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:
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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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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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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If you've been following my blog you will know by now that I often complain (cry, whine, act like a drama queen, etc.) about having adult acne. Come on! It doesn't seem fair. I thought my days of break outs were behind me, but alas they are here to stay! Woo Hoo!
So, I figured since I can't beat it I might as well conceal it. Concealer is one of those things that can be a bit intimidating so I wanted to show you just how easy it can be to hide any unwanted blemishes or dark circles. Right now my favourite combo for coverage is my Lise Watier Corrector Wheel and my Bare Minerals foundation (after I've used my primer of course!). The combination creates a flawless canvas, and lasts all day long. The best part is I don't feel like I want to wash my face immediately when I get home from work. If you are looking for great coverage, that feels lovely and light on your skin, check out the video below and give it a try. I'd love to hear what you think. Click on the picture below to watch the tutorial.
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Ha! I couldn't resist that play on words! In doing my usual beauty research, and tracking trends, I have seen the cat eye look becoming increasingly popular. So I thought I would look online at some tutorials on how to achieve a symmetrical cat eye look. I found a little trick I thought I would share with all of you. I tried it for the first time tonight and was impressed with how well it worked. I think I just might rock the cat eye look more often!
You will need:
Here is a step by step guide on how to achieve the 'perfect cat-eye':
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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!