Beauty basics for a vacation – makeup essentials

The makeup you’ll need to travel in style

   If chosen wisely the beauty basics for a vacation should help cut down on your makeup routine  without abandoning your regular polished look all together.   Here are a few hard working multi-purpose makeup essentials to scale down primp time and shed dead weight in your luggage.

girl-with-over-flowing-cosmetic-case    Whether you’re hitting the slopes or chillin’ on the beach the number one consideration is sunscreen (after all, you’ve arrived with a nice deep glow thanks to a self tanner).murad-invisiblur-spf-30  Look for facial formulas of  SPF 30 or higher and oil free or matte texture.  Murad launched Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++ in 2016.  It claims to smooth the look of the skin while protecting you from the sun.  It absorbs immediately to allow your tinted moisturizer or powder foundation to sit perfectly.
   If you’re visiting a hot humid climate you may want to follow with a mattifying primer.  The best products have micro sponges that absorb moisture and oil throughout the day.  Tap it onto the skin and wait a minute before adding anything else.  You can safely use these on your eyelids to prevent eyeshadow from creasing or mascara from running as well, these brands can be worn under or on top of other makeup.  My favorites are Cover FX Custom Blot Drops , Neostrata Oil Free Mattifying Fluid
,  and Make Up Forever Ever Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer.   I keep them close at hand for brides and long photo shoots.


Here is where you can ease up on your complexion regime 

   Swap out your foundation for tinted moisturizer, contour for bronzer and try liquid or cream highlighters instead of powders.face-atelier-tinted-moisturizer  With very little finger blending Face Atelier Ultra Skin gives great coverage and a beautiful glow.  To erase the odd blemish or under eye darkness add Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer.  For customizable coverage try CoverFX Custom Cover Drops.  One drop in your moisturizer or serum and you’ve concocted your own tinted moisturizer  then kick it up a notch at night with up to  4 drops for full coverage.

   Remember, Cover FX setting powder keeps any complexion product in place for hours, is waterproof and WHAAAAAAT?  Now comes in a travel size container!  Another way to set makeup while avoiding a totally matte powdery finish is with a mattifying setting spray instead of powder.  Fun fact, they can also be used as your primer.  My new fav is Ole Henrikson Grease Relief Facial Water.

Relax!  Don’t do it

   Ditch the highlight/contour marathon and pick up a multi-bronzer like Physician Formula’s Bronze Booster Glow. If you must contour use the darker shade in the compact to do the trick and the lighter bronzers for blush.  In the case that you’re hardcore and just can’t leave your room without sculpting then try Smashbox Step by Step Contouring kit.  This little puppy should really be all that you ever need for contouring and it only has three shades to keep it quick and simple.  Now just brighten up with some blush or highlight.  Reach for multi use products that serve as blush, lip color and eyeshadow:  Nars Multiples, Smashbox L.A. Lights lip & cheek color, or NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle.

cosmetics-with-more-than-one-purpose   Give that multi shade eyeshadow palette the week off.  If you can’t stand the idea of letting your lids go commando then  bring along a couple of waterproof shadow sticks or pencils with colors that can pull double duty:aqua-matic-waterproof-eyeshadow  lid color and eyeliner.  Try Tarte Eye Architect Liner & Shadow or Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic Glide On Eyeshadow.  Jordan Flynn, Education and Artistry Executive for Make Up For Ever says the Aqua Matic shadows can also be used as a waterproof lip color and mixed together to create new shades.
   You’ve simplified your makeup routine so now you can give a little extra love to you body.  Take your sunkissed glow from day to night by adding a bit of Cover Fx Custom Enhancer Drops to your after sun lotion  (Vichy Ideal Soleil After Sun Milk). 
   One of the best parts of going on a vacation is to put routines and schedules aside.  You can do that with your makeup regime and still avoid sacrificing your style.  It’s as simple as scaling down the steps and bringing cosmetics that master more than one trade.


