BTS with Christina Perri

Posted by on Mar 28, 2015 in Hair, Make-up, Nadia at Work | 0 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.

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Before-and-After

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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.

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 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.

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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”

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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 

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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”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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!)

Emma Watson

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,

CBC – Steven and Chris Show

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Make-up, News | 0 comments

In case you missed it, here are a few images of my appearance on the CBC Steven and Chris Show from earlier this week.  I love these guys and have been a HUGE fan since their early days as the Designer Guys!!  It was an incredible honor to be on their show and of course I had such a blast being on set with the historically funny and dashingly handsome, Chris Hyndmen.  We talked Red Carpet beauty while I shared some of my favorite celebrity inspired looks.  Watch full episode HERE!

Nadia Albano, Steven and Chris Show, CBC, Toronto

Nadia Albano, Steven and Chris Show, CBC, Toronto

Nadia Albano, Steven and Chris Show, CBC, Toronto

Nadia Albano, Steven and Chris Show, CBC, Toronto

Nadia Albano, Steven and Chris Show, Makeup Up For Ever Ink Liner, Vasanti Lipstic, Pur Minerals Liquid Veil, Anna Sui Rose Cheek Color

Nadia Albano, Steven and Chris Show, Makeup Up For Ever Ink Liner, Vasanti Lipstic, Pur Minerals Liquid Veil, Anna Sui Rose Cheek Color

Get the Look

This makeup inspired by Emma Stone‘s Cat-Eye and Berry Lip look, at the Golden Globes.

Face: Benefit POREfessional Primer $37 | Pur Minerals Liquid Veil 4-in-1 Spray On Foundation, $39 | Anna Sui Rose Cheek Blush #400

Eyes: Make Up For Ever Ink Liner, $27 | Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash | MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter, $31

Lips: Vasanti Gel Matte Lipstick in Mad Love

Nadia Albano, Steven and Chris Show, Pur Minerals Liquid Veil, Clarins Blush, Clarins Lip Balm

Nadia Albano, Steven and Chris Show, Pur Minerals Liquid Veil, Clarins Blush, Clarins Lip Balm

Get the Look

This look was inspired by Kate Hudson‘s No Makeup-Makeup Look, at the Golden Globes.

Face: Benefit POREfessional Primer, $37 | Pur Minerals Liquid Veil 4-in-1 Spray Foundation, $39 | NARS Bronzing Powder | Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Color

Eyes: MAC Warm Neutral Eye Shadow Palette x 15 $99 | MAC In Extension Dimension 3d Black Mascara | MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter, $31

Lips: Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector #02

Nadia Albano, Steven and Chris Show, Pur Minerals Liquid Veil, MAC Pro Longwear Cream Pot, Clarins Lip Balm

Nadia Albano, Steven and Chris Show, Pur Minerals Liquid Veil, MAC Pro Longwear Cream Pot, Clarins Lip Balm

Get the Look

This look was inspired by Sarah Hyland’s Metallic Eyes, at the People’s Choice Awards.

Face: Benefit POREfessional Primer, $37 | Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation, $42 | NARS Bronzing Powder

Eyes: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot “Dangerous Cuvée”, $25| MAC Technakohl Liner “Greyprint” . $19 | Stila Mile High Lahses, $25

Lips: Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector #02

Nadia Albano, Mana Mansour, Steven and Chris Show, CBC, Toronto

Nadia Albano, Mana Mansour, Steven and Chris Show, CBC, Toronto

Huge THANK YOU to Producer extraordinaire, Mana Mansour, for inviting me to be on the show and for producing a fun beauty segment with me.  I love collaborating with this woman and admire her talent and dedication to her work.  Catch Mana’s fashion segments weekly, on the Steven and Chris Show!  She’s got impeccable style and great fashion tips!  You can also follow her on Instagram ( @manamansour ) BIG LOVE, darling!

Thank you to MAC Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever Canada, Benefit Cosmetics, Stila Cosmetics, Vasanti, Anna Sui, and Clarins Canada, for your continued support over the years.  I love using your products!!

