[Makeup] Artist of the Day: Joyce Bonelli

Today’s blog post is dedicated to the amazing [makeup] artist Joyce Bonelli! This post will convey the amazing makeup talents of Joyce Bonelli, and how to achieve similar results in your own makeup endeavors.

For those of you who don’t know, Joyce Bonelli does the makeup of some major stars of today – Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian. Her style ranges from bold and fun, all the way to simple and sheer – either way, she is able to convey any style, making it her own, and having the ability to highlight her subject’s most prominent and beautiful features.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj from The Plastic Boy

Nicki Minaj from The Plastic Boy

The last season of American Idol starred Nicki Minaj as one of the female judges for the show. Some days she looked fierce with bright, neon themed makeup to match her bold fashion choices, and other day she kept it simple, with a fitting trendy outfit to match a fitting and naturally nude choice of makeup! Either way, Nicki Minaj rocks whatever outfit and makeup choice she presents for the show, and it is not only her personality that lets these aspects of her shine – but it is through the help of her own personal stylists and makeup artists that help highlight the best parts of Nicki. Where would she be without the help of Joyce Bonelli? Joyce offers the face!

I’ve seen Nicki with almost every makeup style there is, but she rocks it no matter what. Just look at this image of her from the past Idol television show! Really simple eye makeup, and a bold lip. Her eyebrows are filled in with a light brown, as to not take away from other prominent features on her face – such as her cheeks and nose which are accented by a highlighter. The red lip color perfect matches the dress, and works as the focal point for this amazingly presentable beauty.

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian from Fashion Beauty Glamour

Kim Kardashian from Fashion Beauty Glamour

In comparison is Kim Kardashian’s bold eye, nude lip, makeup look! Keeping it simple just like Nicki’s picture shown above, Kim keeps her hair tied back, allowing all of her prominent face features to be shown at their best. Joyce highlights the Kardashian’s famous jaw line and cheek bones with a light bronzer on the side of her cheeks, the lip color helps to highlight the bronzer’s sheer nude pink and orange undertones. The smokey eyes help to enhance Kim’s dark brown eyes, also highlighting her fierce and exotic features. The darkness of the eyes and nude appeal of the entire face and lips help to accentuate these amazing brown eyes! Joyce further accentuates the look by winging out the liner and eye shadow just a bit, giving a more cat-like appeal to the look… adding model and mystery to an already beautiful piece!

I’ve seen Joyce create some really bold and bright pieces to these stars, but nothing beats managing a sheer, natural look, while managing to have major aspects of these ladies pop out! Joyce uses the red lipstick to accentuate Nicki’s voluptuous lips, and allows the effect of the smokey eye to emphasize Kim’s deep and dark brown eyes.

Both looks are easily attainable! Simply by looking at these pictures you can get an idea of exactly what Joyce does to ensure the presentation of her star’s outmost beauty:

1. Highlighting your best features is the most important part.

2. Also, you don’t want too much color, since that may be a bit overbearing…

3. The best thing to do is accentuate parts of your appearance (eyes, lips), and allowing that to be the center of your makeup look!

Makeup from Fashion Beauty Glamour

Makeup from Fashion Beauty Glamour

Another great aspect of Joyce’s makeup is that it never ever looks too heavy. That, in my opinion, is perhaps one of the worst crimes in makeup. Having your makeup look too cakey or even too heavy always has its downfalls. The foundation she uses is always light, covering just the right amount, but not covering too much, still managing a natural look on Nicki and Kim.

Additionally, she doesn’t go wild with color, and when she does, she ensures that any color on the stars face will accentuate with all the other makeup tones, colors, and assets.

Don’t be afraid to experiment! Just remember, less is more and it’s better to have a natural look while highlight key features, instead of trying to make everything stand out (this on its own is too overwhelming, and simply unnecessary).

Hope these makeup tips helped and inspired you in some way! Enjoy!


Seward Johnson, bringing new life to major paintings –

A few months ago my boyfriend and I had visited New Jersey’s outdoor museum Grounds for Sculpture located in the Hamilton area. I’ve already been to a decent amount of museums before, but nothing compares to the wondrous and fresh appeal of New Jersey’s Grounds for Sculpture. The museum is sculpture based, and these sculptures are placed and organized beautifully amongst a rather scenic outdoors area. Shrubbery, flora, and several other nature based aspects help to highlight the sculptures that are placed all around the museum.

I could go on and on about every detail of Grounds for Sculpture, since it contains quite a bit of artwork and the natural set up is just so engaging. However, to condense this post I thought I’d focus on one of my favorite artists and some of his sculptures that were displayed within the exhibit.

Seward Johnson is by far one of my favorite artists, and it was thanks to visiting Grounds for Sculpture that I was able to introduce myself to some of his many works. What makes Seward Johnson so unique is that he has taken famous paintings and sculpted them into 3-dimensional, actual and realistic pieces.

“God Bless America” by Seward Johnson

Seward Johnson's rendition of American Gothic

Seward Johnson’s rendition of American Gothic

I’m sure many of you know of the painting American Gothic. Well, for those that may not know of the painting or just need their memory jogged- American Gothic was originally painted by Grant Wood. The painting depicts a farmer husband and his wife, with the husband holding a pitchfork and the wife standing right next to him. The couple wears rather Gothic based clothing through dark red and gray undertones. The backdrop of the painting is a farm house, set behind the couple. Both the husband and wife are set with rather monotone, somber faces. American Gothic by Grant Wood is already on its own a captivating, and extremely dense piece.

Now, through the sculpting talents of Seward Johnson, he has taken American Gothic and made it larger than life! As I was walking through the museum I immediately noticed the gigantic sculpture of the farmer husband and his wife – as well as the farmhouse background. All of this was shaped and molded. Being that it is a sculpture, it stands as a 3-dimensional piece of art, with every detail holding such realistic aspects.

Just look at it! Wondering how big it is? I can’t give you the exact size – but if you want to know how little you would be next to the painting, take a look at the suitcase next to the couple. You are even shorter than that suitcase. Yes, the farmer, the wife, and the house behind them quadruple in size next to you and probably your own house – towering over you, possible just as tall as some New York City buildings. Magnificent.

Seward Johnson’s interpretation of Henri Matisse’s “Dance”

Seward John's interpretation of Henri Matisse's "Dance"

Seward Johnson’s interpretation of Henri Matisse’s “Dance”

Henri Matisse had painted an amazing piece of artwork known as “Dance,” which depicts a young boy laying under a circle of dancing women – all holding hands and surrounding him as he lays in both relaxation and possibly awe.

Just like his interpretation of American Gothic, Seward Johnson takes the original painting of “Dance” and sculpts it into a giant, larger than life size creation. What makes both the American Gothic sculpture and the “Dance” sculpture so amazing is that not only are they larger sculpted versions of the original paintings, Seward Johnson takes it as far making sure even the backdrop of the sculptures match the backdrops within the painting. Just like the farmer and his wife having the house in the background in American Gothic; Dance also achieves the same background, with a nice bare outdoor area! Lovely.

Seward Johnson takes paintings and makes them bigger than ever before! If you ever want to take a look at these sculptures, be sure to make your way down to Grounds for Sculpture.