Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
It was an evening of sipping, nibbling and celebrating as Nadia Albano Style Inc. entered it’s 18th years in the biz – YAWZA! You see, in a nutshell, I started my career as an independent, mobile freelance makeup and hair stylist. Over the years, I happily worked in various leading hair salons, cosmetic counters and fashion retailers. I developed my craft in the beauty and fashion industry and worked hard at building a good reputation with my peers in the industry. I worked with Vancouver Community College, where I founded and taught the Make Up Artist Certificate Program for 5 years. I took an inspiring trip to Paris with my husband in 2010, then opened my first boutique studio space in Downtown, Vancouver (on Granville at Robson) in 2011. Shortly after that, I began writing my weekly “Makeover” column in the Province Newspaper and provided my support and expertise in various publications across Canada. In 2013 I moved the business into the quaint Yorkville area in Kitsalano (just minutes from Downtown), where I now call my home away from home.
I feel extremely proud and grateful for all of the wonderful growth and positive endeavors I have experienced thus far and can honestly say that I wouldn’t be able to do what I love the most without the love, encouragement and support from all of you; my loyal family, friends, staff, colleagues and guests. To show my gratitude with a little NadittudeTM, and to celebrate how far we’ve come, I hosted an intimate garden themed summer soiree last week and here’s how it went down…
I’d say that was a great event! Thank you Daniella for capturing every moment, and thank you to everyone who made it out to celebrate with us. I appreciate everyone’s kindness, support and love! Special THANK YOU to my amazingly talented and growing team: Vanessa, Annelie, Roberto, Samantha, Cathy, Silvia and Madeline. It feels so good to know that you have my back, just as I have yours, and that you’re open to accepting new opportunities and experiences. You are all a wonderfully honest, kind and talented group of individuals and make coming to work so enjoyable! I love and appreciate you all so very much!
Big thanks to all the sponsors and vendors for your generosity and time, and for helping me bring this event to life. Soha, Jenny (Countdown Events) and Chella (Chella Lavesque Inc.)…you ladies ROCK! This event went off without a hitch because of your guidance and expertise! – MERCI!!
Jeweliette Jewellery (Madelena and Elsa), THANK YOU for always making us ALL sparkle a little brighter, and for supporting and encouraging me through my career over the years. You ladies are the real deal! xo
An extra special GRAZIE to my dear, dear friends, David and Maurizio of Debut Event Design, for transforming my space into an outdoor garden escape. You two are truly the best in the business and I’m so grateful that you’ve been in my life for the past 18 years…and counting — LOVE YOU!!
Thanks to my beloved family and friend for always being so encouraging, loving and nurturing. I’m eternally grateful for you!
To my partner in crime, my right-hand man, my sunshine, my husband “Jozy-Bear” — I am so incredibly in love with you and am glad we’re sharing life’s awesome journey together. Thanks for being my rock and my biggest supporter!
Special thanks to our event contributors and sponsors:
Countdown Events | Chella Levesque | Debut Event Design | Hilary Miles Flowers | Jeweliette Jewellery | Elsa Corsi |Le Gataue Bake Shop | Salmon’s Rentals | Fire Fly Wines and Ales | Project Skin MD | Daniella Guzzo Photography | Union Photographers | Kardz Kouture | Make Up For Ever | KMS California
Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
#whatruwearing – Polka-Dot Culottes: Value Village | Sleeveless Faux-Leather Top: Winners | Red Sandal, Sam Edelman: The Bay | Sunnglesses: Urban Outfitters | Accessories: Jeweliette Jewellery, Minichello Jewellers
We walked the neighborhood of East Van (where I grew up) and came across this beautiful floral backdrop. These colorful blooms worked perfectly with this weeks blog vibes which is all about enjoying the little things in life. After all, it’s the little things make me the happiest! I enjoy the sunshine that beams through our bedroom window in the morning; waking up to sweet kisses on my face from my hubby as he leaves for work; breathing in the clean fresh Vancouver air…and the list goes on. I’ve been feeling extremely motivated lately and have been staying super healthy by exercising every morning, eating well and trying to find a work/life balance. I can’t help but feel incredibly grateful and blessed for each and every day.
