Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tip du Jour: Moisturizer

Happy New Year! I have been missing in action but I'm back now and ready to kick off the new year with a great tip and product! What best way to embrace the new year than with a great moisturizer? Fresh start, Fresh face! I have tried to venture out into the world of facial moisturizers to find what works best on not only myself but my clients and I have found that nothing can compare to Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre. Before local beauty supply stores began carrying this product, I would order it from Paris, France. The French sure nailed it with this "24 Hour Miracle Cream." This moisturizer is great on all skin types and my favorite thing about Embryollise is that your skin really soaks up the moisturizer and locks it in. There isn't any oily resistance and the creaminess and consistency of the product is just perfect! Ask your local beauty professional stores like Nigel's or Naimes for samples of this product. Give your face a chance at a fresh new beginning and I guarantee you will l-o-v-e this!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tip du Jour: Red Lips

With New Years right around the corner, I found it fitting to discuss the technique in applying red lipstick, and keeping it on! I'm sure you all have heard that after applying lipstick, the best secret to maintaining and preserving the color is to simply blot after application, and re-apply. Here are some of my easy tips on how to preserve the color of your lipstick:

1. Line the lips with a red lip pencil.
2. Color, or "fill" your lips with the lip pencil. Practicing this technique does not allow for the lipstick to bleed! Start from the outer corners of your lips and work inwards.
3. Apply lipstick and blot.
4. Re-apply lipstick, but this time, dab a little bit of loose power with a brush and continuously dust over your lips. This process "locks in" the lipstick and is the same technique used to "lock in" your foundation.  Loose Powder is a makeup artist's best friend! I like to use MAKEUP FOREVER HD or Laura Mercier.
5. Last but not least, re-apply your lipstick. You may want to blot again for a more matte look, or, if you appreciate the natural gloss of the lipstick, you may go without blotting.

Ladies, can we all agree that Russian Red by MAC is the most perfect red hue that matches every single skin tone? I'm obsessed and what makes it that much more special is that you can rock this red all-year-long! Love!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

Tip du Jour: Mascara & Pore Minimizer/Perfector

I decided to do a dual blog post today as I was caught up with the madness of preparing for Christmas yesterday and didn't post a Tip du Jour! Before I continue, I wanted to thank all of you for your support on the blog. I am so grateful! I have been receiving AH-MA-ZING feedback and I am so overwhelmed with your kind words.

I have been using the MAC Haute and Naughty mascara for the past year and infatuation would be an absolute understatement. This mascara is the full package! Made with two wands that interlock with each other, the "Naughty" wand, when applied, has the most perfect application for a dark and dramatic look. On the other hand, the "Haute" wand, when applied, is great for a more simple, every day look. Whether you choose the Haute wand or the Naughty wand, it's remarkably made wiper wisps through your lashes without clumping. You will notice an immediate difference once you use this product. This mascara was developed so brilliantly that no matter whether your eyelashes are long, short, thick, or full, it DELIVERS. Fabulous must-have!

Pore Minimizer
We are all victim to having pores, whether we like it or not. My solution to minimizing the appearance of pores on clients and of course myself is Clinique's Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector. With a silicone base, this little tube of heaven-send, as I like to call it, seals your pores and reduces the look of them. As the product is applied, the texture feels like porcelain. After prepping the face with moisturizer and primer, I then apply the pore minimizer to the areas of the face where pores are visible before applying foundation. Even though the product is packaged small, a little goes a long way. This product does an absolutely fantastic job at really giving you the feel of having a second layer of skin because it's so lightweight and non-greasy. The texture is fabulous and most importantly, your skin looks pore-less and feels like silk. This product is sold exclusively online at


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tip du Jour: The Color Purple

Purple eyeshadow is produced with two main pigments: blue and red. The color red or deep red, respectively, is called Carmine. Carmine is a dye used in cosmetics, among other things, to create a dark pigment in different shades of purple eye shadows as well as different shades of lipsticks with a purple hue. Most of you may not be familiar with this but, applying a purple eyeshadow in some cases, may cause an allergic reaction to the area of the eye. Itchiness and inflammation are some of the symptoms you may experience if you are indeed allergic to Carmine. The allergic reaction may or may not be severe, but to eliminate any complications, you may want to either discontinue using the product, or, make sure to have a good base on your eye with an eye primer before applying eyeshadow. In addition, lining the bottom of your eye, or drop shadow, with a purple eye shadow may increase your risk of encountering an allergic reaction. If you look closely, MAC packages their purple eyeshadows with a slip which clearly states the warnings that apply to the use of the product. Most individuals do look at these notes as just another "ingredient label," as many of us continue to do so or have done so in the past. Whether we choose to ignore or read these labels, the descriptions may definitely be beneficial to our health and overall beauty! 


