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Get the Look: Altuzarra SS15


The makeup look from the Altuzarra spring show is one that translates quite easily from the runway to the street. The look is all about creating big wide round eyes. Start with fully groomed eyebrows, then apply white pencil or shadow in the inner corner of the eyes and blend well. Apply mascara to the centre of both upper and lower lashes, then using a small section of false lashes cut from the inner corner, place in the centre of the upper lash line and a couple on the bottom. Use your pupil as a guide for proper placement. Finish the look with a cool pale pink lipstick.

1. Tom Ford Eyebrow Sculptor  2. MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl 3. Maybelline Rocket Volume Mascara 4. Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick in Pale Pink  5. Red Cherry Lashes #747 L

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Boho 70’s Summer




This summer one of the strongest trends to come from the runway is the 70’s. The early part of the decade pre-disco fever, the relaxed bohemian vibe that is essential right now. Makeup and hair should follow suit. A bronzed complexion, understated lips, and tousled locks complete the look.

1. MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream 2. Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base  3. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer 4. By Terry Designer Palette Smokey Nude 5. Tom Ford Lip Colour Sheer in Skinny Dip  6. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Oil Spray 7. R+Co Rock Away Salt Spray 8. Essie Nail Polish in Chillato 

Mara Hoffmann White Dress/Balenciaga Sunglasses/Isabel Marant Hliiy Wrap around Feather Necklace/Chloe Faye Mini Suede Bag/Valentino Aphrodite Leather Sandals/Isabel Marant Maxime Embroided Suede Vest/H&M Patterned Shorts/H&M Sleeveless Blouse/Etro Pink Paisley Turban

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Resort Collections 2016


The makeup master trilogy of Pat McGrath, Peter Philips, and Tom Pecheux turned out three on point looks for the most talked about resort collections. At Chanel in Korea Tom Pecheux was inspired by the culture. The K-Pop like makeup featured false lashes, outlined brows, and two-toned bright matte lips. Louis Vuitton showed in the heat of Palm Springs, and while Pat McGrath created rainbow works of art for the faces of the greeters, the runway look was minimal with simple white dots following the shape of the eyebrows. Fresh faces continued at Dior yesterday. The collection was shown at Pierre Cardin’s crazy bubble house but the show was anything but crazy. Peter Philips sent the girls down the runway with immaculate skin, perfect nude lips, and a hint of Dior Show mascara.

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Spring 2015 Neutral Beauty Must-Haves



The spring runways were full of flawless complexions devoid of colour. The basis for any beautiful makeup look is the skin, and with these natural spring looks skin prep is essential. Hydrating vitamin enhanced water sprays; a few drops of oil massaged into the skin; before applying radiance boosting primer and foundation is the key. Don’t forget about lip balm to repair chapped lips and create a smooth surface for those nude lip colours. Highlight the high planes of the face with cream shadow to add subtle dimension. A bit of bronzing powder will warm up the complexion and give a sun kissed look. Eyebrows should be defined naturally by filling in any gaps and then brushed up and held in place with brow gel.


1. Armani Sun Fabric Bronzer 2. Kevin Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil 3. Chantecaille Full Brow Perfecting Gel  4. Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer 5. Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Illuminate  6. Dior Skin Nude Air Foundation 7. Yves Saint Laurent Nu Couture Eyeshadow Palette   8. MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl  9. MAC Charged Water  10. Sunday Riley Artemis Oil 11. Homeoplasmine 

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Best of Toronto Fashion Week FW15


A few of most popular makeup trends to emerge from last weeks collections in Toronto were the matte red lip, precise liquid eyeliner designs, and full eyebrows. Grace Lee created all the looks for the entire week of over 25 shows. My must-have Maybelline products included everything from the brow category. Brow shaping pencils and Brow Drama gel were essential for full groomed eye brows. Of course Baby Lips was a main stay not just because every single model that sat in my chair had insanely dry chapped lips, but also for adding the perfect sheen to skin.

I’m a big fan of the Master Precise liquid eyeliner. To recreate the Helder Diego 60’s inspired look I used Master Precise for the majority of the lines, then switched to the gel liner with an ultra skinny liner brush for the lower lashes.

Probably the quirkiest and most fun to do look of the week was Hayley Elsaesser. Pops of colour on the centre of the lower lash line and then an ombre fuchsia pink lip with the new Rebel Bloom lipsticks.

1. Lasting Drama Gel Liner 2. Color Show Kohl Liner in Turquoise Flash  3. Color Sensational Lipstick in Nude Lust 4. Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe 5. Brow Shaping Pencil 6. Creamy Matte Lipstick in Siren in Scarlet 7. Dream Fresh BB Cream  8. Lash Sensational Mascara  9. Color Sensational Lipstick in Lilac Lush  10. Color Sensational Lipstick in Petal Pink  11. Baby Lips 12. Master Precise Liquid Liner 

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Toronto Fashion Week AW15 Day 1


Day 1 was a very short day with only three designers showing.  It’s still a busy day for the makeup team. Our call time is always earlier on day 1 so we can unpack our carry on size suitcase which is full of brand new Maybelline product to use for the week! This is where the fun begins as the team tears open packages and arranges everything in a functional yet picture perfect way. You wouldn’t believe how long this process takes us. Once thats all sorted we have a team meeting with Grace Lee the key makeup artist for the shows.

Pink Tartan’s androgynous look was achieved with Maybelline Brow Drama to brush the brows up for a boyish look. Shading under the cheekbone and in the inner corner of the eye up to the brow, was done with a variety of the matte shades from the  Nude palette. Sid Neigem was all about a strong graphic liner. The squared off shape broke in the centre and the outer edge. I went through my fair share of skinny cotton swabs to nail the look. The Mikhael Kale show is always my personal favourite ever since I worked on his presentation in London back in 2012.  HIs designs are seriously on another level, and this season his colour palette was a mixture of corals and pinks interspersed with black and maroon leather. The makeup look was clean skin, full brows, tons of Lash Sensational but not clumpy looking, and a shot of neon coral powder in the corner of the eye. Lips were paled out with a dab of Master Conceal as a finishing touch.

1. Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama 2. The Nudes Palette 3. Face Studio Master Conceal 4. Eye Studio Brow Drama 5. Lash Sensational Mascara

Images from  Makeup design Grace Lee executed by me.


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Best of Paris Fashion Week AW15


Paris fashion week was phenomenal. Every season I feel the same way but this fall was truly brilliant. The Christian Dior show was fantastic, I dream about those patent full length boots with lucite heels. The makeup masters Peter Philips and Pat McGrath were in fine form producing bejewelled faces at Givenchy to the abstract brights at Margiela. Paris shut it down.

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Best of Milan Fashion Week AW15


Beautiful, feminine makeup so synonymous with Milan made up a lot of the looks for the week. The deconstructed eye makeup at Fendi designed by Peter Phillips being one of the stand out looks.

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Best of London Fashion Week AW15


The makeup looks from London fashion week were really varied as usual. Everything from barely there at Christopher Kane to full on art attack at Vivienne Westwood. London may have the shortest week, but some of the most creative makeups come out if it.



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Wilson PK AW15


My last presentation to attend for the week was Wilson PK. This young London based designer was inspired by Cubism, the gentrification of artist communities within London and the social hierarchy of the city. What I loved about the collection was the unique use of texture, and the clean bright colour palette. PVC dresses with what looked like butterfly wings layered in-between were rather cool. The makeup look designed by Mel Arter was exactly what I like–simple and effective. Void of mascara and lipstick the bright dot placed in a different spot around the eye of each model, was the focus of the look.

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