The blog and portfolio of makeup artist Jessi Rivera

24th January 2012

Photo

A full skincare series is forthcoming, but until then, I will tell you this: I’ve had my Clarisonic Mia2 for just over a week now, and I am loving it. Great for bringing life back to dull winter skin!
(Note: I would not recommend the Clarisonic for skin with whiteheads or cystic acne. If you are seeing a dermatologist or are taking any topical or internal medication for your skin, check with your doctor before using the Clarisonic.)

A full skincare series is forthcoming, but until then, I will tell you this: I’ve had my Clarisonic Mia2 for just over a week now, and I am loving it. Great for bringing life back to dull winter skin!

(Note: I would not recommend the Clarisonic for skin with whiteheads or cystic acne. If you are seeing a dermatologist or are taking any topical or internal medication for your skin, check with your doctor before using the Clarisonic.)

9th January 2012

Question

itsanuproar said: In the winter, my skin is one of those douchey mixes of somewhat dry and acne-prone. I've ditched face soap completely and have started just washing my face with water. BUT now I find my skin gets quite oily by the end of the day and feels a bit rough. BUT I don't necessarily want to go back to using soap or exfoliants every day. Any suggestions for products (natural preferred) or skin care regimes I could follow? Halp! Signed, douchey-skinned in Canada.

I also have dry, acne-prone skin, and it took me a long time before I learned to manage it.

The best advice I can give you is to use a moisturizer meant for dry skin like Philosophy’s Hope In A Jar for Dry Skin (which is what I use). If your skin is only a little dry, try the regular Hope In A Jar formula. Boscia, Origins, and Jurlique also have excellent natural skin care lines. I recommend going to your local Sephora to ask for samples of anything you’d like to try.

Use a moisturizer after each time you wash your face, whether you use water or cleanser. When your skin is dry and stripped of its natural oils, it produces extra oil to compensate, which is likely why you’re getting oily at the end of the day (and may also be contributing to your acne). Blotting papers are also a quick fix to midday oiliness; you can either buy them in small packs, or make your own out of plain white tissue paper (the kind you stuff in gift bags).

Washing your face with just water is fine, unless you wear any kind of makeup on your skin—in which case, you’ll need a cleanser to take the makeup off at night.  I like Philosophy’s Purity because it’s gentle and not drying, but you can use one specifically for acne-prone skin if you like (look for something with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid).

If you do wear makeup, wash your face twice in a row at night—once to remove the makeup, and once to cleanse the skin. Sleeping in makeup is one of the worst things you can do for your skin’s health.

And exfoliation is not necessary for all skin types. If moisturizer doesn’t help your rough skin, you may want to choose a gentle exfoliating product (I am in love with Dermalogica’s gentle cream exfoliant), but never exfoliate more than twice a week.

Finally, if the acne persists and it bothers you, see your doctor or a dermatologist. They are trained to identify your specific skin issues and are a huge help!

6th December 2011

Question

Anonymous said: how do I heal really chapped lips? like super flaky ones? I can't wear lipstick because my lips are so dry.

I actually get really dry lips too, especially in winter. The best thing I have found so far is Aquaphor Healing Ointment—I prefer the squeeze tube kind because it’s the most sanitary. I hate the idea of sticking potentially dirty fingers into a pot of lip salve, especially when cold season hits! Aquaphor is also great for a myriad of other things, including cuticles and minor cuts and scrapes.

When my lips are really chapped, I slather on a thick coat of Aquaphor before going to sleep. It usually lasts throughout the entire night, and when I wake up, my lips feel a lot better. If they’re not completely healed, I repeat the next night. When I wake up, I apply either Aquaphor or another rich lip balm and rub my lips firmly (but gently) with a q-tip to slough off any flakes.

Finally, after my lips are smooth, I top with lip balm—usually Smith’s Rosebud Salve when my lips are that bad—and reapply as needed throughout the day. The trick is to train yourself not to lick your lips, because that can worsen the problem.

If you want to wear lipstick, avoid matte formulas, as they can be drying. Instead go for something moisturizing like Boots No7 Moisture Drench Lipstick or Sheer Temptation, both of which are $10 at Target. Lip gloss helps seal in moisture, too.

6th December 2011

Photo

Awesome deal on an awesome thing: right now at Sephora, the Smashbox Lip Enhancing Mega Gloss in Celebrity is only $9.  That’s over 30% more product than in the normal sized Lip Enhancing Gloss at half the price.
Celebrity is a really pretty, natural pink that looks good on any skin tone, and it has no shimmer or glitter—which is a major plus in my book. The supersized tube and applicator are also really fun!

Awesome deal on an awesome thing: right now at Sephora, the Smashbox Lip Enhancing Mega Gloss in Celebrity is only $9.  That’s over 30% more product than in the normal sized Lip Enhancing Gloss at half the price.

Celebrity is a really pretty, natural pink that looks good on any skin tone, and it has no shimmer or glitter—which is a major plus in my book. The supersized tube and applicator are also really fun!

