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Erin's Face of the Month

What do you love most about your job?
I love that I get to spend so much time with my kids. It’s magical to watch them make new discoveries each day. My daughter just learned to write her name and I felt so lucky that I got to witness it.

What makes you feel beautiful?
When my kids give me a hug I feel like the most beautiful woman on earth. Last week my daughter (age 3) said, “Mama, you’re hair smells delicious.” I felt like I had won an Oscar.

Whose look do you love?
These days I admire moms that look put-together because I know how little time they had to spend on their look. I think Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper is a wonderfully put-together mama.

What's your best makeup advice?
Use high quality brushes and wash them regularly. I’m always amazed at what a better makeup application I get with freshly cleaned brushes.

Favorite Erin's Faces makeup item?

                                                      Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation -- Foundation Brush

What's you best skincare advice? 
Wash your face every night. Every time I get lazy and cheat on this step, my skin looks sad the next day. And stay out of the sun—duh.

Favorite Erin's Faces skincare item?
                                                                         Clarifying Serum

Any other faves?


Top Products to Try in 2016

I always enjoy a recap and find that the beginning of a new year is a good time to look forward and set goals but, for me, part of that can happen by looking back and seeing where I've come from.  I thought it would be fun to see what my awesome clients like the most so here's a top 10 list from 2015 -
Rose Quench Serum - 1 oz - $60

Peptide Eye Cream - 1 oz - $49

Clarifying Serum - 2 oz - $60

Silk Cream - 2 oz - $35

Mineral Lip Gloss - 5 grams - $20

Mineral Sheer Tint - 1 oz - $35

Aloe Setting Powder - 30 grams - $25

Mineral Concealer - 2 grams - $20


Erin's Faces Holiday Gift Guide 2015

"It's the most wonderful time of the year" - I LOVE the holidays you guys!!  I have always enjoyed taking pen to paper and writing up my Christmas Wish List (complete with a request for a pony for about 12 years running).  At this point in the game it's a short list (this calendar and this scarf) but I can officially tell you that I would be thrilled to get anything on this cruelty-free gift guide because I can tell you from personal experience, every single item is awesome (I'm totally biased but still) - here we go:

These are fantastic for teacher/nurse/postman/caregiver/client gifts, in bathrooms, on holiday tables - you name it.  They're a hand-poured soy/beeswax blend with cotton wicks and phthalate-free fragrance oils.  This size comes in a hexagon jelly jar and burns for 5+ hours.  Scents are
APPLEJACK CIDER - apples and citrus zest mulled in cinnamon and spice
BLUSHING GRAPEFRUIT - a true grapefruit - tart and bright with hints of jasmine and vanilla
FOREST CRUNCH -  freshly cut pine and evergreen
ORANGE CLOVE -  Valencia oranges, cloves, chili pepper, bergamot and cassis - a beautiful pomander
SUGAR & SNICKERDOODLE - it literally smells like cookies baking in the oven - vanilla, maple syrup and creamed butter with cane sugar and cinnamon

Lye-free and made with filtered rainwater and olive and coconut oils instead, these vegan soaps don't strip your skin, foam up beautifully, are colored with mineral pigments (not dye) and double as an awesome shave bar (seriously).  Scents are:
PEPPERMINT - exactly what it sounds like
LAVENDER - same story
LUMBERJACK - Spruce, Fir, Cedar with a hit of Cinnamon and Wheat Bran
SPICY COCOA BUTTER - Cocoa Butter, Cinnamon, Orange and Cocoa Powder

LIP BALM TRIOS - $10-13.50
Great for boys and girls these are a fabulous stocking stuffer as is or you can break them up and spread the love.  The USDA Certified Organic Lip Balms are avail in Coconut or Peppermint Trios ($10) or you can throw a Fair Trade Certified Tinted Lipbalm in Flushed with a pair of the Peppermint or Coconut and get some color in there ($13.50).

You should know I am obsessed with these and literally take one on every trip.  This vegan set comes with three 2 oz. scents in Grapefruit, Peppermint and Lavender.  They are made with essential oils, instead of synthetic fragrance, and are great for bathrooms, kitchens, bedroom linens, diaper changing bags/tables, keeping in your car, spraying stinky clothes, you name it - they make everything smell so much better!!  Again, great to give as a set or break up.

Same super yummy fragrances as the minis (see above) but bigger - 50+ hour burn time in the cutest mason jars with matte black tops - great to take a paint pen and write your holiday message on top or tie a ribbon on for easy gifting.  Also - these sell out literally everywhere I take them so there's that.

