Maureen Burke—Midnight Velvet Beauty Expert



Get hair and makeup advice from a pro. Maureen has been making actresses,
musicians and models look fabulous for over 20 years, and now she's here to help you
bring out your natural beauty. Check out her latest application tips and makeup advice.

September 26th, 2014

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So it’s no sooner Fall than we are thinking of “The Holidays” already!!! Haha, I even saw Christmas Cards in a local store just yesterday:) With that being said, I couldn’t help but try to entice you all to have a sneak peak at The Holidays, MV style.

Our gorgeous Cover Girl is sporting our festive, signature, MV necklace and earring set complimented by Paso Pink Lipstick and Fiesta Lip Shine for a bold and beautiful pout. Those a are a just few things to get yourself and get the parties started right!

Now how about a few things for others such as a dazzling pair of gloves or a handsome watch for that special man in your life? This book is full of great ideas and new surprises.

Happy shopping and Enjoy:)

XOXO
Maureen

P.S. Try this festive look and let us know how it goes. Share a photo! Email it to socialmv@midnightvelvet.com or post on our Facebook page!

 

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September 19th, 2014

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This gorgeous Pear Crystal Hand Jewelry & Drop Earrings Set is complimented by our beautiful model’s makeup. Try sweeping  m. vie’s Shiny Wine Eye Shadow across the eyelid. Apply the Onyx Shadow from the outer corner of the eye through the crease for definition.  Add warmth by applying RoseQuartz Shadow to the brow bone.

Her rosy glow is created with our St. Tropez Blush on the apples of her cheeks. And her lips are pronounced with Passion Pink Lipstick and glossed with Fiesta Lip Shine for a sultry shimmer.

XOXO
Maureen

P.S.T ry your hand at this Glamorous Fall Look and let us know how it goes. Share a photo! Email it to socialmv@midnightvelvet.com or post on our Facebook page!

 

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September 12th, 2014

A BIG thank you to all of you wonderful, amazing women who entered our Feeling Fabulous Makeover Contest!!! It is an honor to have read all of your entries and shared stories of your lives. As I believe that ALL of you truly are winners, there can only be two who receive the makeovers. 

Please join me in congratulating Teresa R. from Kansas and Marie H. from Indiana as the winners of the 2014 Feeling Fabulous Makeover Contest! 

This is all very exciting:) Please stay tuned to Midnight Velvet and m. vie Mineral Makeup Facebook pages to see the outstanding “Before” and “After” results!

XOXO
Maureen

P.S. Get the whole Feeling Fab Contest Scoop here! 

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September 5th, 2014

Q: “What Should I Do to Get My Skin Ready For Fall?”

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Great question. Exfoliate, exfoliate exfoliate! All of the dry dead skin from the Summer “fun in the sun” needs to be removed so you can start a new. Try your local Spa/Salon to see if they are offering any specials on Body Scrubs/Body Polishes. If that’s not in your plan try mixing some Jojoba Oil with a little Sea Salt and a dash of your favorite essential oil like Lavender, perhaps and there you have a little DIY Body Scrub.

Once in the shower, gently apply mixture to your damp body in circular motions. Don’t rub too hard as the salt does the exfoliating for you…then rinse clean. When you’re done your skin should feel soft and new:) Whether you DIY or are pampered by a professional, your skin will thank you! Enjoy:)

XOXO
Maureen

P.S. Have a question for Mo? Email us at socialmv@midnightvelvet.com or post on our Facebook page!

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September 2nd, 2014

Hyde Park Vintage Jewelry $15.95 - $34.95 Exquisitely ornate jewelry with peacock-inspired colored crystals. Goldtone setting.

Put a little glamour in your new Fall style with these statement pieces from our Hyde Park Vintage Jewelry Collection. I love the jewel tones complimenting our lovely model’s eyes. Speaking of eyes, hers are clearly defined without being “too much”. This is a striking daytime look or a sophisticated evening ensemble. Try our Classic Cocoa Quad to achieve the eyes:)

Blush your cheeks and brow bone with m. vie’s St. Tropez for a healthy glow. Finally, Perfect your pout with our Port Lipstick. And away you go!

XOXO

Maureen

P.S. Try out this Look & share a photo! Email it to socialmv@midnightvelvet.com or post on our Facebook page!

 

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August 22nd, 2014

 

 

I can’t believe we are at the end of August already! This Summer I opted to stay home for a few weeks, AKA Stay-cation, to get caught up with friends, family and myself. It’s been a wonderfully busy year on the road but it’s made me a little home sick. 

So… gardening, cleaning, cooking, entertaining and pet sitting (my own as well as others) have been my grounding force. Although, to some of you these tasks may seem like work, to me they are the true joys in life. Accompanied by a few visits to several groovy local haunts, a museum or two and wine tasting on top of a hill in Los Feliz at sunset:) That’s my Summer recap. What’s yours? Tell me on Facebook

Below are some pics  at some of the fun. 

XOXO
Maureen

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August 15th, 2014

Q: “What is a Fall 2014 Makeup Trend that I should try?”

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As Fall is just around the corner, can you believe it?, it’s time to think about sprucing up your makeup. The earthy tones are always welcome as Autumn rolls in. I’m loving the warmth of Penny Lane on the eyes and 2 Cents Lips Polish on the lips. 

