Glitter and Glam with Melanie Mills

MM-headshot_HREmmy Award winning makeup artist Melanie Mills is one of Hollywood’s leading style-makers and beauty consultants, known for her glamorous flair, supreme talent, and vivacious personality.  Melanie’s journey began in Thousand Oaks, California, but she soon ventured throughout the world living, learning, and making memories that would leave lifelong impressions not only on her, but on those she encountered. Born to a family of intelligent, strong, and capable women, each style icons in their own right, Melanie’s love affair with glitter, glam, and all things stylish was her true destiny.

Today Melanie is one of the most sought after makeup experts in the industry. With more than 14 years of experience, Melanie is a master of her craft sculpting faces and bodies to true works of art in a variety of mediums including television, film, and editorial.

In 2007, Melanie was selected as the Department Head Makeup Artist for ABC Television’s global phenomenon Dancing With the Stars, where she completely redefined the look of the series and ultimately won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup Design in 2008. Melanie’s superior talent has earned her nine career Emmy nominations for her work on various projects in the Entertainment Industry, including two double-nominations.

While working with Dancing with the Stars, Melanie created Gleam Body Radiance; a revolutionary transfer-resistant body makeup that perfects and illuminates the skin in four shades and is sold worldwide. Expanding her beauty collection, Melanie launched Gleam Lip Radiance in February 2012. Made with organic and botanical ingredients, Gleam Lip Radiance not only moisturizes, but also can be used alone and lasts all day – or night – long.

Melanie continues to expand Gleam by Melanie Mills with new and exciting products, many of which are featured her book in “Glitter and Glam.” Melanie’s products and tips for creating flawless makeup for the face and body have appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and Access Hollywood Live, and in national publications including Allure, Shape, Vogue, InStyle, US Weekly, OK, Redbook, and People, among others.

I have always been a fan of bronzed skin! When I found out I was going to interview the woman who works magic behind the scenes for one of my favourite shows (DWTS), I was over the moon with joy. It was an absolute pleasure to interview Melanie, she is a true artist with incredible talent. I also had the opportunity to test out a few products from Melanie’s line and Gleam Body Radiance was outstanding. It definitely received the BB411 stamp of approval for “Must Have” beauty products. I hope you enjoy the interview and get inspired to add a little glitter and glam into your life!


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BB411~ How did you come to work as a Make Up Artist, was it something you wanted to do from an early age?

MM~ I always did makeup for photo shoots in my neighborhood, or my friends’ makeup to go out, but I did not realize I could do makeup as a career until I was around 24 years old. I thought I wanted to be an Italian translator and live in Italy, which is what I originally went to school for in Florence. I visited a makeup school in Milan with a friend and fell in love with all things beauty and glamour. I realized ‘oh my god I could actually do makeup as a career!’

BB411~ How was it working as the Head of the Makeup Department on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, what did you love most?

MM~ I ran the makeup department at the show for 5 years and created the signature look of the performers. What an amazing experience! DWTS was fun, full of fabulous energy and great people. The best part was doing bold looks you wouldn’t usually see on TV. Meeting all the fabulous pro dancers and all of the amazing stars from so many different levels was great as well. It was a party and intense. I loved being backstage on a live show where you never quite knew what was going to happen next, but had to be prepared and ready for anything.GleamTube_onWhite_LR

BB411You developed your own product line “Gleam“, how did that all come to be?

MM~ Gleam is a beauty line that started with Gleam Body Radiance – a makeup, moisturizer, and glow all in one available in four fabulous shades for every skin tone, and yet all skin tones can use any shade for a different end result. The bodies are a big part of dancing and a lot of skin shows. I wanted the bodies to look spectacular and I needed a product to help me even out all of the spray tanning that was going on. I needed a body makeup that would not get all over the place and, if it did transfer, would not stain. So I concocted the perfect recipe and came up with Gleam Body Radiance. 

Gleam Body Radiance can create a tan, enrich a tan, and help to even out sunless tanning. It’s pigmented enough to cover small stretch marks, small varicose veins, and any uneven or blotchy skin. It can also be used to create just a golden glow or to highlight and contour. The ingredients are the highest quality and can be used on the face as well. Body Radiance is a must-have beauty product! Once I debuted Gleam Body Radiance, I then released the gorgeous Gleam Lip Radiance lip-gloss collection. Combining the best features of a lipstick and gloss – Gleam Lip Radiance is long wearing, anti-feathering, non- sticky, and available in 7 power-pigmented shades. The newest addition to the Gleam Cosmetic Line is Radiant Dust — a gorgeous luxe loose powder that mimics the 4 Body Radiance Shades. Radiant Dust can be used all over the face and the body and is stunning. This product is as unique as it is hydrating with Jojoba Oil as well.

GlitterandGlamBB411~ Tell us about your new book “Glitter & Glam“?

MM~ “Glitter & Glam” is a book to inspire all to have fun with makeup, step outside of the box and play with color. I give some basic tips covering everything from eyelashes to skin care to body makeup. Included are some natural looks, but I really wanted to capture the drama and glamour of makeup and how makeup can change one’s look and mood. I was so lucky to have 13 of my celebrity friend’s pose for 2-3 different looks. I focused on my favorite icons and stories, like Snow White, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, Queen Nefertiti and David Bowie, creating stories that matched their personalities or features. One section of the book showcases the color wheel — where I chose 10 different solid background colors to feature 3 different makeup looks using the back ground color as inspiration. Red eye shadow, blush and lips – oh yes check it out. Another unique component of “Glitter & Glam” is The Faces of the World section where I took 3 girls of a same ethnicity and posed all 3 together in 3 different looks. This really shows the power of makeup and how it can change one’s appearance drastically! Again be inspired, play and make a statement!

