with a translucent setting powder. I love the texture and finish of Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Powder. It looks white but it goes on sheer and will work on all skin tones. Apply with a fluffy brush or a powder puff.

EIGHT 

I have purchased several of this concealers in 2015 and I am positive I will be purchasing more in the coming year! I love this creamy, easy to blend formula from NARS. It not only covers and conceals dark circles but it is wonderful for highlighting. Be sure to SET your concealer with powder (mentioned above in number seven) to prevent creasing and settling into fine lines.

NINE

Speaking of highlighting! Some days all you’ll want to wear is concealer and mascara (note- I didn’t include mascara here because I find that drugstore brands are just as wonderful as anything you can get in Sephora. Try this one and I promise you will think the same!). Other times you’ll want to be full on GLAM. That is where this product comes into play. I am obsessed with Becca highlighters but this shade in particular is so gorgeous. It is a cross between a rose gold and a moonstone. Apply a little bit top the top of your cheeks, nose, chin and cupid’s bow for a “lit from within” glow.

TEN

Blush can sometimes seem intimidating. Where to apply? Which brush to use? Is that hot pink really going to look good on me? Not to worry– NARS blush is easy to apply and the shades are super complimentary. Orgasm, Sin and Dolce Vita are some of my favorites. Apply with an angled blush brush.

ELEVEN 

I have mentioned this Tarte palette on STYLEgloss once before. Can you tell I love it?? The shades are all you need to create daytime, nighttime, natural and dramatic looks. All of the shadows are matte, which will make blending much easier. The middle row contain four of my all-time most favorite colors to use on eyes. This is the only palette you will ever need. Apply shadow in the crease with a fluffy brush and shadow on the lid with a stiffer, flat brush.

TWELVE 

Finally, top it all off with a great lip color! I love these Sephora lip creams. They last all day, are not drying and are only $14! Numbers 5, 13 an 14 are my personal favorites.

Do you have a product from Sephora that you love? Let me know about it!

#STYLEglossblog

My favorite makeup products of 2015!

Here are most favorite makeup products of 2015! A mix of stand-by staples and new additions have made the list, and I am sure you will love them as well. Whether you are still searching for the perfect gift or want to create a fabulous New Years Eve look, these products are going to get the job done!

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ONE 

Hands down the most beautiful foundation! A dewy formula allows it to lay gorgeously on the skin and give an airbrushed finished. A bit of an investment but worth it for special days/events.

TWO 

I have been suggesting this lip color all year long, and for a good reason! It is long-lasting and the color is the perfect shade of on-trend mauve. It happens to also look great on many different skin tones.

THREE

Loreal’s Infallible shadows are some of the drugstore’s most highly pigmented, high performing cosmetics. I love how smooth and creamy these powder shadows are. Iced Latte is my favorite shade right now, but they are all beautiful, rich metallic shades.

FOUR

NARS blush has been a staple in both my person and professional kit for years. My favorite shades include Orgasm (great for all skin tones), Deep Throat, and Angelika.

FIVE

A fluffy, full powder brush is a makeup-bag necessity! Use it for contouring, bronzer, setting powder or finishing powder. Sigma was one of my favorite brands to purchase brushes from in 2015.

SIX 

Marc Jacobs has managed to create a refreshing, hydrating primer that not only smoothes the skin but keeps it feeling fresh all day long. Makeup will stay on longer and your skin will look more youthful.

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This is my current favorite palette. I have been suggesting this one to my clients for weeks now because the colors are neutral yet on trend. It makes a perfect gift for the makeup-lover in your life. The mix of mattes and shimmers will help them create countless looks.

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Setting your foundation and concealer is key to extending the life and longevity of your handiwork. I love the feel of Laura Mercier’s translucent powder– so silky! It will prevent creasing and cracking and create a smoother surface for brush, bronzer and highlighter.

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Speaking of highlighters… this is by FAR my absolute favorite. I just discovered it a few months ago and it has replaced my holy-grail highlighter in my pro kit. Perfect for that New Year’s Eve glow!

What makeup products have you used and reused all year long?

@STYLEglossblog or @StephanieLindaArtistry

Happy New Year!

SG Gift Guide: The Fashion-Obsessed

Here are a few of my favorite gift picks for the the fashion-lovers on your list!

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ONE 

A true splurge gift, but so worth it! This stunning bag will be theirs for years to come. It is a fashion staple that will never go out of style.

