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Tea for Two...Bride and Groom: Taahirah & Sheraz

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

All Images by Photography by Azra

Burgundy and blush touches made this wedding oh so special- from the delicate bouquets to the exquisite floral lace on Taahirah’s wedding dress, to the wonderfully witty wedding hashtag (#SherazscupofT); pretty much every aspect of this wedding was pinterest-worthy. But don’t just take my word for it, check out some of my favourite moments below...❤

Vendor List:

Makeup: Face Time with Daniela


Photographer: Photography by Azra


Hair: NV Bridal Hair


Decorator: Creative Touch Design

Bouquet: Z Floral Design Studio


Wedding Outfit: Kleinfeld Canada


Cake: Make With Love by Tiffany


Shoes: Manolo Blahnik


Stationary: Kimi Arya


Rings: Diamondboi


Venue: Royal Ontario Golf Club



Contouring Tips

Posted on October 4, 2018 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Image by Focca Photography

Contouring can be intimidating, and difficult to get right on the first few tries. But, with makeup, like many things, practice makes perfect; and; trial and error is key to making contouring work for you. One of the best ways you can ease yourself into contouring is to be well prepared. This means the right products and tools, which will make the whole process a lot easier.


I have found that for most people, who have never really contoured before, a powder contour is a great product to start with. Powders are generally easier for most people to blend, and last well on the skin. Two of my favourite contouring powders are the Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder and the Charlotte Tilbury FilmStar Bronze and Glow. Finding the right shade for your contour will help immensely with application.

Also, a contour product that is not too pigmented is key to it being user friendly. With makeup, your application will look natural if you start with a little product and build it up. A contour powder that goes on softly, will help with this process.

Image by Focca Photography


Finally, my last tip is all about the tools. If you struggle with contour, it may help you to invest in a good contour brush. My favourite is the Rae Morris small powder brush. A brush that is small and precise will help you with keeping your contour where you want it. Also, have your beauty sponge or foundation brush on hand to blend the edges of contour, so it looks like a natural shadow.

xx Daniela


Things Mentioned in this Post:

  • Charlotte Tilbury FilmStar Bronze and Glow


  • Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder

  • Rae Morris Deluxe Pro Blender Brush


  • Book A Makeup Lesson


Related Posts:

  • How to get the most out of your concealer (and my top picks)

  • Back to work: 4 makeup shopping tips

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Wedding Wednesday: Grand Glamour in the Six

Posted on October 3, 2018 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

When I met Barbara, I knew instantly that we would hit it off. She was so positive and vibrant, I couldn’t wait to get her in my makeup chair. Getting her ready at the Windsor Arms Hotel in downtown Toronto was a real treat. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this beautiful wedding at the Eglinton Grand. Take a look for yourself, and try not to smile.




Wedding Vendors:


Getting Ready Location: Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto

Ceremony Location: Timothy Memorial Church

Wedding Reception Location: The Eglinton Grand

Photographer: Eric Cheng

Wedding Planner & Coordinator: Designed Dream

Floral Design: Ashton Creative

Event Decor & Rental: The Marie Collection

Head Table & Marquee Letters Rental: Marquee Letters Toronto

Bridal Makeup Artist: Face Time with Daniela

Bridal Hairstylist: Jazzy Cutz

DJ: Impact DJ

Bridal Gown: Maureen Patricia Bride

Groomsmen Suit: Garrison Bespoke

Violinist: Alireza Firoozi

Dessert Table: Dipped Donuts

How to get the most out of your concealer (and my top picks)

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Highlight, correct and correct any makeup mistake with your new bff, concealer.

Here are ways I like to use concealer:

Highlight with concealer: when you highlight with concealer, you get a very subtle glow, that looks like good health, but really it’s good makeup (lol). I like to apply a very small amount of concealer to the center of the face, down the bridge of the nose, the chin and forehead, with a concealer slightly lighter and more radiant than the concealer I used to correct any dark or red spots. Using concealer in this way; to highlight the high points of the face; is a subtle way to bring light to the complexion without adding tons of glitter or shimmer to the skin.

I like to use the NARS radiant creamy concealer to highlight, as it has excellent coverage but imparts a subtle radiance to the skin:

Smooth and perfect the lip line: I like to use a tiny amount of concealer around the lip line, from the outer edges, to smooth out the lip line and really create a flawless and smooth appearance. I also like to apply a little concealer at the corners of the mouth, to really perfect the lip shape.

Tarte Shape Tape is one of the best for fuller coverage, and is very long lasting (as the mouth is an area where makeup tends to rub off first):

Sculpt those brows: You can use concealer around the brows to perfect the shape of the brow- much in the same way I described perfecting the lips. This is a great way to “outline” or map the brow shape, and clean up any small over-lining mishaps. Remember to use what you have left on the concealer brush before applying more product.

Clean up any makeup mistakes: concealer can act as an eraser for a multitude of makeup sins. It will make people think you can apply lipstick perfectly and winged liner effortlessly. Concealer will be your best friend for smoothing out that eyeliner wing, evening out that lip liner, or correcting that one brow that does not want to behave.

Eyelids! Apply a little concealer on your eyelids and instantly look more awake. Apply a touch of translucent powder to set them. This trick doubles as an eyeshadow primer as well. You’re welcome :)

Skip the foundation: On most days, I do not wear foundation- I know, I know, but I find concealer does the job for me. If you have pretty good skin and do not really suffer from acne or breakouts, redness or discolouration, you may be able to get away with just concealer as well. Or, if you are just having a no-makeup makeup day or want to streamline your makeup routine, try just applying concealer in the center of your face, and blend out with a foundation buffing brush.


