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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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Carrie’s Family Photo Shoot Makeup

Jessica Varela


This is Carrie. She has stunning eyes and a smile that lights up the room. Lucky for me, she is just as beautiful on the inside and was a delight to work with.

 Carrie wanted a look that kept the focus on the eyes and the lip color soft. I swept MAC Bronze eye shadow over the entire lid and added a little bit of MAC Carbon shadow for depth. Inglot Matte Collection AMC eyeliner gel in 77 and L’Oreal Mascara finished the eyes.

 I buffed NARS Orgasm blush onto the cheeks and contoured with a little bit of MAC Refined Golden bronzer. I filled in Carrie’s lips with MAC Spice lip liner and applied MAC Viva Glam V over the liner.

 Photos are by the super talented and super nice Christin Willis at We Heart Glamour. You can view Christin’s gallery at

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Going to the Chapel - Carly's Engagement Photo Makeup

Jessica Varela


I was so excited to be able to do my sister-in-law’s makeup for her recent engagement photo session with the talented Chris Nelson. Because of time constraints, Carly applied her foundation before I arrived and I just did color (eyes, lips, and cheeks). Here’s a breakdown of what I used to get her camera ready:

On Carly’s eyes, I applied a sheer layer of Smashbox Cosmetic’s Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Topaz from lash line to brow and brushed Gleam Lustre Shadow onto the lid and inner corner of her eye. I then applied a touch of Electric Eel shadow in the center of her lid and blended it towards the outer corner of her eye. Print shadow was added to the very outer corner of Carly’s eye to create depth and finally, black gel-eyeliner was applied to her upper and lower lash line. (Unless otherwise noted, all shadows listed are by MAC).

I brightened Carly’s cheeks with Nectar blush by Bobbi Brown and added just a touch of bronzer to contour her face. After lining her lips with a neutral lip liner, I gave her lips a generous dose of MAC Pervette lipstick (her favorite!), and topped it off with a sheer candy pink gloss.  

So excited for Carly and her hubbie to be, Danny! Can't wait for the wedding guys!

If you would like to know what brushes I used to achieve Carly’s engagement photo look or have any other questions about her makeup, please don’t hesitate to contact me using the form located on my contact page!