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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

 

 

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

 

Pretty pink Makeup Look for a Valentine day

Sweet Valentine Makeup Look

Hello beautiful!

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

I know that we don’t need an official day to celebrate our love relationships, but I’m a romantic and I love an excuse to celebrate!  There is a certain air of excited anticipation as women get ready for their date on this day and spend a bit more time then usual to make sure we look our best.  Also I got engaged on a Valentines day, so it’s extra special for me!  Maybe that’s why I got excited and created two different looks for your inspiration. 🙂  This week I will start with the Sweet Valentine look.

Pretty pink makeup look

THE LOOK

When I thought about this look I imagined a demure girlie girl with a whimsical style, almost Carrie Bradshaw-esque like that believes in love at first sight and holding hands.  This makeup look is certainly girlie with a soft pink palette on eyes, cheeks and lips, but not overpoweringly so.  It’s simply lovely.  Women often shy away from wearing pinks on their eyes, but I happen to think that a properly chosen shade of pink can be very flattering and feminine.  My trick to avoid making the eyes look sick when wearing pinks is to blend them with other colours and don’t judge how it looks until you do eyeliner and mascara.  Once you have an eyeliner that serves as a border between the eyeshadow and your eye ball, pink colour looks 10 times better, trust me.   Let’s get to the details, shall we?

Collage of photos for Sweet Valentine Makeup look

HOW TO

SKIN

I evened out model’s skin with a creamy foundation that has medium coverage.  Since this is a going out look it’s ok to wear a bit more foundation to make sure the skin looks really even toned as long as it’s blended well. 🙂 I set the foundation with sheer powder to achieve this natural matte skin finish and lightly brushed the softest pink blush on the cheeks for a kiss of barely there colour.

EYES

To make sure the colours of the eyeshadows pop nicely I used a primer in a nude beige colour first to cover any lid discoloration that might interfere with the eyeshadows.  Then I applied a light pink colour eyeshadow all over the lid, a darker pink in the crease and a browny pink in the outer corner and smudged it on the bottom lash line as well.  I almost always brighten up the inner corner of the eyes with a light eyeshadow that is slightly (or very, depending on the look) shimmery.  The eyes were finished with a dark purple gel eyeliner to keep all the makeup in the same tones.

TECHNIQUE TIP – CURLING LASHES AND APPLYING MASCARA

How to apply mascara

A big part of this look is to have these wide open innocent Bambi eyes, so I really focused on making the model’s eyes look more open.  There are few tricks to achieve this.  First, ALWAYS curl your lashes!  I meant it!  Unless you have curly lashes already, you will be amazed at a difference and will love the push up effect!  Yep, the push up effect is not just for a bra. 😉  When you curl your lashes, it will make them look longer and your eyes more open and bigger.  Now I know that a lash curler can look like a torture device and in the inexperienced hands it can certainly become one.  Here is how you want to use it not to hurt yourself and to achieve maximum impact.

 

Find a curler that works for your eye shape.  They are not all created the same, so try them out before you buy.  Always curl your lashes before you put on mascara.  You can risk breaking your lashes if you do it the other way around.  To curl – look straight in the mirror and bring the lash curler from under towards the eye so that your hand makes a slight dip approaching the eye. Practice getting the curler as close to the lash roots as you can without pinching your skin.  This will give you the most lifting and elongating effect.  Do a gentle test squeeze of the curler to make sure that you don’t have your skin caught and then pump the curler squeezing tight for about 5 seconds.  Open the curler, move up the length of your lashes and stop half way and curl again to give them a nice C-shape curl instead of a harsh L-shape one.

You can help your lashes stay curled when applying mascara by holding the wand horizontally and wiggling it back and forth and then pushing it up as you move the wand upwards.

Seems like such simple things, like curling lashes and putting mascara on them, but there is are these technique tips that make it more effective and easier!  I find it’s like that with most things in makeup and I love showing women all the tricks!  So if you are in Ottawa and would like to become a pro at your own makeup, check out my Educating page.

