Tara’s Thoughts on Fashion, Makeup & Hair Trends

To me a “trend” is like a theme party. It gives everyone some inspiration and an outlet to focus their creativity on. I think it benefits some people, as long as they are not trying to fit a mold and be someone they are not, in order to gain acceptance from others. The media really hypes things up and makes people, especially women, feel like they/we have to look a certain way. That to me is absurd and I hope that more positive & conscious media spread around this world like wild fire. Because ladies and gentleman…you are absolutely stunning!!! Please don’t allow anyone else, including yourself, to make you feel otherwise.

Getting back to trends…. I like the idea of theme parties (apparently this is what I like to call them), even if they last all season or year+. It gives you a chance to play with the many ways you can wear them and the things you get to wear them with. Another benefit is it gets people to break habits of wearing the same thing all the time. It inspires you to experiment. You never know, you may like something you thought would look unflattering on you. It’s happened to me.

I used to think of trends as conforming to someone else’s way of how I should look. I didn’t like that feeling (so I ended up being all punk rock as a preteen and without even realizing it, conforming into combat boots, plaid skirts, heavily winged out black liner, bold red lips and green, magenta & purple hair. Haha. Soon after, I began to explore many looks.). And like I said before, no one should ever feel that way. I use trend to my advantage now, because I am a creature of change. I’m a bit of a shape shifter and chamelion. I enjoy changing my hair color, makeup, clothes, music I listen to. I get to recreate myself on any given day and at any given moment. It’s all about a mood for me. As much of an oxymoron as it is, trends really do encourage change as much as they can seem to mold people. I’m sure some of you have been wearing the same looks for years and years. A trend gives you a little boost to break out of the norm, whatever that is for you. Honestly, it all depends on how you look at it. You create your own reality and how you would like to define it.

We all have different personalities and that is what makes us so fabulously unique. If you wore a trend from 5 seasons ago and it made you feel fabulous, by all means wear it again. If it makes you feel good, do it! If you feel comfortable in it and it is representing you in this moment…cool! Yay, you! Honestly, why do we even care what others think? This is your life, live it up! Some people get so caught up on what’s in this season. There is nothing wrong with being a sassy fashionista. That rocks! Do it because it feels right for you though and you are not seeking the acceptance of others. And if you don’t like what’s “in”, don’t wear it! If you like something that is “outdated”, rock it! Your personality and confidence (or lack thereof) is really what you wear.

Have you ever gone out and seen someone wearing something “off the wall’? Yet they have so much confidence and this great personality that what they have going on, all of a sudden looks fabulous. Really it’s all about how you pull something off. And a person like that ends up being a “trend setter”. So feel free to do your own thang! Work it!!

As much as some people try to go against the system/media & what the norm is there is still a trend within those groups. And I’m not fond of labels however it gives us a way to explain a look. Even hippies have a fashion code. And to any of you hippies out there, if you feel like wearing something preppy or putting on a little makeup one day, go for it. Who cares what your hippie friends think. If a business man wants to grow dreads, do it! Last time I checked they do not interfere with your work. Wear that blue eyeshadow! Elderly woman, wear that bold lip! Live YOUR life people! Anyhow, I feel like I’m about to run off on a tangent here. I think you all get my drift by now. :giggles:

When you get dressed, put on makeup, do your hair (buy a car, a house, whatever) ask yourself this….

Am I wearing this/buying this because I really like it? Or am I doing it because it’s what I think I should do? what the media is telling me? what my friends and family are telling me? what I’m doing because I know I will be judged?

Here are some suggestions I have. Do with them as you will.


To those of you who never change…

I challenge you to try something new. Look through a magazine, google some looks or go to a makeup counter, salon and boutique and have someone assist you.

To those of you that always follow trends…

I challenge you to create your own trend. Go within, without feeling judged by others for doing something different and find out who you really are and how you would like to express yourself.

To those of you who are open to change yet you now realize you haven’t in the past few years, and think you don’t follow a trend, yet you and your friends all look the same…

Take the above advice. ;)

And to those of you who see people who look “different” to you and you end up snarking at them and pointing them out to your peers (or if your peers do it)…

I challenge you to embrace who they are and know that they have feelings just like you. Drop the judgements for the day and appreciate everyone’s individuality. Maybe even compliment that person.


