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best of bridal beauty : a few of my favourite things …

Our Bridal Beauty Preview for Fall/Winter 2015-2016 was a smash success, and it had me thinking that I should really take a moment to share some of my favourite items for knocking out some bridal beauty.

Like any makeup artist worth her beauty blender, I have a huge kit, but a selection of products that are a must, must, must. I have products I love for creating a smokey eye, a classic twist, a vintage red lip. So keep reading … because I’m about to share.

The Red Lip …

Hands down, it’s NARS. Always NARS. My favourite product(s) is their Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in either Cruella, Red Square or Pop Life. The matte finish stays put but doesn’t look dry and for an all day event like a wedding you need something more matte than glossy.  If it’s not the pencils – it’s their new Audacious lipstick colours and you can take your pick : Rita, Marlene, Geraldine, Lana  – which range from true red to a more orange based (which I think is hot for a bride!)

The Rosy Lip …

Photo by Jonathan Ponce

Rose, Plum, and anything softly pink are the other bridal favourite.  To be honest, I smushed everything down into a palette, and didn’t write the names anywhere, but I do have my favourites in a tube. They include : Plumful, Syrup, and Twig by MAC; Casablanca by Tom Ford; and pretty much anything by Bobbi Brown! And while we are here, let’s talk about nude lips, again, I’m going to throw to NARS for Belle Du Jour and Bobbi Brown for a colour I have called Uber Pink (which isn’t a bright pink at all).

The Eyeshadow …

Makeup artists have their shadows they swear by. For example, it doesn’t matter what other palette I have in my kit … I’m a slave for MAC Shroom. I will always have a pot or seven of it in my kit(s). But right now, I’m favouring Lorac Pro Palette for it’s neutral but shimmery shades however this is currently not available for Canada so you have to online shop it.  My Smashbox Double Exposure Palette is hitting the mark for more glam styles (and you can get this at Murale or Shoppers Drug Mart for those Optimum points!) and I’m am currently obsessed with TooFaced Chocolate and Semi-Sweet Chocolate Eyeshadow palettes.  Both the Smashbox and the TooFaced Palettes, I find, really stick to the eye … not a lot of shadow fallout so I really enjoy using them for shading a heavier look.

The Flawless Skin … 

Photo by Jonathan Ponce

Again, I’m very much attached to my MAC Face and Body, because it allows me to adjust and layer as needed without getting to cake face. But for concealers, I’m devoted to my Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in various shades from Ivory to Light Honey, MAC Select Cover-up in those super portable triangle containers, and also, Stila Perfecting Concealer.

If I happen to have a client with acne issues, I’ve been reaching a lot for me Estee Lauder Clear Difference BB Creme, which for me, lays down a nice layer of coverage without looking dry, cakey or messy. For mature skin, I find their EE Creme to be effective as well.

Also, you can get great skin without primers. For the eyes, it’s always Urban Decay eye primers, and for the skin, I’ve been using Makeup Forevers new Step 1 Primers.

The Blush, The Highlight and The Contour …

Well, this list could go on forever, huh? Ha ha. I would have to say my friends right now are Cliniques new Highlighter and Contour Chubby Pencils. Just for the ease of use alone.  But I am also loving my new Stila Shape and Shade Custom Contour Duo and NARS The Matte Multiples in Altai.  As these are creams, after I set the cream product, I’ll go back in with a powder set for intensity, so I’m often reaching for Makeup Forever’s new Pro Sculpting Duos (which are insane – j’adore!), and my Aerin (Estee Lauder) Kaleidoscope Palette especially when the bride doesn’t want too much shimmer/shine.

For blush, well, hmmmm. I always layer cream under powder and my favourites are from rms beauty in Modest, Smile and Demure.  I also favour Makeup Forever’s HD Cream Blushes and NARS The Multiple in Puerto Vallarta or Altai.

For powder blushes, it’s always a selection of pinks and peaches from MAC that I lightly dust on.

The Lashes and Brows …

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I currently carry all three shades of Cargo’s Brow Kit in my bag and use both the powder and the wax for perfecting brows. But I also lean on MAC Brown Pencils as well and I love these for their easy application and also the spooly on the other end.

To define the lashes, it’s always Maybelline Great Lash in various formulas ranging from brown to dark brown to black. I rarely use pencil liners, but when I do, I’m using Cargo’s Swimmables or Urban Decay’s 24/7 pencils.

The Hair …

Let’s start with caring for the hair … which I normally don’t carry in my kit, but suggest to my brides. Especially after the long cold winter we are JUST getting rid of, brides need to start nourishing their hair back into shape.  I’m currently recommending the Nexxus Therappe and Humectress line of shampoo and conditioner for longer length hair that needs to be brought back to life from a dry season. I would also recommend OGX Vitamin E Shampoo and Conditioner for hair health. I suggest brides also pick up OGX’s Penetrating Oil and work it into the ends of the hair  – especially if they plan to leave the hair long and loose for the big day.

