With bridal season around the corner, it is time to get those last details booked. Unfortunately if you wait too long, you may not be able to book the makeup artist you like. Truly thank you for all inquires and bookings past and present. So sorry if I was unavailable when you inquired. With some parties I am getting requests almost 2 years in advance!
When booking your makeup artist, make sure they are a fit for you. We all have our own style. We all have a vision that is beautiful to us. We have our own philosophies when it comes to makeup. We all have our standards in how we operate.
I support anyone who is interested in venturing in to the freelance world. It will take a number of people before you get comfortable and it will take a significant amount of money. We are all artists and I applaud your courage.
My philosophy. Your wedding means A LOT to me. You have chosen me to deliver a luxury service with quality products. I have a very high standard in the makeup I produce and the highest amount of professionalism. Many people have no idea how much time is devoted to getting everything ready packed for the wedding day. Not to mention the travel and set up time before we even get started. At times we are on our feet six or more hours without stopping. I arrive early to make sure you and your party are ready on time. Appreciate your artist 🙂
I am certified. I am insured. I am respectful to you, your guests and your day. My products are high quality, well cared for and many disposables to prevent cross contamination to my products. My brushes are always sanitized. My makeup palettes are always cleaned. I literally clean all my palettes. Lets face it, I invest a hefty amount and the last thing I want is my kit to look dirty or unkept. It melts my heart when a photographer walks in and comments on the amount of cleanliness and organization of my makeup.
Trends are great. Trends come and go. Keep in mind that you will be looking back on your photos. The last thing any bride wants is to look dated to a specific time period. I will do a trend more for a special occasion or prom. When it comes to brides and bridal parties I keep it classic.
What does classic mean? It means you will be timeless. Your photos will not be dated. Yes big brows and many other things are huge right now. I may suggest dialing it back a bit for your wedding. I concentrate on accentuating features. Keeping skin flawless. Making you pop without being too overdone. My favourite saying. You don’t want your makeup to enter the room before you do!
One of my biggest inspirations for makeup was my mother. She was a young mom. She never over did herself and she was always beautiful. I look back on old photos. Even her and my dad back in the day, mom looked great! She was filling in her brows 40 years ago. She followed the natural shape of her brows. Not like today when you find yourself secretly saying oh yikes when you see a fair girl with big dark brows in a harsh stencil shape. I am observing not judging. You do you!
The majority of my clients have one common phrase. They rarely wear makeup. Moms too! No problem. I will not make you feel like you want to scrape your face off with a putty knife. Don’t get me wrong, I do love when my girls love makeup. For those beauties we turn it up but still keep it classic. On the other hand, I have clients that are stuck in a trend they were doing in high school. Chances are it was not a classic trend and it may need to be broken.
If you are interested in booking your special day or special occasion with me you can visit my website for samples of my work and pricing.
Acne Prevention & Mattifying Skin. My daughter is currently using this system. She is a competitive swimmer spending many hours training in the pool and sweating in the gym. Chlorine is incredibly harsh on the skin and so was her previous acne face care Proactiv. We discontinued her use of Proactiv last year. Chlorine in large doses creates havoc on good bacteria both inside and outside the body. She uses a number of natural products to help combat the effects the pool. Silver (incredible) being one of them. Unfortunately after taking off her cap, she is left with an intense breakout. She has had great results with Beautycounter. Her skin is clearing. It is not red or irritated. The moisturizer is keeping her skin soft and supple. Two thumbs up!
Advanced Hydration & Age Prevention. Ding ding ding! Here is my winner. Age effects us all differently. Our life style, environmental factors and genetics are all elements to how we age. Approaching 40 very soon, age prevention is something I have embraced. Along with joining a mentorship involving self care but I will touch on that another time. I have acne prone skin and so far no breakouts and my skin feels great. In the bundle you get the Cleanser, Moisturizer, Serum and Sleep Mask. You may not see wrinkles yet but the key is to moisturize to avoid them from coming. Not to mention the cold and dry Canadian Winters are horrible on your skin. Two thumbs up!
Advanced Antiaging & Hydration. This collection is meant for skin that is mature and showing signs of increasing wrinkles. I have heard all positive feedback from samples given out to clients. Being a makeup artist, I do get asked a lot of questions about skin care and maintenance. I have a number of Mothers of Bride ask me about skincare. This would be one I would recommend. Ingredients are safer and a little goes a along way with all Beautycounter products. Investing in your skin and selfcare is so worth it.
