April 22nd, 2014  |  5 Comments   

Celeb Makeup Artist Katey Denno Talks Natural Beauty

In the spirit of Earth Day, today we’re sharing a chat we had with makeup artist and founder of The Beauty of It Is, Katey Denno. In addition to being the lead makeup artist for Burt’s Bees and being an advocate for the use of natural and organic products, she’s the go-to makeup master for It Girls like Mindy Kaling, Olivia Wilde, and Lena Dunham. Katey joined us in our photo studio to show us some of her techniques for applying gorgeous, glowing makeup (all those secrets coming soon!) and while she was here she dished on how she got started, why she loves natural products, and what products she really uses on herself.

Gloss Daily (GD): You started out in social work and moved to makeup artistry from there. That’s a big jump!

Katey Denno (KD): Yea, it’s weird right?! I did social work for ten years. I worked in inner-city D.C. in battered women’s shelters and at universities’ sexual assault services. Then when I came to New York, I worked in a women’s health clinic in the Bronx. I saw a lot of young girls coming in and I also worked with a large transgender population and I learned how to do makeup from them. It was the best thing ever. I realized I wanted to pursue makeup as a career—I liked the idea of helping women feel their best, that’s what it’s about. It’s about confidence.

GD: Love that and we totally agree! So, you’re a makeup artist who uses primarily natural products, how did that come about?

KD:  I was raised in that kind of a family. I was the kid with the brown bread and fruit instead of dessert. But when I first got into makeup natural products weren’t on my radar at all. Then one of my girlfriends was diagnosed with cancer at age 35 and that was what did it. She was not well and what could I do to fix her? The only thing I knew was how to do makeup and I thought, well this is what I need to do for her. So I just started researching and finding out what was natural that was really good.

Then at some point I remember she was lying on my couch and we were brainstorming because I didn’t know what I wanted to do in the beauty industry. Apparently I just kept answering her by saying “well the beauty of it is” because finally she said, you should start a website called The Beauty of It Is. She went home and bought that domain and called and said I have a present for you, I bought the name for you. So I launched a blog called The Beauty of It Is and I started writing about natural products.

GD: Let’s talk about some of the products you use. I know you have mentioned you’re really into the right brushes. If someone could only afford three brushes which ones should they be?

KD: Definitely an eyeshadow brush, like the MAC domed eyeshadow brush. Also a cheek brush—the Muji squirrel cheek brush or the Makeup Forever tapered cheek brush are great. If you wear foundation you really need a good brush. I like natural bristles just as much as synthetic but not all synthetic bristles are good quality and you need that quality for foundation. Try the foundation brushes from LancomeChanel or Kevyn Aucoin. And you have to have a Beauty Blender—that could take over for anything. Even if you just use your fingers for most things, you should try a Beauty Blender.


GD: What are your go-to products that you actually use on your own skin?

KD: It’s all about skin care for me. There’s a brand called Marie Veronique Organics that’s all organic and so awesome. I also like Amala, their skin care line is delicious. I use Kjaer Weis foundation if I need to be on camera. Vapour has great cheek color that I use, and their foundations are the first natural foundations I ever loved. And Burt’s Bees’ tinted lip balms were some of the first natural products I bought and gave to my friend who was sick. I keep about 10 in my pockets at any given time.

GD: It can be tough if you have no knowledge of the industry to find products that are truly natural and worth the money. Where do you look online to find those truly great products?

KD:  Spirit Beauty Lounge is my number one. Environmental Working Group is a great one, too. You can also read about all the natural beauty products I love (and what I’ve learned) on my site.

GD: We think a lot of women are hungry for more information on natural products. Are most of your clients receptive to natural products when you use them?

KD: Yes! Or they don’t care either way. Mostly my clients just let me do my thing. But sometimes I thoroughly enjoy wearing a lip color that isn’t natural and that’s fine. But if you think overall about all the stuff we subject our bodies to, if you can lower your toxic load a little why not do it? I think natural is the way things are going.

April 4th, 2014  |  Comment   

Lupita Nyong’o for Lancôme!

Certified stunner and newly-minted Oscar-winner, Lupita Nyong’o, is on a role. Not only is she Hollywood’s new darling, she is now a brand ambassador for Lancôme. After seeing this video of Nyong’o describing her struggle to accept her looks as a child we couldn’t help but think that she’d be an inspiring and genuine spokesperson for beauty at all ages and in all forms.

Speaking about her new position as a brand ambassador for Lancôme, Nyong’o said, “I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for  women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself.”

