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Monday, 27 January 2014

Wedding season is coming up - check out these pictures

I love wedding season.  It's such a beautiful time in peoples lives and I am always so honored if I can be a part of it through doing the makeup and or hair.  I always do my best at making the bride at ease and making her look and feel very beautiful for her special day.
I was lucky enough lately to work with Karina Hiller from Ooh La La Photography in Calgary for a stylized session.  Not only is she such an incredibly talented photographer, she is beautiful and has an amazing heart.  I had an amazing time working with her and her models.  I'm so excited to share with you the result of our work together. 

All hair & makeup by Jamie-Lee and photography by Ooh La La Photography from Karina Hiller in Calgary.
Aren't those two sweet baby girls so adorable?  They were just as beautiful & kind as their momma's.  It was such a joy working with all these ladies. 
If you are looking for makeup & hair for your wedding, contact me for a quote.  I'd love to be part of your special day.  And please check out Ooh La La Photography for more of her amazing work.
Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

How to CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT pictorial

This is my pictorial on how to contour and highlight your face. Enjoy! :)
(no filters or any altering were done on the photos.)
I am so excited about this post!  Contouring and highlighting is one of my favorite things to do.  What exactly is contouring & highlighting you may ask?  Contouring is using a foundation two shades darker than you currently wear and use it on your face where you want to create depth.  You use this darker shade to contour around the perimeter of your face, the temples, sides of your nose, under the jaw line and under your cheek bones.  By doing this, you will make your nose look slimmer, your cheekbones will be more pronounced and create a more defined jaw line.

To highlight you use a foundation two shades lighter than your skin tone and use it to make areas pop.  You want to focus the highlight on the center of your forehead, down the middle of the length of your nose, under your eyes down along the cheek right beside your nose, just above your cheek bones, cupids bow, chin and along your bottom jaw area.  Highlighting these areas is where the light would naturally hit on your face and by using this highlighting and contouring technique you are creating dimension to your face.

Me before with just mascara on: Just happy as can be. ;)
Here is the two different types of foundation I used.  The lighter is a foundation compact from MUD cosmetics in WB 2 and I used a flat foundation brush to apply it.

For the darker foundation I used Revlon Colorstay Whipped foundation in '340 Caramel'.  I applied this with the edge of a cosmetic sponge (the white sponge you see in the sponge picture below).
Here is the placement of the lighter foundation:
Now adding the darker foundation to the forehead, sides of nose, just under cheekbones and jaw line.

 Now the next step is to blend in the lighter and darker foundations.  I always start with the lighter foundation first and there are a couple ways you can blend them in.  Here is a picture of the sponges I generally use, and I usually only use one.  The pink one is called a "Beauty Blender" and the blue one is used the exact same way, just a different shape and unfortunately I don't know the brand of it.  You can wet them down or keep it dry.  The pointy ends of the sponges are to use in areas like the inner corners by your eyes or harder to reach places.  I can also use it after I put on powder to set my foundation and use a rolling motion to press the powder in the skin to make it look flawless.  For this application today I used the blue sponge (dry) and started to buff in the lighter shade.  Once the lighter shade is blended in, I start on the darker foundation.  Again using the blue sponge, I buffed in the darker shade into the skin. 
Here is what you should look like after blending the lighter shade and the darker shade.  Just don't blend them together yet.  Just do one at a time.
With all things makeup, you want to blend.  So don't stop here.  You want the darker and lighter shades to blend in together.  With contouring for the most part, you don't want to see where you applied the darker and lighter colors, you want it to look more natural and dimensional.  Now you can blend the shades together and to do this I used my kabuki brush in circular motions where the darker and lighter shades meet.  Here is a picture after I blended the two shades.
So now you can see there aren't any harsh lines.  At this point you can just see where the light hits your face it's lighter and other areas look more shaded in with the darker shade.  At this point I proceeded to set the foundation with MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder with my kabuki brush in a gentle buffing motion.  The powder is white but doesn't go on as such, hence the "transparent" part in the product name.  This product is amazing and will set your foundation all day.  It will help in minimizing creasing in your makeup as well.  At this point, I generally use this MAC powder just over the lighter shades of foundation and for the darker shade I use a matte bronzer with an angled brush and lightly go over the darker shaded areas to set it as well as accentuate it.
Here is the MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder.
Here is the Maybelline Matte Bronzer in Dream Sun with an angled brush.
Once the foundation is set with the bronzer and the MAC Prep+Prime, I start doing the rest of my makeup.  Here is a finished look with all of my makeup done.

Here is the before and after picture.  As you can see by contouring and highlighting my face, nose and cheek areas look slimmer and more defined. 
I really hope this pictorial has helped you.  I would love to hear your comments and feedback.  Please leave me a message if you wish.

Friday, 3 January 2014


It's 2014!  I always love the beginning of a New Year.  It's a chance to start fresh and have a whole new perspective.  It's a chance to look back on the past year and reflect on the good and things we want to make different.  I love the opportunity to make new goals.  I hope that you too can see the year ahead as an opportunity for improvement, for reaching & setting new goals and just being a kind, loving person to others.  Be the change you want to see.  If you want something, go for it.  Don't wait for the other person to call, call them.  Don't wait for someone to say something kind to you first, say something kind to them first.  Be encouraging of never know what a person is going through in life.  Be understanding but don't let yourself be walked on.  Find the best in a person and love them for who they are.  Most of all, enjoy each day that God has blessed you with.

I want to thank all my past and current clients.  I have truly enjoyed each and everyone of you and thankful for the opportunity to work with you.  You are all beautiful and unique.  I love that no two faces or hair are the same.  You have been gifted with a look only for you.  Embrace yourselves and love your features.  Again, thank you for support and love.  You all truly rock and I am so grateful that I am able to do what I love to do everyday. 

Lots of Love and Happiness in 2014.