Makeup TruTorialTM – Midnight Blues…

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Make-up, Tutorials | 0 comments

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!

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Tip:

 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

Rita Ora, Grammy Awards, Zimbio

Rita Ora, Grammy Awards, Zimbio

Celebrity Inspiration:

Rita Ora at 2015 Grammy Awards (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

Happy Weekend, Everyone!

Momiji Gardens

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

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.

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

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.

Nadia Albano, Sophia Webster, Selina Sandal, The Bay, Vancouver, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Sophia Webster, Selina Sandal, The Bay, Vancouver, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, KMS California, Dry Wax, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, KMS Califorina, Dry Wax, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Hair:

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.

Nadia Albano, Momiji Gardens, Club Monaco, Piperlime, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Momiji Gardens, Club Monaco, Piperlime, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Momiji Gardens, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Momiji Gardens, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, MAC Cosmetics, Estee Lauder, Kat Von D, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, MAC Cosmetics, Estee Lauder, Kat Von D, Daniella Guzzo Photography

 Makeup:

To get this look, I used the following products…

Face: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #118 | MAC Bronzing Powder | MAC Powder Blush in “Peaches”

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

Nadia Albano, Momiji Gardens, Club Monaco, Piperlime, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Momiji Gardens, Club Monaco, Piperlime, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Happy Friday!

 

Makeup TruTorialTM – Less is More Makeup…

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Make-up, Tutorials | 0 comments

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…

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Union Photographers

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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).

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, MAC Prep + Prime 24 Hour Extend Eye Base, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, MAC Prep + Prime 24 Hour Extend Eye Base, Union Photographers

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.

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Courreges Estee Lauder Eye Amplifier, Mint Brush, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Courreges Estee Lauder Eye Amplifier, Mint Brush, Union Photographers

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.

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Courreges Estee Lauder Eye Amplifier, Mint Brush, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Courreges Estee Lauder Eye Amplifier, Mint Brush, Union Photographers

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Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder Little Black Primer, Union Photographers

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!

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder Little Black Primer, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder Little Black Primer, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer, Union Photographers

Step 5: Concealer

Apply concealer under the eyes to brighten and eliminate any imprecations around the eyes.

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder Pure Color All-Over Illuminator, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder Pure Color All-Over Illuminator, Union Photographers

 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.

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder Pure Color All-Over Illuminator, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder Pure Color All-Over Illuminator, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Stila All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil,  Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Stila All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil, Union Photographers

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.

Tip:

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.

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Make Up For Ever Concealer Pencil,  Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Makeup Tutorial, Make Up For Ever Concealer Pencil, Union Photographers

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.

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick,  Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick, Union Photographers

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.

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Celebrity Inspiration

Jennifer Lopez at 82nd Annual Oscars (Photo credit: Zimbio)

Enjoy your weekend, Everyone!

PS.  Is there a makeup tutorial you’d like me to demonstrate on my blog?  I’d love to hear from you.  Feel free to email me or leave a comment below.

One Dress, Two Ways…

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Accessories, Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing – Dress: Value Village | Denim Jacket: American Eagle | Converse Chuck Taylor Sneakers: Urban Outfitters | Louise Vuitton “Never Full Bag” | Accessories: Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, and Thrift Store| Sunglasses: Ray Bans “Clubmaster Classic”, Holt Renfrew | Clutch Purse: Vintage (gift from my mother) | Sparkle T-Straps Pumps: Zara, 2013 (no longer available)

The sun has been shining on our rainy City and you know what that means…it’s dress season!!  I found this sheer maxi dress at Value Village, a few months ago, for $8 and I couldn’t resist scooping it up.  For this week’s style series, I wanted to style this pretty ‘lil thang two ways, to quickly demonstrate how to get the most out of one piece.  In all honestly, this dress could be styled up to four or five ways, so keep your eyes peeled for future blog posts as this dress may make another appearance!

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Wardrobe Details: Casual Day Look

I love the look a a maxi dress with converse sneakers.  There’s something about feminine flow of this piece when combined with sporty and easy look of a denim jacket and chucks!  I can’t live without my converse sneakers and wear them with almost everything; not to mention my LV “Never Full Bag” and Ray Ban “Clubmaster Classics” Sunnies!  I feel that each of these pieces are a wardrobe essentials, as they are timeless and can be style in so many different ways and for various occasions.  This would be a great look for when you’re traveling, going on a casual lunch meeting or running errands.

Nadia Albano, Louis Vuitton "Never Full Bag", Converse Chuck Taylor Sneakers, American Eagle Denim Jacket, Value Village Dress, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Louis Vuitton “Never Full Bag”, Converse Chuck Taylor Sneakers, American Eagle Denim Jacket, Value Village Dress, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, American Eagle Denim Jacket, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Dress, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, American Eagle Denim Jacket, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, American Eagle Denim Jacket, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Ray Ban  Clubmaster Sunglasses, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, American Eagle Denim Jacket, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Ray Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Value Village, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Value Village, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details: Evening Look

The shape of this dress is so pretty; deep plunging “V” neckline with a billowy top, slender sleeves and a long flowy skirt.  It’s extremely comfortable and easily transitions into something a little more formal by wearing it with these ultra sexy and sparkly T-Strap pointy pumps.  I was going for a vintage vibe and accessorized the outfit with this vintage clutch purse (which, once upon a time, belonged to my mother), adding a romantic and delicate touch.  Of course I have to mention my  jewellery, which really elevates the look and make it more complete.  It’s all in the fine details, so I started with the Elsa Corsi Tassel necklace to compliment the deep “V” neck on the dress.  I then layered my favorite “Bird” necklace over top, and finished with my large cocktail ring.  Although each piece comes from a different store, they all have a similar look and feel which worked beautifully  together.

