Lilly Ghalichi had a live makeup tutorial using one of her many professional makeup artists Bria Valencia on 8/15/14 and I watched it for Blushing in Hollywood research purposes 😉 If you don’t know Lilly, she is a reality TV star from Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset where she was referred to as Persian Barbie. Lilly is not just a pretty face she is also an attorney, a fashion designer, a (very successful) business owner, and a blogger as well. Lilly is from Houston (but lives in LA) and as a native Texan she loves big hair and big glamour. She typically rocks a very full face, several pairs of false eyelashes, and lots of contouring. She even mentioned in the class that she hates makeup artists that only use a little bit of foundation and pinch your cheeks for a “natural look” because she wants to look like she is wearing makeup.
She started with skin care and she swears by Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub ($6)
This was the first product that I immediately added to my shopping list. She said she needs a good scrub because she wears so much makeup and I’ve been feeling like I need something to give me a deeper clean as well. She then went on to say she loves Murad skin care products and you can read more about which ones here on her blog.
On to the MAKEUP
Lilly started off with a moisturized face, but does not like primer and Bria also does not use makeup primer.
1. Bria applied a very generous amount of MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation ($27 here) onto Lilly’s face with a synthetic foundation brush all over and then blended it into the skin by tapping it in with a dry beauty blender. The beauty blender is supposed to be used damp and will soak up a lot of makeup if you use it dry. It’s also not nearly as soft, but this is the way she does it. Applying a lot of foundation will give you a super flawless look and will also make your makeup last longer. I’ve used this foundation for a long time and it is very full coverage and gives a nice flawless finish. The only downside is that it breaks a lot of people out.
2. Next she filled in Lilly’s eyebrows using MAC eyeshadow in Espresso (dark brown matte color). She put the most product in the arches to define them. I was surprised that Lilly said that she barely shapes her brows because she likes them extremely full and bold. When Lilly does her own makeup she uses Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powders in dark gray or brunette.
3. Bria then took a concealer brush with some Giella Cosmetics concealer in #1 ($28 here) and cleaned up Lilly’s brows in order to make them look extra sharp and highlighted. What I mean by this is that she used the brush to draw a thin line all the way around each of Lilly’s eyebrows. The concealer is a lighter color than the foundation so when you go around the edges of the brow you get a very sharp light line and they look very carved out.
4. Next she did a bronzey smokey eye on Lilly because that is her favorite/signature eye look. She just used a bunch of different browns and layered them for more dimension and definition. The big tip on this step was when you’re applying your crease color(s) bring the shadow from the outer corner of the crease all the way to where the inner corner/bridge of the nose meet. This is supposed to give you a more sultry smokey appearance. She uses the Giella concealer again as an eyeshadow base. Some of the eyeshadows she used were MAC Embark and Cork, and MAC Museum Bronze pigment ($21 here) on the lid. She then used MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (a staple of mine) to line the upper lid and smudged it with a brush to keep it smokey (vs. precise).
5. Next it was time for Lilly Lashes. Bria curled Lilly’s lashes once after foundation and once again before applying the falsies. Lilly Ghalichi has her very own brand of falsies which you can purchase here for $8.99/pair. She applied them in pretty much the exact way I showed you in my False Lashes for Beginners post she even used the same Duo Dark lash adhesive that I recommended. Lilly stacks her eyelashes which means she wears two pairs on each eye at a time. She first applied her Lilly Lashes in “Tehran” and once they dried she applied her “Paris” lashes right on top in the same way. Lilly lashes have an invisible band which makes them ideal for stacking. They are also pre-curled to make the eyes appear more open. Bria then applied the rest of Lilly’s makeup before adding mascara at the end in order to let the lash glue dry.
Secret Blushing in Hollywood tip: If you live in LA you can get VERY similar lashes to Lilly lashes at Naimie’s Beauty Center in the downstair part where the bins of lashes are. They do not have a brand name marked on them and are less than $3/pair.
Woo! That was already a lot! I’m going to break this post up because that 2 hour lesson was chock-full of great information on how to get super glam. Stay tuned for how Lilly highlights and contours, how she gets her amazing glow, and what products she thinks you should save $ on by buying at the drugstore!