Eddie Funkhouser for Rite-Aid

Products from Eddie Funkhouser’s new cosmetics line. FTC Disclosure: These products were provided for review.

This Spring, Makeup Artist and Product Development Expert, Eddie Funkhouser, launched a new cosmetics line, which bears his name, allowing everyone access to professional-quality makeup products, without breaking the bank. The line, currently available at Rite-Aid, is a fusion of the artist’s creative edge and vibrant personality meets studio-grade beauty formulas. The result: modern packaging, bold hues, and innovative formulas. Below are some of the products I tired.

Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze (metallic electric purple)

What is it? A hologram-inspired liquid liner that provides vibrant dual-chrome pigments for fashion forward eyes.

What I liked: Loaded with multidimensional shine, the bold color highlighted my eyes every time I blinked. The smooth formula glided on easily and lasted throughout the entire night without reapplying.


Quattro Variable Lash Mascara

What is it? A 4-level application mascara that adjusts at the base to provide varying lash effects.

What I like: Using the mascara was a playful experience. As you turn the dial, the tip of the wand twists to enhance, separate, curl and lengthen, depending on your desired lash look. My lashes looked stunning; they were full, elongated and I looked like I was wearing falsies.

Results after using Quattro Variable Lash Mascara

Learn more about Eddie here»

Event Alert: April 20th – A Nashville Beauty Event

On April 20th, Cloutier Remix, a Los Angeles based premiere hair, makeup and styling agency, will be presenting The Nashville Beauty Event, an intimate day of beauty and education, and the first of its kind in Nashville, Tennessee. The event will feature celebrity makeup artist Terri Apanasewicz, who has worked with numerous celebrities including Hillary Scott, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Giselle Bundchen and Cindy Crawford, to name a few.

Terri will be speaking at two sessions: A General Consumer Session ($95) and a Professional Make Up Artist Session ($195). The first session will focus on self-application, and the second professional session will provide an in-depth look at techniques to apply makeup on others. Each seminar comes with an incredible gift of products featuring Terri’s favorite products from her kit, worth $150-$250. Click here to register or to learn more.

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Perfectly Matched: Custom Blended Foundation

If you’ve been reading this blog long enough you know that I have spent countless hours of time and money trying to find a perfect foundation shade for my hard to match skin tone (See Makeup Felony: Mismatched Foundation and In search of “The One”). I finally decided that it was best to try one final route: have my foundation custom blended. I searched online and came across GIELLA cosmetics, a makeup company founded in 2001 that custom blends cosmetics for the face, eyes, cheeks, lips, and nails. Everything is blended for you on the spot, so you can take home your brand new cosmetics to use right away. The company doesn’t only custom blend makeup, but also matches discontinued colors. In love with a lipstick shade that is no longer available in stores? Bring it to your nearest GIELLA location and they will recreate it.

The Process

I made an appointment with a GIELLA makeup artist in New York City a few months ago. I told her about my frustration of not being able to find a perfect match, and she explained that one of the problems with most foundations out on the market is that most of them have yellow undertones. Most people have blue undertones. She added some blue coloring into my foundation mix, as well as quartz mineral to aid in reducing the size of my pores. Three color mixes were made and tested across my jaw line. After we both agreed that the perfect match was created, the makeup artist painted it on one side of my face, and the result was amazing! I finally had a foundation that matched, felt lightweight, and gave just the right amount of coverage.

Next, we moved on to concealer. In order to make the concealer, the color base had to be melted. Once it was liquefied, my unique color formula was added and mixed. It was tested on me to make sure it perfectly matched, and then the liquid was poured into a small GIELLA container to harden into a creamy consistency.

The Result

I was very happy with my results, but when I used the foundation the next day, it no longer looked great on my skin. The color pigments separated, and no matter how much I mixed the foundation on the back of my hand, I couldn’t get the foundation to blend into one solid color. I emailed the makeup artist, who sweetly invited me to return for a do-over at no cost. At the dimly lit makeup counter, the newly mixed foundation looked perfect; but, once again, when I got home, it didn’t match. I  didn’t bother to send another e-mail, so the search for the perfect foundation continues….

Get Glowing Skin this Spring with Per-fekt Beauty

This weekend in NYC I was in disbelief as I peered out the window and saw snowflakes softly falling from the sky. The good news is, the weather was too warm for it to stick. Do you know what that means? Spring is coming! And soon after, summer, summer, summertime (cue Will Smith from his Fresh Prince days). Anyway, what better way to prepare for the advent of skin-bearing clothing than to make sure your body is glowing from head to toe with a hot new beauty kit from per-fekt beauty.


Rihanna’s makeup artist, Mylah Morales, has used some of per-fekt beauty’s products to create the singer’s sexy glow, and now you too will have everything you need to look like a superstar with the newly launched Ready, Set, Glow Kit. The products, according to Morales, “are unique in that they act as a modern multi-use alternative to traditional foundations and powder bronzers and blushes, creating a healthy and youthful look to boost your natural skin color.”

