Tuesday, March 31, 2009


My co-worker Anthony is such an amazing make-up Artist/Photographer and Costume Designer.

Monday, March 30, 2009


I've made 4 make up videos but have not finished editing them. I PROMISE I will get at least one finished this week.


I found this picture as i was searching photos for make-up inspirations. I thought the detail was gorgeous!

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Last night we celebrated Melody Ehsani's B.day at her place (our office was the dance floor lol). happy Birthday girl!!! save me some of that red velvet cake. :)

ONENESS... where is Ash? :(
Dada, Mel, DIMEPIECE Laur, Ash, and me

Friday, March 27, 2009

Street Chic Fashion Show

Last night we attended a fashion show that was put on by college students who are a part of The Annenberg Latino Student Association. We went because our good friends at LRG were a part of the fashion show.I'M KING, EARTH ANGEL, EK5OBITION, BCBG, 86 GESTALT AND XIMENA VALERO were also part of the show.

Ximena Valero


Earth Angel
86 Gestalt

Thursday, March 26, 2009


I was playing around with the photos we took yesterday, I took the color out of her face and I made her eyes a brighter green/blue. Help me decide on which photo I should choose below.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Today was a ridiculously LONG DAY! My girl Azelle and I put a photo shoot together last minute that we are going to use for our marketing. We had no idea what we were going to do, my friend Dee (model) came over and Azelle (Hair) and I (make-up, alana) went to work. But we couldn't do it without our wonderful photographer Jesse. You can see a sneak peak of the shoot below.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Covering up dark under eye circles

This is something that I do to every client of mine, I cover up their dark circles. The 3 products up top are the only things you need to get the right coverage. Fast Response, Studio Finish Concealer, and Mineralize Skin Finish Powder.

1st you want to start by apply the Fast Response all over your eye lid. This will smooth the area out so it doesn't look too cakey.

2ND you want to apply a studio finish concealer (this is a full coverage concealer), I prefer to use an NW, it has a pink undertone which will cancel out the dark circles under your eyes.

Last you want to set it with mineralize skin finish powder, it wont make your under eyes look packed with make-up. It gives you a satin finish. You'll notice the difference if you try to use studio fix powder instead.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Jennifer Hudsons look using MAC cosmetics


RUBENISQUE -Base, apply all over the lid.

ANTIQUE- apply antique on the bottom half of your eyelid
AMBERLIGHTS- lightly bush amber lights on top of antique to give you a golden look
RICE PAPER- use this for your brow light


DEEPER REFINED GOLDEN BRONZER: - apply right below your cheek bones
RAIZEN- apply on the apples of your cheek


CHERRY-  Use for your lip liner.
MAC RED- fill in your lips 
CLEAR LIP GLASS- place this gloss on top of your lipstick to get the shine.

Friday, March 20, 2009


Launch Date: April 30th 2009 May 2009 (international)

All I have to say is when we had these at the Brea MAC STORE we sold out in a couple days. If you want a good selection to choose from before they sell out I would go right away!

 All you need is love... Lips and Lashes. These double dazzle glosses change color and have light reflecting lip shine. There are 18 dazzleglass shades and 7 of them are brand new. If you love shine you will love these! They go for $18 a piece in the US and $21.50 in CDN.

You can see a picture of the collection below:

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


SO.... I don't know if you all heard but MAC is opening 3 brand NEW STORE locations Montclair mall, Cerritos mall, and in Riverside. I know that this is going to help so many people out. For all of you that have MAC pro cards and drove all the way to the OC or LA just to grab a couple things you don't have to make it an all day event anymore. 
 The stores may open as soon as MAY 1st. I will give you an exact date soon. :)



  - Use a highlight for your brow bone good colors would be  something like nylon, rice paper or          for darker skin tones motif (MAC colors) is really pretty to use
  - Apply a high light color on the inner corner of your eyes.
  - Use a darker crease color only on the outter corner of your eyes.


  - Use darker colors on the INNER corner of your eyes and blend towards the middle. 

   -DONT use dark crease colors, this will actually emphasize your deep set eyes.