Nadia Albano, Dress, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Vintage Clutch, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Vintage Clutch, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Value Village, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Value Village, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Value Village, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, KMS California, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Value Village, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, KMS California, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Hair:

To create this deep finger wave look, I started by priming the hair with KMS Hot Flex Spray, for heat protection and hold.  I lightly blow dried the product into dry hair, then divided my hair into to two horizontal sections, from ear to ear.  I clipped away the top half of my hair and began waving the lower half of my hair in two sub sections.  Using the KQC Xtreme Deep Waver, I placed the mid-lengths and ends of my hair in the waver and clamped down on it for a few seconds, then released the hair and left it to cool down.  I repeated this procedure until the bottom half of my hair was completed.  I then dropped the top half of my hair, divided it into four sub-sections and repeated the same procedure as previous until my entire head was waved.  Once the hair cooled down, I gently brushed it out and sprayed KMS Hair Play Dry Wax Spray for diminutional texture and to define the wave.  This is a great way to create a vintage 1920′s inspired look with a modern and wearable finish.

Nadia Albano, MAC Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Laura Mercier, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano. MAC Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Laura Mercier, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

To get the look, I used the following products…

Face: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #118 |  MAC Bronzing Powder | MAC Powder Blush “Buff”

Eyes: MAC Amber Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette | MAC Eye Kohl Pencil “Smolder” | Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara | Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage #3

Lips: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy in “Discreet”

Nadia Albano, Dress, Value Village, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Value Village, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Have a great weekend, Everyone!  To my friends that are heading down to Coachella, have fun and be safe! xoxo

Makeup TruTorialTM – Lavender

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Make-up, Tutorials | 0 comments

Photographed by: Union Photographers

In this week’s Tru-TorialTM session and am showing you how to create this pretty two-toned makeup design, just in time for Easter.  This look is definitely playful and fun, and can really make your eyes pop.  It’s a lovely way to inject color to your everyday beauty routine and get creative with color; especially if your looking to freshen things up for Spring!

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Before and After, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Spring, Pink Lip, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Before and After, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Spring, Pink Lip, Union Photographers

Before-and-After

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, Union Photographers

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 #118 ($50), using a foundation brush.  Lightly contour the face with Bronzing Powder (MAC Bronzing Powder – $25) as this will give a healthy glow to the complexion.

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

 Step 2: Eye Shadow Base

Using a large blending brush, apply a light lilac shadow on the entire eyelid and crease, as an all-over base color. I’m using MAC “Parfait Amour” ($19) with Mint Brush #22 ($15)

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Step 3: Eye Lid Definition
Blend long wear cream shadow on to the entire eyelid using your finger or a synthetic concealer brush. I selected Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream Shadow #18 ($28). This product is waterproof and provides all-day, smudge-proof and crease-proof wear.

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Step 4: Contour Outer Corner of the Eyes

For create definition in the crease, apply a vibrant shade of purple eye shadow, like this Dior “It-Purple”, to the outer corner of the eyes and blend inward only 3/4 of the way.

Tip:

* To enhance green eyes color, select shade of purple, plum or burgundy to compliment the color.

* For brown or hazel-brown eyes, try shades of blue and green to make your eyes stand out.

* To enhance blue eyes, opt for copper-brown, peachy-orange or golden hues to compliment the eyes.

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

 Step 5: Apply color to lower lash line

Using an angled liner brush, apply a golden-green eye shadow to the lower lash line for contrast.  In this photo I’m using MAC “Lucky Green” ($19)

Tip:

* When selecting a different color for the lower lash like, I suggest looking at a color wheel and selecting a hue from the opposite side of the wheel to create a stronger contrast.

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Step 6: Curl the lashes and apply mascara

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Laura Mercier, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Laura Mercier, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Step 7: Brighten under eyes with concealer

To brighten under the eyes and camouflage any imperfections, apply concealer using a small concealer brush like Mint Brush #12.  Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage #3 ($41), is one of my favorite concealers as it provides great full coverage and stays in place beautifully.

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Step 8: Tight line the waterline
Apply forest-green eyeliner to the upper and lower waterline for depth and dimension.  Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes #20 ($23) is a fantastic waterproof eyeliner color for this particle look.

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Step 9: Apply shimmer to inside corner
For added dimension and for a little sparkle, use a dome brush like Mint Brush #24, to apply Make Up For Ever Star Powder in #944 ($24) to the inner corner of the eye.  This iridescent white-mauve shimmer reflects light beautifully and creates a soft 3D effect on the eyelid.

