Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Dear Lucy- lower eyeliner

Pin-up inspired cat eye with a soft gray liner on lower lid Photo by Scott Stater; Hair by Freida; makeup by Emily Kleinsorge

Dear Lucy, Is lower eyelid eyeliner good for all eye/face types?

thick black lower liner, set with black shadow
Lower eyeliner is a tricky topic. My optometrist tells me to never wear eyeliner on the inside of my eyelid. I would be lying if I told you that I always follow this rule. 

Some people look amazing in tons of eyeliner à la Kim Kardashian or Carrie Underwood. However, be warned - these women wear a TON of makeup. On the days those photos are taken I would guess KK wears 2-3 sets of false lashes. Most women would look clownish with this makeup on a daily basis.  

My mantra is always to have fun and try different things.  Practice with different colors and sizes of lines. Try smudging the liner or blending a shadow over the liner that is a shade lighter.  If you have smaller eyes, try it without top eyeliner and swap black for a lighter shade of liner. I hate silly makeup rules such as "smaller eyes look smaller with eyeliner," or "people with green eyes should only wear (blank) color." These rules are boring, and there are always exceptions, so have fun and see what looks good on YOU!

"Mad men" makeup by Sara Barney, hair by Emily K, photo by Andy
A little more dramatic to bring out her blue eyes

Dear Lucy will be a once a month (or more!) blog post where I answer people’s questions about makeup, hair and other styling conundrums. Wonder what color lipstick you should try for olive skin in the winter? Hoping to have a different hairstyle for the office Christmas party but don’t know what goes with mistletoe? Ask Lucy!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Halloween Hair and Makeup at Lucy Skyrocket

Why couldn’t the ghost get the witch pregnant?

Because he had a hollow weenie!!!

Bwaa haaaa haaa haaa!

Halloween is coming so soon and I’m getting pretty excited. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE crazy Halloween costumes. Check out our Gaga inspired Senorita Dia de los Muertos hair and makeup – my friend looked so amazing I never wanted to her to take it off. 

So let’s get this party started! Come on in and get your hair and make up freak on for Halloween! Anything between sexy witch to zombie bride to an Angry Bird and everything in between – I’ve got your Halloween hair and makeup covered.

·        Hair: I don’t think people understand exactly how much fabulousness we can achieve with Halloween hairstyles.
o       The ultimate sophistication: How about a MadMen up do?
o       Halloween costume as performance art? Lady Gaga’s hair bow!
o       A hair horn for your unicorn costume?
o       80’s punk rocker!
o       60’s afro? Got it!
makeup by the awesome Sara Barney; photo by in tandem
o       Working on your maniacal laugh? Let’s get your Cruella Deville hair to match…

·        Makeup:
o       Crazy sparkle lips
o       Fake eyelashes
o       Face bedazzling!! (I promise no grommets are involved!)
o       Blood, blood and more bloody blood
o       Custom fake tattoos
o       Bruises, black eyes and tire tracks

Make an appointment and come on in – let’s make you look awesome!

Plan on bringing in your costume, wig, jewelry, fake blood, fangs, feathers, tiara  - whatever! so I can do it up right. Let’s talk it out before you come in so I know what kind of special supplies we might have to get.

Can’t wait!!

And for our Halloween soundtrack? Check out this Ryan Adams clip and get rockin’:

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

Prescription lenses on the cheap!

Check out this awesome site where I got new glasses for under $40 including shipping!  I will post pics when my frames are delivered this week.

The pros:
Prescription lenses have never been less expensive
Ordering is quick and easy
Choose from a variety of frames

You can't try the frames on
It can take a few weeks for your new specs to be made and delivered

Friday, February 11, 2011

30 Days to Your Healthiest Hair

Sulfates are detergents used in shampoo among other cleansing agents and are responsible for producing lather in products.   I have heard many claims that Sodium Laureth Sulfate causes cancer.  Though I do not believe that we have any evidence to support the “sulfate as a carcinogen” claim, I do believe that consumers should avoid sulfates.   Please understand my viewpoint is one theory in health and beauty based on my personal experimentation as a hairstylist within my client base.  And I would encourage you to research, and experiment with your own hair and develop your own ideas and processes that work for you and your hair and scalp. 
Sulfate is a detergent that is not necessary for daily use by any means; it can be drying to the hair and scalp and can leave the hair brittle.  Not only does over-washing your hair cause the scalp to be dry and flaky, I have many clients that were washing their hair too often that were experiencing other scalp issues such as the over production of sebum causing their hair to look very oily within hours after shampooing the hair. Check the label on your shampoo and conditioner.  Look for ingredients like: ammonium laureth sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate.  These are all sulfates and should be avoided for optimum hair health. 

