{How to} Rockin’ Romance Look

Want to achieve this Grammy-inspired look at home?

Amélie Ducharme (COVERGIRL Make-up Pro) and Justin German (Pantene Pro-V Consulting Stylist) share with us details on how they created this Rockin’ Romance look!

Photo Credit: Arthur Mola
Make-up: Amélie Ducharme
Hair: Justin German
{Make-up Look} 
Amélie Ducharme, COVERGIRL Make-up Pro:
  1. To keep focus on the eyes, skin must look flawless. Create your base with COVERGIRL Outlast Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation with a foundation brush.
  2. Even out any dark circles by applying COVERGIRL + Olay Eye Rehab CC Cream with a concealer brush. Apply in a triangular shape under the eye – from corner to corner and down toward the nose.
  3.  Next, lightly apply COVERGIRL Clean Sensitive Skin Pressed Powder under the eye to set concealer. Also apply on forehead nose and chin for a natural yet matte skin finish.


  1. With your finger, apply COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow in “Ohh La Lilac” all over the lid up to the crease and along the bottom lashline with a flat shadow brush.
  2. Using a shadow brush, apply COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Molten Black” to the outside corner of the lid and then from the inside corner, blending toward the center of the eye, connecting both sides in the crease. To create dimension, apply the plum shadow from the COVERGIRL Eyehancer 4-Kit Shadow in “Prom Queen” to the middle of the lid, just below the crease. Also, sweep this plum colour under the eye.
  3. Rim the bottom of the eye, tighter to the lashline, with the Shadow Pot in “Molten Black”, blending slightly wider toward the outer corner of the eye.
  4. Next, line the entire waterline with COVERGIRL LiquidLineBlast Eye Liner in “Black Fire”. To intensify the look, use this pencil to trace over the shadow on the outer corners of the eye and blend out and up using the sponge tip on the other end of the pencil. Using a shadow brush, connect the shadow from the top and bottom lids just beyond the outside corner, lifting up and out toward the temple, elongating the eye. The further out, the more dramatic the look!
  5. Using COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity Liner in “Pitch Black Passion”, trace along the upper lashline starting from the inner corner and creating a thicker line as you move to the outer corner extending just beyond the lash in an upward movement.
  6. Coat the lashes with COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume Mascara in “Very Black”. Start with multiple coats of Step 1 for extreme volume, then apply Step 2 for a pitch black glossy finish.
  7. Finish the eye look by applying the silver shade from the “Prom Queen” palette under the brow.


  1. For this smoldering look, you want to create a thick, strong brow. Fill in brows with COVERGIRL Brow & EyeMakers Pencil one shade darker than your natural colour.

 Contour & Blush:

  1. To contour the face, use COVERGIRL Clean Glow Bronzer in “Spices”. Starting with the darkest shade of the palette, apply just under the cheek bone at the temple. As you move toward the apple of the cheek blend the middle and lightest shade.


  1. Finally, prep lips by applying moisturizer topped with a thin layer of your foundation to cover any redness around the mouth. Then, fill in your pout with COVERGIRL LipPerfection in “Yummy” – a great pastel pink! 

Final touch:

  1. For a more matte finish, apply a light dusting of Clean Pressed Powder.
{Hair Look} 
Justin German, Pantene Pro-V Consulting Stylist:
  1. First, prepare by washing hair with the new Pantene Pro-V Damage Detox Weekly Deep Cleanse Purifying Shampoo.
  2. Blow-dry with a round brush and pin in clips, like you would rollers – this will give you a great foundation for this updo. Set with Pantene Pro-V Stylers Anti-Humidity Maximum Hold Hairspray.
  3. After a few minutes, remove clips and shake out the curls. Spray in Pantene Advanced+Keratin Repair KERAGLOSS Oil Mist to relax the look and build texture.
  4. Now, part the hair in two sections. Start by collecting hair from temple to temple and pile it in a knot on top of your head.
  5. With the remaining hair, gather and put into a ponytail just below the crown. While the sides are tight to the head, they are not slick. We want an undone look! Backbrush the ponytail, while misting with hairspray.
  6. Next, twist the ponytail downward and pin into the head all the way down. Finish by tucking in the ends with a few bobby pins at the nape of the neck. 
  7. Undo the top section of hair and backbrush with a few spritzes of the Pantene Pro-V Stylers Anti-Humidity Maximum Hold Hairspray. Then lift hair at the front, creating tons of volume, roll and pin into the top of the hair roll that was created with the bottom section of the hair – connecting the top and bottom into one.
  8. For the final touch, using your fingertips, pull out a few pieces of hair from the front, lifting and spraying for even more volume and texture.
  9. Finish with a few sprays of KERAGLOSS for extra shine.