LIPS

The lips were painted in pink (of course!) see-through glossy stain.  I didn’t want the opacity and heavier texture of the regular lipstick to keep the feel of this look light and playful.

PRODUCTS

Makeup products for Sweet Valentine look

MAC Eyeshadow Palette.  I love the fact that you can make your own palettes at MAC!  In case you didn’t know, you can purchase any of their regular permanent eyeshadows in pans that fit in the empty palette of 4 or 15 eye shadows.  In this palette I put together the following eyeshadows:  Vanilla – warm ivory, Yogurt – soft pale pink, Girlie (of course!) – rosy pink, Haux – soft muted rosy brown.

MAC Fluidline in Macroviolet.  My go to gel eyeliner that applies super smooth and has a finished look of a muted liquid liner.  It stays on really well with minimal smudging.  The best part is that you get to choose the brush to use with it depending on the effect you are going for.  This one is a beautiful deep smokey violet colour.

Shu Uemura Lash Curler.  If you type in google search Shu Uemura, the first thing that comes up is Lash Curler.  They set the standard many years ago and it is still one of the best on the market that has the least potential to hurt your eye and so easy to use.  Also seems to work for most eye shapes unless extremely hooded.  I still remember researching where I can get one since I couldn’t get it in Victoria, BC (where I lived at the time) and purchasing my first one on a trip to San Francisco.

Burberry Bold Lash Macsara in Ebony.  If you like high-impact mascara with lots of volume on the lashes (ahem, yes!) – this is the one for you!  The formula is creamy and very pigmented and the fibre brush has the perfect spacing between the bristles to coat lashes very thoroughly and generously in a super black bold finish.

Benefit Pin Up Lash.  This is the first time I purchased Benefit lashes.  I didn’t even know they make false lashes.  I came across them searching for a perfect lash for the amped up version of this Sweet Valentine look and this has certainly delivered!  They are multi-layered, so it looks like there are three different types of lashes placed on top of each other creating really fluffy dramatic effect without looking too heavy.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque in Rose on the Rocks.  This product has a unique and pleasant texture – feels like water going on, so lightweight and cooling.  It has more colour intensity then a regular lipgloss with a mirror-like shine minus the sticky effect.  The glossy finish wears off but the colour stain stays for a long time.

GLAMED UP VERSION OF THE LOOK

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I didn’t want to go darker on the eyes or on the lips to temper with the sweetness of this look, so I decided to pump up the lashes volume by adding dramatic false lashes and a swipe of black liner on top of them.  The difference with such a subtle change can be quite big, I think.   The eyes have an extra oomph to them without using darker or brighter eyeshadows.  Judge for yourself.

Pretty pink makeup

 

I wanted to mention my exciting partnership – starting with this look the very stylish and awesome girls at Vincent Boutique  will be providing my Beauty Series with stunning clothing that makes my wardrobe jealous.  I’m sure you have noticed how gorgeous the outfit for this look is!  You are lucky if you leave in Ottawa then you can check out them and their beautifully curated collections in their location on Preston, otherwise it’s online creeping, I mean shopping for the rest of you! 🙂   Here is some more eye candy…

 

The look for Valentine's Day - sweet and girlie

So here is my interpretation of the makeup look for the sweet and lovely romantic girl getting ready for her date on Valentine’s Day.  I hope you like it!  I hope you try it out!

 

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

Come back next week to check out the second Valentine’s Day look in my Beauty Series!  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 Jenny D Models International Management
Hair TopKnot Hairstyling by Kirsty MacDonald
Styling Toast Special Events
Clothing Vincent

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh dewy makeup

Yoga Glow Makeup Look

Hello beautiful!

Welcome to Everyday Effortless Beauty Series by Klava Z, which is a weekly makeup series showing you how to do flawless, fresh, fun and natural looks for everyday life.  I love teaching women about makeup, so if you are in Ottawa and would like to become a pro at your own makeup, check out my Educating page.

