Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Video Quick TIp #63 - December 14, 2010

In today's fashion-forward Quick Tip, Brett sits down with starlet Jenny Mollen (she was a regular on Angel and Crash and has a bunch of movies coming out next year - keep your eye on her!) to show off a great way to draw attention to your peepers...the retro Twiggy androgynous eye!

For this eye-popping look, start with the Revlon Cream Shadow quad in Khaki Suede and cover the entire lid and into tear duct with the middle neutral tan shades. Highlight the brow bone area with a shimmery champagne powder shadow like MAC Nylon.

Dust on a medium brown shade like MAC Quarry in a rainbow shape that hugs the lid. Next, apply Quarry below the lower lash line in a straight line keeping close to the lashes.

Then take MAC Print, a matte charcoal gray shade, and using a tiny brush, apply a thin rainbow-shaped line right on top of the Quarry shadow on the lid. Underneath the lower lash line, draw a thin, straight line across on top of the Quarry line. Lightly extend the rainbow line out to meet the line underneath the lower lash line.

Add more definition to the brows with a brow pencil - Brett used his own Vanitymark Ultra-Brow Pencil in Blondie for Jenny. Thicken the area above the arches a tiny bit to add interest.

Apply half-length false lash strips (or cut full-length ones in half) to the outer edge of the upper lash line for added volume and length. Brett likes the ones from Kre-At Beauty.

For the true swingin' 60s look, apply individual short lashes to the lower lash line, picket fencing them in with your natural lashes. Kre-At Beauty makes these as well.

On the upper lash line, use a fine-point liquid liner like Shiseido The Makeup Fine Eyeliner in Black and follow the lash line really close. Extend the line a tiny bit.

Once the liquid liner sets, it's time for the finishing touch - break out a white liner pencil like Lancome Blanc, and accentuate the geometric straight line you created with Quarry and Print below the lower lash line. Line the inside of the lower lash line in white and carry the line into the teardruct and straight out beyond the outside corner of the eye.

It's the little steps here that make all the difference in a unique look like this!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Video Quick Tip #62

The retro red lip is definitely "in" but sometimes it's nice to reach back to the sultry and fashionable nude lip.

Brett met up with Patricia Heaton of The Middle (and Everybody Loves Raymond!) for a photo shoot and he gave her a quick n' easy glossy nude pout.

  • First prep lips by padding on foundation and powder.
  • Take a nude/beige lip liner like Brett's fave, the Benefit Lana pencil and lightly line all along the natural lip line and slightly out and above.
  • With the same liner, begin darkening and filling in the lips just on the corners of the mouth. Extend the color 3/4 of the way in on the lips, just leaving the center of your pout bare.
  • Add oomph to lips with a champagne-hued gloss like Jemma Kidd School in Bare. Put extra gloss in the center of lips to draw light there and make lips look plumped and juicy!
How simple (and pretty!) is that?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Video Quick Tip #61 - November 9, 2010

Did you think Sue Heck was an awkward teen in real life, too? Not so!

Starlet Eden Sher from ABC's "The Middle" and Brett got together for a recent photo shoot, and created this vid on applying lash falsies.

For an easy lash boost, you need 3 items:
  • Dura Lash by Ardell - look for the short, black individuals
  • Duo Lash Adhesive in Dark Tone
  • Tweezers
The idea is to add 5-6 lashes to the ends of the lashline - this will amp up your eyes to that perfect almond shape we all crave!

First apply mascara and curl lashes as usual. Dot on a little of the Duo Lash Adhesive near the outer corner of the lashline and work your way out. Apply 3-4 lashes with tweezers along the outer half of the lashline and lightly press onto the glue, stopping where your natural lashes end. Go too far out and they'll look droopy...go too far in and they'll look unrealistic, as your lashes get shorter towards the inside corner.

Look up and down in a mirror to see where any gaps are. Add 2-3 more lashes to beef up and thicken the outer lashline. Let the lashes dry for a minute and then add another coat of mascara and curl lashes to "marry" the real and fake lashes together. Brett loves using L'Oreal Voluminous mascara in Carbon. Be sure to really get each lash!

Now flutter those lashes and enjoy pretty!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Video Quick Tip #60 - October 26, 2010

Is there anyone out there that doesn't want to look hot n' sexy this Halloween?? We didn't think so!

In this week's Quick Tip, Brett takes blond-haired, fair-skinned Aynsley Bubbico from Greek
and turns her into exotic Hollywood siren Kim Kardashian.

