Thursday, August 28, 2014

Celebrity Makeup Artist Interview: Lucky Smyler

I am so excited to bring this interview to all my blog readers new and old. Lucky is the amazingly talented makeup artist who did the makeup for Dascha Polanco aka Daya Diaz from Orange is the New Black for Monday's Emmy award show! He was kind of enough to do this interview with me and I hope you enjoy!

1.Tell us a little bit about yourself, a little introduction!
My name is Lucky Smyler. I am a celebrity makeup artist specializing in beauty, and I just so happen to love skin and paaaaaank! (lol, pink).

2.How did you get started in makeup? What was your journey like?
My career in makeup has been an interesting journey. When I started in the 1990's there was no internet and being a makeup artist was not a common career goal as it is now. Back then it was hard, No one handed me anything. It wasn't about how many social media followers you had, there was no social media at the time. I knocked on doors with a notebook portfolio that consisted of wedding Polaroids. My goal was to assist makeup artists that were working in the industry. After what seemed like thousands of slamming doors, one agent appreciated my drive and persistence and allowed me to assist his key artist at the agency. The rest, as they say, is history.

3.What is a typical day like for you as a makeup artist? 
A typical day for me starts with a starbucks iced coffee, an intense reorganizing of my kit (because each job requires different products), and then a drive to either a photo shoot location or to a hotel where my celebrity client may be staying. 

4.Can you tell us a few celebrities you have gotten to work with?Most memorable?

 Some of my celebrity list includes: Rita ora, mary j. blige, kerry washington, viola davis, and super models alessandra ambrossio, kemp moore, raquel zimmerman, sessilee lopez and jessica white. My most memorable celebrity client experience  would be with singers natalie cole and gloria gaynor. They were my parents favorite singers and they would be so proud to know that I have worked with them.

The beautiful Rita Ora

5.What are a few of your favorite products you must have in your kit?
My product must haves are shea moisture cosmetics cc creams and foundations, caudalie  beauty elixir, koh gen do spa water, and urban decay de-slick pressed powder.

6.Is there someone you would love to work with, that you have not as of yet?
I would love to work with sia furler. She has the voice of an angel and a really beautiful spirit.

7.If you weren’t doing makeup, what else can you see yourself doing?
I am a makeup artist because I love it. If I weren't doing this I would surely be working in a nursing home taking care of the elderly and disabled. I have a very soft spot in my heart for those that are in need of care and support.
Two more beautiful ladies from Orange is the New Black

8.Since you have done makeup for many award shows, including the 2014 Emmy Awards. 
What are some tips for getting makeup to be long lasting,and look great in photographs?
For long lasting makeup always start with a great primer (like shea moisture cosmetics). It's like setting and preparing the canvas before painting a master piece. Also oil absorbing blotting papers are great for retouching without having a powdery finish. Also, a great setting spray (there are many out there) like "model in a bottle" is an oldschool wedding trick that works for everyone that wants long wear-ability.

9.I was happy to see that you used Shea Moisture Cosmetics on the beautiful Dascha Polanco from Orange is the New Black for the Emmys. It is a brand sold at which some might not consider when thinking about award show makeup. Do you have any advice for makeup artist who think they have to buy all high end makeup for their kits?
 Makeup artistry is about the skill of the artist. When I started in the 1990's we didn't have so many designer options like we do today. We had to mix, blend and create magic with what we had at the time. High profile clients sometimes want to see those expensive products in your kit, but what they really want to see is the magical result in the end. If you are passionate and great at what you do, the result will always be the same with drugstore or designer high end products. It's about "you" the artist.
The photo he posted on Instagram when he was doing Dascha Polanco makeup for the Emmy's!
10.Any tips or advice for makeup artists (like myself) who would love to do makeup on a larger scale one day?
A great tip for all artists who want to do bigger things is to study your craft. Youtube is like a free makeup university in the privacy of your own home. Every one should be taking advantage of it. Also, reach out to makeup artists that you admire and who are working. Ask to assist them. That is the best way to get hands on experience. Develop long lasting and trust worthy relationships with them. They will recommend you to other artists and possibly to other clients when they need you to replace them. Great Relationships are important in this business.   

The beautiful Amanda Warren from my new favorite show The Leftovers!

Lucky did an interview with Latina magazine giving the breakdown to Dascha's Emmy look.You can find that link here!

Be sure to follow and give Lucky lot's of love on his social media sites! Go to his website to see all of his amazing work.