Marc Jacobs once said, “I don’t think there is ever a wrong time for a polka-dot”, and I couldn’t agree with him more! There’s something so quirky and playful about this print; it reminds me of a ladybug. I spotted these cute pleated culottes for only $10, so obviously I scooped them up. They have an elastic waist band and are very billowy — sooo comfy and great for traveling! This shape adds a lot of volume so it’s important to define the waist by wearing something structured on top, like this tailored, faux-leather sleeveless top. On my feet, I’m wearing my red cork wedged sandals, from a few seasons back, for a splash of color and a little height. I like the look of a flat pointy shoe with this outfit as well, to elongate the leg and for a Euro-chic vibe.
Get this look with these products…
Lipstick: MAC “Damn Glamourous”
Happy Weekend, Everyone! Enjoy every minute of it – xo
Photographed by Union Photographers:
This week’s makeup tutorial was inspired by the oh-so-pretty Jessica Biel, when she styled her eyes in that gorgeous teal-green eye liner. This look brings attention to the eyes, while the skin and lips remain clean and minimal. Extremely playful and easy to achieve, this look is perfect for summer!
Before and After
Step 1: Moisturizer, Primer and Foundation
I was recently introduced to a new skincare line called Mèreadesso. It’s made in Canada, which is always a plus, and designed with simplicity, ease, and effectiveness in mind. The brand philosophy is “One step, one product, for everyone”; You gotta love that!
After applying Mèreadesso All-in-One Moisturizer on my face and neck (which acts as a moisturizer, serum and primer) I evened out my complexion with Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation #118 ($46). I lightly contour the face with Bronzing Powder (MAC Bronzing Powder – $30).
Step 2: Apply eye shadow base
Apply a shimmery ivory shadow onto the entire eyelid, up to the brow bone. I’m using MAC eye shadow in “Ricepaper”
Step 3: Line the lower lash line with green eyeliner
Saturate a firm angled liner brush (Mint Brush #26) by rubbing it onto the tip of a MAC Kohl Pencil in “Minted”. Once the brush is loaded with color, trace a line, using small strokes, from the inner corner of the lower lash line, toward the outer corner of the eye.
Step 4: Apply Shadow liner to inner corner of the eye
To smooth out and set the liner, layer a frosted eye shadow (in a similar shade) to the inner corner of the eye and lightly blend out toward the middle of the eye. This will amplify and illuminate the color and create added dimension to the line. I’m using MAC eye shadow in “Steamy”
Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the upper lash line.
Step 6: Tight Line the eyes
To intensify the look and to create a clean sleek look, line the inner rim of the eye lid with MAC “Minted” Kohl Eye Pencil. You can opt to use a different shade for added contrast, or stick to a monochromatic finish as seen here.
Step 7: Highlight under the eyes and the peak points of the face
I applied concealer under my eyes to minimize imperfections and then used a highlighter pen to brighten under the eyes and peak points of the face (as seen in the above diagram). This technique really brightens the face and enhances the bone structure. I can’t live without this MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in “Radiant Rose”. Be sure to use a foundation brush to press in and blend the highlighter out for a soft finish.
Step 8: Apply blush
Select a peachy-pink blush color and apply it 2 fingers away from the nostril (apples of the cheeks) using and upward sweeping motion toward the temple area. In this photo I’m using MAC Powder Blush in “Blushbaby”
Step 9: Complete look
To complete the look, select a sheer lip color in a light pink shade like the Dior Addict Lip Glow .
Happy Weekend, Everyone!
Photographed by: Life Studios
It’s been a steady go since January, and now our 2015 wedding season is officially in full swing! To celebrate, we’re looking back and sharing some highlight moments with our brides from last season, and this week we’re featuring our gorgeous and adorable bride, Adrianna. Enthusiastic, energetic, hilariously funny and absolutely stunning (inside and out), is how I like to describe her. We had such a blast beautifying her and her bridesmaids at our studio and we’re thrilled to have been a part of her wedding day.