The key steps to the Kim K. look are smokey eyes, a bold brow and nude lips. Here's the breakdown:
  • Bronze up! Bronze your body and decollete with a body bronzing spray like Vanitymark Summerskin. For your face, use a tan foundation like Lorac Natural Performance in #7.
  • Highlight the eyes and lift the cheekbones! Lighten the whole eye area with a concealer like Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige. Use a brush and place under the eye and out towards the temple, and above the brow area to pop out the cheekbone.
  • Add contours to the cheeks with a darker foundation - try MAC NC45 Full Coverage and brush on a straight line from the temple under the cheekbone towards the apple and blend down. Exaggerate it - it'll be nighttime!
  • Add contours to the eyes - apply MAC Cork into the crease of the eye and towards the inner eyebrow. Take a thin, tight brush and apply MAC Print directly into the crease of the lid and extend out to mimic an almond eye shape. Also apply close to the upper and lower lashline. Build out the Paint shade to give a nice, dark contour to the lid.
  • Fake a strong brow with a dark brown brow pencil like Vanitymark's Dark Choco and move your arch up and back by drawing on top of the natural brow line and extending out to copy Miz Kardashian's arches. Square off the inside edge of the brow for a strong and clean look.
  • Warm up with pink! Kim loves pink - use any sherbert pink shade of blush and go over the Cork shadow and along the cheek contours. Add interest to the eye area by placing a card or straight-edge next to the eye and patting on the pink blush from the outer corner of the eye to the temple.
  • Line the eyes with a soft and dark black pencil like MAC Smolder. Sculpt out the eye shape by rimming the inside and outside of the lashline. Stick super close to the lashline and trace the line from the inner corner all the way out. Keep the line on the upper and lower lashes really tight and crisp.
  • Add a shimmery shadow like MAC Idol Eyes to the lower lid with a wet brush across from the tear duct to the outer edge. Dries to a great finish!
  • Add lash falsies - it's Halloween so go big or go home! Buy spikey picket fence-style lashes to really stand out. After applying, add lots of mascara, like L'Oreal Voluminous in Carbon.
  • Highlight cheeks with an irridescent shade like Benefit Girl Meets Pearl. Just dab on the apples of the cheeks for a beautiful glow.
  • Kim loves a nude lip like MAC Brew. Use the shade all over the lip and then top with gloss.
Finish with a dark haired wig and a curve-hugging dress - now you're good to go! Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Video Quick Tip #59 - October 5, 2010

Ever heard of Conor Leslie? You may not have yet, but she's definitely one to watch out for on the Hollywood scene!

This week Brett met with Conor for a photoshoot, and he taught her how to do a modern smokey eye using neutral shades. This is a great tip for those in the teen age bracket, or for those who don't like dark shades on their eyes.

For this diffused, natural smokey eye, you need a tight eyeshadow brush, MAC Teddy eye pencil and 3 MAC eyeshadows:
  • Cork - a muted golden brown
  • Honeylust - a bronze-dipped peach
  • Nylon - a pale gold with icy shimmer
- Take Cork, the darkest shade and create a "fishtail" shape around the eye. Create a sideways V from the crease of the lid above the iris of the eye to the outer corner of the eye and back along the top lashline to above the iris. Nodge out the color at the outer corner of the eye (creating the fishtail shape) and line the lower lash line as well.

- Wet your brush or add a drop of water to your Honeylust shadow and apply straight across the lid from the tearduct to the end, filling in the entire lower half of the lid to the crease. Once this shimmery shadow dries, it will look like a cream shadow, but with more staying power!

- Add Nylon to the inner tearduct and right under the brow bone - bring it to meet the Cork shade at the crease. Also apply overtop of the Cork on the lower lashline and a little bit over the Honeylust on the upper lashline.

- And for the finishing touch - take the MAC Teddy eye pencil and line the inside of the eyelid on the top and bottom lashline.

And that's it - a modern, dressed up eye without a ton of color!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Video Quick TIp #58 - September 21, 2010

This week's Quick Tip gives you access to an exclusive video Brett made for Temptalia.com, one of his favorite beauty blogs!

Brett recently did a photoshoot with the lovely Katherine McPhee and he documented it all complete with some red lipstick tricks and tips for Temptalia readers.

Click below for the inside scoop, direct from Temptalia.com!