The Updo …

Well, I am sure bobby pins are a no brainer – right? I’m picking them up by the box at Sally Beauty in shades of black, brown and silver.  SalonCare is the brand available, but there is also Marianna.

To reduce  oil or add texture to the hair, it’s always Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo.  For tousled perfection, I’m really liking Tresemme’s Perfectly (un)Done Hairspray. I also like their big cans of spray and will usually carry a couple of extra hold formulas, and also climate control. To tame frizzies, or induce a sheen, I’m going back to Not Your Mothers for their Smooth Moves hair creme.

For hair prep and finishing, I’m also relying on Sally Hershberger’s Signature Line (available at Shoppers Drug Mart) mainly using the Keratin Repair Spray and also, the Galm Waves Texture Spray.

So that’s it!

My kit in one really long blog post.   Would love to know what other artists are using in their kits, but would also love to answer questions any brides or beauty bunnies out there might have about any of the above products! You know where to reach me : beautymail@blushpretty.com!

Have a great hump day all!

-stephanie-

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beauty bite : five tricks on mastering a smokey eye for summer!

Normally when the heat hits record temperatures, we as women forego heavier makeup and switch out deep colours, smokey eyes, and bold lips for dewy bronzy skin with a lip gloss to match. And that looks sexy and all – but sometimes a good smokey eye, is a good smokey eye. The little trick to mastering smokey on a hot summer’s night : change up the blush to change up the feel.

When it comes to a smokey eye, many think its all shades of black, gray, and the darkest brown you can find, but the trick for making it hot for summer, pun totally intended, is to lighten it up a bit.

Here are my 5 tricks for working a summery smokey eye …

1. Go smokey, but don’t fire it up : instead of doing dark and smokey all up and over the lid, gradually fade out the colour, working to a light, shimmery version of your chosen shade just above the crease.

2. Rethink the colour scheme : like I said, people think matte black, gray or dark brown for a smokey eye, but how about soft satin browns or bronzes, heather grays, and shimmery lavenders for a smokey mix?

3. Ditch the overly bronzed skin : while bronzed skin is the uniform for summer, I like to see a fresh dewy complexion with a smokey eye. It keeps the entire look more “the hot girl next door” instead of  “the real(ly desperate) housewife you’re trying to run away from”.

4. Skip the gloss : instead of reaching for a sticky gloss, switch out your lip colour for something creamy and light. Think chubby pencil formulas or tinted balms that run a little more opaque in colour than sheer. Keep the colour light and in season too.

5. Go mango : chocolate mangos taste really good; and the colour combination isn’t so bad either. A milk chocolate colour scheme with the eyes paired with mango-hued cheeks signals summer. It’s not as glam barbie as wearing a pink blush, and the touch of mango gives the same glow as your bronzer would have.

There you go : my top five tricks for wearing a smokey eye all summer long. For a product rundown of the look above, keep scrolling.  Interested in sharing your tips for a smokey summer eye? Please leave it in the comments section and share with us! We would love to hear from you!

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Happy Monday All!

-stephanie-

 

Product Roll Call!

Meet the beautiful Megan F., a transplant from Houston who is a teacher by day and a fitness goddess by night. She competes in fitness shows, personal trains, and looks awesome every time I see her! She was kind enough to lend me her gorgeous hair and face for this beauty bite how-to. Here is how I completed her look :

Foundation : MAC Face+Body in N1 and N3
Concealer : MAC Select Cover-up in NW25
Contour+Highlight : NARS The Multiple in Altai (contour) and Copacabana (highlight)
Blush : MakeupForever HD Cream Blush in 410 and NARS The Multiple in Puerto Vallarta
Eyeshadow : Smashbox Full Exposure and Double Exposure palette
Brows : MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Brunette
Mascara : Maybelline Great Lash
Eyeliner : Bobbi Brown Gel Eye Liner in Black Ink
False Lashes : Ardell singles in Medium
Lips :  Bite Beauty Lip crayon in Madiera
Setting Powder : MAC Blot Powder in Medium

She came in with her hair that naturally full and beautiful, but I curled the top half with velcro rollers and left it to set. When we returned to the hair, I curled the bottom half using a Hot Tools 1 1/4 curling iron and then let out the rollers and smoothed the curls to match.  I sprayed with Tresemme Perfectly Undone hairspray to hold the curl, and smoothed the ends with Not Your Mother’s Smooth Moves hair creme.

