Hey look ma, I’m on tv!! Well, my makeup is anyway ;) (pt 1/2)

This past week I was lucky enough to be asked by not one, but TWO industry professionals whom I admire to assist or provide hair and makeup services for their daytime tv debuts on Rogers TV (London, Ontario).
On Wednesday morning, I got to glamify my amazing friend Stacey of Stacey Hanlon Photography
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Stacey is a photographer from the Ingersoll area who specializes in glamour and boudoir portraiture. I came to know Stacey in June 2013 through a woman’s business network that we both belong to, and I took the chance and reached out to offer my services to her and her clients. BEST decision ever.
After meeting her and seeing how she interacted with her clients – I was awestruck. Never before had I seen anyone with the ability to connect and disarm the guards of a woman who is about to have photos taken of her in her delicates. It’s was all natural and genuine. The environment is a safe and secure one. Since then I have become somewhat of an assistant to Stacey on set. The comfort level she creates for the client produces mind blowing images that usually has the client in disbelief that they could “actually look like that”.

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So it’s only natural that Stacey has words of wisdom when it comes to tapping into the world of self esteem and confidence. This is what her Rogers TV interview will focus on.

Please be sure to visit her facebook page as well.

I’m back!

Well September & October sure snuck past me, my apologies right now for not bringing you any new content. SHAME!

Alas, as a creative being I struggle with something called “focus” 🙂 It’s not that I can’t do it. I just cannot force it. Sitting down and piecing together a well written article just isn’t my forte. If I have a canvas (face) in front of me, and my artistic mediums (makeup), then I could teach and demonstrate all day!

After these last 5 years of freelancing and building the business & company that is *ME*, I realize it’s time to push myself a lot more into the areas of education and teaching. It’s one thing for me to sit with my client and give a thorough 20 minute consultation on skin, facial structure and complementary colours. But I realize this can be so much better on a question and answer basis. I am paid to take over and just do what will look good on the client. So this alternate to directing the session, rather turning into a lession, will benefit both client and myself. Client will leave with an added confidence in knowing exactly what they are doing and why when it comes to their application. I will take from it the experience of hearing all kinds of concerns, questions and make “wish lists” of clients ; which will give me more material to educate myself on.

I can promise you that my agenda does not involve pushing product, my kit is comprised of what works – not based on brand recognition. You may also notice my clients don’t leave my chair looking like they came off of a production line either. Everyone’s eye shape, bone structure and skin texture/tones/etc are unique to them. My intent is to have you leaving my chair as a more radiant and confident YOU.
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So stay tuned and I will be sure to continue to share my stories, client pics and more!

~Mallory XoX

#FBsunday Topic: Achieving a smooth foundation finish

Last week I asked on my Facebook page:

What’s your biggest beauty challenge?

And the replies inspired me to address each topic in a weekly blog post. I chose Sunday because it’s usually my day off 😉

So let’s talk skin. Particularly textures. Some folks deal with acne (or other) scarring, dryness, rosacea or constant acne. These issues pose a challenge when trying to conceal or hide them, because it either makes it more noticeable or doesn’t hide it at all.

here’s my before and after. I have rosacea as well as dryness that varies from day to day. Dependent on water and sun conditions. It isn’t painful like acne, but it can get itchy and requires constant moisturizing
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The main thing to remember is the use of corrective colours and highlight/shading.
If you struggle with deep pores or scarring, try these steps.
•first, always start with cleansed and moisturized skin.
•use a primer and apply with a stipple duo fiber brush (the brush to the left of the middle in the pic below). I find this helps product reach deep and hidden surfaces.
•select a concealer that is close to your skin colour, if needed go lighter as a darker shade will leave a shadowy effect and make the spot look deeper or more noticeable.
•scoop a small amount of concealer out of the palette and scrap off onto the back of your hand. Your skin will warm the product to make it easier to apply.
•pat the concealer into skin using a fluffy, but firm, brush like the purple one to the left of the stipple brush. Concentrate on the blemish/problem area and pat around the area in a circular pattern to diffuse the product.
•now apply foundation using a foundation brush, like the one right in the middle (Real Techniques Expert Face Brush) – I find the flat foundation brushes move the product around too much.
the key is to press the product onto the skin first, and then lightly blend it in

image from Real Techniques facebook page
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When you’ve achieved the desirable coverage (make sure you’re using the right foundation! I like Covergirl Clean for light, Urban Decay for medium/buildable and MAC Studio Fix Fluid for heavy/full) set your makeup with a matching powder, patting into skin with a fluffy brush and then with a translucent setting powder. This “sets” the foundation and gives a nice matte finish.

Top it off with a setting spray to make it last all day. I use Lise Watier Magnifix spray. Looove. 20140809-221232-79952558.jpg

And voila! you should have a soft and smoothed out complexion.