Grammy Inspiration:
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Let me know if you give this look a try! 🙂

#BeautyUnited’s Fave Hair & Make-up Look – 2014 Grammy Awards

Photo Sources: www.fashnberry.com & www.becomegorgeous.com

During the 2014 Grammy Awards, the  P&G #BeautyUnited bloggers were invited to the Thompson Hotel in Toronto for the #MusicGlam Twitter Party hosted by Arianne, TheGlitterGeek.

We mingled, munched on delicious hors d’oeuvres, had a few drinks, got hair and make-up touch-ups, and tweeted all night long about beauty & fashion of our fave celebs.

During the commercial breaks the #BeautyUnited bloggers voted on their top hair & make-up looks. The final vote came down to Paris Hilton’s Hair and Rita Ora’s Make-up.

The challenge of the night was for Pantene Pro-V Consulting Stylist, Justin German and COVERGIRL Make-up Pro, Amélie Ducharme to re-create our top looks, and of course, add their magic touch!

Here is the final look called, Rockin’ Romance:

Photo Credit: Arthur Mola
Make-up: Amélie Ducharme
Hair: Justin German
Don’t you think they did an excellent job re-creating our top make-up & hair look?


Amélie Ducharme and Justin German share with us detailed instructions on how they created this look.
Click here.

Photos of the evening:

Thompson Hotel (Photo cred: Arthur Mola)

Pantene Pro-V Hair Products (Photo cred: Arthur Mola)
Justin German re-creating Paris Hilton’s hair inspired look (Photo cred: Arthur Mola)

COVERGIRL Make-up (Photo cred: Arthur Mola)
Amélie Ducharme re-creating Rita Ora’s make-up inspired look (Photo cred: Arthur Mola)
(Photo cred: Gerry – @PBunnieP)
With Gerry  – @PBunnieP (Photo cred: Arthur Mola) 
Getting my make-up touch-up (Photo cred: Arthur Mola)
With the host of the #MusicGlam Twitter Party, Arianne (@TheGlitterGeek)

How to Get Kate Beckinsale’s Golden Globe’s Side Up-do!

When I saw Kate Beckinsale on the 2014 Golden Globes’ red carpet, I fell in love with her overall look — especially her low, side up-do!

Sascha Breuer, celebrity hairstylist, shares how she created this punk-inspired, yet soft & feminine hairstyle:

Hair Prep/Style:

  • Start by spraying Moroccanoil Root Boost directly on the roots of damp hair. The spray will help add body and hold and it’s a great way to set the style in. It’ll also make hair more pliable and easier to work with.
  • Begin blow drying the hair using a skeleton brush, and then use your fingers to create texture and additional volume. Once the hair is fully dry, seperate into a horseshoe shaped section (the part between both temples & crown area) and clip the top section away.
  • Pull the botom section into a low, side ponytail at the nape of the neck and secure with an elastic. Then coil & wrap the tail into a messy bun. Secure hair with bobby pins.
  • Take the hair from the top section and backcomb the roots using Moroccanoil Boar Bristle Teasing Brush to maximze the volume at the crown and create a slightly disheveled texture.
  • Secure the top section into the existing loose bun with bobby pins.

Finishing Touches:

  • Mist the hair with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray to add shine and long-lasting hold. Spray a little product onto finger tips and work it into the single strands to help define the pieces. Secure the final look with a few more pins and you’re good to go!


*Thank you Langton Communications for the press release

    {Beauty Panel} Who is your Celebrity Hair + Make-up Inspiration?

