I’m so excited to be featured on the blog Be the Next Her! It’s a great site that profiles different women’s unique career paths. So insightful and inspiring!
Here’s a sneak peak of my profile: “Makeup was always my passion, and as my business gained a following I focused mainly on that. My goal was always to be a thriving freelance makeup artist, not only because I have such a passion for it, but also because I wanted to do something where I would be my own boss and have some flexibility to take care of my kids.”
Check out the full post here.
For this shoot Maret Kendra and I put together a great team. Maret came up with the idea of making angel wings out of paper and decorating a beautiful golden Christmas tree as part of the backdrop for this shoot. Our models Stephanie Christian and Makenzie Smith did an amazing job looking very angelic. Of course without Katie D’Souza of Bridal Hair Couture By Katie doing a beautiful job on the hair and our amazing photographer Mohsin Javed, our pictures would have never come out as beautiful as they did. It’s all about the teamwork!
I absolutely loved working on this shoot! It was a gorgeous spring day, and we shot in Yorkville (who doesn’t love an excuse to hang out in Yorkville for the day).
There was so much talent involved in this shoot, starting with our gorgeous model @carolinewhitee. She’s wearing an elegant lace top and skirt designed by the very talented @winsdesign and some super chic showpiece hats by the amazing @hatitudecanada. Last but not least, these great shots were taken by the very talented @yaamon. Makeup by yours truly.
This shoot was recently featured in an editorial in @solismagazine and I’m so proud of the results.
Love working with a great team!
I’ve been doing a lot of makeup work recently for the Toronto edition of Panoram Italia magazine, which if you haven’t heard of it is an awesome magazine geared toward young and hip Italian Canadians (my husband is the biggest fan).
I recently had the opportunity to do their cover shoot featuring the awesome @superwinegirl Angela Aiello. Angela is a wine guru and an Editor, Writer, and Host, and as founder of the iYellow Wine Club she has been making wine awesome since 2006. You can catch all over TV, radio, and magazines these days and I highly recommend you check her out at www.angelaaiello.ca.
It was an absolute pleasure being her makeup artist for the cover shoot and the results look amazing, although she needed absolutely no help looking beautiful.
Check out the Panoram site and the article featuring Angela here: http://www.panoramitalia.com/en/food-wine/article/angela-aiello-passes-love-wine/3212/.
I had an awesome time last week working on a shoot for the NHL at the Ritz Carlton in Toronto as part of their annual media day. It also included the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer campaign, which is just a fantastic cause that the league has taken up.
It was two very busy days of work doing makeup and hair on player after player. But they were all great sports about it! I met and did makeup on some of the biggest stars like Sidney Crosby and Steve Stamkos among many others.
Photography was courtesy of the talented and very professional Brian Babineau who you can check out at http://www.brianbabineau.com/.
There are several factors that go into choosing the best makeup artist for your wedding. You need to consider the experience and background of the artist as well as their understanding of the different principles of hair and makeup. You also have to feel confident that they will work to make you look your best on your special day. There are several different places in Toronto for wedding makeup and hair, so you need to choose wisely.
One of the first things to consider is the experience of your artist. You want someone who has a background in both aesthetics and makeup. The aesthetics training allows them to understand the different types of combinations that go into creating the perfect bridal look. This includes everything from matching skin tone to makeup and developing hair styles that complement the shape of your face.
For example, if you have a heart shaped face, you may want to have your hair pulled toward the back of your head. This allows your cheekbones to be displayed without pointing out the smaller chin associated with this type of face. If you have a longer face with a wider jaw, your artist may want to have tendrils of hair framing the face to give it a softer, more rounded appearance.
The other side of this process is the makeup used to create the perfect bridal makeup. Evening out your skin tone is one of the main ways that an artist begins to build the perfect face. Matching your foundation to your current skin tone is important and avoids a difference between your face and the rest of your body. This is especially important if your wedding dress has open shoulders or a low neck line.
In Toronto, bridal makeup is often kept soft and light so the bride has a fresh appearance. This usually means that the makeup artist uses soft colors, such as pinks and golds, to accent the features of the bride. There are several different combinations of colors that will work, but most artists try to match the color scheme to the wedding party, the bride’s complexion and hair color.
If you have a bride with dark hair, you need to make sure the makeup is strong enough so that she does not appear washed out and pale in the wedding photos. A fair skinned bride with light hair may need more accent colors to help her features stand out in the photos. Making sure that the bridal makeup appears beautiful in person and in photographs is the true challenge for any makeup artist.
When you are interviewing different artists for your wedding, ask them these questions before you make a decision. What type of colors will they be using on your face? Can they work with your hair to accent the shape of your face? Will the makeup be strong enough for photos but still look natural during the actual ceremony? Answering these questions will help you choose the best artist for your wedding. Schedule a trial hair and makeup session by contacting Monica, Professional Makeup Artist today at 416-908-6664.