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tip du Jour: Strobe Cream

Strobe cream is essentially used as a highlighter for the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and on the cupids bow. My all time favorite strobe cream is by MAC and its highlighting and illuminating control not only has an effect of accentuating certain features of the face, but when used correctly and with just the right amount, can add the effect of dewiness to the entire face. Compacted with green tea, antioxidants and iridescent elements, this strobe cream is the perfect way to looking refreshed. I like to mix one drop of the MAC strobe cream into my foundation before applying. The mixture allows for a fresh look and ultimately, a very healthy glow! This look is ideal for those individuals who have dry skin, or would like to take their matte-finish foundation to the next level!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Tip du Jour: Face Primer

The secret to a long lasting, porcelin-like finish in makeup is primer. Primer is what I like to call the "glue" that holds the makeup together. Prepping the skin before applying foundation is vital, as the steps involved in preparing for the application of foundation leads to a finished product that not only lasts for hours, but also, helps keep the makeup intact. Ideal for all skin types, my favorite primer of the moment is MAKEUP FOREVER All Mat. Because this product is oil-free and silicone based, when applied, it not only fills up pores and fine lines on the face but it also leaves the skin feeling matte and silky. This product evens out textured skin brilliantly!  I instantly see results on my clients' face when I use this primer before applying foundation. This product is definitely a staple in my makeup kit!


Friday, December 16, 2011

Tip du Jour: Urban Decay Naked Palette

Urban Decay's Naked Palette is my new absolute obsession. With all of the essential, must-have eyeshadow colors at the tip of your fingers, the flexibility of accomplishing different looks is within reach! Whether you want to pull off a sexy smokey eye for a night out, or keep it subtle with a soft shade for a lunch date, this palette is a key item in your makeup kit! What I love most is having a palette with all of my favorite eyeshadow colors in one place. There is definitely something very sexy about this palette and what excites me more is the fact that the sequel, Naked 2, is coming out in January. Make sure you get on that waiting list!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tip du Jour: Foundation

Clients always ask me what my favorite foundation to use is. I like to use the best products on my clients and one of my favorites is Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation. I cannot say enough about this foundation. No matter what skin type you may have, this beautiful liquid foundation is heavenly. It is versatile enough where you can apply for a more sheer coverage or build-up for a heavier coverage. The end result is flawless, weightless, luminous, and dewy. Your face should be an investment, and with this little piece of heaven, you cannot go wrong!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tip du Jour: Concealer Liner

The key to bigger eyes is to line the inner rim of your eye with a concealer eyeliner or a white eyeliner.  The whitening effect not only brightens the white of your eyes, but also gives the illusion of instantly bigger eyes. I use MAKEUP FOREVER Concealer Pencil Ivory/Beige 100. Voila!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Concealer Pencil Ivory/Beige 100

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Beginning...

In every sense of the word, makeup is a passion of mine. 
I came into this profession four years ago knowing that I would forever be changed by this growing appetite of creativity, fearlessness, and most importantly, beauty. The mental notes and ideas I make on a daily basis help transition me into what I do for a living. For my first photo shoot, which would be the official launch of Enipra Makeup, I not only wanted to give life to a variety of inspiring looks, but I also wanted to stay true to myself and my art. I styled the shoot with a focus of a distinct storyline. The models were my canvas and I was free to paint! With each model, I had a story to tell. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed creatively capturing the essence of beauty. I look forward to sharing my passion with you and most importantly, inspiring you. Thanks for stopping by! 


A special thanks to a talented group of professionals, Melody Melikian Photography and Lala Khajavi at Nesou Salon for bringing my vision to life. 

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