Stay tuned for my next beauty segment with Steven and Chris on March 11, 2015 – Mark your calendars!

xoxo

Puppy Love!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Fashion, Make-up | 2 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing – Pink Heart T-Shirt: Winners | Jeans: Gap 1969 Sexy Boyfriend Jeans | Blazer: Value Village | Statement Necklace “Nadia”: Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery | Shoes: Zara, 2013 | Puppies: Babette and Chester

Love comes to us in so many different ways.  You can find love with friends and family, a life partner and lover, through nature, art and travel, and a of course in a pet.  I’ve been pondering the idea of adopting a puppy, and although it all sounds fun to snuggle up with a furry friend, it is also a huge responsibility.  Many say it’s a full-time job; almost like raising a child.  Like all relationships, caring for a pet requires commitment, compassion and time; a healthy, loving and nurturing environment; acceptance and patience, and most of all unconditional love (…check, check and check!).  As much as I would LOVE to adopt a puppy, I’m not sure that my busy schedule will make me a good candidate.

I’ve done a little research on how to go about adopting a pet and started by checking out the SPCA‘s website for some information.  I was then referred to Big and Small Rescue and Thank Dog I’m Out rescue shelters by some of my clients and friends, who have had first hand experience with these wonderful organizations, and speak highly about their experience with them.  Every reputable rescue organization will requires adoption candidates to fill out an application form, followed by an in person interview and a home inspection.  In the mean time, before I embark on the adoption process, I thought I’d get my toes wet and set up a little play date with two very cute little four legged friends (…look at these cute little faces, muah, muah, muah!)  I couldn’t help but fall in love with these sweeties immediately! and they truly brightened my day…

Nadia Albano, Babette, Chester, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Babette, Chester, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Meet Chester (1.5 years old) and Babette (4 years old).  These two buggers met last November in Whistler, BC and have been in love with each other since they locked eyes — they’re best buds!  They are inseparable and love playing together!  They are both adorable, extremely friendly and curious, and bring so much joy to their families.

Nadia Albano, Jeans, The Gap, Pink Heart T-shirt, Winners, Blazer, Value Village, Shoes, Zara, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeans, The Gap, Pink Heart T-shirt, Winners, Blazer, Value Village, Shoes, Zara, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

 My look this week is menswear inspired; easy, casual and super approachable.  I started with this adorable Pink Heart t-shirt from Winners.  Aside from the obvious cuteness and color of the graphic heart design on the front, I really love it’s trapeze shape.  It floats away from the body, which camouflages the midriff, while fitting perfectly in the shoulders, sleeves and bust.  I paired it with these oversized 1969 Authentic Boyfriend Jeans from The Gap; a trend we often see celebrities like Nicole Richie and Gwen Stefani wearing often (…two of my FAVE style mavens of all time!).  I love these particular jeans because the color of the wash is just right and they’re not overly distressed.  Be sure to go two sizes larger than your normal size, for a looser more baggy fit, and don’t forget to wear a belt!

NOTE:  Avoid washes with too much “whiskering” or pre-fabricated creases around the crotch that make the jeans look worn in, and  avoid jeans with too much fading through the thigh area, as you do not want to draw attention to these area.

For structure, I layered this perfectly tailored windowpane/houndstooth plaid patterned blazer; which I found at Value Village for $12!!  It was in mint condition AND has flawless pink lining on the inside!  Also,  if you look closely at the color palette, it has a light pink accent color in the print, which adds a pretty, feminine touch to an otherwise masculine cut.  To elevate the look, I slipped on these sexy sparkly T-Strap pointed heels from Zara (F/W ’13) and added this exquisite pearl and Swarovski crystal statement necklace, by Elsa Corsi, AKA: the “Nadia” necklace (…the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that someone special — just saying!)