TWO 

This Hourglass palette is the ultimate beauty indulgence. I love these highlighters and the subtle shimmer they give off.

THREE 

Leather leggings are a quick (and comfy) way to add a little edge to any outfit.

FOUR 

I am totally obsessed with these over-the-knee boots. They are a classic style that will be a fall/winter staple. Plus, they are only $108!

FIVE 

Super cool sunnies that are under $40? Yes, please! These all-season shades are perfect for anyone that loves a vintage look.

SIX 

Faux fur vests have taken up a considerable amount of real estate in my closet and I can’t say I hate it. They are an easy way to pull together an outfit- even something as simple as a long sleeve tee and jeans. This style is reversible so it is like giving (or getting!) two gifts in one.

SEVEN 

I can’t think of a more luxurious gift than these Christian Louboutin polishes. Sure, they are totally frivolous but so delicious, who could resist?

EIGHT 

Kendra Scott is one of my favorite brands to gift. It is hard to not love this delicate abalone pendant. It is perfect to wear everyday or layered with longer necklaces.

NINE

Rose? Yes way! Just a fun iPhone case for the woman that has it all.

STYLEgloss x Stephanie Linda Artistry Fall Makeup Report

If you follow me on social media or if you are an avid reader of this blog you will know that in addition to serving up style trends, I am a professional makeup artist. Makeup artistry is my true passion and I feel so extremely lucky to have such a thriving business with a fiercely loyal following– similarly to the amazing following I have here on STYLEgloss (thank you to all of my readers and clients!! You have no idea how much I love and appreciate you!).

Although many of you already knew that I am a makeup artist, most do not know that I have a M.A. in Journalism. I also owned a clothing store on Long Island for three years before I was a full-time, professional artist. I wanted to create an outlet for myself to combine my love for fashion, makeup and writing in a world where they could all coexist beautifully. Thus, STYLEgloss was born! I get really excited when I can combined these facets, especially when I talk about makeup on this blog! Today’s post is all about fall trends and how to wear them!

So for all of my STYLEgloss readers, meet Stephanie Linda Artistry and for all of my SLA clients, meet STYLEgloss! 

Now that the introductions are over, let’s get to the good stuff!

It feels like fall has finally arrived here in New York. Have you switched over to fall hues in your makeup bag yet? Here are a few helpful tips to tackle the trends!
Lashes + Lips

A simple eye look (mascara and liner) and a deep lip is a super easy way to create a fall look. Here are some of my favorite lipsticks for fall and my all time favorite mascaras for any time of year.

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Makeup Forever Intense #14, MAC Dark Side, Maybelline Touch of SpiceRevlon Black CherryBobbi Brown Chocolate Berry, NYX Whipped Caviar, Milani Sangria, Kat Von D Homegirl

Kat Von D Homegirl is similar to what is on this model’s lips [below]

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Top Mascara Picks

  

Benefit They’re Real!, Maybelline Push Up Mascara, Wet N Wild Max Volume

Bold Brows 
A bold but shapely brow is always on trend. Fill them in the foolproof way with Benefit’s Gimmie Brow. This tiny tube is packed with a brush-on fiber gel that not only fills in sparse brows but sets them in place. Also great is Anastasia’s Dip Brow, which requires a little more time and skill but also stays in place all day long. If you already have pretty full brows you can keep them shaped and in place with a clear brow gel like this one from NYX or this formula from Laura Mercier.

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Flawless Face

Fall means that you will most likely have to change your foundation shade as our sun kissed tans fade away. If you think that you can get away with wearing your deeper shade (or wearing your lighter shade in the summer when you are tan), think again! The wrong shade of foundation will make you seem like you are wearing a mask and look super unnatural!

Sephora is a great place to shop if you need help selecting your shade. Not only are the salespeople helpful but they will also make a sample for your to take home. My best advice is to ask for two shades and apply them in natural light to see which shade is best. If you purchase the wrong shade you can always return your opened or used cosmetics to Sephora for a full refund.  Drugstores like CVS and Rite Aid have similar policies and will allow you to return cosmetics with a receipt.

Fall and winter months are typically times where you may experience some dry patches on your face. Be sure to moisturize everyday, even if you do not wear foundation. If you are super dry look for formulas that have a “luminous” or “dewy” finish which are usually more hydrating. Here are some foundations that I love and have a wide range of shades.

