Friday, July 29, 2016

Schedule Trial Run on the Same Day as your Engagement Photos ( what a concept!)

To get a really good idea of how your bridal look will read for the camera, why not schedule your trial run the same day as your engagement photos? Why waste a beautiful camera- ready look for the "all dressed up with no place to go" routine? Here's how it works: Give yourself at least 3 hours with your makeup artist/ hair stylist ( moi) before the shoot. Bring some pictures of how you'd like your hair and makeup styled for your wedding day. After each look I'll take some digital photos and print them right there for you to take home. At the end of our session, I'll style your hair differently than what I did for your possible wedding looks. That way you'll still be able to surprise your fiance on your wedding day. When you get your engagement photos you'll really be able to see what works and if there's anything different that you'd like to try, I'll be happy to schedule another trial run, free of charge of course!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The BEST Under Eye Concealer EVER


                              My friend, Holly introduced this concealer to me. Now, I've tried every concealer known to man, starting in 6th grade, when the only concealer that was out there was a product called, Erase, that only came in 3 shades, light, medium and dark.  When I became a makeup artist, thankfully  ( sort of) there were many more products to choose from. But there was way too much layering of products going on- prime it with the salmon color to get rid of the purple or prime it with yellow to get rid of the red. Plus, there were different formulas- cream or liquid?  Do I powder it or go easy on the powder?  Oy!
                             When Holly introduced me to this, I screamed, YES! Did I say it's also waterproof? And, anti-aging? How about, crease resistant?
                          Thank you, Holly and It Cosmetics! Talk about a life-changer!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

More Summer 2016 Products That I like

Back in 1978 or 79 when I was living in NYC and performing in a disco band ( below), one of the women I was singing with  suggested we all try Lee Press-on Nails. We did use them for a couple of
performances  because they looked good on stage when we were doing our "hand-eography" but after that I said, never again!


Almost 38 years  later I saw these in my local Walgreens  for $7.99. The weren't too long , they didn't look like a French manicure ( hate them) , they just looked like the way I've been trying to make my nails look when I have a manicure.  They come with glue and they last a week! I tried them and I'm on my 2nd box! I still found them a little long and square ( another look that I hate) so I filed them even though they say not to.  Here is  the finished look:                                                                                                        

Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer 2016 Products That I Like

It's been a while since I've posted anything on my blog but, recently I made some purchases that I have to share. Maybe because it's summer ( my favorite season, even in L.A.)  and summer is when I love to try new products. Although, I'd like to forget about that summer in high school and my experiment with Sun- In ( aka, orange hair) or the first self tanner called QT by Coppertone (orange skin). Anyway, the beauty industry has come very far in improving these items so, here goes.....
This is my new favorite self tanner, SUN by Sun Laboratories.  It's a self-tanning foam that has an instant tint so you can't miss a spot. I use the ultra dark on my legs and even though it kind of comes out of the container looking like low tide, it really works great. I've purchased it off of their site, for $19.95.

If you're into contouring, in a natural way, this is the palette for you.- Illume Sheer Color Trio by Hourglass $62. Here's how the company describes it:
Give your face a luminous wash of color using this luxe creme-to-satin finish palette featuring bronzer, blush and highlighter. This versatile trio provides everything you need for sheer definition and color. Formulated to seemingly melt into your skin, it gives your complexion an incredibly natural and radiant finish. The palette now includes all three products in a sleek signature Hourglass compact.

When I use it on myself I use the highlighter in the center of my eyelids rather than on my face because it accentuates my lovely, aging skin. ( Did I say that?)

More to come.....

Monday, January 26, 2015

The 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards

                                    Morgan and Matt Walsh

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of doing hair and 
makeup for Morgan Walsh who was
attending the event with her husband, Matt. 
Matt, who plays Mike McLintock on the HBO 
series, Veep, was nominated along with his 
cast members for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Valley Glen's Own Betsy diFrancesca Hair and Makeup Wins a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award® 2015

Valley Glen, CA – January 26, 2015 – WeddingWire, the nation's leading online wedding marketplace, named Betsy diFrancesca Hair and Makeup as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® 2015 for Beauty in Valley Glen

The WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® 2015 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year. 

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Betsy diFrancesca Hair and Makeup. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients. 

"It's always exciting to start the year by honoring the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who represent more than two million reviews on our website," said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. "Each of the businesses recognized are committed to quality, professionalism and all around top-notch service. We applaud Betsy diFrancesca Hair and Makeup for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry." 

As a Couples' Choice Awards® winner, Betsy diFrancesca Hair and Makeup is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals throughout North America and abroad. 

Betsy diFrancesca Hair and Makeup is proud to be one of the top Beauty in Valley Glen in the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding,, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® 2015. 

For more information about Betsy diFrancesca Hair and Makeup, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at

To learn more about the Couple's Choice Awards®, please visit

About WeddingWire
WeddingWire, the leading technology company serving the $100 billion wedding and events industry, is the largest online vertical marketplace connecting engaged couples with event professionals. With more than two million consumer reviews, it is the industry leader in consumer reviews. The site enables engaged couples to search, compare and book from an extensive database of more than 200,000 recently reviewed event professionals, from venues to photographers. WeddingWire provides event professionals with the technology they need to serve their clients, including a SaaS platform, which powers advertising, marketing, and CRM needs of local wedding and events businesses nationwide.