The great thing about this outfit is that is’s very versatile.  To turn this into a “casual weekend” or “stroll in the city with your pup, whilst holding a Venti latte” look, I suggest replacing the black heels with a pair of white converse sneakers and maybe a cute baseball cap!

Chester, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Chester, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Chester the “Cairn Terrier”

In my research, this breed of dogs is known as “the working dog”; designed for hunting and chasing.  They sheds very little and require lots of exercise.  They are known to be very healthy and live an average of 12 to 17 years.

Nadia Albano, Pink Heart T-shirt, Winners, Blazer, Value Village, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Pink Heart T-shirt, Winners, Blazer, Value Village, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Stila, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Marcelle, Vasanti, NARS, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Stila, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Marcelle, Vasanti, NARS, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

To create this look, I used the following product:

Face: Stila Illuminating Foundation ($50)| MAC Bronzing Powder ($30) | NARS Blush “Gaiety” ($35)

Eyes: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #4 ($28)| Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow M558  & M100 ($24) | MAC Eye Kohl “Fascinating” ($19) | Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara ($12)| Revlon Brow Fantasy ($12)

Lips: Vasanti Matte Bright Lipstick in “Puppy Love” ($19)

Nadia Albano, Jeans, The Gap, Pink Heart T-shirt, Winners, Blazer, Value Village, Shoes, Zara, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeans, The Gap, Pink Heart T-shirt, Winners, Blazer, Value Village, Shoes, Zara, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeans, The Gap, Shoes, Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeans, The Gap, Shoes, Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Babette, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Babette, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Babette the “French Bulldog”

Also known as “Frenchies” , these dogs are very affectionate and are the perfect companion.  They are fairly low maintenance but they crave attention and like acting silly.  They don’t bark loudly unless they want attention but tend to drool, and may be difficult to house train.  The average lifespan for this breed is 11 to 14 years.

Nadia Albano, Flowers, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Blazer, Value Village, Lipstick, Vasanti "Puppy Love", Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Flowers, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Blazer, Value Village, Lipstick, Vasanti “Puppy Love”, Daniella Guzzo Photography

 

Nadia Albano, Jeans, The Gap, T-Shirt, Winners, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Blazer, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeans, The Gap, T-Shirt, Winners, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Blazer, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Puppy Love, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Puppy Love, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Puppy Love, Babette, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Puppy Love, Babette, Daniella Guzzo Photography

That was so much fun!  I’m excited to do a little more research to find the perfect pup to fit my lifestyle.  Or perhaps I’ll just have to volunteer at a dog shelter from now on, to get my K9 fix!

A HUGE thank you to friends Claire and Rosa, for bringing Babs and Chester on set to shoot with me!  Daniella Guzzo — as per usual, I loved working with you!  I know you’re a major animal lover enjoyed this session as much as I did. I especially loved our waffle lunch break at Scandilicious, post photo shoot! :)

Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone!  Spread the LOVE – xo

xo,

MAC PRO LOFT – NEW YORK

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Make-up, Nadia at Work | 0 comments

Photographed by: Nadia Albano

I’m standing in the elevator heading up to the MAC Pro Loft in New York, and I can’t help but feel giddy as I am about to meet some very talented Pro Artist, and one of them is going to do my  makeup!  Let’s be real here, I’m usually the one doing everyone else’s makeup, so of course I’m super excited that the rolls are being reversed and that I get to be pampered this time!  As the elevator doors open, I step into the main entrance and am amazed at how beautifully designed this space is.  I feel like I’ve died and gone to MAC heaven!  I mean this place huge and is fully set up with it’s reference library and a photography studio, where some of the campaigns are photographed!  After taking a look around, I was introduced to MAC Pro Artist, Marissa Jade Willinsky, who set me up a the makeup station and began my makeup consultation.  What a doll!  Marissa has been with MAC on-and-off for 12 years and has quite an extensive resume.  She was part of the glam squad for Lady Gaga, Brittany Spears  during their world tours, and has assisted backstage at several New York Fashion Week events.  She oozes talent and it’s clear that she LOVES her career!  You MUST check her out on Instagram (@therealmarissajade).  My before-and-after reveal of the makeup she created for me is at the end of this post – LOVESKY!

