My Sister’s Up-Keeper

December 6, 2009

Christian (Right) and her band Bad Girlfriend, looking glam and stage-ready!

I love doing makeup, and I also love music, especially when it is my sister playing! That’s right, my sister Christian is in two bands, and sometimes as a special treat (for both of us) I get to do her makeup! The most important thing I have to remember about doing makeup for the stage is that it has to be long lasting and visible from far away, so all her fans can see her.

For visibility, high pigment is key; I like to use bright colors. I also love to use shimmery makeup for the lights to pick up on. A little bit of shimmer on the brow or on the cheek looks really nice. I also love using Bourjois Volume Clubbing Mascara because it is long lasting. It is great for playing on the stage and dancing around in the audience.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. I was recently talking to my sister before she left for a tour of the UK with Cass McCombs, and we talked about her favorite stage looks (done, of course, by Yours Truly). She loves when I work on her eyebrows. She has even told me that whether someone has “thin eyebrows or thick eyebrows [I can make them] look amazing.” To top it off, we have the same style, so whenever I do Christian’s makeup she gives me the freedom to do what I think will look best.

Christian loves my eyebrow work and the shimmering makeup, but my skincare secrets are still her favorite. She explained that good skincare is essential before applying makeup. So, if you aspire to become a great musician like my sister, stop by Skin Deep Med Spa for makeup and skincare tips before you hit the stage.


Robin’s Secrets to a Smokey Eye

December 1, 2009

Smokey eyes — Robin Erb style

The smokey eye is a classic look that many women try to emulate. However, I have found that often times women don’t understand exactly the way to go about it. Before you even start, it is important to understand one word: blend. That is absolutely crucial when it comes to creating a sexy, smokey eye.

First do your eyes. Many women will do their foundation first, but since you use such intense and dark colors when doing a smokey eye, the eyeshadow often get can all over your face. Once you’re done with your eyes, brush off the excess shadow with a brush and do your foundation.

  1. The first step is to apply your color from the lid up into your crease and blend. Also, smudge your smokey color under your eye as well. I prefer to use high pigment colors like Makeup Forever’s Purple 92 Eyeshadow or deep greys, browns and blacks, but this look can be pulled off with almost any color.
  2. Next, right under your brow, brush a highlighter.
  3. Continue with eye liner inside the lids rather than on top. I have found that Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero works best.
  4. Finish the look off with tons of mascara.

When you do a smokey eye at home you can’t forget about equipment. I really like the MAC 242 Shader Brush for blending. They also offer a tapered blending brush that works really well. After you’re done with your eye and your foundation is done, many people like to go with a nude or glossy lip, unless you’re going for the “goth chic” look as I call it with a dark lip.

When it comes to a smokey eye, practice makes perfect. I recommend taking lessons with me at my studio if you want to know how to perfect the look.