    A celebrity I always look to for hair and make-up inspiration is Eva Longoria. Whenever I want a fresh ‘do, I tend to Google her name, save the photo on my phone and then show the hair dresser.

    One of my favourite hairstyles of hers is when she wears her hair down and curled:

     [Photo Credit: www.people.com]

    My hair is thick and layered and with the right tools and technique I’ve been able to recreate her look many times over. When I’m in a rush, I use both a hot roller set and a curling iron. A hot roller set is so quick and easy to use and the curling iron gives me more curl control.

    Here’s how I do it:

    1. Side part your hair and separate the front section of your hair on both your left and right side. (We will be curling this section with a curling iron later on.)
    2. Take a hot roller set and apply the rollers in different directions (some outwards away from the face and others downwards). Ensure that what you do on one side, you do on the other in order to keep the curls symmetrical.
    3. For this look, I prefer loose curls so the jumbo and super jumbo sized rollers do the trick! Because my hair is medium in length, I tend to just use the jumbo rollers. The super jumbo rollers do not give me as much of a curl for this look.
    4. Once the rollers have cooled off, take them out.
    5. Take your curling iron (1” – 1.5”) and curl the two front sections you kept aside. Curl your hair away from your face as it opens up your face and neck giving it a more flattering look.
    6. Once this is all done, get your favourite hairspray and spray away!
    7. To loosen up the curls, gently and lightly pull some of the curls straight. I don’t run my fingers through my hair because I don’t want to create more volume — my hair is already pretty thick! And there you have it, Eva Longoria-inspired curls!

     Not only does Eva’s hair styles inspire me, but her bronzed, natural makeup is also a look I like to emulate. Here’s a few quick makeup tips:

    • Some people have told me that they are afraid their eyes would look tired with this look because of the brown tones. To brighten up, use an off-white pencil (more natural than white) and rim the inner lower lash line. Also, a few coats of mascara will really help open up the eyes.
    •  To deepen up a bronzy, natural eye look, take a black eye shadow and apply a bit of it on the outer corner of the eyes and gently blend up.
    • If you are limited on products, take your matte bronzer and apply it to the hallows of your cheeks and then sweep it onto the crease of your eyes. This will help warm up those beautiful eyes. 


    {Products used}: 


    • Conair Xtreme Heat Jumbo and Super Jumbo Rollers
    • Palladium Ceramic by Jilbère de Paris
    • L’Oréal Paris Elnette Satin Hairspray
    • Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer in “Medium” 
    • Cover FX Matte Fx in “Medium” 
    • M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish “Sunny by Nature” 
    • Urban Decay eyeshadow in “Twice Baked” 
    • Stila Smokey Eye Palette in “Black” 
    • Nars Eyeshadow Duo in “Surabaya” 
    • M.A.C Fluidline eyeliner in “Blacktrack” 
    • Physicians Formula Eye Booster in “Ultra Black” 
    • Annabelle Expandable Mascara
    • M.A.C Lipliner in “Dune” 
    • L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipstick in “Golden Splendor”

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      {Beauty Panel} How to Transition Your Hair from Day to Night

      The Beauty Panel on FashionMagazine.com was asked,

      “How do you transition your make-up and/or hair from day to night?”

      For this Beauty Panel challenge, I just wanted to focus on hair. For my daytime look, I show you my go-to  favourite hairstyle … the rope braid. This is a beautiful ‘do with minimal effort involved. It literally takes less than two minutes to do, but it looks like you spent waaaay longer. This style allows you to stay in bed longer in the morning and spend less time trying to get ready — and no one would ever know!

      If you have hair like mine, you can’t tie your hair during the day and then leave your hair down at night. My hair is just too thick & coarse and trying to flat iron the dent from the hair tie is just impossible for me! So…for my night look, I tend to wear my hair up as well. In this video, I show you how to create the popular & trendy top knot bun. Again, another gorgeous hair ‘do that is quick and simple to do.

      Products used:
      L’Oreal Elnett Satin – Lumiere Ultra Strong Hold
      Goody Ouchless Hair Ties
      Sally Beauty Bobby Pins – Meta Grip Premium Bob Pins in Black
      Boar Bristle Brush
      DIY Hair donut (black athletic sock)

      To see how the other Beauty Panellists transition their make-up and/or hair from day to night click here

      How do you transition your hair from day to night?