Adrianna wanted a loose and romantic, asymmetrical cascading up style for her her wedding. We incorporated a few hair extensions for added fullness and length, which is always a great options if you have a fine her type or if your natural hair length is shorter. I then created a soft side swept fringe and incorporated softly curled tendrils to frame her face.
For makeup, Adrianna wanted the focus to be on her eyes. I created a soft smoky eye using shades of browns, burgundy and salmon-pink eyeshadow. I rimmed her eyes with dark brown waterproof eye pencil and added a row of Nadia Albano false lashes, for extra definition. I finished with a hint of peachy-pink blush on her cheeks and a long wear lipstick in a nude coral shade on her lips.
Big love, Adrianna and Sergio! Wishing you a life time of love, happiness and respect for one another! xo
Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
Do you ever look at life and the world around you and feel like it’s too big to comprehend? Do you ever feel like it’s hard to determine what’s fact and fiction sometimes, or catch yourself comparing your life to that of others? Do you get lost in who you are, versus what you think society wants you to be? On one hand you say to yourself, ” I have a purpose and can conquer anything I put my heart and soul into”. While on the other hand you feel overwhelmed and “stuck in a rut” and think, “who do I think I am?”. This has been a topic of discussion at the studio lately among my clients and it makes me think of the Sex in the City character, Carrie Bradshaw, who once said, “Eventually all the pieces fall into place….until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moment, and know that everything happens for a reason”. I know that I’m quoting a fictional character here but I couldn’t agree with these words more! I feel like we all just need to live in the moment and do the things that make us smile and feel fulfilled. At the end of the day, we can only control our own behaviors and attitudes, ya know?!
I like to think of myself as a “glass half full” kind of thinker. I believe that thoughts are things; what you put out will come back to you tenfold, so keep it positive! When your clear with your intentions, take thoughtful and calculated risks, and do things with passion and integrity, you can accomplish anything! I started blogging because I wanted to share my creativity, flair for beauty and style and love for life with all of you. My intention has always been (and continues to be) to inspire people and share my perspective in my area of expertise. I want people to know that it’s okay to do things that make you feel special and good about yourself when ever you can. It’s not about WHAT you’re wearing or doing, it’s about HOW, and how it effects you and the people around you! We each are unique and have something special to offer. Let’s face it, when you do YOU well, life’s canvas will paint itself into a masterpiece. It’s all about the NadittudeTM!
This week’s style series brings us to this gorgeous graffiti wall, of our Downtown Vancouver City scape. Daniella and I were so impressed with this artwork and had to use it as a backdrop for our shoot. I don’t know who the artist is that created this piece, all I can tell you is that it’s remarkable to see the work and effort that went into creating this.
I purchased this dress this past Winter at Club Monaco and feel it still works for the summer season. I love the metallic sheen and the way it flows. The triangular “trapeze” cut is extremely comfortable and typically suited for a long and lean silhouette. For structure (and to compliment my body type), I’m wearing a light-weight leather blazer to cover my arms and to define my waist. A sparkly t-strap heel adds an element of interest, elongate my legs and to adds much needed height to my 5’3″ stature.
For a casual summery look, simply swap the leather jacket for a distressed denim jacket or vest, and slip into a casual wedge sandal or flat metallic sandals.
Get the look using these products…
Lipss: YSL Rouge Pur Couture #22
I’m absolutely in LOVE with my new haircut! Although it’s short in the back, I maintained length in the front for style versatility. Plus, it’s going to be super fun to style for summer! We used a dark smokey-brown permanent color at the regrowth area, for depth and dimension, touched up the ends by painting on ribbons of highlights called balayage. This creates a lovely graduation of color and requires little maintenance . I used a 1 inch Kadori curling wand to create a soft bend in the ends, then sprayed the hair with KMS “Hair Play Dry Wax” Spray for dimensional texture.
I leave you with the words of the great William Shakespeare, “The world in mine Oyster, which I with sword will open!”. Shake things up and make things happen, my friends!
