Tuesday, November 3, 2009


When I heard Shu Uemura was reintroducing Nobara, the cult classic in a convenient cover stick, I was over the moon. The Nobara Cream Cover Stick foundation is easy to use, hygienic and comes in 13 gorgeous shades. Application is smooth, silky and light. You'll get high coverage without feeling weighted down. Mix a bit of moisturizer together with the cream concealer and voila, instant foundation. Makeup artists far and wide will be dancing tonight under the full moon. Their lives just got a whole lot easier and better looking too. These super sleek sticks are perfect for your next plane ride.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Round and Round We Go

Purple. It's everywhere. Whether on a mannequin in a high-end store, in discount knock-off boutique store windows, on the streets or even faces, purple is the new (again) black. We're talking rich, deep shades of purple, even eggplant & burgundy. Chanel's Rouge Allure Lipstick in Hysteria is a wicked shade. If you dare to don a deep lip, keep the eyes bare with just a hint of mascara. For a smokey, sexy Purple Haze eye Mac's Cream Color Base in Bat Black is a deep hue of purple with black undertows. Blame it on the Twilight & True Blood revolution, purple & goth have taken on the fashion & beauty industry. It's cool, we were rocking the dark shades in Milan in the 80's. It was decadent, groovy & raw. Even caught it on the original purple knight himself. There was Prince, decked out in purple long ago. Out on a wintry, haze-filled Italian disco night in the dark. Purple, full circle.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Who Says Young'ins Have All the FUN?

I worked the More Magazine's Reinvention Event (women over forty) with Giorgio Armani Cosmetics and got to meet hundreds of fabulous women. With guest speakers such as Laura Bush, Nora Eprhon, Tim Quinn and many, many more illustrious women, one couldn't help but feel inspired. Armani's ten minute mini-makeovers were a huge success. We had an endless line of clients that turned into hours of fun, intelligent conversation and beautifully painted faces. Tim Quinn, genius Artistic Director for Armani Beauty was on hand with helpful hints and gorge color suggestions. Lasting Silk UV Foundation SPF 20 goes on smooth & matte, and looks clean with full twelve hour coverage. The best part, it's weightless and feels like air on your skin. I recommended Crema Nera face and eye cream to all the fearless 40+ ladies that sat in my chair. Crema Nera is enriched with minerals and stimulates cell metabolism, resulting in plumper and firmer looking skin. The light weight formula leaves the skin looking radiant and ready for the perfect make up application. I admit I can't wait to get my hands on it.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Mac Cosmetic's Pink Swoon blush creates the perfect flush on the cheek.
The cool pink shade looks a little cold & scary in the pot. When applied to the apples it gives the face a lively, pretty glow. A little trick I learned from the ultimate diva? Apply the blush high on the apples close to the eye for an added burst of luminosity. Oooh, I can't tell you her hush hush name, but she is a goddess and a real class act. Pink Swoon is her go to blush. Now, it seems to be mine. So, thanks for the tip. Perfectly precious.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Looking Glass & the Windowpane

I don't normally post my 'serious writing' on my blog, but this piece seems beauty appropriate for a Friday afternoon afterthought. Enjoy.