BB411~ What is your signature look that you are known for makeup wise?

MM~ Gleamalicious gorgeous flawless complexions and body. I am known for revolutionizing the body for television. The body is just as important as the face. Glitter is another Melanie Mills’ signature — mostly from my work on DWTS. I am also known for glitter-izing existing tattoos. Last, but certainly not least, I love lashes and try to include them in each and every look.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

MM~ Beauty to me is compromised of so many things, but most of all I truly believe beauty is a state of mind rather than an outward appearance. There are so many ways to find beauty. Beauty can be found in a nice cool breeze, or a sweet kiss from my daughter. It can be raw or sweet; it can be flawless or imperfect. Most of all beauty is what you have within! I find beauty in everything!Melanie-Mills-LEAD

BB411~What inspires you personally and professionally?

MM~ Personally, my daughter inspires me daily. To make her proud – well there just is no greater feeling. I consider myself a creative soul and truly find inspiration in so many things, from movies, magazine campaigns, color, texture, trips, history and music – to name a few. I also love a challenge and nothing feels better than overcoming obstacles and achieving more each day.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

MM~ I’m always supporting The LA Children’s Hospital; what they do for children and their families is amazing.  I recently supported BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation at my “Glitter & Glam” Book Launch Party. Talia, the young aspiring makeup artist, touched my heart and I was so inspired by her. I was very sad to hear of her passing, so we wanted to honor her memory by supporting the organization that she was associated with and who still supports her legacy. Also a huge supporter of diabetes research – as my step-dad suffered for many years and ultimately lost his battle to the disease.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

MM~ To give back with makeup in particular is to be able to inspire, drive, challenge and teach makeup artists both new and seasoned to be the best they can be. To help them find their way and to become great makeup artists themselves. I love it when I can offer new opportunities by bringing aspiring artists backstage to Fashion Week or hiring artists for various projects and productions.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

MM~ I love Skin Ceuticals! In the AM 1) wash with a foaming or cream face wash 2) tone with the spray toner 3) apply eye serum 4) apply eye balm 5) apply a neck, chest and hand corrector 6) lotion (Emoliance is amazing and I would bathe in it if I could) 7) Always apply sunscreen.

In the PM I use 1) a clarifying cleanser with exfoliation then all the same steps but with heavier creams and sometimes Retina A. I also try to get facials every 4-6 weeks.

BB411~ What are three beauty products you carry with you always?

MM~ Gleam™ Lip Radiance, Mascara and Gleam Body Radiance™ in Rosé Gold7 Gloss Shades line Up.White_LR

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

MM~ Uggggg so tough, but I think my Gleam™ Lip Radiance is my must-have product!

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

MM~ Just start doing it! Take it step by step. No job is too small or too big. Sometimes you even have to donate your time for the experience and recognition. Outline your dreams and make a plan to get there. Most importantly – network, network, network!

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?

I try not to define my life by segments, but as far as the future I do have big plans and know that the timing will work itself out. For my future, I definitely see Gleam™ as a major brand competing with all the other key players in the industry. I plan on building my resume and ultimately running major fashion shows in NY, Paris, Milan and London during Fashion week. As I debut my first book, “Glitter & Glam” I hope to one day be on the NY Times Best Seller List with 1-2 more books on the shelf. Also, would love to do some producing and directing!!! I definitely see more traveling opportunities ahead while producing stylized shoots. Most important – I plan to always stay content at home and in my garden with my family and friends feeling accomplished and successful.

BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?


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A Fresh New Year

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I like to stay sun safe and keep a beautiful glow all-year-round. That’s why I am always on the hunt for a great bronzer to add some sun-kissed color. The Body Shop’s “Brush On Radiance” is the perfect fix. Not only do these little beads give my skin a lustrous glow, they can also be used on the eyelids too.Pick up yours at The Body Shop


Bye-Bye Under Eye

When looking for a concealer there are two main factors that are most important, moisture and full coverage. IT Cosmetics’ “Bye Bye Under Eye” not only covers both, but also targets dark circles, anti-aging and is packed full of vitamins. What I love most about this concealer is that it brightens and strengthens the delicate skin under my eyes without any creasing. Grab this beauty fix at It Cosmetics



The Glow

They say beauty comes from within! DAVIDsTEA ‘The Glow” will have you radiating beauty inside and out. Not only does this tea contain key ingredients like rooibos, rose petals, rosehip, jasmine, oat straw and nettle leaf, it’s caffeine-free! Making this little beauty elixir perfect for sipping or steeping in a hot bath. Visit DAVIDsTEA to scoop up some today.It's Raining Men

It’s Raining Men

What better way to ring in the New Year (single or taken) then indulging and lathering up with a scrumptious LUSH shower gel. “It’s Raining Men” is loaded with soothing honey and smells like hot toffee-fudge. It’s like having dessert in your shower. I warn you, you may get the urge to sing and not want to leave. Lather up at LUSH


