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Exciting News!

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You might be wondering why I haven't been posting to my blog at all for the past year.  It's because this year has been incredibly busy with project that was very hush-hush until now.  I have been neck deep in pigments, paints and powders, not just as a makeup artist, but as a creator of a makeup new line, Fiona Stiles Beauty!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally be able to share this news wth everyone after testing and using the products for the past year on all of my clients. 

Fiona Stiles Beauty is a 120 piece line (yes, 120 pieces!) that covers literally all of your beauty needs, but with a very specific makeup artist’s point of view.  Pigment and payoff were really important to me in developing the line so the products all have incredible, vibrant, long wearing colors. I also wanted to create something that has the quality of an expensive high-end brand at a reasonable price point so that incredible quality can be available to everyone. I think you’ll really love them and I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Fiona Stiles Beauty is exclusive to Ulta and Ulta.com

Get the Look: Elizabeth Banks at the "Movies for Grown Ups" Awards

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Client: Elizabeth Banks
Event: AARP "Movies for Grown Ups Awards
Date: Feb 8, 2016

For this event Elizabeth was wearing a very pretty white dress with color blocking on it.  Clothes look so amazing on her and we tend to play a lot with bright, bold lips, but we decided to not go with a statement lip because of the color blocking.  Instead we opted for a soft, pretty look with light pink cheeks and lips and a gently smokey taupe eye.  After prepping the skin I used a foundation brush and a beautyblender to apply the foundation, followed by a bit of concealer where needed.  A dusting of loose powder set the makeup which I followed with a swirl of a pale pink blush and a little illuminating powder along the tops of the cheekbones for a touch of radiance.  After filling in the brows I swept a warm taupe shade of shadow over the lids, blurring the line away from the lash line on the top and bottom so that shadow created a soft ring around the eye. I lined the upper lid and the waterline with a taupe pencil, which gives a lovely sensual elongated eye without closing the eyes up like black or brown. Using taupe shadow and eyeliner is one of my favorite red carpet tricks; it's amazing how something so subtle can open up the eyes so much. After that I curled the lashes and added two coats of mascara.  A soft pink lip kept the look fresh and pretty.  She just looks effortless and radiant.  Who doesn't want that?

 

PRODUCTS:

Foundation:
Fiona Stiles Beauty Luminous Finish Foundation Concentrate 04

Concealer:
Fiona Stiles Beuaty Full Cover Perfecting Concealer 04 and Peach Corrector

Powder:
Fiona Stiles Beauty Invisible Finish Loose Setting Powder in Whitestone

Blush/Bronzer/Highlighter: 
Fiona Stiles Beauty Soft Cheek Veil in Sweetwater
Fiona Stiles Light Illusion Prism Palette

Contour:
Fiona Stiles Beauty Sheer Sculpting Palette in Light/Medium

Brows:
Dior Sourcils Poudre in Ash Blonde

Eyeshadow:
Fiona Stiles Beauty Artist Eyeshadow Quad in Meier

Eyeliner:
Fiona Stiles Beauty Ultra-Smooth Waterproof Eye Defining Pencil in Mulholland

Mascara:
YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils in High Density Black

Lips:
Fiona Stiles Beauty Hydrashine Essential Lip Color in Louella

New Work: Teen Vogue with Hailey Baldwin Photographed by Julia Noni

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photography: Julia Noni  /  hair: Dennis Devoy  /   stylist: Felicia Garcia-Rivera  /   
makeup: Fiona Stiles

Working with Teen Vogue is always a dream; they are so fashion forward and I love the way they push teen fashion.  Hailey Baldwin was totally game for how physical it was and I love how she brought her dance background to the shoot, it brought the pictures to a whole other level.  She was also really cool with letting me keep her makeup stripped down, just focusing on beautiful skin, which is always a favorite for me.  Having it so simple kept it looking fresh and really cool, especially because the clothes had so much going on with all of the patterns.  Knowing when to keep it minimal is really important, as important as being able to really go for it and paint a face... it's ok to  have the lack of a statement be the statement.


