In her career that spans nearly two decades, Leo award winning makeup artist Hayley Miller has become a very well known face behind the scenes in the Vancouver film industry. Hayley has added her talent to magazines editorials, television shows, movies, runways in addition to her work as a bridal makeup specialist.
Hayley is particularly passionate about working with eco-friendly cosmetic products including organic cotton pads, bamboo make-up brushes, organic skincare and organic make-up.
Because Hayley is passionate about eco-friendly products, she loves to support Sappho Cosmetics because they are local and natural.
You might recognize ‘Blueray‘ eye shadow on our bride Stephanie:
Photo by Lucida Photography
Hayley also recommends Amazonian clay 12-hour shimmering blush:
Visit her website for a complete list of her favorite products: Hayley Miller. Thank you for the recommendations Hayley!
We wanted to end this week with Ai Nagasawa of Makeup by Ai‘s top three beauty picks. Ai is a freelance make up and hair artist based in Vancouver. She has been in the industry for over 12 years including nine years with MAC as a makeup pro. Thank you for being a part of our beauty column Ai!
Here are Ai’s fave things!
MAC Paint in the color “untitled”: One of my must have item in my kit is MAC paint in “untitled”. It is a silicone based creamy eye shadow that has a powder finish. It is completely waterproof and prevents creasing of the eye shadow. I love to use this product as a primer on the lids before I do any sort of make up application on the eyes. It comes in a variety of colors so you can wear it alone or use it as a base for your powder shadows. This product truly allows for long all day wear for your shadows!! Perfect for brides.
Color Science Pro Pressed Mineral Foundation compact: This foundation is absolutely amazing!! It offers light to full coverage (depending on how you apply it) to the skin and feels weightless and non drying. It gives the skin a flawless finish without the look of wearing any powder on the skin. Truly magical! There are many mineral products out there but this one is by far the best I have ever used.
Beauty Blender egg shaped sponge: This sponge is an absolute must have if you are a make up artist. It is such a great tool to use when applying foundation and concealer. The tip is great for the hard to reach corners and the curved base is excellent for larger areas of the face. The suede texture is very soft and comfortable when applying make up. It is also latex free and odor free.
Happy Monday everyone, we hope you had a great St. Patrick’s Day!
We are so happy to welcome Margaret Lai as our beauty expert this week. Margaret is a Vancouver based makeup artist and hair stylist. She was trained at Blanche Macdonald School of Design and has years of experience in film, TV, fashion and of course bridal hair and makeup.
Image courtesy of http://www.margaretlai.com/
My pick is Atomy BB Cream. Some people say its like a tinted moisturizer, or primer. Others have called it a “beauty balm”. BB cream is a new craze in most Asian cosmetic and skin care lines that gives the “flawless” complexion look. Applied over moisturizer it is undetected (unlike most foundations), and covers up age spots and acne scars. The finish is natural and satin. The one shade oxidizes to match most fair skin tones (however, I do wish they would produce more shades). When worn on the skin, it works to improve skin tone, provides SPF 30 and can replace foundation! I love that one product can have so many functions. Atomy is a natural skin care line from Korea. The BB cream is like silk in a tube, and without fragrance- great for sensitive skin. This is a product I personally use on a daily basis to protect my skin and give me a clean complexion. I just love it!!
Happy Thursday everyone, we hope your week has been going well so far. As we continue our feature on Vancouver’s make-up artists and their beauty picks, we wanted to share with you Melanie Tremblay’s Must Have Product. Melanie is the owner and principle stylist at Mink Make-up and Hair. Mink’s studio is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver but Melanie and her team of stylists are able to do both mobile make-up and hair services. It always makes for a stress free morning to have your artist come to you. Be sure to visit her website when you have a chance.
Image is courtesy of Mink Make-up and Hair.
I love Make Up For Ever and MAC’s Face and Body Foundation. The brands have very similar formulas of this glowing, natural-looking foundation but have shade variations so it’s easy to find at match to any skin tone. This is my go-to foundation for anyone who wants a light to medium finish that lets the beautiful texture of skin shine through. Its gentle water base makes it ideal for anyone who struggles with breakouts (it won’t cause more!) and it’s not drying at all so great for someone with flaky or aging skin. It doesn’t sink into pores, accentuate lines, or become cakey in any way. I have yet to find a coverage product I love as much…okay, well maybe Make Up For Ever’s Full Cover Concealer comes close.
It looks like Make Up Forever is a top pick among our experts!
This week we are featuring Gaby Ramirez’s favorite beauty picks. Gaby has been a professional makeup artist since 2001 with experience in fashion, film, TV and of course weddings. Gaby is exceptionally talented at making each and every one of her clients feel and look beautiful. Gaby takes a personal approach to make-up artistry and prides herself on giving her clients exceptional service.
