the beautiful & freelance life : workshops

January 7, 2014By DJMC

As we settle into 2014, we’re getting started on a number of workshops we’ll be hosting at the bp studio over the coming weeks. Maybe you’re recently engaged and want to work on improving your skin for the big day, perhaps you’re a freelance artist looking to further your skills, or maybe you’re just looking to learn a thing or two from some of our fabulous team members! Regardless of what you’re looking for, we’ve got something for everyone to learn more about improving routines, products and skills for 2014.

Check out what’s upcoming below, and be sure to like our Facebook pages Blushpretty: The Beautiful Life and Blushpretty: The Freelance Life for information on additional workshops. If you’d like to register, give us a shout at 416.727.1754 or email us at

GREEN IN THE NEW YEAR by Stephanie Daga

The new year is all about new beginnings and for some of you, that might include greening your routine from lifestyle to cooking to beauty. However, when it comes to beauty, perhaps its been hit or miss with finding quality makeup that is natural and safe for your skin. This 90-minute workshop will cover some of the best natural, vegan and organic brands that you can find in Toronto along with the tips and tricks to using the products properly, getting the most out of them and making your look last throughout the day.

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2014 & Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: 777 Richmond Street West
Price: $25 per person, includes food and drink and 20% off product at the studio (redeemable that night)

TRENDING FOR 2014by Laura Amaya

New Year, New Look. If you are unsure about how to execute some of the new trends in 2014 makeup…worry no more – our lead makeup artist, Laura Amaya can help you! After working with countless brides and clients in the GTA, Laura will show you how to accomplish several editorial makeup trends and how to incorporate them into your everyday style! Guests are welcome to bring their own makeup bags for our team to assess for a new year clean out!

Date: Sunday January 12, 2014 & Tuesday February 11, 2014
Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Jan. 12) & 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Feb. 11)
Location: 777 Richmond Street West
Price: $35 per person, includes food and drink and 20% off product at the studio (redeemable that night)

EASY BREEZY HAIR  – by Samantha Wilson

Is your new year’s resolution about trying to get to work on time WITHOUT sacrificing your beauty routine? Studies show that when women run late, it’s usually because their hair is giving them trouble in the morning. Okay – that’s not a scientific fact, but it’s possibly true, right? Join BlushPretty’s talented hair artist, Samantha Wilson, as she guides you through the proper tools and products to have on hand for a good hair day all day every day. This seminar also includes how to recreate three easy but chic looks suitable for the office, school, or an evening out!

Dates: Tuesday, January 14, 2013 & Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 pm
Location: 777 Richmond Street West
Price: $30 per person, includes food and drink and 20% off product at the studio (redeemable that night)

SAVE YOUR SKINby Naomi Mundy

BlushPretty’s resident skincare expert and aesthetician, Naomi Mundy, is here to talk to you about saving your skin for 2014. From the proper way to cleanse and hydrate your skin to choosing the right routine for your skin type, Naomi Mundy will help you troubleshoot problem areas from oiliness to acne to aging. Embarking on a new skincare routine is all about research, but we are here to make it easier for you!

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time:  6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: 777 Richmond Street West
Price: $30 per person, includes food and drink and 20% off product at the studio (redeemable that night)


No matter the hair type, sometimes a girl needs a little help whether it be a filler, a hair piece, or even a bit of bling. Senior Hair Artist, Samantha Wilson, will help you take your freelance hair skills to another level by effectively using extras to create fuller buns, longer hair, or clean braids for creatives, film or a beautiful bride! This 4-hour workshop will not only include a tutorial on how to recreate certain styles but also:

  1. how to stock a kick-butt hair kit; and
  2. what to look for in quality pieces and what to avoid; and
  3. where to buy your pieces and stay cost-effective.

Be a better hair artist in 2014 and step up your creative game!

Date: Sunday, February 2, 2014 & Sunday, February 23, 2014
Time: 9:30 -1:30 p.m (2nd) / 1 p.m. – 5 p.m (23rd)
Location: 777 Richmond Street West
Price: $70 per person, includes food and drink and 20% off product at the studio (redeemable that night)


A top makeup artist can combat any skin tone and skin type but for some, it’s often hard to troubleshoot problematic skin such as scarring, cystic acne, or sagging skin. While your bride may be picture perfect, one or even two in her bridal party might need a little more help … and you won’t know until you get there. Don’t be caught off-guard! Our lead makeup artist, Laura Amaya, will show newly minted makeup artists how to cover, conceal and correct the most troublesome of skin issues, the right products to use and how to keep the makeup looking fresh and light!

