Natalie Krall Artistry

Tuesday Picks: 3 Valentine’s Day Lip Ideas

For my Tuesday Picks today I pulled together a little list of lip products and tips to suit you no matter how you plan on spending your Valentine’s Day. 


Whether you’re relaxing at home with girlfriends or you opted for an evening in with
your SO, Rosebud Perfume Co’s Rosebud Salve is the perfect casual, comfortable lip option.  It’s soft and smooth and so hydrating, but it gives you the right amount of non-sticky, glossy shine. Plus it smells amazing. Finally, it has no color, so in case you do
get to smoochin’ later on, it won’t be messy.  

Who this is good for: anyone looking for comfort, extra moisture, and a polished-looking finish.

Who it’s not for: men, just because it has that glossy finish. Unless that’s what you’re going for, but most men don’t wear glossy products. Men, opt for something like Khiel’s Lip Balm or BlueQ Lip Shit for moisture without the shine. 


If you’re headed out for a fun night with friends and you want to try something a little bit different, opt for a red glitter lip. Thanks to the legendary Pat McGrath and her lip kits, we’ve been seeing this look all over the runway and red carpet in recent months. It’s pretty much Dorothy’s ruby red slippers on your lips, and it can look fabulous on the right occasion.

If you didn’t shell out $60 for one of the now sold-out kits, don’t stress. There’s a simple
solution: take any neutral red lipstick (I like to use this Marc Jacobs Le Marc
Lip Crème in “So Rouge”
for this) + Ben Nye’s red glitter (available at Taylor Maid in Utah or at your local theater makeup shop) and pair them for the same effect.

How to:  I line the lips with red or clear liner, fill with lipstick, pat on the glitter with my finger or a wet lip brush, and then clean up the fallout with tape. I like to use surgical tape for the cleanup because it’s more gentle on the skin and won’t’ ruin your foundation as you pat it around to pick up stray glitter.

*Tip* Pair this with a barely-there eye for a balanced effect—you want your lips to be the focal point, so try doing a light wash of soft brown on your eyes plus mascara to
keep your face balanced. I’m a big believer in choosing one or two focal points
with makeup rather than doing ALL the things at once. That way everything on
your face isn’t competing for attention.

Who this is for: women wanting to try something new with lips, and who don’t mind having to touch up throughout the night.

Who this is not for: ladies planning on doing a lot of kissing (it will look like a craft explosion hit your face) or women who don’t want to mess with touchups throughout the
night. Glitter lips can feel a bit strange to wear because they glitter isn’t smooth like normal lip products, so if you have sensitive skin or you’re irritated easily by cosmetics you may want to skip this look.


For a date night out with your significant other, try Lipsense or another long-wear, kiss-proof product. That way you can still go bold with color without having to worry
about touchups after dinner or a big mess if you ever want to go in for a kiss.

I know I know, you’re probably sick of hearing about Lipsense, but I do actually like it when I’m looking for a long-wear lip product that is also hydrating. I hate how aging and drying the liquid matte lipsticks are, so I always end up putting a gloss over them and then they smear and it defeats the whole purpose of using them in the first place.

If you’re not ready to pull the trigger on Lipsense (don’t worry, I’m not a distributer)consider trying a similar product like the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Lip Color. Some of them are a bit too shimmery for my taste, but they have a few pretty colors at a cheap price point.

Who this is for: anyone looking for long-wear, hydrating lip color they don’t have to worry about smudging or messing up

Who this is not for: people sensitive to smells (these formulas are pretty powerful and have an alcohol-like smell when you initially apply them, so it may irritate you if
you’re sensitive)

Well, there you have it! Three options for lips to suit your Valentine’s Day plans. Hope this is helpful and you have a great evening! 

Tuesday Picks: Makeup Brushes

I’m often asked for product recommendations as I work on set or with clients, so I thought it would be fun to start a new series on my blog where I highlight different products I’ve been loving and who they might be good for. Since I’m a freelance artist (rather than working for a particular makeup brand) I stock a variety of brands and products in my kit, and I feel like that gives me a well-rounded perspective on many different products. Introducing Tuesday Picks!

I’m not getting paid or receiving free product for any of my comments, I just thought it would be fun to share more about what’s in my kit. That being said, there are a couple of products that I love and stock over and over in my kit that I do have affiliate links for (meaning I get a small commission from anyone who purchases the product using that link). Whenever I share those with you I will tell you right in the post that it’s an affiliate link, so you can be sure I’ll always be upfront and honest with you. 

