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Vanessa Marano at Variety

I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with this lovely lady. You’ve seen her on Dexter as John Lithgow’s daughter, which happens to be my favourite season. And for the past few years she’s the lead in ABC’s Switched at Birth.

Very excited to share pictures of the shoot Marc Cartwright and I did with her, but until then – let’s dissect the look I worked on with her for the Variety & Women in Film Pre Emmy Party on Friday…

Here is the pretty girl in her pretty lace dress:

Variety & Women In Film Pre-Emmy Event presented by Yoplait Greek - ArrivalsAnd here is a close up of our makeup/hair combo:

Variety & Women In Film Pre-Emmy Event presented by Yoplait Greek - Red Carpet

To veer away from the prom look that’s so easily accomplished with “perfect hair” in this dress silhouette, we decided to let the hair be a little wild with just enough control so that it doesn’t poof at a tiny whiff of humidity.

Because we had a bunch of product from our shoot the day before already in the hair, I told Vanessa not to wash it out. On dark hair – dirty is great for manageability. In order to refresh the roots I used Bumble and Bumble Tonic Lotion and to soak up moisture Bangstyle Sea Salt Mist all over.

bangstyle bumble

After a quick blow dry, I slathered Vanessa’s locks with TiGi S Factor Smoothing Lusterizer to ensure that her night is frizz-less and full of shine.

Smoothing Lusterizer

As for her face, this girl barely needs anything to look like a million bucks! We mostly concentrated on skin care with Rodial Glamoxy Exfoliating Pads [I’m obsessed with these] – dead skin is gently wiped away leaving behind an incredible luster and perfect canvas for makeup application.


Next, I combined Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream with Manna Kadar Sheer Glow Lotion for the ultimate healthy skin illumination.


The glow was set with Dior Matte and Luminous Hydrating powder in gold. This stuff has just the right of shimmer and the perfect amount of matte where you need it.


Eyeballs were treated with Lash Republic individual lashes variating from short to medium. This is my preferred brand. The quality is incredible.


A little Smashbox Prism Blush on the cheeks for colour.


And for the lips I’d want to wear every day of my life if mine were this full – Dior Addict Extreme in Black tie.

dioraddictextremelipstick-blacktieAnd now you know how to look like a celebrity, my fair reader. Go buy some products!

Thanks to Just Jared for the images.
Makeup, Milani, Powder

Milani Powder | Milani Poudre

Next up is Milani Multitasker Face Powder, naturally…we have to set our concealer and foundation somehow, right?

This compact runs a cool $6.99 and lasts for-e-vur. Through my years of using Milani – their powders are extremely durable, meaning they won’t break and crumble on you which ever way the wind blows. They do an excellent job with coverage and wearability.

I used #1: Light around my eyes, nose and chin and #2: Light Medium everywhere else.


  • texture is so velvety it glides [that’s what she said]
  • blends very well with any skin texture
  • feels very light but is closer to medium in coverage


  • creates a lot of dust residue on the packaging = wasteful


  • though it comes with its own puff – feel free to use a powder brush for a more translucent finish
  • if your skin texture needs a little help, try a colour a few shades darker to apply as a matte bronzer [shimmers tend to accentuate bumps]

Find it here.

Makeup, Skin

BeautyBlender | MélangeurBeauté

This is a personal message to anyone who wants to make their life easier.

If ever you have had moments of fist-to-sky pumping due to foundation skid marks. If you’ve burned images of yourself looking like an inverted raccoon. If your spot treatments have ever shown up resembling chalk scribbles…this is your new BFF.

For years I didn’t want to believe the hype until this sponge seraph arrived on my doorstep early last week. It is really, truly, worth every penny. (Ranging from $10-26.) So much so, I ran to Naimie’s to buy more!

Now, for personal use you only need one because they are reusable! When properly cared for they last about six months and you can purchase a set of sponge + cleanser (that smells super fresh and calming – lavenderish).

How easy, you ask? Check it out…all you do is wet the sponge, then bounce/stipple it to blend your foundation/concealer/powder using the pointy end of it for hard to reach places like around the eyes and nose. Wash. Easy!

The end result is absolutely flawless and outlasts what ever you’ve been used to until the moment you met BB.

Try it – you’ll never go back to your old ways.