Alright, I will admit it. When it comes to sports I've never been much of an enthusiast. It took me a while to remember the term personal best. Clearly I haven't set many new personal bests when it comes to sports....but I have when it comes to makeup!
What do I mean by personal best? Well you could think of it in terms of looking your personal best. In fact I hadn't even thought of that when I started to write this....zing! What I actually meant was a personal best in terms of getting your morning routine down pat. Time wise.
Let me start out by saying. I am NOT a morning person. It is best not to talk to me when I first wake up. For those moms out there - I give you serious credit. When sleep deprived I can be quite the bear.
Not to mention I wake up with hair that often times looks like I stuck my finger in an electrical socket (Again, refer to Exhibit A).
So to paint a picture for you, I wake up looking like I am stuck in the 80's, growling (no word of a lie) and give myself only minutes to get ready before rushing out the door. This is a daily occurrence which earned me the nickname 'hurricane B'. No judgement.
Okay, if you're thinking get to the point already! Here it is...
Here is the look that I created in the video below. I have watched MANY YouTube tutorials in my day. YouTube has helped me teach myself so many tips and tricks. I wanted to try filming a tutorial so I could share my morning routine with all of you. I did speed up the video - if only I could do it that quickly. The video was closer to 15 minutes - which isn't bad considering I had some heavy concealer work to do!
Well, the closest I will ever become to looking like one anyway. Though I might be able to pull off snow white too! I love Disney, always have, always will. I thought that I would post a transformation this week into the beautiful Disney Princess, Pocahontas.
I created this look based on the 'before' picture. The lesson I learned from this transformation is photographing a change in contouring and skin tones is not easily picked up without the right lighting. Next time I will be sure to capture pictures with the natural sunlight!
These are the steps I followed to achieve this look:
Makeup on mature skin is one of the most difficult tasks for a makeup artist, or so they tell me. I have not had as much experience working with mature skin, however my mother kindly volunteered to be my model so I could practice. There are a few things that have to be altered when you're working with a client with mature skin, however they are small so don't worry! If you follow these tips and tricks your skin will look fresh and youthful. Just look at my mom! She is a perfect example.
My mom, like so many of us, is rushed in the mornings. Most of us do not have much time to spend doing makeup in the morning. She wanted to know how to achieve a 5 minute face. So, we went to Wal Mart and purchased a few items so she could spend 5 minutes every morning and leave the house feeling great!
Steps for a 5 minute face:
We have all been there. You wake up on the morning of a big event, possibly one you have been stressing over all week and you're greeted with an unwelcome zit. So you're looking in the mirror and thinking, now what? What can you do to cover it? Well, I am glad you asked.
So, you're getting married. Congrats! What an exciting time in your life. I am sure that with all of that planning you have to do for the big day, makeup is probably not at the top of the list. I am not here to say it should be, don't worry. I am here to offer you some advice on the basics for bridal makeup.
First things first, take a good long look at your makeup collection (or if you're me, in your makeup trunk!) and see if there are things you're planning on using that might need to be replaced. No one wants to have clumpy mascara in wedding photos. So, take a look. If you've invested in a few key items such as: foundation, concealer, and primer and they are working for you, stick with it! The last thing you want on your wedding day is to have a reaction to an unfamiliar product.
Okay, now that you've taken a look at what you have, here is a checklist of items I would make sure are in your wedding makeup kit:
This is the BB cream that I spoke about in my previous post.
As I mentioned, I like to try before I buy. I had heard a lot about BB (blemish balm) creams so I thought I would try out a couple brands. I tried several different brands from Dior to Smashbox's CC Cream (correcting cream), but still Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier was the clear winner for me, and at a fraction of the cost!
Let me tell you why.
To me, makeup is magic. I wanted to write a post about this to clarify just what I mean by that.
Do I think that you need to wear a lot of makeup to look beautiful?
Do I think that you need to spend a lot of money on your makeup?
There are certainly a few items ( I am sure I will discuss later), that I feel are worth investing in. However, there are many drug store items that can certainly do the trick at masking unwanted blemishes.
This past week my face broke out. I relied on spot treatments at night to do the heavy lifting, but during the day I wanted to make sure that I felt like myself. To start, it is important to prime your face. You need to put moisture in your skin in order for makeup to go on smoothly.
If you're not a big fan of foundation, Loreal makes a BB cream that I swear by - called Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier. It offers great coverage, works as a primer, and doesn't break the bank! Foundations will depend on your skin type (oily, dry, etc.) so they will differ. I always like to try before I buy. Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora will give you a sample of foundation to take home and try before you purchase it. I highly recommend doing that as you can see how it will wear throughout the day.
I usually do my eye makeup while my foundation or bb cream sets. Then I put concealer on any reddish areas (Lise Watier is my personal favourite for concealer), and set it all with a powder (my go to being M.A.C Studio Fix). Last but not least I add a bit of bronzer, blush and some cheek highlight!
I know it sounds like a lot of steps to achieve that perfect coverage, but the more you do it the faster you become. I think it is important to take time for yourself. If putting on a 5 minute face will make you feel beautiful for the rest of the day, try to find those 5 minutes.
If you have any questions about this post, products, etc. Feel free to contact me.
Thanks for reading!
Favourite Bridal Makeup Artist
I am a freelance makeup artist who works out of Waterloo. I am an Ontario qualified teacher with a passion for makeup. I love to help people look and feel their very best!