Sunday, November 1, 2009

And the winner is...

It's official, Lash Blast has replaced Great Lash in my heart and in my makeup kit.
This mascara really gets the job done. Even my skimpy blonde lashes look longer, thicker and make my eyes pop. Since I switched to Lash Blast I've had more compliments on my eyes than ever before. Really.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Fall Fashion 2009

Here I am with A list stylist, Mariel Haeen at the Saks Fifth Ave. Fall 2009 Want it! Event.
A long but fun day with Mariel, stylist for Rhianna. I spiced up my look at the end of it with a sequin top by Nanette Lepore. Mariel helped me pick out the earrings from designer Deborah Gaspar. Mariel's fashion recommendations for 2009 are rocker boots, a strong shoulder jacket, legging, mixed metals and fur. Fashion fun!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Melrose Place Press Tour

I am often asked if I enjoy working with celebrities. Or someone will ask, "who's the most difficult person you've ever worked with?" I guess everyone wants a story but the truth is I've been very lucky to have worked with some really lovely people. Laura Leighton who will appear in flashback scenes on the new Melrose Place and Collin Egglesfield were no exception. When I asked for a photo for my portfolio they did not hesitate. No drama there. If you liked Melrose Place before, the new show won't disappoint.
Locally Tuesdays on CW33.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Climate proof your skin

I love fall, bittersweet, pumpkins, changing trees, acorns falling, the cool, crisp air, it's my favorite time of year. It's also the most challenging time of year for my skin because I have genetically dry skin. Dry, crisp air means I have to try harder to lubricate my skin from the inside out, and so should you.

In this part of the world most people have combination skin or dry skin. However many people mistakenly believe their skin is oily. To that end, they do everything they can to dry up the imaginary, excess oil. This is totally wrong. Moisture is the best way to combat fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps create a healthy epidermis which protects our skin from disease and the elements.

Here are my tips for lubricating, aka moisturizing, your skin without creating breakout.
Most of them you've heard before. If you've heard it before think about must work!
1. Drink plenty of clean, filtered water. 2. Get your essential fatty acids. 3. Avoid washing your face with soap and water. Use a lotion cleanser. 4. Apply a light hydrating lotion after cleansing. A few I like are Kinerase - Hydraboost, Kate Sommerville - Quench, Complex 15, an oil free lotion.

Your skin will thank you for it.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Correcting Summer Sun Damage

Long before I was a professional makeup artist I had a passionate and innate interest in skin care.
Thanks to my mother, I developed a regular skin care routine as a teenager.

When I began to study makeup artistry one of the most important things I learned was how to correct uneven skin tones and skin imperfections. One of the top 10 questions I'm asked is how to perfect the skin.

We now know that avoiding long term, direct sun especially without any SPF or other protection is one of the best ways to keep your skin smooth and damage free. For those of us who already have sun damage, and that's most of us, please watch the next DFW Closeup. Reporter Vanessa Brown and I will talk about what causes sun damage and how to minimize it. I'll have info on the latest and greatest products to help lighten, brighten and tighten your summer skin.

DFW Closeup - CW33
Sunday, September 13, 2009
7:00 am, CST

Please watch it here and feel free to post your comments.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Chris Botti

World class trumpeter and composer Chris Botti, in the makeup room at Channel 13. Chris made an appearance to help raise for funds for PBS and promote his upcoming concert in Dallas, April 2010.
His most recent studio album Italia, featuring songs with Andrea Boccelli, Dean Martin and Paula Cole will soon reach gold status.
How could I not like him? He's talented, he's handsome and he's Italian! Thanks for the foto Chris.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Rome 2009

Rome is a visual feast. It's ancient and it's modern. And can anyone ever say enough about the famous Roman light? The city positively glows. It's almost impossible to take a bad photo there.

Life is lived in the streets and piazzas and you never know what will happen. What great people watching! I love the faces of the Italian people. The skin! Those eyebrows! sharp, angular and strong. Anyone who knows me as a makeup artist knows weak brows are one of my pet peeves. The brows define the face. Whenever a makeup look changes significantly you will see the brows change. Think Greta Garbo, Betty Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, Brooke Shields. What would they look like with different eyebrows? Can you imagine it?

What did I see in the streets...purple everywhere...loved the purple suede platforms. Did I say platforms? In every possible heel height and color. Beautiful Italian fabric in prints and florals, tunics, leggings(still?) dresses over everything, oversize belts, lots of bling, makes Dallas look plain; fishnet stockings, boots, ankle boots, motorcycle boots, gladiator sandals. And black - even in the heat the Italian girls look cool, hip and elegant in black. How do they do it?

Monday, June 1, 2009

Gigi Levangie Grazer

NY Times bestselling author Gigi Levangie Grazer at Barnes and Noble book signing, Dallas, Texas, June 2009. Gigi is a ball of fire, funny, intelligent, beautiful...thanks for providing me with such a perfect canvas Gigi. And thanks for the advice.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Roma la cita eterna

Ciao miei amici. Unfortunately I don't have any photos uploaded yet but look for them soon. I am in Roma taking in the sights, surviving the heat and getting inspiration to share with you.
Stay tuned...

