Sunday, January 18, 2015

Quick Daily Makeup Routine that looks good on anyone!

This is my go to everyday makeup routine I've been using lately
It's quick and easy and makes me feel awake.
I can do this look on myself in about 10-15 mins.

Here are some Before and After photos along with the products used

after (unedited) what you see is what you get!

products used

Mac Studio Fix Fluid in NC20 mixed with L'oreal True Match in W4
buffed into the skin with Sigma F82 Round Kabuki brush 

Maybelline Fit Me concealer in 20 (sand) buffed in with Real Techniques Deluxe Crease brush
set with Bare Minerals Well Rested under eye brightener with the Mac 224 Tapered Blending brush

Mac Studio Fix powder in C3 lightly dusted in t-zone with Mac 138 Tapered Face brush

 NYC Smooth Skin bronzing face powder in 720A Sunny and Mac blush in Margin

 great bronzer for a great price! works on a lot of skin tones, especially light!
blush is nice and glowy, perfect for winter

Sonia Kashuk 17 angled brush used for bronzer on outer perimeter of the face
Sonia Kashuk 02 blush brush used for blush on cheeks

 Mac Lingering eyebrow pencil (all time favourite) looks great on a lot of brows
Benefit Gimmie Brow in Light/Med used to darken and keep hairs in place all day (new love)

Kid and Wedge blended together in crease with Sigma E25
All That Glitters on eyelid with Mac 217
Vanilla used as brow bone highlight with Mac 272
Sigma E40 used over all eyeshadows to blend everything

Mac Metropolis (dark metallic grey) smudged in lash line with Mac 210 Pencil brush 
(upper and lower)

 curled lashes with Shu Uemura lash curler topped with Maybelline Full Lash Bloom in Black

NYX Nude Beige lip liner blended in and topped with Maybelline Baby Lips in Coral Crave

Tried this look on my sister Candace! 

the look is simple but polished!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Family Photo Shoot

I was so happy when Sarah Matusiak (a well known Toronto based photographer) got in touch with me to do her makeup for a family photo shoot back in September.
We met a couple years back when I did makeup and she was the photographer for a wedding.
It's so nice when people remember your work and appreciate "natural" makeovers.

She is such a nice person and a very talented photographer...and her daughter is super cute! :)
I had a great time getting to know Sarah.  I hope she needs her makeup done again soon!
Check out her website/blog here:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

5 Favs + a Brush for May

Busy Busy May!  I almost forgot to post!
We traveled to Europe in the middle of the month which gave me lots of ideas for this post.
BB creams help when on vacation, as does a tinted lip balm (featured in this post)

May favs

smashbox bb cream in light
this is perfect if you like to wear foundation but want something easy to pack
this is also easy to apply (I used my fingers)
it kept my skin covered, oil at bay and has SPF 35
this is great for summer too!

 maybelline baby lips in peach kiss
8 hour moisturizer and this shade gives a slight peachy tint
I love it even with a full face of makeup

 too faced shadow insurance
I have been using this more and more lately
it helps your eyeshadow last all day, my eyeliner lasts a lot longer too!
this is great for mature hooded eyes...stops the transfer from the lid to the hooded area

 mac eyeshadow in jaunty
warm, light-medium beige with a slightly metallic sheen
great as all over base for my eyes when I am in a hurry 
or just want to wear eyeliner

opi nail polish in hot and spicy
what can I say! the perfect shade of orange for summer!
on my toes right now!

 sigma f88 flat angled kabuki
I have so many different foundation brushes but I always go back to this one
it makes applying and blending foundation a dream!
my skin looks airbrushed
I have 2 now, so I always have one ready to go!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

5 Favs + a Brush for April

Well April went very fast...I know I keep saying that but it's already May!

April favs

covergirl outlast stay fabulous 3 in 1 foundation + sunscreen SPF 20 
All day, longwear formula Primer, concealer, and foundation in one Smooth, flawless finish
 this is a great foundation for people with combination to oily skin
for a long-wearing foundation it is a thin very easy to blend formula and it lasts all day!  
i don't have to worry about retouching or blotting or looking shiny
 comes in the "classic" covergirl colours, great for light skins tones

rimmel match perfection 2 in 1 concealer & highlighter
Illuminate your eyes with a 2 in 1 skin tone adapting concealer and highlighter. 
Banish signs of fatigue and let your skin breath!
great all-round concealer, I love the formula, easy to blend and covers well

 close up of rimmel concealer applicator

mac eyebrow pencil in lingering
Self-propelling, self-sharpening, brow defining.  
Like a pen, creates its own just-right point. 
Provides definition, shape, deepens/fills in colour. Creates striking arches. 
Easy to tote around. No sharpener needed
 i have been using this eyebrow pencil for years!
i love how small the tip is, great for thin brows
i always make sure i have a back up, i can't live without it!  

