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Romantic Ballerina Wedding Editorial

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This was one of my favourite editorial shoots to date.  When I got asked by Daniel Ha of D’Soleil Photography to do the makeup on a Ballerina Bridal Inspired Editorial I was very excited and of course honoured.  Daniel and I have worked together before with CC Roa of Roa Luxury Floral Event Design before on a Tuscany Wedding Theme Shoot so I knew we would have  a great time. We shot this at the Vancouver Club in downtown Vancouver and collaborated with other amazing vendors such as Benefit Cosmetics,  Flip Vision,  Love by Phoebe , Hair by Micah Gibert plus a few more which can be seen in our publication in Praise Wedding.  The models were amazing and they really looked like real life ballerinas!  Here are a few shots from the shoot. Enjoy <3

 

Headshots by d'Soleil Photography Vancouver

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Corporate headshots

Corporate headshots

Happy Canada Day

Its July 1st and its Canada Day. Today we celebrate the 148th Birthday of Canada.  There are tons of activities going on around town. From food trucks, celebrations, festivals and of course Fireworks.! One thing we shouldn’t forget about is our Red Lipstick!. Here are my Top 3 LIPSTICKS  that are great on all skin tons!

 

MAC COSMETICS RUBY WOO

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STILA COSMETICS LIQUID LIPSTICK  IN BESO

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MAKEUP FOREVER ARTIST ROUGE IN #41

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Makeups Latest Trend…Strobing

 

Forget about all your hundreds of $$$s you spend on contouring products the past year.  This years trend is…the opposite of contouring, its called “strobing” aka ” Highlighting” to the MAX!. Highlighting/Strobing goes on “high points” of your face such as on top of your cheek bones, brow bones, cupids bow and on the center of the forehead.  Applying highlight on these parts of the faces will give you the illusion of a “iridescent glow” and also bring forward the high points of your face.  This is a very good tutorial on where to “strobe” by Nikki.

 

 

 

 

I have yet to try “strobing” yet  but when I do I will post my Top3 products that I use =). Have you tried the latest trend?

An East meets West Summer Wedding =)


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A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of getting Mayura ready for her wedding.  It was a East meets West kind of wedding.  Mayura had the traditional East Indian Sari, glamourous traditional East Indian Makeup with lashes and a red lip.  She  looked absolutely glowing from head to toe.  Her wedding was at Hart House in Burnaby ( very intimate and I will say from past experience the food at Hart House is incredible).  The wedding itself was not “big” according to East Indian Weddings, Mayura and her husband wanted to share their special moment with family and close friends.  We had the honour of doing Mayura, her mom and her aunts makeup on the day and they were all so wonderful.  We wish Mayura and her husband Tim a lifetime full of happiness!

These pictures were taken by the talented Katryna Kwok from ” Sweet Inspirations Photography“.  We look forward to working with Katryna again soon!

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Engagement Session With Jessica and Nick

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Last year I had contest through Vancity Weddings for a Free Engagement Session Makeup and Hair =) The winner of that contest was Jessica <3  She came in right before her engagement shoot which she had schedule  Alanna Milaney Photography.  We wanted to make her feel and look amazing with a soft smokey eye, lashes and voluminous curls =).  Jessica was a doll to work on, so out going and so sweet.   They set off to the Richmond Night Market ( where her and her fiance met) then off to Iona Beach for a sunset shoot.  If you ever are at the Surrey Night Market be sure to drop by their yummy food stall “Cheese Stix Factory” for some treats =) We are happy to say her pictures turned out amazing and look forward to seeing her again <3.  Be sure to check out this video made by Charles De Jesus Photography of their E Session together here

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Great Makeup Starts with Great Skin ( Part1)

You know what they say ” Great Makeup Starts with Great Skin”.  No matter how much makeup we apply on the face, the end result will never be the same unless your skin is absolutely amazing. Its like building a ” house”, the foundation of it has to be perfect or it will fall apart.  If there is one thing you should invest in it should be skincare. There are alot of skin care companies in the market (drug store, department, cosmetic grade, surgical grade).  You want to make sure your skin care line is enriched with active ingredients and not fillers for it to do its job.  One line which I LOVE is ” ZO Skin Health by Zein Obagi“, it is amazing and your skin will thank you for it. You would need to buy it from a Medi Spa that is designated to sell the producs.  One medi spa in particular is Avente Laser and Aesthetics.

 

Avanete laser and Aesthetics is based in Burnaby ( Highgate area), Voted # 1 place in Burnaby in 2014 and definitely  my ” GO-TO ” place for something out of downtown. They pride in their customer services skills, are passionate abot the industry and you always leave feeling refreshed and educated about what products and services.  Sandi is my Gal!

 

My Top 3 Products that I recommend for Brides and anyone in general are the Oclipse Sunscreen and Primer, Offects Exfoliating Polish and the Ommerse Overnght Recovery Creme

 

Oclipse Sunscreen and Primer with SPF30- This product is by far my favourite Sunscreen on the market. Not only is it not greasy or oily. It does not leave a ” white cast” on your face as the colour is a skin/nude colour.  A little bit goes a long time and your will is soo smooth afterwards =). Apply it under your makeup as a sunscreen and primer to have a more smoother and even surface for your foundation.