Now that’s out of the way, I wanted to kick things off with one of my favorite additions to my kit this year: Sonia Roselli’s Nude Makeup Brush Collection (<<

These are natural hair brushes (with the exception of the cream blush brush), so they’re great for picking up and applying powder products. Each strand of natural hair has cuticles that leave room to grab and deposit powders. Synthetic brushes, on the other hand, are made of smoother, synthetic fibers that don’t grab product the same way. That’s why synthetic brushes are better for working with cream products. Check out this simple illustration to see what I mean:  

I’ve had a few natural hair brushes before, but this is the first time I’ve had a whole set and I’ve really been able to see the difference in the way they paint with powder products. I’ve cut down on my application time (especially with eye looks) because I’m able to be more precise and blend better with these brushes. 

Who these brushes are for:  Consumers who want to up the quality of their makeup brushes or who want to try natural hair brushes. This is also a great set for professional working makeup artists, especially those that work in bridal because the color pallet and quality of the brushes make brides feel special. 


  • Apply and blend powders easily and seamlessly
  • Beautiful nude colored handles with gold accents (I’m more of a function vs. form girl when it comes to packaging and product design for makeup, but I will say this set is beautiful and makes my clients feel pampered)


  • Must wash and care for them more carefully than your synthetic brushes. Natural hair brushes are more delicate and I hand-wash these with brush soap + water between each client. Spray-on brush cleaner, spot cleaner, or harsh alcohol-based cleaners will damage these delicate babies. 
  • Can be a bit more spendy than “average” (although I still think they’re a great price for the quality)

Overall I’ve been thrilled with this set and I wish I would have purchased a second one! If you don’t want to buy them all but you’re interested in trying them, the ones I use most often are the Base Shadow, the Small Blender, the Blush & Powder, and the Sable Foundation brush. They’re all a bit on sale right now, so if you’re curious go give them a look. 

Why You Should Stop Contouring

I find that I frequently have clients with questions about contouring, or clients who feel like they should be contouring the way they see it done online, even if they don’t need it. So I figured I’d share my thoughts to try to clear up some of the confusion. 


Contouring is the process of strategically using makeup to define, reshape or enhance your facial features. When you contour, you’re trying to mimic the shadows that are naturally cast on your face by using a slightly darker, cooler-toned color in the areas you want to appear “sunken” or pushed back. On the other hand, the areas where you place a lighter color, or highlight, are going to stand out and appear more prominent. (more about highlighting to come in my next post). By using light and shadow, you can create an illusion and subtly “reshape” your face. If you’re still confused, check out Charlotte Tilbury’s explanation of the technique—it goes more in depth than I will here. 

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Contouring is not a new technique. Professional makeup artists have been using it for years to subtly enhance and sculpt the features of their clients. In fact, I use soft contouring every day to teach my clients how to correct and minimize certain features on their unique faces. 

However, with the rise of Kim Kardashian and social media, dramatic contouring suddenly became a new “trend.” Brands were falling over themselves to create contouring palettes and products to capitalize on it all, and makeup enthusiasts and beauty bloggers around the world pushed out tutorials and new click-bait “techniques,” each one more ridiculous than the rest (you’ve seen those clown contour videos, right?) It all got a little out of hand. 


With that said, there are times and situations when I feel it is appropriate to contour in the more dramatic way you’re seeing on social media right now. Here’s my list:

  • Evening events—dim lighting and formal events make contouring a good fit. It won’t look too cakey or fake (like it often does in broad daylight) and it adds a bit of drama to your look
  • Photography—cameras flatten dimension in your face, so for clients heading to a photoshoot (bridals, engagements, family photos) I usually do a contour unless they’re going to be in really harsh lighting.
  • Avant-Garde Looks—depending on the visual direction of the shoot, I contour the models for avant-garde looks or for editorial fashion photoshoots 
  • Film—again, depending on the shoot I will contour the face of the talent in my chair if they’re going to be on film because cameras tend to flatten people out. 

That’s it. Personally I hardly ever wear a contour. If I want to add dimension to my face, I do a small highlight and/or create a bit more depth using a few different blush colors (more on that technique in a future post as well). I don’t feel like dramatic contouring is appropriate for everyday, going-to-be-seen-in-broad-daylight kind of makeup—it usually looks too muddy and fake. 

I’m not going to go in depth here on any contouring how-tos, because it all depends on your face shape, the occasion, and what you’re trying to achieve. My point here is just that contouring is often overdone and taken out of context, and you shouldn’t feel pressured to contour just because it’s a “trend.” 

Hope this helps clear up any confusion. If you’d like help figuring out where and how to highlight and contour for your face shape, bone structure, and skin tone, schedule a one-on-one personalized makeup lesson with me

Happy painting my friends! 

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