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Step 10: Apply Highlight
Starting from below the eye brow, dust on a satin or frosted highlight color (MAC “Jest”) to the brow bone and blend this color downward into the crease.

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup tutorial, TruTorial, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Violet, Spring, Pink Lip, Union Photographers

Step 11: Completed look

To complete this look, lightly fill in the eye brows to frame the face, then dust the apples of the cheeks with Dior Rosy Glow Blush ($46).  On the lips, opt for a vibrant pink lipstick, in a cream formula, like MAC “Pink Nouveau” ($19) and lightly dab on Dior Lip Mazimiser in “Sheer Pink” ($37) to the middle of the mouth, for a soft sheen.

Tip:

* A simple and great way to enhance the eyes turn this into an evening, without adding makeup, simply add a few individual lashes to the bas of the lash line..

Katy Perry, 53rd Annual Grammy Awards

Katy Perry, 53rd Annual Grammy Awards

Celebrity Inspiration:

Katy Perry at 53rd Annual Grammy Awards (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

Happy Easter, Buona Pasqua, Sretan Uskrs, Everyone — Enjoy your weekend!

xo,

BTS with Christina Perri

Posted by on Mar 28, 2015 in Hair, Make-up, Nadia at Work | 2 comments

Photographed by: Adam Schelle of Adam and Kev Photography

Production Company: Antler Films | Producer: Vlad Cojocaru | Director: iouri Philippe Paille

It was early in 2014 when I first met, singer/songwriter,  Christina Perri.  She was on tour in Vancouver when I had the pleasure of doing her hair and makeup for her concert, and from the moment we met we hit it off!  There are many things that I love about working with Christina, aside from her incredibly strong yet delicate voice and her musical ability.  Firstly, she is a crazy cool Italian chic with an impeccable taste in fashion!  She has an incredible sense of humor and has a smile that melts hearts — she loves to laugh!  She is kind and jovial, and shares quirky and wonderful stories that life has presented to her.  Mostly though, she is super down to earth and extremely caring of the people around her.  I continue to be drawn to her uplifting, light and positive energy, and truly have a special place in my heart for this lady!  I feel like I’ve know her for a lifetime, which make it that much more enjoyable to have work with her.

In December, Christina invited me to join her, and her lovely  entourage, to do her hair and makeup for the filming of the music video for her new song, “The Words”.  I worked with an incredibly talented crew of professional, including the ever-so-charmin Colin O’Donoghue of “Once Upon a Time”.  What a true gentleman, not to mention super handsome!;)  Here’s a behind the scenes look our experience together, and my one-on-one interview with this beautiful CP!

When did you catch your first break as an artist?

It was 8pm on June 30th of 2010 when a TV show called SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE played one and half minutes of a little demo I wrote called “Jar of Hearts”.  From that moment on everything was different. 220,000 people bought the song on itunes, and I got noticed by every single record label.  I flew to NYC the next day and luckily was ready.  I had been writing songs and playing guitar and piano since I was 15 so I played my little heart out for everyone and penned a deal on July 21, 2010 with Atlantic Records.  I have not stopped since!!

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Adam and Kev Photography

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Adam and Kev Photography

You share much of your life on social media. What is one thing we don’t know about you?

I’m so open and transparent everywhere with everyone — it’s literally the only way I know how to be.  I guess something most people don’t know about me is that I love musical theatre and I can remember every important date in my life; it’s sort of my super power!

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video,  Colin O'Donoghue, Adam and Kev Photography

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Colin O’Donoghue, Adam and Kev Photography

What made you decide to cast the oh-so-handsome Colin O’Donoghue in your music video?

It started out as a little joke because I had to make a top 5 list of men who I wanted to have as my leading man.  Naturally I picked my favorites, and Colin was number one!  I never thought he would agree to do the video.  Everyone knows that I’m a huge  “Once Upon a Time” fan, and Captain Hook is my favorite character, so Colin was a dream come true for me.  He was so lovely and talented..and..kind..and fun to work with.  I’ll never forget it!

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Colin O'Donoghue, Adam and Kev Photography

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Colin O’Donoghue, Adam and Kev Photography

What is your connection with penguins?

They’ve always been my favorite animal, even as a kid.  The scene in “Mary Poppins” while they’re all dancing together was always my favorite scene, so I’ve always loved them.  I also think they’re romantic because they mate for life and I’m a hopeless romantic.  I wrote a song called “Penguin”, on my first album, and my fans starting calling themselves “Perri’s Penguins”.  And now it’s so crazy, they bring me penguin gifts all over the world.  At this point, I couldn’t be more emotionally connected to penguins!

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Adam and Kev Photography

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Adam and Kev Photography

What are your 5 makeup and beauty products you can’t live without?

I love using…

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Colin O'Donoghue, Adam and Kev Photography

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Colin O’Donoghue, Adam and Kev Photography

I know you love tattoos, how many do you have, and how do you decide when it’s time to add a new one?

I love tattoos!  I have about 75.  I get one all the time, and then I go a long time without getting one.  It’s so random and spontaneous; I really have no method.  I get a feeling or an idea and then I just go and get one.  Maybe I should think more about it, lol!   But I go for it… and now all my tattoos tell so many stories I don’t think I’ll ever stop.

