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Up Your Beauty Game with These 4 Makeup Tips

Posted on May 19, 2021 at 4:10 PM

Polish up your makeup routine with these small but mighty makeup maneuvers...

4 ways to make your makeup look more polished:

1. Shape your lips with concealer, from the outside in

2. Bronzer to blend your eyeshadow + under eyes

3. Apply concealer under your eyebrows for more “lid space”

4. Use your face powder to blend your edges


1. Shaping your lips is one of the best ways to maximize your natural lip shape, or even-out any imbalances in the lips. A good example is say, slightly minimizing a larger bottom lip to match up with a thinner upper lip. You can also simply perfect the lip line, especially for those bolder or brighter lip colours. Using a flat concealer brush, trace under the lower lip, gently edging the lip line slightly. You can do this before you have lined your lips, and then once more, after you have applied your lipstick, keeping the brush just under the lipliner. This is a great technique to use when you want to feel more confident wearing red lipstick, or to just highlight your lips as a feature-focus on your face.


2. Bronzer is your blender. Bronzer makes a great crease shade for the eyes, and is also a useful blending colour, to bring the eyeshadow look together, and create a soft-focus, seamless look to your eyeshadow. It is also great on it’s own, in the crease/socket of the eye, for a fast way to define the eyes. You can also use a small pencil or smudge brush to apply bronzer on the lower lash line. This helps give soft definition to the eyes, and can help counteract your lower lash mascara from transferring throughout the day.

3. Cheat a little more lid space. Have you ever wished you had more eyelid space to apply eyeshadow? It is something I hear from my clients and students a lot. Well, concealer, one of the most versatile makeup products around, can help you with that. With your concealer brush, gently dab under the eyebrow, tracing along the edge, all the way across. Press and diffuse the concealer into the skin with your fingertip. This not only helps to give the illusion of a more shaped brow; but it helps “lift” the brow, thereby giving you a touch more space. Keeping the brows groomed also really helps with this, but try this concealer hack, when you are pressed for time- it really works!

4. Powder for a seamless finish. Powder is not only a great product for setting your makeup, it also works wonders for blending out any other powder products on your face. Using a small powder brush and a whisper of powder, blend the edges of your complexion makeup; blush, bronzer, contour, highlight and even the corners of your eyeshadow, for a smoothed out, professional finish. Use a soft hand, and carefully feather the brush where you can see any patchiness or demarcation lines- that little “step” I call it, between your foundation and the bronzer, blush or any colour powders you have applied to your face. Try to feather the brush upwards only, you will be surprised how much this can lift your whole complexion- from your cheekbones to your brow bones, my mantra is ABL- Always Be Lifting.



5 Women with Signature Makeup Looks That Will Inspire You to Get Your Own

Posted on September 21, 2020 at 11:05 AM

Developing a signature makeup look may take time, but investing in yourself will never be something you regret. I liken a signature makeup look to a fashion uniform- pieces that fit your lifestyle and personal style, while making you feel put together and ready to tackle the day. Makeup can have that effect to, and is something you can wear when you need that extra confidence boost. Another benefit to having a signature makeup look is that once you wear it enough, it can take you 10 minutes or less to achieve, and become a seamless part of your routine.

Here are 5 women who have pulled off the signature makeup look; to help inspire you to perhaps one day, create your own. There are three things that all these looks have in common: each look plays to the woman’s strengths- in term of facial features, they have confidence in their own style and they don’t overload every facial feature with product.

First up is Meghan Markle, and her signature look is what I like to call the Modern Smokey - matte smokey eyes paired with a natural, slightly dewy complexion. This look works because Meghan plays to her strengths- her beautiful, radiant skin; and her face framing dark hair. If she wore smokey eyes with a heavy, full coverage foundation the look would be dated. Because she keeps the skin fresh and light, the smokey eye makeup isn’t harsh, it’s alluring. She keeps it minimal and chic with a “my lips but better” lip and doesn’t go crazy with false lashes.

Reason it works:

- Keeps complexion fresh and natural, doesn’t “compete” with eye makeup

- Keeps it minimal and chic

- Skips the full coverage foundation, lets skin show through

Next is Taylor Swift, and she wears the look that I have dubbed the Lip ‘n Liner Combo- a red lip that never looks drying, and some definition on the eyes and brows. I think this look works so well on Taylor because she has a beautifully symmetrical lip shape, and she has little redness in her skin. The red lip plays off this well, and she keeps the eyes and brows defined, to balance the red lip, so the look is cohesive, but still “natural” looking; natural meaning nothing looks harsh or out of place.

