How to add youth to your makeup routine

Does your makeup routine feel a little dull? Is it having a midlife crisis?? Well then, it’s time to liven things up a bit! The best way to add some life and youth to your makeup is to use some pinks and peaches.


Women who are older tend to wear more browns because they think it’s neutral but simply put, browns bring you down! Many women forget how flattering  and youthful pinks and peaches can be.

Application Tips

  • Apply pink/peach blushes to the apples of your cheeks when you smile
  • Using pinks on the lips – with lip liner applied strategically – can also compensate for volume loss

Product Recommendations


From left to right: Stila Lip & Cheek Stain “Yumberry Crush”, Stila Lip & Cheek Stain “Passion Fruit Crush”, Lipstick Queen “Saint Pink”, Senna Sheer Blush “Peony”, Stila Convertible Color “Lillium”, RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek “Demure”



Do you want glowing, radiant skin? Then we’d recommend using the most amazing exfoliating mud mask around – GLAMGLOW YouthMud!!

GLAMGLOW YouthMud was originally designed as a 10-minute, anti-aging “facial in a jar” that began as a product for behind-the-scenes use in Hollywood’s many industries, for immediate camera-ready, glowing skin. We have so much faith in this product, we have our brides use it the day before their wedding or even the morning of!


So, what’s behind the magic of GLAMGLOW YouthMud, you may ask? Well, listen up! The patented TEAOXI® technology with real Green Tea Leaf is what delivers natural antioxidants straight into the product to hydrate, balance oil production and fight free radical damage. Another key ingredient – French Sea Clay – works to detoxify and awaken the skin by drawing out impurities and Ivy helps tone, tighten and lift! Last but not least, exfoliate and revitalize with Volcanic Rock for smoother, brighter, softer skin.

Put your best face forward and glam it up with GLAMGLOW YouthMud! Swing by The Make-up Studio for a sample!!

Our Best-Selling Product… the Senna Silky Primer!


If we had to peg a best-selling product at The Make-up Studio, it would have to be the Senna Silky Primer! This face primer simply flies off our shelves!!

The Product

The Senna Silky Primer is great for all skin types – oily, dry, young, mature – and works with all foundations. This silky, sheer, oil free formula makes your skin smooth like a baby’s so liquids, creams, and even powder foundations slip on and blend easily! While antioxidants and vitamins treat your skin, this magic serum diminishes imperfections and helps fill in lines and wrinkles. The Senna Silky Primer also helps increase the staying power of your makeup which will save you many a touch-up!!

Julie Farley of The Make-up Studio says “I wouldn’t even put on foundation without having applied the Senna Silky Primer first.”


Application Tips

  • Don’t forget to really shake the tube before each use!
  • Apply a “pea size” amount to your face and neck after moisturizer and before foundation.
  • You can use your fingers to apply the face primer
  • Follow with your favorite liquid foundation or mineral powder foundation.

Bridal Makeup at The Make-up Studio


On one of the biggest days of your life, when your closest friends and family will all be vying for a glimpse of you, when your picture will be taken over and over – you want to make sure you look your best! This is where we come in. Booking a professional makeup artist for your wedding day is definitely the way to go!! Whether you’re getting married in the wintery month of December or the extreme heat of July, you need your makeup to last all day without having to worry about it. And if you want a more natural look or some extra glamour on your big day, that decision is yours!

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Our Bridal Makeup Package


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We are able to provide a beautiful, private setting for all of our brides and their bridal parties. With our incredible studio lighting, we will airbrush your makeup and apply natural individual lashes that will look amazing in photographs!

All of our brides go through a three appointment process – a bridal consult, bridal preview and wedding application:

Bridal Consult

During this 20 minute appointment, we discuss the details that determine your look on your wedding day. We note the colors, style of wedding gown, hair style, jewelry, your personal makeup routine and your skin type. At this appointment we can make suggestions for you on your skin care, brow shaping and all the other scheduling details such as hair appointments, etc.

Bridal Preview


We apply your makeup exactly how it will look on your wedding day in this 2 hour appointment. We will go step by step and document your personal makeup design on a face sheet followed by a photograph for our records. At this appointment you will have your foundation airbrushed and have the individual eyelash or strip application applied. Many brides like to use this appointment to look fabulous for a bridal shower or bachelorette party. Brides can bring examples of their favorite makeup styles from magazines which can help us in designing your bridal day makeup.