Image courtesy of Nora and Chris Photography
GIORGIO ARMANI LUMINOUS SILK FOUNDATION
I love this foundation for everyday wear! It gives a beautiful glow and provides a seamless look for the whole day! It feels extremely light on your skin and has a silky hydrating texture that helps minimize the appearance of pores. It also build’s nicely to achieve perfect coverage. I apply it right after my facial moisturizer in order to allow my skin to absorb it better which, in turn, allows it to last longer. Best of all, there is a colour for all skin shades!
IDEAL CHERRY FRESH AND TONE BALANCE
This toner is one of my “must haves” in both my professional and personal kit. For flawless makeup we need to start with good skin preparation! The best way to ensure that all the products we apply to our skin, such as moisturizer, foundation and eye shadow are going to stay on for hours is to maintain pH balanced skin. This fantastic formula not only gives you this balance instantly (our body produces this natural pH balance or Protective Mantel 5 hours after we wash or clean our face) but as well tones and keeps the elasticity of your skin. I love to spray it right before applying moisturizer, during and after the process of blending the foundation and after the makeup is completely done to give a beautiful glow.
I can’t live without them! It provides a beautiful softer line compared to liquid liner. With these fluidliners your options are unlimited! Long wearing and the colors are amazing!
COLOR ME BEAUTIFUL MASCARA
I was asked by one of my clients, “If you were stranded on a deserted Island and you could only bring with you one makeup product, which one would it be?” I responded, “MASCARA!” It has amazing power to enhance your look even if it’s the only thing you are wearing. The Color Me Beautiful brand is my absolute favorite because of it’s waterproof formula (that actually works). It gives volume and length while strengthening the natural quarantine on your lashes!
This week we are featuring Nadia Albano’s favorite beauty picks. Nadia is a professional makeup artist and hair stylist based in Vancouver. She is also well known for her fashion expertise and as the owner of Nadia Albano Style Inc located on Granville Street. Nadia is avalible for bridal hair and make-up but is also available for style consultations, make-overs, special events, photo shoots (engagement shoots!) etc. Be sure to check out her beautiful website and follower her blog for weekly inspiration.
(Image courtesy of Nadia Albano Style Inc.)
Here are Nadia’s Top Five Beauty Picks:
1. Make Up For Ever: HD Primer
I love EVERYTHING Make Up For Ever! Primer is always a great idea to
use before foundation as it allows the makeup to last longer, hydrates
and keep the skin looking smooth supple.
2. Make Up For Ever: HD Foundations
Provides FANTASTIC coverage, looks great in photos. A wedding day MUST HAVE!
3. Make Up For Ever: Face & Body Foundation
Mineral based makeup with very sheer coverage; I call this “second
skin”! Water resistant and perfect for everyday wear or summer time.
4. NARS: Laguna Bronzer
Provides the perfect amount of glow without looking overly dark!
5. Laura Mercier: Secret Camouflage Concealer
I don’t leave the house without putting this on. It give you that
instant brightness and “awake” look under the eyes.
Thank you for sharing Nadia!
Mascara: Diorshow by Dior $28.00 (Sephora). Lots of thickening and lengthening but no smudging.
Lipstick/Gloss: Just Bitten Lipstain by Revlon in Passion Around $8.00 (Drug Stores). I’m too busy to re apply every hour and this is my solution. Lasts about three to four hours before you need to re apply. And it doesn’t dry out your lips like some of those long wear lip glosses do. A great lipstick to have on your wedding day!
Blush/Highlighter: Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl from MAC. $25.00
Long story with this one: I had a love affair with the MAC Limited Edition Barbie highlighter blush called Pearl Blossom and one horrific day it got confiscated at the airport because , and I quote, “Swabbed positive for explosives.” I was devastated. But the security lady eyeing my compact looked pretty happy about it. I was heartbroken until I met Liberty London Limited Edition in Shell Pearl which has a similar Pink-peach shimmer look.
The moral of this story is limited edition makeup gives me anxiety!! And…buy two!
Foundation: Teinte Miracle by Lancome with SPF 15 $38.00 (Lancome counters). Liquid Makeup with medium coverage. This lasts all day on me and doesn’t look caked on. Natural finish, which I love.
Under Your Makeup? I swear by Olay Sensitive Skin All day moisturizer with SPF 15. It has a light lotion feel I put it on right before my foundation to make it sit more evenly. I have very sensitive skin, as far as cleansers and moisturizers go, so I rejoiced when a friend recommended this in college. I still use it everyday!
Next week we will be featuring Nadia Albano’s favorite beauty products.