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Colin O'Donoghue, Adam and Kev Photography

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Colin O’Donoghue, Adam and Kev Photography

What was the inspiration behind the creation of “The Words” video?

I wrote the idea for “The Words” music video, after Colin O’donoghue couldn’t be in my music video for “Burning Gold”.  He was supposed to be my leading man in that and when the timing didn’t work out, I promised Colin I would write my next video starring him. I don’t think he believed me, but I always keep my promises!  So I thought of what the song means to me, which is being afraid of love and admitting you’re in love; that small moment right before it really begins – that’s how the idea was born.  It was also totally my intention to make this video all about Colin, and I’m just singing to him the whole time.  It worked out perfectly!

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Colin O'Donoghue, Adam and Kev Photography

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Colin O’Donoghue, Adam and Kev Photography

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Colin O'Donoghue, Adam and Kev Photography

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Colin O’Donoghue, Adam and Kev Photography

Why did you decide to shoot your music video in Vancouver?

Colin was still shooting his TV show “ONCE UPON A TIME” (which is filmed in Vancouver), so it made the most sense that we all come to Vancouver and film it up there to make it easy for him.  Also the Director. iouri, took my idea and made it beautiful using everything Vancouver had to offer. The video didn’t even come to life until we landed in Vancouver and it turned out more beautiful than I even imagined!

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Adam and Kev Photography

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Adam and Kev Photography

What inspires you when writing your music?

Emotions. It’d be easy to just say “love” but its not always about a relationship with someone, it could be how I’m feeling about trying to be myself and dealing with issues due to my career, but it’s always when I’m having a big feeling or emotion that I actually write a song.

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Adam and Kev Photography

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Adam and Kev Photography

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Adam and Kev Photography

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Adam and Kev Photography

Based on my “7 Style SacramentsTM”, what would you say your Style Category is — Casual, Classic, Charming, Chic, or Couture?

I describe my style as “casual and chic”… I love a little of both.  Also tomboy-ish; I love sneakers, hats and leather jackets :)

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Colin O'Donoghue, Adam and Kev Photography

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Colin O’Donoghue, Adam and Kev Photography

You’ve toured all over the world; where is your favorite place you’ve travel to?

That’s so hard to say… everywhere I’ve been has been amazing and unique in its own way.  I love all the people I meet along the way the most, but if I had to pick maybe my Top 5 I’d say:

  1. Philadelphia (my home town)
  2. Los Angeles (my home now)
  3. Italy
  4. London
  5. Dubai
Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Colin O'Donoghue, Adam and Kev Photography

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Colin O’Donoghue, Adam and Kev Photography

What’s next for you, Christina Perri?

Touring the whole world!  I have so many more places to go and so many more people to sing for.  Then after this year, I have no idea!  I can’t wait to find out :)

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Colin O'Donoghue, Adam and Kev Photography

Nadia Albano, Christina Perri, The Words Music Video, Colin O’Donoghue, Adam and Kev Photography

Christina, it’s incredible to work with you!  I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule do this interview with me!  I cherish our time together and look forward to seeing you back in Vancouver very soon.  A presto, Bella!

Click HERE to watch the full video of Christina Perri’s “The Words”.

xo,

Makeup TruTorialTM – Metallic Smoky Eyes

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Make-up, Tutorials | 0 comments

Photographed by: Union Photographers

In this week’s TruTorialTM session, I’m creating a very versatile look that can work for both daytime or evening.  This is a soft metallic smoky eye makeup, and much like a classic smoky eye, the deepest color begins at the base of the lash line and gradually becomes lighter (lightest) as you work your way up to the brow bone.  This look is soft, romantic and sultry all at the same time, and it’s a timeless look.

 

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Before and After, Metallic Smoky Eye, Union Photography

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Before and After, Metallic Smoky Eye, Union Photography

Before and After

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever

Step 1: Moisturizer, Primer and Foundation
On a clean and bare face, start by lightly applying moisturizer to hydrate the skin.  Follow by  applying a primer, to smooth out the pores and provide a long lasting foundation.  This week, I’m testing out the new Make Up For Ever Step 1 Equalizer Hydrating Primer.  To even out my complexion, I applied Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #118, using a foundation brush. For best results, you want to start from the center of the face and work your way out to the the exterior of the face. Be sure to lightly brush the foundation over the mouth and eyelids to eliminate any redness or blotchiness. Lightly contour the face with Bronzing Powder (MAC Bronzing Powder - $25) as this will provide a healthy warm glow to the complexion.
Tip:
* Do not over apply moisturizer and primer as your foundation will slide off through the course of the day
* For oily skin types, use a translucent powder to set your makeup, primarily in the T-Zone. If you have normal-to-dry skin, you can skip this step as powder may enhance fine lines and make the skin appear dryer.

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Mint Brushes by Eman

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Mint Brushes by Eman

Step 2: Eye Shadow Base
Using a large blending brush, apply a matte rusty-brown colored eye shadow on the entire eyelid, as an all-over base color.   In this case I’m using MAC “Saddle” ($16).  Blend this color up to and slightly beyond the crease.

