All images via Luca Magazine

photographed by Kelly Cappelli

styled by Jennifer O’Bannon

hair by Lisa Marie

makeup by Corinna Cooke

As you already know, I’m the Beauty Director for Luca Magazine.
The new issue of Luca just hit newsstands, and I am really excited to tell you that it is available in every Barnes and Noble, nationwide!

Luca is a super positive magazine for teens and early 20 somethings. It’s full of great information, fantastic fashion, and a delicious dose of beauty.

Here is a winter party story from the new issue, all about the rules of shiny makeup…

There’s no time quite like the holiday season to throw on a party dress and let your gorgeous self shine! 

When your outfit shimmers, set the night on fire with an artfully placed super sheen, drawing attention to the feature you want to bring out the most.

There are rules to the game of shine – make sure you only gloss up one place on your beautiful face.

When your skin is shiny, your eyes are sparkly and your lip is glossy all at the same time you can look sweaty or super oily, which detracts from your gorgeousness.

The trick is to pick one feature to shine and balance it with another feature that is almost matte

Here are three fabulous ways to let it shine


1. Get your skin gleaming with a creamy shine. Instead of a glittery highlighter work a glow product into your complexion and balance it with a demi matte lip,a firm brow and a nearly bare eye. 


2. Keep your eyes and your skin soft and demure but go all out on an ultra glossy lip that shimmers in the firelight and balances the sparkle in your dress.



3. Own the night with a metallic or glittering eye. Tone down your complexion, add some depth to you lip, then steal all the attention with a wildly festive, high impact eye!


As a bonus for my blog readers here are 4 of my favorite shine products. I use them both at home and in my pro makeup kit to create a gorgeous glow to the skin.

Charlotte Tilbury               Laura Mercier                           Stila                     Pony Effect
Wonderglow                      Infusion de Rose                  Aqua Glow               Radiance Glow
                                           Nourishing Oil            Perfecting Bronzer          Hydrating Starter

We use powder to set foundation. 
Most foundations will slip and slide away if they are not set with a powder. 
But if you over powder a face the complexion will look dusty, dried out, heavy and sometimes even opaque.


This week’s beauty tip is to only use powder where you need it.
I like to set the eye area, and if I am using a powder blush, the cheek area. Otherwise I let the skin be until I am finished makeup, then just lightly powder they shiny areas.
That way skin can still glow and look radiant.


I really love fall.

I love the soft light, I love the soft hair

and I love these 5 major makeup trends for fall 2014

fall 2014 makeup trends

1. Metallic Touches

Don’t you just love soft gold and bronze metallics around the eyes?

Everyone looks gorgeous in them.

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2. Glowing Skin

Always, always my most favorite thing is a gorgeous, glowing complexion.

fall makeup glowing skin

3. Lots of Lashes

This is the season of the big lash.

And I love a season with a big lash!

big lashes at Gucci

4. Bold Lips

After soft glossy summer lips its fun to venture out into a big, bold lip again.

bold lips for fall 2014

bold lips fall 2014

5. Color

This season you can add a pop of color, like a bold mascara or a vibrant eyeliner.

Cara Delevingne blue eyeliner