Prom season is around the corner, which is why I thought it would be a good time to address prom trends. Thanks to the lovely folks at awkwardfamilyphotos.com we are able to re-visit the mistakes of our past, and hope that we don't make the same ones in the future.
Step away from the Buff Beige Covergirl compact. You are not always going to be buff beige. If you are - it's in the summer time. Once the winter strikes you turn as pale as the snow. Embrace that. Also, stop using the sponge in the compact. If it could, I bet that thing would grow legs and walk away. Plus - it isn't helping with break outs. Toss it - or wash it (on.the.regular). Now, I'm all for full coverage, we both know that. That being said, don't forget to add dimension back into your face. Ever wonder why your face looks like a glowing moon in a lot of pictures? You forgot to add a little blush and bronzer action. Don't worry girl, luckily for you,you managed to rock the Snow White look. Just don't be afraid of blush and bronzer - a little contouring never hurt anyone. Now, I am not saying you need to go all Kim Kardashian with the contouring (don't worry if you don't know who this is - not important). All I am saying is, don't go overboard with the contouring. I still think you need to look like yourself when you leave the door. Oh, and let the wet messy bun rest in peace. It's had it's day.
The older, wiser, version of you.
Let it be known. I have unruly hair. Wild, curly hair. When I wake up it often looks like the 80's called and they want their hair back.
As a result, it has been a struggle for me to maintain nice hair without it being incredibly time consuming. So, I decided I needed to figure out a solution to tame my wild mane. Recently I branched out and went to a hairdresser in Waterloo (I am sorry Kaitlynn - I still adore your haircutting) who told me that I needed to rehydrate my hair. I knew it. The winter had done some serious damage. She also told me to wash my hair less. Having fine hair I've always been susceptible to the, not so attractive, 'greasy rat' look after a day or two of not washing my hair. She said, "try to wash your hair twice a week if you can." You can imagine my reaction. However, I knew there was truth in what she was saying. So I set to work, looking for some products to help rescue my tresses.
This is my recipe for awesome hair, even on day 3:
This is my co-worker Courtney. She shares my passion for makeup. She also loves costume makeup and introduced me to the show Face Off - where makeup artists compete by creating amazing prosthetic pieces. Basically all of the cool costumes you see in Star Trek and Star Wars films - those guys. I wanted to use this picture of Court (more commonly known as Coco) because I felt it showcased her awesome personality. She doesn't dress as a She Wolf everyday - in fact, she has great makeup skills. So I couldn't wait to hear what she had to say:
Hmmmm. The perfect red lip you say? Simple! Follow these three quick and easy steps for a flawless red lip. Although this trick works for all colours - I find it really helps create that 'clean' look a red lip requires.
Here is what you will need:
Step 1: Outline your lips with your lip pencil. Make sure that your lips line up in the corners (not everyone's does naturally). Try to trace your lip line as closely as possible. If you make a mistake just take a bit of makeup remover and try again! It takes practice.
Step 2: The fun part. Colour in your lips! If your lips are dry and flaky you might want to use an exfoliant first or a lip treatment. It is hard to apply lip liner to dry lips - so keep that in mind.
Step 3: Last but not least, apply your lipstick. For this look I used Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso. It goes on liquid, but dries matte; and they weren't kidding when they said 'stay all day'!
People often say to me, "I love lipstick, but it never lasts!" Well, you're not alone. I remember as a kid my mom often saying she needed 'to put her lips on' before we went into places. The translation: her lipstick had worn off and she needed to re-apply. It happens to the best of us. The trick to add staying power to lipstick is lip liner. If you line and fill your lips with lip liner before applying your lipstick, you will be amazed at how much longer your colour lasts. Try it, and let me know what you think!