Reason it works:

- Little redness in her face, balances the red lip with defining but natural makeup

- Shows her top feature

- Still has eye makeup and brows for definition

- Skips any heavy contour, keeps complexion fresh


The third signature look comes in the form of California Glam with none other than Jennifer Aniston. What I love about this look is that it is deceivingly a full face of makeup, but looks effortless for Aniston. She knows what looks good on her and doesn’t really stray, even into her 50s, she has made some tweaks, but the overall look is the same. I would say “looking healthy” is the key to this look, which means a tan/warm complexion, peachy blush a great mascara (and she often wears lashes) and not too pale peachy-pink lips. Defined brows, smudged eyeliner, and a slightly dewy complexion finish the look. I think Jennifer’s easy hairstyle and love of a good tan really compliments this look, and is one of the key reasons it works for her. It is a great “wear anywhere” makeup, and goes with any outfit or occasion.

Reason it works:

- Ultimate wear anywhere makeup, always looks polished but not trying too hard

- May go a touch smoky with her eye makeup, but does not stray from this look (especially her complexion makeup)

- Tanned, healthy complexion

- Skips bright and super dark matte lips, says no to liquid lipstick


Zooey Deschanel is another lady who plays to her strengths- she puts the emphasis on her eyes and her beautiful fair complexion with what I call the Doll-Eyes look. She balances the eye-makeup with a “just bitten” lip- which I love because it almost highlights her beautiful skin by creating a soft contrast, and reflects off her blue eyes making them look bluer. She keeps the skin relatively matte as well, which works in her favour. Her bangs also frame her eyes beautifully, which compliments the doll-eyes look perfectly. Her large eye shape can carry a good amount of eye makeup, so she never looks overdone. A soft pink blush finishes the look.

Reason it works:

-  Top liquid liner and kitten flick  define the eyes, clean lower lash line keeps the eye lifted. Full mascara lashes, top and bottom frames the eyes perfectly.

- A fresh medium pink on the lips and cheeks rounds out the look. COmplexion a demi-matte, skin like finish

- Bangs and eye makeup keep the focus on her signature feature, her blue eyes

- Skips any kind of pale lip, complexion evened out with but never cakey

Last but not least is another pale sister- Keira Knightly and the Smokey Eyes Till I Die look. I don’t think I have ever seen this woman without a smokey eye and a full brow- it is her signature and looks great on her. For eye makeup Keira does go for browns mostly, which I think is universally flattering more than black, and she never goes crazy with bronzer or contouring, and keeps a little shine on the lips; overall keeping the makeup looking fresh and modern. Keira has what I call a “face for makeup;” meaning she can carry a lot of makeup and not look overdone; so a smokey eye isn’t too much and doesn’t overwhelm her features. One last note is that she never skips blush- I think blush, when applied correctly, will always reference youth and health, and keeps a smokey look balanced.

Reason it Works:

- Eyes are the focus of this look; with eyeshadow and liner focused on outer two-thirds of the eyes

- Full Brows, and never skips blush

-Embraces the pale, lip has a little shine, never full matte

-Changes up lip colour, but keeps the eye makeup and brows the same

- Never goes ham on contour or bronzer, skips glitter or too much shine 


Instagram Accounts Every Makeup Lover Should Follow

Posted on September 16, 2020 at 9:10 AM

I will be honest, Instagram is still a bit of a mystery to me. Why does it draw me in every time I reach for my phone? Well, it definitely can be addictive, but it can be a great resource at times, and if you are going to go on it anyways, here are a few accounts that I find inspiring; not only for the beautiful photos, but the great tips, hacks and recommendations from everyday, working makeup artists. Here are some Instagram accounts I follow for makeup inspiration- whether it is bridal, editorial or just to see what other makeup artists are up to and how they work:

For Bridal: My newest favourite and a real working makeup artist, the first account is from Mia Connor, and it is her bridal specific account: Mia Connor Bridal Artist (@miaconnorbridal) •

Now, a lot of these lovely ladies are bombshells, but Mia’s touch is soft and glowy-very Victoria’s Secret, but achievable for the modern bride. I would say her signature is a blown out smokey eye, keeping the rest of the face defined and pretty. She goes very full coverage with her base, so don’t be fooled, there is quite a bit of makeup there. But, for photography and longevity, you will want a little more coverage than what you would wear day to day. I think it is important to see makeup looks that are for actual events, on real faces, with minimal editing. Many of the "inspiraiton" pictures you find on instgram do not meet all of these criteria. 

