About the author

Indulge in self expression through visual theatrics!

I guess, if anything is, THAT is my motto. It has been ever since I was a little girl; painfully teaching my family that THAT blue lipstick meant you DESERVED to have your head ripped off if you talked to me, and learning that putting on makeup was akin to possessing a new face, free from the wear and tear in your head.

No need to say much else, there’s only so much information to be offered.  I started as a classical dancer, learned stage makeup, took up art modeling, learned to do makeup for art modeling….  The usual path of escalations.  I love the versatility that can be offered when you get a great understanding of your face, products available, techniques.  I can’t express the joy i felt when I discovered how to wear hot pink makeup! It really is art in its own way.

I don’t have particular occasions in mind for most of my designs.  I’m just as likely to wear a dramatic look out to the grocery store as I am to a party.

I live with my three babies-a dog,  a cat, and a boyfriend.  There is no makeup so bad, the dog will not lick it off my face, and the cat has worn my lipstick numerous times, due to impromptu enthusiastic nuzzles.  The boyfriend is finickier, and has been known to turn up his nose completely at the smell of a new lipstick.  Can’t say I blame him.

Have fun poking around here.  Feel free to contact me with comments, issues, product recommendations/information, or feedback here, or at dolce.aria.pdx @ gmail.com.  I swear-I’m not wearing that blue lipstick!


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marian
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 21:06:29

    It’s Marian from the Color Wheel Gallery. The blog where you can express the color wheel on your eyes. I am not a Make-Up Artist but I do like to dabble with Eyeshadow! I made this gallery to showcase the creativity in all of us.
    Would you like to be a guest Gallery blogger or Contributor and share your eye shading styles? If you want to share your Color Wheel looks please email me with 2-3 clear photos of your look, the name of your look and with the products or colors used. You are encouraged to submit as many looks as you like. Once your look is published there will be a link to your blog, Youtube or website if you have one for others to view and follow.
    This blog can also turn into a potential app which means more exposure for your company, blog or website for free.
    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Marian and the Color Wheel Gallery


  2. spidergirl
    Jan 03, 2011 @ 02:39:45

    I’m glad I stopped by your bio! Thanks I met a makeup artist, I really want to learn makeup art from you 🙂


    • dolcearia
      Jan 03, 2011 @ 03:11:04

      Honestly, there’s a lot of aspects of it I’m still learning myself. Play around as much as you can, especially on days when you’re stuck at home, and no one will see the hilarity that results!

      That reminds me… somewhere around here I have liquid latex, and I had meant to try doing some gory make up….


      • spidergirl
        Jan 03, 2011 @ 03:18:59

        I’ve been playing around with bold colors since I discovered your blog. You’ve inspired me a lot. Just yesterday I was working blues on my eyes. Though not a big success but I learnt to blend it with gold to match my complexion 🙂

      • dolcearia
        Jan 03, 2011 @ 03:32:40

        Blue can be a chore to work with, and I know a lot of people are scared of it. Congratulations on making it work for yourself! What colors did you use?

    • dolcearia
      Jan 09, 2011 @ 07:28:10

      I just tossed up a subtle navy/bronze look earlier. Sorry it took me so long. I’ve had so many new products I’ve been trying to dabble in everything. And I’ve been on edge and craving far brighter stuff, as well.

      I used Shiro Veran and Deku over a VERY nonsticky primer(so the colors are very muted), with a more creamy nude color.

      Hope you have lots of fun new makeup to play with!


  3. spidergirl
    Jan 03, 2011 @ 03:59:34

    It’s an old palette I once picked up at a thrift store (mere $1.25). The blue is a shade like Hard Candy Meteor-Eyes in Asteroid but with silver/gold shimmer instead of blue. And the gold is more of matte than yellow, you see metallic gold like one you get in MAC Eye Shadow Quad in Assemblage. I usually use those cheap makeup palettes for practice 😉


    • dolcearia
      Jan 03, 2011 @ 04:22:12

      Always smart. No point in spending a pile of money on a color you’ll decide looks horrid on you.

      That sounds gorgeous. Did you take eye of the day photos for your blog? I’d love to see.

      If you want other cheap brights to play around with, Shiro cosmetics sells little sample baggies that have enough to experiment with, very cheap. Fyrinnae samples are pretty cheap too, and those colors also work well. They’re loose shadows, though, and loose shadows can take some getting used to. I bet you’d love Shiro Veran and Deku for this type of look. Deku is a little more bronze than gold, but it would be gorgeous on you!


      • spidergirl
        Jan 03, 2011 @ 04:30:19

        Nope for I’ve got some concerns putting my pics on my blog 😀 But that was a look I’d love to wear next time for my family party. I suggest you do that look here at your blog and I’ll share how different it was from mine 🙂

        Yep, I’ve browsed through Shiro cosmetics on Etsy and I simply loved the colors. Haven’t ordered yet but would soon. These are much cheaper even than what I get at drugstore. I’m more into colors than into brand names sorta 🙂

      • dolcearia
        Jan 03, 2011 @ 05:03:18

        Understood. I’ll try to remind myself to do something of the kind today.

