Monday, September 20, 2010

'New Beauty' magazine features La Bella Donna's Baci Baci for lips

Friday, June 18, 2010

La Bella Donna in 'In Style' magazine

La Bella Donna minerals is in In Style magazine. Click on the image to see them high res. Feel free to download these images and print out to display for your La Bella Donna clients.

Jennifer Aniston chooses La Bella Donna

Celeb Picks for Summer Glow
by Nadine Kam

While shooting the new Adam Sandler romantic comedy, “Just Go With It,” Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman could be spotted all around Maui, and The Cos Bar Wailea was one of their stops.

A peek at some of their beauty picks suggest how the celebs stay looking gorgeous, even when outdoors in hot, humid weather.

La Bella Donna’s compressed mineral blush ($25 each) comes in a natural-looking pale palette that Jennifer Aniston seems to favor.

According to our spies on Maui, Jennifer purchased Chanel lip glosses, Sisley eye liners and La Bella Donna bronzer and blush.

Blog post by Nadine Kam at Star Bulletin. Here is the link to this story:

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

How to use Your La Bella Donna Makeup Brushes

Most of us have a drawer full of makeup brushes and little to no idea how to use them. Here are a few of my favorite brushes from La Bella Donna and how to use them:

Angle Brow Brush

This brush is for brows only. Unlike an eyeliner brush, the angle brow brush's bristles won't bend. They stay firm so you can apply brow powder and pomade with precision. The angle brow brush is great for combing your brows into shape too.

Angle Fluff brush

The Angle Fluff brush has hairs set at a clever angle. The angle takes the guesswork out of contouring the crease of the eye.

Blending brush

The generous hairs of the Blending brush make any color go on diffused. This brush is great for smooth washes of a single eyeshadow or for a naturally contoured crease.

Blush brush

This brush works very well for all powder and cream blush applications. Smile and sweep the brush over the apples of the cheeks for a classic application or use the brush on its side to sweep color on the cheekbones.

 Bronzer brush

This soft brush has a very rare shape and will quickly become one of your favorites. This is a must-have for applying bronzer. The Bronzing brush works very well for contouring the jawline and cheekbones. Simply use the wide edge of the brush and apply your favorite bronzer to the hollows of the cheeks and under the jawline. This brush can also be used to apply La Bella Donna mineral powder as an SPF for the chest and arms.

Brow Lash brush

This is the ultimate tool for grooming brows. The comb side is great to sweep through lashes after applying mascara.

 Concealer brush

The concealer brush is the petite version of the Cream Blush brush. Use the concealer brush to apply concealer to the eyelid and undereye area. The concealer brush is great to use with your eye cream too. It doesn't pull the delicate skin around the eye area.

 Cream Blush brush

Don't let the name fool you, the Cream Blush brush is not reserved for the cheeks only. This brush does it all and is fantastic for applying skincare, foundation (wet or dry), and cream blush. This is a must-have for any makeup bag.

 Eyeshadow brush

The eyeshadow brush is smaller than the blending brush, angle fluff brush, and oval fluff brushes. Because of its size, this brush is gives a very precise eyeshadow application. Dark, smokey eyeshadows are easy to put on with this brush.

Eyeliner brush

This brush makes any eyeshadow shade into an eyeliner. Great for wet or dry eyeliner application. Try this tip: Dab this brush over your mascara wand and apply the mascara as an eyeliner.

Lip brush

This sleek silver lip brush folds into itself so you can take it to-go. Great for applying bold colors with precision.

Mineral Makeup brush

This brush is not to be confused with a kabuki brush! The Mineral Makeup brush is made of much softer hairs that are flexible and bend to give you a smoother application. This is a must-have for every makeup bag.

Oval Fluff brush

This brush has very reliable hairs and is great for applying shadow when you want it to show. Because the hairs are set so tight together, shadow goes on truer to how it looks in the compact. This is a great tool to create a smokey eye.

Powder brush

The powder brush will you give you a full coverage finish when applying loose minerals. This a great overall powder brush and can be used to apply powder (loose or pressed), blush, bronzer and contour shades.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Love this

Traveling this summer? Check out for travel sizes of all your favorite beauty brands. Each haircare or skincare item is under 3 fluid ounces so they can all go in your carry on baggage when traveling. Genius!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

$10k Makeup Scholarship: Enter Now!

