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Daniela is the owner of Face Time with Daniela and lead makeup artist.
Her services include makeup and hair packages for weddings and special events.
And of course there are makeup lessons too!
Based in Toronto, Canada
|Posted on March 30, 2017 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
Highlighting or "strobing" is very on trend at the moment, but it can be difficult to master. Throw oily skin into the mix, and you can end up emphasizing your shine in a greasy rather than glowy way. Here are my tips for mastering the glow:
When To Highlight Is Key
If you normally apply your highlighter near the end of your makeup routine, try switching things up. Start with a cream highlight under your foundation- the foundation will lock in the glow, but in a subtle way. After moisturizing and priming your skin (more on that below) tap a small amount of cream highlight on the tops of your cheek bones. You can do a couple thin layers if you want a longer lasting finish. Then apply your makeup how you normally would and a soft glow will shine through.
If you like to use a glowy primer all over the face, you may want to be a bit more strategic. Apply an oil controlling or mattifying primer on your most oily spots, or where makeup seems to disappear, and apply your glowy primer only on the areas you want a glow. Preping your skin properly will ensure longevity and will help the makeup to look natural and like a second skin.
Many of the YouTube and Instagram beauty gurus will tell you to highlight the bridge and tip of the nose, the forehead and even the chin. If you are oily, this is a big no-no. The "T-zone" is notorious for oil production, and highlighting that area will only bring more attention to your shine. If you love highlighter, you can still highlight your cheekbones, the inner corners of the eyes and slightly on the tops of the brows, right above the arches. You still get that lovely glowy effect without bringing all the shine to your face. Bonus tip, use a small brush for more control, and blend the edges with your foundation or concealer brush for seamless strobeing goodness.
Finally, look for a highlighter that imparts a glow or sheen to the skin rather than a shimmer or glitter. These types of products will give a lovely glossy and healthy finish without looking over the top. Start small, because you can always add more shine, but it is more difficult to take it away.
|Posted on February 6, 2017 at 5:05 PM||comments (0)|
Even though I am a professional makeup artist, I find no makeup days are necessary. Giving your skin a break is important to me, and I tell my clients this all the time. I have no makeup days and I like them. If you are having a no makeup day (or week, which is ok too) but still want to look and feel fresh and put together, here are some of my tips to get you there:
1. Get to know your eyelash curler
Curling your eyelashes makes a big difference to how awake you look. It really opens up your eyes. Most people clamp down once, and then apply their mascara. Really pumping the curler and making sure to do each corner is really important. Spending a little time really curling your lashes will make a big difference. Invest in a good curler (I like the Charlotte Tilbury one), and clean it regularly. Most come with an extra sponge. If your curler isn't working as well anymore, replace the sponge and it will be like new. Another tip is to tilt the curler up after you clamp down, to really lift the roots. If you are a perfectionist, brush the lashes out with a lash comb after curling.
2. Cold water + glowup
Washing your face with cold water brings some life to your skin, and it will wake you up too. Apply a moisturizer that is not too heavy with an SPF. Really massage it into your skin and get your blood flowing. I like to mix my daytime moisturizer with a glowy one, to get a little bit of glow and blurring of pores action. It also adds some dimension to the face without the use of contour (think non-tour!)
3.Tweeze and brush brows
Tame the brows. If that means you need to trim them, tweeze them or get them threaded, do it because it will really make a difference. Brush through the hairs and let them stand a bit straight. This will give them a youthful look and make your eyes look slightly lifted.
4. Eye drops
If you have red or dry eyes, use some eye drops. Especially in the cooler months, with all the heaters, keep a bottle at your desk. The whites of your eyes will look brighter and you will look fresher .
5. Exfoliate lips and moisturize
Work some Vaseline over your lips and roll a Qtip over the top and bottom lip. Be gentle, but do this for a while to get rid of all the dead skin. Apply a rich balm that will last throughout the day (I like the Clarins Lip Oil and Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask)
6. Self tan your face
A little self tanner designed for your face gives a healthy glow and evens out the complexion. If you wear self tanner a lot, this is a no brainer for you. For those that do not, and have a medium to dark complexion, I would give it a go (Again, try Clarins).
7. Top Knot
This step is optional, but with no makeup, go for a hairstyle that will lift everything like a top knot or half-up top knot. Tying hair back makes most people look younger and it gets it out of your way so you can get on with your day.
|Posted on February 3, 2017 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted on January 26, 2017 at 4:35 PM||comments (2)|
I often get asked what I use in my kit, or what is the best makeup brand. The honest answer would take up a lot of time because there are so many factors at play in my process of choosing what products make the cut. For instance, I want a cream eyeshadow to set, but not too fast, so I have time to blend it. The colour has to look modern but also timeless, and the texture should smooth over any eyelid, whether it is oily or has fine lines. I could go on about cream eyeshadow all day, but here are 5 factors that play a big role in helping me decide if a product or tool has what it takes to make it into my pro makeup kit:
From foundation to blush and everything in between, I test everything before it makes it into my kit and onto the faces of my clients. I always test for any kind of flashback, especially from base products like concealer and foundation. Flash back is that white cast you see in photos sometimes. It can be minor or extreme, from reverse raccoon eyes to floating head syndrome (when the face is a completely different shade than the neck and chest). This is crucial for bridal makeup, as I won't know if a certain photographer decides to use flash or not.
