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Ottawa makeup artist Klava Z created a clean and fresh pretty pink pastel makeup look inspired by spring beauty trends.

Spring Pastels Makeup Look – Refreshing Pinks

Welcome to Everyday Effortless by Klava Z, which is a beauty series showing you how to do flawless, fresh, fun and natural makeup looks for everyday life.

This week I will show you how to achieve a fresh, clean and cute pink pastel makeup look that I called Spring Pastels.

Finally spring is here, though it took awhile for it to come to Ottawa.  I’m starting to seriously consider my husband’s continuous suggestions that we should move somewhere warm permanently.  Though I feel that I wouldn’t appreciate the season’s switch as much if I didn’t have the contrast of cold days of winter.

It’s already May and we are just seeing a bit of green peaking out of the buds on the trees.  Every spring these young bright green little leaves make me want to sing out loud anticipating the wonderful warm days of summer!  I’m eagerly awaiting the weather to finally settle on warm, so that I can switch to my spring/summer wardrobe.  And together with my wardrobe I will be switching my makeup too.

 

Ottawa makeup artist Klava Z created a clean and fresh pretty pink pastel makeup look inspired by spring beauty trends.

 

THE LOOK

This past fall and winter I really got into wearing deep pink and burgundy or nude tones on the lips, so I’m looking forward to changing my makeup towards light bright and fun options.  Without fail every year there is a spring fashion and beauty trend that features pastels and floral patterns of some sorts.  This season’s trends along with timid pops of colour of the first spring flowers here and there have inspired me to create this minimalistic pink pastel makeup look with just a hint of pink on the eyes and, you guessed it, pastel pink lips and cheeks.  This is a great option if you want to add a hint of girly to a nude makeup look.

As always I try to create looks within this Beauty Series that are easy and fast to execute and this is definitely one of those.  Pat on the eyes, flick of the mascara wand, blend the BB cream, swirl on the blush and slick on the lipstick and you are done!  If you have time for a few extra details like sneaky eyeliner and brightened waterline – great!  These tricks make the eyes stand out more.  If you would like to learn more techniques and become a pro at your own makeup then see me for a private makeup lesson.

 

Ottawa makeup artist Klava Z created a clean and fresh pretty pink pastel makeup look inspired by spring pastels.

 

FACE

Apply a complexion product of your choice to achieve an even-toned skin with a natural finish.  If you have any blemishes or red spots – cover them up with a concealer over top of your foundation and blend together.  Since the colours of the makeup are subtle, the skin will be noticed more then if there was a more dramatic makeup look, so you want to make sure that it looks flawless.

After your skin is looking perfect – apply a light pink blush on the apples of the cheeks and along the front part of the cheekbones for a soft colour that looks like it’s just peeking through your skin.

EYES

I like to use cream eye-shadows, especially long-wearing ones, because they can be used as a primer for your powder eye-shadow for more longevity.  I also love that they are easy to apply and blend with fingers.  I liberally applied a pinky-nude cream eye-shadow Painterly Paintpot by MAC to the whole eyelid area for an even opaque (no skin showing) layer all over.

TECHINQUE – TIGHTLINING

I heard another artist calling it a sneaky liner and I like this name better. 🙂 I have discovered sneaky liner out of necessity.  I have very blond lashes and I never liked that look of seeing blonde roots after mascara is applied.  Tightlining takes care of that.  It gives the eye almost an eye-liner like definition without having to apply an eye-liner!  Sneaky, right?  Added bonus – the lashes will look thicker as well because they will be darker in the base.  Now that I have convinced you that you need to do tightlining, here is how to do it.

 

Beautiful pink pastel makeup look created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup showing how to do tightlining.

There are two ways to get to the base of the lashes: either gently place a finger on the lid and pull it up so that that the waterline of the upper lid is visible or tilt the head back and open the eyes wide until you can see the upper waterline in the mirror.  Using a black waterproof eye-liner apply in short strokes to cover the waterline and also in between the lashes until you don’t see any skin between them but only pencil.  Don’t be shy, dig it in to cover everything thoroughly but please don’t poke yourself.

It is important to choose a pencil that is REALLY waterproof and sets fast because you don’t want black smudging on the bottom waterline and running into the inner corners as well.  Especially since in this look the bottom waterline is actually lined with a nude colour pencil to brighten up the eyes a bit and make them look more open.  Now that’s a great trick for covering any redness on the lower waterline.  I used a concealer pencil but a white, nude, light pink or light gold colour could also work well.

LIPS

The lips were painted with a Barbie pink lipstick and a layer of creamy pink lip gloss was added to mute the colour of the lipstick and make it more pastel-like.

PRODUCTS

Here is what I used to achieve this look.

To create Pink Pastel Makeup Look Klava Z Ottawa Makeup Artist used Burberry and MAC cosmetics

Burberry Effortless Kohl Eyeliner in Jet Black.  This is a retractable pen with exceptional colour payoff that has a built-in sharpener (so handy).  It is described as a long lasting waterproof eye-liner and it is certainly that!  This is one of the few pencils I will trust the job of staying on my waterline.  Sometimes it does need to be warmed up a bit on the hand first for a smoother glide.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly.   This is a creamy high-pigmented long-wearing eyeshadow that sets to an intense finish.  It blends super smoothly and creates buildable coverage.   It doesn’t streak or crease even on my oily eyelids for good 8 hours.  I actually use this formula everyday in different colours as my eyeshadow primer or as an eyeshadow on its own.

