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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


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. 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

Best of Tokyo Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013 Makeup Trends

Jessica Varela

Red lips at Hiroko Koshino Autumn/Winter 2013

Red lips at Hiroko Koshino Autumn/Winter 2013

Many of the designers at Tokyo Fashion Week opted to send their models down the runway in what seemed to be the most popular beauty trend for Fall 2013 - the bare face. Variations of the “no makeup” makeup look were paraded, but for the most part, models’ faces were kept clean and contoured. Two collections, Hiroko Koshino and Theatre Products, featured what I think, was the best of the bunch.

At Hiroko Koshino, lips were the focus. Models’ lips were painted a bright red in various skewed shapes, eyes were accented with a black winged liner, and skin was matte and almost white. Think modern day geisha girl.

To replicate the lip color seen at Hiroko Koshino, line and fill in the natural shape of the lip (unless your adventurous enough to replicate one of the shapes seen on the models) with NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Red.

To recreate the winged liner, use a gel-based eyeliner. Most gel-based eyeliners are waterproof and easier to apply than liquid. I always compare applying eyeliners to applying paint. Imagine painting with watercolors (liquid)…the color is sheer and the edges can easily become diffused. Now imagine painting with oils (gel-based)…the color is opaque and you can create a crisp, clean edge. 

Not all products are built the same, however, and I highly recommend splurging when purchasing a gel-based eyeliner. MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack is a must-have! You will never find me without one in my kit. 

Sheer coral lips at Theatre Products Autumn/Winter 2013

Sheer coral lips at Theatre Products Autumn/Winter 2013

Considering it was an autumn/winter collection, the models’ makeup at Theatre Products was surprisingly fresh and light. Eyes were washed with a soft tan shadow and lined with just a touch of eyeliner.  Skin was slightly dewy and cheeks glowed with just a hint of color. A soft, sheer coral was applied to the lips and brows were neatly groomed. To duplicate the Theatre Products look, wash MAC Pigment in Tan on eyes, line with NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Appia, swipe cheeks with Tarte Cheek Stain in Tipsy, and color lips with NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Happy Days.

Hope you all have fun trying these looks and as always, if you have any questions about these looks or about my work as a San Diego makeup artist, send me an email today!