In the mean time, I’m feel extremely privileged to have been able to interview MAC Senior Artist, John Stapleton; a veteran at MAC for 19 years.  Stapleton is a makeup artist, writer and filmaker from Brooklyn, New York and now calls LA home.  He’s worked on countless celebrities including Kelly Osbourn, Margaret Cho and Sienna Miller, to name a few.  His artistry has graced the pages of some of the top magazine publications, on screen and of course backstage at some of the most prestigeous fashion catwalks.  You are going to get a kick out of him; he’s handsome, charming, witty and extremely well versed in the world of MAC.  Here’s what he shared with me…

Nadia Albano, MAC Pro Loft, New York City

Nadia Albano, MAC Pro Loft, New York City

What are some makeup essentials that every girl traveling to New York must have?
Pepper Spray. An umbrella. A pair of good walking shoes. All kidding aside, a great mascara and a good lipstick can take you very far.

When did M∙A∙C Pro open its doors?
M∙A∙C Pro opened in 1998 at 139 Fifth Avenue in New York City.

What makes M∙A∙C Pro unique? Can anyone work there and/or shop there?
Anyone can shop (or potentially work) at M∙A∙C Pro – though I dare say we hire the best of the bunch when it comes to staffing.  We have an amazing client base – Oscar winners, Emmy winners, all of the industry’s best – who come to shop and who expect knowledgeable service and answers when it comes to the particulars of their production.  M∙A∙C Pro is unique because we carry one hundred percent of the line there including accessories, body-painting supplies, airbrush products and all of our professionally geared products.

Nadia Albano, MAC Pro Loft, New York, Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano, MAC Pro Loft, New York, Nadia Albano

MAC is loved and recognized all around the world. What has made this brand so successful?
All the wonderful products wouldn’t add up to anything if we didn’t actually enjoy each other and enjoy what we do. We love makeup, we love to be creative, and we love a party and celebrating the individual. It’s like being invited to a great party that you never want to leave. Isn’t it always about the people? The people make this brand great.

Nadia Albano, MAC Pro Loft, Resource Center, Library, New York

Nadia Albano, MAC Pro Loft, Resource Center, Library, New York

How can brides achieve flawless skin on their wedding day?
Drink lots of water the entire week before – it will have huge results. Moisturize skin day and night, and condition lips at night the entire week before. Exfoliate often. Use a primer and your favorite foundation day of. Choose the most flattering Instagram filters!

I work with many local and destination brides. What are your tips for achieving the best, long lasting bridal makeup look?
Primer! It helps control oil and apply makeup evenly.  Carry blot film, too.  I prefer these over powdering because they remove the oil instead of adding another layer of powder and oil.  Try a foundation with a long-wearing claim; M∙A∙C’s Pro Longwear series is incredible for lasting results.

You’ve worked backstage at a New York Fashion week.  What were some runway trends that stood out to you?
Yes, I have. I was really happy to see the return of blush. There were a lot of flushes of coral and pink on the cheeks during SS15. I’m hoping we walk away from the stony contour colors and embrace a glowing apple of the cheek.

Nadia Albano, MAC Pro Loft, Photo Studio, New York City

Nadia Albano, MAC Pro Loft, Photo Studio, New York City

What are you tips for aspiring makeup artist trying to break into the industry?
Starting at a makeup counter is a great place to get your career off the ground. It’s a revolving door of ages, faces, and races. You can learn a lot about dealing with people and their needs at a cosmetic counter.