Burberry Curve Lash Mascara in Ebony.  I haven’t tried this mascara out myself, only on the models a few times, so I can’t talk much about the formula.  It seemed to build decent volume on the lashes.  I did like the brush – it is small and designed to coat even the most delicate lashes – making it ideal for shorter, flatter lashes.

MAC Chromographic Pencil NC15/NW20.  It’s almost like a concealer in a creamy pencil that glide on easily and smoothly.  This flesh-toned shade works really well on the lower waterline to open up and brighten the eye.

Burberry Cheek Glow Blush in Misty.  This lightweight powder blush can really enhance the look of skin with its subtle healthy radiance.  It is ultra-blendable and buildable which makes it a breeze to apply.  Usually I really dislike brush applicators that come in blush compacts as most of those stiff synthetic brushes will not provide a smooth application.  This one is made out of natural hair and is great for touch ups.  The colour is a pale, light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish.

MAC Velvetease Lip Pencil in Tease Me.  A hybrid between a pencil and a lipstick this product glides on smooth for a rich and matte finish.  It has an intense impact of a lipstick and the ease of application of a pencil.  I like using chubby pencils like this on my lips because I can be more precise with the application.  I really like the fun Barbie pink colour of this lip pencil!

Burberry Kisses Gloss in Fondant Pink.  It is important to me that a lipgloss feels comfortable on the lips – and this one does, it’s completely non-sticky and I can feel it’s hydrating properties on the lips right away.  The finish is super shiny and buildable, so that I can start with just a subtle dewy finish and intensify for an extra wet look.  It’s a light creamy pink gloss.

 

GLAMMED UP VERSION OF THE LOOK

 

Ottawa makeup artist Klava Z created a clean and fresh pretty pink pastel makeup look with pink lips and pistachio eyeshadows inspired by spring beauty trends.

 

Since the eyes were pretty much nude, that’s where I decided to add more makeup to give this look a bit of a twist.  I wanted to stay with the pastel tones to keep the softness of this look, so I added a seafoam-grey eyeshadow to the eyes.  A few years ago I went through a stage of wearing different shades of cool toned green colours, like pistachio, seafoam or muted turquoise and creating this look made me want to wear them again.  I applied the eyeshadow to the outer corner of the eyelid and blended it along and above the crease.  A muted grey pencil was used along the upper lash line, a bit on the outer part of the lower lash line and winged out ever so slightly to enhance the almond eye shape of the model.

 

Ottawa makeup artist Klava Z created a clean and fresh pretty pink pastel makeup look inspired by spring beauty trends.

 

And here it is – a spring inspired pink pastel makeup look.  I hope you will give it a try!  It’s a fun one!  Don’t forget to snap and picture of yourself and post your interpretation of this look on Instagram with a tag #EffortlessbyKlavaZ.

Come back soon to check out the next new look and tips on how to achieve it!  And in the meantime, follow me on Instagram  @KlavaZ.makeup and Facebook Klava Zykova Makeup Artist and Educator for everyday makeup inspiration and to see what I’m up to.

Have an effortless beauty day!

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Klava Z

Credits
Photos Throne Photography
Model Stephanie Laliberte
Hair TopKnot Hairstyling by Kirsty MacDonald
Styling Toast Special Events
Clothing Vincent
Effortless Bronzed makeup look for a casual weekend brunch with girlfriends created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist focused on bronzed glow, soft pink eyeshadows and nude lips.

Brunching – Effortless Bronzed Makeup Look

Hello beautiful!

Welcome to Everyday Effortless by Klava Z, which is a bi-weekly beauty series showing you how to do flawless, fresh, fun and natural makeup looks for everyday life.

This week I will show you how I created an effortless bronzed makeup look that is perfect for casual get together with friends or family, like brunch.

I love going out for brunch!  Nothings says better that the weekend is here then leisurely stretching out your meal and socializing with friends or family from breakfast to lunch.  I religiously set aside time for brunches and am always in search of the next best place for it!  I don’t mind even cheating on my usually clean diet with delicious brunch classics like pancakes or eggs benny – I consider it a treat.

 

Effortless Bronzed makeup look for a casual weekend brunch with girlfriends created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist focused on bronzed glow, soft pink eyeshadows and nude lips.

THE LOOK

When I get ready for a brunch with my girlfriends, I want to look fresh, stylishly casual and not too done up.  To achieve the happy glow (which doesn’t alway come naturally at the end of the work week) I really focused on the skin to make it look extra radiant and bronzed.   Skin is your canvas, so think about it as a foundation of your look.  Not only in a way that it should look flawless, but that it can reflect the feel of the makeup you are going for.  For example, I wouldn’t think to do a matte finish on the skin for this casual look, but might consider it for a night time going out look.

I used pink tones on the eyes as those colours complement bronzed skin beautifully.  I saw lots of pink and other sunset eyeshadow colours on the Spring/Summer 2016 runway shows and it’s promising to be another big trend along with a pop of blue on the eyes.  Such a pretty trend and easy to wear!  Keep reading on how to create this look and how to nail the perfect glowy bronzer application.  If you would like to learn more techniques and become a pro at your own makeup then see me for a makeup lesson.

 

Effortless Bronzed makeup look for a casual weekend brunch with girlfriends created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist focused on bronzed glow, soft pink eyeshadows and nude lips.

FACE

As I mentioned above, skin for this effortless bronzed makeup look is supposed to emanate healthy radiance and that’s why I only used a light application of a creamy and hydrating BB cream that has a dewy finish.  No setting with powder required unless you have oily skin because it will take away that glowy finish that we are after.  Oilier skin types use the powder mostly in the T-zone and definitely skip the cheekbones.  Usually the glow will come through the powder in an hour or so and will look just right.

