In Baltimore, we went from a summery October to prepping for the holidays. Not sure how to fix that drab feeling now that we’ve gone from tanned-and-toned to nonstop holiday events and putting others first? These girls downtown and uptown had the right idea with a long- wearing berry lip color that stays put when lattes lead to late nights.

I knew it was time to bundle up after touching up WJZ anchor Mary Bubala for L’Hirondelle Club’s fashion show when she said the inspiration was skiing and wine. We even got old school and dapped a tiny bit of a merlot hue on her cheeks to look like she was fresh from the slopes in her gear from Princeton Sports and Sassanova.

A five a.m. call time with owner Sassanova owner Angela Tandy in their Harbor East location to promote the Black Friday block party on WJZ with Ron Matz required just the right touch to perk up an early morning. I found it with Berry Explosion lip pencil from Makeup Factory USA, whose products can be found across the street at the Four Seasons Spa.

Up front and on your right, here’s Lindsay Ebbin, the Makeup Factory’s exec, laying the foundation – so to speak – before applying the popular berry shade to Heidi Klotzman as he and his team provided makeup services for the Style on Stage at the Lyric last Thurs. A good hydrating foundation – like Makeup Factory’s skintone-adjusting Velvet Lift – is important to balance your natural flush so you don’t look over-blushed.

Style event emcees radio host Tracy Hart and WJZ’s Kristy Breslin also stay current with their kissers in currant.

As I hit the road to help out at a couple of charity events, everything kept coming up rosy. First stop – Elite Secrets Bridal’s Day of Beauty for women suffering infant loss and survivors of breast cancer at Elite’s newly expanded location at 330 N. Charles St. There, I came across fellow MUA Ida Slaughter (on the left), who gave her guest a lift with a merry berry makeover.

What goes downtown must go uptown. So, it was back to Pikesville at Lori K’s inviting boutique for The Red Devil’s breast cancer fundraising event. There I couldn’t help but get in on the berry-picking, trying out Makeup Factory’s “Autumn Berry” and their volumizing mascara for some bright-eyed balance on a devilish event chair, Paige Dietrich Koerner, and Lori herself!

About Owen O'Donnell

Owen Michael O'Donnell is a 16-year cosmetic veteran based proudly in Baltimore. The busy makeup artist has worked everywhere from Saks Fifth Avenue to Sephora (as a manager), as well as several salon/spa chains. His work has been featured in magazines such as Elle, Cosmo, Girl's Life, Baltimore Style, Health, Self, Baltimore Mag, as well as many commercials and fashion events. Owen is a regular fixture on Baltimore TV news, both on-camera and behind the scenes. He also guest teaches at local beauty schools and heads up a cosmetics program for cancer patients at a local hospital. The native Baltimorean has always thought of the city and its environs as a series of unique villages - each with its own panache and memorable characters. He’s always struck by how much style there is and frustrated with just how easy it is to miss if you don’t know where to look. Owen will be using his highly trained eye to focus on some of the latest fashion and beauty trends that he spots around town (and maybe even giving us the skinny on how to achieve those looks ourselves!)

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