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Wednesday
Jul232014

A New Chapter... 

Hey Guys! 

For those of you who have visited my little home studio over the past (almost) two years of being self employed, you know it's been rearranged, redecorated and revamped. I love my little space and it has done me well during the beginning stages of my business. I am SO excited to announce that my husband and I will be moving this October to a cute little house fairly close to where we are now. At our new place I will have a full room and some more space to work with - very exciting! 

I thought I would do a little post on my sweet little space, giving myself something to look back on and see the progress I've made. The same sort of style and vibe will carry over to my new space as I will be using some of the same decore and furniture and I want to stay true to my style. I always get so many comments and questions on where I get some of my decor so I will share that with you in this post! 

This wall happens to be my favourite, it features this beautiful Tassel Garland from Studio Mucci. I absolutely LOVE all of their tassel garlands and I secretly want one for every room in my house. This particular one is called Sherbet Love Mini and happens to match my business colours perfectly. The white mirror is from Target and the empty frames are from Michael's Craft store. 

 

This cozy corner is for my waiting clients, or friends and guests of clients to sit comfortably while waiting. I also love these prints by Stephanie Sterjovski...

 

One of my favourite places in my makeup room is my pin board filled with some of the beautiful thank you cards I have received over the years. Sometimes I look through these and am reminded of why I love my job so much... 

Something else I am really going to miss about my studio is the view, looking out onto the city as I sit and blog, reply to emails at my desk or am doing a clients makeup. I love the sounds of the city and I am totally inspired by the hustle and bussle. Our new place looks out onto the river, which will inspire me in a whole new way :) 

Thank you to all my amazing clients who have been with me since the beginning! And welcome to all my new clients who will continue on this journey of mine. Thank you for your support, this local female entrepreneur owes you the world! As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or to book me for your next event! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Jul032014

Gammet Inspired Makeup 

Hey Guys! 

I have recently been watching a series of documentaries with my husband (we love wild animals!) called David Attenborough Wildlife Specials. If you have Netflix it's on there! Anyways, we arrived at this beautiful bird called the Gammet, which I had never heard of before. They are miraculous creatures. They sore high in the sky and dive into the water to catch fish at 100km an hour. The blending down their neck is just beautiful, the yellow and creamy white hues are astounding. They feature this vivid blue around their eyes, as well as sharp black lines cascading down their necks. 

As soon as I saw this bird I was immediately inspired. To me it just calls to be recreated in makeup form, the black lines are so familiar to liquid liner, the blue shadow around their eyes and the wonderful blending of creamy white and yellow. This bird can inspire many different makeup looks, super dramatic fantasy makeup or more focused on the eye for a wearable look. That is what I am going to show you today! Here is another beautiful photo of this inspiring creature... 

Let's get started with a step by step Gammet inspired eye look... 

1. Start with a clean primed lid. Then apply a white eye liner all over the lid and set it with a matte white eye shadow, I used Gesso by MAC

2. Blend a matte yellow shadow onto the outer edge of the lid softening into the center of the lid. I used Goldenrod by MAC. 

3. Create a cut crease look by mapping out your crease with a dark brown shadow, I used Handwritten by MAC. 

4. Using a blending brush, soften up the crease using more Handwritten and a softer brown higher up on the brow bone, I used M2 from the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

5. Apply a brow highlight, I used S4 from the Full Exposure Palette. 

6. Apply a thin liquid liner as you don't want to cover all your beautiful blending work. 

7. Apply false lashes and mascara to the upper lash line. 

8. Smudge a blue liner along the lower water line and lash line blending it up and out to follow along side your winged liner. I used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Shadow in Clash

There you have it! This look is bright and colourful great for summer. If you love incorporating colour in your makeup looks you must give this a try! 

Here is a peak at the finished look... 

As always, feel free to contact me regarding any questions you may have or to book me for your next event! 

Monday
Jun162014

Shadow to pair with Bold Lip 

Hey Guys! 

I posted a look on instagram not to long ago and I got many messages asking to hear more details on how to achieve the look. When wearing a bolder lip I tend to keep my shadow fairly neutral and subtle (which is not a mandatory rule but just something to keep in mind). 

Follow along with my step by step tutorial here: 

 

1. Using a soft brown pencil liner carve out your crease (I used Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Bourbon). The shape and size of this will depend on your individual eye shape. Follow your natural crease and curve of your lid/eye. 

2. Using a smudging brush soften and blend out any harsh lines from the liner. 

3. Pick up a brown shadow on a blending brush that is almost the same shade as the liner (I used Folie by MAC), and soften and blend out the look further. 

4. Fill in the lid space with a creamy white matte shadow. I used Blanc Type by MAC. 

5. Take a softer brown, I used Cafe Au Lait by Laura Merceir and drag it through your crease further blending the outer crease application. 