Nadia Albano, MAC Pro Loft, MAC Pro Artist Team, New York City

Nadia Albano, MAC Pro Loft, MAC Pro Artist Team, New York City

What’s on your M∙A∙C makeup top 10 list?
1. M∙A∙C Cosmetics Studio Face and Body Foundation: It looks like real skin and feels great to wear. Best kept Hollywood secret!
2. M∙A∙C Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Soft Brown: The perfect backdrop to any eye makeup. It’s a warm-toned shadow for all skin types and works great in a crease or on a lid.
3. M∙A∙C Cosmetics Lipstick in Candy Yum Yum: Putting this on Kelly Osbourne changed the lipstick game. It’s the greatest hot pink on the market.
4. M∙A∙C Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension Lash: Thick, black, gel-like mascara that adds tons of volume and drama.
5. M∙A∙C Cosmetics Cream Colour Base in Virgin Isle: This can be worn on cheeks, lips and eyes. I’m a huge fan of coral!
6. M∙A∙C Cosmetics Strobe Cream: A facial in a bottle. This glow-y moisturizer takes years off the face when applied to the apples of the cheeks.
7. M∙A∙C Cosmetics Eye Brows in Lingering: A soft taupe to fill in brows. This is one of the most used colors backstage.
8. M∙A∙C Cosmetics Prolongwear Concealer: This concealer means business. Serious coverage. Mixing with the Studio Face and Body Foundation will thin it out for when you need less coverage.
9. M∙A∙C Cosmetics Eye Kohl in Teddy Eye Kohl: Gorgeous frosted brown, perfect for every eye. Smoldering and warm.
10. M∙A∙C Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix+: The perfect hydrating spray to help makeup adhere- finish off with it after powdering to  make skin creamy.

John Stapleton, MAC Cosmetics. New York Citiy, Nadia Albano

John Stapleton, MAC Cosmetics. New York Citiy, Nadia Albano

How long have you been working with M∙A∙C Cosmetics?
I’ve been with M∙A∙C 19 years this January – and we’ve never had a fight!

Who are your style inspirations?
I love the work of Way Bandy, who was an incredible makeup artist who made his mark in the seventies.

With Oscars just around the corner, who made your top 3 best makeup list at the Golden Globes this year?
Kelly Osbourne and I have had a long-standing relationship (I’ve worked with her for twelve years), and she has been working with a good friend of mine, Denika Bedrossian,  who really knows how to make Kelly look incredible. I think she looked amazing at the Globes.

Thank you, John,  for taking the the time out of your busy schedule for this interview; it was fun!  You are a superstar; I love following your life, art and work on social media (Instagram: @johnstapleton and Twotter: @MAC_JON_S) and I hope everyone reading this has the opportunity get to know you better!

And now for the big before-and-after makeup reveal created by MAC Artist, Marissa Willinsky (drrrrum roll please…)

Nadia Albano, MAC Pro Loft, New York City, Before and After

Nadia Albano, MAC Pro Loft, New York City, Before and After

BEFORE

Nadia Albano, MAC Pro Loft, New York City, Before and After, Day Makeup, Bridal Makeup

Nadia Albano, MAC Pro Loft, New York City, Before and After, Day Makeup, Bridal Makeup

AFTER: DAY LOOK

Nadia Albano, MAC Pro Loft, New York City, Before and After, Evening Makeup

Nadia Albano, MAC Pro Loft, New York City, Before and After, Evening Makeup

 AFTER: EVENING LOOK

Get the Look:

SkinPrep and Prime Moisture Infusion, Strobe Cream | Face and Body Foundation| Prolongwear Concealer

Eyes24 Hour Primer, Soba and Brown Script | Crease Corner:Deep Damson and Violet Pigment | Highlight: Vanilla Pigment | Eyeliner – Designer Purple | Mascara: 3D Dimension | Brows: Eye Brows

Cheeks – Contour: Brown Paint Stick | Bronzer “Refined Golden” | Powder: Mineralize Skin Finish

Lips – Liner: Nightmoth | Lipstick: Lip Mix Burgundy

 

What an incredible experience!  Thank you to EVERYONE at the MAC organization, both in Canada and US.  This New York visit with you was the icing on the cake and I really look forward to our next trip!

