Tim Quinn Event!

There are times in life were I allow myself to fangirl a little, and one of those people that still make me swoon is Giorgio Armani Celebrity makeup artist, Tim Quinn.  Not only is he uber talented (no seriously, he is called the "Beauty Tsar") he is kind, funny, so very down to earth and just a good human. One of the many reasons I feel so fortunate to work for Giorgio Armani is because they give us the opportunity to work with our makeup heroes every so often, and guess what ladies you too can spend some time with him on Saturday, June 3rd!  

Wondering who Tim Quinn is... well, he happens to be one of the biggest celebrity makeup artist. His clientele includes the following of my personal favorites: 

  • Kerry Washington
  • Victoria Beckham 
  • GWEN STEFANI (Yasssss) 
  • Debra Messing 
  • Dr. Jill Biden 
  • Robin Wright... and so many, many more. 

You can find him on tons of different shows including his recent cameo on Bravo's What Happens Live, with good friend, Diane Lane, The Today Show, Extra and E! News.  

Want more, no worries, check out these youtube videos. 

Uploaded by ArmaniBeautyUSA on 2010-09-13.
At More magazine's Reinvention Convention on May 23, 2011, in Los Angeles, Tim Quinn of Giorgio Armani talks about the best makeup tips for women as they age.
In this glowing makeup tutorial, Celebrity Makeup Artist for Giorgio Armani Beauty, Tim Quinn, walks us through the steps of achieving the signature Armani glow.

Ready to book your appointment to meet his Armani Beauty team to try a new spring look and get the chance to meet Tim for yourself?  All you have to do is text me at (703) 946-7170 to book your appointment, even better, bring a friend and enjoy a few hours of pampering! 



How I Tamed My Wild Hair

Ladies, I have finally found the perfect combination of products and tools to tame my wild frizzy hair!  I don't know if my excitement is coming through, so, let me tell you, THIS IS REALLY BIG NEWS.  I have spent a whole lifetime with crazy frizzy hair.  I go through phases where I am able to get it to look good for a few days or years, like when I lived in Las Vegas and in Texas where there was no humidity.  But ever since moving to Seattle, I have spent the last two years trying to control this moppy mess.  I even went as far as chopping it all off. 

 The time I cut all my beautiful hair off in an attempt to not spend hours blow drying it.  The worst mistake I have ever made. 

The time I cut all my beautiful hair off in an attempt to not spend hours blow drying it.  The worst mistake I have ever made. 

Wondering what the perfect hair cocktail (for me) is, well behold these beautiful treasures! 

L' Oreal Blow Dry Quick Dry Primer Spray $5 ::  I love how this primer spray not only cuts down on my blow drying by several minutes but also protects my hair from heat.  Love myself a two-for-one!  

Keihl's Smoothing Oil-Infused Leave-In Conditioner $25 ::  My hair is so dry.  That is why it makes it so hard to tame the frizz.  The problem with dry hair is that it is hard to find a good oil that won't weigh it down.  Say hello to Keihl's Hair Oil ::  Weightless and versitile oil concentrate nourishes and smoothes hair while achieving a soft and shiny finish.Our versatile oil concentrate provides smoothing for all hair types; product may be used on damp hair as a nourishing and smoothing treatment and styling aid, or on dry hair as a weightless finisher for softness and shine.Formulated with Argan oil and Babassu oil extracted from Brazilian palm trees, Our leave-in treatment instantly transforms hair to a marvelously manageable, smooth, shiny finish.

Keihl's Heat- Protective Silk Straightening Cream $17 :: Ok, I think this is the actual product that makes a difference in my hair.  Let's have Keihl's explain its awesomeness :: A unique, light, and greaseless straightening hair cream. Locks out humidity while conditioning and protecting hair from over-drying and breakage. Gives hair an ultra-straight and silky-smooth look with incredible shine. Infused with extracts derived from Soy Beans, Sesame Seeds and Sunflower Seeds. Formulated especially for wavy, frizzy, or curly hair in need of smoothing.