Looking Glass and the Windowpane
by Jacqueline Cioffa

Let’s face it; there’s no fooling. The sagging skin, the wrinkled face, the ridiculous forty something woman in short skirts and bottled-up Botox. The gravitational pull and the eventual flight back home were booked in advance. You already hold the winning ticket. I recognize the faces in the street, the fear, the familiar grimace and disgust at the sideways glance in the shop’s windowpane. I see the doubt, the two-second pause, the roll of the eyes in the rear view mirror. I’m going to rise above it, be the lady lit from within. I’m going to honor this body that works, that walks me from place to place. I’m going to love this heart that beats and eyes that see the sun and feel the heat, and arms that sway to the rhythm and ears that hear the beat. I’m going to resist the tug; I’m going to dig the features and the sum. I’m going to take the very best care. Every so often, I’m going to eat eggs with buttered toast and pancakes dripping in maple syrup. I’m going to drink beer without the guilt. I’m going to love a man head on without flipping the light. Sooner or later, I’m going to want to play the parts. I’ll be mother, daughter, sister, lover, and feminist right on time. I’ll want to write the appropriate words that answer the meaningful questions. I’ll get the joke. I’ll laugh out loud without bringing my hands up to cover my face. I am timeless, ageless and the perfect temperature. I will not grimace at the sight of a beautiful young woman. I will nod and offer her a secret, knowing smile and familiar glance. I will put away the minis, the boots, and the crazy forms of self-expression and store them deep in the back of my closet. I’ll hold onto them for a younger version of myself. I no longer have any use. I’ll walk the walk with conviction. I’ll talk the talk and hear the discussion. I will listen, with a mind that is open. I will wait ten seconds to answer. I’ll have a well-thought out appropriate response. I’ll take an interest in the world around me. I’ll be empowered, insightful, bright and impulsive in an instant. I will mellow out and leave fear, jealousy and rage behind. I’ll do all the things that a grown up does. I will act like a curvy, sophisticated, well groomed woman. I will see the face and body; I will embrace and endorse the beautiful. I will tuck away my first class ticket in the back pocket of my favorite pair of ripped, familiar blue jeans for a later date. I will remember where I put it. I’ll keep my head on straight, high upon my strong, beautiful shoulders. I will put one determined foot in front of the other. For now, I’m just going to walk. And face the window without the pain.

The Kid's Got Chops

I teamed up with fab photographer Myrna Suarez last week to shoot singer, songwriter Jesse Ruben. Normally, whenever Myrna calls I just show up. I know it's going to be awesome & I'm going to get great images. Myrna shoots a lot of music industry peeps along with personalities. I love her style, the pics are crisp, clean, sexy and always interesting. Jesse was a nice surprise. Polite, cute, funny and easy going. What I didn't know was how good he is. After the job, I was curious and listened to his music. Goose-bumps. The kid has serious chops. His songs are powerful, insightful, honest & original. Check him out; he's the real deal. No gimmicks, just him and his guitar. In a world full of synthetics, Jesse is a breath of fresh air.

Jackie Cioffa Makeup
Myrna Suarez Phootgraphy

Sunday, September 20, 2009

When I Grow Up

Last month I made-up Lucky Magazine's creative director, Andrea Linett for a Lucky video post on Fall's must-have shoes and which clothes to pair them with at the trendy store Dolce Vita. Sorry for the delayed post, I got busy in August eating ice cream and cutting the grass. Anyhow, thought it was worth the visit. I dig Andrea's cool downtown, rocker, boho vibe style. She's the kind of lady I wanna be when I grow up. Smart, easy, put-together, & funny effortlessly mixed together. Her makeup request was simple, flawless skin with a touch of powder. I added a bit of Giorgio Armani's Sheer Bronzer #1 and a dab of gloss for fun, and she was on point and camera ready. Oh, and her jewelry style is the sickest. She always has at least one piece I covet. Everyone knows, I am usually bangled, stacked and decked out in everything from Chrome Hearts to Me & Ro to Helen Ficalora to old school charms from my father. That's a whole other post. Much to my delight, we're doing a jewelry shoot this week, so stay tuned...

Jackie Cioffa Makeup

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bright & Shiny Early Early in the Morning

I am not a fan of Fashion Week or the backstage madness it entails, so a 6 am call time made me even crankier. Except, when I got there and Stephan Marais did the makeup test for Zac Posen, I felt better. He created a fresh, pretty, sparkling face. Mac Cosmetic's rosy cream blush placed on the low cheek bone, into the temples and over the brow bone was the perfect mix of layering & texture. A white silver shadow dusted thinly into the lower & upper lashes gave the eyes luminosity and an instant wake up call. An added bonus, the gorgeous supermodel Pat Clevland was there supporting her daughter, model Anna van Ravenstein who walked the show. How modern and retro, glamorous, young and fresh.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sexy Beast

I've had the pleasure of hanging out with artist Marilyn Minter on a few occasions. Her niece, the uber-talented and stunning actress Kristin Minter is a great friend of mine. So when I heard that Marilyn was talking part in MAC Cosmetics 2009 Fall Campaign I was intrigued. I love her thoughts on women and beauty. She worked with Mac's Glitter Eye Pots and once her make up artist had applied the makeup, Marilyn messed it up. "Anything that gets wets starts getting sexy." Marilyn's philosophy that life is messy, heels break, pimples pop up & that imperfection is beauty is refreshingly real. She has a thing for freckles. If their aren't enough, she'll pencil in more. Erotic imagery, pushing the edge with pigment, glamour, art & feminism at it's height. Thank you Marilyn & MAC for the sultriness, one look at your stunning images gives me the power & freedom to soldier on.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Taking It to the Streets