Photographed by: Union Photographers
This week’s makeup tutorial features products from Clarins and Stila Cosmetics. With all the flowers in bloom around Vancouver, I had to use my Clarins Garden Escapes 6 Color Eye Palette . This limited edition palette contains 6 eye shadow shades of pink, pearl white, two very springtime inspired greens and an intense taupe. Follow along with this week’s TruTorialTM sesh, then be sure to take a self and post in on Instagram and tag me! I’d love to see your look!
Before and After
Step 1: Prepare the face with moisturizer, primer and foundation.
I started by hydrating my skin with Clarins Hydra Quench Creme for Normal to Dry Skin. This moisturizer was voted the winner product of the 2014 ELLE Beauty Grand Prix in the “Daytime Facial Moisturizers, between $48 to $90” category! To perfectly even out my complexion, I’m using Clarins Everlasting Foundation #105 . This foundation provides long lasting coverage for up to 18 hours. Great for wedding season!
Step 2: Prepare the eyes with primer
Dab a small amount of Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base onto the eye lid. This product extends he wear of the eye shadow and energizes the eye.
Step 3: Apply base color onto the eye lid.
Using a wide flat shadow brush (Mint Brush #22), apply the pearly white shade onto the entire eye lid, to brighten they eyes.
Step 4: Contour the eyes.
Using a small domed brush (Mint Brush #24), apply the darks shade of green in tot he outer corner of the eye and into the crease. Apply the same color onto the lower lash line, to mirror the eye lid.
Step 5: Apply shadow to the center of the eye lid.
Lightly apply the darker shade of pink, of the “Garden Escape” palette, to the center of the eye for a hint of color. You can also use this shade to blend out and soften the contour.
Step 6: Line the eye lid.
Using Clarins Khol Pencil in Intense Green #9 , line the upper lid starting at the base of the lash line. Step 1: Hold the outer part of the eye taut then begin drawing on the line, using short strokes and starting from the middle of the eyelid. Work your way toward the outer corner of the eyes and apply the liner slightly beyond the outer corner of the eye lid in an upward possession. Step 2: Next, draw a line, starting from the inner corner of the eye, to connect to the liner to the middle of the eye. You want to ensure that the line in the inner corner of the eye is thinner than the line at the outer corner of the eye, as it creates a almond shape.
Step 7: Curl lashes and apply mascara
Before applying mascara, be sure to use concealer to brighten under the eyes. Then fill in the eyebrows as needed.
Step 8: Apply blush
Step 9: Line the waterline.
Rim the waterline with Clarins Khol Pencil in Intense Green #9. Using the lightest green eye shadow shade in the “Garden Escape” palette, create a shadow liner along the lower lash line and draw it on with an angled liner brush (Mint Brush #26).
To complete the makeup, I used Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in “Belissima”. This matt finish and color worked perfectly with look.
Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo
#whatruwearing: Suede Skirt and Sequins Butterfly Top: Value Village | Cream One-Sleeve Blouse: Zara (no longer available) | Silver Single-Strap Sandals: Winners | White Skinny Jeans: Joe Fresh | Brown Sling-Back Heels: Steve Madden (no longer available)| Accessories: Jeweliette Jewellery, Winners, Minichello Jewellers
A perfect day spent with my mom often starts with a little stroll and some type of window shopping. Being Italian, breaking bread together is extremely important to us, so we grab lunch, followed by coffee and dessert (Obvi!). As we consume our sweet treats, we catch up on our funny, and sometimes not so funny, day-to-day experiences we encounter in our lives. We laugh, we cry, and most of all, we goof around like silly little school girls! People must think we’re crazy, but we don’t care because we never take ourselves too seriously anyway! A day together is never quite complete with out a visit to our favorite thrift stores; which almost always ends with successful results. You know, if there’s one thing my mother always taught me, it’s to be resourceful. She always said, “make due with what you have and make everything you have special!”; and she definitely leads by example on this. My love for second-hand and vintage shopping is influenced by my mom, primarily because at one point in our lives it was a necessity. No matter where we go, be it Italy, San Francisco or here in Vancouver, we always find time to go thrift shopping. It’s our “thing”! This week’s style series highlights exactly that. We’re each wearing a thrift store find, inspired by the S/S 2015 runway trends, which we’ve “made special” in our own way…
If you look at Alberta Ferretti’s S/S 2015 collection, along with Gucci and Chloe, you’ll notice a few suede pieces in the collection that are very similar to this skirt. I found this gorgeous A-line suede skirt for $14, It’s in impeccable condition and has a beautiful crocheted trim and fringe, which offers a pretty feminine detail. I styled it with this simple cream colored, one-sleeve blouse, which I picked up at Zara a few years ago, so not to compete with the skirt. I slipped these metallic, single strap sandals on my feet, which I found at Winners for $50, to elongate the leg and elevate the look. In keeping with the metallic theme, I kept my accessories minimal with these gold hoop earrings (a gift from mom), stacked bangles, and of course my signature #NADITTUDETM necklace from Jeweliette Jewellery. Let’s not forget the custom eternity ring by Minichello Jewellers.