*All photos belong to Lucky Smyler and were used with his permission from his Instagram account @luckysmyler. I do not claim to be any of these celebrities portrayed in these photos or to be Lucky Smyler. These photos were used for entertainment purposes for this interview.All photos belong to Lucky Smyler the amazing makeup artist!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What's in my Makeup Artist Kit!

Nars palettes in my makeup kit!

Watch the video to see what I bring on a makeup gig! It changes from client to client. When I do bridal work for older clients its different than what I take to do bridal work for younger clients. It changes a lot from gig to gig. If you have any questions or want to see anything else let me know.

If you want to see more video's and blog posts like this please give me some ideas! I love doing the makeup artist stuff, I just don't know where to start sometimes. 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Olivia Black's Must-Haves for Fall 2014

Many of you may remember that I have already done two interviews with Miss Olivia Black. When I first started talking to her she was on the History Channels Pawn Stars. However, over the past few years I have gotten to know her and talk with her as she makes her journey into new and exciting adventures.  She was kind enough to chat with me about her Must Have's for Fall 2014.

1.What is you skincare routine like for the Fall?
I do the same things all year for my skin...
Pure Organic Coconut Oil to wash my face and body....never anything else
Tea Tree Oil if my break outs come back (it's always sad when they do for all of us!)
Eucerin Q10 anti-wrinkle cream on my face
Frank Body Scrub for exfoliation
Baking Soda and water for a facial scrub
Almond Oil (applied just after bathing but prior to stepping out of the shower) I infuse it will pure lavender oil before I begin using it
Everyday Coconut Super Hydrating Body Lotion (I only dry my hands and face after bathing, then I apply lotion over the oil I have just applied in the shower
100% African Shea Butter on my hands and feet (after every shower, before bed, and when ever I feel dry)

What is your must have for Fall beauty and makeup?(fave shade,look,color,brand,haircare)?
I usually stay in the neutral realm of things when it comes to my makeup, no matter the time of year. hahah Sometimes I will add an accent of a jeweled tone in December months, or oranges, greens, and other like colors near November. I am a fall baby and just love the changing leaf colors, even if I live in the desert now haha. I always use the same hair spray, Abba Firm Finish Hair Spray; I just love the smell, it last a long time so paying the $20 for it isn't out landish, and its Vegan! On occasion I need a pomade, so I use Suavecito Pomade, it as well smells great, and it's not too greasy or heavy; but remember, just as with any! Don't take a handful and expect it to not be heavy haha

3.What is your favorite food/beverage for fall season?
I love anything PUMPKIN!!!! I am a fall baby and just love everything that goes into it. The colors, the smell, the cold, the food.....all of it!

4. What is your favorite fall accessory?
Scarves and sweaters!! Can I have two??? I love bundling up! Blankets, sweaters, scarves, layers, its all so fun!!!!

5.What is your favorite fall trend? (I know you are in Vegas so not sure how much the weather changes hehe)
Layers, lots and lots of layers. It does get cold here and it rips right down to the bone. I begin layering probably a little too soon...but I don't care...I am hoping my enthusiasm brings the cold haha

6. Is there a book or a movie you have to read/watch in the Fall?(I read the Harry Potter books starting in the fall)
I have been reading Kafka on the Shore.....I can see the cozy days reading over tea in my future!!!!

7.What have you been up to lately? What can we expect to see from you? If you come to TN let's meetup and talk makeup!
I am now a co-host on the Diamond Lou radio show on The show is from 6:15 - 8:15 PST, it is porn star if you don't like raunchy adult's not for you (fair warning) haha
I am working with on an event here in Vegas, hopefully a birthday celebration for me, as well as an open casting for SG Hopefuls!
I also have a new Suicide Girls set coming out in mid September!
Hopefully I will be traveling more in the near future! I would love to chat makeup with you!!!!

To find out more about what Olivia is up to 

*All photos were used with permission of Olivia Black. They were taken from her Facebook & Instagram accounts to use for the purpose of this interview.I am not Olivia Black, or claim any of these photos as my own. No copyright is intended, for entertainment purposes only.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup

  • TheFabZilla: TheFabZilla's kind of nude is rose mauve.Check out her review of Givenchy 207 Rose Plumetis lipstick, a limited edition for Fall/Winter 2014.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Are you among the many Beauty Box fanatics? If so, then you really must check out MEMEBOX! They have amazing boxes!
  • Beauty Apocalypse : Beauty Apocalypse continues their review of 1,000 mascaras with a "volcanic" offering from Korres
  • My Stunning Nails: Tranquil gray leaves remind us that fall is just around the corner.
  • Icy Nails: Erika reviewed the LORAC Pro 2 palette. Was it love? Come find out.
  • Fabulous Awesomeness: Not everything on Pinterest is right. Never clean makeup brushes like this!