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Some of my first memories with makeup are playing with the products inside my grandma's makeup cabinet. She had a three piece mirror in her bathroom, and both the left and right flaps opened up. The right side had all of my grandpa's boring 'man things' stashed behind, and my grandma's side was full of perfumes, creams, and makeup! I remember sitting on the bathroom counter trying on her blush, lipstick and my favourite of all, her cream blush stick. I loved the smells of her makeup, and I loved to experiment with it. I would apply her cream blush stick on my lips and cheeks; I loved that it had a coral pink shimmer to it. Some things never change! The top drawer in her bathroom vanity housed all of her rollers, pins, combs and brushes. These are my first memories of my grandma's recipe for fabulous. My grandma is going to be 94 at the end of this month. I wanted to feature her today and highlight her makeup routine, and what she has done to stay fabulous:
Name: Georgette Chitaroni
Skin Type: Normal
Her skin care routine: My grandma's bathroom never had a shortage of face cloths. In the morning she would wipe her face with a warm face cloth. At night she always makes sure to apply her Pond's Cold Cream (liberally). I've helped my grandma get ready for bed more times than I can count - and I love how she makes sure to keep these things a part of her routine.
Her go to beauty routine? These days makeup is saved for special occasions. I would have to say that the thing my grandma is most conscious of is her hair. She loves a fresh perm and neatly styled curls. Her makeup routine is simple. A pink satin lipstick, a pop of pink blush (or rouge) and some grey pencil in her brows.
If you took a look in her makeup bag what would I find? Probably a comb for her curls, tweezers, a pearly pink lipstick, a warm pink blush and an eyebrow pencil. Those are defintely her staples.
What is the best beauty product she has come across? Why does she love it? Without a doubt it would have to be her Pond's Cold Cream. It is always within reach from her bed and keeps her skin hydrated and incredibly smooth.
If she could only have one makeup item to use everyday (deserted island style) what would it be and why? If I know my grandma, it would have to be her bag of rollers. So that when she was rescued from the deserted island her hair would still look good!
My grandma is one of the most beautiful women I know. Inside and out. I love how she still takes the time for herself. Whenever I pop in for a visit I know I can count on her being dressed in the most adorable outfits - that are colour co-ordinated of course! These days when I visit, I like to do something to pamper her. I make sure I've packed a few nail polish colours I know she will like and I love doing her makeup for special events. If you read this blog and it made you think of your grandma - give her a visit. If your grandma is anything like mine, and likes to have her hair curled just right and her nails painted, she will love it. It's a great excuse to spend some quality time together and you will both leave feeling fabulous.
Thanks for reading. I hope you all have a great weekend!
Bree & Georgie
One makeup artist trick I love, and use often, is one that creates the look of bigger, brighter eyes. It's an instant eye opener, and on the days when you're not feeling so awake it will fool others into thinking you are. How you ask? Easy!
You can use this technique every day or save it for special occasions. Here is a picture where I used this technique for a look I wore to a wedding I attended last year.
If you take a close look at my waterline you can see I brightened it! Another makeup artist trick revealed. Give it a try. Brighten up those beautiful eyes of yours!
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It's Friday! You know what that means? Yes, the weekend is upon us. Can I get a Hallelujah? Too much? Alright. Well I am pretty pumped about this weeks 'Be Fab' Beauty. Jennifer is a new momma of twins (and boy are they adorable!!) Despite how busy having two babies has kept her, Jenn always takes the time to get ready and feel good before she leaves the house. In fact, whenever I am making excuses about getting ready all I have to think about is her, and how she does it! I really have no excuse. So, I wanted to ask her about her beauty tips and tricks. She also has a massive makeup collection that I was dying to hear more about. This is what Jennifer had to say:
Name: Jennifer Touhey
Age: 39 (if I have to tell the truth and you post before next week haha)
Skin Type: Normal
Tell us a little about your skin care routine: Much to the horror of all you beauticians and make-up artists, soap, water and good old Nivea cream.
What is your go to beauty routine? My routine? Well, I start with foundation or bb cream, a little concealer and some powder to set! If I am feeling blah, I will add a little bronzer, and then some blush. Then I do my eyes, keeping it simple, and finish with some mascara and eye liner. I like to dabble a little (as far as brands go), so I use MAC for foundation, powder, bronzer and some of my eye shadows. I use Lise Watier concealer, Bobbie Brown's shimmer brick on my eyes, and Clinique for my mascara. My eye liner is either Clinique, Lancôme or Quo. Depends on my mood. Also, if I want to add some spice and shimmer, Bobbi Brown or Mac do the trick! Hey, I never pretended to be low maintenance. I do this almost every day. My lazy days ( including my beach and seadoo days) include BB cream, a little blush and mascara- water proof of course!