Wedding Day Application

For your wedding day application we allow up to 1 hour and fifteen minutes. Once again you will experience the flawless airbrush makeup application along with those fabulous natural looking lashes we apply. You will leave with a touch up bag that includes translucent powder, sponges, and Q-tips.

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We also have other artists available for your bridal party if they would like to have their makeup done as well. It makes for a fabulous, fun morning if all of the bridesmaids and mothers are together at our studio having their makeup done.


Take a look at what Carolyn had to say about her experience at The Make-up Studio:

“Julie and her staff are truly top-notch! They did my makeup for my engagement pictures and my wedding, in addition to the makeup for my mom, my mother-in-law, and my five bridesmaids on my wedding day. I could easily get ahold of The Make-Up Studio whenever I had a question or concern throughout the planning process because the studio holds regular business hours, which was such a huge relief. They were also wonderful about accommodating our schedule; all eight appointments were done within a two hour time frame, and they even set up a table for us to eat breakfast and drink the mimosas we brought along! Most importantly, my airbrush make-up held up flawlessly with no touch-ups on a 97 degree day — truly a miracle! The price was a bit higher than some of the other places I looked, but I got so much more for the money here: a consultation, full (very thorough) preview, day-of makeup, and a makeup lesson. It’s absolutely worth the money!”

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For more information about the bridal makeup services that we offer or if you have any questions, please give us a call at (509) 455-7430. Or you can come visit us at The Make-up Studio located at 216 N. Bernard… we’d love to meet you!!

Feel free to peruse our bridal gallery on our website for images from past brides!

Photo credit: Amber Glanville Photography

RMS Beauty Organic Makeup

We are very excited to introduce our customers to the newest line we are carrying – exclusive to Spokane -  RMS Beauty! Earlier this fall, we were welcomed into the RMS Beauty family and we are looking forward to including you all as well.

RMS Beauty

Behind the beauty

Rose-Marie Swift

RMS Beauty is an original, pure and organic color cosmetic line created by celebrity makeup artist, Rose-Marie Swift. She has worked with some of the world’s most famed models, actresses, photographers and magazines in the industry. Her cosmetic line’s birth stemmed from serious health issues Rose-Marie began to experience years back. Throughout her healing and in-depth research, she found that some of the toxic chemicals in her body were also found in beauty products we use daily! At the end of it all, RMS Beauty was made so that women are able to use and enjoy high-quality products without putting their health in jeopardy.

The products

“Un” Cover-up

This concealer can also be used as a light foundation and it gives your skin a more youthful, radiant appearance! Each shade is created to self-adjust to your natural skin tone.RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-up

Living LuminizerRMS Beauty Living Luminizer

The Living Luminizer is RMS Beauty’s best selling product! It’s an ultra sheer, glowing luminizer with a translucent satin-pearl finish that highlights the skin. And don’t worry – it contains no sparkle or glitter particles!!

RMS Beauty "Un" Powder“Un” Powder

A virtually invisible powder that minimizes your pores, softens the skin and absorbs oil. The RMS Beauty “Un” Powder is suitable for all skin tones and gives the ultimate finish to perfect looking skin. The only powder you’ll ever need!

Lip & Skin Balm

This balm is amazing for the lips and skin. It’s always emollient and never greasy! Thanks to food-grade, biologically active ingredients that help support natural skin functions. You can use the RMS Beauty Lip & Skin Balm to heal, protect and hydrate lips and dry skin.

Lip2CheekRMS Beauty Lip2Cheek

You can use this product as a cream blush or as a lip color! When you use the Lip2Cheek as a cheek color, these moisturizing stains provide a natural, youthful glow and avoid the dryness that powder blushes leave.

Lip ShineRMS Beauty Lip Shine

One swipe of the RMS Beauty Lip Shine and you’ll never go back! It’s nourishing, hydrating and protecting that combines nourishing oils and pure mineral pigments.

