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Nine Beauty Tips for Bridesmaids

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Brace yourselves; wedding season is back in full effect. As you know, bridesmaids play an integral role in the wedding process as it’s typically up to these select few to host a crazy bachelorette party, attend rehearsal dinners, be in the millions of professional pics and to stay calm, cool and collected in the face of the infamous bridezilla.

Whether it’s your first wedding or you’re a seasoned pro, Beauty Nine to Five has put together the top beauty tips to keep you looking and feeling fab throughout the entire bachelorette experience. Read on below!

1. Superstay Mani + Pedi

Of course you’ll want to treat yourself to a mani and pedi a few days before the big day. Remember, as a bridesmaid, you’ll undoubtedly be helping with all the lifting, assembling and packing that go into putting on a wedding. Ensure your nails stay chip free throughout the festivities by opting for shellac. Please don’t go crazy with the design or colour; every little thing stands out in photos!

2. Pump Up Your Skincare

Treat yourself to a heavy-duty face mask packed with active ingredients that are proven to perform. Our recommendation is a skin saviour from Paula’s Choice that plumps the surface while also minimizing any blemishes due to its retinol content. Use this at least two nights before the wedding to ensure skin has time to chill out.

3. Oh, and Absolutely Do Not…

Get a haircut or worse, colour change right before participating in a wedding! Imagine the potential disaster of going in for a fresh “trim” the day before the big event and having your hairstylist accidentally cut off a few extra inches of hair. Or trying a new haircolour that ends up not suiting you at all. Play it safe!

4. Light It Up

We know, we know — white strips aren’t the best long-term option for overall oral health. But this is a special occasion! Use white strips a few nights before the wedding to brighten up your smile for the endless photos. This tip is best for bridesmaids wearing bright lipstick colours as they naturally draw attention to your teeth.

5. Until The Sun Comes Up

You’ll want to smell amazing as receptions often go on until the wee hours of the night. A well-known trick is to apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly over your pulse points. Then, spritz on your fave perfume. This combo allows the scent to sit on top of the skin for a long time since Vaseline acts as a barrier. Plus, it’s cost effective!

6. Element-Proof Your Makeup

Okay, so you’ll most likely get your makeup professionally done, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Once your look is finalized, mist Skindinävia’s award-winning spray over everyone’s face in the room. The Makeup Finishing Spray in Bridal promises to be “kiss-proof, cry-proof and sweat-proof” for up to 16 hours. Think of the wedding photos!

7. Practice Makes Perfect

In case you have to do your own makeup (no biggie!), practice the look you want to go for a few weeks in advance, multiple times. Try to nail the application by watching tons of YouTube tutorials and mastering your technique. Pro tip: Snap pics of yourself in a variety of lighting condition to make sure your makeup looks good from all angles.

8. Please Don’t Flake

As a member of the bride’s brigade, you’re bound to be rubbing shoulders with guests all day long, so make sure your skin is soft and well taken care of. Get down in the shower with Soap and Glory’s Flake Away Body Polish. Its yummy fruity scent combines sea salt, shea butter and plant oils for an intense exfoliation that is equally moisturizing. Focus on elbows, knees, feet, and underarms.

9. Plan for the Worst

We’re not talking First Aid when we say have a travel size kit at the ready in case of any potential disasters. A few days before the big day, brainstorm every possible beauty mishap that may occur and plan for it! Pack bobby pins that perfectly match the colour of your hair, mini makeup remover wipes for when you cry through your waterproof mascara, blotting sheets in case of unwanted shine and anything else you can think of. Store them all in a cute monogrammed makeup bag like this one from Sephora!

If you take anything away from this article remember to be supportive, let loose and smile! Let us know of any bridesmaid beauty tips we missed in the comments below.