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Now you can cover yourself from head to toe with Karma. LUSH Cosmetics “Karma Kream” left my skin silky smooth with a calming scent of orange flower and patchouli. The mix of almond oil and cocoa butter easily absorbed and moisturized my skin without a greasy feel. This is my go to moisturizer morning and night. Stop by LUSH

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Fresh Winterized Beauty

Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Creme 10 IN 1 Beauty Balm For HairBeauty Balm

What if I told you I have found the ultimate beauty balm for your hair? Pantene PRO-V  “Ultimate 10 BB Creme” is revolutionary when it comes to styling products. This 10-in-1 hair perfecter can be used on dry or wet hair. It repairs, strengthens, smooths, moisturizes and provides incredible heat protection. Not only is this balm cost efficient, my hair looks like I just came back from a visit to the salon. I don’t know how I lived without this leave-in treatment!                                                                   Grab some hair goodness at Pantene.

COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Water Resistant VB


Clump Crusher

For someone with delicate lashes, finding a mascara that won’t weigh them down is an ongoing challenge. Covergirl’s “Clump Crusher” by lash blast is a definite must have.  Not only does it give my lashes incredible separation, it allows me to build volume and touch up hours later with no clumping. I love it so much it brings me to tears, but I don’t have to worry as their waterproof mascara has me covered.                                                     For easy, breezy beautiful lashes visit COVERGIRL.



It’s Tea Time

Lise Watier helps start and end my day with some tea time. Their Age Control Supreme Eye Care really packs a punch with the exclusive concentrated Labrador Tea extract. With a fresh, silky, gel-like texture, my eyes are moisturized and soothed. It also works wonders at softening fine lines and helps protect the delicate under eye area. This serum compliments makeup and is ultra hydrating on its own. Pick up yours today from Lise Watier.

Absolut Repair Cellular Masque



Absolut Repair

Keeping my blonde vibrant during the winter months will require some extra love. L’Oréal Professionnel “Absolut Repair Cellular” repairing masque transformed my hair by adding strength, shine and major moisture with its key ingredient lactic acid. My tresses are prepped and conditioned for the cold months ahead.  Stop by L’Oreal Professionnel.

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Ocean Salt

When you can’t get away, leave it to Lush to bring a little piece of the ocean to you. “Ocean Salt” face and body scrub is like a breath of fresh ocean air that is jammed pack of goodness. This scrub will whisk you away with its invigorating and scrumptious ingredients like avocado, coconut, lime, sea salt and vodka. It’s the perfect beauty cocktail when your skin needs a pick me up.                           Get your scrub on at LUSH.ExquisiteOil Monoi


Exquisite Oil

Matrix Biolage “Exquisite Oil” softening treatment provided my hair with nourishment and helped tame my fly aways. My favourite the Monoi oil blend. It has an exotic mix of gardenia and coconut and smells like being on vacation in the tropics. This serum is wonderful to complete any style, curly or straight. Check out Matrix.

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Fresh Fall Favourite’s

Portfolio_Angle_Regulier“The perfect color wheel”

There is nothing that excites me more than finding a product that is multi-purpose. Lise Watier Portfolio Professional Corrector is the perfect fix to all my beauty problems. This five-way concealer does everything from hiding, sculpting, brightening and so much more. You can mix the shades to customize your look and the best part is it camouflages redness. It is the perfect, labelled compact for touching up on the go.                                   Visit Lise Watier.


“Fit Me”

For someone who wears minimal makeup, I’ve never been one to mess around with foundation. That was until I found Maybelline’s new “Fit me!” Shine-Free Foundation. Not only does it come in a handy stick, this creamy foundation transforms into a powder finish to help dissolve oil. I apply it all over my face and easily blend with my fingers. Available in 12 oil-free shades at Maybelline.

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“Breathe in the Beauty”

Scent evokes such powerful emotions and “kai” by gaye straza eau de parfum does just that. It takes me back to gardens full of gardenia’s and trips to the islands of Hawaii with my dad. This fragrance for me smells both clean and crisp, as well as sensual and alluring. Also available in a complete collection of haircare, bodycare, linen care and candles. Grab your bottle at Kai.


“In Drops of Jade”

Textured nails seem to be everywhere. No matter where you go, the shelves are filling up with do-it-yourself kits and polishes that jazz up your hands and feet. My newest craze is the Color Show Nail Lacquer Polka Dots collection from Maybelline “In Drops of Jade“. I love that you can wear it alone for that robin’s egg look and feel, or add it over your favourite base colour for that added pop. Check out the 5 Spot-On Shades at Maybelline.


“Time in a Bottle”

I am a big advocate on feeding your skin with nutrients and Philosophy’s new “Time in a Bottle” does just that. The combination of DNA renewal complex and high-potency vitamin C8 left my skin brightened, more radiant and smooth.  The best part of this serum is you mix it yourself, ensuring it has the highest level of activity and potency. Philosophy simplifies skin care and leaves more time to focus on what really matters. Suitable for all skin types. Shop Philosophy or stop into Sephora today

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BB411 Fresh Favourite’s

Popcorn Lip Scrub


Who doesn’t love popcorn? Lush “Popcorn” lip scrub helps exfoliate my lips during this winter season and leaves them kissably soft. Not only does it smell like buttery caramel corn it tastes good too. Trust me on this, you won’t be able to resist the temptation of licking your lips with this sweet and slightly salty treat! Pop into LUSH today and stock up on all their delicious flavours.Blousey Open with Lid



Going Bananas

With the cold weather lingering, I find my newly blonde hair needs some extra love to keep it in top shape. That’s why I turn to LUSH  “Blousey” shampoo to lock in moisture. With fresh mashed-up bananas, cocoa and cupuacu butters, my curls stay bouncy and super hydrated. You’ll go bananas for its incredible scent. Swing by LUSH and test it out for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.