Here's an amazing opportunity for a $10,000 scholarship to MUD. The official press release (see below) was sent to me by program manager Jasen Hunt. Send your entry by July 1st, 2010 to And if you win, you have to do my makeup! Good luck. 

Announcing The Kelly Gleason Scholarship for the Makeup Arts
Presented by The Powder Group and Make-Up Designory

The Powder Group and Make-Up Designory are pleased to announce their co-sponsorship of The Kelly
Gleason Scholarship for the Makeup Arts. The scholarship is an annual award presented by The Powder
Group, and Make-Up Designory is proud to be the first partner of this very special award. The scholarship
has been introduced to identify those who are dedicated and motivated to enhance their professional
skills and become the next generation of professional makeup artists.
This scholarship has been created in honor of makeup artist and Local 798 President Kelly Gleason.
Kelly was a talented and popular makeup artist who spent more than twenty years working on some of
the most memorable television and film productions in recent history. She was also a teacher and mentor
to many in the professional makeup artist industry. In 2008, her family and many fans lost Kelly after a
long and courageous fight with cancer.
The Kelly Gleason Scholarship for the Makeup Arts in its partnership with Make-Up Designory will consist
of a $10,000 award to be applied toward any Make-Up Designory program at their New York or Burbank
campus, and will be awarded to one person who is looking to further their education in the area of
makeup artistry. The winner will be announced in the Fall issue of On Makeup Magazine and through the
online and social networking resources of The Powder Group and Make-Up Designory.
Entrance is open to anyone over the age of 18 with a high school completion or its equivalence. Entries
will be reviewed by a panel of industry experts and members of the Make-Up Designory and The Powder
Group executive teams. Entries must be received no later than July 1, 2010, and may be received by
email to with the subject heading Kelly Gleason Scholarship, or by regular
mail sent to The Powder Group 315 Seventh Avenue 6B New York, NY 10001. The entry must include a
letter of introduction, all pertinent contact information including email, phone number, street address,
social networking details. Entries will also include a statement, limited to 500 words, of why the applicant
wishes to receive the scholarship. Entrants will be judged solely on their written expression and no
previous artistry experience will be required to enter or receive the award. The announcement of the
winner will be made in September, 2010.
Entry Requirements and Legal
Entry into the Competition will require meeting the enrollment pre-requisites for Make-Up Designory.
Enrollment requirements; each individual must be over the age of 18 by the time they begin classes, and
must have proof of high school completion or its equivalent. International students must meet the
requirements for qualification for an M-1 Student Visa, under the regulations of the U.S. Department of
State. The winner must be able to provide confirmation of requirements within 30 days of the
announcement as the winner, or the Scholarship will go to the Runner-up. The Scholarship may be used
at either the Los Angeles or New York campuses, however, the student must start classes by December
31, 2011, and may be used towards tuition and supplies for any Course or Program at Make-Up
Designory - up to $10,000 USD. There is no cash award or cash value for unused funds. The Powder
Group nor Make-Up Designory are not responsible for entries not received. The decision of the panel is
final. Only the winner will be notified by phone and email. To receive email details on the winner please
register for The Powder Group Report by visiting

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Makeup Artist Handbook

Here's what's on my nightstand this week: The Makeup Artist Handbook. It's a must-read if you're going to be doing makeup for features, and a good read if beauty makeup is more your style.

Gretchen Davis and Mindy Hall excel at explaining the technical side of makeup. They cover everything from how colored gels change the appearance of your makeup on HD to how to work with Ultracal 30 Molds.

This handbook references artists and makeup artists who are experts in their craft. This tidbit from Daniel McNeill, author of The Face, pinpoints how the right application of makeup can give the illusion of a more symmetrical face:

"In the well known Muller-Lyer Illusion, a straight line with flanges pointed outward seems longers than the one with them turned inward. The one tugs the attention beyond the line and seems to lengthen it, the other pulls it center and shortens it. Makeup Artists exploit this effect. For instance, by daubing shadow above the outer ends of the eyes, they draw them further apart. By applying it above the inner corners, they narrow them."