The Word of the Day: Efficient (IMATS 2014)

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It doesn’t matter how much makeup I have already; IMATS (International Makeup Artist Trade Show) for me is an event I just can’t miss. If you didn’t know already, IMATS is just around the corner happening this weekend, November 22 and 23. As soon as last year’s was over and done, I was already counting down to this year’s. It’s like Christmas for me and for so many other makeup artists. Over the years I have heard some makeup artists say it’s not that good and could be better; but you just can’t deny the energy you feel when you step inside. Stick a whole bunch of creatives in one place with a booths upon booths of makeup products and tools and the excitement is just contagious.

The word of the day is ‘efficient’. I am on a serious mission and have devised a plan to avoid as many lines as possible (I believe my somewhat OCD husband has rubbed off on me ha!). Yes, I will be there as soon as the doors open and will head to the booths that are typically the busiest mid-day first thing.

Not only is my goal to have an efficient shopping day, but I’ve realized my kit is not so efficient and needs a major overhaul. A lot of what I plan to buy may not be that exciting to a regular beauty lover, but the thought of streamlining my kit somewhat has me giddy! I will be doing the usual restocking of tools, but adding some new goodies to the mix.

I will probably be so focused on getting through my list so if you see me whizzing by, please stop me in my tracks and say ‘hi’! Seeing old faces and meeting new ones is another reason I love going. I also plan on catching a few keynote speakers like Eve Pearl! Stay tuned to see what I added to my kit to make me more ‘efficient’ at my job!

What are you looking forward to at this year’s IMATS in Toronto? What’s on your list?

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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To view the full story and for credits click here.

 

November Rewind: Remark Magazine and IMATS Toronto 2013

Time really does fly by when you’re having fun! Where has November gone?? It’s hard to believe that Christmas is about 1 month away – eek!

November has been a crazy month of work and fun so here’s a quick recap of what I’ve been up to.

IMATS Toronto 2013 Highlights:

580619_500879480019735_509132068_nDid you get “Minked”? If you didn’t, you definitely missed out! Our booth was crazy busy both days. I don’t even know how many lashes I applied, but I probably can apply fake lashes with my eyes closed now. It was such a great experience working with the lovely Minked Lashes team and working with these absolutely beautifully hand-crafted, 100% mink and horse hair lashes (which by the way are 100% cruelty free).  Oh did I mention that my dear friend and talented artist, Arabella Trasca, is also the Creative Director? Pretty amazing! Be sure to check out their site now which is now live. You will want to snatch up all of them. For the quality and styles, Minked Lashes is the most affordable brand I’ve seen. The most expensive pairs are $26! I seriously am in love with all the styles.

Thank you to all my special peeps who came and got “minked” and those that stopped just to say hi! You know who you are!! IMATS is like a reunion for all us artists. I love you guys and appreciate all your support!! I also enjoyed meeting new friends and can’t wait to do it all over again next year.

Some of the lovely faces that came by the booth and got "minked".

Some of the lovely faces that came by the booth and got “minked”.

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Eve Pearl!!!

Eve Pearl!!!

Hi. That’s me with 5 time Emmy award-winning makeup artist, Eve Pearl. This moment was obviously the biggest highlight of the weekend for me. Meeting her and this picture could not have been possible without Eve’s Pearlette and fabulous makeup artist, Nicole Lemos Makeup Junkie! I actually met Nicole at The Shopping Channel days before IMATS. I was super bummed I wouldn’t get to meet her and made it my mission to meet her at IMATS. Mission accomplished! Eve is one of the most gracious, humble, and utterly kind celebrity makeup artists I have ever met! If you’re a fan (and why wouldn’t you be??), Eve will be back at The Shopping Channel with her team and amazing products on January 31st in the new year! 

Haul Pt. 1

Beauty Blender Sponges (2 for $22.50 from Nigel’s), bdellium brushes, Lucas Paw Paw Ointment from Alcone, NARS Blush Palette in Adult Content, Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in various shades.

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Eve Pearl Dual Foundation (they didn’t have refills so I will scrape this out into my palette), Stilazzi Set Bag, Individual Lashes/Strips from Nigel’s Beauty Emporium

My silly son wearing a pair of some Minked Lashes I picked up. I got Mila, Scarlet, Celine and Pandora.

My oldest son being silly holding a pair of my Minked Lashes. I got Mila, Scarlet, Celine and Pandora.

I also have some new work that was published in Remark Magazine’s holiday issue. I’m super proud of this issue because not only did I have a 3 page beauty story in it, I also got the cover! I’m so grateful to be apart of an amazing Canadian lifestyle magazine. Be sure to check it out for holiday ideas! Cover story on pg. 44 and beauty story pg. 8!