Male Skin Needs and Shaving. This is geared towards men. Men are relatively low key with skincare. Although when shaving they are exfoliating, men need a good aftercare cream on their skin. I bought the Counterman system for my husband. The kit included shaving gel and aftercare lotion. The lotions help reduce pore size and decrease irritation from shaving. My husband said it was strange for him to use a gel when he is used to shaving cream. His face was soft and left smooth. He had no redness or irritation. Two thumbs up!
Bana what? Bana who?
Let me explain. I recently completed my Elleebana Certification for lash lifting, lash tinting and brow tinting. Elizabeth Montgomery, owner and operator of The Lash Room in Niagara was the instructor for this course. Elizabeth was also the instructor for the Lash Extension Course I completed. She is a Certified Instructor by the National Association for Lash Artists. Elizabeth was an excellent instructor and incredibly knowledgeable.
What is Lash Lifting?
Lash lifting is a new and improved eye lash procedure that lifts and shapes natural lashes. The end result is an open eye with longer looking lashes. Think of it as your eye lashes permanently curled with a lash curler. You can have your lashes tinted darker to truly enhance your eyes. Yes the solution is very close to the eyes and no you cannot go blind. With that said, you want to make sure your technician is trained and using proper hygiene practices.
Lash lifting is a great alternative for those wanting beautiful lashes without the commitment of lash extensions. One 20 minute session is all it takes to reveal a lash curl that will last after swimming or a shower for up to twelve weeks!
How long does it last?
The lash lift results can be retained for up to 90 days. The lift lasts as long as the natural lash cycle. The hair shed cycle is different for everyone. Many salons have their clients rebook six weeks after service for a re-lift.
What is Elleebana?
Elleebana is an Australian Company. Elleebana developed the worlds fastest lash lift system. Using a silicone rod the lashes are adhered to the rod. Two steps of solution are placed at the base of the lashes and rinsed with water. The process is complete at this step and beautiful curled lashes will appear.
If you want to enhance the look even further, you can tint the lashes. Apply Belmacil tint to ensure a long lasting lift. Belmacil and Elleebana products work excellent together and are proven to last. Elleebana products are premium with little to no odor.
Elleebana lash lifts are an alternative for people that do not want the maintenance of lash extensions. People with autoimmune diseases that cannot wear lash extensions due to sensitivities or weak lashes may be a candidate for a lash lift. Elleebana is a gentle and quick procedure.
A consultation with every client is extremely important. A consultation reviewing medical history, current eye health, sensitivities or surgeries. If a client is pregnant and has never had an Elleebana Lash Lift before, it would be best to not do the lift. If there is a reaction, your pregnant client is unable to take medication to relieve the symptoms.
It is essential to have your client stop by for a patch test 24-48 hours before the Lash Lift appointment. You apply a very small amount of lift lotions to the inner elbow area. If your client has no side effects to the lotions on a patch test, you may proceed with the lift. If your client has super sensitive skin and a reaction to the patch test, it is in the best interest of the client to decline the procedure. ‘
The work environment for any procedure is required to follow infection control and sanitary measures. This ensures a safe environment for your clients and their health. If you have a spa bed it must be easily wiped down between each client. A bare floor that can be cleaned as opposed to carpets which can trap pathogens and dirt. Towels, blankets or any products used during an appointment must be disposed of or laundered before the next client.
Your tools, instruments and supplies should all be stored and cleaned properly. Your tools should be metal and cleansed in a medical grade agent and wiped down with alcohol. Products that are plastic must be disposable. This will keep your work space very clean and keep your clients healthy.
I hope this answers your lash lift questions.
I recently completed my training for Lash Extension Certification. I received my training through a recognized training provider and my instructor is NALA Certified. NALA stands for National Association for Lash Artists.
When thinking about getting lash extensions there a few things you should consider before having the procedure.
Do your research.
Is your Lash Artist trained by a Certified Lash Association Artist? Do they comply with sanitary standards? Do they have past reviews? Are they available for a consultation? Do you have an allergy to any adhesives or reactions with your skin? Do you have an autoimmune disease?
All questions above will play a large part in being a suitable candidate for eye lash extensions. The eye area is very sensitive. If you feel apprehensive about trying lash extensions, your lash artist could put a few extensions on each eye to see how you react.
What are Lash Extensions?
Lash Extensions are individual lashes that are applied with adhesive to your natural lash. One extension per lash. To suit your own lashes, your artist will look at the thickness and curl of your natural lashes.
If you have short and fine natural lashes, the artist will opt for a thinner lash extension. A heavy extension should be avoided being applied to this type of lash base because you are risking damaging the natural lashes. This could cause permanent damage.