Friday Faves! They’re Real! Push Up Gel Liner

It’s so hard to find that perfect product. Be it mascara, foundation, matte bronzers, liner, lipstick… So I’ve decided to share my treats with you every Friday!
I stock a lot of different brands and tools in my makeup kit. After a well paid job or fully booked week, I like to treat myself to one luxury item for my personal use. Many people can’t believe how small my own makeup bag is when they see me lugging around a thousand pound (exaggerating!) makeup kit 🙂

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I bought the new liner from Benefit cosmetics. This pen comes with a rubber point tip, which the gel liner passes through to allow you to create the perfect line every time.

The main difference between a gel liner to a liquid liner is usually the drying time and long lasting/setting power. Liquid liner is rarely waterproof like gel liners can be.
This is mainly the reason why I love this pen! The liner dries quickly and stays put until you wash it off.

Secondly, I love the slanted top that places the product where you want it with precision and helps you get lines!

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Eyelid primer, Put A Lid On It By Balm Cosmetics
Lipstick mad for mauve precision lipstick by Avon
mascara It’s A Long Story by Arbonne

2014 bridal spaces are filling up quickly!

Are you getting married this year? Need an experienced yet affordable artist to accommodate your beauty needs?
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I offer bridal packages from makeup, hairstyling or party packages – why not have mother of the bride and mother of the groom in for a makeover?

Airbrush makeup is included in all bride applications and is always an upgrade option for everyone else. Sweat, water and tear proof for the whole day!

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Pricing and package information can be found on my website www.beautybymallory.ca

20140731-191413-69253014.jpg What’s included in a bridal makeup package?
•foundation, liquid or airbrush, to achieve desired coverage. Highlight, contouring and brush with be applied.
•eyeshadow, liner and false lashes designed for your specific look
•lip liner, lipstick and/or gloss
•Setting powder and spray to add an extra long lifespan to your makeup!
A typical appointment takes an hour.

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I am also a register hairstylist and can perform classic updos and hair design

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July 26th: weddings and things

As if mom, partner, hairstylist, freelance beauty artist and sole
income earner didn’t fill my CV… I cannot turn down fruitful opportunities! In March of 2014
I was invited to join an elite team of highly talented artists in the London area, we compose the Selah Vie Hair and Makeup Design team.

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Selah Vie Luxury Hair and Makeup Artistry is the brain child of Hanna Lafferty, owner and head artist at Selah Vie. Selah is the Hebrew word which means to ‘pause and reflect,’ and Vie is the French term for ‘life.’ It is our utmost desire at Selah Vie to help you feel beautifully prepared and relaxed as you get ready to enjoy some of the finest moments of your life.

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In my almost 5 years of working in makeup artistry, I was so thrilled to meet someone as talented and supportive as Hanna. It’s my opinion that successful people encourage and support one another, there’s nothing to gain by keeping each other down.
Hanna has taken the time to coach us to strengthen our skills in both hair and makeup artistry, giving her time and years of experience in exchange for our time and dedication to providing the best service possible to our Selah Vie clients.

I am so grateful to be in the company of other well known and successful artists from our lovely city!

Check us out on Facebook too

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Welcome!

I am so happy you’re here!
As my business grows I’m learning more ways to be accessible to my clients: past, current and prospective. So I’ve rediscovered my wordpress account and will be posting here more often.

Leave a comment below if there are any topics you’d like to see in the next couple weeks.

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Hair and Makeup by Mallory
Photo by Stacey Hanlon Photography

My first creative shoot!!

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of working with Aneta, owner of Aya Photography and Design. We had connected via Facebook to collaborate on a creative photoshoot centered around an Ice Queen theme.

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This is something new to me, as I’ve never had the opportunity to try my hand at creating unique and powerful concept makep on another person! I was elated about this job!!
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And what tops it all off is that Aneta’s vision was brought to life ❤

 

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Prom & Grad Sessions!! *SPECIAL*

This past weekend, Feb 16th, I had the opportunity to lend my makeup services to the 2nd Annual Prom Expo London. The event was held at the Four Points Sheridan in London, Ontario. I worked alongside hairstylists and other makeup artists from some of the city’s best establishments. 
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Today wasn’t only an exciting day to show off my makeup skills, but to also introduce my newest business partnership with Erin Woodgate’s Photography  (her Erin Woodgate Photography Facebook Page)
 
Erin has created several unique experience packages for those who are graduating or attending prom this year. Most of her packages include hair and makeup by me!
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Take a moment to browse her work, she truly understands the importance of capturing the emotion and spirit of her subjects. I pride myself in working with fair, honest and highly talented professionals – Erin certainly ranks 10/10 in all three catagories!
 
I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about your upcoming special event.

Thank you for stopping by ❤