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holiday wishlist 2014

It’s that time of year again – the holidays are upon on us! We wanted to share our roundup of wishlist items since so many beauty brands pull out all the stops for limited edition products, sets and gifts (but don’t be fooled – beauty isn’t all we want for Christmas!).

Laura Amaya

My family does Secret Santa every year and I’ve just finished sending out the invites so that we can get the ball rolling on it. With this yearly family tradition, we can post online a wishlist of things we’d love. I’ve narrowed down my list and this year I have put it down to these 3 items:

Miss Dior Eau de Parfum (Sephora $94.00 1.7 oz bottle) – I’ve been eyeing this fragrance for months but refused to buy it during my recent pregnancy because I experienced lots of nausea, and every now and again scents would make me ill. I refuse to allow that to happen to this amazingly delicious perfume!

NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette (Sephora, $85.00) – I usually don’t splurge on eye palettes for myself (they almost always end up in my makeup kit for my brides) but then came this beautiful palette of 15 shadows perfect for creating everyday looks and transforming into sultry evening glam. My eyes beamed when I saw this beaut, here’s hoping it ends up under the tree for me!

Crock Pot 6.5 QT slow cooker (Wal-Mart $58.93) – I know you’re probably going to laugh but ever since becoming a mom there are two things I value most above all else PRACTICALITY & SIMPLICITY! And this baby is perfect for just that, knowing I can throw a hunk of meat with veggies and some seasonings into this baby setting it and forgetting it makes my heart sing with happiness ( oh how things change as we get older… *Le Sigh*)

Regina Salvador

As the holidays are fast approaching and limited editions makeup sets pops up all around us, picking the one set that you really, really want can be very daunting.

My list started to grow as soon as Sephora started to showcase their holiday merchandise on their website. I was like a kid in a candy store (but I was actually staring at my iPad screen).

The New Exclusive Limited Edition item that caught my eye as soon as I saw it is Formula X Paint The Town (Sephora, $69.00). This set consists of 22 mini nail polishes that come in a reusable paint tin. As a nail polish fanatic this is an amazing set with colours that are great to wear on their own or for layering as well!

Morgan Cadenhead

I’ve been drooling over so many beauty sets out for the holidays, but the one that’s left me starstruck is the MAKE UP FOR EVER Makeup Station (Sephora, $345.00) I’ve left it on my wishlist as the price tag makes it an unlikely gift from Santa, but hey…it’s a wishlist after all!

The set contains everything from primer, setting powder, Artist Shadows, eyeliner, setting spray, lip liner, lipstick, lashes…oh gosh, the list goes on. It’s a makeup junkie’s dream! Who’s got an extra $350 to scoop this up for me? ;)

What’s on your wishlist?

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beautified : MAKE UP FOR EVER artist eye shadows

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As a makeup artist that works with brides, colour selection and wearable, long lasting product is EVERYTHING for the wedding day. This certainly rings true when it comes to eye shadow. A wash of colour, smokey colour, shimmery colour, natural colour … I need it all, and I need it right in my kit.

Nothing makes me happier than when new formulations, new colours, and new finishes are out for display in the beauty departments for me to play with, and earlier this fall, MAKE UP FOR EVER did not fail me.

While MUFE (you know, the cool way to refer to the brand) already had beautiful shadows to their credit, the decided to reformulate the entire line thanks to their Artistic Director, Dany Sanz … and if at all possible – their eye shadows became BETTER.

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In August 2014, I was invited by MUFE to visit them at Hotel St. Germain in Toronto to build a palette from the new shadows. Above are: D504, I328 and I544. I love purples and greens for brown eyes, and who doesn’t need a gold toned shadow in their kit?

Five separate finishes – satiny, iridescent, matte, metal and diamond (who doesn’t love diamonds?) – coupled with a large colour selection, any beauty junkie worth her winged eyeliner can build a complete mix and match makeup wardrobe for any look she is going for: natural, glam, dramatic.

Highly-pigmented, 88% concentrated pigment to be exact, and a gel like texture thanks to water-bend technology (how cool does that sound?), it is safe to say that a little colour goes a long way – which is always a bonus when it come to eye makeup – who doesn’t want smokey eyes that stay smokey? You can layer these shadows over one another with ease too which makes for a very blended and seamless look.

I’ve been using both my D504 and I544 on my fall bridal parties a lot and plenty love the colour payoff. I find that both of these shadows aren’t too glittery, but do provide the right amount of sheen on the eyelid, a look I love seeing on brides.

I’m pretty happy with my colour selection and the shadows in general. For the upcoming 2015 season a plan to round out my kit with a few more diamond shades but also, some matte and satin ones too.

So with all that said, if you happen to be at the beauty departments this weekend, you should be keeping your eye out for this stuff. I’m serious!

Have a great weekend all! :)

-stephanie-

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