Back to Basics with Paula Ortega of Blast Makeup

Let’s face it ladies; we all want our eyes to pop, our cheekbones to shimmer and our skin to look flawless. However, getting that red carpet look can be an absolute nightmare. After all, perfecting that “no makeup” look takes a whole lot of know-how and skill. Luckily, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Paula Ortega, owner and founder of Blast Makeup, to learn how to create a sophisticated, gorgeous day to night look.

Blast Makeup isn’t your typical beauty brand. After a successful career as makeup artist, Ortega set out to create a brand for the everyday woman. Blast Makeup makes it easy for women to get that perfect look without all the fuss.

“I wanted to make a brand for the regular woman. What a lot of women don’t understand is that you can get the look you want with fewer products. You don’t have to have ten different foundations or crazy-colored eye shadows that you only end up using once,” said Ortega.

So how do you achieve that flawless daytime look?

1. Face: It’s all about the blush, said Ortega. For pale skin, a rosy or natural pink is the way to go. If you have a darker skin tone try plum or berry tones. Now that you have the right color, start by applying the blush on the apples of your cheeks or blend it back along your cheeks toward your temples for a more youthful look.

2. Eyes: Next, its time to make those eyes pop. For a daytime look, avoid shimmery tones and stay clear of eyeliner. Stick with matte, neutral colors like brown or beige. In place of heavy eyeliner, make a series of dots along the upper lash line with shadow.

3. Lips: Don’t let your lips go naked. Apply a light lip-gloss or lipstick to finish off your daytime look. From “Classic Red” to “Chic” to “Top Model,” Blast Makeup offers an array of luscious colors for all skin tones.

Going out for a night on the town? Turn your daytime look into a sultry, sexy nighttime look easily by applying a darker eyeliner or shadow over what you already have or go for a bold lip. But whatever you do, don’t do both. When asked what her biggest makeup secret was, Ortega had this to say: “Take care of your skin, get eight hours of sleep and drink plenty of water!”

Find Blast Makeup products at:

Reveal Hair Salon

332A Hope Street Stamford, CT 06906

(203) 359-3050

Or online at

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