For Fashion's Night Out, ERES the ultra chic French lingerie line had models decked to the nines and out on the streets with their Eres shopping purchases. Funky and tres cool, to see eight beautiful ladies looking colorful and fierce. Prior to hitting the streets, I made up the girls depending on their style. A wet- black smokey eye with tons of COVERGIRL Lashblast Luxe Mascara and nude lip to go with spiked heels, a striped shirt & spotted pants. An odd combo perhaps, but when thrown together strangely enough it worked. A nice product for the night, Nars Velvet Lip Matte Pencil in Red Square, a creamy lip pencil, in a bright pop of coral & a bare eye looked super sexy & fun. From Barney's uptown, to the streets of Soho, NY for one night was classy & sassy, and ERES left an imprint. Style.com got the pic to prove it.

Jackie Cioffa Makeup

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Super Trouper

My friend's at COVERGIRL just sent me their newish mascara, LashBlast Luxe. I'm already a huge fan of LashBlast the original, the numero uno selling mascara with 'the patented Moltrusion Brush.' The giant brush with 50% more bristles maxes out each and every lash. NO, really. A mascara that leaves lashes long, lush and clump-free? And comes in four metallic shades for a hint of shimmer? That's some mack ed-out mascara. I tried out the Black Cabernet (sounds decadent & yummy!), and felt immediately sexy and good enough to go dancing! But, alas I have an early call in the am. Tune in tomorrow, I'm off to make up some gorge lingerie models for ERES and Fashion's Night Out. Can't wait to make them COVERGIRL Super Trouper LashBlast Luxe converts too.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Ditch the Sunscreen

I decided to take a much needed city break and head out to the country. I admit that sometimes the vapidness of fashion, beauty & celebrity gets to me. At times, I hate the stupidity and shallowness of that world. I only half fit in it now. I have been on the beauty playing field for twenty years, once a star quarterback, sometimes watching from the sidelines and even the water girl. It's good to turn it off. The cellphone, Face book, email, Perez Hilton, forget about all of it. I have recently developed a Vitamin D deficiency, it's time to get back to basics. I swam, sat in the sun, wrote, read, cut the grass, played with a two year old, said goodbye to my faithful furry friend, ate Black Raspberry ice cream and planted a garden. It was quiet. It was real. It was nice, I could hear my thoughts. I ditched the sunscreen. Really? A former model turned make up artist ditches the sunscreen? Seriously? Sunscreen blocks the body's ability to produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D is necessary for good mental health. There is currently a nationwide Vitamin D deficiency epidemic. It's actually not a vitamin, it's a hormone and has the ability to affect more than 2,000 genes in the body. Think about it, 15 minutes and a supplement are all you need. So you can feel great & get back to business as usual. thehuffingtonpost./Dr. Soram Khalsa- Vitamin D Deficiency

Jackie Cioffa Makeup
Christian Di Lalla Photography

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Get the Funk Out

I worked on a music documentary with Gary Cherone & Nuno Bettencourt from Extreme (More Than Words fame) about the lost art of music videos from the 80's & 90's. The hardcore rock and roll boys in their cool clothes and touch of swagger, both sat down in my chair and said, " just a little powder please. I'm cool. " I love it. A little ragged edge on a man's face is sexy. A face that's been lived in always tells a story. I've never met a music man I didn't like. I dug the 80's, the long hair, the skin tight jeans, the leather, the creativity. Chanel's Natural Finish Pressed Powder Translucent 3 and great lighting with of touch of blue & red hues set the perfect mood. The band is touring and back on the road. I'm going to pull out my skinny jeans and fringe boots and check 'em out.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Keep It Simple

It's hot & humid, your make up is melting off. Skip the foundation & spot treat with concealer. I love Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage & Shu Uemura's Pro Concealers. Secret Camouflage's two-shade system works on even the toughest dark circles. The creamy texture goes on smooth & easy and bags go bye-bye. Shu's Pro Concealers are an absolute must for spot treating & under the eyes. The coverage is just thick enough, but looks completely natural leaving the skin flawless & pretty. The click on system is genius for carrying a few shades to mix things up.

