My friend Lori Taylor threw her boyfriend a birthday party this past weekend at Malibu Wines.
Lori, www.loritayloronline.com, is literally the best makeup artist I know. She has worked with Jeanine Lobell, Francois Nars and now runs the pro-relations department for Smashbox Cosmetics. She also did my makeup for my wedding pics, right there next to my profile...
And her boyfriend Darien Davis is, literally, the best photographer I know. He worked for Annie Leibovitz for many years and has photographed some of the most interesting people all over the world. His portraiture is like nothing I've ever seen, www.dariendavis.com, and he's a stellar man to boot. They are a freakishly talented and loving couple and their get togethers totally make my social calendar.
If you don't live in LA, then I should mention that this past weekend and Monday were the hottest days on record. Ever.
I live in the valley and true to it's name the "valley" traps heat. I have to remove all of my product from my bathroom wall cabinet as it begins to melt when the sun tracks overhead.
I knew this scenario would hold true for the ON my makeup as well and since people ask me a lot about how to do their makeup for events outside I thought I'd share some tips.
- Always do your makeup in the same light that you will be in (remember those little mirrors with the "day - office - night" switches?)
- Daylight is the brightest light there is, no one trumps the sun.
- That means that every, little thing shows. And contrary to a lot of people's instinct LESS is MORE in this scenario.
- Always wear sunscreen. The only exception is if you are the bride/person of honor and will be photographed at some point with a flash. A lot of sunscreens cause flash photography to kick off a "halo" light ruining the pics.
What I wore:
- Aveeno sunscreen 70 SPF
- Josie Maran Bronzing Argan Oil - this warm base/moisturizer acts as a natural primer that contains some color that will be visible when, not if, your foundation begins to wear off.
- Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer in Butter - lighter foundation is key to wearability for a long day outside.
- Cle de Peu Concealer - who are we kidding? It's the best out there, I wear it no matter what.
- Smashbox Halo Powder in Light and Bronze - SET your foundation BUT use a product like Halo that contains time release moisture and flexes with your skin's needs. And the bronzer is a perfect contouring tool for any occasion.
- Stila Convertible Color in Gladiola and Petunia - cream blush looks more natural than powder when, not if, you perspire.
- Smashbox Liquid Liner and Lash Overlay in Teal - lighter colors (i.e. not black) look more natural in broad day light and during daytime hours.
- Urban Decay Stardust Shadows in Bobby Dazzle and Griffith - never wear anything obviously not natural in broad daylight, you'll look like you never went home the night before. These shadows have great shimmer without huge chunks of glitter.
- An exception to the "natural/nature" rule is eyelashes, just stick to the singles and away from the RuPaul strips.
- I started the day with lip gloss but at some point re-application conflicted with my drinking schedule...
- Mario Badescu Rose Spray - the best $7 you'll ever spend, trust me.
I wore a Ghost dress and gladiator sandals which I was extremely grateful for as I was trekking up Mulholland highway. Once again, un-natural things, like 5 inch heels, look weird in natural settings. Plus you'll just be uncomfortable as your standing in line in the dirt for the port-a-potty.