Mom’s Outfit Details:
The butterfly motif, along with embellishment and shine, are huge trends this season, as seen in Valentino , Stella McCartney and Tom Ford’s collections. We scooped up this pretty and ornate sequin top for only $12 and the best part about it is that it can be styled in so many different ways, for various occasions and in all seasons. I paired it with these white skinny jeans from Joe Fresh; another Spring/Summer must-have item. The white jeans bring a crisp and airy feel to this ensemble, while the brown suede peep-toe, sling-back heels bring the full look together and tie into the colors in the blouse. I accessorized mom’s look with these sparkling Swarovski crystal stud earring from Jeweliette Jewellery, and nothing else. They are the perfect gift for Mother’s Day and she LOVES them!.
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When styling mom’s hair into this loose cascading hair style, I started by spraying KMS “Moist Repair Leave-In Conditioner” on towel dry hair, to quench her dry ends. I then blow dryer it with a medium round brush to create a soft side-sweeping fringe. Next, I sprayed KMS “Free Shape 2-in-1 Styling and Finishing Spray” to her hair, for heat activated shape and hold, and curled it vertically using a 1.5 inch curling iron. Starting at the nape, I picked up a small curled 1 inch piece of hair, lightly sprayed with KMS “Dry Wax Spray”, back pushed the hair and pinned it into place with a bobby pin. I continued this technique, bringing a piece from the left and right side of the head to an off-center placement, and draped each section over until I reached the top of the head. I touched up her right side with the curling iron, and finished the look with a little more Dry Wax and KMS “Hair Stay – Anti Humidity Seal” for 24hr waterproofing. This up style is super relaxed and easy to create; not to mention, extremely versatile.
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As I get older, I truly understand and value how lucky I am to have my mom around, and how important it is to spend quality time with her. Ever since I can remember, my mom and I have always had an open and honest relationship, with many unique moments that only her and I will ever share. In fact, I’m pretty sure my siblings share their own intimate and unique moments with mom too, which only they can experience cherish together. I’m also very certain that I speak on behalf of both my brother and sister when I say how fortunate and blessed we are to have the relationship we do with this special, one-of-a-kind, incredible and oh-so-stylish woman we call mom. We love you mamma; you are adorable and beautiful like a butterfly!
Photographed by: Union Photographers
At this years 57th Annual Grammy Awards, one of my favorite red carpet look was that of Rita Ora. The dress, the hair and of course the flawless smoky eyes. Her skin had a gorgeous glow and her muted lips were the perfect balance to her dramatic eyes. For this week’s makeup TruTorialTM, I was inspired by her style created this look using more of a midnight-blue palette, to put my own twist on it. Hope this inspires you too!
Step 1: Moisturizer, Primer and Foundation
Start by applying primer on clean and lightly moisturized skin. I’m using Make Up For Ever Step 1 Equalizer Hydrating Primer ($43). To even out the complexion, I applied Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in #118 ($50), using a foundation brush, then lightly contour the face with Bronzing Powder (MAC Bronzing Powder – $30).
