Queen of All Things Make-up

Oh my…are you all in for a treat or WHAT?! Meet Julissa…she is MY queen of all things makeup. She’s had the opportunity to do makeup at Fashion Week in NYC, and you will have the opportunity to work with her at your senior session!  I hope you all have a chance to meet her one day…she is the type of girl you meet and you feel like you’ve known her forever (and she get’s bonus points for being a fan of the Hunger Games series)! Her passion is makeup…and the confidence it brings a girl right in front of her eyes.

“Afterwards, they are always sitting a little straighter, chest out, eyes bright and the smile!

Forgetaboutit! They are smiling from ear to ear. Makeup can really straighten one’s emotional posture.”-Julissa

She is here to bring you some of her top makeup tips…and answer all the questions you left on my Facebook page for her! EKK!  So get cozy, because this blog post is packed full of great tips!  Let’s get to the good stuff…introducing Julissa and her AMAZING tips!

 Julissa’s Top Three Makeup Tips:

1. Have the right tools- A carpenter can’t do his job without his tools, and a gal can’t blend her shadows without her brushes.  One thing to keep in mind is that not every brush will work with every person… nobody knows the shape of your face like you do.  Your brushes are there to help you… not the other way around, just because a brush is labeled a lip brush doesn’t mean it would be a great eye shadow brush for my smaller eyed gal, so experiment with your brushes and see what works best for you. Just remember the cardinal rule- always clean your brushes.


2. Pick a foundation that matches your skin shade.  Don’t go lighter… it will give you the “floating head” appearance, especially in pictures. Most definitely don’t go darker because you want to look tanner…Umalumpas belong in Wanka Land, not wandering the streets of Monterey if you catch my drift.  Foundation is used to make our skin one solid consistent color or as close to one as possible. If you are going to a department store ask if you can wear it for 5-10 minutes to see what the color sets to before you make your purchase.  Some foundations can change a shade or two once they set or when they mix with the natural chemistry of your body.  If you want more of a sun kissed or tanned look pick up a bronzer a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone, and apply it only where the sun would naturally touch your skin; Like the top of your hairline, the tops of your cheeks, and chest.


3. More than a great wardrobe or a skilled hand with make-up, glowing skin turns heads. The key to gorgeous skin turns out to be a mix of science, common sense, overall good health habits, and a simple stick-to-it skincare regimen. The spinach smoothie is strictly optional.  So wash your face daily, eat lots of fruits and veggies (My husband got me into juicing and I can tell you my skin is glowing from the inside out, I love it!) and get 7 or more hours of sleep each night.

Top Three 2013 Spring Trends:

1. Full brows are so hot this season!  Over-tweezed brows can rob us of that youthful twinkling of the eye that a fuller brow can produce. Thinking of growing them out?  You are going to need 1-2 staple products and a little patience. But in a month or so your little arches will gain a little bulk and make your morning makeup routine a lot simpler.

2. The “off-duty” beauty look is always in trend no matter the season.  We all want fresh and glowy skin.  You would not believe what a little tinted moisturizer, concealer and light-reflecting powders can do.  This low-key makeup will let your beautiful skin and the beautiful you shine through!

Remember- makeup is to enhance our natural beauty; not mask it.

3. A bold feature- Have great cheek bones?  Contour and give them a great pop of color. Big eyes- go for a colorful liner or spend a few extra minutes applying your mascara and let your lashes steal the show.  Think your lips steal the show; put a bright pop of color on your kisser! You get the point…Makeup does not have to be a full face event every day.  Pick a feature and let the rest of your makeup be minimal.  Not only will you spice up your makeup routine, but you will come to find that you are quite the exquisite gem once you start individually highlighting the beautiful features on your face.



Julissa on TRUE BEAUTY!

One thing that I have discovered along the way is that society places such a large emphasis on beauty, but it’s superficial beauty.  At the end of the day when the makeup comes off and it is just you, staring back at the mirror how do you feel about yourself?  You should feel beautiful and unique; however TV and the media have programmed us to think we are flawed, but were not.

What they call flaws I call allure.

