My Top 3 Red Lipsticks for Valentine's Day

One of my favorite holidays is quickly approaching: Valentine’s Day! Growing up I always loved Valentine’s Day. Exchanging cards in class, sharing love to everyone you see in the halls, and all the candy your heart can eat. As I’ve gotten older and served more brides with their wedding day makeup, Valentine’s Day has become even more special because I have the unique opportunity to be a part of someone’s journey with their forever Valentine.

Whether you’re happily married, celebrating February 14th with your girlfriends, or anywhere in between, it’s always fun to get dolled up. I’m sharing my 3 favorite red lipsticks + why I love them to complete your Valentine’s Day makeup.

#1 Lolita by Kat Von D.

This is my favorite red, hands down! It gives a natural lip color, while also showing a pop of red. It’s not exactly nude, and it’s not exactly red either. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a bold but subtle look. Kat Von D is one of my favorite lip brands because it is long lasting, matte, but also hydrating.

#2 Mary Jo K by Kylie Cosmetics.

It’s no secret that most makeup artists love Kylie Cosmetics. The Mary Jo K shade is named after Kylie’s grandma, and if that doesn’t pull at your heart strings, I don’t know what will. MJK is a bold red and not for the faint at heart. If you’re wanting to be daring on Valentine’s Day, this is the red for you. Since it’s such a bright and bold red, I would recommend Kylie Lip Kits are amazing because they come with a lip liner and mattified liquid lipstick with intense pigmentation.

#3 Russian Red by Mac.

If you’re in your feelings on Valentine’s Day, this red is for you because it is deeeeep. I have always been a huge lover of Mac lipsticks because of how timeless the brand is and how longlasting the products are. Russian Red is no exception to the rule. It is a velvety, matte red that is as deep as your emotions. Similar to the other 2 I listed, Russian Red is long-lasting and won’t fade after your goodnight’s kiss.

Do you have a red lipstick that is in your rotation or any V-day plans you want to share? I’m all ears.



Prep Your Skin


The whole purpose of makeup is to perfect and enhance, right? But it's more than just throwing on some primer underneath that foundation to prep the skin. What's underneath that makeup plays a big role in how your final look turns out. If you're wanting to get the best possible results with makeup, there are some things you should take into consideration.

  • Hydrate - The skin is an organ made of cells, cells are made up of water. Without enough water those cells and organs don't function properly or at their best. Lack of hydration will show up on the skin as dryness, flakiness and other varying impurities or imperfections. Dry skin doesn't do as good of a job at protecting itself from the elements and roughness of everyday life and is more prone to wrinkle. Water plumps up the cells, making wrinkles less visible. Proper intake (no less than 8 glasses a day is the usual recommendation) aids in the process of your body flushing out those toxins and impurities, resulting in cleansing of the facial cells for clearer, purer skin. 
  • Sleep - Beauty sleep is no joke. With all the organs in the body at rest, your body is increasing the blood flow to the skin, resulting in that radiant morning look after a good nights rest. When you aren't getting 6-8 hours of sleep your complexion suffers. When your body is sleep deprived it goes into stress mode, causing the hormones to get a bit out of whack. Hello, impurities! During the wee hours of the night, your skin is working twice as hard as it did during the day to regenerate cells and absorb whatever is on the skin (whether healthy skincare products or old sweat and makeup). And what about those bags under your eyes? Proper sleep and water intake will help that, too!
  • Regimen - Every single night, in preparation for our beauty sleep, we need to cleanse and moisturize. I'll admit, on those days when I'm coming home tired, the last thing I want to do is splash water all over my face - but it is so necessary. You want to remove the makeup, then cleanse the face. All in one doesn't usually work. After your face is squeaky clean it's important to remember to apply a good moisturizer. (Yes, even the most acne prone skin needs to be moisturized and hydrated.) It's just all about choosing the right products for your skin. After years and years of trial and error I am still searching for that ever perfect skincare line and when I find it, you better believe I will be shouting it from the roof tops. On top of your nightly routine of cleansing and moisturizing, apply a mask once or twice a week. Again, choosing one for whatever your skin needs may be. And exfoliate! All those products you apply will do a much better job when they are reaching fresh skin cells. 

These are just a very few simple things you can be conscious of and do from home to get your skin looking its best for makeup application. Trust me, your body will thank you for it!




You're altogether beautiful

Some of you may be wondering why I've chosen this path or even how it all began, so here is the story behind the name & how a spark turned into a flame.

It all started in 2015. I passed my state board exams & came out as a licensed esthetician. I had my eyes set on a few local spas for potential employment. I applied, got denied. I applied, had my family pray, never got a response. And I applied again. Every time either they weren't looking to hire or had just hired someone else. So I quit.

This same summer I got a message from a friend from church asking me to do their wedding makeup. They asked me to come to their venue & bring what makeup I had. I honestly got chills walking the downtown streets to the venue thinking, “how cool would it be if I could do this all the time?” It was the type of freedom & excitement I desired in a career.

That night I went home to tell my family how the day went & my sister tells me to start my own mobile makeup business. And for some reason, I didn't give it a second thought. I got on Vistaprint & made cards & started up a Facebook page. But we needed to come up with a name.

I'll be honest, for years I used makeup as a cover up. I wondered how anyone could find me pretty enough without it. I had acne, my skin tone wasn't even, blah blah blah. Ya know, all those insecurities driven into our heads by magazines, tv, & anywhere else society can put it.

But then I found myself. Really, I found love for myself. I knew when I started this business that's what I wanted it to be about. I didn't want it to be about conforming to society. I didn't want it to be a woman's only outlet to feeling good enough. I wanted it to be an enlightenment. I want each woman I work with to feel the raw beauty of who they are before & after the makeup. Thus, came Hello Beautiful.

I want my business to become an experience. I want my blog posts to find that young girl that doesn't know her worth. That's what Hello Beautiful is about. And of course I get to have fun experiencing your wedding day & making art with makeup on your face.

This may not have been the best blog post you've ever read (it is my first), but I do hope it leaves you feeling like there is a purpose to the closed doors, like you can follow your dreams & like you really are beautiful.


You are altogether beautiful, my darling! There is no blemish in you!

Song of Solomon 4:7


xoxo, Eva