3rd December 2011

Photo with 1 note

A simple, pretty look on Ali using Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in 13 (Warm Beige) and 15 (Taupe), and MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack.
I absolutely adore the Aqua Creams—they’re beautiful on their own (as shown here) or as an eyeshadow base. They’re also super blendable, not to mention creaseless and waterproof. I prefer to apply them with a synthetic concealer brush (you could use your fingers), then gently blend with my ring finger.

A simple, pretty look on Ali using Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in 13 (Warm Beige) and 15 (Taupe), and MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack.

I absolutely adore the Aqua Creams—they’re beautiful on their own (as shown here) or as an eyeshadow base. They’re also super blendable, not to mention creaseless and waterproof. I prefer to apply them with a synthetic concealer brush (you could use your fingers), then gently blend with my ring finger.

Tagged: aqua creammake up for ever

2nd December 2011

Photo

While my makeup routine is constantly evolving, I always try to keep the overall effect very natural. For everyday, I stick with complexion-perfecting products, a flick of eyeliner, and inexpensive mascara (since mascara should be replaced every couple of months).
Here’s a current list of my eight essential makeup products, most of which I use on a daily basis:
Maybelline Colossal Mascara in Glam Brown
Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in Ultimate Brown
YSL Touche Éclat in 8 Radiant Silk for under the eyes
NARS Concealer in Custard around the nose, on the chin and on any blemishes
Laura Mercier Caviar Eyeliner in Chestnut
Smashbox Blush Rush in Bare on the apples of my cheeks
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder to set everything
Nivea A Kiss of Flavor Tinted Lip Care in Cherry
If I’m just running to the store or painting in my studio, I may skip most (or all) of these altogether—it’s important to let my skin breathe sometimes—but typically, I will at least wear the brow pencil, mascara, and lip balm.
While my makeup routine is constantly evolving, I always try to keep the overall effect very natural. For everyday, I stick with complexion-perfecting products, a flick of eyeliner, and inexpensive mascara (since mascara should be replaced every couple of months).


Here’s a current list of my eight essential makeup products, most of which I use on a daily basis:
  1. Maybelline Colossal Mascara in Glam Brown
  2. Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in Ultimate Brown
  3. YSL Touche Éclat in 8 Radiant Silk for under the eyes
  4. NARS Concealer in Custard around the nose, on the chin and on any blemishes
  5. Laura Mercier Caviar Eyeliner in Chestnut
  6. Smashbox Blush Rush in Bare on the apples of my cheeks
  7. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder to set everything
  8. Nivea A Kiss of Flavor Tinted Lip Care in Cherry

If I’m just running to the store or painting in my studio, I may skip most (or all) of these altogether—it’s important to let my skin breathe sometimes—but typically, I will at least wear the brow pencil, mascara, and lip balm.

1st December 2011

Question

Anonymous said: Okay, so I have really, really fair skin. Whenever I try to pull off a smokey eye, I feel like the dramatic eye makeup overwhelms my skin tone and makes my pale skin look downright ghost-like. How can I wear darker shadow without overwhelming my face?

The answer is brown! Or slate or plum or deep blue—you get the idea.

Black overwhelms pale skin because it’s drastically dark; if you choose shadow a couple shades lighter than black, the look will be just as sultry—but much more flattering.

A bit of pale shimmer on the inner corners of the eyes and on the center of the lids will keep the whole look fresh. Add a pop of light pink or peach blush, a swipe of sheer lipstick or gloss, and you can’t really go wrong!

1st December 2011

Photo with 9 notes

My lips are still red after a late night happy hour, thanks to Urban Decay’s Lip Primer Potion. I applied before I left the house around 9pm, and only had to reapply a smidgen of lipstick toward the center of my lips after eating (the shiitake garlic noodles were worth it).The potion made a smooth, even base on which to apply my lipstick (MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Intense #41), and kept the lipstick from feathering or drying out my lips.

My lips are still red after a late night happy hour, thanks to Urban Decay’s Lip Primer Potion. I applied before I left the house around 9pm, and only had to reapply a smidgen of lipstick toward the center of my lips after eating (the shiitake garlic noodles were worth it).

The potion made a smooth, even base on which to apply my lipstick (MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Intense #41), and kept the lipstick from feathering or drying out my lips.

Tagged: lipsmake up for everprimersredurban decayreviews

29th November 2011

Photo

Kate’s sister, Caroline, also heading to the ’90s party—showing off the giant side pony I gave her, along with some delightfully frosty baby pink lip gloss (Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Pout).
Do these sisters know how to give face to the camera or what?

Kate’s sister, Caroline, also heading to the ’90s party—showing off the giant side pony I gave her, along with some delightfully frosty baby pink lip gloss (Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Pout).


Do these sisters know how to give face to the camera or what?

29th November 2011

Photo

Kate, heading to a 1990s-themed party.  She needed a grunge look, so we did a prettied-up version of Courtney Love. And by “we did” I mean “I did,” because Kate’s too young to actually know who Courtney Love is.

Kate, heading to a 1990s-themed party.  She needed a grunge look, so we did a prettied-up version of Courtney Love. And by “we did” I mean “I did,” because Kate’s too young to actually know who Courtney Love is.