2. Tone and Texture
The way a product sits on the skin and the colour and tone are very important. Along with the things that the product needs to do, eg. a concealer needs to have enough coverage to conceal, but does it sit in fine lines, does it set, does it have the right undertone to combat dark circles, does it brighten...all these factors come into play. When I have a client and I select a concealer from my kit, I can know without a single doubt that it will perform as I need it to, it will feel light and breathable on the skin and it will be long lasting if not waterproof.
3. Does it multi-task
Can this highlighter add a subtle glow when mixed with foundation? Does this powder look too dry on mature skin? When I say multitask, I mean does it work in all the ways I need it to, for whatever situation I find myself in. Products that I come back to again and again, that I would repurchase in an instant, have this effect. They work for a multitude of skin tones and textures. This applies to brushes as well.
4. Is it Special
This might seem weird, but I have encountered formulas and textures that are like no other. They tic all the boxes: waterproof, budge-proof, comfortable, photograph well, work on everyone; easy to carry and find in a pinch, have an amazing colour selection. Yes often these products are expensive, but are 100% worth the investment.
5. What do the Pros say
I also take the time to see what the pros are using- particularly red carpet makeup artists. To me, red carpet makeup must be flawless, but not over the top, as to not outshine the actress or celeb wearing it. It must also look amazing in photographs, and stay put all night from arriving on the carpet to making an acceptance speech. I take note of what these professionals are using day in and day out.
|Posted on January 25, 2017 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
Skip the Eyeliner
Skip the eye shadow too. A fresh and youthful look feels light, even if you spend some time on your makeup. Skip the smokey eyes or darker shadows. What you wnat to create is a bright and even toned lid. You can achieve this with a colour correcting primer and concealer, or a satin cream shadow that is very close to your skin tone.
Rosy and Dewy
Keep the skin dewy and fresh looking. I like to use an illuminating primer to give my skin a lift when it is dull, especially in the winter. I like a healthy amount of cream blush too- pat it on with fingers on to the cheekbones and blend upwards. I like blush to sit quite high on the face, to lift the complexion. If you are oily, use a cream highlighter under your foundation for a subtle glow, and follow with a powder blush.
Brush those Brows
Fluffy, full brows are #goals when you want a little youth boosting. A tinted brow gel will get the job done, adding tone and texture to the brows.
A good volumizing and lengthening mascara is key to this look (don't forget to curl!). With a smooth clean lid, the lashes will really pop. To widen eyes, make sure to apply more to the center, giving a doll eyed look. Finish with a just bitten lip stain, in the centre of the lips. I also like to really exfoliate the lips, to get them smooth and some colour to the area, and then top with a clear gloss.
|Posted on January 9, 2017 at 5:10 PM||comments (0)|
Bareface is Best
When you arrive, that is! Come in to your trial with no makeup and clean, exfoliated skin. Hair should be pulled off the face as well. I recommend beginning the trial with no makeup so we don't waste any time removing your makeup, and there is no residue left behind from the makeup remover that may interfere with the look.
Plan for Success
I always recommend planing the trial makeup around an event you have, a bridal shower, engagement photo shoot or a dress fitting. You will be more apt to wear the makeup for the whole day and really test it out, see the wear time, and if we need to make any tweaks.
The trial is an important prepatory stage There is always room for improvement. If it is the first time I am doing your makeup, I will need feedback. There could be a better product out there for you, and your feedback is crucial to making the wedding day makeup 100% perfect.
Trial means trying things out, so why not go for something a little out of your comfort zone. Lashes are a big if not the biggest game changer for wedding makeup, but many brides are hesitant to wear them, especially if they never have before. 99% of the time, brides love the lashes and found them more comfortable than they had imagined. The trial is an opportunity to test the waters for the day, so why not take advantage?
Take Pics Throughout the Day
How the makeup photographs is key. I take pictures with and without flash on the day of the trial, but it never hurts to take pictures on your phone throughout the day as well. Even a little note about how the makeup is wearing will make a big difference. The more information you can give me, and pictures, the better.
I recommend a max. of two pictures for bridal makeup inspiration at the trial. I find choosing a dozen pictures is actually going to confuse you more. Sometimes too many options can make you feel instantly decisive. If you keep it to two, and explain what you like and don't like about each look, it helps to narrow down what you are looking for.