Saturday, May 7, 2011


Tiffany Campbell: Hey Roxy! I would love to know a blush color/brand to get a fresh from the beach look. Oh and I love your videos with you and the Tone it Up Girls :)

First of all Thank you SO much for your support Tiffany! This is a great question because so many women fear blush thinking it will make them look like a clown or "over-done".  Blush, applied correctly, is actually the makeup product that can make you look fresh and awake.  Here are a few of my favorites in a variety of formulas:


Tarte Cheek Stains:  Tarte makes my favorite stain/gel formula blush. Its so easy to use and comes in an awesome variety of colors. I like to apply it using my fingers and blending it just over the apples of the cheeks. An added bonus is that you can also use these stains on your lips and lids.  This is a great formula for those with dry skin but is friendly to all types of skin. 


Nars Cream Cheeks:  I love these cream colors because they blend so softly and deposit the perfect amount of color. I sometimes use a brush like M.A.C's #188 to get a very light application or use my fingers to get a stronger wash of color. You can also use this product over your lips for a stained lip color. 


Smashbox Blush Rush:  These powder blushes rock.  The colors melt into skin looking so natural and some come with a gorgeous shimmer (not glitter) leaving your cheeks with a fresh glow for hours. 

To choose a color best to get a "fresh from the beach look" depends on your natural skin tone. I tend to work with more of the bright pink or coral shades because they come across very natural and healthy looking.  The key is to blend the color softly over the apples of the cheeks where you naturally blush.  I also like to apply a very light application to the bridge of your nose where you would also be slightly flushed from the sun.  Remember that less is more and don't be afraid to try because you can always take it off and re-apply if you need to.

Happy blushing! :)


Monday, May 2, 2011


Every year various magazines feature a story where they expose celebrities without makeup.  Some of those magazines are tasteless and cruel others actually promote these high profile women from a  positive and TRUE angle.  Well I had the wonderful pleasure to work with PEOPLE MAGAZINE who most definitely spin their story "Not a Drop of Makeup" in a tasteful and REAL light.  

I worked on 4 of the 10 beauties that are featured in the story all of which I put my word on were gorgeous wearing NOT A DROP OF MAKEUP.   What I noticed and loved about all of these women was that they all came to set very comfortable to be wearing nothing but their true face.  Sadly it is so rare to see that these days and especially when its a woman who is constantly in front of cameras.  

I gave each of them an oxygen skin treatment from the amazing skincare line: Intraceuticals.  This brought their already amazing skin to full hydration and a rejuvenated state ready for the camera.  Intraceuticals offers an incredible skincare line outside the oxygen treatments as well and they were the products I used on the girls.   

Although I am a makeup artist who loves color and using makeup as my medium to create art on faces; I am so particular about skincare and approach all of my jobs with full attention and concern to my clients skin before I even start thinking about the makeup.  
After all it is my canvas.  
It was the amazing makeup artist Shu Uemura who's philosophy was "Beautiful Makeup Starts with Beautiful Skin", he couldn't have said it better and this is a philosophy I swear by.  I am so proud that I was a part of a shoot that will hopefully shed light on woman out there to not hide behind their natural beauty but rather own it like these women do.

Here are the shots I worked on in the story: 
"NOT A DROP OF MAKEUP" shot by Don Flood

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