Nyong’o joins an already prestigious group of leading ladies who are Lancôme ambassadors including Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penélope Cruz, and Lily Collins. Nyong’o will be featured in the brand’s summer campaigns. Congrats, Lupita!

February 26th, 2014  |  3 Comments   

Feelin’ Feline Fierce Wearing Katy Perry Lashes by Eylure

Feelin’ Feline Fierce wearing Katy Perry Lashes by Eylure in Feline Fierce ($6.99)

Katy Perry: pop star extraordinaire, cat lady, false fringe aficionado.


Yup, you read that correctly. Katy Perry has a line of false lashes, appropriately named Katy Perry Lashes, which are both 1) super affordable ($6.99 each) and 2) all kinds of awesome.

I was a little surprised when I found out about them, even though they’ve been out for a while, but I guess they just hadn’t crossed my radar until now.

I wish they had.

There are four new styles out now for spring — Feline Fierce, which I’m wearing in the top pic; Punk Princess; Banging Beauty and Lovely Lolita — and I’m infatuated with them all. I like them just about as much as the false lashes I usually wear when I wear false lashes, the $16 33 Lashes by MAC.

Feline Fierce


Lovely Lolita


Banging Beauty


Punk Princess

Compared to the 33s, these cost less than half as much ($6.99 versus $16), and because they’re carried at most drugstores and Ultas, they’re very easy to find (sometimes I don’t want to trek all the way to the mall).

These new spring styles also have something of an edge to them… Nothing too crazy, but I like the range of options Katy gives, from the more dramatic Feline Fierce (perfect for a night on the town) to the more natural Lovely Lolita, which still has some kick.

That one is my favorite pair from the spring line because it’s fine for daytime but still only about two seconds away from hitting the club.

Not that I hit the club very often (*cough*, anymore, *cough*).

A closeup of Feline Fierce…

Also in the plus column, these are 100 percent natural, and they don’t look plastic or fake, unlike some other drugstore brands that shall remain nameless…

But I think what really makes them stand out is how easy they are to apply, especially for someone (like me) who’s normally all thumbs when it comes to applying false lashes, and especially full strip styles like these.

No drama at all.

Seriously, they’re a breeze. I just run a tiny amount of the adhesive, which comes with them, by the way, along the lash strip (I’m serious. You only need a tad.), wait for about 30 seconds, look down into a mirror, set the lashes directly on top of my natural lashes, and squeeeeeeeze the false lashes together with my real ones.

A closeup of Lovely Lolita…

They even comfortable! — even the dramatic styles, which is unusual, I think. Most of the time with other false lashes I’ve tried, in particular super long, thick lashes, I get a headache after a while from how heavy they feel (I’m very sensitive about anything near my eyes), and I end up having to take them off halfway through the day.

These, on the other hand, don’t feel heavy at all.

Lovely Lolita — my favorite style

They’re a great drugstore find. I only wish I’d discovered them sooner.

I definitely plan to stock up on Lovely Lolita next time I see them at CVS or Ulta. They’re also available online.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


January 14th, 2014  |  Comment   

Golden Globe Hair Trend- How to Create a Faux Bob

Although we’re still in awe over the beautiful gowns worn at this year’s Golden Globes, we can’t neglect to mention our favorite red carpet accessory—the hair!

Many celebs sported luscious waves and sleek hairdos, which we highly commend.  However, one hairstyle worn by a few of our favorite famous ladies certainly stood out from the rest – the faux bob.

Globe winner Cate Blanchett and presenter Paula Patton modeled the elegant and dramatic do and we think they nailed this retro look.

Thanks to Conair, you too can achieve the bob trend without a single snip. “The Perfect Bob” accessory is a new, innovative way to transform your long hair into a trendy faux bob in seconds. Forget jabbing pins into your head; this product gives you the classic bob style without the discomfort.


Using “The Perfect Bob” is simple. Create a ponytail using the small loop of your perfect bob tool (the slide should be on the outside of the pony). Tighten or loosen the loop by adjusting the slide. Then, gently pull the ponytail holder down to the length you want your bob. Bring the large loop over your head and let it hang down around your neck. In the back, gather your pony tail ends and tuck them up and under the hair. Then, lift the large loop to the crown of your head. Add some hairspray to finish and secure any flyaways.

Wear your faux bob with wavy hair for an ultra-feminine, vintage look or straight for an edgy, slick style. “The Perfect Bob” by Conair is available this March, just in time for you to “glam up” your hairstyle for spring.