3 more Tips About Trends

  1. Be open to change and exploring new looks.
  2. Conforming to a mold is futile. Instead, embrace a look and make it your own. Feel free to put your own spin on it.
  3. Enjoy yourself and have fun with them!


Random Thought: I would also like to point out that if you are so fortunate to color your hair and buy new makeup and clothes, this is a luxury. And by all means you deserve it and are so worthy. Not everyone in this world has that pleasure. I have a suggestion for you and for myself even – If you ever find yourself not liking something you buy or have, instead of returning it, throwing it away or giving it to a friend/family, contemplate giving it to someone less fortunate. Possibly a woman in a homeless shelter who is looking to get a job. Having worked in the cosmetics industry, I have seen a lot of people throw out perfectly full makeup containers. It seems so wasteful. Think of those in need next time. Something that may not seem like a big deal to you will mean the world to someone else.

Thanks for reading this today. Whatever you wear people, express yourself and wear it with confidence! ;)

Much Love, Light & Laughter,

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Spring Look Book for HEELS.com

Shoes anyone? Fun while working? Yes, please! What an awesome time we all had on the set of this creative shoot, with the peeps over at HEELS.com. It’s one of those shoots where you wake up the days after and want to do it again and miss the people you were with. Check out some of the images below to get a closer look behind the scenes.



Makeup, Body Paint & Hair: Tara DiPetrillo (Hair on images 3-6)
Hair: Sean Foley (on images 1,2 & 6)
Costume Design & Wardrobe: Heather Busher
Photographer: Sean Busher
GCI Editing & Effects: Peter

Love, Light & Laughter,

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BEFORE & AFTER: The Effects of Teamwork

I’d like to talk a little bit about teamwork today. A lot of amazing images have fabulous crews working their magic, on and off set. Some images require sets to be built, costumes to be made, props to be rented, locations to be scouted, appointments to be booked and items to be delivered. And on the day of a shoot the crew needs to arrive on time, everyone needs to be on the same page as far as the concept and feeling of the image goes, everything needs to be set up (i.e., lighting, props, the stage, etc.), and of coarse the photographer, model, makeup artist, hair stylist, wardrobe stylist and retoucher begin their carnival of talents. And, Viola! An image is created, TOGETHER!

MAKEUP:Tara DiPetrillo HAIR:Sean Foley PHOTO:Andy Silvers MODEL:Crystal

Here is a before and after shot that Andy Silvers (photographer) pieced together, from a shoot with our awesome team. When he posted this image on Facebook, he not only acknowledged the praise he receives from his fans and followers, he honored the work of the team of artists that help him create the flawless images, that everyone loves. [Thank you, Andy!] It’s not only the work of one individual, rather it’s a cumulative collaboration.

Crystal (the model) is no doubt a beautiful woman, in her before image. Here, with the comparison of photos, you can get a better picture of what our team contributes to a shoot. Andy sets up exceptional lighting, captures the image and adds delicate retouching to make the image pop. Crystal forms a relationship with the camera, making eye contact and posing. Sean fluffs up her hair to give her a more sultry look. And I dramatized her makeup for an innocently sexy look. Do you get a feel for it? It took a team to get here.

Everyone on set is important and plays a role, even the person picking up beverages for a crew deserves to be acknowledged and appreciated. Teamwork to me is bringing something to the table, not only with your talent, but with your willingness to collaborate with other talented individuals. We are all here to help one another and produce something Ahhhhh-mazing! Sometimes you have to compromise, and other times things have a way of coming together. Working with pleasant, fun, motivating people always helps. However, even if you butt heads with someone, it’s always important for everyone to remember…YOU ARE ON THE SAME TEAM! Work with one another, not the other way around. Remain focused on the project at hand. And learn to tame the ego that says, “Me, me, me” and work with your inner soul that shouts, “We, we, we!”.

Teamwork is Universal. Adapt to it. Embrace it.

Today I am honoring all the teams I have worked with, since I was born. Thank you for teaming up with me and teaching me life lessons. I appreciate you!

Love, Light & Laughter,

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Premiere of “The Factory Lesson” : A Short Film

A Film by Tim Vogel
Written by Raphael Winters
Starring Tara DiPetrillo and Kayli Maree Tolleson

The Factory Lesson is a short story that takes place in the future. The year is 2135 A.D. or 2121 A.O. (After Obama). A 12 year student is almost heart broken at what she sees in this wasteland; a factory in ruins. Once a powerful machine that allowed Americans, as they were called, to flourish and prosper.

