May 25th, 2012

Kate McCarthy guest post - Summer Drama (look)!

I always know that it’s summer when Memorial Day weekend arrives! That also means it is BBQ season… nothing like grilled BBQ Tofu…er…meat. Anywho, I get so excited for all the summer activities that I literally plan my make up looks and outfits for the season (OCD much?) I hope you get inspired by what I will be doing!

If you can’t tell, I have a bit of a flare for the dramatic. I love wearing a smoky eye day AND night. I was playing around with mermaid, rain forest and lilac Eye Shadows and created a beautiful soft smoky eye. I promise this is not too intense for day!

THE VERY FIRST THING YOU TO DO IS PUT ON SPF 40! (I like the Oil Free formula) nothing is worse than looking like the watermelon you just scarfed down at your fabulous Memorial Day BBQ. (That means hit your body up with some SPF too.)

Start with your Lid Primer (remember a little goes a long way) then using your Eyeliner Brush apply a medium-thick line of ebony Cream Eyeliner to the upper lash line and half way up the lid. (Do one eye at a time.) Quickly smoke mermaid into the Cream Eyeliner and begin to blend out to the crease (I like to use the Crease Brush or Mini Crease Brush for this). Next, grab your Eye Blender Brush and apply rain forest on the crease and blend until mermaid and rain forest begin to lightly combine. Grab your Base Brush and place some diamond eye shadow on your brow bone, blending down (barley) to where rain forest begins. Last, get a clean Crease Brush and swirl lilac into the inner corners of your eyes and swipe the lower lash line with some rain forest. LOAD up on Mascara (of course!!)

Proceed with your foundation application. (I do eyes first on this look just in case there is fall out. If there is, I can wipe it away without smearing my make up!) Dust cheeks with paradise Blush ( I like using the Fan Brush) and top lips with flirt Liquid Lips. Last but not least, fill in those brows! I like mahogany Eye Shadow for myself. But taupe Brow Powder Duo works on just about everyone!

Take a peek at my Artist Addictions post to see what I plan on wearing all summer long (warning: you may need sunglasses for the insane bright colors!)

Don’t stray, more looks and inspiration for summer will be coming at ya!

PS - Apparently in my world it is (national parenthesis day) oh well.

Kate McCarthy is the National Makeup Artist for glo minerals.
January 12th, 2012

Welcome Ami Shvartzman, glo’s Newest Makeup Artist

Licensed aesthetician Ami Shvartzman has been using makeup since she could utter the very word, but her exciting journey into makeup as a profession didn’t begin until she was working toward her BA in Rhetorical Studies at Colorado State University. It was there that she began applying her creative skills as the resident expert on many photo shoots, theatrical performances, runway shows, and at special events.

Those alluring experiences soon led her to the College of International Esthetics in Arvada Colorado where she intensively studied the functions of the skin. And once she graduated, she went on to work in the top spas and medical spas throughout the Denver area.

Shvwartzman’s latest role is glo’s newest Makeup Artist where she uses her knowledge of skin and love of makeup to transform everyone who has the luck of sitting in her chair.

Welcome to the team!
January 12th, 2012
Thank you to everyone who voted for glo minerals!

Thank you to everyone who voted for glo minerals!

December 21st, 2011

Kate McCarthy on NBC Miami

Kate McCarthy
Last week our go-to makeup guru, Kate McCarthy, got to escape the winter cold at our Denver office and travel to Florida where she showed off her makeup skills on NBC Miami. The segment focused on how to create three simple looks that anyone—that means you—can master. Here are her tips:

Day Look:
The model’s skin was a little dry so McCarthy decided to use Loose Base which gives a dewy finish perfect for reflecting light. Then she blended the dusty rose, mauve, and silver shades found in the Eye Shadow Trio in Napoli to create a natural look suitable for a 9 to 5, or a Saturday running errands. A touch of Blush in Bellini and the first model was good to go!

The second model struggled with skin pigmentation irregularities, so McCarthy first applied a light layer of Camouflage on the areas that needed to be lightened followed up by Pressed Base. Once there was a smooth canvas, she used the Eye Shadow Trio in amethyst for a fun evening look.

Holiday Look:
For the final look McCarthy chose to do a twist on the classic smoky eye using the Alloy Eyes Collection. “Instead of pulling the ‘smoke’ [aka darkest shade] all the way up to the crease,” she says, “I just smoked out her liner using the Micro Precision Eye Pencil and the darkest shimmer from the Limited Edition 2011 Luxe Beauty Collection. The rest of the model’s look was kept pretty natural and bare to give “a fun sultry grunge type of smoky eye for the holidays.” Sheer Lipstick in bali and Liquid Lips in desire topped it off creating a perfect “Bordeaux-wine” lip color.

December 17th, 2011

Photo Shoot with Kate McCarthy

glo’s Professional Makeup Artist, Kate McCarthy, shows off her skills at a recent photo-shoot at main office in Denver, CO.