Friday, December 18, 2009

How Eva Longoria gets that Flirty Flush

We created Morning After blush with our good friend Robert Jones and the press just cannot say enough things about this VERY wearable color. Our Creme to Powder formula goes on creamy and dries down to a sheer powdery finish which is great for any type of skin. Special thanks to Dex Phillip for giving us this terrific shout out!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

How one star of Nine jazzes up her look

We have all been anticipating the opening of Nine this holiday season and People magazine shows us how the leading ladies jazz up their looks. A big hug and kiss to Ronit Shapow for jazzing up Fergie with our Warm Camel Eye Shadow.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Vampire Diaries Look Just for You

Once again the editors at InStyle and make up artist extraordinaire, Stephen Dimmick, think we are the cool kids on the block! Check out how medium toned gals can get Kayla Ewell's look for Daytime with our Blackberry Sparkle Lip Gloss. Thanks for the shout out Stephen!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Has your Lipstick been discontinued?

So InStyle says our website is the Best of the Web for Bespoke Beauty products, says our concealer is one of ten products worth dialing "1-800" for and now Lucky says that our site is among the "Coolest Stuff Online". Can't say we disagree with any of them!!

Ski Bunny - Hot Poured Red for Instant Drama

We couldn't be more thrilled that the beautyspy at Lucky gave a shout out to one of our most popular items! Ski Bunny Lip and Cheek stain - hot off the slopes!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Three Custom Color Specialists parties with Sculptz and Robert Verdi

Last night, Trae and Chad attended a preview of the new shapewear and legwear collection from Sculptz. If you are not familiar with Sculptz and are looking for comfortable, elegant undergarments that hide ALL sins, check out We love these products so much that we are partnering with them on their site with some fun beauty/garment pairings for busy moms, brides and ladies everywhere! Stay tuned - these pairings should be available on the Sculptz site in mid December.

Trae wore the Kimono Dragon garment by Trudy Miller Layers (Audra McDonald is a fan), which was a huge hit with tastemaker Robert Verdi and producers from CBS News Early Show. Trae hooked up with Trudy Miller courtesy of stylist and blogger extraordinaire, Sharon Pendana. Trae was lucky enough to be able to learn from Trudy herself about the miriad ways you can wear these amazing garments. Check out to see for yourself how these architect-designed garments suit women of literally every shape and size.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Three Custom Color Specialists Creme Concealer featured on Saturday Night Beauty

In case you missed it! We were on Saturday Night Beauty with superstar hostess Lisa Robertson! And many of you may have missed it since the World Series was on at the same time and some of you may have been Trick or Treating. Anyhow here is your chance to see our very own Trae Bodge knock it out of the park. Click here to see on

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Three Custom Color Specialists featured on QVC's Saturday Night Beauty with Lisa Robertson

Mark your calendars! Three Custom Color Specialists is set to appear on QVC's Saturday Night Beauty with Lisa Robertson on Halloween at 7PM. Be sure to tune in and more importantly tell your friends to tune in! We will hit the road to the QVC Studio Park at about 2:30PM on the 31st so listen for our tweets as we make the approach, prep in the green room and broadcast our segment LIVE!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Parents Magazine features Cool Red Lipstick

Our Cool Red Lipstick ($21.50) was recommended for dark skin tones in the October issue of Parents. Visit to find your perfect red! (And, if you can't choose just one, try A Century in Red Lip Palette for 10 of the most stunning reds we can't live without!)

Winter Weddings

We've been having so much fun with Bridal Trials at the Color Studio lately! Are you getting married soon? Check out our tag in the Winter 2009 issue of New York Weddings and call us to learn more about our makeup application services for brides and bridal parties.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Be Bright Pink Lip Gloss for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are proud to introduce Be Bright Pink Lip Gloss, an exclusive shade created to support Bright Pink, a national non-profit organization that provides education and support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. 20% of sales generated by the purchase of Be Bright Pink Lip Gloss will be donated to support Bright Pink’s mission to help women proactively take control of their health via education, support and community development for those at risk. To learn more about this amazing charity, log on to

Be Bright Pink Lip Gloss is a sheer carnation pink with a silver satin finish, designed to flatter all skin tones. As we never discontinue, we will proudly continue to donate a portion of the sales of Be Bright Pink Lip Gloss to Bright Pink for years to come.

One of our Favorite Things!!

Trae has recently discovered the genius of celebrity hair stylist Anthony Dickey and his fabulous hair care line, Hair Rules. Dickey, whose clients include Rihanna, Michelle Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker, created the Hair Rules product line to address the special needs of textured hair across the texture spectrum, for wash-and-go results.

To celebrate the grand opening of the flagship Hair Rules Salon in NYC this month, we invite you to try Hair Rules’ Hydrating Finish Cream, a uniquely non-greasy, hydrating finishing product that infuses hair with essential moisture to keeping curls and waves soft, hydrated and shiny all day long. 2oz. sample with any online purchase - while supplies last.

To find out more about the Hair Rules Salon and their products, visit

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Three Custom featured on QVC's "What's In My Beauty Bag" with Lisa Robertson

In case you missed it, check out our latest segment on QVC featuring our Creme Concealer/Foundation Formula. The wonderful Lisa Robertson loved it so much, she decided to include it on "What's In My Beauty Bag." View the segment and find your shade on QVC.Com.

What You Need In Your Makeup Bag

Check out Trae on CBS The Early Show with tips on simplifying your makeup bag down to the essentials.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

90210's Jessica Stroup Wears Our Lt. Clarifier for InStyle Makeover Shoot

Check out the latest edition of InStyle Makeover in which 90210 star Jessica Stroup wears our Light Clarifier Pencil ($16.50). Pro Makeup Artist Nolan Robert recommended the pencil to restore a healthy, wide-eyed look.

Morning After Blush featured in SELF

Robert Jones, Makeup Artist and Best-Selling Author, is featured in the beauty pages of August's SELF Magazine along with Morning After Creme to Powder Blush ($22.50) a bright peachy-pink shade that he created to perk up any skin tone.

Coco de Mer is an Elle Editor's Pick!

Coco de Mer Eye Shadow ($22.50) a rich, medium brown with a dose of green shimmer, is featured in the August Issue of Elle Magazine as Associate Beauty Editor Maura Lynch's favorite "Pre-Party Pickup."

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sorbet Lip Gloss featured in Redbook

Our Sorbet Lip Gloss is featured in the July issue of Redbook - a perfect shade for summer's fresh and flirty look! Thank you Cheryl!!!!!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The HOPE Program – Three Custom Color Specialists Image Workshop - Session 1

This morning, I had the pleasure of hosting our very first Image Workshop with The HOPE Program. The session was attended by 2 staff members from the Program’s employment team and 5 lovely ladies who are approaching the end of their journey with the Program’s phenomenal 12 week work readiness and job placement course.

After introducing everyone to Three Custom and our philosophies about beauty for the every day woman, I fielded questions from the attendees on everything beauty – from makeup application to skin tone to skin care.

I also had the opportunity to meet Jacqueline Revan, who will be our very first intern from HOPE. This summer, Jacqueline along with students from FIT and LIM, will learn about the inner workings of Three Custom Color Specialists by working with us in our laboratory. Welcome Jacqueline!

The HOPE Program’s mission: To empower individuals living in poverty to achieve economic self-sufficiency and to inform practices and policy by sharing our research and solutions. To learn more about this fantastic and vital program, please visit

Friday, May 29, 2009

Three Custom visits Dickey at Hair Rules

Last Friday, I finally gave in and submitted to a haircut. With my crazy curly hair, I've had more unhappy haircutting experiences than I care to remember, so a few years ago I just gave up and started trimming it myself. I know it sounds scary, but it actually wasn't so bad for a while (curls hide a lot of errors!). Unfortunately, lately my hair started looking just plain crazy, so when a friend recommended Dickey at Hair Rules I gave him a call. Not only did I get a great cut, but Dickey really taught me about my hair. He is a master! He knows I want long hair eventually, but my poor hair needed a total overhaul so we went short and sassy for the summer and agreed that we would grow it out "together", in a healthy way! Better yet, Dickey's hair products, Hair Rules are AMAZING. My fave - Curly Whip. We'll be doing a sampling program with Hair Rules soon with online orders, so keep your eyes peeled!

Friday, May 22, 2009

We made the cover of Bridal Guide

Our Violet Lotus Watercolour for lips and cheeks made it onto the cover of the July/August issue of Bridal Guide! Try it to get that fresh/flirty/glowing look on your special day - or any day for that matter!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

How much does it cost to look like Renee Zellweger

A friend in Hollywood just alerted us to this piece from a March issue of InTouch Weekly. Renee and her makeup artist extraordinaire Kristofer Buckle have been fans of Three Custom Color Specialists for quite some time now! Thanks Kristopher!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Get the looks!

Life & Style Weekly published a great piece on tips offered up by Trae for Gwyneth Paltrow, America Ferrara, Leighton Meester and Hayden Panettiere. Check them out!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Alternative Press Picks Coco de Mer

The cool kids at Alternative Press give our Coco de Mer Eye Shadow from the Seychelles Collection a shout out. Check it!

Attention June Brides

If you are getting married in the next few months be sure to give us a ring! Check out our tag in the Summer 2009 issue of New York Weddings.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Three Custom goes to airbrush school at Temptu

Today, we had the pleasure of studying airbrush makeup at Temptu, which is the pro makeup artist's brand of choice for temporary tatoos and airbrush makeup since the 80's. Not only do we have a new skill under our belts, but we had great fun learning! Stay tuned for some Three Custom/Temptu collaborations in the near future!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Spring Beauty Blog Round Up

This Spring, the blogosphere is blooming with plenty of news about Three Custom Color Specialists – from rave reviews of our Custom Blending Service and Online Archive of Discontinued Shades, to recommendations of our Crème Concealer/Foundation formula, our newly-launched Seychelles Collection, and other tried-and-true favorites!

For the most up-to-the minute news as it happens, follow us on twitter!

AMNY New York –Check out the photos from Chad’s shoot with the Broadway Cast of HAIR – Chad Hayduk, Co-Founder of Three Custom Color Specialists, was interviewed for ELLE.Com about discontinued Makeup Shades.

InStyle.Com – Makeup Artist Quinn Murphy recommended Three Custom Color Specialists’ Gold Eye Shadow in an article about Spring Makeup Trends.

A Girl’s Gotta Spa – Shannon recommended Cool Bronzer in her post on Travel Beauty necessities.

The Frisky – The Frisky recommended The L Word Sheer Lipstick Collection.

Spoiled Pretty – Trae helped a reader combat her eye makeup challenge with the help of our best-selling Clarifier Pencil.

Kim Kardashian Celebuzz.Com –Makeup Artist Mario Dedivanoic used Three Custom Color Specialists Light Clarifier Pencil on Kim Kardashian.

The Fashionable Foodie
–Gretchen was thrilled about her custom blend of MAC’s discontinued “Bronx” Lipstick.

Runnning With Heels –In his latest article, Makeup Artist Nathan Johnson used the Warm v. Cool chart from to answer a reader question about skin tones.

Beauty 365 – Follow these bloggers on a trip to the Color Studio during New York Fashion Week.

Product Girl – To coincide with the finale of The L Word, Carla posted a rundown of the shades in The L Word lipstick collection.

MakeupDivas – Melissa enjoyed the buildable coverage and universality of Whisper Sheer Lipstick and Lip Gloss.

TimesUnion.Com Blog – The Times Union recommended our discontinued lipstick archive and custom blending service

Running With Heels – To combat dark undereye circles and brighten the eye area, MUA Nathan Johnson recommended Warm White Eye Shadow and Clarifier Pencils by Three Custom Color Specialists

Girl Woman Beauty Brains –This blog posted the article from ShopSmart Magazine which mentioned our discontinued lipstick archive and custom blending service.

Palacinka visited Trae at the Color Studio. Check out the great reviews of our Creme Concealer/Foundation, Kit Lipstick, Poppy Lip & Cheek Stain, and Mood Lighting Shimmer Cremes.

BeautyBuzzed – This blogger recommended our Simply Beautiful Collection and our tinted Brow Gels.

Indian Girl –Vidhya posted her own photographed swatches of all 10 concealer/foundation shades. She also recommended the Warm/Cool chart on the website.

Mischo Beauty – This review featured Whisper for Lips and On Fire Shimmer Crème.

MomFinds – Whisper was mentioned on the MomFinds Daily Blog.

Scandalous Beauty – This Makeup-Artist and Blogger is a fan of the Pro Concealer Palette shades and also applauded our custom blending service.

Beauty Blogging Junkie – Amber posted news of the Concealer Sampling promotion and recommended Wallflower Watercolours for Cheeks as a “staple” in her makeup bag.

Elke Von Freudenberg –Elke recommended Whisper for Lips and announced the Concealer Sampling Promotion.

Hooked on Beauty – Carissa blogged about a successful match of Estee Lauder Winter Beach Lip Gloss and how she searches through our online archive for fun. She also mentioned Whisper for Lips.

SheFinds Sales Calendar – The launch of the Seychelles Collection was listed in the April Sales Calendar. – Trae was profiled for “First Look Fridays.” The story mentions our Custom Blending service and Trae recommended our Crème Concealer/Foundation.

Daily Makeover – Trae was interviewed about the Nude makeup trend this spring.

Beauty and the Feast –Shyema recommended the our custom blending service to readers looking to replace a discontinued product.

Hooked on Beauty – Carissa recommended the Professional Concealer Palette and our Crème Concealer/Foundation formula. The post included tips from Chad a mention of the Light Clarifier Pencil as another must-have.

BellaSugar –This article recommended our discontinued lipstick archive and custom blending service.

FabOverForty –Kari recommended Frangipani Sheer Lipstick, Poppy Lip & Cheek Stain, and the Crème Concealer Foundation. She was pleasantly surprised that the products were bright in the packaging, yet very wearable when applied.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Three Custom Featured in Life & Style

Life & Style has featured our "On Fire" Shimmer Creme and our just released Frangipani Sheer Lipstick from our Seychelles Collection. The four page spread with commentary by our very own Trae Bodge give tips and tricks to achieving looks sported by Gwyneth Paltrow, America Ferrera, Leighton Meester and Hayden Panettiere! On newstands now!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

3CCS Products at the MTV Australia Awards

Our friend, Makeup-Artist Fred Rafidi, created this look for the gorgeous Reigan Derry of the pop group, Scarlett Belle at the MTV Awards last week in Sydney, Australia.

Reigan (left) is wearing our Crème Concealer/Foundation (shades 6 & 7), Black Eye Liner, Brow Powder #3, and exclusive shades created for Fred by Three Custom Color Specialists, including: Eden Crème to Powder Blush, Beauty Lip Gloss, and Oyster Eye Shadow.

For more information about Fred Rafidi, log on to

Friday, March 27, 2009

Discontinued Lipstick

Once again ShopSmart;) is singing our praises! We are "The go-to place for celebrity makeup artists" when brands discontinue shades. But we don't just work for celebrities! We are happy to help anyone desperately seeking a long lost shade.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Giveaway Alert: Enter to win our new Whisper Lip Gloss!

Check out this great review of Whisper by our friends at The Makeup Divas and enter to win your very own Whisper Lip Gloss! Enter now! The contest closes March 24th at 8PM EST.

Who else is loving Whisper? Click the links below to read what the blogosphere is saying about our newest shade.

ShinyMedia – Whisper for Lips was mentioned in a round up of new Spring launches

Teen Vogue Beauty Blog – Beauty Director Eva Chen recommended layering Whisper over other lip shades.

BeautySchool – Whisper Sheer Lipstick earned an A+ rating, and was recommended for its buildable, moisturizing coverage, as well as the universality of the shade.

This That Beauty – Felicia looks great in Whisper, check out her photos!

GlossyKiss – This blog announced the launch of Whisper for Lips.

Lipgloss Break – Whisper was recommended as the perfect compliment to smokey eyes and bronzed cheeks.

Friday, February 27, 2009

WHISPER The Look for Spring ‘09 is Bronzed, Soft, and Sultry

Every season, Three Custom Color Specialists chooses their favorite runway beauty trend. For Spring ’09, they were particularly intrigued by the seductively bronzed cheeks, smoldering eyes and moist, kissable lips at Donna Karan, Milly, Juan Carlos Obando and Carlos Miele. Inspired by this sexy look, the Specialists created Whisper, a creamy shimmering nude with fine flecks of gold and bronze, which is available in both their award- winning sheer lipstick formula and makeup artist favorite creamy lip gloss. Whisper works with the natural pink in your lips to create a soft look that is universally flattering.

Whisper Sheer Lipstick --- The perfect
balance of lipstick and gloss, their award-winning sheer lipstick formula combines the best of both worlds. Whisper Sheer Lipstick is highly moisturizing with soft, buildable coverage.

Whisper Lip Gloss -- If you love shine, Three Custom Color Specialists brings you Whisper in their signature smooth, non-sticky lip gloss formula. Gorgeous alone or over your favorite lip shade!

Whisper Sheer Lipstick and Whisper Lip Gloss ($21.50 ea.) will be available in March at, toll-free at 888.262.7714 and at select boutiques worldwide.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A little bit about Oscar Beauty

As usual, (just about) everyone looked amazing at the Oscars. What struck us most about makeup were the lovely RED LIPS. Many actresses, Amy Adams, Jessica Biel, Diane Lane, Amanda Seyfried and Alicia Keys all wore a distinct shade of red. All reds were bright, moist and sheer, yet elegant. The sheerness allows the natural pink of the lips to shine through, which gives a complexity to the color and allows it to be quite flexible so it can be worn with many different gown shades - purple, pink, red and of course, black.

To get the look: Try our Ballet Russe for a cooler red, The L Word Bette for a warmer red and be sure to keep your eyes peeled in April for our brand new Frangipani Lipstick, designed by Chad after his recent trip to Seychelles. Frangipani is a sweet coral-red with stunning gold sparkle for added glamour. All 3 shades are available in our award-winning sheer formula.

Trae's Trend Report - Fall/Winter '09 - NY Fashion Week

We saw a lot of nude looking faces this season, but we did catch a glimpse or two of color this past week. Fall/Winter Fashion Week often brings a smokey eye, sometimes in unique combinations like purple & bronze instead of black or grey, but this season, much of the focus was on the lips, with a few notable exceptions.
What we found:
We saw lots of red lips this season, which is always fun! The tones ranged from a tomato red at J Mendel & Rebecca Minkoff to a mid-range red at Erin Fetherstone & Nima to a rich, deep wine tone at Cynthia Rowley, Cynthia Steffe and Mulberry. Eyes were a bit smokey, but fairly understated.

Erin Fetherston & Nima – MID RANGE REDS

Cynthia Rowley, Cynthia Steffe & Mulberry – WINE

To get the look: Try our L WORD BETTE SHEER LIPSTICK for TOMATO RED, BALLET RUSSE or COOL RED for the MID RANGE RED and COOL BURGUNDY Lipstick for the deep WINE tone.

Lela Rose showed us a gorgeous, innovative smokey eye this season, with lots of black around the outer corners, deep blue as you move inward and a pretty fishscale green on the inner corners.

Lela Rose

To get the look: We thought this look was a standout, so don’t be surprised if we add a fishscale green to our collection this fall! In the meantime, try starting on the inner corners with Gold, blend outward with Warm Celery then Warm Midnight, then Cool Black.

ADAM Adam Lippes showed a very unusual look as well. Bubblegum pink was used very high on the cheekbone and blended upwards into the lower lashes with purple and navy blue.

To get the look: Apply Pink Hyacinth Watercolours for Cheeks very high on the cheekbones. Then apply Navy Eye Liner around the outer corners of the eyes. Focus on the lower, outer lashes and buff downwards into the Pink Hyacinth with Warm Aubergine Eye Shadow.

We’re not quite sure about this one, but we saw quite a few examples of very drab or dark lips and postmortem faces. Rodarte was in our opinion the champion of this (or the biggest offender, depending on how you look at it), taking the look all over the face by combining grey and bronze with a muddy “greige” on the lips. Other culprits were Vigal Azrouel & Herve Leger on the “greige” lips front and Doo.Ri & Rachel Roy on the dark lips front.

To get the look: Experiment with combining Silver and Bronze or Warm Nutmeg Eye Shadows to highlight and contour the face. Apply concealer on the lips blended with Silver Eye Shadow for the “greige” look and or experiment with Cool Black Eye Shadow combined with concealer on the lips for a darker lip tone.

How to Smoke-ify Your Eyes

A lesson on Smokey Eyes!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Custom Makeup

Martha Stewart Weddings features our Custom and Bridal Services in their Good Things section to get that perfect shade for your very special day!

Women's Health

Our very own Trae Bodge helps "Makeup virgin" Kristin Kasunich achieve a minimal look!