These are great for guys and girls too as all of the scents are vegan, unisex and smell SO GOOD -
PEPPERMINT & CREAM - Peppermint Sugar Body Scrub (full of yummy oils, leaves you feeling hydrated) and Shea Butter Body Balm (Shea Butter based thick emollient cream)
CHOCOLATE & CREAM - Chocolate Sugar Body Scrub (made with real chocolate and a hit of orange and oils) and Shea Butter Body Balm
PEPPERMINT & CHOCOLATE - Peppermint Sugar Body Scrub and Chocolate Sugar Body Scrub
LEMONGRASS & CREAM - Bamboo Lemongrass Body Scrub (non-oily, made with powdered bamboo powder) and Shea Butter Body Balm
You get 4 oz of the scrub and 4 oz of the balm in a cute little bag.

If you want a true indulgence pick up a full sizes (8 oz) of the
Peppermint Sugar Body Scrub, Chocolate Sugar Body Scrub, Bamboo Lemongrass Body Scrub or Shea Butter Body Balm
I promise you'll be glad you did :).
My best-selling shade, Enchanted, in my petrochemical-free Mineral Lipgloss formula paired with a mini (5 grams) of the gorgeous soft gold shimmer, Magic Dust, are put in a happy little gold cosmetic bag for the perfect makeup set.

Most travel brush sets stink - it's so disappointing because the holidays come and you think you're getting a good deal but then they fall apart and you're back to square one.  Not so with this set!  They are the softest synthetic vegan Taklon and are about as good as it gets for travel situations.  You get a Powder, Blush, 2 Eyeshadows, Eyeliner/Brow, Concealer/Lip and Brow/Mascara Spoolie in a little "to-go" bag with a zipper compartment.
If you're buying fancy makeup and applying it with the Clinique Gift-with-Purchase brush set you got in high school 20 years ago (or q-tips or your fingers or those little sponge tip applicators) you are not getting the best performance possible out of your cosmetics.  This vegan set comes in a linen colored brush roll with a Powder, Blush, Foundation/Concealer, 2 Eyeshadows and an Eyeliner Brush.

GIFT CARD - $10-100
If you're not sure what to get someone a Gift Card is always a great bet and you can let them choose what they like - just tell us who to send it to and what you'd like it to say or we can send you a little jpeg you can print up and put in an envelope to hand them in person.

So make your wish list or fill someone else's!


Holly Golightly Mother-Daughter Halloween Costumes

When I was mapping out the looks for the AC Lens Halloween shoot I was doing I knew they wanted a look that incorporated sunglasses into a costume.  I wanted something that would be more imaginative than a beachy type of look and was so excited when the concept of Audrey Hepburn's character of Holly Golightly from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" came to me.  I thought it would be even cuter if we made it a mother-daughter situation and we had the perfect models in Jenny and Klara - here's what we used for mom -
It's THE easiest makeup ever as you get to skip your eyes completely - we just did some

Klara wore this dress, Jenny wore her own and both ladies wore this tiara.  I got the pearls (which we taped to be the right length) and gloves at Party City.

Then the ladies threw on sunnies (Fantas Eyes Niagra (adult) and Zoobug ZB (child) - AC Lens) and channeled their inner Audreys :).

Photographer - Billy B Photography

Makeup - Erin Williams 

Model - Jenny Neale and Klara Mueller


Vampire Makeup Tutorial

I love a vampire and had fun figuring out what I wanted the makeup to look like on this one.  It looked really good but I have to tell you that those colored contacts from AC Lens take it to the total next level - it was nuts!  Here's what we used -
Put in your red lenses in (Angelic Red - AC Lens) - we put them in after and I rec doing it first
Apply primer to eyelids (Brightening Eyeshadow Primer - Erin’s Faces)

Heather still had her Khaleesi braids in :)
Apply matte black shadow all over lid and bring almost to brow but leave a sliver of space for skintone to show through right under brow (Night Mineral Shadow – Erin’s Faces)
On the outer corner, on top of the black, pop a matte navy (Navy Mineral Shadow – Erin’s Faces) and on the inner half of the eye apply an eggplant shade on top of the black (Plum Mineral Shadow – Erin’s Faces)
Run the black shadow (Night) under the eye as a liner and soften with a fluffier brush so the line isn’t harsh.  Pull a little Navy in on the outer corner.
Line lower waterline and tightline with waterproof black eyeliner (Onyx Cream Eyeliner – Erin’s Faces)
Black mascara on top and bottom lashes (Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara)
Apply feathery long false lashes (Alcone Lash #315)
Deepen brows with a deep matte gray/soft black shadow/pencil (Twilight Mineral Shadow – Erin’s Faces)

