{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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Bang for your Buck Palettes

Ready-made palettes are such a good way to get a ‘bang for your buck’.
It can add up to be much cheaper than to purchase these eye shadows individually.

Urban Decay’s Naked Palette 1 & 2 were a big craze in the beauty world, but here is an affordable dupe that has been recommended by other make-up lovers.

$26.99 CAD

20 neutral eye shadows and 10 lip colours

Nude On Nude Palette

The palettes I will show you below are beautiful neutral palettes that I have been hearing a lot about. These palettes can be found at Sephora

PRO Palette
$55 CAD

Eight shimmer and eight matte eye shadows in all the shades

This set contains:
– 0.17 oz Mini Behind the Scenes Eye Shadow Primer
– 0.32 oz PRO Eye Shadow Palette (Top row matte colors: White, Cream, Taupe, Light Pink, Mauve, Sable, Espresso, Black; Bottom row: Nude (Shimmer), Champagne (Sparkle), Gold (Shimmer), Lt. Bronze (Shimmer), Pewter (Shimmer), Garnet (Shimmer), Deep Purple (Shimmer), Slate (Shimmer))

Laura Mercier
Artist Palette for Eyes
$60 CAD

The top row features a range of dark to light shimmer shades in Chocolate, African Violet, Sable, Guava, Cameo and Sunlit, while the bottom row includes light to dark matte finishes in Vanilla Nuts, Plum Smoke, Café au Lait, Coffee Ground, Deep Night, and Rich Coffee.

This set contains:
– 12 x Eye Colours in Chocolate, African Violet, Sable, Guava, Cameo, Sunlit, Vanilla Nuts, Plum Smoke, Café Au Lait, Coffee Ground, Deep Night, Rich Coffee

The Master Class Palette
$68 CAD

28 Photo Op Eyeshadows, four brow tech powders, eight cream eyeliners, two blushes, three soft lights, and four lip glosses.

This set contains:
– 28 x Eyeshadows (starting at top left corner) in Vanilla, Frost, Butter, Parfait, Ambiant, Frambois, Peacock, Cabernet, Serpent, Aubergine, Azure, Ash, Opal, Linen, Flirt, Nectar, Granite, Golden Orchid, Dusk, Cinnamon Toast, Blackout, Chestnut, Haze, Roast
– 4 x Brow Tech Powders in Bliss, Bare, Sable, Sumatra
– 8 x Cream Eyeliners in Ivy, Guilt, Picasso, Lava, Midnight Purple, Image, Midnight Brown, Caviar
– 2 x Blush in Posy Pink, Warm Apricot
– 3 x Soft Lights in Lens, Prism, Shimmer
– 4 x Lipgloss in Buff, Bitten, Guava, Mulberry

Have you tried any of these palettes?
What is your must-have palette?

* photos and information taken from nyxcosmetics.ca and sephora.com

Make-up Gift Basket

How awesome would it be to receive a make-up gift basket full of goodies?
I would LOVE it! Especially if it contained products from some of my favourite brands, such as, MAC and Smashbox! 😀

A friend of mine asked if I could create a make-up gift basket for his wife to give as a birthday present. I excitedly agreed because I love shopping for make-up, especially if it’s not for myself!

I checked out his wife’s current make-up bag and let’s just say, she was in need of a new…uhhh….EVERYTHING!

Here is what I came up with:

  1. QUO Eye lash curler
  2. Red Earth eye make-up remover
  3. MAC Select Moisturecover concealer
  4. MAC Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 foundation
  5. MAC Blot Powder 
  6. QUO Double-ended Brush Set with embelleshed brush case

WAIT!!!! It’s not done yet!!!!
Check out what’s underneath it all…

Smashbox Kit includes:
– Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss
– Lash DNA Mascara (Jet Black)
– Eye Palette (Encore) which includes a black jet-set liner
– Photo Finish Foundation Primer (Travel Size)
– Blush/Soft Lights Duo (Style/Icon)

Check out my video and review here: Tess’ all-time favourite Smashbox set
For those of you who know me, you know I LOVE a great deal!! Everything you see above was purchased on sale or with a discount! I purchased the QUO products on sale at Shopper’s Drugmart and the MAC products were purchased with my PRO discount. The make-up remover and Smashbox set was purchased from, “Lisa’s Cosmetics”. Every year I always look forward to going to the “Lisa Cosmetics” sale! It’s open only on two sets of weekends (at the end of November and beginning of  December) . . . just in time for Christmas shopping! The Smashbox sets were on sale for $27 each which normally sell for triple the price in retail stores!

Oohhhh…and not to forget, the case I put all these goodies in is just a small, silver CD case which was also bought for an affordable price!

How awesome is this gift basket!!!?

