mondays+moms : makeup? what makeup?

May 12, 2014By stephanie

I have a confession to make. I actually don’t wear a lot of makeup.

I love makeup.  I have lots of makeup. I eat-drink-breathe-makeup.

I just don’t happen to wear tonnes of it.

My typical day consists of working through the morning; doing lunchroom supervision around, well, lunchtime; hot yoga; and then an afternoon of either driving around to meet clientele or an afternoon of driving around to various after-school activities.

My makeup routine is quite minimal and I think both my colleagues and clientele find this quite comical, you know … being a beauty artist and all. I thought I would share with you a couple of items that I have in rotation right now. The pic above shows what I might put on in the morning if I have a moment.

rms beauty un-cover up in 22 and cream eyeshadow in lunar : I adore this product thanks to the sheer layers you can apply with it. Never cakey or heavy, always the right amount. With the foundation, I simply apply as needed – usually under the eyes and around the nose. Sometimes the cheeks.  I like applying it over my Pelle Beauty face oil and Consonant Body sunscreen – I find it applies best after I have allowed both of these products to sink in a bit. The cream eyeshadow I actually use as my highlighter. While they do have the living luminizer in the line, I find lunar to highlight my skin tone a bit better.

bite beauty : If I’m going to brighten up my look, it’s always with lip colours and bite has the best selection of colours in my favourite form : chubby pencils. From the everyday rose to a bright and electric orange, I carry a few of these pencils in my regular makeup bag. My other favourite is NARS Lip Pencils and I look to their matte pencils when I want statement lips.

aerin rose lip conditioner : My lips, despite my best efforts will always remain chapped and  dry. It’s not fair, but what can you do. I find this lip conditioner allows me to apply once in the morning and get to about late afternoon without having to reapply.  Added bonus : the scent is quite nice!

MAC veluxe brow liner and tweezerman tweezers : Okay. I’m kind of lying about the tweezers and using them everyday because  I don’t get the chance to tweeze each morning, but the moments I do – normally after glancing into the rearview mirror on my way out the driveway (damn you natural sunlight) – I’ll make it a priority to tweeze later that night. I prefer slanted tips for the best grasp and Tweezerman has a larger selection of tweezers to choose from. For filling in my brows, I like dual-ended brow fillers – either with colour on one end and a spoolie on the other OR colour on the end and brow gel on the other. MAC’s pencil gives the soft look of powder but defines the brows like a champ!

tom ford eye defining pencil in metallic mink and stila smudge stick waterproof liner in emerald : I don’t wear mascara only because I find when applying to myself – I’m pretty messy with it. So I rely in eye pencils to define my eyes.  I love inky blacks and browns and love the Tom Ford pencils (MAC pencils are pretty great too!) and I usually apply this under the lashes and at the root to fake the look of more lashes and artfully applied mascara. Over the top lid, I’ll use a bright colour like Stila’s emerald which after application LOOKS like liquid liner – so pigmented. It’s all about the subtle pop!

I’m not sure if there is anything I would change about my makeup routine – it’s works for me and the amount of time I have to get ready for the day. Sometimes I look in the mirror and think : I really should use my primer … or my concealer … and maybe I should fill in that crease. But then I think to myself that my job is to apply beauty to others – not BE the beauty.

Well, that’s my Monday morning stephanie-ism.  Hope you all have a great week!



motivated mondays : support our indiegogo campaign …

April 14, 2014By stephanie

You know … it really has been a great ten years building BlushPretty. But the best part is the team that has come together in the past five years that has made BlushPretty one of the  top artistry teams for brides and glamazons across the province (I say province because we have made trips out to some of the most remote places.) We love our brides. We love our special event clients. We love our photoshoots, our bar and bat mitzvahs clients, our baptismal and every celebration under the sun clients.

But now its time to take it to the next level. 

While we’ve been commissioned for video shoots and television in the past, it has never been the “bread and butter” of our work. But, as the artistry team grows we are beginning to “rep” some top-notch and skilled talent and we see a natural and organic progression forward into more video and film gigs.

And … so it begins.

I’m very very pleased to start this week off with some great news. The bp team is partnering up with  Canterbury Productions and award-winning writer and director Gregory Breen for their foray into a feature length film: The Long Night. Our artists are ready to go for filming when production launches in June and we couldn’t be more chuffed/stoked/excited/above-the-moon to be providing the makeup and hair. We think we are in good company with such a talented production team and are truly honoured to take part.

This is only the beginning for us as we venture into a whole new industry, but we are excited to see what the future holds. That said, new ventures – like a feature length film – always need a bit of help, and I was wondering if you, yes you, wanted to do us a solid and help us out a bit? Maybe? Sorta? Kinda? Please? :)

In order to make The Long Night a true success – which we feel in our bones it will be – we have an Indiegogo campaign running to help fund the film a bit. Our campaign is filled with some great perks (including a makeover OR makeup bag overhaul from us!) and if you happen to purchase one, you will not only be supporting our team, but also, Canadian talent and the Canadian film industry. We’re all family, right?

If you have the time, please take a look at the campaign and perks – I’m sure there is something for you to take advantage of. The entire bp team and I thank you in advance for your consideration and support.  You rock!

Thanks so much and have a great week everyone! 


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!


and that’s a wrap : get your weekend on …

January 17, 2014By stephanie

Another week of 2014 is done! We’re halfway through January … already.

Things continue to get busier and busier for the team with each day. Our wedding calendar is pretty booked up and we’re excited to start working with all our brides as they move forward into planning the biggest day of their lives.

In addition, we have some a-man-zing events scheduled and we’re excited to meet new people whom – just like us – have a passion for style and beauty. You may have read  last week about our Picture Me Pretty Project which is coming up on February 2, 2014.  And what about our workshops and seminars for freelance artists and/or beautythusiasts? I think every one can benefit from our our Easy Breezy Hair workshop … or Saving your Skin … or Trending 2014!

And despite how busy the above event and workshop schedule may sound … we have ANOTHER spectacular event coming up for Valentines Day, February 14, 2014. Introducing (and ladies, please mark your calendar!) : Pink Diamonds / Chrome Hearts event! This V-Day, we have something for everyone … more details to come but here’s a sneak peek:

Pink Diamonds

From 3-6:30 pm, we welcome all the ladies with special plans out there to make an appointment to get primped and primed for their big evening. Be served cupcakes and champagne while enjoying either a hair or makeup appointment with the BP team. A relaxing way to prepare for your big date yet leave the studio looking smoking hot …

Chrome Hearts

Don’t have special plans? Think Valentine’s Day is a stupid holiday? Then from 7 to 10 the BlushPretty studio is where you will want to be! We’re inviting all the single independent ladies out there to join us at 777 Richmond Street West for margaritas, sangria, chips, candy, and chocolate … and while you’re there, why not try a smokey eye application or a bold lip …

Like I said, more details to follow … but mark your calendars for us.

If you require any further information for any of our events, give us a shout via email to :

Have a great weekend everyone,