Makeup Jackie Cioffa for Priano.com

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

CEW Beauty Winners on QVC

QVC and beauty? It's a winning combo that draws billions of dollars for the Cosmetic Industry. I'm spoiled, I live in NY and can walk out my door and pick up, play with, check out any new product my heart and face desires. It's great that women all over the country can see on tv what's new and exciting. Last night QVC teamed up with CEW bringing in the CEW Beauty Award winners. I tevo'd the show and quickly scanned the products. DARAC, CEW Beauty 2009's Indie winner looks interesting, congrats to Mally Roncal and her Volumizing Mascara Duo (Mally is the Mascara queen on her celeb clients) & YSL Lipstick works for me anytime. I really tuned in to see the big winner of the night & my gorgeous artist friend, Tim Quinn from Giorgio Armani Cosmetics. Congrats to Armani for winning CEW 2009 Beauty Award's Prestige Face Product with Face Fabric Nude Makeup. Genius, stellar. I am already a huge fan of Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation. I would die without it in my kit. Face Fabric, as Tim put is "silky, layering, and buildable yet translucent & luminous on the skin." It's semi-matte texture is "silky like second skin, leaving a beautiful glow." It's tres-so-chic portable, yay!

Coat of Many Colors

I got to work with the uber-talented Stephen Dimmick, makeup artist extraordinaire. Stephen is one of the industry's best kept secrets and the next big thing. His finger approach to painting the face is old school modern and his mix of creamy texture and powder shadow on the skin is genius. I love watching great artists at work, it's inspiring. I asked if he paints? His response, "the face is my canvas." As he magically transformed the skin, the eyes, the lips it was true. It was as if the face had become a painting, only multi-dimensional and alive with color. Even Stephen's non-color approach is filled with color. He paints the face rich, exotic, and with many coats.

Friday, June 26, 2009

'Da Boys

I like working with the boys. They're chill, fun and uncomplicated. They tell you stories that are never about beauty, but about life in the Bronx or hopping a train to Philly with a backpack just because. This crop of young guys are a new kind of James Dean. I admire their Cool Hand Luke swagger. I shot Grey Boys for D La Repubblica della Donne magazine with photographer Taghi Naderzad. Taghi gets the odd moment, the inn-between cool captured on film. I love how he works, the off putting poses and the freedom of unbalanced movement. I kept the skin clean with a hint of bronzer (Giorgio Armani's Bronze Mania), much like a boxer's sheen.
Grey does matter, it's the mystery between black and white.

Jackie Cioffa Makeup at Priano.com
Tuan Ahn Tran Hair at L'Atelier NYC

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Sheer, natural see-through coverage makeup that is actually good for your skin? How refreshing! Philosophy is out with a fresh, new makeup line. I can't wait, who doesn't love their scrumptious moisturizers, bathe & body products? Their makeup motto: Glorify your skin with healthy makeup options, full of minerals, plant and fruit extracts, vitamins and antioxidants. (all the products are mineral oil free.) I applied the products today at the NY press launch. The colors are natural, pretty, wearable and the application was smooth and flawless. The Supernatural Coloring Book is the neatest color palette with tawny browns and subtle pinks, and a pop of sheer burgundy. The Mini Glosses are the perfect size for your clutch, even your jeans pocket. I love Bare & Dreams, pink and coral mattes. Lit from Within, a healthy cream mineral blush in Look on the Bright Side is sheer bubble gum pink & gorge on the red carpet. It's even picture ready & pretty at the supermarket, unbearably light & uncomplicated.

Neda lovely Neda

There is nothing beautiful about being gunned down while standing in the street. The shocking and heartbreaking video of Neda Agha-Soltan dying, blood pouring from her nose and mouth has quickly become a global symbol of pro-democracy in these troubled times. Neda, the Iranian martyr was a pretty young woman in her prime. She was a student of music and a lover of travel. Neda had the courage to stand up for what she believed in, to be a voice regardless of the risk and the horrific outcome. I say thank you Neda, for showing me courage and grace and shining your beacon of light. There is enormous beauty in that. May your death bring us all one step closer to peace in this one life.