If I took a look in your makeup bag what would I find? A lot! I love trying new things. You will find anything and everything.. foundation, powders, bronzer, a ton of eye shadows and eye liners, mascara, lip gloss and of course for those occasions when we go out.. a little glitter! One could say I am as fanatic about make-up as I am about my hair!
If you could only have one makeup item to use everyday (deserted island style) what would it be and why? BB cream or tinted moisturizer- at least I would have even skin!
What is the best beauty product you've come across? Why do you love it? Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick. Any, and all colours. I love it because it has multiple functions, and they are just sooo pretty!
What was the worst beauty purchase you've made? Why was it awful? Electric blue mascara. I thought it would be a good idea to match my mascara to my dress. It was the 90's. Not such a great look for me!!
Do you have any beauty secrets you'd like to share? If so, please tell us: I don't have any real beauty secrets. I would just say don't forget to take care of yourself. Get ready every day. When you take the time for yourself you will feel good walking out the door each day.
When I first read Jenn's answers I sent her a text saying, 'soap? like a bar of soap?!" she replied, "Yep. Am I horrifying you?" To be perfectly honest, I wasn't horrified at all. Just shocked. She has great skin! The thing about those fortunate enough to be blessed with 'normal skin' by the skin gods, is that they can get away with using pretty much anything on their face! That being said, just because it works, doesn't necessarily mean it is the best option. A lot of people use a bar of soap on their face. However, unless it was designed to be used for the skin on your face it is likely that the ingredients are going to be too harsh for your skin. Although Jenn has already heard my speech about skin care, I really do appreciate her honesty as I am sure there are a lot of women out there who use a bar of soap as a cleanser. Just be mindful of how your skin feels afterwards. If your skin feels tight when you get out of the shower, it could be that it is removing your skin of it's natural oils and drying it out. I read this article the other day and learned a lot about skin care habits. I am guilty of not following quite a few of them myself. Check it out if you're not sure if you're washing your face right. You might learn a thing or two. I did.
I have to admit, I really loved reading Jenn's beauty secret. I couldn't agree more about the importance of taking time for yourself everyday. If you haven't done so all week, please make sure you do today. After all, it's Be Fabulous Friday.
Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!
Suck in your cheeks (make a fishy face) and apply your matte bronzer along the underside of your cheekbone. You want to 'carve' out the area under your cheekbone to create definition in your cheeks. By doing this you add definition to your cheeks. It is a great trick to make your face appear slimmer. If you have a slender face you can still apply bronzer in the same spot,I would just recommend that you apply it a little lighter so it doesn't hollow out your cheeks too much. The matte bronzers I have here are Marcelle - Natural Bronze and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil in Medium/Deep (this one is quite a bit darker though it doesn't quite show in the picture).
Apply your blush to the apples of your cheeks (two finger widths from your nose) and sweep your brush up and outwards (towards your ear). The two shades in the picture below are Pop of Pink by Smashbox, and MAC's Fleur Power.
Apply your highlight on the upper section of your cheekbone. Again, sweep the colour outwards towards your ear. You can use any highlighter you'd like. The ones below are Smashbox Prism, Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Pink Light and Physicians Formula in Natural Nude.
Blend. Blend. Blend. Blend. Blend. Make sure that you blend enough so that none of these lines are visible. Some people add all three colours then blend, or blend as they go along. You will see in the video that I blend as I apply. That's just my preference. Find what works best for you. The most important thing is that your bronzer, blush and highlight should be blended seamlessly with one another. If you'd like to watch me show you a quick and easy way to integrate an HD cheek into your daily routine:
If you have any questions at all about creating your own HD cheek, please don't hesitate to contact me.
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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!