Foundation:

Powder:
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder

Contour:
MAC Cream Color Base in "Nude"

Highlighter:

Lipbalm:
Glossier The Balm Dot Com


Get The Look: Nicole Richie at the Tom Ford Autumn/Winter 2015 Show in Los Angeles

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hair: Gregory Russell  / styling: Simone Harouche  /  makeup:  Fiona Stiles

Oh how I love Nicole Richie.  She is funny, smart, kind and I love to paint that face!  I think she is so beautiful; there's just so much space to work with on those eyes and her skin tone is divine.  She is a fashion risk taker and is always incredibly chic, whether it's for a red carpet event or just running around town.  You know she will always make a statement on the red carpet.

For the Tom Ford show in LA last week, Nicole wore a dress from the Tom Ford archives.  It was floor length and long sleeved with sequins in a leopard pattern.  Just a total showstopper.  I didn't want there to be any hard or graphic lines with the makeup, just lots of definition on the eyes with dark rusty browns and beautifully defined cheekbones.

Here's what I used and how I achieved the look:

I always prep the skin with moisturizer.  That just goes without saying.  Foundation just doesn't go on as nicely without applying cream first.  Then using the beautyblender, I worked in her foundation, starting at the center of the face and working outwards for the most natural finish.  After applying concealer here and there and setting the skin with powder, I used a deep matte bronze to shape the face, sweeping it along the hairline and under the cheekbones.  A soft gold powder was used along the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose to create soft highlights.

I filled in the brows using a soft, neutral brown eyebrow pencil and set them with gel.  I always set the brows because an unruly brow just makes me mental.  Using a dome shaped brush, I swept on a medium toned matte brown shadow up past the crease, and then I used a darker matte brown in the outer corners, swirling the color until it was perfectly blended.  I am having a total love affair with matte shadows right now.  I think they look super chic, and I felt like sequins and a shimmery shadow would  just be a bit much.  I used a matte brown eyeliner pencil along the top of the lashes and in the waterline, top and bottom, and all of the way into the inner corner of the eyes for some drama.  Using a medium toned brown, I smudged the shadow under the lower lashes to add a soft smokey look without dragging down the eyes.  I used a very special strip lash on top (they come from Japan and are the most beautiful lashes I have ever used.  Very soft and fluttery) and used a tiny touch of black mascara at the roots to blend her natural lashes in.  For the bottom lashes I used a burgundy mascara instead of black.  Again, I wanted to keep the feeling under her eyes really soft and black would have felt too harsh.  Fo the lips I used a warm nude brown.





Moisturizer: 

Foundation:
Armani Luminous Silk #6

Concealer:
Tom Ford Concealing Pen in Medium

Powder:
Laura Mercier Transluscent Loose Powder

Bronzer:
Jouer Bronzer in Sunswept

Brows:
Dior Brow Pen in Universal Brown

Eyeshadow:
Makeup Forever Matte Eyeshadows in Sweet Chestnut, Latte and Milk Tea

Eyeliner:
Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Eyeliner in Audrey

Mascara:
YSL Faux Cils mascara in Black and Burgundy

Lashes:

Lips:
Tom Ford Sable Smoke


*Astrea V. lashes only available on www.shopreedclarke.com

New Work: ELLE Magazine Photographed by David Bellemere

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photographer: David Bellemere  /  model: Carla Ciffoni  /  stylist: Sabina Schreder  /  hair: Brian Buenaventura  /  nails: April Foreman


We shot the stunning Carla Chiffoni at a really amazing handmade wooden geodesic dome house up at the tippy, tippy top of Topanga Canyon, a hidden hippie wonderland.  The woods around the house were so beautiful and incredibly private.  It felt like a real throwback in time.

For her makeup I went very spartan.... just a touch of concealer, clear gloss on the eyes, brushed up brows and matte lip balm.  Sometimes less is more.

Beauty Conversations Part 2: Christina Zilber, Owner of Jouer Cosmetics

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I have always been about what works.  I love brands that are passionate about what they do and how they grow, especially the smaller brands.  I love to support them and I find that they are equally supportive of us makeup artists, which speaks volumes about how they run their businesses.  One of the brands that I have loved since it's launch is Jouer.  I think their products are beautiful, versatile and frankly, have a real and specific customer in mind, and I love that.  Christina Zilber, the owner of Jouer, makes makeup that women really want to use.  All of the colors are incredibly wearable and the formulas are fantastic.  They consistently come out with products that go directly into my kit and my own makeup bag and I always look forward to seeing what they launch next.  