For mature skin or fine lines around the eyes: look for a concealer that is thin in consistency and one that sets, so you do not need to use a powder, and it won’t crease. Keep the concealer only where you need it- be precise.

For fine lines and wrinkles, I like the Too Faced Sculpting concealer, it is very thin and almost elastic in texture:


Set it and forget it: I like to set my concealer with a little translucent powder. Remember, for lasting power, use powder. Laura Mercier has been my favourite for years, and is still going strong:

Xx Daniela


Eyeliner Tips

Posted on September 27, 2018 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Image by Maria Sergeyev Photography

Eyeliner can be tricky, but a little (ok, A LOT) of practice and the right products can make all the difference. Here are some of my tips to help you combat the eyeliner struggle:

  • To help with eyeliner that strays throughout the day, apply an eyeshadow primer onto the eyelids after concealer. When you powder your face, apply good layer of powder to the eyelids.

  • For more control, apply eyeliner in small, light dashes along the lash line. Then take a small smudger brush and blend them together to create a soft, blended line.

  • If you find applying the eyeliner pencil deposits too much product, try applying it onto your hand and dipping your smudger brush into the product, and dabbing off the excess. Then start applying the bit of eyeliner the brush has picked up onto the lash line.

  • Add a black or brown powder eyeshadow over top of your eyeliner, with a small smudger brush. Remember to tap off the excess product before applying. The powder on top of the liner will help to stop it from smudging.

  • Apply a thin layer of translucent powder on top and around the eyeliner, very lightly dusting overtop, with a soft fluffy brush. The translucent powder will help keep oils at bay and keep your eyeliner intact.

  • Practice your eyeliner at home when you are not in a hurry or rushing out the door. Practice and trial and error is really the key to perfecting your makeup routine.

Bridal Touch Up Kit

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Image by Purple Tree Photography

I always say that a little mindfulness can go a long way, when making the most of your hair and makeup on your wedding day. Not to sound preachy, but taking a little care of your hair and makeup after your artists have left you for the day, will go a long way in maintaining the style and longevity of your style session.

A big part of keeping the bridal hair and makeup pristine is having a bridal touch up kit, as well as a mini arsenal of multi use products that can remedy any situation that may pop up.


Every bride is unique, and I follow that up with the touch up kit; every kit is catered to the bride and her specific skin type, etc. But there are a few staples that I always include:

  • Lip Colour
  • Concealer
  • Blotting Sheets
  • Q-tips
  • Wands to apply concealer and lip colour
  • Double sided tape
  • Lash Adhesive (when the bride wear strip lashes)

Lip colour is the number one thing that needs touching up. It is best to touch up lipstick right before photos, so lips are fresh and lush for the camera. A good tip is to ask your maid of honour or a member of bridal party to remind you to top up your gloss. Use your wand to apply with precision, or have a bridesmaid do it for you.

Blotting sheets are great for absorbing excess oil and sweat without disturbing the makeup. If you are extra oily, I would recommend having extra blotting sheets in your bridal clutch. (they are slim enough to fit in most clutches). If you are not carrying a bridal clutch or purse, have one of your bridal party members carry some for you.

Q-tips are great used dry to roll away any bits of mascara flecks or glitter. Wands can be used to apply lip colour and concealer; or fix any little mishaps when re-applying.

Double sided tape is useful in a pinch for any minor dress or undergarment issues.

Lash adhesive is for strip lashes, as the band may come unglued. The adhesive bottle comes with an applicator. It may be helpful to have a bridal party member help you, as they can see at a better angle, where the adhesive needs to be applied.

 Image by Kate Simandl Photography

For the bride’s own personal makeup bag, at the venue or hotel where everyone is getting ready, I would recommend a few full size beauty products that she have on hand:

Translucent Pressed Powder: Translucent powder is great because you can take down any shine and mattify. Choose a very finely milled pressed powder, as a loose powder will be too messy on the big day. I recommend the Charlotte Tilbury Pressed Powder, which has a mirror as well, and is pretty light weight.


Makeup Setting Spray: Although it has the word setting spray, it can be used throughout the day to refresh and reinvigorate your makeup. Be sure to spray at quite a distance from your face. I use the Pixi Beauty Makeup Setting Spray.

Blotting Sheets: Great to have on had for absorbing excess oil on the forehead, chin and sides of the nose. Sephora makes some great ones.

Makeup Remover Wipes: Keep makeup remover wipes by your bed so there’s no excuse to remove your makeup. Go for a cloth that cleanses and hydrates, if you will be skipping your night-time skin care. I like these individually wrapped ones by NuFace.

For brides that like to be prepared for any situation, or if you are staying at a hotel for the weekend of the wedding, here are some beauty product and personal hygiene recommendations:

Small mirror



Clear Nail Polish

Safety Pins

Bobby Pins

Double sided tape

Makeup remover wipes

Nail polish remover wipes



Nail file

Nail clippers

Hand lotion

Body lotion

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Dental floss




Shampoo and conditioner


Earring Backs

Small scissors

Face moisturizer

Body Wash

Facial cleanser


Extra contacts and solution

Eye drops

Cuticle scissors

Liquid bandage

Clips to keep hair back that don’t leave a mark in the hair

Phone charger

Extension cord

Small fan



Don’t forget the bridal party! Your squad is important too, and I never forget about them. I provide lip touch up kits for all the lovely ladies in the bridal party.

Image by Eric Cheng Photography

Xx Daniela


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