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever, MAC

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever, MAC

Step 3: Eye Lid Definition

Blend long wear cream shadow on to the entire eyelid using your finger or a synthetic concealer brush.  I selected Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream Shadow #14 ($28). This product is waterproof and provides all-day, smudge-proof and crease-proof wear.

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Mint Brushes by Eman

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Mint Brushes by Eman

Step 4: Blend

Using the same shadow color in step #1 (MAC “Saddle”), blend out the the line between the crease and the eye lid to create seamless finish.

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Mint Brushes by Eman

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Mint Brushes by Eman

Step 5: Apply color to lower lash line 

Using a small detailed dome brush, or an angled liner brush, apply the same shad0w that was used as the base color, to the lower lash line.  This defines the shape of the eye and creates a soft smoky effect.

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Mint Brushes by Eman

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Mint Brushes by Eman

Step 6: Apply shimmer to inside corner

For added dimension, and for a little sparkle, use a dome brush to apply an amber-gold eye shadow to the inner corner of the eye.  I used MAC “Amber Lights”

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Mint Brushes by Eman

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Mint Brushes by Eman

Step 7:  Apply Highlight

Starting from below the eye brow, dust on a satin or frosted finished highlight color (MAC “Ricepaper”)  to the brow bone and blend this color downward into the crease.  This will create a seamless and blended look.

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Mint Brushes by Eman

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Mint Brushes by Eman

Step 8: Tight line the waterline 

Apply brown eyeliner to the waterline for depth and dimension.  I suggest also rimming the upper lash line to define the base of the lash line.  My staple brown eye pencil is MAC Kohl Pencil in “Teddy” ($16) — a makeup essential!

Tip:

* If you are looking for a little more drama, try using a black eyeliner such as MAC Eye Kohl Pencil in “Smolder” .  For some contrast in color and to make your eye color stand out, try using a green or blue eye pencil such as MAC Eye Kohl Pencil  in “Minted” or “Blooz”

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Mint Brushes by Eman

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Mint Brushes by Eman

Step 9: Curl the lashes and apply mascara

Curl the lashes and apply mascara of your preference.  In this image, I’m using L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara.  To amplify the lashes and this makeup look, you can add false lashes (individual or full row).  Be sure to apply the false lashes after you’ve applied your eye makeup and mascara.

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Mint Brushes by Eman

Nadia Albano, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Mint Brushes by Eman

Step 12: Completed Look

To complete the look, apply a neutral lip color of your choice onto the mouth. I chose MAC “Shy Girl” ($16) which is a cream sheen formula and extremely moisturizing.  I chose this lipstick because it is soft and is the perfect neutral color to compliment the eye makeup.  For a subtle hit of color on the cheeks, I dusted on MAC “Buff” Blush ($22).

Tip:

When applying makeup, always remember D.L.D.B.™ – Dark, Light, Dull, Bright.  When wearing a darker eye color, it’s best to keep the lips light for balance.  Dull is represented by my matte finish blush color, which also provides the skin with a healthy pop of color.  Bright refers to shimmer or sparkle which reflects light, like highlight color on the brow bone.

Celebrity Inspiration:

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron at 24th Annual Cinematic Annual Gala

Happy Friday, Friends!

xo,

Gastown Funk…

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Black Dress, Thrift Store | Leather Vest, Tibi, Winners | Shoes, Winners | Clutch Purse, Browns (no longer available)| Ear Climber Earring, Elsa Corsi , Jeweliette Jewellery

March is in full swing and I feel like my future’s so bright that I gotta wear shades!  I kicked off the month with the launch of my new makeup tutorial blog series called TruTorialTM.  I’m so thrilled with the feedback and reception and look forward to bringing more makeup looks for you all to try.  Huge kudos again to Holly, of Union Photographers, for shooting the series exactly as I imagined!

Next up was my birthday weekend.  We celebrated by booking a stay-cation in Ladner at Clair’s Bed & Breakfast.  Such a quaint little spot, which I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a quick get-out-of-the-City kind of weekend!   Clair herself, is a delight to spend time with and her home is so warm and welcoming; as are her delicious breakfasts — incredible!  I feel so fortunate and proud to have such kind, beautiful, strong, intelligent, passionate and funny women in my life.  In fact, these women are more than friends, they are my soul sisters.  Love you girls so much! xo

This week, on the CBC Steven and Chris Show, my “High/Low Beauty Buys” segment aired!  I shared some of my favorite products and revealed how you can get the look for less.  To watch the full episode click HERE (my segment is at the 13 minute mark…).  A huge thank you to Producer extraordinaire, Mana Monsour, for her support, encouragement and guidance with this segment.  Chris Hyndman, you are such a wonderful host!  Thank you for making me feel so at home.  I look forward to my next visit to Toronto!

Coming up next week is TEDTalks 2015: “Truth or Dare”, here in our beautiful City of Vancouver.  I’m thrilled to have been invited back to key the hair and makeup for the incredible lineup of speakers.  This is truly one of my favorite projects to be a part of, as it is extremely enlightening, empowering and inspirational!  I feel so privileged to be among the best of the best in technology, entertainment and design.  If possible, I hope you’ll all have the opportunity to live stream and catch some of the speakers.