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekend Round Up

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Love blotting papers? Then TATCHA Petal Fresh Original Aburatorigami Blotting Papers are a must try-- they are PERFECTION!

  • TheFabZilla: This week, TheFabZilla shows her own take on jewel-tone eyes, one of Fall 2014 makeup trends.
  • Icy Nails: Erika reviewed the LORAC Pro 2 palette. Was it love? Come find out.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Estonian flag inspired nails
  • Color Me So Crazy: Have you seen the Sally Hansen Color Foil polish? Check them out here!
  • Fabulous Awesomeness: Want to look radiant? Check out Mina Slater's review + swatches of Gleam by Melanie Mills!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison is over the moon about her hydrated fuller lips from City Lips plus a great discount!
  • I Know all the Words: Take glitter to the next level with OPI Desginer Series Tourmaline and Titanium
  • Friday, August 22, 2014

    August Beauty Box Five

     LA FRESH Oil Free Makeup Remover wipes- I have used these on my own and they have came in other monthly subscription boxes. I really like them, and they are nice to keep in your purse for quick clean up also! 

    Novex Brazilian Keratin - I haven't tried this yet but all know that I am always looking for something to help repair all the damage to my hair. I look forward to trying it out!

     Nail Polish from Style Essentials (has no name on bottle) & Pur-Lisse SPF 30 Sunscreen
     Nanacoco Lipgloss in the shade Lovely $3.99 Such a beautiful gloss definitely worth the $4

    I think the boxes just keep getting better and better, I am in love with the hot pink lipstick! I am going to check out their website and see what other amazing shades they have.

    Tell me what your favorite product is from this months BB5?
    *photo straight from BB5 website

    $12 a month without a coupon. Check out their website for all their payment and subscription options!

    Find out more about Beauty Box Five:

    *This box is sent to me for review consideration, all opinions are my own and always 100% honest!

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Pureology-Hair Care Review

    What they say: 


    • Creates piecey, shiny texture with lasting hold
    • Fibrous formula spreads easily
    • Defines layers of the haircut
    • For colour-treated, short to medium hair types and lengths
    - See more at:


    • Creates piecey, shiny texture with lasting hold
    • Fibrous formula spreads easily
    • Defines layers of the haircut
    • For colour-treated, short to medium hair types and lengths
    - See more at:
     Creates stay-put separation with high definition, detail layers with strong support and control, especially good for short to medium hair lengths.

    What I say:
     I don't have short or necessarily medium hair but this stuff is great. I like to wear what I call the Poof, or twist my bangs that are growing out to the side. This stuff has been great to just pinch out a little of the product, and run it through the ends. I can then braid it, or twist the bangs back and the little broken pieces of hair will stay right where I need them. It doesn't make my hair crunchy or have the "wet look" which is great. I can imagine that if you had short hair, this stuff would rock your world.
    I also want to add that this entire line of products that I have been using, smell so good I want to eat them. This product has a subtle orange scent, it is a very pleasant smell not overwhelming.

    What they say:
    Pureology Colour Stylist Nourishing Nectar sculpting gel shapes and conditions hair with volume and shine while protecting and maximizing the vibrancy of colour-treated hair.

    What I say:

    Wow, just wow on this product! I have a slight natural wave to my hair, and without product it is better if I straighten or curl it. When I read that this product was a gel, I kinda thought of my 80's hair, and was thinking crunch. However, I am happy to report that this stuff has changed my hair routine. I allow my hair to dry mostly and then take a pea size amount and work it into my hair especially mid length to the ends. Then I will blow dry like normal, and then curl my hair with my curling wand. I only use this when I am curling my hair. For me this is a pricey product, and to use it everyday would be a little much because I don't want to run out. Using it before I curl my hair allows my curls to hold, have a nice bounce and boy do these products smell amazing. The scent lingers in my hair for days, because I skip a day before I wash my hair again. It also allows my second day hair to look more Va-Va Voom than normal.

    So tell me have you tried any products from PUREOLOGY, and what is your favorite?