Your Make Up Wardrobe


Meet Kirsten! Kirsten Brusse is a beauty expert and professionally licensed makeup artist with over 17 years experience in the industry.  Her career in the field began working for such companies as Trish McEvoy, Bobbi Brown, Chanel and Stila as their makeup artist.   She has an extensive portfolio of weddings, magazine, runway and television work.  Her artistry and advice have been published on The Knot, Style Me Pretty,The Providence Journal and Rhode Island PBS, among others.  She was part of the makeup team at StyleWeek NorthEast 2013 and is a regular contributor to WPRI's The Rhode Show.  Most recently, Kirsten has started a beauty and lifestyle blog,, in an effort to make her knowledge and expertise accessible to everyone in a fun and approachable way.  Additionally, Kirsten teaches classes, seminars and workshops that focus on each woman’s unique beauty and a “less is more” approach to makeup application.  It is her passion to help women look and feel beautiful.  "When you look good on the outside, you feel confident on the inside".  Her philosophy on makeup is that it should be fun and non-intimidating.  It is makeup after all!  Kirsten makes her home in  Providence ,  RI  with her husband and her two boys.  

Walking into a Sephora, or Ulta or even a CVS can be completely overwhelming and frustrating. Usually, you end up with a bunch of products that are collecting dust at the bottom of some drawer. Am I right? I like to call it the "Makeup Graveyard". We all have one - hundreds of dollars worth of stuff, just sitting there. Well, I am here to tell you no more! I have compiled a list of products that will become the staples of your makeup bag. They might not be the most fun products to purchase, but these are your basics, your undergarments, so to speak!  They work on everyone and will make everything else look better.   You will have a functioning makeup wardrobe filled with products you will actually use and love because you will see the difference they make. You can then supplement your makeup bag with the occasional fun and trendy item, such as a new lip color or eyeshadow. I have recommended my favorite tried and true items.  Remember to get matched up by a professional for your correct shade of tinted moisturizer and concealer.  If you go the drugstore route, keep in mind that you are never "stuck" with a product that doesn't work for you.  Just hang on to your receipt and you can exchange it or get a full refund, even if the product has been opened.


Smashbox Photo Finish Primer $36.00 available at Sephora

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer $28.00 available at Sephora

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer $30.00 available at Sephora

Neutrogen Tinted Moisturizer $11.00 available at Target

Benefit Eyeshadow Primer $28.00  available at Sephora 

Stila Kitten Eyeshadow $18.00 available at Ulta

Bare Minerals Mineral Veil $20.00 available at Sephora

L'oreal Voluminous Mascara $9.00 available at Drugstores

Kevin Aucoin Eyelash Curler $20.00 available at

Nars Blush and Bronzer Duo  Orgasm/Laguna  $41.00 available at Nars Cosmetics

Stila Lipgloss in Grapefruit $ 22.00 available at

Anastasia Eyebrow Powder $22.00 available at Sephora