On Trend : Brow Lamination+Tint

May 11, 2021By stephanie

Check out this brow lamination I did in prep for my final test for my Brow Lamination Artist Certification. 🙈 The before brow can be seen down below.
You know what else is a before? BEFORE, I was just a girl who leads a makeup and hair team, and had a sewing side hustle.
The AFTER is that NOW, I do all that AND I’m officially NOW a Certified Brow Lamination Artist. I just received the word that I passed the course and final exam just last week (and I got the certificate to show for it).

Brow Lamination, Tint and Grooming services will be available at the Whitby studio once the lockdown in Ontario is lifted. If you’re interested in the service, email us at beautymail@blushpretty.com to be added to our call list and we will contact you to set up your appointment and consult once doors open!

BEFORE Brow Lamination

Communication is a Beautiful Thing …

April 6, 2021By stephanie

When you have completed your trial run and have had the time to sit with your makeup and hair, don’t forget that your artist would love feedback. It not only helps us nail the look you want, but it also helps us develop and grow as artists.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We understand though, how hard it is for you to request changes or give feedback. No one wants to hurt anyone’s feelings, right? Here’s the best way to give feedback to your artist :⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Start by listing all the things you do love about your look and don’t want to change. It’s all about positivity! It’s sets the tone for the rest of the conversation and let’s the artist know, you’re still into her. ⠀
Next, let your artist know about the little things that you either want to refine, change, or remove. This could be adding more liner to the bottom of your lid, switching to brown liner instead of black, or using only lipstick and forgoing the gloss on top. You’d be surprised to know how often the minor changes are requested – it’s pretty much a norm for your artist and she will expect these types of changes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Lastly, finish with the items that didn’t work out. This is where it gets tough for anyone! The trick here is not too place blame, e.g. “Did you set my skin enough at the end?” or “Did you use enough glue on my false lashes?”. Instead, approach the items you wish to change with an openness to resolve or correct the issue TOGETHER. Try rephrasing your requests in a collaborative manner :⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“I found that the foundation started to crease by midday. Do you think we should try a different foundation or product to prevent this?”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“The lashes you used were perfect but they began to lift at the corners. I will be using eyedrops throughout the day, do you think we can apply some more glue?”

See the difference? It’s all about communication!

Hope these tips allow you to have the best wedding day filled with confidence in your makeup and hair!

Love Over Lavish …

March 17, 2021By stephanie

Things are coming up roses.

Despite the restrictions to gatherings and events, it’s so great to see brides and grooms just going for it. More and more brides are doing away with big receptions and choosing LOVE over lavish. I’ve currently been fielding calls for backyard weddings, intimate elopements, and simple dinner affairs … it’s awesome.

If you’re hoping to plan and prep a smaller more intimate affair this year, I highly suggest googling and reaching out to various wedding planners in your area. Many are hosting a one-stop experience, collaborating with their favourite industry colleagues to create intimate and cozy “micro-weddings”. Imagine being able to have everything taken care of for you from photography to venue to decor … and all you and your betrothed need to do is show up and spend a couple of hours getting married, taking photos, and celebrating love.

The BlushPretty team has the honour of collaborating with a few planners specializing in the “new normal” of weddings. Check out the packages and offerings from Events by Elena and Union Societe. Most packages include officiant, venue, photography and decor, with extras such makeup and hair as a separate cost.

To New Beginnings …

March 15, 2021By stephanie

At the end of February 2021, I was hit with a surprise : my chair rental in our Toronto beauty bar on 508 Yonge Street was being terminated without explanation and with only five days notice. No explanation. I’m not one to fight the universe, so I didn’t question the email and simply drove into the city and removed my belongings from the studio that was BlushPretty’s second home for almost 5 years. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I could sit here and be really angry and upset. I could cause a scene and drag names through the mud. But I won’t.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Instead, I could see it as the opportunity to carefully escape from a situation that was probably going south in the pandemic anyhow. The chance to bring the BlushPretty team into a bigger and better environment once the pandemic loosens up a bit. A sign from the universe that bigger things are waiting for myself and the team. And I also know I am not alone. Many unfortunate things have been happening to people all around since March 2020 … if this is what the pandemic dealt for me, so be it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So here’s to one door closing while another one opens, right?

Be Vain : Setting up a Vanity Space …

February 5, 2021By stephanie

Let me start off by saying, that I think every girl or boy needs a beauty space in her bedroom or bathroom. It doesn’t matter how big or small, she just needs a space to take care of theyself.

If you’re taking time during this locked down to redecorate, here are my top tips on setting up the perfect vanity table.

Before you begin, do a purge. Now is a great time to go through all the product that you’ve collected over the years and do a clean out. I know it’s hard to let go of stuff, but as Marie Kondo says if it doesn’t spark joy … well, you know the rest. Start by tossing out anything expired, anything broken that can’t be salvaged, and of course, anything you haven’t used and know you never will.

Collect your trays, pots, and dishes. Think empty vases or candle holders, resin or metal trays/dishes, or pretty tins and boxes from beauty brand limited additions. Choose your favourites and put them on display as these can be re-purposed to hold make up brushes, organize lipsticks, and display your favourite fragrances atop your vanity. Organization is organization, but it’s better when it’s pretty!

Put out your essentials. Make getting ready easier in the morning by placing your everyday favourites within arm’s reach. This means your favourite skincare, base products, and tools. No more wasting time digging through makeup bags or drawers for that creamy concealer you just used yesterday (where did it go?!?!). Instead, dedicate them to a tray or holder (see above) that’s on your vanity.

If you buy one thing, buy drawer dividers! I like the acrylic trays and dividers from Muji. They are stackable and inexpensive. Do a review of all your makeup and beauty product that didn’t make star status on top of your vanity. This includes accounting for different sizes of palettes, lipstick bullet and case shapes, and other products and tools. Buy your dividers accordingly. Use them to keep all those items upright and organized inside a drawer. No more shifting around every time you open and close!

Dedicate space to your tools. While I believe that a set of makeup brushes should stay on top of your vanity, make sure you dedicate a drawer or small box to makeup remover, tissue, cotton swabs, and sponges. It’s great to keep them close to fix all your beauty MISTAKES, but nobody else needs to know you make them! As far as they know … you apply makeup like a pro!