Need to recharge? My friend's boutique hotel on the island of Gozo is the perfect pampering getaway, without the pretention. It's luxe, it's mystical, it's tranquil beauty immersion. The mosaics, the colors of the rooms, the floral bonanza, the chef at your disposal, the pool at your feet. The organic fruits and vegtables, the fresh fish, the holistic services from yoga to holistic massage to Ayurveda. The healing power of the sea. Tempted? I'm booking my flight. I can't wait to be surrounded by jasmine and gardenia and the simple elegance of this mystical island. Treat yourself. Your body, soul and mind deserve it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Gimme A Break

Seriously sun, if I wanted this grey weather I'd move to London. Although a friend pointed out it's probably sunny there. So, how about we break out some bronzing tools and get a tan? If I can't see the sun in my sky at least I can wear it on my face. Bronze Universal de Chanel Sun Illuminator is just the ticket. The cream to powder texture is so luxurious you'll want to bathe in it. A little goes a long way and the color is perfect. It's warm without being orange or muddy, leaving your skin radiant and pretty. I say skip the foundation, add a touch of Bronze Universal to your moisturizer, put on some tunes and have your day at the beach.

Makeup Jackie Cioffa
Open Air Magazine

Sunday, June 21, 2009

It's All Good

I admit it. I love all things rock. The music, the fringe and leather, the bleach blond hair, the bad boys. Frye boots. Here's my struggle, I want a tattoo. A real bad ass tatt- the biker chick on a Harley kind-(my friend and I promised we'd cruise across country on Fat Boys.) That was twenty years ago, life seems to have gotten in the way. Not to mention sciatica...I have a tattoo already, a round lady Buddha on my back. She's the goddess of good and keeps me in check. I think two are too many for a lady of a certain age... Much to my delight a friend turned me on to temptu tattoos. 3 - 5 days permanent and they look real. Best part you can move them around on your body and switch up the decals as the mood suits. Cool. Maybe I'll use them on the next photo shoot. I'm still gonna bleach one strand of my hair and rock out. It's beautiful and it's temporary.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Viva la French

I have two words for you, grand dame. I recently worked with Marion Cotillard and Stephane Marais on a Vogue cover shoot. Marion showed up by herself, no entourage in tow. She is a tiny little thing with a soft voice, a lovely combination of femininity and power. The woman is smart, her skin flawless and her eyes the color of the sea. In Stephane's stunning makeup, she looked ethereal, a gorgeous creature from another time. Marion had recently returned from a 3 day energy healing trip. Even though her life has exploded since winning the Oscar, she has maintained composure and a secure sense of self. She is a brilliant actress and beautiful soul, straight from the inside out.

Rain Rain Go Away

It's official. NYC has gotten off to a rocky summer start. The clouds and rain have been hovering far too long. I've decided to prep my summer makeup kit in hopes of sunshine. I came across a great skincare line, Skin Ceuticals.  The line's philosophy is about providing skin health, through science. No gimmicks, just good clean skincare. Their Physical UV Defense SPF 30 provides optimal coverage for sensitive skin, it's even safe for kids! It contains both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, but won't leave your skin looking white through innovative dispersion technology. Which means I can use it under a makeup application. Sweet. Their cleansers (People's hottest bachelor Chace Crawford is a fan of the face wash), toners and moisturizers kind of rock too.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Oooh la la Chanel

Last week, I travelled to Cleveland, Ohio for a beauty event with Chanel.
The ladies who came to get beautified were lovely, as was the Chanel team at Saks. Stellar artists and great fun! The event was a success with lots of Sublimage Cream and Serum being scooped up. Sublimage is made with Vanilla Planifolia and packed with nutrients and anti-oxidants. Your skin instantly hydrates and says thank you. A few of my top color picks from the week-end...Powder Blush in Narcisse, gives a pretty pink glow. Rouge Allure Naive lipstick from the Les Naturels Collection is sizzling for summer and the perfect subtle nude pink. Glossimer in Sirop is reintroduced and OMG spot on for summer...get it before it's gone! I plan on buying ten! lol

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Their Moment is Now

I worked on the W June feature Model of the Moment assisting Stephane Marais. The girls are the ' it girls ', the working modelista creme of the crop. 13 models came and went over 3 days. For me, one stood out -Karlie Kloss (on the far left). She's young, smart, polite, beautiful, sweet and humble. She knows how to say please and thank you. Such fantastic model qualities! In a business that is fast and dangerous, it's nice to see some humanity.