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Southwest Airlines Commercials

The first three days of a seven day commercial shoot were completed in Dallas today. Working around these massive machines I'm still awed by the wonders of air travel. That something so huge can actually hang in the sky and take me to Roma or California or just about anyplace my heart desires. Wow! After 3 days in a row, up at 5:30 am, home at 9:00 pm I"m ready to fly away somwhere... I think this man can help me...

Friday, May 1, 2009

Flawless Skin is in fashion

Many of you know that I was treated for a basal cell carcinoma in February this year. If you didn't know you can check out the news segment under the "reel" tab on my website. Then look under " in front of the camera." The segment, titled, Skin Cancer Takes Friends was really important to me. My experience taught me a lot and the main thing was this, most people have no idea what the signs of skin cancer are or an understanding of the cause or prevention. I talked about my experience in an effort to raise awareness and understanding.

I've also had the opportunity to try many new products that contain SPF, sun protection factors. I learned a lot about the ingredients in these products and how they work. Most sunscreens now contain a chemical block like oxybenzone and octocrylene. These work by absorbing the suns damaging rays. Avobenzone is a new ingredient that is very popular. However, it breaks down when exposed to sunlight so you must constantly reapply.
Then there are mineral blocks like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These actually block the suns rays, in other words, they do not allow the sun to penetrate the skin at all. They do not break down in sunlight. Zinc has gotten a bad rap because it's white and everyone thinks, " lifeguard." But newer formulations are micronized and blend much better on the skin so you don't have that white face look.
A combination of the chemical and the block to me seems the best way to go.
Natures Gate and Origins both make products that fit this category.

La Roche-Posay has come out with a new product which contains anthelios. I tried this product when I was in Rome where the sun is brutal in the summer, much like Texas.
This product is far superior to anything I've tried so far when it comes to blocking the sun and it stays put, even when sweating and wearing hats. My scar is on my forehead so it was challenging to keep my head covered 100% of the time. With this sunscreen I was able to protect my skin and keep my scar from hyperpigmenting.
In the USA the strongest you can get is 40. Many dermatologists are now carrying it and you can also purchase it on line. In Dallas, you can get it thru Park Cities Dermatology.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Brooke Shields

I got to work with Brooke Shields last fall. She made an appearance in Dallas as part of the Brinker Lecture Series which raises money for The Dallas Center for Performing Arts. No pressure putting makeup on an ex-model and face that is recognized worldwide. A face that I grew up with from childhood. Brooke is still just as beautiful today and one of the few women I have seen who looks equally good in person or in front of the camera. And she's a sweetheart. Basically she just said keep in light and fresh and let me do my thing. Only the real pros do that. Thank you Brooke. And thank you Gary Cogill for asking for makeup.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Barbara Corcoran

Yesterday I went to the Hyatt Reunion to do makeup for real estate wizard Barbara Corcoran. I have to say the NY Times said it exactly right, "Her manner is frank and energetic, but for all her drive,she has no airs." That was my experience of Barbara Corcoran. How can you not like a woman who writes a book titled, If You Don't Have Big Breasts Put Ribbons On Your Pigtails? I hope I will cross paths with her again. Working with people like Barbara is one of the reasons I love my job.

Friday, April 17, 2009


I love working at KERA. You never know who you will meet. Today Krys Boyd the host of THINK interviewed Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, CNN Host and author of
"The Post American World." Great show, great topic and lovely guest. I wish I'd known more about him in advance,,, I would have grilled him more about this book! You can watch the clip at:

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Susan Martin Wedding 4/4/2009

These photos are from my first referral listing in Paper City's Little Blue Book for Brides, 2009. I love these production photos taken by F8 Studio at the Melrose Hotel, April 4, 2009.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Marta’s Bridal

Believe it or not I've worked with many brides the day of their wedding and I've never laid eyes on them before. Never done their makeup or hair, ie. no consultation or trial run. Marta was one of these brides. She looked at my website, we exchanged a couple of emails and booked the date.

She came to me with a clean face and some magazine tears with ideas how she would like to wear her hair and makeup. An hour and half later, I give her the mirror for final approval and she says, " Perfect!" She emailed me this image by

Brianna Nickels bridal portrait

Brianna was great to work with. She told me she wanted to be airbrushed and that she loved makeup - so “don't hold back!” The color composition of this photo by Jenny Martell is just beautiful. A successful collaboration.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Creating a Beautiful Bridal

This portrait was done as a test for my portfolio. Photo by Laura Bierner Photography; dress, shoes and hair ornaments provided by Blush Bridal Couture and photographed at Scott Hagar's studio; styled by Patricia Zello; Model is Susy Rivas; Makeup and Hair by Penny Sadler.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Paper City February 2009

Penny Sadler Makeup Studio - recommended by PaperCity Magazine “The Bride’s Little Blue Book” for the second year.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

DFW Closeup with host Shana Franklin

Celebrity Makeup Artist Penny Sadler

DFW Closeup with host Shana Franklin

Airs Sunday, January 18, 2009
KDAF - CW33, 7:00 am, CST

Winterize your beauty routine with products that moisturize and hydrate from the inside out. Get tips on products and ingredients that work from your local drug store, or beauty counter from expert Penny Sadler.

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