Nadia Albano, Gastown Funk, Black Dress, Black Leather Vest, Tibi, Cobalt Blue Clutch, #Nadittude Hashtag Necklace, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Gastown Funk, Black Dress, Black Leather Vest, Tibi, Cobalt Blue Clutch, #Nadittude Hashtag Necklace, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Gastown Funk, Black Dress, Black Leather Vest, Tibi, Cobalt Blue Clutch, Oxford Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Gastown Funk, Black Dress, Black Leather Vest, Tibi, Cobalt Blue Clutch, Oxford Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

Comfort and versatility is key for me, when it comes to dressing.  When I purchase a garment, I MUST be able to wear it at least 3 ways.  I also like working with classics, like this stretch jersey long sleeve dress.  It’s super comfy and looks chic no matter what I style it with.  In this photo, I decided to layer it with my leather vest for an edgy-cool vibe.  I purchased this vest one size larger than I would normally wear as I want to be able to wear it layered over a denim jacket.  I opted for a flat menswear inspired oxford shoe to compliment the outfit, as they are ideal for a girl on the go, and because I love the black and white graphic print.  For a pop of color, I added this funky cobalt-blue clutch purse.  I especially love the chain detail, which give it a cool rock and roll look to it!

To transition this outfit into an evening look, I would simply switch up my oxford shoes with something like these graphic Circus by Sam Edelman D’Orsay Angle Strap Pumps from The Bay.   They’ll definitely add personality to the outfit!

Nadia Albano, Cobalt Blue Clutch, Browns, Cat-Eye Shades, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cobalt Blue Clutch, Browns, Cat-Eye Shades, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Gastown Funk, Black Dress, Black Leather Vest, Tibi, Ozxord Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Gastown Funk, Black Dress, Black Leather Vest, Tibi, Oxford Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ear Climber Earring, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewelery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ear Climber Earring, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewelery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Dress, Black Leather Vest, Tibi, Oxford Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Dress, Black Leather Vest, Tibi, Oxford Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Gastown, Black Dress, Black Leather Vest, Tibi, Oxford Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Gastown, Black Dress, Black Leather Vest, Tibi, Oxford Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Daniella Guzzo Phography

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

To get this look, try these products…

Face: Make Up For Ever Step 1 Hydrating Primer | Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #118 | MAC Bronzing Powder

Eyes: MAC Eye Kohl Pencil “Fascinating” | Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner #13

Lips: MAC Prolongwear Lip Pencil “Etecera”  with MAC Lipstick in “Peach Blossom”

Nadia Albano, Gastown,  Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Gastown, Daniella Guzzo Photography

xo,

Makeup TruTutorialTM – Classic Cat-Eye

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Make-up, Tutorials | 0 comments

Photographed by: Union Photographers

I’m thrilled to introduce you to a new blog series call “Makeup TruTorialTM” (…Yes, I know, I have a thing with play-on words; I can’t help it!)  I titled this series “TruTorialTM” because, A) the translation for Makeup in Italian is “Trucco” and  seeing as this is a “trucco” tutorial I thought that this title was fitting!  B)  “TRU” also stems from the word “true” meaning, “in accordance to fact or reality”.  The reality is that most of us women with busy schedules do not have the time to perfectly contour ourselves, nor are we always going to find time to wear false lashes on a daily basis.  I want women to look and feel like the best versions of themselves when they are wearing makeup in their daily life and not make it complicated.  C)  Being a natural teacher , (and having been the founder and curriculum developer of the Make Up Artist Certificate Program at Vancouver Community College), I wanted to create simple and easy-to-follow steps, with photos, that will teach and encourage every women to wear makeup and not feel intimidated by it.

I conceived this idea several years ago (almost 10 years ago), and finally I decided to get it going.  I called on the expert help of my dear friends Holly and Roger, of Union Photographers, to photograph this project and here we are in full fruition!   It’s a simple concept; create step-by-step pictorials that features makeup looks for everyday women, who want to look like the best versions of themselves and stay true to their personal style and lifestyle.    As a makeup artist, I like makeup that enhances a woman’s natural beauty without altering them to the point of being unrecognizable.  Although I think it looks incredible on some women, it’s not always realistic to create for everyday.  There is definitely a time and a place for that style of makeup, but a busy schedule does not usually allow for it on a daily basis.  In my opinion it’s all about looking great in your day-to-day life, so keep it simple and don’t over complicate things.

