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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 Crème Foundation – Ben 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


Butterfly Fairy Halloween Makeup Tutorial

I got to do a shoot for AC Lens (which is an awesome online store that has glasses/sunnies/colored contacts) for Halloween looks that are do-able - some are easier than others but there will be one in the mix of five that I'm going to share over the course of this week that you will feel totally equipped implementing.

I'm starting with a super fun one which is my Butterfly Fairy - isn't she so pretty?!!  I'm obsessed.

Here's how I did it -
Pop in Zombie Blue contact lenses from AC Lens - I rec doing this first so that you're not messing up your amazing makeup job later by putting them in once you're finished (we didn't do that so I'm saving you some heartache here)

Apply white cream makeup to the entire eye area – lash line to brow (Crème Foundation in White – Ben Nye) - doing this, even on fair skin, allows the bright colors to read as vibrantly as possible
Apply yellow shadow to inner corner of eye (Lemon Pressed Eye Shadow – Ben Nye)
Apply orange shadow in outer corner of eye and up into entire area under brow as well as under the eye as a liner (Clay Eye Shadow Compact Matt – Kryolan)
Fill in the middle section of lid with mustardy/orange shade (Banana Eye Shadow Compact Matt – Kryolan)
Apply shimmering orange loose shadow over outer corner and under eye (Tangerine Lumiere Luxe Powder – Ben Nye)
Apply a loose soft gold shimmer to inner corner of eye (Magic Dust – Erin’s Faces)
Fill in brows so they are defined (Espresso Mineral Eyeshadow – Erin’s Faces)
Black mascara top and bottom (Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara)
Apply false lashes of choice (Alcone Lashes #314)

We did a test shot before we put the lenses in and it was too pretty not to share!

Use the shimmering orange loose powder as your contour on cheek and blend (Tangerine)
Apply the loose soft gold as highlight on cheek and pull in to the apples – use a lot (Magic Dust)
Apply a bright deep pink shade to apples of cheeks (Tulip Mineral Blush – Erin’s Faces)

Cut wings off of your butterfly (we used Ashland Nature Center Butterflies from Michael's)
Cut a small triangle out of the center of the wings which is where the corner of your eye will go
Use lash glue to affix the wings – just near the triangle you cut out as that’s the part that will be touching your skin (Duo Lash Glue)

Use a matte white pencil and a black pencil to draw dots along the cheek, under and over the brow in a pattern you like (You’re Always White & Baby’s Got Black Kohl Crayons for Eyes – Wet N’ Wild)

Jenny with and without the lenses on (Ice Walker - different from the ones we used at the shoot) with no other makeup on and no retouching and then me after we did the demo for press looking slightly alarmed as Jenny looked really pretty and really creepy all at once
Use a bright coral gloss on lips (Coral Crush Mineral Lipgloss – Erins Faces) and press in a little of the orange or yellow shadow into the center of the lip

Photographer (of the pretty pictures) - Billy B Photography

Makeup - Erin Williams 

Model - Jenny Neale


Pippin's Makeup Broken Down by Kristine Reese

I LOVED the makeup in the Broadway production of Pippin (which was designed by Dominique Lemieux of Cirque du Soleil who also did the wigs and costumes and was assisted by Hagan Lines and Joe Dulude) and have the good fortune of being friends with Kristine Reese, who played one of the leads, Catherine, in the National Tour.  I asked her if she would write up some info on the makeup in the show and take some pics so below is what she sent -  it's so fun!

"The look for Catherine in our touring production was slightly different than the Broadway look, as we played larger houses and my face and features are much different than the actress who originated the role in the revival (I have much smaller eyes, so the eyes really needed to pop with this makeup). We went through various stages to arrive on the final look, down to the size and type of eyelashes.

The idea behind the Act 1 look is a “clown” on top of a beauty look. I only had about 5 minutes to change from the clown look into the Catherine look, so the eyes remain the same for both acts. Act 2, “Catherine” is natural beauty look, with a bit of a wide doe eye. The makeup looks severe up close, but on stage it reads as if you are hardly wearing makeup, so tone down for “real life.”

Working with the circus artists in Wicked taught me a lot about stage make-up and application. Most circus artists have extensive make-up training either at circus school or by instructors at their first gig, and it shows. They really know how to play up their features for the stage and use highlight and shadow to their advantage. The makeup in Pippin is rather specific to circus, but by watching their technique and attention to detail these circus artists put into their makeup I was able to improve my own look and also apply it to my “real life” looks.

