grad/prom makeup

It is that time of year! Graduating from high school is a huge milestone…which means celebrating…which means party worthy makeup! Today I’m going to show you a dramatic eye look that’s perfect for graduation/prom. So let’s get started! First, I’d like to introduce you to my gorgeous cousin who is graduating this year.


For her upcoming grad I created an eye look that was fun and glamorous. She wanted to play up her eyes so we agreed to go with a gold and black colour scheme to make her peepers pop.


  1. Start with an eyeshadow primer. This makeup needs to last all night!
  2. Then blend a warm, matte brown just above the crease using windshield wiper motions. This swipe of colour above the crease serves as a gradient colour so that the darker colours on the outer V will appear to blend out smoothly.
  3. Use a matte black eyeshadow to shape out the outer V. Use a light hand and slowly build up the colour. Make sure you blend, blend, blend before you add more colour. We do want the eye makeup to be strong but we don’t want to look like we have a black eye. NOTE: Leave the middle of the lid and the inner corner bare! 
  4. Go back into the crease with a very small amount of the matte brown shade and blend like crazy!
  5. Use a gold, shimmery shadow all across the lid (where you left it bare). Keep the shimmery colour solely on the lid. Do not bring it up into the crease. We want to keep the crease and the outer V as matte as possible.
  6. Highlight the inner corner of the eye with a shimmery, iridescent, white or pale gold eyeshadow.
  7. Line the upper lashline with black liquid liner. I flicked the liner out just slightly.
  8. Line the outer 2/3 of the bottom lashline with the matte black eyeshadow. Keep the shadow as tight the lashline as possible.
  9. Use a small, fluffy brush and the matte brown eyeshadow and blend out the black shadow on the lower lashline.
  10. Coat the upper and lower lashes with two coats of black mascara.
  11. OPTIONAL: Pat some gold glitter on top of the gold, shimmery eyeshadow for some extra glam.
  12. OPTIONAL: Add some false lashes to the upper lashline to up the drama.

Here are a few more pics of the final eye look. I did not add false lashes yet as this was just a run-through. But we will be putting some on for the actual graduation day.



I hope you liked this eye look! I will be doing an in-depth post on skin perfecting and face makeup for photos soon!

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glow baby glow

Hello! Hello! Hello!

I’m so excited to share this makeover with you! Recently I worked with the beautiful Krista. Not only is she a brilliant graphic designer and photographer (pssst!!! check her out), she’s a momma to be! For this makeover we aimed for a glowing complexion and overall gorgeousness.

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Krista’s skin is already good to begin with and did not need much work. Her main skin concern is dryness and sensitivity. I used a primer to seal in any moisturizer and to protect her skin from the outside world. I then used a yellow-based moisturizing concealer stick on her forehead, nose, under eyes, cheeks and chin.  The yellow tones create a brightening effect and work to conceal any redness. I then used a CC cream in a shade slightly darker than Krista’s skin on the perimeter of her face. I blended everything together with a small dual fibre stippling brush to create an airbrush finish. I used a bright coral blush on the tops of the apples of her cheeks and blended the blush up her cheekbones and towards her temples. A touch of highlighter completed the skin. Krista already has amazing lips so enhancing them was simple. A touch of lipliner and a pink lipstick blended over was all I needed.

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Krista usually uses purple and brown shades to bring out her green eyes. This time we used pink and brown to enhance her eyes and create a romantic look. For this look I started with an eyeshadow primer. I used a matte bronzer/contour blended into her crease to start. I then patted a matte pink shadow across the entire lid. I used a matte brown shade to softly shade in the outer 1/3 of Krista’s eyelid and to line her lower lash line. I then blended these two matte shadows together. I used a shimmery pink shadow overtop of the matte pink shade, focusing on the inner 1/2 of Krista’s eyelid. Lastly I lined her eyes with a black gel liner and blended it out with a brush. Two to three coats of black mascara finished the look.