Christmas inspired, I’m ringing in 2013 with nail popping color from essie. Their nail lacquers have made quite the home in my collection, especially “Stylenomics“. This rich, deep and luxurious dark green color will have you exposing your nails and toes for all the world to see. Shop essie to find your perfect match today.6824808521_cc19c45c28_o




Oh Honey Honey

Even though the sun is not shining, it’s still important to keep my lips protected. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in “Honey” with spf 15 nourishes and plumps my pout with real sugar and reparative oils. It has a warm nude tint and a fresh citrus scent, making this little baby a permanent resident in my purse. Available at fresh



What better way to start the New Year than to discover a new sophisticated scent and give back. Beauty Buzz 411 has created a “purefume” that will have you falling in love and opening your heart. “LovethisNYC” combines heavenly notes of warm bergamot, intense feminine rose and enticing cedarwood, it will evoke dreamlike emotions. This new scent is perfectly suited for every personality. For every bottle purchased, $10 will go to the Red Cross “Hurricane Sandy” Fund. To give back and help out a great cause visit Smell This.


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Your Face My Art with Andrea Tiller


Fashion and beauty have been a part of Andrea’s life from a young age, always inspiring her imagination. Her passion paired with natural skill has cultivated — Andrea is a sought-after Makeup & Hair Artist for fashion shows, print advertising, editorial campaigns, entertainment clients, high-profile special events, as well as, extensive work in bridal makeup and personal cosmetics shopping. A friendly demeanour, professionalism, attention to detail, along with her undeniable talent, have attributed to her impeccable reputation as a leading beauty artist in Canada.

Although initially based in Vancouver, her international experience includes multiple seasons of Milan Fashion Week – working backstage, the helm of all runway shows, for fashion design houses such as Emilio Pucci, Moschino and Salvatore Ferragamo, as well as, teaching makeup workshops in Latin America. Andrea has traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia as the official personal makeup and hair artist for internationally acclaimed recording artist, Carly Rae Jepsen. As a part of this role, she has worked to prepare her celebrity client for major red carpet events including the MTV European Music Awards, NRJ Music Awards in Cannes and the Billboard Music Awards, marketing campaigns for Candie’s, Coca-Cola, and Burt’s Bees and hit television shows such as American Idol to name a few. Beauty looks created by Andrea have been featured in US Weekly, NYLON and Flare Magazine.

Originally hailing from Arequipa, Peru, Andrea loves to travel the world finding inspiration from everything she experiences and sees to contribute to her unique style.

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To say that I am an admirer of Andrea Tiller’s work is an understatement. Since before knowing Andrea I have been drawn into her world and how she creates such beautiful masterpieces on her clients faces. She takes so much pride in her work and it definitely shines through. Her work has been seen all over the world, from the red carpets, to the pages of countless magazines.

I have always been captivated by the culture and beauty of India, especially Indian weddings. Andrea’s Indian bridal makeup is out of this world ridiculously good! Andrea hands down is one of the best out there for creating stunning work with her brides. You could define it as Indian beauty couture.  I would love one day do an Indian bridal inspired shoot with Andrea and Liz Rosa, it would be a beauty dream come true.

I have had the opportunity to get to know Andrea on a personal level and I can honestly say that she is one of the sweetest people I know. I love seeing people who have such drive, ambition and heart to pursue their passion and have no sign of slowing down. Andrea has this care, dedication and connection to her clients that is so genuine and down-to-earth. Andrea is such a special person with a big, beautiful, heart of gold.

It has been such a pleasure watching Andrea’s journey and career continue to grow. She has travelled the world creating beautiful canvasses as she goes. This girl has her eye on the prize and I see big things to come. I want to thank Andrea for sitting down with me, this interview was a joy to do and I am happy to be able to share it with all of you. Enjoy!

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to become a Make Up Artist?

AT~ I was obsessed with art growing up, my mother use to say that from the time I could hold a pencil I was already drawing. As a kid my parents travelled with us a lot for work and I always got inspired by my surroundings and put it down on paper. I would always make pictures for my parents. I was also in the art club in high school and won many awards. It was in high school I discovered Fashion TV and would watch Jeanne Beker. Seeing the makeup artists backstage made me curious about the whole fashion world. My plan was to go into Fine Arts and see what flourished after.

296793_10150300484846932_1703915559_nAfter high school I worked at a restaurant and it was there that I discovered MAC cosmetics through one of the girls that worked there. She took me under her wing and told me all about the industry and I said that my dream would to one day work as a makeup artist. When the first season of America’s Next Top Model aired, it was Jay Manuel that was the true push into wanting to be a part of this world. I then did my research, moved to Vancouver and enrolled at a local makeup school and the rest is history.

BB411~ How did you develop your style while in school?