        Indie makeup brands can be pretty daunting, but Shiro is one of the best I’ve found, despite being fairly new. Deku, Ganondorf, and Epona are some of the PERFECT warm nudes I’ve found! But especially if you’re just learning, I think it’s better to get your brights from the Indie samples. I’ve seen a lot of recommendations for the various 120 color palettes available(Coastal scents, etc.) But I’ve also seen enough commentary on the pigmentation/fading to feel it’s probably not worth it. Besides, I like having colors NAMED for easy reference, rather than tallying “four in and six down, mid-range rosy pink”. It’s just less precise.

        Ah well. You get the idea. You don’t have to buy massively expensive eyeshadow from high end “make up artist” brands like MAC or MUFE to get versatile brights, when you’re learning.

  4. spidergirl
    Jan 03, 2011 @ 06:04:22

    That would be great if you do it for me 🙂 Yes, I’m enough impressed with Shiro now & would be ordering the samples soon. It’s always better to buy something after you’ve gone through a review, and I loved to get to know these colors through you! I’m also planning to get Coastal Scents 88 palette after going through some great reviews throughout the internet but would give up the idea if the colors fade away too soon. My eyelids are super-oily and I’ve problem with creamy eye shadows and even primers sometimes!

    Thanks for your guidance, I’ll be admiring you forever! You’re such a nice lady in a lot!


    • dolcearia
      Jan 03, 2011 @ 06:25:35

      Eh, I’m better on paper than in person. I like chatting makeup, though.

      Have you tried MUFE Aqua creams? I bet you’ll LOVE them. THey dry down a LOT, have gorgeous bright colors…. so everything you apply over top STAYS, and is more vibrant.

      Seriously I’ve invested in… 12?… of them? some ghastly number considering that MUFE is fairly expensive.

      I’d recommend getting White, or Warm Beige, to play with a general base. White works best for brights, but I think warm beige is SOOOO versatile for most kinds of makeup! You can use Pixie Epoxy with it as well, and it won’t even smudge.

      I’ll try to do the shiro thing today, but it may take a bit. We are taking Sidekick to the vets today, so I may not have as much time or concentration for makeup. I will do it soon, though, I promise!


      • spidergirl
        Jan 03, 2011 @ 10:21:47

        That sounds interesting… I also love to chat about anything makeup and skincare for hours (I’m studying cosmetics dermatology)! No I haven’t given Aqua eyes a try but I’m now determined to get these magical pots 😀 I’m looking forward to your next tutorial, hope everything turns out to be good for you!

      • dolcearia
        Jan 03, 2011 @ 12:29:46

        I really can not recommend them highly enough. If i had the money, I’d try doing a few giveaways with an aqua cream, buxom mascara and lashliner, cargo lash activator duo, and include MAC brit wit blush, and Hourglass Whisper lipstick. Those are seriously some of my all-around most favorite and utilitarian products!

        I may break into my old unposted look stash for today. It’s a little late and I work late tonight so I don’t have that much time. I’m a bit broken up about the vet visit today. My Sidekick is pretty healthy, but she has a microchip. Honestly, they tried the number and there’s no voicemail, no other information, hasn’t been updated. And statistically, very few pet owners keep current information with the microchip companies. So it’s only a slight chance that the vet will reach her old owners. It may happen though, and now I’m afraid to get too attached to her. I’ll be very cranky to give her back, if it comes to that. The boyfriend said that if they DID take her back, I can bring home a different kitty, but that’s really besides the point. I love the two animals that I have, and a new kitty wouldn’t be my New Years Sidekick. At least she has a home either way.

        Sigh.. The vet bills are already going to drive me batty. I might have to ration reviews, and review older produdcts in my stash. The horror! *gasp*

  5. spidergirl
    Jan 04, 2011 @ 01:53:02

    Great recommendation, I still have to figure out my holier-than-thou products!

    O that’s a sad story, I’m super-sensitive about farewells, these always make me cry. Hope everything turns out to be good for you! Hope for the best & good luck 🙂


    • dolcearia
      Jan 04, 2011 @ 09:19:53

      Eh, either way she has a home. That’s the important part. It doesn’t look likely they WILL reach the old owners, though.

      I have to admit, I’m not great about HG products. I ALWAYS assume there’s something better out there. So I’ve had my HG mascara for months, but I LOVE trying other mascaras as well, though I hate 9/10 of them for my lashes. It’s always nice having something to fall back on, that you KNOW works.

      Plus, I use so many weird colors, that it’s hard to describe a violet lipstick as being a “HG” product, even though I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. So many of the products I love aren’t strictly utilitarian. Ah well. They’re worth it for me, since I actually USE all of my brightly colored eyeshadow bases and neon shadows.


  6. Prapti
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 11:24:04

    Wow…I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog. Your work is commendable! Following you 🙂
    Please check out my blog http://praptig.wordpress.com. Hope you like it.


    • dolcearia
      Nov 16, 2011 @ 12:34:05

      Thanks! I’ll warn you-I don’t have that much time, at least for the next month. I’ll try to come check your blog out when things calm down a bit! Right now, I’m working 40 hours a week, plus the MU work, so my time tends to get spread all around… I can’t recall the last time I actually sat and bummed around online for the fun of it….


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