xo,

Make Up For Ever Academy – New York

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

Photographed by: Nadia Albano

“CREATE, EDUCATE, ELEVATE” is the philosophy behind the Makeup For Ever Academy in New York and Paris.  I recently was invited to tour the academy and had the pleasure of meeting Margaritta Topielski, VP, of the MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy New York, as well as Academy Coordinator, Jenna Frankel.  I was received with a warm smiles and kind hospitality from everyone, and if that wasn’t enough, I also had the pleasure of interviewing one of their tremendously talented educators, Jennifer Evans.  Here’s is how it went…

http://www.makeupforever.com/us/en-us/videos/make-ever-fifty-shades-grey-limited-edition-collection

http://www.makeupforever.com/us/en-us/videos/make-ever-fifty-shades-grey-limited-edition-collection

When did the Make Up For Ever Academy open in New York?

The MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy New York opened in January of 2012.

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever Academy, New York

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever Academy, New York

Is there an admission requirement and how long is the program?

There is an admission requirement and process for the Master program and for some of the Intensive programs. The Master program is six months long, while the Intensive programs range from one week to eight weeks.  Click HERE to view the programs offered at the academy.

Why New York?  With LA and Canada (Vancouver) being a large film & TV market, are there any plans to open an Academy in LA, or Canada?

New York is a creative mecca that fosters all realms of the industry (Beauty, Fashion, Film, Television, Theater and Artistic). The combination of arts in the city provides an incredible amount of opportunities and avenues for our Students and Alum to explore locally. The mix of creativity is unique and unlike anywhere else. Being a leap away from Europe also broadens the spectrum and reach of opportunities. There is growth in the future of the Academy; LA and Canada are strong prospects.

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever Academy, New York

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever Academy, New York

Like the MUFE in Paris, do you get involved with designing makeup looks for Broadway Musicals?

We work with some of the Head Makeup and Key Artists of the shows and host them at the Academy to share their experience and expertise with our students.

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, New York

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, New York

What are the makeup essentials for a NYC girl?

Besides hydrating skincare and lip balm, NYC girls are on the go and usually keep it simple with a natural looking complexion and a pop of color. Creating flawless skin is easy with a foundation flexible in coverage like Face & Body or HD Invisible Cover Foundation. Pair those with the HD Invisible Cover Concealer for areas that may need a little extra coverage and radiance. Applying a wash of color on the cheeks with the HD Crème Blush adds a youthful touch. Super Mat Loose is a lightweight, natural powder for those who tend to have oily skin, or like to set their foundation. The new Artist Shadows or the Aqua Shadow make creating an eye look quick and easy. Add eyeliner to the top lid with Aqua Black or in the water line with any Aqua Eyes pencil, both are waterproof and stay in place. For days when the struggle is real, add a bit of the Concealer Pencil in the waterline to appear fresh and awake. Smoky Stretch Mascara delivers maximum results with a few gentle swipes. If deciding to forgo the eyes, a pop of color on the lip is a perfect finish to the look. Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick comes in an array of colors and textures, ranging from natural to bold and deep. One of my faves is Rouge Artist Intense 43. (…that’s one of my faves too, Jennifer!)

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever Academy, New York

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever Academy, New York

Seeing as I spent New Years in the Big Apple, what are your tips for achieving a perfect NYE or “party” makeup look?

I’m a big fan of shiny eyes for New Years, and other events like that. Add a bit of Diamond Powder on top of your eye lid and in the inner corner of the eye for a perfect amount of shine. If wearing a light to natural eye, pair with a bold lip. If wearing a dark or smoky eye, pair with a more natural lip color.

I work with many local and destination brides.  What are your tips for achieving the best bridal makeup looks?

Selecting waterproof products will ensure the makeup stays in place at any location. Setting the makeup with powder will help prolong the wear of the look as well. Depending on the Bride’s preferences, I like to offer a lash that is appropriate for their eye shape and assists in lifting the outer edge of their eyes. Using a long wearing lip color or setting the lipstick with a colorless powder will prevent the lip color from transferring. If the Bride enjoys a radiant glow to her skin, applying a bit of sheen to the cheekbones and temples adds a natural, hydrated finish.

