Which Red Are You?

Do you ever wish you could wear red lipstick but cant ever find the right one? As a make up artist I spent years sourcing out reds, and have palettes and bags full of them. They are typically tricky to work with and can be quite challenging to wear. If you find the killer color, you can guarantee the texture doesn’t work, or if you get the perfect texture and wearability the color turns after 5 minutes.

So I’m going to let you in on a little secret….

When it comes to reds the only name you need to know is Julie Hewett. (www.JulieHewett.net)

Julie is a Hollywood movie make up artist, responsible for much fabulous movie make up magic. Check out her movie credits on her website! Anyway, when Julie was making the movie Pearl Harbor, she couldn’t find the perfect red lip that she wanted for Kate Beckinsdale, so she ended up making it herself. When the world at large saw the movie, everyone wanted that amazing red lip, magazines wrote about it, celebs and socialites begged for it, and every make up artist just had to have it!

So out of screaming necessity Julie had to create and release her boutique line of reds.

The Julie Hewett Noir series is the ultimate set of reds.

When you check out her website, look at the “Which Red Are You” section. She shows you each red, and explains who that color is perfect for. If you’re a pro make up artist you need them all in your kit. If you’re just a gal in need of the best red ever, look no further!
Pay special attention to the lip liners too. Rouge Noir is a staple in my kit.

One of my favorite things about the noir series, apart from the amazing colors, is that they wear so beautifully. They last so well and dont bleed. They also leave the lip nicely hydrated due to the camelia oil she puts in them.

I use them in my kit, I wear them myself, and when I teach pro make up artistry classes I make sure my students are well versed in them.

Julie Hewett is not sold in department stores. On the website you can check out the locations, or just order online www.juliehewett.net

Have a beautiful day!

Amazing Grace

I am a firm believer that a girl should always have fresh cut flowers, be wearing killer lingerie, have fab shoes, and a fragrance wardrobe as varied as her fashion wardrobe.

The flowers and lingerie we’ll talk about in another blog post, and you already know about my shoe passion, so lets chat about fragrance…

I have a small but divine fragrance collection that works around what I’m wearing and where I’m going and is a part of all that is me.

I love a winter fragrance that is warmer, sexier and more complex. In the summer I wear a fragrance that is lighter and more simple, yet so beautiful. They are my signature scents and are ideal for many situations, from dinner a deux with the most handsome man ever, to a day of creativity on a cool photoshoot.

So much memory is attached to our sense of smell. A quick breath of freshly cut grass can jettison you off to summer when you were 6 years old, a hint of musk can take you back to being an awkward teenager. I had a cello teacher when I was young, who always smelled overwhelmingly of cut roses. I cant smell them without seeing her in her music studio.

So I keep my special perfumes for the outfits and occasions I want to associate them with, and always have a day to day fragrance that is fun, lovely and less expensive.

This season I am loving Amazing Grace by Philosophy.

I have a gorgeous, glamorous friend who keeps Amazing Grace shower gel and body lotion in the guest bathrooms in all of her homes. I can’t smell it without thinking about being with her somewhere fabulous, having fun, laughing and loving life.

So it seemed like a good idea to put such great associations into my daily existance!

I love to layer my fragrances, and love having options on the combinations I may use on any given day. Maybe I want both shower gel and body lotion?

Maybe today is just a little perfumed body spritz

Or maybe I feel like giving it the works today?

There are several products within this line to choose from and build with.

Anyway, if you’re not familiar with this lovely, feminine, fresh, summery scent, go check it out.

Afterall, there’s something kinda fabulous about moving thru your day in a state of amazing grace…