Photographed by: Union Photographers

Happy New Year, Everyone!  Wow
it’s hard to believe how quickly last year went by and that February is already around the corner! (Whaaa!?
)  I’m feeling extremely proud and blessed for all of the accomplishments my team and I have worked hard to achieve last year and I am super excited for 2016.  We have so many exciting things lined up that we can’t wait to share them with you, so I invite you to stay in the loop by following us on Instagram and continuing to read the blog.  I’ve got tons of new makeup tutorials and style tip coming up, as well as some great interviews with many of our favorite local businesses.  Of course we’ll be featuring our gorgeous brides that we’ve had the pleasure of working with last year and much more so be sure to stay tuned.

After 6 days of much needed R&R in Mexico with my hubby, followed by 7 days of KMS California Guest Artist training in Toronto, I’m feeling grounded, reenergized and focused.  With that in mind, I decided to kick off the new year with a fresh faced makeup tutorial featuring Tarte Cosmetics.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the line, Tarte cosmetics produces healthy, eco-chic beauty, offering cruelty-free cosmetics infused with “skinvigorating™ ingredients like superfruit and plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, essential oils and other naturally-derived ingredients”.  All Tarte products are formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, synthetic fragrances and gluten.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Before and After, Tarte Cosmetics, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Before and After, Tarte Cosmetics, Union Photographers

Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Cover Foundation, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Cover Foundation, Union Photography

Step 1: Start with moisturizer then even out the skin with foundation:

Start with clean and moisturized skin. Starting at the center of the face, apply a dime sized amount of Tart Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation ($51) with the Buffer foundation brush using light circular motions.  This formula is dermatilogy tested, oil-free and vegan friendly and provides a lovely and natural full finish.

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Cover Foundation, Union Photography

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Cover Foundation, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer, Union Photography

Step 2: Warm up the complexion with Bronzer

Next, dust Amazonian Clay Matte Waterprof Bronzer ($36) onto the face (cheeks, forehead, neck and decollete) to create a naturally glowing complexion.

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer, Union Photography

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Tartelette 2 in Bloom Clay Palette, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Tartelette 2 in Bloom Clay Palette, Union Photography

Step 3: Contour the eyes using eyeshadow

On the eyes, I used the Tartelette in Bloom Clay Palette ($54).  I started with the lightest colour, “Chamber”, as a wash all over the entire eye lid, for brightening.  I really like these neutral tones and textures (9 mattes and 3 lusters) as you can create both a natural and smoldery look with ease.  The shadows deposit a nice pigment and layer well over cream shadow.

Note:

My eyes have grown sensitive in the last 3 years and am having difficulty wearing eye shadow without my eyes watering and feeling itchy.   In testing this palette out, I have found that my eyes did not water or feel irritated, which is always a good thing!

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Tartelette 2 in Bloom Clay Palette, Union Photography

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Tartelette 2 in Bloom Clay Palette, Union Photography

Step 4: Contour the Eyes

I contoured the eyes by applying “Firecrackerl” into the outer corner of the eyeball sockets.  Using the same eyeshadow shade, I rimmed the lower lash line to mirror the eyelid.  If you prefer a matte finish, “Rebel” is a great option and both colours are also great for enhancing the color of blue, green and hazle eyes.

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Tartelette 2 in Bloom Clay Palette, Union Photography

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Tartelette 2 in Bloom Clay Palette, Union Photography

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Tartelette 2 in Bloom Clay Palette, Union Photography

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Tartelette 2 in Bloom Clay Palette, Union Photography

Step 5: Contour the Eyes

To build up the depth in the contoured I blended “Activist”, a dark-brown shade, into the outer corner of the eyelid using small circular motions.

Tarte Cosmetics, Lights Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Liquid Liner, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Lights Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Liquid Liner, Union Photography

Step 4: Apply liquid eyeliner

Liquid eye liner is an iconic way to define and extend the shape of the eyes.  Using Tarte Light, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Liquid Eyeliner, hold the outer part of the eye taut.  Begin drawing the liner using  short strokes starting from the middle of the eye lid.  Make 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.

Tarte Cosmetics, Lights Camera Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Lights Camera Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara, Union Photography

Step 5: Curl eye lashes and apply mascara

Curl the lashes with an eyelash curler, then coat them with Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in 1 Mascara.  This mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes and conditions the lashes and is infused with olive esters to condition, treat, and protect them as well.

Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush. Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush. Union Photography

Step 6:  Apply blush

Dust Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush in “Peachful” onto the apples of the cheeks for a pop of color.  If you’re looking for a perfect shade of blush, I find that peachy-pink tones work best all almost every complexion and this shade is pretty spot on!

Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush, Peachful, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush, Peachful, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Union Photography

Step 7: Fill in the eyebrows and apply lipstick

To complete the look, I filled in the sparce areas of the eyebrows by mixing “Smokeshow” and “Activist” eye shadow together.  I then tied the entire look together by coating my lips with Tarte Lip Surgence Lip Gloss in “Natural Beauty”.

Tarte Cosmetics,  Lip Surgence Lip Gloss, Natural Beauty, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Lip Surgence Lip Gloss, Natural Beauty, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics are available online or at a Sephora store near you.  If you have any questions about this makeup tutorial, or would like to book a one-on-one makeup lesson with one of our makeup artists,  feel free to contact us via email at: info@nadiaalbano.com or by calling us directly at the studio.  Happy Friday, Everyone!