Posts tagged cosmetics

Meet the Pro: Beverly Fink

Whether you’re walking down the aisle or on the Red Carpet, this makeup artist knows how to make any woman look flawless! Introducing… Beverly Fink. She’s one of Florida’s most talented makeup artists, and she often contributes to media outlets such as the Miami Herald and The Green Bride Guide. I had the pleasure of chatting with Beverly and I’m going to share some of her beauty secrets with all of you! Check out her Q+A to learn more about her endless talent and if you have any questions for her, then please comment below!

Meet the Pro: Mathias Alan

It’s April and that means it’s time for us to introduce this month’s new artist. Please meet celebrity makeup artist Mathias Alan!  He has painted gorgeous faces and created eye-catching hair styles for Red Carpet beauties, television hosts, and commercial talent. I had the pleasure of catching up with Mathias and this Q+ A is just a quick snapshot into Mathias’ world.  You can learn more about him on his site www.mathias4makeup.com, but here’s just one tidbit from the master: he considers tarte’s dark circle defense the perfect cure for those puffy bags underneath your eyes.  Hope you enjoy reading about Mathias, one of my favorite makeup artists.

Spring Makeup Trends

Hi tartelettes!

It’s crazy to think that spring is just around the corner! Here in NYC we’re expecting sunshine on the weekend forecast. YAY! Just a little ray of light has me already thinking about spring clothes and makeup, of course! The idea of pairing a bold lip with a new floral, sleeveless dress has me so excited. And this season it’s all about being bold.

Vibrant red and coral to honeysuckle (also Pantone’s color of the year), these shades are the perfect way to complete and compliment your look.  If you don’t want to play up your lip, then I recommend dabbing or dusting some color on those cheeks. Believe me a little can go along way after a stuffed up winter (at least for me here on the East Coast). For those wanting to change up their eye makeup routine, opt for navy. It’s fun and fashionable and when done right looks gorgeous!

What spring beauty trend are you most excited about this season?

Meet The Pro: Amy Tagliamonti

It’s time to kick-off our 2011 Meet the Pro. Introducing…Amy Tagliamonti! From a glam look for a premiere to a flawless complexion, Amy can create any look with just a quick swirl of her makeup brush. tarte first started working with Amy a few years ago when she was Makeup Artist Department Head on a little show you might have heard of… Gossip Girl!! Today as she conquers new projects, we’re happy to follow her amazing work and continue to count her as a loyal tarte fan (she has even won an Emmy Award for her fabulous skills!). I had the pleasure of recently catching up with Amy and hearing about what inspires her work. She’s often inspired by nature, an exciting new makeup color, a costume or fashionable outfit, someone’s personality, the time of day, an old movie…and the list goes on! To Amy inspiration is limitless and ever-evolving. That being said I feel inspired just chatting with her! So go ahead and read more of what she has to say when it comes to perfecting some of Hollywood’s famous faces.

xo,

Kristin

Twitter Party!

This holiday season we’re hosting our first live Twitter party! Join us along with co-hosts Celebutante Sisters, GalTime.com and The Daily Buzz on December 8th, 9-11pm EST for a night of beauty tips, tricks and fabulous tarte holiday prizes! We will be tweeting using the hashtag #tarteparty (don’t forget to use it with all tweets!). Share with your friends & family—we have an interactive night of beauty fun planned! We hope to see you online!

Be sure to R.S.V.P early on GalTime.com to enter to win our coveted “the jewelry box” holiday palette!

xo,

Kristin

Meet The Pro:Nathan Johnson

He’s been featured and quoted in the glossy pages of our favorite magazines. His work is on the beautiful faces of TV shows we can’t get enough of  (ahem Project Runway)! The famous adore him, AND  yet, he still makes time to help the everyday woman (like us) look and feel beautiful! tartelettes meet: Celebrity makeup artist Nathan Johnson! He’s the perfect mix of fabulous and down to earth—that’s why I HAD to feature him as our December “Meet The Pro”. This Q+A is just a quick snapshot into Nathan’s world. You can learn more on his sites Nathansbeauty.com and RunningwithHeels.com, but here are some tidbits: he considers tarte’s lights, camera, lashes!  the ultimate mascara! His personal beauty secret weapon is his own two hands! And he has a passion for writing (hopefully, we will see a book from him soon!). Enjoy :)

xo,

Kristin

‘Tis The Season With Tarte!!

Holiday Curls from Calista Tools

Holidays, weekends, Mondays and every day: I’m a fan of curls! Big, bouncy, glamorous curls and beachy-waves, I’ll take it all! Dressed up or down, curls can be both polished and sexy. To be honest, I actually think I walk a little taller when my hair is Gisele-curled. Over the past 10 years I’ve tried every tool on the market (literally) & finally mastered my style with a BaByliss 1 ¼” curling iron…until now! During one of my recent trips to QVC with Maureen,  I was chatting with Maria McCool, owner and stylist of the chic Calista Salon. Being as curl obsessed as I am, she gave me the sneak peak of the yet-to-be-released Ion Hot Rollers. Throughout the years, Maria has featured some incredible hair products on QVC, but these Ion Hot Rollers are something else! Safe to say it was love at first sight and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. In the words of Mr. Trump, “YOU’RE FIRED (BaByliss)!”

