Update

How did that lip stain idea work out? If any of you reading this tried it out- let me know. I did it today!  NYC was 20 degrees and windy and I had to go outside and pick my daughter up and take her to piano. I tried my own advice and chose a cheerful, creamy color - Revlon's Cherry in the Snow.

 

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As you can see its a cream and would be all over my face and clothing after bundling up for the cold. 

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I blotted and wiped the majority of the lipstick off and had a really soft, stained mouth. I loved it. And it didn't get all over my turtle fur. Watery eyes, runny nose and stay-put lip color.

Make up used today:

Laura Mercier Illuminating Natural Radiance Tinted Moisturizer, Make Up For Ever Full Cover Waterproof concealer, NARS Douceur blush, Revlon Cherries in the Snow lipstick-as-stain. 

Inwood's most fabulous small business event!

It's that time of year again! I will be at Bread and Yoga's Om Grown Holiday Market for TWO WEEKS ONLY! I set up a chair, a light and bring my kit. Let me do your brows, do your make up and create a custom and beautiful look for YOU. I'll be there December 13th and 20th from 2:00-6:00. BOOK NOW.

Email gothamgoddessnyc@gmail.com or text 917 697 9424 to book your appointment. 

Fall/Winter Lipstick ideas: DNAinfo article

Check out my advice on the hottest fall colors in this new DNAinfo article.  

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20141111/east-village/how-become-lipstick-person-with-falls-deep-rich-shades

Pictures from the article reposted below:

Serena wears MAC Media lipstick.   Foundation RCMA cream foundation, NARS Deep Throat blush, Diorshow waterproof Black

Serena wears MAC Media lipstick. 

Foundation RCMA cream foundation, NARS Deep Throat blush, Diorshow waterproof Black

Nikhita has on Chanel Pirate lipstick.  Cream foundation by RCMA, NARS Deep Throat Blush, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light, Chantecaille The Evening Duo eyeshadow, Kevyn Aucoin eyeshadow in Frosted Jade, Diorshow waterproof black mascara.

Nikhita has on Chanel Pirate lipstick.

Cream foundation by RCMA, NARS Deep Throat Blush, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light, Chantecaille The Evening Duo eyeshadow, Kevyn Aucoin eyeshadow in Frosted Jade, Diorshow waterproof black mascara.

Lindsay wears NARS Autumn Leaves lipstick.  RCMA cream foundation, Chanel Correcteur Perfection Concealer #20, NARS Deep Throat blush, Make Up For Ever Matte Loose Powder, Diorshow waterproof black mascara.

Lindsay wears NARS Autumn Leaves lipstick.

RCMA cream foundation, Chanel Correcteur Perfection Concealer #20, NARS Deep Throat blush, Make Up For Ever Matte Loose Powder, Diorshow waterproof black mascara.

MAC Lady Danger lipstick is what Heather is wearing- it is a very bright orange/red matte lipstick.   

MAC Lady Danger lipstick is what Heather is wearing- it is a very bright orange/red matte lipstick.

 

Try before you buy

I encourage every woman to try all cosmetics first before they make the commitment of shelling out a small fortune for department store brands. This is why I prefer shopping at Sephora. I go in with a clean face and leave with a full face of make up. Sometimes foundation oxidizes on your skin, which means it turns orange or yellowy when it mixes with your natural oils. You don't want to buy a foundation that does that. Sometimes that wonderful eye cream that you can't live without pulls a mascara off! Which sucks. You can find out all of this and more when you sample cosmetics before purchasing.

 

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I was at the Macy's in Herald Square, NYC yesterday looking for a new foundation. I wanted to try Armani, but Macy's doesn't carry it (and neither does Sephora). Instead, I visited the Lancôme and Chanel counters and asked for a free sample of their foundation. They obliged.

No doubt they will try to sell you something- that's their job. Knowing make up like I do, I know what I want and what I need. I'm probably a little more confident than your average shopper. You can be confident too. Asking for samples or testing the testers on display is your right. You don't have to buy. Please - dont let them hard sell you. Know what you want and make sure you really like what you buy! 

Gotham Goddess

(Here I am wearing Chanel's Perfection Lumiere and so far, I love it)

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Bridal Make Up 101

If you're planning a wedding, read on.
This Blog entry is filled with free advice for anyone planning a wedding.

I have been doing bridal make up since 1998 and have seen many trends with this particular genre. For instance, let's start right off the bat with lip colors.
Although the 1990s had a lot of dark red, ruby lips on brides, at this point in time I do not recommend it for practical reasons. Although brides still request it, I make sure they are willing to maintain the look throughout the day before we choose it.
What this means is women who are getting married should take the time to consider what makes sense for their wedding.

Consider these factors when deciding your concept for make up:


  • The time of day you're getting married

  • Is it indoors or outdoors

  • Time of year

  • Are you a "make up kinda gal". In other words, are you particularly comfortable with a high maintenance look (liquid liner or the above mentioned red lip)

 

  • The amount of kissing, talking, eating, drinking and smiling you'll be doing through the day. (A lot!)

  • Is your complexion oily or dry

  • The lens, flash and filter the photographer will be using

  • Your willingness to touch up during the day and evening

  • Changing your wedding make up to reception make up

  • Budget

  •  

Yes, I discuss all of those things and more when I work with brides.  And you would be surprised how many brides don't give a lot of thought to this.  Why is it important to think of all these things?
The practical answer is PICTURES.
Your wedding day will be captured forever on film (or digital- you know what I mean) and these common sense details will improve your photos.
The emotional answer is CONFIDENCE.
When you put the time and attention into your look and appearance, you will feel amazing the whole day and you will totally focus on your groom, not yourself.  

As a bride, you put so much attention into every detail.
You have chosen the invitations and guest list with great care, tasted 8 different cakes, foods and wines for the menu, visited venues for your reception, listened to tapes of bands or read bios of DJs, focused on your dress since you were a girl not to mention your bridesmaids' dresses and your mother's dress!  And there's the rehearsal dinner, traveling guests, transportation and directions - it is an endless list of things brides-to-be have to take care of!      Let someone take care of you.
You can look at it this way: your dress, hair and make up is the only thing specifically for you.  No one else.  The planning for these three things affects only one person- you.  Put some thought into it.                                                                   In my experience, when I ask my clients to put
 their look in order of importance it  usually goes like this-
dress, hair/veil, jewelry, nails and then make up.
So naturally, my work is cut out for me.

I focus the bride's attention on the whole concept.  The bride puts so much attention into what her brides wear on their body, but not much in their make up.
Why is this important?  Just like a guest shouldn't wear white to a wedding, a bridesmaid shouldn't upstage the bride.
Think about it.
The bride sets the tone for how the entire ensemble should look.  And the bridesmaids shouldn't have a better dress or more dramatic make up than the bride.  And I help articulate this to the bride.  I offer packages to brides where I can do the whole wedding party's make up therefor controlling the overall concept and image of the wedding.
It works out beautifully. 

My advice to brides is always do a test run with your team.  Keep going until you feel good about the make up and hair.
A bride's wedding portrait is her lasting, physical memory of her wedding day and the make up should be clean, beautiful and reflect her inner beauty and confidence.
 

Planning for a make up artist in your wedding budget is well worth the money.  As you can see, the results do last a lifetime.