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Product Info:


1. Nail design image courtesy of Alicia Torello

2. Paula’s Choice SKIN RECOVERY Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum With Retinol, $34

3. Bride Wars Movie image courtesy of Glamour Mag

4. Crest 3D White Whitestrips Glamorous White, $46.83 for 12 treatments, available at Walmart

5. Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly, $3.67, available at Amazon

6. Skindinävia The Makeup Finishing Spray Bridal, $29

7. Bridesmaid Makeup Tutorials on YouTube

8. Soap and Glory Flake Away Body Polish, $21.21, available at ULTA

9. Sephora The Jetsetter: Personalized Pouch, $25

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Beauty Jobs – Q&A with Denise Elliott, CEO of Denise Elliott Beauty Co.

Friday, April 14th, 2017

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Balancing what you love with the demands of owning a successful business takes hustle, motivation and most importantly, talent. Meet Denise Elliott, CEO of Denise Elliott Beauty and Co., who runs a full service beauty salon based in Vancouver.   

Following the salon’s recent grand opening, Beauty Nine to Five caught up with Denise to discuss the biggest challenges of working in the beauty industry, the importance of social media in running a business and, of course, top beauty tips!    

The Studio (credit Ema Peter Photography)

BNTF: Your growth in the beauty industry is inspirational — from working with major brands to starting your own mobile beauty company to now opening Denise Elliott Beauty Co! What are some challenges you’ve had to face to get where you are today?

DE: Thank you – it’s been a long road and it’s taken a lot of dedication to get here! There have been many challenges with running my own business. The main one that sticks out the most is turning off “work mode”. I seem to work all the time and sometimes at all hours. It’s been difficult finding the balance with work, personal and social life.  The consistent emails, team scheduling, and just day-to-day appointments – you can never get caught up! That said it’s all worth it in the end.

BNTF: What can new clients look forward to when they walk through the doors of the brand new Denise Elliott Beauty Co. makeup and hair salon?

DE: We’re a full service beauty salon. Services vary from makeup, hair styling, including colours and cuts, to hosting lessons and parties. Our team loves hosting any type of groups from weddings, grads, bachelorette makeup parties, teen lessons, birthdays and all sorts of other beauty events.

We totally understand that a beauty studio can be a little intimidating for some people and I wanted to make a super welcoming space where our clients can come in and feel comfortable asking questions and learning all about feeling and looking their best!

We also retail a full range of our favourite makeup, skincare and hair products, so we make recommendations and help to educate out clients what works best for them.

BNTF: Do you have any tips for young talent wanting to work in the industry? How can an aspiring MUA or hairstylist land a gig with you?

DE: For new aspiring talent, it’s really important to be professional and eager to learn certain techniques that are in line with the brand. We focus on enhancing our client’s natural beauty and it’s really important to have new talent be able to create the similar style.

BNTF: Your social media platform @deniseelliottbeautyco is super aesthetic. Does social media play a role for your business in the real world?

DE: Yes, social media is a major role in our business. We have clients email or message us through social media wanting to book our services whether it’s for a wedding, makeup or hair service for a special event or photoshoot. It’s nice to have other vendors always tag us because that creates awareness and builds community. Cross promotion is super helpful to anyone involved!Denise Elliott Beauty Co. 6

BNTF: What’s the signature Denise Elliott look and how does one achieve it?

DE: My philosophy is all about bringing out a woman’s natural beauty by enhancing their best features to complement their skin, style and personality. That means we want our customers to leave feeling confident, beautiful and knowledgeable about how to bring out their best features.

BNTF: Name a makeup “rule” you would never break. Name one you break all the time.

DE: The one makeup rule I can never break is putting an eye primer on! I can’t stress enough about having the eyeshadow last all day especially with having oily lids. I love doing eyes and for me using an eye primer is key!

One rule that I break is applying lip liner. If you want a red lip I do think it’s crucial to apply a lip liner, however with a soft lip colour I will sometimes just skip that step… oops!

BNTF: Finally, share a makeup trick more ladies and gents need to know about.

DE: After teaching numerous makeup lessons over the years to my clients I would definitely say my top tip is “less is more”. I can’t stress enough about starting with a light application and then adding more after if needed.