Eye Polish

These cream eye shadows are fabulous! The RMS Beauty Eye Polishes give a veil of sheer, reflective color and moist, glowing finish. You have to remember to apply minimally and work it into the skin like you would a moisturizer.RMS Beauty Eye Polish

Raw Coconut Cream

Simply put: the ultimate organic beauty product. Coconut cream can be called the best makeup remover and facial cleanser EVER! The RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream is like any other on the market due to the fact that it’s “centrifuge-based,” meaning the product is created without heat and makes a truly raw product with all the healing nutrients left 100% intact. Coconut oil is widely considered the healthiest oil on earth and is suitable for all skin types – event the most blemish prone skin!RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream

RMS Beauty OilRMS Beauty Oil

A beauty oil the way a beauty oil should be… pure, simple and organic. This lightweight yet highly concentrated multi-purpose is amazing! It contains only the finest quality exotic oils and rare adaptogenic herbal extracts for perfectly balancing the skin.




Don’t forget to give us a call if you have any questions about RMS Beauty products or schedule yourself a complimentary RMS Beauty consult with Julie Farley of The Make-up Studio.

Get this look: Bronzey Glow for Summer

Feeling a little pale? Follow this step-by-step makeup tutorial that features our lovely model, Perla and add a little “bronzey glow” to your makeup routine!



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Makeup by The Make-up Studio



Step One: Apply Girlactik Beauty Eye Glaze “Shine” to your lid using the Cozzette Stylist Illustrator D330 brush or your fingers.


Step Two: Apply INGLOT Eye Shadow #328 from your crease up to the brow bone.

Girlactik - EyeShadows - Skin.jpg;width=350Step Three: Apply either INGLOT Eye Shadow #357 or Girlactik Beauty Eye Shadow “Skin” which are both warm, matte colors into your crease using the Cozzette Pencil Brush D220.







Step Four: Apply The Balm Overshadow “No Money, No Honey” over the top of the eye glaze.


Step Five: Apply Girlactik Beauty Eye Glaze “Fierce” under your eye to create a smudged eyeliner look.

Step Six: Apply Stila Eye Shadow in “Wheat” under your brow.

Step Seven: Finish with Girlactik Beauty’s Precise Eyeliner Marker.


Precise Eyeliner Marker






Use Julie Hewett “Aphrodite” Bronzer as your blush and Girlactik Beauty Matte Bronzer “Cabo”.


Step One: Apply INGLOT Lipstick #110

Step Two: Apply Senna Ultra Shine Lip Lacquer “Chocolate Diamond”.





All of the products featured in this makeup tutorial can be found on our website, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call!! (509) 455-7430

How to apply bronzer

With the arrival of Spring almost around the corner, we’re simply biding our time before those perfect summer tanning months. We think the solution to our problem is to load up on bronzer… well, not exactly!  Bronzer is the most misused makeup product there is. We’ve all seen the disasters bronzers can create (see below). Sorry Catherine! But if used properly, it will create that sun-kissed look and make you look healthy!


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Bronzer is definitely not for everyone. If you are tan, there is really no need for it. If you are exceptionally fair-skinned, it always looks phony and can come off as looking dirty. Remember to purchase your bronzer carefully because more than likely you will have it for life or at least until you drop it and explodes on your bathroom floor!


The best bronzer is one that is no more than 1 – 2 shades darker than your skin tone and one that is matte.


Do’s and Don’ts:

  • Bronzer should not be applied over the entire face, especially those with oily skin. The product can oxidize over the course of the day and turn up to 2 shades darker.
  • Think of where the sun hits your face and apply to those areas, such as the forehead, top of the cheeks and jawline.
  • Bronzer is a great way to get rid of that white triangle under the chin.girlactik_bronzer_cabo


Our favorite bronzer to use is the Girlactik Beauty Matte Bronzer “Cabo”!





And we would suggest using a fan brush, like the C310 Large Soft Fan Brush or the Cozzette Contour Stylist Brush S135!

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Beauty Pro Nights

The Make-up Studio has always been dedicated to educating our customers on how to apply makeup. However, in conversations with customers many other questions would arise regarding advice for their their skin, hair, and beauty related topics. Thus the creation of Beauty Pro Nights!