I wanted to hear more about how Christina started her company because I just love people that make things happen.  And she has created a beautiful brand that everyone should know about.


photo: Jennifer Cawley

- I know that your line is very much about celebrating women and about being a line that women can really use.  All of the colors are incredibly flattering and wearable and the formulas are so dead on.  What is your check list when you're creating a product?
I want women to feel beautiful and confident and like themselves, not “made-up”.  It’s important to me that makeup is effortless in terms of application and effect as well as that it should deliver skincare benefits.  As a product junkie, I’m highly discerning with what I put on my face and I do not compromise with my line.  I test products extensively before they go to market.  I have to love it and believe in it before I’m willing to put my name on it.

- One of Jouer's unique features is its packaging.  Can you describe your philosophy and inspiration for the packaging's customizability?
Sometimes the simplest ideas aren’t represented in the market. I found my niche when I kept trying to find a makeup palette with a concealer inside; simple but impossible to find. I wanted to carry a palette with what I wanted, no more, no less. The idea of real customization is at the heart of the line and it doesn’t exist anywhere else.

- What was your a-ha moment that lead you to creating the line?
 I began my career as a model and my favorite place to be was the makeup trailer.  I was fascinated with how women could be transformed by makeup and loved discovering and trying every product I could get my hands on.
The inspiration began with my desire to customize a palette.  I wanted to create a line of effortless colors with skin care benefits you could combine to create customized, portable palettes.

- Jouer has been around for 8 years now and you are a seasoned business woman.  What do you wish you could have told yourself when you started the line?  
When I started the line I wish I would have known how tough it is. Not that I would have been deterred, but perhaps I would have been more mentally prepared. My father framed a poem by William Bennett for me that I hang in my closet.  It’s called “You Mustn’t Quit” and it’s my mantra now as it was the day I started the brand.

- What have you found to be the most surprising thing you have learned as a business owner?  
Maybe not surprising but somewhat challenging is what worked for the company 8 or even 5 years ago, doesn’t anymore.  You’ve got to adapt. Thanks to social media, now our customers are so savvy, so smart, so educated about what they put on their skin.  To be a successful brand, you must be in conversation with the women who love and buy your products.  Our authenticity really closes that gap and makes Jouer a brand people want to be a part of, and trust. 


- What was your biggest challenge starting Jouer?
Manufacturers minimums have always been a challenge. Because I’m a small company and don’t order in super large quantities, I tend to get pushed back in production queues and everything takes longer than expected. It’s always a challenge being the “little guy”. When I look at competitive companies who produce a palette of 30 eyeshadows for $30 I can guarantee they manufactured those colors in China where there is very little oversite in ingredients. I don’t feel comfortable delivering a subpar and questionable formula to my customers so I’m again at a disadvantage in pricing. A quality formula costs more; I can only hope my customer is aware the cheaper the makeup, the more potential hazardous materials you’re putting on your skin.

- I would have to say that the "Peony" cream blush is akin to NARS's "Orgasm" in the sense that it's Jouer's runaway successful color.  I know it's a staple in my kit and my personal makeup bag!  Was that one of the initial colors in the line or did it come a little later?
Peony was not one of our original colors but it was created early on.  I love a rosy pink cheek and the peony tint was created to make that clean, fresh youthful glow.  My goal was to make that just the right pink so that it was wearable on every skin tone.  Because of the success of the tint, we matched that perfect pink for a Peony lipgloss too. 

- I'll say to you what I said to another female business owner I interviewed: I hate that no one ever asks a man "How do you do it all?"  It's so insulting to ask a woman how she juggles all of her responsibilities; you're a mom, and the owner of a large and very successful makeup line.  So instead of asking how you do it.... I'm just going to say "You're awesome!"  And keep putting out great products.  

Well, thank you.  I am a master juggler and my kids are on the Jouer ride with me.  We all share in the success and failures!  We learn together! And, may I also add, you’re awesome! I love your artistry, you’re a mom, and you just started your own business. I believe women should support each other in the workplace, you will always find a supporter in Jouer.



