Head shots with Taylor Dauvin Photography and mG Artistry

Update your business correspondence & social media profiles with NEW head shots.

mG Artistry and Taylor Dauvin Photography have teamed up to offer you business portrait sessions.

Hassle free | Conveniently located | Reasonably priced

Your $110 creation fee will include a quick makeup and hair session to help you look and feel your best in front of the camera plus 3 edited head shots delivered on a USB drive.  Contact Michelle Grad or email Taylor Dauvin to reserve your spot.

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Bridal Bonus – 2016

Book Your Bridal Makeup Now….

…and save  $5 each when you book 2 or more people for wedding day makeup.


Bridal Makeup Pricing

Bride only – $135
2-3 people – $90 ($85) per person
4-5 people – $85 ($80) per person
*6 or more – $75 per person

Bridal makeup must be booked with a deposit by May 31, 2016 on weddings to take place by December 31st, 2016 to receive the 2016 Bridal Bonus.

*Multiple booking discount on 6 or more people is part of the 2016 Bridal Bonus and is only available until May 31st, 2016 on weddings this year.

Find out how you can benefit from hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding day.

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Read Bride Beautiful to learn tips on bridal beauty and creating your makeup style.
Call or email today to receive a quote on makeup services for your wedding day.
Book now!

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Look amazing on your wedding day

Bride Beautiful.

Brides:  No doubt you have poured over countless wedding magazines and websites for hours. As usual, the models seemed flawless, but with a realistic healthy glow that you may decide to emulate for your own wedding style. When I talk make up with any client, they want to get to the good stuff right way – colour. I urge them to discuss the basics a bit and evaluate their skin care regime, as well as devise a health plan for their skin.

I recommend products suited to your skin type (dry, oily, combination or aging) as well as the condition of your skin (dehydrated, acneic or sensitive), budget and time commitment. Be realistic and try not to diagnose yourself as something that you’re not. For some reason, woman tend to exaggerate their skin conditions, which can be very expensive and can also result in the use of wrong products. A little shine on your nose at the end of the day does not necessarily mean oily skin nor are a few blackheads an indication of acne-prone skin. The other bit of risky business is self-diagnosing irregularities in your skin and therefore not treating them properly. For example, if you have had relatively normal skin and all of a sudden you are severely dry or have outbursts of pimples you should seek professional help. The bottom line is this, whether you have great skin that you want to maintain or issues that need to be addressed, enlist the help of a doctor or skin care specialist. Most skin care clinics that you see advertised are more than just spas. They are operated by physicians who specialize in skin health, as well as cosmetic procedures. Many beauty experts in cosmetic departments and spas have years of training with dermatological skin care lines.


Now let’s explore the colour and style that you are so excited about. The look that you choose for your wedding should be a reflection of your personal style, timeless and an image that you are comfortable with.  If you’re not confident in creating such a look for your self then you should research some make up artists who can help. Many artists provide trial runs and lessons or consultations for brides planning a destination wedding, as well as wedding day application services.  Over the years I have found, the happiest bridal clients are those who understand that less is more when it comes to their wedding day make up. Colours for the eyes should be soft. I usually take cues from the bridesmaid dresses or colourful flowers in the bouquets. Your mouth should be tinted close to your natural lip colour and should also be creamy and shiny. Foundations absolutely must match your skin tone and warmth can be added strategically with a darker pressed powder or bronzer. Cheek colour is intended to highlight and add a glow – peach and rose are great choices to accomplish this effect. As important as the colour selection is, the quality of the cosmetics is also vital. You have to consider wearablilty (how long will it stay on for?), suitability to your skin type and, of course, budget.

Michelle is an incredible artist who was able to capture what I wanted for my wedding day. Even when I didn’t know what I wanted for make-up that day, she gave me multiple options in which I could choose! Michelle also did the makeup for my bridal party and was able to give everyone their own individual look. It was a fantastic day and she helped make it that way!Dona V
Brides have many choices when it comes to who will do their make up, so you should give yourself plenty of time to research the professionals in your area and what services they offer. Talk to people you know who have hired make up artists or ask the artist for references from their previous clients. Photographers can be great resources to help you track down a talented and reliable make up artist. Start your search online or ask your hair stylist. If they don’t do make up themselves they probably know a couple of make up artists. Of course, you can ask around in beauty departments, as well.  Once you have a list of make up artists in mind, you can start asking questions about price and deposit, type of products they prefer, trial run and consultation, mobility, years of experience and timing. Not only will you develop a literal ‘close’ relationship with your make up stylist, you will want to make sure they can relate to the style that you’ve chosen and communicate well with you. When you get engaged, your beauty needs will not be the first thing that you think about but, you should be starting to plan hair and make up at least four to six months before the big day. Beauty service providers book on a first come-first served basis and usually require a deposit just like any other wedding service specialist so you may want to shop around early to get an idea of price and add that cost to your budget.