Step 2: Apply Eye Shadow Base
Applying a product like Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic I-22 along the lash line, and onto the entire eye lid, then blend out with your finger or a small concealer brush. This product is highly pigmented and a little goes a long way. It’s also waterproof and has a long lasting hold.
Step 3: Create dimension with eye shadow
Using a flat blending brush (Mint Brush #22), gently press a “diamond” or shimmery eye shadow overtop of the entire eye lid to blend out the base shadow liner, and to create a sparkling overlay finish. I’m using Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow #ME 224. This step creates such a pretty multi-dimensional texture and is gorgeous for a special occasion event.
Step 4: Deepen the outer contour and lower lash line
Using a small domed brush (Mint Brush #24), deposit MAC “Black Tied” eyeshadow to the outer corner of the eye and slightly into the crease to create depth, and to soften the shadow line in the crease. Apply the same shadow onto the lower lash line, to define the eye and create a smoky yet transparent finish.
Step 5: curl lashes and add mascara
Curl the lashes with Shiseido Eyelash Curler then follow by coating the lashes with a volumizing mascara of your choice. This week, I’m using L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Waterproof Carbon Black. To amplify this look, layer a full row, or individual, lashes along the outer half of the upper lash line.
Step 6: Tight line
Rim the inner lid of the lower lash line with black eye pencil to emphisize the shape and color of the eyes. I’m using MAC Eye Kohl “Smolder” ($16). This technique can make the eyes appera smaller and more intense. It will also create contrast and make the white of the eyes appear whiter. Opt for navy-blue or soft-gray for a softer, less intense finish.
If you have small eyes and want them to appear larger, rim the inner lid with nude or white eye pencil, rather than black. This technique will make the eyes appear wider.
Step 7: Apply highlighter
Using a large blending brush, apply a champaign colored satin-finish eye shadow to the brow bone as a highlighter, like MAC “Sweet Allure” from the Cool Neutral Eye Shadow Palette x15. Blend it into the crease area to create a seamless finish.
Step 8: Brighten the inner corner of eye
Next, using a small domed brush, lightly dab a hint of silver loose pigment ( MAC Pigment in “Platimun”) to the inner corner of the eye, near the tear duck, to create a fresh and bright effect.
Step 9: Highlight high points of the face
To create a beautifully glowing complexion, apply a light dusting of mineralized or highlighting powder (MAC Highlighter Powder “Nude Pink” – $32) to the high points of the face:
1. The top of the cheek bones, (just underneath the orbital bone) toward the temple
2. The bridge and tip of the nose
3. Above the arch of the eyebrows
4. The cupid’s bow of the lips and onto the chin
10. Completed look
To complete this look, I swiped Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in “Dolce” on my lips, to create a one-step, long lasting nude lip.
Happy Weekend, Everyone!
Photo by: Daniella Guzzo
#whatruwearing: Black and white top: Piperlime, New York | Pants: Nicole Italian Wool Crop Pant: Club Monaco | Leather Jacket: Winners | Sandals : Sophia Webster “Selina Sandal”, The Bay, Vancouver | Earrings: Jeweliette Jewllery
Have you ever seen a Momiji doll? Momiji is a traditional, colorfully hand-painted, Japanese brand of dolls which have a small space in the base to hide a secret message, dream or wish. When I looked into it more, I feel in love with the concept and of course these adorable figurines. The thing I love most about anything Japanese is the artful and corky nature of their style. They pay such close attention to detail and put so much thought and care into their work. I couldn’t help but be reminded of this beautiful art when I picked up these gorgeous Sophia Webster sandals. Much like the Momiji dolls, Sophia Webster designs her shoes using unique shapes and colors, which naturally send a message of happiness, joy and love. When I slip her shoes on my feet, they instantly brighten my spirit and bring magic to my outfits.
Black and white; a classic color combination that looks smart and chic, no matter the occasion! I picked up this horizontal paneled top when I was in New York. I was drawn to the perforated fabric and leather piping detail along trim. This quintessential nautical strip is a classic print that is always on point no matter the season. I paired it with my black culottes from Club Monaco. TREND ALERT! – The culottes are back and are the new must-have wardrobe essentials of the season! I love this cropped silhouette because they wear like a skirt and provide comfort like a trouser. The combination of masculine and feminine elements, along with the neutral color palette lends itself to incorporating a splash of personality with these gorgeous and colorful “Selina” sandals by Sophia Webster sandals.