The next step will give you a three in one effect so that you can spend less time on makeup and more time enjoying your eggs benny. 😉  I’m all about finding ways to speed up and simplify my makeup routine.

TECHNIQUE – EFFORTLESS GLOWY BRONZER

How to apply bronzer for the Effortless Bronzed makeup look for a casual weekend brunch with girlfriends created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist focused on bronzed glow, soft pink eyeshadows and nude lips.

 

It is important to choose the right product for this because if it’s right then instead of applying blush, then your bronzer and then a highlighter you can do it all at once.  I used a Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc that has four sections of different colours in shimmery (as the name would suggest 🙂 ) peach bronze colours.  With a big buffing brush I swirled over all four colours a few times to have a bit of every colour on the brush evenly.  In circular buffing motions I applied this blush/bronzer combination along the cheekbones and on the apples of the cheeks, starting with the edges of the face and bringing colour to the middle and blending really well.  Remember to always start with a place where you want the darkest colour because the brush will have the most amount of product on it at first.   Then I kept going along the forehead hairline and touched the chin lightly with what was left on the brush.  The main colour concentration should be on the cheeks.  Voila, the face has a gorgeous peachy sun kissed dewy look to it.

I find that it’s always helpful to get a visual to makeup instructions, so a short video will be coming up on my Instagram  @KlavaZ.makeup showing this technique.

EYES

I applied a light eyeshadow as a base all over the lids to brighten the eyes and then blended a soft warm pink eyeshadow along and slightly on top of the eye crease.  Women often stay away from pink eyeshadows thinking it might make eyes look tired, but it all depends on the application.  In this effortless bronzed makeup look the pink is what makes this look so perfect for spring!  Eyes were finished with a generous application of mascara.

LIPS

A swipe of a glossy nude sheer lipstick was all that’s needed.  It will come off when you will be devouring your delicious brunch food, so might as well use a colour that won’t change the look much once it’s gone. 😉

PRODUCTS

Here are the key products to achieving this look.

Products used by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist to create Effortless Bronzed makeup look for a casual weekend brunch with girlfriends that is focused on bronzed glow, soft pink eyeshadows and nude lips.

Burberry Fresh Glow BB Cream SPF 20.  It’s a make-up and skincare hybrid that moisturizes, protects, perfects and enhances the skin to create the signature Burberry healthy-looking, even toned, dewy glow.  It has sheer but buildable coverage and feels very creamy going on and then settles into a more lightweight texture on the skin.  It’s pigmented enough to even out redness on the skin which not many BB creams can do due to being too sheer.

Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Peach Mosaic.  I love multi-use products like this!  It has 4 different colours ranging from light peach to bronze and you can use it on the eyes, cheeks or body.  This is a baked formula that glides easily upon application and has a strong pearly finish to it that might be too shimmery for some occasions but perfect for others.  I can see it being a staple for me in the summer.

Estee Lauder Foundation Brush #3.  This one is a large full powder foundation brush with a rounded top edge.  It is quite dense which means it will provide fuller coverage and apply the product more intense.  Can be used for powder and liquid.  I also like to use it if I need to apply bronzer or foundation to décolletage area since it’s such a big brush.

Burberry Eye Colour Silk in Rose Pink #201.  An ultra-blendable, silky smooth powder eye shadow that offers high colour intensity.  The super-soft, weightless formula gives strong colour pay-off and a smooth finish.  The colour is a very warm toned matte pink that looks beautiful on those with warm skin undertones.

Burberry Eye Colour Silk in Porcelain #100.  Same as above in terms of texture and feel.  This one is a pale shimmering ivory champagne, which is a great base colour to use for many looks and also work really well as an under-brow highlighter because the amount of shimmer in it is just right.

Burberry Kisses Sheer Nude Beige #201.  This is a new formula of lipstick that Burberry launched just over a month ago and I love how it feels on the lips!  The lightweight gel texture melts onto the lips, delivering a shiny tint in just one swipe.  It locks in moisture and conditions lips with a signature blend of rosehip, tea and lavender.  The sheer shine finish packs a lot of pigment which has a translucent quality to it.  So even they are sheer in texture, the colour pay off is actually stronger then you would expect.  Once the glossy finish wears of, the colour stays on almost like a stain, so it has great longevity to it which is hard to find in moisturizing lipsticks.  This colour is a true beige that is not too brown or peach.

 

GLAMMED UP VERSION OF THE LOOK

 

Effortless Bronzed makeup look for a casual weekend brunch with girlfriends created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist focused on bronzed glow, soft pink and brown eyeshadows and nude lips.

To give this casual look a bit more drama I added warm brown eyeshadow in the outer corner and the middle of the crease and also used it to lightly define the bottom lash line.  I also packed on a pretty pink glitter on the eyelids, but unfortunately, it’s hard to capture glitter on camera in natural light, so you can’t really see it in photos.  🙁  I kept the lips nude but layered the lipstick a few times for the colour to come through a bit more.

Here it is, my Brunching – Effortless Bronzed Makeup Look that you can see me wearing often, even when I’m not out for brunch.  If I don’t have time to put together a properly finished look, just applying mascara, concealer and this type of glowy peachy bronzer is all I need to look my best natural polished self. 😉

 

Collage Effortless Bronzed makeup look for a casual weekend brunch with girlfriends created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist focused on bronzed glow, soft pink eyeshadows and nude lips.