What are your personal top 10 products for bridal makeup?

MAKE UP FOR EVER Skin Equalizers under Face & Body Foundation, HD Invisible Cover Concealer, Super Mat Loose Powder, Aqua Brow, Aqua Eyes or Aqua Black liner, Aqua Rouge paired with Aqua Lip, HD Elixir pressed into the cheekbones and temples for a natural glow, set with a spritz of Mist & Fix. If a Bride has a bit of texture to her skin, use a very light dusting of HD Powder to finish the look.

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever Academy, New York

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever Academy, New York

What are a few bridal makeup essentials brides should bring with them on their destination weddings for touch ups?

Concealer, lip color and setting powder. I love Face & Body Foundation with HD Blush pressed into the cheeks and lips, finished with a bit of Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara for a fresh look at their destination, after the wedding day.

Who are your style icons

A combination of Designers and those who wore the threads well… Coco Chanel, Alexander McQueen, YSL, Givency, Philip Treacy, Michael Jackson, Brigitte Bardot, Angelina Jolie, Balmain and Ann Demeulemeester, and my Mom.

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, New York, Academy

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, New York, Academy

Any new product launches for 2015?

We recently launched our new Skin Equalizers and the Fifty Shades of Grey collection. This spring we look forward to the launch of our Pro Sculpting Duo, which refines the application of highlight and contour in a current and wearable way. We will also be launching Artist Plexi Gloss (comfortable, long wearing lip gloss).

Make Up For Ever, Valentine's Day

Make Up For Ever, Valentine’s Day

Wow…there’s so much to look forward to.  I can’t wait to get my hands on these new products!  Thanks so much, Margaritta, Jenna and Jennifer, and everyone at the Make Up For Ever Academy in New York, for inviting me into your studio and making my trip to NYC so special!  I’m a HUGE fan of your products and am excited to visit you again soon; next time as a student!

Feeling inspired?  Don’t miss out on the upcoming Valentine’s Day Workshop starting February 7th and 28th, 2015 !

Bisou! xo

House of NadittudeTM!

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

Photographed by: Union Photographers

It’s so great to be home after almost a month of traveling to the East Coast (Burrr…it’s cold back there!)  Both trips to New York and Toronto proved to be very fruitful and reminded me that I truly LOVE what I do!

While I was away, I had the pleasure of meeting writer, producer and motivational speaker, Stuart Knight.  He is the author of You Should Have Asked – The Art of Powerful Conversation” and “The Madness of My Mind” and has been seen and heard on some of Canada’s biggest TV and Radio stations.

With incredible energy and enthusiasm, he delivered a talk entitled “5 Decisions All Winners Make”.  Each point that he made in his presentation really resonated with me.  So much so, that I had to blog about it!  You see, over the past 17 years I have been working steadily to create the life that I currently live and love today.  I get to do what I love, while being surrounded by the people that mean the most to me.  Not to get all “Oprah Winfrey” on you (FYI… I do love that woman!), throughout my journey of authenticity I’ve had to make many decisions, both personally and professionally.  Many decisions were great, while others were not so great…in fact quite difficult.  Admittedly, some choices defeated me but in the end the all of my choices have helped me to become a winner in life.  Here are some points Stuart had to share, which I hope inspire you to reflect on your special qualities, and make YOU the winner that you were born to be!

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Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Makeup, Hair, Bridal Fashion, Union Photographers

#1.  Choose to dilberately take pride in who you are and what you do before becoming successful.

I have always been a very visual person; a daydreamer, if you will.  Since a young age, I imagined how my life would unfold;  what my career would look like, the environment in which I work and live, and whom I choose to surrounded myself with.  I believe thoughts are things and that anything can be manifested, when you put pen to paper and put your mind to it.  For example, before moving into my studio space on West 1st Ave, I used to walk through neighborhood (back in 1998-ish) imagining my business being here.  I even wrote about it in my journal.  Although it didn’t happen immediately, I believed it would.  I focused on taking pride in who I aspired to be and in the work that I did, and here we are today!

