What to look for in a makeup brush

Join me as I catch up with my friend, Emmy-ward winning MUA KJ Bennett at the Royal Brush booth at the first annual PHAMExpo.  His brushes were born out of his “makeup artist angst” because he simply couldn’t find brushes that kept up with him!

I first met Kevin a few years ago when I was in New York and hung out with YouTube makeup guru @enkore makeup for the first time.  The three of us ended up in Chelsea over martinis and the rest they say … is history!

xoxo –

Maxine

 

 

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Peek inside a celebrity MUA daily makeup routine …

So Vanity Girls, you met Priscilla Ono last week in our Vanity Girl spotlight  … but in case you didn’t jot down her daily makeup must-have’s to achieving high-glam perfection, here is a list of some of her faves!

Foundations:  Studio Fix by Mac; Giorgio Armani (I am dying to try this!  It always looks so beautiful)

Highlighters:  Prep & Prime by Mac; YSL Touche Eclat; Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

Eyeliners:  Lime Crime colored liners; Sephora eyeliner stickers

Mascara:  L’Oreal Voluminous

Lips:  MAC, NYX, Lime Crime, Kat Von D Lip Stains (Backstage Bambi)

Brushes:  Sigma F88; Toki Doki

Hair Tools:  Croc Blowdryer and flat iron; Hot Tools

… and of course, her lighting of choice?  Black Broadway Desk by Vanity Girl Hollywood

In case you missed, here is the video:

What about you?  Have you tried any of these items? What are your daily Go-to’s?

xoxo

Maxine @VanityGirl

What lighting do makeup artists use?

Here’s another spotlight on a Pro Vanity Girl. Meet celebrity MUA Priscilla Ono, whom I met through Uber Blogger Kandee Johnson.  Priscilla has beat the faces of glamour girls like Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Paris Hilton, Amber Rose and Iggy Azalea!  Now you KNOW, those are some serious skills if they call on her to beat their face  And I’ve seen more than one instance where Ms. Amber Rose has been named “Best Makeup” on a Red Carpet, just sayin’ …

Anyway, Ms. Priscilla has a Black Vanity Desk of her very own in her LA Makeup Loft.  Here’s her video where she takes you through some of her daily things!


What she loves about her Broadway Desk .. or as she says in the video, “obsessed” 🙂 

  • The Lifetime Warranty.  Yep, Vanity Girl is manufactured right here in LA and carries a lifestime warranty.
  • The adjustable light switch.  Every MUA (and home makeup junkie) should be able to control their lighting!
  • The holsters that hold her Croc Blowdryer and Hot Tools hair items.
  • The outlets that make everything from styling to airbrush makeup to watching YouTube tutorials a breeze when doing your makeup.
  • And of course, the nice warm lighting which she says is “amazing” for makeup application.

Make sure to watch the video to check out her video and her daily makeup must-have’s!

xoxo

Maxine @VanityGirl

My first time as a Parade Princess

Maxine Tatlonghari in PRIDE Parade 2013

My first time as a Parade Princess, PRIDE 2013 – Pinup Girl Style.

When I was in high school, I had been in a few parades as a Banner Girl carrying our school sign.  While it was always fun (we were even in the Hollywood Christmas parade), it was exhausting.  We wore these 3-inch boots and sometimes, well, let’s just say that marching after horses isn’t always fun.

Well, flash forward a few years 🙂 and my Chamber besty, Mylena Christina of LIFT) and I were invited as Board Members to sit in the Chamber convertible, and introduce EAT SHOP PLAY to the community.  How excited were we?

Well, I knew I wanted to go full GLAMAZON since it was PRIDE and you can be as over the top as you want to be here in WeHo.  So I decided to channel Mariah Carey and Marilyn Monroe (who BTW, is clearly a HUGE Real Vanity Girl inspiration for your gorgeous rooms! 🙂

HAIR:  I asked Tanya of Untamed Instincts to give me Mariah Carey diva hair.  She explained that the pinup style I usual favor features undulating curls that go downward, but Mariah has these waves that go outward.  And she wanted it to be BIG BIG. Like we could see it from miles away.  Which was the case, because my friend Miles said she could see my hair coming down the street!  Products used – Kevin Murphy and DermOrganics and lots of her technique, a curling iron and pin curls … and of course, a teasing brush!

MAKEUP:  My friend, stylist Joey Galon, introduced me to Hollywood MUA MaxiTone a couple of weeks ago and he is amazing.  Like he’s worked with Niecey Nash, Christina Milian and Lea Salonga, so I knew he would know how to bring out the best in my Filipino features.  I really loved how he got my skin so flawless (using his own line which is launching soon) and my eyes!  The orange and green and purples and lashes … oh my.  It was a makeup junkie’s dream!

FROCK:  What to wear, what to wear, what to wear? Well how lucky am I that Joey has a passion for preparing women for special occasions, so he had a few concepts in mind.  Given the colors of our Eat Shop Play Program, we opted for the orange.  I went to the Pinup Girl Boutique, and Natasha and the team helped me decide on the Monica Dress in Peach (close enough to orange!)  It was perfect.  Click here to read more about the dress.

If you’d like to see more pics – please check out my Instagram!  What about you?  Have you ever been in a parade?  Post a comment and or link below …

Makeup Artist Victoria Styles and Vanity Girl Hollywood

We love that makeup artist Victoria Stiles looks to share our info in her Makeup Artist Daily. Check it out! Lots of great information on product, techniques and more ..

xoxo
Maxine @VanityGirl