Prior to Maria giving me the inside scoop, I was already a fan of her techniques and the salon. In fact, Monica, one of her stylists, cut my hair in the past—love her! So yesterday you can imagine how excited I was when a package arrived for me! And I couldn’t help but hit the blog to boast about them and my fabulous waves. The rollers exclusive launch will be on QVC tomorrow, 11/20 at 10:00pm EST. And believe me, you must tune in!

So, what makes these different than your average drugstore set you ask? Well, I am more than happy to share. Calista’s  Ion hot rollers use Creat Ion Technology which means that the actual plastic is created with 32 different minerals  that are baked together to create the outer shell (most iconic tools only coat the top layer of the curler). These minerals infuse the hair with shine, body, volume & fullness (check out my video on tarte TV for a demo!). The core of the curler houses a PTC heater which allows the entire roller to heat itself instead of sitting in a base with hot metal rods. Additionally, the set comes with 12 hot rollers, 6 of which are twice the length of a traditional roller. Translation: Long-haired girls rejoice because you can finally have a curler that will deliver a full curl root to tip.  I can go on all day about why every beauty aficionado needs these, but here’s just a few more reasons: no burnt fingers, no product lifetime, 3-minute heating time and most importantly quick & easy bouncy locks!

For more details and demos from the hair guru herself, watch QVC Saturday night at 10pm to see Maria. I’m sure you’ll end up checking out with more than just these curlers. While you’re at it stay tuned because Maureen is up on the Q right after Maria with some amazing tarte goodies.

Xo,

Kristin

Hot For Holidays!

Hot for Holidays! Tarte asked professional lifestyle photographer Tamara Lackey for her tips on how to look your best in photographs this season.

The holiday season presents opportunities galore for photo taking and we all want to look our best in the moment. As a photographer, I’m used to throwing out hints to my subjects about how they can look better in front of the camera and teaching them simple tips and tricks to get picture-ready.  And the great thing about helping you tartlettes look your best in photographs is that there are so many awesome tarte cosmetics that can help step up your look through a camera lens! Day-to-day – and definitely at photo shoots – I’m never caught without the aqua-gel eyeliner, LipSurgence lip tint stick (I’m a “Moody” lover), and the mineral powder bronzer that I cannot live without.

  1.  Whichever products are your favorite, be sure to carry something to help brighten your eyes, cheeks and lips – even a quick re-apply will help brighten your face and help you look fresh in pictures.
  2. For events that you know will have a lot of photo action, opt for matte finish. Shine is exaggerated by the small but super bright point-and-shoot camera flash and even a little bit of “glow” can end up looking oily.
  3. If you’re applying lip-gloss right before a photo, try to rub your lips together a bit or even blot them slightly with a napkin. Extra-shiny lips can look be overly reflective and look distracting with flash.
  4. Smooth don’t scrunch your hair! The instinct is to fluff up but this often makes hair look messy. Run a smooth hand over your hair for a put together look!
  5. When standing, do some creative posing for the most flattering results. Here’s a few suggestions:
    • Always stand at an angle to the camera with one foot crossed in front of the other
    • A hand on the waistline can also help create definition
    • I always have my subjects stick their chin out and down just a hint. It might feel a bit awkward, but this will give you great facial definition for any photo taken from the front
    • Lean forward slightly at the waist also and definitely avoid leaning backwards! It will make a world of difference
  6. Choose timeless over trendy when selecting an outfit. Avoid anything with a lot of logo’s or anything that is so “it this moment” that when the moment passes the photo will look dated.

Now that you’re ready for this holiday seasons photo taking opportunities, I am also excited to offer a giveaway to 3 tartelettes who chime in with their own great ideas on how to take photographs that your friends won’t want to de-tag later!  We’ll select three winners and send them each a Tamara Lackey’s Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography Gift Set, with our new DVD, Book, and On-the-Go Quick Reference Guide.  Feel free to keep it for yourself or give it away as a gift.

What are some of your ideas?

Tamara Lackey

Professional Photographer

Tamara Lackey is a professional lifestyle photographer with more than a decade of experience capturing life’s moments beautifully. Also a long-time vegetarian and animal-lover, Tamara uses Tarte in support of our mission to create cosmetics that cause no harm to animals and contain no synthetic dyes or added fragrance.

*Need a great add on gift for someone getting a new point and shoot camera or SLR, this Holiday season?  “Tamara Lackey’s, Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography” DVD and book will show them how to turn their everyday snapshots into little works of art.  On the go?  The quick reference guide and iPhone App will show you tips and tricks fast when you are photographing on the move.

Meet The Pro: Amy Nadine

It’s November and that means time to meet a new artist whose work makes us go gaga! Introducing… Amy Nadine! Not only have I always been a fan of her work (I’ve replicated Lauren Conrad’s cat eye & pink lip combo on numerous occasions), but after chatting with her I realized this creative genius also has a heart of gold. If she isn’t glamming-up some of Hollywood’s prettiest faces, then she’s bringing attention to rescue dogs that desperately need a loving home (that’s her pup Sprewell featured above!). Amy & I began working together when she used tarte’s LipSurgence™  in lust on Krysten Ritter for the premiere of Get Him to The Greek. Currently, as the Head of the Makeup Department, Amy has the cast of BFF & Baby addicted to tarte’s LipSurgence™, too. Check out Amy’s Q+A above and browse her website here: http://www.amynadine.com/. She is sure to impress.

Xo,

Kristin