scoop : five ways to slay perfectly winged eyeliner …

March 25, 2016By stephanie


you know that meme that keeps floating around about never asking a girl why she’s late with an image of a perfectly crisp winged eyeliner? makes you want to punch someone in the face, yes? it’s like, you want that line. but you can’t do that line. but you really want to do that line.

i get it. i really do. 

i would love to walk out of the house every single day with a perfectly lined eye that could slay Lauren Conrad’s signature eyeliner in a quick minute, but the truth is applying liquid eyeliner to myself is hard. i can work it on a bride, a client, and my BFF no problem … but i’m screwed over several times when it comes to perfecting it on me.

but after some practice and playing around and a bit of cheating, i can do it … now. i don’t do it often … but i can if i want to and really apply myself. and i know you want to do it too. like as soon as tomorrow.

so, here’s the problem : you, and several other Pinterest junkies out there, are too focused on achieving the end result that you aren’t paying attention to the tools you are going to use to get there. and that is where the answer lies – HOW are you going to get that perfectly flicked, incredibly dark eye line? the question has never been “can you do it” … because you can.


here are my five tips on getting Instagram worthy eyeliner :

choose your weapon wisely. liquid liner has always been the forerunner in creating enviable eyeliner looks but you really require a steady hand (i’ll touch base on this more in the next tip!). if you’re less than Cool Hand Luke, consider other inky options such as gel liners or tube or pot based liners (like Tarte Tartiest or Bobbi Brown Gel Liners) paired with an eyeliner brush (more on this in a bit too!). these alternatives to liquid liners are just as inky and create an equally crisp look. basically, you have options!

if you must use liquid liner than consider this … take a look at the applicator or wand that you will be working with. if you’re super steady and able to … say … thread a needle in the dark, then you probably could have your pick of the lot. you’ll most likely be comfortable with any applicator style including those that have a super slender and flexible applicator (such as Urban Decay’s 24/7 Perversion Liquid Liner). if you’re pretty steady-handed but prefer control, aim for something with a felt tip end (like Charlotte Tilbury’s Feline Flick). i find felt tip ends still glide across the lashline, but offer more control. this might not be a good example for everyone but here’s how I see it … I prefer writing with medium point pens and think my handwriting looks atrocious with anything fine tip or a light weighted pen. if i use a liquid liner, i’m on team felt tip.

invest in some eyeliner brushes.  if you are feeling my tip about gel or potted eyeliners, you will need to pair them up with an eyeliner brush. i prefer a super flat slanted (MAC 209), but a pointed end brush (MAC 208) is good to have as well. i personally use a flat slanted to walk the product across the lash line and execute my flick, and the pointed one to blend the line smooth. if you’re still a straight from the liquid line tube, the pointed liner brush can help blend and smooth the line, or when dipped in some makeup remover, clean up mistakes without removing the whole line.

do up your eyes first. it’s always super cute when the team or i am working on a client and we start doing their eyes and they get all confused about why we haven’t applied foundation first. if you’re only beginning to practice winged liner or cat eyes, it might get a little messy. may i suggest shading and lining your eyes first, then going in with your foundation and concealer afterwards, which will allow you to clean up the eye area and your liner. you can hide mistakes by blending them away with some foundation on the tip of your eyeliner brush, and i also find it really sets off the inkiness of your line.

eyeliner is life … so practice your ish. seriously, half the fun of buying and having makeup is watching YouTube tutorials and practising the looks at 2 am when you should be asleep. so, wear winged eyeliner and a cut crease while you’re vacuuming. do up a cat eye while you’re waiting for your laundry to dry. or just practise for the sake of practising. the more you practise the more comfortable you’ll be and your weapon of choice will become natural to you. you’ll know what works and what doesn’t and the next thing you know someone will ask you “how did you get your eyeliner so nice?”

Leave me a note or comment and let me know your worst eyeliner disaster. Would love to know what products you love and hate!

Happy Easter all!


try it : olivia wilde smoky eye

January 12, 2016By stephanie

It’s a pretty safe  bet to say that Olivia Wilde has some pretty piercing eyes … and that she has the smoky eye look down to an exact science … yes?


As we all struggle everywhere to create a sexy smoky eye that resembles more than just smudged eyeliner, Olivia’s makeup artist – Melanie Inglessis – shared with InStyle magazine her trick : purple eyeshadows.

According to the magazine, Inglessis uses mainly purple shadows and NO KOHL or black shadow (*gasp*). It kind of flips many of us upside down, because it’s extremely natural to think that a smoky eye = black shadow (and dark greys too!). Another tip : to soften the look, she rounds out the outer edges of the eyeshadow and diffuses any harsh borders.

While Olivia’s transformation over the years has her experimenting with everything from the bold statement lip to feline flicked liner, her go-to is definitely smoky. If you are thinking of trying her purple-hued smoky style, may I suggest :

NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Jolie Poupee : a violet and pearlescent purple pairing which would be great for adding layers and dimension to a purple smoky eye.

MAC Eyeshadow in Shadowy Lady : a matte deep plum that  is perfect for smoking it up from the lashline and grounding more shimmery shades.