So, are you ready to have your hair to start working FOR you?  Wouldn’t you love to spend less time styling your hair, waste less time fighting frizz (or avoid the “poofy”ness that most men with shorter hair experience)?! I would like to encourage you to stop looking at shampooing your hair as cleaning your hair.  Sure, shampoo is loaded with surfactants that eliminate oil and product from the surface of the hair and scalp.  However, as you may recall from your high school physics class, a surfactant reduces the surface tension of water, thus aiding you in cleaning your hair.  Without shampoo you CAN clean your hair; it just takes more agitation, a little more elbow grease if you will.  So, if you want to clean your hair without shampoo you need to scrub your scalp much longer in order to remove the dirt and grime from your hair. 

I have had clients that have quit using shampoo all together and the results have been 100% positive. (The only negative feedback I have received is from those who have not been able to stick it out through the initial adjustment period)

I believe in the Curly Girl Method 100%.  It sounds ridiculous, but the changes that I have seen in the overall look and feel of my client’s hair have been a pivotal in changing the focus of my career as a hairstylist, and has challenged what I believed to be the fundamentals of hairstyling.

As Americans we have an obsession with cleanliness.  Though sometimes, I’m not even sure that we understand what clean means.  Some clients tell me that without shampoo or without lather, they do not feel that their hair is clean.  But when you think about it, why is shampoo clean?  Do people think that it is antibacterial?  Also, what do we do to our hair that makes it so dirty?  Many of my clients use working out as an example of something that makes their hair very “dirty”.  But what is perspiration anyway- it’s just water and a little salt.  So, take the hair challenge, if you dare!  Try going 30+ days without using shampoo and see how awesome your hair looks.  Instead, use a conditioner to cleanse your hair.  This method is especially beneficial for curly hair.

  1. Start with very wet hair
  2. Scrub the scalp with a generous amount of conditioner for 2 to 3 minutes as if you were using shampoo BUT use a larger amount of conditioner than you would normally use if it were shampoo. If you add a little water to your hair at this point you can almost create lather.
  3. Rinse
  4. Ring out the excess water from your hair and apply the conditioner from scalp to ends.  Use your fingers to comb the conditioner throughout your hair.  Scrub/agitate your scalp again.  Leave the conditioner on for a minimum of two minutes
  5. Rinse. 

Note that the first application of conditioner is to be used to cleanse the scalp, just like you would cleanse with shampoo.  The second application of conditioner conditions and ensures that you have sufficiently removed all product from your hair. 

I know this sounds time consuming.  However quit using shampoo, I would predict that most hair and scalp issues that you may be experiencing (oily hair, dry scalp, even excessive hair loss) will dissipate or improve drastically during this trial period.  You will also spend less time styling your hair and it will behave better once it is adjusted to this regimen.

If you want to start weaning yourself from the bubbles, know that your hair will take 2-4 weeks to get used to your new regimen.  Find out how to cleanse your hair without shampoo.

Your hair will most likely look worse during these initial weeks, so it is a commitment but the results are totally worth it!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Make a Statement with Vibrant Lips

Bright lip color has been trendy for some time now.  From bubblegum pinks to bold purples, the Mad Men inspired sultry crimson lips- you name it, we have seen it.   In the most recent weeks, celebrities have been slathering on the brightest hues of orange; I love it!  But why must bold lip color be limited to the rich and famous?

When doing makeup for clients, they usually ask for a “smoky eye and a nude lip” or sheer lip gloss.  While I think this is sexy and I understand the smoky eye appeal, I don’t believe that it is always the best makeup look for all outfits, occasions, etc.  There are other looks that are more youthful, new and fresh.  And what is more youthful than the latest trend, the red-orange “poppy” lip color?  After all, in order to find a new look that you love, you must go out of your comfort zone and try something new.    

Shades of orange work well with all skin tones, experiment to find what works for you.  Even when you aren’t feeling bold, don your pout with a brilliant shade and experience the ultimate confidence booster. 

