Artist Series 01 : Regina Yazdi

Welcome to our new Artist Series! We will be featuring makeup artists, illustrators, hair stylists, wig makers, fine artists, graphic artists, nail geniuses and anyone else that catches our eye. The photo style will stay the same so that the focus is on our guest artist’s creation. To kick off the series, we collaborated with my dear friend and brilliant illustrator, Regina Yazdi.

Regina was my second Instagram “date” (the first was @ruba, Instagram has been good to me!). I was crazy about her artwork and when we discovered that we lived five minute apart, we set up a coffee. Since then, we have collaborated on all kinds of beauty projects and have been spotted together at so many beauty events that people assume we are sisters. I suppose we are sisters in creative spirit because there is no one I would rather spend a day shopping with in Paris (read the story here!) and certainly no one who can debate about the merits of true red lipstick vs. just slightly brighter true red lipstick for hours on end. However, aside from my personal connection to Regina, it’s really her talent that made me want her as our first guest artist.

She has worked with too many big names for me to conveniently list (Chanel, Allure, Harry Winston, Harpers Bazaar, L’oreal, etc.), loaning her distinctive style to projects as diverse as luxury cosmetics packaging, fashion magazine spreads, decorating designer heels, theatre posters and live events. What I find fascinating about Regina is her ability to add beauty to just about anything you put in front of her. She can do the most gorgeous free flowing portrait using a broken wooden chopstick and some black ink (true story!) or sit down with her paints and create a perfectly detailed diamond necklace that looks like you can lift it off the page. I’ve seen her illustrate shoes, bags, canvas, boxes, fabric, ceramics and every form of paper imaginable but never directly on skin. So for our Artist Series feature, I thought it would be fun to have her paint directly on a face!

Note: Regina used MAC Pro Chromacake for the roses. The rest of the makeup (all NARS) is listed below.

Note: Cameron Rose is not just an amazing model, she is also a talented painter who is currently working on a gallery show.  Check her Instagram for updates!

Note: An extra thank you to Ericka who drove across town and created the perfect curls!

ILLUSTRATOR // Regina Yazdi
MODEL // Cameron Rose
HAIR // Ericka Verrett
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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What’s Your Favorite Lipstick?… Jesse Somera

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about lipstick lately – the way a simple swipe of color can change your mood, act as emotional armor, make a statement about your personality, be an accessory to your style, enhance or overwhelm your face and even become an “I feel naked without it” staple. Such a small thing but surprisingly powerful and the best part is that there is no commitment.  You can change lipstick ten times a day with no consequence aside from dry lips.  I can’t think of another form of physical enhancement that is so easy to experiment with. That being said, I am always astonished how often people say “oh but I can’t pull off red/orange/etc  lipstick”. Life is short so go try on a new lipstick right now! Paint your lips with all the colors that have caught your eye but you were afraid “weren’t you”. Go red, go black, try neon or metallic!

Note: Lipstick is cool on men, women, transgendered people, drag queens, drag kings, androgynous folks and the undeclared! If you don’t believe me, check out the ridiculously good looking Jesse Somera in the images above!

Note: I’ve always admired women who wear a strong shade with such frequency that it becomes a signature (Diana Vreeland’s red red lips!) and while I would like that to be me, it’s not.  I do have a favorite shade of red plus three nudes that I bounce between but on the side, I have flirtations with 90’s brick, orange reds, vampy darks and every once in a while, a deep pink.

MODEL // Jesse Somera
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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Lash Out… Ella Flood

How much lash is too much? Last week Ella Flood stopped by the studio and we conducted some very scientific tests to determine this urgent question. By “scientific” I mean we listened to old tunes, ate snacks, talked blue hair dye (she does her own) and then tried on a variety of fake lashes.

We settled on this top and bottom combo (both Ardell) paired with Charlotte Tilbury’s Luxury Palette in The Rock Chic. The smoky gray and silver shadows soften the dramatic lashes for a look that subtly references the 1960’s. The pale peachy nude lips and cheeks also give a nod to the 60’s but the textures keep the look modern.

Note: Ella is a very talented fine artist and she occasionally posts artworks to her Instagram, @oscarcash. Definitely worth checking out!