AT~ In my first semester I won this fantasy glam contest with Make Up For Ever. I began volunteering for them as their demo makeup artist for special events doing makeovers. Then after graduating from makeup school I started working for them. I grew with the company for the next 4 years and did freelance work as well. I would concentrate my free time doing fashion and beauty photo shoots with photographers and building my portfolio. What I loved about Make Up For Ever is that they gave me freedom to create my unique style and showcase it by allowing me to facilitate seminars focusing on fashion, beauty and bridal.

BB411~ You do the most stunning work when it comes to Indian Bridal Make Up, how did this evolve?

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AT~ I’ve always had a fascination with the culture from the Bollywood movies to the elaborate fashions and upbeat music. One of my best friends is East Indian and she would tap me into her culture and one day I decided to do a Bollywood beauty seminar. After that the calls started rolling in and I was being booked up for Indian weddings because people loved what I did on my models. Such fun makeup, great people, amazing concept, I just couldn’t say no. I loved transforming my clients into Bollywood modern Princesses for their special day, what is there not to love about blinged out beauty! A lot of my clients appreciate that I have that fashion background because I create a modern but classic flare to their bridal look that translates well through the camera and looks flawless in person.

BB411~ What is your nationality?

AT~ Half Peruvian and half Austrian, I was born in Peru and lived there until I was eight years old and then we moved to Victoria, Canada.

BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty, what was your earliest memory?

AT~ I was always a girlie girl, I had a glamorous grandmother that would take me to the Empress Hotel in Victoria every sunday and then out shopping afterwards. My grandmother always had amazing jewellery and I loved the way she carried herself…always tres chic. She had the best clothes, really good make up and her hair was always done so perfectly. She was a big inspiration on who I am today, she brought out the glamorous side of me and made me appreciate fashion from a young age. She would always go shopping for textiles to get a custom dress and I would always take those textiles and create a fashion show wearing her jewellery and shoes. I would dress up and put on my mom’s makeup to perform for my family.

BB411~ If you weren’t a Make Up Artist and could be anything in the world, what would it be?

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AT~ I’ve always had the interest to be a photographer, I’m so intrigued with capturing shots and the magic of photo shop. I have worked with some amazing photographers and Liz Rosa is one of my favourite local photographer. Liz and I get each other, she is a great friend, so talented and on the same page. (Photo credits for many of the pictures included go to Liz Rosa)

BB411~ Who did you admire growing up?

AT~ My inspirations were the late Kevyn AucoinPat McGrathScott Barnes and of course and Val Garland who I had the pleasure to work with.

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AT~ I like to think my personal style is very simple and chic with a little hip hop and edge. I love wearing black, white  and grey and dressing it up with a great bright lip, funky shoes or a unique jacket. I look for inspiration on my own personal style to designers like Alexander Wang , Givenchy, Balmain and Isabel Marant. My weakness is shoes, I’m a sucker for Isabel Marant’s as they are both fashionable and comfortable for long days on set and travel.

BB411~ What are your top brands to work with, what’s in your kit?

AT~ For my clients I love to give them luxury options because they work the best for me on them. A big part for me is for my makeup to last all day for my clients to enjoy it without wearing off, I look a lot for waterproof products…and of course the way you apply it plays a huge factor in the longevity. In my kit you will find a lot of Make Up For Ever (of course as I’m really familiar with the brand), Laura MercierArmaniNARS and MAC. I like them all for individual reason. I am always looking to try and experiment with new products.

BB411~ How did working with Carly Rae Jepsen come to be?

149326_10150827473051932_594506035_nAT~  I was scheduled for a photo shoot with Carly through the agency I was with for the “Call Me Maybe” EP. We did the photo shoot with a local photographer who lives in Toronto named Vanessa Heins (she is so cool and sweet). It was just another photo shoot, I was excited to be there, everything was just so easy that day and Carly and I were on the same mind-set and vibe about her looks, it felt like we have been working together for years. After the shoot, her music video for “Call Me Maybe” was scheduled she requested for me to do her make up and hair. She worked her video around me and I was like “let’s make this work”.


BB411~ How did you come to go on the Justin Bieber “Believe” tour with Carly?

AT~ We did a couple of projects before Justin discovering her (twitter), she would come to my house at 5am to get dolled up. I would always say yes  to Carly Rae Jepsen because I saw something in her and knew something big was going to happen. I even remember telling her in one of our sessions “I’m always going to be there for you, you’re going to be a big star”. Though Carly believed in me, I had to prove myself to the label as they had their own team they worked with. But after much hard work I’m doing all the cool gigs, music videos, photo shoots, red carpets…everything that I was hoping to do I’m doing now.

BB411~ What was it like to be a part of the “Believe” tour with Carly Rae Jepsen?carly7

AT~ I was able to go to places that I never thought I would go in a million years. The whole experience in one word was awesome! Travelling, fast-paced, we would go from city to city, shower and go. Traveling gypsies is what I felt we were. I’d have to say working with all the talented people on tour, the dancers, the make up artists, the musicians, the producers, it was such an eye opener because these people are really committed, 1000%. These are the most talented people you can put together, especially at a calibre of Justin Bieber, that kid has a lot of talent. I’m officially a Belieber!

BB411~ What is your favourite Carly Rae Jepsen song?

AT~ “Tonight I’m getting over you”

BB411~ What has been your favourite look you have created for Carly so far?