Sedu's Revolution Pro-Iconic 4000i $200 :: Don't be fooled by it's little size, this blow dryer is crazy powerful!  This is my first real blowdryer and I will  NEVER go back to a $20 blow dryer again!  So this is why it is amazing ::  Handcrafted in France, the Sedu Revolution Hair Dryer is one of the first professional hair dryers of its kind. Don't be fooled by its compact size, this dryer has superior performance (over 60% more power) as compared to conventional dryers. With the most effective tourmaline coated ionic generator, this dryer reduces frizz and static by 90%, seals in moisture, and cuts drying time in half. The dryer was ergonomically designed for stylists for ultimate comfort and usability. Who is it for: Designed for stylists to use on all hair types. Why is it different: The dedicated ionic generator switch allows style versatility not found in most ionic dryers. Use the huge output of negative ions for smooth sleek styles or turn off the ion generator for building maximum volume. The cool shot button locks in the style. Product is handmade in France by the same individual, from beginning to end, to ensure the highest quality. How to use it: Wondering WHEN to use your dryer's Ion Generator? Here's a quick tip: Turn On: Sleek, polished look Turn Off: Textured and tousled style Use Both: Get volume at the roots (turn the generator Off) with a sleek, smooth look at the ends (turn the generator On)

Sedu's Revolution Styling Iron $100 ::  This sleek flat iron, straightens my hair in a sec with out sizzling it.  Check out it's key features:

Ceramic plates for a smooth pass, without tugging or breaking hair

Black tourmaline coating for reduced static and frizz

Beveled plates for styling flexibility

Fast heat-up for quicker styling time and instant results

Advanced heat recovery technology for consistent heat distribution from roots to ends

Adjustable temperature settings, 140F-450F

Dual-voltage, 100-240V

Ergonomic, non-slip grip ensures styling comfort and ease

9 foot, professional length, 360 swivel cord

Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray  $39 :: Shields hair from frizz even on the muggiest summer days.  Don't worry about your blow out, this will protect your sleek do!  

So there you have it, my magical hair potion! Share you favorite hair product in the comments below! 

Not to toot my own horn, but I have really good hair, but only when it's tamed.  Take a look at my favorite hair days! 

Bellevue Beauty Boot Camp

CAMP GORGEOUS is here at NM Bellevue!  I love this time of the year because my wonderful clients come and visit me, but more importantly, it gives me a chance to learn more about the different products we have.  Yesterday, I decided to try something fun, come in with not a drop of anything on my face and visit the different counters to learn a little about their favorite products, my own version of Beauty Boot Camp.  



I use this every morning and night.  To get your kissable lips try this amazing lip serum leaving your lips visibly plump by filling in lines and wrinkles. It also helps hydrate leaving them soft and supple.  No more little pesky lines left by drinking from straws! 


Bye, bye dark circles.  This eye changing serum helps visibly plump, rebuild and re-contour the delicate eye area, filling in deep "hollows".  Say hello to  younger, brighter and visibly rejuvenated looking eyes. 



Let me just start by telling you how delicious this is on the skin.  One spray leaves your skin feeling refreshed, moisturized and soothed.  It also helps tone and decongest the skin, oh, and it smells divine! 


Hello anti-aging serum and lots of Vitamin C! Vitamin Complex has the lightest texture that feels like butter on your skin and of course the delicious scent from the Vitamin C (6%!).  If used daily, it will help repair and protect your skin from free radicals, sun and environmental pollutants.  


This multi-functional primer is not only a primer but a light weight oil-free moisturizer giving the skin an instant blur effect. This IS how you get smooth glowing skin! 



Let's just pause here for a second ladies.  Ever wonder how to get to that perfectly blended super pigment shadow? It literally starts with a good eyeshadow primer.  Eyeshadow primer smoothes out the eye, prevents creasing and gives your shadow something to hold on to.  I love that the Chanel shadow primer comes in a nifty clicky stick, so convenient!



