This past weekend, I met one of my first local make-up artist inspirations, Mila Victoria.
When I first started to have an interest in being a make-up artist, I came across Mila’s page on a then popular social-media website called Asian Avenue (sigh, those were the days!). Quite some time after, I landed on her Live Journal page (okay, now I’m getting a bit nostalgic) and ever since then, I’ve always admired her talent.
For those of you who know (of) her, you can agree that she is such an inspiration to others. Just by seeing her portfolio, you can see that she is one talented and creative make-up artist.
Check out her website here to see what I mean: www.milavictoria.com
Mila held a workshop this past weekend on “How to Contour”. It was held at a beautiful location called Miracle Thieves (www.miraclethieves.com), where it was surrounded by windows and lots of natural light coming in — perfect for make-up workshops!
I learned about contouring when I was in make-up school as well as in make-up books and videos, however, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to learn from Mila Victoria herself. If you look at her portfolio, she does a great job of contouring and like she mentioned during the workshop, contouring is one of her favourite things to do!
What was great about this workshop is that seating was limited. Therefore, it was very intimate, interactive, and casual. We were able to ask her questions – “What product is that?”, “How do you use that?”, “What is that for?”, “Can I test this?” –without feeling intimidated or shy.
We also got to see Mila work her contouring magic right before our eyes on one of the owners of Miracle Thieves. We also got the opportunity to get contoured by Mila herself! With Mila’s sculpting skills I went home with a naturally looking defined nose and cheekbones! Who needs plastic surgery, huh?
Being a make-up artist myself, I always love to share my tips and I love learning from fellow artists. You never know what tricks they have up their sleeves and you can never stop learning to improve yourself!
Here are a few tips Mila Victoria shared with us:
- Skin prep is one of the most important things. Ensure you exfoliate a couple of times a week, drink lots of water, and moisturize! Mila Victoria uses MAC‘s Fix Plus spray before applying moisturizer and foundation.
- Don’t get eye cream on your lashes. When you apply the mascara, it won’t stay put on your lashes. It’ll just transfer.
- When applying your concealer, apply the concealer under the eyes, around the nose, and corners of the mouth.
- Mila’s squint technique. When applying concealer on others, squint and focus your eyes to find where the light and dark areas are under the eyes. This will help easily spot the areas.
- Set concealer with powder. Use a fluffy contour eye shadow brush and apply it with a rolling technique. Don’t ‘wipe’ it on.
- When contouring, remember SYMMETRY is important. What you do on one side, you do on the other. Ensure you are contouring in the same areas and at the same angles.
- Mila loves using the Lise Watier Concealer Wheel for contouring and highlighting. You can use and mix the different colours to get the right colour you need for various different areas. For example, green to correct redness, light brown to conceal discolouration. A little goes a long way and the palletes can last for years.
|Lighter Colour Wheel|
|Darker Colour Wheel|
- After contouring, don’t forget to blend it out. You can use a clean synthetic brush (not super dense) to soften the edges of the contours. It’ll make it look more natural.
- Avoid using shimmer. Do not contour with products that have shimmer. If you want a nice glow, you can put a powdered bronzer on the cheeks after. Mila likes to use Stila’s Sun Bronzer or Guerlain’s Terracotta Four Seasons Bronzer.
|Stila Sun Bronzer|
|Guerlain Terracotta Four Season’s Bronzer|
- When contouring you must not forget to highlight. Mila added highlight on top of the make-up with NARS’ Copacabana. This is a multi-purpose stick that can be used on the eyes, cheeks, lips, or wherever your imagination desires. Mila even suggested using this down the front of your legs to give it a nice highlight!
Not only were some of the above products used, a local cosmetics line Kimiko Cosmetics was available for us to test and use. Kimiko Cosmetics was created by Danielle Vincent, a fellow Torontonian. What’s different about this cosmetics line compared to others is that Kimiko Cosmetics not only enhance one’s beauty by its wonderful coverage, it is also working away “behind the scenes” to treat the problematic areas with its “latest clinical active ingredients with concentrations that are at and above proven efficacious levels” (source: www.kimikobeauty.com).
Some of the ladies were wearing the ‘Sheer Tint and Lip Plumper” and the colours looked amazing on them. It was very pigmented and the clear gloss wasn’t too sticky. It apparently didn’t tingle like crazy either!
To check out more information and products on Kimiko Cosmetics, visit their website: www.kimikobeauty.com
Not only is Mila Victoria an inspiration, the lovely owners of Miracle Thieves are as well. Jen and Tiffany are all about creativity, inspiration, and art and they recently opened up Miracle Thieves this summer. Sign up for their workshops or browse around their store where they sell lovely pieces from local Toronto artists.