Natural glowy yoga makeup look

I love, crave, need yoga in my life.  I truly believe everyone should find a yoga practice that suits their personality and do it!  There are so many benefits to yoga, books have been written about it, so I won’t even attempt to list them all or pretend to know them all.  I just know that for me, it’s what grounds me, what gives me mental balance, what stops my mind from running overtime when I need to sleep, what keeps me sane in the busy hustle of the day, what gives me confidence in my body and lets me enjoy my body.  Yoga inspires so much in my life that it’s no wonder it was an inspiration for a makeup look as well. 🙂

 

THE LOOK

Now I’m not suggesting to wear makeup to a yoga class – that’s not what this look is about.  You can if you want to, it depends on your comfort level of having “naked” face in public.  This look is about using and enhancing that glow you get post yoga (or any good workout really) or about faking that glow in case you didn’t have time to do your yoga but would like to look like you did.  The focus of this look is beautiful healthy fresh looking skin that is radiant and glowy.  It’s the kind of skin that I personally would love to have all the time!  I’m putting glow everywhere – the eyes, the skin, the lips.  I’m using the strobing technique, but a bit toned down, so it looks like it’s your skin that’s naturally glowy, not that you packed on a few layers of shimmery highlighter on your face.  In case you don’t know what strobing is – it’s basically intense highlighting of certain parts of the face.

 

This is probably going to be the most natural look of my Beauty Series, but also one that is a go-to for so many women: mascara, liner, lipgloss done.  Here I offer a version of a classic very natural makeup look with a slight enhancement of strobing.

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HOW TO

SKIN

You start preparing for this makeup look by eating healthy, drinking lots of water and freshly pressed juices, not smoking, working out, going to bed early and getting your 8 hour beauty sleep; and taking care of your skin everyday with a skincare regime that’s appropriate to your skin type and age… you know where I’m going with this.  Because no matter how good your foundation is you can’t fake healthy looking skin.  You can fake the glow and I will share a few tricks with you here, BUT if you want truly flawless, you gotta work for it girl.  Yes, there are foundations with great coverage and wonderful ingredients that can give you all kinds of effects and cover up all kinds of complexion problems, but it will never look as good as naturally healthy skin.

There are some lucky people though that have flawless skin without putting any effort into taking care of it.  I don’t even want to talk about them!  They don’t know how good they have it.  Only people like myself, who have battled with problematic skin, can appreciate healthy, smooth and blemish-free skin.  Moving on…

After letting the moisturizer absorb I applied an illuminating primer that makes the skin look very hydrated and glowy, but not shiny.  After it set for about a minute I applied this new generation foundation that has extremely thin texture and again, a radiant finish.  Both products feel like you are not wearing anything on the skin and evens out the tone of the skin slightly.  This combination doesn’t provide much coverage, its main purpose is to impart a beautiful glow on the skin.  The kind that would make Jlo envious. 😉

A cream blush in neutral peach was blended very softly on the apples of the cheeks.

Fresh natural makeup with glowy radiant skin

TECHNIQUE TIP – STROBING

As I have mentioned above, I did a subtle version of strobing in order to really intensify the radiant look of the skin.  Another effect of strobing is such that the parts of the face where you put highlighter will come visually forward.  It’s all about using reflection on high planes and points of the face that catch the light to create spotlit areas and bring focus and shape to the face.  Places that are good to highlight are: your brow bone, inner corners of the eyes, bridge of your nose, top of your cheekbones and along your Cupid’s bow.

Since I wanted to achieve a Yoga Glow, not the Night Out Glow, I used a cream product that is very light in colour with a pearly finish so that once its settled into the skin it looked like the model’s skin is naturally this radiant.  I picked it up with a small size dual flat topped fiber brush because I wanted to apply the product on the smaller area and have a good control over where I’m applying this highlighter.  Then I buffed the cream in circular motion along the cheek bones, under the brows and on the bridge of the nose.  Once most of the product was on the skin I went over the edges of the cream with buffing motion for a seamless transition of the product.

Check my Instagram @KlavaZ.Makeup for a video of this technique tip.

EYES

Natural eye makeup

The eyes got a dusting of an ivory eyeshadow with a shiny finish and a very light-handed application of a slate grey eyeshadow as an eyeliner with an angle brush flesh against the lash line.

