{Beauty Panel} Tips on Wedding Make-up Application

Makeup application for weddings is slightly different compared to your everyday makeup. The wedding day, whether it’s your special day or someone else’s close to you, is a busy and long-filled day. Whether you are getting your makeup done by an artist or DIYing it yourself, here are some tips to ensure you get the best wearing power from your look:

  • Take care of your skin leading up to the wedding day: drink lots of water, exfoliate, tone and moisturize.
  • For hot spring/summer wedding days, to ensure your foundation doesn’t melt off your face, apply a face primer, like Cover FX Skin Prep Nourishing Foundation Primer. Not only does this act as a great base for a smoother foundation application, it keeps the oils in for a long lasting finish.
  • To avoid eye shadow from creasing due to the oils and heat, apply an eyelid primer to your eyes, Urban Decay Primer Potion. This increases the staying power of your eye shadow as well as makes the colours more vibrant.
  • Stay away from too much shimmer on the eyes, face, and lips. It’s not flattering in photos.
  • If you know you will get teary-eyed throughout the event, waterproof products are the way to go. Try using Make Up For Ever Waterfproof Cream Eyeshadow in “Aqua Black” as your eyeliner and L’Oréal Waterproof Volumunious mascara to pump up your lashes.
  • To avoid applying your lipstick too many times throughout the day, fill your lips in with lip liner to use as the lipstick base, L’Oreal Colour Riche Anti-Feathering Lip Liner. Apply a matte lipstick over it to increase the wear, Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate. Remember to moisturize your lips before applying the lip products; this will help prevent your lips from drying out.
  • To keep your makeup looking fresh all day, set it with a setting spray, Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Spray.
  • If you have an excellent makeup application, all you need to pop in your clutch is a lipstick and blotting sheets, Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets for minimal touch-ups throughout the day!
  • Remember, your makeup should only be an enhanced version of yourself. You want to look and feel beautiful and still look like YOU! 

 {Products used}: 

  • Cover FX Skin Prep Nourishing Foundation Primer & Anti-Aging Serum
  • Make Up For Ever HD Foundation “#155” 
  • Lise Watier Portfolio Correctors in “Light”
  • Make Up For Ever HD Powder
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Spray
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in “Eden” 
  • Shiseido Silky Eyeshadow Quad in “Q10 Desert Winds” 
  • Stila Smoky Eye Palette in “Black Shadow” 
  • Make Up For Ever Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow in “Aqua Black” 
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in “Black” 
  • Smashbox Eyebeam Double-ended Brightener
  • Ardell False Lashes in “#128” 
  • DUO Lash Adhesive Waterproof 
  • L’Oreal Waterproof Voluminous Mascara 
  • Benefit Bronzer in “Hoola” 
  • M.A.C Blush in “Dainty” 
  • Estée Lauder Shimmering Jewel Powder 
  • EOS Lip Balm
  • L’Oreal Colour Riche Anti-Feathering Lip Liner in “All About Pink” 
  • Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate in “102”

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Sneak Peek: Lise Watier’s New Skincare Line

In the beginning of November, I was invited to attend the launch event for Lise Watier’s new Anti-Aging skincare line — Age Control Supreme to stop the clock.

This new skin care line will be in stores on January 2012, but here … you’ll get a sneak peek! Yay!

This event was held at the clean, white, modern venue — Andrew Richard Designs in Downtown, Toronto.

When I arrived, they began their  presentation on the ingredients and the benefits of these new products.

Crystal Day Elixir

15 ml
$45 CAD
serum with micro diamond flex used during the day
results: moisturizes and tightens skin

La Creme (Day and Night)

50 ml
$78 CAD
rich cream (no spf)
results: improved firmness & visibility;
skin appears more plump & smooth
 Black Night Elixir
15 ml
$45 CAD
serum with micro diamond flex used at night
serum is black but disappears instantly once applied
results: moisturizes & revitalizes skin  overnight

Are you curious to know how this anti-aging skin care line is different from all the rest?
Well, they have a secret ingredient – Labrador tea extract – shhhh!

Labrador Tea (Ledum groenlandicum) leaves found in Canada’s boreal forest

For hundreds of years, Labrador tea was used to treat burns, chapped skin and skin inflammation. After five years of research, Lise Watier and researchers from Universie du Quebec at Chicoutimi teamed up to develop these anti-aging products. Respecting  the environment, these leaves are picked by hand.

During the event, they had delicious hors d’oeuvres and served tea … actual Labrador tea! 
It was very yummy!

Labrador Tea (aka Ledum tea)
I also saw some fellow beauty bloggers — Farah (FacesByFarah),  Joyce (SparklyPlayground), and finally had a chance to meet the wonderful, Lisa Marie (BeautyCrazed).

Left to right:
Joyce (SparklyPlayground), Farah (FacesByFarah), Tess, and Rachel (PR for Lise Watier)
*photo courtesy of Joyce (SparklyPlayground)

After the presentation, we had the opportunity to mingle and speak to the Lise Watier team who contributed to this new anti-aging line. It was very informative as we were able to go straight to the source when asking questions and testing out the products.

We also had the pleasure of meeting Lise Watier herself. She is such an alluring woman who is so beautiful and down-to-earth. 

Left to right:
Tess, Joyce (SparklyPlayground), Lise Water
*photo courtesy of Joyce (SparklyPlayground)

Do you want to know what Lise Watier’s beauty secret is to staying beautiful?
Check out Joyce’s YouTube video () of her interview with Lise Watier.
(I was the one filming the interview! lol)

Lise Watier is truly inspiring.

On our way out there were tasty Ledum tea cookies and a swag bag for each of us to take home.


Guess what was in my swag bag!? Or shall I say swag BOX!?

I was pretty excited to take home the new products! Even a bag of the Ledum tea leaves! 
I know I already have a baby face (ahh chubby cheeks & genes), but I still can’t wait to try these products out. 
Although I don’t have any signs of anti-aging (yet), it’s still a great preventative product line!
Hmmm … or maybe I’ll be nice and just give it to my mom to try!
Thanks Lise Watier and Rachel for inviting me to this informative event!
Remember, the new anti-aging line launches in January 2012.
Check it out at a store near you!

Oh btw, if you want a great concealer and contouring palette, try Lise Watier’s colour wheel palette.
It definitely works wonders!
Check out my post & video with Mila Victoria to see for yourself! 🙂
Workshop with Mila Victoria

Thanks for reading! 

Contouring Workshop w/Mila Victoria

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.
Visit their website for more details: www.miraclethieves.com