To compliment the symmetrical balance of the black and white outfit, I decided to style my hair in a clean and sleek pony tail. I started with a center parting, then flat ironed my hair. Once each section was smooth, I bruised it into a ponytail, secured it with an elastic and sprayed it down with KMS Hair Play – Dry Wax Spray. This product is traditionally used to create texture in the hair and it’s great for smoothing out fly-away hairs or for up-styling.
To get this look, I used the following products…
Eyes: Courrèges Estée Lauder Eye Amplifier in Aqua-Silver | Estée Lauder Little Black Primer | L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara
Lips: “A Go-Go” by Kat Von D
Photographed by: Union Photographers
I recently attended Estée Lauder’s Spring 2015 media launch and I’m thrilled to be featuring a few of their fabulous new beauty products in this week’s makeup TruTorialTM. They partnered with famed fashion house, André Courrèges; renouned for pioneering the MOD fashion movement of the 1960′s. The collection is spectacular and the packaging embodies Courrèges’s cool, modern and futuristic esthetic. Inspired by the clean packaging, I created this “less is more” makeup look, with a focus on glowing skin, strong brow and naturally extended lashes…
Step 1: Moisturizer, Primer and Foundation
Start by applying primer on clean and lightly moisturized skin. I’m using Make Up For Ever Step 1 Equalizer Hydrating Primer ($43). To even out the complexion, I applied Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation ($50), using a foundation brush, then lightly contour the face with Bronzing Powder (MAC Bronzing Powder – $25).
Step2: Eye Shadow Primer
Dispense a small drop of MAC Pre + Prime Eye 24 Hour Extend Eye Base ($22) onto your finger and lightly blend it on the entire eye lid. This humidity and sweat resistant primer provides for crease proof and long lasting eye shadow.
Step 3: Eye Shadow
To dress my eyes, apply this aqua-silver Courrèges Estée Lauder Eye Amplifier ($29) onto my eye lid using a flat eyeshadow brush, like this Mint Brush #22. Using the same shadow and a domed brush (Mint Brush #24), rim the lower lash line, as seen below.
Step 4: Mascara Primer and Mascara
Curl the eye lashes using an eyelash curler, then apply a mascara primer. I’m trying Estée Lauder’s newest Little Black Primer. It claims to tint, amplify and set the the mascara, and it really does seems to make a difference with the length of my lashes, after I coated them with mascara!
Step 5: Concealer
Apply concealer under the eyes to brighten and eliminate any imprecations around the eyes.
Step 6: Cream Blush
To create a natural glowing complexion, apply this Estée Lauder Pure Color All-Over Illuminator, from their Limited Edition “Shimmering Nude” – Bronze Goddess collection. Apply this shimmering pearlescent highlight to the cheek bones and temple, then lightly blend into the skin with your fingers.
Step 7: Brow Pencil
Fill in the eye brows with Stila All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil . It’s waterproof, transfer-proof and smudge resistant.
Lightly feather the product onto the brow for a lighter, more natural effect. Use the spooly end of the pencil to groom and shape the brows. Also, be sure to select a shade that is the same or one shade lighter than your natural brow color.
Step 8: Eye Brightening Pencil
Fill in the water line with Make Up For Ever Concealer Pencil. This brightens the eyes, make them appear larger and eliminated any reddness.
Step 9: Completed Look
To complete this look, I applied Estée Lauder’s new Pur Envy Lipstick in “Discreet” on my lips. Overall this look is very fresh and demure, and extremely easy to achieve. If you want to add a little more drama to the eye makeup, simply line the upper lid with black liquid liner, to create a retro 60′s cat-eye effect. Another ides is to add black eyeliner to the upper and lower waterline, along with a few individual, which will create a sleek and edgy look.
Enjoy your weekend, Everyone!
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