LIPS

I finished the look with an application of a neutral beige lipgloss.

As I promised, glow everywhere – skin, eyes and lips!

PRODUCTS

Since the focus of the look is creating a beautiful glow on the skin, I will share some of my favourite products to achieve that.

Burberry, MAC and Pur Minerals Makeup products for Yoga Glow

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base – Nude Radiance #01.  This is the main ingredient of the Yoga Glow!  I have been using this product for almost a year now and I reach for it all the time whether on my photoshoots or everyday clients.  This is a brightening primer with reflection pearls in it that gives a shimmer-free luminosity to the skin with a perfect amount of glow that is not oily or wet looking.  It feels incredibly light and hydrating on the skin since it’s 55% water infused.  There are many uses of this beautiful luminizer.  You can use it as is on nude skin to liven it up a bit, or as a base for your foundation.  I like to mix it with foundation to thin it out and add radiance to it or to pat it on its own on top of the foundation as a highlighter on cheekbones.

Burberry Eye Colour Glow in Gold Pearl 001.  I love this range of eyeshadows from Burberry because it creates a wash of luminous highlighting colour.  It has light-refelcting particles that gives this glistening rather then shimmery effect when applied dry.  You can apply it wet and the shine becomes almost metallic high shimmer.  Blends on the skin smooth and easy, like every Burberry product.  Sometimes when I want a more high-impact highlight I use it as my strobing product all over the face, not just on the eyes.

Pur Minerals Air CC Cushion Foundation.  The cushion design of foundation is becoming very popular and many makeup brands are jumping on this trend that originated in Korea.  The liquid foundation is suspended inside a sponge and to get the product you press lightly on the sponge either with the provided applicator, a brush or your fingers.  I like the fact that you will never pick up too much foundation with this design.  I haven’t had a chance to play with it a lot, but I already love the truly weightless feel of this mousse-like product.  There is a reason it’s called “Air”! It’s very sheer and slightly build-able, but not much.  The end result is like a thin perfecting slightly dewy veil.  Perfect day time foundation.

MAC Luna Cream Colour Base.  I have featured this product in a different colour already in the post on Wakeup Makeup.  This shows how much I love this versatile cream!  I have it in a few colours and use it to create beautiful highlights anywhere on the skin.  This one is an icy white colour with soft shimmer that looks like pearly moonlight reflecting of your skin when buffed in well.

MAC 188 Small Duo Fiber Face Brush.  What I love about duo face brushes is that you can use them with any formulas – liquid, cream, powder.  I find it works best when used in buffing motion (wax on, wax off 🙂  I wrote a bit more about the benefits of dual fiber brush in my first post of the Everyday Effortless by Klava Z Beauty Series here.

NIGHT TIME VERSION OF THE LOOK

Fresh glowy makeup with bright magenta lips

 

This is a perfect look to transition into wearing a bright lip and the easiest way to amp up the makeup.  Just paint your lips with a bright colour lipstick with a glossy finish.  Remember – we are sticking with glow everywhere.  🙂 I chose a cool tone dark magenta that pairs so beautifully with the model’s green eyes and makes them pop.  The deeper and more matte versions of this colour have been super trendy this winter.  This colour surprisingly works on many skin tones and makes teeth look whiter (bonus!).

I love this effortless look of fresh face with minimal makeup and a pop of colour on the lips and resort to it very often when I don’t feel like putting a lot of time into my makeup and want an instant impact.

 

I would love to see you try out this look!  Don’t be shy, post your interpretation of the Yoga Glow look here or on Instagram with a tag #EffortlessbyKlavaZ.

Come back next week to check out the next look in my Beauty Series!  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 Anastasia C Models International Management
Styling Toast Special Events

 

Organic Makeup look inspired by winter beauty

Sweater Weather Eco Makeup Look

Hello beautiful!

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

This is a special edition of the Beauty Series that I’m extra excited about!  Once a month I will be releasing a look that will be focused on using mostly or all eco beauty products.  If you know me or you had a chance to read About Klava then you know how passionate I am about natural cosmetics!  I blame my green ways on my 10 years of living in the beautiful West Coast of Canada, Victoria BC.  Life is a bit less hectic there with a big focus on living consciously, honouring our natural environment and your body by avoid putting toxins in it.