AT~ I’ve loved every shoot, onset is where I feel the most comfortable in…I’m in my element. We did a huge promo photo shoot in L.A and we nailed down ten outfits. We have been seeing sneak peeks coming out and I would have to say that was my favourite shoot so far. I had so much fun playing with the various hair styles and makeup, very beautiful with a little hipster edge. Our last shot was on a rooftop with the LA sunset and view, quite epic!

533677_10151111581771932_1785310435_nBB411~ What is the red lipstick color you rocked on Carly at the European Music Awards?

AT~ Hourglass in “Icon”

BB411~ Who has been your favourite celebrity to work with?

AT~ Obviously Carly, she’s like a sister to me. When me and Carly work together it’s gone from taking 2 hour to get ready to 1 hour. I know how to bang out those looks! We can both see the outfit and think the same thing. Serinda Swan from hot tv show Graceland is also my client, I love creating a bronzy glowy complexion for her. Metric was cool to work with for their music video, I did a glossy smokey eye on Emily and she loved it. Every client is different and has their own image and style they want to portray to the public …it’s great to work with different personalities, keeps my job interesting and inspiring. It’s always great to hear your clients say thank you and how much they love your work.

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BB411~ Any Celebrities you have not worked with but would love to?

AT~ Of course, my beauty icons are ~ JLO, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian or any of the sisters. They have their makeup dialled in!

BB411~  Favourite season to create a look for, color wise?

AT~ I’ve never been a trends or seasons girl, I believe you can do whatever you want anytime of the year. But looking at fashion, spring and summer. I feel spring and summer are really fresh and fun, with fall and winter being more dark and sexy. For makeup I love a sexy sultry smokey eye and bright lips, but not together…maybe for a fashion shoot. If I had to choose I’d pick spring and summer for myself with a bright vibrant lip and for my clients the fall looks because they are more challenging.

BB411~ Favourite color?

AT~ Black

BB411~ 5 staple pieces every woman should have in their makeup bag?

AT~ A good moisturizer, concealer, eyelash curler, mascara and Dior Lip Glow, it’s a really nice lip balm that I take everywhere with me.

BB411~ What are some tips for creating the perfect smokey eye?

AT~Having a good base, a cream eyeshadow or eye shadow primer. Less is more with this product. Once you have it on your lid you can apply the eyeshadow and it’s not going to fall on your cheeks, this usually creates a huge mess specially when using dark colours . That’s the best smokey eye trick of the trade in my opinion.

BB411~ Top 3 Beauty tricks you have?61487_297858697012547_815313880_n

AT~ A good pair of lashes, I love to customize them for my clients…it brings a very unique look to my makeup. I am also known for flawless skin on my clients, it’s the #1 thing I take pride in and have been working on for years. I love contouring and highlighting. I mix numerous products to achieve my looks. When someone asks what foundation I used, it’s usually 3 or 4 mixed together. One of my secret weapons is the beauty blender for achieving beautiful skin.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

AT~ Confidence, if you are comfortable with yourself and you have that self-esteem your beauty will shine.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

563649_299515940180156_2141543491_nAT~ Personally, my mother is a big inspiration. Everybody that knows me knows that she is my best friend, we even go on annual vacations together. She’s such an amazing strong business woman, generous and fun. I want to be like her when I grow up. Professionally we are looking at fashion makeup icons like Val Garland (I love her so much), Charlotte Tilbury (another one of my favourite make up artists), Pat McGrathAlex Boxand the list goes on. With me it’s funny as I have my fashion side and I have my beauty side. Also love Mary Phillips and Hung Vanngo. I love doing pretty makeup but I also like doing artistic, dramatic thought-provoking makeup, I feel it’s healthy to have a balance.

BB411~ What charities are close to your heart or would you like to be more involved with?

AT~ In the past I have been involved in various charities that help woman in need and would like to continue to volunteer my time. I’d like to help women that are getting back on their feet and build their confidence.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

AT~ I have gone to Latin America to do seminars for aspiring makeup artists and industry professionals, to share my experiences and tips and tricks. I love sharing my knowledge, I’m not afraid to give my secrets away. Every artist has their own flare and unique way of artistry, it’s always great to keep learning. I also love going to workshops.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you now know (a lesson learned or wisdom gained), what would it be?

AT~ Taking the dive earlier, not being afraid to go for it. Follow your instincts, you only live life once. Make it work, make it happen. Every thing happens for a reason, let it go, don’t stress and move on. Every experience is part of your journey, embrace it!

BB411~ 5 words that best describe you?

AT~ Driven, Passionate, Creative, Dedicated and Patient but I also like to have FUNNNN!

BB411~ Do you have any best kept beauty secrets that have been passed down to you from either your grandmother or mother?

AT~ My mom has always said to take my vitamins and eat healthy. Every time she comes to visit she buys me organic groceries. ALSO coconut oil, I put that on everything and it makes a great body/face moisturizer and eye makeup remover!

BB411~ What is your beauty regime?

AT~ It’s called I’m best friends with my dermatologist (laughs). I’m a pretty simple girl. I love experimenting with products that get given to me, but I always seem to skip back to my Skinceuticals. I take off my eye makeup, wash my face with a gel cleanser and my Clarisonic face brush, dab on a serum that contains lots of minerals and vitamins and then I put on this special moisturizing lotion that my dermatologist created for me. I’ve never had a facial in my life but I love this product called “GlamGlow“, I’m obsessed with it. It’s amazing and I’ve been passing this on to my clients and they have been noticing a difference in their skin.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

AT~ Tinted Lip Balm (Baby Lips by Maybelline or Lip Glow by Dior), blush andCaudalie Beauty Elixir. I carry it with me on the plane and use it on my clients when I’m about to start their makeup. I call it the “Spa Spray”.