The kit (a $100 value) includes per-fekt’s body perfection gel in matte tan ($45), cheek perfection gel in bronzed ($28) and lip perfection gel in sunset ($24). Get it now for $45 by using the code “GLOWKIT” at checkout (P.S. If you sign up for their newsletter you can save 25%).


Backstage Access: Fall 2013 NYFW Alon Livne makeup by Per-fekt Beauty

Makeup artist Suzana Hallili applying the finishing touches on a model
Makeup artist Suzana Hallili applying the finishing touches on a model

On February 9th, I had the amazing opportunity to go backstage at Alon Livne’s show held at Lincoln Center as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Lead makeup artist Suzana Hallili explained that Livne wanted the models to look solider-like, an effect she created by emphasizing strong brows and grey, smoldering eyes. Gun Metal eye shadow, custom-made by Mob Wives’s star Love Majewski in collaboration with Hallili and Richard Anderson, was used on the upper and lower eye lids. Strong brows were defined with per-fekt brow perfection gel ($22), while nude lips made sure the model’s eyes remained the focus of attention. For luminous skin, skin perfection gel ($57.50) was used as a base all over the face, and cheek perfection gel in bronzed ($28) accentuated cheekbones.

Smouldering eyes and defined brows created the solider-like effect requested by the designer
Smouldering eyes and defined brows created the solider-like effect requested by the designer
The final make-up look
The final make-up look

Beauty Tip 1:  According to Hallili, the skin perfecting gel can also be used to clean up excess eyeshadow that may fall under the eye, without having to worry about ruining the rest of your makeup.

Beauty tip 2: Hallili used eye perfection gel ($45) under eyes to neutralize redness, and make the models look more awake since they are usually tired from back-to-back shows. It’s a great product to use when you haven’t gotten a full night’s rest.

Backstage,  I had the chance to chat with Love Majewski. “I love all of Per-fekt Beauty’s products,” she raved. “I especially love their body perfection gel.”


In addition to joining the cast of VH1’s Mob Wives, Majewski is a licensed cosmetologist and celebrity make-up artist. She also has a line of color cosmetics called Veritas Cosmetics.

Lips like a Material Girl

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to stealing my mom’s red lipstick as a kid and singing into a hair brush to Madonna’s “Material Girl” in front of a mirror. Even though I didn’t have a comparable Marlin Monroe pink dress Madonna replicated in the video, I did have the iconic red lips. The only problem was, my mom’s crimson lipstick didn’t exactly match well with my skin tone. Yes, even at eight, I knew what colors looked best on me. Red is a tricky shade to wear, but Madonna’s makeup artist, Gina Brooke, has collaborated with MAKE UP FOR EVER to create a shade that is universally flattering, high-pigmented, smudge-proof and long-lasting. The hue called Aqua Rouge #8 is the official lip color for Madonna’s MDNA tour, and is double-ended lip stain and gloss stick, so you get two products for the price of one. Anxious to get your sexy red pout? Aqua Rouge #8 is available in stores now.

The Barely there makeup face at Fashion Weeks around the world

One common makeup theme during fashion week from London to New York is the lack of emphasis of the lips and cheeks. In numerous fashion shows models showed off dramatic eye looks and hair, contrasted against natural or muted lips and cheeks. Makeup during fashion week is just as important as the fashion itself, reports CNBC.com. The decisions makeup artists make during fashion week “influence what women will buy in the months to come,” but it usually takes a while for the trends to trickle down to the average consumer. Here’s how you can get the look and stay ahead of the trend:

1. Apply a tinted moisturizer. Because tinted moisturizers are sheer, your natural skin will shine through while evening out your skin complexion.
2. Use concealer sparingly on imperfections only where you really need it, such as blemishes and under eye circles.
Models at Cibeles Fashion Week A/W 2011 (From L to R: Devota & Lomba Fashion Show; Jesus del Pozo Fashion Show; Roberto Verino Fashion Show).
3. Set your makeup with translucent powder.
4. Create a natural look with warm cheek colors similar to your natural flush. You can figure out your natural skin’s blush color by pinching your cheeks. Smile and blend the color in circular motions. Try bareMinerals All-Over Face Colors, which were designed to mimic the natural dewy color of a baby’s cheeks.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC (2011 Spring Fashion Shows from L tor R: Elene Cassis; Son Jung Wan; Naeem Khan).
5. While the facial makeup was toned down during fashion week, eyes were emphasized. Use eyeliner and eyes shadow to accentuate your eyes. Coat eyelashes with mascara.
6. Use a tinted lip balm or gloss that closely matches your natural lip color. Try Smashbox O-GLOSS Intuitive Lip Gloss With Goji Berry-C Complex™. This lip gloss reacts with your skin chemistry to intuitively create your perfect subtle shade of pink.
London Fashion Week Shows from L to R: Betty Jackson Show; Central Saint Martins MA Show; Osman show.
7. Strike a pose. Hey, you don’t have to be a model at fashion week to admire just how gorgeous you are!