#BlushPrettyUnfiltered : real people looking real pretty

Had to take a moment to share some photos from our recent #BlushPrettyUnfiltered photoshoot.

The reason these photos are so important to the team and me is because they capture the simple idea that everyone is truly beautiful in their own way. In an age where filters, photoshop and dog-ears reign supreme, we wanted to bring some beautiful faces in, give them a fresh-faced easy-to-wear makeup look, and take clean bright photos with #nofilterneeded.

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Any of the looks you see through #BlushPrettyUnfiltered are available for you to have done yourself at our new beauty bar located at 508 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor. You can choose from our combos of makeup and hair, mix ‘n’ match from different looks, or choose one or the other.  Pricing begins at $65 plus HST!

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Hope to see you at the beauty bar this summer!

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Steal this look for Spring : Golds and Fiery Plums!

I had to share this look that I did recently for a photoshoot. I think it’s a great take on a fusion soft smokey eye and by pairing it with sheer foundation warmed up with a bit of bronzer it takes you right into the warmer weather easily.

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  • First prep and prime the eye as needed. I used Urban Decay’s Eye Primer Potion in Sin. Applying this with a synthetic brush gives a well blended application and spreads the product well.
  • Using the Lorac Gold UnZipped Palette, dust a mix of Unlocked and Unlimited all over the lid from lashes into the crease. I then dusted MAC Cosmetics Amber Lights at the outer and inner corners of the lid to add some depth.
  • Next up, using NYX eyeshadow in Golden Peach, I worked the colour on the top part of the lid and lightly into the crease. This created a soft gradient and you’ll find that depending on the skintone, tones done the brightness of the gold.
  • With a crease brush, start working Unbridled from Lorac UnZipped at the outer corner and into the crease and blend away.  When blending, blend upwards to soften a bit of the plum up to the browbone.
  • I returned back to my NYX Golden Peach Shadow and did a soft trace abrove the crease blending in with the plum.
  • Highlight the browbone with your highlighter of choice, and then blend/buff the entire eye with a clean brush to fuse the colours.
  • Complete the eyes with layers of your favourite mascara, and a gel or liquid liner.
  • Brush the brows up and fill as needed create a soft full brow. I filled with just a brow pencil for a softer look.
  • Finish the look with a sheer base and conceal blemishes as needed. Apply bronzer, and finish with a light dusting of blush. I used NARS The Multiple Scultpting duo to contour, and NARS Luster for blush on the model because I am in love with both products!

I have more images available on Instagram for you to look at so don’t forget to hit Follow on handles @BlushPretty and @BlushPrettyTeam.

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Looking into Artistry Teams? Be Sure to Ask These Questions …

Now, I might be a little bit biased, but I think the planning of your makeup and hair needs for your wedding day is the best part of your planning process. THE. BEST! I mean, think about it – you have the perfect excuse to peruse beauty boards on Pinterest all day, to visit every Sephora within a reasonable radius for samples, and to get your makeup and hair done a few times before the actual wedding date itself. Fun … fun … and more fun!bridal32

Choosing and working with an artistry team is also very fun, but to make it go smoother and easier it’s always a good idea to start of with a proper consultation before you schedule a trial run or book a wedding date. Consultations should be treated like a mini-date … a getting to know you kind of thing. Why? Because your artistry team will be spending a significant portion of your wedding day with you and your bridal party. They should fit right in with you guys and the vibe should feel comfortable and cozy and most importantly – trustworthy. You have to be able to trust your artistry team! Consultations can help you pinpoint whether a team is a yay or nay for you … especially before you start shelling out deposits and balances!

But how does one do a consultation? What questions should you ask? Here’s a quick guide on the top 10 questions (and their sub-questions that relate to them) that you should ask before making the right decision :

  • What would you say your beauty style is, and what looks are you really strong at doing?
  • This is the type of style I’m looking for, are you comfortable with doing this look and also, do you think this look is doable for me? If not, what adjustments can be made?
  • Do you have any tips or suggestions for me to prepare me for the trial run and/or for the wedding day itself?
  • I’m concerned about these specific issues (e.g. foundation matching properly, allergies to products, etc.) – how do you correct or address this problem?
  • For a party of my size, how many artists will be present to provide services? What is the experience of your assistants?
  • How long will it take to complete my entire bridal party? What can we do to make sure we run on time?
  • What is your backup plan if you are unable to provide services on my wedding day because of an emergency?
  • Are you flexible with changing numbers of my bridal party or a change in services? What are my options for adding or cancelling services?
  • What do you need in terms of set-up and lighting at my home, hotel room or venue? What will you bring with you to complete services?
  • Do you have any concerns or questions about the scope of mine and my bridal party’s beauty needs for the big day?

