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2019 Wedding Bookings

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Here we are - another year underway for our fabulous One Fine Beauty Team! We are currently over 50% booked for our season, which is great - this generation of wedding clientele actually books their makeup services quite a bit later than our clients in seasons past! But hey - we are easy and breezy - give us a shout anyways, even if your upcoming nuptials are happening before GOT is back on the air!

Being able to adapt to the flows of business and being really flexible to work with are two of the things our clients compliment us on. So if you’re still looking for an artist for your BIG day, don’t hesitate to drop us a line!

We have 12 talented artists between Ottawa to Niagara/NOTL, all ready to make you picture perfect and enhance your natural radiance and beauty on the day it matters most!

**Please note, Shannon is 95% booked for all Saturdays during wedding season, but don’t let that stop you! Sometimes, she can squeeze in an extra bride, but quite honestly - you are in the best hands in the city with any of the #OFB team!

Introducing our *new* PEC Makeup Artist!!

We are so excited to welcome our good friend, and incredibly talented makeup artist Jazlyn to the One Fine Beauty Team, servicing Prince Edward County!! 

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Jazlyn has been a professional makeup artist for 12 years, with many of those years managing the MAC Cosmetics counter located at the Hudson's Bay Kingston. Following her time at MAC, she saw herself in Toronto (which is now where she calls home), directing and teaching at SOMA - The School of Makeup Art for three years.

Proficient in both beauty and special FX makeup, Jazlyn brings a lot of talent and enthusiasm to the One Fine Beauty team!

Seeing as Jazlyn is located in Toronto, she is able to see her brides for their consults there, when she is booked for their Prince Edward County weddings! For One Fine Beauty, Jazlyn services PEC, Kingston, Brockville, and sometimes Ottawa.

Welcome, Jazlyn!

Truly a Canadian Moment!

DREAMS COME TRUE - EVEN THE ONES YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU HAD...

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to write about the amazing opportunity I had back in January!! Being a pro makeup artist for so long, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some pretty cool people for some awfully wicked occasions. But one of those that might take the cake, is a little something I worked on for the Canadian Olympic Committee!

 

When I received a call from the COC, the lovely lady who booked me mentioned it would be for a last minute gig—this was a Saturday night, and the photo shoot was on the Monday night. Couldn’t tell me location, couldn’t tell me the talent. All she could tell me is that it was top secret and that I would get more details Monday afternoon. 

 

There was a hair component to the photo shoot, so naturally my first call was to my partner-in-crime, Lori from Showpony Hair and Beauty. Whenever something cool comes in, she’s the one - always the one - I can count on. So we ponied up, got super excited and awaited our details! 

 

We got to the location, and it was dark from the outside, but we were welcomed at the door by part of the super friendly crew. Minute by minute, more people showed up, and we had an opportunity to get to know the photographer a bit by chatting while we waited for the talent to arrive from the airport. The photographer’s name is Chris Gordaneer - he’s part of a collective named Westside Studio in Toronto and his work is EPIC. Seriously, go check him out!

 

Talent arrived and we were blown away - it was Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir!!! The ‘soon-to-be’ Olympic gold medalists (again!) at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games. We could not believe it - we were working on the official Olympic image for our Nation’s Flag Bearers!

 

They truly are the kindest, most genuine, and funniest, pair ever. What you see is what you get with them. We worked on Tessa first, and I gave her my classic soft smokey and a mid-tone lip. We kept it fairly natural due to the nature of the shoot, the styling/clothing, the setup etc. Her hair ended up being in a voluminous pony, but softly pulled back. For Scott, we just did the regular amount of grooming that we would normally do for a shoot or 4K video.

Photo: Chris Gordaneer

Photo: Chris Gordaneer

And a little #BTS action too!

A little #BTS shot from Georgia from @TeamCanada!

A little #BTS shot from Georgia from @TeamCanada!


As we were working with Tessa, she mentioned she would love to have us do her hair and makeup for the official press release the following morning at the House of Commons with Prime Minister Trudeau - so naturally we were so happy to doll her up the next morning as well. What an absolute pleasure to work with her again! You can see from the pictures below the overall look was a lot softer, but equally as pretty. When you’re working with such a natural beauty like Tessa, it doesn’t take much at all!

At the House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa  Photo: Tessa Virtue

At the House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa

Photo: Tessa Virtue

Photo: screenshot from CBC Broadcast, January 16, 2018  House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa

Photo: screenshot from CBC Broadcast, January 16, 2018

House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa


And then they went on to win GOLD(s)!!!

 

This one will definitely go in the books as highly memorable and one that I’m eternally grateful for.

Sign Up for our Newsletter! (5 years later...)

I know, I know...

I'm late to the game here, but something about mailing lists has always scared me. Besides the fact that I'm a unsubscriber (#guilty), I've always wondered what I could do to provide our clients and fanbase some sort of additional info in a non-annoying way (that last part is super-duper important). But by being a professional makeup artist for nearly 20 years and lordt, I'm dating myself, I'm bound to have a few tricks up my sleeve, amirite?! So for 2018, I've decided to try out this whole newsletter thing - I know that I do have a lot of good info up in this noggin of mine and I feel a bit selfish not sharing it ;)

Truthfully, whenever I do seminars, my first thought is always "but what am I going to teach today - everyone knows all this stuff I'm about to talk about?" To which the retort from 95% of my attendees exclaim "No, we don't know everything you're about to say - this is why we are here!"

Point taken :)

So for now, the newsletter will remained unnamed until I think of something genius, witty or just plain awesome, but I promise good content! No junky email cluttering up your inbox, and you can unsubscribe anytime (although we hope you won't!) 

I'm thinking of posting about:

  • tips & tricks from an experienced makeup artist
  • upcoming promotions (services & products)
  • upcoming seminars
  • genuine product reviews, products I love and why, tried and true, splurge or steal
  • maybe small video clips if I muster enough courage lol

Any other ideas? I'm open at this point... throw anything at me! You can either message me or leave in the comments below!

If you've made it this far (thank you!), don't forget to sign up - it's at the bottom of our homepage.

Thanks!

Shannon 

Look what's finally arrived - The Ordinary Colours!

I say finally, but really it was like 2 weeks from when I ordered. I'm thoroughly impressed with The Ordinary thus far, in terms of their marketing, overall product quality and their customer service. Just after I placed my order, they announced that there was a production hold up with their Colours, and I do believe it was due to packaging (everyone wanted pumps instead of droppers - good choice and well worth the wait, IMO). They made a public apology as well as an email blast to their customers stating the issue. See? That's all us customers want, is to be kept in the loop. For such a green company, they are already making good choices! I did notice on their website that they still are out of stock/production of some due to waiting for those pumps, but hopefully they'll have a solution figured out soon.

Price Point

So when it comes to makeup, I always have a hard time deciding what I'd like and tend to over-purchase. All in the name of product research, I say!  With The Ordinary Colours, there are two formula options - Coverage Foundation and Serum Foundation. I normally like a fuller coverage, so that was a given, and I've been on the hunt for a lightweight option for summer and weekends. At $6.90 and $6.70 respectively, I figured I'd give both a whirl.

 

Packaging

The packaging is practical and not fussy at all. Some would say that it's a bit plain like their skincare line, but seriously, it's functional, well made and that's really all that matters. I've been in the industry long enough to know that sometimes (note I didn't say all the time), but sometimes, fancy packaging can just be smoke and mirrors for the actual ingredients inside said jar/bottle/package. The plastic bottles feel good in the hand with their rubberized feel, and same with the pump. I have to mention again how happy I am that they bypassed the dropper option. Ugh... I see droppers and all I think of is how unsanitary and contaminated the product will become. I know you're know supposed to touch the dropper, but everyone does, and a pump just avoids all of that ickiness. Not to mention the mess a dropper foundation can become. The boxes are stiff and sturdy, and have a rubberized characteristic to them as well.

Generally speaking, foundation also has a tendency to wear down on my skin throughout the day, no matter what their long-wearing claims may be. It always starts off looking fresh, and by end of day, will look tired, cakey and heavy, accentuating every line, pore and texture on my skin. Always a challenge - what works one week might not work the next. My skin is pickyyyyyy.

 

Sun protection factor

In terms of formulation, I love, love LOVE the fact that the foundations are created without chemical sunscreens, because my skin hates, hates, HATES those. Oxybenzone & Octinoxate will literally give me craters on my face by end of day, and I'll end up with rash-like acne. Trust me - it ain't pretty. So when I noticed they spoke about using physical protection ingredient Titanium Dioxide, I figured it was one less thing for me to react to. You won't notice an SPF notation on the packaging though - long story short, that's reserved for the the European packaging for now (same formula, different wording). Did I mention my skin hates chemical sunscreen? Hates. 

 

shade range/colours

Shade options - there are A LOT! What brand launches 21 shades during their initial release?! Not many, that's who! The Ordinary separates and categorizes their Colours in the most perfect of ways - a way that makes sense. They use the numbers and letters (sounds familiar!), but I do like this system. Because what does Classic Ivory or Buff Beige really mean anyways?! Like, really.

So it works like this:

Level of Colour: 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Undertone: P (pink), N (neutral), Y (yellow), R (red)

So some will select level first, some undertone. As long as you end up at the same place and the correct shade, it doesn't matter.

undertones & swatches

For myself, I like a truly neutral foundation for winter and spring; for summer I tend to get a bit more neutral/pink and I like to mix foundations. I'm not pink enough for a straight pink undertone foundation but a mix suits me well. So for my shade, I opted for the following:

2.0N Serum Foundation

2.0 Coverage Foundation

2.0P Serum Foundation

2.0P Coverage Foundation

If I'm being critical about shades and undertone (which I usually am), at first glance, these are almost bang on to what I expected from the description online. I didn't grab a Y (yellow) undertone to compare, although maybe I should have. But from what I saw in online comparisons is that it was quite gold. Good for some, but not for this Mediterranean/Scottish blend chicka.

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Formulas

The formulas are quite nice, having only swatches them on my arms so far. The Coverage formula offers a nice medium-full coverage liquid; non-oily, but a lovely demi-matte finish, in my opinion. 

Serum Foundation sounds super liquidy and watery when you shake it up, whereas the viscosity of the Coverage is a tad thicker (although no thicker than any other medium coverage foundation out there). I'm wearing the Serum formula today and the coverage is LOVELY but the texture is so difficult to describe, because I know will butcher what I want to say LOL! It's lightweight and luminous, and imparts the most beautiful flawless finish with a whisper of coverage and colour. Due to the nature of the slip and slide of the formula, I figured it would oxidize a bit, but 6 hours of wear so far and we are still fresh and looking like the 2.0N I applied hours ago! The skin combo I used today was:

Sonia Roselli Water Balm

The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation in 2.0N

Applied with Sonia Roselli Sable Foundation Brush

One Fine Beauty Matte Perfection Touch Up Veil in N25 under eyes

Topped off with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

 

Verdict

So as of now, I'm super impressed. With this Serum Foundation, I may have found a new lightweight, everyday, non-SPF foundation! If so, given the price point, colour range, and overall product composition, I will be super stoked and a loyal customer for a long time!

TML - The Makeup Light aka: a Makeup Artist's dream!

Back a few years ago, I realized one thing that limited me while doing freelance that was never an issue when working at the MAC Stores - lights! Seems simple enough, right?

 

Wrong.

 

As artists, we are always searching for the best light. While natural light is obviously optimal, chasing light around a room isn't always practical. If I'm with a booking from the wee hours of the morning until afternoon, that potentially has me moving my station 3-4 times. Have you seen how much gear I have?! No thank you.

 

First off, I bought a lighting system called Glamcor, and by the looks of it, it was the bees knees! Easy to set up, looked great and was B R I G H T. It had a nifty little centre arm that I could use to clip on my iPad mini to film and be properly lit. Cause I was going to make all of these videos and such, and it just seemed to make sense... I needed it! Well that didn't happen. For one thing, I could never get the temperature right and I always had 'hot spots' of lighting on my face when viewed through my iPad. And secondly, did I ever tell you how I'm the world's best project starter and never-finisher? Ya well... moving on... LOL

Another thing I noticed is that everyone looked a bit 'green' when I used the Glamcor. Now, it wasn't totally off, but it just wasn't right. Like my clients with a warm, pink undertone always looked a bit neutral, or a bit gold even. Something was off. By no means was it bad, but I never really reached for it. I felt like I could make due without it.

The more and more I read up on lighting, I knew that obviously it was necessary, but the options are overwhelming to someone who just doesn't really know.

 

Incandescent. Tungsten. Halogen. Fluorescent (we all know this is a no LOL). But LED... LED is good.

 

This is where I started hearing more and more about TML - The Makeup Light. First I heard about it on the Glossible website, then it took over the Glossible Facebook page (a wonderful Facebook community that I help admin, which has 15k of the coolest makeup artists and enthusiasts there ever were)

I ordered The Makeup Light 2.0 Key Light on a pre-order and holy moly, when it arrived, I may have shed a tear. Or ten.

I was BEYOND excited to receive my beloved TML.

I was BEYOND excited to receive my beloved TML.

The Makeup Light was designed and developed by Michael Astalos, who has developed lighting for film sets and major motion pictures. Here's a really great video with Michael and my good friend Sonia Roselli, professional makeup artist, innovative product developer and blogger. It will answer all your questions!

https://youtu.be/sGQbPOp4JDk

They cover why it was created, colour temperature, and some other goodies in there. I just love hearing passionate pros chit chat! I feel like I learn my osmosis sometimes.

Here's another good read on the HOW and WHY (since, as artists, we need to know they why).

Just look at this sexy beast! I love the minimalist packaging too <3 This pre-order came with the light, power source with dimmer, suction cup mount and quick release.

Just look at this sexy beast! I love the minimalist packaging too <3 This pre-order came with the light, power source with dimmer, suction cup mount and quick release.

So while I still love working in natural daylight, this light has saved me in situations where lighting is a challenge (eg. the Canadian Tire Centre) or when Mother Nature isn't cooperating, like during yesterday's corporate shoot when it was all gloom and doom outside.

I love it. I especially love it when other professionals see it and go WHAT IS THAT?! Ahhh... appreciation for good light

I love it. I especially love it when other professionals see it and go WHAT IS THAT?! Ahhh... appreciation for good light

I especially love it when other professionals see it and go WHAT IS THAT?! Ahhh... appreciation for good light - these are my peoples!

 

From now on, you will likely notice The Makeup Light hanging out at future gigs, in the background while I'm getting brides ready or brightening up any places that seem a little shady. 

 

To learn more about The Makeup Light, visit their website. To learn more about Michael's incredible Emmy Award winning wife, Vivian Baker, check her out here. And my good friend Sonia - a wealth of information and the mouth of a sailor, Glossible is where you wanna be.

 

 

Need help hiring your Bridal Makeup Artist? We've got you covered!

"There's so much information - where do I start?!"

Stunning Whitney on her wedding day, September 2016

Photography by Mondays With Mac

Like any other vendor you’ve selected for your wedding day, hiring a professional makeup artist is not something to be overlooked. Having been married not-so-long-ago myself, I know of the costs and expense (and blood, sweat and tears) involved in planning a perfect wedding - one that goes off without a hitch, and leads to your happily ever after. Do you really want to be worrying about your makeup on THE day - whether it be the overall look, the execution and perfection of it, or just worried about it’s wearability in +35C weather?

No? I didn’t think so. 

Here are some reasons why hiring a professional is the way to go!

 

Experience

Experience, I’d say, is the number one thing that should be considered when hiring a professional makeup artist. Someone who has put in at least a few years in the industry and has some proof behind it. Sure, we all know someone who knows someone who can do makeup, and let me tell you - some of the most fabulous makeup artists I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with are self-taught! But that’s not what I’m talking about here. Anyone can pay to go to school for any trade, but it’s the years of skill and experience behind them that really allows an individual to hone their skill - and OWN IT. I can say, without a doubt, that I am a highly skilled makeup artist, but I am always willing to learn. My focus is in beauty and glamour, which is perfect for the bridal industry, but there are some amazing makeup artists who specialize in Editorial or Special F/X that are fabulous just the same. So how do you determine who to go with, you ask...

 

Portfolio

Most makeup artists that are freelancers will have some sort of portfolio to show you - and don’t be afraid to ask. It’s a big deal hiring someone to do your wedding day makeup, seeing as you want to put your BEST face forward. Do your due diligence and research - with the internet today, it’s not that hard to dig around. Check out some testimonials or references, if you can; frequent their websites and Facebook business pages for a while, to check the newer work they are posting. And remember - you're looking for work that they can produce on actual clients, not makeup on themselves. 

It’s about finding a good fit - do you like their style, the overall looks they create, how the products look on the skin etc... Oh, products you say...?

 

Products

Now, I believe that a true artist can work with just about anything, when it comes to products; a lot of the time it’s the tools and the creativity within that artist that can make the magic happen. But do inquire what types of products they use. Ask about wearability, longevity (will always depend on skin type), what can they offer that maybe different than the next artist (maybe airbrush vs. traditional foundation). Quality products really are key when it comes down to performance on your wedding day - considering the day will likely be 16+ hours long! 

 

Makeup Trials

I always, 110% of the time, recommend doing a makeup trial. This really is the time that you need with your makeup artist BEFORE your big day, to discuss your overall vision, likes and dislikes, and to try the actual makeup out before the wedding. Unless I’ve done the client’s makeup before for another occasion, or if she’s from out of town and can’t coordinate a time leading up to the wedding, I always suggest doing a trial to take away the unnecessary stress out of the portion of the wedding day. I think they are best planned around another wedding event, such as your hair trial or dress fitting. It is an added cost, but an invaluable one, at that. And now we get to pricing...