For the December cover of Genlux, Brett wanted to give Katherine a 70s menswear vibe. He used another Katherine (Hepburn) as inspiration for her hair, and old Avon catalogues as a muse for her winged out eyes. For the lips, he went classic red. Here's his favorite technique for a long-lasting matte lip:
  • Apply foundation over lips and around the mouth (helps with crispness).
  • Add dusting powder like Shu Uemura or DermaMinerals On-the-Go Finishing Powder to set makeup and act as a base for lipstick.
  • Use a great red lipliner first, like the Paprika shade from Mineral Essence. Go over the entire lip to 'stain' the lips and help the lipstick hold. Plus, it will really control the shape of lips for a better final outcome.
  • Add more dusting powder on top of liner and dab to set.
  • Now that your shape is set, take a matte lipstick like Lancome Red Haute and fill in the penciled area. A lip brush really helps refine.
  • Optional extra step: Want to take this red lip from matte to modern? Add a bright red gloss on top! Glossy red lips were all over the runways last week, including Prada and Ungaro.
And there you have it - the key to red lips, a look that never goes out of style!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Video Quick Tip #57 - August 31, 2010

This Sunday Brett spent the day playing pretty with Rules of Engagement star Bianca Kajlich
in preparation for the 2010 Emmys.

Want to see exactly how she got the glam smoky eyes and dewy cheeks that she wore to the ceremony? This week's Quick Tip takes you behind the scenes and into Bianca's home as she preps for her big night with Brett.

Bianca planned to wear her hair slicked back into a sleek ponytail for the Emmys this year, so the focus would be on her face. To accentuate her Grecian light mauve dress, Brett gave her dramatic smoky eyes with tones of pewter, brown and plum and highlighted her cheeks and lips with light-reflecting dewy shades.

Try Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in Soft Plum - just dab on the apples of cheeks. For additional glow, Brett added Benefit Girl Meets Pearl highlighter on top of cheeks...it's like the icing on the cake!

- Use a soft brown/plum shade like MAC Quarry and 'recess' the eyelid by brushing up from the lashline into the crease and almost into the brow. Brush underneath the lid as well, keeping close to the lower lashline.
- Highlight the arch of the eyebrow by using a pale shimmery shade like MAC Nylon right under the brow bone.
- Add a drop of water to a dark burgundy plum eye shadow like MAC Blackberry and take a small brush (as the colors get darker, your brush should get smaller!), swirl into the damp shadow and brush tightly along the lashline and make a sideways 'V' shape - taking the line softly around into the crease of the lid. As the shadow dries, lightly feather the line so it's not too severe.
- Once the eyes are dry, add a drop of water to a silvery pewter shade like MAC Idol Eyes and brush on top of the lower lid to add sheen and dimension.
- Use a dark mascara on lashes like L'Oreal Voluminous in Carbon. Brett loves this mascara!

Even if you have killer brows like Bianca, you want the darkest feature on your face to be your lashes. For the red carpet, Brett applied MAC Goldmine (an intense gold shimmer shadow) wet to the brows with a fantail brush to lighten and brighten her brows. Set the look with clear brow gel like Vanitymark Ultra-Brow Gel in Acrylica!

With so much color and drama on Bianca's eyes, Brett wanted to keep her lips low key and glossy. He used Bella Donna Pink Diamond lip gloss for a hint of color and shine that wouldn't overpower her look.

Don't forget the rest of your exposed skin! Brett used his own Vanitymark Shimmerskin, a champagne-hued shimmery body makeup on Bianca's arms and décolleté to make sure her skin didn't look low-watt next to her gorgeous makeup!

Now, even without a makeup artist by your side, you can get 'red carpet ready' the same way the stars do!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Video Quick Tip #56 - August 10, 2010

Do you ever get stuck in a beauty rut? No one is immune to them, and even one of Brett's favorite beauty bloggers - Cindy from Hello Dollface - could use some inspiration every now and then.

Brett helps Cindy add a little kick to her go-to smoky eye look...click below for the inside scoop!

The smoky eye is one of Brett's favorite makeup looks as well, but sometimes it needs a little spice! Brett gave Cindy these quick little tips to add extra oomph:

WET SHIMMER: Take a shimmery, pewter shadow like MAC Idol Eyes, add a drop of water on top and swirl in a tight eyeshadow brush. Apply the wet shadow on top of any neutral shade you've already applied for your smoky eye (taupes, charcoals, golds, plums, etc.), and keep it close to the lashline. It will add light reflection and depth to your eyes and dries down to a cream shadow finish. It's like icing on the cake!