   - I love apply shadow to these eyes. You can do a nice smokey look but apply a dark color all        over the bottom half of the lid and it goes lighter up to the brow bone. 
   - Focus on your lash line.
   - Try not to make a crease, it tends to look unnatural in upcoing post I can show you how to          make a crease. 


  - DONT use eyeliner on your water line, this will make your eyes look rounder.
  - Using darker colors on the outter corner of your eyes makes the eyes look a little longer. 

  - Try not to use dark colors, this will make your eyes look smaller.
  - If you do want to use color, try to use colors like texture, swiss chocolate. still will contour          your eye without them looking to small.

Monday, March 16, 2009

America's Next Top Model Riot in NY

Crazy! read more here

Friday, March 13, 2009


I just finished up the DIMEPIECE spring 2009 look book photo shoot, I had such an amazing time. We had such an amazing team of ladies, oh and 1 gentleman, of course the DIMEPIECE girls, Kierstin the model, Trina hair stylist, Theo the photographer, and me, Alana Dawn 
( Make-up Artist)  Thanks to my girl Melody Ehsani, we had amazing jewelry for the shoot. This is one of the best photo shoots I have done! I cant wait til I can post up all the pictures. 

The Ladies of DIMEPIECE gave me some ideas of what they wanted for the shoot, this is what we came up with. [thats me :) ]
my passion...
Getting Started w/ the gorgeous model Kierstin.
and this is a sneak peak of the finish product. Custom made lip color i mixed together with MAC cosmetics lip mixes. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Yellow and Orange Tutorial

I know I posted the picture up awhile back but, I've been so busy!!! 4 month old baby and he is sick! But getting much better :)

Anyway, for the bright orange and yellow tutorial this is what you are going to need.


  Yellow Scream (MAC cream base Pro store only)

Eye Shadows:
  Chrome Yellow (MAC)
  Evening Aura (you can use paradisco MAC)
  Orange (MAC)

Eye Liner

  Beelicious (MAC PRO STORE)

  Plush (MAC)




  Apply evening aura or paradisco right below your brow bone for the highlight using your 217 brush.


  Place Yellow Scream cream base on the bottom half of your eyelid with your finger.


  With your 227 brush or any other flat brush, pack on chrome yellow eye shadow right on top of your cream base.


   With your 224 brush apply Orange shadow on the outter corner of your crease and blend towards the middle. MAC shadows have a lot of pigmentation so you'll get a lot of color. 



  With the 217 brush  apply evening aura right in the middle of chrome yellow and orange, so it will be on the center of your eyelid. This makes your eye shadow look perfectly blended.


  Next, place beelicious eyeliner on your water line.


   Using beelicious eyeliner out line below your water line, take your 214 brush with a bit of chrome yellow and blend. 


  Next apply Plush mascara, or any other mascara to both your top and bottom lashes. 



1. Your face must be clean, moisturized, and powdered.  (if you don't wear powder, make sure your skin is not oily) 

2. Your brushes must be clean, If your brushes are not clean you might be applying bacteria to your face, clean your brushes with something gentle, baby wipes, or MAC has some brush cleaner for only $10.

3. For a nice smooth effect, use a high light on your cheek bones. I like to use vanilla pigment from MAC. 

4. Apply color to the apples of the check and brush only in one direction, if you go back and fourth, or around in circles with your brush the application wont be as smooth and it can also ruin your brush.

5. For mature skin use a cream blush, if you use powder blushes it may just give your wrinkles more attention. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

When to throw away your make-up


You can keep lipsticks for up to 2-2.5 years, you know its bad when its dry and not as smooth as when you first bought it.

Lip Pencils

1-1.5 years, you know its bad when it feels waxy.


8 months to a year, you'll know its bad, the foundation starts smell different.


About a year, this also starts to have a bad smell when it goes bad.


3-4 months, when the mascara dries out.

Eye Liner

1-1.5 years, just like the lip liner, it starts to get waxy.

Eye Shadows

3+ years, when you don't get as much pigmentation as you use to, you'll know when its bad


3+ years, Just like shadows, when you dont get as much pigmentation as you use to, you'll know when its bad

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Aqua Blue Make-Up Tutorial.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

upcoming tutorials