Images courtesy of Denise Elliott, @DeniseElliottBeauty

Image #2 by Ema Peters.

Other images by Christine Pienaar Photography

Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Beauty Jobs – 90s Beauty Trends

Friday, May 27th, 2016

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Britney blasting and Thursday night dedicated to Friends – we loved the 90s. Reliving the look of that decade is easy this year with the hottest makeup trends for the season. The spring 2016 runway collections showcased many of the beauty styles we loved in the 90s, from the extreme dark hues to nearly nude lips; body glitter everywhere; sparkly eyeshadows and French nails.

Bold, dark lips, complemented designer clothes this season. Far from the pretty pastels we expect at this time of year, chocolate browns, deep berries, burgundies and vampy black, were the rage of dark colours showcased. Stock up now as these colours stay on the forefront for the Fall 2016 collections as well.


Bobbi Brown gives us one of our favorite dark hues this season.  

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To the other extreme, the 90s look of barely there nude lips provides a beautiful muted color palette and was highlighted in Armani and Burberry’s runway looks.Pic 3

Light, earthy beiges are perfected in Burberry’s spring collection.  

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Nothing reminds us of the 90s more than body glitter. It is back in a big way this season with models using glitter on their eyes, under their eyes, all over the face, as nail decor and on the lips. Shimmering lip glosses and sparkly shadow also pick up on the trend this season. 

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We love the multi-use Mac Body Glitter which can be used on skin, eyes, and hair and available in 27 different shades. 

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French manicures were the must have on our tips in the 90s. Even though the look has stayed popular over the years, this season the classic style was back on the runways, as well as some great new twists to the look. 

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1. Image of model from Ese Azenbor 2016 Spring Collection courtesy of Getty Images

2. Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Blackberry-Chocolate Berry available at Sephora , $32

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4. Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Nudge Beige available at Sephora, $36

5. Image of model from Creatures of the Wind 2016 Spring collection courtesy of E Online

6. Mac Glitter in Fuchsia, $26

7. Image of model courtesy of Harpers Bazaar


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By: Catherine Moar, Calgary, @cmoar

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Beauty Jobs – Beauty Mistakes You’re Making In Interviews!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

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Whether you like it or not, potential employers will judge you based on your appearance within a few seconds of meeting you.  So how you present your self is crucial to whether or not you will land your dream job.  I thought I’d share some do’s and don’t of job interview makeup.


Don’t: Wear Bright Lipstick

Even if your go-to shade is Ruby-Woo, tone it down for the interview.  You don’t want your future employer concentrating more on the shade of your lipstick than what’s actually coming out of your mouth.1

Do: Wear a your-lips-but-better shade

Like a bright colour, you also don’t want a concealer level nude lipstick.  Try to stick to something close to your natural lip shade.  Colours like Mac Patisserie, Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in Rose, or Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Fig are all great natural looking colours.


Don’t: Go For OTT False Lashes

If you’re the kind of person who loves to wear false lashes on a daily basis, then all the power to you. But leave the full strips behind for the interview.  Instead, just go for mascara, or apply a few individuals to the outer corner. The Ardell Lashes individual pack is a great option.


Do: Opt for Clump-Free Mascara

Like crazy falsies, clumpy mascara can also look inappropriate for a daytime setting.  Instead, try using a mascara that provides lift and flutter, without the heavy clumping effects. Maybelline Lash Sensational is a perfect and affordable option.


Don’t: Overdo it with Contour and Highlight

Putting down the highlight brush is no easy feat, but your employer doesn’t need to see you from outer space. Products that have a lot of glitter are also a definite no. Similarly, you don’t need crazy chiseled cheekbones for work.  Save that for when you hit the bar after you land the job.


Do: Use Matte Face Products

You can still wear your highlight, but keep it to a minimum.  The Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact is great because it’s a matte highlight that adds brightness without the shine. Similarly, Benefit Hoola is a natural tan-colour that is completely matte, and can be used around the perimeter of your face.