October 30th, 2013  |  Comment   

Beauty News: Blake Lively is the new face of L’Oréal Paris

In today’s beauty news: The gorgeous Blake Lively has been named the newest L’Oréal Paris global spokesperson. She joins the ranks of other beauties such as  Jennifer Lopez, Julianne Moore, Beyoncé Knowles, and Eva Longoria. We can’t wait to see what will undoubtedly be stunning cosmetics, hair care and hair color campaigns.

September 23rd, 2013  |  Comment   

Look We Love: Kate Mara’s Emmy Award Glam

Celebrity makeup artist Coleen Campbell-Olwell created the gorgeous, warm look on Kate Mara using Orlane products.  Kate’s hair was styled by Alex Polillo using Vidal Sassoon Pro Series. Coleen and Alex gave us the breakdown of how they created the look:


The Look: Warm and Bronzy Glow

“To prep Kate’s skin, I began with the Orlane Elixir Royal, it gives such a nice canvas to the skin that it was perfect for the night.  Next, we applied the Super-Moisturizing Light Cream, which I love because it is not greasy at all so it doesn’t break up the makeup but really holds it in place and is super moisturizing.  Then, I applied a bit of the Crème Royale Yeux to her eyes.

For tonight, Kate is wearing a beautiful, long white dress with a bit of edge and a deep side part, so we wanted to go with a bronzy, gold look on the eyes and keep everything really warm.

For her eyes, I used a gold along her lids and then a bronze along the outside to create a more cat eye shape and then lined the inside of her eyes with a bronze eye pencil.  To take her eyes to the next level, the Orlane Volume Care Mascara was key. I was so impressed with this mascara because it gives the lashes almost a lacquered look, which added to the edginess and made them look super long and voluminous.  This mascara is amazing, I really love it!  I also used the Highlight Care Brush to highlight the inner corners of her eyes, which really draws the audiences’ eyes to hers.  Lastly, to define her brows, I used the Dior Brow Styler in Universal Brown.

Then, I went in again with the Highlight Care Brush and applied it straight from the applicator onto her cheekbones.  I also applied it on her cupid’s bow with my finger in a tapping motion to give her lips a poutier look.

Next, I used a big fluffy brush to apply the Orlane Bronzing Pressed Powder Soleil Cuivre 02 right underneath the cheekbones.  I tapped it on and the blended it out very well.  This bronzer is great because it’s matte but there is still a tiny hint of a glow so it doesn’t look dead on the skin.  The contrast with the highlight on the cheekbones is gorgeous and really gives more dimension to the face.  Then, I brushed the bronzer along the hairline to complete the overall warmth that we were going for.

Lastly, to keep her t-zone from getting too shiny throughout the night, I applied a light dusting of the Transparent Loose Powder.”

The Look: Sleek, Glossy Bob
Alex and Kate went for a sleek, tight look to show off her new bob haircut. Alex and Kate were originally going to create a ponytail, but decided they wanted to pick a modern hairstyle that flaunted her new cut along with her white J. Mendel gown.

Here’s how Alex created Kate’s look:
Starting with wet hair, apply a generous amount of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Mega Firm Hold Gel throughout all of the hair and comb through evenly.
Then create a deep diagonal side part for added drama.

Using a Mason Pearson flat brush and a blowdryer on a medium setting, brush hair flat to the head and then follow with heat from the dryer.

Use the nozzle to amp up the shine and create an extremely smooth style.

Spray Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extra Firm Hold Hairspray from the roots to the length to set your style
If the ends tend to flip out, use a flat iron to get them smooth and then finish the whole look with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extreme Smooth Combing Crème.

January 20th, 2013  |  Comment   

Get the Look: January Jones’ SAG Awards Pompadour

Up for experimenting with the rocker chic look? Take this bold style for spin:.

The Look: Rock n Roll, Pompadour Up-do
January and Renato chose to do a modern take on a up-do that was very rock ‘n roll. January’s pompadour hairstyle paired with her Prabal Gurung dress added a fun and cool vibe to the SAG Awards. January’s striking look was the biggest fashion statement on the red carpet!

Here’s how Renato created January’s look:
1. Starting with damp hair, apply Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Mega Firm Hold Gel to all the hair and brush through so it’s evenly distributed.

2. Using a comb, blow-dry gelled hair to create a sleek, wet look.

3. Once hair is mostly dry, use a round brush and blow dry hair up and back to create volume.

4. In the back, tease hair with a rat tail comb to create all over volume, especially at the ends.

5. To hold the style in place, apply Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extra Firm Hold Hairspray to sculpt and lift the hair for a look that will last all night.

