Green With Envy

I had a pleasure to work with Clarissa, a beautiful aspiring model yesterday. I had a lot of fun doing her make-up. We did different looks from natural to glamorous to creative!  She did not have a creative look in her portfolio, so I was really happy that she was open for anything.
I purchased these really funky lashes – black lashes with BRIGHT GREEN polka dots when I went to IMATS last year. I was dying to use them and I thought she would be the perfect candidate! 😛 As you can see in the picture below, I just used the lashes on the outer corner of her eyes. That was by default. Initially I had used the full length lashes on her. As I was removing one of the lashes to fix it, a piece of it fell off….and DING DING DING!!! I had an even better idea!!! So this is what the creative look ended up looking like!!
Model: Clarissa
MUA: Tess
Photographer: Tess
Location: Norm’s Workshop

Big thanks to Norm and Clarissa. Also, the photographers who guided me and encouraged me to take some photos. (I initially just brought my SLR to take before and after shots of my models, but near the end of the day a couple of photographers taught me a little bit on taking photos with lighting and other equipment.)

IMATS Toronto 2009

I just came back from IMATS (International Make-up Artist Trade Show) and came home with some make-up goodies! This trade show does not just happen in Toronto, but it also travels to Sydney, London, Vancouver and L.A.!

Some vendors in the show include: Make-up Forever, Beauty So Clean, FACE atelier, Kett Cosmetics, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Royal Brush, Crown Brush, Cover FX, Yaby Cosmetics, and so much more…

I went to this show with a good friend of mine. It was great going with her because she was very patient with me! 🙂 (Thanks Ruthie!) When we got there, we made our rounds and looked at each booth to see what they had. I brought a book with me to swatch colours, test products, and record prices. Then went around a second, third, fourth time and started purchasing!
Tip: You don’t want to start purchasing products right when you arrive. It’s best to walk around first and get a feel for what they are offering. Some vendors sell the same products for a different price. So make sure you get the best deals!

This year I went with 2 goals in mind:

1. Purchase the Make-up Forever Flash Palette
2. Don’t go over my spending budget

I’m so happy that I was able to accomplish these two goals. I stayed way within my budget and got the palette I was looking. When I purchased the MUFE Flash Palette, they told me there was only two left. So I bought it just in time. This palette is great because it is pretty much a multi-use palette. You can use it for eye shadow, blush, lipstick . . . you can even use it as foundation! I find the colours are very vibrant and pigmented compared to other brands out there such as, Ben Nye’s Lumiere palette and Kryolan Supra Colour palette.

Tip: If you use this Flash palette, don’t forget to set it with a loose powder such as, Make-Up Forever’s HD Microfinish powder to keep it in place.

Another favourite item I purchased was the OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) Lip Tar. What’s great about this product is that it’s highly pigmented like a lipstick but goes on smoothly like a lipgloss! Another plus is that OCC is 100% vegan and cruelty-free! 🙂 It comes in a variety of colours! The colours I purchased were: Clear, Conquest, & Melange.

I also attended a couple of seminars. One seminar I attended was held by YouTube’s Make-up Guru, Koren from Enkore Make-up ( He showed us how to apply Naked Cosmetics in so many different ways. They sell make-up products such as, eye shadow, foundation, liner, mascara, nail polish, blush but in the form of loose powder, made of 100% oxidized mica! Can you believe it? I couldn’t until I saw the seminar.
Visit their website to see how!

Koren applying make-up on Elissa (from

Other photos from the show:

Make-up isn’t just all about looking pretty:

Body art:

Make-up by Royal Brushes

Make-up by Make-up Forever

They also had a student competition and the beauty theme was “Gothic”

Winning Look:

YWCA Make-up Workshop

What better way to teach others about make-up by teaching them when they’re young? lol

A YWCA location was looking for a make-up artist to teach a workshop to about 25 young teens (13 years old to 17 years old). When I heard about this, I was so excited to be involved as I’ve always wanted to teach young children! What better way to teach about something you love and enjoy, right?!

The workshop was successful! The girls were very engaged and attentive. They asked a lot of questions and were extremely interested when I was doing demos! The workshop went so well that YWCA asked me to do another workshop a few weeks later for even younger teens (10 years old to 13 years old) with the permission of their parents of course.

I was extremely shocked and impressed by how much these girls knew about make-up! I asked each group, “How many of you wear make-up?” and more than 95% of the girls raised their hands! Whether it was just eye shadow, lip gloss, eye liner, mascara, etc. these girls wore them.

Maybe it’s the power of and the tutorials of make-up gurus that you can watch 24/7…who knows? All I know is that when I was their age my friends and I didn’t wear as much make-up. For one thing, we weren’t allowed, and as much as we wanted to wear make-up, we had NO IDEA how to WEAR IT!

Some people may disagree that young teens shouldn’t be wearing make-up. But I guess you can’t really stop them. May as well teach them the right way of wearing it, right?

Four points I stressed out to them:

1. Don’t make make-up an extremely important part of your daily life.
2. Apply make-up to enhance your features. The best look is to look natural, not like a clown.
3. Take care of your skin. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and it is very important to keep it healthy. If you have healthy skin, your make-up will adhere to it better.
4. Don’t follow make-up trends unless it suits your facial features and your complexion. Years from now, you don’t want to look at your photos and be like, “What the heck was I wearing?”

Conducting these workshops were a wonderful experience. I’m glad the girls had fun too!
Thanks YWCA for the opportunity.

I wish I had photos to share with you guys, but because the girls were underage, I would have had to get permission from their parents to post it up on the site.

Anyway, hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

‘Til next time!