The only reason I am a makeup artist is because of Kevyn Aucoin.  His books filled my imagination with the makeup as art.  Even though he is no longer in this world, his makeup line is his legacy and golly are we lucky to have that available to us.  I love the pigmentation of the shadows.  Looking for a good base try the single shadow.  If you are a makeup novice, then the loose shimmer shadow is a perfect pick.  Don't even get me started on the perfection of the Rose Quartz  color, I could literally write a whole post on it.  


It's smooth like butter but the pigment, oh the beautiful pigment is so deep.  This long lasting pencil is exactly what these watery eyes need when I want to go for that smokey look.  It comes in an array of colors, my favorite is the Aubergine, a beautiful brown red for that super chic goth look.  


Big bold lashes.  Finally a mascara wand that makes sense for easy application.  This lovely mascara with give you volume, length and curl.  Just make sure to use a really great eye makeup remover to get this thick goodness off your eyes at night.  



You all know I am a brow girl.  I have dedicated many posts on my love of brows and how they change the look of your face.  So when a new brow product comes out, I can't wait to get my hands on it and take it for a test run.  If you aren't comfortable with my Eye and Brow Maestro and love a good powder, then Dior has it!  If you love a great pencil, then duh, the Universal Brow Pencil is a classic.  I of course used both because Im greedy and love as many brow products on my brows as possible.   



You all know the drill here.  LUMINOUS SILK FOUNDATION GIVES ME LIFE. Yassssssss, girl. Medium coverage, luminous finish and a weightless finish.  If you don't have it already, you are missing out.  I love my foundation.  



There is so much buzz on social media about this concealer, so I was happy to finally try it.  Great full coverage with easy application, Diorskin neutralized my dark circles and gave me a smooth undereye.  Let's just put it this way, it was so good that I bought one on Sunday (I never buy makeup unless its good).  



Both of these are now officially on my buy list.  Why you may ask, well let me just say, I have NEVER felt a powder so finely milled and make my skin look oh so smooth as this HD powder from Chantecaille.  It was created for HD cameras, so yes, its perfect for my everyday selfies. 


Just look at the difference a little bronzer makes.  Using a bronzer is a great way to do a natural contour.  Bronze Goddess is smooth and beautifully pigmented, and they offer a color for all skin tones. 


Oooooooooo...brush heaven.  No really, brush heaven. 


There is a big trend happening with cushion makeup.  At first I didn't get it, especially with the foundations.  However, I do get it with blush.  I love the lightness and natural flush that this product gives.  It's a little scary to apply at first but once you get your technique (try applying it with a flat foundation brush for control) it really just gives the right amount of color.  


This spa-in-a-stick gives you the look of 8 hours sleep in just a few strokes.  A must have for everyone!


Take home your own little bit of Tom Ford luxury with the perfect lip stick. Full pigment and incredibly moisturizing to your lips.  


Finish your lips with this long-lasting, full-coverage colour with a semi-matte finish glides on to soften and soothe lips, and ensures lipstick stays in place while extending its wear.


What a fun time playing with other lines! I love learning and feeling other products, to see what works best for my skin.  Did I mention that Camp Gorgeous ends this weekend? So if you see something you love and can't live with out, text me at (703)946-7170 to place your order and get this beautiful bag full of goodies! 

Thanks to my wonderfully talented friend, Theresa, from Chanel, for making me look and feel so beautiful.  She is not only so good at makeup, but she is also full of great information.  Come and see her today! 


My Signature Look using Eye Palette #6

As a working makeup artist, I find that I have a go-to look that I can throw on quickly on those days that I am running behind.  Today I share such look using my favorite Giorgio Armani Eye Palette (of the moment), Eyes to Kill Palette #6.  I also share the minimal steps to get this look, skipping highlighting, heavy contouring and baking.  Need a fresh classic look, grab your products and try this look! 

