Flashback to IMATS 2015

 

I was so excited to meet Gregory Arlt at IMATS Toronto in Sept. 2015. He’s a famous Celebrity makeup artist and the Director of Makeup Artistry for MAC Cosmetics and I’m a big fan. He does an astonishing job of bringing out natural beauty and creates looks that let his clients’ personality (or personalities) shine through. He works with some of the most beautiful women in Hollywood and has recently created Angelina Jolie’s look for the September 2017 issue of Vanity Fair.

As a keynote speaker at IMATS, he was available for questions… and selfies afterwards. This is something I’ll always remember!

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Here I am with Gregory Arlt | September 26th, 2015 at IMATS in Toronto, Ont.

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Makeup Application & Photo Shoot Now Available as a Package

I’m a photographer, videographer and journalist by trade(s) – but I also love makeup! Recently, I’ve added a makeup application and photo shoot package to my website. This is for anyone looking for a professional set of photos, ideal for a portfolio or editorial spread – or to keep as a memory. This package includes a professional makeup application and six professional photos.  Packages are at your location and your convenience. Photos must be taken locally. For more information about what I’m offering please visit my photography page. To book a session or to inquire further, please contact me here.

PACKAGES AVAILABLE IN: DURHAM REGION | PORT PERRY | PETERBOROUGH | KAWARTHA LAKES | COBOURG & PORT HOPE

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 photo © Nancy Ellis 2015

How-to Use My Favourites for Strobing, Highlighting or Creating a Mixed Metallic Effect

Highlighting is an expert way to show you’re AWAKE, ALIVE and ALERT, or maybe look like you’ve just downed two double espressos and watched some makeup videos. Whatever you want to call it; highlighting, strobing, mixed metallic effect or baking/cooking – there are similarities and a couple of different techniques to try. There are so many products available and a trillion more tutorials to go with them – but here are a couple of my faves. I use these on clients who want a gorgeous glow, intend to take photos or want (who doesn’t) that I’m so in love glowing look.
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HIGHLIGHTING with Smashbox Soft Lights in Shimmer *If you don’t already own this product, I’m surprised. It’s seriously one of the easiest to use, it’s multi-purpose and subtle enough that it’s perfect for everything. How-to use it: Either use your ring finger or an eyeshadow brush to sweep it on your cheekbones, Cupid’s bow, centre of chin, up top your eyebrows/right under your eyebrows (focus around where it arches) and put a bit on the bridge of your nose. Voilà. Continue reading

How to wear sunscreen like a makeup maven

Wear sunscreen everyday, especially in the summer months! The sun’s rays cause dark spots, photo-aging, skin cancer, wrinkles and more. Some of the best ingredients to look for are zinc and titanium dioxide in mineral sunscreens, and avobenzone and ecamsule (Mexoryl SX) in non-mineral. Avoid oxybenzone (a hormone-disrupting sunscreen filter) and read this website from Environmental Working Group before you buy. Try La Roche-Posay (LRP) Anthelios Mineral Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50 or LRP Anthelios Mineral Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid Tinted SPF 50. I also like Cover FX SPF 30 Protection Primer that smells like grapefruit and tomatoes and keeps makeup on all day.

 HOW TO DO IT RIGHT

  • Choose a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. Make sure you aren’t buying a product that strictly says SPF because that doesn’t include UVA. Remember that UVA rays cause premature aging and skin cancers, UVB rays cause your skin to burn and become inflamed, both are extremely important.
  • Pick a sunscreen you will actually wear. There are a ton of ultra light, sheer, invisible-feel sunscreen products out there, find the perfect one by asking for samples before you purchase. Continue reading

How to choose an edgy festival look

If you’re attending any of the major music or art festivals this summer you’ll probably want your makeup to look dramatic or natural. It’s a great time to try many colours, waterproof formulas and glitter. But how do you choose the right colours and technique? First have a look at what’s trending – so right now that’s deep purple lipstick which looks great with summer tanned skin (I like Sephora Lipstick in Truth or Dare), colour-matching one bright colour on your face with one in your outfit and of course looking tan.

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Ask yourself do you want to try one of these trends, if so choose one and go with it. For deep purple lips use only, brightener/highlighter, a great mascara (try Benefit They’re Real! Mascara and add Marcelle Waterproof Mascara Topcoat) and draw a little line of waterproof black pencil liner along your lash line to accentuate your lashes. If you want to try the match-your-outfit trend, pick a predominant colour in your outfit and add it to a facial feature you like; i.e.: you have great lips so wear bright pink lipstick with your pink festival dress and keep the rest of your makeup minimal or maybe your eyes are your favourite feature so add your bright colour there. If you’re naturally tan – that’s great, if you’re creating this look for a festival make sure you’re tan all over (dress-wearers beware) and highlight and bronze your face & décolletage in a natural way. Try the new Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color in Venice Beach Bronze. Apply mascara and lip gloss (I like Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss in Punch Drunk, which is shiny but fairly sheer). Continue reading

ROCK A BLUE GLITTER EYE

HERE’S HOW 

  1. SWIPE ON SMASHBOX 24 HOUR PHOTO FINISH SHADOW PRIMER ALL OVER EYELIDS
  2. USE URBAN DECAY GLIDE-ON EYE PENCIL IN LSD (A VERSATILE COLOUR WHICH LOOKS GREAT ON A TON OF PEOPLE) TO RIM THE LOWER LASHES JUST TO THE CENTRE AND DRAW ALL OVER THE EYELID UP TO THE BROW BONE
  3. LIGHTLY DUST LISE WATIER AURORA IRIDESCENT EYESHADOW IN TEAL (WINTER 2014 LIMITED EDITION) OR MAKE UP FOR EVER ARTIST SHADOW IN SAPPHIRE OVER THE PENCILED AREA
  4. ADD A LITTLE BIT OF MAKE UP FOR EVER AQUA EYES PENCIL IN MAJORELLE BLUE OVER THE LINE YOU DREW ALONG YOUR LOWER LASHES
  5. USE SMASHBOX BROW TECH TO GO IN BRUNETTE (OR TAUPE IF THAT’S YOUR COLOUR) ON YOUR EYEBROWS TO CREATE A FULL LOOK
  6. CURL LASHES AND APPLY MAKE UP FOR EVER SMOKY EXTRAVAGANT MASCARA
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Lipstick Kisses: Lip Trends to Try for Spring