      Thanks for watching & stay tuned for the next Beauty Panel Challenge!

      L’Oreal & TIFF’s Style Stars Event

      It has been two weeks since TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) has come and gone. It’s always this time of year where people look forward to star gazing on the streets of Yorkville, watch well-made independent and hollywood films at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in the Entertainment District, or party it up at beautiful downtown clubs or lounges.

      I have to admit, I was one of the Torontonians strolling around Yorkville hoping to accidentally bump into celebs, but uhhh … no luck.  Earlier this day, however,  I attended a TIFF event at the Panorama Lounge hosted by L’Oreal Paris Canada called the “Red Carpet Style Stars Event”.

      Panorama Lounge was such a beautiful venue to hold this event. You take the elevator up to the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre.  This venue represented Toronto very well with its breath-taking view of our beautiful city.

      This evening began with some mingling with champagne and h’ordeurves with fellow make-up artists and bloggers. Then it led to an informative and entertaining presentation by Eric Del Monaco (Official Hair Artist of L’Oreal Paris in Canada) and Johnny Lavoy (Official Hair Artist of L’Oreal Paris in the United States and hair stylist on Project Runway).

      Eric Del Monaco

      Johnny Lavoy

      These two talented hairstylists showed us the hair styles of different celebs and talked about how they achieved the look and which products they used. They also mentioned what hair colour can do to your over all look.

      One tip that I will forever take with me is from Eric Del Monaco:

      If you have warm-toned skin, choose a hair colour that is cool-toned.
      If you have cool-toned skin, choose a hair colour that is warm-toned.

      After this presentation, we all just wanted to go home and dye our hair or try out the classic Audrey Hepburn hairdo which Johnny Lavoy showed us how to do:

       Once the presentation was over, we preceded to mingle amongst the beauty lovers and got to check out the new hair and make-up products as well as take photos.

      Donna (DonnaMarieMUA), Joyce (SparklyPlayground) and myself
      Eddie Malter (Official Make-up Artist of L’Oreal Paris in Canada) and I

      Eddie Malter is one lucky guy! LOL

      With gorgeous and talented MUAs – 
      Donna (DonnaMarieMUA), Fiona (FionaMan), Arianne (TheGlitterGeek)

      Eddie Malter and Eric Del Monaco – I love their humour!

      Eric Del Monaco, Myself, Donna, and Eddie Malter
      Eric & Eddie with Caroline and Margaret (some of the wonderful people behind the event – Cowan & Company)

      During all the mingling, I noticed some of the girls wore my #ArtisanBraceletsForACause bracelets!

      Ladies, you are awesome! Thanks for the support!
      Artisan Bracelets for a Cause
      Elaine (TOBeautyReviews), Arianne (TheGlitterGeek), and Donna (DonnaMarieMUA)

      We came home with a wonderful L’Oreal & TIFF Swag Bag

      Love the print on the inside of the make-up bag

      Thank you L’Oreal and TIFF for a wonderful event!
      Can’t wait to try out the products!


      A Moment to Play

      I feel like I’ve been soo busy lately that I realized my day-to-day hair and make-up has become soooo boring.

      Daily hair routine:

      • Tying all my hair in a bun

      Daily make-up routine:

      • A tiny bit of foundation arount the nose, powder to set
      • Bronzer on the cheeks and forehead
      • If I have time, I’ll apply gel eyeliner (I never used to leave the house without eyeliner!) 
      • Curl lashes + mascara

      Tonight, after bracelet making and spending quality time with my mom, I set aside time to play.
      I haven’t played with my hair and make-up in months! Today was an opportunity for some me time so I couldn’t pass that up!

      So this is what I did …

      I’ve always wanted to try the upside down braid on myself but thought it could never be done because my hair is too short. SUCCESS! I totally proved myself wrong. Might I add, it feels like such a work-out on my arms?!!

      Because I always like to keep my eyes simple, I thought to add some colour with a bright lipstick (JOE FRESH Fuschia).

      What do you think??

      I’m all done up. Now…I just need to go out. 😛

      xoxo Tess