 

I hope you will give this look a try and if you do, I would love to see it!  Don’t be shy, post your interpretation of this look on Instagram with a tag #EffortlessbyKlavaZ.

Come back soon to check out the next new look and tips on how to achieve it!  And in the meantime, follow me on Instagram  @KlavaZ.makeup and Facebook Klava Zykova Makeup Artist and Educator for everyday makeup inspiration and to see what I’m up to.

Have an effortless beauty day!

Let’s play!

Klava Z

Credits
Photos Throne Photography
Model Ashley Models International Management
Hair TopKnot Hairstyling by Kirsty MacDonald
Styling Toast Special Events
Clothing Vincent

 

 

 

 

 

Eco makeup look using blue eyeliner and mascara created by Klava Z, Ottawa makeup artist using only natural cosmetics inspired by the Spring Summer 2016 beauty trend of pop of blue on the eyes.

Eco Makeup Look – Into The Blue

Hello beautiful!

Welcome to Everyday Effortless Beauty Series by Klava Z, which is a weekly beauty series showing you how to do flawless, fresh, fun and natural makeup looks for everyday life.

It’s time for an Eco Makeup Look of the month when I use only natural and/or organic products for creating it!

I wrote all about why I’m passionate about it and how I became interested in natural cosmetics in my first Eco Look post.  This week I started doing a detox cleanse and researching about different toxins in our environment reminded me how important the whole idea of green and clean living is, including makeup!

One of the biggest spring summer 2016 beauty trends I’m seeing everywhere is a pop of blue on the eyes.  Now that’s not an easy one to pull off and I suspect not many women will venture into trying it out.  We can blame the extreme look of blue eyeshadows up to the brow in the 80’s for deterring many away from using blue on the eyes all together.  🙂  However, I think that certain shades of blue can look stunning and understated instead of loud on the face so I wanted to show how you can make this trend wearable for day and look effortless and fresh.  And all using only organic natural makeup products!  Yes, it’s not all brown shades in eco makeup (though I do use some brown in this look ;)).

Eco Makeup Look using blue eyeliner and mascara created by Klava Z, Ottawa makeup artist using only natural cosmetics inspired by the Spring Summer 2016 beauty trend of pop of blue on the eyes.

 

THE LOOK

This casual eco makeup look is great for those weekend errands or hangouts with friends.  It focuses on a deep blue eye-liner with a soft pop of blue on the lashes as well.  I know, blue mascara!  Sounds scary.  But actually most of them just give a blue tint to the lashes which makes the whites of the eyes whiter.  That’s a nice bonus, isn’t it?  There are a few mascaras out there this season that are electric blue which is more of a fashion statement.  Make sure to try one before purchasing so that you know the effect you are getting. 🙂  Tip – if your blue mascara is showing up too bright or not giving your lashes enough definition then apply your regular black mascara first and then the blue one.  The trick to using the blue and making this makeup natural-looking is to tone down the brightness of blue with a neutral colour, like a brown eye-shadow and keep everything else fairly neutral as well.   If you would like to learn more techniques and become a pro at your own makeup then see me for a makeup lesson.

Eco makeup look using blue eyeliner and mascara created by Klava Z, Ottawa makeup artist using only natural cosmetics inspired by the Spring Summer 2016 beauty trend of pop of blue on the eyes.

FACE

I applied liquid foundation in a sheer layer all over and then followed with a soft earthy-pink blush focusing on the apples of the cheeks and blending it out.

TECHNIQUE – PENCIL EYE-LINER

Eco makeup look Ottawa Makeup Artist showing how to apply cream eyeshadow and blue eyeliner using only natural organic cosmetics.

For this look I really wanted a super easy and fast application, since it’s a casual one I don’t see a woman spending lots of time on it.  I applied a sheer wash of a warm beige colour all over the lid with a jumbo pencil eye-shadow (love them for a quick application, no powdery mess and a beautiful glistening finish).  Using a fluffy brush (but fingers will work well too) in a small circles motion I blended out the edges of a cream eye-shadow so that there is no harsh edges left.

Then I lined the top lash with a blue eye-liner pencil extending the line just slightly past the eye.  I don’t recommend to draw a line in one swoop – it rarely works as pencil gets caught on the skin and pulls.  Rather do short strokes with a tip of the pencil laying slightly on the side. Then I went over the line again to make it a bit thicker and for the colour to pop more.  Try not to squint when applying an eye-liner as it will create crinkles that will make application harder and uneven.  I have mastered gently closing the one eye that I’m working on and pulling the brow up a bit to smooth out the lid even more.

No worries if the line ends up a bit rough looking – use an angle brush either dipped in the same colour eyeshadow or pick up the product from a pencil and go over the border of the liner.  This will even out the line.

If you are noticing that the colour of the pencil is not as intense as it should be then warm it up on the hand with short back and forth strokes and then try again.  A few coats of dark blue mascara on both top and bottom finished the eyes.

As always, a short video will be coming up on my Instagram @KlavaZ.makeup showing this technique.

LIPS

I actually used a creamy nude eye-shadow with a bronzed sheen as a lip colour by patting it on the lips.  To be honest with you, I thought it was one of those multi-use cream products and didn’t realized it was an eye-shadow until after I used it.  But it worked great and stayed on well. 🙂  I like happy accidents like these.

As you can see, the lip and the cheek colour compliments the colour of the eye-shadow and lets the blue eye-liner be the only thing that stands out.