Kristine with Buster
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Makeup Forever Kohn Pencil White MAC Vanilla
MAC Sushi Flower
MAC Espresso
NYX Eye Shadow in Matte White
Stila Liquid Eyeliner Pen – White
Benefit “They’re Real” Push Up Eye-Liner
Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil – Soft Brunette
Mascara – I love Loreal Voluminous!

Laura Mercier Foundation primer – Radience
Laura Mercier Foundation
NYX Conceal/Correct/Contour Kit (For concealer and contour)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Bare Minerals Powder (for quick changes)
MAC Powder Blush Frankly Scarlet
MAC Powder Blush Harmony
Sephora Full Pro Coverage Airbrush #53 (I used this at top of the show and for quick changes to re-apply foundation evenly and quickly)

MAC Cherry Lip Pencil (For Act 1)
Sephora Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color in Electra Pink Lustre (to stain), MAC Cherry Lip Pencil to line, Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2016  baked rose on top), with a touch pink gloss on top (Any brand will do, mostly just for blending and final look)

Clown specialty products:
Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes Pencil Turquoise 7L  or Kohl in turquoise 3K
NYX Roll on Shimmer – Pink
Crystals (Provided by Inglot)

Kristine with Henry Gottfried
Fun Facts:
*The sushi flower – espresso combo shown here is also the same colors used for the Glinda plot in Wicked, as are the Laura Mercier products on my face.
*Pippin uses a LOT of NYX products. They are inexpensive, and have excellent pigments with real staying power.
*I found that all of this makeup – reapplying my face sometimes 6 times a day on a two-show day – really stripped my skin. I was dry all over with some breakouts. My skin literally freaked out. I am sure Erin has wonderful organic solutions for this should you find yourself suffering similarly, but I found that cleansing oil and facial oil helped me find my balance."

Kristine Reese is an actress and singer who recently completed a year-long run as Catherine on the National Tour of the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin. She has also appeared on the National Tours of Wicked (Nessarose), Mamma Mia (Sophie u/s), and on Broadway in the revival of Les Miserables at the Broadhurst Theatre. Other favorite credits include Brigadoon (Fiona), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Rosa Bud), Footloose (Ariel) and Grease (Frenchie). Kristine has appeared as a vocal soloist with over a dozen international symphonic and pops orchestras, most notably the Cleveland Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra. She currently lives in NYC with her husband, actor Billy Harrigan Tighe, and her Boston Terrier, Buster. Follow on Twitter/Instagram @kristinereese.


Broadway Beauties Model Erin's Faces Mineral Foundation

Aren't they gorgeous?!!!  I'm so excited to share this shoot with you!

I am crazy passionate about being able to accommodate as many women as possible - makeup-wise, skincare-wise, you name it.  Having worked for a number of lines in the past I had a daily conversation with a woman of a tan-deep skintone who would come in, looking for a foundation to match her complexion and I would have to steer her to another line if the line I was working for didn't go that deep.  It sucked.  For everyone involved.  And when the lines did carry deeper colors 50% of the time they were too orange or too grey.  It was frustrating.
When I was putting Erin's Faces together I wanted a foundation that truly went from light to deep and everywhere in between - it is incredibly important to me that everyone feels welcome with my line.  I also wanted a mineral foundation that wasn't loose (too messy and inhaling Bismuth Oxychloride is no bueno), wouldn't break me out, was oil free, had a physical sunscreen, would cover if I needed coverage but could sheer out if I wanted something lightweight, would look great on camera and in real life and would stay put.  As a result I decided on my Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation ($35) and it has the most positive testimonials on my site of any item - people LOVE it - and I wanted to share it with you in a new way so you can really see the colors and, in case you're not on the bandwagon yet, match yourself up so you can use this awesome foundation too!

In thinking of what type of models I wanted for the shoot I decided I wanted REAL women and I decided to ask some of my favorite Broadway girls and boy did we luck out -

Foundation Shade - LINEN - the fairest of the fair, sunburns easily
Amanda Kloots (Dutch) - from Bullets Over Broadway and The Producers
Can't Live Without - Lip Balm

The beyond pretty Amanda came to the shoot after having an awesome vacation so she was about 6 shades darker than the color Linen.  I thought it was a great opportunity to show how well this foundation can cover, and still look like skin, and there was no retouching to "lighten" her up - it's all the makeup.  And yes, her eyes really are that blue!