Photographer: Arash Moallemi, Makeup: Joy David-Tilberg, Hair/Nails: Tami Sombati (Judy Inc.), Stylist: Tricia Hall (Judy Inc.), Model: Casey (PUSH)

Photographer: Arash Moallemi, Makeup: Joy David-Tilberg, Hair/Nails: Tami Sombati (Judy Inc.), Stylist: Tricia Hall (Judy Inc.), Model: Casey (PUSH)

Photographer: Mayreese De Jesus, Makeup: Joy David-Tilberg, Hair: Charisse Feliciano, Makeup Assistant: Fiona Man, Model: Quinn (Peggi Lepage/B&M)

Photographer: Mayreese De Jesus, Makeup: Joy David-Tilberg, Hair: Charisse Feliciano, Makeup Assistant: Fiona Man, Model: Quinn (Peggi Lepage/B&M)

On The List: IMATS 2013 November 9 & 10

It’s almost that time of year again when makeup artists in the Toronto/GTA area flock to the International Makeup Show with our lists ready to go and cash in hand. This year, my experience will be a little different than previous years. I won’t just be dishing out the money but I’ll be working the show too at the Minked Lashes booth 101! Come visit our booth for the unveiling of a new line of mink lashes. They are absolutely beautiful!

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During my break(s), this is what I’ll be shopping for. If you’ve been following my Instagram, you’ve probably seen my photos of my kit reorganization. I’ve created 3 kits: one for bridal, one for tv and one for fashion.

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I think this is the best way for me to use what I need and be efficient rather than taking everything I own! Luckily I have doubles (and some triples) of most things, but have had to buy a few extras.

The setup.

The setup.

I’ve started working as a makeup artist at The Shopping Channel and I’ve come to realize that some products used for my bridal or fashion work just don’t work for HDTV.

1. bdellium Brushes (the “b” is silent): I love bdellium brushes and need to add a few more to my collection particularly their precision lip brush, finishing powder brush and precision blush brush. I am still debating if I want the yellow or pink bamboo handles. Maybe I’ll just have to get 1 of each. 😀

2. Beauty Blender Sponges: I haven’t been able to find a place that sells these in bulk without a crazy shipping fee or that sells in Canada. These are great at applying foundation flawlessly when used wet. When working in HD, streaky foundation from a brush is a no-no. I like to use the brush to apply the foundation all over and then use the sponge wet to blend out the edges and smooth out any streaks. I’m usually working on multiple people in a row so having a few on hand will save me time from having to wash in between.

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3/4. Eve Pearl HD Foundation/Salmon Concealer Pro Palette Refill: A few weeks ago, Eve Pearl had a Pro Artist day and had an amazing deal on the HD Pro Palette which includes 12 foundations, 6 salmon concealers, 3 cream blushes, 1 mattifier, 1 highlighter, and 1 lip treatment. It’s on sale right now for $250 but I was able to take off an additional $150 on the pro artist day! I LOVE this palette because it is such a great space saver. The empty pans can be used for mixing or for adding more refills. The texture is medium to full coverage but can be easily sheered out. It suits all skin tones from very fair to very dark. It’s important for skin to look like skin on HD because the camera can pick up and amplify texture. I love that you can keep layering and it still doesn’t look cakey. The salmon concealer, which is what Eve Pearl is known for (and it doesn’t hurt that she is a 5 time Emmy Award winning makeup artist) is so amazing under eyes with very deep undertones and bags. It also covers redness really well and is ideal for sensitive skin. I plan on picking up a few more refills of the shades I use the most. One tip I would suggest: be sure to prime or moisturize the skin really well before applying the foundation otherwise the skin can flake.

Eve Pearl will be at The Shopping Channel this Wednesday. I’m totally bummed I won’t be working but I hope to meet her at the show!

5. Stilazzi Clear Set Bag: I’ve come to admire the amazing hosts that I am lucky to work with at The Shopping Channel. They are on-air for 3 hours straight featuring 3-4 different brands with barely any breaks. When I’m on set, I have literally seconds to touch up the hosts and guest hosts which means I have to have my products easily accessible without dropping them! I’ve been using my MAC tool belt on set and while it’s great for holding your brushes it can’t really hold much else. I will definitely be picking up a clear set bag from Stilazzi at the Blur Makeup Room/yaby booth 306. This way I can carry a few brushes with me, blotting papers, my Kett HD pressed powder, tissue, q-tips, sponges, blush, and lip products.

If you’re coming to IMATS Toronto at the Metro Convention Center, be sure to stop by booth 101 and say hi and shop! I’ll be applying Minked Lashes. I’d love to hear what’s on your shopping list! If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, click on this link and see you there!

As Seen On: 100 Layer Cake

End your summer with some sweet inspiration from a bridal shoot I worked on in July. Thank you to 100 Layer Cake for featuring the Pink Lemonade shoot on your blog and to Sandy Tam for the beautiful photos, Berlyn Lai (BLoved Events) for styling the shoot, Lauren Ashley Williams for the gorgeous hair, Le Dolci for the delicious looking cake and desserts, Coquette Floral Studios for her fantastic florals, our stunning bride Sophia (Spot 6/Peggi Lepage), our handsome groom Drue (Spot 6) and all the rest of the crew that all helped make the shoot a success.

I haven’t done an outdoor shoot in years and I was thrilled I got to do this one (despite the mega huge ants crawling everywhere). The bright, fun decor and the open field will give you tonnes of inspiration for a sweet summer wedding.

To view it on 100 Layer Cake click here. To view the entire gallery visit Sandy Tam’s blog.

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