BB411~ #1 beauty product that you could not live without?

AT~ For myself, definitely Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash mascara and for my clients, Make Up For Ever’s HD foundation.

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood?

GUDcampaignAT~ My mom has been wearing Boucheron perfume ever since I was a little girl. Every time I smell that I think of my mother.

BB411~ What is your favourite fragrance?

AT~ I am such a “perfume whore”, I love Tom Ford scents, JLo, Dior and am currently wearing Vanilla Extreme Comtior Sud Pacifique. It’s so beachy and fresh. I’m also obsessed with Güd by Burt’s Bees body lotions, which Carly is the spokes person for…which we also shot the campaign for.

BB411~ I actually love Justin Bieber’s fragrances, I have worn them and everyone asks what they are. When I tell them it’s his they have a weird reaction. Don’t understand why, it’s just a fragrance?

AT~ I don’t know why, he’s so talented and cute. I have a little crush on him.

BB411~ What is your secret to great hair?

AT~ I don’t color my hair (though I have) and I air dry it always. I also wash it with UNITE (a LA based company), their smoothing shampoo and conditioner is great and smells delicious. When I need a break from product I sometimes will just wash my hair with Johnson’s lavender baby shampoo. For a more beach effect I use Bumble and bumble prep spray first, then the thickening spray and finish with the surf spray.

BB411~ Fun fact that people may not know about you?

AT~ I am obsessed with shoes. Every trip I take, I buy at least four pairs of shoes. It’s a problem (laughs). When I was on tour I skipped the clothing stores and went straight to the shoes. I just love shoes cause they never disappoint you, your feet never lose or gain weight and it’s always a great shoe that completes the outfit!

BB411~ Favourite Designer?

ATIsabel Marant (bought 2 pairs when I was in Paris…best shoes I’ve ever bought), Alexander Wang, and the girlie dress up shoes I love Christian Louboutin (but they HURT!).

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in the next 1, 5 and 10 years?

AT~ I never thought I would be on tour with Justin Bieber, before Carly I always said I wanted to be a celebrity makeup artist. So I’m glad this has all evolved towards that. In the near future I see myself living in the states (LA or NYC) and I see myself being a spokesperson for a major make up line (one that I believe in), doing fashion and more collaboration with celebrities.

BB411~ Favourite quote?

AT~ “If you enjoy what you do, you’ll never work another day in your life” -Confucius

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions”

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible” ~Audrey Hepburn

BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?


AT~ Personally I’d like to go back to Peru and visit my family (I haven’t been back in twenty years) and do Machu Picchu. Professional goal is to get an American agent and down the road as mentioned earlier be a spokesperson for a really good makeup line and one day to have my own line. Carly always says I should have my own lip stain line!

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

AT~ You have to give it 100% or more in order to make it work, you have to be focused. Everybody says don’t give up and that really is true. I’ve been through so many obstacles and overcome so much. When students came to me for advice I would always say, surround yourself with people who give you good energy and are closer to where you want to be. People that are positive and will help you reach your goals. Use your intuition, you’ll know who’s real and who’s not. I have a small group of friends that I cherish. I’m an emotional person, but I’ve developed a thick skin. I can deal with anything! It’s up to you to how far you want to take it, how much you want to dedicate to this creative career. It will have a lot of ups and downs, but if you stick with it….it’s going to pay off. Doing fashion make up and being on set is therapy for me.


BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

AT~ Hip hop music, it always puts me in a good mood! LOL

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L.A Hair with Anthony Pazos

tn_Anthony-PazosHaving styled everyone from Ashley Greene and the Kardashians to Leighton Meester, Gerard Butler and One Direction. Hairstylist-diva-extraordinaire and star of WETV’s highly anticipated docu-series “L.A. Hair“, the flamboyant, young and outrageous, Anthony Pazos is always donning his signature suspenders and bow tie. Anthony is undoubtedly, the next hair genius/image maker/trendsetter to take over the Hollywood hair industry! With his quick wit, sharp tongue, unique and dramatic style, over the top antics, and electrifying aptitude for making women look gorgeous, the lovable Pazos is this show’s breakout star. With his larger-than-life personality and constant comedic outbursts, audiences are going to fall in love with the side-splitting Pazos!

Pazos dazzles as reigning celebrity hair stylist, Kim Kimble’s wild and outspoken protégé in “L.A. Hair”,which follows Kimble’s high-stung staff as they fight to stay on top in the highly competitive Hollywood hair industry. Styling Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland and Shakira, the “L.A. Hair” glam squad delivers drama, glamour and fabulous hair, bringing viewers inside their hectic lives, handling star-studded clientele, while running this exclusive Hollywood salon.

Transforming a woman into something magical is a dream that Anthony Pazos has turned into a reality using hair as his medium. Having been featured in Vogue Italia, Hollywood Reporter, Backstage, Wired, Venice, Fader and Curve magazines just to name a few, this mane-master has also  appeared on E! Style Network’s “How Do I Look”, and, “Split Ends”.