Your first session with a lash artist can take up to three hours to apply the lashes. The lash artist is working with a clean slate. The artist is isolating one lash at time. You do not want to rush this process. If this process is rushed, you could risk improper placement of lashes or the adhesive not adhering properly. After your first session avoid getting your lashes wet for 24 hours.
Lashes will need to be filled two to three weeks after the initial appointment. Why? Your lashes have a natural shed pattern that is different for everyone. We lose natural lashes daily. The lash extensions are applied directly to your lashes therefore will fall out with your natural lash pattern.
To improve the longevity of your lash extensions, all face products should not contain oil. Oil will break down the adhesive weakening the bond of the extension to the natural lash.
Your extensions need to be cleaned! This is very important. Use a lash cleanser with a small dense brush. Eyes do not get infected from extensions. It is the lack of proper cleaning that will lead to infections.
DO NOT remove lash extensions yourself. Contact your lash artist and they will remove them for you. If you try to remove and pull the lashes off, you will pull out your own lashes and damage the lashes. You are risking permanent damage and may not have your lashes grow back.
The ideal work area for a lash artist is a room with a bare floor that can be cleaned easily. A spa bed or table that can be wiped down between each client. If a lash pillow is used, it should be covered with a clean towel that is laundered. A new towel is applied after each client. Any linens or blankets used go straight to laundry and a new set for each client.
Your lash artist will be using metal tweezers, isolation tools and a mirror. These tools will be soaked in a medical grade disinfecting solvent. After the instruments are removed from the solution, they are
washed. All tools are wiped down with an alcohol swab.
Your experience should be pleasant. Your lash artist has invested financially and many hours preparing for a career in lash artistry. On arrival to your appointment, you and your lash technician should complete a questionnaire and address any concerns that you may have.
Your end result are fuller longer lashes. Most people do not need to apply makeup because they are satisfied by the look that is achieved after having a full set of extensions.
I hope this answers any questions regarding extensions.
Tarte Cosmetics has recently spoiled us giving all these new makeup goodies. Like I needed another reason to love Tarte!
If you have never owned any Tarte products, you should. The reason I stand behind the brand is because the products are excellent. They are natural, vegan and overall a great company with stellar customer service.
Last year, Tarte launched one of the best concealers I have ever used. Shape Tape. This stuff is wonderful! Why? It is creamy but it lasts. It is thick but does not settle and make you appear cracky. There are some concealers no matter how you set the foundation, you can look like dried up mud under your eyes.
Recently, Tarte Cosmetics came out with Shape Tape Foundation. You can try Matte or Hydrating. Two choices make it great for any skin type. I love the benefit of having two foundations for my winter and summer foundations!
I ordered the Shape Tape Matte Foundation. It is thick like the concealer but it blends across skin effortlessly. I ordered the Paddle Foundation Brush to go along with my foundation. I love it!!!! These brushes can be tricky to use. The trick is apply foundation with the wand on your face. I dot foundation allover my skin. I take the paddle brush and work the foundation in the same direction on the skin. Treat the paddle like a paint brush. If you go back over the section you just blended, you will remove the makeup. These brushes are very dense and will create a flawless finish. The density can work against you removing the foundation. Practice practice!
Bottom line review is I loved the foundation. My skin felt supple but not shiny. My imperfections were covered but not caked on. This is a must for me. I absolutely do not like my skin to feel too heavy with makeup. This foundation was so great I hardly needed any concealer. I bought a colour a touch too light so I ordered another in a darker shade. I decided to keep this light foundation and use it as concealer for my clients! My skin is prone to breakouts. At the end of the day when I removed my makeup, my skin was great and it never any reaction what so ever.
Thumbs up Tarte Cosmetics 🙂
I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked about Airbrush and what is it?
Basically is it this. Airbrush formula can be made of different mediums like water or silicone. The formula is ultra fine, almost thinner than water if that makes any sense. A few drops go a long way in to an airbrush gun. Your airbrush gun is connected to an air compressor that enables your ultra light weight foundation to be sprayed on to the skin in a very fine mist to the skin. It can be layered on the skin lightly and continuing to build more over problem areas if needed with out a heavy feeling.
There are a multitude of companies out there selling compressors and airbrush foundations. My company of choice for airbrush makeup is Temptu.
The reason I do love Temptu for Airbrush is that the formula is incredible. It is weightless and does not make the skin have any negative reactions. Perfect for those with problem areas or redness. It will cover without overpowering the skin in heavy foundation.