Apply a pale foundation shade all over the face (Death Flesh Cr̬me Foundation РBen Nye)
Use gray shadows to contour cheeks (Dove & Twilight Mineral Eyeshadows – Erin’s Faces)
Apply loose white shimmer to cheekbones/browbone (Ice Lumiere Luxe Powder – Ben Nye)

Line lips with black eyeliner pencil and smudge so the line isn’t sharp (Baby’s Got Black Kohl Crayons for Eyes – Wet N’ Wild)
Fill in lips with wine lipstick shade or do what we did which was take red lipstick and mix a little brown eyeshadow in to it to make the perfect shade (Red Satin Lipstick & Espresso Mineral Shadow – Erin’s Faces)

Apply fake fangs to teeth (Scarecrow Deluxe Vampire Fangs) and I got the lace top here.

Photographer - Billy B Photography

Makeup - Erin Williams 

Model - Heather Botts


Alex Vause - Orange is the New Black - Makeup Tutorial and Costume Breakdown

When we were doing the Halloween shoot for AC Lens we wanted to show an easy way to incorporate glasses into a costume and Alex Vouse seemed like a timely fit (sidenote - there's an odd amount of Velma's from Scooby Doo being rec'ed for girls with glasses and I wanted to do something more edgy).  Her makeup is actually really soft and pretty with an awesome wing (I was going after replicating this look) and would be pretty with or without glasses so give it a gander -
Apply cream colored matte shadow to lid (Cream Mineral Shadow - Erin’s Faces), a matte milk chocolate shade in crease (Earth Mineral Shadow  - Erin’s Faces) and a matte ivory under the brow (Ivory Mineral Shadow – Erin’s Faces)

Use a black liquid liner or gel eyeliner (Onyx Cream Eyeliner – Erin’s Faces) along the lashline and draw a medium thick line and extend the wing out at the edges as much as you like
Black mascara top and bottom (Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara)
Fill in brows and round out/extend (Espresso Mineral Shadow – Erin’s Faces)


Contour cheekbone a LOT with matte bronzer (Sunkissed Mineral Bronzer – Erin’s Faces)
Soft application of matte brown blush that has a hit of pink on outer apples (Calla Mineral Blush – Erin’s Faces)
Soft glowy highlighter along cheekbones/browbones – not too shimmery and not too silver (Brightening Pen in Champagne – Erin’s Faces)

Apply a natural pinky/brown lipstick shade (Mocha Satin Lipstick – Erin’s Faces)

We got this tattoo to put on Emily's arm and grabbed this khaki scrubs top to match the prison uniforms.

Put on your John Lennon Winston black framed glasses from AC Lens and rock it!

Photographer - Billy B Photography

Makeup - Erin Williams 


Daenerys Targaryen / Khaleesi Makeup Tutorial

Photo by Billy B Photography
Is there anyone who doesn't want to be Khaleesi when they grow up?  She is my, and millions of other people's, favorite character from Game of Thrones and was a super fun makeup job.  It worked into the AC Lens Halloween Shoot because all of the Targaryens in the books have violet eyes.  Apparently they had the actors wear violet contacts during the first season but they ended up ditching them after that - we went by the book and added them for this shoot and they made the look beautiful and other worldly.  Here's what we used:
Put in violet/purple contact lenses contacts (Night Vixen - AC Lens)
Apply primer to eyelids (Brightening Eyeshadow Primer - Erin’s Faces)
Use a matte ivory shade under the brow, a terra cotta shade all over the lid (and under eye as liner) and a mix of soft matte brown and cream shadows in the crease to blend it all together (Ivory Mineral Shadow, Calla Mineral Blush and mix of Earth and Cream Mineral Shadows – Erin’s Faces)
Black mascara top and bottom (Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara)
Bump brows up a shade or two color wise so they are deep (Earth Mineral Shadow – Erin’s Faces)

My beautiful model, Heather, with just eyeshadow on and then we gave her a stronger brow and some foundation
Foundation/concealer/powder (Erin’s Faces Mineral Foundation (Linen)/Mineral Concealer (Light)/Aloe Powder)

Photo by Billy B Photography
Matte Bronzer (Sunkissed Mineral Bronzer - Erin’s Faces) to contour/hollow out cheekbone
Very soft swipe of blush across cheeks to look flushed (Rose Mineral Blush - Erin’s Faces)
Soft highlighter on cheekbones/browbones (Brightening Pen in Champagne - Erin’s Faces)

Nude lipliner all over lips (Natural Lip Liner - Erin’s Faces)
Soft nude sheer gloss (Goddess Mineral Lipgloss - Erin’s Faces)

Pretty braids that Candice put in

Photographer - Billy B Photography

Makeup - Erin Williams 

Model - Heather Botts