Backstage Fall Glamour

My favorite fashion forward makeup style

I think the reason that we have seen this makeup style over and over again since the 1940’s is because it is simple, beautiful and elegant.  Every woman can carry it off for their day makeup or a glamours event.

To me the glowing complexion, neutral eyeshadow, soft cheek color and BOLD lips emulate autumn in the prairies.  It’s a look that you can rock behind the scenes or will put you center stage.
Here I’ve used Face Atelier Ultra Skin topped with CoverFX Illuminating primer on a damp sponge and cheeks are buffed with Revlon Cream blush in Charmed to create a beautiful canvas.  The eye lids and brows are highlighted with Smashbox Limitless 15 Hr Wear Cream Shadow and a MAC Cosmetics light neutral shadow contours the crease.  The upper lash line is tightlined with Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes liner for drama and lashes are lightly coated with Smashbox Eyebrightening  mascara.   The crowning glory of this makeup look is the lips, which are coated with Revlon Ultimate Suede Lipstick, Backstage.
Photo by Taylor Dauvin Photography

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The Softer Side of Fall

Pastels among the bold autumn shades.

Traditionally fall makeup trends are a strong contrast to the bronzy no-makeup makeup look of summer.  Quicker than the leaves falling from the trees we see bold rich earth tones in all textures replacing neutral eye colors and barely there blush.  This year we are seeing more pastel eyeshadows and blushes in the fall makeup collections than in the past.  Lise Watier’s translation of the fall color story is soft, satiny and luminous with products that will create a range of looks.

Like all of her face products, the half powder/half cream shadows in the EYEvolution Eyeshadow Quartet blend effortlessly and can build from sheer to intense.
The palette is a perfect combination of highlight, accent and contour colors that will compliment your fall fashions.  They have a satiny, semi matte finish that will brighten your complexion and make your eyes shine.

A product that is great on it’s own or layered is Lise Watier Blush Fondant Suprême.  Gemma Gygi, beauty expert at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique suggests that for a wisp of seamless color apply it gently with your fingers.  For more intense color she uses a synthetic blush brush to apply it.
I have done my fair share of experimenting with cream and mousse blushes. For a more opaque color with a soft underglow us one under your powder blush.  These products are my go to for bridal makeup or makeup for teens. Because of the light reflective nature of mousse blushes, you can apply them above the cheeks or under the brow for a natural highlight that isn’t too shimmery.

I love the versatility of the creamy gel-like Lise Watier Intense Waterproof Eyeliner.  I can remove it from the pencil tip with a brush and apply a thin precise winged look or work it quickly with a smudger to achieve a beautifully blended long wearing smoky eye.  The soft application and 14 hour wear make it perfect for the waterline or tight lining the upper lash line.

Limited edition EYEvolution eyeshadow quartet – $37.00
Blush Fondant Suprême – $30.00
Intense Waterproof Eyeliner – $22.00

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Fearless 2015, Umbria Italy

Photos of yourself like you’ve never imagined!

Be FEARLESS and join us in Umbria, Italy this fall.
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Will Do Makeup for Food……in exotic locations.

My career feeds my artistic appetite.

Now I’m not sure if there are more sophisticated qualifications than just packing your cosmetic case across two countries and hanging out on the beach applying make up on beautiful women to call yourself an international make up artist, but in my mind it’s good enough.

When Star Newman, owner and photographer at Acts of Beauty Photography had divulged her idea of Fearless Women’s Boudoir Photography Retreat  with me it was quite early in our professional relationship and I may not have been in tune with her ‘go get em-ness’.   It was prepping models on the secluded Mar Chiquita beach or Jan Diego Falls in the rainforest of Puerto Rico that I said to myself, “you’d better take everything that this girl says seriously.”  The second retreat invited a growing entourage (three more boudoir photographers) and found us in yet another surreal historic venue; this time at the corners of Race & Religious Streets in the Garden District of New Orleans.   October 2015 will take us across the Pacific to Italy and yes; we would love for you to join us.

I must say, there is nothing for your artistic spirit, confidence, pride and yes, ego than to be invited as part of a professional team travelling thousands of miles away and contributing your art and skill to something so meaningful to so many people. When I have doubts about my place in the beauty industry all I have to do is open the boudoir photo gallery and I’m reminded that I have arrived.

I haven’t arrived here alone. I contribute the growth of my business to the support of my family, friends and clients, to my basic make up training and customer service experience. Every New Year, I evaluate the past few months and wonder if I should be making a shift in my life to a new line of work. As usual, for more than twenty years, I can’t imagine doing anything that doesn’t involve makeup and helping woman reveal their physical beauty so I unfold the tattered old bucket list, check off what I’ve done and start conjuring up ways to make the rest happen.

I tend to over think a lot of things in life (makeup jobs and projects included). I suppose that is why it is taking so long to knock a few things off of that list. I should know better than to do that-so many makeup appointments start with careful execution and the plan goes completely out the window before my brush touches skin; the end result is almost always magical. So one of my short-term goals is to be slightly more impulsive with my creative projects and reaching out to meet new clients.

I’m not exactly sure why it is so hard to “let go & let art happen”.   After all becoming a makeup artist wasn’t even near my radar in my formative years.   After I graduated high school in the late 80’s I was visiting family in Calgary and stumbled into the open house at the Southern Alberta Institute for Technology.   I was immediately smitten with the Television and Radio arts program and was certain that I would have a lucrative career in radio. Don’t get me wrong; I adapted valuable skills from my broadcast training in a program that I now wish lasted for several more seasons (because that is in fact how I remember it; a perpetual college drama with non-aging colorful characters and human comedy/tragedy situations that were solved in less than 50 minutes each week).   Enter: reality. You could make more money as a secretary in a small market radio station as the on air talent and sales person combined so you decide to make a shift in occupation and…. scene. I only planned to manage a cosmetic department for six months while I trained (with mentor Pamela Parker) as a makeup artist and build a clientele. More than ten years later I was in tight with the retail racket. The money was OK, the benefits were helpful to my young family, the training was invaluable and I made life long relationships with customers and co-workers. I don’t regret a day of it. Plot twist. My brave husband made a career shift of his own that allowed me to stay home more with our boys and financially launch my business. As our sons got older I could start to build on my craft (pre-internet this required ingenuity).   From then until now I have crossed paths with countless brides, photographers, hairstylists, event planners, media professionals, trauma patients, transgenders, graduates, performers, models, other makeup artists and everyday people. Each of them have enriched my career and I thank every one of them for whatever tidbit of experience that I’ve gained from our time together. I’m still amazed how enhancing a person’s image makes them feel confident and sparks their spirit. I feel that I’m lucky to be able to offer that to someone.

So I continue to expand, grow, teach, empower and be humbled on this journey.   I know that I’m well versed in what I do and that what I do is not going to make me financially rich, cure diseases, solve the poverty equation or simultaneously bring on world peace.  If what I do helps people feel beautiful, makes them happy and gives me an artistic outlet then I think that makes me qualified to be what I am.


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