EXTEND YOUR LINER: Extended eyeliner is an instant attention-grabber! Sweep your eyeliner beyond the end of your eye and UP towards your temple (not straight across...and definitely not down!). Be sure to "marry" the upper eyeliner line with the lower eyeliner line in the corner of the eye so it becomes one unit, not 2 separate lines. Brett loves MAC Smolder eyeliner.

So what did Cindy have to say about her new look? "It's like a modern, blue-eyed Kim Kardashian!"

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Video Quick Tip #55 - July 13, 2010

Summertime is here and it's the perfect time to talk BRONZERS!

Bronzers seem to be a mystery to you gals, as Brett receives a lot of questions on this topic! Shimmer or no shimmer? What shades are best? How and where do you apply it?

Brett dishes all his tips on the subject, and demos a beachy bronzed look on his lovely assistant Kate.

Shimmer? Brett says keep it to a minimum. Too much shimmer and it will look glittery and won't photograph well.

Shade? Look for bronzers with a hint of pink. Dark terra cotta bronzers give a lot of quick impact, but won't look natural - no one tans that shade! Brett likes Benefit One Hot Minute.

What if I'm really fair? For the most natural hint o' color, try a regular face powder one or two shades darker than you normally wear. This works really well because it's already made in fleshy tones and won't add too much pigment to fair skin tones.

How to apply? Apply your makeup as usual and be sure to set with face powder (if skin is too moist, bronzer will grab to skin and look dark and blotchy). Use a big fluffy face brush and apply bronzer anywhere you'd apply face powder, starting with the neck. Don't use to just blush cheeks - it looks too muddy. Start soft and build the bronzer to your ideal shade.

What about the rest of my body? Don't forget about all your other exposed skin during the summer! Try NARS Body Glow body oil or Vanitymark's Summerskin body bronzing makeup.

Happy bronzing and happy summer!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Video QuickTip #54 - June 15, 2010

Brett recently hosted a brow event at The Cosmetic Market in Nashville, TN and he documented 14 year-old Meredith’s very first brow clean-up!

If you’re curious about the basics of brow tweezing, or have a teen sister, daughter, etc., this is a must-see!

First things first, tidy up your brow area. Use tweezers to take away any of the ‘cobwebs’– those feathering hairs that grow downward in the areas above and outside of your brows. Your brow line will instantly look cleaner!

Get in the middle. Tweezing the middle of your two brows is easy because there is no shaping involved! Anything that’s in between your two brows needs to go.

Where should the brows start? No need to use a pencil to ‘line up’ the brow line – nature knows what it’s doing. Your brows should start right where the majority of your brow hairs begin growing; don’t take away too many rows or it will look unnatural.

Trim the brows. Do this very carefully to avoid a mishap! Use a brow spoolie or a clean mascara wand to brush all the brow hairs up. Use cuticle scissors to trim the tips off, and then brush back down.

To arch or not to arch? A drastic brow arch is too much for teens or those who never tweeze their brows. Lightly tweeze out a row or two underneath the brow if hairs look too out of place. Remember to start slow – just a neatened brow line will look fab!

The finishing touch. Teens don’t need to fill in their brows, but if you have any sparse areas, feel free to touch up with a brow pencil one shade lighter than hairs – Brett’s Vanitymark line has seven shades to choose from, so you’re sure to find a great match. Clear brow gel is helpful for unruly brows – it’s like hair spray for your arches!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Video QuickTip #53 - June 1, 2010

In this month’s InStyle magazine, Brett dishes about one of his favorite concealers – Clé de Peau Beauté. It moves with the skin, comes in flattering shades that really cover, and has a beautiful finish.

But, at $75 a tube and only available at select retailers, Brett wanted to share some other great options with you.

Brett prefers full bodied concealers in stick or pot form. They give more color payout than tube concealers, so they really hide those imperfections you’re looking to dodge. You can always thin out the color if needed – heavier is better in this instance!

Before you douse your face with concealer, a word of advice: Use foundation or tinted moisturizer first for a 'veil of coverage.' You probably don’t need nearly as much concealer as you thought. Use sparingly – only on the deepest, darkest inner corners of the eyes and on blemishes. For blemish coverage, be sure to use a tight, pinpoint brush for precision.

MID-RANGE CONCEALER – Brett loves MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer. With 14 colors to choose from (and the help of knowledgeable MAC employees), it’s easy to nail the perfect shade AND tone for your skin for just $16.50.

DRUGSTORE BUY – Brett loves the traditional Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector Concealer. It only comes in 5 shades, so you may want to buy 2 to mix and match. The consistency is great, and for under $10, this is a sure bet!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Video QuickTip #52 - April 27, 2010

Finally….spring is here!

