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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!

*Wedding Chicks Approved*

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It's no surprise that we love all things weddings - and are happy to announce (or remind, depending on how long you've been following us!) that we are Wedding Chicks approved!!

 

We love the gals over at Wedding Chicks - they have über amounts of inspiring blog posts covering all things beauty, DIY, shower ideas, honeymoon & travel, and the list goes on! Be sure to check out the 'Printables' section - there are such great stationary ideas in there... and they are all FREE!

 

While you're over there, take a peek at our profile and let us know what you think! 

 

2018 is ramping up and there's no shortage on lucky gals getting engaged to the man of their dreams! We've had an influx of bookings for this coming year and some dates are already booked solid, so contact us soon to avoid disappointment. Remember - your photos will last a lifetime - make sure you feel like a million bucks in all of them!

 

Contact us today for your personalized quote for makeup services!

 

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.

 

 

Le Belvédère - always one of my faves

I've been thinking for a while that I'd like to give back to some of our incredible Ottawa vendors. Ones who support me and my business, One Fine Beauty as a whole and who always seem to selflessly give back. Here's hoping this post will motivate me to not just blog more, but as a means to say thank you to those support us always. 

 

Here's a bit of backstory - I first met Jessica from Le Belvédère at a styled shoot we did, back about 4 years ago. I remember it exactly - it was April 13th and we had a *massive* freak snow storm the night before. She followed up with a few emails the day before stating that there was a pretty steep hill and that we'd need to really giv'er in order to not get stuck on the snow and ice. The hill was salted, but still, it was slick. So naturally... we got stuck LOL! A lovely gentleman met us down the hill, told us to reverse and back our way up the hill in order to not get stuck again. Needless to say, I hopped in the backseat, perched in a toddler car seat and gave him the honours. We got to the top, and at that moment, I feel like my heart literally skipped a beat. I have never seen anything more breathtaking and picturesque in my life. That was it. I was obsessed and a fan forever.

 

Now a different story... fast forward to a couple of years later, when my best friend Linda's daughter was diagnosed with ALL (a certain type of leukemia). Through the coming days, weeks, months, and ultimately years following her diagnosis, we rallied and tried to find a way to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. I came up with the idea of a photoshoot fundraiser as I had seen it done before, and felt like it was something that we could pull off. Linda was signed up to do an event, to stand in solidarity, for 46 Mommas Shave For The Brave in Boston, MA, with a fundraising goal of $10,000. That was a lot of money to raise and truthfully, I felt this was the best way I could help.

 

It was Jessica who graciously, and so incredibly selflessly, offered up her venue Le Belvédère for our photoshoot fundraiser. Knowing that it was a bit of a drive for most of the families coming from the west end, she made sure the experience was an amazing one for all. Not only did she open on a Sunday, but she also brought in one of her incredible chefs who made a gorgeous plated meals for all the families. And I'm not talking something basic (although that would have been appreciated just the same!), but really - the families felt so pampered with their delicious meal, kids had yummy chicken fingers and fries, and everyone felt so well taken care of from the moment they walked in.

 

That day was an incredible success - we were able to raise $1200 for Linda's cause, she proudly met her goal and represented in Boston that summer. It could not have been such a success without Barbara Ann Studios, who donated her amazing photography sessions, and gave families such beautiful photos to cherish for years to come. And also Amy+Jen Decor, who came and set up our display ❤️

 

So how can I give back? Well, I can offer her free makeup services forever, which pretty much goes without saying. But being their preferred makeup vendor for their brides, also would like to extend a special weekday offer to her Le Belvédère clients.

If your wedding is at Le Belvédère from Monday to Thursday, we are offering an exclusive 20% discount off your makeup services

Now is the time to book in your makeup services, as weekday weddings are no longer a thing of the past - we are booking up quickly! Of course, some conditions do apply, so please contact us at shannon@onefinebeauty.com for full details.