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil  in Empire : an inky pencil that glides one with ease giving your smoky look a complete finish.

There are plenty PLENTY of options out there from all your favourite brands, and the great thing about the whole sexy sultry smoky eye look is that playing with the combinations is half the fun.

Try it!


loved by laura : what’s on her face? (from urban decay to mary kay!)

April 16, 2015By stephanie

I felt inspired by this gorgeous weather to create a simple yet fun look with some new goodies. Its not about using a ton of colour or product to create something fun that will pop, its about using the right products that target the features that you really want to show off. So without further ado here is a breakdown of what’s on my face!


For a skin like finish, I used Urban Decay Naked Foundation in 6.0, followed by cult fave, NARS Orgasm blush for a beautiful pinky, peach glow. I completed the look with some MAC Bronzer to add a little colour to this pale skin thats begging for sun.

I applied Mary Kay whipped eye colour in “Tiki Hut” on the lids,  and “Seafoam” on the bottom lashline for a pop of colour. I am really into these colours because they go on creamy and have a powder like finish –  plus they are super easy to apply: I used my fingers!

I finished the look with Mary Kay eyeliner in “MK black” (j’adore this pencil, its super creamy and the tip is thin so allows for precise application).

A simple swipe of Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss in “red-light/medium”.  LOVE this colour its bright enough so that I can layer it to really pop, or wear it shear for just a touch of colour. If you like versatile lip colours – you NEED this in your life!

I’m loving how quickly I was able to complete this look which took me about 7 minutes. The end look packed a lot of punch all while using easy to use products for a quick face ;)


recos from regina (sort of …) : #ambushbeauty

March 10, 2015By stephanie

What happens when you spend the afternoon with a couple of ladies of BlushPretty????

As BlushPretty makeup artist Laura A. Tran puts it #ambushbeauty.

I had the chance to spend a few hours at the mall with BlushPretty’s very own Stephanie Anne Daga and BlushPretty makeup and hair artist Laura Tran. The must stops during this trek was MAC Cosmetics, Sephora and Holt Renfrew. During our stop at Sephora I asked about foundation recommendations as I lack the knowledge of knowing which foundation shade would look natural on my skintone.

Once my foundation shade was determined, a sudden ambush beauty makeover occurred:)

This ambush beauty makeover was a very kind treat as mornings in my house is busy with getting 3 kids ready for school and myself ready for work. My daily makeup ritual is very basic. It consists of mascara, lipbalm, lipgloss, and eyebrow product.

Stephanie and Laura began choosing out products and applying them on my face. I like how they tagged teamed and worked with each other to achieve the look they wanted for me.

Before they created this look, the makeup that I was already using was Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara and Maybelline EyeStudio Brow Drama in Deep Brown.

To create the look for #ambushbeauty, the following makeup products used were:


-Urban Decay Weighless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup in Shade 6.0
-Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil in ATF


-Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin
-Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Mushroom
-Urban Decay Super Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner in Perversion


-Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak


-Stila Fields of Florals Convertable Color Palette

What was amazing about this #ambushbeauty makeover was how Stephanie and Laura gave me informative tips on how to create this look in 5 minutes. This look is great for an everyday look for work especially in the industry that I work in.


the perfect red : mrs. mia wallace …

November 10, 2014By stephanie

It seems to me that everyone is on the search for the perfect red lip(stick)(gloss)(pencil)(stain). I actually have plenty of red (or reddish) favourites, namely MAC’s Lady Danger, NARS Pop Life, NARS Red Square, NARS Cruella, NARS Rita, Bite Beauty Cranberry … and the list goes on …

All these reds are similar in some ways, and if you were to ask my husband, they are exactly the same … but what do boys know? (throw rocks at them!).

I get asked what red I’m wearing anytime I am wearing red, but the one red … the one lovely, perfect, stay put red that always garners a side eye … and the kind of side eye that says “you better watch your makeup bag, because I’m about to grab that lipstick from you …” is Urban Decay’s Pulp Fiction lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace.

I have istagrammed this lip color before, and even mentioned it on the blog previously. This lip colour is/was part of Urban Decay’s ode to the cult classic Pulp Fiction and it’s 20th anniversary of the film’s debut. The entire collection was inspired by the Queen B herself, Mrs. Mia Wallace.

I have worn this lip color to many bride’s and their wedding days, and guaranteed, SOMEONE in the bridal party will ask me what I’m wearing and state : that’s what I want. I have had Mothers of the Bride insist on having it. Bridesmaids glare at it in thievery.

A deep blood red, this lip color is insane. It looks great against many skintones. It’s not too matte, not too shiny. It has a great slip over the lips and stays all day. Should it wear off a bit it never looks garish … it’s perfect.

Now don’t get me wrong … there are other reds that are also perfect because you know, there are many tones of reds to be worn and each one is special … but as of late, this is it. This is the one you will find in my purse or coat pocket that I cannot live without!

So, your homework for this week : treat yourself and pick up Mrs. Mia Wallace … it’s still available on the Urban Decay website and select Sephora’s where the collection is still available.