Beauty Conversations Part 1: Theo Kogan, Owner of Armour Beauty

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When I decided to start Reed Clarke (www.shopreedclarke.com) one of the first people I reached out to was Theo Kogan, owner of Armour Beauty.  I love her range of lip glosses, which I have had in my kit for years, and knew that I wanted them to be a part of the site.  She was on board from the get-go and I adore her for that.

I have known Theo, indirectly and directly for 20 years.  She was the front woman for Lunachicks, one of my favorite bands in college, and then over the years also became a friend.  She is talented, candid and just an incredible person.  When I decided that I wanted to interview some of the people who's products I love and that are featured on Reed Clarke, Theo was (again) the first person I reached out to.  And she didn't disappoint.... she gives a great interview!

Theo Kogan, owner of Armour Beauty

- Let's start with some basics. How long has Armour been around?

Officially  in Brooklyn since 2009.


- What goes in to designing a color?

I am inspired by so many things. One of the newest shades we have, Hi-Way Star, was literally inspired by a painting my daughter Lucy did.  I sent my lab a cut of the paper, a purple brush stroke swatch, from her painting and said, "please add a silvery shimmer".  Sometimes I see a photo of a classic hollywood icon and make a color that is comparable to that; the newest shade, Brigitte, was inspired by a lipstick on a photo of Brigitte Bardot. The color Nina was taken from the color of a dress I saw that was an amazing red/orangey/coral color, so really, it's everything across the board that inspires me. Then the lab I work with sends me samples and we go back and forth until it's right.

Theo in a Burberry campaign

- The names of the colors are all inspired by music and many by female performers.  Out of all of your color names, which lady has been the most influential in your life?

Oh man, so many. I mean, I would have to first go with Debbie Harry; the shade Dreaming is named after a Blondie song. Her and Marilyn Monroe. Debbie Harry is like the modern NYC Rock N Roll Marilyn. Her and the whole band's style is timeless and constantly copied. But also Lucille Ball. Her beauty, smarts, comedy, business savvy.... I mean I can't. I love her so much we named our child after her… She influenced me so much as a performer on stage, as much as Debbie does, in an equal but different way. There are many more, such as Grace Jones. Her talent, fearlessness, she was so ahead of her time.  And her gender-bending beauty is just beyond.


- Your roots are as a performer.  What was the impetus to go from the stage to the lab?

It was a 'lightbulb-idea" moment. A divine intervention or inspiration perhaps. I kind of felt like, OK, this is all cool... I was performing and I was also working as a DJ and a party promoter and still doing some modeling at the time but I sort of felt like, "What's next here"? I always wanted to have some sort of company: clothing or makeup or something. Makeup has been a passion since I was super small.  I used to eat my grandmothers Chapsticks and lipsticks.  I would uncap and inhale them all (they smell a lot better now). I can remember getting into my mom's lipstick and putting it all over my face and getting in trouble. It was a crazy move because even though a band is a business and performing is a business and modeling is a business, it's very different from the cosmetics business. But lip gloss was such a no-brainer choice for me. So many women love it, and so many women I know wear it even it they wear no other makeup.

A modeling shot of Theo

- Creating your own line requires a different skill set than being the front woman for a band.  What were some of your unique challenges?

Luckily it was easy to get a business loan when I started.  I got one and then paid it back within a year or so.  I didn't know about so many things in the cosmetics business; from how you even become a legitimate business, to compatibility testing your components, to charging sales tax, sellers permits, etc.  I mean it goes on and on. So many challenges, so many learning curves. I took some courses, asked everyone I knew for advice and got a business coach which helped enormously.


- You always had such great stage look, and now you're not only the owner of a line of amazing glosses, but an amazing makeup artist.  That's a lot of really fun hats to wear.  How does your past persona influence your present one?

Wow, firstly, for you to say I am an 'amazing makeup artist' means the fucking world to me! Thank you!!
I did things in my own way as per usual, some might say backwards.  Once I started the lip gloss  line I thought, hey, I should do makeup since I have a makeup line.

