Today I am going to teach you a very clean and pretty eye makeup using MAC eyeshadows.

We shot this at a photoshoot for our teen model, Monica, so I have referred to it as a clean, teen eye makeup, but really it is fabulous for any one.

So here we go:

First up, apply an eye shadow primer. This will help the shadows to bind to the eyelid, and stay there all day, instead of disappearing as the day wears on.

Next, using the Oval Shadow Brush, apply MAC eyeshadow color Hush from the lashline to the eyebrow in clean, smooth strokes. Badger hair brushes make this very simple and get it done in just 2 or 3 strokes.

Now take the Chisel Fluff Brush and apply the color Quarry onto the lid only. This is where you feel eyeball underneath. Take it from the lashline to the crease.

Using the flat edge of the Angle Blender Brush, press the color Mystery into the outer corner of the eye

The effect should be quite soft and pretty.

Now add some dimension to the eye by using MAC Pigment in Shimmertime.
I used the Oval Shadow Brush, and just gently pressed it into the inner corner of the eye, and up to the brow.

You can see below how lovely this looks.

Use MAC Stubborn Brown eyeliner pencil and supporting the upper lid, run the pencil along the lash line, lifting it a little at the outer corner.

Using the Taklon Liner Brush take MAC Expresso eyeshadow, and press it into the pencil liner. This will set it and stop the pencil from moving and disappearing as the day wears on.

Make a second pass with the Taklon Liner brush and smudge the line a little, making it softer.

Now run the Taklon Liner Brush and Expresso shadow under the lower eyelid, keeping it right up in the lash line. This will give you a much softer, smokier look than using pencil under the eye. It will also stay on all day.
Anytime you are using powder shadows, particles will drop below the eye, so use a fan brush to sweep away under the eye. Pictured is the Delux Soft Fan Brush which is made from badger hair, and picks up product better than any other fan brush I have ever used.

Add some mascara (I used MAC ProLash) and you are good to go!

For the shoot we added individual eyelashes at this point, and the tutorial for that can be seen here in the For The Ladies Who Lash photo tutorial and the Lash Me Lash Me video tutorial.

So here is our final shot of the lovely Monica with her makeup complete. Isn’t she just gorgeous? She is completely adorable to work with too.

And here is my Elusive Cowgirl Love Comes Without Warning T-shirt. I keep wearing this one over and over because I love it so much!
You can get them online at

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!



Today I had a little time to kill before my pre-production meeting for the big shoot that’s happening this weekend, so I took a little dash through Sephora to see what was up.

Its so easy to overlook a really cool product in a store like Sephora because there are so many new products coming out all the time. And when something new comes out it might not excite you that much, so you just breeze on by it. Or maybe there are just so many killer things that you overlook something you’d otherwise love.

So periodically I go into Sephora (I also do this at MAC), and while I’m cruising around I watch the employees to see who seems to be loving their job their job the most.

Then I ask that person to show me the product that is totally rocking their world this very minute. What is your favorite, most exciting, most killer item, right now?

So much fun! They always get extra excited and race off to show you whatever it is. And if you keep your eyes and ears wide open, you just might learn something new.

Today I had this wickedly excited dude. He grabbed my wrist and said: You. Have. GOT. To see this! And hauled me halfway across the store to look at a product I’ve walked past many times.

The Lorac Starry Eyed Baked Trio. Shown here in Super Star (Bronze) and Evening Star (Silver).
It also comes in Starlet, which is purple, and not shown here. Highly pigmented, long lasting, shimmering baked shadows.

Now I have passed these by frequently, thinking they weren’t so exciting. But man, this guy was totally into them, and got me all fired up too! He used up every spare piece of skin on each of our arms, showing me all kinds of tricks he likes doing with this product.
He showed it wet, he showed it dry. He showed it soft, he showed it full power. He showed it blended, he showed it striped. And he converted me.

So sometime when you have free arm space and a few extra minutes, get someone to show you what they are loving most. No matter how good you are at makeup, give them free reign to tell you all their ideas, and show it to you their way.
Its really fun, both for you, and for them.



Oh wow!
In the middle of a crazy day of meetings I had to go to the lingerie department at Saks to check out some pieces for a shoot that’s coming up. I love getting consulted on wardrobe, love getting to look things over, but frankly, it all works so much better when they bring wardrobe to the studio, instead of me to Saks of all places!

You see, walking through Saks 5th Avenue is like skipping through a minefield to a girl trying to stay on budget. The lingerie department? Forget it! Danger zone.
I went in through the back door so I didn’t have to go through the makeup department, but unfortunately, the error in that plan was that it sent me directly into the shoe department.

So I forgot about Plan A altogether, and meandered on in. Well actually, it was the siren song of Prada, that like the Lorelei to the ancient sailors, lured me in.

Check this out!

How perfect is this shoe? Completely, magnificently, alluringly perfect. And frankly, quite festive too! Can’t you just imagine it paired with a little black dress at a Christmas party? I can see it with grey, it would be a divine statement with winter white….
So as I was test driving these perfect shoes around the department, and the salesman was mentally calculating the commission he’d be making on me, I was planning the makeup – Julie Hewett’s new Soiree eye palette, MAC’s #45 lashes, Julie’s Bibo lip – soooo fabulous!

But then my phone started going crazy as the crew waiting for me upstairs started texting and calling me to find out where I was.

Saved by the proverbial bell!

I deliberately left all my plastic at home, so that I couldn’t do any impulse buying. I cant really remember too much about the lingerie I was there to look over, as I am still so completely mesmerized by the shoe.

If I wait a week and then go back and get it, can it still be called an impulse purchase? Or by that point has it become an investment in what would have to be an amazing future?

Because in a shoe like that, life could only be truly amazing….