PHAMExpo (professional hair and makeup exposition) is the ultimate event for savvy beauty professionals, students, and anyone interested in the latest trends for hair and makeup.  My experience was extremely insightful – I was able to interact with some of the most influential makeup artists in the industry.  Angel Merino ‘@Mac_Daddy‘ started behind a MAC Cosmetics counter and has now successfully launched his own brand, Artist Couture.  Gilbert Soliz, the Global Makeup Artist for Marc Jacobs, showcased a high fashion editorial look that gave me so much inspo.  I also met Lora Arellano, who is one of the partners of Melt Cosmetics  and previously went on tour with Rihanna as her makeup artist.  Lastly, I connected with the very talented Amber Dreadson and was able to recently assist her on a music video.  I also discovered new brands and of my favorites was Black Moon Cosmetics – I tried a dark blue liquid lipstick and fell in love.  It was an inspiring experience and can’t wait for next year!


Cue in the ‘I got that red lip classic thing that you like’ because this is the go to classic glam. My favorite red mixture at the moment is Kiko Cosmetics 609 topped with Dior Addicts Ultra Gloss in 851. It creates that blue red tone that pops but also not overpowering since the Kiko color is a deeper red and the gloss adds some sheen. I kept the lid pretty simple with a mixture of Mac’s Blonde’s Gold pigment over Urban Decay’s Chopper and darkened with Mac’s Swiss Chocolate matte. Toss on Ardell 105 lashes and slaaay honey.


Ps. I added a simple French braid down the center and teased the remaining with some Dry Bar dry shampoo and spray to add some texture.