Makeup is fun!

(I am posting this again after mysteriously losing the entire original post here- drafts and all, a few days ago). I always write from the heart, so somehow this doesn’t seem as spontaneous and real anymore! But hope you still find it helpful.

Makeup is fun! Sometimes, I forget this fact when I get too busy running around juggling work and mommy duties.  “Make up is fun!” It’s a line I often use in my makeup classes whenever I sense (and hear the sighs) of my students who are having trouble mastering a skill. Usually eyeliner-related. A simple reminder that “it’s only makeup and can be removed and reapplied”, is all it takes to bring the fun back into it.

I’ve mentioned this before: My forte is really in Beauty makeup. I love the freedom and creativity of working on editorial fashion shoots and avant-garde Creatives. It certainly keeps one’s brush strokes sharp and breaks up the monotony of working on clients constantly seeking the smoky eyes or ‘Natural’ look! But I myself, love it when makeup simply enhances, and highlights your natural beauty. When it looks like it’s coming from within, as opposed to walking in the room a foot ahead of you – like a thick mask.

I’m a makeup artist, so part of my “job” is to assess a face, see what we (the client and I) want to enhance as well as to look for flaws (meaning blemishes, dark shadows, hyper-pigmentation, broken capillaries..) and to conceal them to create my all-time favorite, Flawless Face. Isn’t that what all women want?

When I was young- edit that- When I was younger, it didn’t take much to “correct” those flaws and then accentuate or accessorize with color. I love color! But I like wearable color. The color-block eyeshadow brights, and neon lips I prefer to keep for shoots! But since I’m in my thirties, my 5-minute face = mostly concealing, brightening and correcting, with a couple of minutes left to define my eyes and pop a pretty blush and lippy on!

The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural. – Calvin Klein

I was never really the girl who liked to change hair styles and eyeshadow shades on a daily basis. (But I sometimes wish I were!) And my pet peeve includes seeing foundation on the skin/face. But in my skin’s current dehydrated condition- it doesn’t take much, for even the sheerest application of Tinted Moisturizer to appear a tad cakey. I can’t stress enough how important and hand-in-hand Skin Care is, to make up! There are often times when I see the pretty face of a stranger coming my way on the street only to discover that it’s buried under finger-painting-thick foundation, up close. Looks great at a distance or perhaps even on cam, but in person.. leads me to wonder what she may be hiding under there? Or what a shame it is to hide what could be a perfectly smooth and radiant complexion under all that makeup! And, although I don’t like stating strict Do’s and Don’ts in makeup art, I do believe that as women mature and also during hot Summer days like these that - less is more.

That’s the mistake women make – you shouldn’t see your makeup. We don’t want to look like we’ve made an effort. -Lauren Hutton

Unless I’m going out to a party or a night out, my daily routine leaves me pretty much relying on my 10-minute signature look of: concealer, bronze-choco hued eyeshadow, often black violet eyeliner, powder, blush and a lipstick or tint. (Followed by mascara and brow makeup at some point). However, I have a huge pro makeup kit, and 3 personal makeup kits (cases) in which I have my interchangeable makeup wardrobes.

In the picture (below) you’ll see that I have my “Day-Look: Fresh and Pretty makeup wardrobe” consisting of Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and Translucent Setting Powder, Nars Blush (in Deep Throat), Make Up Forever Lipstick (in Transparent), Cover Girl Smoky Shadow Blast etc.. And in another case (the Sephora Clear case) my “Work-it Face makeup wardrobe” with some darker, Smoky Colors in my Dior palette, Laura Mercier eyeshadow palette, Nars Velvet Lip Pencil, Orgasm Illuminator, Red Lipstick and MAC long-wear mascara Etc.. And in my bigger cosmetic kit, are my “Power-Pieces makeup wardrobe” including my false lashes, lash glue, Kat Von D palette, Majolica Majorca fiber Lash Expander Mascara (at Pacific Mall, Toronto/SM, Watsons Philippines) Etc. I accessorize and interchange pieces between these three personal kits as needed.

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My 3 Personal Makeup Wardrobes (kits)

On times when I can actually get all dolled up and ready for fun, I love to take my time. (I mean I like to, but I don’t often get to do so, with a little one who’s getting more and more aware and into “makeup-ing” too!).

I find that putting my makeup on and playing with different looks is really relaxing for me before the show. -Martina McBride

And just like that, I am reminded of how fun makeup is again! Even on fun gigs, other elements like time constraint (5 minutes is a lifetime in “TV world”) and following lead artists’ directions on fashion shows can be both exhilarating and stressful, as well as fun and fulfilling! But in my day-to-day life- my own makeup and that which I often apply on my beautiful clients regularly fall under the theme ‘Beauty Makeup’. The kind where they leave happy and still looking like themselves- only more [insert desired adjective: radiant/pretty/fresh/sexy/polished/retro/classic/professional/beautiful ...]

I love the confidence that makeup gives me. – Tyra Banks

That’s the best part of my job. Why I love it so! I love the privilege of being able to help real women find true confidence in their unique beauty and be able to lift their heads high again, so their inner beauty can shine.

That’s why I began doing makeup in the first place: I was hoping that through helping people see the beauty in themselves, I could try and find it in me.- Kevyn Aucoin

Here’s a few fun shots of my friend and fellow working mommy and I squeezing in a girly play date of our own, while our kids played and former band-mates husbands jammed. Even makeup artists and buffs can get in a makeup rut! It’s fun to switch it up and get a trusted friend’s objective eye to help you do something different from what you usually do. For my “sis” January- It’s going from au naturale to Smoky and all aglow. And for me, it was a question of turning it up a notch and ditching the nude/coral lips for a killer red pout! haha

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Here’s Jan and I as we are (busy mommies sneaking a glass of sparkling wine during a weekend BBQ at their yard). Call this the BEFORE shot (haha)

smoky eye JLo glow

This was Jan after I did a smoky eye JLo glow on one side of her face..

smoky eye JLo glow

Jan’s turn to put her fab brushes and makeup stash to use on the other half of her face: Urban Decay & Nars!:)

smoky eye JLo glow

Et Voila! AFTER: She’s a quick learner and gorgeous!! xo

smoky eye JLo glow


Day makeup look

Jan’s Laura Mercier Cavier Liner in Black base and UD Naked palette smoky eye

Day makeup look

This is Me in a Day makeup look (for Jan’s daughter’s party last weekend)..and a quick change for a friend’s wedding right after…

AFTER: Me in the same makeup, just applied a fresh coat of mascara and switched from nude to Red lipstick for a punch of color!

What do your makeup rut issues and transformation look like for a night out or Summer?  Happy Canada Day Long Weekend!:)

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