Here’s one more picture of the finished look.

All products used:

Arbonne Makeup Primer
Benefit Fake Up Concealer in 01 Light
Arbonne Intelligence CC Cream in Light
Sleek Blush by 3 in Lace (Chantilly)
Sleek Contour Kit in Medium (highlighter)

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Sleek Contour Kit in Medium (contour colour in crease)
MAC Charcoal Brown (for brows and crease)
Sleek i-Divine in Oh So Special (pictured below)

Essence Lip Liner in Au Natural (discontinued)
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in 17 Rose


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Red Red Wine

Hi everyone!

This is going to be a short and sweet post with one of the most gorgeous girls I know.
I had the opportunity to do her makeup and we opted for a natural eye with a statement red lip.

Just beautiful!

For this look I used a sheer foundation to even out her skin tone.
I used a highlighting stick under her eyes, on her forehead, and down the bridge of her nose.
A beautiful peachy, pinky, bronzy blush added just the right amount of glow.
I added definition to her eyes with neutral brown shades.
I used a dark brown shadow from the same palette as a liner to define the upper and lower lash lines.
Black mascara finished off the eyes.
I sculpted her brows into tip top shape with a matte brown shadow.
To finish off the entire look I chose a dramatic deep red lipstick.

Here’s the before and after:
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Valentine’s Day Inspired Look

Hi everyone! Valentine’s day is just around the corner. Some people call it a Hallmark Holiday while others take it as an opportunity to profess their undying love. Whether you celebrate it or not, the colours associated with Valentine’s day definitely make for a pretty #fotd.

For this look I went for a pink and purple eye look, fresh dewy skin and pretty pink lips.


Don’t mind the hair, I’ll make more of an effort when I actually have to leave the house.

1. Start with clean, well moisturized skin. Use a moisturize with SPF! See my current favourite here.
2. I applied Clinique Stay Matte foundation in 02 Alabaster with my favourite foundation brush.
3. Mix Elf Studio HD Blush in Headliner with Elf Shimmering Facial Whip in Pink Lemonade on the back of your hand. Apply to the tops of the apples of your cheeks and blend out with a duo fibre brush.
4. Powder is optional, if you have oily skin like me you’ll need a powder even if you’re going for a fresh, dewy look. For those with dry skin you can either use a translucent powder or a setting spray. I used Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation in G40 (formerly M40)

2014-02-04 15.01Eyes:
1. Prime the eyes with MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study
2. Sweep the light pink shade from Loreal Paris HIP Metallic Shadow Duo all across the lids. I extended mine slightly to create a V shape on the outer lid.
3. Line the upper lash line with a soft brown pencil liner.
4. Smudge out the brown liner with a smudge brush and the dark purple shadow from the Loreal eyeshadow duo.
5. Line the upper waterline with the same brown pencil
6. Curl eyelashes and apply lots of black mascara.

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1. I prepped my lips with Aquaphor Healing Ointment
2. I lightly lined my lips with a nude lip liner and then blended the line in with my finger.
3. Lastly I lightly applied Too Faced lipstick in Marshmallow Bunny and blended that in with my fingers as well to achieve a very natural looking lip.

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laid back glamour

Hi everyone! Recently I did a makeover for a friend of mine who is self admittedly “clueless” when it comes to putting on makeup. She has her day to day routine down but she wanted something different for those days or nights when she wanted to be a little more glammed up.

Here is her BEFORE picture…isn’t she gorgeous! This is going to be too easy for me.
DSC00272Blonde hair, blue eyes, and a beautiful fair complexion.

Keep reading for details on this look!

The eyes:
For this look I kept the eyes simple. However my lengthy description makes it seem much more complicated then it really is. All products are listed at the end.