In these by-weekly TruTorialTM posts, you will learn both subtle and classic looks, as well as dramatic and colorful looks; inspired by our favorite celebrities.  One of my favorite looks is the classic Cat-Eye and bold red lip combination.  This is my go-to makeup for every day and it works for any occasion.  I encourage you to follow along with this week’s “Classic Cat-Eye” lesson and hope you enjoy my series!  To make this a little more fun, feel free to post a photo of yourself on Instagram, complete with this makeup look, and tag me in it for feedback ( nadiaalbanostyleinc ).  Be sure to include #NadittudeTM and #TruTorialTM.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Before-and-After

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Step 1: Moisturizer, Primer and Foundation

On a clean and bare face, start by lightly applying moisturizer to hydrate the skin.  Prior to foundation, you’ll want to apply a primer, which prepares the skin and provides for a longer  lasting foundation.  The primer I am using today is Make Up For Ever Step 1 Equalizer Hydrating Primer and I gently massaged it on with my fingers all over my face.  To even out my complexion, I applied Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #118, using a foundation brush.  For best results, you want to start from the center of the face and work your way out to the the exterior of the face.  Be sure to lightly brush the foundation over the mouth and eyelids to eliminate any redness or blotchiness.  Lightly contour the face with Bronzing Powder (NARS “Laguna” ) and this will provide a healthy warm glow to the complexion.

Tip:

* Do not over apply moisturizer and primer as your foundation will slide off through the course of the day

* For oily skin types, use a translucent powder to set your makeup, primarily in the T-Zone.  If you have normal-to-dry skin, you can skip this step as powder may enhance fine lines and make the skin appear dryer.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

 Step 2:  Eye Shadow Base

Lightly powdered the eyelids with translucent powder to absorb any moisture and to set the foundation.  Using your finger or a small synthetic concealer brush, blend on a long wear cream based shadow on the entire eyelid, up to the brow bone.  In this photo, I selected Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream Shadow #4.  This product is waterproof and provides all-day, smudge-proof and crease-proof wear.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Step 3: Wash

Starting from the inner corner of the eyelid, apply a light wash of satin-finish eye shadow in a creamy white tone, overtop of the cream shadow (up to the brow bone).  This will set the cream shadow and brighten the eye.  In this photo I am using MAC “Mylar”

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Step 4: Contour

Using tapered crease brush, contour the outer corner of the eyelids using a medium taupe brown eye shadow to create depth and dimension.  Be sure to only apply this shade 3/4 of the way into the crease.  I’m using MAC “Don’t Tell” from the Amber Times Nine Palette 

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Step 5:  Eye Liner

The easiest way to apply eye liner is in two steps.  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 eye lid.  Be sure to get as close to the lash line as possible and work your way toward the outer corner of the eyes.  Apply the liner slightly beyond the outer corner of the eye lid in an upward possession.  For this look, use a black eye pencil like MAC PowerPoint Pencil in “Engraved”

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Step 2:  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.

Tip:

* Ensure that the eye pencil is sharp as it creates a tighter and more precise line.

* You may use a liquid liner, cake liner or an eyeliner pen to achieve this result.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Step 6:  Extend the Eyeliner

To create a soft and extended Cat-Eye, use a firm angled liner brush (I’m using Mint Brush #26) and lightly feather-out and extend the line at the outer corner of the eye.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Step 7: Curl the lashes and apply mascara

One of the best eyelash curlers on the market is by Shu Umemura.  It is extremely comfortable to use and provides a great curl.  I use many different mascaras and currently I’m really enjoying the Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Step 8:  Tight line the upper eye lid

To define the eye, apply black waterproof eyeliner to the inner rim of the eye lid, along the inner lash line, also known as the “waterline”.  This creates the illusion of a seamless, fuller and thicker lash line.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Step 9:  Fill in the eye brows

Filling in the eyebrows frames the face and eyes.  Start by brushing the eyebrows downward, to clearly see their natural arch.  Lightly feather on the brow pencil to the upper part of the brow, to trace and define the shape and uplift the brow.  Next, lightly fill in the sparse area of the brow.  Brush the eyebrows back up and set the with brow gel.  In this photo I am using Revlon “Brown Fantasy” in Dark Brown.

Tip:

* Match the brow pencil to your natural brow color or one shade, or a half of a shade, lighter.

*For women who have minimal eyebrows, I suggest drawing on the brows with a cream or shadow-based product for a softer look.  Pencil can look severe if used incorrectly

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Step 10:  Apply Concealer

To brighten under the eyes, apply concealer to the inner corner of the eyes and lightly dab and blend it out toward the outer corner of the eye, using your ring finger or a brush.  If there is any redness or blotchiness around the outer corner of the you, dab a bit of concealer to that area as well.  I’m using the MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter Pen

Tip:

*  Apply concealer after completing your eye makeup not before.  Sometimes eyeshadow may fall below your eyes during application, creating dark circles.  Simply wipe or dust away the “fall out” then apply concealer.

* Use concealer on a daily basis, even when you’re not wearing a full face of makeup, as it brightens and refresh your overall look.  For light coverage, I suggest Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer Pen or Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer.  If you’re looking for full coverage with long lasting wear, I suggest Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Step 11:  Highlight the brow

To brighten and highlight the eyes, dust on shimmery eyeshadow onto the brow bone (below the eyebrow) and to the inner corner of the eye.  I’m using MAC “Ricepaper” from the Amber Times Nine Palette

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Union Photographers

Step 12:  Completed Look

To complete the look, apply a bold red lip color of your choice onto the mouth.  I chose MAC “Ruby Woo” which is an ultra matte formula.  I then used the matching lip pencil to define the shape of my lips.  After you apply your lipstick, select a blush color to compliment it.  For a subtle hit of color, I suggest something in a peachy-coral tone like NARS “Orgasm” Blush.  To create a more fevered look, I recommend selecting a blush with similar undertones in the lipstick (cool or warm).  In this case, my lip color has a cooler undertone to it so I suggest a light dusting of NARS “Exibit A” Blush (Don’t be intimidated by this color and use sparingly!)