6. Apply a subtle brow highlight. 

7. Clean up the edge of the shadow by wrapping a makeup wipe around your finger and using your nail to clean up the edge. 

8. Apply liquid liner and lashes. 

9. Apply a white liner along the lower water line and a splash of satin highlight in the inner teat duct. 

Here is the finished look: 

The bold lip is Flat out Fabulous by MAC darkened in the outer corners with Make Up For Ever Flash Palette cream black. Personally I find this is a great shadow look to pair with any dark/bright/statement lip! 

As always, if you have any questions or wish to book me for your next event please do so here!

Monday
May262014

The Starlet Treatment

Hey Guys! 

I just want to share a new package I will be offering called "The Starlet Treatment"!

Had recently had the pleasure of giving Genevieve Fisher this new service! It includes body bronzing/body glow, soft curls and a full makeup application including false lashes for $180! Here are a couple before and afters of her look... 
Genevieve is an amazingly talented young woman from right here in London. She is one of Canada's brightest up and coming country stars and has accomplished so much already at such a young age! She's all glammed up and ready to attend the CMAO Awards (Country Music Association of Ontario) tonight! Here is a peak at the finished look... 

Looking for that red carpet look and the full Starlet Treatment? Book me for your next special event here!

 

Tuesday
May202014

Peachy Glowy Goodness 

Hey Guys! 

So I recently posted this motd (makeup of the day) picture on my instagram and got tons of emails and messages to do a tutorial/step by step on the look. Ask and you shall receive! 

This look is super easy to achieve and super quick! I love a dewy look anytime of a year really but in summer, it's a must! This post has 3 step by steps on how I achieve each section of the look. Let's start with complexion... 

 

1. Mix a liquid illuminator with your foundation. I used Sun Beam by Benefit with NYC Skin Matching Luminizer Foundation

2. Use a kabuki style foundation brush and buff into skin, starting from the center of the face (T-zone) softening outwards. I did not set this step, I wanted to keep the dewyness going! 

3. Next up apply a concealer/brightening product to the under eye in a V shape, between the brows blending up into the center of the forehead, chin and anywhere else you wish to brighten/conceal. I used the BH Cosmetics Concealer palette. I went ahead and used the darker shade in this palette to also contour my face. 

4. Then, apply a matte bronzer to the areas you contoured (hollows of the cheek, hair line, sides of the nose etc). I used Chocolate Soleil by Too Faced

5. Finish off your complexion with a peachy coloured blush and a glowing highlight. The blush I used is unfortunately discontinued but compare the picture to one you might have or wish to purchase! The highlight I used along the tops of my cheeks and down the bridge of my nose is Soft and Gentle by MAC

Next up, eyes! This eye look is sooo easy and sooo fast - it's literally going to be my go to all summer! Here goes... 

1. As always, start with a clean primed eye lid and brows done. 

2. Next take the same highlighting powder you used to highlight your face (I used Soft and Gentle by MAC), pick this product up on a flat dense brush. Begin to build the colour on your lid by pressing the product into the lid rather than dusting it on. Doing so will provide you with a super pigmented look. 

3. Then pic up a little of the matte bronzer you used (I used Chocolate Soleil by Too Faced) on a fluffy blending brush (I used Sephora Pro Blending brush), blend it through the crease using somewhat broad strokes. This will give a beautiful natural looking contour to the eye. 

4. Apply your liquid liner. My go to liquid liner is Line Stiletto by Maybelline

5. Apply false lashes. I used Red Cherry Lashes #43.

6. Apply a white eye liner to the waterline on the lower lashes. Top off the look by highlighting the tear duct and brow bone with the same highlighter!

Lastly, a peachy pout...

 

Whenever you are creating a super nude/pastel/light coloured lip you always want to neutralize any pink/redness in your natural lip colour. Doing this will help avoid those muddy tones and will help the lip colour that's in the tube show up true to colour. 

1. Take a concealer that matches your skin (nothing too light, something closer to your skin colour), press the concealer into the lips getting into all the little lines and cracks. I used the same concealer as linked above, BH Cosmetics Concealer Palette. 

2. Use a peachy pastel lip colour. I used a shade from the Make Up For Ever Flash Palette. This product is an awesome investment (yes, it is quite pricey). But it can do SO many things! It is definitely more of a professional product but if you are comfortable playing and creating it is perfect for you. It can make foundations, lip sticks, brow fillers, face paint, body paint the list goes on! From the palette I used this pretty pastel peach hue and filled in my lips using and lip brush. 

3. Finish off with a gloss if you wish and highlight your cupids bow! This will all add to that end result of peachy glowy goodness! 

There you have it... 

Hope you guys enjoyed this post and all the best recreating this look at home! As always, let me know if you have any questions or if you wish to book me for your upcoming event! 

Have a fabulous day! oXo