Susan Carabello Makeup Artistry Blog

Expert in the making

Last week, I had the pleasure of being interviewed as a beauty expert. It was an A-HA moment for me on many levels. In the last five years, I have sacrificed time with my kids and weekends away to build my career, to educate myself on the latest and greatest products and techniques and to network with a group of my peers. I have never considered myself an expert at anything, nonetheless my career. The moment was eye-opening and wonderful albeit a bit overwhelming and nerve-wracking.

I can honestly say that yes, I am rocking this career called makeup artistry. I love it with every ounce of my being. It is fun, challenging and exciting, but it is hard work and long hours that some may not expect. However, I still have so much more to learn and I am willing to put forth the effort to do so. Will there be sacrifices? Possibly. But, can I decide how often they will be? Absolutely. 

I love my career and I love that I can help others find their inner beauty, which is the most important aspect of my job (and what makes me love it so much).

With love,



Happy New Year!!

As I reflect on 2017, I am so grateful for my wonderful clients, friends, and family. You have helped my business grow over the past year, and I cannot thank you enough for your trust in my makeup services.

Enjoy this time with your family and friends,  and I hope 2018 brings you everything you wish for. Happy New Year!!

With love,


Wow, wow, waterproof!!

Today, I went shopping for some new waterproof eyeliners for my kit. Yes, I buy way too much and spend way too much on makeup. But, I have been looking for the perfect waterproof liner that can be used on the lid as well as the waterline.  I think I found one that I love.

Cargo Cosmetics offers an eyeliner called Swimmables. They come in a variety of colors including Black, Brown, Navy, and Nude. I am so impressed with the longevity of the product. I tested the product on the back of my hand and hours later, the product has not moved.  Wow! I am impressed.  Even better, this product is cruelty-free as well as paraben free.

If you are in the market for a waterproof eyeliner, you need to check it out.  They are also offering a holiday kit where you get (4) full-size liners for $25.00. Don't walk, but run to get yours.


Don't give me lip!

Lip care is so essential to a good beauty routine. In my line of work, dry, chapped lips can make or break a photo. But, it also can be annoying and at times, painful. A few easy ways to keep your lips moisturized is by using lip balm.

Lip balm can come in a tube or a tub and most are less than $5.00. (The price increases when purchasing a multi-pack.) When looking for a good lip balm product, find one that is moisturizing and hydrating for your lips.

One of my favorite brands is Burt's Bees. The products are made with natural ingredients, which I love!  They even offer tinted lip balms for those of us who want to moisturize and add a pop of color. The products can be purchased at many different retailers as well as online. My go-to lip balm is Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia. I love the smell, the color and the way it hydrates. Once you find your favorite, remember to apply it regularly, to keep your lips feeling smooth and looking great.

Go get some today!!


(This is not a paid endorsement. I just truly love the product!)

Tip of the Week

Starting today and every Sunday on my blog, I will offer a "Tip of the Week." Just little reminders of what you can do to help you skin look its best. My tip for this week is wear sunscreen.

Sunscreen is readily available and in some cases, it may already be in the products you are using. SPF or sun protection factor is a guideline when determining a products ability to prevent sun damage to the skin. Several makeup brands offer products with SPF already included. Many foundations now include SPF and range anywhere from SPF 9 to SPF 50, depending on the brand.

I am a prime example of what happens to your skin when you don't wear sunscreen. Age spots, wrinkles, etc. Years of sunning myself with baby oil was probably not the best option and my skin is now paying the price.

So, if you are going out today, don't forget your sunscreen.