But through the greed and egos of corrupt-bought and paid for “politicians”, the government created policies that allowed businesses to have their goods and services produced in other countries. Thus the decline of American Manufacturing. The country fell into decline and imploded on itself. Millions were left unemployed, homeless and starved. Having no health insurance, families from all parts of the country eventually moved to other countries or just gave up, got sick and all died off. America became a police state, the likes of which the world has never seen.

How could this happen? Ask the people in Washington, DC that DARE call themselves leaders.

When Tim Vogel asked me to take part in this film, I was both honored and also thought, “I’m not an actress.” nor am I a big political buff. Don’t get me wrong, I have great beliefs about this country and the world as a whole. I care a great deal. In my opinion, I feel like our whole government needs to be restructured or shut down and a new regime brought into play (however, now the more I have been listening to the political candidates, I see someone feels the same way I do).

I’m contemplating going to Burning Man in Black Rock City, NV this year. Maybe that will spark an idea, of a world I’d like to live in? Seems like a good place to begin, and spread the intention of “gifting” in a community. Ultimately, I feel everything starts with ourselves, with you, with me, as an individual, making choices that will in turn create unified change. When Obama recites the words of Ghandi saying, “Be the change you wish you see in the world”, that is a tune I consciously adapt into my everyday life. Knowing someone WILL be elected as our president and knowing I make a difference in who that is, well, it for sure makes me want to vote. So, I’m happy to be a part in this film and I hope it brings some awareness to those of you out there.

There is no power greater than the power you exude in yourself. Think and feel LOVE, and watch what happens in your life. Speaking of LOVE, I love this….

….it reminds me a lot of John Lennon singing “Revolution”. (I can also say The Beatles. However, note the graphic in this link.)



The magic has to happen somewhere. At Reelworks Studios in Charlotte, NC.

Getting ready to go over our lines. Myself with the uber talented, Kayli Tolleson. Loves her!

Tim Vogel doin' his thang behind the camera.

Editing is now in process....Tim is at it once more!

I’d like to say I had so much fun working with everyone on set. We enjoyed ourselves a great deal. It’s so pleasing to “work” in environments like this. I wish everyone out there to be blessed in such ways. Remember, it starts with YOU!

P.S. – Janna Tolleson (Kayli’s mother) should really learn to take credit for her awesomeness.

Love, Light & Laughter,


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Doritos “Crash the Superbowl” 2012 Submission: Bruised Boxer Makeup

Last year myself, along with a very talented bunch of individuals (who’s names you can find, all snug in the credits of the video below), teamed up to create a Doritos commercial for the “Crash the Superbowl” 2012 contest. We got word that we did not make it to the finals. However, we are still winners in my book! :chinup:

We had a lot of fun that day; the effects of having a passion for what you do. I hope you enjoy this quirky take on the good ole days of Rocky movies. Here is our submission.

And here are a few behind the scenes shots…..

Love, Light & Laughter,


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An Edgy Glamorous Look

Makeup: Tara DiPetrillo
Photo: Andy Silvers
Hair: Sean Foley
Clothing: Hoss International

Love, Light & Laughter,

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Meghan’s Wedding Makeup

Makeup: Tara DiPetrillo
Photos: Tara Mauldin Photography
Bride: Meghan

Love, Light & Laughter,

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Boho Fashion Makeup

What a beautiful day this was. We shot on land with wild horses, cows, sheep, roosters, dogs & cats! The horses were very curious about us and pretty much got into everything. :smile:


Putting makeup on CiCi and being greeted by some new friends.

That lil sheep in the front was so sweet and let me kiss her nose a million times! :love:

Makeup: Tara DiPetrillo

Photo: Katherine McKeon
Model: CiCi

Love, Light & Laughter,

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Fashion Photoshoot – From Soft, to Smokey, to Mod Looks

Makeup: Tara DiPetrillo

Photos: Michael O’Neill
Hair: Sean Foley
Model/Actress: Caitlin Mathis

Love, Light & Laughter,

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The Bride of Frankenstein



Photo & Editing: Andy Silvers
Model: Kari G
Special F/X Makeup: Tara DiPetrillo
Makeup: Jackie Green Murphy
Hair: Sean Foley
Corset: Sweet Carousel Corsetry & Apparel

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