Get Your Primer On

We all tend to use a little more makeup once the summer months come to an end. Here are some great primer tricks to master this fall.

1. There are great benefits to using a tinted formula. Primers with a pink tint to them,  add a nice glow. Lilac shades help brighten sallow or yellowish skin. To help neutralize redness go for a green shade. Just keep in mind that less is more. A drop about the size of a raisin is plenty,any more than that will pull under your foundation.

Try Revlon’s Photoready Color Correcting Primer or Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Correcting Primer in Green.

Tinted primer

2. Do not forget about your eyes. Priming around your eyes counteracts redness, helps prevent crows feet, & prevents makeup from smudging or absorbing oils. It is a MUST.

primer around eye

3. Do not go overboard on the acne. Remember that too much can actually make it worse. Look for primers that have anti-acne ingredients in them so that you can skip the spot treatment.

Pick up Smashbox Photo Finish More than Primer Blemish Control.

acne control

4. Give your lashes some life. We all love the look of long, thick lashes. Use a primer before applying your regular mascara to help create that look. Limit your coats of mascara to only 2, anything more than that will create clumping.

Try Lancome Cils Booster XL or Tarte Multipleye Lash Primer.

eyelash primer

5. If you are a huge fan of lipstick, you definitely want to prime your lips. This will prevent lipstick from settling into the cracks of your lips or flaking off.

E.L.F. Lip Primer & Plumper will get the job done (you can also just use regular face primer!)

elf studio lip primer & plumper

6. Always finish with a  translucent powder. This will help set your makeup for the day.

030708_mercier_aRemember this order:

1. Primer (on EVERYTHING)

2. Liquid Foundation/Tinted Moisturizer

3. Translucent Powder

Fall Makeup Trends

With a new season just around the corner, it is time to reveal the top colors for this fall!!!

1. Chocolate Lips: Take nude to a whole new level this fall! Use a sheer, creamy finish to soften this intense look. Like nude, this can be paired with several different colors. Load up on the mascara to make them as intense as your lips!

Brands to try: L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick – Brazil Nut, E.L.F. Essential Lipstick in Fantasy, CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Betwitch

chocloate lips

2. Emerald Shadow: Pair this metallic green hue with black pencil around the eyes, and soften with a splash of shadow around the lower lashes and outer corners of your eyes.

Brands to try: NYX Single Eyeshadow in Hunter Green, Essense Eyeshadow in Forest Fairies, Rimmel London Glam Eyes Trio Eyeshadow in Tempting

emerald shadow

3. Lilac: This color does wonders on eyes and lips. Create your own intensity by choosing a color a couple of shades darker in eye shadow than your lipstick.

Brands to try: Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eye Shadow in Hasard, Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Cara


4. Plum Lipstick: Talk about sophisticated, strong, and sharp. When wearing thing look be sure to have matching lip liner, simple eyes, and black mascara.

Brands to try: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Plum or Black Cherry, CoverGirl Queen Collection in Fine Wine

plum lips

5. Sheer Taupe: Great for eyes, cheeks, and lips. This look creates quite a sex appeal because of how natural looking it is. To create the best look with this, use an angled brush to sweep matte taupe powder under cheekbones, use the same shade on your eyes. When choosing lipstick, choose one that is 2 shades deeper than your natural skin tone.

Brands to try: Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Cafe` Au Lait, Mary Kay Mineral Lipstick in Mocha Freeze, M.A.C. Lipstick by Design

sheer taupe

6. Turquoise Liner: This trend is both bright and shocking! Create a thick line that extends past the corner of your eye.

Brands to try: NYX Glam Liner in Aqua Luxe, Topshop Eye Crayon in Kingfisher, NARS Larger than life Long wear eyeliner in Abbey Road, Sephora Jumbo Liner 12 Hour Waterproof in Turquoise

Turquoise eye liner

7. Violet Liner: The key to this look is making sure the line is smudged after applied! Apply a thick line across the lid and blur the edges with your fingers. This color is great for light or dark eyes. Pair with nude or red lipstick.