 

PRODUCTS

The key products to achieving this eco makeup look are the eye-shadow, eye-liner, mascara, blush and the lipstick, which I will provide my short reviews on as usual.  However since I’m really focusing on introducing natural makeup products, I will list all the products I used.

Natural and organic Makeup Products used for the eco makeup look based on the blue eyes trend.

 

100% Pure Dual-Ended Creamstick Eyeliner in Cotton & Silk.  I wrote all about this baby in my previous Eco February Look post.

Pure Anada Natural Mascara in Blue.  This is a great mascara that can build good volume and length without clumps, stays on very well and washes off easily.  I like its’ brush that gives lashes nice separation. Everything you need in your everyday mascara.  It is naturally paraben-free, gluten-free, and mercury-free.  This applies to their black mascara as well.  Yay to a Canadian natural makeup line!

Delizioso Skincare 100% Natural Eyeliner Pencil Deep Blueberry.  A beautiful vivid deep blue eye pencil with high pigment.  I found that the pencil is a bit hard in texture, so to get the full potential of the gorgeous pigment either warm it up first so it glides effortlessly or use an angle brush to pick up the colour.  Stays on well.  Of course, I love the fact that this is a Canadian brand as well!

Pure Anada Pressed Mineral Cheek Colour Sweet Pea.  Another great product by Anada and my personal go to!  Take a look at my rave review about it in my first Eco Look post. 

Pacifica Supernatural Eyeshadow Trio in Breathless, Glowing, Sunset.  As I mentioned I ended up using this cream product as a lipstick and it worked really well on the lips.  It applies like a cream and then sets to powder finish.  By the way it set on the lips I can tell that it will be a long-wearing eyeshadow.  It has anti-aging ingredients including jojoba and argan oils.

Da lish Illumination Concealer CO2.  

Delizioso Skincare Dual Action Foundation 

 

GLAMMED UP VERSION OF THE LOOK

Glam eco makeup look using blue eyeliner and mascara created by Klava Z, Ottawa makeup artist using only natural cosmetics inspired by the Spring Summer 2016 beauty trend of pop of blue on the eyes.

Easy peasy!  Just apply a chocolate eyeshadow over the cream one.  Keep in mind that it will stick to the cream and will show up more intense, so be extra careful blending the edges of the shadow.  Use a bit of the same chocolate eye-shadow on the pencil brush to smudge a bit of a liner on the outer part of the lower lash line.  Go over the blue eyeliner once more to freshen it up and that’s it!  I love how the darker eye-shadow made the blue colour of the liner really pop!

 

eco makeup look using blue eyeliner and mascara created by Klava Z, Ottawa makeup artist using only natural cosmetics inspired by the Spring Summer 2016 beauty trend of pop of blue on the eyes.

 

I hope this Eco Makeup Look – Into The Blue gives  you a preview of how beautifully eco products can perform and  inspire you to try them out!

And if you do, I would love to see it!  Don’t be shy, post your interpretation of this look here or on Instagram with a tag #EffortlessbyKlavaZ.

Come back in soon to check out the next new look (what will it be?!) and tips on how to achieve it!  And in the meantime, follow me on Instagram @KlavaZ.makeup and Facebook Klava Zykova Makeup Artist and Educator for everyday makeup inspiration.

Have an effortless beauty day!

Let’s play!

Klava Z

Credits
Photos Throne Photography
Model Victoria Models International Management
Hair TopKnot Hairstyling by Kirsty MacDonald
Styling Toast Special Events
Clothing Vincent
Makeup Products Louche Lily

 

 

Professional makeup look for work with red lips and classic eye makeup created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist

#Girlboss Professional Makeup Look

Hello beautiful!

Welcome to Everyday Effortless Beauty Series by Klava Z, which is a bi-weekly beauty series showing you how to do flawless, fresh, fun and natural makeup looks for everyday life.

March 8th was an International Women’s Day and I wanted to honour it with this week’s look #Girlboss – professional makeup look.  I grew up in Russia where this holiday was lavishly celebrated all across the country and women were celebrated.  Even though back then we didn’t have the term girl boss, but many were by default, because it wasn’t common for women to stay at home, every one I knew was a working woman.

Today I’m surrounded with kick-ass girl bosses who run their businesses with style and even if it’s not easy – don’t show it.  I’m in total awe of women’s abilities to balance all the roles that they take on.  I know from a personal experience that it can be challenging and I’m still trying to find the balance between developing my business, spending time with my lovely family, taking time for myself and taking care of my house.   I guess I’m a girl boss in training. 😉

 

Professional makeup look for work with red lips and classic eye created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist

 

THE LOOK

I wanted to create a makeup look that says “power” and what better gets that point across then a red lipstick?  A lot of women think that they can’t get away with red, but trust me, there is a perfect shade of red lipstick waiting for you somewhere to be discovered.  It is also a matter of getting out of your comfort zone – if you are not used to wearing bright colour lipstick then even your perfect shade of red will look too harsh to you.  Give yourself some time to get used to it!  Wearing red can make you feel more confident and it’s a proven fact that people pay more attention to what someone is saying when their are wearing a red lipstick.  Another great reason for girl bosses to wear it. 🙂

In this makeup look for work every feature of the face is polished for a professional look, however nothing competes with the lips.  You don’t want anything taking away the impact of the power colour.  Let’s take a look at the details of this makeup.

Professional makeup look for work with red lips and classic eye makeup created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist

 

FACE

You need a flawless base to make the bright colour lips stand out in the best way, so make sure to do your foundation properly, covering any discolourations on the skin.  I used a liquid foundation with medium coverage and natural finish, meaning not too glowy or matte.  The t-zone was powdered to make sure that it doesn’t look oily midday.  The cheeks were defined with a blush in an earthy-peach blush colour that was applied under and slightly across the cheekbones for a contoured effect.

