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!



Pete Moroz Photography
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 Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes


Applying makeup with the right tools is key in achieving flawless makeup.  If you’re going to make the investment in high-quality makeup artist brushes, it would be in your best interest to keep them in tip-top shape!  Think about it.  We wash our hair virtually every day so why would we not treat our makeup brushes with the same TLC?  Dirty makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria that can acerbate or lead to unwanted skin breakouts.  When doing makeup lessons with customers, I often see makeup brushes that are dirty and laying in the bottom of soiled makeup bags. Clean makeup brushes are a blessing to your skin.


Timeline for cleaning makeup brushes

Concealer and foundation brushes: after each use

Powder, blush and eyeshadow brushes: once a week

Here is how we clean our makeup brushes at The Make-up Studio:

da Vinci Conditioning Brush Soap


We love this brush soap not only because it gets our makeup brushes extremely clean but it conditions them as well! Made with a 100% vegetable oil base, the da Vinci Conditioning Brush Soap keeps natural hair and synthetic fibers soft.

Directions for use


Step One: Wet your makeup brush with warm water

Step Two: Swirl the brush head in a circular motion in the tin until it gets soapy

Step Three: Massage the brush head under the water, rinsing it clean (repeat if necessary)

Step Four: Gently remove excess liquid and reshape the brush with a clean, dry towel

Step Five: While drying, store upright in your favorite mug or brush vessel.


Cozzette Aromatherapy Makeup Brush Cleaner

Our favorite liquid cleanser has inviting aroma consisting of lavender and lemongrass.  The Cozzette Aromatherapy Makeup Brush Cleaner revitalizes, hydrates and sanitizes your makeup brushes.

Directions for usebrush cleaner

Step One: To spot clean, spray a tissue or paper towel with this product

Step Two: Gently swipe the bristles of the brush along the portion of the towel dampened with the solution.

(Can also be used to deep clean your makeup brushes by submerging them in the product)


Solid Blender Cleanser by Beauty Blender

Our product of choice to clean our Beauty Blenders is the Solid Blender Cleanser.  This travel-friendly cleanser not only cleans our sponges superbly but we are able to use it on makeup brushes as well!

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Step One: Wet your sponge with warm water

Step Two: Swirl in a circular motion in the cleanser

Step Three: Massage the sponge under the water, working up a lather targeting the areas with makeup

Step Four: Fully rinse and repeat if necessary

Step Five: Squeeze out all the remaining water using a clean, dry towel or tissue




Hopefully these tips will inspire you to clean your makeup brushes and keep them in excellent condition for many a makeup application!

How To Contour Your Cheekbones

Contouring Your Cheekbones            


The following is a quick tip on how to contour your cheekbones and sculpt your face. This trick I learned some years ago from an incredible makeup artist in the industry and it is very simple to do. If you’ve visited other makeup tutorials, they can be a bit intimidating and complicated to achieve. With this trick it can be as simple as using one product and suddenly you have cheekbones.

Step One: Applying light powder

Use a sponge wedge and apply a light matte powder to just under the cheekbones and your blush. I’d recommend using Rouge Bunny Rouge Imperceptible Powder in “Aura”. You can also use any light face powder but it needs to have a fair amount of pigment so it will show up.

Step Two: Blend out

Brush away and blend out excess powder with a powder brush, my personal favorite being the Cozzette S120. You should not see a white streak after blending color out and if so, you have used too light of a shade. Flesh toned colors are better than white. The end result should just be that your cheekbones look more sculpted.

Step Three (optional): Bronzer

For added depth, you can apply a bronzer to just under your cheekbones. The placement of the bronzer should be  right under your blush. Our customer favorite is the Girlactik Matte Bronzer in “Cabo”. Make sure your bronzer is matte and not too dark or it will appear like something out of the eighties!

If done correctly this quick step can create the illusion of having great cheekbones! For more in-depth tips on how to apply makeup from Julie Farley, come on in to The Make-up Studio for a Signature Lesson or a Mini Express Lesson.

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Do It Yourself (DIY) Bridal Makeup

Classic Bridal Makeup Tutorial

Imagine having Martha Stewart plan your dinner party or Vera Wang help you shop for your wedding dress…well that’s the level of treat we are in for today! Julie Farley, owner and make-up artist extraordinaire of The Make-Up Studio in downtown Spokane, has written a whole post for us about how to do DIY bridal make-up! And while we here at Apple Brides strongly advise you to book a professional make-up artist, we also know that sometimes it’s just not in the cards.

It is truly an honor for all of us to get some DIY tips from her! Take it away Julie…




Step 1- Prep Skin



Prep skin with eye cream  and face primer. Using an eye cream will help application of under eye concealer and the face primer improves the texture of your skin for foundation application. The one we used is our favorite because it keeps the face more matte throughout the day. Great for bridal makeup that needs to last 12+ hours!


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Step 2 – Foundation, Concealer & Powder



Use a tinted moisturizer for a natural look, followed by face and under eye concealer. Finish with colorless setting powder.

For more concealer tips see our blog posts : Under eye concealing made easy and How to hide redness on the face

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Step 3 – Eyes



Prep lids with lid primer using brush and blend out with fingers. Then apply tight line color to root of lashes using flat stiff brush and eyeliner sealer. The eyeshadow needs to be pigment rich and can be other than black such as deep purple or navy blue.




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To create this look on the eyes apply darker bronze shadow on outside corner of eye, then a light gold shimmer on the inside half of eye. Next, apply a matte shade of light brown into crease to contour. Notice the powder we have used under the eyes to catch any fallen eyeshadow. Just brush away when done with eyeshadow application.


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Line waterline with black eye pencil, then tap a waterproof creme eyeshadow into lower lash line. Finish with light gold eye shadow to the inside v and highlight under brow, either using a flesh tone or soft shimmer shadow. Fill in brows as needed.



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Eye-lash-curling-collageCurl lashes with a rounded pad eyelash curler and apply waterproof mascara or the tube type such as Blinc. Separate lashes with a lash comb and finish with a heated lash curler to lift outside lashes.

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Step 4 – Blush, Bronzer & Contour


Apply Blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend upward along cheekbones. Bronzer should be applied to the high plains of the face, such as forehead, jawline and under cheekbone as a contour. To chisel cheekbones further, apply light colored powder just under bronzer and blend. This is a great visual effect.



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Step 5 – Lips


Apply lip stain for a natural smudge proof color and finish with gloss.  You can add a light color gloss to mute the color of the stain if desired. Remember, your lips need to have a little more color to show up in photos.

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Step 6 – Lashes


Applying false lashes will pop your eyes about 40% which is great for pictures. We prefer individual lashes to strips because they look more natural and don’t lift on the edges. Apply individual lashes to the lash line alternating sizes. Finish with a thin black liner on top to hide roots of lashes.

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All of these steps can all be achieved with the proper makeup and tools. Look for a high quality, oil free foundation and pigment rich shadows and blush. Most importantly, prep your skin. Your makeup will only look as good as the texture of your skin allows. We recommend getting started several weeks early using an eye cream and moisturizer to really get your skin hydrated. For a quick and easy facial alternative we recommend using the GLAMGLOW Mud Mask a couple times a week prior to your wedding. This will help get your face in tip top shape for your special day.