Maddie Dawn x Stella Berkofsky

Maddie Dawn

Stella Berkofsky is one of my favorite people to spend an afternoon with. She still shoots film, a fading tradition, which means the images are always a surprise and the days are usually short since we don’t shoot for hours on end. Her aesthetic is soft and refined, she says things like “a whisper of color” when we discuss looks, and her smallness in stature doesn’t stop her from carrying a massive bag of various camera formats as we casually sneak into most of our locations.

Stella’s request for this Urban Outfitters shoot was pure and simple, glossy lids and a natural full brow, provided by Vaseline and Anastasia Beverly Hills, my all time favorite brow gel.


The lovely Maddie Dawn shot by Stella Berkofsky

Makeup and Hair by Amy Strozzi

Modeling Agency: LA Models 

BEAUTY ICONS: Talitha Getty

Talitha GettyTalitha Getty, 60s bohemian muse known for her lavish parties and undeniable fashion sensibilities, died in a flurry of heroin and excess, leaving behind a legacy of beauty and tragedy, never repeated though often imitated.

Try these products from Hourglass Cosmetics to recreate Talitha’s perfect mod meets hippie summertime vibe.



Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in MUSE

Superficial Waterproof Bronzer 

Vol. 6 Eye Palette

Script Precision Liquid Liner


FAVORITES: Cream Blush

Jouer BlushTintsOne of the most significant things my mentor Paul Starr had taught me was to take into account your subject matters own body heat, the heat of your hands when applying makeup, and the environmental temperatures that will affect the makeup throughout the day.

Because of Paul, I have a massive affinity with cream products for both professional and personal use.

Two of my favorite cream blushes at the moment are from JOUER Cosmetics, in shades BARE and HONEYSUCKLE (shown above). Apply them with your fingertips directly on clean, moisturized skin or over foundation for a gorgeous natural color wash.


Try their brighter shades (I suggest POPPY and PEONY) for more of a color pop.


Like that ex you hope you’ll never run into again…


My sun damage recently appeared as if from nowhere.

Apparently “hoping and praying” doesn’t do the job after a few sunscreenless years and a memorable burn or two in the penetrating LA sun.

Thank the skincare gods I was invited to a Murad event last week that just so happened to be featuring everything I needed to start getting rid of the giant forehead spot which JM so loving called “cute.”  It was, I promise you, not cute.  I can say “was” because after only a week of use, it’s literally diminished 50%.  If I didn’t see it, I wouldn’t have believed it.

 Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum by Murad

All he wanted for his 25th birthday was to spend it at the beach.

Lips by John Michael Fulton

 (photo by John Michael Fulton)

When you’re dating a photographer, you basically (and without knowing it) sign off on having your picture taken whenever, wherever, regardless of your personal state. I have finally learned to do what my mother had always taught me…be prepared.

Beach-ProductsStila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm with SPF 30

Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Timeless (from the Aqualillies Collection) and Fierce (layered on top)

I love a gloss balm…

CoverGirl LipPerfection

I love a gloss balm in good packaging. I love a gloss balm in good packaging with great color payoff, staying power and a lack of (or at the very least an appealing) fragrance.  You will see me mention several, because suddenly everyone makes them and there are so many varieties that are unique, which is a really pleasant surprise.

This is Apricot Twist, which I discovered while on a mission to find “a great orange lipstain” as requested by a model recently for a friend. More of a red orange than an orange, which is actually perfect for me. I think it was $8.99, also perfect. Awesome color payoff, moisturizing, great staying power, zero fragrance and no weird taste. It lives in my purse right now and I imagine it will all summer.

Two thumbs up CoverGirl.

Saving Face

Sundance, Park City UtahSundanceProducts

While there was minimal snow at the Sundance Film Festival this year…it was still less than 30 degrees, with an altitude that made your sinuses feel like they may burst and a biting chill that dried out every inch of your body. Though spoiled by my accommodations (we had only 4 to our 2br condo while many packed 10+ into a single room) I still did not escape the morning bloody noses and tight red face by evening. Between myself and my male roommate (I know you were using it buddy), this jar of moisturizer was half gone within 5 days, my lip protectant worn thin by my flight home.

Superdefense Age Defense Moisturizer w Broad Spectrum SPF 25 by Clinique

Cellular Luxe Lip Treatment SPF 15 by La Prairie

Nature Inspiration

FlowerandBlush Kevyn Aucoin makes the most gorgeous blushes, that I always seem to think of every time I see a peachy pink flower or a burning California sunset.

It’s Oh So Quiet…..

I couldn’t see him on the other side of the door, but I knew he was standing there….when it gets too quiet, that’s when you know somethings going on.

Photo: John Michael Fulton

Nuxe Body Oil

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil

for perfectly highlighted legs.

First Dates and Full Moons

Full Moon MakeupOne of our first dates involved a late night drive up Mulholland to check out the August 2012 Blue Moon. You better believe I threw on some well placed highlights so my face would glow in that moonlight. Totally worked.

Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer is my #1 must have for Full Moon Makeup.

Madison Paige

Madison PortraitWhen Vision Models sent us polaroids of their latest addition, Madison Paige, for our Work Mag photoshoot, we were anticipating hot pink hair. What a pleasant surprise when she walked in and it had fabulously faded into this shade of peach that you rarely see in the sea of currently trendy pastel hair colors. It was a total bonus/happy accident that the Chanel lipstick shade that I used to do her whole look just happened to match it perfectly once it hit the warmth of her face.

Madison Paige wears Rouge Coco lipstick in 01, Beige Félin on eyes, cheeks and lips.

Photographer: John Michael Fulton

Hair: Troy Peppin

Modeling Agency: Vision Los Angeles 


Sabine by John Michael FultonA (thankfully) easy going and willing participant in our “shoot from home” project, Sabine endured some crazy heat and a bit of bickering between JM and I as we worked out the kinks in our newest endeavor. Since she’s a favorite of one of MY favorites, you’ll be seeing much more of her, soon.

The lovely and anomalous Sabine is wearing Rouge Dior lipstick in 862, Hypnotic Red.

Photographer: John Michael Fulton

Hair: Ryan Richman

Modeling Agency: Next Management 

Emotional Makeup

Nars CruellaWet faced and weary from the shedding of hormonal tears over the (temporary) loss of a piece of scrap paper, the only thing left to do was put on some red lipstick and get the heck out of there.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella