Nygard Fashion Show

Last week there was a fashion show put on at the Nygard store down along Marine Way and I was there to help out as one of the Make-up Artists.

I could only be there for the early show, which was a shame, but I got to meet some great people (and win an Orchid in the raffle, haha!). I did make-up on a couple of customers and while I was doing that the two other Make-up Artist’s (Elena Ismail and another lovely lady I don’t recall the name of, sorry!) did the make-up for the three models (it was just a small show).

There was a photographer there, called Jennifer Strang, who was taking photos of everyone from customers to hair stylists and she sent a few photos out for people to show around. I think you can see more on her website, but here’s a few of us MUA’s a customer I did the make-up for, the organisers…

Lingerie shoot

What a lovely day yesterday was!

Firstly, it was my fifth wedding anniversary (yay us!) and secondly I had a great day down in Surrey, with Clarissa Jorquera as my wonderful “First Assist” make-up artist, doing the make-up for five lovely young ladies on the lingerie shoot for Satin Lillie Creations!

We were down there for 9am, and created individual looks for each model to suit them and the outfits they were wearing. Robyn, the designer and creator of Satin Lillie Creations, was specific about a couple of things that she really did/didn’t want for two of the models. They were easy things to accommodate (“I’d like her eyes dark, her eyes not dark”, etc) and the day seemed to go really well. Throughout the shoot all the models really needed was lip touch-ups, so once we were finished with everyone (and had checked how they were looking on camera), we were able to relax and enjoy the lovely sandwiches, fruit and coffee that Robyn had set up for everyone (so thankful for the coffee since I’d been up since 6:20am, haha!). The hair stylist Dana Demure changed each models hair styles a few times and did a great job, they all looked lovely! Dana went with a 1960′s theme of big hair and curls so we had some serious bombshells on set! :-)

Each model had five outfits each to wear and Robyn had set up a “bedroom” in her back garden using her lovely “sleigh” bed as a prop. The photographer not only used the “bedroom”, she used various areas of the garden (such as the big tree in the middle) as a backdrop. I can’t wait to see the finished results. I don’t really know anything about photography but it did look like a decent professional set-up Tara Cummings (of JuxtaPozin Arts) had going.

Out of the collection there was definitely one piece that stood out for all of us. It was a gorgeous long, white satin dress/nightgown with crystals dotted about. When the model, Aleasha, walked out of the changing area and onto the set everyone went to watch. It was beautiful! Perfect for any bride (could even be used as a classical, lightweight wedding dress!).

Robyn was kind enough to gift to me a lovely robe as an anniversary gift, and there are some pieces that I’m actually going to buy from her the next time we meet up! :-)

All in all a wonderful day. Thankyou to everyone involved!

Engagement shoot

I did the make-up for an engagement shoot yesterday and the photographer, Anna Krasnova, has already processed a couple of images of the happy couple Jesse and CJ.

Jesse said she doesn’t really wear too much makeup so we didn’t go crazy, but I did use false lashes on the outer edges with pink and brown eyeshadow and dark brown liner. When we went outside I had to apply a bit more blush and lippy as the sun was out in force and she looked really pale in the photos. Jesse has a lovely complexion and is a lovely shade of pale anyway, but I did add a little bronzer just to help define her face in the bright sun shine.
I used my Ben Nye cream HD foundations and think they worked beautifully! MAC cream blush looked lovely on her cheeks and a mix of MAC and La Femme eyeshadows on her eyes :-)

To the happy couple!

More pics from Tia Toshazuki

The very talented Tia Hoshizaki sent the rest of the final images from the Yukata shoot.

I wasn’t expecting to receive so many images, so this is wonderful! It might take me a while to decide which ones I want in my actual portfolio as obviously I don’t want too many of the same image, but they are all great photos :-)

What do you think?

Royal and Langnickle brushes

I just ordered a bucket load of make-up brushes from Royal and Langnickle! I got a mix of the Silk Line and the MasterPro Line and can’t wait for them to arrive. :-)

I did take a look at their new line, the Revolution Line designed with famous Kevin James (KJ) Bennett. They look incredible but they’re not actually in stock yet. The site says they’ll be available in June/July sometime and I’m already seeing on the forums that a lot of people have either pre-ordered them or are going to order them as soon as they’re in stock! I wanted to add to my brushes now, so I left off buying the Revolution brushes until I have a little more cash put aside in my “Kit Pot”, haha!

Yukata Shoot in Lynn Canyon, Vancouver

I forgot to mention the shoot I did the other week with photographer Tia Toshizaki, model Akane Nishiya and stylist Ayaka Konno.It had a Yukata theme (a lighter, summer version of a Kimono) and Tia wanted it to be fairly dramatic with regards to the make-up. We went through some images, just to be sure we were on the same page as to just how dramatic is “dramatic”, as different peoples level of crazy is different from the next, haha ;-)

Tia drove us all up to Lynn Canyon where we thought we had limited time due to the warnings on the posts saying that they closed the gates at 6pm. We got Akane ready before we left for valley, and Tia had scouted the area a little while on a previous shoot a few days earlier, so we found a nice area and  she started shooting quite quickly. We moved on to another area, shot for a bit then changed Akane into a second Yukata for a different look then rushed back to the gates as it was very very close to closing!

As we were heading back to the gates, we noticed that there were still a lot of people, not only milling around, but actually heading into the valley. So, we decided to risk it, nip inot some trees and do a bit more shooting before we left, haha! Such dare-devils, hahaha!

It was nice to be outside for a shoot, and Tia was rather well prepared with a small sheet for us to put things on the ground while we shot! I also used a few fallen trees as tables, and some broken branches to hang my smaller bags from, haha (back to nature and all that, eh! ;-))!

After the shoot Tia mentioned that if would be around 4 weeks until she would be able to get around to looking at the images she’s taken that day as she had a very hectic time ahead of her. I said that was absolutely fine and I was expecting that kind of turn-around, so I was suprised when she sent me a couple of great images several days ago!! Way to go Tia!

Pre-shoot Meeting

A beautiful day and what do I get to do?… a three hour round trip on the the bus and skytrain for a pre-shoot meeting down in Surrey! It was worth it though, haha! :-) The meeting went well and then I got to sit out on our 23rd floor balcony for dinner ;-)

Basically what happened was that I met with the designer/maker of the lingerie that we’re shooting for (Robyn at Satin Lillie Creations)  and we went through some photos and magazine clips to see what kind of image she is thinking of for with each model (there’ 5). It’s one thing me as the Make-up Artist to think “oh I know what would look good” and another thing for us to be in agreement as to what the client was thinking and what I can advise! Robyn said she has no idea about make-up, but she still had some ideas on how dramatic she wants to go and what styles she does or doesn’t want for each of the models (sophisticated/young and innocent, etc).

It was a good meeting and I came away having seen photos of the models (five of them), the clothing that will be worn and an idea of what the designer is looking for. For the actual shoot I’ll have Clarissa Jorquera there to help. She’s nearing the end of her make-up course at Vancouver Film School and is extremely talented, so it will be lovely to have her with me for me day! (Yay for Clarissa!) :-)