It covers everything from the face primer (first step of the make-up application) to the mascara (last step)! I love it and it didn’t even cost close to as much as it is worth!!!

Favourite Make-up Set (thus far) . . .


Kit includes:
– Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss
– Lash DNA Mascara (Jet Black)
– Eye Palette (Encore)
– Photo Finish Foundation Primer (Travel Size)
– Blush/Soft Lights Duo (Style/Icon)


Eye Shadows – In these pictures the colours look a tiny bit yellow due to my flash. So just picture the colours a little more deep….especially the deep burgundy (4th colour from the left).

(FYI – I like the pigmentation way better than MAC eye shadows!! )

Eye Shadow palette also comes with a black (gel-based) eye liner and a cute little travel brush (one end is an eye shadow brush and one end is an eye liner brush)….this beats those CHEAP LOOKING spongey applicators that come with other eye shadows!! 🙂

Blush/Soft Lights Duo (Style/Icon)

Tess’ Quick Review:

– Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss

  • Love the texture
  • Not sticky like MAC lip glasses
  • Beautiful pearlescent sheen
  • Looks nice on bare lips (without any liner or lipstick) and gives a nice shine when wearing over liner or lipstick

– Lash DNA Mascara (Jet Black)

  • Double helix brush is a cool concept, but I feel the brush is too big for my small eyes making it a little hard to apply properly
  • Does add volume to my lashes
  • Loves how DARK my lashes look

– Eye Palette (Encore)

(Eye Shadows)

  • Love the colours
  • Very pigmented
  • Extremely versitile – you can create many different colour combos and looks
  • Use this palette both day & night
  • Easy to travel with and it comes with a big size mirror.
  • Like the tiny eye liner and eye shadow brush it’s waaaay better than the crappy sponge applicators that other brands provide!)

(Eye liner)

  • Does not last as long as the MAC’s Blacktrack Fluidline
  • They claim it’s smudgeproof, but I think it still smudges
  • Great to use as a base over your eye lid for a smokey eye look

– Photo Finish Foundation Primer (Travel Size)

  • Favourite primer so far
  • Loves the texture – leaves skin looking smooth and feeling silky
  • Reduces size of large pores (really notice it on my nose)
  • Helps make my foundation last longer throughout the day

– Blush/Soft Lights Duo (Style/Icon)

  • Not super pigmented which creates a natural look
  • It’s buildable so you can add more layers if needed
  • Colours create a soft and natural look
  • Brightens up my face
This kit was purchased from Shopper’s Drugmart’s Beauty Boutique for $68!!!
The value is close to $200!!! This was an awesome deal!

Hopefully you guys can still find this kit. If so, let me know what you think about it!

Thanks for stoppin’ by!

xoxox makeupbytess



Here is a look I am wearing for my family Christmas photos. It’s a burgundy, berry-ish slightly monochromatic look.

Products used:
Foundation: Prescriptives Flawless SkinTotal Protection Make-up SPF 15 in Beige 09
Powder: Prescriptives in level 3
Eye base: Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Eye Shadows:
Mac – Wishful; Winks; Say, Yeah; Falling Star; Shroom
Smasbox – Deep Green from the Electric Quad Palette
Shadestick: Mac Burrberry
Eye Liner: Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack
Mascara: L’Oreal HIP

Lip liner: Auraline Beauty Inc’s Berry Lip Liner
Blush: Mac Fleur Power

Thanks for watching!

Holiday Look – Smokey Green

Hi everybody!

So, it’s been a bit of a pain for me when making this YouTube video. This video that you will see is actually my second try. The first time I did it, my camera (for some reason) stopped recording within 40 seconds of my video and I didn’t know until I was done!!! (It still had the red video camera image on the screen stating it was recording….so I don’t really know what happened! :P) So I had to do it again.

I apologize if I’m not as enthusiastic in this video as I had to rub off my make-up and do it again and it was really late at night! 😛 I also babbled too much to the point where the video was too long to upload so I had to edit the video to make it shorter. I lost a lot of good info I wanted to share with you….but I’ll just make short tip videos in the future because I feel like these tips will be very helpful!! 🙂

Anyway, enjoy the video!!

Products used:

Foundation: Make-Up Forever HD Foundation in 155
Powder: Prescriptives in Level 3
Bronzer: Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Dark
Blush: Nars Orgasm

Eye base/primer: Mac’s Painterly Paint Pot
Eyeshadow: Nars Key Largo Duo Palette (base and crease), Smashbox Electric Quad Palette (crease – green and brown, base – yellow), Nars Kilimanjaro – inner eye highlight), 88 Palette (lime green)

Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on pencil in Zero
Mascara: Maybelline’s The Colossal Volume Express

Lip liner: Estee Lauder in Spice Writer
Lip Gloss: Mac Monodramatic

Thanks for watching! 🙂