spotlight on : anna luciano

March 20, 2014By DJMC

Lovely readers, meet Anna Luciano, BlushPretty makeup artist. Find her on Twitter @SicilianaBeauty where you’ll catch her tweeting all about beauty and sharing reviews and tips from her fabulous blog,!

Name: Anna Luciano

Years with BP: 2+

I got into hair and/or makeup artistry because… From when I was a little girl, I’ve always loved makeup. I sat at a dead-end desk job for far too long and makeup became my creative outlet. (p.s. I no longer work at that desk job thanks to BP!)

My favourite part about being a hair/makeup artist… I love being a part of a woman’s most important day of her life. I love helping her feel more beautiful than she already is. I love helping to make her vision come to life.

My secret weapon: Beauty Blenders! Foundation applies so flawlessly with these cute egg-shaped sponges!

My must-share beauty tip: Drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated. Use skincare products specifically tailored for your skin type. Great makeup application starts with a good base!

scene+heard : ROAR

March 19, 2014By DJMC

On Sunday, March 9, the studio at 777 Richmond Street West became a destination for deserving women to be styled, beautified and treated like royalty (although, we like to think this is always the case). The occasion? ROAR Toronto, hosted by Flirt Custom Lash.

The event could not have happened with so many generous people and brands. Services and products were provided by our very own BlushPretty team (hair and makeup), Tamika Auwai (styling), NLB Media (graphic design), Barb Dubrawski (photography), Cristina’s Tortina Shop (treats) and clothes and accessories came from donors and some incredible brands including  LOFT, Kiss Nails, Broadway Nails and The Body Shop.

ROAR is for women from Woodgreen Homeward Bound, a program described by the organization as “a holistic, 4-year job-readiness program featuring: affordable housing; free, quality child care; training and post-secondary education in a marketable skill; personal development support; mental health and recreational services for children; and a guaranteed, family-sustaining career opportunity at the end of the program.”

The afternoon was spent “glamming” them up, giving them one-on-one time with our expert stylist Tamika, setting them up with clothes and accessories and providing professional photographs to put their best foot forward as they graduate from the program.

Each of the women were truly inspirational, and the BlushPretty team was so proud to be a part of the big day! As always, our team, specifically Laura Tran, Samantha Wilson, Karla Bravo, Tiffany Watson and (the newest addition to the team) Jennifer Ballance, were on point with makeup and hair! We thank them greatly for being so generous with their time!

Special shoutouts go out to Sommer Dunsmuir of Flirt Custom Lash for initiating and hosting the event, our very own Elaine Atkins for doing some serious project coordination, and of course, everyone who donated in some way, shape or form to make it a success.

We’re looking forward to seeing the event grow even bigger & better for years to come and wish the participating women nothing but success!

things we love : annie lennox

March 18, 2014By DJMC

I was catching up on reading some of my favourite websites, and came across this article by Alex Brown on called Beauty Icon #TBT: Annie Lennox – I simply had to share.

Can we talk about Annie for a second? I don’t think there’s any other way to describe her than using the term “_____ icon.” That blank can be filled with Beauty as Alex has done, Music, Girl Power, Confidence…she’s such an inspiration for me.

And so, while I highly recommend you click on the article to read up on what makes her such a beauty icon, I’ll just leave one of my favourite performances right here for you to enjoy that combines three of my all time favourite things – Bowie, Annie and Queen. She works the biggest tulle skirt I ever did see with a seriously bold & dramatic made up face, all while killing it on stage!

– morgan


motivation mondays : hard work pays off …

March 17, 2014By stephanie

I’ve been super-blessed to have been in the beauty, skincare, and
bridal industry for over ten years.

Waaayyyy back when … when I first thought “hey, I wanna give people great skin
and make them feel pretty all day long”,
I never once thought that it – my life-career – could be the way it is now.

Seeing my name in print, or having talented journalists and editors like Ava B. of Elle Canada reach out to me for “expert advice”, never gets old.

This week, I represented our sister studio, fresh.beautiful: the skin studio and
shared some tips about keeping your makeup and tools clean and fresh
in order to keep your complexion clear.

I hope you all enjoy the article as much as I enjoyed working with Ava.

Have a great week everyone!


lightbox : brrrr … it’s cold in here!

March 14, 2014By stephanie

Photo By Rhommel B.
Hair by Crista Aguinaldo for BlushPretty
Makeup by Tia Vinelli

I know you’re probably sick of all the cold weather, but i’m certainly not sick of showing you great work done by the bp artistry team.

Check out this fabulous shot from a blizzard inspired shoot with
Rhommel Bernardino of RhoKin Studio.

It’s cold out there, but totally hot in here!

Happy Friday!