Tip of the Day – Red Lips


Years ago I attended a master class by Parisian makeup artist Topolino. He created some incredible looks, including one with red chesire cat style lip. I will never forget him tilting the models chin up to get a better perspective on the symmetry of the lip. When you look at the lip shape straight you can’t always see where you need to make adjustments. When you tilt the persons chin up you immediately see where you need to balance.

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Best of Toronto Fashion Week AW14

The Maybelline team lead by Grace Lee, completed over 35 shows last week at World Mastercard Fashion Week. The looks varied from designer to designer from nude lips to deep aubergine, dewy skin to natural matte, dark eyes to neutral eyes. The common thread was full brushed up brows that framed the eyes. Some of my must-have products throughout the week were: Face Studio Master Glaze  for creating the wind blown cheek look at Joe Fresh. It’s the perfect cheek product for colour and glow. For all the full groomed eyebrows I used Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil. For perfecting skin there was nothing better than Instant Age Rewind I used it as a concealer and sometimes as a foundation.

Images by The Coveteur

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Day One Toronto Fashion Week AW14


World Master Card Fashion Week started yesterday in Toronto, and things got off to a very busy start at the tents in David Pecaut Square. Grace Lee created 5 beautiful looks that the team and I executed. My two faves were Mikhael Kale and Line Knitwear. For Mikhael Kale super dewy skin was created using a combo of BB Cream and Baby Lips on the top of the cheekbones. We cut up false lashes and placed them along the upper and lower lash line for a doe eyed yet edgy look. My fave nude lip colour in 915 muted out the lips.

At Line Knitwear the look featured structured eyes and bright pink lips. I just discovered how much I like the Master Precise Eyeliner while working on this show. The upper lash line had a strong cat eye in black and Silver Strike Color Tattoo followed just above the black liner, and wrapped around. A dramatic line of Silver Tatoo also went through the crease and tapered straight out. The gorgeous punchy lip colour was achieved with Sensational Vivids LipColor in Vivid Rose in the centre and Color Whisper in Faint for Fuchsia. 

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Limited Edition YSL Touche Eclat

The infamous Touche Eclat gets a wild revamp. The limited edition leopard design is engraved into the surface for a luxurious Saint Laurent finish. This exclusive edition is only available in colour no.1 at Selfridges. If you have to have it and don’t happen to live in the UK international delivery is available.

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4 Spring 2014 Makeup Trends


Now that the fall collections have come to an end it’s time to refocus on the season at hand–spring. These 4 trends were all over the runways in New York, London, Milan and Paris. The Artsy look was all about colour, texture and placement. For this trend your face is literally a canvas. The fresh faced look this season means creating a flawless complexion. Skincare is the key to creating this look, especially since this winter was particularly harsh. I love the statement lip look because it makes a big impact, and is easy to execute when you’re short on time. Opaque matte pastels as seen at Prabal Gurung or brighter versions like at Rag & Bone give you a variety of options. Versace, Topshop Unique, Rodarte, and Saint Laurent all showed strong eyeliner looks proving that liquid eyeliner is always a good idea.

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Best of Paris Fashion Week AW14

Paris never fails to impress, and this season was no exception. Pat McGrath served up incredible beauty looks at McQueen, Givenchy, Lanvin, Christian Dior, and Stella McCartney. The Balmain girl doesn’t change much from season to season. Tom Pecheux keeps the girls looking fresh faced and cool. The Dries Van Noten look was designed by Peter Philips. Strong black liquid liner created a geometric shape across the eyelids and the rest of the face was neutral. Louis Vuitton was highly anticipated as Nicolas Ghesquiere debuted his inaugural collection for the brand. Chocolate smoky eyes, subtly contoured cheeks, and natural lips were in line with the collection. The most talked about show of the week was of course Chanel. Karl Lagerfeld’s grocery shopping experience was fabulous. The sensorial show was bright and fun. Models decked out in all kinds of looks from pastel sweats to multicoloured tweeds, to metallic jumpsuits. Pops of colour on their eyes and pastel dreadlocks in their hair–by far the coolest grocery shoppers you will ever see.

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V Magazine


A little Monday morning inspiration: model Ysaunny Brito with makeup by Maria Belt for V magazine Spring 2014.

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Tip of the Day: Dental Floss Liquid Liner

Tom Pecheux decided that dental floss has more than one use. At Anthony Vaccarello FW14 dental floss was painted with liquid eyeliner, and pressed against the eye lids in 3 places to create abstract looking lines.

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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

Stick foundation is definitely on my list of must-have products. Bobbi Brown’s new sticks blend easily to cover imperfections for a seamless finish. Formulated with great staying power means they hold up in less than favourable conditions like humidity, and strong lighting. For me the lightweight packaging and the ease of being able to swipe straight from the tube is ultra convenient. The foundations are available in 24 shades.

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2014 Oscars

The Oscar red carpet did not disappoint last night. All six of these ladies were spectacular. Kate Hudson’s Versace dress was one of the best of the evening, and her overall look was very high fashion. Angelina’s smoky brown eyes accentuated with false lashes, glowing skin and nude lips was red carpet perfection. Olivia Wilde also made her eyes the focus of her makeup opting for a feline flick and nude lips which looked so gorgeous with her Valentino black and white gown. Cate Blanchett looked like the oscar winner that she is in Armani Prive. I thought her hair was lovely but I would have liked to seen a little bit more of a lip colour. Margot Robbie vamped up the evening with her new dark locks. I enjoyed her makeup a lot, those brows and the dark lip were so striking which was a good thing because the dress did nothing for her. The show stopper of the evening had to be Lupita Nyong’o. She has made one brilliant fashion choice after another at practically every event leading up to last night. Bespoke powder blue Prada, a headband, and neutral makeup–this was the icing on the cake.

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