EYES

Often I recommend to not put anything on the eyes other then mascara when wearing a bright pop of colour on the lips for a modern look.  However, in this case, I wanted the eyes to be more polished, since it is a professional makeup look for work.  So I did a classic look on the eyes.  Soft cool pinkish grey colour was blended all over the lid and in the crease with a soft brush to add depth to the eye.  Light eye shadow was patted with a flat brush on the lower lid to brighten up and open the eyes.  To define the eyes, I applied a thin liquid eyeliner across the top lash line stopping where the lashes stop.  Be careful not to go over and down the eye edge as it will make the eyes appear droopy.

Brows are really important to this look!  Brows really define the character of the face and they need to be meticulously defined and polished.  Fill in the brows with a pencil or powder, making sure that all the gaps that make them look uneven are filled in and then go over with a brow gel to set them in place.

TECHNIQUE – RED LIPSTICK APPLICATION

I will warn you right away that I didn’t use a lipliner on purpose.  I find that brighter and darker colour lipsticks without a visible liner look more modern and fresh.  If you are used to a lipliner to even out your lips – find one that matches your lipstick perfectly and use it AFTER you applied lipstick.  This way it will even out the borders of your lips without looking like a definite line.

 

How to apply red lipstick for a professional makeup look for work with red lips and classic eye created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist

1. To make sure that your bright beautiful lipstick will stay on strong all day – use a lip primer.  I use the one by MAC and I let it sit on the lips for at least two minutes before I start applying a lipstick, otherwise it doesn’t have a chance to set and won’t hold your lipstick in place as well.  Trust me, giving time to a lip primer to set makes all the difference!

2. Use a lip brush so that you can define the borders of your lips instead of using a lipliner.  Tip – I like to use a concealer brush for more full lips as lip brushes can be too small so takes longer to fill in the whole lip.

3. Gently blot lips to help press the pigment of the lipstick into the lips more thorough.  No smooshing your lips into the kleenex though!

4. Reapply your lipstick for more longevity and put back the shine that you took off while blotting.

If you think that it’s too much work, think about Marilyn Munroe who would put at least 5 layers of lipstick on to get the desired colour and fuller look.  But seriously, it only takes an extra minute to do this, but will result in extra 4 hours of perfect lipstick wear.

That’s it – you are ready to go out there and rule the world … or at least your office. 🙂

PRODUCTS

Makeup products used to create a professional makeup look for work with red lips and classic eye created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist

Giorgio Armani Cosmetics Eye Tint in Flannel.  This is an interesting liquid-to-powder eyeshadow formula.  The coverage is really buildable from sheer wash of colour to a more opaque shades.  Once it dries it feels, looks and acts like a powder eye shadow that is extremely long-wearing.  The colour is really cool, sort of muted rosy pink with gray-ish undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen. Certain tones come out more depending on the rest of the makeup and the skin tone, of course.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper.  I already sang my serenades to this liquid liner that is my absolute fav in the previous post here.

Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Sepia.  The design of this dual-ended pencil and brush is one of the best out there if you want to quickly fill in your brows for a natural looking definition. The triangular slanted tip is brilliant because you can use different angles of it depending on what area of the brow you are working on.  The powder texture adds subtle colour and will never look harsh.  There is a good reason it has won Best of Beauty Awards 2015.  Sepia is a muted brown with ashy undertones which is one of the most versatile colours in the range.

Burberry Light Glow Blush in Tangerine.  It’s all in the texture – lightweight finely milled powder that blends flawlessly and becomes invisible on the skin.  The colour is darkened peach with a tinge of pink and the pigment shows up just perfect – not too strong, not too subtle, which makes application fool-proof.

MAC Prep+Prime Lip.  I usually describe it as a double sided tape for your lipstick.  It will help smooth lips creating a perfect canvas for the lipstick and will help it adhere stronger to the lips for a super enhanced longevity and prevent from creeping the lipstick into the lines around the mouth.  Remember to wait 2 minutes before applying your lipstick!

Giorgio Armani Cosmetics Rouge Ecstasy Teatro #402.  Armani calls this a CC lipstick, meaning that it offers Care and Colour –  skincare lipstick that combines high-impact colour with the ultimate comfort of a moisturising balm.  It does feel very velvety soft going on the lips and the colour has this luminousity to it that makes the colour pop even more.  Teatro is a gorgeous orange based red which, unfortunately didn’t translate accurately in pictures (it looks more like a classic red).

GLAMMED UP VERSION OF THE LOOK

 

Amped up version of the Professional makeup look for work with red lips and classic grey eye shadow makeup created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist

If a special occasion or dinner with clients is happening right after work and you need to quickly step up the look to a night version, it’s very easy.  I simply applied a shimmery grey eye-shadow all over the upper lid and blended into the crease.  It takes it up a notch but still looks professional.  If you want it even more daring and dramatic then swipe the same colour under the eyes as well.

I hope you will give this look a try and if you do – please post your interpretation of this look here or on Instagram with a tag #EffortlessbyKlavaZ.  I would be thrilled to see it!