I stepped on the path of natural wellness when my health wasn’t great and being motivated to get better and naturally curious I researched and read a lot about healthy lifestyle, nutrition and since I was a makeup artist, cosmetics as well.  I was lovingly named “our hippie” by the MAC girls I worked together with at the store at the time.  I was really shocked to learn how many toxic ingredients cosmetic companies add to their products!  So I was eager to find alternative makeup and skincare that would perform well without the bad stuff in them.  I know that there is still an impression that natural organic makeup products don’t work well, but natural makeup has progressed a long way since the original “crunchy” ways.

Hopefully with my once a month green makeup look I can show you that there are many green products that work just as well and sometimes better then conventional cosmetics.  Every month I discover new brands that produce beautiful eco clean makeup!  A lot of them I found through my little (ahem, big) addiction called Instagram. 🙂 I’m slowly working towards my goal – a fully stocked eco kit with the best natural organic products in the market.

THE LOOK

Winter Beauty Eco Makeup look Before and After

This green beauty look is called Sweater Weather.  It is inspired by the soft cool tones of winter, when snow makes all colours look slightly muted.  When I put on my chunky knit sweater and my hat and feeling all cozy, I feel like adding a bit of lightness to my look, like crips winter air.   I think that the combination of lilac and mauve tones worked well to convey that feeling. 🙂

Before I get to this look in details, I wanted to mention that I recently did a guest blog post on my friend’s blog for her wedding planning and styling company Toast Events. I blogged about winter specific makeup tricks and creating makeup looks for a special occasion like winter wedding.  Check it out here.

Winter Beauty Makeup Look

HOW TO

EYES

Very often I start with the eyes and then do the rest of the face.  I do so in case I have some fall outs from the eyeshadows under the eyes.  This way I don’t have to redo my concealer or foundation.  I can easily swipe them away and finish with the skin.

TECHNIQUE TIP – EYE SHADOW

The focus of my technique is the application of the eyeshadow for this look.  I used a slightly frosted lilac eyeshadow and applied it with a flat firm eyeshadow shader brush all over the eyelids, in the inner corners and all over under the eyes as well.  I chose a firm brush because I really wanted the light colour to show up and brighten up the eye with its lilac shine.  I like to switch it up and use light colours instead of dark to line the bottom  of the eyes.  It makes the eyes stand out in a different way, it’s sort of has this airy effect.  This light shade of lilac looks good with most eye-colours and flatters most skin tones, but dark.  Somebody with a darker skin tone can still wear it, but would have to use this colour very sparingly, blended with other colours to avoid looking too stark of a contrast.

Then I used a small pointy pencil brush and applied a taupe colour in the inner corner of the eyes and blended its edges with a clean soft and fluffy blending brush for a washed out effect.  I only wanted a hint of colour in the outer corner to ground the lilac colour a bit, that’s why I blended it well with a clean brush.

In the middle of this week I will be posting the video of this technique tip on my Instagram @KlavaZ.Makeup.

SKIN

I applied a creamy foundation all over the face and blended it in with my fingers until it looked like my model’s actual skin just slightly perfected.  The foundation I used didn’t need any setting with powder on model’s skin.  To bring subtle colour to the cheeks I barely touched them with a light colour pinky brown blush.

LIPS

I used a frosted pinky lipstick as a base and added a light brown glossy finish on top to get the soft mauve colour that echoed the blush colour.

PRODUCTS

Since the eco makeup products are the focus of this look, I will try to include the majority of the products used to create the look, not just the usual key products selection.