Date: Sunday, February 9, 2014
Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: 777 Richmond Street West
Price: $55 per person, includes food and drink and 20% off product at the studio (redeemable that night)


Prepping your client’s skin before makeup makes the whole thing better. Trust us, and trust Naomi Mundy, BlushPretty’s skincare expert. Let Naomi walk you through the right products to use for the various skin types and tones that you will be facing every time you enter a gig. She will help you troubleshoot various skin issues and guide you through the various steps of prepping and priming the skin before your makeup application even begins!

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: 777 Richmond Street West
Price: $35 per person, includes food and drink and 20% off product at the studio (redeemable that night)

lightbox : brides that belong on magazine covers …

October 29, 2013By stephanie

I’m pretty sure I might be biased, but the bp team always manages to have brides whom belong on the cover of wedding magazines …
they are just that beautiful …

Photo by
Hair by Donna D. for BlushPretty
Makeup by Naomi M. for BlushPretty

hurr down to thurr …

October 21, 2013By stephanie

There is something to be said about long hair, brides, and wedding days.

We have brides visit us, shortly after they have become engaged, who claim: “I’m just gonna let my hair grow and grow until the wedding day so you will have lots of hair to work with. You tell me what you want“.

A good hair artist will be able to work with anything you got and transform you into the vision of a bride you always dreamed you would be. Period. ( #preach ) BUT … that doesn’t mean it she cannot use a little help. If you are in the middle of growing out your hair, here are a couple of tips to get your mane in tip top shape for the wedding day.

Stay on top of trims : you got to cut a little to grow a lot. Keeping your ends fresh and maintaining shape during the grow-out stage is key. If you let it grow for the sake of growing and it starts to look sloppy, you may reach a point midway to your wedding where so much damage (split-ends, dry ends, breakage) has occurred that you have to cut off more than you originally wanted.

Treat your hair well : ask your hair artist and your regular hair stylist for advice. Is your hair dry? Or is it too oily?  Does it break easily? Is it too thin?  You have plenty of time to address your hair issues and make a significant change before the big day arrives and all you have to do is ask and listen. Get advice and ask for product suggestions. Let your hair team know what your current routine is and what you want to achieve (more body, less frizz). You hired them for a reason: they’re experts.

Be open to “extras” :  no one has to know. Even if you happen to get your hair to a great length that allows for the style you want, you may need some help filling out some areas – and there is nothing wrong with that. A few clip-in extensions may allow for more volume and curls at the back.  A small tuft of hair can help to fill gaps in the pouf at the crown of the head. A net donut can make a bun even bigger and better … you never know! After your trial run, be open to suggestions by your hair artist. Remmber: those images you brought to her from inspiration? Chances are, those models/actresses/socialites probably have extensions too.


the makeup artist life : from start to finish …

September 4, 2013By stephanie

If you were hanging around the blog last week, you probably came across some very beautiful images shot by Rhommel Bernardino and of the lovely Kaitlin Chapple, a Toronto-based photographer and model respectively. I think we can all agree that the photos are pretty kick-butt.

It isn’t that hard to create a beautiful image when you have a beautiful canvas to work with. Kaitlin was gorgeous as is, so really, my job was easy.

With striking features, deep red hair, and milky skin, I didn’t need to change or “fix” anything on Kaitlin. Instead, the goal was to enhance.

Rhommel and I had decided on that very day to play up Kaitlin’s fiery red hair with lipstick to match and her blue eyes with a frame of black liner. In addition, we wanted to keep the skin looking fresh and her hair touchably soft.

Some of the key products for me to create the end look:

* hot rollers to infuse volume into the hair, especially around the crown
* Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Hairstyling products (mousse and hairspray)
* peach colour corrector by Bobbi Brown to correct the darker hue just under the eyes
* MAC Eyeshadow in Vapour to create a soft base on the lid and MAC Fluidline in Blitz+Glitz to create a dark crisp wing of liner (and to line the waterline)
* Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro for the prettiest red lip ever

I have to say, I was pretty stoked about the end look.

Photoshoots and creatives are my favourite ways to play with makeup and hair. Whether it is something as simple as recreating a glamorous bridal look like the one above OR something more fashion forward or risqué, I’m always game to practising my craft through shoots. I’m looking forward to doing more in 2014 and sharing them with you!



have fun with it …

August 23, 2013By stephanie

after all the hard work and planning, remember … just have fun with it!

wishing all our brides this weekend a wonderful+beyond blissful day …

the bp team