Bridal Makeup – DIY Bridal Beauty Boot Camp

DIY Bridal Beauty Boot Camp 

   Design your dream bridal makeup look and learn to apply it on yourself in a relaxed non retail environment.   Through a combination of videos, demonstrations and hands on instruction you’ll feel confident to purchase the cosmetics that you’ll need to recreate your beautiful wedding day makeup.

Great for brides planning destination wedding 

   Along with all of the challenges that come with planning a wedding in a distant location  you may not have access to a beauty team.  Your budget may not allow for you to travel with a hair stylist and makeup artist (in the case that it does, I happen to know someone great who would gladly take the job-hint hint).  At DIY Bridal Beauty Boot Camp there will be discussion on products that are best suited for the climate where your wedding is taking place as well as lessons on application so that you or your attendants will be confident in applying your makeup on your wedding day no matter where you are.  In this three hour workshop you will:



  • Design your special occasion makeup look
  • Watch demonstrations to learn makeup application
  • Practice individually to recreate your look
  • Make a personalized shopping list of products you’ll need

   Attend DIY Bridal Beauty Boot Camp alone or with your bridal party.  What a great way to start your stagette!  Each camper receives a complimentary gift valued at $12.

   I’ve been a professional makeup artist for over 25 years.  In that time I’ve taught numerous classes, hundreds of one on one consultations and bridal makeup applications.  My retail experience has taught me vast product knowledge and traveling has shown me which products to apply for each climate.

mG Artistry DIY Bridal Beauty Boot Camp
  • Open to anybody that needs to apply their own makeup for a special event
    Only $125 per person *Price paid in full with a $50 cancellation fee three weeks prior to start date
    Minimum four participants to run the workshop
    In the case that boot camp doesn’t fill up 2 weeks prior to date your fee will be completely refunded
    Next session TBC
    1pm – 4pm  
    Makeup, brushes and eyelashes will be supplied during workshop

Call or email today for more details or to reserve your spot for DIY Bridal Beauty workshop.

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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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