Face Prep: 

1.  Prima Balm-  Apply small amount to entire face with finger tips.  

2. Prima Day-ong Skin Perfector- Apply in T-zone or any other oily spot. 


3.  Maestro Eye Concealer- Apply to lid using brush and blend.  You may also use your fingers to blend. 

4. Kevyn Aucoin Hint of Peach Eye Shadow- Apply using a fluffy brush from crease to brow bone.  Making sure to blend the color smoothly.  

5.  Blush #100- Apply to the crease using the pointed crease brush through out the crease.  Blend using your blending brush.  Blend using the white tip brush angled brush. 

6. .  Armani Eye Shadow Palette #6- Apply C using crease brush from the middle of the crease to the outer corner.  Use angled crease brush to blend.  Using the angled crease brush apply D in the outer corner of the eye and blend, keeping the color only on the outer corner.  Apply A or B using a flat brush (Jean Juarez brush) to the lid and only blend using the blending brush to any color close to the crease, leaving the pigment closest to the lash line with out blending.  This is my basic day time look.  If you would like to kick it up a little add a small line with the pointed crease brush from the out corner of the eye to the outer corner crease and blend in.  This will give the appearance of a subtle smokey. 



7. Fluid Master Primer- Apply small amount all over face using finger tips. 

8. Luminous Silk #5.5- Apply a pump or a pump and a half to face using foundation brush.  Buff into skin using small circle movements. 

9. Maestro Concealer- Apply with ring finger under eye in the shape of a "v", on tip of nose and chin, on cupid's bow, and in between eye brows and above brow bone (follow image below). 

10.  Luminous Silk Powder #5- Apply with large powder brush. 

11.  Bronzer- Using large powder brush, lightly apply to face in the shape of a "3" and "E".  The secret is to good bronzer is building the coverage.   

12.  Blush- SMILE! And apply to the apple of your cheeks in downward stroke.  Follow through cheek bone to ear. 

13.  Rouge Ecstasy Milano- Apply to lips and press them together. 

14.  Lip Pencil- Clean up lines with your lip pencil.  This will also give the appearance of fuller lips with out compromising your lip stick color by adding slight dimension. 

15. Eye Brow Pencil- Last Step is brows.  Don't be afraid of playing with the shape.  Brows make such a difference in the look! 





NM Master Class... A POP of Color

There is nothing I love more than sharing my love for makeup with others.  And what better way to do that than a Makeup Masterclass!  I was oh-so lucky to collaborate with Portia from Obsessed by Portia (take a sec to read her amazing blog!) and 10 of her very special readers for an afternoon of sips, snacks and beauty.   

As we get older, we get stuck in our look. So, I really wanted to share how to get out of a style rut.   Let's be for real... being a working woman with a home life takes a lot of work.  You have to go out of your way to really change your look up.  The easiest way to do that, is just pop on some color, so be it a lip, an eye or a clutch!  Don't be afraid of color, embrace it! 

Images courtesy of Portia Smith

There was so much energy and excitement with these gorgeous ladies. They came in to learn and I couldn't wait to share some of my favorite tips and tricks with them.  

Images by me

As you can see, Neiman's knows how to pamper.  When we do something, we do it to perfection. What do you need to do to book a master class for you and your friends? 

  • 6-8 people
  • Day and time (Saturday's usually work best)  
  • Pick a topic or theme (what do you want to learn) 
  • Give me a call at (703) 946-7170 to reserve 

Yes, it is that simple to set up your personalized master class.  It is the perfect Girl's Day, Bachelorett Pre-Party, Birthday Celebration or just because you feel like doing something fun with your friends!  


Summer is almost here and its time to get bronzed.  Bronzers can be a little tricky.  Too much bronzer and you look orange.  Not enough and well, it's not enough bronzer.  Here are some of my favorite bronzers and tools to get that perfect bronzed look! 