See more mG Artistry brides!

Call 780 945 1186 or email (michelle@mgartistry.com) today so I can let you know about the current bridal specials.

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Artist Feature: April Cormier

April Cormier Photography – fashion | beauty| editorial

Edmonton Fashion Photographer April Cormier of April Cormier Photography uses classic beauty with modern style.  I love working concepts with her because she always celebrates femininity and  incorporates color in the makeup and wardrobe.

I asked April a few details about her start in photography and what drives her passion.

Q & A

mG – Where are you from?
AC – I’m from New Brunswick and I moved to Alberta close to 11 years ago.
mG – Where did you study or mentor photography?
AC – When I turned 17 I realized that my interest in photography was growing so I took a 5 hour course with a local photographer to learn how to use my camera on manual mode. Throughout the years I developed my own style of shooting along with post processing. I also attended two workshops, one in New York with Lara Jade and the other in Ireland with Emily Soto.
mG – Do you have other education in design, fashion, arts, ect?
AC – I studied arts and sewing in high school. I made a lot of my own clothes in my late teens. Sometimes I’d buy thrift shop clothing and re-purpose them to my liking.
*Special note: I asked that question because I think April is widely talented at stylizing her shoots and often does makeup and hair. Turns out she is multi-gifted.

mG – What inspired you to start photography?
AC – My inspiration to start photography was kind of a series of events. My mom registered me for modeling classes in my early teens which led me to like modeling and fashion. So I started watching a lot of Fashion Television with Jeanne Beker. My interest in photography followed shortly after. I was always the one to carry a camera around. Whether it was at school, parties or outings with my friends. Every time I would photograph landscapes I could envision a beautiful subject in a fashion atmosphere but I never imagined that day would happen, that I would get to be a fashion photographer.
mG – What is your favorite type of photos to shoot?
AC – Definitely fashion. I love how artists gather together and create art that I get to capture on film. It’s the most amazing feeling.
mG – What artist or business person (living or not) do you admire?
AC – I admire my parents for all their hard work, their support and love for my brother and I.
mG – What is your Holy Grail? In other words, what would be the ultimate photo shoot, job or assignment for you?
AC – A successful career as a fashion photographer.

Go to April Cormier Photography to see more of April’s work.
And stay tuned for more artist features on Beauty|Style|Color, beauty blog.

Fearless in Italy Pt. 2

If you are going to celebrate beauty, try doing makeup atop the Tuscany Valley.

I left off the Fearless 2015 photography retreat and makeup adventure in a bar at Piazza della Ruppublica with Debbie.  We were listening to a three piece band and washing down top 40 hits with a martini.  I’ll skip ahead because nobody wants to relive the next morning when I’m behaving like a teething toddler who’s been woken early from a much needed nap.  Never again will I under estimate jet lag.

One more time to the airport to pick up the last photography client and then to our temporary home for the week.  It’s a sprawling villa just outside the town of Gaurdea, Italy resting on the hillside of a Tuscany valley  and over looking the Tiber river.  The yard site has olive and various fruit trees and the perimeter is patrolled by the most adorable donkey’s.  Hence the name, Colle dell’ Asinello (hill of the donkey).   The main structure of the building is obviously original and could be over 1oo years old.  On the inside, the additions like the glass enclosed swimming pool are masterfully fused to create a seamless open concept living area.  It’s a surreal setting where we dined, lounged and photographed through out the week.
Now I’m more like a toddler checking out a playmates toy room for the first time.  Rushing from one detail to another barely processing everything until a new anticipation takes over…….the arrival of the addition to our creative team.   Photographers Meagan Garner and Jen Trombly from the US.  In my heart I wanted desperately to stay up and greet them but the rest of my body would have no part of it.

When I got up in the morning I could understand why Italy has been the birth place of  so many masterpieces.  The lush hills, stone walls and bright natural gardens gave inspiration to makeup colors and spectacular backdrops for the many photoshoots to take place over the next few days.   The cool damp air, picturesque surroundings and laid back vibe added to the cocktail of creative juices….our cups runneth over.

Photographing real life goddesses in Italy.

Our model/makeup artist/photographer entourage engaged in a full beauty assault on Italy;  we stormed the villa, hillsides, rooftops, the dead city of Civita (among others) and beaches of Cinque Terre.  With evidence and influence of historical art all around it was effortless for the clients and models to slip into Roman goddess-like poses that made locals and tourists stop in their tracks.

Although the makeup gig and majority of the boudoir sessions were over, the fun didn’t end when we left Colle dell’ Asinello.  Debbie and I paired up again; hit the train station for Venice and one more over night in Florence.  Go to Facebook to see more photos of my Fearless Destination Woman’s Bordoir Retreat 2015, Italy or to mG Artistry’s portfolio to see boudoir photos from previous retreats and right here at home.