Mar Chacita Beach, Puerto Rico – Acts of Beauty Photography

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Bridal Makeup 2017

On Trend vs. Classic Wedding Day Makeup. No Holds Barred.



My number one professional recommendation when it comes to bridal makeup is to choose a classic look.  With that in mind, I also strongly believe in delivering exactly what a client wants.  The fact of the matter is there are many makeup styles to choose from and you should wear which ever one makes you happy now and when you look at your wedding photos years down the road.  My number two recommendation is to do your research and narrow your ideas down to a couple of favorite looks.  Great references for this are wedding websites like or Pinterest.   That way, you and your makeup artist are working as a team on your wedding day; creating a beauty style that will fit right into your wedding story.


For information on designing a classic wedding day makeup look or help on deciding whether to hire a professional makeup artist to apply your bridal makeup check out Bride Beautiful.  I’m currently booking bridal makeup trial runs and wedding day makeup appointments for 2017.

See mG Artistry brides!

Contact me now to receive a quote on your wedding day beauty services.

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Join me for my last Cover FX color matching shift of 2016.

You, me and a whole lot of glowing goodness at Sephora in West Edmonton Mall Saturday, December 17th (noon – 6pm).


Mountain Makeup and Photography Retreat

The Ultimate Girl’s Retreat in the Canadian Rockies.

If you follow my blog or read my social media posts you’ll be familiar with the Fearless Womens Retreats.  They’re a week of bonding, exploring and capturing your beauty in stunning artful photographs at picturesque locations.  If you ever thought that you would love to participate in one of the adventures but, may not have had time or resources to join us on one of the out of country excursions, this might be the offer for you.

This year Star has organized the first summer and first Fearless retreat on Canadian soil.  Click HERE to get more details on Fearless:  Canadian Edition.  Then CONTACT Star Newman to book your spot and get ready for an unforgettable time.


Get hyped about Fearless:  Canadian Edition!

Photo gallery by Acts of Beauty Photography
Previous shenanigans by mG Artistry


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mG Artistry Beauty Boot Camp for Teens

Are you trying to replicate looks shown on Instagram or decipher ‘beauty speak’ of makeup gurus on YouTube?beauty camp student  I can help you learn how to achieve those styles and get your makeup on point.

mG Artistry Beauty Boot Camp

 will be a great way for teens to spend time with friends over the summer as well as learn valuable information about skincare, cosmetics and makeup application.

Beauty Boot Camp will teach realistic makeup application techniques and help in discovering personal style.  The four day camp will include:

  • hygiene & best practices
  • skin care
  • beauty tools
  • application demos
  • hands on instruction
  • breaking down trends
  • a healthy snack
  • a shopping trip & photo shoot

This Beauty Boot Camp will help young diva’s feel confident with how to prioritize and budget for cosmetic needs, personal style and using makeup.

I’ve been a professional makeup artist for over 25 years.  In that time I’ve taught numerous classes as well as hundreds of one on one consultations.  I love passing on information to people of all ages to help them feel great about their appearance and empower them with self positivity.

April Cormier is an established award winning fashion photographer.  She has traveled extensively with her work and is featured in several fashion publications.  We are lucky to have April join us  to help beauty boot campers show off new found makeup knowledge and style with a photo shoot (included in price) and one edited file to keep.

Monica & her team at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique, Beaumont have offered beauty boot campers a gift bag of samples and one time 20% discount on purchases during our scheduled shopping trip (last day of the week).

mG Artistry Beauty Boot Camp
  • Open to teens 13- 17 years old
    Only $160 *Price paid in full with a $50 cancellation fee three weeks prior to start date
    Session 1 –  July 11th-14th, 2016
    Session 2 – August 8th-11th, 2016
    Noon – 4pm  *Except for the last day which will start at 10am
    Price does not include money for shopping trip
    Makeup and brushes will be supplied during the four days of camp

Call or email today for more details or to reserve your spot at mG Artistry Beauty Boot Camp.

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