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essica Varela is a San Diego based makeup artist with more than 11 years experience creating looks for weddings, special occasions, print, the runway, and television. 

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Senior Portrait Beauty Essentials Featuring We Heart Studio

Jessica Varela

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The crazy talented duo of We Heart Studio, Jacob and Christin Willis, have elevated the status of the high school senior portrait. Gone are the days of awkward poses and less than flattering backgrounds. We Heart Studio produces gorgeous, fashion like portraits that any parent, family member or friend can proudly display on their wall. In addition to creating art gallery worthy portraits, the studio provides clients with an unforgettable experience. Before getting snapped, high school seniors can get their hair styled, makeup professionally applied and outfits styled. 

As you might have guessed, I come in where the makeup part begins. Although every client can request a specific look, most love the look we have come to describe as “The We Heart Seniors look.” This look is a classic beauty look consisting of glowy, natural skin, neutral eyes, and soft pink cheeks and lips.

If you’ve been craving an easy, soft, and classic makeup look (no matter what your age!), this is for you. When recreating this beauty look, you will definitely want to make sure you have my five high school senior portrait beauty essentials:

Ardell Demi-Wispies and Demi-Pixie eyelashes

Ardell Demi-Wispies and Demi-Pixies are some of the most natural looking and most comfortable false eyelashes ever. Amazon.com often has the best prices on Ardell lashes.

MAC Viva Glam V

MAC Viva Glam V lipstick has just the right amount of color. If I need to darken the lipstick color, I just grab a darker lip liner and blend.

MAC Fluidline Blacktrack

I would be lost without my MAC Fluidline gel eyeliner in Blacktrack! It has great staying power and doesn’t dry out too quickly.

NARS Orgasm blush

NARS Orgasm blush is the perfect combination of pink and gold tones, and it looks amazing on almost any skin tone. If this isn’t in your makeup bag, it should be.

Makeup For Ever Pan Stick Foundation

Makeup For Ever’s Pan Stick Foundation has become a must-have for me. It’s a very versatile foundation. If you want sheer coverage or full coverage, this foundation is what you want it to be.


Got questions about products or how-to-apply? Don’t be shy, contact me! I’d love to help with any of your beauty-related questions! Like to see more of my work, please click on my portfolio