Let's start with textures.  Bronzers come in different textures, today I focus on three of my most used; the standard powder bronzer, liquid (detailed post to follow) and a mousse.  Most of us own at least a powder bronzer.  Some powders come in matte while others have a nice shimmer finish.  I have at least 10 difference colors in my makeup arsenal but the two powders I use the most are my #400 Sun Fabric from Armani and my Terra Cotta 4 Seasons in Brunette, here's a pic of them! 


Powder bronzers vary in pigment but compared to the other textures, I find this is the easiest to apply. Great for the lightest to the darkest skin tones.  Consider this, bronzer for beginners.  

Recently I got my hands on a moussey bronzer from Chanel called Soleil Tan de Chanel.  This beautiful velvety finish bronzer is the perfect cross between a powder and a liquid.  It has a softer pigment then my powder or my liquid and takes a few layers to build.  I love this especially on lighter skin tones.  

My favorite bronzer by far is Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer SPF 15.  Imagine if you will, sun in a bottle.  Liquid bronzer is a bit trickier to use, but gosh it has the prettiest finish.  There are several ways to apply this, adding it to your foundation, applying with your fingertips, but my favorite application trick is to apply a few drops in the palm of your hand and lightly swirl product with a large blush brush and apply where the sun would naturally hit your skin.  

Now that you have figured out which bronzer works best for you, let's talk about tools.  I would like to start by saying, if you are using a kabuki brush, please go ahead and set it down.  This is NOT your friend for bronzing.  

 Example of a heavy badly blended bronzer. 

Example of a heavy badly blended bronzer. 

You want to use your trusty ol' fluffy blush or powder brush.  The fluffier the brush, the less pigment gets on your skin.  Bronzing is about blending and building.  If you need a little more pigment then, go ahead and use a more dense fluffy brush and build from there.   Always, and I mean always, blend.   

With brush and bronzer in hand, go ahead and check out this video on application.   It's easier then you think. 

Ready to rock your bronze? I think so!  Need the Maestro in your life, then drop me a comment to try your sample today.  As always, thanks for reading and don't forget to #MimiBanasik your bronzed looks on Instagram. 


Last week I was lucky to attend an Estee Lauder training for all their new spring beauty.  Now, let me start by saying, Estee Lauder is NOT your grandmother's makeup anymore. They are launching fresh young colors and HELLO, Kendall Jenner is the face of Lauder!  In the world of cosmetics, Estee Lauder was, in my opinion, the first lady of cosmetics.  Estee changed the world of cosmetics with her business savvy and understanding of women and what they wanted or needed.  Oh, and she was the first to offer a Gift with Purchase, you know we all love those extra goodies!  Now, let's get this *haul started and see if that tradition lives on.

1.  Advanced Night Repair-  I have been using ANR since my days at Estee years ago.  I don't use it every night but I do when I remember that its in my medicine cabinet.  The bottle is brown and boring, but don't be fooled, it is what is inside that matters.  It has a sweetish tangy smell that disappears after application.  The texture is smooth and does not leave a tacky residue.  Just tap some of the product on your finger tips and apply to face and throat. ANR leaves my skin hydrated, smooth and as I read more about it, I found out that it is also repairing and purifying my skin while I sleep!  My favorite ANR tip is to mix it with your foundation, like my Luminous Silk foundation and apply.  It leaves the skin looking airbrushed and hydrated. Or don't be afraid to pop it on over your cheekbone after foundation for a hydrated highlighted look. •I love it and so should you! •  