However, this Season we are seeing some metallics thrown in the mix. Feel free to do a smokey eye and add a touch of shimmer to the inner corner of the eye with the  m. vie Mineral Gems in Platinum. This will  perk up your sultry look.

Surprise them all with a “pop of color” on the eye just as the designers predict the most fashion forward women will be sporting:) Try the Blue Ice Waterproof Eyeliner to create your “cat eye” on the top lash line. MEOW!

Have fun creating your personal signature Fall 2014 look and send us a pic. We’d love to see the glamorous looks you create!

XOXO

Maureen

P.S. Have a question for Mo? Email us at socialmv@midnightvelvet.com or post on our Facebook page!

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August 2nd, 2014

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Your tools/brushes are just as important as your makeup. The m. vie brush collection was designed for professional application. These brushes are exactly what I use on set during our photo shoots. Being the most of the brushes are duos you get a great value, two brushes for the price of one!

The Deluxe Spooly Wand & Tapered Angle Brush are a perfect duo for your eyebrows. Fill in the brows with color using the Tapered Angle Brush and blend the color through the brows. The Tapered Angle Brush is also perfect for powdered eyelier application.

The  firm end of the Camofluff Brush is great for applying your concealer and the fluffy side of the brush is great for blending eyeshadow.

Our Small Kabuki Brush is perfect for a flawless Mineral Powder Foundation and blush application. Please use a separate brush for each product. Perhaps try the Silver Retractable Kabuki Powder Brush for your foundation and the Small Kabuki for your blush. Load the Retractable Kabuki Brush with Mineral Powder Foundation, put the brush cover on and have in your purse for touch ups:)

When you’re on the go, our Covered Lip Brush is wonderful to have handy in your purse for a precise, professional lipstick application.

When applying eyeshadow, try using the Mini Chisel Fluff & Deluxe Fluff Brush. The Mini Fluff is perfect for applying eyeshadow under the lower lashes and filling in the eyebrows while the Deluxe Fluff allows you to contour the crease of your eye with expert ease. Also, this side of the brush may be used to apply eyeshadow smoothly on the eyelid.

Hopefully, some of these brush tips will be helpful. See what some of our customers have to say about our brushes:

AMAZING!!!! (Camofluff)
I use it everyday. it does wonders!! ive never had a brush that could do what this one does.

great find (Taper Angle)
love this brush it makes my brow a good definition … i love m.vie products..

Love it (Retractable Kabuki Powder Brush)
This is a great find I love my new little friend

XOXO
Maureen

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July 25th, 2014

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Rich & warm Fall colors adorn our Cover Model’s beautiful face. Get this look yourself by applying St. Tropez Blush to the apples of your cheeks over your m. vie Mineral Foundation.

The eyes are soft yet smokey. Apply the Tiramisu Eyeshadow all over your eyelid. Then shade the outer corner of the eye through the crease with the Bark Eyeshadow. Also, smudge a bit of Bark Eyeshadow under the lower eyelashes with the mini Chisel Brush. Softly add Pebble Eye shadow to the brow bone  and highlight under the arch of the eyebrow with the Candlelight Eyeshadow. Bark Eyeshadow can also be used to fill in the eyebrows with the Taper Angle Brush then blended with the Spooly Brush.

Black Eye Pencil is used to define the inner rim of lower inner lash line. Finally followed by a couple coats of our Smoke Mascara and voila! Eyes that speak volumes.

Finish off your new “Fall Face” with the perfect pout.  Cherry Bomb Lipstick is topped with 2 Cents Lip Polish. There you have it… Soft, Sexy and Smokey….Your new “Fall Face” the MV way!

XOXO

Maureen

P.S. You can also get this look with the Cocoa Eyeshadow Quad as well:)

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July 18th, 2014

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There’s nothing as refreshing for your makeup and your skin as a spritz of our m.vie Mineral Mist. Read what some of our customers wrote about this fabulous product:

Our beautiful customer from Waverly, OH writes:
I am an older lady (almost 74) who chooses her makeup with great thought. I find that the m. vie mineral products are the best on the market, and the Mineral Mist is like magic! It soothes and refreshes and leaves a light glow on your skin. It sets your makeup so you require no retouching throughout the day. You will really miss out if you do not try this product. You must try the starter kit as I have found the mineral qualitySoot the best I have seen. I will never use another brand.

Another lovely lady from Milwaukee, WI writes:
refreshing and calming to my skin, spirit and mind

And finally, Lorrie from San Diego, CA writes:
This smells lovely and is full of good ingredients for the skin, I used Evian water before this, but I am enjoying this great scent of lavender, etc…I use it to set my make-up when it is done and for a pick me up to freshen my make-up after having it on all day, seems to have a soothing and cooling effect and leaves your skin dewy and healthy looking. It is a little bit pricey, so I will have to use sparingly, but I do love it and the scent is invigorating and relaxing at the same time. :)

Personally, I store an extra bottle in the fridge for an added cooling effect. This is one of my favorite Summertime treats for my face and frame of mind. The lavender has an amazing calming effect on the mind and body. Stay cool and Enjoy!

XOXO

Maureen

 

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