Bridal Makeup Look 2013

2 Jun

Bridal Makeup Look 2013


I always love working with kind and happy ladies, and this weekend I had the opportunity to work with a great Bride on her special day.

Get To Know Your Bride

I think that its very important to have good solid relationships with all your clients, especially brides, being as this is the most special day for them.

During a trial or consultation it is important that the makeup artist gets to know what the bride normally wears and what colors she is comfortable with. This way you can create a look that she feels comfortable with and reflects her personality. You want her hubby-to-be to be speechless when he sees her walking down the aisle.

Bridal Makeup Rules?

Every artist has their own way of acheiving a look. Though there are tons of Do’s and Don’ts by thousands of makeup artists worldwide. These are my 3 main tips, I have oodles of ways to achieve, hide, show, more, less, blah blah, but I wanted to keep this as simple as I could.

There are  no rules that are set in stone, I look at it as information that you are providing the bride with so that when photos are taken she isn’t looking at them and thinking “I looked so different in person!”. Brides will tell you colors they love to wear and some will insist on the shimmery and sparkly ones that they use to achieve the glow like J-Lo. This is where we want to guide them in the right direction. If you are a bride reading this and want to do you own makeup, then this may be helpful for ya!

1. Prime, and Set!! You want to prime the eye lids with a neutral Matt color from the lash line to the brow bone. I used the paint pot from MAC in Painterly. You also need to prime the skin prior to foundation, I used Too Faced Cosmetics Primed & Poreless on the bride above and buffed it in with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush. To set the look I just used Essence All About Matt.

2. USE A BEAUTY BLENDER! This could be my most informative tip! The Beauty Blender airbrushes the makeup onto the skin and you can layer a liquid and powder foundation without caking. It also cuts down the makeup time. I applied L’Oreal True Match in W6, which I applied after I did the eyes.

3. You really avoid overdoing the artificial shimmer, as it catches the light and may look to harsh if overdone. You can still glow and not be shiny even if you have oily skin. Hourglass Cosmetics makes a GREAT product called Ambient Lighting Powder, which is a powder that creates a soft glow. I apply it with a Beauty Blender, on the Upper cheek bones (under the eye too) and down the center of the nose. Same applies with eye shadows.  Stick with Neutral Matt shades, some slight shimmer in the crease is alright, if blended properly.
These products and tools that I used to achieve this look. This look is great for a young bride who wants a modern twist. It can also be used as a look for a glam night out :)
Too Faced Primed and Poreless
L’Oreal True Match
Veil Cosmetics for under eyes to brighten and conceal
Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Powder in Dim Light (highlight)
Mac Matt Bronze (contour)
Mac Blush in Pinch Me (Cheeks)
Essence Cosmetics All About Matt
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
Too Faced Birthday Palette for shadows
Elf Cosmetics Gel Liner in Brown
MAC false Lashes
MAC Waterproof False Lashes Mascara
Elf Cosmetics Brow Kit for eyebrows
MAC Lip liner in Spice
MAC Lipstick in Please Me
Stila Lipgloss in Banana






Lancome Canada Has A New Blush: Blush In Love

1 Mar

Blush in Love in Pommettes D’Amour

Check out this new blush from Lancome Canada! It is adorable, and available in 2 shades. Coral Electric: warms up the fair skins. Urban Ballet: adds a rosy halo on the darker skins. Click on the link below and it will take you to Lancome’s website which will provide you with even more information on them.

Lancome Canada Blush In Love

Lancome Blush In Love


As Seen In: People StyleWatch, March 2013: Blush in Love in Pommettes D’Amour, $49 USD, $52 CAD

Check Out BH Cosmetics

2 Oct

Waterproof Lip Liner

I came across BH Cosmetics online and have ordered some of their eye shadow palettes, lip glosses, and brushes. These makeup products are awesome and at a great price as well. It also helps that  their website is fun to go through and they give you a really great idea of the quality of makeup they provide.

How To Get Comfortable With Makeup

24 Sep

6 Simple Steps To Start Fresh with Your Inner Makeup Diva.

1. Take an inventory of your current supply of makeup. Choose the products you can live without, and keep the ones you hold dear to your heart.

2. Go to any makeup counter and have a cosmetic consultation, but make sure you do it without any makeup on. Make sure you have it with an artist who will give you a lesson as he/she works on your face.

3. Purchase a lipstick, eyeshadow or eyeliner color that really attracts you, one that you have never bought before. Take it home and wear it around the house to get comfortable with it before wearing it out. Cosmetics purchased at Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart (Beauty Boutique) or any department store are always refundable with receipt.

4. Practice, practice, practice in front of the mirror. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to do things, just the way that works for you.

5. Makeup is not a permanent commitment. You can wash of your mistakes.

6. Try on your favorite outfit, see if the shades you have chosen work  for you. Go get your inner model on while your at it.


Sweat Proof Makeup For The Gym

6 Aug

gym sweat

I don’t care how beautiful or fit you are, nobody looks good with eyeliner running down their face,  and bright red full lips at the gym. I do understand that hiding  imperfections from the delicious man lifting weights beside you may give you that extra boost of confidence, and even push you harder.

If you are looking for makeup products that will give the illusion of a natural flawless finish, then read on!

I have listed the products below in order of application.

Step 1 Prime Skin: Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day 10 in 1 HD Beauty Balm $49.00

Stila BB Cream

I have tried about 7 different BB creams and this by far is my fave! If you are not familiar with Beauty Balms, they are basically your primer, moisturizer, and foundation all in one. This one dries to a Matte finish and is buildable. So if you use a small amount (approx a dime size) it will even out your skin tone and get it ready for the next step. The best part about Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day 10 in 1 HD Beauty Balm, is that its one color for everyone. It adjusts to your skin’s PH balance and you don’t have to worry about those “foundation” lines on your jaw line. I love BB creams because where you are oily it works with your sebaceous glands to control shine. Where you are dry, it moisturizes! Don’t believe me? Get over to Sephora or Shoppers Drug Mart and demand a sample!!

