Makeup Kit Must Haves!

As a Makeup Artist, I have a TON of different products and brands in my makeup kit. I consider myself an equal opportunity artist; if a drugstore brand product can prove itself then I will certainly use it on myself or a client. Same goes for high end department store products; if they don’t live up to the hype, they get the heave ho!

I have never worked in cosmetic retail before, so I really don’t consider myself faithful to just one brand. However, MAC is genius and offers a PRO discount (40% off HOLLA!), which means I get a lot of my product from there. All of my eye shadows are MAC as they are really pigmented and they have such a large variety of shades and finishes.

I wanted to share some of my favourite products with you, ones that I use both on my clients and myself. Next time you go makeup shopping take this list with you, and you will come home with some new favourites of your own! By the way…I just image searched google for these product pictures; I did not take them myself. A big thank you to whoever took these pictures and made them public!

Favourite foundation:
I really like MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid Foundation. It comes in a wide variety of shades, and I can always mix them to match a client’s skin tone perfectly. It is also buildable, which means you can have medium coverage or a heavier coverage. In the summer I like to cut it with either a face moisturizer or a fluid illuminator to have a lighter coverage. A little pro tip: You can use the foundation that builds up at the top of the bottle and in the lid as a concealer!

Favourite Illuminator:
I have a few liquid illuminators in my kit, as I love mixing them with foundation. They make your skin look really fresh, glowy and radiant. An illuminator is a must have for a bride! My favourite so far is the Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer, it gives your skin a “lit from within” look. For a lighter but still radiant look, you can use this alone on cheeks or collarbones!
I also think an illuminating powder is a must have. I brush this on top of cheekbones and along the bridge of the nose to make them pop. It is the final touch of a highlight and contour routine. My current favourite is Hard Candy’s Bronzer in Tiki. This is a drugstore product that proved itself! You can buy it at Wal-Mart and it is super affordable.
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Favourite Concealer:
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I use the Kryolan Dermacolor 16-shade concealer palette on all my clients. I have the light skin tone palette as well as the dark skin tone palette, and let me tell you, they are a godsend! They conceal absolutely everything – dark circles, blemishes, tattoos, age spots, scars, etc. I use them to conceal and highlight, and you can mix them to make the perfect shade for every skin tone. They are really thick and pigmented and will last you forever, so I like to cut them with a little bit of eye cream or my liquid illuminator! If you are looking for something a little easier that doesn’t require mixing, I really like Benefit’s Erase Paste, I use it on myself every day. It’s really thick and pigmented as well, but super blendable and works great as a highlight.

Favourite Blush:
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I looooove blush! There are so many gorgeous colors and textures out there it is so hard to pick just one. I decided to choose the ones I have been using the most on both myself and my clients. I used to be faithful to NARS Orgasm (who isn’t?!), but lately I am all about MAC’s Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Plum Foolery. It is a gorgeous plum shade with a gold shimmer. It looks good on everyone! I also love using MAC’s Harmony Blush for contouring. I probably wouldn’t use it as a blush on the cheeks as it could look muddy, but it is my absolutely favourite for contouring. Swipe it under your cheekbones to provide some sexy definition to your face!
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Favourite Bronzer:
I only like to use pressed powder bronzers, not loose powder. Loose powders are messy and get on everything! My current favourite bronzers are the NYX Matte Bronzers (drugstore fave!). I really like my bronzers to be matte so that you look natural but sun kissed! A little pro tip: Apply bronzer to the areas of the face that the sun would naturally hit to keep it looking natural!

Favourite Primer:
I cannot say enough about Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. It is literally as it claims, a magic potion. If there is one product you must buy, this is it. It will make your shadow last all day long and stay crease free. It comes in 4 different finishes, but original is my favourite. If you have oily eyelids, the matte version is a good choice too.

Favourite Shadows:

Like I said earlier, I swear by MAC shadows. While I have at least 60 different shades, there are a few that I use constantly and am always replenishing.

• Nylon: I use Nylon as a highlight on the inner corner of the eye and on the brow bone. It is bright white gold with a frost finish. It really brightens and opens up the eye.
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• Satin Taupe: A beautiful, super soft, almost indescribable color. It’s a mix of brown, silver, taupe, and grey. A great choice for makeup beginners as it’s super blendable.
• Expensive Pink: I don’t usually wear pink eye shadows, but I am obsessed with this one. It is a coral pink with gold shimmer, and looks so beautiful with gold and brown shadows and really makes eyes pop. Another great choice for beginners as it is really blendable.
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Favourite Lipgloss:
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I may get shunned from the Makeup Artist community for saying this, but I am not a big fan of lipstick. I much prefer filling in the lips with a liner and then coating with a pretty gloss, and most of my clients prefer that too! My favourite glosses are Plushglass from MAC. They are really soft and shiny and don’t have glitter in them which I love. I hate that feeling of glitter on the lips! My favourite Plushglass colors are Fulfilled and Ample Pink!

