Every year between the December Holidays and New Year’s, there’s this vortex of clients and friends wearing out the last of last year’s trends and getting a head start on those for the next. Just when I thought the Crayola lip craze was over, Rhianna launched her Fenty Beauty line touting matte shades in a rainbow shade array that would unite all the colors of Benneton.

A recent shoot at Percepto Studios on Charles Street with Gabbie Minaier was no exception. We even took it a bit further with a Ziggie Stardust-like effect carrying some of that blue lip pigment into brows and – of course – outer space rock star tears. Maybe not my norm, but if not for NYE, when?

Not long after, I snapped stylist Tori Bouldin at Rachel Mulherin’s holiday soirée going monochromatic in another way with her Revlon lip stain, nails, and flattering mom-to-be red attire. The chic hat kept it from being too serious. Loved seeing her blog at The Stylette.

Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Pendry Hotel has been THE destination this holiday season for the stylish or those aspiring to be. Lucky for me, I was invited to do philanthropist Lexie Love’s makeup in the hotel’s VIP suite overlooking the harbor on a chilly, stormy day. The automatic fireplace in the room kept us warm, but still photo matte. The whiskey might help next time.

To get her look, we used icy blue and bronze waterproof shadow sticks from BeYu Cosmetics – from Wegmans – to create a smoky effect around her eyes with no fall-out. Not smoky enough? As I did it here, you can simply pick up their charcoal shadow stick, apply it as liner, and smudge it into your already applied shadows for more intensity. Lexie stayed Fells Point festive with bronze contour and rosy highlighter on top. We finished with brows for balance and the season’s rose gold lip lacquer and…Voila!

When trying out makeup for PR maven Dorothy Fuchs’ upcoming Royal Sonesta event, we used a similar principle and the same products as above, but shifted to wine tones with a little warmth added. It’s hard to wear more color on paler winter skin. So, not only can bronzer be what makes it or breaks it, but I find using a little of it over your eye, cheek, – and sometimes even brow – colors with a small blending brush can make shades that looked stark warm right up.

If you’re a kid this time of year, everything seems magical and is just a winter break frost fest. For teen model Laura Claros at the Mujeres Con Cuervos fashion show in Dundalk, this was absolutely true. We were in a bit of a rush to finish her makeup. So – when in doubt – make it sparkle! We applied Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick on her lids, over the top or her nude lipstick, cheeks, and the inner corners of her eyes. Who needs concealer at that age? A little sparkle will make even the sleepiest student wake up for the party.

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!)