2. New Dimension Firm + Fill Eye System- Ok, I was a bit skeptical.  My eye area is my least favorite part of my face right now.  Every morning I wake up there is a new little line that has made a home on my face.  So, when I hear that there is something that is going to help smooth these lines away, I get so excited, mostly to be let down.  This is a two step system.  Step 1:  Firm, use AM and PM.  When applied there is a light fragrance that is pleasant and very Estee Lauder.  After application there is a light tingling cooling feeling.  Once it has penetrated the skin, you are supposed to follow with Step 2: Fill.  When applying the fill step, only a pin size amount should be used and it should be rolled under the eye.  Now, at first use, it felt matte. When I tried to apply my concealer, it compromised the integrity of my High Precision Retouch.  I didn't want to give up, I knew there was a way to wear it that was going to rock my world.  So, I switched it up.   The next day I used Step 1 normally, then followed with my concealer and finished with Step 2.  And guess what.... it was perfect!  My under eye looked smooth and helped keep my concealer on longer! This will definitely become a part of my makeup routine. • Did my own thing and loved it!• 

3. Aerin Rose de Grasse Eau de Parfum- Ok, I have to be honest, I have loved this fragrance since it came out last year.  I received this because I volunteered and they gave me my favorite Aerin fragrance.  Rose de Grasse is a Rose with musky and watery freshness.  I feel beautiful and sexy when I wear this.  It's a rose that is NOT your grandmas rose.  The packaging is also dreamy, it like a vacation in a bottle.  I think I am going to mist myself with it right now and dream of touring the gardens of France. • Mimi approved•

4. Mediterranean Honeysuckle-  I have noticed that honeysuckle is making a comeback in the world of fragrance and it looks like Aerin has jumped on the honeysuckle train.  Mediterranean Honeysuckle is a sweet floral with bergamot, Lily of the Valley, honeysuckle, gardenia along with other lush floral notes.  Matt loved this on me, making me feel sexy.  It is a great fragrance for those floral sweet lovers out there.  •Matt approved•

5. Sumptuous Knockout Mascara-  Who doesn't love trying a new mascara... you better believe that this girl does! Those who love love love volume, this is might not be the perfect fit. Sumptuous gives great separation, a real fanning effect, so if you have naturally good eyelashes and just need a little something, this is a great choice.  I will use it on the days I want a more natural eye.  •Nice and natural looking•



This is Stacey and she is THE go-to Estee gal.  She knows every tip and trick when it comes to Lauder, and well makeup in general.  Follow her Facebook and get inspired by her cute videos and pictures.  Oh, and did I mention she also happens to be an amazing singer and performer. 



So, there you have it, my Estee Lauder Haul!  If you have any questions about any of the products or maybe even products I didn't review, leave a comment below.  Want to try something, hop on Stacey's page and send her a message to get your personal Estee Lauder sample package.  

As always, thank for reading.  

Concealer: Tips & Tricks

Concealer is one of my favorite makeup gems.  I look at my concealer like an eraser.  Have a blemish... Conceal it!  Is your natural lip color too dark... Conceal it! Concealers come in different formulas, like a stick for those that need a little heavier coverage (Cle de Peau makes the best).  Or in a pod for the really really heavy duty days (check out Laura Mercier).  Or my personal favorite Armani High Precision Retouch #3 (the perfect concealer). Once you have found your perfect fit, try some of these tips and tricks to up your concealer game at home! 

  • Use on lips before applying lip color.  This will helps neutralize darker natural lip tone and enhances the lipstick color.  
  • Mix with eye cream for a lighter texture.  Don't forget to always pat gently with your ring finger.  
  • Need a little more coverage to your foundation, mix a little bit of your concealer with your foundation.  
  • Use as an eyeshadow primer or put on your eyebrow to lighten your eyebrows.  
  • Use to clean up after applying your lip stick or eyebrows. Best to use a concealer brush to get that perfect clean line.  
  • If you have a concealer that is too light, use it as a hilighter!  
  • Want the perfect cat eye?  Use your concealer to clean up the wing tip and extend the line. 
  • Apply a lighter shade and blend, to the Nasolabial and Marionette fold to help dimish the look of sagging. 

Just in case you were wondering what a Nasolabial or Marionette fold was.