Eco Makeup Products for Winter beauty Look

Sappho Organics Liquid Foundation.  I’m in love!  My skin is so fussy, sensitive and breaks out easily.  This is the only liquid foundation that I found so far that works wonderfully for my skin.   It actually feels better after wearing it!  No wonder, if you read the ingredient list, you would think that its a nurturing skincare cream, not cosmetics.  I can honestly write a whole blog just on this foundation!  It offers light but build-able coverage, wears well, has moisturizing qualities and anti-aging benefits.  One layer application is easy, blends lovely, even though it doesn’t have dimethicone (the stuff that makes foundations slippery, but doesn’t let your skin breathe).  If you need to layer for more coverage, I found that the beauty blender (what else, really!) works really well.

Da lish Illumination Concealer.  Another great complexion eco product from my personal makeup bag.  To find a great under eye concealers is hard even among the multitude of conventional products.  It needs to be the right shade, slightly on the peachy or pinky side to counteract the dark circles.  It has to be creamy not to accentuate any fine lines but has to set nicely so it doesn’t slide around during the day.  It has to have good coverage to actually do the job and if it has a bit of brightening qualities – that’s a bonus.  This concealer does it all without any toxic ingredients and it’s made in Canada.  I rest my case.

Fitglow Beauty Mineral Eye Trio in Nightfall.  It’s a pretty colour combination in the cool tones of lilac and taupe in satin finish and matte black.  Easy to work with, though I wish the lilac and black parts would have the same consistency as the taupe – it’s a bit more creamy and pigmented then the other two.

Gabriel Cosmetics Lipstick in Dune.  A lovely soft platinum pink with a cool tone frost finish.  It feels creamy going on and then sets which makes it really long wearing.  It is quite frosty, so be aware if you have dry lips, it can accentuate the dry texture.  This brand has been around for awhile – since 1992 and has a few lines that only use 100% natural ingredients and are gluten free and vegan.  I’m still discovering their products.

Mineral Fusion Sheer Moisture Lip Tint in Glisten.  A nude caramel colour with glossy shimmer.  I really like this product’s design, it’s very similar to Clinique Chubby Sticks and so easy to use on the go.  It even feels similar going on, sort of a mix between a lipstick and a gloss.  I guess the name of it really describes it well. 🙂  It does feel moisturizing, has a lovely glossy finish that is not sticky at all.  Like most glossy lip products, I don’t find it stays on long, but I don’t mind reapplying because it feels so nice going on.  Mineral Fusion line is the most affordable one that I found so far in the eco makeup range and it’s free from a lot of bad stuff like parabens, talc, artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, SLS, and phthalates.

Pure Anada Mineral Blush in Sweet Pea.  I reach for this earth rose warm coloured blush very often!  It’s a beautiful option for a subtle cheek definition.  I recommend really buffing it so that the mica in it will impart a soft glow on the skin.  Sometimes mica can be too shimmery, but this finish is perfect.  I do find that some of the product flakes off when I pick up the colour with the brush, which means this blush will be done sooner then I would like to.  Another Canadian made cosmetic line!  I like a cosmetic line that think not only about how green the ingredients they are using are, but also how eco friendly their packaging is.  This range of blushes comes in a pan that inserts into a reusable magnetic compact.  How cool is that!

NIGHT TIME VERSION OF THE LOOK

 

Smokey eyes. Eco Makeup Look inspired by winter

When in doubt – go smokey.  It’s always the easiest way to amp up the look by adding a bit more darker colour around the eyes.  You will only need one colour since you already have a few colours on the eyes already.  I picked up the black shade from the trio eyeshadow with a pointy pencil brush and went along the lash line all around the eyes skipping the most inner corner.  I really brought the lower shadow down by blending downwards for a more dramatic smokey look at the bottom.  Then I took the dark colour to the outer corner crease to give more depth the eye.  Black eyeshadow mixed with lilac resulted in a beautiful evening grey smokey eyes look.

Viola – an effortless and elegant makeup look created using mostly natural makeup products!

Let me know if you try it out!  Don’t be shy, post your interpretation of the Sweater Weather look here or on Instagram with a tag #EffortlessbyKlavaZ.  I would love to see how you did it!  I also do private lessons and group masterclasses, so if you are in Ottawa and would like to become a pro at your own makeup, check out my Educating page.

Come back next week to check out the next look in my Beauty Series!  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 Anastasia C Models International Management
Styling Toast Special Events