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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.


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.


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.


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 showing this technique.


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.


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. 😉


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.




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 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

Photos Throne Photography
Model Ashley 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


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



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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 and Facebook Klava Zykova Makeup Artist and Educator for everyday makeup inspiration.

Have an effortless beauty day!

Let’s play!

Klava Z

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