For Hollywood Glam: Soft glam at it’s finest; with celebrity looks: Sofia Schwarzkop-Tilbury (@sofiaschwarzkopftilbury) •

Sofia, the niece of makeup artist mogul Charlotte Tilbury (one of my favourite brands, that features heavily in my pro makeup kit); known as on Instagram is another favourite. She herself is a knockout, but her style is quite glamorous, but still wearable, much like the Tilbury brand itself. Her looks, along with Charlotte’s are best described as uncomplicated glamour- you really see the features of the face, but they are heightened and enhanced, perfect for brides. The looks are also very glowy and meant to inspire confidence for every woman at every age. Charlotte also posts photos of makeup she does on celebs, including mature women- which we do not see enough of on Instagram, or in the media as a whole.

For Wearable Editorial/Red Carpet Looks: Harriet Hadfield (@harrymakesitup) • 

I have been following Harry since the “pixiwoo” days, and she is really my kind of makeup artist. If you love red carpet makeup, or wearable editorial looks, Harry recrestes both on Instagram and YouTube. Her looks are very clean, wearable for everyday even, and she truly enjoys makeup, and has a lovely personality to boot. She is a working makeup artist in L.A., and does editorial and red carpet makeup for a living, so she knows what she is talking about! Since she works on women with all different skin tones, she is great at pointing out shades and colours that can work for everyone. I think whether you are a beginner with makeup or not- or just love watching makeup tutorials, you will enjoy her content.

For Editorial and Easy To Follow Tutorials: Hannah Martin (@hannahmartinmakeup) •


Ms.Martin is another working makeup artist, and works in bridal, film/television and editorial. I was drawn to her because she has that Bobbi Brown Aesthetic- naturally beautiful and polished makeup, that is not trying to drastically change how you look; just elevate it. The highlight of her page for me is her IGTV tutorials. I think most wil find them easy to follow, and the result is always a truly wearable natural glam. She does have a light to medium skin tone, and a lighter blonde colouring; but her tips are universal; and she often gives tips for deeper skin tones. She is great at explaining her techniques, and boy is she fast! If you are looking for quick, lovely bronzey or smokey looks, check her out!

Ms. Martin is a working makeup artist, and works in bridal, film/television and editorial. I was drawn to her because she has that Bobbi Brown Aesthetic- naturally beautiful and polished makeup, that is not trying to drastically change how you look; just elevate it. The highlight of her page for me is her IGTV tutorials. I think most will find them easy to follow, and the result is always a truly wearable natural glam. She does have a light to medium skin tone, and a lighter blonde colouring; but her tips are universal; and she often gives tips for deeper skin tones. She is great at explaining her techniques, and boy is she fast! If you are looking for quick, lovely bronzey or smokey looks, check her out!

Last but not least, I will plug my own Instagram account, Toronto Makeup Artist (@facetimewithdaniela) • as a resource for natural makeup inspiration, specifically bridal and event makeup, as well as makeup tips. I try to bring out the natural beauty in every client I work with, and I hope you can see that with every photo I post. Take a look and let me know what you think!

xx Daniela

*All images reposted from Instagram

Natalie & Michael- Love on the Green

Posted on September 9, 2020 at 3:55 PM

Getting this beautiful bride wedding-day ready was extra-special; as Natalie’s sister was my first ever bride after I graduated from Makeup Academy. Over the years I have beautified many of her bridesmaids/friends for their weddings. I am very blessed to have such amazing clients and Natalie is no exception!


Photography: Rosetta Li @rosettaliweddings

Makeup: Face Time with Daniela @facetimewithdaniela

Venue: Piper's Heath Golf Club @pipersheath

Day of Co-ordination: Ally and Co Events @alyandcoevents_to

Flowers: Wildwood @bywildwood

Wedding Cake: Just Temptations @justtemptations

xx Daniela

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My MAC Makeup Essentials

Posted on September 3, 2020 at 3:20 PM

One question I get asked a lot, over and over is what my favourite makeup brand is...and the answer is I don’t have one favourite- but there is one I know I can always rely on, that will be in my kit forever; and that’s MAC. MAC is just the benchmark for me, for makeup products that always perform very well, are long lasting and suit every skin tone. Everyone can find something at MAC, and it is available everywhere. I love that. MAC was also started right here in Canada, which gives me all the feels. So; here are some of the products I always have in my kit, or return to after trying something new, that just didn’t wow me. There’s also a couple honourable mentions and a couple newbies to my kit that I have been loving, that are worth trying out.