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Offects Exfoliation Polish- Gone are the days of dry skin.  Using my regular cleanser with this exfoliator my skin feels so smooth after I wash my face. The blue crystals are ultra fine and exfoliates your dead skin cells.  You need so little with it, massage in a circular motion, rinse and of course feel how smooth your skin is afterwards. I also love how it is enriched with Vitamins A, C and E  as antioxidants for your skin =)

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Ommerse Overnight Recovery Creme- Your skin does most of the “recovering” during rest time. A long day of enviromental radicals causes stress to our skin.  When you go to bed you need to feed your skin and nurish it back to health.  This night creme has calming agents that prevent irritation and retinol etc that work on your skin overnight to repair and regenerate your skin sells to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Its like skin food during the night 😉

 

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Stay tuned for my adventures back to Avante in July when I tried out their signature service the Hydrafacial which is a must do for Brides 😉

Throwback Thursday Wedding =)


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We are happy to say its been 2 years since Maggie and Ray tied the knot. Back in 2013 Maggie had hired me as her Personal Stylist for the Day =). It was amazing, we started the day off bright at early at 4:30am with hair and makeup for the tea ceremony. Followed that was portrait pictures of her groom and family taken by Nhi Le.  During the day there was 2 changes of hair and makeup and we couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out.  We recently caught up with Maggie and they now have a beautiful son =).  Wow time flies.  It seems like yesterday that we glammed everyone up for the big day!.

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10 Min Smokey Eyes =)

As a makeup artist I always get asked by clients and friends  “How do I do a smokey eye without looking like a panda?”.  The key to a smokey eye is blending and also have the ” darkest” colour near your lash line and blending upwards creating the ” smoke effect”. One of the fastest ways of creative a “smokey eye” is only using 3 products!.  Black eyeliner, a shadows of your choosing ( this will determine your smoke) and mascara.

1) Line your eyes with the black eye liner ( top and bottom), I like to use a waterproof one like Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes to really have it stay there all day

2)Using your brush or your fingers “smudge it” upwards ( this does NOT have to be perfect), just make sure you see no harsh lines and the darkest part is still at the lash line.

3)Apply your smoke colour with a ” blending ” brush, be sure have the gradient from lash line to crease. – Don’t forget about the bottom ( focusing more on inner 2/3 of eye)

4) Apply Mascara and ta da! You are done.

 

 

Here are a few other ways of applying a smokey eye.~ Which one is your fave?

 

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My TOP 5 Favourite Makeup Products!

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Clients all the time ask me ” What is your favourite makeup brand” and to be honest I don’t have a “Favourite” per say.  Every product brand  has someone unique and different that I like about them.  I don’t necessary like EVERYTHING in a line but I have my “Top Must Have Products” that work well with my line of work.  Being a professional full time artist I rely most  on quality and durability.  There are times when I will pay the extra $20 for a foundation because it works ! ( You know what they say, you get what your pay for).  Expensive products doesn’t mean they are the ” best” either, sometimes you are paying for marketing, a celebrity endorsing it or “luxury” packaging so don’t be fooled! ;).  Here are my TOP 5 Makeup  Products  that I absolutely LOVE

 

1-Loreal- Yup Loreal you read right!, Its Drugstore brand but its okay =)  I go through mascara every few weeks from brides, grads to personal clients. Loreal mascaras have always been a staple in my kit.  They are not ” too wet” nor ” too dry”.  For me they are the perfect consistency  for what I need them to do.  Loreal Voluminous has one of the Blackest Blacks out there and it really enhances the lashes

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2- Face Atelier Ultra Foundation Pro- Canadian based company (thumbs up) that delivers a exellent foundation which is building, light weight and lasts.  I have used so many foundation out there from drug store, high end to luxury and I have finally found my go to foundation!. Its so soft and weightless and does so much with just a little bit of product.  the 0++ is a must in my kit too as it is a adjuster for those who want a different ” tone”

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3-YSL Rouge Volupte- These are my favourite lipsticks hands down. They are super pigmented, soft and very moisurizing. A swipe definitely goes a long way.  They come in a full range of shades and I am sure you can find one that will fit you. From soft beiges to reds and deep plums, these lipsticks are a must have in my kit.

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4-Viseart Eyeshadows- I got introduced to these a few months back when I was taking a Colour Theory Course in Seattle. After touching them and playing with these eyeshadows my life was changed imediately. Not only do these shadows blends like a dream, they also have no fall out at all.  You can create the ultimate smokey eye without having to go back and fix up under the eye.  I love how they come in all sorts of colours ( Perfect for a compact kit)

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5-Makep Forever HD Creme Blush-  Makeup Forever created the HD Foundation with HD Powder a few years back and they were a game changer.  As mediums have now changed to HD we ( makeup artists and consumers) require HD compliant products.  These creme blushes are amazing!, they create the most gorgeous colours when applied on the face ( kind of like that air brush finish look). They are easy to blend and the colour range works on all skin tones.

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3 Must Have Summer Essentials

Summer is here (well almost) and you know what that means, hot days,drinks on the patio, runny mascara, and shiny faces =P.  As we leave Winter we should change up our makeup bag with more  Spring and Summer beauty products.  That means we can put away the vampy lipstick and the powder compacts. Here are my top 3 Must Have products for Summer

1) Evian Water- I love this as its feels so refreshing on your face ( definitely cools you off a bit) and revives any dull makeup on your face =).  What I also love about this is that it comes in a travel size as well. ( Perfect for beach days).  Spritz on your face and watch the magic (TA DA!!) happen. From Boring/Dull to Natural Luminous Skin

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2)Blotting Papers- If you are like me, I “glow” like crazy during these months. Sometimes I glow too much and I swear people could see their reflection on my forehead.  Blotting papers are a great alternative to powders as they remove exess oil without adding on any sort of makeup on your face ( more makeup= more chance of it looking cakey).  Blotting papers can be found just about anywhere

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3)Lipstains- These are a must! The give your lip a “just bitten” look without looking too done up.  Apply it in the morning and you will barely have to touch up through out the day.  It gives you lips a fresh, natural look that is perfect for those summer nights.  TIP:Some stains can be used on your lips and your cheeks, Great way to keep your makeup bag compact!

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