People Are Talking About…

We’re publicly saluting former Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza, for looking absolutely fabulous in our Bora Bora lipstick on Celebrity Apprentice! Bora Bora is a vibrant bright fuchsia with a subtle blue opalescence – perfect for a statement lip during the warm weather months! As more and more people inquire about Bora Bora, we just want to take a moment to thank Dayana for looking AMAZING in it!


The CAUS Beauty/Cosmetics Forecast Launches!

The Color Association of the United States (CAUS) recently launched its first-ever Beauty/Cosmetics Forecast for Spring 2013 (that’s right, 2013!) which reports the major trends and influences for the color palettes of the season.

Chad Hayduk, Co-Founder of Three Custom Color Specialists, served on the committee to develop the forecast with other notable industry leaders from the color, beauty, and fragrance world.

To celebrate, CAUS held a launch party at the colorful Glassbaby shop in NYC and Three Custom Color Specialists makeup artist Marisa Fazzina and Julianne Carlucci were there to enjoy the fun!

Check out these fun pics from the event! For more about the report and the CAUS mission – check out

Lavender cupcakes and cocktails by Hpnotiq!

Face charts by Three Custom Color Specialists and an array of color inspiration from the forecast

A closer look at the color inspirations and beautiful Glassbaby candleholders.

Color + Highlighter = Spring’s Pretty Dewy Cheeks

Dewy, flushed-from-within cheeks are the perfect beauty pick-me-up as we say goodbye to this dreary winter weather and welcome Spring sunshine! NYC Makeup Artist Marisa Fazzina says dew-ing it right is easy, no matter your skin type or age. Achieve the look of healthy, youthful cheeks with two key products: all it takes is Color + Highlighter to get glowing!

First, smile and apply one of our sheer and long-wearing lip & cheek stains to the apples of your cheeks: try our award-winning Lollipop shade if you’re cool and Poppy if you’re warm (Not sure if you’re Warm or Cool? Click here to find out!), then blend the color softly outward towards the temple.

To highlight, lightly tap Afterglow Shimmer Creme on the upper cheek bone and you’ve got a fool-proof natural glow! Marisa says, “Afterglow is subtle, not super sparkly – you can wear it to work and look like you’ve got the secret to healthy, dewy skin!”

At our Color Studio in New York City, Marisa often consults with women on how to achieve this look. Here are her key tips to dew-ing it right:

  • Use your fingers! The warmth from your hand will soften our our balmy lip & cheek stain. This formula is beautiful – the texture looks natural and really marries to the skin. The look is reflective and natural, as if it’s coming from within!
  • Smile! Everyone’s face shape is different. To find your best flush, smile and then blend outward. This Spring look is about keeping it soft and flushed, not stark or chiseled.
  • Get your glow on! Afterglow Shimmer Creme is beautifully light reflective, not sparkly. Aside from the upper cheekbone, try it on the inner corners of the eye or down the nose to brighten the complexion.
  • Ready to bump up the look for a night on the town? A trick we use at the Color Studio is to apply Champagne Eye Shadow as a shimmer powder on top of Afterglow – it’s not just for the eyes!

Amped: How to Wear O Magazine’s "Juiciest Shade for Spring"

We at Three Custom Color Specialists are thrilled to have won a Spring Beauty O-Ward in the latest issue of O, The Oprah Magazine! They’ve dubbed AMPED, our new orange eye shadow, the “Juiciest Shade for Spring” and we think you’ll agree – it’s fresh, modern, and surprisingly wearable!

Curious about how to get the look? Check out these step-by-step tips from Chad Hayduk, Co-Founder of Three Custom Color Specialists.

FACE: Chad prepped our model by applying a sheer layer of Three Custom Color Specialists Crème Concealer Foundation with a damp sponge and concealed blemishes using our Concealer Brush (Jarusha is wearing Creme Concealer/Foundation #5)

EYES: Chad chose Amped, our new orange eye shadow, to showcase Jarusha’s green eyes. Using a dampened contour brush, Chad applied Amped first to the upper eyelid on the upper eyelid. Then, he applied it along the lower lashline.

CHEEKS: To remain polished, yet keep the emphasis on the eyes, Chad applied Coral Waterlily Watercolours to the cheeks using a sponge, blending the color on the apple of the cheek and cheekbone.

LIPS: Using a lip brush, Chad applied Coral Waterlily to the lips for a sheer, moisturizing lip tint.

Check out the gorgeous finished look!

Behind the Scenes with Lauren Napier & Nude Attitude Lipstick

Celebrity Makeup Artist, Lauren Napier called upon Chad Hayduk, Co-Founder of Three Custom Color Specialists, to create a versatile, slick nude to use on her many clients — from starlets, to fashion models and brides. The challenge: find the right mix of tones to avoid the typical nude lipstick pit falls – we’re all familiar with the nudes that are often too pink, too chalky, and too yellow!

How’d they do it? Check out this behind-the-scenes video for a look at the color science behind Nude Attitude was how this shade works on many skin tones!

Lauren Napier’s Nude Attitude Lipstick from Lauren Napier on Vimeo.

Click here for to order Nude Attitude on

Sweetest Thing: Get The Look

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Chad Hayduk, Co-Founder of Three
Custom Color Specialists, prepping our model for the Sweetest Thing
photo shoot! Re-creating this fresh spring look is simple,
just follow these steps –

FACE: Start with a flawless canvas. For sheer to medium coverage, apply Three Custom Color Specialists Crème Concealer Foundation with a damp sponge (Devon, our model, is wearing shade #3)

EYES: Apply Icing on the Cupcake Eye Shadow from the lashline to the brow bone for a wash of light-reflecting shimmer. Line the eyes with Opaline Crème Eye Definer in Aurora (our water-resistant crème eye liner) using our Eye Liner Brush.

To really make the eyes appear bigger, whiter and brighter, line the bottom waterline of the eye with our cult-favorite Clarifier Pencil.

CHEEKS: Use a sponge to apply Lollipop Lip & Cheek Stain (hot rosy pink) on the apples of the cheeks, blending out along the cheekbone towards the temples.

LIPS: With a lip brush, apply our sweet Candy Cloud 9 Lip Gloss (a sheer pink with gold and silver shimmer that tastes like cotton

The products (pictured from left): Icing on the Cupcake Eye Shadow, Opaline Creme Eye Definer in “Aurora,” Lollipop Lip & Cheek Stain, Candy Cloud 9 Lip Gloss