From my career as a Lunachick/female drag queen/club kid/dj/model/actress etc, etc I would have to say it influences it A LOT. I love dramatic glamourous makeup. I love to paint people up! I also love making skin beautiful as I had terrible cystic acne for a year or so during the early years of Lunachicks.  It was so bad that I was on the horrible but effective drug Acutane for a little bit.  For shows I used to cover my face with derma blend - total drag, literally and figuratively. Now I love to create gorgeous skin even when it might not be so gorgeous. And I don't give skin advice to talent unless asked. I have heard makeup artists tell models with acne what they should do and that is dangerous because first, it makes the model feel bad about themselves and second, the best advise if ASKED is to go to a dermatologist. Even as experts we aren't dermatologists.
Having been model I was tortured by hair and makeup sometimes. I find it really important to be gentle and use the softest brushes, removers and products I can. I also love the chemistry of skin and how you can see it come to life when you add moisture to it. Do I sound like a weirdo, like Jaime Gumb of Silence Of The Lambs?
I am not going to lie, in the beginning it was sometimes very weird to be on this side instead of in the spotlight but I am good with it now. I also really  love working with musicians; I work with Tegan & Sara and the adorable band Echosmith when they are in NY as well as many others.  I just really 'get' how a musician needs to have their look feel right to them. I always hated when makeup artists would try and force a look on me that wasn't 'me'.

Theo as the singer and front woman of Lunachicks, an all girl punk band in the 90's

- What would you tell your 25 year old self?  What inspiration and advice would you offer?

I feel like I would tell her/me to REALLY BELIEVE in myself mostly and that it's all going to work out. And good thing you broke up with that guy… Haha!


- I hate that no one ever asks men "How do you do it all?".  It's so insulting to ask a woman how she juggles all of her responsibilities; you're a mom, a business owner, a makeup artist, a wife and you kick ass!  So instead of asking how you do it... I'm just going to say "You're awesome!"

Thank you! I KNOW! It's so sexist!! It's like when people would ask, "Is it harder to be a woman in the music business". ( see me making a  fart noise). I am sure you get that all the time too. I like to say we make like Nike and we JUST DO IT. LOVE YOU!!!!


Get the Look: Liana Liberato at the 12th Annual Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party

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hair: Adir Abergel  //  makeup: Fiona Stiles

Liana Liberato is a name you are going to want to know.  She has major acting chops, a great personality, and has a really cool retro-modern look about her.  For the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood party Liana was wearing a cute Armani romper in soft blue-green pastels.  I wanted to edge it up a bit and also go with the slightly 60's feeling of the hair, so I used liner in a V-shape just on the outer corners of her eyes. I kept the liner a little rough looking versus perfectly clean so it would look a cooler.  I used a blue-grey liner first and then used a black liner to emphasize the shape a bit more, skipping shadow all together to let the liner do all of the work. 

Since it was a Teen Vogue party, I wanted to keep things feeling young, cool and fresh.  Keeping the skin clean without too much blush let the look feel easy and effortless and less fussy than if she had lots of color on her cheeks.  I added a teensy bit of contour and highlighter to add dimension on the face and just a whisper of blush so the skin looked warm.  I use a lip-colored lipstick so they looked defined but not too lipstick-y.  I love a subtle lip, especially with a look like this.


Foundation:

Concealer:
YSL Touche Eclat #2

Powder:
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder

Highlighter/Contour:
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Blush:
NARS blush in Sex Appeal

Eyes:
Chanel Le Crayon Yeux in Gris Scillant

Mascara:
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes in Black

Lips:



Get the Look: Jennifer Garner at the 2014 Oscars

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stylist: Rachel Zoe  /  hair: Adir Abergel  /  makeup: Fiona Stiles

When I say that Jennifer Garner is one of the loveliest people I have ever worked with, that would hardly be doing her justice.  She is kind, generous in heart and spirit, funny and just a true joy to be around.  I had the great honor of doing her makeup for the Academy Awards this year and she looked drop dead gorgeous.

The look was clean and pretty; just a bit of liner, shadow and mascara on the eyes, flushed cheeks and a nice lip.  Elegant and polished, just like Jennifer.