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Emma Watson, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Emma Watson, Union Photographers

Celebrity Inspiration

Emma Watson at Golden Globes (Photo from Zimbio.com)

Remember, add a little #NadittudeTM to your life; You’re gonna love it!  Enjoy!

xo,

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Brockton Point Lighthouse

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Fashion, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing – Jeans: 7 For All Mankind | Leopard Print Top: Zara (no longer available) | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik, Holt Renfrew | Plaid Coat: Value Village | Scarf: Aritzia | Ear Cuff: Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery | Bag: Prada “Saffiano Tote”

Vancouver is so beautiful, especially on a crisp and sunny winter day!  We took a stroll around the iconic Brockton Point Lighthouse in Stanley Park and the view of the water and the Lion’s Gate Bridge connecting to the North Shore mountains is so gorgeous and calming.  It kind of reminds me of San Francisco!

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Stanley Park, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Stanley Park, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

My look today is once again quite casual, which is fitting considering our location.  I’d say this is a great lunch or coffee date look, which can easily be transitioned for cocktails with friends.  Simply swap the coat for a leather jacket or trench coat and down size the bag with a clutch.

As you know I love mixing designer brands with “high-street” fashions and thrift store find.  I also like to mix prints; it’s my way of injecting #NadittudeTM to an outfit!  Let’s start with my exquisite Manolo Blahnik patent leather burgundy pumps – YES!  I picked them up at Holt Renfrew while I was in Toronto and when I saw the color, I knew I had to have them.  Marsala is the Pantone color of the year and these babies are definitely in the color range to update my wardrobe perfectly and keep me on trend.  Plus, this color and style will work with almost everything!  I coordinated them with my distressed jeans and leopard print top, then added my plaid print coat, which I pulled during one of my thrift store hauls.  It was only $15 and the fit was spot on!  I like the idea of layering, and on a colder day, I love wraping myself up in a blanket skarf, (like the one I’m wearing from Aritzia).  Option B. would be to layer the plaid coat over my black leather jacket to create a multimedia effect.

Tips:

A great way to update thrift store or vintage outerwear (in this case my coat), is to replace the buttons with new or vintage ones.  You could choose brown or black color, or try metallics like gold, for a little shine.

When mixing prints, remember to stay in the same color family and try to keep the colors neutral.  Also, mix no more than three different prints in one outfit so it’s not too overwhelming.

Nadia Albano, Light House, Stanely Park, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Light House, Stanley Park, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Light House, Stanley Park, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Light House, Stanley Park, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Light House, Stanley Park, Plaid Coat, Prada Bag, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Light House, Stanley Park, Plaid Coat, Prada Bag, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Prada Bag,  Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Prada Bag, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ear Cuff, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ear Cuff, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

“The Ear Climber”

This ear climber earring, designed by Elsa Corsi, is one of my all time favorite accessory.  It’s cool and glamorous all at the same time and adds the perfect amount of sparkle to any outfit.  Available in a variety styles and sizes at Jeweliette Jewellery.

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Nadia Albano, Ear Cuff, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Plaid Coat, Value Village, Jeans, 7 For All Mankind, Heels, Manolo Blahnik, Leopard Top, Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ear Cuff, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Plaid Coat, Value Village, Jeans, 7 For All Mankind, Heels, Manolo Blahnik, Leopard Top, Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photography

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Hair and Makeup Details:

We’re seeing a lot of ponytails on the catwalk this Spring 2015, and the sleek ponytails and buns are on fleek!  I created mine with a side parting and styled it using KMS “Hair Stay – Styling Gel” for firm hold without flaking.

For makeup, here are the product I used to get this look.

Face: Foundation, Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation ($42) | Bronzing Powder, MAC Matte Bronze ($30) | Concealer, MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter ($31)

Eyes: MAC PowerPoint Pencil “Engraved” ($19) | Mascara, Marcelle Xtension Plus ($13) | Brows, Revlon Brow Fantasy ($12)

Lips: Vasani “Drunk in Love” ($19)

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Nadia Albano, NadittudeTM Hashtag Neclace, Jeweliette Jewellery, Plaid Coat, Value Village, Jeans, 7 For All Mankind, Leopard Top, Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, NadittudeTM Hashtag Neclace, Jeweliette Jewellery, Plaid Coat, Value Village, Jeans, 7 For All Mankind, Leopard Top, Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, NadittudeTM Hashtag Neclace, Jeweliette Jewellery, Plaid Coat, Value Village, Jeans, 7 For All Mankind, Leopard Top, Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, NadittudeTM Hashtag Neclace, Jeweliette Jewellery, Plaid Coat, Value Village, Jeans, 7 For All Mankind, Leopard Top, Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photography

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Until next time, Friends!

xo,