Katherine Lake, @TheGreenBows

Product details:

1. Mac Lipstick in Patisserie, $21

2. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, $24, available at Sephora

3. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick, $30, available at Sephora

4. Ardell Individual Multipack, available at beauty supply stores

5. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, available at Shoppers Drug Mart

6. Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact in Highlight, $48, available at Sephora

7. Benefit Hoola Bronzer, $36, available at Sephora

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Makeup Artist Jobs – Spring Cleaning

Friday, April 15th, 2016

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‘Tis the season for some spring cleaning. While we sweep out the cobwebs from our closets and basements, it is also the perfect time to clean out our makeup bags.

Pic 1Though we love to hold onto our much loved products, they all have a shelf life. Lipsticks and eyeshadows about two years, foundations for about a year and mascara should be replaced every three months. Problem solved with our new obsession with mini travel sized cosmetics, such as Benefit Cosmetics mini They’re Real Mascaras, which allows us to replace our cosmetics frequently. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Travel Size Mascara, $16, available at Sephora

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Everything used on your face should be cleaned regularly, and that includes your brushes. Sephora makes a great dry shampoo cleaner for your brush. Sephora Collection Dry Clean Instant Dry Brush Cleaner, $18

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For the pricier makeup sponges we have come to love, purifying them with an earth friendly cleaner such as the Blender Cleanser will help keep the germs away. Beauty Blender Liquid Beauty Cleanser, $25, available at Sephora

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Keep your lip, brow and eye pencils sanitized by keeping them sharp. Our go to is Lise Watier’s Antibacterial Sharpener that prohibits bacterial growth and prevents contamination. Lise Watier Antibacterial Sharpener, $14, available at

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Always remember to wipe away the excess dried glue from your false eyelashes. Ardell eyelash adhesive remover helps in the clean up to make them like new. Ardell LashFree Eyelash Individual Adhesive Remover, $5, available at Sally Beauty

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And if cleaning out your bag isn’t your thing, make spring the perfect time to buy a brand new makeup bag. We love this one by Kate Spade. Kate Spade Rose Colored Glasses Kiss Kiss Miri makeup bag, $128

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By: Catherine Moar, Calgary, @cmoar

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Makeup Artist Jobs – Eye Masks

Monday, April 4th, 2016

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Everyone has heard of face masks…but what about eye masks? These products are specifically catered to suit the skin around the eyes (which is more thin and sensitive) to give you the most optimal results! They are meant to be placed just under the eyes and are great add-ons to any skincare routine. Compared to other skincare products, eye masks are still relatively new for many people. However it is a convenient way to pamper your eyes within 10-20 minutes! Eye masks come in a variety of styles and functions! There is an eye mask for every skin concern!

Here are my top recommendations for eye masks!


The Face Shop Raspberry Roots Collagen Eye Patch, $5.00, available at The Face Shop

These eye masks are excellent for fine lines and droopiness around the eyes! Rich with raspberry root and collagen extract, these eye masks help to tone the eye contour area. These are suitable for sensitive skin as well.


Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask (12 pack), $76.00, available at Sephora


These are excellent for those that suffer from deep wrinkles, fine lines, droopiness, dryness, and darkness around the eyes. It helps to dark circles and helps to plump up the skin to give you youthful-looking eyes! Its retinol technology helps to minimize crow’s feet, undereye wrinkles and deep wrinkles.


SEPHORA COLLECTION Eye Masks, $6.00, available at Sephora

Not only are these eye masks extremely affordable, but they are very effective as well! These come in a variety of different versions to treat specific skin concerns, ranging from dark circles to fine lines. There is an eye mask for everyone in this product line!


Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Eye Masks, $19.00, available at Sephora

Looking to brighten dark circles, hydrate, firm, and treat fine lines? This product is for you! These unique eye masks are made out of hydrogel, making them adhere perfectly along the natural eye contour. Peel them off to reveal brighter-looking eyes!