 

Pricing

Now, don’t judge a book by it’s cover - pricing is all relative when it comes down to it. Don’t go for the lowest priced individual; even artists that are just starting out shouldn’t be selling themselves too short. And you don’t need to go with someone with over the top pricing either - but if you do, simply do your research and make sure that you are comfortable with their expertise and that you are really getting what you are paying for. 

Furthermore, when it comes to such a booking such an important service, you need to review your service provider's contracts, terms and conditions and payment structure closely. Make sure you understand all areas of the documents and ask questions if need. Sure, a contract is put in place to protect the artist but equally protects the client (you!).

This is important : If you don't have a contract with your artist, how are you sure they are going to show up on your wedding day? 

 

You only have one chance to make the right decision for your wedding day vendors, and by taking all of this info into consideration, it should help you make the correct choice!

 

One Fine Beauty has been a leader in the makeup artistry business in Ottawa for nearly 5 years, but all of our freelancers have a minimum of 10 years experience in professional makeup (some closer to 20 years - ha!). We can help you pick the perfect artist and plan the most dreamy makeup - drop us a line on our contact form here, or email us at shannon@onefinebeauty.com

CTV Morning Live - Cover That Sunburn!

Oh boy - have we been blessed with some amazing weather this past long weekend! So what happens if you indulged a bit too much, and maybe weren't so liberal with the sunscreen? Here are some steps to get your skin back in good shape if it's been stressed out by all that sunshine!

Here is the video, this morning on CTV Morning Live with Melissa Lamb : Cover That Sunburn

First things first - let's take care of all that's happened to that poor skin! Sunburned skin can be quite painful, turn an unsightly pink, red (or even purplish, depending on the severity), lead to flaking, dehydration and mucho peeling.

 

So let's add some much needed hydration back in! First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery does just that - almost a serum type product, but most definitely a concentrated water base, this unique product adds intense hydration to the skin, as well as calms and soothes stressed skin, helping to repair damage resulted by environmental stressors. The sun is definitely one of those! [ETA : after a bit of research, it is clear that this is a miracle product given the reviews I've read - but it's also being discontinued by the company :( totally bummed! I will covet mine and highly recommend checking our your local Sephora to see if they still have it in stock. Their Anti-Redness Serum looks like a good second bet with Aloe in it!)

 

Another great product from First Aid Beauty is their Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 40 - love this because it's a physical sunscreen, not chemical. This provides great moisture, while loaded with skin soothing ingredients such as Colloidal Oatmeal, which is awesome on tender skin.

I gave a good explanation of the difference on the segment, but for more reasons than the fact that a physical sunscreen prevents the sun's rays from even coming close to your skin, they are just better tolerated than chemical sunscreens. A lot of people can break out from chemical versions, or have reactions at the very least, whereas physical sunscreens are great for sensitive skin. 

 

Next up - colour correctors! Let's dial it back to colour theory, and break out the ol' trusty colour wheel.

Opposite of red on the colour wheel is green, hence the green colour corrector recommendation. Because we are placing the green corrector on top of the sunburn, this will do a good job at cancelling out the colour (if it were placed next to the sunburn, it would likely intensify it!). For this, we used Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Redness Control. Also, you can achieve similar results using a yellow corrector - so if green isn't working, or it's sold out in your preferred product, go ahead and use yellow! After you're done with the light colour correction, you will need to bring life and colour back to the skin with a good concealer and/or foundation. Your work isn't done just yet!

Now, don't go wild on this part - I feel with a really good foundation you may be able to skip this altogether. 

 

This next step is pretty much the main player in covering up your sunburn - a good coverage foundation! I absolutely love Estée Lauder Double Wear because it coverage is incredible (medium, buildable), it looks super natural on, 15 hour wear and can withstand heat and humidity! When you've got a burn, sometimes it wants to roast and melt your foundation off your skin - won't happen with this one! If original EL Double Wear is just too much coverage for you, try Double Wear Light - it's heavenly on almost all skin types!

 

Last but not least, you'll want to add a bit of sunkissed glow back into your once overly rosy skin. Using a matter bronzer like MAC Cosmetics' Matte Bronze Bronzer will add that perfectly tanned hue to your skin, without drawing out the redness. I'd personally avoid anything with shimmer as this might undo a lot of your work of trying to cover the burn up in the first place!

 

This week in Ottawa we are expecting some pretty hot and sunny days, so grab a sun hat, slater on some good sunblock and enjoy the sunshine!