AP-3540Born and raised in Torrance, California, Anthony Pazos became a self-taught aesthetic mastermind at a young age, graduating with an A.A. and license in cosmetology and working at some of Los Angeles’ most prestigious salons. He was classically trained and mastering the techniques of hair legends such as Vidal Sassoon and Toni & Guy. Currently working as a freelance stylist, this Latin-American’s home base is boutique salon, B2V, in Beverly Hills, were he divides his time between exclusive high-profile private clients, editorial shoots and film projects.

It was such a delight to interview Anthony. He has this infectious energy and zest for life that lights up a room. I love how passionate Anthony is about his work and he is always dreaming a bigger dream, much like myself. So sit back and see who makes the cut with L.A Hair Anthony Pazos!

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to be a Hair Stylist/Artist?

AP~ When I was 13 I knew I wanted to be a hairstylist.

BB411~ How did your career come to be?

AP~ Well when I was young it was my job to help get my sisters ready in the morning and doing their hair was one of my tasks. I realized that I was naturally really good at doing hair.20121010-171030

BB411~ If you weren’t a Stylist and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

AP~ I would be a singer.

BB411~ Who inspired you and who did you admire growing up?

AP~ Vidal Sassoon most definitely inspired me.

BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?

AP~ Absolutely, I remember growing up I always had to match, I hated getting dirty and my hair was always on point even at a young age.

BB411~ You have a new product line coming out fall 2013, can you tell me about it (inspiration and who it represents)?

AP~ It’s a product line of all my favorite products fit into one family. I want it to be a product that everyone can afford but still works. I think it’s important to teach our clients how to take care of their hair after they leave the salon.

Celebrity Hairstylist Anthony Pazos and Ashley GreeneBB411~ Who has been your favourite celebrity to Style and work with?

AP~ Hands down Ashley Greene and Khloe Kardashian

BB411~ Which celebrity have you not worked with but would like to?

AP~ Natalie Portman

BB411~ What are your top 3 tips for gorgeous hair?

AP~ Buy the correct shampoo & conditioner for your hair type, never over flat-iron or blowdry and monthly visits at the salon for a cut.


BB411~ When it comes to hair, what are you known for?

AP~ I’m known for my work with the twilight kids and my work with the Kardashians. People know that I love big hair.

BB411~ Do you have any hair secrets you want to share that have been developed by you?

AP~ Not really developed by me but all my clients wear extensions. Go big or go home.

BB411~ What is the #1 mistake that people do to their hair?

AP~ I would say over flat ironing one section of the hair over and over again. Oh and using rubber bands or elastics with metal to hold the hair up.

BB411~ Favourite colour for hair?

AP~ Majirel & Richesse by L’oreal.

BB411~ Describe your style?

AP~ I like everything to be perfect structurally but styled messy and effortless.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you? LUmdKPtZnxCvoNwrH6dmWiRvGE17nMyQkPI13aGxfRQ

AP~ It means a few things. Beauty means a feeling that’s exuberated from a person on the inside. Also its someone who is well put together, a person that takes care of themselves on the outside.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

AP~ People that have already attained what I want inspire me personally & professionally. Also making others feel good.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

AP~ Yes Pitbull Rescue charties, Baldwin Breast Cancer Foundation & Unicef

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

AP~ Giving back is doing something for someone else without having a personal gain out of the experience. Being completely selfless.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be ( a lesson learned or wisdom gained)?

AP~ Don’t be afraid, you’re amazing and you can make your dreams come true.

images-1-1BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

AP~ Nice, flamboyant, outrageous (and over the top).

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

AP~ Drinking water and exfoliating my face with the Clarisonic. I also wash my face with Cetaphil.

BB411~ What are your go to hair products?

AP~ Redken shine spray, Redken wax spray and Wella Ocean Spritz.

BB411~ Favourite Make Up Brands?

AP~ I love Mac colors, Nars & Make Up For Ever. I’m also a huge fan of the La Mer foundation.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

AP~ Redken working spray, I.C.O.N. India oil & Redken Wax blast.

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

AP~ Make Up For Ever HD foundation.

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood?

AP~ I like clean zesty scents but I also like aromatherapy scents like lavender & rosemary.

BB411~ Do you have a best kept beauty secret that has been passed down to you (say from your Mother or Grandmother)?25732_1232648223022_1433642778_30486138_7957023_n

AP~ Yes curling lashes with a spoon after you heated it up on the stove.

BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?

AP~ I speak fluent Spanish and French. I also have two pitbulls named Kenny Powers & Peanut.

BB411~ Favorite food?

AP~ Angel hair pasta with meat sauce.

BB411~ How do you stay healthy and fit?

AP~ I go to the gym 5 days a week and take an array of vitamins like Vitamin C & B12. Also I eat mostly organic meats, fruits & vegetables.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

AP~ “If it is to be it’s up to me” & “Love Yourself Love Others”

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1, 5 and 10 years?

AP~ In one year I see myself speaking at Cosmetology schools inspiring students to follow their dreams. In 5 years I see myself owning a very large salon space with 15 + stylists servicing high-end clientele. In ten years I hope to start a cosmetology school of my own.

Anthony Pazos-REE-000419BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

AP~ Climb Mount Everest.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

AP~Anything worth attaining is not going to be easy and will take hard work but if you work hard you can & will achieve your goals. Also live below your means so that you can reinvest in your business.

BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

AP~ I’m buying it I don’t care how much it costs!

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Much Love,

Beauty Buzz 411


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