Ali Ro + The City Girl in Me

For the past few weeks, I have been guest blogging over at Ali Ro's My Life blog. We have teamed up to share head-to-toe looks coordinated to New York City neighborhoods. Ever wonder what lipstick the Upper East Side girl stashes in her bag or what a downtown girl can’t live without?

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Every Day Makeup

     

My lovely model Ally does not usually wear much makeup— a tinted moisturizer & blush is all. Her skin is dry & sensitive, and told me she has not been able to find a makeup routine that works. She wanted me to teach her how to look like the flawless, dewy-skinned version of herself. She also bravely allowed me to take a before and after shot in natural light and with a flash, to show how the makeup looks at different times of day. My aim was to give her a polished look that’s pretty and feminine, that does not distract from her natural beauty.

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SPF. 
Whether you’re headed to the beach, for a run, or window shopping on a sunny day, it is really important to protect your skin with SPF. The products below work double duty as a light coverage foundation and provide the added benefit of sun protection. If you need more coverage, add concealer where there is redness or darkness under the eyes.
Word to the wise— the term tinted moisturizer does not mean there is guaranteed moisturizer in the product. Be sure to hydrate the skin before applying the coverage.
Shop these products here (clockwise from top left): Nars Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 // Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 // Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 // Smashbox BB Cream SPF 35 // Dior Hydralife BB Cream SPF 30 // Bobbi Brown oil-free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15

SPF. 

Whether you’re headed to the beach, for a run, or window shopping on a sunny day, it is really important to protect your skin with SPF. The products below work double duty as a light coverage foundation and provide the added benefit of sun protection. If you need more coverage, add concealer where there is redness or darkness under the eyes.

Word to the wise— the term tinted moisturizer does not mean there is guaranteed moisturizer in the product. Be sure to hydrate the skin before applying the coverage.

Shop these products here (clockwise from top left): Nars Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 // Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 // Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 // Smashbox BB Cream SPF 35 // Dior Hydralife BB Cream SPF 30 // Bobbi Brown oil-free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15

City Girl Logic: Where to skimp and splurge with beauty products? Here is a helpful guide.
Something to keep in mind when shopping for beauty products is the shelf life. Mascaras should be replaced every 3-6 months, and  lip glosses should not be kept over 1 year. On the other hand, powder blush and eyeshadow can last up to 2 years. **Expert tip: if it smells strange, or the color is off, throw it away. No need to take a chance!
My philosophy is, spend the least amount of money on the items you replace most frequently— eyeliner, mascara, lipstick/ gloss— and spend the most money on the items you use over a longer period to ensure you get the best quality and payoff. I cannot stress enough how important it is to splurge on your skincare, foundation, concealer, and powders— especially if you have skin concerns of aging, acne, or sensitivity. If you skimp on everything else, you can try new beauty trends without breaking the bank.

City Girl Logic: Where to skimp and splurge with beauty products? Here is a helpful guide.

Something to keep in mind when shopping for beauty products is the shelf life. Mascaras should be replaced every 3-6 months, and  lip glosses should not be kept over 1 year. On the other hand, powder blush and eyeshadow can last up to 2 years. **Expert tip: if it smells strange, or the color is off, throw it away. No need to take a chance!

My philosophy is, spend the least amount of money on the items you replace most frequently— eyeliner, mascara, lipstick/ gloss— and spend the most money on the items you use over a longer period to ensure you get the best quality and payoff. I cannot stress enough how important it is to splurge on your skincare, foundation, concealer, and powders— especially if you have skin concerns of aging, acne, or sensitivity. If you skimp on everything else, you can try new beauty trends without breaking the bank.

My Life as a Makeup Artist.

Brides are the most fun clients for any makeup application because they are excited, you’re helping them look good for their man, and the makeup is almost always neutrals to make them look naturally beautiful and polished.

We did 2 trials before figuring out the perfect look and came up with these products:

1. Laura Mercier oil-free primer. This created a layer over her moisturizer, keeping it locked in, and provided a smooth base for her foundation. No touch ups needed!

2. Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15. Since it was an outdoor wedding during a sunny Labor Day weekend, we opted for a foundation with SPF to protect her skin, while creating a flawless finish.

3. Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer. For those of us getting to that age when we need more moisture under the eyes, this concealer is a best bet. With brightening and moisturizing properties, this concealer was working double duty while hiding any darkness under the eye.

4. Laura Mercier Bronzing Pressed Powder Golden Bronze. I worked this bronzer onto her cheekbones, temples, and slightly on the bridge of her nose to create warmth and a natural glow.

5. Smashbox Photo Lid Primer. This is a no-creasing miracle! Despite the warm weather on the day of her wedding, this eyelid primer kept her shadow looking fresh and crease-less.

6. Stila Eye Shadow Trio in Ethereal. For this wedding, the bride wanted to have natural, but defined eyes. I used the bone shimmer color all over the lid. Next, I blended the taupe color into her crease with a tapered brush, beneath the brow bone. Finally, I used the chocolate brown with a smudging brush along her upper and lower lash line for added definition.

7. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner in Black. With a fine liner brush, I started with a thin line along the inner corner of the lash line and along the outer corner gradually thickened it.

8. Laura Mercier Corner Faux Eyelashes. Applied with waterproof Duo glue and Tweezerman tweezers for precision, these lashes added the little exta oomph to her eyes. (See photo).

9. BADgal Waterproof Mascara. With humidity, laughter, and tears of joy, waterproof mascara is a MUST for any bride. BADgal’s feathery full brush packs on mascara to make lashes look unforgettable.

10. Revlon ColorStay Mineral Lip Glaze in Coral. This lip color is a long wear and it truly did the job! It acted as a base color and primer that kept her lips looking full for every photo op.

11. Cargo Gloss Quad in South Beach. To give the lips a bit of sheen, I applied the Sheer Pink color over the ColorStay with a lip brush. Picture perfect!

(Photos by Rosen-Jones Photography).

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