Brands to try: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Potent Purple, Sephora Violet SMoky Eye Quad, Hard Candy Shadowholic in Purple Rain

Violet liner

Spring Hairstyles

Need some hairstyle inspiration this spring? Take a look at the list Glamour put together here!

Below are a few of my favs 🙂






This blog is AMAZING! Great information on all of the different sizes of curling irons!

Tips for How to Wear Bedhead the Right Way

bedhead hair

Go for your natural look with bedhead hair. It is a popular trend this season, and very healthy for your hair! No heat needed!! Here are some tips on how to successfully master this look.

1. Make sure you have the correct cut – layers. Make sure that the layers you get go with your hair texture and length (your stylist will know what is best for you).

2. The more volume the better. Flip your head upside down and spray volumizing hair spray at the roots.

3. Flip back over and work it with your fingers. Remember, the bigger, the better!

4. Create some waves for texture. Take a dry section of hair and wrap it around your fingers, clip it, and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

Check out the full article by Glamour!


How to Wear Dark Lipstick

Lipstick is completing IN this year! Some shades can be harder than others to pull off, learn how to wear dark lipstick!

3 Secrets That Make Dark Lipstick 1,000 Times More Wearable


My Makeup Bag

Makeup Bag

1. Nerium AD – If you are going to listen to me about anything,, this is the product to try. It has done so much for not only my skin, but for so many people I know. It has transformed their skin right before my eyes. Using this process consistently has allowed me to skip steps, which saves me money and time. I use to use primer religiously, but this product has allowed me to skip that entirely.

2. Channel Aqua- This is one product area that I have explored thoroughly!!! I’m the goldilocks of face makeup! Not to thick, not too little coverage and the texture is jusssst right;)

To set the expectation of what I look forward to in a foundation/ tinted moisturizer I want coverage that will minimize a blemish when I have them but with the great coverage I do NOT want a THICK product that feels heavy.

This product is all that and it ads the most fresh and dewy glow to your perfected skin!

3. Channel Soleil– I’m a HUGE iridescent, glowing, dewy skin girl! I add this to my channel aqua everyday even in winter!

4. MAC contour in medium dark You all know how I feel about the necessity of contour by now. I have found this shade to be the most flattering on fair skin types.

5. NARS Blush Orgasm – this color is amazing as it leaves you with incredible color as if you, well… The great news is it has been so popular they have made it in other formulas other than the original powder. You can now find it in blush stick!! So enjoy your next….

6. MAC eye shadow omega for brows – I naturally have light eyebrows and I was taught early on by a makeup magician to fill them in.  It seems lately the brands are reinventing and pushing the brow pencils.  I am a believer and devoted user to 2 brow fillers.

MAC Omega shadow is the perfect brow brown for me as a blonde and doesn’t leave a green, ashy or gray color. I always use a thin angled brush to apply as well as a bit of water for staying power as well as precision!

7. Dior brow pencil –  Holy cow!!! This guy is incredible!!! It’s one color pencil but matches the color of your brows somehow!

8. MAC Shadows – I have used these since I started taking make up seriously. I am always going back to MAC because I love the pigments in the shadow and they last all day without touch up.

9. MAC liquid eyeliner –  will look at name but light ivory all over color will work from mac

Hands down the best for precision. I feel like it literally makes the line for you. So beginners, go for it!

10. Mascara– bottom lashes only Great Lengths and Lash extensions by Carmen’s beauty room

I have been getting eye lash extensions for 5 years now that is how much I love them, so I skip the whole mascara process except for my bottom lashes, which this is perfect for!

11. Laura Mercier Illuminator – It is the product that will give you skin from a magazine. It gives the perfect combo of shine and dewiness without looking fake or sparkly. Other types of illuminator draw attention to everything that you do not want to highlight, but this one brings out the natural beauty in your skin.

 12. MAC Fan Fare Lipstick – It is the best shade ever! I love this shade because bold lips are on trend for the spring and this is a brighter pink but also perfect for every day wear.