 

Professional makeup look for work with red lips and classic eye makeup created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist

 

By the way, after this #Girlboss makeup look I will be posting new looks bi-weekly instead of once a week.  As much as I love creating these looks and tell you how to achieve them, I found that posting every week was taking too much time from my actual makeup job and my family.  In my search for balance in my life, as I talked about in the beginning, I made a choice to scale down a bit.  I hope you won’t mind. 😉

Check back in two weeks for a new look in my Beauty Series!  And in the meantime, follow me on Instagram @KlavaZ.makeup and Facebook Klava Zykova Makeup Artist and Educator for your everyday makeup inspiration.

Have an effortless beauty day!

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Klava Z

Credits
Photos Throne Photography
Model Ashley O Models International Management
Hair TopKnot Hairstyling by Kirsty MacDonald
Styling Toast Special Events
Clothing Vincent

 

 

Model with glossy skin

The Best of Spring Makeup Trends

The seasonal fashion weeks mark the most important dates for industry gurus and innovators, showcasing the upcoming clothes and accessories to make fashion history. For years, it was only the clothing lines that took the spotlight at these events with the models walking the runways with fresh, makeup-less faces, but aestheticians backstage are quickly making a name for themselves as they break the boundaries of minimal makeup and experiment with bolder styles. With spring just around the corner, it’s time that we take a closer look at the beauty trends that will dominate this season.

Blue eye makeup

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Blue Eye Makeup
Neutrals have always been easy to work with whether you want to achieve a natural look or a subtle smokey eye for the day, and when we encounter a colour like blue, some of us end up stumped as we are left clueless on how to pull it off. The great thing about blue hues in makeup is that it immediately draws focus to your eyes, so anytime you feel like being the center of attention, this is your go-to colour palette. Harper’s Bazaar suggests sparkly navy for smokey eyes or a heavy line across your lids for some chaos.

Cara Devilgne hot pink lips

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Pink Lips
The international fashion aggregator Lyst might have been talking about clothes when they mentioned the hue of the season would be pink, but looking back at the spring 2016 fashion shows, the colour appeared to be a hit for the backstage makeup artists. Although red lips are timeless, pink has this romantic, feminine quality that the modern woman should learn to embrace. So ditch those burgundy tints from last season for now and be brave this spring with a bright, matte pink

Model with glossy skin

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The Glossy Look
At the risk of looking like you’ve been sweating it out at the gym, the shiny face seems to be all the rage this season. A new take on strobing, the idea of the glossy finish was inspired by the after hours of an epic dance party. To execute this glow, skip the foundation and then apply a thin layer of Vaseline on your cheekbones, lids and under your eyes.

 

Gold glitter eye makeup

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Arts and Crafts
No one is expecting you to go as far the jewels and pearls that were adorned on the Givenchy models, but people are becoming more playful with their makeup looks, using loads of glitter and watercolour-like eye paints.

What spring makeup trends are you looking forward to experimenting with?

Disclaimer: This post has been contributed by an affiliate.

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Klava Z

 

Beach vacation makeup look with coral eyes and lips and glowy bronzed skin created by Ottawa makeup artist Klava Z

All Inclusive – Beach Vacation Makeup Look

Hello beautiful!

Welcome to Everyday Effortless Beauty Series by Klava Z, which is a weekly beauty series showing you how to do flawless, fresh, fun and natural makeup looks for everyday life.

Even though this winter has been mild by Ottawa standards, there always comes a point during the long months of cold when you just can’t wait to escape to a warm far-away!  It’s about that time when everyone is starting to pack up for a vacation and maybe this beach vacation makeup look will help you to decide what makeup to take with you.  I was never an all inclusive vacation kind of girl, I preferred to explore places on my own terms.  However, I tried it out last year with my 1-year old in tow and I really appreciated the convenience of it.  It doesn’t look like we will be going anywhere warm this winter (insert a very sad face here), so this post is as close as I’m going to get to a vacation.

 

Beach vacation makeup look with coral eyes and lips and glowy bronzed skin created by Ottawa makeup artist Klava Z

THE LOOK

I called this makeup look an All Inclusive so that it’s clear right away that we are talking about vacation on the beach kind of look.  It’s about looking like a fresh and glowy beach goddess.  Effortlessly, of course! 😉  This look is perfect as your go-to beach vacation makeup look – it’s easy, fast and uses minimal amount of products because I know that space is limited when you are packing your suitcases.  I don’t like to think about makeup when I’m on vacation, that’s why I  consider it before I go and carefully put together a few key products that I can use in different ways.  I usually try to find a blush that can double up as a lipstick; and a highlighter that I can use as an eyeshadow and so on.

When I think about makeup for the sunny beach and tanned skin I immediately think of coral tones.  Corals are so flattering on all skin types (of course you have to find the right tone of coral), and yet, so many women are afraid of them.  When skin starts to acquire a slight golden glow (only “slight” because you suppose to ease into sunbathing and do it safely), coral tones accentuate the sun-kissed look so beautifully!

 

Beach vacation makeup look with coral eyes and lips and glowy bronzed skin created by Ottawa makeup artist Klava Z

FACE

If you feel like you need something to even out your skin tone – choose a liquid or creamy product that is very lightweight and sheer.  Put your powder away – matte skin looks weird on the beach.  It’s just not realistic.  I did use a tinted moisturizer that has a very luminous finish on the model to imitate how the skin would look like in hot climate.  However, if you can get away without a complexion product – just go bare skin, give your skin a break, but don’t forget to protect it, of course.

TECHNIQUE – SUN KISSED BRONZER APPLICATION

Now it’s time for your bronzer!  A sheer application of a properly placed bronzer will impart your skin with that sun-kissed look without the sun damage. 🙂  Again, I would recommend using a creamy product because once your skin warms up from the heat, the makeup will invariably move a bit.  Creamy makeup will move more organically on the skin and are much easier to adjust by blending with your fingers, whereas powder product will just go streaky and look obvious.