Prunella Eyeliner

One of my favourite plum-taupe shades for the eyes. An excellent alternative to black and beautiful in the waterline. Smudge it out for a quick but intriguing smokey eye. Great for mature ladies who don’t want anything too harsh, but still want to define the eyes.

Stone Lipliner

 Stone is having a moment as the “shadow” effect is huge right now. Sculpt the lips with this greigey liner for fullness. It works with any light to medium lipstick too. Just keep a light hand and blend in with your lip colour.

Hush Cream Colour Base

One of the best cream highlights out there. Beautiful soft wet look, blends over powders, and works for all ages. For deeper skin tones, try improper copper- it is the same texture, just a little richer in colour.


A great setting spray for makeup, but it really shines as a refreshing mist. Wake up your makeup (and yourself) with a fine spritz of this lightly scented mist. Also works well to dampen your eyeshadow brush before you apply a glitter or pigment, for more intensity. Works to prime and hydrate the skin for makeup as well.

Gigablack Mascara

Great little mascara for those who can’t find a mascara that doesn’t smudge on them. Use it over your favourite mascara to lock it in, or as your bottom lash mascara, it has the perfect want for the lower lashes. Also great to “tight line” the roots of the lashes, making the lash line look fuller, but still natural. Best part is-it's easy to remove.

Mineralized Skin Finish Powders

These powders have featured in my kit for years. They give a little bit of coverage, but keep the skin looking fresh. Skin should never be too matte, because it starts to look like makeup. These powders come in a variety of shades and set your base beautifully. A great powder for those that don’t like powder, but need to set their makeup and done shine control. These are great to gently highlight and contour the skin as well. You can use a slightly lighter powder in the center of the the face, and your matching shade on the perimeter of the face. You can also warm up the complexion with a warmer shade. A very versatile powder.

For an honourable mention, I have to acknowledge MAC lipsticks. They are really a staple in my kit and most women have one kicking around in their makeup bag. Two of my favourite shades are Ruby Woo, the perfect red; and Velvet Teddy, a gorgeous taupe-nude. Last but not least, a new favourite of mine from MAC are their extra dimension blushes. They are very sheeny and give a healthy glow to the skin and a soft flush of colour to the cheeks.

xx Daniela

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Sav & Vince- Where The Hart Is

Posted on August 26, 2020 at 4:55 PM

One could not have asked for a more glorious day for two people to celebrate their love- the air was fresh, and the energy was buzzing with anticipation. For bride Sav, we were not only getting the bride herself ready, mom and her beautiful bridesmaids; but we would be creating a second bridal look; for the wedding reception at the elegant and historic Hart House; a part of the beautiful University of Toronto Campus in the heart of the city. Sav would be wearing red throughout the event, celebrating her Indian heritage as well her groom’s Chinese culture. Red is beautifully vibrant and quite the showstopper; so we wanted to create a hair and makeup look that reflected that vibrancy, while still retaining the classic bridal sentiment, and incorporating Sav’s own personal style. I absolutely loved how both looks turned out!

For the first look, for the ceremony, we went traditional with a twist, opting for a sleek yet romantic updo, and a classic bronze and champagne eye, finished with a natural yet flawless complexion and a matte, true red lip. For a long day like Sav was about to have, as the bride you don’t want to be thinking about your makeup and hair- you want to be present in the moment! I chose a stunning red liquid lipstick by Stila, that I knew would be budge proof. An updo was also a great choice for the bride for the first part of the wedding day, as her second outfit was a bit more sultry, perfect for the evening reception. The hair was let down into a stunning side braid and the eyes were smoked out and a bit metallic, and the lip enhanced to a ruby red with a reflective finish, to match her one-of-a kind jumpsuit.

I have to say I had chills returning to my old stomping grounds for such a beautiful event, the university campus was just as breathtaking as I remembered. Hart House in particular is such an amazing wedding venue choice, and one I hope to one day revisit in the near future.

xx Daniela

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