By Wendy So, @sowendyso

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Makeup Artist Jobs – Best Eye Serums

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

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The skin around your eyes is the thinnest of any place on your body.  So naturally, it’s the first to show signs of aging.  Premature aging occurs from rubbing or tugging at the eye area, excessive squinting, or prolonged sun exposure.  While eye serums are something that you should start using in your early twenties as a preventative measure, the following items are eye serums that will work for anyone.  Since you need only a small amount of product everyday, it’s better to splurge on a great product that will really deliver results. 


Under $60

The Origins Dr. Weil Mega-Mushroom eye serum is designed for sensitive skin, and reduces redness and irritation.  It also reduces puffiness and dark circles. 

Second is the Ren Keep Young and Beautiful serum.  It contains light reflective pigments to brighten the eye area, while also visibly lifting the area.  Used on a regular basis, it redefines the skin around the contours of the eye, to reduce sagging and lines.

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Under $100

Philosophy is known for there anti-aging products.  The Time in a Bottle eye serum “brightens, tightens, and smooths” the eye area, while promoting skin renewal through the use of antioxidants and vitamin C. 

Clarins now has an Extra-Firming Eye Wrinkle serum, which also reduces the appearance of fine lines, discolouration, and puffiness.  It leaves a bright, but still matte finish, so this option is great for the oily skinned girls (and guys) out there.

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Over $100

The Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming serum contains a slew of well know, and innovative ingredients to keep the eye area revitalized.  It contains Okinawa red algae, and Hadasei-3 (a trademarked concoction containing green tea, rice bran, and red algae).  It also comes with a dispenser that perfectly shapes the eye area.

Guerlain has a Gold Eyetech Eye Sculpt serum, and as you may have guessed by the name, is equipped with a 22-karat gold-tipped applicator for the perfect application.  The metal cools, and therefore de-puffs the eye area, while the ingredients work to penetrate the epidermis for long lasting, deeply penetrating anti-aging effects.

By: Katherine Lake, @TheGreenBows

Product Details:

1. Origins Dr. Weil For Origins™ Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Eye Serum, $56, available at Sephora

2. REN Keep Young And Beautiful™ Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift, $56, available at Sephora

3.  Philosophy Time In A Bottle™ For Eyes, $72, available at Sephora

4. Clarins Extra-Firming Eye Wrinkle Smoothing Cream, $65, available at Sephora

5. Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum, $114, available at Sephora

6. Guerlain Abeille Royale Gold Eyetech Eye Sculpt Serum, $155, available at Sephora

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Beauty Jobs – Best Translucent Setting Powders

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

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Setting powders are absolute must-haves in every makeup bag. As a crucial last step in a makeup routine, setting powders can do a variety of functions. They can control shine, reduce pore size and help to create various kinds of skin finishes. These finishes can range from matte to radiant. However, for this post, I will be focusing on showing setting powders that are translucent in colour. Ones that contain no colour pigment act as universal shades for all skin tones.


Below are some of my personal favourites!


1. Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder, $39, available at Sephora

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This award-winning setting powder has made itself into a staple within many peoples’ makeup bags. It not only helps set your makeup, but it also acts as real-life photoshop. It gives your skin a flawless, airbrush finish. Watch your imperfections, shine, lines and pores disappear. It makes your skin super smooth and adds a soft focus effect onto your skin.


2. Sephora Collection Smoothing Translucent Setting Powders, $20, available at Sephora

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This product is an extremely affordable option for a quality setting powder. It gives the skin a velvety finish and helps to control shine. It does not cake and is formulated without parabens or synthetic fragrances.


3. bareMinerals Mineral Veil, $26, available at Sephora

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Looking for a luminous finish to the skin? This product is definitely for you. It glides on super smooth and brings light onto the skin. It also adds a soft focus and helps your makeup last longer. It also controls shine and helps to minimize imperfections. It is an extremely natural product due to it being formulated without parabens, waxes, dyes or binders whatsoever.


4. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $46, available at Sephora

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When you are talking about translucent setting powders, this one by Laura Mercier cannot be left out of the conversation. Infused with very fine “cashmere talc”, this powder helps to set and gives your makeup a flawless finish. It adds a soft focus appearance and helps minimize the look of imperfections. Its super fine texture glides onto the skin and stays lightweight all day long!


By Wendy So, Toronto


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Beauty Jobs – On Trend: “Baking” Your Makeup to Perfection

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015


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2015 has been the year of the beauty trend, with a particular emphasis on complexion. From highlighting and contouring to strobing, “baking” is another way to get the flawless makeup finish you crave. Baking makeup is a simple process which involves keeping translucent setting powders on the highlighted points of the face for a prolonged period of time (usually about 10 minutes or so). What this does is ensure that your complexion products like your foundation, concealer, highlight and contour are “cooked” into place, prolonging the wear and further helping to blend all of the products together. The result is a flawless, airbrushed finish a-la Kim Kardashian West.


If you’re going to bake your makeup, it’s a good idea to begin the process with skin that’s very well hydrated, as the translucent powder is likely to give your skin a super matte finish which may be unflattering if you have textured skin.


Here are some of the products guaranteed to perfect your baking:


Concealer is a big player in the baking game, and a huge step in achieving the bright, airbrushed look you crave. It’s a good idea to concealer with a more hydrating consistency like the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer to keep the makeup from creasing or enhancing any roughness in the skin’s texture. When blending the foundation and concealer, a sponge like the beautyblender original is more like to give the skin a seamless and even finish than a brush. The beautyblender is best used damp, and although you can use water it is recommended that it be wet with a setting spray instead to ensure your makeup’s longer wear.




Once the foundation and concealer have been applied, the next step into begin setting the complexion products. Similar to the traditional contouring technique, the areas you’re going to want to “bake” are those you want to be more “highlight” or make more pronounced. That tends to be: the forehead, bridge of the nose, under-eye area, and even cutting right under the cheekbone as an alternative to contouring. I recommend using translucent powders with a slightly yellow tone like Bésame Cosmetics Brightening French Vanilla Face Powder since the brightening formula will give your skin an extra “oomph”! Apply the setting powder using your damp sponge (wet with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray) or beautyblender and don’t be afraid to really pack it on so that it “cooks” the other products nicely!




Once you’ve allowed the translucent powder to “bake” for about ten minutes or so, you can dust off the excess powder with a large fluffy brush. A fan brush with natural bristles like the MAKEUP FOREVER 134 Large Powder Fan Brush will lightly dust the translucent powder away without moving the makeup underneath.



1. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, C$36 available at The Bay

2. beautyblender original, C$26 available at Sephora

3. Bésame Cosmetics Brightening French Vanilla Face Powder, C$27 available at Sephora

4. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, C$36 available at Shopper’s Drug Mart

5. MAKE UP FOR EVER 134 Large Powder Fan Brush, C$55 available at Sephora


By Lwini Mata, Toronto

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Beauty Jobs – The Orange Lipstick Challenge!

Thursday, July 16th, 2015


If you’re looking for a twist on a classic red lipstick—orange is the way to go. Although bright colours are often intimidating, finding the proper shade of orange is simpler than it looks. The key to finding your perfect orange lipstick is to base it on your undertone. My go-to trick for that is to look at the underside of your forearm. If your veins look blue, you most likely have a cool complexion, and if they’re green your complexion is probably warm.

Peachy and coral hues will suit those with warmer complexions, while cooler tones should opt for blue-based options. For those with deeper skin, an orange-red shade may be more flattering.

Here are my best few shade options for different skin tones:

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1. Sephora Collection Cream Lipstain in #02 Peach Tart, C$16 (Fair/Cool)

2. Too-Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Melon, C$25 available at Sephora(Medium/Warm)

3. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Lana, C$37 available at Sephora(Deep/Neutral)

4. Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Muse, C$35 available at Sephora(Universal)

By: Lwini Mata, Toronto

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