140108-The_Makeup_Studio039The event kicked off with a bang in January, which featured makeup artist and owner of The Make-up Studio, Julie Farley as the beauty pro of the night. Julie’s topic was “creating the flawless face” where she demonstrated how to do so using the least amount of makeup. The evening was filled yummy appetizers and delightful champagne – not to mention fabulous beauty tips provided by Julie.



DSC02213In February, Rhonda Mortlock – our resident Aesthetician – took the stage for Beauty Pro Nights as she exposed the biggest myths surrounding Retinol and shared with the group how to say goodbye to those wrinkles! At the end of the night, Rhonda offered personalized consultations to any woman who had questions about her skin regimen.




Terri Brazil, hairstylist and co-owner of Salon Nouveau, was our guest speaker for March and brought 17 years of experience in the hair industry with her! Her topic focused on educating women on how to communicate better with their hair stylist and how to find the perfect style.




Beauty Pro Nights are held the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30pm-7:00pm at The Make-up Studio. Join us for an evening filled with insider beauty tips on topics such as makeup, skin, hair, and fashion. This is your chance to get the scoop on upcoming trends from local industry pros and have fun doing it! All you have to do is RSVP at (509) 455-7430 (and be at least 21 years old – sorry girls)





A lineup of the upcoming beauty pro’s can always be found on our website!



How To Do Lash Enhancement

Enhancing Your Lash Line


When teaching women how to do eyeliner, the following step always seems to be their favorite! It’s a twist on eyeliner that we call the “lash enhancement”. This step, also known as “tightlining”, is a great way to create the look of fuller lashes. In applying the color to the root or base of your lashes, it gives great definition to your eyes without looking overdone and works fabulously on women of all ages.

Step One:

Apply a base shadow or primer (like the Blinc Eye Shadow Primer) to your lids first, although some may prefer to do it after the lash enhancement step.

Step Two:


Using a flat stiff brush, wet the brush with eyeliner sealer, then tap it into a matte eyeshadow to pick up  product.


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Apply the color by tapping into the root of your eyelashes below and above the lash line. If you make a mistake, clean it up with a pointed Q-Tip.




Here are some guidelines – according to your eye color – to follow when selecting an eye shadow to use for the lash enhancement step!

Blue eyes:lash-enhancement-shadows-collage

  • navy
  • grey
  • deep purple
  • brown
  • black

Green eyes:

  • green
  • eggplant
  • brown
  • black

Brown-eyed beauties, you have the luxury of being able to wear any color!!

The lash enhancement step takes a little practice but is definitely worth it! It pops the color of your eyes, makes lashes appear fuller, doesn’t smudge and overall looks very natural.


How To Use A Lip Stain

Applying A Lip Stain

Have you ever wished there was a way you could make your lip color last a little longer? Or searched for the answer to amping up the color of your favorite daytime lipstick that just doesn’t work for a night out? We have a recommendation just for you! It’s as simple as using a lip stain!

There are two main purposes of a lip stain. First, using a lip stain can punch up your natural lip color – which can fade as you age. Second, a stain works great under a lip gloss or lipstick to add that extra pop in color!

Lip stains are everywhere on the market and people either love them or not! Many are alcohol based and for that reason, can be extremely drying to the lips. Remember! A lip stain is just a base for your lips, therefore  requiring either a gloss or lipstick over the top.

Take a look at the following three steps to get awesome lip color!

Step One:


When applying any stain, make sure that lips are smooth, exfoliating with a lip scrub. We’d suggest using The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ!!

Step Two:


Always remember to put on a lip stain before using a gloss, lipstick or balm. If you want more intense color, you can build it by swiping a couple of times.

Note: If you are using a lip pencil, it doesn’t really matter whether you apply before or after the stain.

Step Three:

Finish with either lipstick, gloss or balm.


Here are some of our favorite stains and why we love them!

Stila’s Lip & Cheek Stains are easy to apply and they are not alcohol based. Choose the Cherry Crush if you want a hint of red, Yumberry Crush for the perfect pink lip and the Pomegranate Crush Lip & Cheek Stain for a rich plum.


stainiac_productshot_1The Stainiac Lip & Cheek Stain from The Balm is water-based and comes in a fabulous berry pink.