Monday, November 9, 2015

Hedy Doodle

Google honors Hedy Lamarr today as this marks her 101st birthday. They've made her their doodle!

I'm blogging from my phone today so I'm not sure how to imbed a video, but check out this animated link of Hedy as a doodle!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Hello Again

Happy Halloween!

I haven't blogged in a year and a half, and just now have gotten motivated again. If you've followed me from the beginning- way back in February 2007- you'll know that I only blog what and when I want for my own enjoyment about my passions- Old Hollywood and makeup.  Of course though, I'd like people to be reactive and enjoy as well!

I also plan to be a little more open and personal. During this hiatus I've been working and moved around a bit. I'm still a freelance makeup artist and am now focusing completely on the film industry and some production work, as opposed to doing a little bit of everything. I really want to learn more about my craft like spfx, facial hair application, character and fantasy work, that sort of thing. I've so much to learn! Why am I not a legendary Westmore brother?!! It's too bad The Westmore Academy is no longer in business.

This past June, I flew from my beloved Los Angeles back home to the Philadelphia area as I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. When I'm up and running again, I'll go back to LA. The past 6 months have been brutal and still more to deal with, but the fact I can see toward the end and am now excited about the future is a good turning point!

If you'd like to connect with me:

Instagram: @katiecustermakeup
LinkedIn: Katie Custer
Periscope: katiecustermakeup 
My website:

I got rid of my Facebook 2 years ago, so these are my only social media accounts. Maybe I'll do a Facebook makeup page some day! STAY TUNNED!! I've got a lot of content to post like fun themes, Q & A's with some fantastic vintage/retro folks and giveaways! (You know I like a giveaway) Anyway, because it's Halloween, here is the Master Jack Pierce doing his thing on Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

1930's Vintage Glamour Day at The Egyptian Theatre

Looking for something fun to do on Sat May 31st? Head on over to the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood! The Theatre is holding a wonderful event called the 1930s Vintage Glamour Day: MakeUp, Fashion & Film.

A vintage fashion show, film screening, make up demos from Bésame Cosmetics, hair tips from Sandra D, Joan Renner of The Vintage Powder Room, vintage clothing display from Paper Moon Vintage, old fashioned ice cream sodas, and a book signing with Marsha Hunt of her book on 1930s and '40s style will comprise the afternoon. Sounds divine!

For more information, please visit our friends at the American Cinematheque blog for details!

The famed Egyptian Theatre, home to the first movie premiere in 1922

Lovely Gabriela Hernandez of Bésame Cosmetics in her new Burbank boutique

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Vintage America with Ginger

Entertainer and vintage enthusiast Ginger Pauley has developed a pilot that we would love to be picked up! Starting in the movie capitol of the world, Los Angeles, Ginger tours America reaching out to those who share a common interest: keeping Vintage America alive! There are vast treasures to be discovered and learned about. Architecture, automobiles, music and more, Ginger allows us a close look at the products and people who were America's lifeblood in the 20th century.

If you may recall, I met Ginger here! She is beyond sweet and insanely talented. Please reach out to her and let her know how much you enjoy Vintage America with Ginger. Be sure to keep up with her social media to see when she will be performing~ links are on her website. Thanks Ginger! XO
Vintage America with Ginger Facebook page

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Around Town- Philadelphia

Another fab vintage gal spotted around town!  This time in Philadelphia. I met Jessica Saint at a special event for makeup artists at the Make Up For Ever Boutique. She couldn't be missed with her striking looks and ruby lips. I wish I would have snapped a photo of her glorious winter coat with faux leopard fur collar... but she kept her other accessories classic with a black patent leather purse from the forties and some retro inspired t-strap slippers.

Jessica is an extremely talented makeup artist, hair stylist and pinup model. She's based in NYC but does travel. Check out her work and make sure to follow her on social media; links in contact section. Thanks Jessica!!  XOXO

Happy Birthday!!!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Book Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Bettie Boo! She wins a copy of Marilyn's Red Diary! Thank you to all who entered. I am planning on doing more fun giveaways soon :) xo

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Book Giveaway: Marilyn's Red Diary

Meryl Moss Media Relations has graciously donated a brand new copy of the just released Marilyn's Red Diary by E.Z. Friedel for a contest giveaway!! If you would like a chance to win, please leave a comment and one winner will be picked at random. U.S. residents only (sorry international friends) Giveaway ends Saturday June 15th 12noon EST. **I have removed the spam protector, so please comment away!**

Who or what killed Marilyn? This is a question that many people have wanted to know. There are theories of course...what do you believe? This fictitious account explores Marilyn's last two years in her own words as written in the red diary that never left her side.

Press Release:
"When Marilyn Monroe died in 1962, her estate was worth $370,000. In 2011 the subway dress from The Seven-Year Itch sold for a whopping $4.6 million. Add the gown she wore when she sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy, which sold for $1.26 million in 1999, and one thing is clear. The clothes are worth more than the woman who wore them.

More than a half-century after she was found dead on the night of August 5, 1962, Hollywood’s tragic dream girl continues to fascinate. We’re still mesmerized by her endless appeal to powerful men of every stripe, her troubled childhood, her magnetic screen presence and the mystery of what killed the woman who created Marilyn Monroe.

Based on shocking new information, author and physician E.Z. Friedel offers a fictional first-person account of what might have happened to the former Norma Jean Mortenson in Marilyn's Red Diary (Beech Hut Publishing LLC; June 1, 2013; $9.99). Friedel draws on his medical knowledge to explore some of the darkest questions concerning the troubled star, including who may have killed her, as he recreates the last two years of her life. This provocative and scandalous narrative is told by Marilyn herself, as she recounts the events of the day – and the steamy, sexual encounters of the night – writing in her red diary all the details and dirty little secrets about some of the most powerful people in history and entertainment.

Marilyn confides in her diary information about the President of the United States, his brother the attorney general, the CIA, the Mafia, her loyal psychiatrist, her overbearing drama coach, insensitive producers, husbands, lovers, and her ongoing struggles with drugs and alcohol. Friedel calls upon his professional expertise to deliver the most shocking revelation of all—just how Marilyn may have been killed and who was responsible.

Marilyn's Red Diary is at times funny, scandalous and sad, but always brutally honest. Marilyn Monroe is caught between intellectual giants—her awkward, award-winning playwright husband, Arthur, and her dashing politician boyfriend, Jack. Then along comes Jack’s fiery brother, Bobby. The world’s dream girl relates her intimate adventures in this touching portrait of a hard-working, extremely bright woman, trapped in her own sensuality and, tragically born far ahead of her time."

For more information about the book and the author, please visit Marilyn's Red Diary! For those that do not win, you can purchase this book through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Thank you to Alissa and Liz at Meryl Moss Media! x

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Vintage Rides

I forgot I had these photos of a vintage auto show from last September!
Click photos for bigger view!