DSC002761. I started with an eyeshadow primer. I always use an eyeshadow primer on clients when I do their makeup because it helps the colours stay true and increases the lasting power of the shadow. 2. Next I blended a warm matte brown into the crease. 3. To deepen the crease I used a darker matte brown shade. 4. I also used a shimmering light brown colour to highlight the centre of her eyelid. 5. I highlighted the inner corner of the eye with a white iridescent shimmer. 6. For eyeliner I used a black pencil and then blended it out with the black eyeshadow and an angled brush like this one 7. For lashes I added 2 coats black mascara onto the top eyelashes only. 8. To really finish off this look I filled in her eyebrows ever so slightly with a matte brown eyeshadow.

Here is the finished look!

DSC00274The warm browns on the eyes really make her blue eyes pop.
The black pencil eyeliner smudged with a shadow creates definition and brings the eye upward without looking too harsh (like a liquid liner can).
A shimmering peachy blush gives her that “lit within” glow
Lastly a pink lip brings the look together.

Tip for the fair-skinned: a nude lipstick could also be an option for this look but often nude lipsticks totally wash you out when you have really fair skin. It’s best to stick to pinks. If you want to go nude, I’d suggest a pinky-nude. 

Products used:

tarte smooth operator amazonian clay waterproof shadow primer
MAC texture
NYX love in paris eyeshadow palette in je ne sais quoi (matte brown, shimmery brown, and black shades)
hard candy top ten eyeshadow collection in naturally gorgeous (lightest shade for highlight)
avon mega impact eyeliner in black flash
cover girl clump crusher mascara in very black

MAC eyeshadow in charcoal brown

MAC mineralize moisture foundation in NC15
ELF shimmering facial whip in golden peach (mixed in with foundation for some extra glow)
rimmel match perfection 2 in 1 highlighting concealer in 01 ivory
milani baked blush in luminoso
avon true colour eyeshadow quad in mocha latte (lightest matte brown shade for contouring cheekbones)
ELF studio high definition powder

ELF lip definer and shaper (nude end to line lips)
too face la creme colour drenched lipstick in marshmallow bunny
lance juicy tubes in raspberry ice

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soft smoke

Today I’m going to show you a soft smokey eye. This is a staple look. It’s perfect for any and every occasion. Date night? heck yes! Wedding? perfect! Girls night out? absolutely! Walking the dog? sure!


For this look I used Lancome Colour Design Eyeshadow Palette in 100 Taupe Craze. These are such beautiful colours! I can’t even!! This palette would be perfect for everyday wear, day to night transitions and bridal makeup. I think the rosy pinks and soft browns work really well to make hazel and green eyes POP! 


 Start with an eyeshadow primer. I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance. With the palette, start with 3 and blend through the whole crease. Then use 5 to create a soft V shape at the outer edge of the lid then softly blend these two colours together. Also use 5 to line the lower lash line, then blend that line out to create that soft hazy look under the eyes. Pat 2 over the centre of the lid to bring light to this area. Mix 1 and 4 and highlight the inner corner. Lastly I used a black eyeshadow and a slanted eyeliner brush like this one to line the upper lash line. Finish with two or three coats of black mascara on the top and bottom lashes. I used Benefits They’re Real! in black.

The smokey eye can be a hard eye look to master, but once you get it you can start playing around with different colour combinations and create an endless amount of looks. My tip to master the smokey eye…a quality blending brush. I used this blending brush from Sigma. Other brushes to consider are the MAC #217, Quo crease brush, and Real Techniques base shadow brush.

Here is the finished look:


Other products used:
Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer
Loreal True Match Lumi in 1-2 Soft Ivory/Classic Ivory
Revlon Photoready Translucent Finisher
Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer in Park Ave Princess
Clinique Blushing Blush Powder in Cupid
Too Faced Naked Eye Palette – Like a Virgin and Stiletto (for brows)
NYX Retractable Lip Liner in MPL 13 Vanilla Sky
NYX Lipstick in Pumpkin Pie
Revlon Colourburst Lip Gloss in Belini

Here’s the side by side before and after picture


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