New Work: WedLuxe.com: Taking Flight

I did this bridal editorial a while ago and so happy to see that it finally got published on WedLuxe.com! The theme was inspired by the classic style of Jackie O. Check it out!

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The Recap: TIFF 13 Madness!

I’m in recovering mode now that the Toronto International Film Festival is done. The last couple of days I’ve been longing for my cushy pillow. But when you get to start mornings with the likes of Mila Kunis or James McAvoy, you think what pillow? From going between the Ritz and the Windsor Arms Hotel with weddings and private clients in the mix, the madness is finally done after working the event 6 days straight. It’s my 3rd year doing makeup for the festival and every year is just as exciting as the previous one.

Highlights:

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I got to do makeup for Russian actress, Eugenia Kuzmina, who is starring in a new John Turturro film called Fading Gigolo. The film also stars some heavy hitters like my all-time favourite Woody Allen, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schrieber, Sharon Stone, and Sophia Vergara. Eugenia is naturally gorgeous and knew exactly what she wanted for her makeup – smokey eyes, glowing skin and soft lips. She was so lovely to work with. On her eyes, I used Dior 3 Couleurs Smokey Brown Palette, Lise Watier Limited Edition Cream Shadow/Gold Glitter in the inner corner, L’Oreal Liquify Eye Pencil in Carbon Black, and lots of Ardell individual lashes.

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Eugenia Kuzmina and John Turturro at the Fading Gigolo after party.

I was also very honoured to do makeup for socialite and philanthropist, Suzanne Rogers for Jackie Gideon Beauty. She was attending the George Christy Luncheon. I was in awe of many things but it was her natural beauty and graciousness that I admired the most. Oh ya – and her taste for fashion is pretty UH-mazing! For her makeup, we went with soft pinks and browns on the eyes and did a pretty awesome cat eye with lots of lashes. We matched it with pink cheeks and lips.

Photo Source: Suzanne Rogers Instagram

Photo Source: Suzanne Rogers Instagram

I am really lucky to have some genuine friends in the industry. I got to work a couple of days in the InStyle Dior Lounge at the Windsor Arms Hotel. I had such an amazing time working with Dior’s PR queen (she truly is hilarious to work with). Check out the awesome Dior kit I got to work out of. Drool. 

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It was celeb central! My 2nd day there our morning was a rush of A-listers. Check out some of the creeper shots we took! WARNING: Blurry pictures. Hard squinting may occur.

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The above photo is a blurry Thandie Newton being interviewed by InStyle’s editor. Thandie was even more drop dead stunning in person, had a killer voice (she sang a few tunes), and cracked a few jokes. Some women just have it all…sigh.

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Ok, the morning when Mila Kunis walked in I was super stoked because my husband and I will be seeing her and the cast of Family Guy September 28 for the Just For Laughs festival! First, she is gorrrgeous. If she were one of my girlfriends (I can dream), she’d be the friend that wouldn’t BS you and would always have a witty comment to say. Yup, I got a creeper shot of her chatting it up with Jessica Chastain (who has skin like a porcelain doll) and the dashing James McAvoy. Other celebs that came through was Daniel Radcliffe who went around to everyone in the room and shook hands introducing himself (gotta love those polite Englishmen), Adrien Brody, Michael C. Hall, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Olivia Wilde (stunnnning and super sweet), Maria Bello, Jessie Eisenberg (best dry sense of humour ever), Dakota Fanning, and so many more I can’t remember their names!

One of my favourite moments though was getting to meet some of my makeup heros like celebrity makeup artist, Agostina  who I first met in the blogosphere a few years ago. Through the wonders that are Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram we’ve been able to carry on our long distance admiration for each other. I am a HUGE fan of her work and always love seeing the latest campaign or celebrity she is working on. At TIFF, she did makeup for one of my favourite comedic actors, Amy Poehler! I kept eyeing Agostina and wasn’t sure it was her until she came closer and we smiled at each other. I knew right then it was her! We hugged and laughed about finally meeting each other. Yes, we’ve already set our dinner date for next year’s TIFF!

Shortly after that, I got to meet the legendary Grace Lee who is also Maybelline Canada’s lead artist.  I met her once a long time ago back in my MAC days and since then have followed her on every social media outlet possible (we also have a million mutual friends) but we had never been officially introduced. I was a bit of a scaredy cat and feared she wouldn’t remember me. I didn’t say hi until she walked up to me. I realized after I was being ridic but I was also really nervous! I’m telling you, makeup artists are my celebrity.

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Star TIFF products:

Dior Diorshow Universal Brow Styler – I’m glad I revisited this product. I absolutely love how precise it fills in and the soft, powder finish. It’s not like a typical brow pencil where it can look so dark. I have yet to try it on someone with very fair brows so I still have to test the universal claim but on me it’s perfect.

Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum – I stopped using lash primers years ago mainly because I didn’t like how clumpy my mascara would make my lashes look. I wish I had never tried this product because I’m afraid my lashes can’t live without it! When you first pull it out of the tube, it leaves behind the excess product so your lashes aren’t overcoated with primer. When I apply my mascara now, my lashes are so thick and lifted my lashes do a little dance. It doesn’t hurt that my lashes will get some nourishment too.

Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara – Ok, I’ve tested, bought, reviewed, and raved about a lot of mascaras but I’ve finally found my HG mascara!! Get this – it’s not waterproof either (rejoice!). The only formula that lifts my straight, short lashes up have been waterproof ones. But even with waterproof mascaras, I still get the dreadful smudging. Not with this mascara! No flaking either just thick, curled and voluminous lashes. Oh and the pigment is just as black as L’Oreal’s infamous Carbon Black – seriously (love this mascara but can’t use the waterproof one on me because of smudging). I’ve never really been a fan of curled brushes, but the combination of the brush and formula really works at lifting and curling those lashes. I hate dishing out money for expensive mascaras, but I’m going to have to bite the bullet on this one!

Dior Addict Lip Glow – The combination of lack of sleep, not enough water, and too much coffee did a number on my lips. I had to put away my beloved matte lipsticks and rescued my lips with Dior’s Lip Glow. I LOVE their lip balms. They are so moisturizing and deliver the prettiest shades on the lips. I used their Coral shade all summer and luckily had it replaced thanks to the lovely Dior PR queen. Why you’ll love Lip Glow? It enhances your natural lip colour giving your lips the prettiest shade of pink. The more you apply, the brighter the pink gets.

 

 

 

As Seen On: WedLuxe.com

Love is in the air…

Photography: ARTIESE Gowns and Accessories: MRS. Bridal Boutique Makeup: Joy David-Tilberg of Jackie Gideon Beauty Hair Direction: Emily Pike of Jackie Gideon Beauty Hair Stylist: Romy Zack Stylist: Ashley Braz (The Bridal Stylist) Jewellery: Nancy Ciccone

Photography: ARTIESE
Gowns and Accessories: MRS. Bridal Boutique
Makeup: Joy David-Tilberg of Jackie Gideon Beauty
Hair Direction: Emily Pike of Jackie Gideon Beauty
Hair Stylist: Romy Zack
Stylist: Ashley Braz (The Bridal Stylist)
Jewellery: Nancy Ciccone, Model: Clhoe (Plutino Group/Chantale Nadeau)

I am thrilled to finally share a bridal editorial I worked on a few months back. For the makeup, I was inspired by the bright bold colours of spring flowers and the romantic, elegant feel of the dresses. Therese of ARTIESE Studios captured everything beautifully. The team was incredible and I’m so happy to have been apart of it. 

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Model: Julia (Chantale Nadeau)

To view the entire feature visit WedLuxe.com. Enjoy!

New Work: Magdalena Gmyr S/S 2013 Look Book!

Brides if you’re shopping for your dream wedding dress, you MUST check out bridal designer Magdalena Gmyr’s S/S 2013 collection! Her dresses all have stunning details and intricate work. I had the pleasure of doing makeup for her look book back in November and excited to show you some of the collection. The crew and I actually witnessed Magdalena making a beautiful wedding dress on the spot! It was an awe-inspiring moment. There was much excitement when she finished it and it was ready to shoot!

Some serious eye candy here, but be sure to view the full collection here.

Can you tell this dress was made on location? How stunning is the Elizabeth??

Can you tell this dress was made on location? How stunning is the Elizabeth??

The Penelope was another favourite.

The Penelope was another favourite.

 

Front view of the Elizabeth with different hair and makeup.

Front view of the Elizabeth with different hair and makeup.

The Nancy.

The Nancy.

 

Events: Oceana Ball 2012

Photo: George Whiteside, Hair/MU: Jackie Gideon

UPDATE: I had the honour of doing makeup on Brittney Kuczynski, who is the Founding Chair and Editor-in-Chief of the Oceana Ball and Oceana Magazine. She is an inspiring woman making a difference in this world all in her 4 inch heels! Brittney is stunning naturally and looked beautiful at the ball. I will update with photos from the event soon!
I’m really privileged to be apart of a stellar hair and makeup team in Toronto that supports important causes like the Herbie Fund For SickKids. I along with celebrity makeup artist Jackie Gideon, who is also Co-Chair and Creative Producer, and her team will be volunteering our time for the Oceana Ball this Friday, October 12.

About: Oceana Ball is a not-for-profit event in support of the Herbie Fund. The Herbie fund has been raising funds for the past 30 years to provide financial aid to children around the world with terminal illness to be treated at the hospital for Sickkids.

Event: This lavish evening will be the opening of an exhibition of images created by the very best of the Canadian fashion industry top designers, models and artists. A treat for all the senses, the Oceana Ball will also include an extraordinary gourmet experience, live entertainment, special guests and dancing into the night.

If you read my blog often, then you know that SickKids hospital is very near and dear to my heart. My youngest son was admitted to SickKids shortly after he was born where he underwent surgery that saved his life!
If you’d like to attend or donate purchase tickets here (they are almost sold out!): http://oceanaball4.eventbrite.com/?ebtv=C
For more information on Oceana visit: www.oceanaball.com