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Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Makeup, Hair, Bridal Fashion, Union Photographers

#2. Choose to control fear rather than letting fear control you.

To me, fear is that nauseating feeling you get in your gut when you have to make a critical decision.  I believe that fear is not always a bad thing.  It keeps me on my toes and helps me take calculated risks.  My good friend, Lucas Matiello, founder of Level Up Living,  is a motivational speaker and life coach.  He encourages people to look fear straight in the eye and beat it.  Often times we let fear get in our heads, which can be paralyzing.  I learned to get out of my own head, and rather than letting my fears guide me through life, I choose to work through it and experience the opportunities that fear brings.

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Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Makeup, Hair, Bridal Fashion, Union Photographers

#3.  Tap into your creative genius.

We are all born to do great things.  I fortunately discovered my creative genius at a young age.  I always wanted to work with the public and make people feel good about themselves.  I loved playing dress up and hair dresser and eventually figured out a way to do this for a living, cause it was simply fun!  My philosophy is, do things that you love and that you’re passionate about, even if it’s a part-time thing, and you will feel fulfilled.  Success will follow!

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Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Makeup, Hair, Bridal Fashion, Union Photographers

#4. Choose to have thicker skin and embrace the pain.

I learned early in life, especially in my line of business, that I can’t please everyone.  As much as I wish I could and would love to please everyone, the reality is that not everyone clicks.   Rather than focusing on how awkward or painful a situation was and get down on myself for it, I learned to absorb it, reflect on it and celebrate the positive moments instead.  I guess this is where the term “growing pains” comes from.  Yes, it sucks for a moment but then you get over it.  Here is what some of you had to say about your experiences with our team at Nadia Albano Style Inc.  We appreciate your kind words and encouragement!

“What a wonderful experience with Annelie today!!!!…….after a consultation, she reshaped my hair……wonderful personality, great creativity and flair……with genuine caring…!!! Very skilled at her craft. I would definitely recommend this salon and particular Stylist. I will return when I need a cut next time. Great location, and beautiful salon as well!!

“Highly recommend Nadia Albano Style Inc., and a very talented and refreshingly creative associate artist, Roberto.”

“Roberto was fantastic!”

“Annelie was awesome very competent, detailed and takes pride in her work Vanessa offered courteous service and helpful in offering information about products Clean tastefully decorated salon”

“Leave enough time to get to your event or you’ll be cutting it close. Vanessa is a true expert in her field of work with lots of beautiful creations.”

“I’ve been a client of Nadia’s for over 3 years and can’t say enough great things about her. I randomly stumbled upon her a few years ago and decided to make an appointment. From then on, I was hooked. She welcomed me like I was family and truly listened to what I wanted and any concerns I had. I must say I am very particular and hard to please but she has always exceeded my expectations. She’s not only a talented hairstylist but an amazing make-up artist/fashion consultant/the list goes on. If you want the complete package, go see her!!!”

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Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Makeup, Hair, Bridal Fashion, Union Photographers

#5.  Reach for the unreachable.

I always strive to do and be better in every aspect of my life.  I’ve accomplished so many wonderful things in life thus far, and often find myself saying ” Wow, I can’t believe I made that happen!”  I like to think of myself as being a “do-er”.  When I remain humble and focused, I know that I have the power to achieve anything I wish!

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Makeup, Hair, Bridal Fashion, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Makeup, Hair, Bridal Fashion, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Makeup, Hair, Bridal Fashion, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Makeup, Hair, Bridal Fashion, Union Photographers

For all of you reading this today, THANK YOU for allowing me into your lives and for trusting me with your style needs.  Thank you for your years of loyalty and support; it’s a pleasure serving you and learning from you!  On behalf of our entire team, we welcome you into our home and hope to make your future visits positive, entertaining and full of #NadittudeTM!

xo,