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What trend or shade are you most excited to wear this fall? Tell me in the comments or #STYLEglossblog or #StephanieLindaArtistry!

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Fall Makeup Basics

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Fall means hayrides, pumpkins and crisp air.

But more importantly, it means that you can finally wear dark colors on your lips and tips again.

That makes me happy.

I am teaching a fall makeup class this coming Thursday. As a preview I posted this pic of the look my students will be learning and it caught like wildfire. There were lots of questions so I am here to answer them for you guys!

The lip color I used in the photo is Sephora’s Cream Lip Stain in #13, “Marvelous Mauve.” It’s GORG and I can’t wait to rock it all season. I originally made the trip to Sephora to pick up Kat Von D’s liquid lipstick in “Lolita” but my store were sold out, which actually turned out to be a good thing since it led me to discover these amazing cream stains. Nonetheless, Lolita looks just like this color above and it is also super pretty, so I linked it below for you guys incase you wanted to check that one out too!

There were also TONS of questions about my foundation. I have on L’Oreal Pro Matte in #102. This is a pretty thick, full coverage formula. Some days I apply with a damp Beauty Blender if I want less coverage. Other times, like in this photo, I apply with a stippling brush.  As far as drugstore foundations go, this one has been a constant favorite.

One of the most important steps is to prime your skin before you apply foundation. I love Hourglass’ primer because it feels so smooth and it is not sticky like many silicone-based primers.

Check out all the products I used to create this look. If you have any beauty related questions feel free to get in touch on Facebook or Instagram!

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Fall Drugstore Makeup Picks!

Yep. Dropping that F bomb again today.

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The days get cooler and the makeup gets darker. Here are my favorite products from the drugstore to help you tackle fall trends without emptying your bank account. Watch my video at the end to see swatches!

MAC Media Lipstick, $16 

Not a drugstore find but it is the color I posted about on Instagram today! Follow me!

NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake, $4.99

Looks amazing layered on top of Media!!

Wet n’ Wild Lipstick in Fergie Daily, $3.19 

A drugstore cheapie that is quite possibly the most perfect nude!

NYC Gloss in Extra Large Latte, $3.60

LOVE this gloss. I’ve mentioned it before– just get it! You’ll love it too.

Rimmel Lipstick in #14, $5.79

One of my “holy grail” lipsticks. Can’t you tell I love nudes?!

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige, $6.99

These are by far the BEST drugstore shadows. Pick them up in every color- they truly last all day.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, $8.99

My current favorite! Not clumpy and super black.

NYX Skinny Eye Marker, $8.99

This felt tip liner is super thin so it helps with controlling the thickness of the line you are drawing.

Maybelline Brow Drama, $7.99

Add dimension and sculpt your brows in one step. Great as a setting gel too!

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, $7.49

My favorite drugstore concealer. EVER.

L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation, $12.99

My favorite matte drug store foundation! Great for oily/combo/normal skin. If you are dry check out my next suggestion!

L’Oreal True Match Foundation, $10.99

One of the best drugstore foundation formulas! Great for all skin types including dry skin!

Check out my video below for tips and ideas! Which products will you be picking up?!

REVIEW: GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD™ CLEARING TREATMENT

Still looking for a resolution for 2014? Resolve to take better care of your skin and give GLAMGLOW a try. Here’s why:

I was a little hesitant to try a GLAMGLOW mask. The price tag is hefty ($69) and some of the reviews were mixed BUT with nearly 800 views on Sephora.com, I was intrigued. With a little more research I found that GLAMGLOW has a celebrity cult following and has garnered a lot of press over the last few months. When I received gift cards for Christmas I decided it was finally time to take the plunge.

GLAMGLOW’s directions are simple: start with a clean face, apply your mask and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Maybe too simple. The time range they suggest is pretty wide and there is no description of what you should expect to see. Here is how I applied my mask and what I saw so that you know what to expect:

I washed my face with a glycolic cleanser and my Clarisonic Mia. I patted my face until it was totally dry and then applied a thin layer of the GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment. It started out black and dried to a light green. As it dried the mask became hard and tight. If the mask feels uncomfortable and stiff that means it is working! It is drawing out the oil in your pores.

Here is what Sephora.com says the mask is doing when it is drying:

“Powerful, skin-clearing mud visibly draws out dirt and congestion while a proprietary six-acid blend dramatically brightens and softens skin. It works to magnetically draw out dirt and pores with Activated-X Charcoal, leaving skin smooth and healthy-looking. “

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Me with my GLAMGLOW Supermud Mask halfway dried.