Tips to wearing bold lipstick colors:
1. Keep eyes simple.  Mascara is really all you need.  If you feel that you need eyeliner, keep the liner soft and neat.
2.If you love blush like me, avoid looking like a clown.  Use very little blush and bronzer.  If you want to try a red-orange lip it may be appropriate to steer clear of blush all together!
3. Use a lip liner to keep your lipstick from bleeding or feathering.  Experiment with different lip liners to change the look and shade of a lipstick.  Most importantly, blend your liner with your lipstick.  It may help to smudge your liner before slathering your kisser with that awesome new coral lip color. 
4.Lastly, you may use a bit of lipgloss over bold colors if you feel that you need it, but don’t overdo it.  Minimal and simplistic makeup is best with vibrant lips. 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fashion on a budget

10 years ago, I could never afford to purchase high end, or couture clothing.  On occasion, I found a good deal At Ross, Marshalls, or some other outlet.  For that reason, I was always bargain hunting eagerly awaiting my shopping equivalent to winning the lottery.  Most of my shopping endeavors, entailed scouring rack upon rack of horrid clothing, often cheaply made, ripped, or even stained.  Yuck.
 I love finding a good deal!  That’s one reason why I love shopping online.  Online shopping allows shoppers to find great deals on luxury clothing.  One may also research the best price before purchasing an item.
So for all of my fellow bargain hunters, a compilation of my favorite places to get pretty things online:

Happy bargain hunting!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Attention All Curly Girls!

Curly hair is beautiful.  Tons of people who do not have curly hair would love to have curly hair.  Unfortunately, those of us that do have curly hair may spend a lifetime hating our hair.  This is not necessary!  Curly hair is beautiful, and it is my passion to teach those with curly hair not only to embrace their curls but to get their curls to their optimum potential.  is a site where curly gals (and guy’s perhaps?) share their tips on products, styles, and more.  The site will walk you through pictures and questions so that you may identify and classify your curls by your hair texture, density and type of curl.  Once you have determined your hair type, you can search for product recommendations based on your hair type and connect with others’ who have similar hair type.  Users swap styling tips, hair stylist reviews, etc.
I have so much info to share about curly hair but for now I will leave you with an awesome book recommendation.  The book is called, “Curly Girl” and was written by Lorraine Massey.

I have taken classes at her salon in New York, and though it sounds cheesy, the classes were life changing.  I also use and sell her product line that was developed specifically for curly hair.  It is called DevaCurl, and I have many clients who love it!  Lorraine just released a second Curly Girl book and I am dying to read it.  Though the pictures are a little dated, I am especially smitten with the original book because it explains how to concoct inexpensive hair treatments, masks, etc with ingredients that you may already have at home!  I highly recommend this book to anyone with curly or wavy hair.  If you do not want to buy a copy, check your local library or swing by my studio and soak up everything this great read has to offer.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Dry Shampoo is My Knight in Shining Armor

If you are a lady on the go, dry shampoo is a must!  It is perfect for those mornings that you hit snooze one too many times.  Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo To Go absorbs oil and dirt and has a lovely lemon verbena scent that smells like freshly shampooed hair.  Oscar Blandi has a powder  and an aerosol version.  I prefer the powder over the aerosol; I get many more applications per bottle when using the powder. 
The best part—this Oscar Blandi dry shampoo contains NO sulfate or parabens!  As we all know, I really hate America’s addiction to traditional shampoos, and dry shampoo is a great way to wean yourself from washing your hair daily.

Tips for using dry shampoo

Use dry shampoo on dry hair- duh.

ALWAYS hold the bottle of shampoo 8-10 inches from your scalp.  There is a tendency to hold the bottle really close to your scalp.  You want the powder to disperse across your scalp.   Holding the bottle too close to your head will cause areas of excessive amount of product in the hair.  Your locks will look dull and can even look white if you are not careful.

Never spray/pour dry shampoo directly on your part or to the visible surface layer of your hair.  That way if you use too much product it will not be visible.  So, if you are wearing your hair down then part your hair to the left of where you will part your hair that day and apply the shampoo.  Then comb the shampoo towards your part to distribute and absorb the dirt and grime.  Repeat on the right side of your part.  If you have a fringe that you wear on your face (ex: a side bang, or visor bang) lift your bangs up and distribute the shampoo along your hairline.  If you are wearing your bangs back (ex: in a ponytail) then do not put the shampoo along the hairline.  Put it further back and comb it through towards the hairline.  

Monday, January 17, 2011

Amazing Skin in no time

Are you tired of dull and dry skin during these winter months?  Pharmagel's Enzyme Excell is great for all skin types, even the most sensitive skin.

If you are anything like me you are trying to reverse years of sun damage; it seems that my skin still hasn't quite recovered from all of my baby oil slatherin' and baking in the sun.  It's January, so make it a new year's resolution to start pampering your skin!  

Exfoliating the skin is a great way to keep your face looking fresh and youthful; and this product is gentle enough for every day use.  So start today; you won't regret it!

Lucy Skyrocket gets a new look

Woo hoo!  I feel so official; Lucy Skyrocket finally has an awesome website.

Go check it out here: