Do you want to wear foundation but don't want to see it?!

July 4, 2019
I can't believe it; I am 40 years old. Wow, how time flies! For the most part I like how my skin looks with no makeup! I do not have perfect skin, and I can't wait to go to the dermatologist to get my skin to look exactly the way I want it to. However, I am a makeup artist, and I love how makeup can transform. When I use a foundation, I want it to literally look like skin — the exact same look of skin. That's not too much to ask, is it? 

If you're like me and love natural looking makeup, keep reading! 

My absolute favorite makeup product is foundation! Skin is my favorite part about doing makeup! I have a lot of different foundations from many different brands. I'm not totally in love with how any of them look because honestly, I don't want to see it on my skin at all. I want perfect, flawless, smooth coverage without seeing any makeup, that looks great all day. I'm very passionate about this as you can probably tell.

I think it goes without saying, but just in case, taking care of your skin is the first step. Makeup can only look so good depending on how well you take care of your skin. Investing in your skin is the number one first step. I can use the best makeup products, skin care, and techniques, but if I have layers of dead skin piled up, there is no way the look of foundation will disappear. There is considerable freedom in loving your skin and not feeling the need to bury it. Just do it. Take care of the biggest organ in your body. I've finally changed my skincare to almost all natural/organic ingredients. I don't think I've ever loved my skin more. Check out my products page and go to skincare to see what I use. 

Now we go into what I think is the fun stuff. I have found for myself that hand applying foundations gives me the most skin-like finish. I think the warmth of your hands helps blend the foundation so beautifully. As an artist, I love mixing and can't get myself to use just one. So here it is my secret to the perfect foundation is not just using one product. Mix Mix Mix. Layer Layer Layer. 

I love mixing and/or laying different foundations/primers to get a perfect balance. If the foundation is too glowy, it will highlight all my imperfections, and if it's to matte, it just won't look natural. Also, because not all parts of the face are one way, you don't always need to use the same product all over. For example, many people get oily in the center of their face but are drier in other areas. I'm not a big fan of primer, but I do have some favorites that don't feel like your typical primer. 

Here are a few examples of some of my favorite mixing and layering of foundations and even primer (any brand or texture you like):

  • A small amount of BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Coverage matte foundation all over layered with a small amount of BECCA Cosmetics Aqua Luminous foundation only on cheekbones and any areas you want to highlight. 
  • BECCA Cosmetics Aqua Luminous foundation layered. One layer is beautiful for a very natural look with some coverage but for a flawless glowy coverage, that is not heavy, layer it. Using your hands blend a drop all over your face and wait for it to dry a little (this is an important step) and add another layer. So gorgeous and I always get compliments when I do this. 
  • Sometimes the BECCA Cosmetics Aqua Luminous is too glowy for me (because I am still working on the texture of my skin) so I mix it with Bobbi Browns Moisturizing foundation. I've had people compliment me on my skin and ask if I am even wearing anything because you literally can't see any makeup but it still gives great coverage.
  • If I'm not in the glowy or matte mood, I like to mix a primer into my foundation of choice for that day. Recently I mixed the Bobbi Brown Moisturizing Foundation with Kat Von D's Primer. Combining the foundation and the primer gives you the benefit of both. Assuming you are using a quality, non-slippery primer. The makeup primer should feel more like skincare. I loved this flawless, natural look.

I think you get the idea so go play with whatever you have in your makeup bag right now. Have fun, and I hope this helps someone get that perfect foundation look. 

I am sending lots of love to you all! 


May 11, 2019
I had such an amazing time with the KEVIN MURPHY team in LA. Such a wonderful experience. It was an honor to work with such talented stylists! Location was at the beautiful Neihule Salon!

Photographer: Kate sZatmari
Producer: Tim Abney - Director of Education for Kevin Murphy 
Master Stylists: David Cruz and Sarah Lund
Makeup Artist: Amber Silva

Model: Carolina Adriana Urrea
Hairstyling: London Underground Hair Salon 

Hairstylists: Tim Abney and Sarah Lund 
Models: Carolina Adriana Urrea and Geneviev...
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Blythe and Brian at Gorgeous Vista Valley Country Club

May 8, 2019
This was my first time at The Vista Valley Country Club and wow I was so blown away by its beauty and charm! One of my new favorite venues! Blythe was so stunning and I LOVED her style! Her and her husband Brian own an amazing apparel company called Behold and See Co. Blythe gave my husband and I some shirts and we love them and wear them all the time. Go check them out! Now enjoy these gorgeous photos! 

Incredible photography by Fawned Photo
Florals by Craft Blooms
Hair by the amazing Wedding H...
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Fashion Shoot with Amari Active in Oceanside

May 2, 2019
Always a great time with gorgeous model Natazha Mcduffie and Amari Active! Amazing styling by Melinda Haller! Photography by Shaun Frederickson with Firm Grip Photography! Makeup and Hairstyling by me! 




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Karly + Carl | Darlington House- La Jolla

April 30, 2019
Flashback to this incredible bride and her wedding day! Rob and Lindsay Photography are absolutely so talented! Obsessed with these gorgeous photos of Karly and Carl at Darlington House in La Jolla on Saturday, October 28th, 2017!

Wedding Planner:
Cake :
Hair and Make Up: Amber Silva Makeup Artist / Wedding Hair b...
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Kevin Murphy SHOOT.ME San Diego

January 25, 2018
I am gearing up for another awesome day with the incredible Kevin Murphy crew for the SHOOT.ME Los Angeles event! Such an amazing event and an honor to work with such talented people and incredible photographer Kate sZatmari! Here are some photos from our last SHOOT.ME event in San Diego. Each hairstylist created a mood board and let me know what makeup look they wanted! 

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My First EVER Trip to the Dermatologist!!!! Loved it!!!

May 18, 2017
I've decided this is my year to really take care of myself. One of the ways I am finally doing this is by going to a Dermatologist! I want to start getting facials regularly and get a professional peel! 

What really got me to finally book an appointment with a dermatologist was a bump that formed on my forehead about a year or two ago. I've gone to my Dr a couple of times to get it frozen off but each time it grows back bigger. I have other little bumps on my forehead and temples that just won...
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So excited to share LimeLife by Alcone's amazing skincare with my clients! Chemical Free, Natural and Organic Ingredients!!!!

May 7, 2017
I have been patiently waiting to find the absolute perfect products to retail to my clients! It had to be something I truly truly believed in. Not for the money (that is a great perk) but as any makeup artist will tell you to get smooth, glowing, long lasting makeup it all starts with taking amazing care of your skin! 

Alcone Company has been providing professional products to makeup artists since 1952. I have been using some of their makeup products in my kit for over a decade. They have now...
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Katie and Luke's Magical Wedding Day at Villa San Juan Capistrano

February 12, 2017
Photographer: Garrett Richardson | Event Designer: Aly Schengel, Luna Wild 
Venue: Villa San Juan Capistrano | Florist: Siren Floral Co. | Calligraphy: Twinkle & Toast 
DJ: Divel Entertainment | Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop 
Rentals: Hostess Haven | Signature Party Rentals | Video: Amari Productions 
Makeup: Amber Silva | Hair: Kylie Wadsworth | Officiant: Rob Songer
Bridal Boutique: White Floral Bridal Boutique | Photobooth: Pixster Photo Booth 
Digital Lab: Mastin Labs | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Hon...
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Congratulations to Katie and Aaron! Such a stunning couple

January 17, 2017
Gorgeous photos by MKL Images
Wedding Planner Lavish Weddings 
Venue Cordiano Weddings 
Airbrush Makeup by me!!! 
Amber Silva Makeup Artist 

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Amber Silva Makeup artistry has always been a passion of mine. This drive prompted my move to San Diego, CA in 2001. I promptly enrolled in Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts in Burbank, CA. I received certificates of completion for photography makeup, media, film, and airbrushing. Call me at 619-246-4066 or contact me through my website at
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