I didn’t think that the drying process was uncomfortable at all and I left my mask on for the full 20 minutes. The only con about this mask is that it is a little tricky to take off; since it is green it can be a bit messy. I first washed it off manually and then I went back in with my Clarisonic (just for a few seconds) to make sure I took everything off, especially around my hairline.

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GLAMGLOW makes a few different masks but this is the one I used. The Clearing mask is great for people with oily or problem skin. I have cystic acne so this mask is great for more.

I really enjoyed using this mask. I felt like my skin was refreshed and polished (not to mention SUPER soft!!) after I washed it off. My breakouts have been controlled since using the mask (this was about four days ago and we are still going strong!) and I would highly recommend this to someone with problem skin like mine.

Is it worth the price tag? I think so! GLAMGLOW notes that you should expect to get about 17 masks out of this tiny jar. If you do the math that is about $4 a treatment- cheaper than a latte at Starbucks.

My final judgement? Skip coffee once a week and invest in a jar of GLAMGLOW. Your skin will thank you! You can read more about GLAMGLOW here and purchase it at Sephora here (if you use it once and decide you don’t love it Sephora will take back any used product as long as you have your receipt).

Want to try it before you buy the entire jar? You can purchase a sample set on GLAMGLOW’s website here, which includes three of their best selling products.

Disclaimer: This is my own opinion and I purchased this mask with my own funds. I was not paid to review this product.

One more thing before I go…

By adding a weekly mask treatment to your skin routine you can see major improvements in just one month! Think younger, fresher and blemish free skin just by slapping some mud on your face for a few minutes! PS- think of your mask time as a spa retreat. Light some candles, pour some bath salts and sit back and relax in a bath while your mask dries. It can easily become part of your “me” time- and everyone can use more “me” time!

REVIEW: COVERGIRL Bombshell Mascara

If you still believe that you NEED to spend $20+ on a department store mascara for you to have amazing lashes, let me convince you otherwise.

I change my mascara weekly. This is not because I want to– I just haven’t found a formula that wows me. It seems as though every mascara that has a cult following just doesn’t impress me. I never understood the hype behind Dior Show and Givenchy’s little ball wand. I do however, really like Benefit’s They’re Real (I use this on almost all my clients because it literally will take even the smallest lashes and magnify them, like 400%!). That is the ONLY mascara that I will pay over $10 for because as a makeup artist it sames me time (I usually only need 2 coats and only have about 2 seconds to apply– so it works). But I don’t even use They’re Real on myself everyday because my lashes are already pretty dark and long. I just don’t have super thick lashes. That being said, I often end up trying drugstore mascaras whenever I see a new one out.

I just discovered COVERGIRL’s new Bombshell Mascara and I LOVE it. Seriously, we are in a full-on committed relationship right now and I am addicted. Here’s why:

As good as They’re Real is in the lengthening department, it can’t even hold a candle to Bombshell in all other respects.

  • COVERGIRL’s formula is SUPER buildable (meaning you can literally apply TEN COATS and it will NOT get clumpy)
  • The two sided wand helps you achieve perfect coverage
  • The shorter wand length allows you to get those TINY lashes in the corner of your eyes to really OPEN them up and make you look WIDE awake!
  • NO FLAKING
  • NO RUB OFF
  • Add lots of volume and makes you look like you have tons of lashes.
  • Oh, and it lasts all day. No running.

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The major selling point of this mascara for me personally is that you can build it. Maybe one day I just want a natural look and then the next I want to go all out with diva lashes. You can do both with this one mascara. This makes it great for traveling and saves room in your makeup bag. Also, the tube is purple. And I love purple.

Here are my lashes after applying Bombshell in this configuration: 3 coats of side one, 5 coats of side 2 on each lash.

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As a makeup artist I highly recommend you check this mascara out! As your average makeup lover I really think that this is one of the best drugstore finds for 2013!!! It is super affordable and it WORKS! No false promises here– just the look of false lashes!

You can buy Bombshell Mascara at Walgreens here. Use the code NEWYOU14 for 14% off!

Disclaimer: This is my own opinion and I purchased this mascara with my own funds. I was not paid to review this product.

One more thing before I go…

Just because something is super expensive doesn’t necessarily means it is “the best.”

Just because something is super inexpensive doesn’t mean it wont work well.

Think about it!