Foundation:
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup in Fresh Beige

Concealer:
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfecter in Light

Powder:
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Pressed Powder in Light to Medium

Highlighter:
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends in Clean

Blush:
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends in Pure

Eyeshadow:
Neutrogena Creaseproof Eyeshadow in Constant Copper and Lasting Taupe

Eyeliner:
Neutrogena Nourishing Eyeliner in Cosmic Black and Spiced Chocolate

Mascara:
Neutrogena Healthy Lengths Mascara in Carbon Black

Lips:
Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Colorstick in Soft Raspberry





Get the Look: Chrissy Teigen at the Piperlime event

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stylist: Jessica Paster  //  hair: Giannandrea  //  makeup: Fiona Stiles

I've only worked with Chrissy a few times, but I am constantly stunned by how gorgeous she is, even without a stitch of makeup.  Just a true stunner.  And the personality is beyond amazing, I see why people are so in love with her.  This girl is real, real, real.  I wanted to strip her down a little bit and keep the look really fresh and cool and modern.  

After prepping the skin, I used a foundation brush and Beautyblender to apply the foundation.  I always swipe foundation in the center of the face and then blend it outwards, using the Beautyblender to thin it out and blend it perfectly.  I used a warm blood orange color cream blush on the cheeks to add a sun-kissed feeling to the face.  After dusting the skin with loose powder, I used a matte bronzer to add warmth to the outer edges of the face; along the forehead, over the temples and under the cheekbones.

I used a rust colored matte shadow on the eyes first to create depth and then swept a golden bronze all over the lid and blended up past the crease and smudged it under the lower lashes.  To add a subtle drama to the eyes, I used a taupe eyeliner in the waterline. Using an angled brush I pushed black liner into the lash line, curled the lashes and used two coats of mascara on the top lashes and one coat on the bottom.

A warm pink on the lips finished off the look, a look that was fresh, golden and softly sexy.

Foundation:
YSL Le Tient Touche Eclat B50

Powder:
Chanel Poudre Libre Universelle #30

Concealer:
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in Medium

Blush:

Bronzer:
Jouer Bronzer in Sun Tan

Eyes:
Makeup Forever Eyeshadow M800
Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow Duo #208

Brows:
DiorShow Brow Pencil in Universal Brown

Mascara:
Maybelline Lash Discovery in Black

Lips:
Tom Ford in Spanish Pink





Phoebe Tonkin for WhoWhatWear Photographed by Guy Lowndes

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photographer: Guy Lowndes  /  stylist: Sarah Schussheim  /  hair: Christine Symonds 

Stunning Phoebe Tonkin plays Hayley, a werewolf, on The Vampire Diaries and the CW's spinoff, The Originals.  She also has a lifestyle website called Your Zen Life (www.yourzenlife.com) that she started with her friend and fellow Aussie Teresa Palmer that covers everything from how to naturally repel mosquitos to mindful meditation to delicious healthy recipes.  
(I worked with Teresa for InStyle a few years back.  Here's the link to those images on my blog: http://www.fionastilesmakeup.com/search?q=teresa+palmer)

For the WhoWhatWear shoot, the styling was about 90's inspired minimalism.  The makeup was about contouring and shaping the face so that you really saw Phoebe, and not a lot of makeup.  I used a lot of matte taupes on the cheeks and eyes to create depth and to enhance the shape of her eyes without it looking like she was wearing eyeshadow or blush.  Next I strengthened the brows so that they really anchored the face, and then used a mix of nude colors on the lips so that they would disappear a bit.  

Doing a nude, sculpted face is one of my favorite looks.  It allows the features of the girl to take center stage and you can really play with highlights and shadows.  Plus it creates a blank canvas so the clothes and the girl can really take center stage.  It's not for everyone and it's not really the look for a big night out, but for fashion and photography, it's just clean and gorgeous.


Moisturizer: 
McBride Hydrate in a Jar

Foundation:
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi HD Foundation in 112

Contour:
Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Intensity 2

Powder:
Jurlique Lavender Silk Finishing Powder

Eyeshadow:
Chanel Ombre Essentielle in Slate

Brow:
Dior Show Brow Styler

Lips:
MAC Lip Mix in Medium Nude & Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Kava Kava

This is B-I-G

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You all know how obsessed with products I am.  Nothing brings me more joy than going to the makeup counter/drugstore/beauty supply store/boutique to see what's new on the shelves.  And I get the same intense feeling of joy from sharing that information with others.

So what could be more perfect than opening a shop where I could share some of my all time favorite kit essentials?

Well that's what I've done.