Take your concealer and go forth.  If you have a great tip or trick you want to share, leave a comment and I will add it to this post.  Share your perfectly concealed look at #mimibloves on any social media.  

Perfecting the Brow

"If your eyes are the windows to your soul, then the brows are the frames" said every single Makeup Artist ever.  Yes, its cliche but incredibly true, brows frame the look of your face.  With that being said, its time to not be afraid to fill in...properly.  Please study this chart like your brows depend on it.  This IS the Golden Rule of Eye Brows: 

All you have to do is look straight into the mirror and use your Eye and Brow Maestro Brush to line up! No, seriously, it's that easy.  Let's just jump right in, grab your Eye and Brow Maestro, brush, concealer, concealer brush and watch this video. 

Yup, it is that easy.  So no excuses ladies, wear your brows loud and proud.  Don't forget to tag your pictures with #mimiblove

Remember: if you need a one-on-one, leave me a comment and I will set up a Skype or FaceTime date.  If you see anything you like, leave a comment and I will get back to you to order. 


Controlling the Brow

As I have gotten older, I have noticed a strange thing happening with my eye brows, they are thinning.  How is it that I spent most of my life tweezing the-out-of-control-unibrow located above my eyes to now praying and wishing for them to fill in to their former caterpillar glory!  In my years of doing makeup and learning from others, there are two things that I have learned when it comes to brows: #1 Put the tweezers down!  Keep them full and pretty.  #2 Throw away your eye brow pencil!  The daily rubbing of your pencil on your brows, stresses out the hair follicle and causes it not to grow back.  

When filling in your brows, its best to use powder or a wax base product and a brush.  I personally use the Eye & Brow Maestro from Armani.  Here's a little video to tell you about all the wonderful things you can use it for: 

Kinda super neato, right? It doesn't matter what color your hair is, there is a color made for you!  Wedgewood #2, is the color I use and love.  

Makeup Mixology- Primer

Primer is not just for using under your foundation.  Think of it as a mixer.  Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks that I have used and collected from my favorite artists. 

  • Mix together with your Maestro Fluid Blush for a softer or natural washed blush. 
  • If you have a broken powder blush, just crush it to a powder in a plastic baggy and then mix with a little primer to make your own cream blush. 
  • Have extra oily t-zone? Use non-flavor milk of magnesia in your t-zone.  This is by far my favorite primer trick. 
  • Mix into your foundation if you have more textured skin.  This will help fill in texture.  

Do you have a great primer trick you want to share?  Leave a comment!   


In all my years of being a makeup artist, a step that most miss, which also happens to be one of the most important:  PRIMER.  Yes, it's one more thing to do in your already busy morning, but it's one step that will help your makeup last and look amazing all day.  

Primer fills in fine lines and pores, giving you the perfect canvas to put foundation over. On skin alone, it gives the appearance of soft focus to the skin, but primer under your foundation makes skin appear smoother and fine lines appear reduced.   It also helps your foundation last longer by giving it something to hold onto. That means less having to check the mirror to see if you need to powder your nose.  

Master fluid primer is my everyday primer.  It has a beautiful silky texture and super easy to apply.


 Follow these simple steps to apply your primer after your morning skin care routine:  

Step 1: Squeeze a pea sized amount to your finger tips. 

Step 2: Apply to skin using finger tips like you would serum.  Starting in the middle of the face and feathering it out. 

Skin should feel silky and not slippery.  If you feel like it is slippery, then use your foundation brush to buff into the skin.   

Step 3:  Follow with foundation. 

That's all folks.  One easy step that will make your life so much easier and also make your makeup look flawless.  Primer can also be used in different ways, not just under your makeup.  What is your favorite primer tip? 





How to Use Your Sample Packets

If you are reading this, then most likely, you have received an Armani goodie package from me!  I just want to start by thanking you.  It has become my personal mission to share my love of all things Armani with others.  I am so lucky to work for the only Couture Makeup Artistry line in the world! So again, thank you for taking the time to learn about Giorgio Armani Cosmetics.  