Step 2 Foundation: Mac Cosmetics Face and Body Foundation $40.00

Mac Cosmetics Face and Body Foundation Alright ladies, Mac Face and Body foundation is by far the greatest foundation if you are looking for sheer natural coverage. It is water-based and water resistant, and like all Mac Cosmetics foundations it is buildable for  face and body and should last you almost 2 months. This foundation is oil free and great for all skin types, it does dry a dewy finish. I set mine for more coverage with Mac studio fix powder foundation.



Step 3 Set Foundation: ARTISTRY Cosmetics Ideal Translucent Pressed Powder $28.40

Artistry Ideal Translucent Powder

This translucent powder is amazing!! It creates a flawless finish while resisting shine and diminishing the appearance of pores and imperfections. It is available in one worry-free shade, and the microfine powders will adjust to your skin tone. This is the perfect ending to any makeup application, this worry-free translucent powder blends seamlessly for a long-lasting, natural finish when applied over foundation as a top coat no matter what your skin tone. With ARTISTRY Ideal Powder Technology, advanced microspheres work to precisely seek out imperfections, correcting uneven skin tone and diffusing light to help diminish the appearance of pores, blemishes, and even fine lines. Ideal for all skin types. It has been compared to Lancôme® Color Ideal® Pressed Powder which retails at $43.00. This product cannot be purchased in stores, I can order it for you, and if you are interested email me at

Step 4 Blush: Stila Cosmetics Custom Color Blush – Self Adjusting Bronze

Stila Cosmetics self adjusting bronze

So this is not a step you have to take to complete your look, but if you want a bit of color this is your blush and bronzer in one. I love this new product from Stila and I will write another blog with more information on why I  do love this product over others. Depending on the stiffness of your brush you can use this all over the face, to contour your cheek bones, or just apply quickly on the apples of your cheeks and you are out the door! Stila Custom Color Blush is an innovative powder blush that reacts to each individual’s pH to create a perfect, personalized shade with its unique one-shade-fits-all technology.


Step 5 Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara $4.99

mabeline great lash mascara


I recommend putting on mascara last, as it needs to dry and you don’t want little black streaks on your cheeks if your blush brush touches your lashes. This is one of my favorite budget friendly mascara’s and the Maybelline Great Lash mascara has been around for over 40 years and they have now created a new heart shaped brush! The heart shape brush makes it easy to get those small lashes towards the inside of your lash line. Very natural look with no clumps! For the gym I recommend one coat on top only not bottom lashes. You don’t have to use waterproof, but it is available in this mascara.


There you have it. My top picks for gym makeup! I will soon post a video blog on the look, so you can see the finished result. If you have any questions on these products feel free to contact me

How Do Thoughts Effect Your Appearance?

26 Jul

Jenuwein Looks Inner Beauty
My first blog “What Are the Benefits of Beauty?” had an infographic (courtesy of that contained statistics on how pretty faces take home the big bucks. We all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but confident happy people will always stand out over someone who is a Debbie Downer.

I always tell my clients that what goes into your body is displayed on the outside. We all know that making healthier food choices and trying to maintain an active lifestyle can make you look great, feel sexier and appear younger than you really are. When you hear someone say “age is just a number”, good chance it’s coming from a person that takes pride in what’s going on inside. Many people do not realise the impact negative thoughts have on the body, and that those thoughts play a role when it comes to your physical appearance, just as depriving the body of the proper nutrition does.

How Do Emotions Connect With Your Appearance?

Ok, so I will now get to my main point and stop blabbering!

Deepak Chopra, who has dedicated his life to studying and teaching mind-body medicine, says that “It’s not easy to deal with painful emotions head-on. But it’s a key to good health and well-being physically, mentally and spiritually. If we don’t deal with pain when it occurs, it will resurface as compounded emotional toxicity later on — showing up as insomnia, hostility and anger or fear and anxiety.”

When you feel anxiety or stressed, your skin will react by break outs, rashes, hives and more. If you suffer from skin conditions such as Eczema or psoriasis stress will make your conditions even worse! WebMD has a great article on this, which I will provide at the bottom of this article.

Depriving your body a good night’s rest will no doubt leave you tired or fatigued the next day. If you can’t remember the last time you had some good shut eye, don’t be surprised when you look in the mirror and see those dark circles because your mind has been keeping you up with the thoughts that are troubling you. Lack of sleep is not the main or only cause of  dark circles, but when your not counting enough sheep you become pale, and those dark circles become darker.

Bottom line, if you eat right, live a happy life you will have the confidence and health that will make you beautiful in anyone’s eyes.  If someone doesn’t like what you look like…don’t stress about it!

Check out this article from

What Are The Benefits of Beauty?

1 Jul

I found this Infographic on how beautiful people are happier and that looks can actually determine how much men and women earn based on their appearances.

Now you may not necessarily agree with the statistics below, but I do believe if your clothing, hair, skin, and makeup are presented in the right way you will feel better. When you feel better on the inside it shows on the outside. Gaining the confidence and putting you in the right mind which will allow you to achieve anything you set your mind to.

When you are not happy inside you tend to look for reasons to be sad, angry, or stressed out. It has been proven in medical studies that when you have negative feelings running through your body, your skin, hair, and weight suffer. Keep checking out my blogs as I will soon post information on what exactly happens to your skin, hair and weight, along with the solutions.

Beauty Benefits

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