MODEL // Ella Flood
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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DIOR DOES PINK… Crystal Van Commenee

I’m not always a fan of pink but when Peter Phillips at Dior launches a whole collection dedicated to the color, well consider me a convert! My favorite items in the limited edition Glow Addict Spring 2018 collection include the 5 Couleurs eye palettes (two palettes, each with a mix of pink, burgandy and neutral shades), the Bold Brow in 005 Pink (surprisingly flattering) and the new shades of Lip Glow (currently wearing 001 for an ultra subtle flush of color).

Oh and no need to wait for the actual spring to break out these shades. Unexpected pops of pink brighten up the gloomy January weather and pair perfectly with your favorite sweater.

MODEL // Crystal Van Commenee
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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Dots and Spikes… Brooke Candy

Brooke and I finally managed to find a day where both of our schedules were clear! It doesn’t sound that complicated but between her recording sessions, travel and performances plus my photo shoots, travel and various work obligations, it’s been months since we have been able to get together! One of my favorite things about Brooke is that she always shows up with a new look. This time she arrived at the studio with several new face tattoos, shaved brows and black hair (a dramatic difference from her previously platinum blonde).

Brooke does a lot of dramatic makeup on stage (which I love!) so when she visits, I always want to do something completely different. Taking inspiration from the three tattooed dots in the center of her brows, I simply continued the shape with more dots. A pair of spiky fake lashes, peachy nude lips and cheeks with glowing skin completed the minimal makeup look.

Note: She is performing live in Sao Paulo, Brazil on February 3rd as well as at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, MI on the 22nd.  Check out her Instagram for more upcoming dates and ticket details!

Note: For past looks featuring Brooke Candy, click here, or here, or hereor here!

MODEL // Brooke Candy
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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Smashbox X Beauty Is Boring… Photo Edit Trios

So excited to finally show a few of the images from my recent collaboration with Smashbox! This is just a little taste so make sure to check out @beautyisboring_ for more photos, I’ll be posting them over the next month.  And of course, you can also see even more looks in Smashbox’s Venice store, on their website, etc.

Note: The Photo Edit Eyeshadow Trios come in palettes shaped like a camera lens so obviously this was the perfect collaboration for me!

MODEL // Minji Money
MODEL // Mae Van Der Weide
MODEL // Raven Lyn
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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Happy New Year… Christina Nadin

Finishing out 2017 with this resort inspired bronzed and glossed look!

Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year!

MODEL // Christina Nadin
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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Holiday Inspiration… Grace Cheng

The best shoots are definitely the ones where I get to eat the props afterward… especially when the props are delicious, all natural donuts baked by model/foodie Grace Cheng! When Grace isn’t posing for glossy magazines or major fashion campaigns, she is busy whipping up recipes for her new health food company Mylk Labs. Lucky for us, Grace took time out of her busy schedule to drop by the studio and spread some holiday cheer!

Note: Pair simple, glowing makeup with polished waves or a chic updo and you have an instant holiday party look. Check out Sheridan’s Instagram for more hair inspiration.

Note: Visit the Mylk Labs website for amazing healthy recipes and be sure to order a sample pack of the Oatmeal Cups!

MODEL // Grace Cheng
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Sheridan Ward

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Old Hollywood Glamour… Josephine Lee

Josephine Lee (that’s Princess Gollum for the Insta crowd) is a brilliant DJ and model who brings her unique personal style to everything she does. I am crazy about Josephine’s black choppy hair and shaved brows… so of course I inexplicably went in a totally different direction. With help from Sheridan Ward and a leftover wig from Halloween, we created a modern version of an Old Hollywood starlet.

Note: This was the first time I used Fenty’s Stunna Lip Paint and it did not disappoint! It’s extremely pigmented, smooth and easy to apply. Marilyn and Marlene would have been thrilled!

Note: I did consider drawing in some skinny arches ah la Carole Lombard but it’s so rare to have shaved brows to play with that I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

MODEL // Josephine Lee
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Sheridan Ward

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Holiday Blues… Christina Nadin

Blue is not a color that most folks associate with the winter holidays but this stunning Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder eye shadow is so good that it’s practically seasonless. The weather outside might be snowy but this electric matte blue makes me think of tropical beaches and warm evenings spent in a hammock with the sound of the waves nearby.

Note: When I want a precise edge but am working with powder eyeshadow, I use a business card  pressed against the skin as a stencil. It’s easier than trying to clean up the loose powder with a q-tip and more gentle on the skin than tape.

MODEL // Christina Nadin
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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