Keep this list handy before you go in for your consultations. Take notes and compare the answers and decide which artistry team had the best answers that made you feel like you were in good hands. In addition, keep in mind how you felt just being in the presence of the booking agent, artists, or team leader. In the end, choosing the right team is about the team that provides you the best service, but also, gives you the best feeling in your gut!

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The One Foundation Every Girl Needs in her Makeup Bag …

Okay, so the title for this post is a little misleading, because in actuality, I believe a girl needs a few different base products in her kit for different purposes : a tinted moisturizer, a powder, a foundation … however, that’s a post for another day. But if suddenly, the entire earth’s population had to pack up and ship off to another planet and could only bring a backpack filled with essentials, then THIS foundation is the one I would tell you all to purchase and bring with you : Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer.

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The chic, vampy red pot of a creamy smooth base is the most versatile foundation I’ve ever come across. Whether you wear it with sheer or full coverage, the end result is always a dewy, enhanced glow. Available in 16 shades – including shades for deeper complexions – the Sensual Skin Enhancer covers, corrects and conceals all while being waterproof.  Thanks to it’s whipped buttery texture, its suitable for most skin types from oily to dry.

The best way to use this product is by starting with the tiniest amount – a water drop worth to the back of the hand can cover more than enough and prevents you from using too much. For the fullest coverage, blend – as is – onto the face using your favourite foundation brush or my personal weapon of choice, the MAC Oval brush. Full coverage will look and work best with a well-moisturized and exfoliated face.

Need to conceal? Using a concealer brush, press in minimal amounts over the desired area, blending and layering as is until the blemish has disappeared. Want to go a bit more bare during the day? Turn it into a sheer coverage or a fluid foundation by mixing a rice grain amount with your moisturizer, serum or face oil of choice. You can apply with your fingers for a light touch, or try Real Techiniques Expert Face Brush to buff and blend onto the face.

One small pot can go a long way. I purchased mine about 6 months ago, and use it about 3-4 times a week and still have plenty left to last me another 10-12 months. I highly recommend having a few different brushes like the ones suggested above to get the best of what this foundation can offer. I choose to have two colours one for the warmer months when I have a bit more colour in my face and one for the cooler months but I also mix and match these to highlight and contour my face when I’m feeling like doing a little more than ring natural.

Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer is available at Sephora (or Sephora.com), Space NK (Nordstrom Canada), and of course the Kevyn Aucoin’s website.

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Pssst ! Whatcha doing next weekend?

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If you haven’t already heard, I’m here to shout it loud and proud : OUR NEW BEAUTY BAR IS OFFICIALLY OPEN!

Located right in the heart of the city, on the busiest street, populated with the BEST people in the world, our brand new beauty bar at 508 Yonge Street in Toronto is the obvious choice when it comes to getting your makeup and hair done before any big event, hot date, or just because. Central to all the local hotspots from the trendiest of eateries, the most mysterious of hidden resto-lounges, and the most exclusive clubs, BlushPretty is literally moments away from all the places you need to be seen at!

Whether its just makeup, just hair, or both – you can call or email to book in your appointment. We have a curated set of services and pricing at the beauty bar to make it easier for you and that also guarantees that you’re in and out in a jiffy without missing your dinner reservations.

  • Want your eyes smoked out and you’ll do the rest in your Uber? Sure thing!
  • Need a false lash application and your hair volumized? No problem!
  • Beef up the brows and plump up your lips? We got you!

So – I don’t know what your plans are come this first weekend of March but with the opening of our new beauty bar, I’m inviting all your P.Y.T.s to come in and get pretty! :)

Hope to see you soon!

– xx, s

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