With the onset of warm, sunny weather, it’s time to start thinking more about sun protection.

Brett shares his favorite sunblock and tips for using it.

Brett loves Clinique City Block – which comes in sheer (great for under makeup) or bronze shimmer (great for laying out on the beach!) and SPF 25 or 40.

Why is it so great?

City Block is a sunBLOCK, not a sunSCREEN, meaning it physically blocks the sun’s rays with Zinc Oxide instead of filtering them through. Brett compares it to the sunlight blocking power of a blackout curtain on a window versus a light shade. Zinc Oxide is an important ingredient that any fair gals (especially those that freckle) should look for in a sunblock.

Clinique City Block is also oil-free, so it’s perfect for those with oily or acne-prone skin. The sheer and weightless formula is easy to layer under makeup or wear alone, so there’s no excuse to not wear it everyday!

Even when sunbathing poolside or at the beach, Brett recommends keeping sunblock in your arsenal. You may use sunSCREEN (SPF 15 or higher) on most of your body, but dab sunBLOCK on all the “hot spots” – top of the nose, top of ears, collar bone, and breast bone – the skin is thin in those areas and tends to grab the sun more quickly than the rest of the body.

So if you’re looking for a great, all-around sunblock, check out City Block at your local Clinique counter!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Video QuickTip #51 - March 23, 2010

Put your best cheek forward!

While on tour in New Orleans, Brett and Reba set aside a minute to play pretty and show us their simple blush trick to get cheeks that really POP with definition and color.

It’s all about the CONTOUR, the BLUSH and the HIGHLIGHT.

You need the following tools:

  • tight contouring blush brush - Brett likes the MAC 116 brush.
  • fleshy face powder compact one shade darker than your natural color - Brett uses benefit get even pressed powder #3 on Reba!
  • pretty pink matte blush shade of your choice - Brett says to stick with fruity, juicy shades…nothing brown or ruddy!
  • champagne hued highlighter powder - Brett likes LORAC Perfectly Lit Powder in Luminous.

Brett's no-fail guide to getting chiseled, perfectly flushed cheeks:

CONTOUR - Start with the fleshy face powder and brush into the area where the cheekbone meets the hairline. Dot and smooth along inward underneath the cheek bone to the apple of the cheek.

BLUSH - Brush your blush shade of choice all along the cheekbone area.

HIGHLIGHT - For the finishing touch, add highlighting powder along the top of the cheekbone and on the apple of the cheek – it’ll really catch the light when you smile!

Smile pretty and let those cheeky apples of yours take focus!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Video QuickTip #50 - March 9, 2010

What was your favorite Oscar beauty look this year?

Brett loved Amanda Seyfried’s modern shimmery taupe and fleshy pink makeup. Watch as Brett and Aynsley copy the look – it’s easier than you think!

The key to Amanda’s modern neutral look lies in the shimmering taupe and pewter winged eyeshadow!

  • Use a muted beige shade (like MAC Wedge) and brush over the whole lid area, under the lower lash line and wing out slightly.
  • Take a deeper plum brown shade (MAC Blackberry is great) and brush onto the outer corner of the upper lash line and up into the crease of the lid (like a sideways ‘V’).
  • Use a dark charcoal gray liner (like Benefit’s Stainless Eye Pencil) to line the whole lower lashline and the outer corner of the upper lash line, winging out to mirror the shadow shape.
  • Highlight the brow bone with a champagne hue, and for the final shimmering touch, use a small wet eyeshadow brush and apply a iridescent silvery violet shade (like MAC Idol Eyes) to the upper lash line, a bit of the lid and into the tearduct area. It will dry to a nice, luminous finish and really catch the light!
  • A black-black mascara (like L’Oreal Voluminous) adds impact to the lashes.
  • With so much interest in the eyes, you want to make sure your brows are clean and structured. Use a brow pencil one shade lighter than your actual hairs (try one of the 7 shades from Brett’s Vanitymark line) and lightly fill in the brows, concentrating on the tail.
  • Benefit Sugarbalm Blush adds a rosy pink flush to cheeks with a hint of shimmer.
  • Bobbi Brown Blush Pink lipgloss is like your own lip color, just a little more vivid.
Now look in the mirror – don’t you look just like Amanda? Enjoy pretty!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Video QuickTip #49 - February 23, 2010

Ah, the smoky eye - so haute, yet so elusive! With one foul eye shadow stroke, we can end up with more of a black eye than a sex kitten look.