Finally, here is my face dolled up in some of my faves! If you have any questions or recommendations for me I would love to hear them!


Wedding time!

On July 6, 2013 I had the pleasure of doing the makeup for Danielle and her beautiful bridal party. Danielle and her bridesmaids met in High School and are still the best of friends! They were a lot of fun to work with and there were lots of laughs that morning. These girls are all naturally beautiful and would look great even without makeup, so it made for a pretty easy day at the “office”!

Have a look at some of the photos from Danielle and her new husbands beautiful wedding. These photos are by Sarah Seinen of Starseed Photography, who always does the most amazing work!





Things that go bump in the night!

Those who know me know that I am a nut for Halloween. It is my all time favourite holiday (while I know some will debate calling Halloween a holiday), and I start planning my next year’s costume while I’m still finalizing my details for this years. It’s odd that I am as crazy about Halloween as I am because I am also the biggest baby you will ever meet. I just cannot handle scary movies – I saw Scream when I was about 10 years old and I swear I slept in my Mom’s bed for a straight year after that. I made a promise to myself after watching Scream that I would never watch a horror movie again, and I haven’t!

While I prefer to work strictly beauty and bridal makeup, I did complete a full year makeup diploma program in which I learned all about special effects makeup and prosthetics. While it was fun and I enjoyed it, I did not feel the same passion for it as I felt for making someone look and feel their best. While I’m terrified of blood, guts and gore and cover my eyes in the scary parts of movies, I can also really respect and admire the amount of work and talent that goes into making those movies so realistic and horrific.

Here is an example of special effects makeup I did while I was in school (aging and wound). Pretty gross!

So that you can really comprehend my love for Halloween, here is a picture of my best friend Elyse in which I dolled her up as a sugar skull for a HALFWAY TO HALLOWEEN PARTY (seriously). I love the way it turned out, and I am really proud of it!

Here we are done up as Chola’s for another year of the Halfway to Halloween Party. It’s all about black eyebrows looking like they were drawn on with sharpie and pale pink lips with dark brown lip liner. I love the Chola look way too much and had so much fun done up as one! Special thanks to my boyfriend who gave us these pretty sweet fake tattoos using my alcohol paints!
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For Halloween 2011, my bestie Odette and I headed to Vegas to rip it up! We celebrated Halloween on two of the nights we were there and it was just beyond. The first night I was the Queen of Hearts and Odette was a lumberjack, and the second night I was a Plastic Surgery Princess (think Paris Hilton with a ton of plastic surgery) and Odette was Storm from X-Men. I loved my Plastic Surgery Princess costume! It was all homemade and came together with help from my Mom, Elyse and Elyse’s Mom. Thank goodness for talented and creative women!

For Halloween 2012, I went as Mario and said “It’s a me, Mario!” all night long. I can’t imagine that was annoying for anyone. For 2013 my boyfriend and I are planning to go as rockabilly Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, so stay tuned for pictures!

Sister Sister: Alex’s Big Day!

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Since I started makeup school in 2007, my big sister Alexandra has been my biggest fan. She constantly asks me for makeup advice, sits pretty while I use her face to practise, and recommends my work to everyone she knows. I have done her makeup too many times to count, and it was an unspoken agreement that my gift to her on her wedding day would be my services.

The big day was on May 25, 2013 which we sufficiently prepared for with two trials (side note – when hiring a makeup artist for your wedding day, always book a trial beforehand! Your wedding day is going to be one of the most important days of your life and you will want to ensure you have booked a makeup artist who will give you what you want and make you feel comfortable on your big day).

Trial #1 was a dark, smokey and sexy look. While she looked beautiful of course, we felt it was too much for a summery outdoor wedding.
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Trial #2 was a golden, shimmery and bright look fit for a goddess! It made Alex’s blue eyes pop so we knew it was a keeper!

I was also her Maid of Honor, which I thought would be incredibly hectic and stressful combined with being the makeup artist, but it wasn’t. It was relaxing, fun, and so rewarding to see my big sister looking so beautiful and happy.

Take a look at some photos from the big day below (which were taken by Sarah Seinen of Starseed Photography, who is an incredible photographer with such great vision. I would recommend her to anyone in the Edmonton area!)
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