Grungy Glam Makeup Look with Elaine!

My friend Elaine is an incredible makeup artist, and we decided to do a fun Grungy Glam look!

Shop the products she used below!


Hello beautiful bride-to-be’s!! In the midst of wedding planning craziness, your bridesmaids stand strong by your side! From throwing your various parties and showers, wearing the dresses that go with your colors and theme (some sacrifices are greater than others…), to braving public speeches in front of the masses – bridesmaid gifts are a special symbol of a “thank you” that should not be forgotten in the chaos!

(*insert throwback photo of MY incredible bridesmaids…)

Check out some beauty favorites that any bridesmaid would be honored to receive! One simple click and your shopping list is complete. : )

Mix + Match Items:

Gift Sets + Collections:

Affordable hair accessories for your bridesmaids to wear on the day-of:

I just added a shop page to The Glam Department! This is a list of custom curated products that I use professionally. Easily accessible and easy to purchase from my blog! I will be continually updating with the best of the best.

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Surprisingly, one makeup step that usually takes the longest with my clients is the lip color. I will always show my client my entire collection of colors (I have them de-potted into pallets, easiest way to see and grab quickly), suggest two options, and have them choose. Then we apply, and usually keep applying different tones on top until it’s perfect and matches the vision.

img_2399 img_2404Picking the right red lip color can be hard for some women, and although my BIGGEST tip is to try them on before buying, here are a few guidelines that will help the process. 🙂


Try on your choices after the rest of your makeup is complete. Don’t always buy based on your skin’s undertone… buy based on your undertone after your foundation has been applied.



Generally great for fair, or cool toned skin, but quite a pop on olive skin. This cool tone lip will also help accentuate the whiteness of your teeth. ; )


Generally great on olive skin or a warm undertone. This is my personal favorite red on myself, mostly because it strays away from such a “retro” look.


Generally great on dark skin tones. Berry or wine reds are beautiful for dark skin with warm and cool undertones.


I’m all for a good drugstore lipstick, but high end brands generally have a wider color range. This goes for foundation and concealers as well. If you can’t find what works best for you at the drug store, walk into an Ulta or Sephora and ask for a sample! If you take all of your favorite options and place them together, it’s a whole lot easier to differentiate tones. And when it comes down to it – just pick the colors you like. These are just simple guidelines. You’ve got the freedom to create your own rules!

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Hydration, hydration, hydration….

www.theglamdepartment.comI love to finish my makeup application using a mineral spray! Not only is it hydrating and great for your skin, it’ll give a youthful, healthy glowing appearance.

Great keeping this bottle of Evian in my makeup kit on set. Clients with dry skin benefit from this because I can continue to hydrate the skin during their makeup application or throughout the day for touch ups.
www.theglamdepartment.comYou can also mist Evian spray after cleansing and wait to allow the mineral content to absorb. Then apply moisturizer, eye cream, or under-eye pads!

Enter their giveaway here 🙂 #anytimespa #evianspray

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img_1131If you tuned into my television appearance last night on HSN, you saw me do a quick demo using this gorgeous eye shadow pallet from Too Faced!! I got to meet Jillian Barberie, who chose every one of these eye shadow colors. I love that they kept every skin tone in mind, and curated a well-rounded variety for this “Funfetti” set. Adorable, right?!img_1142

img_1134 Facial steamers are something I’ve only used in a spa setting professionally. When I saw this personal one for at-home use, I had to grab it. These are amazing to use anytime you want to open your pores. You could use before a toner, mask or any treatment you want to penetrate deeply into the skin.img_1143

img_1135 This is a Shellac UV lamp and I found it on Amazon. A shellac (or gel) manicure lasts so much longer than traditional polish, doesn’t need to wait to dry, and keeps that pretty shiny surface the whole duration. I love this particular unit. It’s a good size (doesn’t take up too much space), and has a pretty, unique, streamlined design!

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