a day in the life

  • Makeup Lesson On Location


    While having an aperitivo at Café Farnese in Rome last night, enjoying the street musicians and the perfect weather, I started a conversation with three Italian women sitting at the table next to me. One of them asked what I was doing in Rome, was I on vacanza or working? I replied, “Both,” having been hired on to work a destination wedding. Of course one thing led to another and they asked what type of work I do. When they discovered that I am a professional makeup artist, the woman in the photo immediately began to ask questions and quickly took out her personal makeup kit and showed me everything she had. Lucky that I’d drunk most of my spritz before she sat down, I spontaneously gave her a mini lesson right then and there. The number one tip was how to cover the dark circles under the eyes, followed by how to properly apply mascara to create fuller, thicker lashes.

    What you the reader can take from this . . . when in Rome always have your makeup bag with you. You’re likely to find me about 6:00PM sitting in some charming piazza absorbing the atmosphere and enjoying la dolce vita.
    Back in Dallas you can call or email me for your private lesson on location.
  • Laura Leighton


    I am often asked if I enjoy working with celebrities. When I relate that question to actress Laura Leighton the answer is definitely yes. Laura is a natural beauty known by most people as Sydney Andrews on Melrose Place. She will appear in flashback scenes in the new season. I felt incredibly lucky to work with Laura Leighton for the Melrose Place media tour in Dallas, last fall. There’s nothing better than having a beautiful face like Laura’s to work with, unless it’s a beautiful face without attitude…that’s Laura, voted by People magazine as one of 50 most beautiful people in the world and still relaxed and confident enough to allow a stranger to show up at her hotel room at 6:00 am for her hair and makeup session.
    Laura honored me with her trust in me as a makeup artist and hairstylist, offering only minimal guidance regarding her preferences. To collaborate with a true professional is one of the true joys of my job. Perhaps the question should be asked “do you enjoy working with professionals?” The answer is “ Absolutely, yes!”

  • Fall Fashion 2009

    Here I am with A list stylist, Mariel Haeen at the Saks Fifth Ave. Fall 2009 Want it! Event.
    A long but fun day with Mariel, stylist for Rhianna. I spiced up my look at the end of it with a sequin top by Nanette Lepore. Mariel helped me pick out the earrings from designer Deborah Gaspar. Mariel’s fashion recommendations for 2009 are rocker boots, a strong shoulder jacket, legging, mixed metals and fur. Fashion fun!

  • Melrose Place Press Tour

    I am often asked if I enjoy working with celebrities. Or someone will ask, “who’s the most difficult person you’ve ever worked with?” I guess everyone wants a story but the truth is I’ve been very lucky to have worked with some really lovely people. Laura Leighton who will appear in flashback scenes on the new Melrose Place and Collin Egglesfield were no exception. When I asked for a photo for my portfolio they did not hesitate. No drama there. If you liked Melrose Place before, the new show won’t disappoint.
    Locally Tuesdays on CW33.
  • Chris Botti


    World class trumpeter and composer Chris Botti, in the makeup room at Channel 13. Chris made an appearance to help raise for funds for PBS and promote his upcoming concert in Dallas, April 2010.
    His most recent studio album Italia, featuring songs with Andrea Boccelli, Dean Martin and Paula Cole will soon reach gold status.
    How could I not like him? He’s talented, he’s handsome and he’s Italian! Thanks for the foto Chris.

  • Rome 2009




    Rome is a visual feast. It’s ancient and it’s modern. And can anyone ever say enough about the famous Roman light? The city positively glows. It’s almost impossible to take a bad photo there.

    Life is lived in the streets and piazzas and you never know what will happen. What great people watching! I love the faces of the Italian people. The skin! Those eyebrows! sharp, angular and strong. Anyone who knows me as a makeup artist knows weak brows are one of my pet peeves. The brows define the face. Whenever a makeup look changes significantly you will see the brows change. Think Greta Garbo, Betty Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, Brooke Shields. What would they look like with different eyebrows? Can you imagine it?

    What did I see in the streets…purple everywhere…loved the purple suede platforms. Did I say platforms? In every possible heel height and color. Beautiful Italian fabric in prints and florals, tunics, leggings(still?) dresses over everything, oversize belts, lots of bling, makes Dallas look plain; fishnet stockings, boots, ankle boots, motorcycle boots, gladiator sandals. And black – even in the heat the Italian girls look cool, hip and elegant in black. How do they do it?

  • Gigi Levangie Grazer

    NY Times bestselling author Gigi Levangie Grazer at Barnes and Noble book signing, Dallas, Texas, June 2009. Gigi is a ball of fire, funny, intelligent, beautiful…thanks for providing me with such a perfect canvas Gigi. And thanks for the advice.

  • Roma la cita eterna


    Ciao miei amici. Unfortunately I don’t have any photos uploaded yet but look for them soon. I am in Roma taking in the sights, surviving the heat and getting inspiration to share with you.
    Stay tuned…

  • Southwest Airlines Commercials


    The first three days of a seven day commercial shoot were completed in Dallas today. Working around these massive machines I’m still awed by the wonders of air travel. That something so huge can actually hang in the sky and take me to Roma or California or just about anyplace my heart desires. Wow! After 3 days in a row, up at 5:30 am, home at 9:00 pm I”m ready to fly away somwhere… I think this man can help me…

  • Brooke Shields


    I got to work with Brooke Shields last fall. She made an appearance in Dallas as part of the Brinker Lecture Series which raises money for The Dallas Center for Performing Arts. No pressure putting makeup on an ex-model and face that is recognized worldwide. A face that I grew up with from childhood. Brooke is still just as beautiful today and one of the few women I have seen who looks equally good in person or in front of the camera. And she’s a sweetheart. Basically she just said keep in light and fresh and let me do my thing. Only the real pros do that. Thank you Brooke. And thank you Gary Cogill for asking for makeup.