 

How to apply bronzer for a beach vacation makeup look with coral eyes and lips and glowy bronzed skin created by Ottawa makeup artist Klava Z

 

I picked up a big sized dual fibre brush that is flat topped – I like using dual fibre brushes for creamy face products.  I talked about them in my Yoga Glow Makeup Look and Wakeup Makeup Look.  You have to think about the area of the face that you will be using your brush on – the bigger the area, the bigger the brush.  In this case, you don’t want too big, because we are not applying bronzer all over the face, but strategically placing it to enhance the naturally tanned look.

Swirl the brush on the cream bronzer to pick up the product and then using buffing motions in circles go over your face, concentrating on the high planes of your face that would get a bit more sun if the face was exposed.  Go over the forehead, along the cheeks and on tops of the cheekbones, and continue up one side of the nose, to the bridge and down the other side.  Lightly touch the chin as well.  Always check to make sure that the edges of the bronzer are blended well and you can’t see where it starts and where it ends.  I like to wipe the brush on a tissue to get rid of the product left over and then go over the bronzer again focusing on blending the edges of colour.  Also, this is a time when you can not only get away, but look stunning with a bronzer that has some shimmer to it.

I will be posting a video of a bronzer application for this look on my Instagram @KlavaZ.makeup this week, so don’t forget to check. 🙂  If you would like to learn more techniques and become a pro at your own makeup then see me for a makeup lesson.

I finished the cheeks with a creamy blush in pinky-coral tone with beautiful gold shimmer, which actually is a multipurpose cream stick that can be used in a variety of ways.

EYES

All over the lids I applied the same multipurpose cream stick in a sheer wash of colour with gold shimmer and put on a coat of waterproof mascara (a must!) on the lashes.

LIPS

A swipe of the coral lip balm to keep lips hydrated and protected from sun finished the look.

Beach ready beauty!

PRODUCTS

Makeup products used to create a beach vacation makeup look by Ottawa Makeup Artist Klava Z

 

Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer.  Those who are familiar with Laura Mercier makeup lineconsider this an iconic product.  Of course, I love it for its luminous radiant finish!  It’s a nice blend of skincare and makeup – hydrates skin with barely there colour for a radiant glow.  The formula is lightweight and provides SPF 20 sun protection.

NARS The Multiple in Orgasm.  Speaking of iconic – it’s hard to find a woman who hasn’t heard about it!  Its’ universally flattering colour of pinky-coral with gold shimmer is what made Orgasm so popular, especially the powder blush version of it.  It’s a multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips and body in creamy formula and sheer colour that blends effortlessly to create shimmering accents, soft tones or glowing highlights.  Easy to apply with fingers.  I did notice that the staying power of this formula is not great, so for somebody with oily skin I would recommend a more long-wearing product.

Giorgio Armani Cosmetics Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara.  This baby won’t budge even if you decide to dive into the pool head first.  It separates the lashes nicely for a more defined look.

Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer in Simmer.  Since the photoshoot for All-Inclusive makeup look, this bronzer has become my absolute favourite mostly due to its perfect balance of colour and glow that doesn’t go streaky or looks faux.  It’s a rich medium bronze that deepens a tan on all skin tones.  It blend easily into the skin for a natural-looking, sunless tan.  More than that, the formula is infused with sun-specific antioxidants including pomegranate, green tea and acai berry, for natural protection.  It’s pretty damn perfect on all accounts!

Burberry First Kiss Lip Balm in Coral Glow.  I love the texture of this – a soft glossy balm that melts onto the lips and feels super comfortable.  The moisture-infused formula provides up to 8 hours of hydration.  Creamy coral shade delivers more colour then you would expect from this gloss-balm hybrid.

GLAMMED UP VERSION OF THE LOOK

 

Glam beach vacation makeup look with bright coral lips and glowy bronzed skin created by Ottawa makeup artist Klava Z

 

Originally I planned to just change the lip colour to amp up this makeup, which I did.  I applied a vibrant coral in a lipstick formula for more intensity and depth of colour. But then I got carried away thinking about JLo (who perfected the summer goddess look, in my opinion) and decided to throw in a bit of a bronze eyeliner on the eyes to bring some attention to the eyes as well and put on some extra highlighter on the cheeks.  Such a gorgeous beach vacation makeup look to wear to a pool party or an evening outing at the resort!

 

Beach vacation makeup look with coral eyes and lips and glowy bronzed skin created by Ottawa makeup artist Klava Z

 

 

That’s it!  See, I promised it will be fast, easy and only 5 products to pack (ok 8 if you count the products for amping it up)!  And no need to be shy with shimmers, highlighters and corals for your beach vacation makeup.  Since your skin will have a natural glistening from the warm temperatures, don’t fight it, use products that will enhance it!

I hope you will give this look a try and if you do, I would love to see it!  Don’t be shy, post your interpretation of this look here or on Instagram with a tag #EffortlessbyKlavaZ.

Check back next week for a new look in my Beauty Series!  And in the meantime, follow me on Instagram @KlavaZ.makeup and Facebook Klava Zykova Makeup Artist and Educator for your everyday makeup inspiration.

Have an effortless beauty day!

Let’s play!

Klava Z

Credits
Photos Throne Photography
Model Jenny D Models International Management
Hair TopKnot Hairstyling by Kirsty MacDonald
Styling Toast Special Events
Clothing Vincent