We’re Still Here … we swear …

January 26, 2021By stephanie

Since it’s been a long minute, this is just a friendly reminder – the BlushPretty team provides makeup and hair services both on-location and at our studios. While we are still in the midst of this lockdown and pandemic, we are taking calls and emails now to set and schedule future appointments for trial runs, photo shoots, and weddings.

If you were hoping to schedule a trial run for an upcoming wedding or event, book your appointment now so you can be one of the first to see us when lockdown lifts.

We have two amazing locations to serve you at :

  • 508 Yonge Street, 2nd floor, Toronto : located right in the heart of downtown at Yonge and College Park; and
  • 117 Brock Street South, 2nd floor, Whitby : right in the center of the town’s charming main street.

We really cannot wait to get back into the swing of things – so hopefully we will see you soon!

Makeup by Morgan Cadenhead for @blushprettyteam

Beauty Inspo : Lucy Boynton

January 22, 2021By stephanie

Lucy Boynton is not afraid of eye makeup. Period. Full stop.

Earlier this week in our Instagram #beautypoll, our readers and followers agreed that having fun with eye makeup and colour is king; therefore Lucy Boynton is the ruling Queen.

Boynton is a true risk-taker when it comes to shadow, liner and glam. Very rarely will you see her without some sort of unexpected eye look. She plays with everything from graphic black liner, to rainbow hues, to pink or red shimmers.

Here are the key takeaways for duplicating Boynton’s eye-catching looks:

Brush up the brows. Lightly fill in the brows and keep them looking natural and full. Brush them up and out and blend well. Let them be a soft frame and leave the lids and lashes to do the work!

Skip the heavy base. Even out the skin tone and opt for a soft matte finish. Keep it light and don’t contour unless absolutely necessary for the look. Keep dewy textures, shimmer and highlight to a minimum as well.

Mascara is your friend. When it comes to a signature Lucy Boynton eye, more mascara is more mascara. Think black, think super-curled, think almost clumpy (but not really). Several coats of mascara should finish any eye look – the longer the better!

Ready to try a look for yourself? Can’t wait to see it! Please share your looks on IG and tag us over at @blushprettyteam.

Optimism, Sunshine, and Boudoir Shoots

January 20, 2021By stephanie

Originally, I drafted this post with the optimism that our lockdown would have ended later this week. I was thinking that things would slowly return to normal (well, the new normal of masks and social distancing) and that other creative businesses like mine, such as photography studios, could resume some type of work. I’m still hopeful that this will end soon, I just need to wait longer. Check out the caption I wanted to post with this photo below :

“If the province comes out of lockdown as promised, the team and I are hoping to get back in the studios sooner rather than later … and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner we are anticipating a round of steamy #boudoir shoots on the schedule!

If you’re thinking of setting up a photo shoot to gift photos to your significant other, consider having your makeup and hair done too. Professionally done makeup and hair for your shoot will ensure that your makeup and hair stays perfectly #sexy know matter how steamy the photo shoot gets!”

I’m the first to admit that I’m the type of person that is always filled with sunshine. No matter how dark it can get, I always choose to walk on the side of optimism. However, it is getting harder each day to stay the course. I haven’t fallen off yet but we will see how the rest of January plays out.

Photo : Off Leash Studio
Model : Alanna of Bellwoods Tattoo (a talented tattoo artist!!)
Hair : Stephanie Daga for @blushprettyteam

#beautypolls : The Eyes Have It …

January 18, 2021By stephanie

Masks are going to be a way of life for awhile … maybe forever. If it means keeping everyone healthy and safe, I’m all for it. Anything to get  us out of this lockdown faster.

Speaking of lockdown, I’ve taken all this extra time to have some fun on Instagram, especially with polls. Every Sunday night, I’ve been posting plenty about brides, weddings, and beauty and the ‘grammers have been weighing in.

This past Sunday, it was all about bold and bright eye makeup to compliment your masks. Here’s what the beauty republic had to say …

A wash of colour over the lids is a yes.
The people voted that a jewel-toned wash of colour is A+ but your choice of colour does make a difference. It was almost 50/50 on bold shades of greens or purples, but a fiery bronze was a fan favourite. The trick to making an impact with a wash of shadow is to blend well and take it all around the eye, top and bottom.

If you can’t do bright shadow, liner is a viable option.
If you cannot commit to doing the full lid, try eyeliner. BlushPretty fans voted favourably for thick swipes of liner in all sorts of shades, though pink fell lower on the scale versus teal and green. Also, switch it up by tracing the colour heavily at the bottom lash line as opposed to the top. You can anchor the look by tight lining the eyes in black or brown and applying mascara.

Don’t count out neons and pastels.
The ‘grammers have spoken : neons and pastels have a place in your makeup wardrobe. Have fun with it! We all need something to brighten up our day. Try a touch of neon yellow or pastel pink in the inner corner of the eyes and grow from there!

Looking for more inspiration like this? Tune into our stories on Instagram, @blushprettyteam, every Sunday night and cast your vote!

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Beauty Crush : Tracee Ellis Ross

January 14, 2021By stephanie

So, have you seen the movie High Note yet?  Better yet, have you taken the time to re-watch every episode of Girlfriends during lockdown?  You haven’t? Huh.  Well, I have …

I don’t know how to explain it, but Tracee Ellis Ross is magnetic. I loved her as the diva Grace Davis in the movie, and fully support her adorkability as Joan Clayton in Girlfriends. What I adore most is her big personality and bold sense of style as seen all over her Instagram.

When it comes to beauty, Ross is no stranger to colour. Whether its a fiery red on her lips, or a wash of pink over the eyes her beauty style is eye-catching but always feels attainable … reachable … wearable (!) for the girl next door. Here is why it works for her :

She knows her features.
Ross has a killer bod … no doubt! But for the face it’s all about her eyes and her lips – and that’s where bold colours live.  You will notice she often chooses one feature to highlight with a pop of colour, though at times, she may do both. She tends to use reds and wines on the lips, and bright pastels, pinks or purples on the eyes.

She uses her hair to frame the look.
It in the genes. Her mother has fantastic hair … and so does she. She knows it. When her eyes are on point and her skin is a glow, she pulls her hair back in simple sleek styles to showcase the look. When she is having fun with her lips, you’ll often see a bit more texture in the hair, perhaps a braid or two, or it will be left loose.

She leaves her skin looking natural and soft. 
I think this is where I am Tracee, and she is me. She likes her skin looking like its real.  Her complexion is never too matte or powdered.  It’s always creamy and glowy which brings an ease to her use of bold colours, almost like she skips powders and just sets her makeup with a great setting spray.

If you’re STILL not convinced of her iconic beauty, watch High Note on Crave today.  You’ll see!