Foundation Shade - CREAM BEIGE - the perfect color for girls who are fair but aren't the fairest of the bunch, sunburns easily
Jennifer Hope Wills (German/English) - from The Phantom of the Opera (Christine) and Wonderful Town (Eileen)
Can't Live Without - Lip Gloss

Jennifer actually has been wearing this foundation for a couple of years, is a great friend and happens to be beautiful so she was a no brainer for the shoot.  She is a wonderful mix of grace and silliness!

Foundation Shade - TENDER BEIGE - great shade for girls that are in between light and medium shades
Teal Wicks (Irish/Norwegian) - currently in Finding Neverland (Marie Barry), past Wicked (Elphaba) and The Blue Flower (Maria) 
Can't Live Without - Mascara and Blush

Teal is another dear friend who is I got to know well working together at the Goodspeed Opera House many moons ago - she is incredibly generous, ridiculously talented and one of my favorite peeps!

Foundation Shade - PORCELAIN - pinker undertone and is great when colors are generally too yellow for someone
Ashley Park (Korean-American) - currently in The King and I (Tuptim), past Cinderella (Gabrielle)
Can't Live Without - Lip Balm and Eyelash Curler

I met Ashley putting together this shoot and have since gotten to do another one with her and she is just sweetness on a stick!  Such a fun mix of effervescence and refinement - love her!

Foundation Shade - PALE BEIGE - the definition of the shade Medium with undertones erring to the side of yellow but remaining quite balanced
Alena Watters (Polish/Prussian) - currently in Pippin, past Sister Act (Tina) and West Side Story (Anita)
Can't Live Without - Lip Gloss and Mascara

Alena and I go way back to a dance class at NYSC and she has inspired me ever since with her positive attitude, talent and inclusivity.  This is her "winter shade" and in the summer she bumps up to Natural Beige.

Foundation Shade - ALMOND - medium tone with very yellow undertone
Jackie Burns (Irish/Italian/English) - from Wicked (Elphaba) and If/Then (Elizabeth)
Can't Live Without - Mascara, Blush and Lip Balm

I fell in love with Jackie the moment I met her - she has such sincerity and joy - she was a delight to get to work with!  She also wore her foundation this summer during a production of Man of La Mancha and loved it so yay for that!  

Foundation Shade - NATURAL BEIGE - medium deep skintone - olive undertone
Jennifer Sanchez (Spanish/German/Mexican/Native American) - from West Side Story (Rosalia) and Little Miss Sunshine (Miss California)
Can't Live Without - Tinted Moisturizer

I met Jennifer the day of the shoot and she was a dream to work with - so laid back, so easy going and happens to have some of the best hair I've ever seen!

Foundation Shade - SANDY BEIGE - a true tan shade
Janelle Velasquez (Filipino/German/Irish) - from Here Lies Love
Can't Live Without - Mascara!

I got to see Here Lies Love before I met Janelle so I may have gushed a bit upon our introduction as I loved that show.  She was so kind, so smart!, and ridiculously stunning.

Foundation Shade - HONEY BRONZE - the lightest of the deep skintone shades
Thomasina Gross (African-American/German/Irish) - currently in Mamma Mia! (Lisa), past Once On This Island (Ti Moune)
Can't Live Without - Lash Extensions

Thomasina and I just clicked from the word "go" and I have enormous affection for her - her sense of joy, business savvy and boundless energy made this shoot and the second one I got to do with her so much fun!

Foundation Shade - FAWN - a medium deep tone, yellow undertone - not orange
Marisha Wallace (African-American) - currently in Something Rotten, past Aladdin (Fortune Teller)
Can't Live Without - Gel Eyeliner & Brow Pomade

Marisha is another awesome combo of mirth and moxy - and can that girl take a picture?!!  She brought so much FUN to set while turning it out with every shot - I'm obsessed! 

Foundation Shade - ESPRESSO - the deepest of the deep skintone shades
Aisha (African-American, Jamaican, White) - currently in Beautiful, past Memphis (Felicia) 
Can't Live Without - Lipstick

I really felt Aisha brought a sense of delicacy and refinement to her photos - she was game for anything and those cheekbones are kind of everything.  

And of course it took a small village to make this thing happen - much love and thanks to my team: 

Photographer - Lauren Toub
Art Director - Dana Iannuzzi
Stylist (and model!*) - Jessica Myhr

*Jessica stepped in as our Linen model for the group shot since Amanda was so yummy and bronzed up and it didn't seem to make sense to paint her head to toe in makeup to make her fit