There is only one you and we each have something beautiful to give to this world and society.  Find something you love, be passionate about it and be a compassionate person.  True beauty is when someone is comfortable in their own skin and in love with life.

True beauty is contagious and it is in all of us waiting for its opportunity to shine.


 Your Facebook Questions Answered:

I love the way bold eye shadow looks on other women, but I can’t seem to make it look right on me! Do you have any tips on applying it correctly? -Chassie C.::  I feel you sister.  There are so many different eye shapes out there it’s crazy.  Some shapes can carry some looks better than others sorry to say; however, it does not mean you can’t wear a “version” of the look catered to your shape.  If you have a smaller eye or a hooded eye try lining the insides of your eyes in a dark of your choice color then squeeze your eyes tight so that so some of the liner smushes out to your lashes, then with a small pencil brush blend the liner so it wraps around your eye. Then with a soft fluffy brush that fits your crease apply a soft brown shadow to blend out any harsh lines.  If you don’t have a soft brown shadow, try your bronzer.


Tips for brightening up tired eyes/skin -Christie L.:: Tired eyes…tell me about it.  The skin around the eyes is the second most delicate skin on our bodies, besides the skin on our lips.  Start by washing your skin at night and applying a rich moisturizer, do the same in the morning. Use a light moisturizing concealer with a brush and only apply it to the shadowed area. Lining the inside of the water line with a soft lilac or creamy white pencil will give the illusion of a bright eyed look. Don’t forget to curl your lashes and apply some mascara to the top and bottom lashes.  As for your skin, use a facial moisturizer that has light reflecting properties before your foundation. (Try MAC Strobe Crème) These light reflecting properties do just that, they reflect light giving the illusion of a luminous perfected skin. After your foundation, apply powder only where needed as powder gives a matte un-luminous look.  Now, if you want healthy looking skin from the inside out, it’s going to take some dedication by drinking lots of water and eating healthy foods that feed the cells that make up our skin. Our skin is the last layer of cells our body is pushing outward; so, if your cells on the inside of your body are healthy and radiant your skin will follow suite.


Tips for using liquid eyeliner, please! -Jennifer C.:: Liquid liner- the epitome of chic. Liner can be a little challenging but this tip really helped me.

1. Start by dotting little dots along your eyelid as close to your lashes as possible with your liquid liner. You can start from the inside out or the outside in, it’s your preference. Try working with a compact mirror and tilt your chin slightly upward so that you can work with both eyes open.

2. Starting on whichever end of your eye you prefer, play a little game of connect the dots.  Having the dots as a guide will help you visualize the path your liner is going to follow. Once you have the liner across your eyelid, you can decide if you want to add a extra little flick at the end to create a wing and a little drama.

3. Add 2 -3 coats of mascara to make your lash line look even fuller and lush.


Tips for hiding dark eye circles!! -Jennifer M.::  Like with Christie, you want to moisturize your little peepers as well as you can and add a light reflecting crème to the shadowed area as this will attract light and brighten the area. There are lots of different products out there from over the counter to higher end products like MAC prep and prime eye brightener.  This pen has light reflecting properties as well as a pinkish tint that will lighten and neutralize the greenish blue tones we can develop under our eyes.  Stay away from putting your skin tone foundation underneath your eyes as it can add a unwanted grayish tint from the yellow in the foundation. Another trick that you can use is the distraction technique (I use this quite a bit myself).  When I don’t want people to focus in on an area of my face; for example the day I had 3 hours of sleep and my eyes looked like travel weekend bags, I did what I explained above but I went sanz eyeshadow and just beautifly primed my eyes (ie; concealer, mascara), and went for a bold bright pink shade of lipstick. That day I got oodles of compliments on that great shade of lipstick and not one person mentioned the fact that I could use a few more hours of sleep!


 Where you can contact Julissa!

Julissa…you have been AMAZING!  Thank you so much for sharing your tips and trends.  We will all be thinking of you when we try them out!  You can reach her at info@julissagarcia.com or find her on Facebook here! (You’ll have to sneak over to her FB page…check out the cover photo and you’ll see the mad skills she has!)

Stay Fearless…and I can’t wait for our next coffee date! xo




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