 close-up of lingering eyebrow pencil

volum' express one-by-one mascara
finally, bold without the bulk! instant clump-free volume
the lash catcher brush catches, coats and declumps
great everyday mascara that seperates lashes for a fan-like look

patentpolish lip pencil in revved up
The colour and shine of a gloss, the precision of a lip pencil - now in one colour stick. 
M•A•C Patentpolish Lip Pencil instantly achieves a luscious shine with a single swipe. Effortless twist-up keeps application clean and simple, with no need to sharpen. 
i am not a lipstick person, more of a lipgloss/lipbalm person
these are perfect for people like me!
i have 3 colours (this one is my favourite, i keep it in my purse!)
 but unfortunately these are not permanent :( so you have to get them fast!

 real techniques contour brush
just started using this brush for applying foundation
i love the size of it, great for under your eyes, or sweeping across your eyelids
this is also great for applying highlighter, blush and of course, contour!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Makeover on my Mom!

Happy Easter weekend!
My family came over for Easter this weekend, so I thought it was a great opportunity to do a makeover on my mom!  Her name is Riki, short for Maryke ;)
My mom never wears makeup and if she did, it would be a swipe of blue eyeshadow over the lid, that's all.
As you can tell by the before photo she has beautiful skin!
Maybe that's where I get my good skin genes :)

Before I started, I asked her what she wanted and most importantly, what she didn't want!
She said she sees women wear makeup and it doesn't match their neck, so...I only put foundation where she really needed it, the centre of the face.
Because she doesn't wear makeup at all, I kept it soft and simple. I used grey eyeshadows on the lids.
She has the perfect eye shape for winged liner, I was tempted, but I didn't want to scare her on her first makeover ;)  Next time!!
I love how her eyebrows turned out.
She didn't want bright lipstick either, so I kept that neutral.  Although she could totally pull off a bright peachy lip!

 after (fresh and glowy)

window photo to show her face is the same as her neck ;)
My momma is beautiful before and after makeup!

 products used left to right starting at the back
rimmel scandaleyes mascara - black / rimmel match perfection concealer - light  / l'oreal true match foundation - W3 / mac lipliner in stripdown / mac lipstick in blankety / mac eyeshadows in brule, retrospeck, scene, typographic / maybelline dream mousse blush - rose pedal
mac eyeshadow in omega used for eyebrows

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

5 Favs + a Brush for March

Wow! March went by fast.
So many things came across my mind for my favs
It was hard to only pick 5 this month...but I did it!

March favs

mac fix +
an aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin 
blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber 
adds radiance, finishes makeup. spray it on. skin drinks it up!
 you can also spray it on your brush before dipping into your shadow. 
it'll make your eyeshadow color even more vibrant!
this is a must for my kit and I use it on everyone after all makeup has been applied
makes skin look dewy and fresh and takes away that "makeup" look

nivea mattifying day care moisturizer
this is great for my oily/combination skin
I can massage a lot onto my face without worrying about looking greasy
it really does keep my oil in control!
when used with my pro longwear foundation, I don't need a primer

mac pro longwear foundation in nc20
this is a foundation for combination/oily skin
for a long wearing foundation it blends into the skin well
I never have to touch up my face and my blush/bronzer stays vibrant all day!
I don't wear it everyday, only if I need my makeup to last

maybelline expert wear eyeshadow quads in mocha motion
these eyeshadows are great for the price
great colour combinations with a lot of payoff
I am going to take these when I travel, they're small, light and practical
I even like the little sponge applicators!

 mac lipstick in candy yum yum
what can I say...bright neon pink in a matte finish
fun for spring/summer and probably looks good on everyone
you will get noticed wearing this!

 real techniques expert face brush
this a very dense brush great for applying foundations
you can really buff it into your skin making it flawless and seamless
I find it perfect for applying heavier or long wearing formulas

 close-up of expert face brush

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Bright Lips - Spring/Summer Trend

How to do bright lips!

My lips aren't the best for bright or dark colours, they are thin, dry, uneven and I have a crooked smile... :)
But I don't make the rules, I break them!!



MAC lipstick in Candy Yum Yum

My tips for rocking bright lips (no matter how young or old you are!)
  1. Keep your skin fresh looking by using a hydrating foundation and concealer
  2. Powder lightly if you have to.  Keep it in your t-zone
  3. Use a bronzer to warm up your skin
  4. Use a highligher to highlight those cheekbones!
  5. Use a bright blush that suites your lip colour (I used a bright pink but applied with a light hand)
  6. Use a light eyeshadow that's a few shades lighter than your skin tone. I used white eyeshadow, that's all!
  7. Use a white eyeliner in your bottom waterline.  It helps brighten your eyes.
  8. Lots of mascara, don't forget the bottom lashes!
  9. Don't forget to fill in your brows
  10. If your lips are dry use a lip balm or lip primer first and let it sink in
  11. If you can't find a matching lip liner, fill in your inner lip first with the lipstick bullet then use a lip brush to outline your outside lips
  12. If you go outside your lip line use a tiny brush with concealer to clean it up!
  13. Rock IT!!