Let's get down to the good stuff, what's in your goodie bag.  Each package should have some or all of the following items: 

-Skin care: Crema Nera Eye Serum, Crema Nera Serum Regenessence Serum. 

- Fluid Master Primer 

- Foundation: Luminous Silk (Lum or LS) Lasting Silk (Last), Designer 

-Fluid Sheer (FS) 

-Fragrance: Si, Esseneza, Armani Code

-Concealer: High Precision Retouch, Maestro Eraser 

Some of these came in packets, some in little white tubs.  You will find the shade number on the back of the packet or on the bottom of the white tub.  So, you are probably wondering, how do I use these?  What shade of foundation is right for me?  No worries, its easy! 

Step 1:  Care- use the skin care to prep your skin and help fight the daily elements our skin faces everyday.  I can't emphasize how important skin care is.  Its easy to look flawless when  your skin is moist, plump and smooth. 

Step 2: Prep- Fluid Master Primer fills in the lines and pores.  It gives you the perfect canvas for your foundation.  The Fluid Master Primer gives the skin a soft focus blur and helps your foundation last longer.  

Step 3: Foundation-   This is probably the toughest step because now we have to find the perfect shade.  Each package should have several shades of foundation, perhaps, even different foundation formulas.  Here is a break down of each different foundation to see which would work best for you. 

Luminous Silk Foundation- Our best selling foundation.  Luminous, radiant, weightless, layerable finish.  #5.5 is the mid color.  If you are close to my skin tone... use that as a starting point. 

Lasting Silk Foundation- Matte, long lasting foundation.  For those ladies who love a beautiful matte finish.  I find that this one foundation may oxidize depending on your skin's chemistry.  So when swiping a shade, let it set for a minute before deciding on a shade. 

Designer Foundation- Full Coverage with treatment.  This is great for mature skin OR if you love full coverage.  

I suggest that you try all the different formulas, because each is truly beautiful and so different.  And who said a girl only needs one kind of foundation? Not I! Here is a little pic showing where to swipe.  

Things to keep in mind are undertone (pink, yellow/beige) andshade (too light, too dark).  Swipe more then one color, swipe at least 3 shades.  Once you find a shade that you love, its time to apply to whole face.  

Step 4: Highlight.  Fluid sheer is fun.  It can be used as a highlight like so. 

Fluid Sheer can also be mixed into your foundation to add more luminosity.  It can be worn under foundation.  There are no rules, just have fun with it! 

That is the basic Armani Glow steps.  It's that easy to look flawless and radiant!  

Now, go forth and play with all the items including the concealers and fragrances.  If you still need some help, no worries, I am available on FaceTime or Skype to help figure out your best fit or just to play with some looks!  If you love anything, don't forget, I ship for free and have a great gift with purchase available!  


Again, thank you, and let me know what you think!  

The #400

My love affair with Giorgio Armani #400 started in 2008 with the launch of Rouge d'Armani.  It was the first red I didn't have to question.  It looked good with any makeup look I was doing that day, or any outfit I was wearing.  It took 96 tries for Mr. Armani to approve this shade... gosh, 96 tries to perfect the most amazing red.  I used to feel a little like Goldie Locks always looking for something, not too blue, not too orange... but #400 was/is JUST RIGHT.    Here are some images of said love affair.  

Since the launch of #400 Rouge d'Armani, it has also been expanded to different formulas, including Rouge Ecstasy (creamy finish with lip care), Flash Lacquer (beautiful glossy finish with medium pigment), Sheer (not quite lipstick, not quite lip gloss) and my favorite, Maestro (matte full pigment and long lasting).  

So many finishes, but one classic color for the timeless chic in all of us.  So thank you Mr. Armani for making one less thing to think about.. yes, the perfect red.  Now enjoy my favorite lipstick video of all time.