Going to a Sunday BBQ, night on the town, or a fancy glitz party, or saying I do?… a red lip can and will always work.

Red lips, to me, are a vintage staple.


So many reds! How do you know what shade to go with? It can be so overwhelming. Have no fear, you will know by the end of this post.

Here is the easiest way to determine what shade of Red to go with. First off you need to figure out your skin’s undertone. Blue undertone, Green undertone, or a Combo of both. Look at the inside of your wrist, what color do you see from your veins? I see blue, which means I have a cool undertone. There are other ways to find your shade, but I (and many other makeup artists) follow this method.

Blue = Cool Tone = Blue Reds, Raspberry Reds, True Red.

Green = Warmer Undertone = Pinky Reds, Orangey Reds.

Combo= Neutral Undertone = Deep Red, Ruby Red, True Red.

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These are two of my favorite, blue undertone reds. MAC Russian Red and MAC Ruby Woo.

Remember, even if a color falls outside of your “undertone” but it looks good, YOU SHOULD WEAR IT. Half of makeup looking good, is the confidence it takes to wear it.

Now that we know how to pick a shade. How do you apply the color?

Photo Credit: elan photographie

Photo Credit: elan photographie

1.Hydrate: Lip colors tend to be drying. Make sure while you are applying your foundation to prime your lips with a moisture balm. I like Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Hydrating Lip Balm. I say to do it while applying your foundation so that it has time to settle and your lip color does not slide off.

2. Lip Liner: always line when wearing RED! This helps the color from fading. Makes it bit easier to apply. Color within the lines.

3.Lip Color: Go ahead and apply the lip color of choice. Start at the inner heart of your lips, and work your way to the crease. Apply pressure for even coverage. Use 2-3 Coats. Apply a gloss over if your want that look.

4. Clean up: Take a concealer and paint around the lip line to sharpen up any bleeding color, or mistakes. (don’t worry we all make mistakes with Reds)

xoxo, Mariana Marie

“Keep smiling because Life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”

From the Famous Red Lips herself,

Marilyn Monroe

In honor of Father’s Day I thought I’d write about a couple of my favorite men’s products. My husband, uses most of these on the reg.

Facial Fuel: Kiehls Face Wash


leaves the skin feeling squeaky clean. Great for before a shave, very gentle, but leaves the skin with that crisp refreshed feeling. helps prevent against environmental effects towards the face throughout the day.

Men’s Science Chap Stickmensblog2

prevents dry chap lips, has an spf 30, and is not greasy! My husband feeling like something is on his lips, this product is great for before his runs in the morning.

Moisturizing Shave Cream: Crew


This stuff is a life saver for sensitive skin. A close smooth shave, with no bumps afterwards.

and lastly, my favorite.

Green Irish Tweed: Creed


 Rich, Green, Spicey scent. Its on the pricey side, but cologne is one of those things that I believe is money well spent. Creed is the one of the oldest cologne houses around. They have made custom blends for celebrities and royalty for over 100 years. You will not be disappointed by the product. Stop by a Creed counter in your local Neiman Marcus.


Mariana Marie


I have been crazy busy with wedding season, doing editorial work , focussing on family life, engagement shoots, boudoir shoots,

senior sessions, freelancing for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, teaching makeup lessons, cutting hair, coloring hair,

and changing diapers.

Please check out the new site, show some love and follow the blog. Can’t wait to share with everyone all the recent work and fun things I have been up to!





I have been loving this mini break from work, but am so excited to get back into gear come this October/November.

My husband and I are expecting our second baby in mid September. So I haven’t been taking on many gigs, due to the fact that this pregnancy has been a real kick in my butt! I was on bed rest towards the start, then was told everything was good to go. I did a few weddings in the spring… 12 between AZ and CA… and then stopped in June. I tossed in some freelance hours with Bobbi Brown and other photographers, and ended my season right in time to go back on bed rest. This time I had a 3 week stay in the hospital for preterm labor and my water broke way too early, at 30 weeks! By the grace of God, I resealed, and have been at home for the last 3 weeks. I am doing one makeup gig for a dear friend’s maternity photos, between now and when I have Henry. Which I am praying I have him in the next week or so.

It has been such a blessing that I didn’t book past June/July for any big weddings, I would of never known how to cancel on a client!

I am looking forward to working with my select brides for the upcoming wedding season. I am taking on one wedding in October, in Colorado, for my best friend who is getting hitched.

Then November I am only taking on 3 weddings. Being that I will have a new baby, I figured start small and build up to the December weddings, where I will take on 4. Starting in 2013 I am a 4 wedding a month gal. I have decided I would rather focus more personally on a select number of brides, instead of taking on 2-4 weddings a weekend.

Its great to know who I am working with, and make the bride and bridal party feel extremely cared for during their time with me. I have had weekends in the past where on a Friday- Sunday, I have literally done 6+ weddings and touched over 30 faces! It is just crazy! So my new goal is focus on intimate weddings and share those precious moments with the bride and party.

I do have slots available for photo shoot work, and wedding for 2012 and 2013. If you are interested in booking a trail, please email me at

You can check out portfolio work at my facebook page.

Thanks for keeping up with me,


Mariana Marie

Small World is all that can describe this wedding for me. Jasmine contacted me through our church media website to do makeup for her big day. I know you probably are thinking, that’s not that small of a world…but there 4 different campuses and many thousands of people that attend our church. Jasmine knew she wanted airbrush. Which was perfect for her flawless skin. I show up to the trial and we joke for a while about how we have mutual friends and actually go to the same campus often for church, then she tells me who is photographing her wedding…The lovely Stephanie Brunner at Red Kite Photo. I love Stephanie’s work and have been blessed to work with her on a few weddings this past season.  My husband has played music with Jasmine’s brother before, and the world gets smaller. I love when I end up becoming friends with my brides after their trial/wedding. It makes the whole experience so special. I may of shed a tear on her actual wedding day, after Jasmine was all ready and was getting in her dress.

Jasmine’s look was so fun to create. We knew airbrush was a must, and had a start to an eye look…but after 2 trials and we perfected her vintage inspired golden smokey eye. I loved that she wanted to rock a cat eye with a sassy lip!

Congratulations to Jasmine and Topher!

Starting out with the airbrush machine!

Creating that special eye.

The flawless look completed. Cat eye, Lashes and Lips!

pretty vintage inspired bride

love this sweet moment between the bride and groom

Congratulations! May God Bless Jasmine and Topher throughout their long marriage!

Location: Inside The Bungalow


Mariana Marie

This was a fun styled shoot to be a part of. Thanks to miss Charity over at

Charity Maurer Photography.

check out the rest of the photos at the link above.

I showed you a fun lil sneak peak a couple days ago. Now that the rest of the images are up on Charity’s site, I thought I would share them with you all as well. This shoot is going to be featured on a couple other fun sites as well. The couple is truly in love, which always makes it great for photos. Cara, is a sophomore in college, and a love to work with. We wanted to keep her sweet innocent face clean, and natural. Fun pops of pink on the cheek and lips. Neutral eye, with a bit a shimmer.


Thanks Charity for having me work on this shoot!


Mariana Marie