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I don’t know about you, but I find myself inside drugstores and even department stores walking aimlessly, wondering what brands of cosmetics are worth testing.  Every so often, People Magazine or InStyle will give you their two cents worth, but can we really believe them?  And, who remembers to tear out the page and bring it with them to the store?

I’ve decided to find out what we all need and I contacted some of my favorite makeup artists.  One great thing about a blog is you can refer to it right before you plan to shop, and even print out the list or pull up the list on your phone when you run errands at the mall or a specialty cosmetic store like Woo, Private Edition, The Cosmetic Market, or Skinbar.

If you would like a consultation with any of the following makeup artists, contact them through the links provided.  They all work with celebs and artists in town, but they all take individual appointments as well.

Lorrie Turk:

My first call was to Lorrie Turk.  We wrote about Lorrie in one of our very first posts.  Back then, I hardly knew how to navigate the basics of the blog.  Lorrie does makeup for a very famous country music star; here’s a hint: her client is the youngest artist ever to win the CMA Artist of the Year award.

“People often ask what my favorite products are.  I do have a few long time favorites, but I am constantly trying new things searching for the newest miracle products. Here are a few of my new and longtime favorites. Some may be found in drugstores and some in department stores.” – Lorrie Turk

Drugstore Finds:

  • Eyeliner: Covergirl Liquidline Blast, a pencil liner is my new favorite!  I can’t believe how great this liner is.  It’s very pigmented and soft in texture, so it won’t pull your skin, but it also doesn’t smear and smudge.
  • Mascara: Covergirl’s new LashBlast Fusion is my new favorite. L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara is a longtime favorite.
  • Body: Jemma Kidd Show Stopper Year Round Body Glow is great for adding a little color and shimmer to body. The product isn’t greasy and won’t transfer to clothes.  You can find the JK line at Target. They also make a higher-end pro line that you can find at Private Edition. I have been impressed with both the Target-line and the Pro-line of Jemma Kidd.

Dept/Specialty Store Finds:

  • Multiple Use: Nars Multiple Tint for cheeks and lips. This stick of sheer bright color is especially great this time of year when you want your makeup to be sheer, but still have a pop of color.  I love it.
  • Concealer (I get asked about concealer more than any other product): My longtime staple is Amazing Cosmetics Concealer as it covers just about anything and has an amazing texture and one tube will last forever.  My new favorite is Temptu Concealer as it is very light weight yet still manages to cover just about anything (can find at Sephora or online).
  • Foundation: Face Atelier Ultra Foundation is a new favorite (can be found at Shine Salon on Bandywood).  MAC Studio Fix Fluid is a longtime favorite.  Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is also a longtime favorite.

Shelia Davis Curtis:

Next, I called Shelia Davis Curtis. Shelia’s newest claim to fame, for us at least, was Liza’s and my new StyleBlueprint photo shoot! Sheila did our makeup and I dare say we look ravishing.  Check out the About Us page to see the results of her magic.  These are her favorite picks for summer.



  • “In general…YSL Touche Eclat is one of my all time favorite products.  It’s like an eraser for your face!  Many times, I’ll use this little gold pen to conceal dark circles and other minor discolorations and skip the foundation. It’s THAT good.”
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
  • Cargo Bronzers



  • Korres Lip Butter in Pomegranate,
  • Laura Mercier LipGlace in “Bellini” and “Petal”


  • KissMe Mascara


  • Essie Nail Polish in Geranium

Randy Little:

Finally, I called Randy Little, a friend of Margaret Ellis and the makeup artist responsible for transforming Jacyln Khoury to Patti Smith, the designated icon in Margaret’s “Muses and Icons” ad campaign. I simply love this campaign: it’s clever and creative and what a great way to grab attention for your ad. My buddy Kay West posed as Lauren BaCall; she’s been a shoo-in look-a-like for years.

Drugstore favorites:

  • Rosebud Lip Balm
  • Great Lash Mascara
  • Tweezerman Slant Tip Tweezers

Department/Specialty Store favorites:

“After working for M.A.C for 3 years I’m pretty devoted to only using their cosmetics.  I’ve used them for over 12 years in my career and have never been let down once by their performance on set.” – Randy

  • M.A.C  Brow Gel
  • M.A.C  Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder (Has no shimmer and does not turn orange)
  • M.A.C  Blush in PeachyKeen
  • M.A.C Lipglass in Enchantress  (Regardless of skin tone it’s gorgeous on Everyone)

Remember that our StyleBlueprint True Deal for 4 free tickets to the Nashville Rollergirls is still up for grabs until Thursday night.  See the home page for details.

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