January 15th, 2013  |  2 Comments   

Golden Globes Get The Look: Jessica Alba

Nope, we’re not over the Golden Globes just yet. Jessica Alba was gasp-worthy gorgeous and had our fave look on Sunday night. We got the scoop on how to DIY her retro style.


On Sunday’s red carpet Jessica Alba looked stunning in tangerine. The glamorous mother of two, a presenter at the awards ceremony, wore a gorgeous peach-colored gown by Oscar de la Renta. “The dress was the inspiration,” says makeup artist Lauren Andersen. “I loved the contrast between her glowing skin and the matte orange lip. It’s an almost tropical pop of color that’s not an exact match for the dress but close.”

Skin: Lauren prepped the skin with Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum, and followed with Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer in Sand. She then used Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer in Warm under the eyes, down the bridge of the nose and fanned the product out in the center of the forehead to create dimension. She finished the skin step with the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light applied all over to create a golden, subtle warmth. “It’s a soft, refined shimmer that’s glowy,” says Lauren.

Cheeks: She used the bronze shade from Hourglass Illume Crème-to-Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset to contour the cheeks and followed with the blush shade on the apples of the cheeks.

Eyes: Hourglass Film Noir Kohl Eye Pencil in Espresso was first applied to the outer corners of the eyes and then smudged it with a brush. Lauren then applied Hourglass Superficial Waterproof Bronzer in the crease of the eyes and the gold shade from Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Dune on the lids. Lashes were treated to several coats of Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara. She finished up by amplifying the brows with Hourglass Arch Sculpting Brow Pencil in Soft Brunette.

Lips: Finally, Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera, a vibrant tangerine shade, was applied to the lips. The velvety matte color delivers richly pigmented and long-lasting coverage for up to 14 hours.

January 14th, 2013  |  Comment   

Get the Look: Tina Fey’s Golden Globes Glam Waves

Last night’s Golden Globes kicked off award season and there was a clear return to old Hollywood glam. We got the scoop from celeb stylist and Schwarzkopf Professional Blonding Ambassador, Kim Vo on one of our favorite looks, Globes host, Tina Fey:


“When hosting, it’s important to have versatile hair that goes with every fashion look and Tina Fey has achieved just that,” says Vo. To get the look at home:

  1. Prep damp hair with OSiS Grip Extreme Hold Mousse. This isn’t the mousse from the 80s – it provides plenty of hold without the typical crunch and wet look. Simply massage into hair and blow dry.
  2. While blow drying, use a round brush to create a smooth, full appearance. When hair is dry and hot, twirl sections to help create a voluminous look and give a soft wave to the hair and curl to the ends.
  3. Use round brush to blend bangs into the gentle wave and use OSiS Freeze Strong Hold Hairspray to hold them in place. The strong hold will make sure they stay put while keeping the soft appearance to hair.
  4. Finish with OSiS Sparkler Shine Spray to give tresses that red carpet shine.

January 10th, 2013  |  2 Comments   

How To: Host a Glam Globes Party

It’s a tradition. Every year, a group of my girlfriends gather at my house dressed in their most comfy PJs to watch the Golden Globe Awards and nosh on snacks. This year I plan on surprising my guests (unless they’re reading this post!) by taking the whole “gold” theme to the next level. From the gilded eyeshadow I’ll be donning to the glistening ribbon (leftover from Christmas gift wrapping) I plan to decorate the TV with—it’s going to be a gold-extravaganza! But, of course, we’ll still be in our PJs and snacking. Here’s how you can add a little—or a lot of—oomph to your own Globes viewing party.

Wear Gold


BY TERRY Ombre Blackstar in Beyond Gold ($43) This waterproof shadow stays silky and smooth all night long—even through those sappy speeches that make you tear up. 

Taste Gold

Godiva Gold Ballotin ($30) Chocolate is a no-brainer for the snack table at a Globes shindig. Why not make it melt-in-your-mouth-beyond-delish-chocolate?

Sip Gold


DavidsTea’s Glitter & Gold ($7.50) Warm up your viewing party with this tea made with Chinese black tea, sugar crystals, gold sugar balls, vanilla, orange peel, and cloves

Accessorize in Gold


Charming Charlie Jewelry ($9+) Now’s the time to wear every piece of gold jewelry you own…all at once. Not really, but have fun with it—wear the chunky necklace, put on the oversize earrings, or slide a gold ring on a few fingers instead of just one. Why? Because…it’s the Golden Globes!


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