Actress and comedienne Melissa Peterman (currently hosting The Singing Bee on CMT) stopped by to learn how to sex up her eyes in 4 simple steps from Brett.

Your smoky eye kit should include -
  • 3 shades of coordinating colors - 1 medium and 1 dark satin finish shadow and 1 shimmery light shadow. You can use navy, plum, burgundy, copper, neutrals...a smoky eye isn't limited to charcoals!
  • eye shadow brushes - a medium size and a smaller, tighter brush
  • dark eye shadow pencil

And now, Brett's 4-step smoky eye trick. Cue drum roll!

1. Start with the medium shadow and medium brush. Rim the eye around the lash line and up into the lid, almost to the brow. brush up and out and feather to blend. This should be a big broad application of color - use this shade to 'recess' and sink the lid in.
2. Next pick up the darker shadow and the smaller brush. Remember - as the shade gets darker, the size of your brush should get smaller! Apply the color really close to the lash line and lightly up into the crease, but not as far as the medium shade. You want the two shades to blend seamlessly.
3. The lightest shade should be pale and shimmery to contrast. Brush along the tail of your brow and feather down into the darker shades on the lid. This will really make your brow bone pop.
4. For the final touch, take a dark liner pencil and lightly line the eyes, staying really close to the lash line and slightly winging out at the corner of the eye.

And that's it - an exotic, impactful smoky eye in 4 easy steps!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Video QuickTip #48 - February 9, 2010

Having soft, kissable lips on Valentine's Day is muy importante.

Brett brought along special guest Frieda Laye from the LA show Chico's Angels to show us a few tips about pretty lips.

Frieda Laye knows a thing or two about kissing boys. Attain a super soft kisser with these tips:

Hydration - We're like plants...drinking enough water is key to having plump lips and dewy skin! Be sure to drink at least 3 BIG glasses of water per day and remember, even iced teas and juices are helpful.

Exfoliation - After brushing your teeth every night, run your toothbrush over your lips to increase cell turnover, especially in winter and dry climates when lips get extra dry and chapped.

Know your lip balms - There are 3 main kinds of lip balms: the goopy forms that come in a pot, the hard wax 'chapstick' form and satin finish balms (with a texture in the middle of the other two). For a lasting shiny soft pucker, try layering: waxy chapstick on bottom for staying power with a satin finish or Vaseline-type on top for extra shine and hydration.

Get ready to smooch!

A special bonus for Quick Tip devotees: get FREE SHIPPING on Dr. KISS, Brett's pink-tinted satin finish lip balm or any other goodies on Vanitymark.com now through February 14th. Just use promo code '

Enjoy pretty!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Video QuickTip #47 – January 27, 2010

No pretty girl should have dirty makeup brushes!

Cleaning your brushes is so important to keep bacteria and germs at bay. Learn the fastest and most thorough method to keep your brushes clean and in shape from a guy who knows - Brett Freedman!

Okay gals - for a proper brush cleansing (which you should do about once a week), you need the following tools:
  • towel
  • sink and counter space
  • Dr. Bronner's Magic Pure Castile Liquid Soap - available at health food stores and some Target locations
Clean your sink so you have a fresh and clean surface to work with.

Squeeze the Dr. Bronner in a zig zag motion across the sink. Take your brushes one by one to a section of soap (each brush gets its own section) and swirl around, pumping up and down.

As you finish sudsing each brush, lay it out on the counter to soak in and absorb the soap for a few minutes.

Then take each brush, rinse it under warm water, and swirl and pump it up and down until all the pigment and bubbles disappear. This will clean your sink, too!

While the brushes are still wet, mold them back into their original shape and lay out to dry on a towel with the bristles hanging over the edge of the sink. This allows for dripping and more airflow for a faster dry!

And there you have it - the insider's method for optimal brush cleaning!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Video QuickTip #46 - January 12, 2010

Jersey Shore has become a guilty pleasure for a lot of us, Brett included!

Learn how to mimic the look with Brett for your next trip to Karma... click below for the inside scoop!

Switching from stud earrings to hoops is NOT enough to be Jersey fab. You have to go all the way if you want to be a true 'guidette!'

Brett gave 'Greek' actress Aynsley Bubbico a complete Jersey Shore makeover with the following:
  • press-on nails
  • liquid bronzer in the darkest shade to fake that inner tanning bed glow
  • Jemma Kidd School silvery pink gloss - not complete without dark brown lip liner!
  • hair extensions and a teased, hairsprayed poof!
With a look like this, you'll be sure to find your own 'Situation' at the Shore!