I've just launched an online store called Reed Clarke where I am selling my favorite products from my makeup kit and the hardest working skin care products from my medicine cabinet.  These are makeup and skin care items that I reach for time and time again, and ones that I am constantly recommending to clients and friends and family members alike.

And I am so excited that I can share them with you now!  Some of these products you might know about.  But I am guessing that a lot of them are ones that you may not have even heard of, and that is what is so exciting to me.  I love sharing information, that is a huge part of being a makeup artist; sharing tips, favorite goodies from your kit, sharing new discoveries..... when you get two makeup artist together, it takes about 5 minutes for us for our conversation to veer back to makeup; what's new in our kit.... "Have you tried this?  Have you tried that? This blah-blah-blah is amazing, here, check it out...."  We can't help ourselves, we're information spreaders!  And we're incredibly passionate about our craft and products.

I am very selective about the products I carry.  I am not trying to be Sephora.  Sephora exists and they are fantastic!  I want Reed Clarke to be that special spot that you love checking out, that awesome store that you always find something great at, a place that has a trusted curation that feels like you are getting personal, individualized attention.  A place you go to all of the time because you know there's always something you'll like.  I hope you love it.


Swing by the shop and have a peek:

www.shopreedclarke.com



Get the Look: Devon Aoki at the AMFAR Inspiration Gala

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hair:  Luke Chamberlain

I hadn't seen Devon for years and years and years.  I did her makeup for her very first editorial job for Interview magazine when she was just 14 years old.  It was so nice to see her and catch up after so long.  So much has changed; we're both moms, we both live in LA (we had both been long time New Yorkers), but her face hasn't changed one bit.  She is still as crazy gorgeous as ever.... I love that face....It was a real treat to see her again and to get to paint that face after so long!

I love how creamy Deovn's skin is, it's just porcelain.  I used a foundation on her that had a little luminescence to it....I love the Cle De Peau foundation for it's pretty coverage and subtle luminosity.  She wanted an eye and a lip for her look, so I want with a beautiful cranberry color on the eyes so it  could be smoky but wouldn't look too weighted down.  A little black liner pushed into the lashes and lots of mascara on the top (none on the bottom) gave her eyes an extra flirty feeling.

I used a "barely there" blush, one that just gave her cheeks a little definition.  The last thing you would want is for the blush to compete when the focus is squarely on the eyes and lips but you can't skip it altogether or the face would feel flat and lifeless.  Or too goth.  So I used a bit of a soft blush as a contour and then gently brought the same color in towards the apples of the cheeks.  But oh-so-subtly. 

The punchy matte red lip added the glamour and elegance that a gala calls for.  This is one of my all time favorite red carpet looks.  Daring and elegant.



Foundation: 
Cle de Peau Refining Fluid Foundation O10

Concealer:
Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in 1W 

Powder:
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder

Blush:
MAC Powder Blush in The Perfect Cheek

Brows:
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash

Eyeshadow:
Mac Shadow in Cranberry

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Mascara:
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in Black

Lipstick:
NYX Matte Lipstick in Perfect Red



Get the Look: Gabrielle Union at the Premiere of Think Like A Man Too

Fiona StilesComment


hair: Larry Sims  /  stylist: Rachel Zoe Studio /  makeup: Fiona Stiles


I love this girl.  We've worked together for about 7 years now, and I always have a good laugh when we get ready.  She is wickedly funny, insanely beautiful, deeply kind and a true joy to work with.

When I got to the hotel before the premier, Gabs showed me her outfit and we started talking hair and makeup.  Larry said he was going to do a slicked, deep side part and a bun, and it all felt so simple and chic that I thought a red lip and clean face would surely be the way to go.....bronzy skin, a structured brow and flirty lashes (I used lashes on top and bottom for a doe eyed look).  She looked unfussy, but still incredibly elegant.

I used the bronzer on the eyes to create depth instead of shadow, and skipped liner all together so the eye wouldn't feel too made up.  I wanted to keep the eye all about the lashes, and the look about beautiful skin and a statement lip.  Using lashes on the top and bottom opened up her eyes, and the strong brow balanced out the strong lip.  Just a little bronzer on the cheeks gave definition without looking "blushy".  Even though there is a strong lip with this look, for me the look is all about radiant skin.  It always starts with the skin.


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