Lash Downsizing With Vueset

It seems like this blog is sponsored by Vueset, but I promise you it's not and I have purchased every single palette I have written about!!! I've been focused this year on really trying to make my life easier by carrying less (I haven't quite gotten there yet) but these palettes have really been a dream. 

Make Up For Ever Artist Face Colour Palette

In one of my YouTube videos that I released a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that one of my favourite powder blush products to use is the Make Up For Ever Artist Face Colour. I was gifted an entire palette of them from one of my very good friends who received the whole line for free. I wanted to share some more information about this palette: what I love, what I will be removing and what I will be adding to the palette in 2018.  This post may give you some insight if you are thinking of building your own palette, believe me it's not an easy thing to do because they have sooo many shades available. 

KISS Lash Couture Faux Mink Collection and GIVEAWAY

It is definitely a christmas miracle. I got something for free and I can give it all away to you! My first giveaway - with hopefully many more to come for the new year. I'm even more excited because i'm giving away product I love - 8 pairs of Kiss Lash Couture Faux Mink Lashes and 4 packages of glue. This is the perfect giveaway for anyone building their kit, for established MUA's who want to step up their lash game, or for you to keep all for yourself (I'm not judging you). 

Vueset Nude Lip Palette

I've been talking about downsizing my kit for the last 6 months and it's finally happening. To everyone that recommended the Vueset Tahiti palette THANK YOU! They are the perfect size and now I want to put everything I can into these little guys. As you already know I am obsessed with clean beauty looks, and as a result I have a huge number of nude lipsticks that I love working with. The palette I created has my favourite nudes from MAC, Maybelline and L'Oreal. It contains nudes for all skin tones, both sheer and matte nudes and nudes with a hint of colour.

My Makeup Session With Fortyology

I know there are a ton of MUA's that struggle with working with more mature clients, check out my collab with Fortology and watch me work my magic on three amazing women to get inspired! All three of these women had completely different ideas about how they wanted their makeup to look, from natural to more glam. We covered it all in this video!

Beauty Breakdown: Today's Bride Magazine, Soft Cut Crease Bridal Look

This is one of my favourite makeup looks to do for bridal - the makeup is soft, romantic, it photographs well and can be adapted to different eye shapes and skin tones. If you are interested in pursuing work as a MUA in the bridal industry, this is definitely a look you want to master. The idea behind a look like this is that it softly emphasizes all the bride's features. The eyeshadow is actually a cut crease shadow application (just softened), the cheeks are slightly contoured and the lips are an enhanced version of the bride's natural lip colour.

BEAUTY BREAKDOWN: Freckles and Faux Lashes

I was lucky enough to shoot with this gorgeous model for a second time for the Velour Lashes Custom Lash Tool Campaign. If you don't know what i'm talking about - go check it out right now. You can basically design your own custom lash - it's AMAZING. The shoot called for a before lashes shot, an 'after' shot with lashes and a second look with a fuller pair of lashes and more intense makeup (if I recall we had about 3-4 hours to capture all of this, including hair). Let me walk you through how I created these looks and how I got all of this done in less than half a day.

What to ask your clients during a bridal makeup trial.

When you first start out in the bridal makeup industry there is always this mystery about what happens at the trial and what to say to ensure your clients book you for the big day. Because there is a lot of money on the line with this type of client, you want to make sure that aside from a great makeup application you are getting all the information you need to make sure the wedding day runs smoothly with no surprises. To save you from the shock of finding out your client has weird allergies or discovering two days before you are actually driving 3 hours out of the city; I want to provide you with some questions you may want to ask your bridal client before signing on the dotted line.

Q&A: How do I properly apply makeup around the eye area on mature skin without it settling into fine lines?

The first thing to remember is that less is always more when dealing with mature skin. The more you pack on, the more chance there is that all of that gunk is going to settle into lines around the eye area which makes for a less than desirable end result. I am going to run through a couple of pointers to help you deal with this. I won't be specific on products in this post, technique is what matters most here so there is no need to feel like you need to go out and replace every product you have.

Photographer: Maya Sherwood

How To Work With Eyebrows That Are Going Grey

My last post on working with mature skin had a lot of you asking about more specific makeup application techniques, specifically when it comes to brows. As we all know a good brow can make a face. Good brows mean less eye makeup and a fuller groomed brow can make you look younger - but brows are not immune to going grey. For both MUA's and anyone dealing with brows that are starting to go grey it can be hard to figure out what to do when you are presented with a brow that contains a few grey hairs.

Tips For Applying Makeup On Mature Skin

Applying makeup on mature skin is one of those topics I get asked about frequently. For those of you reading currently in makeup school, you will have very minimal experience working with mature skin in class. When you get into the real world this is going to be one of those things that will be the most challenging type of makeup application for you during the early stages of your career.

BEAUTY BREAKDOWN: Natural Skin, Bold Lip

Let me start this post by saying that Cleo our model had fantastic skin and really awesome brows so that made my life pretty easy with this look!  I had no patience and started working on getting her skin glowing right away.  I wanted to enhance that and balance the look with a bold lip, which I think works well with her hair, brows, and minimal product on the eyes. A light contour with only foundation added just enough dimension to her face.