It is completely up to each individual whether they want to try Airbrush Foundation or Traditional Foundation. I have used both kinds of Foundations for a variety of clients. If you are going to use traditional foundation I do recommend one that is buildable. Being a buildable foundation means that it is not a heavy foundation. You can apply light layers and add more where you need it. Another important tip is to make sure your foundation is High Definition Quality. This means the foundations is free of SPF. SPF is not your friends if you are being photographed. SPF causes flashback in photos which makes the face appear lighter than the rest of you.
If I am using Traditional Foundation on a client, I have 2 favourites that remain in my kit. Makeup Forever HD Foundation and Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion. The formulas are so beautiful on the skin and they both blend out seamlessly.
Foundations can be overwhelming. The only way to find what works for your skin is to try them on your skin. Many great companies are continuously improving products which is great. As a makeup I am constantly reading and evolving what products I use and how to prefect techniques in doing so.
There are so many wonderful products out there. Whether you decide to go Airbrush or Traditional Foundation, as long as you are using quality products and apply them correctly you can achieve a beautiful finish that will last throughout the day.
With wedding season slowing down and wedding shows coming up with prospective brides and bridal parties looking to book, this may answer questions that may come up as you are browsing for a makeup artist.
First, make sure your makeup artist is professional and certified. This means that your makeup artist has invested time and money to deliver the best service to their clients. This ensures your makeup artist is using the proper hygiene tools and techniques with every face. The last thing anyone needs is an eye infection due to dirty makeup or brushes. Gross.
Contracts! These are very important. Be very sceptical if you are approaching to book someone and they do not have anything in writing securing your date. The contract is not only binding to secure your day but it secures all the details and location of your event. Most makeup artists do require a percentage of the total booking for deposit. If a makeup artist is going to commit to a client, this ensures a commitment in return from the client.
Price. There are many factors in pricing with makeup services. Sure, you can opt for a cheaper artist. Be careful. It is true you are going to get what you pay for. Chances are they are not going to arrive with high quality, highly photographic makeup. The cost of disposable supplies alone is high. If they do not have disposable wands for mascara or cleaner for their brushes between faces that would be a definite indicator of what kind of artist you are hiring. Your artist should be a legit business. I carry business insurance for myself and my client. I have advertising, taxes and many other aspects that are part of running my business. I am very focussed and I want all my clients to feel great when they leave my chair.
A professional makeup artist will spend hours on perfecting technique and building a killer makeup kit that is going to wow your guests. Lets face it, you spend all that money on a venue, your dress or yes some have stepped out in Louboutin shoes. You are really going to cut the budget on your face or hair?
Speaking from a personal level and how much I prep for the bride and bridal parties. I have my makeup bible where I write everything from makeup combinations to what my client has mentioned to me at the trial appointment and everything we used at the trial. The entire point of the trial is getting to know my client’s likes and dislikes. There have been times where the entire makeup look was altered from the trial. That’s ok. That is the entire point of the trial. It is discovery and getting it perfect.
I carry two cases with me the day of which I spend up to an hour the night before packing. I go over my list and make sure I am packing everything! I am not that person who goes out the night before the event to show up disheveled and unplanned. That is not me. I take pride in my name and my business. I am being hired on one of the most important days of my client’s life. I give my clients 100% because I would expect that on my own very special day. It takes me time to set up and to get organized. I get started right away and I do not take a break until my job is done. At times I am standing with awkward movements for over 6 hours. It is part of getting my clients out the door on time.
My products, my techniques and skills are always evolving. You will never know everything there is know because every client is different. You may have ideas for your client. The best you can do is listen to your client. If there is a certain way they are used to looking you should most definitely be adapting that in to your finished look.
Keep it classic. That is one my most important theories that I stick with for any event like a wedding. Trends are great for special nights out and date nights but when it comes to a wedding stick with classic. I want my bride and bridal party to look at photos in 10 years and still feel they are beautiful. Not taken back by their over smokey eye or theatrical brows.
A freelance artist is providing a luxury service directly to you. No one has to leave or worry about being late to an appointment. As professional artists we take this very serious. We have expensive products, sanitary procedures and insurance. It takes an extreme amount of planning to get everything organized to leave the comfort of our studio. We have no idea what we are walking in to. At times it is a guessing game where we are going. We question light, cleanliness and hope everyone is at the destination.
I am very thankful for all my clients. Without my clients I would not be a makeup artist. Being in this business you develop an extra appreciation for those in beauty industries or any service industry for that matter. We are professionals and we care about our clients. We care about delivering the best end product to every single face we touch. We are forever learning and keeping current with new products that are going to enhance to our beautiful clients.