Try cotton candy & Barbie pink lips like at Moschino. I like Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Stormy Pink Matte. I’m always surprised at how good this colour looks on women of different ages. Sometimes the colour looks brighter in the tube than on your lips. To me it doesn’t say Barbie it says youthful, especially when done with fresh skin, blush and a neutral or cat eye. If you’re not sure how to test a lipstick colour, squeeze the tip of your ring finger so some blood flows into the pad of your finger and apply lipstick there. This will give you a rough idea of how it will look over your natural lips.

Another great colour this spring is tomato or classic red, which is always chic. Red was seen at Burberry Prorsum & Zac Posen. It’s also fashionable not to look too done – so try using a damp Q-tip instead of a lip brush to blur the lips slightly. Try peach and beige lip colours too! Pair them with a lilac eyeshade or graphic eyeliner.

If you get a chance to visit Sephora, check out Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crèmes, a collection of lipsticks that contain plumping peptides, meranti, and hydrating cocoa butter with pigments that promise to stay put for 10 hours. With no less than 20 shades of pink and red to choose from, you’ll definitely see me in store!

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Join Me for a Fitglow Beauty Makeover Event

Join me at Terrens Wellness Centre this Friday March 20th, 2015 from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. to receive a complimentary 15-min. makeup application with Fitglow Beauty products. Fitglow is a young Canadian company that has created a range of cosmetics and skincare products that are cruelty-free, toxin-free, paraben-free and natural with great colours and amazing skin benefits. To experience Fitglow Beauty you really need to try it on! Fitglow Beauty rep Erin MacPhail will be ready to answer your natural beauty questions this Friday and/or give you a free nail polish demo with vegan nail polish line lacc – la coleur couture. If skin oils are your thing be sure to stop by the Skin Essence Organics section to learn about their ingredients and advantages from Skin Essence rep David. Shop at Terrens Wellness Centre this Friday and you’ll save 15% to 20% off your  purchase! There will also be product sampling from VEGA and more.

Terrens Wellness Centre is located at 5314 Main St. Orono, Ontario, Canada. Please call 905-983-5000 or email terrenswellness@bellnet.ca for specific details. Nancy Ellis, Makeup ArtistNancy Ellis, Makeup Artist

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MAKING A FIERCE CAT EYE

Julie Newmar’s Catwoman makeup comes to mind when I think about fierce and beautiful cat eye makeup. What’s great about this look is that it incorporates her eyebrows. This fits in nicely with today’s trend of bold brows. Three reasons why the cat eye is super wearable: 1) it’s easy to change from day-to-night with some dark grey eyeshadow to create a smoky look 2) it’s on trend and is also a classic look 3) it’s versatile and can be altered to suit every eye shape. Here’s a look at the steps I took to create my cat eye below.  IT IS UP TO YOU TO MAKE IT FIERCE! 

  1. USE LISE WATIER DOUBLE DEFINITION AUTOMATIC BROW LINER IN BRUN UNIVERSEL (OR TRY CHÂTAIN OR BLOND IF THEY BETTER SUIT YOUR NATURAL COLOUR) TO CREATE FULL EYEBROWS
  2. APPLY SMASHBOX PHOTO FINISH 24 HOUR SHADOW PRIMER ALL OVER THE LID AND OUT TOWARDS THE SIDE WHERE YOU’LL DRAW THE CAT EYE WISP
  3. DUST EYELID WITH LISE WATIER FOLIE PÊCHE USING AN EYESHADOW  BRUSH
  4. LINE ALONG LASH LINE WITH STILA STAY ALL DAY WATERPROOF LIQUID EYE LINER IN INTENSE BLACK, PULLING THE LENGTH OF THE LINER UPWARDS TOWARD THE END OF YOUR EYEBROW – BUT NOT PAST IT – ALLOW A MINUTE FOR IT TO DRY
  5. CURL LASHES AND APPLY MAKE UP FOR EVER SMOKY EXTRAVAGANT MASCARA
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Spring 2015 Makeup Looks Outworn

This spring’s makeup trends are something. Perhaps something older, passé, using the decades we keep referring to in popular culture; 1060s, 70s, 80s and 90s as inspiration. They feel outworn, previously styled by someone else, and embody a culture trying to find a clue, searching for themselves or something to become. From graphic white eyeliner, doll lashes and punk styles we seeing more stuff we’ve already seen. What I’m really into this season are the liquid formulas. It’s a pretty cool trend. We’re seeing more tint blushes, liquid sprays, lipstick oils and liquid shadows. There are a lot of different looks you can achieve by just using a new texture. Try using your fingers, assorted brushes or the specified applicator for a liquid spring look.

I like the smoky eye looks seen at Tom Ford’s spring/summer 2015 collection, the ombré waterline at Holly Fulton and Pat McGrath’s spider look at the Louis Vuitton spring show. The eyeliner trends happening now are looking extremely cool, romantic, otherworldly or just in the moment. Try things like worn-in cat eyeliner, colour stripes or a new version of the smoky eye.